Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Emmett Watson McCord, age 84, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri, and entered the gates of heaven on Wednesday, September 12, 2007. He was a good man and a great Dad.

He was born in Commerce, Oklahoma, May 18, 1923, the son of Samuel Watson and Eva Mae (Helm) McCord. On June 14, 1946, in Columbus, Kansas, he married Ruby Evelyn Griffin, who preceded him in death February 23, 2006.

He is survived by his three children, Craig McCord and his wife Staci of Woodstock, New York, Michael McCord of Kansas City, Missouri and Cindy Harpool and her husband, Doug of Springfield, Missouri; two brothers, Leslie McCord and his wife, Ruth and Bill McCord and his wife, Peggy all of Miami, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren, Jessica Grace and her husband, Russell, Addy Malachowski and her husband, Dan, Ashley Harpool, Justin Harpool, Tyler Harpool, Kianne Harpool, Johnathan Harpool, Elizabeth Harpool, Caitlin McCord and Ian McCord; three great grandchildren, Ethan Grace, Maggie Grace and Jillian Malachowski.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Etholyne, and one brother, Donald.

Emmett graduated high school in Fairland, Oklahoma, and continued his education at Northeast Oklahoma A&M at Miami and on to OSU in Stillwater. He received his PhD in Agronomy from OSU in Stillwater in 1967. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. He worked as a county agent in Oklahoma and research director for Colorado State University Research Center in Colorado. In 1968 he moved his family to Springfield, Missouri, where he was a professor at MSU. He later moved to Cassville, where he worked as a family farm specialist with the University of Missouri -- Columbia.

He enjoyed meeting with his friends in the horticulture club and giving gardening advice. Emmett was a member of First Baptist Church, Cassville where he was very active serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He left many good friends and was well respected in his community. Emmett McCord was truly a man of God.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2007, in First Baptist Church, Cassville under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home. Reverend John Duncan will conduct the services. Burial with military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, September 14 in Fohn Funeral Home.

Memorials in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church, Cassville. Paid

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