Miscellaneous Wayne County, Missouri Obituaries

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Fredia L. Croney
Fredia L. Croney, 71, died Feb. 2, 2001 in Greenville, Mo.
She was born May 3, 1929 in Marquand, Mo., daughter of the late Daniel and Rosie Hale.
She married Elbert Croney and he preceded her in death. Fredia was a homemaker and had lived in Silva for many years.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, Bill and Albert, three sisters, Sadie, Vida and Lillie and one great grandchild, Josh Beyers.
Survivors include three sons, Douglas Croney, Manitiwoc, Wisc., Willias Croney, St. Ann, Mo., Timothy Croney, St. Ann, Mo., three brothers, Truman Hale, Piedmont, Troy Hale, Silva and Eugene Hale, Greenville, two sisters, Tiney Jennerjohn, Piedmont, Virgie Holmes Weston, Greenville, fifteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and her dear frind Earl Weston.
The funeral was held Feb. 6 at the Morrison-Worley Chapel in Greenville with Rev. Daniel Hale officiating. Special music was provided by Bonnie Funston. 
Pallbearers were Douglas Croney, William Croney, Timothy Croney, Bryan Croney, Daniel Croney and Ryan Croney. 
Interment was in the Twidwell Cemetery in Clubb. Services were under the direction of Morrison-Worley Greenville Chapel. 

Rubye P. Blackwell
Rubye P. Blackwell, 84, died Feb. 2, 2001 in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
She was born Aug. 6, 1916 in Braggadocio, Mo., daughter of the late William Lewis Gallaher and Lillie Gertrude (Bray) Gallaher.
She was united in marriage to Carl Blackwell on Nov. 2, 1947 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1977. Also preceding her in death was one brother Milburn Gallaher.
Survivors include one son Carl Michael (Mike) Blackwell and wife Jackie, grandson Westley Pike Blackwell and wife, Jodie, great grandson Austin, all of Piedmont, one brother Buford Gallaher, Huntsville Al, two sisters Viola Dawson, Hayti, Mo., Louis Ottinger, Caruthersville, Mo.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Piedmont.
Funeral services were Feb. 4 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with the Rev. James Stewart officiating. Music was provided by the First Baptist Church choir, pianist Linda Niswonger.
Serving as pallbearers were David Johnston, Frank McAllister, Mark Keister, Larry Crosley, Jerry Spinks, Dennis Johnson, honorary pallbearer Dusty Burton.
Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont, Mo. under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Homes of Piedmont.

Emil R. Carlson
Emil R. Carlson, 98, died Jan. 31, 2001 in Piedmont, Mo.
He was born March 16, 1902 in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Ivan and Nellie Carlson.
He married Mabel Roberts May 1, 1954 in Chicago and she survives. He worked as a cost accountant in Chicago before his retirement in 1971. He had lived at Missionary Acres in Clubb. He was the oldest living member of the local AARP Chapter and was a member of the Evangel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and his twin, Roy.
The funeral was held Feb. 3 at the Evangel Baptist Church in Clubb with Rev. Virgil Freyermuth officiating, assisted by Rev. Howard Street and music provided by Ken Moon and Marilee Ostrander.
Pallbearers were Ken Moon, Bill Hayes, Dr. Gene Burris, Chuck Nichols, Paul Gauwitz and Dave Kintner. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Greenville. 

Alice B. Borders
Alice B. Borders, 78, died Jan. 28, 2001 at Three Rivers Healthcare South in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
She was born March 9, 1922 in Des Arc, daughter of the late Roy and Bertha (Wheatley) Bess.
She married Jasper Kelley and to this union three children were born, Kelly, Gertie and Butch. Mr. Kelly preceded her in death. She later married John Ellis Borders and he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the Patterson Baptist Church, baptized Dec. 12, 1993.
Those surviving are a daughter, Alice Bowman, Peveley; stepson, James Borders, Des Arc; stepdaughter, Ruby Borders, Piedmont; brother, Johnny Bess, Tunica, Miss.
The funeral was held Jan. 31 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Bro. Dewel Smith officiating.
Pallbearers were Roy Stout, Sr., Dwight DeBoard, Melvin Moore and Gary Gramlich. Burial was in Collins Cemetery, Annapolis. 

Glenzil R. Nelson
Glenzil Ray Nelson, Dr., 57, died Feb. 1, 2001 in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
He was born June 29, 1943 in Torch, Mo., son of Iowa Nelson Pruyn of Farmington and the late Hiram Nelson.
He was united in marriage to Betty Pruyn March 7, 1963 in St. Louis and she survives, residing in Silva. Glenzil was a die caster for Bauman Engineering in Washington, Mo. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Glen (Sheila) Nelson, Jr., Silva, Kevin Nelson, Jackson, Minn.; three sisters, Melva Gazaway, Farmington, Bonnie Ladato, Ladue, Kathy Stewart, St. Louis; three grandchildren.
The funeral was held Feb. 4 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel in Greenville with Rev. Kenneth Moon officiating.
Pallbearers were Harry Prouty, Gene Pogue, Dan Pogue, Dave Gazaway, Mike Mobley and T. J. Montgomery. Flower bearers were Don Brinkley, Jr. and Michael Ruble. Burial was in Rowland-Woods Cemetery, Patterson.

