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Union County Illinois Genealogy Trails



Champaign, IL--Dr. Jean R. Boatright, 81, of Champaign, formerly of Anna, died Monday, July 9, 2007 at his home.
He was born March 28, 1926, in Saline County, Ill., son of Horace and Imo Nolen Boatright.  He and Betty Glascock were married Jan 19, 1952.  She died Sept. 5, 1996.
Boatright retired as medical director of Anna Mental Health Center in 1987.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  
He was a member of Mayo Alumni Association, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Air Force Association, Anna Rotary Club and American Legion.  He was also a pilot.
Boatright attained the rank of colonel in the U. S. Air Force.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Boatright of Urbana, Ill., John Boatright of Jonesboro, IL; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.  
A graveside service will follow immediately at Lindale Memorial Gardens in Eldorado, IL.  The Rev. Larry Buckles will officiate.  Military rites will be conducted by Saline County VFW Post 3479.
Transcribed by A. Newell, 2007.


COBDEN, IL--Stephen D. Bobel, 60, of Cobden, died at 8:46 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.  He was born on Sept. 23, 1953 in Evergreen Park, the son of Daniel and Barbara Fedorchak Bobel.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Bobel; one daughter, Shari (Matt) Coffing of Elwood; two grandchildren, Justin Stephen and Maxton Tyler Coffing; three brothers, James Bobel of Wilmington, Raymond Bobel of Evergreen Park and Nicholas Bobel of Plainfield; one sister, Yvonne Bobel of Evergreen Park; his former wife and dear friend, Dolores Burke of Elwood; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
According to his wishes, Mr. Bobel will be cremated.
Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden is in charge of arrangements.
--The Gazette-Democrat, Nov 7, 2013.


    Mrs. Ada M. Boie, 82, of Anna, died at 7:41 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 1991, at Union County Hospital in Anna.
    She was born on Nov. 27, 1908, in Union County, the daughter of Ben and Beulah Clark Toler.
    She married Paul Boie on April 15, 1932, in Anna.  He preceded her in death on July 16, 1982.  Five brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.
    She is survived by two sons, Paul Boie Jr. of Bradley and Wesley L. Boie of Anna; four sisters, Helen Toler, Opal Quigley, Lucille Toler and Martha Calloway, all of the Kankakee area; five grandchildren, Sharon Milone, Danny Boie, Joe Boie, Mark Boie and Tracy Boie; and six great-grandchildren.
    She was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church and member of the “Young at Heart Club" of the church.  She was retired from the former International Shoe Co. in Anna.
    Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna with the Rev. Al Slayter, pastor of the Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna, officiating.  Interment was in the Anna City Cemetery.
    Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

--Contributed by Larry Toler, 2008.


COBDEN - Mrs. Lela M. Boone, 72, died at 3:55 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Helia Healthcare in Carbondale.
She was born Aug. 17, 1937, in New Port, Ark., the daughter of William I. and Mary Elizabeth Wadley White.
Lela is survived by her five children, Bobby (Donna) Payne of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Ruth Ann (Alfredo) Munoz of Cobden, Janet (Bryan) Yochum of St. Louis, Trudie (Calvin) Givens of Cedar Hill, Mo. and Robin Sue (Hector) Carranz of Harran, Tenn.; one sister, Barbara Hillis of Flint, Mich.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Teresa Spencer; one son, James Michael Boone; three sisters, Jean Harris, Mildred Thompson and Juanita White; and one brother, Billy White.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lela M. Boone will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2010, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden, with the Rev. Bill Vandergraph officiating. Interment will be in Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
–Southern Illinoisan, Sunday, June 13, 2010


Died at his home in this city (Anna) Sunday, March 6, 1904, John W. Bostian, aged 82 years, 10 montha and 22 days.
Deceased was born in North Carolina and came to Union county in 1850, locating south of Jonesboro, afterwards moving to east of Anna and finally to this city.
He was first married to Miss Margaret Goodman. Five children of this marriage survive them, viz: Mrs. James Shipley and Miss Susan Bostian of Anna, Julius Bostian of Lick Creek, Wm. W. Bostian of Cobden and Mrs. Charlotte Medlin of Buncombe. His second wife was Mrs. Lucinda J. Crane, and three children were born to this union. They are Geo. Bostian of St. Louis and Charles Bostian and Mrs. Jennie Hileman of Anna. All the children attended the funeral.
Mr. Bostian had been Ill for 7 years and his death was caused by dropsy. He was a good christian citizen, a member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran church, and enjoyed the respect and confidence of a very large circle of friends. The funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran church on Monday afternoon by Rev. H. L. McGill, after which the remains were laid to rest in Anna cemetery.
(From microfilm of Jonesboro Gazette, March 12, 1904, Page 3; contributed by Bill Medlin.)


