Miscellaneous Wayne County, Missouri Obituaries

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Helen B. Barnhart
Helen Bernice Barnhart. 84, died Oct. 2, 2001 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Aug. 22, 1917 in Hiram, Mo., daughter of the late Richard and Mary (Barrett) Barnhart. Helen made her living as a beautician for many years. She attended the Greenville Methodist Church. Those surviving include one brother, Otto Barnhart, Hiram; one sister, Betty Burton, Poplar Bluff; two nephews, Carl Barnhart, Michael Burton. The funeral was held Oct. 4 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Kent Wilfong officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Barnhart, Carl Barnhart, Bill Hopkins, Gene Hopkins, Doyle Middleton and Jim Ruegg. Burial was in Cowan Cemetery, Hiram.

Homer Wilson
Homer Wilson, 76, died Oct. 2, 2001 in Farmington, Mo. He was born May 27, 1925 in Burkburnett, Texas, son of the late Luther and Vera (Fletcher) Wilson. He married Helen Turpin Jan. 25, 1950 in Senath, Mo. and she survives, residing in Piedmont. Homer was a retired auto mechanic. He served in the army in Korea from 1950 to 1951. He is survived by one son, Rickie (Nancy) Wilson, Farmington; two daughters, Rachel Wilson, Desloge, Dianne (Larry) Nash, Bonne Terre; one brother, John Wilson, East Tawas, Mich.; three sisters, Robbie Walls, Clubb, Aline Blackburn, St. Louis, Nora Mae Tullock, St. Louis; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ocie Millholland; two brothers, George and Oscar Wilson. The funeral was held Oct. 4 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel in Piedmont with Rev. Ronnie Graham officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Wilson, Morman Wilson, Eric Wilson, Randy Wilson, Jason Cook and Mike Whitehead. Burial was in Knob Lick Cemetery with military honors provided by the Missouri Honor Guard from Cape Girardeau.

Myrtle May Hopkins
Myrtle May Hopkins, 94, died Oct. 1, 2001 at Three Rivers Healthcare South, Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born May 17, 1907 in Chaonia, Mo., daughter of the late Samuel and Martha (Lovins) Critchfield. She was united in marriage to William Henry Hopkins in July of 1932 and he preceded her in death March 11, 1964. Mrs. Hopkins was a homemaker and a member of the Cross Roads General Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Wanda May Bennett, Lowndes, Uvonne Elizabeth Bollinger, Greenville; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were four sons, Otis, William, J.L. and Samuel Hopkins; one daughter, Yvonne Rohan; one grandson, Windell Rohan; one great-granddaughter, Serena Rohan. The funeral was held Oct. 4 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Greenville with Bro. Dallas Merriman officiating and music by Gail ad Scott Payne, Earl and Kathy Elfrink. Serving as pallbearers for their grandmother were Henry Hopkins, Eddie Walk, Joe Bennett, Henry J. Hopkins, Tommy Rohan, Adam Bennett, Jerry Rohan and Bradley Rohan. Burial was in Cross Roads Cemetery, Greenville.

Minerva 'Mae' Gooch
Minerva "Mae" Gooch, 100, died Oct. 3, 2001 at Clark's Mountain Nursing Center in Piedmont, Mo. She was born Oct. 13, 1900 in Ellsinore, Mo., daughter of the late John and Cora Belle (Sechreast) Boyer. She was united in marriage to Walter H. Gooch April 8, 1917 in Ellsinore and he preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1957. Mrs. Gooch had made Mill Spring her home since moving from St. Louis in 1956. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, sewing and reading. She was of the Baptist faith. Surviving are two sons, William (JoAnn) Gooch, Robert (Barbara) Gooch, all of Mill Spring; one daughter, Evalyn (Homer) Robertson, Ozark, Ala.; one brother, Ivory Boyer, Ellsinore; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, John Gooch, Willis Gooch; one daughter, Hellen Gooch. The funeral was held Oct. 7 at McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellsinore officiated by Rev. Donald Beach, Jr. Burial was in Whites Mill Cemetery.

