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BENTON – Jimmy W. Bennett, age 76, of Benton and formerly of Alabama, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at his home.

Mr. Bennett’s wishes are to be cremated.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at a future date in Alabama.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Jimmy was born March 11, 1945, in Walker County, AL; the son of Robert Jackson Bennett and Bertha (Sanders) Bennett. He married the former Bobbi Ragsdale, and she preceded him in death on July 30, 2013.

He formerly worked in the administrative department for AAA Cooper Transport of Birmingham, Alabama.

He was a member of the Dora Church of God of Dora, Alabama. He enjoyed playing piano at numerous churches in Alabama and Illinois.

Jimmy enjoyed visiting Rend Lake, listening to music, especially Bluegrass music. He loved to cook and enjoyed his Milo’s Sweet Tea and Little Debbie snack cakes. Most of all, he cherished his time with his two granddaughters.

Surviving is his loving son Mark Lance Bennett and wife Rachel of Benton; two granddaughters: Chloe Rae Bennett and Kyndall Larae Bennett, of Benton; a brother Johnny Bennett of Sumiton, Alabama; his special friend Lynda Orlandini of Herrin; Rachel’s parents Ray and Connie Morris of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Bertha Bennett; his wife Bobbi Bennett; three brothers Ralph, Gene and Bob; two sisters Billie Sue and Geraldine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812 or visit www.diabetes.org.

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


CHRISTOPHER – Robert Eugene Summers, age 77, of Christopher, passed away at 3:33 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Norton-Brownsboro Hospital of Louisville, KY.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Pastor Larry Adams officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Robert Eugene Summers may be made to the West City Baptist Church and will be accepted at the services, or may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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


WALPOLE – Roger Lynn Deen, age 72 of Walpole, IL, passed away at 5:15 a.m., Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at his home.

He was born September 25, 1949 in McLeansboro, IL to Hugh and Alice (Davis) Deen. He married Connie S. Mitchell on November 1, 1969 at Blooming Grove Missionary Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL.

Roger is survived by wife Connie of Walpole; his daughter, Michelle Shelby (husband Rick) and son Daniel Deen; three grandsons, Justin (Jessie) York, Jaden York and Jacob Deen; one great granddaughter, Jaycee Kay York; a brother, Ron Deen; a sister, Lisa Young (Chris); his mother-in-law Pearl Mitchell; two sisters-in-law Kendra Millenbine ( Larry ) and Paula Mitchell; a brother-in-law John W. Mitchell (Shirley) and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Alice; father-in-law, K.P. Mitchell and sister-in-law Lois Deen.

He was a member of Hebron Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was an avid hunter and he walked many miles hunting shed deer antlers. He was a retired farmer.

A visitation service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, October 22, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. The funeral service will begin at noon Friday with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating the service of Roger Deen at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery near Walpole, IL.

Memorials may be made to Hebron Cemetery and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro.

Arrangements are under direction of Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL.


MULKEYTOWN – Joshua W. Szczeblewski, 40, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, from a recreational off-highway vehicle accident.

He was born on December 2, 1980, to Robert and Brenda (Shobe) Szczeblewski in Du Quoin, IL.

Joshua loved farming and spending time with his family and daughters.

He is survived by his brother, Kevin Szczeblewski of Mulkeytown, IL; sister, Brandy (Jerry) Waligorski of Mulkeytown, IL; two daughters, Shi-Anne Lappin and Saylor Lappin; and niece, Madison Szczeblewski.

Joshua was preceded in death by mother, Brenda L. Szczeblewski.

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

Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be planned at the family’s church.

Memorials contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

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


MCLEANSBORO – McLeansboro stalwart Robert “Bob” Mezo, age 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, October 15, 2021 at his residence surrounded by close family.

