In Loving Memory…

Shirley A. Poynter

Shirley Ann Poynter, 83, of Sedalia, passed away early Sunday morning, February 16, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born April 14, 1936, in Sedalia, a daughter of Lyman T. and Sarah M. (Cochran) Boyer. She was a lifelong Sedalia resident and attended Sedalia schools.

Shirley was first married to Melford Fisher. She was later married to Lawrence Busick and together they had three children.

On June 28, 1978, in Sedalia, she was married to Clay Poynter, Sr. Clay preceded her in death on July 9, 2014.

Shirley worked at Rival Manufacturing, Swift & Co., Tyson Foods and Rest Haven Nursing Home. She loved being outside, gardening, fishing, and spending time with family and friends, whom she loved dearly. She was also an animal lover and left behind her faithful companions B.B. and Chewie. Most of all, Shirley loved her Lord and was ready to meet him.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Busick on March 28, 2009; and three brothers, Jackie Dean, Michael Lee and Jerry Joseph Boyer.

Shirley is survived by two daughters, Connie Boyer and Nancy Wren (Wesley); two sons, David Busick and Clay Poynter (Heather); two brothers, Freddy Boyer (Alice), and Junior Wilson (Amber); two sisters, Donna Bobbit and Debra Wilson; seven granddaughters, Cindy Muschany (Jason), Jill Sanders, Gena Hogan (Brian), April Heiman (Nick), Stacie Lee (Bryan), Brittney Richards (Bobby Joe) and Bailey Poynter; a grandson, Brandon Poynter; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Heckart Funeral Home, with Chaplain Bill Douglas officiating.

Casket bearers will be nephews: John Bryant, Chuck Wilson, Danny Wilson, Dalton Boyer; great-grandson, Jacob Muschany; and grandson-in-law: Jason Muschany.

Honorary bearers will be Billy Wilson, Clay Poynter, III and Wesley Wren.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Crossroads Hospice or the Sedalia Animal Shelter.

Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life at the VFW Post on South Ohio after the burial.


  1. Now I know why you always told me to be strong Grammy, you knew that one day I would need the strength to bear your loss. I will always cherish our memories, fishing down at Truman in the summertime, your big old Christmas tree that almost touched your super tall ceiling, and your extra peppery egg noodles at Thanksgiving. Give Grandpa a squeeze for me, and watch over me as I make my move to Indianapolis. I love you more than words and your loss is going to take a long time to adjust to. You were one of a kind Shirl-my-girl!

  2. Sorry for your loss prayers

  3. Please accept my sincerest sympathy to the family

  4. Beaner I’m very sorry for your loss my friend.If there’s anything I can do for you just call please.2810340

  5. Dallas & Judy Duncan

    Davey & Vicky we are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom will be in Gods hand now and relieved of all her pain. Hopefully that will give you comfort & make losing your Mom a little easier. Your Mom left you in good hands by having a large family to help each other during her loss. Prayers & Blessings sent to all.

  6. Today’s gonna be a tough one, Grandma. How do you say goodbye to someone you can’t believe is gone? Thank you for always loving me and letting me know how special I was to you. I know where you are and I know you’re SO HAPPY to be there…but it doesn’t make it easier. As far as grandma’s go… there were none to compete with you! Thank you, love you, and see you soon! Your Cindy Ann

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