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VALIER – Martin Howard Buchanan, 87, of Valier, passed away on January 19, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on October 18, 1933 in Valier, IL to Martin J. and Isabel (Haywood) Buchanan. He married Phyllis (McDonald) Buchanan on June 27, 1958.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Buchanan of Valier; one sister Elizabeth (Bill) Whittington of Valier; brother-in-law Bill Gulley of Valier; sister-in-law Joyce Pearce of Marion; nieces and nephews Mike (Lisa) Gulley, Dwayne (Laurie) Whittington, Penny Davis, Scott (Jennifer) Pearce, Joe (Sally) Pearce, Cindy (Art) McDonald and John (Angie) McDonald.

He was the Mayor of Valier for 54 years. He was also a Deacon of the Valier First Baptist Church and served in the United States Air Force for four years.

Because of concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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


SHILOH – Michael “Mike” Todd Hammers, 53, of Shiloh, IL, passed away at 4:06 a.m., on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on January 27, 1967, to Leonard and Ramona (Norman) Hammers in West Frankfort, IL. Michael worked as a Utilities Operator for Anheuser-Busch. On July 28, 1990, he married Lori Roach at the Logan Church of God, in Logan, IL, and she survives.

Mike served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the local Teamsters Union. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed watching football. Mike loved spending time with his family, friends and his pets.

Michael is survived by his loving spouse of 30 years, Lori, three sons, Michael (Britney) Hammers of Cobden, Cody Hammers of Mansfield, OH and Reider Hammers of Shiloh; one grandchild, Hunter Hammers and three brothers, Steve (Leslee) Hammers, Curt (Rhonda) Hammers and Eric (Danna) Hammers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Dean.

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

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, with Chris Hammonds officiating.

Following the service, burial will take place in the Logan Church of God Cemetery, with military rites performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Navy Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


WEST FRANKFORT – Ashley Dawn Rivett, 34, of West Frankfort, passed away on January 17, 2021 at her home.

She was born on January 5, 1987 in West Frankfort, IL. She married Robert John Rivett on June 11, 2016.

She is survived by her husband Robert John Rivett of West Frankfort; son Greyson Rivett of West Frankfort; mother Robin (Darnell) Bullock of Christopher; father Michael Kirkendoll of Waltonville; step-father Thomas Bullock of Royalton; brother John (Nicole) Bullock and their son Henry of Carmi; mother-in-law Sue Rivett of Marion; grandparents Ralph and Linda Willis of Christopher and Harry and Carolyn Summers of Coello; two brothers-in-laws Jayson and Amy Rivett and their children Kaylee, Kade and Kylee of Creal Springs and Ryan Rivett of St Louis, MO; aunt Marsha and Randy Venegoni of Christopher; two uncles Danny Furlow of Coello and Scott Kirkendoll of Christopher; three cousins Nick, Kyle and Kayson and numerous friends.

Ashley was a Kindergarten Teacher at Denning Elementary School in West Frankfort, IL.

Graveside services for Ashley will be on Friday January 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Brother Wayne Purdie officiating. Visitation will be on Friday at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greyson Rivett College Fund, checks made payable to Robert John Rivett, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


BENTON – Frank Marshal Dallape passed away late in the evening on January 16th, 2021 in Carbondale, IL at the age of 82.

He was born in Benton, IL to T. Frank Dallape and Dorothy Rice Dallape. Frank graduated from Benton Community High School. He received his under-graduate degree and master’s degree from Southern Illinois University.

Frank was a Veteran of the U. S. Army where he served his country in Nuremberg Germany. Upon his return to the US, Frank wed Ruth Ann Carlton of Benton, IL whom he met through her sister while both worked at Ben Franklin on the Benton Square. From this union, two children were born, Craig Dallape and Kyle Dallape, both of Atlanta, GA.

Frank married Jan Doty and moved to California in the summer of 1973. From this marriage came two Stepsons: Duane Doty of Carterville and Wade Doty of Herber City, UT.

In 1976, the four of them moved back to Carterville, IL where Frank taught woodshop and building trades at Zeigler Royalton High School. Frank finalized his career by working for the City of Carterville Water department and serving on their board. Over his many years, Frank’s hobbies included, ballroom dancing, brewing beer, camping, refinishing old furniture, boating, and helping to organize many Benton class reunions. He was a member of the Carterville Water Board, Kiwanis-Boneyard Bocce Ball Club in Benton and the Benton American Legion.

Frank is survived and cherished by his four sons and their wives, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

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

Funeral services will be held at later date.

Frank’s wishes were to be cremated.

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


LEROY – Mary Lou Toney, 91, of LeRoy, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Carle BroMenn, Normal, IL.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2 p.m. in Mulkeytown Cemetery, Mulkeytown, IL with Mr. Glendall Toney officiating. The Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home LeRoy is overseeing local arrangements. The Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, IL is overseeing services at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Lincoln Christian College.

Mary was born January 25, 1929 in Sesser, IL to Jesse and Mary Ellen (Saulcer) Minor. She married Norman E. Toney of Mulkeytown, IL on July 3, 1950. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by daughter Marilyn Sue (Christian) Chestney of LeRoy; son Michael (Jennifer) Toney of Ellsworth; grandchildren Jason Moreland, Christopher Chestney, Jesse Moreland, Rachel Moreland, Colton Toney, and Tristan Toney; great granddaughters Kyleigh Moreland, Katelynn Moreland, and Kinlee Moreland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Carlos Minor and Melvin Minor and great granddaughter Kacey Moreland.

