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WHITTINGTON – Valerie Lynn Ortner, age 46, of Whittington, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022, at her home.

Her wishes are to be cremated with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a future date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

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


BENTON – John Willis Spicka, Jr., age 55, of Benton and formerly of Chicago, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022, at his home.

His wishes are to be cremated with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a future date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Ohmann Dick, 88, of Christopher, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022 at St. Clair Hospital in Fenton, MO.

He was born on January 2, 1934 in Christopher to Aldred and Cleo (Minor) Dick. He married Tricia (Martin) Dick on December 27, 2020 and she survives of Christopher.

Ohmann is survived by his wife, children; Bryan (Jo) Dick of Mulkeytown, Jay Dick of Christopher, grandchildren; Daniel Dick, Kelcey Dick, Lydia (Ryan) Hicks and Ethan Dick, great-grandchildren; Slayde and Olive; one niece, Melody and 2 nephews, Mark and Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Bruce Dick and his sister, Edda Jo Dye.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mulkeytown Cemetery, Christopher Lion’s Club or the Christopher American Legion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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


BENTON – Larry R. Hastings, 79, of Benton, passed away on May 14, 2022, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born March 6, 1943, in Christopher to Charlie and Emma (Flatt) Hastings.

Larry was united in marriage to Linda (Alldredge) Steinmetz on August 3, 1985, and she resides in Benton.

Larry was a retired coal miner, in which he worked at Consol, Rend Lake Mine as a plant repairman for 34 years. He was also a member UMWA and the Benton Eagles.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Benton; and five children, Bryan and Cheri (Rath) Hastings of Sesser and six children, Ryan and Lydia (Dick) Hicks of Coello, Chandra and Brian Ridling of Jefferson, GA, Christin Hicks of Sesser, Sandy and Chris Autry of Jefferson, GA, Jordan Hicks of Sesser, and Taylor and Taylor Satterfield of Jefferson, GA; Cindy Hastings of West Frankfort and two children, Danielle and Jesse Stone of West Frankfort, and Kaylin Moore of West Frankfort; Philip and Carla (Overturf) Steinmetz of Christopher and two children, Derick and Morgan (Denbo) Hammonds of Christopher, and Brittany Hammonds; Kerry Steinmetz of Portland, OR; Kendra Steinmetz and Denise Minor and daughter, Sammy and Zack Nave of Jacksonville; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim and Sue (Braden) Hastings of Christopher; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Hastings and Emma (Flatt) Hastings; and two brothers, Bill Hastings and Don Hastings.

He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Kevin Bradley officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Evelyn Fern Bullock, 96, of McLeansboro, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL.

She was born July 20, 1925 in Mt. Vernon, IL to Charles Edward and Agnes (Rote) Southerd. In 1942, she married Earl Odell Bullock, and he preceded her in death in 1983. Evelyn previously worked at RCA TV in Evansville, IN. She had also been employed by WADI as well as the Dahlgren Library. Evelyn was a pillar of Hopewell Baptist Church where she was not only a member, but also a Sunday School teacher and pianist. She was also a housekeeper and homemaker who enjoyed raising her children. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, gospel singing, and loved visiting with friends and family.

Evelyn is survived by one son: Marvin Leroy Bullock of McLeansboro, two daughters: Carolyn McClintock of Benton and Patricia (Jesse) Smith of McLeansboro, 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, two brothers: Dale Southerd of Kentucky Lake, KY and Bob Southerd of Mt. Vernon, IL, and one sister: Onedia B. Southerd of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Earl Odell Bullock, son: David Dwain Bullock, daughter: Donna Evelyn Bullock, four brothers: Herman Southerd, Edward Southerd, Gale Southerd, and Charles Southerd, three sisters: Eleanor Cralley, Dora Southerd, and Mary Southerd, and father-in-law and mother-in law: Earl and Iona Bullock.

Funeral services for Evelyn Fern Bullock will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at IOOF Cemetery in Dahlgren, IL.

in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church and will be accepted at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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


BENTON – Earla Sue Killion, 83, of Benton, passed away at 1:20 p.m., on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon, IL.

