February 22, 2013
Leola M. Gunter, age 78, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away, Friday, February 22, 2013 at Oakdale Care Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. Leola was born February 17, 1935 in Windyville, MO, to Noah C. Summers and Eva M. Jones Summers.
Leola grew up in Charleston, MO, attending and graduating high school there. On June 11, 1955, she married Glen Gunter, Sr. and to this union two children were born. Over the years Leola had worked in a garment factory in East Prairie and Poplar Bluff, MO, and lastly as a cook at Clearwater R-1 School Distract. She participated in AARP, Missouri State Teachers Association, and the Red Hats. Leola was a devout Christian and was a member of the Church of Christ in Patterson, MO. Leola was a great mother and grandmother. She always had a smile on her face and enjoyed life to the fullest. Traveling, talking with friends, playing cards, and fixing a good roast in a large iron skillet personified the beautiful life that she lived.
Leola is survived by one son; Glenn Gunter, Jr. and wife, Marsha, of Des Arc, MO; one daughter; Lisa Camden and husband, Dan, of Wappapello, MO; five grandchildren, Shanna Gunter, Chelsea Robinson, Patrick Camden, Matthew Camden, Charles Gunter; two great grandchildren, Madison Taylor and Kaiden Robinson; two brothers, Jim Summers, Jr. and wife, Betty, of Cleveland, OH, Tim Harvell and wife, Alice, of Charlestown, MO; one sister, Pat Harvell of St. Paul, Minnesota; one sister in law, Sharon Cates of Anniston, MO. Leola was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one brother; George “Mike” Harvell. Visitation was held Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Glenn Gunter Jr, Charles Gunter, Danny Camden, Patrick Camden, Matthew Camden, and Trent Robinson served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
February 20, 2013
Ronald Abernathy of Piedmont, MO, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at his residence. Ronald was born July 8, 1943, in Ballwin, MO, son of Wilson and Dorothy Ridgeway Abernathy. On December 21, 1989, “Ron” was united in marriage to Donna McAllister in Greenville, MO. Ron had honorably served his country in the United States Navy. Through the years Ron had lived in many different places and had many adventures farming and working in the watchmaking industry. He traveled across the country from Washington State and Arizona to work in the fruit farming industry. He had also raised pigs on his Clark Creek farm. Spare time activities included hunting, fishing, and yard sales with his friend Greg Allen. Ron is survived by his wife Donna; two brothers, Larry Abernathy and his wife, Janet, and Bob Abernathy and his wife, Rachel, both of Piedmont; one sister, Barb Magill of Park Hills, MO; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. A graveside funeral was held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Meador Flatwoods Cemetery in Piedmont, MO at 2:30 P.M. Ron’s friend Rev. Greg Allen ministered to the family and Travis Abernathy, Vince Abernathy, Jay Teal, Kevin Carrol, James Feliciano and Rev. Greg Allen served as pallbearers.
February 20, 2013
Michael Paul Copas, age 57, of Greenville, MO, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013, at Landmark Hospital, Cape Girardeau, MO. Michael was born in Rockford, IL, on January 27, 1956 to Les and Phyllis Estes Copas. On February 13, 1982 Michael was united in marriage to Donna Haynes who survives and resides in Greenville. Michael was a Christian. He is survived by one son, Dylan Copas of Greenville, MO; two daughters, Shalyn Copas of Poplar Bluff, MO and Carrie Ann Copas of Denver, CO, three brothers, Jim Copas and wife Sherry, Rick Copas and wife Nini, William Copas and wife Jean; four sisters, Sally Carlson, Mary Kruse and husband Jerry, Joannie Gorman and husband Jay, and Carol Sutton and husband Chuck.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service for Mr. Copas was held on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. Pastor Leslie Burchard ministered to the family and Jerry Kruse, Jim Kruse Sr, Jim Kruse Jr, Allen Kruse, Pat DeVine, and Aaron Copas served as pallbearers and James Vest served as an honorary pallbearer. Burial followed in Center Ridge Cemetery near Greenville, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
February 20, 2013
