Obituaries

Larry ‘Joe’ Birkhead
Larry “Joe” Birkhead, 63, of rural Buncombe (the Mt. Pleasant community), died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Joe, as he was known to family and friends, was born on May 25, 1960, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Mo. He was the son of Larry...
Michael F. Whelan
Michael F. Whelan, 64, of Barnhart, Mo., and formerly of Cobden, died peacefully at Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis on April 22, 2024, after a lengthy battle with cancer-related complications.  He was born on Sept. 14, 1959, in Chicago, the son of James and Florence Jones  Whelan.  As the...
Carl Dean Massey
Carl Dean Massey, 87, of Anna, died Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 6, 1936, in Union County, the son of Charlie and Lucy Fite Massey.  He was married on July 27, 1961, to Betty Joyce Barlow. She preceded him in death on...
Kenneth Dean Phillips
Kenneth Dean Phillips, 95, of McClure, died Saturday, April 27, 2024, at his home.  He was born on Nov. 28, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of Romyn and Dorothy Brown Phillips.  He married Barbara Lindsay on Dec. 27, 1958, in Alton. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Phillips of McClure; children...
Vincent Jerry Lowe
Vincent Jerry Lowe, 72, of Mound City, died at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at his residence. Mr. Lowe was born on April 21, 1952, in Cairo, the son of  Jewell Marie Lowe.  He worked for T&L Tree Service. He was preceded in death my his mother, Jewell Marie (Lowe) Reeves; his wife, Brenda...
Ardel ‘Jack’ Hastings
Ardel “Jack” Hastings Jr., 75, of Metropolis, died Saturday morning, April 20, 2024, at his home with his family where he wanted to spend the last of his life. He left at 6 a.m. for his fishing trip, leaving behind his wife Margaret, daughters Crystal and Heather, grandsons Matthew, Dennis, Bradyn...
Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, ascended to heaven on April 5, 2024.   He lived a full life. Full of adventure and experiences that he shared with family and friends.   Born in Southeast Missouri, Chester was the second oldest of five children.  His parents, Carl and Effie...
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....

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