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Ethel Dolly Colson of Carbondale, Illinois died on August 14, 2016

August Paul Layman of Anna, Illiinois died on August 22, 2016

Hazel Morgan Proveaux of Cape Girardeau, Missouri died on August 20, 2016

Joyce Ann Russo of Jonesboro, Illinois died on August 23, 2016

Carrie Joy Tellor of Anna, Illinois died on August 20, 2016

John Harley Wilkins II of Indiana died on March 15, 2016


Joyce Ann Russo of Jonesboro, Illinois, May 4, 1942 – August 23, 2016

Joyce Ann Russo, age 74 of Jonesboro, died at 12:29 p.m.  Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.   She was born on May 4, 1942 in Union County, IL, the daughter of Sam & Delores (Lingle) Davis. 

Joyce was of the Baptist faith. She worked at Florshiem Shoe Factory until her retirement.

          Joyce is survived by her sons, Dave Williams of Aurora, and John Williams of Las Vegas, NV; one grandchild, Cole Williams; three sister, Mary Ann (Leon) Penrod of Buncombe, Loretta Dittman of Buncombe, and Jane Smoot of Goreville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Wayne Williams; and one sister, Darlene Lacy.

            Funeral services for Joyce Ann Russo will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery.  Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  Memorials are to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

August Paul Layman of Anna, Illiinois, July 1, 1932 – August 22, 2016

Mr. August Layman, age 84, of Anna, formerly of Benton, died at 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 22, 2016 at his home. He was born July 1, 1932 in West Frankfort, the son of William and Beatrice (Layman) Matthews.  He was adopted and raised by his grandparents, Jay and Cora Layman.

August was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. He is survived by his brothers, Ray Earl Hosick, Donnie Hosick, and Mike Hosick; one sister, Corrine Brookshire; family and friends at ILS 6.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; two brothers, Jack Layman and Roy Hosick; one sister, Sharon Aiken.

Funeral  Mass for August Paul Layman will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with the Father Federico Higuera officiating. Interment will be in Masonic-Odd Fellow Cemetery in Benton.  Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. 

John Harley Wilkins II of Indiana, April 24, 1921 – March 15, 2016

John Harley Wilkins II (J.H.) Born April 24, 1921 Died March 15, 2016

John Harley Wilkins II (J.H.) was born April 24, 1921 near Anna, IL.  Using the road that dead ends and divides the old and new sections of the Anna Cemetery and Brady Mill Rd, go east a mile or so across the I.C.R.R. and on the south side of the road is a white house.  It was a two story house on the Wilkins Farm where he was born.  There is a beautiful picture of Pauline Ruth Fox Wilkins, his mother, holding J.H. in front of a honeysuckle arbor.  This is the same arbor where there is a picture of John Harley Wilkins I (Harley) and Pauline on their wedding day, Sept. 3, 1917.  Sometime between 1917 and J.H.’s birth, Harley was in the army attached to the U.S. Army Air Corps.  There is a post card telling his mother, Nellie Hileman Wilkins, about the airplanes darting about like hummingbirds.  Also, a post card telling her not to worry for they had been immunized against the big flu epidemic.  Sometime prior to 1925 Harley and Pauline moved to Cobden.  By 1936 the Chevrolet Garage was built by borrowing $5,000 from Uncle Charles Hileman, grandmother Wilkin’s brother.  As a frugal farmer, Uncle Charlie would not buy a heater for the car.   “If it is too cold to go someplace it is too cold to drive.”  He was pleased when heaters were optional equipment and J.H., years later, told him, “I give you a heater free.”  He was very happy.

J.H. entered the Cobden School system for grade school and high school and he graduated from high school in 1938.  As far as we know his best friend (fishing and hunting) was Bill Townsend, the only living classmate.  (Bill Townsend’s sister, Elizabeth Ann Townsend Strebin, my best friend since childhood, will be at the funeral.) Other good friends were Sam Henderson and the three sons of Hugh and Zelma Lamer.  Pauline was never surprised to find on the front porch a sack of quail or geese or a bucket of sunfish or catfish. In the autumn of 1938 J.H. entered Southern Illinois Teacher’s College (The Normal) in Carbondale.  For some reason, was it Harley’s experience in the Army Air Corp, J.H. took flying lessons.  I can recall him taking me “up” two or three times at the Marion Airport.  The kids in my grade didn’t believe me for airplanes were still rare and we would run out of the house to look up if an airplane flew over. Another thing I recall, Harley was running for sheriff.  J.H. had a Model T. Ford, called the Mayflower.  I rode in the rumble seat as we, along with 2 or 3 other cars, were honking and yelling, “Vote for Harley Wilkins.”  Off we went to Dongola, Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden and Alto Pass.  What fun.   This was in 1938.

