SESSER – Bill Robinson, 75, of Sesser passed away on May 22, 2019.

He was born on April 20, 1944 in DuQuoin, IL to Virgil and Muriel (Clinton) Robinson.

He is survived by his children Sheryl Bennett of Mt Vernon, Martina (Scott) Randolph of Sesser and Justin Applekamp of Sesser; grandchildren Brittany (Brandon) Wilson of Christopher, Taylor Cockrum of Mt Vernon, Brandon Cockrum of Sesser, Emma Beaman of Sesser, Kenne Robinson of Scheller; great grandchildren Shon, Braxton and Clay; and one brother Delmar Robinson.

There’s no way to sum up a person in just a few words but here are some things we can remember about Bill. He proudly served in the United States Army. He was an avid fan of Bears Football. He loved boating and fishing, was a great grill master and always enjoyed an ice cold glass of milk with dinner. He had a soft spot for music and old Westerns and always spent as much time as possible outside in the warm summer months. He is now at peace with those that have passed before him.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Sesser VFW on June 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. with military rites. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Sesser VFW.

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

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BENTON – Janetta Lucille Marteney, 79, of Warner Robins, GA, formerly of Benton, IL, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Warner Robins, GA.

She was born on September 18, 1939, in Benton, IL., to James “Dick” Glover and Jamima Irby Glover. She attended Grant Grade School, Webster Junior High and was a 1957 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School.

After graduation she and her best friend Donna accepted civil service jobs in Washington, D.C., working as secretaries in the Department of the Navy. She married Jack Marteney in 1960, in Virginia. They were blessed with two daughters. Jacklynn in 1961, and Kelly Ann in 1962. Janetta returned to Benton in 1963, and accepted a job at Scott Air Force Base Hospital, In the years prior to her retirement she was the Executive Secretary for the Director of Nursing. She retired in 1999 and moved back to Benton. In more recent years she made her home in Warner Robins with her daughter Jacklynn.

Janetta is survived by her loving daughter, Jacklynn; granddaughter Kelly and husband Brian Gagne; grandson Andrew and wife Melissa Shaw; Great grandsons, which she adored, Jackson, James and Evan Gagne and Zachary Shaw; sister Dixie Simmons; sisters-in-law Cheryl Glover and Francis Glover; nieces Amy Russell and Amanda Rone; nephews Mike Simmons and Daniel Glover; and many great nieces and nephews and her many life long friends from Scott Air Force Base Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kelly Ann; son-in-law, Alan Shaw; sister, Peggy Lou Glover; brothers, Richard Glover, Jack Glover, Jimmy Glover and his wife Mary; and brother-in-law, John Simmons.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home. Burial will be privately held at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Per her request memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Agnes “Peggy” O. Gunter, 84, of Benton, passed away at 10:05 a.m., on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Benton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born on May 25, 1934, to Corbett and Willie (DeVore) Owens in Clearwater, SC. Peggy was a Homemaker and Caregiver all her life. On June 16, 1955, she married James D. Gunter and he preceded her in death on March 29, 2014.

Peggy was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed gardening, reading and listening to music.

She is survived by her two daughters, Gay L. Nutty and husband Michael and Shelia K. Simion and husband Lane; one granddaughter, Jayme Tubbs and husband Brandon; one grandson, Taz Simion; one great-granddaughter, Emily Tubbs; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one brother, Earl Ownes.

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

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home with the Rev. Ryan Mulvaney officiating services.

Burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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

The family would like to extend deep appreciation to everyone at Benton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, for the compassion shown to Peggy and her family.

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

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BENTON – Kathryn Ann Williams, age 61, of Benton, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Elder S.M. Williams Cemetery North of Ewing, with Father Urban Osuji officiating. There will be no visitation, family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Mrs. William’s wishes were to be cremated, with cremation arrangements through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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

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LEXINGTON, KY – Tracie B. Willis, age 43, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Lexington, KY. She was born on August 29, 1975, in Benton, Illinois to Bruce and Vickie (Adkins) Willis.

