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Walter Morris Diggs Jr.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Walter Morris Diggs Jr., 94, of Fayette, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004 at Fayette Caring Center.

A joint funeral service for Morris and Martha Diggs will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette. Rev. Daniel Hilty and Rev. Paula Ritchie will officiate. Pallbearers will be Leon Frevert, Don Espenshied, Fred Bockting Sr., Jimmy Shiflett, Joe Weiker and Leon Hackley. Friends may call from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Moberly. Memorials are suggested to Linn Memorial United Methodist Church or to White-Bell American Legion Post 273 in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home, 174 Hwy. 5 and 240 North, Fayette, MO 65248.

Born July 26, 1910, in Cooper County, he was the son of the late Walter Morris and Mary Elizabeth Kincheloe Diggs. On May 19, 1933, he married Martha Elvira Rector, who preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2000. He operated the Sinclair service station in Fayette for several years and worked as a United States Postal Service clerk in the Fayette Post Office from 1954 until his retirement in 1976. A veteran of World War II, he was an active member of White-Bell American Legion Post No. 273 for 59 years, where he was a past commander. He was also an active member of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church and of the Fayette Rotary Club. He was a Paul Harris fellow of Rotary International. He was also a member of Knights of Pythias Lodge No. 239 and served as a member of the board of directors of the Fayette Senior Center.

Survivors include one sister, Mary Sheetz-Riley of Marshall; one niece and one nephew.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, D.E. Diggs, Fitzhugh Diggs and Jessie Diggs; and one infant sister.