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Opal Banks of Anna, Illinois died on October 10, 2014

Josephine Esther Mueller of Anna, Illinois died on October 20, 2014

Janice Elaine Peavler of Jonesboro, Illinois died on October 17, 2014

Frieda Carol Talley of Cobden, Illinois died on October 16, 2014

John Michael Spiess of Anna, Illinois, May 11, 1948 – May 8, 2014

     Mr. John Michael Spiess, age 65 of Anna, died at 1:42 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at his home. He was born May 11, 1948 in Chicago, the son of John Spiess Sr and Lucille Gigliello. He married Alisa Lange on June 15, 1983 in Marion, IL.

     John is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Alisa Spiess of Anna; two daughters, Nikki (Dwayne) Burrows of Anna, Lori (Dave) Cowsert of Ewing, IL; two brothers, Woodrow (Debbie) Lyell of Herrin, Joe (Chris) Lyell of Colp; one sister, Pat Skelton of Benton; sister in law, Maryanne (Mike) Finefield of Cary, IL; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Lucille and Woodrow Lyell; one daughter, Rachel Spiess and one son, John Spiess.

     John attended the Anna Heights Baptist Church for many years. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. He worked for Choate Mental Health Center for 25 years as an LPN.

     He was an avid book reader; he loved to work on lawn mowers and collected watches. John was a loving father, husband and friend; and dearly loved spending time with his family.

     Memorial services for Mr. John Michael Spiess will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna with Pastor Darryl Williams officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  

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Paul Marr of Anna, Illinois, May 28, 1925 – April 29, 2014

     Mr. Paul Marr, age 88 of Jonesboro, died at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. He was born May 28, 1925 in Tekamah, Nebraska the son of Vere Frederick and Mabel Mildred Miller Marr. He married Donna Foster. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2013.

     Paul is survived by one son Steve Marr of Jonesboro; one daughter, Lana (David) McCarver of Goreville; four grandchildren, Stephen Marr, John Paul McCarver, Rick McCarver, Justin McCarver; four great grandchildren, Landon McCarver, Pacey McCarver, Mason McCarver and Jackson McCarver; one sister, Mary (Richard) Key of Omaha, NE.; one brother, Mickey (Pam) Marr of Tekamah, NE; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna Marr.

     Paul proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a life member of the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. He spent his life farming in Union County.

     Funeral services for Mr. Paul Marr will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Randy Morgan 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 Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veteran’s Home Activity Fund. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Violet Lucresia Boyd of Jonesboro, Illinois, March 30, 1926 – April 28, 2014

     Mrs. Violet Lucresia Boyd, age 88 of Anna, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born March 30, 1926 in Reynoldsville, the daughter of Harry and Mae Jackson Wilson. She married Raymond A. Boyd on January 5, 1945 in Anna. He preceded her in death after 68 years of marriage on November 29, 2012.

     Violet is survived by her daughters, Judith (Charles) Neal of Anna, Jennifer Rae (Dr. Jerry) Goddard of Anna; one son, Randy (Kelly) Boyd of Stonefort; ten grandchildren, Ryan (Jeanette) Neal, Robin (Heather) Neal, Nathan Neal, Kelle O’Malley, Mathew Arthur Goddard, Shannon Goddard, Ashley Goddard, Ashton Martin, Jonathon Martin, Katrina Martin; four great grandchildren, Jordan O’Malley, Connor O’Malley, Briley Martin and Haven Martin; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond A. Boyd; six sisters, Mary Lacy, Ivory Wright, Wanda Rogers, Frankie Meisenheimer, Ruth Wilson and Oma Treece.

     Violet was a member of the Jonesboro Methodist Church for many years. Her final request was to have her bible in her bed as she chose compassionate care in the hospital. She had a loving heart and as in 1 Samuel 16:7 she did not judge others on outward appearance, but like her Lord looked at the heart. Violet was a tireless “giver”, she always put family and friends before herself even as her health began to fail. In addition to being the most wonderful mother a family could ever hope for, she had a kindness and sweetness of personality that affected all that knew her.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Violet Lucresia Boyd will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Pastor Jeff Owens officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery in Anna. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the River to River Assisted Living Community. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  

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Patricia Ann Groves of Anna, Illinois, December 3, 1934 – April 23, 2014

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        Mrs. Patricia Ann Groves, age 79 of Anna, died at 11:31 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born December 3, 1934 in Anna, the daughter of Earnest and Easter Dillow Thorne. She married Paul Edward Groves on February 7, 1952 in Anna.

        Patricia is survived by her loving husband, Paul Groves of Anna; two sons, Michael Paul Groves of Minooka, IL, Patrick Jay Groves of Tennessee; one daughter, Paula Marie Jones of Anna; seven grandchildren, Christopher Groves, Katie Groves, Kristie Jones, Alicia Groves, Peter Groves, Sara Groves, David Groves; two great grandchildren, Trinity Beckman and Patricia Williams; one brother, Gerald Thorne of Anna other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Roberta McMahan and one grandson, Steven Groves.

