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Kendall Ray Hillis, 49, of Dexter, Missouri died Tuesday July 1, 2014. at Southeast
Hospital In Cape Girardeau. He was the son of Janice F. Kemp and Danny W. Hillis.
He enjoyed fishing and socializing with his friends and family.
He is survived by two brothers;Terry Hillis of Dexter, Tim Hillis of Malden, and two
half sisters; Nicole Terrell and Sarah Hensley.
Neal Reed, 73, of Poplar Bluff, Mo passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2014 at his
home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born October 11, 1940 to the late
Floyce Reed and Nema Tucker Reed. He was a longtime resident of Poplar Bluff.
He married Carolyn Gardner in Pocahontas, Ar. June 1, 1963. She survives.He
worked for the railroad for thirty two years. He was a member of the Masonic
Lodge, Scottish Rite, and a lifetime member of the American Legion and Fraternal
Order of Eagles. He enjoyed contributing his time cooking for different
organizations and charities. He loved celebrating life with his family and friends.
He never met a stranger, only new friends on his safari of life. Neal was an avid
deer hunter. He is also survived by one son Kelly Reed, two brothers, Dwight
Reed (Janie) of Doniphan, Mo. Larry Reed of New York; two sisters, Wanda Rulo
(John) of Poplar Bluff, Marge Hendon (Gary) of Jonesboro, Ar.; and one
sister-in-law, Peggy Reed of Pocahontas, Ar.; and three grandchildren
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ken Reed; and one
brother, Don Reed.There will be a visitation at 10:00 AM Tuesday July 8, 2014
followed by a celebration of life at 11:00 AM at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Chapel. Eric
Leroux will officiate. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens
Kenneth Cain, 62, of Poplar Buff, Mo. died Friday, July 4, 2014 in Oran, Mo. He
was born August 4, 1951 to the late Gilbert Cain and Verna Richmond Cain.
Kenneth was a long time resident of Poplar Bluff, Mo.
He is survived by four daughters, Kelly Wheatley of Oran, Mo., Becky Missey of
Bonne Terre, Mo., Michelle Marvel of Dexter, Mo. and Candice Robinson of
Dexter Mo.; two sisters, Betty Williams of Festus, Mo., Wanda Alford of
Bloomsdale, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at City Cemetery in Poplar
Bluff. Pastor Tim Russell will officiate. Arrangements at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home
Walter Lee Stone, 57, of Wappapello, Mo, died July 7, 2014 at Poplar Bluff
Regional Center. He was born October 31, 1956 to the late Walter Stone and
Eunice Losh Stone. He was a long time resident of Poplar Bluff. He was of the
Catholic faith and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.Walter worked
for the state of Missouri as a tree trimmer. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, wood
working and working on old cars.
Walter is survived by one son, George Pryor of Wappapello, Mo.; one daughter
Stefanie Pryor of Grandin, Mo.; two close friends, Rodger Goodale and Thomas
Deaton; and two grandchildren, Jacob Pryor and Niki Lumpkins both of Puxico,
Mo.He was also preceded by his grandfather, Leroy Johnson.No service is
scheduled at this time.
Faye Sandlin, 72, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died July 14, 2014 at her home. Faye was
born July 3, 1942 to the late Harvey and Elizabeth Dickens in Chelyan, W. Virginia.
She was a long time resident of Poplar Bluff. She was a member of the Highland
Drive Church of Christ.On Jan. 8, 1959, she married Lorenzo Lee Sandlin in
Broseley, Mo. He preceded her in death July 29, 2004.Faye enjoyed doing crafts
and spending time with family and friends. She was employed by the Mo. State
Hwy. Patrol as a house keeper.She is survived by three sons, Lorenzo Sandlin, and
Keith Sandlin both of Poplar Bluff, and Kevin Sandlin of Windsor, Mo.; two
brothers, Raymond Dickens of Peytona, W. Virginia and Roger Dickens of Franklin,
Ind.; two sisters, Zola McGriff of Vidor, Tx. and Joyce Muthart of Ravenswood,
W. Virginia; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Besides her parents,
preceding her in death were one son Willie Sandlin; one brother, Willis Dickens; and
one grandson, Matthew Ryan Sandlin.Visitation will be July 22, 2014, Tuesday, 11
a.m. at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Chapel followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. also in
the chapel. Bro. Keith Sandlin will officiate. Burial will be in City Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000
Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908..
