James Franklin 2/20/2015

February 21, 2015

James J. Franklin, 80, of Mill Spring, MO, passed away Friday, February 20, 2015, at his residence. James was born September 4, 1934 at rural Williamsville, MO to parents James W. Franklin and Mary Ellen Kenefick.
James grew up in the Mill Spring area on the family farm on Granite Bend. As a young man he attended a Catholic Boarding School and then later Sacred Heart School in Poplar Bluff, MO. He served his country in US Army serving two tours in Korea.
James had been done many things in his life. He had been a roofer, a laborer, had worked for the city of Williamsville, MO, for many years. He had lived in the Missoula, Mt, area for many years and had returned to home to care for his father. He was very independent and took great pride for his family’s heritage at Granite Bend. He also enjoyed his constant companion, his dog, for the last several years.
In 1967 he was united in marriage to Pearl M. Bethke and to this union one child was born.
James is survived by one daughter, Mary Wheeler and husband John of Lola, MT; one grandson, Parker James William Wheeler of Lola, MT, one step son, Tom Davis and wife Janie of Stevensville, MT; and one step daughter, Sandra Day and husband Claude of DeKalb, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one step daughter, Connie Easterbrooks.

Visitation was held Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 1:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, MO. Services followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Poplar Bluff, MO. Father Shoby Chettiyath ministered to the family and John Wheeler, Parker Wheeler, Bobby Hillis, Louis Warmack, Richard Adair, and Bill Dougherty served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Vouna Sue Mingues 2/20/2015

February 20, 2015

Vouna Sue Mingues, 68, of Malden, MO, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at her home. She was born on January 23, 1947 in Granite City, Illinois to Melvin Wideman and Lily Swachman Wideman who preceded her in death.

Vouna had worked as a CNA at a nursing home.

Vouna loved her children and grandchildren and will be missed by her friends and family.

Surviving Vouna are two daughters, Susan Mingues of Searcy, Arkansas, and Lily Yeggy and companion James Rector of Malden, Missouri; and her grandchildren.

Preceding her were her parents and her longtime companion, Chuck Kellick.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Lloyd Yates 2/19/2015

February 20, 2015

Lloyd Yates, 87, of Arnold, MO, formerly of Mill Spring, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Lloyd was born May 10, 1927, at Mill Spring, MO, to parents Alfred Amos Yates and Addie Yates nee` Boyer. On March 28, 1947 he married Frances “Lucille” Yates and to this union one child was born. Lucille preceded him in death on March 31, 2014.
Lloyd grew up in the Mill Spring area and finished 8th grade at a one room school house on Brushy Creek.
Lloyd was of the Baptist faith and a member of Canaan Baptist church and around 1960, he joined Mattese Baptist Church in St. Louis County. Lloyd trusted the Lord as a young man and was baptized in Brushy Creek. When on the farm he attended Ijames Hill General Baptist Church.

Lloyd loved fishing, hunting, and camping. He enjoyed flying his TriPacer airplane for many years after getting his license in 1965. After marrying and moving to Kimmswick, MO, he worked at some local companies, from driving a heating oil delivery truck to working at “The Pottery.” He then began his career at General Motors working on the assembly line. He retired in 1980, working in the Fork Lift Maintenance Shop. He continued working on his own doing electrical, plumbing and other construction-related jobs. He built 8 houses in the Jefferson County area and with his brother-in-law, Don Boatwright, a joint farm house on the Black River. Always keeping busy but making sure he had time for his many friends and family. He shared his time between his West Drive home and the farm near Mill Springs.

He was a member of the UAW.

Lloyd is survived by one daughter, Sharon Holzhauer, and husband Mark of St. Louis, MO; one grandson, Benjamin Butler, and wife Lura of Valmeyer, IL; three great-grandsons, Mitchel, Matthew, and Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Leona Miles; twelve half-brothers and sisters, Hollis Moss, Clyde Yates, Elmer Yates, Gilbert Yates, Joe Yates, Helen Savage, Katie Reid, Annie Hassell, Mattie Gravit, Alta Jones, Lola Ross, and Cleo Andrade.

