Remembering Classmates, Friends and Relatives

Updated on 12/17/2017

Departed Classmates, Friends and Relatives

Wayne Crowell 1946 2017
1965 A-J Graduate

Wayne Crowell, age 71 of Carbondale, formerly of Anna, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017 at his home. He was born October 17, 1946 in Anna, the son of George and Mary (Dirden) Crowell. He married Carolyn Mixen on October 16, 1966 in Union County.Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Crowell of Carbondale; son, Bryan (Amanda) Crowell of Carbondale; daughter, Mary Jane Crowell of Carbondale; four grandchildren, John Michael, Nathaniel, Kassady and Bryanna; three sisters, Carolyn (Ed) Cates of Anna, Alice (Randy) Tucker of Jonesboro and Becky Crowell of Murphysboro; one brother, Buzz (Debbie) Crowell of Anna; many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Bryon Anderson. Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Army in the Vietnam War. Wayne worked for the City of Anna for thirty-six years. After retiring, he worked part time for District 37 as a custodian and served on the Anna City Council. Wayne will be sadly missed, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother. Funeral services for Wayne Crowell will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Phillip Mixen officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team. Interment will be held at a later date in the Mound City National Cemetery. Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. and until the service hour at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.
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Richard "Dick" Pitts
1963 A-J Graduate

Mr. Richard Pitts, age 72 of Anna, died Saturday, December 9, 2017 in St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was born July 20, 1945 in Anna, the son of Lynn and Esther (Oliver) Pitts. He married Charlene Dover on April 4, 1964. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Charlene Pitts of Anna; daughter, Denise (John) Garner of Anna; son Shane (Angie) Pitts of Beason; five grandchildren, Chase Garner and Tristin Garner, Chelsea Pitts, Ryan Pitts and Ashley Polk; one sister, Donna Pitts of Escondido, CA; many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bob Pitts, Jack Pitts, and Bill Pitts; one sister, Linda Coffee; two infant sisters, Shirley Ann and Sandra Kay. Richard worked many years for Florsheim Shoe Company. He coached the American Legion and Khoury League Baseball. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and following A-J Wildcat basketball, baseball, and football. Funeral services for Richard Pitts will be at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler 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 Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Casper Cemetery. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.
Richard attended Davie, Anna Junior High grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1963. Richard played Basketball, Baseball and Football at A-J.
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Lawrence R. "Sandy" Johnston
1963 A-J Graduate

Lawrence R. "Sandy" Johnston, age 71 of Jonesboro, died Sunday, December 3, 2017 in the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born, July 13, 1946 in Union County, the son of Claude "Hi" and Gladys M. (Lacey) Johnston. He married Kay (Clayton) on April 12, 1968 in Simpson. Sandy is survived by his loving wife of forty nine years, Kay Johnston of Jonesboro; daughter, Kim Johnston of Vienna; sister, Sharlet Evans of Anna; sister in law, Jeanne Clayton of Simpson; other family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother in law, Glen Evans. Sandy was of the Christian faith. He was retired from Lewis Brothers Bakery, working many years as a route salesman. Sandy was an avid sports fan, especially L.A. Dodgers baseball. He served on the Jonesboro City Counsel and was a Precinct Committeeman. He will be dearly missed by his coffee friends at McDonalds. Funeral services for Lawrence R. "Sandy" Johnston will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment will be in the Gilead Cemetery in Simpson. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Anna. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.
Sandy was a 1963 A-J Graduate. Information furnished by A-J Classmate and Friends.



James Bruce Frost 1944 2017
1962 A-J Graduate
Army Veteran

James "Jim" Bruce Frost, 73, of Deale, Maryland, passed away at home on November 20, 2017 after lengthy illness. Born to Lee M. Frost and Violet Bjornberg Frost in Grand Junction, Colorado, on February 7, 1944, he spent most of his youth in Missouri and Illinois, graduating from Anna-Jonesboro High School in Anna, Illinois, in 1962. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1966 to 1968 and graduated from the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent his entire 33-year career as an engineer with U.S. Steel in Texas, Indiana, and Alabama, before retiring in 2002 and moving to Maryland in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elaine; two daughters, Lindsay Frost-Bhasin (Sam) of Clarksville, Maryland, and Allison Pouncey (Jimmy) of Solomons, Maryland; and four grandchildren, Olivia, Emily, Dhru, and Dhillon; as well as many relatives and friends. Services will be private. Whether you knew him as "Jim," "Bruce," or "Frosty," you knew he always put others before himself. In his honor and in lieu of flowers, we ask that you do the same and call r contact a loved one or a friend you haven't talked with in a while to say hello and let them know you care. We also invite you to share your thoughts or memories on this page.
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Nelson R Brimm 1937 2017
1957 A-J Graduate

Nelson R. Brimm, 80, of Jonesboro, died at 3:26 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at the Marion VA Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 13, 1937, in Anna, the son of Pete and Marjorie Ray Brimm. He is survived by his two sisters, Terri (Bob) Dover of Anna and Patricia (Ron) Dwight of Peoria, Ariz.; three nieces and one nephew, April (Jonathan) Teske, Wade (Idegail) Dover, Cheri (Jeff) Kaltenback and Jenifer (Mike) Nicoloff; 12 great-nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Homer Eddleman; and one nephew, Bobby Dwight. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for the Trojan Powder Plant in Wolf Lake until it closed and later worked at A-J One Stop in Anna for several years until retiring. He was a lifelong member of Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna. Funeral services for Nelson E. Brimm were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Anna, with Bob Dover officiating. Interment was in the Anna Cemetery. Graveside military rites were conducted by Carroll P. Foster No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Scott Air Force Base honor guard. Memorials can be made to the Carroll P. Foster No. 3455 VFW honor guard. To view the full obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhlemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.
Nelson was a 1957 A-J Graduate. Information furnished by A-J Classmate and Friends.



Larry Elkins 1942 2017
1960 A-J Graduate
Millright and Softball Pitcher

Larry L. Elkins, of South Elgin died on June 11, 2017. Larry's positive, yet accepting attitude helped him thrive and comfort others during aggressive treatment for pancreatic cancer. His final hours were spent at home surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Jonesboro, on Jan. 25, 1942. He was the fourth of six children born of Guy and Ina Elkins. After graduating from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1960 he married his high school sweetheart, Janet Fitzgerald. In 1961 the young couple moved to Elgin, where he accepted employment at Chicago Rawhide. Completing his apprenticeship as a millright he was employed in manufacturing maintenance for 42 years. He took pride in his work and the security it provided his family. Jan and Larry raised their family in Carpentersville, where their children attended Dundee Community High School. Larry and Jan were avid supporters of Dundee athletics and the Dundee Scots. After his family, his lifelong passion was fast-pitch softball. From the 1960s and forward he was a sought-after pitcher in the Elgin area. He was a member of Dundee Jockey Club Fast pitch softball team. He pitched over 1,500 games in his career and was known for mastering the knuckleball. The family lost count of the number of "no-hitters" he pitched. To the surprise of many, he was still pitching when his son, Dale joined the team. This was the achievement of one of his personal goals and made him very proud. After retirement in 2003 he logged many volunteer hours leading fast-pitch clinics with the Dundee Park District. He served as the pitching coach for Hampshire High School where he was affectionately referred to as "Coach Larry." The shining star in his softball career was coaching two of his granddaughters during their years at Hampshire High. Larry and Jan spent retirement winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they walked the beach daily with their dog, Angel. Larry will be missed by many close friends, fellow snow-birders at Myrtle Beach. He is survived by his wife Jan; his son Dale (Heather) Elkins; daughter Tina (Tim) Hurst and daughter Tammy (Ken) Worthington. His grandchildren include Kevin (Katie) Eagan, Valerie (Mathieu) Queau, Eric Eagan, Jennifer Hurst, Rebecca Hurst, Allison Elkins and Sophia Elkins. Great-grandchildren are Connor and Willa Eagan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Frank Elkins. His surviving siblings include Fred (the late Pat) Elkins, Darrell (Linda) Elkins, Marilyn (the late Cliff) Jones and Carolyn (the late Carl) Ferguson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who remember him best for his amazing sense of humor. Larry and Jan attended Christ Community Church in St. Charles, where they received encouragement in their faith in Jesus Christ. Larry's assurance of heaven brought him peace and today brings comfort to his family who survive. Memorials can be made to The American Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer research. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Countryside Funeral Home & Crematory in South Elgin. Cremation was private at the Countryside Crematory.
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Nadine Sue Hileman Jordan 1934 2017
1952 A-J Graduate

