DEXTER -- James Stoker, 73, died May 25, 2005, at the Cypress Point Health Care in Dexter.
Born Feb. 7, 1932, in rural Dexter, son of the late Lester and Mildred Hugdens Stoker, he was a former mechanic with Allen Christian Buick in Dexter. A veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean War, he was a member of the Mt. Gilead (Hills) General Baptist Church near Bloomfield.
On Dec. 15, 1967, at Dexter, he married Alberta Underwood who preceded him in death on May 24, 1997.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leon Stoker and Gary Dean Stoker; two sisters, Linda Stoker and Marie Edwards; and three grandchildren. Survivors include: two sons, Michael Stoker of Bloomfield and Danny Stoker of Dexter; two stepsons, Ronald Underwood of Dexter and Terral Ellsworth of St. Louis; three stepdaughters, Shelah Lathrope of Nashville, Tenn., Gloria Moore and Kay Pyles of Dexter; three brothers, Gene Stoker, Lonnie Stoker and Robert Stoker of Dexter; five sisters, Marge Rickman and Pat Moore of Dexter, Janice McCollum and Rachel Weaver of Bloomfield and Kay Marsh of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Danny King will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.