SESSER – Dorothy Jean Lipe, 81, of Sesser, passed away on August 20, 2019.

She was born on May 11, 1938 in Sesser to William and Alma (LeVault) Reiger. She married Kenneth Lipe and he survives of Sesser.

She is also survived by her children Mark Lipe of Texas, Steve (Joni) Lipe of Arizona, Suzanne Lipe of Du Quoin, Carl (Julie) Lipe of Denver, CO and Marvin Lipe of Marion; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 11 brothers and sisters Charley Reiger, Lawrence Reiger, Glenn Reiger, Kitty Santay, Bonnie Reiger, Alma Reiger, Irene Newell, Emma Smith, Luther Reiger, Lonnie Reiger and Bill Reiger.

Funeral services will be on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL.

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

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BENTON – Mrs. Shirley Jean Phillips, age 82, of Benton passed away at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Phillips Cemetery of Ewing  with Rev. Don Bullard officiating. Visitation will be held privately for the family only. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Shirley Jean Phillips to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

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

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ELDORADO – James R. Fraley, 73, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at his home in Eldorado, Illinois.

James was born April 25, 1946 in Alton, IL, the son of Oliver and Lois (Hale) Fraley. He was a retired truck driver and was a U.S. Navy Veteran having served during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his friend and companion, Paula Fraley of Eldorado; sister, Pam Jones of Orlando, FL; niece, Heather Isom of Orlando, FL; one great niece and two great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Rev. Will Bowers officiating the service. 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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BENTON – Barbara “Barb” A. Rich, 74, of Benton, passed away at 3:11 p.m., on  Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the Herrin Hospital. 

She was born on November 18, 1944, to Lewis and Verna (Clouse) Miles in Vandalia, IL. On May 26, 1967, she married Charles “Frank” Rich.

Barb was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She was a member of the Benton Elks Lodge 1234, where she was also employed as a cook. She received the honor of being named the 2015-2016 Elks Lady of the Year.  Barb was a Cub Scout leader for many years.  She was a dear friend to so many and had a heart of gold.  Barb was an avid Benton Rangers fan and would quite frequently be seen at many sporting events. 

She is survived by her loving sons, Steve (Cindy) Rich  and Scott (Jackie) Rich; four grandchildren, Bryn Rich, Brock (Jenna) Rich, Carson (Morgan) Montgomery and Jake Rich; two great-grandchildren, Remington and Oliver; three brothers, Irvin (Linda) Miles, Dean Miles, Allen (Betty) Miles; five sisters, Carol (Bob) Patterson, Betty Phillips, Beverly (Jim) Eldridge, Nancy (Tom) Sieveking and Eva Rexroad; three brother-in-laws, Donald (Karen) Rich, Ronnie (Terralee) Rich, Loren (Sheila) Rich; and one sister-in-law, Verlia Dobsch.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Verna Miles; her loving husband, Charles F. “Frank” Rich; a sister-in-law, Beverly Miles; and two brother-in-laws, Jay Phillips and Bill Dobsch.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Elks Lodge 1234, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – McLeansboro resident John “Bill” W. Mezo, 69, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Bill was born in Ogden, Utah on June 6, 1950, to Thomas B. Mezo and Catherine (Kaufman) Mezo Grubb. Bill was a member of the St. Clements Catholic Church and worked the ramp service for United Air Lines for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Leigh Mezo of McLeansboro, IL; brothers: Karl (Kathleen) Mezo of McLeansboro, IL and Robert (Deborah) Mezo of Highland, IL; sister, Carolyn (Charles) Juengling of Jeffersonville, KY; nephew, Carl David Mezo; niece, Kristen Hart; and sister-in-law, Laura Manion of Aurora, CO.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one son, William Bradley Mezo.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of St. Clements Catholic Church in McLeansboro with Fr. Slawomir Ptak conducting the funeral mass. He will be interred at St. Clements Catholic Cemetery in McLeansboro. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the church for the service.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Childhood Diabetes Foundation in Bill’s name and will be accepted at the church and at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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

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SESSER – Donald Lee Reed, 83, of Sesser passed away on August 19, 2019.

