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Maria Del Refugio Amesquita of Cobden, Illinois died on September 11, 2016

Clara Cavitt of Anna, Illinois died on September 21, 2016

William Dean Elsner of Anna, Illinois died on September 9, 2016

Raymond Furlow of Cobden, Illinois died on September 9, 2016

Tim Huckleberry of Greenville, Kentucky died on September 11, 2016

Antia G. Hurst of Alto Pass, Illinois died on September 18, 2016

Roy Glenn Lamer of Cobden, Illlinois died on September 12, 2016

Shane Lee Laminack of Anna, Illinois died on September 19, 2016

James H. "Blackie" Mueller of Anna, Illinois died on September 17, 2016

Iris Mae Sheridan of Anna, Illinois died on September 13, 2016

Josephine Louise Sheridan of Anna, Illinois died on September 18, 2016

Don C. Swink of Dongola, Illinois died on September 13, 2016


Antia G. Hurst of Alto Pass, Illinois, August 23, 1940 – September 18, 2016

     Mrs. Anita G. Hurst, age 76 of Alto Pass, died at 3:27 a.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born August 23, 1940 in Cobden, the daughter of Lee and Roxie (Newberry) Pearson.

     Anita is survived by her daughter, Tishea Pearson, of Cobden; two grandchildren, Breeze and Justin Pearson; one great grandchild, Izabell Hill; Johnny Moutel of Elco who was like a son; three brothers, Donald Pearson of Cambria, Richard Pearson of Carbondale and Kenneth Pearson of Cobden; sister, Fay Marks of Cobden; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel Hurst; son, Berry Pearson; three brothers, Gene, Corkey and Doug Pearson; and two sisters, Kay Robinson and Lillian Kinder.

     A celebration of life pot luck dinner for Mrs. Anita G. Hurst will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2017 in the Makanda Fellowship Hall.

Clara Cavitt of Anna, Illinois, December 1, 1922 – September 21, 2016

     Mrs. Clara Cavitt, age 93 of Anna, died at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in the Anna Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born December 1, 1922 in Joppa, the daughter of Joseph and Arminta (Wilshire) Farris. She married Eugene Cavitt on July 4, 1945 in Cape Girardeau, MO. He preceded her in death on June 11, 2004.

     Clara is survived by her son, Dwayne Cavitt of Anna; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene Cavitt; several brothers and sisters.

     Clara was of the Baptist faith.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Cavitt will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friend may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Shane Lee Laminack of Anna, Illinois, April 28, 1970 – September 19, 2016

     Shane Lee Laminack, age 46 of Anna died at 1:40 am Monday September 19, 2016 at his home. Shane was born April 28, 1970 in Carbondale the son of Lindel Albert and Karen Ann Newton Laminack.

   Shane is survived by his father Lindel Albert Laminack of Belleville and his mother Karen Oduola of Jonesboro, one daughter Kristina (Curtis) Betka of Anna; two grandchildren, Kaylee Ann and Aubrey Nicole Betka, two brothers Jonathon Newton of Columbus, OH, Christopher (Crystal) Oduola of Anna, one half brother Darrell Laminack of MS, one half sister Tanya (Rich) Emling of Pinckneyville other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bud and Katie Newton; paternal grandparents, Albert and Avis Laminack; and two uncles, Donald and Tony Laminack.

     Funeral service for Mr. Shane Laminack will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Darryl Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00am until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The family request memorials be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.

Josephine Louise Sheridan of Anna, Illinois, September 13, 2016 – September 18, 2016

     Josephine Louise Sheridan, infant daughter of John Bradley and Amanda Louise (Smith) Sheridan, journeyed to heaven Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Children’s Hospital in St. Louis Missouri.  

     She is survived by her parents, Brad and Amanda Sheridan of Anna; seven year old brother, John Thaniel Sheridan; maternal grandparents, Elliott Blayne and Leta Rose Rich Smith of Cobden; paternal grandparents, John and Kathy Oxford Sheridan of Cave-In-Rock; great grandparents, Thelma Louise Rich of Cape Girardeau, MO., Velma Oxford of Cave-In-Rock ; aunts and uncles, Stephanie and Aaron Meuser of Washington, IL, Kallie Smith of St. Louis, Meredith and Harold Frey of Cobden, Sarah and Tim Luczkiw of Athens, OH; cousins, Gabrielle, Aiden, Lia Mueser of Washington, IL, Naomi, Cora, and Victoria Frey of Cobden. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Iris Mae Sheridan; the late James Fredrich Rich; the late Barbara Ruth Lence Smith, the late Willard and Leona Sheridan, the late Galen Oxford and the late Jimmie Smith.

