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Harold “E. T.” Stout, 82, of Nixa, passed away at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, at the St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield. He was born in Blanche, Mo., on Aug. 27, 1922, to Jake and Ada (Bell) Stout. He was the grandson of Charley and Pauline (Berry) Stout and Owen and Caroline (Gunter) Bell.
E. T. spent most of his life in Douglas County and was married to Golda Thurman on June 10, 1942, in Drury. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. Following his discharge, they moved to Wilder, Idaho and lived there for a few years. They returned to Missouri and E. T. was employed by the Missouri Highway Department. They later moved to Richville, Mo., and operated a general store for several years before moving to Mtn. Grove, where he served on the city council for many years.
E. T. was a minister for several years and a long time member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove and also a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge. He was an avid reader and enjoyed telling stories to his family and friends about his childhood. He wrote many poems about his family and community that he lived in over the years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Golda Stout, of their home in Nixa; a daughter, Linda Collins and her husband Doyle, of Nixa; a son, Kenny Stout and his wife Vicky, of Ava; one brother, Hugh Stout, of Drury; one sister, Vernice Uhlman, of Drury; five grandchildren, Stephanie Downing and her husband Jeff, Jodi Snider and her husband Scott, Tina Boyd and her husband Andy, T. J. Stout and his wife Courtney, and Missie Keith; 12 great-grandchildren, McKanzie Downing, Jordan Downing, Colby Snider, Collin Snider, Myah Snider, Tyler Boyd, Cassey Boyd, Kennen Boyd, Gaven Keith, Braden Keith, Tidas Stout and Tator Stout.
Although E. T. has passed away he is alive in each of his family and friends who will remember him in their own special way.
Funeral services for E. T. Stout were held Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m., in the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove with Rev. R. E. Helsley officiating. Full military rites were given at the cemetery by the American Legion Post 30 with Jared Moore serving as bugler. Burial was in the Blanche Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt-Bradley Funeral Home.