Hazel Gentles 3/13/2014

March 13, 2014

Hazel Gentles, 87, of Piedmont, MO. passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Hazel was born in Piedmont on February 26, 1927.

On August 23, 1947 she married Dalpha W. Gentles and to this union three sons were born.

Hazel spent her childhood in Piedmont and went to a one room school, known as Dale school. She lived in St. Louis, East St. Louis, and Arnold before making Piedmont their home. She worked at various jobs, including the shirt factory, international hat factory, special school district bus aide, but the job she enjoyed the most was that of housewife and cooking for her family. Some of the special things she made were boiled cabbage, gulosh, soup, fried chicken, pies, cakes, cobblers, chicken and dumplings and seven layer salad that she always forgot to set out for the meal.

Hazel loved to go to garage sales and 2nd hand stores. She always enjoyed family gathering at Grandma and Grandpa Darden’s house where everyone would play music, sing and play games, such as anny over. Of course, they would include large meals, homemade ice cream and plenty of deserts. One time she ran out of table space so they took the door off the house, backed two pickups up so the tail gates were together placed the door across the tailgates, filled the door with food and had a feast.

Hazel was of the Pentecostal belief and a member of the Piedmont Church of God, joining the church in 1960.

Survivors include her husband, three sons; Alan Lee and his wife Earlene, Danny Ray and his wife Debby and Darin William and friend Darla Kemp, one brother; Elvin Ray Darden and his wife Ocleta, and two sisters; Myra Brawley and Judith Marie Robertson and her husband Roy, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Jacob Andrew Darden and Eliza Elizabeth Pruitt Darden, three brothers; Robert Lee, Elmer and James Darden, and sister; Lena May Clemons.

Services  for Hazel were Saturday, March 15th at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont,  with burial at Forest Chapel Cemetery near Piedmont.  Pastor Wayne Street ministered to the family and Shane Eubanks, Matt Gentles, Jacob Gentles, Danny Moroney, Cecil Clements, Andy Alcorn, and Jerry Darden served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Thomas L. “Jack” Roach 3/12/2014

March 13, 2014


Thomas Luther “Jack” Roach, 84, of Lodi, MO, passed away on March 12, 2014 at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.  He was born on Nov. 6, 1929 in Patterson, MO, the son of Thomas W. and Mary B. Payne Roach.

He was united in marriage to Hazel White on Dec. 24, 1949 and she preceded him in death. 

Survivors include two sons, Stanley (Jamie) Roach, Imperial, MO, Keith (Charlotte) Roach, Fredricktown, MO and one daughter, Deborah K. (Dan) Hargraves,  Jackson, MO, 6 grandchildren, Michelle Pavlovic, Reggie Lafaye and Antonia, Heather Prusinowski and Frank, Hollie Cunningham and Tyler, Thomas Roach, Mitchell Roach and Britnee, two step-grandchildren, Jason Hargraves and Dawn and Danah Brandel and Rob.  He has 11 great-grand-children , Kristopher, Chloe, Ava, Emma, Ethan, Benjimin, Seth, Rowan, Rachel, Kimberly and Kylie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 3 brothers, Dan Roach, Clayborn Roach and Raymond Roach, and 7 sisters, Maureen Davis, Della Henderson, Fledda Harris, Lottie Reese, Thelma Bennett, Margart Nester and Reva Newby.

He had worked for Ford Motor Co. and attended the Mt. Pisgah General Baptist Church.

Visitation for Jack was Saturday, March 15th at 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at New Hope General Baptist Church in Silva. The service followed on Sunday the 16th at 2:30 P.M. also at New Hope General Baptist Church. Pastor Mike Green and Bro. Mike Allen ministered to the family and Thomas Roach, Mitchell Roach, Tyler Cunningham, Frank Prusinowski, Jeff White, and Tommy Wilson served as pallbearers. The Bridges ladies provided the musical selections. Burial followed in Lewis Cemetery in Lodi, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.


Matthew Lee Powers 03/11/2014

March 12, 2014

Matthew Lee Powers, 66, of Patterson, MO passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his residence.  Matthew was born August 24, 1947 in Blytheville, AR.

On September 15, 1977 he was united in marriage to Jan Wilkening and to this union three sons were born.

