August 13, 2009

(8/17/1933 - 8/3/2009)

Stanley Hatfield, 75, of Arbela, Missouri, died August 3, 2009 at his home.

He was born August 17, 1933 at Gorin, Missouri, to Edward Grover and Grace Maude Garmon Hatfield.

He attended school at Gorin, Missouri, attaining his GED and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He married Bonny Jo Eggleston on January 16, 1960 at Winigan, Missouri with his brother, Reverend Lemuel Hatfield, officiating. To this union three children were born.

Stanley was a farmer all his life, raising cattle and doing row crop farming. He also did some over-the-road truck driving which he very much enjoyed. It was noted that he had traveled in every state in the Continental USA and Canada and Mexico. Stanley was an auctioneer and considered it a special privilege to be able to auction the 4-H and FFA livestock. He enjoyed square dancing, water skiing and bird hunting and was an avid and fanatic football and basketball fan. Prior to his becoming ill, he and Bonny were able to spend several winters in southern Texas.

He was a member of the Harmony Grove Baptist Church. He served as a district board member of the NRCS for 24 years and also served on the board of the Scotland County Memorial Hospital for six years.

He is survived by his wife, Bonny Jo; a daughter, Lorie Cooper and her husband, Don, of Glendale, Arizona, two sons, Rodney Hatfield of Arbela, Missouri and Robie Hatfield and his wife, Kimberly, of Gilette, Wyoming; six grandchildren, Nicholas Hatfield and his wife, Talia, Brandon Hatfield, Megan Hatfield, Bryce Cooper, Desiree Byrne and her husband, James, Jacob Hatfield; and five great grandchildren, Elias Hatfield, Ian Hatfield, Cooper Byrne, Hawke Byrne, Colin Hatfield and Tristan Hatfield. Other survivors include two sisters, Izetta Nahra and Rita Derkson; two brothers, Lemuel Hatfield and Melvin Hatfield and his wife, Kim; and a brother-in-law, Max Eggleston and his wife, Shirley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Elmo Hatfield, Mason Hatfield, Leo Hatfield, Elmer Hatfield, Ross Hatfield; three sisters, Erma Hatfield, Wanetta Mathes, Almeta Mathes; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Hatfield.

Funeral Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Memphis, Missouri on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10 A.M. with The Honorable E. Richard Webber and Pastor Michael Blaine officiating. Music was provided by Ann Luther and grandchildren, Desiree Byrne and Bryce Cooper. Burial followed in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in rural Scotland County. Casket bearers were Nicholas Hatfield, Brandon Hatfield, Jacob Hatfield, Bryce Cooper, Don Troutman and Wiley Hutchinson. Honorary bearers were Megan Hatfield and Desiree Byrne.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery or North East Missouri Hospice and may be left at or mailed to the Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. Online condolences may be sent to Stanley’s family at Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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