Bob was born in McLeansboro, Illinois on August 22, 1939 to John Wilson Mezo and Geneva (Deitz) Mezo. Bob attended East Side grade school where he “got my brains”, as he put it, leaving many teachers bald-headed in his wake. Bob later became a landscaper and lawn care specialist, tending to the yards of many residents, leading to many lifelong friendships. Bob enjoyed visiting state parks and exploring old graveyards. Bob can, perhaps, be best remembered for riding his bike around town, always going the wrong way on the one-way, he liked to brag. And nothing gave him more pleasure than to be greeted by the three amigos: Lucky, Dillinger, and Tiny, when the chihuahuas came for a visit.

Bob Mezo is survived by one sister, Nancy (Sempsprott) Markle, of Wheeling, West Virginia and preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings: Jeannine (Novicki) Blackledge, Mary (Mezo) Martin, Judith (Mezo) Hooker, James Mezo, Ira Mezo, David Sempsprott, Tom Sempsprott, William Barker, and John Wilson Mezo, Jr.

Visitation for Bob Mezo will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with funeral services to be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Pastor Jacob Gray officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro.

The Mezo family thanks Good Samaritan Hospice for their outstanding care and thanks the staff of Gholson Funeral Home for their amazing kindness and consideration during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be considered for Good Samaritan Hospice or St. Jude’s Hospital.

Bob was a good man, a simple man who lived in simpler times. Another McLeansboro original is gone and will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.


WHITTINGTON – Daphne Dee Thiele – Hamby, age 50, of Whittington, passed away at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at the Franklin Hospital Emergency Room of Benton.

Daphne’s wishes are to be cremated.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at a future date.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Franklin County Animal Control, P.O. Box 210, Christopher, IL 62822-0210 or visit www.petsneedhomes.org.

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


LOGAN – Leona Irene “Punkin” Rushing, age 74, of Logan, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Rick Fowler officiating. Burial will follow at the Logan Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions in memory of Leona “Punkin” Rushing, may be made to the Logan Community Center, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Leona “Punkin” Rushing, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.


CHRISTOPHER – James Britt Towers, 59, of Christopher, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at his home.

He was born on January 4, 1962 in Christopher to James “Jim” Brooks and Ruth (Flowers) Towers Stritzel.

He is survived by his daughters Rachel (Brad Hall) Towers of Valier and Austin (Joe) Hargraves of St. Louis; grandchildren Holden Jace Towers-Frost, Beau Brooks Hall, Anthony Hargaraves and Eleanor Hargraves and several other extended family members and friends.

Britt enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and guns. He was proud father and a prouder Papa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Valier.

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


VALIER – Constancia “Connie” (Vandekerkhove) Flowers passed away October 12, 2021.

Connie was born June 1, 1957 to Walter and Madeline Vanderkerkhove (Vander) of Sesser. She married Danny Flowers on October 24, 1975. They live in Valier and raised 2 sons, Jeremy and Jeffrey who blessed them with 4 grandchildren Daniel, Jeremiah, Zoey and James Flowers and another due in December. She had 2 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Hazel. Connie is survived by her husband of 46 years, Danny, 3 sisters, Irma Kimmel, Trudy (Jack) Cohlmeyer and Pat (Bob) Boles, and sister-in-laws Diane (Lee) Rice, and Sharon Greathouse, and numerous nieces and nephews and several cousins in Belgium. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father and mother-in-law Roland and Pat Flowers, her brother Walter, Jr., and her brother-in-law Darrell Kimmel.

Connie graduated from the Sesser-Valier High School and worked for many years at The Print Shop in Sesser before becoming employed with the Franklin County Clerk’s and Treasurer’s office in Benton where she enjoyed conversing with so many people from the County. She loved motorcycle riding and traveling with her family and spending time in the garden and greenhouse. She especially loved spoiling her grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by so many loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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


ZEIGLER – Terry L. Rhodes, 63, of Zeigler, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born on February 10, 1958 to Kenneth and Freda (Gossage) Jarvis. She married Bernard B. Rhodes on June 7, 1996.

She is survived by her husband Bernard B. Rhodes of Zeigler; one son Brandon Rhodes of Zeigler and one brother Mike (Kathy) Jarvis of Zeigler.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Her wishes were to be cremated with a memorial service at a later date.

