Raymond Laverne Stull age 87 of rural Atlanta, Missouri, passed away at his, home on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
Raymond was born at home in rural Elmer, Missouri on April 23,1925, the son of Wiley Louis and Ethel Ima (Ivie) Stull. On December 30, 1945 at the First Baptist Church in Macon, MO he married Trella Mardella Beeson, who preceded him in death on July 30, 2001.
He was also preceded in death by his parents: two brothers, Murrell Stull and Clifford Stull; and one nephew Eugene Stull
Raymond is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Laverne and Patricia Stull of Atlanta, MO; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna Rae and Sheryl Smithson of La Plata, MO; four grandsons and their wives, Brian and Lisa Bender of Atlanta, MO, Laverne and Karen Smithson of Stanberry, MO, Danny and Erin Smithson of La Plata, MO, and Stephen and Jennifer Stull of Atlanta, MO; two granddaughters and their husbands, Jessica and Mike Hulett of La Plata, MO, and Karalee and NW= Remole of Billings, MO: nineteen great-grandchildren Audrey Peavler, Justin and Aislyn Bender, Emily. Marissa, Calvin and Vincent Smithson, Mikayla, Wyatt and Zone Smithson, Makayla, Nikolas, Landyn and Kendrick Hulett Shelby, Kynleigh and Hattie Stull, and Gracie and Levi Remole; one sister and brother-in-law Ruby and Glenn Itschner of Flemington, MO; one sister-in-law Kathryn Stull of Liberty, MO; two nephews Jerry Stull of Liberty, MO and Billy Stull of Excelsior Springs, MO; one niece Jackie Henderson of Liberty, MO; and special life long friends Calvin and Wanda Burgess.
Following graduation from Elmer High School in 1943, Raymond farmed with his father and brother Murrell in the Elmer area. April 27, 1945 Raymond enlisted with the United States Army and received basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. He served with the Third Army, was trained as an auto mechanic and qualified as a Rifle Sharpshooter. In December, his papers for overseas shipment were lost so he was granted a two week leave, came home and was married. He then reported to Fort Leavenworth for replacement shipment on January 16,1946. Went to Camp Pickett, WA and Fort Hamilton, NY and embarked for overseas on February 296, serving in La Harve, France, Maulberg, Germany, and Schwabisch Hall, Germany and was transferred to the 71st Constabulary Squadron with a T4 rank. On December 6, 1946 he was shipped home from the North Seaport of Bremmerhaven, Germany on the "Bridgeport" and arrived in the New York Harbor in January, 1947. He said, "Lady Liberty was a sight to see!"
Raymond and Mardella spent their entire married life living and farming in the Barnesville area, west of Atlanta. For several years, Raymond served as a board member of the Barnesville School District and the Atlanta C-3 School DistricL In April of 1950
Raymond accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized at the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, MO where he was an active member, serving as a Deacon, usher and Recording Financial Secretary. Raymond loved the Lord, his family, friends, was an avid turkey and deer hunter and enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, especially when they were winning!
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at the Atlanta Baptist Church.
Funeral services for Raymond will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Atlanta Baptist Church, with Pastor Chance Glenn, officiating.
Vocalists, Jamee Bowen and Melodee Nelson will sing "How Great Thou Art" and " Amazing Grace and the congregation will sing "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" with Paula Thompson, accompanist. Interment will follow the service at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO, with the Patriot Guard Riders providing escort.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: Brian Render, Laverne Smithson, Danny Smithson, Stephen Stull, Mike Hulett and Nathan Remole.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Raymond may be made to the Atlanta Baptist Church Parsonage Fund. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Elliott Funeral Home, 103 East Main Street, Atlanta, MO 63530.
Arrangements by Elliott Funeral Home in Atlanta, MO.