August 31, 2015
Earl D. Gatewood, 80, of Piedmont, MO, passed away, Sunday, August 30, 2015, in Foley, MO. Graveside services will be held at Meador-Flatwoods Cemetery, Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
August 27, 2015
Larry G. Abernathy, 65, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in his home with his family by his side. He was born June 1, 1950 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He lived in Burfordville, MO for a brief time before moving to Snohomish, WA, at the age of three where he later met his wife. After their marriage in 1971, they lived in Poplar Bluff, Springfield, and again in Washington before settling in Piedmont. He worked at ISP Minerals (now SGI) for 29 years. He was affectionately known to his co-workers as a pleasant irritation. He was well known for his woodworking skills and his artwork.
Larry had a passion for flying ultralight airplanes and riding motorcycles. He was also a little league coach.
He leaves behind his wife, J. Janetlee “Janet”, and his two sons, Travis (Terri), and Vincent. He also leaves behind his two grandsons, Luke and Daniel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Dorothy Abernathy, and his oldest brother, Ronald Abernathy. His surviving siblings are: Barbara Magill of Park Hills and Bob Abernathy (Rachel) of Patterson. His surviving neices are: Deborah Bowling, Kathryn Christopher, and Monica Carroll; and one nephew, Kevin Carroll.
Family friend Greg Allen ministered to the family. Additional speakers were son, Vince Abernathy and Travis Clyburn. Greg Allen, Juli Allen, Jessica Duncan, Dalton Warrick, and Kevin Carroll provided musical selections.
Graveside services were held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Meador – Flatwoods Cemetery near Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
August 25, 2015
Raymon Loyd Cothern II passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 at his residence. He was born on May 7, 1963 to Raymon Cothern and Betty Yates Cothern in St. Louis, MO. He spent his childhood in Williamsville and graduated high school in Arnold, MO. He has been back in Wayne County since 2005.
Raymon pursued several different professions in adulthood. He worked as a mechanic for a towing company in Arnold, MO, he also did tree work, carpentry, and he spent a few years as an over the road truck driver. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Williamsville, and Greenville.
Raymon is survived by his mother, Betty Cothern, a son, Ramon Cothern III of Poplar Bluff, MO, and a daughter; Angela Cothern of Arnold, MO. Other survivors include; four brothers, Dale, and his wife Theresa Bunyard of Williamsville, MO, Doug Bunyard of St. Clair, MO, Roy Cothern of Arnold, MO, and Matthew Cothern of St. Clair, MO, and one sister; Sherri, and her husband Ron Mabrey of Arnold, MO. On July 19, 2015 Raymon was united in marriage to Kasey Lyttle who survives. Raymon also has a granddaughter, Madelyn, to be born in October 2015; one uncle, Robert and Igeana Yates, Dittmer, MO. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymon Cothern Sr.
Raymon enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to fish, hunt, do tree work, and doing outside work. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his wife and family.
Raymon accepted Jesus into his heart and was saved on April 5, 2015 at Bethel Baptist Church of Greenville, MO.
Visitation was held Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 5:30 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Wednesday, August 26, 2015, also at the chapel. Burial followed at Carson Hill Cemetery near Mill Spring, MO. Pastor Leroy Foster ministered to the family. Dale Bunyard, Doug Bunyard, Roy Cothern, Matthew Cothern, Ron Mabrey, and Raymon Cothern III served as Pall Bearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
August 23, 2015
William (Wm.) Marion Luna, son of Austin M. Luna and Elizabeth (Bess) Morris Luna, was born in Piedmont, MO on August 19, 1922.
He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1940, attended Central Methodist College in Fayetteville, MO, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1944.
On May 26, 1944, he married Frieda L. Phillis, his high school and college sweetheart. To this union, two children were born.
From 1946 to 1990, Marion and Frieda owned and operated Luna Hardware and Auto Supplies. They also had business interests with with Piedmont Small Engines and with
Carter and Luna (Furniture, Hardware, Houseware, and Plumbing), which later became Piedmont Furniture. Marion was honored as the Businessperson of the year in 1998 by the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and served as President of the Bank of Piedmont for many years. Most recently, he worked at Piedmont Furnace with Kenny and Sally Elrod.
Marion was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Piedmont and Honorary Vice-President of the Wayne County Historical Society.
A lifelong member of the Freemasons, Marion received his 50-year pin in 2013, served as the Worshipful Master of Wayne Lodge 526, and was the Grand Treasurer of Missouri Freemasons for over 30 years. He also was a 33° Scottish Rite Mason who served on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri.
Marion, age 93, died peacefully on August 21, 2015, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth J. Luna (Beth), Beth’s husband Alonzo H. Ross, son W. M. Luna Jr. (Bill), Bill’s wife Jane E. Sheridan, and their son William A. (Will) Luna. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Medford M. Luna and beloved wife Frieda.
Marion will be greatly missed by his family and host of friends in Piedmont and at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center.
Visitation was held Monday, August 24, 2015, at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO and funeral services were
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel. There was a Rose Croix Ceremony and Wayne Lodge 526 AF & AM Masonic Rites before the service.
Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Johnson ministered to the family. Bill Luna, Stan Garrison, Will Luna, Jason Street, Kenny Elrod, Jeff Radford, Kent Elrod, and Kenny Ruble served as Pall Bearers. Sam Losh, Willard Guess, and Bob Bushon served as Honorary Pall Bearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
August 17, 2015
John Duncan, 61, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away at his residence Sunday, August 16, 2015. He was born; July 07, 1954 in Poplar Bluff, MO, to Robert Duncan and Elsie Clay. John spent his early childhood in Piedmont, MO, and ultimately moved to Poplar Bluff, MO, where he attended and graduated Poplar Bluff High School in 1972. Directly after high school, John went to work for Lucy Lee Hospital, in Poplar Bluff, as a Supply Technician; where he stayed until retirement in 2010.
In his free time; John enjoyed spending time with his sister, Roberta Duncan of Van Buren, MO, and his nephews, great nephew, and great nieces who were his whole world. John also loved to go fishing at Pinewoods Lake in Ellsinore, MO, and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Wayne County, Mo.
John was of the Christian Faith and was saved as a child.
Visitation was held Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. Funeral services were Wednesday at 12:00 P.M. also at the Piedmont Chapel. Burial followed at Duncan Cemetery in Piedmont, MO. Pastor Harry Cole ministered to the family and Bro. Steve Green read the Eulogy. Pall Bearrers include; Jan Hicks, Scott Hicks, Steve Green, Mike McKinley, Justus Sherrill, Ken Hicks, Boyd Cole and Steve Crane. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
August 17, 2015
Nelta Z. Pearce, 75, of Silva, MO, passed away August 16, 2015, in Cape Girardeau. She was born September 21, 1939, in Jacksonville, FL, to Ager Albert Zipperer and Lillian Squire who preceded her in death. One son, Terry Michael Pearce, also preceded her in death. Nelta worked as a bookkeeper, registered nurse, and an over-the-road truck driver. She is survived by two sons; Donald Pearce of Lansing, MI, and Jimmy Pearce of Ironton, MO. Two grandchildren also survive.
Visitation was held Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, Mo. Funeral services followed at 11:00 a.m. also at the Greenville Chapel.Pastor Pete Ruble ministered to the family. Pall Bearrers include; Gary Ballew, Jimmy Pearce, Donald Pearce, Ronnie Street, and Jim Ruegg. Songs by Lisa Reitzel. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
August 15, 2015
J. Paul “Booger” Faries, 77, of Piedmont, passed away Friday, August 14, 2015, at his residence. He was born January 23, 1938, to Joseph Faries and Mamie Porterfield Faries in Puxico, MO. Booger was raised in Williamsville, MO, and graduated from high school there. Some of his best memories were of being a kid and growing up in Williamsville. Whether racing under slow moving trains, or riding his bike by standing on the seat, or playing basketball and baseball, or fishing at the local fishing holes, he loved his growing up years and looked back on them fondly.
After graduating, Booger moved to St. Louis where he was a Teamster for thirty years and retired from Yellow Freight. While in St. Louis, he was a member of the St. Louis Ski Club, where he enjoyed skiing and playing tennis. He retired in Wappapello and Piedmont so he could be close to Clearwater and Wappapello lakes and the Piedmont Canyon Club. He loved fishing and playing golf. He was a daily regular at a few Piedmont restaurants and looked forward to the company of his friends at McDonalds. All through his life he enjoyed playing cards, chess, working crossword puzzles and most games that involved more skill than luck.
On September 23, 1962, J. Paul “Booger” Faries was united in marriage to Linda Vardell. To this union was born one daughter, Lisa Faries Reavey, who survives. Other survivors include one brother, James and his wife, Billie Faries; one sister, Esther Parker; one son-in-law, Callum Reavey; and four grandchildren: Laura, Mark, Mandy, and Luke. No matter the disagreements, Booger loved his family.
Visitation was Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. The Funeral service was Thursday at 1:30 p.m. also at the Piedmont chapel. Burial followed at Wappapello City Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Johnson ministered to the family. Johnnie Hamm, Callum Reavey, Tadd Kruithoff, Keith Parker, James Faries, Ronnie Street, and Alex Ruegg served as Pall Bearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
August 8, 2015
Elbert “Bert” Wheatley, 74, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015, at Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born on September 11, 1940 in Malden, MO, to James Elbert Wheatley and LeLa Gertrude Duck Wheatley. On May 12, 1972 he was united in marriage to Marjorie Brown.
Bert was a supervisor for a storage container manufacturing facility. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and boating in his spare time. He was of the Baptist faith.
Elbert is survived by his wife Marjorie Brown Wheatley of Piedmont, MO. Other survivors include one daughter, Laura Clayton of St. Louis, MO; two brothers, Paul Wheatley of Dexter, MO, and Wayne Marquis of Poplar Bluff, MO; two sisters, Pat Williams, and Betty Owens, both of Dexter, MO. Elbert has three grandchildren, Brendan Clayton of St. Louis, MO, Jason Wilson and wife Kelly of Crocker, MO, and Stacy Callis and her husband Jamie of Rincon, GA. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Katie Wilson, Logan Wilson, Jack Callis, and Max Callis. Bert is preceded in death by one son, Stanley Shaver; one daughter, Sandra Belle Wilson; one brother, James W. Wheatley; and one sister, Carolyn Lamar.
