NAYLOR - Vernon Elgin Lancaster, 95, formerly Lilbourn, died April 12, 2006, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.
Born June 14, 1910, in Prentiss County, Miss., to the late Claud H. and Delia Rider Lancaster, he was a member of Lone Hill Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church at Lilbourn for many years. Mr. Lancaster was a farmer and later employed by the New Madrid County Highway Department and the Federal Compress in Lilbourn. A member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, he was also an avid hunter, fur trapper and a baseball and basketball fan.
On Feb. 24, 1929, in Alcorn County, Miss., he married Ruby Alma Downs, who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2002.
He is survived by: three sons and two daughters-in-law, Henry C. and Claudine Lancaster of Naylor, Norman E. and Helen Lancaster of Royalton, Ill., and Martin Lancaster of Cape Girardeau; three daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Jerry Colaric of Coal City, Ill., Frances and Gary Baker of Harviell and Brenda and Tom Maschmeyer of Memphis, Tenn.; three sisters, Elva Chessor of Advance and Mary Ruth Champion and Nell Bennett of LaForge; 10 grandchildren, Rick Scott of Palo Heights, Ill., Debbie Marizza and Eddie Lancaster of Coal City, Ill., Norman Lancaster of Herrin, Ill., Levesia Hudja of Mokene, Ill., Michael Lancaster of Newark, Del., Jason Baker of Kaiser, Ark., Thomas Maschmeyer, Ill., and Luke Maschmeyer of Memphis; and 10 great-
grandchildren and many stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ponder Funeral Home in Lilbourn. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Lilbourn with the Rev. Robert Medlock officiating.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery at New Madrid.
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Donations be made to:
Lone Hill Baptist Church at Poplar Bluff, First Baptist Church at Lilbourn or the charity of the donor's choice.