Obituaries

Homer Lee Forby
Homer Lee Forby, 91, of Cobden, died Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at his daughter’s home in Carbondale. He was born on March 6, 1929, in Jackson County, Illinois. His parents were Herb and Ethel Maze Draper.  He married Anna Bernice “Neicey” Lamer on March 6, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. Homer is survived...
Gilbert G. DeWitt
Gilbert G. DeWitt, 97, died Thursday, July 30, 2020, at his home near Chana. He was born on Nov. 9, 1922, near Mill Creek, the son of James and Murray Miller DeWitt. He graduated from Tamms Community High School in 1940. He married Hazel M. Mowery on Nov. 12, 1944, in Blytheville, Ark. She preceded...
Matthew Jay Davis
Matthew Jay Davis, 39, of Greeley, Colo., and formerly of Anna and Marion, died as a result of a motorcycle accident on the morning of Tuesday, July 28, 2020.   He is survived by his father Randy Jay Davis and Emily Chamness of Marion; a sister, Jennifer R. Davis and a nephew Ryker Healey of Anna;...
Jesus ‘El Grande’ Amesquita
Jesus “El Grande” Amesquita, of Cobden, died early on the morning of Aug. 4, 2020, at the age of 69 after fighting COVID-19 for three weeks. Mr. Amesquita was born on Feb. 23, 1951, in Guanajuato, Mexico, the son of Flora Morales-Aguilar and Ignacio Amesquita.  He left Mexico for the United States...
Janene Spicer
Janene Spicer, 73, of Grand Tower, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at her home.  She was born on Oct. 11, 1946, in Marion, the daughter of Bill and Georgia Boswell Hastings.  She married George Spicer Sr. on May 6, 1963, in Marion. He preceded her in death on Dec.21, 2005.  Mrs. Spicer is survived by...
Ruth Shadowens
Ruth Shadowens, 83, of Cobden, died Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. She was born on Oct. 6, 1936, the daughter of Albert and Helen Walden Nance, in Thebes. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was one of five sisters: Bonnie Throgmorton, Frances (Sissy) Pearson, Dorris Nossett and Phyllis Howell,...
Christian Jamar Durham
Christian Jamar Durham was born on Friday, November 13, 2008, in Paducah, Kentucky, to Jacqueline M. Fayne Lewis and Aaron Durham.   He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. Christian was only 11 years old, but had matured and developed very...
Tony L. Fergurson
Tony L. Fergurson, 61, of Dongola, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Oct. 3, 1958, in Davidson County, Tenn., the son of Wade H. and Virginia Imogene Mulvihill Fergurson.  He is survived by his friends, Tony and Donna Coryell of Dongola,...
Dennis Darl Lafferty
Dennis Darl Lafferty, 68, of Anna, and formerly of Princeton, died Friday, July 24, 2020, at his home. He was born on Feb. 21, 1952, in Princeton, the son of Darl Paige and Bernadine Helen Kerber Lafferty. He worked as a draftsman and retired from Shive Hattery in Rock Island.  He was referee for...
Jimmie Wayne Rambeau
Jimmie Wayne Rambeau, 78, of Carbondale, died at home, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, July 16, 2020.  He was born on May 26, 1942, in Wickliffe, Ky., the son of William and Ona Wamble Rambeau.  He married Kathleen Denise LeGrand on Sept. 21, 1979, in O’Fallon. Mr. Rambeau is survived by his...

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