Death Announcements

Aileen Crayne

      Aileen Crayne, 84, of Norris City passed away at 10:15 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015 at her residence.  She was born November 10, 1930 in Ridgway, IL the daughter of Jesse and Leatha Aretta (Peas) Sauls.  Aileen married Carl J. Crayne on August 31, 1947.  They moved to Gary, IN and started their family.  Aileen went to work for KMart and worked as a bookkeeper.  After moving back to Norris City, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Deletour, did bookkeeping and helped at Crouch Accounting.  Aileen was a member of Oasis Church of the Nazarene in Harrisburg, IL and The Friendship Club.
    Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Carl J. of Norris City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Glenda Christine and Donald Sutherland of Evans, GA and Carol Lynn Roy of New Haven; two sisters, Genievie York and Gail Henderson both of Omaha; four brothers, Dean Sauls and Truman Sauls both of Eldorado, Ricky Lee Sauls of Norris City and Mike Sauls of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Shawn Sutherland, Erin Voshell, Christopher deVidal and Angela Canton and six great-grandchildren. Aileen was preceded in death by two sisters, Deanna Hunt and Ramona Sauls and two brothers, Jesse "Bud" Sauls and Robert Wayne "Bob" Sauls.
    Funeral Services for Aileen Crayne, 84, of Norris City will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Burial will be in Palestine #2 Cemetery in Omaha.  Friends may call on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Campbell Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Aileen's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home

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Jesse Meritt, Jr

Jesse Meritt, Jr., 89 of Evansville, Indiana, passed Away at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Jesse was born September 9, 1925 in Burnt Prairie, IL, the son of the late Jesse Sr. and Ruby (Simpson) Meritt. He was a graduate of Carmi Township High School and Lockyear Business College. After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe, Jesse was awarded three battle stars and honorably discharged as a Corporal. Jesse was employed by Lensing Wholesale as a division manager and retired in 1994 after 46 years of employment. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church for over 67 years.

Jesse enjoyed watching horse racing at Ellis Park and loved watching baseball, basketball and Indianapolis Colts football. He always looked forward to joining friends in his home and on Saturday mornings for coffee.

Jesse is survived by daughters, Barbara Meritt Childers and her husband Masten of Lexington, KY., Jana Lynn Cocquyt and her husband Kevin of Fishers, IN., son, Larry Alan Meritt of Evansville, grandchildren, Cameron Joseph and Conner Jesse Cocquyt, Thomas Grayson-Meritt Bowers, sister, Shirley Harper and her friend Morris Simpson of Carmi, IL., and sister-in-law, Mildred Merritt.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Ann Miegl Meritt and his brother, Jewell L. Merritt.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 3, 2015 at Central United Methodist Church, 300 Mary St., Evansville with Pastor Kevin Reed officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery where the Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Memorial Club will perform full military rites.

Friends may call from 4 pm until 7 pm, Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Central United Methodist Church and again at the church from 10 am until time of service at 11 am on Friday, July 3, 2015.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 300 Mary St., Evansville, IN. 47710

Boone Funeral Home East Chapel-A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, Indiana will be handling the arrangements.

Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net.


Hazel Marie Lenard

HAZEL MARIE LENARD AGE 88, A RESIDENT OF MCLEANSBORO PASSED AWAY AT 11: I0 A M  TUESDAY JUNE 30 2015 AT HER HOME.  A HOME MAKER SHE IS SURVIVED BY  5 SONS: CHARLES  "BOOTS" AND WIFE ELMA  LENARD OF AKIN ILLINOIS , BILL {WIFE YVONNE } LENARD OF RUIDOSO NEW MEXICO, TOMMY AND SISSY BILL LENARD  OF MT VERNON ILLINOIS, RICHARD LENARD OF LONGVIEW TEXAS, AND ROBERT {WIFE KATIE} LENARD OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS, 5 DAUGHTERS: LINDA {HUSBAND JOHN } TRAVIS OF MCLEANSBORO  ILLINOIS, ANNE  SNEED    OF TATUM,  TEXAS, DEBBIE{HUSBAND ROSCO} HANSON OF TEXARKANA ARKANSAS , HAZEL "SISSIE " LENARD OF QUEEN CITY TEXAS,SHELLY LENARD  AND HER FIANCE BILL INGRAM OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS.A BROTHER ROBERT " BOBBY" TEAGUE OF LONGVIEW TEXAS.  ALSO SURVIVING  ARE 26 GRANDCHILDREN, 75 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN AND 21 GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR HAZEL MARIE  LENARD  WILL  BE HELD SATURDAY JULY  4 2015 AT 10 A M AT THE TURNING POINT CHURCH OF GOD IN MCLEANSBORO  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE SMITH CEMETERY NEAR DALE ILLINOIS.    VISITATION WILL BE HELD AT THE TURNING POINT  CHURCH OF GOD   FROM 5 P M TO 8 P M ON FRIDAY JULY 3 2015 .  THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME OF  MCLEANSBORO IS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS. 


