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Mr. David E. Presley, age 79 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Friday, June 11, 2010, at the Adams Street Place Nursing Center.
David was born June 20, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of George R. and Ruby Cornelius Presley. He was married on June 20, 1986, in Jefferson City, Mo. to Elaine Elliott Waggoner. A resident of the Jefferson City area since 1962, David was a graduate of Parsons High School and Parsons Junior College, Parsons, Kansas. He was employed with the General Adjustment Bureau from 1962 until 1967 and with Central Bank from 1967 until 1990. He was employed with Naught - Naught Insurance Agency from 1990 until his retirement in 1995. David was a member of the First United Methodist Church; a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie, 2693; and a member of Meadow Lake Acres Country Club where he had three holes-in-one. He pitched professional baseball in Texas in 1950, with the Washington Senators farm team. An avid bowler for 55 years, he was state champion in 1953, 1954, and 1956. He also coached youth baseball with the Pee-Wee league, Babe Ruth League, American Legion, and Ban Johnson. Survivors include: his wife, Elaine Presley; one son, Jeff Presley of Columbia, Mo.; three daughters, Brenda Record and her husband Doug of Jefferson City, Mo., Paula Gilmore and her husband Larry of Jefferson City, Mo., and Ann Distler and her husband Mike of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Wilda Lawhorn and her husband Dabney of Kansas City, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Patricia Stock Murphy, Jeremiah Majersky, Calvin Stock and his wife Lisa, Ryan Presley, Clinton Distler, Katherine Presley, and Cole Distler; and two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Shawn Stock. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Carolyn Ryan Presley in 1984. Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church from 10:30 until 12:30 Thursday, June 17, 2010. A memorial service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mark Dumas officiating. Private graveside services and interment will be conducted at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry or Hospice Compassus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com