BENTON – Kitty Faye (Busse) Rhodes, age 65, of Benton, Illinois and formerly of Greenville, Illinois, passed away at 11:08 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

Ms. Rhodes’ wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to GoFundMe Final Expenses for Kitty Rhodes

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

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BENTON – Robert A. Hutchens, age 96, of Benton, Illinois, passed away at 3:06 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

Graveside services, with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280, V.F.W. Post #2671, and the Illinois National Guard, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton with Rev. Dean Severin officiating. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fires of Revival Chapel of Benton and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Donald R. Bennett, 82, of Benton passed away Saturday morning, February 15, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Whittington, IL on September 12, 1937, the son of Raymond & Ruth (Veach) Bennett.

He married Elda (Casagrande) in 1955, and she passed away in 1975.

Mr. Bennett married Sarah (Wagoner) on September 12, 1994, and she survives.

Mr. Bennett enjoyed camping & horseback riding. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for several years, while also farming. He & his wife Sarah owned & Operated Bennett’s Cafe in Thompsonville & Benton for several years.

Mr. Bennett is survived by his:

               Wife: Sarah Bennett of Benton

               Son: Gene Bennett & wife Karen of Benton

               Daughter: Trish Bennett-Minor of Mt. Vernon and Charlie Followell of Mulkeytown

               Stepson: John Smith of Centralia

               Grandchildren:

                              Justin Bennett

                              Cristy Shultz

                              Shane Bennett & wife Leanna

                              Nick Minor & wife Ciara

                              Leah Deaton & husband Scott

               Great-Grandchildren: Anthony, Lucas, Ethan & Lawson

               Sister: Wanda Storey of Benton

Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his Parents, by his 1st wife-Elda Bennett, by a son-Dale Bennett & by a brother-Ferrel.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 19th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

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

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BENTON – Mildred L. Eubanks, 83, of Benton passed away Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2020 at SSM Health Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on October 31, 1936, the daughter of John & Juanita (McCann) Lampley.

She married Harry Eubanks on June 12, 1959 in Chicago, and he preceded her in death on March 25, 2015.

Mrs. Eubanks is survived by her:

                    2 Daughters:

                                        Judy(Mike) Clark of Benton

                                        Norma(Bill) Uhles of Benton

                    6 Grandchildren:

                                        Christopher(Brooke) McCann

                                        Jeremiah McCann

                                        Alisha(Bryan) Craddock

                                        Jennifer McIntosh

                                        Matthew Uhles

                                        Mark(Molly) Uhles

                    Great-Grandchildren:

                                        Raley & Tenley McIntosh

                                        Gavin & Callie McCann

                                        Khloe, Oliver & River Uhles

                                        Logan Craddock

                    Brother: Bill Lampley

Mrs. Eubanks was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Great-Grandson-William Michael McIntosh, by a Brother-John, Brother & Sister-in-law: Gene & Shelva Lampley, Sister & Brother-in-law: Helen & Glendale Gulley.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 18th at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton with Rev. Bert Mitchell 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.

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MCLEANSBORO – Gina Marie Foulk, age 55, of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away from her life on earth, to her new life in heaven, at 8:32 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Rev. Greg Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Clayton Paul Eugene Griffith
Age: 16
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 10:36 a.m., Monday, February 10, 2020 at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Visitation: 11 a.m. to time of service at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 2 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Pastor Tyler Feller will officiate the service.
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: March 25, 2003
Place of Birth: Mt. Vernon, IL
Parents: Paul Hungate and Gladys
Clayton attended Hamilton County Jr./Sr. High School, but was currently being home schooled.
Church Affiliation: He was Baptist by faith.
Activities: Clayton played football and loved to ride dirt bikes and 4-wheelers

Survivors:
2 Brothers: Ryan Griffith, O’Fallon, IL
Ryder White, Salem, IL
Biological Mother: Heather White, Salem, IL
Grandparents: Rodney and Alberta Nice, Dahlgren, IL
Several Uncles and Cousins

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Great Grandparents, Junior Griffith and T.E. and Etta Stubblefield
MEMORIALS TO: Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home

Arrangements for Clayton Griffith are under the direction of the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

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POLAND, IN – Richard E. Neel Sr., 83, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020 at his home in Poland, Indiana.

