June 1, 2013
Beverly “Bev” M. Johnson, age 73, of Des Arc, MO, passed away, Friday, May 31, 2013, at Piedmont, MO. Bev was born September 28, 1939 to LeRoy Finn and Elizabeth Louise McManness Finn in St. Louis, MO. Bev graced her family and community with a great commitment to serving the Lord and to the service of others. She was a faithful and active member of the Church of the Nazarene in Annapolis, MO for over 38 years. During that time, she served as pianist, secretary, Sunday School teacher, and board member.
Bev displayed her compassion by serving many communities in Iron and Wayne County as a caseworker at the state of Missouri, Division of Family Services for 27 years. For many years, Bev also wrote a column entitled the “Des Arc News” for the Wayne County Journal Banner and The Mountain Echo newspapers.
On July 7th, 1956, Bev was united in marriage to William Ronald Johnson and to this union five children were born. Bev is survived by three daughters, Denise Lynn Walker and husband, Tim, of Rockport, Texas, Cathy Diane Hileman and her companion Glenn Ehlers of Jackson, Missouri, and Lorinda Dawn Frost and husband, Tom, of Phoenix, Arizona; two sons, William LeRoy Johnson and wife Elda of Des Arc, Missouri, and Robert Sheldon Johnson of Houston, Texas; her grandchildren, Dennis Johnson, William Goodman, Mathew Goodman, Heather Hileman, Brandy Hernandez, Marissa Johnson, Brittany Johnson Collier, Tyler Johnson, Jamie Johnson and Kaytlynn Johnson, Rachel Walker Harvey, Wesley Walker, and Preston Walker; and nine great grandchildren.
Bev was preceded in death by her husband (Ron Johnson); her parents (Roy and Elizabeth Finn), one infant grandson (Daniel James “DJ” Goodman); one infant brother (LeRoy Finn Jr.) and one sister (Dorothy Mildred Archer).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The American Cancer Society or the Annapolis Church of the Nazarene.
Bev will be greatly missed by her family and friends. We all pray she rests in eternal peace.
Visitation was held Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Annapolis Nazarene Church at 5:00 P.M. Funeral services followed Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. also at the church.
June 1, 2013
Wanda L. Lott, age 69, of Williamsville, MO, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Wanda was born on January 4, 1944, in Poplar Bluff, to Ira and (Jewel Hillis) Rainwater. Wanda grew up in the Williamsville area and attended high school there. She was a Christian and had attended the Williamsville Bible Way Church. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with family, collecting dishes and whatnots, playing cards, gardening, fishing, dancing, and being with her dogs.
In 1998, she was united in marriage to John Lott and he survives. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Leon Willard and companion, Linda, of Greenville, MO; one daughter, Susan Geer of Springfield, MO; three grandchildren, Andrew Willard, Chakina Geer, Danny Geer, and Keith Geer; seven great-grandchildren, one brother, Earl Rainwater and wife, Debbie, of Williamsville, MO.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Edward Rainwater; and one sister, Shirley Gilbreath.
Visitation was held Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 12 noon at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Funeral services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.
Rev. Rick Bergen ministered to the family and Andrew Willard, Keith Geer, Danny Geer, Aaron Pollock, Jay Rainwater, and Davey Thompson served as pallbearers.
Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 20, 2013
Evelyn Doris Allen, age 89, of Clubb, MO, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. She was born January 19, 1924, in Jackson, MO to parents Andy and Jessie May (Sears) Smith.
She spent her childhood in Wayne County and attended one room schools.
On September 28, 1940 she married Elmo Allen and to this union four children were born. Through the years, Evelyn dedicated her life to serving her family. In addition to her family, she owned Allen’s Grocery with her husband in Clubb, MO, for many years. Her favorite pastimes were tending to her garden, watching her flowers grow, making a home for her cats, collecting Angels, reading, sewing, and embroidering.
In 1980 she joined the Jacktown General Baptist Church in Silva, MO. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two infant daughters; Eunice Louise and Marylon Sue Allen; five brothers, seven sisters.
She is survived by her son, Leon Allen and wife, Ruby, of Clubb, MO; one daughter, Lois Link and Husband, Rev. Marshall, of Puxico; four grandchildren, Sandy Slusher and husband, Bill of North Carolina; Sheri Masterson and husband, James, of South Dakota; Lisa Wilson and husband, Caleb, of Illinois; Scott Link and wife, Mandy, of FL; seven great grandchildren, Seth and Brooke of North Carolina, Jordan and Dustin of South Dakota, Jeffrey, Jenny, and Gracie of Florida, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Funeral Service was held Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. also at the funeral home chapel. Pastor Kenny Burchard led the services. Jordan Hillis, Sheri Masterson, Caleb Wilson, Scott Link, Clayton Leach, Lisa Wilson, and Sandy Slusher served as pallbearers. Nephews Wintfard White, Gene White, and Jim Smith served as honorary pallbearers. Burial will be at New Prospect Cemetery, Silva, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 15, 2013
RC Looney, age 82, of Williamsville, MO, passed away May 14, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. RC was born on December 15, 1930, in Pochantas, AR, son of John and Dessi Pickerem Looney.
