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CHRISTOPHER – James Lee Dorris Jr. of Christopher passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022.

He was born on September 15, 1961 in Benton, IL. He married Windie (Grove) Dorris on December 8, 1997.

He is survived by his wife Windie Dorris of Christopher; children Amanda (James) Whitmer II of Christopher, Chelsea Dorris of Christopher, Breanna (David) Dorris of Christopher and Chris (Sasha Ladd) Dorris of Christopher; grandchildren Brenden Whitmer, Elise Whitmer, Nora Sisney, Riley Redding, Bailey Redding, Aubrey Redding and Desmond Dorris; one sister Tammy (David) DeSpain of Thompsonville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father James Lee Dorris Sr., mother Barb (Bowers) Palmer, step-father Charlie Palmer, father-in-law Cecil Grove and mother-in-law Lucill Grove.

He was a United States Navy Veteran.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday November 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Wayne Purdie officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Donna French

Age: 66
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 09:24 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Newburgh, IN
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: Noon, Tuesday, November 29, Ten Mile Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray will officiate
Burial: Cartwright Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: October 14, 1956
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Max Warren
Mother: Elsie Adelene (Lockwood) Warren
Marriage to: David French on December 29, 1978 at home.
Occupation: School Cook employed by Hamilton County High School.
Church Affiliation: Ten Mile Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL

Survivors:
Husband: David French, McLeansboro, IL
3 Daughters: Danielle Austin (husband Chad), McLeansboro, IL
Deanna Bryant (husband Kyle), Omaha, IL
Desta McCormick (husband Wade), Bluford, IL
1 Sister: Carol Johnson (husband deceased)
1 Brother: Jerry Warren (wife Cyndi)
Grandchildren: Dakota Lowery (wife Haylee); Logan Bryant/Brynlee McCormick, Chance Austin/Bodee McCormick
Great Granddaughter: Ryanna Lowery

Preceded in Death By: Her Parents, Max and Adelene Warren

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


MCLEANSBORO – Teoria Dee Varney, 83, of McLeansboro passed away at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McLeansboro, IL.

Visitation: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 25, 2022, at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 25, Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Pastor Eric Ragan
Interment: Hopewell Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: March 12, 1939
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Russell “Barney” Clevenger
Mother: Ermal (Ruphard) Clevenger
Occupation: Sales Clerk employed by York Pharmacy in McLeansboro
Marriage to: Roy Curtis Varney on Nov., 23, 1962, in White County, IL
Church Affiliation: Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
Activities: Caregiver for the family

Survivors:
Husband: Roy Curtis Varney of McLeansboro

Nephews: Richard Clevenger & wife Julie – McLeansboro
Russell “Rusty” Clevenger & wife Vicki – McLeansboro
Roger Clevenger – McLeansboro
Randall “Randy” Price – McLeansboro
Rex Carter & wife Kim – Thompsonville, IL

Special Niece: Shirley Bau & husband David – Enfield, IL

Preceded in Death By: Parents, 2 Brothers: Rex D. Carter and Fred Clevenger, Special Niece Becky Meece and Sister-in-Law Doris Varney

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


MCLEANSBORO – Terry Allen Hays

Age: 64

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 9:09 a.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022 in McLeansboro, IL

A memorial visitation only will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. A family burial of ashes will take place at a later date.                               

Date of Birth: April 20, 1958        

Place of Birth: Salem, IL 

Father: Murl Hays                          

Mother: Dolores (Conley) Hays              

Occupation: Oil Field Laborer

Terry attended McLeansboro High School.                           

Activities: Terry was always willing to help anyone who needed help in any way he could. He loved playing pool.         

Church Affiliation: Baptist by Faith                

Survivors:  

2 Brothers: Gary Hays & wife Mickey (Henson) of Nicholasville, KY                  
Jack Hays & wife Sandy (Renn), McLeansboro, IL

1 Sister: Susan Rapp & husband Don, McLeansboro, IL

3 Nephews: Ryan, Chad and Josh Hays

1 Niece: Brittani Combs                                                                                           

Preceded in Death by: Parents Murl and Dolores Hays

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


BENTON – Jerry Ann Tennyson, 78, of Benton, Illinois passed away at 6:05 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab of Benton.

