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Venetta Marie Brys of Anna, Illinois died on November 20, 2014

Earl L. Edmonds of Anna, Illinois died on November 9, 2014

Frank Edward Johnson of Cobden, Illinois died on November 3, 2014

Donald Ray Shadowens of Anna, Illinois died on November 15, 2014

Murriel Snyder of Cahokia, Illinois died on November 4, 2014

Kylee Katherine Phipps of Anna, Illinois, May 24, 2014 – May 24, 2014

     Kylee Katherine Phipps, of Anna, infant daughter of Jason and Samantha Phipps, died at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born May 24, 2014 in Carbondale.

     Kylee is survived by her parents, Jason and Samantha Osman Phipps; ; two brothers, Dakoda Merydith and Aiden Phipps; maternal grandparents, Melissa and Robbie Hale of Anna; Daniel Osman of Dongola; paternal grandparents, Nancy and Sean Kelley of Dongola, Robert and Yvonne Cole of Cabery, IL; maternal great-grandparnets, Bobby and Karen Stone of Anna, Sandra Stone of Anna, Rusty and Debbie Cunningham of Evansville, IN; paternal great-grandparents, Jerry and Barbara Krueger of Cabery, IL, Christine Love of Bradenton, FL; maternal great-great-grandparents, Katherine Anderson of Paducah and Connie Mays of Anna; aunts and uncles; other relatives and friends.

     Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Danny Miller officiating. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Jerry D. Abernathy of Jonesboro, Illinois, March 5, 1959 – May 24, 2014

     Mr. Jerry D. Abernathy, age 55 of Jonesboro, died at 3:56 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born March 5, 1959 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the son of Dean and Margie Farmer Abernathy. He married Sharon Walker on December 29, 2000 in Jonesboro.

     Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Abernathy of Jonesboro; one son, Joshua Abernathy of Monette, AR, one daughter, Jennifer Abernathy Ashabranner of De Funiak Springs, FL; Sharon’s children, Zach Cobb of Wolf Lake, Cindy (Phillip) Cobb-King of Buncombe; five grandchildren, Hunter Ray Ashabranner and Victoria Starr Ashabranner, Cody Wheaton, Clayton and Chase Pearl; mother, Margie Abernathy of Wolf Lake; one sister, Pam Abernathy-Marr of Wolf Lake; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Gary Abernathy and Jimmy Farmer.

     Jerry worked many years as a mechanic in the trucking industry. On behalf of the family they would like to extend appreciation to everyone who has helped during Jerry’s illness, he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

     According to his wishes, Mr. Jerry D. Abernathy will be cremated. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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Nellie Marie Hall of Anna, Illinois, February 16, 1921 – May 25, 2014

     Mrs. Nellie Marie Hall, age 93 of Anna, died at 9:05 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at her home. She was born February 16, 1921 in Harco, the daughter of Frank and Bertie Capel Lewis. She married Paul Gene Hall on December 28, 1939 in Harrisburg. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1978.

     Nellie is survived by one son, Larry Sr. (Cynthia) Hall of Jonesboro; one daughter, Kathy (Brent) Hileman of Jonesboro; one daughter in law, Jerrine Hall of Carmi; six grandchildren, Jeanie (Bob) Wright, Barbara (Phil) Hopper, Larry Jr. (Kathleen) Hall, Stephanie (Bob) Wilson, Lisa (Kenny) Carter, Kellie (Chris) Lingle; eighteen great-grandchildren, Diana (Scott) Adams, Aaron Wright, Joshua Hopper, Daniel (Hannah) Hopper, Rebecca and Rachel Hopper, Alex and Matthew Hall, Rylee Butler, Gabrielle and Johnathan Waite, Sage (Caleb) Mitchell, Ross and Reed Wilson, Carson and Cole Carter, Nicholas and Addison Lingle; three great-great-grandchildren, Max and Avery Adams, Javan Mitchell; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Gene Hall; one son, David Hall; one great grandchild, Amy Wright; and two sisters, Ruth Caise and Mary Hall.

     Nellie was a very active member of the Anna First Baptist Church. She was retired from Choate Mental Health and Development Center.  She will be dearly missed and remembered by all who knew her.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Marie Hall will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna First Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Helga Susan Pearl of Cobden, Illinois, September 28, 1937 – May 25, 2014

     Mrs. Helga S. Pearl, age 76 of Cobden, died at 2:07 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born September 28, 1937 in Stuttgart, Germany, the daughter of Alfred and Meta Haus Voetterle. She married Raymond Henry Pearl Sr on June 5, 1954 in Germany. He preceded her in death on August 30, 2008.

     Helga is survived by her children, Raymond Jr. (Teresa) Pearl of Vienna, Shirley Pearl-Tate of Cobden, Michael (Sandy) Pearl of Royalton, Debbie Wooten of Anna, Johnny (Rhonda) Pearl of Cobden; fourteen grandchildren, Tabitha Norment, Angel Karraker, Cody Pearl, Jeremy and Jason Clutts, Desiree and David Tate, Susan Pearl, Derrick Pearl, Kyle and Meagan Wooten, Jonathan, Brittany and Zach Pearl; seven great-grandchildren, and one on the way, Kyra Pearl, Prosper, Xander Norment, Sage Pearl, Phoenix Norment, Dawson and Trinity Pearl; one sister, Hannelore Vassallo of Reading, PA; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Henry Pearl Sr.; two sons, David and Robert Pearl; two daughters, Susan and Patricia Pearl; and one brother, Guenther Voetterle.

