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Dale Aden of Anna, Illinois died on July 30, 2014

Bonita Nadine Davis of Mt. Washington, KY died on July 27, 2014

Earl Wayne "Mutt" Myers of Cobden, Illinois died on July 25, 2014

Michael Eugene Clutts of Anna, Illinois, January 31, 1956 – February 12, 2014

     Mr. Michael Eugene Clutts, age 58, of Anna, died at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born January 31, 1956 in Anna, the son of Eugene and Joeann Hileman Clutts.

     Mike is survived by his four children, Michael Clutts, Jodi Clutts, Ashley (Tyson) Funk, Bradley Schlenker; five grandchildren, Hayden, Connor, Ian, Jaeger, Jaycee; mother, Joann Clutts of Anna; one sister and brother in law, Debbie (Roger) Stroehlein; one brother and sister and law, Bill (Carol) Clutts; four great nieces and nephews, special friend, Denise Reynolds; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, Merle and Pearl Clutts; and maternal grandparents, Elbert and Verneal Hileman.

     Mike was member of the Anna Moose Lodge #1346, The Elks Lodge #164, where he served on the House Committee. He was a Mason for 33 years at the Union Lodge #0627. Mike was retired from the Marion Federal Prison and was a member of the Retirees Group.

     Funeral services for Mr. Michael Eugene Clutts will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Clifton Lingle officiating. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Ronald L. Gorst of Dongola, Illinois, June 28, 1943 – February 11, 2014

     Mr. Ronald L. Gorst Sr., age 70 of Dongola, died at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born June 28, 1943 in Elco, the son of Robert Sloan Wright and Ilean Jordan. He married Barbara Jean Ochs on July 23, 1962 in Waukegan, Illinois. She preceded him in death on October 30, 1993.

     Ronald is survived by his children, Sherry (Cory) Haines of Ocean Springs, MS, Wendy (Jason) Beake of Jonesboro, Ronald “Ron” (Mary) Gorst Jr. of Dongola, Randy Gorst of Dongola; six grandchildren, Cassie (Jacob) Borba, Derek (Alicia) Schoenherr, Douglass Schoenherr, Nathan Haines, Cassondra Gorst, Barbara Gorst; three great grandchildren, Aspen Borba, Dominick and Ayden Schoenherr; two sisters, Marcy (Cecil) Freeman and Beverly Gorst of Branyik, IL; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Barbara Jean Gorst.

     Funeral services for Mr. Ronald L. Gorst Sr. will be at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bobby Richardson officiating. According to his wishes he will be cremated. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Northshore Garden of Memories in North Chicago, Illinois. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Evelyn A Stearns of Anna, Illinois, December 4, 1935 – February 11, 2014

     Mrs. Evelyn A. Stearns, age 78 of Anna, stepped into eternity at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to be reunited with her loving husband Shirley D. Stearns, whom she longed to see, and meet her Lord and Savior in all His Glory. She was born December 4, 1935 in Oraville, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore and Daisy Wisely Meininger.

     Evelyn leaves behind a son and his family, Brad (Alice) Stearns of Alto Pass; grand children, Garrett (Andrea) Stearns, their daughter, Piper, Shannon Bittle and her daughter Victoria; a daughter, Sherry (Pat) Poiter of Alto Pass, their daughter, Heather and her children, Mason and Rebeka; a son, Shawn (Kathy) Stearns of Dutch Ridge, grand children, great-grand children and great-great grandchildren, Allan Gulley, Candice Gulley, Gaberial Gulley, Kenneth Earl “JR” Gulley Jr, Kenneth Earl “Trey” Gulley III, Shawn Gulley, Jacob Gulley, Crystal Pugh, Sophia Pugh, Amanda (Robbie) Johnson, Tori, Aubri, Emeri, and Gentri; two sisters, Lola Baskin of Jonesboro and Carol Andress of Murphysboro; one sister in law, Betty Meininger of Lebanon; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Shirley D. Stearns; two brothers, Burlin and Eugene Meininger; one sister, Lawanda Bantel.

