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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 29, 2012

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Linden G. Smith, 89, of Bowling Green formerly of Louisiana passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 at the Country View Nursing Facility in Bowling Green.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 (today) at 11 a.m. at the Mudd-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with Rev. John Birkhead officiating.  Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery near Louisiana.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Linden was born on April 4, 1923 in Winfield, the son of Rev. Forrest Bryan and Eva Palmer Smith.  He was married to Virginia Catlett on July 25, 1968 in Bowling Green and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2010.  He was member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Bowling Green.  Mr. Smith served his country during WWII in the United States Air Force.  Linden worked as a Trimmer Operator at Sonoco Products Company in Louisiana for many years.  He enjoyed working outdoors and his workshop.

Survivors include two daughters Donna Gwen Oberhalman and husband Dennis and Anita Lynn Heman and husband Ronald of Napoleon; Step-children Brenda Norris and husband Chuck of Holts Summit, Larry Catlett and wife Debbie of Hannibal and Debbie Schindler of Louisiana;  sisters Floy Mae Neikirk  and Lucille Stokes of Bowling Green; brothers Lewis  Bryan Smith and wife Janet of Bowling Green, Forrest E. Smith of Independence and David L. Smith and wife Sandy of Frostproof, Fla.;  brother-in-law Thomas Murphy Jr. and wife Mary of Chillicothe;  numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepdaughter Linda Ayers, son-in-law Louis Schindler, sisters Irene Clinging and Loice Murphy, sister-in-law Charla Smith, brother-in-laws Billy Neikirk  and Eugene Stokes.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Allen Smith, Richard Feldman, Justin Taylor, Danny Bennett, Michael Bennett, and Brian Wessler. Honorary Pallbearers will  be Michael Matheny, Christopher Clark, David Robinson, Chuck Norris and Jeff Ayers.

Memorials may be made to the Pike County Home Health and Hospice.

Condolences may be left at



Graveside services for Elgin Ray Jennings will be on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery  in Frankford. Rev. Richard Epperson will officiate.


Dyas L. Keith, 93 of New London, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the First Christian Church of New London.  Pastor Tom Day officiated.  Burial was held at Center Cemetery in Center.

Visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 27 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.



Ethel Elizabeth Willis Tate, 86, of Fruitland, Idaho, formerly of Bowling Green, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012. She was interred with her family at Concord Cemetery near Bowling Green. Cremation was under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette, Idaho.

Elizabeth was born to Buford and Kathleen (Maiden) Willis on Sept. 28, 1925 in Bowling Green.

Elizabeth and her husband, Virgil, moved to Idaho in the early 1960’s, residing in Boise for one year before moving to Fruitland in 1964.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her husband, her brother, Buford Newton Willis, Jr., and her grandson, Aaron Kimmes.

She is survived by her sons, Leon of Morgan Hill, Calif., and David of Weiser, Idaho, and her daughter, Susan of Phoenix, Ariz. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.

Elizabeth will best be remembered for her love of family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and neighborhood children, never forgetting a birthday or special occasion. She had a special way with them, and they all loved her in return. She kept all her friends and family informed through her many cards, letters, photos and phone calls.

In lieu of sending flowers, please make any donations to your favorite children’s charity in her name, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Condolences may be made to Elizabeth’s family at



Billy Mitchell, 40, of Louisiana, passed away on Aug. 25, 2012. Visitation for family and friends was held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. Private family funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home. The Rev. Jason Hamilton will officiate. Burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Hannibal.

Mr. Mitchell was born on Dec. 14, 1971 in Louisiana to William H., Sr. and Peggy A. Taylor Mitchell.

He is survived by his parents Bill and Peggy A. Mitchell of Louisiana; two brothers, Steve Mitchell of St. Joseph, and Greg Mitchell of Hannibal; a daughter, Catie Creech; his close uncles, Richard Taylor and wife, Chris, of Ballwin, and Scott Taylor and wife, Julianne, of Clarksville; beloved aunt and uncle, Yvonne and James Hamilton of Hannibal; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Mitchell had lived in Louisiana most of his life and attended Louisiana High School. He worked in construction and was an accomplished welder. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, camping, and fishing.

