Clifford Allen 9/24/2014

September 24, 2014

Clifford Allen, 80, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Clifford was born on March 9, 1934 to Edgar C. Allen and Carrie Rainwater Allen who preceded him in death.

Clifford was of the Baptist faith and had been a member of the New Liberty church since 1945 when he was saved and baptized. As a young man he attended Green Hill and Liberty Hill schools in the Lake Creek Community. He worked at a couple of jobs including Banquet Frozen Foods, a dry wall business, and he retired from Brown Shoe in 1994.

Clifford enjoyed fishing, doing word search puzzles and making gardens. He had a witty sense of humor with a heart of gold and would do anything he could for anyone and ask nothing in return. He made the best sugar cookies and snow cream.

Surviving Clifford was one son, Clifford B. Allen and his wife Valerie of Fisk, MO; three daughters, Beverly Wasson and her husband Robert of Marshall, MO., Brenda F. Ireland and her husband Lester of Warsaw, MO., and Nancy Darlene Allen of Piedmont, MO.; three brothers, Kenneth Allen and his wife Sandy of Piedmont, MO., Donnie Allen and his wife Dee of Piedmont, MO., and Lonnie Allen and his wife Linda of Des Arc, MO.; one sister, Donna Tegeler and her husband Gus of Patterson, MO.; seven grandchildren, Mike Ireland, James Ireland, Michele Doss, Becky Janes, Jessica Sedrick, Matthew Allen, Courtney Hampton; and many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Clifford in death were his parents; two infant sisters; one grandson; William Joseph Ireland, and one great-grandson; Michael Bailey Ireland.
Visitation for Clifford was held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont at 5:00 P.M. Service was held on Sunday at 2:00 P.M. also at the Chapel. Burial was at New Liberty Cemetery near Piedmont. Pastor Robert Brinkley and Pastor Tom Willis ministered to the family and Matthew Allen, James Ireland, Brady Doss, Cody Doss, Jimmy Wilcut, and Rickey Hanna served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Billy D. Carter 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014

Billy D. Carter, 66, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO, on September 23, 2014. Billy was born on March 5, 1948, to Raymond G. Carter and Ruby Lawrence Carter Kneaves who preceded him in death.
Billy spent his childhood in the Quincy, Illinois, area where he attended school. He then proudly served his country in the US Army, going overseas for a period of time. After his stint in the service, Billy became a long haul over the road truck driver, taking his dog with him everywhere he went. He loved his dog and classic country music. Billy was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving Billy is one son, Brian (Jolene) Carter of Kansas; one sister, Donna (Jack) Vahle of Quincy, IL, one sister-in-law, Ruthie Haynes Carter of Poplar Bluff, MO; a special friend, Gloria Perkins of Quincy, IL; and several grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Donald Wayne Carter and Norman Ray Carter; and three sisters; Wanda Rodgers, Delores (Frenchy) Permar, and Darlene (Pete) Cissna; and his beloved dog.
Graveside services were held Friday, September 26, 2014, in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, MO, at 2:00 P.M. Online condolences can be made at

