Obituaries

Betty J. Thornton
Betty J. Thornton, 88, of Anna, died at 4:17 a.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at her home. She was born on Feb. 15, 1929, in Anna, the daughter of James Hosea and Clara Anderson McDonald. She married Charles A. Thornton on Dec. 30, 1945, in Piggott, Ark. Together they shared 58 1/2 years together. He...
James H. ‘Jim’ Blair
James H. “Jim” Blair, 70, of Woodlawn, and formerly of Union County, died at 9:17 p.m. on June 21, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 21, 1946, in Anna, Illinois. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Connie K. (Harre) Blair of Woodlawn; a brother, Kenneth William Blair and wife,...
Larry L. Elkins
Larry L. Elkins, of South Elgin died on June 11, 2017. Larry’s positive, yet accepting attitude helped him thrive and comfort others during aggressive treatment for pancreatic cancer. His final hours were spent at home surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Jonesboro, on Jan. 25, 1942...
Floyd F. Ferry
Floyd F. Ferry, 90, formerly of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 7:08 a.m. at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.  He was born on Nov. 1, 1926, in East Carondelet, the son of Leo Frank Ferry and Matilda Schmidt Ferry.  On Nov. 27, 1947, he married Rosemary B. Ferry at Christ Evangelical...
Kevin Tyler Cooley
Kevin Tyler Cooley, 46, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2017, after a three-year battle with stomach cancer with family by his side. Mr. Cooley was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. He served with the Metro Nashville Police...
Lowell Eugene Freeman
Lowell Eugene Freeman, 73, of Anna, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his home. He was born on Aug. 16, 1943, in Mattoon, the son of Lowell Guy and Ruby Maxine Ingram Freeman. He married Dorothy Huffman on Oct. 17, 1959, in Toledo. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Freeman of Anna;...
James ‘Larry’ Karraker
James “Larry” Karraker, 69, of Anna, died at 5:04 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017, at his home. He was born on Aug. 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker. He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University,...
Morton S. Wright
Morton S. Wright, 76, of Makanda, and formerly of Anna, died at 7:17 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Houston Methodist-Willowbrook Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born in Karnak on May 1, 1941, the son of Paul and Bernetta Reed Wright. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Wicker) Wright...
Dan Paul Hileman
Dan Paul Hileman, 72, of Anna, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Jonesboro, the son of Ray Alfred and Blanche Dillon Hileman. He married Suzanne Brookman on March 20, 1965, in Jonesboro. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne...
Michael Edward “Mike” Talaga, 53, of rural Dongola, died at his home on June 4, 2017. He was born on May 4, 1964, in Fort Knox, Ky., the son of Stanley James and Marilyn Peterson Talaga. He grew up in Hanover Park, but spent his last few years with his family in Dongola. He enjoyed outdoors and...

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