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Cynthia Jane Benson of Anna, Illinois died on April 2, 2017

Starr Bolton of Anna, Illinois died on May 14, 2017

Irene Marshall of Buncombe, Illinois died on May 23, 2017

Margaret F Newton of Anna, Illinois died on May 12, 2017

Hillary Rae Vega of Anna, Illinois died on May 15, 2017

Harry M. Verble of Anna, Illinois died on May 15, 2017


Lisa Elaine Cruz of Cobden, Illinois, August 29, 1965 – January 14, 2017

 Mrs. Lisa Elaine Cruz, age 51 of Cobden, died at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the Union County Hospital in Anna after fighting her battle with leukemia. She was born August 29, 1965 in Anna, the daughter of Ted and Ruth (Pearson) Turner.

        Lisa is survived by her fiancé, Charles Estel of Cobden; mother Ruth (Joe) Hardin of Cobden; three sons, Stephen Smith (Jamie White) of Jonesboro, Anthony Wohlwend (Maci McClendon) of Carbondale, Floyd (Rachel) Smith of Alto Pass; daughter, Jessilyn Estel of Cobden; six grandchildren; five sisters, Marilyn Smith of Cobden, Ruth (L.K.) Fisher of Lebanon, TN, Debbie (Kim) Rendleman of Elk City, ID, Diane (Chris) Melcher of Hemp Hill, TX, and Becky Dresel (fiancé Steve Cunningham) of Cascade, MT; one brother, Tim Glasco of Cobden; in laws to be, Mike (Becky) Estel of Anna; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; two special friends, Diane Wiseman and Margie Daily both of Anna; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ted Turner; step-mother, Darlene Turner; step-father, Alfred Tellor; maternal grandfather, Willard Pearson; paternal grandfather, Everett Turner.

        Lisa was a member of the Women of the Moose Anna Chapter 1181 and the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden. She dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren and her family.

        Funeral services for Mrs. Lisa Elaine Cruz will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Rev. Ed Falgout officiating. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Leukemia Foundation. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

Mildred Wright of Jonesboro, Illinois, April 22, 1919 – January 13, 2017

     Mrs. Mildred Wright, age 97 of Jonesboro, died at 1:55 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 with her granddaughter by her side. She was born April 22, 1919 in Jonesboro, the daughter of William and Bertha (Hinkle) Mayberry. She married William Leslie Wright on February 11, 1936 in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on November 24, 1979.

     Mildred is survived by her granddaughters, Beverly Lynn Ferry, Marla (Kevin) Fuller; grandson, Ed (Cheryl) Woods; great-granddaughters, Charlotte Marie (Ken) Shealy, Charlotte Fuller, Haley Fuller (Don Eddleman); great-grandsons, Chris (Kacie) Fuller, Jeffrey Alan Ferry Jr., Jack Robert Ferry, Eddie (Danea) Woods, Chris (Micki) Woods, Tim (Jenna) Woods; eight great-great grandchildren; sisters, Geraldine McLane, Helen Keesee; brothers, Floyd (Vickie) Mayberry and Richard (Jean) Mayberry; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Leslie Wright; daughters, Dora Alberta Giovannetti, Margaret Mayberry, and Charlotte Woods; grandson in law, Jeffrey Alan Ferry Sr.; brothers, Robert Mayberry, A.P. Mayberry, Raymond Mayberry, William Mayberry, and Sherman Mayberry; brothers in law, Raymond McLane and Harold Keesee.

     Mildred was an active member of the Valley Mission Pentecostal Church for most of her life. She loved the Lord and her family. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Celtic Hospice.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Wright will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Paul Mayberry officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call after 12:00 noon and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Ronald Alan Carter of Jonesboro, Ilinois, February 16, 1945 – January 8, 2017

 

     Mr. Ronald Alan “Ron” Carter, age 71 of Jonesboro, died at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2017 in the Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born February 16, 1945 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the son of Everett Arlie “Buck” and Rose (Lammers) Carter. He married Brenda Doughty on May 29, 1991 in Wickliffe, KY.

 

     Ron is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Carter of Jonesboro; daughter, Julia Carter of Jonesboro; two brothers, Jim (Sandy) Carter and Larry (Mindy) Carter all of Anna; sisters in law and brother in law, Juvata Carter of Jonesboro, Marcy (Carl) Crecelius of Cobden, David (Terri) Doughty of Alabama, Betty Torres of Anna and Pam Johnson of Johnston City; nieces and nephews; beloved dog, Chi-Chi; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joseph Curtis Carter and daughter, Shannon Leigh Carter; two brothers, Robert Wayne Carter and John Carter.

 

     Ron was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy Seabee’s during the Vietnam War. He worked many years as an Iron Worker and was a member of the Iron Workers Local 782. Ron loved cars and riding motorcycles.