He was born on February 11, 1936 to Elmer and Hessie (Bowlin) Reed. He married Karin (Klonz) Reed on April 9, 1968 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by three sisters Margie Reed Heifner of Benton, Beth Ann (Ron) Hilliard of Camorilla, CA and Edith (Lindell) Smothers of Murfreesboro, TN; also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers Maurice Reed, Harold Reed, Tom Reed and one infant brother Kenneth Reed.

Don was an avid fisherman and golfer. He was known for his “fish fry’s” and also known as the best fish fryer in Southern Illinois. Furnishing and cooking fish for up to 60 people many times.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 5 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 7 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser-Valier Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Phyllis Ann Kopin was born in Nashville, Illinois on July, 16, 1934, to parents Edward A. and Frieda G. Evilsizer. One of five children.

Phyllis grew up during the depression, times were hard, but due to the large garden and hunting done by her father and mother, the family always had enough to eat and a proper home. Phyllis learned the value of hard work from her parents. At a young age Phyllis went to work cleaning a doctor’s office. Later on, while she was attending high school, she worked at the Miner’s Hospital in Christopher, Illinois. There she worked and saved money to pay her way through Nurse’s College. Phyllis graduated Nurse’s College as a Registered Nurse. She later worked as a surgical nurse, the hospital pharmacy director, and eventually became the administrator of the Miner’s Hospital in Christopher.

Phyllis married John Kopin in 1959, and on June 6, 1962 gave birth to her only child, Andrew J. Kopin. Shortly after the birth of Andrew, John and Phyllis purchased some empty farmland and began construction of their home, where she and John raised Andrew, and both lived, until the present day.

Phyllis enjoyed her work as a nurse and was a super homemaker. She enjoyed decorating her home for every holiday and hosting formal dinners. Phyllis was a skilled baker, making picture perfect pies and cakes. She was also a highly skilled in her ability to crochet. When she entered her crochet quilts at the Du Quoin State Fair, and she won First and Second place that year.

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

Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., on Wednesday, August, 21, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home. Burial will follow services at the Saint Andrew’s Cemetery, Christopher, IL.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.
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INA – Mildred Walden, 97, of Ina passed away Sunday night, August 18, 2019 at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center.

She was born in Royalton, KY on April 24, 1922, the daughter of Hardigis & Nettie (Carpenter) Hopkins. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband-Ernie Walden, 2 Sons- James W. Howard & Amos Howard, 3 Grandsons, 2 Granddaughters and by several Brothers & Sisters. Mildred is survived by several Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren and several Brothers & Sisters.

Her hobbies included quilting, cooking and gardening. She quilted for hours at a time. Never did anybody walk in her house that she didn’t start cooking. She worked for Addus for many years & received an award for excellent service. She also managed the Red Carpent Motel in Dix. She managed the Gray Plaza Motel in West Frankfort for over 20 years. She worked as a Greeter at Walmart for 4 years. Grandma was a kind, good hearted woman. She was a joy to be around. She was full of love for all-and always had room in her heart for others. She will be best remembered for making her youngest granddaughter Melena known for her cooking. Grandma always saved Melena’s apple peels when she made apple pies she can eat them while watching TV. She adored her great-grand baby Kaidance and all her other great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 21st at the Middle Creek Cemetery in Dahlgren with Rev. Merle Fullerton officiating. There will be No Visitation those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to the Family.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.johnstonfuneralhome.com.
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WHITTINGTON – NICK KNIFFEN, 85, of Whittington passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 15, 2019 at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center.

He was born in Spring Garden, IL on Feb. 7, 1934, the son of Ray & Mary Ellen (Friar) Kniffen.

He married Mary Lou (Harmon), and she preceded him in death on June 25, 2012.

