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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

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


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.

Carol Bernice Hickam of Dongola, Illinois, June 17, 1959 – May 10, 2016

          Mrs. Carol Bernice Hickam, age 56 of Dongola, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the Herrin Hospital. She was born June 17, 1959 in Bruckenau, Germany. The daughter of Wendall R. Miller and Berdie (Toler) Miller. She married James Hickam in Alto Pass.

          Carol is survived by her husband, James Hickam of Dongola; two sons, James Allen Hickam and Justin Ray Hickam both of Dongola; father, Wendall R. (Vernita) Miller of Alto Pass; one brother, Wade (Patty) Miller of Chester; mother in law, Joan Hickam of Tamms; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her mother.

          Carol was a member of the Dongola Baptist Church for many years. She worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant.

          Funeral services for Mrs. Carol Bernice Hickam will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Carroll Toler officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Brenda Sue Roach of Metropolis,Illinois, December 22, 1952 – May 5, 2016

Mrs. Brenda Sue Roach, age 63 of Metropolis formerly of Cobden, died at 12:48 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. She was born in Carbondale, the daughter of Robert L. and Martha A. (Adams) Furlow. She married Harold L. Roach on February 9, 1974 in Jonesboro.

        Brenda is survived by her husband, Harold Leroy Roach of Metropolis; four sons, Jeffery Lawrence Furlow of Eddyville, KY; John Anthony (Kim Erin) Roach of Jonesboro; Kevin Eugene (Debbie Sue) Roach of Dongola; Keith Allen (Annette Lynne) Roach of Dongola; fourteen grandchildren, Jeffery Lawrence Jr.(Scarlett Louisa Faye) Furlow, Joshua Scott Furlow, Amanda Faith (Zach Shannon) Longmire, Shelby Marie (JD) Brown, Alisha Nicole Brimm (Victor Murillo), John Michael Brimm, Elizabeth Jadden Brimm, Brittany Marie Roach, Brandon Lee Kane, Brittany Ann Kane, Brett Allen Hammer, Lane Michael Hammer, Gage Ray Brock and Manda Dawn Harris; three great grandchildren, Linda Faith Furlow, Lane Francis Furlow and Dominic Eugene Alan Longmire; four sisters; Sharon (Jim) Keller of Dixon, Roberta (Gary) Michaels of Cobden, Donna (Joe) Powell of Ava, Diane Dailey of Anna; one brother, Robert Jr. (Cathy) Furlow of Cobden, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

       

 

        Brenda was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church of Cobden. 

She loved her family, her flowers and going to the Casino.

        Funeral services for Mrs. Brenda Sue Roach will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Bon Reynolds officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorials may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Stevan H. Knavel of Anna, Illinois, January 29, 1954 – April 29, 2016

 

 

          Mr. Stevan Knavel, age 62 of Anna, died at 11:55 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 in the Union County Hospital.  He was born on January 29, 1954 in Denver, CO the son of Leroy and Ruth (French) Knavel.

           Stevan is survived by one brother, Christopher Knavel; one sister, Lisa Jo Briggs and his family and friends at Choate Mental Health and Development Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

           Services will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the Choate Chapel with Dee Armes officiating.  Internment in the Choate Cemetery.  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna are in charge of arrangements.

Berry Sharp of Dongola, Illinois, June 25, 1963 – May 1, 2016

         Mr. Berry Sharp, age 52 of Dongola, died at 8:59 a.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Baptist Health in Paducah, KY. He was born June 25, 1963 the son of Joe Cephis and Gloria Joann (Moad) Sharp.

         Berry is survived by his mother, Gloria Joann Sharp of Cobden; wife, Christine Sharp of Dongola; daughter, Crystal (Bryan) Pulliam of Carbondale; step-children, Stephanie (Mike) Bohnert of Perryville, MO., Karen Teague of Jackson, MO; grandchildren, Brittney (Christopher McGraw) Pulliam, Nathan Pulliam, Morgan Pulliam; step-grandchildren, Damien McAlister, Sierra McAlister, and Jayden Smith; great-grandchild, Bently McGraw; dear friend, Billie Wyant of Dongola and her children, Colten, Terry and Erin; two brothers, Terry Sharp of Granite City, and Harold Sharp of Cobden; nieces and nephews, Melissa (Jason) Peach, Kristen Apponey, Andrew Sharp (Kristy Holder), Amy Jo (Kevin) Beagle; great nieces and nephews, Ryan, Savannah, Caroline, and Haley. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Cephis Sharp.

         Berry worked for Florsheim Shoe Company for many years and later for the Village of Dongola.

         Funeral services for Mr. Berry Sharp will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Jeff Starr officiating. Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.