Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Charles William Writer, 74, of Purdy, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, in the tornado in Joplin.

He was born Oct. 29, 1936, in Barry County, the son of Herbert and Georgia M. (Pryor) Writer. On Feb. 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Peggy Hyde (now Peggy Dalton), and to this union one son and one daughter were born. On Dec. 1, 1978, in Miami, Okla., he married Gerda (Ehrmann) Henderson, and she survives.

Additionals survivors include: four sons, Rick Writer and his wife, Peggy, of Butterfield, Jim Henderson and his wife, Linda, of Monett, John Henderson and his wife, Terri, of Exeter, and Kenny Henderson and his wife, Misty, of Collinsville, Okla.; four daughters, Rena Kennedy and her husband, Gary, of Lampe, Beverly Bacon and her husband, Joe, of Cassville, Debbie Henderson and Marty Wolf, of Butterfield, and Brenda Fryman and her husband, Rob, of Eureka; one brother, Eugene Writer and his wife, Mava, of Cassville; two sisters, Yvonne Stumpff and her husband, Max, of Cassville, and Linda Mitchell and her husband, Richard, of Washburn; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a grandson.

He received his education at Sparks and Victory rural schools and Cassville and Southwest High Schools. From April 1, 1954, to Dec. 18, 1964, he served in the United States Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked several years for Pryor Motor Company. He then owned and operated the DX Gas Station, High Point Trucking Company and a transport truck leasing company, retiring around 10 years ago. Most of his life was spent cattle farming.

Funeral services were held Monday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Jerry Nickle conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Sparks Cemetery, Butterfield.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Joplin Disaster Fund in care of Fohn Funeral Home.

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