May 24, 2007

SCR-I Students Honored, Rewarded For Scholastic Excellence at 2006-07 Awards Banquet

As the 2006-07 school year comes to a close, faculty, students and their families gathered at the Scotland County R-I High School on May 14th to honor the numerous academic achievements observed during the year.

Instructor Sandra Eccles recognized a number of SCR-I art students.

Beau Becraft, Deidra Dochterman, Casey Parrish, Taylor Orton, Kylee Sears, Aaron Shaffer and Grace Sumption all displayed artwork at the Moberly Community College art contest. Becraft received honorable mention for his piece.

The students received a number of top honors at the Kahoka Tri-State Competition held March 14. Nathan Purvis took 1st in painting. Becraft had the top sculpture. Casey Parrish earned 1st place in pastels and Kylee Sears had the best of show in the charcoal media.

Top performers at the SCR-I Art Show were Kaylan Winn (crafts); Parrish (sculpture), Trey Crow (ceramics), Vince Trucksuess (painting), Courtney Small (mixed media), Beau Becraft (drawing), Ashely Westhoff (fundamental painting) and Jeanie Forquer (fundamental drawing).

The music awards were presented by Jamie Hicks.

The trio of Kirsten Williams, Lacey Jack and Megan Westhoff earned a II rating at the state vocal contests as did the sextet of Westhoff, Andrea Shelley, McKinsay Cooley, Williams, Jack and Jessica Baker.

The Directors Award- went to Westhoff.

SCR-I was represented at the state band contest by Ausha Crow (II), Loren Billington- (II), Loren Billington (piano I I, Ryan Auld (II) and the percussion trio of Scott Johnson, Brett Thomas, and Billington (II).

Billington earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award; the Frederick Chopin Piano Award and the John Phillip Sousa Band Award.

The Directors Award for Band went to Ausha Crow

The business department awards were presented by Carol McCabe.

A number of students competed at the FBLA District III Contest at MACC on March 6th.

Dylan Gelbach finished 1st in Introduction To Business and 3rd in Economics. Hannah Kiddoo was 1st in Impromptu Speaking. Ben Wiley finished 2nd in Technology Concepts and 2nd in Networking Concepts. Loren Billington earned 3rd in Technology Concepts.

The students also performed well at the Northeast Missouri Education District Contest held at Hannibal-LaGrange College on March 29.

Deidre Blaine, Becca Tague and Amanda Heck made up the 1st place team in Office Procedures.

Cheyenne Ward earned 1st place in Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy.

The team of Rosie Parks, Chaesi Renick, and Taylor Seppelt finished second in Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy.

The Spanish awards were presented by Mrs. Ivonne Wiegand.

Brett Courtright, Kolby Peterson, Calla Davis, Kelly Lister, Kelsey Frazier, and Hannah Small were honored in Spanish I.

Spanish II awards went to Deidra Dochterman, Nathan Purvis, Christina Duzan, Jeff Kice, Grace Sumption and Melissa Cotton while Hannah Kiddoo and Shannon Tobler were tops in the Spanish III class.

The math awards were presented by Matt Reel.

Hannah Small was honored in Algebra II. Formal Geometry awards went to Jeff Kice and Christina Duzan while Advanced Algebra awards were given to Shyanne Barton and Kelly Lister.

Brad and Jennifer Cerbin presented the English department awards.

McKinsay Cooley, Spencer Keller, Kelly Lister, Hannah Small, Ti Waibel and Ashley Westhoff were recognized in English I.

English II honors went to Melissa Cotton, Christina Duzan, Kaitlin Caldwell, and Shyanne Barton.

Ben Wiley, Megan Westhoff, Brett Courtright, and Lacey Jack were recognized in the English III class.

English IV awards were given to Patrick Mutchler, Karra Small and Matt Wickert.

The College English course top awards went to Loren Billington, Hannah Kiddoo, and Julie Triplett.

The publications class honored Beau Becraft, Hannah Kiddoo and Julie Triplett.

Science department awards were handed out by Sharon Veatch.

