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Earlene Langston

Funeral service for Earlene Doris Langston of Jackson, will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The Rev. Chris Collier will officiate. Burial will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time.

Earlene, 82, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Villas of Jackson, where she received excellent care the past ten months. She was born June 9, 1938, in Daisy, to Ova and Nellie Hobeck Stearns. She and Clarence Langston were married Dec. 22, 1958, in Jackson. They had been married 27 years when Clarence passed away April 12, 1986.

Earlene was a 1957 graduate of Jackson High School. She was a devoted mother who was involved in many of her daughters’ activities as they were growing up. She was a Girl Scout leader and softball coach for many years and enjoyed attending their events. She was always there for her girls and she was their best supporter and cheerleader. She continued the tradition with her grandchildren, attending their events and just spending time with them. In short, family was her key to happiness!

Earlene was a faithful member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson and the quilting group.

Earlene was an avid Bridge player, often playing cards at the Jackson Senior Center with her friends, Ivern Glass, Nell Langford and Joyce Brown.

Loving survivors include three daughters, Cindy (James) Goodpasture, Becky (Steve) Wachter, and Kristie (Todd) Rayburn, all of Jackson; grandchildren, Jamie (Zach) Brazer, Cody (Tyler) Zimmerman, Landon (Travis) Jones, Paden (Brannon) Wright, Luke (Cailin) Rayburn, Levi Rayburn, and 10 great-grandchildren, Bryn, Bella, Landry, Blake, Braddeck, Judah, Noah Grace, Eli, Bennett, and Collins; five siblings, Carmen “Peg” (Charles) Newell, Linda (Jerry) Morton and Patsy Wendel, all of Jackson, Richard (Brenda) Stearns of Lonedell, and Mary (the late Bud) James of Patton, and two sisters-in-law, Minnie (the late Virgil) Stearns and Georgia (the late Robert) Stearns, both of Jackson, and her extended family at Villas of Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, Virgil Stearns, Fred (Rosemary) Stearns and Robert “Bob” Stearns and a sister, Sue Clippard.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Jackson Senior Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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