Thursday, February 11, 2010

Opal Rebecca (Hayes) Porter 1953-2010

Opal Rebecca Porter, of Salem, was born on March 23, 1953, at Rolla, a daughter of Roy James and Bertha Melvina (Workman) Hayes, and departed this life at 6:17 a.m., Friday, January 15, 2010, near Salem as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Mrs. Porter had attained the age of 56 years, 9 months and 13 days.
Mrs. Porter was preceded in death by her parents; one infant daughter, Velvet Weyand; 8 brothers, James, Lester, Lloyd, Roy Lewis, Albert, Snowden, William and Wilbur Hayes; and two sisters, Ethel and Thelma Hayes.
Mrs. Porter was a member of the Pentecostal Church. She had worked in housekeeping and for Forum Cleaners.
Those left to mourn the passing of Mrs. Porter include: two sons, Garlan Weyand and Dweyane Weyand, both of Rolla; four daughters, Velda Honeywell and Delda Burks, both of Oklahoma; Nellie Porter and Rebecca Porter, both of St. Louis; special friend, Steve Barnett, Salem; one brother, Marvin Hayes and wife, Cathy, Rolla; one adopted brother, Obie Shelton, Rolla; four sisters, Lilly Salts and Shirley Skaggs, both of Rolla; Emily Wagoner and husband, Frank, Cuba and Mildred Warren, Rolla; one sister-in-law, Bev Hayes, Kentucky; ten grandchildren; numerous nephew, nieces and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted for Mrs. Porter at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 25, 2010 in the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Chapel, Dixon, with Rev. Bill Perkins, Assembly of God Church, Belle officiating. “Sissy’s Song” and “Holes In The Floor Of Heaven” were played for the service.
Interment was in the Kenner Cemetery, near Dixon under the direction of the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Dixon. Pallbearers for Mrs. Porter were Steven Warren, Stanley Warren, Rusty Freeman, Bill Schnedler, Brian Wagoner and Ray Sudheimer. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Jacobs, Bobby Backues, Jim Bob Campbell and Kevin Skaggs.
Memorials are suggested to the wishes of the family with envelopes available at the office of the Long-Kloeppel Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Dixon.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Joel B. “J.B.” Simmons Jr 1942-2009

Joel B. “J.B.” Simmons Jr., 66, of Rolla, passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, in Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
Funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Salem Avenue Baptist Church, Rolla, with the Rev. Mark Johnson and Leroy Tucker officiating. Internment with full military honors is at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Idumea Cemetery in Laquey.
Visitation for family and friends is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, in Null & Son Funeral Home, Rolla.
J.B. was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Tampa, Fla., to Joel B. Simmons Sr. and Dorothy B. Barmes Simmons.
He married Connie Nickels on Nov. 7, 1963.
J.B. was a retired U.S. Army Captain having served from 1960-1980. He later began a 21-year career with the U.S.G.S. in Rolla.
He was a long time member and deacon at the Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla.
In addition to his parents, his brother, James A. Simmons, preceded him in death.
He will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes his wife Connie; two children: Kelly Bethel and her husband Bryan of Patterson, and Joel Duane Simmons and his wife Tina of Rolla; a brother, John C. Simmons and his wife Pat of Sherwood, Ark.; three sisters: Helen Jones of Delight, Ark., Ann Gardner and her

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lura Elizabeth (Williams) Cook 1902-1984

Lura Elizabeth Cook was born in Dunklin County, Missouri, on January 22, 1902, the daughter of James and Ida Williams, and departed this life on January 20, 1984 at the Lake of the Ozarks Hospital at Osage Beach, Missouri, having attained the age of 81 years.

Lura was united in marriage to Charles Franklin Cook, who preceded her in death on June 6, 1952. She is survived by one son, Charles Cook, of Waynesville; 3 granddaughters: Debra Heatherly, Cullaman, Alabama, Carolyn Fortune, Longmont, Colorado; and Charlotte Christeson, Lebanon, Tennesse; 8 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, LaDean, and a grandson, Johnny.

Mrs. Cook was baptized into the Osborn Methodist Church in Osborn, Missouri; and later faithfully attended the Methodist Church in Dexter, Missouri.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside services were held on Monday, January 23, 1984 at the Rolla Memorial Cemetery at Rolla, Missouri at 2 p.m. with Virgil White officiating.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Carl Meriwether 1876-1896

June, 25, 1896 Rolla, Missouri -Carl Meriwether, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Meriwether, and an excellent young man, died yesterday after a long illness from consumption.

Carl Meriwether, son of Mr. & Mrs. Robt. Meriwether, was born Oct. 21, 1876, in Lewis Co., Mo., and died June 24, 1896. His parents came to Rolla when he was two. After passing the upper grades in the public school, he spent a year and a half in the School of Mines. About two years ago, he entered the law office of his father. He joined the M.E. Church, was buried in Labelle, Mo.

Charles H. Gill 1802-1887

Rolla, Mo., August 29.--Charles H. Gill, an old citizen of Phelps County, died at the residence of his son, near this city, to-day. The deceased was born in the State of Virginia in 1802. He came to this county twenty years ago, where he has since resided, enjoying the highest esteem of the entire community.

J.S. French d. February 4, 1887

Rolla, Mo., February 4.--Mr. J. S. French, one of the best and most highly respected citizens of this city, died this evening at his home of lumbar abscess complicated with kidney disease. Mr. French was from Rotterdam, N.Y., was past 49 years old, and had lived in Rolla the last twenty five years. He held the office of County Clerk of this county for sixteen consecutive years, and until the first of the present year. He was formerly a druggist and has for a number of years done an extensive insurance business. His ailment commenced with an injury to his spine which he received a year ago and he has suffered much pain for several months. His remains will be taken to Springfield for interment on Sunday, the 6th inst., by the Masonic order of this city of which he was a devoted and worthy member.

Col. Edward Williams 1802- August 26, 1887

Col. Edward Williams, another of Phelps County's old and highly respected citizens, died at his residence in this city to-day of dysentery and paralysis. Deceased was born in the State of Virginia in 1802, and came to this city in 1868, where he has since resided. He leaves six children and an aged widow, with whom he has lived for sixty-one years. Col. Williams was probably the oldest Mason in the United States, having joined that order over fifty years ago in Virginia, where he has many friends and relatives living.