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Obituaries are in Alphabetical order.  Women are listed by married names (if applicable) with maiden name in parentheses if known.



Anthony E. Pendergrass, 29, Rt. 5, Lebanon, died Saturday, July 18 at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Adam and Aaron; one daughter Ramona of the home; his parents, R.B. Pendergrass, Lebanon, and Carol DeLong of Lakeland, Fla.; four brothers, Steve Pendergrass, Ralph and Jeff Pendergrass, all of Lebanon, and David Pendergrass of Lakeland, Fla.; one sister, Debbie Marks of Lebanon; his grandmothers Vival Pendergrass of Lebanon and Lenna McColley of Valparaiso, Ind.; and great-grandmother, Ethel Zinn of Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Services will be Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m., in Colonial Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Ron Carnett and Rev. James Ginnings officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday, July 2, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Clyde Joe Pendergrass, Jr., son of Clyde Joe Pendergrass, Sr. and Mary Barbarich Pendergrass, was born October 5, 1953, in Kansas City, Kansas and departed this life January 8, 2009, at his home near Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of fifty-five years.

At the young age of nine, he made a profession of faith in Christ and at the time of his death attended Communion Chapel Bible Church. He treasured the fellowship with the church members.

On February 18, 1995, he was united in marriage with Kathryn “Kathy” Williams Heinrichs. They shared a loving relationship of fun and friendship. At the time of his death they had celebrated thirteen wonderful years of marriage.

In 1987, Clyde became a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office in Lebanon. At the time of his death he was a sub at the Richland Post Office. He also owned and operated a saw mill for several years with his father.

Clyde was an outdoorsman by nature. He enjoyed bow and gun hunting, both deer and turkey, fishing, and golf with his family and friends. He had been elk hunting in Colorado, as well as bear hunting in Alaska, where he killed a black bear.

Clyde was an honest man and a man of his word. There wasn’t a promise he made that he didn’t keep. Friends and family knew they could trust him. However, nothing compared to the time spent and memories made with his family, who he thoroughly enjoyed teasing.

He is survived by his wife Kathy; his mother, Mary Pendergrass of Lebanon; three step-sons, Shawn Heinrichs and his wife Tammy and Timothy Heinrichs and his wife Jamie, all of Lebanon and Daniel Heinrichs and his wife Bella of Kimberling City, MO; one step-daughter, Tammie Gragg and her husband Jim of Lebanon; two brothers, Ronnie Pendergrass of Lebanon and Craig Pendergrass and his special companion Teresa Matthews of Springfield, MO; two sisters, Brenda Pendergrass and her special companion Johnny Cowan of Lake Ozark, MO and Lisa Randall and her husband Marlin of Lebanon; nine grandchildren; two special nephews, Luke and Austin Randall of Lebanon; other relatives and many friends.

Clyde was preceded in death by his father and by his mother-in-law, Gladys R. Williams.

A wonderful husband, loving father, fun-loving grandfather, cherished brother, special uncle and loyal friend, with the unmatched ability to make people laugh even on their darkest day; he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

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Jack H. Pendergrass, 70, of Phillipsburg, died Saturday, Dec 8, 2001.

He was born Nov. 30, 1931, in Reeds Springs to Bert and Vival  Warren Pendergrass, who preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Clyde Pendergrass; and one sister, Robbi Shawn.

He married Ollita Burres on July 25, 1953.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife Ollita of the home; two sons, Barry Pendergrass and his wife, Annie, of Albany, N.Y., and Brian Pendergrass of Phillipsburg; two daughters, Angela Pendergrass of Oak Lawn, Ill, and the Rev.  Diane Landin and her husband, Thomas, of Clinton, Ill; two Brothers, R.B. Pendergrass of Lebanon and Carl Pendergrass of Stoutland; four sisters, Norma Shumate and Sharon Heafley, both of Lebanon, Betty Hutchcraft of Sullivan, Ill., and Judy Owens of Licking; Four grandchildren, Joshua and Rebecca Pendergrass and Alexis and Jacqueline Landin.

Funeral services for Jack H. Pendergrass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at the Colonial Chapel of Lebanon with Pastor David Oberdieck officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Rose Memorial Park under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Chapel of Lebanon.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 6-7 p.m.

A memorial had been established for the Trinity Lutheran Church.  Contributions may be made through the funeral home.

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Funeral services for Kenneth E. Pendergrass will be held Saturday at the Colonial Chapel with Rev. Lyle Parsons officiating. Interment will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.

In addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Pendergrass, he is survived by four brothers, Jack and R.B. both of Chicago, Clyde of Kansas City, KS and Carl of the home. Five sisters, Mrs. Norma Shumate, Lebanon; Miss Adeline Pendergrass residing in CA, Mrs. Betty Hutchcraft of Il, Mrs. Sharon Kay Silhavy of Indiana and Judy Pendergrass of the home. He also leaves a grandmother, Mrs. Martha Warren also living in California.

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Funeral services were at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Feb 25 for Mrs. Martha E. Pendergrass at the Church of God at Stoutland.  Rev. S. G. Cox of Lebanon conducted the service and burial was in the Lebanon cemetery, directed by the Evans Funeral Home of Stoutland.

Mrs. Pendergrass, who was 71 years old, died February 24 in the home of a son, Bert Pendergrass at Sleeper.

Besides this son, she leaves her husband, George Pendergrass and four other sons, Earnest Davis of Sleeper, Albert and Loran Pendergrass of Tulso, Okla., and Oliver Pendergrass of Seneca, and a daughter, Mrs. Effie Moore, Seneca, Mo.

She also leaves four brothers, Jim Rogers of Springfield, Charley of Lebanon, Everett of Kansas and Walter of Indiana, and a sister, Mrs. Belle Mitchell of Lebanon.  She also leaves 24 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Ralph Pendergrass, 61, of Lebanon, died Wednesday morning, June 19, 2002, in his home near Lebanon.

He was born Dec. 5, 1940, in Reeds Spring, to Bert Joe and Vival Mae Warren Pendergrass.

On Jan. 17, 1964, he married Sally Louise Berg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Anthony Pendergrass; a grandson, Cody Marks; three brothers, Jack, Clyde, and Kenneth Pendergrass; and a sister, Robbie Shawn.

Mr. Pendergrass was a heavy equipment operator that was self-employed by several different companies, including Willard Construction.  For the last few years he had been employed by the Laclede County Road and Bridge Department.

He had attended the Faith Temple for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, of the home; four sons, Steve, Jeff, and Ralph Pendergrass Jr., all of Lebanon; David Pendergrass of Lakeland Fla.; a daughter, Deborah Marks of Lebanon; a brother, Carl Pendergrass of Stoutland; four sisters, Norma Shumate and Sharon Hafley, both of Lebanon; Betty Hutchcraft of Sullivan, Ill.; Judy Owens of Licking; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services for Ralph Pendergrass will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2002, in the Holman-Howe Chapel with the Revs. Don sing and Ed Ruble officiating.  Burial will be in the Mount Rose Memorial Park, under the direction of the Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

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Services for Vival M. Pendergrass were held Friday, January 14, 1994 in the Colonial Chapel, with Rev Jim Ginnings officiating.  Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery, under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Chapel of Lebanon, Mo.  Music was by Hosanna.  Selections were "Medals for Mother" and "Wish You Were Here."

Escorts were Clyde Pendergrass, Leroy Shumate, Craig Pendergrass, Steve Pendergrass, Joe Shawn, Jason Pendergrass, Clyde Pendergrass, Jr., Ralph Pendergrass, Mike Hutchcraft and Jeff Pendergrass.

Vival Mae Pendergrass, daughter of Henry Warren and Martha Horn Warren, was born March 9, 1913 at Reeds Springs, Mo., and departed the life January 11, 1994 at her home near Lebanon.

On December 9, 1928 she was united in marriage with Bert Joe Pendergrass and to this union ten children were born.  She was preceded in death by her husband on September 25, 1985 and also by a son, Kenneth and a daughter Robbi Shawn.

Vival enjoyed quilting and crocheting, sharing these little things with her children and grandchildren.  She always planted a large garden and canned fruits and vegetables which she shared.  She was one of those special mothers, raising her children to love and appreciate each other, and share with those around them.

She is survived by four daughters, Norma Shumate and Sharon Hafley, both of Lebanon, Betty Hutchcraft of Sullivan, Illinois and Judy Owens of Licking, Mo.; four sons, Clyde, Jack, Ralph and Carl Pendergrass, all of Lebanon; one brother, Harold Warren of Sacramento, California; two sisters, Errie Ambrose of Orroville, California and Grace Warren of Roseville, California; Twenty-nine grandchildren, fourty-eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mildred; three brothers, Ralph, Earl and Eldo Warren; a grandson, Anthony Pendergrass; and a great-grandson, Cody Marks. 

