Obituaries

Roy L. “Squirrel” Swafford Jr., 68, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at Integrity Healthcare in Anna.  He was born on April 1, 1954, in Union County, the son of Roy L. and Ruby Morris Swafford.   He is survived by two sisters; great friends Judy Johnson and Karen Alsip, the Smith family;...
Richard Benton, 66, of Anna, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at Union County Hospital in Anna.  He was born on April 26, 1956, in Flat Rock, the son of William Benton. He is survived by all his family and friends at Mulberry Manor.  Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, today, at the Anna...
Edna Dallas, 90, of Anna, died Monday, Aug. 9, at her home. Funeral arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in...
Billy Joe Thomas
Billy Joe Thomas, 41, of Dongola, died July 30, 2022, at his residence. He was born on April 28, 1981, in New Port, Ark., the son of Charles and Patsy Whitehead Thomas. He married Eugenia Hinkle on Sept. 9, 2000. She survives. Mr. Thomas worked for six years as a truck driver for Aldrich Trucking....
Gary Lee Coats
July 5th, 1951 – July 15th, 2022. On Friday, July 15th, 2022, at 1:55 pm, Gary Coats whipped cancer’s tail for the 3rd time in 17 months.  He told the filthy demon that he was taking no more of its crap and cutting off its food supply. He told it that it hadn’t won a thing, that he was going to be...
Kenny Ray Crowley
Kenny Ray Crowley, 63, of Ullin, died Monday, July 25, 2022, at his residence. He was born on July 5, 1959, the son of Damon Ray and Ruby Jean Mitchell Crowley.   He worked for years at ADM Grainer in Mound City. He also worked as a deckhand on the river boats. He later became self-employed and...
Cathy Warren
Cathy Warren, 65, of Olive Branch, died Saturday, July 30, 2022, at her residence.  Mary Catherine Warren was born on Dec. 10, 1956, in Collinsville, the daughter of Joseph Elmore and Jean Elliot. She was united in marriage to Lindell “Link” Warren. He survives. She was a devoted member of the...
Kevin W. Caraker
Kevin W. Caraker, 64, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away on July 26, 2022. Kevin was born in East St. Louis, Ill., on Oct. 13, 1957, the son of Gayle Lirely Caraker and Richard Elvin Caraker. He went to grade school at Du Quoin Elementary in Du Quoin and Lick Creek Elementary School in Southern...
Melody D. Meadows
Melody D. Meadows, 68, of Cobden, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  She was born on July 20, 1954, in St. Louis, the daughter of Christina Ellen Nickles.  She married Doug Meadows on Aug. 30, 1986, in Anna. She is survived by her husband Doug Meadows of Cobden; her...
Carolyn ‘MeMe’ Cates
Carolyn “MeMe” Cates, 76, of Anna, died Saturday, July 30, 2022, surrounded by her family.  She was born on Oct. 17, 1945, in Anna, the daughter of George Allen and Mary Magdalene Dirden Crowell.  She married Ed Cates on Aug. 29, 1961. She is survived by her  husband, Ed Cates of Anna; three sons,...

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