Junior Burl Groves 1/27/2015

January 29, 2015

Junior Burl Groves, 80, of Festus, MO, formerly of Williamsville, MO, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at his residence. The visitation for Junior will be Friday, January 30th from 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Williamsville, MO with the service following at 2:00 P.M. also at the church. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Lila M Counts 1/21/2015

January 22, 2015

Lila M. Counts, 78, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Lila was born on June 13, 1936 to John William Buckley and Nova Shannon Ross Buckley who preceded her in death.
Lila was united in marriage to Howard Counts on December 12, 1958 and to this union three children were born.
She was a member of the Peachtree General Baptist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, two sons, Kerry Counts and his wife Mary of Bloomington, IL, and Jerry Counts of St. Peters, MO; one daughter, Leta Woolard and her husband Vaden of Mill Spring, MO; one sister, Betty Hodge of Eminence, MO; eight grandchildren, Karis Vance, Vaden Shane Woolard, Dake Frankline Woolard, Kamille Counts, Rachel Mae Counts, Jared Counts, Howie Counts, Charlie Counts; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel Vance, Lucas Vance and Victoria Lilamae Vance.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Doug Buckley and one infant brother, Jr. Ray Buckley.
Lila’s hobbies were cooking and being adventurous by trying new recipes. She sold spices and herbs, and she liked to work crossword puzzles. Her activities included being involved in her church, reading the Bible daily and she enjoyed running references.
She attended the Rosewood, one room school, and graduated from Eminence High School. She then took college level children’s literature.
She was baptized when she was about 11 years old by Rev. Hembry, at the Assembly of God Church in Emminence.
She was of the Baptist belief. In 1971 she became a member of the Peach Tree General Baptist Church. She was a Sunday school class secretary and a substitute teacher.
Lila spent her life growing up on Carr’s Creek in Shannon Co. and in Eminence, MO and made her home in Van Buren, and Piedmont, MO.
As a young girl, after she got saved, she promised God, if He would provide her a Bible, she would read it every day. As long as she was able, she did.
Visitation for Lila was held Friday, January 23rd at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, and service followed Saturday at 11:00 A.M., also in the chapel. Pastor Mike Green ministered to the family and Kerry Counts, Jerry Counts, Vaden Woolard, Jared Counts, Dake Woolard, and Daecus Vance served as pallbearers. Vaden Shane Woolard served as an honorary pallbearer. Burial was in Peachtree Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Angela “Jill” Shearrer 1/17/2015

January 17, 2015


Angela “Jill” Shearrer, 73, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away January 17, 2015, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Jill was born October 23, 1941, at Poplar Bluff, MO, to Russell C. McGhee and Vida E. (Severs) McGhee. Jill grew up in Piedmont, MO, and a 1959 graduate of Piedmont High School. On July 2, 1960 she was united in marriage to Gale Shearrer who survives. She was converted to Christ as a young child at Piedmont Christian Church. Lastly, she was a member of Twin Springs Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, MO where she was an active member. Jill had many hobbies during her lifetime; caring for her family especially the grandchildren, watching grandchildren play sports, spending time with friends, watching Cardinal baseball and sports of all kinds, attending bible studies, tending her flowers, and playing golf.
Jill spent many years as a real estate broker in St. Loius, MO, and was a past President of the St. Louis Association of Realtors.
In addition to her husband, Jill is survived by two sons, Paul Shearrer and wife Susan of Derby, KS, Todd Shearrer and wife Beth of Kearney, MO; seven grandchildren, Danielle Shearrer, Andy Shearrer, Ryan Shearrer, Rachel Shearrer, Katie Shearrer, Matthew Shearrer, and Brett Shearrer.
Visitation was held Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel with her son Paul reading the obituary, her son Todd providing memories and Pastor Roger Mayo ministering to the family. Burial was at Rowland Woods Cemetery near Patterson, MO, with Andy Shearrer, Ryan Shearrer, Rachel Shearrer, Katie Shearrer, Matthew Shearrer, Brett Shearrer and Danielle Shearrer serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Terry Allen 1/16/2015

January 17, 2015

Terry L. Allen, 59, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Friday, January 16, 2015, at his residence. Terry was born on August 12, 1955 at Clubb, MO. He was of the Christian faith.
Terry enjoyed fishing, working on old cars, and camping. He lived in Wayne County his entire life and had attended Greenville schools. He worked many years as an auto mechanic in Clubb, MO, before moving to Piedmont.
He is survived by four sons, Mike Tumbas and wife Jennifer of Lowndes, MO, Mark Tumbas of Piedmont, MO, Terry Allen Jr. and wife Stephanie of Amarillo, TX, and Tim Allen and Rhonda Zimmer of Clubb, MO; thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Sarah Kathleen Allen.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 3:00 P.M., at New Prospect Cemetery, Silva, MO, with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Terry Allen, Tim Allen, Mark Tumbas, Ryan Tumbas, Charles Bays and Ed Walls served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Aletha Jane Robinson 1/16/2015

