Irven Carl Epperson Jr.

    Irven Carl Epperson Jr. of Bland, Missouri was born on August 27, 1942, in Wainwright, Oklahoma to Irven Carl Sr. and Helen (Newell) Epperson and passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the age of 77 years.

    Carl married Eva Mae Sipes on May 29, 1965 in Oktaha, Oklahoma.
    In his early life, Carl worked on his grandparent’s family farm in Wainwright, Oklahoma.  Carl was a hardworking man.  He attended Wainwright Public Schools and Northeaster State University in Tahleguah, Oklahoma with a degree in teaching.  He taught 43 years in Gasconade County R-3/Maries County R-2 Schools in Bland/Belle, Missouri.  He also worked 20 years for Kingsford Charcoal in Belle.  After retiring from Kingsford he went to work for Mace Supermarket in Belle, Missouri and he managed apartments for Maco Management as well.  
    Carl earned the nickname “Buck” as he was always actively involved in various fundraisers to make money for school activities or people in need.
    He loved to play bingo, go to the casino and participate in the outings. Carl loved fishing and was known for his chili.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva in August of 2018; daughter, Melissa Cunningham in December of 2016; parents, Irven Sr. and Helen Epperson; grandparents, Charles and Myrtle Newell; sister, Debbie Henkel; and special aunt, Blanche Bailey.
    He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Hoss and husband Tim of Fort Myers, Florida; grandchildren, Tyler Hoss and wife Jodi of St. James, Missouri, Brandi Schwab and husband Ryan of Bland, Missouri, Brendon Wiles (Karen Carell) of Rolla, Missouri and Taylor Cunningham (Logan Schroeder) of Belle, Missouri; great grandchildren, Emberlyn, Logan, Zoey, Abel and Brayden; son-in-law, Greg Cunningham of Bland, Missouri; siblings, Linda Crutchfield of Lewisville, Texas, Tom Epperson of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, David Epperson of Mt. Vernon, Texas, Diane Wilson of Terrill Texas, Marsha Martinez of Taylor, Texas  and Barbara Jones of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; brothers-in-law, Cecil Sipes and Gale Sipes of Oktaha, Oklahoma and Lee Sipes of Fort Smith, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Sybil Davis of Bixby, Oklahoma; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gottenstroeter Chapel with Rev. Bruce Elmore officiating.  
    Burial was in the Old Bland Cemetery in Bland, Missouri.    
    Arrangements under the direction of the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville, Missouri.  

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