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MCLEANSBORO – Eulah Fay (White) Ray, 98, a resident of McLeansboro, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 21st at 12:58 p.m., at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. Eulah was born August 21, 1922 to Floyd and Ella (Miller) White at their home in Twigg Township, 20 minutes after her twin sister. She married Ralph Ray on December 20, 1941 in St. Charles, MO. They wed just two weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Her husband preceded her in death on April 18, 1988.

She was a farmer’s wife, homemaker, and worked as a clerk at P.N. Hirsch and Co. for nearly 20 years. She was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist church since 1933 and was very active in the church until failing health.

She is survived by two sons: Kenny (Yvonne) Ray of Marion and Keith (Kathleen) Ray of Woodlawn. One daughter: Karlah (Scott) Wolf of McLeansboro. One brother: Millage (Daisy) White of Carmi. Two sister-in-laws: Mildred Webb of McLeansboro and Eleanor Ray of Collinsville. Three grandsons: John Ray (Alison) of McLeansboro; Jason (Amy) Ray of Dix, and Brian Ray of Energy. Three granddaughters: Melissa (Tim) Koch of Woodlawn; Laney and Lexey Hutchcraft of McLeansboro. Eight great grandchildren: Clara Hopfinger and Halle Ray of McLeansboro; Adrianne and Trenton Ray of Dix; Autumn Ray of Crab Orchard; Zerek, Zelena and Zaylor Koch of Woodlawn. One great-great granddaughter: Tansley Ingram of McLeansboro. She is also survived by two step granddaughters: Tiffany and Ariel Wolf and four step-great grandchildren: Averie, MaKenzie, Davanee, and JaceLynn. Along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by a sister: Irene (Lester) Hall, a brother: Mark (Geraldine) White and twin sister: Beulah Mae (Herman) Skelton; sister-in-law: Hazel (Delmar) Carr, two brother-in-laws: Darrel Webb and Charles Ray and two nieces.

Funeral services for Eulah will be held Sunday, October 25th at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church in McLeansboro, with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Officiating the funeral service will be Bros. Scott Wolf, Jacob Gray and Bennie Webb. Visitation will be Saturday, October 24th from 5-8 p.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro and Sunday, October 25th from 12-2 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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


SESSER – Bertha Erma Lee Conner, 95, went to be with the Lord on October 21, 2020. She passed away at Franklin Hospital with her daughter Katie and husband Jerrel by her side.

Erma Lee was born on April 14, 1925 in Sesser to Lemuel and Bertha (Rick) Cockrum. She married Wesley V. Conner on July 19, 1942. He passed away on March 23, 2011. They have one surviving daughter, Katie (Jerrel) Dungy of Benton.

Erma Lee was saved at 12 years old and was baptized in the pond behind their house in rural Sesser, Illinois. Until her passing she was the oldest member of Rescue Freewill Baptist Church. She was Sunday school clerk for many years and part of those years she and her sister in law, Venita Kern were church custodians. She also was the church pianist for several years. She was best known for her chicken and dumplings.

Erma Lee is survived by her daughter Katie (Jerrel) Dungy, seven grandchildren – Karen Miller, Rhea Eva (Joey) Hutchcraft, Matt (Andrea) Dungy, Eric (Kelly) Kirk, Tom (Kim) Kirk, Erin (Jason) Bennett, and Molly (Jeff) Minor. Twelve great grandchildren – Brandon Hess, Samuel Miller, Shelby (Matt) Anrovandi, Ben (Katlynn) Hutchcraft, Ike Hutchcraft, Liam (Kara) Kirk, Laney, Briley and Eli Kirk, Taylor Noel (Aaron Ballew), Madison Noel, Addie Dungy and five great great grandchildren – Wesley and Noah Androvani, Oliver Ballew, Knox Minor and Bennett Kirk. One sister – Mazie Hamilton and fiance Larry Overturf, and one son-in-law Kern Kirk. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, two infant sisters – Nancy May and Margaret Fay, two daughters – Ruth Kirk and Paula Tate, and great grandson Zach Dungy, four half brothers – Edgar, Loren, and Virgil Griffin. Brothers Frank and Coy I. Cockrum, four sisters – Rada Reynolds, Dorothy Conner, Afton Lampley and Nellie Rosemary Smith.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Rescue Freewill Baptist Church in Whittington from 6-8 p.m. with funeral services on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the church at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery in Whittington.

