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DU QUOIN – Barbara Sue Wilderman, 75, of Du Quoin, IL, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born on June 2, 1946 in Benton, IL to Delmont “Dink” and Marcella (Coffel) Rone. She married Jerry Wilderman on September 21, 1996. She is survived by her husband Jerry Wilderman of Du Quoin; children Kendra Burgess of Sesser, Diane Goff of Benton, Melissa Higgans of Du Quoin and Shane Wilderman of Du Quoin; grandchildren Isabel Burgess, Cullen Higgans, Braden Higgans, Zachary Wilderman; and one brother Pete (Linda) Rone of Sesser. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Lana Wilson and one brother Dennis Rone.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.


MULKEYTOWN – Dale Allen Pinkham, 54, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

He was born on December 29, 1966 in Herrin, IL to Allen and Heather (Naylor) Pinkham.

He is survived by his children Dustin Pinkham of Mulkeytown and Maddy Pinkham of Buckner; parents Allen and Heather Pinkham of Mulkeytown; five grandchildren Regan, Bronson, Gavin, McKenna and Darryl; one sister Dawn (Kevin) Brown of Mulkeytown and their children Noah and Kirsten; fiancé Sandy Voice of DuQuoin and his mother’s fur baby Daisey that Dale referred to as his sister.

Dale was an outgoing person that loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys. He also loved NASCAR races, traveling, boating, but most important was spending time with his family especially when him and Dustin would go Dirt Bike racing and watching Maddy play volleyball.

He was preceded in death by one son Brayden Scott Pinkham.

Funeral services for Dale will be on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Bill Wiggs officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Mulkeytown.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family. Checks can be made payable to Heather Pinkham.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Edith Marie Haas, 92, of McLeansboro, IL passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in McLeansboro.

She was born March 30, 1929 in McLeansboro to Pete & Clara (Engel) Frey. On August 29, 1950 she married George A. “Sonny” Haas, who preceded her in death on May 1, 2015.

Edith was a beautician who owned her own beauty shop, which she ran at her home in McLeansboro for 50 years. She enjoyed gardening, canning, taking care of her kids, and spending time with her family & friends. She was a member of the St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church in McLeansboro.

Edith is survived by 3 sons: Don (Judy) Haas of Powell, TN; David (Carla) Haas of Estero, FL and Dennis (and Kim Laswell) Haas of McLeansboro, a daughter Denise (Robert) Hastings of Dahlgren, IL; seven grandchildren: Chris Haas, Brian Haas, Lindsey (John) Turner, Derek Haas, Deanna (Joe) Kueny, Jacob Haas and Heath (Casey) Hastings; two great-grandchildren: Campbell Turner and Conley Turner; two step-grandsons, several step-grandchildren, and a special friend Teresa Haas.

She was preceded in death by both parents, and her husband George A. “Sonny” Haas.

Funeral services for Edith Marie Haas will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the Chapel of St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church in McLeansboro with Father Slawomir Ptak officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, a Spiritual Bouquet may be made to the St. Clement of Rome Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at the St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church or at Gholson Funeral Home, which has been entrusted to provide arrangements.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.


DALE – Norma L. “Susie” Darnell, 69, of Dale passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born on November 5, 1951, the daughter of Roy & Betty Russell.

She was married to John Albert Darnell in 1974, and he preceded her in death in April 2017.

She was retired from Trelleborg Automotive in Carmi.

Mrs. Darnell is survived by her:
4 Children:
Larry E. Moles & wife Linda of McLeansboro
Bobby Moles of Kentucky
Johnny Darnell & wife Jackie of Woodriver
Jason Darnell of McLeansboro

11 Grandchildren

Several Great-Grandchildren

3 Sisters:
Barbara Russell Dill of McLeansboro
Sissy “Bill” Russell of McLeansboro
Kelly Farthing & husband Mark of McLeansboro
1 Brother: Manuel Russell & wife Kim of Walpole

Mrs. Darnell was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband and by a Sister-Betty Funkhouser.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 25th at the Smith Cemetery in Dale. There will be a visitation beginning at noon on Sunday at the cemetery.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


BENTON – Clara Lu Vise, 88, of Benton passed away Wednesday evening, July 21, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Benton, IL on November 14, 1932, the daughter of Otis Miles & Lucille (Burkitt) Keener.

She married James M. Vise on July 24, 1955 at the First Christian Church in Benton, and he preceded her in death on November 15, 2018.

