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SESSER – Linda Cockrum, 72, of Sesser passed away on March 28, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona.

She was born on February 10, 1949 in Benton, IL to James Taylor and Myrl (Hayse) Taylor-Frye. She married Billy Cockrum on March 22, 1967 and he preceded her in death on April 26, 1996.

She is survived by her daughters – Staci (Jimmy) Hood of Valier, Christy (Rodrigo) Sanchez of Vail, AZ and Wendy (John) Kirkpatrick of Madison, AL; eight grandchildren – Jacob (Nikki Lepretre) Sanchez, Ashley Sanchez, Derek (Emily Cavinder) Hood, Courtney Hood, Kensi Kirkpatrick, Kade Kirkpatrick and Kylie Kirkpatrick; one great grandson – Jayce Sanchez and one brother – Darrel Bigham of Sesser.

She was preceded parents, husband and one brother James “Butch” Taylor.

Graveside services will be on May 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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DU QUOIN – Sandra Kay Stevens, age 82, of Du Quoin passed away at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at the Du Quoin Nursing and Rehab Center.

Her wishes were to be cremated.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton with Rev. John Ashby officiating. Family and friends are to meet at the cemetery.

Services are under the direction of the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gold Plate Program of Perry County, or to the Perry County Humane Society, and will be accepted at the services on Tuesday.

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


DU QUOIN – William “Bill” McGlasson, 87, of Du Quoin, passed away on April 5, 2021 at the Du Quoin Nursing and Rehab.

He was born on October 11, 1933 in Mulkeytown, IL to Karl and Opal (Henson) McGlasson. He married Helen (Roberts) McGlasson on May 9, 1964.

He is survived by his wife Helen McGlasson of Du Quoin; one son Bill (Chris) McGlasson of Columbia, MO; one daughter Kelly Wiggins of Du Quoin; five grandchildren – Destiny Wiggins, Shawn Wiggins, DJ Wiggins, Sarah McGlasson and Katherine McGlasson; four great grandchildren – Jordan Wiggins, Kindell Graff, Avarie Wiggins and Reece Wiggins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Gerald McGlasson.

He was a coal miner and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Ron Pigg officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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


BENTON – Jeong Ja Kim, 68, of Benton passed away at 10:39 a.m. on Sunday, April 4, 2021 due to pancreatic cancer. She was in the care of her son, Andrew, at his home in Troy, IL surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on January 7, 1953, to Byungtae and Okrae (Seo) Jung in Gurye County Jeollanam-do, South Korea. On May 8, 1974, Jeong Ja married Hong Won Kim and he survives.

For over 37 years, Hong Won and Jeong Ja owned and operated Kim’s Shoe Repair and Alterations in Benton, IL. With the failing health of her husband and her recent passing, this long-standing business within the community will no longer be in service. Jeong Ja Kim wished to extend her sincerest gratitude to the people of Benton where she lived more than half her lifetime. She made a vaunted journey halfway around the world, leaving her family and friends for the search of a new life and the American dream. In this journey she found a new home, a community that she loved, and the place she wished to be memorialized forever, “Benton”.

Jeong Ja was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She was a woman of unwavering faith and steward of light for her Almighty Lord in Heaven.

Jeong Ja is survived by her loving spouse of 46 years, Hong Won Kim; mother, Okrae Jung of South Korea; three sons, Yeong (Barbara) Kim of Rock Hill, SC, Matthew (Michelle) Kim of Bullhead City, AZ and Andrew (Erica) Kim of Troy, IL; six grandchildren, Brandon Kim, Mackenzie Kim, Leah Kim, Aubrey Kim, Owen Kim and Ashley Lewis; and one brother, Gapdoo Jung, and five sisters, Bok Jung, Aeja Jung, Danam Han, Onam Jung and Hyunsook Jung.

She was preceded in death by her father, Byungtae Jung and one brother, Gapjoo Jung.

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

Public visitation will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Private funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with officiant Jeong Ho Han, translator Hyun Wook Han and Pastor Jim Endsley, officiating.

Following the funeral service, private burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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

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


BENTON – Mr. Rolland Wayne Dunivan, age 91, of Benton passed away at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020 at the SSM Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at noon Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Immanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Sammy Simmons and Rev. Eddie Paul Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon at the church. Military Rites will be honored at the conclusion of the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made In Memory of Rolland Dunivan to the family or to the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton.

