Obituaries

 


Jackson Ray Murphy

Jackson Ray Murphy, 68, of Anna, died at 7:40AM, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Union County Hospital in Anna. Jackson was born Sept. 17, 1945 in Mt. Pleasant, IL. He married Mary Jane Etherton Rains on Oct. 18, 2008. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness for over 45yrs. Jackson retired after 30 yrs with the Union County Highway Dept., he also had worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Co. in Anna. He loved the outdoors feeding the squirrels, gardening and his feline friends. Survivors include his wife Mary Jane, his children Lorri Murphy and fiancé Wade Ralls of Anna, Cindy (Bill) Jolley of Herrin, Steve (Misty) Rains of NY, Chalonne (Randy) Powers of NY, Michalina (Cau) Nunez of MN and Ethan (Xoua) Rains of MN; brother Henry (Peggy) Murphy of Belleville. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents. As per his wishes, Jack was cremated. A memorial service will follow at a later date.




Dee Miller

Dee Miller, 67, of Anna, died at 6:45PM Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Dee was born on June 20, 1946 in Dayton, OH, daughter of Orville and Lucille Messenger Dammeyer. She married Max Miller on Dec 21, 1991. She was a member at First Baptist Church of Anna and worked as the treasurer at the church. Dee was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Dee is survived by her husband Max; children Jamie Wilkins, Bryan Miller (Mary K.), Kelli Dick (Doug Schluter), Jason Miller (J.J.), and Kelley Thorpe (Marcus) all of Anna; grandchildren Olivia and Tess Wilkins, Abby, Brooke and Hannah Miller, Maddox and Beckett Thorpe; brother Bill Dammeyer of Johnsburg, IL; sister Janice Selbey of Wheaton, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and her furry friend Milo. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Justin King, March 15, 2000. Visitation will be from 4PM to 8PM Saturday, April 26, 2014 and from 8:30AM until time of the service on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held at 1PM Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Interment to follow at Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Anna or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Eddie Cottone

Eddie Cottone, 87, of Anna, died at 12:32PM Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. Eddie was born March 30, 1927 the son of Anthony “Tony” and Margaret Gaddis Cottone. He married Stella Foster on Oct. 10, 1948. They enjoyed almost 66 yrs of marriage. He was a member of the First Christian Church for 65 yrs. Eddie worked at the Anna Quarry with heavy equipment, as an over-the-road semi driver for Bunny Bread and a custodian at the First Christian Church for over 18 yrs. He enjoyed boating, skiing and gardening with his kids and grandkids. Eddie proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Egypt, as an motorcycle MP on “Gravel Girdy”. Survivors include his loving wife Stella of Anna; sons, Eddie Cottone (Beverly) of Mena, AR, David Cottone (Judy) of Centralia; daughter, Dixie Travis Georgantas (Chris) of Carbondale; 7 grandchildren Chance Cottone, Jeremy Travis, Wendy Laws, Stephanie Girard-Cartier, Michael Cottone, Scott Cottone and Lauren Neirmann; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, 1 great-granddaughter Gracie Neirmann and 1 brother Chuck Cottone. Visitation will be from 1PM to 3PM on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral Services will be held at 3PM on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home with Pastor Dee Armes officiating. Interment to follow at Anna City Cemetery with military honors by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 and Illinois Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to Illinois Veteran’s Home Activity Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Richard T. Karraker

Richard T. Karraker age 83 of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born on May 13, 1930 in Cypress, IL to Hezzie and Ethel Mull Karraker. He married Shirley Beaver on June 6, 1959. After high school, Richard attended Bradley University to study watch making. Afterwards, he worked in Keokuk, IA as a jeweler for 2 years before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1951. He was stationed in Germany. After his discharge in 1955, he moved to Cape Girardeau and was employed by Rhea Optical for 37 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church. Richard enjoyed fishing, wood working and had been a member of the Riders of the Son christian motorcycle association. He is survived by his wife Shirley, 1 son, Timothy Karraker and 1 grandson, Thomas Karraker all of Cape Girardeau, 4 nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, Jean Turner and 2 brothers, Victor and Bon Karraker. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM Sunday, April 27 at Crain Funeral Home of Cape Girardeau. Funeral services for Richard T. Karraker will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, April 28 at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Bloomfield. Memorial contributions can be made to Lynwood Baptist Church or the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Jesse E. White, Jr.

Jesse E. White, Jr., 99, of Elco, died at 5:50AM Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Marion. Jesse was born Nov 13, 1914 in Mounds, son of Jesse Earl and Rosa Heater White Sr. He married Reba West on Aug. 29, 1947, she preceded him in death on Jan, 20, 2008. He worked 68 yrs with the Local 318 in Marion and served as a Judge in Alexander County in the early 1960’s. Jesse was a member of the Elco Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for 25 yrs. He was a 50 yr member of Caledonia Lodge #47 AF & AM and the Scottish Rite Bodies. Also a member of Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 and Modern Woodman of America. Jesse was an Army veteran of World War II, he earned 2 bronze battle stars, a purple heart, World War II Victory medal, 4 overseas service bars and good conduct medal. Survivors include his daughter-in-law Peggy Miller of Marion, brother, Paul White of Cailfornia, 5 grandchildren Sherry (Sonny) Frank, Allen (Sherry) Rix, Tom (Cathy) Rix, Stephanie Modglin all of Marion, and Tammy Sipperly of Florida; special friends, Jesse and Martha Ledbetter; host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son Ken Miller, grandson Deon Miller, brothers Weldon and John. Visitation will be from 4PM to 7PM on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with Masonic service at 7PM by Caledonia Lodge #47 AF & AM. Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Interment to follow at St. John’s Cemetery with military honors by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 and the Illinois National Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elco Methodist Church, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Audrey Henderson Stroud

Audrey Henderson Stroud, 78, of Olive Branch, died at 4:48PM on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Saint Francis Medical Center. Audrey was born Jan. 5, 1936 in Water Valley, KY, daughter of Virtice and Lela Morgan Via. She married Barney “Ted” Henderson on Oct. 16, 1954 and later married Gene Stroud on July 13, 1984. She enjoyed reading her Bible, spending time with her family and working puzzle books. Survivors include her daughters Beverly (Jerry) Held and Ellen (Dale) Bigham all of Olive Branch; sons, Glenn (Joanna) Henderson, Vernon (Lois) Henderson both of Olive Branch and Rodney (Stacey) Henderson of Cape Girardeau, MO; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister Violet Kelley of Washington, IL. Audrey was preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth Ludean Henderson and her husbands. Visitation will be from 5PM to 8PM on Thursday, April 24, 2014 and from 12PM to 2PM on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday, April 25, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Guy Johnson officiating. Interment to follow at Olive Branch Cemetery.




Lavell Dale (“LD”) Starrick

Lavell Dale (“LD”) Starrick, 90, previously a long-term resident of Herrin, died April 11, 2014 in Ballwin, MO. LD was born May 6, 1923 to Ray and Ruth (Hamlett) Starrick and grew up in Johnston City. He married Kathleen Sanders on Jan. 16, 1943. They celebrated 54 years together. LD graduated from Johnston City High School in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in 1943. His rank was technical sergeant. He was an engineer and top turret gunner on the B17 “Flying Fortress” for 35 combat missions over Germany. He achieved the Distinguished Flying Cross, 4 Bronze stars, and a victory Medal. He continued to serve our country proudly in the Air Force Reserves until 1963 as 1st LT. He was the store manager at E. Blankenship in Herrin for 37 ½ years. He was a member of the Herrin First Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 305th Bomb Group Memorial Association, Herrin Kiwanis Club, Herrin Federation of Musicians, and Southern Illinois Egyptian Senior Golf Association. Since 2011, LD resided at Delmar Gardens on the Green in Ballwin, MO. Survivors include: daughter Kathi (Steve) Spezia of Manchester, MO; daughter-in-law, Suellen Starrick of Springfield, IL;5 grandchildren, Ted (Melissa) Starrick of Chatham, IL, Amanda Starrick of Atlanta, GA, Emily Starrick of Fairbanks, AK, Matthew (Betsy) Spezia of Manchester, MO and Natalie (Hadley) Kilgore of Ballwin, MO; 3 great-grandchildren, Penelope, Vincent and Caroline Kilgore of Ballwin, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son, Laird Dale Starrick, and brothers, Lowell and Wendell. LD was a loving husband, devoted father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle, and dear friend to many. A memorial service will be held at 11:30AM Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Herrin First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour preceding the service. Rev. Michael Neubert will officiate. A private committal service will be at Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to Herrin First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 421 North 14th Street, Herrin, IL 62948 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 320 E. Walnut Street, Carbondale, IL 62901.




Ronald D. “Ron” Martin

Ronald D. “Ron” Martin, 78, of Marion, died at 11:59AM, Monday, April 14, 2014 at Heartland Regional Medical Center. He was born on October 18, 1935 in Woodlawn, Il to Mearl and Melba Jones Martin. He married Evelyn Knuth on October 24, 1953, she preceded him in death on March 25, 1999. He later married Yvonne Draper on June 22, 1999,she survives. Ron was a member of Abundant Life Assembly and The Word congregations in Marion. He was an avid saxophone player and enjoyed camping and boating. He worked for many years and retired from Maytag Corporation. He also was owner and operator of a service station as well as his own television and appliance repair. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Martin of Marion, Sons, Gary(Sharon) Martin of Herrin and Kevin Martin of Vienna. Daughter, Cheryl(Larry)McCarrey of Mahomet, Il. Stepchildren, Teresa(David)Bloodworth of Marion and Alan (Shawnna)Parks of Marion. Daughter-In-Law, Beth Martin of Yates City, Il. 9 grandchildren: Martha Hacker, Tim Guy, Amber Kohn, Shane McCarrey, Brandon McCarrey, Jason Martin, Melody Martin, Joshua Bloodworth and Bryce Parks. 12 great grandchildren: Cory, Emilee, Jayden, Ace, Byron, Colby, Deklyn, Sathais, Shadlee, Sean, Summer, Cadence. 1 great-great grandson: Liam. 3 brothers: Gordon Martin of Arizona, Phillip Martin of Idaho, Dwaine Martin of California. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, wife Evelyn, and 4 brothers. Visitation will be from 11AM to 1PM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel at Energy. Services will be at 1PM at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel at Energy with Pastor David Gilley officiating. Private entombment will follow.




Margaret Horn

Margaret Horn, 90, of Anna, died at 12:30PM Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Hurricane Creek Assisted Living in Herrin. Margaret was born Oct. 21, 1923 in Dongola, daughter of Lee and Addie Aden Fisher. She married Fred Horn on March 2, 1946, he preceded her in death on May 16, 2001. She was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church. Margaret worked at Florsheim Shoe Factory for 41 years. She is survived by her nieces, nephews and other relatives. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred Horn, sisters Lovina Hileman, Mildred Wilson, Lois Peters, Hazel McClellan, Edna Fisher, Dorothy Bracken, brothers Carl Fisher, James Fisher and Ward Fisher. Visitation will be from 5PM to 8PM Friday, April 18, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held at 11AM Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Don Fisher and Rev. Scott Harner officiating. Interment to follow at Anna City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and Anna Heights Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.




J.D. Lewis

J.D. Lewis, 68, of Tamms, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 in an automobile accident near Ullin. He was born August 13, 1945 in Taylorville, Il. to Herbert Paul and Viola V. Fraley Lewis. J.D. retired in 1994 after 30 years with Caterpillar in Decatur. He then moved to his farm in Alexander County at which time he became a truck driver. J.D. was very proud of this profession, he had taken all of his grandchildren with him to learn respect for all truck drivers. He had worked for Benny Owens, Steyer Seeds and FTS as a driver. He enjoyed raising cattle, hunting, fishing and loved his black labs. Survivors include his mother, Viola Lewis to Tamms. Daughter, Kari Justice of San Antonio, Texas. Son, James “Lane”(Valerie) Lewis, Jr. of Pearl City, Hawaii. four grandchildren, Mallory Beamon and Devin Lewis of Ocean Springs, MS., James Garrett Justice and Madelyn Justice of San Antonio, TX. ,Fiancee, Christy Ledbetter of Tamms. Many other relatives, cousins, friends and former spouse, Judy Rhine. Visitation will be from 5PM to 8PM, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Services will be at 10AM, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Bruce Clubb officiating. Interment will follow at McCrite Cemetery.




William Ray Whelchel

William Ray Whelchel, age 70 of Floral City, FL formerly of Murphysboro died March 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM in Marquis Plum Ridge Nursing Facility in Klamath Falls, OR. He was born to Alfred and Florence (Batson) Whelchel in Cobden on July 21, 1943. William married Linda Ann Reeves on June 2, 2002. He was an over the road professional truck driver, owning and operating his own semi for over 30 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda of Floral City, FL; 3 sons, William Ray Whelchel, Jr of OH; Danny Ray Whelchel and Michael Shawn Whelchel; a daughter Rayetta Kay Davis of AL; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Donna Milburn of Klamath Falls, OR; Ireta Faye Beasley of Murphysboro; and Patricia Whelchel; 3 brothers, Art Whelchel of Klamath Falls, OR; John (Gail) Beasley of Murphysboro and Victor Kim Whelchel of IL; Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and many friends. William is preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and a brother, Timothy Whelchel. Graveside services for William Ray Whelchel were private in the Jerusalem Cemetery in Pomona.




Leon W. Morgan

Leon W. Morgan, 73 of Cairo, formerly of Kevil, Kentucky, died at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Cairo. He was born May 5, 1940, in Hopkins County, Kentucky to the late Buford Cavanaugh and Beatrice Mosley Morgan. He married Deloris Rogers on March 20, 1982, she survives. Mr. Morgan was a retired truck driver for Roundy’s Foods, he served in the United States Navy and was a member of Cairo Elks Lodge No. 651 and a charter member of the Kevil Eagles. He loved fishing, working in his yard and spending time with kids and grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Deloris “Dee” Morgan, of Cairo, four daughters, Lisa (Joseph) Kunze of St. Johns, Florida, Kim (Jay) Steinbrink of Kevil, Kentucky, Julie (Larry) May of Corbin, Kentucky and Dana (Jesse) Green of West Paducah, Kentucky, two sisters, Dorothie Ulrich, of West Covina, California, and Margie (Jack) Horling of Galesburg, Illinois, seven grandchildren, Ryan, Morgan, Logan, Michael, Brett, Charly, and John David, one great grandchild, Aubree, brothers-in-law, Ken (Pat) Rogers, of O”Fallon, Missouri, Bill (JoAnn) Rogers, of Murray, Kentucky, and Jeff (Beth) Rogers, of St. Louis, Missouri, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Besides his parents, Mr. Morgan was predeceased by his step-brother, Billy Toliver and a special aunt and uncle, Lucille and Howard Weir. Visitation for Mr. Morgan will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Woodville Cemetery in Kevil, Kentucky with Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team in Ballard County, Kentucky. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Nia Kathleen Davidson

Nia Kathleen Davidson, infant daughter of Justin and Casey Glueck Davidson died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Saint Francis Medical Center. Funeral services will be private. Crain Funeral Home of Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.




Melba M. Job

Melba M. Job, age 91, of Cape Girardeau died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Auburn Creek Assisted Living Facility in Cape Girardeau. She was born on October 15, 1922 in Diehlstadt, MO to Clarence and Helen Gist Moore. She married Paul Job on June 14, 1941. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2002. Melba worked as a waitress at the Hotel Marquette and the Purple Crackle before retiring in 1965. She was a member of St. Mary Cathedral parish in Cape Girardeau where she was an avid member of their quilting group. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening and bingo. She is survived by 3 children; Paula Myers (Frank) of Cape Girardeau, Stephen Job (Mari) of Oskaloosa, IA and Lisa Rouse (Mike) of Jackson, 6 grandchildren; Jon Gurley (Julie), Jeff Gurley, Tina Meyr (Gary), Cody Rouse (Rachel), Clay Rouse and Tracey Garza (Javier) and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 1 son, Larence “Larry” Job and 1 sister. Friends and family may gather Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Prayer services for Melba Job will be held at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Father Tom Kiefer as celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Cathedral or Crown Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Susette Sue Wilson Carter

Susette Sue Wilson Carter, 87, of Sacramento, CA, formerly of Anna, died Monday February 24, 2014 in Sacramento. She was born to the late Gale Jennings and Lorna Arnaud Wilson on June 24, 1926 in Anna, Illinois. Sue graduated from Duke University in 1948 and received a BA in Literature. Sue was married to Hal Dunson Carter for 63 years, and they began their married life in 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Following her husbands work, she moved with him to Spartanburg and Greenville South Carolina, and then to Wayland, Massachusetts, where they lived for 35 years and raised their family. In retirement Hal and Sue moved first to Jacksonville, Florida, and later to Sacramento, California. Sue and Hal spent the past seven years in an extension of her daughter Lisa and her husband Jeff Nordlander’s home there. Sue always lived among and enjoyed flowers, birds, beautiful textiles and carpets, baskets, jewelry, old family possessions and a love and memory of her childhood home. She was in younger days an avid horseback rider and a lover of all animals. Sue was a homemaker and worked as a secretary at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland, Massachusetts for many years. But it was her children that interested her the most; they were all girls: Susette, Lisa, Melinda and Oreon. Many hours were spent shopping together. As a mother she is remembered as loving, caring, motivated, detail-oriented, and elegant. She is also remembered as having her own strong opinions on how things should be done, a trait she passed on to her daughters. In Sacramento, Sue was a member of the Fremont Presbyterian Church. She loved watching and feeding the birds, enjoying the beautiful garden, and reading. Most of all she enjoyed her beloved dog, Mattie who spent many hours on her lap giving her much joy. Her husband, daughters, a granddaughter, and a grandson were all blessed to be at her side in her final days. Sue is survived by her husband of 63 years, Hal Carter, her four daughters Susette Carter Shiver, Lorna Elizabeth Nordlander, Melinda Carter DeLuca, and Oreon Carter Mode, six grandchildren including Duane Carter Mueller, Jesse Jennings Mueller, Susette Avie Nordlander, Jeffrey Arthur Nordlander, Hannah Perrine Mode, and Carter Philip Mode. Memorial service was held at Fremont Presbyterian Church in the Chapel, Sacramento, CA, Saturday, March 1, at 3 pm. Private burial will be at the Fasig mausoleum in Jonesboro Cemetery. Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro in charge of arrangements.




Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty, age 62 of Thebes, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home He was born on September 10, 1951 in Kalamazoo, MI to Floyd and Virginia Boyet Beatty. He married Ramonia Eve Johnston on February 14, 1995. He is survived by his wife Eve of Thebes, 2 daughters; Cherie’ Wren (Charley) of Scott City and April Bryant of Jackson, 6 grandsons; Garrett Stevens (Jamie) of Advance, Cameron Stevens of Scott City and Austin, Dakota, Joshua and Lancelot Bryant all of Jackson, 1 sister, Pat Beel (Jim) of Leopold, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother. Services for Paul Beatty will be private. Crain Funeral Home of Tamms in charge of arrangements.




Christian Rivers-Bell

Christian Rivers-Bell of Cape Girardeau, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at Southeast Hospital. He was born on December 8, 2013 in Cape Girardeau to Teresa Rivers and Hubert Bell. Family and friends may gather from 1:30 PM until the time of service Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral services for Christian Rivers-Bell will be held at 2:30PM Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fairmount Cemetery.




Linda Hines

Linda Hines, age 65, of Anna, died at 12:25 AM Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale She was born August 4, 1948 in Elco, daughter of Homer and Pauline Jordan Wright. Linda married John Richard Hines Jan. 3, 1968. Linda was a member of the Methodist Church in Elco. She was a beautician for over 20 years and loved fishing. Survivors include her husband, John Hines of Anna; son Kevin Webb of Tamms; daughter Jennifer (Dick) Kristoff of Buncombe; 5 grandchildren, Brandie and Rebecca Kristoff, Jamie, Ashley and Raphie Webb; 4 great-grandchildren Connor, Jordan, Skie Blue Webb and Alaina Brown; 2 sisters, Shelby Stone of West Plains, MO and Carolyn White of Flora, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Ginger Tyndle. As per Linda’s wishes she will be cremated and there will be no services.




James Homer Taylor

James Homer Taylor, age 48 of Murphysboro, died at 10:00AM Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born February 23, 1966 to Pearl Daniel and Carolyn (Casteel) Taylor in Anna. James was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader. He enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors. He is survived by his father, Pearl Taylor, Sr. of Ashland, MS; 2 sisters, Carolyn Carter and Anna Wardell of Murphysboro; a brother, Pearl (Tonya) Taylor, Jr of Carbondale; a very good friend, Helen Davis of Dongola; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn and his grandparents. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral services for James Homer Taylor will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday at the funeral home. Private Entombment will be at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park at a later date. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




John S. Dybell

John S. Dybell, age 92, of Jackson, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 30, 2014. He was born on November 30, 1921 in Myslenice, Poland to John and Katherine Dybel. He married Helen Gonczy in1944 and they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on April 22. John honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife Helen of Jackson, their children; Ron Dybell (Judy) of Jackson, Laura King (Gary) of Inman, SC, Lance Dybell (Debbie) of Hammond, IN, Cassie Zeilenga of Jackson, Pattie Rockhill (Kevin) of Gordonville, MO and Kim Holyfield (Wayne) of Northport, AL, 1 brother, Frank Dybel of Jackson, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services for John S. Dybell will be private. Burial with full military honors will take place at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Bloomfield.




Rose Jacobs

Rose Jacobs, age 92, of Murphysboro passed from this life to be with the Lord on March 24, 2014 in the Rehab & Care Center of Jackson County. She was born on October 22, 1921 to Charles and Ida Penrod in Murphysboro. She married Donald Jacobs and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2002. They were wonderfully married for 63 years. Rose was proud of the fact she completed two years of advanced Cosmetology at SIU and later opened her own salon in her home on McCord Street. She owned and operated her salon for 25 years before retiring. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Murphysboro. Rose enjoyed 2 hobbies, doll collecting and oil painting. She would spend countless hours without realizing how much time elapsed with her painting. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra & Bob Chapman of Campbell Hill, 2 grandsons, Brian (Leslie) Chapman and great-grandson, Jake of Ava; Douglas Chapman and great-grandsons, Payton, Dalton & Cody of Campbell Hill; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Jacobs of Marion, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald Jacobs, an infant daughter, Donna Rose; 2 sisters, Evelyn and Barbara, a brother, Toddy; and an infant granddaughter, Sherry Lynn Chapman. Visitation will be Friday, March 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Rose Jacobs will be Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Alto Pass Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Murphysboro and will be accepted at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County and to the Hospice of Southern Illinois for their wonderful and loving care of their mother and grandmother. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Raymond Rushing

Raymond L. Rushing, age 84 of Gorham, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 in St. Joseph’s Hospital. Services for Raymond L. Rushing were private. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Louise Allen

Louise Allen, 69, of Pulaski, died at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at her home. She was born July 16, 1944 in Cook County, IL, daughter of Theodore R. and Frieda Louise Mitchell Rife. Louise married Fred J. Allen, Jr in 1961, he preceded her in death in 2006. Louise attended Ullin Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and her great-granddaughter. Louise was an animal lover. Survivors include her daughter Vonda (Dave) Dexter of Pulaski; grandson Chris (Ashley) Dexter of Pulaski; granddaughter Courtney Dexter of Pulaski; great-granddaughter Addison Dexter of Pulaski; sisters-in-law Audrey Rife, Mary Ellen (Pete) Windings; brothers-in-laws Bob (Chrissy) McMillan, Brian (Penny) Allen, and Randy (Sherry) Allen; nieces and nephews and cousins; lifetime friend Kay Droge. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Charles Rife. Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, March 22, 2014 and from 12pm- to 2pm on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. Funeral Services will be held at 2pm on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin with Rev. Clint Nale and Rev. John Windings officiating. Interment to follow at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials can be made to Ullin Baptist Church or to the St. Francis Foundation Research Fund for clinical trials and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Baby Martin

Baby Martin born March 13, 2014 passed away in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale on March 13, 2014. Services for Baby Martin were private with interment at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Isolde Kalnins

Isolde Kalnins, age 74 of Carbondale died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm in the Helia Healthcare Center. Visitation will be Friday, March 14, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Burial will be private at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.




