MCLEANSBORO – Danny Paul Lakin

Age: 63
Residence: Union, MO and a former McLeansboro resident
Passed Away: 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Sunset Health Care Center in Union, MO.
Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.
Funeral: The Funeral will take place at 1p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home. Graveside Military Rites will be provided by American Legion Post 106 of McLeansboro and the Air Force Honor Team of Marion.
Clergy: Reverend Robert Sefried will officiate the service.
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: April 29, 1956
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Jimmy Lakin
Mother: Katherine (Donelson) Lakin
Occupation: Laborer in the Agriculture Industry
Church Affiliation: Member of the First General Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL
Activities: Loved to fish, loved all sports, especially volleyball, loved music and playing pool.
Military Service: He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Jet Engine Mechanic

Survivors:
Mother: Katherine Lakin, McLeansboro, IL
2 Sons: Travis Lakin, McLeansboro, IL
Troy Lakin and wife Amy, McLeansboro, IL
2 Brothers: Tracy Lakin and wife Cheri, McLeansboro, IL
Bryan Lakin and wife Karen, Navarre, FL
4 Grandchildren: Gabriel, Evalynn, Katy and Mason Lakin
Several Nieces and Nephews

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Father, Jimmy Lakin
MEMORIALS TO: Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of arrangements.
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CARTERVILLE – Ervin “Leon” Jourdan, 74, of Carterville formerly of Christopher, passed away on July 16, 2019.

He was born on September 20, 1944 in Iuka, IL, to Hershel and Nina (Silvey) Jourdan. He married Rhonda (Keller) Jourdan on June 9, 1968 and she survives in Carterville. He is also survived by his daughters Amber (Presiyan) Radev of Goreville and Jena (Phil) Jensik of Herrin; grandchildren Jesse Rodgers, Jordan (Sunny Fulwider) Rodgers, Daniel Jensik and Brennan Jensik; great granddaughters Elizabeth and Willow Rodgers; one sister Linda (Charles) Bass of Salem; and one nephew Adam (Lori) Bass. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was an active member in the Christopher community serving on the Library Board and was a member of the Christopher Lion’s Club. He was also a member of Eternal Friend’s in Christ in Sesser and was a School Teacher at Benton Community High School until his retirement. He was a quiet man, but got things done.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday July 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Christopher Lion’s Club or to the SIU School of Medicine Alzheimer’s Research. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – James Everett Carsten

Age: 84
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 12:20 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at McLeansboro Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, McLeansboro, IL
Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 1 p.m., Friday at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Clergy: Reverend Ken Cook
Burial: Hickory Hill Cemetery, Walpole, IL

Date of Birth: February 1, 1935
Place of Birth: Oasis, MO
Father: Turner Carsten
Mother: Willie Juanita (White) Carsten
Marriage to: Myrtle (Hutchcraft) Carsten and she passed away on March 1, 2000. He later married Venita (Essary) Parker, October 13, 2002 in McLeansboro, IL
Occupation: Employed by a corregated box factory in Melrose Park, IL which he retired from.
Church Affiliation: Member of First General Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL.
Activities: He loved to fish and hunt.
Military Service: Served in the U. S. Army

Survivors:
Wife: Venita Jane (Essary) Parker Carsten, McLeansboro, IL
Children: Nancy Pietz, Lindell Launius, Brenda Biggerstaff, Dennis Allen, Sandra Allen, James Parker and Judy Bowers
Grandchildren, Great Grand and Great Great Grandchildren
Preceded in Death by: Parents; First Wife Myrtle; Sisters Billie St.Clair and Lavern Rosencran; Step-daughter, Joan Johnson

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

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BENTON – Earl E. Parkhill, “Gene”, age 93, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Gene was born on February 13, 1926 in Benton, Illinois, the son of Earl and Grace Smith Parkhill. He grew up in Southern Illinois before joining the Navy in 1944. Gene served in the Philippines at Subic Bay Naval Base during World War II. After the war, he married Geneva Barnfield and moved to Carbondale, Illinois to attend school. At SIU, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and a Master of Arts in Journalism. Children Janet Lynn and Dennis Eugene were born in Carbondale.

Gene accepted Jesus as his Savior at a young age. He was a devoted member of several Baptist churches across the country including University Baptist in Carbondale and, most recently, Immanuel Baptist in Benton.

Gene is proceeded in death by his parents, Earl and Grace Parkhill; Geneva Barnfield Parkhill; Bonnie Johnson Parkhill and son, Dennis Eugene Parkhill.

