Jesse C. Middleton 1/19/2014

January 21, 2014


Jesse C. Middleton, 82, of Jackson Mo passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 at his residence. Jesse was born on September 30, 1931 in Reynolds County MO.

On March 8, 1957 he was united in marriage to Willa Marie Bearden and to this union one daughter was born.

Jesse attended Riverside Elementary and then Des Arc High School where he graduated from in 1949. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1953 until 1955.  Jesse was a of the Assembly of God faith.  He was converted at the Vulcan Assembly of God and joined the Des Arc Assembly of God Church.  He later joined the Fountain of Life in 2010 where he had attended since 1998 since he had moved to Jackson MO.

Jesse worked at the Brown Shoe factory and then ISP where he retired in 1997. After retirement Jesse and Willa moved to Jackson to be closer to their daughter. He enjoyed picking up walnuts, he spent many hours mowing grass at home and taking care of the church yards. Anytime you saw Jesse you  saw him with a smile.

Survivors include his wife, Willa Marie of the home, one daughter; Angela Middleton of Jackson, MO, one brother; Doyle Middleton and his wife Verlina of Piedmont MO, two grandchildren; TC and Kelsey Dobbs, and two great-grandchildren; Porsha Kerr and Makayla Dobbs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher Columbus Middleton and Ethel Brawley Middleton and one brother, Paul Middleton.

Visitation was held Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 4:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Funeral services followed at 7:00 P.M. also at the chapel. A second visitation was held Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Fountain of Life Tabernacle in Jackson, MO, at 5:00 P.M. Funeral services followed Friday, January 25, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. also at the church.  Pastors Dewell Smith and Ron Marler ministered to the family and Carl Bearden, Roger Bearden, Dale Bearden, William Bearden, Roger Middleton, and Jerick Middleton served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Bloomfield, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Sharon Darlene Johnson Durbin 1/14/2014

January 14, 2014

Sharon Darlene Stevenson Johnson Durbin, 70, of Piedmont, MO passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at her residence. Sharon was born April 21, 1943 in St. Louis MO.

On June 3, 1960 she was married to Kenneth Ray Johnson, who preceded her in death. To this union two children were born. On August 31, 2013 she was united in marriage to Allen Durbin who survives.

Sharon was of the Protestant faith. She had worked as a department manager at Wal-Mart.

Survivors include her husband, Allen, one son; Johnny Johnson and his wife Annette of Piedmont, one daughter; Rosann T. Johnson of Piedmont, MO, one brother; Tony L Stevenson and his wife Charlene of Ellsinore, MO and two grandchildren; Hope and Gage Hunden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; John H. Stevenson and Rose Kemp Stevenson, and one brother; John Wayne Stevenson.

Online condolences can be made at

Ruth Wills 1/12/2014

January 14, 2014


Ruth Gallamore Wills, 94, of Greenville, formerly of the Wappapello area, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Greenville Nursing and Rehab in Greenville. She was born March 24, 1919, in Texas County, MO, to parents James and Eva Atnip Page.
In 1936 Ruth Married Herman Gallamore and he preceded in death on July 18, 1975. She later married Leonard “Red” Wills on December 21, 1978 and he preceded in death on April 27, 1988.
Ruth attended Jacktown Church in Silva for many years and loved to sing hymns. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Ruth is survived by two sons, Billie Gallamore of Mission, TX, and Roger Gallamore of Beloit, WI; two daughters, Glenda Knutson and husband Chester of South Beloit, IL, and Deborah Yount of Wappapello, MO; six grandchildren, Steven Gallamore, Melissa Truckenbrod, Rhonda Singleton, Darrell Knutson, Joe Gallamore, and Christopher Yount; one brother, Lee Page and wife Betty of Loves Park, IL.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eva Atnip Page; two infant sons, James Carroll and Bobby Joe; four sisters, Alta Griffith, Hassie Thorkelson, Jean Burchard, and Lena Page; three brothers, Ernest, John, and Eddie Page.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 15,2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, with the services following at 2:00 P.M. Brother Kenny Burchard ministered to the family with Darrell Knutson, Joe Gallamore, Curt Gallamore, Bob Nepean, Danny Nepean, and Greg Ziegler serving as pallbearers. Burial was at the Greenville Cemetery in Greenville MO.  Online condolences can be made at


