Donald Pemberton

Friday, January 4, 2013
Donald Pemberton

Donald D. Pemberton, 93, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Southeast Hospital.

He was born Aug. 14, 1919, near Iberia, Mo., son of Wade A. and Edna F. Wall Pemberton. He and Barbara Jones were married Dec. 1, 1945, in Caruthersville, Mo. She passed away April 21, 2008.

Don served in the United States Army Air Corps from Jan. 1, 1942, until his honorable discharge as second lieutenant Sept. 20, 1945.

He and his family moved from Jackson to Cape Girardeau in 1952. He owned and operated farms in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties, and owned various agricultural businesses in Cape Girardeau County. In the early 1970s, he was appointed as a state director of the former Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS).

Don was a member of Cape Girardeau Rotary Club for many years, a Paul Harris Fellow, and was a former member of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and had served on the agriculture committee. He was an avid blue gill fisherman.

Loving survivors include two sons, Andrew J. (Julie) Pemberton of Weston, Mass., and Donald D. Pemberton Jr. of Longmont, Colo.; two daughters, Nancy (Michael) Carroll of Park Rapids, Minn., and Mary Ann (James) Bamford of Washington, D.C.; two grandsons, Andrew and Daniel Carroll; three granddaughters, Kathleen Carroll, Annie and Allyson Pemberton; a great-grandson, Henry Carroll; and a sister, Janet (Max) Wilson of Florissant, Mo.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau, and from noon until time of service Sunday at Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in Iberia, Mo.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery near Iberia, with full military honors.

When making memorial donations, please consider the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

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