Obituaries

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...
Cecil E. ‘Gene’ Varner
Cecil E. “Gene” Varner, 68, of Tamms, died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 11, 1952, in Cairo, the son of Betty Varner and Lavern Boyd.   He was married on Aug. 22, 1969, to Mildred Browning. Mr. Varner was a member of Elco Baptist Church...
Toni Leigh Stewart
Toni Leigh Stewart, 72, of Anna, died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Integrity Healthcare in Anna.  She was born Aug. 4, 1948, in Anna, the daughter of Virginia Verble Darnell. She married Donald Lee Stewart. She is survived by her husband, Donald Stewart of Lumberton, N.C.; son Anthony...
Halford Leon Dillow
Halford Leon Dillow was born on July 1, 1941, the son of Leon and Edlein Dillow, in Union County and started his lifelong journey on the farm.   Halford ended that journey on Jan. 29, 2021, at the age of 79.   During the journey he married his lifelong partner and love of his life, Judy Sadler, and...
Jerald E. Womick
Jerald E. Womick, 86, of Loveland, Ohio, and formerly of Anna, died early Thursday morning, Jan. 28, 2021, at Hospice of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was the husband of Nancy R. Womick, whom he met in high school in Anna. They shared 60 years of marriage together.  He was born in Frankfort, Ky., in 1934,...
H. Ray Bush
H. Ray Bush, 86, of Makanda, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Manor Court in Carbondale. He was born on June 14, 1934, in Bloomington, the son of Clyde Harold and Dorothy Mary Jackson Bush.   He married Margaret “Maggie” Rich on Sept. 2, 1955. Mr. Bush retired from Murphysboro High School after 25...
Lillian Bernett Cerney, 94, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Hillview Nursing Home in Vienna.  She was born on April 14, 1926, the daughter of George and Genie Hileman Harvel in Mill Creek.  She married Truman Cerney on Nov. 10, 1945, in Murphysboro.  He preceded her in death on Dec....
Darrell Ray Shemwell
Darrell Ray Shemwell, 73, of Cairo, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale. Mr. Shemwell was born on Jan. 12, 1948, in Cairo, the son of Luther Cashman and Frances Hathaway Shemwell. He owned and operated Shemwell’s Barbecue. He was a member of Mighty Rivers...
Phyllis Buckles
Phyllis Buckles, 78, of Mounds, died Friday, Jan.  22, 2021, at 12:54 p.m. at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born on April 2, 1942, in Ballard County, Ky., the daughter of Paul and Louise Winters Dowdy.   She and Larry Paul Buckles Sr. were married on Dec. 21, 1962. She was a proud...
Johnie Calvin Ward
Johnie Calvin Ward, 82, of Eddyville, Ky., and formerly of Mound City, died at 5:58 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at his residence. Mr. Ward was born on June 7, 1938, in Armorel, Ark., the son of William Roy and Mattie Mae Hardesty Ward. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a security guard at...

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