Lawrence D Godfrey, Sr. 6/07/2014

June 12, 2014


Lawrence D. Godfrey, Sr., 86, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Nathan Adelson Hospice NW in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Lawrence was born in Dallas, Texas on October 15, 1927 to Sam Godfrey and Billie Goodwin Godfrey, who preceded him in death.

Lawrence was united in marriage to R. Loraine Bilbrey, who preceded him in death.

Lawrence proudly served his country in the US Army; afterwards he owned and operated a dry cleaning business. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons; Larry Godfrey, Jr of Reno, Nevada and Patrick Godfrey of North Carolina and one daughter; Donna Godfrey Price of Las Vegas, Nevada, one sister Ann Henry of Dallas Texas, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding Lawrence in death along with this parents, and wife were two brothers; Bill and George Godfrey and one sister; Rudell Sapphire.

Lawrence leaves many family and friends to mourn.

Visitation for Lawrence was held on Saturday, June 14th at 11:00 A.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville.  There was a Masonic service held at 12:45 P.M. before the service began at 1:00 with Pastor Helen Edwards ministering to the family.  Music was provided by Debra Willes and Kristen Little. Burial was at Duncan Cemetery in Piedmont, with full military honors, with Jack Smith, Josh Smith, Clifford Smith, Brian Smith, Eric Raw and David Edwards serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Nolen D. Parker 6/7/2014

June 9, 2014

Nolen D. Parker, 91, of the community of Brunot, Missouri went home to be with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at The Clark’s Mountain Nursing Home, Piedmont, Missouri, at the age of 91 years, 4 months, and 22 days.  He was born January 16, 1923 the third of nine children born to Oscar and Nellie.

On October 2, 1946 he was united in marriage to Oval Celeste Kiser, at the home of a pastor, Bro. Abernathy in Piedmont, Missouri, who survives.  To this union was born four children; Betty (Gerald) Collier of Ironton, Missouri, Donald (Donna) Parker of Edmond, Oklahoma, Dennis (Sherry) Parker of Brunot, Missouri, and Wanda (Clay) Marsh of Brunot, Missouri. He is also survived by Grandchildren: Dale (Leighanne) Collier, David (Casey) Collier, Dana (Jarad) Jones, Dusty (Beth) Parker, Shelly (Jonathan) Finch, Jason Parker, Eric (Nettie) Marsh, Tracey (Jeff) Raney, and Michelle (Clinton) Miller; Fifteen Great-Grandchildren; Two Brothers; Glen and Elmo Parker of Piedmont, Missouri; Three Sisters; Thena Wilson of Annapolis, Missouri, Mildred Wilson of St. Louis, Missouri, and Priscilla Clements of Brunot, Missouri. Besides his parents, Nolen was preceded in death by two brothers; Roy and Zan Parker; one sister; Lora Heath.

Nolen served in World War II. He entered on October 24, 1944 at Jefferson Barracks; he was stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama; Fort Mead, Maryland; New York, New York; went to France and Germany and was released at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on August 10, 1946. Nolen was saved to faith in Jesus Christ on August 12, 1943 at Beulah Baptist Church during a revival. Neighbors said they could hear shouting from the Church that night. He was ordained as Deacon for Beulah Baptist Church on August 8, 1948, and served until his death.

Nolen loved life; he loved to tease, laugh and cut up. He loved telling stories about things that happened to him in his life; this gave him enjoyment. One story he told was that he and Oval had a flying truck. Because every time they went somewhere in it, a piece would fly off.

Nolen was a man who had strong convictions; a solid faith and a serving heart; on a particular day he helped dig a grave, then sung in the choir for the service, and was a pallbearer for the same service. Summary, Nolen always did what he could wherever he was needed.