Freida V. Miller
Freida Virginia Miller, 68, died Jan. 30, 2001 in Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
She was born Jan. 9, 1933 in Piedmont, daughter of the late Donald and Doreatha (Grigery) Dean.
She was united in marriage to James T. Miller Sept. 2, 1955 and he survives. Freida was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Des Arc, serving as financial secretary. She worked as a secretary for ASARCO in Glover for many years.
She is survived by two sisters, Lola Luten, Delores Wright; two brothers, Carl and Donald Dean, all of Des Arc.
The funeral was held Feb. 3 at Bryson Funeral Home, Pilot Knob, with Rev. Donald Dement officiating. Pallbearers were Don Wright, Doug Bond, Leonard Dean, Shane Tarkington, Gerald Miller and Mark Hester. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery, Des Arc.

Alva E. Collins
Alva Eugene Collins, 37, of Piedmont, died Jan. 12, 2001 in Clarksville, Tenn.
He was born May 3, 1963 in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late Alva and Inez (Mansfield) Collins.
He was a construction worker by trade.
Surviving are five brothers, Gary South, St. Louis, Daniel South, Hemet, Calif., Loran Collins, Union, Mo., Randy Cave, Charleston, Jamie Cave, Piedmont; 10 sisters, Martha Wilson, St. Louis, Theresa Pfeil, Hemet, Calif., Diane Agerton, Clarksville, Tenn., Carolyn Sturgeon, Riverside, Calif., Kay Siar, Granite City, Ill., Trudy Griffen, Bluntsville, Ala., Tina Turner, Charlotte Froman, Sandra Hill, all of Piedmont, Brenda Merryman, Charleston; stepmother, Nadine Mansfield Brasher, Piedmont.
The funeral was held Jan. 17 at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie with Bro. Thomas Snavely officiating. Burial was in Dogwood Cemetery near East Prairie.

Pamela J. Kent
Pamela Jean Kent, 49, died March 31, 2001 at Three Rivers Healthcare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
She was born Feb. 26, 1952 in Wood River, Ill, daughter of the late Earl and Mary (Rockwell) Haynes.
She married Johnny Lee Allen and he preceded her in death Feb. 18, 1994. She was united in marriage to Dennis Kent Sept. 5, 1995 and he survives, residing in Silva.
Pamela was employed at Greenville Health Care as a housekeeper. She was of the Protestant faith.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Natalie Hicks, Piedmont, Michelle Allen, Linda Jean Allen, both of Greenville; two sisters, Charlene Weekley, Greenville, Shirley Allen, Lowndes; stepson, Richard Allen, Advance; six grandchildren.
The funeral was held April 3 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with Bro. Brian Cooper and Bro. Ray Green officiating and music by Lori Clubb, Brian Cooper and Lori Griffin.
Pallbearers were Johnny Weekley, Lyndell Clubb, Bobby Dorris, Raggie Skaggs, Cloyd Allen and Danny Weekley. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery in Silva. 

Kenneth W. Johnson
Kenneth Wayne Johnson, 63, died March 25, 2001 in Farmington, Mo.
He was born June 30, 1937 in Pitchford, Okla., son of the late Paris and Elva (Sutton) Johnson.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Kenneth was a correctional officer for Farmington Correctional Center. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
He is survived by two sons, James (Janice) Johnson, Piedmont, Danny (Sindy) Johnson, Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Hope (Steve) Essner, Cape Girardeau, Tina (Brent) Clark, Nixa; three brothers, Nolan Johnson, West Plains, Dean and Keith Johnson, both of Thayer; fiancee, Donna Rhoden, Farmington; nine grandchildren.
The funeral was held March 27 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Rev. Dale Skiles officiating. Burial was in Cave Springs Cemetery, Alton.

James O. Wyatt
James Orbrey Wyatt, 73, died March 19, 2001 at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.
He was born June 6, 1927 in Dover, Tenn., son of the late Allen and Eldie (Heflin) Wyatt.
He married Mary Magdalene "Maggie" Ramshur Oct. 26, 1946 and she survives, residing in Piedmont. Jim served in the Navy for 21 years, retiring with the rank of E-6. He was the owner of Maggie's Restaurant in Piedmont for 16 years. He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of Masonic Lodge AF & AM.
He is survived by three sons, Lawrence Wyatt, Thomas Wyatt, both of Piedmont, James Wyatt, Des Arc; four daughters, Donna Ledbetter, Sheila Jerome, Brenda Wheelehon, Glenda Rainwater, all of Piedmont; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
A Masonic service was performed March 21 and the funeral was held March 22 at Ruegg Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Usher officiating.
Serving their grandfather as pallbearers were Gary Ledbetter, Jamie Wyatt, Zach Jones, Tommy Wyatt, Brent Wheelehon and Ryan Rainwater. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery in Piedmont.

