MCLEANSBORO – Geneva Sloan Nipper, 99, of McLeansboro passed away at 1:20 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in McLeansboro

Graveside  services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL. Those attending are asked to go directly to cemetery. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL.

Clergy: Rev. Brad Sloan     

Date of Birth: October 15, 1920  

Place of Birth: Flannigan Township

Father: Charles Ralph Sloan          

Mother: Jane (Rogers) Sloan

Marriage to: George “Scrap” Nipper in 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1962.                   

Occupation:  Geneva was a teacher and retired from Hamilton County School System

Activities: Educator most of her life and loved to be with children, especially her grandchildren. She was a self-professed Historian of Flannigan Township.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Survivors:

Son: Bill Nipper and wife Marian, Ewing, IL

3 Grandsons: Gabe Nipper (wife Amy), Dale, IL.;  Brandon Nipper (wife Cia), Los Angeles, CA.; Eli Nipper, Harrisburg, IL.

2 Granddaughters: Carla Gunter (husband Brice), Ewing, IL. Jara Pieper (husband Jeff), Ewing, IL.

5 Great Grandchildren:  Bryla and Stella Gunter, Jetson, Jaelen & Jagger Pieper

Sister: Hattie Sloan, McLeansboro, IL.

2 Brothers: Roger Sloan (wife LaDora), Mishawaka, IN. Jerry Sloan (wife Tammy), Salt Lake City, UT.

2 Sisters-in-Law: Linda Sloan, Hallsville, MO. Shirley Sloan, McLeansboro, IL.

Numerous Nieces and Nephews                                  

Preceded in death by: parents, husband, son George, sisters June Zick and

Shirley Irwin; 4 brothers – Dwight, James, John and Charles “Buck” Sloan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for the Hamilton County School Foundation, P.O. Box 369, McLeansboro, IL 62859.                   

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

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SESSER – Barren Township Road Commissioner, Roy Lynn Miller, 69, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by the loving care of his family.

Roy was born May 17, 1950, to Harold Glenn and Wanda Miller, in Christopher. He grew up in Rend City with his brothers Jim and Evan Miller. The son of a coal miner and farmer, his childhood was that of a typical, working-class American youth. The work ethic and values he learned in his childhood remained with him throughout his life, and he worked hard to provide for his family and instill those lessons to the future generations of his family.

Roy married his wife of 51 years, Signa (Page), on July 6, 1968. They put down roots in Sesser near their respective families, where they remained for the remainder of their life together. They had three children, Russell, Carrie, and Lane. Much like his father, Roy began a life of a coal miner and farmer. Although he retired from mining after 35 years, he continued to operate his family farm with his son Lane for the remainder of his life. Roy truly loved farming and raising cattle.  Roy was also passionate about drag racing with his sons Russell and Lane. While he thoroughly enjoyed working on the car and prepping it for the drag strip, he enjoyed watching his boys win even more.  Anyone who knew Roy will recall the twinkle in his eyes after a great weekend at the track. If you asked him how they did at the track over the weekend, he would reply “we put ‘em all on the trailer and sent ‘em home.” Anyone who knew Roy also knew that he could repair or restore absolutely anything. Roy’s mechanical skills and abilities were second-to-none. Friends and neighbors knew where to go if they needed help with a repair that may have been a bit more than they could handle on their own. Roy’s workshop in his barn was probably his favorite place to be. It is easy for many of us to picture him working in his shop wearing his well-worn and well-loved Carhartt coveralls. Throughout his life, some of Roy’s various achievements include 33 years as a Barren Township Road Commissioner, member of Goode Lodge 744 and a lifelong member of Rend City Baptist Church.

Roy is survived by his wife, Signa; his daughter Carrie Miller, his son Lane Miller and wife Joanna, granddaughter Jordan Miller Evrard and husband Brandon, two very dear grandsons Keaton and Brantley Miller; one beloved great-granddaughter Madalyn Evrard, his brother Jim Miller and wife Carolyn, sister-in-law Dixie Miller, and father-in-law Olen Page. He also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. Roy was preceded in death by his son Russell Miller, his father, Harold Glenn Miller; his mother, Wanda Veach Miller Coffman; his brother Evan Miller; his nephew, Jimmy Miller, mother-in-law Alberta Page, his stepfather Floyd Coffman, and brother by heart Dan Page.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Roy will be laid to rest in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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MARION – Wilma A. Gulley, age 85, passed away at Parkway Manor in Marion, IL at 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 16, following a brief battle with cancer. 