Genevieve Hendrick

Genevieve Hendrick 91, of Ullin, died at 9:40pm on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Southeast Hospital. She was born July 15, 1922 in Alexander County, IL, daughter of John Logan and Dora Hardy Crider. Genevieve married Ray Hendrick on Dec. 24, 1945, he preceded her in death on April 4, 2010. Genevieve was a member of Cross Road United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member at the First Christian Church in Pulaski were she played the organ and piano for many years, and loved to share her music with others. She worked as a clerk in area grocery stores. Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly (Lee) Reagan of Ullin; son, Larry (Janis) Hendrick of Rush City, MN; 2 grandchildren, Anthony (Deborah) Hendrick of Rush City, MN and Matthew Reagan of Ullin; 3 great-grandchildren, Alexander, Adam and Aaron Hendrick; nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by parents John and Dora Crider, husband Ray Hendrick, son David Ray Hendrick, sisters, Nell Jean Lingle, Marie Brown, Lena McCoy-Trent and Connie Baldwin brothers, John Crider, Jesse Crider, Carlos Crider, Frank Crider, Paul Crider and Wesley Crider. Visitation for Genevieve Hendrick will be on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Cross Road United Methodist Church in Ullin with Rev. Wiley Godfrey and Rev. Cecil Atchison officiating. Friends may call after 10am at the church. Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Raymond "Lee" Leon Cox

Raymond “Lee” Leon Cox, age 96, of Carbondale died at 1:55 pm Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born on March 1, 1918 to Raymond and Leslie (Gurley) Cox near Makanda. Lee married Genevieve Ross on April 11, 1946. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2008. He proudly served his country in World War II, having served in Iraq and Saudia Arabia. Growing up, he roamed the hills and valley of Rocky Comfort. He graduated from high school in Carterville. He worked as an iron worker and was a real estate agent. Lee is survived by nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, Robert Lee Cox in 2005 and a daughter, Neva Wilkins in 2007. Services for Raymond “Lee” Leon Cox will be private at a later date.




Margaret Virgina Lipe Deming

On the morning of March 7, 2014, Margaret Deming, age 95, peacefully and gently passed over into the arms of her loving Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the oldest of three children born to Lester and Mabel (Patrick) Lipe of Carbondale June 20, 1918. She married Troy Monroe Deming on Dec. 25, 1939. Saved at the age of 8, she was a life-time member of Boskydell Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and participated in the American Baptist Women’s Missions Ministries of Boskydell. In 1980, she retired from teaching at Unity Point School of Carbondale and became an avid painter. Margaret loved being surrounded by her family and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren. Many people benefited from her gift of sending cards and heartfelt sentiments. Even during adversity and illness later in life, she continued to bring joy and inspiration to others. She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Cassandra Deming of Ozark, MO, daughter Mona (Verlin) Lorenz of Steeleville, daughter Jacque (Larry) Young of Carbondale, son Mark Deming of Lake Worth, FL and daughter Jean (Don) Padgett of Hawthrone, FL, grandchildren Seth Deming, Sara Hammond, Shana Lawson, Julie Durst, Jay Lorenz, Kent Lorenz, Kelly Shea, Jessica Neldon, Angela Rawle, Troy Deming, Scott Deming and Kristal Benbrook, many great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law Rose Lipe of Carbondale and several beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Monroe Deming, son Michael Deming, great-grandson Ian Lorenz, parents, Lester and Mabel Lipe, brothers William Lipe and Wilburn Lipe and beloved cousin Lyndall Kiefer. Visitation for Margaret Deming will be Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 4PM to 8PM at Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with Dr. Stephen Combs officiating. Interment to follow at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boskeydell Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Rev. Lewis Ivan Todd

Rev. Lewis Ivan Todd, age 64, of Ste. Genevieve, formerly of Oran, died Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 at his home. He was born on December 7, 1949 in Lawrence, KS to James Archibald and Opal Marie Andress Todd. He was one of 12 children. Lewis grew up and spent most of his life in Carthage, MO where he graduated from high school. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He remained there for 2 years during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he spent 2 years in California working in a chemical plant before returning to Carthage to live and work as a sanitation worker as well as Smith Brothers MFG. At this time he met and married Patricia Ann Thornton on April 10, 1972. He was a Baptist minister for 38 years. Throughout the years, he served as pastor in churches in both Missouri and Illinois. He is survived by his wife Patricia, 1 daughter, Carrie Ann Ehrenreich, 1 son, Matthew Ivan Todd, 2 granddaughters, Megan Rose and Hannah Ranee and 2 grandsons, Justin and Johnathan other relatives and many friends. Family and friends may gather from 10 AM until Noon on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral services for Rev. Lewis Todd will be held at 1 PM, Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Don Pennington officiating. Interment with full military honors will take place at 3 PM at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Bloomfield. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to offset final expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Gregory Ralph

Gregory Ralph, age 61 of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, formerly of Cape Girardeau died unexpectedly in Broken Arrow on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was born January 7, 1953 in Memphis, Tennessee to James Anderson Ralph and Roberta J. (Bradshaw) Ralph. On February 4, 1978 Greg was united in marriage with Karla Karcher in St. Louis, Missouri. Greg and Karla moved to Broken Arrow in 1987. He worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 36 years and retired in 2005 as Yard Master. Greg is survived by his wife, Karla of Broken Arrow; mother, Roberta Ralph of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and a daughter, Robbie Ralph of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Memorial services for Gregory Ralph will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Hope United Church of Christ, 6273 Eichelberger St, St Louis, MO 63109. This announcement courtesy of Crain Funeral Home, Cape Girardeau.




Cora Eleanor Cross Nelson

Cora Eleanor Cross Nelson, 86, of Anna, died at 10:48PM Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Anna Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Cora was born Feb. 27, 1928 in Union County, IL, daughter of Marcellis and Shelottie Caroline Adams Jackson. She married Bennie Cross on March 30, 1946, he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1989. Cora married James Nelson on July 23, 2001, he preceded her in death on June 9, 2005. She was a member of Landmark Pentecostal Church. In 1989 Cora retired after 26 years of service at Choate Mental Health Center as a housekeeping supervisor. Survivors include her 3 sons, Larry (Sallie) Cross of Richmond, VA, Rodney (Debbie) Cross of Jonesboro, and Jim (Dianne) Cross of Anna; 6 grandchildren, Doug (Michelle) Cross and Greg (Janna) Cross all of Harrison, AR, Ali Cross of Richmond, VA, Micah (Angie) Cross of and Brad (Brittany) Cross all of Jonesboro, Justin (Jennifer) Cross of Smyra, TN; 4 great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Jacob, Sadie and Brooklyn; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bennie Cross, 12 siblings including, Lennie Hinkle, Flora Jeralds, Jewell Jackson, Paul Jackson, Clara Graham and Mary Parker. Visitation for Cora Eleanor Cross Nelson will be from 5PM to 9PM on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna–Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Phil Eggelston officiating. Interment to follow at Casper Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Landmark Pentecostal Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Linda K. (Clarke) Jackson

Linda K. (Clarke) Jackson, age 52, of Cairo, died at 7:54am Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 at her parent’s home near Olive Branch. She was born Mar. 28, 1961 in Cairo, the daughter of Peter J. and Sarah Jane (Travers) Clarke, grew up in Cairo and graduated from Cairo High School. She met her husband Willis Jackson while working at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cairo, and they were married in July 28, 1984. Mrs. Jackson grew up in a family that had a strong tradition of community involvement. She was involved in planning and coordinating Cairo Riverboat Days for over 15 years and was a past president of Beta Sigma Phi. In 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn appointed her to serve on the Alexander-Cairo Port District board which she has served on for over 3 years. She has served over 14 years on the Cairo City Council beginning as a Councilwoman for the 4th ward and later becoming Councilwoman at large. She was also the first woman to preside over the Cairo City Council as Mayor Pro Tem. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church worked as a teller at First National Bank in Cairo. Survivors include her husband, Willis D. Jackson of Cairo; 2 sons, Alex D. Jackson and Jacob R. Jackson, both of Cape Girardeau; 2 sisters, Sally Ann (Dr. Rick) Palen of Cape Girardeau and Mary Candace (Richard) Keates of Pequea, PA; 2 brothers, Honorable Mark H. Clarke of Mounds and John A. “Andy” Clark of Olive Branch; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father in 2012, mother in 2010, and infant brother Peter J. Clarke, Jr. Visitation for Linda K. (Clarke) Jackson will be Thursday from 4-8 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cairo, where rosary services will be at 7:30pm. Funeral mass will be at 10am Friday at the church with Father Chris Mujule Officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mounds. Memorials may be made to the Linda K. Clarke Jackson Hometown Pride Scholarship (Southeast Missouri State University Foundation). Envelopes will be available at the church and at any Crain Funeral Home location.




Moneada E. Karraker

Moneada E. Karraker 99, of Anna died at 8:30AM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Anna Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1914 in Anna, daughter of Arna and Emma Dunn Parker. Moneada married James C. Karraker on Dec. 31, 1936, he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1969. Moneada was a lifelong resident of Anna graduating from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1934. She was member of the First Baptist Church of Anna. She had many jobs throughout Union County including Anna Loan and Improvement Company, Anna State Bank and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. During World War II, she was employed by the government at the Illinois Ordinance Plant at Marion. She then went to the CB&Q Railroad until the end of the war. Moneada decided to go to cosmetologist school and owned and operated the Anna Hotel and Beauty Salon. In January, 1957, she went to work 2 days before WRAJ radio station opened. Moneada was a bookkeeper, answered the phone and greeted all the visitors. She got her FCC 3rd class radio operator’s license and had her own program “Moneada Calling” as well as “It’s a Women’s World.” Moneada tried retirement for a while but then went back to work for her son James L. Karraker, Attorney, as a receptionist and bookkeeper for 20 years. She enjoyed tutoring at Platte County Vocational School in Missouri and the Pinellas Education Technical Center in Clearwater, FL. She also volunteered at the First Baptist Church in Anna. She was a precinct committee woman for The Union County Democrat Organization for many years. At the age of 67 Moneada took up art to go along with her other hobbies including crocheting, knitting, ceramics and writing. Moneada is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law James Larry and Lori Karraker, Anna; Wesley E. and Sandy Karraker, Cobden and one daughter and son-in-law Sandra K. and Clide Cassity, Palmetto, FL; 8 grandchildren; Jason Karraker (Beverly), Destin, FL; Julie Hand, Marion, IL, Erin Karraker, Chicago, IL; Robert Karraker, Anna; Jimmie Karraker, Anna; Kathy Karraker, Cobden; J.R. Maxam (Lisa), Charlotte, NC and Ryan Maxam (Olivia), Land-O-Lakes, FL; 3 step-grandchildren, Michael (Sherry) Gee, Caddo Mills, TX and Shaun Gee, Carbondale, Sarah (Quentin) Coonce, Tunnel Hill; 5 great-grandchildren. Danton Hand, Marion; Alex and Gretchen Maxam, Charlotte, NC; and Brittani and Matthew Maxam, Land-O-Lakes, FL; 1 step-great-grandchild, Connor Gee, Caddo Mills, TX; 1 brother-in-law Walter Menees, Anna; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant son, William Clyde Karraker; 3 brothers, Arnold, Jewel and Gilman Parker, 4 sisters Arminta Johnson, Irene Lingle, Trula Evelyn (Dolly) Plott, and Velma Menees. Visitation for Moneada E. Karraker will be from 5PM to 8PM on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro and after 10AM until the service on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Tony Foeller officiating. Interment to follow at the Anna City Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Lucille Mayberry

Lucille Mayberry, 96, of Tamms, died at 2:55PM on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 3, 1917 in Mississippi County, MO, daughter of Fred and Annie Sharp Miller. She married Montdean Mayberry in 1934, he preceded her in death in 1974. Lucille was a member of the Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses for more than 40 years. Her pride at home was her rose garden. Lucille loved to travel extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, even climbing Mt. Ranier. Survivors include her children, Charles (Dorothy) Mayberry of Jacksonville, FL, Rose RedCloud of Tamms, Franklin Dewayne (Dorothy) Mayberry of Cairo, Charlotte (Al) Dover of Tamms, Joanna RedCloud of Ozark, AL and Bonnie (Terry) Absher of Cape Girardeau; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters, Leota Riddle of Sikeston; Rita Vines of Tulsa, OK and Betty Parker of Villa Ridge; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by 4 great-grandchildren, son-in-laws, Robert RedCloud, James RedCloud and Charles RedCloud, brother Glenn Miller, sisters, Shannon Ledbetter and Wanda Martin. Visitation will be from 5PM to 8PM, Thursday, March 6, 2014 and from 10AM to 2PM on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral Services will be held at 2PM on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Brother Carl Clark officiating. Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cairo Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Kevin J. Jansen

Kevin J. Jansen, age 58, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 1, 1956, in Cape Girardeau to Bonnie L. and Cletus L. Jansen. Kevin worked for the Kelly Transportation Company for many years in various capacities. He enjoyed Cardinal baseball, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his family and friends. He has been a member of St. Mary Cathedral Parish for many years as well as the Knights of Columbus St. Vincent’s Council 1111. Survivors include five sisters; Linda Piatt (Dale), LaDonna Scheffer (Charles), Bonita VanGennip (Fred), Barbara Hammers (Howard), all of Cape Girardeau County, and Rhonda Davis (Matthew) of Collierville, TN. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles and many nieces, nephews, friends and his special dog, Daffy. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his stepmother, Edna Niemier Jansen. Family and friends may visit from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home, Cape Girardeau. Parish prayers will be said at 7:00 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus rosary will follow. Funeral mass for Kevin Jansen will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday at Old St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Cape Girardeau with Father Tom Kiefer as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. In lieu of flowers/plants, the family requests that memorials be made in Kevin’s honor to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Birthright or the Wounded Warrior Project.




Jack Eddleman

Jack Eddleman, 77, of Dongola, died at on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born April 15, 1936 in Dongola, son of Harry and Nellie Staten Eddleman. Jack married Jacquie Kimber on June 15, 1957, she preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 2013. Jack was member of First Lutheran Church in Dongola. He was an Army veteran. Jack earned his Bachlor’s degree in agriculture and Master’s in Agriculture Economics from SIU. From 1962-1997 he worked at the USDA Anna office. He was executive director at the time of his retirement. In 2000 he was elected to a 6 year term on the Union County Board of Commissioners. He served on the Southern Five Regional Planning Committee, Shawnee Development Council, Union County Economic Development Board and a council member for the St. John’s Lutheran Church. Jack also served as a volunteer for animal welfare activities. He was proud to have continued his family farm following his father’s death in 1960. He loved traveling with his wife, Jacquie. They enjoyed many adventures and endeavors together. They both loved life to fullest and helping others. Survivors include his sister, Carolyn (Joe) Frick of Jonesboro; brother-in-law, Robert Kimber of Dongola; nephew, Brian Joe Frick; Suzzie (Mike) Thieke, Ted (Nancy) Beanland, whom he loved as his own; other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be from 4PM to 7PM, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola and after 2PM Sunday at First Lutheran Church in Dongola. Funeral services will be held at 3PM Sunday, March 2, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Dongola with Pastor Tim Heinecke officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to PAWS and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Finley "Doc" Caldwell

Finley “Doc” Caldwell, age 90 of Murphysboro formerly of Thebes, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:30 am at his residence. He was born December 30, 1923 to William and Ida (Dyer) Caldwell in Thebes. Doc married Edna Bennett on December 3, 1949. She preceded him in death on August 27, 2009. He proudly served his country in the Navy. He was a ship’s cook 3rd Class with the Pacific 7th Fleet during World War II. Doc owned and operated Caldwell Barber Shop in Murphysboro for over 20 years. He was also a farmer and worked on the river boat for 10 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Murphysboro. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Murpysboro. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Butler of Murphysboro; 2 granddaughters, Margo Laminack and Catey Butler of Murphysboro; a great-granddaughter, Becca Laminack of Murphysboro; 2 sisters in law, Candace Bennett of Marion and Wanda (Tom) McDaniel of Ava; a brother in law, Floyd Bennett of McClure; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Visitation will be Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Finley “Doc” Caldwell will be Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Shaker Samuel officiating. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Military Rites will be accorded.




Brenda Dunn

Brenda Dunn, 62, of Jonesboro, died at 3:38AM Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Cobden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Brenda was born August 2, 1951 in Anna, daughter of Carl and Donna Lee King. She loved to ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, swimming and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter, Wendy (Josh) Laws of Anna; son, Chance Cottone of Anna; 3 grandchildren, Hannah Schlenker, Haley Cottone-Brown, and Bodhi Laws; nephew, Tim (Cindy) Chamness of Anna; great-aunt, Dorothy (Bill) Hubbs of Anna. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Donna King, sister Gloria Ann Lingle, brother Gregory Lynn King. Visitation will be from 11AM to 1PM, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral service will be held at 1PM, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Dee Armes officiating. Interment to follow at Anna City Cemetery.




Doris Hayden

Doris Hayden, 57, of Anna, died at 10:46AM Friday, February 21, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Doris was born Nov. 7, 1956 in Carbondale, daughter of Leonard Leon and Edna Faye Duty Hopkins. Doris married Jeff Hayden Aug. 10, 1974. She was a teacher at Anna Jr. High for 10 years, a member of local and state Teacher’s Association. Doris was an avid softball and volleyball fan, mainly of her children. She loved spending time with her grandson Hayden. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Hayden of Anna; 3 daughters, Sarah (Zach) Morris of St. Charles, MO, Jennifer Hayden of Anna, IL, and Rachel Hayden of Liberty, MO; grandson Hayden Morris of St. Charles, MO; 3 sisters Jane Glaab of Cape Girardeau, MO, Marsha Hopkins, niece and nephew Matt Widdows and Amy Widdows of Phoenix, AZ, sister, Debbie (Alex) Heidari, nephews, Ben and Dan Heidari of St. Paul, MO; many nieces, nephews and many beloved family. Doris was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Faye Hopkins, son Timothy Andrew Hayden, nephew Adam Heidari, father-in-law Rosswell Hayden. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 from 5PM to 9PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral Services will be held at 1PM, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Memorial contributions can be made to General Education Fund at Anna Jr. High and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Harvey L. Ramage

Harvey L. Ramage, 73 of Olmsted, died at 9:37AM Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Harvey was born March 7, 1940 in Ullin, son of Marshall A. and Bertha May Wright Ramage. He married Sharon Rose on Dec. 23, 1967. He was a member of Caledonia Community Church in Olmsted. Harvey was a self employed lumberjack his whole life until he went to work at Rubbermaid. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved children. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Ramage of Olmsted; 2 daughters, Teresa Ramage of Jonesboro and Shannon Walker of Villa Ridge; 2 grandchildren, Trevor Walker and Sydnie Walker both of Villa Ridge; 4 brothers and 6 sisters, Ralph (Gladys) Ramage of Olive Branch, Ira L. (Rose) Ramage of Perks, Agnes M. Eddleman of Perks, Ruth Stone of Anna, Homer M. Ramage of Olmsted, Joann Lessar of Elco, Verna L. Aden of Marion, Howard (Beth) Ramage of Dongola, Ann L. (Kenneth) Rosson of Mill Creek and Rita Ramage of Olmsted; several special nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews; several special friends. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Brent Edward Ramage on July 11, 1974 and infant brother, James. Visitation for Harvey L. Ramage will be from 5PM to 9PM Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Interment to follow at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens.




Donna Lynn Taylor

Donna Lynn Taylor, 55, of Anna, died at 6:40AM Thursday, February 20, 2014 at residence. Donna was born May 15, 1958 in Anna, daughter of Raymond and Barbara Landis Fisher. She married Kenneth “Kenny” Taylor Jan. 7, 1978. She worked at AJCHS as a teacher’s aide. Donna enjoyed time with her grandchildren, playing clarinet and gardening. She was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church. Donna was also a graduate of Dongola High School and Shawnee Community College. Donna is survived by her husband, Kenneth Taylor of Anna; children, Klinton Taylor of Cobden, Lindsey (John) Teefey of Springfield, IL, Adam (Ashley) Taylor of Cobden, Brent Taylor of Anna; mother Barbara Fisher of Dongola; 7 grandchildren, Manning Teefey, Klayton Taylor, Elijah Teefey, Andrew Teefey, Owen Teefey, Caroline Taylor and Sterling Teefey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Fisher and her brother Rob Fisher. Visitation for Donna Taylor will be from 4PM to 8PM Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at Anna Heights Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 10AM Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Anna Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Falgout and Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Friends may call at the church after 8:30AM until funeral hour. Interment to follow at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Education Classroom at AJCHS and will be accepted at the funeral home Crain Funeral Home of Anna-Jonesboro in charge of arrangements.




Mary Jewel Smith

Mary Jewel Smith, 90, of Cairo, Illinois died Wednesday, February 19, 2014. She was known for her smile and positive attitude, and she always had a kind word for everyone. Mary Jewel was born in Miller City, Illinois on September 22, 1923, to Leslie and Gertrude Bowers. At just five years of age, her father passed away, leaving her mother with five children. She later moved to Mississippi County, Missouri when her mother married Charles Mockett in 1932. Mary Jewel learned the importance of hard work early on while farming with her mother, step-father, brother and three sisters. She enjoyed being outside so much that she often said she would rather work in the fields than in the house. Mary Jewel graduated Diehlstadt High School at the age of 16, and was the only one of her mother’s children to graduate from high school. She later worked at Brown Shoe Company in Charleston, Missouri, and then at the munitions plant in Cairo, Illinois during World War II. It was at this job, working on the assembly line, that she met her husband, Connell F. Smith, a union representative for workers at the plant. While they were dating, she often told him she would rather dance than eat. Mary Jewel and Connell were married on December 8, 1945. Connell shared his passion for hunting and fishing with Mary Jewel, and she was soon out-shooting and out-fishing him. They were married until he passed away in 1988. Mary Jewel was a proud member of Laborers’ Local 773 and a self-described “hard-headed” Democrat. She strongly believed that working people enjoyed good wages and working conditions because of unions. She also believed that senior citizens could live life in dignity because of Social Security and Medicare. Always a believer in hard work, Mary Jewel returned to work after her husband passed away. She worked until she was 87 for the Southern Illinois Laborers’ Health & Welfare Fund until it relocated to Marion, Illinois. She very much enjoyed working with her colleagues and was a firm believer in arriving early and staying until the job was done. Mary Jewel was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and never missed a game on the radio or TV. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cairo, Illinois, the Wyatt United Methodist Church, and the Charleston Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Connell F. Smith, her brother Lowell Bowers, and her sisters Dorothy Rodriguiz, Opal Noisworthy, and Jo McDaniel. Mary Jewel is survived by her sons Connell F. Smith Jr., Edward M. (Betty) Smith, Alexandria, Virginia, granddaughter Jordan (Tyler) Edmonds, Anna, Illinois, grandson Matt Smith, Tamms, Illinois, great grandsons Trevor Smith and Graydon Edmonds and many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to send a special thanks to John & Nancy Price, Nudie Moore, Donna & Carl Thomas, Bill & Chalen Tatum, Jana Cornelius, Dr. Wong & Betty Hunt, John Fischer, Vicky Green, Amy Farrow & Kim Potts of Capaha Bank, and Darrel & Mary Cutler. Visitation and funeral will be this Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the Crain Funeral Home in Cairo, Illinois. Visitation will start at 11 am and the funeral will start at 2 pm. Immediately following there will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the Smith family encourages donations to The Therapy Center (PO Box 364, Carterville, Illinois) or the Connell F. Smith Scholarship Fund (Laborers’ Local 773, 5102 Ed Smith Way, Marion, Illinois).




