WALTONVILLE – Robert “Butch” Spain, 73, of Waltonville passed away Thursday morning, March 26, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Spain was born in Franklin County, IL on October 2, 1946, the son of Homer & Mary Ann (Harrell) Spain. His Foster Parents were Harold & Louise Braden.

He married Connie R. (Hicks) on June 19, 1971.

Mr. Spain was a member of the UMWA & the Mt. Vernon Free Will Baptist Church. He was blessed with a bilateral lung transplant on June 17, 2006.

Mr. Spain is survived by his:

            Wife: Connie Spain of Waltonville

            Son: Robert “Bob” Spain, Jr. & Erica Huntman of Waltonville

            Daughter: Penny Wright & husband Jeremy of Granite City

            5 Grandchildren:

                        Maranda Spain

                        Austen Spain

                        Andrew Wright

                        Jackson Wright

                        Ahna Wright

            Great-Grandson: Weston Spain-Avants

            4 Sisters:

                        Helen Davis & husband Richard of Benton

                        Sue McGill & husband Gary of Benton

                        Linda Taylor of Junction, IL

                        Louise Minton & husband Alan of Christopher

            1 Brother: Charles Spain of Benton

            Sister-in-law: Jan Spain of Du Quoin

            Aunt: Jenny Lee Braden of Benton

            Mother-in-law: Maxine Hicks of Waltonville

            Brother-in-law: Mike Hicks of Waltonville

            Several Nieces & Nephews

Mr. Spain was preceded in death by his Parents, Foster Parents, 2 Brothers and 1 Sister in infancy, 1 Brother-Paul Spain and by his Father-in-law-Rev. Clifford Hicks.

Private Services will be held.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Spain Family.

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

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ALMO, KY – Bettie Mary Lee Stephenson, age 82, of Almo, Kentucky, died on Monday, March 23, 2020, at her home, due to natural causes.

Mrs. Stephenson was born in Christopher, Illinois on July 7, 1937. Mrs. Stephenson before retiring was employed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, more recently she worked at Jakel in Murray. She was of the Lutheran Faith.

Mrs. Stephenson was preceded in death by her father, Oscar Walker; her mother, Frances (Smith) Walker Bateman; her husband, James H. Stephenson, who died in 1971; and by one brother, Ray Walker. Mrs. Stephenson is survived by one son, Harold Stephenson and wife Vicky of Almo, Kentucky; one sister, Carol King and husband Kenny of Zeigler, Illinois; one brother, Gene Walker and wife Dina of Chillicothe, Illinois; two grandchildren, Harry Stephenson and Nicole Parker and husband Justin all of Murray; as well as one great – grandchild, Lola Parker of Murray; as well as a sister-in-law, Connie Walker of Murray; also several nieces and nephews. 

Due to the current events surrounding the viral pandemic of the coronavirus, the Stephenson family will have a private visitation and graveside service to respect the government guidelines.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements. 

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MCLEANSBORO – J.R. Edmonds
Age: 94
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL
A PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT NOON, SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020, HARRE FUNERAL HOME, MCLEANSBORO, IL.
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray
Burial: Digby Cemetery, Dale, IL

Date of Birth: September 6, 1925
Place of Birth: Dale, IL
Father: Charles Edmonds
Mother: Eva (Merrell) Edmonds
He married Ruth Mary Wiggins on November 7, 1953 in Tilton, IL and she passed away on April 25, 2010.
Occupation: Oil Field Spudder & Operator and he worked in the Oil Field Industry for many years.
Activities: He loved to golf, fish and camp.

Church Affiliation: He attended Ten Mile Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL.
Military Service: J.R. served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.

Survivors:
Son: Jerrel Ray Edmonds of McLeansboro, IL
1 Granddaughter; 1 Great Granddaughter and 1 Great Grandson
2 Sisters: Georgetta Webb and Marie Cox, McLeansboro, IL
1 Brother: George Edmonds of McLeansboro, IL
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in Death By: Parents; Wife Ruth; Sisters, Sybil Gibbons and Nell Irvin; Brothers, Lanzel “Nigg” Edmonds and Allen “Snook” Edmonds.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
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BENTON – Raymond Oral Furlow, 84, of Benton, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center.

He was born on August 26, 1935, to Melvon and Nora May (Flatt) Furlow in Christopher, IL. Mr. Furlow was a United States Army Veteran. Raymond was the owner and operator of Furlow Excavating for 35 years. On June 27, 1958, he married Betty Adams and she survives.

Mr. Furlow was a member of the First Methodist Church in Benton. Raymond was a loving husband and father. He loved traveling in their motor home.

Raymond is survived by his loving spouse, Betty, one son, Adam Furlow; one sister, Thelma Creamer; sister-in-law, Beverly Arnold; and four nieces & nephews, Debbie Hanson, Bonnie Arnold, Pat Arnold and Mike Arnold.

