SIKESTON -- Delores LaQuita Knuckles, 69, died Jan. 3, 2003, at her home, in a house fire.
Born Jan. 13, 1933, in Canalou, daughter of the late William "Bill" and Vernia Rainwater Landers, she was a member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church in Sikeston. A former member of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce, she served on the chamber Board of Directors and had received the Chamber of Commerce Appreciation Award. For 16 years she was manager of the Super 8 Motel in Sikeston and was named Manager of the Year in 1992. She was a member and past president of Eagles Aerie 3319 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 114 Ladies Auxiliary, served on the Foster Grandparent Program Advisory Board and served on the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Board in Southeast Missouri. Knuckles was also a volunteer for the Kenny Rogers Children's Center and co-founded the Care to Share Program.
On Aug. 17, 1986, in Piggott, Ark., she married Lloyd Knuckles who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Ralph Sexton Jr. and Bill Sexton of Sikeston; one daughter, Diane Pearson of Sikeston; one stepson, Kurt Knuckles of Chaffee; one stepdaughter, Leah Honsaker of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Gene Landers of Dexter; seven grandchildren, David Blake Pearson, Daniel Sexton, Lori Copeland, Brent Pearson, Josh Sexton, LeAnn Pearson and Zach Sexton; and four stepgrandchildren, Victoria Honsaker, Amanda Honsaker, Bridgette Honsaker and Heather Knuckles.
Four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel where services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Larry Davis, pastor of Trinity Gospel Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Mike Marshall, Larry DeWitt, Bob Buchanan, Ricky Knuckles, Ronnie Knuckles and Steve McPheeters.