Obituaries

Arthur ‘Stretch’ Rodgers
Arthur “Stretch” Rodgers, 73, of Olive Branch, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at his home. He was born on Sept. 9, 1947, in Alexander County, the son of Lawrence Freeman and Ola Mae Greer Rodgers.   He married Shirley Sissom on June 19, 1998. Mr. Rodgers was a retired truck driver and an avid hunter. ...
Duffy Carl Sanders
Duffy Carl Sanders, 29, of Buncombe, died in the early morning hours on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at his home.  He was born on Oct. 22, 1991, in Carbondale, the son of Duffy Allen and Tammy Marie Qualls Sanders. Duffy was a 2010 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. He played many sports...
Kevin F. Widdows
Kevin F. Widdows, 34, of Carbondale, and formerly of Cobden, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 2, 2021.  He was born on April 1, 1986, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, the son of John Warren and Alice Faye Rendleman Widdows.  He is survived by his mother, Alice Faye (Rendleman) Widdows of Alto...
Ada Reynolds
Ada Reynolds, 87, of Anna, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, at her home.  She was born on Dec. 26, 1933, in Alto Pass, the daughter of Preston Filmore and Fannie Melissa Underwood Hale.  She married Jack W. Reynolds on July 8, 1950, Pocahontas, Ark., and together they shared 38 years of marriage. He...
Patricia L. Jackson
Patricia L. Jackson, 88, of Anna, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Integrity Healthcare of Anna.  She was born on March 7, 1932, in Eads, Colo., the daughter of Marvin and LaMyra Mosher Watts.  She married Billy D. “Bill” Jackson. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2018. She is survived by her...
On Feb. 7, 2021, Lora Louise Blackwell-Kern peacefully passed away, surrounded by her family.  She was born on June 7, 1930, in Murphysboro. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Reeta (Waller) Grammer; a sister, Berna Dean Galloway; her husband of 59 years, LaRue H. Blackwell; and...
Bobby L. Hartline, 87, of Anna, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Herrin Hospital.  He was born on Oct. 17, 1933, in Cobden, the son of Edward and Vivian Bloodworth Hartline. He married Helen Hughey. He is survived by his sisters, Joan Gibson, Patricia Boner and Linda Johnson, as well as by several...
Billy Ray Keller
Billy Ray Keller, 89, of Anna, and formerly of Dongola, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.  He was born on May 7, 1931, in Ullin, the son of Leo H. and Mary M. Staudacher Keller.  He married Doris Dunaway on June 1, 1951, in Carbondale.  Mr. Keller is survived by...
Jackie Ditterline
Jackie Ditterline, 71, of Cypress, died at 5:43 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on Sept. 30, 1949, in Perks.   He enjoyed riding horses, farming and working on old tractors and farm machinery. He worked as an operator and was a lifetime...
Kenny Masterson
Kenny Masterson, 74, of Olive Branch, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Jan. 7, 1947, in Cairo, the son of Harold and Nellie Foster Masterson.   He married Sheryl Grace on March 2, 1970. Mr. Masterson served in the U.S. Army in the 1st Infantry...

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