Death – Obituary: Bill Litchford (1/10/22) | Standard Democrat

Death – Obituary

Bill Litchford

SIKESTON — On Jan. 8, 2022, Bill Litchford passed away at Saint Francis Medical Center. Billy Dean Litchford was born in Sikeston, Missouri, on June 22, 1936, the son of Sidney David and Lorene (Warbritton) Litchford, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Dec. 13, 1958, Bill married the love of his life, Velma Crawford, of Sikeston. They were married almost 62 years, until her death in 2020. Together, Bill and Velma have three daughters: Constance Diane, who died as a young child; Natalie (Larry) Tidwell of Sikeston; and Paula (Daniel) Davis of Indiana. Bill has two granddaughters: Tabitha Morrison of Sikeston and Kristi Tidwell of St. Louis, Missouri; and four great-granddaughters: Taylor Tidwell, Sacilia Hearron, Daliylah Riley, and Aurora Riley.

Bill retired from the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, where he worked in the Electrical Department for many years. He was an avid landscaper and horticulturist. He was also passionate about music, excelling at singing and playing the guitar and keyboards while dabbling on the mandolin and violin.

He is preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Taylor Culp, Maxine “Mickey” Young, and Carol Adams; and one brother, John “Red” Litchford.

While we miss Bill immensely, he is now at peace after suffering from severe illness and the loss of his dearly beloved wife. Bill will be cremated and laid to rest beside Velma in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.

No formal funeral services are planned.

Arrangements under the direction of Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.