Mary Lou was a devout Christian and her kindness will be missed by all that knew her.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Vera Lynn McGill
Age: 64
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: At 12:09 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2021 at her home.

Date of Birth: February 26, 1956
Place of Birth: Eldorado, IL
Father: George W. Smith
Mother: Bessie Bernice (Randall) Smith
Marriage to: Dwight McGill on June 17, 1992 in Henderson, KY
Occupation: Lynn was a Home Aide and was employed for Addus Healthcare.

Survivors:
Husband: Dwight McGill, McLeansboro, IL
Daughters: Misty Preston, McLeansboro, IL
April Pauketat, Centerville, OH
Mamie Beth McGill, McLeansboro, IL
Sons: Denny Capps and wife Christina, Miamisburg, OH
Kent Preston
Grandchildren: Sadie, Mackenzee, Jayman, Anna, Alexas, Landon, Jossy, Izzy, Lemi
Preceded in death by: Parents

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


CHRISTOPHER – Rose Mae Purdie, 97, of Christopher, passed away on Friday January 15, 2021 at the Herrin Hospital.

She was born in Christopher on October 9, 1923 to Henry and Ethel (Grove) Henson. She was the second of seven children. She married William Paul Purdie and he preceded her in death on April 19, 1999. She is survived by her children Karla Purdie of Christopher, Wayne Purdie of Mulkeytown and John (Carol) Purdie of Lakewood, WA and one sister Patricia Ulrey of Pearl, MS. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends and family. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul Purdie, her sisters Hazel and Vivian and three brothers Marion, Paul and Carl Eugene “Dean” Henson. She enjoyed family and friends and her weekly outings to the casino for dinner and entertainment.

Graveside services for Rose will be on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner with her son, Brother Wayne Purdie officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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


MT. VERNON – Darrel W. Robinson, 73, of Mt. Vernon formerly of Sesser, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mt Vernon Healthcare Center.

He was born on February 14, 1947 in Sesser to Ellis and Hazel (VanHoorebeke) Robinson. He married Lisa (Crane Nuxoll) Robinson and she survives of Mt. Vernon.

He is also survived by his children Ross (Brenda) Robinson of Landisville, PA, Rachel Robinson of Chicago, IL, Ranee (Chris) Kujawa of Mt Vernon, IL, and Sara Nuxoll of Bolivar, MO; his two grandchildren Harlow Kujawa and Luke Kujawa, that were the love of his life and one sister Marilyn (Amon) White of Metropolis, IL.

Darrel was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, ride horses and go camping. He was a Pharmacist had and owned and operated the Sesser Pharmacy from 1972 until he retired.

Graveside services will be on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser on Monday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home. Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is handling arrangements.

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


MARION – Geroge Earl Martin, 81, of Marion “Went home to be with his Lord” Thursday morning, January 14, 2021 from his home with his wife of 51 years at his side and his dog, Noah.

He was born in Benton, IL on January 12, 1940, the son of Leon & Betty (Glover) Martin. He married Carol Jean (Adams) on Feb. 15, 1969. Mr. Martin was a Cardinals fan, and enjoyed golfing. He loved his family & especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Martin was a Navy Veteran, serving from Sept. 26, 1961 to Aug. 19, 1965, and a retired coal miner.

Mr. Martin is survived by his:
Wife: Carol Jean (Adams) Martin of Marion
Daughter: Jennifer Yonaka of St. Jacob
Son: Brandon Martin of Marion
2 Grandchildren: Holden Yonaka & Karsen Yonaka both of St. Jacob
Sister: Ginger Hogan & husband Larry of West Frankfort

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his Parents & by a Brother-Michael Martin.

Graveside services will be held at noon on Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton with Rev. Gary Brown & Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts. There will be No Visitation, those attending the service are requested to meet at the cemetery.

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


THOMPSONVILLE – Scott P. Walden, 43, of Thompsonville, passed away at 7:55 a.m., on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at his residence. 
  
He was born on June 6, 1977, to Larry and Shirley (Schaefer) Walden in West Frankfort, IL. Scott worked in the oil field for 26 years, and was a Tool Pusher 

for Precision Well Services for the past 3 1/2 years. On July 5, 2005, he married Tara Mercer at the Pleasant Hill Church in Thompsonville, and she survives.

Scott was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed camping, horseback riding, farming and feeding his cattle. He was born on June 6, 1977, to Larry and Shirley (Schaefer) Walden in West Frankfort, IL.

Scott is survived by his loving spouse of 15 years, Tara, two daughters, Samantha Walden and Jamie Walden; two sons, Austin Kessler and Tyson Kessler, all of Thompsonville; siblings, Larry (Melissa) Walden, Jr. of Thompsonville, Mike (Penny) Rone of Grove City, OH and Marcie Rone of West Alice, WI; special cousin, Steve (Diana) Trapper of Thompsonville and many nieces and nephews.
  
He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry Eugene Sr. and Shirley Ann Walden and one sister, Robyn Neal.

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

For service information and details, please contact the family. 

In lieu of flowers and other gifts, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the family.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Joyce Ann Rath, age 74, of McLeansboro, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Whittington Church, with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Whittington Church. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 18, 2021 at the Beech Grove Cemetery of Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Due to Health Concerns related to COVID-19: Visitation and Funeral services patrons are required to wear facial coverings and observe social distancing. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce Ann Rath, may be made to the Whittington Church Youth Fund, and will be accepted at the funeral services.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Marvin J. Carlton, 67 years of age and a resident of McLeansboro, IL, passed away on January 4, 2021 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, IN.