Jerry Ann’s wishes are to be cremated with a Celebration of Life with family at a later date.

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

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


BENTON – Larry G. Frost, 80, of Benton, IL passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Franklin Hospital.

Larry worked in the coal mines for 23 years until retirement. Larry was an Army Veteran and was in the National Guard. Larry was a high school graduate and attended some classes at Rend Lake College. Larry loved to fish and work in the garden.

Mr. Frost is survived by one son, Larry W. Frost of Florida and one daughter, Gayla B. Burnett of Texas and four grandchildren Aliah Thomas of Christopher, IL, Dakoda Mazzei of Florida, Shyla Keesling of Indianapolis, IN, and Meagen Turner of Texas and five great-grandchildren.

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

Larry attended the Steel City Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Joe Zbinden. Burial with Military Rites conducted by Benton American Legion Post #280 & VFW Post #2671 will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Steel City Missionary Baptist Church.

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


BENTON – Ethel Carmen (Smith) Browning, age 86, July 16, 1936 – November 17, 2022. Loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend peacefully passed away at 9:50 p.m. in Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana. She was born to Fred and Ethel (Morgan) Smith, Benton, IL. She was raised by her grandmother, Pairnasy Missouri (McCurry) Morgan. She married Barney Kirby Browning on June 18, 1960, and they shared 62 wonderful years of marriage. He preceded her in death on October 10, 2022.

Carmen and her brother Gordon were raised by their grandmother in a home on 7th Street in Benton, purchased by her Uncles, John and Dewey Morgan.  She attended Douglas School and Webster Jr. High in the 1940’s and Benton High School in the early 1950’s. During her high school years, little did she know at the time that her high school English teacher would later become her husband, Kirby.

Carmen was a giving and caring soul. She was kindhearted and gave love and support to her family and friends. She was a lover of animals as she raised and rescued many dogs, cats, and a groundhog named Woody. Carmen worked at Simmons’s Drug Store on the Benton square and Lampley Electronics in the 1950’s. She worked in the courthouse for her father-in-law, Barney Browning, when he was the Franklin County Sheriff in the early 1970’s. She transported ladies to dialysis treatments, delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly, and taught many a child swimming lessons. She was a Christian, a Sunday school teacher, and she shared the love, beliefs, and devotion of God with her husband, children, grandchildren, family, and friends.

Carmen was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Carmen had a love for Kirby that was so special. She would give him a funny look when he told his tall-tales and half-truths to make everybody laugh, but she always believed everything he said. Carmen met Kirby on the Benton square in 1959 while cruising with her friend. Carmen told her grandmother that she had a date with the sheriff’s son. Her grandmother told her that he would be a “good catch” and was so thrilled that she helped Carmen dress for her first date, which was watching the Browning pond being dug on the family farm. Carmen and Kirby were married the next year at the First Christian Church in Benton, IL and they shared 62 wonderful years of marriage together.

Carmen shared her love of swimming with her children, Bryan and Lisa, and they would often be found at the Browning family pond, on a hot summer day, enjoying floating on rafts and swimming and diving from the dock. She was always up on the latest fashions. She loved to shop and took pride in helping her granddaughter to develop the skill. Carmen enjoyed her time with her children and grandchildren, introducing them to 50’s and 60’s music by playing albums on the record player and by telling many a ghost story. Carmen loved listening to her talented son and grandsons play and sing music to her. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren for their successes, and she looked forward to their visits.

Carmen is survived by her son Bryan Browning; daughter Lisa (Browning) Brown; six grandchildren: Kelsea (Cory) Peacock, Jonathan (Ashley) Brown, Brandtlee Brown, Matthew Browning, Elissa Brown, Will Browning; one great granddaughter: Lily Pigg; four sisters-in-law: Mary Lou Shelton, Carolyn Upchurch, Sue (Jim) Wells, Becky Mandrell; two brothers-in-laws: Donald Browning, Joe (Evelyn) Browning; a special cousin: Faye (Morgan) Huffman (C.E.); and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kirby Browning; her parents, Fred and Ethel (Morgan) Smith; her grandmother, Pairnasy Missouri (McCurry) Morgan; two brothers: Joseph Windham, Fred Gordon Smith; three brother-in-laws: Kenneth Browning, Jack Shelton, Brad Mandrell; three sisters-in-law: Joyce Smith, Nancy Browning, Jean Browning.