Thomas P. “Pat” Pannell

Thomas P. “Pat” Pannell, 91, of Olmsted, died at 12:00pm on Feb. 17, 2014 at DayStar Nursing Home in Cairo. Visitation for Thomas P. “Pat” Pannell will be Sat., Feb. 22, 2014 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral services will follow at 12:00pm with Rev. Dennis Clark officiating. Interment to follow at Concord Cemetery in Olmsted. Memorial contributions can be made to the Concord Cemetery in Olmsted and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Mary Catherine Newell

Mary Catherine Newell age 97 of Cairo, IL, died on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at DayStar Nursing Home in Cairo, IL. Mrs. Newell was born March 2, 1916 in Cairo, IL. The daughter of Edward Dyas and Wilhelminia Alice Wallbaum of Cairo, IL. On Jul. 24, 1943 at St. Mary’s Church in Mounds City, IL she married Fred Newell of Mounds, IL, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1992. She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Julie Jones Newell and granddaughter Christie Ann Newell of Cairo, IL. Survivors include two sons, Ronald Newell of Cairo, IL and Stephen Newell and wife Linda of Terrell, TX. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Jeffrey Newell and Angela Newell of Terrell, TX and Jeffrey’s wife Rachel and soon to arrive great-grandson. Mrs. Newell was a lifelong resident of Cairo, IL and a member of St. Patrick’s Church of Cairo, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 6PM, Sun., Feb 23, 2014 with Rosary at 5:30PM at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo Funeral Services will be held at 10:00AM on Mon., Feb. 24, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Church in Cairo, IL with Father Chris Mujule officiating. Interment will be at the Mound City National Cemetery. Memorial Contributions can be made to St. Patrick’s Church in Cairo and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Daniel Marcus Johnson

Daniel Marcus Johnson, age 53, of Cairo, died at 12:59PM Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his home. Private graveside funeral services will be held at Mound City National Cemetery. Crain Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.




William Andreas Cortez Jr.

William Andreas Cortez Jr., age 58, of Jackson, died at 5:19AM Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at his home. He was born on January 7, 1956 in San Jose, CA to Guillermo Andreas and Juanita Imogene Stone Cortez Sr. He is survived by his children: Marjorie Boone of Imperial, MO, Kristina Johnson of Paducah, KY, Elijah, Stevie and Austin Cortez all of Jackson, MO and Kiefer Mecham of Springfield, MO, 12 grandchildren, 1 sister, Juanita Grisham of Farmington, MO, other relatives and friends . He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters. Visitation will be held from 11AM until the time of service Friday, February 21, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral services for William Cortez Jr. will be held at 1PM Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Freda C. Johnson

Freda C. Johnson, age 88 of Murphysboro, died Friday, February 14, 2014 in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center. She was born November 8, 1925 to Floyd and Hazel (Hadden) Smith in Flora. She married Charles L. Johnson June 18, 1950. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2010. Freda was a member of the First Christian Church of Murphysboro. She assisted her husband, Charles in overseeing Charlie’s Market in Murphysboro for over 22 years. She is survived by her granddaughter, Jodi and husband, Mike Tracy of Murphysboro; 2 grandsons, Kyle Needham and Garrett Needham of Murphysboro; a great-grandson, Justin Tracey and a great-granddaughter, Erin Tracy, both of Murphysboro; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband a daughter, Judith “Judy Jo” Needham and a brother, James Smith. Visitation will be Monday, February 17, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Freda C. Johnson will be Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Sutton and Rev. Ron Henwood officiating. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Murphysboro and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Camille C. Patarini

Camille C. Patarini, 91 of Marion, formerly of Chicago was born into eternal life on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 7:17AM at her residence. Born April 19, 1922 in Chicago, daughter of George and Marciana (Zromkowski) Czach. Camille married Felix John Patarini on June 29, 1946. Camille is survived by her daughter, Amy Fanelli Larson Patarini; son, Gregory Scott Walters Patarini; sister, Audrey Miclow; grandson, Daniel George Fanelli, III; granddaughter, Lauren-Marie Fanelli. Loved as a daughter, Margaret Louise Hearl, Linda Mock Mitchell, and Karen Cupp. Beloved nieces, Marcy Miclow Pivin and Sharon Dieckmann, and many other family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix John Patarini and brother-in-law, Edward Miclow. A heartfelt thank you to her devoted caregivers: Tammy Davis Schoolcraft, Colleen Ames and Melanie Cardin. Celebration of Camille C. Patarini’s life will be Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, 5-9pm, at the home of Karen Cupp. 400 Arbor Drive, Carterville, IL. Memorial contributions can be made to Foster Kids Are Our Kids and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Ricardo "Ray" Watin

Ricardo “Ray” Watin age 55, of Murphysboro, IL, formerly of Cape Girardeau, MO died at Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Belleville Memorial Hospital. He was born on April 3, 1958 in the Republic of the Philippines to Magno and Lily Besanes Watin. He was a graduate of John A. Logan College, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Carlos and attended graduate school at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as an engineer for Nuclear Lab at Wichita and managed the International Grocery in Carbondale. Ray was an avid musician possessing a gift that allowed him to play many different instruments. He is survived by 1 son; Rae Senn of Murphysboro, his siblings; Gemma (Rosli) Habibbulah of Champaign-Urbana, IL, Belen (Jerel) Lichtenegger of Cape Girardeau, Miriam, Ed, Mar, Sonny and Alex Watin all of the Philippines, his nieces and nephews; Nick, Anabel, Glenn, Joan, Anja, Monah, Rajan, Jerrilyn, Dexter, Alpha, Shelia and Marchluck, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Nick and Gerry Watin. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM Friday, February 14, 2014 and from 12:00 until time of service Saturday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral services for Ray Watin will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to offset expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home. A savings account has been set up at Old National Bank in Carbondale for donations toward the education of Ray’s son Rae Senn.




Nancy Sue Deken

Nancy Sue Deken, age 73 of Rockwood, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at her residence. She was born to Robert and Gladys (Dawson) Weatherholt on December 27, 1940 in Flint, MI. She married Aphonsus “AL” Deken on September 2, 1961. He preceded in her death on November 28, 2009. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chester. She was a very loving mother and grandmother. Nancy is survived by 3 daughters, Marie Deken, Susan (Michael) Gross, and Donna (John) Chavez; 2 sons, Louis Deken and Glenn Deken; grandchildren, Ryan (Jenni) Gross, Jessica (Ian) Chavez-Fife, John Chavez, IV, Matthew Gross, Richard Durnell, Cody Deken, Cassandra Deken and Ashley Chavez; a great-grandson, Lucas Glenn Fife; a sister, Marilyn Kay Smith; a sister-in-law, Lois Weatherholt; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Robert Weatherholt. Visitation for Nancy Sue Deken will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 1:00 pm with Bernie Kerhover officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the St. Theresia Cemetery in Glennonville, MO. Memorials can be made to the St. Theresia Parish/School and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Marion Rose

Marion Catherine Rose, 89, of Cairo, died at 12:25am, Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Daystar Nursing Facility in Cairo. Marion was born February 26, 1924 in York, PA, daughter of Henry J. and Catherine (Luckenbaugh) Stauch. She married Willie M. “Bill” Rose on October 21 1945, he preceded her in death on October 13, 2012. She fulfilled many roles with excellence in her life including wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, respected business person and community leader. She considered Cairo, IL her home having moved there after marrying Willie in 1945, and never wished to leave. She was a member of the Tigert Memorial Methodist Church. She worked tirelessly with her husband and her family at Rose Brothers Trucking in Cairo and United Transit in Alsip, IL. Marion served on the Cairo School Board as well as secretary of the Board. She was involved in scouting and served as a former precinct committee person for the Alexander County Republican Party. She was an active member of her community and shared in the many activities and social events of the local BPOE (Elks) lodge and VFW with her husband. Marion was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, primarily a social and cultural organization that incorporates service as part of its activities that help develop women. In 1980 she was the President of the local chapter in Cairo called Theta Phi. Marion is survived by her 3 sons and their spouses, William David and Diana Rose of Charlotte, NC, John Eric and Monica Rose of Orland Park, IL, and R. Michael and Susan M. Rose of Creve Coeur, MO; 10 grandchildren, Stephen, Sarah, Christin, Jeffrey, Daniel, Melissa, Lauren, Matthew, Amanda and Jordan; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings June Szczepanek, Betty Thomas, Doris “Eileen” Lau and Don Stauch all of York, PA. Both Marion and Willie were one of nine children and are survived by several nieces, nephews and other relatives who were such an important part of her life. Visitation will be from 1pm to 3pm on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Services will be at the funeral home with Dr. Larry Potts officiating. Interment to follow at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband and other Rose family members.




Annie Marie Callahan Smithco

Annie Marie Callahan Smithco, of Carbondale, formerly of Birmingham, AL, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Marie was born in Kansas, AL on July 26, 1923 to George Washington and Hazel (Tesney) Callahan. On October 15, 1942 she married Joseph John Smithco in Birmingham, AL. She and Joe lived primarily in Birmingham and were members of the Brewster Road Alliance Church. In 2007, Marie and Joe moved to Carbondale, IL and were residents at Prairie Living on Chautauqua. In her professional life she worked in a variety of offices including the Probate Court of Jefferson County, AL. She is survived by two daughters, Hazel Jo (Jim) Grant of Carbondale, IL and Patricia Alice (Michael) Frye of Trussville, AL; four grandsons, J. Tobin (Carolyn) Grant of Carbondale, IL; Matthew A. (Danielle) Grant of Valdosta, GA; Richard (Allison) Frye of Pelham, AL; and Jonathan W. (Amanda) Grant of Seattle, WA; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Sybil Dowda of Columbia, SC; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe, and a brother, George M. Callahan, Jr. Graveside Services for Annie Marie Callahan Smithco will be Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Birmingham, AL. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Carbondale, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First Methodist Church of Carbondale, IL and/or Brewster Road Alliance Church, Grayson Valley, AL and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Danny Mac

Danny Mac, 62, of Cairo, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at his home. He was born Oct. 13, 1951 in Washington Courthouse, OH, son of Clarence and Martha (Heidy) McDonald. He married Catherine Anderson Aug. 27, 1976, she survives. Danny Mac began his career in radio Sept. 1975 with WKRO. He retired Aug. 31, 2013. He sang in bands his entire adult life, more recently with Nyte Flyte, others include Bounty Hunter, Country Outlaws, Robin and his Band of Hoods. In earlier years he coached girls softball. For many years he played Santa Claus at Elias Family Center, Mound City Christmas parade and for area nursing homes. He is survived by his wife, Cathy McDonald of Cairo; 2 daughters, Amber Cossey of Wyatt, MO, Ann Alston of Sikeston, MO; son, Daniel McDonald of Cairo; 5 grandchildren, Jacob, Damian, Jaidyn, Levi and Liam; 2 sisters, Patty Zimmerman of Washington Courthouse, OH, Toni Brabson of Chillicothe, OH; brother, Tom McDonald of Washington Courthouse, OH; nieces and nephews and other relatives. Danny was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Mike. Visitation for Danny Mac will be Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 from 4PM to 8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo with Dr. Larry Potts officiating. Interment will be at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to Kenny Rogers Center in Sikeston or the Special Olympics. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Paul David Norris

Paul David Norris, 64 of Cairo, died Friday morning at his home. He was born in Thebes, the son of the late Henry P. and Addie Mae Bettis Norris. Mr. Norris is survived by ten brothers, Henry (Virginia) Norris of Vancouver, WA, James(Gwen) Norris of Beula Vista, AR, Ernest Norris of Anna, IL, Lloyd Norris of Cairo, Richard Norris of Indianapolis, IN, William Whitaker of Barlow, KY, Charles Whitaker of Herrin, IL, Clayton Whitaker of Cairo, Donnie (Michelle) Whitaker of Jackson, MO, and Robert Whitaker; four sisters, Sharon Rocket, of Salem, IL, Frances (Dan) Busby of LaCenter, KY, Sharon Whitaker of Herrin, IL, and Martha Whitaker, his nephew, Keith (Vanessa) Cooper of Paducah, KY, nieces, nephews and other relatives . Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Violet Norris. Visitation for Mr. Norris will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Friday, February 7 at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Interment will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds.




Virginia Rose Cerney

Virginia Rose Cerney, 91, of Anna, died at 12:45AM Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Anna. She was born July 6, 1922 in Union County, the daughter of Samuel Washington and Glenna Alice(Boyd) Williams. Virginia married Louie Cerney on February 25, 1972, he preceded her in death on June 21, 2013. Virginia was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church. She was an excellent seamstress and very hard worker. She is survived by 2 sons: Gladwyn(Carolyn) Hall of Buncombe and Morris(Judy)Hall of Cobden. 1 step-daughter, Cheryl(Steve) Tuma of Breckenridge, Texas. 1 step-son, Duane(Linda) Cerney of New York City, NY. 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. 1 sister, Naomi Goddard of Marion, Ill. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation for Virginia Cerney will be Monday, February 3, 2014 from 11AM to 2PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held at 2PM on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro, with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment to follow at Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Hall Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Constance Grant

Constance Grant, age 97, of Cape Girardeau died at 3:10PM Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born on March 5, 1916 in Whiting, Indiana to John and Katherine Dybel. Survivors include 2 brothers, John and Frank Dybel, both of Jackson, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Local services for Constance Grant will be private. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00AM Friday, January 31 at Calvary Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.




Lester Holcomb

Lester W. “Woody” Holcomb, of Carbondale, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale at the age of 85. Woody was born August 5, 1928 to Lester and Laura Grace Holcomb at their home in Sparta. Soon after he graduated high school, he joined the United States Army. While stationed in Japan, he served as an MP. Woody married his college sweetheart, Joann Calhoun on September 8, 195 in Evanston, IL. After receiving an Engineering Degree from Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Woody was called to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany though out the time of the Cold War. During this time Woody served as a Lieutenant, building and repairing many bridges. Lester was a strong believer in his Christian faith. He was known for his American patriotism and his strong-will. He was an engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Carbondale District Office for 20 years. He then became the Randolph County Engineer, serving for 16 years. In 1969 he founded Holcomb Foundation Engineering in Carbondale. He was a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. He was also a member of the VFW, Elks, Lions and the Jackson Country Club. He is survived by the love of his life, Joann Holcomb of Carbondale, a son, Timothy (Mary) Holcomb of Carbondale; 2 daughters, Barbara (Chris) Mitchell of Carmi and Debra (David) McBride of Carbondale; grandchildren, Jessica Adams, Kelly Taylor, Megan King, Ryan Mitchell, Michael Holcomb, Scott Holcomb, Laura McBride- Hicks and Molly McBride; 6 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and a sister. Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral services for Lester W. “Woody” Holcomb will be Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm with Pastor Bob Sabo officiating at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Missouri School of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri and/or Grace Methodist Church in Carbondale, IL and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Ge Mari Ross Adams

Little Angel, Ge’Mari Ross Adams was born January 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale to Desiree Adams and Arthur Eckles. He went to be with the Lord at 8:12 pm, January 22, 2014. He leaves behind to mourn his absence his mother, Desiree Adams of Murphysboro; his father, Arthur Eckles of Chicago; grandparents, Monica Summers of Murphysboro and Ross Adams of Waukegan; great-grandparents, Gene and Gerry Summers of Murphysboro; an uncle, Andre’ Adams of Murphysboro; great aunt and uncle, Cindy and Paul Sanders of Mulkeytown and other loving relatives. Services for Ge’Mari Ross Adams were private with Pastor Kevin Akers officiating. Entombment will be at the Murdale Gardens of Memory. Memorials can be made to Desiree Adams to offset medical expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.




Robert Green

Robert L. Green, age 76, of Murphysboro, left us to join our Heavenly Father at 7:0 5 pm on January 25, 2014 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Murphysboro. Bob was born in Murphysboro on March 1, 1937, the fifth child and FIRST son of Arthur and Nedra Green of Murphysboro. Bob married Jody Neace on October 20, 1995 and they resided together in Murphysboro. He worked as a Supervisor of the shipping department at the aluminum plant in Murphysboro for thirty-five years. After he retired from Penn Aluminum in 1999 he owned and operated a successful lawn mower sales and service shop in Ava. When it became time to close that shop, Bob, always an active person, sought out further employment deciding to become an associate at the Murphysboro Wal-Mart where he continued to make many new friends. Bob is survived by his wife, Jody Green of Murphysboro; sons, James Green of Makanda and Kevin Green of Denver, Co; daughters, Laurie and husband, Bob Wallace of Pomona and Junie Stevens of El Paso, IL; grandchildren, Amber Brey, Jody Stevens and Georick Stevens; great-grandchildren, Emma Stevens and Carly Stevens; Five brothers, Arthur Wayne Green and wife, Cheta of Carterville; Joe and Carol Green, Gary and Cherie Green, Jim and Carla Green all of Murphysboro; and Tom and Gloria Green of Hermann, MO; Nine…that’s what I said NINE sisters, Lillian McKinney of Desoto; Jackie McQuaid of Millstadt; Hazel McDowell of Urbandale, IL; Peggy Schott of Murphysboro; Dorothy Wright of Perryville, MO; Ruth Ann Scott of Vergennes; Georgia and husband, Larry Tincher of Murphysboro; Linda and husband, Murray Stockinger of Murphysboro; and Ida and husband, Lester Luketin of St Peters, MO; a multitude of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur LeRoy and Nedra Lucille Hanson Green; a brother, Richard Nicholas Green; brother-in-laws, Charlie Schott, Tom Scott, O.T. McKinney, Lester McQuaid and Carl Wright and a sister-in-law, Erma Graeff-Green. He was of the Christian faith and was baptized in the First Christian Church in Murphysboro on December 10, 1954. Bob was loving and caring to everyone who knew him. As a brother he was always there to give advice and a helping hand with no need for asking. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Robert “Bob” Green will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be at the Berean Christian Church located at 1530 Illinois Avenue in Murphysboro immediately following the funeral service. Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Barbara A. Sneed

Barbara A. Sneed, 81, of Cairo, Illinois, died at 7:08 a.m. January 23, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. She was born in Arkansas July 14, 1932, daughter of Jay and Flora Dale Flagg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Sneed, in 1998. Barbara was a well-known beautician and the owner of Barbara’s Beauty Shop in Cairo for over forty years. She was an active member of Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center in Cairo for many years. She and her husband, Jack, operated Sneeds’ Café in Cairo for many years. She is survived by her son, Allan (Barbara) Lang, of Villa Ridge, IL; 3 grandchildren, Emily (Greg) Clemens, of Nashville, TN, Faith Ann Northington, of Kevil, KY, and Matthew (Jacqueline) Honey, of Cairo, IL; 3 great grandchildren, Klohe’ Ann Hope Wood, Seth Allen Clemens and Sophie Leigh Clemens; her brother, Jack (Pat) Flagg, of Lake St. Charles, MO, and her sister, Wilma Jean Davis, of Slidell, LA, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Barbara was preceded by her daughter, Judy Northington, son, Kevin Lang, and two brothers, Bob (her twin) and James Flagg. Visitation for Mrs. Sneed will be Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5PM to 8 PM and Saturday from 8 to 10:30 at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center in Cairo with Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating. Interment will follow at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge, IL. Crain Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.




Edna Marie Doublin

Edna Marie Doublin, 61, of Mill Creek, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Anna Rehab and Nursing Center. Edna was born Sept. 11, 1952 in Kennett, MO, daughter of Arthur and Norma Bruton Rhamy. She married Donald “Pete” Doublin Aug. 18, 2006, he survives. During her life she opened her heart and love to many a child who needed a hug or someone to talk to. She is survived by her husband, Donald “Pete” Doublin of Mill Creek; 3 sons, Lyman “Rusty” Lawrence, Jr. of Independence, MO, Jeffrey Carl Lynn Lawrence Swain of MO, Jamey Philip Smith Kinnard of AR; 3 daughters, Angelena M. Becker of Mill Creek, Monica E. (Terry) Crecelius of Olmsted, Rachael A. Walters of AR; step-daughter, Kimberly Doublin of Anna; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; many other relatives. Edna is preceded in death by her parents and son, Benjamin H. Rhamy. Visitation for Edna Marie Doublin will be Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:00PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Mike Sharp officiating. Interment to follow at St. Johns Cemetery.




Dorothy Edna Lockard Burke

Dorothy Edna Lockard Burke, 97, of Boca Raton, FL, died at 10:22AM Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at her residence. She was born Aug. 15, 1916 in Jonesboro, daughter of Henry Edward and Effie Manus Lockard. Dorothy married James W. Burke Dec. 8, 1950, he preceded her in death April 29, 1979. Dorothy became a born-again Christian at the age of 8 years and was faithful to her beliefs through her entire life. She was a member of ESTAHAKEE Chapter of the DAR and Charter member for over 40 years at the former Camino Real Community Baptist Church, currently Calvary Chapel of Boca Raton, FL. Dorothy traveled extensively, with her husband, through Europe, England, Scotland, the Orient and the Holy Land. Her husband worked in the American Embassy in Taipei, Formosa, where they lived in the 1950’s and later in Paris, France. They retired in 1964 and built their home in Boca Raton, FL, where she still resided at the time of her death. She is survived by her sister, Mary Evelyn Lockard of Mound City; nephew, Wayne (Joanne) Lockard of New Melle, MO; niece, Marilyn J. Lockard of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-law Barbara Lockard of Florissant, MO, several cousins and other relatives. Visitation for Dorothy Edna Lockard Burke will be Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 from 10AM to 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro, with Rev. Larry E. Miller officiating. Interment to follow at Anna City Cemetery.




