James Hartford “Jim” Collins 11/17/2013

November 17, 2013

 

James Hartford “Jim” Collins, 77, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, at his residence in Piedmont, MO.  James was born January 5, 1936 in Annapolis, MO, son of William C. and Helen Rayfield Collins.  On November 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Juanita “Yvonne” (Boyer) Collins and to this union three children was born. In addition to his wife he is survived by his three children, Douglas Lee Collins and Brian Sydney Collins both of Piedmont, and James and wife Ashley of San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren, Destin, Bryanna, Griffin, Ellie, Noah, and Amelia Collins, and Dustin Walker; one sister, Callie Hawkins of Patterson, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bobby Lee Collins and Bill Douglas Collins; and one sister Vicky Hutchins.

In Jim’s spare time he enjoyed fishing trips to Florida with his wife and best friends Rick and Janet Byrd of Tallahassee, FL. He loved his coffee and Lottery tickets and took a lot of pride in his vehicle. He was a great conversationalist and never met a stranger. Jim was of the Christian faith.

James was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean War. During his professional career he was a life insurance agent and sold real estate. In his adult years he lived in St. Louis, Piedmont, Poplar Bluff and Ellsinore.

Visitation was held Monday, November 18, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont with Bro. Richard Sander ministering to the family. Burial was at Annapolis Cemetery with Military Honors provided By Arnold Hodge Post 281, Piedmont, MO, and the Missouri National Guard. Serving as pallbearers were Mike DeSha, Bob DeSha, Frank Rayfield, Jimmy Collins, Brian Collins, Douglas Collins and Dustin Collins. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Frank W. Myers 11/10/2013

November 15, 2013

Pastor Frank W. Myers, 83, of Piedmont, MO passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont.  Frank was born March 7, 1930 in Independence, MO to Uriah Myers and Helen Reese Myers who preceded him in death.

On October 9, 1969 Frank was united in marriage to Dale Joyce Willman.  Frank spent 56 years in the ministry.  In that time he ministered in East St. Louis, South Telegraph, St. Louis, and Mill Spring.

Survivors include his wife Dale Joyce, two sons: Rick Guthrie and Ed Myers, one daughter: Vonnie Kronk, one brother: Charlie Myers, three sisters: Doris Nagel, Evelyn Kays and Carolyn Dorris.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Steward Myers.

Services will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Floy M. Brinkley 11/10/2013

November 11, 2013

 

Floy M. Brinkley, 90, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, at her residence.  Floy was born November 11, 1922 in Mill Spring, MO.

On September 21, 1939 she was united in marriage to Edward Brinkley, who preceded her in death, and to this union six children were born.

Floy loved to cook especially dumplings, loved visiting with family, grandkids, and family from out of town. She loved to fix big meals on Sunday with her whole family. Floy grew up in the Mill Spring area and attended school there. She began her married life in the Greenwood Valley area, and then moved into Piedmont.  She worked in the restaurant field all of her life.

Floy was of the Baptist faith.  When she was young she had attended Shady Nook Church.  Later she attended both Harvest Baptist and Alive in Christ.  

In her later years Floy lived with her daughters, Diana and Janet.

Survivors include one daughter: Janet (Ronnie) Sutton of Piedmont, Mo, two sisters: Edith Smith and Evelynn (Jim) Ward both of Mill Springs, MO, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Charles and Gertie Gentles, two sons: Charles Brinkley and James Brinkley, three daughters: Barbara Sutton, Betty Faulkner, and Diane Lawson, three brothers: George Gentles, Ernest Gentles, and Alfred Gentles, and three sisters Mary Brinkley, Jewell Tucker and Mabel Lisenbee.

The visitation for Floy was held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the Ruegg Chapel in Piedmont. The service  followed on Thursday at 1:00 P.M., with Richard Sanders ministering to the family.  Burial was at the Mill Spring Cemetery with Andrew Faulkner, Aaron Faulkner, Rob Faulkner, Roy Faulkner, Drake Faulkner and Dylan Lawson serving as pallbearers.

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

Carl Raymond Hukel 11/9/2013

November 9, 2013

 

 

Carl Raymond Hukel, 59, was born on Nov. 5, 1954 in East St. Louis, Illinois and died on Nov. 9, 2013 in Poplar Bluff, MO. 

He was an Army Veteran and an owner operator over the road truck driver.

He is survived by his son, Cory Thompson and wife Annie, Piedmont, MO,  2  brothers, Charles Hukel and wife Tina, Patterson, MO, Bud Hukel and wife Carla, Piedmont, MO, and one sister, Sylvia Rodgers  and husband Bill, Port Orange, FL.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Sylvia Culter Hukel and one brother, Robert Hukel, 2 sisters, Virginia Auvershine and Rosemary Wolfe.

Graveside services were held Monday, November 11, 2013, at 2:00 P.M., with full military honors at Patterson Cemetery. Pastor Jack Ruble ministered to the family and Ronnie Meyer, Bobby Kimes, Wesley Goforth, Larry Page, Tom Wyatt and Rick Fitzwater served as pallbearers.  Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com .

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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com

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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com

 

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 www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

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