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Loy Dollins (1923 - 2013)

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Loy Dollins

Loy Oliver Dollins, 90, formerly of Wappapello, Mo., died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Sycamore Village in Swansea, Ill.

Mr. Dollins was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Neelyville, Mo., to Roscoe Edward and Stella Malville McKinley Dollins. On Sept. 19, 1942, he married Geneva I. McGraw in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

After returning from his stint in World War II, Mr. Dollins farmed in Southeast Missouri until 1950 when he moved his family to the St. Louis area. He retired from Wetterau Grocery Company in 1985 with more than 35 years of service in the grocery industry. Loy and Geneva then moved to Wappapello, Mo., where they resided on Dollins Lane, off Hwy D. His wife, Geneva, died July 1, 2005, and in 2009 Loy moved to assisted living in Swansea, Ill.

Mr. Dollins was president of the Missouri Mobile Home Owners Association about 10 years and president of the John's Branch Water Co. in Wappapello for more than 20 years. He loved serving his Lord at Faith Baptist Church on Highway D in Wappapello, where he was a long time member and was instrumental in the construction of that church and its additions. He was known for his ready smile and his love of singing accompanied by his guitar and piano until Alzheimer's silenced his singing.

Mr. Dollins was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Dorothy Chidester, Mary Haynes, and Goldie Dollins; and two brothers, Louis Dollins and Ted Dollins.

Surviving are his daughter, Velva (John) Swindle of Maryville, Ill.; grandson, Michael David (Kathy) Swindle of Lebanon, Ill.; stepmother, Nona (Paul) Miller of Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Iva Cosby, formerly of Poplar Bluff and Brenda (Bob) Peterson of Alaska; four brothers, Wayne (Brenda) Dollins of Wappapello, Jimmy (Cynthia) Dollins of Poplar Bluff, Harry (Carol) Dollins of O'Fallon, Mo., and Gary (Carol) Dollins of Virginia; and sister-in-law, Josephine Adams-Murphy (James) of Patterson, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith Baptist Church, HC3, Box 3039, Wappapello, Mo., or . Online condolences may be expressed at

Visitation: Friends may call from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Cotrell Funeral Chapel in Wappapello, Mo.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the chapel with Rev. Gary Aubuchon officiating. Interment following the service will be at the Roberts Cemetery near Neelyville, Mo., with full military honors.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 16, 2013
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