Kenneth Prosise 10/8/2014

October 9, 2014

Kenneth C. “Corky” Prosise, 86, of Williamsville, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff MO. Corky was born on November 17, 1927 to Samuel Dewey Prosise and Lela Sutton Prosise who preceded him in death.
On November 16, 1951 he was united in marriage to Dolores A. Flood who preceded him in death, and to this union two sons were born.
Corky grew up in the Williamsville area and attended school there. In March of 1946 he became a member of the US Army and served his country proudly. He then spent over 2 ½ years working for Goddard Lumber Company in East St. Louis before going to work for General Motors Assembly Plant in St. Louis and retiring in 1980 after 30 years of service.
Corky was an avid fan of Cardinal baseball and a fountain of statistics. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and raising rabbits. During vacations the family would spend time on Clearwater Lake camping and boating and he would spend hours behind the wheel of the boat so the boys could enjoy water skiing. He was an active member of the Lions Club for many years and served as President for a period of time. The last several months Corky lived at Oakdale Care Center Assisted Living in Poplar Bluff, MO and enjoyed his time there.
Surviving Corky are two sons; James C. Prosise and his wife Lynn of Johnston City, IL and Jeffery W. Prosise and his wife Annie of Poplar Bluff, MO., one brother; James Wesley Prosise and his wife Pat of Poplar Bluff, MO., four grandchildren; James C. Prosise, Jr., Angelina (Steve) Summers, Jeffery M. Prosise, Natesha Prosise, seven great-grandchildren; Jaxson Prosise, Isiah Prosise, Elijah Prosise, Zakkory Summers, Gage Summers, Caleb Prosise and Gracie Prosise.
Preceding him in death were his parent, his wife, two brothers; Edmond Lee and Oris Prosise.
Visitation was Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville at 12:00 noon. Services following at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Fairview Heights, Il. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Danny Camden, Patrick Camden, David Camden, Matthew Camden, David Gaddis, and Kenneth Prosise served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Virgie Laxton 10/7/2014

October 8, 2014

Virgie Laxton, 97, of Piedmont, MO. passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Clarks Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Virgie was born in New Madrid, MO. on May 17, 1917 to Ben and Bessie May Bilderback, who preceded her in death.
Virgie had been a homemaker and raised seven children, as well as many of the neighborhood children. She liked to cook and feed everyone that visited. Her hobbies were sewing and making quilts. She was of the Christian faith.
She grew up in the New Madrid area and then moved to the St. Louis area and spent her adult life before moving back to Piedmont.
Surviving Virgie are four sons; Milton Laxton of St. Louis, MO, Harold “Fuzzy” and his wife Sharon Laxton of Patterson, MO, Charles and his wife Tracy Laxton of St. Louis, MO., and Jerry and his wife Lilly Laxton of Patterson, MO., two daughters Linda Reeves of Farmington, MO., and Patsy Story of Piedmont, MO, 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; one son; Larry Laxton, three brothers; Willie, Lyman and Charles Bilderback, two sisters; Kathryn Morgan and Juanita Strawmatt.
There was a private service held, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Clay Cemetery with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family and Ervin Williamson, Randy Carter, Nathan Thorne, Patrick Thorne, Jeff Laxton and JR Laxton serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

William F. Koehr 10/5/2014

October 7, 2014

William F. Koehr, 77, of rural Piedmont, MO., passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. William was born on April 18, 1937 in St. Louis, Mo to Ellsworth J. Koehr and Etta I Sanders Koehr who both preceded him in death.
On October 12, 1957 William was united in marriage to Patricia Schenk and to this union two children were born.
William lived and worked in St Louis before retiring to Piedmont. He attended Cleveland High School and spent the summers with his aunt and uncle Earl & Harriet Sanders near Piedmont. He spent 47 years as a pressman at St. Louis Post Dispatch and spent time in the Missouri Air National Guard.
He was of the Lutheran belief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting and fly tying but the biggest joy of his life was his two granddaughters Kate and Allie. He had been a lifetime member of the NRA.
Surviving William is his wife; one son; William Scott Koehr of Piedmont, MO., one daughter; Elizabeth A. and her husband Steven Fluhr of St Louis, MO., and two granddaughters; Katherine and Alexandra Fluhr.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother; Robert Koehr.
Visitation was held Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Thursday, October 9, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., also at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Pete Ruble ministering to the family. Burial was at Mann Cemetery near Vulcan, Justin Henson, Darrel Scaggs, Scott Koehr, Greg Pasadag, Steve Fluhr, Todd Buffington, Mike Stokes and Don Provance served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Lottie Street 10/4/2014

