BENTON – Katherine K. Sanford, a long-time Benton native, passed away late Monday, April 15, 2019 at Franklin Hospital.

Mrs. Sanford was born on January 1, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to Robert D. and Elizabeth Ross Kemp. She was a 1949 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.Va. and received Bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University and SIU Carbondale. 

Mrs. Sanford taught GED classes for over 15 years in addition to being a long time member of Benton First United Methodist Church Benton as well as serving on the Benton Public Library Board for several years.

Katherine was a world traveler where her travels took her to China, Russia and nearly every country in Europe as well as sailing through the Panama Canal. She and her sister also traveled to both the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic, experiencing the world pole to pole as she liked to describe it.

Mrs. Sanford is survived by daughter Martha S. (Bill) McCreery of Benton, grandchildren Amber E. Winters, Jordan J. (Elizabeth) McCreery, Michael L. McCreery and great-grandchildren Syler and Jaylen McCreery. She was preceded in death by husband Charles E. Sanford, sister Dr. Virginia M. Kemp, daughter Deborah Sue Winters and sister-in-law Lois Sanford McMillen.

As per her wishes, Mrs. Sanford donated her body to the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Medicine. There will be a memorial visitation on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Morton-Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, IL. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, memorial gifts may be made to Benton First United Methodist Church, the Benton Public Library or Franklin County Animal Control.

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

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CONYERS, GA – Mary Lee Hale, 82, of Conyers, GA, and formerly of Dahlgren, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9 a.m. at Morningside Assisted Living in Conyers, GA.

Funeral servcies will be held Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren. Burial will be in the Flint-Belle Rive Cemetery in Belle Rive.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

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BENTON – Oveda Neal Gulley, 96, of Benton passed away Wednesday night, April 17, 2019 at Heritage Woods in Benton.

She was born in Benton, IL on February 23, 1923, the daughter of James & Cora Neal.

She married Raymond Gulley on September 7, 1940.

Mrs. Gulley was a member of the North Benton Missionary Baptist Church. She worked as a homemaker, she worked at Franklin Hospital, and as a Factory Worker. She truly enjoyed her family and her Church.

Mrs. Gulley is survived by her:

                2 Daughters:

                                Shirley Wilkerson

                                Judith Border

                Son-in-law: John Trill

                Grandchildren:

                                Karen (Bill) Pickering

                                Eric (Lynn) Hutchens

                                Cathy (John) Terry

                                Connie Johnson & fiance Eric Ashby

                Great-Grandchildren:

                                Ryan Miller & partner Brandon Miller

                                Alecia (Brian) Davis

                                Ashley Hutchens

                                Matthew Hutchens

                                Calli Terry & fiance Kaleb Gardner

                                Seth, Nicholas & Connor Terry

                                Trevor & Reece Johnson

                Great-Great-Grandchildren:

                                Riley & Skylar Davis

                                Alaina Creswell

                                Emric Hutchens

                                Chase & Emiri Gardner (Due August 19)

                                Jaxson Terry

                Numerous Nephews & Nieces

Mrs. Gulley was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by a Daughter-Sharon Trill, by a Grandson-Shawn Trill, by Sons-in-law-Bobbie Wilkerson & John Border, 7 Brothers & 1 Sister.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Ralph Latta & Staff. Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Staff of Heritage Woods of Benton, and caregivers: Kathy Fromherz & Sandy Amireh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to North Benton Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Gary West & Rev. Keith Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Paul Wayne Culpepper, 88, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Tuesday April 16, 2019 in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale at 4:12 p.m.

Paul was born December 11, 1930 in West Frankfort, Illinois to Roy Sr. and Beulah (Wall) Culpepper. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict 571 Composite Company attached to the 4th infantry and stationed in Alaska, 32 degree Mason, and a Shriner. Paul worked for Table Pride Bakery for 14 years, Norge, Olin’s, Inland Steel Coal, and retired from Old Ben 25. He attended St. John’s Catholic Church – West Frankfort, Illinois. He married Elizabeth McGhee on October 2, 1954 and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Culpepper; parents; brother, Roy Jr. (Louise) Culpepper; sisters: Mildred (Bob) Knepp, Barbara Culpepper, Patsy Culpepper, Ruby (Allen) Estes.

Paul is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Culpepper; children: Joseph (Mary Beth) Culpepper, Daniel (Amy) Culpepper, and Susan (Chris) Aaron; sister, Sandra Evard; daughter-in-law, Brenda Kuhl; 7 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 20, 2019 at Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with Brother Mike Cash and Monsignor Bill McGhee officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery – West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be held Friday April 19, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. 

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.

