Jerry M. Whited, Sr. 11/06/2013

November 6, 2013


Jerry M. Whited, Sr., 83, of Des Arc, MO, passed away Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at the Townhouse Residential in Annapolis, MO.  Jerry was born in Ash Flat, Arkansas.

Jerry was married to Marcella Zornes who preceded him in death. To this union three children were born.

Jerry was a member of the Vulcan Assembly of God Church.  He had worked in St. Louis at Boeing, McDonnell Aircraft as a sheet metal worker.

Survivors include two sons: Ron Whited, Edinboro, PA, Jerry Whited, Jr., St. Louis, MO and one daughter: Debbie Stevens, St. Louis, MO, two brothers:  Joe Whited, Shreveport, LA. and Claude Whited, Harrison AR., and one sister: Deann Brock, Colbert, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman and Thelma Whited, one brother: Landis Whited  and two sisters, Verneil Simpson, and Dorothy Meyer.

The visitation for Jerry was held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, November 8, 2013 and the funeral  followed at 1:00 P.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. with Rev. Derek Meeks ministering to the family.  Burial was at the Mountain View Cemetery in Des Arc, MO.   Jerry Lee Whited, Jerry Whited, Claude Whited, Joe Whited, Ron Whited and Sam Floyd served as pallbearers.

Online condolences can be made to the family at .

Virginia Parker 10/31/2013

November 1, 2013


Virginia A. Parker, 83, of Williamsville, MO, passed away Thursday, October 31, 2013, at her residence.  Virginia was born March 21, 1930 in Taskee, MO. 

Virginia grew up in the Greenville area and graduated from Greenville High School in 1948.  She spent most of her adult life in St. Louis.  She worked as an assembler at Bussman Fuse for 25 years.  She had been back in this area for 10 years and enjoyed crafting, working outside, and spending time reading.

Virginia was of the Baptist belief. 

Survivors include one brother, Earl Keele of Greenville; three sisters, Shirley Keele and Freda Middleton both of Williamsville, MO, and Coletta Yokel of Elsberry, MO; and a host of nieces , nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Dorothy (Wilson) Keele, and one brother: Howard Keele.

Visitation was held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville at 5:30 P.M. and services followed Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the chapel at 2:00 P.M. Bro. Gene Keele ministered to the family and Kimberly White sang Amazing Grace. Dale Whittaker, Darrell Middleton, Timothy Middleton, Steven Middleton, Joshua White and Brian Middleton served as pallbearers. Burial was in Rucker Cemetery.  Online condolences can be made at

Geneva Graham 10/30/2013

November 1, 2013

Geneva B. Graham, 100, died at her home Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in
Columbia. She was born in the village of Camp Creek near Patterson on April 18,
1913, and lived to celebrate her 100th birthday in April. She was the
fourth of 10 children born to Martin Davis Bacon and Clara Ellis Bacon.
After graduation from Patterson High School in 1931, Geneva married
Benjamin Franklin Graham, and they lived on a farm in Clubb. Geneva
taught in a one-room school from July to December of that year. The
family then moved to Van Buren, where Donald Franklin Graham, who
preceded her in death, was born June 6, 1932.
Geneva later attended business college in Cape Girardeau and in 1939
accepted a job with Singer Sewing Machine Co. She worked in Mt. Vernon,
Ill., but was later transferred to Paducah, Ky. In 1943, she was
recruited by the U.S. government in Dayton, Ohio, to work at Wright
Patterson Air Force Base. After six years in that position, she returned
to Missouri, where she worked in bookkeeping and sales with a
homebuilders group in St. Louis. Geneva moved to Dallas in 1953 to work
with a photography company but returned to St. Louis three years later
to resume a career in selling real estate. Geneva later worked in
property management from 1974 until her retirement in 1990. After
retiring, she moved to Columbia to be near her son, Don, and his family.

Geneva loved to travel and did so extensively during her lifetime. Se
also loved to read, was intent on keeping in touch with family and
friends, and was very interested in staying up with politics and
Missouri sports. She lived a very active, full and interesting life.
She is survived by two sisters, June Adair of Rochester, Mich., and
Virginia Hoskins of Ellsinore. Also surviving are daughter-in-law Nancy
Bishop Graham of Columbia; three grandsons, David Ellis Graham and wife
Kerri of Columbia, Michael Andrew Graham and wife Harumi of Taipei,
Taiwan, and Benjamin Davis Graham of San Francisco; four
great-grandsons, Andrew, Joe, Davis and Ellis; and one
great-granddaughter, Hannah. Geneva also leaves many loving nieces and
nephews, along with other family members and friends.
Preceding Geneva in death were her parents; six brothers, Hurleston
Bacon, Donald Bacon, Henry Bacon, Rollin Bacon, Daniel Bacon and Paul
Bacon; and one sister, Myra Bacon Davis. Her beloved son Don also
preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Road Church of
Christ, 201 S. Fairview Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203, or the Donald F.
Graham Scholarship, Office of Gift Planning and Endowments, 302 Reynolds
Alumni Center at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 65201. Visitation will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with services following at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Burial will follow in Rowland-Woods Cemetery near Patterson. Online condolences can be made at

George Darwin Ward 10/20/2013

October 23, 2013

George Darwin Ward, 75, of St. Louis, MO., passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013.  A memorial service was held Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Rowland Woods Cemetery in Patterson, Missouri. Bro. Jack Ruble ministered to the family.  Condolences may be made online at

Mary Aileen Cole McMullin 10/22/2013

October 20, 2013


Mary Aileen Cole McMullin, 91, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, at
Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Mary was born February 8, 1922, in
Leeper, MO to parents William and May (Clyburn) Johnson.

