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Obituaries for the week of July 29

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm


A celebration of life for Ara Lewellen, 68, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 1 at Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Randall Cone will officiate. Ara passed away peacefully on April 15 due to respiratory failure and complications from multiple systems atrophy. Family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.



Barbara “Barb” Jo Piper, 51, of Griggsville, Ill. passed away Wednesday, July 22 at her residence. She was born Dec. 17, 1963 in Louisiana. She had been employed at Cargill for 21 years as a production worker. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will be in the Blue River Cemetery near Detroit.



Lester “Leslie” Eugene Redd, 60, of Troy, formerly of Clarksville, departed life on Saturday, July 18, at his home.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Marvin Davis will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Leslie was born to Theodore “Ted” and La Doris Yates Redd on September 8, 1954 in Louisiana.
Les attended Clopton School and Hannibal LaGrange College and studied ministry. While attending HLG he worked as a Youth Group Counselor and later became a Police Officer for the Hannibal Police Department. Les loved cooking and later became a Chef and worked for several local restaurants in Pike and Lincoln Counties, and later opened Round Man Barbecue and Catering in Troy, which he continued till his death.
Les leaves behind 2 sons, Ryan (Erika) Chatman of Louisiana, and Shawn (Ashley) Redd of Troy, Grandchildren, Taylor, Kylie, and Bryson Chatman of Louisiana, Korry Nelson of Troy, and Taylor Almond and Conner Schaefer of Troy, a brother Ronnie (Diane) Redd of Clarksville, a sister Terry Redd of Santa Rosa, Cal., formerly of Clarksville, a niece Lizbeth Redd and nephew Matthew Redd of Clarksville, and nephew Anthony Redd and Great Nephew Payton Redd both of Louisiana, aunts and uncles, Maymie Wheeler, George Yates, Chris (Shelly) Redd, and Daisy (Frank) Warren all of Clarksville, Jamie Wheeler, Gene Ann (Dempsey) Dixon both of Vandalia, Harold Wheeler of Rock Island, Ill., and Fannie (William) Carter of Davenport, Iowa, special friends Adele Lucket, Connie Almond, and Amanda Almond, all of Troy.
He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and La Doris Redd, Grandparents Les and Emma Lou Yates, and Mary Alice Redd.
Les enjoyed life, cooking, and riding his horses, and most of all his family and friends.
Memorial donations may be given to the family in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, Missouri 63353. On-line condolences may be sent at www.collierfuneral.com



Middleton Scott Carroll, 96, of Prairie Village, Kan. went to heaven on July 5, just 6 days shy of his 97th birthday. Before his death he struggled with aspiration pneumonia. Preceding him in death were his parents, Raymond Lee Carroll, Sr. and Nell Carroll, an older brother, Raymond Lee Carroll, Jr., and two younger brothers, Willard Douglas Carroll and Marion Bixby Carroll. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (Pat), his sister, June Lamme, and daughters, Valeree and Pamela Carroll; He has three grandchildren, Theresa Nelle, John and Alexander and five great grandchildren, Shannon, Lille, Jonathan, Anabella, Melodie and Andrew and many nieces and nephews.
Mid was born in a log cabin near Louisiana to a farming family. He attended a one room school, Oakland, for his elementary years and graduated from Louisiana High School. He worked in a button factory and a glove factory to save money for college. He attended the University of Missouri completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Dairy Manufacturing.
During World War II, Mid enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned to the South Pacific Theatre.
Mid and Patricia Anderson were married in 1945 when he returned from the war and lived in Kansas City, where he worked as plant manager of Borden’s Milk and Ice Cream Company. He also re-enlisted in the Naval Reserves and taught communication courses. He retired from the Reserves after 20 years of service and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He went into Real Estate working as a salesman and broker for Hardin and Stockton Real Estate Company, where Mid became an Executive Vice President.
A Celebration of Life service for Mid took place 10 a.m., Monday, July 13th at Johnson County Funeral Chapel in Overland Park, Kan.



Mrs. Bessie Jane Blackmore, 85, of Louisiana, Missouri passed away Wednesday, July 22 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24 at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Terry Cook will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jordan-Buffalo Cemetery near Louisiana.
Bessie Jane was born on November 15, 1929 in Louisiana, to Raymond Unsell Hunter and Willella Naxera Hunter. She married Charles George Blackmore on April 4, 1948 and he preceded her in death October 17, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Charlotte Hamlett.
She is survived by her brother, Raymond U. Hunter of Louisiana, two sons; Charles G. Blackmore, Jr. and wife Kathy of Osage Beach and William R. Blackmore and wife Patti of Louisiana, Four grandchildren; Jessica and husband, Jeff, Charles Thomas and wife, Wendy, Hanna and Olivia. Four great-grandchildren; Jeffrey Thomas, Katie Lou, Molly and Honor.
Bessie was a 1947 graduate of Louisiana High School and was employed at Mercantile Bank in Louisiana where she met her future husband, Charles. She was an avid lover of horses, and was instrumental both locally and throughout the Midwest in teaching riding and promoting the Arabian Horse, the breed she truly loved.
She was a member of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church where she served as Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher for many years.
Pallbearers are; C. T. Blackmore, Jeff Hoffecker, Jim Pitzer, Jack Holland, Mike Buffington and Raymond Hunter.
Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice or to Jordan-Buffalo Cemetery in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Dr., Louisiana, M0 63353