Obituaries

Donovan C. Smith
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...
John Harold Rodgers, 81, of Cape Girardeau, and formerly of Cobden, died at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at his home. Funeral arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman &...
Connie Sherfy
Connie Sherfy, 69, of Jonesboro, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at her home. She was born on Oct. 18, 1947, in Anna, the daughter of Donald and Grace Salyers Aldridge. She married Theodore Sherfy Jr. on Sept. 12, 1966, in Odessa, Texas. She is survived by her four sons, Alan Earl (Tammy)...
Herschel Morris Lyerla
Herschel Morris Lyerla, 75, of Chatham, and formerly of Cobden and New Orleans, La., died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at his home. He was born on Oct. 18, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Leland and Myrtle Sisk Lyerla. He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Ralph; and sisters Frieda Qualls...
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...

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