Carl Everett Ferguson

Carl Everett Ferguson, 74, of Dongola, went home to be with the Lord at 8:25PM Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his residence with his family by his side. Carl was born June 19, 1939 in Anna, son of Fred and Alene Shoemucher Ferguson. He married his true love, Carolyn Elkins on Sept. 7, 1965. He proudly served as a radar controller in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Anna. Carl retired from General Cable in DuQuoin, IL as a master mechanic. He enjoyed working on automobiles, small engines and was an avid fisherman. He loved sharing and teaching his trades to his grandsons. Carl is survived by his wife Carolyn Ferguson; son, Christopher (Deb) Ferguson of Westfield, IN; 2 daughters, Cathy (Jack) Kennedy of Dongola, Cindy (Edwin) Rushing of Dongola; 4 grandsons, Tyler Kennedy of Anna, Andrew Kennedy, Owen Kennedy and Austin Rider all of Dongola; granddaughter, Journee Rushing of Dongola; great-granddaughter, Jacklynn Kennedy of Anna, cousins, nieces and nephews and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Ferguson, sister, Janet Ferguson and grandson, Dylan Rider. Visitation for Carl Everett Ferguson will be Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 from 5PM to 8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at 1PM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola with Pastor Richard Keeley officiating. Interment to follow at American Legion Cemetery with military honors by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 and Illinois Honor Guard. Memorial contributions can be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Neal Needham

Neal Needham, 69, of Dongola, died at 4:25pm on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Neal was born in Anna, IL, son of Clifford and Ruth (Corzine) Needham. He married Judy Roach, she survives. He began his career in banking in 1967 with his father at 1st State Bank of Dongola, where he served as president up until his death working with his wife and son. Neal was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, built and flew RC planes. He was the Founder of Citizens Committee to Save the Cache River. He also played in the MODS band. Neal is survived by wife, Judy; 2 daughters, Laurie (Scott) Gibbs of Cape Girardeau, MO, Rachel Needham of Indianapolis, IN; son, Eric Needham of Dongola; 2 step-daughters, JoBeth Rider of Carbondale, Erin (Jacob) Hubbs; 5 grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler, Allie Gibbs, Christopher and Payton Needham; brother, William Needham of Cape Girardeau, MO; other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. Visitation for Neal Needham will be Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 from 4PM-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral Services will be held Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola with Enloe Clemons officiating. Interment to follow at Friendship Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home of Dongola in charge of arrangements.




Louise Franciska Cutliph Wild Billingsley

Louise Franciska Cutliph Wild Billingsley, 92, of Cairo, IL had been living with her son, John and his wife, Annie Wild in Surprise, AZ. Both R.N.s. She died there while in their care, John was holding her hand. She had been ill for quite a while. She was born in Tulsa, OK on June 5, 1921, daughter of Theodore Cutliph and Ida Clair Hamm Cutliph. They moved to Cairo the next year. Louise married Charles Daniel Wild, Jr. on June 2, 1941, he preceded her in death in 1981. She later married Cecil Billingsley, he preceded her in death on 2002. Louise graduated from St. Joseph High School in Cairo, and Cosmetology School in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was a Beautician, worked at several businesses in Cairo. She was a member and past president of Beta Sigma Phi. A member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, member and past president of Daughter’s of Isabella and member of the Altar Guild. She is survived by her best friend, Doris Bland of Elizabethton, TN; 4 children, Charles Daniel Wild III and wife, Margaret of Scott City, MO, Theodore Fredrick Wild and wife, Kay of Gainesville, FL, Mary Louisa Wild Richardson and husband, Tom of Scott City, MO/Cairo, IL, John George Wild and wife, Annie of Surprise, AZ; 8 Grandchildren, Charles Wild, IV (Karl) and wife, Ginny of Farmington, MO, Tina Wild Grujic and husband, Tomislav of Harrisburg, PA, Franciska (Franci) Wild Davey and husband, Steve of Marion, OH, Eric Wild of Gainesville, FL, Rene’ Wild Laws and husband, Bill of Stafford, VA, Thomas (Eric) Wild Richardson of Scott City, MO, Kyle Wild and wife, Michelle of San Francisco, CA, Jevon Wild of San Francisco, CA; 13 Great Grandchildren, Nicole Potts and husband, Trey of Salisbury, MD, Samantha (Sami Jo) Wild of Farmington, MO, Alexandra (Ally) Wild of Farmington, MO, Zoran Grujic of Harrisburg, PA, Sanborn (Sandy) Holmes and wife, Kristin of Jacksonville, FL, Tim Davey of Norfolk, VA, Matt Davey of Cleveland, OH, Katie Laws Reese and husband, Owen of Surf City, NC/Norfolk, VA, Ricky Laws of Norfolk, VA, Beth Laws of Hyde Park, NY, Tori Laws of Stafford, VA Karen Laws of Stafford, VA. Billy Laws of Stafford, VA; 1 Great Great Grandchild, Sarah Potts of Salisbury, MD. She is predeceased by 1 brother who died as an infant, 1 Foster Sister, Cornelia Jones, her husbands, Charles Daniel Wild, Jr., Cecil Billingsley. Visitation for Mrs. Billingsley will be Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 from 4PM-7PM with Rosary at 6:30PM at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 11AM at St. Patrick’s Church in Cairo with Father Chris Mujule officiating. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Church in Cairo and may be accepted at the funeral home.




Gary Lee Baird

Gary Lee Baird, age 62, of Carbondale, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm in Helia Healthcare of Carbondale. He was born on May 13, 1951 to Earl and Violet (Nelson) Baird in Polson, Montana. He married Mary DeAnn Gifford on April 20, 1978 and she survives. Gary was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Carbondale. He loved to do crafts and collected anything that was embossed with an eagle. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Baird of Carbondale; 2 daughters, Darla Rehart Saboff of Wood River, IL and Tamara Rehart of Lehi, UT; a son Gerald Rehart of Marion, OH; a grandson, Nathan Watt; 3 great-granddaughter’s, Mikayla, Makenzie and Makenna; other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant son. Services for Gary Baird were private.




Janet Moslehi

Janet K. Moslehi, age 72, of Murphysboro, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm in the Helia Care of Carbondale. She was born March 18, 1941 to Homer and Lucille (Portwood) Moomey in Taylorville, IL. Janet graduated from SIU in 1963 with a BS in education. She taught in the Decatur Public Schools. She then was employed through the Illinois Department of Employment Services and retiring from the Illinois Department of Human Services. She is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey A. Moslehi of Decatur, IL and Douglas W. Moslehi of Rock Island, IL; and a grandson, Matthew D. Moslehi of Murphysboro; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Margaret Zaic. The family would like to thank the Bahai Community of Southern Illinois for their support during this difficult time. A Special Thank You to Matthew Moslehi, her grandson, for taking care of his grandma for the last 12 months. A Graveside Service for Janet K. Moslehi was held Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Dorothy M. Merriman

Dorothy M. Merriman, 91, of Anna, died at 9:50 PM Friday, January 10, 2014 at Monticello House in Jackson, Mo. She was born Feb.2, 1922 in Rock Island, IL, daughter of William R. and Bessie (Sutliff) Ferguson. Dorothy was a member of Landmark Pentecostal Church. She was the last loving sibling of 6 brothers and sisters. Dorothy met Fred J. Merriman thru his sisters and cousins that came to work at John Deere in East Moline, IL during the war. Upon his return from the Army Air Corp, Fred J. Merriman and Dorothy Marie Ferguson were married April 12, 1947 in East Moline. They moved to Anna, IL and Fred continued his employment at Cavaness Tin Shop and Dorothy as a housewife. In 1964 they purchased the Tin shop and renamed it Merriman Heating and Cooling Service. Dorothy is survived by her son, Kenneth J. Merriman and his wife Gloria of McClure, IL; 3 grandchildren, R. Candice Davis and Steve of Somomauk, IL, Amanda J. Scott and Ryan of Thompson Station, TN and K. Andrew Merriman and Angela of Olathe, KS; 1 step-granddaughter, Rachel M. Fowler of Aiea, HA; 9 great-grandchildren, Cameron Davis, Kenzie Merriman, Savannah Scott, Maddison Merriman, Cara Davis, Ella Scott, Lydia Merriman, Brayden Merriman and Kate Merriman. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband. Visitation for Dorothy M. Merriman will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Kim Ferguson officiating. Interment to follow at Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Landmark Pentecostal Church and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home of Anna-Jonesboro in charge of arrangements.




Shirley J. Wild Hill

Shirley J. Wild Hill passed away January 8, 2014 at 5:15 AM at Daystar Care Center following a long illness. She was born in Harrisonville, Illinois on February 13, 1939 to Louis and Verda Mae(Thompson) Wild. Shirley is survived by three children Sherrel Hill of California, Janet Lopez and husband Arnoldo of Indianapolis, Indiana and Robert T Hill Jr and wife Sandy of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Three brothers, Richard Wild and wife Elaine, Kenneth Wild and Harry Wild. One sister, Patsy Rundles. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters; JoAnn Arnold and Karen Wild Little. Graveside services for Shirley J. Wild Hill will be Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:00PM at Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes with Pastor Virgil Diel officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Crain Funeral Home of Tamms in charge of arrangements.




Betty L. Kier

Betty L. Kier, age 87, of Anna died at 9:02AM Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Union County Hospital. Betty was born on Dec. 11, 1926, in Caney, KS, daughter of David and Josie (Wood) Ellyson. She married William Kier on Oct. 8, 1945. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1979. She was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church. Betty taught Sunday School, and enjoyed the Young at Heart Senior group at the church. Betty is survived by her son, William David (Teressa) Kier of Oklahoma City, OK; daughter-in-law, Konnie Lewis of Bardstown, KY; 3 grandsons, Jeremy Kier of Norman, OK, Jamie Kier of Oklahoma City, OK and Michael (Sheila) Lewis of Paducah, KY; granddaughter, Lori (Michael) Rembold of Bardstown, KY; 8 great-grandchildren, Josiah, Josh, Michelle, Tracy, Bradley, Casey, C.J., John; 2 great-great grandchildren, Aubrey and Michael; nephew Larry (Karen) Martin; 4 nieces, Sandy (Wesley) Karraker, Linda (Jim) Dallas, Karen (Michael) Zelten and Teresa Jacobs. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 son, Charles Richard Kier, 4 sisters, Dorothy Martin, Lavon Herring, Eva Cockran and Viola Vernon, 3 brothers, Ed, Floyd and Russell Ellyson. Visitation for Betty L. Kier will be Wed., Jan. 8, 2014 from 10AM to 12PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral Services are Wed., Jan. 8, 2014 at 12PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro, with Rev. Scott Harner officiating. Interment to follow at the Anna City Cemetery.




Roger L. Fuller

Roger L. Fuller, 69, of Anna, died at 6:50AM Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center. Roger was born Feb. 15, 1944 in West Frankfort, son of Edgar and June (Wall) Fuller. He married Carolyn Fisher March 16, 1962, she survives. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dongola, member and one of the founders of Southern Counties Auto’s Unlimited. Roger worked as a contractor his entire life. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Fuller of Anna; daughter, Diana Moutell of Anna, granddaughter, Ariana Moutell of Anna; brother, Gary (Judy) Fuller of Cobden; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and June Fuller, son, Thomas Alan Fuller, sister, Phyllis Jean Crowell. Visitation for Roger L. Fuller will be Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 from 5-8PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Friends may call from 11AM to funeral hour on Saturday. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013 at 1PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Randy Wheaton and Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment to follow at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Dongola and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Mary Josephine "Jody" Flummer

Mary Josephine "Jody" Flummer, 94, of Carbondale, passed away on Sunday December 22, 2013, at Cape Girardeau. Born April 4, 1919 at Wichita, Kansas, to Joseph M. and Ethel Mae (Wood) Smith, she graduated from Sacred Heart Junior College in Wichita, taught in a one room schoolhouse, and married George Allen Flummer of Eureka, Kansas, on May 20, 1944. Her husband was an officer of the Army Air Corps (later the Air Force), and their duty stations over a 27 year military career included post-war Germany and England, New York, Texas, Florida, Alaska, and two tours at the Pentagon. After his retirement from the military in 1964, they settled in Carbondale, and Col. Flummer worked at Southern Illinois University. She was known for the dignity with which she carried herself, her keen sense of wisdom, and the love that she freely gave to her family. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her brothers, George, Joseph, Francis and Thomas; and her sisters, Angelita, Martina, Margaret and Alberta. She is survived by a son, James Flummer and wife Rita of Mounds; grandchildren, Lisa Tarr and fiancé Galen Dellinger, Dawn Sikkink and husband Todd, Buddy Woods and wife Lorie, Douglas Flummer, Todd Woods and wife Michelle, and Troy Woods and wife Misti; nineteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, with a fourth on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and their descendents. At her request their will be no funeral service. She will be buried with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking Washington D.C. She taught us all about love, grace, and strength of character through her shining example, and she will be missed.




Juanita Lorene Bryant

Juanita Lorene Bryant, 92, of Thebes, died at 5:50p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 4, 1921, the daughter of Monroe and Rose Kelly Orick in Gale, IL. Juanita married Oscar Andrew Bryant Mar. 6, 1936. He preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1998. She was a member of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church in Thebes. She worked hard her entire life as a waitress and cook at area restaurants, mainly the Kozy Korner, Ray Benefield’s and the Beanery. She also worked at Thorngate and Florsheim. Juanita cleaned homes into her 80’s. She loved baking pies and working in flower gardens. She is survived by her daughters, Marvalee (Jimmie) Monahan of Thebes, Delores White of Thebes, Peggy (David ) Maze of Sikeston, MO; a son, Ronnie (Lucille) Bryant of Dongola; 15 grandchildren, Tamra Dougherty, Jon Monahan, Billy, Gary and Victor White, Jeff Perkins, Christina Carter, Holly Teal, Mike Maze, LaRonna Rainbolt, Regina Ayers, Kent Bryant, Sherry White, Nicholas Bryant and Robbie Bryant; 37 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Oscar Bryant, 2 sons, Gerald and Paul Dean, son-in-law, Jimmie White, grandchildren, Kenny and Jim Monahan and 1 great grandchild. Visitation will be on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at 1p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Sons-in-Law, Rev. Jimmie Monahan and Rev. David Maze. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes.




Rev. Ronald Burnett

Rev. Ronald Burnett, 72, of Anna, died at 4:10PM Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Anna Rehab Center in Anna. Ronald was born May 19, 1941 in Tamms to Fred and Gerlean Powless Burnett. He married JoAnn Brown June 2, 1967. She preceded him in death Aug. 17, 2010. He retired from the ministry in the late 1980’s, volunteered as grief pastor with TIP Hospice, avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed listening to country and gospel music. He is survived by his sister Brenda Brown of Bartlett, TN; 2 nieces, Brandi (Tommy) Laverdet of Oakland, TN and Michelle Povich of St. Louis, MO; 2 nephews, Justin (Crissy) Brown of Oakland, TN and Mike Burnett, Jr. of St. Louis, MO. Ronald is preceded in death by his parents, wife, JoAnn Burnett, brother, Mike Burnett and brother-in-law, Denny Brown. Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 from 11AM to 12PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral Services for Ronald Burnett will be Saturday at 12PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Nashville, IL.




Ruth Temple

Ruth Temple, age 85, of Carbondale, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at home. She was born March 22, 1928 on Buttermilk Hill, just outside of Murphysboro, to Brad and Ida (Easterly) Brouillett. She married James Temple on June 23, 1949. Ruth worked at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale as a surgical nurse. In 1950 with a few doctors, nurses and others she helped open the hospital. At just 23 beds, the hospital was small, but it kept her busy even before it opened. She helped perform a caesarian section there the night before the hospital actually began accepting patients. During the 1958 tornado, which overloaded the old St. Andrew’s Hospital, trainloads of patients were sent to the Carbondale hospital, where the nurses volunteered for 24-hour shifts. At one time Ruth entered the ward to pick up her paycheck and was asked to help perform an appendix surgery, even though she was not actually working. Not once, but three times, Ruth paused during surgeries to give blood for her patients, knowing that she could help them with even more than her medical skills. She had incredible patience and strong will, as well as her knowledge and experience, she was always there for everyone in every situation. She was sharp with an extremely strong opinion, always coming through for others. She graduated from the De Paul School of Nursing in St Louis at 18, when she began her long career as a surgical nurse. Over the years as a surgical nurse, she watched incredible changes in the medical field, from such now-common things as pre-packaged supplies and new instruments used in the operating room to advanced surgical techniques. Ruth believed that patients are still patients and are not clients. Ruth and her husband owned and operated Jim & Ruth’s Market on Bridge Street. She was a dynamic woman and full of life. She is survived by her husband, Jim Temple of Carbondale; two daughters, Barbara Temple Huppert of DeSoto; and Amy Temple (Michael)Massari of Ft. Meyers, FL; and a son, James (Joan) Temple, Jr. of Carbondale; 7 Grandchildren; 7 Great-Grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by a brother and four sisters. Graveside services for Ruth Temple will be Friday, December 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Oakland Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Thelma Ihle

Thelma R. Ihle, age 91, of Murphysboro died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm in the St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital. She was born January 20, 1922 to William and Agnes (White) Morber in Gorham. She married Clarence “Spider” Ihle on November 3, 1943. He preceded her in death on October 24, 2001. Thelma’s greatest joy was being with her family. She worked at various jobs in the Murphysboro area. She attended St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Murphysboro. She loved country music and watching game shows. She is survived by 3 daughters, Marsha (Jack) Pieron of Murphysboro; Marilyn (John) Wittrock of Union, MO; and Cheryl (Steven) Piltz of Broken Arrow, OK; 2 grandsons, Shawn Wittrock of Union, MO and Daniel Piltz of Broken Arrow, OK; a great-granddaughter, Casey Pieron of Carbondale; 2 half-sisters, Barbara Crombar of Murphysboro and Betty Frank of Lake Butler, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Spider” Ihle; a grandson, Brad Pieron; and 2 brothers, George “Corky” Morber and Melvin “Coogan” Morber. Graveside services for Thelma R. Ihle will be private. Memorials can be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Donna Jean Smith

Donna Jean Smith, age 77, of Cape Girardeau died at 4:20 PM Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born on July 30, 1936 in Peoria, IL to Dutch and Edith Huff Kretz. She married Virgil Smith in 1953. He preceded her in death in March of 1995. Donna was a member of the Eagles club of Cape Girardeau as well as the Amvets Post and VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Peoria, IL. She is survived by 2 daughters; Brenda (Kenny) Maloney and Debbie (John) Brinkman both of Jackson, 3 sons; Rodney (Sherry) Smith of Pensacola, FL, David Smith of Cape Girardeau and Raymond Smith (Margaret Caddo) of St. Louis, 8 grand grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, 1 sister, 1 brother and 1 niece. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, 1 great grandchild and 1 nephew Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of service Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral Services for Donna Smith will be held at 12 PM Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Janet Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Debra Ann Glasford Mills

Debra Ann Glasford Mills, 57, of Carbondale, formerly of Apache Junction, AZ, died on Dec. 21, 2013 at Rehab & Care Center in Carbondale, IL. She was born on Oct. 2, 1956 to Lawrence and Shirley (Godwin) Glasford, Jr. She was member of FOE #3850 and served as Madam President for 2 years, Moose Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. Debra is survived by her son, Nathaniel (Holly) Mills of Honolulu, HI; daughter, Regina (Tony) Sweat of Kaiserslautern, Germany; mother, Shirley Richer of Carbondale; brother Greg (Diane) Glasford of Carbondale; niece Crystal (Jon) Cooper of Carbondale; 4 step-daughters and their children, great niece and nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Other relatives and friends. Debra was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence “Bud” Glasford. Memorial Services will be at 11AM Monday, Dec 23, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Sabo officiating. Friends are asked to meet directly at the church.




John Richard Heckman

John Richard Heckman, 78, of West Frankfort, Illinois formerly of Northern Illinois, died Friday, December 20, 2013 at 5:20 P.M. at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 19, 1935 in Polo, Illinois to Paul and Frances(Schmiedebush) Heckman. John was an avid Cubs fan and loved his family dearly. He also had a “zest” for life and quite a passion for dancing. He is survived by his 4 daughters; Rhonda Byers (Steve) of Freeport, Illinois; Sarah Heckman also of Freeport. Donna Leonard of Golconda, Illinois and Linda(Jerry)Hose of Polo, Illinois. 7 grandchildren; Christina Brinkmeier(Scott Douglas),Ryan(Catherine)Byers, Paul(Tatina)Terrock, Callie(Chris)Lhost, Liz(Mike)Rummel, Kala(Travis)Bonnell, Jerry Hose II. 12 great-grandchildren; Nathaniel, Jasmynne, Sydney, Milana, Camilla, Dylan, Kylie, Sage, Lauren, McKenna, Natalie, Andrew. 2 sisters; Bertha Mae(Earl) Jacobs of Harmon, Illinois and Carol(Jim) Rogers of Cadiz, Kentucky. Step-daughters; Toni and Linda and families. John was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Pauline Eddy and late wife, Judith Wagner Heckman. A Celebration of Life will be today, December 22, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Golconda, Illinois from 2-4PM.




James L. Womick

James L. Womick, age 69, of Hurst, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm in his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 3, 1944 to William and Helen (Jones) Womick in Anna. He married Rosaria Colletti on April 14, 1973. She preceded him in death on September 13, 1996. He then married Dana Rice on December 28, 1997 and she survives. He owned and operated A & J Freight then Red Ball Trucking Company for many years. Most recently he managed the Worker’s Compensation division of Womick Law Firm. He loved rabbit hunting, family gatherings and home improvement projects. James had a strong love for God and his faith was evident in his everyday life. James is survived by his wife, Dana Womick of Hurst; daughter, Janet Womick; son, Jim F. Womick; son, Jerry “Bear” Womick and wife, Lisa; son, Joe Womick and wife, Linda; son, Austin Rice; son, Evan Rice; brother, Jack Womick and wife, A.R.; brother, John Womick and wife, Jane; sister, Debra Tanner, and husband, Ruane; 11 grandchildren, Brandon, Dustin, Haley, Hunter, Phoenix, Robi, Macey, Kristyn, Taylor, Braelyn and Blake; mothers-in-law, Mary Colletti and Carolyn Sue Rice; many other nieces, nephews and other special relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Womick. Visitation will be Friday, December 13, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale. Funeral services for James L. Womick will be Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Murdale Baptist Church with the Revs. Douglas Rice and Paul Hicks officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to the Hope Lodge and/or the American Cancer Society, Esophageal Cancer Research and will be accepted at the church and/or funeral home.




