Mary J. McFadden 3/8/2013

March 8, 2013

Mary J. McFadden, 78, of Piedmont, MO, passed away March 8, 2013, at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont.  She was born March 30, 1934, to William Atwood Brown and Ora Clyburn Brown in Mill Spring, MO. She grew up in Greenwood Valley and attended school at the Shady Nook School. At a young age Mary gave her heart to Christ and joined the Shady Nook Church. She later attended the Mill Spring Christian Church and the United Baptist Church in Piedmont.  On September 8, 1950, she married Floyd “Red” McFadden and to this union nine children were born. Mary’s hobbies were many; she enjoyed sewing, reading, quilting, baking, working in her flower garden, cooking choice sweets for grandchildren, canning, gardening vegetables, yard sales, and in her words “Junking.”  She would hold an annual donate day to cook yeast donuts for the family. Mary would donate her quilts to the women’s shelter in Ellington, always doing and giving to others expecting nothing back. Mary was one of the oldest of twelve children and at a young age had her very own team of mules. She never backed away from work and was a constant helper to her parents.  As a young mother she enjoyed making clothes for the kids and loved to plant garden each year. Despite being extremely busy in the home Mary found time to work. She was employed by South Central Missouri Action Agency in the field of social service work, the head start program, and later transportation coordinator for the van program. After twenty years she retired.  In her retirement years she cleaned houses and did special sewing work. She was an angel to her family and to many in the community.

She is survived by two sons, Stanley McFadden of Piedmont, MO, Leroy McFadden and wife, Helen, of House Springs, MO; five daughters, Brenda McFadden, Pauline Kimes, Charlene Waller and husband, John, Jenny Huff and husband, Bill, Mandy Smith and husband, Ronnie, all of Piedmont; five brothers, Richard “Dick” Brown and wife, Nadine, of Ellsinore, MO, Tom Brown and wife, Trula, of Piedmont, MO, Eugene Brown and wife, Leann, of Ellsinore, MO, Arden Brown and wife, Barbara, of Lonedell, MO, Roger Brown of Fredericktown, MO; five sisters, Inez Parks and husband, Wayne, of St. Clair, MO, Maggie Thorsland and husband, Bill, of Mill Spring, MO, Betty Smith of Elsberry, MO, Donna Johnson of Fredericktown, MO, Pam Hanners and husband, Robert, of Cedar Hill, MO; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  Mary is preceded in death by her parents; one great grandchild, Samantha Peppers; two sons, Richard and William McFadden; one sister, Lillie Plowman.

A visitation will be held at Ruegg Funeral Home on Sunday, March 10, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until funeral services at 3:00 p.m. Burial will be at Alwood Cemetery, Piedmont, MO.  Online condolences can be made at

Carol Wells 3/05/2013

March 7, 2013










Carol Wells, 52, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at her residence. Carol was born June 1, 1960, to George Louis and Mary Ann Hunter Wells in St. Louis, MO.  Carol grew up in St. Louis, Southern California, and Piedmont. She attended Clearwater High School. She later attended Three Rivers Community College. Carol was a Christian saved in late June of 1982 and most recently attended Hillview Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. Over the years Carol had worked as a waitress and had lived in Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Piedmont, and Poplar Bluff. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren, reading the Bible, fishing, swimming, canoeing, floating the rivers and tending to her cats and houseplants. Carol is survived by her daughter Angela Beedle and her husband Warren III of Poplar Bluff, MO, two grandchildren, Nicholas Wells and Lillith Beedle; her mother, Mary Ann Wells of Piedmont, MO; two brothers, Timothy Wells and wife, Carol, of Springfield, MO, and Michael Wells and wife, Rhonda, of Oklahoma; three sisters, Jeanette Wells of St. Louis, MO, Dina Wells and husband, Ken Wilson, of Arizona, and Valerie Wells of Piedmont, MO. Carol was preceded in death by her father.