Charles “Charlie” Laxton 1/9/2014

January 14, 2014

Charles “Charlie” Laxton Sr., 69, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away, Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Charlie was born May 26,1944, in Mill Spring, MO, son of Lawrence and Georgia Berniece Barton Laxton. Charlie grew up on the family farm and attended the Mill Creek School for kindergarten to sixth grade years and later graduated from Clearwater High School in 1963. Charlie was a Christian.
Charlie spent his career working as a union brick layer. He worked many years in the St. Louis area and retired from Western
Waterproofing. After retiring he returned home to the family farm. He enjoyed his horses and cattle and would often spend hours sitting on his four wheeler watching them in the field. When he wasn’t in the field he often visited the Mill Spring Station to visit with his friends. Charlie was a very opinionated and outspoken person who loved to talk. He was a loving and caring man that would do anything he could do to help. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Charlie is survived by one son, Charles “Chuck” Laxton and wife Connie of Mill Spring; one grandson, Dylan Cook, Mill Spring, MO; one brother, Arnold Laxton and wife Janice of Kalispell, MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Georgia Berniece Barton Laxton; two brothers, Willard and Anthony Laxton; and one sister, Emma Lee Huffman. A memorial service was held January 18, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at Faith Family Worship Center near Piedmont. Pastor Wayne Street officiated. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Frederick Gillenwater 1/03/2014

January 9, 2014

Charles Frederick Gillenwater, 69, of Piedmont, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  Charles was born in Knoxville TN on June 7, 1944.

On June 14, 1968 he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Loria, who survives at home, and to this union two sons were born.

Charles proudly served his country in the US Marines and later more proudly served his Lord as Pastor of churches.

Survivors include his wife, two sons; John Gillenwater of North Las Vegas, NV and David Gillenwater of Wheaton IL, one brother; Bert Gillenwater of Ft Lauderdale, FL, three sisters; Mary Hallock, Tampa FL, Virginia Hutchinson and Glenda Blan Conn both of El Paso  TX and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Hubert Gillenwater and Elma Taylor Gillenwater; and one brother, Nuwell Gillenwater.

A Memorial will be held at a later time. The family has requested memories be sent to them in lieu of flowers. You can send cards to Ruegg Funeral Home, 321 N Main, Piedmont, Mo or condolences can be made at

Douglas Alexander Johnson 12/28/2013

December 30, 2013


Douglas Alexander (Doug) Johnson, age 68, of Piedmont, MO passed away on Dec. 28, 2013 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO.  He was born February 16, 1945, in Chicago, IL,  son of the late George Alexander Johnson and Goldie Smith Johnson Thompson Stovall.  Doug lived with his grand- parents, Bill and Martha Smith, during his childhood.

Doug is survived by one brother, Dan Stovall and wife Norma, Clubb, MO; and three sisters, Karen Hancock and husband Jerry, Clubb, MO, Betty Weaver, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Georgia O’Brien and husband Eugene, Arnold, MO

One sister, Linda Jean Hancock preceded him in death.

Doug was a former member of Yount Memorial Baptist Church near Garwood and later became a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Piedmont, where he was past chairman of the Brotherhood Board. He belonged to Wayne Masonic Lodge # 526 A.F.A.M. where he was past Master for the year 2006-2007. Doug was also active in Piedmont Chapter #347 Order of the Eastern Star in addition to being a past member of the advisory board for the Piedmont Rainbows.  He was also a past member of the Piedmont Sesquicentennial Committee.

Doug worked as a self-employed electrician for the Emerson Electric and Libla industries.  He loved to tinker with computers, and walking to town to visit friends.

Visitation was held Monday, December 30, 2013, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Masonic rites were at 7:00 P.M. Monday night at the chapel. Services followed Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont. Pastor Kenny Burchard and Bro Richard McAllister ministered to the family and Scott McAllister, Victor Thompson, Rick Thompson, Mike Carson, Richard Sanders, Richie Ayers, Brandon Clark, and Danny Stovall served as pallbearers. Burial was in Yount Memorial Cemetery, Garwood, MO. Online condolences can be made at

Sharon Ann (Agnew) Rivers 12/26/2013

December 27, 2013

Sharon Ann (Agnew) Rivers, 70 of Manchester, Tennessee passed away Thursday December 26, 2013 at the United Regional Nursing Center in Manchester. Sharon was born September 5, 1943 in Houston TX.