Our father, Harley, was terminally ill.  He, our mother and Jack Williams, who ran the garage while Harley was sheriff, went to St.Louis and it was agreed Pauline was to be the General Motors Dealer until the war was over, then J.H. would become the dealer.  Harley died in February, 1942.  Pauline was the only female dealer in the United States.

As soon as World War II commenced the government placed J.H. as a civilian trainer of pilots in Sikeston, Mo.  He frequently flew solo to Cobden and did stunts.  As he left town, he flew low, turned off his motor and yelled, “Hello Mom.”  Pauline was in a near faint sitting in the lawn chair.  The rumor started that he flew under the Cobden Bridge.  He said, “NO!!”  J.H. turned twenty-one while he was in Sikeston,   Mother, Aunt Winnie and I drove down with a pineapple upside down cake.  We were fortunate to have sliced pineapple for our father knew at the beginning of the war that there would be no pineapple so he bought a case.

As the war wound down the Sikeston training center was closed.  At last J.H., by then an instructor and commercial pilot, was sworn into the Army Air Transport Command.  He flew planes from the U.S. to Central America, to Ascension Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to Morocco,Egypt, ending in India.  After VE Day he flew from Paris to Rome almost daily as the “airline of Europe.”  I loved it when he came home with chewing gum as were the ladies with silk hose he brought, for those simply were not available during the war era.  Was I popular in school and was he popular with those silk hose.  Also from Paris he brought some excellent wild life paintings and from Egypt lots of metal trays.

At last the war ended.  J.H. returned to Cobden and entered the automobile business.  He was active in the Baptist Church (youth activities and Sunday School Superintendent) and he was active in the Lion’s Club (Cobden Peach Festival.)  The businessmen built a lighted softball field.

Soon J.H. found Ruth Elizabeth Standard Dillow and they were married Nov. 3, 1946.  That was Harley and Harold’s birth dates.  They were married by Rev. McGill of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, the same minister who had married our grandparents, Benjamin and Nellie Wilkins and our parents, Harley and Pauline.   Off they went in a maroon Chevrolet convertible to Florida.  From that union brought John Harley Wilkins III (John) and Leslie Ruth Wilkins.  J.H., in 1960, moved the dealership to Olney, IL and in 1970 he moved the dealership to Keokuk, IA.  J.H. and Ruth retired in 1983 so they could spend more time with Leslie in Hawaii.  Ruth died in Hawaii in 1996.  J.H. remained in Keokuk until 2010 when he moved to Muncie, IN to be near John and his family.  He is survived by four grandsons, Jay, Jeff, Mark and Mitch, one granddaughter, Jordan, and 9 greatgrandchildren.  One of the grandsons is John Harley Wilkins IV (Jay) and in turn Jay has John Harley Wilkins V (Quinn.) Leslie Wilkins (husband Richard Priest) lives on Maui.

We thank John and his wife, Sigi, for their care of his father.  John even took J.H. fishing, his favorite sport.  An amazing picture shows him two years ago smiling as he held a large bass.  Though his mind was failing he was in good spirits and in good health.  Suddenly a highly toxic bacteria struck and he was gone quickly.  To the end he beat his companions in Gin Rummy and Dominoes.  He missed his 95th birthday by 46 days.  The party was in the planning stage, all were present to celebrate his life on that date.

There will be a brief ceremony at the family plot with scriptures being read by Jim Wilkins and the Masonic rite administered by David Harris.  Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion.

The graveside funeral service for John Harley Wilkins II (J.H.) will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2016 in the Anna Cemetery. Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery. Following the ceremony there will be a reception in Cobden at the home of Allie Jane Miller Davis by the new Cobden Bridge. J.H. donated his body to the University Of Indiana’s Medical School.  J.H. had a good life and lots of fun, only a few tears.

