Obituaries

Laura A. Eichhorst
Laura A. Eichhorst, 93, of Ullin, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at her home. She was born on July 9, 1923, in Ullin, the daughter of Edward L. and Ora Taake Eichhorst. She worked for Famous Barr in St. Louis for over 40 years as a department manager. She was a member of First Lutheran...
Rae Evelyn King
Rae Evelyn King, 74, of Vienna, and formerly of Cypress, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:12 a.m. at Baptist Health in Paducah. She was born on May 11, 1942, in the Renshaw Community in Pope County. She was the daughter of Festus E. and Mildred J. Kelly Martin. On April 6, 1958, she married Dean...
Ruth Kohler Howerton
Ruth Kohler Howerton, 98, of Carbondale, and formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Prairie Living in Carbondale. She was born in Jonesboro on April 21, 1918, the daughter of Albert and Effie Ury Kohler. She married Collin Howerton on June 22, 1940, in Jackson,...
Clara Cavitt
Clara Cavitt, 93, of Anna, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Anna Rehab and Nursing Center. She was born on Dec. 1, 1922, in Joppa, the daughter of Joseph and Arminta Wilshire Farris. She married Eugene Cavitt on July 4, 1945, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death on June 11,...
Dr. Sandra Karraker Cassity
Dr. Sandra Karraker Cassity, 63, of Palmetto, Fla., died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at her home with her family in Palmetto, Fla. She battled cancer bravely for over four years while enjoying life with her husband, family and grandchildren. She was born on March 3, 1953, in Anna. She...
William Thomas ‘Tom’ Robinson III
William Thomas “Tom” Robinson III, 74, of Jonesboro, died at 2:37 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at his home. He was born on Aug. 3, 1942, in Du Quoin, the son of William Thomas II and Aura Ruth Purkaple Robinson. He married Kathy Weigand on April 16, 1966, in Galesburg. He is survived by his wife,...
William R. ‘Bill’ Brown
William R. “Bill” Brown, 88, of Effingham, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Effingham Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham. Funeral services were at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, with Dr. Roger Marshall officiating. Burial was at 1 p.m....
Raymond (Cub) Samuel Boner
Raymond (Cub) Samuel Boner was born on Feb. 9, 1921, the son of Samuel Raymond and Grace Simmons Boner in Johnson County.   His father died in 1929 and he was raised by a single mother with four other children. His mother, Grace Boner Harris, died on Jan. 26, 1998.   He had one younger brother,...
Mathis Hoyle ‘Hat’ Ayers
Mathis Hoyle “Hat” Ayers, 83, of Anna, died at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at his son’s home. He was born on May 17, 1933, in Haleyville, Ala., the son of Willie and Mary Hamilton Ayers. He married Luberdia Jean Turner on April 1, 1956, in Corinth, Miss. She preceded him in death on Nov. 9, 2013...
Don C. Swink, 79, of Dongola, died at 12:16 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at his home. He was born on Nov. 25, 1936, in Union County, the son of Boyd and Gertrude Westbrook Swink. He married Betty Sims on Dec. 20, 1953, in Jackson, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Betty Swink of Dongola; children...

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