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

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


MCLEANSBORO – Doras (Doris) Mae Smith, 88, of McLeansboro, IL and a resident of Springs Valley Meadows in French Lick, IN, passed away at 11:56 a.m., Thursday, April 1, 2021 at IU Health Bedford Hospital in Bedford, IN.

She was born March 6, 1933 in Dahlgren, IL, the daughter of Benjamin Rost and Apalonia (Lona) (Zachman) Rost. She married Roy Clayton Smith on September 23, 1959 in Piopolis, IL and he preceded her in death on March 24, 1995. She had worked at Elder Manufacturing Company as a seamstress and as a homemaker, but majority of her life she cleaned homes for many families for over 30 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary # 106, Modern Woodmen and Hamilton County Home and Community Education. She loved her church, quilting, bingo and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by one son, Mark (Ellen) Smith of Springerton, IL and one daughter, Deann (Shane) Toliver of French Lick, IN; five grandchildren – Trisha (Bryan) Bailey, Todd Smith, Bradley (Angie) Smith, Bridget Smith and Breann Toliver; five great-grandchildren – Dakota, Ciera, Bryan Jr., Zander and Cambria. Several nieces and nephews also survive Doris. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers – Eugene, Charles, Richard, James, Benjamin Jr. and William Rost; two sisters – Marian Schuster and Ruth Furde and also two great-grandchildren – Braden Smith and Destiny Bailey.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2021 followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis. Burial will follow at Old Springer Cemetery, near Blairsville with Father Slawomir Ptak officiating the services.

The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL is in charge of arrangements. Social distancing and face coverings are requested.


SESSER – Marilyn J. Stacey, 86, of Sesser passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Franklin Hospital.

She was born on May 16, 1934 in Sesser, IL to Matt and Edna (Lucas) Harle. She married Bill John Stacey on January 17, 1952 and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2005.

She is survived by her children – Karen Redding of Sesser and John (Teresa) Stacey of Sesser; grandchildren – Jeff (Melissa) Wingo, Jon (Trisha) Wingo, Michael (Maria) Redding, Matt Redding, Alecia Stacey and Maggie Stacey; great grandchildren – Dala, Breana, Kali, Kassi, Kelsi, Allison, Alec, Reese, Abagail, Naomi and Emmy Jean and several great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Kathy Hopson and one great grandson David Wingo.

She was the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk for the City of Sesser for many decades.

Funeral services for Marilyn will be on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottensen officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Donald Dean Phillips, age 83, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his home in McLeansboro, IL.

Don was born on January 9, 1938 in Hamilton County, IL, the son of Ocean and Italene (Smith) Phillips. Don graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1956 and joined the United States Air Force immediately following graduation. He also married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jean (Johnson) in 1956. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. After serving in the Air Force for 8 years, Don and Lois returned home to McLeansboro, where Don began working for the Postal Service and he retired in 1999, after 25 years of service. He was also employed by Horace Mann Insurance and Country Companies.

Don was an active member of the Belle Rive Church of Christ for over 20 years. He and his wife Lois enjoyed spending their summers working with the church at Little Egypt Christian Youth Camp located in Dahlgren, IL. Outside of his career and church, Don was an avid hunter and spent his free time deer and quail hunting.

Don is survived by his wife Lois Phillips; three children – Darryl Phillips and wife Debbie, David Phillips and Darren Phillips and companion Malissa Hopper; four grandchildren – Heather Stoltzfus (Dustin), Cejay Hybbert (Austin), Dalton Phillips and Kolton Phillips; eight great-grandchildren; brother Mike Phillips of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ocean and Italene Phillips and brother Bob Phillips.

Memorials in memory of Don are requested for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 9, 2021 followed by the funeral service at noon at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Veterans Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL with Pastor Jason Adams officiating.

The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL is in charge of arrangements. Social distancing and face coverings are requested.


WEST CITY – Randall Wayne Mohr, age 64, of West City passed away at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021, at his home.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, services have been postponed until further notice.

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


ROYALTON – Nina Virginia Johnson, 77, of Royalton formerly of Coello, passed away on April 2, 2021.

She was born on August 16, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to Sterling and Nina (Hutchison) Watts. She married Charles “Charlie” Johnson and he preceded her in death on January 13, 2019.

She is survived by her children Marshall (Beth) Johnson of Christopher and Melissa (Doug) Reese of Royalton; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and one brother Sterling Manny Watts of Okawville, IL.

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

She was a homemaker.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Gilbert Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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