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Abbie S.  "Susie Q" Harper-Bainter

October 31, 1956 -  December 6, 2017

Beloved wife of Joseph Sullivan of St. Louis; dear mother of Rebecca (David) Adams, Thomas (Joselyn Rector) Harper, Laura (Matthew) Behne, Melissa Windell, James (LeAnn) Bainter, Clarence Bainter and the late John Arnard Pierce and Frank Joseph Pierce, precious sister of Jay'ne Harper, Shoug Harper and the late Frank "Hootie" Harper and Junior Arnard. Special aunt of Frank, Shelby and Billy Barton, Holly and Sara Harper, Aleina Harper, Amanda Dami and Misty Harper; blessed grandmother of Sandra, Seth, Connor, Noah, Kaden, Gage, Cameron, Levi, Colton and Jaxon Harper; our dear aunt, cousin and great friend to many.

Susie Q enjoed shopping on Cherokee, cooking and watching her T.V. programs. She deeply loved her family and Joseph Sullivan was her world. Susie Q and Shoug were very close and she will be greatly missed.

A special thank you to Melissa Smith, her longtime caregiver.

Event date :  06-12-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  15-12-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Marlene Thurman

1942 - 2017

Marlene went home to be with the Lord, December 3, 2017 at the age of 75.  Beloved wife of the late Jerry Dean Thurman; dear mother of Mark Thurman, Gregory Thurman and Jerry Lee (Imelda) Thurman; dear grandmother of Amy Thurman, Richard Nabual, Kayla Thurman, Christopher Thurman and Rebecca Thurman; great-grandmother of Sethen, Amelia, Elizabeth and Emily Ohmer, Paige and Brooke Nabual; dear sister of Donald Cox, Sandra Farris, Jackie Cox and the late Helen Cook and Wayne Cox. Our dear aunt and friend to many.

Marlene loved children and was called Grandma by everyone in the neighborhood. She enjoyed being outside and gardening.  Her family will always rememeber her as "The World's Greatest Cook" she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Event date :  03-12-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  06-12-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited
Dorothy A. White
1945 - 2017
Dorothy Ann White was originally born Dorothy Ann McKeever on December 7, 1945 to the union of W.C. McKeever and Chaney Bell Thomas.  She was born the ninth of ten children. Her mother Chaney Bell Thomas, father W.C. Mckeever, brothers and sisters David Rogers III, Goldie Rogers, Ollie May Rogers, Juanita Mckeever, Willie Mae Lee, Earnest Mckeever, Carl K. Mckeever, Charles Edward Mckeever proceeded her in death. 
     Dorothy attended O’Fallon Technical High School and Manpower Clerical School. Dorothy graduated from Forrest Park Community College with an Associate in Applied Science Human Services in August 1990.
     Dorothy had a career in several different fields over 20 years.  She was an employee at Beltx Corporation as a seamstress; Division of Family Services as a Clerk Typist and Energy Assistance as a receptionist. During her career she received many letters of appreciation for outstanding service. Dorothy loved practicing her piano music, knitting, travelling, shopping and spending time with her family. Dorothy was medically retired for almost twenty years, but remained a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to those who knew her. 
    Dorothy departed this life on November 22, 2017 in Jennings, Missouri.
    She leaves to cherish her precious memories: her children – two daughters, Catherine R. White, Victoria J. Green and her husband Demetrius Green;  grandchildren: Kelly White, Walter Moore and Kristy White; and a host of nieces and nephews, and great grandchildren.
     She will be sadly missed.
Event date :  01-12-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  03-12-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Norine "Nonie" Holt

1931 - 2017

Beloved wife of the late Clyde L. Holt; dear mother of Charles L. (Renea) Holt, Sandra E. Holt, George F. (Debbie) Holt and Elizabeth (Roger) Spaugh; our dear grandmother of 9 and great-grandmother of 11; our dear sister, aunt, cousin and friend to  many.

Mrs. Holt was a long time member of Apostolic Pentecostal Church.

Event date :  29-11-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  01-12-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Melvin "G. "Puggy" Sandlin

1953 - 2017

Melvin went home to be with the Lord November 15, 2017. He was the dear son of the late Melvin W. and Mary Sandlin; beloved brother of Donna (Dave) Krupinski, Beverly Parker, Wayne (Bobbi) Glenn and Dennis (Elisa) Praiswater; our dear uncle; nephew; cousin and friend.

