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Donald Ray Kronmiller
Donald Ray Kronmiller, 71, of Carmi, Illinois, died Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Wabash Christian Retirement Centerin Carmi. He was born April 19, 1942, in Carmi, the son of Donald Kenneth Kronmiller and Blanche (Moye) Kronmiller. He was married to Ericca (Thompson) Kronmiller, and she survives.
Don was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Carmi, a graduate of Carmi Township High School and was valedictorian of his class from Gradwohl School of Laboratory Techniques in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a medical laboratory technician, and later, in the electronic department for Wal-Mart in Carmi.
He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed mysteries and studying the Bible. His favorite sports team was the St. Louis Cardinals.
Survivors include his wife, Ericca Kronmiller of Carmi; daughters Kristen (Bob) Hickling of Charlotte, North Carolina and Kamille (Ken) Gauntt of Savannah, Georgia; brother Dennis (Kathy) Kronmiller of Carmi; brother in law Ron Thompson of Abbeville, Louisiana; uncle Chester Kronmiller of Belphrie, Ohio; grandchildren Andrew Hickling, Katie Hickling, Wesley Hickling, Kaleb Gauntt, Keegan Gauntt; four nieces; two nephews; four great nieces; and two great nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Blanche Kronmiller.
Visitation is 5-7 pm, Wednesday, December 11th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. There will be no public funeral service. Burial will be at 11 am, Thursday, December 12th in Benton Cemetery in Benton, Kentucky.
Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Kell, 96 of Carmi, passed away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was born on February 6, 1917 in Crossville, the daughter of Leslie D. and Mary (Spencer) Endicott. Marjorie married Merlin O. Kell on September 6, 1937 and he preceded her in death on November 10, 1981. She was a life-long member of Carmi First United Methodist Church
Marjorie is survived by two daughter-in-laws, Marilyn Kell of San Antonio, TX and Ann Kell of El Cajon, CA; five grandchildren, David, Amy, Matthew, Christopher, and Steven; five great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; two nieces, Linda Kiesel of Fort Branch, IN and Cindy Levingston of Howell, MI; and one sister-in-law Mary Endicott of Norris City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin O. Kell; two sons, Larry and Jack Kell; two sisters, Margaret Wetzel and Marietta Henson; and two brothers, Charles Leo and Leslie D. Endicott, Jr.
Funeral Services for Marjorie Kell, 96 of Carmi, will be at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden in Carmi.. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carm on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Helen Perdue, 98 of Fairfield and formerly of Carmi, passed away at 6:25 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Way-Fair Nursing and Rehab Center in Fairfield.
Born in Nashville, IL on January 12, 1915, she was the sixth child of Victoria (Slachetka) and Leon Jankowski, Sr. Helen grew up and was educated in Nashville and she graduated from Nashville High School with the class of 1933. She was a faithful member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Nashville, was a member of St. Ann's Alter Society, and played the organ.
Helen was married to Henry Edward Perdue on June 29, 1940, Ed and Helen had one child, Susan Carol, born in Centralia, IL on November 24, 1946. The family moved to Carmi in 1949.
In Carmi, Helen was a faithful member of St. Polycarp Catholic Church. She sang with the church choir and was a member and officer of the Ladies Guild. She was also a church lay minister, lector, and usher.
Helen's first job in Carmi was at The National Bank. She was also employed at Boren's Grocery. Helen worked for many years as a cashier and trainer for Martin and Bailey in many of their stores. She worked several years in the Carmi Times Publishing Company front office. She was an employee of the White County Bridge Commission and she was a volunteer at the White County Senior Citizens Center.
Helen loved people and throughout her life was very active in her community. She was a member of the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. She held all of the Chairs in the VFW Post 3851 Auxiliary and served one term as 13th District VFW Auxilary President. She was also a past Secretary of the Belleville Diocesesan Counsil of Catholic Women.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, on January 6, 1968. She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Leo, Frank, Henry, Eddie, Bernie, and Walter; and one sister Mae Gianneschi. Helen is survived by her daughter, Susan Murphy of Fairfield, IL; and two grandchildren, Debby Hyatt and husband Nic of Carmi, and James Michael Murphy and his wife Marla of Bowling Green, KY. She is also survived by Mike and Marla's children, Kennedi and Morganne; one sister, Leona Kohorst of Springfield; many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends and neighbors.
Services for Helen Perdue, 98 of Fairfield and formerly of Carmi, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi with Rev. Father Vincent Obi officiating. Burial will be in the St. Polycarp Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with a rosary service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the White County Senior Citizens or the Way-Fair Activity Fund and will be accepted at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. For more information, visit www.campbellfuneralservices.com.
Gerald F. Healy
Mary L. Hinman
Mary L. Hinman, 89, of Grayville, Illinois, died Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville. She was born December 20, 1923, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Johnson) Bradford. She was married to William Robert Hinman, and he preceded her in death.
Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grayville, and a 50 year member of the Eastern Star West Washington Street Chapter of Indianapolis. For many years, she was the phone operator for Marion University in Indianapolis. She loved people and was the President of the Resident Council at Meadowood. She enjoyed ballroom dancing and playing bingo.
Survivors include son Mark Hinman; daughters Joyce Simmons of Avon, Indiana, and Pamella Davis of Crossville, Illinois; grandchildren Jacqueline, John, Jane, Jocelyn, Carolyn, Tony, Deanna, Chrissie, and Chad; great grandchildren Monica, Amber, Casey, Todd, Stephanie, Claire, Lindsey, Chelsea, Quinn, Mandi, and Dereck; five great great grandchildren; and numerous step grand, great grand, and great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and grandchildren Edward Andrew Milburn and Melva Dorworth.
In accordance with Mary’s wishes, her remains were cremated and a memorial service will be at 2 pm, Monday, November 25th at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville.
James R. "Jim" Kimbrell
James R. "Jim" Kimbrell, Jr. 73, of Socorro, New Mexico and formerly of Carmi, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, Arizona. He was born January 5, 1940 in Burnt Prairie Township, IL, the son of James Robert and Veda Grace (Funkhouser) Kimbrell, Sr. Jim married Janet Rae Fobar on June 4, 1960 and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2009. He was an insurance salesman and worked for Thomas J. Lipton & Co. and IDS American Express. Jim was a member of First Baptist Church and the Carmi Rotary Club.
He is survived by his step-mother, Janie Kimbrell of Carmi; a daughter and son-in-law, Lesa and Art Gonzales of Socorro, NM; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Melinda Kimbrell of Bradenton, FL; a sister, Beverly Ann Bridgeman of Lakeland, FL; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.
Funeral Services for James R. "Jim" Kimbrell will be Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Harold Meriwether officiating. Burial will be in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made in Jim's memory to the American Heart Association, 208 LaSalle St., Ste 1500, Chicago, IL 60604-1242 and will be accepted at the funeral home. For more information visit www.campbellfuneralservices.com
James Leo Whetstone
James Leo Whetstone, 85, of Carmi, Illinois, died Friday, November 15, 2013, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Illinois. He was born September 24, 1928, in Burnt Prairie Township, White County, Illinois, the son of Raymond and Lora B. (Hon) Whetstone. In December, 1955, he married Barbara Jean Turner and she preceded him in death on June 7, 2012.
Leo was a farmer, fisherman, and gardener. He and his wife, Barbara, were active members of First Christian Church in Carmi where, among many other things, they were youth coaches of the “Whirlybirds”. Leo served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Carmi.
Survivors include son Jim (Kathy) Whetstone; daughter Jan (Marion) Hutchison, all of Carmi; grandchildren Matt (Katie) Whetstone, Alden (Mary) Hutchison and Amy Degenhardt; five step great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers Hon and Carl Whetstone; and sister Vera Whetstone.
Visitation is 5-8 pm, Monday, November 18th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral is at 10 am, Tuesday, November 19th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Burial with military rites will be in Centerville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center or First Christian Church.
Rosanna Lea (Greer) Dale
Rosanna Lea (Greer) Dale, 55, of Galatia, IL, was involved in a car accident and passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 3:04 p.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center Emergency Room in Marion, IL. She was born in Carmi, IL on June 4, 1958, the daughter of Ida Lue (Tolley) and Dane Greer. Rosanna was a homemaker and a devoted and loving mother.
She is survived by a son, Jesse Dale of Galatia; her mother and step-father, Ida Lue and Hobert Wilson of Carmi; a brother, Dan J. Greer of Washington, MO; two nephews, Ben and Drew Greer; two aunts and an uncle, Verma Dell Hensley of Evansville, IN and Bill and Barbara Tolley of Litchfield, IL; and numerous cousins.
Rosanna was preceded in death by her father; and a sister-in-law, Robynn Greer.
Funeral services for Rosanna Lea (Greer) Dale, 55, of Galatia, IL, will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Luke Raczykowski officiating. Burial will be at White County Memorial Garden near Carmi. Friends may call on Saturday, at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Memorial gifts may be given to Rosanna's family to help with expenses and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.
David L. Erwin
David L. Erwin, 43, of Carmi, Illinois, died Tuesday, November 12th at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana. He was born June 16, 1970, in Carmi, the son of Eddie and Roetta (Churchwell) Erwin. He was married to Lisa (Funk) Erwin and she survives.
He was an Army veteran and was baptized in the Baptist Church. He enjoyed classic cars, drawing, and all kinds of music -- especially Elvis Presley.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa; parents Eddie and Roetta Erwin, all of Carmi; son Timothy Erwin of Germany; daughter Kateland Erwin; brother Michael (Kelly) Erwin, all of Carmi; sister Jennifer (Aaron) Drone of Clermont, Florida.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Roe and Laverne Churchwell and Dallas and Nellie Erwin.
