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Arthur Jay Bigler of Anna, Illinois died on July 8, 2016

Judith Marie DuBois of Cobden died on July 17, 2016

Ruth Hankla of Anna, Illinois died on July 11, 2016

Nancy O'Daniel of Anna, Illinois died on July 14, 2016

Lloyd Leonard Vines Jr. of Anna, Illinois died on July 17, 2016


Kenneth E. Smith of Anna, Illinois, February 9, 1936 – January 23, 2016

     Mr. Kenneth E. Smith, age 79 of Anna, died at 10:49 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born February 9, 1936 in Cypress the son of Melvin and Estella (Wallace) Smith. He married Lois (Sheffer) Hase on December 5, 1972 in Jonesboro.

     Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Lois Smith of Anna; step-daughter, Sandy (Rockie) Brown of Milan, TN; two grandchildren, Cody and Becca Brown; two brothers, Wendell Smith of Port Aransas, TX, and Bill (Janice) Smith of Goreville; one sister, Mary Alice Ream of Brainerd, MN; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother in law, Eula and Don Sheffer; and one brother, Richard Smith.

     Kenneth was of the Baptist faith. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Kenneth retired as a Master Sergeant after twenty years of service in the Air Force, serving during Vietnam. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeant Association, the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the American Legion. He worked as a service manager at Pearl Motors in Anna, Coad Chevrolet, Union County Motors and Cache River Chevrolet. In his later years he taught Electronics at Shawnee Community College Kenneth loved spending time with his family and friends, he will be dearly missed by everyone.

     Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth E. Smith will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Dee Armes officiating. 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 Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  

Rebecca R. Lutz Brimm of Anna, Illinois, November 3, 1942 – January 23, 2016

     Mrs. Rebecca R. Lutz Brimm,. age 73 of Anna, died at 7:40 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at her home. She was born November 3, 1942 in Anna, the daughter of Jerome and Kathleen (Hill) Lutz. She married Jack Brimm on June 30, 1962 in Anna.

     Rebecca is survived by her husband, Jack Brimm of Anna; children, Kathleen Hutchison, Timothy Brimm and Patricia Brimm all of Anna; five grandchildren, Christopher Hutchison, Stephanie Joles, Dustin and Kristen Brimm, and Amelia Rae Brown; three great-grandchildren, Colten, Vayda and Ellie Marie; other relatives and many friends.

     She was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna. Rebecca was a school teacher for many years at the Jonesboro School and also worked at Choate Mental Health before retirement.  

     Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca R. Lutz Brimm will be held privately. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. 

Ricky Wayne Garrett of Energy, Illinois, May 3, 1958 – January 22, 2016

     Mr. Ricky Wayne Garrett, age 57 of Energy, formerly of Anna, died at 5:40 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 in the Helia Healthcare Center in Energy. He was born May 3, 1958 in Anna, the son of Harold and Betty Jane (Eastwood) Garrett.

     Ricky is survived by his mother, Betty Garrett of Anna; three sisters, Debbie Smith of Anna, Cathy (Tracy) Thompson of Cobden, Marilyn (Virgil) Land of Jonesboro; one brother, David (Carla) Garrett of Dongola; nieces; great nieces and nephews; and all his extended family and friends at Helia Healthcare in Energy and Progress Port in Carterville.

     Funeral services for Mr. Ricky Wayne Garrett will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Billy Carter officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Herman L. Stokes of Buncombe, Illinois, July 3, 1921 – January 23, 2016

     Mr. Herman L. Stokes, age 94 of Lick Creek, died at 1:35 A.M., Saturday January 23, 2016 at his home.  Herman was born on July 3, 1921 in Buncombe, the son of Matthew and Lucinda (Keller) Stokes.  He was united in marriage to Bonnie Rich on October 22, 1943 in Jackson, Missouri.

