Bobby Franklin Sunderland, 86, of Higbee passed away Sept. 13, 2020, at The Lodge in Fayette.

He was born in Higbee on May 30, 1934, a son of Willie and Lillie Lewis Sunderland. Bobby married Donna Jo Mead on Aug. 30, 1952. Donna Jo preceded him in death on Sept. 4, 2004.

Bobby operated Sunderland Logging from 1972 until his retirement.

He had previously been employed with the Wabash Railroad for several years. He was a 50-year member of the Higbee Masonic Lodge and a member of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church near Higbee.

Bobby enjoyed deer and bird hunting, fishing, roller skating and was a good dancer. In his youth, he was on the 1951 Class 1A All State Basketball First Team.

Bobby is survived by his children, Jean Hall (John) of Higbee, Woodrow Sunderland (Penny) of Eldon, Tamara Bonuchi (Joe) of Fayette and Hardin Sunderland (Melissa) of Osage Beach.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bobby was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbi Jo Gose; four brothers, Eugene, Davis, Archie and an infant; two infant sisters; a grandson, Jack Hall; and a daughter-in-law, Wendy Sunderland.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette.

A graveside service follows at 2:30 p.m. at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Fayette with the Rev. Robert Thornton officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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