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Helen I Bass of Wilmington, Illinois died on August 26, 2014

Wayne Carter of Anna, Illinois died on August 21, 2014

JoAnn Cooley of Anna, Illinois died on August 23, 2014

Naomi A Goddard of Johnston City, Illinois died on August 30, 2014

Carroljane "C.J" Grammer of Makanda, Illinois died on August 19, 2014

Charles E. Lasley of Anna, Illinois died on August 30, 2014

Kenneth Snell of Ullin, Illinois died on August 22, 2014

Larry L. Tripp Sr. of Anna, Illinois died on August 28, 2014

Larry J. Walker of Cobden, Illinois died on August 29, 2014

Naomi A Goddard of Johnston City, Illinois, September 28, 1918 – August 30, 2014

     Mrs. Naomi A. Goddard, age 95 of Johnston City, formerly of Anna, died at 8:02 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Parkway Manor in Marion. She was born September 28, 1918 in Anna, the daughter of Sam and Glenna Boyd Williams. She married Roy Goddard on December 24, 1938 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2002.

     Naomi is survived by her daughter in law, Gloria Sickmeier-Goddard of Johnston City; one granddaughter, Donna (Kenny Jr.) Ellis of Marion; two great grandchildren, Dalton Levi and Dylan Ellis; nieces and nephews; cousins; special friend, Barbara Adams of Anna; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy Goddard; son, Donald Goddard; sister and brother in law, Virginia and Louie Cerney.

     Naomi was a charter member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star. Naomi was retired from Choate Mental Health and Development Center.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi A. Goddard will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery or the Baptist Children’s Home in Carmi. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Charles E. Lasley of Anna, Illinois, January 17, 1921 – August 30, 2014

     Mr. Charles E. Lasley, age 93 of Anna, died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. He was born January 17, 1921 in Cobden, the son of William Henry and Rebecca Carraker Lasley. He married Ruth Collier on March 25, 1941 in Jackson, Mo. She preceded him in death on March 8, 1979.

     Charles is survived by his two sons, Larry (Mary Jane) Lasley of Pheonix, AZ, John W. (Linda) Lasley of Anna; five grandchildren, Todd (Nina) Lasley, Meredith (Tony) Chamness, Dawn (Scott) Wilson, Kristi Fombelle, Matt (Melanie) Lasley; eleven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; long time companion, Betty Severs of Carbondale; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth Lasley; six sisters and three brothers.

     Charles was of the Baptist Faith. He was retired from Southern Illinois University where he worked in maintenance as an Iron Worker for twenty six years. He was a member of the Iron Workers Local #782 and the Cobden Masonic Lodge. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Marines.

     Funeral services for Mr. Charles E. Lasley will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Randy Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Masonic services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. 

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Larry L. Tripp Sr. of Anna, Illinois, March 25, 1944 – August 28, 2014

     Mr. Larry L.  Tripp Sr., age 70 of Anna, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born March 25, 1944 in Anna, the son of John Jefferson and Sylvia Marie Smith Tripp.

     Larry is survived by his daughter, Angela Marie Tripp M.D. of St. Louis, MO; two sons, Larry L. Tripp Jr. of Anna, J. Adam Tripp and Adam’s fiancé Karen S. Carwlye, her children, Anthony, Sadie, and William Carwyle all of Anna; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Brooke Tripp, Rachael Nicole Tripp both of Jonesboro; two great grandchildren, Connor Stanley and RyLynn Turner; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     During his career in Law Enforcement, Larry served as a special deputy for the Union County Sheriff’s Department from 1962-1965; then served as the Chief of Police for the City of Jonesboro from 1965 to 1969, and from 1971 to 1974 as an officer for the City of Anna. He was proudly elected in 1974 as the Sheriff of Union County and served with honor until 1982. Larry was passionate about the oath he took to protect and serve the people of Union County, he did so through his career in Law Enforcement as well as through the years after he took off his badge.

     Larry started Papa J’s Pizza Room in Carterville and Jonesboro. He owned and operated Illinois Mobile Homes in Carbondale, Diamond T. Construction and the Hickory House BBQ in Anna. He was a member of the Anna First Baptist Church.

     Larry was an avid outdoors man and an accomplished marksman, he enjoyed hunting, and fishing. Throughout  his life he won many shooting competitions, including a national title while he was Sheriff.