Melvin had a big heart and was very generous.  He enjoyed making funny remarks and laughing.  Only he knew what his technology was about and said "It was between him and God"  he worked on it very deligently! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Event date :  15-11-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  20-11-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited





Donald J. Balcom, Sr.

August 28, 1952 - November 2, 2017

"Our Beloved Donald"

Dear son of the late Ralph and Patricia Balcom, Sr. Dear father of Cindy, Elisha, and Donald Balcom, Jr. and step-father of Ronny Day. Dear brother of Robert and Samuel Balcom and The late Ralph Balcom, Jr. and Billy Balcom. Our loving grandfather and friend.

Donald enjoyed cold beer, family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Event date :  02-11-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  02-11-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited


Donald "Donny" W. Rutledge

August 27, 1963 - October 19, 2017

Donald Rutledge of St. Louis, passed away suddenly at the age of 54. Dear son of the late Donald Rutledge and Bob and Eleanor DeGonia; beloved brother of Tina (Corkey) DeGonia and the late Robin Degonia; dear uncle of Terry (Victoria) Zellers, Sheela Leonard, Samantha Lumsden and Staycee Lumsden, our dear great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Donny loved his work restoring homes and chandeliers, he enjoyed fishing and traveling to flea markets. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Event date :  21-10-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  26-10-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited




John H. Pierce 

January 30, 1950 - October 7, 2017

Beloved father of Dan (Alisha) Pierce and Laura Pierce; dear grandfather of Jayden Pierce. Loving brother of Sandy Pierce and boyfriend of Marie Boyer, he was a dear uncle and friend to many. 

John enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchild and cruising St. Louis with his girlfriend. He will be greatly missed.

Event date :  07-10-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  12-10-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Thomas "Thom" Y. Gray

1964 - 2017

Thomas Y. Gray went home to be with the Lord September 23, 2017. Beloved son of the late Leroy and June (nee Smith) Gray; dear brother of Michael Gray and the late Danny and Robin Gray, and honorary brother of Kim Prophete. Dear uncle of Crystal (Philip) Lewis, Danny Gray, Jr., Jennifer Gray, Danielle (Justin) McGuirk, Michael (Tiffany) Detherage, Jassen (Dawn) Detherage, Melissa (Brandon) Berrett; our dear great uncle. Dear nephew of Dale (Fay) Smith, Diane (Sonny) Wolf, Donna (Dan) Thornton, Brenda (Bill) Walz, Jim (Tammy) Smith, Karen (Jerry) Fife, and the late Harold Smith. Our loving cousin and friend to everyone.

Thom enjoyed family, firends, laughing and making others laugh; praising and worshiping the Lord.

Event date :  23-09-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  27-09-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Linda L. Roberts

1942 - 2017

Linda Roberts born May 8, 1942 embraced by the arms of the Lord September 12, 2017. Loving granddaughter, daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt and dearest friend to so many. The only thing that could distract her from a good book was the angelic face of a baby or a handful of chocolate. She was blessed with the ability to love each and every person in her presence without exceptions. All of her children were very special to her. In her smile she made a home for the heart of anyone lonely. 

Event date :  12-09-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  16-09-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Betty J. Northener

1930 - 2017

Betty went home to be with the Lord Thursday, September 7, 2017, at the age of 87.  She was born February 3, 1930 in Cannelton, Indiana to the late Pierce and Flora (nee Griesemer) Northener. Dear sister of the late Joan Northener, they were very close throughout their lives. She graduated from McKinley High School and was a proud Goldbug. Betty was a dear friend of the Saunchegrow family and an honorary aunt. She was a fun person and always had a laugh to share.  She loved to bowl, was a talented calligrapher and very knowledgeable on numerous subjects.  She took life with a grain of salt and enjoyed everyday.

Event date :  07-09-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  14-09-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited






Dorothy "Dot" M. Fowler

1928 - 2017

Dorothy went home to be with the Lord July 28, 2017 at the age of 89.  She was the beloved wife of the late Lloyd W. Fowler; dear mother of Mary Cain and Sherry Grant; dear grandmother of Matt (Chrissy) Cain, James (Priscilla) Cain, Melissa (Jeff) Lewandowski and Dave (Amy) Level; great-grandmother of Ashley Cain, Emily Cain, Hailey Cain and Mia Level.

Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family, and her Morse Mill Baptist Church family since 1978. watching John Wayne movies, chocolate, shopping and her friends.  She will be greatly missed.

