MCLEANSBORO – James Rodger Scott, 54, formerly of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020 at the Flora Gardens Care Center in Flora, Illinois.

He was born August 18, 1965 in Elgin, IL to Jimmy Vincent and Ruby Rowena (Hampton) Scott.  James worked as a general laborer and enjoyed participating in demolition derbies. 

James is survived by three sons: James Rowdy Scott of Flora, IL, Justin Case Scott of Benton, IL and Brandon Rodger Scott who is currently serving in the U.S. Army; one sister, Kim (Greg) Stover of Mt. Vernon, IL; one granddaughter, Addalyn Scott and one more on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

No formal memorial services are to be held at this time. Memorial donations may be made to the donors choice and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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SHELBYVILLE – Florian Phillip Przybyl of Shelbyville, passed away on April 4, 2020. He was the son of John and Josephine Przybyl of Ripon, WI. He was 89.  

Florian is survived by his daughters Diane (William) Kyle of Litchfield and Elaine Przybyl of Shelbyville, granddaughter Heather (Rick) Knop of Litchfield, two brothers and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years Mary Ann, his parents, one sister and two brothers. Florian was a proud retired Navy Veteran. Senior Chief Przybyl served during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He served on nine ships and was a plank owner on three of them. He was one of the first 28 men assigned to the USS Enterprise CVAN65 before it was commissioned. He was also an instructor in the Navy’s Nuclear Program during its start up in the 1960s. 

He will be laid to rest next to Mary Ann at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Honor Guard Program or a veteran organization of your choice in his name would be appreciated. The Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is handling arrangements.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Rev. James R. Akin, 88, of West Frankfort passed away Sunday morning, April 5, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Benton, IL on November 29, 1931, the son of Raymond & Ida (Launius) Akin.

He married Rosalie Marie (Brookshire) on Oct. 14, 1954, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 5, 2005.

He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1955.

Rev. Akin is survived by his:

4 Children: James Allen Akin of West Frankfort

                     Pam Duncan & husband Terry of Centralia

                     Lisa Filkins & husband Tom of West Frankfort

                     Julie Howard & husband Ron of West Frankfort

6 Grandchildren: Angie Crocker, James Wayne Akin, Matthew Filkins, Nichole Lambert, Justin Howard & Aaron Howard

11 Great Grandchildren

Brother: Gary Akin & wife Barbara of Benton

Rev. Akin was preceded in death by his parents, wife, by a sister – Betty Hammond & by four brothers – William, Clifford, Chris & Leroy.

Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

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MCLEANSBORO – Debbie Rubenacker
Age: 61 yrs
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 12:24 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital, Evansville, IN
Funeral: Private Family Funeral Services are under direction of Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Clergy: Father Obi
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: January 17, 1959
Place of Birth: Mt. Vernon, IL
Father: Linus Paul “Buck” Rubenacker
Mother: Linda Sue (Blades) Rubenacker
Occupation: Worked in the field of Child Care
Church Affiliation: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Enfield, IL
Activities: Debbie loved playing Bingo, hanging out with the family and taking care of nephews and nieces

Daughter: Nicole Rubenacker, McLeansboro, IL
3 Sisters: Tammy Bowman (husband Windell), McLeansboro, IL
Paula Jackson (companion Roger), McLeansboro, IL
Kris Taylor, Mt. Sterling, IL
Companion: Harry Green and Family, Waltonville, IL. “OLLIE” the cat.
Numerous Great Nephews and Nieces
Nephews: Paul Jackson, Holden Jackson, Caleb Taylor, Luke Bowman, Cole Taylor, Clayton Taylor, Gregor Garrett
Niece: Kelsey Bowman
Uncle: Charles Blades (wife Becky), Benton, IL

Preceded in Death By: Parents, Sister Barbara Rubenacker

MEMORIALS: In Memory of Debbie, contributions may be made to The Hamilton County School Foundation and will be accepted by the family or Harre Funeral Home.

