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Willie Symantha McVey
(December 23, 1916 - January 24, 2014)

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Willie Symantha McVey, age 97, of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 24, 2014 at her home.

She was born December 23, 1916 in Galena, Missouri to the late Harvey and Alta Lou Gracey (Mitchell) Messenger. She had worked as a clerk at Arkansas Department of Revenue, retiring in 1982. She enjoyed sewing, Arkansas Razorback sports, and life. She was a member of First united Methodist Church of Poplar Bluff.

On August 30, 1941 she married William Arthur McVey in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He preceded her in death February 16, 1998.

Survivors include two sons: William “Bill” McVey, Jr. and his wife, Ann; and Gary Neal McVey and his wife, Kay;

two sisters: Gynith Louise (Messenger) Sossaman; and Marjorie Ellen (Messenger) Pettit;

her grandchildren and their families: Gary Neal McVey, Jr. and his wife, Lindsay Renee; Rebecca Ellen McVey; Brian McVey; and Stephanie (McVey) Snyder and her husband, Neal.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Edith (Messenger) McDaniel; and a brother, Kemett Cebert Messenger.

Visitation for Mrs. McVey will begin at 4:30 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014 followed by the funeral service at 6:00 pm at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, Missouri with the Rev. David Huck officiating.

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Layton Cemetery in Yellville, Arkansas with Rev. Donnie Hudson officiating.

Local arrangements are by Burns Funeral Home in Yellville.


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