Visitation was held Monday, June 9, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Beulah Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Belmar, Rev. Gerald Collier, and Rev. Elmo Parker ministered to the family and Dale Collier, David Collier, Dusty Parker, Jason Parker, Eric Marsh, Clinton Miller, Jonathan Finch, and Gene Parker served as pallbearers. Jeff Parker provided the music. Full military honors were provided by the Missouri Army National Guard and Arnold Hodge post 281 American Legion. Burial was at Beulah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Beulah Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at



Leta P. Fox 6/06/2014

June 6, 2014

Leta P. Fox, 94, of Patterson, MO., passed away at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, MO on Friday, June 6, 2014. Leta was born March 14, 1920, at Alton, MO. Daughter of Philander Martin and Nova Biffle Martin. In 1942 she was united in marriage to Samuel B. Fox and to this union two children were born. Leta grew up in the Alton, MO,area and after marriage she lived in Manchester, MO, Granite City, IL, Patterson , MO, Garden Grove, CA , and then back to Patterson , MO. She was converted to Christ at an early age. She had past attended Little Lake Church and Rings Creek Church. In Leta’s spare time she enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, enjoying her flowers, eating out, and spending time with
friends. Leta was a homemaker for many years caring for her family. She also sold Tupperware and Avon.

She is survived by her two sons, and two daughters , Billy Joe Fox of Williamsville, MO, and Johnny Dean Fox of Patterson, MO; Loreta Pearl May, and Wanda Lee Wigton , both from Springfield, MO area. Nine grandchildren, Danny, Jamie, Billy, Twila, Wanda, John, Eric, Rhonda, and Keiffer; many great grandchildren, and one brother Jared Martin of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Walter “Pete” Martin, George Martin, Joe Martin, Chester
Martin, and Herbert Martin; Three sisters, Zella Barton, and twins whom passed shortly after birth.    

Visitation was held Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed at 2:00 P.M.  Bro. David Ryzenga and Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and Danny Fox, Billy W. Fox, Jamie Fox, Johnny Fox, Billy J. Fox, and John Leroy Wigton II served as pallbearers. Dakota Fisher and Matthew Grojean provided the music.Burial followed at Rowland-Woods Cemetery, Patterson, MO. Online condolences can be made at


Darlene E Beezley 6/1/2014

June 2, 2014

Darlene E. Beezley, 82, of Patterson, MO, passed away at her residence on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was born January 13, 1932, in Kime, MO to parents Hoyce Layton and Golda Bazzell Layton.

Darlene spent much of her early years in the St. Louis area attending school in Webster. In 1951 Darlene received Christ as her Savior at New Harmony Baptist Church in St. Louis. She lived a life of service to her family and others.

On May 27, 1950, she married her love Thomas W. “Tom” Beezley. They shared many fond memories together and raised three children together. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, crocheting, ceramics, and embroidery. Darlene loved children and was a wonderful childcare provider. Through her working years she worked at the nursing home and provided babysitting services for others and her own grandchildren.

Darlene is survived by her husband Tom; one son Danny “Dan” Beezley and wife Sandy of Patterson; two daughters, Robin Casey and husband Alan of Piedmont and Ronda Walker of Marble Hill, MO; six grandchildren, Stephanie Walker, Crystal Walker, Veronica Clubb and husband Rick, Dan Casey, Christopher Beezley and wife Meagon, and Emily Beezley; five great grandchildren, Kelly Layne, Makenzie Casey,  Alyvia Casey, Grace Beezley, and Faith Beezley;  three brothers, Hoyce Ray Layton of Winfield, MO, Donald Layton of O’Fallon, MO, and Robert Layton and wife Linda of Amelia, OH; two sisters, Sue Wlodarcik of Piedmont, MO and Brenda Holsapple and husband Ron of Ballwin, MO.

The visitation for Darlene was held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with the service following on Thursday, June 5th at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Alan Casey ministering to the family and Ronda Walker reading the 23rd Psalms.  Pam Green provided the music and Danny Casey, Christopher Beezley, Brent Wlodarcik, Bobby Layton, Rick Clubb, and Kyle Adams served as pallbearers with burial at Flatwoods Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

Wilma Jean Belmar 5/26/2014

May 28, 2014


Wilma Belmar, 77, passed away at her home in the Brunot Community surrounded by a loving, caring family Monday May 26, 2014.  She is survived by her husband George whom she married December 13, 1954. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ena Melton Morris and her father and mother-in-law Buford and Sadie Belmar.