A Private Family Service was held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro with Reverend Russell Anderson officiating. Due to 

Covid-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial was in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro. Memorials may be made to McLeansboro First United Methodist Church or to the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Marvin was born on June 9, 1953 in Eldorado, IL to Dr. M. Wendell and Mary Ellen (Jones) Carlton. He graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1971. He continued his studies at Illinois State University, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1975 and a Master of Music Performance-Oboe in 1977. 

Marvin was Choir Director at the First United Methodist Church of McLeansboro. Marvin taught music for Hamilton County Schools for 21 years; was the Conductor of the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra for 13 years. He was an accomplished composer of opera, art song, symphonic works, choral works, and chamber music. He competed in The Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project, where he won audience choice award in 2013 and the judges award in 2016. His music has been published with Imagine Music and Parma Recordings.

Marvin’s music has been heard in concerts by the Belleville (IL) Philharmonic Choral, Centralia (IL) Philharmonic Orchestra, The Atlanta Opera, International Double Reed Society, St. Martin Chamber Players, Heart of Illinois Woodwind Quintet, The American Patriot Wind Ensemble, the Southern Illinois Grade School Vocal Music Association and One Ounce Opera (Austin, TX).

Marvin is survived by a Sister-in-Law, Brenda Carlton, a nephew James (Kara) Carlton, nieces Cheryl (Mark) Carlton Deal, DDS and Karyn (companion Buddy) Carlton; great niece Kailyn Carlton and great nephews Jonathan Carlton, Kyle and Andrew Deal. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.

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


MCLEANSBORO – John William Biggerstaff
Age: 78 years
Residence: Woodlawn, IL
Passed Away: 9:55 a.m.,Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Salem Township Hospital in Salem, IL
Visitation: Noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE CONDUCTED
Private Care of Ashes will be carried out by his family at a later date. 
SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED AND FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL.                                    
                                                                  
Clergy: Pastor Tim Biggerstaff         
             
Date of Birth: November 3, 1943                  
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: James Arthur Biggerstaff      
Mother: Jennie (Lasater) Biggerstaff
Marriage to: Sharon Lee (Wiggins) on February 6, 1971 in Brookfield, IL                 
Occupation: Worked as a roofer and was self-employed                                
Activities: He loved to work in the yard.                                                                                              
Survivors:
Wife: Sharon Biggerstaff, Woodlawn, IL
Sons: Jim Biggerstaff, Lockport, IL
      Keith Biggerstaff (wife Tracy), Brookfield, IL
      Todd Biggerstaff, Woodlawn, IL
      John Biggerstaff, Indianapolis, IN
Daughter: Keri Nuber (husband Ed), Bolingbrook, IL
9 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren
Sisters: Florene Dutton (husband Russ), Mt.Vernon; Alice McKinney, Sandwich, IL; Nona Bechham, Mt. Vernon, IL
Brothers: Lowell Biggerstaff (wife Linda), McLeansboro; Dale Biggerstaff (wife Brenda), McLeansboro, IL
Preceded in Death by: Parents, 6 Brothers, 6 Sisters 
                                                                                
The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of arrangements.

MCLEANSBORO – Andrew W. Miller Jr., age 78, died Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 in McLeansboro, IL. Andy is survived by his sister Sue Patkes of Springfield, IL, sister-in-law LaDonna Miller of McLeansboro. Nieces and Nephews: Brad (Pam) Miller, Bruce Miller, Becky (Bob) Cross of McLeansboro and Bev (Buddy) Vaught of Carmi, Joe Patkes of Australia, Jennifer (Dan) Hall, Amy Brown and David (Brandi) Workman of Springfield, IL

Great nieces and nephews: Caleb Miller, Cassi Renshaw, Emily Skelton, Clay Vaught, Logan Cross, Bradan Cross, Carlie Vaught, Jack, Luke and Kyra Hall, Keenan and Quinlin Brown, Brooke and Gracie Workman and Josh, Danny and Derek Miller. Six great-great nieces and nephews and many cousins also survive.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents Andrew W. Miller and Dora Kirsch Miller, brother; Charles R Miller, sister; Margaret Workman, nephew Bryan Miller, niece Beth Workman and a great-great nephew Landon Cross.

Andy graduated MTHS in 1959. He was in the Army National Guard and later worked for the Times Leader for several years. He spent most of his career working as a Highway Maintainer for Illinois Department of Transportation of which he has been retired from for the last 20 years.

Andy was active in the Ageless Iron Tractor Club, St. Patricks Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and served many years as trustee for St. Clements Catholic Church. He was also Uncle Andy to many- a title he loved.

He enjoyed traveling, wood working, wine making, genealogy and making old tractors look brand new.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Trade Industries, P.O. Box 70, McLeansboro, IL 62859.

Private family burial is pending and a celebration of Andy’s life will be extended to all friends at a later date.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is entrusted with arrangements.


BELLEVILLE – Nancy Butler, 65, a resident of Belleville, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Integrity Healthcare of Belleville.

She was born July 6, 1955 in Geff, IL to Minor and Rachel (Hutchcraft) Butler. Nancy was protestant by faith and worked with and cared for people with disabilities.

