NEW MADRID - William A. "Dub" Scobey, a life-long resident of New Madrid County, died Dec. 29, 2006, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston, at the age of 79.
Born Sept. 24, 1927, in Marston, to the late Homer and Grace Scobey, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Admiralty Islands as staff sergeant from 1945-1948. He continued his military career through the Missouri National Guard and attended Officer Cadet School in Fort Benning, Ga., in 1952. From there he received commissions as lieutenant and captain, serving the 1140th Infantry Division is Marston and Portageville. He was the acting company commander of the Portageville and Sikeston units and retired from the military on Sept. 24, 1987.
He worked for Ellington Insurance in Portageville and in 1955, he came to New Madrid as deputy collector of New Madrid County. In 1974, he was elected collector of New Madrid County, and served 41 years in the collector's office until his retirement.
He was a Master Mason of the Masonic lodge, a 4th degree Knight, for which he held various offices and a member of the American Legion.
On Aug. 19, 1948, in Osceola, Ark., he married Dorotha "Dot" Marilynn Washburn, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in law, Craig and Paula Scobey of New Madrid; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ken Chapman of Sikeston; five grandsons, Tommy McKay, Corey McKay, Kevin McKay, Billy Scobey and Keifer Scobey; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Ronald Scobey of St. Louis; and three sisters, Bobbie Arneson of Nevada, Ohio, Mona Carol Higdon of Lawrenceville, Ky., and Sue Avery of Cleveland, Miss.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today with a rosary recited at 6 p.m. at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in New Madrid with the Rev. Randy Tochtrop serving as celebrant.
Burial will follow at Mounds Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his five grandsons, Tommy McKay, Corey McKay, Kevin McKay, Billy Scobey and Keifer Scobey; and one great-grandson, Garrett McKay.
Honorary pallbearers are the members of the 1140th Infantry, the members of the Knights of Columbus, the members of the American Legion Post 595 and Sam Bodine, Al McRaven, C.C. Coleman, Louie Griffy and Donnie Smith.