VANDUSER - John Coleman Engram Sr., 84, died at 5:30 p.m. July 8, 2006, at his home in Vanduser.
Born Feb. 1, 1922, in Sikeston, he was the son of the late George Allen Engram and Fannie Ann (Westerfield) Engram Barnes and stepson of the late Harley E. Barnes Sr.
He grew up near Canalou, graduated from Canalou High School and attended Murray State University. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Vanduser. He began farming in Scott and Stoddard Counties in 1941. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Manager of Vanduser Gin Company for 35 years, a member of the Board of Directors at First National Bank at Sikeston for 18 years, a member of the Missouri Cotton Producers Board of Directors, served on the University of Missouri Extension Council and received several state and county awards in recognition of his agri-business accomplishments.
On Nov. 14, 1941, in Benton, he married Olivia (McDonald) Engram, who survives of the home.
Children and grandchildren include: three daughters and sons-in-law, John and Joy (Engram) Whitten, Johnny and Jan (Engram) Wilson and Darrell and Joann (Engram) Nichols all of Sikeston; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Mary Engram of Sikeston; seven grandchildren, John L. Whitten Jr., Jason Engram Whitten, Julie Wilson Reece, Trey Wilson, Elizabeth Anne Engram and Isaac Coleman Engram, all of Sikeston, and the late Machelle Wilson Williams; seven great-grandchildren, Mamie Williams, Cole Williams, Eli Whitten, Savannah Whitten, Alex Whitten, Hannah Whitten and Olivia Whitten all of Sikeston. One brother, Harley Barnes Jr. of Sikeston and several nieces and nephews also survive.
One brother, Joseph Allen Engram; and one sister, Dorothy Dale Engram preceded him in death.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ponder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Dan Richardson of the Vanduser Church of Christ will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Johnny Whitten, Jason Whitten, Trey Wilson, Rick Williams, Miles Reece, Mike McDonald, Mike Keefer, and Ron Nichols.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Isaac Engram, Cole Williams, Eli Whitten, Kenneth Martin, Roger Casey, Carl Casey and Bob McIntyre.