He was preceded in death by parents, Melvon and Nora May Furlow, one son, Michael R. Furlow, and two brother-in-laws, Michael Creamer and Jack Arnold.

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

Burial will take place at Harrison Cemetery, Buckner, IL. Services are private.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and mailed to the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.
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BENTON – Virginia Browning Genisio Stoffel, 93, of Benton passed away on March 22, 2020 in Benton.

She was born in Valier, IL on September 20, 1926, the daughter of H. L. & Hazel M. (Mackey) Browning.

She married Barnie Genisio on April 29, 1945 and he preceded her in death on January 5, 1994. She then married James “Calvin” Stoffel on October 22, 1994 and he survives.

Virginia was a member of the Order of Eastern Star LeRoy A. Chapter #350 in Marion, IL. Virgina was also a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton.

Virginia is survived by her:
Husband: James “Calvin” Stoffel
1 Son: Stephen Genisio & wife Karla of Benton
1 Daughter-in-law: Judy West & husband Richard of Benton
1 Step-Daughter: Nancy Schultz Vitangeli & husband Scott of Portland, Oregon

Grandchildren:
Amie Monteggia & husband Joe of Coello
Chad Genisio & wife Heather of Benton
Stephanie Stayton of Elkville & fiancè Matt Stubblefield
Nathan Genisio & wife Jenna of Benton
Danielle Schultz of Oregon
Alexander Schultz & wife Zoë of New York

11 Great-Grandchildren:
Shae Moore & husband Matt of Tennessee
Korben Monteggia of Coello
Kylie, Braden & Brody Genisio of Benton
Gavin, Jaxon & Kayson Genisio of Benton
Ashlyn Stayton of Elkville
Gunner & Kynsleigh Stubblefield of Elkville

2 Great-Grandsons: Leo & Levi Moore of Tennessee

Several Nieces & Nephews

Lifelong Friends: Larry & Alda McIntyre

Virginia was preceded in death by her Parents, 1st Husband, 1 Son-Paul Genisio, Grandson-Eric Paul Genisio, Brother & Sister-in-law-Lee & Jane Browning and Step-Son-Dennis Stoffel.

Private family services will be held.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.
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BENTON – Clifford Wayne Loucks, 78, of Benton formerly of Sesser, passed away on March 20, 2020 at his home.

He was born on December 29, 1941 in Jefferson County, IL to Emro and Clara Helen (Mowbray) Loucks. He married Nancy Lee (Hass) Loucks on January 5, 1963 and she survives of Benton.

He is also survived by his children Marie (Todd) Martin of Wayne City, IL, Michael (Julie) Loucks of Scheller, IL, Marc (Lisa) Loucks of Sesser and Martin (Hassi) Loucks of Pittsburg, IL; nine grandchildren Ashley White, Dylan Loucks, Joey Hattendorf, Ellie Hattendorf, Austin Loucks, Aszure Loucks, Brent Ullman, Leo Loucks and Marci Loucks; twelve great grandchildren and one brother Harold Dean (Barb) Loucks of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

A private family services will be held at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser.

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

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BENTON – Agnes Whiting Leffler, age 82, of Benton, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at her residence.

Her wishes were to be cremated. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held at a future date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the National COPD Action Plan; or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Shirley Leuellen

Age: 84
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 4:38 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her home.

SHIRLEY REQUESTED TO BE CREMATED AND IN HONOR OF HER REQUEST, A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE AT THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, McLEANSBORO, IL

Shirley was a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grand and Great Great Grandmother and caregiver to many in the community and will be sadly missed by all.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS TO SHRINER’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (Accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro ) OR HELP A CHILD IN THE COMMUNITY WITH FOOD, CLOTHING OR SHELTER DURING THIS OR ANY FURTHER LOCAL EMERGENCY OR CRISIS.

IN HONOR OF SHIRLEY, THE FAMILY REQUESTS “Stay Home in Safety” – PHONE CALLS ARE WELCOME!

Date of Birth: May 10, 1935 in Carmi, IL. She married Jimmy Travis Leuellen November 17, 1953 in Carmi, IL. He preceded her in death.
Father: Wilburn “Squib” Cummins
Mother: Lena (Phipps ) Cummins (Shirley was raised by Walter (Hype) and aunt Lela Young.)
Occupation: Shirley was an LPN and worked at Hamilton Memorial Hospital over 35 years.
Activities: She loved the children and grandchildren and loved working in the flowers and mowing. She was a member of the Rebekkahs Lodge of McLeansboro and the First United Methodist Church.
Church Affiliation: First United Methodist Church, McLeansboro, IL

Survivors:

7 Children: Jill Cain (husband David), Enfield, IL
Jeff Leuellen (wife Cindy), Homosassa, FL
Teresa Wellen (husband Marvin), Dahlgren, IL
Fred Leuellen (wife Sandi), McLeansboro, IL
Jessica Bigley (husband Shaun), McLeansboro, IL
Ashley Link (husband Adam), McLeansboro, IL
Heidi Davis (husband Joe), Ridgway, IL

12 Grandchildren: Jeremy Owen (wife Christina), McLeansboro; Joshua Owen, Elberfeld, IN; Jennifer Brown (husband Jason), Lexington, KY; Rachael Gorman (husband Jeremy), Clarksville, TN; Mary Williams, Carmi, IL; Sydney Horton (husband Travis), Evansville, IN; Moriah Williford
(husband Caleb), Macedonia,IL; Jenna Wellen, Bloomington, IN; Johnathon Leuellen, (wife Venus), San Antonio, TX; James, Michael and Emily Link, McLeansboro, IL.

Great Grandchildren: Mat Owen, Ali Owen, Wyatt Brown, Henry Brown, Dylan Page, Lacie Page, Jacob, Aaron, Hannah and Jackson Gorman, Mackenzie and Cadence Williams; Camden and Noah Leuellen, Rilynn Rockett, Ebin Williford

Great Great Grandchildren: Kane and Cami Owen
Multiple Nieces and Nephews

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents, Husband Jim, Son David Leuellen, Granddaughter Cheyenne Hise, Great Granddaughter Gabrielle Owen; 2 Brothers Wilburn and Dick Cummins; 4 Sisters Carrie Sullivan, Ida Mae Graddy, Betty Bachman, Joyce Mainor

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of Shirley’s arrangements.
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MCLEANSBORO – Della A. Riley, 67, a resident of McLeansboro, IL passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at McLeansboro Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.
 
She was born March 8, 1953 in West Salem, IL to her parents Albert and Evelyn (Griffin) Jackson. She married Verl Riley who preceded her in death.  She was a home maker. She was a member of the Lebanon Church near Walpole, IL.
 
Della is survived by three sisters: Rose M. (Raymond) Riley of McLeansboro, Stella (James) Brian of Sumner, IL and Alberta (David) Brian of Sumner, IL; and two half brothers: Stanley Dorney of West Salem, IL and Dale Dorney of Parkersburg, IL.
 
There will be no formal services at this time. The Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

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THOMPSONVILLE – Frances Muriel Clark was born on October 23, 1920, and past to her rest on March 17, 2020. Frances was the second of four children born to Ross and Dewie Williams. She was born in their farmhouse home five miles west of Fairmont, Nebraska. She was the granddaughter of the late George Arthur Williams, who was the Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska from 1925-1931. She was also an 11th direct descendent of John and Priscilla Mullins who came over on the Mayflower in 1620.

Frances’ earliest memory was standing on her tiptoes, peering over the edge of a little black baby carriage at her younger brother Kenneth. A few years later, Frances joined her sister Ruth and the neighborhood children on the half mile walk to and from the little country school. In 1935, when she was 15, her family moved from Nebraska to escape the Dust Bowl. They settled in the Missouri Ozarks near Mansfield, where she attended Mansfield High School and graduated. She was raised in a Seventh-day Adventist home and was baptized at the age of 16.

Her first job was in Cabool, Missouri as a nanny for two small children, and from there she took several childcare jobs in Springfield. Later her family moved to Denver, Colorado where they all worked in the Porter Sanitarium, and from there she was able to find another childcare job.

During a visit to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit her cousin Alice Saunders, Alice introduced her to Charles Clark, a hired man who worked for Alice’s father. They were married December 7, 1947. They made their home in the sand hills of Nebraska where he worked for Charlie’s father for two years. On September 4, 1947, they had their first child, Ross Alan. After the notorious blizzard of January 1949, they moved to Southern Missouri. Their 2nd son Rodney Charles was born on February 11, 1951, followed by the twins, Pamela Joan and Barbara Elaine on August 10, 1952. Four years later Frances applied for foster care. Their first children were a family of four. Over the years they cared for around 40 children in their home. On May 3, 1961, Tamara Lynn joined the family. Several years later, Frances’ heart for children led them to adopt five children, Melissa, David, Kim, Jody and Jonathan. After 27 years in Missouri, Charlie inherited the family farm in Nebraska in 1976, they moved their family back to Nebraska, to finish raising their 2nd family. For 22 years they farmed the Nebraska soil, but passed the farming over to their sons, Charlie and Frances followed their daughter, Tammy to Southern Illinois in 1998. Frances’ desire to live out the remainder of her life in the home that Charlie built in Illinois was fulfilled with the help of a-number-of live-in caregivers and helpers who have helped to see her wish fulfilled.