He was born September, 9, 1936 in McLeansboro, IL to Cecil and Stella (Gregory) Neel.  Richard was a retired United States Military Veteran having served 30 years in the United States Air Force and United States Army.
 
Richard is survived by his wife Emma Neel of Poland, IN; two sons: Richard E. (Kelly) Neel Jr. of Mooresville, IN and Cecil (Liz) Neel of Brewton, Alabama; three daughters: Sharon (Tony) Kujala of Phoenix, Arizona, Stella (Allen) Slayton of Poland, IN and Debbie (Brad) Steelman of Patoka, IN. Twenty grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren also survive.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Kathy Porter; two brothers and one sister.
 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Monroe officiating.
 
Visitation will be held Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. He will be laid to rest at Prospect Cemetery with full Graveside Military Honors performed by a United States Army Honors Team.
 
Online condolences my be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.
 
The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is entrusted with the arrangements.

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SANTA FE, N. MEX. – Susan Renee Phillips-Rizor, 47, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020, in Tulsa, OK, from injuries sustained due to an automobile accident.

She was born on January 29, 1973, to Maurice and Carol (Runnels) Phillips in Benton, IL. Susan married J Scott Rizor and he survives.

Susan was a loving daughter, sister, mother and wife. She was an amazing Artist specializing in abstract paintings. Susan loved interior design, world travel and fine dining. She enjoyed being in the company of family and good friends.

She is survived by her loving spouse, J Scott Rizor, two sons, Reagan Hall and Jackson Hall; two daughters, Kenzie Rizor and Kassidy Rizor; two brothers, Tom (Leo Leonardo) Phillips and Jerry (Mendi) Phillips; one sister, Elizabeth (Todd) Grounds; one brother-in-law, Robb (Jamiey) Rizor; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Claudia Rizor; special friends, Terri McCarty, Sharmin Cawood, and Susan Budlong; and her beloved companion, Buddy.

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

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 12 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton IL with Pastor Kurt Sanders, officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County, 602 Joplin Street, Benton, IL 62812 or Shriners Hospital at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org and will also be accepted at the funeral home.

Susan’s family would like to express their appreciation for all the support and prayers they have received from family and friends during this difficult time. 

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

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SESSER – Richard “Rick” James Tygett, 75, of Sesser, passed away on February 7, 2020 at the Franklin Hospital.

He was born on March 3, 1944 in West Frankfort, IL to James and Viva (Mabry) Tygett. He married Mary (Eurgil) Tygett on December 22, 1967 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Michele (Ed) Epplin of Troy, IL, Jennifer (Craig) Zinzilieta of Benton, Tim (Allison) Tygett of Palos Hills, IL, and Michael Tygett of Sesser; grandchildren Luke Epplin, Alexis Epplin, Lauren Zinzilieta, Jake Zinzilieta, Emma Zinzilieta, Timothy Tygett and Zachary Tygett.

He was an avid car guy and loved his family. He was an Army Veteran and was a Federal Mediator.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Rev. Monsignor Daniel Jurek officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Doris E. Hill, 92, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020 at her home in McLeansboro, Illinois.

She was born September 26, 1927 in McLeansboro, IL, to Arthur and Arilla (Brill) Hale.  Doris married Richard Vernon Hill on July 27, 1950 and he preceded her in death. Doris was a devoted member of the Oliver Bethel Methodist Church and also worked in the laundry department at Hamilton Memorial Hospital for 20 years.

Doris is survived by two sons: Donald R. (Sharry) Hill of McLeansboro and Michael (Montie) Hill of McLeansboro; five grandchildren: Lori (Jason) Irvin, Jennifer Devoy, Abby Reynolds, and Hannah Moore, all of McLeansboro, and Adam Hill of Priceville, KY. Nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Eddie Hale, and sisters, Dorothy Jean Savage and Helen Clark.

Funeral services for Doris Hill will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. John Capps officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest at Hopewell Cemetery near McLeansboro.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is entrusted with the arrangements.