Mr. Kniffen was a lifetime resident of the area.  He loved working in timber and fishing.

Mr. Kniffen is survived by his four children:

Terald Kniffen & wife Deborah

Bill Kniffen & wife Susan

Michael Kniffen & wife Janice

Debbie Walls & husband Jerry

Grandchildren:

Garrett Kniffen

Cody Kniffen & wife Jessi

Michael Kniffen & wife Stacy

Michelle Featherstun & husband Sean

Daniel Kniffen

Jennifer Burnett

JoAnn Atkins & husband Tommy

Juliec Vaupel & husband Keith

Jackie Kniffen

Colt Walls

Makayla Walls

Billie Walls

GreatGrandchildren:

Nathaniel, Josie, Ezra, Seth, Hunter, Seth, Jessica, Andrew, Daniel, Christian, Samuel, Isabella & Hayden.

3 GreatGreatGrandchildren: Elizabeth, Vivian & Marcus

Several Nieces & Nephews

Mr. Kniffen was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, by a Son-Jeffery Glenn, by a Brother-Harold Kniffen & by a Sister-Thelma Maxine.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Aug. 17th at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Bro. Mike Kniffen officiating.  Burial will be in the Hams Grove Cemetery –Belle Rive.  Visitation will be after 11 A.M. Saturday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina.

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


Clarence LaVerne Erwin

Age: 75

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 3:38 P.M., Wednesday,  August 14, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital ER,  McLeansboro, IL

Visitation:          6:00 – 8:00 P.M.,   Saturday,  August 17, 2019, Harre Funeral Home,  McLeansboro, IL

Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.,  Sunday,  August 18, 2019, Harre Funeral Home

Graveside Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion

Post 106 of McLeansboro and the National Guard

Clergy: Rev. Leland Widick,  Rev. Ralph Wilton,  Rev. Ron Nelson

Burial: Mt. Nebo Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth:  February 1, 1944     Place of Birth:  Mobile, AL

Father:    William Clarence Erwin        Mother:  Golda Pearl (Wallace) Erwin

Occupation:  Farmer

Marriage To:   Judith Ann McKay on Nov. 25, 1967 in Frisco, IL

Activities:  Member of Ageless Iron Tractor Club, McLeansboro American Legion

Post 106, Past Supervisor for Knights Prairie Twp over 20 years,  Pioneer

Corn Salesman over 25 years, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon of Union

Missionary Baptist Church

Church Affiliation:  Union Missionary Baptist Church

Military Service:  Served in National Guard during Vietnam War

Survivors:

Wife:   Judy Erwin,    McLeansboro, IL

2 -Daughters:  Teresa Erwin,   McLeansboro, IL

Amanda Sanders (husband Brian), McLeansboro, IL

2 – Sons:         Gary Erwin,  McLeansboro, IL

Chad Erwin (wife Julie),  McLeansboro, IL

Grandchildren:   Carson Carrell, Cameron Toms, Emma Erwin, Abby

Erwin, Brianna, Gavin and Holden Sanders

Preceded in Death By: Parents and 2 Brothers, Richard and Roger Erwin

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of  arrangements.


Teresa Rae French

Age: 65

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: Wednesday,  August 14, 2019 at her residence

Visitation: 12:00 Noon to 2:00 P.M., Saturday,  August 17, 2019 at New Salem Baptist Church near Dale, IL

Funeral: 2:00 P.M., Saturday, Aug. 17,  New Salem Baptist Church

Clergy: Reverend Harl Cockrum will officiate the service

Burial: Cartwright Cemetery,  McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth:   May 14, 1954        Place of Birth:  Valpariso, IN

Father:    Ralph Potter                    Mother:  Macie Emma (Austin) Potter

Marriage to:   Glendal Dail French on April 3, 1971 at Brush Harbor  Church,

McLeansboro, IL

Occupation:    Homemaker

Church Affiliation:   Member of New Salem Baptist Church

Survivors:

