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Helen I Bass of Wilmington, Illinois died on August 26, 2014

Wayne Carter of Anna, Illinois died on August 21, 2014

JoAnn Cooley of Anna, Illinois died on August 23, 2014

Carroljane "C.J" Grammer of Makanda, Illinois died on August 19, 2014

Kenneth Snell of Ullin, Illinois died on August 22, 2014

Larry L. Tripp Sr. of Anna, Illinois died on August 28, 2014

Larry J. Walker of Cobden, Illinois died on August 29, 2014

Linda Kay Hopp of Anna, Illinois, May 7, 1948 – March 12, 2014

     Mrs. Linda Kay Hopp, age 65 of Paducah, KY., formerly of Anna, died at 9:07 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at her home in Paducah, KY. She was born May 7, 1948 in Cairo, the daughter of Lloyd and Edna Landis Vines. She married Gordon A. Hopp on May 6, 1967 at the Kornthal Church in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on April 9, 2013.

     Linda is survived by her daughter, Chelle (Larry) Telfair; one son, Matthew Hopp and fiance, Astacia Moses all of Paducah, KY.; three grandchildren, Nathan Bryan Telfair, Kaylyn Marie Gayle Telfair, and Logan Allen Hopp; brothers and sisters, Donald (Bonnie) Vines of Cobden, Virginia Adams of Anna, Lloyd (Cindy) Vines of Anna, Jim (Shirley) Vines of Anna, and Joyce (Barney) Barnhart; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordon A. Hopp and one son, Bryan A. Hopp.

     Linda was a faithful and loving caregiver to her family, and others. She devoted many years volunteering her time at Bethany Village in Anna.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Linda Kay Hopp will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Tony Foeller officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Village. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Rosella Morefield of Alto Pass, Illinois, November 22, 1920 – March 9, 2014

     Mrs. Rosella Morefield, age 93 of Alto Pass, died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the Jackson County Rehab in Murphysboro. She was born November 22, 1920 in Pomona, the daughter of Eugene and Grace Turner Stearns. She married Jesse W. Morefield on May 28, 1940 in Jackson, Missouri. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1994 after 53 years of marriage.

     Rosella is survived by her loving children, Katherine Fox of Pomona, Norma Bodkin of Carbondale, Sandy Turkington of Ora Valley, AZ., Shirley Dillon-Reed (Ron) of Herrin, William Eugene (Jeannie) Morefield of Alto Pass, James Edward Morefield of DeSoto; twelve grandchildren and several step grandchildren; twenty four great grandchildren and several step great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Susie Robinson of Cobden, Lilly (Jim) Williams of Makanda, Josie Jerdon of Mt. Vernon, Carolyn K. Mills of Lake of the Hills, Sam (Pat) Stearns of Marion, Cecil (Linda) Stearns of Buncombe; sisters in law, Eunice Ellis of Murphysboro, Vivian Johnston of Carbondale, Colleen McMurphy of Carbondale, Virginie Morefield of Herrin, Jean Stearns of Marble Hill, MO; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesse W. Morefield; infant son, Randy P. Morefield; two brothers, John Stearns and Ted Stearns; and one sister, Violet Ann Shingleton.

     Rosella was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass for many years. She was always a loving servant to her family, friends and community. She dearly enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, crafting and reading.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Rosella Morefield will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Danny Miller and Rev. Cliff Waller officiating.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Naomi Elizabeth Acklin of Jonesboro, Illinois, August 9, 1931 – March 8, 2014

     Mrs. Naomi Elizabeth Acklin, age 82 of Jonesboro, died at 10:12 am, Saturday, March 08, 2014 at her home in Jonesboro. She was born August 9, 1931 in East St. Louis, Illinois, the daughter of Aaron “Cap” and Edith Gregory Rhodes. She married Andrew L. Acklin Jr. on January 20, 1951 in Cobden.

     Naomi is survived by her loving husband, Andrew L. Acklin Jr. of Jonesboro; two daughters, Dianne (Jim) Cross of Anna, Linda Redman of Jonesboro; one son, Jason (Angela) Acklin of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Justin Cross, Sarah Redman, Cody Acklin, Jacob Acklin, Ethan Carlson; four great grandchildren, Lindsey Cross, Ethan, Mollie, and Jozie Redman; one sister, Wilma Cain of Arcola; one brother, Ivan Rhodes of Tuscola; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Charles Rhodes.

     Naomi was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Anna for many years.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi Elizabeth Acklin will be at 10:30 am Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Anna with Dr. Richard Keeley officiating.  Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro and at the church.

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Joyce O. Verble of Anna, Illinois, December 3, 1930 – March 7, 2014

     Mrs. Joyce O. Verble, age 83 of Anna, died at sunrise, surrounded by her family at home on Friday, March 7, 2014. She was born December 3, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of William Ray and Opal Minnie Wright Davis. She married Loel Verble Jr. on December 11, 1948. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

     Joyce is survived by her husband, Loel Verble Jr. of Anna; two daughters, Charla Verble Edmonds and husband Dennis of Manchester, MO, Debbie Treece and Husband David of Gilman, IL; three grandchildren, David Edmonds of Manchester, Mo, Laura Cox and husband Shaun of O’Fallon, MO and Sarah Treece of Dallas, TX.; great grandchildren, Jade Edmonds of Lake Wood Ranch, FL. and Annabelle Cox of O’Fallon, MO; many close sister and brother in laws, nieces and nephews; other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Bette Griffith; two brothers, William Davis Jr and Chuck Davis.

     Joyce graduated from AJCHS with the class of 1948. She was an active member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna since 1959.