Vicky Taylor

           Vicky Jo Taylor, 54 of Enfield, passed away Tuesday morning June 30, 2015 at her parents home. She was born July 9, 1960 in Fairfield, the daughter of Jim and Inez (McIntosh) Taylor.
            Vicky had worked as a home visitor for WADI. She had graduated from SIC and Wabash Valley College. She loved pets, especially her 2 cats. She also loved reading and all children she came in contact with.
            She is survived by her parents, Jim and Inez; sisters, Marsha (John) Hoskins of Norris City and Lana (Dennis) Whetstone of Enfield; her special niece, Terah Hoskins and her aunt, Ludene Taylor of Norris City.
            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday July 3, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home at 200 S. Walnut St, Carmi with burial in McIntosh Cemetery in rural Enfield. Visitation will be from Noon until time of services at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Marvin K. Rister

     Marvin K. Rister, 94, of Carmi, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  He was born  on September 29, 1920 in Springerton, IL, the son of Earl and Cova (Tucker) Rister.   Marvin married Maxine Day on May 2, 1946 and she preceded him in death March 4, 2013.  He was a teacher and retired after 36 years of teaching in the Crossville and Cleveland Schools. Marvin  owned and operated Rister Offset Printing  and was a WWII Army veteran.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Carmi,  Retired Teacher's Assoc., V.F.W. and  American Legion.

     Marvin is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Melinda and Monty Applin and Janice McKay all of Carmi; a son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Vanessa Rister of Carmi; four grandchildren, Suzanne Mullins, James McKay, Amanda Brown and Bryson Rister; four great-grandchilden; and two great-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and one grandson, Nathan Lee Rister.
     Funeral services for Marvin K. Rister, 94, of Carmi, will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Hammack Cemetery in Springerton with military rites by Carmi V.F.W. and American Legion. Friends may call on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Marvin's name to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Marilyn L. Karcher

MARILYN  L. KARCHER AGE 69. A RESIDENT OF ROUTE 1 DAHLGREN ILLINOIS  PASSED AWAY AT 8;15 A M  MONDAY JUNE 29 2015  IN THE HAMILTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS.

SHE SERVED AS THE VILLAGE CLERK  FOR DAHLGREN  ILLINOIS FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE HER RETIREMENT.   SURVIVORS INCLUDE 2 DAUGHTERS: REGINA {HUSBAND WESLEY} WARREN  OF

DAHLGREN ILLINOIS, JODIE {HUSBAND JIM} HARRIS OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS  GRANDCHILDREN; BRITTANI {HUSBAND CHAD } VALANTINE , JARRET  WARREN  TYLER WARREN  AMANDA {HUSBAND DOUG} ATKINSON  ;GREAT GRANDCHILDREN EVAN ATKINSON, ELLIE VALENTINE. MADDIE VALENTINE AND ALEC VALENTINE, 3 BROTHERS: GABE {WIFE MARY ANN } CROSS OF  DAHLGREN ILLINOIS  JOHN{WIFE] CATHY CROSS OF MCLEANSBORO, AND STEVE { WIFE SHELIA }  CROSS OF MT VERNON ILLINOIS; 2 SISTERS  GAILA TYNE  OF STREATOR ILLINOIS  AND DOROTHY HORTON OF  KANGLEY ILLINOIS.  

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MARILYN L. KARCHER WILL BE HELD AT 11:00 A M FRIDAY JULY 3 2015 AT ST JOHNS CATHOLIC CHURCH IN DAHLGREN ILLINOIS  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE ST JOHNS CEMETERY .  VISITATION WILL BE FROM 5:00 P M TO  8:00 P M  THURSDAY AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN DAHLGREN WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF THE  ARRANGEMENTS.


Lynda L. Martin

Lynda L. Martin, 70, of Carmi, IL, died Sunday, June 28th at Mt. Vernon Nursing and Rehab in Mt. Vernon, IN. She was born June 24, 1945, in Carmi, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret (Mitchell) Purcell. She was married to Don Martin and he preceded her in death.

Lynda was a homemaker and a member of the Nazarene Church in Carmi. Crossword puzzles were among her favorite pastimes.