Husband:    Glendal  Dail  French, McLeansboro, IL

2 Sons:         Glendal Dail French III (wife Theresa), Lexington, IL

Wayne Douglas French (wife Alanna),  Dale, IL

1 Daughter:  Cynthia Adcock ( husband Gary),  Dale, IL

3 Sisters:      Mary  of Lexington, KY

Delilah Gunter

Rita Blackwell

2 Brothers:  Ralph Potter of Montana

Bill Potter of Lexington, KY

Grandchildren:  Jordan, Joshua, Justin, Julian, Alyssa & Alecia French;

Macie, Sarah and Luke Adcock

Numerous Nephews and Nieces

Preceded in Death By:  Parents and Sister Arella Hanvold (2018)

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


CARTERVILLE — Timothy Rissi, 78, of Carterville, Illinois, passed away Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 12:15p.m.

Tim was born March 18,1941 in West Frankfort to Leon and Vera (Catalina) Rissi.  He was a photographer and previously was the manager of Best Designs. Tim was of the Catholic faith and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane (Arnold) Rissi;, beloved parents; nephew, Darrell Bearden.

Tim is survived by his daughter, Susan (Paul) Tregoning; sisters: Genelle Bedokis and Gail (Mike) Thomas; nieces and nephews: Michael (Colette) Arnold, Brad (Tracey) Arnold, Christopher (Julie) Bedokis, Leigh (Jeff) Gusta, John and Jay Thomas.

Services will be held at 10:00a.m. on Saturday August 17, 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Herrin, Illinois with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will be in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in West Frankfort.  Visitation will be from 9-10:00am also at the church. Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School fund.

Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

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


EFFINGHAM — Anna Lee (Unthank) Owen, 91, of McLeansboro, passed away at 1:00 am on August 12, 2019 at Willowbrook (Memory Care Facility) in Effingham, IL. 

Anna Lee was born April 26, 1928 in Texas City, IL to John and Bessie (Reeder) Unthank.  Anna Lee married John (Bill) William Owen on June 21, 1947 in Morganfield, KY.  She then spent many years farming alongside her husband and also worked at the McLeansboro Dairy Queen for 20 years.

Anna Lee is survived by her two sons, Bruce Lee Owen and wife Debra of Effingham and Mickey Joe Owen and wife Carla Jo of McLeansboro.  She is also fondly remembered by her sister, Mae Cook of Eldorado, her two brothers, Joe Unthank and wife Martha of Eldorado and Don Unthank and wife Shirley of Eldorado, as well as her six grandchildren,  Jeremy Owen and wife Christina of McLeansboro, Jason Owen and wife Allison of Marina, CA, Joshua Owen and wife of Elberfeld, IN, Jacquelyn (Owen) Ordner and husband Jeff of Effingham, Lisa Johnson of St. Louis, and Kendall Harris and wife Erica of Dahlgren. Mrs. Owen is also survived by her eight great-grandchildren, Ethan, Nathan and Sean Owen;  Mathew Owen and wife Miriam of McLeansboro, Ali Owen of McLeansboro, Lane, Brody, Tucker, and Reid Ordner of Effingham, Ali and Eli Owen of Marina, CA, and Levi and Logan Harris of Dahlgren as well as her two great-great-grandchildren Kane and Cami Owen of McLeansboro.

Anna Lee was a member of First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.  Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren.  Family was incredibly important to Anna Lee.

Anna Lee was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, her sisters Barbara Mayberry, Edith Rister, and Mary Brown, and her still-born great-granddaughter Gabriel.

Visitation is 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 16, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.  Funeral  Services are at 11:00 a.m., Friday,  Harre Funeral Home with Pastor Jacob Gray

Officiating  the services.  Burial is in Lindale Cemetery, Eldorado, IL.


BENTON – Daniel “Dan” Lee Lynch, 56, of Benton, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at his residence.

