Elywn Ledell Daugherty, 82, the oldest of three sons of Emmett F. and Myrtle Wagner Daugherty, was born Sept. 5, 1919, at Cuba, Mo. He died Aug. 8, 2002. His father was a depot master for the Frisco Railroad. The family lived up and down the Frisco line from St. Louis, heading south, settling at Crocker. It was here that E.L. came to love the outdoors, hunting and fish-ing along the banks of the Gasconade River. He graduated from Crocker High School. He married Peggy Maxine Rowden of Dixon Dec. 13, 1938. They had two daughters. Mr. Daugherty was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps Dec. 28, 1943, serving as a pilot until his discharge Nov. 5, 1945. After his discharge from the ser-vice, he returned to Crocker, where he worked for the bank. He learned the ropes to a career that would be-come a lifelong pursuit. He moved his family to Raymondville in January 1948, when he was offered the opportu-nity to run the Bank of Raymondville. He became involved in all aspects of civic activities. He helped to form the first volunteer fire depart-ment, the booster club and organize the Raymondville Picnic. He quickly found that he was not only banker but best friend to a small community whose entire fu-ture rested firmly on his shoulders as well as a handful of his new and faithful friends. He was known to be the kind of banker who found ways of saying yes, even when the answer could have easily been no. He was instrumental in helping to keep the Raymondville School District during a time when small grade schools were being phased out and taken in by larger schools. They gymnasium was one of the many accomplishments attributed to his tireless effort. For many years, Mr. Daugherty and the Bank of Raymondville furnished the tro-phies for local sporting events, and he did the play-by-play for the radio for the basketball team. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wayne and Glen. Surviving are his wife of the home at Raymondville; two daughters, Beverly Ann Driesel and Judith Inez Daugherty Dixon of Raymondville; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services were Aug. 12 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hamilton and the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Vollmar Cemetery. “

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