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


HERRIN – Joyce Ann Ashmore, 88, of Herrin, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at her home.

She was born on April 1, 1933 in Cobden to Ernest Walker and Thelma (Fann) Laffoon. She married William Ashmore on October 28, 1950 and he preceded her in death on October 25, 1993.

She is survived by her children Dixie (Bob) Ventura of Herrin, Steve (Sandy) Ashmore of Benton, Bridgett Townzen of Herrin and Shawna Ventura of Herrin and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers Ernest Walker and Robert Walker.

Funeral services for Joyce will be on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Ken Petty officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Hallidayboro Cemetery in Elkville.

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


BENTON – David E. Easley, 74, of Benton, passed away at 9:10 a.m., on Friday, October 8, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on May 26, 1947, to Clyde and Nadine (Cantine) Easley at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. He attended school at Benton Consolidated High School. On October 6, 1986, he married the former Olga M. Webb in Benton, IL. To this union they had 6 children. David started his career as a truck driver hauling gravel, he then went to work for Old Ben Coal Company as a coal miner for 23 years, following that he would retire from E.T. Simonds Construction Company as a heavy equipment operator.

David was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Benton, IL., and the Benton Eagles. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. David enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing pool and spending time on his side by side.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 35 years, Olga M. Easley; six children, Kevin (Gena) Easley of Buckner, IL, Berry Easley of West Frankfort, IL, Jerry (Carol) Easley of AL, Lisa Easley of West Frankfort, IL, Jamie (Robbie) Williams of Benton, IL and Mary Sloan of West Frankfort, IL; eight grandchildren, Brittany Easley, Preston Easley, Bridget Easley, Cody Easley, Issac Parcell, Jade Parcell, Brandon Williams and Abby Williams; one brother, Alan Easley of AK; and one sister, Connie Easley of Benton, IL.

David was preceded in death by his parents Clyde C. and Nadine B. Easley.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

Per David’s wishes cremation will take place, a private family memorial gathering will be held his residence.

David’s family would like to express their appreciation to Bill and Viola Edwards and Stacye Key for all the care and support.

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


SESSER – Hazel H. Page, 97, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at her home.

She was born on May 31, 1924 in Waltonville, IL to Dow and Ethel (Hall) Roberson. She married Evan Page and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1979.

She is survived by her son Lloyd (Peggy) Page of Macomb, IL; daughter-in-law Shelley Page of Sesser; grandchildren Brian (Natalie) Page of Sesser, Heather (Ben) Rice of Sesser, Brent Page of Sesser and Damon Page of Macomb, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Danny Page, one Sister Alberta Page and two Brothers Lloyd Roberson and Clyde Roberson.

Graveside services for Hazel will be on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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


CARROLLTON, GA – Marcia Dee Moore, 88, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on October 5, 2021 at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia.

She was born January 5, 1933 in Delafield, IL to James Otha and Edna (Krueger) Hart. Marcia married Ernest Jackson Moore on February 9, 1952 and he preceded her in death. Marcia always put her family first. She was a home maker who proudly raised her three boys. Marcia was a true people person who never met a stranger, she always made sure you were fed and well taken care of. She enjoyed cooking, needlework, quilting, taking care of her plants and flowers in the garden and spending time outdoors. She was of the Southern Baptist faith and was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Carrollton, GA.

Marcia is survived by three sons: James Moore of Tomah, WI, Mark Moore of Cleveland, GA and Brian Moore of Carrollton, GA; three grandchildren: James Andrew Moore, Joshua Moore and Heather Moore; two brothers: Richard (Phyllis) Hart of Fulton, KY, Larry (Dixie) Hart of Livingston, MT; four sisters: Marcella (Dale) Lance of McLeansboro, IL, Donna Naas of McLeansboro, IL, Joyce (Kent) Ewing of Cheyenne, WY, Linda Trommer of Plymouth, MI; one brother-in-law Robert (Joyce) Lee of McLeansboro, IL and one sister-in-law Mary L. Hart of Cheyenne, WY.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ernest Jackson Moore; brothers Gene (Maudie Lou) Hart and Ed Hart; one sister Shirley Lee; an infant twin brother Marvin Lee Hart and an infant sister Barbara Hart; and two brother-in-laws: John Naas and Paul Trommer.