Survivors include her son, Chris Martin of Norris City, IL; sister Vera Mason of Mt. Vernon, IN; nieces and nephews Debbie Turner of Mt. Vernon, IN, Dave Rendleman of Darden Prairie, MO, Tim Rendleman of Glen Carbon, IL; several great nieces and great nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Visitation and funeral are Friday, July 3rd at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at noon and funeral is at 1 pm. Burial will be in White County Memorial Gardens near Carmi.


Donald Turner

    Donald Turner, 84, of Norris City, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:17 p.m. at Enfield Rehab and Nursing in Enfield.  He was born January 17, 1931 in Brownsville, IL, the son of Raymond and Viola Mae (Hillyard) Turner.  He was an electrician.
     Donald is survived by his companion of over 20 years, Irene Bishop of Norris City;  two sons, Clyde (Janet) Turner of Mt. Carmel and Terry (Debbie) Turner of Chandler, IN; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ethel (George) Finch of Odessa, TX; a foster sister, Pat (George) Piper of Columbia, MO; a foster brother, Buddy;  Irene's children, Elizabeth (Keith) Bryant of Norris City, Orville Hysell and Pamela Burke both of Carbondale and Del (Vickie) Bishop of Evansville, IN; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Simpson.
     Graveside services and burial for Donald Turner, 84, of Norris City, will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at West Union Cemetery near Carmi.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of arrangements.

Cindy L. Cochran

Cindy L. Cochran, 61 of Buckner, passed away Wednesday June 24, 2015 at her home. She was born June 9, 1954 in McLeansboro, the daughter of George Bulla and Elsie Page. She married Steven Cochran.
Cindy was a homemaker, she loved her family and reading.
She is survived by her husband Steve; daughter, Carol (Delbert Hobson) Miller of Carmi, son, Ernest Wayne “Buck” James of Carmi; granddaughter, Felicia Meyer and great-grandchild, Eboni Yates; brother, James T. (Linda G.) Browning of Carmi, sisters, Shirley Turner of Chicago, Alice (Tom) Kick of Evansville and Cathy (Rob) Faulkner of Glenwood, AZ.Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her brother, Donald Page and sister, Mary Jackson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday June 26, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Kingdom Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com

Cheryl Kay Hoover

CHERYL KAY HOOVER , AGE 65, A RESIDENT OF MCLEANSBORO PASSED AWAY MONDAY JUNE 22 2O15  AT 11:01 P M  IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF HAMILTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  IN MCLEANSBORO.

SHE WAS A COOK AND HAD WORKED AT THE HERITAGE WOODS  IN MCLEANSBORO.  SURVIVORS INCLUDE ONE SON: PHILLIP(WIFE JULIE} HOOVER  OF BENTON ILLINOIS, TWO DAUGHTERS;  PAULA {HUSBAND CARL} WEICHINGER  OF MACEDONIA ILLINOIS AND SUSAN {HUSBAND JOHN} FOWLER OF  MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS,  A GRANDSON TIM{WIFE ALEX} HOOVER, A GRANDAUGHTER  PAT WEICHINGER AND A GREAT GRANDAUGHTER  ABIGAIL HOOVER. ALSO  TWO BROTHERS ; DARRELL BYBEE OF CREAL SPRINGS ILLINOIS  AND PEARCE  CHOISSER BYBEE OF WINTER HAVEN FLORIDA.  

A GRAVESIDE MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY JUNE 29 2015 AT 10 A M AT THE SMITH CEMETERY NEAR DALE ILLINOIS.  THOSE ATTENDING THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE  ARE ASKED TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE CEMETERY.  VISITATION FOR CHERYL KAY HOOVER  WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY JUNE 26 2015  FROM 6 TO 8 P M  AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE SMITH CEMETERY.  MEMORIALS TO THE DONORS CHOICE  AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  WHICH IS CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.


