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SESSER – Mary Lou Murry Dauksch was born on January 26, 1927, to Xelpho and Gertie (Gilliam) Murry of Perry County, Illinois. She graduated from Sesser High School in 1944 and married Lowell (“Apple”) Dauksch on March 23, 1946. She was a faithful and active member of the Sesser Church of Christ, and few visitors left the building without an invitation to Sunday dinner at her table. Mary Lou was known in the community for her skill with a needle, both in the furniture upholstery shop she ran from her home and in the many quilts, clothes, curtains, teddy bears, artificial flowers, and countless other craft projects she made and often gave away.

Mary Lou taught school for only a few years in her young adulthood, but she remained a teacher at heart all of her life. She was a well-loved Sunday school and day school teacher at Sesser Church of Christ for many years. She was always involved in her children’s school activities, and she was their biggest fan on the athletic field. Her children and grandchildren have fond memories of the time she spent teaching them everything from the Ten Commandments to the multiplication tables to skills like crocheting, quilting, gardening, and cooking dumplins. “Mama Dukes” loved being with children and always had the time and patience to let them work alongside her.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband Lowell Dauksch and two brothers, Bill and Ben Murry. She is survived by three brothers: Bobby, Louie, and Keith Murry; her daughter Connie Dauksch Trull and husband David, son Danny Dauksch and wife Sue, son Lanny Dauksch and wife Penny, and son Leland Dauksch and wife Robin, as well as 11 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 3 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park in DuQuoin, IL with Bob White and Kirk Dauksch officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL.

Donations may be made in Mary Lou’s memory to the Sesser Church of Christ or Freed-Hardeman University and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


THOMPSONVILLE – Marjorie Ann “Marge” Buntin, age 79, of Thompsonville, passed away at 6:27 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020 at the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. Buntin’s wishes were to be cremated with no public services.

Private family Celebration of Life Services will be held.

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

The family prefers that memorial contributions, rather than flowers, be made to Shriners Hospital and may be mailed to the funeral home.

Also, the family would like to mention that if you feel sick, go to be checked, the Coronavirus Covid-19 is real.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Mrs. Marjorie Buntin, go to www.lpfuneralhome.com.

Please uplift the Buntin family in your daily prayers.


CHRISTOPHER – Bernadine Demaret, 95, of Christopher, IL, passed away August 10, 2020, at Wabash Christian Retirement Village in Carmi, IL, following a brief illness. She was born in Treveskyn, PA, August 17, 1924, the eldest daughter of John Paul and Ann Morgan, and raised in Lawrence, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Demaret married Ralph Jules Demaret March 8, 1947, and settled in Christopher, IL. He preceded her in death in 1991. She was a Registered Nurse, working in area hospitals. She was an avid reader in the field of medicine, nursing and health. In recent years she was a member of the Home Extension. She attended services at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benton, IL.

One son, Ralph “Raymond” Demaret (Blenda Sulser) survives, of Fairfield, IL. Three grandchildren survive, Julie (Doug) Aman, Craig (Sandra), and Derek (Amy), also of Fairfield.  She was blessed with six great-grandchildren, Alexander Aman, Audrey Aman, Jorji Demaret, Jordan Demaret, Dominic Demaret, and Dane Demaret.

Surviving siblings include three brothers Richard (Rich), Andrew Thomas (Tommy), Donald (Donny) and four sisters, Kathleen (Kass), Eileen, Geraldine (Gerry) and Marlene. She was predeceased by her husband and parents, as well as brothers John Paul, Jr. (Buddy), George Raymond (Ray), Patrick (Sonny), William (Bill), Margaret, Charles (Chuckie) and Michael James (Jim). As the oldest daughter with fourteen siblings, Bernadine helped her mother in the home.

Bernadine lived healthy and independently until her recent hospitalization in July. She accepted hard work without a thought, including “cutting the grass” into her early 90’s. She enjoyed keeping her home stocked with healthy food and making fresh berry cobbler from scratch. A meal at her house meant a smorgasbord. One hobby included crocheting with family appreciating afghan keepsakes.

Funeral services will be on Thursday. August 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home, 209 N. Emma, Christopher, IL with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner.

Bernadine volunteered into her 90’s each Memorial Day weekend at the Harrison Cemetery accepting donations for its upkeep. 

She would be honored for memorial donations to the Harrison Cemetery, c/o Gilbert Funeral Home, 209 N Emma, Christopher, IL 62822.

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


BENTON – Robin Marie (Norris) Veteto, age 63, of Benton, passed away at 3:39 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Robin’s wishes are to be cremated with a private family Celebration of Life Service to be held at a future date.

