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love truly never die
year by year the sad memorial wreath--
and flowers, types of life and death--
upon their graves.
is she who has a dear one dead
she has whose face will never change,
communion that will not grow strange.
of a life is death.
no death, nor change, nor any ending.
journey, and so many go
who stay at length discern the blending
two roads, two breaths, two lives, and so
the high and quiet knowledge that the dead
ourselves, made beautiful instead.
"Readings on the Philosophy of Death"
Unknown, from "Poetry For Verse Speaking Choir"
by, Helen D. Williams
COURTESY OF "THE
COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE"
Charla (Emmons) Kleopfer, Class of 1965,
passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Dennis Whitesides, Class of 1974, passed
away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Ronald Lee Burks, Class of 1953, passed away
Friday, January 1, 2021.
Libby Coats Ellis, Class of 1971, passed away
Friday, January 1, 2021.
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Published on January 06, 2021
On Friday, January 1,
2021, Libby Ellis went home to be with the Lord.
Libby was born
on April 3, 1953 in Columbia to Lawrence and Louise (Ferguson) Coats.
She graduated from Hickman High School in 1971, worked at the University
of Missouri Hospital and Clinics for nearly 30 years. On August 21, 1995
she married David Lee Ellis. They have two daughters, Dava Coats and
Melissa Coats, both of Columbia.
Libby enjoyed many aspects of
life. She was an avid sports fan, always rooting for the St. Louis
Cardinals and Mizzou sports teams. She enjoyed reading, scrapbooking,
and talking on the phone. She also enjoyed taking car rides and
listening to gospel music. Her greatest joy in life was being Mema to
Libby was preceded in death by her father,
Lawrence; mother, Louise; sister, Leta Stemmons; special aunt, Etta Lee
Banister; paternal and maternal grandparents. She is survived by her
husband, David; sister, Lois (Wilfred) Tolson; daughters: Dava and
Melissa (Darrell); grandsons: Treyvon and Jalen Barnes; aunts: Dorothy
(Harold) Hickam, Winnie Freelon; uncles: John Richard (Louise) Ferguson
and Howard (Cora) Turner; special cousins: Doris Ferguson and Kay Smith;
in-laws: Anthony (Glenda) Ellis, Bonita Ellis, Roy Stemmons, Sr.;
step-daughters: Davina and Shanda Schroeder; grandchildren: Jacob, DJ,
Skylar, Emmett; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will be received from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, January 9
at Millard Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash. Celebration of life will be held
at 11 a.m. at Millard Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions are
suggested to the Russell Chapel CME Church Building Fund (108 E. Ash,
Columbia, MO 65203).
Arrangements are under the direction of
Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 East Ash Street,
Columbia, MO 65203 573-449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the
family at www.parkermillard.com.
Published by Smith North Little Rock Funeral
Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114, 501-758-1170.
Ronald Lee Burks, 85,
of North Little Rock went to his heavenly home on January 1, 2021 after
a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born October 17,
1935 in Columbia, Missouri, to the late Lloyd and Elma Burks. He was a
U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War and a 32nd Degree
Mason. He retired after a successful sales career with Bryan Smokey
Hollow Meats. In 1989, he was named nationwide “Salesman of the Year.”
Ronald was a kind, gentle and caring Christian man who loved to
travel and spend time with his family and friends. He was always so
proud of his family and their accomplishments and never missed an
opportunity to tell each how proud he was of them. Even though the
effects of Alzheimer’s diminished his mind, the sight or sound of
family- especially the children- always brought a gleam to his eyes. As
a caring Christian man, he was always far more concerned with the needs
of others over his own. Ronald was a giver, not a taker, and always
seemed to see the good in other people regardless of their situations or
He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in
NLR, which held a special place in his heart, and where he had many
loving friends, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.
was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice Burks; sister, Debbie
Smith of Columbia, MO and a stepdaughter, Gina Larkin of NLR. He is
survived by his sons, Ronnie Burks (Brenda) of Maumelle; Randy Burks of
Johnstown, CO, and Rick Burks (Yvette) of Denton, NC; stepson, Brian
Bentley of NLR; sisters, Sue Farlow of Asheboro, NC and Martha Strawn of
Spring, TX; 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces
The family would like to thank the doctors-
especially Dr. Scott Harrington- nurses and staff at Baptist Springhill
Medical Center for their loving care, concern, and lifesaving efforts.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns, a private family
visitation and memorial service will be conducted for family members
only. Interment with military honors will be held at the Arkansas State
Veterans Cemetery in NLR.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to the following which were dear to Ronald’s heart- Central
Baptist Church, 5200 Fairway Ave, NLR, AR, 72116 or Special Olympics AR,
2115 Main Street, NLR, AR 72114.
Arrangements by Smith North
Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR 72114,
Published on January
Whitesides passed away on January 6, 2021 after a hard-fought battle
There will be no service. He will be interred at
Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. A luncheon in his honor will be held
at a later date when we all are vaccinated for COVID-19.
born in Columbia on September 29, 1956 to Donald and Laverne Whitesides.