We ask that you be considerate of others and practice social distancing. Masks are recommended, and will be made available upon request.

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


ZEIGLER – Dorothy J. Wilinkin of Zeigler, Illinois passed into the next life on October 21, 2020, after a short illness. 

She was inducted into the National Honor Society in 1948 and enjoyed academic success at the University of Maryland University College, earning a Bachelors Degree Magna Cum Laude. She retired from the federal civil service more than 25 years ago. She was an avid piano player and enjoyed playing piano at the church she attended in Zeigler until joining First Christian Church of Royalton. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her late husband, Edward M. Wilinkin, and her first husband, Robert K. Shrake. She was also preceded in death by both of her parents, Virgil and Inos Phifer (nee Hall) and both of her siblings, Margaret Parsons (nee Phifer) and Kenneth Phifer. 

She is survived by her four children, Robert Shrake, Brian Shrake, Judy Donegan (nee Shrake), and James Shrake, as well as 11 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Donations to First Christian Church of Royalton in lieu of flowers are encouraged.

Online condolences may be expressed online at www.patefh.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Betty J. Moore, 85, of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away at 10:50 p.m. in Carmi, Illinois on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Born April 14, 1935 to Thurman and Josephine (Bequeret) Thomas, she later married Thomas W. Egbert (deceased) and to that union was born two sons: Thomas Jr. (deceased) and Vernon (Robbin) Egbert of Cahokia, IL. On February 27, 1987 she married Richard Moore and helped him raise his three children: Bryce (Jennifer) Moore of Highland, IL, Patricia (Carl) Handel of Rockwood, IL and Karen (Travis) Keenan of St. Peters, MO. Betty was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren: Samuel, Joshua, Elijah and Nathan Moore, Jessica and Jacob Handel and Luke and Seth Keenan. Also surviving are two sisters: Josephine Champ and Sandy Talbert.

Betty was a loving and caring soul who enjoyed gardening, sewing and spending time with family and friends. An active member of the Blooming Grove Missionary Baptist Church, she was a passionate participant in the Women’s Missionary Union and the Auxiliary of the local Gideon’s Camp.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Blooming Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Bill Miller officiating. Those attending the service are asked to please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  

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

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


MCLEANSBORO – Wilma Cobb, 86, of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at her daughters home.

She was born April 16, 1934 in Pittsburg, IL to Loren and Bertie (Oliver) Murphy. A mother and housewife for 28 years, but when her husband became ill she stepped and became breadwinner for the family. She went to work as one of the first women underground coal miners. After the death of her husband, remarriage and three bouts with cancer, she was able to retire from the mines with a pension and health insurance for the rest of her life. She was a proud UMWA member. Wilma enjoyed the outdoors, camping, flowers, trees and grandkids.

Wilma is survived by three sons: Dail French, David (Donna) French and Earl (fiancé Kiesha) French; one daughter, Sharon Robinson; Eleven grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Darwin (1964), both husbands, Glendal (1981) and Bob Cobb (2009), daughter-in-law Teresa (2019), son-in-law John (2020), her parents, five sisters and one brother.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with Rev. Jacob Gray officiating. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.


BENTON – Beatrice Sharpton Cottle, 89, of Benton passed away Saturday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2020 at the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.

She was born in Cullman County, Alabama on July 10, 1931, the daughter of Oliver Richard & Bertha (McCurdy) Sharpton. She married James H. Cottle on June 11, 1955 in Cullman, AL.

Mrs. Cottle was a graduate of Cullman High School, and then attended Trevecca College in Nashville, TN, and attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She was a Schoolteacher for many years, but her greatest and most rewarding achievement was being a faithful and supportive Pastor’s wife.