Dorothy Montgomery 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014

Dorothy Mae Montgomery, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Septmeber 23, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Dorothy was born on March 17, 1929 to Harry and Bertha (Hillis) Sheets.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Virgil “Short” Montgomery on January 9, 1947, and to this union four children were born.
Dorothy is survived by one son, Richard (Donna) Montgomery of Arnold, MO; two daughters, Evelyn (Doyle) Dotson of Arnold, MO and Jackie Montgomery of Piedmont, MO; five grandchildren, Richie (Alicia) Montgomery, Kelly (Bruce) Wilhelm, Brian (Tami Lotz) Kinworthy, Sam Dotson, and Rebecca Dotson; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Brianna “Doodles”, Tyler, Mackenzie, Alexander, Maddie, and Skyler; one brother, Paul (Anna) Sheets of Pocahontas, AR; two sisters, Pauline (Enoch) Thompson of Piedmont, MO and Janet Gregory of St. Louis, MO; five sister-in-laws, Marcella (W.E.) Johnson, Barb (Chuck) Luck, Melba Moss, Sandy Sheets, and Eva Brown; and many other beloved nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Virgil; one daughter, Lois Jean Montgomery; her parents, Harry and Bertha (Hillis) Sheets; two brothers, Edward Sheets and George Sheets; two sisters, Betty Newland and Glenda Garris; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lutie C. and Carrie Montgomery; eight brother-in-laws, Cecil Montgomery, Junior Montgomery, Bob Newland, “Hap” Garris, Ray Gregory, Roy Brown, Pete Boshears, and J.L. Moss; and three sister-in-laws, Doris Montgomery, Reba Boshears, and Pam Montgomery.
Dorothy was saved as a child and was a member of the United Baptist Church of Piedmont for over 35 years, where she loved to sing in the choir and in quartets.
As a youth, her family moved often, but she graduated from Piedmont High School. Dorothy taught one year of school at a one room school house near Mt. Pleasant Church in rural Piedmont. She and her husband spent most of their adult lives in St. Louis, MO before moving back to Mill Spring.
She had several jobs including Johnson Metals and Mound City Cap Co., in St. Louis and International Hat, Missouri Leather, and Corlair in Piedmont.
The most important thing in her life was her family, and she loved to cook for them. She was famous for her chicken and dumplings and homemade rolls. These were the first two things to go at any family function or church dinner.

In addition to her family, Dorothy was “adopted” mother to many of her childrens’ friends throughout the years. She was birth mother to four children but took pride in saying that she had so many kids she couldn’t count them all.
We will miss her smile, her sense of humor, and her cooking but most of all her caring, loving spirit she was so willing to share with so many throughout her life. We take comfort in knowing, without a doubt, that she is happy in Heaven and that we will see her again some sweet day, and what a glorious reunion day that will be. Visitation was held Friday, September 26, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the chapel. Burial followed in Mill Spring Cemetery. Pastor Randy Scott ministered to the family and Doug Sheets, Kelly Sheets, Tim Sheets, Rick Thompson, Jim Montgomery, Steve Johnson, Mike Johnson, Rick Johnson, and Tim Johnson served as pallbearers. Ben Thompson served as an honorary pallbearer. Online condolences can be made at

Roy Edward “Ed” Luke 9/21/2014

September 23, 2014

Roy Edward “Ed” Luke, age 31, of Williamsville, MO passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014, near Williamsville, MO. He was born on October, 19, 1982, in Poplar Bluff, MO. He was united in marriage to Renee Goebel and they shared two children.
He leaves behind and son and daughter, Marquan and Zaalilyah Luke of Williamsville. In addition to his children, he is survived by his parents, Charlotte Luke and Roy Luke and wife Erma of Williamsville four sisters, Crystal Purl and husband Tom, Sharon Faraone and husband Wade, Mary England and husband John, all of Williamsville and Rebecca Luke of Flora, IL; his grandmother Barbara Condray of Williamsville; sixteen nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Ed Condray, Lester and Nadine Luke, and one nephew Christopher Faraone.
Ed grew up in the Williamsville area and attended the Williamsville and Greenville schools. During 2009-2010 he received his welding degree from MWI in Nevada, MO, and was currently working with his father at Luke Sawmill as sawyer. Ed’s past times included spending time with family, boat riding, BBQ, and making fun at Tom’s burnt food. He was of the Baptist faith.
Visitation was held Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 11:30 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel. Burial was at Military Crossing Cemetery near Williamsville, MO. Pastor John England ministered to the family and Jimmy Condray, Lawrence Luke, Wes Bratton, Adam Elston, Wayne Crutchfield, and Sammy Faraone served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Willard Leon Libla 9/18/2014

