Peterson Funeral Chapel

Franklin David “Dave” McCully, 65, passed away on Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, following a short illness.

Dave McCully was born to Frank and Claudene (Willard) McCully on December 18, 1956 in Aurora, Missouri. Although a lifelong resident of the Aurora and Marionville areas, he also spent time in Monett, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Wyoming and Texas. He was a 1975 graduate of Marionville High School and president of his senior class. Dave was an active member and letterman in FBLA and played trombone in the band. A multi-year letterman for the Comets on the football field, he received All-State, All-Ozark and All-District honors and was named 1st Team All-Conference as an offensive tackle his senior year.
He attended college at Southwest Missouri State University and Drury University, and accumulated several hours shooting pool in the Bear’s Den. He loved bowling and playing pitch, pinochle, checkers, dominoes and softball. He married Kim Estes (McCully-Mobley) on June 13, 1981. To this union, one son, Jacob David Taylor McCully was born in 1990.
He owned his own flooring installation business and worked with several flooring companies prior to retiring. Dave worked on the steel gang and as a brakeman for the Frisco and Burlington Northern railroads. He worked construction, was a draftsman for the EFCO Corporation, spent time at Win-Vent and Leggett & Platt and worked in the maintenance department for Aurora Schools in the late 1990s. He served as mayor pro tem of the Aurora City Council and was elected for two terms in the late 1980s. 

He was an avid outdoorsman for most of his life spending time hunting, camping, fishing, floating and looking for arrowheads. As a den leader, he loved working with his son and friends in Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts of Pack 48, as well as helping with several events and camping trips with the Boy Scouts of Troop 48 in Aurora. Dave also enjoyed cooking and grilling for his family and friends. He loved watching a variety of movies and television shows and was a passionate Lonesome Dove and Star Trek fan. He enjoyed old westerns, science fiction, Fox News, Ag Day, and could quote many lines from the Andy Griffith Show. A fan of Aurora Houn’ Dawg athletics, he liked listening to the Saturday Morning Shoot Around on KSWM Radio and was a frequent caller. 
Dave loved music and was a master of the piano, banjo and keyboard. He played and sang a variety of musical genres, including gospel, country, rock and roll, jazz, blues and ragtime. Throughout the years, he performed with several bands, friends and family members at clubs, events and festivals. He played music at Southside Baptist Church in Aurora and played piano for Charlie Walker at the Crane Broiler Festival. Some of his favorite artists include ZZ Top, Leon Russell, the Carpenters, Earl Thomas Conley and the Marshall Tucker Band. 
He was an artist, craftsman, writer and a master at storytelling. He built and refinished furniture and created many paintings, drawings, and wood carvings throughout his life. He loved Shakespeare, published a number of poems and had numerous quips and catch-phrases of his own. As a reader and history buff, he could discuss anything. Dave liked astronomy and spent many hours looking at the stars through a telescope and his binoculars. As a Christian, he had a goal this year of reading his bible from start to finish. Dave lived life on his own terms and loved fiercely. He had no filter and had the reputation of being “one of a kind.”
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jefferson and Josephine McCully; and Charles and Ella Willard; his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and several close friends.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Jake and Cara McCully of Springfield; his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Tina McCully of Aurora; nieces Michele McCully, Cody (Estes) Murray and Chantil Miller; nephews, Michael McCully, Jason McCully, Chad Estes, Matt Campbell and Jared Campbell, several great-nieces and great-nephews; multiple cousins and a host of friends and neighbors.
A celebration of life will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21st, at the Aurora Community Center on West Church Street. An open house visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Brother Lee Parsons and family members will help officiate a short program at 5 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Aurora Houn’ Dawg Alumni & Outreach Center, Aurora Highlands Habitat for Humanity or the Carol Pettit Breast Cancer Fund with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Contributions can be left at the Community Center on December 21st or at Peterson Funeral Home in Aurora.