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.
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.
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
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.
October 14, 2010
Melba L. Montgomery, age 74, of Washington, Mo., passed away October 14, 2010 at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington.
She was born November 3, 1935 in the Lake Creek community at rural Piedmont, Mo., daughter of the late Osroe & Mary Ethel (Bilbery) Graham.
Mrs. Montgomery was a Christian and a member of the Pacific Baptist Church in Pacific, Mo. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and taking care of her family.
On March 11, 1953 she was united in marriage to William C. “Bill” Montgomery at St. Louis, Mo. He preceded her in death on September 20, 2010.
Survivors include, two sons, Robert (Rogina) Montgomery and David (Mary) Montgomery all of Washington, Mo.; two daughters, Catherine (Ben) O’Dell of Frederick, Ok., and Wanda (Dale) Carey of Washington, Mo.; one brother, James M. “Buddy” (Teresa) Graham of Union, MO.; one sister, Ruby Lucas of Gravette, Ark.; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Floyd Zina Graham and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Floyd & June (Clark) Montgomery.
October 12, 2010
Steven Boyd Pierce, age 56, of Clubb, MO., passed away October 12, 2010 at his residence.
He was born on August 24, 1954 in St. Louis County, Missouri, son of the late Boyd W. & Winifred C. (Roskowske) Pierce.
He was an avid member of the National Rifle Association. He had worked at a pet supply store in Manchester, MO.
Survivors include his fiance, Carmella Fanske of Clubb, MO.; her children, Michael Martin of Florrisant, Mo., Misty Martin of Greenville, MO., and Leslie Fenske of Cherokee, KS.; one aunt, Margrette Blackwell of Bland, MO.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister.
September 30, 2010
Charles “Willis” Allen, age 68, of St. Ann, MO., passed away September 30, 2010 at De Paul Health Center in Bridgeton, MO.
He was born June 1, 1942 in the Lake Creek community of Wayne County, MO., son of the late Lionel & Pearl (Chiles) Allen.
He had worked as a machine operator for Alvey, Inc. of St. Louis and for Mississppi Valley Steel.
Mr. Allen was a Christian and a member of the Arnold United Baptist Church. He enjoyed restoring old cars.
On April 13, 1963 he was united in marriage to Mary Woods. To this union was born four sons.
He is survived by his four sons, Chris (Sandra) Allen of St. Peters, MO., Jeffery (Sherry) Allen of Dardenne Prairie, MO., James Allen of St. Ann, MO., and Robert Allen of Overland, MO.; two brothers, Dan (Norma) Allen of Fenton, MO. and Forrest (Shirley) Allen of De Soto, MO.; 3 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Dale Allen and an infant sister, Linda Kay Allen.
September 29, 2010
Elmer D. “Wayne” Dodson, age 71, of Piedmont, MO., passed away September 29, 2010 at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont.
He was born on October 16, 1938 in Annapolis, MO., son of the late Charles & Almetta (Sutton) Dodson.
Wayne had been in the dry cleaning business for over 40 years. He was the owner of Neighbors Cleaners in Piedmont. He had also in the past worked for Chapman Ice Cream in St. Louis.
Mr. Dodson was a graduate of Annapolis High School. He enjoyed fishing, watching basketball and baseball games, and he was the inventor of the “Wayne Dodson Way Baseball Bat.”
On December 24, 1961 he was united in marriage to Wanda Jean Howard. She preceded him in death on January 30, 1982.
He is survived by two sons, Timothy Dodson of Memphis, TN. and Rick (Cyndi) Smith of Jackson, MO.; one daughter, Penny (Chris) Schulz of Piedmont, MO.; and six grandchildren, Cody Ezell, Cory Ezell, Cole Ezell, Ryan Boswell, Wesley Smith and Clayton Smith.
In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Euel “Bud” Dodson, Delmer Leo Dodson and Everett Edward “Ed” Dodson; and one sister, Beulah Mae Tapley.
September 28, 2010
Delores M. Scaggs, age 84, of Patterson, MO., passed away September 28, 2010 at Heritage Gardens in Greenville, MO.
She was born on October 16, 1925 in St. Louis, MO., daughter of the late Furlumm & Nora (Cates) Townsend.
Mrs. Scaggs was a Christian and had been a member of the Patterson Assembly of God Church for over 25 years.
She worked as a cashier in the Tomboy Grocery Store in Maryland Heights, MO. for several years.
She enjoyed growing flowers, caring for her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
On April 11, 1945 she was united in marriage to Tolman “Leon” Scaggs. He preceded her in death on February 16, 2010.
Survivors include one son, Steve Scaggs and his companion Patti Duke of Patterson, MO.; three daughters, Kathy Cooper of St. Charles, MO., Melissa Daughhetee of Campbell, MO. and Patricia Riefle of Patterson, MO.; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.
September 28, 2010
Mary J. Durbin, age 53, of Piedmont, MO., passed away September 28, 2010 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.
She was born on Dec 17, 1956 in St. Louis, MO., daughter of the late Charles Truman & Mary A. (Drwenski) Collins.
She and her husband were the owners and operators of the M & K Industrial Sewing factory in Piedmont for 20 years. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Durbin was a member of the Wayne County Saddle Club. She enjoyed fishing, shopping, her horses, sewing and wathing videos.
On June 24, 1988 she was united in marriage to Kirk Durbin. He survives.
Other surviors include one daughter, Tonya (John) Klouck of San Diego, CA.; one brother, Jimmy (Lisa) Collins of Fairdealing, MO.; four sisters, Barbara (Roy) Goforth and Linda Hendrix, both of Fairdealing, MO., Debbie (Ray) Fancher of Piedmont, MO. and Francine (John) Bunch of Park Hills, MO.; and two grandchildren, Ian Klouck and Felica Klouck.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Felicia Ann Richardson.