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Ethel Mae Blunt of Cobden, Illinois died on May 21, 2016

Sue (Lockard) Brimm of Springfield, Illinois died on May 20, 2016

Paul Morgan of Jonesboro, Illinois died on May 26, 2016

Johnny Ray "Bam Bam" New of Cobden, Illinois died on May 22, 2016

Katherine A. Swink of Anna, Illinois died on May 23, 2016

Tina Warden of Jonesboro, Illinois died on May 28, 2016

Doris Elizabeth West of Marion, Illinois died on May 18, 2016


Tina Warden of Jonesboro, Illinois, August 10, 1972 – May 28, 2016

    Mrs. Tina Warden, age 43 of Jonesboro, died at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born August 10, 1972 in Charleston, IL., the daughter of David and Dolly (Lane) Croy. She married Deon Warden on January 27, 1990 in Cobden.

   Tina is survived by her loving husband, Deon Warden of Jonesboro; three children, Tyler Warden of Jonesboro, Brittany Warden of Franklin, TN, and Jonathan Warden of Jonesboro; mother, Dolly (Tom) Nease of Effingham; father, David Croy of Greenup, IL., one brother, Ryan Croy of Toledo, IL., one sister, Julie Croy of Toledo, IL.; two step-sisters, Laurie Dasenbrock and Angie Evans both of Effingham; nieces, Alexis and Taylor Dearing; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Lillie Lane and Edgar and Marge Croy.

     Tina was a member of the Refuge Worship Center in Ware.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Tina Warden will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Danny Jones 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, June 1, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  

Paul Morgan of Jonesboro, Illinois, October 7, 1923 – May 26, 2016

     Mr. Paul Morgan, age 92, of Jonesboro, died at 7:35 a.m. Thursday, May 26 2016 in the Union County Hospital Long Term Care in Anna. He was born October 7, 1923 in Jonesboro, the son of Charles P. and Lela (Frick) Morgan. He married Luella M. Kelley on January 29, 1946 in Jonesboro. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2015.

     Paul is survived by his three sons, Randy (Mary) Morgan of McClure, Mike (Karen) Morgan, and Van (Beth) Morgan all of Jonesboro; one daughter, Paula Morgan of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, Shelley Hileman, Jenifer Eddleman, Danielle Parr, Miranda Wright, Andrew Parr, Katy Newman, Nikki Hudson, and Tonya Kendal; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Proveaux of Cape Girardeau, MO; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Luella Morgan; grandson, Duane Morgan; brother, Winstead Morgan; and two sisters, Edna McCloud an Delphia Morgan.

       Paul was a member of the Lockard Chapel Baptist Church for many years. Paul was a lifelong farmer, started and operated Run-N-Lake Hunting Club south of Ware, for over forty years.

        Funeral services for Mr. Paul Morgan will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Randy Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Katherine A. Swink of Anna, Illinois, May 3, 1944 – May 23, 2016

     Mrs. Katherine A. Swink, age 72 of Anna, died at 2:05 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2016 at St. Francis Medical Center.  She was born on May 3, 1944 in Anna the daughter of Alvin and Florence Young.  She married Mitchell Swink, he preceded her in death April 1, 1988.

        Katherine is survived by her son, Mitchell Swink of Anna and daughter, Tracy (Jesse) Koehler of Cocoa Beach, FL; step-dughter, teresa (Berry) waddington of Murphysboro; seven grandchildren, Micki Jo Woods, Brett Mitchell Swink, Molly Swink, Makayla Swink, Ashley Koehler, Jessica Koehler and Autumn Koehler; two great grandchildren, Sophia Woods and Timothy Hicks; one sister, Patricia Wagner of Anna, one brother, Michael Davidson of Jonesboro, other relatives and many friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

     Katherine retired from Florsheim Shoe and went on to work at Anna City Care Center as a cook.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine A. Swink will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery. 

Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Doris Elizabeth West of Marion, Illinois, May 16, 2016 – May 18, 2016

Doris Elizabeth West, 94, of Marion, formerly of Anna, died May 18, 2016. Born May 16, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to George M. and Natalie (Kuhlman) Andrews, she married then-USAAF Staff Sgt. James Edward West on July 1, 1944.

            After an adventuresome move from Philadelphia to Jims’ airbase assignment in South Dakota, they settled in Anna.  Though raised in the American (Northern) Baptist tradition, she embraced membership at Mount Moriah Lutheran Church, singing soprano in the choir.  Her wonderful voice and willingness to share it led her to sing at funerals and special times in her Church. At her time of passing, Doris was the oldest member of Mt. Moriah.  She regularly volunteered at the Stinson Library and for the Union County Hospital Auxiliary. For several years, she enjoyed the company of friends in their monthly Sewing Club.  She was an avid reader and did needlework until her failing eyesight prevented it. Doris was a good mother and homemaker; she also worked at Hodges Furniture Store, retiring after 15 years selling furnishings and advising customers.

            Doris and Jim shared 53 years of marriage until his passing in 1997.  She will be remembered for her elegance and kindly manners, constant prayers and concern for her family and friends, as a witness to her faith, and showing a courageous nature – those who knew her say she always put her best-foot-forward and maintained remarkable decorum.

