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

Fred McAllister 12/04/13

December 5, 2013


Fred McAllister, 86, of Piedmont passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, MO.  Fred was born January 31, 1927 in Piedmont, MO.

On June 5, 1944 he was united in marriage to Maurine Davis and to this union five children were born.

Fred was saved and baptized in January 1965 and was a member of the Patterson Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon.

Fred had also served as a board member of the Clearwater R-1 school district for 6 years and on the board of ASC for 22 years.  He was drafted into the Army on May 29, 1945 and served time in Germany during World War II. He was discharged on his birthday. In 1947 he and Maurine left for Oregon to work in the timber where he drove a logging truck.  They returned to this area in December 1958.

Fred grew up on Clarks Creek and enjoyed working on his farm, building houses, working at his sawmill and was a cattleman. Fred never met a stanger, he enjoyed meeting people and talking to them. He enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife Maurine, three sons: Dale (Shirley) McAllister, Danny (Gloria) McAllister both of Piedmont, DeWayne (Sandy) McAllister of Springfield, MO, two daughters: Darlene (Kim) Woolard and Deanna (Darrell) Heaton both of Piedmont, Grandchildren: Holly (Todd) Pinkley, Jennifer (David) Brown, Danny Robbins, Gary Robbins, Sandi Dollar, Miranda (Shawn) Reeves, Cortney McAllister, Heather (Eddie) Adams, Juliann (Craig) McMein, Angie (Dave) Gellner, Penny Taylor, Aaron (Dianne) Woolard, Tate Heaton, Ashleigh (Michael) Gentles, Ryan (Catherine) Heaton. Great-grandchildren: Levi  Brown, Laci Brown, Lane Pinkley, Ryan Reeves, Shawn Reeves, Taylor Reeves, Dayton Lewis, McClay Lewis, Madeleine McMein, Cyrus Woolard, Lana Woolard, Oliva Woolard and Taylor Brown.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Chas and Martha Bartch, four brothers: Roy, Oscar, Charles and Richard McAllister, five sisters: Freeda Landing, Pauline Usery, Glenda Allen, Helen Dixon, and Geneva Henson.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. at the chapel. Pastor Jule Maskrod ministered to the family and Genice and Sean Montgomery provided the music. Heather Adams and Shirley McAllister delivered personal memories of Fred. Pallbearers were Bob Crum, Wesley Crum, Travis Crum, Russell Green, Bob Arnett, and Tommy Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers were John Hensley, Lucas Crum and Little Wes Crum. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO with full military honors. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Owen Eaton 11/26/2013

November 27, 2013


Charles Owen Eaton, 59, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Poplar Bluff, MO.  Charles was born on June 19, 1954 in St. Louis, MO.

On January 27, 1987 he was united in marriage to Paula Odom and to this union one child was born.

Charles enjoyed cooking, hunting, going to the Legion Hall and reading books.  He loved just spending time with Paula and Denise. Charles spent his childhood in St. Louis but moved to Piedmont as an adult to make his home. During the Vietnam era Charles was proud to serve his country from 1976 to 1979 in the US Army. Charles was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his wife, Paula; one daughter, Denise O’Neil Eaton of Webster Groves, MO; one niece, Jennifer Laxton; and great nieces, Helena Bradley and Bianca Laxton.

He was preceded in death by his parents Curtis O. and Mildred Eaton; and one brother, Gary Brown.

A memorial service was held Friday, November 29th at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Bro. Jack Ruble ministering to the family. Burial followed on Monday, December 02, 2013 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors. Online condolences can be online at

Harrell Kelsoe 11/26/2013

November 27, 2013


Harrell Kelsoe, 72, of Williamsville, MO passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.  Harrell was born April 7, 1941 in Cullman County, AL.

On May 10, 1960 he was united in marriage to Linda S Gilbreath and to this union two children were born.

Harrell grew up in Cullman, Alabama, where he attended East Point Elementary School.  He then moved to St. Louis and attended Madison High School. He worked as a pattern clerk at Bodine Aluminum Foundry in St. Louis for 37 years. After leaving St. Louis, he moved to Williamsville where he enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting with his buddies as well as fishing.  Harrell enjoyed working on his farm with his ducks, chickens, donkey, dogs and tractor.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harrell was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Linda, two sons:  Harold Eugene (Summer) Kelsoe and Danny Ray Kelsoe both of Williamsville, three sisters: Joyce (Paul) Reeves of AR, Kathy Fite of OR, and Judy (Paul) King of Kansas City, KS, ten grandchildren: Sarah, Jennifer, Harold Jr., Allen, Brittany, Josh, Daniel, James, Kimberly and Trystan, five great-grandchildren: Aiden, Easton, Owen, Jackson, and Nathan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alice Page Kelsoe, one brother: Joe Kelsoe, one sister: Patsy Kelsoe and one Great-Grandchild: Jaycee.

Visitation was held on Friday, November 29th at the Ruegg chapel in Williamsville with the services following on Saturday with Bro. DeWayne Reeves ministering to the family.  Serving as pallbearers were Bob Hillis, Sr., Lee Hillis, Bobby Hillis, Allen Hillis, Eric Wood, and Stan Griggs. Online condolences can be made at


Velma Short 11/26/2013

November 27, 2013


Velma Short, 82, of Poplar Bluff, MO passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at her residence. Velma was born November 22, 1931 in Qulin, MO. 

On November 28, 1980 she was united in marriage to Larry Short who survives.

Velma had worked as a restaurant manager and attended the New Covenant Fellowship Church.

Survivors include her husband Larry, eight sons, Randy (Pam) Hillis of Fredericktown, MO, John T (Rosemary) Hillis of Chesterfield, MO, Joseph Todd Hillis, House Spring, MO, Lowell Ted Kottwitz, Crestwood, MO., Gary Short, Kirksville, MO, Ronald Short, Park Hills, MO, Roger (Brenda) Short, Poplar Bluff, MO, Robert (Clara) Short, New Baden, IL; three daughters, COL. Marsha (Jim) Langlois, Floresville, TX, Julie (Dale) Pesch, Festus, MO, Sheri (Don) Clifford, Frankland, IN; two brothers, Albert (Anita) Wills, Greenville, MO, Dave Wills, St. Louis, MO; two sisters, Mamie Downard and Sue Blankenship both of Wappapello, MO; twenty two grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Orba Wills; one daughter, Lois Diane Wells; three brothers, Charles Wills, J.O. Wills, Leo Wills; three sisters, Pauline Parks, Mildred Farris and Dena Reid.

Visitation for Velma was held on Sunday, December 1st at the Ruegg chapel in Greenville with the services following on Monday with Bro. Jerry Moore ministering to the family.  Burial was at the Little Brushey Cemetery at Wappapello with John Hillis, Randy Hillis, Todd Hillis, Ted Kottwitz, Marsha Langlois and Roger Short serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

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