ANNA - Nadine Sue Jordan, 82, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at her home. She was born Nov. 3, 1934, in Millcreek, the daughter of Carl and Susie (Poole) Hileman. Nadine is survived by her two sons, Christopher Jordan and Kevin (Carole) Jordan, all of Anna; daughter, Cathy (Rick) Kirt of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Alex (Andrea) Kirt of Maryville, Missouri, Nathan (Katie) Kirt of St. Peters, Missouri, Jamie Jordan and John Christopher Jordan, both of Anna; four great-grandchildren, Daniel and Andrew Kirt of St. Peters, Missouri, Levi and Zola Kirt of Maryville, Missouri; brothers and sisters, Carl Hileman of Tamms, Charlie (Barb) Hileman of Evansville, Indiana, Ron Hileman of Anna, Joe (Dottie) Hileman of Bloomington, Joyce Mowery of Dongola, Jessie Hileman of Tunnel Hill, Terry (Carol) Hileman of Anna, Sharon (Terry) Osman of Anna; and Phil Hileman of Jonesboro; numerous nieces and nephews; other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Elaine Hunter; brothers-in-law, Karol Lee Hunter and Carroll Mowery; and sisters-in-law, Elaine Hileman and Margaret Ann Hileman. Nadine was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro. She retired from Choate Mental Health after working many years in housekeeping and later worked for the Fellowship House in Anna. Nadine was an avid reader, she enjoyed playing BINGO and trips to the Casino. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and spending time with all her family. Services for Nadine Sue Jordan will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pastor Tim Heinecke officiating. Interment will be in St. Johns Cemetery in Dongola. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Johns Cemetery. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.
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Dorothy Pratt Tygett Homes 1925 2017
1943 A-J Graduate

Dorothy Holmes, 92, of Anna, passed away at 9:55 AM, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Integrity Health Care in Marion. Dorothy was born May 2, 1925, the daughter of Roy and Wilda (Toler) Pratt. She married Harold Holmes in June of 1964 and he preceded her in death on June 11, 1993. She worked at JoAnn Laundry in Anna, the Good Luck Glove Company in Carbondale and later worked at the Anna State Hospital (now known as Choate Mental Health) for many years. After retirement she worked for her daughter, Brenda, at the Ponderosa in Anna for 10 years and all the employees there lovably called her "Granny." Dorothy loved to crochet and to read. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna since she was a young girl. Dorothy is survived by her son, Glenn Tygett Jr. of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Brenda T. (Darrell) Stokes of Anna; granddaughter, Traci (Steven) Bottom of La Plata, MD; grandsons, Ryan Tygett, Brandon Stokes, Justin Stokes, Nathan Stokes, all of Anna; great grandchildren, Aaron Winn of Anna, Miranda (Dean) Hamilton of Cobden; 3 great-great grandchildren; sister, Nevada Hileman of Anna; brother, Amos (Ruth) Pratt of Lick Creek; step-daughter, Dena (Norman) Bissey of Olney; step-grandchildren, Tammy, Amy, and Dale; several step-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Glenn Tygett, Sr., and Harold Holmes; sister, Barbara Barker; grandson, Christopher Tygett; step-grandchild, Karen Bissey. Funeral services for Dorothy Holmes will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, September 25, 2017 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Interment will follow at Anna City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00AM until the hour of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Anna or the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Dorothy Holmes please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Danny L. Treece 1946 2017
1965 A-J Student

Danny L. Treece, 70, of Jonesboro, died at 10:17 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born in Anna on Oct. 3, 1946, the son of Hollie and Ruby Garrett Treece. He is survived by three aunts, Leona Treece of Paducah, Betty Garrett of Anna and Martha Garrett of Jonesboro; three nephews, Kerry Treece of Wetaug, Clifford Treece of Anna and Cody Mayberry of Jonesboro; two nieces, Dorinda Treece of Anna and Patricia (Mayberry) and husband Dan Prater; one brother-in-law, Wayne Mayberry of Jonesboro; one sister-in-law, Delilah (Woody) Treece of Jonesboro; many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beverly (Treece) Mayberry; and a brother, Jack E. Treece. He was a member of the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church for many years. Graveside services for Mr. Treece will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at Kelley Cemetery in Cobden, with Brent Gordon officiating. Interment will be in the Kelley Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorials can be made to Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.
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William J. Halter Sr. 1928 2017
A-J Teacher
Football and Golf Coach
Veteran

William J. Halter Sr., 89, of Anna, passed away at 9:10 AM, Wednesday, September 13, 2017. William was born January 2, 1928, the son of John and Lillie (Andres) Halter. He married Kathryn Haney on June 24, 1954. He served his country in the Illinois Army Reserves as 1st Lieutenant and the Missouri National Guard as 2nd Lieutenant. He attended Southeast Missouri State University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Education. He then went on to receive his Master's degree from Southern Illinois University. He taught industrial engineering for many years at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. He coached football and golf and was accredited for starting the AJ Golf Team. When he retired from teaching he became a broker for Classic Properties and sold real estate. William was President of the Union County Country Club and a PGA member. He was on the FLW fishing circuit for many years. He was a past exalted ruler of the Anna Elks Lodge #1641. He was also a founding member and treasurer of the Knights of Columbus - St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna. William is survived by his wife, Kathryn of Anna; sons, William J. (Judy) Halter, Jr. of Anna, Thom Halter of Anna; 2 grandchildren, Amanda and Will; 1 great-grandchild, Aubrey; nieces and nephews; other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Josephine Cowell, Dorothy Bloomfield. Visitation will be held from 9:00AM to 11:00AM, Monday, September 18, 2017 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral mass will be held at 11:30AM on Monday, September 18, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to AJCHS Golf Team or St. Mary's Church and will be accepted at the funeral home and church. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William J. Halter Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
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Peggy Jean Gillespie Mallams 1922 2017
1941 A-J Graduate
Bank Teller

ANNA -Peggy Jean Mallams, 95, of Anna, died at 4:55 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. She was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Creal Springs, the daughter of Clarence and Mae Gillespie. She married R.C. Mallams on April 3, 1943. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2011. Peggy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna. She retired as a bank teller from Anna State Bank after 13 years of service. Survivors include her daughter, Karen "K.K." (Dennis) Edissi of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister, Mary Belcher of Anna; cousins, Richard (Evelyn) Gillespie, Pam (Tom) Fisher, Ray (Sharon) Gillespie, Gary Belcher; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, R.C. Mallams; daughter, Nancy Jean Mallams; sister, Betty Bauer; brother, Clarence Gillespie. Funeral Services will be Monday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with the Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Interment will follow at Anna City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home. To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.
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Shirley Jean Schlenker Keller 1936 2017
1953 A-J Graduate

Shirley Jean Keller, 81, of Anna, died at 8:29 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at the Jonesboro Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was born on April 4, 1936, in McClure, the daughter of Daniel Joseph and Pearl Eva Miller Schlenker. She is survived by her sons, Kent (Anne) Keller of Tavares, Fla., and Mark Keller of Dongola; daughters Martha (Chuck) Harvel of Tamms and Kelly (Bill) Miller of Anna; grandchildren Scott (Heidi) Harvel of Cape Girardeau, Shae (Derek) Williams of Anna, Ashley (Adam) Keller of Apopka, Fla., Travis Williams and Timothy (Maegan) Keller, all of Dongola, Sarah Gibson of Florida, Sam (Bethany) Harvel of Jonesboro, and Megan and Jason Miller of Anna; great-grandchildren Lacey Hunt, Colbie Jackson, Ryan Johnson, Jaxon Moutell, Abigail, Ethan and Persephone Gibson, Hadassah Harvel, Zipporah Harvel, Havilah Harvel and Napthali Harvel; two sisters, Mildred McDonald of Alton and Beatrice Miller of Anna; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Randal Keller; and three brothers, Adam, Levi and Wardell Schlenker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anna for many years. She was a graduate in the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School class of 1953. She worked at the Florsheim Shoe Factory for 37 years. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Interment was in the Anna Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Anna. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.
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Nancy R Basse Womick 1937 2017
1953 A-J Graduate

Nancy R. Womick, 83, died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 23, 2017, at Brookwood Retirement Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the wife of Jerald E. Womick. They shared 60 years of marriage together. Born in Wyandotte, Mich., she was the daughter of Alvin and Hazel Basse, from Jonesboro. She graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. She was a homemaker and a full-time mother. She was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Huber Heights, Ohio, the First Baptist Church in Johnstown, Ohio, and most recently the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio. She loved playing the piano for the children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She is survived by her husband, Jerald E. Womick; sons Richard B. Womick and Michael B. Womick; and grandchildren Joshua Womick, Jessica Womick, Kayla Smith, Joseph Womick, Abby Womick, Mitchell Womick and Johah Womick. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jim Basse. Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 28, at the First Baptist Church, 1367 Woodville Pike, Milford, Ohio 45150, with interment at the Graceland Memorial Gardens in Milford, Ohio. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church in Milford.
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Jerry Casper 1952 2017
1981 A-J Graduate