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

Robin was a giving person; even upon death she continued to give by being a bone and tissue donor.

To leave online condolences or to share memories of Robin, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


THOMPSONVILLE – Marjorie Buntin, age 79, of Thompsonville, passed away at 6:27 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020 at the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


SESSER – Delmar Lee Robinson, 69, of Sesser, passed away on Sunday August 9, 2020 at his home.

He was born on August 27, 1950 in Mt Vernon to Virgil and Muriel (Clinton) Robinson.

He is survived by his step-mother Jan Robinson of Coello, IL; four daughters Lisa (John) Davis of Du Quoin, Tresa (Christie) Robinson of Creal Springs, IL, Jami (Alberto) Robinson-Salazar of Sylvania, OH and Erica Robinson of Thompsonville; grandchildren Kaitlyn (Seth) Scruggs, Aaron (Brianna) Davis, John Matthew Davis, Megan McCuan, Autumn Schmitt, Danielle Schmitt, Paige Arondelli, Brock Pritchett and Brantley Odam and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Billy Robinson.

He was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA. He loved camping, boating and fishing.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Irene Martin, 91, formerly of McLeansboro, IL, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at her residence in Seagraves, Texas.

She was born April 30, 1929 in Ewing, IL to Murrell and Evelyn (Harris) Combs. She was a retired fabric store operator. Irene married Goerge W. Martin on July 12, 1946 and he survives.

Irene is survived by her husband, George W. Martin of Seagraves, TX; daughter, Judy Millenbine of Seagraves, TX; two grandchildren: Lewis Millenbine and Lori Smith, both of Lubbock, TX; four great grandchildren: Cade and Cutter Millenbine, Bobby Garza and Travis Smith; and one great-great grandchild, Everett Garza.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, George P. Martin; and two brothers: James and Benny Combs.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with Bob Brockett conducting the service. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 11 from 12 p.m. until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

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


BENTON – Beatrice Kay Price, 78, of Benton, passed away at 11:46 p.m., on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Mt. Vernon Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Kay was born on August 5, 1942, to Dallas and Mabel (Taylor) Wynn in West Frankfort, IL. She married Wilfred Price and he preceded her in death.

Kay was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being outdoors, bowling, traveling or just take a road trip.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Jo Linda (Dan) Swafford, Rebecca (Jim) Poole and Gayla (John) Edwards; three sisters, Wanda Shaw, Marilyn Kirkman, Beaulah Mae (Ferral) Avery; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dallas and Mabel Wynn, her husband, Wilfred Price and one brother, Dallas Dean Wynn.

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

Services will be privately held.

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


BENTON – On Friday, August 7, 2020, Gene Andrew Mitchell, 77, of Benton, Illinois, passed from this life to his heavenly home to be with the Lord he loved and served. He fought a long, brave battle with cancer and was surrounded by his loving family upon his passing.

Gene was born in West Frankfort, Illinois, on May 13, 1943, to Gene and Gladys Mitchell. He married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Farmer, on September 3, 1961.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an electrician and instructor at the only mine warfare school that existed in the world at the time. His service included involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis and sweeping mines in the Vietnam War. He retired from Rend Lake College in 1999 where he taught electricity, electronics, and federal mining certification classes. Many students were impacted by his instruction and influence. Gene was active in his church, New Life Church of God. He lived his life as a testimony to the Lord, who turned his life around. He loved spending time with his family, his dog Toby, studying scripture, reading, and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Bill and Jeff Mitchell. He is survived by his loving wife, Juanita, and his three loving children and their spouses, Lisa (Mike) Manis, Stephanie (Jeff) Moake, and Gene (Kendra) Mitchell II. His grandchildren also surviving are Michael (Heather) Manis, Nicole (Michael) Strickler, Brandon (Katherine) Moake, Jared (Mikayla) Moake, Abigail Mitchell, and Christian Mitchell. His seven precious great grandchildren, Hunter (13), Joshua (10), Benjamin (4), Sam (6), Will (6), Millie (2), and Warren (9 months) were a joy to his heart. His Dear Brother Scott Mitchell.

A visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020, at New Life Church of God in Benton, Illinois. The funeral will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. with Pastor Rod Joplin officiating. Burial will be at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois, with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts. Social distancing should be observed and all CDC and local health requirements should be adhered to.

Special thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Fisher House in St. Louis, Missouri, and to Dr. Tanios and the nursing staff at SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville, Illinois. We would also like to thank friends and family for their prayers and kind support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life Church of God or the Fisher House.

