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Shannon Keith Morgan, 90, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died January 1, 2016,
at Westwood Hills Health Care Center.  He was born in Arab Mo.
December 2, 1925 to the late Ernest Morgan and Opal Rowe Morgan.,  
He was of the Methodist faith.
He married Anna Lee Hendrix December 11, 1949.  She survives.
He was a Veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII.  He
was self employed as the owner and operator of Green Forest Grocery.  
He enjoyed hunting and going to yard sales.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Greg Morgan of Poplar
Bluff and Randy Morgan of Granite City,Ill.; four grandchildren and six
great grandchildren..
Shannon "Keith" Morgan
Brenda K. Brent
Brenda K. Brent, 65. of Vandalia, Ill. died Friday, January 8, 2016 at
Carbondale Memorial Hospital.  She was born September 3, 1950 in
Poplar Bluff, Mo. to the late Edward J. Brent and Elizabeth Meyer
Brent.  Brenda had been a long time resident of the Poplar Bluff area
before moving to Illinois. She was a secretary for medical records at the
Jewish Hospital for the Aged.  She enjoyed doing crafts, playing bingo,
knitting and crocheting.  She was a very kind hearted person to people
and animals.  She is survived by four brothers, Keith Brent of Poplar
Bluff, Chester Brent of Bridgeston, Mo., Joe Brent of St. Louis, Jack
Brent of Wentzville, Mo. and two sisters, Lenetta Jones of Piggott, Ark.
and Cynthia Jackson of St. Peters, Mo.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Cal Brent
and one sister Betty Seabaugh.Visitation will be at 11 A.M. Thursday at
Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel followed by the funeral service at 12
P.M.  The Rev. Calvin Buhler will officiate.  Burial will be at Carola
Cemetery in Oglesville, Mo.
Betty Lou Padgett, 85, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., a resident at Mark Twain
Care Center, went home to be with The Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.
Betty was born March 19, 1930 in Fredericktown, Mo., to Lealon and
Myrtle Bollinger. She married Arthur A. Ryan in 1945. They had two sons:
James (Bonnie-Ryan of Poplar Bluff and Ronald (Brenda) Ryan of
Jefferson City, Mo. whom survive.In 1952, she married Edward
(Popcorn) Padgett. They had three children: Karen (Nelson) Wallis and
Glen (Debbie) Padgett, all of Poplar Bluff, and Brenda (David) Johnson of
Colcord, Okla., also  survive. She had 11 grandchildren and 22 great-
grandchildren.She was a member of New Home Baptist Church. Betty’s
loves were her family, church, sewing, crafting and cooking. She was a
wonderful loving and giving mother and a friend to all.Visitation will be
from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home. The
funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Brother Calvin
Buhler officating

Betty Lou Padgett
Grace Cathren Violet Rommel Elledge 82, died Jan. 26, 2016.  She was
born Oct. 21,1933.  She has two remaining daughters, Cathy Fiehtner of
Poplar Bluff and Shirley Graves of Versailles, Mo. and two sisters, Ila
Bowers and Sally Elder both of Poplar Bluff.  She has 8 grandchildren and
numerous great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  She was a
member of Memorial Baptist Church. She was a resident of Westwood
Hills Nursing Home for the past 5 years.  She loved going to church and
attended church services at Westwood Hills when she was  able.  She was
always passing out verses or poems that talked of Jesus to all the residents
and employees.  She was loved and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be at 1:00 P.M. at  Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel Friday.  
A graveside service will be at Black Creek Cemetery at 2:00 P.M.  Rev.
Don Mayo will officiate

Grace C. Elledge
Robert Donald Phillips, age 94, passed away at his Bremerton home early
on the morning of 31 January 2016.  Robert was born in E. St. Louis
Illinois on 15 April 1921 to Donald Rollie Phillips and Mary Emily
(Wantland) Phillips and was called “Buddy” by his family.  He grew up
during the Great Depression years in Maplewood Park which is now
Cahokia Illinois where he assisted his Father in maintaining their livestock
and crops.  He was later employed as a clerk and delivery driver for
Chaudet’s General Store in Maplewood.
He attended Maplewood Park Elementary School and Graduated from
Dupo Senior High School in 1940.  During World War II he served as the
Flight Engineer for 15 missions on various B-17s including Bugs, Patches,
Chief Wahoo, Wolf’s Hollow, Heaven Can Wait, and El Diablo.  On his
15th and final mission which was to bomb the Ploesti Oil Fields in
Romania, his plane received heavy flak damage and was shot down on the
return portion of the mission.  He was captured by the local Romanian
Militia on 5 April 1944.  He was held as a POW at 5 different sites and
was finally liberated in early September 1944 when he was returned to
Allied control in Italy.  There he and the other former POWs were
personally greeted by Major General Nathan F. Twinning Commanding
Officer of the 15th Air Force. After the war he found work with the
Illinois Central (IC) Railroad.
On 7 September 1945 he married Nora Dorris Sheeley. They raised three
sons Donald Rollie, John Lee, and Lannis Dean in Cahokia.  While raising
his family and working for the IC Railroad, he and Nora opened a Hair
Styling Salon where he performed Razor cuts as and advanced Hair
stylist.  In addition he raised honey bees and operated a part time saw
sharpening business at his home.
After retiring from the Railroad in 1981 he and Nora moved to Doniphan
Missouri where they raised chickens.  After Nora’s death in December
1986, he relocated to Hereford Arizona where he lived with his son John
Lee.  He lived there until he married his second wife Dorothy Young on 5
March 1993 in Poplar Bluff Missouri.  He and Dorothy personally
completed several home improvement projects including adding aluminum
siding to their home after the age of 80.  A couple of years after Dorothy’
s death in February 2006 he moved to Bremerton Washington to live with
his son Donald and Donald’s wife Bev.
Robert was a devout Christian and always provided monthly tithes to his
church.   He was easy going, well liked, slow to anger, cool under
pressure, generous to others in need, and  had a flawless memory up to
the very end, and.  He never considered either himself or his experiences
as extraordinary.  He was content to be simply considered as a “Good
Robert is survived by his sister Loretta Parrish and Brother-in-Law Jack
Parrish of Foley Alabama, son Donald Rollie Phillips and Daughter-in-Law
Bev J Phillips of Bremerton Washington, son John Lee Phillips of Hereford
Arizona, son Lannis Dean Phillips and Daughter-in-Law Kathy Phillips of
St. Louis Missouri, Granddaughter Beth P (Phillips) Starr and Great
Granddaughter Ava B Starr of Saratoga Springs Utah, and Granddaughter
Allison Phillips of Berlin, Germany.
A visitation will be Friday at 10:30 A.M. At Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home
Chapel followed by the funeral service at 11:00 A.M.  The Rev. James
Healy will officiate.  Burial will be at Memorial Gardens.

Robert D. Phillips