Aileen grew up in Leeper and attended school there. She spent most of her adult years in Greenwood Valley. She was saved to Christ at eight years old and attended church at Shady
Nook Missionary Baptist Church and later United Baptist Church in Piedmont. Her
hobbies included singing at churches and nursing homes, loved fishing, and
enjoyed quilting. On February 8, 1937, Aileen was united in marriage to Bert Cole and he preceded in death on May 26, 1972. She was later united in marriage to Guy McMullin on October 27, 1977 and he preceded in death in December 1977. She was also preceded in
death by her parents; three sons, Vernon, Edward, and Thomas Cole; two
daughters, Velma Faulkner and Carol Hewkin; two brothers, Edgar and Henry Leo
Johnson; and one sister, Eva Wallace.

She is survived by four sons, Raymond Cole and wife June of Piedmont, Roland Cole and wife Gwen of Piedmont, Gary Cole and wife Cheryl of Festus, and Alan Cole of Piedmont; fifteen
grandchildren, twenty  great grandchildren, and eleven great great grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Ruegg Chapel in Piedmont, MO., with the services following at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Jack Ruble ministered to the family and burial followed at Alwood Cemetery. Raymond Cole, Roland Cole, Gary Allen, Travis Cole, Keith Cole, and Alan Cole served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at


Thelma Brinkley 10/14/2013

October 14, 2013

Thelma Brinkley, 71, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Monday, October 14, 2013, at her residence.  Thelma was born April 5, 1942, in Mill Spring, Mo to Ora Lee Mann, Sr and Ollie (McFadden) Mann.

Thelma was united in marriage to Joseph Solomon Brinkley in August, 1958, who survives. To this union two children were born.

Thelma was an assistant foreman at Brown Shoe Factory for 33 years.  She was saved in her early twenties and had been a member of Victory Baptist since 1980. Thelma attended grade school in Mill Spring and High School in Piedmont.  Thelma enjoyed spending her time with her children, grandchildren and great-children.  She was everyone’s grandma at church and a nursery worker for many years at Victory Baptist.

Thelma is survived by her husband, one son: Greg (Kawanda) Brinkley, Piedmont, MO.  one daughter Cathy (Kevin) Miller, Farmington, MO., two brothers: Ora “Babe” Lee (Fran) Mann, Piedmont, MO, Norman Mann, Poplar Bluff, MO, five sisters: Elma (Jr) Roever, O’Fallon, MO, Frieda (Bill) Farris, Piedmont, MO, Connie Webb, Arnold, MO, Geneva Scott, Farmington, Dianne (Bob) Webb, Patterson, MO, two grandchildren: Kyle (Dana) Miller, Kristin (Jed) Dreier, five great-grandchildren: Samuel Miller, Addison Miller, Kase Miller, Mayci Simmons, Kale Dreier,

Preceded her in death were her parents, three brothers, Wilburn “Speck” Mann, Milburn Mann, Donald Mann, one sister: Wilma Cowin and one infant great grandchild Lucy Miller.

Visitation was held Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. at  Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO.  Funeral services were held Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel.  Pastors Jeff Roever and Elmo Parker ministered to the family and Kyle Miller, Jed Dreier, Jimmy Webb, Dan Webb, Danny McFadden and Matt McFadden served as pallbearers.  Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

Darrell Ray Faulkner 10/14/2013

October 14, 2013


Darrell Ray Faulkner, 70, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Monday, October 14, 2013, at Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  Darrell was born on May 6, 1943 in Flat River, Missouri to Ray Etzell and Ruth Augustine Faulkner.

On May 10, 1946 he was united in marriage to Velma Rosetta Faulkner, who preceded him in death.

Darrell was of the Baptist faith.  He worked for Industrial Manufacturing as a machinist.

Survivors include two sons: Ray Snyder of Piedmont, Missouri, and Charles Snyder of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, one brother: Eddie Faulkner of Farmington, Missouri, two sisters: Peggy Barlow and Carla Barbie of Bismarck, Missouri and several grandchildren.

Darrell was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers: Jewel Faulkner and Robert Faulkner, one sister: Norma Skaggs

Visitation was held Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Bro. Jeff Parker ministered to the family and Ray Snyder, Chuck Snyder, Raymond Cole, Mark Brown, Tia Brown and Larry Mollet served as pallbearers. Burial was in Alwood Cemetery.


