Ruby Jane Evans 12/24/2013

December 26, 2013


Ruby Jane Evans, 97, of Piedmont, Mo., died at her residence on Dec. 24, 2013. Ruby was born near Piedmont in the Damon community on June 18, 1916, to the late Jennie and Ed Charlton.

On June 28, 1939, she was united in marriage to Obert Evans, who preceded her in death in 1997. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Homer Charlton; and one sister, Grace Allen.

Ruby attend the Damon school and Damon Presbyterian Church in her community. Upon marrying Obert, they moved to Piedmont where they both joined the First Baptist Church on March 11, 1945. She was a member for 68 years, serving as Sunday School teacher, Vacation       Bible School teacher, WMU, and in other activities.

Ruby and Obert owned the O. Evans Lumber Company where she was bookkeeper for 26 years.

Surviving Ruby is her daughter, Janet R. Evans of Florissant Mo.; and nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ruby enjoyed working in her flowers, vegetable gardening, quilting, and being at the farm. Other interests included traveling with her family and church work. She loved music and was able to attend services where her daughter played for church in Florissant.

Funeral services were held at the Ruegg Funeral Home Dec. 28, with Rev. Jack Ruble and Rev. Jim Crutchfield officiating. Special music was by Sharon Carter, Ann Gaadt, Richard Eichenberger and Janet Evans of Florissant.

Pallbearers were Bill Fitzpatrick, Brennan Fitzpatrick, Eli Twidwell, Wayne Pichon, Richard Eichenberger and John Clark. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont.

Online condolences may be made at

Melba Steward12/22/2013

December 23, 2013


Melba Steward, 90, of Hillsboro, Mo longtime resident of Piedmont passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Presbyterian Manor of Mid America in Farmington MO. Melba was born June 17, 1923 in St. Joseph MO.

On June 15, 1947 she was united in marriage to Paul Steward.

Melba was of the Baptist belief and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bonne Terre. She enjoyed singing in the choir and was an active member in her church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Melba and her husband Paul owned and operated Steward’s Toggery up until 1982.

Survivors include her three daughters: Connie Adams and husband Lee of Hillsboro, MO; Sue Rainwater and her husband, Carroll of Greenville, MO; and Wilma Hawley and husband, Alan of Wappapello, MO; one brother, Frank Duckett and his wife Rose of Williamsburg, VA; one sister, Claudine Jenson of DeSoto MO; Grandchildren: Jennifer Adams, Amanda Rymer, Ashley Adams, Debra Bearden, Randy Rainwater, Rick Rainwater, Dianne (Donnie) Meyer, Jeanna Hawley, Lee Kinser and several Great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, Raymond Moore and Myrtle Dees Moore; one brother: Gene Duckett and one sister, Margaret Clubb; one niece Darlene Clubb and one nephew: Stanley Clubb.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 12 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 2 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont, MO. Pastor Ron Poole ministered to the family and Joe Steward, Logan Cafourek, Chuck Lambert, Ryan Elpers, David Greminger, and Bill Eaton served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at

Adah F. Bishop 12/21/2013

December 23, 2013

Adah F. Bishop, 91, of St. Charles, MO, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013,  at Breeze Park Lutheran Home in St. Charles. Arrangements for Adah are pending at this time. Online condolences can be made at

Steven Clifford McAlister 12/19/2013

December 20, 2013
















Steven“Steve” Clifford McAlister, 60, of Piedmont, MO, passed away December 19, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Steve was born November 9, 1953, in Poplar Bluff, MO. Son of Luther William McAlister and Mary Viola Morris McAlister.

On January 1, 1997, Steve was united in marriage to Linda Roemig near St. Francois River in Patterson, MO.

Steve loved hunting deer or turkeys during gun or bow hunting season, especially with a compound bow.  He was a good cook.  Steve and Linda enjoyed gigging suckers from a canoe.  Linda would paddle while Steve balanced up front and gigged.  He loved to trotline and limb line for catfish.  He had a successful summer last year.  Steve dearly loved all his family and was always happy to catch a glimpse of them in town, especially his daughters and grandchildren. 