October 4, 2014

Lottie Mae Street, 97, of Patterson, MO, passed away October 4, 2014, at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center, Piedmont, MO.
Lottie was born on August 28, 1917 to Wm. M. and Ada Mae Wilcox in Patterson, MO.
On April 12, 1936 she was united in marriage to Wm. Samuel Street of Patterson, MO, and to the union four children were born: Eva, Darlene, Jack, and Mary.
Lottie was of the Baptist faith and spent her entire life in the Patterson area. She attended Little Lake School. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening, but the biggest love in her life was her family, which included many wonderful grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Proceeding Lottie in death was her husband, Wm. Samuel Street; and a daughter, Geneva “Darlene” Keathley; and one brother Louie Wilcox.
Surviving Lottie are two daughters and one son, Eva Asher and husband Bill of Patterson, MO, Jack Street and wife Jerrie of Patterson, MO, Mary How and husband Jim of Washington, MO; one son-in-law Donald Keathley of Patterson, MO; several grandchildren, Keith Asher, Brenda Asher and husband Bob, Mike Asher and wife Brooke, Penny Cross and husband Jim, Jason Street and wife Kathy, Paul How and wife Rebecca, Lisa Ruth and husband Tim, Kenny Keathley and wife Penny, and Sandy Finch and husband Dean; several great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
There was a graveside service Monday, October 6, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Patterson Cemetery in Patterson, MO. Pastors Kenny Keathley and Jule Maskrod ministered to the family and Jason Street, Keith Asher, Mike Asher, Kenny Keathley, Dean Finch, Ronnie Street, Jake Woods, and Paul How served as pallbearers. Penny Keathley provided the song Precious Memories in which the congregation participated. Burial followed at Patterson Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

Clifford Allen 9/24/2014

September 24, 2014

Clifford Allen, 80, of Piedmont, MO., passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Clifford was born on March 9, 1934 to Edgar C. Allen and Carrie Rainwater Allen who preceded him in death.

Clifford was of the Baptist faith and had been a member of the New Liberty church since 1945 when he was saved and baptized. As a young man he attended Green Hill and Liberty Hill schools in the Lake Creek Community. He worked at a couple of jobs including Banquet Frozen Foods, a dry wall business, and he retired from Brown Shoe in 1994.

Clifford enjoyed fishing, doing word search puzzles and making gardens. He had a witty sense of humor with a heart of gold and would do anything he could for anyone and ask nothing in return. He made the best sugar cookies and snow cream.

Surviving Clifford was one son, Clifford B. Allen and his wife Valerie of Fisk, MO; three daughters, Beverly Wasson and her husband Robert of Marshall, MO., Brenda F. Ireland and her husband Lester of Warsaw, MO., and Nancy Darlene Allen of Piedmont, MO.; three brothers, Kenneth Allen and his wife Sandy of Piedmont, MO., Donnie Allen and his wife Dee of Piedmont, MO., and Lonnie Allen and his wife Linda of Des Arc, MO.; one sister, Donna Tegeler and her husband Gus of Patterson, MO.; seven grandchildren, Mike Ireland, James Ireland, Michele Doss, Becky Janes, Jessica Sedrick, Matthew Allen, Courtney Hampton; and many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Clifford in death were his parents; two infant sisters; one grandson; William Joseph Ireland, and one great-grandson; Michael Bailey Ireland.
Visitation for Clifford was held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont at 5:00 P.M. Service was held on Sunday at 2:00 P.M. also at the Chapel. Burial was at New Liberty Cemetery near Piedmont. Pastor Robert Brinkley and Pastor Tom Willis ministered to the family and Matthew Allen, James Ireland, Brady Doss, Cody Doss, Jimmy Wilcut, and Rickey Hanna served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Billy D. Carter 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014