He was born on March 14, 1963, to Ronald and Carolyn (Sneed) Lynch in Berwyn, IL. Dan was a United States Army Veteran. On April 2, 2011, he married Susan Lea (Tate) Joy.

Dan was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed music and fishing. His passion for music started at a very young age playing the drums, to being a lead singer in a band to most recently learning how to play the bass guitar.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 8 years, Susan Lea Lynch; five children, Dustin (Tori) Lynch, Kassie Lynch, Brook Cecil, Alex (Brandon) Mandrell and Caitlin Joy; five grandchildren, Cyrus, Raymond, Harper, David and Coraline; one brother, Craig (Shari) Lynch; and many dear family members and friends.

Mr. Lynch was preceded in death his parents, Ronald Lee and Carolyn Gail Lynch.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Rev. Stacy Tate, officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Army.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.
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CHRISTOPHER – Roland L. Fisher, 83, of Christopher passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Macedonia, IL on Nov. 18, 1935, the son of Ben & Cora (Wiggins) Fisher. He married Betty Jean (Lawson) on July 2, 1959, and she preceded him in death on May 27, 2008. Mr. Fisher served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam from 1955 to 1976, retiring as Master Sgt. Dec 1, 1976. Mr. Fisher was Dietary Foreman for the VA Medical Center in Marion. He loved the Lord, his Church and he was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, Christopher Bearcat fan, and enjoyed horse racing.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his:
5 Children:
Rebecca Curry & husband Darren (Senior Chief Retired) of Union, MO
Robert Fisher of Christopher
Curtis Fisher & wife Carla of West Frankfort
Alice Freeman & husband Sgt. Andrew Freeman of Marion
Kelly Fisher of Marion

9 Grandchildren:
Blake & Zachary Curry
McKenzie & Joshua Mohring
Hannah & Lance Corporal Chase McGee
Thomas & Matthew Williams
Gabriel Fisher

2 Sisters:
Phyllis Harris of Pikeville, KY
Alice Shanks of Benton

Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by his parents, wife & by 2 brothers – Richard & Curtis.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Bert Mitchell & Rev. David Mitchell officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery in Akin. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Donald L. Donelson

Age: 81 years of age
Residence: Resident of McLeansboro
Passed Away: 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at his home.
Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro
Funeral: 1 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL
Clergy: Rev. Ken Cook and Rev. Robert Sefried

Date of Birth: July 25, 1938
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Leslie Lee Donelson
Mother: Lelia (York) Donelson
Marriage to: Sandra Miller on June 19, 1971 in Mt. Vernon, IL. She passed away on July 27, 2008.
Occupation: Mortician
Church Affiliation: Baptist by Faith
Activities: Donnie was affiliated with Donelson Funeral Home in McLeansboro from 1959 to 1971 and later with Wait-Ross-Allanson Funeral Service in Elgin and Algonquin from 1971 to 2007. He attended M.T.H.S., SIU and Kentucky School of Embalming. After retirement and returning to McLeansboro, he was also an employee of Harre Funeral Home. He was a member of BPOE 1882, McLeansboro, Past President Algonquin C of C, Algonquin Lions Club, Former member McLeansboro Kiwanis, former Boy Scout Leader in McLeansboro, McLeansboro JCs, Polk Lodge, Ainad Temple, Past President McLeansboro American Red Cross, was responsible for the re-organization of Red Cross here and promoting the first blood drive for Hamilton Memorial Hospital.