She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends who benefited from her kind heart and giving soul. Her faith and love in God, Jesus Christ, and her family were her strength.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 22nd with funeral services following at 1:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 302 S. Main Street, Benton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Christian Church, Benton, IL.

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


BENTON – Edward “Ed” R. Finley, 75, of Benton, passed away at 11:22 a.m., on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, MO, with his wife, Rebecca, by his side.

He was born on May 26, 1947, to William and Margaret (Trego) Finley in Harrisburg, PA. On May 22, 1996, he married Rebecca Bennett, and she survives.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War.

Ed was a loving husband. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Rebecca; his twin sister, Barb Bergin; two nieces, Tony Nitz and Debbie Smith and pet dog companions, Lucy and Cooper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Margaret M. Finley, his son, Eddie Finley and his brother-in-law, Phil Bergin.

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

Per Ed’s wishes, cremation will take place.

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


BENTON – Jack Lavoid Thomas, Jr., age 68, of Benton, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2022, at his home.

His wishes are to be cremated with no public services.

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

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


BENTON – Darrell Gene Barlow, age 64, of Benton, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at his home.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Jackson Grove Cemetery, with Pastor Phillip Kennedy officiating.  Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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


BENTON – Cynthia L. Aiken, 83, of Benton, passed away at 9:40 p.m., on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Creve Couer, MO.

She was born on November 19, 1938, to Harold and Veneta (Paige) Prowell in Evansville, IN. On February 23, 1957 she married Ronald D. Aiken, and he preceded her in death on October 18, 2007.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Benton.

Cynthia was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She absolutely loved working in her yard and her dog companion, Lucy. She also enjoyed reading.

Cynthia is survived by her two daughters, Marsha Kay Whitaker and husband, Randle of Valley Park, MO and Lisa Lynn Turner of McKinney, TX; five grandchildren, Lisa Chesnut and her husband Charles, Rene’ Brinkman and her husband Travis, Joshua McCallum and his wife Krista, Ronni Whitaker and Danielle McAndrew and her significant other, Steve Dallas and seven great-grandchildren, Haley, Jackson, Sophia, Keaton, Chad, John and Hilary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Veneta Prowell, her husband, Ronald D. Aiken and her sister, Janice Simpson.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Pastor Charles Chesnut, officiating. Following the service, burial of ashes at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Fellowship Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


WALTONVILLE – Betty DuRietz, age 81, of Waltonville, IL died Sunday morning November 13th 2022 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, IL.

Betty was born on December 17th, 1940 in Elgin IL. She was the daughter of Alma and Joseph Neal. She was married to her husband, Henry George DuRietz, on August 23rd, 1958. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage. Betty was a member of First Baptist Church of Sesser. Betty also retired from the Waltonville Postal Service.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband Henry, and her sister Carol Lee Smith.

Betty is survived by her sister Shirley Lohorn, brother Brian and wife Marilynn Neal; her children Linda Morgan and husband Tim, Dinah Tepovich and husband Randy, Luke DuRietz and wife Tammy; along with grandchildren Sierra Hanus, Justin Tepovich, Roger Schindelar, Malissa Piilani, Katie Bilodeau, Alex DuRietz, Jacob DuRietz; and 14 great grandchildren. Along with nieces and nephews.

Betty was well known for her cheerful whistle. She loved spending time with family, friends and her little dog, Emma. Going out to eat and visit with her dear friends was something she always looked forward to. Betty had a love for working in her flower beds and enjoying beautiful flowers.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Shane Piilani officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.

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


TAMAROA – Roy Max Merkel, 82, of Tamaroa, passed away on Sunday November 13, 2022 at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

He was born on February 17, 1940 in Sesser, IL to Russell James and Nighta Jewell (Murry) Merkel. He married Sharon (Hutton) Merkel on November 22, 1982.

He survived by his wife Sharon Merkel of Tamaroa; one son Chris Alan (Donna) Merkel of Janesville, IL; Granddaughter Bailee Mae Merkel of Pensacola, FL; daughter-in-law Emilie Wall of Altamont, IL; one sister Betty Jean Rawlish of Coal City, IL and one brother Lynn Ray (Myrthel) Merkel of Helena, Montana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Clinton Lee Merkel, two sisters Hazel Plata and Linda Sue Merkel and one brother Russell Dwane Merkel.

