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Norma Laminack - Vaughn of Anna, Illinois died on June 19, 2016

Bobby Joe Murray of Anna, Illinois died on June 24, 2016

Lonnie B Smith of Missouri died on June 25, 2016

Roger Turner of Cobden, Illinois died on June 26, 2016

Steven M. Wright of Anna, Illinois died on June 24, 2016


Lonnie B Smith of Missouri, December 22, 1935 – June 25, 2016

LONNIE B. SMITH Sunday, December 22, 1935 – Saturday, June 25, 2016

There will be a visitation 10-11:00 A.M, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Billings Assembly of God Church
There will be a visitation 10–11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 29th in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home, 301 W. Spring St., Anna, Illinois, with a graveside service to follow.

Lonnie Smith, 80, went home to be with Jesus on June 25, 2016. He was born on December 22, 1935, to Alonzo and Edna (Blake) Smith in Sand Ridge, IL. He married his “banana-curled beauty” Joan (Lambdin) Smith (Joanie) on June 7, 1960. God blessed their marriage with four children: son, Kerry David Smith; daughter, Angela Joan Smith; daughter, Amanda Renee (Smith) Cox; and daughter, Melissa Joy (Smith) Pulis.
Lonnie was a gifted teacher and he spent his entire life, both personally and professionally, teaching others. When he began college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1952, he chose to pursue a degree in Chemistry. He often recounted how God used an event that, on the surface, seemed to be a personal hardship, to change the course of his life and launch him on a path that was his true calling from God. When he became ill with rheumatic fever, he was forced to drop out of college for a year. When he returned, a guidance counselor convinced him that he had fallen too far behind to return to the Chemistry program, so he chose elementary education instead. He never looked back, graduating in the late 1950’s with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
He began working as a fifth grade teacher at Belle Valley School District shortly thereafter. Lonnie had an ability to paint word pictures that made it easy for his students to grasp abstract concepts he wanted them to learn and remember. He was patient and wise, stern when he needed to be, but always fair. He gained a reputation in the school district as a teacher much loved by the students and respected by his peers. After nearly ten years as an exemplary teacher, and spending his summers earning his Master’s in Education by 1962, he was promoted to school principal and remained in this job until he retired in 1992.
Many family members and friends, including his three daughters and his wife also have had the sheer joy of sitting under his teaching in the many years he spent as a Sunday school teacher. Lonnie was an exceptional teacher because he loved to learn. He never stopped reading, studying, and exploring new ideas. He spent his life delving deeper and deeper into the Bible and sharing what he learned with others. He impacted his students with vivid word pictures and metaphors that would help them always remember the life-giving biblical principles he presented in his classes.
These lessons were further enhanced by his personal example as he lived what he believed in his daily life. His daughters can tell you he never left the house for work in the morning until he had kissed them all and told them he loved them. The kids at school would tell you Mister Smith was always in the cafeteria to help them get that stubborn lid off their thermos bottles. And more than one of them can recount how impressively far Mister Smith could hit the baseball on the playground!
In these past days as family and friends have spoken of Lonnie and his impact on their lives, these words are heard over and over: gentle, kind, wise, a man of integrity.

He will be greatly missed, but we have learned well, and we will see him again soon!
He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan; children: Angie Smith; Mandy Cox and her husband, Dane; Melissa Pulis and her husband, Steve; grandchildren: Grace Cox, Sarah Cox, Nathan Pulis, and Colin Pulis; his sister Ona, his brother, Mervan, and many other relatives and friends. Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Ralph Kenneth, Della, Virginia, Harold, Wilma Jean, Linda; and son Kerry.
Visitation will be held on June 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Billings Assembly of God, Billings, MO. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev Rick Morrison officiating. A visitation will also be held on June 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, IL, followed by burial at Jonesboro Cemetery in Jonesboro, IL.

Steven M. Wright of Anna, Illinois, September 4, 1980 – June 24, 2016

     Mr. Steven M. Wright, age 35, died at 9:14 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born September 4, 1980 in Murphysboro, the son of Carl M. and Imogene (Tellor) Wright.

     Steven is survived by his parents, Carl and Imogene Wright of Anna; one sister, Kimberly (Emmanuel) Garcia of Anna; one nephew, Isaac Garcia and one niece, Mackenzie Garcia both of Anna; maternal grandmother, Marcella Tellor of Anna; uncles and aunts, Allen “Hot Dog” (Reva) Wright, Jim (Gladys) Johnson and family, Sharon Mansfield, Louie Tellor and family, Lisa Casey and family, Mary Ann Case and Family and Mitchell Tellor and Family; many cousins; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Carl R. and Betty J. Wright.