     Evelyn was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass for 38 years, serving many years within the congregation in a variety of ministries. She was an avid gardener, loving her flowers and the garden that kept her busy.

     She and her husband spent their years working the farm they owned and raising their children and grand children. Time spent with the grand children were some of the most important in their lives. They grounded them in the truth of God’s word and took them to church faithfully as children.

     Evelyn worked at Lustour Corporation in Murphysboro in her early years and later in life at South Pass Products and Rendleman’s Orchard in Alto Pass… those were good days for her.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn A. Stearns will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2014 in the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass with Rev. Cliff Waller officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 in the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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James Edward “Jim” West of Jonesboro, Illinois, May 27, 1945 – February 11, 2014

     James E. “Jim” West Jr. of Jonesboro, IL, a veteran and friend to all, died at the VA Hospital in Marion, IL, on February 11, 2014.

     He was born on May 27, 1945, to the “Greatest Generation Ever” at the home of the 8th Air Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, to James E. West Sr. and Doris West. 

     He was preceded in death by his father, James E. West Sr. He is survived by his wife Angel Conroy West of Jonesboro, IL; his mother Doris West of Marion, IL; four daughters, Melanie West Burkeen (Billy Burkeen) of Paducah, KY; Sarah West (Brett Witthoft) of Benton, KY; Caitlyn Conroy West (Bobby Toler) of Cobden, IL; and Lexi West of Jonesboro, IL.  He had five grandchildren, Callie Rudd, James “Harper” Burkeen, Livie Burkeen, Toxey Rudd, and Weston Rudd. He had two younger siblings, a brother, Andy West (Veronica) of Marion, IL; and a sister, Betsy West Harris (Dallas) of Clinton, IL. There were many other people whom he considered his own.  The impact he had on their lives and the ways in which he helped to mold and shape them are immeasurable. They know who they are.

     Jim was a man’s man and loved his friends dearly, some more than life itself. He had patience like no other. God created him to handle raising girls. At that, he was a pro. He loved his wife and family above all. He was a teacher and mentor to many. He enjoyed golfing, drinking cold beer, listening to good music and was known for his harmonica playing skills and his beautiful voice. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved camping, exploring, hunting and mostly the comradery that came with it. He would rather retreat to his camp in Mill Creek, Illinois, than go on vacation anywhere else.  He loved Union County and its rich history. He enjoyed his guns, target shooting, and shooting skeet.

     In 2001, he was diagnosed with T cell lymphoma. At that point he had an epiphany which some may wrongly mistake for a mid-life crisis. He chose to spend the rest of his life with no regrets, living his life to the fullest with no worries or concerns as to what anybody else thought.

     Jim was a friend to most people he’s known. He has never been one to say a bad word about anyone; if he didn’t like someone or something he kept it to himself.  Jane Fonda was the exception to this rule, and he will probably continue cursing her in heaven.   He was a proud man, but never boastful. He was a genius, with a very high IQ and the ability to read something and retain it forever. He loved war history, US history, and the history of Southern Illinois.  He was an exceptional man not only because of his glowing accolades, but also because of his outlook on life and his ability to deal with whatever was handed to him with his head held high and never one single complaint. 

     He was a 1963 graduate of Anna Jonesboro Community High School.  He excelled in academics and football and played as a lineman at AJCHS.  He received a scholarship to Carthage College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin, between Chicago and Milwaukee.  He played football at Carthage as an offensive lineman during the1964-1965 school year.  In 1965 he transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  He attended SIU until he enlisted in the US Air Force. 

     He was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He was a member of 35th Tactical Fighter Wing.  While in the service he served as a historian, writer, print and publication specialist, information specialist, and a combat reporter for the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing for the Seventh Air Force Feedback.  He also was instrumental in publishing and writing for the “Phan Fare” for those stationed in Phan Rang.  He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of journalism during his tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as a combat news reporter “for exposing himself to the dangers of enemy fire on may occasions to obtain some of the best press releases ever to come out of a war zone.”  He voluntarily joined the Air Force on January 13, 1966. He was stationed at Elgin Air Force Base in Ft Walton Beach, FL, and Niagara Falls Air Force Base, 4621 Air Base Group in Niagara Falls, NY.  On November 22, 1967, he went to Vietnam and returned to the States on February 1, 1969.  His was honorably released from active duty on May 28, 1969.  He had advanced training as an Information Specialist as well as in the field of Military Journalism.  He was accommodated with the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Medal. 

