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Rick Haggard-Virgil Hamman- Frances Houston

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Mr. Eugene “Rick” Haggard, 39, of Troy, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2013.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Troy.

Funeral Service also will  be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the funeral home in Troy. Memorials may be made to the family c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO, 63379, 636-528-8244. Friends and family are invited to visit our website at to sign the on-line register.


Virgil Hamman

Virgil Hamman

Graveside services for Virgil LeRoy Hamman,  86, also known as Roy V. Hammon, of Foley, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Bethany Cemetery near Winfield.  Rev. Raymond Doussard, chaplain of TIP Hospice, will officiate.

Mr. Hamman, 86, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013, at his home.

Born May 3, 1927, in Leadwood, Mo., he was the son of Adolph and Emily Miller Hamman.  He was united in marriage on May 7, 1945 in Leadwood to Imogene Belle Marler.  This union was blessed with six children: Roy, Richard, Steve, Donna, Carol and Patricia.

He worked as a commercial carpenter.  He was a 50 year member of St. Louis Carpenters Local #1795.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 68 years, Imogene Hamman; two sons: Richard Hammon and his wife, Donna, of St. Charles, MO and Steve Hammon, of Troy; three daughters: Donna Thornhill and her husband, Stephen, of Foley, Carol Reece, of O’Fallon, and Patricia Wilkerson, of Park Hills; twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  He also leaves two brothers: Irvin Hamman, of Park Hills and Clarence Hamman and his wife, Lola, of Desoto; one sister, Gladys Sumpter and her husband, Udal, of Farmington; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 3838 East Highway 47; P.O. Box 253; Winfield, MO 63389.  Online condolences may be made at .



Frances Houston

Frances Houston

Frances Eugenia Mitchell Houston, 97, passed away on Sept. 18, 2013,  with her family by her side. A lifelong resident of Lincoln County, she was born Oct. 16, 1915, near Okete, to Forest Eugene and Justena Mae Finley Mitchell.

Frances married Louis B. Houston, who preceded her in death in 1980. After residing for many years on the Houston family farm, she moved to Troy, where she lived until her death.

Frances was a valued and loved community member with deep roots in the area.  She was a member of the Mt. Zion Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church near Elsberry, joining the church in 1928. In addition, she held a lifetime membership in the American Bible Society and was on the committee for the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley. She was a highly regarded and valued employee of Warrenton Garment Factory for 13 years, where she worked in addition to her families’ homes and farms.  Frances was active with the Older Adult Transportation Service (OATS) for years as well.

Frances was dedicated to her faith and her family. Her interests included gardening, sewing, history, traveling, and genealogy.

Frances was the beloved mother of Louis Eugene Houston and his wife, Becky, of Elsberry, Pauline Steeves and her husband, Paul, of DeLand, Fla., Elizabeth Walton and her husband, Hank, of Kinderhook, Ill., Fran Grimes and her husband, Jim, of Eolia, and Ben Houston and his wife, Melba, of Elsberry.

Frances also was a devoted mother to four daughters upon her marriage to Louis: Margaret Bruce Assaf, of St. Louis, Edna Ann Waggoner, of Elsberry, and Betty Jo Palmer and Mary Alice Houston, who preceded her in death. Her three sons-in-law also preceded her in death, John Assaf, Jack Palmer, and Bill Waggoner.

In addition to her nine children, she is survived by a sister, Mary Agnes Mitchell, of Elsberry, and 16 grandchildren: Ashley (Grimes) Engler and her husband Clint, Drew Grimes and his wife Stephanie, Cameron Houston, Mitchell Houston, Gene Houston and his wife, Tammie, Louis Edward Houston and his wife Donna, Tena Houston and her partner, Shannon, Patsy Palmer and her husband Talbot D’Alemberte, Cathryn Steeves and her husband, Steve Perkins, Kari Steeves and her husband David Sklar, Hally Franz and her husband Tim, Ellen Richards and her husband Jarrod, Debbie Waggoner, Doug Waggoner and his wife Nancy, Garland Walton, and Leigh Walton and her husband George Cronin.

Frances was preceded in death by one grandson, Bruce Palmer.  Frances is also survived by 15 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and many cousins and dear friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kemper-Marsh-Millard Funeral Home/ Troy Chapel. The funeral will occur on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 the Mt. Zion Associate Reform Presbyterian Church on Hwy. V near Elsberry.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Mt. Zion Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 861 Highway V, Troy, MO 63379, or to the Bonclarken Conference Center Inc., a 501(c)(3) ministry, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731-9541.

Arrangements under the care of Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapel, 351 Monroe Street Troy, MO 63379. Online condolences may be made at