Thomas Gargus

Saturday, January 19, 2002

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Rev. Thomas Clifford Gargus, 76, of Charleston died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo.

He was born March 1, 1925, in Crouth, Mo., son of Jesse C. and Cynthia Poe Gargus.

A retired minister, he had lived in Sikeston for the past five years.

He and Georgia A. Ross were married April 3, 1948.

Gargus was ordained by the Assembly of God Church in 1951 and served as pastor for many churches and spent a lot of time as an evangelist holding nondenominational tent meetings.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He then entered the U.S. Army in 1947 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Division of Army Paratroopers until 1949. In 1950, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict until 1951. He was active with the Army National Guard Reserves until retiring in 1961.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Ron Gargus of Lawton, Okla., the Rev. John Gargus of Charleston, Richard Gargus of Firelake, Mich.; two daughters, Regina Ortt of Lake City, Fla., Rita Gail Meissner of Indian Mounds, Tenn.; a brother, Jesse Gargus of Fort Meyer, Fla.; two sisters, Sondra G. Barnard of Sacramento, Calif., and Anita Gargus of Michigan.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Oak Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. John Gargus officiating.

McMikle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.