Funeral services for Marcia Dee Moore will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Tony McManus officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest at I.O.O.F Cemetery in McLeansboro. Memorial donations may be made to the church of the donors choice in memory of Marcia Moore and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.gholsonfuneralhome.com.

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


BENTON – Dr. Billy G. Dixon passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, with his wife and children at his side. He was a proud “Pop” of three and Great GrandPop of one. He was also owner and father to his favorite “son”, BJ.

Dr. Dixon graduated with four degrees in the fields of math and education. The final degree earned was a doctorate in 1967 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He then worked for SIU-C from 1958 until his retirement in 2001. His career was devoted to education and the process of teaching students how to teach. He was active in the Association of Teacher Educators, serving as President in 1988-89 and Director of Meetings from 1989-2020.

Bill was also very instrumental in the founding and development of the Benton Community Park District – writing numerous grants to obtain funding for the beautiful park we have in Benton today.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Valerie Potts; and son, Clark (Alicia) Dixon. He was most proud of his grandchildren Bryson (Alexa) Potts, Sydney Potts and Sara Dixon and their many accomplishments. His excitement was evident at the addition of a Great Grandson, Hudson Potts. He is also survived by numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by parents, John and Stella Dixon, and brother, John Robert Dixon.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Benton.

Graveside visitation will be Saturday, October 9, at 9 a.m. with services following at 10 a.m. at the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery, Benton.

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


SOUTHERN ILLNIOIS – David Lee Barnard, 62, passed away October 2, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis after a short illness (NOT COVID.)

David was born April 4, 1959 to Charles (Buddy) Barnard and Anna Mae (Barton) Barnard.

He was employed at Maytag in Herrin for 28 years until the plant shut down. He then went to Rend Lake College and received his degree in Horticulture. He loved to get his hands dirty and his sisters pool area is a testament to his talent.

But his other love was cooking and catering. He cooked at several restaurants in the area and had a great following. His latest restaurant was “Pup’s 212 Bar and Grill.” He left on August 17, 2021, when his illness got the best of him.

He is survived by his sister, Iolanda Oxford with whom he lived and her family Tonya, Joey, Aaron, Kaci, Allie, and Cora; niece, Patricia and her family; niece, Denise Eubanks and her family; niece, Sarah Barnard and her family; nephew, Billy Serena and his family; many cousins; and, of course, his many friends, which are too numerous to mention – but special recognition goes out to Shelly Dickson, Michelle Dickson, Kathy Franklin, Debbie Smith, Ron Mertz, Sam Mocaby, and Jason Hamlin. Sorry, we could not mention all because it would fill this paper from cover to cover.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dennis Serena and Bob Barnard; brother-in-law, Al Oxford.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday October 9, 2021 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient Road. Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Shelter – Murphysboro, Illinois or to The Manna Mission – Johnston City, Illinois.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021 by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home.


WEST FRANKFORT – Loratta Maie Williams, 80, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 in Herrin Hospital at 3:45 p.m.

Loratta was born July 8, 1941 in Logan, Illinois to William “Bill” and Violet (Abbott) Holland. She was a member of Glorybound Tabernacle Church – Freeman Spur. Loratta loved her family. She also loved to sing, knit, sew, and crochet.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four grandchildren: Jeremy, Huston, Johnny, and an infant; one brother; and two sisters.

Loratta is survived by her husband, Ralph Williams; son, Larry Williams; three daughters, Mary Flener, Chesteen Urban, and Lillie Minor; two sisters, Ince Orr and Dottey Holland; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Illinois with Guy Webster officiating. Burial will be in East Fork Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.