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THOMPSONVILLE – Scott Allen Gaither, 25, of Thompsonville, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born on June 9, 1993, to Wayne and Kim (Craun) Gaither in Fostoria, OH. He was a 2011 Graduate of Thompsonville High School. Scott worked as an Assembler Technician 2 for Fabic Mining and was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for Thompsonville Fire Department. On September 15, 2018, he married his best friend and soul mate Kelsey Nolan in Thompsonville, IL. Even though Scott and Kelsey’s marriage was cut so short they had spent 10 years together. In that short period of time they had endured so much from outdoor adventures, attending costume parties, and being admired for their photogenic love for each other. Scott had always told his family he knew from day one that she was the love of his life.

Scott was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle. He enjoyed watching all sports, racing four wheelers, playing golf with his father, brothers and friends, playing football and baseball with his nephews, going out Jeeping and Kayaking with his best friends, going to watch and coach his nephews play baseball, spending quality time with his nieces and nephews and hanging out with his friends. Scott was known for his caring personality and a smile that would light up a room.

Scott is survived by his loving spouse, Kelsey Gaither; his parents, Wayne and Kim Gaither; Scott and Kelsey’s Fur Babies, Duke, Mini, Mila and J.J; his two big brothers, Kenny Gaither and wife Tiffany, of Thompsonville, IL and Dave Gaither and wife Brittany of Thompsonville, IL; grandmother, Marilyn Craun of Fostoria, OH; nieces and nephews, Hunter Gaither, Bradyn Gaither, Riley Gaither, Gentry Gaither, Rynlee Gaither and Kennley Gaither; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth and Rose Gaither and John Craun, Sr.; his dear aunt and uncle, Sherry Isaacs and Wayne Bowers.

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

Visitation will be held Friday, April 19, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Brother John Robinson, officiating.

Burial will take place in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL.

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

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

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VALIER – Kenneth Bielecki, 73, of Valier, and formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on April 16, 2019.

He was born on August 29, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Walter and Dorothy (Kendzierski) Bielecki. He married Catherine (Fries) Bielecki on April 16, 1983 and she survives of Valier.

He is also survived by his children Lisa (Ryan Stapleton) Bielecki of Crystal Lake, IL and Tracy (Jacob) Bielecki Smith of Naperville, IL; one sister Karen Bielecki of Chicago, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his little buddy “Bear”.

Military Rites will be performed by the Christopher American Legion Honor Guard at 7 p.m. on Friday April 19, 2019 at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Illinois Honor Flight or to the Christopher American Legion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Margaret Vettorello, 96, of Christopher, passed away on Monday April 15, 2019 at her home.

She was born on July 25, 1922 in Christopher to Arthur and Bessie (Milburn) Giles. She married Albert “Red” Vettorello and he preceded her in death on April 21, 1999.

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

She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and church community.

Funeral services will be on Friday April 19, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Daniel Ison officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Masonic & I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Benton, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the First Christian Church of Christopher and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Kermit M. Webb

Age: 94

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 2:17 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019 in McLeansboro, IL

Visitation: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m.                                        

Funeral: 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 106, McLeansboro and the U.S. Navy Military Honor Team.        

Clergy: Rev. Leland Widick and Rev. Russell Anderson

Entombment: I.O.O.F. Cemetery,McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: November 4, 1924  

Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL

Father: George Webb, Sr.          

Mother: Grace (Thompson) Webb

Marriage to: Mary Elizabeth (Stephens) Feb. 1, 1947 in Morganfield, KY. She preceded him in death on November 28, 1996.                                        

Occupation: Kermit was retired owner of Webb Oil Co., McLeansboro, IL

Church Affiliation: Attended First United Methodist Church, McLeansboro, IL

Activities: Kermit graduated from M.T.H.S. in 1942 and was called to serve into the U.S. Navy during WW II. After returning from the war, he became a driver for Mid-Continental Oil Co. In time, he became an agent for D-X Oil Co., Sunray D-X and then Sunoco Oil Co. In 1977, the family joined him to form Webb Oil Co, Inc, a jobbership, representing Sun Oil Co. When Sunoco pulled out of Illinois, the company represented BP Oil Co. He served on the Hamilton County Soil Conservation Board,  was a member of the American Legion Post 106, a lifetime member of the VFW and a 50-plus year member of the A.F.& A.M. Lodge 137 of McLeansboro. He loved traveling, camping, enjoyed the Lincoln Landers Motorhome Club and he Enjoyed “the Coffee Group in McLeansboro”. He really loved riding his Can-Am cycle in warm weather and deep sea fishing with his friends at Bayside Estates in Florida.

