Obituaries

Donovan C. Smith, 68, of Cobden, died on Feb. 3, 2017, at 3:10 a.m. at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Anna on Nov. 5, 1948. He was raised by his grandparents, Eppie and Helen Smith of Jonesboro, and considered them his parents. He graduated in the Anna-Jonesboro Community High...
C. Russell Mezo
C. Russell Mezo, 89, a lifelong resident of Grand Tower, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Marion VA Medical Center. He was born in Sand Ridge Township in Jackson County on Sept. 5, 1927, the son of Albert and Nora Taylor Mezo. He was educated in the schools of Grand Tower and later the AAF...
Helen L. Frick, 83, of Jonesboro, died at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born on April 30, 1933, in Union County, the daughter of Curtis and Velma Bright Treece. She married Lester Frick on June 9, 1951, in Jonesboro. He preceded her in...
Thomas A. ‘Tomy’ Bible
Thomas A. “Tomy” Bible, 33, of Anna, died at 10:36 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at his home. He was born on Sept. 25, 1983, in Carbondale, the son of Mark D. and Vicki Campbell Bible. He is survived by his son, Drake T. Bible of Anna, son of Tasha Mealer; two special little girls, Bailey and Keara...
Jim L. Cowsert
Jim L. Cowsert, 64, of Goreville, and formerly of Cobden and Ware, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at 12:50 p.m. at his home. He was born on Feb. 12, 1952, in Bixby, Okla., the son of Charles L. Cowsert Sr. and Pearl Pitcher Cowsert. In 1980, he married Betty Johnson at Shiloh Baptist Church in Cobden...
Thomas Bible, 33, of Anna, died at 10:36 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at his home. Arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of...
Cecil O. Toler
Cecil O. Toler, 93, of Dongola, died at 11:55 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on Oct. 23, 1923, in Union County, the son of Jesse and Lucinda Brasel Toler. He married Marilyn Langholf on Sept. 25, 1948, in Ogle County. He is survived by his wife of 68 years...
Mary Murrie
Mary Murrie, 85, of Marion, died at 6:58 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born on June 21, 1931, in Paragould, Ark., the daughter of Dixon and Willie Hammock Day.   She married Billy Murrie on May 15, 1953, in Anna.  He preceded her in death on July...
Ella “Maxine” Carstens, 95, of Marion, and formerly of Anna, died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Parkway Manor in Marion. She was born on Dec. 5, 1921, in Ullin, the daughter of Oliver M. and Vinnie L. Walker Daniels. She married Russell “Leo” Holcomb on Oct. 4, 1941, in Charleston, Mo. He...
Tamaras Kay ‘Tammy’ Adams
Tamaras Kay “Tammy” Adams, 65, of Jonesboro, died at 7:27 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Sept. 21, 1951, in Anna, the daughter of Thomas E. and Mabel C. Rion Adams. She is survived by her sister, Merrilee Young of Anna; a brother, Kenny (...

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