Mrs. Cottle is survived by her:
Husband: Rev. James H. Cottle of Benton, IL
Son: Jim Cottle & wife Kerri of Benton, IL
Grandson: Brad Cottle of Benton, IL
Granddaughter: Bethany Cottle of Benton, IL
3 Great-Grandchildren: Braxton Cottle, Kalib & Addie Mayberry
1 Sister: Mary Ruth Guthrie & husband Edwin of Logan, AL
3 Brothers: Edwin Sharpton of Logan, AL
Billy Sharpton of Crane Hill, AL
Harold Sharpton & wife Diane of Cullman, AL
Several Nieces & Nephews
Mrs. Cottle was preceded in death by her Parents, by a Daughter-Debbie Cottle, by a Sister-Mavis Sharpton and by a Sister-in-law-Peggy Sharpton.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21st at the First Church of The Nazarene in Benton, IL.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 23rd at the Moss Funeral Home in Cullman, with a visitation from noon until the funeral hour at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Public Cemetery of Cullman, AL.

At the visitation on Wednesday evening, due to local health requirements, there will be a limit of 50 people in the Church at one time, and masks are recommended to be worn by those in attendance.

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


BONNIE – Blake Sullivan, age 53, of Bonnie, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2020 at his mother’s home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Pastor Brandon Houseworth officiating. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery East of Akin. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, visitation and funeral services are limited to 50 people at one time, facial coverings are required and and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Blake may be made to the ALS Association and will be accepted at the funeral home, or if donor’s wish, you can give electronically at donations@alsa-national.org.

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


EDGERTON, OH – James Lewis Karcher, 65, of Edgerton, Ohio and formerly of Dahlgren, IL, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

He was born February 2, 1955 in Mt. Vernon, IL the son of George Richard and Doris (Cross) Karcher. He was an assembly line worker and a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church.

James is survived by one son, Earl (Ashley) Karcher of Paw Paw, MI; two brothers: Larry (Rebecca) Karcher of Dahlgren, IL and Richard Lee Karcher of Dahlgren, IL; one sister, Karen (Michael T.) Karcher of Dahlgren, IL; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Mass will be held Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren with Fr. Vincent Obi conducting the mass. Visitation will be Monday, October 19, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren. He will be laid to rest at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Cemetery in Dahlgren.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is entrusted with arrangements.


MACEDONIA – William Harold Howe, age 91, of Macedonia, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Monday, October 12, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

Mr. Howe’s wishes were to be cremated with no public services.

Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Howe may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Mr. William H. Howe, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


CHRISTOPHER – James Norman Isom, 64, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at his home in Christopher, Illinois with his wife, son, daughter in law and special friends by his side.

James was born July 18, 1956 to Betty Ann (Spencer) Isom. James spent most of his life working as a brick mason, he was an avid outdoorsman and loved to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycles. James (Jim) leaves behind his wife Carol A. (Hayes) Isom, son Charlie James Isom and wife Andi Jo of Christopher. IL, son Daniel Furlong and wife Shannan of Chesapeake, VA, grandchildren Brandon Isom, Stephanie Isom, Gavin Price and Cannon Furlong as well as other family and friends. James is preceded in death by his mother Betty Ann Isom, sister Julie D. Isom and grandparents Norman and Georgia Spencer. It was James’s wishes to be cremated with no funeral service. James’s wife Carol plans to hold a celebration of life gathering for family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gilbert Funeral Home to assist in final expenses. 

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


VALIER – Maria Sophia “Sophie” Adamson, 93, of Valier passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at StoneBridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Benton, Illinois.

Sophie was born in Dresden, Germany on October 6, 1927. Born to Maria Launhardt and Heinrich Stock. She grew up in Germany where she was a proofreader at a publishing company. On April 9, 1952 she married Henry M. Adamson of Greenup, Illinois, who preceded her in death September 27, 2000. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. As a naturalized citizen of the United States and the wife of a career military soldier, she assumed the roles of mother and father during Henry’s deployments overseas. Sophie moved with her family to Valier and had resided there since December 1964. After moving to Valier, she was employed as a seamstress in Country Set sewing factory in Du Quoin, Illinois and later began her home sewing business. As a professional seamstress, she made everything from everyday clothing to creating gowns for proms, homecomings, and weddings. She also made cheerleading uniforms for many of the local schools. She enjoyed raising many farm animals, gardening, and canning. Later in life, she enjoyed reading, flower gardening, sewing, knitting doilies, and embroidery. Throughout life, Sophie engaged in travel adventures in the United States and the world, including Germany, Australia, Turkey, and Thailand to name a few.

Sophie’s brother, Gunther preceded her in death and his wife Desley resides in Brisbane, Australia

Sophie had two daughters and two sons:

Dorothee “Dee” Merkle, who preceded her in death, husband Phillip Merkle, Boone, Iowa.

