Charles Odell Bostic

Charles Odell Bostic

Charles Odell Bostic, son of the late George and Rex Marie Nichols Bostic, was born on June 20, 1932, in Micola, Mo., and departed this life on Jan. 2, 2022, in Cape Girardeau.

He married Irene Koester Bostic on July 18, 1959, in Maywood. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2013. He married Wanda Tibbs on Jan. 8, 2014. 

Mr. Bostic served his country well as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, an elite paratrooper, proud soldier and later serving as a Missouri National Guardsman. He loved his country and showed it by actions and not just words. He was quick to salute the flag he served and to place his hand over his heart to prove it. 

He and Irene had fostered over 450 children over 25 years. 

Survivors include his wife Wanda; children Duane (Lindy) Benes of Silverhill, Ala., Debby (Jim) Stokley of Kennett, Mo., Cindy (Ramon) Mendoza of Carlsbad, N.M., Chuck (Sandy) Bostic of Cape Girardeau and Christine (Stewart) Mayberry of Jonesboro; a stepdaughter, Angela (Mike) Morgan of Cape Girardeau; 10 grandchildren, Erik (Claire) Benes, Joseph (Abbey) Stokley, David (Tammy) Barani, Michael (Nikki) Stokley, Benjamin Bostic, Dustin (Katie) Mayberry, Amanda (John) Morlan, Allison (Lance) DeBrock, Brandon (Danielle) Mayberry and Timothy (Stephanie) Barani; step-grandchildren Amanda, Cody and Trayton Morgan; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Molly Inman, Margie Kennedy, Jean Wright, Georgia Pierce and Mae Darnell; and by one brother, Johnny Doyle Bostic. 

Visitation will be Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Mt. Auburn Christian Church in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will follow the visitation at the church, with Pastor Casey Elmore officiating. Inurnment will take place at Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery at a later date. 

Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Mt. Auburn Christian Church in Cape Girardeau.

Crain Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.

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