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CHRISTOPHER – Norman Eugene Johnson, 80, of Christopher, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 at the Franklin Hospital.

He was born on October 5, 1940 in Sandwich, IL to Floyd and Della (Bolden) Johnson. He is survived by his children Robin (Mike) Sulser of Sesser and Chad Johnson of Sesser; grandchildren Tiffany Petro, Sheri (Matt) Lawler, Phillip Sulser, Allissa Johnson, Alexia Johnson, Chase Johnson and Alivia Johnson; one sister Sharon Ford of Arkansas and one brother Victor Johnson.

A memorial service will be on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will be at a later date at Antiock Cemetery in Tamaroa, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Franklin County Senior services/WIT & WISDOM, Meals on Wheels.

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


SESSER – Gilbert “Gib” Sink, 82, of Sesser, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon.

He was born on February 5, 1939 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Albert “Cabe” and Netty (Spann) Sink.

He married Carol Sink and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Kristen (Kevin) Minor of Sesser and Guy (Kina) Sink of Zeigler; grandchildren Lindsey (Ben) Mundstock, Tyson Shurtz, Torrey (Kyle) Massey and Christian Sink; Great grandchildren Paxton, Miles, Abram, Hutch, Tripp, Sadie, scout, Jreyson, Laya, Kyla and Tate; three sisters Joyce (Jim) Thompson of Sesser, Betty Reeder of Eldorado and Susan (Jim) Mondino of Cleburn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Dennis Sink and Evan Sink.

He was a member of the IBEW union and had works as an electrician at the Rend Lake College until his retirement.

Funeral Services for “Gib” will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sesser, IL with Rev. James Sloan officiating. Visitation will beon Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church.

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


MURPHYSBORO – Loretta (Mazie) J. Walker passed away on September 13, 2021.

She was born in Murphysboro, IL on October 19, 1926 to Charles Maes & Lena Maes.

Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her husband Leroy Walker, 3 Brothers: Charles, Navarre & Bob Boudet and 1 sister: Alberta Boudet.

Mrs. Walker is survived by: 2 nephews: Albert & Bill Boudet of Murphysboro and 2 nieces: Rita Boudet of Salem, IL & Sue Hamm of O’Fallon, IL.

Loretta enjoyed playing cards & fishing. She was a longtime member of the Benton Boccie Ball Club and a former state champion Boccie Ball player. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benton.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18th at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro, IL. There will be no visitation. Those attending the services are requested to meet at the cemetery.

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


MULKEYTOWN – Michael Hampton Sr., 65, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He worked as a carpenter before going to work for Hicks Oil Company and then worked for Warren Oil Company where he retired after 17 years.

He played music in different bands during his life and was a member of the Italian Club.

He attended the Grace Awakening Community Church in Benton, IL.

Michael was the father of two sons Michael Jr. and Jessie, and he had a daughter Jeannie (Junior) Hillis. He had eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren who all survive.

He is also survived by his mother Carol, two brothers Danny and Mark and three sisters Cathy, Dorothy and Brenda.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his father, one brother and one grandson.

Funeral services for Michael Sr. will be on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Ken Petty officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 7:00 p.m.

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


ROYALTON – Jeffrey Lynn Smith, 71, of Royalton, passed away on September 12, 2021 at his home.

He was born on June 24, 1950 in Freeport, IL to Maurice and Arlith (Siemens) Smith. He married Tammie (Shultz) Smith on March 21, 1992.

He is survived by his wife Tammie Smith of Royalton; children Micheal (Katherine) Robey of Iowa, Misty (Arthur) Garner of Christopher and Amanda Robey of Christopher; 22 grandchildren; two sisters Sherri Biehl of Red Oak, IL and Debbie Smith of Red Oak, IL one brother Steve Smith of Rockford, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, one brother Mike Smith and one sister Linda Mader.

He loved to watch old movies and western and loved going to church.

Memorial service will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church of Zeigler with Pastor Jason Todd officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Apostolic Church in Zeigler’s youth program.