Graveside services will be on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery in Braceville, IL. Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser and on Friday, November 18, 2022 at Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home in Coal City, IL.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Billy Dean Jones, 82, of West Frankfort, Illinois passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale at 7:50 a.m.

Billy was born January 13, 1940 in Crawfordsville, IN to Billy and Martha Jean (Harwood) Jones. He was a member of Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church. Billy especially loved his grandchildren. He loved to golf, landscaping, woodworking, and was a huge fan of Indiana Hoosiers basketball. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Jones and his parents.

Billy is survived by his wife, Linda Jones; son, Randy Jones; daughter, Lori (Billy) Lambert; grandchildren, Megan (Andrew) Mueller, Justin Jones, and Makenna Lambert; great grandchildren, Mia Kate Mueller and Mazie Mueller; sister and brother-in-law, Cathy (Mike) Harriss; brother and sister-in-law, Chuck (Cherri) Baker

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Pastor Andy Lee officiating. Burial will be in East Fork Cemetery in West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00p.m. prior to the service.


MCLEANSBORO – Richard Carroll Morris

Age: 93

Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 4:55 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church, McLeansboro, IL at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2022 with Military Honors presented by U.S. Army Honor Team of Marion, IL. A Final Salute will be held at the Church and an Honor Salute will present the Flag to his wife.
The Church will open at noon for this service. Reverend Russell Anderson will officiate the service.

Date of Birth: January 9, 1929
Place of Birth: Diagonal, Iowa
Father: Frederick Carroll Morris
Mother: Alice Marie Goodale
Marriage to: Marilyn Jean Doerfer on August 5, 1956 in Sweetland, Iowa. They were married for 66 years.
Occupation: Farmer
Activities: He loved woodworking, feeding the wild birds, gardening and deer hunting.
Church Affiliation: Member of the First United Methodist Church, McLeansboro,IL
Military Service: Served in the U.S. Army in Korea in the rank of Corporal.

Survivors:
Wife: Marilyn Morris, Blairsville, IL
Daughters: Ellen Morris, Cross Creek, FL
Beth Moser and husband David, Bluford, IL
Sons: Mark Morris and wife Linda, Troy, IL
Jay Morris and wife Shary, Blairsville, IL
Grandchildren: Nathan Morris, wife Brooke; Natalie Flemming, husband Nick; Lane Moser and Alyssa; Emma Neal, husband Charles; Blair Moser; Ira Logan
Great Grandchildren: Kade Rocca, Cora Morris, Livi Morris, Rosalee Moser, Henry Moser
Sister: MaryAnne Ionni, Hillsborough, NC

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: His parents and brother Robert Morris
MEMORIALS TO: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, McLeansboro.

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


MCLEANSBORO – John Anthony Morris
Age: 67
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 1:30 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2022 at his residence
Visitation: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 12, Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Pastor Richard Giles
Burial: Crouch Cemetery, Belle Prairie, IL

Date of Birth: February 17, 1955
Place of Birth: Caruthersville, MO
Father: Franklin Morris
Mother: Ola (Hosier) Morris
Marriage to: Stella Mae (Harkins)
Occupation: Truck Driver
Church Affiliation: Knoffbend Pentecost Church, Elkville, IL

Survivors:
Wife: Stella Morris, McLeansboro,, IL
Sons: John Silas Morris and wife Kristina, Murphysboro, IL
Jesse Thomas Morris (Amanda), Marion, IL
Curtis Lee Morris, Kansas City, MO
Daughter: Nellie Parrott (husband Jose), Mulkytown, IL
Brother: Tommy Morris, Bridgeport, IL
Sisters: Mattie Morris, Crossville, IL
Alecia Shirley and husband Raymond, Marion, IL
Linda Prater, Carmi, IL
Violet Tison and husband Sandy, McLeansboro, IL
Mary Galvin, St.Lucy, FL
15 Grandchildren
2 Great Grandchildren
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in Death by: Parents, 2 Brothers, 2 Sisters, 1 Nephew

