William Henry Ard 4/29/2015

April 29, 2015

William Henry Ard, 57, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. William was born on Scott Air Force Base, IL, to James Ard and Joan Downs Ard on May 8, 1957.

William had worked as a welder for a trailer manufacturer.

Surviving William are two brothers, James L. Ard and his wife Kristi of Doniphan, MO, and Donald Ard of Fairdealing, MO; two sisters, Linda Duncan and her husband, Mark, of Williamsville, MO, and Catherine Ham and her husband, Darrell of Qulin, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and two brothers, Richard W. and John Ard.

Visitation for William was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 P.M. with the service following at 1:30 P.M. also at the Chapel, with Pastor Rick Woolard ministering to the family. Burial followed at Holliday Cemetery in Williamsville, MO, with James Duncan, James Ard, Jonathan Kuykendall, Matthew Duncan, Rick Pigg, Kevin Woolard, Joe Stonecipher, and Herman Prenzel serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Baker 4/27/2015

April 28, 2015


Kenneth Baker, 68, of Patterson, MO, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015 at his residence. Kenneth was born in Sikeston, MO, on November 13, 1946 to Leroy Baker and Barbara Chappell Baker who preceded him in death.

Kenneth was united in marriage to Lawana Bruce on December 27, 1981 and remained married till his death.

Kenneth lived in Sikeston and attended elementary school there until he was 10 years old and then moved to St. Louis, where he attended McKinley and Roosevelt High School, and was on the wrestling team.

Kenneth served his Country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and then in the National Guard for four years.

He worked for Laclede Gas Co in St. Louis for 34 years, retiring as a commercial meter field man.

Kenneth became a Christian in 1993 and baptized in March of that year by Rev. Terry Haynes in Cahokia, IL. In May 2014 he became a member of Open Word Apostolic Tabernacle in Patterson, MO.

He loved old cars, his horses and dogs. He restored a 1932 Chevy Sedan and a 1932 Ford Truck. He loved to fish, go to church and visit with his friends. He was an excellent guitar player and played in the church band. He was a good singer and could play almost any instrument he set his mind to.

He is survived by his wife; one brother, Terry Haynes and his wife Sheila of Cahokia, IL; three sisters, Talei Dildine and her husband Lonnie, Sr of Troy, MO, Norma Propst and her husband Stan of Troy, MO, and Theresa Blaylock and her husband Arlen of Lake St. Louis, MO.
There will be a memorial service held at the Open Word Apostolic Tabernacle Church, Patterson, MO, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 12:00 noon. There will be a friends visiting time before at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations toward funeral expenses would be appreciated. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Julia Mae Berniece Hillis 4/27/2015

April 27, 2015

Julia Mae (Gilbreath) Hillis, 87, of Williamsville, MO, died Monday, April 27, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 11, 1928 in Kime, MO, daughter of Alex Gilbreath and Lucy Mae (Kirkpatrick) Gilbreath, who preceded her in death.

On May 8, 1946 she was married to Artie Aheart Hillis. He died February 4, 2009 at his home in Williamsville.

She worked at Ideal Plastic factory. She worked in the Sawmill and woods with her husband for years. She loved cooking big meals. She loved her family and friends. She attended the Bibleway Full Gospel Church in Williamsville.

Surviving Julia are her son’s James (Mary) Hillis, Bob (Tina) Hillis and Bill (Tracy) Hillis; adopted son, Timothy (Rebecca) McFadden all of Williamsville; one daughter, Erma (Roy) Luke of Williamsville; and one brother, Walter (Mary) Gilbreath of California, MO.