Nancy is survived by two sisters: Orlena Tindall of Belle Rive, IL and Thelma Holman of Centerville, OH; one brother Charles Butler of Centralia, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Dahlgren with Rev. Larry Holman officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 16 until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the cemetery.

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

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


THOMPSONVILLE – David Walker Warren, age 63, of Thompsonville; passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at his home.

His wishes are to be cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children; and may be sent to Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main, Benton, Illinois 62812.

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

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.


THOMPSONVILE – Max Harmon, 75, of Thompsonville passed away Monday morning, January 11, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon.

He was born in Whittington, IL on October 20, 1945 the son of Coy & Freida (Conner) Harmon.

He married Loretta Ann (Slepavic) and she preceded him in death on March 11, 1994. He then married Becky (Clinton) on June 26, 2004 and she survives.

Max was an animal lover. His grandchildren fondly called him HEE HAW & Grandpa Ducks. Max had an assortment of animals on his farm. He loved his grandchildren & great-grandchildren dearly.

Max is survived by:

Wife Becky Harmon of Thompsonville

4 Children:
Marie Clancy & husband Phil of Thompsonville
Dan Harmon & wife Kelly of Carrier Mills
Christine Harmon of Marion
Sonja Ligon of Mt. Vernon

Grandchildren:
Daniel “DJ”, Cameron, Cassandra, Amber, Brooke, Andy, Justin, Scott, Jacob, Lorrae, Coy, Haley, Elijah, Karlee & Gavin

Great-Grandchildren: Daniel, Jeremiah, Sammi, Warren, Luxanna, J.J. & Paxton

2 Sisters:
Violet Mandrell of Valier
Bonnie Maller of Marion

2 Brothers:
Ted Harmon & wife Donna of Whittington
Tom Harmon & wife Jane of Ewing

Mr. Harmon was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and by two sisters-Delena Kniffen & Mary Lou Kniffen.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Brady Cemetery in Akin with Bro. Michael Kniffen officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina.

We are limited to 10 people in our building at a time. We ask everyone attending to be considerate of others and practice social distancing and masks are recommended.

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


BENTON – Anthony E. Malkovich, 63, of Benton, passed away on January 11, 2021 at his home.

Private family services will be held by Leffler Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


SESSER – Charles Perino, 95, of Sesser, IL, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, IN.

He was born on July 28, 1925 in Sesser, IL to Tony and Agnes (Ochman) Perino. He married Mary (Nordino) Perino and she preceded him in death. He is survived by two sisters Mary Agnes Lovelady of Sesser and Hilda Witges of Scheller and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers Joe and Robert Perino. Charles was a Veteran of the United Sates Navy and served during World War II. He joined the carpenters union in 1954 and was later granted life membership in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. After retirement he enjoyed working in his wood shop at home.

His wishes were to be cremated. There will be a graveside service at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser at a later date.

The Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is handling arrangements.

For more information go tour website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.


MCLEANSBORO – Fred W. Underwood, Jr.

Age: 71
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: Noon, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his residence.

As per Fred’s wishes, his body has been cremated and a Private Family Spreading of Ashes will be held at a later date. This will be done in places Fred loved and listed with his family.

Date of Birth: April 5, 1949
Place of Birth: Champaign, IL
Father: Fred W. Underwood
Mother: Winifred ( Jones ) Underwood
Occupation: Fred was a retired Associate College Professor of Computer Science at McKendree College in Lebanon, IL
Activities: He loved model trains and fishing.

Survivors:
Brother: David Underwood and wife Sandy of Leesburg, FL
Sister: Gay Schmidt of Port Charlotte, FL
Nephews: Michael, Jonathan and Joseph Underwood.
Preceded in death by: Parents

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


SESSER – Lyle “Gene” Eubanks, 88, of Sesser, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt Vernon, IL.

He was born on July 9, 1932 in Sesser to Clarence and Della Marie (Williams) Eubanks. He married Clelia (Bell) Eubanks and she preceded him death, he then married Dimple (Overturf) Eubanks and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters Rebecca (George) Cherry of Sesser and Lea Anne Hotton of Willowbrook, IL; grandchildren Jennifer (David) Thery, Jeffrey (Renda) Cherry, Michael Sean (Maggie Jolliff) Eubanks, Joni Dawn (Jason) Utlaut, Samuel Hotton and Timothy Hotton; great grandchildren Matthew Thery, Samie Costa, Danya Costa, Hannah Grace Utlaut, Wyatt Utlaut, Bryce Eubanks and Keegan Eubanks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wifes, one son Michael Eubanks, great grandson Luke Thery, one sister Lois Marie Briley and one brother Jerry Wayne Eubanks.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and had served during the Korean War. He worked as a coalminer at Inland Steel Mine in Sesser, but he was a farmer at heart. He also attended the Jesus Center in Sesser.

Graveside services for Gene will be on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Pastor Kirk Packer officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Marie Cox, 97, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at the Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born November 2, 1923 in Hamilton County, IL to Charles and Eva (Merrill) Edmonds. Marie married Rev. George Cox on May 11, 1945 and he preceded her in death. Marie was a home maker and a devoted member of the Dale Pentecost Church.

