Connie Sue Southard


    Connie Sue Southard of St. James, Missouri was born on September 18, 1966 in Phelps County, Missouri to Donald Melville and Velma (Gibson) Melville-Brooks and passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the age of 52 years, 1 month and 21 days.


    She was a custodian and worked for the Public School District and 10 years with Melville Boarding and Care, taking care of mentally disabled people which was a family business. She enjoyed being around family and friends. She liked to watch tv, comedies and recent shows. Connie grew up in California then moved to Missouri in 2004 to be close to her family. She had a good kind heart.
    She was preceded in death by her step father, Ed Brooks; one son, Johnny Iannace;  and infant daughter, Vanessa Tolbert.
    She is survived by her husband, Craig Southard of St. James, Missouri; one son, Skyler Southard and wife Miranda of Rolla, Missouri; two daughters, Sara Bolin and Ashley Southard, both of St. James, Missouri; one brother, Richard Melville and wife Toni of St. James, Missouri; three sisters, Robin Castillo and husband Tom of El Cajon, California, Rhonda Rodriguez of El Cajon, California and Lisa Redmond and husband Andy of Rosamond, California; seven grandchildren: Sadie, Connor, Brendan, Cheyenne, Logan, Gwen and Kylie; other relatives and friends.
    Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday November 17, 2108 at the Forest City Christian Church in St. James, Missouri with Gene Branson officiating.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.