Tracie graduated Benton Consolidated High School in 1993. She graduated Rend Lake College in 1994 with an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. Shortly after her graduation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting with a Minor in Finance, Tracie followed her passion for the Thoroughbred industry and moved to Lexington, KY. She sincerely loved horses and all aspects of the business and was an avid horse racing fan as well as a strong supporter of several organizations committed to the welfare of horses. Tracie treasured her precious dogs, and considered them family, especially her beloved Buddy and Lexi, who passed several years ago, and is survived by her current canine companions, Paco and Ginger. Tracie overcame her health struggles with great courage and strength and did not let them hold her back from being the most loyal friend anyone could ask for, extending kindness to friends and strangers alike, and living life to the fullest. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way and will be greatly missed.

Tracie was last employed by Darby Dan Farm, where she was a dedicated team member for seven years. She was totally committed to the Farm’s business operation and was a consummate talent in her many roles. She was the face behind Darby Dan’s social media, oversaw human resources and insurance, a popular Darby Dan tour guide, and represented the farm in multiple professional associations. She was a proficient and respected Master of Accounting.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by an older sister, Melissa Willis of Benton, Illinois, along with several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Preceding her death were her Paternal Grandparents, Lloyd & Helen Willis, and her Maternal Grandparents, James & Lili Mae Adkins.

Anyone whose life was touched by Tracie is invited to join us and celebrate her at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th at the Immanuel Baptist Church 516 North Main Street in Benton, IL 62812 with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating.  The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is assisting with local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please share her commitment to and her support for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance or the Franklin County Humane Society.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Reba Mae Hilty, 75, of Christopher passed away on May 21, 2019.

She was born on July 28, 1943 in Mulkeytown to Robert and Ruth (Bacon) Edmonds. She married David Hilty and he preceded her in death on February 8, 2019.

She is survived by her children Denise Slater and David W. Hilty; three grandchildren; one sister Nancy Rice and one brother Roy Edmonds.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother Robert Edmonds.

Graveside services will be on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Zeigler Cemetery with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

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MOUNT CARMEL – Betty R. Grewe, 84, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, Indiana surrounded by her family. She was born on November 9, 1934 in White County, Illinois, the daughter of Cyril and Katie (Dauby) Biggerstaff. Betty married Ed Grewe on April 21, 1954 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Enfield, Illinois. Betty and Ed enjoyed sixty-five years of marriage centered on family and living their faith while supporting one another.

Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Those who knew Betty loved her. She had a gift to brighten anyone’s day and truly cared for people. She loved helping others and that was evident in her dedicated volunteer work at Wabash General Hospital, the local nursing homes and at local blood drives. She was very passionate about this work and took great pride in serving others. Betty was a great conversationalist. She was always up to date on current events and had a broad perspective on issues related to history.

Betty and Ed were faithful members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 63 years. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella; where she was very active in the interest of the Church while promoting community events. Among Betty’s hobbies she loved to decorate her home for the different seasons. She also enjoyed working in her flower garden.

Betty will be remembered by her loving husband, Ed Grewe of Mount Carmel; son, Stephen (Virginia) Grewe of Westminster, CO; three daughters, Sharon (Robert) Lauchner of Myersville, MD, Linda (Michael) Eirhart of Elkton, MD and Barbara (Rick) Rolston of Decatur, IN; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jorge) Zetino, Jacqueline (Rajashekar) Kieffner, Jason Eirhart, Michelle Eirhart, Katie Eirhart, Travis (Kristy) Rolston; great grandchildren, Chloe Rolston and Landon Rolston; sister, Louise (Gerald) York of Enfield, IL; many loved nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; son, Richard Grewe; two sisters, Rosie Frymire and Lucille Berberich.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A Rosary Service will be held at 3 p.m. prior to the visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Robert Zwilling officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic School, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House. Envelopes will be at the Church or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Betty’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Grewe family, please visit www.keepesfuneralhome.com

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SESSER – Helen Lucille Kirkpatrick Galloway went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 surrounded by her three beautiful daughters. She was born to Virgil “Whitey” and Elizabeth Kirkpatrick on August 25, 1939 in Du Quoin, Illinois.