Martha L. Stewart

   Martha L. Stewart, 88, of Carmi, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:15 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born on April 11, 1927 in Gallatin County, Illinois, the daughter of Manford and Anna (Higgins) Ellison.  Martha married William Stewart on August 29, 1945 and he preceded her in death October 8, 1991. She was a member of Bruce Chapel Church.
     Martha is survived by three daughters, Sherri (Steve) Duckworth of Carmi, Saundra (Don) Theobald of Richardson, TX and Sheila (Dean) Hosick of Enfield; three sons, Barry (Jeannie) Stewart and Rick (Connie Effington) Stewart all of Carmi and Dannie (Nora) Stewart of Norris City; nine grandchildren, Tonya Hosick, Jill Doneghue, Stacy Rottmann, Crystal Morrill, Ashley Duckworth, Eric Warner, Doug Taylor, Jackie Stewart and Billy Stewart; and nine great-grandchildren.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; five sisters, Bessie Johnson, Jessie Abbott, Essie May Bartley, Ella Tarrant and Edith Bartley; three brothers, Raymond, Freeman and John Ellison; a granddaughter, Michelle L. Stewart; and a great-granddaughter, Taylor Dawn Cokley.
     Funeral services for Martha L. Stewart, 88, of Carmi, will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Martha's memory to Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Ruth A. Friedman

     Ruth A. Friedman, 88, of Breese, IL and formerly of Carmi, passed away at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Aviston Countryside Manor in Aviston, IL.  She was born July 15, 1926 in McLeansboro, IL,  the daughter of Albert and Irene (Schuster) Rubenacker.  Ruth married William E. "Bill" Friedman on June 5, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2009.  She was a member of St. Polycarp Catholic Church, the Ladies Guild and Parrish Quilters.
     Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Rev. Father Daniel Friedman of Aviston, IL and Charles and Kathy Friedman of Evansville, IN; a sister, Mary Karcher of Breese, IL; a sister-in-law, Ellen Mayse of Newburgh, IN and several nieces and nephews.  Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; and three brothers, Charles "Sonny", Paul L. and Charles Rubenacker.
     A Mass of Christian burial for Ruth A. Friedman, 88, of Breese, IL and formerly of Carmi, will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at  11:00 a.m. at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi with Rev. Father Daniel Friedman and Vincent Obi officiating. Burial will be in St. Polycarp Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi where a prayer service will be held at 5:00 p.m..
     Memorial gifts may be given in Ruth's name to St. Polycarp Cemetery and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Benny Fay Garner

BENNY FAY GARNER, AGE 71, A RESIDENT OF WAYNE CITY ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY AT 7:27 P  M  WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 2015  AT HIS HOME.  HE ALONG WITH HIS WIFE WERE CO-OWNERS  OF

A & G MOBILE HOMES  FOR MANY YEARS.  HE WAS ALSO PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT / FOREMAN FOR CAW  IN ST LOUIS MISSOURI FOR OVER 30 YEARS;  HE WAS A U S  MILITARY VETERAN

OF THE VIET NAM WAR AND WAS A PAST MEMBER OF THE WAYNE CITY BOARD. SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS WIFE  JOYCE GARNER OF WAYNE CITY, 2 BROTHERS; CECIL GARNER OF MINERVA,

OHIO AND BOB{ WIFE GLORIA } GARNER OF WAYNE CITY ILLINOIS; 1 SISTER  SYBBIE { HUSBAND RANDY} ILE OF  MINERVA , OHIO; 1 BROTHER IN LAW  JAMES {WIFE ROXANNE) KNAUSS  OF

DALLAS TEXAS; 18 NIECES AND NEPHEWS; 32 GREAT NIECES AND NEPHEWS, AND 21 GREAT GREAT NIECES AND NEPHEWS .  FUNERAL  MEMORIAL SERVICES  FOR BENNY FAY GARNER

WILL BE HELD  THURSDAY JUNE 25 2015  AT 10 A M  AT POPLAR CREEK CHURCH  IN ORCHARDVILLE ILLINOIS.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THOMASON CEMETERY IN WAYNE CITY. VISITATION  WILL

BE FROM 5 P M TO 8 P M ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2015  AT THE POPLAR CREEK CHURCH.  MEMORIALS  TO HOSPICE  OR TO THE DONORS CHOICE  AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE CHURCH

OR AT THE RICHARDSON  FUNERAL HOME  IN WAYNE   CITY   WHICH IS CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.


Wanda May (Burkhead) McFall

    Wanda May (Burkhead) McFall, 87, of Carmi, passed away at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born on November 4, 1927 in Monroe, IN, the daughter of Loren and Stella (Boxley) Burkhead.  Wanda married Douglas G. McFall on June 3, 1949.  She worked as a telephone operator for General Telephone and later as a housewife and did babysitting for the neighborhood children.  Wanda was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
     Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Doug of Carmi; a daughter, Diana McFall of Atlanta, GA; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Kathleen McFall of Mascoutah, IL; five grandchildren, Sarah (James) Friesen, Jennifer (Timothy) Kingery, Amanda (Marc) Ayala, Issa (Joshua Bardwell) Waters, and Philip (Racheal) Cook; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Sigurdson of Minden, NE and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Wanda was preceded in death by five sisters, Virginia Burkhead, Drusilla Hartman, Margaret Maddock, Portia Van Leuven and Audrey Petersen; and two brothers, Loren Burkhead, Jr and Jack Burkhead.
     Local funeral services for Wanda May McFall, 87, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Bob McKelvey officiating.  Friends may call on Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. until time of service at Campbell  Funeral Home.  
     On Monday, June 22, 2015 additional services will be held at Melby Funeral Home in Platteville, WIsconsin at 11:00 a.m. with visiting from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Platteville.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Wanda's name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Gailen Webb