Mrs. Vise was a beloved Kindergarten Teacher, and a member of the First Christian Church in Benton.

Mrs. Vise is survived by her:

2 Daughters:

               Linda Maddox & husband Keith of Chesterfield, MO

               Susan Brookins & husband Ron of Ellijay, GA

5 Grandchildren:

               Emily (Maddox) Wissmann & husband Taylor

               Lindsey (Maddox) Gross & husband Ryan

               Whitney (Brookins) Pulliam & husband Christopher

               Tyler Brookins

               Chandler Brookins

5 Great-Grandchildren:

                              Koa, Hudson & Nash Wissmann

                              Cohen & Maevry Gross

Mrs. Vise was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 24th at the First Christian Church in Benton with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Mrs. Vise’s Memory to the First Christian Church.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


BENTON – Rev. Charles William Davis, age 92, of Benton went to be with his Lord and Savior at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Brushy Cemetery of Harco with Pastor James Clardy officiating. Military Honors will take place at the graveside services. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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


BENTON – Harold Lee Moore, 94, of Benton passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Benton, IL on August 26, 1926 the son of Ernest Lewis & Mary Louetta (Webb) Moore.

On October 21, 1953, he married Wynona Jeannine Samples and she preceded him in death on December 11, 1980. He then married Helen Partin on September 2, 1988, she also preceded him in death on November 19, 1989.

He was a graduate of Benton High School Class of 1944. Mr. Moore was a retired farmer.

Mr. Moore is survived by his:

Daughter: Sheree Falkenberry & husband Greg of Benton

2 Granddaughters:

            Amanda Kay Moore McKee & husband Ryan of Mt. Vernon

            Danielle Lynn Moore Hatfield & husband Josh of West City

4 Great-Grandchildren

2 Nieces

4 Nephews

Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his Parents, Wives, Son-Gary Alan Moore, Daughter-Teresa Kay Moore and Siblings-Dorothy Rice, Helen Woodland and Carl Moore.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23rd at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton with Elder James Stearns officiating. There will be no visitation. Those attending the service are requested to meet at the cemetery.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


SESSER – Mary Havlovic, 101, of Sesser passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021.

She was born on May 11, 1920 in Rosemont, IL to Benjamin and Hilda (Behrends) Truax. She married Donald Havlovic on April 2, 1949 and he preceded her in death on April 11, 1995.

She is survived by nephews James (Deborah) McCoy and Roy Truax and numerous neices nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and one sister.

Graveside services for Mary will be on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 12 p.m. at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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


JOHNSTON CITY – Shirley Rose Wilkerson, 78, of Johnston City passed away Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2021.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on Dec. 26, 1942, the daughter of Raymond and Oveda (Neal) Gulley.

She was first married to Jim Hutchens and later married Bobby Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson preceded her in death on April 25, 1998.

Mrs. Wilkerson was retired as a caseworker for the State of Illinois, and was a member of the North Benton Baptist Church. She liked to travel and visit family. She enjoyed her plants and her garden.

Mrs. Wilkerson is survived by her:

Son: Eric Hutchens and wife Lynn of Greenwood, SC

Daughter: Karen Pickering and husband Bill of Christopher

5 Grandchildren: Alecia Davis (Brian), Ashley Hutchens, Matt Hutchens (Taylor), Brandi Alexander (Lee), Ryan Miller (Brandon)

6 Great-Grandchildren: Skylar, Riley, Alaina, Emric, Kane and Gavin

Sister: Judy Border of Benton

Mrs. Wilkerson was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband-Bobby Wilkerson, and by a Sister-Sharon Trill.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 22nd at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Doris Elizabeth Higginson

It is with a sad heart that the Higginson family announces the passing of Doris Elizabeth Higginson, 98 & 11 months, of McLeansboro, IL. Doris Higginson passed away peacefully July 17, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family that she loved dearly.

Doris was born August 29, 1922 to Hartley and Ethel (Rainwater) Taylor. On September 13, 1943, she married Wilburn “Skeet” Higginson in Belle City, IL. He preceded her in death on March 15, 1991.

