Obituaries

Merle Walker
Merle Walker, 81, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at the Marion V.A. Medical Center.  He was born on Aug. 27, 1940, in Jonesboro, the son of Henry Willard and Elnora Elizabeth Reynolds Walker.        Mr. Walker is survived by his life partner of 30 years, Marjorie Rendleman of Jonesboro...
Patricia Ann Schlenker
Patricia Ann Schlenker, 85, of Jonesboro, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at her home.  She was born on Sept. 22, 1936, in Union County, the daughter of Merritt and Beulah Bittle McMahan.  She married Donald Schlenker on March 25, 1956, in Hernando, Miss. They shared 65 years together.       She is...
James Michael Lutz
James Michael Lutz, 85, of St. Ann, Mo., and formerly of Anna-Jonesboro, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in St. Ann, Mo.  He was born on Dec. 31, 1935, in Anna, the son of James R. and Margaret McCarty Lutz.  He married Edna Kneezle. She preceded him in death on Sept. 11, 2020. Mr. Lutz graduated...
Eldridge ‘AL’ Williams
 Eldridge “AL” Williams, 86, of Cobden, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at his home.  He was born on June 22, 1935, in Holcomb, Mo., the son of R.D. and Beatrice “Cledis” Crowell Williams.  He married Gloria Glasco Cox on July 1, 1984, in Marion.     He is survived by his  wife, Gloria Williams of...
Shirley Ann Brown Downey
Shirley Ann Brown Downey, 87, of Jonesboro, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granite City.  She was born on May 25, 1934, in McClure, the daughter of Orvil and Maggie Smiddy Brown.       She is survived by her daughters, Jacquelyn “Jackie” (Randy) Baldwin...
James Rowan, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., was born on Jan. 29, 1952, at the Anna City Hospital, the son of William Ivan Rowan and Anita Marie Shasteen Rowan. He died on Oct. 11, 2021, at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was a simple person and you never wondered what was on his mind...
Matthew ‘Matt’ Cole
Matthew “Matt” Cole, 45, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at his residence.  He was born on Sept. 13, 1976, the son of Ralph Cole and Brenda Stephens.  He married Jeanna Wrench on May 12, 2012. She survives. Mr. Cole worked for Wright’s Auto Body as a mechanic and tow truck driver for 12...
Troy Ladon Norris
Troy Ladon Norris, 49, of Buncombe, died at 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at SIH Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. He was born on Sept. 21, 1972, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. He was the son of Donnie and Janet Hennesy Norris. On Sept. 14, 1991, he was united in marriage to Terry...
Walt Grace
Walt Grace, 60, of Olive Branch, died at 11:22 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Feb. 17, 1961, in Cairo, the son of Leslie Barnett Grace Jr. and Patsy Lou Becker Grace.   He was married on Feb. 14, 1981, to Anita Jo McKee. She preceded him...
Gary R. Parker
Gary R. Parker, 68, of Villa Ridge, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Mr. Parker was born on Aug. 6, 1953, in Cairo, the son of William J. and Betty Louise Miller Parker. Mr. Parker was a lifelong farmer. He was baptized at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist...

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