Deacon Kenneth South was the fourth of four children born to the marriage union of Carroll Enos and Allegra K.N. Smith South.

Deacon Kenneth South was the fourth of four children born to the marriage union of Carroll Enos and Allegra K.N. Smith South.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1925 in New Hartford. After two years of progressive illness, he passed away peacefully on June 22, 2018 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

He attended Bilbro School in New Hartford, Lincoln High School in Ashley and Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green.

He accepted Christ as a young man, under the leadership of Rev. Vernon Frazier, at White Rose Baptist Church in Bowling Green. He later became a member of Park Chapel Baptist Church, serving in many capacities, most notably as usher, trustee and deacon.

In 1952, he married Vivian Grimmett. Two stillborn children were born to this union. Vivian preceded him in death.

In 1990, he married James Etta Goodwin Jennings and became stepfather to Leonetta Marie and Cheryl Lynn. James Etta also preceded him in death.

He farmed in New Hartford, until the age of 60. He also worked at Valley Steel in Louisiana, Master Tank in Quincy, Ill. and retired from the Palmyra courthouse after 18 years of service.

From 1954 to 1955, he served overseas in the United States Army during the Korean War. Since 1975, he has been an active member of the American Legion Boots-Dickson Post #174, and held offices on the local, district and Missouri state levels, including Chaplain locally and in the district. He was a life member of the VFW Norfolk-Smith Post 11041.

In the community of Palmyra, not only is he known for his church work but also for bowling, gardening, and his sense of duty, order and humor. He sowed into the lives of many and will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Allegra South; father, Carroll South; brothers, Overton and Harlan Sr.; sister, Opal Ross; and wife, James Etta South.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved stepdaughters, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, friends and church family.

The family thanks you for all your acts of kindness, love, prayers, cards, texts and visits. We also thank all medical and spiritual care givers at the Hannibal Clinic, James E. Cary Cancer Center, Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Community Loving Care Hospice, Hannibal Regional Hospital and Blessing Hospital and Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m.Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Park Chapel Baptist Church in Palmyra. Pastor Mark E. Howard will officiate. Burial with full military rites by the American Legion Boots-Dickson Post #174 will be at Fairview Cemetery in Ashley.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the Park Chapel Baptist Church in Palmyra.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.

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