Willie Mae (Rogers) Price
Willie Mae (Rogers) Price, 83, of Birch Tree, Missouri passed
peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 30, 2019, smiling as
she entered Heaven. She was born August 17, 1936 to Roy and Nona
(Johnston) Rogers in King City, Missouri, the youngest of three children.
Willie Mae was united in marriage to Danny Price on March 28, 1970 at Oak
Grove Baptist Church in Birch Tree, Missouri. They made their life long
home in Birch Tree with their daughters.
Her laughter and smile was infectious; she never knew a stranger and would
help out anyone in need. She would always say, "God would want me to help
any way I can. He has helped all of us with those special angels". She
spent many, many years working two jobs, finally retiring at age 71 from
Mountain View Fabricating. She then spent a lot of time riding her
lawnmower, even to town, if need be. Willie Mae loved to travel, taking
many trips with family and/or two special friends, Sue and Linda. She
loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with all of her
heart. She loved when all her family was together laughing, and even
pulling pranks, especially at Christmas. Those family times are cherished
and will be sadly missed. But most of all, she loved God.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Danny Price; one infant son; two
granddaughters, Jina and Jana Grandstaff; two grandsons, Kalvin Kelly and
Joseph Plybon; parents, Roy and Nona Rogers; and one brother, Allen
Those who survive are her three children, Robbin Taber and husband Les of
Mountain View, Nikki Grandstaff and husband Richard of Birch Tree, and
Monica Kelly and husband Kevin of Birch Tree; grandchildren, April Norris
and Don Markel of Lebanon, Oran Grandstaff and wife Tiffany of Birch Tree,
Angie Pugh and husband Alex of Branson, and Grant Grandstaff and Samantha
House of Birch Tree; great-grandchildren, Elijah and Isaac Plybon, Kinlee
Grandstaff, Logan Pugh, Gage Yardley, Korbin and Austin Ferguson, Cohen
Markel and Asher Lawson; one brother, Keith Rogers and wife Rita of
Warsaw; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
Willie Mae will be missed by all who knew her. Her pain has ended and her
last smile will be forever etched in our minds knowing the peace that
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Oak
Grove Baptist Church, Birch Tree with Pastor Jeff Brake officiating.
Family received friends Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. at
Yarber Mortuary chapel, Birch Tree. Interment was in Oak Forest Cemetery,
Birch Tree under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Birch Tree. Condolences
may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
Kenneth H. Ferguson
Kenneth H. "Buster" Ferguson, 62, was born March 12, 1956,
the oldest child of Hazel (Mooney) Turner, Junior Ferguson, and Bill
He served in the Navy from 1974-1978. After returning home he
returned to school and obtained his associates degree. He married Lisa
(Eastwood) Ferguson on March 16, 1993 and adopted a child whom he loved
wholeheartedly. He departed this life January 26, 2019 at his home in
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lisa; and a
host of aunts and uncles.
He is survived by one daughter, Amy Howell and husband,
Billy; three grandsons, Tyler, Hayden and Dillon; two brothers, Victor
Nonn and Dan Ferguson; one sister, Theresa Norris; two nieces, Meghan
Ferguson and Kenya Norris; one nephew, Michael Nonn; and a host of aunts,
uncles, and cousins.
He enjoyed riding his Harley, being with his family,
especially his grandsons and going to the river. He will be greatly missed
by all who knew and loved him.
No services are being planned at this time. Cremation
arrangements are under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Eminence,
Missouri. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
John James Lindsey
John James Lindsey, son of John L. and Minnie (Taylor) Lindsey was
born on June 15, 1926 near Winona, Missouri. He departed this life on
January 27, 2019 at the age of 92 years, 7 months, and 12 days at his home
in Winona, with his loving wife and family by his side.
At the early age of five, John was bitten by a horse in the mouth. He
suffered a hole in his windpipe and only skin held his mouth in place.
After recovering from this accident, he started school at Pleasant Hill,
close to Houses Creek, attending there until he was in the sixth grade. He
had a lot of good memories of the school and his teacher, Walter Bradford.
