He was born on July 2, 1949 in Hartshorn, Missouri, the son of Leland and Dorothy (Plummer) Stoops.
Junior was saved at a young age and spent his teenage years in Birch Tree, Missouri, graduating from Birch Tree High School in 1967.
He was united in marriage to Pat Sullivan on March 5, 1971 and to this union two daughters were born, Teri Jo and Billie Rae.
Junior was a truck driver for many years; he never met a stranger and would never pass a person in need. He enjoyed playing baseball, softball, roller skating, riding horses, fishing and drinking coffee at the truck stop.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; one nephew, Derrick Stoops; and one niece, Jessica Sullivan.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pat of the home; his daughters, Teri Jo (Terry Joe Kimmry) and Billie Rae Reese; one granddaughter, Catlin Clay Reese; one sister, Rhonda Tharp and husband Dick of West Plains, Missouri; two brothers, Steve Stoops and wife Janet of Ellington, Missouri, and Rick Stoops and wife Sheila of West Plains; as well as several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the funeral chapel. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Cabool Second Baptist Church with Randy Gaddis and Jerry Tharp officiating. Pallbearers were Andrew Chronister, Shelby Wadkins, Chayden Wadkins, Trey Frame, Larry Tharp, Troy Sullivan and Chad Sullivan. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Cabool under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.