     An Honorary Service, A time to Honor our Daughter Josephine, will be at 4:00 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2016 in the Vine Church in Carbondale with Noble Staley officiating. Interment will be held privately for the family in the Cobden Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made the Sheridan family. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and the Vine Church.

Iris Mae Sheridan of Anna, Illinois, September 13, 2016 – September 13, 2016

    Iris Mae Sheridan, infant daughter of John Bradley and Amanda Louise (Smith) Sheridan, journeyed to heaven at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

     She is survived by her parents, Brad and Amanda Sheridan of Anna; seven year old brother, John Thaniel Sheridan; maternal grandparents, Elliott Blayne and Leta Rose Rich Smith of Cobden; paternal grandparents, John and Kathy Oxford Sheridan of Cave-In-Rock; great grandparents, Thelma Louise Rich of Cape Girardeau, MO., Velma Oxford of Cave-In-Rock ; aunts and uncles, Stephanie and Aaron Meuser of Washington, IL, Kallie Smith of St. Louis, Meredith and Harold Frey of Cobden, Sarah and Tim Luczkiw of Athens, OH; cousins, Gabrielle, Aiden, Lia Mueser of Washington, IL, Naomi, Cora, and Victoria Frey of Cobden. Iris’s twin sister, Josephine Louise Sheridan joined her in heaven on September 18, 2016 and she was preceded in death by the late James Fredrich Rich; the late Barbara Ruth Lence Smith, the late Willard and Leona Sheridan, the late Galen Oxford and the late Jimmie Smith.

     An Honorary Service, A time to Honor our Daughter Iris, will be at 4:00 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2016 in the Vine Church in Carbondale with Noble Staley officiating. Interment will be held privately for the family in the Cobden Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made the Sheridan family. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and the Vine Church.

James H. “Blackie” Mueller of Anna, Illinois, May 7, 1930 – September 17, 2016

     Mr. James H. “Blackie” Mueller, age 86 of Anna, died at 6:17 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016 at his daughters home. He was born May 7, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Herbert and Ruby (Clark) Mueller. He married Shirley Maxine Hileman on August 19, 1955 in Anna. She preceded him in death on May 20, 1989.

     James is survived by his daughter, Teresa (Todd) Vincent of Anna; two grandchildren, Michelle (Ronnie) Barnhart and Natalie (David) Stanley Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Trenton Barnhart and Kylee Stanley; uncle, Kenneth (Joan) Mueller of Anna; sisters in law, Anita Davis and Lotrell Hileman both of Anna; brothers in law, Robert (Doris) Hileman and Terry (Mary Beth) Hileman all of Anna; special friend, Charlie Hankins of Anna and friend, Barb Morey of Anna; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Shirley Maxine Mueller.

     James was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Anna. He was a graduate of Anna Jonesboro High School class of 1948 and a life member of the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455. James has worked for the Gazette-Democrat for seventy one years until the last few months when his health failed. James served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

     Funeral services for Mr. James H. “Blackie” Mueller will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the McGinnis Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the McGinnis Cemetery. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Don C. Swink of Dongola, Illinois, November 25, 1936 – September 13, 2016

     Mr. Don C. Swink, age 79 of Dongola, died at 12:16 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at his home. He was born November 25, 1936 in Union County, the son of Boyd and Gertrude (Westbrook) Swink. He married Betty Sims on December 20, 1953 in Jackson, MO.

     Don is survived by his loving wife, Betty Swink of Dongola; children, Donna (Billy) Williams of Anna, Michael Swink of Dongola, and Debbie Holcomb of Dongola; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; one sisters, Janet Hawk of Anna; and two brothers, Bon Swink of Elgin and Kenneth Swink of Anna; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and two sons, Donnie Ray and Tommy.

     Don worked many years as a plumber, and in his spare time fixing up old cars. He dearly loved his family, children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren; he will be missed by all who knew him.