Visitation and funeral are Friday, November 15th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 9 am and funeral is at 11 am. Burial with military rites will be in Kuykendall Cemetery near Carmi.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks.
Shirley Ann Hutchinson
Shirley Ann Hutchinson, age 69 of Carmi died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family after an extended illness. Shirley was born in Broseley, Missouri on September 2, 1944 to the late Cecil and Eula Mae (Hillyard) Minehart. Shirley enjoyed her flower gardening, fishing her family and especially playing with her great grandchildren. She was a Pentecostal in faith. Shirley was a wonderful soul, always happy and kind. She was a good mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, she will be missed.
Shirley is survived by 3 daughters, Karen (Jerry) Cathey of Omaha, Sharon Goodman of Ridgway, and Linda Wright of Evansville, IN. Grandchildren, Ashley(Joseph) Moye, Jeremy(Sarah) Cathey, Chelsea, Maranda, and Madison Goodman, Joshua (Shay) Wright and Melissa (James) Steele. Great Grandchildren, Ben, Kara, Eli, Claire, Jackson, Riley, Mason, Noah, and Remington. 1 brother, Carl (Betty) Minehart of Broseley, MO, 1 sister, Marva (Dwaine) Lewis of Dudley, MO and a sister in law, Virginia Minehart of Fisk, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Steven Wright and a brother, Jerry Minehart.
Visitation for Shirley will be on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway. Her funeral will be on Friday, November 15, 2013 starting at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Her grandson Jeremy Cathey will officiate the service, and burial will follow at the Marshall Ferry Cemetery near Dogtown, IL.
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Bernita P. Stinson
Bernita P. Stinson, 82, of Carmi, Illinois, died Sunday November 10, 2013, at Deaconess Hospice Care in Evansville, Indiana. She was born June 29, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Alice (Rosewitz) Dartt. She was married to Shelby Ray Stinson on August 14, 1952, and he preceded her in death on May 17, 2003.
Bernita was a nurse and worked 37 years for Dr. J. A. Stricklin in Carmi. She was also an avid quilter.
Survivors include sons Ray (Shelly) Stinson of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and Joe (Heather) Stinson of Carmi; brother Robert Jeff (Rhea) Dartt of Danville, Illinois; sister Joy Hoffman of Carmi; six grandchildren, Asa, Reo, Shelby Jerrod, Kelly and Justin.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers Jimmy and John Dartt.
Visitation is 5-7 pm, Saturday, November 16th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral is at 1:30pm Sunday, November 17th at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in St. Polycarp Cemetery in Carmi.
Memorials may be made to Deaconess Hospice Care.
Nellie Leona Ridens
Nellie Leona Ridens, 95, of Crossville, Illinois, died Monday, November 11, 2013, at her home. She was born August 12, 1918, in Geff, Illinois, the daughter of Nelson and Maggie (Hansbraugh) Sons. She was married to Joe Alldredge and he preceded her in death. She later married Melvin “Bingo” Ridens and he, too, preceded her in death.
Nellie was a nurse’s aid and worked at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville and Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois. She later worked at the Windsor Oaks Motel in Grayville. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Crossville, and she enjoyed puzzles, yard work and studying the Bible.
Survivors include sons Larry Alldredge, Tom Alldredge, Alan (Sandy) Alldredge, Mike Alldredge, Derris (Eugenia) Alldredge; daughters Rose (Lester) Pritchard, Phyllis McKibben, Cindy (Lowell) Rhodes; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are her two husbands; son Jack Alldredge; daughters Mary Clark, Linda Clark and Marilyn James; grandchildren Jimmy Clark, Tina McKibben, Rob Pritchard, Ronnie Alldredge, Jackie Joe Alldredge, Tommy Lee Alldredge, and Cindy Alldredge; sons-in-law James Clark and Danny McKibben; daughters-in-law Bonnie Alldredge and Charlotte Alldredge.
Graveside service will be at 10 am, Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. There will be no prior visitation. Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville is in charge of arrangements.
Roy R. Fleck
Roy R. Fleck, 67, of Enfield passed away at 12:42 a.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born April 4, 1946 in White County, IL the son of Henry Phillip and Alma Irene (Savage) Fleck. Roy married Carolyn G. Straw on June 3, 1967. He was U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran, he worked as a Boilermaker with Boilermaker Local 374 and was a member of the Enfield Lions Club.
Roy is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carolyn of Enfield; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Randy Cobb of Carmi; a son and daugther-in-law, Jeff and Glenda Fleck of Norris City; two sisters and brother-in-law, Norma and John Raber of Browns, IL and Beulah Winter of Anaheim, CA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Merrel and Deane Fleck of Carmi and Carl and Peg Fleck of Las Vegas, NV; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Verla Young and two brother Norbert and Herman Fleck.
Funeral Services for Roy R. Fleck, 67, of Enfield will be at 11:00 a.m.. Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Lowes Browning officiating. Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden in Carmi. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Glenn Earl Stewart
Glenn Earl Stewart, 63, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia died Friday, November 8th, 2013, at Hospice West in South Charleston, West Virginia, after a long illness.