They went to Trisha Harvey, Jeff Kice, Loren Billington, Christina Duzan, Tyler Henstorf and Brett Courtright for Chemistry I.

Chemistry II honors were given to Grace Sumption and Julie Cotton while the Zoology class recognized Julie Triplett and Matt Wickert.

The social science awards were given by Gary Hunziker, Marc Colvin and Barbara Campbell.

Hannah Small, Spencer Keller, McKinsay Cooley, and Kelly Lister were recognized in American History class.

The Contemporary Issues/Civil War/20th Century History top student was Patrick Mutchler.

Geography awards went to Kelsey Frazier, Shyanne Barton, Christina Duzan, and Kylee Sears.

Christina Duzan, Dylan Gelbach, Melissa Cotton, and Shyanne Barton were tops in Government class.

World History awards were handed out to Rebecca Tague, Brett Courtright, Ben Wiley and Megan Westhoff.

The Psychology class award went to Loren Billington while the Sociology class honors went to Lance Smith.

The following special awards were presented during the banquet:

Freshman Citizenship- McKinsay Cooley & Drew Giberson

Missouri Scholars Academy - Dylan Gelbach

Danforth I Dare You Awards - Melissa Cotton & Dylan Gelbach

Scotland County R-I Student Council Awards- Pres.- Hannah Kiddoo; Sr. Reps- Julie Cotton & Matt Wickert; VP- PeJaye Brown; Jr. Reps- Lacey Jack & Brett Courtright; Sec./Tres.- Ben Wiley; Sophomore Reps- Tara Matlock & Dylan Gelbach; Freshman Reps- McKinsay Cooley

MSHSAA Award Of Excellence- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

WENDYS High School Heisman Awards- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Campus Bowl Awards- Julie Triplett, Loren Billington, Hannah Kiddoo, Ben Wiley, Jeff Kice, Nathan Purvis, Christina Duzan, Dylan Gelbach, Tyler Troutman

Perfect Attendance Certificates - Amanda Bogatzke, Logan Payne, Jimmie Lamb, Hannah Small, Kasey Dial


T.A.T.U- Trisha Harvey, Hannah Kiddoo, Ciera Turner, Kolby Peterson, Beau Becraft, PeJaye Brown


Scholastic Excellence- Grace Sumption & Loren Billington

Semper Fidelis Award- Ausha Crow & Loren Billington

Distinguished Athlete Award- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award - Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Missouri Bright Flight Scholarships- Grace Sumption

Missouri Scholars 100- Grace Sumption

Gillette Economics For Leaders Program- Hannah Kiddoo

TRI-RIVERS CONFERENCE ACADEMIC AWARDS- Lance Smith 3.68 GPA/ACT 27 and Julie Triplett 3.93 GPA/29 ACT

College Prep Certificates- Grace Sumption, Loren Billington, Kelsey Caldwell, Trisha Harvey, Julie Triplett, Matt Wickert, Amanda Parks, Hannah Kiddoo, Lauren Grogan, Ausha Crow, Julie Cotton, Lance Smith, Andy Cowell, Patrick Mutchler, Beau Becraft, Michael Keller, Kyle Hoskinson, Aaron Shaffer

Presidential Education Certificate (3.5 GPA OR Higher and 85% or higher in mathematics and/or reading sections of the ACT) Loren Billington (reading), Hannah Kiddoo (reading), Grace Sumption (reading & math), Matt Wickert (math), Julie Triplett (reading)

George Washington Carver Awards (Top 10% of Senior Class)

Grace Sumption, Loren Billington, Trisha Harvey, Julie Triplett, Kelsey Caldwell

Scotland County CTA Senior Citizenship- Grace Sumption & Zach McBee

Senior Activities- Trisha Harvey & Matt Wickert

Senior Leadership- Hannah Kiddoo & Loren Billington

Scotland County Firemens Senior Citizenship- Grace Sumption & Zach McBee

A number of scholarship awards were also announced during the special ceremony.