In addition to her husband she is survived by one son Jerry (Laura) Belmar, two daughters Sharma (Charley) Goodson and Nora (Gregory) Reuther.

Six grandchildren, Charles (Amber) Goodson, Christopher (Laura) Goodson, Brenda (Timothy) Griffon, Jesse Belmar, Lauren and Nicholas Reuther.

Five great grandchildren, Nadia, Alexis, Elliott, Levi Goodson and Emma Griffon.

One brother Richard Morris and five nephews.

Wilma was a faithful member of the Beulah Baptist Church where she had been a member for sixty years.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She had been a manager for Tupperware for many years.

She loved to travel, read, cook and do China painting, and loved to spend time with her grandchildren. She will be missed by all that loved and knew her.

Visitation for Wilma was held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, the service was held on Friday, the 30th at Beulah Baptist Church at 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Bill Belmar ministering to the family.  Music was provided by Jesse Belmar, Laura Belmar and Boone Pence.   Charles Goodson, Christopher Goodson, Jesse Belmar, Nicholas Reuther, Tim Griffon, and Gene Parker served as pallbearers with burial being in the Beulah Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations to Beulah Cemetery or Legacy Hospice can be made. Online condolences can be made to

Velma Lee Billheimer 5/23/2014

May 24, 2014


Velma Lee Billheimer, 81, of Lodi, MO, died Fri. May 23, at the St. Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO.  She was born on June 28, 1932 in Madison County, MO, the daughter of Arthur and Grace Stevens Huggins.

On Sept. 15, 1952, she was united in marriage to Richard Gale Billheimer and he preceded her in death on March 17, 1999.

She is also preceded in death by one daughter, Terry Hall, one brother Roy E. Huggins, one Sister, Alma Youngblood, and one grandson, Will Friley.

She is survived by two sisters Ruby Dill, St. Louis, MO and Pauline Huggins, Alton, IL, Grandchildren Kimberly Friley , Lodi, MO, Angela (Roger ) Cravens, Lodi, MO, Eddie Whitney, Piedmont, MO, great-grandchildren, Chelsea Studdard, William Studdard, Patrick Friley, Dakota Friley, David Whitney, Wyatt Friley, Ashland Friley and Corbin Cravens, many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

 The visitation for Velma was held on Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville. The service was held at 1:00 P.M. at the Lodi Community Church on Tuesday, May 27th with Bro. Glen Hunter ministering to the family and Rick Bailey, Eddie Whitney, Wayne Myers, William Studdard, Patrick Friley, David Whitney, Wyatt Friley, and Roger Cravens serving as pallbearers. Music was provided by Glen Hunter and Jeanna Hunter and a eulogy was given by Angie Cravens.

Online condolences can be made at


Ruby Sutton 05/21/2014

May 22, 2014


Ruby Sutton, 86, of St. Charles, MO and formerly of Patterson, MO passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at DePaul’s Hospital in Bridgeton, MO.  Ruby was born on August 19, 1927 in Patterson to Milum Allen and Virgie Wakefield Allen who preceded her in death.


Ruby worked for National Vendor as an assembler for vending machines.  She was the proud mother of five children.


Surviving Ruby were two sons; Wayne Sutton and his wife Margy of Huntsville, AL, Bryan Sutton of St. Louis, MO., three daughters; Carolyn Roth and her husband John, Doris Lyons and her husband Joe and Verna Bishop and her husband Lynn all of St. Charles, MO., five grand- children; Scott Roth and his wife Kelly, Kris Askins, and his wife Tina, Shaun Sutton and his wife Jenny, Katie Lyons and her husband Matt and Christina Lyons, four great-grandchildren; Miranda, Ferron, Jackson and Lauren.


Preceding Ruby in death were her parents, two brothers; Alvin “Diz” Allen, and Marvin Allen and one sister; Verda Copeland.


