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Carl Lorane “Pokey” Perkins

Carl Lorane “Pokey” Perkins was born February 13, 1950 to Laverne and Helen (Stevens) Perkins at Dawson, Missouri, the oldest of five children. He departed this life on October 25, 2017 at the age of 67. He was known to his family as Lorane and to his friends as Pokey.

He loved to hunt and fish; he was an avid deer and coon hunter. Every summer, he would take the family on a trip to Lawrence, Kansas, where his aunt and uncle lived so he could catch some big catfish.

He loved driving a truck and his kids have fond memories of going with him. Everyone who knew him knew he was always picking and teasing at you; he enjoyed joking with people. He loved kids and teaching them to hunt and fish.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Williams, and to this union three children were born, Carl Eugene (who died in infancy), Cheryl, and Beth. He also accepted Barbara’s son Jimmy and was a good stepfather to him. He and Barbara later divorced. He then married Marcy Sparbel and they had one child together, Gary Perkins. He accepted Marcy’s other two children, Stephen Sparbel and Samantha Sparbel, becoming very close to Samantha as the years progressed. He and Marcy later divorced. The past year of his life, he had moved to Neosho, Missouri, to be near his sister, Mary; they formed a close bond.

Lorane was preceded in death by his father, Laverne Perkins, and a son, “Little Carl,” as well as several aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Helen Perkins of Mtn. Grove, Missouri; three sisters, Beverly Bishop and husband Raymond of Mtn. Grove, Mary Kimble and husband Kurt of Neosho, Missouri, and Donna Barr and husband Donald of Manes, Missouri; one brother, Jim Perkins and wife Jeannea of Manes; three children, Cheryl Pifer and husband Rick of Eldon, Missouri, Beth Middleton and husband Bobby of Cabool, Missouri, and Gary Perkins of Mtn. Grove; two stepsons, Jimmy Dale and wife Dana of Manes and Stephen Sparbel of Mtn. Grove; two stepdaughters, Samantha Sparbel and Julie Harp and husband Randy of Bolivar, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Crisp, Dalton Dale and wife Kyra, Jessica Harp, Tyler Wilson and wife Taylor, Austin Wilson (“Little Pokey”), Kyli Middleton, and Aspyn Sparbel; great-granddaughter Kayleigh Wilson and great-grandson River Wilson; several other step great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He will be greatly missed by those who knew him; he was truly a unique person. Once you met him, you never forgot him.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 30, 2017, at Cabool Assembly of God Church with Samuel Bishop, Craig Grigson and Simon Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Austin Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Tim Bain, Jimmy Dale, Dalton Dale, Stephen Bishop and Jim Perkins. Honorary pallbearers were Justus Miller, Larry Perkins, Kurt Kimble, Donald Barr, Raymond Bishop and Randy Harp. Interment was in Manes Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at

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