Mr. Gerald "Jerry" Casper, age 64 of Jonesboro, died at 7:08 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at his home. He was born September 18, 1952 in Anna, the son of Betty (Shepard) Dunn. Jerry is survived by his six children, Samantha Brent of Canada, Jesse (Amanda) Casper of Idaho, Diana (Kenneth) Cox of Perryville, MO, Sheldon (Jenna) Casper of Florida, Christy (T.J.) Smith of Jonesboro, Adam (Katie) Casper of Ohio; fourteen grandchildren, Brandon & Brett Johnson, Jody, Laura and Natalee Brown, Brinlyn & Maddox Casper, Journey, Elijah, Zeke Casper, Chellesy Brent, Miles & Gabe Casper, Jozie Redman; three great grandchildren, Colton Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Zoey Newberry; brothers, Jeff (Ruth) Dunn of Vienna, Randy Dunn of Anna; sister, Betty Jo Boyd of Carterville; best friend, Janet Casper of Jonesboro; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Dunn and brother, Steve Casper. Jerry enjoyed fishing, history and politics, and mostly spending time with his family. He dearly enjoyed weekly pool league with his daughter and grandsons. Funeral services for Mr. Gerald "Jerry" Casper will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Funeral Honor Team of Marion. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to the AJ Athletics. Envelopes will be available at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Everyone is invited to attend a dinner following at the Anna
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James "Jim" Bartlett 1944 2017
1962 A-J Student
Trucker Driver and Entrepreneur

James Roydan Bartlett, 73, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Honoring his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded with no services to be scheduled and no memorials or flowers requested. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. James was born March 17, 1944 in Anna, Illinois the son of James Thomas and Geraldine (Brothers) Bartlett. At a young age James was placed in a Lutheran Children's Home. However, he was very fortunate that Ray and Myrtle Fulfs would believe in him enough that they became his newly adopted parents. The Fulfs took James into their new family showing him the love he never experienced. Additionally, Ray took James under his wing, teaching him an abundance of skills including plumbing, electrical, carpentry and most importantly believing in yourself enough that you can achieve anything in life. James would work at the Fulfs hardware store for many years. It was during this time that he would meet the love of his life, Lou Dell Burgess. They were united in marriage on March 23, 1963 in Dixon, Illinois - together 54 years. Several years after their marriage, James began his career as an over-the-road truck driver, retiring after 30+ years. However, his love of driving didn't stop after retirement – he would continue driving for Holsinger Grain and Live Stock, along with his son Tom, for many more years. During his driving career and raising and caring for his family he was also an entrepreneur, ultimately owning and operating, along with his wife and daughter, "Vitales Pizza Restaurant" for the past 25 years. James was a man that could do basically anything from building houses, performing electrical or plumbing work, he was a perfectionist that did every job one way – the right way. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan going to games with his Foster Dad – Ray and family. During his truck driving days, he loved old school country music and carried on that love the rest of his life. He dearly loved his fur-baby Miss Daisy – his Maltese. Above all, he loved his family very much and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. It was noted that James came from an all most forgotten time when excuses meant less than nothing and a man's word meant everything. At the end of the day, only results counted, he was from an era of tough men who knew real hardship and stood for something worthwhile, men and values you could always count on. James is survived his wife Lou Dell Bartlett of Clinton, IA; two daughters – Becky Krontz of Camanche, IA and Sarah Wells of Long Beach, Mississippi; one son –James"Tom" (Sena) Bartlett of Fulton, IL; two grandchildren – Christopher Krontz and Eric Wells; four great-grandchildren – Jayden, Jianna, Jordan and Ramsey; two sisters and two brothers; with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding James in death were his parents, his foster parents and two brothers. James "Jim" Bartlett went to Davie grade school and Anna Junior High and started his freshman year at A-J with the Class of 1962 before being sent to Dixon.
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Gary D. Fuller 1932 2017
1957 A-J Graduate
Operated Gary D. Fuller Construction

Gary D. Fuller, 78, of Cobden passed away at 5:00pm, August 12, 2017 at Union County Hospital. Gary was born July 12, 1939 in Anna, IL, the son of Edgar and June (Wall) Fuller. He married Judy Renfrow on November 27, 1958. He owned and operated Gary D. Fuller Construction. He loved his work and the people he dealt with and took great joy in helping others. In his spare time he enjoyed antiquing, going to eat, and fishing and going to the lake, as long as he was on the go he was happy. Most of all Gary loved his family. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Gary is survived by his wife, Judy Fuller; son, Steve Fuller; daughter, Jan Fuller; granddaughter, Jordan Fuller; god daughter, Cherish Fogt; other loved ones, Sondra Fuller, Mike Isom, Cheryl (Jerry) Alsip, Diane and Airinna Fuller, Carolyn Fuller, Audrey Robertson, Jack (Amy) House, George (Sandy) Renfrow. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Roger Fuller; sister, Jean Crowell and nephew, Thomas Fuller. Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 8:00pm at the funeral home with Rev. Mike Turner officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial may be made to First Baptist Church of Jonesboro or the charity of the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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Arthur L. "Art" Houseman 1940 2017
1957 A-J Graduate

Mr. Arthur L. "Art" Houseman, age 77 of Lick Creek, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in the Herrin Hospital. He was born March 23, 1940 in Union County, the son of Ray H. and Cora Ellen (Glasco) Houseman. He married Lillie Rider on November 23, 1974 in Dongola. Art is survived by his loving wife of forty-two years, Lillie Houseman of Lick Creek; children, David (Lisa) Houseman of Anna, Leanna (Dale) Stanley of Arlington, TX, Dean (Kim) Houseman, Ed (Karla) Houseman all of Millersville, MO, Linda (Gary) Herron of Oregon; grandchildren, James (Megan) Houseman, Michael (Megan) Houseman, Steven (Sandra) Houseman, Jesse (Megan) Houseman, Josh (Isabel) Houseman, Jared Stanley, Erin Stanley (Chris) Jacobs, Kyle and Mason Herron, Miranda Cruz; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Logan, Corbin, Jace Houseman, Ezekiel "Zeke" Cruz; sisters, Barbara (Fred) Pitts of Buncombe, Judy (Morris) Hall of Cobden; brothers, Don Houseman and Ed (Sherri) Houseman of Cobden; brother in law, Charles Gilbert of Florida; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Randy Gilbert; sister, Betty Gilbert; and sister in law, Barbara Houseman. Art was a charter member of the United Missionary Baptist church. He was dedicated to his church, teaching Sunday school there for many years. He was a retired from the Federal Government as a District Conservationist. Art was a pilot, and loved all things aviation, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and dearly loved his dogs. In earlier years he played and coached softball and baseball. Funeral services for Mr. Arthur L. "Art" Houseman will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017 in the United Missionary Baptist Church in Lick Creek with Pastor Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in Ebenezer Hall Cemetery. Friends may call after 11:00 a.m. and until the service hour at 1:00 on Friday, July 28, 2017 in the United Missionary Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Missionary Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
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Don W Verble 1932 2017
1950 A-J Graduate
Air Force Veteran

Mr. Donald W. "Don" Verble, age 84 of Jonesboro, died at 11:44 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born August 20, 1932 in Anna the son of Loel and Agnes (Ledbetter) Verble. He married Janet Tripp on December 22, 1953 in Anna. Don is survived by his loving wife, Janet (Tripp) Verble; son, Donald Verble Jr. and friend Debbie Tripp of Jonesboro; daughter, Joy (David) Roberts of Mt. Carmel; six grandchildren, Brandon (Tara) Sharp, Justin Sharp, Matt (Sara) Verble, Kyle Verble, Brooke (Mike) Ile and Tyler Roberts; six great-grandchildren, Alaina Ile, Easton Ile, Silas Roberts, Ethan Sharp, Alex Sharp and Jacob Sharp; brother, Loel Verble Jr. of Anna; sister, Jean Cauble of Carbondale; many friends and other relatives. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Loel and Agnes (Ledbetter) Verble; daughters, Jan Sharp and Vicki Lingle; daughter-in-law, Teresa Verble; brother, Carl Verble; father-in-law, Ernest Tripp; step father-in-law, Ralph (Isabel) Batson. Don was a barber for over 52 years on the Jonesboro square and was very dedicated to serving his fellow man in that capacity. He was a dedicated Christian who served in different ministries at the Anna First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School, serving as usher chairman and driving the church bus for many years. Don was a quiet but dedicated bible scholar who loved to share the gospel and talk about how great God is. He was a member of the Illinois Checker Association and had entered many different tournaments. He won the Illinois State Checker Championship in 2002. He served in the United States Air Force for six years during the Korean Conflict. Funeral Services for Mr. Donald W. "Don" Verble will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Les Sinks officiating. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster #3455 of the V.F.W. in Anna and the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 30, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Carmi Baptist Childrens Home, Family Ministry Committee of the Anna First Baptist Church or the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Garvin L Slone 1942 2017
1962 A-J Graduate