Marianne Webb

Marianne Webb, 77, of Carbondale, Illinois passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Parkway Manor, Marion, Illinois from metastatic breast cancer which she had for the past 20 years. The service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale, with Rev. Robert Gray officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Murphysboro, Illinois following the service. At a later date, a Memorial Organ Recital will take place in Shryock Auditorium. Playing the recital will be world-renowned concert organist Paul Jacobs of New York City. Miss Webb was born on October 4, 1936, in Topeka, Kansas to Samuel Earl and Margaret Shafer Webb. Both parents died during her childhood. She grew up in Topeka, where she graduated from Topeka High School in 1954. During this time she received her early training in organ from Richard M. Gayhart. She continued her study as a pupil of Jerald Hamilton at Washburn University in Topeka, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in 1958. She went on to obtain the Master of Music degree, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan (1959), where she was a scholarship student of Marilyn Mason. Further study was with Max Miller of Boston University and Robert Noehren at the University of Michigan. That same year she joined the faculty of Iowa State University in Ames, where she taught for two years in the Department of Music as instructor in organ and piano and served as university organist. In 1961-1962 a Fulbright grant enabled her to continue her studies in Paris with André Marchal, internationally renowned recitalist and teacher. While in Paris she served as supply organist for the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) and in May 1962, played an organ mass in the famed Église Saint-Eustache. Further graduate study was with Arthur Poister at Syracuse University and Russell Saunders at the Eastman School of Music. Upon returning from France, she accepted an assistant professorship at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she taught organ and music appreciation and served as university organist. In 1965, she joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she taught organ and music theory and served as university organist. These were rich and rewarding years, during which time she built a thriving organ department and established, organized and directed the nationally acclaimed SIUC Organ Festivals (1966-1980), the first of their kind in the country. She sought funding for and designed the 58-rank Reuter pipe organ in Shryock Auditorium in 1969. Built to her specifications, the instrument is considered among the finest in the region. On April 10, 2001 the instrument was named in her honor. In 1970 she was promoted to associate professor and in 1977 to full professor. She retired from the University in 2001 as professor emerita of music, but continued to serve as visiting professor and distinguished university organist for an additional 11 years. Miss Webb married David N. Bateman on October 3, 1970 in Carbondale. Together they gave the endowment that established in perpetuity the Marianne Webb and David N. Bateman Distinguished Organ Recital Series that presents each year outstanding, well-established concert organists in recital for the residents of southern Illinois. As a concert artist, Marianne Webb toured extensively throughout the United States, performing for American Guild of Organists (AGO) chapters, churches, colleges and universities. In addition to these performances, she maintained an active schedule of workshops, master classes, and seminars for church music conferences. A member of the AGO, she served the guild on a number of national committees. Locally, she re-established the Southern Illinois Chapter of the AGO in 1983 and served as its dean for six years. She performed recitals and presented workshops at numerous AGO national and regional conventions, as well as solo recitals for the national convention of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians. For many years she concertized under the auspices of the Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. She recorded on the ProOrgano and Pleiades labels and was featured on the nationally syndicated American Public Media program “Pipedreams.” Miss Webb maintained a balanced career as both performer and teacher. Her students have distinguished themselves by winning local, area and national competitions. A sought-after adjudicator, Miss Webb was a member of the jury for many of the country’s most prestigious competitions including the AGO’s national and regional competitions, the Fort Wayne, Flint and Ottumwa national competitions, and the Washington, D.C. Annual Interdenominational Organ Scholarship Competition. She also served as an organ consultant to numerous churches in the Midwest. A special collection, which bears her name, is housed in the University Archives of Morris Library on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Upon completion, this collection will include all of her professional books, music, recordings and papers. The collection will trace the history of the organs on campus, contain files of her organ students and her own professional career, as well as files relating to the establishment and history of the endowed Marianne Webb and David N. Bateman Distinguished Organ Recital Series and the St. Cecilia Recital Series. Her “Collection of Sacred Music” has been appraised as “one of the largest private gatherings of sacred music in the world with a particular emphasis on the pipe organ.” Miss Webb received numerous honors during her long and distinguished career. At Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to her in 2005. The following year, she was honored with a life membership in the Fulbright Association. The National Council of the AGO presented her with the Edward A. Hansen Leadership Award in 2008 in recognition of her stellar career as a concert artist and distinguished teacher, devoted service, lifetime of leadership and extraordinary generosity to the Guild. In 2009, the St. Louis Chapter of the AGO presented Miss Webb with the Avis Blewett Award given for significant contributions to the field of sacred music as a teacher, recitalist and clinician. That same year, she was selected an Alumni Fellow by the College of Arts and Sciences at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. From the Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at the same institution she received the Sword of Honor and the Honor Certificate. Her professional affiliations included the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda and Tau Delta Pi; the Fulbright Association, the Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Her charitable affiliations included membership in the AGO’s Clarence Dickinson Society, the Washington National Cathedral Association, the Southern Illinois University Foundation Chancellor’s Council and the Paul and Virginia Society at the University. She was a loyal supporter of the alumni associations of Washburn University and the University of Michigan. Miss Webb was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her twin sister, Peggy (John) Westlund of Cold Spring, Ky.; a niece, Allison (Matthew) Langford of Union, Ky.; a nephew, Todd Westlund of Cold Spring, Ky.; a godson, R. Kurt Barnhardt, PhD of Salina, Kansas; and her former husband, Dr. David N. Bateman, of Charleston, Ill. Throughout her lifetime Miss Webb was confronted with great adversities, which she overcame to become a nationally recognized organ teacher and recitalist. She leaves an impressive legacy of students holding positions of prominence in colleges and churches throughout the United States. She will be remembered not only for her musical artistry and excellence in teaching, but as a woman of quiet strength, courage and abiding faith. In gratitude to God for her lifelong career, she established the St. Cecilia Recital Endowment in 2007 to present world-renowned concert organists in recital during the biennial national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Memorials may be given to SIU Foundation (1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, IL 62901-6805) to benefit the Distinguished Organ Recital Series Endowment. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Dennis Lieneke

Dennis Lieneke, II, age 40, of Gorham, formerly of St. Louis, MO, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 9:30 am in his home. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Dennis Lieneke, II will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Interment will be private at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.




Dimples C. Swoboda

Dimples C. Swoboda, 93, of Cairo, died at 8:30am Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at her residence. She was born Nov. 28, 1920 in Sikeston, MO, the daughter of Lawson and Mabel Patterson. She married Gilbert Roy “Rags” Swoboda on Nov. 18, 1941, he survives. They were married for 72 years. Dimples was a member of the Cairo Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Roy “Rags” Swoboda, Jr. of Cairo; daughter, Nancy (Edward) Doss of Mounds; three grandchildren, Stephen Roy Swoboda and Gregory Roy Swoboda both of Cape Girardeau, MO, Burton M. (Angie) Doss of Madison, MS; two great-grandchildren Jackson M. Doss, and Harper M. Doss of Madison, MS; nephew, Lewis F. McRoy Jr. of Marion; two nieces, Patricia Berry of Indianola, MS, Laurie Johnson of Vicksburg, MS; brother, Bill (Janette) Patterson of Bay St. Louis, MS, other relatives and friends. Dimples was preceded in death by her parents, son (Gilbert “Gibby” Swoboda III), her close sisters-in-law Gussella Walston, Alice Johnson and Marie McRoy, sisters Marie Goodard and Geneva Malian. Visitation for Dimples C. Swoboda will be from 11AM to 1PM on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Funeral services will be at 1PM at Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center in Cairo with Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Interment will follow at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to Mighty Rivers or to Cairo Public Library. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Dimpl




Betty Plott

Betty Plott, 86, of Anna, died at 10:13AM Friday, November 29, 2013 at her residence. She was born October 18, 1927 in Wolf Lake, the daughter of Fred and Stella (Wilson) Groves. She married Ray Plott and he preceded her in death in 1996. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna for over 70 years, of which she was very active in many services. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She is survived by her children, Rodney (Stella) Plott, Greg (Mary) Plott, Roger (Joyce) Plott, Emmalu (Tommy) Baker, Edward (Sheila) Plott, 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mary Ballance of Wolf Lake, Joann (Lee) Ondrak of Salt Lake City, Lois (Ed) Scholtz of Ashburn, VA; a brother, Paul (Pat) Groves of Anna other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray Plott, 1 brother, Bill Groves, and 1 sister, Doris Phillips. Visitation will be on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM. at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Eastern Star Anna Chapter #587 will conduct rights at 7:30PM. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Interment will follow at Anna City Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Mary E. Penrod

Mary E. Penrod, age 85, of Dongola died at 4:05PM on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Union County Long Term Care in Anna. Mary was born Feb. 4, 1928 in Anna, daughter of John and Ruth (Brimm) Hill. She married Dorris Penrod on April 16, 1948, he survives. She was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mary loved to paint. Mary is survived by her husband, Dorris Penrod of Dongola; 2 daughters, Debra (Kenneth) Whitlow of House Springs, MO, Beth (Lawrence) Horvath of Bloomington, IL; 6 grandchildren, Michael (Jen) Whitlow, Scott (Jodi) Whitlow, Cynthia Whitlow, Timothy (Lisa) Whitlow, Elissa Horvath and Eric Horvath; 4 great-grandchildren, Kyle, Noah, Myla, Ava Whitlow; 3 sisters, Pearl Douglas of Florida, Francis (Phil) Lewis of Centralia, IL, JoAnn (Don) Lessar of Clinton, IA. She is preceded in death by her parents. Visitation for Mary Penrod will be from 11AM to 1PM on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral services will be at 1PM on Saturday Nov. 30, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Daniel Isaiah Mick

Daniel Isaiah Mick, infant son of James Mick and Sharra Brown, of Carbondale, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013 at 9:06 am in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He is survived by his parents, James Mick and Sharra Brown of Carbondale; a paternal grandmother, Mary (Steve Schmidgall) Mick of Carbondale; maternal grandparents, Donald and Tesha Brown of Carbondale; paternal great-grandmother, Nina Mick of Carbondale; 2 maternal uncles, Brandon Brown and Nehemiah Brown of Carbondale; a maternal aunt, Hannah Brown of Carbondale; a paternal uncle, Zachariah Mick of USAF in New Mexico; 2 paternal aunts, Jamie Crecelius of Carbondale; and Crystal Taylor of Sandusky, OH; and a great paternal uncle, Terry Mick of Murpysboro; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James Stephen Mick; paternal great grandfather, James Herman Mick; a paternal uncle, Jeremiah Mick; a paternal aunt, Faith Mick; paternal great grandparents, Mary K. Dee and David B. McClure. Visitation will be Friday, November 29, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Daniel Isaiah Mick will be Friday, November 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.




Kirby L. Patterson

Kirby L. Patterson, 80, of Jonesboro, died at 9:00PM on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born on January 29, 1933 in Cobden, son of James “Bert” and Alma (Williams) Patterson. Kirby married Geraldine Tibbs on March 8, 1953. Kirby graduated from Cobden High School in 1950 then joined the U.S. Air Force proudly serving our country for 20 years. He served a 1 year tour of duty in Vietnam during wartime 1968-1969, also 3 years in France and 18 months in Tripoli and 12 years at the Pentagon. Upon discharge in 1972 Senior Master Sergeant Patterson went to work as a carpenter, owned and operated Patterson Construction, then later with John Hamm constructing many homes in the Carbondale area until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of Community Faith Church. He is survived by his wife Geri Patterson of Jonesboro; 2 daughters, Pam Patterson of Anna, Debbie (Cliff) Bryan all of Jonesboro; 2 sons, Kirby (Donna) Patterson, James Patterson all of Anna; He was Poppy to his grandchildren, Lane (Ashley) Patterson, Lindsey Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Anthony Patterson, Tristan Patterson, Diana Patterson; sister, Joyce Casper of Gurnee, IL; brother, Richard (Marilynn) Patterson of Cobden; sister-in-law, Jane Patterson of Atlanta, GA; Other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alma Patterson, brother, Robert Patterson, sister, Julia Patterson, son, Ronnie Patterson, brother-in-law, Frank Casper. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, from 5PM to 8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:00AM with Rev. Bon Reynolds and Rev. Richard Reynolds officiating. Interment will follow at Casper Cemetery with military honors by Scott Air Force Base and Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455.




Carl "Cotton" Ragle

Carl “Cotton” William Ragle of Tamms, IL went to be with his Lord and Savior November 15, 2013. Cotton was born March 20, 1923 in Murphysboro, IL to John B. Ragle and Ruby May Blankenship. Married Vera Mae Marshall January 16, 1947. Survived by loving wife of 66 years, two daughters Carlene Stewart (Richard) of Lansing, MI, Ladonna Murray of Cape Girardeau, MO, Nine Grandchildren Richelle Wright, Julie Shangraw, Carl Sims, Kendra Davis, Steffanie Giles, Niki Gettinger, Richard Stewart, Jared Murray and Gabrielle Murray. 25 Great Grandchildren, one Great Granddaughter, one Great-great Grandson, one Sister, Virgina McKay Grantham of Smyrna Beach, FL, Special Friends Malcolm and Karen Schack of Cape Girardeau, MO. He was predeceased by parents John and Ruby Ragle, brothers Gene and John Ragle and Son-in-law Carl Murray. Cotton was retired after 43 years service with the GM&O and Illinois Central-Gulf Railroad. He was a derrick engineer and later promoted to and retired as a mechanical foreman. He was a decorated WWII veteran. He served in the 11th Airborne, 511G Company paratroopers. He received three Purple Hearts, Bronze Star with Oakleaf Cluster, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Campaign Medal with Bronze Star Attachment, Triple WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Honorable Service Loyal Button, Good Conduct Medal and Presidential Citation. Cotton was an avid outdoorsman and bird hunter. Visitation for Carl “Cotton” Ragle will be 6PM to 8PM Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, and from 10AM to 11AM on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Funeral Services will follow at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, with Pastor Jack Cathcart officiating. Interment will be in Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro with military honors.




John Fischer

John Frederick Fischer, age 57, of Cape Girardeau died at 9:00 AM, Friday, November 15, 2013 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1956 in Cairo, IL to Boniface Frederick and Modelle Hite Fischer. He married Betty Jean Medlock on April 26, 1977. She survives. John worked for and managed Kerasotes Theaters for 35 years before his health forced his retirement. He is survived by his wife Betty of Cape Girardeau, 2 sons; John Robert Fischer (Samantha) of Davenport, FL and Keith Allen Fischer of Cape Girardeau, 2 grandsons; Lucas Aiden and Gabriel Owen Fischer both of Davenport, FL, 1 brother, Robert Dale Fischer of Kearney, MO, 1 sister, Bonnie Sue Green of Brazoria, TX, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Family and friends may gather from 9:00 AM to the time of services, Monday, November 18, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home, Cape Girardeau. Funeral Services for John Fischer will be held at 9:30 AM Monday at the funeral home with Rev. David Hulshof officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Teen Challenge and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Robert Lindsey

Robert E. Lindsey, age 73, of Murphysboro, died Thursday, November 14, 2013 at his home. He was born August 7, 1940 to William and Margaret (Schemonia) Lindsey in Chester. Robert married Helen Lehr on November 17, 1979. He worked for Bost Trucking for 31 years. He also worked as maintenance for the 1st Bank and Trust in Murphysboro. He owned and operated Bob Lindsey Mowing and Garden Tilling. He loved Nascar, with Rusty Wallace as one his favorite drivers. He loved to play Rummy. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen of Murphysboro; a son, Tom (Autum) Hancock of Murphysboro; 2 daughters, Deborah Kay (Carl) Lewis of Baldwin, IL; Darla(Robert) Burnum of Scott City, MO; 5 grandsons, Kenny Parnell, Robbie Parnell, Aaron Hancock, Nathan Hancock and Richard (Mandy) Ford, II; 3 granddaughters, Jessica Warren, Misty Flowers and Jackie Ford; other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Lindsey; 2 brothers, Jack Lindsey and Bill Lindsey; a sister, Sis Lindsey; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Jean Parnell. Visitation will be Monday, November 18, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Robert E. Lindsey will be Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. John Pitchford and Rev. Jim Easton officiating. Entombment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum with Milton Bost officiating. Memorials can be made to the Pate Chapel Building Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Janie Sumner

Janie Sumner, age 73, of Energy, died Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 6:00 am in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Visitation will be Friday, November 15, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Carol Corzine

Carol Corzine 60, of Dongola, died at 6:50AM Sunday, November 10, 2013 at her home. She was born on March 24, 1953 in Anna the daughter of Barbara Casey. She married Bradley Corzine on March 28, 1969. Carol was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dongola. She loved gardening and spending time with friends and family. She is survived by her husband, Bradley Corzine of Dongola; son, Matt (Amanda) Corzine of Dongola; daughter, Lori (Tod) Hinkle of Dongola; 2 grandchildren, Austin and Brittany Hinkle of Dongola; mother Barbara Casey of Dongola; 4 brothers, Bradley (Karen) Toler of Jonesboro, Tim (Sally) Casey of Anna, John Casey of Dongola and Pat (Jennifer) Casey of Anna; 2 sisters, Susan (Gary) Miller and Sandra (Brian) Meadows all of Mounds. Nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dock and Ethel Toler, 2 brothers, Brian Thompson and Jeff Casey. Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola on Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM. Funeral Services for Carol Corzine will be at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11AM with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment to follow at American Legion Cemetery in Dongola, IL. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Dongola and will be accepted at the funeral home




Eloise Bean

Eloise Bean of Anna, died on her 91st birthday at 11:33PM on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Prairie Living in Carbondale. She was born on November 7, 1922 in Cobden, daughter of Herman and Myrtle (Caraker) Yates. Eloise married Oel L. Bean on July 5, 1942. He preceded her death on November 26, 2002. Eloise was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anna, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Sewing Club and ONO Bridge Club. She and her husband owned and operated Bean Jewelers in Anna from 1965-1986. Eloise enjoyed entertaining family, friends, her clubs and groups from her church. She welcomed people into her home and always served with elegance. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Jim) Harris of Anna; son, Jim (Wanda) Bean of El Paso. TX; 2 grandsons, Treg (Lauri) Harris of Indianapolis, IN, Matt Harris of Pompano Beach, FL; 2 granddaughters, Chelle (Allen) Weedon of Perth, Australia, Marci (Brandon) Jackson of Houston, TX; 5 great-grandchildren, Emily and Keely Harris, Emma Horn, Piper Eloise Weedon and Ryker David Jackson. Other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Myrtle Yates, her husband, Oel L. Bean and 2 infant siblings. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, from 4PM to 7PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 11:00AM with Pastor Larry Shacklee officiating. Interment will follow at Anna City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Anna Lottie Moon Mission Fund and the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Donna Hartley

Donna Verneal Hartley, 78, of Herrin, Illinois went to Heaven in the comforts of her home on Tuesday morning, November 5th, 2013. Donna was born on July 29th, 1935, in West Frankfort, Illinois to Ruby and Ernest Allen. She graduated from West Frankfort Community High School in May 1954. Donna married Curtis Ray Hartley on August 26, 1955, in Corinth, Mississippi. They had two children, Michael Curtis Hartley and Victoria Lynn Hartley. Donna was a very devoted Christian and was a member of the Marion Church of God. She began each day with her dedication to reading her Bible and lived her life according to the principles of God’s love and law. Donna enjoyed many hobbies in addition to being a homemaker. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed cultivating flowers and cactus from seed. Donna was also an expert seamstress. She was a member of the Southern Illinois Arts and Crafts Guild for several years. Donna and daughter Victoria enjoyed creating and designing primitive quilt art and had many art shows. Donna’s favorite hobby was being an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. She spent many hours enjoying watching Cardinal games with her son Michael. In addition Donna enjoyed planning outside activities such as picnics and boating for family fun at the Gateway Marina that they owned for many years. Donna enjoyed listening to gospel music with her husband. Donna also was a very devoted wife that committed years of support and love to her husband and his career as a Maytag engineer. Donna also enjoyed her beloved pets which include Dusty, Taffy, Lucy, Zac, Chequers and currently Drake. Donna’s main love and dedication was to her family and was a beautiful outstanding Christian mother that will forever remain in the hearts of many. Donna is survived by her husband Curtis Hartley of Herrin; son Mike Hartley of Herrin; daughter Victoria Hartley of Herrin; sister Nadine Bozic of West Frankfort, sister Margaret Lindgren of Sandwich, IL, Edith Ann (Larry) Benson of NY and brother Kenneth Allen of FL. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ruby Allen, brother Jerry Allen, Sister Kay Barnett, brother-in-law Don Barnett and sister Joyce Mae. Visitation will be from 4pm to 7pm Friday, November 8, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy, Illinois. Funeral will be held at 9:30am Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the First Church of God 1409 Broeking Road Marion, Illinois. Entombment will be at 1:00pm Saturday at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy, Illinois. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Church of God in Marion.




Jessie Duncan

Jessie Duncan, age 89, of DeSoto, died Monday, November 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born on August 14, 1924 to William and Libby (King) Pritchett in Goreville. She married John Duncan on April 21, 1946. He preceded her on January 21, 2013. She was a cook at the DeSoto Grade School. She loved to fish and garden. Her joy in life was her grandson. She loved caring for him and seeing him flourish into the man he is today. Jessie is survived by a daughter, Sherry (John) Edwards of DeSoto; a grandson, John Adam Edwards of DeSoto; 3 sisters, Janie Booth of Marion; Joan Hock of Energy; and Marilyn Roberts of Springfield; 3 brothers, Carl (Margaret) Pritchett of Marion, Jackie Pritchett of Beaumont, TX; and Jerry Pritchett of Marion; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; and 4 brothers, Billy Pritchett, Paul Pritchett, Ralph Pritchett and Larry Pritchett. Visitation will be Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Murdale Gardens of Memory.




Mary Ellen Dillard

Mary Ellen Dillard, 84, acclaimed longtime educator, arts champion and wife for 63 years of former Carbondale Mayor Neil Dillard, died on October 16 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Over a 39-year career as a teacher, principal and school district official in Southern Illinois, Mary Ellen attracted legions of admiring students, parents and colleagues. She had been recognized as a Master Teacher in the State of Illinois. Following her retirement in 1994, she was instrumental in passage of the 1998 Carbondale Elementary School District 95 school referendum. Although Mary Ellen was not one to seek out awards and honors, they nevertheless found her many times. She was inducted into the Carbondale Elementary School District 95 Hall of Fame in 1996 and was named to the West Frankfort High School Special Achievement Society in 1998. She received the Service to Southern Illinois Award from the Southern Illinois Alumni Association Jackson County Chapter in 1994 and the Alumni Achievement Award for Distinguished Service from the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association in 2006. She was born on October 13, 1929, to Ed and Sophia Shade Donahue - the youngest sibling and only girl in the West Frankfort household. She met her future husband, Neil Dillard, while cheerleading at an eighth-grade basketball game in the same community. Mary Ellen graduated from West Frankfort High School and received a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish, a master's degree in special education and a specialist degree in educational administration, all from Southern Illinois University. She taught Spanish and English at West Frankfort High School between 1951-1955 - starting as a teacher while still a college senior. After stints at Benton Junior High School and West Frankfort Junior High School between 1961-1964, she and Neil moved in 1964 to Carbondale, where she taught language arts and social studies at Lincoln Junior High School from 1964-1983. Between 1983-1985, she served as Director of Curriculum for Carbondale Elementary School District 95. She was a transformative principal of Thomas Elementary School in Carbondale between 1985 and and 1994. Many of her students and colleagues from West Frankfort, Benton and Carbondale became and remained her close friends. Following retirement, she shared her considerable energy, organizational ability and natural leadership skills with Carbondale Community Arts, Southern Illinois Symphony and other organizations. She co-chaired the ArtWorks Committee of Carbondale Community Arts, raising funds for art installed at Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale Junior High School, and Parrish and Thomas elementary schools. Robert Falls of Chicago's Goodman Theatre presented her with a sculpture to recognize her direction of this initiative. Carbondale Community Arts created a Mary Ellen Dillard Scholarship for its All-Southern Summer High School Theatre Project, holding an annual summer dinner in her name. She supported the Southern Illinois Symphony as a member of its Patrons Committee. She was a past board member of the Alzheimer's Association Southern Illinois Chapter, member of the Carbondale Women's Club, and president and twenty-year member of the Parrish Elementary School Teachers Investment Club. She is survived by her husband, daughter Tracy of Chicago, and brother Bob Donahue of Nashville, Tennessee. A celebration of her remarkable life will be held in Southern Illinois University's McLeod Theater on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 2:00 pm. This tribute is open to the public. McLeod Theater is located in the Communications Building, 1100 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale. Campus parking is conveniently located next to the theater in Lot 40 and Lot 4. The theater is wheelchair-accessible through the main box office entrance. In lieu of flowers, a contribution is requested to the Mary Ellen Dillard Scholarship Fund, All-Summer Summer High School Theatre Project, Carbondale Community Arts, PO Box 1424, Carbondale, IL 62903.