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SESSER – Ronald Lee Bishop, Sr., 75, of Sesser, IL, formerly of Litchfield, passed away on Wed., Feb. 5, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. at Franklin Hospital in Benton.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1944, in Ottawa, IL, the son of Warren Edgar and Gertrude Frances (Faris) Bishop.  Mr. Bishop was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Ron married Sandra Kay Ulrich on March 1, 1969 and they later divorced. He married Marsha Joan (Spann) Wilt on May 12, 2018, at Rend Lake. She survives. 

Mr. Bishop was a coal miner for Consolidated Coal Co. in Sesser, IL. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. Bishop worked for Aramark for 16 years until his retirement. Ron enjoyed tinkering with old cars. In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by:

2 sons – Ronald, Jr. (Kelly) Bishop of Frankfort, IL      

Cory (Shannon) Bishop of Litchfield, IL

1 step-son – Wesley (Jenifer) Wilt of Pinckneyville, IL

1 daughter – Keri Bishop of Litchfield, IL

2 step-daughters – Carla Wilt of Benton, IL

Brandi Wilt of Sesser, IL

1 sister – Carolyn (Roy “Bub”) Hendrickson of Litchfield, IL

8 grandchildren- Haley, Allison, Chloe, Kyra, Brawly, Rylie, Raquel, and Brock

7 step-grandchildren – Avery, Brody, Anthia, Hannah, Stavian, LaRaya, and Aniyah

2 step-great-grandchildren – Isaiah and Hallie

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his grandson, Zyan Bishop.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Litchfield Moose Lodge on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. for a time of food, fellowship and sharing of stories.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield.

Visitation was held Sunday at noon until the time of service at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis or to the American Cancer Society. 

To sign the online register book, light a virtual candle, or for directions, please visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com.

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PAXTON, IL – Marva Lee Westerfield, 78, of Paxton, IL formerly of Sesser, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at her home.

She was born on April 7, 1941 in Vincennes, IN to James and Sara (Biddle) Hankins. She married James Westerfield on July 2, 1960 in Canton, IL and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2002.

She is survived by her children Lori (Joe) Rodely of Raleigh, NC, James (Lisa) Westerfield of Joliet, IL and Mark Westerfield of Illinois; grandchildren Tim Rodely, Justin Rodely, Taylor Rodely, Courtney DeMott and Jessica Westerfield; great grandson Lukas DeMott; two sisters Carol Fitch of Canton and Mary Beth Powell of Canton, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters Becky Wilcoxen and Ruth Ann Trigg.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

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PEORIA – Geneva Hall, 95, of Peoria, IL, formerly of Benton, IL, passed away at 10:46 a.m., on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. 

She was born on July 12, 1924, to Walter and Idella (Curry) Hubbard in Coleman, TX. Geneva worked as a School Attendant for Grant Grade School. On August 12, 1944, in San Angelo, TX, she married Oris Ray Hall, and he proceeded her in death on May 21, 1992.

Geneva was a former member of North Benton Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Geneva enjoyed fishing, dancing and gardening.

Geneva is survived by her two children, Sharon Rae Gulley and husband Dr. Roy Michael Gulley, of Peoria, IL., and Brett Hubbard Hall and wife Lisa Mitchler Hall, of West Frankfort, IL; three grandchildren, Dr. Joshua Gulley and wife Patricia Gulley, Tessa (Gulley) Hunt and husband Jake Hunt, and Danielle Hall; five great-grandchildren, Olivia Gulley, Ethan Gulley, Elliot Gulley, Brayden Hunt, and Sydney Hunt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Idella Hubbard; husband, Oris Ray Hall; two brothers, Lavert Hubbard and James Hubbard; three sisters, Ozell Foster, Gertrude Boyd and Marcella Walker.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Pate Funeral Home, with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating.

Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Betty Noraine Dial, 86, of Christopher, went to be with Jesus on February 3, 2020 at 11:52 a.m. at her home, surrounded by her family. 

She was born on July 12, 1933 in Christopher.

