A.J. Earls, 89, of Kennett, died Thursday, April 17, 2003 at his residence.
Alvin John (A.J.) Earls was born January 3, 1914 in Cooter, Missouri to A.T. and Mary Rose Earls. He moved to Steele at an early age where he attended the Steele school system.
He joined the Army on June 20, 1939 in San Francisco, California. He was a rifleman with the 290th Infantry and saw action in Ardennes, The Rhineland and Renandamont, Belgium.
During his service he was awarded two Bronze service medals, Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. A.J. was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge.
A.J. was discharged on November 25, 1945.
After returning home, he entered the real estate business with his father A.T. Earls.
He served as president of the Southeast Board of Realtors in 1961-1962. He retired from the real estate business in 1975 and devoted all of his time to his family and farms.
The Pemiscot County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded A.J. the Goodyear Cooperator of the Year Award in 1993.
On June 29, 1963, in Braggadocio, Mo., A.J. married LaVennia Rikard Chailland. LaVennia and A.J. attended the Shady Grove Baptist Church. They served several years on the Board of the Bootheel Senior Citizen Club in Kennett.
A.J. was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, LaVennia Earls, two brothers, Lyndell and Raymond and two sisters, Opal Atwill and Amy Doris Earls and one grandson, Chester Chailland.
He is survived by two sons Donald Chailland and Darlene Clair of New Orleans, La., James Hassell Chailland and Connie Jo of Wentzville, Mo. and one daughter Charlotte Gore and Paul of Tampa, Fl., one sister-in-law Frances Marie Bowman and Jess of St. Peters, Mo. Four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, four nephews and two nieces as well as many friends.
The funeral will be under the directions of the McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett. Visitation will be at Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with the funeral 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Lewis officiating.
Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Mo. The Pallbearers will be C.L. "Tite" Williams, Pete Cross, Don Watson, Paul Cuff, Roger Wheeler, Dale Beaty, Joe Tidwell and Richard Luye. --paid obituary