Allen, Wiliam C.

February 23, 2011

Wiliam C. Allen, age 68, of Jonesboro, AR, formerly of the Piedmont, MO, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Jonesboro, AR . Mr. Allen was born March 16, 1942 in Piedmont, MO, to the late Clayton Harrison Allen and the late Cora Blanch Eads. Mr. Allen entered the United States Air Force on September 16, 1959 in St. Louis, MO. He served for four years and was discharged on September 15, 1963. He was united in marriage to Nina Jones on March 6, 1988. He retired as truck mechanic and contractor in the concrete bussiness. He is survived by one son, Carl (Amelia) Allen, of San Antonio, TX, 2 step-sons, Donal (Annette) Trolinger, Marmaduke, ARK, Denny (Karen) Trolinger, of West Plains, MO, 2 daughters, Kim Allen, of San Antonio, TX, Michelle Allen, of San Atonio, TX. One step-daughter Jeanette Grehan of Nesbit, MS. One brother, Russell (Carolyn) Allen, of Paragould, ARK, one step-brother Dennis (Alice) Allen, of Ellsinore, MO. Two sisters Erma ( Eugene) Pruitt, of Piedmont, MO, and Pam (Thomas) Willis of Piedmont, MO. His step-mother Louise Allen. Visitation for Mr. Allen will be Saturday February 26, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. both will be held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. Interment will be at New Liberty Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Arrangements were made by Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. On-line condolences may be made at

Buttrey, Edna Louise (Boyer)

February 23, 2011

Edna Louise Buttrey, age 72, of Advance, MO, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at Advance, MO. She was born February 3, 1939, to the late Earl Everett Boyer and the late Ruth Wilma Condray Boyer, at Ellsinore, MO. She was united in marriage to Homer A. Buttrey on September 12, 1967. She was a machine operator for Paramont Headwear. She was of the Baptist Faith and made her profession in christ and was baptised in 1978. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, a daughter Janet Gerling, three brothers Clifton Boyer, Paul Boyer, Everett Boyer, and one sister Virginia Boyer. She is survived by one son, Richard (Robbin) Buttrey, of Gerald, MO, one daughter Bonnie (Salvatore) Taormina, of Advance, MO, one brother Dale (Kathy) Boyer, of Gerald, MO, and one sister Betty Sweezea, of Union, MO, and six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday, February 25, 2011, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Inc. of Piedmont, MO. Funeral services for Edna followed at 1:30 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc, of Piedmont, MO. Interment will be at Carson Hill Cemetery in Mill Spring, MO. Reverend Wayne Page officiated the ceremony. Pallbearers were Ryan Buttrey, Dale Stilts, Phillip Boyer, Chris Taormina, Mike Gerling, and Joe Brown. Arrangements were handled by Ruegg Funeral Home of Piedmont, MO. On-line condolences may be made at

Malin, Gladys Ellen (Luke)

February 22, 2011

Gladys Ellen Malin, age 87, of Piedmont, MO, died Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at St. Louis, MO. She was born December 1, 1923, at Taskee, MO, to the late William Henry Luke and Bertha Ellen Dorrow. She was united in marriage to Earl Allison Malin, Sr. on February 18, 1939. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and raising her children. She loved to sew and quilting and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Louis Nathanal Malin, five brothers Leroy Luke, Gene Luke, Ben Luke, Oda Luke, and Lonnie Luke, along with three sisters Juanita Rogers, Shirley Price, and Dorothy Luke. She is survived by two sons, Earl A. ( Sharron) Malin, Jr. of Alton, MO, William Dale(Marguerita) Malin, Hillsboro, IL., two daughters Betty (Harold) Lewis, of Fenton, MO, Peggy (Ernest) Carter, of Perry Hall, MO, two brothers, Bob (Betty) Luke of Cuba, MO, James (Edna Faye) Luke, of Bogart, MO, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. On-line condolences may be made by going to Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Cochran, Grace Mae (Hoylmann)