He later attended school in Winona until May 1944. At that time, during
World War II, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Navy where he
served his country for the next 23 years. In 1945, his father accepted his
high school diploma for him because he was in the service.
During World War II, he attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois then
traveled to California and caught a ship to Pearl Harbor. He was assigned
to the USS Catskill where he served out the rest of World War II. During
this time they made invasions in Leyte Gulf, Luzon, in the Philippines
after that Okinawa, where more people were killed than all other Islands
He was sitting in Manila and had troops aboard, ready to hit Japan when
President Truman authorized dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and
Nagasaki Japan. During this time, John was awarded five battle stars. He
served on the USS Cambria, USS Duxbury Bay, and the USS Harlon R. Dixon.
He was in the service during Korea and Vietnam; he served three years on
Azores Island, two years in Iran, while the Shah was in power. He also
served two years in Kodiak, Alaska where he learned to love the state.
In 1951, John was married to Salina Clark. To this union two children were
born, Michael and Elaina. John retired in 1967 as a first class chief
petty officer, he then returned to Kodiak, Alaska, and worked at the
satellite tracking station for three years. Later, he returned to
Missouri, where he bought a farm and started raising cattle.
In 1981, John met Nancy Brawley. On September 22, 1989, they were united
in marriage. Over the years, they made several trips to Alaska where they
enjoyed fishing for salmon and halibut, and just enjoying the scenery and
weather. They traveled to forty-nine states, Canada and Mexico, where they
saw a lot of beautiful things.
John was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Esco Taylor,
Perry Lindsey and Marvin "Boots" Lindsey; four sisters, Bertha Voyles,
Lucy Byrd, Nancy Carter, and Virgie Douglas; and one granddaughter, Lilly
He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife, Nancy; one son, Michael
J. Lindsey; one daughter, Elaina Wright and husband, Ed; two step
children, Michael Redman and wife, Bonnie, Teresa Redman and husband, Tim;
thirteen grandchildren, Hansa, Jeremiah, Joshua, Linda, Alaina, Robert,
Kainan, Stoney, Avery, Ian, Carly, Jada, and Jimmy; eight
great-grandchildren, Kaden, Jo, Dominick, Hudson, Dylan, Cameron, Safera,
During WWII, John was baptized in the Pacific Ocean while he was stationed
in Guam. After returning home, he attended the Winona Christian Church. He
was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and uncle. He will be sadly
missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in
Yarber Mortuary chapel, Winona, Missouri with Pastor Aaron Lindsey
officiating. Family received friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 29,
2019 also at the funeral home. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery,
Mountain View, Missouri under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Winona.
Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
Molly Ida Harris
Molly Ida Harris, born July 11, 1936 passed away Saturday, January
26, 2019 at 11:36 a.m. in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. Her late
husband, James F. Harris who passed away April 12, 1990 led her by the
hand and escorted her home.
Molly and James had four daughters, Teresa, Connie, Sandra, and Pamela.
Molly is survived by three daughters, Connie Castillo, Sandra Burgess and
husband, Dennis, Pamela Meek and husband, Franklin; six grandchildren,
Charris J. Reily, Anthony J. Castillo, Kasondra Clements, Shanelle Garza,
Amanda Canavan, and Daniel J. Garza; 18 great-grandchildren; four
great-great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Alley and wife, Diane; one
sister, Shirley Burgess and husband, Roger.
Molly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Harris; one
daughter, Teresa Garza; one "daughter of the heart", Jeanne Rozzelle; and
siblings, Tom, Louis, Lucille, John and Paul.
Molly loved spending time with all of her family. She will be greatly
No services are being planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are
under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View. Condolences may be
expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.