Due to the mandate issued on August 26, 2021, by Gov. J.B Pritzker, masks must be worn at all times while inside the funeral home


MCLEANSBORO – Donald L. Lynch

Age: 76 years
Residence: McLeansboro, IL
Passed Away: At 3:00 a.m, Monday, October 4, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro, IL
Visitation: 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro
Funeral: 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home. Graveside Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 106 and U.S. Army Honor Team of Marion, IL.
Clergy: Pastor Jacob Gray
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: August 18, 1945
Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Loren Mathews Lynch
Mother: Delsie (Trout) Lynch
Marriage to: Brenda Reed on February 4, 1968 in Pleasant Union Congregational Christian Church, Blairsville, IL. She survives in McLeansboro.
Occupation: Donald was a teacher and had retired from Rend Lake College. He had a Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree from SIU Carbondale, IL.
Church Affiliation: He was a member of Ten Mile Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL

Donald loved to drink coffee with friends at local restaurants. He served in the U.S. Army 1965 to 1967. Don was an avid Cardinal fan.

Survivors:
Wife: Brenda Lynch, McLeansboro, IL
2 Sons: Dwain (Norah ) Lynch, Pineville, LA
Jason ( Heather ) Lynch, McLeansboro, IL
Mother: Delsie (Trout) Lynch, McLeansboro, IL
Grandchildren: David, Daniel, Elena and Alicia Lynch
Sister: Dian Riddle (husband Randy), McLeansboro, IL
Brother: Dennis Lynch (wife Barbara), McLeansboro, IL
Nieces, Nephews and numerous other relatives.
Preceded in Death by: Father Loren Lynch

Memorials to: Alzheimers Association or National Autism Association and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

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


COELLO – Larry Edwin Gilman, 81, of Coello, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at his home.

He was born on November 24, 1939 in Muncie, IN to Franklin and Thelma (Harrison) Gilman. He married Mamie Ethel (Farris) Gilman on September 10, 1993.

He is survived by his wife Mamie Ethel Gilman of Coello; children Brenda (Don) DuBravec of Coello, Donna (Michael) Calloni of Mulkeytown, Randy (Loida) Aaron of Energy, David (Kim) Aaron of Mt Vernon and Linda (Hagle) Summers; grandchildren Doug (Addie) DuBravec, Michelle (Jason) Watson, Taylor (Kirstin) Calloni, Sierra (Dakota) Gregge, Nicole Shelton, Ashley (Geoff) Hammonds, Neil (Sarah) Brown, Alan Aaron, Samantha (Zach Hurt) Aaron, Steven (Casey) Summers, Rachael (Jeremy) Spencer and Joni Tims; 20 great grandchildren; two cousins Beverly Spann of Florida and Nancy Snider of Florida.

Graveside services will be on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Brother George Marshall officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Church of Christ of Christopher. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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


THOMPSONVILLE – Linda K. Harris, 78, of Thompsonville passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 in Herrin Hospital at 12:18 a.m.

Linda was born on September 22, 1943 in West Frankfort, IL to Charles Edward Avery and Wilma Fern (Dorris). She was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Harris and her parents and 2 newborn baby brothers.

Linda is survived by her daughter Cathy Wilce (Wayne); son John Osterhout; sister Shirley Mondino; grandkids Tyler Wilce, Jordan (Lacey) Osterhout, Amelia Osterhout. Mason Osterhout, Morgan Osterhout; great-grandkids aka Peanut Trendan Thiel, Ash Osterhout,- 1st girl in 29 years due November. She was so excited to meet her (Willow)!

Linda retired from the boat factory after 39 years of being a seamstress in various companies.

She never met a stranger and loved to laugh!

Linda’s celebration of life will be on Thursday, October 7, 2012 at the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating. Interment will be in the County Line Cemetery in Thompsonville. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.


MCLEANSBORO – J.D. Tyler, 91, of McLeansboro, went to be with the Lord at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. He was born February 13, 1930 in McLeansboro, the only son of James Monroe and Lurlin Gertrude (Duncan) Tyler.

J.D. was a friend to all and never met a stranger. With a very kind heart he was full of life, enjoyed making people laugh, and always had a smile. J.D. was a proud Korean War Veteran serving in the United States Air Force. J.D. married Vada Faye Mitchell in 1959 and was blessed by one daughter. He married his second wife, Ruth Cullins Mitchell, in 1981 and was blessed by four stepchildren. J.D. was preceded in death by both wives.

