April 17, 2015
William Earl “Shack” Dean, 85, of Des Arc, Mo, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, MO. Shack was born April 16, 1930, at Des Arc, MO, son of Claude and Nancy Dean nee` Reed. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. On October 9, 1954 he was united in marriage to Wilma Lee Adams and the two shared fifty-nine years together raising their family. Shack became a born again Christian in 1959 while living in California. Shack worked as a truck driver for Tucker Sawmill, Carroll Hinkle Sawmill, Elvis Lewis, Duncan Bros. Concrete, and retired from Union Pacific rock quarry at Gads Hill.
During his retirement years he especially enjoyed making garden, family dinners, and spending time with his grand and great grandchildren.
Shack is survived by his four children, Mark Dean of Branson, MO, Paula Garland of Farmington, MO, Carol Goad and Fred of Des Arc, MO, and Cathy Southard and husband Steve of Atlanta, GA; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, DeWayne Mize; granddaughter Danielle Dean three brothers, Louie “Diz”, Paul, and Eugene Dean; and one sister in infancy. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO, from 1-3 P.M., Monday, April 20, 2015. Services followed at 3 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastors Jeff Fields, Jimmy Nelson, and Fred Goad ministered to the family. Josh Gray, Jim Gollhofer, Thiru Thombyrajah, David Dean, Ryan Dean, Gene Parker, Joe Bollinger, and Steve Southard served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery near Des Arc with Full Military Honors. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
April 17, 2015
Herman Willard Swafford, Jr. passed away Friday, April 17 at his home in Lowndes, Mo surrounded by family.
He was born July 16, 1926 in St. Louis, Mo to Herman and Alta Swafford. He and Glenda Barks were married November 5, 1949 in Lowndes. Herman was a veteran of World War II, serving in peacetime Korea. Returning to St. Louis, he became active in civic affairs and remained so his entire life. He was named man of the year of Overland, MO for his community involvement and dedication to coaching through the YMCA and with Calvary United Church of Christ. Herman moved to Cape Girardeau in 1960 and opened Swafford’s Auto Body before embarking on and enjoying a long career at Ford Groves. He was a faithful member and leader for many years at Evangelical UCC in Cape and later at Grace Methodist in Greenville, MO. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3838 and loved square dancing, competitive Bridge and fishing. He and Glenda later settled at the family farm in Lowndes where he was most proud of his dedication and service to the Lowndes Volunteer Fire Dept. They enjoyed traveling extensively and spent many winter months in Ft. Myers FL.
Herman was a gifted athlete with a lifelong love of sports from an early age both as participant and coach.
Loving survivors include his wife of 65 years, a daughter, Martha (Walter) Hauck of St. Louis, a son, Steve (DeLana) Swafford of Kirkwood, MO and 4 grandchildren, Jacob and Caleb Hauck and Emily and Jack Swafford. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stokley Swafford.
Visitation was held Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville, MO.
The funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at the funeral home. Pastor Jeff Estes ministered to the family with eulogies by son, Steve, and daughter, Marty. Music was provided by Trinity United Methodist Church Choir. Jack Swafford, Jacob Hauck, Caleb Hauck, Eric Stephens, David Crites, and Craig Stephens served as pallbearers. Procession followed to Crossroads Cemetery led by the Lowndes Volunteer Fire Department. He was interred with honors given by the Lowndes Volunteer Fire Department and full military honors given by the Missouri National Guard and Arnold Hodge Post 281, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
April 17, 2015
Clayton Wayne Hillis, 46, of Silva, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Clayton was born on December 17, 1968 to Clayton Marvin Hillis and Karen Woolard Hillis.
Clayton loved to hunt, fish, and being around his family and friends. He spent most of his time with his son Matthew, who was his pride and joy.
Clayton grew up in the Williamsville area and worked as a laborer in the tie yard at Williamsville. He spent his last years in Silva.
Surviving Clayton is his mother, Karen Allen and her husband Paul, one son, Matthew Wayne and his wife Rosie Cathlene Hillis of Williamsville, MO; three brothers, Michael Hillis of Piedmont, Danny Hillis of Williamsville and Michael Allen and his wife Keisha of Silva, MO; and three grandchildren, Clayton Dean Hillis, Dayton Wayne Hillis and Mattie Kay Hillis.
Preceding him in death was his father.