     Steven was a 1999 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, the same year he was involved in an automobile accident. He has struggled over the years with medical issues, now he is at peace, he will be deeply missed by his family.

     Funeral services for Mr. Steven M. Wright will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Friends may call after 12:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.   

Bobby Joe Murray of Anna, Illinois, October 7, 1947 – June 24, 2016

         Mr. Bobby Joe Murray, age 68 of Anna, passed away with his family at his side at 3:57 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born October 7, 1947 in Cobden, the son of William and Bertie Geraldine (Bennett) Murray. He married Edwina Landers on January 28, 1992.

         Bobby is survived by his loving wife, Edwina Murray of Anna; son Tommy (Angie) Smith of Jonesboro; two daughters, Cindy (Tim) Chamness of Anna and Eileen (Wes) Wilkins of Cobden; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Wilkins, Taylor (Bill) Miller, Josie Chamness, Katelynn Chamness, Jenna Chamness, Meghan Smith and Marlee Smith; one great-grandchild, Jalynn Chamness-Moss; three brothers, Billy (Nadine) Murray of Alto Pass, Donnie (Linda) Murray of Anna, and Frankie (Janice) Murray of Anna; three sisters, Bertie Green of Alabama, Dorothy Burgess and Betty Stegle both Anna; three sisters in law, Carolyn Murray, Marion Murray and Patsy Murray; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Laverne Highland; four brothers, Robert Murray, Melvin Murray, Jimmy Murray and Charlie Murray; and one sister in law, Sue Murray.

         Bobby was a member of the Immanuel Praise and Worship Center in Cobden. He was a truck driver for thirty four years; an avid Cub’s Baseball Fan, and enjoyed spending time mowing the lawn.

         Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Joe Murray will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 in the Immanuel Praise and Worship Center in Cobden with Rev. Carl Dillow officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016 in the Immanuel Praise and Worship Center in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and at the Church.  

Norma Laminack – Vaughn of Anna, Illinois, December 4, 1932 – June 19, 2016

Mrs. Norma Vaughn, age 83 of Anna, died at 9:44 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016 at her home. She was born December 4, 1932 in Anna, the daughter of Roy and Brooksie (Howell) Swafford. She married Vernon G. Laminack on November 4, 1948 in Osceola, AR. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1991.

        Norma is survived by her three sons, Leon (Jan) Laminack of Bourbonnais, Allen (Rita) Laminack of Lick Creek, Grover (Sheary) Laminack of Cambria; one daughter, Margie Laminack of Anna; fifteen grandchildren, Lee Laminack of Bradley, Tammi Laminack of Elgin, Shannon Laminack of Lick Creek, Simon (Kasey) Laminack of Dongola, Kriste Bryson of Franklin, KY, Kelly (Michael) Mills of Texas, Emilee (Warren) Otey of Carbondale, Jeremy (Mckenzie) Laminack of Tampa, Devin and Trent Laminack of Marion, Shawn Laminack, Ricky (Tammy) Williams all of Anna, Shane Williams of Carbondale, Jeremy Garrison of Bourbonnais, and Christy (Mike) Wright of Bradley; eighteen great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon G. Laminack; one son, Keith; one grandson, Josh Williams; seven brothers and sisters; and second husband, Harold Vaughn.

        Norma was retired from the Florsheim Shoe Company. She enjoyed dancing and traveling with her husband, Vernon and her missionary work with the Lakota Indians.

        Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Vaughn will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Mike Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are preferred to be made to the family. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Norma Vaughn of Anna, Illinois, December 4, 1932 – June 19, 2016

Mrs. Norma Vaughn, age 83 of Anna, died at 9:44 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016 at her home. She was born December 4, 1932 in Anna, the daughter of Roy and Brooksie (Howell) Swafford. She married Vernon G. Laminack on November 4, 1948 in Osceola, AR. He preceded her in death on April 17, 1991.

        Norma is survived by her three sons, Leon (Jan) Laminack of Bourbonnais, Allen (Rita) Laminack of Lick Creek, Grover (Sheary) Laminack of Cambria; one daughter, Margie Laminack of Anna; fifteen grandchildren, Lee Laminack of Bradley, Tammi Laminack of Elgin, Shannon Laminack of Lick Creek, Simon (Kasey) Laminack of Dongola, Kriste Bryson of Franklin, KY, Kelly (Michael) Mills of Texas, Emilee (Warren) Otey of Carbondale, Jeremy (Mckenzie) Laminack of Tampa, Devin and Trent Laminack of Marion, Shawn Laminack, Ricky (Tammy) Williams all of Anna, Shane Williams of Carbondale, Jeremy Garrison of Bourbonnais, and Christy (Mike) Wright of Bradley; eighteen great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon G. Laminack; one son, Keith; one grandson, Josh Williams; seven brothers and sisters; and second husband, Harold Vaughn.