Survivors:
4 Sons: Leslie Donelson (wife Krystal)
Dallas Scott (wife Terese) of Tucson, AZ
Bradley (Sarah)of Tucson, AZ
Jeffrey (Tonya) of Indian Head, SC
1 Daughter: Christine Niekamp (husband George) of Mt.Vernon, IN
8 Grandsons: Lee, Will, Austin, Colton, Dana, Braden and Brandon Donelson and Chase Partain
4 Granddaughters: Devan (Dalton) Elpers, Morgan, Ryan and Peyton Donelson
2 Great Grandchildren: Hayden and Ashton Elpers, Evansville, IN
3 Sisters: Daphne Drake, McLeansboro, IL
Katherine (Kitty) Lakin, McLeansboro, IL
Clara Nell Dillinger
Several Nieces and Nephews

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents Leslie and Lelia Donelson; Wife Sandra; Sisters Lee Ann James and Marilyn James
MEMORIALS TO: Hamilton Memorial Hospital Foundation and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.
HARRE FUNERAL HOME of McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.
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(Obit provided by FranklinCounty-news.com.)

SESSER – Amos Herman Mitchell, Sesser, Illinois passed away at Helia Healthcare of Benton, Illinois with his loving family at his bedside, 10:00 pm, August 2, 2019 at the age of 100 years and 165 days. Mr Amos, or Billy Goat was greatly admired and professionally cared for by the staff at Helia.

Amos is predeceased by his loving wife Rosemary, by his parents Herman Omar and Nella (Pulliam) Mitchell, brothers Lowell (Jennie) Mitchell, Charles Mitchell, Cecil Mitchell, sisters Neva Furlow, Clorine (Melville) Straub, Wilma (Tom) Uttley, and Agnus Mitchell.

Amos is survived by his loving sons, Ned Mitchell of Sesser and Randy Lowell (Renee) Mitchell of Collinsville. Amos also leaves behind to mourn his passing and cherish his memory grandchildren Justin Jon (Brittany) Mitchell, Jonna June L Mitchell and (friend Jan Paul Miller), Carrigan Aleta Mitchell, Ty Matthew Mitchell and Alexa Marie Mitchell.

Amos was also blessed to have known and be known by his great grandchildren; Johnel Maria Eubanks (fiancé Johnny Vercellino), John Charles (Sierra) Eubanks, Jr., Christian Mitchell Rolla, Cobin Dane Rolla, Kingston Lane, Kaylor Belle Lane, Kambria Noelle Mitchell, Kennasyn Joelle Mitchell, great great granddaughter Violet Sky Eubanks. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Amos was born February 18, 1919 in Zeigler, Illinois. He attended one year of high school before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his widowed mother and her family. He later earned his GED and insisted that his two sons, Ned and Randy attend and complete a college degree. Amos entered the Army in 1941 and honorably served his country in WWII in the Americal 23rd Infantry Division in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Burma, and New Guinea. He was a decorated war veteran earning two Bronze Battle Stars, American Defense Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and 5 Overseas Service Bars.

Amos was the oldest member and faithful Christian of the Sesser First United Methodist Church. He was a living witness to all who knew him. He was married to the love of his life Rosemary White Mitchell on January 20, 1945 by Methodist minister R. A. Lippman. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage.

Amos was a retired coal miner, last employed at Freeman United Coal, Waltonville #3. He was a long time member of Local Union 1545 of the United Mine Workers of America. He was an avid bird hunter and was widely known for his expertise in training bird dogs, both English Setters and Pointers. He was an excellent gardener and enjoyed maintaining his home and lawn.

The visitation will be Friday, August 9th, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Sesser from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. A funeral service of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m., August 9, 2019 at the church. Jim Slone will officiate. Internment with military rites will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the Sesser First United Methodist Church.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Newell Funeral Home, Waltonville, Illinois.

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SESSER – Leroy Thomas Spotanski, 93, of Sesser passed away on August 6, 2019.

He was born on September 20, 1925 in St. Louis, MO to George Michael and Anna Rose (Kurgenski) Spotanski. He married Elaine (Harmon) Spotanski on June 26, 1948 and she preceded him in death on December 21, 2014.

