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In 1976 he moved his family to Ava Charles W. Stallcup, 71, was born Oct. 25, 1934, in Independence, and passed away in his home in Springfield during the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 31, 2006.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. With a keen wit and spontaneous personality he quickly made friends and lasting relationships.
Charles is survived by his wife, Betty, of the home; son Charles R. Stallcup and wife, Melissa, of Sparta; daughter Susan R. Fiedler and husband, Rick, of Springfield; granddaughter, Megan A. LeBlanc and husband, Norman, and great-granddaughter, Daisha, of Hampton, Va.; grandson, Chase A. Stallcup, of Sparta; granddaughter Amanda R. Mitchell and husband, Keith, and great-granddaughter, Ellie, of Aldrich, and granddaughter Amy Forrest of St. Louis.
He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Stallcup and James Stallcup, both of Springfield, sister Betty Campbell, of southern California, and many other relatives and close friends.
In the early 1950′s Charles moved from the Kansas City area to southern California. In 1955 he married Betty Lee Cruce in Downey, Calif. In 1957 Charles was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. After his honorable discharge from the Army he and Betty returned to southern California to start a family.
Charles was self-employed for most of his working career starting his own business in the early 1960′s. In 1976 he sold his business in California and moved his family to Ava, to run a dairy farm. In 1998 he and Betty sold the farm to build a new home in Ava. Having been a hard worker all of his life, a few years of retirement was more than he could take. In 2001 Charles and Betty decided to move to Springfield so he could be closer to his son and daughter, and also so he could get a job at Wal-Mart on the south side of Springfield. Charles was truly a “people person.” He loved spending time with his family and his many friends.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating. Burial followed in the Ava Cemetery.