Lawrence E. Wooten, 77, Vandalia

Lawrence E. Wooten, 74, of Vandalia, died at 1:25 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2008, at his daughters residence in Vandalia.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Robert Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday and an hour before services on Friday, both at the church. Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Crawford-Hale American Legion Post No. 95 of Vandalia Avenue of Flags.

Mr. Wooten was born on July 19, 1930, in Tulsa, Okla., the son of Lawrence Benjamin and Juanita Jones Wooten. He married Helen Alberta Smith on March 28, 1953, in Belleville.

He was a former pilot, truck driver, policeman and bookkeeper, and he served in the Army during World War II and Korean Conflict. He attended First Baptist Church in Vandalia, and was a member of Kiwanis and Rotary Club in New Jersey, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3862 of Vandalia, Crawford-Hale American Legion Post No. 95 of Vandalia, Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 and Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Temperance Lodge No. 16, A.F.&A.M.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Melissa and her husband Darin Wells of Vandalia; grandsons, Michael and Matthew Wells of Vandalia; granddaughter, Nicole Wells of Vandalia; brothers-in-law, Gail Smith and his wife Donna of Vandalia, and Joe Smith and his wife Pat of Belleville; sister-in-law, Osceola and her husband Ken Mueller of OFallon; 13 nephews; and nine nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Farrell Wooten; and sister, Jeanine Hardesty.

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