Mary Ann Hurley 9/8/2014

September 9, 2014

Mary Ann Hurley, 57, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 at her home. Mary Ann was born in Rusk County, Wisconsin to Muriel Hurley and Pauline Hansen Hurley.
Mary Ann had worked for Gates Rubber Company for the last 10 years in the refurbishing assembly department. Before that she had spent many years in nursing, working mainly in nursing homes.
Mary Ann is survived by her 14 year companion Donald D. Schroeder of Piedmont, her mother, seven brothers; Marvin (Dustie) Hurley, David Hurley, Michael (Monica) Hurley, Robert (Deb) Hurley, Steve (Sara) Hurley, Andrew Hurley all of Wisconsin and James (Sheryl) Hurley of Holt, MO., three sisters; Laura (Joseph) Solawetz, Christine (John) Blumer and Susan (David) Obel all of Wisconsin.
She is preceded in death by her father. Online condolences can be made at

Alpha Lorene Buchanan 9/8/2014

September 9, 2014

Alpha Lorene Goodson Buchanan, 99, went home to be with her Lord on September 8, 2014. She was born May 17, 1915, to John William Goodson and Mandy Margaret Smith Goodson in Crossett, AR. She married Clyde M. Buchanan on September 22, 1936. He preceded her in death November 21, 2002. Alpha is survived by her five children; Ron & Peggy Buchanan, Randy & Janice Buchanan, Millicent & Charles Wymore, Pat & Doug Burns, and Priscilla & Richard Vaughn. She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is also preceded in death by her three brothers; Orville Goodson, Marvin Goodson, and Roy Goodson, and her four sisters; Ollie Shaw, Opal Vineyard, O’Dessa Jaco, and Vergie Daniels. Alpha was a full time home maker who loved her husband, children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed making quilts, and working in her garden. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of seventeen and taught Sunday school for children and adult women at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Piedmont, MO., and at Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Springfield. Visitation was held Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM, in Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 10:00-11:00 A.M.Funeral services followed at 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Randy Buchanan reading the obituary and Bro. Richard Vaughn ministering to the family. Music was provided by Debbie Mari, Mandy Williams, Lex Fox and her 5 children. Burial was in Yount Memorial Cemetery, with Tim Buchanan, Chuck Wymore, Wiley Buchanan, Ben Burns, Andrew Buchanan and Neal Vaughn serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Dylan Kyle Fitzwater 9/01/2014

September 3, 2014

Dylan Kyle Fitzwater, 24, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014, in Reynolds County, MO. Dylan was born August 25, 1990, in Poplar Bluff, MO. He spent his entire life in the Wayne County and Piedmont area.
On March 28, 2014, Dylan married Gabrielle “Gabby” Midkiff and they shared one child together. Dylan loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed. He was known for his quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, great smile, love of the outdoors, squirrel hunting, floating black river, taking his daughter Lea on long walks at the lake, and running the gravel roads with his friend James. He was a high school graduate and of the Baptist faith. He had worked at Sam A. Baker State Park in Maintenance and lastly worked as an operator at Briggs and Stratton.
He is survived by his wife Gabby; one daughter, Lea Fitzwater, of the home; his mother, Patti Wright; three brothers, Brant, Dalton, and Damon Fitzwater; grandfather, Bill Fitzwater; grandmother; Margie Melson and husband, David, all of Piedmont; one niece, Willow Fitzwater; three uncles, David “Max” Melson, Randy (Vicky) Fitzwater and Rick (Renee) Fitzwater; and six cousins Kelly and Macy Melson, Hannah, Tristin, Tanner Fitzwater and Trent Brinkley. The visitation for Dylan was held Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, the service followed at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 4th also in the Chapel with Bro. Mike Green ministering to the family, Brant Fitzwater, Damon Fitzwater, Dalton Fitzwater, Randy Fitzwater, Rick Fitzwater and Trent Brinkley served as pallbearers with James Hastings as Honorary pallbearer. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Russell Dismas James 8/17/2014

August 21, 2014

Russell Dismas James, 51, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Sunday, August, 17, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Russell was born in St. Louis, MO. on November 22, 1962 to Billy James and Sharon Buthe James.
As a young child Russell lived in St. Louis and then moved to Iron County where he attended South Iron School in Annapolis. He later moved to Florida before moving back to Missouri and making Piedmont his home. He loved to fly a radio controlled helicopters and work with computers. Russell had worked in factories and as a mechanic.
Surviving Russell is this Mother, Sharon James of Piedmont; an aunt, Kathy Ferguson (Randy) of Piedmont; cousins, Nicholas (Lakota) Ferguson, and their daughter Emma Ferguson, of Piedmont; and Shannan Ferguson of Springfield, MO.
Preceding him in death was his father, Billy James. No public services are planned at this time. Online condolences can be made at