September 19, 2014

Willard “Leon” Libla, 97, of Greenville, Mo, died September 18, 2014 at the MO Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born on Nov. 23, 1916, in Hiram, MO, son of John William and Willie Nora Hughey Libla.
On Nov. 20, 1940, he married Goldie J. Rainwater, in Lowndes, MO and she preceded him in death.
Survivors include two sons, Daryl L. Libla and wife Phyllis of Greenville, MO and Richard Dale Libla and wife Cheryl of Piedmont, MO; five grandchildren, Greg Davis and wife Paula, Cindy Wood and husband Derwin, Tammy Mann and husband David, Brad Libla and wife Mira, Nick Libla and wife Jessica; and five great-grandchildren, Adam Davis, Zach Davis, Aaron and Dylan Libla and Declan Libla.
Preceding him in death were his wife; his parents; one daughter, Delores Davis; one daughter-in-law, Joan Libla; three brothers, Clyde , Robert, and Claude Libla; and one sister, Lena Hackworth.
He went to a one room school in Hiram until the eight grade and then completed his GED.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving his country from May 1, 1945 until June 9, 1946.
Leon was a Post Master for the United Postal Service and retired after 28 years of service.
He enjoyed fishing and rabbit hunting. Leon was saved in his home in 1998 and was of the Baptist faith. Visitation was held Monday, September 22, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., also at the chapel. Burial followed in Greenville Cemetery with full military honors provided by Arnold Hodge Post 281, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and Nick Libla, Brad Libla, Greg Davis, David Mann, Derwin Wood, and Adam Davis served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Robert L. “Bob” Woods 9/18/2014

September 19, 2014

Robert L. “Bob” Woods, 83, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Piedmont, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Oakdale Care Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Bob was born on December 1, 1930 to Lester J. Woods and Lilliam Davis Woods who preceded him in death.

Bob was married on July 28, 1950 to Regina “Marlene” Woods and to this union two children were born.

Bob honorably served his country in the US Air Force. He later owned and operated Sweazea Lumber from 1965 to 1981. He hunted the hills; he fished the waters; he flew the skies; and had a beautiful family.

Bob was very active in his community. He had been past president of the Piedmont Rotary, Jaycees and Piedmont Canyon Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Piedmont, MO.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Ann and her husband Joe Huck of Poplar Bluff, MO; daughter-in-law, Janet Woods Jackson of Patterson, MO; two sisters, Margaret Pauls and husband Marvin of Piedmont, MO, and Pat Warren and husband Jimmy of Cleveland MS; four grandchildren, Eric Woods and wife Laura, Jennifer Woods and husband Bill Edmonds, Joanne Roberts and husband Josh, and Julia Schmidt and husband Paul; four great-grandchildren, Beatrix Woods, Wren Woods, and Jillian and Juliet Roberts.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Mike Woods; and one sister, Dot Shuford.

Private services were held for Bob. Online condolences can be made at

Helen Henderson 9/18/2014

September 18, 2014

Helen Marie Henderson, 68, of Greenville, MO., passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Helen was born on September 23, 1945 in Silva, MO to Lemuel London and Opal Kessina Barker London who preceded her in death.
On January 17, 1970 she was united in marriage to Bill Henderson, who preceded her in death. She later married Wesley Keele, who survives.
Helen was a homemaker who loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed working out in her yard; she always shopped for something to decorate her yard. One of her favorite activities was shopping with anyone who would walk the store with her, but especially her granddaughter. She loved all types of animals.
Helen was of the Baptist faith. She had attended a one room school called Bounds Creeks and later Greenville School.
Survivors include her husband, three sons, Billy Henderson and wife Debbie of Arnold, MO., Frank Henderson and wife Sue of Greenville, MO, Robert Henderson and wife Kris of Wichita, KS., one daughter, Sheila Condray and husband Jimmy of Williamsville, MO; two brothers, Jerry London and wife Carrie, and Orville London and wife Shirley, both of Silva, MO., 14 grandchildren, David Quaite, Jr., Thomas Quaite, Jason Quaite, Lisa Henderson, Aaron Henderson, Brad Henderson, David Henderson, Kim Henderson, Frank Henderson, Jr., Glen Henderson, Matthew Henderson, Katie Condray, Janie Henderson, and Robert Henderson, Jr.; nineteen great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband; one daughter, Loretta
Williams; one brother, Earl London; and one sister, Lada Mae Brock.
Visitation was held Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville. Services followed Sunday at 2:30 P.M., also at the chapel. Burial followed at New Prospect Cemetery near Silva. Pastors Jerry London and Leslie Burchard ministered to the family and Aaron Henderson, Brad Henderson, Glenn Henderson, Matthew Henderson, Frank Henderson Jr, and David Quate Jr. served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Clara Reando 9/16/2014

