Mr. Counts died at 6:45 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Webco Manor, Marshfield, Missouri.
He was born August 25, 1924, at Willow Springs, Missouri, to James Washington Counts and Mary Henrietta Henry Counts. On March 10, 1945, he was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Onieda Haddock, who preceded him in death on June 6, 2003. Before his retirement he was a cutter in the ball glove department at Rawlings Manufacturing Co., Willow Springs, Missouri and was a member of the CCC’s (Civilian Conservation Corps). He was a big St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved visiting with family and friends. Mr. Counts was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, West Plains, Missouri.
He is survived by two children, Pat Cruise, husband, Jerry, Rogersville, Missouri and Raymond Counts, wife, Nancy, Powell, Wyoming; two grandchildren, Julie Deckard, husband, Danny, Rogersville, Missouri and Jeff Cruise, wife, Tracy, Havana, Illinois; four great-grandchildren, Haley Hines, Lindsey Deckard, Kelly Cruise and Jason Cruise; two sisters, Juanita Teeple, West Plains, Missouri and Erma Good, husband, Paul, West Plains, Missouri; special friend, Jean Haddock, Willow Springs, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, wife, two brothers, Harold and Dwight Counts and four sisters, Lola Woods, Esther Oney, Bessie Stubbs and Hazel Charles, precede him in death.
Mr. Counts will lie in state from 5:00 p.m., Tuesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or Fair Haven Children’s Home, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.