Shannon County MOGenWeb Obituaries


A large number of the obituaries transcribed here are from The Current Wave newspaper at Eminence, Missouri.
Permission was granted by The Current Wave to Kathy Welch Heidel, former coordinator of this page,
to list these obituaries which have been transcribed by a dedicated researcher.
Many thanks to this anonymous researcher and to The Current Wave newspaper,
as well as all the other contributors. Additional obituaries from private collections have been added.
If you have obituaries, current or old, that you would like to contribute, please contact us

Updated Oct. 27, 2017
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JACOB UNRUH - Born Jan. 27, 1902.  On the 14th of Jun., 1902, age 4 months, 18 days old, Though here only a short time, he budded on earth to bloom in heaven. He was a frail flower, and God transplanted the little bud in the world unknown. May God comfort the bereaved parents. Services by Bro. John Brubaker. Born and died at Birch Tree. Burial at Berea-Mennonite Cemetery.


PERRY OTTO UNRUH - Born May 26, 1904. On Aug. 21, 1904 after a week of intense suffering, Perry Otto Unruh, infant son of Abram and Rachel Unruh, passed away at the age of 2 months, 26 days old. He was laid to rest at the Berea Mennonite Cemetery. Services by J. L. Brubaker.


LESLIE 'LARRY' GLENNON UPCHURCH  Leslie "Larry" Glennon Upchurch was born March 22, 1945 at St. Louis, Missouri to Bud Franklin Upchurch and Leanie Pearl (Petero) Upchurch. He passed away July 4, 2006 at Jefferson City, Missouri at the age of 61 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Andrew Upchurch, and two sisters Viola Upchurch and Bertha Upchurch. He is survivied by his wife of 44 years, Betty Elizabeth Upchurch of Birch Tree, Missouri; his two sons, Carl Upchurch of Birch Tree, Missouri and Leslie "Wayne" Upchurch and wife Peggy of St. Louis, Missouri; one brother, Bud Upchurch, Jr. and wife Betty of Kokomo, Indiana; four sisters Juanita McKenzie and husband Edward of Pevely, Missouri; Lorine Hanks and husband Thelbert of Grandin, Missouri; Audrey Knox and husband Jack of Birch Tree, Missouri; and Cathleen Heverns and husband Denver of DeSoto, Missouri; three grandchildren, Joshua Upchurch, Jessica Upchurch and Anna Frazier and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Larry loved the woods. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting and riding motorcyles. Larry was known as a hard worker. He had worked in St. Louis as a welder at the St. Louis Ship Yard. Later he moved back to the area where he worked in his tree trimming and tree removal service. Larry was raised in the Pentecostal church. In the months preceding his death, he began to study the Bible and seek God. Larry will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 9, 2006 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Birch Tree, Missouri with Rev. Randy Risner officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of the Duncan Funeral Home of Birch Tree. Lawrence Allen Atchison.




SYLVIA (MILLER) UNDERWOOD, Date of Death: February 11, 2005.
Silvia MILLER UNDERWOOD, 88, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, formerly of Eminence MO, passed away February 11, 2005. She is survived by three daughters, Doris MILLS and husband Harold; Sylvia WILLIAMS and husband, Billy; Cora MOSES and husband John; two sons, William John UNDERWOOD and Calvin E. UNDERWOOD and wife Kathy; sister, Elizabeth MILLER TUCKER of Winona, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren.  Sources for this information: The Current Wave. 



20 Nov 1925 - 11 Sep 2007

Annabelle Counts Meade Underwood was born November 20, 1925 in Shannon County, MO the daughter of Gude and Bessie (Dixon) Counts. She passed away September 11, 2017 at Birch Tree Place, MO at the age of 91 years. She was united in marriage to James Loyd Meade on September 12, 1943 and to this union two children were born. After Loyd’s passing at an early age, she married Ernest Underwood in 1949 who helped raise her son, Sonny. Annabelle was preceded in death by her parents Gude and Bessie Counts, husband James Loyd Meade and one infant son Bobby James Meade; husband Ernest Underwood; four brothers Paul, Leroy, Charles and Ernest Counts; and three sisters Flossie VanWinkle, Nadine Hall, and Effie Brown. She is survived by one son Loyd Sonny Meade and wife Shirley; grandchildren Kathy Sanders and husband Lindell; Barbie Saunders and husband Quinten; great grandchildren Kelsey Myers and Blake Kile; one sister Velma McAfee and husband Lynn. Annabelle attended Reed School in Shannon County. After moving back to Shannon County from St. Louis, Annabelle was employed at Angelica Uniform Factory for ten years before retiring to lovingly babysit her two granddaughters. Annabelle loved to quilt. She stitched and quilted each one by hand on wooden quilt frames Ernest carved for her. She loved cooking for her family, tending her vegetable garden and her many flowers. Annabelle trusted in the Lord and attended many years at Bethany Chapel and later at the Church of God of Prophecy where she loved to join in the congregational singing and listen to God’s Word. She was a very loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Now she sings with the angels above. Interment Bethany Chapel Cemetery, Shawnee.


REV. WILLIAM UNDERWOOD The Rev. William E. Underwood, 83, of 3724 N. Willow, North Little Rock, Ark., a retired carman for Union Pacific Railroad and former minister of the Pentecostal Church, Kansas City, Mo., died saturday.  Underwood was a member of First Pentecostal Church. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Silva Underwood; two sons, John Underwood of Kansas City, Mo, and Calvin Underwood of Kansas City, Kans.; four daughters, Mrs. Frances Ridenour of Kansas City, Kans.; Mrs. Doris Mills of North Little Rock, Mrs. Sylvia Peters of Cabot and Mrs. Loretta Moses of McCloud, Kans.; a brother, Ernest Underwood of Missouri; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Ford and Mrs. Stella Tripp, both of Flat River, Mo., and Flossie Underwood of Winona, Mo.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The funeral was held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rest Hills Funeral Home by Rev. Joel Holmes.  Burial was in the Rest Hills Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Danny Walters, Gene Nicholson, Cecil Beard, Danny Looper, James Mullinax and Larry Counts. 

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