SESSER – Delmar Jones, 94, of Sesser passed away on March 18, 2019.

He was born on February 6, 1925 in Sesser to Stanley and Thelma Pauline (Webb) Jones. He married Sarah (Bowlby) Jones on February 14, 1946 and she preceded him in death on November 14, 1997.

He is survived by his children Linda (Michael) Schoener of The Villages, Florida and Thomas Jones of Chatham, IL; grandchildren Gina (Greg) Risley, Tara Martin, Joshua Jones, Zachary Jones; great grandchildren Martin (Stephanie) Tregoning, Austin Risley, Leo Jones and Rory Jones; great great grandchildren Aubree Rae and Paetyn Joelene Tregoning.

He was a WWII veteran serving in the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion Bates Post #560, V.F.W. Cox Post #4753, NRA and Quail Unlimited. He was a Barber in Sesser for over 60 years and will be greatly missed by the community of Sesser.

Funeral services will be on Saturday March 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Mark Miller officiating. Military Rites will be performed by the Sesser VFW and American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday March 22, 2019 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sesser VFW or to the Southern Illinois Honor Flight and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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THOMPSONVILLE – Rosie Ann Gaither, 79, of Thompsonville, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Kindred Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on August 27, 1939, to Everette and Maude (McClintock) Isaacs in Benton, IL.

Rosie was a member of the Thompsonville First Baptist Church. She was a loving sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. On Tuesday’s Rosie enjoyed sewing and making quilts at the church with her dear friends.

She is survived by her three sons, Kenny Isaacs, Wayne Gaither and wife Kim, and Tracy Isaacs; three daughters, Patricia Bowers, JoAnn Roberson and husband Dan, and Michelle Shaw; five brothers, Ben Isaacs, Everette Isaacs, Aden Isaacs and wife Mary, Fred Isaacs and wife Lola, Justin Isaacs; two sisters, Ruby Arview and Ronda Taskoski; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by father, Everette Isaacs; mother, Maude Isaacs; husband, Kenneth Gaither; grandson, Ryan Michael Isaacs; daughter-in-law, Sherry Isaacs; son-in-law, Evert Bowers; and a brother-in-law, Ron Taskoski.

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

Visitation will be held Friday, March 22, 2019, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 1 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Rev. John Robinson, officiating.

Burial will take place in the Plasters Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Thompsonville First Baptist Church, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Joyce Blondell Watkins, 85, of Benton, IL passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at her home.

She was born in Trenton, Tennessee on February 21, 1934, the daughter of Elonzo & Pearl (Abbott) Smith.

Mrs. Watkins was a member of the Fires of Revival Church in Benton. She was was retired from the Rock Island Arsenal.

She is survived by her:

                Sister: Mary Carroll & husband Jack of Columbia, MO

                Brother: Joseph Schelsky & wife Sandy of St. Louis, MO

                Her Grandson: Joshua

                Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her Parents, by a Daughter- Donna Johnson, by a Son-Eddie Dean Watkins, by a Sister-Janet Marie Parker, by a Sister-Edith Baumhardt, by a Brother-James Schelsky & by a Brother-Rusty Burns.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22nd at The Fires of Revival Church in Benton with Rev. Dean Severin officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, and after Noon on Friday until the funeral at the church.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Garland W. Austin, Sr., 59, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Monday March 18, 2019 at Franklin Hospital in Benton, Illinois at 1:59 p.m.

Garland was born November 17, 1959 in Herrin, Illinois to Cyril and Phyllis Jean (Bradley) Austin. He was a loving father and grandfather. He loved his family. Garland loved playing his guitar.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Garland is survived by his son, Garland Austin, Jr.; daughters: Amanda Burns and Heather Austin; brothers: George L. Austin, Tom (Allison) Austin, and John M. (Elizabeth) Austin; sister, Gail Marie Austin; grandson, Dalton Tyler Austin; friend, Anita Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. 

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

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MARION – Roy Eugene Rone, 57, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Herrin Hospital. 

He was born on November 26, 1961, to Robert and Shirley (Thomas) Rone in Chicago, IL.

Roy loved his family dearly. He enjoyed playing his guitar, listening to music, painting, and fixing cars.

