Charles “Charlie” Laxton 1/9/2014

January 14, 2014

Charles “Charlie” Laxton Sr., 69, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away, Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Charlie was born May 26,1944, in Mill Spring, MO, son of Lawrence and Georgia Berniece Barton Laxton. Charlie grew up on the family farm and attended the Mill Creek School for kindergarten to sixth grade years and later graduated from Clearwater High School in 1963. Charlie was a Christian.
Charlie spent his career working as a union brick layer. He worked many years in the St. Louis area and retired from Western
Waterproofing. After retiring he returned home to the family farm. He enjoyed his horses and cattle and would often spend hours sitting on his four wheeler watching them in the field. When he wasn’t in the field he often visited the Mill Spring Station to visit with his friends. Charlie was a very opinionated and outspoken person who loved to talk. He was a loving and caring man that would do anything he could do to help. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Charlie is survived by one son, Charles “Chuck” Laxton and wife Connie of Mill Spring; one grandson, Dylan Cook, Mill Spring, MO; one brother, Arnold Laxton and wife Janice of Kalispell, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Georgia Berniece Barton Laxton; two brothers, Willard and Anthony Laxton; and one sister, Emma Lee Huffman. A memorial service was held January 18, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at Faith Family Worship Center near Piedmont. Pastor Wayne Street officiated. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Frederick Gillenwater 1/03/2014

January 9, 2014

Charles Frederick Gillenwater, 69, of Piedmont, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Charles was born in Knoxville TN on June 7, 1944.

On June 14, 1968 he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Loria, who survives at home, and to this union two sons were born.

Charles proudly served his country in the US Marines and later more proudly served his Lord as Pastor of churches.

Survivors include his wife, two sons; John Gillenwater of North Las Vegas, NV and David Gillenwater of Wheaton IL, one brother; Bert Gillenwater of Ft Lauderdale, FL, three sisters; Mary Hallock, Tampa FL, Virginia Hutchinson and Glenda Blan Conn both of El Paso  TX and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Hubert Gillenwater and Elma Taylor Gillenwater; and one brother, Nuwell Gillenwater.

A Memorial will be held at a later time. The family has requested memories be sent to them in lieu of flowers. You can send cards to Ruegg Funeral Home, 321 N Main, Piedmont, Mo or condolences can be made at

Douglas Alexander Johnson 12/28/2013

December 30, 2013


Douglas Alexander (Doug) Johnson, age 68, of Piedmont, MO passed away on Dec. 28, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.  He was born February 16, 1945, in Chicago, IL,  son of the late George Alexander Johnson and Goldie Smith Johnson Thompson Stovall.  Doug lived with his grand- parents, Bill and Martha Smith, during his childhood.

Doug is survived by one brother, Dan Stovall and wife Norma, Clubb, MO; and three sisters, Karen Hancock and husband Jerry, Clubb, MO, Betty Weaver, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Georgia O’Brien and husband Eugene, Arnold, MO

One sister, Linda Jean Hancock preceded him in death.

Doug was a former member of Yount Memorial Baptist Church near Garwood and later became a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Piedmont, where he was past chairman of the Brotherhood Board. He belonged to Wayne Masonic Lodge # 526 A.F.A.M. where he was past Master for the year 2006-2007. Doug was also active in Piedmont Chapter #347 Order of the Eastern Star in addition to being a past member of the advisory board for the Piedmont Rainbows.  He was also a past member of the Piedmont Sesquicentennial Committee.

Doug worked as a self-employed electrician for the Emerson Electric and Libla industries.  He loved to tinker with computers, and walking to town to visit friends.

Visitation was held Monday, December 30, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Masonic rites were at 7:00 P.M. Monday night at the chapel. Services followed Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont. Pastor Kenny Burchard and Bro Richard McAllister ministered to the family and Scott McAllister, Victor Thompson, Rick Thompson, Mike Carson, Richard Sanders, Richie Ayers, Brandon Clark, and Danny Stovall served as pallbearers. Burial was in Yount Memorial Cemetery, Garwood, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Sharon Ann (Agnew) Rivers 12/26/2013

December 27, 2013

Sharon Ann (Agnew) Rivers, 70 of Manchester, Tennessee passed away Thursday December 26, 2013 at the United Regional Nursing Center in Manchester. Sharon was born September 5, 1943 in Houston TX.