San Jacinto, CA-- Services for WILLIAM ROBERT BOSTIAN, 82, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church in San Jacinto. Inurnment will be private. Hemet Valley Mortuary is handling cremation arrangements. He died Tuesday (Nov. 14, 1995) at Ramona Manor Convalescent Hospital in Hemet. The cause of death is pending coroner's report.
Mr. Bostian, who was born in Lick Creek, Ill., lived in San Jacinto for 11 years. He was a yard manager for the Purdy Co. for 34 years. He was a past member of the Planning Commission and on the parks and recreation committee in Artesia. He was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce in 1971. He served as a school board member in the San Bruno School District and was a lifetime member of the Parent-Teacher Association. He was active in the San Jacinto Lions Club and he was a past president of the Artesia/ Cerritos Lions Club, past district governor of the Lions International Association 4L2, a life member of the International Association of Lions and a Lions counselor to the Eye Foundation of Southern California. He formerly was a member of the Elks Club of Long Beach, where he sang with the Choraleer's Group, and the Hemet Elks Club. He belonged to San Jacinto United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; two sons, Robert E. of Corona and Thomas A. of Lakewood; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
--Press-Enterprise, The (Riverside, CA) - November 18, 1995; transcribed by A. Newell, 2008.


YALAHA, FL--JOHN E. BOSWELL SR., 95, retired police officer
MR. BOSWELL, 19 Magnolia Lane, Yalaha, died Monday, Oct. 7. He was a retired police officer for the Kenosha, Wis., Police Department.
Born in Anna, Ill., he moved to Central Florida in 1992. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Leesburg.
Survivors: son, John E. Jr., Yalaha; daughter, Jean Rugg, Kenosha; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.
--Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - October 9, 1996


Cheyenne, WY–MARION “RAY” BOSWELL, 65, of Cheyenne died on Nov. 24, (2002) at United Medical Center-West.
He was born July 21, 1937, in Anna, Ill.
Mr. Boswell was a engineer technician for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
He married Sandy Graves on Nov. 2, 1962, in Elco, Ill.
Mr. Boswell was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Capitol Hill Ward and the US Navy Seabees.
He is survived by his wife Sandy Boswell of Cheyenne; a son, Michael Boswell of Cheyenne; two daughters, Melissa Goins and Mima Padgett, both of Cheyenne; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion R. and Eva Mae (Merriman) Boswell.
Funeral services were held on Nov. 27 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center with the Bishop Mark Moore officiating.
Interment services will be held at the Anna Cemetery in Anna on Monday.
--Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY) - December 1, 2002.


Martha (Johnson) Bottom was born near Lick Creek in Union County, Ill. January 27, 1871 and passed away at West Plains, Missouri March 27, 1958, aged 87 years and two months. 
Most of her girlhood was spent on the family farm west of Goreville, Illinois.  On October 12, 1898 she was united in marriage to N. E. Bottom.  Immediately after her marriage she left with her husband for Nebraska where all of her children were born.  To this union six children were born, all of whom survive.  They are Myron Curtis, Knoxville, Tenn; Merrill Drumond, Marion, Ill.; Mrs. Merida Oliver, West Plains, Mo; Morris Ernest, Independence, Mo; Mrs. Mildred Honeycutt, Knoxville, Tenn; and Milton Fletcher, Elco, Ill. 
She is also survived by four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one brother, B. F. Johnson, Goreville, Ill., two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Roberts, Makanda, Ill. and Mrs. Jennie Jones, Terry, Montana; and two nieces. 
She endured the hardships of pioneer life in Nebraska as the wife of a small town editor and minister of the Gospel.  She was converted at an early age and while rearing her family, Sunday morning was always a busy time hustling the children to Sunday School and then getting ready for church services. 
She lost her husband in 1928 and much of her time from then until failing health caused her to rest, was spent in helping care for her older brother and sisters.  Her greatest joy was in the study of the Bible and she loved to talk of the scriptures and their promises.  Her admonition to all of her children every time she saw them was to "be good."  Even during the last days of her illness, she talked about the scriptures to other patents in the hospital and told them she was ready to go.  Thus ends the life of Martha Johnson Bottom.  
 Truly a good woman has gone to her reward. 
Funeral services were held at the McCarty Funeral Home in Anna, conducted by the Rev. Eugene Black, pastor of Aldersgate Methodist Church, Marion, Ill., assisted by John Ritchey, pastor of the Elco Methodist Church.  Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery near Lick Creek. 
Pallbearers were Ivan Wilson, Lowell Corbit, Vern Gurley, Ralph Gurley, Leroy Roberts and Cleve Bullock, all of near Lick Creek.

--Contributed by granddaughter, Anna Bottom Newell.