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


VALIER – Gary Dean Crocker
December 2, 1945 – September 11, 2021

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

Gary Dean Crocker, 75, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Saturday, September 11, 2021 with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law by his side. He will be extremely missed by so many but if we could just get a glimpse of what he is experiencing now, oh how wonderful that would be. The greatest part is knowing that this separation is only for a season and then we will be re-united forever more.

Gary was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on December 2, 1945 and he graduated from Mt. Vernon High School where he played his favorite sport, football. A couple years after graduation, he met Trudy Scarlett Bailor and she stole his heart. They were married on May 4, 1968 and remained happily married until she went to her heavenly home on January 24, 2016. They began their life together in Mt Vernon, Il and then moved to Valier, Il in 1971. Together they raised Lisa Lynn (Crocker) Gamble and shared so many amazing memories together. Gary, Trudy, and Lisa were active members at Valier First Baptist Church and if you knew Gary at all, you knew he loved the Lord. Lisa and Shannon Gamble (Gary’s son-in-law) gave him two wonderful grandchildren, Garrett Gamble (JariKa Gamble) and Jordan Gamble Wooldridge (Ian Wooldridge). They were his pride and joy!

A couple years after Trudy went to heaven, Gary met Violet. He knew from the first meeting that she was perfect for him. They were married on September 1, 2018 and that is the day Gary’s family grew. He gained two more girls (Brenda/Dave Horton and Lori/George Hudson) and a son (Jeff/Sarah Campbell) along with their wonderful families. They only had three short years together but they made the most of every moment they had. They shared a love for God, family, and adventure. Their past time was spent playing games, listening to southern gospel music and living life to the fullest each day. They resided at 3884 Osprey Pointe Circle, Winter Haven, FL 33884 which was better known as their little resort.

Gary was richly blessed with lots of family and friends who he dearly loved. Robert Lee Crocker and Beulah Margaret Sauls were his parents and they have preceded him in death along with a brother, Robert “Bobby Lee” Crocker, and a sister, Ruth Ann Crocker. He also has a sister, Roberta Fortenbury, and two brothers, Donald Crocker and Jack Crocker, who all live in Florida. Gary gained a sister, Renea/Jim Bailor, from Trudy and they spent countless hours together over the years along with her two daughters, Britaney Bailor/Brent Oberlink, and Bridgette/Bobby Finley and their children. Gary also had an honorary brother, Cassell/Judy Rogers, who he has known from his childhood. They have carried each other through the wonderful and difficulty times together and always had each other’s back.

If you would like to celebrate Gary’s life please come to Valier First Baptist Church, 212 Main Street, Valier, IL 62891 on Friday, September 17, 2021. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the celebration service to follow.

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” – Psalm 62: 1-2

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


SESSER – Danny “Butch” Herila, 69, of Sesser, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at his home.

He was born on June 12, 1952 in Herrin to Theodore and June (Heilman) Herila.

He is survived by his lifelong companion Rose Bochantin; daughters Michelle (Donnie) Miklos of Christopher and Jane (Billy) Farr of Alabama; grandchildren Joseph (Cindy) Miklos of Sesser and Charley Hoehaver of Las Vegas and one sister Janet (Jim Bob) Pearson of Royalton and several nieces and nephews.

He was a coal miner, truck driver, worked construction and loved to help people when he could. He was a loving father, grandfather and soul mate. He also loved his Harley Davidson motorcycles, old cars, his union brothers and his beloved dog Buster Brown.

Graveside services will be on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Friends and family are asked to meet at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hope Lodge in St Louis. Envelopes will be available at the graveside service.

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


BERRYVILLE, VA – Shirley Lucille Moss

Age: 92 years
Residence: Berryville, VA and formerly of McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 12:59 p.m. , Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Commonwealth Senior Living, Berryville, VA
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Funeral: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray will officiate the service.
Burial: Ten Mile Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL.