Billy D. Carter, 66, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO, on September 23, 2014. Billy was born on March 5, 1948, to Raymond G. Carter and Ruby Lawrence Carter Kneaves who preceded him in death.
Billy spent his childhood in the Quincy, Illinois, area where he attended school. He then proudly served his country in the US Army, going overseas for a period of time. After his stint in the service, Billy became a long haul over the road truck driver, taking his dog with him everywhere he went. He loved his dog and classic country music. Billy was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving Billy is one son, Brian (Jolene) Carter of Kansas; one sister, Donna (Jack) Vahle of Quincy, IL, one sister-in-law, Ruthie Haynes Carter of Poplar Bluff, MO; a special friend, Gloria Perkins of Quincy, IL; and several grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Donald Wayne Carter and Norman Ray Carter; and three sisters; Wanda Rodgers, Delores (Frenchy) Permar, and Darlene (Pete) Cissna; and his beloved dog.
Graveside services were held Friday, September 26, 2014, in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, MO, at 2:00 P.M. Online condolences can be made at

Dorothy Montgomery 9/23/2014

September 23, 2014

Dorothy Mae Montgomery, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Septmeber 23, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Dorothy was born on March 17, 1929 to Harry and Bertha (Hillis) Sheets.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Virgil “Short” Montgomery on January 9, 1947, and to this union four children were born.
Dorothy is survived by one son, Richard (Donna) Montgomery of Arnold, MO; two daughters, Evelyn (Doyle) Dotson of Arnold, MO and Jackie Montgomery of Piedmont, MO; five grandchildren, Richie (Alicia) Montgomery, Kelly (Bruce) Wilhelm, Brian (Tami Lotz) Kinworthy, Sam Dotson, and Rebecca Dotson; eight great-grandchildren, Logan, Lauren, Brianna “Doodles”, Tyler, Mackenzie, Alexander, Maddie, and Skyler; one brother, Paul (Anna) Sheets of Pocahontas, AR; two sisters, Pauline (Enoch) Thompson of Piedmont, MO and Janet Gregory of St. Louis, MO; five sister-in-laws, Marcella (W.E.) Johnson, Barb (Chuck) Luck, Melba Moss, Sandy Sheets, and Eva Brown; and many other beloved nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Virgil; one daughter, Lois Jean Montgomery; her parents, Harry and Bertha (Hillis) Sheets; two brothers, Edward Sheets and George Sheets; two sisters, Betty Newland and Glenda Garris; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lutie C. and Carrie Montgomery; eight brother-in-laws, Cecil Montgomery, Junior Montgomery, Bob Newland, “Hap” Garris, Ray Gregory, Roy Brown, Pete Boshears, and J.L. Moss; and three sister-in-laws, Doris Montgomery, Reba Boshears, and Pam Montgomery.
Dorothy was saved as a child and was a member of the United Baptist Church of Piedmont for over 35 years, where she loved to sing in the choir and in quartets.
As a youth, her family moved often, but she graduated from Piedmont High School. Dorothy taught one year of school at a one room school house near Mt. Pleasant Church in rural Piedmont. She and her husband spent most of their adult lives in St. Louis, MO before moving back to Mill Spring.
She had several jobs including Johnson Metals and Mound City Cap Co., in St. Louis and International Hat, Missouri Leather, and Corlair in Piedmont.
The most important thing in her life was her family, and she loved to cook for them. She was famous for her chicken and dumplings and homemade rolls. These were the first two things to go at any family function or church dinner.

In addition to her family, Dorothy was “adopted” mother to many of her childrens’ friends throughout the years. She was birth mother to four children but took pride in saying that she had so many kids she couldn’t count them all.
We will miss her smile, her sense of humor, and her cooking but most of all her caring, loving spirit she was so willing to share with so many throughout her life. We take comfort in knowing, without a doubt, that she is happy in Heaven and that we will see her again some sweet day, and what a glorious reunion day that will be. Visitation was held Friday, September 26, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the chapel. Burial followed in Mill Spring Cemetery. Pastor Randy Scott ministered to the family and Doug Sheets, Kelly Sheets, Tim Sheets, Rick Thompson, Jim Montgomery, Steve Johnson, Mike Johnson, Rick Johnson, and Tim Johnson served as pallbearers. Ben Thompson served as an honorary pallbearer. Online condolences can be made at

