Ernest (Sonny) O. Stokesberry, 87, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Colonial Springs Healthcare Facility from complications of Vascular Dementia. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Ernest Lee and Georgia (Bitner) Stokesberry.
His childhood was spent in Kansas City, Missouri as well as Coffeyville, Kansas.
Sonny resided most of his life in Louisburg, Missouri. He attended Louisburg High School.
His early working history included truck driving, where he also served as a Union Steward. He worked many years in construction as a drywaller. He was a certified “CCW — conceal carry permit” instructor.
Sonny was a long-time member of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Posse and the Louisburg Lion’s Club. His main hobby was anything to do with guns and ammo; shooting, collecting repairing, reloading, or instruction. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hunting trips, including many to Colorado.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Lee and Georgia Mary (Bitner) Stokesberry; two brothers, Charles Stokesberry and George (Bud) Stokesberry; and his sister, Doris Ford.
He is survived by his wife Emojane E. (Lusk) Stokesberry of 69 years; three children, Ernest (Ernie) Davidlee Stokesberry, Judy D. Weber, and Robert (Bob) G. Stokesberry all residing in Louisburg; seven grandchildren, David Stokesberry, Ernest David Stokesberry, Kristee Newman, Lisa LeBow, Amy LeBow, Oliver Stokesberry, and Olivia Marts; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as great-great-grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Cantlon-Otterness & Viets Funeral Home with Bro. David Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Louisburg cemetery under the care and direction of the Cantlon-Otterness & Viets Funeral Home of Buffalo. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Louisburg Cemetery Fund.