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James K. Bess, 76 of Poplar Bluff, Mo. died September 11, 2011, at his resident.  
Mr. Bess was born February 28, 1935 in Dudley, Mo.  Mr. Bess was a long time
resident of Poplar Bluff.
Mr. Bess owned and operated a flea market.  He enjoyed fishing and going to flea
On October 11, 1956, he married Vernon Forsythe in Poplar Bluff.  She survives.
Mr. Bess was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Bess and Ida May Bess.
He is survived by one daughter, Cherryl Lacy of Poplar Bluff.  One son James Bess
of Poplar Bluff, Mo.  One brother, Benjamin Bess of Whidby Island, Washington,
and three sisters, Anna Bediant of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Vivian Urban of  Bellville, Il.,
and Emily Wooldridge of Sweet Springs, Mo.  He is also survived by four
grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mr. Bess was in the Airforce and a veteran of the Viet Nam conflict.   
James K. Bess
Kevin M. Rodgers, 47, of Linn, Mo. died Saturday Sept. 10, 2011 at St. Mary's
Regional Hospital in Jefferson, City, Mo.  He was born January 4, 1964 in St. Louis,
Mr. Rodgers was a truck driver.  He enjoyed fishing and was an avid deer hunter.
Mr. Rodgers  is survived by his father Bobby J. Rodgers; two sons, Hunter Grant
Baker of Jefferson City, Mo. and Dustin M. Rodgers.  Also surviving are three
brothers, Robert Rodgers of Mountain Grove, Mo., Larry Rodgers of Linn, Mo.,
and Dennis Johnson of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; two sisters Janice Rodgers of Poplar
Bluff, Mo. and LaDonna Jackson of Benton, Mo.
Kevin M. Rodgers
Missouri, in the Ten Mile Creek Community, to Joseph Edward Rickman and Maud
Lee Rickman (Mowery).  She graduated high school from the Poplar Bluff school
system and moved to St. Louis where she worked in the food service industry at
Mrs. Hulling’s and The Forum Cafeterias, and the Statler Hotel.  She was especially
proud that the Statler Hotel awarded her a scholarship to Cornell University in New
York for a continuing education curriculum – relatively unheard of at this point in
history for women.  
She returned to Poplar Bluff to teach grades 1-8 at the Halloren and Rushville
Schools and met her future husband, Adam Bocek, during this time.  They were
married in Poplar Bluff at Zion Lutheran Church on November 09, 1946, where she
was a member for 65 years, and their marriage produced two children:  John
Rodney Bocek and Shirley Ann Bocek.  Adam predeceased Beulah on September 18,
Beulah worked in food services at the Poplar Bluff school system, Snider’s
Cafeteria, and The Regional Diagnostic Clinic from which she ultimately retired.  
She resided for over fifty years at the family home on Robert Street and took great
joy in growing large showcase vegetable and flower gardens for many years while
sharing the bounty with friends and neighbors.
Mrs. Bocek is survived by her son, John R. Bocek and his wife Edna of
Georgetown, TX, and her daughter, Shirley A. Batton and her husband Ray of
Poplar Bluff.  She is also survived by her two granddaughters Chris Hunt of Austin,
TX and Julie Lockhart of Chicago, IL, and one grandson Doug Batton of
Williamsville, MO, and she had numerous great and great great grandchildren.  She
is also survived by two brothers, Jim and Charles, of Poplar Bluff, and many nieces
and nephews.  A sister, Ellen, and a brother, Wayne, predeceased her.
Mrs. Bocek died Sunday, September 04, 2011.  The family requests that any
memorials be sent to:  Lutheran Bible Translators, Inc., LaBoube Ministry, P.O. Box
2050, Aurora, IL, 60507-2055.
Beulah L. Bocek