Emily and husband, Steve Mickelwait, Haymarket, Virginia.

Michael Adamson, Valier, Illinois.

Thomas “Tom Tom” Adamson, who preceded her in death.

Grandchildren include:

Michael Kelly and wife, Sarah and their children Kilian and Keira.

Katherine Mackenzie and husband, Patrick and children Hayden, Andrew, and Will.

Julie Greonig and husband, Jake and children; Erin and Louis.

William Merkle

Kyle Mickelwait and wife Rae and children Hayley, Owen, and Adam.

Leigh Anne Mullins and husband Matt and children Madison, Max, Millie, Morgan, and Maverick

Nikolette Burgett and husband David and children Aurora, Bridget and husband Dalton and their children Channing, Delilah, and Isabella.

Mitchell Adamson and wife Rasheal and daughter Samantha.

Megan Adamson and wife Ashley.

In addition, Sophie is survived by numerous extended family members in the United States, Germany, and Australia.

In accordance to Sophie’s wishes, she will be cremated. Visitation will be Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. with services immediately following at 4 p.m. at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, Illinois. Covid precautions will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, Sophie requested donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Donations may be made online at stjude.org or by mail at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Research, Memorial Gift, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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


MARION – Mary Frances Karroll, 102, went to her heavenly home on Monday, October 5, 2020 during a brief residency at Parkway Manor in Marion, IL. 

Please join us for a visitation on Wednesday, October 14th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort followed by a celebration of life with Brother Mike Cash presiding. Burial will follow in Tower Heights Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to First Baptist Church Clothing Room, West Frankfort, IL.

There will be a visitation limit of 50 persons at one time. The funeral limit is 50 persons. Facial coverings area required. Social distancing yourself from others is recommended.

Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.


BENTON – Chrystal Edith Hale, 99, of Benton, passed away at 6:25 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2020, at Benton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Benton, IL. 

She was born on November 27, 1920, to Howard and Kate (Johnson) Biddle in Macedonia, IL. Chrystal married Roy Eugene Hale and he preceded her in death.

Chrystal is survived by her loving children, Roy Lee Hale of Benton and Helen Farkas of West Frankfort; four grandchildren, Kevin Farkas, Debbie Schultz, Cindy Rundloff and Randy Hale; and many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Kate Biddle, her husband, Roy Eugene Hale, a son, Paul Dean Hale, a brother, Harry Dean Biddle, a daughter, Shirley Holdren and a sister, Lois Waller.

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

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 12:30 p.m., at the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL, with the Reverend Derrik Cairel, officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


BENTON – Norman L. Leonard, 72, of Benton passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Mr. Leonard was born in Delbarton, West Virginia on May 4, 1948 the son of Wallace Elmo & Wilda Dorine (Kirk) Leonard.

Norman married Gretchen (Skibo) on October 5, 1968 in Delbarton, West Virginia.

Mr. Leonard was a member of the West City Church of God, and he deeply loved his God. He dearly loved his family, they were everything to him, especially his 2 grandchildren. He was a Coal Miner, after leaving the mines he retired from Royal Brass & Hose.

Norman is survived by his:

Wife: Gretchen Leonard of Benton

2 Daughters:

               Kendra Leonard & fiancè Jeremy Noelle of Marion

               Kelli Sullivan & fiancè Travis Wyant of Benton

2 Grandchildren:

               Parker Williams

               Peighton Sullivan

2 Brothers:

               Philip Leonard & wife Linda of Starke, Florida

               Charles Leonard & wife Karen of Hatfield, Kentucky

Mr. Leonard was preceded in death by his Parents and by 2 Sisters- Della & Stephanie.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th at the West City Church of God with Pastor Harol Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the West City Church of God.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Can’s Can Ministries.

During this time please observe social distancing. There will be 50 people allowed in the church at a time. The family asks that everyone attending refrain from hugging and hand shaking and masks will be required in the Church.

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


SEAGRAVES, TX – George William Martin, 93, of Seagraves, Texas and formerly of McLeansboro, IL, passed away Monday, October 5, 2020 at Wilshere Place in Lubbock, Texas.