January 16, 2015

Aletha Jane Robinson, 93, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Greenville went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 16, 2015. She was born in Abbott, New Mexico to William Albert Phillips and Edith Irene Stewart Phillips, who preceded her in death on May 14, 1921.
On July 31, 1940 Aletha was united in marriage to Francis Robinson and to this union three sons were born.
Aletha worked for an adult day care called Bewster Place before retiring and moving to Greenville. Aletha loved her family and friends and loved talking to them about God. She attended church whenever possible.
She is survived by three sons, Gerald Robinson, Pete Robinson and Clarence Robinson all of St. Louis, MO; five grandchildren, Troy Robinson and his wife Stacy, Gerald Robinson and his wife Mary Jane, Eugene Robinson, Geralene Robinson and Savannah Robinson; four great-grandchildren, Brieanna Cranmer, Jack Robinson, Vannessa Robinson and Samantha Robinson; four great-great-grandchildren, Sophia Robinson, Preston Robinson, Cole Robinson and Jade Robinson.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband.
Visitation was held Friday, January 23, 2015, at 4:30 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 1:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Pastor Brenda Henson ministered to the family and Troy Robinson, Gerald Robinson, Eugene Robinson, Geralene Robinson, Savannah Robinson, and Lloyd Foster served as pallbearers. Burial was at Rucker Cemetery near Taskee, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Michelle Renae Emerson 1/13/2015

January 14, 2015

Michelle Renae Emerson, 53, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO. Michelle was born on March 22, 1961 in St. Louis, MO, to Ben DuBois and Sharon Nochta DuBois who survive.
For the last 17 years she had shared her life with James Gregory Emerson whom she married on November 3, 1997. She loved baking for him and her family and friends. Her nine grandchildren meant the world to her. She enjoyed going to the family counseling center and visiting, going to church and playing bingo.
Michelle is survived by her parents, Ben DuBois, Sharon Burris and step-mother Kathy McCurter; three sons, Joshua DuBois of Havelock, N.C., Skeeter Patterson of Fredericktown, MO, and Brock Patterson of Piedmont, MO, one daughter, Brittany Cheatham of Paducah, KY; three brothers, Doug DuBois of Paducah, KY, Stan DuBois of Fayetteville, AR, and David Turner of St. Peters, MO; two sisters, Stephanie DuBois of Eureka Spring, AR and Donna Turner of St Louis, MO and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., at Friendship Baptist Church in Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Windle Clay Shue 1/13/2015

January 14, 2015

Windle Clay Shue, 64, of Piedmont, MO passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Windle was born on January 22, 1950 in Pekin, IL to Elmer Shue and Jessie Dikes Shue who preceded him in death.
Windle had served his country in the United States Army. After the Army he went to work for the railroad.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Jester, four sons, Dohn Winters of South Pekin, IL, Thomas Jester of Piedmont, MO, Windle Shue, Jr. of Canton, IL, and Jacob Shue; one daughter, Melissa Shue; two brothers, Franklin and Jerry Shue both of Pekin, IL, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Windle is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Richard, Charles and Elmer Shue, and three sisters, Jessie Carrington, Dorothy Hereerger, and Nacey Farley.
A graveside service was held Friday, January 16, 2015 at Rosehill Cemetery, Piedmont, MO, at 2:00 P.M. Bro. Charles Kelley Jr. ministered to the family and recorded music was provided. Thomas Jester, Bobby Henson, Dohn Winters II, Dohn Winters III, and Garry Carrington served as pallbearers. Full military honors were provided by Arnold Hodge Post 281, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Wesley L. Keele 1/10/2014

January 11, 2015

Wesley L. “Buddy” Keele, of Greenville, MO, formerly of Williamsville, MO, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. Buddy was born May 1, 1945 at Williamsville, MO, son of William Virgil Keele and Wilma Costephens Keele. On January 23, 1965 he was united in marriage to Bonnie Rievley. He was later united in marriage to Helen Henderson in August 2007. Buddy was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. He had worked in commercial construction as a sewer pipe installer for many years. Buddy was an avid hunter, enjoyed riding motorcycles, and liked to go to the riverboat.

He is survived by three daughters, Christine Gordon and husband Richard of Poplar Bluff, MO, Patty Bishop and husband Steven of Pacific, MO, Marsha Parsons and husband Tom of Marthasville, MO; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four sisters, Wanda Kane of Poplar Bluff, Geneva Yates of Williamsville, Reva Kay Wright of Doniphan, and JoAnn Hicks of Williamsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Henderson; two sons, Wesley L. Keele, JR, and David Robbins.

