Veteran-IntroMarcell K. Pringle, 80, of Jackson passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Monticello House in Jackson.

He was born December 1, 1934, in Seventy-Six, Missouri, once an area near Brazeau, son of Marcell L. Pringle and Althea Swan. He and Frances Wade were married May 25, 1979. She survives.

Marcell worked at McDonnell-Douglas and the United States Postal Service in St. Louis. Marcell was the first African American Deputy Sheriff for the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department; and Cape Girardeau County Child Support Enforcement Agent. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of St. Louis, member of American Legion Post #63 in Cape Girardeau and VFW Post #3838 in Cape Girardeau. Marcell was an entrepreneur with his restaurant and trucking businesses.

Loving survivors include his wife of 36 years; four daughters, Melba (George) Foster of Jackson, Michelle Pringle of Aurora, Colorado; Marsala Pringle of Centreville, Illinois, and Merla Simmons of Lovejoy, Illinois; five sons, Marcell (Donna) Pringle, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, Marion “Binky” Pringle of Jackson, Dennis (Linda) Sides of Cleveland, Ohio, Loren (Pam) Sides of Bellevue, Nebraska, Darrell (Janet) Sides of Sioux City, Iowa; a sister, Lillie R. Wade; three brothers, Sherman (Sylvilla) Swan of Jackson, Earnest “Mike” Swan of Moscow Mills, Missouri, Dennis (Barbara) Swan of Gordonville; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Irvin Swan and two sisters, Lucille Bell and Verna Newson.

Friends may call Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 11 am to 1 pm at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral service will be 1 pm Saturday at the funeral home with the Deaconess Louise Duncan officiating.

Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with graveside military honors.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Tara

    Miss Frances, Melba, Mickey, Marsala, Marcel and Binky, and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Pringle. He was always so nice to me and fun to be around. He will be missed. Praying peace for your family during this difficult time. God Bless

  2. Myra Coates

    East St. Louis Sr. High School
    4901 State Street
    E. St. Louis, IL 62205

    Saturday, September 19, 2015

    To the bereaved family of Mr. Marcell K. Pringle, and our classmate Melba Pringle Foster:

    The E. Sr. Louis Sr. High Class of 1974 extends our sincere sympathy and heartfelt prayers to you at the passing of your loved one and Father.

    Jesus said…”I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. John 11:25-26.

    Please know that our prayers are with you in the days, and months ahead. We pray that God will give you the peace in your time of loss; that only he can give. If we may be of any assistance or comfort to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

    Humbly Submitted,
    E. St. Louis Sr. High Graduating Class of 1974

  3. Mike Murray

    My deepest sympathies to both family and friends. I knew Marcell in the late 70’s and early 80’s while being a member of the Jackson Police Department. If it were not for Marcell’s quick actions one early morning in the early 80’s I would not be here writing this. I had stopped a vehicle occupied by two prison parolees who were heavily intoxicated and high on narcotics. Officer Larry Wade assisted and the four of us became involved in a life or death struggle. It seems the two gentlemen did not want to return to prison. During the struggle Marcell happened by on his way to the Sheriff’s Office. Had it not been for his quick actions someone at that scene would have lost his life that morning. Marcell, thank you for the timely assist and tell Larry I said “hey”. RIP

  4. Judge A. J. Seier, Retired

    Marcel was a fantastic deputy sheriff. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  5. Benny and Genetha Johnson

    To The Pringle Family …

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    God will comfort and see you thru this difficult time.

    Be Blessed.
    Benny & Genetha Johnson



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