Current Obituaries
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Ruby G Adams of Cobden, Illinois died on September 16, 2014

Alfred Claude Austin of Dongola, Illinois died on September 14, 2014

Doris F. Cresto of Cobden, Illinois died on September 12, 2014

Doris F. Cresto of Cobden, Illinois died on September 12, 2014

Ruie M. Keenan of Anna, Illinois died on September 14, 2014

Robert Neil Keller of Dongola, Illinois died on September 15, 2014

Delbert Ellis Knupp Sr. of Jonesboro, Illinois died on September 16, 2014

Eddie L Phillips of Anna, Illinois died on September 8, 2014

Harold Raymond Wheaton Sr. of Lick Creek, Illinois died on September 18, 2014

Linda Jo Sturgeon of Anna, Illinois, December 28, 1948 – April 11, 2014

     Ms. Linda Jo Sturgeon, age 65 of Anna, died at 3:05 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born December 28, 1948 in Cobden, the daughter of Albert Abraham and Emma Lucina Doughty Sturgeon.

     Linda is survived by two brothers, Doug Sturgeon of Buncombe, Darryl Sturgeon of Waco, TX; one sister, Juanita Stegle of Winnebago, IL; many nieces and nephews; two great nieces; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one nephew, Jason Sturgeon.

     Funeral services for Ms. Linda Jo Sturgeon will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Robert Goins officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Beverly C. Moreland of Jonesboro, Illinois, September 3, 1944 – April 8, 2014

     Mrs. Beverly C. Moreland, age 69 of rural Jonesboro, died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at her home. She was born September 3, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Hale Cole and Helen Marie Hagan Phillips. She married Clifton Moreland on April 17, 1997.     Beverly is survived by her loving husband, Clifton Moreland of Jonesboro; his children, Bruce and Brian both of Jonesboro, Diane (Darryl) Harvell of Jonesboro and Terri (Tom) Pinnick of Indianapolis, IN; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren;  three brothers, Stephen (Cathy) Phillips of Oregan, Hal Cole Phillips of Cape Girardeau, MO, Gregory (Debbie) Phillips of Scott City, MO; six sisters, Peggy (Richard) Seiler of Morgantown, KY, Merry (Carl) Johnson of Sanford, NC, Carla Jean Barker of East Cape, IL, Sheila Kay Phillips of Christopher, Lisa (Bob) Kail, Kathleen McGill all of Cape Girardeau, MO; two loving aunts, Alleen Lee Holmes of Orem, Utah and Colleen Foster of Florida; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one step son, Kenneth Moreland.

Funeral services for Mrs. Beverly C. Moreland will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the St. Johns Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the St. John’s Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Ernest L. Boyd of Anna, Illinois, June 25, 1925 – April 5, 2014

     Mr. Ernest L. Boyd, age 88 of Anna, died at 5:41 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Anna Rehab and Nursing Center. He was born June 25, 1925 in Anna, the son of Earl and Carrie Nimmo Boyd. He married Virginia Boyer on October 5, 1945.

     Ernest is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Boyd of Anna; two daughters, Karen (Ken) Hight of Anna, Beverly Boyd of Anna; three grandchildren, Kimberly (Todd) Hawk, Kenny (Lacey) Hight, Kendra (Rodney) Scip; seven great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Wayne and Don Boyd.

     Ernest was a faithful member of the Anna First Baptist Church and served as Deacon for forty-six years. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. For most of his life, Ernest worked as a fruit farmer in Union County

     Funeral services for Mr. Ernest L. Boyd will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Les Sinks and Rev. Todd Hawk officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Carroll G. Belcher of Anna, Illinois, June 3, 1926 – April 5, 2014

     Mr. Carroll G. Belcher, age 87 of Anna, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home. He was born June 3, 1926 in Wolf Lake, the son of Roy and Dora Boyce Belcher. He married Dorothy Lee Conant on February 2, 1947 in Anna. She preceded him in death on April 11, 1991. He later married Vera Hale King on May 24, 1992 in Buncombe

     Carroll is survived by his loving wife, Vera Belcher of Anna; children, Robert (Sherry) Belcher of Buncombe, Steve (Kathy) Belcher of Chester, Tom (Jean) Belcher of Matoon, William Belcher of Houston, TX, David (Rita) Belcher of Anna; Vera’s children, James Rickie (Amy) King of Lick Creek, Dan (Stephanie) King of Campbell Hill; thirteen grandchildren, Michelle (Rick) Petermeyer, Melanie (John) Derry, Tarea Wagner, Mareshah (Stuart) Priddy, Bethany (Marshall) Dunn, Lara (Mike) Hesse, Sara (Jeff) Hammel, Jim (Rebecca) Belcher, Jennifer (Aaron) Black, Tristan Belcher, Cody, Katie and Jaelin King; ten great grandchildren, Luren and Zack Petermeyer, Lilly Derry, Aiden Wagner, Peter Priddy, Mason Dunn, Emery Beth Dunn, Brenna Hammel, Grace and Dorothy Belcher; two sisters in law, Marilyn Belcher and Mary Jackson both of Anna; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dorothy Belcher; and three brothers, Willis, Harry and Boyd Belcher.

