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From: "Ricky Kelley" <>
Subject: [SIFFORD] Chris Sifford obituary
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 02:35:34 -0500


The following was printed in the Daily American Republic newspaper from Poplar Bluff, MO:

Christopher Sifford


PUXICO - Christopher Dale Sifford, 37, of Jefferson City, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, in a plane crash in Jefferson County.

Mr. Sifford was born Aug. 6, 1963, in Poplar Bluff. He lived his entire life in Puxico, until he attended Southwest Missouri State University and worked in Springfield and Jefferson City.

A 1981 graduate of Puxico High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree in communications from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.

During college, Mr. Sifford worked as a disc jockey and news director for KDEX-radio in Dexter. He was also a disc jockey and news reporter at KTTS radio in Springfield, a staffer for the congressional campaign of farmer Wayne Cryts in 1986 and an assistant metro editor, reporter and assignment editor at the Springfield News-Leader.

In 1992, Mr. Sifford became the spokesperson for Mel Carnahan's gubernatorial campaign and later the Carnahan transition team.

He then became the director of communications and later the governor's chief of staff during Gov. Carnahan's term of office.

He was serving as Gov. Carnahan's senior aide in Carnahan's bid for the U.S. Senate at the time of his death.

A member of the Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City, he enjoyed sports, playing the piano, riding horses and most of all spending his time with his niece and nephew.

Survivors include, his father and stepmother, Dale and Shelby Sifford of Puxico; one brother and sister-in-law, Morgan and Pam Sifford of Puxico; one sister, Sue Sifford of Sikeston; his grandparents, Joe and Lena Keepers of Dexter; two stepbrothers, Bob and Tim Mullins, both of Piggott, Ark.; one niece, Julie Sifford of Puxico; one nephew, Josh Sifford of Puxico; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Anne Sifford, on March 14, 1992.

Visitation will begin 2 p.m. Saturday at the Morgan Sifford Funeral Home in Puxico. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Puxico High School with the Rev. Kem Lumley of Memorial Baptist Church in Jefferson City, officiating.

Eulogies will be given by Gov. Roger Wilson and Democratic Party Executive Director Roy Temple.

Burial will be in the Puxico City Cemetery with the Rev. John Buttry and the Rev. Ray Placher officiating.

A memorial fund has been set up at the First Midwest Bank in Puxico. Memorials may be sent to the Chris Sifford Memorial Fund, c/o Morgan Sifford, P.O. Box 158, Puxico, Mo., 63960.



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