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Velma Grindstaff Tesreau

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Velma Grindstaff Tesreau, daughter of the late George and Rachel Winemiller Gaines, was born in Stoddard County on Feb. 16, 1917, and died at General Baptist Nursing Home in Campbell on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the age of 87.

She was a former resident of Bernie. She was a member of the Beechwell General Baptist church in Campbell.

On Oct. 5, 1939, she was married to Clinton Neil Grindstaff. He preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1980. On Nov. 23, 1985, she was married to Fred Tesreau in Bernie.

Surviving are her husband, Fred Tesreau of Campbell; two sons, John Grindstaff of Bernie and Glendel Grindstaff of Dexter; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Carl Tesreau, Sr. of Kennett and Gerald Tesreau of Memphis; three sisters, Elva Smee and Ola Gilkey, both of Dexter, and Ann Stanfill of Louisville, Ky.

She was preceded in death by two sons who died in infancy and one sister, Wanda Smith; and one brother, Elvis Gaines.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Mack Williams of Jackson officiating.

Interment followed in the Bethany Cemetery near Campbell with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.

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