Obituaries

John S. Ronnebeck
John S. Ronnebeck, 82, of Cairo, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at the Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Metropolis. Mr. Ronnebeck was born on Dec. 3, 1939, in Cairo, the son of John A. and Zada Smithey Ronnebeck. He was employed with the Coca-Cola Company for 40 years. He was a...
Sheila Ruth Shadowens-Yates
Sheila Ruth Shadowens-Yates, 65, of Cobden, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born on March 30, 1957, in Anna, the daughter of Clarence Ray and Ruth Evelyn Dehart Aldridge.  She married Jack Shadowens on April 15, 1973. He preceded her in death on May...
Tom Porter
Tom Porter, 69, of Dongola, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at his residence. He was born on Dec. 21, 1952, in Santa Cruz, Calif., the son of Al and Nancy Tuthill Coon. He married Patricia Jean Joplin on Oct. 30, 2010. She survives. Mr. Porter worked as an automotive tech for 47 years. He loved...
Claudia Johnson
Claudia Johnson, 88, of Cobden, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Integrity Healthcare Center in Anna.  She was born on Oct. 20, 1933, in Union County, the daughter of Benjamin W. and Hilda Schlenker Dillow.   She married Billy Jean Johnson on June 10, 1950. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2005...
Charles A. “Charlie” Roberts, 94, of Anna, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Integrity Healthcare in Anna.  He was born on Nov. 13, 1927, in Marion, the son of U.A. “Red” and Reba Swan Roberts.  He married Greta J. Morgan on Nov. 29, 1950. Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Greta J. Roberts of...
Michael Wickline
Michael Wickline was born on Dec. 12, 1968, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and died on Aug. 31, 2022, in Carbondale after a courageous struggle with complications from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in 2012. An avid sportsman and athlete, he grew up swimming, boating and braving Nor’easter waves off Wilmette,...
Jerry ‘Waldo’ Kennedy
Jerry “Waldo” Kennedy, 69, of Olmsted, Illinois died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 26, 1952, in Cairo, the son of  Loren “Bosco” and Helen Frances Echols Kennedy. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Pulaski, where he served as Sunday School...
Charles Robert Thomas
Charles Robert Thomas, 81, died peacefully at his home in Thebes on Sept. 10, 2022.  He was born on Jan. 7, 1941, in Harrisburg, the son of Charles E. and Marjorie Thomas. Bobby, as he was known to family, worked his entire life on the river. He was a riverboat captain and excellent at his job. He...
Ruth Elizabeth Wiesenborn Smith Johnson
Ruth Elizabeth Wiesenborn Smith Johnson, 89, of Herrin, and formerly of Joppa, went to meet her Jesus in her home in the loving arms of her best friend, caregiver and daughter Belle at 9:23 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Ruth was born on June 20, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo., and was chosen and adopted...
Stanley James Carr Sr.
Stanley James Carr Sr., 66, of Anna, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.  He was born on July 22, 1956, in Cairo, the son of James Palmer and Lela Faye Abney Carr.  He married Sarah Sandusky on Nov. 1, 1983, in Charleston, Mo. Mr. Carr is survived by his wife, Sarah...

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