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WEST FRANKFORT – Mamie Webb, 66, of West Frankfort, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

Mamie was born March 21, 1955. Her parents were Earl Clarence Morris and Martha Ann Lewis Morris. She married James D. Webb October 26, 1991. They shared 30 years of marriage together. 

Mamie is survived by her husband, James Webb, three brothers, Charles, Marion and Terry, two sisters, Carol and Connie. 

She is also survived by her children James, Tanya, Adam, Marty and Joshua.  

Mamie has 10 grandchildren: Brittany, Derek, Madison, Bryant, Christian, Sebastian, Nerissa, Nicholas, Ash and Halie. 

She also has five great-grandchildren: Noah, Bentley, Eleanor, Nathaniel and Aubrey. 

Mamie was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Martha Morris, a brother Scotty, and a child Patricia.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31st at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home with Rev. Tammy Kokott officiating. Mamie’s final resting place will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton, Illinois. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30th at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Morton and Johnston Funeral Home to help defray the cost of the funeral. 

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BENTON – Carolyn S. Cookston, 77, of Benton passed away at 9:50 a.m., on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Benton.

She was born on January 20, 1944 to Edward and Dorothy (Stewart) Sears in West Frankfort, IL. Carolyn retired form Big Muddy Prison as a PRN. She married William Robert “Bob” Cookston and he preceded her in death on April 6, 1999.

Carolyn enjoyed helping others and loved her pet dogs. She learned sign language and taught it as well.

Carolyn is survived by her children, her daughter Hope Ragsdale, and her son Rovin Garman.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Dorothy Sears, her husband William Robert Cookston, her brother Thomas Sears and her sister Barbara Gaynor.

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

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Jessie Vineyard, officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Franklin County Humane Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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WEST FRANKFORT – Kathryn Y. Hartley, age 97, of West Frankfort (previously Benton), IL died on Monday, July 26, 2021 at the home of her daughter in Effingham while in the care of HSHS Hospice.

Services will be held at Union Funeral Home, 213 E. Oak St., West Frankfort on Saturday, July 31, with visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral at 11 a.m. with Brother Harry Bayless and Rev. Ted A. Hartley officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery, Charles Kern Lane, Benton. The family requests that everyone that attends the service wear a mask or be fully vaccinated.

She was a member of the First Church of God in West Frankfort and previously Bethel Methodist Church of Benton.

Katie (Kay) was born on July 30, 1923 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Lawrence and Bessie Mae (Montgomery) Kissinger. She met her beloved Husband J.B. Hartley of West Frankfort as they strolled with friends along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg while he was stationed at Fort Indian Town Gap, PA. They corresponded by letters through the war years as J.B. was in the U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) and survived the landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. They married on August 20, 1947.

Katie graduated from John Harris High School and worked in the offices of Bell Telephone in Directory and Residential Listings, Pennsylvania Threshermen & Farmers Insurance, Mengers Cleaners, and L.B. Smith Automotive in Harrisburg. She also worked at Holman Motors in Mt. Vernon, in the U.S. Census, and as a Playground Supervisor at Grant School in Benton (1990s).

In her youth, Katie enjoyed many happy hours dancing with friends at the Hershey Park Ballroom to the live performances of orchestras including Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and many more.

She is survived by her son Jay B. (Sheryl deceased) Hartley of Benton and daughter Cynthia K. (Steven) Seymour of Effingham, daughter-in-law Fran Bertram, Harrisburg, PA, precious grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She is survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Her brothers & sisters-in-law include: Albert Hartley (Bette deceased), Curtis and Donna Hartley (both deceased), Jon and Carolyn Hartley (both deceased), Sam and Georgia Mae Hartley (both deceased), Geraldine (Hartley) and Howard Rogers (both deceased), and Claire Kissinger of Michigan.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband J.B. Hartley, son Terry R. Brenneman, brother Lawrence Kissinger, and grandson Jesse Stephen Spence.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Cemetery Association, c/o Cheryl Borcky, 1106 E. Main St., Benton, IL 62812.

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DU QUOIN – Barbara Sue Wilderman, 75, of Du Quoin, IL, passed away on Friday, July 23, 2021 at her home.

She was born on June 2, 1946 in Benton, IL to Delmont “Dink” and Marcella (Coffel) Rone. She married Jerry Wilderman on September 21, 1996. She is survived by her husband Jerry Wilderman of Du Quoin; children Kendra Burgess of Sesser, Diane Goff of Benton, Melissa Higgans of Du Quoin and Shane Wilderman of Du Quoin; grandchildren Isabel Burgess, Cullen Higgans, Braden Higgans, Zachary Wilderman; and one brother Pete (Linda) Rone of Sesser. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Lana Wilson and one brother Dennis Rone.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.