SIKESTON - Willard "W.J." McMikle, 82, died at 6 a.m. July 5, 2006, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Feb. 1, 1924, in New Madrid County, to the late Joseph Bernie and Sally Katherine Black McMikle, other than residing in Tallulah, La. from 1963
-1970, he had lived in New Madrid, Mississippi and Scott counties his entire life. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during World War II. A retired farmer and landowner, he was co-owner of McMikle Real Estate Inc. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sikeston, and also held memberships in New Madrid Masonic Lodge 429 AF & AM, New Madrid OES Chapter 293 and the Sikeston American Legion Post 114. He was a former member of the Sikeston Board of Realtors and had also served in the positions of Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master and OES Patron.
On Aug. 31, 1953, he married Charlotte McCain, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and one daughter in law, Lewis Jon McMikle of Sikeston and Stan and Donna McMikle of Albany, Ga.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Wendul Hagler and Christy and Ron Priday of Sikeston and Willena and Greg Dugas of Manderville, La.; one brother, Elgin McMikle of Charleston; two sisters, Margariete Shibley of Germantown, Tenn. and Leola Roach of Bloomington, Ind.; and seven grandchildren and one grandson-in-law, Sarah and Cory Lenderman of Blodgett, Hailey Priday, Jacob Priday, Ben Priday, Joseph McMikle and Adam McMikle all of Sikeston, and Ryan Dugas of Baton Rouge, La.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Billy McMikle; and one sister, Eldoris Daniel.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston with Masonic Rites to be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Harold Norton, Director of Senior Ministries at Sikeston United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial with full military rites conducted by the Missouri Military Honor Guard will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery near East Prairie.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and grandson-in-law.
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may be made to:
Missouri Veterans Home
2400 Veterans Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701