A graveside service was held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Rockwell Cemetery in Patterson, Missouri with Bro. Mike Allen ministering to the family. Online condolences can be made at

Herschel “Doc” Eaton 5/19/2014

May 19, 2014


Herschel “Doc” Eaton, 89, of Hernando, FL, was born on April 26, 1925 in Mill Spring, MO and died on May 19, 2014 in Hernando, FL.

He is survived by his wife Lillian “Billy” Marler Eaton and he was a Navy  veteran of World War II.

Herschel worked as a cement Mason for construction.  He loved to fish and hunt and he really enjoyed his ice cream.

The funeral service was held on Monday, May 26, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. Bro. Ralph Damon ministered to the family and Larry Clyburn, Douglas Marler Jr., Dennis Goggin, Joey Eaton, Ronnie Goggin, and Douglas Marler Sr. served as pallbearers. Burial followed in Carson Hill Cemetery with full Military Honors provided by the United States Navy and Arnold Hodge Post #281, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Freda E. Rayfield 5/14/2014

May 14, 2014



Freda Eleanor Rayfield, 90, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Freda was born July 12, 1923 in the Riverside Community to Robert Lee Mann and Jennie Lovelace Mann who preceded her in death.

On July 28, 1945 she was united in marriage to George Carter Rayfield who preceded her in death and to this union two children were born, Roger and Karen Rayfield.

Freda attended a one room school in Riverside. While she was a young girl she worked at the Mann General Store at Riverside. She also worked at Dr. Toney’s office and at Childress Shoe and Ready to Wear. She enjoyed horseback riding, golfing, traveling, flowers, reading and phoning her friends and best of all babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Freda was of the Christian belief and attended the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Freda is survived by one son; Roger Rayfield and his wife Valeria of Piedmont, one daughter; Karen Ruble of Piedmont, five grandchildren; Aaron Rayfield and finance Kara Prewitt and her two children, Ty and Brooke, Matt Ruble and his wife Melinda, Adam Rayfield and his wife Julie, Zachary Ruble and his wife Viviana, and Amber Wilhelmy and her husband Coy, nine great-grandchildren; Cortney Ruble Parker and her husband Sam, Gracen Rayfield, Brady Rayfield,  Avery Rayfield, Jordyn Rayfield, Hadyn Rogers, Chase Ruble, Caleb Ruble, and Jack Wilhelmy, one great-great-grandchild; Riley Mae Parker.

Preceding her in death were her parents; Robert Lee and Jennie Mann, her husband; George Rayfield, six brothers; Tony, Robert “Bus”, Carl, Orville, George “Jack”, and James Mann, four sisters; Maud Tucker, Blanch Wisecarver, Retha Helvey, and Dorothy Taylor.

The funeral was held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 3 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home chapel in Piedmont. Pastor Pete Ruble ministered to the family and music was provided by Justin Funk.  Zach Ruble provided a eulogy. Pallbearers were Bob DeSha, Aaron Rayfield, Adam Rayfield, Matt Ruble, Gary Huitt, Gary Brewer, Darren Garrison, and Andy Rayfield.  Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Parkinson Disease foundation.  Online condolences can be made at

Thomas “Tom” M. Hime 5/11/2014

May 13, 2014


Thomas “Tom” M. Hime, 31, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his residence. Tom was born on January 31, 1983 in Spokane, Washington.

Tom was a self-employed drywaller.

Tom is survived by his parents, Thomas Leroy Hime of Erie, Pennsylvania and Kathrine Holtkamp Hime of Poplar Bluff, MO; one brother, Jacob Hime and his wife Brittany of Piedmont, MO;  one sister, Kayla Kline of Milaca, MN; grandparents, Marilyn Hanger of Piedmont, MO., Gary Holtkamp of Ballwin, MO; one nephew, Cash Hime; and one aunt, Robin.

Tom was preceded in death by his aunt Jean Hime; and uncles Michael Marrah, Harold Hanger, and Richard Hime.

Memorial Visitation was held Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Memorial service was held at 2:00 P.M.  at the chapel. Pastor Allen DuVall ministered to the family. Online Condolences can be made at

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