Date of Birth: March 7, 1929
Place of Birth: Hamilton County, IL
Father: George Reyling
Mother: Viola “Cocke” (Stephens)
Marriage to: Earl Lorene Moss DOD: January 7, 1991
Date of Marriage: June 20, 1948
Place of Marriage: First Christian Church
Occupation: Homemaker McLeansboro, IL
Church Affiliation: Member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL.
Activities: Gideon’s International Auxiliary, Hamilton Co. Home Extention, helped with Red Cross blood drives, volunteered at various nursing homes, American Cancer Society Board member and served on the Beautification Task Force.
Survivors:
2 Daughters: Charlotte Thalman and husband Jim, Port Charlotte, FL
Darla Minehart, Boyce, VA
1 Son: Jim Moss, Port Charlotte, FL.
Grandchildren: Shirley, William, Danielle, Jimmy Moss Jr., Camille, and Dustyn
Preceded in Death by: Parents, Husband, Son Daryl Moss, 1 Grandson Curtis, Son-in-Law Greg Minehart and Daughter-in-Law Donna Moss.

For the safety of everyone, masks are requested for ALL attending services.

Memorials are requested to be made to Gideon’s International and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro which is in charge of arrangements.


FOLEY, AL – James (Dick) Richard Foulk, age 82, of Foley, Alabama (previously of Benton, IL), passed away peacefully from his life on earth, to his new life in Heaven, at 1:15 a.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Memorial Contributions to the James R. Foulk Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund may be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home at 401 E. Main, Benton, IL 62812, or Southern Illinois University Foundation at 1235 Douglas Drive (mail code 6805), Carbondale, IL 62901.

Flowers and memorial gifts for the family can be sent to the Leffler Funeral Home in Benton, IL.

Celebration of Life Services will be as follows: Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday September 17, 2021, and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, IL. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, IL, with Rev. Greg Shelton officiating. Burial with Graveside Services will follow at the Tower Heights Cemetery of West Frankfort, IL.

Immediately following the graveside service, a Celebration of Life reception with appetizers and desserts will be held for family and friends, at the Franklin County Country Club of West Frankfort, IL.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021, by Gov. J.B Pritzker masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of James Richard (Dick) Foulk, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


EWING – Tracy B. Minton, age 60, of Ewing, Illinois passed away at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the SSM Regional Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

His wishes are to be cremated.

Private Family Celebration of Life Services will be held at a future date.

Cremation arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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


SESSER – Evelyn “Sue” S. Gugin, 63, of Sesser passed away at 11:47 a.m., on Friday, September 10, 2021, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born on December 8, 1957, the daughter of Louie and Velma (Willmore) Gower in Christopher, IL.

Evelyn loved her family dearly. She enjoyed camping.

Sue is survived by her daughter, Britney S. Maceri of Benton; son, Cheyenne Maceri of Benton; three grandchildren, Rylee, Liam and Stella; one sister, Jane Eubanks and two brothers, Michael Maceri and William Wallace; and several nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

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

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Velma Gower and three brothers, Ronald Maceri, Richard Maceri and William Willmore.

Per Evelyn’s wishes, cremation will take place.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Terry Lee Dover of West Frankfort went home to his Savior on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the age of 70 with his family by his side at his residence.

Terry was born on February 3, 1951 to Paul and Mary Dover. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army, 19 months in Vietnam and then retired in 1992. He spent the next 18 years driving for various truck services until 2010. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with family. Terry had a great sense of humor and will always be remembered for talking about taking his “last ride” which he has now taken.

He married Mary Dover on January 9, 1971 who survives and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He has three surviving children son Terry Dover Jr. (Stormy) of Lorton, Va; daughter Kimberly Kiehn (Norman) of Mt. Vernon; daughter Julie Baker (special friend Allen) of Springfield, Mo. He has 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren who were the light of his life; a brother Jerry Dover (Karen) of Corning, Arkansas, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law; and his beloved cat, Buddy, whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by a grandson Brandon; his parents; brother Roy; sister Linda; brother Paul Junior; and aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Union Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Mel Johnson, Terry’s pastor of Warrensburg, Mo. officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 1961 of Orient, Zeigler Post 177, and Marion National Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.


BENTON – William “Willie” J. Kovach, 92, of Benton died early Friday, September 10, 2021, at Helia Healthcare Nursing Home in Benton.

He was born on October 24, 1928, the son of, Mike and Anna (Fodor) Kovach in Christopher, IL. He married Billie Jane Wall on December 11, 1948, and she preceded him in death on August 24, 2013.