He was the son of Peggy Stewart, also of Cross Lanes and the late Earl G. Stewart of Ravenswood, West Virginia.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his infant siblings, Mark and Lisa Stewart, his grandparents Martin B. and Verba Turner of Brownsville, Illinois and best friend, his dog Spencer.
In addition to his Mother, he is survived by his sister, Nancy Stewart of South Charleston, West Virginia, several aunts, uncles and many friends.
Glenn graduated from South Spencer High School and attended West Virginia University. He worked in the oil and gas industry and as a computer cable technician. He loved reading, sports, cars, music, travel and spending time with his friends.
Per his wishes, his body was cremated and there will be no service.
His family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice West for the care and compassion shown to them and suggest donations be made to Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, West Virginia, 25387, in his memory.
Joshua R. Gray
Joshua R. Gray, 25, of Grayville, Illinois, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on November 7, 2013. He was born on July 7, 1988 in Evansville, Indiana, the son of John and Debbie Gray.
Josh graduated from Grayville High School as Valedictorian of the class of 2006. He especially enjoyed participating in school plays among other extracurricular activities.
Josh earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Evansville, and was a student working toward a degree in electrical engineering. He planned to attend IUPUI in Indianapolisin January. He was a member of the Christian Church in Grayville and an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Evansville. Josh studied at UE’s Harlaxton College in England and had the opportunity to travel to several countries while studying abroad. Photography and his dog Molly were among his favorite things.
Survivors include his parents, John and Debbie Gray, brother Daniel Gray, grandparents Bob and Dorothy Ward all of Grayville, Betty Gray of Carmi, Illinois; aunts and uncles Jean (Dan) Ward Dick, Gary Ward, Jane (Keith) Davis, Ann (Kit) Hixenbaugh; cousins Jake Ward, Jessica Ward, Jacob Dicus, Cody Hixenbaugh, Matthew Hixenbaugh and Hope Davis.
Visitation is 4-7 pm, Saturday, November 9th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is at 2 pm, Sunday, November 10th at the Grayville High School gymnasium.
Memorials may be made to Riley’s Children’s Hospital.
Harvey L. Blazier
Lex Anderson III
Passed Away: 10:14 A.M., Tuesday, November 5, 2013 as result of an oilfield accident.
Visitation: 12:00 Noon to 2:00 P.M. Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Harre Funeral Home, McLeansboro
Funeral: 2:00 P.M., Sunday, November 10, Harre Funeral Home
Clergy: Rev. Bill Reed
Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery,
Date of Birth: October 3, 1952 Place of Birth: McLeansboro, IL
Father: Warner Hughey Anderson Mother: Doris Jean (Tyler) Anderson
Occupation: Oil Producer ( Self Employed)
Activities: Lex was co-owner of Sunrise Exploration for over 30 years with Kenny Lankford. Lex was a member of the Class of 1970
Mother: Doris Anderson -
Uncle: J.D. Tyler - McLeansboro
Cousins: Marti Martin (husband Don) -
“CB” Martin (wife Sharon) -
Janet Mitchell -
Kimberly Tyler Tremmel (husband Ron) -
Pat Lee & husband Doyle -
Terry Kikendall -
Andy Bethel - O’Fallon, IL
Preceded in Death by: Father
HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro, is in charge of all arrangements.
Charles Richard Isbell
Charles Richard “Dick” Isbell, 67, of Grayville, Illinois, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at VNA Charlier Hospice Care in Evansville, Indiana. He was born September 26, 1946, in Evansville, the son of Charles Veachel Isbell and Tressa Evelyn (Haggard) Isbell.
Dick was a mechanic. He was a member of the Griffin, Indiana, Christian Church and a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting sports, hunting mushrooms and arrowheads, riding four-wheelers and above all else, spending time with his grandsons Landon and Cody.
Survivors include his mother Evelyn Stone of Griffin; mother-in-law Freda Keeling of Grayville; his close companion of 28 years, Penny Keeling of Grayville; sons Andrew (Amy) Arthur of Grayville, Jim Isbell of Florida, Jeff Welty of Grayville, Richard Welty of Jonesboro, Illinois, Dereck Welty of Illinois; daughter Melanie Acker of Florida; sister Jan (Jeff) Hayes of Terre Haute, Indiana; brother-in-law Joe Keeling of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; brothers Carl (Dottie) Isbell of Grayville, Gerald (Lee) Blaylock of Romeoville, Illinois; sisters-in-law Nancy Wright of Grayville, Judy Keeling and Teresa Walkenbach, both of Mt. Carmel; his little grandson buddies Landon and Cody; other grandchildren Ryan, Tiffany, Chelsie, Adelyn, Chase and Riley; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Visitation and funeral are Friday, November 8, 2013, at the Christian Church in Griffin, Indiana. Visitation is at 11 am and funeral is at noon. Burial with military rites will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Griffin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cook Funeral Chapel.
