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Leroy Chronister
Leroy Chronister

Leroy Edwin Chronister of Alton, Missouri, entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 9, 2016, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 89. He was born the youngest of five children, on April 4, 1926, on the family farm near Alton, to George and Floy (Sifford) Chronister.

In 1944, at the age of 18, he was drafted into the United States Army and served two years overseas during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient. Upon his discharge he returned home to the love of his life, Helen Irene Howell. Leroy and Irene were united in marriage on March 4, 1949, in Salem, Arkansas. He was a successful dairy farmer, working on the family farm until his retirement.

Leroy loved life and lived it to its fullest. At an early age, he was saved and baptized at Bailey Chapel Church and later served as a deacon for many years in the Free Will Baptist organization. Leroy taught himself to play the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, at a young age. Most of all, he used his God–given musical talent to bless many, as he ministered to his community with gospel singing. He sang at well over 500 funerals, bringing comfort and hope to many families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Floy Chronister; three brothers, Jewell Chronister, Granville Chronister, and Duane Chronister; and one sister, Verna Seigel.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years, Irene Chronister, of Alton, Missouri; four children, Kathleen Crigler and husband, Andy of Alton, Dwight Chronister and wife, Susan of Alton, Lesa Rothgeb and husband, Joseph of West Plains, Missouri, and Mary Ann Roberts and husband, Jason of West Plains; eleven grandchildren, Scott Crigler and wife, Bobbie, Steven Crigler and wife, Merinda, Kayla Collins and husband, Anthony, Lindsey Drake and husband, Matthew, Skyler Chronister and wife, Danielle, Jared Cates, Zachary and Landon Rothgeb, Hannah Fox and husband, Lucas, Jake Roberts and wife, Charli, and Luke Roberts; six great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Stormy Crigler, Olivia and Adalynd Collins, and Allie and Lincoln Fox; many nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.

Leroy was active and well respected in his community, serving on the Alton R-IV School District Board of Education for 18 years.

He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His unconditional love and inspiration will never be forgotten, and his memory will live in the hearts of those who loved him forever. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 2:00 PM at the Victory Free Will Baptist Church in Alton, Missouri, with Brother Jason Roberts and Brother Bill Bales officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Tuesday evening, January 12th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Alton, Missouri, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.




  1. Eva Morris
    January 10, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

    I’m so sorry for the family but know your loved one is at peace and having no pain. I love your family and loved singing with your Dad so much. Looking forward to singing with him again when I get home. He was a special person and I thank God for the privilege for knowing him and all of you.


  2. Shelia (Melton) Mitchener
    January 11, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time of loss of your loved one.


  3. Kelly, Pam and Kaley Johnson
    January 11, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    Irene, and family, All of you are in our thoughts, and prayers. What a great thing to know that Leroy is leading a heavenly choir now. Such a great person and friend. I remember some of the songs he loved, one which was, “Someday, we shall see Jesus”. What a great joy to know that it is a reality now for him. Praise the Lord.


  4. Neta Williams Brewer
    January 11, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. When I heard the news today, my mind went back, as a young girl, listening to my Grandpa, LeRoy and the other in the quartet, as they sang on the radio every Sunday morning.


  5. Donna Steed
    January 13, 2016 @ 8:18 am

    Kathleen & Andy,
    I just learned of the loss of your Daddy. I know you are celebrating every sweet memory as you miss his physical being. Such a blessing to know he awaits you all someday & the glory in that hope! Miss seeing you guys & have such sweet Alton memories of you all when those boys were young coming into the post office. Donna


  6. Roger and Eleanor Williams
    January 15, 2016 @ 12:27 am

    We have many great memories of Leroys life. He was a great Christian man. The family has our thoughts and prayers.


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