BENTON – Jack Ernest Lohmann, age 62, of Benton, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at his sister’s home.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Private family burial will take place at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home to assist the family with expenses.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Cynthia “Cindy” Sue McBride, 73, of Christopher passed away on February 11, 2019.

She was born on March 17, 1945 in Springfield, MO to Arthur and Gladys (Oliver) Cottengim. She married Gary McBride on January 27, 1967 in Springfield, MO and he survives of Christopher. She is also survived by two sons Todd (Dana) McBride of Royalton and Tim (Stacey) McBride of Carbondale; grandchildren Sophi Johnson, Maci Hoppers, Wyatt Hoppers, Jude Alvarez, Tatum McBride, Keinon McBride and Emma McBride and several nieces and nephews. 

She was a member of the Rend City Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Julie Hoppers, one sister Linda Baron, and one brother Bud Cottengim.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Rend City Baptist Church with Rev. John West officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Valier. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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BENTON – Keith Absher, 71, of Benton passed away Saturday morning, February 9, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Logan, IL on April 1, 1947, the son of Troy & Dorothy Aline (Kirkman) Absher.

He married Diane Cameron on February 20, 1970 in Benton and she survives.

Mr. Absher is survived by his:

                Wife: Diane Absher of Benton

                3 Children:

                                Karen Lynn Byrd & husband Keith of Biloxi, MS

                                Tammy Sue Overton of Benton

                                Wendy Marie Gose & husband Charles of St. Louis, MO

                11 Grandchildren

                9 Great-Grandchildren

                Several Nieces & Nephews

                Brother: Robert Absher & wife Patti of Logan

Mr. Absher was preceded in death by his Parents-Troy & Aline, Sister-Sharon Jackson and 1 Brother-William Absher.

It was Mr. Absher’s wishes to be cremated.

There will be a gathering of Family & Friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

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

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LOGAN – Janet Marie Parker, 74, of Logan passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019.

She was born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 17, 1944, the daughter of Adam James & Pearl (Abbott) Schelsky.

Mrs. Parker was a Home Health Care Provider. She enjoyed taking care of the elderly & children.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband-Jesse Parker, Son-Kenny Parker and Daughter-in-law Angie, by 1 Daughter-Sandy and by a very special Niece Donna Johnson and by a Sister-Edith Baumhardt.

Mrs. Parker is survived by her:

                Children:

                                Jesse Parker, Jr. & Lori of North Dakota

                                James Dean Parker of Benton

                                Robert Parker & Cynthia of Seattle, WA

                                Jan Parker of Logan

                                Donna Parker of San Diego, CA

                14 Grandchildren

                Several Great-Grandchildren including special ones-Ladybug & Precious

                2 Sisters:

                                Joyce Watkins of Benton

                                Mary Carroll & husband Jack of Columbia, MO

                1 Brother: Joseph Schelsky & wife Sandy of St. Louis, MO

                Several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Special Friends

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 15 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Dean Severin officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

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

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SESSER – Ralph Dixon Jr., 86, of Sesser passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019. 

He was born on November 14, 1932 in Sesser to Ralph and Ruth (Clinton) Dixon.  He married Ruth (Johnson) Dixon on May 22, 1954 and she survives of Sesser. He is also survived by his children Dennis Dixon of Benton and Deanna (Angelito) Tacderas of Carterville; grandchildren Andrew Hughes, Nathan (Pam) Dixon, Ian Tacderas, Rebekah (Noah) Little, Sarehna (Curtis) Vaughn and Sean (Krista) Tacderas; five great grandchildren Kaylee, Alex, Evan, Felix and Rosabel. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, a member of the UMWA and a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Sesser.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Randall “Moe” Dixon and two infant brothers Johnny Dixon and Tommy Dixon.

Funeral services will be on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottenson officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

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DAHLGREN – A.J. Wellen, age 50, of Dahlgren passed away on Thursday at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

His funeral is set for Monday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Piopolis.

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

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THOMPSONVILLE – Michael W. Melvin, 67, of Thompsonville, Illinois, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 in his residence at 8 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with Minister Guy Webster officiating. Burial will be in Tower Heights Cemetery – West Frankfort, Illinois. Visitation will be 12-2 p.m. in the funeral home prior to the service.

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

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BENTON – Marilynn Kaye Phillips, 83, passed away February 8 at Helia Healthcare in Benton, IL. 

