BENTON – Jeanne M. Allen 88, of Benton passed away Saturday morning, November 17, 2018 in Benton.

She was born in Benton, IL on April 4, 1930, the daughter of Joe & Sadie (Trifany) Smith.

Mrs. Allen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton. She was retired from GTE, and was an excellent seamstress, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Allen was also a member of the Benton Boccie Ball Club.

Mrs. Allen is survived by her:

                Husband: Ervin L. Allen of Benton

                By a Half-Brother & Half-Sister

She was preceded in death by her Parents & by 2 Half-Brothers.

Graveside services will be held at Noon on Wednesday, November 21st at the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton with Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Visitation will be after 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

For more information or to sign the guest register, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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BENTON – James M. Vise, 92, of Benton passed away Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2018 in Benton.

He was born in Macedonia, IL on June 17, 1926, the son of Evan H. & Goldie (Moore) Vise.

He married Clara Lu (Keener) on July 24, 1955 at the First Christian Church in Benton.

Mr. Vise served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Benton.

Mr. Vise is survived by his:

                Wife: Clara Lu Vise of Benton

                2 Daughters:

                                Linda Maddox & husband Keith of Chesterfield, MO

                                Susan Brookins & husband Ron of Marietta, GA

                5 Grandchildren:

                                Emily (Maddox) Wissmann & husband Taylor

                                Lindsey (Maddox) Gross & husband Ryan

                                Whitney (Brookins) Pulliam & husband Christopher

                                Tyler Brookins

                                Chandler Brookins

                4 Great-Grandchildren:

                                Koa & Hudson Wissmann

                                Cohen & Maevry Gross

Mr. Vise was preceded in death by his Parents & by 2 Brothers-Harvey & Hosea Vise.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, November 19, 2018 at the First Christian Church in Benton with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts & National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11:00 A.M. on Monday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church-Fellowship Center.

The Morton & Johnston Fuenral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

For more information or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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LOGAN – Mr. Jackie “Jack” Dean Smothers, age 85, of Logan, passed away at 9:44 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Mt. Vernon Healthcare Center.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Logan Church of God, with Rev. Mike Mayberry officiating, and Rev. Rick Fowler assisting.  Burial with Military Honors will be in the Logan Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Monday at the Logan Church of God.

The Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan Church of God.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Mr. Jack Dean Smothers, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

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BENTON – Richard E. Glover, 76, of Benton, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at SSM Health DePaul Hospital, in St. Louis, MO., surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was a lifelong resident of Benton, born on March 10, 1942, the son of James and Jamima (Irby) Glover. Richard graduated from Benton High School in 1960. He joined the United States Navy in 1961. Richard was a proud American, proud to have served his country, proud of the armed forces and loved the American flag.  Richard was a retired coal miner.  He was known for his witty sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cheryl (Hottensen), daughter Amanda Rone (Jason), son Daniel Glover (Marci) and two grandchildren, Keegan and Kinley Glover who are the light of his life, sisters Dixie Simmons, Janetta Marteney and sister-in-law Francis Glover, several nieces and nephews, many great friends and grand dog Coco Lee.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; two half brothers Jimmy and Jack Glover and one half sister Peggy Glover.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Monday, November 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home.
    
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Minor, officiating.
 
Burial will follow services at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery with military rites by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Navy Honors.
 
Memorial donations in memory of Richard can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

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THOMPSONVILLE – Larry B. Townley, 59, of Thompsonville passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

Larry was born in Chicago, IL on November 13, 1959, the son of Jack L. & Helen (Adams) Townley. He married Deloris Beyreis on July 16, 2017 and she survives.

Mr. Townley served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 Years retiring in 2000. He served as Federal Agent U.S. Border Patrol. He taught EMT courses. He liked woodworking. He enjoyed feeding the birds.

Mr. Townley is survived by his:

                Wife: Deloris Beyreis-Townley of Thompsonville

                Parents: Jack & Helen Townley of Ewing

                2 Children:

                                Stephanie Nunez & husband Christopher of Yuma, AZ

                                Jesse Townley & wife Kristina of Yuma, AZ

                3 Granddaughters: Samantha, Chloe & Allison

                1 Brother: Jack Kevin Townley & wife Jill of Ewing

                4 Step-Children

                Mother of his 2 children: Fiorella Bryan

Mr. Townley was preceded in death by 1 Brother-Jeffery Townley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts & the National Guard Honor Team will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Friday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

For more information or to sign the online guest register, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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SESSER – Donnie Bennett, 75, of Sesser passed away on November 12, 2018.