Howard 'Larry' Kelly
Howard Lawrence "Larry" Kelley, 38, died Oct. 5, 2001 near Des Arc, Mo. He was born July 6, 1963 in St. Louis, Mo., son of James L. Kelley of Ironton and the late Linda Ruth (Lee) Kelley. Larry attended the Annapolis Church of the Nazarene. He was a member of the Arcadia Valley Elks Lodge. He served in the United States Army. In addition to his father, he is survived by one daughter, Linda Ruth Kelley, Des Arc; stepmother, Joyce Kelley, Ironton, one sister, Patty Campbell, Grand Rapids, Mich.; one brother, Stacy Kelley, Cape Girardeau. The funeral was held Oct. 9 at Bryson Funeral Home with Rev. Clarence Casteel officiating. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery in Des Arc.

Willis H. Nash
Willis Harvey Nash, 57, died Oct. 6, 2001 at Greenville Health Care in Greenville, Mo. He was born Feb. 13, 1944 in Graniteville, Mo., son of the late Kelly Lee and Francis (Ford) Nash. He married Dessie Marie Brooks June 7, 1975 and she survives, residing in Piedmont. He worked at the Sheltered Workshop in Piedmont. He is survived by three brothers, William and Clarence Nash, both of Ironton, Charles Nash, Festus; three sisters, Melba Bone, Etta Boyer, Ellen Green, all of Ironton; four half-sisters, Ovalee Bone, Graniteville, Mary Sumpter, Doe Run, Lillian Moore, Belleville, Eva Rickmar, Bismarck. The funeral was held Oct. 9 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Rev. Gary Rhodes officiating and music provided by Jerry Turner, Clearwater School Choir, and Dana Buxton. Pallbearers were Ted Statler, George Hensel, James and David Brooks, Curt Branson, Dewayne Robertson, Kenny Wilkins, Ed McNeil and Kyle Henson. Honorary pallbearer was Bill McMillan. Burial was in Arcadia Valley Cemetery.

Raymon L. Cothern
Raymon Loyd Cothern, 70, died Oct. 1, 2001 at his home in St. Clair, Mo. He was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Maxville, Mo., son of the late Sherman and Edna (Lucas) Cothern. He married Betty Jo (Yates) Bunyard June 29, 1962 and she survives. Raymon served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a mechanic and machinist. He was a great sportsman, loving to hunt and fish. He was of the Protestant faith. He is survived by five sons, Raymon Cothern II, Arnold, Roy Cothern, High Ridge, Matthew Cothern, St. Clair, Dale Bunyard, Williamsville, Doug Bunyard, St. Clair; one daughter, Sherri Mabrey, St. Louis; one brother, Dan Cothern, DeSoto; 13 grandchildren. The funeral was held Oct. 4 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Rev. Bobbie Browne officiating. Pallbearers were Raymon Cothern II, Roy Cothern, Matthew Cothern, Dale Bunyard and Ron Mabrey. Burial was in Carson Hill Cemetery, Mill Spring with military honors.

Sylvia N. Miller
Sylvia Nadine Miller, 85, died Nov. 27, 2001 in Piedmont, Mo. She was born July 4, 1916 in Shook, Mo., daughter of the late Cornelius and Martha (Bennett) Helm. She married Raymond Miller Sept. 7, 1932 and he preceded her in death June 21, 1993. She had been a caser at Brown Show Co. Mrs. Miller attended the United Baptist Church of Piedmont. She is survived by three sons, Donald Miller, Ellsinore, Kenneth Miller, Ron Miller, both of Mill Spring; two daughters, Alma Kleisner, Mary Woods, both of Piedmont; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Nov. 30 at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont with Elder Darrel Silvy officiating and music by Genice and Sean Montgomery and Virgie Miller. Serving their grandmother as pallbearers were Mike Miller, David Miller, Keith Miller, Wayne Woods, Bob Kleisner and Jeff Kleisner. Burial was in Carson Hill Cemetery, Mill Spring.

Carl M. Hinkle
Carl Melvin Hinkle, 96, died Dec. 2, 2001 at Delmar Gardens on the Green in Chesterfield, Mo. He was born Sept. 6, 1905 in Brunot, Mo., son of the late Frank and Bertha (Deboard) Hinkle. He was united in marriage to Stella M. Brewington in September of 1933 and she preceded him in death Dec. 19, 1999. He worked for Ford Motor Company in St. Louis and was affiliated with Beulah Baptist Church in Brunot. He is survived by one son, Truman "Pete" Joe Hinkle, Piedmont; four daughters, Alma Luedloff, Manchester, Kathy Thomas, Belleville, Ill., Marilyn Gentemann, O'Fallon, Carolyn Dake, High Ridge; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Dec. 4 at Beulah Baptist church with Rev. Scott Hill officiating and music by Elsie Tumey and Sherry Parker. Pallbearers were Tim Dake, Steve Fite, Eric Fite, Jim Thomas, Ken Bertelsman and Jon Brown, Burial was in Beulah Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont.