He was born April 28, 1927 in McLeansboro, IL to Charlie Eugene and Laura (Blades) Martin. George was a United States Navy Veteran having served during World War II. After serving his country, George worked as a rural mail carrier until his retirement.  

George is survived by his daughter, Judy Millenbine of Seagraves, TX; two grandchildren: Lewis Millenbine and Lori Smith, both of Lubbock, TX; four great grandchildren: Cade and Cutter Millenbine, Bobby Garza and Travis Smith; and one great-great grandchild, Everett Garza.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Irene Martin; one son George P. Martin; and one sister Laura Jean Komma.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with Bob Brockett conducting the service. Graveside Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 106 and a Navy Honors Team. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

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


BENTON – DoLores Brincivalli, 91, of Benton formerly of Dolton, IL passed away on October 6, 2020 at the Franklin Hospital.

She was born on January 3, 1929 in Riverdale, IL to Louis and Evelyn (Lenover) Martens. She married Dario Brincivalli on January 10, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 5, 1982.

She is survived by her daughters Vicki (Hal) Harrington of New Lenox, IL and Linda Dawe of Valier; three grandchildren Ray Wise of New Lenox, IL, Sean (Jodie) Dawe of Christopher and Angela (Chuck) Brown of Winchester, IL; four great grandchildren Jaden, Landree, Tyson and Carson and one sister Joan David of Tinley Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother Ron Martens and son-in-law George Dawe.

She worked 26 years as a secretary at Dr. Iwanetz office. She loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the Chicago Cubs.

Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Andrews Building Trust Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Robert E. “Bob” Howard, 90, of West Frankfort passed away Sunday evening, October 4, 2020 at the Herrin Hospital.

Bob was born in Bonnie, IL on April 28, 1930 the son of Samueal & Grace (Oathout) Howard.

On January 3, 1946 in Pocahontas, Arkansas Bob married his childhood sweetheart Louise Chesney. With God and love they shared 73 years of marriage.

Mr. Howard retired after 32 years of driving for UPS. Bob & his wife Louise were very active musically in several area churches for many years. Bob was a lifelong Cubs Fan.

Mr. Howard is survived by his:

Wife: Louise Howard of West Frankfort

2 Sons:

               Rich Howard & wife Linda of Marion, IL

               Ron Howard & wife Julie of West Frankfort, IL

Grandchildren:

               Brandon Howard and his daughter Nikki Furlong

               Tyler Howard & wife Kim and their children Hudson & Brody Howard

               Gretchen Marks (Deceased) & husband Joe and their children Abby & Lily Marks

               Ted Howard and his children Alexis & Canaan Howard

               Justin Howard and his children Cameron & Briley Howard

               Aaron Howard

1 Sister-in-law: Mary Ellen Hoppes

Mr. Howard was preceded in death by his Parents, a Son-Robert E. “Robbie” Howard, Jr., Daughter-in-law-Janet Howard, 5 Brothers-Hansel Howard, Harley Howard, Doyle Howard, Buck Howard & Maurice Howard, and 4 Sisters-Fern Mendenhall, Rita Knowles, Ruth Hoots & Muriel Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 8th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Joe Daniels officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina, IL. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Josephine K. McGee Conaughty, 95, passed away October 5, 2020, in her residence surrounded by her children.

She was born October 30, 1924 to William P. McGhee and Lola (Kinsel) McGhee. She married Carl O. Conaughty on September 2, 1946. Their  marriage produced ten (10) children. The seven surviving children are: Katherine (Hugh) Reed, Scottsdale, Arizona; Connie Peters, Orient; Charlie Conaughty, Akin; Thomas Conaughty, West Frankfort; Elizabeth (Pete) Witkewicz, Orient; Mary (Andy) Jackanicz, West Frankfort; and Caroline (Mike) Brennan, Omaha, Nebraska. She is also survived by twenty-six grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and one sister, Betty Culpepper.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and sons: Martin Conaughty, West Frankfort; Patrick Conaughty, Battle Mountain, Nevada; Kevin Conaughty, West Frankfort; and grandson John P. Chismar, West Frankfort.

She was also preceded in death by siblings: John (Margaret) McGhee, Mary (Ed) Waggener, Patricia (Tom) McKie, James (Patsy) McGhee, Bill (Sue) McGhee, Sister Delores McGhee, son-in-law, Larry Peters, brother-in-law Paul Culpepper.