Garvin L. Slone, 74, of Chadwick, IL passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Center, Freeport, IL. He was born November 15, 1942 in Portageville, Missouri, the son of William Ray Slone and Stella Mae Jones Slone. He had been employed by the Milwaukee Railroad, Soo Line and Canadian Pacific Railroad before retiring. Surviving are his wife, Delores Marie Koteles Slone, whom he married on January 29, 1972. 7 children: Scott Baker (Danielle Rutkowski), Any Hastings, Jody (Chris) Svoboda, Amanda (Chris) Henning, Patti (Scott) Phillips, Ronnie (Mary) Slone and Garvin Slone Jr., 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a sister, Lillian (Jim) Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 sisters and 1 brother. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Laird Funeral Home, Elgin at 7:00 PM. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00 PM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com
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Buddy J Brimm 1936 2017
1954 A-J Graduate
Army Veteran

MARION -Buddy J. Brimm, 81, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, in Heartland Regional Medical Center. Buddy was born June 22, 1936, in Anna, the son of Ira and Clara (White) Brimm. He married Barbara Morrison on Sept. 14, 1974, in Marion and together they have shared more than 42 years of marriage. He was an Army veteran, proudly answering the call to serve his country. Buddy retired from General Telephone, following his retirement he worked for Marion Unit 2 as a mail carrier for the Special Education Department. His memberships included the Third Baptist Church of Marion, Cobden Masonic Lodge 466, Valley of Southern Illinois Scottish Rite, Ainad Temple. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brimm of Marion; daughter, Patty McGuire and companion, Brian Kwasniewski of Marion; sister, Barbara Cox and husband, David, of Cobden; sister-in-law, Ruby Brimm of Anna; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leon, Carl and Bobby Brimm. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, with the Revs. Scott Kallum and Paul Lee.
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Dorothy L Kelley Shoemaker 1944 2017
1962 A-J Graduate
Teacher Aide

Mrs. Dorothy L. "Dot" Shoemaker, age 72 of Anna, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her home. She was born October 11, 1944 in Anna, the daughter of Ernest Ray and Versella Geraldine (Oschmann) Kelley. She married Earl F. Shoemaker on May 25, 1962 in Anna. Dot is survived by her four children, Julie Ann Shoemaker of Anna, Tonika Shoemaker of Hurst, Christopher Shoemaker of Lexington, KY, and Ginger (Clyde) Delk of Rockwood, TN; seven grandchildren, Austin Shoemaker, Rebecca Wilson, Dillon Jurcy, Lane Kayli Piller, Jacob Nagel, Colton Nagel, Addison Nagel and one more on the way; one brother, Allen Ray (Carol) Kelley of Buncombe; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl F. Shoemaker; and one sister, Norma Tite. Dot was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church. She worked many years as a teacher aide for Tri-County Special Education. She dearly loved and cared for her kids at Tri-County. Dot was an avid Bingo player, and played as often as she could. Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy L. "Dot" Shoemaker will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 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.
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Frank "Larry" Wiedlocher 1949 2017
1967 A-J Graduate

Frank "Larry" Wiedlocher, was born on June 27, 1949, in Anna, the son of Carl and Dorothy DeMonde Wiedlocher, and died at home on June 18, 2017, in Salem, Mo., at the age of 67. He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Gloria Green in Carmi. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran. Following discharge, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in forestry. He was an avid reader and always enjoyed learning, raising small animals, farm work and hiking in the great outdoors. He had a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Preceding him in death were his parents, Carl and Dorothy Wiedlocher; a sister, Anne Jenette Wiedlocher; and a brother, Christopher Wiedlocher. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Wiedlocher of Salem; children Bradley A. Wiedlocher and wife Sylvia of St. Louis, Zachary B. Wiedlocher and wife Laura of St. Louis, and Stephanie A. Hough and husband Peter of Alton; brothers Carl Wiedlocher III of Las Cruces, New Mexico, George Wiedlocher and wife Jeanne of Carbondale, and David Wiedlocher and wife Clare of Lebanon, Tenn.; sisters Sharon Martin and husband Gale of Midland, Texas, Penny Ottesen and husband Bill of Centerville, Tenn., and Regina Siadek and husband Jim; grandchildren, Cedric, Elias, Eden and Asher; extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Church in Salem, Mo. Memorials can be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America and/or Life of Hope Ministries in Joplin, Mo. Wilson Mortuary in Salem, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
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Dan Paul Hileman 1944 2017
1962 A-J Graduate

Dan Paul Hileman, 72, of Anna, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Jonesboro, the son of Ray Alfred and Blanche Dillon Hileman. He married Suzanne Brookman on March 20, 1965, in Jonesboro. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Hileman of Anna; a daughter, Rebecca (Patrick) Clark of Anna; three grandchildren, Danielle Mrozek, Cassidy Mrozek and Harley Hileman; one great-granddaughter, Alaynna; two sisters, Sarah Moore of Channahon and Mary (John) Cripps of Jonesboro; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by one son, William "B.J." Hileman. Dan and Suzanne were known as winter Texans: every winter they would travel to Rio Valley Estate Park in Weslaco, Texas, where they made many friends. He worked as a pipe fitter for many years. Funeral services for Mr. Hileman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. John Cripps officiating. Friends can call from 11 a.m. and until the service hour at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Anna. Memorials can be made to the family. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
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Shirley West Davis 1918 2017
A-J Teacher

Shirley West Davis of Carbondale, formerly of Anna, passed away peacefully at her home on May 30, 2017. An ecumenical memorial worship service will be held at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna on July 29, beginning at 10 a.m. The Davis family looks forward to worshipping with those who loved her as her family did. Those wanting to honor her memory may do so by contributing to the Shirley West Davis Scholarship Fund at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Foundation, Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Organ Fund at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available in the church vestibule.
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Kenneth "Big John" Boyd
1957 A-J Graduate
Navy Veteran

ANNA - Kenneth "Big John" Boyd, 78, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was born May 18, 1939, in Anna, the son of David Andrew Boyd and Nellie Louise Coulter Boyd. Kenneth proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63). He earned his way to storekeeper third class (SK3 E-4) and also received the Vietnam service medal and good conduct medal award. "Big John" was known by many with his warm smile and wonderful stories at Kroger. He is survived by his daughter and her fiance, Autumn Sutton and Michael Carter; his sister, Doris Jean Abercrombie; and his former wife, Linda Boyd. A memorial gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro. Private inurnment services will be held at Anna City Cemetery. To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.
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Leon Allen Wagner 1938 2017
60 Classmate's spouse
Army Veteran

LAKE HAMILTON - Leon Allen Wagner, born 3-1-1938 in McKeesport, PA went to be with Our Lord on 7-10-2017 in Tampa, FL Leon was a US Army Veteran. He retired from Hercules Chemical in West Elizabeth, PA after 36 years and moved to Lake Hamilton, Fl in 1999 He was a Master Craftsman, and built his home in Lake Hamilton, he enjoyed golf and being in his workshop He was a 50 year Mason of the Stephen Baynard Lodge in Elizabeth PA and a Elder and active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Haines City, and served on the Planning Board for Lake Hamilton. He also volunteered at the Theater Winter Haven. He is survived by his wife Marlene Wagner of Lake Hamilton, FL; 2 sons Philip (Amy) Wagner of Gotha FL, Richard (Bobbie) Bailey of Bridgeville, PA; 3 daughters, Deanna Kyle of Portersville, PA, Laura DellaSala of St Petersburg, Fl and Darla (Lisa) Wagner of Greenwood, Ark.; and a brother Wayne Wagner of Finleyville, PA. He has 7 much loved grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews, and a loving extended family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents Earl and Elsie Wagner; 3 brothers Kenny, Bernie, and James Wagner; and a son Scott Wagner A Memorial Service will be held on Sat July 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Haines City FL
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Kevin Tyler Cooley 1971 2017
1989 A-J Graduate
Policeman