She is survived by her three sons, Stanley Higginson (wife Tawanna “TJ”) of McLeansboro, IL, John Higginson of St. Anne, IL and Joseph Higginson of McLeansboro, IL, Daughters Marianne Higginson (special friend Clifford Gaines) of McLeansboro, IL, and Donna Higginson of McLeansboro, IL, Two grandchildren, Whitney Stringer (husband Doug) of McLeansboro, IL and Ty Higginson (wife Stephanie) of McLeansboro, IL, Two precious great-grand children Henley and Hayes Higginson and a great step-grandchild Sydney Stringer. Doris is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister (Mary Louise Karcher), two brothers (Clarence Taylor and Leslie Taylor).

Doris was of the Protestant faith. She was employed by Decatur Garments and spent much of her life as a homemaker, raising her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and a very kind and tender hearted person. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, loved by so many family members and friends.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro with the funeral service following at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Harre Funeral Home. The family has requested that masks be worn due to special health conditions of a family member. Do not enter the chapel without a mask. Thank you for your cooperation.

Reverend Larry Woodrow will officiate the service and burial will be in Concord Cemetery.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.


BENTON – David Allen Hatchett, 55, of Benton, IL died Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home. David was born December 24, 1965, in Murphysboro, IL the son of Donald and Elaine Hatchett. He served in the United States Army with an honorable discharge after graduating Benton High School.

David was a thoughtful brother and son and enjoyed music, forensic documentaries, old movies, and a good laugh in his pastime. When it came to culture, he frequently mentioned that he had always felt he had been born in an era too late. David was a cancer survivor of recent years.

Surviving relatives include his brothers, Jon Hatchett and wife Becky of West Frankfort, IL, Daniel Hatchett and wife Perlen of Benton, IL, Jeremy Hatchett of Benton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents. David was a gentle man who was loved and will be greatly missed.

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

Visitation will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 20, 2021 at the funeral home with Pastor Jason Todd officiating. Burial will be in the Plasters Grove Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL.

Online condolences may be made at www.patefh.com.


BENTON – Elaine LaVerne Hatchett, 86, of Benton, IL, died at 8:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL. Elaine was born on July 10, 1934, in Chicago IL the daughter of Ceasar “Jimmy” and Monica “Melba” Shimkus. She married Donald Lewis Hatchett in Chicago on June 13, 1959 and they were married for 55 years until Donald’s death in 2015. Elaine attended and graduated from the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago from 1957-1960. She moved with Donald to Fenton, MO and then to Benton, IL and said goodbye to the city-life from then on. She worked as a registered nurse at Franklin Hospital in Benton as floor supervisor and of the emergency room until taking the school nurse position at Thompsonville Community School from 1989-92. She later worked as a nurse in home health care services until her retirement in 1996.

Elaine was a loving, devoted and faithful wife, a nurturing and compassionate mother, and a strong woman with an opinion that she wanted people to hear, with “listen” being one of the favored words in her vocabulary. After becoming accustomed to life in Southern Illinois, she took a liking to gardening and canning the produce of the garden and the fruit of the orchard trees on her property. She enjoyed collecting and learning recipes to add to the variety of homemade meals she enjoyed preparing for her family. She enjoyed traveling and visiting new unfamiliar places across the United States, Canada, and abroad.

She loved, honored and obeyed God and His law, and was a faithful and devoted servant toward God in prayer daily.

Surviving relatives include her children, Jon Hatchett and wife Becky of West Frankfort, IL, Daniel Hatchett and wife Perlen of Benton, IL, Jeremy Hatchett of Benton, IL, brother Richard Shimkus and wife Patricia of West Frankfort, IL, one grandchild Rachel Eckles and husband Sam of Goreville, IL, two great-grandchildren Mason Hatchett of Herrin, IL, and Dominick Eckles of Goreville, IL, and one great-great-grandchild Kyrie Hatchett of Herrin, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald Hatchett, two infant sons, one infant daughter, grandson Scott Hatchett, and most recently her son David Hatchett. Elaine was loved and will be greatly missed.

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

Visitation will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2021, at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 20, 2021 at the funeral home with Pastor Jason Todd officiating. Burial will be in the Plasters Grove Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL.

Online condolences may be made at www.patefh.com.


BENTON – Cheryl Lynn Cali, 52, of Benton, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on January 15, 1969 in West Frankfort, IL to Ralph and Brenda (Bailey) Hale.

She is survived by her parents Ralph and Brenda Hale of Christopher; her children Cerise Shapkoff and Dylan Osteen of Herrin and Shane Shapkoff and Katelyn Robison of Carterville; grandchildren Ava Clark, Jaycee Shapkoff, Ace Shapkoff and Adelyne Shapkoff; sister Christie (Bobby) Arondelli of Mulkeytown; nieces Heather (Jay) Erwin, Brooke (Ben) Jones and Tiff (Jake) Morhet.

