Patricia “Pat” S. Bearden 8/9/2014

August 11, 2014

Patricia S. “Pat” Bearden, 75, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014, at St Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO. Pat was born October 12, 1938, near Minimum, MO in Southern Iron County. Pat attended school at the King School near Annapolis during grade school and attended Annapolis High School later. She was saved at Minimum Baptist Church as a young girl and actively served Christ the rest of her life at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Piedmont and later becoming a charter member of Victory Baptist Temple in Piedmont. There she served as Sunday school teacher, a member of the church choir, and participated in bible school until her health failed. On February 14, 1955, after a short courtship she married Walter Bearden. The two enjoyed many wonderful years together sharing trips across the country. They raised three boys, Carl Bearden and Debbie of St. Charles, MO, Roger Bearden and Debra of Greenville, MO, and Dale Bearden and Lynn of Piedmont, MO. During her working years she spent nine years at New Era Shirt Factory and about thirty years at Clearwater School as a cook. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking for her family and gardening. In addition to her children Pat is survived by her seven grandchildren, William Robert Bearden, Amber Chavez, Holly Watson, Allison Bearden, BreAnna  Conner, Shalyn Tucker, and Samuel Bearden; twelve great grandchildren, Ethan, Caleb, Grace, Levi, Brady, Sydney, Olivia, Luke, David, Blake, Bren, and Addison. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Rosco and Fredia Hickman Long; ten brothers and sisters, James Long, Lowell Long, Udell Williams, Eugene Williams, Louise Bearden, Lucile Bearden, Wilma Black, JoAnna Long, Juanita Miller, Geraldine Harman, and two brothers and two sisters that passed in childhood.

The visitation for Pat was held on Tuesday, August 12th at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Victory Baptist Temple with Pastor Elmo Parker ministering to the family and Bro Andy Tully delivering the obituary. The Watson Family ministered to the family in song.  Rob Bearden, Jeremy Watson, Cody Tucker, Matt Conner, Mike Chavez, and “Sub” Miller served as pallbearers with burial being at the Eaton Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Marie Jane Manning 07/29/2014

July 30, 2014

Marie Jane Manning, 66, of Greenville, MO, died July 29, 2014 at her home.  She was born on Nov. 10, 1947 in San Bernardino, CA, the daughter of George and Alice Gustafson Brookshire.

Survivors include her mother Alice Russell, Chattanooga, TN, two daughters, Candice “Candy” Heaton and husband Jason, Williamsville, MO,  Bylinda Bell and husband James, Red Bank, TN, 3 brothers Bill Brookshire and companion Becky Sharp, Scott Valley, CA, Steve Schwab and wife Roxanne, Lockeford, CA, and Clay Schwab and wife Mona, Wagoner, OK, one sister, Dianna Pereira and husband Julius, Scott Valley, CA, grandchildren, Connor Nelson, William Nelson and Christian Heaton and many family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Brookshire and step-mom, Marjorie Brookshire.

Marie spent her childhood growing up in Worcester, Mass. She later moved to California and graduated from Sunset High School in Hayward, CA.  Through the years she made her home in Castro Valley, CA and Soddy Daisy, TN before moving to Greenville, MO.

Marie had worked as a machine operator at Kayser-Roth hosiery mill in Dayton, TN for 20 years before moving to Greenville, MO, where she served in her community as a home healthcare worker.

She enjoyed nature, liked feeding birds and watching them.  She loved to look at beautiful flowers and play with her dog and cat.

She was a Christian and attended the Faith Assembly of God Church, in Greenville, MO. Services were held Saturday, August 02, 2014, at 11:00 at Faith Assembly of God with Pastor Brenda Henson ministering to the family. Interment was in Rucker Cemetery near Taskee. Online condolences can be made at

Juanita “Sissy” Middleton 7/25/2014

July 26, 2014

Juanita “Sissie” Lorene Middleton age 79 was born on Oct. 20, 1934 in Annapolis, MO and died on July 25, 2014 at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO.

On Dec. 3, 1955, at the Vulcan Assembly Of God Church, she was united in marriage to George Middleton and he survives.

Also surviving are 2 sons, David Scott (Betsy) Middleton, Des Arc, MO, Roland Keith (Mary Beth) Middleton, Vulcan, MO, one daughter, Georgia Lynne Lawless, Annapolis, MO, one brother, Turnip (Alice Jane) Sutton, Annapolis, MO, 3 sisters, Anna (Earl) Midkiff, Piedmont, MO, Verlina (Doyle) Middleton, Piedmont, MO, Faith (Sam) Hamilton, Springfield, MO and 7 grandchildren, Ryan (Gretchen) Middleton, Todd (Candace) Middleton, Mya Middleton, Preston (April) Lawless, Melissa (Daniel) Midkiff , Renae and Kallie Middleton, 8 great-grandchildren, Blake, Colton and Slade Middleton, Kasen and Caven Midkiff, Cash Middleton, and  Kohen and George Lawless.