He was very gifted and had many interests – there generally was nothing he couldn’t do once his mind was set on it, including learning music, notably the guitar and harmonica.  He was a huge American sports car buff and was a very skilled mechanic.  For many years he worked restoring classic Corvettes. He was also an excellent cook, avid gardener, innovative problem solver, divergent thinker, and skilled jewelry maker, artist, photographer, entrepreneur, carpenter and fisherman – he very much loved everything involving the arts, the outdoors and the home he helped build.  He taught himself all of these skills and was passionate about sharing them with his family.

He loved America and freedom, serving his country during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of sergeant.  As a former master marksman in the Army and lifetime NRA member, his love and understanding of weaponry extended to hunting, as well as trading, collecting, repairing and building guns.

A former native of Chicago, his favorite city, he was known for his strength, directness, and tough demeanor.  He expected a lot of people and wanted them to expect a lot of themselves.  At the same time, he was a compassionate and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and provider.

Survivors include his wife Jan, three sons: Matthew Powers and his wife Diane of Van Buren, Christopher Powers of Springfield, and Brandon Powers of the home, one sister; Suzy Ellsworth of Chicago, IL and two grandchildren; Gabriel Powers and Legend Powers

He was preceded in death by his parents; Curnal Lee Powers and Bernice Crawford Powers.

Private military honors were provided by Missouri Veterans Honor Guard and Arnold Hodge Post #281 of the American Legion. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

John Walter Elliott 03/08/2014

March 12, 2014


John Walter Elliott born August 6th, 1936 in Santa Barbara, California passed away on March 8th, 2014 peacefully at his home with his family by his side.  John was a US Army veteran and John served proudly as well as serving his family throughout his life.  He is survived by his wife Beverly Elliott, daughter; Collette Bass, sons; Thomas, Johnny, Donald, and Steven Elliott, and sister; Patricia Elliott, along with many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

There was a private family service in the home on Wednesday, March 12th to celebrate his life. John will be missed by many and welcomed home by those he loved who have passed on before him. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Claudette Patricia Durr 03/03/2014

March 5, 2014


Claudette “Patty” Patricia Durr, 63, of Patterson, MO. passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 in Poplar Bluff, MO. Claudette was born in St. Louis, MO on June 1, 1950.

On October 11, 1968 she was united in marriage to Jerry Durr, who survives her, and to this union one child was born.

Patty enjoyed many things including, camping, boating, playing cards, and going to flea markets and yard sales with her Mom.  She also loved Elvis Presley and collected Elvis memorabilia, and enjoyed visiting Graceland. Patty loved to do stuff for kids, it always made her day. Her greatest achievement was her one and only son Doug.

Patty grew up in the St. Louis and Patterson area.  She was of the Baptist belief and attended the Little Lake Baptist Church.  For 8 years she worked at Nixdorf Chain Company in St. Louis. When Jerry was an over the road truck drive Patty also drove an 18 wheeler as a team driver.  She had been a worthy matron on the Eastern Star.  She was a grandmother to five grandsons and one great-grandson. She loved to tell jokes and talk about her life with her husband Jerry.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry, one son; Doug Durr and his wife Dianna of Piedmont, two sisters; Cathy Narzinski and Debbie Seymour both of Warrenton, MO, five grandsons; Tre Wayne, Tevan James, Tyler Lee and Matthew Steven Durr and Colten Michael Denby, one great-grandson Keighten Denby, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father; Jim McElhaney and Lavadie Lafferty Sides.

Visitation for Claudette was Sunday, March 9th at 12:30 P.M. for the family and 1:00 P.M. for the public at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont and services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Bro. Jimmy Sides ministered to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Daron Hampton 2/26/2014

February 27, 2014


Daron Lee Hampton, 44, of Des Arc, MO., passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in St. Mary, MO. Daron was born September 12, 1969.

Daron grew up in the Des Arc area and attended South Iron high school. He was of the Christian belief, he was converted and baptized in 1983.

Daron was a veteran of the United States Air Force from 1991 to 1999.