He was born on December 8, 1942 in Benton, IL to Wathie and Loney (Mocaby) Bennett. He married Diane (Erwin) Bennett on October 29, 1963 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Donna (Mark) Mays of Sesser, Sherry Arro of Sesser, Cathy (David) Marlo of Sesser and Steve Bennett of Herrin; nine grandchildren Elijah Mays, Caleb Mays, Silas Mays, Emery Arro, Riley Arro, Joseph Marlo, Rachel Marlo, Nicholas Marlo, and Paolina Marlo; three sisters Sharon Reichert of Herrin, Yvonne Drew of Tamms, and Myrl Conner of Sesser; one brother Dale Bennett of Ringold, GA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Bernice Skurat and Mildred Wisnewski, and two brothers James “Cotton” Bennett and Wathie “Preach” Bennett.

He was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA and also had worked for the City of Sesser. He was also a member of the Sesser Church of God and had served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

Funeral services will be on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Tim Melvin officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

For more information got to our website at www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

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MCLEANSBORO – Howard L. Ritchey, Jr., 78, of McLeansboro, passed away at 11:37 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2018 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.
Funeral: 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Ten Mile Church, McLeansboro, IL.
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray and Reverend Amanda Leigh Crice
Burial: Ten Mile Cemetery, McLeansboro

Date of Birth: March 10, 1940 Place of Birth: Walpole, IL

Father: Howard Leland Ritchey, Sr. Mother: Vida Lee (Kent) Ritchey

Marriage to: Judith May French on March 29, 1959 at Hebron Church near Walpole, IL. She survives in McLeansboro, IL.

Occupation: Employed as an Iron Worker for Local 103, Evansville, IN.

Church Affiliation: Attended Ten Mile Church

Activities: Loved hunting, fishing, antiquing and genealogy. He loved to tinker with making walking sticks and working on guns. He was an active member of The Hamilton County Historical Society.

Survivors:
Wife: Judith Ritchey, McLeansboro, IL
1 – Son: Steven Ray Ritchey, McLeansboro, IL
1 – Daughter: Cindy Lee Birkner and husband Ron, McLeansboro
4 – Grandchildren: Monte Paul Ritchey (wife Amber), Dustin Howard Ritchey (wife Jenny), Amanda Leigh Crice ( husband Justin), Adam Larkin Birkner (wife Jennifer).

1 – Great Grandson: Ward Peyton Ritchey
1 – Brother: Charles Ritchey and wife Carol, McLeansboro, IL
Numerous Nephews and Nieces

Preceded in Death By: Parents, 2 sisters, Betty Frederickson & Roberta Kay Skibinski; 1 brother, Alfonso Burr Ritchey

Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, is in charge of arrangements.
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BENTON – Mrs. Mary B. Cockrum, age 98, of Benton, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Pastor Derrick Cairel officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Mrs. Cockrum, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

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BENTON – Ronald Lee Dollins, age 85, of Benton, went to his reward in Heaven at 10:48 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2018.

Visitation services for Mr. Dollins will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Private graveside services will follow the visitation.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Ronald Dollins, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

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CINCINNATI, OH – David S. Colliton, age 67, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at noon Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the First Christian Church, 302 South Main Street, Benton, IL 62812, with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Burial will take place in the Mt. Etna Cemetery near Akin.

The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is assisting the family with local services and arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church building Fund.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of David, visit www.lpfuneralhome.

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BENTON – Jack W. Davis, 66, of Benton passed away Monday afternoon, November 5, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born in Christopher, IL on September 14, 1952, the son of Robert & Rosie (Gostowski) Davis.

Mr. Davis worked at Taylor Motors for several years, then for Redi-Mix for several years. He was a member of the Benton Eagles & Boccie Ball Club.

Mr. Davis is survived by his:

                one Son

                Brother: Robert (Bob) Davis of Texas

                Special Friend: Carol Scott of Benton

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his Parents & by a Sister-Sharon Davis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Jackson Grove Cemetery in Akin. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Joey Mocaby, 50, of West Frankfort, passed away Friday November 2, 2018 in Frankfort Care Center at 7:05 a.m.

Joey was born May 15, 1968 in West Frankfort, Illinois to Terelius and Shirley (Bell) Mocaby Jr. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and loved his church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ryan.

Joey is survived by Brothers Kelly, Scott, and Mark; Sisters Debbie Gurley and Anita Sue Mocaby.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center- West Frankfort, IL with Brother Toby Robinson officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Poordo. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday November 5, 2018 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois and from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of the service in the Family Life Center.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in memory of Joey. Envelopes will be available and excepted at the funeral home.   

Condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.

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WEST FRANKFORT – On All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1st, at 11:15 p.m., a very good man, Thomas Read Evans, left this world at the young age of 70.

Tom was born on May 29, 1948, in Anna, IL. He lived in Ullin, IL until the age of 5 and then the family moved to West Frankfort. This move was made so his father would be closer to the IBEW Union Hall for his work.