Norphie Ernest Bottom, son of Henry S. and Adeline Spence Bottom, was born near Anna, Ill., November 14, 1869 and died at Volga City, Iowa, September 19, 1928; aged 58 years, 10 months, and 10 days. 
He was united in marriage to Martha Bell Johnson, October 12, 1898.  To this union six children were born, all of whom with the mother, survive to mourn this first break in the family ties.  They are:  Myron C., Knoxville, Tenn.; Merrill D. of Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Merida Oliver of Willow Springs, Mo.; Morris E., of Wilcox, Ariz.; Mildred R., of Knoxville, Tenn.; Milton F. of Lansing, Iowa.
When a small child his parents emigrated to Nebraska and homesteaded on land in then (Thayer) County.  Owing to the newness of the country many hardships were undergone by the people of that time.  From his early youth, he had been a sufferer from heart disease and this malady greatly interfered with his plans and aims in life.
Taking advantages of the meager school facilities, he secured a common school education and attended State Teachers College at Superior, Nebraska.
When a young man he returned to Illinois, and for a time was engaged in newspaper work and school teaching.  After his marriage he returned to Nebraska and bought a newspaper, later selling this and again teaching school.  Always being a devoted Christian, he answered the call and entered the ministry.  Being a great student and firm in his convictions, he attained remarkable success in his Master's work.
Owing to failing health he retired from the ministry in 1915, and for a short time was engaged in selling religious books of his own authorship.
With his family growing up, he again entered the newspaper field and taught three of his children that trade, three of his sons now being engaged in the printing industry.
Feeling the call he again entered the ministry and continued in that work until his death.  Being a great reader and taking special instructions under some of the world's foremost Bible scholars, he gained considerable reputation for his intimate knowledge of the great religious questions.
He was a devoted fundamentalist and prepared several special lectures upon this issue.  He was especially interested in the question of Christ's second coming and devoted much time and study to the subject.  His clear and concise interpretation of this little understood question brought him commendation from many students.  At the suggestion of some of the great Bible teachers he was preparing a book upon this subject at the time of his death.
While engaged in newspaper work he had many opportunities to obtain introductory copies of some of the world's greatest books and at the time of his death had one of the largest private libraries in the state.  These books consisted chiefly of religious, oratorical and historical works.
A few days before his death he was suddenly stricken and owing to the weakened condition of his heart he was unable to rally.  He grew gradually weaker and on Wednesday morning, September 19, he passed quietly away.  During his last illness he realized he could not recover and told his devoted wife his only regrets at going were leaving her and his unfinished work.  The night before his death, while in a semi-conscious state, he delivered one of his sermons and shortly before his death told his wife that it would soon be over and that it was only a matter of faith.

Short funeral services were conducted at the home in Iowa by Dr. Hinkhouse of Mason City, and the body was taken to Anna, Illinois for burial Thursday, September 20th.  The funeral at the grave in Ebenezer cemetery was conducted by Rev. Chas. Johnson.
(Note: Norphie was placed in a sealed casket because he had died of diptheria, complicated by his weak heart.  He was taken by train from Iowa to Anna.  His wife, Martha and son, Milton, were quarantined.)

--Contributed by: Granddaughter Anna Bottom Newell.



Anna, Ill.--Dorothy Louise Boyd, 98, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.
She was born April 24, 1909 in Dongola, IL, daughter of Clarence and Fannie Collins Henley.  She and Carl W. Boyd were married April 17, 1937, in Balcom, Ill.  He died Sept. 26, 2003.
Boyd was a 1926 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and completed a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Illinois University in 1963.
Prior to being married she was a teacher in Pittsburg, Ill., and later taught at Lincoln School in Anna, retiring in 1972.  She was a member of First Baptist Church, A-J Women's Club, and a honorary member of Anna-Jo Garden Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Warren of Corvallis, Ore.; a son, Tom Boyd of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; a sister, Henryetta Knobel of Kirkwood, Mo; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.  The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery.


WINTER SPRINGS, FL--GRACE L. BOYD, 81, Hacienda Village Road, Winter Springs, died Sunday, April 17, of cancer. Mrs. Boyd was a schoolteacher.
Born in Cobden, Ill., she moved to Central Florida in 1973. A member of Community United Methodist Church, she also belonged to the Illinois Teachers Association, Hacienda Village Women's Club, Hacienda Village Social Club, Hacienda Village Salos Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Anna, Ill. She was past treasurer of Senior Center of Winter Springs. Survivors: daughter, Annette, Winter Springs; stepdaughter, Billie Gabriel, Marion, Ill.; brother, Albert Lence, Anna, Ill., sister, Ruth Stroehlein, Cobden.
Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Altamonte Springs.
--Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - April 18, 1994


