Obituaries

Doris Elizabeth West, 94, of Marion, and formerly of Anna, died on May 18, 2016. She was born on May 16, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of George M. and Natalie Kuhlman Andrews. She married then-USAAF Staff Sgt. James Edward West on July 1, 1944. After an adventuresome move from...
Sue Brimm, 76, of Springfield, and formerly of Cobden, died Friday, May 20, 2016, at her home. She was born on March 7, 1940, in Anna, the daughter of Louie and Mildred Mallender Lockard of Cobden. She married Gene Brimm on Nov. 1, 1958, in St. Louis. She is survived by her husband; son Allen (...
Johnny Ray "Bam Bam" New, 58, of Cobden, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at his home. He was born on March 22, 1958, in Muncie, Ind., the son of Lee Hollis and Hazel Malone New. He married Ruth Seals on Aug. 14, 1976. He is survived by his wife, Ruth New of Cobden; a son, Johnny "Jay" (Hailey) New of...
Ethel Mae Blunt, 88, of Cobden, died at 6:46 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born on June 2, 1927, in Cobden, the daughter of Fred and Mae Hodges Flamm. She married Harold L. "Bud" Blunt Sr. on Oct. 28, 1958, in Cobden. He preceded her in death in August...
Mable Margaret Smith, 92, of Jonesboro, died at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Marion VA Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Memphis, Tenn., the daughter of Edward and Letha Mettille Kelly Hellengreen. She married Leroy Smith on Feb. 16, 1957, in Dixon. She is survived by her...
Randall Scott Houston, 49, formerly of Dongola, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at his home in New Orleans, La. He was born on Dec. 25, 1966, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Charles and Patricia Foster Houston. He is survived by his domestic partner, Ryan Christy of New Orleans, La.; his father and...
Mary "Ruth" Lessar, 86, of Tamms, died at 9:44 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Jan. 22, 1930, in Tamms, the daughter of William Edward and Carrie Illman Newell. She married Edward E. Lessar on March 4, 1948, in Elco. He preceded her in...
Carol Bernice Hickam, 56, of Dongola, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Herrin Hospital. She was born on June 17, 1959, in Bruckenau, Germany, the daughter of Wendall R. Miller and Berdie Toler Miller. She married James Hickam in Alto Pass. She is survived by her husband, James Hickam of...
Joan Ann Vicory, 74, of Anna, died at 7:34 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her son's home in Jackson, Mo. She was born on Feb. 20, 1942, in Dodgeville, Wis., the daughter of Donald J. and Lucile L. Hooser Rice. She married Ronald D. Vicory Sr. on Nov. 2, 1960. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19,...
Billy Gene Osman, 72, of Dongola, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Daystar in Cairo. He was born on Sept. 15, 1943, in Anna, the son of Audy and Retha Hinkle Osman. He enjoyed working on the family farm and had an avid admiration for the Allis-Chalmers tractor. He retired after 30 years...

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