WEST FRANKFORT – Gordon Yarbrough, 86, of West Frankfort, Illinois, went to embrace his Savior, Saturday December 7, 2019 in the Hamilton Memorial Hospital – McLeansboro, Illinois at 7:15 a.m.

Gordon was born May 17, 1933 in Harrisburg, Illinois to Hershel and Erma (Bramlet) Yarbrough. As a vessel of God’s mercy, he lived his life to please his Lord. The love of Christ shone brightly through his life. Gordon was a member of Thompsonville First Baptist Church, where he played the piano, organ, and sang in the choir. A musical man through and through, he participated in several gospel music groups. Gordon was the lead organist at Northern Baptist Church in West Frankfort in addition to serving as a deacon for many years. He worked for the West Frankfort and Harrisburg Unemployment Office for 44 years. His position as an adjudicator gave him the opportunity to serve the community. Gordon served for two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia Fritts.

Gordon is survived by his daughters: Diane Yarbrough (Willie) Wells of Cecilia, KY and Susan Yarbrough (Tim) Wiley of West Frankfort; grandchildren: Jennifer Stewart, Stephanie Woods, Sarah Wells, and Bryce Wiley; six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at the Union Funeral Home – West Frankfort, Illinois. Burial will be in the Sunset Lawn Cemetery – Harrisburg, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service.

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


BENTON – David E. Tollison, age 75, of Benton, passed away Thursday afternoon of December 5th at his home in Benton.

Masonic Rites will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Leffler Funeral Home in Benton. A Shriners Walk Thru will take place at 12:45 p.m. prior to the Masonic Rites. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


MCLEANSBORO – William J. “Chub” Rubenacker, 75, of McLeansboro, IL passed away December 5, 2019 at his home.

Chub was born to William E and Pauline (Pfister) Rubenacker on March 25, 1944 in Peoria, IL.

He married Teresa Braden in 1981 and they resided in McLeansboro, IL

Chub was a salesman at the Case IH Dealership since he was 18 years old. He had a fondness for old tractors, old cars, and mowing his yard. He never met a stranger, but his true passion was his family. He was incredibly proud of his kids and even more so of his grandkids.

Together, they raised three children. He leaves as his legacy son Bradie Rubenacker, daughter Bethanie (Jayson) Murbarger and son Cody (Brandi) Rubenacker. He is survived by his wife Teresa; five grandchildren, Landen, Chase, Caiden, Sawyer and Sophie; one brother Dean (Virginia) Rubenacker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley Rost and brother Jerry “Butch” Rubenacker.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home with burial

following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Memorials may be given to St. Jude and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home


MCLEANSBORO – Mary Juanita Dale

Age: 80    

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 6:50 a.m., December 5, 2019 at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL

Funeral Service: Noon, Sunday, December 8, Harre Funeral Home

Burial: Old Springer Cemetery

Clergy: Reverend Robert Sefried                                                                    

Date of Birth: November 12, 1939    

Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL

Father: Marion Moore                 

Mother: Geneva (Parker) Moore

Marriage to: Delbert Dale on Feb. 8, 1956 in McLeansboro, IL. He preceded her in death on July 8, 2014                                  

Occupation: Cook at McLeansboro Healthcare and Rehab Center, McLeansboro

Church Affiliation: Juanita attended Hopewell Baptist Church

Activities: She loved fishing and cooking and taking care of grandchildren. She enjoyed tending her flower garden in the summer.            


Daughter: Debora Dale, McLeansboro, IL         

2 Sons: Delbert Gene Dale & wife Krystal, Sugar Loaf, PA

              Oscar Dale & companion Pam Dickens, McLeansboro, IL  

2 Sisters: Shirley Ingram, McLeansboro, IL

                 Brenda Langford (husband Alan), McLeansboro, IL

10 Grandchildren

13 Great Grandchildren

Several Nieces and Nephews                 

Preceded in death by: Parents, Husband Delbert, Brother-in-Law Jim Ingram

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


MARYVILLE, TN – Glenda Kay (Osborn) Jones (Previously from Peoria, IL; Appleton, WI; Warrenville, IL; and retired in Maryville, TN) passed away on November 16, 2019 at Shannondale in Maryville, TN.