Wilma was born at home in Jefferson County the daughter of William H. Grahlherr and Juastina Rhynes Grahlherr on March 21, 1934. Her mother Juastina, passed away when Wilma was only 5 months old and her grandparents, Walter and Nellie Rhynes, raised her at the adjoining farms of her father William (Bill) Grahlherr and her favorite uncle Ernie Rhynes, who all preceded her death. She was married for almost 60 years to Louis Alan Gulley who also preceded her death.

She worked in the abstracting business her entire adult life in Jefferson and Franklin counties and was brilliant at the job.

Wilma is survived by her two brothers Fred Grahlherr of Texico, IL and Bill Grahlherr of St. Louis, Mo, and one sister Judy Grahlherr Grisley of Marion, Illinois, three first cousins Janice Rhynes Pigge of Mt. Vernon, IL, Cheryl Rhynes Conner of Ina, IL and Nancy Rhynes Webb of Sesser, IL and many more second cousins. She had been a resident at Heritage Woods Assisted Living in Benton for the past 4 years, where she leaves her best friends, Ina May, Francis, Ruth and Elsa. 

Wilma’s wish for graveside funeral services will be held at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Victor Long officiating and eulogy by Wendell Presley. Arrangements provided by the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home of Benton, IL.

There will be no visitation. Those attending the service are asked to meet under the cemetery tent shortly before 10:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. 

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Raymond E. McIntyre, 84, of McLeansboro, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.  

He was born in Aden, Illinois on May 4, 1935, the son of James Wilbur and Mary Rachel (Green) McIntyre. Raymond was a retired United States Air Force veteran having served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was later employed as an employment counselor for the state of Illinois from 1978 to 1996. Raymond was an active member of American Legion Post #106, VFW Post #1671 and B.P.O.E #1882 where he served as Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy.

Survivors include one brother, James F. (Terry) Hunt of McLeansboro, IL and two nieces – Christina (Scott) Webb of McLeansboro, IL and Kellie (Mike) Benbrook of Enfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 17 from 12 p.m. until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Raymond will be laid to rest in the Veterans Section of IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with Graveside Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #106 and an Air Force Honors team. Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

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

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BENTON – Robert P. “Bob” Gant, 95, of Benton passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Helia Health Care Center in Benton.

He was born in Benton, IL on February 9, 1924, the son of Robert Rollie & Gertie Belle (Scrutchfield) Gant. He married Pauline Flanagan in 1947 in Benton and she preceded him in death on July 4, 2001. He was a retired Millwright.

Mr. Gant is survived by his:

3 Granddaughters:

Tammy Collins & husband James of Salyersville, KY

Tabatha Collinsworth & husband Brian of Salyersville, KY

Misty Howard & husband Clint of Salyersville, KY

6 Great-Grandchildren:

Kaitlyn Shepherd & husband Ryan

Kara Francis & husband Cody

Caleb Blair

Jacob Howard

Brianna Collinsworth

Dylan Collinsworth

2 Great-Great-Grandchildren:

Cason Francis

Hudson Shepherd

Daughter-in-law: Diana Gant of Salyersville, KY

1 Sister: Arletta Shadowen of Benton

Mr. Gant was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons – Michael Gant & Frank Gant, by four Sisters & three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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SHELBYVILLE – Mary Ann Przybyl, 89, of Shelbyville, IL passed away on October 12, 2019.

She was born on December 25, 1929 in Sesser, IL to William and Bertha (Jones) Veach. She married Florian Phillip Przybyl on January 12, 1956 and he survives of Shelbyville. She is also survived by her children Diane (William) Kyle of Litchfield and Elaine Przybyl of Shelbyville; one granddaughter Heather (Rick) Knop of Litchfield and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and four sisters. She was a proud Navy wife.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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MOUNTAIN GROVE, MO – Alverta Mae Todd, age 91, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, died on October 13, 2019.

Born September 13, in Hamilton County, Illinois. Mae was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mountain Grove at the time of her death. Mae was born and resided in the Middle Creek area of Illinois until the passing of her husband of 59 years, Alfred H. Todd.