Robert E. Adams
Robert Eugene Adams, 64, died March 27, 2001 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
He was born July 16, 1936 in Patterson, Mo., son of the late James and Augusta (Cline) Adams.
He married Bonnie Decker May 1, 1958 in Alton, Mo. and she survives, residing in West Plains. Robert was a welder by trade and of the Baptist faith.
Those surviving are two daughters, Rhonda McFarland, Charlotte Taylor, Allen Adams, Larry Adams, all of West Plains; four brothers, James Adams, St. Louis, Charles Adams, Festus, Harold Adams, Patterson, Johnny Adams, Oklahoma; four grandchildren.
The funeral was held March 31 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains with Pastor John W. Gerlach officiating. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains. 

Claude L. 'Jake' Joplin
Claude L. "Jake" Joplin, 75, died March 29, 2001 at his home in Greenville, Mo.
He was born March 4, 1926 in Greenville, son of the late Claude L. and Ethel (Stephens) Joplin.
He was united in marriage to Jo Hazel Kail at the First Christian Church in Poplar Bluff and she survives, residing in Greenville. 
Jake was a farmer and captain of the eastern district of the Missouri State Water Patrol. He was a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #107 AF & AM and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He attended the Grace United Methodist Church of Greenville. He served in the army during World War II with the 43rd Infantry in the Philippines. He was with the first occupational forces to enter Japan, where he earned several awards.
He is survived by one sister, Mary Cook, Greenville.
The funeral was held April 1 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Kent Wilfong officiating and music provided by Glendell Twidwell and Jeanette Turnbough.
Pallbearers were Boss Clark, Herman Swafford, Virgil Clubb, Arthur Myers, Truman Combs and John Glenn. Honorary: John Fox, Daryl Libla, Carrol Rainwater, Dean Osborn, John Crow, J. C. Hammack, Virgil Goodman, Mike Cochran, Winferd McDaniel and Jim Jones. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery.

Paul H. Baker
Paul H. Baker, 79, died March 27, 2001 in Madison Memorial Medical Center, Fredericktown, Mo.
He was born May 22, 1921 in Steele, Mo., son of the late Chester and Lela (Driskell) Baker.
He was united in marriage to Opal Amend Oct. 26, 1942 in Jefferson City and she survives, residing in Hiram.
Paul served in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific. He was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by four sons, Jerry and Larry Baker, both of Fredericktown, Richard Baker, Marble Hill, Paul E. Junior Baker, Clubb; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra Sue, who died in childhood.
The funeral was held March 30 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with Bro. Clifton Trentham and Bro. Eddie Baker officiating and music provided by Shannon and Vonnie.
Pallbearers were Chris, Ronnie, Richie and Jeffrey Baker, David Porter, Raymond Silvey. Honorary: Matthew, Kody, Larry, Paul. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery.

Kenneth G. Sample
Kenneth Gerald Sample, Sr., 72, died April 2, 2001 at the Harry S. Truman MemorialVeterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo. 
He was born May 3, 1928 in Kennett, Mo, son of the late Lenzy and Minnie (Wright) Sample.
K.G., as he was known, was united in marriage to Marlene Sample for 33 years and she preceded him in death in 1992.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps when he was 16 and ended his military career with 851 combat missions. He was the recipient of the silver star, two bronze stars, three purple hearts and many expeditionary medals, totaling 23 in all. He worked for RCA, designing test systems for color TVs, taught electronics at Sears Youth Center in Poplar Bluff, taught for VoTech School in Arkansas. He returned to Wayne County after his retirement in 1980.
He was an active member in a number of Masonic Fraternities, including Greenville Lodge 107 and York Rite Bodies of Poplar Bluff. He held a number of high ranking titles.
Those surviving are two sons, Kenneth G. Sample, Jr., Kennett, Kevin B. Sample, Columbia; one daughter, Susan Thomason, Paragould, Ark.; eight grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter Renee Yvette Sample in 1972; 9 brothers and 3 sisters.
Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Parker Funeral Home, 22 N. 10th St, Columbia, Missouri. Masonic services will be held at 2:00 p.m., followed by traditional services. He is to be cremated and buried in Rucker Cemetery in Wayne Co. Missouri.

