VINCENNES, IN – James L. Vincent, 57, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 in Vincennes, Indiana.

He was born December 19, 1961 in Joliet, IL, the son of Gerald and Mary (Becker) Vincent. James worked as a restaurant cook and was a Catholic by faith. He is survived by two sisters: Norma Weaver of Hoopeston, IL and LaDonna Baker of Olney, IL; and one brother, Gerald Vincent of Milwaukee, WI. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

James was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Reta Ingram.

Graveside memorial services will be held Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Ten Mile Cemetery near McLeansboro with Deacon Archie Bowers officiating. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Patrick Martin Tharp

Age: 75
Residence: McLeansboro, IL and formerly of Sarasota, FL
Passed Away: at 1:45 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO

As per Mr. Tharp’s wishes, his body will be cremated and his ashes will be spread at his favorite places. A Celebration of Life will take place in Florida at a later date.

Date of Birth: June 11, 1944
Place of Birth: Macomb, IL
Father: Leslie S. Tharp
Mother: Elenor (Martin) Tharp
Marriage to: Karen Sue Swartz on May 4, 1985 in Sarasota, FL.
Occupation: Patrick worked as a Mortgage Broker.
Activities: He was a member of the American Legion and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Survivors:
Wife: Karen (Swartz) Tharp

Preceded in Death By: His parents

MEMORIALS TO: Contributions may be made to a favorite charity in memory of Patrick and may be given to the family or to Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro.

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

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BENTON – Mary Ann Page, 82, of Benton passed away Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2019 in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in McLeansboro, IL on Dec. 28, 1936, the daughter of Arthur & Ruby (Craddock) Taylor. She married Larry D. Page at the Nazarene Church in Benton on Aug. 10, 1957, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 2015. Mrs. Page was a 50 year plus member of the Whittington Church. She served as Head Cook at Benton Grade School for several years, and retired from that position.

Mrs. Page is survived by her:
4 Children:
Julie & Bill Sentel of Macedonia
Scott & Lisa Page of Benton
Jill & Pat Sanders of Benton
Jennifer Page of Raleigh, NC

Grandchildren:
Marcie & Adam Clark of Macedonia
Sarah & Donnie Millenbine of Dahlgren
Alison & Jason Woodrow of Springerton
Heather & Ryan Stock of Marion
Ashley Page of St. Charles, MO
Carston Sanders of Benton

GreatGrandchildren:
Calynn, Morgan & Camryn Clark
Mallorie & Trevor Millenbine
Grace, Annabell, Caroline, John & Elizabeth Woodrow
Connor Dutton
Henry Stock

Mrs. Page was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by two brothers – Robert Lee “Bobby” Taylor & Arthur Dean “Arch” Taylor, and by two sisters – Ida Frances & Roberta Jean.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Mark Minor & Rev. Greg Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Elder S.M. Williams Cemetery – Ewing. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Page’s memory may be made to the Whittington Church or to SSM Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

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

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MARION – Roy Orland Manasco, 70, of Marion and formerly of Christopher, passed away on September 12, 2019.

He was born on August 31, 1949 in Coello, IL to Melvin and Eva Jesse (Gandy) Manasco. He married Donna (Shaffer) Manasco on May 20, 2006 and she survives of Marion.

He is also survived by his children, several grandchildren, and one brother Lawrence Manasco of Chicago, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers Thomas Manasco, James Manasco and Melvin “Pete” Manasco.

He was an Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

Funeral services will be on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Ralph Brandon officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Zeigler Cemetery.

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

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WINCHESTER, KY – Mrs. Phyllis Jeanette Rivera, age 80, of Winchester, KY and formerly of Franklin County, IL, passed away at 12:19 p.m. EST, Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Clark Regional Medical Center of Winchester, KY.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home, with Rev. Phillip Kennedy officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Cathy Bond, 62, of McLeansboro passed away at 8:01 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. A Rosary Service will begin at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis, IL. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Piopolis, IL. Father Slawomir Ptak will officiate.