Frances is survived by her brother, Gale Williams of Springfield, Missouri, her 10 children, 20 grandchildren, over 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, Lily. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Charlie, her brother, Kenneth, who was killed in World War II on July 27, 1944, her sister, Ruth and two infant grandsons, Eric and John. Frances now rests until the voice of the Life-giver calls her forth from her grave to His eternal reward. Frances so looked forward to seeing Jesus, being rejoined to her husband and others that she has lost in death, as well as knowing that all her children and grandchildren will be ready for the Second Coming.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, and will be privately held.
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WEST CITY – Wanda Sue Darr, 71, of West City, Illinois, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2020, at the home of her daughter in rural Carbondale, Illinois, surrounded by her loving family. Sue was born on December 1, 1948 in Christopher, Illinois to Stanley and Lillie Lee (Wilson) Teffertiller. Sue married James Douglas (JD) Darr on September 10, 1983.

Sue is survived by her devoted husband, JD, of West City; her mother Lillie Sapino of West City; daughters: Christina (Steven) White of Elgin, Jan (Lynn) Bush of Carbondale and Tara (Darren) Myers of Savoy; son: Ryan (Stephanie) Darr of Carlyle; grandchildren: Shelby Bush of Normal, Leyton (Jessica) Bush of Carbondale, Marc White and Lauren White of Elgin, Caleb Darr and Riley Darr of Carlyle, Andrew Myers, Jacob Myers and Jackson Myers of Savoy; great-granddaughter: Charlotte Bush of Carbondale; brother: Wayne (Patsy) Teffertiller of Tamaroa and several nieces and nephews.

Sue was preceded in death by her father: Stanley Teffertiller, step-father: Joseph Sapino and sister: Joy Rohde.

Sue was a nurturing and caring soul, and worked as a registered nurse for more than 30 years. She retired in 2010 after working at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL for many years. Sue also worked as a coal miner at the Freeman United Coal Mining Company, at both Orient No. 3 and Orient No. 6 mines in Waltonville, IL.

Sue loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Charlie. She and JD also cherished the bonds of friendship made through their affiliation with the Stormriders MC for 40 years.

A private family visitation service will be held with burial immediately following, with services entrusted to Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL. For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.
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BENTON – Rev. John David Elko, Jr., age 77 of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Bill Hottensen officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280, V.F.W. Post #2671, and the U.S. Marine Corps will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. (Currently CDC Guidelines recommend that funeral directors adhere to limit public events to 50 or fewer people. And if you are sick, please stay at home.)

The family would prefer Memorial contributions be made to the family of Rev. John David Elko, Jr; to assist with funeral expenses. Memorials may be sent to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – James Ray Bellamey, 88, of Christopher, passed away on March 13, 2020 at his home.

He was born on August 24, 1931 in Grayville, IL to James Edward and Lydia (Handley) Bellamey. He married Flora Allis (Simpson) Bellamey on December 18, 1971 and she survives of Christopher.

He is also survived by his children Angie (Thomas) Armstrong of Tucson, AZ, Terri (Dave) Green of Indianapolis, IN, Kevin Bellamey of Indianapolis, IN, Gordon (Carol) Bellamey of Georgetown, IN, Dan Bellamey of Christopher and Dallis Bellamey of Zeigler; 22 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Johnnie Ray Phillips, one sister Ellen Strassman and two brothers Donald Bellamey and Robert Bellamey.

James was an Army Veteran serving during the Korean War and had worked for the Indianapolis Police Department for many years.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday March 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Little Zion Cemetery in Enfield, IL.

The family requests no flowers and that memorials can be made to the Southern Illinois Honor Flight, 10400 Terminal Drive, Suite 200, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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DANDRIDGE, TN – Delores Jean Otterson, 86, of Dandridge, TN, formerly of Benton, went to see Jesus on March 14, 2020, at the Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Jefferson City, TN, surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on July 10, 1933, to Joe and Mildred (Pent) Martoglio in Benton, IL. Delores was a retired administrative assistant at her family owned business, Otterson Construction.  She married Luther G. Otterson on February 14, 1953, in Waukegan, IL.

Delores was a member of New Hope Church of God, Kodak, TN.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was extremely devoted to her family.  

She is survived by her loving spouse of 67 years, Luther G. Otterson; two daughters, Debra Jackson and husband Mark, Pamela Sneed and husband Lindell; five grandchildren, Danielle Montgomery and husband Russell, Mark Jackson and wife Kristen, Amanda Hankes and husband Bradley, Joseph Jackson and Lyndsie Gross and husband Brad; seven great-grandchildren, Tristan, Camden, Drake, Hudson, Isabella, Lexington and Briella; two sisters, Roberta Sandusky and Rena Dorris.   

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Mildred Martoglio; two brothers, Hosea Martoglio and Joe Martoglio; and one sister, Lillian Furlong.