There will be a visitation on Friday, July 9, 2021 at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher from 5 until 7 p.m. There will also be a Celebration on Life at the Italian Club in Coello, IL on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 2 until 4 p.m.

Cheryl was loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cheryl loved being a grandma and working at the Italian Club. She also loved cooking and socializing. Cheryl will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gilbert Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Sally Ann Swafford
Age: 83
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.
Funeral: 11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021, Harre Funeral Home.
Clergy: Pastor Mark Hutson and Pastor Bill Miller.
Burial: I.O.O.F. Veterans Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL.

Date of Birth: July 4, 1938
Place of Birth: Walpole, IL
Father: Charles Smiley
Mother: Kathleen (Chictenden) Smiley
Marriage to: Jimmie Lee Swafford on January 16, 1975 at Dale, IL. He passed away July 13, 1998.
Occupation: Sally was employed by Elders Manufacturing and Decatur Garment for several years as a seamstress.
Activities: Member of Women’s Mission Union and she taught Sunday School at Blooming Grove Baptist Church.
Church Affiliation: Member of Blooming Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors:
Son: Charles Taylor and wife Linda, Herrin, IL
Daughter: Pattie Shelton, McLeansboro, IL
Grandchildren: Brandy Tate ( husband Jeremy), Ewing, IL
Joe Grein (wife Abby), Blairsville, IL
Bryann Odom, Benton, IL
Scott Duncan (wife Amanda), Norman, OK
16 Great Grandchildren
1 Great, Great Granddaughter and one on the way.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Husband Jimmy Swafford, 1 Brother, 1 Sister, 2 Nieces and 1 Nephew
Memorials to: The American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.


CHRISTOPHER – CHARLES DONALD (DONNIE) CHILDERS

February 12, 1933 to May 12, 2021

Don was born in Benton, Illinois to Charles (Chick) Childers and Bertha Jones Childers. He was very proud to share his birth month and day with Abraham Lincoln. He joined brother Guy Richard Childers who was 5 years older. The family later moved to Christopher, Illinois when Don was young. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a housewife. In 1943, Don asked for a “baby sister” for Christmas and on December 6, 1943 his sister Barbara Marianne was born.

Don graduated from St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School in Christopher and then attended St. James Trade School in Springfield, Illinois in the bakery program. Our maternal grandparents Bess Boll Jones and Guy V. Jones Sr. ran a 24 hr. donut/sandwich shop in Sesser, Illinois catering to the swing shifts coming and going to the mines. In late 1940’s, Chick and Bertha purchased a fruit stand on N. Victor St. in Christopher and renamed it Maple Leaf Market. Don later began his first job there in a bakery, sandwich shop and small convenience store open 7 days a week. In later years, as the mines began to close and business declined, Don started working at the Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Du Quoin, Illinois. He was forced to retire in his late 40’s due to severe arthritis. Don had many medical problems and a lot of pain throughout his 88 years of life. Don was a devout Catholic and lifelong member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. He was a very early member of the Christopher Knights of Columbus and regional 4th Degree K of C. He was a proud American and took part in many civic activities. Many will remember him from K of C Bingo nights and many Fish Frys. Don had a lot of fun being SANTA for the little children. He loved all kids. He was a loyal supporter of the Christopher High School Bearcats teams. Anyone who knew him knew of his life-long passion for and support of the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BASEBALL TEAM. Whenever possible, he watched their games on TV. He so enjoyed his trips to St. Louis with family and K of C to baseball games and the Southern Illinois Miners games in Marion.

He was known for his friendliness and great smile. Don loved to travel. He went many times to Florida to visit and fish with our dad, brother Richard, and our uncle Guy V. (Buster) Jones. He was also able to visit Disney World in summer of 1973 with Chick, sister Barbara’s family, and brother Richard’s family. He took many trips with local Senior Groups to Branson, Nashville, Memphis (Graceland), Dollywood, Springfield (Lincoln Museum), and riverboats in St. Louis. He attended niece Dana’s wedding and nephew Kit’s wedding in California and visited Yosemite, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, John Muir Redwoods, Big Sur, and Monterey while there. Another very special trip was to niece Karol Childers Turco’s wedding in Florida. One of his most cherished trips was with his sister Barbara to the INAUGURATION of John F. Kennedy in Washington D.C. in January 1961. He loved hearing from family members as they traveled around the world.