James A. Watts
James Albert Watts, 53, died Dec. 3, 2001 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born Jan. 10, 1948 in Perry County, Pa., son of Clayton and Mabel (Comp) Watts. He was united in marriage to Shirley Frymire Dec. 31, 1968 in Lutesville and she survives, residing in Marquand. James was a member of the U.S. Army, serving in Viet Nam from 1965 -1968 and was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He was a retired exterminator for Bradford Pest Control and a member of McGee Chapel. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Darla Fincher, Patterson; two sisters, Josephine Smeal, Gloria Capel, one brother, Boyd Watts, all of Pennsylvania. The funeral will be held Dec. 6 at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill with Rev. Lloyd Ray Green officiating. Burial will be in Perry County, Pa.

Coyle Hamilton
Coyle Hamilton, 87, died Jan. 17, 2002 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born April 8, 1914 in McLeansboro, Ill., son of the late C. J. and Lola (Hooker) Hamilton. He was united in marriage to Katherine Daniel May. 23, 1937 and she survives, residing in Piedmont. He was a meat cutter with Ward's and later Piedmont IGA until his retirement. Mr. Hamilton was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Piedmont, having recently received his 50-year pin. He was a member of the Eastern Star and the First Baptist Church in Piedmont. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Marilyn (Jack) Little, Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Iva McCormick, Ironton, Coline Steininger, Boone, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sheila Lovelace, Piedmont; two grandchildren, David and Mark Little; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Cristiana Little; nieces and nephews, Jim Sutton, Bonnie Suss, Marlene Cornwall, Terry McCormick, Joe Wayne McCormick. He was preceded in death by an infant brother. The funeral was held Jan. 21 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel in Piedmont with Rev. Jim Stewart officiating and music provided by Oresta Atnip, Glendell Twidwell and Jeanette Turnbough. Pallbearers were John Sutton, T. J. Sutton, Houston Sutton, Tyler Rose, Mark Little and David Little. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pearl Allen
Laura "Pearl" Allen, 82, died Jan. 24, 2002 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was born April 17, 1919 in Piedmont, Mo., daughter of the late Benjamin and Cordelia (Leach) Chiles. She was united in marriage to Lionel W. Allen April 17, 1935 and he preceded her in death March 3, 1978. Pearl was a homemaker and a member of New Liberty United Baptist Church in Piedmont for many years before transferring her membership to the First United Baptist Church in St. Louis. She is survived by four sons, Daniel (Norma) Allen, Fenton, Forrest (Shirley) Allen, Maryland Heights, Willis Allen, St. Ann, Dale (Evelyn) Allen, Woodstock, Ga.; two brothers, Earl Chiles, Lemay, Raymond Chiles, Williamsville; nine grandsons; four great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Jan. 26 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, with Elder Bob Webb and Elder Elmer Parker officiating and music by the Community Choir and Daphne Hershey. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jim, Jeff, Aaron, Justin, Scottie and Forrest Allen, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Robert and Chris Allen. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery, Piedmont.

Myra Lee
Myra Jean Lee, 41, died Jan. 12, 2002 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Sept. 6, 1960 in St. Louis, daughter of Jesse Birmingham of Greenville and Dolores Lee Altgilbers of Dyer, Tenn. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sons, Justin and Jesse Dale Spruell, both of DeSoto; five brothers, Kevin Bodecker, Ft. Campbell, Ky., Mark Summers, Dyer, Tenn., Wayne Birmingham, Clubb, Craig Birmingham, Greenville, Cody Birmingham, Cape Girardeau; one sister, Fawn McCaig, Greenfield, Tenn. The memorial service was held Jan. 17 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel in Greenville with Rev. Gary Haynes officiating.