ANNA - Kevin Tyler Cooley, 46 of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2017, after a 3-year battle with stomach cancer with family by his side. Mr. Cooley was a member Fraternal Order of Police and Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. He served with the Metro Police Department for 19 years. Mr. Cooley was preceded in death by grandmother, Nadine Cooley; grandparents, Ralph and Hazel Sadler. He is survived by his wife, Wendy Cooley; children, Kyle Cooley and Tyler Cooley; parents, Terry and Brenda Cooley; grandfather, Leon Cooley; in-laws, Neill & Diann Valdes; sister-in-law, Becky (Chris) MacFarlane; brother-in-law, Wes (Johanna) Valdes; nephews, Chase, Conal and Bryce MacFarlane; and niece, Mina Valdes. Celebration of Life will be held Friday, June 23rd at 3:00 pm at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church with Pastor Poly Rouse officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers are Metro Nashville Police Department. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, June 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com
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Dan Paul Hileman 1944 2017
1962 A-J Classmate
Pipe Fitter

Dan Paul Hileman, 72, of Anna, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Jonesboro, the son of Ray Alfred and Blanche Dillon Hileman. He married Suzanne Brookman on March 20, 1965, in Jonesboro. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Hileman of Anna; a daughter, Rebecca (Patrick) Clark of Anna; three grandchildren, Danielle Mrozek, Cassidy Mrozek and Harley Hileman; one great-granddaughter, Alaynna; two sisters, Sarah Moore of Channahon and Mary (John) Cripps of Jonesboro; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by one son, William "B.J." Hileman. Dan and Suzanne were known as winter Texans: every winter they would travel to Rio Valley Estate Park in Weslaco, Texas, where they made many friends. He worked as a pipe fitter for many years. Funeral services for Mr. Hileman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. John Cripps officiating. Friends can call from 11 a.m. and until the service hour at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home of Anna. Memorials can be made to the family. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
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James "Larry" Karraker 1947 2017
1965 A-J Graduate
Attorney

ANNA - James "Larry" Karraker, 69, died at 5:03 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at home. Larry was born on August 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker. He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University majoring in political science. He obtained his law degree in 1972 from the University of Kentucky School of Law and began his legal career. He was a public defender in Alexander County, Assistant State's Attorney in Union County and Regional Counsel for DCFS for southern 17 counties. Larry was an avid reader and "To Kill a Mockingbird" was the inspiration for his dream to becoming an attorney. He was a skilled criminal defense attorney who loved the law and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of Cobden Masonic Lodge #466, a friend of Bill W and sponsored many who reached out to him. He shared his mother's love of Cardinal Baseball, but his true passion was Kentucky Basketball. He was the first person awarded the Gazette Democrat Alumni of the Year Award in 1992 as an example of a successful person that high school graduates could emulate. Larry touched many lives in many different ways. He will be missed by his family, friends and clients. He married Cindy (Sorrells) Swope in 1967 and shared three children. In 1996, he married Lorraine (Basler) Karraker and she survives. They blended their families and were blessed with six children and three grandchildren. Larry is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Anna; sons, Jason (Beverly) Karraker of Destin, Florida, Michael (Sherry) Gee of Fate, Texas, Shaun Gee of Steeleville; daughters, Julie Karraker Hand of Jacksonville, Sarah (Quentin) Coonce of Tunnel Hill, Erin (Patrick) Karraker Pierce of Makanda; grandchildren, Danton Hand, Connor Gee, Jaxon Coonce; brother, Wesley (Sandy) Karraker; nephews, Robert Karraker, Jimmie Karraker, James (Lisa) Maxam, Ryan (Olivia) Maxam; niece, Kathy Karraker; other relatives, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, William Clyde; sister, Sandra K. Cassity. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23 at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro and Saturday after 8 a.m. until time of service. Masonic rites will be presented by Cobden Lodge #466 at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the funeral home with Pastor Kenneth Wilson and Pastor Tony Foeller officiating. Interment will follow at Anna City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Spectrum Disorders Fund or Stinson Memorial Library and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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Herschel Morris Lyerla 1941 2017
1960 A-J Classmate
Navy Veteran

Herschel Morris Lyerla, 75, of Chatham, and formerly of Cobden and New Orleans, La., died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Leland and Myrtle Sisk Lyerla. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Ralph; and sisters Frieda Qualls, Bonnie Sheets and Thelma Skaggs. He and Adell Mary House married on Feb. 20, 1993. He attended Anna-Jonesboro Community High School before he went into the U.S. Navy. Mr. Lyerla worked in the lab for the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation, until he retired in 1999. He enjoyed music his entire life; he played drums, guitar, mandolin and sang in several country western and gospel bands. Later in life, he worshipped God with his musical gifts in churches throughout Southern Illinois. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Adell of Chatham; a son, Aaron (Chi) Lyerla of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters Lesley Lyerla of Livingston, La., and Shelly (Todd) Cleveland of Maurepas, La.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Don (Juanita) Lyerla of Cuba, Mo., Victor (Glenda) Lyerla of Phenix City, Ala., Harold (Lawanda) Lyerla of Alto Pass, Curtis Lyerla of Cobden, Jim (Brenda) Lyerla of Alto Pass; sisters Sherry (Rod) Wofford of Farmington, Mo., Shelba Vandergraph of Farmington, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Cynthia Caronna of College Station, Texas and Laura (Joe) Guidry of Bedico, La. Cremation rites were accorded before all services. His family will greet friends at a memorial gathering Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial at 11 a.m. at the Alto Pass Pentecostal Church, 220 Chestnut St., Alto Pass, with the Rev. Bill Carter officiating. Burial of his urn will follow at the Alto Pass Cemetery. Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham is in charge of arrangements. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home are in charge of local arrangements. Memorials can be made to Alto Pass Pentecostal Church.To offer condolences, visit www.staabpolk.com and www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.
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James Bean 1950 2017
1968 A-J Graduate

James (Jim) Bean, 66, beloved husband, father, and Grumpa, was called to his eternal resting place on May 22, 2017 at his home in Sandia Park, NM. He entered this world on May 28, 1950 in Anna, IL, born to Oel and Eloise Bean. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Bean; daughter, Chelle (Mandi) Weedon and husband Allen; daughter Marci Jackson; sister, Shirley Harris and husband, Jim; grandchildren, Emma Horn, Piper Weedon, and Ryker Jackson. Jim and Wanda were married in Arkansas City, KS on June 22, 1974. Over a span of 10 years, Jim used his Bachelor's degree in Theology to serve churches in Kansas, Illinois and Louisiana as Minister of Music and Youth. He then felt called to continue his ministry by serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While working at the Ft. Worth State School and attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1987 to 1991, Jim had the opportunity to move into the private provider aspect of that industry. He served in this capacity from 1991 to 2004 when he acquired his own business, PeopleCare, in El Paso, TX. As the President and CEO of PeopleCare, Jim enriched lives and provided services for hundreds of people who held a special place in his heart. Jim Bean was a man who was impossible to forget, even if you only met him once. At six feet seven inches tall, he was hard to miss. But it was so much more than his size that attracted attention. His broad smile and infectious laugh filled any room that he was in. This was a man who loved experiencing life, and more importantly, sharing it with the ones he loved. He made sure everyone felt welcomed at his table and loved to enjoy a good meal and a good time with everyone who joined him, always while ensuring all were treated with the best of care. Jim was a man who loved God, loved his family and never stopped being grateful for and sharing all of the blessings he had. More than anything, this was a man who loved and cherished his family and friends. He always seemed larger than life, and the hole he leaves behind seems larger still. Friends and family may visit Saturday, May 27, 2017, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at FRENCH - Wyoming. Services will follow at 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Youth Horizons at www.youthhorizons.net.
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Collin Frank Howerton 1918 2017
1936 A-J Graduate
Navy Veteran

MOUNT PLEASANT - Collin Frank Howerton, 98, passed away Saturday May 6, 2017 at his home. He was born June 9, 1918, in rural Anna, the son of Frank and Lura (Hileman) Howerton. He married Ruth Kohler on June 22, 1940 in Jackson, Missouri, by a Baptist minister. To this union was born two sons, Gary and Kent. Collin and Ruth enjoyed 76 years together. She preceded him in death Sept. 21, 2016. Collin graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Then he went into construction work as an iron worker until World War II. At that time, he enlisted in the Navy Seabees and spent active duty in the South Pacific. After WWII, he was a state motorcycle patrolman for a few years. Then, he worked for Prairie Farms Dairy for 31 years until he retired in 1980. Collin was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He and his wife, Ruth, enjoyed camping and spent several months each winter in Texas. They also loved listening to their many records and tapes of music of the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s. They also spent time doing word puzzles. Collin was a member of the Masonic Lodge from Lick Creek. He is survived by two sons, Gary (Maxine) Howerton and Kent (Debbie) Howerton, both of the Mount Pleasant area; three grandchildren, Angela Pearson, Lisa Howerton and Gary Scott Howerton; five great-grandchildren, Charity Yates, Meghan Treece, Casey Howerton, Cara Howerton and Ethan Howerton; one great-great grandson, Conner Schroeder; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Collin was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother, Vance Howerton.
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Darrell Dee Cates 1940 2017
1958 A-J Graduate