     Funeral services for Mr. Larry L. Tripp Sr. will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Gary Darnell officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Larry J. Walker of Cobden, Illinois, June 6, 1969 – August 29, 2014

     Mr. Larry James Walker, age 45 of Cobden, died at 3:25 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2014 at his home in Cobden. He was born June 6, 1969 in Arcadia, California, the son of James Milton and Melba Shadlow Walker. He married Stacey Rogers on April 7, 2006 in Tennessee.

     Larry is survived by his loving wife, Stacey Walker of Cobden; four children, Shanna Walker of California, Bethenie Nork of Cobden, Emalie J. of California, and Madelyn Walker of Cobden; mother, Melba Nork of Cobden; brothers and sisters, Joann, Diane, Jerry, Ronnie, Bob, Heldur Jr., Mary, Dan, and Karen; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, and step-father, Heldur Nork.

     Larry proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Gulf War.

     Larry attended the United Methodist Church in Anna, he was active in the church; volunteering, and helping others when they needed him. He was kind, and generous, his infectious spirit touched everyone who knew him. Larry was a loving father, husband and son, his family was very important to him, he will be dearly missed.

     Funeral services for Mr. Larry James Walker will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Pastor Brett Yates officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Helen I Bass of Wilmington, Illinois, January 29, 1926 – August 26, 2014

     Mrs. Helen I. Bass, age 88 of Wilmington, formerly of Anna, died at 3:36 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Schaumburg, IL. She was born December 29, 1925 in Anna, the daughter of Dallas and Nova Pitts West. She married Robert E. “Bob” Bass on July 7, 1948 in Piggott, AR. He preceded her in death on July 1, 1990.

     Helen is survived by her two daughters, Sherye Shreffler of Kankakee, Bobbie (Frank) Afable of Schaumburg; three grandchildren, Brooke (Bob) Schmidt, Brittany Shreffler, Frank Robert Afable; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Bass; son in law, Robert Shreffler; infant sister, Mary Lucille West; and one brother, Joseph Cling “J.C.” West.

     Helen was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Goose Lake, IL. for many years. She was very active in the church, she was the church secretary and taught Sunday School. Helen was the last charter member of the Faith Baptist Church.

     Helen was an avid Facebook user, with many of her friends looking forward to her nightly posts.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Helen I. Bass will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Todd Hawk officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 and after 10:00 a.m. until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  

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Kenneth Snell of Ullin, Illinois, July 25, 1923 – August 22, 2014

     Mr. Kenneth Snell, age 91 of Anna, died at 10:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 in the Helia Healthcare of Carbondale. He was born July 25, 1923 in Perks, the son of James and Grace Keller Snell.

     He worked as a farmer, truck driver and in many aspects of industry. He also enjoyed hauling and selling water melons.

     Kenneth proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, serving in England, France and Germany.

     After an honorable discharge, he returned to Southern Illinois and married his first wife, Wanda. From that union, a son, Gary was born. Later, Kenneth married Gilda Brandon.

     Kenneth is survived by his sister, Violet Lance; brother, Bill (Maxine) Snell all of Potosi, MO; brothers in law, Jerry Brandon and Kenneth Brandon of Hurst, Il; friend, Linda Davis of Hurst; three step children; step grandchildren; several nieces & nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; son Gary Snell; six brothers and two sisters.

     Everyone who knew Kenny, enjoyed his stories (whether they were true or not) and his jovial way of telling them.

     Per his wishes, Mr. Kenneth Snell will be cremated. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery at a later date. A special thank you to Randee Kurtz for her compassion and care for Kenneth. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna in charge of arrangements.

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JoAnn Cooley of Anna, Illinois, October 15, 1934 – August 23, 2014

     Mrs. JoAnn Cooley, age 79 of Anna, died at 10:44 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Hunter Acres Caring Center in Sikeston, MO. She was born October 15, 1934 in Jonesboro, the daughter of John Edward and Ina Louise Cozby Tygett. She married Lowell E. Cooley on February 19, 1954 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on August 27, 2010.

     JoAnn is survived by many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lowell E. Cooley; daughter, JoEllen Cunningham; and two brothers, Jim and Gene Tygett.

