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Dr. Walker J. Long, age 93 of Poplar Bluff passed away on October 3, 2012.
He was born in Leora Missouri on August 25, 1919.
On June 18, 1944 he married Lettye Wood in Malden, Mo. His wife Lettye
and one daughter, Lynn Long Flottman preceded him in death. He is survived
by one sister, Ruth Guth of Michigan; three children, Dr. Jerry Long (Sarah),
Kelly Long (Phyllis) and Lisa Long; 10 grandchildren and 24
Walker served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He
continued his education after the war and graduated from Southern College of
Optometry in Memphis in 1948. Dr. Long practiced in Poplar Bluff for more
than 50 years. He was an active member of the Missouri Optometric
Association serving as the state organization president from1973-1974 and
holding numerous other offices. He was named Missouri Optometrist of the
Year in 1979. He also was appointed to the State Board of Optometry and
served as the president from 1975-1981.
Dr. Long was involved in the community of Poplar Bluff, having served as a
City Councilman and the Chairperson of the county Republican Party. He
was a member of the Poplar Bluff Jaycees, the local Masonic Lodge, the Ad
Grotto and the Three River's Shrine Club. He was also a member of the
Poplar Bluff Lions Club from 1950 where he held numerous offices including
the presidency. He started the local "Eye Glass Program" for needy children
and families where he regularly donated his services. He was member of the
First Baptist Church, past chairperson of the United Way and a Boys Scout
Leader and volunteer.
Dr. Long enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing and his "motor home"
group. His prizewinning 56 pound catch still holds the World Record for
Fresh Water Buffalo, caught on a rod and reel, with 10 lb. test line.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home in
Poplar Bluff at 1:00 P.M. with services following at 2:00 P.M. There will be
a Masonic Service as well as a Lion's Club for eye research or th the Three
River's Shrine Club to be used for their hospital program.
Irene Hollowell, 85, died October 13, 2012 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. at the Mo.
She retired from South Western Bell after 33 years of employment, and was a
member of the First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hollowell enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, watching
the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing and shopping.
On August 6, 1960, she married Walter Hollowell Jr. He survives.
Surviving are one sister Phyllis Johnson of Vanduser, Mo. and her two
children Mike Hollowell and Lisa Law and husband, Skeeter. Three
grandchildren Jason and wife, Katreen Hollowell, Charissa Hollowell and Jodi
Law. Three great grandchildren, Alexander, Nicholas and Hailey Hollowell,
and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Hattie and Elbert Pigman. Her
sisters Dorothy Barker, Glendora Fox, Laverle and husband Calvin Bowman,
her brothers Herschel and wife Hallie Pigman, and Harold Pigman.
Visitation will be at the Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday from 1:00
pm to 3:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 3:00 pm. Dr. Bill Vail will
.Marvin A. Ward Jr. 49, a lifetime resident of Poplar Bluff, died Bluff,
was self employed as an appliance technician. He enjoyed fishing as a
Marvin is survived by his mother Nancy Robertson of Poplar Bluff;
one brother, Rob Ray of Qulin, two sisters; Leann McGaity of
Williamsville, and Bennie Helmick of Henderson, Kentucky. The family
is handling their grief and memorials privately and appreciates your
Percy F. Woods, 84, died October 29, 2012 at Cedar Gate Nursing
Home in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born April 15, 1928 at Fisk, Mo.
He was a long time resident of Butler County.
Mr. Woods was an Army Veteran serving during World War II. He
enjoyed spending time with family, farming, raising hogs, fishing, and
watching baseball. He was of the Baptist faith.
Percy is survived by one brother, Cecil J. Woods of Broseley; four
sisters, Carrie McCombs of Poplar Bluff, Gladys Reed of Kansas City,
Myrtle Shew of Broseley, Mo.
Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Fitch-Hillis
Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 P.M.
Rev. Ronald McCain will officiate. Burial will be in City