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Berneice Lancaster

Berneice Lancaster

   Berneice Lancaster, 95, of Memphis, Missouri, died June 5, 2007 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.  She was born April 16, 1912 in Scotland County Missouri to Talmadge Delbert and Lena A. Meeks Wortman.

   Berneice was a homemaker, telephone operator, care giver, worked in several restaurants and was a correspondent for area newspapers. She was very active with the OATS Bus and the Scotland County Senior Center. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she was active with the Women’s Missionary Group.

   She is survived by three daughters: Margaret Shibley and her husband, George, of Cabot, Arkansas, Karen Smith of Memphis, Missouri, Glada Shultz of Rutledge, Missouri; and four sons:  Jack Smock and his wife, Jeanne, of Farmington, Arkansas; Robert Smock and his wife, Marlyn, of Huntley, Illinois, Delbert Smock and his wife, Teresa, of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Ronald Smock of Omaha, Nebraska. Other survivors include nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; a niece, Carol Chadwick and a nephew, Jerry Boone.

   Berneice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert Lancaster, two sisters: Bessie Cone and Esther Boone and a brother, Willis Wortman.

   Funeral services were held at 3 pm Saturday, June 9, 2007 at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gorin, Missouri, with the Reverend Jim Campbell officiating.  Terry Sommers, Debbie Benish and Lauren and Renee Smock provided music.

    Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Gorin, Missouri.  Casket bearers were Jeff Smock, Greg Smock, Jerry Smock, Dan Fichter, Steve Berge, Eric Berge and Neil Robison.  Honorary bearers were Murline Hustead, Lila Mellott, Pauline Austin, Letha Musgrove, Madeline Ewing and Grace Starbuck.  A memorial in Berniece’s name has been established to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and may be left at or mailed to the Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

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