She was the first daughter of Denzil and Roberta Osborn born on September 14, 1945 in McLeansboro, IL.

Kay married Daniel E. Jones on June 24, 1967 after graduating from Murray State University in Kentucky where she majored in business education. She taught business subjects for 17 years at Colfax High School, Princeville High School and Illinois Central College. She then worked in the accounting departments of Kimberly Clark in Wisconsin, Metropolitan Structures in Chicago and Williams Architects in Wheaton, IL.

She and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada. Kay’s favorite places included Banff and Lake Louise in Canada, Door County in Wisconsin, the state of Arizona, Whistler in British Columbia, Glacier National Park in Montana, as well as many others.

Her hobbies included photography, particularly of wildlife and flowers, and cooking. Both her cooking, the products of which she shared with others, and photography brought joy to many family members and friends.

Kay was a staunch supporter of her nephew Brady traveling coast to coast to attend Brady’s many fine arts performances throughout the years and those of his students.

She was a member of East Maryville Baptist Church. During her seven month cancer journey her faith remained unwavering and she was an inspiration to friends and family frequently referring to her many favorite hymns as a source of strength.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Daniel E Jones of Maryville, TN; her sister Mary Ellen Sanders (Roger) of Knoxville, TN; a nephew Brady Lee Sanders (Jared Pascoe) of Pittsburgh, PA; sister-in-law Diane Carlson (William Freyd) of Las Vegas, NV; a nephew Gregg Carlson (Sharon) of Henderson, NV; a nephew Bradley Carlson (Carey) of West Friendship, MD; a niece Stephanie Carlson of St. Paul, MN and several cousins in Illinois, Minnesota, and Maine.  

Funeral services will be held December 9, 2019 at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service in Maryville, TN. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Trinity Chapel. Burial service will be held December 11, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL with burial following at Garrison Cemetery in southern Illinois. A special memorial service is being planned in Wheaton, IL for May 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Highpoint Church – Wheaton.

Donations in Kay’s memory may be made to America Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org, or Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org.


BENTON – Marjorie Cook Saxe passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the age of 99. Marge was employed at Flowers by Dave in Benton and where she worked up to the age of 95. Marjorie was also the oldest living member of the First Church of the Nazarene where she gave of her life to the Children of the Church.

Marjorie encouraged her sons Charles and David to be in the floral business and to carry on the family florist, Cooks Greenhouse. On June 1, 1966 Marge put the key in the door to open up the business of Flowers by Dave where she worked and enjoyed flowers.

Marjorie is survived by sons Charles Webster and wife Sondra and Dave Webster and wife Sharon, 4 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Marjorie also had an extended family of John and Joyce Morton, two children and three grandchildren. Merilee and Lyndall Anderson, Tom and Susan Saxe, Larry and Sharon Saxe, Elaine and Norman Hayden and 23 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Sister Leota Cook Downing of Sumter South Carolina and several nieces and nephew. Marge also had four great care takers of Tonya, Jean, Shirley and Judy

Services for Marjorie will be with a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the First Church of the Nazarene of Benton. Funeral time is 2 p.m. Monday at the church with burial in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington.

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


BENTON – Betty Jayne Taylor, age 70, of Benton, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room of Benton.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Benton with Rev. Lee Lovett officiating.  Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery of Whittington.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the First United Methodist Church, 203 West Church Street, Benton, IL 62812, and will be accepted at the church on Sunday.

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

The family wanted to share how Blessed Betty was to have so many faithful, loving friends. They also wanted to extend their gratitude for the loving care Betty received during her stay at Benton Healthcare.


BENTON – Gearld L. Hamilton, 94, of Benton passed away Monday morning, December 2, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Whittington, IL on October 14, 1925, the son of Jesse & Essie (Burton) Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton was a World War II Army Veteran. He co-owned and operated North Main Motors on South Main for many years.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his:

               2 Sons:

               Kim Wendell Hamilton & fiancee` Lois Shadoan of Frostproof, FL

               Kelvin Dale Hamilton & fiancee` Bobbie Madden of Benton, IL

               Kim & Kelvin’s Mother: Mazie Hamilton of Benton

               2 Grandchildren:

               Bryan Hamilton & wife Georganna of Benton

               Mindy Foreman & husband Todd of Atlanta, GA


               Jacob Hamilton

               Mason Foreman

               Bryson Hamilton

               Zander Hamilton

               Great-Great-Grandchildren: Penelope & Lucy

Mr. Hamilton was preceded in death by his Parents and by Siblings-Wendell, Lester, Harry, Billy Donald, Glenna Jean, Harry & Larry.