He is survived by his children Vicki (Joe) Kloepper of Mulkeytown and David (Anita) Spotanski of Waltonville; grandchildren Amy (Kirk) Tipton, Matt (Dawn) Spotanski, Todd Spotanski, Dennis Harris and fiancé Sonya Gunter, Tricia (Barry) Higgins, Doug (Tricia) Harris, Mandy (Brian) Carson, Kristi (Jason) Carter, Jessie (Max) Dicus; 15 great grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and one brother George M. Spotanski of Scheller.

Leroy was a TEC Sargent 5 in the United States Army serving during WWII and Korea. He was an active and lifetime member of the VFW Sesser Cox Post 4753 and American Legion Post 0560 Bates in Sesser. He always volunteered for the military funerals and military functions. He was the Sesser Goode Township Supervisor for 23 years and served on the Sesser Police Commission Board for 23 years. He also served on the Franklin County Board for over 20 years. He worked at the Rend Lake College as Director of the Physical Plant until his retirement in 1987. He loved to fish and play golf. He had four hole-in-ones on the Pinckneyville Golf Course. He has been a member of the Roman Catholic Church in Sesser for 78 years and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus in Christopher.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the St Mary’s Catholic Church in Sesser with Father John Iffert officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southern Illinois Honor Flight and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – James Robert “J.R.” Smith, 82, of Benton passed away on August 4, 2019.

He was born on May 9, 1937 in Rend City, IL to Robert and Eva (Connor) Smith.  He married Margarett Ann (Johnston) Smith and she preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughters Joni (Jimmy) Bruce of Benton and Kimberley (James Leister) Smith of Benton; grandchildren Claudia Bolivar, Ada Mocaby, Bryan Mocaby, Jamie (Matt) Smith and Stayce (Alison McCurley) Leister; great grandchildren Robyn Thomas, Olivia Thomas, Marshall Leister-McCurley, Nora Leister-McCurly, Adonis Westerberg, Aurora Bolivar, Luciano Bolivar, Haydan Jeter, Kayd Jeter and Addlyn Jeter; and one brother Larry Smith of Washington.

He was a retired coalminer and was a well-known country western singer. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one great grandson Claude O’Daniel.

Funeral services will be on Saturday. August 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother George Marshall officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Masonic and IOOF cemetery in Benton. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Church of Christ in Christopher and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BUCKNER – Dorothy Koropchak, 81, of Buckner passed away on August 3, 2019.

She was born on September 8, 1937 in Buckner, IL to Filip and Anna (Baligroski) Pelak. She married John Koropchak Jr. on November 9, 1958 and he preceded her in death on April 10, 2001.

She is survived by her children Larissa (George) Wilkerson of Herrin, John David Koropchak of St Charles, MO and John Philip (Anna) Koropchak of Bowie, MD; grandchildren Stephanie (Justin) Galiher of Herrin and Adam Wilkerson of Kansas City, MO; great grandchildren Lillian Grace Galiher and Connor Joseph Galiher and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three Sisters Rose Musso, Julia Sobarnia, Eva Replyuk, and two Brothers Frank Pelak and Steve Brand.

Dorothy was a cook at the Christopher Elementary School for 25 years.

Funeral services will be on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Royalton with Father John Pawelchak officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. Burial will be at the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery in Royalton. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church or to the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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CLEARWATER, FL – Chris Paul Reed of Clearwater, Florida, formerly of Benton, went home to be with the Lord on August 3. He was born in Eldorado to Fred and Lena (Mosley) Reed on March 21, 1924. 

He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Britton and husband Larry of Florida, son Gary Reed and wife Debbi of Colorado, grandson Jonathon Stewart and wife Jennifer of Florida, granddaughters Michelle Rogers and husband Curtis of Montana and Amanda Palmer and husband Bill of Texas.  He has seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettye Dykes Reed, son Jimmy Chris Reed and son David Paul Reed.  Also preceding him were his sister Evelyn Lipsey, sister Imogene Burzynski, and brother Billie F. Reed.

He was a member of East Benton Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years.

