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Melvin L. Jeffords Jr., 61, a resident of rural Golconda (the Dixon Springs community), passed away unexpectedly at 9:22 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis, Illinois.

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When asked as a little girl, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” young Joyce Ann Pittman always replied, “A sweet old lady.” She achieved that wish, passing on Dec. 9, 2021, just eight days short of her 84th birthday, remaining sweet and kind to every person she met.

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Max Delano Beeding, 51, of Metropolis, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at his residence.

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James Ronald Bazor, 79 ,of Metropolis, passed away Jan. 3, 2022, in Merritt Island, Florida.

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Gerald W. “Jerry” Swenney, 61, of Metropolis, passed away at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

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Joshua Robert Story, 30, of Metropolis, passed away at 8:58 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital.

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James Mounce, 75, of Chicago, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago.

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Guy W. Wilcox, 87 of Metropolis, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at his residence.

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Oron “Tom” Souders Jr., 69, of Brookport, passed away at 1:48 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Massac Memorial Hospital.

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Helen L. Blanchard, 67, of Metropolis, passed away at 1:09 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.

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Betty Joann Dyer Atkinson, 86, of Metropolis, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at the Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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Vivian Gail Wheeler, 69, passed away at Jennie Stuart Hospital on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

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Carl B. “Hook” Blanchard, 67, of Metropolis, Illinois passed away at 10:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.

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Kay Lawler, 67 of Metropolis, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, at the Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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Damon Acuff, 53, of Metropolis, passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital.

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METROPOLIS, Ill. — Wilma Guice Anderson, 86, of Metropolis, passed away at 7:56 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her family.

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Oron “Tom” Souders Jr., 69, of Brookport, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Massac Memorial Hospital.

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Woodrow Joseph “Woody” Worthen, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Overland Park, Kansas, on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

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Michael W. Reineking, 69, left to enter his heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

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Russell Mertz, 75, of Paducah, formerly of Anna and Cairo, passed away on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah.

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Dallas “Bosco” Stafford, 80, of Metropolis, passed away at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec, 26, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.

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Karen Logeman, 54, of Massac County, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky.

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James Edward “Jim” King, 91, of Joppa, Illinois, was called home on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at approximately 7:20 a.m. He was surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his own home.

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Betty Jean Meadows, 56, of Metropolis, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at her home.

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Joyce Little Collins, 89, of Karnak, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at the Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis.

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Charles Washer, 80, passed peacefully Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, with his family at his side.

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Silvagean “Bootsie” Harris, 82, of Brookport, passed away at her home Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2021.

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Adam Edward Schneider, 39, of Metropolis, passed away on Dec. 10, 2021, at home with family by his side.

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Jeff Mowery, 65, of Olmsted, passed away at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at the Fountain Blue Lodge Nursing Facility in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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James O. “Jim” Phelps, 74, of Metropolis, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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Evelyn Hausman, 83, of Metropolis, passed away at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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Trisha Lee Edwards, 43, of Lexington, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

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Sam E. Davis Jr., 77, of Boaz, Kentucky, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at the Ray and Kay Hospice Care Center of Paducah.

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John Tanner, 61, of Metropolis, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at his residence.

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James “Jim” King, 91, of Joppa, died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at his home.

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Bradley Bauer, 62, passed away at 5:44 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.

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Robert Lee Hicks Jr., 73, of Metropolis, died at 4:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at his home.

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Kenneth R. Goines, 77, of Grand Chain (Hillerman Community), passed away at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky.

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Sandy McMunn, 68, of Villa Ridge, formerly of Massac County passed away at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her family.

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Ettamarie (Meyer) Holland, 98, of Metropolis, passed away on Nov. 24, 2021, at Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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Vicki Riley, 61, of Metropolis, passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

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Ellen Ruth Bremer of Metropolis, passed peacefully away on Nov. 23, 2021, shortly before her 93rd birthday. She was surrounded by loved ones.

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Ed Beard, 74, of Metropolis, formerly of Bradford, Arkansas, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.

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Paul “Snooky” Johnston, 72, of Metropolis, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at his residence with his loving family by his side.

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Carole (Eickholz) Kingsley, 80, of Metropolis, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Agnes “Ruth” Troup (Fuqua) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on Nov. 14, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center. Visitation will be 5 — 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, at F…

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Jimmy Gentry, 74, of Paducah, formerly of Metropolis, Illinois, passed away on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

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We are sad to announce that on Nov. 13, 2021, we had to say goodbye to Bobby Wade Mathis, 44, of Metropolis, Illinois. Bobby was born on Nov. 1, 1977, in Mayfield, Kentucky. He was the son of Terry and Linda Mathis.

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Leonard Dale Choate, 86 of Metropolis, formerly of Anna, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.

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Brooksey McNeil, 73, of Metropolis, passed away at 7:26 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Massac Memorial Hospital.

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STATESBORO, Ga. — John Ballard Humma, 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, ending a 13-year battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Disease. He was at home being cared for by loved ones under the supervision of Ogeechee Area Hospice.

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Norma J. Brown, 93, passed away at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Providence Pointe Healthcare in Paducah. Mrs. Brown was born to Johnny and Eva Lee (Frazier) Hibbs Renfro in Metropolis, Illinois.

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Eric Lynn Dishinger, 81, of Metropolis, passed away at 12:16 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.