            Gailen Webb, 81 of McLeansboro, passed away Monday June 15, 2015 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was born June 8, 1934 in McLeansboro, the son of Samuel and Madeline (Thompson) Webb. He married Velma Brown on December 25, 1956.
            Gailen was a longtime Barber, starting in Charleston, IL and spending most of his years in McLeansboro. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Protestant faith. Most of all, Gailen loved his grandchildren and his family. He was excited about having another great-grandchild on the way.
            He is survived by his wife, Velma; his son, Robin (Teresa) Webb of McLeansboro; his daughter, Cindy McCormick of McLeansboro; grandchildren, Kristopher McCormick, Kassi (Jesse) Seals, Courtney (Bobby) Robertson, Callie (Adam Johnson) Webb, Corey and Cord Webb; great-grandchildren, Kaydence McCormick, Charliey, Elijah and Axton Robertson; two sisters-in-law, Mildred and Bonnie Webb. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Willis, Harry, David, Ernest, Edsel, Darrell, Samuel and Val Gene; sisters, Reba, Opal, Carrie, Wilma and Lucille.
            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday June 18, 2015 at the McLeansboro General Baptist Church with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the McLeansboro General Baptist Church. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the McLeansboro American Legion.Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the donors choice. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Turner

     Donald Turner, 84, of Norris City, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:17 p.m. at Enfield Rehab and Nursing in Enfield.  He was born January 17, 1931 in Brownsville, IL, the son of Raymond and Viola Mae (Hillyard) Turner.  He was an electrician.
     Donald is survived by his companion of over 20 years, Irene Bishop of Norris City;  two sons, Clyde (Janet) Turner of Mt. Carmel and Terry (Debbie) Turner of Chandler, IN; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Ethel (George) Finch of Odessa, TX; a foster sister, Pat (George) Piper of Columbia, MO; a foster brother, Buddy;  Irene's children, Elizabeth (Keith) Bryant of Norris City, Orville Hysell and Pamela Burke both of Carbondale and Del (Vickie) Bishop of Evansville, IN; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Simpson.
     Graveside services and burial for Donald Turner, 84, of Norris City, will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at West Union Cemetery near Carmi.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Roberta (McPherson) Tucker

PHYLLIS ROBERTA (MCPHERSON) TUCKER, AGE 96, A RESIDENT OF DAHLGREN, ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY AT 12:55 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015 IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF THE HAMILTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN MCLEANSBORO, ILLINOIS. SHE LOVED GARDENING, HER FLOWERS, PLAYING CARDS, AND ENJOYING SIGHTSEEING.   

SHE IS SURVIVED BY TWO DAUGHTERS: DONNA SUE, AND HUSBAND MARVIN, WILKERSON OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS, AND ROBERTA JUNE EATON OF COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS; A SON-IN-LAW: GENE RICHARDS OF BELLE RIVE, ILLINOIS; A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: BARBARA, AND HER HUSBAND TOMMY, WILLIAMSON OF BELLE RIVE, ILLINOIS; TWO SISTERS: MARCELLA JOHNSON OF STREAMWOOD, ILLINOIS, AND MARION, AND HER HUSBAND DON, WILLIAMS OF MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS.  NINE GRANDCHILDREN, 19 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, AND 4 GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ALSO SURVIVE .

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PHYLLIS ROBERTA (MCPHERSON) TUCKER WILL BE HELD AT 10:00 A.M. TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015 AT THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN DAHLGREN.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE SUGAR CAMP CEMETERY NEAR BELLE RIVE, ILLINOIS.  VISITATION WILL BE FROM 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M.  MONDAY AT THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN DAHLGREN. MEMORIALS TO THE SUGAR CAMP CEMETERY FUND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME.


William Lee "Bill" Holloman

William Lee “Bill” Holloman, 68, of Carmi, Illinois, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. He was born July 11, 1946, in Herald, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Eula (Bradley) Holloman. He was married to Brenda Kay Williams on May 1, 1964, and she survives.