Darrell Dee Cates was born February 26, 1940, in Anna, IL and passed away April 15, 2017, in Bakersfield, CA. He earned a BA degree in Music Education from Baylor University in Waco, TX. Upon graduation from Baylor in Spring 1962 he was recruited by Bakersfield City School District to teach music at Curran Junior High School. In 1966 Kern High School District employed him to be Choir Director for North High School. His choirs and triple trios were popular performers around Bakersfield and also traveled to our sister city, Wakayama, Japan to perform. Darrell took a sabbatical in 1974 to earn a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling at California State University, Bakersfield. The following year he returned to North High as a Counselor and later became Director of Guidance. He left North High School in 1994 for a position at Bakersfield Adult School as Guidance Counselor and later as Data Assessment Director. Although he entered the full retirement phase of his life in 2009, he still continued to work on a part-time basis until 2017. He had many talents and many facets to his well-ordered life: Educator, Actor, Singer, Vocal Director and Director in numerous stage productions for Bakersfield Community Theater, Starlight of Kern and Bakersfield Civic Light Opera and maintained a private voice studio as well. Darrell leaves behind a loving extended family of friends and relatives. He requested that there be no services. He will be cremated and at a later date returned to Anna, IL. to be interred in the family plot. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the most current reputable animal sanctuary for homeless and suffering animals.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 21, 2017
Darrell grew up on East High Street "Tennessee Hill" in Anna Illinois. He attending Davie Grade School and Anna Junior High and graduated A-J in 1958.
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Dareld L. Davis
1954 A-J Student
Army Veteran

Dareld L. Davis, 79, of Jackson, Mo., and formerly of Anna, died at 6:37 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on July 26, 1937, in Anna, the son of Curtis and Beatrice Davis Wright. He married Geraldine Nash on Aug. 30, 1958, in Anna. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Davis of Jackson, Mo.; a son, Brad (Leslie) Davis of Jackson, Mo.; a daughter, Nora (Greg) Duffy of Hayti, Mo.; five grandchildren, Samantha Rawls, Shannon Davis, Heather Mitchell, Katelyn Duffy and Caleb Duffy; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends. He also had a fur baby Morley. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents who helped raise him, I.G. and Iva Davis; and a brother, Robert "Bob" Wright. He was a 1954 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Michigan with his forestry degree. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He had a dedicated career for 33 years working for the U.S. Forestry Service. He retired in January 1993. He worked at various locations throughout the United States, finishing his career at the Vienna Ranger Station. After his retirement he managed the Cape County, Missouri, Transit Authority and the Jackson, Mo., Senior Center. He assisted with the computer system and registration. Funeral services for Mr. Davis will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pastor David Israel and Pastor Jimmie Corbin officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends can call after 11 a.m. and until the service hour at 1 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials can be made to the New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mo., or to the Jackson, Mo., Senior Center. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements. The Gazette Democrat Wed. 04/12/2017.
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Donald Dale Hudgens
1961 A-J Student
Marine Corps Veteran

Donald Dale "Hudge" Hudgens, 73, of Jacksonville, died Friday morning, March 31, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 13, 1943, in Anna, the son of Glendale and Mildred Halterman Hudgens. He married Linda "T" Dooley and they enjoyed 18 years together. He is also survived by three sons, Chad (Megan) Hudgens of Dallas, Texas, and Drue Hudgens of Springfield; two grandchildren, Max and Ava Hudgens and son, and Dale Hudgens of Springfield; seven stepchildren, Cathy Booth of Virginia, David Booth and Chad Booth, both of Jacksonville, Erin (David) Fernandes and step-granddaughter, Madeira, of Clayton, Mo., Philanna (Sean) Force of Jacksonville, Bobby Hudgens of California and Phil McClure of Virginia; and one brother, Glenn Hudgens of Carmel, Calif. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and La Drue. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a plumber through the Pipefitters Union for many years and retired from the Illinois School for the Deaf. He was a member of Jacksonville Harmony Lodge No. 3, Jacksonville Elks Lodge, the Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Devil Dogs and was a charter member of the Pine Point Campers Club. A memorial and Masonic service was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. A graveside service with military honors was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the West Central Illinois Leathernecks for the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences can be left online at www.airsman-hires.com. Donald went to A-J with the class of 1961 before moving to Jacksonville.
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Phillip Edward "Phil" Zeigler
1953 Graduate
Army veteran

Phillip Edward "Phil" Zeigler, 81, of Red Bud, was born on July 29, 1935, in Anna, and died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Red Bud Regional Hospital in Red Bud. He was a third generation Mason and his son Tony is a fourth generation Mason. He was a member of Emeth Lodge 1030 A.F. & A.M. in Cahokia and he also attended Red Bud Masonic Lodge 427. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He had worked for Wonder Bread, Kas and Lance. He was still working for Home Sweet Home Realty. He enjoyed real classical literature history and movies. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lillian Zeigler. He is survived by his son, Anthony "Tony" William Franklin Zeigler; his daughter, Cynthia Ellyn (Patrick) Leffner; his brother, Barry Kent (Wilma) Zeigler; his sister, Charlotte (Carl) Wilkins; other relatives and friends. Memorials can be made in the donor's choice. Funeral services were Monday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud, with the Rev. David Krueger, officiating. Following the services, Mr. Zeigler was cremated and inurnment was planned in the Anna City Cemetery. Koch-Liefer Funeral Home in Red Bud was in charge of arrangements.
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Roger D. Moore
1990 A-J Graduate
Pastor

Bishop Roger D. Moore, 44, of Carterville, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, surrounded by his family, at the St. Louis Rehab Institute in St. Louis. Bishop Moore was the pastor at the Carbondale Church of God for seven years. He was born on April 30, 1972, the son of Carl and Jean Moore, in Cape Girardeau. Bishop Moore married Tashya Pettit on Sept. 21, 1996, in Sandusky, at the Sandusky Pentecostal Church. Survivors include his wife, Tashya Moore of Carterville; two sons, Noah Moore and Jacob Moore of Carterville; his parents, Carl and Jean Moore of Jonesboro; a brother and sister-in-law, Brien and Michelle Moore of Cobden; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Sue Pettit of Tamms; a sister-in-law, Tonya Laurentius of Scott City, Mo.; five nieces, Ashley Coe, Alesha Foster, Jessica, Jamie and Elizabeth Potter; and three nephews, Jamie, Koty and Trace Hanshew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert Mayberry, Mary Keith and Ray and Bessie Moore. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at the Park Avenue Church of God at 2019 N. Park Ave. in Herrin, with Administrative Bishop Rick Whitter, Bishop Daniel Maples and the Rev. Clark Short officiating. Interment will be in Willow Rest Cemetery in Carterville. To leave a message of sympathy, visit www.meredithwaddell.com. Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin is in charge of arrangements.
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Don Corlis West
1941 A-J Graduate
Arm Veteran

Don C. West, 93, a resident of the Forest Grove, Ore., community, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at the Jennings McCall Living Facility in Forest Grove. He was born on July 18, 1923, in Anna, the son of Corlis and Ferbia Waller West. He was raised and received his education in the Anna community, having been a graduate with the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School class of 1941. Upon his graduation, he attended Carthage College for two years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1943 and served for one enlistment until his honorable discharge on Jan. 10, 1946, at the rank of private first class. He married Jean Ellen Wahl on July 24, 1946, in Anna. Following their marriage, they made their home in Anna until 1958, when they moved to the Forest Grove community, where he had resided since. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in September 1998 after they celebrated over 52 years of marriage together. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Corlis and Ferbia West. He worked as an optometry professor at Pacific University in Forest Grove for over 30 years. He was an optometrist for over 50 years. He was a member of the American Legion Washington Post No. 2 in Forest Grove, Forest Grove Elks Lodge BPOE No. 2440 and the VFW. Among his special interests, he enjoyed traveling the world with Jean. Survivors include his son, Roger West of Forest Grove, Ore.; his daughter, Andrea George of Puyallup, Wash.; two grandchildren and a spouse, Matthew George of Baltimore, Md., and Erin and James Byun of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Ruth West of Apple Valley, Minn., and Lynn and Ann West of Cobden. Private graveside service will be held at the Anna Cemetery in Anna. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
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Jimmy Joe Isom
1961 A-J Graduate