     During his service in Vietnam, he was exposed to Agent Orange and came home with “jungle rot” on his skin.  The rash eventually progressed to T-Cell lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  He was a very proud veteran and a lifetime member of the VFW, Anna, IL, Post 3455. His civil post service has been as Chairman of Public Relations as well as a House Committee Member.

     Jim enjoyed a lifelong career in the newspaper business.  He was first a reporter for the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, MO.  He then moved to Vandalia, IL, where he was the editor of the Vandalia Leader.  He returned to his hometown of Anna, IL, as the editor of the Gazette-Democrat.  He later served as the production manager and finally as the general manager, a post he held for more than 30 years.  Additionally, Jim was Vice President of North Scott Publishing and served on the board of directors of Cape Central Publishing.  Jim earned the honor of Master Editor from the Southern Illinois Editorial Association.  He was an outstanding photographer and an expert with US Postal issues.

     He was of Lutheran faith and was raised in Mount Moriah Church in Anna, IL.  He was a member of the Old Men’s Fishing, Hunting, and Camping Association and relished the time spent in the woods with his uncles, cousins and friends. He participated in Annual deer camps, squirrel camps, and turkey camp with his close friends. 

     He was an original member of the Great Boars of Fire with Dave Fombelle, Jerry McFadden, Bob Lyrla, John Belcher, Sonny Beanland and Richard Sheeley.  They experienced great success in competitive barbeque cooking.   The Great Boars Of Fire won 1st place in shoulders at Memphis in May World Champion Barbeque Cook Off.  They also hold the record for the highest points ever scored at the Jack Daniels’ World Champion Invitational.  For four consecutive years the team was ranked in the top 10 in the World by Memphis in May.  They also have won The Illinois and Missouri State Championship. 

     He served on the Anna Jonesboro Water Commission.  He was a member first appointed to fill a position when Louis Wayne Bauer passed away. He was then appointed by the City of Jonesboro to represent them. Following that, he was reappointed to the Board in 2011. He served as the Board’s Treasurer.

     A graveside service with military rites will be held on Saturday, February 15, at 1:00pm at the Anna Cemetery, with Pastor Marlin Otte officiating.  Jim’s nephews, Sam and Ben West, will provide music.  Friends are asked to go directly to the 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. Everyone is invited to attend a celebration of Jim’s life directly after the graveside service at the VFW in Anna.  There will be an escorted procession by the Patriotic Guard Riders.  Any other bikers who would like to honor Jim, whether they knew him or not, are encouraged to come to the Anna Cemetery and escort him, his family and friends to the VFW Post 3455 located at 70 VFW Lane, in Anna, IL. Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro are handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the VFW Post 3455.

     Jim would want everyone to take this away from his passing.  His outlook on life was this– Life is short, too short to dwell or fret over things that don’t matter in the long run.  Treat everyone with the kindness and respect.  Enjoy life to the fullest.  Laugh, smile, and do the things that make you happiest and be with the people that bring out the best in you.  Stay away from drama and don‘t create it.  Don’t judge others, you don’t know what going on in their own life.  Always be a friend, provide a helping hand when someone needs it, and rely on your friends when you need them most.  Lastly, always listen to music, it can take you away from any situation and put you in a better place.

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Timothy Darren Samuels of Anna, Illinois, April 28, 1968 – February 6, 2014

     Mr. Timothy Darren Samuels, age 45 of Anna, died at 11:54 a.m. Thursday, February 6, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born April 28, 1968 in St. Charles, Illinois, the son of Joel D. Samuels and Doris Jean Jackson Samuels. He married Tammy Hinkle on June 22, 1991 in Ware.