Survivors

2 Daughters: Mrs. Paula Young and husband Bob, Carmi, IL

Mrs. Linda Gwaltney and husband Bill, Benton, IL     

Grandchildren: Paul Young

                              Stephanie Evans and husband Derrick

                              John Gwaltney and wife Julie

                              Kent Gwaltney 

2 – Great Grandchildren: Madison and Will Gwaltney

1 – Brother: Ron Webb and wife Linda, McLeansboro, IL   

Several Nieces and Nephews                                  

Preceded in Death by: His parents, wife and 1 brother, George Webb, Jr. and a sister, Wanda Fern Nieman     

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in memory of Kermit Webb and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home or First United Methodist Church, McLeansboro, IL.

Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

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EWING – Freda Mae Webb, 89, of Ewing passed away Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019 in Benton.

She was born in Spring Garden, IL on May 11, 1929, the daughter of Homer & Alma (Johnson) McCann.

She married Charles Harold Webb on Sept. 26, 1949, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1975.

Mrs. Webb was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother & sister. She worked for many years at Burton’s Café in Whittington.

Mrs. Webb is survived by her:

                5 children:           Charles R. Webb & fiancée Debbie Antill of Ewing

                                                Charlotte Brown & husband Darrell of Sesser

                                                Linda Holman & husband Clay of Ewing

                                                Carolyn Zettler & husband Rodney of Sesser

                                                Brenda Witcher & husband Rick of Sesser

                11 Grandchildren

                20 Great grandchildren

                Sister:                   Ruth Endsley & husband Ed of Benton

                2 Brothers:          Carl McCann & wife Mary of Christopher

                                                Jerry McCann & wife Mary Ann of Benton

Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by a brother, Junior Ray McCann & his wife Peggy and by a sister, Wastina Campbell and her husband Byford.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 15 at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina, with Rev. Ed Endsley officiating. Burial will be in Williams Chapel Cemetery in Ewing. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Donald E Rogers, 83, of Benton passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019 at his residence at 11:30 p.m.

Donald was born December 28, 1935 in Hamilton County to Ralph and Mirkie (nee Thomas) Rogers. 

He is survived by his wife Ruth (nee Meeks) of Benton; son John (Kim) Rogers of Westmont, IL; daughters Elizabth Arnold of Brandon, FL and Cynthia LaCour of Pass Christian, MS; grandchildren Ryan (Erin) Arnold of Austin, TX, Kegan Arnold of Milwaukee, WI, Cally (Marc) Genson of Algonquin, IL, and Scott (Megan) Rogers of Buffalo, NY; great-granddaughter Emerson Arnold of Austin, TX. 

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mt.Vernon. Don worked for the Postal Service for 36 years. He rode the train sorting mail between Southern Illinois and Chicago. He was the Postmaster at Orient, Sesser, and finally at his hometown of McLeansboro. He loved to crappie fish at The Social Security Wall at Rend Lake and he supplied lots of folks with bags of fish. He was the owner of Rogers Nursery for many years. He loved to woodwork, making birdhouses, squirrel feeders and yard decorations. 

Cremains will be interred at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Norris City at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SSM Health at Home Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be accepted at the Union Funeral Home. 

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

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SESSER – Stanley Eubanks, 84, of Sesser passed away on April 11, 2019.

He was born on January 31, 1935 in Sesser to Clyde and Lola (Jones) Eubanks. He married Sarah Leora (Veach) Eubanks and she preceded him in death on August 31, 1997. He then married Violet Ann (Dunn) Eubanks on December 26, 2001 and she survives of Sesser. He is also survived by his children Glena (Ronnie) McCrary of Carterville, Ed Eubanks of Sesser, Glenn Ray (Deanna) Eubanks of Sesser, Barbara (Rick) Linton of Benton; step-daughter Rhonda Sims of Rodgers, AR.; grandchildren Chad McCrary, Cortney McCrary, Chase McCrary, Tracy (John) Woodlawn, Bradley Eubanks, Gage Eubanks, Laura (Josh) Dawson, Teresa Eubanks, Shaun Linton, Ronald (Jennifer) Sims, and Charlotte Kirkpatrick; brothers Donald Ray (Loretta) Eubanks and Olen Ward (Vickie) Eubanks; sister Alcletha ‘Chick” Murray Furlow and many great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was retired from Old Ben #21 and was a member of the UMWA. He loved horses and dancing. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, one son Gregory Alan Eubanks, brothers and sisters Loletta (Murray) Friend, Edward Lee Murray, Haskel “Hack” Murray, Juanita (Murray) Dame, Marcella (Eubanks) Dunbar, Ethyl Lou (Eubanks) Bumpus, Wanda (Eubanks) Teel, Chesta Glasco, James Eubanks.