Mae was united in marriage to Alfred on November 11, 1951. To their union one child was born, Sharon K. (Todd) Isringhausen. The couple lived in Middlebrook, Illinois for several years as Alfred earned a living working at Laclede Steel. Mae was a homemaker and wonderful encourager to all. Upon Alfred’s retirement the couple returned to Middle Creek, Illinois to be near their family which included Chet and Donna Brake and Dave and Dona Brake as well as a host of other family members. Upon the death of Alfred, Mae moved to Mountain Grove, Missouri to be near her daughter’s family. Mae continued living at that location until her death.

Mae is survived by her daughter Sharon Isringhausen and husband Dwayne, four grandchildren; Tara Thomas (husband Nate), Seth Isringhausen (wife Krystal), Bradley Isringhausen, and Mark Isringhausen. She is also survived by five great grandchildren; Kyshin Isringhausen, Marek Thomas, Ryzen Isringhausen, Zayden Isringhausen, and Blakely Mae Thomas. Mae has a surviving sister; Bonnie Voliva.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband Alfred H. Todd, a sister, Madonna Brake, and a brother, Bud Dale.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Dahlgren Baptist Church with Rev. John Ashby officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. She will be laid to rest at the Middle Creek Cemetery near Dahlgren. Memorial donations may be made to the Dahlgren Baptist Church and will be accepted at the church or Gholson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

I Thessalonians 5:11 “and so encourage one another, and help one another, just as you are doing now. Mae was a great courage to all throughout her life and did not refrain from doing good.” She was the first with a card, baked goods or words of encouragement. Whether she was taking the ill and aged to doctor appointments or babysitting children, Mae could be counted on to serve. She has stored great wealth in heaven.

Mae will be missed.
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GREENVILLE – Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Simmons, 86, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Greenville Nursing & Rehab Center in Greenville, IL.

She was born in Benton, IL on January 4, 1933, the daughter of Frank & Winnie Maude (Pinkham) Rice.

She married Charles Robert “Bob” Simmons on Oct. 14, 1950 in Piggott, Arkansas, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 2011. Mr. & Mrs. Simmons had lived in the Delavan, WI area for almost 50 years. She had worked at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, WI.

Mrs. Simmons is survived by her:
2 Sons: Grant Simmons & Justin of Mundelein, IL
Gregg Simmons & wife Jane of LaCrosse, WI

4 Grandchildren:
Sarah Heep & husband Steve of Wildwood, MO
Shannon Simmons of Menasha, WI
Lauren Schultz of Wildwood, MO
Ryan Schultz of Wildwood, MO

2 Great Grandchildren: Madisen & Brooklyn

Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by a sister – Evelyn and by a brother – Charles Rice.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Donna Louise Snyder
Age: 74
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, McLeansboro, IL

As per family wishes, Mrs. Snyder will be cremated and a graveside memorial and burial of ashes will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL. For those attending, please go directly to the cemetery.

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

Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray will officiate the service.

Date of Birth: December 15, 1944
Place of Birth: Morgantown, W. Va.
Father: Orval Conrad Pride
Mother: Betty (Jackson) Pride
Marriage To: Charles Michael Snyder on September 11, 1971 in Morgantown, W. Va.
Occupation: Cashier

Survivors:
Husband: Charles M. Snyder, McLeansboro, IL

Daughters: Lisa Auten (husband Mark), McLeansboro, IL
Betty (B.K.) Knight (husband Roger), Dale, IL

Grandchildren: Nicholas (wife Emily) Knight, Dale, IL
Aribi (husband Chris) Bowzer, McLeansboro, IL
Kirsti Auten
Krystal (husband Ben) Hamson, Dahlgren, IL

Great Grandchildren: Adaline and Campbell Knight, Dale, IL
Nolan and Hudson Hamson, Dahlgren, IL

2 Sisters: Paula Pride and LaRue Pride, Morgantown, W. Va.

Preceded in death by parents, 3 brothers – Conrad, Thomas and Curtis Pride.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – John R. Naas
Age: 84
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 6:05 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL

Private Family Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray officiated the services.
Burial: Brush Harbor Cemetery, near McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: May 17, 1935
Place of Birth: Hamilton County, IL
Father: Lawrence Urban Naas
Mother: Wilma (Pierce) Naas
Occupation: Worked in oilfield and was self-employed
Marriage to: Donna K. Hart on August 23, 1957 in Corinth, MS

Activities: John loved his family and enjoyed taking his sons hunting and fishing. He started working in the oil field at a young age and worked in many states in the U.S. and offshore. He also worked in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Nigeria, Africa, and Indonesia. John loved to tell his experiences throughout the years.

