Donald E. Murray

Donald E. Murray

Donald E. Murray, 81, of Anna, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. 

He was born on July 17, 1934, in Cobden, the son of William and Bertie Burnett Murray.

 He married Linda McLaren Graham in Union County. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Murray of Anna; Linda’s children, Susan (Gary) Wright of Cobden, Cathy Sharp (Brad Ellis) of Cobden and Larry Graham of Buncombe; six grandchildren, Chad Wright, Shannon (Ed) Seifert, Gregory Graham, Andrew (Kristy) Sharp, Amy Jo (Kevin) Beegle and Alaina Graham; six great-grandchildren, Serenity and Jayden Graham, Simon and Elliot Seifert, Sophie Wilson and Kase Sharp; a brother, Bill (Nadine) Murray of Alto Pass; sisters Betty Stegle of Anna and Bertie Green of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters-in-law Janice Murray of Anna, Carolyn Murray of Jonesboro, Patsy Murray of Chicago, Edwina Murray of Anna and Mariam Murray of Alto Pass; other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Jim Graham; brothers Frankie, Junior, Charlie, Melvin, Jimmy and Bobby; and two sisters, Dorothy Burgess and Laverne Highland.

He worked many years as a truck driver and later as a dispatcher for the Anna Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1962. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pastor Randy Wright officiating. 

Interment will be in the Cypress Masonic Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by Beggs-Gurley VFW Post No. 5222 in Vienna and the Illinois Army National Guard funeral honor team. 

Friends can call after 11 a.m. and until the service hour at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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