She was born on February 26, 1939, to John G. and Ida Marie (Williams) Whittier in Benton, IL.

Earla was a Christian and attended the First United Methodist and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dearly.

She is survived by her two daughters, Susan Lee (Henry V.) Stickel of Benton, IL and Mary Jane (Fred) Zulawski of Springfield, IL; granddaughter, Blair E. (Scott) Kapraun; two grandsons, Tyler D. Hopkins (Lori Connor) and Troy S. Stickel (Cameron Freitag); two great-grandsons, Cayden Kapraun and Parker Kapraun; sister, Cathy (Kingsley) Bennett of Ewing, IL; one niece and two nephews; stepchildren, Penny Ann Hoffstetter, Amie Jane Keck, Jeffrey Kent Killion, Koletta Rae Clarke; and special caregiver, Kelsey Lockhart.

Earla was preceded in death by parents, John G. and Ida Marie Whittier; twin granddaughters, Savannah Lyn Chestnut and Brieann Kay Chestnut; brother and sister-in-law, George Craig (Pat) Paulavish; niece, Mary Ann Paulavish; and nephew, Bradley Whittier Bennett.

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

Per Earla’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private family service is planned.

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


SESSER – David Hutson, 67, of Sesser, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022. 

He was born on April 7, 1955, to Logan Hutson and Ramona Grammar Hutson (subsequently Tasky), in Troy, Michigan. David graduated from Sesser-Valier High School and served his country in the Navy and the Army before returning to Sesser. 

He was predeceased by his father and mother; by his stepmother, Betty Jo Hutson; by his former wife Betty Mae Leigh Hutson; and by his son, Michael Thomas Hutson.

He is survived by six children – David Logan Hutson, Jessica Elizabeth Marie Bowers, Kimberly Leigh Hutson, Selena Mae Meyer, Heather Dawn Crossland, and Jenny Lynn Hops, all residing in South Carolina – and by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Lee “Chuck” Hutson; sister, Cheryl Jan Hartsell (Bruce); stepsister, Pam Kreyer; stepbrother Michael Ahfeld; and by many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, in Hammond Cemetery, assisted by Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home and VFW Cox Post 4753.

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


BENTON – Steven Gale Dawson, 68, of Benton went to his Heavenly home on May 12, 2022. He was born in Christopher, IL on May 10, 1954 to Richard “Gale” Dawson and Betty (Pilson) Dawson. Steve was a member of Grace Awakening Church where he served as head trustee for many years.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 25 years, Brenda (Jones), his children: Damian (Kelly) Dawson, Derek Dawson, Sara (Josh) Hilton and Amber Blythe, as well as his true loves, his grandchildren: Mayci Dawson, Cameron Dawson, Makenzie Dawson, Taylor Dawson and his “little buddy” Fletcher Blythe. Also surviving are his sister, Sharon (Brad) Pioveson, his favorite niece Michelle (Kai) Nuernberger, great niece and nephew, cousins, wonderful in-laws, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and his life-long best friend, David “Shad” Shadowens.

Affectionately known as Pops, Poppy, Big Dog, Stevie Wonderful, and a slew of other names throughout the years, Steve was loved by all who knew him. He never met a stranger, which was sometimes unfortunate for the stranger since he was such a big talker. He was a teller of big stories, (mostly all true), which he would often repeat everytime he had a chance. His comic book knowledge could easily keep a conversation going for hours. If you weren’t interested in that, he’d gladly tell you all about the inner workings of a sewer plant or coal mine.

Steve loved the simple things in life; his church, his family, his dogs, super heroes, and a good margarita to name a few. He loved music and dancing, even though his moves resembled that of a long distance skier. His sweet tooth was unparalleled, and it was a common occurrence for him to order dessert before anyone else finished their meal. Despite his size, he really was just a fruity drink, baseball cap, and a movie-loving teddy bear. He never turned down the opportunity to see the latest “kick-ass flick” (his words, not ours) and stop in for a meatlovers Bonanza Quatro’s pizza.