He is survived by his son, Ryder Rone; daughter, China Rone; one grandchild, Rue Rone; two brothers, Roger Rone and Robert Rone; one sister, Roberta Bayless; and his loving companion, Lisa Capobianco; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Rone; mother, Shirley Rone; two brothers, Ronnie Rone and Ricky Rone; a step-son, Dominic Logioco and his ashes will be buried with Roy per his request.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL, 62812.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019, 2 p.m. at Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL.

Memorials contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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THOMPSONVILLE – Carlton Ray Owens, age 41, of Thompsonville, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room in Benton.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be announced at a future date.

The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, has been entrusted with the cremation services.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Carlton Ray Owens, and, may be sent to Leffler Funeral Home 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

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EWING – Louise Fields Webb, 95, of Ewing, passed away in the early morning on Friday, March 15, 2019, at The Anchor of River to River Community of Marion.

She was born on December 16, 1923, to Albert and Alta (Moore) Fields in Hamilton County, IL. Louise was a homemaker and mother. On November 27, 1947, she married Monroe J. Webb.

Louise was a member of Enfield United Methodist Church of Enfield, IL., attended Liberty Baptist Church of Ewing, IL., and Middle Fork-Salem Primitive Baptist Church, Benton, IL. She was also a member of Home Extention Unit, an Election Judge for Northern Township, 4-H Leader, Ewing Grade School PTA and homeroom mother. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Janice Baker of Dixon, KY, Joyce (Randy) Kane of Swansea, IL, Debbie (Ronnie) York of Enfield, IL, and Sharon (Jerry) Corn of Benton, IL; five granddaughters, Kelly (Matt) Gleeson Whitney of Smithton, IL, Jill (Thomas) Louise Baker Meisel of Dixon, KY, Shannon (Ryan) York Webb of Carmi, IL, Kristen (Grant) York Anderson of Benton, KY, Madison Hewitt of Benton, IL; one grandson, James (Kelly) Monroe Gleeson of Silverspring, MD; three great-granddaughters, Allison Meisel of Dixon, KY, Catherine Whitney of Smithton, IL, Charlotte Gleeson of Smithton, IL; five great-grandsons, Tommy Meisel of Dixon, KY, Cole Kingston of Carmi, IL, Nicholas Whitney of Smithton, IL, Jack Gleeson of Silverspring, MD, Tyler Monroe Anderson of Calvert City, KY; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Louise was preceded in death by husband, Monroe Jones Webb; father, Albert Shannon Fields, Jr.; mother, Alta Madoline Fields; son, David Webb; grandson, Justin Matthew York; four brothers, Herman Fields, Opal Fields, Harold Fields, Robert “Bob” Fields, and two sisters, Fern Simpson Sneed and Lucille Englebright.

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

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2018, at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2018, at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Elder Roger Smith officiating.

Burial will take place in the Middle Fork Cemetery in Ewing, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Louise’s home caregivers, the caregivers and staff at the The Anchor of River to River Community of Marion, and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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

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MARION – Vernon “V.E.” Walthes, 70, of Marion, Illinois, passed away Wednesday March 13, 2019 in his residence at 2:13 p.m.

V.E. was born March 19, 1948 in New Baden, Illinois to Vernon and Betty (Mainwaring) Walthes. He was the owner/operator of V.E.’s Barbershop in West Frankfort for many years. V.E. was in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Diann; granddaughter, Lydia Ann; grandson, Jaxson Renn; father.

V.E. is survived by his daughter, Heather (Larry) Snodgrass; mother, Betty Walthes; granddaughter, Georgie Renn; son-in-law, Mike (Angie) Renn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Brother Lloyd Whittaker officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 17, 2019 in the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m.   

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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DAHLGREN – Micheal James Hart, 39, of Dahlgren passed away at 4:13 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, Dahlgren, IL
Funeral: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Sunday
Clergy: Reverend Robert Sefried officiating
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Dahlgren

Date of Birth: June 21, 1979
Place of Birth: Harrisburg, IL
Father: Ricky Eugene Hart
Mother: Lisa Darlene (Brown) Hart
Occupation: Fork Lift Driver and employed by Nascote in Nashville, IL
Marriage to: Jamie Lynn (Clevenger)
Activities: He loved working on Dahlgren Volunteer Fire Dept., loved Blacksmithing, yard work, hanging out with friends, going
to concerts and shooting guns.