He is survived by is daughter, Janet Parkhill Miller; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Parkhill; stepson Kevin Johnson; grandchildren Alex and Zac Parkhill; David and Jon Miller and Max Johnson. Great grandchildren Aurora Parkhill; Danielle, Cate, Becka and Hayden Miller, Alissa and Callie Moses; brother, Harry D. Parkhill and sister, Ruth Parkhill Penrod.

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

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Immanuel Baptist Church, 516 N. Main St., Benton, IL.

Funeral services will follow visitation at 2:00 p.m., at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Paul Davis, Officiating. Burial will be held at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL., with military rites by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Navy Honors.

Condolences may be given online at www.patefh.com.

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CARMI – Scott Campbell

Age: 48
Residence: Carmi, IL
Passed Away: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at his home.
Scott will be cremated and a private family burial of ashes will take place at a later date.
There are no formal services scheduled at this time.

Date of Birth: March 27, 1971
Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska
Father: Jerry Lee Campbell
Mother: Connie Kay (Steed) Campbell
Occupation: Sales and was employed by Walmart
Church Affiliation: Attended New Life Apostolic Church in Carmi, IL
Military Service: He served in the U.S. Air Force

Survivors:
Father: Jerry Campbell, Malone, NY
2 Sons: Scott E. Campbell – Carmi, IL
Tyler Campbell – Carmi, IL
3 Daughters: Lee Ann, Lydia and Kylie Campbell – Carmi, IL
1 Brother: Terry Campbell – Mims, Florida
Preceded in Death by: His Mother

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of arrangements.
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BENTON – Mrs. Phyllis Jean Malkovich, age 91, passed away at 5:59 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at the SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Phyllis requested to be cremated through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Visitation services will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Private family graveside services will take place on Monday, July 15, 2019 in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

The family requests that memorial donations, be made in lieu of flowers to the Benton Ministerial Alliance or the Salvation Army and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Phyllis, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com
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BENTON – Ruth Ann Yunker, 84, of Benton, passed into eternal life at 12:17 a.m., on Friday, July 12, 2019, at her residence.

She was born on December 23, 1934, to Harry and Viola (Roberson) Durham in Whittington, IL. In 1960, she married Eugene J. Yunker of Orland Park, IL. Ruth Ann was a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She was an educator, teaching music and elementary education. An accomplished musician, Ruth Ann started playing the piano and organ at age four. She had many talents but her biggest joy was being a mother to five, grandmother to thirteen and great grandmother to eight.

She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church of Orland Park, IL., First United Methodist Church of Benton, IL., and a long time member of Mary Circle and Suzanna’s Piecemakers.

Ruth is survived by her five children, Pamela (Edward) Mack of Darien, IL, Sidney (Mark) Czynski of Mundelein, IL, George Yunker of Mooresville, NC, William Yunker of West Frankfort, IL, and John Yunker of Benton, IL; grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene J. Yunker; father, Harry S. Durham; mother, Viola Florence Durham.

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

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Rev. Chuck Smith officiating.
Memorials contributions may be made to SSM Hospice Good Samaritan, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BROUGHTON – Dorothy Fern McMahon, 94, of Broughton passed away at 10:57 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Hamilton County, IL on June 10, 1925 the daughter of Harry and Mary (Thompson) Mayberry. Dorothy married Alton “Lige” McMahon on November 7, 1942 and he preceded her in death on May 1, 1982. She was a grain and livestock farmer.

Dorothy is survived by a sister Wanda Hill, of Norris City; numerous nieces and nephews, including locally, Ralph (Brenda) Mayberry, Carol Hill, Karen Stull and Helen Cantrell. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Doyle, Ralph and Wilson, three sisters, Opal, Omi and Doris and a nephew, Robert “Crock” Hill.

Funeral services for Dorothy Fern McMahon, 94, of Broughton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery in Broughton. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s memory to St. Jude Children Research Hospital and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.

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BENTON – Roscoe Webb Neal, age 97, went home to the Lord July 7, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March, 28, 1922, the youngest son of Aaron and Nobia Otterson Neal. He is survived by wife Marjorie Sullivan Neal, daughters Karen (husband Keith) Duckworth, Kathy Essary (fiancé Jim Lambert), Kendra (husband David) Clark and sister Dorothy Biegler. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Russell, infant daughter, Janice, four brothers Okley, Eual, Jim, Harvey and one sister Goldia Neal Braden.

He served in World War II, 1942-1945, as Private 1st Class in the 82nd Fighter Control Squadron as a plotter/coder with the Army-Air Corps. He earned three overseas gold bars. He served in Versailles, France, Corsica and Italy.