Lyle C. Best
Lyle C. Best, 56, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, November 3, 2013, in Grayville. He was born August 29, 1957, in Fairfield, Illinois, the son of Clayton and Jean (Crooks) Best. He was married to Lisa (Glover) Best and she survives.
Lyle was an electrician for Wabash Valley Services. He was a member of the Grayville Moose Club and Albion VFW. He enjoyed playing the drums, motorcycles and chain saws. Watching his son, Alec, compete in sporting events was always his favorite activity.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa, and son, Alec, both of Grayville; brother Les Best of Evansville, Indiana; sisters Jenny (Wayne) Jennings of Watauga, Texas, Ruth (Webb) Parlier of Arenzville, Illinois, and Cecelia “CJ” (Don) Mayhew of Evansville.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is 5-8 pm, Tuesday, November 5th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is at 10 am, Wednesday at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.
Memorials may be made to the City of Grayville Dog Pound.
Pearl Young, 84, of Broughton, IL, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 5:42 a.m. at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was born March 20, 1929 in New Madrid, Missouri, the daughter of Flavey and Edith (Cook) Helsel. Pearl married Julian Kent Young on December 12, 1947 and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1994. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt.Oval Presbyterian Church and Home Extension .
Pearl is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Jane Young of Broughton; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Cheryl Young of Carmi; and a granddaughter, Sarah Ann (Matt) Niemeier of Evansville, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Delores Carter, Evelyn Braden and Maxine Helsel; and a brother, Carl Helsel.
Funeral services for Pearl Young, 83, of Broughton, will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Beckie Laumeier officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Oval Cemetery in Norris City. Friends may call on Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.
Memorial gifts may be given in Pearl's name to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Johnny Ray Farmer, Sr., 60, of
John, along with his wife, Sue, was a commercial fisherman and owner and operator of the Hard Times Fish Market and the Fish House Restaurant located on the riverfront in Grayville. The Fish House, for many years, was a Grayville institution drawing customers from miles around the tri-state area. Many of his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts would ride to Grayville for fellowship and dining on John’s fish and various side dishes.
John was a loving grandfather, and enjoyed his grandchildren above all else. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and motorcycling. He was a member of ABATE.
Survivors include his wife Sue of Mt. Carmel; sons Johnny Ray (Charity) Farmer, Jr., of
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation and funeral will be Friday, October 18, 2013, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is at 9 am and funeral is at 11:30 am. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Cowling, Illinois.
In keeping with John’s wishes, those attending the visitation and funeral are asked to dress “Fish House Appropriate”.
Charles O. McCluskey
Charles O. McCluskey, 97, of Moweaqua formerly of Carmi, IL passed away Friday, August 16, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born March 3, 1916 in Ullin, IL the son of Charles Henry and Lydia May (Loven) McCluskey. Charles married Lillian Leora Blazier on September 28, 1940 and she preceded him in death on November 22, 2007. He had worked as a pumper for Superior Oil Company and attended Moweaqua First United Methodist Church.
Charles is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sue Goodpaster of Moweaqua and Keitha and Larry Manering of Piedmont, OK; a sister, Rose Griffin of Winter Springs, FL; two grandchildren, Angela Beth Johnson and her husband Jason, and Michelle Walker and her husband Chris; and one great-grandson, Kevin Walker.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Hayward McCluskey, sister, Flora May Wagner and a grandson, Kevin Manering.
A Graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 at White County Memorial Garden in Carmi. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Moweaqua Public Library, 600 N. Putnam St,, Moweaqua, IL 62550 or the Moweaqua First United Methodist Church Choir, 222 N. Hanover St., Moweaqua, IL 62550. Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements. For more information visit www.campbellfuneralservices.com
Paulette Whetstone, 56, of Carmi passed away at 4:09 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Phoenix Nursing and Rehab. She was born September 7, 1957 in Carmi, IL the daughter of Clement Ambrose and Fern (Fromm) Unfried. Paulette had worked as a receptionist and was a member of Crossroads Bible Church.
Paulette is survived by two daughters, Emily Whetstone and Blair Whetstone both of Carmi; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Clara Ward of Carmi, Louise Nance of Mt. Vernon, IL, Bonne and Matthew Daly of Dallas, TX, and Marianne and Steve Schweizer of Evansville, IN; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Anna Unfried of California and Ray and Cheryl Unfried of Allendale, IL; a grandson, Jaxon Eugene Combs and one on the way; the father of her children, Dale Whetstone of Carmi, along with several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Paulette Whetstone, 56, of Carmi will be Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Private burial will be in White County Memorial Garden in Carmi. For more information visit www.campbellfuneralservices.com
William J. Terrell
Colonel Paul E. "Gene" Matsel
Colonel Paul Eugene (Gene) Matsel, USA (Retired), passed away on Saturday, October 19th at 12:35 a.m. at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Illinois. The middle child of Elmer Guy and Lola Hughey Matsel, Gene was born on July 8, 1926 and lived his formative years in the family home on Sixth Street, along with his brothers, Ted and Roy. He attended Carmi schools, where he excelled in sports.
