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Irvin Ray ‘Razor’ Hull

Irvin Ray “Razor” Hull went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, July 9, 2018.

A Celebration of Life for “Razor” will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at Farber Community Center with visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Immediately following, an informal celebration with everyone and anyone that wants to speak about “Razor” is invited to do so during this time.

He was born Sept 16, 1927 to Thomas Lee and Nannie Katherine Hull in Farber. He attended Farber School and graduated in May 1945 with honors. He entered the U.S. Navy and served during WW II until his discharge Sept 16, 1948. He attained the rank of Hospital Corpsman Second. He was San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Hiroshima, Japan and Australia.

He worked during some of his school years for North American Refractories Co., in Farber, and after his service for 46 1/2 years, starting as a laborer and them as foreman/supervisor retiring in Nov. 1988. In the early years he also worked for the railroad in Chaffee, when he met the love of his life, Bettie B. Flowers of Cape Girardeau, and they were married June 23, 1950 in Piggott, Ark. They were married for 60 years until her death on Oct. 5, 2010.

Survivors include a son, Ros Hull and wife, Diana of Vandalia; one daughter, Cindy Bair and husband, Jim of Battlefield; and another son, Dwayne Hull of Farber; grandchildren, Ros E. Hull, Dana Hull and Stephanie Hull of Vandalia, Debbie Stolte and husband, Jason, Eric Dudley and wife, Sarah, all of Hannibal; Cody Hull and Aaron Hull of Farber, and Megan Trower of Vandalia; and 20 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Millie Hulse of Farber, and Maurine Selby of Pleasant Hill.

Razor was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, sisters, Beulah Shepherd, Emma Browning, Margie McCoy, and Marie Harris, brothers, Billy Burke Hull, Almer Hull, Roswell “Sorg” Hull and Earl “Beano” Hull.

He was an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying managing and playing baseball and softball teams. He was the catcher for several area fast pitch teams and a member of two state championship teams. He managed over 30 youth and adult teams during his “career”.

He was also an avid bowler, bowling for over 50 years, bowling in state, national an a lot of local and regional tournaments. He was voted into the Vandalia Bowling Hall of Fame and served as association secretary for over 30 years.

Razor enjoyed working with the youth, such as boy scouts, 4-H and others. He served as statistician for Van-Far High School football and basketball teams for several years.

The family is asking everyone who played ball with and for him to try and attend. A get together “ballgame” will be held at approximately 3:30 p.m., at the Farber Lions Ballfield. Anyone who can play is invited and everyone is invited to watch if you can not play.

Immediately following the celebration, before the game, a carry-in dinner will be held.

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