She was born on Christmas Day, 1935 in Centralia, Illinois to Ross and Lois Wimberly of Dix, Illinois. She graduated from Centralia High School, in 1953. Marilynn married Bennie Campbell in 1954, and they had three children, Randy, Ricky and Christy Campbell. They divorced in 1968. Marilynn married Bob Garren in 1969, and they had one child, Joni Garren. After the death of her husband Bob, in 1999, Marilynn traveled around the country visiting her children and grandchildren. While visiting one of her sons in Texas, she received a phone call from her cousin, B. J. Thompson, about a widower from her church that she wanted her to meet. At that meeting, Marilynn met the love of her life, Richard Phillips, of Benton, Illinois. After dating a few months, Marilynn and Richard married in September 2001. They both enjoyed spending the winters at their condominium in Mary Ester, Florida, walking the beaches, golfing and dancing. Their main residence was in Benton, Illinois, where they continued their passion for Immanuel Baptist Church, and for their dancing, which they enjoyed three to four times a week, until Marilynn could no longer dance.

Surviving, in addition to her husband Richard Phillips, are sons, Randy Campbell and wife Nita of Amarillo, TX, Rick Campbell and wife Denise of Midland, TX, daughters, Christy Myers and partner Dee Branscomb, of St. Louis, MO and Joni Garren of Mary Ester, FL. Marilynn also is survived by three bonus children, Ward Phillips and wife Kristine of Elkhorn, WI, Vickie Dean of Los Angeles, CA, & Brenda Phillips-Davies and husband Matthew of Buckingham, IL, 8 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, sister Peggy Bode and husband Dale, of Edwardsville, IL, brother Charles Wimberly and wife Brenda, of Mt. Vernon, IL. 

A memorial service will be conducted by Morton & Johnston Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 12, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, at 516 N. Main Street, in Benton, IL, with the service following at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Jordan Chapel Cemetery in Dix, IL. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, IL.

For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

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MARION – David Hilty Jr., 76, of Marion, formerly of Christopher, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019.

He was born on May 31, 1942 to David Ellsworth and Stella (Burns) Hilty. He married Reba Mae (Edmonds) Hilty and she survives of Marion. He is survived by his children Denise Slater and David Hilty; three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Zeigler City Cemetery with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating. Burial will be at Zeigler City Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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BENTON – Ms. Bryan Ann (Tedrow) Wilt, age 82, of Benton, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at her daughter’s home.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Whittington Church, with Rev. Mark Minor and Rev. Greg Shelton officiating.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Whittington Church.

Private family burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whittington Church building fund, and will be accepted at the church.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Ms. Bryan Ann Wilt, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

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THOMPSONVILLE – Novella G. Droit, 95, of Thompsonville, Illinois, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Stonebridge Nursing and Rehab – Benton, Illinois at 9:30 p.m.

Novella was born March 21, 1923 in Harco, Illinois to George and Margaret (Libby) Shriver. She was a member of Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church – Thompsonville, Illinois and Eastern Star. Novella loved her family, birds, flowers, gardening, traveling and reading.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Droit on June 8, 2009; parents; brothers: George and Charles “Ozzie” Shriver.

Novella is survived by her sons: Danny (Barbara) Droit of Thompsonville; Bruce (Stacee) Droit of West Frankfort; daughter, Marsha (David) Wright of Benton; sister, Phyllis (Don) Gibson of Stanton, Illinois; four grandchildren: Stephanie (Heath) Lasswell, Marilyn (Steve) Cima, Sara (Jeff) Van Horn, Julie (James) Giacone; eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019 in Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with Minister Randy Carney officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery – Thompsonville, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church – Thompsonville, Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Shirley M. Clayton, 82, of Benton passed away Sunday morning, February 3, 2019 at her home.

She was born in Benton, IL on November 22, 1936, the daughter of Alvis & Fay (Walker) Lampley.

She worked at Turco for 10 years and also at garment factories in Benton & Du Quoin.

Mrs. Clayton is survived by her:

4 Sons:
Jerry Clayton Sr. & wife Carla of Helena, MT
David Clayton & wife Michelle “Shelly” of Whittington
Marvin Clayton of Larwenceville, GA
Jason Clayton of Benton

3 Grandchildren:
Jerry Clayton, Jr.
Sydney Renee Clayton
Keri Clayton

Great-Granddaughter: Lacey

2 Sisters:
Kay Donovan of Maple Park, IL
Sue Ronchetto & husband Jody of Benton

1 Brother: Richard Lampley of Benton

Mrs. Clayton was preceded in death by her parents, by her ex-husband-Herman “Pete” Clayton, by 2 Brothers-Kenneth Lampley & Carroll Lampley, and by an infant Daughter-Tammy Sue Clayton.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 10 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Visitation will be after Noon on Sunday at the funeral home.