Visitation is at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11th at Morton-Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Funeral services will be held at noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Neal Cemetery, Logan.   

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

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BENTON -Donald Ray Preston
Age: 80
Residence: Benton, IL
Passed Away: 10:28 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2019 at his residence at Heritage Woods in Benton, IL
Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray
Burial: Carmi Garden of Memories, Carmi, IL

Date of Birth: December 17, 1938
Place of Birth: Flat Rock, IL
Father: Ralph Preston
Mother: Gertrude J. (McQullin) Preston
Marriage to: Virginia Springer on October 19, 1957 in Enfield, IL
Occupation: Sawmill Worker
Church Affiliation: Member of Enfield Methodist Church

Donnie (Chick) loved fishing, hunting for arrowhead, metal detecting and visiting at the coffee shop. Buttermilk and potato chips were his jam. He cherished spending time with his brother Charlie Preston and his friend Phyllis. Charlie was an amazing support to dad and he looked forward to every visit from them. Dad resided at Heritage Woods in Benton, IL for the past 11 years. We are so grateful for the staff and residents who loved and cared for him as their own. Like us, we know they will miss his one-tooth grin, his beautiful blue eyes, his whooten and hallowing and his jokes which were only funny because of how hard he laughed at himself. Thank you for making your place his home—he loved and treasured each of you. We find peace and comfort knowing he will be greeted by Jesus, his parents, his three brothers Jack, Bob and Bill at the Pearly Gates. His granddaughter Tawnie Jo Henager will grab his hand and they will run and play on the Streets of Gold. ‘Till we meet again we’ll treasure the precious moments we had here with you. We love you Dad…Penny, Jeannette, Yvette and Kent.

Survivors:
3 Daughters: Penny Nipper and husband Rick, Ackworth, GA
Jeannette Gass and husband Val, McLeansboro, IL
Yvette Henager and husband Gregg, Mt.Carmel, IL
1 Son: Kent Preston and friend Rebecca Casteel, Mill Shoals, IL
1 Brother: Charles Preston and friend Phyllis, Carmi, IL
Grandchildren: Ricky Joe Nipper (Monica), Donnie (Brooke) and Ashley (Elliott) Nipper, Bobby (Bailey) Gass, Danialle (Bob) Trapp, Kylee (Brady) Brown and Sadie (Angelina) Preston, Jacob Weeks
Great Grandchildren: Kyle, Jordan, Landon, Emelia, Donnie Jr., Brandon, Chase and Caden Nipper, Boone Gass, Issac, Jason & Wesley Trapp and in September baby girl Nipper
Several Nieces and Nephews
Great Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in Death by: Parents, 3 brothers, Jack, Bill & Robert Preston and Granddaughter Tawni Henager

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

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BENTON – Nancy Wyant, 70, of Benton, died June 1, 2019.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Arrangements are by the Leffler Funeral Home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Diana Ragan

Age: 71

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away 12:10 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 at her home

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at the New Life Assembly of God Church, McLeansboro

Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at New Life Assembly of God Church                                                             

Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Clergy: Pastor Andy May and Pastor Eric Ragan 

Date of Birth: January 23, 1948    

Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL

Father: Lonnie Carlton Reagan      

Mother: Lucile Hutchcraft

Marriage to: Randall Ragan on October 7, 1967 in McLeansboro, IL                   

Occupation: Homemaker                                                                                  

Church Affiliation: Member of  New Life Assembly of God Church

Activities: She loved spending time and playing with her grandchildren                                                                                                                                             

Survivors:

Husband: Randall  Ragan, McLeansboro, IL

Son: Bryce Ragan and wife Angela, McLeansboro

Daughter: Ramona (Ragan) Dial and husband Scott, McLeansboro

5 Grandchildren: Oakley and Laban Dial-  McLeansboro, Clayton, Olivia and Sarah Ragan – McLeansboro

Sisters-in-Law: Donna Betts (husband Ed), McLeansboro; Rosemary Payne, Macedonia;  Sandra Ragan, Becky Ragan and Joy Welch  all of McLeansboro

Preceded in Death by: Parents, Step-Father Robert Beasley; Sister Barbara Hood; Step-Brother Jack Beasley                   

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

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BENTON – Mary J. Boyd, 81, of Benton, passed away at 2:07 p.m., on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Franklin Hospital, Benton, IL. 

She was born on January 10, 1938, to Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Cassville, WI.