Robert "Gene" Boyd, 88, of Anna, died at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Union County Hospital.  He was born February 28, 1926 in Jonesboro, the son of Claud Jerry and Mary Ethel (Samson) Boyd.  Gene married Natalie (Mainer) on December 6, 1947, and she preceded him in death on October 27, 2005.
Gene was a well-known fruit grower and a custom butcher in Union County.  He loved to fish, hunt, and trap and enjoyed reading.  He was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Steve (Connie) Boyd and Jim Boyd of Anna; two daughters, LeaAnn Davis of Anna and Gina (Dan) Ruark of Glen Carbon; grandchildren, Christ (Angela) Boyd of Anna, Nealy (Corey) Hamson of Dahlgren, IL, Jamie Pitts of Grand Tower, Robert and David Ruark of Glen Carbon; six great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Boyd of Cobden; sister, Emily Boyd-Meyer of Cobden; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceding him in death were his wife; parents; sisters, Virginia Boyd and Martha Boyd-Casper.
Funeral services were Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. John Cripps officiating.  Interment followed in the Lindsey Cemetery.
--The Cairo Citizen, January 1, 2015.


CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO--Services for JAMES EDWARD BRADLEY, 97, of Cape Girardeau, will be Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home, 301 W. Spring St., Anna, with the Rev. Sammy White officiating. Burial will follow at Casper Cemetery in Anna.
    Mr. Bradley passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2013, in Walnut Place, a nursing facility, in Dallas, Texas, where he had resided since September 2012 after suffering a stroke.
    Mr. Bradley was born in Cobden, on March 8, 1915, the seventh out of 12 children. He was called “Jim” by everyone who knew him, but family called him “Ed.”
    He was very industrious and enterprising at any early age, buying his first car (a Viking convertible) at age 14 from proceeds earned working after school at neighboring farms.
    At age 18, he became an assistant manager at the A&P grocery store in Anna; and, soon thereafter he began his retail career as a salesman with Montgomery Ward in Cape Girardeau where his potential for aggressive leadership caught the eye of his manager.
    He was soon relocated and promoted to assistant manager in Blytheville, Ark., where he continued to hone his skills and broaden his understanding of retail sales.
    In 1929, at the age of 25, he was offered an opportunity for further advancements at Sears, Roebuck & Company in the Chicago area, where his career success progressed to a national level with Sears that spanned more than 36 years during which time he held positions of assistant national sales manager for the entire tire division, then as national retail sales manager over which he managed several hundred employees and held divisional meetings throughout the United States.
    He won national recognition for top sales in his department and was considered one of the brightest innovators of marketing technology among the Sears executives and was largely responsible for introducing Michelin tires into the U.S. marketplace.
    Even when he was getting ready to retire, Sears talked him into taking over a failing department; he did and ultimately within two years he brought the department into a profit making division. He retired from Sears in 1975 after a 36-year career.
    Ed married his childhood sweetheart “Sallie Treece” on Aug. 6, 1941, when they were 26 and 24 years of age. He was transferred to Elmhurst, and Sallie quit her job as secretary to the superintendent of schools and started a lifetime career of volunteering at the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and the Lutheran Church where they were actively involved members. Later, they purchased a home in Glen Ellyn, where they lived for 46 years.
    During retirement, Ed discovered a talent that had been dormant until that time. He painted in the basement of his home where he created many paintings that are still enjoyed today.
    In 2003, Ed and Sallie moved to a Lutheran retirement community in Cape Girardeau. They enjoyed the retirement community and bowling on a league. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in August 2011 before Sallie went home to be with the Lord at the end of that month.
    Ed soon thereafter relocated to an assisted living arrangement in Dallas, Texas, where he flourished. He enjoyed his spacious apartment, the courtyard and dining room.
    He still enjoyed bowling every weekend and maintained a score of 120. He also enjoyed the last year of his life visiting the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos, Dallas Arboretum, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens and feeding the ducks at a nearby park.
    In September 2012, Ed suffered a debilitating stroke which robbed him of his ability to walk, and he then moved to a nursing facility in Dallas, Texas. Still, he did not lose his love of life and remained courageous in his battle with kidney failure and heart failure. He won the heart of everyone who cared for him at the facilities in which he resided with his good looks, charm, talent and dry wit.
    He is survived by family members including a sister, Juanita Aldridge; sisters-in-law, Glenda (widow of Luke), Johnetta Bradley (widow of Collin) in Illinois, many nieces, nephews and friends.
    Visitation is scheduled Friday evening at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home between 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
    The funeral will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will follow at Casper Cemetery north of Anna.
–The Gazette-Democrat, Feb 14, 2013


