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Earl J. McElwee

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"Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come." — Zig Ziglar

Earl McElwee was born December 19, 1932 in a little town near Braymer, Missouri, where he lived on his family’s modest farm, never once leaving his hometown until joining the Air Force on February 8, 1952. Watching the city limit sign pass by from his seat on the train out of town, instant homesickness set in. However, out of discomfort often comes great growth, and that’s exactly what God had in store for Mr. Earl. 

Jimmy Dykes

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Legendary musician Jimmy Dykes lost his battle with COVID-19 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Jimmy, a former Excelsior Springs native, graduated in 1974 from Excelsior Springs High School. Jimmy started his music career at an early age learning guitar after seeing The Beatles on television in 1964. He later went on to help create and play in The Solar Eclipse. This band was well-known to a lot of Excelsior Springs youth of the late 1960s and early ’70s. The band played at a lot of school-sponsored sock hops and homecoming dances. Jimmy went on to play with several musicians and bands around Kansas City, including The Blue Riddim Band, Mark Valentine Band, and Thirsty and the Water Boys. In addition, Jimmy was the guitarist for Kansas City’s world-famous Oleta Adams. His passion and love was his family and teaching music to his students. Jimmy was preceded in death, by his parents, Charles (C.O.) and Virginia Dykes; and beloved aunt, Betty Robinett. He is survived by his wife, LeAnn; and children, Anna, Isaac, Charlie and Jolie. He also is survived by former Excelsior native Gail (Clemons) Hammond, and sons Kyle and Nick; grandchildren, Stanley, Oscar, Merry and Kira; and many relatives and friends.

Bill Stull

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Bill Stull, 67, of Excelsior Springs, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, 2020, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Bill was born on June 15, 1953, the son of Clifford and Dee (Agee) Stull in Kirksville. He grew up in Lawson and was a graduate of Lawson High School.

Judy Lou Jeffers

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Judy Lou (Cathcart) Jeffers, of Excelsior Springs, passed away peacefully at Valley Manor Nursing Home on Nov. 27, 2020. Judy was in-state from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30. A graveside service was held 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Lawson Cemetery. Judy was born on Jan. 18, 1946, in Excelsior Springs. Her parents were William and Muriel (Lamb) Cathcart.