SIKESTON - Orla Lee Fansler, 79, died Feb. 5, 2005, at his home.
Born July 21, 1925, in Sikeston to the late Orla and Jennettia Fansler, he owned and operated a cookie distributorship from 1946 to 1976. A 1944 graduate of Sikeston High School, he was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and became a Southern Baptist minister in 1964. He served at the First Baptist Church in Bertrand and the First Baptist Church in Blodgett and was interim pastor at the Sikeston Community Church at the time of his death.
On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Sylvia Cox who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Deanna Fansler of Sikeston and Jeffery and Teresa Fansler of Wappapello; two sisters, Verral Powell of Bertrand and Darlene Moore of Bryson City, N.C.; four grandchildren, Mandy Watkins of Pacific, Amy Heaton of Bloomfield and Callie Fansler and Johnny Powell of Sikeston; and three great-grandchildren, Trey Watkins and Connor Watkins of Pacific and Parker Heaton of Bloomfield.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ponder Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Kelly Grubbs will officiate assisted by the Revs. Dolan Rogers and Jack Bishop.
Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Sikeston.