The visitation for Clayton was held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville, MO. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel and burial was at Holliday Cemetery, Williamsville, MO. Bro. Jerry Smith ministered to the family and Christy Phelps, Andy Durrow, and Bro. Jerry Smith ministered in song in addition to recorded music being provided. James Cobb, Curty White, Danny Hillis, J.C. Goebel, Jr. Woods, and Wesley Bratton served as pallbearers. Andy Durrow and Clayton Dean Hillis served as honorary pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
April 15, 2015
>Glenda Louise Green, 80, of Clark, MO, formerly of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO. She was born in Leeper, MO, on May 25, 1934 to John Andrew Provance and Neley Florence Spratley Provance who preceded her in death.
On February 16, 1952 she was united in marriage to Carl Green and to this marriage six children were born.
Glenda worked at Brown Shoe Company. She loved to cook for her family and was well known for her chicken and dumplings and cornbread. She also enjoyed embroidery and spoiling her grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them and found great joy in them. Glenda was a Christian woman.
Glenda is survived by two sons, Mike Green and his wife Pam of Piedmont, MO, and Douglas Green and his wife Pat of Decatur, AR; four daughters, Carlene Weis and her husband Bill of Yale, OK, Ellen Payton and her husband David of Mill Spring, MO, Cindy Green of Clark, MO and Debra Webster of Mill Spring, MO, two sisters, Corene Collins of Arnold, MO and Melba Brinkley of Mill Spring, MO; nineteen grandchildren, forty-three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one grandson Douglas Burch; three brothers, William, Eugene and Virgil Provance; and five sisters, Pearl Martin, Bessie Columbo, Elsie Bodlibic, Virgie Buffington and Erma Jones.
There was graveside service at Gresham Cemetery in Carter County, MO on Friday, April 17 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Richard Sanders ministering to the family. Roger Rudd, Billy Rudd, Darrin Grimes, Craig Grimes, Tyler Pinkley, Eddie Burch, David Burch, Carl Burch, Zachary Green, TJ Webster, Josh Webster and Will Hicks served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
April 15, 2015
Grace Mae (Hawkins) Westmoreland, 85, of Patterson, MO, lost a long lengthy battle with cancer and passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was born in Patterson on April 19, 1929 to Walter T. Hawkins and Augusta Aldrige Hawkins, who preceded her in death.
On October 1, 1955 she was united in marriage to Noah M Westmoreland, who preceded her in death on June 19, 1990. To this marriage three children were born.
She is survived by daughter Diane Westmoreland Holley of Patterson, granddaughter Jenna (Donnie) Wright, and two great-grandchildren, Nolan and Audrianna Grace Wright and baby girl Wright arriving in three weeks all of Piedmont.
Daughter Brenda Sullivan of Patterson, three grandsons, Justin (Amanda) Sullivan, two great-grandchildren, Cody and Alyvia all of Fredericktown. Grandson Brandon (Danielle) Sullivan, two great-grandson, Jackson and Grant all of Piedmont. Grandson Caleb Sullivan of Patterson and two Great-Grandchildren, Garrett and Adrienne.
One son David (Cindy) Westmoreland, one granddaughter, Logan all of Columbia, two step-grandchildren, Jennifer Lonnevik, and Jonna Dunlap.
Also surviving three sisters, Bonnie Atnip of Farmington, MO, Lucille (Paul) Benne of Weingarten, MO, and Thelma (Donald) Gentry of St. Louis, MO. One brother Jim (Betty) Hawkins of Patterson, MO, many nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Grace grew up in the Patterson community attended Little Lake and Patterson school where she graduated in 1947. Grace was athletic in her school days playing volleyball and softball, after graduation from Patterson high school she attended SEMO state University. Grace attended Kyles Nazarene Church in Patterson where she was saved at a young age; she later joined the Nazarene Church at Piedmont. For the past 30 years she attended the Patterson Assembly of God Church.
After Grace and Noah married they moved to St. Louis there Grace was a homemaker, wife and mother. Over the years she held part time position as medical receptionist, and employee at Lipic Pen. In 1972 they moved back to Patterson where Grace maintained the house and farm. She was well known for her cooking and baking skills, especially her homemade yeast rolls and desserts, in addition to many outside activities and running the farm while Noah continued to work in St. Louis, she also drove the Clearwater School bus for many years, served on the Patterson election board, and throughout her life enjoyed league bowling.