She married Donald Lee Galloway on July 27, 1957 in Sesser, Illinois. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage and were blessed with four children. She was a mother, Tupperware manager, but best remembered in her community as Mrs. Helen, our bus driver. She enjoyed painting, quilting, traveling and spending time with her family. She was a Christian and helped plant the Butterfield Freewill Baptist Church in Aurora, Illinois and was a member of Hazel Dell Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie and Jeff Staley, of Mt. Vernon; Diana and Steve Rea, of Benton; Dana and Darrell Kingore, of Ozark, MO; daughter-in-law, Shelly Galloway-Thies and husband, Jeff of Sesser; and one sister, Virginia and Jerry Brachear of Saginaw, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and beloved son, Danny. She adored her grandchildren, Dacey, Abbi, Allison, Ben, Dustin, John Palmer, Dayton, Daelon, Will, Dason, Drennon, Dreanna, and many great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Vistation will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with a celebration of her life on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to pancan.org/donate or accepted at the funeral home for Pancreatic Cancer Research in memory of her son, Danny Galloway.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Ann Rankin
Age: 63
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 6:20 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18 at Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Pastor Mike Glenn officiating
Burial: Hickory Hill Cemetery, Walpole, IL

Date of Birth: July 22, 1955
Place of Birth: Paducah, KY
Father: Roy Franklin Rhine
Mother: Thyda June Rhine
Marriage to: Jesse William “Bill” Rankin on May 7, 1983 in McLeansboro, IL. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2011.
Occupation: Ann was a retired florist and affiliated with Roger’s House of Flowers.
Activities: She loved to shop and loved outdoor activities, but her grandchildren were the pride of her life.
Church Affiliation: Protestant by Faith

Survivors:
2 Daughters: Amy Glenn and husband Jeremy, McLeansboro, IL. Abby Sanders and husband Willie, West Frankfort, IL.
3 Grandchildren: Brittany Ragan, Garrett Glenn and Jessica Glenn
2 Great Grandchildren: Cauler and Corbin Ragan
1 Sister: Mary Douglass and husband Gary of Tyler, TX
Several Nieces and Nephews

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents Roy & Thyda, Husband “Bill”, Brother Roger Rhine and Daughter Jessica

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of Ann’s arrangements.

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CLEBURN – Jerry McRoy, 55, of Cleburn passed away on May 16, 2019.

He was born on January 25, 1964 in Herrin, IL.

He is survived by his step-father George (Dottie) Norris of Christopher; one sister Julie (Randy) Humphrey of Royalton; one niece Hannah Humphrey; one nephew Dalton Humphrey; aunts and one uncle Florine Brierton, Mary Williams, David (Iva) Short and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Joyce (Short) Leroy.

Graveside services will be on Saturday May 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Miner’s Cemetery in Royalton with Brother Denny Bush officiating. 

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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SESSER – Lana Jean Wilson, 77, of Sesser, passed away on May 14, 2019.

She was born on June 18, 1941 in Benton, IL to Delmont “Dink” and Marcella (Coffel) Rone. 

She is survived by her children Richard Wright of Sesser, Paula Jones of Arizona and Michael (Christy) Wilson of Mt.Carmel, IL; grandchildren Ryan Wright, Deanna Tucker, Katie Cross, Natasha Harmon, Shawn Wright, Micah Wilson, Jade Jones, Hannah Wilson and Piper Wilson; 10 great grandchildren; one sister Barb (Jerry) Wilderman of Du Quoin; one brother Pete (Linda) Rone of Sesser; one sister-in-law Rhonda Rone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son David Wright and one brother Butch Rone.

Private graveside services will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottenson officiating. 

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

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BENTON – Virgil Mullen, 85, of Benton passed away Monday morning, May 13, 2019 at his home.

He was born on April 5, 1934 in Cascilla, Mississippi, the son of Joseph Edward & Lola Mae (Mitchell) Mullen. He married JoAnn Mullen on June 9, 1957 in Joliet, IL and she preceded him in death on December 30, 2017. Mr. Mullen along with his wife formerly owned & operated the Benton Bowl & Rend Lake Storage.