Visitation for Lloyd was held Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:30 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, services followed Tuesday, February 24th at 11:00 A.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Bob Smith ministered to the family and Ben Butler, Bill Brutcher, Mark Holzhauer, Burton Yates, Gilbert Yates, and Gilbert Yates, Jr., served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Carson Hill Cemetery near Mill Spring. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Louis John Jones 2/16/2015

February 18, 2015

Louis John Jones, 82, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Louis was born on December 16, 1932 to Louis J Jones and Anna Louise Newbower Jones in Robertsville, MO.

John was united in marriage to Margaret Chapman on January 16, 1952 and to this union three were born.

John had many hobbies including motorcycles, boating, hunting, and building race cars. He enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot. He enjoyed life to the fullest, being around his friends, his dogs and his cats.

John had been a member of Bluff View Fire Association and had been the fire chief; he had been a member of the Piedmont Eagles, the Secretary of the Masonic Lodge, President of Hawkes Nest Association, Union Teamster for 40 years, and Moose Lodge Secretary. John proudly served his Country in the US Army and Merchant Marines during the Korean War.

John was a parts manager for an automobile dealership, but he also had a TV and radio repair business, he attended numerous schools for this business.

Surviving John are two daughters, Yuvonn Marie Starks and Laura Ann Diebold both of Piedmont, MO; two sisters, Rose Iffrigg of St. Charles, MO and Mary Stadler and her husband Stan; two grandchildren, Richard Louis Starks and Misty Elizabeth Diebold; and several great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife; one daughter, Linda Sue Jones; two brothers, Paul Jones and Leo Jones and one great-grandchild, Natalie Bonner.

Visitation for John was held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont at 11:30 A.M. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Pastor Jeff Johnson ministered to the family and George Bullock, Glen Tamminga, John Lunyou, Bob Cook, Gary Iffrigg, Dave Zaloz, Chris Eakins and Renee Cook served as pallbearers. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery.

Becky L. Shacklee 2/14/2015

February 18, 2015

Becky Lynn Shacklee, 58, of Williamsville, MO, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Mark Twain Nursing Center in Poplar Bluff, MO. Becky was born on August 29, 1956, in Belvidere, IL, to Billy J. Shacklee and Jane Dorothy Kruetzer Shacklee.

Becky graduated from Greenville High School in 1977. She worked as a line worker at a food processing company and was a member of Tops #347. She had attended the Williamsville Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed camping, swimming, arts and crafts, and playing volleyball.

Becky is survived by her father; two sisters, Peggy Wood and her husband Dale, and Cindy Shacklee Howell, all of Williamsville, MO; two grandchildren, Destiney and Dakota Michael; nieces, Scarlett Wood, Jacquilyn Daniels, Janie Howell and Loretta Wood; her aunt, Jackie and uncle, Bob and many other relatives and friends.

Becky was preceded in death by her mother, her life partner, Danny Howell, her nephew, Christopher Wood, and her grandmother, Mildred Shacklee.
The visitation was held Friday, February 20, 2015 from 3:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Williamsville, MO. The funeral followed at 4:00 P.M. at the chapel. Becky’s sister Cindy Shacklee read a poem and the obituary. Recorded music was provided at the services. Burial will be held at a later date at Mill Spring Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Judith A. Jackson 2/8/2015

February 9, 2015

Judith Ann Jackson born March 4, 1955 to Raymond, Sr. and Mary McMullin in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at her residence. She married Richard Nole, Sr. on April 17, 1973. They were divorced in April 1976. She was later united in marriage to Rocky Jackson on June 30, 1989 and he survives.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She dedicated her life to her family. She never knew a stranger and was a foster parent to over sixty children. She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and a past member of Eastern Star #347.

She leaves behind her husband, three daughters, Amy E. Nole and her husband, Anthony, Tracy L. Sallee and her husband Mike, and Stacie M. Day and Charity all of Piedmont, MO; one son, Michael R. Jackson and his wife Jamie of St. Louis, MO; four brothers, Raymond Arthur McMullin, Jr, of Piedmont, MO, Albert “Curley” McMullin of St. Clair, MO, Ronnie McMullin of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Luke Lackey and Tammy Downey of St. Clair, MO; seven sisters, Iva Loveaton of Oklahoma City, OK, Essie McMullin of Hannibal, MO, Sherry M. McMullin of DeSoto, MO, Rebecca Day of Kirkwood, MO, Rose Mary McMullin of St. Louis, MO, Pam Sallee of Piedmont, MO, and Diane Soffner and Marty of St. Louis, MO; and 2nd mother, Dorothy Clover of Piedmont, MO, thirty grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death are her parents; three brothers, John L. Lowery, E. J. Clover and Richard D. McMullin and one sister, Mary F. Daisy.
Visitation will be held Friday, February 13, 2015, at 5:00 P.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont. Services will follow Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 1:00 P.M., also at the chapel. Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery, Piedmont, MO. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

Letha Lydia Schlater 2/4/2015

February 4, 2015

Letha Lydia Josephine League Schlater, 87, of Patterson, MO, passed away on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation in Greenville, MO.