Betty is survived by her children Robin Lenard of Christopher, Tamela and her husband Rick Grammer of Christopher and Carlo and his wife Carrie Dial of Christopher; 76 total grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert Cook, husband John Connor Sr, husband Carlo Dial Sr., four sons Rocky Connor, John Connor Jr., Delmar Tindall Sr. and Edward Connor, one grandson Blake Anthony Holland and two brothers Ronald Tindall and Robert Tindall.

Betty was a member of the First Apostolic Church of Zeigler for many years. She loved being with family and going to church. She had worked at the Benton Evening News for over 20 years.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church of Zeigler with Rev. Cecil Sullivan and Pastor Jason Todd officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family to help with expenses. Envelopes will be available at the church. 

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Patricia Sue (Carr) Smith, 84, of McLeansboro, IL, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McLeansboro.

She was born March 21, 1935 to Floyd E. and Ione P. (Epperson) Carr. She married Ralph Manuel Smith on July 13, 1973. He preceded her in death on May 3, 2016.  

Pat worked at Elders Shirt Factory in McLeansboro for 18 years as a seamstress until their closing and then worked at Dowser Electric in Mt. Vernon, IL where she assembled electrical transformers for 25 years.

Pat loved being outdoors in the sunshine, gardening and taking long walks. She was a life long member of the Delafield Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters and one son, Sandra (Jeff) Bullock of Dahlgren, IL, Susan (Dennis) Friedman and Charles “Chuck” Wheeler, both of McLeansboro. One sister, Lois South of Enfield, IL and one brother, Ronnie Carr of Mt. Vernon. IL.  Seven grandchildren, several great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and a great granddaughter, Hattie Jean Gray.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date under the direction of Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.
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LOUDON, TN – James E. Evans, 80, of Loudon, TN., formerly of Benton, IL., passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Loudon, TN.

He was born on December 22, 1939, to William and Dorothy (Wilkerson) Evans in Benton, IL. James retired from the United States Army Corp of Engineers as a Civil Engineer. He married the former Doris Shockley, and she preceded him in death.

James loved his family, friends and enjoyed golfing.

He is survived by his son, Michael Evans and wife Patti of Racine, WI; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Whitsett; and a close personal friend, Lynda Burman.

James was preceded in death by his parents, William Clyde and Dorothy Mae Evans; first wife, Doris Evans; second wife, Carol Evans; two sons, Donald W. Evans and Edward A. Evans; two sisters, Linda Poynor and Norma Jean Myers.

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

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 3 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Brother Brad Wilson, officiating.

A private graveside service will be held at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL. 

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ELDORADO – Elsie L. Pearce, 80, a resident of Eldorado, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi, IL.

She was born January 11, 1940 in Hamilton County, IL, the daughter of Paul and Eva (Smothers) Short. Elsie was a home maker.

Elsie is survived by her husband, Jewell E. Pearce of Eldorado, IL; two sons: Robert (Amy) Pearce of Eldorado, IL and Joel (Sheila) Turrentine of Brownsville, IL; two daughters: Linda Hancock of Eldorado, IL and Donna (Brad) Johnson of South Carolina.  Nine grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Bennie Turrentine; one brother, Floyd Short, and a granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be Friday, February 7 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is entrusted with the arrangements.

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MULKEYTOWN – Thomas E. Baine Jr., 80, of Mulkeytown, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 1, 2020.

He was born on February 20, 1939 in Jonesboro, AR to Thomas Elbert and Thelma (Yopp) Baine, SR. He married Phyllis Carol (Cole) on July 29, 1959 and she survives of Mulkeytown.

He is also survived by his children Thomas E. (Deborah Ann) Baine III of Valier, Donald (Shelly) Baine of Mulkeytown and Bobby (Jennifer Marie) Baine of St Louis, MO; Grandchildren Thomas E. (Lori) Baine IV, Christina C. (Jason) Snyder, Jaramie R. Pinkham, Heather G. (Michael) Abercrombie, Katelynn L. Baine, Madison M. Baine, Shalisha A. (Sam) Baine and Celestia N. Baine; Great Grandchildren Mackensie, Catrina, Luke, Hannah, Paul, and Mia; Siblings John T. Baine of Sesser, Ray (Carol) Baine of West Frankfort, Bennie Baine of Plumfield and Carolyn Thompson who Thomas thought of as his sister.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister-in-law Jane Baine.