GRAND CHAIN - Jimmy Joe Isom, 73, of Ullin, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Private services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Masonic Cemetery in Grand Chain, with a public celebration of life from 2:30 to 5 p.m., also Saturday at his favorite place to go most evenings, Club 37 in Olmsted. Jimmy Joe Isom Jimmy Joe Isom, 73, of Ullin, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO following a brief illness of COPD. He leaves his wife of 28 years, Carolyn Isom; his daughters Janet Isom and Christine Hutchins, his sons, Jim Isom and Monte Isom, step daughter Melanie Andrews, his 6 grandchildren Jessica. Samantha, Katelyn, Kristen, Patrick, Brooklyn and many close friends. Born and raised in Grand Chain, the son of Gilbert (Red) and Olive Isom, he spent his professional life in Chicago where he raised his family and returned to Grand Chain when he retired. Jimmy Joe had a passion for living life, laughing, cold beer and his beloved award winning German Wirehaired dogs. A private funeral service will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:30pm grave side at Masonic Cemetery in Grand Chain, IL with a public celebration of life at his favorite place to go most evenings, Club 37 in Olmsted, IL. from 2:30pm - 5:00pm. Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak is assisting the family with Arrangements. To leave an online message for the family or to share a memory, please visit our website at www.wilsonfuneralhome1928.com
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Farris Lee Bishop Newberry Johnson
1952 A-J Graduate

Farris Lee Johnson, 82, died on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. She was born on Aug. 9, 1934, in Anna. She was a graduate of the class of 1952 at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. She was a member of Tallowood Baptist Church and served as a past president of the Brookwood Community volunteer organization. She also volunteered for MAM. She was the daughter of Ruby and Homer Bishop of Anna. She was preceded by her first husband, Charles A. Newberry. Survivors include her husband, Gerald Johnson; sons Jeff (Sandy) and Stephen (Kim) Newberry; grandchildren Chase, Alex and Dylan Newberry and Alexandra Minnick; and stepchildren, John, Joe and Jay Johnson. Memorials can be made to Brookwood Community, 1752 FM 1489 Road, Brookshire, Texas 77423. Funeral arrangements were by Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in Houston. The Gazette-Democrat http://www.annanews.com/obituaries/farris-lee-johnson
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Roy Wallace Frick
1957 A-J Graduate

Roy Wallace Frick, 77, of Anna, died at 3:47 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on May 21, 1939, in Jonesboro, the son of Homer and Carrie Ethel Earnhart Frick. He married Patricia Joan Vaughn on Sept. 24, 1960, in Anna. She preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2001. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Scott) Lemon of Midlothian, Texas; stepsons Rodney Peeler of Bonham, Texas, and Michael Peeler of Evansville, Ind.; two grandchildren, Brayden Lemon on Midlothian, Texas and Katy Peeler of Nacogdoches, Texas; a niece, Rita Kelley of St. Louis; a nephew, Clifford D. Frick of Jonesboro; sisters-in-law Barbara (Charles) Hileman of Evansville, Ind., and Audrey Webb of Orange, Calif.; and friend and caregiver, Imogene (Schlenker) Rodgers. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia Joan Frick; a brother, Earl Frick; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Frick. He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1957. He earned his electronics degree in 1992. He spent many years repairing televisions and assorted electronics. He enjoyed music and all things electronic. He worked for Florsheim Shoe Company for 37 years. He was president of the union, which included the Boot and Shoe Workers Union and Retail Clerks and United Food and Commercial Worker Union, over a 30-year span. He served as camp secretary for Modern Woodmen from 1964 to 1984. He was awarded the Community Service Award from Modern Woodmen in 1998. Funeral services for Mr. Frick were at noon Monday, Nov. 21, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with Randy Wheaton and Paul Tirey officiating. Interment was in the Casper Cemetery near Anna. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.
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May Day Murrie 1931 2017
1950 A-J Graduate

Mary Murrie, 85, of Marion, died at 6:58 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 21, 1931, in Paragould, Ark., the daughter of Dixon and Willie Hammock Day. She married Billy Murrie on May 15, 1953, in Anna. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2016. She graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Early in her life she worked as a telephone operator for GTE. Later she began working at Kroger in Anna and Marion and worked there for over 30 years, retiring as a front end supervisor. She then worked at the Marion Eye Center. She was a founding member of Community of Faith Church in Carterville, where she and her husband, Bill, both volunteered in the clown ministry. She was very active in church and enjoyed many church activities. She liked to spend time with her family and grandchildren and enjoyed shopping. Survivors include two sons, William Scott and Monica Murrie of Marion and Douglas and Debbie Murrie of Murphysboro; grandchildren Andrew Scott and Kelly Murrie, Jessica and Gusti Yudhistira, Amanda Murrie and Collin Murrie; and great-grandchildren William Evan Murrie and Cohen Yudhistira. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Toby Day and Bud Day; and a sister, Martha Stephens. Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Todd Greiner officiating. Memorials can be made to The Promise and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, Ill. 62959. To sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com. Blue Funeral Home in Marion was in charge of arrangements.
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Karol Lee Hunter 1944 2016
Class of 1962 A-J Graduate

Karol Lee Hunter, age 72 of Stonefort, formerly of Jonesboro, died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday August 3, 2016 at his home. He was born March 10, 1944 in Mill Creek the son of Morris and Jewel (Smith) Hunter. He married Elaine Hileman on April 7 1962 in Union County. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2001.He later married Deborah Tanner on December 7, 2002 in Jonesboro. Karol is survived by his loving wife, Deb Hunter of Stonefort; son Michael Hunter of Jonesboro; daughter and son-in-law Drs. Pamela (B.J.) Reach of Anna; two grandchildren, Brandon Hunter of Jonesboro and Hannah Reach of Anna; sister Donna Jean Hancock of Atlanta, GA; many other relatives and Friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Elaine Hunter; and brother Donnie Hunter. Karol was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Jonesboro for Years. Karol started his working career in Decatur, Alabama where he worked for Pet Milk Company for several years. In the mid 1970's he returned to Jonesboro and went to work at what then was then the Norris and Son Funeral Home and later became Hileman and Parr Funeral Home. He continued his work as a funeral director's assistant for over 30 years. Later after moving to Stonefort he worked for Hospice of Southern Illinois as long as his health allowed only completely retiring a few months ago. Many people will remember Karol with his Bassett hound "Doc" taking their daily walks around Jonesboro. Karol will be remembered as a quiet kind man who helped his family and many others over the years. He was talented in many ways. He could do carpentry work, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work as well. Some believed he could fix or repair anything. Karol enjoyed feeding and watching hummingbirds and had quite a flock at his home. The day of his death the hummers seemed to put on an especially good show. Perhaps like many of us they were saying farewell. Funeral services for Mr. Karol Lee Hunter will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Interment will be in the St. John's Cemetery in Dongola. Friend may call from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday August 5, 2016 in Jonesboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Karol attended Union County grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1962.
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George Richard Winton 1945 2016
Class of 1962 A-J Graduate
Air Force Veteran

Goreville-George Richard Winton, Jr., 70, passed away at 8:20pm on Friday, February 19, 2016 at the VA Medical Center. George was born on October 23, 1945 in Chicago to George Richard and Lucille (Billingsley) Winton. George served in Vietnam in the US Airforce. He was a loving father and grandfather. George was a hard worker and was always working and keeping busy. He loved his dog Paige, enjoyed boating, watching Nascar, and spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his daughter, Lauren Hackett and husband Garrett; granddaughter, Audrey Hackett; his step-son James (Rebecca) Cheski, and his brother, Gary Doug (Sheryl) Winton of Crystal Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of George's life will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the VFW in Creal Springs from 12pm-3pm. Blue Funeral Home in Goreville is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Donovan C. Smith 1948 2017
1966 A-J Graduate