Preceding her in death were one son, Artie Ivan Hillis; one daughter, Evelyn Mae Wood; four brothers, Jim, John, Willie, Charlie Gilbreath; three sisters, Dicy Barks, Mary Osborne, Sarah Jane Gilbreath; one grandson, James Lee Wood; one granddaughter, Miranda Lea McFadden; and one great-great-grandson, Wyatt Lee Beard.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 5:00 P.M. at the Williamsville Assembly of God Church. The funeral services followed Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. also at the church with Rev. Eugene Abrams and Rev. James Calvin ministering to the family. Burial followed at Holliday Cemetery, Williamsville, MO, with Jason Bratton, Joshua Bratton, Chad Bratton, Wesley Bratton, Bobby Hillis, Jr., Allen Hillis, Lee Hillis, Ryan Hillis, Kyle Wood, Derek Hillis, and Jr. Wood served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Karen Ann Wyatt 4/17/2015

April 20, 2015

Karen Ann Wyatt, 54, of Des Arc, MO, passed away of Friday, April 17, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Karen was born on January 19, 1961 in Memphis, TN, to William Wright, who survives and Nora Marbry Wright, who preceded her in death.
On December 1, 1978 she was united in marriage to James Wyatt and together they raised four children.
Karen grew up near Covington, TN, and attended Brighton grade school and Covington High School. In 1983 they moved to Southern Mo and have lived in this area since. Karen worked as a graphic designed for Preferred Sign in St. Charles and had worked at Fine Labs.
Karen had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, gardening, picking flowers, hunting for arrowheads but her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren. Karen was of the Baptist faith.
She will be missed by all those that survive her including her husband, James; her father, William Wright; two sons, Jamie N. Wyatt and Virginia Dean of Des Arc, MO, and Jason Hillis of Granite City, IL; two daughters, Whitney N. Wyatt of Piedmont, MO and Anne Marie Wyatt Cooley and her husband Rick of Des Arc, MO; six grandchildren, Danielle, Dyllin, Gabby, Mattie, Dakota and Drake.
Preceding her in death were her mother, Nora Wright; one sister, Rhonda Harris and one grandchild, Hayden.
At Karen’s request a memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

William “Shack” Dean 4/17/2015

April 17, 2015

William Earl “Shack” Dean, 85, of Des Arc, Mo, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. Shack was born April 16, 1930, at Des Arc, MO, son of Claude and Nancy Dean nee` Reed. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. On October 9, 1954 he was united in marriage to Wilma Lee Adams and the two shared fifty-nine years together raising their family. Shack became a born again Christian in 1959 while living in California. Shack worked as a truck driver for Tucker Sawmill, Carroll Hinkle Sawmill, Elvis Lewis, Duncan Bros. Concrete, and retired from Union Pacific rock quarry at Gads Hill.
During his retirement years he especially enjoyed making garden, family dinners, and spending time with his grand and great grandchildren.
Shack is survived by his four children, Mark Dean of Branson, MO, Paula Garland of Farmington, MO, Carol Goad and Fred of Des Arc, MO, and Cathy Southard and husband Steve of Atlanta, GA; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, DeWayne Mize; granddaughter Danielle Dean three brothers, Louie “Diz”, Paul, and Eugene Dean; and one sister in infancy. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO, from 1-3 P.M., Monday, April 20, 2015. Services followed at 3 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastors Jeff Fields, Jimmy Nelson, and Fred Goad ministered to the family. Josh Gray, Jim Gollhofer, Thiru Thombyrajah, David Dean, Ryan Dean, Gene Parker, Joe Bollinger, and Steve Southard served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery near Des Arc with Full Military Honors. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Herman Swafford 4/17/2015

April 17, 2015

Herman Willard Swafford, Jr. passed away Friday, April 17 at his home in Lowndes, Mo surrounded by family.

He was born July 16, 1926 in St. Louis, Mo to Herman and Alta Swafford. He and Glenda Barks were married November 5, 1949 in Lowndes. Herman was a veteran of World War II, serving in peacetime Korea. Returning to St. Louis, he became active in civic affairs and remained so his entire life. He was named man of the year of Overland, MO for his community involvement and dedication to coaching through the YMCA and with Calvary United Church of Christ. Herman moved to Cape Girardeau in 1960 and opened Swafford’s Auto Body before embarking on and enjoying a long career at Ford Groves. He was a faithful member and leader for many years at Evangelical UCC in Cape and later at Grace Methodist in Greenville, MO. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3838 and loved square dancing, competitive Bridge and fishing. He and Glenda later settled at the family farm in Lowndes where he was most proud of his dedication and service to the Lowndes Volunteer Fire Dept. They enjoyed traveling extensively and spent many winter months in Ft. Myers FL.