Jerry E. Cotton

Jerry E. Cotton, age 69, of Harrisburg, died Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:32 am in the VNA Plus Home Care & Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. Services for Jerry E. Cotton were private. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




William Holifield

William G. Holifield, age 72, of Marion, died at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. He was born on April 14, 1941 to Gurt and Mildred Edith (Powers) Holifield in East St. Louis, IL. William served his country proudly in the United States Army. He was a landscape designer and loved to draw. William is survived by his daughter, April (Edward) Martiszus of Trenton; 2 sisters, Betty Moyer of Eddyville, KY and Kay Phillips of Glen Carbon; a brother, Dean Holifield of Breese; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Holifield. Services for William G. Holifield were private. Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel at Energy is in charge of arrangements




Newland Vickery

Newland Vickery, age 85 of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born on April 6, 1928 in Ironton, MO to Theodore and Ollie Huff Vickery. He married Dorothy Comfort on September 23, 1948. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2007. Mr. Vickery was a licensed audiologist. He was the retired, former owner of Universal Hearing Aid in Farmington. At one time, he was also the manger of Perryville Loan Company. He is survived by 4 daughters; Tammy Boyer of Desloge, Judy Vickery and Bridget Rhodes both of Cape Girardeau and Mary Vickery of Scott City, 3 sons; Tim Vickery of Cape Girardeau and Joel and Nick Vickery of St. Louis, 1 sister, Marge Cashman of Jasper, TX, 1 brother, Jack Vickery of Bismarck, MO, 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 1 son, Dicky Vickery and 1 sister. Graveside funeral services for Newland Vickery will be held at 11AM, Saturday, November 9, 2013 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to Lutheran Home Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Vera Cooper

Vera Cooper, age 73 of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on March 12, 1940 in New Madrid to Pete and Ruth Cooper She is survived by 2 daughters; Karen Blakemore and Pam Hotze both of St. Louis, 1 brother, James Cooper of Cape Girardeau, her dear friend, Julie Rhodes of Cape Girardeau, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She expressed her loving appreciation for the support of the entire Cooper family. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, John and Pete. Family and friends may gather from 10AM until the time of service Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral services for Vera Cooper will be held at 11AM Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Janet Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow at Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.




Marguerite "Maggie" Ledgerwood

Marguerite “Maggie” Ledgerwood, age 99, of Cash, AR, formerly of Anna, died at 8:45PM Monday, October 28, 2013 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. She was born Oct 23, 1914 in Anna, IL to Ralph and Annie (Lingle) Ledgerwood. Marguerite was a member of Anna Church of Christ and Stone Street Church of Christ in Jonesboro, AR. Maggie spent her younger years in Chicago, where her heart was. Survivors include her 2 nephews, David (Ann) Ledgerwood of Cash, AR, Larry Ledgerwood of Batesville, AR; 1 niece, Barbara (Rick) Clark of Batesville, AR; 1 brother, John (Erlene) Ledgerwood of Batesville, AR; 2 great-nephews, Bradley Ledgerwood of Cash, AR, Jonathan Clark of Batesville, AR; 2 great-nieces, Natanya Clark and Elizabeth Clark both of Batesville, AR; other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Leonelle Ledgerwood and brother, Mervin Ledgerwood. Visitation for Marguerite “Maggie” Ledgerwood will on Friday, Nov. 1 from 12PM to 2PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 1 at 2PM at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Brother Wes Hazel officiating. Interment to follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Thomas L. Wilson

Thomas L. Wilson, 88, of Mounds, died at 4:15AM Monday, October 28, 2013 at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. He was born Oct. 29, 1924 at Mound City, IL, the son of Thomas and Edith Wilson. He had worked as a machinist for the Illinois Central Railroad and was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Mounds. Survivors include 2 sons, Charles Wilson and Richard Dean Wilson both of Mounds, a daughter, Arline (Carl) Gardner of Mishawaka, IN; 6 grandchildren, Sierra, Melissa, Scott, Craig, Jason, and Sandy; several great grandchildren, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Mae Belle, second wife, Agnes, 3 sons, Les and Glen and an infant son; and 2 sisters, Maxine Mabrey and Louise Parker. Visitation for Thomas L. Wilson will be Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 5PM to 8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct 31 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Interment will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds.




Olive Whiting

Mrs. Olive Whiting, age 93, of Anna, died at 11:22 pm on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Union County Hospital. Mrs. Whiting was born October 24, 1920 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Edward and Marie (Meyer) Callaway. She married Dr. William H. Whiting on September 2, 1943. Mrs. Whiting is survived by her children, Janet (Edgar) Winans of Seattle, WA, Ted (Vicki) Whiting of Bailey, CO, Jim Whiting of Pine, CO, Kathy (Mike) Stegle of Anna, Ellie Osborn of Anna; 10 grandchildren: Rachel (Kent) Button, Jessica (Daniel) Glover, Carol (Mike) Wagner, Adam Whiting, Teresa (Ryan) Waxler, Brian (Dawn) Whiting, Melanie (Matt) Lasley, Jeremy (Kristen) Stegle, Sarah (Josh) Stagge, Katie Osborn; 14 great-grandchildren with 2 more great-grandchildren expected in November: Hazel, Sofia and Oliver Button, Matt and Kaley Wagner, Connor Whiting, Alex, Megan, Zeke and Nathaniel Waxler, Van Whiting, Julia and Luke Lasley, Katie Stegle; and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Whiting earned her B.S. degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She worked as a Girl Scout field representative in Gary, Indiana and Madison, Wisconsin prior to starting her family. She arrived in Southern Illinois in 1948 when her husband, Dr. Whiting, began his medical practice in Dongola. Soon after she set up a kindergarten in her home. Mrs. Whiting’s life-long loves were family, education, and church. She raised 5 children. She was active in organizing Girl Scouting in Union County and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. In 1958 she was selected to Chair the Union County Chapter of the White House Council on Children and Youth. She was an Illinois state delegate to the White House Conference on Children and Youth in 1960. She was a leader in the Illinois Parent-Teacher Association. She was an advocate for the needs of special education students. She was a member of the Education Council of 100, an advisory board to Southern Illinois University. Mrs. Whiting received several education awards including the Illinois Education Association Francis G. Blair Distinguished Service Award in 1970-71, the Award of Merit from the Education Council of 100 and College of Education, SIU, Carbondale in 1983, the Phi Delta Kappa Lay Leaders in Education Award in 1988 and the Friend of Education, Region 2, IEA-NEA Award in 1993. Mrs. Whiting was also a member and past president of the Anna-Jonesboro Women’s Club and the Anna-Jonesboro Garden Club. Mrs. Whiting was very active in the Presbyterian Church and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cobden for nearly 30 years. She served the church in many capacities including President of the Women’s Council and as an elder and member of the Session. Mrs. Whiting loved reading, nature, and water recreation. She loved to make flower arrangements and often supplied the Cobden Presbyterian Church with Sunday flowers. She enjoyed boating activities with her family and encouraged water safety and skill which is now a generational love. She loved to watch birds and participated in a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Study of back yard birds. Mrs. Whiting is remembered for her graciousness, her intelligence, her kindness to all of God’s creatures, and her Beautiful smile. Mrs. Whiting was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. William H. Whiting, her son-in-law, Jim Osborn, and her great grand-daughter, Gabriela Waxler. Visitation for Mrs. Olive Whiting will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 2 at 1 PM at the Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Kathy Montira officiating. Interment will follow at the Anna Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the UPAC Girl Scouts of America or to the Illinois Audubon Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of the arrangements.




Gary Addison

Gary Addison, age 68 of Carbondale died at 10:57 am on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at his home. He was born in Carbondale on September 17, 1945, the youngest son of Loren Emmett and Jean Lucille (Harrell) Addison. He married Joyce Tripp on December 23, 1967. Gary was a minister in his younger years and pastored at several small churches, Drury, Mt. Pleasant, Cottage Home and South County Line. His first employment was with the National Cash Register Co. For a short time he was employed with Metropolitan Insurance Co. and Consolidation Coal Co., Burning Star #5, where he was in a mining accident on June 26, 1985, that left him a quadriplegic. He loved studying the Bible, especially prophesy and the end time events. He had two old cars that he loved to work on and was a member of the Southern Counties Autos Unlimited Car Club. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Joyce of Carbondale; his children, Brady Addison of Carbondale; Douglas and Marcy (Addison) Ambler of Cape Girardeau, MO; and Corey Addison of Champaign; 2 grandsons, Levi and Caleb Ambler; a brother, Ron (Ronda) Addison; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Glenn; 2 nephews, Ronald (Tami) Addison and Matt (Beth) Glenn; a niece, Michelle (Chris) Shelton; 2 great-nephews, Ryan Addison and Gaige Shelton, 2 great-nieces, Kallie Heavrin and Karah Shelton; a step-brother, Harold Lee Cox and a step-sister, Cheryl Hughey; 2 maternal uncles, Robert Harrell of Salinas, CA and Don (Mary Ann) Harrell of Mackinaw, IL; many cousins, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Jean Addison. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Gary Addison will be Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Darnell and Rev. John Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to the Cancer Center of Carterville and/or Shepherd’s Little Lambs Kenya and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Beverly Ruth Jenner

Beverly Ruth Jenner, 86, formerly of Harrisburg, died on October 21, 2013 at Prairie Living at Chautauqua in Carbondale, IL. She was born on November 21, 1926 to Henry Herbert and Thelma Clara (Purdy) Gough in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Beverly grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Foreman High School in Chicago on January 26, 1945. After high school, she worked for several firms in Chicago as a Secretary until she met and married Robert R. Jenner on March 27, 1948, in Chicago. They were happily married for 65 ½ years and were parted only a few days at the end of her life. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2013. After her children were in school Beverly rejoined the workforce and was employed by Cinco Medical Health Supply, the Harrisburg Public School System, WSIL-TV, and Wilson Insurance, all in Harrisburg. Beverly created many pieces of fine embroidery and was a creative seamstress and homemaker. She loved bird watching and was especially adept at spotting hawks perched in odd places along the highway. She instilled a love of reading in her children and was better than Google at remembering odd facts about literary characters, popular music, and, especially, character actors in old television programs and movies. Her memory remained sharp until her death. Beverly is survived her daughter, Lorie (Howard) Allen of Carbondale; her grandchildren, Nathan (Amy) Stahl of Oradell, New Jersey and Sarah (Chad) Caldwell of Houston, Texas; her brother, William Gough of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; her sister, Jenneine (Daniel) Wrobleski of Summerfield, Florida; and her sister Gloria (Michael) Buckley of Ocala, Florida; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. The family wishes to express its appreciation for the nurses and staff of TIP of Illinois Hospice who provided care and support for Beverly and Bob during the last months of their lives. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her daughters Ellen Maureen Stahl and Gail Ann Jenner; her sister, Marjorie Bartok; and her parents. Cremation rites will be accorded, and private services will be held at a later date in Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TIP of Illinois Hospice, 702 Chestnut St., Murphysboro, IL 629666; and/or Friends of the Cache River Watershed, 8885 Illinois 37, Cypress, IL 62923.




Margaret Peters

Margaret Peters, age 95, of Inverness and formerly of Murphysboro, died August 30, 2013 in Rosewood Care Center in Inverness. A private memorial service for Margaret Peters was held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Gilbert officiating. An inurnment followed at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral was in charge of arrangements.




Virginia L. Douglas

Virginia L. Douglas, age 85, of Dongola, died at 12:32PM on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at her residence. She was born on October 28, 1928 in Union County, IL, the daughter of Mellie Lawrence, Vera (Sivia) Lawrence Fisher and step-father William Fisher who raised her since she was age 5. She married Fred Douglas on October 26, 1946, he survives. Virginia was a member of the Wetaug Church of Christ, Ben Herr Life Association representative 1962-1988. She retired from Florsheim Shoe Factory. Virginia also worked as a telephone operator and as a waitress at Cheeko’s and Bob and Betty’s Café in Dongola. She is survived by her husband, Fred Douglas of Dongola; Daughter-In-Law, Linda Douglas of Tunnel Hill. Grandson, Thomas Walter “TW” Douglas also of Tunnel Hill. Step-granddaughter, Julie(Jason) Hammond of Nashville, Tenn. Two sisters, Betty McIntire of Dongola and Billie Kelley of Jonesboro. One brother, Bob(Jackie)Fisher of Dongola. Two nieces, Amy(Eric)Plott of Anna and Paula Cauble of Dongola. Many friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, William Fisher. One son, Frederick “Rick” Douglas. One sister, Donna Penrod and brother-in-law, Carroll McIntire. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 5PM to 7PM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola with Pastor Tim Heinecke officiating. Interment will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery in Dongola. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Chapel Cemetery or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Alva Dillow

Alva Dillow, 102, of Dongola, died at 9:50p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 6, 1911 in Dongola, the daughter of Turner Leo Miller and Donia (Heilig) Miller. She married Lewis Everett Dillow on September 17, 1932. Alva was a member of First Lutheran Church of Dongola. She is survived by 1 grandson, Randy (Lisa) Mead of Dongola; 2 granddaughters, Sonia (Rick) Merriman of Anna, Debbie (Donnie) Dunn of Cypress; 2 great-grandsons, Austin Mead of Dongola, Gabe (Sarah) Mead of Anna; 5 great-granddaughters, Tasha Hogue (Kent Roberts) of Chicago, Lindsey (Josh) VanMeter of Ullin, Etta Mead of Dongola, Logan Dunn, Lacey Dunn both of Cypress; 9 great-great grandchildren, Greysen Roberts, Kenzie Roberts, Scarlett Roberts, Mady Mead, Livi Mead, Kylee VanMeter, Jaylee VanMeter, Bentley McMahan, Aubrielle Dunn; other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lewis Everett Dillow, daughter, Elaine Mead. Visitation will be on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM. at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11AM. at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola with Pastor Tim Heinecke officiating. Interment will follow at St. Johns Cemetery in Dongola. Memorial Contributions may be made to VNA Hospice and First Lutheran Church in Dongola. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Robert Jenner

Robert R. Jenner, age 89, of Carbondale, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013 after a short stay at the Jackson County Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was born on January 24, 1924 to Clarence Arthur and Ora (Dowling) Jenner in Sioux City, Iowa. Bob grew up in Sutherland, Iowa. He graduated from Sutherland High School in 1941. After high school he attended the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology on June 6, 1946. In June 1955, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Northwestern University in Chicago. After his graduation he worked with children in the public schools in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and Rock Island, Illinois. In 1966 he and his family moved to Harrisburg, Illinois where he worked for the Bowen Children’s Center and, after it closed, for the Anna Mental Health Center until his retirement in 1985. He loved working with children and also with adults who had lost their ability to speak due to stoke or other illness. Bob married Beverly Ruth Gough on March 27, 1948 in Chicago. They were happily married for 65 ½ years and were only parted a few days at the end of his life. Bob was a member of the nature Conservancy, the Friends of Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, and the Friends of the Cache River. He was the founder/builder of what is now the River-to-River Trail and enjoyed hiking and camping. He was also well known for his fine furniture making, wood and stone carvings, and paintings in both acrylic and water color. For many years he raised guppies and other tropical fish and then became passionate about day lilies, growing many varieties and propagating one that bears his name. He loved birding, and after his retirement built over 650 bluebird houses and installed them on the River-to-River Trail. Bob is survived by his spouse, Beverly, of Carbondale; a daughter, Lorie (Howard) Allen of Carbondale; a sister, Marilyn (William) Stuart of Tucson, AZ; 2 grandchildren, Sarah (Chad) Caldwell of Houston, TX and Nathan (Amy) Stahl of Oradell, NJ; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Stahl; nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jean Hagunbucher and 2 daughters, Gail Ann Jenner and Ellen Maureen Stahl. Cremation rites will be accorded and private services will be held at the Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren, IL at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to TIP of Illinois Hospice, 702 Chestnut St., Murphysboro, IL 62966 and/or Friends of the Cache River Watershed, 8885 State Route 37, Cypress, IL 62923.




Gladys Cogger

Gladys Cogger, age 103, of Ullin, died at 3:18 PM, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at her daughters home. Gladys was born March 24, 1910 to O.F. and Lona Stoner of rural Ullin, IL. She was married to William Gurley, and to them one child was born, Sybile Joan. She later married Dr. T.W. Cogger. Both husbands preceded her in death. She was member of the Cache Chapel United Methodist Church since age 11. Gladys was the last member of the Dongola High School Class of 1930. She retired after 30 years at former Anna State Hospital. Mrs. Cogger is survived by her daughter Sybile Joan and son-in-law Richard Dickerson; niece Kay Rendleman; 2 sons, Mark and Wade Allen and their families, and her faithful caregiver Lou Curdy. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husbands, her brother, Delbert Stoner and sister-in-law, Ludene Stoner. Visitation will be from 9AM to 11AM on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. Funeral Services for Gladys Cogger will be held at 11AM, on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin with Dr. Robert Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow at Ullin Cemetery.




Aaron Lloyd Blessing

Aaron Lloyd Blessing, age 89, of Murphysboro, died at 2:24 am Saturday, October 5, 2013 at his home. He was born on February 10, 1924 to Lloyd Charles Blessing and Edith Mae (Dean) Blessing in Makanda. He married Mary Alice Lewis on August 8, 1943. He was a member of the Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church where he served as a song leader. During his lifetime he was a farmer, truck driver, worked for Dillinger Feed Store and Elevator, worked at New Era Dairy, and served for almost 20 years at Lumber City. He was also a member at Grace United Methodist Church in Carbondale. Aaron is survived by his wife; 2 daughters, Marjorie Alice Blessing of Murphysboro, and Jill Ann Blessing of Carbondale; 2 sons, James Aaron (Janice) Blessing of Murphysboro and Arvin LeRoy (Raetta) Blessing of Murphysboro; 7 grandchildren, Rachael Wenzel of Sadorus, IL; Shawn Blessing of Huntsville, Alabama; Deanna Rene (Allen) Crombar of Murphysboro; Erin Marie (Jamie) Day of Bowen, IL; Alan Leon (Shannon) Blessing of Murphysboro; Adam Aaron Stearns of Killeen, Texas; and Amber Ann Stearns of Carbondale; 17 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; 1 sister, Esther Mae Reid of Bradenton, Florida; nieces, nephews and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Mary Virginia Boros; and 1 great-great-grandson, Hunter Haney. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. The Funeral Services for Aaron Blessing will be Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Cliff Waller officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Building Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Mary Ann Gonzales

Mary Ann Gonzales age 69 of Cape Girardeau, died, Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Landmark Hospital. She was born on February 9, 1944 in Cape Girardeau to Finnis Eugene Cook and Mary Cook Maglone. She was a member of the Cape Girardeau Eagles Club No. 3775 Mary is survived by 2 sisters; Vonda (Roger) Sczepanski of Mt. Pleasant, WI and Cathy (David) Overbeck of Gordonville, MO, 2 brothers; Larry (Eva) Maglone of Cape Girardeau and Robbie (Ramona) Maglone of Springfield, MO, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother, Bobby Cook A memorial service for Mary Ann Gonzales will be held at 4:00 PM, Monday, October 7, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends and family may gather from 3:00 PM until the time of service. The family would like to express a special thank you to Mary’s nephew Trampas “Bo” Austin for staying with her throughout her entire illness. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help offset expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Larry Ray Kearney

Larry Ray Kearney, age 74, of Dongola, died 5:23PM, Tuesday, October 1, 2103 at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born February 11, 1939 to Raymond and Cleta (Bailey) Kearney in Ullin. He married Barbara Zolyniak on May 28, 1960. Larry retired from Choate Mental Health. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening and tractor rebuilding. Survivors include his wife Barbara; daughter, Mary (Ivra) Bassett of Westerville, Ohio; Son, Joseph (Christina) Kearney of Manassas, VA; 4 grandchildren, Niah Bassett, Alex, Brian, and Miranda Kearney. Larry is preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers, Kenneth & David. Visitation for Lay Ray Kearney will be from 5PM to 7PM, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral Services will be at 7PM, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home in Dongola is in charge of arrangements.




Hildegard Tindle

Hildegard Tindle, age 82, of Murphysboro, died at 5:02 am Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital. She was born February 11, 1931 to Otto and Anna Neumann in Germany. She married LeRoy “Mike” Tindle on March 9, 1955. He preceded her in death on January 8, 2001. She was a member of the Ladies Auxillary and the American Legion in Murphysboro. She loved to play bingo and loved gardening. She was a homemaker. Hildegard is survived by 2 daughters, Bernice (Timothy s.) Antrim of Murphysboro and Christina (Joseph) Hale; 2 sons, Jody Tindle of Carbondale and LeRoy “Skip” Tindle of Murphysboro; 4 granddaughters, Amber (Tim) McNeill of Murphysboro, Heidy (Sarah Walka) of West Frankfort, Sidney (Caleb) Phalin of Goreville and Linsey Tindle of Carbondale; 3 grandsons, Brady Smith & fiancé, Sandy Phu of SanDiego, CA, Cody Tindle and Dillon Rushing of Murphysboro; 2 sisters and a brother; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother and 2 sisters. Visitation will be Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. A Memorial Service for Hildegard Tindle will be Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Shirk officiating. Inurnment will be private at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorials can be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Joanne Lentz Allen

Sister Joanne (Lentz) Allen, age 57, of Beavercreek, OH, formerly of Tamms, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Sister Joanne was born July 2, 1956 in Anna, IL, the daughter of Rev. Joe and Rev. Wilma (Ackley) Lentz. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her baby sister: Cynthia Lentz. She graduated valedictorian from Egyptian High School in Tamms, IL She and her husband were Co-Pastors of the Safe House of Worship in Riverside, OH. She had played the piano, sang and served the Lord since she was 16 years old. She is survived by husband: Pastor Desi W. Allen, whom she married November 25, 1978; daughters: Heather (Bryan) Tyree of Bear, DE; and their children: Tristan, Bryce, Cayden and Aderah; Desha (Brian) Rose of Dayton, OH; and Paige (Jonathan) Elam of Beavercreek, OH; and their children: Sammy and Vinny; sisters: Pat Orsburn (John O'Connor) of Tamms, IL; Joyce (Martin) Huff of Cincinnati, OH; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at AHOP, 282 Stelton Road, Xenia, with Pastor Mark Maynard, Pastor Richard Blevins; and Sister Edna Wagers officiating. Friends may call Monday from 5-8 PM at AHOP and again Tuesday immediately prior to the service at the church. McColaugh Funeral Home in Xenia, is handling the Ohio arrangements. Services in Southern Illinois will take place at graveside at 1pm Thursday, Oct. 3, at Alto Pass Cemetery, Hwy 127 North, Alto Pass, IL with Rev. Roger Whelstone officiating. Friends and family will gather at the cemetery just prior to the graveside services. Crain Funeral Home of Tamms is in charge of the arrangements in Illinois. To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com




Robert Hart

Robert Lee Hart, age 56, of Herrin, died Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8:00AM at his residence. He was born in Creal Springs, IL to Raymond and Ellan (Jackson) Hart on December 29, 1957. He married Bonnie Brown on December 29, 2004. Robert enjoyed shooting pool, watching country western movies, and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; sons, John Curtis (Amanda) Haught, James Christopher Lee (Crystal) Haught all of Herrin; 4 grandchildren; brother-in-laws, Billy Ray (Martha) Brown of Rantoul, IL, Brian Edward (Judy) Martin of Herrin; sister-in-law, Brenda Kay (Jeff) Abell of Yucca Valley, CA,; siblings, Linda Holman of Marion, Edward Ray Hart of Herrin, Mary Simpson, Donna June Hart and Teresa Hart all of Marion; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Sue Ellen Hart, nephew Eddie Lee McGee, baby James Hart and 2 brother-in-laws, Bobby Allen Brown and Don Holman. Visitation will be Monday, September 30, 2013 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy. Funeral Services for Robert Hart will be Monday, September 30, 2013 at 1:00PM at the Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy with Rev. Mike LeMay officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the family to offset the funeral costs and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy is in charge of the arrangements.