Survivors:
Wife: Jamie Lynn Hart, Dahlgren, IL
Parents: Rick and Lisa Hart, McLeansboro, IL
Daughter: Jalynn Grace Hart
1 Brother: Matt Hart of McLeansboro, IL
1 Sister-in-Law: Jody Gray and husband B.J. of McLeansboro, IL
Mother and Father-in-Law: Russell and Vicki Clevenger
Nephews: Aaron Hart of McLeansboro. Hunter Gray of McLeansboro.
Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins
Grandmothers: Flo Ann Hart of McLeansboro, IL. Sue Brown of McLeansboro, IL
Preceded in Death by: Grandfathers Kenneth Hart and Cecil Brown and Cousin Zach Hart.

MEMORIALS TO: Dahlgren Volunteer Fire Department and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Edward “Tank” Lee Connor, 57, of Christopher, passed away on March 13, 2019.

He was born on July 23, 1961 to John Connor SR and Betty (Tindall) Dial.

He is survived by his mother Betty Dial of Christopher; step-daughter Khrysty Tolbert of Herrin; one brother Carlo (Carrie) Dial of Christopher; two sisters Robin (Robert) Lenard of Christopher and Tamela (Rick) Grammer of Christopher; and also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, and three brothers Delmar Tindall, Ricky Connor and John Connor, Jr.

Funeral services will be on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Cecil Sullivan and Rev. Jason Todd officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family, in care of Betty Dial and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.
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WEST FRANKFORT – Don Robert Summers, 71, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Wednesday March 13, 2019 in Herrin Hospital at 12:08 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday March 17, 2019 at the First Church of God in West Frankfort, Illinois with Pastor Gayle Stone officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road.

Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Michael Terry Patchett, 57, of Christopher passed away on March 12, 2019.

He was born on December 2, 1961 to Edmund “Terry” and Mary Ennis (Snider) Patchett. He married Mary Ann (Harrison) Patchett on June 24, 1989 and she survives of Christopher.

He is also survived by his daughters Tiffanie (Dustin) Young of West Frankfort, Samantha (Levi) Webb of Christopher and Morgan (Max) Garrison of Beebe, AR; grandchildren Kase Michael Young, Korbin Ray Young, Lynnex Marie Webb and Jackson Logan Webb; one sister Elizabeth Patchett and Micah Lewis of Stonefort, IL; one brother Matt Patchett and Yvonne Milam of Mulkeytown.

He was a custodian and bus driver at the Christopher Unit School District #99.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Gary West officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael Patchett Memorial Scholarship and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Joann Marks, 80, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Thursday March 14, 2019 in Frankfort Healthcare at 7:45 a.m.

Joann was born March 10, 1939 in West Frankfort to Ernest and Dollie (dunham) Marks.  She loved her family.  Joann retired after 37 years from SIU as the administrative assistant for the English and Liberal Arts departments. She won an University Civil Service Women of Distinction Award.  She loved painting, cooking, and attending craft classes in Herrin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Linda Marks.

Joann is survived by brother, Charles Marks; sister, Debbie (Leon) Sailliez; niece, Jennifer Stowers; nephew, Derek (Amanda) Sailliez;  great nephews and niece: Dylan Stowers, Aaron and Sara Sailliez.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Guy Webster officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road.  Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences of sympathy: www.unionfh.com.

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BENTON – Terri Schultz, 60, of Benton passed away Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019.

She was born on October 8, 1958 in Benton, IL, the daughter of James Kenneth & Lula Mae (Moore) Toms.

She was employed at Big Muddy Correctional Facility. She enjoyed going to the movies. Her favorite thing was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Terri is survived by her:
2 Daughters: Sarah Schultz of Benton. Rachel Ledbetter & husband James of Virginia Beach, VA.
3 Grandchildren: Bailey, James, hudson
Mother: Lula Mae Toms of Benton
Brothers: John Toms & wife Brenda of Benton. James Toms, Jr. & wife Jane of Logan. Larry Toms & wife Terry of Benton.
Sister: Linda Girtman & husband Marshall of Sesser.