He grew up in Pochantas and attended school there. He met his wife Adeanna Merdith and married on October 29, 1955 in Pochantas, AR. After marriage, he found work in St. Louis and spent over thirty years there working for McCabe Powers. RC raised his family there and upon retiring settled in Williamsville, with his wife, to be near their child Robin, who survives and resides in Williamsville, MO.
He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Williamsville. In his spare time he enjoyed Cardinal Baseball and spending time with family and friends.
Other survivors include two grandchildren, Matt Looney and his wife Tara of Lodi and Lori Hill and her husband Justin of Greenville; seven great grandchildren, Riley, Matti, Kenli, and Lane Looney, Makenzie, Makayla, and Austin Hill; and one brother, Jerry Looney and wife Geraldine of Kennett, MO.
RC was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; several brothers and sisters.
Visitation was held Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 5:30 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville. Funeral services followed Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Pastor Helen Edwards ministered to the family and Matt Looney, Riley Looney, Justin Hill, Rodney White, Martin Luke, and Charlie Smith served as pallbearers. Burial was at Holliday Cemetery, Williamsville, MO.
Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 11, 2013
James E. Bell, age 70, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. He was born in St. Louis, MO, October 4,1942, son of Otis Vineyard and Maude Morris Vineyard.
On December 15, 1972, he married Lenor Murray in Piedmont. She survives and resides in Piedmont.
He loved to hunt and gunsmith in his spare time. His main passion however was painting. He was well known in the area for his painting talent. He painted for over fifty years.
He was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.
Other survivors include one son, James “Jamie” Bell and his wife Kimberly of Pilot Knob; two daughters, Tommi Harris and husband Richard, Lena Jo McAllister and husband Jonathan; one brother, Floyd Bell, all from Piedmont, six grandchildren, Lindsay Kay Bell, Brock Matthew Bell, Tyler James McAllister, Logan Blu McAllister, Lucian James Harris, and Uriah Thomas Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Burnell and Joe Bell; and one sister, Edith Edwards.
Visitation was held Monday, May 13, 2013, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., also at the chapel in Piedmont. Pastor Alan Conner ministered to the family and James Bell Jr., Brock Bell, Tyler McAllister, John McAllister, Tyrone Owens, and Dawn Owens served as pallbearers. Joe Lee Bell, David Bell, and James Bell Jr. provided the music at the funeral home. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 11, 2013
Louise was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Charles and Robert Haggett. She is survived by one brother, Bill Haggett and wife Patsy of Poplar Bluff, three sisters, Lorraine Boren of Marysville, IL, Jean King and Judy Haggett both of Patterson; a host of nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Maxine Haggett of Cahokia, IL.
Visitation was held Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO and graveside services followed at 2:00 P.M. at Rockwell Cemetery in Patterson, MO. Pastor Paul Malutinok ministered to the family and Larry Haggett, Gary Douchant, Paul Haggett, Scott Boren, Kevin Malutinok, and Ryan Malutinok served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 10, 2013
Verlie Beatric Hardin age 96 of Piedmont, MO, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at her residence. She was born September 30, 1916 to parents Mack Cochran and Minnie Bell Riley Cochran in Beebe, Arkansas. On September 2, 1935 she was united in marriage to Delbert Z Hardin. To this union five children were born. She had worked in a garment factory for many years.
She is survived by two sons, James Hardin of Fairview, TN and David Ray Hardin of Hillsboro, MO; two daughters, Carolyn Mahar of St. Charles, MO, and Minnie Cawvey of Piedmont, MO,; thirty four grandchildren, twenty nine great grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Charles Hardin; one brother, R.J. Riley; three sisters, Lilley Honey, Dorothy Julius, and Pearlie Riley.
Private services were held at Shepherd Hills Cemetery in Barnhart, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 6, 2013
Pauline M. Hillis, age 95, of Fenton, MO, formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at Fieser Nursing Home,Fenton, MO. Pauline was born May 10, 1917, in Mill Spring, MO. She was the daughter of Edward and Gertrude Roark Wallace.