Marie is survived by four sons: Gary and wife Joyce Cox of Glendale, AZ, Keith and wife Diann Cox of McLeansboro, IL, Kent and wife Faye Cox of Mesa, AZ and Rev. Rick and wife Virginia Cox of Cottonwood, AZ; one daughter Beverly and husband Kenneth Neal of McLeansboro, IL; nine grandchildren: Julie Lafon, Josh Cox, J.R. Neal, Brian Neal, Pam Cox, Lynda Newman, Aaron Cox, Andy Cox and Angela Cox; and siblings George Edmonds and Georgetta Webb, both of McLeansboro, IL. Sixteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, several step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters: Sybil and Nell; and three brothers: Lanzel, Allen and J.R. Edmonds.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Ten Mile Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Cox and Pastor Jacob Gray officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the church. She will be laid to rest at Digby Hill Cemetery near Dale, IL.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is entrusted with arrangements.


CHRISTOPHER – Paul “Fearless” Fowler, 85, of Christopher, passed away on January 9, 2021 at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born on December 29, 1935 in Johnston City, IL to Gordon and Arline (Moore) Fowler. He married Marianne (Bugaieski) Fowler on July 2, 1977 and she survives of Christopher.

He is also survived by his children Paul (Artie) Fowler Jr. of Kirksville, MO, Brenda (David) Thomas of Michigan City, IN, Teresa (Terri) Morton of Bailey, CO, Tracy (Robert) Hegwood of Ft Charlotte, FL, Linda Stewart of Marion, IL, R. Joseph Ingoldsby of Christopher and Scott Ingoldsby of Christopher; one special niece Amber Reed Malone; one special granddaughter Kimberly Ingoldsby; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two ssiters Brenda (John) Marlin of Mickelton, NJ and Carol (Poke) Reed of Johnston City, IL and his little dog Rosie.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father Elmer Timmons, one daughter Paula Hart.

Paul was a coal miner and was the owner of Fearless’ in Christopher for many years. He enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, camping, fishing and entertaining his family and friends. He also had many sayings that everything had to be done “Immediately” and “forget about them skinny mules just load the wagon.”

He attended Valier Second Baptist Church.

His wishes were to be cremated. The family is planning a Celebration of Life for Fearless later this summer.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Kimberly Sue Huffstutler
Age: 55 years
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 2:43 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL

GRAVESIDE BURIAL SERVICE WAS HELD AT 10:00 A.M., SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2021 AT ADKIN CEMETERY NEAR OMAHA, IL WITH REVEREND ERIC RAGAN OFFICIATING.
HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLEANSBORO, IL WAS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR KIMBERLY.
SOCIAL DISTINCING GUIDELINES WERE OBSERVED AND FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1965
Place of Birth: Eldorado, IL
Father: Raymond Griffin
Mother: Brenda Sue (Edwards) Griffin
Marriage to: Scott Wynn Huffstutler September 16, 1995 in Aurora, IL and he survives in McLeansboro, IL.
Occupation: Kimberly was employed as a SEAL Inspector for TROSTEL Limited of Lake Geneva, WI.
Activities: She loved to visit with people and take care of her home.
Church Affiliation: She was Baptist by Faith.

Survivors Include:
Husband: Scott Huffstutler of McLeansboro, IL
Father: Raymond Griffin of Aurora, IL
Brother: Michael Griffin and wife Ursala of Aurora, IL
Niece: Katrina Griffin

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Her mother; infant brother and Aunt Mary Midgett.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Hattie Jean Sloan

Age: 94 years
Resident of McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: 4:15 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, McLeansboro

PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICES WERE HELD AT 10:00 A.M., MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021 AT BRADEN VALLEY CEMETERY WITH REVEREND BRAD SLOAN OFFICIATING THE SERVICE.
HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLEANSBORO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS OF HATTIE SLOAN.

Date of Birth: March 28, 1926
Place of Birth: Flannigan Township
Father: Charles Ralph Sloan
Mother: Jane (Rogers) Sloan
Occupation: Employed by Hamilton Memorial Hospital for many years as a cook. She could always be seen walking to work regardless of the weather.

Activities: Hattie was a loving Aunt and Sister to her family. She had many friends who she cared for dearly. She always had a sweet smile on her face and was very pleasant to be around. Hattie was a devout Christian and a lifelong member of Braden Valley Church. She loved playing the piano and singing in church. Later in life Hattie attended several churches in the McLeansboro area. She loved listening to people sing and play music at Hamilton Memorial Rehab. She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephew who she cared for dearly.

Survivors:
Sisters-in-Law: Linda Sloan, Shirley Sloan, LaDora Sloan and Tammy Sloan
Numerous Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in Death by: Parents, Sisters June Zick, Geneva Nipper and Shirley Irvin;
6 Brothers, Dwight, James, John, Charles “Buck”, Roger and Jerry Sloan.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the church of your choice.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Judy Inglett, 63, of Christopher, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born on August 2, 1957 in Christopher to Norman and JoAnn (Smith) Inglett. She is survived by her father Norman Inglett of Christopher; one sister Mary Ann (Kenny) Webb of Benton; one brother Norman (Melissa) Inglett of Mulkeytown and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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


BENTON – Barbara Ann Akin, 69, of Benton, passed away at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

She was born on September 23, 1951, to Walter and Zora (Thomason) Yoder at Knoxville, TN. On May 5, 1967, she married Gary Akin in Knoxville, TN, and he survives.

She was a member of Abundant Life Church. Barbara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, being outside tending to her flowers, gardening and helping others.