Don’s death was preceded by the deaths of paternal grandparents Charles E. and Josephine Butts Childers of Benton, maternal grandparents Guy V. and Bess Boll Jones of Christopher, mother Bertha Jones Childers and father Charles E. Childers of Christopher, brother Guy Richard Childers and his spouse Charmaine Van Zandt of Florida, maternal uncle Guy V. (Buster) Jones and spouses June Lamport and Ann Gilbert, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in his Childers family. He leaves behind his grieving “baby sister” Barbara Childers Wichlan (Dan, his niece Dana Wichlan Wiest (John and their sons Christopher and Michael), nephews Paul and Matthew (Vincentine) in California and Christopher “Kit” (Hilga) Wichlan in Dubai UAE; nieces Kim Childers Orlando, Kris Childers Clark (Dennis and son Dennis Jr.)., Karol Childers Turco (John and son Nicholas and daughter Missy), and Kelly Childers Hunt (sons Anthony, Brandon and daughter Brittany and granddaughter Savannah), nephew Kyle Childers (Kay and son Kyle) of Florida; cousins Charles Vaughn and Carol Vaughn Edmonds and children; Barry Vaughn and family of Benton, Ill., and David Vaughn and family of Florida and Benton, Ill. Uncle Donnie is greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He is especially missed by his many K of C and St. Andrew’s friends and his very special long term devoted and loving “GIRL FRIDAY” of many years, Kathi Mezo (Karl and family) whom I can never thank enough for her love and loyalty.

Visitation is on Saturday, July 24th from 9-11 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 412 E. Washington St., Christopher, Illinois 62822. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. His final resting place is St. Andrew Cemetery in Christopher. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Christopher K of C Scholarship Fund is suggested –109 N. State Street; Christopher, Ill 62822. TO CELEBRATE DON, WE INVITE THOSE WHO WISH TO WEAR CARDINALS’ OR OTHER SPORTS ATTIRE TO DO SO.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.


MULKEYTOWN – Carl Eugene Sims, 87, of Mulkeytown, passed away on July 2, 2021 at his home with family members at his side.

He was born on November 20, 1933 in Christopher, IL to Oatho and Helen (Long) Sims. He married Cynthia Jean Norris on April 28, 1951 in Pocahontas, AR. Together they enjoyed 69 years of marriage.

Carl is survived by his children Glenn (Susan) Sims of St. Louis, MO; John (Laurel) Sims of Waltonville, IL; Arlie (Robert Kokott) Sims of Chicago, IL; Carla Sims of Mt. Vernon, IL; Mary (Michelle) Sims of Christopher, IL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sister Carolyn Sanders of Atwood, IL; and brother Ronnie Sims of Wasilla, AK. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Jean Sims, father, Oatho Sims, and mother, Helen (Long) Sims and son, Thomas N. Sims.

Carl worked for many years at Blue Bell packing company in Du Quoin, IL and retired at the age of 59 from the Old Ben Coal Company, where he served as a mine examiner. He also managed the family’s 80 acre farm and enjoyed caring for animals – horses, cattle, goats, poultry, dogs, and bees, among others — and spending time with his grandchildren. An avid storyteller, Carl shared humor and empathy in retelling the adventures and challenges of the many relatives and friends he enjoyed, and often helped, in his lifetime.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. A graveside service will follow at Ward Cemetery in Mulkeytown with Zip Biby officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ward-Greenwood Cemetery Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


GOREVILLE – JoAnn Wilkinson Maze, 86, of Goreville, Illinois formerly of West Frankfort, Illinois passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 in Heritage Memory Care at the Colonnade Senior Living in O’Fallon, Illinois.

 

JoAnn was born August 30, 1934 in West Frankfort, Illinois to Willard and Carrie (Deason) McDaniel. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Goreville, Illinois and Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort, Illinois. Joann was a secretary for many years at Howell Insurance and Standard Insurance.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Maze; parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Mona McDaniel.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters: Kathy (Bryan) Galli, Julie (Gary) Hammers; son, Don Wilkinson; eight grandchildren: Mike (Lindsay) Wilkinson, Andy (Kristin) Wilkinson, Julie (Sean) Rogers, Tim (Christa) Hammers, Tricia (Kyle) Mudge, Nick (Lisa) Hammers, Brett (Beth) Galli, and Jarren (Carly) Galli; 17 great grandchildren; first husband, Warren Wilkinson; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating. Burial will be in Busby Cemetery in Goreville, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Heritage Memory Care at the Colonnade. Envelopes will be available and accepted at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the Heritage Memory Care Staff and Dr. Kristi Arnolds for the care of their mother.

Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.


BENTON – Mrs. Monnie Joyce (Vaughn) Hall, age 88, of Benton, passed away at 7:42 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021 at her home in Benton.

Monnie’s wishes are to be cremated. A memorial graveside service will be held at a future date.

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

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


BENTON – Kenneth Wayne Oakley, age 83, of Benton, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the VA Medical Center of Marion.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Alan Stewart officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post 280, V.F.W. Post 2671, and the Army National Guard will be at the Shiloh Cemetery of Whittington. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the Leffler Funeral Home.

The Royal Order of Jesters will have a walk through at 11:47 a.m. on Saturday, with a Shrine walk through to follow. Masonic Rites will be conducted at noon on Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


VALIER – Vickie Kay Powenski, age 56, of Valier, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021 at her home.

Her wishes are to be cremated with no public services.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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


FRANKLIN COUNTY – Warren David Curry, Dave to his friends and family, was born on July 29, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, to Warren Gale Curry and Elsia Mae (Cedar) Curry. He died on June 28, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Dave married Ellen Jenkins Curry in 1987, and they have two sons, Joshua David Curry and wife Rebecca, of Marsailles, Illinois, and Jacob Scott Curry and wife Bria, of Benton, Illinois. Dave was blessed with three granddaughters, Anneliese Curry, Alexandria Curry, and Aurora Curry, Josh’s children, and one grandson, Carson Curry, Jake’s son.

Dave’s father, paternal grandparents (Norman and Lela Curry), and maternal grandparents (Hazel and James Frank Glenn, and Clifford Cedar) predeceased him.

Dave is survived by his mother Elsia, wife Ellen, sons Josh and Jake and families, his sister, Sandy Stowers, of Mulga, Alabama, brother James Curry, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, many cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and his two beloved dogs, Herbert and Sissy.

Dave lived a full life. He worked hard from the time he was a kid with a paper route and through high school working at his mom and dad’s Mobile station in Christopher, Illinois. At that station, he painted many of his friends’ cars. After high school, he worked as a mine construction iron worker. In his early 20’s, he designed and built his own home in rural Thompsonville. He also worked as a foreman for a golf course construction company, and before he retired, he drove his own truck, under his own authority, hauling campers from Elkhart, Indiana, all over the country.

Dave loved woodworking and remodeled two homes for his family and his wife’s office on the Benton Public Square. Over the years, he raised hogs and cattle and horses. He loved gardening, fishing, working on cars, and taking his dogs for rides in his truck every day. He was very generous and kind, as well as stubborn and feisty.

Funeral arrangements are through Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, Illinois. On Friday, July 2, 2021, visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with the funeral at 11 a.m. with Brother Ted Anderson officiating. Burial service will be immediately after the funeral at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance and Food Pantry.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.


BENTON – Donald R. Edmonds, 78, of Benton, passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at his home.

He was born on April 18, 1943 in McLeansboro, IL to Richard and Bessie (Draper) Edmonds. He married Helen (Bowlin) Edmonds on August 20, 1960.

He is survived by his wife Helen Edmonds of Benton; one son Eric (Pam) Edmonds of Benton and one granddaughter Olivia Edmonds.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Ralph Edmonds and one sister Alice Fitzgerald.

Don was a coal miner at Consol Mine in Sesser and a Veteran of the United States Navy.

Don’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.

The family would like to thank everyone that helped them during this most difficult time.

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CHRISTOPHER – Kurt Kuhnke, 63, of Christopher, passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on October 24, 1957 in Hammond, IN to Gus “Manny” and Joan (Schuster) Kuhnke.

He is survived by his Aunt Evelyn Bean of Christopher; Cousins Danny (Helen) Bean of Mulkeytown, Robin (Debbie) Bean of Christopher and Tim (Julie) Bean of Mulkeytown.

Kurt was an avid NASCAR fan, dirt track racer and a GM mechanic.

Graveside services for Kurt will be on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Miner’s Cemetery in Royalton, IL with Pastor James Penson officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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AKIN – Jimmy Darnell, 84, of Akin, passed away at 4:30 p.m., on June 25, 2021, at Helia Heath Care and Rehabilitation of Benton.