Wilbern Carl Walls
Wilbern Carl Walls, 76, died Jan. 26, 2002 at Three Rivers Healthcare North in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born Feb. 4, 1925 in Senath, Mo., son of the late Thomas and Gracie (Flowers) Walls. He married Robby Wilson May 16, 1944 and she survives, residing in Clubb. Mr. Walls served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He had been a custodian for Caterpillar Company in Peoria, Ill. He was of the Protestant faith. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ed Walls, Clubb, Danny Walls, Annapolis; two daughters, Betty Portscheller, Morton, Ill., Donna Calhoun, Silva; one sister, Lorene Johnson, Browns, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Tom and Connie Walls; one brother, Bob Walls; and two sisters. The funeral was held Jan. 29 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, with Rev. Gary Aubuchon officiating and music by Jeanie Hensley, Judy Osborn and Laurie Griffin. Pallbearers were Eddie Walls, Daniel Walls, Joseph Portscheller, Matthew Portscheller, Ken O'Dell and Gene Stroder. Burial was in Greenville Cemetery with military honors.

Joyce Rayfield
Joyce Rayfield, 88, died Jan. 22, 2002 in Columbia, Tenn. She was born in Reynolds County, Mo., daughter of the late William and Minnie (Brewer) McMurry. She was united in marriage to James Beacher Rayfield and he preceded her in death in 1991. She was a longtime resident of the St. Louis area, a homemaker and a member of the Jackson Heights Church of Christ. She was a charter member of the Moline Acres Garden Club in St. Louis and a member of the Maury County Senior Citizens. She is survived by one daughter, Doris (Gordon) Beck, Columbia, Tenn.; two sons, James (Betty) Rayfield, St. Louis, Robert (Janice) Rayfield, Springfield, Mo.; one sister, Sallie Dement, Greenville, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Her grandsons served their grandmother as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the elders and deacons of Jackson Heights Church of Christ, Dr. Stephen Simmons, Thelton and Normarene Hill and Clifton Kelley.

Loretta L. Palmer
Loretta Lestis Palmer, 66, died Jan. 20, 2002 at her home in O'Fallon, Mo. She was born May 26, 1935 in Clay Starry County, Ark., daughter of the late Clayton Bradish. She is survived by three sons, Arthur Cagle, Phillip Cagle, both of Pensacola, Fla., Charley Morgan, Alton, Ill.; three daughters, Clara Grim, Pensacola, Fla., Pamela and Virginia; four sisters, Dorothy Austin, Hillsboro, Ill., Rita Reedy, Pana, Ill., Judy Castillo, Witt, Ill. Marjie Poole, Springfield, Ill.; two brothers, Clayton Bradish, Jr., Marissa, Ill., Charles Bradish, Waynesville. The funeral was held at Baue Chapel of O'Fallon. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.

Cecil Leroy Chubb
Cecil Leroy Chubb, 62, died Jan. 24, 2002 in Irving, Texas. He was born April 13, 1939 in Rhodes, Mich., son of the late John and Leona (Rogers) Chubb. He was a Navy veteran and retired from Seagate Technologies in Oklahoma City, where he lived for over 35 years. He was a former resident of Greenville and a member of the Community Church of Christ in Lowndes. Mr. Chubb is survived by one son, Robert (Manuela) Chubb, Irving, Texas; one daughter, Renda Chubb, Tulsa, Okla.; one brother, Roger Chubb; one sister, Patsy Charles, Defiance. The funeral was held Jan. 28 at Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Greenville, with Bro. Jack Rogers and Bro. Dale Rogers officiating. Music was provided by Roy Rogers and the Community Church of Christ choir. Pallbearers were Leo Charles, Chris Charles, Randy Charles, Curt Billingsley, Stanley Chubb and Matthew Chubb. Burial was in the Community Church of Christ Cemetery in Lowndes.

Hilda E. Bollinger
Hilda E. Bollinger, 86, died Jan. 26, 2002 in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Nov. 7, 1915 in Hiram, Mo., daughter of the late Rhett and Ora (Hill) Ward. She married George D. Bollinger Sept. 17, 1935 and he preceded her in death Feb. 19, 1998. She was a retired waitress from the former Stix, Baer and Fuller Tearoom in St. Louis after 50 years of service. Mrs. Bollinger was a member of the Hanley Road Baptist Church in St. Louis. She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy (Richard) Daily, Olivett; her brother, Roy (Mildred) Ward, Hiram. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Winford Ward. The graveside services were held Jan. 30 with Rev. Slade Johnson and Mike Ward officiating. Burial was in the Twidwell Cemetery, Clubb. Arrangements were under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Greenville.