Date of Birth: July 9, 1957
Place of Birth: Carmi, IL
Father: Thomas Bassemier
Mother: Dorothy (Patton) Bassemier
Marriage to: Robert R. Bond on October 15, 1983 in McLeansboro, IL.
Occupation: Cathy worked as a Home Caregiver.
Church Affiliation: Member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Piopolis, IL.
Activities: She loved antiquing and taking care of her plants and animals.

Survivors:
Husband: Robert Bond, McLeansboro, IL.
Son: Terry Bond and wife Amber of Junction, IL.
2 Grandchildren: Alexandra Bond, Mill Shoals, IL.
Zane Merritt and wife Devon, Ridgway, IL.
2 Brothers: Terry Bassemier and wife Susie, Carmi, IL.
Michael Bassemier, Johnston City, IL.
3 Sisters: Robyn Desmuke and husband Todd, Belleville, IL.
Pam Bassemier, Carmi, IL.
Brenda Bassemier, Princeton, IN.

Preceded in death by: Her parents.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home or St. John the Baptist
Catholic Church of Piopolis.

Arrangements for Cathy Bond are under the direction of Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.

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ROYALTON – She’s Home! Janet A. Loeh, 79, of Royalton, passed away on September 10, 2019, at 5:50 p.m., surrounded by her loving family at her residence.

She was a faithful servant of the Lord, a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. We don’t mourn like most, for we know she is with the “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”.

Janet was born on December 20, 1939, in Royalton, IL., to her parents, Noah Alonzo and Martha (Boyles) King, and they have preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son Robert Loeh.

Those to follow will be her three children, Vicki Restivo and husband Rocky, Jana Fann and husband Bryan, and Jody Loeh. Her niece, Darla Brewer and daughter Joli; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We will not have a funeral service but will celebrate her life on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., at the Royalton First Baptist Church, 709 West 3rd Street, Royalton, IL.

If you would like to honor her memory, please send donations to Agape High School, 5208 Meadowland Parkway, Suite A, Marion, IL. 62959, which was her mission to see children receive Christian education.

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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MT. VERNON – Mary Kretz, 90, of Christopher passed away Tuesday, September 10 peacefully at Lavender Ridge in Mt. Vernon. She and her husband are together again.

Mary was born on April 11, 1929 in Valier, Illinois the daughter of John and Barbara (Bede) Chizmadia. She married Roy Peter Kretz on May 24, 1958 who preceeded her in death on September 12, 2014.

Survivors include her children, Roy John Kretz of Mt. Vernon, Robert (Lisa) Kretz of Bluford, Catherine Kretz of Bloomington, and Cindy Kretz (Dave Stark) of Mulkeytown; grandchildren, Roy John Kretz Jr., Shannon Kretz, Kali Boaz, Charles Boaz and Todd Boaz; and 2 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband three brothers John Chizmadia, Andy Chizmadia and Bert Chizmadia and one sister Ann (Chizmadia) Tury.

Mary was a homemaker and her enjoyment came from spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church and the Altar Society in Christopher.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 14 from 8:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on September 14 at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Burial will be at St Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Mary was loved by her friends and family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the compassionate care provided to Mary at Lavender Ridge Memory Care and through SSM Hospice.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com
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SESSER – Darrell Dean Kimmel. 73, of Sesser, passed away on September 8, 2019 at his home.