Willie and his brother Mike operated a trucking company in Christopher prior to marrying his wife, Billie. After their marriage, Willie and Billie, purchased and operated the Southside Market, at 608 South Main Street in Benton for 10 years during the 1950s. Soon after they sold the store, they purchased a laundry mat on North Madison Street which became Kovach Koin Laundry, and they operated it for about 30 years. William also worked for, and was one of the first employees of Franklin Asphalt, which later became E.T. Simons Construction.

Willie enjoyed traveling in his RV, fishing, hunting and stained glass. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club where he was a past Exalted Ruler at the Benton Elks Lodge #1234, as well as the Road Runners Camping Group in Mount Vernon, IL.

William is survived by his two sons, Glenn Allen Kovach and his wife, Regenia, of Benton, IL and Paul William Kovach of Benton, IL; one grandchild, Travis Allen Kovach and his wife Maggie and one great-grandchild, Carter William Kovach, all of Benton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Anna Kovach, two brothers, Michael Stephen Kovach and Joe Kovach and two sisters, Helen Kornya and Margaret Harkess.

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

Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton, IL.

Burial will be in the St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery in Christopher, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the form of Catholic masses to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 506 West Main St., Benton, IL 62812, or will be accepted at the Funeral Home.

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


MCLEANSBORO – “Kitty” Carr
Age: 71
Residence: Macedonia, IL
Passed Away: 2:54 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2021 at her residence.
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Funeral: Noon, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Please wear your mask.
Clergy: Pastor Eddie Paul Davis
Burial: Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: March 19, 1950
Place of Birth: Mt. Hope, West Virginia
Father: James Lee Smith
Mother: Sylvia (Vance) Smith
Marriage to: Gary Eugene Carr on June 17, 1985 in Las Vegas, NV

Kitty was a Homemaker and a member at Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, IL. She loved being Grandma and going bowling. Kitty wore
many hats during her life; she was a C.N.A. at Sunny Hill Nursing Home, a Bookkeeper at Tri-Oil, a Home Health worker, a Shift Manager at
McDonalds, a laborer on the family farm and a homemaker taking care of four children and a husband.
Survivors Include:
Husband: Gary Eugene Carr, of Macedonia, IL
1 Daughter: Lisa (Carr) Hinkley of Myrtle Beach, SC
3 Sons: Randy Maxwell of Joliet, IL
Ricky Maxwell of Diamond, IL
David Carr of Myrtle Beach, SC
8 Grandchildren
3 Great-Grandchildren
3 Brothers: Alfred Smith and wife Mary, Lockport, IL
Howard Smith and wife Vivian, Springville, TN
Donald Smith, Hendersonville, TN
Preceded in Death by: parents James & Sylvia Smith and a sister Linda Smith

Arrangements were entrusted to Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.


CENTRALIA – Robert Thomas Miller, 65, of Centralia, IL passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

Robert was born June 26, 1956 to Roland Robert Miller & Eunice (Badgett) Miller. On November 17, 2018 he married Marla Lynn (Decker) Miller who survives.

He worked as a pharmacist for over 20 years, and retired from the profession. He was also a Pastor at Ashley United Methodist Church for two years. He was a member of the Jefferson Masonic Lodge #368 in Opdyke, IL. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and tractors, model trains, World War I & World War II history, laughing & telling jokes, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Marla Miller of Centralia, a step brother Cevin (Mary) Dugan of Ashley, IL; 2 nephews: Cevin L. (Jesslyn) Dugan of Ashley, IL and Courtney (Renee) Dugan of Germantown, IL; 2 nieces: Cateri (Andrew) Hellige of Breese, IL and Calista (A.J.) Harris of Nashville, IL and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his previous wife Debra “Debbie” Kay Miller, his parents Roland Robert Miller & Eunice (Badgett) Miller, and an uncle James Columbus Hall.

Funeral services for Robert Thomas Miller will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren, IL with Rev. Alan Monroe, Rev. Cevin Dugan, Rev. Bob Herath, and Bro. John Clark officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, September 13 at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren.

Memorials may be made to the Ashley Community of Faith Church in Ashley, IL and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.


SESSER – Jarad Eugene Arnold, 42, of Sesser, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 5:27 PM at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon, IL.

