Bowles, Marjorie J

March 27, 2011

Marjorie J Bowles, age 85, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011, at her residence in Piedmont, MO.

She was born Wednesday, March 10, 1926, in Mill Spring, MO.

Marjorie was united in marriage to the late Marvin Bowles January 11, 1942.

She was a member of the Eastern Star for 50 years. Marjorie was also a member of the Wayne County Women’s Democratic Club and the Red Hat Society. She was a member of Mill Spring Christian Church.

She and her husband, Marvin, owned and operated Gish-Bowles-Coder Funeral Home of Piedmont, Greenville and Williamsville, MO for several decades.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew J. Blackwell and Mabel A. Warmack and one daughter, Karen “Toby” Bowles.

She is survived by one son, James E. (Elaine) Bowles, of Piedmont, MO, one brother-in-law, Grover (Mary) Bowles, of Memphis, TN, 3 grandchildren, Dana, Michelle and Todd Bowles, and many nieces and nephews.

Ellington, Edgar Lee

March 26, 2011

Edgar Lee Ellington , age75, of Mill Spring , MO, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.

He was born February 29, 1936, to Norvil Ellington and Edna Goebel, in Mill Spring, MO.

He was a member of the United States Army, which he served proudly. He never married and upon his retirement he was a Postmaster for the United States Postal Service.

Edgar was remembered fondly by his cousins for his big smile and warm hugs. They remember trips to the Drug Store in Piedmont for REAL Cokes and going to the drive-in movies. Edgar loved to take them on a hike to Mill Spring. They remember how proud he was that he served his country in the Army. Stray animals always found a home with Edgar. He is known for throwing snakes into the bushes off the road so the cars wouldn’t run over them. His cousins say that birds would rest on his shoulders when he would fill the feeders.

He was preceded in death by his father, Norvil Ellington. He is survived by his mother, Edna Ellington of the home and two aunts, Nadine Baker and Lea Ellington and many cousins.

Umfleet, Ruby Aileen (Proffer)

March 24, 2011

Ruby Aileen Umfleet, 85 years old, of Piedmont, MO, passed away, Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO.
Ruby was born August 25, 1925, in Burfordville, MO, to the late Maurice Proffer and Ruth Eaker Proffer. She was united in marriage to Henry L. Umfleet on September 12, 1947.
She spent her childhood in the Zalma & Arab areas. Once she was married to Henry they spent time in St Louis, Cape Girardeau, and the Piedmont, MO area. Ruby loved to sew, fish and garden, and caring for her family and especially the children. It was one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoyed teaching her Sunday school children.
Ruby was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Victory Baptist Temple.
In January of 1998 she was preceded in death by her husband Henry. She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Ryan Young, two brothers, Odell Proffer and Otis Proffer, one step-brother Buford Rhodes, one sister Kathleen Osborn, as well as her parents.
She is survived by three sons, Gary D. (Gail) Umfleet of Piedmont, MO, Larry (Pam) Umfleet of Piedmont, MO and Terry Umfleet of Lake Charles, LA, one daughter Brenda (Raymond) Young of Poplar Bluff, MO, two brothers Wilburn (Millie) Proffer of Jackson, MO, and Luther (Kathy) Rhodes, Jackson, MO, one step-brother Charles Rhodes of Zalma, MO, two sisters Opal (Webster) Eaker of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Ada Proffer-Cosma of Three Rivers, MI, and one sister-in-law Helen Tippett, of E. Palatka,FL. Nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Saturday, March 26,2011 at Ruegg Funeral Home, in Piedmont, MO. The Funeral service was held Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Ruegg Funeral Home as well. Brother Webster Eaker officiated the services. Jotham and Charity Cortez provided the music and Pam Umfleet recited a poem in honor of Ruby. The Pallbearers were Gary Wayne Umfleet, Mark Umfleet, Jotham Cortez, Michael Umfleet, Matt Umfleet, Ron Hoppe, Corey Umfleet and Chad Umfleet. Interment was at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont, MO.

Hurt, Edward Wilson

March 21, 2011

Edward Wilson Hurt, 85, of Piedmont died Monday, March 21, 2011 at his residence.

He was born May 11, 1925, in East St. Louis, Ill. son of the late Elza Hurt and Opal (Snow) Hurt. He spent his adulthood in St. Louis, Mo., and in Illinois. He was saved on April 24, 1952, and was baptized in 1963. He was of the Christian faith.

Mr. Hurt was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II between 1943 and 1946 and served as a bosun’s mate. third class. He was awarded a purple heart.

He worked in the iron mines at Iron Mountain and later worked as a dockhand for Roadway Express for 30 years before his retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters and the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working with wood and stone, building, collecting, and gardening.

Mr. Hurt spent his childhood years in Iron County and attended school there.