MULKEYTOWN, IL - Irene FISHER BRAMMER, 87, went home to be with the Lord at 8:15 p.m. March 2, 2008, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with the Rev. James HEANEY. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Mulkeytown.
Visitation will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
She was a member of United Methodist Church in Christopher.
Irene enjoyed her church family and loved to work with the church and her flowers.
She was born in Dongola on April 24, 1920, the daughter of Albert and Inaz (PENROD) FISHER. She married Roy BRAMMER on Aug. 6, 1972.
She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Ronald PARKER of Hawaii and Rodger and Peg PARKER of Golden, Colo.;
grandchildren, Will PARKER, Stephanie PARKER, John PARKER and wife, Kim, Christine and Doug TRETTER, all of Colorado, and Jason PARKER of Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Anthoney, Savanah, Sierra, Jarret, Kyle PARKER and Erika Jane and Dougie TRETTER, all of Colorado; and brothers and sisters, Corrine and Hank EARNHEART of Texas, Lillian
HUNTER of Marion, Shirley BANKSON of Vienna, Homer and Karen FISHER of Burlington and Harold and Phyllis FISHER of Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry and Linda PARKER; and four brothers, Glen, Lowell, Paul and Kenneth FISHER.
 --Courtesy The Southern Illinoisan, 3/6/2008, contributed by Debbie V.


COBDEN, IL–MRS. MARY RUTH BRIMM, age 73 of Cobden, died at 10:10 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2011 at Union County Hospital in Anna.  She was born February 28, 1938 in Cobden, the daughter of Ray and Alverda Pearman Holderfield.  She married Ford Wardell Brimm on October 25, 1973 in Jonesboro.
Mary is survived by her husband, Ford, of Cobden; four children, Terry (Sue) Johnson of Chesterfield, Mo., David Johnson of Texas, Janynne (Joseph) Stahl of Glen Carbon, IL, and Bill Brimm of Cobden; three sisters, Della (Ed) Petty of Jonesboro, Earlene Highfield of Houston, TX and Brenda (Rev. Bobby) Russell of Pana, IL; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Raymond, Bob, Gene and Paul Holderfield; and one sister, Frieda Simmons.
Mary attended the Limestone Baptist Church for many years, but most recently was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ruth Brimm will be held at 11:00 A. M., Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the Limestone Baptist Church near Cobden with the Rev. Kenneth Mixen officiating.  Interment will be in the Limestone Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Limestone Baptist Church on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until hour of the funeral.
Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home of Cobden is in charge of the arrangements.
__Gazette-Democrat, July 27, 2011.


DONGOLA - Wesley D. Brock, 42, died at 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2010, at his home.
He was born Aug. 11, 1967 in Conway, Ark., the son of Hubert Harvey and Doris (Eddleman) Brock. Wesley married Margie Rowley on June 17, 1994 in Jonesboro. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Brock of Dongola; mother, Doris Brock of Dongola; one brother, Mickle (Anette) Brock of Dongola; two nieces, JoAnn and Manda Brock; two nephews, Rodger and Gage Brock; and other relatives and many friends.
Wesley was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Rodger Lee Brock.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Dr. Rick Hertenstein officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Cemetery in Dongola. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of the arrangements.
--Southern Illinoisan, Monday, June 7, 2010.


Death of Wm. T. Brooks

Carbondale, Ill--William T. Brooks, a veteran of the civil war and a much respected citizen of this city for the last fifteen years, died at his home in this city Friday morning (March 28, 1903). He was born in Jackson county, Tennessee, coming to Union county at an early date, and later to Carbondale. A widow (Casandra), four sons and one daughter survive him. Interment at Water Valley Cemetery, Union county.
--Carbondale Free Press, Wednesday, April 1, 1903; contributed by V. Artale.


Bill M. Brown, age 68, of Anna, IL. passed away May 27, 2001 at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, (KY).
He was born April 25, 1933 in Cypress, IL. He was the son of the late Melvin and Grace Brown.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Melva Brown and Devonna M. Johnson.
Bill graduated from Vienna High School in June of 1951. Soon after graduation he joined the Air Force in 1952. He retired after 20 years of service and then went to work for the David C. Cook Publishing Co. of Elgin, IL where he was a specialist for 22 years and retired in 1995 to move back to southern Illinois.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Burlingame Brown whom he married March 7, 1959; two children, daughter Carma, son Kevin, both of Elgin; two brothers, Melvin J. Brown and Norman L. Brown, both of Karnak, IL.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at Whitnel Funeral Home in Vienna at 2 P.M. Burial with military rites will follow at Cypress Masonic Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 P.M. at Whitnel Funeral Home.
--Courier-News (Elgin, IL) - May 31, 2001, contributed by Leslie Riney.