Harry Silvy 8/16/2014

August 16, 2014

Harry Silvy, 94, of Des Arc, died Sat. August 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on Jan. 16, 1920 at Riverside (Happy Holler) near Piedmont, the son of Edward and Pearl Laxton Silvy.
On April 10, 1947, he was united in marriage to Viola Foster and she preceded him in death on July 13, 2000.
Harry served his country in War World 11 as a rifleman in the 29th Division of the 115th Infantry Company C. He began his tour on October 30th 1943. He took his special training for rifleman at Camp Blanding, Florida from March 20th 1944 to July 15, 1944. He left for Germany on August 17, 1944 and served there until he was severely wounded on October 13, 1944. While he was in the Army he was decorated with the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, one Bronze Battle Star, Good Conduct Ribbon and the Purple Heart. His Army career ended on May 21st 1945.
Harry returned to Des Arc, MO and lived there the rest of his life. He married Viola Foster and raised five children. He was always so proud when he would tell people that he was the oldest man in Des Arc and had lived there since he was six years old.
He was a gentle man with a sweet spirit and everyone who knew him loved him. He will be sadly missed by his family and the many friends in the Des Arc community and the surrounding areas.
He is survived by one son, Calvin Silvy, Des Arc, MO, 4 daughters, Imogene (Charles ) Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MO, Eva Lou (David) Brewer, Annapolis, MO, Judy Fay Bennett, Piedmont, MO and Cathie Mae Stout, Des Arc, MO, 1 brother, Bobby Silvy, Des Arc, MO, two sisters, Clara Boatright, MO and Pauline Copeland, FL, 6 grandchildren, Shelley Hampton, Jeff Brewer, Keith Brewer, Jason Stout, Katrina Acres, Dev Silvy , and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, one grandchild, Daron Hampton, and 1 great-grandchild, Dawson Brewer and 7 brothers, Claude, Ray, Floyd, Leonard, Chester, George, and Willard Silvy.
Harry worked in road construction and he loved to hunt and fish.
Visitation was held Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The funeral was Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 2:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home Chapel, Piedmont, MO. Burial was at Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc, MO. Pastor Darrel Silvy ministered to the family and Matthew Keplenger, Jeff Brewer, Keith Brewer, Jason Stout, Troy Silvy, and DeWayne Silvy served as pallbearers. Recorded Music was provided and full military honors were provided by Missouri National Guard, Arnold Hodge Post 281 VFW, Piedmont, MO, and Leadbelt Patriot Guard Riders. Online condolences can be made at

Paul E. Haynes 8/15/2014

August 16, 2014

Paul E. Haynes, 70, of Piedmont, MO., passed away at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Paul was born in St. Louis, MO on January 4, 1944 to Louis Edward Haynes and Marie V. Portell Haynes who preceded him in death.
Paul proudly spent 25 years in the US Army before retiring. He loved to travel and enjoyed piddling in his garage. He would begin and end each day with a cup of coffee. He enjoyed foreign food and good country cooking as well. He liked for this home to be decorated well. Mainly he loved being around his family and having his sisters visit.
Surviving Paul is one son; Michael Haynes of Branson, MO., two daughters; Debbie and Patricia Everson of Jacksonville, FL one brother; Ray Haynes of Charleston, MO., four sisters; Joyce Bradshaw of Festus, MO, Marie (Chris) Nichols of Farmington, MO, Dianne Retzler of Piedmont, MO., and Carol Faulkner of Piedmont, MO.
Preceding Paul are his parents; and one brother; Carl Haynes.
Visitation for Paul was held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home beginning at 11:30 A.M. with the services beginning at 2:00 P.M. also at the Chapel with Bro. Mike Warren ministering to the family. Burial was at the Mountain View Cemetery in Des Arc with Devin Day, DeWayne Day, Alfonso Nelson, Lukas Shoffner, Matt Barton and Rob Faulkner serving as pallbearers.
Online condolences can be made at

