David Charles Southerland, 85, of Rocheport passed away Nov. 19, 2020, at his home.
David was born in Rocheport on June 22, 1935, a son of Curtis and Elnora Head Southerland. David grew up on the farm and worked for neighbors as a youth.
He served his nation in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1952 to 1954 and active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957.
He lived in and around Columbia, Harrisburg and Rocheport most of his life. David married Ruby Cameron on July 29, 1978. Ruby preceded him in death on Feb. 25, 2008. Prior to retirement, David had owned and operated service stations, managed parts departments for dealerships and, at the time of his retirement, had been employed with Ideal Corporation in Columbia for thirteen years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. David was a founding member of the Harrisburg Lions Club and had served on the Boone County Fire Protection District at Harrisburg.
David is survived by a son, Dwayne (Tracy) Southerland of Harrisburg; a daughter, Janet (Dennis) Sapp of Columbia; a step-daughter, Roxann (Billy) Melvin of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, David was preceded in death by an infant son, Patrick Southerland.
Services honoring David’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Markland-Yager Funeral Home in New Franklin, with the Rev. John Gillman officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Rocheport Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family requests that those attending wear a face mask to protect others.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.
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