That came full circle when Tom followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the IBEW Local 702 in June 1967. He loyally served as a union brother for 50 years working as a Journeyman Lineman. It was a proud day for Tom when he received his 50-year membership pin from the Local. Even after “retiring”, Tom chased storms with his son-in-law, Kyle. Together they worked 7 storms across the US. Tom was always “the old man” on these adventures but the young men all turned to him for advice. He made sure Kyle was up on time and Kyle in return would lace up and tie Tom’s boots for him. They shared great memories and talked about these storms often. The last big storm they went on together was in 2012.

Tom always said he was put on this earth to take care of women. Having lost his own father at the age of 15, he stepped up and took care of his mother, Lucille, and his three sisters. Mary Ellen, Jane, and Ruthie. Later, as his mother’s three sisters became widows and returned to West Frankfort, Tom again stepped up and took care of them for many years. Tom was an exceptional son. He made certain to talk to his mother every day of her life either by phone or a visit. As a brother, Tom was adored by his sisters and later in life he took special care of his big sister, Mary Ellen even providing her with a home in the apartments he built so she could be right next door. Eventually, his mother-in-law also lived in one of these apartments.

In 1979, he married Sandra (Neal) Evans and the union was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Andrea Heather Evans and Hilary Anne Seavers. This marriage was a true adventure every day and it was always so much fun. Tom, being a man of so very many talents and able to do just about anything he set his mind too; first decided he needed to totally remodel their first home. Before it was even finished, he had a better idea and built a new home with the help of his father-in-law, Pug. After living in that house for 3 years, Tom announced he had learned from his mistakes and needed to build one more house and it would be perfect. He did that and he and his wife and his 2 daughters moved in 1986. Tom and Sandra continued to reside in this home till his death. But Tom did have big plans for one more house, he wanted to downsize to make life easier for both of them. Sadly, this is one project he did not get to do.

Tom was always so very proud of his “girls” Andrea and Hilary. They brought him such joy as babies and little girls. As they grew into young women, Tom was always pleased with the choices they made and the accomplishments they achieved. All he ever wanted was for them to happy and safe.

Tom enjoyed showing the world to his girls by taking family vacations. Most of these trips included Aunt Mary and he continued the tradition by taking his grand-babies on trips. Unfortunately, future planned trips are now not to be.

Tom was a man people of all ages immediately respected and liked. He will forever be remembered as a devoted son, loving brother, loyal husband, the best dad, and the greatest grandfather. He had a strong Catholic upbringing, and his faith was an important part of his entire life. He passed this faith on to his daughters and grandchildren.

Years past Tom enjoyed duck hunting, fishing,and riding Harleys with many very special friends. He also loved taking care of his best friend, his black Lab, Elvis. However, the activity that gave him the greatest joy was caring for his 2 grandchildren, Ava and Joel. He was delighted when another little girl came into his life with the arrival of Ava and she instantly stole his heart. When he learned he was to have a grandson, he was a bit anxious, saying he may need to read a book on what to do with a boy. But this was not the case, as he and Joel were immediate best buddies. Both Ava and Joel felt like Poppy would do and fix anything! And for them, he did.

Tom would most definitely say he had a wonderful life, but also that this life was most definitely too short. He and Sandra had such big plans with their family. Again, not to be, but we know he would want us to be happy, take care of each other and carry on as best we can.

Tom is lovingly survived by wife, Sandra Evans, daughter Andrea Evans and husband Matthew Kelleher of San Diego, and daughter Hilary and husband Kyle Seavers of West Frankfort, and grandchildren Ava Anne and Joel Thomas Seavers.

Other survivors include sister and brother- in- law, Jane and Dick McPhail, brother-in-law Rick Stilley, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and union brothers.

Tom was welcomed into heaven by his father and mother Jack and Lucille Evans, big sister Mary Ellen Evans, little sister Ruth Stilley, and father and mother -in- law Pug and Helen Neal.

Tom put on his tools and made his final climb. Tom’s on God’s line crew now. Called out by the Master. Called out by Our Heavenly Father where Tom’s time will never be broken. Where the power shall never be interrupted. Where Tom shall never experience pain or tears. We love and miss our Tom, Our Daddy, Our Poppy. Forever in our hearts.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday November 5, 2018 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church – Herrin, Illinois with Fr. Brian Barker officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery – West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 on Sunday November 4, 2018 at Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with a rosary being recited at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School where his daughter, Hilary, is a teacher and granddaughter, Ava Anne is a student. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.

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BLOOMINGTON – David Brent Toney, 64, of Bloomington, IL passed away on October 31, 2018.

He was born on December 5, 1953 in Franklin County, IL to Jack and Shirley (Arterberry) Toney.

He is survived by one uncle and two aunts – Don and Barbara Toney of Ankeny, Iowa and Mary Lou Toney of Leroy, IL, and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.