Sharon lived in Annapolis MO before deciding to make Manchester her home. She had a desire to help people in need and never knew a stranger. She was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include her husband, Carol William Rivers; one son: Frederick Bradley of Manchester, TN; three daughters; Sylvia Graham and her husband Jerry of Piedmont, MO, Rebecca Bradley of Houston TX, and Tammy Burch of Piedmont, MO; one sister: Barbara Smith of Bend Oregon; Nineteen grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Bennie Agnew and  James Agnew, Jr and two sisters: Joy Nell “Red” and Loretta Fann; one great-grandchild. Services for Sharon will be held in Manchester TN.  Online condolences can be made an

Angela Campbell 12/26/2013

December 27, 2013


Angela Campbell, 38, of Park Hills formerly of Silva, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013, at her residence. Angela was born June 8, 1975 to parents Floyd A. “Smoky” Swope and Thelma Jerri Evans Swope.

Angela was a Christian. Before her long illness she worked as a critical care nurse at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Angela loved her children and spending time at family gatherings. She grew up in the Coldwater area and spent her adult years living in Greenville and the past five years in Park Hills, MO.

She is survived by one son, Alexander Campbell of the home; two daughters, Lauren Henderson and husband Patrick of Goldsboro, NC, and Mariah Campbell of the home; her father, Floyd “Smoky” Swope; two brothers, Rick Swope and wife Linda of Fredericktown and Randy Swope and wife Daphne of Sikeston, MO; one sister Darla Twidwell and husband Bob of Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Jerri Evans Swope.

Visitation for Angela was held Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, with services following at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jerry Gibson ministering to the family.  Patrick Henderson, Randy Swope, Jacob Tibbs, Jerry Tibbs, Bob Twidwell and William Henderson served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at

Ruby Jane Evans 12/24/2013

December 26, 2013


Ruby Jane Evans, 97, of Piedmont, Mo., died at her residence on Dec. 24, 2013. Ruby was born near Piedmont in the Damon community on June 18, 1916, to the late Jennie and Ed Charlton.

On June 28, 1939, she was united in marriage to Obert Evans, who preceded her in death in 1997. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Homer Charlton; and one sister, Grace Allen.

Ruby attend the Damon school and Damon Presbyterian Church in her community. Upon marrying Obert, they moved to Piedmont where they both joined the First Baptist Church on March 11, 1945. She was a member for 68 years, serving as Sunday School teacher, Vacation       Bible School teacher, WMU, and in other activities.

Ruby and Obert owned the O. Evans Lumber Company where she was bookkeeper for 26 years.

Surviving Ruby is her daughter, Janet R. Evans of Florissant Mo.; and nephews, nieces and cousins.

Ruby enjoyed working in her flowers, vegetable gardening, quilting, and being at the farm. Other interests included traveling with her family and church work. She loved music and was able to attend services where her daughter played for church in Florissant.

Funeral services were held at the Ruegg Funeral Home Dec. 28, with Rev. Jack Ruble and Rev. Jim Crutchfield officiating. Special music was by Sharon Carter, Ann Gaadt, Richard Eichenberger and Janet Evans of Florissant.

Pallbearers were Bill Fitzpatrick, Brennan Fitzpatrick, Eli Twidwell, Wayne Pichon, Richard Eichenberger and John Clark. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont.

Online condolences may be made at

Melba Steward12/22/2013

December 23, 2013


Melba Steward, 90, of Hillsboro, Mo longtime resident of Piedmont passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Presbyterian Manor of Mid America in Farmington MO. Melba was born June 17, 1923 in St. Joseph MO.

On June 15, 1947 she was united in marriage to Paul Steward.

Melba was of the Baptist belief and a member of the First Baptist Church of Bonne Terre. She enjoyed singing in the choir and was an active member in her church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Melba and her husband Paul owned and operated Steward’s Toggery up until 1982.

Survivors include her three daughters: Connie Adams and husband Lee of Hillsboro, MO; Sue Rainwater and her husband, Carroll of Greenville, MO; and Wilma Hawley and husband, Alan of Wappapello, MO; one brother, Frank Duckett and his wife Rose of Williamsburg, VA; one sister, Claudine Jenson of DeSoto MO; Grandchildren: Jennifer Adams, Amanda Rymer, Ashley Adams, Debra Bearden, Randy Rainwater, Rick Rainwater, Dianne (Donnie) Meyer, Jeanna Hawley, Lee Kinser and several Great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, Raymond Moore and Myrtle Dees Moore; one brother: Gene Duckett and one sister, Margaret Clubb; one niece Darlene Clubb and one nephew: Stanley Clubb.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 12 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 2 P.M. also at the chapel in Piedmont, MO. Pastor Ron Poole ministered to the family and Joe Steward, Logan Cafourek, Chuck Lambert, Ryan Elpers, David Greminger, and Bill Eaton served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont. Online condolences can be made at

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