Letha was born on February 28, 1927 in Silva, MO, to Charlie League and Hattie Craig League, who preceded her in death.

On July 3, 1950 she was united in marriage to Elton Sawyer Schlater, who preceded her in death, and to this union three children were born.

Her hobbies included cooking. She had a passion for cooking that was greatly appreciated by her family and friends through the years. She was especially known for her coconut cream pies and cheesecakes. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a beautiful singing voice and in her youth sang with her sisters and brother at various churches throughout the area.

Letha was on a bowling league for many years and she was a longtime volunteer at the Patterson Community Center. She served on the Patterson Community Board of Directors from 1982-2002.

Letha was of the Christian faith. She attended grade school at the Cherry Grove School and graduated from the Patterson High in 1945. She attended Southeast MO State College in Cape Girardeau, where she obtained her teaching certificate.
She taught school at Lizard Lick for 2 years and 2 years at Wappapello School.

She worked for J.C. Penney’s in Bridgeton, MO in the accounting office for 20 years. She lived in St. Louis and Bridgeton, MO until returning to Patterson in 1981 and the present.

She is survived by two sons, Dale Schlater and his wife Cheryl and Bradley Schlater both of Patterson, MO; one daughter, Donna Kendall of Orange Beach, AL; one sister-in-law, Rosemary League of Patterson, MO; four grandchildren, Leah Fiske, Dana Schlater, Josh Schlater and Cassi Schlater; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan and Ashley Fiske and Ryder Ellerbrook.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, two brothers, Jackie and Paul “Pete” League; three sisters, Leona Bailey, Betty Maybury and Mabel League; and one grandchild, Robyn Kendall.
Visitation for Letha was held Saturday, February 7th from 11:00 – 1:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, and service followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel. Burial was in Patterson Cemetery. Pastor Jule Maskrod ministered to the family and Jesse Belmar provided piano selections. Daughter Donna Kendall provided special music for her mother and Lonny Eldridge, Mike League, Paul League, Jeff Mabury, Jerry Eldridge, and Roger Lynn Bailey served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Junior Burl Groves 1/27/2015

January 29, 2015

Junior Burl Groves, 80, of Crystal City, MO, formerly of Williamsville passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at his residence. Junior was born on November 16, 1934 to James Groves and Grace Revelle Groves who preceded him in death.
Junior was of the Christian faith. He loved his family and had a special relationship with each of them. He had 11 children and 19 grandchildren. He loved to tell stories about them.
Junior had a few hobbies including watching Monday night raw, tinkering in the garage with his son Aaron and watching John Wayne movies. Every year his daughter Mosey would buy him a John Wayne calendar and he owned a bookcase full of John Wayne movies. He loved his dogs, Tippy and Biscuit. Junior loved fried chicken and could not go without his Folgers coffee; Junior was known to be a big flirt.
Surviving Junior are four sons, Burl Groves and Melissa Wheat of Festus, MO, Ronnie Groves, Chris Groves, and Charles “Chuck” Groves all of California; six daughters, Annie Marie Schmidt and her husband Paul of Pevely, MO, Shirley Suiter and her husband Kenneth of Pevely, MO, Dorothy Kearns of Pevely, MO, June Groves of St. Louis, MO, Marie Groves of Lemay, MO, and Sara Groves of St. Louis, MO; two sisters, Carolyn Cockran of White Bluff, TN and Flora Beck of Poplar Bluff, MO and two half-sisters, Kathylene Willard of Pevely, MO, and Margaret Goebel of Poplar Bluff, MO; and nineteen grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Martha,his companion of over 20 years Anna Belle Kearnes two sons, James Groves and Norman Groves; one brother, James Norman Groves and one half-brother, Sonny Groves.
Visitation for Junior was held Friday, January 30th from 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Williamsville. Service followed at 2:00 P.M. also at the church. Burial was at Military Crossing Cemetery, Butler County, MO. Rev. Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family and John Tolliver, Doug Kearnes, Burl Aaron Groves, Wes Owens, Charles Groves, Jim Faraone, and Jason Owens served as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Lila M Counts 1/21/2015

