January 2013

Larry Joe Earnhart

Larry Joe Earnhart, 68, of Karnak, formerly of Anna, passed away with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:10 am at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehab Center in Metropolis.

Ronald Dean Egner

Ronald Dean Egner, 70, of Jonesboro, died at 12:03 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at the Cobden Rehab and Nursing Center.

He was born on May 7, 1943, in Ullin, the son of Van Floyd and Maggie Day Egner.

He married Sherry Lambert. She preceded him in death.

Mr. Egner is survived by his daughter, Dara Lee of Las Vegas; one grandchild, Ashley; one brother, Kent (Sue) Egner of Anna; one sister, Shelby Millich of Anna; cousins; other relatives and friends.

He was an over the road truck driver for many years.

SCC announces academic honors

Shawnee Community College has wrapped up another successful semester.  We wanted to take the time to acknowledge those students whom worked hard all semester long and earned their spots on the President’s and Vice President’s Honors Lists. 

The President’s Honors list criterion consists of students being enrolled    full-time for fall 2013 (12 credit hours), and having a 4.0 GPA.  The following students are on the Presidents List for the fall of 2013 semester in Union County:

Vanna Lee Ratza

            Mrs. Vanna Lee Ratza, age 85 of Jonesboro, died 10:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013 at her home in Jonesboro. She was born January 18, 1928 in Anna, the daughter of Perl and Verna Moore Zwahlen. She married Art Goodman in July of 1946 in Murphysboro. He preceded her in death in 2001. Vanna Lee later married Vernon J. Ratza in Davison, MI. He preceded her in death in 2000.

James L. Womick

James L. Womick, 69, of Hurst, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 5:31 p.m. at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 3, 1944, the son of William and Helen Jones Womick in Anna.

He married Rosaria Colletti on April 14, 1973. She preceded him in death on Sept. 13, 1996. He then married Dana Rice on Dec. 28, 1997.

Virginia Huckleberry


         Mrs. Virginia Huckleberry, age 85 of Anna, died at 4:40 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013 in the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. She was born March 4, 1928 in Dongola, the daughter of Samuel and Alberta McGee. She married James Huckleberry on July 16, 1992 in Anna. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2010.

Reflections of the season

As the celebration of Christmas draws near, we pause to reflect on the message of the season as shared in the Gospel of Luke:

Now at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census, the first, took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered.

Robert "Eddie" Eads

Robert "Eddie" Eads, 84, of Cobden, died at 9:05 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1929, in Little Rock, Ark., the son of Ely Mack and Lilly Warren Eads.

Iris “Dee” Smith

Mrs. Iris “Dee” Smith, age 70 of Anna, died at 9:08 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2013 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born October 25, 1943 in Union County, the daughter of Cecil and Catherine Alene Turner Treece. She married Louie Smith in April of 1961. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2008.

Glenda H. Coombes

Mrs. Glenda H. Coombes, age 80 of Cobden, died at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born December 28, 1932 in Cobden, the daughter of Frank and Georgia Blessing Rendleman. She married Darrell Eugene Coombes in April of 1953 in Cobden. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1983.


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