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Lloyd Earl Southern, 82, of Carl Junction, MO, passed away August 5, 2019 at 8:30 p.m., at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on May 26, 1937, in Pittsburgh, KS, he was the son to the late Wallace and Anna (Force) Southern.
Lloyd graduated from Carl Junction High School in 1955, where he played all sports and was active in the FFA. He attended Pittsburg State University for one and a half years, but he decided that college wasn't for him. His true passion in life was farming.
In 1960 he was drafted into the Army, and eventually shipped to Bamberg, Germany, where he was stationed for two years. He was in Company E 1st Brigade 15th Infantry. He was nicknamed 'Ox' because he was a country boy who wasn't afraid of anything. While in the service he attended church every Sunday and it made him feel close to home. He came home in August of 1962. where he began farming with his father.
On May 4, 1968, he married Joyce Adaline Steffens, of Kansas City. They lived on the farm for 29 years raising three children. She lost her battle with cancer on November 13, 1997.
In February of 2000, he married Karen Wills Fenix. She survives.
Lloyd was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where he was very active and on the cemetery board. He always said, 'to have a good neighbor you had to be a good neighbor'. He was admired by so many people for the way he lived his life. He never met a stranger and was always helping out anyone that needed it. He dedicated his life to God and his family and to farming. He always told his kids and grandkids to put God first and then family. He spent many hours at sporting events watching his kids, and later his grandkids, play. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, papa and friend.
Survivors include his wife, Karen, of the home. One daughter, Victoria (Kevin), of Kansas City. Twin sons, John (Kim) and James (Tracy), all from Carl Junction. Two step-children, Kim (Donnie) Lewis and Ryan (Marla) Fenix, all from Carl Junction. Seven grandchildren, Parker and Grace Southern, Noah and Isabelle Southern, Dawson Fenix, Tucker (HayLee) Fenix, and Taylor Lewis. Two great-grandchildren, Rowen and Eleanor Fenix. Siblings, Carolyn Ann Depue, of Tulsa, Robert Jay Southern, of Raytown, and Clara Faye Jackson, of Carl Junction; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 8th, at 10 a.m. at Simpsons Funeral Home, in Webb City, with graveside services at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, where he will be interred. There will be no formal visitation, however, visitors are welcome to come to the home to see family. Open viewing will be from 10am. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Pallbearers honoring his life will be, John Southern, James Southern, Noah Southern, Parker Southern, Isabelle Southern, Grace Southern, Ryan Fenix, and Dawson Fenix.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Those may be sent to the funeral home.

Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home, in Webb City.
Visit www.simpsonfh.com for online condolences.
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Published on August 7, 2019
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Joan Mead-Dame
Aug 09, 2019
Sending our love and prayers to the Southern family. Lloyd Earl was a wonderful Christian man , friend and neighbor. He will be missed by many. We rejoice that he is now in heaven with Joyce and his parents. Rest in peace sweet friend. Joan and Family.
Misty Myers Hammer
Aug 08, 2019
Prayers and love to Karen and family. He was a very kind man, always willing to help my family and all those around him. Sad to hear of this great loss to the community and church. God bless you all.
Bob mccoy
Aug 07, 2019
Loyd was a great guy I always enjoyed talking with him ,I will miss him standing next to me in the choir at church. God bless Karen and all the family.
cheryl burkhart
Aug 07, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.. God was ready for him, even though we weren't ready for him to go, it's all in God's timing.. I am so blessed I had the privilege to take care of lloyd.. God Bless you all
Jeff and Mary Sue
Aug 07, 2019
Our sympathies to the family. We will all miss him so much! We are comforted knowing he is with our Lord.
Ruth Potter
Aug 07, 2019
10 a.m. class. So sorry to hear about your husband. I just read where he was born in Pittsburg, Ks., so was I. Same year too. We'll have to talk about that sometime. Hope we can both make it to Lois's birthday luncheon. Prayers are being sent your way. Ruth