February 20, 2011

Grace Mae Cochrane, age 101, of Silva, Mo died Sunday, February 20, 2011, at Poplar Bluff, MO. Mrs. Cochrane was born August 13, 1909, in Hulett, Wyoming, and as a young girl traveled west with her family in a covered wagon to finally settle in Merlin, Oregon. On July 29, 1928, she married the late Reverend Curtis Cochrane. Mrs. Cochrane assisted her husband in pastoring several Baptist churches, one in Kansas and several in Oregon. In 1946, under the auspices of Baptist Mid-Missions, she and her husband became missionaries to Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast), West Africa. After their first term of service in the capital city, Accra, Mrs. Cochrane assisted in establishing a mission station in the Northwest Territories of West Africa and in establishing mission outposts in West Africa and in other cities in the Far West Territories of Ghana. She used her many skills in ministering to the varied needs of the natives, providing music, teaching, and nursing. Mrs. Cochrane was active in all phases of church work, both in Africa and in home churches. In 1965, she retired with her husband to Missionary Acres, Silva, MO, and has been active in the Evangel Baptist Church from its beginning, both she and Curtis were Charter members of the church. Her talents and interests covered a broad range of subjects including houseplants, knitting, quilting, needlework and crafts. Her husband, Reverend Curtis Cochrane, preceded her in death in 1989. Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Hixon and Bessie Priebs, both of Grants Pass, Oregon, four children; Eloise Jennings of Poplar Bluff, Dennis Cochrane of Lexington, S.C., Wesley Cochrane of Paris, IL. and David Cochrane of Johnson City, N.Y.; ten grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and seventeen great-great-children. Visitation will be Friday, February 25, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Evangel Baptist Church, in Silva, MO. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Dennis Cochrane and the Reverend Mark Hunsberger will officiate the cermonies. The interment will be at Greenville Cemetery, in Greenville, MO. Music will be provided by Ken Moon and Dennis Cochrane. The arrangements were made by Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc. of Piedmont, MO. On-line condolences may be made at

Ruble, John Marshall

February 20, 2011

John Marshall Ruble, age 90, of Annapolis, MO, died Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Desloge, MO. He was born September 12, 1920 in Vulcan, MO., to the late John Edward Ruble and Bertha Huff Ruble. He enter the United States Army on September 12, 1942. He served during World War II. He served in the Rhineland, Central Europe, for which he was awarded 4 bronze stars and a Good conduct medal. He was united in marriage with the late Lois Corene Fowler on February 23, 1946. He was employed with the highway construction industry. He was a member of the Assembly of GOD church in Vulcan. He is survived by one son John Randal Ruble of Cuba, MO., 2 daughters Rhea Davis of Farmington, MO., and Marsha L. Middleton of Vulcan, MO. He is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 22, 2011 beginning at 5:00p.m. at the Assembly of GOD church in Vulcan, MO. Funeral services will be held Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Assembly of GOD church in Vulcan. Reverend Jerry Cuneio will officiate the services. Interment will be the Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan, MO. Pallbearers will be Marty Middleton, Zack Ruble, Derik Ruble, Todd McKinney, Jason Hand and John Stinson.

Phillips, June M

February 18, 2011

June M. Phillips, age 76, of Lowndes , MO passed away on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. She was born on August 11, 1934 in Greenville, MO to the late Orville Otho Holmes and the late Marie Louise Eason. On November 6, 1949, she united in marriage with James Phillips who survives of the home. She spent her life as a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by three sons Orville Phillips of Shrewsbury, MO., James E. Phillips of Oakville, MO., Thomas W. Phillips of Williamsville, MO., and three daughters Deborah Phillips of Katy, TX., Delores Phillips of Webster Groves, MO., Sandra Phillips of Lowndes MO., and one sister Myra L. Etling of St. Louis, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Rebekah Stewart and four brothers Orville F. Holmes, Winfield S. Bryant, John D. Bryant, Harold O. Holmes, and one sister Hallie Sizemore.
Visitation will be held at Crossroads Church beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2011with Funeral Services following at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Gary Haynes will officiate the services. Interment will follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Pressey, Steven Phillips, Barry Phillips, James Phillips, Thomas Phillips and Orville Phillips.

