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Murrell Franklin Steakley, 76
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Murrell Franklin Steakley, 76, a Rock Island resident and Van Buren County native, was born May 21, 1942 and died Aug. 21 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.

He was a retired truck driver with Weaver Transport and Hillis Trucking, a member of Friendship Baptist Church and son of the late Murphy Ray and Mona Mae Johnson Steakley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Garey, Ernest and Ronald Steakley; and sister Barbara Ferrell.

Mr. Steakley is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Gene Cooper of Bone Cave; two grandsons, Kylan Myers and Koleby Myers, both of McMinnville; great-grandson, Kaleb Myers; special sister-in-law, Reba Steakley of Rock Island; former wife, Joyce Raptis of Spencer; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at High’s Chapel with Steve Breedlove to officiate. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday until the time of service at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 24, 2018