Church Affiliation: Protestant Faith

Military Service: Served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves

Survivors:
Wife: Donna Naas, McLeansboro, IL

3 Sons: Terry Naas and wife Jeanie, McLeansboro, IL
Randy Naas and wife Denise, Bixby, OK
Larry Naas and wife Cindy, Adair, OK

Brother: David N. Naas and wife Rose, Benson, AZ

4 Grandsons: Chris, Jeremy, Timothy and Andy
4 Granddaughters: Katie (Jacob) Frew, Kelly, Macy, Isabella
2 Great Grandsons: Deacon and Gabriel Naas
4 Great Granddaughters: Olivia Frew, Kaylee Naas, Grace Lynn Naas and Kynzlee Williams
Preceded in death by parents.

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

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BENTON – Helen R. Humphrey, 88, of Benton went home to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon, October 10, 2019 at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center.

She was born in Weaverville, North Carolina on July 20, 1931, the daughter of Elmer & Eliza (Casada) Hensley. She married Richard C. Humphrey and he preceded her in death in September 1999. Mrs. Humphrey was an avid dog lover. She loved family get togethers and decorating.

She is survived by her:

3 Children:
Sue Williams & husband Keith of Benton
Mike Partak & wife Darlene of Johnston City
Jerry Partak of Benton

4 Grandchildren:
Paul Hawkins & wife Jodi
Marilyn Boles & husband Mike
Chris Emery
Tobbie Cochrane & husband Darin

Several Great-Grandchildren & Great-Great-Grandchildren

1 Brother: Victor Hensley of Leicester, NC

Mrs. Humphrey was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Billy & by several brothers & sisters.

Funeral Services will be held at noon on Monday with Chaplain Brad Garner officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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

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LOGAN – Jane Lampley, 65, of Logan passed away on Friday morning, October 11, 2019 surrounded by her husband & children.

She was born in Christopher, IL on September 1, 1954, the daughter of Raleigh “Poogie” & Barbara (Bradley) Meacham. She married Phil Lampley on September 8, 1973 and he survives. Mrs. Lampley was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. Her heart was with her family and her church family.

She is survived by her:

Husband: Phil Lampley of Logan

3 Children:
Michael Lampley Jr. & wife Jamie of Manhattan Beach, CA
Chad Lampley & wife Kristen of Benton
Somer Slone & husband John of Marion

9 Grandchildren:
Brant, Carly, Dagon
Lacey, Luke, Lance & Lane
Kinley & Nolan

2 Brothers:
Brad Meacham & wife Shelley of Marion
David Meacham & wife Jennifer of Logan

1 Sister: Chris Browning & husband Steven of Benton

She is also survived by several nieces & nephews & great nieces & great nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 14th at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Immanuel Baptist Church and after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

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BENTON – Sharon Kay Heinrich, age 71, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at her home.

A private family visitation and funeral service will be held at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with private graveside services at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Donnie Coulson will officiate. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

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

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LOGAN – Gordon L. Stewart, 73, of Logan passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.

He was born in West Frankfort, IL on Nov. 23, 1945, the son of Clorice & Florence Evelyn (Sullivan) Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Stewart had 2 Sisters-Marie Mapps & Juanita Provenzano, and several nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts, and the National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

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ROYALTON – Gary Don Jones, 51, of Royalton passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

He was born on July 21, 1968 in Benton, IL to Larry Ray and Ruth Ann (Aleksick) Jones. He is survived by his mother Ruth Ann Jones of Zeigler; two sons Raymond Lee Jones of Zeigler and Benjamin Luke Jones of Carterville; one brother John Brian (Garret) Jones and their daughter Rian Jones all of Mulkeytown, two sisters Jamy Mendez and her daughter Mia Mendez of Summerville, SC and Dana (Todd) McBride and their children Jude Alvarez and Tatum McBride. He was Vice President of Jones Hydroblast. He was preceded in death by his father Larry Ray Jones.

Graveside services will be on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Zeigler Cemetery in Zeigler with Brother Larry Hallman officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to CASA or to the First Baptist Church of Christopher.  Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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

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BENTON – Jack A. Miller, Sr., age 57, of Benton, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at his home in Benton.

