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Thelma Jean Harvel of Jonesboro, Illinois died on July 22, 2015

Lauren Nicole Holshouser of Anna, Illinois died on July 21, 2015

Nancy Rogers of Jonesboro, Illinois died on July 23, 2015

Wanda L. Severs of Anna, Illinois died on July 20, 2015

Nancy Rogers of Jonesboro, Illinois, August 25, 1938 – July 23, 2015

     Mrs. Nancy Rogers, age 76 of Jonesboro, died at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 at her home. She was born August 25, 1938 in Union County, the daughter of Lawrence H. and Vina M. White Ramsey. She married Burnie Rogers on April 12, 1974 in the Kornthal Church in Jonesboro.

     Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Burnie Rogers of Jonesboro; daughter, Vanessa (Tracy) Wilson of Mulkeytown; two grandchildren, Kaleb (Brandy) Wilson and Tyler Wilson; one great-grandchild, Tristan Wilson; two brothers, Clay Ramsey of Herrin and Jerry Ramsey of Thebes; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, William Lawrence Knight; and two brothers, Junior and Eugene Ramsey.

     Nancy was retired from Union County Abstract where she worked for twenty-seven years as an abstractor.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Rogers will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  

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Thelma Jean Harvel of Jonesboro, Illinois, February 6, 1926 – July 22, 2015

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     Mrs. Thelma Jean Harvel age 89 of Marion, formerly of Jonesboro, died at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in the Hurricane Creek Assisted Living in Herrin. She was born February 6, 1926 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the daughter of Arthur and Lora Haney Garrison. She married Dempsey Harry Harvel on September 27, 1941 in Jackson, Missouri. He preceded her in death on November 18, 1988.

     Thelma is survived by her two daughters, Charlotte Carter of Austin, Texas, and Carolyn (John) Bavender of Marion; six grandchildren, Angela Rich, Scott Rich, Jennifer Kristoff, Gwen Kelley, Chris Bavender and Michael Bavender; eleven great-grandchildren; her beloved dog and companion, Maddie; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dempsey Harry Harvel; one daughter, Diane Harvel Kelley; and five sisters.

     Thelma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. in Anna. She was retired from Choate Mental Health after eighteen years in the Dietary Department.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Thelma Jean Harvel will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Lauren Nicole Holshouser of Anna, Illinois, June 24, 1994 – July 21, 2015

  

     Ms. Lauren Nicole Holshouser, age 21 of Anna, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 as a result of an automobile accident. She was born June 24, 1994 in Murphysboro, the daughter of Jeffery S. and Allison Franklin Holshouser.

     Lauren is survived by her parents, Jeffery S. and Allison Holshouser of Anna; fiancé Dakota Brewer of Karnak; two brothers, Kenneth (Stephany) Holshouser of Dumfries, VA, and Mitchell (Courtney) Holshouser of Anna; paternal grandmother, Joyce Holshouser of Anna; maternal grandparents, Gerald & Susan Franklin of Grand Tower; nieces and nephews, Pyper, Wyatt and Jedidiah Holshouser; other relatives and a host friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Kenneth Holshouser.

     Lauren was a member of Harvest Church in Anna and the Lady Bass Angler Association. She was very involved with the Acteens Missions at the church.

     Funeral services for Ms. Lauren Nicole Holshouser will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 in the Harvest Church in Anna with Pastor Tony Foeller and Mark Kirk officiating with cremation to follow. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 in the Harvest Church in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Acteens Missions c/o Anna Heights Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna and at the church.

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Wanda L. Severs of Anna, Illinois, December 18, 1941 – July 20, 2015

     Mrs. Wanda L. Severs, age 73 of Anna, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 in the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. She was born December 18, 1941 in Cobden, the daughter of Richard and Lorena Amelia Damron Spiller. She married William Don Severs on June 26, 1989 in Paducah, Ky.

     Wanda is survived by her loving husband, William Don Severs of Anna; two daughters, Kimberly (Marty) Troub of Waddell, AZ, and Donna (Patrick) Robert of Cape Girardeau, MO; four grandchildren, Chad (Katie) Troub, Tracy Troub, Scott (Dawn) Robert, Becky (John) Davis; nine great-grandchildren, Jorydn Troub, Morganne Troub, Taylor Troub, Kendall Troub, Hunter Haycock, Alaina Haycock, Carsen Haycock, Collin Davis and Claire Davis; one brother, John Franklin (Shirley) Spiller of Prescott Valley, AZ; two sisters, Nancy Kay (Mike) Spiller of Carterville, and Betty J. (Jerry) Block of Snohomish, WA; and one sister in law, Gloria Spiller of Peoria; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Ray and Billy Joe Spiller.

