PUXICO - Thomas Wesley "Tom" McGowen, 78, died Oct. 3, 2001, at the Puxico Nursing Center.
Born July 27, 1923, in Dudley, son of the late Willie and Janie Craft McGowen, he was a lifelong resident of Puxico. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the European, African and Eastern Theaters of World War II and was a recipient of the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and three overseas bars. He worked for the Puxico Public Schools for 32 years and retired as a bus driver and custodian. A member of the Church of Christ and VFW Post 7822 in Puxico, he was also a member of Disabled American Veterans. He was inducted into the Southeast Missouri Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
On June 15, 1946, at Poplar Bluff, he married Evalee Maddox who survives of Puxico.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Vicki Barnfield and Robin Martinez of Puxico; one son, Rick McGowen of Puxico; one brother, Cecil McGowen of Puxico; and five grandsons, three stepgrandchildren, two great-grandsons and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
Five brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Puxico where a VFW service is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Terry Stockman of Sikeston officiating.
Burial will follow in the Rock Hill Cemetery near Puxico.