Terri was preceded in death by her Father.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery. Visitation will be after Noon on Saturday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

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

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ST. LOUIS – Wanda Tinker, 77, of St Louis, MO, and formerly of Christopher, passed away on March 12, 2019.

She was born on June 20, 1941 to Dwight and Faye (Furlow) Cook. She married Richard “Dick” Tinker and he survives of St Louis.

She is also survived by her children R. Alan (Lisa) Tinker, Brian Tinker and Steve Tinker all of Dupo, IL; five grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother William Davis Cook.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL. Visitation will be on Friday March 15, 2019 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Kutis Funeral Home, South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville, MO and on Saturday March 16, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery in Mulkeytown, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

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ANNA – Loren E. Bacon, 87, formerly of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Sunday March 10, 2019 in the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna, Illinois at 3:58 p.m.

Loren was born December 19, 1931 in Thompsonville, Illinois to Everett and Dolly (Alsup) Bacon. He loved his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Loren was in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and a longlife member of the VFW in West Frankfort. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Loren was also a Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Jack, Donald and William Bacon; three sisters: Margaret Hall, Louise Still and Micky Griffith.

Loren is survived by his son, Mikel (Shannon) Bacon; daughters: Donna (Jeff) Davidson and Kathy (Eric) Ulner; former wife, Delores Bacon; companion, Barbara Graves; sister, Judy (Earl) Williams; six grandchildren: Bethany (Gabe), Alexandria, Jessie (Tyler), Layla, Ian (Ashlei) and Lukas; three great grandchildren: Beau, Rhett, Loren and Tate.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday March 16, 2019 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Brother Mike Cash officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Thompsonville, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 1961 of Orient, Honor Guard of Marion and Zeigler Post 177.

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MCLEANSBORO – Dana Lee Bassinger, 74, of Dahlgren passed away at 2:57 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019 at Nature Trail Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon.

Visitation Only: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, Dahlgren, IL There will not be any funeral services at this time.
As per Dana’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a private family burial of ashes will take place at a later date.

Date of Birth: August 26, 1944
Place of Birth: Nebraska City, Nebraska
Father: Lloyd Bassinger
Mother: Theresa (Chilino ) Bassinger
Marriage to: Christine Walker on Nov. 22, 1968 in Johnsonville, IL
Occupation: Newspaper Courier
Activities: Loved to work in wood and in the garden.
Church Affiliation: Baptist by Faith
Military Service: Served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam 1965 to 1969

Survivors:
Wife: Christine Bassinger
1 Daughter: Dawn Bassinger Rivas – Ft. Pierce, FL
1 Brother: Carl Bassinger, Sidney, Iowa
1 Sister: Jane Bruns, Nebraska
1 Daughter-in-Law: Susannah Bassinger, Dahlgren, IL
5 Grandchildren: Cheynia Hanson, Isaiah Bassinger, Richard Bassinger, Ocean Rivas, Island Rivas
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents and Son Michael Bassinger
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: Donations may be made to Dana’s Family to the Trust Fund for Richard and Isaiah Bassinger at People’s National Bank and
will also be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

The Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren is in charge of arrangements.
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SESSER – Cheryle Lynn Sanders, 62, of Sesser, passed away on March 11, 2019. 

She was born on May 28, 1956 in Mt Vernon, IL to Stanley and Glenda (Mendenall) Galloway. She is survived by her children David Shaun Melton of Benton and Kim Farley of Michigan; brothers and sisters Cynthia Giodano of Maine, Jackie Macrae of Sesser, Mike (Patty) Galloway of Sesser, Steve (Freda) Galloway of Sesser and Tracy Galloway of Maine. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter Catherine Sanders. 

There will be a private family service at a later date.

The Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements.

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MARION – Phyllis Ann Maragni, 71, of Marion, Illinois went to be with her Savior on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Illinois. She was born October 10, 1947, in Calvert City, Kentucky to the late Wilbert and Virginia Jennings Connell. 