Jack’s wishes were to be cremated.

A Private Family Service will be held ata future date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made “In Memory of Jack”, payable to the Leffler Funeral Home, to assist the family with final expenses.

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

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WHITTINGTON – Edith E. Taylor, 99, of Whittington passed away Thursday morning, October 3, 2019 at Helia HealthCare Center in Benton.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on March 21, 1920, the daughter of Albert & Ethel (Kirk) Erwin.

She married Kenneth Taylor on December 4, 1937 in Benton, and he preceded her in death on January 26, 1969.

Mrs. Taylor was saved at Hazel Dell Free WIll Baptist Church in 1955. She was a member of the Benton First Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by her:

                    3 Children:

                                        Carole Jean Rea & husband David of Benton

                                        Sandra Taylor of Whittington

                                        William “Bill” Taylor of Whittington

                    6 Grandchildren:

                                        Diana Ing & husband Keith of Benton

                                        Brian Taylor & Kathy of Whittington

                                        Kim Sanders & husband Scott of Benton

                                        Heath Taylor of Whittington

                                        Chrissy Miller & husband Bryan of Sesser

                                        Beth Thompson of Arizona

                    Granddaughter-in-law: Marsha Rea of Whittington

                    12 Great-Grandchildren: Whitney, Hayley, Marci, Eric, Adam, Keith, Nathan, Jesse, Ty,  Dalton, Collin & Dempsey

                    9 Great-Great-Grandchildren

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, by 1 Son-Kenneth Dale Taylor, by a Grandson-Monte Rea, by 1 Sister-Gladys Mendenhall & by 3 Brothers-Charles Erwin, Harold Erwin & John Clark, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 7th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Kent Dunford officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

For those who wish Memorials may be made to the Benton First Free Will Baptist Church.

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

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MT. VERNON – Dennis Dean King, 52, of Mt Vernon passed away on October 2, 2019.

He was born on January 6, 1967 in Benton, IL to Dean and Ruth Ann (Quillman) King.

He is survived by his sisters Rhonda (Bill) Umbrianna of Linden, IN and Anita (Denis) Bayless of Benton, IL; four nieces Nicole (John) Aldridge, Megan (Ryan) Boicourt, Linsey Umbrianna, Jordan Marler; Great nephews Noah Aldridge, Caleb Aldridge and Abram Boicourt; two aunts Glenda Bain of Mt Vernon and Sharon Manis of Thompsonville and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at noon at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL with Pastor Chris Hottensen officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at noon 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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BENTON – Paul Scott, age 63, of Benton, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at his home in Benton.

Paul’s wishes were to be cremated.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Barbara D’Antonio officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – John David Prather, 90, of Christopher, passed away on September 29, 2019.

He was born on April 21, 1929 in Coello, IL to James and Lillie Irene (Hall) Prather. 

He is survived by his children John David (Gayla) Prather of Mulkeytown, Gayla (Chuck) Kain of West Frankfort and Dan (Carol) Prather of Herrin; two sisters Mary Ramsey of West Frankfort and Margaret Potocki of Staunton, IL and one brother Ross Prather of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Charles Prather and James Prather.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Apostolic Church in Christopher. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6 p.m. until the time of the service at 7 p.m. at the church.

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

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MCLEANSBORO – Elizabeth  Zane  Byrne

Age: 69

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away 5:55 a.m., Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL

Mrs. Byrne chose to be cremated and a burial of ashes will be conducted at a later date. At this time, there are no services.          

 

Date of Birth: February 25, 1950 

Place of Birth: Detroit, MI

Father: Lee Richard Irwin                   

Mother: Elizabeth Zane (Laidlaw) Irwin 

Occupation:  Retail  Business

Marriage to: Danny Byrne in 1976 and he passed away March 3, 1999                              

 

Survivors:

Daughters: Elizabeth Ann Rose of Albuquerque, NM

Margarett Lee Axtell and husband William, Littleton, CO 

Sons: Timmothy Edward Byrne, Littleton, CO

James Gordon Byrne, Albuquerque, NM

Sisters: Megan Grace Irwin, Kingsville, Canada

Abigail Irwin, Oakland, CA

Brother: Ralph Irwin, Lincoln Park, MI             

Grandchildren: Elizabeth Zane/Christine Vaughan (husband Rhet), McLeansboro, IL

Jesse James, Denver, CO

Daniel Logan Byrne, Albuquerque, NM

Great Grandchildren: Kennedy, JJ and Rhema                                                                                                                                                     

Preceded in death by: Parents and Husband    

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

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BENTON – Brandon Kyle Pinson, 31, of Ashville, NC, a former Benton native, was killed Tuesday morning, September 3, 2019, in Iraq. He was leading a team of deminers working to clear improvised explosive devices left behind from battles with the Islamic State. While he was diffusing an explosive device, the accident occurred in the village of Tel al-Shear near Mosul.