He was a member of Patterson Assembly of God church, joining in September of 2000.  He rededicated his life and was baptized October 17, 1999, following a revival at Mt. Pisgah given officiated by the evangelist, Bro. Eads.  Steve felt strongly about supporting Convoy of Hope.  God gave Steve the ability to write and sing Christian songs when he wrote the words, he knew the tune in his head and could play it well.  As a child, he was baptized by Pastor Artie Ezell and attended Peachtree General Baptist Church.   

Steve had lots of memories of the good old days, boyhood injuries, friends, teachers, and the playground at Patterson Grade School.  Steve graduated from Clearwater High School in Piedmont.  In the summers before he graduated, he was an apprentice for Mr. Mabury, a well-known carpenter in the Peach Tree area.  Steve’s father, Luke, taught him many things including block laying and some framing and roofing skills.  Cousin Frank taught him to lay rock walls and rock masonry.  Reggie Montgomery taught Steve to build stairs and rafters. 

Steve and Linda started their own business in the late 1990’s.  McAlister Construction was in business until Steve’s passing.  Steve was very good at many areas of the building trade and a good teacher.  If Steve didn’t know how to do something, he would study until he mastered it.

Steve spent his childhood in the Piedmont and Patterson areas and Colorado.  He made his adult home in these same areas, and also Maryland.  Steve ultimately moved to a farm, which was also Linda’s childhood home.  There, he learned to garden, cattle farm, and log.  This past year saw the best hay crop in more than 50 years.

Steve served as a board member and membership chairman for the Wayne County Farm Bureau for many years.  He served in the United States Army and the National Guard.  In 1972, he received Expert Marksman classification from the US Army and his shooting and targets were used for a teaching tool and example.  Steve took the time to teach Linda to handle firearms, shoot, and hunt.  He would tell her, “You learned well, Pilgrim.”  Steve became a small arms repairman in 1972 for the US Army and received Expert Classification with the M-16 rifle and also the grenade. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Sarah McAlister of High Ridge, Becky McAlister Hanger and Rachel McAlister Lazenby both of Piedmont, and step daughter Lisa Bumpus and husband “Cord” of Oak Ridge, MO; six grandchildren, Jacob Lazenby, Tabby Breeden, Laramie Snider, Ashlyn Cumings, Abbi and Cass Bumpus; two great grandchildren, Cullen and Clayton; one brother, Wayne McAlister and wife Janet of Piedmont.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother, Kenneth William McAlister; two sisters, Leta Mae Matkin and infant Helen Claudette McAlister.

He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

The visitation for Steve was held Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Assembly of God Church in Patterson, MO with services following at 3:00 P.M. Pastors Darrel and Kaye Loughridge ministered to the family and Guy Berry, Brian Polk, Lee McAllister, Jacob Lazenby, Wally Griggs, and Michael Fleming served as pallbearers.  Burial followed in Patterson Cemetery with full military honors by Arnold Hodge Post #281, Piedmont, MO, and the MO State Veterans Honor Team. Online condolences can be made at


Brinda Lorraine Charlton 12/13/2013

December 14, 2013

Brinda Lorraine Charlton, Aunt B 65, of Annapolis, MO passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at her residence. Brinda was born August 19, 1948 in Ironton, MO.

Brinda enjoyed Black River, gardening, home projects, reading, and cooking.  She was baptized July 9, 1968 at 1st Baptist Church in Oakville Mo.  She was a member and volunteer at many churches throughout her life.  Pastor Mike Harrison of Cowboy Church in Sabula ministered to her at home as did Pastor Brent Self of Meadow Heights during her illness.

Brinda obtained her GED then went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice.  Brinda had many jobs as dog groomer, volunteer firefighter, Alderman for the City of Annapolis, private investigator, trained arson investigator, parole officer, and general manager of True Care Medical Supply. She belonged to and volunteered at a number of churches throughout her life. She was an avid reader and accumulated an extensive Christian library.  She was a mentor and counseled many young people, family members, and friends. She was an eternal optimist, a friend, confidant, and a shining light in our lives.