                                                                   Harold F. Wilkins

 

Hazel Morgan Proveaux of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, November 28, 1917 – August 20, 2016

         Mrs. Hazel Morgan Proveaux, age 98 of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, died at 12:37 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016 in the Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born November 28, 1917 in Ware, the daughter of Charles P. and Lela (Frick) Morgan. She married Aldean A. Proveaux in 1947 in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death on December 7, 1974.

         Hazel is survived by her two nieces, Linda McCloud of Anna and Paula Morgan of Jonesboro; three nephews, Randy Morgan of McClure, Mike Morgan of Jonesboro and Van Allen Morgan of Jonesboro; many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aldean A. Proveaux; two sisters, Delphia Morgan and Edna McCloud; and two brothers, Paul Morgan and Winstead Morgan.

         Hazel was a member of the Cape Bible Chapel and member of the Eastern Starr. During WWII she worked in an artillery factory in St. Louis. She went on the get her cosmetology certificate and graduated from Southern Illinois University. She later owned and operated Hazel’s Cut and Curl in Cape Girardeau for over fifty years. Hazel was a talented seamstress, she enjoyed sewing and making many of her own clothes.

         Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel Morgan Proveaux will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Randy Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Carrie Joy Tellor of Anna, Illinois, December 4, 1927 – August 20, 2016

       Mrs. Carrie Joy Tellor, age 88 of Anna, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  She was born December 4, 1927, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Michael and Ida (Zwahlen) VanAmburg. 

       Carrie is survived by her loving children, Jim Dillon of Carterville, Janet & Benjie Dunville of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Cecilia (Chris) Keller, Angela Joy (Billy) Alsip, Keith Goins, Kelsey Goins, Jill (Beau) Bolin, and Ryan (Brittney) Dillon; twelve great-grandchildren, Payton and Miles Alsip, Morgan, Evan, Bennett and Hayden Keller, Halli and Cade Bolin, Jeff, Myklyn, Maddox and Maxton Dillon; many other relatives and friends.

       Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, Michael VanAmburg and Ida (Zwahlen) VanAmburg; her husband, Henry Tellor; her sister, Mary Ruth VanAmburg.

       Carrie was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. Carrie Joy loved church activities, reading and watching her favorite soap operas. She also loved spending time with her family and her River to River friends.

       Services for Carrie Joy Tellor will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in the Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro with Pastor Mark Hasty officiating. Interment will be in Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in the Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the Church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.

Ethel Dolly Colson of Carbondale, Illinois, January 19, 1940 – August 14, 2016

          Ethel “Dolly” Colson, age 76, of Carbondale, formerly of Makanda, died at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2016 in the Herrin Hospital.  She was born in Pomona township on January 19, 1940 the daughter of Ogle and Claudine (Stearns) Hagler.

        Ethel Colson, known by most as “Dolly” an endearment given to her by her father as a young girl.  Dolly married Henry Colson on March 9, 1960, together they raised five children all of whom survive.  Virgil (Tabatha) Colson of Johnston City, Steve (Patsy) Colson of Jonesboro, Russell (Kelly) Colson of Cambria, Diane (Dennis) Nance of Cobden, and John (Tammy) Colson of Marion; fifteen grandchildren of whom she was most proud, Brandon Nance, Tasha Williams, Michael Colson, Crystal Inchcliff, Carmen, Josh and Caleb Colson, Kellen Colson, Staff Sgt. Joseph Colson, Tracy Thompson, Stacy Kelley, Carla Burnett, Tanner & Nathan Cruse, and Kimberlee Klump; eight great-grandchildren, Silas Gwaltney, Caden & Bryson Inchcliff, Troy Williams, Angel Colson, Xander Smith, Aiden and Bentley Colson; one brother, Norris (Joan) Hagler and their family; one sister, Teresa (Ed) Sellars and their family; many other relatives and friends.

        Dolly loved everyone she met without question, and will be greatly missed by all. She was a member of the Makanda Baptist Church for many years, she loved to sing at church and was very active in the Bible School. She was retired from the Nursing Home in Cobden after working for over twenty five years as an LPN.

        Services for Ethel “Dolly” Colson will be at 11:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Makanda Baptist Church in Makanda. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden and after 9:30 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in the Makanda Baptist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and at the church.

Roger Wayne Coleman of Cobden, Illinois, March 7, 1945 – August 9, 2016

 

 

Roger Wayne Coleman, age 71 of Cobden, died Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  He was born on March 7, 1945 in Lincolnton, NC, the son of Curtis Eugene Jr. and Ida Belle (Floyd) Coleman. He was raised by his loving paternal grandmother, Emma Coleman.