Event date :  31-07-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  31-07-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Corene L. Showen

1932 - 2017

Corene went home to be with the Lord July 8, 2017. She was born in Holcomb, Missouri to the late William F. Taylor and Edna May (nee Hester) Taylor.The beloved wife of the late Dorsy Showen; dear mother of Glenda (Larry) Holt and Marynell Martin; dear grandmother of Duane Larry (Jill) Holt and Wendy Dawn (Anthony) Owensby; great-grandmother of Chase and Alyssa Holt and Logan and Ty Owensby; dear aunt of several nieces and nephews and friend to many.

Corene enjoyed singing in the church choir at Berea Temple Assembly of God, embroidery and doing arts and crafts. She was a volunteer at St. Anthony's Food Pantry. 

Event date :  08-07-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  14-07-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited




Genova R. Ellison

August 21, 1936 - June 22, 2017

Beloved wife of the late Ellsworth Ellison; dear mother of Sharon (John) Wolford, David (Joyce) Ellison, Norman (Barbara) Ellison, Michelle (Joo) Pearcy, Oliver (Stacey) Ellison, and the late Eddie Ellison; dear grandmother of Joey (Kristin), Elizabeth (Rob), Edward (Jessica), Emily, Eric, Michael, Christopher (Kat), Angela, Joel, Aaron, Haley and Annabella; great-grandmother of Luke, Heidi, Michael and Matthew. Our dear aunt, cousin and friend to many,

Genova enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, playing bingo and "Wordcrush" will never be the same withour her.  A special thank you to Joo for all the time and special care he gave her.

Event date :  22-06-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  28-06-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Reverend Raymond E. Gander

1931 - 2017

Went home to be with the Lord at the age of 86 .Preceded in death by his parents, Edwin & Winifred Gander and Rosalie F. Gander, his wife of 61 years. ; dear father  of Deborah L. Gander-Smith, Harold R. Gander, Linda M. Gander-Smith and Bruce (Tabitha) Gander; dear grandfather of Christian, Melissa, Rachel, Tiffany, David, Hannah, Eric and Rebecca; great-grandfather of Jasmine, Jada, Jocelyn, Trevor, Christian, Jaxson, Haley Hanna, Scarlett, Everly, Arianna, Adalyn, Emelia and Pace.

As a young boy  Reverend Gander felt the call of God on his life. He would speak/minister in the youth services at Glad Tidings Temple, where he along with Rosalie Cobb, grew up in church together.  Their parents attending the church also. On July 14, 1951, Raymond & Rosalie were married in Glad Tidings Temple.  On their wedding night, Raymond's best man drove them to Salem, Missouri so on Sunday morning they would begin a one week revival at Revival Tabernacle, where dad pastored his first church.  They remained in Salem for about one year and then returned to the St. Louis area.

 Around 1954 Reverend Gander founded & started Calvary Temple Church.  He pastored Calvary Temple for about 12 years.  In 1965 Reverend Gander evangelized & ministered in numerous places.  Early in 1967 the pastor of Glad Tidings Temple became ill.  Reverend Gander was called to come & preach for them at this time.  After the passing of Reverend Samuel Lees, the congregation appointed Reverend Gander as their pastor.  Not only did Raymond & Rosalie grow up in Glad Tidings, married there, all of their children were married in that church also, they came back to pastor their home church for 22 years of service to the Lord and devoted pastor to many.    

   Reverend Gander, always wanting to serve God's people, pastored at Owensville Full Gospel for about 5 years.  He was also an interim pastor at Living Bread Fellowship in Washington, MO., an interim pastor at Evangel Temple in St.Louis, Mo. Long time member and a director of Full Gospel Assemblies of America.  Honorary member of Independent Assemblies.  Rev. Gander was a businessman and entrepreneur throughout his life time.  Owning several card & gift shops, retail businesses and sales work.

 Reverend Gander was also and Elder and Officer of Life & Praise Ministries and an Honorary Officer of Life & Praise Ministries until his passing.     He loved gospel singing, picnics, eating, ice cream, fishing, 4th of July, parades & spending time with his family.  He never met a stranger or someone he would not lend a helping hand to.  He wil be greatly missed by all who knew & loved hime.                                                                                                                                                                   

Memorials appreciated to Life and Praise Ministries, P.O. Box 1922, St. Louis MO 63118

A special thank you to Comfort Hospice and all cargivers.