Clinton G. Sweazea
Clinton Gray Sweazea, 83, died Jan. 18, 2002 in Atlanta, Ga. He was born in 1918 in Piedmont, Mo., son of the late Elmer and Leila Sweazea. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1936. He was united in marriage to Sarah Ann "Sally" Frith of New Orleans, La. and she preceded him in death. He is survived by one daughter, Juliana Sweazea; one son, Alan Hunter Sweazea, both of Atlanta. Mr. Sweazea earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri in 1940 and a second lieutenant, infantry in the U.S. Army Reserve. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Air Force between 1941 and 1945. After pilot training, he was an instructor in B-26 medium bombers and flew 22 combat missions in Europe. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and was discharged as a captain. Mr. Sweazea worked for Delta Airlines for 40 years. He was regional manager, Caribbean with headquarters in Havana, Cuba until the Castro revolution, when he transferred to Atlanta and retired as assistant vice-president public affairs and public relations in 1986. He was a member of Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, past president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Atlanta alumni chapter, the Cherokee Town and Country Club, Buckhead Business Association, cofounder and past chairman of the Aero Club of metropolitan Atlanta, past chairman of the public affairs committee of the Air Transport Association of America, past chairman of the southeast public affairs group of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, past chairman of the local and state affairs committee and past chairman of the governmental department of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of directors of both the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, cofounder of the Atlanta Public Affairs Council. Private services were held under the direction of H.M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel.

Jessie L. Burks
Jessie La'Rae Burks, 58, of Clinton, Md., died Dec. 27, 2001 at Southern Regional Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Md. She was born Feb. 10, 1943 in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of the late James and Emma (Austin) Allen She was a color photo analyst for ABC photo labs. She was of the Christian faith. She is survived by her son, Timothy Burks, Remington, Va.; one brother, Jim Allen, St. Peters. The graveside services were held Jan. 4 at Clay Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Dan Usher. Pallbearers were Tim Burks, Jim Allen, Gene Sutton, Alex Ruegg, Robert Faulkner and Al Wills. Arrangements were under the direction of Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont.

Madge L. Renn
Madge Lucille Renn, 90, died Jan. 23, 2002 at the home of her daughter in Piedmont, Mo. She was born Sept. 11, 1911 in Pinkneyville, Ill., daughter of the late James and Mary Owen. She was united in marriage to Mellie Renn in 1931 at White County, Ill. and he preceded her in death June 25, 1984. Mrs. Renn had been a member of Victory Baptist Temple since 1989. She was a homemaker. She is survived by three daughters, Beverly (Raymond) Campbell, Portage, Ind., Martha (Michael) Hernandez, Gary, Ind., Mary Elizabeth Nicholson, Piedmont; three brothers, James Owen, Centralia, Ill., Nelson Owen, Mehlville, Ind., David Owen, McLeansboro, Ill; one sister, Wanda Miller, McLeansboro, Ill.; seven grandchildren; one adopted grandchild; 20 great-grandchildren; two adopted great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Stewart. The funeral was held Jan. 26 at Victory Baptist Temple with Pastor Elmo Parker and Rev. Andy Tull officiating and music by Aggie Parker, Carol Williamson and Martha Hernandez. Pallbearers were Jim Connell, Daniel Hernandez, Sr., Andy Robertson, Michael Hernandez, Sr., John Considine and Mike Hernandez, Jr. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel, Piedmont.

Henry W. Matthews
Henry W. Matthews, 99, died Jan. 21, 2002 in Silva, Mo. He was born Dec. 1, 1902 in Cornwall, Mo., son of the late Charley and Jane (Berry) Matthews. He married Gretchen Bennett March 7, 1925 and she preceded him in death March 17, 1997. Mr. Matthews worked as a sawyer in a sawmill and for Corregan Construction in St. Louis before his retirement. He attended White Hollow Church in Silva. Those surviving are one son, Paul (June) Matthews, Lebanon, Tenn.; two daughters, Ruby (Harold) Smith, Silva, Beatrice (Jack) Robinson, Ellington; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Mouser, two sisters, Esther Hitzeman, Pearl Cook. The funeral was held Jan. 24 at Ruegg Funeral Home, Greenville, with Rev. Elijah Bennett and Rev. Clinton Massa officiating. James Ruegg read the obituary. Music was provided by Burnett Bennett, Becky Hicks, Rena Robinson and Linda Bennett. Pallbearers were grandsons Douglas Peck, Richard Peck, Bobby Bennett, Glen Robinson, Brian Matthews and Tim Robinson. Burial was in Bennetts Creek Cemetery, Lodi.


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