     Joyce was a homemaker, loving mother and wife and active in numerous activities in the community.

     The most important things in Joyce’s life were her faith in God and her love of family and friends.    

     Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce O. Verble will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 in the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna with Rev. Jonathan Whitley officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-America Teen Challenge or the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna and at the church.

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Joyce O. Verble of Anna, Illinois, November 30, 1999 – March 7, 2014

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William M. “Bill” Craft of Jonesboro, Illinois, June 24, 1928 – March 5, 2014

     Mr. William M. “Bill” Craft, age 85 of Jonesboro, died at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born June 24, 1928 in America, Illinois, the son of Joseph Guy and Veva Walker Craft.

     Bill is survived by one son, James (Mary Jane) Craft of Pinckneyville; three daughters, Jackie (Brian) Pritchett of Goreville, Jean (Jimmy) Pind of Great Bend, KS, Jolene (Jeff) Skambraks of New Melle, MO; six grandchildren, Joni Pind, Jessica (Lance) Merchant, Corey Craft Pritchett, Jame Craft, Madison Skambraks and Cooper Skambraks; two great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Ralls and Briley Merchant; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Bill proudly served his country as Staff Sargent in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, receiving four bronze service medals. He was a member of the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna.

     Bill worked side by side with his mother running the Craft’s Grocery in Jonesboro and operated the Montgomery Catalogue Store in Anna. He managed the Standard Station on the Jonesboro Square for many years. Before retiring he co-owned and operated the Jim and Bill on the Hill Liquor Store in Jonesboro. Bill would pass out Hostess cakes to his customers on his birthday, saying, “happy birthday to me”.

     Bill was a loving father and dearly adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He spent many hours volunteering his time at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. He will be remembered for his kind and caring nature, when Bill met a friend, they became friends for life.

     During high school, Bill was a proud athlete, excelling in basketball and football, holding an individual state record in football. Bill was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Green Bay Packer Fan.

     Funeral services for Mr. William M. “Bill” Craft will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Pastor Ed Hoke officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Graveside military honors 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 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 V.F.W. in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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William M. “Bill” Craft of Jonesboro, Illinois, November 30, 1999 – March 5, 2014

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Jesse Leon Manus of Anna, Illinois, April 20, 1931 – March 4, 2014

     Mr. Jesse Leon Manus, age 82 of Anna, died at 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his home in Anna. He was born April 20, 1931 in Union County, the son of Jesse C. and Grace Vancil Manus. He married Leota L. Landis on December 19, 2009.

     Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Leota L. Manus of Anna; daughters, Deborah (Dennis) Ryan of Round Oak Park, IL, Barbara (Michael) Ryan of West Bend, WI; step children, Carlena (Loyd) Thompson of Anna, Harold (Sharon) Wright of Wisconsin Dells, WI, Terry (Mickey) Wright of Anna, Bruce (Susan) Wright of Fallston, MD, Phillip Wright of Algonquin, IL; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou (Ivis) Wright of Anna; nieces; great nieces; great nephews; cousins, friends and church family. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Kevin Ryan and nephew, Alfred Craft.

     Jesse was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church in Anna. He came to the saving Grace of Jesus as a teenager. He moved to Dixon, IL as a young man and spent his adult life there, in 2009 he moved back to Union County. Jesse was a member of the Union Masonic Lodge 627.

     Funeral services for Mr. Jesse Leon Manus will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the Trinity Cemetery. Friends may call from 12:00 noon until the service hour at 2:00 pm. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Masonic rites will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Cemetery or the Big Creek Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Nicole “Nikki” Millis of Cobden, Illinois, November 14, 1991 – February 24, 2014

     Ms. Nicole “Nikki” Millis, age 22 of Cobden, died at 1:57 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Mercy West Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born November 14, 1991 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the daughter of David Ray and Gina Sue Bunch Millis.

     Nikki is survived by her parents, David and Gina Millis of Cobden; sister, Ashley Millis of Cobden; fiancé, Michael Goines of Cypress; paternal grandparents, Frank Jr. (Marjorie) Millis of Cobden; maternal grandmother, Janet Haskins of Minnesota; maternal grandfather, Gene (Patricia) Bunch of Paducah, KY; aunts; uncles; cousins; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her great grandparents.

     Nikki was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. She was an avid turkey and deer hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. She loved being around her family and friends.

     Funeral services for Ms. Nicole “Nikki” Millis will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Cobden High School Gymnasium with Rev. Dewayne Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014 in the Cobden High School Gymnasium.

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Louis T. Moreland of Anna, Illinois, June 25, 1925 – February 18, 2014

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          Mr. Louis T. Moreland, age 88, of Anna, died at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in the Chateau Girardeau, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born June 25, 1925 in Cobden, the son of Tullie E. and Afton Stout Moreland. He married Mary Ann Cruse on December 31, 1949. She preceded him in death on July 4, 2013.

          Louis is survived by his son, Terry (Sheila) Moreland of Anna; daughter, Nancy (Alan) Hult of Gainesville, FL; one grandchild, Bryanne Roemer; two great-grandchildren, Adeline Grace Roemer and Louis John David Roemer; one brother, Raymond Lee (Bonnie) Moreland of Anna; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Mary Ann Moreland.

          Louis was a member of the Anna First Baptist Church. He was a fireman at the Anna State Hospital; later he worked for the Anna Ready Mix and farmed throughout his life. He proudly served his country in the United States Army.

          Funeral services for Mr. Louis T. Moreland will be held privately in the Anna City cemetery. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace C. Clark Scholarship at Century High School 4721 Shawnee College Drive Ullin, IL 62992 or to the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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