Barbara is survived by her loving spouse of 52 years, Gary, three children, Alan (Stacye) Akin, Jason Akin, and Ida (Matthew) Tiberend; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Madison, Lucas, Frank Alan, Gracie, Gary, Brittany; two great-grandchildren, Lillian and one on the way; one brother; five sisters; many nieces and nephews; and several special people that she loved as her own.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lee and Zora Marie Yoder, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Ida Mae Akin, step-dad, Clarence Rollins, nine brothers, and two sisters.

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

Per Barbara’s wishes cremation will take place.

Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814.

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


BENTON – Ella Jean Jackson, age 50, of Benton; passed away at 2:41 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Logan Church of God Cemetery. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery, masks are required, observe social distancing, and if you are sick, please stay at home.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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


OPDYKE – Roger Lee Mays, 66, of Opdyke, IL, passed away at 4:45 p.m., on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

He was born on February 9, 1954, to George and Dorothy (Morgan) Mays in Mt. Vernon. Roger worked as a truck driver. He also was part owner of the Golf Cart Guys. Roger married Linda Gonzalez and she preceded him in death.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. Roger loved fishing for crappie, walking, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Roger is survived by his loving son, Joshua (Amber) Paul Mays of Opdyke; brother, Ronnie (Vicky) Mays of Boyd, IL; sister, Paula (Steve) Stern of Mt. Vernon; special companion, Linda Lou Knapp of Benton; and two step-grandchildren, Masan Ragsdale and Emmeri Eldridge of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Paul and Dorothy Mays, wife, Linda Marie Mays, two brothers, John Mays and Jeffery Mays.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation – whom shall I fear?

Remember, there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Love cannot measure itself until the hour of parting.

Dream as if you’ll live forever….Live as if you’ll die today.

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

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, 516 N. Main St., Benton.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sammy Simmons, officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Immanuel Baptist Church.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Rosalee Tuggle, 97, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born November 15, 1923 in Hamilton County, IL to John Isaac and Lora Jane (Mayberry) Boyer. Rosalee taught grammar school during World War II and worked at the former Elder Mfg. Company in McLeansboro and was a lifetime member of Brush Harbor Baptist Church near McLeansboro. She married Villo Fred Tuggle on March 28, 1942 and from this union came one daughter Shirley M. (Tuggle) Ingram. He preceded her in death in July of 1968. She later married Rev. George Lee Tuggle in February of 1969 and he passed away in January of 2012.

Rosalee is survived by her daughter Shirley M. Ingram of McLeansboro, IL; three grandchildren: Shannon and husband Darrell Braden, Sumer and husband Chris Schau and Tony and wife Shelly Ingram; six great grandchildren: Ashtynn Rae Braden, Jenna Paige and husband Eli Martin, Allyssa Mae Ingram, Avery Renee Ingram, Skyler Rene Schau and Ethan Schau; two great-great grandsons: Gunner Chase Martin and Carter William Martin. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Villo and Rev. George Tuggle; brothers Herschel Mayberry and Milford Boyer; sisters-in-law Edna Mayberry, Lillian Mayberry and Roberta Boyer; and son-in-law Bill Ingram.

A private family funeral service will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Bill Hampton officiating. Private family visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the funeral home. A public graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Brush Harbor Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is entrusted with arrangements.


MCLEANSBORO – Rick Peggram, Sr.
Age: 70 years
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his residence.

GRAVESIDE SERVICES ONLY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2021 AT ODDFELLOWS CEMETERY, McLEANSBORO, IL. ANYONE ATTENDING IS REQUESTED TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE CEMETERY. SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WILL BE OBSERVED AND FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED.

Clergy: Reverend Randall Ragan and Pastor Jason Moore
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: July 8, 1950
Place of Birth: Ventura, CA
Father: Claude Peggram
Mother: Louise M. (Goode) Peggram
Occupation: Worked as a Hoistman/employed by Akin Coal Mine Construction
Church Affiliation: Attended Freedom Baptist Church
Activities: He loved working on vehicles
Military Service: Served in the U.S. Air Force as Airman 1st Class

Survivors:
Sons: Rick Peggram, Jr.–Mt. Vernon, IL and Joe Peggram-Turlock, CA
Daughters: Tina Iddirisu–Tampa, FL and Kimberly Peggram-McLeansboro, IL
StepDaughters: Stacey L. Nieves-Benton, IL; Christina L. Strantz-McLeansboro; Kim Moles–McLeansboro
12 Grandchildren
5 Great Grandchildren
Ex-wife: Carol (Parmley) Peggram
Sisters: Joy Green, Evonne Holst and Jeanette Peggram all of Joplin, MO
Many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, Cousins
Special Friend: Diann Glover, Carmi, IL

Preceded in Death by: Parents, Brother Dennis Peggram, Sister Fran Hancock, Great Nephews Louis Wayne Richardson and Dawson Parmley

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


MCLEANSBORO – A. Annette Gholson Webb
Age: 83 years of age and a resident of McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away at 5:20 p.m., Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL.

A Private Family Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at which time a funeral service was held at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Reverend Gary Davenport officiated the services. Burial followed in Blooming Grove Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL.