Marvin Hackworth, age 68, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away, Monday, February 18, 2013, at his residence. Marvin was born in Piedmont, MO, on August 24, 1944, to Everett and Dorothy (Taylor) Hackworth. He attended Clearwater High School. He owned and operated a dump truck for several years after working at Montgomery Ward and Fritt’s Service Station. Later he worked for Brown’s Limousine and Renzenburber carrying railroad crews. On July 4, 1964, he married Linda Sue Thornburgh and to this union three children were born. Marvin is survived by his wife; two sons, Darin Hackworth and his wife, Alberta, of Poplar Bluff, MO, Eric Hackworth and his wife, Lisa, of Piedmont, MO; one daughter, Diedre Hughes of Poplar Bluff; five grandchildren, James Hackworth, Leigh Ann Boardman, DeAndra Hughes, Derek Hughes, Danielle Hughes; two great grandchildren, Eden Hackworth, Audrey Boardman; and one brother, Jerry Hackworth and his wife, Anne, of Lagrange, IN. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation was held Friday, February 22, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. at our new location Funeral and Cremation Care of Poplar Bluff, MO. Funeral services were held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., also at our Poplar Bluff chapel, officiated by Pastor Richard Triplett. Eric Hackworth, Darin Hackworth, James Hackworth, Clinton Hackworth, Kenny Johnson, Jerry Hackworth, and Danny Montgomery served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Meador-Flatwoods Cemetery in Piedmont, MO. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326 or www.stjo.org. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
February 19, 2013
Vernon ”Rocky” McGhee, age 77, of Clubb, MO, passed away on February 19, 2013 at his residence. Vernon was born on October 27, 1935 in Clubb, MO, to Claude and Bertha King McGhee. Vernon married Mary “Sadie” Johnston on July 12, 1956 and she preceded him in death. To this union four children were born. He is survived by 3 sons, Mark McGhee of Poplar Bluff, MO., Jimmy McGhee and wife Billie of Clubb, MO, and Johnny McGhee and wife Jamie of Poplar Bluff, MO; one daughter, DeAnn Militello and husband Jim of Woodstock, IL; one brother, Ivan McGhee and wife Shirley of Clubb, MO; one sister Jean White and husband Willis of Clubb, MO; nine grandchildren, Caleb McGhee, Moriah McGhee, John McGhee Jr., Joshua Henson, Jeremiah Henson, Billy Henson, D.J. , Wesley, and Mariah House; four great-grandchildren, Cody, Mia , Zachary and Brooklyn Henson.
Preceding him in death were his parents Claude and Bertha King McGhee; one brother, Delmar McGhee; and one sister, Thelma Helm.
He worked at National Lock in Rockford, IL where he did chrome plating. Vernon was a self-employed owner of a car dealership, and he enjoyed fixing up old cars and selling them. He worked in the timber industry with his brother Ivan and he really enjoyed being around his family and friends.
Visitation was held on Friday, February 22, 2013, at 9:30 A.M., and services followed at 11:00 A.M. all at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and James Calhoun, Wayne Helm, John Fox, Kevin Fox, Jimmy Carmack, and Tony Nelson served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Greenville, Missouri. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
February 19, 2013
Linda S. Jones, 54, of Piedmont, MO, passed away at her residence on Monday, February 18, 2013.
Linda was born on March 1, 1958 in Kirkwood, MO.
She is survived by her father, Louis John Jones; two sisters, Yuvonn Marie Starks, Piedmont, MO, Laura Ann Diebold, O’Fallon, MO; nephew, Richard Starks; niece, Misty Diebold; many cousins, and good friend, Donna and Bob Cook.
Preceding her in death was her mother, Margaret E. “Mickey” Chapmann Jones.
Linda loved to cook. Her favorite dishes were cream of broccoli soup, meat loaf and New York Style Cheese Cake. She loved her dog, Sadie and her cat, Copper.
She was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.
She graduated from Ritenour High School in Breckenridge Hills, MO. She joined the US Marines and was honorably discharged. At the age of 20, she became disabled due to a severe car accident and was unable to work.
She lived in St. Charles before moving to Piedmont twelve years ago. She was a member of the Piedmont Eagles. A visitation and funeral service was held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, officiated by Pastor Ed Rhodes. Glenn Tamminga, Robert Cook, Gary Iffrig, Harold Henson, Doug Zumsteg, and Dennis Skelton served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
February 19, 2013
Stanley “Sonny” Earl Sutton, of Piedmont, Mo., died at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. on his 87th birthday, January 18, 2013; as a result of an automobile accident.
He was born on February 18, 1926, in Piedmont, Mo., to Sanford and Fae (Webb) Sutton.
He grew up in Piedmont and joined the US Army during World War II, where he proudly served with the Army Lighting Brigade at Luzon Valley in the Philippines and with the Operational Forces first entering Japan after the Hiroshima bombing. He was a decorated WWII veteran earning numerous medals, including a bronze star and combat infantry medal.
He was a retired Auto Body Repairman. He worked five years in Las Vegas, Nevada; and spent the rest of his career as owner and operator of a body shop in Piedmont, Mo. At one time, he also owned a used car lot in Piedmont.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Sanford Sutton, Fae and James Calhoun, and one brother, James Duncan Calhoun.