Preceding in death were her parents, Raymond and Jessie Weltie Sutton, one brother, Paul Sutton and one sister Katherine Middleton.

She loved to cook.  She enjoyed making chicken and dumplings and lots of pies for holidays and birthdays.  She loved her husband and children, grand and great-grandchildren and she prayed for them daily.  She was known by all of her friends and family as a prayer warrior.

Her personal religious belief was of the Assembly of God faith and she was a Charter member of the Vulcan Assembly of God.  She was a Sunday School Teacher, Christ Ambassadors Leader and the custodian of Vulcan Assembly of God.  She was 16 at the time of Conversion at the Old Vulcan School House and was baptized shortly after by Bro. Workman.

She was an Annapolis School graduate.  She was a homemaker and spent her time in Annapolis and Vulcan where she made her home.

George and Juanita were the 1st couple married in the Old Vulcan Assembly Church building on BB. Highway.

It was her passion in life to see all of her family saved.

Visitation for Juanita was held on Sunday, July 27th at the Vulcan Assembly of God Church at 5:00 P.M. and the service was held on Monday the 28th at 11:00 A.M.  with Rev. Sam Hamilton ministering to the family and Bro. Lloyd Middleton and Preston Lawless providing the Eulogies. Rebecca Middleton, Debbie Presson, Terry Dement and Jeanne Dunn ministered in music. Serving as pallbearers were Ryan Middleton, Todd Middleton, Preston Lawless, Daniel Midkiff, Kallie Middleton, Mya Middleton, Renae Middleton and Melissa Midkiff. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Blake Middleton, Colton Middleton, Slade Middleton, Kasen Midkiff, Caven Midkiff, Cash Middleton, Kohen Lawless and George Lawless. Burial was at the Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan, Missouri.  Online condolences can be made at

Freida Mae Sigman 7/22/2014

July 22, 2014

Freida Mae Sigman, 73, of Chaffee, MO., formerly of Wayne County, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at her residence. Freida was born in Wayne County on April 1, 1941 to Lee and Mae Dickerson Rose who preceded her in death.

On November 12, 1960 Freida was united in marriage to Truman Sigman and to this union two children were born.

Freida grew up in the Lake Creek area in rural Wayne County and attended Patterson High School where she was the salutatorian of the class of 1957.  She spent her adult life in the Arnold area before she and her husband retired to her childhood farm in Lake Creek. Freida also worked at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont and worked multiple years with the local Wayne County election board.

Freida was a born-again Christian and was very active in her church. At a young age, she was saved at Big Lake Missionary Baptist Church and baptized by Bro. Arlie Parker.  She had been a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, Ladies Aid member, and Women’s Missionary Society member.

Freida loved to sing and was an original member of the Bethesdaires from Bethesda General Baptist Church in Imperial, Missouri and a member of the community choir in Wayne County, Missouri. The biggest love of her life was her family including many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Freida is survived by her husband Truman, one daughter, Trudy Sigman of Chaffee, one son, Kevin Sigman and his wife Kristen of Chaffee, one brother; Jerry Rose and his wife Sylvia of Patterson, two sisters; Anita Wills and her husband Al of Greenville, Margie Cook and her husband Glenn of Piedmont, and four grandchildren: John Potocnjak and his wife Danielle, Sarah Sigman and fiance Derrick Reed, Ellie Sigman and Emma Sigman.

Freida was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; Lacey Rose and baby brother Carl Joe Rose, and one sister; Laverne Barks.

Visitation for Freida was held on Friday, July 25th at 5:00 P.M. for family and 5:30 P.M. for the public at Ruegg funeral home in Piedmont. The service was held on Saturday, the 26th at New Hope General Baptist Church in Silva at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Dan Ross ministering to the family and Kurtis Cook, Lee Wills, Scotty VanMetre, Gary Rose, Johnny Rose and John Potocnjak serving as pallbearers.  Music was provided by Don and Sandy Ross, and the church choir. Burial followed at New Liberty Cemetery in Piedmont, MO.  Online condolences can be made at










Buel Winston White 7/21/2014

July 22, 2014

Buel “Bill” Winston White, 87, of Kennett, MO., passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bill was born in Hornersville, MO., on April 17, 1927 to Hardy and Gerdie Stephens White.