Upon graduation from Carmi Township High School in 1944, Gene enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completing Boot Camp, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, he was shipped out to the South Pacific where he participated in offensive operations on Saipan and Guam and the surrender of Japanese forces on Pagan Island. He was released from active duty in September 1946 and transitioned into the Illinois Army National Guard. Typical of World War II veterans, Gene returned home graduated from Lockyear’s School of Business, married his high school sweetheart, Helen Friedman Matsel, went into a farm implement business, Matsel Equipment Company, and started a family. As a businessman in Carmi, for over 20 years, Gene believed in serving his community and was extremely active in many civic organizations. Over the years, he served as president of Kiwanis, president of The Chamber of Commerce, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge and was an active member of the American Legion and VFW. He was also a charter member of the Carmi Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf for many years.
While Gene loved his life in Carmi as a young businessman, husband and father, he maintained his commitment to his nation and remained in the Illinois Army National Guard. In 1951, he was commissioned a 1stLieutenant of Infantry and was recalled to active duty, as a member of the 44th Infantry Division. Gene served in various billets as a young officer and was eventually deployed to Korea, as a member of the Korean Military Advisory Group, in support of the Korean Conflict. While in Korea, he fought with the 9th Republic of Korea Division and participated in the 3rd Korean Winter and 3rd Korean Summer Campaigns. In August 1953, he returned home and transitioned to the United States Army Reserve where he formed, organized and commanded Company K, 405thInfantry in the 102nd Infantry Division in Carmi, Illinois.
In January 1970, now a senior Army officer, Colonel Matsel voluntarily returned to active duty and remained in an active duty status until his retirement. His assignments included: Staff Officer, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, Department of Army Staff (Pentagon); Reserve Advisor to the Commanding General, US Army Pacific (Fort Shafter, Hawaii); Reserve Advisor to the Commanding General, Sixth US Army (The Presidio of San Francisco, California); and the Chief Personnel Division, in the Office of the Chief Army Reserve, Department of Army Staff (Pentagon). Colonel Matsel retired from the military, having served his nation for 41 years, on September 1, 1985. He and his wife, Helen, returned to their beloved Carmi and opened a business, U-Store U-Lock Mini Storage, with their son, Rod and his wife, Julie.
Colonel Matsel's military awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army General Staff Identification Badge and the World War II Victory Medal.
Gene is survived by his four children: Jane Matsel Staley (Mike) of Carmi, Ann Matsel Lindsey of Chesapeake, Virginia, Rodney William Matsel (Julie) of Carmi and Colonel Thomas Samuel Matsel, USA (Annemarie) of Grafenwoehr, Germany; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Two sisters-in-law also survive him: Mrs. Alvin Mayse, Evansville, Indiana and Mrs. William Friedman, Breese, Illinois, as well as, many nieces and nephews.
Gene is preceded in death by: his wife of 64 years, Helen Friedman Matsel; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Guy Matsel, two brothers, Ted Hughey Matsel and Roy Legier Matsel and a son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Alden Lindsey, USMC.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 22, at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. A funeral service will be conducted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Wednesday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m.with burial following at White County Memorial Garden with full military honors.
Memorials in Gene's honor may be made to: Phoenix Foundation of Southern Illinois, 615 W. Web Street, Carmi, IL 62821.
Phyllis June Gerdes Bryant
Phyllis June Gerdes Bryant, 79 of Danville passed on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Born June 7, 1934, she was the daughter of William and Myrtle Davis Gerdes. She was retired from Whirlpool and worked with the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Bryant; and by four brothers and three sisters. She is survived by two daughters: Brenda Kae Valdez and Nancy Sue Bryant, both of Danville; one sister, Betty (Raymond) English of Danville; two grandchildren: Chris (Windy) Bryant and Rudy (Kaci) Valdez; and four great grandchildren: Gerald, Jacob, Maggie and Shelby.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland, KY. On Saturday, there is a visitation at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City, Illinois at 1:00 pm with funeral service following at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Onlinw Condolences may be left at
Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of local arrangements.
Gerry S. Emery
Gerry S. Emery, 86, of Grayville passed away at 4:04 p.m., Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, IL. She was born November 12, 1926 in Eldorado, IL the daughter of Garland and Minerva Joy (Morehead) Mills. Gerry married Raymond W. "Buck" Emery on April 30, 1961 and he preceded her in death on November 27, 1997. She had worked as a secretary and receptionist for Dr. C. W. Wilson's dental practice in Grayville.