Patty Powless Baker

Patty Powless Baker, 78, died on September 21 , 2013 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Pat was born on June 10, 1935 in Olive Branch, Ill the Daughter of Henry and Frieda Powless; She married Jimmie W. Baker on October 4, 1952. She spent her early-married years as an Air Force wife supporting her husband while he served our country. After they retired from the Air Force in 1975 they returned to Southern Illinois where they made their home. Pat drove a school bus for Egyptian School and also was at one time the owner of the Tamms Florist. She also served as a Pink Lady at St. Francis Hospital. Pat and Jim enjoyed Cardinals Baseball, traveling in their motor home spending winters in Florida and South Texas, making friends everywhere they went. Upon Jim’s death in 2009, Pat moved to Louisiana to be near her daughter. She was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Jimmie H. Baker of McClure, Il, daughter Cathi Burnham and husband Mike of Bossier City, LA, Grandchildren, J. J. Baker, Bradley Anderson and wife Shannon, Brittney Anderson and fiancé Rich Jacobson, and Brent Burnham. Great Grandchildren, Payton, Josh and Ashley and Great Great Grandchild Brylee. Brother Bill Powless of Tamms, Il, Jim’s Brother and Sister Mr. & Mr. A.G. Baker of Scott City, Mo and Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Phillips of McClure, Il; Daughter-in-Law Viola Baker of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and life long friends. Visitation for Pat will be from 11-1 Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Il Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 1:00 with Rev. Mark Kirk officiating. Interment will be in McCrite Cemetery. Memorials may be made to McCrite Cemetery or Sandy Creek Baptist Church. Alzheimer’s took Pat from her family over recent years even before the Lord took her home. The memory of her in better days will be cherished.




Vera Bellamy

Vera Bellamy, 98, of Olmsted, died at 4:40pm Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Capitol Care Nursing Home in Springfield. She was born Nov. 1, 1914 in Pulaski, IL, the daughter of Cecil and Flora (Easter) Bankson. She and Jesse Bellamy were married Apr. 16, 1940. They were married nearly 65 years when he died Mar. 20, 2005. Vera was a member of the Olmsted United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. During Jesse’s years of ministry in area Methodist Churches, Vera served by his side. She was a loyal friend, neighbor, and pastor’s wife. Her loving family includes her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Peter Holm of Springfield; 3 grandchildren, Matt, Josh, and Ben Holm; 4 great grandchildren, George, Hagen, Gemma, and Ian Holm; her sister-in-law Jean Bankson of Malvern, AR; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Besides her husband and parents, Vera was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Mannon, Abner, Virgil, and Warren Bankson. Visitation for Vera Bellamy will be from 4PM to 7PM on Saturday, Sept. 21 and from 12PM to 1:30PM Sunday, Sept. 22 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. Funeral services will be at 1:30PM at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin with Pastor Pete Ryan and Rev. Mindy Ferren officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Cemetery at Pulaski. Memorial contributions may be made to the Olmsted United Methodist Church, Liberty Cemetery or Shriners Children Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Jack Wayne Huppert, Sr.

Jack Wayne Huppert, Sr., age 77, of Carbondale, died Friday, September 20, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Murphysboro to William Jacob and Opal (Beasley) Huppert on December 1, 1935. He was owner and operator of Jack Huppert Excavating Service which was established in 1958. He was known by many truckers as “Grader Man Jack”. He retired June 2011 after 53 years of dedication and loyalty to his many customers. He married Myrtle Marie Hine on June 22, 1957. They share 56 years together. To this union two children were born, Jack Huppert, Jr., and Patricia Lynn (Trish) Huppert Biggs. Jack was a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church. He was also a member of two camping clubs, The Kamper's Club and The Klassy Kings, and a 50 year member of International Union of Operating Engineers since 1963. In early years he loved hunting, fishing and camping with friends and family. For a time he made beautiful handmade knives. He is adored by his grandkids and lovingly referred to as their “aggravating Grandpa”. Left to celebrate his life is his wife, Myrtle of Carbondale; a son Jack Jr. and wife Jaime of Murphysboro; a daughter and son -in-law, Patricia (Trish) and Doug Biggs of Carbondale; grandsons, Jack Huppert III (J.W.) and wife Jaclyn of Murphysboro; Logan and Landon Huppert of Murphysboro; granddaughters, Janell Huppert of Carbondale and Jessica Anderson and husband Anthony Anderson of DeSoto and a special great granddaughter, Julia Huppert, daughter of J.W. And Jaclyn; three brothers-in-law and wives, Silas (Si) and Katy Hine of Murphysboro, Malcolm (Mac) and Shyann Hine of Makanda and Steven and Linda Hine of Murphysboro; a brother-in-law, Calvin Overton of Chicago; many nieces, nephews, co-workers, very good friends and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Opal Marie Vaughn Farley and in-laws, Harry Kenneth and Beulah Hine. Visitation will be Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Walnut Street Baptist Church in Carbondale. Funeral Services for Jack Wayne Huppert, Sr., will be Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Walnut Street Baptist Church with Rev. Wes Henson and Rev. Robert Gray officiating. Interment will follow at the Murdale Gardens of Memory. Jack will be sadly missed by his immediate and extended family, many good friends, co-workers and all who knew him. Memorial contributions can be made to the Walnut Street Church Building Fund, 218 W. Walnut St., Carbondale, IL 62901. The family wishes to thank the nurses at Fresenius Medical Center and VNA TIP Health Care for their loving care during Jack's illness.




Ethel Powless Newman

Ethel Powless Newman, age 85, of Tamms, died at 11:34AM Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2103 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Alexander County, IL to Curtis and Zella (Martin) Carner. She married Jim Powless, he preceded her in death in 1983. Later she married Cliff Newman, he preceded her in death in 2000. Ethel owned and operated Ethel’s Village Florist in Tamms. She loved to cook and put that talent to work as a Riverboat cook for Luhr Brothers. Ethel loved hummingbirds, fishing and flower gardening. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon ( Don) Laster of Jonesboro; son, Kenneth Honey of Tamms; granddaughter, Chris Honey of Knoxville, TN; 3 grandsons, Robert (Kim) Honey of Smyrna, TN, Mark (Andi) Laster of Anna, Neil (Renee) Laster of Anna; 3 great-grandchildren, Jackson, Allie and Ainsley; Nieces and Nephews; dear friend, Dean Robison of Ullin; other relatives and friends. Ethel preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Jim Powless and Cliff Newman, 3 brothers, Howard, Cecil and Henry Carner. Visitation for Ethel Powless Newman will be Thursday, Sept 19 from 5PM to 8PM at Crain Funeral Home Tamms. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept 20 at 10AM at Crain Funeral Home Tamms with Rev. Danny McFarland officiating. Interment will follow at McCrite Cemetery in Tamms. Crain Funeral Home Tamms is in charge of arrangements.




Kenneth LaWesley "Wesley" Rhymer

Kenneth LaWesley “Wesley” Rhymer, age 78, of Dongola, died at 5:00PM, Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013 at home. Wesley was born Sept 8, 1935 to Jessie and Alberta (Johnson) Rhymer in Elco. He married Betty Mae Hutchison April 15, 1953. He was the owner of Dongola Tin Shop & Rhymers Plumbing in Vienna. Dongola school board member, Dongola City Council and member of Friendship Baptist Church. Wesley loved baseball and was an avid player in his younger years. He enjoyed goose hunting, gardening and square dancing. Survivors include his wife Betty Rhymer of Dongola, 2 sons, William (Terrie) Rhymer of Dongola and Kenneth (Tammy) Rhymer of Tunnel Hill; 2 daughters, Dianna (Billy) Schultz and Sue (Tom ) Schultz all of Cypress; 13 grandchildren, Travis (Mindy) Schultz, Stacy (Chris) Browning, Dustin (April) Rhymer, Michael (Bobbie) Schultz, Stante Schultz, Curtis (Destiny) Rhymer, LaWesla (John) Matlock, Warrant Officer Andrew (Valerie) Rhymer, Nathan Rhymer, Rebecca (Jamie) Yates, Jeffery (Hannah) Schultz, Bridgett Rhymer and Courtney Rhymer; 31 great-grandchildren, siblings, Barbara Foster, Mary Williams, Erma Story, Marion Lewis Stevens, Aaron Stevens, Pat Warner, Alberta Stevens, and Charles Johnson; nieces, nephews and other relatives; faithful friend “Joey” his cocker spaniel. Wesley is preceded in death by his parents and 8 brothers and 5 sisters. Visitation will be from 5PM to 8PM on Sept 19, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Sept 20, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home Dongola with Rev. Jay Franklin officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Dongola. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Gerald "Jerry" Hardin

Gerald “Jerry” Hardin, age 78, of Cape Girardeau, MO, formerly of Olive Branch, IL, died Monday, September 9, 2013 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born January 4, 1935 to James Hardin and Grethel Hopkins Hardin in Olive Branch, IL. Jerry was a certified mechanic and truck driver. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Hardin of Paducah, KY; 2 sisters, June Heindricks of Chesterfield, IL, Ruth Crawford of Highlandville, MO; 3 brothers, Don Hardin of Bland, MO, Gordon Hardin of St. Louis, MO and Randall Hardin of Seattle, WA; 2 great grandsons and 4 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tera Borders, and 5 brothers, James, William, Cecil, Jackie and Sydney. Memorial Services for Gerald “Jerry” Hardin will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11:00 am at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.




Arietta Farthing

Arietta Farthing, age 75, of Sparta, died Monday, September 16, 2013 at 12:09 am in the Chester Memorial Hospital. She was born to James Joshua and Minnie (Hargis) Coleman on August 8, 1938. She married Ronald Roy Farthing on October 20, 1979. He preceded her. Arietta is survived by 2 daugthers, Robin Dakin of Cape Girardeau, MO and Rhonda Schimpf of Chester; a son, Rex Dakin of FL; 5 grandsons, David McDaniel of Sparta; Chris Chambers of Sparta; Jessie Dakin, Rex Dakin, Jr. and Nathan Dakin, all of Salem, MO; 4 granddaughters, Alyssa Chambers of Spokane, WA; Kathlyn Blakeslee of Sparta, Estelle Dakin of Cape Girardeau, MO; and Brandy Dakin of TX; a sister-in-law, Deborah (Charlie) Kelley of Sparta, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Joshua and Minnie Coleman, her husband, Ronald Farthing, an infant son, Rodney Dakin, 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral Services for Arietta Farthing will be Friday, September 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Johns Cemetery in Dongola. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.




Robert C. Dettenbach

Robert C. Dettenbach, 88, of East Alton, Ill. passed away Friday, September 6, 2013 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Ill. He was born June 19, 1925 in East St. Louis, Ill. to Clement and Mina (Cruse) Dettenbach. He married Jane Brown on July 5, 1952 in Thebes, Ill. He worked as a laborer foreman at Laclede Steel and was a WW II veteran who served in the 82nd and 101st Airborne. He is survived by his wife Jane Dettenbach of East Alton; daughter and son in law, Cona and Alan Nanney; grandsons and their wives, Adam and Amanda and Eric and Leah Nanney; great grandchildren Ariana, Briella and Robert Nanney all of Highland, Ill. and a brother Frank Dettenbach of Anna, Ill. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Paynic Home for Funerals in East Alton. Services will be held 10 a.m. at Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice. Online guestbook available at www.paynicfh.com also online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com .




Joseph Lanzi

Joseph Lanzi, age 91, of Carbondale, formerly of Ellwood City, PA; Mentor, OH; and Sarasota, FL, died Monday, September 9, 2013 at his residence. He was born February 23, 1922 to Nicholas and Fannie (Rubino) Lanzi in Ellwood City, PA. He married Eleanor Bilo and she preceded him in death in January of 1969. He then married Sandra Bremser on August 1, 1970. Joseph proudly served his country in the Army Air Force as a Sargent in World War II and served in the South Pacific and Japan. He had attended the Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA and Pittsburgh University. He was a School Administrator and Teacher in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. He was a member of the Murphysboro United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Lanzi of Carbondale; a son, David (Annmarie) Lanzi of Spring City, TN, a daughter, Andilee Warner of Chattanooga, TN; 9 grandchildren, Matthew (Michelle) Lanzi of Perry, OH; Nick Lanzi of St. Louis,MO; Eric (Adelina) Snell of Royal Palm Beach, FL; Jessie Jo Warner of Carbondale; Brandy Warner of Ava; Ashly Lanzi of Florida; Anthony Lanzi of TN; Savannah Warner of Martin, TN; and Lydia Thornburg of Carbondale; 3 great-grandchildren, Gianna Lanzi of Perry, Ohio; Evelyn Taylor of Ava and Logan Snell of Royal Palm Beach, FL; other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Eleanor, 2 sons, Darryl Lanzi and William Warner and a sister, Budsie Lanzi. Visitation will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Memorial Services for Joseph Lanzi will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Gilbert officiating with military rites being accorded. A Graveside Service will be Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Locust Grove Cemetery, Ellwood City, PA with the Rev. Jim Cannistraci officiating. Inurnment will follow with military honors being provided by the Veteran's Honor Guard of Beaver and Lawrence Counties. Memorials can be made to the Murphysboro United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home.




Colleen Corzine Garrott

Colleen Corzine Garrott, 96, of Anna, died at 3:00am Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Union County Nursing Home. Born Thelma Colleen Corzine on Oct. 8, 1916, she was one of 6 children of James Earl and Sarah Elnora Howell Corzine. She was born and raised in the Balcom Community. She attended Balcom School and graduated from Anna-Jonesboro High School in 1934. After high school, she worked at the International Shoe Company in Anna until World War II. During the war, she joined forces with other American women to work in factories in St Louis and Indianapolis assembling airplane parts. She worked a short time in an ordinance plant in Carterville loading bomb shells. She left that job when she was sickened by the lead used in the shells. In June 1945 her childhood friend and high school sweetheart returned from overseas, where he had been a prisoner of war. Colleen married Oard Orrin Garrott on June 30, 1945. The Garrotts returned to Union County and Mr. Garrott taught high school agriculture at Cobden. In 1951, he was called back into the Air Force. During this time, Colleen “saw parts of the United States she had never dreamed of seeing as a child.” A highlight of her life was living in Nancy, France and visiting Europe while her husband was stationed overseas. She volunteered in the Officers’ Wives Club and used her Red Cross nurses training volunteering in base hospitals. In 1959 they returned to Anna and O.O. Garrott taught industrial arts at Anna Junior High. Colleen took part in community activities such as Junior Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Colleen has been a member of Big Creek Baptist Church since childhood. She taught Bible Class, Sunday School, VBS and served in the nursery for many years. Her loving family includes sister-in-law Iris Garrott Hight, 4 nieces and 5 nephews: Barbara Boyd Bauer, Jane Boyd Gimble, Collin Boyd, Kenneth L. Corzine, Jane Ellen Corzine Julien, James G. Corzine, Kevin Corzine, Patricia Colleen Corzine, Sandra McCrory Willis, and David Hight; 27 great nieces and nephews; 35 great great nieces and nephews; and 7 great great great nieces and nephews; as well as many friends, care givers and a loving community who affectionately called her Aunt Colleen. Colleen grieved the loss of her beloved husband O. Orrin Garrott in 1978, her mother and father, 2 brothers Kenneth and James Corzine; 3 sisters, Vivian Boyd and Betty Snyder, and baby Emma Jane Corzine; niece Floella Corzine Sykes; 1 great niece, and 1 great great niece. Visitation will be from 5-8 Monday, Sept. 9, and 10-11 Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. A celebration of Colleen’s life will be at 11am Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Crain Funeral Home, Anna-Jonesboro. Rev. Arlena Corzine will officiate at the service and be assisted by Bro. Larry Miller and Mrs. Geri Manus. Interment will follow in Anna City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Union County Hospital Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship Fund, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.




Wally Cagle

Wally Cagle, age 92, of Marion, formerly of Augusta, GA, died at 10:34AM on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Herrin Hospital. He was born on March 3, 1921 in Williamson County, the son of Vince and Agnes (Wallace) Cagle. A carpenter all his working life, he helped build two nuclear plants. One in Northern IL, and one near Atlanta, GA. He owned his own home building company. Wally served in the Navy during WWII in the African invasion, multiple landings in the pacific and during the occupation of Japan. He earned 10 Battle stars. Wally was a happy go lucky guy. He took life as it came with no complaints. He was an easy going, fun loving man. He had a personality that was sweet and kind to all who loved him! Mostly he had an everlasting love for his youngest sister, Violette. He is survived by 1 special sister, Violette (Cagle) Hindman of Marion;1 son, Larry Wayne Cagle of Sherwood, Arkansas; 2 nephews, John Patrick (Judy) Giles of Thompsonville, IL and Perry Rex (Sherri) Hindman of Murfreesboro, TN; 4 nieces, Lela Jones of Johnston City IL, Agnes (Arthur) Pingolt of Stauton, IL, Sue (Bob) Baggott of Ft. Worth, TX and Marlene Shy of St. Louis, MO;2 great nephews, Jonathan Giles of Thompsonville, IL and Richard(Rachel)Jones of Johnston City, IL; 1 great great-nephew Logan Giles of Thompsonville, IL; and 2 great great-nieces, Riley Giles and Allison Giles, both of Thompsonville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 sisters; 1 brother; 2 nephews. A Memorial Service for Wally Cagle will be held Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at 1:00PM in Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy with Rev. John Patrick Giles(nephew) officiating, with burial in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation for Wally Cagle will be Friday, September 6, from 12:00 to 1:00PM at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy.




Tom Peterson

Tom Peterson, age 63, of Dongola, died at 9:03PM on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at his residence. He was born on October 15, 1949 in Anna, the son of Robert E. and Ola (Houseman) Peterson. He married Janie Wright on January 11, 1968, she survives. Tom was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dongola. He was an avid golfer and a hunter. Tom enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Janie Peterson; 3 sons, Jeff (Katie) Peterson, Jody (Cherie) Peterson, Travis (Mitzi) Peterson; 6 grandchildren, Taylor Peterson, Valerie Peterson, Abigail Peterson, Alyssa Peterson, Josiah Peterson, Owen Peterson; mother & father-in-law, Les (Margie) Wright; brother-in-law, Les (Barb) Wright; niece, Nicole (Jeremy) Roach; friend (like a son) David (Amy) Johnston and many other sweet friends who were just like family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ola Peterson. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 5-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10AM. with Rev. Travis Peterson officiating. Interment will follow at American Legion Cemetery in Dongola. Memorial contributions may be made to TIP Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Elizabeth Jensen

Elizabeth Jensen, age 97, of Murphysboro, died at 4:02 pm on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at her home. She was born July 26, 1916 in Walpole, IL to Charles and Savanna (McRoy) Henson. She was the owner and operator of Liz Beauty Salon. She was a member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Murphysboro Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Murphysboro VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to quilt with the ladies from the St. Andrews Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Jean and Carroll “Buddy” Dobbs of Murphysboro; three grandson's, Danny C. Dobbs of Murphysboro; Larry S. (Paola) Dobbs of Santa Monica, CA; and Michael T. (Nancy) Dobbs of St. Louis, MO; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Savanna McRoy, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Services were private for Elizabeth Jensen. Inurnment was at the Murdale Gardens of Memory. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




Bob Crain

Bob Crain, 77, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at home following a brief illness. He was born October 25, 1935 in Cairo to George C. and Marguerite Throgmorton Crain. He married Elaine Vick on June 8, 1957. A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 57 years, Bob devoted his career from 1956-1999 to serving families of the area at Crain Funeral Homes & Cemeteries. He was very proud to see the family tradition carried on by his children and grandchildren. In addition to serving families in the capacity of funeral director and cemeterian, up until 1974 he provided ambulance services as well. From 1967-1974 he was a partner in the M/C Shop in Anna. Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale and a 50 year member of Anna Lodge #520 AF & AM. He served on the Anna State Bank board of directors from 1973-2007. During his working years he was active in Chamber of Commerce, and he had served in the Illinois National Guard. Kiwanis was an important part of his early life and served in all capacities with the local Anna Kiwanis Club and then as Lt. Gov. of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa district 1976-77. Bob had a passion for the antiquities, collecting antique carpentry tools and acquiring and restoring a 1937 Henney-Oldsmobile ambulance/hearse combination, comparable to the first new vehicle owned by his parents. In their retirement years, Bob & Elaine enjoyed spending part of their time in Hot Springs Village, AR, where they developed many friendships, relaxed and played golf. Historic St. Anne’s Church was a passion of Bob & Elaine, and over the last 12 years they were active in the restoration and improvements as well as supporting the P.A.S.T. organization. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Bryan and Stacey Crain, daughter, Amy Crain and Shawn Miller; 5 grandchildren, Ashley and fiancée Lane Patterson, Andrew, Graydon, Blake and Ethan; brother, Bill and Sharon Crain; niece Allison (Joey) Turner, nephew Joe (Ann) Crain, great-nephews Will & Rob Turner and Thomas Crain, great-niece Megan Crain. Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms and on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral Services for Bob Crain will be Sunday at 3:00 pm at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with the Rev. Alan Rhein officiating. Entombment services will be at 4:00pm Sunday at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Scott Harner officiating with flag presentation by Illinois Honor Guard. Memorials can be made to the St. Anne’s Foundation, and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Georgia Lee Caudle

Georgia Lee Caudle, 95 of Olmsted, died at 10:37AM Sunday, Sept. 1 at her residence. Georgia was born July 17, 1918 in Olmsted, IL to Irvin Eastwood and Rena (Britt) Eastwood. She married Louis Caudle. She was a member of World Harvest Church of Paducah, KY. She attended United Methodist in Olmsted. Georgia retired from Chicago Board of Education in 1978. Survivors include son Jerrell (Barbara Ann) Caudle of Olmsted; 3 grandsons, Jeff (Candi) Caudle of Grand Chain, IL, Kevin (Jackie) Caudle of Grant Park, IL and Steven (Patty) Caudle of Lowell, IN; 1 granddaughter, Desiree (Mitch) Helm of Metropolis, IL; 6 great-granddaughters, Meghan (Carey) Morin and Jessica (Kory) Kebert both of Monee, IL, Ashley Caudle of Crown Point, IN, Kristin (Landon) Bremer of Metropolis, Samantha Caudle of Lowell, IN and Peyton Helm of Metropolis; 4 great-great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Rena (Orville) Kinney of Olmsted, Jeannette Wienecke of Kansas City, MO, and Irma Slack of Plymouth, IN; dear friend Barbara Caudle of Metropolis, nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was proceeded in death by her parents, 1 daughter, Rebecca Barg, infant brother Dale. Visitation for Georgia Caudle will be 5-8PM, Tuesday, Sept 3 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. Services will be held 11AM Wednesday, Sept 4 at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin with Pastor Chris Cody officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Hill Cemetery Pulaski and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Doris Marie Grigsby

Doris Marie Grigsby, 79, of Tamms, died at 1:40a.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born April 26, 1934 in Grand Chain, IL, the daughter of Roy and Violet (Ablett) Minor. Doris loved to cook, and collected cookbooks and was known for her potato salad. Doris was a waitress at The Goose Pit. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Charles Grigsby of Tamms; 3 daughters, Karen (Jim) Goodman of Mt. Vernon, WA, Deborah Ablett-Minor of Anna, and Vicki (David) Taylor of Jonesboro; 1 son, Steven Earl Harp of Sedro Woolley, WA; step-son, Kevin (Susan) Grigsby of Anna; step-daughter, Kimberly (Tom) Glaab of Tamms; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her infant children Janet Lee Harp and David Wayne Bosecker, 3 brothers, Paul Minor, Sr. ,Robert Minor and Raymond Minor, Sr. Visitation will be on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11a.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Clark Short. Interment will follow at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens.