Bill was a truck driver for Brown Feed and Chemical in Carmi, after working for over 25 years at Elastec. He had a passion for Summer League Baseball and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and the Fighting Illini. His church home was Ashland Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife Brenda Kay Holloman; sons William Holloman, Jr., Kelly (Lisa) Holloman; daughters Rickie (Jeff) Pollard, Christine (David) Hertzing, all of Carmi; brothers Lonnie Holloman of Herald, Greg Holloman of Conroe, Texas, Rocky Holland of Cleveland, Texas; sisters Tracy (Paul) Wilson of Willis, Texas, Ginger Holloman and Vern Wathen of Conroe, Texas; seven grandchildren, Dustin Holloman, Brooke Marie Walters, Jordan Lee Hertzing, Gavin Holloman, Grayley Jo Holloman, Jimmy Sexton, Shelby Pollard; one great-grandchild Adline Page Muse.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe, Jack and John Holloman; sisters Becky Rowe and Kathy Smith.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Wednesday, June 17th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral is at 10 am, Thursday, June 18th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi with burial in Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven, Illinois.

Memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to the Carmi Summer Recreation League and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel.


Jesse L. Cross

Jesse L. Cross, 87, of Carmi, IL, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Deaconess VNA Plus Hospice Care in Evansville, IN. He was born July 21, 1927, in Crossville, IL, the son of Alfonso and Minnie B. (Paschel) Cross. He married Bertha M. Gubbins on August 14, 1948, and she survives.

For more that 73 years, since he was 14 years old, Jesse was a member the First Christian Church in Carmi, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. He was a veteran of the Army and served during both World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during his service in Korea. Jesse was well-known in the area as owner and operator of Cross Automotive Service in Carmi.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha M. Cross of Carmi; sons David (Janice) Cross of Carmi, and William (Barbara) Cross of Highland, IL; sisters Mary Gail Bertram of West Virginia, Alva Lee (Ervin) Hargrave of Carmi, Vickie (Merl) Pollack of Crossville, Joyce (Norman) Martin of Crossville; grandchildren Shawn (Melissa) Cross, Jessica (Jonathon) West, Jason Cross, Shelly Cross, Bethany Cross and Jason Howell, Nick Lavalle, Paula Lavalle; great grandchildren, Anya Cross, Jesse Cross, Carolyn West, Alex West, Codi Cross, Gage Cross, Ariana Goforth, Allie Haskell, Grace Howell.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Joan Baker and Betty Margaret Attebury.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Tuesday, June 16th at First Christian Church in Carmi. Funeral is at 10 am, Wednesday, June 17th at First Christian Church with burial in White County Memorial Gardens.
Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.



Roy Glendale "Glen" Lack

     Roy Glendale “Glen” Lack, 80, of Carmi, IL, died Thursday morning, June 11, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, IN.  Glen was born May 25, 1935, in Osage County, OK, the son of Comal and Bonnie Matlock Lack. He spent his early childhood years in Idaho and Arkansas and later  moved to Illinois, where he graduated high school in Norris City.
     Glen is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Miner) Lack; daughter, Brenda Lack, Carmi, daughter and son-­in-law, Ron and Glenda (Lack) O’Neal, Maineville, OH; one grandson, Glennon “Bryke” O’Neal, Carlsbad, CA;  brother Vearl Lack, Prescott Valley, AZ; sisters, Joyce Hillyard, Carmi, and Linda Zentner, Minneapolis MN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three siblings, Lonnie “Bud" Lack and two infant brothers. 
     He retired as an independent driller after more than 50 years in the gas and oil industry; beginning at age 24, as the youngest driller for Kirk Drilling in Carmi. He then followed in his father’s footsteps with Texas Eastern, moving 
his wife and young daughters to Holbrook and Marietta, PA. Glen returned to IL in the 1960’s where he owned and operated Lack’s DX Service Station in Carmi and Ashland Oil Bulk Plant in Grayville.
     Glen loved outdoor activities and enjoyed hunting. His hobbies included restoring classic cars and he was an avid reader, sometimes reading as many as 25 books a week.
     Visitation is at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. The Omaha General Baptist Church will host a dinner at the Farm Bureau Building for family members and friends following the service.
     To honor his giving nature, the family has established the Glen Lack Memorial Fund. Donations will be accepted  at Campbell Funeral Home or First Bank, 201 E. Main St., Carmi, IL 62821. Funds will be used to meet the basic needs of students in the Carmi –White Co School District, enabling them to stay in school and complete their high 
school education.  

