Floyd Morris Dover

Floyd Morris Dover

Floyd Morris Dover, 83, a resident of Charleston, Mo., since 1968, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., surrounded by his wife and family.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1940, at the family home located in Diswood, the son of Robert “Bob” and Ora Allen Dover.

Floyd and Phyllis Ann Ryan were married on June 15, 1963, and they shared 60 memorable years together. 

Mr. Dover began a career in 1962 with National Tea Grocery, located in Chicago, as a produce manager. He later relocated to Southeast Missouri, where he worked as a produce manager, both with IGA and Del Farms grocery stores.  

In 1974, a career change occurred, and he discovered his love for the highways as an over-the-road truck driver of 38-plus years before the first of his many retirements, which would lead him to the Charleston R1 School District, working in a custodial maintenance position. 

He would later work at the Mississippi County Courthouse in Charleston, Mo., in a custodial/maintenance role before finally retiring.

He was musically inclined, playing a variety of instruments. He enjoyed attending church services, where he used his God-given talents as a means of worship. 

Besides his love for the word of God, his other passions were exploring his family heritage, which started at a very young age, his love for Native American Indian literature and culture, Civil War history books, as well as reading the history of the Wild West.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Ann Dover, of the home; three children, Cindy (Verlan) Graham of Anniston, Mo., Sheila Francis of Charleston, Mo., and Rodney (Krystal) Dover of Sikeston, Mo.; a sister, Beverly McHarry of Thebes; four grandchildren, Tiffany, Jonathan, Jennifer and Stephany; 11 great-grandchildren; a few remaining cousins; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. 

Floyd was dubbed (Papa Floyd) by many children who passed through his wife’s daycare, and he thought the world of each child, as if they were his own. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Alfred Dover, Howard Dover, Elroy Dover, Lorene Fitzgerald, Jesse Rhymer, Jim Rhymer, and Dorothy Rhymer Jones.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with Pastor Luke Townsend officiating.

Burial followed the service at Cache Chapel Cemetery in Ullin. Pallbearers were Jonathan Rasnic, Justin Penrod, Chris McDermott, Rick Ryan, David Dover Sr. and Leslie Bigham. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Dover, Darrell Johnson, Verlan Graham and Rodney Dover.

Crain Funeral Home in Tamms was in charge of arrangements.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.

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