Obituaries

Kaethe Brigette Matz Hale
Kaethe Brigette Matz Hale, 81, who originated from Germany, died at home on Aug. 1, 2022, in Thebes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Hale; three children, Larry Peter, Robert Gene and Tina Marie (Sissom); and two grandchildren, Robert Neil and David Earl. She is survived by...
Vernita May Pender
Vernita May Pender, 83, of Alto Pass, died Friday, July 29, 2022, at her home.  She was born on Oct. 4, 1938, in Anna, the daughter of Ray and Donna Marie Fox Miller.  She married Jimmie D. Pender on Oct. 4, 1954, in Alto Pass. He preceded her in death on April 30, 1984. Mrs. Pender is survived by...
Rev. John Wesley  Cripps Sr.
Reverend John Wesley Cripps Sr., 88, of Jonesboro, died peacefully in his home on July 30, 2022.  He was born on Jan. 18, 1934, in Grand Tower, the son of Frank Cripps and Mary Lee Etta Wright Cripps.  He married Mary Murk Hileman on Sept. 17, 1955. John is survived by his wife, Mary (Murk);...
Judy Williams
Judy Williams was born on May 31, 1958, and died at Union County Hospital  in Anna on Monday morning, Aug. 1, 2022, at 8:15 a.m. after years of a hard-fought battle with cancer.   She worked at Our Directions in Herrin from 2005 to 2010, then at JR’s Centre in Anna from 2010 to 2020 and had most...
Pauline Pearson, 77, of Cobden, died Sunday, July 31, 2022, at her home.  She was born on Dec. 12, 1944, in Carbondale, the daughter of William “Shorty” and Ruby Forby Cobb.  She married Doug Pearson. He preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1998. She is survived by her children, Kevin Pearson, Kathy...
Joseph Madison ‘Jay’ Wilson
Joseph Madison “Jay” Wilson, 87, of Karnak, died at 11:17 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Baptist Health in Paducah, Ky., with his loving family by his side. He was born on March 25, 1935, in Karnak, the youngest of three children of Lee Benhigam Wilson and Bonnie Claris Kean Wilson.  His elder...
Sherman Lee McClellan
Sherman Lee McClellan, 85, of Baytown, Texas, and formerly of Karnak, died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas. He was born on Sept. 4, 1936, in Karnak, the son of Vernon and Frances Houseright McClellan.  A former resident of Houston, Mr. McClellan had been...
Robert E. Heisner
Robert E. Heisner, 94, of Metropolis, and formerly of Grand Chain, died at 1:57 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. Funeral services honoring the life of Robert E. Heisner were at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Congregational Church in Grand Chain, with his...
Marsha Bledsoe
Marsha Bledsoe, 62, of rural Tamms, died Sunday, July 24, 2022, at her home following an extended illness. She was born on July 3, 1960, the daughter of Charles J. and Emma Dell Bennett.  She spent her early years growing up in Pulaski County in the Spencer Heights and Villa Ridge neighborhoods....
JoAnn M. Shaffar
JoAnn M. Shaffar, 76, of Anna, died Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Union County Hospital in Anna.  She was born on Dec. 31, 1945, in Waukegan, the daughter of Thomas John and Angela Josephine Bockhaut Albrecht. She is survived by her two daughters, Kimberly Shaffar of Anna and Melissa Shaffar of Wood...

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