Sue C. Parker

Sue C. Parker, age 80, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away at 3:10 pm on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at her home.

She was a home maker.  She was a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church, and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband Dean Parker, a son David (and wife Amber) Parker of Wayne City, two daughters: Deana (and husband Bob) Anderson of Wayne City, and Vicki Chambliss of Wayne City.  Six grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Sue C. Parker will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at the Wayne City Church of God with pastor Gary Cline officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday, June 12th at the Wayne City Church of God.

Memorials may be made to the Olive Branch Church, the American Cancer Society, or to the Shriners Club, and will be accepted at the church or at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, which is in charge of the arrangements.


John H. Kennett

JOHN H. KENNETT, AGE 88, OF CARMI, ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY AT 11:35 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015 AT THE KINDRED HOSPITAL IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA.  HE WAS A RETIRED SALESMAN AND A U.S. NAVY VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II.  SURVIVORS INCLUDE A SON: GARY KENNETT OF UPLAND, CALIFORNIA; A GRANDSON: GREGORY KENNETT; AND 4 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.  ALSO A BROTHER: DWAINE KENNETT OF LINCOLN, ILLINOIS; 3 SISTERS: PATTY MISTRETTA AND LUCILLE KENNET, BOTH OF UPLAND, CALIFORNIA, AND SHIRLEY SWILLE OF ARIZONA.  GRAVESIDE FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015 AT 1:00 P.M. AT THE OLD SPRINGER CEMETERY NEAR MCLEANSBORO.  THOSE ATTENDING THE SERVICE ARE ASKED TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE CEMETERY FOR THE SERVICE.  THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME OF MCLEANSBORO IS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.


Gilbert Frier

   Gilbert (Gib) Frier, 90, of Carmi, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:05 p.m. at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, IN.  Gib was born in Shawneetown, IL on January 2, 1925, the son of Richard and Maggie (Blair) Frier.   He was an active member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Carmi American Legion  and V.F.W.  and a former member of the Carmi Lion's Club.  Gib enjoyed fishing, playing pool, going dancing and visiting friends.
     Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Norma Jean; a daughter, Sharon (Jim) Poshard of Danville; a son, Gib (Kathy) Frier of New Berlin; five granddaughters, Shannon (Ken) Mendonca, Vicki (Eddie) Carter, Bethany Poshard, Andrea (Erik) McCubbin and Jessica (Erik) Sanders; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry (Wanda) Frier of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews; and brothers-in-law, Dean (Cindy) Deitz and Jim (Nannie) Deitz.  Gib was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and three brothers.
      Funeral services for Gib Frier, 90, of Carmi, will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with military rites by Carmi American Legion and V.F.W..  Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call on Sunday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in Gib's name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Robert D. "Bud" Gross

Robert D. “Bud” Gross, 80, of Carmi, IL, formerly of Grayville, IL, died Monday, June 8, 2015, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. He was born November 3, 1934, in Griffin, IN, the son of Eweart and Dorothy (Atchley) Gross. He married Ellen C. “Chris” Hatcher in June of 1988, and she survives.

Bud was an auto mechanic and owner/operator of Bud Gross Repair Service in Grayville for 35 years. He began his career working on his own cars, and then for Mathews Ford Garage and Charlie Bullock’s Garage. He and his wife, Chris, thoroughly enjoyed drag racing, and Bud was well known in the area when he drag raced his own 1967 Ford Fairlane and 1968 Hemi-Cuda. He graduated from Grayville High School in 1952.

Survivors include his wife, Chris Gross of Carmi; stepsons Darrin Hampsten of Mt. Carmel, IL, and Brian Hampsten of Evansville; sister Nellie Heugel of Evansville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Margie Cagiano; and brother Kelly Gross.

Visitation and funeral are Thursday, June 11th, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is at 10:00 am and funeral is at 12:00 noon, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.


Harry Ackerman

Harry Ackerman 85 of Carmi, passed away Tuesday evening May 19, 2015 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. He was born November 29, 1929 in Carmi, the son of Ralph and Norma (Patrick) Ackerman. He married Marilyn Hargrave on December 26, 1953 in Corinth, MS.

            Harry had worked in appliance repair most of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool and visiting at the Carmi Coffee Shop. He played pro baseball to the triple A Level as a member of the Chicago Cubs, but his allegiance was to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Carmi American Legion and V.F.W. He attended Big Prairie Church.

