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Berton Allen Easley, 76, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at his home in Climax Springs.
Berton was born, was born, Saturday, Nov. 15, 1930 in Mosby, the son of Harry and Ruth Ann Easley. On Sept. 26, 1976 in Richmond, he was united in marriage to Lola Jean Aubrey Payne, and together they have shared the past thirty-one years.
Berton was raised and went to school in Mosby, and Missouri City. He served his country proudly as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marines, working as a tank mechanic and was honorably discharged. After the service, he worked for Haggard Heavy Hauling of Kansas City, Mo. until his retirement. In his spare time, he was a shade tree mechanic extraordinaire. He enjoyed restoring vehicles, gardening, fishing, and bowling. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Berton received the "Very Special Person" award from his children, grandchildren and in-laws. Berton was a loving husband, father, Pa Paw, great-Pa Paw, brother, uncle and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and will miss him greatly.
Survivors include: his wife, Lola Jean Easley of the home; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary Allen Norris and his wife, Karen, of Excelsior Springs, Donald L. Payne and his wife, Nita, of Lawson, and Robert K. Payne of Richmond; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Gail Smith and her husband, John, of Climax Springs, Sheila R. Seek and her husband, Steve, of Richmond, and Ruth J. Ballew and her husband, David, of Richmond; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers William "Bill" Easley and Wayne Easley; nieces, Rita Hodges, Linda Robb and her husband, Darrell, Connie Hayes and her husband, DeWayne, and Jane Downer; numerous other nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws and relatives and friends.
His parents, two brothers, Bob and Rueben V. Easley and a sister Betty Knox, preceded him in death.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ozark Bethel Chapel Assembly of God Church or the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association and may be left at Polley Funeral Home.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ozark Bethel Chapel Assembly of God. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 in the Chapel with Reverend Alonzo Thomas officiating. A second service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Polley Funeral Home in Richmond, with burial to follow at Missouri City Cemetery in Missouri City.
Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home in Richmond.