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.

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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.


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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.

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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

Mary K. Bennett 10/8/2013

October 9, 2013



Mary K. Bennett, 89, of Greenville, Missouri passed away on October 8, 2013 at Greenville Nursing and Rehab in Greenville, Missouri.  Mary was born on November 18, 1923 to Ira L. Rhodes and Myrtle T. Daffron Rhodes in Greenville, Missouri.

Mary was united in marriage to Ivan L. Bennett, who preceded her in death.  To this union five children were born.

Mary was a homemaker.

Survivors include four sons: Ivan Michael (Phyllis) Bennett, Wentzville, Missouri, Fredrick Ira (Diana) Bennett, Greenville, Missouri, Patrick Wayne (Lockianna) Bennett, Patterson, Missouri, John Perry (Denise) Bennett of Greenville, Missouri, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Richard Lee Bennett, three sisters: Verna Taylor, Virginia McFarland, and Helen Toohill.

Mary had been a member of the Greenville United Methodist Church, since she was a young girl living in Old Greenville.  She taught Sunday school classes, sang in the choir and was an active member of the Methodist Women’s Group.  Although her family was large, she always managed to remember birthdays and anniversaries with a card or a call.  Mary was an avid reader, and everyone knew not to call or visit during her “soap opera” viewing time.

Mary was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She will be missed by her family and friends, but just last Sunday, she handed her phone to one of her sons and told him to call God; she was read to come home.  We know Heaven just welcomed home another angel.

The funeral was held Sat. Oct. 12, 2013 at 11:30 A.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Everett Meese officiating. Burial followed at Greenville Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Phillip Bennett, Billy Bennett, Jason Bennett, Justin Bennett, Richard Bennett and Andy Burlingame. Online condolences can be made at


John J. Dolansky 10/09/2013

October 9, 2013



John Joseph Dolansky, 85, of Piedmont, Missouri passed away on October 9, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  John was born on October 11, 1927 to Stephen and Mary (Lucas) Dolansky in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

John was united in marriage to Wanda Sullivan on February 14, 1970.

John worked as a lumber cutter at Central Hardware in St. Louis, MO.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching Cardinal baseball games. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the New Liberty United Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, three daughters: Nancy Scheffler and husband Ken of DeSoto, Missouri, Cindy Norsen and husband Craig of St Charles, Mo, Mary James and husband William of Chesepeke, VA, two brothers: Ed Dolansky and wife Alice of Austin, Texas and Bernie Dolansky and wife Dolly of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, one sister: Helen Visnesky, Pennsylvania. Eight grandchildren: Peter James, Andy Norsen, Joey Bray, Michael, Mary Kathryn James, Megan Ackman, Stacey Woods, Sara Norsen, Nine great-grandchildren: Luke, Gavin, Jillian, Tessa, Sadie, Brayden, Mason, Lexi and Izzy.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastors Tom Willis and Jack Ruble ministered to the family and Peter James, Andy Norsen, Joey Bray, Chad Woods, Andy Ackman, Craig Norsen, and Ken Scheffler served as pallbearers. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery with full Military Honors. Online condolences can be made at

Joshua David Humphries 10/08/2013

October 8, 2013


Joshua David Humphries, 37, of Piedmont, MO, passed away October 8, 2013, at Piedmont, MO. Joshua was born March 16, 1976 in St. Charles, MO to David Humphries and Debbie Trammel.

Joshua had proudly served the United States Army for nearly twenty years achieving the rank of E-6. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was a paratrooper and had been awarded a bronze star and the Purple Heart. He succeeded in bringing his squad home safely.

He had settled in the Piedmont area, “God’s” country, to enjoy his retirement years.

He is survived by a longtime companion, Shawnda Newberry; five children, Zachary Humphries, Mason Humphries, Morgan Humphries, Angel Elizabeth Smith, and Cheyenne Humphries. He is also survived by his mother and father; three brothers, Dean, Nick, and Zachary Humphries. He was the Christian belief.

 Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with full Military Honors, Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 9:00 A.M.


Robert Boatwright 10/08/2013

October 8, 2013


Robert Lee Boatwright, 64, of St. Louis, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Festus, MO. Robert was born August 13, 1949, in St. John, MO, to James Boatwright and Anna (Cargnoni) Boatwright.

Robert was a veteran of the United States Army During the Viet Nam era.

Robert was an employee of General Motors for forty three years, a member of the Irondale Masonic Lodge 143, and the UAW 2250. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, cars, motorcycles and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was of the Protestant Faith.

Robert is survived by one son, Dennis Boatwright of St. Louis, MO; one daughter, Connie Baum and husband Jeff of Imperial, MO; four grandchildren, Jacob and Aaron Thomas, Jordan Baum, and Cody Boatwright; one sister, Betty Brutcher and husband Bill of Ditmer, MO

Bro. Norm Hassell ministered to the family and Dennis Boatwright, Jeff Baum, Bet Butler, Jacob Thomas, Aaron Thomas, Cody Boatwright, Bill Brutcher, and James Brown served as pallbearers.

Visitation was 11 A.M., Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel. Burial was in Carson Hill Cemetery, Mill Spring, MO, with full Military Honors.

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Sandra K. Phillips 10/3/2013

October 3, 2013

Sandra K. Phillips,53, of Lowndes, MO, passed away Friday Oct 3, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO.  She was born March 26, 1959, to Jim and June Phillips.

She is survived by two sons; Steven (Abbi) Phillips of Carthage, MO and Joseph Phillips of Tuscon, AZ; and one grandchild, Avery.

No services are planned at this time.  Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO was  in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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