Survivors include three daughters, Tammy Lorraine Russette and her husband Bill, Kathryn Michelle Shuler,  Dawn Rachelle LeMieux;  two brothers, William Doyle (Lucy) Charlton of Valmeyer, IL, Roger Orin Charlton of Redford, MO;  sister, Linda Elaine (Kenny) Albert of Ellington Mo; eight grandchildren; Chelsea, Rachel, Brittanie, Broc, Brooke, Bauer, Tori and Cade, two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Alba.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Amuel and Lorene Mann Charlton, and one brother: Donald Warren Charlton.

Visitation for Brinda was held on Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00 P.M. at  Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, the service followed on the 19th at  2:00 P.M. with Pastors Mike Harrison and Brent Self ministering to the family, and her daughters Kathryn Michelle, Tammy and Dawn providing loving eulogies. Burial was at the Mountain View Cemetery in Des Arc with William “Bill” Russette, Shane Kelley, Korey Kelley, JR Charlton, Eric Lampley, and Brandon Kyle serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at


Wanda Atkins 12/13/2013

December 14, 2013


Wanda Lee Atkins, 74, of Piedmont, Missouri, passed away on December 13, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  She was born on April 14, 1939 in Raven Den Springs, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Johnny and Beulah King Cagle.

On July 24, 1959, she was united in marriage to Ralph Atkins at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Louis.  Survivors include her husband, two sons, Kenneth Atkins and wife Karen and Michael Atkins and wife Robin both of St. Louis; one daughter Lisa Aten and husband Brady, House Springs; four grandchildren, Kaycie Atkins, Tyler Atkins, Todd Aten, Bradley Aten and wife Samantha; and one great-grandchild, Alexander Aten.

She served as a volunteer Cafeteria worker at a Lutheran Church in St. Louis. She was a homemaker for many years taking pride in her husband, children, and home. She will be remembered as a great cook and for her special Chicken and Dumplings. She also enjoyed her dog Riley.

Wanda was a Christian and was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis from 1975 until 1993. After moving to Piedmont, she attended the Trinity United Methodist Church.

The visitation for Wanda was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Chapel of Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service was held on Wednesday the 18th also at the Chapel with Pastor Bob Webb ministering to the family; burial was at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield. Online condolences can be made at


Helen Lorene Johnson 12/11/2013

December 14, 2013

Helen Lorene Johnson, 95, of Piedmont, MO, passed away December 11, 2013 at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Home in Piedmont.  She was born on Sept. 29, 1918 in Leopold, MO, the daughter of the late Pete and Myrtle Rogers Chapman.

Helen is survived by two sons, Conway (wife,  Alice) Goehman, Arcadia, MO,  Lonnie (wife, Elaine) Goehman, Des Arc, MO and many grand and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Marvin Goehman, Earl Holman and Ulys Johnson, one step-son Milton Goehman and one step-daughter, Delores Tanner, two half brothers, Andrew and Raymond Chapman and one sister, Marie Chapman.

In her early years, she grew up around Delta.  She later lived in Jackson.  Helen was a housewife that liked cooking.  She was well known for dishes that included chicken and dressing, pecan pies, and coffee cakes.  She worked as a school cook in Bismarck, MO for about 4 years and was a restaurant waitress in Sedalia, MO, for several years.  Her favorite hobby was oil painting .  She painted scenic views and flowers.

She was of Baptist faith and was baptized in 1935 in Jackson, MO.  She  belonged to the Madison County Baptist Church, Jackson, TN for over forty years.

Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, MO.  The funeral followed at 1:00 P.M. at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson with

the burial in the Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. MO. Pastor Jim Davis ministered to the family and Ludene Chamless and Pastor Jim provided the music. Avery Goehman, Ryan Goehman, Zane Goehman, Brian Senn, Bronson Senn, and Gary Senn served as pallbearers.