In closing the girls add that Mom was inspiration in their adult life’s supporting and joining them in every endeavor helping in every way whether baking for many years during the Christmas open houses at Country Memories and many many times assisted with her grandchildren then her great-grandchildren. When we call for help she always said “I’ll be right there” She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
The visitation was held at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 P.M. and the services followed on Friday the 17th at 1:00 P.M. also in the chapel with Pastor Jule Maskrod delivering the obiturary, Rev. Bill Barker speaking to the family, her grandson, Justin Sullivan remembering his grandmother and Pastor Darrel Loughridge ministering to the family. Burial was at the Rockwell Cemetery in Patterson, MO with Justin Sullivan, Brandon Sullivan, Caleb Sullivan, Cody Sullivan, Donnie Wright and Jim Hawkins serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.
April 8, 2015
Sharon Kay Bailey, 70, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. She was born on January 10, 1945 in Poplar Bluff MO, to Fred Dees and Etta Davis Dees who preceded her in death.
Sharon worked as a waitress at various restaurants, she loved to crochet, and she loved her family and church. She was a member of the Westwood Baptist Church.
Surviving Sharon is one son, Vernon Edward Bailey of Poplar Bluff, MO; one brother, Larry Dees of St. Louis, MO; three sisters, Nancy Farlow of Yuba City, CA, Carolyn Belt of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Mary Ellen Boyer of Williamsville, MO; and many nieces and nephews and cousins, and a special friend Teresa Longhibler.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Joyce Paskel.
Services were held Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 1:00 P.M, at Westwood Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff, MO. Pastors Steve Proctor and David Myers ministered to the family and Steve Proctor and Nancy Proctor provided special musical selections. Robert Longhibler, Charles Rush, Roger Hefner, John Cox, Pastor David Meyers, and Randy Clark served as pallbearers. Burial was at Dee’s Chapel Cemetery near Williamsville. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
April 6, 2015
Fred I. Fox, Sr. of Piedmont, MO, died April 5, 2015 at his residence. He was born July 11, 1932, at Chaonia, MO. He was united in marriage to Doris Tucker on September 19, 1953. In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by two children: one son, Fred Fox, Jr and his wife Brenda of Granite City, IL; one daughter, Sandra Fox of Piedmont, MO; five grandchildren: Sara Fox, Kelly Fox, Mia Gwirtsman, Ben Gwirtsman and Gabe Gwirtsman; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: his twin brother, Frank Fox and his wife Helen of Baton Rouge, LA, and Joe Fox and his wife Lorene of Patterson, MO; two sisters: Mary Aubuchon of Wentzville, MO, and Berniece Killion of Patterson, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Zeba Jane Fox; his father, Tom Fox; three brothers, Tom, Claude, and Burt Fox; and three sisters, Oma, Dorothy and Tempie.
Fred served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1952. He worked 35 years at Granite City Steel Company as a steel inspector. He retired to Wayne County, MO, where he worked various jobs. He attended law enforcement school in Jefferson City. Fred was a Piedmont Policeman, and a Wayne County Deputy. Fred later served as interim Sheriff in 1992 prior to Nathan Hale becoming Sheriff. He worked for Sheriff’s Nathan Hale and Larry Plunkett and he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1996 he was awarded “Deputy of the Year.”
Fred was Master of the Piedmont Masonic Lodge #526 in 1994 and 1998. He served as District Deputy Grand Master For the Lodge. He is a lifetime member of the Granite City, Illinois Masonic Lodge. He was presented with this membership from his co-workers as a gift upon his retirement from Granite City Steel.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He belonged to the “Over the Hill” men’s small group at Trinity and was a director for four years for the U.S.S. Columbus Veteran’s Association, each year traveling to a different state for the reunions, bringing his ship’s store and setting it up for his shipmates. He was presented with the Gene Hickam Memorial award for his many years of contribution to the association. Fred was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wappapello and the Piedmont American Legion Post #281, also serving as Chaplain there. Fred and his wife served on the Wayne County Democrat Central Committee, representing their township. He enjoyed being with his family, hunting, and fishing and just being with people and visiting. He was a musician, playing the piano, fiddle, guitar, harmonica and banjo. He enjoyed working crossword puzzles each day and he dearly loved his dog, Toto. When he was in the hospital various times, he would always tell the nurses and doctors, “I want to get back home to my dog.” We will all miss him so very much. LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 6:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO, with a Masonic Service and Eastern Star service being held. Funeral services followed Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity United Methodist Church near Piedmont with Pastor Jeff Johnson, Pastor Ted Kruithoff, Pastor Michael Woods, and Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministering to the family. Ministering in song were Bro. Gary Aubuchon, Barb Decker,Janice Middleton,Janet Howard, and Sherry Woods. Burial followed at Rowland Woods Cemetery near Patterson, MO, with Larry Plunkett, Ralph Atkins, Danny Jaco, Fred Fox Jr., Joe Fox, Frank Fox and Josh Eldridge serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Brill, Walt Martin, Tom Toney and David Orr. Full military honors were given to Fred by the United States Navy and Arnold Hodge Post #281, Piedmont, MO. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
March 27, 2015
Herbert Ronald “Ronnie” Radford, 75, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. He was born on February 20, 1940 in St. Louis, MO. He was the son of the late Herbert Noah and Rachel Catherine Faulkner Radford.