        Norma was retired from the Florsheim Shoe Company. She enjoyed dancing and traveling with her husband, Vernon and her missionary work with the Lakota Indians.

        Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Vaughn will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Mike Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are preferred to be made to the family. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Catherine Maginel of Jonesboro, Illinois, September 14, 1927 – June 11, 2016

          Mrs. Cathie Maginel, age 88 of Jonesboro, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Illinois Veterans Home.  She was born on September 14, 1927 in Green Bay, Wisconsin the daughter of Henry A. and Rose (Warren) Sterns.  She graduated from St. Lukis Hospital School of nursing in Chicago, Illinois.  She was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, WWII.   She married Calvin J. Maginel on August 13, 1949 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

          Cathie was an active supporter of the Barkhausen Center and also This Able Veteran organization for those wishing to remember her.  Catherine was a member of the Southern Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Native Plant Society and the Nature Conservancy.  Catherine was of the Lutheran faith.

 

          Cathie is survived by her loving husband, Calvin J. Maginel; four children, Jim (Mary) Maginel of Olive Branch, David (Marianne) Maginel of Olive Branch, John (Paige) Maginel of Perks, Dan Maginel and Miguel Pou of Sitges, Spain; four grandchildren, Calvin III, Katie, Bryce and Henry; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Funeral services for Cathie Maginel will be a private service on Monday, June 13, 2016

 Interment will be in the Maginel Family Cemetery.

 

Catherine Maginel of Jonesboro, Illinois, September 14, 2016 – June 11, 2016

Reuben T. Hawkins of Cobden, Illinois, March 1, 1932 – June 9, 2016

Mr. Reuben T. Hawkins, age 84 of Cobden, died at 7:42 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born March 1, 1932 in Johnson County, the son of Walter U. and Grace (Keener) Hawkins. He married Ella Jean Hooper on September 14, 1968 in Morganfield, KY.

        Reuben is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne Hawkins of Cobden; one son, Reuben Andy (Jennifer) Hawkins of Cobden; three grandchildren, Mike, A.J. and Grace Hawkins; one sister, Mary Camden of Anna; two aunts, Ellen Walters of Bushnell, IL and Clara Keener of Prairie City, IL.; eight nieces and nephews; nineteen great nieces and nephews; thirty-eight great-great nieces and nephews; and five great-great-great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ernest Hawkins and one sister Elsie Bethards.

        Reuben attended Limestone Baptist Church in Cobden. He retired from Rend Lake Community College where he worked many years as an instructor. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Reuben was a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Operating Engineers Local #318.       

        Funeral services for Mr. Reuben T. Hawkins will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Bob Dover and Rev. Jerry King 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 Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard Military Funeral Honor Team. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday June 12, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Preferred memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Bald Knob Cross of Peace. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

James A. Basse of Jonesboro, Illinois, April 29, 1936 – June 5, 2016

Mr. James A. Basse, age 80 of Jonesboro, died at 9:03 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Saint Francis Hospital in Cape.  He was born on April 29, 1936 in Wyandotte, MI the son of Alvin James and Hazel Frances (Meyer) Basse.  He married Carolyn Sweitzer on December 2, 1966 in Cobden.

           James was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan, and was of the Methodist Faith.  James proudly served in the United States Army.  James retired from SIU in Carbondale where he was a driver for the Physical Plant for many years.

          James is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Basse of Jonesboro; three children, Julie (Don) Hamilton of Ava, Christy Basse of Jonesboro, and Jeff Basse of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Kelly Hamilton, and Kayla Hamilton both of Ava; one sister, Nancy (Jerry) Womick of Ohio; an aunt, Ruth Hankla of Anna, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

           Funeral services for Mr. James A. Basse will be at 1:00 pm p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Billy Carter officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Hospital.  Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

 

Scott Cook of Anna, Illinois, May 29, 1963 – June 1, 2016

   Mr. Scott Cook, age 53 of Anna, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his home. He was born May 29, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Donald Lee and Mavis Marlene (Hankins) Cook.

   Scott is survived by his children, Alishia Nalcolm of Stafford, Kansas, Donald Cook, Cyndil Cook and Christina Rodriguez all of Alamgordo, New Mexico; sisters, Lana Kaye (Roger) Glasco of Anna, Brenda Faye Hampton of Anna, and Donna Marie (Jeffery) Pratt of Pacific, MO; brother, Ricky R.D. Williams of Anna; other relatives and may friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Billy Ray Cook.

   Scott served his country in the United States Navy.

A memorial service will be held for Scott on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm in the Anna City Park.
Interment will be held at a later date at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri