SIKESTON -- Samuel Applewhite Sr., 78, died Jan. 7, 2013, at his home.
Born March 15, 1934, in Kewanee, son of the late Albert and Elva Lott Applewhite, he was a lifelong resident of Missouri and was of the Baptist belief.
On Dec. 25, 1959, he married Vella Larry Applewhite, who survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: four sons, Samuel Applewhite Jr., Joe Louis Applewhite and Derrick Applewhite of Sikeston and Robert Lee Applewhite of Columbia; four daughters, Vella Lee Applewhite, Dionne Applewhite, Betty Jo Applewhite and Teri Ann Applewhite of Sikeston; one brother, John Applewhite of Elkhart, Ind.; and 26 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until service time at noon Saturday at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Sikeston with the Rev. Richard Lee, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sunset of Memories Cemetery at Sikeston.
The Williams Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.