Leach, Ricky Lee

February 15, 2011

Ricky Lee Leach, age 52, of Silva, MO, died Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at home. He was born December 31, 1958, in Poplar Bluff, MO, to Thomas and Vivian (Johnson) Leach. Ricky graduated from Greenville High School in 1978. He enjoyed playing games and fishing with his family. He also enjoyed playing pool and won two pool tournaments for which he was very proud. Ricky was of the Pentecost faith and was baptized on July 5, 2009, at the Assembly of God Church in Patterson, MO. He is survived by one brother, Tommy Leach, of Silva, MO; four sisters, Thelma Marler, of Williamsville, MO, Glenda Whitaker, of Poplar Bluff, MO, Brenda Sanders and Debra Wilfong, both of Silva, MO, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Willis Leach. Services were held at Ruegg Funeral Home Chapel in Greenville on Friday, February, 18, 2011. Mr. Leach was laid to rest at Shiloh Cemetery in Shook, MO. Reverend Louie Robinson officiated the ceremony. Serving as pall bearers were John Thornburg, Leonard Heath, Joey Atkins, Charlie Smith, Michael Morandi, Jason Webb, and George Ploeser. Honorary pallbearers were Peter Peterson and Jimmy Moss.

Howard, Viola M (Creason)

February 13, 2011

Viola M. Howard, 95, of Greenville, MO., passed away on February 13, 2011, at her residence. She was born June 29, 1915, in Plato, MO., to the late Clany and Ethel (Lee) Creason. On July 3, 1937, she was united in Marriage to the late Albert S. Howard, at Cross Timbers, MO. She was a homemaker and dedicated her life to caring for her children, especially her youngest son Roger, who was born with cerebral palsy. She took care of him until ill health prevented her from doing so. She also enjoyed working in the yard and raising African Violets. She is survived by three sons Stanley (Judy) Howard of Greenville, Rodney (Martha) Howard and Roger Howard of the home. Two daughters Judy (Phil) McGill of Arnold and Susan Morris of Greenville, MO. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Marvin Rainwater of Alexanderia, VA and Nancy Rainwater Johnston and her family of Graham, NC., whom she helped raised and loved as her own. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her son Leonard, brothers Clarence Creason and John Creason and a sister Clara Crocker. Visitation will be held at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO on February 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with Funeral Services on February 17, 2011 beginning at 11:00a.m. at the Greenville location for Ruegg Funeral Homes.

Poe, Edward Carver “Ed”

February 12, 2011

Edward Carver Poe, 63, of Greenville, MO., passed away February 12, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Poe was born June 30, 1947, in Lewisburg, KY., to the late Robert Anderson Poe and Mary Lucy Trokey Poe. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1970, and was a Vietnam Veteran. He worked as an air conditioner installer for the auto industry. Mr. Poe is survived by 2 sisters, Lillian Poe McCullum Sabol (John) of Louisville, KY and Joyce Ann Boyer (Donald) of Greenville, MO. Nieces and Nephews include, Keith McCullum (Phyllis) of Louisville, KY., Kelly McCullum of Louisville, KY., Donald Boyer (Robbie) of Ellsinore, MO., Edward Boyer, Chris Boyer, Tony Boyer all of Greeville, MO., Nick (Ashley) Boyer of Poplar Bluff, MO., and Wendy Wright (Tim) of Waterloo, IL., and many great-nieces and great-nephews that loved him dearly.
Arrangements are pending with Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc. of Piedmont, MO.

Caskey, Ervin O.

February 6, 2011

Ervin O. Caskey 81 of the Piedmont area passed away on February 6, 2011at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. He was born September 16, 1929 to the late Thomas Caskey and the late Pearl Casteel in Ellsinore, MO. He attended the Ellsinore School. He served in the United States Army as a Tank crew member until 1948, when he was honorable discharged. He worked in the auto industry for GM for 30 years until his retirement. During his retirement he enjoyed working in his garden. On July 5, 1975 he was united in marriage to Sue Kay Howard, who survives him. He is also survived by 1 son Jeff Caskey and 1 granddaughter Nikota Caskey both of Piedmont, MO. Visitation for Ervin was held on February 8, 2011, Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Homes, Inc. in Piedmont, MO. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. also at the Ruegg Funeral Home chapel. The family requests no flowers be sent. Ervin was interred at White’s Mill Cemetery in Ellsinore, MO. Reverend Dewell Smith officiated the services. The pallbearers were Richard Sanders, Alex Ruegg, James Ruegg, Bill Kirkpatrick, Dewell Smith, and Mike Massa.

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