Obituaries

Tue
12
Mar

Delphia Delores Flaker

Delphia Delores Flaker

Delphia Delores Flaker, formerly of Pilot Knob, passed away on Feb. 24, 2019 in Viburnum.  She was 97.

She was born on March 15, 1921 in Bixby, the daughter of the late Matthew and Ava (Stricklin) Faulkner.

Delphia was preceded in death by all of her siblings, three brothers, Bernard Faulkner, Maynard Falkner, and Roy Faulkner; and two sisters, Owsha Adams and Hazel Parker.  She was also preceded by her niece, Candace Faulkner; two brothers-in-law, Frank Adams and Winfred Parker; and her sister-in-law, Jerri Faulkner Reifer.

Delphia is survived by her nieces and nephews, Earl Parker, Ricky Parker, Joan Faulkner, Judy Faulkner, Randy Faulkner, Debbie Faulkner, Dale Adams and Gene Adams; and her sister-in-law, Jean Faulkner also survives.

Delphia worked for 36 years as a secretary for the Humane Society in St. Louis.  She loved animals.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Tue
12
Mar

Robert “Bob” Franklin Hamilton, Jr.

Robert “Bob” Franklin Hamilton, Jr.

Robert “Bob” Franklin Hamilton, Jr. passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at Mercy Jefferson Hospital in Festus with his family by his side.  He was 82.

Bob was born on July 16, 1936 in Sullivan to the late Robert Franklin and Effie Maude (Mantonya) Hamilton.

On June 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Fannie Winingar in Pilot Knob. To this union two children were born.

Bob worked as a supervisor for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and hard work was his biggest hobby.

He loved to spend his time off time with his family and grandkids.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother and sisters.

Sat
02
Mar

Rev. James C. Rogers

Rev. Jim Rogers

Rev. James C. Rogers passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.  He was 71.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Jeremy (Jaime) Rogers; daughter, Alison Rogers; sister, Karen (David) Keune; and grandchildren, Zoe and Kyan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rona Gorthy.

A pastor of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Pastor Rogers served congregations in Custer/Hill City, SD, Chesterfield and Ironton.

He had been the pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ironton for nearly five years. While Pastor Jim served as pastor at St. Paul, he was also a member of the Ministerial Alliance, and he often wrote the “Reflections on Faith” column in The Mountain Echo.  He loved the Arcadia Valley and made many friends while here.

A memorial service was held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 15750 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, on Saturday, February 23, at 11 a.m.  Interment was private.

Sat
02
Mar

Kevin Lindell Crocker

Kevin Crocker

Kevin Lindell Crocker of Belleview passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 in Potosi. He was 56.

He was born on June 27, 1962 in Ironton, the son of Lindell Harley Crocker and Juanita (Mitchell) Day.

Kevin is survived by three siblings, Paula Crocker of Belleview, Greg Crocker of Imperial, and Debbie Crocker of Imperial; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Day, and his sister, Margaret Day.

Kevin was a truck driver and he enjoyed car racing.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at noon with Rev. Don Akers officiating.

Visitation began at 10 a.m. prior to the service.  Interment was in the Ottery Cemetery in Belleview.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

www.brysonfuneralhome.com.

Fri
22
Feb

James Warner Forinash

James Forinash

James Warner Forinash of Irondale, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019, at Parkland Health Center in Farmington. He was 92.

James was born on October 21, 1926, in Raymondville, a son of the late Jacob Ray Forinash and Dorothy Belle (Richardson) Forinash.

James was united in marriage to Waneda Lorraine Chapman on December 19, 1948, in Piggot, AR. They were blessed with four children born to the union.

Fri
22
Feb

Dixie Ann Cole

Dixie Ann Cole

Dixie Ann Cole of Des Arc passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at her residence. She was 84.

She was born on June 8, 1934, to parents John and Martha (Osborn) Miller, at Russell, AR.

In April 1977, she was united in marriage to Charles Cole, Sr., and he preceded her in death in 2007.

Dixie was a loving mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She truly enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. Through the years Dixie had worked in nursing homes and was a certified nurse assistant. She was of the Baptist faith and had past attended White Hollow Church near Clubb. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Robert Dudley of St. Louis, James “Rick” Dudley and wife Judy of Des Arc, and Charles Cole, Jr., of Fenton; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Wed
20
Feb

Bonnie Emma Ivester

Bonnie Emma Ivester

Bonnie Emma Ivester of Ironton passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at The Baptist Home. She was 96.

She was born on May 27, 1922 in Old Appleton, the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Boren) Moll.  She was raised by the late Euphrates and Dell Bonnie.

Bonnie is survived by four children, Cindy Edwards of Charlotte, NC, Melody Hodges of St. Charles, Bruce James of Putnam, CT and James Garner of Napa, ID.  Also surviving are her daughter-in-law, Patricia Strange of Ironton, 11 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Ivester on March 13, 2007.  She was also preceded by two children, Linda Ruth James and Jimmy James, and her sister, Helen Gibbs.

Bonnie was a graduate of Jackson High School.

She worked as a floral arranger in a flower shop.  She was a member of Marble Creek United Baptist Church.

Wed
20
Feb

William Anthony “Mousey” Midgett

William Anthony “Mousey” Midgett of Ironton passed away on Sept. 27, 2018.

He was born on February 16, 1957 in Bonne Terre to William Thurston Midgett and Nola Kelley Watts Midgett, both deceased.

On Oct. 6, 2001, he was married to Pam Bonagura.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Eric Midgett of Millstadt IL; three step-daughters; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; a sister, Mary Jane Bright of St. Louis; one great-aunt Nelda Phelps of Belgrade; and numerous cousins.

A service will be held at home on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. Services to be conducted by Pastor Charles Sutton.

Wed
20
Feb

Glenn D. Witcher

Glenn Witcher

Glenn D. Witcher of Hot Springs, AR, formerly of Ironton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. He was 87.

He was born on May 13, 1931, in Corning, AR, the son of James Herbert Witcher and Sylvia Athlea Rapert Witcher.

On July 22, 1950,  he married Nelma Lee, who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2007. He was also preceded in death by his son, Rick Witcher, his parents, and his brother, Joe Witcher.

Glenn retired from Entergy where he was a district manager. After he retired, he worked as a consultant for Union Electric. Glenn enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family. He also volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Crossgate Church Food Pantry.

Wed
20
Feb

Shirley A. Occhino Guertin Thomas

Shirley Thomas

Shirley A. Occhino Guertin Thomas of Ironton passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2019. She was 82.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1936 in Oswego, NY, the daughter of the late Murphy and Evelyn O’Brien Occhino.

On Oct. 12, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to John R. Guertin, who proceeded her in death on April 14, 2012.

To this union seven children were born, Denise (David) Bates of Ironton,  Debra A. (Joel III) Gordon of Desloge, John R. (Mary Memhardt) Guertin, Jr. of Ferrum, VA, Diane Sweeney of Ironton,  Brian (Kathleen Burke) Guertin of Marshall, VA, the late Kevin Guertin of Cornelia, GA, and Mark Guertin of Ironton.

On February 10, 1978, Shirley was united in marriage to Roy G. Thomas who proceeded her in death on April 23, 2002.

From this union Shirley’s stepchildren are Carson (Linda) Thomas, Roger (Sharon) Thomas, Brenda (Charles) Brooks, Linda (Scott) Freeman.

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