Current Obituaries
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Tomas Peter "Tom" Bacon of Anna, Illinois died on September 18, 2014

Nicholas "Nick" Ray Ervin of Dongola, Illinois died on September 28, 2014

John M. Stokes of Jonesboro, Illinois died on September 23, 2014

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

Edna Eva Tellor of Alto Pass, Illinois, March 12, 1926 – April 11, 2014

     Mrs. Edna Eva Tellor, age 88 of Alto Pass, died at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Herrin Hospital. She was born March 12, 1926 in Alto Pass, the daughter of Everett D. and Eva A. Lindsey Baltzell. She married James A. Tellor on January 11, 1945 in Union County. He preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage.

     Edna is survived by her two daughters, Brenda (Ron) Parmly of Goreville, Sandy Stover of Lick Creek; four grandchildren, Lori Parmly of Jonesboro, Lane Parmly of Carterville, Shannon Menkhaus of Quincy, Aaron (Paula) Stover of Lick Creek; thirteen great grandchildren, Brittni Simmons, Baleigh Parmly, James, Jacob, Lee and Jonathan Parmly, Levi and Alyxsandra Wilkins, Luke and Abby Menkhaus, Kaylee, Kenzie and Kaleb Stover; two great-great grandchildren Jailynn Pratis and Jaxon Simmons; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James A. Tellor; grandson, Jonathan Luke; son in law, Bill Stover; brothers, Lloyd, Carl, Howard, and Denzil Baltzell; sisters, LaWanda Eastwood, Mildred Lyerla, Verna Gates and Imogene Fox.

     Edna was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden for many years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and cooking for her family.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Edna E. Tellor will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Alto Pass Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Alto Pass.

 

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James H. “Jimmy” Morrison of Anna, Illinois, October 28, 1967 – April 12, 2014

     Mr. James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, age 46 of Anna, died at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born October 28, 1967 in Carbondale, the son of Gary and Janet Brewer Morrison.

     Jimmy is survived by his parents, Gary and Janet Morrison of Goreville; son, Joseph Morrison; daughter, Alaina Morrison both of Jonesboro; loving partner of many years, Denise Craig of Anna; sister and brother in law, Annett and Wade Pritchett of Goreville; brother, John and Cynthia Morrison of Goreville; several nieces and nephews, Gary William, Amanda, Clara Machelle, Jessica, Dylan, Summer, Lane, Leighton, Ashley, Brandi, and Knox; special uncle, John Brewer, Aunt Karen Boner; cousins, Mindy and Andy; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; brother in law, Joey; one uncle, Jerry and one cousin, Eric.

     Jimmy was an amazing athlete he shared his God given gift throughout his high school years at A.J.C.H.S. He went on to be drafted in the 10th round as a professional pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in June of 1986 at the age of 18. Jimmy played for the Boston Red Sox Minor league from 1986 to 1992, during his last season he was a member of the Major League roster.

     He was a lifetime member of the Major League Baseball Association, Professional Baseball League, the First Christian Church in Anna, the Iron Workers Local 782, and served as a Trustee at the Anna VFW.  He worked as an Iron Worker for many years, and earned the name “Big Jim” by his fellow brothers in the Iron Workers Union.

     Jimmy was a sports enthusiast; he loved watching baseball, basketball and football with his friends. He had a competitive spirit and loved to share it as he often could be found playing a round of golf at the local golf courses. He was a strong supporter in his home town of Anna and was always willing to help those in need. He loved his four legged furry babies, Roscoe, Larry and Cujo. Most of all Jimmy was a dedicated and caring father that loved his children dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. They were his world and everyone knew it, he will be missed by many family and friends.

     Funeral services for Mr. James H. “Jimmy” Morrison will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Bill Littrell officiating. Interment will be in the Busby Cemetery in Goreville. Friends may call from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. In LIEU of flowers the family preferres memorial contributions be given to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, or Homers for Health a Cardinal Glennon Children’s  Foundation, Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral

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Glenn Austin Hickam of Murphysboro, Illinois, October 8, 1919 – April 12, 2014

     Mr. Glenn A. Hickam, age 94 of Murphysboro, died at 3:31 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Big Muddy Assisted Living in Murphysboro. He was born October 8, 1919 in Alto Pass, the son of George Allen and Meda B. McKinney Hickam. He married Maxine Noble in 1939 in Jackson, Missouri.

     Glenn is survived by his loving wife, Maxine Hickam of Murphysboro; three sons, Jerry Austin (Charlotte) Hickam and their family of Murphysboro, Reginald (Mary Lou) Hickam and their family of Murphysboro, Edwin Darrell (Pamela) Hickam and their family of Carbondale; two brothers, Norman Hickam of Jonesboro and Jesse Hickam of Anna; one sister, Gladys Smithy of Anna; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Aubrey, Cecil and Bryan Hickam and two sisters, Juanita Gaddis and Mabel Minton.

     Glenn was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Jerusalem Christian Church in Pomona. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, experiencing extensive action during his station in the South Pacific. Glenn loved hunting, fishing, and gardening. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

     Funeral services for Mr. Glenn Austin Hickam will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Sidney Parham officiating. Interment will be in the Murdale Gardens of Memory in Murphysboro. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #127 of Murphysboro and the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Burial Detail of St. Louis, MO. Friends may call from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The preferred form of remembrance is memorial contributions to the Mt. Pleasant Jerusalem Christian Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

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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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