Roy Edward “Ed” Luke 9/21/2014

September 23, 2014

Roy Edward “Ed” Luke, age 31, of Williamsville, MO passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014, near Williamsville, MO. He was born on October, 19, 1982, in Poplar Bluff, MO. He was united in marriage to Renee Goebel and they shared two children.
He leaves behind and son and daughter, Marquan and Zaalilyah Luke of Williamsville. In addition to his children, he is survived by his parents, Charlotte Luke and Roy Luke and wife Erma of Williamsville four sisters, Crystal Purl and husband Tom, Sharon Faraone and husband Wade, Mary England and husband John, all of Williamsville and Rebecca Luke of Flora, IL; his grandmother Barbara Condray of Williamsville; sixteen nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Ed Condray, Lester and Nadine Luke, and one nephew Christopher Faraone.
Ed grew up in the Williamsville area and attended the Williamsville and Greenville schools. During 2009-2010 he received his welding degree from MWI in Nevada, MO, and was currently working with his father at Luke Sawmill as sawyer. Ed’s past times included spending time with family, boat riding, BBQ, and making fun at Tom’s burnt food. He was of the Baptist faith.
Visitation was held Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 11:30 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. at the chapel. Burial was at Military Crossing Cemetery near Williamsville, MO. Pastor John England ministered to the family and Jimmy Condray, Lawrence Luke, Wes Bratton, Adam Elston, Wayne Crutchfield, and Sammy Faraone served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Willard Leon Libla 9/18/2014

September 19, 2014

Willard “Leon” Libla, 97, of Greenville, Mo, died September 18, 2014 at the MO Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born on Nov. 23, 1916, in Hiram, MO, son of John William and Willie Nora Hughey Libla.
On Nov. 20, 1940, he married Goldie J. Rainwater, in Lowndes, MO and she preceded him in death.
Survivors include two sons, Daryl L. Libla and wife Phyllis of Greenville, MO and Richard Dale Libla and wife Cheryl of Piedmont, MO; five grandchildren, Greg Davis and wife Paula, Cindy Wood and husband Derwin, Tammy Mann and husband David, Brad Libla and wife Mira, Nick Libla and wife Jessica; and five great-grandchildren, Adam Davis, Zach Davis, Aaron and Dylan Libla and Declan Libla.
Preceding him in death were his wife; his parents; one daughter, Delores Davis; one daughter-in-law, Joan Libla; three brothers, Clyde , Robert, and Claude Libla; and one sister, Lena Hackworth.
He went to a one room school in Hiram until the eight grade and then completed his GED.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving his country from May 1, 1945 until June 9, 1946.
Leon was a Post Master for the United Postal Service and retired after 28 years of service.
He enjoyed fishing and rabbit hunting. Leon was saved in his home in 1998 and was of the Baptist faith. Visitation was held Monday, September 22, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., also at the chapel. Burial followed in Greenville Cemetery with full military honors provided by Arnold Hodge Post 281, Piedmont, MO. Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and Nick Libla, Brad Libla, Greg Davis, David Mann, Derwin Wood, and Adam Davis served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Robert L. “Bob” Woods 9/18/2014

September 19, 2014

Robert L. “Bob” Woods, 83, of Poplar Bluff, MO, formerly of Piedmont, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Oakdale Care Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Bob was born on December 1, 1930 to Lester J. Woods and Lilliam Davis Woods who preceded him in death.

Bob was married on July 28, 1950 to Regina “Marlene” Woods and to this union two children were born.

Bob honorably served his country in the US Air Force. He later owned and operated Sweazea Lumber from 1965 to 1981. He hunted the hills; he fished the waters; he flew the skies; and had a beautiful family.

Bob was very active in his community. He had been past president of the Piedmont Rotary, Jaycees and Piedmont Canyon Club. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Piedmont, MO.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Ann and her husband Joe Huck of Poplar Bluff, MO; daughter-in-law, Janet Woods Jackson of Patterson, MO; two sisters, Margaret Pauls and husband Marvin of Piedmont, MO, and Pat Warren and husband Jimmy of Cleveland MS; four grandchildren, Eric Woods and wife Laura, Jennifer Woods and husband Bill Edmonds, Joanne Roberts and husband Josh, and Julia Schmidt and husband Paul; four great-grandchildren, Beatrix Woods, Wren Woods, and Jillian and Juliet Roberts.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Mike Woods; and one sister, Dot Shuford.

Private services were held for Bob. Online condolences can be made at

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