Thomas was a graduate of West Frankfort High School where he was a cross country runner on the Field and Track Team, and he also served in the National Guard, and worked as a tire builder at General Tire, but his love and passion was working the land and farming. He was a member and Deacon of the Mulkeytown Baptist Church where he loved to sing hymns with his wife, he also loved Butter Pecan ice cream and Dr. Pepper.

With each healthcare stay, the continuing stream of visitors evidenced Tom’s love and influence. The norm was switching to larger rooms to accommodate the vast amount of visitors.

Tom was a loving husband and father who believed in hard work and dedication. Together with Phyllis, Tom raised three sons to love and respect their family and community.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Bill Bowers, Brother Jerry King and Brother Ernie Clifford officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday February 4, 2020 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be given to Phyllis Baine and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.
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BENTON – Julia Ruth Havener, 60, of Benton, passed away at 5:52 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020, at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, Benton, IL.

She was born on January 13, 1960, to Lester and Virginia (Young) Havener in Springfield, IL. Julia was a Cosmetologist and truly loved her job.

Julia loved singing and was a great cook.

She is survived by her daughter, Chelsea Lorraine Campbell of Herrin, IL; a granddaughter, Haven; one sister, Leslie Ann Cox and husband Courtney of Benton, IL; and one brother, Joseph Lester Havener and wife Pamela of Benton, IL.

Julia was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Merle and Virginia Ruth Havener.

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

Per Julia’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private memorial service was held.
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BENTON – Linda Sue Worley, age 68, of Benton, passed away at 2:32 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room of Benton.

Cremation services have been entrusted to the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

There will be no public services. A private family burial will take place at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with the cremation services; and can be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

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WEST CITY – Danny L. Wiggins, 55, of West City passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Benton, IL on July 21, 1964 the son of Robert & Ramona (Wells) Wiggins.

Mr. Wiggins is survived by his:

2 Brothers:VJack Wiggins of West City. Robert Wiggins of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, by a Sister-Donna Kay Wiggins & by a Brother-John Allen Wiggins.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 3rd at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. There will be no visitation. Those attending the service are requested to meet at the cemetery.

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

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

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MT. VERNON – Martha (Sample) Hargis, 84, of Sesser, passed away on Friday January 24, 2020 at 9:18 a.m. at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born on November 21, 1935 in Sesser, IL to Mitchell and Irene (Kirkpatrick) Sample. She married her High School sweetheart, Danny Hargis, on August 22, 1953. They shared 50 years of marriage prior to his death on October 16, 2003.

She retired from Orpack-Stone Corporation of Herrin on December 31, 2000, where she held the position of Human Resource Manager. Martha started her working career as an executive secretary, moving into administration in the purchasing and human resource fields.

Having had no children of her own, Martha’s 13 nieces and nephews, as well as her great nieces and great nephews, held a special place in her heart and were a big part of her life. Martha was also “Aunt Martha” to many friends and their families. Martha enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, as well as bowling and playing poker with her family and her poker buddies.

She is survived by one sister Joan Earnheart of Sesser; two sisters-in-laws Joan Sample of Elgin, IL and Marie Sample of Sesser; as well as two brothers Larry (Mona) Sample of Sesser and Danny (Sharon) Sample of Sesser.

Also surviving are nieces and nephews Mitch, Christa, Ed, Mike, Brad, Mark, Andrew, Amy, Greg, Anna, Gena, Tim and Cynthia, along with their spouses and children. She is also survived by three aunts, one uncle, cousins and a multitude of friends.

Martha is also survived by her extended family Steve and Becky, Jeff and Kim, and Sierra and Nathan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers Roy Sample and Bill Sample, brother-in-law Bill Earnheart, her In-laws Sam and Margie Hargis. She was also preceded in death by The Love of Her Life, Jack Fornear.

As per her wishes, she will be cremated. A time of gathering for family and friends to celebrate Martha’s life will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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