Event date :  22-06-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  22-06-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited



Jackie "Jack" D. Shearon


Went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2017 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Margaret Shearon; Devoted dad of Anthony (Karen) Shearon and Tim Shearon; dear grandfather of Cam, Ty, Chance and Brock Shearon. Dear son of the late  "Bonnie and Clyde" Shearon; Dear brother of Kenny (Etna) Shearon, Bobby Shearon and Dolores (Greg) Shearon; dear half brother of Virginia Yandell. He also loved Keith Zimmer like a son. 

Jack loved creating and building things, including their home which he built for his wife.  He enjoyed sports, the St. Louis Cardinals, racing and football. He loved people, ans being with his family and friends. Jack also loved animals, especially his cats and Strecth, the Basset Hound. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials are appreciated to Humane Society of St. Louis.

Event date :  01-06-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  07-06-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

Vada J. Fowler

1938 - 2017

Went home to be be with the Lord May 30, 2017 at the age of 79. Beloved wife of the late Michael R. Fowler, Sr.; dear mother of Starla (Richard) Fontaine, Donald C. "Chris" (Vicky) Kassing, and Michael R. (Dannielle) Fowler, Jr; dear grandmother and great-grandmother of many. Our dear aunt; cousin and friend.

Vada enjoyed wathcing her T.V. programs especially wrestling, she loved playing with her grandchildren and her many dogs.

Event date :  30-05-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  02-06-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited




Jesse C. Appleton

1968 - 2017


Jesse went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2017 at the age of 48. Dear Son of Roy and Caroyln Staub; dear father of Kayla Appleton, Emily Appleton and the late Justin Ablan; dear brother of Etta Appleton; and uncle of Caine Appleton; our dear cousin and friend to many.

Jesse enjoyed a great cup of of coffee and a good ghost story.

Event date :  26-05-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  26-05-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited


James R. Forgash, Sr.

1943 - 2017


Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection on Monday, May 8, 2017, Dear son of the late Rudolph and Cecilia Forgash; Beloved husband of Barbara Gwynn Forgash; Cherished dad of Andrea (Christopher) Libby, Jim (Kristin) Forgash, Jr. and Rebecca (Ryan) O'Connell; Dear grandfather of Cecilia Forgash, Gabe Libby, Camille O'Connell and Evelyn O'Connell; dear cousin of Carol Hill and friend to many.

James enjoyed life. He was such a generous person who gave his time, talents, and money to others, always willing to give a helping hand. He was a perfectionist, and his hard work and meticulousness always shined. James enjoyed countless good times on the renowned Wednesdays with his friends at golf, playing cards, betting on games, and a few libations. He was known to many as simply, Forgash.

As a grandpa, he was fondly called, Papa. He enjoyed sharing his sweet tooth with the kids. He was known for an early morning donut delivery, pancakes for breakfast, a run to Ted Drews after school, or a freezer full of popsicles in “Grandpa’s Garage”.  Forever we will hear him say in our minds and hearts, “It’s Grandpa”.

As a father, James will always be thought of as a precious soul. He was modest, hardworking, and took great pride in the successes of his children. He would brag about each one, who are a true reflection of him. All the memories and time together will be cherished forever.

As a husband, James was a rock. He was a best friend, devout to prayer, and committed to family. Gwynn brought out the softer side of him, and could often be heard saying, “Lighten up Jim”. She was able to get him to participate in almost anything from camel rides and goofy Christmas cards to even in his final days wearing a clown nose. He will forever be in her heart.


Event date :  08-05-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  13-05-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited







Alonzo "Lonnie" Davis

1921 - 2017

Alonzo Davis went home to be with the Lord May 5, 2017 at the age of 95.  He was the dear son of John and Susie (nee Carrington) Davis; dear husband of the late Jorene (nee Tyner) Davis. Loving father of Kathleen Hearty, David Davis, and the late Steve Webb; dear grandfather of Stevie (Nicole) Webb, David Zierenberg, Amanda (Chris) Miller and Bobby Logsdon; Dear Father-in-law of Debbie Webb; our dear great-grandfather; dear brother of Sandra Davis and Pamela Davis, and uncle, cousin and friend.

Alonzo enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to church and spending time with his family. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army and served during WWII.

Event date :  05-05-2017 6:00 pm
Event end date :  12-05-2017 6:00 pm
Capacity :  Unlimited

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