He was born on January 8, 1946 in Shelbyville, IL to Kenneth and Guyula (Cutler) Kimmel. He married Irma (Vandekerkove) Kimmel on November 16, 1986 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Deana (Steve) Howell of Vail, Arizona, Lindsay (Jody) Davis of Lakewood, IL, and Brandon Kimmel of Tucson, AZ; step-children Fay (Lester) Cash of Mulkeytown and Crystal Douglas of Sesser; grandchildren Weston Kimmel, Whitney Kimmel, Elijah Peterson, Leela Howell, Lilly Howell and Bailey Howell; step-grandchildren Matthew Douglas, Walter Douglas, Ashley (Christian) Lewis, Amanda Clark and Chad Cash; great grandchildren Kenny Douglas, Makynzie Douglas, Levi Clark and Emmali Clark; brothers and sisters Terry (Mary) Kimmel of Pana, IL, Pam Kimmel of Mt Vernon, Sandra (Barry) Marquis of Fredericktown, MO; step brothers and sisters Bob (Lynn) Jones of Whittington, Larry Jones of Wayne City, IL, Bill (Carolyn) Jones of Mt. Vernon, Sharon Dickey of Casa Grande, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and step-father Lee Jones and one step-brother Donald Jones.

He served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He retired from the Rend Lake Water Plant, where he worked as an electrician.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 14, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday September 14, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Whittington Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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ZEIGLER – Cynthia “Cindy” Dawn Ray, 49, of Zeigler, passed away on August 29, 2019, at her residence. 

She was born on December 2, 1969, to Carl  Travelstead and Beverly Ray in Carbondale, IL. Cindy previously worked as a Overnight Stocker for Walmart.  

Cindy was a dear friend to many with a large caring heart.  She enjoyed listening to music, karaoke, and loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 

She is survived by her sister, Shelly Watkins; two aunts, Barbara Rolla and Betsy Hurley; and one uncle, Roger Lee Ray.

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Cremation will take place per Cindy’s wishes.  The family is planning a memorial service for Cindy at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Pate Funeral Home in care of funeral expenses.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Brenda Kay Broughton, 61, of West Frankfort passed away at her home Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2019 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Benton, IL on March 7, 1958, the daughter of Harold A. & Flora Helen (Willmore) Smith.

Brenda worked for many years at the Severin’s Nursing Home as a Dietary Aide. She was a loving & caring Wife & Mother, and spoiled and adored her grandkids.

Brenda is survived by her:

Husband: Johnnie Broughton of West Frankfort

4 Children: Floyd Overturf of Vienna

Tim Overturf & wife Mary of Benton

Sally Overturf of Benton

Richard Overturf of Goreville

13 Grandchildren

2 Brothers: Floyd Smith & wife Kathy of West Frankfort

David Smith & wife Donna of Benton

Cousin: Sue Gower of Sesser

Brenda was preceded in death by her Parents, by 2 Sisters-Mary Nastasi & Clodena Lampley, and by an Aunt-Velma Gower.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Carroll Gene Barrett, 69, of Benton, formerly of Christopher, passed away on September 2, 2019 in Springfield, MO.

He was born on February 4, 1950 in West Frankfort to James Henry and Zenith Mae (Ramsey) Barrett. He married Patsy Sue (Conner) Barrett and she survives of Benton.

He is also survived by his three sons John Robert (Ashley) Barrett of Sesser, Jason Bradley Barrett of Mulkeytown and Justin Michael Barrett of Benton; five grandchildren Logan Robert Barrett, Lillian Renea Barrett of Sesser, Jacob Michael Barrett of Du Quoin, Madelyn June Barrett of Du Quoin and Brooklyn Dawn Barrett of Du Quoin; one brother James “Jim” (Ida) Barrett of Highlandville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Carroll was a retired Army Veteran serving for 23 years. He did three tours in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After his time in the Army, he then went on to work for Brinks Security and retired after working 23 years for Brinks.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Ward Cemetery in Mulkeytown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BREESE – Vada Faye, nee Mitchell, Webber, age 81, a resident of Breese Nursing Home, and formerly of Trenton and McLeansboro, was received into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

She was born August 10, 1938 in Dale, IL, a daughter of the late Mark and Nellie, nee Ruphard, Mitchell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by siblings, Jerry Mitchell in infancy, Elizabeth Short and her husband Ray, Dena Craddock and her husband Bill, Ikey Mitchell and his wife Barbara, John Mitchell and his wife Clara Lou, and Everett Mitchell and his wife Glenda; and a brother-in-law, Clarence Kaufman.

