MCLEANSBORO – Click here to see the obituary for Odelia Karcher of McLeansboro that was provided by the Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro. 

 

 

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SESSER – Danny Lee Williams, age 56, of Sesser and formerly of Johnston City, passed away at 6:05 a.m. Monday, December 23, 2019 at his home.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Family Church of God in Zeigler with Bro. Denny Bush officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the church.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with expenses, and may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812.

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

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BENTON – Tracy T. Hundley, 58, of Benton, passed away at 6:43 a.m., on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Christian Hospital, Saint Louis, MO.

He was born on October 7, 1961, to Eustance E. and Barbara L. (Tredway) Hundley in Seoul, Korea. Tracy married the former Wendi Ellingson and she survives.

Tracy was a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) as a AMMO Troop. He was a proud military veteran. Tracy enjoyed flying his ultralight aircraft and raising animals on his small farm.

He is survived by his loving spouse, Wendi Hundley; three children, Richard, Daniel, and Katherine; two brothers and a sister, Franklin E. (Margaret) Hundley, Virginia Lee (Dale) Mau, and Jeffrey G. (Marilyn) Hundley.

Tracy was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Per Tracy’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date at the Benton American Legion Post 280/VFW Post 2671.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton American Legion Post 280 and VFW Post 2671.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Alfred Wesley Renn, 90, of McLeansboro, passed away at 9 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at his home with family at his side.

He was born January 6, 1930 in Gary, Indiana, the son of Lawrence Alfred and Ethel (Hill) Renn. He married Mildred “Tootie” Wheeler on February 5, 1951 and she preceded him in death. After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War, he worked as a farmer and in the oil field as the owner and operator of Renn Drilling Co. in McLeansboro.

Alfred is survived by his daughter, Sandra Kay (Jack) Hays of McLeansboro; daughter-in-law, Nancy Renn of McLeansboro; five grandchildren: Josh Hays, Michael (Lacy) Renn, Wesley (Julie) Renn, Laura (Ted) Middendorf and Zachary Renn, all of McLeansboro; and nine great grandchildren: Kelsi (Jesse) Nevarez, Michael Renn, Ellery Renn, Callie Middendorf, Tillie Renn, Allie Skelton, Brayley Renn, Justin Kidder and Jarrett Kidder, all of McLeansboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mildred, and one son, Tom Renn.

Funeral services for Alfred Renn will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. He will be laid to rest at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with Graveside Military Rites performed by American Legion Post 106 and a U.S. Army Honors Team.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
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BENTON – Joan (Aaron) Stone, 81, of Benton passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at her home.

Joan was born in Benton, IL on March 4, 1938, the daughter of Rex & Della (Knapper) Aaron. Mrs. Stone took care of the elderly and she worked in restaurants.

Mrs. Stone is survived by her:
4 Daughters:
Lana Carlton of Benton
Jolynn & husband David Mayberry of Mt. Vernon
Kathy Swofford & husband Mike Orawe of Florida
Patty Hammond of Benton

1 Son: Randy Swofford of Texas

10 Grandchildren:
Beth Ray
Bria Ray
Paul Ray
Elizabeth Carney
Richard Dale Willett
Krystal Mills
Jennifer Swofford
Joey Swofford
Breanna Mayberry
John David Mayberry

16 Great-Grandchildren

1 Niece: Lynn Aaron Ramsey

Several Cousins

Special Friend: Eugene Mezo of Benton
Her special Homemakers:
Melody Franklin of Benton
Pam Eubanks of Christopher
Her Wonderful neighbor: Arletta Shadowen of Benton

Mrs. Stone was preceded in death by her Mother-Della Elliott, Father-Rex Aaron, by 1 Son-Rex Swofford, by a Brother-Jerry Aaron and by her Husbands Gerald Swofford & Paul Stone.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 18th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery in Akin. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.
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MCLEANSBORO – Ruby Jean Webb