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

PEKIN – Anneta Ingle, 82, of Pekin, IL, formerly of Christopher, IL, passed away on Thursday April 2, 2020.

She was born on November 12, 1937 in Christopher to Edward and Annie (Rogers) Hodge. She married Lloyd “Skip” Ingle on December 23, 1956 and he preceded her in death on February 28, 2001.

She is survived by her daughters Denise (Phil) Baker of Pekin, IL and Mary Crawford of Christopher; grandchildren William (Jennifer) Baker, Adam (Stephanie) Baker, Jessica Crawford and Sarah Sisney; great grandchildren Laken, Emery, River, Kylie, Brooklyn, Kynlee, Bentley, Jake, Madison, Katie and Natalie and one step-brother Dr. Arthur Basso of Mulkeytown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Attilio Basso, husband, one sister Maxine Allen and one great grandson Logan Baker.

She had worked in accounting for Burlington-National Railroad.

The family will have a private Graveside Service at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date, when the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Scott Eric Deaton, age 36, of West Frankfort, IL, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at his home.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the family chose to cremate, and there will be a Memorial Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Soul’s Harbor House of Prayer, 10468 Highway 149, West Frankfort, IL 62896.

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SEARSBORO, IA – Donald L. Shaffer, 90, a resident of Searsboro, Iowa and formerly of McLeansboro, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Searsboro, IA.

He was born in Hamilton County, IL on May 24, 1929, the son of Leon M. and Edith Marie (Leslie) Shaffer. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was of the Methodist faith.

Donald is survived by one son, Donald L. (Debra) Shaffer of Columbia, IL; two daughters: Donna Ruth (James) Ritson of Columbia, IL and Dianna Lynn (Mark) Richardson of Searsboro, IA; one brother, Joseph Shaffer of San Bernardino, CA; two sisters: Dana Comte of Columbia, IL and Sharon Collins of Dallas, TX. Eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one step-great grandchild also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Leon Shaffer; and sisters Virginia and Katherine.

Due to recent health concerns, a private family graveside service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Cemetery near McLeansboro with Rev. Russell Anderson officiating. Online condolences may be shared at

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is assisting the family with arrangements.


SESSER – Gerald “Jerry” Lee Mallory, 76, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday April 2, 2020.

He was born on June 23, 1943 in Greenville, KY to Henry Lee and Elizabeth Dola (Drake) Mallory. He married Dixie Lee (Phegley) Mallory and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his daughter Janette (Nathan) Dilliner of Sesser; one sister Lenita (Eddie) Strader of Madisonville, KY and one brother Mike (Kathy) Mallory of Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Judy Jett.

There will be a private family visitation and graveside service at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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SESSER – Curtis L. Eubanks, 77, of Sesser, passed away on April 1, 2020.

He was born on August 24, 1942 in DuQuoin, IL to Cecil and Mary “Tincey” (Bishop) Eubanks. He married Eugenia (Somers) Eubanks on February 8, 1963 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by his children Tammy (Kevin) Eubanks Bauman and Danny (Tanyah) Eubanks of West Frankfort; grandchildren Sammy (Branden) Morris, Bobbie Bauman, Hannah Eubanks and Emily Eubanks and one great granddaughter Molly Morris; two brothers Charlie Eubanks of Sesser and Cecil “Butch” Eubanks of Sesser and two sisters Carol (Fred) Seiler of Sesser and Mary Morefield of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will have a private graveside service at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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CONWAY, SC – Alberto Valenzuela passed into the arms of Jesus on March 28 at his home in Conway, South Carolina surrounded by family who loved him after a long and courageous battle with Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico on December 3, 1954, Alberto was the son of the late Aldelberto and Monica Dominguez Valenzuela.