Surviving are her daughter, Kimberly Tyler (Ron) Tremmel of Trenton; grandsons, Zachary and Logan Miller both of Edwardsville; former husband, James D. “JD” Tyler of McLeansboro; siblings, Ottilee Kaufman of McLeansboro and Ruth Jane Holcomb of Eldorado; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews that she enjoyed watching grow up; and her friend Pehg Zeller of Trenton who visited Vada while living at Breese Nursing Home the last four years. Pehg brought great joy and lots of laughs to her life and Vada’s family is extra grateful for the time Pehg devoted to Vada until the very end of her life

After graduating high school in 1956, Vada began her working career with Dr. Vickers in McLeansboro. She married J.D. Tyler June 6, 1959, and continued her working experience until 1968 with Deitz Well Service. In 1969 she went to work for J.W. Reynolds Monument Company until 1981. She took a year off to attend Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, IL to receive her LPN Degree. She was very happy that her niece, Dixie Kaufman Norris attended with her – they took great pride in receiving their Degree’s together in 1972. She worked as a nurse at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home and Hospital. In 1998 Vada moved to Trenton to be closer to her family and worked for Jim’s Men and Boys, but returned to McLeansboro after a year to help care for her mother. In 1986-1993 she was a Dispatcher for the McLeansboro Police Department. She then received her Teacher’s Aide Certification and worked for P.E. Cross, Regional Superintendent of Schools in 1994. Vada ended her career working in 1997 at Jeffersonian Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL as a Medical Records/Ward Clerk.

Vada’s pride and joy through the years were her family, especially her grandsons. She was extremely proud of them and lit up with a big smile when they walked in the room. Her hobbies included embroidery and applique, and attending dances with local bands in Southern Illinois.

Memorial Service will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Trenton with Rev. Christy Eckert officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Trenton.

In lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, memorials may be made to the Snack Pack Program of Clinton County and will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home, 105 S. Main St., Trenton, IL 62293 who is serving the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.mossfuneralhome.com.
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EWING – Terry Ray Forsyth, Jr., 57, of Ewing, passed away at 12:25 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on April 13, 1962, to Terry Ray and Helen (Rockich) Forsyth, Sr., in Oak Park, IL. Terry was a custodian at Rend Lake College.

Terry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ewing, IL. He was a loving son, brother and friend to many. Terry was and avid Chicago Sports fan. He enjoyed fishing, racing, spending time with friends and having an occasional beer, and was always up for the challenge of a good video game.

Terry is survived by his loving parents, Terry and Helen Forsyth, Sr. of Ewing, IL; and one sister, Christine Vondras of Ewing, IL.

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

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, September 9, 2019, at the First Baptist Church, 201 East Main Street, Ewing, IL.

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

The family would like to extend a heart felt thank you to the caring staff at Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.
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CHRISTOPHER – Mary Lou Lewis, 85, of Christopher, passed away on August 30, 2019.

She was born on November 29, 1933 in Akin, IL to Asa and Jessie (Waller) Williams. She married Harold Lewis and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son Michael (Joyce) Lewis of Christopher; two grandchildren Adrian Lewis and Jace Lewis; one sister Sandy (David) Vukadinovich of Christopher; and three brothers Richard (Valerie) Williams of Christopher, Kenneth (Robbie) Williams of Livonia, MI and Carl Williams of Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three brothers C.H. Williams, Dalton Williams and James Williams.

Funeral services will be on Thursday September 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Danny Norman officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, IL.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.
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EWING – Douglas “Doug” A. Erwin, 54, of Benton, passed away at 12:40 a.m., on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 24, 1965, to Dwight and Mildred (Mangrum) Erwin in McLeansboro, IL. On April 10, 1989, he married the former Tammy M. Urban in Benton, KY.

