Don L. Presley(1940 - 2012)

Don Leroy Presley Sr. 72, St. Clair, departed this life at his home surrounded by the love of his family Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

Mr. Presley was born in Philipsburg June 26, 1940, the son of Carrol Washington Presley and wife Loretta Elizabeth, nee Mayfield.

On Dec. 1, 1962, he was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" Marie Smith and six children came to bless this union.

Mr. Presley is survived by his wife Pat Presley, St. Clair; three sons, Don L. Presley Jr. and wife Renee, Farmington, Minn., Timothy J. Presley, Eddie Presley and wife Carol, all of St. Clair; two daughters, Jean Presley and fiance Bill Phillips, Washington, and Hope Presley, St. Clair; four brothers, Bill Presley and wife Betty, Bonne Terre, John Presley and wife Delores, known to most as "Dink," Cedar Hill, Jim Presley, Cahokia, Ill., and Ernie Presley and wife Peggy, Marissa, Ill.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carrol and Loretta Presley; one daughter, Melissa Short; three brothers, Thomas Presley, Joseph Presley and Larry Presley Sr.; one sister, Carolyn Hulvey; and one grandchild, Amanda Frossard.

Mr. Presley was a Christian and member of St. Clair Southern Baptist Church, St. Clair. He was active in the church's Vacation Bible School program, as well as the bus ministry.

He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army, entering July 17, 1957, and receiving his honorable discharge Oct. 11, 1960.

Mr. Presley was a past member of Carpenters Local 602, now known as Local 92, in St. Louis. He spent his working career as a laborer for various contractors and most recently at Dinges Drywall Company.

Mr. Presley had a variety of hobbies and interests throughout his life, including fishing and feeding the birds. What meant most to him was the time he spent with his family. Mr. Presley's children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The many wonderful memories they shared and created will forever be cherished by them all.

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 28, at St. Clair Southern Baptist Church, St. Clair, with the Rev. Bill Savage officiating.

Interment with full military honors was held in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union.

Memorials to the St. Clair Southern Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Fund are preferred.

The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.

Published in The Missourian on Oct. 3, 2012