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Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

Virginia Birkhead

Virginia Birkhead

Funeral services for Anna Virginia Birkhead, 98, of Old Monroe, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Winfield near Winfield.  Rev. Mike Ryan, church pastor, will officiate with burial in New Salem Cemetery near Winfield

Virginia passed away in her sleep Tuesday morning, Sept. 24, 2013 at her home.

Born July 8, 1915, in Kansas City, she was the daughter of Lanson and Maude Emmert Mayes.  Virginia attended Kansas City public schools.  She studied teaching for two years at Kansas City Teachers College, one year at Hannibal LaGrange Baptist College and two years at Missouri University in Columbia, graduating in 1942 with Bachelors in Education.  She later received her Masters in Education from the University of Missouri.

She was united in marriage on May 28, 1939 in Kansas City to Bailey Elston Birkhead.  This union was blessed with two daughters: Clarinda Ann and Alice Lee.

Virginia began teaching in rural Missouri schools and Kansas City schools. She spent most of her career teaching at University City elementary schools, retiring in 1976 after 25 years.  She also taught Sunday School for many years.  She was member of Fee Fee Baptist Church in Bridgeton for 50 years and for 16 years at First Baptist Church of Winfield.

Virginia and Bailey lived on the Birkhead family farm near Winfield after retiring.  They spent most of their retired years volunteering.  She volunteered at Winco for 25 years, was active in the Lincoln County Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary for 25 years and served as secretary for the Board of Directors of Winfield Senior Housing for 27 years.  She was also a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Lincoln County Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include two daughters: Clarinda Wheeler and her husband, Gary, of Old Monroe and Alice Robins-Shofner and her husband, Terry, of Bridgeton; her grandchildren: Janie Staley and her husband, Matthew, of Winfield, Mark Wheeler and his wife, Shelia, of St. Paul, Donna Earl and her husband, Chris, of Winfield, Michelle Linhardt and her husband, Matthew, of Creve Coeur, Christie Robins-Sowers and her husband, Mark, of Creve Coeur, and Alison Brightwell and her husband, Dan of St. Peters; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great, great-grandchild on the way.  She also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends.  She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of love for the Lord, family and service will live on.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at First Baptist Church near Winfield.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Winfield Furnishings Fund, Winco, or the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 3838 East Highway 47; P.O. Box 253; Winfield, MO 63389.  Online condolences may be made at .


Jess Haynes

Jess Haynes

Jess J. Haynes, 91, of Troy, passed away at his residence on Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013.

He was born on Jan.  5, 1922 in Wardell to Charlie and Dolly Haynes.

After attending the local schools, Jess met and later married Flossie Joplin. On Dec. 26, 1951, they were married in Pocahontas, Ark.. To this union were born two children: Rick and Billie.

Jess worked as a truck driver for Ben Gutman for many years.

He is survived by his beloved wife and dedicated caregiver Flossie (Billie) Haynes, of Troy, a son; Rick Haynes, of Troy, a daughter; Billie and husband, Mike Hampel, of Troy, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday Sept. 27, 2013, from 4 until 8 p.m. at McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center in Troy.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept.  28, 2013 2  p.m. at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Troy. Rev. Steve Dull will officiate.

Memorials may be made to: SSM Hospice c/o McCoy Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone Street, Troy, MO,63379.

Friends and family may sign the online guest book at


Lawrence Edwin Heppermann, 62, of  St. Peters, passed away Sept. 23, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Peters. He was born in Troy, Mo.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 4-8 p.m., at the Pitman Funeral Home, Wentzville. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at  St. Joseph Catholic Church in Josephville.

He worked in road maintenance.

Clara Mae McKeethern, 86, St. Peters, passed away Sept. 24, 2013, at the St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles.

Dennis “Denny” J. Potter, 60 of Troy, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 at his home.

The son of Cary Alfred and Alberta Marie (Saale) Potter, he was born Oct. 8, 1952, in St. Charles.

He is survived by one son, Tyler Potter, of St. Peters; six sisters, Edith North,  of Quincy, Ill., Nancy Ursini and Carol Potter, both of O’Fallon, Grace Moore and husband, Charlie, of Moscow Mills, Patty Prongue and husband, Bob of Beaufort, and Ann Prendergast and husband, Jim of Milwaukee, Wisc.; five brothers, Dale Potter and wife, Pat, Lester Potter and Leonard Potter and wife, Patti, all of St. Charles, and Gary Potter and wife, Cassie and Bryan Potter and wife, Pat, all of Marthasville; and numerous other relatives and many dear friends.

Mr. Potter attended St. Peters Grade School and St. Charles High School. He was a contractor most of his life, working for various companies and for himself. He was a member of Wentzville Men’s Auxiliary Post #5327., Sons of  AMVETS and the Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus of Dardenne Prairie.

A prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Lower Level of the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dardenne Prairie. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Wentzville VFW Hall. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at the St. Peters AMVETS off of Brown Road in St. Peters. It was always Denny’s nature to give of himself and at his request he donated his body to science.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the Wentzville VFW Post #5327, St. Peters AMVETS, Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus of Dardenne Prairie, or Masses in care of Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapels P.O. Box 222 Troy, MO 63379. Online condolences may be made at