Doris was a devoted and loyal mother, grandmother, and friend, always supporting loved ones with prayer and caring ways.  She is survived by son Kenneth Andrew (Veronica) West, Marion and daughter Betsy Ann (Dallas) Harris, Clinton, Illinois; sister-in-law Barbara Andrews of Santee, California; by grandchildren Bart Harris, Clinton, Bret (Sherrie) Harris, Clinton, Lexi West of Olmsted, Illinois, Melanie (Billy) Burkeen of Paducah, Kentucky, Sarah West of Marion, Caitlyn Conroy West of Cobden, Benjamin West of Marion, Natalie West of Sidney, Montana, and Samuel (Kelly) West of Nashville, Tennessee.  She leaves behind 9 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, by a son James Edward West Jr., and her brother George Kenneth Andrews. 

          A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna, Wednesday June 1 at 11 a.m., Rev. Marlin Otte officiating.  Visitation will be prior to the service, 10-11. Interment is 1:30 p.m. at the Anna Cemetery.  Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Mount Moriah or Friends of the Stinson Library. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Johnny Ray “Bam Bam” New of Cobden, Illinois, March 22, 1958 – May 22, 2016

         Mr. Johnny Ray “Bam Bam” New, age 58 of Cobden, died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his home. He was born March 22, 1958 in Muncie, IN, the son of Lee Hollis and Hazel (Malone) New. He married Ruth Seals on August 14, 1976.

         Johnny is survived by his loving wife, Ruth New of Cobden; son, Johnny “Jay” (Hailey) New of Dongola; daughter, Natasha (Ben) Casey of Anna; four grandchildren, Kailey and Paisley New, Keron and Kayleen; two sisters, Ginger “Twink” (Bryan) Morrison of Cobden, Patricia (Pete) Williams of Annapolis, MO; two brothers, Clyde (Cindy) New of Bryant, IN, and Larry (Charlotte) New of Muncie, IN; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Zane; one brother, Charles Maurice New; and one sister, Nancy A. Timmons.

          Johnny worked as a carpenter and truck driver for many years and was a Harley Davidson fan. Johnny proudly served his country in the United States Army.

          Funeral services for Mr. Johnny Ray “Bam Bam” New will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Jeff Starr officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #2455 of the V.F.W. in Anna.  Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.     

Ethel Mae Blunt of Cobden, Illinois, June 2, 1927 – May 21, 2016

 

     Mrs. Ethel Mae Blunt, age 88 of Cobden, died at 6:46 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born June 2, 1927 in Cobden, the daughter of Fred and Mae (Hodges) Flamm. She married Harold L. “Bud” Blunt Sr. on October 28, 1958 in Cobden. He preceded her in death in August 1972.

 

      Ethel Mae is survived by her four sons, Doug (Melody) Meadows of Anna, Chuck (Charlotte) Meadows of Cobden, Harold Blunt Jr. of Blue Springs, MO, and Scott (Michele) Blunt of Lynn Haven, FL.; eleven grandchildren, Mike Graham of Panama City Beach, FL, Don Graham of Bakersfield, CA, Richard (Jennifer) Graham of Parker, CO, Mary Meadows, Douglas Meadows II both of Cobden, Rhondalynn (Ken) Rushing of Russiaville, IN, Jeff Meadows, Le Clark, Serenity Meadows all of Cobden, and Aaron Blunt of Blue Springs, MO, Xander Blunt of Lynn Haven, FL.; twelve great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles (Virginia) Flamm of Cobden; one sister, Marlene Rich of Marion; many loved nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold L. “Bud” Blunt Sr.; daughter, Janis Graham; sister, Audrey Ann Vitt; and two brothers in law, John Vitt Sr. and Gordon Rich.

 

      Ethel Mae was a faithful member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden, she served as church trustee for many years and was a member of the Ladies Sodality group. She was a dedicated military wife to her husband Harold during his military career, traveling extensively. She enjoyed crocheting and painting; but above all loved spending time with her grandchildren.

 

         Funeral mass for Mrs. Ethel Mae Blunt will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden with Father Federico Higuera and Father Uriel Salamanca officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cobden. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m., friends may also call from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

Sue (Lockard) Brimm of Springfield, Illinois, March 7, 1940 – May 20, 2016

     Mrs. Sue Brimm, age 76 of Springfield, formerly of Cobden, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at her home.  Sue was born March 7, 1940 in Anna to Louie and Mildred (Mallender) Lockard of Cobden IL. She married Gene Brimm on November 1, 1958 in St Louis Mo.

     She is survived by her husband, son Allen (Terri) of Wimberley TX.; four grandchildren, Hannah and Haleigh Black of Chatham, Ben and Rachael Brimm of Wimberley TX.; sister Kathy (Dennis) Thornburg of Anna; several nieces and nephews; son in law, Reggie Black of Chatham; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Laura Black;  and older sister Betty McIntire.