Doug was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He enjoyed fishing, camping, farming, taking care of live stock, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 30 years, Tammy M. Erwin; two sons, Eric Michael Todich and wife Miranda and Douglas Bradley Erwin; five grandchildren, Lillieann Marie Todich, Alexis Marie Todich, Kyra Brook Paynter, Kaydence Page Todich and Layla Elizabeth Erwin; four sisters, Deloris Mayberry, Phyllis Erwin, Brenda Beasley and Joyce Bennett; and three brothers, Kenneth Erwin, Curtis Erwin, Ronnie Erwin.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight K. and Mildred E. Erwin; a son, Brent Erwin; two sisters, Sharon Gilbert and Audry Mircle, and a nephew, Brian Snider.

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

Visitation will be held Friday, September 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, 1 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, with the Reverend Eddie Paul Davis, officiating.

Burial will take place in the Middle Creek Cemetery, Dalhgren, IL.

The Erwin family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Memorial 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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WHITTINGTON – Elmer M. Brookins, 81, of Whittington passed away Saturday morning, Aug. 31, 2019 surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 27, 1937 in Charleston, IL, the son of Jasper & Kathryn (Strader) Brookins. He married Marilyn Jane (Rose) on Nov. 30, 1958, and she preceded him in death on May 18, 2018.

Mr. Brookins was owner & operator of Brookins Small Engine Repair. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. He was a retired coal miner, retiring from Consolidated Coal Co., and had been the owner of Brookins Donut Shop in Charleston, IL. Mr. Brookins enjoyed tending to his livestock, welding & gardening.

Mr. Brookins is survived by his:
2 Sons: Dale Brookins& wife Penny of Whittington
Ron Brookins& wife Susan of Marietta, GA

5 Grandchildren:
Mallory Gibbs & husband Alex & their children, Cali & Keaton
Chelsea Brookins
Whitney Pulliam & husband Chris
Tyler Brookins
Chandler Brookins

1 Sister: Cleta Webster of Charleston, IL
Sister-in-law: Jacki Brookins of Tuscola
Brother-in-law: Dale Rose & wife Judy of Sesser

Mr. Brookins was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, Sister – Janet Warpenburg & by 2 Brothers – Freeman Brookins & Carroll Brookins.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5th at the Williams Chapel Cemetery in Ewing with Rev. Eddie Paul Davis officiating. Those attending the service on Thursday are requested to meet at the cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials in Mr. Brookins name may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church-Outreach Program.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.
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SESSER – William “Bill” Elza Sample, 85, of Sesser, IL, passed away on September 1, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Bill was born on April 12, 1934 in Sesser to Elza Mitchell and Mae Irene (Kirkpatrick) Sample. He married Theresa Marie (Undiener) Sample on November 7, 1959 and she survives of Sesser. He is also survived by his children Edward (Veronica) Sample of St. Charles, MO, Michael (Pat) Sample of Sesser, and Bradley Sample of Jacksonville; grandchildren Katie Sample, Patrick (Kristy) Sample, Kayla (Cannon) Gowdy, Hunter Sample, Kyle (Elizabeth) Sample, Danica Rich, and Austin Sample; 6 great grandchildren; two sisters Joan Earnheart and Martha Hargis; two brothers Larry Sample and Danny Sample. He was preceded indeath by his parents, one son Douglas Sample and one brother Roy Sample.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 as a supply clerk. He then spent time as a semi-truck driver, car salesman, and other occupations prior to becoming a coal miner in Sparta, IL. His joy was becoming employed by Inland Steel Coal Company where he spent the majority of his 23 years in their maintenance department and finished his coal career as Assistant Superintendent of maintenance.

He thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, as both were life-long passions. Equally, throughout his life, he found great pleasure in lending his time, energy, and skills to help anyone who asked or was in need. Bill also served his community as a school board member for ten years and its president during the construction of the new school. He was also an active and long-time member of the Benton Elks, American Legion Post 0560 Bates in Sesser and a member of the Sesser Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Cannon Gowdy officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmens Club or to SSM Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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