Steve was a giver. He would literally give the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his wallet if he saw someone in need. He was a terrible handyman (not admittedly), but that never stopped him from showing up with tools when there was a project to be done. There was a giant heart in his big tough-guy exterior. The sacrifices he made for his family and friends did not go unnoticed, and we are positive he was met with a “Well done, thy good and faithful servant” upon his arrival at the pearly gates.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th at the Grace Awakening Church with Rev. Ken Petty officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to assist with medical expenses.

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


BENTON – Jeraldean “Jean” Sullivan, age 80, of Benton, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully in her home on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Jacob Gray officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Joe Herbert, 82, of West Frankfort passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born in Benton, IL on November 27, 1939, the son of Joe and Evelyn (McDonald) Herbert.

He married Carolynn (Blessin) on September 16, 1963.

Mr. Herbert was Owner/Operator of Joe’s Auto Salvage & Towing Service since 1969. He was an avid motorcycle event enthusiast, making multiple trips to Sturgis. He raced stock cars in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and was a big NASCAR fan. He enjoyed going out to various lakes on his houseboat and was an avid bass fisherman. He dearly loved his grandbabies.

Mr. Herbert is survived by his:

Wife: Carolynn Herbert of West Frankfort

Daughter: Denise Herbert of West Frankfort

Son: Scott Herbert of West Frankfort

3 Grandchildren:  Marissa Stone & husband Timmy of West Frankfort

                                Matthew Sloan of West Frankfort

                                Isabelle Cook of West Frankfort

Great-Grandson: Waylon Stone

Sister: Judy Doxsie of Benton

Mr. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, by a sister – Jean Furlow, by a great-grandson -Weston, and by former son-in-law – Rodney Sloan.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Ronald H. Magsig, 86, of McLeansboro, IL passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Ron was born March 29, 1936 to Myron & Elvira (Plagman) Magsig in Marysville, OH. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for IBM for 32 years. He married his wife Ronna on June 24, 1956 and they were happily married for 58 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as woodworking, cutting firewood and fishing.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Myron and Elvira, infant sister Diane, his wife Ronna (Simpson), and granddaughter Ashley Magsig.

He is survived by his sisters Karen (Mascom) Baxter of Rhode Island, Marilyn (Bill) Thomas of Texas, Sandra (Kirk) Havel of Indiana and a brother Rick (Peggy) Magsig of Texas. He also has four sons, Fritz (Carlene) Magsig of Richwood, OH, Brian (Connie) Magsig of Macedonia, IL, Kirk Magsig of Herrin, IL and Shawn Magsig of Lexington, KY.

Ron has eleven grandchildren: Dana, David and Nathan of Ohio, Joshua and Adam of Illinois, Sabrina, Brittany (Matt), Brady of Illinois, Austin (Alexandra) of Californai and Micaela (David) and Gabriella of Kentucky.

He has 15 great grandchildren: Sophia, Vivian, Nathan, Dominique, Davina, Addisyn, Liam, Hazel, Ransom, Ty, K.J., Zoey, Dillion, Levyck and Crimson.

Services for Ron will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon with the funeral service immediately following.

Burial will be at Antioch Cemetery near Macedonia, IL. Pastor Matt will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Ron may be made to the Alzheimer Association and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.


BENTON – James Monroe Shockley was born August 5th, 1935, in Benton, IL and entered eternal rest on December 31st, 2021, in Oklahoma City, OK surround by his family.

He was enlisted in the United States Army where he served with the Wolfhound regiment and spent time in Korea during the Korean War. Upon returning to the U.S., he attended the University of Southern Illinois where he obtained an electronics engineering degree and went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration where he would retire some forty years later.

Jim married Marie Moore on November 26th, 1958 in the Shockley Family home in Benton, Illinois. They relocated on FAA orders to Cold Bay, Alaska in 1968. In 1972 they moved to Anchorage and spent thirty years making it their home.

Jim enjoyed road tripping, which often included riding Amtrak, with his wife across the United States, visiting family scattered across the U.S., and spending the summers back in Alaska after retirement.

James is survived by his children Janita (Garth) Griffith, Dwight (Leah) Shockley; Grandsons Collin and Mitchell Shockley and sister Patsy (Gene) Davis. James was preceded in death by the love of his life Frances Rose and parents Rev. Alva Monroe and Dolly Mae (Cluck) Shockley; two brothers Jack and Bob, half-brother Junior and sister Doris Evans.