He was born on February 11, 1979 in Louisiana, MO. He married Sherrie (Dove) Arnold on June 11, 2021.

He is survived by his wife Sherrie Arnold; mother Sharron (Rodgers) Meyers; bonus dad David Meyers; bonus mom Linda Arnold; daughters Jessica Arnold, Lindsa (Jeff) Bruhl, and Katie (Will) Reuther; one bonus daughter Madison Arnold; grandchildren Kegann, Jasper, Noaah and one granddaughter on the way Lucille; brothers and sisters Franklin (Dawn) Arnold JR., Lori (Steve) Burbridge, Heather Meyers, Tammy Finke, Lonny (Dawn) Bailey Sr. and Rodney Bailey; grandmother Ruth Rodgers and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Franklin Arnold Sr. and one grandfather Elmer Rodgers.

Jarad was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt especially mushrooms, fish, being out on the water and also loved to barbecue and cook for his family.

A Celebration of Life service will be on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 12 p.m. at the Sesser VFW.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Paul Eugene Burbank, 67, of West Frankfort passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Herrin Hospital at 11:55 a.m.

Paul was born on July 31, 1954 in Christopher to Paul and Ruth (Webster) Burbank. He was the pastor of the Glorybound Tabernacle in Freeman Spur. He loved to minister, be with his family and grandchildren and being outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Jeremiah Joel Burbank, and sister Debbie Torres.

Paul is survived by his wife Leotta; daughters Carey (Robbie) Karas, Melissa (Trampas) Diefenbach, Desiree Morris, and Dixie Asher; son Paul Burbank (Jessica Grimes); 6 grandchildren Baili, Makenna, Greyson, Blake, Joey, and Tori; sister Ranessa (Bill) Rennaker; and special nephew Martin and Ashley and family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Union Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. with Alan Murphy officiating. Interment will be in the Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021 by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.


CHRISTOPHER – Kenneth D. Cox, 67, of Christopher, IL passed away at 8:24 a.m. on Thursday September 3, 2021, at Methodist Hospital surrounded by all his family.

Kenneth was born on December 23, 1953, at Miners Hospital in Christopher, IL. The son of Charles and Lois Cox, he married Paula J. Flowers in Buckner, IL on July 17, 1971. He is survived by Paula J. Cox who he was married to for 43 years, two sons Steven Cox of Peoria IL, Brian Cox of Superior, AZ and one daughter Kendra Curry of Toulon, IL. Two brothers Charles Gary Cox of Christopher, IL and Randall Duane Cox of West Frankfort, IL; 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, many nieces, and nephews as well as cousins. And of course, his dog and lifetime buddy Roscoe. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Wesley Cox and mother Lois Margaret Watwood; sisters Vicki Jo Slocum, Judith Arlene McKinnon, and Sharon Lynn Smith.

Kenneth was a retired Senior Design Engineer from Enercon Engineering. In his spare time, he started everyday talking to his best friend and brother Randy Cox and then off to the kitchen to cook. He loved making various dishes to share with all his family. He was a hardworking loving man who spent his life taking care of all his family.

Graveside services will be on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery. Kenneth will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Sharon Free, 75, of West Frankfort passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in her residence at 8:50 a.m.

Sharon was born on October 5, 1945 in West Frankfort to Steve and Opal (McIntosh) Toth. She loved to go play Bingo and loved watching the Twilight movies. She was a member of the Eagles Club in Zeigler. She loved her dog, Edward.

She is preceded in death by an infant son Larry, her parents, and an aunt Freda Morgan.

Sharon is survived by her husband Bill; son Danny; four sisters Stephanie (Bill) Vaughn, Rebekah (Richard) Sing, Carolyn (Scott) Carroll, and Deborah (Tom) Chapman; sister-in-law Mary Ann (Leroy) West; brother-in-law Richard Free; grandchildren Alicia Batteau, Jessica Fowler, Jessica Fowler, and Dustin Free; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating. Interment will be in the Herrin City Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021 by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.


WEST FRANKFORT – Glenn Theodore Owens, 82, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 5:45 a.m.