     JoAnn was of the Baptist Faith. She retired after 34 years as a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Anna.

     Funeral services for Mrs. JoAnn Cooley will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Carroljane “C.J” Grammer of Makanda, Illinois, July 18, 1957 – August 19, 2014

     Ms. Carroljane “C.J.” Grammer, age 57, of Makanda, died at 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born on July 18, 1957 in Pomona, California, the daughter of Carrol and Julia (Lawrence) Grammer.

     She is survived by her mother, Julia Grammer, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father; baby brother, Larry; grandparents on both sides and several aunts and uncles.

     The family moved to Sadorus, Illinois in June of 1963 where she attended grade school and later the Unity High School in Tolono, Illinois. She was active in sports there, as well as in band, playing the baritone and trombone. C.J. loved music of all kinds and she also took part in the drama group and in chorus.

     Growing up with television and becoming interested in the technology of how everything worked and came together, she enrolled in the Illinois State University Communications Department.  After graduating in 1979, she returned to the Champaign area to work at WCIA, CBS Channel 3. From there she spent three years at WHTR in Indianapolis, Indiana. In January 1986 she went to work at NBC Channel 4 in Denver, Colorado as a news director/producer. While in Denver she directed the Christmas Parades and won an IRIS award, a national recognition for a Christmas Parade.

     At Channel 4, she and a friend organized and produced Colorado Women’s Sports Activities. During her stay there C.J. won three Emmys for her news work and directing the “Boulder, Boulder” Marathon. She also taught at the University of Colorado, in Boulder.

     In 1993 her parents moved to Makanda.  C.J. came home in 2010 as her father’s health declined.

     C.J was a loving daughter and sister to her brother Larry (who passed away in 1989). She was a good friend and a compassionate person, always willing to help anyone.

     She always loved animals, especially her dog “Callie”, a beautiful English Spaniel.

     C.J. had a great sense of humor and loved to joke with friends and family. She will be missed by many.

     Memorial Services for Carroljane “C.J.” Grammer will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with the Rev. Cliff Waller officiating.  Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda at a later date.  Friends may call from 10-11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Care Animal Rescue in Murphysboro.

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Wayne Carter of Anna, Illinois, May 3, 1927 – August 21, 2014

     Mr. Wayne Carter, age 87 of Anna, died at 3:33 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 in the Herrin Hospital. He was born May 3, 1927 in Chicago, the son of George Sr. and Myrtle Dickerson Carter. He married Garnita Meisenheimer and later married Zelma Daniels.

     Wayne is survived by his three step children, Bonnie Bigham of Olive Branch, Lydia Van Roekel of Cape Girardeau, MO, Harrell “Buddy” Sharp of Tamaroa; one step daughter in-law, Martha Daniels of Ware; several step grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosetta Rhymer of Anna and Janet Sue Starr of Jonesboro; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; one sister in law, LaDonna Carter of Anna; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George “Buster” Carter Jr. and his twin, Ida June Carter, Hoover Carter, Frank Carter; sister, Virgie Baker; two wives; and step son, Oliver Daniels.

     Wayne was a member of the Elco Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the American Legion.

     He worked for over 65  years as a used car salesman. He owned and operated G & W motors in Elco and Cobden.

     Funeral services for Mr. Wayne Carter will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Bobby Richardson officiating. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Illinois National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion.  Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call from 2 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Jean Brimm of Anna, Illinois, May 5, 1948 – August 15, 2014

     Mrs. Jean Brimm, age 66 of Anna, died at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 15, 2014 at her home in Anna. She was born May 5, 1948 in Anna, the daughter of William and Clara Ruth Graham. She married Ronald C. Brimm on January 2, 1979 in the Kornthal Church in Jonesboro.

     Jean is survived by her loving husband, Ronald C. Brimm of Anna; one daughter, Molena (Bobby) Randolph of Collinsville, OK; one son, Joseph (Danielle) Brimm of Goreville; four grandchildren, Anna JoLena Randolph, Jackson Robert Randolph, Joella Rose Brimm, Josie Nicole Brimm; three brothers, Larry Cross of Richmond, VA, Jimmy Cross of Anna, and Rodney Cross of Jonesboro; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

     Jean was a Certified Nurse Assistant with Addus Healthcare.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Jean Brimm will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. 

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