Surviving are her daughter, Joy Ellen Pigg of Maryland Heights, MO; a son, Bob Hesterly of Seoul, South Korea; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Constance Vinson of Dumfries, VA, Beverly and Kenny McKenzie of Norris City, Billie and Ron Kitchen of Portales, NM and Carolyn and Victor Sourant of Youngtown, AZ; a brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Terry Johnson of Norris City; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Gerry was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Mills.
Funeral services for Gerry S. Emery, 86, of Grayville, will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Danny Hesterly officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City. Friends may call on Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in Gerry's name to the D.R.C. Project, c/o City Church of Chattanooga, 7122 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Susan Jane Elder
Susan Jane Elder, 76, of Grayville, Illinois, died Friday, October 25, 2013, at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville.
Survivors include one brother, Dr. Gregory A. Elder of New York City, New York; cousins George Reed, Shirley Reed and Lela Holderfield, all of Mattoon, Illinois; and special caregiver Mary Roberts.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Mary Jane Elder.
Funeral service will be at 10 am Friday, November 1, 2013, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Visitation is at 9 am Friday until time of funeral service.
Memorials may be made to the Grayville United Methodist Church or the Meadowood Activity Fund and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel.
Owen N. Matz
Owen Norman Matz, 96, Burnt Prairie, passed away Saturday evening, October 26, 2013 at home.
Mr. Matz was born September 24, 1917 in
Mr. Matz is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Thelma Pearl and six children: Owen N. Matz, Jr. (Margery) of Frankfort, Indiana, Donna Jean Bodell of Novi, Michigan, Diana Stoecker (Leonard) of Albion, Sue Garrett of Mill Shoals, Henry E. Matz (Donna) of Carmi and Rebecca Matz Beskow (Robert) of Carmi and Fripp Island, South Carolina.
He is also survived by ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, his sister-in-law, Eloise Matz and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Doyle M. Matz and his sister, Orel Bramlett.
Mr. Matz was a retired farmer, a factory foreman and an owner and trainer of thoroughbred horses.
He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Burnt Prairie. Mr. Matz was baptized on September 25 2005.
Funeral service and visitation will be Wednesday, October 30th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi, with J. C. McDuffee officiating. Visitation is at 11 am and funeral is at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in
Lois Spence, 90, of Broughton passed away at 11:30 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Fountainview Nursing Home in Eldorado. She was born March 20, 1923 in Mayberry Township in Hamilton County, IL. Lois married Jearl Dean Spence on December 29, 1950 and he preceded her in death on August 12, 1987. She was a farm wife.
Lois is survived by two sisters, Lucille Wilson and Linda K. Ellison both of Norris City; two brothers, Eddie Howard of Broughton and John Thomas Howard of Lawrenceville; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Everett Howard on March 22, 1996.
Funeral Services for Lois Spence, 90, of Broughton will be Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in Mt. Oval Cemetery in Norris City. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made in Lois's memory to Shiloh United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.
Annie Ruth Mercer
Paul Wilburn Bartley
Paul Wilburn Bartley, 72, of Eldorado, died Monday, October 28, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN.
He was born in New Haven, IL on August 28, 1941 to the late James Webber and Edith B. (Ellison) Bartley. He worked as a farm hand.
On September 2, 1961 he married the former Janet Waltz and she survives in Eldorado. He is also survived by a son Jeff (Tracey) Bartley of Carmi, IL. Two daughters: Kim (Mike) Laswell of Eldorado and Lisa (Steve) Norman of Owensville, IN. He is survived by 4 grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren: Brittany Coston, Dylan Coston, Ryan Bartley, Jake Bartley, Michaela Laswell, Tommy (Sara) Laswell, Samantha (Dexter) Cantrell and Ben (Jennifer) Gill and 6 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 4 brothers: Dennis Bartley of Carmi, Ernest Wayne (Elaine) Bartley of Carmi, Gary (Betty) Bartley of Carmi and James (Alva) Bartley of Omaha and one sister Velma Louise (Richard) Durbin of McLeansboro. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Junior, Robert and Merle Bartley and his mother and father-in-law Laura and Leroy Waltz.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Watson Funeral Home at 11:00 AM. Jim Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
On line condolences may be sent to the family at watsonfuneralhome.net
Thomas Racine, 60, of Crossville passed away at 1:32 a.m., Friday, November 1, 2013 at his home. He was born August 27, 1953 in Carmi the son of Herbert and Frances Janelle (Jenkins) Racine. Tom married Nancy A. Brown on December 13, 1972. He was a 1972 graduate of Carmi Township High School and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy of Crossville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Christina June and Paul Russell of Crossville, Stacy Lynn and Clifford DeBose of Eldorado and Lana Jo and Dennis David Younger of Benton; a sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Dennis Booms of Saranac, MI; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Janice Burnett and Judy Aud and three brothers, J.R., Billy F. and Jackie Youngman
Graveside Funeral Services and Burial for Thomas Racine, 60, of Crossville will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2013 in Marshall Ferry Cemetery near Maunie with Rev. Lowes Browning officiating. Friends are ask to meet at the cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Campbell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.