It was Mrs. Clayton’s wishes to be cremated and to be buried at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

For more information of to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

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BENTON – Eva June Garrison, 96, long time resident of Benton died at 12:15 a.m., on Monday, February 4, 2019, at her home in Benton. Beloved daughter of Pauline and Joseph Myers, Eva was born on June 1,1922, in Benton, IL.

After high school she moved to Detroit, MI, living and working with her Aunt Maude. After less than a year and missing her home town and family, Eva returned to Benton. There she met a high school classmate, now handsome Army Air Corp Pilot, Robert Garrison, and married him on December 16, 1945, in Benton, IL.

In 1946, after Robert’s discharge from the Air Corp, the young couple with their daughter moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL., where Robert returned to playing professional baseball, while Eva created the first of many homes for her family.

In 1949, with Eva pregnant with their second daughter, the young family returned to Benton. The next two years Robert worked in the coal mines and built Eva their first real home where Eva nurtured her family.

Robert was recalled to the Air Force in 1951. For the next 18 years Eva would create homes for her family in Selma, Alabama, Las Vegas, Nevada, Youngstown, Ohio, and Bunker Hill, Indiana where their son was born.

The family was then stationed in Bitburg and Wurzburg Germany. After three years overseas their final assignment was in Kansas City, KS.

In 1971, Eva and Robert with their son, retired to Benton where both were able to support their aging parents and also started the Garrison Christmas Tree Farm.

Eva enjoyed being a housewife, a loving daughter, niece, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Family was always her first priority.

She was a charter member of the Benton Library and was an avid reader her whole life. She was a Girl Scout Leader for her daughters’ troops and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Eva was a gentle, positive person who loved life, her family and her friends. She had a terrific sense of humor, which only improved with age and an ironclad memory that amazed everyone.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years and her parents. She is survived by her three children; Rosemari Davis and husband Bill of McMinnville Oregon, Roberta “Bobbi” Garrison Smith and husband Richard of Seattle Wash, and Robert “Mike” Garrison of St. Louis Mo., four granddaughters Kris Simmons, Kim Kayfes, Ashley and Reilly Smith, and seven great-grandchildren and beloved dog Jack.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Rethorst and staff (Margaret), and dear friends Marguerite Matyi, Tom Saxe, Keith and Jeanne Bragg, John Rhone and David Linn for their support throughout the years.

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

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home. The Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will follow services at Masonic & Odd Fellow Cemetery, Benton, IL. Immediately following graveside services, a luncheon will be hosted at the Benton Elks Lodge.

Eva loved her pets and would be honored by memorials to the Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County or to her second love the Benton Public Library, memorial contributions will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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BENTON – Helen J. Crowell, 89, of Benton, passed away at 7:25 p.m., on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion, IL.

She was born on December 2, 1929, to Lloyd and Lesta (Marks) Finney in Marion, IL. On October 6, 1950, she would marry Harvey “Roscoe” Crowell.

Helen was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and shopping.

Helen is survived by her two daughters, Patricia “Patty” (Richard) Melcher of Benton, IL, and Kimberly Jo (John) Renik of West Frankfort, IL; three grandchildren, Lori (Eric) Davis, Steven (Sarah) Melcher and Rachel Renik; four great-grandchildren, Lydia Davis, Bryant Davis, Scarlett Melcher, Declan Davis and a fifth great-grandchild on the way; and a sister, Betty Stephens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey “Roscoe” Crowell; and parents, Lloyd and Lesta (Marks) Finney.

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

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., following visitation at the funeral home, with Rev. Sammy Simmons, officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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MACEDONIA – Helen Campbell

Age: 81
Residence: Macedonia, IL
Passed Away: 7:29 a.m., Monday, February 4, 2019 at Deaconess Mid Town Hospital in Evansville, IN
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral: 11 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2019, Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Reverend Mark Byars
Burial: Macedonia Cemetery, Macedonia, IL

Date of Birth: January 10, 1938
Place of Birth: Whiteash, IL
Father: Lewis D. Bowman
Mother: Verla J. (Smith) Bowman
Marriage to: Hobert J .Campbell, Jr. on August 6, 1961 at East Benton Baptist Church in Benton, IL
Occupation: Day Care Worker for Hamilton Co. Preschool
Church Affiliation: Member of Braden Valley Church/attended The First Baptist Church McLeansboro, IL
Activities: Member of Macedonia Eastern Star Chapter #1028. She served as the Clerk of the Village of Macedonia. Helen loved to travel.