Age: 97
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 11:28 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at her residence in Heritage Woods of McLeansboro, IL
Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020, Harre Funeral Home
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: October 7, 1922
Place of Birth: Dale, IL
Father: Harmon Braden
Mother: Pauline (Johnson) Braden
Marriage to: Charles Ernest Webb in McLeansboro, IL and he preceded her in death in 1991
Church Affiliation: Braden Valley Baptist Church
Occupation: Waitress
Activities: Jean loved to read

Survivors:
Daughter-in-Law: Patricia Dial, McLeansboro, IL
Sister: Betty Kinsey, McLeansboro, IL
Grandson: Scotty Dial and wife Ramona, McLeansboro, IL
Great Grandsons: Oakley Blake Dial and Laban Ross Dial
2 Nieces: Nancy Allen and husband Kerry, McLeansboro, IL
Pat Gholson and husband Jim, Carmi, IL
Stepson: Ronnie Webb and wife Flossie, Aden
Stepdaughter: Dorris Ann Hall and husband Don, McLeansboro, IL

Preceded in death by: Parents, Son Jackie Dial, Brother Dan Braden and Sister Helen Brockett

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Paul Eugene Hill, 54, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was born on June 30, 1965 in East Prairie, Missouri, the son of Paul James and Linda Marie (Rutledge) Hill. Paul was a retired carpenter.

Paul is survived by two brothers: Robert Lee (Angelia) Hill of McLeansboro and Peter Rutledge of McLeansboro; one sister, Christina May Broyles of Tennessee; several aunts and uncles from Missouri, Ohio and Illinois, including his caregiver Estelita Kay Jackson and his best buddy, Eddie Jackson. Several cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Patricia Lester.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 17, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. He will be laid to rest at Hopewell Cemetery.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
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BENTON – Afton Aleta (Cockrum) Lampley, 92, of Benton, died Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center. She was born February 1, 1927 in Franklin County Illinois, the daughter of Lemuel Franklin and Bertha Leona (Rich) Cockrum.

Afton was much beloved by her family and friends. She spent many years as a nurse at Franklin County Hospital and is remembered as a kind and caring individual. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Afton was preceded in death by her very good friend Wayne Gunter; a grandchild Lisa (Carney) McClintock; sisters Nancy May, Margaret Fay, and Nelly Rosemary Smith; brothers Frank and Coy Cockrum; half sisters Dorothy Conner and Rada Reynolds; four half brothers Clyde, Loren, Edgar, and Virgil Griffin.

Afton is survived by her son Billy P. Wilkerson and wife Cheryl, of Gulf Shores, AL; daughter Leona Faye Carney of Elberta, AL. Grandchildren Brandie (Davey) Gibbs of Benton; Heather (James) Brackin of Elberta, AL; Ryan (Marla) Wilkerson of Riva, MD; great grandchildren, Sean McClintock, and Katlin Brackin. Sisters Erma Lee Conner, Mazie Hamilton and friend Larry Overturf. As well as, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 17th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.
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BENTON – Ramona Louise Elder, 79, of Benton passed away at 2:42 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, IL. 

She was born on December 20, 1940, to Samuel and Mary (Rogers) Wertz in Benton, IL. Ramona was a homemaker. On December 12, 1975, she married Walter Joseph Elder, Jr., and he preceded her in death.

Ramona was a member of Whittington Church. She was a loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Ramona enjoyed watching TV, especially her day time soap operas and game shows. Walter and Ramona enjoyed gardening and sold vegetables for many years until Walters passing.

Ramona is survived by her children, Paula (Bryon) Snyder of Benton, IL, Kenneth (Becky) Henson of Benton, IL, and Alisha (Christopher) Anderson of Benton, IL; three sisters, Jo Dunn, Jane Ellen Myers, and Shirley Jean (Tommy) Seals; two sister-in-laws, Donna Bryce and Laura Cole; seven grandchildren, Amber (Josh Foist) Plumlee, Bryan (Tosha) Plumlee, Justin (Stacey) Plumlee, Diamond Anderson, Brandie (Jordan Wilson) Anderson, Christopher Anderson, and Cassie Phillips; three great-grandchildren, Paityn Snyder, Landon Foist, and Nyla Plumlee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Mary Faye Wertz; husband, Walter Joseph Elder, Jr; step-mother, Lucille Wertz Stella; three brothers, Harry Wertz, Butch Wertz, and Wayne Wertz, and one sister, Carolyn Ann Miller.