Josephine graduated FCHS in 1942. After graduation, she worked for Watson’s Jewelry and played in the professional women’s softball league during WWII. She was a lifetime member of the Daughters of the American Legion, VFW, women’s Altar Sodality, and her sewing club.  She dedicated her entire life to her family and her church, St. John’s Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 8, 2020 at St. John’s Catholic Church in West Frankfort, Illinois with Monsignor Bill McGhee officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois. A prayer for the family will be at 5 p.m. by Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic School and will be accepted at the funeral home.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO COVID-19: visitation limit of 50-person capacity at one time; funeral limit to 50 persons; facial coverings required; and social distancing yourself from others. If you are sick, please stay home.

Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.


BATAVIA – Barbara J. DeGroff, age 76, of Batavia, IL, formerly of Logan, IL passed away peacefully Saturday, October 3, 2020 at her home in Batavia.

She was born July 27, 1944, the daughter of Edgar Betine and Elsie Betine (Summers).

On March 8, 1963 she married Paul V. DeGroff and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1999. Barbara worked for a number of years at Burgess Norton in Geneva and Dukane Corp in St. Charles until she retired in 2009.

She is survived by one of her three children Darren DeGroff (Lori), Batavia, IL aswell as by Brent (Amy), Evernden, Friendswood, TX who was like a son to her. She is also survived by her two siblings, Ronnie (Dana) Betine, Logan, IL and Brenda Smith, Johnston City,IL. She leaves behind uncles and an aunt, Kenneth (Judy) Summers and Charles Ford as well as a number of cousins. Also left to grieve are two brothers-in-law, Ronald (Mary) Corbin and JohnNeil (Karen) Spilman. She leaves to mourn her passing eleven neices and nephews, Michael (Pam) Betine, Rhonda (John) Schaper, Rebecca (Tony) Bevier, Richard (Angela) Smith, Karla Corbin, Jason (Casey) Smith, Damien Dawson (Kelly), Connie Smith, Derek Dawson, Andrea McMahon and Geoff Kaak, as well as a number of great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Elsie Betine, her husband, Paul V. DeGroff, and children Debra DeGroff and Daniel DeGroff.

She collected butterflies and could regularly be found crocheting, reading, playing word games and puzzles. She enjoyed watching all the birds that would accumulate on the birdfeeders in her back yard. She was a lover of dogs and had at least one most of her life, she will be missed by Winnie, Gracie, Roxy and Cooper.

A Visitation for Barbara will be Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State Street (Rt. 38) Geneva, IL. There will also be a visitation on Thursday, October 8 from 9 a.m. until the time of her funeral service at 11 a.m. at Pate Funeral Home, 301 S Main St, Benton, IL 62812, with the Reverend Ryan Mulvany Officiating services.

Burial will be in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton immediately following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers memorials would be appreciated to Starfish Animal Rescue, 167 Oswalt Ave, Batavia, IL 60510.


CHRISTOPHER – This is not your ordinary obituary, but Mom was not your ordinary lady either. Let’s get through the basics first. She was born Kathryn Gladys Dean, May 20, 1945 in Urbana IL, to Charles Anderson Dean and Gladys Agnes (Hauersperger) Dean, and she passed October 3, 2020 in Herrin IL. She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Francis (Don) Myrick, Lois Martha Cady, and Nola Mae Dean. She has one surviving sister, Patricia Charlene (Jack) Bryan. She was also preceded in death by brothers Charles Smith Dean, Kenneth Jerome (Sharon) Dean, and Thomas Earl (Jean) Dean. Daughter Gladys Elizabeth “Liz” (Jimmy) Greenwood-Allen survives. (That’s me.) She also had many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. She obtained Bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University, and Master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University. She spent most of her career as an educator and media specialist at Christopher Community High School, where she touched the lives of countless students and colleagues.