Survivors include his parents; Imogene and Charles Fitzgerald of Annapolis, and Samuel Hampton of Des Arc, two sons; Jamon Hampton of Omaha NE, and Tyler McAlister of Piedmont, one sister; Shelley Hampton of Scott City, and one step-sister; Rachael Fitzgerald and her husband Tom of Holden, and one step-brother; Tracy Fitzgerald and his wife Rachel of Woodlawn, TN; grandparents; Harry Silvy of Des Arc and Anita Hampton of Piedmont and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Viola Silvy and grandfather, Albert Hampton.

Visitation for Daron was held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with the service following at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Rev. Jerry Patterson ministered to the family and Jeff Brewer, Keith Brewer, Derrick Dickerson, Caleb DeClue, Doug Anderson, and Darrell Anderson served as pallbearers. A personal eulogy was given by Daron’s son Jamon Hampton. Military honors were provided by United States Air Force and Piedmont Arnold Hodge Post # 281 American Legion. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Claudine Marie Jensen 02/24/2014

February 26, 2014


Claudine Marie Jensen (nee Duckett) of DeSoto, Missouri passed away on February 24, 2014 in DeSoto. Claudine was born September 13, 1935 in Wayne County, Missouri to Myrtle (Dees) Duckett and Walter Duckett.

On December 26, 1952 Claudine was united in marriage to James Marvin Faulkner, they were married for 26 years and had three children. On June 23, 1982 she married Fred Jensen and they were married for 26 years.

Claudine was of the Methodist belief; she was employed by Union bank as a proof operator during her years of employment. She enjoyed her grandchildren, her small dogs, watching Doris Day movies and eating cookies and candies. One of her happiest experiences was going to Hawaii with her sisters, the trip of a lifetime.

Claudine was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters; Melba Steward and Margaret Clubb, one brother; Eugene Duckett, niece Darlene Clubb and nephew Stanley Clubb.

Survivors include three children; Dennis James Faulkner, Gary Dale (Lucia) Faulkner, and Deborah Lynn (Richard) Bartell, two brothers; Frank (Rose) Duckett and John Duckett, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The Memorial Service for Claudine will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014 beginning at 10:30 A.M. with a sharing of special memories and photos. The service will start at 11 A.M. and a luncheon will be served prior to burial at the Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont, MO at 1 P.M.

Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Jordy Wagner 2/20/2014

February 21, 2014


William J. Talley and Jordy Wagner, companions for 15 years, died on Feb. 20, 2014 in Reynolds Co., MO.

Jordy was a home health care worker.  She worked for Heart to Heart Home Care.

Jordy was born on Sept. 4, 1966, the daughter of Leonard Wagner and Nancy Conklin Wagner. They preceded her in death.  

She is survived by one brother, Rick Wagner, Only, TX and one sister, Debbie(Roy) Eakins, Piedmont, MO, Niece Lexine Usley, Nephews, Christopher Eakins, Jesse Dale Murdock, great nephews Cody Eakins, Cory Eakins, and great niece Samantha Eakins and a host of cousins and friends.

 Memorial Services were held at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard Sanders officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.


William J. Talley 2/20/2014

February 21, 2014


William J. Talley and Jordy Wagner, companions for 15 years, died on February 20, 2014 in Reynolds Co., MO.

William was a self-employed roofer and a veteran of the US Marine Corp. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A memorial service was held on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Pastor Richard Sanders officiating.  Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.


Jenny Lou Shrum 2/15/2014

February 20, 2014


Jenny Lou Shrum, 45, of Poplar Bluff, MO passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at her residence.  Jenny was born on February 11, 1969 in St Charles, MO.

Jenny spent her early years in St. Charles before moving to Greenville, where she attended Greenville high school. She loved caring for animals, traveling, taking tractor rides, and watching movies but most importantly she loved her children.

Surviving Jenny are her parents; Jerry Shrum and Helen Davenport Shrum, one son; Quinton Radake , one daughter; Quintilla Radake both of the home, two sisters; Karen Allbritton and her husband Steve of Lowndes and Sherry Westermann of St Peters, MO. and her grandmother, Thelma Shrum.

The visitation for Jenny was held Wednesday, February 19th at 12:00 P.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with the service following at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel.  Pastor Jamie Hovis ministered to the family and James Leach, Jesse Westermann, Leon Davenport, Michael Davenport, Ryan Hofstra, and Shawn Haley served as pallbearers.  Burial was at the Crossroads Cemetery in Greenville, MO.  Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

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