He was married to Marlene Hurt, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Phillip Edward Hurt of Park Hills, Mo.; one stepson, Timothy Pogue of St. Louis, Mo.; six daughters, Rosemary (Danny) Koch of Silva, Mo., Bonnie (Marlin) Wetzel of Waterloo, Ill., Phyllis (Glen) Rock of DeSoto, Mo., Barbara Vogel, and Diane (Larry) Parsons of Arnold, Mo., Susan (Steve) Piechocinski; one sister, Bernice Arnheart-Sparks of Farmington, Mo.; 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO. Pallbearers were Glen Rock, Steve Piechocinski, Chris Wetzel, Aaron Wetzel, Ryan Wetzel, Eric Wetzel, Jody Rock and Stevie Piechocinski. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO.

Harris, Lester Thomas

March 21, 2011

Lester Thomas Harris, 78 years, of Piedmont, MO passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, in St. Louis, MO. He was born February 20, 1933, to Charles Lester Harris and Lillian Clack Harris in Gideon, MO. He was united in marriage to Thelma Patterson on July 8, 1971 in New Madrid County, MO. He was self-employed as a welder, before retirement. He was a founder, trustee and member of the First Gospel Lighthouse Church, in Piedmont, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Danny Harris, two sisters, Mabel Petty and Stella Baxter. He is survived by his wife Thelma Harris, three sons, Thomas “Sonny” (Rita) Harris of Okalona, AR, Danny (Amy) Harris, Piedmont, MO, Richard (Tommi) Harris, of Piedmont, MO. Four daughters, Belinda (Larry) Carpenter, of Williston, SC, Sharon (Johnny) Maynard, of Piedmont, MO, Juanita (Dennis) Maulden, of Arkadelphia, AR, Melissa (Troy) Robinson, Piedmont, MO. One brother, Charles Harris, of PIedmont, MO. One sister, Elvira (R.C.) Moyers, of Piedmont, MO. 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaugther.

Brooks, Dorris N (Lashley)

March 16, 2011

Dorris N Brooks, 82 years old of Des Arc, MO, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Presbyterian Manor in Farmington, MO.

She was born August 28, 1928, in Des Arc, Missouri, daughter of the late William F. Lashley and the late Anna Mariah Brewer.
Dorris grew up and attended school in Des Arc. On October 12, 1946, she married John Brooks.
She worked at the shirt factory in Piedmont until it closed. She then worked as a CNA at Clarks Mountain Nursing Center and truly enjoyed caring for others. Her final job before retirement was managing the handle mill owned by her and her husband. Dorris attended Free Spirit Baptist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren immensely! She also enjoyed cooking big meals for her family gatherings.

Surviving are two sons, Stanley (Nita) Brooks of Des Arc, MO, Ron (Sandra) Brooks of Farmington, MO, one brother, Harold (Rose) Brewer of Park Hills, MO, one sister, Sadie Adams of St. Louis, MO, two grandchildren, Justin Brooks, John (Katie) Brooks and two great-grandchildren, Jada Brooks and Wyatt Brooks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Brooks, three brothers, William, Robert, Roger Lashley, three sisters, Katherine Buecke, Betty Pennington, Joann Sutton, and one grandson, Kevin Brooks.
Funeral services where held Friday, March 18, 2011, at Ruegg Funeral Home of Piedmont, MO. Pastor Steve Sales officiated the service. The Pallbearers were Jack Lashley, James Gray, Gay Slusher, Rick Johnson, Justin Brooks, and Brandon Mires. Burial Followed in the Mountain View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Brewer, Gracie Maxine (Fancher)

March 13, 2011

Gracie Maxine Brewer, 83 years old, of Annapolis, MO, died Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Parkland Health Center.

She was born Wednesday, October 26, 1927 in Annapolis, MO, Daughter of the late John Fancher and the late Effie Pearl Charlton. Gracie was raised and went to school at Annapolis. She recalled her mother taking all the children to the little white church on the hill beside Annapolis Cemetery. It was here she learned to trust Christ as her savior. At 18 Gracie met and married Ray “Shorty” Brewer. They moved to St. Louis where they worked and raised their son and Gracie’s younger sister,Sylvia, and brother Carl, after her mother’s death. Gracie worked at Hay Day Shoe Company in St. Louis for a short period of time. After “Shorty” passed away she moved to Piedmont. Gracie always loved music. She grew up playing a guitar and singing in church. When her son, Steven, was old enough she taught him to play guitar. Gracie is remembered as being a great cook, with fried chicken and banana-black walnut cake as her specialties. She enjoyed her last several years living at Townhouse Residential Care in Annapolis. She always talked about what a nice place it was to live and how Linda took such good care of them. Gracie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ray, her son, Steven; two brothers, Carl Fancher and Harold “Buck” Fancher; two sisters Linda Moore and Wanda Lashley. She is survived by two sisters, Ruby Rhodes of St. Louis, MO, and Sylvia Fannings, of Piedmont, MO, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 12 noon, at the Harvest Full Gospel Church, Des Arc, MO, with the Pastor Stanley Wallis officiating.
Ronnie Lashley, Bob Rhodes, Justin Dover, Randy Brunk, Dave Carroll, and Carl Bearden served as pallbearers. Burial was in Annapolis cemetery, Annapolis, MO. Online Condolences can be made at

Budney, Ina Faye

March 12, 2011

Ina Faye Budney, 71 years old of Vulcan, MO, died Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Crystal City, MO.