COBDEN - Donovan C. Smith, 68, died at 3:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at is home surrounded by loving family. He was born in Anna on Nov. 5, 1948. He was raised by his grandparents, Eppie and Helen Smith of Jonesboro and considered them his parents. He graduated from AJHS class of 1966. He married Maribeth Inman on Oct. 5, 1979, in Tucson, Arizona. In 1981, they returned to Cobden where they made their lifelong home on "the hill."He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Maribeth Smith; two sons, Garrett (Lori) Smith (and two granddogs Eddie and Harvey) of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cale (Sarah Brown) Smith; three grandchildren, Kadence, Camden and Xander of Cobden; brothers-in-law, Pat (Sharon) Inman of Blanco, Texas, and Jan (Janice) Inman of Cobden; sister-in-law, Melba Inman of Cobden; many much loved nephews, nieces and friends; siblings, Terry (Paula) Hale of Staunton, Greg Perry of Lick Creek, Kim Pribble of Jonesboro; and cousin, Carl (Dana) Bode of Mound City.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eppie and Helen Smith; parents, Donovan Smith and Peggy Perry; sister, Lisa Sowers; uncle Byron Smith; aunt, Barbara Bode; in-laws, Bud and Gerry Inman, and Mike and Steve Inman. He was a devoted husband and father, a proud and caring man who served his family, God and community in many ways. He was a life member of Anna VFW Post 3455 where he served on the local, district and state levels. One of his proudest moments was taking a group of local World War II veterans on a bus trip to Washington DC. In his early years, he worked at Vienna Correctional Facility, for the Union County Sherriff's Department, Jonesboro Chief of Police, Owner of DC Smith Small Engine Repair in Anna, and retired from Illinois Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 638. His last project was building the I-57 overpass in Marion.He had many interests included bird watching, golf, wood working, leather work, painting, gardening and raising chickens. But his favorite pastime was hanging out on the hill with the neighbor and many friends, young and old. He loved to drive his little red Miata (the "Red Baron") and his golfing trips to Alabama with Roger Stroehlein. He loved his family and friends deeply and also his dogs, especially the two black poodles that were his constant companions over the past three years. Donovan attended Union county grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1966. Information furnished by A-J Classmate and Friends.


Floy Irene Stokes 1939 2017
1957 A-J Graduate

Mrs. Floy Sullivan, 77, died at 7:53 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born Nov. 22, 1939, in Anna, the daughter of Roy "Pete" and Louise (Youngblood) Stokes. She married Isaac D. "Ike" Sullivan on Feb. 22, 1958, in Anna. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 2002.Floy is survived by her son, Jim (Kim) Sullivan of Creal Springs; three daughters, Mary (Charles) Strader of Knoxville, Tennessee, Melinda (Greg) Perry of Anna, and Sarah Sullivan (Fred Nikola) of Anna; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Susan) Stokes of Anna and Rodney (LouAnn) Stokes of Cape Girardeau; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ike Sullivan; brother, Gaylon Stokes; and grandson, Daniel Legg. Floy was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church for many years. She spent her life helping run the family business, Cache River Towing; she was the dispatcher for the towboats. When her husband, Captain Ike was operating his towboat, Floy was the backbone of the family and saw to the needs of her children and grandchildren. During her retirement she loved spending her time with her grandchildren and all of her family. Floy regularly had lunch outings with her girls, the class of 1957. She also enjoyed, gardening, and attending church. Funeral services for Mrs. Floy Irene Sullivan will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Rev. Doug Bridgeman officiating. Interment will be in Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Envelopes will be available in Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements. Floy attended Anna grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1957.
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Ronald "Ron" Carter 1945 2017
1963 A-J Graduate
Veteran U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War

Ronald Alan "Ron" Carter, 71, of Jonesboro, died at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Southeast Health in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Feb. 16, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Everett Arlie "Buck" and Rose Lammers Carter. He married Brenda Doughty on May 29, 1991, in Wickliffe, Ky. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Carter of Jonesboro; a 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; and many other relatives and friends. He had a beloved dog, Chi-Chi. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joseph Curtis Carter; one daughter, Shannon Leigh Carter; two brothers, Robert Wayne Carter and John Carter. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War. He worked many years as an iron worker and was a member of the Iron Workers Local 782. He loved cars and riding motorcycles. Funeral Mass for Mr. Carter will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna, with Father Federico Higuera officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Cobden. Friends can call after 9 a.m. and until the service hour at 11 a.m. Thursday, today, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna. Memorials can be made to PAWS or to St. Jude. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Carter attended Anna grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1963.
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George Gerald Lacy 1944 2017
Class of 1962 A-J Graduate

George Gerald "Jerry" Lacy passed away November 15th at the age of 72 at his home in Memphis, TN. Jerry attended First United Methodist Church of Martin, TN until he moved to Memphis in 2012. Jerry played basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin and shared his love for basketball by being a high school basketball coach. He worked at UT-Martin as a Director of admissions and development, and was a co-owner of Ken-Tenn Sports in Martin until his retirement in 2006. Jerry is preceded in death by his sisters Dorothy Williams (Anna, IL) and Patti Shuler (Ft. Collins, CO). He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha Lee Woods, his daughters Jenny Graves (Mitch) of Jackson, TN and Julie Ashby (Bryce) of Memphis, his son Mike Lacy (Susan) of Memphis, his grandchildren Jake, Nick, Drew and Ben Lacy; Abby, Riley, Connor and Lacy Graves; Kate, Woods and Miles Ashby. A visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church (225 Main St, Martin, TN) Sunday, November 20th from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a service to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital or the The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
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Jerry Lacy attended Anna grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1962.
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Tamaras Kay Adams
Class of 1969 A-J Graduate

Mrs. Tamaras Kay "Tammy" Adams, age 65 of Jonesboro, left this world for a better place at 7:27 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017 in the Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born September 21, 1951 in Anna, the daughter of Thomas E. and Mabel C. (Rion) Adams. Tammy is survived by her sister, Merrilee Young of Anna; brother, Kenny (Frances) Baker of Oak Ridge, MO; five nieces, Cathy Shaye Young, Susan Young-Ederle, Martina Young-Montney, Lori Petot, and Krista Baker-Carey; nieces and nephews; many cousins; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother in law, Paul R. Young. Tammy grew up in Anna and spent much of her youth at the Southern Barbeque Restaurant, which was owned by her parents. She graduated from AJCHS in 1969, later she received a technical degree and worked for Allied Chemicals and Petter as a Computer Input Specialist. Tammy owned her own restaurant/snack bar in Paducah for several years. She then worked at Choate Mental Health and Development center as a Unit Secretary until her retirement. In her spare time, Tammy honed her skills as a golfer and bowler. During the 1970's and 80's she competed in both sports on the semi-professional level. She was very active with the Illinois Democratic Party and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a life -long lover of animals, caring for her dogs and cats. Graveside Funeral services for Mrs. Tamaras Kay "Tammy" Adams will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Anna City Cemetery with Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Interment will be in the Anna City Cemetery. Friends are asked to go directly to the Cemetery. Tammy's love of animals, led her to adopt many of her pets from P.A.W.S. Memorial contribuitons may be made to P.A.W.S. Envelopes will be available at the Cemetery and the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
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Bobbie J Tucker Jr. 1964 2017
Son of A-J Graduate

Bobbie J. Tucker, Jr., age 52 of Marion, died at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at home. He was born on August 10, 1964 in Phoenix, AZ, the son of Bobbie J. Sr. and Lynne Tucker. Bobbie is survived by his mother, Lynne Keltner and step-father, Mark E. Keltner of Santa Ana, CA; two sons, Bobbie James Tucker Obdemdorfer of Brookfield, CT and Justin Mills of Hawaii; one sister, Donielle Swain of Westville, one brother, Michael J. Tucker of Tustin, CA; half-sisters, Amy (Brandon) Harp of Olmsted, Tressie Tucker of St. Louis, MO, Holly (Todd) Born of Fort Worth, TX; uncles, Jim Tucker and Victor Tucker; several nieces and nephews and many friends. Bobbie was preceded in death by his father, Bobbie J. Tucker Sr.; grandmother, Tressie Tucker; grandfather, Claude Tucker; grandmother, Ada Mae Casper; aunt, Donna Botula; uncle, Mark Casper. Bobbie moved to Marion in 2013 to be closer to is father and his family. As a down home boy, he felt that his roots were here, and the place he loved the most was always home to him. Bobbie graduated from Foothill High School and went directly into the Army after graduation. When he feft the Army he worked overseas for a company that installed Electrical WiFi systems in airplanes. He returned to Tustin in 1994 and started his own lawn care busness that he worked at for several years. From there, he went into home loans where he found his nitch. He worked several years with his wife, Sherry until they divorced in 2011. Some of the high points in his life were when he was in high school, he put on a one man man art exhibit at a brand new upscale mall nambed South Coast Plaza in California that was hailed as of the best exibits ever put on. He was a wonderful artist and he was also a great cook and loved to fish Memorial services for Bobbie J. Tucker Jr. will be at 2:00 pm Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in the Campground Cemetery in Anna. Military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 of the VFW in Anna. Friends may call after 1:00 pm until the service hour at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. (For the complete obituary, please go to www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com)
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