Memorials may be made to John’s Family to help with his funeral expenses and will be accepted by Harre Funeral Home.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Janice Sue Griffith
Age: 81
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 9:15 p.m., Thursday, October 28, 2022 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in McLeansboro, IL
Visitation: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 11 a.m., Friday, November 11, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro
Clergy: Reverend Roger Turner will officiate the service.
Burial: Antioch Cemetery near Macedonia, IL

Date of Birth: December 26, 1940
Place of Birth: Macedonia, IL
Father: Raymond Metheney
Mother: Jewell Reed
Marriage to: Gary Griffith on January 23, 1959 at Norris City, IL
Activities: Sue and her husband Gary owned & managed the Montgomery Ward Store in McLeansboro for several years. After selling the store, Sue worked in Mt.
Vernon, IL about 5 years for Walmart. She later worked at the Walgreen Distribution Center in Mt. Vernon, IL
Church Affiliation: Member of Cornerstone Church of Christ, McLeansboro

Survivors include:
Sons: Jerry Griffith and wife Wendy, Ormond Beach, FL
Michael Griffith and wife Miranda, Du Quoin, IL
3 Granddaughters: Lee, Rayma, and Daylee Griffith
3 Grandsons: Tyden, Jett and Maxton Griffith
1 Brother: Donald Wayne Metheney and wife Sharon of Las Vegas, NV
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in Death By: Parents, husband Gary, Brothers Charles Metheney and wife Juanita and Lowell “Lefty” Metheney and wife Mary.

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


SESSER – Larry Keith Woodland, age 77, of Sesser, Illinois, passed away November 5, 2022, surrounded by family.

He graduated Benton High School in 1963. Soon after, he enlisted with the National Guard, followed by a 32-year career as a coal miner for Freeman Coal. During his coal mining career, he and his wife, Verna, opened Woodland’s Furniture and Paint in Sesser, and an HVAC service company.

He had many interests and was gifted with a vast array of knowledge and skills. Early in his life, he spent many hours in the garage learning and working with his dad on anything that had a motor. He later developed his expertise in welding, electricity, diesel engine repair, HVAC, fabrication, and woodworking. He was always eager to help, and his generosity knew no boundaries.

He will be missed by his wife Verna Mae, and children Renee (Eric) Volkmann, Leigh Anne (Scott) Bailey, Amanda (Chad Duckwiler/Mark Pace) Pace, Aaron Woodland; 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, brothers Dan (Marianna) Woodland and Dave (Susan) Woodland. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Helen Woodland, and nephew Matthew Woodland.

Funeral services for Larry will be on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Rev. Ernie Lewis officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

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


SESSER – Carolyn “Susie” Rogers, 87, of Sesser, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Fairview Nursing Home in Du Quoin.

She was born on October 30, 1935 in Jefferson County, IL to Marion and Helen (Hamilton) Newell. She married Buddy Earl Rogers on July 1, 1955 and he preceded her in death on May 14, 1997.

She is survived by one daughter Mary Jane (Terry) Witcher of Mulkeytown; two sons David (Diana) Rogers of Sesserand Mark (Meredith) Rogers of Sesser; grandchildren Ashley Rogers, Michelle (Witcher) (Thad) Snell, Allison Rogers and Cole Rogers; great grandchildren Jenesys Jackson, Jada Jackson, Chance Whitehead, Grady Snell and Lynlee Snell; two sisters Marianne Lovin of Mt. Vernon and Areta Phillips of Arizona; one sister-in-law Patty Kerley of Marion and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one infant sister.

Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She farmed along with her husband until after his passing. She then spent many years traveling on tour buses meeting and making many new friends along the way. She was very proud of the fact she had traveled to every state except Alaska and Hawaii.

Funeral services for Susie will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Pastor Shannon Bopp officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Horse Praire Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sesser Public Library and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


BUCKNER – Robert “Crash” Crews, 73, of Buckner, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2022 at his home.

He was born on March 26, 1949 in St Louis, MO to James and May (Greene) Crews. He married Renee (Brckovich) Crews and she survives of Buckner.

He is also survived by his children Krista (Michael) Kanady of Buckner, Wendi (Charles) Bushong of Buckner and Robert “Bobby” (Crystal) Crews of Benton; grandchildren Cody (Nichole) Crews, Mikayla Bate, Emily Crews, Peyton Mattingley; one sister Peggy Rousey of Florida and one brother Shannon Crews of Georgia and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Krista Renee Crews, one sister Barbara Crews and three brothers Gary Crews, Steve Crews and James Crews.