     Herman is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Stokes of Lick Creek; two daughters, Jeannie Parr and Carol Watkins, both of Lick Creek; one son, Matt (Donna) Stokes of Lick Creek; four grandchildren, Chandler (Sherri ) Parr, Tim (Kim) Parr, Jennifer (B.J.) Stokes, Ashley (Jeremy) Cookson; ten great-grandchildren, Chandra Kaye, Zack and Jake Parr, Travis and Brady Woodworth, Clayton Smith, Bella and Gracie Cook and Ryker and Cru Cookson and one niece, Barbara Adams of Anna.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tim and Lowell Stokes and two sons-in-law, Mike Watkins and P.L. Parr.

     Herman was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and he proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a WWII veteran.  Herman was a former Union County Commissioner and he was past president of the Lick Creek School Board.  He was also past member of the Anna-Jonesboro High School Board.  He was a lifelong farmer and dairy farmer.

     Funeral services for Mr. Herman L. Stokes will be held at 12:00 P.M., Tuesday January 26, 2016 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Mike Miller officiating.  Interment will be in the McGinnis Cemetery with Military rites conducted at the graveside by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the VFW of Anna.  Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. until the funeral hour at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church or to the McGinnis Cemetery.  Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Carl Ray Childers of Cobden, IL, August 30, 1948 – January 20, 2016

        Mr. Carl R. Childers, age 67 of Cobden, died at 1:46 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born August 30, 1948 in Anna, the son of Charles and Lucille (Kirkpatrick) Childers. He married Brenda Braggs on April 1, 1967 in the Union Springs Baptist Church in Cobden.

       Carl is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Childers of Cobden; two sons, Collin (Debbie) Childers of Makanda, and Preston (Briana) Childers of Carterville; two grandchildren, Jessica and Bryston Childers; one brother, Johnny Childers of Mt. Vernon; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and two brothers.

        Carl was retired from Penn Aluminum as Plant Supervisor where he worked for forty-four years. He loved fishing, taking walks, watching Cardinal Baseball. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

        Funeral services for Mr. Carl R. Childers will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Ed Falgout officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

Scott Brothers of Wolf Lake,IL, September 21, 1972 – January 17, 2016

Mr. Scott Brothers, age 43 of Wolf Lake, died at 4:57 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born September 21, 1972 in Stuttgart, Germany, the son of Robert and Becki (Clark) Brothers.

 

          Scott is survived by his loving mother, Becki (Tommy) Smith of Cobden; sons, Daniel Brothers of Cambria, and Dakoda Brothers of Eustace, Texas; step-children, Wyatt Hasslebrock and Collin Hasslebrock both of Grand Tower; brother, Bobby Brothers of Pinckneyville, IL; grandmothers, Agnes Clark and June Brothers both of Cobden; aunts and uncles, Sharon Harward, Phyllis (Ed) Grisham, Dean (Nikki) Clark, and Steven (Joanie) Brothers; many cousins; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father; grandfathers, Milburn Clark and Bill Brothers; and grandmother, Mary Brothers.

 

          Scott was a skilled mechanic, he worked as a mechanic at BSB Logistics. He loved his pets and building race trucks. He will be missed by his family and friends.

 

          Memorial services for Scott Brothers will be 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 in the First Baptist Church in Cobden with Rev. Matt Hartline officiating. Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2015 in the First Baptist Church in Cobden.

 

Curtis Ray Mayberry Jr. of Cobden, IL, November 13, 1966 – January 18, 2016

 

 

        Mr. Curtis Mayberry Jr., age 49 of Cobden, died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, January 18, 2016 in the Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born November 13, 1966 in Anna, the son of Curtis Ray Sr. and Alice Fay (Schlichting) Mayberry. He married Terri Mowery on June 24, 1995 in Las Vegas, NV.

