DEXTER - Earl Eugene Christian Sr., 80, died Dec. 12, 2002, at Missouri Southern Healthcare.
Born Feb. 2, 1922, in Dexter, daughter of the late Winford Dudley and Maude Ann Menley Christian, he was a farmer and of the Baptist belief.
On May 15, 1952, he married Margaret Strickland who preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 1993.
Survivors include: five sons, Winford Christian and Earl Christian Jr. of Dexter, Ronald Christian and Johnny Christian of Bloomfield and Louis Miller of Holland, Mich.; six daughters, Brenda Griffee of Spring City, Tenn., Barbara Lahmann, Marilyn Case and Patricia Black of Bloomfield, Sheila Jones of Dexter and Teresa Bell of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Jesse Lavern Christian of Dexter and Owen Christian of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three sisters, Annie Thorne and Irene Leek of Flint, Mich., and Lillian Orton of Dexter; and 29 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Opal Christian; one brother, Lotes Lee Christian; and two sisters, Flora Williams and Wanda Hamilton.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.