Hattie M. Parks
Hattie M. Parks, 90, of Evansville, IN formerly of Carmi passed away at 6:45 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013 at North Park Nursing Home in Evansville. She was born July 29, 1923 in Mill Shoals Township, IL the daughter of Charley and Elizabeth (Stahl) Taylor. Hattie married John L. Parks in 1941 and he preceded her in death on Nov17, 2012. She was a homemaker and a member of First Christian Church in Carmi.
She is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Floyd and Janice Parks of Newburgh, IN, Ron Parks of Boonville, IN and Jim Parks of Carmi, IL; five grandchildren, Bret (Tammi) Parks, Brian (Julie) Parks, Lana (Mike) Wright, Lindsay Parks, and Kent Parks; and seven great-grandchildren, Peighton Parks, Carson Parks, Austin Wright, Parker Wright, Jace Allen Parks, Brady Puntney and Nick Weems. She was preceded in death by three sisters,
Funeral Services for Hattie M. Parks, 90, of Evansville, IN will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Wayne Daniel officiating. Burial will be in North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service at 2:00 p.m.
Raymond Gerald Lemon
Peggy L. Anderson
Peggy L. Anderson, 74, of Carmi passed away at 3:42 a.m., Monday, October 14, 2013 at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN. She was born September 25, 1939 in Carmi, IL the daughter of Andrew Lincoln and Edna (Storey) Leithliter. Peggy married Lawrence Paul Anderson and he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and attended Cherry St. General Baptist Church.
Peggy is survived by her daughter, Lori Anderson of Carmi; a son, Curtis Lee Anderson of Mt. Vernon, IN; two brothers, Stewart Albert Leithliter and Andrew Lee Leithliter; three grandchildren, Jessica Warren, Jeremy Staton and Brittany Anderson; and one great-grandchild, Kody Anderson. She was preceded in death by her son, Lawrence Paul Anderson, Jr. on March 25, 2013 and two brothers, James Nelson Leithliter and George Leithliter.
Graveside funeral services and burial for Peggy L. Anderson, 74, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013 in West Union Cemetery near Carmi with Rev. Lowes Browning officiating. Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.
Robert "Bubba" Smith
Robert "Bubba" Smith, 47, of Norris City passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013. He was born in Carmi, IL on February 15, 1966 the son of Donald C. and Thelma Jane (Hedger) Smith. Bubba married Christina Lynn Hafford on April 30, 1988. He was a 1984 graduate of Norris City-Omaha High School. Bubba worked at White County Coal where he was a bradish man. He loved working outdoors and watching his kids play ball.
Bubba is survived by his wife of 25 years, Chris; two daughters, Ashley and Sarah Smith both of Norris City; his father and step-mother, Don and Shirley Jean Smith of Enfield; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Dana and Jerry Garlick and Vicki James all of Norris City and Terri and Jeff Trout of Carmi; his mother-in-law, Marie Hale of Eldorado; sisters in law, Jackie Maloney and Linda Carter both of Eldorado along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was looking forward to the upcoming birth of his first granddaughter, Abbigail Lynn.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Jean Smith; a sister, Mary Jane Smith and his father-in-law, Jack Hafford.
Funeral Services for Robert "Bubba" Smith, 47, of Norris City will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Norris City. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made in Bubba's name to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.
Leon K. Yates
Leon K. Yates, 75, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013. He died of a broken heart. He was a very talented dad and he was very loved by his family and will miss him terribly. He was born March 9, 1938 in Carmi, IL to Floyd and Hazel (Wright) Yates. Leon worked at Capco and later at Westech Fence. He was an electrician, union laborer, and a foreman. Leon loved traveling.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 57 years, Charlotte Yates; and a brother, Robert Yates.
He is survived by his daughters, Vicki (Brian) Cross and Debbie Yates; son, Rick (Tamara) Yates; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:30 am Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Schneider Funeral Home 512 Main St. in Mt. Vernon with Rev. Mark Tabor officiating and burial to follow in Black’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 am until 11:30 am service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.
Dorothy A. Utley
Dorothy A. Utley, 85, of Crossville, Illinois, died Friday, October 11, 2013, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, Illinois. She was born July 19, 1928, in Edwards County, Illinois, the daughter of Louis and Margaret (Baxley) Longbons. She was married to John Harrison in 1947, and later married Harry J. Utley in 1966. Both of her husbands preceded her in death.
Dorothy was a member of the Free Methodist Church and enjoyed quilting and crocheting. She worked for 13 ½ years at Johnnye Manufacturing and later sold produce from her large garden.
She is survived by her son Larry Harrison of Crossville; sister Clarabelle McIntyre of Logansport, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; brother Clifford Longbons; half brothers George and Leroy Longbons; and sister Louella Campbell.
Graveside service will be at 10 am, Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at West Village Cemetery near Albion, Illinois. There will not be any prior visitation.
Arrangements are by Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville. Visit cookfuneralchapel.com.