In 1944 we was united in marriage to Ruby Clubb, who preceded him in death, and to this union one son was born.  In March, 2001 he married Jane Pitts and she survives.

Bill attended school in the Hornersville area, he then moved to the St Louis area where he lived for many years. He always enjoyed taking care of other people, putting their needs before this own. He served on the Kennett Community Center for 14 years. He enjoyed dancing and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife Jane, also surviving Bill is his son; Donald White and his wife Kathy of Kennett, MO., one step-son; Jim Ham of Cape Girardeau, MO., and one step-daughter; Sandra Sherrod of Senath, MO., one sister; Linda Walker and her husband Wayne of Columbia, MO, two grandsons; Eric (Kim) White and Aaron White, four great-grandchildren; Michael Casey, Jake White, Dylan White and Trey White.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents, his wife Ruby, two brothers; Jewell and H.P. White, and two sisters; Josephine Henderson and Audrey McGhee.

The visitation for Bill was held on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the service following at 1:00 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO. Pastor Louie Robinson ministered to the family and Jerry Clubb, Jim Fox, Jake White, Michael Casey, Larry Vandergriff and Robbie Vandergriff served as pallbearers. Burial followed at the Greenville Cemetery in Greenville, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Norma Ruth Goodman 7/21/2014

July 21, 2014

Norma Ruth Goodman, 81, of Greenville, MO, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation. Norma Ruth was born August 7, 1932, in Old Greenville, MO, daughter of Marvin C. and Stella Hill Barks. Norma Ruth attended school in Old Greenville until the town moved, and finished school in New Greenville, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1950. She gave her life to Jesus in 1948 at Greenville Baptist Church. She later served the church as secretary/treasurer. Norma Ruth spent her entire life in the Greenville area making a difference to the community. She was the Selective Service Secretary during the 1950′s-60′s, worked for Glenn Insurance from the 1950′s to the early 2000′s, and was Greenville City Clerk from 1981 until the early 2000′s. Norma Ruth had many hobbies. She loved riding through Old Greenville of which she never grew tired. She loved her Lord and it showed in everything she did. She enjoyed music, reading, blue birds, angels, and her little dog, Penny.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Carol “Judy” Howard of Greenville, MO, and her Special Friend of forty years, Earl Baumgardner, also of Greenville, MO. Visitation was held Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. at the chapel. Pastors Kenneth Gray and Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and Mike Ward, Rusty Sly, John Haggett, Jim Boshell, Darrell Cowsert, and Junior Wilson served as pallbearers. Special music was provided by Bill Brashers and the Greenville Baptist Church Choir. Helen Gray served as the pianist. Burial was at Greenville Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

James Hillard Talley 7/18/2014

July 18, 2014

James Hillard Talley, 80, of Des Arc, MO., passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014 at his residence.  James was born in Vulcan on November 13, 1933 to Marshall “Jake” Talley and Hazel B. Workman Talley, who preceded him in death.

James grew up in Vulcan and Des Arc, going to school in Vulcan until the 8th grade. He lived in the St. Louis area working for a motor freight/branch trucking company for 27 years before moving back to Des Arc.

James enjoyed fishing, hunting, tinkering around the house, but mainly he enjoyed spending time with his family.

On November 29, 1958 he married Mary Lou Martin, who survives of the home. Also surviving are two sons, Marvin and his wife Geraldine Talley of House Springs, MO, and Brian Talley of Des Arc, Mo; one daughter, Rondalyn Summerfield of Imperial, MO; one brother, Jerry Talley and his wife Sue of Poplar Bluff, Mo; and two sisters, Alice Jane and her husband Vernon of Annapolis, MO, and Paula Berry and her husband Denny of Arnold, MO.

Preceding him in death were one son, James M. Talley; one grandchild, Joshua Talley; and one sister, Veta Mae Powers.

Visitation was held Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., also at the Piedmont chapel. Burial  followed in Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO. Rev. Dewell Smith ministered to the family and Tyler Berry, Camron Berry, David Dunn, Kenny Dunn, Vaughn Martin Jr, and Dan Hinkle served as pallbeareres. Recorded versions of Farther Along and Amazing Grace were played. Online condolences can be made at

Jeffrey Wallis Poston 7/17/2014

July 17, 2014

Baby Jeffrey Wallis Poston, two months and twenty days, passed away at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, MO., on Thursday, July 17, 2014.  Jeffrey was born in St. Louis at Mercy Hospital on April 27, 2014 to Jordan Poston and Dawnita Galvan.

