Lawrence Everett Masters, 87, St. Elmo

Lawrence Everett Masters, 87, of St. Elmo died at 4:32 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2008, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Alice True officiating. Gieseking Funeral Home of Altamont is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Donor’s choice.

Mr. Masters was born on Oct. 3, 1920, in Cleveland, Okla., the son of Lawrence Clifford and Emma Farrel Carnes Masters. He married Velma Lucille Mattix on Sept. 9, 1946, in DeSoto, Miss. She died on Sept. 26, 1994.

He was a retired oil field worker. He served in the Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of St. Elmo, American Legion Post 420 of St. Elmo, V.F.W. Post 9770 of Brownstown and the World War II Memorial Society of Washington, D.C.

Mr. Masters is survived by a son, Gary Masters of Gray, Tenn.; a daughter, Karen and her husband Morris Wharten of Mason, Ill.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

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