He is survived by his loving children; Harold Sutton of Oologah, Ok., Michael (Carolyn) Sutton of Berryville, Ar., Cal (Jamie) Sutton of Millersville, Mo., Lee Anne (Dennis) Boss of Henderson, Nv., Kathy Isam of Friendswood, Tx.; one sister Sally (Kenny) Elrod of Piedmont, Mo., thirteen grandchildren;
fifteen great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, Mo. Funeral services were also held at Ruegg Funeral Home on Feb. 22; with music provided by Cindy Wood and ministered by Brother Jim McCullen with Tabernacle Baptist. A military burial service followed at Webb Cemetery.
Mark Carter, Dakota Carter, James Ramshur, Scott Gaschler, Ty Isam, Dewayne Simpkins, Mike Pennebaker and Larry Barfield served as pallbearers; with Jerry Daggett, Oresta Atnip, Ed Wood and Charles Williams serving as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to assist with medical expenses of Sonny’s great nephew; Jasper Allen, 445 CR 528, Ellington, Mo., 63638. Online condolences may be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com.
February 18, 2013
Richard Thomas Wood, age 69, of Williamsville, MO, passed away, February 17, 2013 at his residence in Williamsville, MO. Richard was born on August 28, 1943, in Wardell, MO, son of Boyd William and Lavina Huntington Wood. Richard had spent his working years as a dock operator for a barge company. On September 18, 1977 he was united in marriage to Marga Lemons who survives and resides in Williamsville, MO.
In Richard’s spare time he enjoyed fishing with his brother, Bill, and grandson, Boyd. He also enjoyed flea markets with his grandson, Boyd.
Richard is survived by five sons, Boyd William Wood and Roger Elwood Lemons both of Williamsville, MO, Richard Wood of Fredericktown, John Wood of Belleview, MO, Michael Wood of Farmington, MO; five daughters, Sabine Buhlinger, Elizabethtown, KY, Michelle Abbott, Williamsville, MO, Sandra Jones, Fredericktown, MO, Cindy Sullins, Licking, MO, Terry Johnson, Farmington, MO; two brothers, William Wood of Portageville, MO, Gayland Wood of Festus, MO; five sisters, Shirley Pierce of Portageville, MO, Daisy Williams of St. Louis, MO, Betty Rollins of Columbiana, AL, Mary Womack of Portageville, MO, and Patricia Womack of Fort Meade, FL; twenty three grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by one son, Charles Wood; one brother, Boyd Wood; and two sisters, Virginia Watson and Linda Barretta.
At Richard’s request his remains were cremated. Services were under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
February 16, 2013
Elvin Ray Mc Fadden, age 62, of Judsonia, AR, formerly of Wayne County, MO passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013 in Searcy, AR. Elvin was born on January 31, 1951 in Piedmont, MO, to William “Buck” and Doris Middleton McFadden. Elvin grew up in the Piedmont area and attended school there. He had spent the past several years in the Searcy, AR, area. He had worked for O’Reilly’s auto parts and became a friend to many in the community. He attended Trinity Baptist Church in Bradford, AR. He enjoyed watching the Trinity Christian Schools basketball and volleyball team. Some of Elvin’s special gifts were to encourage single parents and be a good friend and listener to anyone that might be in need. He was known as a servant constantly putting others before him. Elvin enjoyed sight seeing with his good friend Jason Hamrick and the occasional fishing trip. He was looking forward to his retirement years and in the planning stages to move home to Piedmont for retirement.
Elvin is survived by four brothers; Kenneth McFadden and wife Kathryn of Searcy, AR, Daniel McFadden and wife Roberta of Piedmont, MO, his twin Alvin McFadden and wife Francis of Spencer, IN, Matthew McFadden and wife Mary of Piedmont, MO, many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO, Funeral services will follow on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 10:00 A.M., also at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Alwood Cemetery near Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
February 12, 2013
Geneva I. Metcalf, nee Brunk, 79, of Freeburg, IL, born October 14, 1933, in Ellington, MO, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Mrs. Metcalf was a member of First Baptist Church, New Athens, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Mauda, nee Fears, Brunk.
Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Raymond L. Metcalf, whom she married on February 6, 1954;
one son, Alvin Metcalf and wife Nancy of New Athens, IL;
two grandchildren, Amy Abert and husband Keith and Jamie Croak and husband Ed;
three great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Stella Abert, and Ryan Croak; three brothers, Jim Brunk and wife Pat of Ellington, MO, Melvin Brunk and wife Leona of Redford, MO, and Marvin Brunk of Ellington, MO; and two sisters, Delores Miles of Annapolis, MO, and Bonnie Pratt and husband Bill of Farmington, MO
Visitation will be held 4 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO.
Burial will be in the Redford Cemetery, Redford, MO.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, New Athens, IL. Online Condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com