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


DAHLGREN – Eileen Hopfinger

Age: 90
Residence: Resident of Dahlgren, IL
Passed Away: 7:40 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2020 at her home.
Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, August 10, 2020 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro. Social distancing guidelines will be observed. Face coverings are required. Thank you for your cooperation.

A private family mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, August 11 for the family at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis, IL with Father Slawomir Ptak officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Piopolis.

Date of Birth: April 20, 1930
Place of Birth: Piopolis, IL
Father: Theodore Frank Reyling
Mother: Lena Marie (Heil) Reyling
Marriage to: Francis Joseph “Hop” Hopfinger on August 24, 1949 in Piopolis, IL. He preceded her in death on February 3, 2013.

Eileen was a homemaker and a member of St.John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis and a member of St. Elizabeth’s Altar Sodality. She loved to sew, do crafts, cook and garden. She enjoyed singing in the church and loved being involved in many church activities, including cooking at many church functions. She enjoyed her membership in Home Extension. During her last years, her beloved dog, Oreo, was always by her side. Her greatest joy was her family. She never tired of letting everyone know the number of her children, grand, great grand and great great grand.

Survivors Include:
6 Daughters: Cathy Anselment & husband Ed – Dahlgren
Nancy Crossman and Terry Patient – Atwood, IL
Louann Talbert & husband Tony – Charlotte, NC
Linda Becker & husband Steve – McLeansboro
Brenda Thomas – McLeansboro
Lori Hopfinger – McLeansboro
2 Sons: Melvin Hopfinger & wife Denise – Dahlgren
Dale Hopfinger & wife Mary Anne – Dahlgren
19 Grandchildren
35 Great Grandchildren
2 Great Great Grandchildren
1 Sister-in-Law: Helen Wellen and husband Paul

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents, Husband Francis “Hop” Hopfinger, Brother Eugene Reyling and Sister Bernadine and Son-in-Law, Tim Thomas.

Memorials to: St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Piopolis.

Arrangements for Eileen Hopfinger are under the direction of the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.


MCLEANSBORO – Steven W. Wheeler, age 72, passed away August, 7, 2020, following an extended illness.

Born January 21, 1948, in McLeansboro, IL, he was the son of the late Thomas W. and Eleanor (Greer) Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel J. Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth (Williams) Wheeler and daughter Shelby K. Wheeler, and three brothers Tommy D. (Lynda) Wheeler of Buckner, IL; Wendell L. (Kim) Wheeler of Carbondale, IL; and Scott V. (Mary Miller) Wheeler of Rocky Mount, NC. Survivors also include stepchildren Brandi’s Wheeler of Raleigh, NC and Neill (Niki) Wheeler of Morehead City, NC; and grandchildren Colton Wheeler and Emma Wheeler.

Steve graduated from Union County High School in Morganfield, KY in 1966 and then attended Murray State University and Southern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education. He spent his career as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Lick Creek Public Schools, Anna, IL and Johnston City Middle School, Johnston City, IL. Upon retirement Steve continued his love of athletics by both coaching and supporting his daughter’s sports activities. He loved landscaping and growing flowers in his family’s yard.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 9 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL from 1 to 3 p.m. A graveside service will be held immediately following at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fresenius Kidney Care, 825 Sunset Avenue, Du Quoin, IL 62832.

Online condolences may be made at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Luanna Prince
Age: 78
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 7:50 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, McLeansboro, IL

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Digby Cemetery in Dale, IL. Social distancing guidelines will be observed. Those attending are asked to wear face coverings. Thank you for your cooperation.

Clergy: Reverend Robert Sefried will officiate.
Burial: Digby Cemetery, Dale, IL

Date of Birth: March 26, 1942
Place of Birth: Dale, IL
Father: Herman Hutcheson
Mother: Catherine (Lemay) Hutcheson
Marriage to: Ernest “Durango” Prince on April 15, 1961 in McLeansboro, IL. He passed away in April of 1991.
Occupation: Luanna worked as a CNA at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home for several years.
Church Affiliation: Attended Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
Activities: She loved crocheting, knitting, cooking and gardening.