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

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Pate Funeral Home, with Reverend Mark Minor, officiating.

Burial will follow service at Shiloh Cemetery, Whittington, IL.

Memorials contributions may be made to the family, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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MULKEYTOWN – Earl William Giacomo, 89, of Mulkeytown, passed away on January 12, 2020 at his home.

He was born on November 3, 1930 in Pinckneyville, IL to George and Mary (Ritter) Giacomo. He married Virginia Maxine (Rogers) Giacomo on August 18, 1951 and she survives of Mulkeytown.

He is also survived by his daughter Ella (Charles) Culver of Christopher; one son Robert “Bob” (Mary) Giacomo; grandchildren Jordan (Alyssa) Culver of Little Rock, AR, Ashton Culver of Christopher, Joshua (Beth) Giacomo of Pinckneyville, IL, Sarah Shasteen of Pinckneyville, IL, Laura (Mike) Dreas of Radom, IL, Joseph (Kait) Giacomo of Pinckneyville, IL; great grandchildren Logan Shasteen, George Dreas, Aubrey Culver and baby Giacomo due in July; two sisters Celeste Epplin of Florissant, MO and Doris (Robert) Valette of Mulkeytown and one brother Gene (Judy) Giacomo of Mulkeytown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one granddaughter Megan Culver.

Funeral mass will be on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the St Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher with Rev. Augustine Ibezimako officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 9 a.m. until the time of the mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the Church.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Elizabeth Augusta Carter, age 86, of West Frankfort, passed away at 10:01 a.m. Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the Westside Care Center of West Frankfort.

Mrs. Carter will be cremated. There will be no public services at this time.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Carter to assist with her cremation services; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – John Daniel Smith, 70, of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in McLeansboro.

He was born May 13, 1949 in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, the son of Thomas and Lenora Smith.  He was a retired custodian and of the Catholic faith.

John is survived by his wife, Carol Smith of McLeansboro; two sons: John Daniel Smith Jr. of Carmi, IL and Noah Smith of Evansville, IN; two brothers: Thomas Smith of Evansville, IN and Ralph Smith of Princeton, IN; and two sisters: Dorothy Jones of Carmi, IL and Lenora Russell of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Fr. Slawomir Ptak conducting the service. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10 a.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
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CONROE, TX – Click here to see the complete obit for Francis O’Bryan “Bryan” Davis, MD, 82, of Conroe, TX that we received from the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro on Sunday, January 12, 2019. 

 

 

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MCLEANSBORO – Charles “Greg” Welch
Age: 62
Residence: McLeansboro , IL
Passed Away: 9:28 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Wabash Christian Village, Carmi, IL

Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: Noon, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Reverend Larry Woodrow
Burial: White County Memorial Gardens, Carmi, IL

Date of Birth: November 28, 1957
Place of Birth: Carmi, IL
Father: Charles M. “Chod” Welch
Mother: Carolyn Sue (Upton) Welch
Occupation: Mechanic
Church Affiliation: Baptist by faith
Activities: He loved to fish, build model cars and loved playing cards

Survivors:
1 Brother: David Welch (wife Connie), McLeansboro, IL
3 Nephews: Devan Welch ( wife Misty), McLeansboro, IL
Keith Welch ( wife Savannah), McLeansboro, IL
Jake Welch ( wife Sarah), McLeansboro, IL
Great Nephews: Jalen, Kalden, Jace, Zeke
Great Nieces: Tessa, Kinsley and Kora
1 Uncle: Don Welch, McLeansboro, IL

Preceded in death by parents, nephew Ross Welch.

Memorial to: Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.

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

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Dorothy Siddens, 80, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri passed away Friday, December 20th, 2019

She was born in Logan, Illinois August 14th, 1939 to Johnny and Ethel Smothers and had 1 sister Phyllis L. McPherson. All preceded her in death.