Mr. Mullen is survived by his:
3 Children:
Dave Mullen & wife Janie of Janesville, WI
Cindy Faulkner & husband Carley of Benton
Arlena Baier & husband Max of Valier
Grandchildren: Natalie, Kyle, Cassie, Jessica, Andy & Art
Great-Grandchildren: Aidan, Virgil, Sophia, Arlena, Karley, William & Greyson
3 Sisters: Francis, Frankie & Jeanie

Mr. Mullen was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, by a Son-Norman Ray, by a Grandson-Nathan and by 9 Siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Ken Petty officiating. Burial will be in the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Donald Marshall Aiken, age 86, of Benton, passed away at 4:56 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at the First Christian Church of Benton with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the funeral hour at 1 p.m. on Friday at the First Christian Church. Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall Fund or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the church on Friday.

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

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BENTON – Kevin Lloyd Cox, 63, of Benton, passed away at 2:45 p.m., on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Marion VA Medical Community Living Center.

He was born on September 9, 1955, to Lloyd Cox and JoAnn Campbell in Benton, IL. Kevin was a dog groomer in Benton for 14 years. He married the former Caryl Neiman, and she proceeded him in death.

Kevin was a United States Navy Veteran. He loved playing golf, boating and spending time with his pet companion Yodi.

He is survived by his mother, JoAnn Campbell; four brothers and two sisters, Courtney Cox and wife Leslie, Jackie Giacoman, Raul David Giacoman, Maria Elena Byrd, Jon Christopher Giacoman and Justus William Cox; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd D. Cox; and wife, Caryl Cox.

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

Per Kevin’s wishes cremation will take place, and services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Angelina Foundation or the Franklin County Animal Shelter, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – James “Jim” R. Norman, 79, of Benton, passed away at 10:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

He was born on February 17, 1940, to Vernie and Jewel (Caraker) Norman in Vandalia, IL. Mr. Norman was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. On April 3, 1982, he married Cheryl Loy Puckett in Benton, IL., and she proceeded him in death on August 5, 2011.

Jim enjoyed reading, history, watching movies, traveling and spending time with his loving grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Jennifer Lawler and husband Scott; one grandson, Jesse Norman; two granddaughters, Ava Lawler and Emma Lawler; three brothers, Michael Norman, Tim Norman and Steve Norman; two sisters, Patty Cunningham and Susan Haithcoat; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Vernie and Jewel Norman; his loving wife, Cheryl Loy Norman.

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

Jims wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held privately at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Benton Ministerial Alliance and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Charlotte Ann Pedigo, 85, formerly of Christopher passed away on May 11, 2019.

She was born on April 20, 1934 in West Frankfort, IL to Ervie and Florence (Freeman) Beers. She married Kenneth Pedigo and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Jerry (Gail) Carpenter of Mulkeytown, Chrystle (Sean) Gowers of Christopher and Leigha Keltner of Benton; grandchildren Twila Ann Chooper, Jamie Dawn Carpenter, Devin Allen Galloway, Misty Lynn Carpenter, Jessica Nicole Melton, Bethany Ann Galloway, Sierra Rashawn Keltner, Natalie Nicole Keltner, Stormy George Keltner, Damion Markious Keltner; great grandchildren Ashlyn Taylor Spears, Drake Hunter Spears, Ezekiel Wiliam Key, Keilee Brooke Marie Key, and Kajin Ray Keltner and Alexea Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Rox Ann Partin, three grandchildren Angela Christine Melton, Brooke Marie Bolen and Billy Ray Keltner.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday May 15, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort.

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

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BENTON – Brozella “Brodie” Odam, age 90, of Benton, passed away and went to be with her Lord and Savior, at 4:23 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Parkway Manor Nursing Home of Marion, Illinois.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Logan Church of God with Rev. Larry Odam and Rev. Rick Fowler officiating.  Burial will be in the Plasters Grove Cemetery of Thompsonville.  Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, and from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour on Wednesday at the church. 

The family prefers Memorial contributions may be made to the Logan Church of God, or to Church of God World Missions; and will be accepted at the funeral home on Tuesday evening or at the church on Wednesday.

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

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BENTON – Janelle Rogers, 87, of Benton passed away Friday evening May 10, 2019 at St. Louis University Hospital.

