Whitaker, Jr., Leslie Lawrence

November 11, 2010

Leslie Lawrence Whitaker, Jr., age 66, of Florissant, Mo., passed away November 11, 2010 at his residence.

He was born on January 3, 1944 in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Leslie Lawrence Whitaker, Sr. & Barbara (Kirschner) Whitaker.

He grew up at Vulcan, Mo. and attended elementary school at Annapolis. He was a graduate of Hazelwood High School at Hazelwood, Mo.

Mr. Whitaker retired from McDonell-Douglas as a machinist. He had traveled across the United States for McDonell-Douglas trouble shooting aircraft problems. He had in the past also ran a farm at Vulcan. In the early 1970′s he had the largest hog operation in Iron County.

He enjoyed tinkering in his shop and was an accomplished writer. He had wrote two novels, “Dun Bars Station” and “One Needle”.

He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church at Florissant.

On January 24, 1971 he as united in marriage to Olive “Fern” Pearson at the First Baptist Church of Des Arc, Mo. She survives residing in Florissant.

Other survivors include one son, Prentice (Trish) Whitaker; one daughter, Katrina Whitaker; and one grandson Leslie Hargus all of Florissant, Mo.

Landing, Norma Jean “Jeannie”

October 31, 2010

Norma Jean “Jeannie” Landing, age 78, of Piedmont, Mo., passed away October 31, 2010 at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont.

She was born on November 9, 1931 in Piedmont, Mo., daughter of the late Newton Bradford & Nora J. (Absheer) Bennett.

Jeannie was a certified reflexologist and the owner and operator of Jeannie’s Reflexology in Piedmont.

She enjoyed caring for her family and her reflexology clients. She loved to travel and garden.

She was a Christian and a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Piedmont.

She had been united in marriage to Calvin G. Ferguson and Warren Landing. They both preceded her in death.

Survivors include four sons, James H. Ferguson of Piedmont, Mo., James C. (Linda) Ferguson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Norman K. (Angie) Ferguson of Bowling Green, KY. and Randy K. (Kathleen) Ferguson of Piedmont, Mo.; one sister, Donna (Jerry) Watson of Piedmont, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kathryn Ferguson.

Dunn, James H “Jim”

October 28, 2010

James H. “Jim” Dunn, age 80, of Wappapello, MO., passed away October 28, 2010 at his residence.

He was born on November 14, 1929 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, son of the late Homer A. & Dorothy R. (Sauvein) Dunn.

He was a retired truck driver for Kenosha Auto Transport and a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the New Covenant Fellowship Church in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Mamie Wills Downard of Wappapello, MO.; six daughters, Cynthia A. (Richard) Childers of Indianapolis, IN., Rebecca L. Dunn of Fort Worth, IN., Donna L. (Joseph) Uhlenhake of Center Grove, TN., Sharon Schaefer of Ballwin, MO. and Robin Dugger and Tammy Nager both of Fenton, MO.; two sisters, Patricia Ballman of Manice, IN. and Beulah Didion of California; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Calvin, Stanley, Warren, Steve and Arnold Markey.

Hill, Dossie “Louise” (Hoffman)

October 27, 2010

Dossie “Louise” Hill, age 74 of the Lake Creek community of rural Piedmont, MO., passed away October 27, 2010 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.

She was born on December 10, 1935 in Evening Shade, Arkansas, daughter of the late Eligah Alexander & Bessie Elizabeth Jane (Lashley) Hoffman.

Mrs. Hill worked as a CNA at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. She was a Christian and a long time member of the New Liberty United Baptist Church on Lake Creek.

On November 12, 1954 she was united in marriage to Clacy F. “Cricket” Hill. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1992.

Survivors include two sons, David L. (Karren) Hill of Cuba, MO. and Mike Hill of Piedmont, MO.; four daughters, Pauline Fletcher of Copperas Cove, TX., Sue (Hughey) Inman of Poplar Bluff, MO., Lou (Billy) Cain of Oxford, AL. and Lisa Whitley of Piedmont, MO.; one brother, Oscar Hoffman of Ashford, AZ.; seven sisters, Alice Mueller of Klamath Falls, OR., Martha Copeland of Paw Paw, MI., Margaret McCrocklin of Goodyear, AZ., Bonnie (Johnny) Adams of Patterson, MO., Ruby Hoffman of Ashford, AZ., Nettie Lou Morgan of South Bend, IN. and Ollie (Earl) Hill of Versailles, MO.; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one son Franklin Hill; two brothers, Alfred Hoffman and Frank Hoffman; and three sisters, Lucille Hunt, Florence Bearden and Julie Lashley.

Drake, Joan Marie (Davenport)

October 24, 2010

Joan Marie Drake, age 92, of Oxnard, CA., formerly of Reynolds County, MO., passed away October 24, 2010 at Oxnard.

She was born on November 13, 1917 in San Antonio, TX., daughter of the late Harry & Mary Davenport.

Mrs. Drake attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She worked many years for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. She later went into the nursing profession and worked for 30 years as a registered nurse.

She belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order and was a member of the Santa Clara Parish in Oxnard, CA.

She was united in marriage to Sidney Drake. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, George Gerard Groner of San Antonio, TX; one daughter, Marie Thurman-Vann of Hot Springs Village, AR.; 5 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held on October 31 at the Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, CA. A private burial will take place in the Redford Memorial Cemetery, Redford, MO.

Durrow, Robert Eugene

October 23, 2010

Robert Eugene Durrow, age 61, of Williamsville, Mo., passed away October 23, 2010 at Williamsville.