 

    Funeral mass for Mr. Ronald Alan “Ron” Carter will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cobden. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2016 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S. or St. Jude. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna and at the Church.

Donald Lee Mowery Jr. of Lick Creek, Illinois, January 10, 1963 – January 6, 2017

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     Mr. Donald Lee Mowery Jr. age 53 of Lick Creek, died at 9:31 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born January 10, 1963 in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the son of Donald Lee Sr. and Betty June (Mixen) Mowery.

 

     Donald is survived by his mother, Betty June Rossdeutcher of Goreville; three sisters, Rita (Allen) Laminack of Lick Creek, Rose (Ray) Haynes of Ullin and Rhonda Davis of West Virginia; his beloved dog, Reese; numerous nephews and nieces; cousins; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

     Donald was a farmer and over the road truck driver for many years. He will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.

 

     Memorial services for Mr. Donald Lee Mowery Jr. will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Jack Richardson officiating. Interment will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

LouElla Pender of Anna, Illinois, September 28, 1941 – January 2, 2017

Mrs. LouElla Pender, age 75 of Anna, died at 3:11 a.m. Monday, January 2, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born September 28, 1941 in Cobden, the daughter of Edward and Cecile (Earnhart) Casper. She married Gilbert Pender on March 21, 1959 in Cobden. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2007.

        LouElla was a member of the Jonesboro First Baptist Church. The past several year she has been attending the First Baptist Church of Cobden.  She enjoyed spending time with family & friends.  She played dominos each Friday with a special group of ladies.

        LouElla is survived by her sons, Jeffrey Earl Pender of Anna, Brian Lee (Shelly) Pender, and Dale Alan (Sandy) Pender all of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Lisa Marie Pender, Kristan Marie (Aaron) Kitterman, Daniel James (Kelly) Pender, Beth Anne Pender, Krista Lee Pender, Trey Edward Pender and Jaycee Nikole Pender; great granddaughters, Kylee Marie & Annabelle Marie Kitterman; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends.

        She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gilbert L. “Gib” Pender; brothers, Charles Casper, Frank Casper, & James Casper; daughter-in-law, Deborah Marie Pender; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law.

        Funeral services for Mrs. LouElla Pender will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Pastor Ed Falgout officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Friends may call after 9:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Cobden B-Men or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Robert W. Clark of Cobden, Illinois, March 24, 1951 – December 31, 2016

 

Mr. Robert Wayne “Bob” Clark, age 65 of Cobden, died at 5:16 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at his daughters home. He was born March 24, 1951 in Cobden, the son of Hubert Richard and Evelene Clutts Clark. He married Martha “Marty” Richard on May 28, 1974 in Portsmouth, NH.

 

        Bob is survived by his loving wife of forty two years, Marty Clark of Cobden; three daughters, Amy (Kenny) Penrod of Dongola, Stacy (Stevie) Turner of Cobden, Robin Clark (Ralph Carmack) of Cobden; nine grandchildren, Jessica Goodwin (Andrew Kennedy), Samantha (Ethan) Miller, Rebecca Penrod (Josh Basler), Jamie (Chris) Raines, Brandon Turner (Kelli Pearson), Matthew & Dylan Turner, Logan and Ayden Hallett; twelve great-grandchildren, Emily, Brayden and Chelsea Goodwin, Jaxson Kennedy, Savannah and Alaina Miller, Dixie Basler, Laylah Raines, Jayden Pearson, Kelsi, Kadin and Keaton Carmack; two sisters in law, Linda and Lucy Clark; one brother in law, Charles Jackson; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald Wayne Clark; grandson, Austin Wayne Clark-Towle; three brothers, John, Charley and Mart Clark; and one sister, Estella Jackson.

 

        Bob proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1976 as a prison guard. He worked many years for the Village of Cobden in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 

        Funeral services for Mr. Robert Wayne “Bob” Clark will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Mike Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Marine Corp Funeral Honor Detail. Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home

Sheilah A. Whittington of Anna, Illinois, February 15, 1956 – December 31, 2016

      Mrs. Sheilah A. Whittington, age 60 of Anna, died at 12:25 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She was born February 15, 1956 in Anna, the daughter of Lawrence and Louise (Wall) Lazenby. She married James Whittington on May 6, 1989 in Anna.

 

       Sheilah is survived by her husband, James Whittington of Anna; one son, Benjamin Whittington of Anna; two step-daughters, Tawana Whittington of Dix, and Tara (Bernie) Smith of McLeansboro; one step-grandson; brother, Dewayne (Jean) Lazenby of Burlington, WI; half brother, Elbert (Shirley) Claridy of Anna; two sisters in law, Elenor Claridy of Anna and Dorothy Claridy of West Frankfort; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

       Sheilah worked many years for Blue Cross Blue Shield and as a C.N.A. at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna and also was a volunteer for Hospice of Southern Illinois.

