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Posted 12/6/17: Seeking a motivated Funeral Director/Embalmer. See classifieds for more information.

Posted 11/15/17: Immediate opening for Funeral Director or Funeral Director/Embalmer. See classifieds for more information.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program to reimburse for the purchase of a casket or urn used to inter a deceased, eligible, Unclaimed Veteran in a VA National Cemetery, is in place.  The program allows for the reimbursement to any individual or entity, has standards for the casket or urn purchased, and by law requires that the Veteran died on or after January 10, 2014.

For eligible Veterans who died on or after January 10, 2014 and were interred in a VA national cemetery prior to May 13, 2015 there are special instructions for applying for the reimbursement. 

To learn more about the program and how to receive reimbursement, please reference the fact sheets listed below.

Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces, and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouse, widow, or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.

The CDC has issued Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals and Mortuaries. Click here for detailed information.

MFT Members - There is a new Contract Data Link for you to look up contract information: www.axysdata.com/tasmft. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Thurman at Eagle Bank at 314.968.2200.

In Memoriam

Billy “Jack” Lindley, age 90, a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at The Baptist Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Jack was born, the son of Frank Lee and Alpha Faye (Pyle) Lindley, on May 30, 1927, in Stockton, Missouri. He was a 1945 graduate of Stockton High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, as a cook. On April 22, 1949, he married Dorothy Lou Kohler in Harrisonville, Missouri. She survives of the home. He graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science, and received his Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmers license in 1951. Jack worked for the Runninberger Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri from 1949 to 1951; and later the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 1951 through 1955. While living in Nevada, Missouri from 1955 through 1959, he worked at the Ferry Funeral Home. On June 1, 1959, Mrs. Earl Keeney sold her funeral business in Chillicothe, Missouri to Jack and Dorothy, where they made their home in the upstairs apartment of the funeral home for seventeen years. In expanding the funeral business, Jack and Dorothy acquired Robertson Funeral Homes at Laredo and Chula, Missouri, in 1965 and the Austin Funeral Homes at Hale and Tina, Missouri in 1968. Jack also served his community as the Livingston County Sheriff Deputy from 1961 to 1974, and as the Chillicothe Police Court Judge during the mid-1960’s. Jack was a member of the First Christian Church, Chillicothe, Missouri since 1959. He was also a member of the Livingston County Men’s Democratic Club, Pendleton Fund Board Member, Chillicothe Lions Club for over 50 years, past member of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge #656, Chillicothe Country Club Member where he served as president and a member of the board, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce member and past president, the Chillicothe Masonic Friendship Lodge #89 AF & AM for over 50 years, the Chillicothe Shrine Club, MOILA Shrine Club of St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Vern R. Glick American Legion Post #25.

Jack was an avid golfer and spent his life and career in service to the families and communities of north Missouri.

Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy; one daughter Rebecca Ransdell, of Trenton, Missouri; three sons, J. Scott Lindley and wife Deborah, of Chillicothe, Missouri, Bruce Lindley and wife Susan, of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Timothy Lindley and wife Toni, of Kansas City, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Michael Ransdell and wife Melissa, of Kansas City, Missouri, Christopher Lindley of Dallas, Texas, Candace Lindley of Prairie Village, Kansas, Carter Lindley of Dallas, Texas, Connor Lindley of Kansas City, Missouri, Mathew Lindley and wife Jennifer, of Kansas City, Missouri, Jonathan Lindley of St. Louis, Missouri, Kate Reeve and husband Sam, of Lafayette, Indiana, Taylor Lindley and Trent Lindley both of Kansas City, Missouri.   He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jeff, Buck, and Jim Lindley; three sisters, Gemma, Trula, and Mary; one infant sister and one infant brother.  

Funeral services will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri, on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Charles Richard Williams, Sr., 77, resident of Charleston, Missouri earned his wings and his crown on Saturday, October 28, 2017 while at Southeast Missouri Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Marshall, Missouri to the late Charles and Dorothy Lewis Williams.

He married Marilyn Joann Williams in 1963 and they have three children, Charles Richard Williams Jr., Stephanie Williams Crawford and Monica Williams Brown, and four grandchildren Anthony Crawford Jr., Marissa Crawford, Isaiah Williams, and Le’Niya Brown. He was a dedicated family man, who made each one of his children and grandchildren believe that they were his favorite.

He was a graduate of Marshall High School class of 1958. He attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri where his granddaughter, Marissa Crawford, is enrolled as a Junior, and his brother, Stephen Williams is a graduate.