She was born in Jonesboro, IL on April 6, 1932, the daughter of Benjamin & Anna (Crowell) McRaven. She married Robert E. Rogers on November 28, 1998 and he preceded her in death on November 12, 2016.

Mrs. Rogers finished her career as an office assistant for Roger Clark DVM. She liked to work in her flower garden andshe enjoyed crossword puzzles. She enjoyed spending time with her children & grandchildren. She enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley & Alan Jackson.

Mrs. Rogers is survived by her:
3 Children:
Deanna Marvel & husband Mike of Thompsonville
Glenn Hiller of Benton
Greg Gunter of West Frankfort
11 Grandchildren
13 Great-great-grandchildren
Sister: Lora WIlliams of Murphysboro
Several Nieces & Nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews and great-great-nieces & great-great-nephews

Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by a Son-David Hiller, a great-granddaughter, by 3 Sisters & 3 Brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

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

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BENTON – Alan Wyant, age 74, of Benton, passed away at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Kishwaukee Hospital of Dekalb, Illinois.

Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, in Block CC, with Rev. Dale Burzynski officiating. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery on Monday.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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

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COELLO – Tyler Dewayne Shelton, 22, of Coello, passed away on May 7, 2019.

He was born on June 10, 1996 in Madisonville, KY.

He is survived by his fiancé Kortnie Bailey, daughter Macii Shelton, mother and step-father Amy and Josh Hiller, father Bruce Shelton, three brothers Taylor Shelton, Colton Shelton and Clay Shelton, grandparents Chester and Rita Brown and Patty and Kevin Hiller.

A Memorial Visitation will be on Monday May 13, 2019 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. The family request that everyone attending to please dress casual.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mental Health America, checks can be made payable to Kortnie Bailey and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Bonnie (Mann) Parkhill

Age: 77
Residence: Benton, IL and formerly a resident of McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Belle Plaine, MN at the home of her son.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 11 at Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Brother Eddie Paul Davis
Burial: Digby Cemetery, Dale, IL

Date of Birth: October 16, 1941
Place of Birth: Dale, IL
Father: Jesse Mann
Mother: Artie (Hutcheson) Mann
Marriage to: Earl Eugene Parkhill
Occupation: Computer Operator and was previously employed by Hamilton County Telephone Co-op
Activities: Enjoyed working crafts, watching TV and spending time with grandson.
Church Affiliation: Member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Benton, IL

Survivors:
Husband: “Gene” Parkhill, Benton, IL
1 Son: Kevin Johnson & wife Julie, Belle Plaine, MN
1 Grandson: Max Johnson

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents, infant brother, step-father Oscar Sebree
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: Donations have been requested to be made to the family and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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WHITTINGTON – Raymond Lipe
March 3, 1925 – May 7, 2019

Preceded in death by the love of his life, Vanetta, two sisters, Beulah (John) and Berniece (Tommy), his mother, Nolia and father, George. He is survived by three sons, Kenneth (Dorothy), Gary (Linda) and Gordon (Johanna), seven grandchildren, Sandra, Kenny, Kelly, Lisa, Angelique, Gordon and Sherry, 16 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from Electro-motive, a division of General Motors. He will be greatly missed by all of his family.

Burial at Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington, Illinois on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts and the National Guard Honor Squad.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Kody Michael Vanfossan, 24, of Christopher, died doing what he loved, on May 5, 2019 while battling a 6 alarm commercial fire in Christopher, IL. He idolized his father and followed in his footsteps by becoming a third generation volunteer fire fighter. They trained and fought fires side by side. Kody became a Cadet at the age of 16 and had a total of 9 years of service on a fire department. He worked at Nascote in Nashville.

He was a devoted father and soon to be husband, a beloved son, brother, grandson, and nephew. Kody’s kind heart and willingness to help others earned him countless friends, both in and out of the fire service. He was born in Carbondale to Brent and Mindy Vanfossan on November 15, 1994.

He is survived by his fiancé Casey Garrett, 5 month old son Erik Michael Vanfossan, his parents Brent & Mindy Vanfossan, brother Garrett Vanfossan, and sister Paige Vanfossan all of Christopher. Grandparents Gary and Kathy Bartolotti of Christopher, Lisa Wilkerson of Georgia, Terena Kash of Whittington, and Great Grand Mother Doris Adams of Huntsville, AL. His Uncle Michael (Susie) Bartolotti of Christopher.  Several Cousins and Great Aunts and Great Uncles. 