He was Baptist by faith and believed in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was cherished and loved by his family and will be greatly missed by all of them.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Taylor Jr. and Carl McCormick. Active pallbearers will be Scott Taylor, Rich Taylor Jr., Jeff Taylor, Steve Mitchell, Richard Taylor Sr., and Bennie Church.

Memorials may be given to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, Mo. 63353.



Funeral services for Wayne Elgin, 82, of Grafton, Wis. were held Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory in Grafton, Wis. Mr. Elgin passed away on Aug. 20, 2012. Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton, Wis.

He was born on June 3, 1930, in Clarksville, the son of the late Charles Louis Elgin and the late Mary Frances (nee Davidson) Elgin. He later married Dorothy Cable on Sept. 4, 1954, in Louisiana.  Their marriage was blessed with three children, Rock, Jeff, and Mel.

Mr. Elgin was employed by Milwaukee Machine Products as a machinist for over 20 years. He also worked for Economy Bushing in Mequon, Wis. and retired in 1997. He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a charter member of the Great Lakes Sports Fishermen Club in Ozaukee County. He also enjoyed gardening, and spending time outdoors, but his true love was spending time with his loving family.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Dorothy (nee Cable) Elgin; children, Rock (Pam) Elgin, Jeff (Wendy) Elgin, and Melody “Mel” Elgin; grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Luedtke, Jennifer Gelinskey, Ben Griessmeyer, John Franklin, Sam Franklin, and Kathryn (Quinn) Gagnon; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jack, and Grant Luedtke; Kaley Gelinskey, and Tristan Gagnon; siblings, Guy Elgin, Dewanah (Joe) Suddarth, sister-in-law, Ann (Dean) Trammel, and brother-in-law, Bruce (Debbie) Cable; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Great Lakes Sports Fishermen Club of Ozaukee County are appreciated. Visit www.muellerfuneral for online condolences and to view the video tribute.



Alice Genevra Campbell was born in Louisiana to Fannie Mae Staggs Turnbaugh and Robert Sneed Turnbaugh on March 2, 1919. Mrs. Campbell died on July 31, 2012 at her home in Louisiana.

Services were held at Centenary United Methodist Church where she was a member for over 81 years. The Rev. Jeannie Webdell officiated. She is interred at Riverview Cemetery next to her husband of 52 years, Clarence Rubin Campbell. He preceded her in death in 1986.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda, in 1947 and a grandson, James R. Goetsch III in 1999.

She is survived by two children, Patricia Campbell Bibb of Louisiana and Dr. Charles Robert Campbell and his wife, Patti, of Florida; two grandchildren, Beverly Bibb Goetsch of Louisiana and John Robert Bibb and his wife, Mary, of O’Fallon; two stepgrandchildren, Traci Bushner and Bryan Bushner; six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Goetsch Green, Sarah Goetsch, John Paul Goetsch, Rachael Goetsch, Jamie Parker, Taylor Bibb and Joseph Bibb; and one great-great-grandchild, Samuel Green.

Mrs. Campbell worked for JC Penney’s in the catalog department until her retirement. She was a member of the Nightingale Chapter 117, Order of the Eastern Star, for over 50 years, and the Circle L and Sid’s Kids square dancing clubs. She played bridge at Trimble House, and was once in the bowling league and softball league. Perhaps best known for her baking skills, she also decorated wedding cakes for many people.

Honorary pallbearers were Robin Brown, Dickie Mullens, John Lewellen and Don Leithoff. Active pallbearers were Phillip Turnbaugh, Karl Dewey, Tom Wallace, Jerry Narramore, Larry White, Jay Thomas and Trent Meyers.