Obituaries

Fri
24
Nov

William “Ray” Sullivan

Ray Sullivan

William “Ray” Sullivan of Annapolis passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at his residence. He was 86.

Ray was born on Dec. 19, 1930 in Brunot, the son of the late Christopher and Lola Mae (DeBoard) Sullivan.

On March 15, 1952, he was united in marriage to Stella “Bernice” Toppins, who preceded him in death on June 6, 2002.  

To this union two daughters were born, Donna Rae Allen and husband, Dave of LynnHaven, FL, and Stella Catherine (Cathy) Johnson of Grand Junction, CO.  He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Lynn Toppins.

Ray is also survived by his sister, Betty Savage and her husband, Deb Savage of Ironton; his brother, Joseph C. Sullivan of California; his grandson, David Ray Knight of Colorado; and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and step-great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Thu
16
Nov

Marvie Jean Gray

Marvie Jean Gray

Marvie Jean Gray of Annapolis, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at  St. Anthonys Medical Center in St. Louis. She was 72.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1944 at Pascagoula, MS, the daughter of Willis B. Rose and Helen (Kinsey) Rose.

She lived in St. Louis and worked for Miss Hullings Restaurant. Marvie was married to Willis M. Gray in 1976 at Vulcan and lived in Iron County most of her life. She worked for many years for Brown Shoe Company and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Annapolis.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Willis B. Rose and Helen Rose-Smith; four brothers, Willis R. Rose, Lee Rose, Charles Rose and Jimmy Rose; and three sisters, Wilma Rose, Brenda Rose and Eileen Harkins.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Willis Gray of Annapolis; three sisters, Norma Bridges and her husband Wendell, of Rogers, AR, Betty Grider and her husband David, of Flatonia, TX, Theresa Tucker and her husband Wayne, of Eatonville, WA.

Thu
16
Nov

Kaylene Miller Orrick

Kaylene Miller Orrick

Kaylene Miller Orrick of Ironton passed away on Nov. 9, 2017 at Iron County Medical Center. She was 83.

She was born June 24, 1934 in Marmaduke, AR, the daughter of the late Hurtis Lee Ogles and Gladys Pauline (Atkinson) Ogles.

On Nov. 15, 1952, she was united in marriage to Doyle Miller, who preceded her in death on July 20, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Orrick and her biological father, Floyd James Ogles.

Kaylene is survived by two children, Reuben Miller and wife Beverly of Ironton, and Doyla Weston and husband, Wayne, also of Ironton.  

Kaylene is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Kaylene worked as an LPN at Parkland Hospital for 28 years before retiring.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pilot Knob.  She loved to read and always had a book nearby and she enjoyed crocheting.

Thu
16
Nov

Thomas Eugene Burke Ventimiglia

Thomas Eugene Burke Ventimiglia

Thomas Eugene Burke Ventimiglia of Ironton passed away on Nov. 6, 2017. He was 35.

He was born on May 11, 1982 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of the late Walter Joseph Burke III and Linda Marlene (Ventimiglia) Farmer of Farmington, Missouri.  

Thomas is survived by three children, Thomas  “TJ” Ventimiglia, Nicholi Ventimiglia, and Layla Ventimiglia, all of Farmington; his brother, Vince Ventimiglia of Farmington; his sister, Shirley Ventimiglia of Farmington; his maternal grandmother, Shirley A. Ventimiglia; three aunts, Gina Lodike, Brenda Gibson, and Lisa Ruba; as well as a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Thomas was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Tom Ventimiglia and his uncle Michael A. Roods.

The family held a celebration of life on Nov. 11, 2017.  

Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of Bryson Funeral Home

Thu
16
Nov

Gerald Lee Laird

Gerald Lee Laird

Gerald Lee Laird of Ironton passed away on Nov. 8, 2017 at his residence. He was 61.

He was born on May 2, 1956 in Graniteville, the son of the late Carl Frank and Helen Frances (Farmer) Laird.  

On Jan. 26, 2003 Gerald was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jane Reed, who survives.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Gerald Keaton of Desloge, Brandi Phillips of Arcadia, and Alyssa Maxwell of Perryville; three brothers, Ronnie Laird and wife Jackie, Donald “Duck” Laird, and Darald “Pole” Laird, all of Graniteville; a sister; Sally Keith and husband, Arlin of Fredericktown; two grandchildren; Jacob Wilkins and Caden Wren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his sister, Glenda McIntyre; his brother-in-law, Jim McIntyre; and his sister-in-law, Ginger Laird.  