Brandon was born on March 25, 1988, in Carbondale, IL, to his parents, Brian and Karen (Easter) Pinson. He was a United States Army Veteran serving ten years and two terms in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he diffused explosive devices. Brandon married the love of his life Samantha. They have two children, Dawson and River.

He was employed as a civilian employee of Geneva, Switzerland-based FSD – a humanitarian and non-governmental organization that aims to clear explosive devices that threaten civilian populations that were affected by war. 

Brandon attended Benton Consolidated High School and graduated in 2006. While attending high school he was a co-captain of the Benton Rangers football team and chosen as one of two MVP players his senior year. Also being named all-conference offensive and defensive player that year by the Southern Illinois River-to River (SIRR) Conference. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother. Brandon loved weightlifting and playing with his children which were the light of his eye. 

He is survived by his loving parents, Brian and Karen Pinson; wife, Samantha Pinson; two sons, Dawson and River Pinson; a sister, Jennifer Jennings and husband GySgt USMC Tyler Jennings; a niece, Madison Jennings; many cousins and friends.

Proceeding Brandon in death is his maternal grandparents, James and Carolyn (Dutcher) Easter; paternal grandparents, Robert and Dorothy (Glover) Pinson; one aunt, Debbie Easter; two uncles, Larry Easter and Larry Pettit.

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

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Gathering Service on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Benton American Legion Post 280 and VFW Post 2671 in Benton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Benton High School for the amazing tribute to Brandon life on Friday, September 13, 2019, and to the community for the amazing support shown to the family during this difficult time. 

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

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ROYALTON – David Martin, 70, of Royalton, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at his home.

He was born on January 28, 1949 in Hart, MI to Lewis Paul Martin and Gloris Ruth (Morningstar) Chassay.  He married Kathryn L. (Carberry) Martin and she survives of Royalton. He is also survived by his son Jason (Mikela) Martin of Toledo, IL; grandchildren Dagon Vance Smith and Lyric Maeve Martin; three sisters Kathy (Ron) Panning of Columbus, IN, Nancy (John) Musser of Tinley Park, IL and Diane Schafer of Manhattan, IL; two brothers Steve (Noreen) Martin of Carterville, IL and Bradley Scott (Kalkidan) Chassay; two sister-in-laws Katie Banks of Antioch, IL and Margaret Martin of Waynesville, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Dan Chassay and Mike Martin.

Graveside services will be on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Blairsville Cemetery with Dan Winston officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday October 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the SIH Cancer Institute or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

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CHRISTOPHER – Betty Bowlby, 89, of Christopher, passed away on September 26, 2019 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on June 24, 1930 in Franklin County, IL to Rosco and Emma (Flatt) Fasig. She married Howard Bowlby and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Pamela Bowlby of Christopher and Kenneth Bowlby of Christopher; one sister Joyce Ingersoll of Zeigler and one brother Morris Ray Fasig of Mulkeytown.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday October 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Kendall Jones officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.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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CARTERVILLE – Del-Ray “Moogie” Roach, 57, of Carterville passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Carbondale, IL on December 18, 1961, the son of Delmar & Barbara Sue (Price) Roach.

He married Lisa L. (Dunford) on August 14, 1999.

Mr. Roach is survived by his:
Wife: Lisa Roach of Carterville
Father: Delmar Roach of Greenville, NC

3 Brothers:
Ronald Roach of Carterville
Tyrone Roach of Evansville, IN
Anthony Roach of Carterville

Sister: Cindy Wright of Colp
Half-Brother: Chad Roach
Step-Brother: John Strunk of Greenville, NC
Brother-in-law: Chuck Dunford & wife Stefanie of Benton
Sister-in-law: Melinda Dunford of West Frankfort
Several Nieces & Nephews

Mr. Roach was preceded in death by his Mother.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Steve Dunford officiating. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses.

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