August 12, 2004

(10/17/1926 – 8/7/2004)

Virgil Clayton Phinney, 77, of Connelsville, MO, passed away August 7, 2004, at his home in Connelsville.

The son of Virgil A. and Sylvia (Mallett) Phinney, he was born October 17, 1926, in Memphis, MO.

On October 26, 1947, in Memphis, MO, he was united in marriage to Arlene Jones who preceded him in death. In 1980, in Olathe, KS, he was united in marriage to Anna Mae Allender.

Clayton is survived by one son, Steve Phinney and wife, Sue of Houston, TX; four daughters, Ruth Ann Mello and husband, Eddie of Oklahoma City, OK, Sylvia Deveau and husband, Ron of Oklahoma City, OK, Mary Miller of Tulsa, OK, and Becky Williams and husband, Chris of Novinger, MO; three sisters, Barbara Shultz and husband, Edwin of Rutledge, MO, Eileen Boernson and husband, Don of Troy, MO, and Louise Shultz of Edina, MO; eight grandchildren, Lindsey, Erin, Leslie, Mike, Molly, Nick, Stacy and Bailey; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Clayton was raised in Memphis, MO, and attended the Memphis Public Schools. He served in the United States Army from May 26, 1945 until his discharge on October 1, 1946. He moved to Kansas City, MO, and was employed by Jack Cooper Transport for over 30 years until he retired in 1989. In 1994 he moved to Kirksville to make his home.

He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed gardening, taking walks, going to Northtown Café and spending time with his granddaughter, Bailey.

A funeral service was held August 10, 2004, at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home with Reverend Jim Brown, officiating. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery in Memphis, MO. Pallbearers were Brad Williams, Dennis Shultz, Darrell Shultz, Doug Boley, Cory Shultz, and Gary Williams. Memorials in memory of Clayton can be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri, and may be left at or sent to the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, 2100 E. Shepherd Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501.

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