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

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Pate Funeral Home with burial to follow at Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery, Benton, IL, with military rites performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the National Honor Guard.

Condolences may be expressed at www.patefh.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Carolyn Campbell, age 78 and a resident of McLeansboro, IL, passed away at 12:08 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL

Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Funeral Services will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Harre Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Prince officiating the services. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, near McLeansboro, IL

Carolyn was born March 25, 1944 in McLeansboro, IL to Everett and Marie (Huffstutler) Boster. She married Jesse Campbell on April 29, 1961 in McLeansboro, IL. Carolyn attended school in Hamilton County. She was a homemaker and she formerly worked for Harre Hamilton County Ambulance as an EMT. She was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Carolyn loved fishing, quilting and puzzles.

Survivors
Husband: Jesse Campbell of McLeansboro, IL
Daughter: Patricia Miles and husband Alan, McLeansboro, IL
Son: Rodney Campbell and wife Kimberly, McLeansboro, IL
Granddaughter: Katlynn Rogers, McLeansboro, IL
Sister: Kay Cox, McLeansboro, IL
Special Aunt: Shelby Cox
Grandson: Hunter Campbell
Great Grandson: Orlin Campbell
Great Granddaughter: Kinley Rogers
Brother-in-Law: Frank Campbell, Fairfield, IL

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents and sister Deborah Reed.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.

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


GRAYVILLE – Lois Jean Cox, 84, of Grayville, IL passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Carmel, IL.

Lois was born June 11, 1937 in Beaver Creek Township, IL the daughter of Floyd A. Prince & Helen Virginia Prince. She had previously worked as a seamstress at the Elder Manufacturing Shirt Factory in McLeansboro, IL and as a dish washer at the Country Cafe. She previously attended the Independent Bible Baptist Church in McLeansboro. She loved playing bingo, at the American Legion Post 696 in Grayville, IL. She enjoyed spending time visiting family and friends.

Lois is survived by a son Allen (Mary) Cox of McLeansboro, 2 granddaughters: Michelle Rose of Rosiclare, IL and Christina Karnes of Broughton, IL; a grandson Jeramy Rector of Broughton, 3 great-grandchildren: Camilla Anne Rose, Braden Rose, and Honey Rose; a sister Louise Campbell of McLeansboro, and a son-in-law Bobby Rector of Broughton.

She was preceded in death by both parents Floyd & Helen Prince, her husband Alva Lowell Cox, a daughter Robbie Jean (Cox) Rector, 2 brothers: Ronnie Prince and Larry Prince, and a sister Delores Schimming.

There will be no formal services for Lois Jean Cox at this time.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Hazel Clark, age 100, of McLeansboro passed away at 8:56 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at McLeansboro Health Care & Rehabilitation Center in McLeansboro, IL.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro. Funeral services will follow at noon at the funeral home. Burial will be held at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL. Reverend Leland Widick will officiate the service.

Date of Birth: August 12, 1921
Place of Birth: Ashland, Montana
Father: Joe Russ
Mother: Lillie Nora (Benbrook) Russ
Marriage to: Virgil Eugene “Gene” Clark on June 22, 1941. He passed away December 4, 2009.
Occupation: Hazel was a secretary and was employed by the U.S.D.A. and the Home Extension as well as the 4-H.
Church Affiliation: She was a past member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church.
Activities: She was an avid bird watcher, loved traveling, playing the piano, painting and loved reading.

Survivors:
Grandsons: Jeremy Clark, McLeansboro, IL
Travis Clark, Christopher, IL
Granddaughters: Krystal Clark, McLeansboro, IL
Lisa McDermott (husband Mathew), Chicago, IL
Jodi Ceaser, Houston, TX
Grandsons: Matt Ceaser, Houston, TX
Roland Clark, California
10 Great Grandchildren
2 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By: Parents, Husband “Gene”, 2 Sons: Gary and Robert, 3 Sisters: Martha Drogemuller, Arlene Schael, Velma Reichenbach and 3 infant siblings.