Glenn was born November 18, 1938 in Whiteash, Illinois to John and Mary (Bartley) Owens.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas Owens; first wife, Kendra Sue Owens; second wife, Mary Owens; brother, Charles Owens; brother-in-law, W.C. Hughey; step-father, Delbert Van Horn.

Glenn is survived by his son, Rick Owens; daughters: Tedi Mikutis, Anna (Jack) Tierney, and Jane (Marty) Williams; sister, Margie Hughey; sister-in-law, Myrna Owens; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

The family would like to give special thanks to the medical team who took such good care of him.

Private family services will be held.

The Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.


BENTON – Patricia “Trish” Faye Wilkins, 68, of Benton, passed away at 8:02 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at her residence with her loving family by her side.

She was born on August 26, 1953, to Johnny and Beatrice (Early) Dutton in Rosiclare, IL.

Patricia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She set no limits to her ability to compete with her children and had previously raced stock cars with her sons. Patricia loved crafting, tending to her tea garden flowers, and being with her family.  

She is survived by her two sons, Bobby (April) Wilkins of Sesser, IL and John (Stephanie) Wilkins of Logan, IL; one daughter, Christina “Crissy” Wilkins of Benton, IL; one sister, Phyllis DeGrave of Cave-In-Rock, IL; two grandchildren, Megan Wilkins of Benton, IL and Hailey Bryan of Benton, IL and several nieces and nephews.  

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Edwin and Beatrice Helen; one sister, Shirley Pennell; and one granddaughter, Chloe Wilkins.

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

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 8, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL with funeral services beginning at 12:30 p.m. Brother Chris Hottenson will be officiating services.

Burial will take place in the East Fork Cemetery.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Gary Jemison, 81, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale at 2:50 p.m.

Gary was born June 15, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Jack and Imogene (Manion) Jemison. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in West Frankfort. Gary loved to hunt, fish, cook, and take pictures. He was an avid gardener.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Vernon Jemison; and his parents.

Gary is survived by his wife, Barbara Jemison; daughter, Breena Jemison; step-sons, Keith (Melissa) Harpool and Kevin (Tina) Harpool; step-daughters, Kim (Richard) Fleck and Karen (Gene) Bennett; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; nephew, John Jemison; cousins; and several friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Pastor Danny Motta officiating. Burial will be in Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021 by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.  


DAHLGREN – David Michael Cross, 61, of Dahlgren, IL passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

David was born December 2, 1959 in Ottawa, IL to Albert Wayne Cross & Nannie Estelle (Beasley) Cross. On March 5, 1982 he married Debbie Darlene (Clark) Cross who survives.

David worked for the Village of Belle Rive Water Department for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved all things outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, mushroom hunting, and creek walking. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his grandkids. His grandkids all referred to him as “Poppy.” He will be missed by many and was loved by all.

David is survived by his wife Debbie Cross of Dahlgren, son James Cross of Belle Rive, daughter Tonya Cross of Dahlgren, 4 grandkids: Cody Barnett, Trenton Cross, Destiny Braden and Jacob Braden, 2 great-grandkids: Lane Barnett and Harleigh Rapp, 3 brothers: Albert Cross, Robert (Christine) Cross, and Dennis (Marsha) Cross, all of Dahlgren, 2 sisters: Pat Green and Peggy Vickers, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both parents, and a brother Ray Cross.

Funeral services for David Michael Cross will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren, IL with Pastor Leo Hall officiating. Visitation will precede the funeral service and will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Interment will take place at Middle Creek Cemetery near Dahlgren.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.


CHRISTOPHER – Lulabell L. Boswell, 79, of Christopher, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at her home.

She was born on May 6, 1942 in Du Quoin, IL to Floyd Edgar and Lillie (Meadows) Cash. She married Marvin Boswell on September 5, 1958.

She is survived by her husband Marvin Boswell of Christopher; children Vanessa (Danny) Clark of West Frankfort, Veronica (Michael) Davison of Marion and Tara Ann Smith of California; grandchildren Sean (Jennifer) Boswell, Kyle Boswell, Derek Clark, Brittney (Jared) Kennedy, Danny Ray (Lisa) Clark Jr, Amanda (Alan) Holmes, Julie Littlefair and Jason (Megan) Holmes and one sister Bernice Johnson of Christopher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Marvin Boswell II, siblings Rosalie Henson, Floyd Cash Jr, Wanda Andrews, Arley Cash, Leroy Cash and Mary Ellen Cash.

