Merle Curtis McCubbins, 78, son of Albert Wesley and Elsie Mae Copeland McCubbins, was born Oct. 31, 1922, at Cabool. He died Jan. 18, 2001. He attended the Cabool Schools, where he participated in activities and clubs. He was president of the Future Farmers of America and received the State Farmer degree in agriculture. In 1939, he played on the first Cabool High School football team. In addition to farming and athletics, he performed with the high school band and won district and state contests with his trumpet solos. He also played the piano. After graduation in 1940, he moved to California and married Ivy Jewel Newton in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and performed with the U.S. Navy band at services for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The McCubbins returned to Cabool, where he worked at the Cabool Post Office for 10 years. He joined the Cabool State Bank, where he was president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1987. Mr. McCubbins was active in the community and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He volunteered many hours as president of the junior chamber of commerce, past master of the Masonic Lodge, city councilman, chairman of the Cabool Community Betterment, president of the Cabool Kiwanis Club, was chairman of the Texas County Democrat Central Committee for 20 years and mayor of Cabool. He was appointed honorary colonel for the inauguration of Gov. John M. Dalton and was elected delegate from Missouri to the Democratic National Convention in Florida in 1972 to nominate Hubert Humphrey for president. He had a great love for the outdoors including turkey hunting, fishing, farming, gardening and raising honey bees. At retirement, he was urged to run for mayor of Cabool. He was unable to complete his term because an illness in 1988. He resided at the Kabul Nursing Home for 13 years and lived at Houston, Texas, for the last four years. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Alpha Bailey and Daisy Morse. Surviving are his wife of 58 years of Houston, Texas; his daughters, Sheryl Melson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Linda Moore of Richmond, Texas, Bonnie Turpin of Mansfield, Texas, and Rebecca Carroll of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were Jan. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Cabool with the Rev. Kenneth Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home of Cabool.”

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