Mary L. Mabrey
Mary Leach Mabrey, 77, of Bonne Terre, died June 9, 2001 at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre.
She was born May 1, 1924 at Kime. Mrs. Mabrey was a homemaker and longtime resident of Butler County. She also lived near Patterson in Wayne County for several years. She was united in marriage to Carl Mabrey Sept. 9, 1944 and he preceded her in death March 2, 1993. She was a member of the South Poplar Bluff General Baptist Church.
She is survived by three sons, Bill Mabrey, St. Louis, Terry Mabrey, Pueblo West, Colo., Tim Mabrey, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Doris Smither, Bonne Terre, Deborah Drake, Paragould, Ark., Dolores Gentry, Rockford, Ill.; six sisters, Doris Radesky, Waterviliet, Mich., Loraine Cotton, Las Cruses, N.M., Betty Stelter, South Bend, Ind., Essie Branch, Waterford, Mich., Verlene Hill, Wolcotoitte, Ind., Elaine Butler, Swansea, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held June 12 at Fitch-Hillis Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff with Rev. Jeff Brawley officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery in Poplar Bluff.

Anna V. Fuytinck
Anna V. Fuytinck, 90, died May 24, 2001 at Three Rivers Healthcare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
She was born March 25, 1911 at Rossville, Kan., daughter of the late Adam and Minnie (Ropp) Haywood.
She was united in marriage to Aloysious Frances Fuytinck June 6, 1929 and he preceded her in death Nov. 26, 1974. Anna was a homemaker and a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Piedmont.
She is survived by her children, Marie (Joe) Fleschute, Theresa Ann Fuytinck, all of Piedmont, Jeanette (Vic) Stephens, Coldwater; grandchildren, Thomas (Nancy) Reich, Lorraine (Nicky) Jones, Robert (Becky) Reich; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ernest Haywood and her sister, Ella Mae Gilmore.
The funeral was held May 29 at Hoffmeister Mortuary in Lemay. Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Lemay.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hoffmeister Mortuary and Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont. 

Everett W. Crockett
Everett Warren Crockett, 87, died June 9, 2001 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
He was born Aug. 22, 1913, son of the late William and Liza (Rideout) Crockett. 
He was united in marriage to Virginia Van Sickle June 9, 1947 and she preceded him in death Oct. 15, 1987. He married Belle Hicks Nov. 17, 1988 and she survives, residing in Piedmont. Mr. Crockett worked for McKesson and Robbins as a maintenance man and was a member of the Faith Family Worship Center in Piedmont.
Mr. Crockett is survived by two sons, Chester Crockett, Piedmont, Cecil Crockett, Chelsea, Maine; one daughter, Carol Lewis, DeSoto; one sister, Dorothy Hall, Doniphan; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Crockett; one sister, Esther Frederick; one brother, Leonard Crockett; one grandson, Sam Crockett.
The funeral was held June 12 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Rev. Wayne Street officiating and Lynn Street providing the music.
Pallbearers were Jeremy Lewis, Davey Lewis, Cecil Crockett and Dave Lewis. Burial was in St. Matthews Cemetery, St. Louis. 

Warren A. Johnson
Warren Andrew Johnson, 79, died June 7, 2001 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
He was born Feb. 13, 1922 at Waynesville, son of the late James and Prudence (Shockley) Johnson.
He was united in marriage to Ella Melissa Malone April 18, 1942 and she survives, residing in Patterson. Warren was a World War II veteran and a manager at Clearwater Manufacturing Company. After his retirement, he was a cattle farmer. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by a daughter, Dena Tooke, Piedmont; two grandsons, Ryan and Aaron Tooke. 
The graveside service was held June 9 at Masonic Cemetery with Bro. Dan Ross presiding.
Pallbearers were Ryan Tooke, Aaron Tooke, Glen Tooke, David Rose, Scott Rayfield and J. J. Miller.
Arrangements were under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont.

Lisa M. Wren
Lisa Marie Wren, 29, died June 6, 2001 at Greenville Healthcare in Greenville, Mo.
She was born Aug. 7, 1971 in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of Linda Schumer of Perryville and Richard Stafford of Wichita, Kan. and they survive.
She married Howard Wren, Jr. July 15, 1988 and he survives, residing in Hiram. Lisa worked as a CNA for Greenville Nursing Center and attended the New Hope General Baptist Church in Silva.
In addition to her husband and parents, Lisa is survived by two children, Nicholas and Amber Wren, both of the home; two brothers, Richard Stafford, Wichita, Kan., Duke Stafford, St. Louis; three sisters, Teresa Helberg, Medford, Wisc., Tonya Bruce, Billie Jo Bruce, both of Perryville; her grandmother, Lillie Miller, Pocahontas, Ill
The funeral was held June 9 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, with Bro. Dan Ross officiating
Pallbearers were Buck Wren, Shannon Wren, Charles Hector, Richard Wayne Stafford, Dennis Schumer and Lawrence Schumer. Burial was at Camp 8 Cemetery in Greenville.


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