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

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11 a.m., at the Pate Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at the Jackson Grove Cemetery, Benton, IL.

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

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BENTON – Donna L. (Coleman) Finn, 84, of Benton passed away Wednesday evening March 11, 2020 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Mrs. Finn was born in West Frankfort, IL on December 30, 1935, the daughter of John R. & Lucille (Britton) Coleman.

She married Lowell Finn on February 23, 1957, and he preceded her in death on January 27, 1998.

Mrs. Finn was a member of the West City Church of God. She worked at the Fashion Shop in West Frankfort for 28 years. Then worked for Barton & Collins in Benton for 17 years.

Mrs. Finn is survived by her:

Sister-in-law: Susan Coleman of Marissa

3 Nephews:

Jeff Coleman & wife Valarie of Benton

Jody Coleman of St. Louis, MO

Justin Coleman & wife Kristina of St. Louis, MO

Great Nieces & Great Nephews: Jacie, Grant, Griffin, Journey & Julia

2 Sisters-in-law:

Hazel Stewart

Donna Hutchins & husband Bob

Mrs. Finn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother – Gene Coleman, a sister – Debby Lynn Coleman, brother-in-law – Jack Stewart and sister-in-law – Grace Knowles & Husband Alfred.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 16th 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 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the West City Church of God.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to the West City Church of God.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Thelma Lou Johnson

Age: 87

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at her home in McLeansboro, IL 

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home

Clergy: Reverend Carroll Kakac and Eulogy by Hunt Bonan

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

Date of Birth: September 17, 1932                  

Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL

Father: Willard Andrew Boyd       

Mother: Gretta Ella (Wallace) Boyd

Occupation: Dry Cleaner (retired). Owned & operated Superior Cleaners in McLeansboro along with her husband “Mutt.”

Marriage to: James “Mutt” Johnson  on November 9, 1979 in McLeansboro. He passed away June 8, 1990.

Church Affiliation: Member of First Christian Church of McLeansboro.

Activities: Enjoyed working and taking care of her cats and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.  

Survivors:

2 sons: Boyd Stubblefield and wife Karen, McLeansboro, IL   

             Brett Stubblefield, McLeansboro, IL

Stepson: Jimmy Johnson and wife Jeannie of Macedonia

Granddaughters: Janna Thompson & husband Steve of Carmi, IL

                               Sarah Stubblefield of  McLeansboro

Step Grandchildren: B.J. Johnson of  McLeansboro  

                                     Samantha and James Rooney of McLeansboro

Great Grandchildren: Jacob Stubblefield of Carmi

                                       Breanna Thompson of Carmi          

Preceded in death by: parents, husband “Mutt”; sisters Frances Jones, Charlene Blades, Peggy Venable; brothers Sven, Jack, Dan and WA Boyd.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of McLeansboro and will be accepted at the funeral home during services.

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

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SESSER – JoAnn Beaver, 80, of Sesser, passed away on March 11, 2020.

She was born on January 17, 1940 in Christopher, IL to A.C. and Anna Mae (Harris) Bettress.

She married Bobby Gene Beaver and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her step-children Steve (Jill) Beaver, Deanna (Alan) Loss and Renee Brock and her friend Alan Moore; grandchildren Amanda, Ashton, James and Cailah; one great granddaughter Hayley; one sister Carolyn Carter of Benton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Larry Jo Roberts, and five brothers and sisters Marvin Long, Lonnie Bettress, Darlene Pierson, Rosemary Roberts and Billie Bettress.

Funeral service will be on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser. 

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

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SESSER – Franklin Dee Arnold, Sr., age 70, of Sesser, Illinois, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2020 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Sesser V.F.W. Post #4753 in Sesser, with Military Honors by the V.F.W. Post #4753 Honor Squad. The family will receive guests from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sesser V.F.W. Post # 4753.

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

Per the family request, In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sesser V.F.W. Post # 4753, or to the family of Franklin D. Arnold, Sr., and will be accepted at the service on Saturday.

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

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SESSER – George O. Slankard died peacefully at his home in Sesser, IL. He was 95 years old.

George was born on December 15, 1924, in Sesser, IL to George T. and Helen (O’Neil) Slankard. He graduated from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University and became a teacher in the Sesser Schools, where he met another teacher, Mary Hartman, who would become his wife on October 11, 1950.

After concluding that teaching was Mary’s forte and not his, George decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and work in the family owned business of Slankard Publishing. George’s passion for printing grew beyond that of his family’s and for the next 45 years he and Mary built the business and published three magazines; the first being the American Cooner, which was widely known and respected in the field of hunting, dog training and field trials. Cars & Parts was the next magazine to be published and was one of the first Automobile magazines that not only included interesting and informative articles but also included information on car auctions, swap meets as well as being a classified marketplace for cars, parts, accessories and services. Hunter’s Horn was then published, which specialized in the sport and competition of Fox Hunting.