 

        Curtis is survived by his loving wife, Terri Mayberry of Cobden; daughter, Danisha Ward of Cobden; two grandchildren, Trenton and Collin Ward; mother, Alice Fay Mayberry of Anna; cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

        Curtis worked as a butcher for twenty nine years before his current job at Glenbrooke Cila Home in Vienna. He loved hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

 

        Funeral services for Mr. Curtis Ray Mayberry Jr. will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Billy Carter officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayberry family to assist Terri with expenses. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Harold Bernard Vaughn of Makanda, IL, February 9, 2016 – January 17, 2016

 

          Mr. Harold Bernard Vaughn, age 86, of Makanda, died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, January 17, 2016 in the Marion V.A. Medical Center. He was born February 9, 1929 in Anna, the son of Charles A. and Minnie Norris Vaughn. He married Carmen M. Miller on May 15, 1949 in Piggott, AR. She preceded him in death on December 13, 2000. He later married Norma L. Laminack.

 

        Harold is survived by his wife Norma L. Laminack of Anna; son Douglas Vaughn of Memphis, TN; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and eight brothers and sisters.

 

        Harold was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Carbondale. He was retired from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale as a Manager in central receiving. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII and was stationed in Korea as a rifle squad leader with the 6th Infantry Division. Harold was a member and past commander of the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and was a  member of the American Legion Post #514 in Carbondale.

 

        Memorial services for Mr. Harold Bernard Vaughn will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. 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 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Charles W. “Chuck” Harvel of Tamms, Illinois, October 29, 1929 – January 11, 2016

     Mr. Charles W. “Chuck” Harvel age 86 of rural Tamms, died at 11:06 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2016 in the Jonesboro Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born October 29, 1929 in De Soto, IL, the son of Harry and Bessie (Davis) Harvel. He married Shirley J. Sowers on April 11, 1953 in Corinth, Mississippi.

     Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Shirley J. Harvel of rural Tamms; children, Vickie Jacobs of Sparta; Richard (Suzan) Harvel of Augusta, GA, Charles (Martha) Harvel of Tamms, Tina (Darron) Moore of Poplar Bluff, MO; eight grandchildren, Tami, Wendy, Sarah, Rachel, Nikki, Allison, Scott, and Samuel; ten great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Ashley, Tristen, Brody, Laila, Liam, Stella, Hadassah, Zipporah, and Havilah; one great-great grandson, Asher; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Beulah, Loyd, Dempsey, Mary, Jim, Hazel, Tom, Fred, and Louie.

     Chuck was a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church for many years. He was a skilled carpenter in the construction industry. Chuck proudly served his country in the United States Army Airborne during the Korean Conflict.

     Funeral services for Mr. Charles W. “Chuck” Harvel will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 15, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns 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 Funeral Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Cemetery. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Norman Douglas Harvell of Jonesboro, IL, May 3, 1946 – January 8, 2016

 

 
        Mr. Norman Douglas Harvell, age 69 of Jonesboro, died Friday, January 8, 2016 at his home. He was born May 3, 1946 in Delta, the son of Thomas Noble and Pearl Jane (Bridges) Harvell.

        Norman is survived by his mother, Pearl Jane Harvell of Anna; daughter, Shannon Palmier of Anna; son, Bryan Harvell of Jonesboro; one grandchild, Caleb Harvell; brothers and sisters, Dale (Dorothy) Harvell of Jonesboro, Wilma Hoyle of Anna, Melvin (Clara) Harvell of Jonesboro and Kim (Curt) Gutersloh of Carbondale; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

        Norman proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked may years as an iron worker and was a member of the Iron worker Local #782 of Paducah, KY. Norman loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Caleb. He loved to cook and would host Sunday dinners for his family. He enjoyed fishing and practical jokes.

        Graveside memorial services for Mr. Norman Douglas Harvell will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Jonesboro Cemetery.

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. Friends are asked to go directly to the Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Norman following the graveside service at the Carrol P.Foster Post 3455 V.F.W. in Anna.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family for an educational fund for Norman’s grandson, Caleb. Please make checks payable to Caleb Harvell. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home and at the cemetery.