He was associated with the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years and was a member of the UMWA. He also served on the Buckner Village Board for several years, the Buckner Fire Department and was on the school board for Christopher High School.

His wishes were to be cremated with a private family graveside service to be held at a later date.

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


OPDYKE – Charles Floyd Slayton, 75, of Opdyke, IL passed away on Monday, October 31, 2022 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Charles was born June 25, 1947 the son of Ralph Lester Slayton & Gladys Irene (Walker) Slayton.

Charles was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War.  He enjoyed mowing his yard, gardening, fishing, and collecting coins.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Charles is survived by his companion Connie Slayton of Opdyke, IL; 2 daughters: Tina Marie Harris (and fiancé Jessy Garcia) of Mt. Vernon, IL and Patricia Gillespie of Geneva, AL; a son Charles Floyd “Chuck” Slayton, Jr. (and companion Christina Conner) of Ashley, IL; 5 grandchildren:  Dakota Gillespie, Brianna McGowan, Brandon McGowan, Joseph Hendrix, and Chase Slayton; 3 brothers:  Bob Slayton of Grandin, MO; Tom Slayton of Oklahoma, and Bill Slayton of Fenton, MO; a sister Roberta (Howard) Rains of Poplar Bluff, MO; special friends Connie & Mike Geuvens, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both parents Ralph & Gladys Slayton, his grandpa & grandma Walker, his grandpa & grandma Slayton, a granddaughter Lillie Marie Harris, and 4 brothers:  Joe Slayton, George Slayton, Everett Slayton, and Grady Slayton.

There will be no formal services for Charles Floyd Slayton at this time. 

The Gholson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Judith May Ritchey, 82, of McLeansboro passed away at 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Fox Meadows Assisted Living Center in McLeansboro.

Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro
Funeral: 11 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2022 at Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Reverend Amanda Crice will officiate the funeral service
Burial: Ten Mile Cemetery, McLeansboro

Date of Birth: March 28, 1940
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Paul French
Mother: Hallie May (Allen) French
Marriage to: Howard L. Ritchey on March 29, 1959 in Walpole, IL at Hebron Church. He preceded her in death November 9, 2018.
Occupation: Judy was a homemaker.
Church Affiliation: Attended Ten Mile Baptist Church
Activities: Judy was a beautician. She loved plants, flowers and collecting antique glassware. She also worked at nursing homes in McLeansboro and Eldorado as a beautician and later became social director in the Eldorado Nursing Home.

Survivors:
Son: Steven Ray Ritchey
Daughter: Cindy Lea Birkner and husband Ron, McLeansboro, IL
Grandchildren: Monte Paul Ritchey (wife Amber), Evansville, IN
Dustin Howard Ritchey (wife Jenny), Spring Hill, TN
Amanda Leigh Crice (husband Justin), Martin, TN
Adam Larkin Birkner (wife Jennifer), McLeansboro, IL
1 Great Grandchild: Ward Peyton Ritchey, Spring Hill, TN
3 Brothers: Dean Allen French and wife Cathleen, McLeansboro, IL
Joey French and wife Pat, Pacifica, MO
Paul Keith French and wife Donna, Springfield, MO
Numerous Nephews and Nieces

Preceded in Death By: Parents, Husband Howard and Sister Phyllis June Burnett

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


MANTENO – Harmon Fisher, 79, of Manteno, IL, passed away at 9:28 p.m., on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL. 

He was born on March 31, 1943, to Walter and Pauline (Brandhorst) Fisher in Macedonia, IL.

He enjoyed color bowling, huge Chicago Cubs fan and loved angels. He especially looked forward to ringing the church bell’s every Sunday.

Harmon is survived two brothers, Lendall (Nancy) Fisher and Vernon (Paula) Fisher and one sister, Violet Lilillico.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Pauline Fisher, his brother, Denver Fisher and his sister, Wanda Sullivan.

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

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

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

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


MARION – Helen Louise Crespi, 96, of Marion, Illinois, passed away Monday October 24, 2022 at Parkway Manor in Marion, Illinois at 8:11 a.m.

