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Barbara Kathleen Aldridge of Troy, Illinois died on November 22, 2016

Iretha "Rease" Lynn Bible of Olmsted, Illinois died on November 21, 2016

Eugene H. Kohler of Anna, Illinois died on November 28, 2016


John Peter Grimm of Buncombe, Illinois, October 22, 1954 – August 11, 2016

Mr. John Peter Grimm, age 61 of Buncombe, died at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  He was born October 22, 1954 in Toronto, Canada, the son of Noel and Mary Jo (Beasley) Grimm. He married Kathy Trexler on January 8, 2016 in Vienna.

   John is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Grimm of Buncombe; son, Nicholas Grimm of Carbondale; daughter, Katy (Craig) Harness of Kansas; other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

    John worked as a laborer for twenty-seven years.  He was a loving husband and father.  The family would like to give a special thank you to Kevin and Michelle Starr and the Cape First Church for their support during his illness.

   Services for Mr. John Peter Grimm will be held privately for the family.

Joann Spiller of Cobden, Illinois, December 26, 1956 – August 11, 2016

          Joann Spiller, age 59 of Cobden, died at 3:48 am Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born in Union County, IL on December 26, 1956, the daughter of William Fraiser & Edna Mae (Davis) Matheney.  She married Robert Roy Dover on October 9, 1982 in Champaign. He preceded her in death on April 6, 1988. Later, she married Paul Spiller, on February 15, 1991 in   Jonesboro.  He preceded her in death on June 6, 2010.

          Joann is survived by her children, Anna Mae Dover of Anna, James Dover of Beecher City, IL, and Andy Dover of Cobden; six grandchildren, Joey Rulevish, Trenton Rulevish, Calvin Smith, Chloe Dover, Kylie Dover and Madison Dover; two  brothers, Billy Matheney of Cobden, and Daniel Matheney; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert Dover and husband, Paul Spiller; infant daughter, Cathy Jo Dover; two brothers, William F. Matheney Jr. and Leon Matheney; two sisters, Rosemary Mason and Francis Matheney.

            Joann loved the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family.   Joann worked many years at Florsheim Shoe Company in Anna.

          Funeral services for Joann Spiller will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Bobby Richardson officiating.  Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery.  Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. 

Mildred Geraldine Allen of Louisville, May 12, 1920 – August 1, 2016

 

 

Mildred Geraldine Allen, age 96 of Louisville, formerly of Makanda, died at 9:41 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving daughters.  She was born on May 12, 1920 in Makanda, the daughter of Jess and Lucinda (Brasel) Toler.  She married Melvin Edward Allen on October 2, 1937 in Benton, MO.  He preceded her in death on May 24, 2004.

 

        Mildred is survived by her eight children, Jack Edward Allen of Makanda, Floyd Ray (Janet) Allen of Makanda, Patricia Ann (Robert) Hansen of Lindenhurst, Sharon (Robert) Ray of Thompsonville, James Melvin (Kathy) Allen of Johnston City, John Wayne (Rhonda) Allen of Guyton, GA, Brenda Geraldine (Dave) Hartwick of Mattoon, Linda Kay Childers-Sargent of Louisville; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. 

 

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin Edward Allen; two daughters, Shirley Mae Allen and Melba Jean Carlton-Heiman; one son, Robert Lee Allen; two sisters, Jessie Mahr and Mary Toler; and two brothers, Lawrence & Paul Toler.

 

        Mildred was a cook at Giant City Lodge for many years.  She was an avid songwriter and gardener, she loved to travel in the U.S. & abroad.  She had a great faith in God and was an inspiration to many people.

 

        Mildred was a warrior, fighting a battle with congestive heart failure and A-fib for the last 6 years.  She dearly loved her family and will be dearly missed.

 

        Funeral services for Mildred Geraldine Allen will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro on Friday, August 5, 2016, with Rev. Bon Reynolds, Rev. Richard Reynolds and Rev. Jimmy Reynolds officiating.  Interment will be in the Rowan Cemetery in Makanda.  Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay County Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Houston Casper of Tuscan, AZ, January 11, 1927 – August 3, 2016

 Mr. Houston Casper, age 89, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Anna, died at 5:00 a.m.  Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in the Morning Glory Assisted Living in Peoria, AZ.  He was born January 11, 1927 the son of Conrad Russel and Tirzah (Blackford) Casper. He married Vera Fae (Pulliam) on December 5, 1947 in Anna. She preceded him in death on February 22, 2013.

Houston proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII.  He was a carpenter in the construction trade for many years.

Houston is survived by his daughters, Connie Rae (Casper) Collins of Sun City, AZ, Kimberly Kay (Casper) Franklin of Mesa, AZ; three grandchildren, Lisa Scarpinato, Patrick Collins and David Franklin; two great-grandchildren, Dustie Smith and Taylor Scarpinato.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vera Fae Casper.