Dorothy is survived and celebrated by son Paul Filinovich, wife Connie of Conway, South Carolina, son Stanley Wicks, wife Debbie of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, daughter Lisa Lambert,  five granddaughters, three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Monday, January 13th with Memorial Service at 1 p.m.

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

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BENTON – Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Aiken, 81, of Benton, passed away at 7:55 p.m., on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the StoneBridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Benton.

He was born on June 19, 1938, to Terry and Tina (Thompson) Aiken in Benton, IL. Kenneth married Linda Kay Kerley and she survives.

Kenny was a loving husband. He enjoyed gardening, bird hunting and playing golf. He also played softball and was an avid Cardinals fan.

Kenny is survived by his loving spouse, Linda Aiken, a sister, Doris (Jim) McLaren of Benton, IL; two special nieces, Diane (Scott) Simpson of Benton, IL and Buffy (Shad) Welch of Tompkinsville, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Terry and Tina Aiken and a brother, Curtis Aiken.

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

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. 

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 12 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, with Brad Odum, officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to the Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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EWING – Kathy Ann Fitzpatrick, 61, of Ewing, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. 

She was born on August 8, 1958 to Orval and Josephine (Dennison) Howell in Kankakee, IL.

Kathy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed fishing and attending auctions.

She is survived by her spouse of Norman Fitzpatrick; a daughter, Amy Howell; a son, Robert Howell; two granddaughters, Brianna and Katlynn; two brothers, Roy Howell and Jimmy Howell; two sisters, Norma Howell and JoAnn Howell.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Orval Howell; and mother, Josephine Howell.

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

Per Kathy’s wishes cremation will take place. Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to Pate Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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GREENFIELD, IN – Albert Henry Vanhorn, 89, of Greenfield, IN and a former Marion, IL resident passed away Sunday evening, January 5, 2020 in Greenfield, IN.

He was born in Whittington, IL on January 31, 1930, the son of Everett H. & Evva (Mooneyham) Vanhorn.

He married Billie (Wallace) on March 8, 1947 in Morganfield, KY and she preceded him in death on September 28, 2010.

Mr. Vanhorn served as Postmaster in Marion, retiring in October of 1987. He worked for the Postal Department for 35 years, working also in Benton, Carbondale, Zeigler, West Frankfort & McLeansboro Post Offices.

At age 21 Mr. Vanhorn obtained his officiating license retiring at age 76 after 55 years of officiating. He officiated baseball, basketball and football. Over the years he became extremely well known for his football officiating, which was his favorite. He said one of his highlights was officiating the state finals in football. After retirement he helped operate a sporting goods store that he & his son owned in Bradley, IL.

Mr. Vanhorn is survived by his:

                    Daughter: Sharon Steele & husband Frank of Greenfield, IN

                    Grandchildren:

                                        Andrea Wells & husband Greg of Ocean Springs, MS

                                        Melany Walden & husband Chase of Greenfield, IN

                                        David Chenault of Marion, IL

                                        Amy Vanhorn White of Somonauk. IL

                                        Beth Vanhorn of Kankakee, IL

                                        Chris Tuthill of Marion, IL

                                        Shawn Tuthill & wife Emma of Marion, IL

                    13 Great-Grandchildren

                    1 Great-Great-Grandchildren

                    Brother: Ron VanHorn & wife Cindy of Whittington, IL

                    Sister: Brenda Kellam of Whittington, IL

Mr. Vanhorn was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Son-Mike Vanhorn, Daughter-Rene Tuthill & Sister-Ruth Ann Crunk.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Greg Wells officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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MIDLAND, TX – Richard Marshall Chaffin, age 47, of Midland, TX and formerly of Benton, passed away at 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at his home.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – James (Jim) Edward Kinsman, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church in West Frankfort. He was a former member of Westview Baptist in Belleville for 24 years and served as a Chairman of Administrative Committee and Church Treasurer.

Jim also had a love for golf, sharing lots of games, scrambles and tournaments over 60 years with his many friends, family and business associates. He even landed a hole in one on his 50th birthday. Jim was known for his quick wit, jokes and comical stories. He brought much love and laughter to so many, he will be sadly missed as our loss is definitely Heavens gain.