Memorials may be made to the local 4-H Chapter and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

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


FRANKLIN COUNTY – Odin Hensley passed away on April 28, 2022.

He was born on September 17, 2020 in Mt. Vernon, IL to Dakota Hensley and Serena (Abbott) Hensley.

He is survived by his mother Serena (Anthony) Corey of Zeigler; father Dakota (Porscha Brown) Hensley of Bluford; one brother Jiraiya Hensley and one brother on the way Easton Corey; grandparents Bonnie Clark McNeal of Christopher, James Abbott of Logan, Chris Davis of Bluford and Jill Davis of Bluford; great grandparents Robert and Bonnie Mace of Sesser, James Abbott Sr. of Logan, Laura and Victor Merfeld of Leiland, IL and Kelly Coleman of Valier; aunts RyAnn Clark, Railan Clark, Vivian Carlton, Adalyn Heiman and Mara Hensley and great aunts and uncles and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Donald McNeal, Kathy Hayes and Sandy Coleman, one great aunt Diana Gunn and one great uncle Donald McNeal Jr.

Odin was a happy baby and loved Spiderman, he also loved music and liked to dance, he loved to swing and to throw basketballs and he liked to eat snacks.

Funeral services for Odin will be on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Kirk Packer officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

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


IRONTON, OH – Jerry (Gerald S.) Greenwood, of Ironton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2022.

He was born June 17, 1939, to Clyde and Lena Marie (Clayton) Greenwood, in Wayne, Michigan, the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by siblings James Greenwood and Patricia Dobbs and is survived by Donald (Karen) Greenwood.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1960 with a B.S. in Forestry and from Ohio University with a Masters of Public Administration in 1990. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 33 years and then became a timber consultant for another 10 years. His plans at an early age included becoming a hermit in the wild north, but these were blown to pieces when he saw a young girl walk across the campus. He married that girl, Phyllis Ann (Beaty) Greenwood, his partner in all things – from fishing to raising four children – for 62 years. He was active in his church, an ordained deacon and a Gideon.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Bill) Ferguson of Cincinnati, OH; Daniel (Lisa) Greenwood of St. Louis, MO; Kyle (Karen) Greenwood of Denver, CO; and Sarah (Bill) Thompson of Cincinnati, OH. In addition, he is survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all of whom gave him great joy.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Tracey Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. 6th Street, Ironton, OH 45638. Funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Eric Barnes officiating.

Graveside services will be Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., in Benton, Illinois, at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1, Ironton, OH 45638, or First Baptist Church, Ironton, 304 S. 5th Street, Ironton, OH 45638.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Carl Woodrow Mitchell, loving son, husband, father, Pap, brother and friend to a multitude passed peacefully April 30, 2022 in his home. He is survived by his daughters Marilyn (Doug) Mitchell-Heusner, Carol Ney, grandchildren Heather (Justin), Rachel, Kristen, Hunter, Aaron and his trio of great-grandsons Hudson, Hollis and Hayden.

Born October 25, 1938, the only child of Dorothy and Woodrow Mitchell of Christopher, Illinois. He learned early the value of family, education and the benefits of a strong work ethic. Carl would recall delivering papers as a child, delivering coal to neighbors, attending church, helping at the 5&10 where his mother worked while his dad was serving overseas during WWII. He later obtained the honor of a full-ride scholarship to the University of Illinois (degree of his choice). Instead, he chose to attend Southern Illinois University which was the first best decision for his future! While there he rekindled his relationship with his greatest love, Brenda (Hughes) and married her 10 months later. The two immediately took off to the University of Florida as their “honeymoon” where Carl pursued a PhD in Quantum Mechanics. Carl and Brenda enjoyed traveling, volunteering, and loving their children and grandchildren for 53 years until Brenda rose to Heaven in 2013.

A worldwide renowned tribologist (his words: “I was a chemist by degree but tribologist by necessity”), Carl traveled the world solving problems for 50 years – working in steel and aluminum mills in five continents, with favorite countries being Japan, Taiwan, Venezuela, Australia, and Brazil. Carl was sought out as an industry leader and respected name in the trade even after retirement, having been recruited by a start-up company just 3 months before his passing to consult. Carl will always be remembered as a man of countless experiences, stories, and for loving his family and friends fiercely. He will be incredibly missed by many.

