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Barry Awalt-Edward Durham-Roberta Harding- Patricia Leith

Posted on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Barry Awalt

Barry Awalt

Barry Lee Awalt, 67, of Silex, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at SSM Hospital in Lake Saint Louis.

He was born on Nov. 2, 1946, in St. Louis to Edward and Mina (Heurman) Awalt.

After attending the local schools, Barry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a B52 bomber technician until he was honorably discharged. He was blessed with three children: Patrick, Kimberly and Rebecca.

He worked at A&B Medical for over 10 years as long as his health permitted. Fishing was one of his favorite activities and spending time with family and friends.

Barry is survived by one son; Patrick and wife Jayna Awalt of Troy, two daughters: Kimberly and husband Rod Helms, of Charlotte, S. C., Rebecca and husband, Eric Domanico, of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; his loving fiancée, Debbie Barger, of Silex; three brothers: Edward and wife, Fran Awalt, of Eolia, Dennis and wife, Mary Nugent, of Kansas City, Matthew Nugent, of O’Fallon, his beloved Aunt June McDowell and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Sunday Dec. 22, 2013, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street Troy.

A funeral service was also held Sunday, Dec.  22, 2013, at 3 p.m. at McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street Troy. Officiating: Rev.George Prior.

Interment was held at  10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at National Cemetery Jefferson Barracks with full military honors.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center 1304 Boone St. Troy,MO 63379. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest registry at:


Edward Durham

Edward Durham

Edward “Ed” Franklin Durham, 96, of Troy, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the Elsberry Health Care Center in Elsberry.

He was born on Aug. 31, 1917 in Hiram, Mo., a son of the late Sidney and Sarah (Fronabarger) Durham. Edward was united in marriage to Wanda M. Haynes on Nov.  20, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri and had many happy years together.

He enlisted in the Army Infantry on April 6, 1943 at Jefferson Barracks and served 3 ½ years during the World War II. While at war he was wounded on Dec. 25, 1944, and received a Purple Heart and other numerous medals. Mr. Durham was honorably discharged on Jan. 4, 1946 as a P.F.C. at Jefferson Barracks.  He retired from Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis after 29 years of service as a service foreman.

Mr. Durham is survived by his wife of 71 years, Wanda Durham, of Troy; sister, Lydia Withers and husband, George, of St. Louis; nieces, nephews, cousins, numerous relatives and many friends.

Friends will be  received from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Home/ Troy Chapel. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Home/ Troy Chapel. Officiating the service will be Rev. Gary Berry. Interment will be held at Troy City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cowan Cemetery in care of Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapels, P.O. Box 222 Troy, MO 63379.) Online condolences may be made at



A Mass of Christian Burial for Roberta M. Harding, 78, of Elsberry, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elsberry. Fr. Charles Tichacek, church pastor,  will officiate with burial in Elsberry City Cemetery.

Roberta Harding

Roberta Harding

Mrs. Harding passed away Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2013, at her home.

Born May 12, 1935 in Waterbury, CT, she was the daughter of Robert Joseph and Marguerite Steinman McCormack. She graduated from Bishop Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala. in 1953.  She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Webster University in 1957.  She taught elementary grades in the St. Louis public schools for many years. In 1969, she earned her Master’s degree in Education and Psychology from St. Louis University.  Roberta completed 30 advanced education hours at Washington University.

Roberta was united in marriage on December 30, 1976 at St. John the Baptist Church in St. Louis to Errett Linwood Harding.  She worked as a reading teacher for Clopton Elementary School in the Pike County R-III School District for seven years, retiring in 1992.  She was a member of the Town and Country Club in Clarksville before she and Errett moved to Elsberry in the spring of 1992.  She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter AI and the DNC Club in Elsberry.  She delivered Meals on Wheels for several years.  Roberta was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include her brother, Francis Joseph McCormack of Greensboro, N.C.; and two sisters-in-law: Clara Addison, of Atlanta, Ga. and Louise Dameron, of Elsberry. She also leaves two nephews: Dave McCormack and his wife, Andrea, of Greensboro and John McCormack, Jr., of Orlando, Fla.; one niece, Carol Spears and her husband, Harvey, of Orlando; one great-niece, five great-nephews; Errett’s nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; other relatives and many, many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Masses in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, Mo., 63343.  Online condolences may be made at


Patricia Marie Leith, 72, of Eolia, passed away on Monday, Dec. 13, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Patricia Leith

Patricia Leith

She was born on Sept. 10,1941¸ in Columbus, Ohio, a child of Richard and Bonnie lea (Kent) Miller. After attending the local schools, she met and married the love of her life, Edward Leith. Patricia and Ed were blessed with two daughters, Dawn and Amber. She was an excellent homemaker and enjoyed her role as wife and mother. When she wasn’t caring for her family, she was taking taking care of her numerous animals. Patricia and Edward have been raising Arabian horses for many years and she truly had a special place in her heart for her four legged friends.

She will be remembered lovingly by all those who knew her.

Patricia is survived by her beloved husband, Edward Leith their two daughters: Dawn Russell, and Amber and her husband, Scott Ripple, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, one brother, Johnny and his wife Alisa Miller, many other relatives and friends.

Services were private per her request. Patricia requested any memorial donations would be used to purchase an item for a needy child.

Funeral arrangements were handled by McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379. Friends and family members are invited to visit our website at to sign the on-line guest register at