CHARLESTON, Mo. — Thomas Russell Borders, 74, died Nov. 18, 2018, at the Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born July 31, 1944, at Charleston, son of the late George Dewey Borders and Nancy Oscille Fowler Borders, he grew up in Charleston and was a 1964 graduate of Charleston High School. He joined the Army National Guard where he served from 1964 until his retirement in 1987. For over 26 years, he was employed with the Brown Shoe Company until its closing and then became the animal control officer for the City of Charleston and the school crossing guard for Charleston R-1 Schools until he retired. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 4294 of Charleston.
On Nov. 12, 1982, he married Olinda Marie Brown, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are two sons, Russell Borders of Wickliffe, Ky., and Mike (Tina) Borders of Charleston; one daughter, Melissa (Tony) Hall of Wickliffe; one stepson, Larry (Lana) Jones of Charleston; one stepdaughter, Misty (Travis McLean) Jones of Charleston; three brothers, Billy Borders of Charleston, James Borders of Paducah, Ky., and Larry Borders of East Prairie; two sisters, Frances Fox and Shirley Rice of Wichita Fall, Texas; and four grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Marshall Dewey Borders; and three sisters, Eunice Hudson, Louise Miller and Rosemary Pirtle.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston where services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday Ron Aldridge, pastor of the New Beginnings Fellowship of Charleston, will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield.
Pallbearers will be: Rusty Borders, Justin Borders, Dylon Hall, Douglas Reynolds, Scott Reynolds and Donald Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Brown and Eddie Murphy.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcmiklefuneralhome.com.