He was the former owner of Reed Heating and Air Conditioning in Benton.  He belonged to Benton Masonic Lodge #64 and served as Past Master, Benton chapter of Eastern Star and was a Past Worthy Patron, and a member of the American Legion Post 280 after having been in the Army.

Donations may be made to any charity instead of flowers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastors Mark Joplin & Mark Minor officiating.  Burial will be at the Masonic & Oddfellows cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Masonic Rites will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Audie Lee Burlison, 71, of Benton, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at his residence. 

He was born on January 6, 1948 to Audie and Nettie Olive (Sterling) Burlison in Benton, IL.

Audie enjoyed being a true outdoorsman from hunting, fishing, rock hunting and traveling.

He is survived by his children, Karen (Jeff) Greeney of Benton, IL., Stephen Burlison of Benton, IL., Alicia (Dale Fudge) Mandrell of West Frankfort, IL., Tammy (Gary) Rea-Johnson of West Frankfort, IL., and Amy (Ben Roesenberger) Morris of Benton, IL; twelve grandchildren, Noah Summers, Deacon Morris, Preston Morris, Melissa Hayes, Matthew (Jessica) Hayes, Brad (Lyndsay) Greeney, Tyler Giroux, Jonathon (Makyla) Burlison, Stephanie Burlison, Alicia Butler and Destiny Butler; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim (Bill) Burlison; two sisters, Linda (David) Robinson and Janet Meadows; his best friend, Dennis Wilkerson. 

Audie was preceded in death by his parents, Audie and Nettie Olive Burlison; and his wife, Linda Kay Rea-Burlison.

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

Per Audie’s wishes cremation will take place.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials contributions may be made to Pate Funeral Home in care of funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Florence Waier

Age: 88 

Residence: McLeansboro,   IL

Passed Away: 6:40 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL

Visitation: Will begin with Rosary Service at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019 at St. Clement’s Catholic Church, McLeansboro, IL.                             

Funeral:  Funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 1 at St. Clement’s Catholic Church.                                                              
Clergy: Father Slawomir Ptak and Father George Mauck will officiate.        

Burial:  St. Clement’s Catholic Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL        

Date of Birth: February 2, 1931            

Place of Birth: DuBois, IL

Father: Anton Szramkowski       

Mother: Mary (Lamczyk) Szramkowski

Marriage to: Albert Waier on May 5, 1951 in Radom, IL. He passed away June 27, 2003.                                                                           

Occupation:  Homemaker

Church Affiliation: Member of St. Clement’s Catholic Church, McLeansboro, IL       

Activities: Florence quilted with ladies of the church and sang in the church choir. She was a member of the Ladies Altar Society. She also loved gardening, growing flowers and really enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals.                                                                        

Survivors:

2 Daughters: Karen Millenbine, McLeansboro, IL. Karla Lee, Carmi, IL.

1 Son: Kenneth Waier and wife Darlene, McLeansboro, IL.

Grandchildren: Monica Millenbine, Tiffany Hart (husband Tim), Bryan Waier (wife Chelsea), Kevin Waier, Jason Waier (wife Bethany), Amber Quinter (husband Kyle), Ariana Watts (husband Brian).

Great Grandchildren:  Addison Renshaw, Ayla Waier, Annistyn Waier, Atlas Waier, Emma Waier, Kevin Waier Jr, Braylee Waier, Reid Waier, Parker Watts.

Numerous step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Numerous nieces and nephews.                                                   

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents, Husband, 2 Brothers Leonard and Ed Szramkowski, 3 Sisters – Caroline Novak, Lorraine Rozanski  & Rose Marie (infant) Szramkowski. Brothers-in-law Ed, Raymond and Louis Waier;  Sisters-in-law, Marie Winka, Ann Dalman and Theresa Kellerman.

MEMORIALS : In Lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made to St. Clement’s Catholic Cemetery Fund or The Alzheimers Association and envelopes will be available at the Church

Arrangements for Florence Waier are under the direction of the Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.