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Jennie Colter
. Brenda Jane Emery, 65, of Fairdealing, died Sunday, July 24,
2017, at her residence.  She was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo. to the
late Clifford Robertson and Reva Mae Lee Robertson. She had
been  a longtime resident of Poplar Bluff.
She is survived by one son, Jesse Keith Emery of Jackson, Mo.;
one daughter, Jamie K Snodgrass of Fairdealing, Mo.; one
brother, Lee Robertson of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; three sisters, Lissa
Jones, Anne Kisner and Keri Garipey all of Poplar Bluff; two
grandchildren, Kay-La Emery of Fairdealing, Isaac Emery of
Jacson, Mo.and one great grandchild, Alay-Na Hellman of
A private family service will take place at a later date.  
Arrangement are under the direction of Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home
Jennie V. Colter, 96  of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died Sunday July 9,
2017 at Westwood Hills Health Care Center.  She was born Sept.
12, 1920 in Saginaw, Mi. to the late Nichodemus Eilf and Anna
Miller Eilf.  She was a long time resident of Butler County.  She
was of the Southern Baptist faith.
Jennie married Charles T. Colter July 30, 1941 in Bollingreen,
Ohio.  He preceded her in death Dec. 1995.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, gardening and
Jennie is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Tubbs of Harviell,
Mo.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by two sons, Richard E. Colter, and Charles
T. Colter, Jr.; two brothers, Nick Eiolf and Peter Eilf; and one
sister, Josie Miller.
A visitation will be Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at
Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel.  The funeral service will
follow at 11:00 A.M.  Rev. Bill Orr will officiate.  Burial will be
in Kinsey Cemetery.  Online condolences: index    Paid
Brenda Jane Emery
Kenneth H. Murphy, 88, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died Thursday, July
27, 2017 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  He was
born October 24, 1928 in Dahlgreen, Il. to the late John Murphy
and Minnie Bergen Murphy.  He was a long time resident of
Poplar Bluff.
Kenneth owned several rental properties and had been a landlord
for many years.  He loved animals and enjoyed his cats and dogs.
He also enjoyed watching T.V.
Surviving is one daughter, Kelly Murphy of Poplar Buff.
A visitation will be Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at
Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel.  A graveside service will be at
12:00 P.M. at City Cemetery.  
Kenneth Murphy
Jesse G. Hicks, Sr.
Jesse Glen (Buck) Hicks, Sr. passed away August 8, 2017 at
John J. Pershing Veterans Hospital.  He was a life long resident of
Poplar Bluff.  He was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Poplar Bluff to the
late Walter Ira Hicks and Nola Janice Wilson Hicks.
Jesse served in the United States Army.  He retired from the
Florsheim Shoe Co..
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Ann Hicks: one son, Danny R.
Hicks Sr. (Diane); three grandchildren, Danny R. Hicks, Jr.
(Ciara), Jesse G. Hicks III, and Chelsea Ann Becker; two step
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and 3 step
One son, Jesse Glen Hicks, Jr. preceded him in death.
A visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 10, 2017 at
Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel.  A graveside service will be at
11:00 A.M. at City Cemetery.
 Bonnie Absheer Knowles, 100 of Poplar Bluff, Mo., went to be with her
Lord, family & friends, Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Mark Twain Caring
She was born to the late Charles Robert & Gelina Smith Absheer on July
22, 1917, on the family farm in Wayne County near Piedmont, MO.  When
Bonnie was two years old, Her mother, older brother Willard, and a baby
brother, passed away in the flu epidemic.  Her father, Charles later met &
married Cassie Meador Absheer, the mother that raised her.  Bonnie grew
up in the Old Greenville area, where she graduated from high school in
1936 after playing on the girls'  basketball team for all 4 years.
On December 5, 1943 she married MSGT Herman Knowles.  She was a
loving faithful military wife during their 43 years of marriage.  He preceded
her in death on April 7, 1987.
Bonnie was a fixture for over 30 years behind the fountain at Belknap's
Drug Store.  Belknap's was the meeting place for the working people
downtown, when  there was a ballgame or horserace, they would get up a
"pot" and Bonnie took care of the money so she was called "The Bookie".  
Over the years whenever there was an individual or family in need or
someone lost a loved one, Bonnie always saw to it that money was
collected to help.  The "Downtown Belknap Gang" took care of the needs
of many in the community.
When Belknap's closed she spent 7 years at Jim Hogg's Supermarket
before retiring in 1982.  In 1988, she returned to work to help her son
Robert with his business, Rob's Flowers & Gifts, where she spent several
years until retiring to spend time with her grandkids & watch her beloved
St. Louis Cardinals.
Bonnie was one of the sweetest, kind, caring, loving person you could
have met.  She was a long time member of First Church of God, where
she was active in The Silver Links Sunday School Class & The Women of
the Church of God.
Bonnie is survived by her son, Robert Knowles, daughter-in-law Debbie
Knowles; grandchildren, Andy & Billie Jo Knowles, Cassie & Derek
Sieben; six great-grandchildren, Allie Murphree, Lexi Sieben, Kenzie
Sieben, Mirah Knowles, Blake Sieben, and Aubree Siebern; one sister,
Betty Absheer; three nieces, Terra (Dave) Downing, Becky (keith) Brent,
& Susan (Reid) Forrester; and many great & great-great nieces &
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Willard Absheer, Paul
Absheer, & Herbert Absheer, and sister-in-laws Nonna Rae (Bowden)
Absheer & Joyce (Presson) Absheer.
Visitation will be 6 - 8 P.M. Friday, August 18, 2017 at Fitch-Hillis Funeral
Home in Poplar Bluff.  The funeral service will begin at 11:00   A.M.
Saturday August 19, 2017 at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ben
Higgins Officiating.  Burial will follow at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Bonnie Knowles
Major William Paul Taylor II (US Army Ret.)(aka Bill) died peacefully at
home at 2:35 AM on September 3, 2017. Major Taylor served during the
Korean War and during two tours of combat duty in Vietnam. He was
awarded the Purple Heart during the Korean conflict. Bill was a member of
the KCRC model aircraft flying club. He attended Lee’s Summit Baptist
church. Bill was a resident of Kansas City, Missouri at the time of his
passing. We’ll never forget his influence, service and love for us and
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Lula Belle Magill Taylor, sons
Michael, Bruce and Samuel, daughter-in-law Diana Davalos Taylor,
daughter/niece Debra Russell, 11 grandchildren, and 19 great-
grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Patsy Taylor Wells and her
daughters in Henderson, NC.
Visitation will be 4–7 P.M. on Thur. Sept. 7, at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home,
366 College, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Funeral service will be at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home on Fri., Sept. 8 at 10
A Military Burial will follow (11AM) on Fri., Sept. 8 at Missouri Veterans
Cemetery at Bloomfield, Missouri after the funeral service.
In honor and celebration of Major Taylor’s military service and life, please
consider wearing Red, White and Blue to his services.
Flowers(Dad liked roses)may be sent to the Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home.
Donations may also be sent for Christmas Wreaths to the Missouri
Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield
William Paul Taylor, II