Richard Cooley

Richard Cooley, 64, of Dongola, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born on March 24, 1953, in Dongola, the son of Leonard and Marie Hines Cooley.

He married Brenda McCommons on Aug. 5, 1968, in Missouri.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Brenda Cooley of Dongola; daughters Missie (Tim) Freburg of Fenton, Mo., Shelly Clark of Dongola and Georgia Allen of Willisville; grandchildren Jeffrey Williamson, Megan Johns, Christopher and Payton Needham, Hanna, Sydney and Katelyn Allen; great-grandchildren Daylon, JJ, Bentlee, Laken and Sophia; brothers and sisters Leon Cooley of Anna, Marceline (Bill) Bohannon of East Alton, Vernita Brafford of Herrin, Janelle (Lynn) Eudy of Jonesboro and Earl Cooley of Dongola; many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Rhyker; brothers Delene, Lowell and Larry Cooley; and one sister, Loretta.

He was an avid crappie fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He worked as a painter and a truck driver and later worked in maintenance and dietary at the Jonesboro Rehab and Nursing Center.

Funeral services for Mr. Cooley were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Interment was in the Christian Chapel Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Christian Chapel Cemetery.

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Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

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