Herman was a gifted athlete with a lifelong love of sports from an early age both as participant and coach.

Loving survivors include his wife of 65 years, a daughter, Martha (Walter) Hauck of St. Louis, a son, Steve (DeLana) Swafford of Kirkwood, MO and 4 grandchildren, Jacob and Caleb Hauck and Emily and Jack Swafford. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stokley Swafford.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO.

The funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at the funeral home. Pastor Jeff Estes ministered to the family with eulogies by son, Steve, and daughter, Marty. Music was provided by Trinity United Methodist Church Choir. Jack Swafford, Jacob Hauck, Caleb Hauck, Eric Stephens, David Crites, and Craig Stephens served as pallbearers. Procession followed to Crossroads Cemetery led by the Lowndes Volunteer Fire Department. He was interred with honors given by the Lowndes Volunteer Fire Department and full military honors given by the Missouri National Guard and Arnold Hodge Post 281, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Clayton Wayne Hillis 4/15/2015

April 17, 2015

Clayton Wayne Hillis, 46, of Silva, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Clayton was born on December 17, 1968 to Clayton Marvin Hillis and Karen Woolard Hillis.

Clayton loved to hunt, fish, and being around his family and friends. He spent most of his time with his son Matthew, who was his pride and joy.

Clayton grew up in the Williamsville area and worked as a laborer in the tie yard at Williamsville. He spent his last years in Silva.

Surviving Clayton is his mother, Karen Allen and her husband Paul, one son, Matthew Wayne and his wife Rosie Cathlene Hillis of Williamsville, MO; three brothers, Michael Hillis of Piedmont, Danny Hillis of Williamsville and Michael Allen and his wife Keisha of Silva, MO; and three grandchildren, Clayton Dean Hillis, Dayton Wayne Hillis and Mattie Kay Hillis.
Preceding him in death was his father.
The visitation for Clayton was held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville, MO. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel and burial was at Holliday Cemetery, Williamsville, MO. Bro. Jerry Smith ministered to the family and Christy Phelps, Andy Durrow, and Bro. Jerry Smith ministered in song in addition to recorded music being provided. James Cobb, Curty White, Danny Hillis, J.C. Goebel, Jr. Woods, and Wesley Bratton served as pallbearers. Andy Durrow and Clayton Dean Hillis served as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Glenda Louise Green 4/15/2015

April 15, 2015

>Glenda Louise Green, 80, of Clark, MO, formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO. She was born in Leeper, MO, on May 25, 1934 to John Andrew Provance and Neley Florence Spratley Provance who preceded her in death.

On February 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Carl Green and to this marriage six children were born.

Glenda worked at Brown Shoe Company. She loved to cook for her family and was well known for her chicken and dumplings and cornbread. She also enjoyed embroidery and spoiling her grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them and found great joy in them. Glenda was a Christian woman.

Glenda is survived by two sons, Mike Green and his wife Pam of Piedmont, MO, and Douglas Green and his wife Pat of Decatur, AR; four daughters, Carlene Weis and her husband Bill of Yale, OK, Ellen Payton and her husband David of Mill Spring, MO, Cindy Green of Clark, MO and Debra Webster of Mill Spring, MO, two sisters, Corene Collins of Arnold, MO and Melba Brinkley of Mill Spring, MO; nineteen grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one grandson Douglas Burch; three brothers, William, Eugene and Virgil Provance; and five sisters, Pearl Martin, Bessie Columbo, Elsie Bodlibic, Virgie Buffington and Erma Jones.
There was graveside service at Gresham Cemetery in Carter County, MO on Friday, April 17 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Roger Rudd, Billy Rudd, Darrin Grimes, Craig Grimes, Tyler Pinkley, Eddie Burch, David Burch, Carl Burch, Zachary Green, TJ Webster, Josh Webster and Will Hicks served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Grace Westmoreland 4/14/2015

April 15, 2015

Grace Mae (Hawkins) Westmoreland, 85, of Patterson, MO, lost a long lengthy battle with cancer and passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was born in Patterson on April 19, 1929 to Walter T. Hawkins and Augusta Aldrige Hawkins, who preceded her in death.

