DOGWOOD -- Ralph Thomas Lingle Sr., 81, died at 4:40 a.m. Jan. 14, 2009, at his home.
Born March 22, 1927, in Charleston, to the late Rollie Virgil and Myrtle M. Golightly Lingle, he had lived in Mississippi County his entire life and was a member of the First Christian Church in East Prairie. Following his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned home and served in the Naval Reserve serving 1951. A landowner, he was active in farming until 1976 and also worked with the Charleston Auction Company for 14 years. He was employed for 22 years with the U.S. Postal System as a mail carrier retiring in 1987 and then worked with Jack Carson's Chemical Company until 1995. He was a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge No. 407 AF&AM serving in various capacities including as worshipful master and was a 32 degree Mason of the Scottish Rite in St. Louis.
On Jan. 20, 1948, he married Doloris Taylor who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons and one daughter-in-law, Odie and Faye Lingle of Murray, Ky., and Stephen Lingle of Sikeston; one daughter and son-in-law, Elvira and Jim Ptacek of Marietta, Ga.; and one granddaughter, Dr. Amy Lingle of Franklin, Tenn.
One son, Ralph Thomas Lingle, Jr.; one brother, Charles Lingle; and one sister, Evelyn Lingle Cogdill, preceded him in death.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where Masonic Rites will be held at 7 p.m. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the McMikle Chapel with Martin Lucas of East Prairie, the Rev Larry Lane, pastor of the First Christian Church in East Prairie, and Ron Winstead, chaplain with the VNA Hospice officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery with military rites provided by the Missouri Military Honors Program.
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Memorials may be made to:
PO Box 768
Kennett, MO 63857
First Christian Church
215 S. Washington St.
East Prairie, MO 63845