     Tim is survived by his loving wife, Tammy Samuels of Anna; daughter, Jadyn Samuels; father, Joel D. (Linda) Samuels of Alto Pass; mother, Jean Samuels of Anna; brothers, Todd Samuels of Dongola, Tracy (Tonia) Samuels of Dongola, Troy Samuels of McClure, Tony Samuels of Anna, Taylor Samuels of Anna; sisters, Tina (Jeff) Horton of Anna, Terri (Bill) Elliott of Murphysboro, Tricia Samuels of Jonesboro, Tamra Samuels of Anna, Tori Samuels of Anna; father and mother in law, Jerry and Deanie Hinkle of Jonesboro; brother in law, Tyler Hinkle of Anna; nieces and nephews, Melissa Hale of Dongola; Ben, Matt and Sarah Elliott of Murphysboro, Jackson and Nic Samuels of Jonesboro, Tanis, Taya, Taryn, Tayten, and Tessa Samuels of Dongola, Peyton Samuels of Anna, Trenton Samuels of Anna, Dathan, Travis Samuels, and Alexa Hinkle all of Anna.

      Tim attended the United Missionary Baptist Church in Lick Creek. He was an SIU Alumni and avid photographer. He worked at Real Rehab in Vienna as a Physical Therapy Assistant since 1997. He truly enjoyed his job, and thought of everyone he worked with as family. Tim was a loving husband, father and friend; he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

      Funeral services for Mr. Timothy Darren Samuels will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 10, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jayden Samuels Educational Fund. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Harry O. Myers of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, March 16, 1926 – February 6, 2014

     Mr. Harry O. Myers, age 87 of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and formerly of Wolf Lake, died at 5:15 am, Thursday, February 06, 2014 at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born March 16, 1926 in Alto Pass, the son of Oliver Newton and Cora Verble Myers. He married Madrene Krach on December 31, 1946 in Piggott, Arkansas.

     Harry is survived by his loving wife, Madrene Myers of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; two sons, Michael (Kathy) Myers of Grand Tower, IL, Randy (Elizabeth) Myers of Vienna; four grandchildren, William Myers, Sarah (Matt) Raben, Amanda (Justin) Neilson, Brandon (Sheila) Myers; seven great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Harry was a sales representative for Funk’s Seed Company for 34 years. He was a member of the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge for many years.

     Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm, Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Bill Littrell officiating.  Entombment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery at a later date.  Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 5:00 on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.  The preferred form of remembrance is memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Mildred D. West of Anna, Illinois, December 4, 1924 – February 4, 2014

     Mrs. Mildred D. West, age 89 of Anna died at 11:00 pm Tuesday February 4, 2014 at her daughters home near Alto Pass. She was born December 4, 1924 in Reyno, Arkansas, the daughter of Doc and Virgie Barton Lambert. She married Larkin West on August 19, 1944 in Corning, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2000.

     Mildred is survived by her four daughters, Shirley Williams (Floyd Tellor) of Buncombe, Ruthene Wood of Anna, Peggy (Jim) Rains of Alto Pass, Brenda Kelley of Anna; one son, Gilbert (Ann) West of Anna; ten grandchildren, Kathy Pennington, Sandy (Kenny) Doughty, Brenda (Bill) Poole, Daniel (Rena) Wood, Shelly (Mike) Ellis, Krystal (Paul) Mechem, Kimberly West, Amy Dennison, Michelle Myers (Kevin Neighbors), Joey (Stacey) Smith; twenty-two great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosie (Charles) Stadelbacher of Cobden, and Nancy Jackson of Anna; good friends Bonnie Wright and Letha Arnold both of Anna; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larkin West; two granddaughters, Leah Williams and Ruthann Williams Meade; great granddaughter, Michelle West; three sisters and one brother.

      Mildred was a member of the Limestone Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for the adults and children. Mildred was a loving homemaker, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, beautiful flowers and cooking. She found great enjoyment having company and cooking for her family and friends. Mildred was a kind and loving mother, and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

      Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred D. West will be at 12:00 noon Monday February 10, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 10, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to TIP Hospice or the First Baptist Church of Anna. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Patricia Sue “Pat” Abernathy of Jonesboro, Illinois, May 13, 1937 – January 31, 2014

     Mrs. Patricia Sue “Pat” Abernathy, age 76 of Jonesboro, died at 7:52 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2014 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born May 13, 1937 in Dongola, the daughter of Roy and Evelyn Anderson Keller.