His parents preceded him in death. He was a lifelong Columbia resident,
graduating from Hickman High School in 1974. Dennis worked in the lumber
business for 40 years.
Dennis was a devoted husband to his wife
of 30 years, Pranny Cook Whitesides, and she survives. Along with his
wife, Dennis is survived by his sister, Debbie Sheldon (Roger); his son,
Eric Whitesides; three beloved grandchildren: Grayson, Jackson and Aria;
and adoring nieces and nephews.
He loved traveling with his wife,
always returning with adventurous tales to tell, whether that was from
San Diego, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Chicago, Las Vegas or their countless
St. Louis Baseball Cardinal trips.
Dennis was an avid fan,
loving: Cardinal Baseball, MU Tigers Football and Basketball, the Kansas
City Chiefs and of course Tropical Liqueurs.
Dennis will be
missed immensely. The absence of his quiet steadiness, and gentle humor
will leave an empty space in his family.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
condolences may be shared at
Published on January 24, 2021
Kleopfer, of Columbia, passed into eternity January 19, 2021. Her
earthly passage ended in her home, encircled by her husband Lynn of 39
years and daughters Natalie R. Thomas, Kim P. Wuest, Nichol A. Gottman,
their husbands, and newborn granddaughter. Charla’s legacy is known to
her family and friends for interests in music, research in genealogy and
family history, and unrestrained love and charity for all.
was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma June 5, 1947 to Charles L. Emmons and
Leah L. (Van Kirk) Emmons. She spent her early life in Oklahoma and
Amarillo, Texas where her parents were teachers. She moved to Columbia
in 1957 with her parents. Her father, Charles, was for 25 years an
accomplished University of Missouri Professor of Instrumental Music and
served as Director of Bands, Conductor of the University Philharmonic
Orchestra and Chairman of the Music Department.
To no surprise,
Charla followed her father’s lead and herself became an accomplished
musician. She enrolled at Mizzou and supplemented her studies as a
member of Marching Mizzou, as well as one of the first Golden Girls,
which her father Charles founded in 1957. She graduated from the
University of Missouri in 1969 with a BA in History. She went on to work
for the state historical society. In 1979, Charla received her Masters
of Arts in Library Science from the University of Missouri, where she
contemporaneously built her career as a librarian in the medical
Charla and Lynn Kleopfer met in 1980 at the University
of Missouri Health Sciences library, while he was doing his medical
residency. They married Dec. 12, 1981 and subsequently spent 39
beautiful years together in Columbia. In addition to their tenured time
in Columbia, Charla, Lynn, and their daughters accomplished many family
excursions to condos in Florida and Branson, and far off destinations in
America and Europe to enjoy Charla’s passion for history and genealogy.
Charla truly felt blessed to cherish these adventures away with her
Charla was outgoing and gregarious and gave her time and
resources generously to many family, friends, and charitable
organizations. She was a member of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Kentucky
Historical Society, Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International,
Ohio Genealogical Society and numerous other state and local societies.
She became an expert in her family and friend’s genealogy and created
family history books which she shared all across the country. She also
enjoyed many hobbies, most of all to scrapbook and quilt with her best
friend Marcia Willis.
Charla never met a stranger and was always
making new friends. She was an extremely giving person with passion to
help others anywhere there was a need. She loved those around her with
so much love and intensity, that if you were lucky enough to know her,
you absolutely felt her generosity and compassion.
survived by her husband of 39 years, Lynn Kleopfer; daughters and
sons-in-law: Zach and Nichol Gottman, Michael and Kim Wuest and Jacob
and Natalie Thomas; two grandchildren and her aunt, Dot Van Kirk of
Private services will be held on Sunday, January 24. In
lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Charles
Emmons Scholarship or Leah Lou Emmons Orchestra-String Music Scholarship
at the University of Missouri. Donations can be made online at
giving.missouri.edu or mailed to Mizzou Gift Processing 407 Reynolds
Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211. Please visit
www.memorialfuneralhomecolumbia.com to leave condolences.