On Jan. 29, 1963, he was united in marriage to Alice Brinkley and she survives.
Ronnie grew up on Otter Creek and attended Hales College there. He later attended Mill Spring School. He spent his adult life in Piedmont and he worked at Ozark Lead at Sweetwater for 14 years and later was the water superintendent for the City of Piedmont for many years.
Ronnie enjoyed going to the races with Tim and hunting and fishing. He attended the Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of the Wayne Lodge # 526 in Piedmont, MO.
Other survivors include two sons, Jeff Radford and wife Marsha, Tim Radford and wife Connie; 4 grandchildren, Dalton Radford and wife Emily, Paige Radford, Brandon Radford and wife Meagan and Macy Radford; 3 great-grandchildren Bentley, Alaina, and Carter Radford all of Piedmont, MO. He enjoyed his family and he loved his grandchildren.
Preceding in death were his parents, 2 sisters, Erma Lee Henson, and Infant sister, Lillie May Radford.
Visitation was held Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family and Music was provided from recordings and live music was provided by Bud Brinkley and Keith Smith. Dalton Radford, Brandon Radford, Jr. Lueddecke, Donnie Henson, Jason Lueddecke, and Jordan Kinne served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
March 27, 2015
Ralph Dan “Doc” Hollida was born on March 19, 1945 in Cascade, MO. He was born to Madalyne and Herbert Hollida who preceded him in death. Doc passed away on March 26, 2015 at his residence with his wife by his side.
Doc is survived by his wife of thirty two years Kim Brack Hollida. Doc was married to Linda McMurry and to this union one daughter was born, Dana (Scott) Lair of Harrison, AR. Doc is survived by two other children, T.J. Montgomery and Dannie (Dallas) Johnson all of Silva, MO.
Doc enjoyed bass fishing on the upper St. Francis River with his son. He enjoyed turkey and deer hunting with his family and friends. Doc is also survived by five grandchildren: Graham and Hannah Lair, Randy and Amanda Montgomery and Madalyne Johnson. He is also survived by his brother, Bill (Shirley) Hollida and a sister, Judy (Lavern) Daves and a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Doc was a charter member of the Wayne County Eagles #447 and a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #107. Doc loved spending time with his family and friends and telling all those infamous stories about his hunting and fishing trips and needless to say the ones about his life.
There will be a Celebration of his Life on May 30, 2015 @ 12:00 noon at New Prospect Baptist Church on Bounds Creek in Silva, MO. Anyone who has a story to share, a poem or any types of contribution to the service please feel free to do so. A Masonic service will be held at this time also. After the celebration everyone is invited to attend the fellowship in the church banquet room where lunch will be served.
Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com
March 22, 2015
Grace Twidwell, 94, of Greenville, MO, passed away March 22, 2015, at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation. Grace was born September 18, 1920, to Andrew and Rose (Clements) Joy at Solway, Minnesota. When Grace was about five years old they moved Wayne County and she attended the Bounds Creek School. On September 26, 1942, she married Sharon Warrick and he preceded her in death on April 30, 1979. She later married Clyde Twidwell on June 18, 1980 and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2006.
Grace did several jobs in her lifetime but the most enjoyable was caring for her family and home. She loved to garden, can, and cook. She was saved as a senior adult and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by one son, Kenneth Joy and wife Melba of Cuba, MO; one daughter, Phyllis Libla and husband Daryl of Greenville, MO; one step-daughter Sandra Ghrist, of Colorado; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and six great- great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; one daughter, Joan Libla; five brothers, Dave, Warren, Victor, Ted, and Clinton; two sisters, Bertha Wakefield, Rose Warrick; one step-son, Larry Twidwell
Visitation was held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, MO. Services followed Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., also at the chapel with Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministering to the family. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery, Silva, MO, with Kenneth Joy, Jr., David Wood, David Mann, Fred Joy, Richard Joy and Bob Carney serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com