Wesley R. Heckethorn


12-3 p.m.
Prior to service


3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 14
Gerth Funeral Chapel


The Family

{September 12, 1955 - November 11, 2016}

Wesley Ray Heckethorn, 61, of Memphis died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

He was born on September 12, 1955 in Rolla, MO. Wesley was the son of Porter and Virginia M. (Chambers) Heckethorn.

Wesley was affiliated with the Gorin United Methodist Church at a young age. He was involved in 4H for many years.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed following the St. Louis Blues, Cardinals, Los Angeles Lakers and Green Bay Packers.

Most of all Wesley loved his family. He treasured his grandchildren. He especially loved his Mom, Virginia. They spent a lot of time together and often went to the Village Market to get Ice Cream or a Malt.

He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Jim and Ed.

He is survived by his children, David Wesley Heckethorn of Paragould, AR, and Amber Dawn (Jason) Guevara of Brumley, MO; mother, Virginia (Ivan) Woods of Memphis; grandchildren, Dawson Wade and Aspen Elizabeth Heckethorn of Paragould; many siblings, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 14 at the funeral chapel with Steve Mitchell, pastor of the Gorin United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial was in the Gorin Cemetery.

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  1. Wesley’s cousin Alan. We were closest in age.

    Comment by Alan Hatfield on November 12, 2016 at 9:43 am
  2. Wesley I will miss you so much. The phone calls. And talking sports. And you saying Geney I love you. I truly knew you did. Bub rest in peace. I see you one the other side.

    Comment by Gene Roark on November 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm
  3. Our condolences go out to the family. Prayers are with you, Virginia.

    Comment by Sean and Clarinda Woods on November 13, 2016 at 8:01 am
  4. So sorry for the loss of my grandchildren David and Amber in the loss of their father and also Virginia in the loss of her son! Keep your faith God is always with you! Love and prayers with you all! Love grandma and grandpa Duncan!

    Comment by Sarah (Pritchett) Duncan on November 13, 2016 at 9:18 am
  5. I miss you so much dad wish this was all a dream I love you so much love your Lil girl

    Comment by Amber guevara (daughter) on November 13, 2016 at 11:04 am
  6. Dear Virginia so sorry to her about Wesley! My heart breaks for you and the family. Love and prayers sent your way. Pamela St Clair

    Comment by Pamela St Clair on November 14, 2016 at 8:23 am
  7. Virginia you have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May God comfort you and wrap His loving arms around you.

    Comment by Dale and Judy Musgrove on November 14, 2016 at 8:27 am
  8. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your son, prayers for you & your family.

    Comment by Pam Mallett on November 14, 2016 at 9:06 am
  9. Prayers with you and your family.Remember 4-H meetings at your house and goat milk ice cream.God Bless you!

    Comment by Marilyn Wood on November 14, 2016 at 9:24 am
  10. ✝️ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ During the summer months-between our regular chores & scarfin’ up all the wonderful country-cookin’ at it’s best meals every 4ᵀᴴ Thursday night of the month @ the Gorin United Methodist Church-Tuesday’s were ‘OURS!’ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ We owned Tuesday! ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ It was set aside and no other plans were made other than the fact that the three (Eddie, Wesley & I) of us were going to do something very important once we figured out exactly what that was going to be that particular day… ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ Most times it was going over to the canal and exploring up and down it – another favorite was jumping off the old Canal Bridge or standing on top of it and seeing who could piss the highest or farthest – Timmy Scott,, the Taylor Boys, the Riebels (spelling ?, ) & various others became regular joiners to our special Tuesday. ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ We shared that ‘special Tuesday’ for many summers in a row… ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ On rainy days Helen would either take me to town or Porter would bring Eddie & Wesley out to the farm. ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ We were in bathing suits or shorts – who cared if it rained & stormed—”WE OWNED TUESDAYS!” ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ Into the great unknown, you & Eddie have ventured before me – scout around and find us a long shallow canal with a high bridge and ‘book it’ for all the Tuesday’s in eternity… ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ Rest in Peace My Friend!
    ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍ — ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ Bob & D.O.G. ‍‍ ‍‍ ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ✝️

    Comment by Bob & D.O.G. on November 14, 2016 at 9:28 am
  11. So sorry Virginia, i did not know Wesley but he was Family, he is with Jesus and His Dad now RIP Wesley

    Comment by Joel Kugler on November 14, 2016 at 9:39 am
  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time.

    Comment by Jim Woods and family on November 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm
  13. Virginia, I am so sorry that we are not with you today, as I know your heart is broken. Just always remember the good times, all the calls and chats you had. Wesley is in a better place, no pain or sadness. My sympathy to his family, and all our love to you. Sister Glenna

    Comment by Glenna Tolliver on November 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  14. Dearest Virginia,
    My brother Jim and wife Lynda Coffel and my husband Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family, confident in the fact that God will comfort each and every one of them and you. Though we were only able to visit once in the recent past, my Mother Mildred Triplett Coffel and my Grandmother Alice Bessie Chambers Carroll cared so much for y’all and spoke of you often. I know you are comforted in the fact that Wesley is now in his heavenly home.
    Love in Christ,
    Jim & Joyce Coffel Devenport and Jim & Lynda Coffel

    Comment by Joyce Coffel Devenport on November 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

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