DONGOLA, IL–DAVID F. BROWN, 84, of Dongola, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at his home.  He was born on April 15, 1927 in Dongola, the son of Everett Edwin and Rosa Edith (Kesler) Brown.  He married Leona Aden on December 24, 1950.  She survives him.
David was a member of Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He loved farming and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Leona; two sons, Charles (Sharon) Brown of Dongola and Dan (Cindy) Brown of Allerton; two daughters, Earlene (Lindell) Croft of Vienna and Cathy Wilson of Dongola; five grandchildren, Amanda (James) McClellan, Greg Brown, Christopher Brown, Thaddeus (Kim) Croft and Tori (Aaron) Aul; one great-grandson, Noah McClellan; three sisters-in-law, Verna Aden of Marion, Ida Mae Aden of Anna and Martha Brown of Dongola; two brothers-in-law, Dare Aden of Dongola and Allen (Janet) Aden of Loganville, GA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, James Wilson; three brothers, and seven sisters.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 from (9:00-11:00 AM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola with Dare Aden officiating.  Interment will follow in Meisenheimer Cemetery.
–Gazette-Democrat, July 27, 2011.


Anna, Ill.--Dorothy Mae Brown, 87, of Anna died Monday, June 23, 2008 at her home.
She was born to Jacob Dale and Mary Jane "Mollie" Lewis in West Frankfort, Ill.  After her mother died she was raised by an uncle and aunt, Hubert and Hazel Lewis of West Frankfort.  She and Frank Merlin Dillow were married Feb. 2, 1942.  She later married Louis L. Brown July 23, 1968 in Anna.  He died Oct. 17, 2007.
Brown was a member of Landmark Pentecostal Church in Anna.  She had worked at Florsheim Shoe Co., Union County Hospital, and Department of Aging.
Survivors include two daughters, Marianne Dillow of Anna, Rhonda Shannon of Cobden, Ill.; a sister, Kathryn Ewing of Marion, Ill.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister and a half sister.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time Thursday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Pearce officiating.  Burial will be in Anna Cemetery.



Funeral services-for Homer Brown, 66, of 325 E. Lewis St., Anna, will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the McCarty Funeral Home, Anna.  Mr. Brown died at 3:25 a.m. Saturday at his home.  He was born Oct. 4, 1898 in Jonesboro, the son of John and Lucy Lyerly Brown. He married the former Ollie L. Winn Aug. 24,1916 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. 
He was employed at the Anna Quarries for over 40 years. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers. 
He leaves his wife; daughters, Mrs. Opal Felker of Alton and Mrs. Leta Mae Dirden of Anna; son, Louis of Anna; sisters, Mrs. Fred Coffman of Anna and Mrs. Carrie Edwards of Pontiac, Mich.; brothers, Fred L. of Jonesboro, Jimmy of Campbell, Mo., Paul and Earl, both of California; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Burial will be in Anna Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home. 

--Southern Illinoisan, Sunday February 28, 1965, contributed by Patricia Moore, 2008.


James A. Brown, 76, of Cobden, died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the Cobden Rehab and Nursing Center.  He was born on Oct. 26, 1937.
Services for Mr. Brown will be held privately.  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden is in charge of arrangements.
--The Gazette-Democrat, Anna, Ill., Thursday, Nov 7, 2013.


Westmont, IL--DAVID E. BUCHNER, 47, of Westmont, IL departed this life suddenly at his home on Saturday, July 5, 2008. He was born May 23, 1961 in Hinsdale, IL to Robert and Joyce (nee Ferrill) Burk.
David was a kind, compassionate and sensitive soul who was always willing to help others. He was an avid spelunker and climber. He studied and practiced a wide variety of holistic and eastern philosophy ways. He was a graduate of Wheeling High School and the School of Metaphysics (Windyville, MO). He concerned himself with the protection of our environment and served as an election judge for DuPage County. David leaves to cherish his precious memory his sister, Carolyn (nee Buchner) Churchill; and nephews, John and Bradley Churchill, all of Lake Villa, IL; step-brother, Jon (Lynn) Buchner of Mena, AR; his dear friend, Alice Uyttebrouck of Naperville, IL; maternal aunt, Jean (nee Ferrill) Kocmoud of Brookfield, IL; cousins, Linda (Tom) Ashby of Bradford, IL, Jim (Carol) Kocmoud of Edgewater, FL, and Judith (Ben) Price of Broomfield, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Richard Buchner; his uncle, Jim Kocmoud; and cousin, Bill Kocmoud.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2008, 4pm at the Quaker Friends Meeting House, 5710 Lomond Ave, Downers Grove, IL. His ashes will be placed at a later date next to his beloved mother in Alto Pass Cemetery, Alto Pass, IL.
 --News Sun, The (Waukegan, IL) - July 11, 2008; transcribed by A. Newell.