        According to her wishes, Mrs. Patricia Ann Groves will be cremated. Private family services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Lucien A. “Andy” Simpson of Olmstead, Illinois, June 26, 1943 – April 18, 2014

     Mr. Lucien A. “Andy” Simpson, age 70 of Olmstead, died at 9:45 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home. He was born June 26, 1943 in Merced, California, the son of LeRoy and Gladys J. Canton Simpson. He married LaVada Pearson on November 4, 2003 in Paducah, KY.

     Andy is survived by his loving wife, LaVada Simpson of Olmstead; one son, Craig Nathan Simpson of Fredricktown, Mo; one daughter, Christy Terry Bivens of Springfield, IL; LaVada’s children, Gina Baggott of Olmstead, Rebecca Johnson of Cobden, and Ray Baggott of Du Quoin; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Marvin LaHaye.

     Andy was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Cobden. He was a retired Correctional Officer with Illinois Department of Corrections. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

     Memorial services for Mr. Lucien A. “Andy” Simpson will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 25, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Brother Terry Kern and Rev. Danny Beggs officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour 12:00 noon Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

 

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Col. James D. “Bud” Green of Anna, Illinois, September 12, 1930 – April 20, 2014

     Mr. James D. “Bud” Green, age 83 of Anna, formerly of Wynne, AR, died at 11:49 a.m. Sunday, April 20, 2014 at his home. He was born September 12, 1930 in Pachuta, Mississippi, the son of Edwin Moody and Olevia Risher Green. He married Nancy Carol Tillotson on November 26, 1954 in Fort Worth, Texas.

     James is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Green of Anna; two daughters, Sheryl (Bill) Ribbing of Anna, Cynthia Carol (Bruce) Martin of Florence, South Carolina; three sons, Kelly Green of Greenville, South Carolina, Ed Green (Felicia Hicks) of Lebanon, MO, Col. James S. (Katherine) Green of Wickliffe, KY; fifteen grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

     Col. James Green was a faithful member of the Wynne Baptist Church in Wynne, AR for many years. He was an active member, leader and Sunday School Kindergarten Class. He also was the leader for the churches Awana Children’s group. He was a Rotary member and a dedicated member of the Gideon’s International. In 2011 he was named Cross County Distinguished Citizen of the Year and in 2012 was named Citizen of the Year for Wynne, AR.

     Col. James Green served his country in the Air Force from 1953 to 1984. During his many years of service as an Air Force pilot he flew numerous aircraft including a C-141 Starlifter and HH-53 rescue helicopter in Vietnam.

     During his military service Col. Green was an instructor pilot, quality control test pilot, transport pilot, rescue pilot, deputy base commander, base commander and director of inspection for the Military Airlift Command.

     He received Meritorious Service Medal with three oak clusters, Legion of Merit Award, Vietnam Service Medal with one silver and one bronze star, as well as numerous other awards for service.

     Upon Retirement Col. James Green moved to Wynne, AR where he had lived since 1984. During his years in Wynne he served one term as Mayor, participated in the Cross County special workshop, and served as Vice President of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Cross County. He would regularly read to 3rd graders at Wynne Intermediate School

     Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted by the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard Team. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Cross County Single Parent Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 504 Wynne, AR. 72396. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.

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Mildred Earline Matthews of Anna, Illinois, September 12, 1934 – April 17, 2014

     Mrs. Mildred Earline Matthews, age 79 of Anna, died at 11:23 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born September 12, 1934 in Braggadocio, Missouri, the daughter of Elmer and Lena Erwin Gibbs. She married Charles A. Dillow Sr. on June 4, 1951. He preceded her in death on September 27, 2005. Mildred later married Walter Matthews on September 24, 2010 in Paducah, KY.

     Mildred is survived by her loving husband, Walter Matthews of Anna; children, Paula J. (Gardner) Strauch of Suwanee, GA, Sandra J. (Jim) Fisher of Dongola; Charles A. (Marsha K.) Dillow of Russlleville, AL, Carl Gene Matthews of Carmi; seven grandchildren, Tamara M. Pirkle, Derek K. Strauch, Lisa Reese, Guy Wetherington III, Andria Thurm, Jenesia Ordonia, Charles Dillow III; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Richardson of Anna, Delores Barton of St. Charles, MO; one brother, Raymond Eugene Gibbs of Anna; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Charles A. Dillow Sr.; two brothers, Paul and Charles Gibbs; and one sister, Lorene Benedette.