     Carroll was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and the Anna Masonic Lodge #520. He taught many years at the Anna-Jonesboro High School and coached basketball. Carroll proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

     Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Doug Bridgeman 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 U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail of St. Louis, Missouri. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna-Jonesboro Basketball Program. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Michele R. Pearson of Anna, Illinois, October 4, 1967 – April 3, 2014

     Ms. Michele R. Pearson, age 46 of Anna, died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at her home in Anna. She was born October 4, 1967 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Larry M. Pearson and Patricia Spiller.

     Michele is survived by one son, Joshua; father, Larry (Brenda) Pearson of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Charlotte L. Morphis of Apache Junction, AZ, Stacey L. (Barry) Wielt of Woodlawn, Kathy (Joe) Byerley of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Jeff W. Smith of Mt. Vernon; nephews, Seth Wielt of Woodlawn, David M.D.  (Katie) Smith of Wadesville, IN; great niece, Laney Noel Smith of Wadesville, IN; many other nieces and nephews; relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia (Spiller) Westbrook; one son, Aaron M. Pearson; maternal grandparents, John and Louise Spiller and paternal grandparents, Harold and Louise Pearson.

     Funeral services for Ms. Michele R. Pearson will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Scott Harner officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. The preferred form of remembrance is memorial contributions to The American Cancer Society or T.I.P. Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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Manuel Eugene “Gene” Morgan of Anna, Illinois, January 3, 1922 – March 28, 2014

     Mr. Manuel Eugene “Gene” Morgan, age 92 of Anna, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 in the Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born January 3, 1922 in Marion, the son of Roderick J. and Dora Rendleman Morgan. He married Patricia Deming and later, Rachel Wasson. Both preceded him in death.

     Gene is survived by his daughter, Marilyn (Mike) Keller of Anna; son R.J. (Lisa) Morgan of Columbia, IL, five grandchildren, Kent (Paula) Keller, Penny (Jorge) Costa, Chris (Cecilia) Keller all of Anna, Jakob and Samuel Morgan both of Columbia, IL; six great- grandchildren, Chelsey, Jennifer, Morgan, Evan, Bennett and Hayden Keller; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; two brothers, Marion and Milton Morgan; and one sister, Mildred Kline.

     Gene was of the Baptist faith. He was a 1940 graduate of Carbondale Community High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Shriners and was a member of the Carbondale Masonic Lodge #249 and was a 32 degree mason.

     He owned and operated Century Sports in Carbondale and later Morgan and Son Construction in Paducah. His most proud accomplishment was operating the homeless shelter, Morning Starr Mission in Paducah KY, for twenty eight years. He ran the shelter out of his home in Paducah, building dormitories, and facilities onto his home to accommodate those in need.

     Funeral services for Mr. Manuel Eugene “Gene” Morgan will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. John Holst 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. and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Cobden or the Zoar UCC in Columbia, IL. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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James D. Graham of Buncombe, Illinois, January 18, 1957 – March 26, 2014

     Mr. James D. Graham, age 57 of Buncombe, died at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in the Marion V.A. Medical Center. He was born January 18, 1957 in Benton, IL, the son of James and Linda McLaren Graham.

     James is survived by his mother, Linda (Don) Murray of Anna; two sisters, Susan (Gary) Wright of Cobden, Cathy (Brad) Sharp of Cobden; one brother, Larry Graham of Buncombe; nieces and nephews, Chad Wright, Shannon Siefert, Gregory Graham, Andrew Sharp, Amy Jo Beegle, Alaina Graham; great nieces, Serenity, Jayden and Sofia Graham; other relatives and friends.

     James proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

     Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Kathy Montira officiating. Interment will be in the Mound City National Cemetery with graveside military honors conducted by area Veterans and the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard Unit 375 FSS. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour on Monday, March 31, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Graham Family. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Rodell M. Rhine of Cobden, Illinois, December 15, 1921 – March 27, 2014

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          Mr. Rodell M. Rhine, age 92 of Cobden, died at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 in St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born December 15, 1921 in Eldorado, the son of Raymond S. and Amy Tison Rhine. He married Mary Kathryn Johnston on July 27, 1945 in Chicago. She preceded him in death on August 18, 2012.