Tue
14
Nov

Parvez “Pete” Dastoor

Parvez “Pete” Dastoor

Parvez “Pete” Dastoor passed away on Nov. 2, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. He was 76.

He was born in Mumbai, India on Sept. 21, 1941 to Shiavax and Baktavar (Mistry) Dastoor. 

Pete received a BS in Chemistry-Botany from the University of Bombay (Mumbai, India). Then in August 1965, he came to the United States to continue his education. During his days at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, he met his future wife and earned his BS in Pharmacy in 1967. 

He started his career with LeGear Labs, later CPC International. In 1976 when CPC restructured, he and his wife decided to embark on a new journey as owners/operators of their own pharmacy - Community Drugs of Pilot Knob. After 27 years of working to serve the Arcadia Valley, he started his next chapter as pharmacist for Iron County Drug Company and Wal-Mart.

Tue
14
Nov

Homer “Jack” Chadbourne Battreal

Homer “Jack” Chadbourne Battreal

Homer “Jack” Chadbourne Battreal of Ironton passed away on Nov. 1, 2017. He was 74.

Jack was born on Nov. 22, 1942, a son of Leo and Essie Myers Battreal. 

On September 11, 1971, he was united in marriage to Marie Rieck Battreal, who survives. 

Jack is also survived by one niece, Rebecca Berry and one nephew, Ronald Matthews, and a host of relatives and friends. 

Preceding Jack in death were his parents, one brother Leo Battreal, and, one sister Donna Thein. 

Jack worked for Stricklin trucking company as a personnel manager and purchasing agent at A.V. Hospital. He loved playing music and played his steel guitar in several bands. 

Jack was a member of Ste. Marie Du Lac Catholic Church. 

A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Ste. Marie Du Lac Catholic Church. A visitation was held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 with a Rosary starting at 7 p.m. 

Tue
14
Nov

Thomas Boyd Kitchell

Thomas Boyd Kitchell

Thomas Boyd Kitchell, known to most as “Tom Turkey,” passed away on Oct. 31, 2017 at his residence.  He was 55.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1962 in Union, the son of the late William Sherwood and Audrey Lee (Smith) Kitchell. 

Tom is survived by two brothers; William Kitchell and wife, Nellie, of Blackwell, and John Kitchell and wife, Stephanie of DeSoto; and a sister, Sherry Schilling and husband, Larry of Decorah, IA.  

Tom is also survived by numerous foster siblings, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his long-time companion, Sonya Thomas.  

Tom was a 1981 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School.  He was a member of Belleview United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed hunting and mowing yards.  

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 from Bryson Funeral Home.  Visitation was on Friday evening. Interment was in Thomas Cemetery. 

Tue
14
Nov

Alton Francis Bell

Alton Francis Bell

Alton Francis Bell of Belleview departed this life on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at the Veterans Hospital in St. Louis. He was 89.

He was surrounded by his two loving sisters, Alta M. Dickey and Wilma J. Reed. 

Alton was born on Nov. 13, 1927 in Banner to his parents, Mr. Fred R. Bell and Mrs. Avis F. Brummett. 

Alton served in the Korean War in the United States Army.  

He worked 29 years at Fruehauf Trailer Company and then retired to Belleview to his farm and raised Black Angus cattle. 

Alton is survived by his wife, Katherine Louise Bell; his only son, Alton Harlan Bell and wife Lisa; granddaughter, Lauren and husband Paul;  great-granddaughter, Madison; granddaughter, Lindsey and husband Josh; grandson, Emery; and grandson, Joey. 

He is also survived by sister-in-law, Phyllis Bell; nephew, David L. Bell and wife Erin; niece, Jane Barger and husband Jerry with great- niece Gina Barger and great- nephew Jordan Barger. 

Sat
04
Nov

Delbert Amuel “Boo” Womble

Boo Womble

Delbert Amuel “Boo” Womble of Arcadia passed away on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 in St. Louis.  He was 57. 

He was born on June 16, 1960 in Ironton, the son of the late Delmar Eugene Womble and Margaret Ethel Whited.

Delbert is survived by his sister, Julie Whited and her husband, Peepse Whited of Bismarck; his brother, James Womble of Ironton; two daughters, Michelle Childers of Ironton, and Destiny Womble of Ironton; two grandsons, Alex and Joshua Childers of Ironton; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Delbert was preceded in death by his wife, Rhonda, his brother, Don Whited and his sister, Margaret Ann “Nan” Womble.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of Bryson Funeral Home.  

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