J.D. was a member of First Baptist Church in McLeansboro which his father helped build. His career started as an X-Ray Technician at Hamilton Memorial Hospital as well as Assistant Administrator and Purchasing Agent. J.D. later transferred to Pearce Hospital in Eldorado where he retired. He loved his job and taking care of people and rarely missed a day. He and Ruth opened Southfork Antique Mall in 1984 and enjoyed a wonderful life together traveling and procuring antiques. He was very proud to be a volunteer fireman for over 25 years. His hat is on display at the McCoy Memorial Library. Visiting the boys at the Barber Shop was a daily adventure in his later years. Always a story to tell.

J.D. is survived by his daughter Kimberly Tyler Tremmel (Ron) and grandsons Zachary and Logan Miller of whom he was very proud. Stepchildren: Karen Goodwine, Donnelle Mitchell, Kent Mitchell, Krystal Donelson and their families; nieces, nephews, and a very dear, special friend Evalene Savage for the last 17 years; all of whom he loved very much.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters and brother-in-laws: Melba (Bud) Mertz, Ty (Bill) Turpin, and Doris (Warner) Anderson; nephew Lex Anderson.

Visitation will be held at Ten Mile Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Services beginning at noon with Pastor Jake Gray officiating. Private internment will be at Blooming Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro who is serving the family.


MULKEYTOWN – Frederick Ivan Berner, 77, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on November 4, 1943 in Du Quoin, IL to Ralph and Bertha (Cook) Berner. He married the love of his life Gloria Fiorenzi.

He is survived by his wife Gloria Berner of Mulkeytown; grandson Dakota (Haley) Berner of Coronado, CA; special great granddaughters Amelia Rose and Piper Jane; two brothers-in-law Clyde (Kathy) Furlow of Mulkeytown and Mike (Judy) Fiorenzi of Herrin; nieces and nephews Christy (Paul) Douglas, Bradley (Christian) Furlow, Nellie (Christian) Baril, Ben (Courtney) Fiorenzi and Joe (Janice) Fiorenzi; great nieces Andrea, Chelsea, Heather(Curtis) Rentfro, Jorja; great nephews Bryson, Stirling, and Sheldon; great great nieces Lily and Emma and many close friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Brian Berner, twin infant brother, one sister Evelyn Furlow, father-in-law and mother-in-law Darell and Angel Fiorenzi.

He was a machinist by trade and had worked at Carmet Mine Tool in Christopher and then worked for Old Ben Coal. He served for two years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the Franklin County Farm Bureau and served on the board for 32 years. He was a devoted Christian and was raised and baptized in the Mulkeytown Christian Church and was currently serving as an Elder and President of the church board. He has also worked on the farm since he was a child, starting out working with his grandfather and his father.

Graveside services will be on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Rev. Kurt Jensen officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the West Franklin Historical District or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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CHRISTOPHER – LaDonna Jean Calloni, 72, of Christopher, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on June 1, 1949 in Christopher, IL to Walter and Ellen (Humphrey) Overturf. She married Charles “Mush” Calloni on April 15, 1967 and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2018.

She is survived by her children Charles (Tricia) Calloni of Coello, Michael (Donna) Calloni of Mulkeytown and Melinda (Ron) Walker of Christopher; grandchildren Caleb (Erika) Calloni of Mulkeytown, Joshua (Breanna Lawrence) Calloni of Coello, Michael Taylor (Kirstin) Calloni of Christopher, Sierra (Dakota) Gregge of Buckner, Nicholas Walker of Christopher, Kaitlyn Walker of Christopher and Giovanna Walker of Christopher; and one great grandchild on the way; one sister Shirley (Tom) Calloni of Buckner and two brothers Harold (Debbie) Overturf of Marion and Kevin Overturf of Buckner.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services for LaDonna will be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother George Marshall officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Smith Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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DONIPHAN, MO – Larry D. May
Age: 69 years
Residence: Doniphan, MO
Passed Away: 8:44 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO
Visitation: 10:00 a.m to noon, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Funeral Service: Noon Tuesday, October 5, 2021, Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro, IL
Clergy: Pastor Andy May
Burial: Smith Cemetery, Dale, IL