Visitation to be held 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Clinton United Methodist Church followed by funeral service and lunch. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, May 6th at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL followed by graveside service at Mt. Etna Cemetery in Thompsonville, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, if so inclined, Carl requested donations to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (4623 Wesley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212), Mount Etna Cemetery Association (20421 Akin Blacktop, Thompsonville, IL 62890) or charity of choice.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Nancy Rae Maxwell, age 86, was born in DeRidder, Louisiana on October 9, 1935. She was the daughter of Lonnie and Alva (Downes) Slatten. Nancy departed this life April 30, 2022 at the Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Care Center in McLeansboro, Illinois.

Nancy met Winston Franz “Bill” Maxwell at a USO dance when he was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana near her hometown. They were united in marriage October 17, 1953 and were blessed with four children and 68 years of marriage. After Bill finished his military service they moved to St Louis, MO. Nancy worked as an administrative assistant for a pharmaceutical company and later at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Bill and Nancy purchased a farm near Macedonia, IL and retired there where Nancy enjoyed decorating the home, gardening, quilting and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Bill, sons Mark (Trish) Maxwell of Wildwood, MO and John “Chris” (Glenna) Maxwell of Macedonia, IL; daughters, Donna (Mike) Stammer of Arnold, MO and Carol (John) Blood of Eureka, MO; nine grandchildren, Nick (Kristin) Aubuchon, Amanda (Ned) Dolan, Brian (Kristi) Blood, Laura (Clay) Deschler, Natalie (Brandon) Smith, Zachary (Beth) Maxwell, Adam Maxwell, Adrianna Maxwell and Maddi Jo Maxwell; sixteen great-grandchildren, Caden, Beckett, and Blair Aubuchon, Adalyn, Easton, Landon, and Kinsley Dolan, Reagan, Brooke, and Audrey Deschler, Katie, Abbi, and Lincoln Smith, Kalina, Tyler and Hudson Maxwell. Several nieces, nephews and friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Richard and Russell Cunningham and a sister, Pat Doyle and an infant brother.

Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family. Nancy was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Macedonia, Illinois and a member of Macedonia Star #1028 Order of the Eastern Star.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, Illinois. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Eastern Star services will begin at 12:00 p.m. immediately followed by the funeral service. Brother Gale Lowery will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, at Macedonia, Illinois.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Nancy Maxwell may be made to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.


LOGAN – Claude Neal Mocaby, age 57, of Logan, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022, at his home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Neal’s wishes are to be cremated with future burial to be in the Plaster’s Cemetery North of Thompsonville.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in memory of Neal, may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Stanley Wilbur Brown, age 67, of West Frankfort, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Graveside services will follow at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in memory of Stan, may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Lawrence “Larry” Ray Thompson, 80, of McLeansboro, IL passed away Sunday, May 1, 2022 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Larry was born November 17, 1941 in Dale, IL – the son of Millage & Edith Thompson.

He was a retired truck driver, having worked for Sterling Boiler & Mechanical in Evansville, IN. He enjoyed working on projects in the garage, spending time with friends & family, and he loved his dog, Rascal.

Larry is survived by a son Ronnie Lee Thompson of Equality, IL; a daughter Donna Sue Grabis of Equality, IL; 2 adopted sons: Terry Thompson and Brandon Thompson, both of Mt. Vernon, IN; 3 adopted daughters: Julie Thompson of Jasper, IN; Krissie Thompson of Mt. Vernon, IN and Felicia Thompson of Mt. Vernon, IN; 2 grandchildren: Amanda (Josh) Maloney of Equality and Daniel Parker of Equality, 6 great-grandchildren: Adaline Parker, Carsyn Weatherly, Hadley Weatherly, Emma Weatherly, Saylor Maloney, and a brother Robert Thompson of McLeansboro, 2 sisters: Vera (Tom) Smith of Dale, IL and Teresa Brown of McLeansboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents Millage & Edith Thompson, 2 brothers: James Thompson and Rex Thompson, and a sister Verla Richardson.

