Military veteran

Billie Wayne Salyer, 82, of Anniston, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at his home.

He was born June 8, 1929, in Roubidoux, son of Kelsie Woodrow and Gladys Frances Achen Salyer. He and Wanda Evelyn Pemberton were married July 5, 1951.

He was employed at Brown Shoe Factory in Charleston for more than 36 years before retiring. He served in the Army in the Korean War and received three bronze stars.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda of the home; two sons, John M. Brooks of Lincoln, Neb., and Bill Salyer of Eat Prairie; two daughters, Judy Stokes of Sikeston and Barbara Nolen of Jackson; a brother, Dee Salyer of Houston; two sisters, Mae Pittman and Kathern Irene Burris of Houston; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were Thursday, Nov. 5, at Shelby Chapel Funeral Home of East Prairie with Bro. John M. Brooks and Bro. Donald Cates officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Nancy Desch

Nancy E. Desch, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born May 4, 1933 in Lambourn/Berkshire, England, daughter of Alfred and Florence Miles North. She and Dieter Desch were married Sept. 15, 1956, in Newbury/Berkshire, England.

She grew up in Lambourn, England, during WWII and witnessed the Blitz. She graduated from the Royal Berkshire School of Nursing a SRN degree.

She worked as a nurse in Houston for many years before moving to Texas with her husband. After retiring, she returned to a farm north of Houston. She enjoyed working her flower garden and volunteering at the Texas County Food Pantry. She loved spending time with her family, especially her youngest grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Dieter of Houston; two sons, John of Newburyport, Mass., and Karl of Raymondville; two sisters, Maurine Woods and Pamela Barnes of Lambourn/Berkshire, England; a brother, Anthony North of Ferndown/Dorset, England; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family burial was Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Arthur’s Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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