Lowell Raymond Williamson

Lowell Raymond Williamson, age 60 of Ava, who was a kind and generous soul, departed from us on Monday, August 19th 2013 in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.  He was surrounded by his close and loving family.   For many, his passing creates a void that can never be filled. Lowell was a registered organ donor; he has made it possible for others to receive the precious gift of life. Lowell entered the world on December 7th, 1952 in Butte, Montana, the son of Russell Melvin and Rhea Louis (Olin) Williamson.  He married Madeline Kay Asbury on June 14th, 1975 at the Church of the Nazarene in Carbondale. Lowell served his country honorably while enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He worked at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in the Information Technology Department for many years.  He leaves behind many close friends and associates. Growing up in Southern Illinois, Lowell was a country boy at heart.  He spent his free time with family, camping and playing Bluegrass music with friends, and gardening. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents Russell Melvin and Rhea Lois Williamson. He is survived by his wife Madeline Kay (Asbury) Williamson, two daughters, Elicia (Williamson) Gillis and her husband Mike of Reedsville, WI., and Amber Williamson of Murphysboro, 3 grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, and Natasha Cavanaugh of Reedsville, Wis. He also leaves behind one sister, Laura Sims of Murphysboro, and 3 brothers, Byron Williamson and his wife Barbara of Carbondale, Nolan Williamson of Carbondale, and Timothy Williamson of San Francisco, CA., 2 sisters-in-law, Jaunita (Asbury) Kimmel and her husband Wayne and Lee (Neighbors) Chancey and her husband Chris and several nieces and nephews.  Throughout his lifetime Lowell made many close friends and acquaintances, he will be sadly missed by all. Visitation will be Friday, August 23, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home and on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 1:00 pm until the hour of service. Funeral services for Lowell Raymond Williamson will be Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with the Rev. Shaker Samuel officiating.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Military Rites will be accorded.




Ruth S. Cheek

Ruth S. Cheek, age 93, of Ullin, died at 2:27AM on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at her home. She was born on March 1, 1920 in New Goshen, IN, the daughter of Edward and Iva (Boatman) Swadener. She married Robert Cheek on February 19, 1942. He preceded her in death on July 31, 2002. Ruth was a member Wetaug Church of Christ. She operated Cheek Shell in Ullin with her husband, Robert and in 1966 they built the station at the I-57 exit which they further added in 1975 Cheeko’s Restaurant and in 1986 the Best Western Cheekwood Inn. Her community involvement included 4H leader, Ullin Civic Club, and Founder of the Robert Cheek Community Center in Ullin. Survivors include her 2 sons, Larry (Darline) Cheek and David (Debra) Cheek all of Ullin; 5 daughters, Linda (Tom) Gibbons-Crunkilton of Columbus OH, Donna (Walter) Wear of Energy, Loretta Tacker of Marion, AR, Carol (Stan)Wolfe of Garland, TX, and Debra (Leon) Dexter of Ullin; 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; twin-brother, Robert (Wilma) Swadener of East Peoria, 2 nieces and 2 nephews and other relatives. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, 2 son-in-laws, Larry Gibbons, John Tacker, and brother Don Swadener. Visitation will be on Friday, August 23 from 5-9PM and on Saturday, August 24 until the service at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 1PM at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin with Ronnie Gulley officiating. Interment will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Chistian Chapel Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.








Dearriel "Barney" Holbrook

Dearriel “Barney” Holbrook, age 94, of Carbondale, died at 2:40 pm Monday, August 19, 2013 at his home. He was born January 25, 1919 to Oscar and Lena (Webb) Holbrook in Elizabethtown, IL. He married Eldoee Garland in 1937. She preceded him in death on November 12, 1978. He then married Melva Lou Caraway. Barney proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II as as U.S. Navy Machinist Mate from 1943 to 1945. He was employed by the Illinois State Police from 1941 to 1943. He was also employed by the Crystal Flourspin Mining Company. He as a member of Masonic Lodge #144 in Rosiclair, IL. He retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Barney is survived by his loving wife, Melva Holbrook of Carbondale, a son, Dennis (Toni L.) Holbrook of Murphysboro; a granddaughter, Heather (Jason) Knez of Milwaukee, WI; 2 great-grandsons, Jaren and Graden Knez of Milwaukee, WI; a niece, Mary Beth Sheridan of St. Louis, MO; a stepdaughter, Debbie (Dick) Essex of Harlinger, TX; a step-granddaugther, Megan Fielder of Harlinger, TX; a step-grandson, Jason Salyards of Harlinger, TX; other relatives and many friends. Services for Dearriel “Barney” Holbrook were private. Interment was at the Murdale Gardens of Memory. Memorials can be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.




JoAnn Ashman

Jo Ann Ashman, 80, of Murphysboro, died August 17, 2013 at 6:30p.m. at her residence. She was born in Murphysboro, Illinois on October 18 1932 to Ronald and Opal (Prost) Williams in Murphysboro. She married Donald J. Ashman in March, 1962. He preceded her in death on December 15, 1995. She was a member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church. Jo Annwas employed by Illinois Electric and Gas Company of Murphysboro for many years. She also worked for Kraft Plumbing Company of Murphysboro as a office manager. She enjoyed her family and friends, when her grandkids came to visit she was delighted. She loved gardening, cooking, sewing and yard work. Jo Ann loved watching her grankids play sports. When at home she enjoyed the Cardinal baseball games. Jo Ann is survived by 3 daughters, Paula (David) Craig, Kelly (Mike) Ashman-Raney and Tracy (William) Reardon, all of Murphysboro; a son, Mack Ashman of Olive Branch; 2 step children, Debbie Ashman-Wright of Carbondale and Scott Ashman of Marion; 6 granddaughters, Amanda Jo Reardon of O’Fallon, Madison Craig of Murphysboro, Ashley Nichole Griffin-Burkey of Murphysboro, Lacey Dusch of DuQuoin, Ariah Guildhausen and Addison Ashman of Olive Branch; 6 grandsons, Garrett Reardon of Ft. Campbell, KY, Christopher Reardon, Benjamin Talley, Dylan Craig, Dalton Craig, all of Murphysboro and Aaron Craig of Marion, 6 great-grandchildren, Kelton Brinker, Kamah Burkey, both of Murphysboro, Layne Pyron, Jacedyn Reed, Jamourous Reed, all of DuQuoin, and Ledger Craig of Marion; 2 sisters, Mary Jean Williams and Melba Jane Glidewell of Murphysboro, close niece Cindy Penrod Ponce, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be Monday August 19, 2013, from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Interment will be private at a later date at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorials can be made to the Passages Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Ruby Holshouser Hargrove

Ruby Holshouser Hargrove, 89, of Tamms, died at 12:32p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Feb. 5, 1924 in Diswood, IL, the daughter of Millard and Rosa (Miller) Henderson. Ruby was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. She is survived by 2 daughters, Evelyn (Jim) Caldwell of Thebes, Ann Houser of Chicago, 4 sons, Ray (Donna) Holshouser of Jonesboro, Bob (Sandy) Holshouser of Woodridge, David Holshouser of Marion, Ronnie (Jodene) Holshouser of Jackson, MO, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Victor Holshouser and Ed Hargrove, her parents, and son, Jackie Ray Holshouser, and siblings Asa, Eli, Jerry, Chris, Gert, Iva, Ernie, Lee, Clyde, and Dora. Visitation will be on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral services will be on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Jimmie Monahan officiating. Interment will follow at Miller Cemetery near Tamms. Memorial Contributions may be made to Miller Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com




Howard "Hawk" Thomas

Howard “Hawk” Thomas, age 69, of Cape Girardeau died at 11:00pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at his home. He was born on October 24, 1943 in Malden, MO to Howard and Maude Thomas. He married Jane Farrow on March 28, 2003. “Hawk” was a member of Teamsters Local Union 600 in Cape Girardeau. He retired from Bunny Bread after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Egypt Mills Antique Tractor Club. He is survived by his wife Jane of Cape Girardeau, 3 children; John of Florida, Lori of Oklahoma and Stephen of Jackson, MO, several grandchildren, his father, Howard Thomas of Cape Girardeau, 1 sister, Sherry Barker of Washington, 2 brothers, George Thomas of Cape Girardeau and James Thomas of Indiana, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Family and friends may gather from 10:00am until the time of service, Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Memorial Services for Howard “Hawk” Thomas will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Joyce M. Clippard

Joyce M. Clippard, age 84, of Cape Girardeau formerly of Springfield, VA, died at 10:50PM, Friday, August 9, 2013 at her home. She was born on November 28, 1928 in Addlestone, Surrey England to James and Dorothy Bennett. She married James E. Clippard on December 17, 1949. Joyce was a loving wife and mother and a devoted homemaker. She is survived by her husband James of Cape Girardeau, her children James, Jillian and John, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 1 sister. Services will be held at a later date in Springfield, VA. Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and will be accepted at the funeral home. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of local arrangements.




A.B. Mifflin

A.B. (Albert Bryan) Mifflin, age 86, a resident of Carbondale died Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Wadley Regional Medical Center at Texarkana, TX. He was born at his home in Sand Ridge, Illinois on April 16, 1927 to Ernest and Ethel (Bryan) Mifflin. A graduate from Belleville Township High School, Belleville, Illinois, in 1944, he attended Southern Illinois Normal University one year before entering military service in 1945. While in military service he married Aline May Senteney, of Granite City, Illinois, August 18, 1945. They met while both were members of the university's choral group. He returned to Southern Illinois University in 1948 following two years in service, earning both baccalaureate and master's degrees. He served an additional two years, 1948 to 1950 in the Illinois National Guard, and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation from 1950 to 1954 as engineering draftsman and then as a sales representative for the Missourian Printing Company until he joined the staff at SIU in March 1957. He continued at the university until retirement in 1988 as Director of University Graphics and Publications. He returned as a consultant in University Relations for an additional eleven years, retiring the second time in 1999. A member of the University Baptist Church, he and his wife became members in March 1950 while the congregation still met in a store building on North Illinois Avenue. Both he and his wife were active in church programs, participating in the volunteer labor forces during which time the building at 700 South Oakland Street was built. He served as a deacon and held several positions of responsibility, including Music Director for which he served a total of twenty-five years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Aline Mifflin, his parents, sisters, Dorothy Douglas and Mary Curtis, and a brother, Guy Mifflin. He is survived by a son, Michael Wayne Mifflin of Alto Pass and his daughter, Keeley Folan of Ft. Wayne, IN; a daughter, Rebecca Jean Mifflin and her daughter, Mikala Mifflin of Texarkana, Texas; 2 nieces, Sarah Taylor of Dallas, TX and Karen Douglas of Bellevue Washington and a nephew, Philip (Lynn) Curtis and their family of Wylie, Texas, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be Friday, August 16, 2013 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the University Baptist Church. Funeral Services for A.B. Mifflin will be Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:00 am at the University Baptist Church with the Rev. John Annable officiating. Entombment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Military Rites will be accorded. Memorials can be made to the University Baptist Church and will be accepted at the services and/or at the funeral home




James Morris Holcomb

James Morris Holcomb, age 60, of Dongola, died at 2:06PM on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at his residence. He was born on December 2, 1952 in Anna, the son of Russell Leo and Ella Maxine (Daniels) Holcomb. He was married to Debbie Swink, she survives. James retired from Holcomb Welding. He served his country honorably in the US Army. Fishing, hunting, woodworking and restoring old vehicles were some of his favorite past-times. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Holcomb; his mother Ella Maxine Carstens; 4 daughters, Candace Holcomb, Rebecca (Kelly) Patrick, Leslie (Scott) Samples, and Bobbie (Michael) Schultz; 10 grandchildren; a brother Barry (Teresa) Holcomb and his parents-in-law Don & Betty Swink; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father Russell Leo Holcomb and his brother Ronald Leo Holcomb. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 6-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be private and will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Reverend Jay Franklin will be officiating and military honors will be conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Team. Memorial contributions may be made to TIP Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Lucille Ann Parrish

Lucille Ann Parrish, age of 93, of Carbondale, died at 10:05 pm Thursday, August 8, 2013 in the Century Assisted Living Center. She was born June 9, 1920 to Adolph and Ada (Eisenhauer) Endres in Vergennes. Lucille married Ira Parrish on October 4, 1941. She is survived by her husband, Ira of Carbondale, 2 sons, Rodney Parrish and Kent (Sally) Parrish, both of Carbondale, 3 grandsons, Mark Parrish and Nathan Parrish of Carbondale and Ryan Parrish of Chicago, other relatives and many friends. Private Graveside Services will be held. Interment will be at the Murdale Gardens of Memory. Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Roy Edward Morgan

Roy Edward Morgan, age 78, of Carbondale, formerly of Colp, died at 2:59 am on Monday, August 5, 2013 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born October 10, 1934 to Luther and Agnes (Jackson) Morgan in Johnston City, IL. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a factory worker and also enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Roy is preceded in death by his parents, a brother and 2 sisters. Visitation will be Friday, August 9, 2013, from 10:30 – 11:00 am at the Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel. Funeral Services for Roy Edward Morgan will be Friday, August 9, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Crain Funeral Home in Egyptian Chapel with Chaplain Mike Lemay officiating. Full Military Rites will be accorded. Interment will follow at a later date at the Egyptian Memorial Gardens. Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel is in charge of arrangements.




Lois Sheffer

Lois Sheffer, 95, died peacefully on Thursday, August 1st at Willowcrest Nursing Pavillion in Sandwich IL, with her family at her side. She was born October 7, 1917 in Dongola IL, the only child of Hallie and Ina Clifford. She married Charlie Sheffer on August 13, 1938 and they had one son, Lannie. Lois was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She always had a very warm and ready laugh and a witty sense of humor. She always welcomed anyone into her home. Lois loved dogs of all shapes and sizes. She is survived by her granddaughter, Pam (Terry) Olson and grandsons;Scott (Tracie) Sheffer of Sandwich and Brian Sheffer of Yorkville; great grandchildren, Jake Byro of Plano, Erik(Ali) Byro of Baltimore, MD; Dan (Jennifer Hicks) Stockham of Somonauk, Andrea (Braulio) Ortega and Gina (Jacob Gottberg) Sheffer, of Sandwich; Skyler and Bree Sheffer of Yorkville and Jesse Phillips of Batavia; three great-great grandchildren with two more on the way; Brian Sheffer and the late Terri Sheffer’s mother, Joan Sheffer, of Oswego. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Charlie; son, Lannie; granddaughters Dee Stockham and Terri Sheffer; and Pam, Dee and Scott’s mother, June Sheffer Linder. Visitation will be at Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich, IL on Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 6-8pm and at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola on Monday August 12, 2013 from 9- 10am. Graveside services will follow at American Legion Cemetery in Dongola, IL. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the staff of Willow Crest, who were all so loving, and to Unity Hospice, especially Nikki Gates, CNA and Beth Houser, RN for the wonderful care provided to Lois. Crain Funeral Home of Dongola is in charge of arrangements.




Jacquie Eddleman

Jacquie Eddleman, 77, of Dongola, died at 11:28PM Friday, August 2, 2013 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau after a short illness. She was born on February 22, 1936 in Dongola, IL, the daughter of Frank & Helen Marie (Plott) Kimber. She married Jack Eddleman on June 15, 1957, he survives. Jacquie earned a Bachelor’s Degree from SIUC in 1958. She later earned a Master’s Degree and PhD from SIUC, during which time she taught at Royalton High School for 1 year and Dongola High School for 10 years. Upon her completion of her PhD, she took a job at SIUC where she taught, conducted researched, and served as a principal investigator for an externally funded project in the field of Early Childhood Education until her retirement in 1992. Upon retirement, Jacquie stayed very busy, as she served on a number of local, state and national agency advisory councils including: Cooperative Extension, Union County Hospital, and Illinois Barn Alliance. An animal lover, she was a founding member of PAWS. Starting in 1960, she averaged about 35 dogs and 25 cats at any one time that she was caring for at her home. She was an Americorps VISTA Volunteer, and Americorps Promise Fellow. She is survived by her husband, Jack; 1 brother Robert Kimber of Dongola; sister-in-law Carolyn (Joe) Frick of Jonesboro; 1 nephew Brian Joe Frick; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one aunt, Elaine Rushing. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 5-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola and Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 12-1PM at First Lutheran Church of Dongola, where funeral will follow at 1 PM with Rev. Tim Heinecke officiating. Inurnment will be later at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to PAWS and will be accepted at the funeral home and church. Crain Funeral Home in Dongola is in charge of the arrangements.




Gabriel Kyle Hauenstein

Gabriel Kyle Hauenstein of Marion, died July 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Gabriel is survived by his parents, Kyle and Naarah (Lindsay) Hauenstein of Marion, two brothers, Joshua and Caden of Marion, maternal grandparents, Steven & Priscilla Lindsay of Rapid City, SD; paternal grandparents, Robert & Deana Hauenstein of Mediapolis, IA; maternal great-grandparents, Jim & Juanita Lindsay of Marion and Robert & Donna App of South Elgin; paternal great- grandparents, Everett & Doris Hauenstein of Wayland, IA; two uncles, Korey Hauenstein of Aurora, CO and Ethan (Sarah) Lindsay of Mundelein; two aunts, Katrisha (Brandon) Rinnan of Aurora, Co and Rachel (Benjamin)Dufault of Akin, SC, other relatives and friends. Private Graveside Services were held Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Egyptian Memorial Gardens. Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel at Energy is in charge of arrangements.




Michael Greenway

Michael Greenway, 45, of Anna, died at 1:07PM Friday, July 26, 2013 at Union County Hospital. He was born on May 14, 1968 in Paris, IL, the son of Robert Albert and Sandra Lynn (Simmons) Smith. Michael proudly served in the US Navy. He worked as a bus driver for SMART transportation. He enjoyed spending time with his companion, Karen. He is survived by 1 sister, Angela (Billy) Williams of Cairo; 1 brother, Chris Smith, of Paris, IL; his girlfriend, Karen Poole of Anna; nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and one niece, Patricia Kay Griffin. Visitation will be on Thursday , August 1, 2013 from 10AM and until the funeral hour at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Billy Williams officiating. Military honors at the funeral home will be conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post#3455 and the Illinois Honor Guard. Private burial will be at Mound City National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crain Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Louis Wayne Maze

Louis Wayne Maze, age 80, of Olive Branch, died at 4:25PM on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at his residence. He was born on June 30, 1933 in Tamms, the son of Jonah and Dallzey (Dunn) Maze. He was married to Doris Ammons. Louis was a member of the Horseshoe Lake Chamber of Commerce, and had served 2 terms as county commissioner. He was owner and operator of Louis Motors. He previously worked as a truck driver and deputy at the Alexander County Courthouse. He served his country honorably for more than 20 years in the US Army, having served during the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He was married to his wife Doris for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, Doris Maze; his children, Michael, David, Danny, Gary and Paul Maze and Judy Wanner; Doris’s children, Kay Emeson, Karen O’Connor and Debbie Julich; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sister, Beatrice Sronce. He was preceded in death by his parents; his child, Roger Maze; Doris’s child, Bill Sumerour; 1 brother Bob Dillman; and his stepfather, Roy Dillman. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 5-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 1PM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. David Maze officiating. Interment will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Judith Sue Coleman

Judith Sue Coleman, age 72, of Elco, died at 4:15AM on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born on December 10, 1940 in Cairo, the daughter of Miles and Roberta (Cantrell) Coleman. She was a member of the Elco Methodist Church, where she had been organist and song leader. She was a graduate of Alexander County Central High School and McKendree College where she majored in music. She is survived by 1 sister, Salle Ann Townsend of Las Vegas, NV; 1 nephew, Denis Coleman of Farmington Hills, MI; 1 niece, Sueann Townsend of Amhurst, MA; and her friend, Diane Blaney of Tamms. She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, D.M. and Thomas. Visitation will be on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 10-11AM at the Elco Methodist Church. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11AM at the Elco Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Grief officiating. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or to the Elco Methodist Church, and envelopes will be made available at the church. Crain Funeral Home of Tamms is in charge of arrangements.




Jeffrey Perkoff

Jeffrey D. Perkoff, age 54, a successful brain injury survivor and a resident of Carbondale, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born January 15, 1959 to Dr. Morton and Margaret (Gettner) Perkoff in Philadelphia, PA. He was a native of Short Hills, New Jersey. He graduated from Millburn High School and attended Yale University. During the mid-70's, he took a leave of absence from his studies at Yale and worked on restoring a 1929 Model A. While on leave he was involved in a car accident and hit by a drunk driver. In researching rehabilitation options following the accident, his father, Dr. Morton Perkoff, learned of NeuroRestorative and Jeffrey arrived in Carbondale in 1986 to continue his rehabilitation. Through hard work, persistence and support from NeuroRestorative, he was able to regain many of his motor and physical skills and live an independent, fulfilling life. Jeffrey earned his Bachelor's Degree from the Southern Illinois University, and was an active member in the Carbondale Jewish Community. While on a vacation trip to the Philippines, he met his loving wife, Grace. He is survived by his wife, Grace Perkoff of Carbondale and his three children, Ken Perkoff, Jane Perkoff and Dennis Perkoff, all of Carbondale, a sister, Susan (Perkoff) Bass of Washington, DC and a brother, John Perkoff of Millburn, NJ, five nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Morton and Margaret Perkoff. Visitation will be Sunday, July 28, 2013 from10:00 am until 11:00 am at the Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home. Funeral Services for Jeffrey D. Perkoff will be Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 11:00 am with Sam Goldman officiating. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Garden of Beth Jacob. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey and/or the Center from Comprehensive Services in Carbondale and will be accepted at the funeral home.




Charles "Charlie" Frey

Charles “Charlie” Frey, age 71, of Marion, died at 12:05PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at his residence. He was born on March 15, 1942, the son of Marshall and Marie (Kelton) Frey. Charlie was a member of the Eagles Club in Marion. He retired in 2006 from Maytag, where he had worked for many years. He is survived by 1 daughter, Kim (Jim) Sullivan of Creal Springs; 1 son, Kevin (Christy) Frey of Carterville; 6 grandchildren, Mickenzie, Jacob, Dakota, Cheyenne, Kodiak and Matthew; 2 brothers, Wesley Frey of Surprise, AZ and Richard Frey of Magazine, AR; 2 sisters, Wanda Martens of Maricopa, AZ and Loudean Ellison of Carbondale; nieces, nephews and other relatives; and special friend, Ludene Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents; 8 brothers, Kenneth, Clifford, Thomas, James, Pete, Henry, Barry and Gary; and 3 sisters, Evelyn, Dorothy and Jackie. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 4-6PM at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel in Energy. Funeral services will be on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6PM at Crain Funeral Home Egyptian Chapel with Pastor Bryce Parks officiating. Entombment will follow at Egyptian Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.