After a very progressive and fruitful career in the publishing business, George retired and decided to devote his attention and energy to the field of Horticulture. With Mary by his side, George became active in learning and growing many different species of plants. He was a member of the Azalea, Magnolia and Holly societies. His love for and beauty of plants was evident to all who visited their extensive gardens.

George was a lifelong leaner and consummate reader of anything and everything that was of interest to him. His vast knowledge on a variety of subjects always amazed and delighted his family and friends, who were blessed to be able to sit down and speak with him. Those discussions will forever be in their hearts.

George is survived by his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Mart (Hartman) Slankard, numerous nieces and nephews along with friends who always considered him part of their family, as well.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer when the magnolias and gardens are in full bloom.

Memorial contributions, in memory of George, may be made to the Rend Lake College Foundation for the RLC Learning Resource Center Project. Gifts can be made online at www.rlc.edu/give-now as well as to the Sesser United Methodist Church P O Box 428, Sesser, IL, 62884.

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

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MULKEYTOWN – Charles “Charlie” Stephen Harland, 70, of Izaak Walton Lake, Mulkeytown, IL, passed away on Tuesday March 10, 2020 in My Vernon, IL.  Charlie was born on March 11, 1949 in Coello, IL to Charles K. and Shirley (Gregory) Harland. He graduated from Christopher High School in 1967. Survivors include his sisters Kathryn C. (Dean) Pearce of Centralia, IL and Debra D. Gerdes of Sandwich, IL; one nephew Michael E. (Ally) Gerdes of Minonk, IL. He also leaves an honorary daughter Nancy (Bing) Chen of Du Quoin, IL and an honorary granddaughter Tiffany Chen, a step-nephew, two step-nieces, seven great and six great great nephews and nieces, twelve cousins and an uncountable number of friends.

Charlie was a skilled carpenter by trade and served as a Sergeant in the US Army in Vietnam in 1969-1970 and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0538, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4753, the Franklin County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans, the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 0064, and the Society of the Fifth Division, US Army. His avocation was fishing, fishing, fishing, and frying and eating fish and he was a lifelong avid Cardinals fan.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles K. and Shirley M. Harland.

Charlie’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday March 14, 2020 at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Kevin Bradley from the Valier First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Ward Cemetery in Mulkeytown, IL. Visitation will be on Friday March 13, 2020 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Christopher Youth Fishing Derby or to the Franklin County Disabled American Veterans. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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ENFIELD – George K. “Scotty” Easton, 87, a resident of Enfield, Illinois, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020 at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi.  

He was born February 3, 1933 in Fife, Scotland to John and Euphamia (Kerr) Easton. George was a retired truck driver and was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Korean War.

George is survived by two sons: Robert Easton of Goffstown, NH and Scott Easton of Wilbraham, MA; four daughters: Lisa Cincotta of Robertsdale, AL, Penny Utterback of North Carolina, Donna Margerison and Paula Fountain, both of Ludlow, MA. Twenty-three grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Karen Davis; one son, Alan Easton; one daughter, Lorraine Thomas; two brothers and one sister.

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 in charge of arrangements.

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MULKEYTOWN – James “Sam” Samuel Wink, 78, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Sunday March 8, 2020.

He was born on March 25, 1941 in Rome, KY to Thomas Henry and Mary Bertha (Durbin) Wink. He married Agnes (Bartlett) Wink on October 29, 1960 and she survives of Mulkeytown.

He is also survived by his children James “Byron” Wink of Du Quoin, IL, Tom (Bobbie Jo) Wink of Christopher and Mary Jo Wink of Benton; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; one sister Jane Ruth Hayden of Sorgho, KY and one brother Vincent Wink of Owensboro, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Barry Samuel Wink, one sister Mary Ann Millay and two brothers Bill Wink and David Wink.

He served in the Army National Guard.

Funeral Mass will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and on Friday from 9 until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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SESSER – James “Tooter” Lovelady, 88, of Sesser, passed away on Sunday March 8, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on October 8, 1931 in Jefferson County, IL to Lorenzo and Ethel (Neville) Lovelady. He married Mary Agnus (Perino) Lovelady and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Steve (Anita) Lovelady of Tamaroa and Michele (Wayne) Behm of Mulkeytown; grandchildren Stephani Evans of Eldorado and Austin Lovelady of Tamaroa; great grandchildren Alivia Lovelady, Adrian Lovelady and Clara Evans.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Mary Hudson and two brothers George Lovelady and Adrian Lovelady.

He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War, he was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member, and was also a member of the UMWA and the Sesser VFW. He was a career fabricator and master aluminum welder and also worked at the Inland Steel Mine in Sesser.

Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the St Mary’s Catholic Church in Sesser. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser and on Thursday from 9 until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Knight of Columbus and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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EWING – Minnie O. Clinton, 100, of Ewing passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Centralia Manor.

Minnie was born in Franklin County. IL on September 29, 1919, the daughter of Loran & Clitie (Marshall) Williams.

She married Wendell Clinton in December of 1937 and he preceded her in death in August of 1986.

Mrs. Clinton attended Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church until it became Emmaus Road Baptist Church where she was a member. She was a farm wife, growing up on a farm and living on a farm her entire life.

Mrs. Clinton is survived by her:

               3 Sons:

               Carroll Clinton of Paducah. KY

               Leon Clinton & wife Karen of Graham, TX

               Gale Clinton & wife Judy of Ewing

               4 Granddaughters:

               Diana Bushue& Duane of Benton

               Suzanne Clinton & Amanda Melton of Paducah, KY

               Christina Bartel & Jeff of Bloomington

               Angela Vale & Dave of Bloomington

               5 Great-Grandchildren

               3 Great-Great-Grandchildren

               Several Nieces & Nephews

Mrs. Clinton was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, 4 Sisters-Lois Smith, Mary Rose, Bertha Dalby & Loraine Cochrane and by 1 Brother-Howard Williams.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, March 9 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Pastor Marty Ellsworth officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Harry Thomas Mutchek, 79, of Benton, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, at his residence. 

He was born on April 4, 1940, to John and Margaret (Polensek) Mutchek in Orient, IL. On July 14, 1984, he married Laura Hackelton, and she preceded him in death.

Per Harry’s request cremation will take place. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Willard Ray Bell, formerly of McLeansboro, was quietly gathered away early Friday morning, February 28, 2020 in Denton, Texas at age 103. 

He was born in Ohio, Illinois on June 16, 1916 to Alexander and Lennie (Thompson) Bell. He lived most of his life in the McLeansboro area and was married to Mary Stephenson and later to Virginia Jacobs, who are both deceased and both of McLeansboro. Willard worked at the Texaco, Hoodville gas plant, and later retired as manager of the Texaco gas plant in Marietta, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his son, Stephen of Euless, Texas and two daughters, Kay Maples of McKinney, Texas and Alesia Ethington of Dallas, Texas. He has seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, Illinois with Revs. Stephen Bell and Mark Byars officiating. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

He was a good man and father and will be greatly missed. We love you Dad, rest well.

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

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

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MT .VERNON – Mary Ellen Carlton

Age: 100

Residence: Mt. Vernon, IL and formerly of McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 10:48 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Green Tree Assisted Living Facility, Mt. Vernon, IL.     

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.     

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, at Harre Funeral Home

Clergy: Reverend Russell Anderson and Reverend Leland Widick  

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

Date of Birth: November 10, 1919               

Place of Birth: Okawville, IL

Father: Jake Anderson Jones              

Mother: Anna (Blake) Jones

Marriage to: Dr. Wendell Carlton on March 21, 1942 in Evansville, IN. He passed away Aug. 18, 1996.

Occupation: Retired after 30 years of teaching school in Hamilton County Schools (25 years Kindergarten and 28 years Hamilton Co. System).

Church Affiliation: Member of 1st United Methodist Church, McLeansboro, IL.

Activities: Retired Teachers Association/ P.E.O.    

Survivors:               

1 son: Marvin Carlton, McLeansboro, IL

1 daughter-in-law: Brenda  Carlton

3 grandchildren:       

James David Carlton and wife Kara, Harrisburg, IL

Cheryl Carlton Deal, DDS, and husband Mark, Middleboro, IN

Karyn Carlton and companion Buddy, Chicago, IL

4 great grandchildren: Jonathan & Kailyn Carlton, Kyle & Andrew Deal      

Preceded in death by: parents, husband, 1 son, 1 daughter; 1 sister, 1 brother.                                                                                 

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

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BUCKNER – Andrew “Andy” Baligrosky Jr, 91, of Buckner, passed away on March 1, 2020 at Trinity Springs Assisted Living in Oxford, FL.

He was born on June 28, 1928 in Buckner to Andrew and Julia (Dubuwarsky) Baligrosky.

He is survived by his niece Myrna (Murrice) Mason of The Villiages, FL.

Andy was a lifelong resident of Buckner. He served in the Army and the Air Force for 24 years. He was member of the Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Buckner.

Graveside services will be on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Orthodox Cemetery in Buckner with Father John Pawelchak officiating. 

Visitation will be on Friday March 6, 2020 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

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

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BENTON – Betty Lou Hammond, 84, of Benton passed away Monday night March 2, 2020 at Stonebridge Nursing & Rehab Center in Benton.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on January 31, 1936 the daughter of Raymond & Ida (Launius) Akin.

