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Scott Stearns

Funeral service for Scott Duane Stearns of Cape Girardeau, was held Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Ford and Sons Funeral Chapel in Jackson. Pastor Troy Richards and the Rev. Randy Riley officiated. Burial was in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Pallbearers include his four sons along with Shane Richards and Mike Littleton.

Mr. Stearns, 51, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born Oct. 28, 1969, to Virgil Ray Stearns and Minnie Rose Stearns (Sievers). He spent his childhood playing sports, delivering newspapers, mowing yards — anything he could to help his mom, who lost her husband shortly after Scott’s birth on Jan. 24, 1970.

A graduate of Jackson High School class of 1988, Scott gained experience working multiple jobs, always striving to be the best worker and provider he could be for his family. Scott, his sister, Saundra, and her husband, Larry, opened the Flower and Garden Shop in March of 1991. Scott met his wife, Kimberly Kay Hender-son at Diebolds Orchard in Benton. Scott and Kim were married on June 8, 1991, with five children across 30 years of marriage.

Scott was a leader in Cub Scouts Pack 18 for his sons, and watched three of his sons attain the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 5. He enjoyed his flowers, gardening and was quick to drop everything if his family or friends needed help. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson his entire life. Together, Scott and Saundra Young ran the Flower and Garden Shop for nearly 30 years, with Scott full-time.

Loving survivors include his wife, Kimberly of Cape Girardeau, children, Tonya, Nathan, Aaron and Nicholas Stearns, all of Cape Girardeau and Matthew (Alivia) Stearns of Jackson and one grandchild, Alethea Mae Louise Stearns, who will miss her Papa very dearly, sisters are Saundra (Larry) Young and Debra (Jerry) Seabaugh, both of Jackson, and one brother, Gary Stearns of Cape Girardeau. On his wife’s side, he leaves behind two brother-in-laws, Scott (Christy) Henderson of Sikeston and Mark (Golda) Henderson of Georgia. He had numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss him on both sides of the family. He also had many long time customers and friends he met through the Flower and Garden Shop and across his life, who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Terry (Joyce) Stearns and father and mother-in-law, Earl and Janice Henderson. Memorial contributions may be given to First Baptist Church of Jackson.

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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