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Phillips, Rebecca J, wife of Hon Rufus Phillips, of Laclede Co, Mo, departed this life on 8 Sept 1877. Her maiden name was Anderson, and was born 20 Mar 1828...She was truly a noble Christian woman. - L W Pearce
(Source: Extract from "St. Louis Christian Advocate" newspaper printed on December 5, 1877.  Transcribed by Barbara Z.)


Funeral services for Bert A. Pruitt, 72, of Lebanon, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 1972 from Holman Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Hufft officiating. Burial was in the Hufft cemetery, near Eldridge.

The Second Baptist Church quartet, Wanda Berry, Jean Simpson, Ralph Nichols and Harold Bradshaw, sang Heaven and Rock of Ages. Escorts were George Bryant, Charles E. Whittaker, Mike Scott, Charles Miller, Frankie Doerr, and Dale Pruitt.

Bert Albert Pruitt, son of Jess and Sarah Guthrie Pruitt, was born in Laclede County, Missouri February 12, 1899 and died January 12, 1972 in Wallace Hospital, Lebanon.

On February 25, 1918 he was married to Miss Velma Bradshaw. He was preceded in death by five children; one in infancy, Bobbie and Billie, six-month old twins; and Betty and Don.

Bert was a member of the Second Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Velma; one son, Dan of Somerset, New Jersey; two daughters, Lorene Faihtinger and Verlene Roth, both of Lebanon; 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

LRR 26 Jan 1972

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Funeral services were held at the Eldridge church Sunday afternoon for little Billie Dean Pruitt, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Pruett of Prosperine.  The death of Billie Dean was a double affliction to the parents, as just three weeks ago, the twin brother, Bobby Jean was buried. Both children died from fever. The funeral was preached by Elder Omer Waterman and burial was in Hufft cemetery. The parents have the sympathy of the community in their grief.

LRR 21 Apr 1933

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Bobby Gene Pruitt, infant son of Bert and Velma Pruitt was born near Prosperine 3 Aug 1932 and passed away at the home of his parents, death resulting from pneumonia 25 Mar 1933 at the age of 7 months and 22 days.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his parents, two sisters, Laverne and Betty Lou and his twin brother Billy Dean who also is seriously ill from pneumonia.

He was a little flower that budded on early to bloom in heaven.

Services were held the following Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at Eldridge church, conducted by rec. Dale Hufft. Burial was in the Hufft cemetery.

LRR 31 Mar 1933

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Don Pruitt, 24 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Pruitt, died suddenly Saturday night about 7:30 o’clock, at the family home, near the former Guy Appling grocery store. He had been working for the Red Cab company all day and he seemingly not ill, death coming unexpectedly.

He received his discharge from army service about six weeks ago after service in the Army Air Corps. He was in the service about four years and had spent some time in Cuba.

He was born in the Prosperine neighborhood and spent all of his short life in Laclede County until he entered the army. He is survived by his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Lorene Bradshaw, Mrs. Betty Gage and Miss Berlene Pruitt, all of Lebanon; and one brother, Cpl. Dan Opal Pruitt, who had been in the European theater of operations for some time. The family has lived in Lebanon the last six years.

Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Palmer Funeral home.  Efforts are being made to get in touch with Cpl. Pruitt and time of the funeral services has not yet been definitely decided. Probably the funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at Eldridge. Interment will be in Hough cemetery.

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Service for Velma Ray Pruitt, 77, Lebanon, were held March 4 at the Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Benny Gard officiating. Burial was in the Hufft Cemetery near Eldridge, directed by Holman Funeral Home.

The church quartet, Gale Lawson, Harold Bradshaw, Lloyd palmer and Roscoe Stone, accompanied by Jean Simpson and Louise bacon, sang “Hand in Hand with Jesus” and “What A Day That Will Be.”

Escorts were James Simpson, James Berry, Charles Miller, Dan Bradshaw, Clarence Giles, Jr. and Mike Scott.

Mrs. Pruitt, daughter of Edward and Coda Bradshaw, was born January 19, 1902 in Laclede County and died March 1 in St. John’s Regional Health Care Center, Springfield.

In 1918 she was married to Bert A. Pruitt.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, six children, and two brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Lorene Faihtinger and Verlene Roth; a brother, L.D. Bradshaw, all of Lebanon; four sisters Pauline Esther, Lebanon, Freeda Breakbill, Whittier, California, Cleo Gay, Fullerton, California and Fern Swadley, San Mateo, California; 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was converted early in life and was a member of the Second Baptist Church for many years.

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