Funeral services for Edward Lee Taber, 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
He was born on December 5, 1928 at Birch Tree, Missouri and on March 5, 1931 Ed was legally adopted by Ray E. and Mary Elizabeth (Gritton) Taber in Texas County, Missouri. He left this earth on March 9, 2018 at West Vue Nursing Center.
He attended grade school in the Harlow District of Texas County, graduating from Summersville High School on May 2, 1947. Ed was a Korean Veteran, 2nd Division serving in the United States Army. On February 21, 1953 he married his lifelong sweet heart, Eva May Hall at Salem, Arkansas. They had two children, Josephine and Ricky Taber. Eva and Ed lived in multiple states over the course of their married life, returning to West Plains in the late 1980’s. Ed was always a hard worker, willing to help everyone, working in lumber and driving trucks most of his life. He retired from Amyx Manufacturing. Mr. Taber was a member of Old Tyme Full Gospel Church where he had served as a Deacon.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Eva; daughter, Josephine Applegate and husband, Jerry, Raytown, Missouri; son, Rick Taber and wife, Patricia, Rover, Missouri; two grandsons, Jason Taber and wife, Anna and David Taber and wife, Sarah; three step-grandsons, Jeff Applegate, Bryon Applegate, and Todd Applegate and their families; one great-granddaughter, Nala Taber; eight step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Boots Callahan, Levita Reimon, and Sue Hurt; three sisters-in-law, Ruth Taber, Doris Harrington, and Glenda Hall; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Marion (Doad) and Fern Hall, Elmer Tidball; two brothers, Al Ray Taber and Pat Green; sister-in-law, Geneva Henry; and four brothers-in-law, Clarence Henry, George Harrington, Otis Hall, and Wayne Hurt.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., Monday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon Bible Society or Three Rivers Hospice and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.