Now for the more interesting stuff. Mom had the following quote on a wall in her office: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, with a bottle of wine in one hand and a bar of chocolate in the other, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” The first time I saw that, I thought it seemed strange. But now I can see that it is so fitting. She certainly lived her life, the “dash” if you will, well. She travelled frequently, often on her own motorcycle. She was still riding just a few years ago. For several years she was the Executive Director of Women on Wheels, and helped to save that organization when it was struggling. Under her direction and with the help of many of her dear WOW friends, it became an international group of women motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts. Over the years she traded two wheels for three, then eventually for four. She customized her Jeep to be a tribute to the armed forces, and she was very proud of it. She would often speak of the compliments she received and the interesting folks with whom she had spoken. (She never met a single stranger.) She was always a genealogist, and in her later years she became very active in (and held several offices with) multiple lineage societies, including the Jamestowne Society, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the National Society Daughters of the Union. History, genealogy, and family were all very important to her.

In the past few days, many people have reached out to me with their thoughts, prayers, and memories. Mom has been described as formidable, wise, level-headed, dedicated, diligent, a mentor, caring, generous and kind. She was all of those things and more. She was the single hardest-working woman I have ever known. She was quick to lend a helping hand and quick with a smile, and when she decided something needed to get done or that she was going to do something, look out. Whatever she had set her mind to was going to happen. I never saw her presented with a single problem for which she couldn’t offer a solution. She chose to focus on the positive in life, and to improve the lives of others. She didn’t complain and she was never cross, and if someone was mistakenly brave enough to cross her, she would respond with a smile and the wisdom of an “old soul,” quickly correcting the error of their thinking. The world has been a better place due to her presence. To say she will be sorely missed is an understatement. But instead of being sad, she would want us all to remember and emulate her legacy, look back on her fondly, and smile.

Visitation services will be at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old Goshen Trail Chapter, NSDAR.


MACEDONIA – Glen D. Winemiller, 69, of Macedonia passed away peacefully at home Wednesday evening, September 30, 2020.

Glen was born in Whittington, IL on February 1, 1951, the son of William & Lillian (Whittington) Winemiller. Mr. Winemiller was a member of the Benton Eagles for 22 years. He loved his kids. He loved to hunt and watching cowboy movies.

Glen is survived by his:

Wife of 40 years: Christine Winemiller

4 Daughters:

               Tonya Winemiller

               Dawn Winemiller

               Amy Giroux & husband Steven

               Angela Stevens

19 Grandchildren

2 Great-Grandchildren

1 Brother: Delbert & wife Sheri

4 Sisters:

               Shirley Glowacki & husband Richie

               Betty Tucker & husband George

               Susan Brooks & husband Charles

               Diane Denton

Many Nieces & Nephews.

Mr. Winemiller was preceded in death by his Parents, 5 Brothers, 3 Sisters, 2 Grandchildren & 1 Step-Son.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Don Bullard officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery in Akin. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Joy Marlene Eubanks, 84, of Christopher, passed away on October 2, 2020 at the Franklin Hospital in Benton, IL.

She was born on July 1, 1936 in Valier, IL to Nixon Isaac and Mary Velma (Rains) Key. She married Rutherford Eubanks and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Penny Rice of Valier, Linda Orr of Buckner, Rutherford “Pete” (Jennifer) Eubanks of Logan, Judy (Glendell) Gosnell of Coello, Becky (Leroy) Cook of Christopher, Tammy (Bob) Flood of Mulkeytown, Danny Eubanks of Benton, Vicky (Mike) Powinski of Valier and Frankie (Mike) Hill of Minnesota; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; three sisters Naomi Maceri of Zeigler, Bonnie Fasig of Herrin and Kim Key of Christopher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Sherry Phillips, one son Stephen Eubanks, two grandchildren Patricia Eubanks and Timothy Eubanks and five siblings Frank Key, Doye Miner, Gary Key, Terry Key and Nixon Key.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, IL with Brother Tom Conner officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

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


SESSER – Cecil Lavern Webb, 85, of Sesser, passed away on October 2, 2020 at his home.

He was born on November 30, 1934 in Sesser to Howard and Thelma (Nevill) Webb. He married Ella Dean (Wingo) Webb on November 15, 1953 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children David Webb of Centralia, IL, Danny (Trisha) Webb of Sesser, Cynthia (Jay) Rhoads of Sesser and Beth (Mike) Winget of Mulkeytown; seven grandchildren Tara (Craig) Roberts, Jamie (Lyman) Parsell, Chad Webb, Brittany (Brendan) Montgomery, Lacey Sprong, Luke Winget and Lily Winget; eight great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren; two brothers Richard Webb of Union, MO and Barry Webb of Fort Meyers, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Dennis Webb.