Annette was born October 12, 1937 in McLeansboro, IL to John Randel and Georgia Ann (Pearce) Gholson. Annette graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1970 and was employed for many years by Hamilton County Unit 10 as a teacher until her retirement in 1994. During her teaching career, she touched many lives by teaching 6 th grade at East Side Grade School and English & Social Studies at the Junior High. Annette was active in the Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) as well as the Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association (HRTA). Throughout the years she served these associations in many capacities and was honored by the IRTA with the Distinguished Member Award for many years of dedication to both organizations. In addition, Annette also served her community as a member of the McCoy Memorial Library Board & Summer Reading Program Coordinator. She served on the Jefferson-Hamilton Comprehensive Services Board & the WADI Policy Council. She was a member of Blooming Grove Missionary Baptist Church where she had served as Sunday School Teacher & was active with their Bible School Program. Perhaps her greatest and most rewarding achievement was being a loving Mom & Granny to her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Survivors include:
Daughters: Becky and husband Glenn Rountree, McLeansboro, IL. Vicki Harrelson and husband Joel, Carmi, IL.
Son: Jim Webb and wife Paula, Elizabethtown, IL
Grandchildren: Leslie Danage (husband Trae); Lynn Braden ( husband Curt); Wade Maulding (wife Jennifer); Olivia Trout (husband David); Skylar Harrelson; Alex Webb (wife Jenny); Jacob Webb; Ashley
Allen Siedler and husband Nathan.
Great Grandchildren: Hunter and Chloe Braden, Hayden and Lane Maulding, Britton, Kahlel and Amira Danage, Dawson and Emiline Trout and Jack Brown; Adlee Siedler
Beloved Dog: K.C.
Brothers: Jim Gholson and wife Pat, Carmi, IL; Jerry Gholson and wife Kay, Evansville, IN.
Sister: Elizabeth Neal, Marion, IL
Several Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in Death by: Parents; Brothers John, Joe, Charles, Dick Gholson; Sisters Sylvia Drosdahl and Elsie Auxier.

Memorials to: Hamilton County Senior Citizen Center and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements.



MULKEYTOWN – Gary Stephen Ramsey, 64, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Tuesday January 5, 2021 at his home.

He was born on September 26, 1956 in Christopher to Lester and Rose (Hampton) Ramsey. He married Sue (Crow) Ramsey on May 20, 2006.

He is survived by his wife Sue Ramsey of Mulkeytown; mother Rose Ramsey of Coello; children Heath (Jillian) Ramsey of Mt Vernon, Stephani (Jason Rund) Schwettman of Grand Junction, CO, Kim (Eddie) Gossett of Mulkeytown and Leslie (Johnny) Hacker of Valier; step children Tracy (Chris) Mueller of Murphysboro and Ginger (Jeff) Brennecke of Ballwin, MO; 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; two brothers Greg (Carol) Ramsey of Lee’s Summit, MO, Glen (Barbara) Ramsey of Kansas City, MO; and two sisters Tina (Tim) Dennis of Gainesville, FL and Lisa Ramsey-Gilbert of Zeigler, IL and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Gary was a coal miner in the area for over 40 years and was a belt coordinator for Prairie State Energy Mine.

Graveside services will be on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery in Mulkeytown, IL with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Siteman Cancer Center and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Lola (Miller) Beaty Steele Tharp, 99, of Christopher, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021.

She was born on March 26, 1921 in Rend City, IL to Russell and Lillian (Moore) Miller. She was married to Roy Beaty, then she married Kenneth Steele and Ethridge Tharp.

She is survived by her daughter Phyllis (Jerry) Greenwood of Ironton, Ohio; four grandchildren Cheryl (Bill) Ferguson of Cincinnati, Dan (Lisa) Greenwood of St Louis, MO, Kyle (Karen) Greenwood of Lakewood, CO and Sarah (Bill) Thompson of Cincinnati; nine great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; one step-daughter Judith (George) Buck of Springfield, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, one son Russell Carroll Beaty, and three brothers Lyle, Wallace and Glenn.

She was a lifelong member of the Rend City Baptist Church.

A graveside service will be on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Masonic & IOOF Cemetery in Benton. There will also be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Rend City Baptist Church.

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


MULKEYTOWN – Charles Vernon Parvin, 86, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021 at the Herrin Hospital.

He was born on January 29, 1934 in Rogersville, TN to Robert Lee and Fannie (Fulfer) Parvin. He married Sarah (Key) Parvin and she preceded him in death on April 2, 2009.

He is survived by his children Teresa Acosta of Valier, David (Shannon) Parvin of Royalton, Kim Treadwell of Christopher, Charlie (Brandi) Parvin of Mulkeytown and Miek (Stefanie) Parvin of Christopher; grandchildren Dalton Acosta, Sarah Acosta, Nathan Parvin, Brandon Parvin, Trevor Parvin, Angelica Parvin, Akeisha Parvin, Justis Parvin, Misty Treadwell, Jessica Treadwell, Travis Parvin, Derek Parvin, Alyssa Tango and Maria Tango and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

He was a very experienced diesel mechanic and owned and operated Mulkeytown Service Center. He was also a Veteran of the United States Army.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Pastor Bryant Harris officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Maxine Marie Denham, 85, of McLeansboro formerly of Ewing passed away Saturday morning, January 2, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

She was born in Waltonville, IL on July 4, 1935, the daughter of George Washington & Carrie Lucille (Hodge) Fagan.

She married Ted Denham on February 5, 1956 in Corinth, MS and he preceded her in death on July 19, 2014.

Maxine was a devout Christian and a faithful member & pianist at Frisco Missionary Baptist Church. She was a bookkeeper for Denham Masonry. Her family was her life, especially her grandkids.