She married her first blind date Ceasar Allen Maragni on March 25, 1967, in Waltonville, Illinois and they were blessed with almost 52 years of marriage.

Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband Ceasar and son Brett Allen Maragni and wife, Lacey Bean Maragni and her four grandchildren Chase, Bryce, Grace Ann, and Esther, all of Jacksonville, Florida.

Also surviving are her brother Bill Connell & Linda, sisters Betti Hinz, Linda Sullivan, and Patricia Reeves, brother-in-law Dean Wilson, many nieces and nephews and her beloved Benton Card Club sisters.

Phyllis was a retired educator, teaching 28 years in the Benton Grade School system, most of those serving as a reading specialist at Benton Middle School. She was a member of Third Baptist Church in Marion where she served as librarian and Sunday School teacher. 

Known for her infectious smile, Phyllis loved spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren. She was a prayer warrior who loved and faithfully served the Lord her entire adult life.

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

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home in Benton, with Memorial Service beginning at 7:30 p.m., Public graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, beginning at Pate Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Harvest Jacksonville, P.O. Box 600998, Jacksonville, Florida, 32260.

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

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BENTON – Opal L. Spani went to be with the Lord. She passed away peacefully at Franklin Hospital at 10:30 p.m. on March 3, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

She was 65 years of age and was born to Margie Holland and Melvin Jones in Benton, IL on September 6, 1953. She was married to Phillip Spani and he preceded her in death, April 23, 2011. She was a homemaker, a wonderful Mother and Grandmother. She loved stock car races.

Opal is survived by her:

                2 Children:

                                Meredith Braden of Benton, KY

                                Edward Braden, Jr. of Benton, IL

                6 Grandchildren

                8 Great-grandchildren

                Sister: Melva Bennett of Benton

                2 Brothers:

                                Ralph Jones of West City

                                Donald Jones of Benton

She was preceded in death by her Mother-Margie A. Holland of Benton, Father-Melvin Jones of Indiana, Step, Step-Father-Delbert Holland of Benton, 2 Brothers-Paul Jones of Benton & Kenneth G. Jones of Benton and 2 Sisters-Marjorie Walker of Vergennes & Gloria Barnfield of Benton.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Joseph Earl Spruell, 79, of McLeansboro, IL,  passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in McLeansboro, IL

The youngest of six children, he was born on December 24, 1939 in Dahlgren,Illinois to Charles William and Edith ( Goffinet ) Spruell. He graduated from McLeansboro Township High School in 1957.  On October 21, 1961 he married Jean Rice at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield, Illinois.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by his two children, Ellen (Larry) Gibbs of McLeansboro and Paul Spruell of Cheney, Washington; grandson Cory (Emily) Skelton and great-grandchildren Kaden and Karsyn Skelton, all of McLeansboro;  a sister, Margaret Hoerler of McLeansboro; sister-in-law, Celeste Hill of Chicago; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joe was retired from CSX (formerly L&N) Railroad, where he worked in the Track Department for 33 years. He was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church and Elks Lodge 1882 in McLeansboro.

He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life. Before he retired, he enjoyed playing golf. He passed on his love of the outdoors to his children and grandson. He and wife Jean enjoyed taking cross country driving trips, especially to the western United States. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Chuck and Glenn Spruell; two sisters, Louise Kreher and Wilma Heck.

Per Joe’s wishes, he will be cremated and a private family burial will be held at a later date.

Harre Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, where you may call for further information at 618-643-2011. 

Memorials in Joe’s name may be made to the donor’s choice and will be accepted by the family or by Harre Funeral Home.                                   

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BENTON – Bert William “Bill” Beatty III, 81, of Benton passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his home.

He was the eldest of three sons born to Bert W. Beatty, Jr. and Donna Louise Studebaker Beatty. Bill was a 1955 graduate of West Frankfort High School (West Hotdog).

Bill had a passion/love for playing music throughout his life. He was a drummer (percussionist). It started with his high school marching band, then The Marching Salukis, and then local jazz bands and orchestras throughout the years. Along with his wife, he was the proud owner of Beatty’s Music Plaza. Providing his passion/love of music to Southern Illinois for over 51 years.