SARASOTA, FL–CARMEN L. BUCKLES, 68, Sarasota, died June 28, 1997.
She was born April 12, 1929, in Anna, Ill., and came to Sarasota 38 years ago from Pekin, Ill. She retired in 1994 from the pharmacy department at Sarasota Memorial Hospital after 13 years. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, James W.; a daughter, Debra of Sarasota; two sons, David of Sarasota and Ronald of Denver; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, with the service to follow, at Hawkins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Palms Memorial Park.
--Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - June 30, 1997


FORT WORTH, TX - MINNIE ALICE BUCKLEY, a homemaker, died Friday in a local nursing home. She was 91.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. in Greenwood Memorial Park.  The Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Buckley was born in Anna, Ill., and had lived in Fort Worth for many years. She was a lifetime member of the Women's Society of Christian Service.
Survivors: Son, Jim Buckley of Fort Worth; two daughters, Dorothy Jeanne Muncie of Titusville, Fla., and Joy Lynne Hyatt of Jonesboro, Ark.; two sisters, Mae Wilhelm and Doris Wilhelm, both of Stuttgart, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - Sunday, July 25, 1993


Patrick "Sam" Bullock, 64 of Anna, died at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at home.  Sam was born June 3, 1950 in Cape Girardeau, the son of Milford Dean and Norma Evelyn (Henderson) Bullock.  He married Jean Owens on March 29, 1994.
Sam proudly served in the U. S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.  He was employed at Warrens Turf until 1992.  Sam was also employed by Texas Eastern for several years.  He enjoyed collecting guitars and musical instruments as well as old cars.
Survivors include his wife, Jean of Anna; son, Brendon Bullock of Anna; step-son, Toby Cronell of Anna; brother, Mike Bullock of Anna; nephew, Coy (Raquel) Bullock of California; step-father, Carl Stanton of California; aunt, Sue Fears of California; and other relatives.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Christopher Webb.
A graveside celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 5 at 4 p.m. at the Ebenezer Hall Cemetery.  Military services will be conducted by Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 and the Illinois Honor Guard.
Crain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
--Cairo Citizen, Aug 28, 2014.



Anna, IL.--Junior Leonard Bunch, 85, of Anna died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 at the Jonesboro Rehab and Care Center in Jonesboro, IL.
He was born Oct 16, 1921 in Sylamore, Izard County, AR, the son of John Wesley and Arizona Pitts Bunch.  He married Anita Dillow on Aug 26, 1950 in Clay County, AR.
Bunch was a veteran of the U. S. Army.
Bunch is survived by four daughters, Carol Bunch of Republic MO, Pam Bunch of Anna, Connie Gray and Paula Rentfro of Tamms, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents,  his wife and ten siblings.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug 16, 2007 at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Barnhart officiating.
Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery with full military honors given by the Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 in Anna.


DuQuoin, IL--Mrs. Mary Burbes, 80, of 730 Jefferson St., Du Quoin, died this morning at Marshall Browning Hospital in
DuQuoin.   Mrs. Burbes was born in Jonesboro, Feb. 16, 1890, the daughter of Franklin and Pernecia Winn. She was married to Clifford Batson, who preceded her in death in 1918.  On Dec. 1922, she was married to James E. Burbes in Jonesboro. He died in 1960.  
Mrs. Burbes was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Du Quoin. 
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Mifflin of Du Quoin, and Mrs. Dorothy L. Davis of St. Louis, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Iva Due of Chicago; sons, Clifford L. Batson and Everett L. "Jake" Batson, both of Du Quoin; a brother, Florance Winn of Anna; a sister, Mrs. William. Rendleman of Evart, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Keeling Funeral Home in Du Quoin.  Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery in Du Quoin.  Friends may call after 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
--SOUTHERN ILLINOISAN, FRIDAY, JUNE 19,1970, p. 18, contributed by Pat Hardenstine, 2008.


ANNA - Ludene Burlison, 87, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

She was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Goreville, the daughter of Charles and Margaret Lambert Hancock.

Ludene was retired from Allen Industries in Herrin and later worked and retired from Union County Hospital.

Ludene is survived by two children, Beverly and husband, Glen Mahan, of Marion and Judy and husband, Mickey, Plummer of Anna; seven grandchildren, Scott and wife, Pam McReynolds, of Loudon, Tenn., Kimberly and husband, Dennis Whitehead, of Harrisburg, Tim and wife, Melanie McReynolds, of Anna, Rick and wife, Lori McReynolds, of Carbondale, Tina and husband, Trever Walker, of Marion, Matthew Plummer of Anna and Lindsey Plummer of Jonesboro; special niece and nephew, Pat Eastwood and Roy Eastwood, both of Energy; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Interment will be in McGinnis Cemetery, with the Rev. Terry Bird officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
--Transcribed by A. Newell, 2009.

Carol Jane Burnett

Carol Jane Burnett, 56, of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, Ill.

She was born May 16, 1945, in Olney, Ill., daughter of Charles Sherman and Cathryn Fildes Fee. She and Don Burnett were married Sept. 2, 1967, in Olney.

Carol was a graduate of Southern Illinois University. She formerly taught English and French at Egyptian High School. She was a member of and deacon at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, sang in the choir and was a Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Andrea Burnett of Carbondale, Ill., Laura Carbonell of Pompano Beach, Fla., Jane Cotter of Chicago; and a brother, Charles Fee of Lakeland, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Friends may call at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Revs. Steve Wilkinson and Ron Cox officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery.