Mrs. Denham is survived by her:

3 Daughters:

                    Toni Metheney & husband Kirbie Of Newburgh, IN

                    Terri Ladage of Loami

                    Tracy Brayfield of Foley, Alabama

5 Grandchildren:     

                    Laura Halstead & husband Travis of Dwight

                    Lisa Offermann & husband Ryan of Bourbonnais

                    Cortne Fletcher

                    Sadie Fletcher

                    Hunter Fletcher

                    And Step Grandchildren

4 Great-Grandsons: Landon, Rylan, Blayze & Breckin

1 Brother: Dan Fagan & wife Teresa of Valley Center, CA

Niece: Courtney Rieches

Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, husband and by son-in-law Duane Ladage.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6th at Potters Way Church, formerly Frisco Missionary Baptist Church, 17162 Frisco Road, Ewing, IL 62836 with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Ewing immediately following the service. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Potters Way Church.

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


SESSER – Mary Hartman Slankard, who was the very definition of a lady full of love and grace, passed away on December 29, 2020. She was 91 years old.

Born to David and Carrie (Stalker) Hartman on October 7, 1929, in Metropolis, IL. The family moved to Carbondale, IL where Mary attended grade school through graduation from Carbondale High School. She went on to attend Southern Illinois University and graduated early, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She taught in the Sesser school system, where she met her soon to be husband, George Slankard, while they were teaching in the elementary school. Mary later taught English at Sesser High School, where she was revered as “one of the best English teachers” many students ever had. Numerous students went on to earn their college degree in education and teach, because of the influence that Mary Slankard had in their life.

George and Mary Slankard expanded Slankard Publishing in the 1960s. While still teaching, Mary was the proofreader of all content for the three periodicals (magazines) that were published; “Cooner”, “Cars and Parts”, as well as “Hunter’s Horn”. Upon retirement from education, Mary worked alongside George, fulltime, until their retirement from the publishing business.

Mary and George enjoyed a fulfilling life together and were married for nearly 70 years, before his passing in March 2020.

Mary was an avid leaner and enjoyed reading, cooking, English and French design, and horticulture.

Mary had numerous nieces, nephews and friends who regarded her as a beloved aunt and mother. She will forever be in their hearts.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer, contingent upon COVID-19 guidelines.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Mary, may be made to the Sesser United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 428, Sesser, IL 62884.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements.

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


LYMAN, WY – Frank Edwin Olguin, 55, of Lyman, WY, formerly of Sesser, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2020.

He was born on January 2, 1965 in Seattle, WA to Ralph Olguin and Rosalie Nelson.

He is survived by his mother Rosalie Nelson of Ramsey, IL; two sons Jared (Vanessa) Olguin of Parker, CO and Frank Patrick Olguin of Gillette, WY; three grandchildren Mercedes Olguin, Jaxon Olguin and Tagen Norris; three sisters Melody Olguin of Murphysboro, IL, Anita Wilson of Ramsey, IL and Sherrie Olguin of Girard, IL; one brother Robert Olguin of Vernal, UT; six nieces and nephews Paige Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Alex White, Amanda Buller, Ashley Morrell and Bobby Olguin.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m.

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


MCLEANSBORO – Mildred Webb, 90, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

She was born November 10, 1930 in McLeansboro, IL to James and Mary (Griffith) Ray. She married Darrel Webb on July 3, 1948 and he preceded her in death. Mildred worked in the Laundry Dept. at Hamilton Memorial Hospital for several years as well as the Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home. She was also a home maker and a dedicated member of the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro.

Mildred is survived by her son Neal Webb of Evansville, IN; daughter Janet and husband Dan Simmons of McLeansboro, IL; three grandchildren: Danyelle and husband Steven Douglass of Walpole, IL, Chassity and husband Darin Rose of McLeansboro, IL and Bruce Webb of Evansville, IN; four great grandchildren: J. D. Rapp, Zachary Rapp, Madye Douglass and Ryland Douglass.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers: Ralph and Charles Ray and one sister, Hazel Carr.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church with Rev. Jacob Gray and Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, January 3 from 12 p.m. until the time of service at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. She will be laid to rest in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Per CDC guidelines masks are required and social distancing will be observed.  

Memorial donations may be made to Autism Awareness or the March of Dimes and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home or the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.

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

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


CARMI – Floyd L. Ralls, 81, a resident of McClure, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi, IL.

Mr. Ralls was born September 22, 1939 in McClure, IL to Lloyd and Wanda Lucille (Palmer) Ralls. He was a retired assemblymen factory worker.

He is survived by his son Floyd and wife Doloris Ralls Jr. of McLeansboro, IL; two daughters: Christine Webster of Downers Grove, IL and Synthia Dusza of West Chicago, IL. Ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Ralls was preceded in death by his parents and three daughters – Laurie Paulin, Sandra Zitska and Anne Marie Ralls.

No formal services will be held at this time. The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is assisting the family with arrangements.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Janet Faye Woodsides, 82, of Christopher, passed away on Thursday December 31, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born on March 12, 1938 in Du Quoin, IL to Gilbert and Freda (Murphy) McMurray. 

She is survived by her significant other Robert “Bob” Sheneman of Christopher; children Kimberly Ann Ransom of Du Quoin, Mark Woodsides of Christopher, Eric Woodsides of Massachusetts and Jennifer Rigdon of Florida; three grandchildren Abigail Ransom, Riley Rigdon and Nolen Rigdon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren Josh Ransom and Adam Ransom; one sister Shirley Hemmer and one brother Gilbert McMurray.

Janet’s wishes were to be cremated. 

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