DEERFIELD, Mo. — Alva Otis Hite Jr., 88, of Deerfield, Mo., died Sept. 17 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott. He was born May 22, 1924, at Fort Scott, the son of Alva Otis Sr. and Gladys Mae (Cox) Hite. He married Joyce Marie Larcom on May 3, 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark., and she preceded him in death Aug. 1, 1985. On Dec. 11, 1992, he married Neva Bunn, and she survives of the home.
Alva graduated from Uniontown High School, and after a semester at Fort Scott Community College he went to Wichita for tooling courses and to Fort Monmouth, N.J., for signal courses. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 until 1950 as a Staff Sergeant. Alva was a member of the Uniontown First Missionary Baptist Church and the Ruritan Club of Uniontown. He worked for 26 years at Beech Aircraft and Boeing doing tooling and retired in 1986.
In addition to his wife Neva, Alva is survived by four sons, Mike Hite, Tom Hite, Gary Hite and wife Diane, all of Newton, and Joe Hite and wife Shelly of Valley Center; three stepdaughters, Debbie Keller of St. Louis, Mo., Kay McCune of Baldwin and Margaret Smith of Great Bend; two grandchildren, Bryanna Hite and Tanner Hite; and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great grandchild. In addition to his first wife Joyce, he was also preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Darrin R. Hite.
The family will meet friends and relatives at the Uniontown Cemetery in Uniontown for graveside services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. The telephone number is 620-223-1212, toll Free: 800-828-2423; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Online condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 20, 2012#