Charles grew up watching his father funeral direct and as a result became passionate about the profession. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois in 1962. Charles did his apprenticeship under Lawrence H. Jones, Sr. in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon completion, he moved to Charleston, Missouri in 1966 to work for L.R. Sparks Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He later became part owner and operator of the funeral home. Charles had over 55 years of experience and owned three funeral homes in Howardville, Missouri, Sikeston, Missouri and Charleston, Missouri.

Mr. Williams loved to cook as does his sister. He said it was his way to relax after a long day. He had many signature dishes that he loved to prepare for his family and friends. Most of those dishes will not be duplicated. He was one of a kind.

A typical Sunday for him would include waking everyone in the home with “The Gospel Hour” jamming as he prepared breakfast for all. He would prep his dinner and then head to church. After church, he would make a quick trip to Wal-Mart to pick up something he usually didn’t need and would spend hours getting it, because he ran into everyone he knew. He would arrive home, set the dinner table (no paper products on Sunday), and let dinner finish cooking while he watched sports. After dinner and a cocktail, he would have dessert. He said it wasn’t Sunday dinner without dessert.

Mr. Charles loved to dress and socialize. He will be remembered for his brilliant smile and his gold teeth. He had a strong voice and could sing. He and his brother can be heard as back-ups on their cousins’, members of the Kerr family, compact discs. He loved to play cards, buy his Scratch-Off tickets, and shop at Wal-Mart.

In 1970, he was elected to the Charleston City Council and was appointed the first black mayor in Southeast Missouri with a majority of white population. Some of the highlights that happened during his tenure as mayor of Charleston were: he signed a proclamation for the United Fund; participated in the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new City Hall of which his name is on the plaque outside the building; and he also gave a speech and welcomed Governor Warren E. and Betty Hearnes home during a “Welcome Home Celebration”. Charles had many accomplishments.

He had spent countless hours involved in the community. Mr. Charles was very generous. He eagerly supported local fund-raising. He was a former member of the Delta Area Equal Opportunity Council (DAEOC) Board, United Fund Board, and Bootheel Economic Development Council. He was appointed to the Sikeston Area Committee of the Farmers Home Administration (FHA) for three years, and was also appointed to the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission.

Mr. Williams served as a past President of the Southeast Missouri Funeral Directors Association, a past President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is a life time member of the NAACP. He was presented with the NAACP Community Service Award on January 17, 2001.

Charles is a past "Master" of Harmony Lodge No:40 F and AM of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and was recently honored for having achieved 40 plus years of service.

He was a Human Resource Development Member, a former Little League Baseball Coach, a member of the Ten Tall Ones Civic Club, a member of the Urban Renewal Board, Chamber of Commerce and former member of Susanna Wesley Learning Center Board. In 1973, Charles was published in the book of Outstanding Young Men of America.

He was a founding member of the Black Mayors Conference in 1974 in Fayette, Mississippi. In 1994, he, along with the twelve other founding members, was honored in Washington, DC during a national conference. Currently, there are over four hundred fifty black mayors.

Charles has received the NAACP Service Award from the City of Charleston, the Mayor's Award and the Community Citizens Award. He was presented the "key" to Sikeston at one time. He was the guest speaker for the Daughters of Sunset on March 7, 1993.

Charles assisted Helen Currin with the first Nutrition Center in Charleston, with the help of only volunteers, to assure that senior citizens would get one hot meal a day. The first day only 15 people were served and only one white person attended every day. In less than two years, there were over 10,000 free meals served and delivered with donated food until government assistance was obtained.

He was a proud sponsor of the "Gospel Hour" that airs every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am on 92.9 FM. In 2005, he was presented a plaque in appreciation of 18 years of continued sponsorship of The Gospel Hour Radio Ministry given by the 92.9 FM Gospel Hour Staff.

In September of 2014, Mr. Williams was the Grand Marshall of the Love Thy Neighbor parade in Charleston. During that same month on the 13th, he was honored by having the former Mark Twain Park renamed in his honor. The park is located on the corner of Lafayette and North Elm Streets. The celebration continued the following day when he and his wife were praised at the Bowden Civic Center by family and friends on their continued dedication and commitment to the local area. In February 2015, Charles and Marilyn were recognized by Cornerstone Baptist Church in Sikeston during their Black History Celebration for their outstanding service to their community.