Online condolences can be made at

Minnie M. Tinker 10/11/2013

October 11, 2013


Minnie M. Tinker, 94, of Piedmont, MO., passed away Friday, October 11, 2013, in Piedmont, Missouri.  Minnie was born to Charles Bratton and Lula (Griffin) Bratton on March 9, 1919 in Snowball, Arkansas.

On March 30, 1934 she was united in married to Chester G. Tinker, who preceded her in death, and to this union three children were born.

Minnie was a member of the United Methodist Church of Williamsville where she had been a member since childhood. She was a member of the UMW of the church.

Minnie loved her family, she was famous for her banana pudding.  She loved to go out to eat and feed everyone. She was a great story teller, especially scary ones!  Minnie loved to quilt, in one year she made fourteen. Minnie grew up in Williamsville and then moved to St. Louis before moving back to Piedmont, where she helped as an election judge.  The things that she enjoyed the most were that of homemaker and fabulous grandma.

Survivors include her son, Russ Tinker, Troy, Missouri, two daughters: Delores (Bob) Nichols, West Minster, CO, Rose (Joe) Kiser, Piedmont, MO, one sister: Helen (Ralph) Warmack, Williamsville, MO, ten grandchildren: Jay Tinker, Scott Tinker, Guy Tinker, Jackie Brown, Linda Nichols, Suzie Nichols, Karen Nichols, Becky Ahner, Jon Kiser, Mark Kiser and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers, Bud Bratton, Rufus Bratton, Monroe Bratton, Howard Bratton and James Bratton and one sister, Nellie Pratt.

Visitation was held Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel.  Pastor Kent Wilfong ministered to the family and Jon Kiser delivered the eulogy.  Jon Kiser, Mark Kiser, Jay Tinker, Scott Tinker, Guy Tinker, and Allen Ahner served as pallbearers. Great Granddaughter Jacy Kiser provided piano instrumentals.  Burial was in Holladay Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

George F. “Sonny” Deering 10/10/2013

October 10, 2013

George F. “Sonny” Deering, 75, of Greenville, Missouri passed away October 10, 2013 at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation in Greenville, Missouri.  George was born on February 6, 1938 to Clyde Deering and Audrey (Berry) Deering in Kime, Missouri.

He grew up in Kime and attended elementary school there. His family then moved to Greenville, MO where he graduated from Greenville High School.

After graduating high school, he joined the US Navy where he served as a corpsmen stationed in San Diego, CA.  He returned to Missouri where he married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Howell.  They lived in Centralia, MO where he worked as a welder and their first son was born in 1960.  They
then moved to Columbia, MO where he completed training and worked as a police officer.  In 1962, they moved to St. Louis, MO where they lived for the next several years and saw the birth of their next two boys. During this time, he trained to be a Barber and, in 1964, they moved to Annapolis,
MO. In 1965, they made their final move back to Greenville, MO and their fourth son was born a few years later.  He worked as a barber and then, eventually, a mechanic until retirement. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, and playing the dobro. He was a Christian and a member of the Kime General Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons: Darren G. Deering, Phoenix, Arizona, Denton F. “Denny”  Deering, Greenville, Missouri, Daniel E. Deering, Maryville, Tennessee, and Darrell L. Deering, Greenville, Missouri, one daughter: Sandy Deering, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, one sister, Carolyn (Sidney) Mann, Greenville, Missouri.  Seven Grandchildren: Travis Deering, Nicholas Deering, Heather Kirkman, Dakota Deering, Colby Deering, Danica Deering, Destin Deering, two Great-grandchildren: Kiera Deering and Melidee Kirkman; one niece and three nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents; wife, and one sister, Emma Lou Crites.

Visitation was held Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Funeral services followed Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 3:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Pastor Louie Robinson ministered to the family and Darren Deering, Denton”Denny” Deering, Daniel “Danny” Deering, Darrell Deering, Travis Deering, and Nicholas Deering served as pallbearers. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery with full Military Honors. Online condolences can be made at






Clinton “Gary” Million 10/10/2013

October 10, 2013


Clinton “Gary” Million, 38, of Piedmont, passed away on October 10, 2013 at Piedmont, Mo.  He was born on Jan. 15, 1975 in Poplar Bluff. 

He is survived by his two daughters, Megan Million and Destiny Million, both of Piedmont, his mother, Beverly Midkiff Vincent, Piedmont, one brother, Ray (Cherri) Million Jr., Annapolis, MO, two sisters, Tawyna Million Abbott, High Ridge, MO,   Brenna McCall, Sedgwickville, MO and his companion Heather Stern and son Nicholas.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Carl D. Funk.

He was a truck driver over the road for several years for Garden Foods in Piedmont, MO.  He was a driver for the recycling center in Piedmont.

 He enjoyed working on vehicles, fishing at Mann Hole and hanging out with family and friends.  He loved his twin daughters.

He graduated from the South Iron R-1 School in Annapolis and spent a lot of time at the Ed Mann Hole on Black River. 

Gary was loved by everyone he knew and liked taking care of everyone.

Visitation was held Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

Funeral followed at 7:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family. Online condolences can be made at

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