Funeral services for Houston Casper will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 in the New Beginnings Church in Anna. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery with Rev. Richard Pearce officiating. 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 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 in the New Beginnings Church in Anna. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to, Kitchen on the Street. Kitchen on the Street is a faith based non-profit organization.  Turning hunger into hope….one child at a time.  Envelopes will be available at the church and at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Anna.

 

Cindy Qualls of Ullin, Illinois, June 15, 1962 – August 7, 2016

Cindy Qualls, age 54 of Ullin, died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at her home.  She was born on June 15, 1962 in Red Bud, the daughter of Howard Michael and Eva Jo (Duskey) Qualls. 

She worked many years at the Dyno Nobel in Wolf Lake.

          Cindy is survived by her son, Kerry Gene (Mary) Livesay of Perks; two daughters, Alisha Dawn Livesay of Moline, Miranda (Darrell) Bracken of Perks; seven grandchildren; one sister, Gayla (Brad) Duckworth of LaFayette, LA; soul mate, Jeff Holmes of Perks; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

            Funeral services for Cindy Qualls will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pete Vincent officiating.  Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery.  Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. and until the hour of the service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Karol Lee Hunter of Stonefort, Illinois, March 10, 1944 – August 3, 2016

     Mr. Karol Lee Hunter, age 72 of Stonefort, formerly of Jonesboro, died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at his home. He was born March 10, 1944 in Mill Creek, the son of Morris and Jewel (Smithey) Hunter. He married Elaine Hileman on April 7 1962 in Union County. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2001. He later married Deborah Tanner on December 7, 2002 in Jonesboro.

     Karol is survived by his loving wife, Deb Hunter of Stonefort; son, Michael Hunter of Jonesboro; daughter and son in law, Drs. Pamela (B.J) Reach of Anna; two grandchildren, Brandon Hunter of Jonesboro and Hannah Reach of Anna; sister, Donna Jean Hancock of Atlanta, GA; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine Hunter; and brother Donnie Hunter.

     Karol was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro for many years.

       Karol started his working career in Decatur, Alabama where he worked for Pet Milk Company for several years. In the mid 1970’s he returned to Jonesboro and went to work at what was then Norris and Son Funeral Home and later became Hileman and Parr Funeral Home. He continued his work as a funeral director’s assistant for over 30 years. Later after moving to Stonefort he worked for Hospice of Southern Illinois as long as his health allowed only completely retiring a few months ago. Many people will remember Karol with his Bassett hound “Doc” taking their daily walks around Jonesboro. Karol will be remembered as a quiet kind man who helped his family and many others over the years. He was talented in many ways. He could do carpentry work, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work as well. Some believed he could fix or repair anything. Karol enjoyed feeding and watching hummingbirds and had quite a flock at his home. The day of his death the hummers seemed to put on an especially good show. Perhaps like many of us they were saying farewell.

     Funeral services for Mr. Karol Lee Hunter will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 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.

Lou Etta Rion of Buncombe, Illinois, June 24, 1929 – August 2, 2016

          Lou Etta Rion, age 87 of Buncombe, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at her home.  She was born on June 24, 1929 in Goreville, the daughter of Harold and Zella (Stokes) Billingsley.  She married Gerald Rion on April 23, 1947 in Piggott, AR.  He preceded her in death on October 28, 1973.

          Lou is survived by her grandchildren, Robbie Rion, Rachel Fufchi; two great grandchildren, Elijah Rion and Dillon Fufchi; one brother,  Darwin Billingsley of Lick Creek; one niece, Cindy (Anthony) Nixon of Lick Creek; one nephew, David (Kim) Billingsley of Salisbury, NC; great nephews and niece, Austin Billingsley, Alex Billingsley and Caroline Billingsley; one great nephew, Andrew Nixon.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald Rion; one son, Larry Joe Rion.

          Lou Etta worked for over 23 years at Union County Hospital in dietary until her retirement.

          Funeral services for Lou Etta Rion will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Rev. Bobby Richardson officiating.  Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek.  Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. and until the hour of the service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Mildred Geraldine Allen of Lousiville, May 12, 1920 – August 1, 2016

 

 

Mildred Geraldine Allen, age 96 of Louisville, formerly of Makanda, died at 9:41 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving daughters.  She was born on May 12, 1920 in Makanda, the daughter of Jess and Lucinda (Brasel) Toler.  She married Melvin Edward Allen on October 2, 1937 in Benton, MO.  He preceded her in death on May 24, 2004.