He is proceeded in death by his grandparents Libero & Delphine Bartolotti, Mitch Wilkerson, Bob Adams and Tom Vanfossan.

Funeral services will be on Friday May 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Christopher High School Gymnasium, #1 Bearcat Drive, Christopher, IL 62822 with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday May 9, 2019 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Christopher High School Gymnasium with a Firefighter Walkthrough at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be on Friday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with a Firefighter Walkthrough at 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at St Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to an educational fund for his son, checks can be made payable to Erik Vanfossan care of Mindy Vanfossan and will be accepted at any State Bank of Whittington Bank, Christopher City Hall or the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Envelopes will also be available at the Christopher High School Gymnasium.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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

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NNA – David Michael Dixon, 70, of Anna and formerly of Stewart Estates in McLeansboro, passed away at 8:20 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Cardinal Manor in Anna.

A family graveside service will be held Monday, May 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg Cemetery near Ozark. Anyone attending the service, please go directly to the cemetery.                                                 

Date of Birth: October 28, 1948               

Place of Birth: Kewanee, IL

Father: Kenneth Rolland Dixon     

Mother: Eva Jane (Harper) Dixon (Bennett)                                                    

Activities: Loved doing word search/listening to religious programs and sermons and he loved watching “Old Time TV Shows.”             

Survivors:

Father: Rolland Dixon, Eldorado, IL.

2 Brothers: Rolland E. Dixon and wife Brenda, Big Rock, IL. Keith Dixon and partner Mary Lynn, Pensacola, FL.

1 Brother-in-Law: Terry Hailey, Montgomery, IL.

Several Nieces and Nephews                        

Preceded in Death by: His mother and sister Lou Dean “Crickett” Hailey.                                                                                                                   

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

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THOMPSONVILLE – Ardus Rosalee Shepard, age 99, of Thompsonville, passed away at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in South Carolina.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery, east of Thompsonville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to the funeral hour on Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Cemetery of Thompsonville and will be accepted at the cemetery.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Mrs. Shepard, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.
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MCLEANSBORO – On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Carl Sheridan Leek, beloved father and grandfather, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 85.

Carl was born September 23, 1933 in Valier, IL, to Jesse and Matilda Leek. He served his country in the Korean War, and on October 23, 1953, married the love of his life, Janet Viola Williams. Together they raised three children, Sherilyn Bundy, Geri Owen, and Jeffrey Leek. Carl answered the call to ministry on Easter Sunday, 1962, and became the pastor of Coello Baptist Church where he and Jan served for 18 years. He then went on to pastor several churches over the course of his 55-year ministry.

He was a mentor, a teacher, a father, and a scholar. He was known for his compassion, his unshakable faith, and his vast love of his family. His patience and love formed the bedrock of a legacy that touched countless lives, continuing the message of hope by which he lived.

Carl is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Janet Leek, his mother Matilda, his father Jesse, his brothers Charles and Earl Leek, and his sister Lucille LeVault. He is survived by his daughters Sherilyn and Geri, and his son Jeffrey (Robin), his grandchildren Rhonda (Chris) Gore, Stacey Young, Robbie Edwards, Lauren Edwards, Jordan Leek, Austin Leek, Madison Leek, his great grandchildren Allison (Mark) Jett, Aleah Gore, Vali Gore, Staley Alvis, Alexandria Drew, and Vedder Mount, and his great-great granddaughter Viola Jett.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Jacob Gray officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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

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BENTON – Audrey Faye Gilliam, 74, of Benton, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019, at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on May 8, 1944, to Troy and Vevia (Threewitt) Knight in Benton, IL.

Audrey was a member of Greater Life Church in Benton, IL. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to many. Audrey enjoyed listening and singing christian music, crafting, sewing, tending to flowers, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and attending Friday night game night with her loving sisters.