4-H Council Scholarship $150 Andy Cowell

Missouri Sheriffs Association Scholarship $1,000- Lauren Grogan

Missouri School Board Association $250- PeJaye Brown

Memphis Funeral Home $250- Trisha Harvey

Beta Sigma Phi- Epsilon Iota (3) $300 ea.- Kelsey Caldwell, Lauren Grogan, Hannah Kiddoo, Loren Billington, Matt Wickert

Beta Sigma Phi- Xi Theta Tau (5) $300 ea.- Trisha Harvey, Zach McBee, Laura Aylward

Community Bank Of Memphis $250 ea.- Beau Becraft & Julie Triplett

Gorin Alumni Scholarship $300- Brandon Dale

Jason Rockhold Memorial Scholarship $500- Marcus Shalley

J.P. & Mary Childers Environmental Scholarship $600 ea.- Andy Cowell & Zach McBee

Leo & Arlean Paul Memorial Scholarship- Kelsey Caldwell

MFA Foundation Scholarship $2,000- Lauren Grogan

Patricia Hudnall Memorial Scholarship $1,500- Hannah Kiddoo

P.E.O. $300 - Ciera Turner

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bttlng. Co. Schlrshp. $250 ea.- Grace Sumption & Julie Cotton

Ruth & Jess Slavin Memorial Scholarship $1,000- Loren Billington

Scotland County Rotary Scholarships $500- Zach McBee, Julie Triplett, Hannah Kiddoo, Karra Small, Andy Cowell.

Tucker-Bourn Memorial Scholarship (based on interest)- Ausha Crow

Michael Wagner Memorial Scholarship- Andy Cowell

Pheasants Forever Scholarship $500- Zach McBee

NWTF Duane Courtright Memorial Scholarship $100- Zach McBee

NWTF $250- Andy Cowell

Heather Fogle Memorial Scholarship $250 ea.- Hannah Kiddoo & Matt Wickert

Ted Riney Memorial Golf Scholarship $200- Marcus Shalley

Scotland County R-I H.S. Faculty & Staff Education Fund $500 Lance Smith

Wymon Lemmon Memorial(Purchase Of Books, 4 Year renewable) Julie Triplett

Upward Bound Certificates & Scholarship-Julie Cotton $2,600

Central Methodist University- Hannah Kiddoo (Trustees & Cheerleading Scholarship)

Central Missouri State University-

Julie Cotton University Scholarship $2,000

Andy Cowell, Academic Excellence Scholarship $1,500

Grace Sumption Board Of Governors Scholarship $4,000

Missouri Western State University-

Lauren Grogan regents Scholarship $1,500 & Presidents Academic Scholarship $3,500

Hannah Kiddoo Presidents Academic Scholarship $3,500

Northwest Missouri State University- Bryce Blomme Freshman Merit Scholarship

Aaron Shaffer Freshman Merit Scholarship $500

Ausha Crow Tower Scholarship $1,000

Hannah Kiddoo Tower Scholarship $1,000

Kolby Peterson Freshman Merit $500

Truman State University

Loren Billington- Presidents Honorary Sch. $1,500, Pres. Combined Ability Sch. $1,500, Alumni Sch. $500,

Julie Cotton- Presidents Honorary Sch. $1,000 & Pres. Combined Ability Sch. $1,000

Hannah Kiddoo- Pres. Leadership Sch. $1,500, Pres. Combined Ability $1,500

Julie Triplett- Pres. Honorary Sch. $2,000, Pres. Combined Sch. $2,000

University Of Missouri- KC

Lauren Grogan- Chancellors Sch. $2,400.

Amanda Parks- Chancellors Sch. $2,400.

Culver-Stockton College

Beau Becraft- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

Patrick Parsons- Fine Arts Scholarship $1,750.

Karra Small- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

Lance Smith- Presidents Scholarship $8,500.

Marcus Shalley- Hilltop Scholarship $1,875.

IOWA STATE- Kelsey Caldwell, Academic Recognition Award $4,500.

Quincy University John McCarthy- Academic Scholarship.

Drury University Julie Cotton- Academic Honors Scholarship.

Coe College Matt Wickert- Deans Scholarship $9,000.