He was a coal miner and worked at Freeman Coal #6 and was a member of the UMWA. He was a member and Deacon of the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser.

Graveside services will be on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL with Brother Gowdy Cannon and Brother Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser. Envelopes will be available at the graveside service.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Jimmy Joe Bowers, 47, of McLeansboro passed away on Sunday at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the funeral set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Burial will be in the Mary’s Chapel Cemetery in McLeansboro. Pastor Andy May will conduct the service.

Social distancing guidelines will be observed. Masks will be required. The family thanks you for your cooperation.

Date of Birth: June 28, 1973
Place of Birth: Colorado Springs, CO
Father: John Ray Bowers
Mother: Phyllis Sue (Kinnear) Bowers
Marriage to: Angel Lynn (Koker) on May 17, 2008 and she survives.
Activities: He loved hiking, camping, arrowhead hunting and he was an avid outdoorsman.
Occupation: Laborer of Local 1197
Church Affiliation: Baptist by Faith

Survivors:
Wife: Angel Bowers, McLeansboro, IL
Son: Flint Bowers, Hoodville, IL
Daughters: Lacey Rapp, Dahlgren, IL and Katie Rapp, McLeansboro, IL
5 Grandchildren: Skarlette, Caspyn, Ahria Jenning, Audrey and Cash Rapp
Sister: Brandy (Bowers) Campbell, Dahlgren, IL
Preceded in death by grandparents.

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


BENTON – Dianne Lynn Holloway, age 62, of Benton, passed away at 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Benton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Dianne’s wishes were to be cremated.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Benton Housing Community Center, East Main Street, Benton, Illinois; with Lori Fitzpatrick officiating.

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

Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, services are limited to 50 people at one time, facial coverings are required and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

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


GLENDALE, AZ – Madlyn Carol McClintock, beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Madlyn was born in Corinth, Illinois to Alvia and Ruby Sullivan on June 14, 1944. She passed away on September 24, 2020, in Arizona.

A private service will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

Locally, a Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Pastor Rick McClintock officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the services.

Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, Graveside services are limited to 50 people at one time, facial coverings are recommended and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

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


PRAIRIE CITY – Willis D. Francis, 95, of Prairie City, Illinois and formerly of Macedonia, IL, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 in Prairie City, IL.

He was born August 21, 1925 in Benton, IL to Eli Webb and Mazie Margaret Ann (Holman) Francis. Willis was a United States Navy Veteran having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. After serving his country, he worked as a truck driver with the Dealers Transit Company in Chicago, IL. Willis was a past member of American Legion Post 106, VFW Post 1376, McLeansboro Elks Lodge and Eagles Aerie.

Willis is survived by one son, Terry Lee Francis of Peoria, IL; two daughters: Billie Jean Test of Peoria, IL and Willa D. Campen of Hudson, FL; and one sister, Judy Faye Risius of Bartonville, IL. Eleven grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by parents, wife Shelby Jean Francis; three sisters and one grandchild.

No formal services are to be held at this time. Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is assisting the family with arrangements.


THOMPSONVILLE – Stewart B. Hungate, age 81, of Thompsonville, passed away at 2:40 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Helia Healthcare of Benton.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the services.

Due to Health Concerns related to the Coronavirus COVID-19, Graveside services are limited to 50 people at one time; facial coverings are recommended; and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

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


BENTON – Merna S. Wilkerson, 84, of Benton, passed away at 5:12 p.m., on Friday, September 25, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on August 5, 1936, to Roy and Pearl (Odum) Wade in West Frankfort. She was a member of the Thompsonville Eastern Star and Benton Eagles Auxiliary.

Merna is survived by her son, Lonnie D. Atwood; daughter, Connie Grimes; four step-daughters, Kathy Priddy, Peggy Clem, Carla Owen, and Dana Wilkerson, a brother, Eldon Wade, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Rual and Pearl Wade, former husband, Alva Dean Atwood, second husband, Richard Summers, former husband, Curtis Wilkerson, son, Leroy E Atwood, step-son, Mitchell Wilkerson, brother, Leroy Wade, sister, Shelby Roberts and aunt, Florence King, and special friend, Jack Williams.

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

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Following the service, burial will take place in the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL.

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