Pauline was saved at a very young age. She loved the Lord and was a true believer in Jesus Christ. She had most recently attended the Williamsville Assembly of God Church.
On April 28, 1934, she was united in marriage to Fred G. Hillis and to this union three children were born.
Pauline and Fred loved to sing and they sang in most of the churches in the Wayne County area. They sang with Uncle Jake and Uncle Buss, and they also sang on the radio, KPWB with Uncle Woodrow.
Mom was a great cook and taught her grandchildren how to make a meal from scratch. She also loved to play Rook.
Pauline mostly stayed at home and cared for her family in her younger years. She also cleaned house, did washing, and ironed for a couple of ladies in Mill Spring. She was also a janitor at the Mill Spring elementary school and worked for many years as a clipper at the Brown Shoe Factory in Piedmont, MO. The best job she had was the Donut Shop she opened in Piedmont. She loved it but had to give it up too soon because the Doctor told her she could not stay on her feet that long.
She lived in the Mill Spring area most of her life. The last 12 years she lived in Fenton to be closer to her son Ken.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Hillis, and his wife, Sandra Lee, of Fenton, MO; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Leon Hillis; one daughter, Carol Brinkley; three brothers, Hollis Richard Wallace “Jake”, Bus Wallace, Woodrow Wallace; three sisters, Mazie Kundert, Valda Hooper, and Ruby Risinger.
Visitation was held Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 5:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 10 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Jack Ruble ministered to the family and Todd Hillis, Matt Hillis, Doug Hillis, Darrel Silvy, Mike Silvy, and Adam Miriani served as pallbearers. Burial was at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Williamsville, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
May 3, 2013
Ellen Ruth Jeune, age 87, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. Ruth was born February 7, 1926, in Lodi, MO, to Charles and Gladys Bennett Barnes. Ruth spent her childhood in the Lodi, MO, area.
She married Odie Eaton on September 24, 1946, and he preceded her in death on January 9, 1954. Ruth later married Walter Jeune on May 24, 1975, and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2002.
Throughout Ruth’s career, she worked in many factories in St. Louis, MO, such as the munitions factory during World War Two, and General Motors. She owned a bar in Mill Spring, MO, and had earned her real estate license in Missouri. Her family remembers her as a hard worker and a great provider. She spent most of her adult life in Mill Spring, MO. During her spare time she enjoyed fishing in Black River and Clearwater Lake. She also enjoyed vegetable gardening. Ruth was a Christian and most recently attended the Vulcan Assembly of God Church.
Ruth is survived by two sons, Paul Eaton of St. Louis, MO, Billy Wes Eaton and wife, Sue, of Russellville, AR; one daughter, Virginia Ijames and husband, John, of Piedmont, MO; grandchildren; and great grandchildren;
two brothers, Roy Barnes of Corning, CA, Fred Barnes and wife, Connie, of Redding, CA; two sisters, Jane Gutridge of Ft Meyers, FL, and Mary Laxton of Los Banos, CA.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Ruth was preceded in death by one daughter, Edith McAbee; two brothers, Joy and Dennis Barnes; and one sister, Wilma Jones.
Visitation was held Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 5:30 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M., also at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Jack Ruble provided words of comfort to the family. Burial was in Carson Hill Cemetery near Mill Spring, MO. Terry Dement, Ted Dement, Eli Twidwell, Tom Sullivan, Chuck Morris, and Woody Massa served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
April 15, 2013
Robert Junior “Bobby” Booker, II, age 56, passed away at Poplar Bluff Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO, on April 13, 2013. He was born on February 2, 1956, in Indianapolis, IN, son of Robert J. Booker, Jr. and Rena Millmaker Booker. He spent his childhood in Indiana and made his home as an adult in Patterson, MO. He was an over-the-road truck driver for Mercer Transport.Robert enjoyed spending time with his fiance, Cary Pruett, and his daughter, Clara Pruett of the home. He enjoyed his job and his friends on the road. Robert was a Christian. He is survived by his fiance; his daughter; one brother, Ray Green of Flat Rock, IN; three sisters, Melba (Floyd) Booher of Piedmont, MO, Joann Knapp of Yakima, WA, Mary (Donald) Stowers of Indianapolis, IN; two sisters-in-law, Henrietta Green and Pauline Green, both of Indianapolis, IN. A visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, on Tuesday, April 16,2013, at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services were held in the funeral home chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Burial was in Rowland Woods Cemetery in Patterson, MO. Pastor Mark McMullin ministered to the family and Sonny Pruett, Rob Girard, Aaron Faulkner, Wally Griggs, Justin Allen, Gerry Allen, and Gerald Allen served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.