She is survived by her four loving children, Vevia Tindall and husband Greg, Keith Williams and wife Jennifer, Randy Williams and wife Tammy, and Robin Goodwin; six granddaughters, Heather Mitchell and husband Scott, Ashley Tindall, Britney Tindall, Rylan Williams, Keesha Kern and husband Caleb, Amber Williams; five grandsons, Brice Clark, Colin Clark, Mason Williams, Devin Williams, Josh Goodwin; great-grandchildren, Josie Mitchell, Maddox Mitchell, Siersha Mitchell and one on the way; three sisters, Joyce Duchene, Judy Green and Linda Summers; eleven nieces, Sheila Hightower and husband Paul, Eva Boonstra and husband Hank, Sandy Newbolds, Tammy Salomon, Rhonda Bush, Lisa Rodriquez and husband Tony, Kim Summers, Kristie Ruthland, Heather Summers, Laurie Barrientes and husband Simon, and Lindsey Vessels and husband Steven; eleven nephews, Troy Knight and wife Kelly, Freddie Parkhill and wife Norma, David Summers, John Summers, Jerry Summers, Jeff Summers and wife Crystal, Stephen Chirch and wife Brittany, Tim Summers, Kevin Summers, Mark Stelle and Ron Williams and wife Lisa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Vevia Knight; three sisters, Kathy Gulley, Shirley Summers and Marilyn Knight; two brothers, Donnie Knight and Eddie Knight; four brother-in-laws, David Green, Ronald Summers, Art Duchene and Gene Summers; and a son-in-law, Bill Goodwin.

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

Visitation will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from Noon to 2 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Fitzpatrick, officiating services.

Burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greater Life Church, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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POCAHONTAS, AR – Wanda Lea (Rice) Bush, 89, of Pocahontas, AR was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at Franklin Hospital in Benton, IL.

Wanda was born on April 17, 1930 in Dalton Community, AR to Jasper Monroe and Laura Emmaline (Looney) Rice. Wanda married Edward Richard Bush on Sept 4, 1947 in Corning, AR.

Wanda’s hobbies included quilting, sewing and fishing with Edward. She also loved watching westerns and listening to bluegrass, southern gospel and older county music.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward one son Kendal Bush; a son-in-law Furlin Allison and all 9 siblings. Wanda is survived by one son Micke Bush of Pocahontas and a daughter Bonnie (Roger) Flatt of Buckner, IL; three grandchildren Jared (Trinity) Allison; Miranda (Jeremy) Young all of Benton, IL, and Debbie (Jamie) Davis in Springfield, MO. Six great grandchildren: Morgan Young, Austin Young, Travis Allison and Meryl Allison all of Benton, IL and Lanora Davis and Owen Davis of Springfield, MO and many nieces, nephews and cousins. It was Wanda’s wish to be cremated and her remains will be placed at Antioch Cemetery in Hamil Community near Pocahontas, AR. A memorial service may take place later but at this time there will not be any services pending.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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MULKEYTOWN – Darla Jane Rogers, 77, of Mulkeytown, passed away on April 28, 2019.

She was born on October 22, 1941 in Chicago, IL to Herbert and Ruby (Copeland) Silkwood. She married Jimmy Rogers on December 23, 1960 and he survives of Mulkeytown.

She is also survived by her daughter Lisa DeMunbren of Chesterfield, MO and one granddaughter Jessica DeMunbren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Allen Silkwood.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Gene Douglass
Age: 67
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 1:14 a.m., Sunday, April 28 at St. Vincent Hospital, Evansville, IN

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2019, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2019, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray
Burial: Hebron Cemetery, Walpole, IL

Date of Birth: February 15, 1952

Place of Birth: Eldorado, IL

Father: Paul Eugene Douglass

Mother: Frances Clementine Douglass

Occupation: Business Owner

Activities: He loved to bird hunt but mostly loved playing with granddaughters. He was a Member of McLeansboro Elks and Eagles Lodges.

Survivors:
2- Sons: Corey Douglass and wife Ashley of Norris City, IL
Kyle Douglass and wife Julie of Mt. Vernon, IL

3 Grandchildren: Amelia Kate Douglass, Hadley Douglass, Kylie Douglass

Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in Death By: Parents, Sister Barbara Satterfield

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