 

        Mildred is survived by her eight children, Jack Edward Allen of Makanda, Floyd Ray (Janet) Allen of Makanda, Patricia Ann (Robert) Hansen of Lindenhurst, Sharon (Robert) Ray of Thompsonville, James Melvin (Kathy) Allen of Johnston City, John Wayne (Rhonda) Allen of Guyton, GA, Brenda Geraldine (Dave) Hartwick of Mattoon, Linda Kay Childers-Sargent of Louisville; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. 

 

          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin Edward Allen; two daughters, Shirley Mae Allen and Melba Jean Carlton-Heiman; one son, Robert Lee Allen; two sisters, Jessie Mahr and Mary Toler; and two brothers, Lawrence & Paul Toler.

 

        Mildred was a cook at Giant City Lodge for many years.  She was an avid songwriter and gardener, she loved to travel in the U.S. & abroad.  She had a great faith in God and was an inspiration to many people.

 

        Mildred was a warrior, fighting a battle with congestive heart failure and A-fib for the last 6 years.  She dearly loved her family and will be dearly missed.

 

        Funeral services for Mildred Geraldine Allen will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro on Friday, August 5, 2016, with Rev. Bon Reynolds, Rev. Richard Reynolds and Rev. Jimmy Reynolds officiating.  Interment will be in the Rowan Cemetery in Makanda.  Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Clay County Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Dorothy E. Wood of Anna, Illinois, June 15, 1928 – July 30, 2016

     Mrs. Dorothy E. Wood, age 88, of Anna, died at 4:08 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 with her two daughters by her side, in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born June 15, 1928 in Union County, the daughter of Charles P. and Martha Ella (Mangum) Ray. She married Harry Wood in 1970 in Biloxi, Mississippi. He preceded her in death.

     Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Sue Williams and Darla Williams both of Springfield; two grandchildren, Frankie J. Williams and Chantelle Richardson; three great-grandchildren, Aaron McClure, Katelynn Williams and Bryan Williams; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry Wood; one son, Frank Williams; three brothers and one sister.

     Dorothy was of the Baptist faith. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and was past President. For many years Dorothy owned and operated her ceramic and quilting business.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy E. Wood will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Doug Bridgeman officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:30 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:30 on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.

Shawn Reed Holbrook of Anna, Illinois, February 2, 1968 – July 27, 2016

          Mr. Shawn Holbrook, age 48 of Anna, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016. He was born February 2, 1968 in Carbondale.

         Shawn is survived by his daughter, Kaitlyn Rae Holbrook of Salem; mother, Dianne Morrison of Anna; father, Dennis Barry Holbrook of Murphysboro; two sisters, Heather Holbrook of Milwaukee, WI, and Shannon Jauch of Springfield; uncle, Tim Morrison and fiancé, Shelley of Cobden; aunt, Deborah (Buzz) Crowell of Anna; nieces and nephews; best friends, Dean Bernhard and Todd Lasley; special friend Tasha Simmerman; other relatives and many friends.

         Shawn enjoyed the outdoors, arrowhead, morel and ginseng hunting were a few of his favorites. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Special Forces, serving two tours of duty overseas. Finally ranked as E6 Staff Sergeant after five years and nine months of service, a rank of this level is highly marked in such a short time. His military occupational specialty was 67U3C0, medium helicopter repair.

         Shawn loved his sisters and was very proud of his family. His daughter Kaitlyn decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the U.S. Army a well, currently she is stationed in Ft. Jackson South Carolina for Basic Training.

          How does one recover from war?  Many don’t.  Not fully.  As noted from his ranking, Shawn was wicked smart. Many years ago, Shawn was diagnosed with PTSD, which is a very real struggle for many of our nations Veterans. PTSD led to one addiction after another.  Many people have a misperception of addiction, and the struggles one endures when the demon latches on to their back.  Heroin is a beast and Shawn did not seek out to be an addict, but many things led to that and he left all his fight on the battle field in Desert Storm, fighting for our freedom.  The beast won this particular war, but the fight is far from over.

          We are all faced with challenges every day and it is our choice how we deal with those in the beginning.  However, after one bad choice that takes us down the path of destruction, we don’t always have the choice to turn back around.  It doesn’t make us week, or bad, but it ensures that we are all human. 

          The purpose of this obituary is not to excuse Shawn from anything he has ever done, but to promote awareness and education not only for addiction, but heroin addiction. Please as you read this, take a mental note of anyone you know struggling from addition. We all know someone. They need help and support, not to enable but to fight, as sometimes the demons are too strong for them to fight alone. Please pray for his family as they say their goodbyes, remember the good times and lay him to rest peacefully.

           Funeral services for Mr. Shawn Reed Holbrook will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the Anna City 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 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home to assist the family with expenses.  Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.