Jim enjoyed his retirement after many years of service including West Frankfort Police Chief, Regional Manager and Claims Manager for AON, Inc, Claims Manager for AHRMA.

Jim was born on June 23, 1941 in Royalton and was preceded in his death by his parents, Henry and Doris June Kinsman; grandparents Ed and Gladys Spiller and Henry Sr. and Victoria Kinsman; father and mother in law, Bill McGinty and Dixie McGinty.

Surviving are spouse, Joy McGinty Kinsman; sons: Jimmy (Sue) Kinsman and Joshua (Valerie) Kinsman;

daughters: Lora (Ed) Hammonds, Amy (Randy) Blocker and Jacy (John) Page. 11 grandchildren: Jacob, Lucas, AJ. Jonathan, MaKalie, Dominic, Jessica, Sarah, Tyler, Justiena, Kassandra.

7 great grandchildren:  Janey, Jaxon, Hailey, Emma, Josephine, Kole, Clinton.

Sister Karen (James) Krener and Brother Michael Kinsman.

He is also survived by brother and sisters in law:  Kathy (Thomas) Trotter, Brad (Molly) McGinty and Gay (Darin) Morton and several nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his dog and cat, Lulu and Gracy.

Services will be held at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan 9th with visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will follow visitation at the funeral home at 7 p.m. with Rev. Vance Vyers officiating. Private burial services with be Friday in Miners Cemetery in Royalton for the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family at the funeral home.

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

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DENTON, TX – Phyllis Ann Giles, 82, of Denton, Texas passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, TX. She was born February 13, 1937 in Benton, IL the daughter of Carlton and Ruby (Morris) Hunt. 

She was a retired school teacher. Phyllis began teaching in a one room school house in the rural Ozarks of Arkansas in 1962 and concluded her career as a Spanish teacher at Highland Park High School.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Bradley (Charlotte) Giles of Denton, TX; grandson, Stephen (Katie) Giles; granddaughter, Sarah Giles; great-grandchild, Stephen Henry Giles; and brother, Carl Hunt of Benton Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles Giles.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery with Stephen Giles officiating.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.
 
The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

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WHITE BLUFF, TN – Mark Flannigan, 59, of White Bluff, TN, passed away on January 2, 2020.

He was born on October 23, 1960 in Victorville, CA to Raymond and Linda (Swisher) Flannigan. He was married to Kathy (Ledet) Flannigan and she survives of White Bluff, TN.

He is also survived by his father Raymond Flannigan of DuQuoin; one daughter Shana Flannigan-Hall of White Bluff, TN; two grandchildren Dixie Hall and Avanna Hall; one brother Tracy Flannigan of McKinney, TX; aunts and uncles Charles (Judy) Swisher of Mulkeytown, Evelyn Swisher of Coello, Janice Tilley of Du Quoin and Debbie (Jerry) Stanley of Mulkeytown and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Linda Flannigan, one brother David Flannigan, and two uncles Norm Tilley and Bob Swisher.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 7, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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

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MARION – Robert Joseph Dunbar, age 62, of Marion, passed away at 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at his home.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Minor officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Marion; or to Hospice of Southern Illinois; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Noble M. Kinkade, 93, of Benton passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Christopher on March 24, 1926, the son of Charles Leland & Bertha Mae (Smith) Kinkade.

On June 1948 in Benton, IL he married Mary Jane (Simpson), and she survives.

Mr. Kinkade was a World War II Navy Veteran.

He was Past President of the I.B.E.W. Local 702, and retired in 1986 from CIPS as the Chief Load Dispatcher. Mr. Kinkade , along with his wife was one of the founding members of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he had served as Deacon.

