Charles DeWayne Gaddis, 62, of Sikeston died at 10:09 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. He was born Nov. 24, 1945, at Blytheville, Ark., to the late Basil Scott and Merline Shipley Gaddis. He had worked for the Sikeston Housing Authority for many years. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, was a member of the Henry Meldrum American Legion Post #114 in Sikeston, and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3319 in Sikeston. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was married to Vernell Tippy on Aug. 12, 1967, in Sikeston. She survives of the home in Sikeston. He is also survived by three sons, John Gaddis, Jeff Gaddis and Tim Gaddis, all of Sikeston; one brother, Russell Gaddis of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Janice McCanless of New Madrid; a half-sister, Judy Foushee of Bloomfield; and five grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sons, Charles Lynn Gaddis and Terry Dean Gaddis; and two sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, in the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel with Rev. Tom McCanless, pastor of the Kewanee Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Jerry Adams, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston with full military honors conducted by the Missouri Military Honor Guard Unit.