Wartburg College Matt Wickert- Academic Scholarship $10,000 (Renewable).

St. Ambrose University MattWickert- Academic Scholarship $8,000/Athletic $2,000.

Avila Unversity Matt Wickert- Achievement Award $6,000/Deans Sch. $1,000/Midwest Region Award $1,000/Residents Grant $1,000.

Rockhurst University Matt Wickert- Rockhurst Grant $10,000.

SC Little Paw’s to Host Fall Fest October 29th


Would you like your children, daughters or sons, to have a great day of fun, dancing and playing group games with the Scotland County High School Little Paws?  Then mark October 29th on your calendar because from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Scotland County High School, a day of learning large group and small group routines, and playing games with the SC Little Paws is something your child can look forward to.  The day will also include snacks and cheek cheers.

Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s performance of their routine at 2:00 p.m.

The cost for the day will be $15, which includes a t-shirt and snacks.  The children will need to bring a sack lunch.

Please sign up by October 21st so we can make sure each child receives a t-shirt.  The pom clinic is open to all girls and boys from three years to 8th grade.  Call Marie Brown at 465-2036 to register or with any questions.

We will also have our Yummy-Lix Lollipops available to the children for fifty cents each if they are interested.  And if you did not receive a pom calendar we will have some available for $5 each.

Hope to see you and your child/children on the 29th!

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past


The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school teacher (Lois Quenneville), William Downing (Joe Fulk, who also provided the welcome), Dr. A. M. Keethler (Harlo Donelson), Ella Ewing (Teresa Cotton), the Depot ticket master (Tom Cotton), Tom Horn (Jeff Dyer), a Civil War soldier (Chris Kempke), a barber (Larry Riney), Granny Green (Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick), and a blacksmith (Frank Wineinger).  Tour guides for the evening included Lynette Dyer, Rhonda McBee, Leslie Clark, Mary Ann Kirkpatrick, Janet Hamilton, Brooke Wineinger, Angie Wentworth, Elle Wentworth, Melissa Miler, Gary Miller, Angela Westhoff, Scott Westhoff, and Jan Slayton.  Box office volunteers were Debbie Seamster, Ruth Ann Cairn and Pam Shalley.  Sheila Berkowitz made the flyers, tickets and videotaped the event.  Pam Shalley served as photographer.  Elaine Forrester provided refreshments including cookies, punch and wassail and Alisa Kigar’s 4-H group donated some of the cookies.







Photos by Pam Shalley

Hospital Pharmacy Celebrates National Pharmacy Week      

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

Scotland County Hospital Pharmacy staff members (L to R) Dani Waterman, CPhT, Matt McKee, RPh, and Jennifer Laws, BSPS will be honored as part of National Pharmacy Week October 16-22.

The Scotland County Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is celebrating National Pharmacy Week, October 16 –  22.  Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, and other healthcare settings.  During Pharmacy Week, Scotland County Hospital celebrates and recognizes the significant role that our Hospital Pharmacy plays as a member of the healthcare team.

The Hospital’s Pharmacy Department is staffed by Matt McKee RPh, Director of Pharmacy, Jennifer Laws BSPS, Supervisor of the Pharmacy Department and Danielle Waterman CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician.  No matter the time of day or night, our physicians can write an order for a medication for our in-patients and the medication will be administered promptly after interactions have been checked, thanks to the staff in the Pharmacy Department and their cooperation with the physicians and nurses at Scotland County Hospital as well as the staff of Scotland County Pharmacy and Blessing Hospital pharmacists.

Many patients and their families are not aware that the Hospital’s pharmacy staff play a critical role in preventing medication errors, collaborating with other disciplines to optimally manage patients medication needs, improving safety and patient outcomes, and advising prescribers on the best drug choices, all while maintaining the proper inventory to meet the needs of the patients.

Although medicine can make you well, it can also harm you if it is not taken the right way. That’s why you need to know all you can about all the medicine you take. While you’re at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO, the pharmacy staff is here to make sure that you receive the best and safest medications that aid you in your comfort and recovery.