     Pat married Jason Ray Casey on May 1, 1955. Born from this union two daughters, Rebecca Sue and Nancy Elizabeth; and two sons, Jason Ray Casey II and James Roy Casey. Pat Later married William “Doc” Abernathy, on December 18, 1982 at their home in Carbondale.

     Pat is survived by her loving husband, William “Doc” Abernathy; Pats children, two daughters, Rebecca Sue “Becky” Lehman, Nancy E. “Beth” (Mike) Modglin; two sons, Jason R. “Jay” and James R. “Jimmy” Casey; Doc’s children, Scott Abernathy, Beth (Brad) Wilson, and Kris (Mike) Eckert; grandchildren, Robby Lehman, Tara Lehman, J.J. Casey, Lindsey Pender, Jordan Abernathy, Matt and Kyle Wilson; great grandchildren, Curtis Casey, Jude Lehman, Cole and Shelby Pender; one brother, Larry (Brenda) Keller; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother Michael; and brother, James Keller.

     Pat was a member of the Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna for many years. She worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone Company and later retired from CIPS as a meter reader. She loved to garden and was a member of the Anna-Jonesboro Garden Club. Pat had a big heart and giving soul, she wanted to make everything beautiful. She loved her family and friends, and would do anything for them. Pat will be forever missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Sue “Pat” Abernathy will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Jimmy Keller officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution to the Anna-Jonesboro Garden Club would help fund a memorial to honor Pat in one of her favorite places, “the garden”. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Joe McCommons of Dongola, Illinois, April 18, 1948 – January 31, 2014

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          Mr. Joe McCommons, age 65 of rural Dongola, died at 11:50 am, Friday, January 31, 2014 at his home in Dongola.  Joe was born on April 18, 1948 in Anna, the son of Ira Junior “Jod” and Betty June (Hileman) McCommons.  He was united in marriage to Bonnie Dunn on July 15, 1966 in Union County.

          Joe is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie; one son, Keith (Candace) McCommons of Vienna; one daughter, LaRay (Chris) Parker of Vienna; six grandchildren, Ashtyn McCommons, Cale, Blaine and Bryson Moake and Nick and Collin Parker; one brother and sister-in-law, Lonnie (Judy) Dunn of Boles; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Donnie McCommons.

          Joe was a member of the former Methodist Church in West Vienna.  Joe loved his family dearly, including his many dogs.  He loved to hunt and work on and restore tractors as well as automobiles.    

          Funeral services for Mr. Joe McCommons will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Danny Miller officiating.  Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery near Dongola.  Friends may call at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro from 5 until 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johns Cemetery.  Envelopes will be available at  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Jason Paul Caraker of Cobden, Illinois, November 1, 1972 – January 27, 2014

     Mr. Jason Paul Caraker, age 41, of Cobden died Monday, January 27, 2014 in Cobden. He was born November 1, 1972, the son of Marvin and Mary Sue Moreland Caraker. He married Brandi Sadler on October 18, 2003 in Cobden.

     Jason is survived by his wife, Brandi Caraker of Cobden; two daughters, Jade and Adrianna Caraker; father, Marvin Caraker of Anna; mother and father in laws, Dale (Rhonda) Millis and Ronnie (Linda) Sadler all of Anna; brothers in law, Doug Hayward of Cobden and Ryan (Lindsey) Sadler of Jonesboro; two nieces and two nephews; aunts; uncles; other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Sue Caraker; and one sister, Candi Hayward.

     Jason was a member of the Cobden Masonic Lodge; and the Ainad Shriners Temple. He enjoyed fishing and camping. Jason was a loving father to his two beautiful girls.

     Jason was a machine operator for the Canadian National Railroad.     

     Funeral services for Mr. Jason Paul Caraker will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Dewayne Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

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