Mary is survived by her three children, Mary E. Bartlett and husband Joseph, Charles J. Boyd and wife Julie, and  Thomas W. Boyd and wife Paula; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings.

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

Per Mary’s wishes cremation was held.

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

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BENTON – Ruth J. Head, 92, of Benton passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 3, 2019.

She was born in Hamilton County, IL on May 4, 1927, the daughter of James Earl & Esta Pearline (Foster) Sullivan.
She married Samuel Franklin “Frank” Head on Oct. 12, 1949 in Carmi and he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 2013.

Mrs. Head is survived by her:
4 Children: Jim Head & wife Toni of Benton
Jodene Head of Bloomington
Wayne Head & wife Martha of Harrisburg
Linda Fred & Husband Michael of Urbana
10 Grandchildren
23 GreatGrandchildren
Sister: Edna Dunford of San Antonio, TX

Mrs. Head was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by a daughter-Shirley Threewitt, by a son-Larry Head, by twin daughters-Rosalyn & Carolyn, by a granddaughter, by a great grandson & by 2 brothers-Vernon & Edward Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Karl Barnfield officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery-Thompsonville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday 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.
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MCLEANSBORO – Robert “Bob” Aydt
Age: 79 yrs.
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 2:05 a.m., Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL
Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, July 7 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Rosary Service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Funeral: 10 a.m., Monday, July 8 at St. John’s Baptist Catholic Church, Piopolis, IL
Clergy: Father Slawomir Ptak will officiate the service.
Burial: St. John Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Piopolis. Graveside Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 106 of McLeansboro and the Military Honor Team of Marion, IL.

Date of Birth: September 21, 1939
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Charles T. Aydt
Mother: Katherine “Katie” Rubenacker
Occupation: Retail Merchant and employed by Aydt’s Hardware
Marriage to: Mary Ann Coy on May 30, 1966 in Piopolis, IL
Church Affiliation: Member of St. John Baptist Catholic Church, Piopolis
Military Service: Served in the U.S. Army in Germany.
Activities: He was owner of Aydt’s Hardware and an avid TV watcher.

Survivors:
Wife: Mary Ann Aydt, McLeansboro, IL
2 Sons: David Lee Aydt and wife Shanna – McLeansboro
Michael Alan Aydt and wife Kendra – Dahlgren, IL
2 Daughters: Keren Sue Maxim and husband Kevin – St. Louis, MO
Shannon Renee Brown and husband Mark – McLeansboro
9 Grandchildren: Peyton Aydt, Abram Aydt, Gracie Pate, Savannah Pate, Kathryn Maxim, Kimberly Maxim, Kyle Maxim, Jordan Brown and wife Kelsey and Emily Brown
2 Great Grandchildren: Evelyn and Allie Brown
1 Sister: Sister Agnes Therese Aydt – St. Louis, MO
1 Brother: Leo Aydt and wife Patsy – McLeansboro, IL
Preceded in Death By: His Parents, Son Rodney Aydt and a Brother Alfred Aydt
MEMORIALS TO: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, which is in charge of arrangements.

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SESSER – Michael William Blades, 65, of Sesser, passed away on July 1, 2019.

He was born on October 15, 1953 in Chicago, IL to William Herbert and Diane (Krmpotich) Blades. He married Debbie Lynn (Brooks) Blades on June 23, 2000 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his step-daughter Holly M. Brooks of Royalton; mother-in-law Gloria Lindsey of West Frankfort, IL; special close nephew Tyler Green of Sullivan, IL; and one sister Donna Mical of Arlington Heights, IL.

Michael enjoyed watching television, especially Live PD, he also enjoyed cooking, loved dogs and spending time with his family especially during the holidays.

Graveside services will be on Friday July 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blairsville Cemetery with Tyler Green officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

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SESSER – Cletis Hammond, 78, of Sesser, passed away on June 30, 2019.

He was born on July 31, 1940 in Du Quoin, IL to Roy and Dortha Pauline (Clampet) Hammond. 

He is survived by his daughters Tracey Patton of Lebanon, Rachele (Trevier) Minton of West Frankfort, Jodie (Sean) Dawe of Christopher and Tammy Goessman of Sesser; 11 grandchildren; and one great grandchild; two brothers Melvin (Neoma) Hammond of Sesser and Larry (Connie) Hammond of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday July 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Pastor David Dyer officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Association. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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

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BENTON – Mrs. Lavina Mae Gibbs, age 87, of Benton passed away at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Helia Healthcare of Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Karl Barnfield officiating.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lavina Gibbs to the Steel City Missionary Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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SESSER – Dale Allen, 68, of Sesser, passed away on June 29, 2019.