Survivors include:
1 Daughter: Catherine Hungate – Swansea, IL
2 Sons: Nick Norton – Sterling, IL
Carl Prince – Marion. IL
11 Grandchildren
Several Great Grandchildren
2 Brothers: Roy Hutcheson – Galatia, IL
Ray Hutcheson and wife Gerry – McLeansboro, IL
Preceded in Death by: Parents, Husband Ernest and Brother Billy Hutcheson.
Memorials to: Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

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


MULKEYTOWN – David C. Biggs, 78, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

He was born on February 10, 1942 in Mulkeytown, IL to Clyde and Sylvia Marie (Brown) Biggs. He was married to Carolyn (Journey) Biggs and she survives of Mulkeytown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, one sister Betty Rice and two brothers Roy Howard Biggs and Billy Ray Biggs. He was a coalminer and a member of the UMWA. He also served in the United States Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War.

Graveside services will be on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.


BENTON – Shirley Mae Yon, 82, of Benton passed away Monday afternoon August 3, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

She was born in Chicago, IL on April 17, 1938, the daughter of Jerry & Mae Yon.

She was married to George Ray Bouer, and he preceded her in death on October 4, 2012.

Shirley is survived by a nephew, a cousin and her church family who she dearly loved. Shirley was a faithful member of the Faith Baptist Church in Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 8th at the Faith Baptist Church in Benton with Pastor Steven Flach officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemtery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Baptist Church.

The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

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


BENTON – Danielle Nicole Reynolds, 36 years of age, of the Benton area, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, August 2, 2020, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL after a lengthy hospitalization. Danielle was born June 6, 1984, and is the daughter of Gary and Bette Reynolds of Benton. 

Danielle is survived by her parents, one brother, Brandon Reynolds, a niece and a nephew, as well as fiancé, Brian Giberti. She is also survived by three aunts, JoAnn Garner and Joyce (Kent) Hodge of Sesser, Gayla Stubblefield of Mt. Vernon, and one uncle, Richard (Carolyn) Stubblefield of Mt. Vernon.

Cousins left to mourn her passing are Nancy (Paul) Glaser, Dr. Kevin (Myjal) Garner, Kara (Karl) Silge, Kendall (Claire) Garner, Michelle Davis, Lenise (Steve) Sgutt, and Jennifer (Dr. Edward) Lobenhofer.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Ingram and Thelma Morgan, maternal grandparents Willie and Hazel Stubblefield, two dear aunts, Carolyn Sue Stubblefield and Donna Lampley, and a cousin Sara Elizabeth Stubblefield.

Danielle lived several years in the northeastern United States and returned to southern Illinois when her health began to fail a few years ago.

Visitation and funeral for Danielle will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Pastor John Plunkett officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

The coronavirus protocol will be followed at the visitation and funeral with masks required.

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


DAHLGREN – Donald L. Frazier
Age: 96
Residence: Dahlgren, IL
Passed Away: 8 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2020 at Mt. Vernon Health Care Center, Mt. Vernon, IL

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020, at Baltimore Cemetery (Olive Branch) near Wayne City, IL. Those attending are to go directly to the cemetery. Please observe the social distancing guidelines and please wear face coverings for the safety of all and thank you for your cooperation.

Clergy: Pastor Keith Neal
Burial: Baltimore Cemetery (Olive Branch), near Wayne City, IL

Date of Birth: May 14, 1924
Place of Birth: Dale, IL
Father: Frances Marion Frazier
Mother: Cora (Harrawood) Frazier
Donald attended country schools up to his eighth grade.
Marriage to: Mary Shelton on April 20, 1946 in Morganfield, KY. They were blessed with 65 years before she passed away on February 6, 2013.
Military Service: U.S. Navy
Occupation: Donald worked at Hall’s Sawmill near Dale, IL and he also worked in Fairfield, IL for the Career Development Center until his retirement.
Church Affiliation: He was a faithful member, Sunday School teacher and served as Deacon of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Wayne City, where he and Mary served as janitor for many years.
Activities: Don loved woodworking, growing flowers and mowing his lawn. His greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and giving candy to the children at church.
Survivors:
Daughter: Mary Webber (husband Bill), Dahlgren, IL
Son: Roger Frazier (wife Glenda), Ashley, IL
5 – Grandchildren
7 – Great Grandchildren
2 – Sisters-in-Law: Shirley Shelton and Cathy Hunter of Wayne City, IL

Preceded in death by: Parents, 5 brothers, Ed, Amon, Emery, Dean, Eldoris; 3 sisters, Nora, Daisy and Margaret
Memorials to: The family requests donations be made to Honor Flight of Southern Illinois in memory of Donald and will be accepted at the cemetery.

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


BENTON – Loretta Odom, 91, of Benton, passed away at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Helia Healthcare in Benton, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 14, 1928, to Seburn and Ethel (Ward) Neal at Frisco, IL. On July 24, 1948, she married James P. Odom, and they were blessed with a devoted marriage of 68 years until his death on October 7, 2016.