Scotland County Speedway to Host Memphis Fall Nationals this Weekend


Racing action will return to the Scotland County Speedway this weekend for the annual Memphis Fall Nationals. The local track will host a two-day show October 21st and 22nd featuring modifieds, stock cars, sportmods, hobby stocks, sport compacts and late models.

With temps expected be in the high 60’s as highs and around 50 for the lows, the racing will continue this weekend at the Scotland County Speedway for the Fall Nationals,” said promoter Mike Van Genderen. “This show has been a huge tradition for many years and has become one of the favorite shows for many racers.”

Curt Marks of Dubuque Moving and Storage has added to the late model purse, making it $1,000 to win, which should add to the field of fastest cars at the speedway.

The track will host open practice for all classes from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Hot laps will start at 7 p.m. on Friday night and at 6 p.m. for Saturday’s show.

With modifieds, sportsmods, stock cars and now late models all vying or a $1,000 top prize, the track is expecting a large car count as the 2016 racing season winds down across the Midwest.

The races will also be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV at

Cayden Carter captured victories on both nights of the Memphis Bottom Heavy Nationals held at the start of the month at SCS with his 10C modified. The Oskaloosa driver will be looking to keep his streak alive.

Tommy Elston was the winner in the late models while Jason Cook and Jeff Mueller staged a battle in the stock cars, splitting the wins.

More than two dozen sportmods participated in the Bottom Heavy Nationals, with the stock cars and modifieds also more than 20 racers, numbers the Fall Nationals should duplicate or exceed.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Pit passes will be $30 nightly or $55 for the two-day show.

For more info contact Mike Van Genderen at 6441-521-0330.

Missouri Department of Insurance Offers Free Assistance To Seniors During Medicare Open Enrollment 

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging Missourians eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment. To help Missouri consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers free assistance through the CLAIM program.

CLAIM provides unbiased help to Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers. During the annual open enrollment period, which runs October 15 through December 7, consumers can change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans.

“Plans and prices can change from year to year and what you had last year may not be what is right for you this year,” said John Huff, director of the Insurance Department. “Contacting a CLAIM counselor could result in better coverage, more savings or both.”

Missouri consumers can ask questions by phone or arrange one-on-one counseling by calling 1-800-390-3330 or visiting The website also offers a list of free open enrollment events that CLAIM is hosting throughout Missouri during open enrollment.

CLAIM can also assist consumers, who have limited income, determine if they qualify for programs to help lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Consumers with complaints or questions about insurance can call the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 1-800-726-7390 or visit

About the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of financial industries and professionals. The department’s seven divisions work to enforce state regulations both efficiently and effectively while encouraging a competitive environment for industries and professions to ensure consumers have access to quality products.

Haunted House/Safe Stops Coming Soon!


by Andrea Brassfield

With Halloween less than two weeks away, local organizations are preparing activities for area trick-or-treaters.  On Thursday, October 27th, the Scotland County Care Center is hosting their first annual Haunted House.  The event will be open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and admission is a free will donation.  The Haunted House will be located at the front entrance/activity room of the Care Center.  Everyone is invited.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce is also hosting their annual Safe Stops on Monday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Children may visit Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce members for Trick-or-Treating.

You will see a bright orange flyer at participating businesses which have treats for the costumed little ones.  Crossing guards will also be posted at each corner of the Memphis Square where most of the members will be set up.

There are several MACC members who do not have a store front on or near the square, but do have treats at their business locations on Highway 136 and Highway 15.  Names of the participating MACC businesses will be published in the Memphis Democrat.  Only those businesses with an orange flyer are officially recognized as a Safe Stop.  A parent or adult should accompany the children.

As a reminder, Harlo Donelson is offering a Halloween Candy Buy Back.  The dental office will pay $4.00 per pound for your goodies, $3.00 he will give to you and $1.00 will be donated to the reading program at the elementary school.

Along with the candy and costumes comes the need for added caution as youngsters venture out onto the streets to trick-or-treat.  Drivers are asked to be extra safe this weekend.  Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those times.