Funeral services for Lawrence “Larry” Ray Thompson will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, with Pastor Randall Ragan officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow funeral services at Hopewell Cemetery in McLeansboro.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Flora Allis Bellamey, 82, of Christopher, passed away on April 29, 2022. She was born on April 2, 1940 in Springerton, IL to Daniel and Thelma Grace (Wilson) Simpson. She was married to James Ray Bellamey on December 18, 1971 and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2020.

She is survived by her children Terri (Dave) Green of Indianapolis, IN , Kevin Bellamey of Indianapolis, IN, Gordon (Carol) Bellamey of Georgetown, IN, Dan Bellamey of Christopher, IL, Dallis Bellamey of Zeigler, IL, two brothers, Daniel Franklin Simpson of Rehoboth Beach, VA Samuel Simpson of Anna, IL and 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 children, Angie Armstrong and Johnnie Ray Phillips, and 5 brothers and sisters.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday May 4, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Samuel Simpson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Little Zion Cemetery in Enfield, IL.

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CHRISTOPHER – Richard Bradford Sr., 75, of Christopher, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

He was born on March 3, 1947 in Canton, IL to John and Louise (Blue) Bradford. He married Linda (Brown) Bradford on July 3, 1968 and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2018.

He is survived by one son Richard (Cindy) Bradford Jr. of Christopher; grandchildren Ashley Bradford, Richie Bradford, Cheyenne Bradford and Haylee Bradford and two brothers Michael Bradford and John Bradford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son Bobby Bradford.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War.

His wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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BENTON – Gerald “G.W.” Wayne Flatt Jr., 82, of rural Benton passes away on April 28, 2022 at the Carbondale Memorial Hospital.

G.W. was born December 22, 1939 in Edwight, West Virginia to Gerald W. Flatt Sr. and Phyllis M. (Lamb) Flatt. He married Ada Jean Thery on April 10, 2001.

He proudly served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. Returning to Franklin County, he worked for Boyd Brothers Trucking and retired as the Village of Valier Water and Sewer Superintendent.

G.W. is survived by his wife Ada Jean Flatt. His children: Gina Lane and Gerald W. Flatt III. Grandchildren: Lacy (Steven) Troyer, Amanda (Ira) Smith, Jerod (Maranda) Flatt, Sarah (Sam) Nava. Great Grandchildren: Stormy Smith, Derek and Zane Troyer and two arriving soon. All of Texas. Ada’s Children: Louie (Carol) Thery, David (Jenny) Thery and “Dubby” to Matthew and Luke Thery, his sisters Nancy Bailey, Donna (Mike) Sevenski and Kathy (Brad) Miller, sister-in-law Wanda Flatt, special cousin Don Lee Lamb and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Oliver “O.D.” Flatt, son-in-law Rocky Lane, daughter-in-law Sherry Flatt, and Dubby’s Luke Thery.

Special thanks to his “girls” of the DaVita Dialysis Team in Benton, Dr. Kevin Chen and Angelito Tracderas, N.P. and the drivers of the Navarre VA transport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the S-V Luke Thery Memorial Scholarship fund.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, Illinois.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Union Primitive Baptist in Sesser.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Bettie Joann Doty, 90, of West Frankfort passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Helia Healthcare in Benton at 3:05 p.m.

Joann was born on June 8, 1931 in Benton to Earl and Dessie (Leffler) Moore. She was of the Baptist faith and attended the 1st Baptist Church in Christopher.

She is preceded in death by her first husband Bill Sims, second husband Ed Doty, son Marty, parents, daughter-in-law Jean Sims, and brothers Lewis, George, Bob, and Bill Moore.

Joann is survived by two sons Jim and Scott Sims; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

It was Joann’s wishes to be cremated and with no services held.

The Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.


MCLEANSBORO – Dona L. Gorny, 91, of McLeansboro, passed away at 3:15 a.m., on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home and Rehab Center in McLeansboro, surrounded by her family.

She was born on March 24, 1931, to George and Eugenia (Peck) Short in Gary, IN.

She was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton.

Dona was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an avid reader and enjoyed volunteering with children.