Online condolences can be made at



Gusta Martha Barks 12/7/2013

December 10, 2013

Gusta Martha Barks,96, of Poplar Bluff, MO, died Saturday, December 7, 2013, at The Cedargate Silled Nursing Facility, Poplar Bluff, MO.
Mrs. Barks was born December 25, 1916, in Wayne County, Mo to the late Alex and Minnie Atnip. She was married for 65 years to Lester Barks, whom preceded her in death in 2003. They lived in St. Louis for many years, where Lester worked as a carpenter. She was a faithful Christian and a former member of Berkeley Free Will Baptist Church. They lived in Shook, MO, during their retirement years. Mrs. Barks was a member of Shiloh General  Baptist Church in Shook. She loved music and sang with various groups in her churches and with her family. She also was a seamstress and for years made clothes for all her family and friends. While living in Poplar Bluff, she attended Heritage Free Will Baptist Church. Gusta was also preceded in death by her daughter, Geneva Barks, in 2007. Survivors include her daughter, Glenda Fulcher, of Poplar Bluff; five grandchildren, Bill Fulcher and Lisa of IL, John Fulcher of VA, Tim Fulcher and Sheila of NC, Susan (Fulcher) Burke and Donnie of CO, Michael Fulcher and Sarai of NC; fourteen great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gerry Arnold of St. Louis, Nadine Brake and Wilma McKuin of Poplar Bluff; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was at Shiloh General Baptist Church in Shook on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 10:30 A.M. with services following at 11:00 A.M.with  Rev. Don Richmann officiating.  In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Megan Fulcher’s Uruguay mission fund.Burial followed at the Shiloh Cemetery with Tim Fulcher,Bill Fulcher, Chris Fulcher, David Fulcher, Michael Fulcher and Toni Fulcher serving as pallbearers. Online Condolences can be made at

Gene Dwaine Clubb 12/8/2013

December 10, 2013

     Gene Dwaine Clubb, 68, Williamsville, MO, passed away Dec. 8, 2013 at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.  He was born April 3, 1945 in Hendrickson, MO to Ervin and Flora Clubb.

     Gene married Cora Christine Hillis of Williamsville, MO on Dec. 31, 1966.  She survives and lives in the family home in Williamsville.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Virgil Clubb and two sisters, Joyce Hillis and Shirley Everest.

     Survivors include one brother, Leo (Clara) Clubb , of Williamsville, three children, James Dewayne (Glenda) Clubb, Williamsville, Sherry (Kevin ) Evans, of St. Louis, MO and Roy (Amanda) Clubb of Piedmont, MO and four grandchildren, Christopher, Ralph, Lee, and Aden.

     He had worked as a foreman at Rozark Farms charcoal plant at Ellsinore for several years and lastly worked for Howard’s Construction in Salem, MO.  He had worked as a logger.  His hobbies were hunting and fishing.

     Gene will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

The visitation for Gene was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.  with the service following at 2:00 P.M. with Kenny Condray ministering to the family.  Burial followed at the Clubb Family Cemetery in Williamsville with Christopher Evans, Ralph Evans, James Clubb, Travis Davis and David Davis serving as pallbearers. Condolences can be made at

Cleo “Allen” Jenkins 12/05/2013

December 6, 2013


Cleo Allen Jenkins of Piedmont was born in Canneton, IN on December 22, 1939 son of Morgan and Katie (Burden) Jenkins died December 5, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

He was a former employee of Chrysler Corp. and was a SMTS van driver.  He was a member and deacon of New Liberty United Baptist Church.  He loved singing and going to church, reading his bible and being a grandpa.

He married Janice Howard on October 21, 1962, who survives.  In addition he is survived by one son Tim Jenkins of Minneapolis, Minnesota, two daughters: Melissa Jenkins of New Orleans, LA and Allison (Shawn) Harris of Piedmont, three grandchildren: Billy, Jackie Ann and Joey, one sister: Margie (Kermitt) Willis of Greenville.

He was preceded in death by his parents Morgan and Katie Jenkins, one sister, Dorothy Shelton and two infant brothers, Levi and James, in-laws Leo and Ola Howard.

Visitation was held Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 12:00 noon at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, with services following at 2:00 P.M. Pastor Tom Willis ministered to the family and New Liberty Choir performed two selections. Pam Willis was the pianist. Online condolences can be made online at

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