Survivors:
Husband: Hobert J. Campbell, Jr. of Macedonia, IL
2 Brothers: Dwight Bowman and wife Brenda, McLeansboro, IL
Eugene Bowman and wife Norma, Enfield, IL
1 Sister-in-Law: Louise Bowman, McLeansboro, IL
“Adopted Granddaughter”: Peyton Julian-Thompsonville, IL
Several Nieces and Nephews survive

Preceded in Death by: Parents, 1 Son, Bryan Edward Campbell, 1 Sister, Betty Louise Bowman, 4 Brothers, Roy Lee, Charles , Dean and Loran Bowman

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

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WEST FRANKFORT- James Wayne “Jim” Ramsay, 71, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at his longtime home in West Frankfort.

Jim and wife, Debbie, made their longtime home and raised their family on the corner of St. Louis and Mulberry Streets in the same location where he grew up. Neighbors and passersby could often see Jim enjoying retirement in his garage with the St. Louis Cardinals game on the television, steaks on the grill and a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand. Jim graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1965 graduate and then McKendree University in Lebanon. After graduating from college, Jim managed several Belscot department stores in Chicago and Galesburg before returning to West Frankfort to take a job as a U.M.W.A. coal miner at Old Ben #21 near Sesser. He worked in many capacities in the southern Illinois coal mines during his long career which ended in retirement in 2009. During the 1980s and 90s, Jim spent many nights coaching baseball at the Frankfort Community Park, where he was also board member. He and Debbie were FCHS Redbird fans, holding season basketball tickets at Max Morris Gym for many years. Jim spent many nights rooting on Illinois Fighting Illini basketball. He was also an avid bass fisherman, enjoying many days on the water at Cedar Lake. However, his true passion was St. Louis Cardinals baseball. During baseball season, Cardinals would be on multiple TVs throughout the house as well as Mike Shannon’s voice calling the game on the radio. For his 55th birthday, he treated himself to his first and only tattoo—the world famous “STL” logo on his right arm. During retirement, Jim and Debbie spent many weeks enjoying the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. They made memories with friends and family during these vacations, relaxing in the sand and enjoying the local seafood joints. He remained very close to his FCHS Class of ‘65 classmates. They often met for lunch and he always looked forward to each class reunion. Jim was also proud to be a member of the 1965 state-qualifying Redbird track and field team. He was South Seven Conference champion in the low hurdles and remained a school record holder in the event.

Jim is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Debbie; son, Philip, of Denver, Colo.; son, Aaron and wife, Kim, of West Frankfort, Ill.; son, Alec and wife, Amanda, of West Frankfort, Ill.; daughter, Jennifer and husband, Trenton, of Sesser, Ill.; grandchildren, Mady, Jessi, Lani, Lucas, Logan and husband, Austin; and “grandpups,” Frannie and Charlie. He was also survived by many special friends and family whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty June, for whom Jimmy Wayne was the apple of her eye. His father, Alexander “Alec” Ramsay, was a WWII veteran who was killed in Orient #2 Mine explosion on Dec. 21, 1951. He was also preceded in death by his four-legged best buddy, Libby.

Those whose lives were touched by Jim are invited to Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 5-8 p.m. to share memories, stories and tears. The funeral service will take place Wed., Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Tower Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation fund will be set up to benefit the FCHS Redbird athletic program.

Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.

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WEST FRANKFORT – George Ellis Pankey, 78, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 in his residence at 3:35 p.m.

George was born December 9, 1940 in Saginaw, Michigan to George Pankey. 

George is survived by his sons: Greg (Rosie) Pankey of Spring Valley, Ca and Scott (Cristi) Pankey of West Frankfort; daughter, Stacey “Cookie” Biggs; brother, Micky Pankey; three grandchildren: Tyler, Trenton, Tany, and Sha.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating.  Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

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BENTON – Lillian G. Newman, age 88, of Benton, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Christopher with Rev. Alan Newman officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Du Quoin. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Funeral arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Christopher, or to the Franklin County Animal Shelter.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Elizabeth Ann Vincelette, 40, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:50 a.m.

Elizabeth was born September 28, 1978 in West Frankfort to Rick and Mary Jo (Christian) McLaskey.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Charles and Betty Christian, Dean and Ruth McLaskey.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Carlton Vincelette, son, Emerson Vincelette; father, Rick (Vicky) McLaskey; mother, Mary Jo (Rannie) Snider; brother, Christopher McLaskey and companion, Angie Bird; niece, Emma McLaskey; several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in the Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois with Fr. Brian Barker officiating. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the State Bank of Whittington – Benton, Illinois for Emerson’s education fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences of sympathy may be made to www.unionfh.com.