Date of Birth: May 10, 1952
Place of Birth: Poplar Bluff, MO
Father: Charles Edward May
Mother: Jean (Wilson) May
Church Affiliation: Attended New Life Assemble of God Church, McLeansboro
Occupation: Retired Electrician and had been employed by General Motors
Activities: Member of Road Riders Motorcycle Club of McLeansboro, IL

Survivors:
3 Daughters: Tina May, St. Petersburg, FL
Tricia May, Pontiac, MI
Tammy May
Brothers: Andy May (wife Brenda), McLeansboro
Garry May (wife Sue ), Sedalia, MO
David Alan May (wife Ashley), Benton, IL
Sister: Susan Mansfield (husband Alan), Salem, IL
3 Grandchildren
Numerous Nieces, Nephews and other relatives survive.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: His Parents

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


BUCKNER – Jerry Len Overturf, 73, of Buckner, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, TX.

He was born on April 25, 1948 in Benton, IL to Carl and Lavaughn (Talley) Overturf. He married Rita (Bateman) Overturf and she survives of Buckner.

He is also survived by his children Carla Hammonds and fiancé Phil Steinmetz of Coello, Tammy (Ron) Enlow of Elberfield, IN and Steven Overturf of Buckner; grandchildren Brittany Hammonds, Derick Hammonds, Cole Enlow and Madison Enlow; one sister Janice (Terry) Layne of West Frankfort, IL and one brother Dennis (Karen) Overturf of Springfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Karen Overturf.

Jerry served as a mechanic in the Army. He was also a coalminer and a farmer. He lived for his family and enjoyed every minute with them.

Funeral services for Jerry will be on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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BENTON – Lonnie Paul Hart, 61, of Benton passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021.

He was born on October 15, 1959 in Sedalia, MO to Lamon Deon and Francesca (Shovan) Hart. He married Mary (Haney) Hart on August 7, 1982. He is survived by his wife Mary Hart of Benton; two sons Andrew Paul Hart of Chicago and Taylor Sidney (Abbie) Hart of Benton; grandchildren Cooper Lee Hart, Vincent “Vinny” Rowland and twins Max Taylor Hart and Sage Paul Hart; one sister Lori Dawn (Chris) Dillman of Marion; one nephew Ryan (Tina) Beighley of Marion and their daughter Aura.

Lonnie and Mary met in 1976 when Mary called 106.3 WQRX to request The Ocean by Led Zeppelin, where Lonnie worked as a Radio DJ. Lonnie worked for Old Ben Coal before starting Hart Insurance Agency in 1995; the agency is still serving Southern Illinois today. Lonnie loved sailing with his family on Kentucky Lake, taking vacations to Florida, camping at Rend Lake and sitting on the deck with the family dog, Lucky. He enjoyed teaching photography to his sons, guiding his eldest son, Andrew, through his radio career and teaching his youngest son, Sidney, how to work on classic cars and inspiring him to continue the family tradition of working in the mining industry. Sidney continues to carry on many of the family traditions with his four sons that Lonnie brought to the family.

Lonnie’s wishes were to be cremated with a private graveside service at a later date.

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SESSER – Robert “Bob” Norris, 69, of Sesser, passed away on Tuesday September 28, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He was born on July 25, 1952, in Du Quoin, IL to Jossie and Dorothy (Harris) Norris.  He married Pamela (VanZandt) Norris and she survives of Sesser. He is also survived by his daughter Carrie (Jason) Threewitt; mother-in-law Billie VanZandt of Christopher; one Aunt Imogene Harris of Herrin and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Dena Pardue and one brother Wayman Norris.

Bob loved to shoot trap, collecting guns, collecting coins, throwing dart and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

A memorial service will be on Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Sunday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at a later date at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Darts for Kids. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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