     Wanda was an active member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church for many years. She was retired from Union County Oil Company and Holcomb Welding as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Eastern Starr and a former Worthy Matron.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Wanda L. Severs will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2015 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Darryl Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Heights Baptist Church or the Illinois Veteran’s Home Activity Fund. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna and at the church.

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Joan Anne “Bhavana” “Bilqis” Van Cleave of Carbondale, IL, December 14, 1952 – July 12, 2015

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Joan Anne Van Cleave “Bhavana” “Bilqis” of Carbondale and formerly of Austin, Texas, was born December 14, 1952, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts to Helen Lorraine Blaurock Van Cleave and Calvin Van Cleave. She moved to Austin, Texas with her parents and was raised there. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1970. A highlight of her high school years was a choral group trip to Europe. Music continued to be a major love of her life. She worked at the University of Texas at Austin in the Electrical Engineering Department.  She was a member of the Siddha Yoga group in the 1970’s and more recently, the Dayemi Tariqat, a Sufi organization, in Carbondale, IL. She spent her whole life devoted to God and doing spiritual work.

Joan died peacefully on Sunday, July 12, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her mother, Helen Van Cleave of Georgetown, TX; sisters, Christine Attoun and Carole Albyn; three brothers, Calvin Lee Van Cleave, Stephen Donald Van Cleave, and Clifford Scott Van Cleave and many nieces and nephews.  

Graveside services for Joan Anne Van Cleave was held at 9:00 am, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Dayempur Family Farm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to For Kids Sake, (an organization that supports orphanages and schools in Bangladesh) at 100 E. Jackson Street, Suite C, Carbondale, IL 62901 or online at www.forkidssake.net.

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Bill J Farris of Anna, Illinois, April 4, 1929 – July 11, 2015

     Mr. Bill J. Farris, age 86 of Anna, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at his home. He was born April 4, 1929 in Cobden, the son of Lawrence and Hazel Hughs Farris. He married Marjorie Louise Singleton on August 26, 1950 in Piggott Arkansas. She preceded him in death on May 31, 2010.

     Bill was a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He served as a Military Policeman and was stationed in New Jersey. He worked for forty-three years at Lewis Brothers Bakery in Anna. Bill was the plant Superintendent of production until retiring in 1991. After retiring he and his wife Louise enjoyed traveling the country, taking many vacations through the years.

     Bill was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church since the church’s inception in 1959. He served as a Trustee and Sunday school teacher for almost four decades. Bill had a firm deep belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He will be missed by his loving family.

     Bill is survived by his stepson, Mike (Rita) Hancock of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Chad William Farris, Rachel Farris, Michelle Hancock, Scott Doody, Andrea Doody, Todd Hancock, Michael Hancock and Jamison Moore; two daughter in laws, Robbie Zoe Anderson and Janell Farris; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Louise Farris; son Mark Farris; and step daughter, Catherine Hancock; three sisters; and three brothers.

     Funeral services for Mr. Bill J. Farris will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Darryl Williams 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 and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Heights Baptist Church or the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna and at the church.

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Bill Jean farris of Anna, IL, April 4, 1929 – July 11, 2015

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        Mr. Bill Farris, age 86 of Anna, died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at his home.

        Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Darryl Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna Heights Baptist Church or the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna and at the church.

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Clinton “Clint” Scott Musgrave of Anna, Illinois, September 21, 2011 – July 6, 2015

     Clinton Scott Musgrave, age three years, nine and a half months, died at home on July 6, 2015.   He was born September 21, 2011,the son of Anthony Scott Musgrave.  

     Clinton was a beloved son, grandson, great-grandson, nephew and cousin.