Helen was born May 30, 1926 in Freeman Spur, Illinois to Edward and Eva (Spagnoli) Kinley, Sr. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in West Frankfort, IL, 1944 graduate of Herrin High School, and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Helen was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Ambrose Crespi on May 4, 1948. Together they had three children. She was the co-owner of Crespi Distributing. Helen enjoyed traveling, playing the piano, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. She also danced with Frank Sinatra.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers: Edward (Red) and Robert “Bobby Dean” Kinley; nephews, Jimmy and Harry Kinsley; sisters-in-law, Angeline Crespi and Judy Kinley; best friend, Rita Bradley.

Helen is survived by her children: Lynn Crespi of Herrin, IL, John (Jennifer) Crespi of Herrin, IL, and Tom (Karen Jo) Crespi of West Frankfort, IL; brother, Mike (Lola) Kinley of Herrin, IL; sister-in-law, Betty Kinley of Herrin, IL; grandchildren: B.J. (Amy) Crespi, Andrew (Danielle) Crespi, Jordan (Chase) Kimler, Logan (Maycie Graff) Tomanovich, Shelby Tomanovich, Ryan, Brooklynn, Jordan, and Lynnze Green; great grandchildren; Elijah and Alivia Crespi, Ellie and Reese Kimler.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka officiating. Burial will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:30 a.m. prior to the service.


WEST CITY – Gordon L. “Chunk” Rice, 79, of West City, passed away Friday morning, October 28, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Benton, IL on April 25, 1943, the son of William Laverne “Honey” and Lola Pearl (Rone) Rice.

He married Teri (Burwell) in 1995.

Mr. Rice was a retired Coal Miner and a UMWA member, he was an avid Cardinals fan, a lifetime member of the Boneyard Bocce Club, and a former member of the Benton Elks. He was very dedicated to the Village of West City where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was funny, kindhearted, and would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He never missed any event of his grandchildren. He was the world’s best husband, Dad and PaPa.

Mr. Rice is survived by his:

Wife: Teri Rice

Daughter: Kerrie Smith (James Hopkins)

Stepson: Brandon Ing

Daughter-in-law: Alexis Ing Obrecht (Michael Obrecht)

Grandchildren: Erik Brown, Jesse Smith (Allison Stubblefield), Shawn Ing, Zaidyn Ing, Quentyn Obrecht, Annabelle Obrecht, Payton Obrecht, Aubryana Obrecht, Aurora (Rori) Obrecht, Ayzli Obrecht and Gabriel Obrecht.

Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents and by a daughter Jamie (Rice) Brown in 1992.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 1st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Jackie Dean Stewart officiating. Visitation will be after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

The family asks that everyone wear a St. Louis Cardinals shirt or the color red in honor of Chunk.

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


METROPOLIS – Sharla Joann Bennett, 87, of Metropolis, IL, died Thursday, October 27, 2022, at South Gate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis, IL. 

She was born July 18, 1935, in Macedonia, IL, the daughter of Herman and Elma (Hobbs) Johnson.

Joann was educated in the Akin/Benton, IL school systems. She married Donald Lowell Bennett on September 8, 1951.

She earned Bachelor and Masters degrees in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She taught 2nd grade at Central Elementary and 3rd grade at Franklin Elementary for the Massac County school district. She took great pride in teaching and was known for her yearly classroom plays. She loved animals and had many dogs and cats throughout her life. She was a very generous mother with her sons, her grandchildren, family, friends, and neighbors.

Earlier in life, Joann was very active in church and was a member of 1st Baptist Church of Metropolis. She enjoyed camping and traveling with her family, collecting Depression Glass and playing Bridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Elma Johnson and her in-laws, Lowell and Dorothy Bennett

Joann is survived by her husband Donald of Metropolis; son Mark Bennett of Russellville, KY; granddaughter Dr. Andrea Bennett of Denver, CO and grandson Steven Bennett of Lexington, KY; son Frank Bennett of New Columbia, IL, and his wife Myra Wood Bennett.; sister Ruth Lemons of Benton, IL and sister Nancy Odom and husband Larry of Benton.

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

There will be no visitation. 

Graveside services will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL with the Reverend Terry Mathis, officiating.

Memorials may be made to 1st Baptist Church of Metropolis or Project Hope Humane Society also of Metropolis, IL and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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