     Sue was devoted to her family and a friend to many. She was a member of the Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church for many years. Sue was someone who never met a stranger.  She was always interested in knowing and caring about people she met. She was a stay at home mom until starting to work for H & R Block. When her husband retired from the State of Illinois in 1988, she determined they were too young to quit working and then started her own Tax and Accounting business. After 21 years they sold a successful business and officially retired.  Sue was always finding ways to help others through volunteering with PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and her church. She was one of the first women to be recognized with the Silver Beaver, the highest award for a volunteer of a Boy Scout Council. She was an Enrolled Agent and a member of the NATP.

     Graveside services for Mrs. Sue Brimm will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home or mailed directly to the church at 501 South Douglas Ave. Springfield, IL. 62704.

Mable Margaret Smith of Jonesboro, Illinois, December 28, 1923 – May 17, 2016

Mrs. Mable Margaret Smith, age 92 of Jonesboro, died at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Marion VA Medical Center.  She was born on December 28, 1923 in Memphis, TN the daughter of Edward and Letha Mettille (Kelly) Hellengreen.  She married Leroy Smith on February 16, 1957 in Dixon, IL.

        Mable is survived by her children, Bonnie (Tom) Riston of Tamms, Tom (Angie) Smith of Jonesboro, Micki Smith of Grand Chain, and Staci (John) Dunn of Cobden; seven grandchildren, Danni Riston of Blytheville, AR, Tyler Duarte of San Antonio, TX, Tyler (Sissy) Townley of Anna, Meghan Smith of Jonesboro, Brandon Smith of Grand Chain, Bailee Smith of Grand Chain, and Marlee Smith of Jonesboro; great grandchild, Danny Lynn Riston of Blytheville, AR; one brother, Edmond Hellengreen of Ottawa; all her special friends at Cache Valley Assisted Living in Ullin, other relatives and many friends.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leroy Smith; one brother, Arthur Hellengreen and one granddaughter, Melody Smith.

        Mable proudly served in the military WAC (Womens Army Corp) in WWII. She was one of the 1st women to serve within the ranks of the United States Army where she was a truck driver and mechanic.

        In the early 1970’s she owned and operated the Bald Knob Café in Alto Pass.  Mable worked as a tech at the Manteno State Hospital, and at the Anna State Hospital as a housekeeper.  After raising her children, Mable went back to work in the early 1990’s and worked for the Sunshine Inn kitchen and delivered Meals onWheels program.  She also worked for Addus Healthcare and Shawnee Development as a home caregiver.  Mable always  joked about how most of her clients she cared for were much younger than herself. Mable was a feisty and hardworking lady and worked right up until she was in her 80’s.

    Funeral services for Mrs. Mable Margaret Smith will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Clark Short officiating.  Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery.  Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion.

    Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Mary Ruth Lessar of Tamms, Illinois, January 22, 1930 – May 16, 2016

 

 

Mrs. Mary “Ruth” Lessar, age 86 Tamms, died at 9:44 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at Saint Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.  She was born on January 22, 1930 in Tamms the daughter of William Edward and Carrie (Illman) Newell.  She married Edward E. Lessar on March 4, 1948 in Elco. He preceded her in death February 19, 2007. 

 

        Ruth is survived by her two children, Yvonne (Gary) Birk of Jonesboro; Dwayne Lessar of Tamms; two grandchildren, Andrew (Cassandra) Lessar and Kara (Scott) Green; two great grandchildren, Philip Lessar and Sarah Lessar; other relatives and many friends.

 

        She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward E. Lessar; three brothers, Henry Lee Newell, Roy Newell and Glenn Newell.

 

     Ruth was a member of the Tamms Pentecostal Church.  She love vegetable gardening and fishing. 

Ruth was unable to attend high school but in later years she was very proud to obtain her GED.

She later went on to work for Shawnee Development Council as a caretaker.

 

        Funeral services for Mrs. Mary “Ruth” Lessar will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Andrew Lessar and Rev. James McLane officiating. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Thomas N Greenwood of Jonesboro, Illinois, April 16, 1936 – May 11, 2016

Mr. Thomas N. “Tom” Greenwood, age 80, of Jonesboro, died at 3:29 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in the OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born April 16, 1936 in Flora, the son of Everett and Nadine (Woods) Greenwood. He married Martha Nicholson on August 19, 1956 in Anna.

        Tom is survived by his loving wife of sixty years, Martha Greenwood of Jonesboro; three sons and one daughter, Neil (Connie) Greenwood of Mt. Vernon, Chris (Lisa) Greenwood of Marietta, GA., Tracey Greenwood of Morton, and Tim (Gina) Greenwood of Franklin, TN., seven grandchildren, Tom (Wendy) Greenwood, Jonathon Greenwood, Jesse Greenwood, Drew Greenwood, Maya Greenwood, Braydon Greenwood, and Maryn Greenwood; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Laney Greenwood; one sister, Mary Lou Wright of Fairview Heights; other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Brendan Avery Greenwood.

        Tom was a member of Jonesboro First Baptist Church and was Fire Chief in Jonesboro for many years.  He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, a loyal St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan, and an avid and talented fisherman.  He managed Associated Lumber in Jonesboro until his retirement.

        Funeral services for Tom Greenwood will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Todd Plunkett and Rev. Mike Turner officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jonesboro First Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.