Obituaries

Janette Commean, 70, of Du Quoin, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept. 6, 1947, in East Chicago, Ind., the daughter of Rudolf and Evelyn Alice Stephenson Gavach. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Gavach of Du Quoin; four sons, Jonathan Commean of...
Alma Gilliam, 93, of Caldwell, Texas, and formerly of Anna, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Caldwell, Texas. She was born on May 23, 1924, in Illinois, the daughter of William Samuel and Gladys Phelps Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Janice (James) Franks of Caldwell,...
Betty Sue Elkins, 87, of Anna, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at River to River in Anna. She was born on Nov. 17, 1930, in Marion, Ind., the daughter of Fred and Phyllis Lytton Manus. She married Billy Donn Elkins on Dec. 5, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 5, 1998. She was a devoted homemaker...
Jill Suzanne Pearce Bell, died at home on Dec. 8, 2017, after losing a seven month battle with cancer. She was born on July 8, 1951, in Fairfield, the daughter of Willard and June Lotz Pearce, both of whom preceded her in death. On Jan. 20, 1990, she married Bruce Bell, who survives her. She is...
Richard Pitts, 72, of Anna, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on July 20, 1945, in Anna, the son of Lynn and Esther Oliver Pitts. He married Charlene Dover on April 4, 1964. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Pitts of Anna; a daughter,...
Robert G. “Bob” Manus, 85, of Anna, died at 7:25 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born on May 6, 1932, in Anna, the son of Earl and Mina Garner Manus. He married Lula Mowery Spier in October of 1996. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a member of Anna...
Wayne Crowell, 71, of Carbondale, and formerly of Anna, died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at his home. He was born on Oct. 17, 1946, in Anna, the son of George and Mary Dirden Crowell. He married Carolyn Mixen on Oct. 16, 1966, in Union County. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Crowell of...
Mary Elizabeth Belcher-Jackson, 97, of Anna, died on Nov. 29, 2017, at her home. She was born on July 10, 1920, in Metropolis, the daughter of Clarence and Mae Colgrove Gillespie Sr. She married Harry Belcher on Aug. 7, 1940. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1996. Afterwards, she married...
Russell S. Brinker, 85, of Makanda, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at home. Nancy Carol Brinker, 84, of Makanda, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Russell and Nancy were married on Sept. 20, 1952, and shared 65 happy years of marriage together. Russell was born on May 20...
Ricky Vick, 61, of Tamms, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at home in Tamms. He was born on March 4, 1956, in Cairo, the son of Roy and Martha Foster Vick. He married Joan Betts on Dec. 27, 1988. He was a hardworking man. He had worked as a mechanic at Green Implement and was a farmer. He is survived by...

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