On October 1, 1955 she was united in marriage to Noah M Westmoreland, who preceded her in death on June 19, 1990. To this marriage three children were born.

She is survived by daughter Diane Westmoreland Holley of Patterson, granddaughter Jenna (Donnie) Wright, and two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Audrianna Grace Wright and baby girl Wright arriving in three weeks all of Piedmont.

Daughter Brenda Sullivan of Patterson, three grandsons, Justin (Amanda) Sullivan, two great-grandchildren, Cody and Alyvia all of Fredericktown. Grandson Brandon (Danielle) Sullivan, two great-grandson, Jackson and Grant all of Piedmont. Grandson Caleb Sullivan of Patterson and two Great-Grandchildren, Garrett and Adrienne.

One son David (Cindy) Westmoreland, one granddaughter, Logan all of Columbia, two step-grandchildren, Jennifer Lonnevik, and Jonna Dunlap.

Also surviving three sisters, Bonnie Atnip of Farmington, MO, Lucille (Paul) Benne of Weingarten, MO, and Thelma (Donald) Gentry of St. Louis, MO. One brother Jim (Betty) Hawkins of Patterson, MO, many nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Grace grew up in the Patterson community attended Little Lake and Patterson school where she graduated in 1947. Grace was athletic in her school days playing volleyball and softball, after graduation from Patterson high school she attended SEMO state University. Grace attended Kyles Nazarene Church in Patterson where she was saved at a young age; she later joined the Nazarene Church at Piedmont. For the past 30 years she attended the Patterson Assembly of God Church.

After Grace and Noah married they moved to St. Louis there Grace was a homemaker, wife and mother. Over the years she held part time position as medical receptionist, and employee at Lipic Pen. In 1972 they moved back to Patterson where Grace maintained the house and farm. She was well known for her cooking and baking skills, especially her homemade yeast rolls and desserts, in addition to many outside activities and running the farm while Noah continued to work in St. Louis, she also drove the Clearwater School bus for many years, served on the Patterson election board, and throughout her life enjoyed league bowling.

In closing the girls add that Mom was inspiration in their adult life’s supporting and joining them in every endeavor helping in every way whether baking for many years during the Christmas open houses at Country Memories and many many times assisted with her grandchildren then her great-grandchildren. When we call for help she always said “I’ll be right there” She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
The visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 P.M. and the services followed on Friday the 17th at 1:00 P.M. also in the chapel with Pastor Jule Maskrod delivering the obiturary, Rev. Bill Barker speaking to the family, her grandson, Justin Sullivan remembering his grandmother and Pastor Darrel Loughridge ministering to the family. Burial was at the Rockwell Cemetery in Patterson, MO with Justin Sullivan, Brandon Sullivan, Caleb Sullivan, Cody Sullivan, Donnie Wright and Jim Hawkins serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Sharon Kay Bailey 4/08/2015

April 8, 2015

Sharon Kay Bailey, 70, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. She was born on January 10, 1945 in Poplar Bluff MO, to Fred Dees and Etta Davis Dees who preceded her in death.

Sharon worked as a waitress at various restaurants, she loved to crochet, and she loved her family and church. She was a member of the Westwood Baptist Church.

Surviving Sharon is one son, Vernon Edward Bailey of Poplar Bluff, MO; one brother, Larry Dees of St. Louis, MO; three sisters, Nancy Farlow of Yuba City, CA, Carolyn Belt of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Mary Ellen Boyer of Williamsville, MO; and many nieces and nephews and cousins, and a special friend Teresa Longhibler.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Joyce Paskel.

Services were held Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 1:00 P.M, at Westwood Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff, MO. Pastors Steve Proctor and David Myers ministered to the family and Steve Proctor and Nancy Proctor provided special musical selections. Robert Longhibler, Charles Rush, Roger Hefner, John Cox, Pastor David Meyers, and Randy Clark served as pallbearers. Burial was at Dee’s Chapel Cemetery near Williamsville. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

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