He is survived by his care giver, Dr. Barbara J. Valenzuela, whom he married on December 30, 1982 in El Paso, Texas, three step-children Dale and Richard (Kim) Kirk of Gaston County, North Carolina, a step-daughter Karla Kirk Ridling and two step grandsons, Dmitry and Andrey Ridling all of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He leaves a brother, Hector (Dot) of Bristol, Rhode Island, sisters Leticia and Olivia and brother Manuel all of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He also leaves his little Pomeranian, Penny.

In 1983, Beto came to the United States as a legal resident. He immediately began working any job he could find, first in the drill bits, then the orchards, a nursing home, and finally a good position at Wayne State University in Detroit where he put his wife through a Ph.D. program. From there, he transferred to Penn State University where he remained until his retirement 20 years later due to declining health. He learned to speak English by watching television and taking classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He studied diligently and on September 16, 2011, took his oath and became a citizen of the United States. People often referred to his sweet smile as he always had a smile on his face.

Beto was saved and baptized at the First Latin American Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan in November of 1988. He was never one to be out in front as a leader but he loved to serve in the church behind the scenes whether it was cleaning carpets or setting up and tearing down tables and chairs. He attended church in Erie, PA until declining health prevented him from going. He loved music, especially the old hymns and the Mexican corridos. Amazing Grace was his favorite. He gave cheerfully and graciously, giving far more than he received during his lifetime on this earth.

Beto was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a brother and two sisters as well as five Pomeranians, Cinnamon, Abigail, Peanut, Mocha, and Nutmeg.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, Illinois.

A private service for the family will be held at the Pate Funeral Home in Benton, Illinois. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery, Whittington, Illinois.

Memorial contributions in Alberto’s name may be made to, The East Lake Road Alliance Church in Erie, PA, Franklin Graham/Samaritan’s Purse, or a no-kill doggie rescue of one’s choice.

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BENTON – Shirley Ann Taake Chester, of Benton, IL., departed this life on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Franklin Hospital, Benton, IL. She was 89 years old at her time of passing and had recently been in poor health.

Shirley was born in Zeigler, IL., on September 23, 1930, the second child of Howard and Clara (Will) Taake. Her sister, Billie Cover-Chamblin and her brother, Frederick Taake preceded her in death. Her sister, Mary Beckemeier, survives. She was married to Tom (Walter T.) Chester, now deceased. They were parents of six children, all surviving, Marcia (Larry) Hoffman of Centralia, IL., Betty (Jerry) DeCoursey of Energy, IL., Debbie (Bryan) Cadle-Foster of Evansville, IN., Brenda (Rick) Stroer of Jackson, MO., Philip Chester of Centralia, IL., and John (Carol) Chester of Marion, IL. She had 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was a loyal and devoted daughter, sister, aunt and cousin. This family was her joy.

She graduated from Christopher High School, a member of the Class of 1984, and until recent years, faithfully kept the scrapbooks and attended their annual class reunion. She attended Southern Illinois University and was a member of the University Orchestra. She became a Christian at an early age and was most recently a member of Marion Third Baptist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star for more than 60 years.

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

According to her wishes, Shirley’s remains were cremated. Interment will be at the Masonic and Odd Fellow’s Cemetery in Benton, IL. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, and can be mailed to the funeral home.

The family thanks the caregivers at Helia Healthcare of Benton, Ambulance and Emergency Room Personnel at Franklin Hospital, and Pate Funeral Home, for their compassion and care.

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COELLO – Luther L. Phillips, 62, of Coello, IL, passed away on March 29, 2020 at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born on January 6, 1958 in Coello, IL to Luther and Margaret (Swofford) Phillips Sr.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters Debbie (Alan) Chapman of Coello, Abby (Danny) Hampton of Mulkeytown, Cindy (John) Monari of Buckner, Steve (Christina) Phillips and Marty Phillips of Mulkeytown. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Rosie Spears and Ruby Williams and one brother Jeffrey Phillips.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

His wishes were to be cremated.

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BENTON – Theodore Lee Shaw, Sr., age 76, of Benton; passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Shaw’s wishes were to be cremated, and a Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.

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