William Eli Pogue Jr., son of the late William Eli Pogue Sr. and Wilma Sweat Pogue, was born in Osceola, Ark., on June 24, 1934, and died at his daughter's home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on April 19, 2012, at the age of 77.
Mr. Pogue made his career in education. He served as the Principal at Puxico High School and at Mingo. He was also the Superintendent at Zalma Public Schools for 16 years. He was a member and treasurer of the Puxico Christian Church, treasurer for the Puxico Masonic Lodge #596, Quartermaster of the Puxico VFW Post #7822, and served on the Stoddard County 911 Board. He enjoyed golf and community service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
On September 21, 1956, he was married to Jannette Campbell in Elk, Mo.
Surviving is one son and fiance', Gary Pogue and Janet of Dyersburg, Tenn.; one daughter and son in law, Cheryl and David Kinder of Cape Girardeau, two grandsons, Clint Pogue and Jared Kinder; one brother, Kenneth Pogue of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruby Murphy of Mena, Ark., Mary Schroeder of Arlington, Va. Other relatives and many friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 22, 2012, after 4 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico.
VFW and Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Puxico, with Rev. Bobby Nordyke of officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, with Missouri military honors and the Stoddard County Veteran's Honor Guard. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests any memorials be sent to Stoddard County Children's Home, P.O. Box 164, Dexter, Mo. 63841.