Joyce M. Garrett 3/06/2013

March 6, 2013

Joyce Marie Garrett, 71, of Williamsville, MO, passed away at her home on March 6, 2013. She was born on August 13, 1941, to Victor Reece and Janette White Reece in Powe, MO.  On August 10, 1962, she married Lonnie Eugene Garrett and to this union four children were born.  Joyce worked as a medical technician at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center.  She was a member of First Baptist Church. Joyce is survived by three sons, Tony Garrett of St. Louis, MO, Tim Garrett of Williamsville, MO, Todd Garrett of Pueblo, CO; one daughter, Karen Gehl and her husband, Steve, of Cape Girardeau, MO; six grandchildren, Adrian Girard, Amber Walker and her husband, Randy, Ben Garrett, Zach Garrett, Alexis Garrett, Paige Garrett; one great grandchild, Eli Girard; six brothers, Paul Reece and his wife, Dorothy, of Lady Smith, WS, James Reece and his wife, Helen, of Doniphan, MO, Junior Reece and his wife, Doris, of Bernie, MO, Roger Reece and his wife, Jean, of Malden, MO, Bobby Reece and his wife, Debbie, of Bernie, MO, Ronnie Reece of Malden, MO; and two sisters, Carol Reece of Bernie, MO, and Linda Blevins of Williamsville, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one granddaughter, Melinda Kay Garrett; and one sister, Betty Meadows.  A visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church in Williamsville on Friday, March 8, 2013, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the church on Saturday, March 9,2013, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Holliday Cemetery in Williamsville. Online condolences can be made at

George E. Earnheart 3/05/2013

March 6, 2013

George E. Earnheart, 81, of Piedmont, MO, passed away at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.  Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home Chapel in Piedmont, MO. Burial will follow at Forest Chapel Cemetery in Piedmont. Online condolences may be made at

James R. Williams 3/04/2013

March 6, 2013

James Raymond Williams, 79, of Vulcan, MO, passed away at his residence on Monday, March 4, 2013.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Annapolis City Hall.

Lloyd Wayne Miles 3/1/2013

March 2, 2013

Lloyd Wayne Miles, age 70, of Poplar Bluff, Mo passed away, Friday, March 1, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. There will be a memorial visitation on Sunday, March 3, 2013, with public welcome at 2:00 P.M. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 P.M. All arrangements will be held at Funeral and Cremation Care of Poplar Bluff, MO. Committal service will follow at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, MO, 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 4, 2013.

We are located at 1073 Highway W 1.5 miles from 67 highway in north Poplar Bluff, MO. 573-785-4242 Committal service will follow at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, MO, on Monday, March 3, 2013.

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James W. Blunt 2/20/2013

February 23, 2013

James W. Blunt, age 75, passed away on February 20, 2013, at Westwood Hills Health  Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.  James was born in Puxico, MO, on April 6, 1937, to Henry Allen Blunt and Violet Summers Blunt. He attended Melton School and Dexter Public Schools.   He served his country in the U.S. Army as Intel Specialist and Ground Surveillance Radar Operator and received an Army Occupational Medal (Berlin).  After the army, James worked as a line painter for General Motors in Grand Blanc, MI, until his retirement in 1986. Upon his retirement he moved to Wappapello, MO. James’ wife, Rosemary Blunt, was killed in an automobile accident in 1988.  On July 7, 1990, he married Peggy Bazzell. James was a member of VFW, Eagles and National UAW Member. He was a Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America in the 1980′s.  James enjoyed collecting coins, baseball cards, clocks and watches.  Gardening, canning, playing cards and penny slots, visiting with other VFW members, and raising chickens kept him active in retirement. He enjoyed watching the Weather Channel so he could stay updated on the conditions where his children lived. He is survived by one son, John “Jack” Blunt of Panama City Beach, FL; two step sons, William Etson and his wife, Pam, of Flint, MI, Charles Bazzell, Jr. of Poplar Bluff, MO; two daughters, Mona Rosario of Wyoming, MI, Monica Strickland of Hamburg, AR; one step daughter,  Christina Jo of Moline, IL; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Amber, Alicia, Ricky, Devlyn, Gavin, Olivia; seven great grandchildren, Catherine, Collin, Jeremy Jr., Jacob, Jordan, Izaiah, Dalilah; one brother, Raymond Blunt of Poplar Bluff , MO; four sisters, Wilma Tanner of Swartz Creek, MI, Anna Mae Lambert of Swartz Creek, MI, Mancy Kalmbach and her husband, Dick, of Swartz Creek, MI, Pat Clubb and her husband, Tom, of Puxico, MO.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers, Lorane, Alfred, Henry “Bud” Blunt; three sisters, Opal Ward, Gladys Dixson, Mary Lou Gay.  Visitation was held Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, at 5:00 p.m.  Funeral services followed at the funeral home chapel Monday, February 25, 2013, at 1:00 p.m.  Pastor Jack Ruble ministered to the family and Larry Blunt, Spencer Shain, Benny Walker, David Vines, Bill Etson, and Lale Dye served as pallbearers. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Leola M. Gunter 2/22/2013

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

Ronald Abernathy 2/19/2013

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.

Michael Paul Copas 2/18/2013

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


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