If you stopped by Williams Funeral Homes, Inc. and on a rare occasion found Mr. Williams not working, he would proudly give you history on his family. He enjoyed talking about Pennytown. Every 1st Sunday in August, family and friends would gather to have church and fellowship at Freewill Baptist Church. In 1988, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. He happily showed off the “Certificate of Freedom” which was given to his great grandmother, Penelope, at five months old. Those were the official papers that freed her as a slave. He was so proud of his family and spoke of those, past and present, fondly.

Charles had been a member of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church since 1966 and was the former director of the youth choir. In 2016, Charles became an Elder. He loved his church family, and enjoyed fellowshipping with other churches in the area as well. Most evenings Mr. Williams could be found reading his bible, and every night before he went to bed he got on his knees and prayed. He was truly a Man of God.

In addition to his parents, Charles Linwood Williams and Dorothy Lewis Williams, Charles was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Priscilla Joyce Williams.

Mr. Charles leaves to cherish so many great memories, his devoted wife of 54 years, Marilyn Joann Williams, one son, Charles Richard Williams, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, two daughters and one son-in-law, Stephanie Williams Crawford of Charleston, Missouri, and Monica and Leon Brown, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, one brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Alma Williams of Charleston, Missouri, one sister, Lola Louise Williams of Marshall, Missouri, one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Frances and Loren Cornish of Peoria, Illinois, four grandchildren, Anthony Crawford, Jr. of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Marissa Crawford of Charleston, Missouri, Isaiah Williams of Charleston, Missouri, and Le’Niya Brown of St. Louis, Missouri, five step-grandchildren, Leon Brown, III, Alexis Brown, and Adreion Brown all of St. Louis, Missouri and Leonche’ (Craig) Burrell and Alana Burrell of Belleville, Illinois, two special cousins, George Gregory of Columbia, Missouri and Ellen Villars of Kansas City, Missouri, the Williams Funeral Home family, Joe Williams, Jr., Bishop Paul Jones, Eric Starnes, Naray Moore, LaMarcus Steward, Delores "Cherry" Young, Martha Bobo, Barton “Rip” Thomas, and Ira Jo Gordon, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, friends, and an entire community.

Mr. Williams was dedicated to his business. He loved what he did, especially delivering calendars and fans to a majority of the Black churches in Southeast Missouri. His favorite saying to his daughter, Stephanie Williams Crawford, was “ We are here to provide a service to the community.” That service will be a part of his legacy as the Williams Funeral Home Family continues to follow his tradition of providing excellent service. Terry Parker, Mississippi County Coroner, Funeral Director, and a friend, recently stated, “Mr. Williams was a man of great integrity and dignity and set a high standard as a leader in Funeral Service.

Mr. Charles was always there for his family, friends, and community. He will surely be missed.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Visitation from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. At the Williams Funeral Chapel in Howardville, Missouri 72 County Road 506 Howardville, Missouri 63869

Thursday, November 2, 2017: Visitation from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. At the Williams Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Missouri 305 Petty Street Sikeston, Missouri 63801.

Friday, November 3, 2017: Visitation from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. At the Williams Funeral Chapel in Charleston, Missouri 304 Vine Street Charleston, Missouri 63834

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Celebratory barbeque for family and friends from 1 P.M. until 3 P.M Balloon release immediately following At Charles R. Williams, Sr. Park On the corner of North Elm and Lafayette in Charleston, Missouri.

**T-Shirts will be worn on this day. If you would like a T-Shirt, please call your order in to 573-683-6608 by Tuesday, October 31 at 8 P.M. Must be paid for in advance. Payments may be made over the phone or in person. **

Saturday, November 4, 2017 (continued): Visitation from 5 P.M. until 6 P.M. Homegoing Celebration from 6 P.M until 9 P.M At Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church 415 West Marshall Street Charleston, Missouri 63834

Sunday, November 5, 2017 Visitation from 2 P.M. until 3 P.M. Final Homegoing Service from 3 P.M. until 4 P.M. At Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church 415 West Marshall Street Charleston, Missouri 63834 Final Resting Place: Oak Grove Cemetery in Charleston, Missouri.

Important Dates

September 2017  
September 4 Labor Day, MFDEA Office Closed
September 20 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
October 2017  
October 9 Columbus Day, MFDEA Office Closed
October 18 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
November 2017  
November 10 Veterans Day, MFDEA Office Closed
November 15 MFDEA Law Class, Jefferson City
November 23 & 24 Thanksgiving, MFDEA Office Closed
December 2017  
December 25 & 26 Christmas, MFDEA Office Closed


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