She was a homemaker and the Assistant Pastor of the Creek Nation Pentecostal Church.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Creek Nation Pentecostal Church in Mulkeytown with Brother Curt Overton officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Creek Nation Pentecostal Church. Envelopes for donations will be available at the Church.

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


DALE – Virginia Aline (Hutcheson) Erwin, 77, of Dale, IL passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL.

Virginia was born on December 2, 1943 at her family’s home in Dale, IL to Harrison & Norabelle (Lemay) Hutcheson. On November 28, 1962 she married Carl Erwin, who preceded her in death. She had previously worked in Elder Care by helping out Senior Citizens in their homes and helping with housekeeping. She was a member of the Dale Christian Church in Dale, IL. She enjoyed watching Westerns, going to yard sales, and spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.

Virginia is survived by a daughter Carla (Robert) Anderson, a son DeWayne (Deanna) Erwin, six grandchildren: Bethaney (Seth) Hubbard, Cory (Breanna) Anderson, Ethan Erwin, Levi Erwin, Shawn Anderson, and Shannon (Victoria) Anderson; 11 great grandchildren; a brother Jerry (Lisa) Hutcheson, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both parents, her husband Carl Erwin, two sisters: Mary Uselton and Annabelle Williams, and a brother Jr. Hutcheson.

Funeral services for Virginia Aline (Hutcheson) Erwin will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL with Pastor Andy May officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 3 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Digby Cemetery in Dale, IL.

Those attending the services will be required to adhere to the recently reinstated indoor mask mandate.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.


WEST FRANKFORT – Freda Faye Morgan, 88, of West Frankfort, Illinois passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2021 in Frankfort Care Center at 1:30 p.m.

Freda was born June 12, 1933 in Johnston City, Illinois to William and Macie (Chandler) McIntosh. She was a member of Calvary Bible Church in West Frankfort, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugen Morgan; parents, several brothers and sisters.

Freda is survived by a son, Larry (Marilyn) Morgan; grandchildren: Kim (Dave) Henle, Wes Lovan, Larry (Aimee) Morgan, Scotty Morgan, Krystal (Angel) Vazques; 17 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021 by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.


HERRIN – John Olen “Youngblood” Melvin III, 33, of Herrin, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 from injuries received from a motorcycle accident.

He was born on December 27, 1987 in Du Quoin to John Olen Melvin II and Donna (Gray) Cockrum. 

He is survived by his mother Donna Cockrum of Tamaroa; 2nd mother Tammy Melvin of Du Quoin; his children Adrian Melvin, John Olen Melvin IV and Avery Melvin; grandmothers Joyce Poole of Du Quoin, Marilyn Melvin of Du Quoin and Deonna Schreiber of Mt Vernon; uncle Mike Feldscher of Thebes; siblings Jami Melvin of Sesser, Tricia (Bert Bloomfield) Melvin of Ava, Maeleigh Melvin of Du Quoin, Myai Melvin of Du Quoin, Brandi Melvin of Du Quoin, Trent (Shelby) Barber of Mt Vernon, Tyler Barber of Mt Vernon, Trevor Barber of Mt Vernon and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father John Olen Melvin II and his grandparents.

He loved to ride his motorcycle and was a Black Piston’s Prospect.

Funeral services will be on Saturday September 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Old Du Quoin Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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


DU QUOIN – Gwenlyn Sue Gartner was taken into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on the evening of Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin, Illinois. She was 83-years-old.

Gwen, known to many as “Nan or Nana,” was born on April 3, 1938 to Leon and Verdill Faulks. While she lived with her parents most of her childhood, she often spoke very fondly of her time spent with her Uncle Morris and Aunt Mary. Gwen married Gary Gartner in 1955, and had three children, Kurt in 1956, Lisa Kay in 1960 and Lori Ann in 1969. In 1994, Gwen and Gary also adopted their granddaughter Hanna.