     Helga was of the Catholic faith. Happiness was home brewed in Helga’s home. Helga first devoted her life to her husband Raymond in Germany in 1954. Helga and Raymond found each other and it was said to be love at first sight. Raymond and Helga soon married and began brewing their happy home with children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren.  Helga was a blessed homemaker who lovingly devoted all her time to her family. Helga was the family rock and the glue that held everyone together. She had a great sense of humor and most of all she enjoyed her life and her family.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Helga S. Pearl will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Pastor Bon Reynolds officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Mellie Karraker of Anna, Illinois, November 26, 1931 – May 24, 2014

     Mrs. Mellie Karraker, age 82 of Anna, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born November 26, 1931 in Union County, the daughter of George and Mary Etta Gurley Manus. She married Carl Morgan on November 1, 1947 in Dongola, he preceded her in death on August 26, 1973. She later married Elvin Karraker on July 2, 1983 in Goreville, he preceded her in death on April 11, 2000.

     Mellie is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Roger) Jones of Jonesboro; one grandchild, Shane (Sara) Jones of Jonesboro; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Heidi Jones; three sisters, Virginia Lence of Buncombe and Nellie Childers of Johnston City and Emma Williams of Olmstead; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Carl Morgan and Elvin Karraker; two brothers, Wayne “Doc” Manus and Raymond Manus.

     Mellie was a member of the Church of Christ in Anna. She worked many years at Wal-Mart as a clerk.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Mellie M. Karraker will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Brother Wesley Hazel officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Richard Day of Anna, Illinois, August 2, 1946 – May 24, 2014

     Mr. Richard Day, 67 of Anna, passed away at 2:38 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born August 2, 1946 in Anna, the son of James F. “Bud” and Betty Jane Bartruff Day. He married Brenda Burge on October 22, 1966 in Anna.

     Richard is survived by his loving wife of forty seven years, Brenda Day of Anna, one daughter, Jamia (Chris) Pace of Christiana, TN, one son Justin Day and partner Steve Huey both of Eldorado, IL, mother in law, Helen Sponsler of Anna; one brother David (Colette) Day of Carol Stream, IL; one sister, Jane (Marc) Stover of Chaddsford, PA; one brother in law, Scotty (Vicki) Burge of Cobden; several close cousins; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Richard proudly served his country as a United States Marine and one he returned he started working for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as Anna Postmaster after thirty eight years.

     He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna for many years. Richard served on the school board for District 37 for twenty five years; he was a life member of the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna.

     Most recently he finished his Masters Degree in Clinical Professional Counseling and worked the last five years at Union County Counseling Services in Anna.

     Richard was an avid runner, hiker and cyclist. He loved the mountains and beach which he visited several times a year with his wife.

     Funeral services for Mr. Richard Day will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Graveside Military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Anna or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.          

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Mark D. Benson of Jonesboro, Illinois, January 30, 1960 – May 22, 2014

     Mr. Mark D. Benson, age 54 of Jonesboro, died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at his home. He was born January 30, 1960 in Aurora, the son of James William Benson and Margarette Francis Cunningham.

     Mark is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth (Matthew) Mannerpaac of Crystal Lake, IL; one son, Scott (Chelsea) Benson of Des Plaines, IL; one grandchild on the way; father, James William Benson of Jackson, TN; mother, Margarette (Joe) Waldrop of Tuscola, IL; brothers and sisters Michael Benson of Mead, CO, Marcia (Marlo) Woolcott of Champaign, IL, Joe (Laura) Benson of Anna, Cynthia Benson of Anna, Stephen Benson of Sycamore, IL, and Matthew Benson of Mattoon, IL; other relatives and many friends.

     Mark enjoyed life; he had a great sense of humor and enjoyed helping others. He was a self proclaimed carpenter. Mark will be dearly remembered by all who knew him.

     According to his wishes, Mark will be cremated. A memorial service will be held in Batavia, IL and will be announced at a later date.

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Roy Delano Bridgeman of Anna, Illinois, July 14, 1936 – May 23, 2014

     Mr. Roy Delano Bridgeman, age 77 of rural Anna, died at 12:07 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home. He was born July 14, 1936 in Anna, the son of Leo J. and Vergie Williams Bridgeman.

     Roy is survived by his son, Roger Bridgeman of Anna; two daughters, Linda Hammond of Quincy, IL, Lois Brooks of Cobden; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Holbert Bridgeman of Kansas City, KS; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Ross Bridgeman.

     Graveside funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 in the Anna City Cemetery. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

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Velma May Johnson Haney of Anna, Illinois, May 8, 1961 – May 22, 2014

     Mrs. Velma May Johnson Haney, age 53 of Anna, died at 11:32 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born May 8, 1961 in Melrose Park, Illinois, the daughter of Clifford E. and Margaret May Dillon Johnson. She married Jerry W. Haney in September of 1981 in Jonesboro.

     Velma is survived by her loving husband, Jerry W. Haney of Anna; two brothers, William “Bill” (Tina) Johnson of Anna, and Leon E. Johnson of Jonesboro; one sister, Doris A. Johnson of Jonesboro; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Olen Eugene Johnson.

     Velma was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church for many years.

     Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Velma May Johnson Haney will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 in the Valley Mission Cemetery in Jonesboro with Brother Billy Freeman officiating. Interment will be in the Valley Mission Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund. Envelopes will be available at the Cemetery and at the funeral home.

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Phyllis Ann Smith of Anna, Illinois, April 8, 1949 – May 19, 2014

     Ms. Phyllis Ann Smith, age 65 of Cobden, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 in the Anna Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born April 8, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Herbert and Ila Lee Watson Smith.

     Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Richard) Clark of Cobden; three grandchildren, James, Bridget and Amber Clark; one great-granddaughter, Jaydin Lynn Clark; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

     According to her wishes, Ms. Phyllis Ann Smith will be cremated. Private family burial will be held in Arkansas at a later date.

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