Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 23, 2013

Gary Bullock

The Register-News

---- — Gary Lee Bullock, of St. James, Mo., passed away at his home on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. He was 64 years, 8 months and 11 days of age.

Gary Lee Bullock was born on May 30, 1948, to his parents, David Sherman and Esther (Owens) Bullock. Gary Bullock was united in marriage to Debbie Dillon on Jan. 2, 1971, in St. James, Mo.

Gary Bullock attended Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon. He received his bachelor of science degree from Rolla School of Mines in 1971. Gary and Debbie lived in Illinois for five years and Gary was employed as a civil engineer for Peabody coal, Illinois E.P.A. and also Blankenship Engineering. In 1976, Gary moved to St. James, Mo. and worked for Emmett Dillon in clay mining. He later purchased that business and operated Dillon Clay Mining until his retirement in December of 2012.

Gary was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in St. James, Mo. Gary had the spiritual gift of administration and a desire to help people. He used his gift to help people in need. He helped found the St. James Caring Center and served on that board until 2012. He helped organize and worked on mission trips to Belize, Kentucky, Arkansas and Camp David of the Ozarks. He served on the bank board of Peoples Bank of Cuba and had also served on the board of St. James Golf Course. He helped organize the building of the Recreation Center at Nelson Hart Park. He loved to hunt, fish, golf, ride Harley Davidson and in recent years liked to do cowboy shooting.

Gary Bullock is survived by his wife of the home, Debbie (Dillon) Bullock; one daughter, Anne Dillon Crousore and husband Josiah of Columbia, Mo.; one son, Fred Matthew Bullock and wife Amanda of Owensville, Mo.; five grandchildren, Lucas, Audra, Archer, Colin and Alexandria; mother, Esther Bullock of Mt. Vernon; and mother-in-law, Beda Dillon. Gary will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Sherman Bullock and father-in-law, Emmett Dillon.

Visitation for Gary Bullock was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in St. James, Mo., with Pastor Jerry Baumann officiating. Burial was in the Dillon Cemetery in rural St. James, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Dillon Cemetery.

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All arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Mo.