Bert was a supervisor for a modular buildings manufacturer in St. Louis, MO. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and boating in his spare time. He was of the Baptist faith.
Visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, Sunday, August 9, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. Funeral services followed at 4:30 p.m. also at the Piedmont chapel.Pastor Pat Brinkley Jones ministered to the family. Logan Wilson, Jason Wilson, Russell Pruett, Tyler Montgomery, Scott Davis, and Charlie Link served as Pall Bearrers. He was buried at Masonic Cemetery; Piedmont, MO, with full military honors. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
August 6, 2015
Samuel Edwin “Sam” English, 67, of Piedmont, MO, passed away August 4, 2015. He was born in Paragould, Arkansas, on July 10, 1948, to Melvin English of Piggott, AR, and Garnetta Davis of Leonard, AR. Sam graduated from Rector High School in 1966. During his high school career, Sam participated in a summer internship at the White House in Washington, D.C., as a page to Senator Gettings. He then attended the University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, and then moved to Houston, Texas, where he received a degree in broadcasting.
Sam started his broadcasting career in Kennett, MO, at KBXM radio station. He then moved to Poplar Bluff, MO, and worked at KLID. From there, Sam moved to Heber Springs, AR, where he managed the local radio station. He finished his broadcasting career as co-owner of KPWB radio station in Piedmont, MO. He recently retired from McCormack Ellington Telecom after 25 years of service, and continued to do contract work for them after retirement.
Sam married Deborah Jane Cook on September 6, 1969, and to this union three children were born: one son, John and his wife, Krysten, of Jackson, MO; two daughters, Letitia and her husband, Michael Grady, and Rebecca and her husband, James Cordes, all of St. Peters, MO. Sam has four grandchildren; Nadia English, Abbey Gray English-Cordes, Ryleigh and Ciearra Grady. Other survivors include one brother, Larry, and his wife, Bonnie English, of Mountain City, TN; three sisters: Melva Jo English of Marietta, GA, Brenda and her husband, Dave Hill, of Heber Springs, AR, and Janis Reddick of Sherwood, AR. He is also survived by his dog, Maggie, who was his constant companion throughout the last year of his life.
Sam was actively involved in the Boy Scouts Troop 65 and a big supporter of the local food bank . He was a scoutmaster and participated in the archery division at Camp Lewellen where he would often play the guitar around a campfire for his troop on camping expeditions. Sam was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont where he participated in the church praise band playing the guitar and singing, a lay director and volunteer of Walk to Emmaus, where he especially enjoyed participating in the Gut Bucket Band. He enjoyed his life and held many passions: gardening, woodworking, tinkering in his workshop, camping, hunting, traveling to the Smokey Mountains, enjoying nature, motorcycles, genealogy, geocaching, making handcrafted items, helping friends in need, and most importantly spending time with his loving wife, children, grandchildren, and family.
A memorial visitation was held Sunday, August 9, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont, MO. A celebration of life followed at 2:30 p.m., also at the church.Pastors Jeff Johnson and Tadd Kruithoff ministered to the family. Daughter Letitia, and the congregation provided musical selections. Many guests shared heartfelt stories of Sam. Tim Jessup, David Casey, Kieth Hill, John English, James Cordes, and Mike Grady served as Pall Bearrers. Ryleigh Grady was an honorary Pall Bearrer. Cremation followed services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop 4065 care of Mike Lancaster Rt. 2 Box 2682 Piedmont, MO., 63957 or to Wayne County Food Bank, Care of Gary Rhodes Clearwater Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry PO 274 Piedmont, MO 63957. Online condolences can be made at rueggfuneralhomes.com.
July 28, 2015
Roberta Brumbaugh, 76, of Silva, MO. passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 25, 1939 in Portsmouth, OH. to Walter A. Collier and E. Ruth Daniels who have both preceded her in death.
She spent forty years of her life doing Missionary work in Mexico and has lived at Missionary Acres in Silva, MO. for the last fifteen years. She was a member of Evangel Baptist Church in Silva, MO.
On June 7, 1957 she was united in marriage to Eugene A. Brumbaugh who preceded her in death on September 13, 2009. To this union are four sons; Philip E. and his wife Cathy, Rick L. and his wife Dona, Bruce A. and his wife Laura, and Scott D. Brumbaugh and his wife Deborah. Also to this union are two daughters; Cheryl L. Neal and her husband Paul, and Linda K Wiebe and her husband Jacob. Roberta is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Other survivors include her brother Winston Collier and his wife Becky.
Reverend Mark Hunsberger, Ken Moon, and Rick Brumbaugh will minister to the family. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 1:00p.m., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO. Funeral services will follow the visitation, Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 2:00p.m. also at Greenville chapel. Burial will follow at Greenville Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com