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BENTON – June Pritchard, age 89, of Benton, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Herrin Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at noon Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

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WEST FRANKFORT – Kathryn June Summers, 92, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Tuesday January 29, 2019 in her residence at 5:20 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 2, 2019 at First Church of God – West Frankfort, Illinois with Pastor Gayle Stone and Brother Joe Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road.  Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

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

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

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MACEDONIA – Estelee Kearney, 89, of Macedonia passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at her home.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on June 10, 1929, the daughter of Clarence & Mildred (Smith) Odom.

On April 5, 1947 she married James WIlliam Kearney and he preceded her in death on September 23, 2003.

Mrs. Kearney was a longtime member of the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. She loved the Lord. She loved Farming, was an excellent seamstress & cook and especially loved her grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her:

                Daughter: Judy Neal & husband Keith of Macedonia

                Son: Gary Kearney & wife Marilyn of Macedonia

                4 Grandchildren:

                                Bryce Kearney

                                Blake Kearney

                                Bryon Neal & wife April

                                Brady Neal

                3 Great-grandchildren: Kylie, Barrett & Blane

                2 Step-Granddaughters:

                                Amber Tieffel & husband Jason       

                                Jennifer Brooke Holderfield & husband Lonnie

                2 Step-Great-Grandchildren:

                                Peyton & Mason

Mrs. Kearney was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by a Grandson-William Glen Neal and 1 Brother-Kenneth Odom.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Keith Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the Liberty-Ridlin Cemetery in Macedonia. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church.

For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

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MCLEANSBORO – Russell Albert McNalty, 87 of McLeansboro, IL, went home to be with his Lord, on January 30, 2019. He was born to Thomas and Emma (Elford) McNalty in Meaford, Ontario, on December 10, 1931, the youngest of nine children. He became a US citizen and served in the US Army. He earned Masters Degrees in Biology,  Education and Bible; as well as, a B.S. in Biblical Languages from Harding University and Arkansas State University. He taught chemistry and physics at McLeansboro H.S. and sponsored the “Youth for Christ Club”. He served as Minister of the Church of Christ in McLeansboro several years. He taught at

York College, York, NB, Crowley’s Ridge College, Paragould, AR, Des-Arc High School in Des-Arc, AR, Carlyle High School in Carlyle, AR., Harding Academy in Searcy, AR as well as Fairfield High School, Fairfield, IL.

On February 10, 1955 he married the love of his life and best friend, Sherry Hunter. For 63 years, they joyously built a life with their four children. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his sisters, Edna Preston and Ada Binkley, his daughters, Kathy (Alan) Teffertiller, Christi (Gary) Curfman and Paula (Bernard) McNalty; grandchildren, Kara (Matthew) Harrison, Katlyn Teffertiller, Terry & Derek Olson, Ashley, Cordell & Danielle Kotalik; great-grandchildren Ellie, Audra, Joseph Russell, Kianna, Aubrey, Paislee, Vance, Coralynn, Lex, Cadence, Corbin and Easton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and a son, James Russell (Jim) McNalty.

Russell lived a life of service, teaching, preaching, and providing a home for more than 80 foster children over the years. He will be remembered for his embodiment of the fruits of the spirit, his gift of music, his gentle demeanor, his sense of humor, his love for his family, his love for the Lord.

Memorial Contributions may be made to:

Gospel Chariot Missions, P.O.Box 51, Benton, AR 72015

World English Institute,  Metro Church of Christ, 1525 NW Division St., Gresham, OR 97030

Little Egypt Christian Youth Camp, David & Melissa Goin, PO Box217, Dahlgren, IL 62828

VISITATION will be held 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home with graveside military rites provided by American Legion Post 106, McLeansboro and Military Honor Team of  Marion, IL with burial in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro

Reverend Roger Turner will officiate the services.

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BENTON – Michael E. Greeney, 50, of Benton, passed away at 2:25 p.m., on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at his residence. 

He was born on April 26, 1968, to James and Riattia “Jeanette” (Brewer) Greeney in Charleston, SC.

Michael enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, watching and playing basketball.

He is survived by a brother, James (Karen) William Greeney of Benton, IL; a sister, Paula Sanders; a nephew, Brad (Lyndsay Key) Greeney; a great-nephew, Remington; and a great-niece, Meelah.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Father, James R. and Riattia “Jeanette” Greeney; and one brother, Mark A. Brewer.

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

Per Michael’s wishes cremation will take place. 

Services will be private.

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

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