He was born on September 9, 1950 in DuQuoin, IL to Robert “Fuzz” Allen Sr. and Billie (Bowlin) Allen.

He is survived by his mother Billie Allen of DuQuoin, IL; his children Greg (Leigh) Allen of North Palm Beach, FL, Jonathon (Jeni) Allen of Naples, FL and Kaylee Allen of Herrin, IL; four grandchildren London Allen, Kelsi Epplin, Talion Miller and Blaine Bradley; one sister Kandy (David) Porter of DuQuoin; and one brother Bobby Allen of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Dale enjoyed gardening, canning vegetables and playing tennis.  He was an avid follower of all aspects of horse racing, including western pleasure show horses and cutting horses. 

Dale loved living life and never met a stranger.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottensen officiating.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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

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TROY GROVE, IL – Shirley L. Summers, 83, of Troy Grove, IL passed away Friday morning, June 28, 2019.

She was born in West Frankfort, IL on August 14, 1935, the daughter of Ransom & Fern Hewlett.

She married Warren Summers on June 2, 1956, and he preceded her in death on November 7, 1999.

Mrs. Summers was a member of the Moose & Elks Lodge.

She is survived by her:

            5 Children:

                        Diana Summers of Troy Grove, IL

                        Gwen Voss & husband Greg of Lombard

                        Kenneth Summers & wife Marsha of MN

                        Paula McDonald of Mendota

                        Larry Summers & wife Debbie of Plainfield

            6 Grandchildren:

                        Sheila Voss

                        Kaitlyn Summers

                        Nicholas Summers

                        Valerie Drewel

                        David McDonald

                        Madison Summers

            1 Sister: Maxine Page of Benton

            1 Brother: Lowell Hewlett of West Frankfort

Mrs. Summers was preceded in death by her Parents & Husband.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 2nd at the Morton & Johnston FuneraL Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Phillips Cemetery in Ewing. Visitation will be after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

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SESSER – Jimmie Dale Crawford, 79, of Sesser passed away Friday, June 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in West Frankfort, IL on January 1, 1940, the son of James & Charity (Culpepper) Crawford.

Mr. Crawford married Kathryn Gulley on May 9, 1964 and she survives.

Mr. Crawford was a member of the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church. He was a member of the UMWA. Mr. Crawford served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He is survived by his:

            Wife: Kathryn Crawford of Sesser

            2 Sons:

                        Tim Crawford of Sesser

                        Mark Crawford of Miami, FL

            Grandchildren:

                        Matthew Crawford of Sesser

                        Elizabeth Crawford of Sesser

                        Sydney Crawford of Benton

                        Michael Crawford of Benton

                        Gabrielle Reed of Carbondale

            3 Sisters

            5 Brothers

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his Parents and by 3 Brothers.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, July 1st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Bro. Larry Cook officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Post & the National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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

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WAYNE CITY – Laura L. Veatch

Age: 79

Residence: Wayne City, IL

Passed Away: 4:45 a.m., Friday,  June 28, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL

Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday,  July 1, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL 

Funeral Service: Noon, Monday, July 1, 2019, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Clergy: Reverend Alan Monroe       

Burial: I.O.O.F. Veterans Cemetery, McLeansboro      

Date of Birth: September 8, 1939          

Father: Bernard Boyer  Mother: Freda (Allen) Boyer

Marriage to: Donald  Veatch and he passed away Sept. 9, 2008.

Occupation: Homemaker                                                                              

Activities: She watched Cardinal baseball, loved woodworking crafts and owned and operated along with her husband “Say It With Wood” in McLeansboro.

Church Affiliation: Baptist by Faith

Survivors:

Son: Kevin Veatch – Wayne City, IL

Daughter:  Sonya Davis – Henderson, KY

4 Grandchildren:  Amber Miller – Wayne City, IL

                                Sara Luffman (husband Bret), McLeansboro, IL

                                Matthew Veatch (wife Lindy) – Ewing, IL

                                Alexis Hamilton – Mt. Vernon, IL

4 Great Grandchildren: Ashton Hess/ Landen Catron/ Callie Jo Catron/ Kyson Veatch

1 Brother: L.B. Boyer ( wife Terry) – McLeansboro, IL

2 Sisters: Marilyn Sancrant (husband Clarence) – Phoenix, AZ

                  Sue Ballard (husband Hubert) – McLeansboro, IL

Numerous Nephews and Nieces

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents and Husband

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