Visitation was held Monday, January 12, 2015, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Services followed Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 2:30 P.M., also at the funeral home. Pastor Jerry London ministered to the family and recorded music was provided. Mike Green, Zach Cathey, Wes Owens, Richie Eads, Josh Fitzwater, Tim Hicks, and Corey Keele served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Holliday Cemetery, Williamsville, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Elizabeth Evelyn Williford 1/8/2015

January 9, 2015


Elizabeth “Evelyn” Williford, 94, of St. Peters, MO, formerly of Williamsville, MO, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at St. Peters Manor in St. Peters, MO. Evelyn was born October 28, 1920, in Matthews, MO, daughter of John Shell and Josephine Johnson Shell.
On December 30, 1950 Evelyn was united in marriage to William “Jesse” Williford, who preceded her in death on May 28, 1999.
Evelyn was a Christian and served in the Nazarene Church and the Assembly of God in Williamsville for many years, and also attended Gateway Central Nazarene Church in Bridgeton, MO. She grew up in the Matthews, MO area and spent her adulthood in St. Louis. She had worked for Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc and retired sometime in the 1980’s. She enjoyed singing, playing piano, watching television, and playing board games.

Evelyn is survived by one son, Robert Eugene Williford and wife Lisa Marie of St. Peters, MO; five grandchildren, Lindsey Williford, Matthew Williford, Jonathan Williford of St. Peters and Cheryl Strange and husband Robin, Jennifer Williams and husband Jason of Williamsville and five great grandchildren, Jessie Strange, Robert Strange, Jason Williams, Tyler Williams and Jagger Williams and one son-in-law, John Schaffer, all of Williamsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Vicki Cheryl Schaffer, three brothers, Willard Franklin Shell, James Wilford Leroy Shell, Cecil Ervin Shell and two sisters, Luie Elmerta McFarland and Elmina Juanita Beardsley.

Visitation was held Monday, January 12, 2015, at 5:00 P.M., at Williamsville Assembly of God Church. Services followed Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., also at the church. Burial was at Holliday Cemetery, Williamsville, MO. Pastor Helen Edwards ministered to the family and Jane Stogsdille, Bud Culp, and Pat Culp provided the music. Jason Williams, Jason Williams JR., Robert Strange, Tyler Williams, JC Goebel, and Josh Kelsoe served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Larry Payton 1/6/2015

January 7, 2015


Larry V. Payton, 62, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, after a long battle with cancer. Larry was born on November 4, 1952. He was preceded in death by his parents James Vernon Payton and Alma Verneil Reed Payton.
On May 20, 1978, Larry was united in marriage to Rhonda McGonigal and of this union three children were born. Rhonda and the children were the light of Larry’s life.
Larry was born in St. Louis and spent the first seven years of his life there. He then moved to Piedmont where he spent the rest of his life. He graduated from Clearwater High School in 1971 and attended both Southern Baptist and Southeast Missouri State University for one year.
Larry joined St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in 1987 and was always an active parishioner. He loved taking care of his farm and making sure it looked nice. Having a heart for conversation, Larry made habitats for deer and turkey to keep their populations healthy on his farm. He spent many hours on his tractor cutting the fields and working the land. He loved to watch his children and grandchildren fish. He would selflessly bait their hooks and clean their fish. His hobbies also included deer hunting, playing dice with his buddies, watching and attending Cardinal baseball games, and spending time at Z Farm with friends.
In his younger years, Larry was a member of the Piedmont Jaycee’s, serving as treasurer for several years. He was a volunteer firefighter and served on the fire board for six years. Larry was also an EMT for the Clearwater Ambulance District.
Larry worked hard to support his family at Specialty Granules Inc. in Annapolis, MO for 40 years. Before SGI, he painted water towers for a couple of years.
Larry is survived by his wife, Rhonda; two sons, Jeff Payton and his wife Mary of St. Louis, MO, Jason Payton and his wife Nicole of St. Charles, MO; one daughter, Janna Owens and her husband Joshua of Cape Girardeau, MO; one brother, Alan Payton of Steelville, MO; one sister, Vicki Johnson and her husband David of Blackwell, MO; three grandchildren, Luke, Anne, and Alice with Baby Owens on the way.
Visitation was held Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 5:00-8:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral Mass was held Monday, January 12, 2015, at 11:00 am, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Piedmont, MO. Burial followed at Rowland Woods Cemetery, Patterson, MO. Father Dan Hirtz and Father Mark Binder ministered to the family and Fred Zamzow, Ray Koch, Daniele Raveinelli, Patrick Cooper, Stan Wallace, Bob Christian, Don Foust Sr, Jim Evans, Bruce Keel, and Mike McGonigal served as pallbearers. Jim Gooch served as an honorary pallbearer. Music was provided by Cheryl Oberhaus and Allen Bruns. Loving tributes were provided by Ray Koch, Ellen Koch, and Stephanie Sutton.Burial followed at Rowland Woods Cemetery near Patterson. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to help with medical expenses by going to the following website: http://www.gofundme.com/jg9qgo. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

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