Gwen was a spunky, fun and faithful woman who passionately loved her family and God. Gwen always put family first, and was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She adored all of her babies. Her hugs always felt like home, and she was known to use her hand to gently caress the face of her loved ones. Until recent years, holidays and family gatherings revolved around her kitchen table and her family-famous chicken and dumplings. Gwen was also a devout Christian and cherished her time with her Bible study friends.

Gwen was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Gary Gartner, her former son-in-law Randy Bowling, her sister Linda Tolliver and her brother-in-law Mark Weaver. Gwen leaves behind her four children: Kurt Gartner (and wife Christy) of Mulkeytown, Lisa Roth (and husband Tom) of Newnan, Georgia, Lori Gartner of Herrin, and Hanna Swan (and husband Matt) of Zeigler. Gwen is survived by her four grandchildren: Rachel Gartner (and fiancé Bart Bradley) of Benton, Jacob Bowling of Reidsville, Georgia, Kyle Mitchell (and wife Chelbie) of Mt. Vernon, and Ian Perry (and girlfriend Samantha Allen) of West Frankfort. Gwen is also survived by her five great-grandchildren: Hudson, Abigail and Isabella Gartner, Emma Craig, and arriving in December, Evelyn Mitchell. Gwen also leaves behind her brother-in-law Bill Tolliver, and her sister, Karen Weaver of West Frankfort.

At her request, no memorial services will be held. Her wishes were to be cremated, and her ashes spread at a private location. Special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Vickie at Marshall Browning Hospital and Pate Funeral Home for treating our Nan like she was one of your own.

Gwen will be forever loved, forever missed and forever in our hearts. While her passing leaves with heavy hearts, her family finds peace in the fact that she is finally in the arms of our beloved Jesus Christ in Heaven.


WEST FRANKFORT – Shawn Thomas Gregory, 46, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Saturday August 28, 2021 at 6:31 p.m.

Shawn was born July 7, 1975 in Paducah, Kentucky to Thomas and Deborah (Heflin) Gregory. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Shawn is survived by his wife, Martha Gregory; sons: Steven Brasfield, Collin Brasfield, Quill Gregory, and Darren O’Dell; daughters: Ava Gregory, Darcie O’Dell, and Allison Buckingham; sister, Kelly (Robert) Boone; grandchildren, J.D., Rose, and Aaliyah; close friend like a brother, Levi (Kati) Flute; mother-in-law, Gwen Richey; brother-in-law, Denny (Shay) Richey; sister-in-law, Treva (Andy) Conkovich; cousin, Carolyn (Willie) Wiseman; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Roger Teal officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021 by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.   


LOGAN – Michael Ray Foos, 70, of Logan, IL went to be with his Lord and Savior on the evening of Friday, August 27, 2021 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the Logan Church of God. Burial with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280, V.F.W. Post #2671, and the Army National Guard will take place following the funeral at the Logan Church of God Cemetery,

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Logan Church of God.

Funeral arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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


VALIER – Helen Sveda, 101, of Valier passed away on August 29, 2021 at Stonebridge Senior Living Center in Benton.

She was born on July 5, 1920 in Shirley, AR to Walter and Nora (Plumlee) Berry. She married William “Bill” Sveda and he preceded her in death on October 21, 2004.

She is survived by daughter Donna (Phillip) Menckowski of Benton; step-son Mike (Kathy) Sveda of Christopher; grandchildren Mike Menckowski, Phillip (Cheryl) Menckowski, Diana (Rick) Holland, Gabe (Alicia) Sveda, Rachel (Hannah) Sveda-Webb; great grandchildren Michael Ben (Kristy) Menckowski, Kristine (Thomas) Reid, Whitney (Brandon) Ortega, Shawn Menckowski, Stacy (Aaron) Jones, Sarah (Josh) Smith, Darcy (Gavin) Gosha, Colin Sveda and Landon Sveda; great great grandchildren Drew, Kamryn, Carson, Brenson, Ameila, Kira, Kase, Lani and Beckham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three siblings Clodene Berry, Bob Berry and Tom Berry.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry cook officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the Miner’s Cemetery in Royalton.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Veteran’s Honor Flight of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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