 

       Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Scott Harner officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.

Diana Kunas-Bittle of Murphysboro, Illinois, January 4, 1973 – December 26, 2016

Diana Kunas-Bittle, age 43 of Murphysboro, passed away quickly at 3:40 a.m. Monday, December 26, 2016 in the St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro from what was determined to be strep sepsis.   She was born January 4, 1973 in Chicago, the daughter of Louie Kunas.  Diana combined families with Anthony “Tony” Sean Bittle on July 23, 2005 in Carbondale. The ceremony was held on their property in Carbondale, on a very hot and sweltering day. With the help of family and friends it was truly a fun day that many will remember.
 

          Diana is survived by her husband, Anthony “Tony” Bittle of Carbondale; her children, Isis Kunas of Hampshire, Louie Donald Bittle, Rudy George Bittle both of Carbondale; one step son, Riley Morgan Bittle of Carbondale; her father, Louie Kunas of Hampshire; two sisters, Amie (Chuck) Leucht, Myra Kunas (Ira Brooker), and one brother, Lyle Kunas.  She is preceded in death by an infant brother, George Michael Kunas.

          Diana studied psychology at SIU-Carbondale and had hoped to complete the few hours left for her degree. She was employed most recently by Aisin Manufacturing in Marion and previously by the Southern Illinoisan.  Diana was one of the very few who enjoyed the monotony of work in a factory. She reveled in being able to do quality work while being lost in her thoughts without interruptions for hours on end.  As a voracious reader she would use her time behind the machine to consider all that she had read. 

          She was a member of the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Murphysboro, where she attended with Tony and her boys.  Dee’s kiddos were her greatest joy and accomplishment.  All the way from her grown daughter, Isis, to little Rudy.  The kids brought light to her life and she touched so many lives in ways she could have never imagined.  From family to friends including those in the local music scene, caving community, and hot rod and café racing lifestyle – our loss is indescribable.

          Funeral services for Diana Kunas-Bittle will be at 11:00 a.m. in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Cobden, on Saturday, December 31, 2016, with Father Gary Gummersheimer officiating. Interment will be in the Cobden Cemetery.  Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. and until the service hour at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Center of SIU or the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder at Southern Illinois University.  Memorial Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

Norma Jean Graham of Anna, Illinois, November 23, 1921 – December 24, 2016

                 Mrs. Norma Jean Graham, age 95 of Anna, died at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, December 24, 2016 in the Integrity Healthcare of Anna.  She was born November 23, 1921 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Dan and Doris (Ferrell) Frick.  She married Doyle Graham on August 10, 1940 in Jackson, MO.

          Jean is survived by her granddaughter, Jama Wolf of Nashville; great grandchildren, Jacob (Whitney) Wolf of Paducah, KY, Benjamin Wolf and Nicholas Wolf both of Nashville, Madison Baker and Graham Baker both of Waterloo; great-great grandchildren, Conway Wolf and Grayson Wolf both of Paducah, KY; two sisters, Mart Wiley of Peoria and Pat Farris of Morton, many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Doyle Graham; daughter, Betty Baker; son in law, Jack Baker; grandson, Eric Graham Baker, four brothers, Kenneth, Bon, Don, and Herman Frick; six sisters, Vivian Ellis, Pauline Bittle, Anita Bittle, Janice Appel, Sue Choate an Marilyn Vancil.

          Jean was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church, her faith sustained her throughout her life.  She worked at Simpson’s Youngland with her sister in law Wilma Morris for many years.  She also sold Avon and helped her husband, Doyle in his contracting business.  Jean loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was blessed with the births of two great-great grandchildren.

 

          Funeral services for Mrs. Norma Jean Graham will be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Jonesboro, with Jean’s nephew, Danny Vancil leading the service.  Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery.  Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family for Jean’s great grandchildren’s education or Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Envelopes will be available at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Mart M Clark of Cobden, Illinois, DOB Unk. – December 23, 2016

 

 

Mr. Mart M. Clark Sr. age 68, of Cobden, died at 2:14 a.m. Friday, December 23, 2016 in the Ray and Kay Hospice Care Center in Paducah, KY. He was born February 25, 1948 in Anna, the son of Hubert Richard and Evelene (Clutts) Clark. He married Lucille “Lucy” Newman on March 15, 1968 in Cobden.

 

        Mart is survived by his loving wife of forty eight years, Lucy Clark of Cobden; three children, Mart Clark Jr. of Cobden, Melissa (Steve) Glidden of Metropolis and Richard Clark of Cobden; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Marty) Clark of Cobden; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and one sister.

 

        Mart served his country in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 during Vietnam.

 

        Funeral services for Mr. Mart M. Clark Sr. will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden with Evangelist Bruce Pitts officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. Graveside military rites will 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 after 10:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.