Loretta was a successful Avon sales representative for 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Benton where she served as coordinator of bereavement dinners and a Sunday School teacher for many years. Her church family was very important to her. She was also a member of the Franklin County Home Bureau. Loretta enjoyed canning vegetables with her grandchildren, spending time with her family, having them over for dinner and celebrating birthdays and holidays together.

Loretta is survived by her two children, Karen (Bill) Hodges of Denver, CO and Brad Odom of Logan; four grandchildren, Emily (Victor) Munoz of Benton, Benji (Leslie) Odom of Ewing, Molly (Brandon) Koester of Benton and Jay Hodges of Tacoma, WA; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Faye Klosowski of Milwaukee, WI and several dearly loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Seburn and Ethel Neal, husband, James P. Odom, a grandson, Josh Odom, a granddaughter, Jennifer Hodges, a great-grandson, Deegan Odom, four brothers and four sisters.

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

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Mark Minor, officiating.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers at Helia Healthcare who have helped take care of Loretta.

A recording of the graveside service will be available for viewing on Pate Funeral Home’s website.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church and may be mailed to 203 W. Church St., Benton, IL 62812.

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


MULKEYTOWN – Beverly Jean Berner, 82, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Wednesday July 29, 2020 at her home.

She was born on April 4, 1938 in Christopher, IL to Roy and Violet (Hastings) Moyers. She married Carl Edward Berner on September 13, 1958 and he survives of Mulkeytown.

He is also survived by his daughter Shari (Mike) Carpenter of Mulkeytown; two grandsons Matt (Allison) Carpenter of Effingham, IL and Todd (Loryn) Carpenter of Scheller; great grandchildren Adalyn, Zayden, Cole and Cain; one sister Elaine (Steve) Furlow of Mulkeytown; three brothers Jim (Mary) Moyers of Mulkeytown, Wayne (Sue Ann) Moyers of Mulkeytown and Bob (Shelley) Moyers of Coello.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Shirley Donelson.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mulkeytown Christian Church.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 10 a.m., at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Preacher Kurt Jensen officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday, July 31, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Franklin Historical District or to the Mulkeytown Christian Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Kenneth Sanders, 67, of McLeansboro passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020 at his home near McLeansboro.

Kenneth chose to be cremated. A graveside burial of ashes was held at Hopewell Cemetery in McLeansboro.

Date of Birth: March 7, 1953
Place of Birth: Elgin, IL
Father: Stanley Sanders
Mother: Vera (Ornick) Sanders
Occupation: Disabled
Church Affiliation: Catholic by Faith
Activities: Kenneth loved to listen to gospel music and spend time with his friends at home.

Kenneth was survived by a brother, Robert Sanders and a sister, Donna (Sanders) Cantrell.

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


ENFIELD – Cynthia K. Pierce, 59, a resident of Enfield, Illinois, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN.

She was born February 13, 1961 in Bonneterre, MO to Clarence and Barbara Bess. She was a home maker.

Cynthia is survived by two sons: Justin (Jacinda) Pierce of Enfield, IL and Wesley (Nancy) Pierce of Enfield, IL; and ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Glenn Pierce.

No formal services are to be held at this time.

Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Amos Leslie Draper, 69, of McLeansboro, passed away of Monday, July 27, 2020 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 1 p.m., at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Pastors Bill Hampton and Alan Robbins with Eulogy. Social distancing will be observed. Face coverings will be required. The Harre Funeral Home thanks you for your cooperation for the the safety of all.

Date of Birth: February 11, 1951
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Carroll C. Draper
Mother: Annabelle (Abott) Draper
Marriage to: Carolyn (Wheeler) on February 22, 1969 in McLeansboro, IL. She survives in McLeansboro.
Occupation: Amos worked as a coal miner at Wheeler Creek Mine, McLeansboro.
Church Affiliation: Member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Activities: He loved traveling, playing cards and horseback riding.

Survivors:
Wife: Carolyn Draper, McLeansboro, IL
1 Daughter: Vanessa Ewing (husband Evan), Scheller, IL
1 Granddaughter: Alexandrea Healy
1 Great Granddaughter: Scarlett Smith
1 Brother: Curt Draper (wife Nancy), South Carolina
3 Sisters: Ruth Ann Mayberry (husband Ron), Iola, Kansas
Janet Hosick (husband Kelly), Norris City, IL
Tammy Chambliss (husband Tim), Wayne City, IL
Preceded in Death by: Parents, Brother Sam Draper

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