. Harold Wayne Braden, 83, departed this life Friday, July 18, 2014 at his residence in
Poplar Bluff, Mo. Born on Sept. 17, 1930 in Senath, Mo., he was the son of the late
Floyd E. Braden and Thelma Price Braden.
He grew up in southeast Missouri attending high school at Morley, Mo. Harold joined
the Air Force in 1949. He was stationed in Japan where he managed supplies that
were going to the troops that were in the Korean War. When he returned to the U.S.
he went north to Michigan where he got into the retail business. For the next 17 years
he managed stores across the Midwest. He moved his family to Poplar Bluff in 1971.
He accepted the circulation manager position at the Daily American Republic. During
his years with the DAR he helped many young people by giving them their first
opportunity to work at a job as paperboys. He taught good work ethics and
responsibility that they were able to take with them into their adult lives. During his 16
years of retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling across the United States. Often
traveling with dear friends from the area. Each year they were gone many months at a
He loved sports. He coached Babe Ruth baseball teams and AAU basketball teams,
some teams were champions. He was a big Cardinals fan and a bigger Three Rivers
Raiders Basketball fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his grandchildren.
Harold was a member of the local AMVETS, Francis C. Boyer Memorial Post 29. He
was also a Mason. In May, 2010, he received his 50 year pin.Harold belonged to the
Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross. He and his mother-in-law, Reva Arnold, helped
to start the food pantry at Holy Cross Church in the spring of 2001. He enjoyed being
the pantry director for 10 years, serving many that needed help.
On Aug. 18, 1990, Harold was married to Martha Gaines. They had 24 wonderful
He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Phil Braden of Glasgo, Ky.; daughter Pam
Norman (Tom), of Springfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Daniele Romine, of Springfield,
Josh Romine of Boise, Id., Liana Norman of Springfield, Justin Braden of Nashville,
Tenn., Caleb Braden of Athens, Ala., Bryce Braden of Nashville, Lauren Braden, Matt
Braden; Daughter-in-law Eileen Braden of Idaho Falls, Id.; six great-grandchildren.
Harold was preceded in death by daughter, Melissa Marie; son, Michael Joseph; and
his parents, Floyd Braden and Thelma Stockton.
Beulah N. Renfroe, 91, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died July 19, 2014 at Mark Twain
Caring Center. She was born August 20, 1922 to the late Charley Hopkins and
Anna Miers Hopkins. She was a long time resident of Poplar Bluff.
Beulah married K. Vurel Renfroe April 19, 1947 in Pocahontas, Ar. He survives.
Before retiring, Beulah had worked at the Florsheim Shoe Factory. She enjoyed
knitting and word puzzles.
She is also survived by one son, Rex Renfroe of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one brother,
Ray Hopkins and one sister Kathrine Arunski, both of St. Louis, Mo.; and three
grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday at 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Chapel.
The funeral service will follow at 2:30 P.M. The Rev. Josh Reasons will officiate.
Burial will be at the Mo. State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo.
.Darrell Chadwell, 66 of Poplar Bluff died July 11, 2014 at his home. Darrell was
born Aug. 28, 1947 to the late Clarence F. Chadwell and Edith C. Smith
Chadwell. Darrell was employed as a maintiance supervisor. Private
arrangements have been requested by the family.
Bobby Wayne Butler, 73, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died July 25, 2014 at John J.
Pershing VA Hospital. Bobby was born July 28, 1940 to the late John Thomas
Butler and Pearl Beatrice Downing Butler. He married Sharon Kay Brown on May
16, 1964. She survives. Bobby was military police in the United States Army
and later worked as a crane operator at Ryerson Steel Co. in St. Louis, Mo. from
which he retired. He was a member of the VFW 5896 in Farmington, Mo. He
enjoyed calling and playing bingo, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Shanda Courtney (Kevin),
Eric Butler and spouse, and Latanya Butler; one sister, Barbara S. Hill; two
brothers, Billy G. Butler of St. Louis, Mo. and Jimmy L. Butler of St. Peters,
Mo.; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and a family he thought of
as his own, Sarah Gibson, Howard Teasley, and Sabrina and Scott Bone.
He was preceded in death by one brother, James Butler, one son, Bryan
Butler and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Mo. State
Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo. Friday, August 1, 2014. A luncheon will
follow at the Bloomfield City Park. Arrangement are by Fitch-Hillis Funeral