Wilma Jean Warren 8/11/2014

August 13, 2014

Wilma Jean Warren, 79, of Poplar Bluff, MO., passed away at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff on Monday, August 11, 2014. Jean was born in Williamsville, MO on March 15, 1935 to Clecy Gill and Mabel Mitchell Gill who preceded her in death.
On October 28, 1972 she was united in marriage to Larry D. Warren, who survives of the home, and they raised three daughters.
Jean went to school in Williamsville and also attended the Assembly of God Church there.
She loved to work in her yard, her grass felt like you were walking on carpet. She always had beautiful flowers and house plants. She was a very good cook. One old favorite was Beef Heart with potatoes and gravy. Larry was a little obsessed with love of potatoes; she could make them in so many ways we couldn’t count them. Just having potatoes was good enough for him. She was a great swimmer and water skied in her younger years. Her favorite hobby was fishing.
She loved to travel and traveled across United States to every state except Alaska and Hawaii. One of her favorites States was Texas; in Buffalo Texas their favorite place to eat was the Pit Grill.
She liked to go to Branson with us to see the shows and go shopping. She has a big collection of the stars pictures with autographs signed to Jean. Like Mel Tillis, Mickey Gilley, Charley Pride, Joey Riley and Paul Harris the Branson Brothers and many more.
She loved pictures of her kids and especially grand kids. Her entire home was almost like wallpapered with pictures down the hall, refrigerator, china cabinet end tables and entertainment center packed with pictures of all ages. She never took one down to replace it with a new one she just found room somewhere else.
Jean was a dedicated worker her whole life and worked for companies such as Burkhearts, which made kites, ran a machine press making dishes where the temperature got up to 400 degrees where she stood by the press at Lennox Plastics for 10 years. She made candy for Mavrakos Candy for 9 years, International Lighting for 5 years and Lamb and Wesson factory where she prepared potatoes of every kind for Military commissaries. For 13 years she was a part-time Team driver over the road with Larry hauling steel. She retired for Teamsters Loan 688 where at times she was a Shop Steward and Recording Secretary.
Surviving Jean is her husband, two daughters; Sherry Murray of Hillsboro, MO, and Cindy Sunkel and her husband Mark, Sr. of Barnhart, MO., six grandchildren; Teresa (Chad) Heady, Angela Taylor, Joshua (Shannon) Murray, Matt (Kathy) Murray, Amanda Sunkel and Mark Sunkel, eight great-grandchildren; Dylan, Hunter, Rachel, Justin, Jacob, Jackson, Madelyn and Cooper.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter; Belinda Lewis, one son-in-law; Mike Murray, one grandson; David Taylor, one brother; Leon Gill, and two sisters; Alta Mae Groves and Wanda Warren.
Visitation was held on Monday, August 18th at 9:00 A.M. for the family and 10:00 A.M. for the public with the service following at 11:00 A.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. with Bro Jeremy Muniz ministering to the family and Mark Sunkel, Josh Murray, Matt Murray, Justin Taylor, Dylan Hasty, and Chad Heady serving as pallbearers. Burial followed at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Patricia “Pat” S. Bearden 8/9/2014

August 11, 2014

Patricia S. “Pat” Bearden, 75, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014, at St Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, MO. Pat was born October 12, 1938, near Minimum, MO in Southern Iron County. Pat attended school at the King School near Annapolis during grade school and attended Annapolis High School later. She was saved at Minimum Baptist Church as a young girl and actively served Christ the rest of her life at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Piedmont and later becoming a charter member of Victory Baptist Temple in Piedmont. There she served as Sunday school teacher, a member of the church choir, and participated in bible school until her health failed. On February 14, 1955, after a short courtship she married Walter Bearden. The two enjoyed many wonderful years together sharing trips across the country. They raised three boys, Carl Bearden and Debbie of St. Charles, MO, Roger Bearden and Debra of Greenville, MO, and Dale Bearden and Lynn of Piedmont, MO. During her working years she spent nine years at New Era Shirt Factory and about thirty years at Clearwater School as a cook. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking for her family and gardening. In addition to her children Pat is survived by her seven grandchildren, William Robert Bearden, Amber Chavez, Holly Watson, Allison Bearden, BreAnna  Conner, Shalyn Tucker, and Samuel Bearden; twelve great grandchildren, Ethan, Caleb, Grace, Levi, Brady, Sydney, Olivia, Luke, David, Blake, Bren, and Addison. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Rosco and Fredia Hickman Long; ten brothers and sisters, James Long, Lowell Long, Udell Williams, Eugene Williams, Louise Bearden, Lucile Bearden, Wilma Black, JoAnna Long, Juanita Miller, Geraldine Harman, and two brothers and two sisters that passed in childhood.

The visitation for Pat was held on Tuesday, August 12th at 5:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont. The service was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Victory Baptist Temple with Pastor Elmo Parker ministering to the family and Bro Andy Tully delivering the obituary. The Watson Family ministered to the family in song.  Rob Bearden, Jeremy Watson, Cody Tucker, Matt Conner, Mike Chavez, and “Sub” Miller served as pallbearers with burial being at the Eaton Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Marie Jane Manning 07/29/2014

July 30, 2014

Marie Jane Manning, 66, of Greenville, MO, died July 29, 2014 at her home.  She was born on Nov. 10, 1947 in San Bernardino, CA, the daughter of George and Alice Gustafson Brookshire.