She was born October 5, 1939 in Vulcan, MO, Daughter of the late Elvin Middleton and the late Viola Ramey Middleton.
Ina grew up in Vulcan, MO, and attended schools in Vulcan, Des Arc, and attended high school in Annapolis, MO. She graduated with honors and went on to attend art college and earned her degree.
As an adult she lived in DeSoto and St. Louis, MO before moving back to Vulcan for retirement.
Ina was employed by ITT Blackburn for 25 years working in a switch-gear factory as a set up.
On December 23, 1989, she was married to Frank Gary Budney, who preceded her in death on July 26, 2010.
Ina enjoyed using a computer. Her favorite was Facebook. She had great success as a Facebook “Farmville” farmer creating a beautiful farm. Ina also enjoyed watching the top 20 countdown on GAC.
However, she enjoyed spending time with her family, expecially family fishing trips. She loved to be creative and expressed herself by painting pictures, coloring in coloring books and helping Susan in the crafts shop.
Her children remember that she would drop everything to make sure her house was in tip-top condition. She was a wonderful cook and taught many in the family how to prepare their favorite meals.
Surviving are three sons, Brian (Shawn) Budney, West Allis, WI, Kevin (Heather) Budney, South Milwaukee, WI, and Rodney (Karen) Pullen, St. Louis, MO, two daughters, Sherry Johnson, and LaDawn Pullen, both of Vulcan, MO, one brother, William “Bud” (Susan) Middleton, Wappapello, MO.
Services were held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Vulcan Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jerry Cuneio officiating. Shanna Forrest delivered the eulogy, Kevin Budney, Brian Budney,Tony Huffman, Cody Boucher, Cory Forrest, Rodney Pullen, Jon Jakoubek, and Leonard Pullen served as pallbearers.
Burial was in the Mt. View cemetery in Des Arc, MO.
Services were under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Dinkins, John Paul

March 8, 2011

John Paul Dinkins, age 80, formerly of Piedmont, MO, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Cape Girardeau, MO . Mr. Dinkins was the son of the late Byron and Mabel (Simpson) Dinkins, born June 25, 1930 in Williamsville, MO. He grew up in the Cool Springs and Taskee area of Wayne County. He served in the United States Navy from November 1947 through November of 1951.

John was united in marriage to Shirley White and to this union three daughters were born; Rebecca Cooke of Oxley, MO, Beverly Knox of Piedmont, MO, and Tara Hillis of Piedmont, MO. John later married Mary Twidwell. Mrs. Twidwell later cared for John during the final year of his life. John made a living on the farm he loved in the Big Lake area near Patterson, MO, from 1951 through 1960. In 1962 he joined the United States Merchant Marines and retired as First Mate and navigator in 1996. John was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church and also held membership in the NRA and the Wayne county Eagles. Mr. Dinkins is survived by his three daughters, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and Mary Twidwell, his caregiver of Cape Girardeau, MO.
Private services will be held and interment at Annapolis Cemetery, Annapolis, MO.
Online Condolences can be made at

Tipton, Wheelan Ezra “Pook”

March 6, 2011

Wheelan Ezra “Pook” Tipton, 80, of Hiram, MO, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011. He was Born March 13, 1930, in Grandin, MO, to the late Hardin and Mae (Bible) Tipton. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge he had attained the rank of sargent. He was very proud of his service in the Army and to the country.
He met the love of his life and married her February 5, 1956, to Dorothy (Helm) Tipton and she survives of the home. They enjoyed 55 years together. He is also survived by their son, Randy Steven Tipton, Sr., and his wife, Cindy, of Hiram, MO, three grandchildren, Randy Steven Tipton, Jr., William Ezra Tipton, Christina (Danny) Jaco, also three great-grandchildren, Addisynn Tipton, Reid Jaco and Kaydence Jaco.
Also surviving is one sister, Pearl Lowe, and husband, Robert, of Grandin, one brother, Lynn Tipton of Doniphan. Some special people in Pook’s life were Jamie McGhee, Johnnie and little John McGhee, Brenda Davis, and many others that helped the family during Pook’s illness, Clarence Skaggs, Chriss Cook, Babe Skaggs, Kenny Garcia, all of Hiram, MO, including many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Ruby Hamilton, two brothers, Bill and Arthur Tipton.
Mr. Tipton worked hard all his life even when a boy at home, helping his dad in the log woods. He continued in timber work through the years, sawmilling, pallet business, run a grocery store business, as well as construction work which took him to several different states where he worked wrecking and rebuilding smoke stacks, called Steeple Jack Labor, some were as tall as 400 feet. He also worked in St. Louis, MO, laying underground sewer pipe. His family remembers that no one on earth loved deer hunting and fishing any more than he did.

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