--Transcribed by Brenda Neely, 2006.


OWENSBORO, KY–CHARLES EDWIN BURTON, 79, of Maceo died Thursday, March 27, 1997, at Owensboro Mercy Health System. He was born in Anna, Ill., retired as manager of the Executive Inn in 1995 after 18 years of service and was a member of United Methodist Church in Olney, Ill. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and was a member of the Flying Tigers. He was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Olney, American Legion and Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Betty Rash Burton; a daughter, Sherrel Lyman of Seabrook, Texas; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, L. L. Burton of Tucson, Ariz.
Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crest Haven Memorial Park in Olney. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Crest Haven Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. James H. Davis Funeral Home in Owensboro is in charge of arrangements.
--Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (KY) - March 28, 1997


J. Carlton Busenhart, 78, a retired assistant superintendent for Mt. Prospect School District 57, died Sunday in Anna, Ill.
He was a former Mt. Prospect resident and a former member of the Plan Commission there.
Mr. Busenhart, who was born near Vandalia, in Fayette County, Ill., earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He retired in 1981 as District 57's assistant superintendent for business after 21 years of service.
He served on the Mt. Prospect Plan Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. He moved to Anna in 1983.
Carol Fields, Mt. Prospect village clerk, said, "He was a real gentleman, a soft-spoken, kind man." Fields said Mr. Busenhart was a member of the Plan Commission during the years when the comprehensive plan for the village was being developed. At one time he served as secretary of the commission.
"You would not find a more dedicated steward of the taxpayers' money than J.C.," said Betty Launer, a member of the District 57 Board of Education who served on the board's Finance Committee with Mr. Busenhart. "He got top dollar for money expended for students. He was very astute, very well-informed. He served the district very well."
Survivors include his wife, Lucille; a daughter, Janice Batten; and three grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday in Anna.
--Chicago Tribune (IL) - March 11, 1998


Funeral services for Harvey Butcher, 65, of Alto Pass will be at 2 p.m. today in the Walker Funeral Home, Alto Pass, where friends may call until service time. Mr. Butcher died Friday in his home.  Burial will be in Alto Pass Cemetery.  Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Ralph Bowen, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Alto Pass.
A retired laborer, Mr. Butcher, was born October 21, 1907 in Alto Pass.  He was a son of Tom and Sylvia Smith Butcher.
Surviving are a son, Stephen P. Butcher of St. Louis, Mo; brother, Claude Butcher of Detroit, Mich.; sister, Mrs. Lawrence (Jessie) Vancil, Murphysboro, IL; several nieces and nephews.
--The Southern Illinoisan, May 5, 1968, contributed by D. K. Vietzke, 2008.


Jonesboro, IL--Anna Gula Byrd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Soren C. Jensen, was born Feb 5, 1878 in Racine, Wis. and died in the Southeast Missouri Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Mo. June 26, 1940 at the age of 62 years, four months and 21 days.
When about 12 years of age she with her parents came to Illinois, locating about four miles south and west of Jonesboro, where she made her home until her marriage with John Wm. Byrd, Sept. 18, 1898.  At this time she, with her young husband, came to Jonesboro to make their home.
Her entire life since her marriage has been spent in or near Jonesboro.  In Sept. 1901, having given herself by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ, she was baptized along with her husband into the fellowship of the First Baptist Church of this city where for these past 39 years, she has untiringly and unselfishly given of  her best in talent and loyal service to Christ and the church.  Hers has been a life, though inconspicuous, of lasting influence upon all who have had the happy privilege of knowing her.
Two weeks ago it was found that a serious affliction had befallen her but not until her strength had been so depleted that she could not undergo an operation until she could be built up.  This called for blood transfusions, five in all.  The high regard in which she is held was seen in the quick response for volunteer donors.  Everything that skill and love could do was done that she might be spared to us, but the God of all life desired her to be nearer Him so He called her home.
We feel poignantly her leave-taking but will not rebel; we will look with keener anticipation for the day when we shall join her in a land where sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.
She leaves besides her husband two sons, Virgil J. Byrd, Anna, Ill., Earl H. Byrd, St. Louis Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Imogene Helen Boyd, Jonesboro and Mrs. Mary Louise Moore, Murphysboro, Ill., another son having died at birth; three brothers and one sister, Andrew C. Jensen, Bayard, Neb., Peter C. Jensen, Miles City, Montana, John S. Jensen, Springfield, Ill. and Mrs. Mary McCloughan, Rochester, Ill.; two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law; five nephews, six nieces, five cousins, seven grandchildren, and an immeasurable host of friends to mourn their loss.
-- Contributed by Louise Grammer, 2008.

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