Sharon lived in Annapolis MO before deciding to make Manchester her home. She had a desire to help people in need and never knew a stranger. She was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include her husband, Carol William Rivers; one son: Frederick Bradley of Manchester, TN; three daughters; Sylvia Graham and her husband Jerry of Piedmont, MO, Rebecca Bradley of Houston TX, and Tammy Burch of Piedmont, MO; one sister: Barbara Smith of Bend Oregon; Nineteen grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Bennie Agnew and  James Agnew, Jr and two sisters: Joy Nell “Red” and Loretta Fann; one great-grandchild. Services for Sharon will be held in Manchester TN.  Online condolences can be made an

Angela Campbell 12/26/2013

December 27, 2013


Angela Campbell, 38, of Park Hills formerly of Silva, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013, at her residence. Angela was born June 8, 1975 to parents Floyd A. “Smoky” Swope and Thelma Jerri Evans Swope.

Angela was a Christian. Before her long illness she worked as a critical care nurse at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Angela loved her children and spending time at family gatherings. She grew up in the Coldwater area and spent her adult years living in Greenville and the past five years in Park Hills, MO.

She is survived by one son, Alexander Campbell of the home; two daughters, Lauren Henderson and husband Patrick of Goldsboro, NC, and Mariah Campbell of the home; her father, Floyd “Smoky” Swope; two brothers, Rick Swope and wife Linda of Fredericktown and Randy Swope and wife Daphne of Sikeston, MO; one sister Darla Twidwell and husband Bob of Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Jerri Evans Swope.

Visitation for Angela was held Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, with services following at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Gibson ministering to the family.  Patrick Henderson, Randy Swope, Jacob Tibbs, Jerry Tibbs, Bob Twidwell and William Henderson served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Ruby Jane Evans 12/24/2013

December 26, 2013


Ruby Jane Evans, 97, of Piedmont, Mo., died at her residence on Dec. 24, 2013. Ruby was born near Piedmont in the Damon community on June 18, 1916, to the late Jennie and Ed Charlton.

On June 28, 1939, she was united in marriage to Obert Evans, who preceded her in death in 1997. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Homer Charlton; and one sister, Grace Allen.

Ruby attend the Damon school and Damon Presbyterian Church in her community. Upon marrying Obert, they moved to Piedmont where they both joined the First Baptist Church on March 11, 1945. She was a member for 68 years, serving as Sunday School teacher, Vacation       Bible School teacher, WMU, and in other activities.

Ruby and Obert owned the O. Evans Lumber Company where she was bookkeeper for 26 years.

Surviving Ruby is her daughter, Janet R. Evans of Florissant Mo.; and nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ruby enjoyed working in her flowers, vegetable gardening, quilting, and being at the farm. Other interests included traveling with her family and church work. She loved music and was able to attend services where her daughter played for church in Florissant.

Funeral services were held at the Ruegg Funeral Home Dec. 28, with Rev. Jack Ruble and Rev. Jim Crutchfield officiating. Special music was by Sharon Carter, Ann Gaadt, Richard Eichenberger and Janet Evans of Florissant.

Pallbearers were Bill Fitzpatrick, Brennan Fitzpatrick, Eli Twidwell, Wayne Pichon, Richard Eichenberger and John Clark. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont.

Online condolences may be made at

Melba Steward12/22/2013

December 23, 2013


Melba Steward, 90, of Hillsboro, Mo longtime resident of Piedmont passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Presbyterian Manor of Mid America in Farmington MO. Melba was born June 17, 1923 in St. Joseph MO.

On June 15, 1947 she was united in marriage to Paul Steward.

Melba was of the Baptist belief and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bonne Terre. She enjoyed singing in the choir and was an active member in her church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Melba and her husband Paul owned and operated Steward’s Toggery up until 1982.

Survivors include her three daughters: Connie Adams and husband Lee of Hillsboro, MO; Sue Rainwater and her husband, Carroll of Greenville, MO; and Wilma Hawley and husband, Alan of Wappapello, MO; one brother, Frank Duckett and his wife Rose of Williamsburg, VA; one sister, Claudine Jenson of DeSoto MO; Grandchildren: Jennifer Adams, Amanda Rymer, Ashley Adams, Debra Bearden, Randy Rainwater, Rick Rainwater, Dianne (Donnie) Meyer, Jeanna Hawley, Lee Kinser and several Great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, Raymond Moore and Myrtle Dees Moore; one brother: Gene Duckett and one sister, Margaret Clubb; one niece Darlene Clubb and one nephew: Stanley Clubb.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 12 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 2 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont, MO. Pastor Ron Poole ministered to the family and Joe Steward, Logan Cafourek, Chuck Lambert, Ryan Elpers, David Greminger, and Bill Eaton served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at

