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Elvis Alexander Mooney, Sr.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Elvis Alexander Mooney, Sr., the son of the late Alexander and Eva Elisa "Evie" Edwards Mooney, was born in Bloomfield on May 10, 1911, and died at Cypress Point Health Care in Dexter on Monday, March 16, 2009, at the age of 97. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Joseph Mooney, all of Bloomfield.

He was married to Edna Lois Evans on Nov. 10, 1941. They had two children, whom they raised in Bloomfield. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1995.

Mr. Mooney is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Mooney Skelton (Bob) and son, Elvis Alexander "Chip" Mooney (Gina), both of Bloomfield. In addition, he is survived by his only grandson, Robert Alexander Barney, also of Bloomfield.

Mr. Mooney received his formal education in the Bloomfield school system. He was graduated from Southeast Missouri State Teachers College and attained his juris doctorate in law at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent of Bloomfield Schools. During World War II, he served as Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy. His main naval postings were at sea in the Pacific Theatre. Upon return, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and later as prosecuting attorney of Stoddard County.

He was often involved deeply in civic affairs to include: the Missouri State Banking Commission and Board of Regents of Southeast Missouri State University. For over 70 years he was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 385. He was a member of the Bloomfield Masonic Lodge 153 attaining the Honorary 33rd Degree Mason and served as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and he was the oldest member of the Harry S. Truman line of Grand Masters.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Interment will be at the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield with Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield in charge of arrangements.

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