Obituaries

Vernon O. ‘Big’ Henderson
Vernon O. “Big” Henderson, 66, of Olive Branch, died Saturday, April 13, 2024, at his home. Mr. Henderson was born on March 22, 1958, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Barney and Audrey Marie Via Henderson Jr.  He married Lois Sams.  Mr. Henderson was a laborer. He liked to ride around and play...
Helen Kesler Sponsler
Helen Sponsler, 97, of Anna, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Integrity Health Care in Anna.  She was born on Oct. 13, 1926, in Cairo, the daughter of Scott and Mildred Kesler. She is survived by brother Jack Kesler of Dongola. She was preceded in death by husband Wright Burge; they...
Bon L. Kohler
Bon L. Kohler, 86, of Anna, died Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.  He was born on May 16, 1937, in Jonesboro, the son of Ual and Flora Schlichting Kohler.  He married Jean K. Coats on June 18, 1960, in Anna. She preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2020. Mr....
Leona Carnell Mount
Leona Carnell Mount, 90, of Anna, went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 15, 2024, with her family by her side.  She was born on April 24, 1933, in Dongola, the daughter of Willard C. and Edith Brewer McHughes.  She married William C. Carnell in September of 1949 and to this union they...
Rose Marie Dierks
Rose Marie Dierks, 54, of Mounds, died Friday evening, April 12, 2024,  at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Steven Ledin, in East Dundee. She was born on Nov. 30, 1969, in Geneva, the daughter of Eugene and Nora Rolph Kelch. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by...
Shirley Howard Russell
Shirley Howard Russell, 84, of Marion, and formerly of Lick Creek, died Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Integrity of Marion. She was born on April 10, 1940, in Cobden, the daughter of Ogle and Mirel Afton Chitty Hubbard.  On Feb. 14, 1957, she married Junior Lee Howard. They were married for over 39...
Tanya D. Sams
Tanya D. Sams, 51, of Olive Branch, died Friday, April 5, 2024, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Feb. 2, 1973, in Marion, the daughter of Marion to Billy and Ann Johnson Spraggs.   She married Ronnie D. Sams on Aug. 25, 1988. He survives. She had been housekeeping manager at...
Nora Carmona
Nora Carmona, 34, of Murphysboro, died Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  She was born on Aug. 18, 1989, in Santiago Maravatío, Mexico, the daughter of Pastor Carmona Lopez and Alicia Morales Murillo. She is survived by her parents, Pastor and Alicia Carmona; a daughter...
Betty June Smith
Betty June Smith died on Dec. 30, 2023, after a short illness. She was born on June 29, 1935, in Climax, Ga., the daughter of Lloyd Woodward and Lavada Cooper Woodward, both now deceased.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rufus A. Holt, and her second husband, Donald L. Smith. She...
Joseph Richard Reppert spent the last days of his life in idyllic surroundings doing the things he enjoyed with people he loved.  Joe’s brother, Jerry Reppert, was visiting Joe and his wife, Chick, at their home in Destin, Florida, to celebrate Joe’s recent 81st birthday. They had spent time...

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