Adah F. Bishop 12/21/2013

December 23, 2013

Adah F. Bishop, 91, of St. Charles, MO, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013,  at Breeze Park Lutheran Home in St. Charles. Arrangements for Adah are pending at this time. Online condolences can be made at

Steven Clifford McAlister 12/19/2013

December 20, 2013
















Steven“Steve” Clifford McAlister, 60, of Piedmont, MO, passed away December 19, 2013, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Steve was born November 9, 1953, in Poplar Bluff, MO. Son of Luther William McAlister and Mary Viola Morris McAlister.

On January 1, 1997, Steve was united in marriage to Linda Roemig near St. Francois River in Patterson, MO.

Steve loved hunting deer or turkeys during gun or bow hunting season, especially with a compound bow.  He was a good cook.  Steve and Linda enjoyed gigging suckers from a canoe.  Linda would paddle while Steve balanced up front and gigged.  He loved to trotline and limb line for catfish.  He had a successful summer last year.  Steve dearly loved all his family and was always happy to catch a glimpse of them in town, especially his daughters and grandchildren. 

He was a member of Patterson Assembly of God church, joining in September of 2000.  He rededicated his life and was baptized October 17, 1999, following a revival at Mt. Pisgah given officiated by the evangelist, Bro. Eads.  Steve felt strongly about supporting Convoy of Hope.  God gave Steve the ability to write and sing Christian songs when he wrote the words, he knew the tune in his head and could play it well.  As a child, he was baptized by Pastor Artie Ezell and attended Peachtree General Baptist Church.   

Steve had lots of memories of the good old days, boyhood injuries, friends, teachers, and the playground at Patterson Grade School.  Steve graduated from Clearwater High School in Piedmont.  In the summers before he graduated, he was an apprentice for Mr. Mabury, a well-known carpenter in the Peach Tree area.  Steve’s father, Luke, taught him many things including block laying and some framing and roofing skills.  Cousin Frank taught him to lay rock walls and rock masonry.  Reggie Montgomery taught Steve to build stairs and rafters. 

Steve and Linda started their own business in the late 1990’s.  McAlister Construction was in business until Steve’s passing.  Steve was very good at many areas of the building trade and a good teacher.  If Steve didn’t know how to do something, he would study until he mastered it.

Steve spent his childhood in the Piedmont and Patterson areas and Colorado.  He made his adult home in these same areas, and also Maryland.  Steve ultimately moved to a farm, which was also Linda’s childhood home.  There, he learned to garden, cattle farm, and log.  This past year saw the best hay crop in more than 50 years.

Steve served as a board member and membership chairman for the Wayne County Farm Bureau for many years.  He served in the United States Army and the National Guard.  In 1972, he received Expert Marksman classification from the US Army and his shooting and targets were used for a teaching tool and example.  Steve took the time to teach Linda to handle firearms, shoot, and hunt.  He would tell her, “You learned well, Pilgrim.”  Steve became a small arms repairman in 1972 for the US Army and received Expert Classification with the M-16 rifle and also the grenade. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Sarah McAlister of High Ridge, Becky McAlister Hanger and Rachel McAlister Lazenby both of Piedmont, and step daughter Lisa Bumpus and husband “Cord” of Oak Ridge, MO; six grandchildren, Jacob Lazenby, Tabby Breeden, Laramie Snider, Ashlyn Cumings, Abbi and Cass Bumpus; two great grandchildren, Cullen and Clayton; one brother, Wayne McAlister and wife Janet of Piedmont.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother, Kenneth William McAlister; two sisters, Leta Mae Matkin and infant Helen Claudette McAlister.

He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

The visitation for Steve was held Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Assembly of God Church in Patterson, MO with services following at 3:00 P.M. Pastors Darrel and Kaye Loughridge ministered to the family and Guy Berry, Brian Polk, Lee McAllister, Jacob Lazenby, Wally Griggs, and Michael Fleming served as pallbearers.  Burial followed in Patterson Cemetery with full military honors by Arnold Hodge Post #281, Piedmont, MO, and the MO State Veterans Honor Team. Online condolences can be made at


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


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