Funeral services will be on Monday April 15, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home of Sesser with Brother Harl Ray Lewis and Brother Mark Miller officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mitchell Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.
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BENTON – Joan Rush, 80, of Benton, passed away at 7:10 p.m., on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born on July 15, 1938, to Sanford and Opal (Rea) Cato in Grassy, MO. Joan retired as a CNA for Franklin Skilled Care Nursing Unit after over 25 years of service.

Joan was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She loved playing Bingo, working word search puzzles and playing on her tablet. Her entire family knew she loved the color green! She enjoyed helping at the Thompsonville First Baptist Church Clothing Center.

Joan is survived by her son, Dennis Rush of Benton, IL; a son-in-law, Charles Overton of Benton, IL; a sister-in-law, Connie Cato of Tampico, IL; Seven Grandsons, J.R. (Maranda) Rush of Benton, IL, George (Tiffany) Rush of Benton, IL, Joey (Charity) Rush of Benton, IL, Brian (Brittany) Rush of Christopher, IL, Brandon (Amanda) Overton of Benton, IL, and Matthew Rush; several step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Elvie Rush; a daughter, Diana Overton; two brothers, Harrel Cato and Ronald Cato; a sister, Nettie Kinard; a grandson, Marcus Rush; a daughter-in-law, Sue Rush and brother-in-law, Jack Kinard.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., at the Pate Funeral Home, with Brother John Robinson, officiating.

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

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.
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MCLEANSBORO – Dorothy M. Cox, 90, of McLeansboro passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center in McLeansboro.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Blooming Grove Baptist Church near McLeansboro. Visitation will run from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Blooming Grove Cemetery.

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

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BENTON – Gary Lee Kuhn, 69, of Benton passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Visitation will be on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Burial will be in the veteran’s section of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro with military graveside rites.

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SESSER – Tom “Puffy” Overton, 65, of Sesser passed away on April 8, 2019.

He was born on July 7, 1953 to Thomas Howard and Betty Jane (Cameron) Overton.

He is survived by his children Robin (Geo) Ramsey of Christopher, Tiffany Emery of Sesser, Patrick Overton of Paragould, AR, Rhonda (Roger) Overton of Morganfield, KY, Tara Taylor of Christopher, Wayne (Kim) Overton of Paragould, AR; five brothers, Ernest Overton of Mt Vernon, Howard Overton of Coello, Curtis Overton of Coello, Jim Overton of Pfafftown, NC, Douglas Overton of Sesser; five sisters, Elizabeth Bassett of Sesser, Aileen Grieser of Prescott, AZ, Lydia Brust of Bowling Green, KY, Jean Keith of Zeigler, Mary Conley of Bowling Green, KY.

He retired from the Goode Township Road District and was a Captain for the Sesser Fire Protection District.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Roger Alan Overton, and three brothers Alva Overton, Michael Dean Overton, and Carl “Mule” Overton.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Coello Municipal Building. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Marie Clapp, 98, of Christopher, passed away on April 5, 2019.

Marie was born on March 3, 1921 in Rend City, IL, the youngest of eight children born to Elza and Martha (Quillman) Sample. She married Byrl Clapp on March 15, 1941 and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter Lene Berglund of Christopher; grandchildren Danny (Shari) Berglund of New Jersey and Lauri (Zach) Cowart of Chattanooga, TN; three great granddaughters Victoria, Harper and Ella; one step-great grandson Vincent and also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She had worked at the Silver Dollar City Theme Park in Branson, MO, designing and making costumes. She was a member of the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, beloved son Leslie, two brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be on Friday April 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com
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BENTON – Diana E. Malkovich, age 67, of Benton, passed away at 9:33 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Private family funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Marty Shadowen officiating. Private family burial services will be at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

The family wishes memorial contributions to be made, in memory of Diana, to the Benton City Park or City of Benton, for beautification projects.

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

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LOUISVILLE, KY – Lavina Lucille Rotolo, 90, of Louisville, KY, formerly of Benton, IL, passed away at 6 p.m., on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Nazareth Home in Louisville, KY.

She was born on September 2, 1928, to Roy and Clara (Clemens) Phelps of Robbs, IL. In 1950, she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. Lavina worked as a Home Advisor in Perry County for one year, then in Franklin County for one year, before staying home to raise her family.

Lavina was a proud member of North Benton Baptist Church, Benton, IL. She was a loving and prideful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. For many years, she led the singing at Vacation Bible School and played the organ at church. She loved being with her girls and spending time with her grandson. She spent countless hours working on her family history, loved to take on a craft project, and was one of the first members of the Rend Lake Fitness Center where she was faithful to exercise.