     He is survived by his father, Anthony Scott Musgrave, his grandparents, Randy Musgrave and Judi Ray and Jeff and Leslie Harvel; Great grandparents Carolyn Musgrave, Maggie and William L. Musgrave, Sr,,  Connie Ray, Kathy Mayo and Connie Harvel; Aunt Heather Carter (Scott), Uncles Justyn Harvel and Jack Guggisberg; Great Aunts and Uncles, Christina Turner (Michael), William L. Musgrave, Jr. (April), and Robert Mayo (Gena), Jenny Harvel, Lynda Newton and Bob Harvel; his Godfather and cousin, Rusty Orsbourn; and Cousins Meredith, Hayden and Mackenzie Carter, Kaitlyn and Logan Turner, Mason, Megan, Marilyn and Gage Musgrave, and Maddie and Mallory Mayo.He was preceded in death by his great-great grandfather Lee Dallas; great-great grandmother Clara Dallas; great grandfathers Fred Harvel and Harold Mayo; Uncles Merle Dallas, Sr.,  Eugene Dallas,  Charles Harvel and Clyde Harvel; and Aunt Alice Musgrave.

     Clinton was loved by all that knew him.   He never met a stranger, only new friends … He was a member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church.  

     Visitation for Clinton will be from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Funeral services will be held privately for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a scholarship fund in Clinton’s memory. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in

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Paul G. Otten of Jonesboro, Illinois, February 27, 1923 – July 5, 2015

     Mr. Paul G. Otten, age 92 of Jonesboro, died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015 in the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. He was born February 27, 1923 in Campbell, IL, the son of Henry and Louise Huch Otten. He married Virginia Williams on June 10, 1947 in Jonesboro.

     Paul is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Otten of Jonesboro; one son, Alan (Sheila) Otten of Altenburg, MO; two daughters, Paulette (Ron) Schneider of Woodlawn, IL, and Kathy (Jim) Livesay of Jonesboro; ten grandchildren, Tina Otten, Paula (Glenn) Dorsey, Angie (Roger) Levan, Chad Otten, Casey (Beth) Otten, Sarah Livesay, Jacob (Sara) Livesay, Christie Ralls Craig Ralls, Jason Lilly (Ashlee); seven great grandchildren, Shelby, Roger and Jase Levan, Luke and Lauren Dorsey, Megan (Kyle) Rees, Joshua (Kelsie) Ralls; three great-great grandchildren, Kailynn and Madilynn Rees, and Anika Ralls; two sisters, Lola Edmonds of Anna, Helen Kreutz of Cape Girardeau; four sisters in law, Evelyn Otten of Anna, Betty Otten of Red Bud, Margaret (Pat) Rogers of Carbondale, and Wilma williams of Kansas City, KA; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Amos and Silas Otten; one sister, Janet Eddleman; and three brothers in law, Earl Edmonds, Leroy Eddleman and Clifford Kreutz.

     Paul was a lifetime member of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. He served on the board and taught Sunday school. He was always diligent in making sure the church and parsonage were in good shape.

     Paul was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He never met a stranger. His passions in life were numerous, especially for his family, his church, farming and animals. He also had a great and deep respect for all of his many farming friends. He will be missed for his smile and big caring heart. Paul proudly served his country during WWII with the navy, serving in the Pacific.

     Paul was full of goodness and grace. He taught us all the lesson of love, generosity of the heart, integrity and the love and goodness of God.

     The family would like to thank the staff of the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna, Hospice of Southern Illinois, and a very special thank you to Janice Daggs for being such a caring friend.

     Funeral services for Mr. Paul G. Otten will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bill Littrell and Pastor Dennis Scoville officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Burial Detail. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 and after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church or P.A.W.S. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Rhyker Oliver Johns of Anna, Illinois, January 29, 2015 – July 3, 2015

     Rhyker Oliver Johns, age 5 months, died at 6:23 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at his home. He was born January 29, 2015 in Marion, the son of Joseph Ray Jr. and Megan Marie Williamson Johns.

     Rhyker is survived by his parents, Joseph Ray Jr. and Megan Johns of Anna; brother, Joseph Ray Johns III; paternal grandparents, Joseph Ray (Lynn) Johns of Dongola; maternal grandparents, Jeff (Patti) Williamson of Anna, and Marcella (Tim) Freeburg of St. Louis, MO; paternal great grandparents, Bill (Dottie) Kileoyne of Chicago; maternal great grandparents, Janet (Jerry) Williamson of Dongola, and Brenda (Richard) Cooley of Dongola; and maternal great-great grandparent, Deloris Sligar of Dongola. He was preceded by his paternal grandmother, Pamela Marie Johns.

     Graveside services for Rhyker Oliver Johns will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola with Rev. Mike Turner officiating. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

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