Carol Lee Atherton, age 76, of Carrollton, MO passed away Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, MO.
Carol was born July 12, 1936 to Emery and Opal (Godsey) Atherton in Rural Wakenda, MO. On June 3, 1956, Carol married Mary Rosella Smith in Carrollton, MO. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Marcia and Stephen.
Carol attended Carrollton High School. Following graduation, Carol was a fireman for 20 years and a farmer. He also raised game birds and had a hunting preserve near Bogard, MO. Carol was a member of the Carrollton Fire Board for 20 years and President of the Missouri Game Bird Breeders Association. He was also a member of the BPOE and Eagles Lodge.
Carol is survived by his wife, Rosella, of the home, two children, Marcia Atherton Guier of Bosworth, MO and Stephen Lee Atherton of Carrollton, MO; one brother, James Emery Atherton of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Karla Ann Guier of Columbia, MO and Robert Lee Guier of Lees Summitt, MO; and one nephew, Kevin Dean Atherton of Kansas City, MO.
Carol was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 10, 2012 from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at Bittiker Funeral Home in Carrollton, MO. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Bert Hughes officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Carrollton, MO.
The family suggests contributions to be made to Alzheimer's Association. They may be left at or mailed to Bittiker Funeral Home P.O. Box 223 Carrollton, MO 64633