Obituaries

Robert I. Prater
Robert I. Prater, 70, of McClure, died at 3:44 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on June 11, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Robert Gene and Barbara Aline Snell Prater.  He married Sharon Fisher on Sept. 21, 1974.  He was a member of Spark...
Shirley Lee Bunker West
Shirley Lee Bunker West, 85, of Aurora, and formerly of Karnak, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2021, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.  She was born in Karnak on Dec. 18, 1935, the daughter of Ward Beecher Bunker and Ruby Lee Bunker.  She grew up in Karnak and was a member of the...
Carl Vernon Marrs
Carl Vernon Marrs, 90, of Rockdale, Texas, departed this life peacefully on Monday, July 12, 2021, at home, surrounded by family.  He was born in Cairo on Aug. 8, 1930, the son of John Franklin Marrs and Hattie Marie Frank Marrs, He was the youngest of 10 children.  Mr. Marrs was preceded in death...
Vera Mae Marshall Ragle
Vera Mae Marshall Ragle, 92, of Cape Girardeau, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the Sikeston Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 30, 1928, at the family home in Murphysboro, the daughter of Julia Isabell McRoy and Earl Marshall. She married Carl (Cotton) Ragle on...
Bessie Lee  Crane Speakman
Bessie Lee Crane Speakman, 95, of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and formerly of Mounds, died Saturday, July 31, 2021, at her residence.   She was a native of the Brace Community, retired from Senior Volunteer Program, a former Rosie the Riveter and a member of Brace Baptist Church.  She was preceded in...
Lois L. Ames
Lois L. Ames, 98, of Anna, and formerly of the Buncombe community, died July 30, 2021, at home, surrounded by family.  She was born on June 18, 1923, the daughter of John and Beulah Light Lovell.  She was the last charter member of Rock Springs Hollow Freewill Baptist Church near Thebes. She had...
Everett Gene Varner, 83, of Tamms, died at 5:16 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Dec. 19, 1937, in Olive Branch, the son of Dorothy Hill Story. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired supervisor of maintenance for Egyptian School...
Cletus McLane
Cletus McLane, 65, of Metropolis, died Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. He was born on Feb. 17, 1956, in Cook County, the son of Raymond Roy “Speedy” and Mable Geraldine Mayberry McLane.  He married the love of his life, Rebecca “Becky” Miller, on Aug. 6, 1977. Mr. McLane is...
Lucy Clark
Lucy Clark, 72, of Cobden, died Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at her home.  She was born on June 6, 1949, in Union County, the daughter of John Basil and Frances L. Johnson Newman.   She married Mart Clark Sr. on March 15, 1968. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2016. Mrs. Clark is survived by her...
Katherine A. Fox
Katherine A. Fox, 80, of Pomona, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, July 30, 2021.  She was born on her family homestead, on Jan. 6, 1941, the daughter of Jesse and Rosella Stearns Morefield.  She married Larry Hardin. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2004. Years later she married Bob...

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