West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

  John Kersey
John Kersey

John Kersey was born the son of Luther Monroe “Bud” Kersey and Della Alice (Wiseman) Kersey on January 25, 1920, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and departed this life on February 18, 2015, at Shepherd’s View Assisted Living in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 95 years.

He was united in marriage on July 20, 1940, at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, to Dollie Virginia Strauser, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2000.

He is survived by two nieces, Norma Pace and husband, Bill, and Phyllis Diederich; four nephews, Gale Kersey and wife, Joy, Gerald Kersey and wife, Betsey, Luther Kersey, Jr. and wife, Carlene, and Raymond Fairchild and wife; other nieces and nephews of his wife, and his dear friends at Shepherd’s View, owners, staff members, and residents.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Della Kersey; his wife of sixty years, Dollie Kersey; two sisters, Esther Powell and husband, Marvin, and Nora Loveland and husband, Elza; and three brothers, Arthur Kersey and wife, Sarah, Ollie Hobson and wife, Brooks, and Luther Kersey and wife, Lois.

Mr. Kersey was a Veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

John was a member of the 46th Street Church of Christ in Fort Smith, Arkansas. John was a kind and caring man and was remembered by these words, “he was a hard working, dedicated person, always wanting to bring joy and a smile to everyone he met.”

He will truly be missed.

Graveside services will be Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 4:00 PM at the Thayer Cemetery with Jim Rawlins officiating.

The body will lie in state at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in Thayer Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Shepherd’s View Residence Fund.



  1. Joe and Vivian Jones
    February 19, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss, may the Lord comfort your hearts during this time of loss.


  2. Lore4tta Mills
    February 20, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. John Kersey was my friend and at times he called me ,”his girl friend”.I sent many cards to my friend John. We set on the porch and visited and when weather not good we stayed in the room and I would listen to stories. John was a wonderful friend to visit with. I will miss you my Friend, May God bless you and Good Bye for now. Your Friend, Loretta Mills


  3. Brenda Ledgerwood
    February 20, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

    It was always a joy to see John. He displayed such a sweet, kind disposition. He will be missed at Shepherd’s View.


  4. Druscilla Martin
    February 20, 2015 @ 7:47 pm

    John finally got to go home. I got to know him when I was at Shepherds View, he was a very sweet, kind man. He will be missed by all who knew him.


  5. Audrey Emery
    February 23, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    Norma and Bill, I am sorry to hear of John’s passing.


  6. June Strauser Aaron
    February 28, 2015 @ 10:58 am

    Norma and Bill,
    I’m sorry to hear of John’s passing. When we were kids in Mammoth Springs and Little Rock, we had a great family and were always doing things as a family — John and Waco Standage were the funniest two people and I always remember the good times we had.


    • June Strauser Aaron
      February 28, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

      John Kersey was my uncle and our family grew up in Little Rock close to John and my aunt Dolly. John was a very good person and along with my uncle Waco they were always trying to get everyone to laugh. He was a very good person.
      June Strauser Aaron


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