He is survived by his wife Kay Beatty (Teague) formerly of Marion, IL; daughter, Gayle of Orlando, FL; son Bert of Benton, IL; brothers: Dr. John M. Beatty (Kris) and Dr. Michael E. Beatty (Dr. Ann) of Edwardsville, IL; brother-in-law: Tom Teague (Pat) Appleton, WI; Sister-in-law: Mary Jo Twenhafel (Glenn) Gorham, IL and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Beatty was preceded in death by his Father, Bert W. Beatty, Jr., Mother, Donna Beatty of Edwardsville; Father-in-law & Mother-in-law-Julia & Katherine Teague, and two Nephews: Matthew Beatty & Tyler Anderson both of Edwardsville, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton.

Bill was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s Memory can be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or at the Church.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Charles A. Keller
Age: 89
Residence: McLeansboro

Passed Away: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Wabash Christian Village, Carmi, IL

Mr. Keller will be cremated as per his request and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Date of Birth: June 20, 1929

Place of Birth: Brocton, IL

Father: Arthur Keller

Mother: Rosa Esther (Odell) Keller

Marriage to: Bonnie (Cluxton)

Occupation: Castor for Briggs Manufacturing

Survivors:

6 Daughters: Gloria Beanblossom, Florida

Linda Kingery and husband Bill, Mattoon, IL

Brenda Blessinger, Bicknell, IN

Melanie Waddell and husband Martin, Robinson, IL

Angela Stuart and husband Charles, Terre Haute, IN

Deborah Goff and husband Greg, St. Marie, IL

13 Grandchildren

Preceded in Death by: Parents, wife, daughter Lila Keller and one grandchild, CJ Weck

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of arrangements.

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BENTON – Almeda V. Tadlock, 83, of Benton, passed away at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon, IL. 

She was born on October 24, 1935, to Kirby and Mary Magdelene (Perryman) Irvin in Kincaid, IL. Almeda retired from Dept of Rehab Services. On November 28, 1980, she married Joe V. Tadlock, and he preceded her in death on July 21, 2011.

Almeda was a member of Logan Church of God and loved teaching Sunday School, it brought so much joy to her heart ministering to the children. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a devoted Christian. Almeda enjoyed hosting friends and family over to her home for Bible studies, drawing, painting and singing. She was an avid Walmart and garage sale shopper and enjoyed finding a good deal.

Almeda is survived by her loving daughter, Karen Sue Yardley; two grandchildren, Shane Kenneth Yardley and wife Suzanne and Jaimee Lynn Whitson and husband Josh; five great-grandchildren, Alex Dalton, Sammy Dalton, Kordell Yardley, Ava Whitson and Beau Whitson; one sister, Brozella Odam; and two brothers, Troy Irvin and Ted Irvin.

She was preceded in death by parents, Kirby and Mary Magdelene Irvin; husband, Joe V. Tadlock; a son-in-law, Kenneth “Ken” Yardley; two brothers, Sam Irvin and Donald Irvin; and three sister, Janice Irvin, Betty Meyers and Ella Gunnells.

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Logan Church of God in Logan, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Logan Church of God, with Brother Rick Fowler officiating.  Burial will take place in the Logan Church of God Cemetery.

Memorials contributions may be made in Almeda’s name to the Logan Church of God.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Doris Ilene Furlow, 94, of Christopher, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

She was born on October 13, 1924 in Elkville, IL to Arthur and Gertrude (Ponder) Gray. She married Glenn Furlow on September 1, 1942 and he preceded her in death on February 24, 1978.

She is survived by her daughter Glenna Albert of Richmond, TX; grandchildren Annette O’Neal, Tammy Allison, Tiffany Loos, Kevin Manes, and Lindsey Varkey; twelve great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; two sisters Marjorie Ertel of Colorado and Rosa Lee Tow of Elkville; she was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters Mildred Barwick and Ruth Ertel, and three brothers Robert Gray, Jimmy Gray and Billy Gray.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Daniel Ison officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Old Du Quoin Cemetery in Old Du Quoin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Old Du Quoin Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.