He was born on October 19, 1936, to Carl and Dana (Marcus) Darnell in Macedonia, IL.

Jimmy enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and listening to old time country music.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, and 12 brothers and sisters.

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

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Brady Cemetery, with the Reverend Jeff Pullium, officiating.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Frank Balkonis Jr., 89, of Christopher, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was born on October 10, 1931 in West Frankfort, IL to Frank and Jennie (Sadaj) Balkonis Sr.

He was an avid member of the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher and the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt Helen Sadaj.

Funeral Mass for Frank will be on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher with Father Eusebius Mbidoaka officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher.

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Freda L. Crider-Broadway, 80, of Benton, passed away at 11:44 a.m., on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 23, 1941, to Grover and Thelma (Smith) Fowler in Thompsonville, IL, and was a 1958 graduate of Thompsonville High School. On January 25, 1961, Freda married Buddy Ray Crider, and Bud passed away on May 11, 1977.  She married James (Jim) Broadway on July 19, 1988, and he preceded her in death on December 14, 2016. In 1986, Freda was awarded custody of Chuck Garbo. In 1988, Freda was elected Benton Working Woman of the Year. She retired from Western Auto, UFCW Local 881, after almost 30 years with the company and recently retired from O’Reilly Auto Parts of Benton.  She was a Life Member of the VFW Auxiliary 2671 and Life Member of the American Legion Auxiliary 280. Freda was President of the American Legion Auxiliary from 2007 to 2021. She received recognition from the City of Benton Mayor, Fred Kondritz, Illinois State Senator, Gary Forby, United States Congressman, Mike Bost and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Freda initiated the Veterans Flag Project in 2011 for the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery, which she was passionate about. Freda is survived by her children, Bill Crider of Springfield, MO, Gary (Becky) Crider of Woodlawn, IL, Brad Reynolds of Springfield, MO and Linda Crider-Sanders of Benton, IL; three granddaughters, April (Bart) Echols, Elecia (Michael) Bodine and Kalyn Crider and her fiance, Lane Bond; five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Norman Fowler of Mt. Vernon, IL, Dennis (Donna) Fowler of Benton, IL, Jack (Nancy) Fowler of Benton, IL and Albert (Susan) Fowler of Benton, IL; three sisters, Virginia (Jim) Smith, Marilyn Planz of Benton, IL and Debra (Herb) Krumery of Buckner, IL;  she had many other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by parents, Grover and Thelma Fowler, husband, Jim Broadway, first husband, Buddy Ray Crider, her son, Mike Crider, who passed on February 27, 2012, great-nephew, Chuck Garbo, who passed on November 18, 2002; two brothers, Robert Fowler and Jimmy Fowler, who died in the Orient 2 Mine Explosion in 1951 and one sister, Pauline Swensen. Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street, Benton, IL. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Pate Funeral Home with Pastor Howard Johnson, officiating. Following the funeral service, burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 280 Flag Project and will be accepted at the Funeral Home Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

 

Leona B. Durham, 80, of Benton, passed away at 5:10 p.m.,  on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Heartland Regional Hospital in Marion, IL. She was born on December 24, 1940, in New Iberia, LA. She was one of 14 children born to Clifton and Vernice (Fitch) Bailey. Leona married Lawrence Sons in 1961, at a small Catholic Church in Patterson, LA. Leona and Lawrence were blessed with two children. Travis Sons and Kristal Sons Overturf and both reside in Benton IL with their families. Lawrence preceded Leona in death in 1979. In 1986, Leona relocated her family to Illinois after marrying Larry Durham, who also preceded her in death in 2008. Leona’s passion in life was her family. She loved being with her kids and grandkids, and they brought so much joy to her life. Leona could always be found supporting them at ballgames, sporting events, swimming lessons and anywhere else the kids were. Leona was a blessing to her family and her family was the greatest blessing to her. Leona is survived by her children, Travis (Melissa) Sons, Kristal Sons Overturf,  Michael (Judy Williams) Durham and Wade (Angie) Durham; seven grandchildren, Tyler Sons, Trevin Sons, Ashlee Summers Neal, Max Summers, Cassie Durham, Grayson Durham and Camden Overturf; two great-grandchildren, Max Summers and Carter Neal; five brothers and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Vernice Bailey, first husband, Lawrence Sons, husband, Larry Durham, four brothers and one sister. Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. Following the funeral service, burial will take place in the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the Funeral Home. Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.