She is survived by her daughter Kay Grimes of Sarasota, FL; her daughter Carol Bean of Louisville, KY, and her husband, Michael Goad; one grandson, Jacob Grimes of North Port, FL and wife Tiffany and son Shane; and her three beloved nieces, the Phelps girls, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Clara Phelps; her husband, Pete Rotolo; and her brother, Roy Everett Phelps, and her sister-in-law, Barbara Phelps.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will follow visitation on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 1 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home. Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorials contributions may be made to North Benton Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff and caregivers on Charity Court at Nazareth Home for the excellent care she received the time she was there.

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BELVIDERE – Birdine Neal, 98, of Belvidere and formerly of Mt. Vernon, died at 8:30 p.m., Saturday March 30, 2019, at Alden Debes Center in Rockford.

She was born March 1, 1921, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Harry O. and Ina, Fred, Hamilton.

Birdine was first married to Richard Keelen. She later married Harley Neal on May 18, 1957. They lived for many years on their farm near Frisco. Harley died on August 19, 2005.

Mrs. Neal is survived by a son Steve and wife Judy Keelen of Belvidere: grandchildren Mike McLaren of Rockford, Natalie Elam and husband Kit of Mesa, Arizona, Nicholas Keelen of Chicago and great-grandchildren Kassandra and Chase McLaren of Roscoe, and Lachlan and Isla Elam of Mesa Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harley, her parents, her daughter Janet and husband Doug Vineyard, her brother Robert and wife Dorothy Hamilton, her sister Margaret and husband Lloyd Roberson, niece Marcella Fowler and nephew Russell Roberson.

She was a member of Frisco Missionary Baptist Church for many years. After moving to Mt. Vernon, she joined the South Side Baptist church as a member there until her death.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Morton Johnston Funeral home in Benton. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. The Reverend Eddie Paul Davis will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Frisco.

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

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BENTON – Debbie Wilson, 62, of Benton passed away Sunday evening, March 31, 2019 in Benton.

She was born in Chicago, IL on January 18, 1957, the daughter of Bobby & Kathryn (Marvel) Wilson.

She married Danny Wilson on November 16, 2000, and he survives.

Debbie loved reading her Bible.

She is survived by her:

Husband: Danny Wilson of Benton          

Mother: Kathryn Wilson of Benton

2 Sisters: Karen Dancer of Haleyville, Alabama

                 Linda Hiney & husband Randy of Delray Beach, FL

Brother-in-law: Junior Wilson & wife Pam of Benton

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3rd at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Harol Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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WAYNE CITY – Mary Elizabeth Trotter

Age: 101
Residence: Wayne City, IL
Passed Away: 4:38 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center, McLeansboro, IL
Visitation: 10 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: Noon, April 2, 2019, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro
Clergy: Rev. Richard McCormick
Burial: Crouch Cemetery, Belle Prairie, IL

Date of Birth: January 7, 1918
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Clinton H. Wiman
Mother: Naomi (Lovan) Wiman
Occupation: She worked in the County Clerk’s Office and later as a Telephone Operator.
Marriage to: Lloyd W. Trotter
Place of Marriage: Belle Prairie, IL
Date of Marriage: July 23, 1938
DOD: He preceded her in death in 1994
Church Affiliation: She was a member of Belle Prairie Baptist Church and Ellis Mound Baptist Church
Activities: Mrs. Trotter helped farm and loved traveling, camping and fishing with her husband. She was Secretary/Treasurer for the Belle Prairie Household Club. Mary attended West Side, East Side and the old High School in McLeansboro and she attended Lockyear’s Business College in Evansville, IN. She also worked in the County Clerk’s Office and later as a Telephone Operator in McLeansboro.

Survivors:
1- Son: John Trotter and wife Debbie, Wayne City, IL
1-Daughter: Kay Melton, Dahlgren, IL
7-Grandchildren: Melody Warne and husband Tommy, Cambridge, OH
Lynn Smith, Dahlgren, IL
Kevin Smith and wife Julie of Greely, CO
Lloyd Rusk and wife Sandy, Festus, MO
Tara Tracy and husband Mike, Havasu City, Arizona
Jason Trotter, Los Angeles, California
Brandon Trotter of Murfreesboro, TN
16-Great Grandchildren
2-Step Great Grandchildren
10-Great Great Grandchildren

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents, Husband, Son Wesley, one daughter Jane Yarbrough
and husband Cliff, two infant Grandchildren, 1 Brother, Albert and 1 Sister, Madge Mead.

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.