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Elsie L. Sparks, 80, longtime resident of Poplar Bluff, Mo died Tuesday, February
22, 2011 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Sparks was born August 24, 1930 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. She was a
homemaker, and enjoyed babysitting, reading, scrapbooking, sewing, and listening
to country music.
preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Ricky Sparks and wife, Deenie, of Ellsinore, Mo,
Curtis Sparks and wife, Sherry, of Seattle, Wa, and Chuck Sparks and wife,
Margaret, of Poplar Bluff, Mo; two daughters, Veronica Deaton of Poplar Bluff,
Mo, and Charlene Parker and husband, Roger, of Poplar Bluff, Mo; two sisters,
Vernon Bess and Virginia Fowler, both of Poplar Bluff, Mo; two brothers, Donald
Forsythe and Martin Forsythe, both of Poplar Bluff, Mo; twenty-three
grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and three
Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at Fitch-Hillis
Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 1 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011 in
the Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Brown Chapel Cemetery
in Brosley, Mo.
Rex Gorman, 82, longtime resident of Poplar Bluff, died Friday, February 11, 2011
at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Mr. Gorman was born February 13, 1928 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He retired from Noel
Manufacturing after working as a shift manager. Mr. Gorman was a member of
First Christian Church. He enjoyed golf, gardening and building models. He is a
member of Sportsman Hall of Fame in Poplar Bluff for football, he also lettered four
years in football, and three years in track and basketball. Mr. Gorman was an elder
of his church, a leader for the Boyscouts of America, and also a lifetime Amvets
On July 19, 1953 he married Gleta Warren. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Kim Gorman of Union, Mo, and Kay Gilbreath
and husband, Kenny, of Poplar Bluff; two brothers, Ted Gorman of Poplar Bluff,
and Jerry Gorman of Alma, Ar; one sister, Pat Gehlen of Chula Vista, Ca; three
grandchildren, Robert Gilbreath of Bollingreen, Mo, James Gilbreath of Poplar Bluff,
and Lee Henslee of Union, Mo; and one great grandchild, Hallie Gilbreath of
Bollingreen, Mo, and many close nieces and nephews. Special sister-in-laws and
brother-in-laws include Mona and John Zeikle of Higginsville, Mo, Phil and Betty
Warren of Bonne Terre, Mo, and Eddie Warren of Poplar Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mabel (Gulley) Gorman; one
son, Greg Gorman; two sisters, Wilma Wilhelm and Pauline Hinrichs; four brothers,
Jack Gorman, Bill Gorman, Don Gorman, and Dick Gorman
Mrs. Klos entered into marriage with Howard Klos, he preceded her in death. She is
neices and nephews.