     Mildred was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness in Murphysboro. Mildred’s favorite book was the bible; she made it her mission in life to witness to people.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Earline Matthews will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Brother John Bloomingstock officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery in Anna. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Matthews Family. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Carrol Grammer of Makanda, Illinois, March 28, 1926 – April 17, 2014

     Mr. Carrol Grammer, age 88 of Makanda, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  He was born March 28, 1926 in Wolf Lake, the son of James Andrew and Elsie Lily Hood Grammer. He married Julia Lawrence on September 17, 1950 in El Monte, California.

     Carrol is survived by his loving wife, Julia Grammer of Makanda; one daughter, Carroljane “C.J.” of Makanda; one brother, Jim Grammer of Los Angles, California; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Lawrence Andrew Grammer; three brothers and one sister.

     Carrol was a member of the First Baptist Church in Makanda for many years. He loved playing basketball and baseball at the Wolf Lake High School; he later played basketball for Murray State. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, serving there eighteen months.

     Carrol worked as a water supervisor at various water plants. He also worked as a heavy machine operator during his life. Carrol served on the Makanda Village Board for twenty years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan and would watch their games any chance he had. Carrol loved to grow and care for his vegetable garden; he was known for his generosity, giving away many of the vegetables he grew.

     Funeral services for Mr. Carrol Grammer will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Cliff Waller and Rev. David Stewart officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda. 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 10:00 and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Makanda. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Edna Eva Tellor of Alto Pass, Illinois, March 12, 1926 – April 11, 2014

     Mrs. Edna Eva Tellor, age 88 of Alto Pass, died at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Herrin Hospital. She was born March 12, 1926 in Alto Pass, the daughter of Everett D. and Eva A. Lindsey Baltzell. She married James A. Tellor on January 11, 1945 in Union County. He preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage.

     Edna is survived by her two daughters, Brenda (Ron) Parmly of Goreville, Sandy Stover of Lick Creek; four grandchildren, Lori Parmly of Jonesboro, Lane Parmly of Carterville, Shannon Menkhaus of Quincy, Aaron (Paula) Stover of Lick Creek; thirteen great grandchildren, Brittni Simmons, Baleigh Parmly, James, Jacob, Lee and Jonathan Parmly, Levi and Alyxsandra Wilkins, Luke and Abby Menkhaus, Kaylee, Kenzie and Kaleb Stover; two great-great grandchildren Jailynn Pratis and Jaxon Simmons; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James A. Tellor; grandson, Jonathan Luke; son in law, Bill Stover; brothers, Lloyd, Carl, Howard, and Denzil Baltzell; sisters, LaWanda Eastwood, Mildred Lyerla, Verna Gates and Imogene Fox.

     Edna was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden for many years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and cooking for her family.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Edna E. Tellor will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass.

 

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James H. “Jimmy” Morrison of Anna, Illinois, October 28, 1967 – April 12, 2014

     Mr. James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, age 46 of Anna, died at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born October 28, 1967 in Carbondale, the son of Gary and Janet Brewer Morrison.

     Jimmy is survived by his parents, Gary and Janet Morrison of Goreville; son, Joseph Morrison; daughter, Alaina Morrison both of Jonesboro; loving partner of many years, Denise Craig of Anna; sister and brother in law, Annett and Wade Pritchett of Goreville; brother, John and Cynthia Morrison of Goreville; several nieces and nephews, Gary William, Amanda, Clara Machelle, Jessica, Dylan, Summer, Lane, Leighton, Ashley, Brandi, and Knox; special uncle, John Brewer, Aunt Karen Boner; cousins, Mindy and Andy; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; brother in law, Joey; one uncle, Jerry and one cousin, Eric.

     Jimmy was an amazing athlete he shared his God given gift throughout his high school years at A.J.C.H.S. He went on to be drafted in the 10th round as a professional pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in June of 1986 at the age of 18. Jimmy played for the Boston Red Sox Minor league from 1986 to 1992, during his last season he was a member of the Major League roster.

     He was a lifetime member of the Major League Baseball Association, Professional Baseball League, the First Christian Church in Anna, the Iron Workers Local 782, and served as a Trustee at the Anna VFW.  He worked as an Iron Worker for many years, and earned the name “Big Jim” by his fellow brothers in the Iron Workers Union.

     Jimmy was a sports enthusiast; he loved watching baseball, basketball and football with his friends. He had a competitive spirit and loved to share it as he often could be found playing a round of golf at the local golf courses. He was a strong supporter in his home town of Anna and was always willing to help those in need. He loved his four legged furry babies, Roscoe, Larry and Cujo. Most of all Jimmy was a dedicated and caring father that loved his children dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. They were his world and everyone knew it, he will be missed by many family and friends.

     Funeral services for Mr. James H. “Jimmy” Morrison will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Bill Littrell officiating. Interment will be in the Busby Cemetery in Goreville. Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In LIEU of flowers the family preferres memorial contributions be given to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, or Homers for Health a Cardinal Glennon Children’s  Foundation, Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral

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