LILBOURN -- Ralph "Blackie" Tope Jr., 80, died March 17, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid.
Born March 11, 1927, in Lilbourn, son of the late Ralph and Ethel Riggs Tope Sr., he was a member of First Baptist Church in Lilbourn. He had been a star route postal carrier and had held several positions for Federal Compress. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II and delivered ice to homes upon his return home after the war.
On July 11, 1951, he married Maxine Cravens who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Tony Tope of Cordova, Tenn., and Tracy Tope of Lilbourn; three grandchildren, Christy Tango of Hampton, Va., Heather Tope of Sikeston and Justin Tope of Cape Girardeau; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: three sisters; one grandson, Jason Tope; and one great-granddaughter, Sherry Cuff.
Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Lilbourn where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Paul Hicks, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Mounds Park Cemetery at Lilbourn.