     Funeral services for Mr. Don C. Swink will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Mickey Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  

Tim Huckleberry of Greenville, Kentucky, May 5, 1962 – September 11, 2016

      Mr. Tim Huckleberry, age 54 of Greenville, KY., formerly of Anna, died at 8:51 a.m. Sunday, September 11, 2016 in Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY. He was born May 5, 1962 in Anna, the son of James and Martha (Humphres) Huckleberry.

      Tim is survived by his son, Jamie Huckleberry and fiancé Kayla Snider of Sparta; step-daughter, Mikale (Ken) Pryor of Colorado; sister, Evelyn (Mike) Willie of Bartlett, TN.; two brothers, Mike (Candy) Huckleberry of Alhambra, IL., and Rod (Kris) Huckleberry of Florissant, MO., nieces and nephews; special friend, Alicia Rogers; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Tim was of the Baptist Faith. He worked for over twenty years for Harsco-Reed Minerals in Drakesboro, KY., and was a member of the Kentucky Labor Union. He loved animals and his dog Cammi.

     Funeral services for Mr. Tim Huckleberry will be at 10:30 Friday, September 16, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Darryl Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Maria Del Refugio Amesquita of Cobden, Illinois, September 20, 1959 – September 11, 2016

     Mrs. Maria Amesquita, age 56 of Cobden, lost her battle with breast cancer early Sunday, September 11, 2016 at her home. She was born September 20, 1959 in Mexico, the daughter of Alfredo and Marie Dolores (Cavazos) Muniz. She married J. Jesus Amesquita on July 28, 1975 in Tallahoma, TN.

     Maria is survived by her loving husband, J. Jesus Amesquita of Cobden; children, Celia (Abel) Godinez of Anna, Jesus Amesquisa Jr. of Cobden, Ricardo (Tiffany) Amesquita of Mt. Vernon, Maribel (Daniel) Alvarado of Arkansas, Martin Amesquita of Cobden, Ignacio (Carolyn) Amesquita of Carbondale; grandchildren, Benjamin, Diego, Romeo, and Juliet Godinez all of Anna, Daniel, Raquel, Enoch, and Emilia Alvarado all of Arkansas, and Anna Lucia Amesquita of Carbondale; siblings, Daniel (Laura) Muniz of Texas, Santos Fidel Muniz of Florida, Maria de la Luz Muniz of Florida, Jesus (Norma) Muniz of Florida, Candelo (Francisca) Muniz of Florida, Victoriana Muniz of Arkansas, Juanita Maria (Jose) Carmen of Tapia, TX., and Jose Alejandro Muniz of Florida; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Maria de la Luz Amesquita and brother Humberto Muniz.

     Maria was a strong woman who always put her family first. Even through her own struggle she dedicated her strength to caring for others. She was well known for her cooking and hospitality, welcoming everyone into her home with love. She touched many lives with her kindness and generosity. We wish we would have had more time, but even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and perseverance.

     Funeral mass for Mrs. Maria Del Refugio Amesquita will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden with Father Uriel Salamanca officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 16, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden and after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 1:00 Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden.

Roy Glenn Lamer of Cobden, Illlinois, March 9, 1938 – September 12, 2016

     Mr. Roy Glenn Lamer, age 78 of Cobden, died at 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born March 9, 1938 in Cobden, the son of Charles Van and Pauline Elizabeth (Wallace) Lamer. He married Jean Ellen Flamm on October 5, 1963 in Cobden. She preceded him in death on October 14, 1998.

     Roy is survived by his loving daughter, Laura (Patrick) Cates of Cobden; cousin, Lou Ann Hartline of Cobden; brothers in law, Bill (Nancy) Flamm and Leonard (Judy) Flamm all of Cobden; special friend, Luella Watkins of Benton and her children and grandchildren whom Roy loved as family; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean Ellen Lamer; and brother, Charles Wallace Lamer.   

     Roy was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Lick Creek. He owned and operated Lamer Farms in Cobden until 1978, then worked in the construction industry and for Sensmeier Construction until his retirement.

     Roy was an avid outdoors man, he loved to hunt, fish and duck hunt. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and a boy scout leader in Cobden for many years.

     Memorial services for Mr. Roy Glenn Lamer will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 17, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Doug Bridgeman officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Giant City Park or The Boy Scouts of America. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.