Mr. Kinkade is survived by his:

Wife: Mary Jane Kinkade of Benton

3 Children:  Mary Dianne Kolodziej of Benton

                      Mike Kinkade & Jackie Zimbro of Benton

                      Jackie Kirk & Roger of Benton

7 Grandchildren:  Christa Robichaud & Tristan

                                 Elizabeth Owens & James Herrell

                                 John Kolodziej & Amy

                                 Ashley Kirk & William McCann

                                 Doug Kirk & Jenny

                                 Michael T. Kinkade & Lexi Craig

                                 Amanda Abbott & Greg

12 Great Grandchildren

1 Sister: Vivian Barham of Benton

Mr. Kinkade was preceded in death by his Parents, by a Daughter-in-law, by 2 Sons-in-law, by 10 Brothers & Sisters and by his dog, Walker T.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons & Pastor Michael Kramer officiating. Burial with Military Rites Conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Kinkade’s memory may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois (Blue East Team) or to the Immanuel Baptist Church.

Envelopes will be available at the Immanuel Baptist Church on Saturday or at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

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

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BENTON – Ruth Ann (Hurst) Atkins, 86, lifetime resident of Benton, passed away Jan. 1, 2020, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in Rend City on March 10, 1933, to Grover Cleveland Galloway and Goldie (Reed) Galloway. Upon their passing, she was adopted by John & Mary (Mueller) Hurst. She married Donald Atkins of Waltonville on July 2, 1954 at the Hurst homeplace in Benton.

Mrs. Atkins never lost her quick wit or sense of humor and will be remembered for her sweet nature and her sweet tea. She was very honored to achieve the designation of Centennial farm for the Hurst property during her lifetime. A Graduate of the 1950 Class of Benton Township High School, she went on to work for Ben Eovaldi, Chief Judge, executive secretary for Russell Davis at the Benton Community Bank as well as Howard Payne at the Bank of Benton. She also served as an election judge. Mrs. Atkins was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton and of the Ewing Township Cemetery Board. 

Mrs. Atkins is survived by her daughter, Mary Annet (Atkins) Lofton & husband, Perry, of Benton, KY; son, Mark Alan Atkins & wife Tammy of Benton; 8 Grandchildren, Jennifer Rice & husband, Jeremy, of Huntsville, AL; Jeremy Miller & wife, Jessica, of Hendersonville, TN; Nicole Lofton of Nashville, TN; Valerie Kennedy & husband, Jason, of Nashville, TN; Megan Warder & husband, Dustin, of Owensboro, KY; Neil Atkins & wife, Lindsey, of Harrisburg; Zac Atkins & wife, Chalet, of Harrisburg; Holly Wilburn & husband, Nate, of West Frankfort; 18 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Atkins was preceded in death by her birth parents, her adoptive parents, her sister, Eva Adams, brothers, “Doc” Galloway and Bill Galloway and her husband of almost 63 years, Donald.

Mrs. Atkins family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Judy Holloway who was a trusted friend & caregiver.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the Third Baptist Church in West Frankfort with Pastor Luke Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Franklin Cemetery in Whittington.  Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Mrs. Atkins memory to the Baptist Childrens Home in Carmi. Envelopes will be available at the Church or at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Dalton Eugene Knight, 79, of McLeansboro, Illinois, went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2020 at his home in rural McLeansboro.

He was born January 8, 1940, the ninth of eleven children, to Angus and Mabel Knight. He married Margaret McGill on February 13, 1965.

Dalton served our country in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964. Upon marrying Margaret he joined his father-in-law raising black angus cattle and farming on Fair Acre Farm. He farmed with his wife and children until he retired in 2011.

Dalton loved spending time with his family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his world. He enjoyed bluegrass music, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and McLeansboro Foxes basketball. He and Margaret rarely missed a Foxes basketball game. They especially liked going to the Lady Foxes basketball and volleyball games. Another favorite pastime was following his niece’s gospel group, The Muehlenbeins. He loved listening to them sing. Dalton was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many.

Dalton also served on the Hamilton County Farm Bureau Board and the Hamilton County Telephone Board for many years.