Children should be reminded to walk with an adult, remain on well-lit streets, if sidewalks aren’t available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic, and never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

Chinese Delegates Agree to Buy $2.1 Billion More U.S. Soybeans

DES MOINES (Oct. 14, 2016) – Six weeks ago, Chinese buyers committed to purchase nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. Friday, Chinese buyers made an even larger commitment, signing contracts worth $2.1 billion of U.S. soy, or 5.1 million tons.

The new commitments were signed at a ceremony held in Des Moines and attended by seven of the top Chinese buyers of U.S. soy, Chinese commerce officials, top Iowa state officials and representatives from the U.S. soy industry. The signing ceremony was hosted by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the Iowa Soybean Association. Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were in attendance.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talked about the trust, honor and respect that have helped foster the long relationship between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. soybean farmers, sharing a photograph that shows the Chinese leader’s first visit to Iowa in 1985. “It’s pretty neat to have the president of China call you an ‘old friend,’” he stated.

This year, U.S. soybean farmers are projected to export a record amount of soy and soy products, up from 62.88 million metric tons of soy and soy products, valued at $27.7 billion, in 2015. International buyers are turning to U.S. soy for a variety of reasons, including its quality, sustainability and reliability, to name a few.

China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) president Brian Zhenhu spoke about the trade collaboration between the U.S. and China. “This signing ceremony is just one manifestation of our cooperation,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by the U.S. soy industry. “We were honored to be joined by a group of Chinese provincial officials and crush company representatives, who traveled 7,000 miles to meet with U.S. exporters to sign 16 purchasing agreements,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, American Soy Association (ASA) director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “These agreements are an example fo the strong partnerships between the U.S. soy value chain and the international buyers who purchase our crop.”

The U.S. Soybean Export Council connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.

For more information, contact Lisa Humphreys at (636) 449-6040 or

RICHARD W. BILLINGS (8/23/1946 – 10/17/2016)


Richard Wayne Billings, 70, of Gorin, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the son of Ross “Shorty” and Stella Margaret (Davis) Billings on August 23, 1946 on a hill in Scotland County.

Richard graduated from Wyaconda C-1 High School.   He joined the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before being discharged in 1972.

He married the former Beverly Marie Hicks on May 28, 1988 in Kirksville.   She survives.

Richard worked as a machine operator at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk.  He was member of the United Steel Workers #444. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to farming.

He was a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Bible Grove Saddle Club.

Richard had a special interest in cattle, AC tractors, and his dog Ruby.   He was fond of his horses, cows, and dogs.   He always looked forward to reading the NEMO Trader when it came out.   Richard especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Tom Billings; and a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Chris and Cindy Van Hoozen.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of the home; his children, Lesia (Rick) Hunziker and Les (Erin) Billings of Kahoka and Kimberly (Kevin) Carr of Warsaw, IL; stepchildren, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and special friend, Bubba Hauk, of Memphis; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Raelynn, Logan, Lauren, Vince, Garrett, Wyatt, Clint, Laura (Craig), and Trent (Amber); step grandchildren, Nichole (Jimmy), Caleb, John, Whitney, Emma, Grace, Phillip, Katie (Colton), Mason, Kenny, Jaycen, Heather (David), Carrissa (John), Nakiya, Kody and Kaleb; 22 step-great-grandchildren; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, October 20, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating.   Burial will follow in the Etna Cemetery.

Military rites will be performed by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Visitation is prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, at Gerth Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Clark County Local Cancer Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the Billings family by signing the online guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.



Proud parents Zach and Jessica McBee of Memphis are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Payton Leigh McBee on October 1, 2016 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. Payton weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Jim and Rhonda McBee of Memphis, Valerie Bair and Patrick Hines of Memphis, and Doug Bair of Kansas City. Payton is the McBee’s first child.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, October 20 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations. A nurse will be available at the Scotland County Nutrition site to do blood pressure checks.

Friday, October 21 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols and blood draws, immunizations, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Tuesday, October 25 – Clinic hours from 8-9:00 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, flu shots, etc.

Thursday, October 27 – Clinic hours from 8:00-9:00 a.m. for immunizations.

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