He was born on March 4, 1949 in Wayne County, Mo., son of Earl & Helen (Faraone) Durrow.

Mr. Durrow was a self employed handy man and of the Baptist faith. He was a 1968 graduate of Greenville High School.

He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army Marine Corps. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and working on cars.

On May 22, 1969 he was united in marriage to Linda York. She survives, residing in Williamsville.

Other survivors include his mother, Helen Groves of Williamsville, Mo.; one sister, Betty Claus of Gassville, AR.; two brothers-in-law, Vernon (Debbie) York of Newport, CA. and Billy York of Poplar Bluff, MO.; one niece, Connie Reyes of Gassville, AR.; his special dog, Buddy; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert E. Durrow, Jr.; his father, Earl Durrow; and his step-father, James Norman Groves.

Ellsworth, Barbara A

October 23, 2010

Barbara A. Ellsworth, age 66, of Wappapello, MO., passed away October 23, 2010 at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.

She was born on December 9, 1943 in Ottawa, Ill., daughter of the late Willis R. & Minnie (Haddock) Ellsworth.

Mrs. Ellsworth had resided in the Wappapello community since 1990. She was a member of the Wappapello Eagles Aerie No. 4066. She had worked as a security guard in the retail business.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Wappapello Eagles Club. Burial will be in the Little Brushy Cemetery, Wappapello.

Kean, Bill E

October 21, 2010

Bill E. Kean, age 78, of Bonne Terre, MO., passed away October 21, 2010 at Bonne Terre.

He was born on December 22, 1931 in Clubb, MO., son of the late Arthur Edward Kean and Margaret Esther (Allen) Kean-Grafton.

Bill worked as an Auto Mechanic in Cahokia, Ill. for many years. He had owned stock cars and enjoyed racing. He was always willing to help his friends keep their cars running and functioning.

He was united in marriage to Pat Garrison. He was later united in marriage to Ann Riley.

Survivors include two sons, Steve (Roxanne) Kean of Aurora, CO. and Bill Kean of Phoenix, AZ.; one daughter, Kathy Kean of Phoenix, AZ.; five brothers, Tom (Nancy) Grafton of St. Louis, MO., Allen Grafton of Iron Mountain Lake, MO., Terry (Tammy) Grafton of Fredericktown, MO., Bart (Roe Ann) Grafton of Springfield, Ill. and Donald (Sherry) Grafton of Kincaid, Ill.; two sisters, Barbara Armer of Granite City, Ill. and Jane (Don) Vinson of Caddo Gap, AR.; 9 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Kean and Kenny Kean; one sister, Peggy Polm; and his step-father Bart Grafton.

Sauerwin, Andrew Sylvester

October 19, 2010

Andrew Sylvester Sauerwin, age 75, of Greenville, Mo., formerly of Savannah, TN., passed away October 19, 2010 at Heritage Gardens in Greenville.

He was born on February 8, 1935 in Jefferson County, IN., son of the late James Arthur & Loretta Louise (Gaylord) Sauerwin.

On October 14, 1966 he was united in marriage to Cora Lee DeShazier. She preceded him in death on October 6, 2008.

Mr. Sauerwin was a retired tow boat deck hand. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the New Life Pentecostal Church in Savannah, TN.

Survivors include two sons, Marlyon Rainey of Savannah, TN. and Ricky Rainey of Lyles, TN.; four daughters, Brenda Sanders and Glenda Daugherty both of Selmer, TN., Wanda Hartle of Savannah, TN. and Loretta Cowgill of Poplar Bluff, MO.; one brother, James Sauerwin and one sister, Elizabeth Augustus both of Paducah, KY.; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on October 22 at the New Life Pentecostal Church in Savannah, TN. Officiating minister was Rev. Gerald Davis. Burial was in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Savannah, TN.

Ruegg Funeral Home of Greenville was in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Slevin, Porter L “Rusty”

October 15, 2010

Porter L “Rusty” Slevin, 74 years old of Piedmont, MO, died Friday, October 15, 2010, at his daughter’s residence in Millersville, MO.

He was born January 24, 1936, in Danville, IL, son of the late Roy T Slevin and the late Pearl Louise Rusk Slevin.

On October 1, 1977, Rusty was united in marriage to Shirley Sanders, she preceded in death on June 19, 2004

He worked as a long distance truck driver for many years. He enjoyed his trucking career and his life. He devoted much of his time to his family, fishing, hunting, motorcycling, and watching Nascar.

Rusty will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving are 6 sons, Rex Wadlow, Quintine (Sherri) Slevin, Paul (Deanna) Ries, all of Piedmont, Johnny (Marsha) Ries, St. Louis, Vernon (Keri Hill) Reed, Festus, and George Page, Collinsville, IL, 5 daughters, Paula (Steve) Brame, Piedmont, Jamie (Cal) Sutton, Millersville, Karleen Ries, St. Louis, and Racheal (Carla Severson) Slevin, Ormond Beach, FL, 3 brothers, Quintine (Lucy) Slevin, Pete Slevin, Buddy Slevin, 1 sister, Karen Slevin, 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Rusty was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Peggy Louise Slevin, and 1 sister, Yolanda Slevin.

Friends will be received for visitation 11 A.M.- 1 P.M. Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the home of Larry Barfield in rural Piedmont, MO.

Services will also be held, Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 1:00 P.M also at the home of Larry Barfield, rural Piedmont.
For further directions call Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc, Piedmont, MO.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Rusty’s honor.

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