Along with his wife, Margaret, Dalton is survived by two daughters and one son: Tonyia (Mike) Neal, Teresa (Larry) Bayler, and Jamie (Stephanie) Knight. His grandchildren: Zack (Cady) Bayler, Shelby (Dylan) White, Faith, Nevaeh, and Andrew Knight. His great-grandchildren: Zoe and Zane Bayler. And seven brothers and sisters: J.M. (Geraldine) Knight, Fay (Ron) Lee, Frances Branch, Pat Harrawood, David (Sharon) Knight, Donna Young, and Victor (Janet) Knight. And many special friends he felt were family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father in-law, brothers Wayne and Marshall, sister Lois, brother in-laws Junior Smith, Eulan Branch and Don Harrawood, sisters-in-law Dorthy Knight and Deloris Knight, nephews Aaron Branch, John Knight, Steve Knight, and Eddie Smith .

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2020 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday January 4, 2020 at Gholson Funeral Home with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating, with burial at the Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton, IL.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Research or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. 

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

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MACEDONIA – Alice Faye Summers, 48, of Macedonia, passed away at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday,  December 31, 2019, at her home. 

She was born on December 7, 1971, to Andrew Jackson Trammel and Frankie Marlene (Sims) O’Meara in Kansas City, KS. On September 11, 2009, she married Dwight W. Summers and he survives. 

She was a member of the Family Worship Center in Johnston City, IL. Alice was a loving wife and a beautiful person. She loved reading and her animals. Alice enjoyed movies, investigative cop shows and singing.

Alice is survived by her loving spouse, Dwight Summers; her mother, Frankie Marlene O’Meara; one daughter, Casey Michelle Brown; two sons, Joshua Lee Trammel and Kaleb Dwaine Brown; five step-children, Jessica Brown, Megan Brown, Heather Ann (Charlie) Haynes, Jason Dwight (Andria) Summers, Justin Coal (Fallon) Summers; four step-grandchildren, Logan Ford Haynes, Addison Taylor Haynes, Grayson Danger Summers, Greer Adventure Summers and seven step-sisters.

She was preceded in death by father, Andrew Jackson Trammel.

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

Visitation will be held Friday, January 3, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Brad Dexter, officiating.

Burial will take place in the Brady Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Family Worship Center in Johnston City, IL and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Sondra Julian
Age: 83
Residence: West Frankfort, IL
Passed Away: 8:05 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019 at West Side Rehabilitation Center in West Frankfort, IL
Visitation: Noon until time of funeral at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 1 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Reverend Robert Sefried
Burial: Hutson Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: October 1, 1936
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: William Rolla Faulkner
Mother: Thelma M. (Allen) Faulkner
Marriage to: Thomas Eugene Julian in 1996 at Garden of the Gods
Activities: She loved outdoor activities including kayaking, scuba diving, horseback riding and motorcycling. She also loved photography.
Occupation: Legal secretary and was employed by NASA
Church Affiliation: Past member of Ten Mile Baptist Church – McLeansboro, IL

Survivors:
Husband: Tom Julian, West Frankfort, IL
2 Sons: Randy Pierce and wife Elvira, St. Louis, MO
Patrick F. Pierce, St. Louis, MO
1 Grandson: Sean Pierce, Kansas City, MO
3 Step Granddaughters
2 Step Sons: Andy Julian and wife Susan, Simpson, IL
Aaron Julian, St. Louis, MO
5 Great Grandchildren
1 Brother: William Hal Faulkner and wife Julia Ann, Carmi, IL
Several Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by: parents, brother Charles L. Faulkner, sister Mary Jane Faulkner, one stillborn infant.

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

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MULKEYTOWN – Stephen Matthew “Beaver” Hensgen, age 62, of Mulkeytown, passed away at Friday, November 22, 2019 at his home.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Boy Scout Cabin at Ashley Park in Marion, Illinois.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Stephen Matthew Hensgen, to the family to assist with the cremation expenses, and may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

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BENTON – Brenda Kay (Cook) Asher, age 76, of Benton, passed away at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab of Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Pastor Perry Musgrave officiating. Burial will be at a future date in Knob Prairie Cemetery near Akin. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Brenda Kay Asher, to assist with funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Brenda Kay (Cook) Asher, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

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SESSER – Mrs. Norma M. McAtee, age 92, of Sesser, passed away at 4:13 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Alan Newman officiating. Burial will follow at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery of St. Louis. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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