Obituaries

Shirley Jean Keller, 81, of Anna, died at 8:29 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at the Jonesboro Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was born on April 4, 1936, in McClure, the daughter of Daniel Joseph and Pearl Eva Miller Schlenker. She is survived by her sons, Kent (Anne) Keller of Tavares...
John E. Stewart, 67, of Cobden, died at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at his home in Cobden. He was born on May 21, 1950, in Anna, the son of Charles and Veda Bryant Stewart. He married Midge Middleton on Nov. 8, 1991, in Murphysboro. He is survived by his wife, Midge Stewart of Cobden; a son...
Nancy R. Womick, 83, died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 23, 2017, at Brookwood Retirement Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the wife of Jerald E. Womick. They shared 60 years of marriage together. Born in Wyandotte, Mich., she was the daughter of Alvin and Hazel Basse, from Jonesboro. She...
Richard Seward, 49, of Jonesboro, died at 2:13 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at his home. He was born on July 11, 1968, the son of Larry and Elizabeth Seward Wheaton. He is survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. He worked as a tech at...
Paul E. Reynolds, 84, of rural Cobden, died at 11:59 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born on May 5, 1933, in Jonesboro, the son of Edward Harrison and Rosa Coats Reynolds. He is survived by his best friend and mother of his children Rose Reynolds...
Robert C. “Bob” McAlister, 75, of Jonesboro, died at 12:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on March 10, 1942, in Houston, Texas, the son of Robert Perry and Irene Helms McAlister. He married Kristie Dillow on Jan. 29, 1971. He grew up as a...
Betty E. Dodd, 95, died at 5:15 a.m. Aug. 25, 2017. She was born on Feb. 27, 1922, in Huntington, Ind., the daughter of Albert and Ethelwyn Beal Heinss. Both parents are deceased. She was an only child. She married Byron E. Dodd on Feb. 17, 1946, in Indianapolis, Ind. They later moved to Jonesboro...
Franklin Delano  ‘Barney’ Porterfield
Franklin Delano “Barney” Porterfield, 84, of Dongola, died at 4:37 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on March 12, 1933, in Dongola, the son of Clarence Lowell and Bessie Elizabeth Lawrence Porterfield. He married Jodene McCommons on March 6, 1955. He was...
Franklin Henry Powles
Franklin Henry Powles, 79, of Anna, died at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Jonesboro Rehab & Healthcare Center. He was born November 21, 1937 in Union County, the son of Roy and Lorene (Allen) Powles.  Franklin was a member of the Anna Heights Baptist Church. He served his country in the...
Ethelene Lyerla
Ethelene Lyerla, 94, of Anna, died at 5:26 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Union County Long Term Care. She was born in the country near Cobden, the daughter of Audie and Vesta Wright. She married Collin Wesley Lyerla on July 1, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo. Collin preceded her in death on August 13, 2013. She...

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