          Rodell was a member of the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Cobden. He was a sixty year member of the Jonesboro Masonic Lodge 111, the American Legion and the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and was a former Agriculture Teacher at Shawnee High School.

          Rodell lived on his farm he purchased forty four years ago, nestled in the hills of Union County. He worked more than forty years tirelessly putting into place sustainable conservation practices.

          As a proud American, farmer and conservationist, Rodell told the story that he always thought he was poor. He grew up one of eight children, on a farm in Saline County, he went barefoot to school, and for Christmas he received an orange and hard candy.

          While serving in World War II, he was stationed in India, then Africa. He saw the people’s despair and poverty and said he realized that he had grown up “rich” rather than poor. His upbringing and then his war experience shaped his life forever. He never took life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness for granted. Rodell taught his five children and fifteen grandchildren that, “in life you must always give back more than you take”. He also taught them how to be “green”, respect and protect the land, trees, animals, air and water.

          He developed numerous wilderness areas, planting sunflowers, wild grasses and tens of thousands of trees. The Natural Resources Conservation Office stated that in the 90’s that Rodell Rhine “sets an example of an ideal conservationist”. Rodell was selected as the Land Use Councils, winning Conservation Farm Family in June of 2013.

          The sustainable conservation methods Rodell Rhine initiated more than forty years ago continue to be practiced on his family farm and are building a better future for our greatest natural resource, family.

          Rodell is survived by his children, Debbie (Mike) Rath of Carbondale, Leslie (Fred) Heinz of Cobden, Sharee Dawn (Chuck) Roberts of Cobden, Scott (Cheryl) Rhine of Alto Pass; fourteen grandchildren, Joshua (DeAnna) Rhine, Felicia (Shane) Tennyson, Emily (Jared) Sledge, Michelle (Tom) Paulson, Kaleb Rath, Ben (Jessica) Wills, Autumn (Guy) Kuhn, Allison (Josh) Jackson, Brian Heinz, Danielle (Paul) Rhine, Amanda Rhine, Cory Rhine, and Natalie Gee; nineteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gene Rhine of Eldorado, Clark (Sarah) Rhine of Eldorado; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Kathryn Rhine; one son, Craig Rhine; and one grandson, Zack Roberts.

          Funeral services for Mr. Rodell M. Rhine will be at 12:00 noon Sunday, March 30, 2014 in the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Cobden with Rev. Bob Fear officiating. Interment will be in the Rhine Cemetery in Raleigh, IL with graveside military rites conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church and at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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Katie Bedford of Anna, Illinois, October 31, 1949 – March 20, 2014

     Ms. Katie Bedford, age 64 of Anna, died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. She was born October 31, 1949, the daughter of Willie and Josie Butts Bedford.

     Katie is survived by all her family and friends at Mulberry Mannor. She was preceded in death by her parents.

     Funeral services for Ms. Katie Bedford will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Susan Middleton officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Robert “Bob” D. Haley of Miramar Beach, Florida, January 19, 1944 – March 19, 2014

     Mr. Robert “Bob” D. Haley, age 70 of Bowling Green, Kentucky, formerly of Anna, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Sacred Heart Hospital in Destin, Florida. He was born January 19, 1944 in Chicago, the son of Robert Harold and Edna Mae Davis Haley. In most recent years Bob lived in Bowling Green, KY and Miramar Beach, Florida. He married Kay Kollehner on June 19, 1965 at the Kornthal Lutheran Church in Jonesboro.

     Bob is survived by his loving wife, Kay Haley of Miramar Beach, Florida; one daughter, Deana (David) Cowles of Bowling Green, KY.; his pride and joy, granddaughter, Sarah Haley Reed of Bowling Green, KY.; one step granddaughter, Brianna Cowles of Bowling Green, KY.; one brother, Larry (Cathy) Haley of Anna; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Like many of us through his life, his career path took many turns from hospital business administrator to accomplished auctioneer of forty plus years. He was a board member of the National Auctioneers Association and past president of the Certified Auctioneers Institute and also was inducted into the Kentucky Auctioneers Hall of Fame.  

     Bob enjoyed fishing and traveling with his family. He had also engaged himself in the art of wood turning, turning a simple block of wood into a work of art. The art and talent of wood turning exemplified his life. He started with something simple and created an amazing memorable life for himself and those who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

     Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bob” D. Haley will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Jonathan Whitley officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kornthal Church or to Hospice of Southern Kentucky at 5872 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY. 42101. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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