She was a Sunday School Teacher for many years and served the Lord all her life.

Mrs. Hammond is survived by her:

Daughter: Paula Jean Christensen of California

3 Sons:

Randy Edward Hammond of Alabama

Richard Dean Hammond & wife Edna of Percy

Danny Len Hammond & wife LaDonna of West Frankfort

Several Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren & Great-Great-Grandchildren

2 Brothers:

James Ray Akin of Benton

Gary Akin & wife Barbara of Benton

Mrs. Hammond was preceded in death by her parents, by a daughter-Sheila Kay Hammond, by a son-George Marshall Hammond, by a granddaughter-Malaha Augusta Hammond & by four brothers-William Edward Akin, Cris Junior Akin, Leroy Akin & Clifford Akin.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Chris Hammonds officiating. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery in Akin.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church, Sunday School Class.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Daina Jean Dawson, 56, of Christopher, passed away on Monday March 2, 2020.

She was born on February 28, 1964 in Benton to Lindell and Jean (Gilbreath) Furlow.

She is survived by her parents Lindell and Jean Furlow of Christopher; one daughter Ashley (Rob) Barrett of Sesser; two grandchildren Logan Barrett and Lillian Barrett and one sister Susan (Glenn) Pinkham of Valier.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Danielle Dawson.

Graveside services will be on Friday March 6, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the graveside service.

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

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BENTON – Betty Jane Frailey, 97, of Benton, passed away at 4 a.m., on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at The Anchor of The Voyage Senior Living, Marion, IL.

She was born on January 14, 1923, to Hugh and Catherine (Disney) Mercer in Herrin, IL. She was a graduate of Herrin High School, Southern Illinois University Carbondale receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Music and English Education. She attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music receiving her Masters in Vocal Education. Betty retired from Benton Consolidated High School as a Music and English Teacher. On December 22, 1946, she married D. Kenneth Frailey at the First Presbyterian Church, Herrin, IL. To this union they had two children.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Benton, IL where she served as the Choir Director for many years. In 1968, Betty started directing the musical productions at Benton Consolidated High School. In 1970, she formed the first Madrigal Singing Group. 

Betty is survived by her daughter, Janet Frailey Carstensen and husband Andrew; son, Hugh E. Frailey and wife Robin of Benton, IL; four grandchildren, Sean Carstensen and wife Amanda, Jordan Frailey, Drew Frailey, Breanne Brady and husband Shane; seven great-grandchildren, Graham Carstensen, Liam Carstensen, Brooklyn Frailey, Cru Frailey, Stella Frailey, Chance Brady, Kip Brady.

She was preceded in death by parents, Hugh and Catherine Mercer; husband, D. Kenneth Frailey; and a sister, Patricia Nelson.

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

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 302 S. Main Street, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 1 p.m., at the First Christian Church, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Kurt Sanders, officiating.  Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Anchor of the Voyage Senior Living Center, First Christian Church Fellowship Center Fund, and the Pyramid Players.  

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

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ZEIGLER – Jackie G. Sandefur, 76, of Zeigler, passed away at 9:05 p.m., on Friday, February 28, 2020, at Herrin Hospital. 

He was born on February 2, 1944, to Avel and Lizzie (Swain) Sandefur in Cleburn, IL. Jackie worked as a Machine Operator for Maytag for 38 years.

Jackie was a member of the Eagles, Zeigler, IL. He loved his great nieces and nephews, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his younger years he played football, baseball and tennis.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Jackie was preceded in death by his parents, Avel M. and Lizzie Pearl Sandefur; a sister, Bonnie “Bonnie Fay” Samples; two brothers, Leroy Sandefur and Elmer Sandefur.

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

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Zelma “Zell” York

Age: 94 years   

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 10 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, McLeansboro, IL

Private Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday,  February 27, 2020,  at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.     

Clergy: Reverend Carroll Kakac officiating.

Burial: Blooming Grove Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: December 23, 1925         

Place of Birth: Dale, IL

Father: Henry Millenbine            

Mother: Rosie (Lynch) Millenbine

Marriage to: Dores Cletis (D.C.) York in 1947 in Morganfield, KY and he preceded her in death in 1978.      

Activities: Zell loved traveling, working in her yard and she was active in home extension and Modern Woodmen activities.

Occupation: Worked in the nursing profession for many years and was employed by Dr. Vickers at Vicker’s  Hospital and also employed by WOVSED.

Church Affiliation: Active in First Christian Church of McLeansboro, IL and was a member of  Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.                                     

Survivors:                          

1 Daughter: Rita Gail Tracy, McLeansboro, IL 

Preceded in Death By: Parents, Husband, Brothers John and Dean; Sisters Reba Fosnock and Wilma Porter.

MEMORIALS  TO: The Residential Hospice Foundation of Marion, IL and The Fairfield VFW.

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