Graveside Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7th at the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington with Pastor Curtis Smith officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts. Burial will follow. There will be no visitation. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Eva Kirk, 91, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019 in her residence at 11:55 a.m.

Eva was born October 1, 1928 in West Frankfort, Illinois to Pete and Julia (Tytko) Miskowsky. She married Earl Kirk on September 11, 1948 and he preceded her in death on April 28, 2009. Eva retired from the phone company, She loved her family, word search puzzles, Hallmark movies, and swinging in her backyard. Eva attended the Ezra Church of God in West Frankfort.

She was preceded in death by her husband Earl; parents; brothers: Nick and Andy Miskowsky; four sisters: Mary Jensen, Julie Parrish, Ann Leddin, and Nancy Meister.

Eva is survived by her son, George Kirk; daughter, Debbie (Kevin) Kinley; grandchildren:  Tyson (Melissa) Moore and Kyle Kinley; great grandchild, Isabel Faith Moore; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws: Bill (Josie) Kirk and Lindell (Karen) Johnston; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Tommy Dryden officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.

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


BELLE RIVE – Iris Fae Richards, 79, of Belle Rive, Illinois went to be with her Savior Saturday, November 30, 2019 in the house where she was born.

She was born August 19, 1940 in Belle Rive, IL, the daughter of Frank and Madge (Carlton) . Iris married Paul E. Richards August 14, 1958 in the same house. Iris was a homemaker and babysat in her home for many years. Iris also cooked at Wilkey’s Cafe. Her hobbies were gardening, flowers, and camping. She loved being with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church for over 40 years.

Iris is survived by her husband Paul of 61 years; son, Frankie (Ladonna) Richards of Dahlgren, IL; daughter, Paula (Steve) Brinkman of Mansfield, TX; son Kevin (Kim) Richards of Dahlgren, IL; seven grandchildren: Carmen (Dave) Wiggins; Brandon Brinkman; Stacy (Nathan) Taylor; Clint (Sydney) Richards; Brent Brinkman; Cody (Jonlee) Richards; Kaden Richards. Five great-grandchildren; Stella, Grant, Sylas, Lucy, Kenzie. Sister in law, Joan Clark; brother in law Gene (Carleen) Richards; brother in law Dennis (Colleen) Richards; sister in law Janet (Donald) Scrivner. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Everett Bolen; in laws Noel and Goldie Richards; sister, Barbara Wilkey; brother in law, Donald Wilkey; brother in law, Pete Clark; sister in law Carol Richards; sister in law Joyce Richards.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church in Belle Rive, IL. Pastor Jeremy Hamson will be officiating. Visitation will be Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church. Iris will be laid to rest in the Flint-Belle Rive Cemetery.  Online condolences may shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Gholson Funeral Home.

Iris would say, “Weeell…..don’t make a big fuss over me I’m where I need to be.”


BELLE PRAIRIE – Faye Sefried, 89, a resident of Belle Prairie, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born January 10, 1930 in Belle Prairie, IL, the daughter of Clyne and Lela (White Aydt) Severs.  Faye married Robert Sefried on May 29, 1948 and he survives. She was a home maker and a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church near McLeansboro.

Faye is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert Sefried of Belle Prairie; daughter, Debra (John) Morris of Belle Prairie; grandchild, Heather Browning; two great-grandchildren: Parker Smejkal and Austin Harrison; brother, Albert Severs of Belle Prairie; and step-sister, Evelyn Barker of McLeansboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, John Aydt; one son, Terry D. Sefried; one brother, Cyrus Severs; and two sisters: Maxine Halley and Wilma Halley.

Funeral services for Faye Sefried will be held Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro. Faye will be laid to rest at the Crouch Cemetery in Belle Prairie, IL. Memorial donations may be made to the Crouch Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at the church and at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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

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