Obituaries

Louisa F. Holsapple, 91, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff. Mrs. Holsapple, daughter of the late John F. and Rosa Staggs Bristol, was born July 19, 1925 in Ravenden. She was of the Pentecostal faith and a homemaker. Mrs. Holsapple enjoyed going to church, working in her yard, sewing and gardening, but what she cherished most was spending time with her family. On April 12, 1946, she was united in marriage to Ira C. Holsapple. He preceded her in death Feb. 12, 1985. Survivors include five children; Judy (Dennis) Lee of Dexter, John (Ruth) Holsapple of Walnut Ridge, Henry Holsapple of Poplar Bluff, Julia Alexander of Poplar Bluff, Herbie (Lisa) Holsapple of Corning; two brothers; Darold (Pat) Bristol of Rockford, Ill. and James (Carol) of Jacksonville, Fl.; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Holsapple was preceded in death by four sisters; Kathleen Bristol, Veda Walker, Juanita Rutledge and Mary Jane Gray, and three brothers; Harvey Bristol, Tom Bristol and John Bristol. Funeral services were Wednesday, August 24, 2016 with her son Herbert Holsapple officiating. Burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff. Sign online condolences at www.cotrellfuneralservice.com

Rev. Charles Calvin Hanna, 85, a retired Baptist minister, passed away Aug. 2, 2016, in Poplar Bluff. The son of the late Charles Lindall and LaVerne C. Turner Hanna, he was born Feb. 15, 1931 in Centralia, MO. He earned a received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Texas Baptist College. He served as pastor of the following churches: Bloomfield First Baptist, Doniphan First Baptist, Calvary Baptist in Corning, and New Hope Baptist in Peace Valley, MO. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 209 in Poplar Bluff and also served on the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home board. He enjoyed working on antique clocks and playing the harmonica but his greatest passion was preaching and singing. On Dec. 21, 1952, he married Maurine Berry in Centralia, Mo. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Melanie Jackson Stoelting and husband, Keith Stoelting of Puxico, and Lorri Shelton and husband Don Shelton of Branson; two grandchildren, Nathan (Malika) Jackson and Natalie (Ben) Woodbury; two great-grandchildren, Harper Jackson and Kellan Woodbury; and three stepgrandchildren, Scott Stoelting, Christy Stoelting and Shane Stoelting. Funeral services were held August 19, at the First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff with Dr. William Vail officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

David Staggs, 79, of Corning, passed away Aug. 18, 2016, at General Baptist Nursing Home in Piggott. Staggs was retired from Atwood Vacuum Machine Company. He enjoyed fishing, watching westerns, and spending time with family. He was of the General Baptist faith. On Sept. 6, 2008 he married Arveda Staggs. She survives. Other survivors are daughter Ronda (Craig) Freeman of Wappapello; step-children Farris Beecher of Coon Island, MO and Lana Nelson of McDougal; brother Sammy Staggs of Stillman Valley, IL; sisters Lola Sterling of Union, MO, Lela Hutchison of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Vercie Staggs of Springfield, MO; grandchildren Donna, Angela, Pamela, Sonya, and Ashley; and 14 great grandchildren including Deron, Ayden, Dakota, Lindsey, Aubrey, Ashlynn, Brayden, Kristopher, Shane, and Sydna. He was preceded in death by his wife Zelma Staggs; parents Everett and Mary Staggs; three brothers; and one sister. Funeral service was held Monday, August 22, at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Burial followed in Cantwell Cemetery in Corning. Online condolences: www.ermertfuneralhome.com 

Martha Owen Border, 91, of Peach Orchard, went to meet the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Mrs. Border entered this world on June 22, 1925, in Peach Orchard. She was a teacher had been a member of Peach Orchard Pentecostal Church in Peach Orchard since she was born. She loved attending church and playing piano. On March 16, 1947, she married Ernest Border. He preceded her in death on September 19, 2000. Survivors include special nephew Donnie (Pat) Steele of Peach Orchard, brother John Ed (Helen) of Spring Hill, FL, many nieces, nephews, close friends and students she taught at Knobel and Corning schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents Ralph and Hattie Owen, brother Ray Owen, and sisters Neta Steele and Mary Sneed. Funeral services were held Friday, August 19, at Peach Orchard Pentecostal Church in Peach Orchard with Pastor Terry Milburn officiating. Burial was held in Brownie Cemetery in Peach Orchard under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning. Online condolences: www.ermertfuneralhome.com.

Billy Weaver, 87, of Corning, plowed his last field Saturday, August 20, 2016. Born October 20, 1928 to the late Alfred and Myrtle (Cash) Weaver in the Hartwick Community, he grew up in the Ring Slough area as a child. He lived most of his life in NE Arkansas, and spent much time in Aztec and Roll, Arizona clearing many acres of farm land and working in cotton gins. He retired as a farm hand from Woodhouse & Son in Roll, Arizona in 1992. He enjoyed his pond, gardening, old tractors and watching his sisters fish his pond while fighting off “the rooster”. Bill was a “Simple Man” of few words, but full of knowledge and wisdom, teaching his children how to garden, fish, and make due if hard times are to fall amongst them. He was preceded in death by his parents, long-time companion, Lula Belle Camp, second wife Fay Weaver, two brothers Butch and Jesse Weaver, and two grandsons, Robbie and Bobby Lytle. Survivors are sons, Jack (Dusty) Weaver, Salton City, CA, Jimmy (Sue) Weaver, Corning, Gary (Wendy) Weaver, Corning; daughter Sandy Weaver, Wellton, AZ; first wife Nancy Jo (Richmond) Weaver, Yuma, AZ; identical twin brother William (Feeker) Weaver, Corning; six sisters Alice Smith, Peggy McKinney both of Corning; Jean Weaver, Judy Glasgow, Midge Glasgow all of McDougal, and Shirley Baker of Piggott; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends. All services are private. Sign online registry:www.emersonfuneralhome.com