Survivors include her mother Alice Russell, Chattanooga, TN, two daughters, Candice “Candy” Heaton and husband Jason, Williamsville, MO,  Bylinda Bell and husband James, Red Bank, TN, 3 brothers Bill Brookshire and companion Becky Sharp, Scott Valley, CA, Steve Schwab and wife Roxanne, Lockeford, CA, and Clay Schwab and wife Mona, Wagoner, OK, one sister, Dianna Pereira and husband Julius, Scott Valley, CA, grandchildren, Connor Nelson, William Nelson and Christian Heaton and many family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Brookshire and step-mom, Marjorie Brookshire.

Marie spent her childhood growing up in Worcester, Mass. She later moved to California and graduated from Sunset High School in Hayward, CA.  Through the years she made her home in Castro Valley, CA and Soddy Daisy, TN before moving to Greenville, MO.

Marie had worked as a machine operator at Kayser-Roth hosiery mill in Dayton, TN for 20 years before moving to Greenville, MO, where she served in her community as a home healthcare worker.

She enjoyed nature, liked feeding birds and watching them.  She loved to look at beautiful flowers and play with her dog and cat.

She was a Christian and attended the Faith Assembly of God Church, in Greenville, MO. Services were held Saturday, August 02, 2014, at 11:00 at Faith Assembly of God with Pastor Brenda Henson ministering to the family. Interment was in Rucker Cemetery near Taskee. Online condolences can be made at

Juanita “Sissy” Middleton 7/25/2014

July 26, 2014

Juanita “Sissie” Lorene Middleton age 79 was born on Oct. 20, 1934 in Annapolis, MO and died on July 25, 2014 at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO.

On Dec. 3, 1955, at the Vulcan Assembly Of God Church, she was united in marriage to George Middleton and he survives.

Also surviving are 2 sons, David Scott (Betsy) Middleton, Des Arc, MO, Roland Keith (Mary Beth) Middleton, Vulcan, MO, one daughter, Georgia Lynne Lawless, Annapolis, MO, one brother, Turnip (Alice Jane) Sutton, Annapolis, MO, 3 sisters, Anna (Earl) Midkiff, Piedmont, MO, Verlina (Doyle) Middleton, Piedmont, MO, Faith (Sam) Hamilton, Springfield, MO and 7 grandchildren, Ryan (Gretchen) Middleton, Todd (Candace) Middleton, Mya Middleton, Preston (April) Lawless, Melissa (Daniel) Midkiff , Renae and Kallie Middleton, 8 great-grandchildren, Blake, Colton and Slade Middleton, Kasen and Caven Midkiff, Cash Middleton, and  Kohen and George Lawless.

Preceding in death were her parents, Raymond and Jessie Weltie Sutton, one brother, Paul Sutton and one sister Katherine Middleton.

She loved to cook.  She enjoyed making chicken and dumplings and lots of pies for holidays and birthdays.  She loved her husband and children, grand and great-grandchildren and she prayed for them daily.  She was known by all of her friends and family as a prayer warrior.

Her personal religious belief was of the Assembly of God faith and she was a Charter member of the Vulcan Assembly of God.  She was a Sunday School Teacher, Christ Ambassadors Leader and the custodian of Vulcan Assembly of God.  She was 16 at the time of Conversion at the Old Vulcan School House and was baptized shortly after by Bro. Workman.

She was an Annapolis School graduate.  She was a homemaker and spent her time in Annapolis and Vulcan where she made her home.

George and Juanita were the 1st couple married in the Old Vulcan Assembly Church building on BB. Highway.

It was her passion in life to see all of her family saved.

Visitation for Juanita was held on Sunday, July 27th at the Vulcan Assembly of God Church at 5:00 P.M. and the service was held on Monday the 28th at 11:00 A.M.  with Rev. Sam Hamilton ministering to the family and Bro. Lloyd Middleton and Preston Lawless providing the Eulogies. Rebecca Middleton, Debbie Presson, Terry Dement and Jeanne Dunn ministered in music. Serving as pallbearers were Ryan Middleton, Todd Middleton, Preston Lawless, Daniel Midkiff, Kallie Middleton, Mya Middleton, Renae Middleton and Melissa Midkiff. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Blake Middleton, Colton Middleton, Slade Middleton, Kasen Midkiff, Caven Midkiff, Cash Middleton, Kohen Lawless and George Lawless. Burial was at the Sutton Cemetery in Vulcan, Missouri.  Online condolences can be made at

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