IN MEMORIAM: Theodis Maltbia, 44-year member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562

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Theodis (Ted) Maltbia, Sr., 71, of New Madrid, Mo., a 44-year member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562, departed this life Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born November 11, 1948 in New Madrid to the late Collis Maltbia and Renet George.

Brother Maltbia served in the United States Navy and worked brief stints with his father at Collis Maltbia Farms and Noranda Aluminum before becoming member of Local 562 where he retired.

Brother Maltbia was a Deacon at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed and appreciated his church family. He was a third-degree Mason of St. James Lodge 26. He was very active in politics for his community and was active on the state and national level. He enjoyed teaching and coaching youth sports, working in the yard, and was especially proud of, and loved spending time, with his grandchildren.

Brother Maltbia is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Prichett, children, Lisa Prichett, of Columbia, Mo., Darrick (Angelette) Prichett of Jefferson City, Mo., Theodis “Tony” (Ronda) Maltbia, Jr., of St. Louis, and Marlon (Roshell) Maltbia of New Madrid, Mo. He is also survived by three  sisters, Dorothy Ross of New Madrid, Jeanette (Harry) Proctor of Peoria, Ill., Yvonne (Randy) Maltbia of Detroit, Mich., and Pearlean Griffin of Toledo, Ohio; brother, Richard “Chuck” Williams, of New Madrid; and eight grandchildren, Theodis Maltbia III, Lela Prichett, Austin Maltbia, Jay Maltbia, Kaia Prichett, Darrick Prichett Jr., Jordan Maltbia, and Marlon Maltbia, Jr.

In addition to his parents, Brother Maltbia was preceded in death by his grandmother, Virgie Nelson, who raised him, step-mother, Martha Maltbia; two brothers, Collis Maltbia, Jr. and Charles Williams, and four sisters, Cozette Abdul-Kareem, Shirlene Williams, Earlean Brown and Linda Brooks.

A visitation was held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of New Madrid, followed by a funeral service, with internment at Evergreen Cemetery.

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