Dona is survived by her eight children and many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Short and Eugenia Price and one brother.

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

A Celebration Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the St. Joseph Church in Benton with Fr. Osuji, officiating.

Per Dona’s wishes cremation will take place.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church and will be accepted at the church or the funeral home.

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


VALIER – Marion Louis Veach, “Bull”, age 93, was called home by his heavenly father on April 29, 2022 at his home in Valier, Illinois where he lived his entire life.

Born on July 4, 1928 to Marion Louis and Mary Jane (Winn) Veach at their home on Rea Street in Valier. In 1947 Marion met his lifelong love Mollie, who he called his little Queen, at a football game. On September 3, 1949 they married and later had one daughter, Dixie (Veach) Miller, and one son, Jim Veach.

His family was the primary joy of his life. Those who knew Marion know that he spent his life in service of the Lord. Marion was known as a man of powerful, unshaking faith and joyfully lived his life following the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was a proud member of Valier First Baptist Church for 74 years and 60-year member of the Freemasons. During his time at the church he was an active deacon for 50 years, taught Sunday school, performed countless hours of carpentry work for the church, and even served as song leader for a short time. He was also known for his pre-meal blessings that could border on sermon-length at times and would prompt a polite elbow from Mollie as a reminder for him to wrap it up. His distinctive “Amen” that he spoke to affirm the message during services at Valier First Baptist Church will be missed by his church family.
Marion began his 40-plus year career as a coal miner and UMWA member in 1948. In 2019, Marion was named “UMWA Miner of the Year” and served as the Sesser homecoming parade Grand Marshall. It was one of the proudest accomplishments of his career as a coal miner. The mines are where he would gain the nickname that would stick with him for the rest of his life.

Marion was affectionately known to friends and family as “Bull.” His father’s nickname was “Bull” and when Marion began working at the mine with his father, his new co-workers called him “Bull” as well. It was truly a fitting moniker for an opinionated, stead-fast man. Marion was affectionately known to friends and family as “Bull”. Marion gained the nickname when he began his 40-plus year career as a coal miner and UMWA member.

Bull was no stranger to difficulty in his life mainly due to his choice in baseball teams. He was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan that lived in the heart of Cardinal country. He attended only one Cubs game at Wrigley Field in his life and in his single afternoon as a bleacher bum at Wrigley Field, half of his section were chatting with him, knew him by his nickname, and were taking selfies with him. One gentleman from Pittsburg, PA even texted a few months after the game to ask how he was doing and mentioned how happy he was to meet Bull because it made his own Wrigley experience that much more memorable. Bull was even interviewed by an MLB TV reporter at the game. Those that knew him well know that his cheerfully outgoing and friendly nature ensured that, no matter where he went, he never met a stranger.

Marion is survived by his wife, Mollie Veach; daughter, Dixie (Veach) Miller; son, Jim Veach; as well as his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Marion Louis Veach; his mother, Mary Jane Veach; his sister Imogene (Veach) McBride, and his son-in-law, Evan Miller.

Services will be on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Valier First Baptist Church with Brother Kevin Bradley and Brother Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Valier First Baptist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church.


SESSER – Michael Wayne Tinsley, 31, of Sesser, passed away on Saturday April 23, 2022.

He was born on May 16, 1990 in Mt Vernon, IL to Regina (Wright) Tinsley and Robert Tinsley.

He is survived by his daughter Skylar Grace; mother Regina Tinsley of Sesser; father Robert Tinsley; brother Myles (Taylor) Tinsley of Woodlawn; Nephew Rucker Tinsley; Nana Judy Tinsley of Woodlawn; Granddad Mickey Wright of Woodlawn; two aunts Vicki (Brett) Tinsley of Woodlawn and Angie (Brent) Williams of Woodlawn; uncle Roger (Carrie) Wright of Woodlawn and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his Grandma Diane Wright and Grandpa George Tinsley.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Spring Hill Cemetery in Rural Beecher City, IL with Ethan Shurtz officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Sesser-Valier School District to be divided between the Luke Thery Memorial Scholarship and the Kaitlyn Laskowski Stanfield Memorial Scholarship. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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