 

          Roger is survived by his son, Matthew Coleman of Cobden; daughter, Valerie Christine Coleman of Pacolet, SC; two grandchildren, Cierra (Brandon) Pettit and Tiffany Sullivan; two great-grandchildren, Dannika Pettit and Rosemary Castellanos; other relatives and friends.

 

           He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Shane Coleman; paternal grandmother, Emma Coleman; and one brother, Brian Coleman.

 

          Roger worked as an electrician for many years before retirement.

 

          Services for Mr. Roger Wayne Coleman will be held privately for his family.

John Peter Grimm of Buncombe, Illinois, October 22, 1954 – August 11, 2016

Mr. John Peter Grimm, age 61 of Buncombe, died at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  He was born October 22, 1954 in Toronto, Canada, the son of Noel and Mary Jo (Beasley) Grimm. He married Kathy Trexler on January 8, 2016 in Vienna.

   John is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Grimm of Buncombe; son, Nicholas Grimm of Carbondale; daughter, Katy (Craig) Harness of Kansas; other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

    John worked as a laborer for twenty-seven years.  He was a loving husband and father.  The family would like to give a special thank you to Kevin and Michelle Starr and the Cape First Church for their support during his illness.

   Services for Mr. John Peter Grimm will be held privately for the family.

Joann Spiller of Cobden, Illinois, December 26, 1956 – August 11, 2016

          Joann Spiller, age 59 of Cobden, died at 3:48 am Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born in Union County, IL on December 26, 1956, the daughter of William Fraiser & Edna Mae (Davis) Matheney.  She married Robert Roy Dover on October 9, 1982 in Champaign. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1988. Later, she married Paul Spiller, on February 15, 1991 in   Jonesboro.  He preceded her in death on June 6, 2010.

          Joann is survived by her children, Anna Mae Dover of Anna, James Dover of Beecher City, IL, and Andy Dover of Cobden; six grandchildren, Joey Rulevish, Trenton Rulevish, Calvin Smith, Chloe Dover, Kylie Dover and Madison Dover; two  brothers, Billy Matheney of Cobden, and Daniel Matheney; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert Dover and husband, Paul Spiller; infant daughter, Cathy Jo Dover; two brothers, William F. Matheney Jr. and Leon Matheney; two sisters, Rosemary Mason and Francis Matheney.

            Joann loved the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family.   Joann worked many years at Florsheim Shoe Company in Anna.

          Funeral services for Joann Spiller will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Bobby Richardson officiating.  Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery.  Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. 

Mildred Geraldine Allen of Louisville, May 12, 1920 – August 1, 2016

 

 

Mildred Geraldine Allen, age 96 of Louisville, formerly of Makanda, died at 9:41 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving daughters.  She was born on May 12, 1920 in Makanda, the daughter of Jess and Lucinda (Brasel) Toler.  She married Melvin Edward Allen on October 2, 1937 in Benton, MO.  He preceded her in death on May 24, 2004.

 

        Mildred is survived by her eight children, Jack Edward Allen of Makanda, Floyd Ray (Janet) Allen of Makanda, Patricia Ann (Robert) Hansen of Lindenhurst, Sharon (Robert) Ray of Thompsonville, James Melvin (Kathy) Allen of Johnston City, John Wayne (Rhonda) Allen of Guyton, GA, Brenda Geraldine (Dave) Hartwick of Mattoon, Linda Kay Childers-Sargent of Louisville; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. 

 

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin Edward Allen; two daughters, Shirley Mae Allen and Melba Jean Carlton-Heiman; one son, Robert Lee Allen; two sisters, Jessie Mahr and Mary Toler; and two brothers, Lawrence & Paul Toler.

 

        Mildred was a cook at Giant City Lodge for many years.  She was an avid songwriter and gardener, she loved to travel in the U.S. & abroad.  She had a great faith in God and was an inspiration to many people.

 

        Mildred was a warrior, fighting a battle with congestive heart failure and A-fib for the last 6 years.  She dearly loved her family and will be dearly missed.

 

        Funeral services for Mildred Geraldine Allen will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro on Friday, August 5, 2016, with Rev. Bon Reynolds, Rev. Richard Reynolds and Rev. Jimmy Reynolds officiating.  Interment will be in the Rowan Cemetery in Makanda.  Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay County Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.