SIKESTON - James Eugene "Jimmie" Emerson, 63, died Feb. 11, 2003, at his home, following a brief battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
He was born Dec. 16, 1939, in Morley, son of Ava Evans Emerson of Morley and the late Jim Mac Emerson, he was known and respected by many of his fellow C.B. radio friends as "Double D" or "Dad." A former member and deacon of the Morley Baptist Church, he was a member of the Red Star Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. He was very loyal, active and dedicated to his church.
He worked on the family farm for 27 years and was later an over-the-road truck driver for several different companies, including Beelman Trucking Company, Howard Baer Trucking Company, Kenneth Storey and, most recently, Mid-States Carriers.
Jimmie was initiated in the DeMoLay Chapter of Sikeston in March 1955. A member of the Scott County Sheriff's Posse, he was also an honorary deputy sheriff of Scott County.
On Dec. 31, 1960, he married Norma "Gene" Whittley, daughter of the late Jesse and Violet Kirby Whittley of Sikeston.
Survivors in addition to his wife and mother include three sons, Tim Emerson and Michael Emerson of the home and Ricky Emerson of Morley; his sister, Reda Ann Frohock of St. Louis; and four grandchildren, Melody Dawn Emerson, Brandi Jo Emerson and Layton Joseph Emerson of Oran and Tyler Dale Emerson of Morley; one niece and one nephew; and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Joe Emerson of Jackson on April 28, 2000.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Benton, located on Highway 61 across from the Scott County Courthouse.
Visitation will continue from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Red Star Baptist Church, 1301 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau, where the funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Matthews.
Private burial will take place in Forest Hills Memorial Gardens near Morley.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Red Star Baptist Church 1301 N. Main St. Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701