William George "Bill" Stringer
William George "Bill" Stringer was born March 20, 1928 to Lonnie
Virgil and Effie Viola (Lawson) Stringer in Eminence, Missouri. Bill
attended school in the Story's Creek School House, located on the north
end of the Stringer farm. After graduating from Eminence High School he
and best friend, Bill Harrison, joined the Navy serving in the Seabees at
the end of WW2. Even though he served in peace time he was still
considered a WW2 veteran. Bill went through basic training in San Diego,
California and was later sent to the island of Guam where he served with
the generator crew. After serving in the Navy, Bill attended Carpenter
School sponsored by the Veteran's Administration. The old VFW hall in
Eminence was built by students of this school. In the 70's Bill took
classes and earned an associate degree from Meramec Community College in
In June of 1948, Bill and his sweetheart, Janet Elaine Jones, stood up as
best man and maid of honor in the wedding ceremony of Lloyd and Louise
Welch. A week later, on June 22nd, Lloyd and Louise returned the honor as
they witnessed the marriage of Bill and Elaine at the Shannon County Court
House in Eminence, Missouri. To this union 4 children were born, Sandra
Marie, Valerie Gail, William Alan, and Kimberly Dawn.
Bill started his career during high school as a stock boy for the Williams
grocery store in Eminence. This was back in the day when folks would stop
in with a grocery list and visit with other customers while the clerk
filled their order. After the Navy, Bill worked as a carpenter, teaming up
with Shorty Magnus in building homes in the Eminence area. One of the
houses they built is the present home of Bob and Eula Rowden.
Bill later moved his family to Granite City, Illinois where he worked as a
carpenter. Eventually he was hired by the Union Electric Company and
worked for this company until he retired in 1990. He started as a laborer
but by the end of his career he had advanced to the highest paid union
position of Control Operator. Bill spent most of his 30 plus years working
at the Labadie power plant in Union Mo. Many of his fellow employees
developed close friendships that have lasted well beyond retirement. He
enjoyed attending the meetings of the Operating Engineers 148 and joining
old work cronies in a monthly breakfast at one of the local cafes, where
they would tell old stories and refer to each other by their last name or
by nicknames such as Crummy, Stinky and Poopy. One can only imagine how
they got these nicknames. Bill's nickname was Juice Jaw from his former
days of chewing tobacco.
Bill was a member of the Eminence Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years.
Even though he had not been able to attend meetings for some time he
faithfully sent in his dues to support the lodge.
In his younger years, Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, floating the river
and going to the lake with his father in law Noke Jones and his brother in
laws Ken Jones and Floyd Colyott. In his senior years he enjoyed a large
garden and mowing his yard of almost five acres. He was an avid reader
frequenting the library for westerns and mystery novels. He was once given
a book bag by the library and acknowledged as a senior citizen who had
read numerous books in a year.
Bill accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior while attending
the Granite City Free Will Baptist Church. He was later ordained and
served as a deacon in this church. After moving to Union Missouri, he and
his wife Elaine were asked to help start a mission church which later
became the Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Union Mo. Bill was a
member of the Christ's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in St. Clair,
Missouri at his passing.
Bill died in Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 90. He
was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Effie (Lawson) Stringer,
wife Janet Elaine (Jones) Stringer, and son-in-law, Thomas Trittschuh.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Sandra Marie Smith of Union,
MO, Valerie Gail Trittschuh of Robertsville, MO, William Alan Stringer and
wife Darlynn Elaine of Eminence, MO, Kimberly Dawn Ball and husband
Leifson; grandchildren, Timothy Scott Stringer of Robertsville, MO,
Bradley Alan Smith of Oakville, MO, Brian Anthony Smith of Union, MO, Sara
Lynn Stringer of Eminence, MO, William Matthew Stringer of Mehlville, MO,
Jason Alan Ball of Oakville, MO, Lauren Nicole Ball of St. Louis MO; and
sister-in-law Norma (Jones) Colyott of Union, Missouri.
Bill loved and was deeply devoted to his family, always had time for a
friend, and never met a stranger. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in
Yarber Mortuary chapel, Eminence, Missouri with Rev. Alan Stringer and Dr.
Jay Tilson officiating. Family received friends from 1-3:00 p.m. prior to
services, also at the funeral home. Interment was in New Eminence Cemetery
under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Eminence. Condolences may be
expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.