January 22, 2015

Lila M. Counts, 78, of Piedmont, MO, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Clark’s Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont. Lila was born on June 13, 1936 to John William Buckley and Nova Shannon Ross Buckley who preceded her in death.
Lila was united in marriage to Howard Counts on December 12, 1958 and to this union three children were born.
She was a member of the Peachtree General Baptist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, two sons, Kerry Counts and his wife Mary of Bloomington, IL, and Jerry Counts of St. Peters, MO; one daughter, Leta Woolard and her husband Vaden of Mill Spring, MO; one sister, Betty Hodge of Eminence, MO; eight grandchildren, Karis Vance, Vaden Shane Woolard, Dake Frankline Woolard, Kamille Counts, Rachel Mae Counts, Jared Counts, Howie Counts, Charlie Counts; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel Vance, Lucas Vance and Victoria Lilamae Vance.
Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Doug Buckley and one infant brother, Jr. Ray Buckley.
Lila’s hobbies were cooking and being adventurous by trying new recipes. She sold spices and herbs, and she liked to work crossword puzzles. Her activities included being involved in her church, reading the Bible daily and she enjoyed running references.
She attended the Rosewood, one room school, and graduated from Eminence High School. She then took college level children’s literature.
She was baptized when she was about 11 years old by Rev. Hembry, at the Assembly of God Church in Emminence.
She was of the Baptist belief. In 1971 she became a member of the Peach Tree General Baptist Church. She was a Sunday school class secretary and a substitute teacher.
Lila spent her life growing up on Carr’s Creek in Shannon Co. and in Eminence, MO and made her home in Van Buren, and Piedmont, MO.
As a young girl, after she got saved, she promised God, if He would provide her a Bible, she would read it every day. As long as she was able, she did.
Visitation for Lila was held Friday, January 23rd at 6:00 P.M. at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, MO, and service followed Saturday at 11:00 A.M., also in the chapel. Pastor Mike Green ministered to the family and Kerry Counts, Jerry Counts, Vaden Woolard, Jared Counts, Dake Woolard, and Daecus Vance served as pallbearers. Vaden Shane Woolard served as an honorary pallbearer. Burial was in Peachtree Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com.

Angela “Jill” Shearrer 1/17/2015

January 17, 2015

Angela “Jill” Shearrer, 73, of Poplar Bluff, MO, passed away January 17, 2015, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Jill was born October 23, 1941, at Poplar Bluff, MO, to Russell C. McGhee and Vida E. (Severs) McGhee. Jill grew up in Piedmont, MO, and a 1959 graduate of Piedmont High School. On July 2, 1960 she was united in marriage to Gale Shearrer who survives. She was converted to Christ as a young child at Piedmont Christian Church. Lastly, she was a member of Twin Springs Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, MO where she was an active member. Jill had many hobbies during her lifetime; caring for her family especially the grandchildren, watching grandchildren play sports, spending time with friends, watching Cardinal baseball and sports of all kinds, attending bible studies, tending her flowers, and playing golf.
Jill spent many years as a real estate broker in St. Loius, MO, and was a past President of the St. Louis Association of Realtors.
In addition to her husband, Jill is survived by two sons, Paul Shearrer and wife Susan of Derby, KS, Todd Shearrer and wife Beth of Kearney, MO; seven grandchildren, Danielle Shearrer, Andy Shearrer, Ryan Shearrer, Rachel Shearrer, Katie Shearrer, Matthew Shearrer, and Brett Shearrer.
Visitation was held Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO. Services followed at 1:00 P.M. also at the chapel with her son Paul reading the obituary, her son Todd providing memories and Pastor Roger Mayo ministering to the family. Burial was at Rowland Woods Cemetery near Patterson, MO, with Andy Shearrer, Ryan Shearrer, Rachel Shearrer, Katie Shearrer, Matthew Shearrer, Brett Shearrer and Danielle Shearrer serving as pallbearers. Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhome.com

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