September 18, 2014

Clara Reando, 68, of Piedmont, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at her residence. Clara was born January 1, 1946 in St Louis, MO to Howard Lee and Goldie Moore Lee who preceded her in death.
Clara worked in the production facility for Climate control Company. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, puzzles, walking and spending time outdoors. She was a very loving, compassionate person who was always full of life.
Survivors include her husband, William Robert Reando, Sr. of the home, two sons; Allen Haynes of Silva, MO., and Glen A. Reando, of Patterson, MO., two brothers; Mark Lee of Bunker, MO., David Lee of NE, two sisters; Dessie Pratt of Ellington, MO., and Betty Reando of Silva, MO, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one son; William Robert Reando, Jr, and three brothers; Bill, Mike and Ernest Lee.
A graveside service was held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL with Bro. Mike Fleming ministering to the family. Online condolences can be made at

Donald E. Manetz 9/15/2014

September 16, 2014

Donald Eugene Manetz, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 at his home. He was born on October 18, 1925 in Virden, IL, the son of Paul Johann Manetz Jr. and Gertrude Elizabeth (Brennan) Manetz Villenueve. He graduated high school in 1943 in Carlinville, IL and joined the United States Navy in 1943. He was a Navy WW II veteran, serving as a Third Class Aviation Ordnanceman. He retired as ENS. USNR. After his service he worked in St. Louis at Earhart Tool and Dye.

He married Cora Geneva Dildine on January 12, 1957. They were married for 57 years. In 1959, he and Geneva purchased land near Piedmont, which became known as the Manetz farm. They raised five children on the farm. A few grandchildren spent time there before Don and Geneva moved to town in 1994.

He had a well organized shop, working on his tractor or tinkering on other projects. His favorite hobby was bowling. He began bowling at young age and continued. He bowled a 300 game in November 1994, at the age of 69. He enjoyed working a daily crossword puzzle. He quickly learned the computer, downloading puzzles or downloading music. He would research cars that he had previously owned and print the pictures.

Don was saved at the age of 80. He was baptized and was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Piedmont, attending with his wife.

Don is survived by his wife Geneva of Piedmont; four sons, Ron (Lisa) of Perryville, Paul (Dianna) of Piedmont, Terry (Stephanie) of St. Ann and Randy (Janet) of Imperial; thirteen grandchildren, Eric(Michelle) Julian, Angie Livingston, Andrea Livingston, Amanda Manetz Burle, Michael Livingston, Alan Carpenter, Scott Carpenter, John Paul Manetz, Ashley Livingston, Melissa Manetz (Mark) Foster, Ryan Manetz, Jennifer Manetz, and Rebecca Manetz; ten great- grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; his favorite dog Oscar; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Donna Manetz Carpenter and Glenda Manetz Livingston; one granddaughter, Andrea Livingston, and one sister, Gwendolyn June (Manetz) Ferris Hartman.

The visitation for Don was held from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service followed at 4:00 P.M. also at the chapel with Rev. James McCullen ministering to the family. Inez Matkin provided the music and John Paul Manetz, Ryan Manetz, Mark Foster, Ron Manetz, Paul Manetz, Terry Manetz, Randy Manetz and Eric Julian served as pallbearers with burial being in Forest Chapel Cemetery in Piedmont with full military honors being provided by the Navy and Arnold Hodge Post #281. Online condolences can be made at

Mary Ann Hurley 9/8/2014

September 9, 2014

Mary Ann Hurley, 57, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 at her home. Mary Ann was born in Rusk County, Wisconsin to Muriel Hurley and Pauline Hansen Hurley.
Mary Ann had worked for Gates Rubber Company for the last 10 years in the refurbishing assembly department. Before that she had spent many years in nursing, working mainly in nursing homes.
Mary Ann is survived by her 14 year companion Donald D. Schroeder of Piedmont, her mother, seven brothers; Marvin (Dustie) Hurley, David Hurley, Michael (Monica) Hurley, Robert (Deb) Hurley, Steve (Sara) Hurley, Andrew Hurley all of Wisconsin and James (Sheryl) Hurley of Holt, MO., three sisters; Laura (Joseph) Solawetz, Christine (John) Blumer and Susan (David) Obel all of Wisconsin.
She is preceded in death by her father. Online condolences can be made at

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