Surviving Jeffrey are his parents Jordan and Dawnita; his grandparents; Angela Galvan of Bonne Terre, MO., Teresa Poston of Piedmont, MO; great grandparents, Donald and Lily Sexton of Poplar Bluff, MO., and Jane Poston of Piedmont, MO. Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Jessica and Joshua Poston, Sandy and Dan Beezley, Tammy and Greg Morgan, Gayle Bounds, Linda and Joe Audus, Tim Sexton, John Sexton, Nicole Poston, and Joel Poston; cousin Raelynn Smith and other numerous family members.

Preceding Jeffrey in death was his grandfathers, Jeffrey Galvan, and Hank Poston; and his great grandfather, Dick Poston and Edward Morgan; and great grandmothers Ruby Galvan, Patricia Morgan.

A special thanks to all those who cared for baby Jeffrey, Karen Graham, Kathy Diamond, Dr. Rachel Hon, Dr. Robert Fleming and Jessica Henke and the Ronald McDonald House near Mercy at Creve Coeur and  near Cardinal Glennon  on Park Ave.

Visitation for Jeffrey was held Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1:00 P.M at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, with the service following at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery in Des Arc, Missouri. Rev. Jerry Patterson ministered to the family and recorded music was provided. Uncle Joshua Poston and Father Jordan Poston served as pall bearers. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ronald McDonald Charities of St. Louis. Their address is 3450 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104. Online condolences can be made at

James Hicks 7/4/2014

July 5, 2014

James Hicks, 72, of Williamsville, MO, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. James was born January 6, 1942, in Poplar Bluff, MO. At an early age James attended the New Prospect School just west of Williamsville until his eight grade. He then went on to graduate Williamsville High School as salutatorian or his class. He was nearly a lifetime member of the Williamsville United Methodist Church. On January 14, 1961 he married Joann Keele and to this union four children were born. James worked at the Holmes Store in Williamsville for many years beginning as a young man. Many years later he and his wife Joann purchased the business and served Williamsville for twenty five years before retirement.
In Jim’s spare time he enjoyed spending time on the farm with his family, collecting and restoring classic cars, woodworking, mechanicking, working on lawn mowers, and preserving family history.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joann; one son, Timothy Hicks; two daughters, Jamie Henson and husband Kevin, and Brenda Shearrer and husband Byron all of Williamsville, MO; four grandchildren, Benjamin Henson and wife Kimberly, Lindsay Willard and husband Lee, Brooke Cathey and husband Zachary, and Brandi Shearrer; two great grandchildren, Gavin Henson and Bentley Willard; and one sister Patricia Bristow and husband Robert of St. Louis, MO.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Estel “Pete” Hicks and Wilma Duckett Hicks; and one son, James Estel Hicks.
Visitation was held Sunday, July 6, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Funeral Services followed Monday, July 7, 2014, at 10:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery near Williamsville. Pastors Jeff Estes and Kent Wilfong ministered to the family and Zachary Cathey,Benjamin Henson, Lee Willard, Wesley Owens, Jason Wright, and Mike Green served as pallbearers and Steve Seawright and Jordan Copeland provided the music. Online condolences can be made at


William James Reed, Sr 7/3/2014

July 5, 2014

William James Reed, Sr.  85, of Piedmont, MO died on July 3, 2014 in the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.  He was born on Sept. 30, 1928 in Moberly, MO. He was the son of the late Frank and Molly White Reed.

 On June 10, 1950, he was united in marriage to Frances Bernice Wesbrook and she preceded him in death on July 26, 2007.

Survivors include three sons, Bill Reed and wife Sue of Elsberry, MO, David and wife Karon Reed of Collierville, TN and Eddie Reed, Piedmont, MO, two daughters, Cindy Hemphill and husband Kenny ,  Janet Street and husband Paul  both of Piedmont, MO and 1 brother, Ronald Reed, AL., several grandchildren, and great-great –grandchildren.  He loved his family. He was a very caring Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Frank and Molly White Reed,  two brothers, Glenn and Charles Reed and three sisters, Dorothy Reese, Virginia Morris, Phyllis Rainbolt and one granddaughter, one grandson, and one great-granddaughter.

William was a United States Army Veteran. He served two years near the end of War World II.

He loved his job as a building and plumbing inspector for the Overland MO City Government.   He retired from that job and moved to Piedmont, MO

He was of the Baptist Faith.  He was baptized by Brother Allen Calkins and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Piedmont.

William loved his homemade vegetable beef soup.
Visitation was held Monday, July 7, 2014, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral Services followed Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., also at the funeral home chapel. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery with full Military Honors. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Kenny Steele, Steven Reed, Rob Gerard, James Gerard, Ricky Gerard, and Billy Reed served as pallbearers. Kenny Hemphill, Pam Umfleet, and John Brawley provided the music. Online condolences can be made at

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