            He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Sharon (Chas) Hisch of Poseyville, Amber (Alex) Carney and Lisa (Dean) Cross all of Carmi; grandchildren, Julie (Chad) Loughrey, Kimberly Winter, Adam and Ashley Cross, Walker Roser, Lexa, Liza and Levi Carney; great-grandson, Jack Loughrey; in-laws, Carolyn Ackerman, Ervin (Alvalee) Hargrave and Reva Price. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lionel “Sode” Ackerman.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday May 22, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Chaplain Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Carmi American Legion and V.F.W. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Helen Mae Rinesmith

Helen Mae Rinesmith, age 80, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away at 12:06 pm on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was a home maker.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Rinesmith, and both parents Donald William Hopper and Dorothy Ellen (McWilliams) Hopper.

Survivors include three sons:  Roger (and wife Carol) Rinesmith of Colorado Springs, CO; Drake (and wife Becky) Rinesmith of Shepherdsville, KY; and Anson (and wife Jennifer) Rinesmith of Imperial, MO.

Funeral services for Helen Mae Rinesmith will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at the Archie L. Sanders Memorial Chapel in Wayne City, IL with pastor Bill Clark officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City which is in charge of all the arrangments.

Burial will be at the Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City.


Lena Wallace

     Lena Wallace, 82, of Carmi, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. at Phoenix Nursing and Rehab in Carmi.  She was born in Epworth on July 5, 1932, the daughter of Carl and Mary Ella (Brown) Thompson. Lena married Carl Wallace August 13, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 8, 1964.  She was a wife and a mother.
     She is survived by three daughters, Connie Wallace of Carmi, Brenda Bucinski of Harrisburg and Caroline Wallace of Carmi; two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Teri Lynn Thompson of West Frankfort and Wilbur "Ray" Pennell of Carmi; six grandsons; three granddaughters; four great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.
     She was preceded in death by three sons, Tommy, Donnie and Ronnie Wallace; three sisters, Lucy Zoph, Ruby Winter and Zelma Logan; and five brothers, Bill ,Curtis, Ned, Ted and Charles Thompson.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Lena Wallace, 82, of Carmi will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015 at Brown Cemetery near Crossville.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.  
     Memorial gifts may be given in Lena's name to Campbell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Ruby S. Abbey Akers

Ruby S. Abbey Akers, 95 of Carmi, passed away Thursday morning May 21, 2015 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center. She was born October 26, 1919 in Enfield, the daughter of Victor and Edith (Skiles) Mitchell. She first married John Abbey on July 15, 1941 and he preceded her in death on October 16, 1978, she then married Clinton L. Akers on June 20, 1996 and he preceded her in death on July 24, 2004.

                Love is a common extension associated with the name Ruby Akers. Ruby was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved her family beyond compare along with a large circle of friends she gathered wherever she traveled.

                Ruby was one of the first to graduate from the new high school building in Enfield with the class of 1936. She used her knowledge gathered there to be a successful farmer’s wife and bookkeeper of their business for all their farming years. She enjoyed her winters in Florida, playing Bingo, painting and traveling.

                Ruby was proud of the fact that she was baptized at the early age of nine at Jacobs Camp near Springerton. She was a lifelong member of Bethel Methodist Church near Enfield until it closed.  Ruby felt it was important to attend wherever she lived. She lived in Fairfield from 1980 until 2010 and attended church regularly there. But most recently Ruby attended church at Ashland Christian Church with her Granddaughter Carmen, as often as her health allowed.

                She is survived by her daughter, Janice (Tom) Prince of Enfield, grandchildren, Carmen (Kenny) Rockett of Carmi and Randy Prince of Decatur; great-grandchildren, Leigh and Jackson Prince; sisters-in-law, Della Mae (Leon) Colson and Ruby Abbey; brothers-in-law, Guy Abbey and Marvin (Frieda) Abbey; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; her special caregiver, Amy Buttry and all of the staff at Wabash Christian Retirement Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and her brother, Mark Mitchell.

                Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 23, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield with Rev. Braden Willis and Chaplain Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of Flowers, memorials are suggested to Ashland Church. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Pauline Newcomb

Pauline Yates Newcomb, 95 of Carmi, passed away Friday morning May 22, 2015 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was born June 12, 1919 in Eldorado, the daughter of Luther and Tina (Watson) Yates. She married Cecil Newcomb July 6, 1935 and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1999.
            She attended Cherry Street Church.
            She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don (Diane) Newcomb of Evansville, IN; a daughter-in-law, Laura Dell Newcomb of Carmi; one sister-in-law, Ann Yates of Attalla, AL; 11 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
            She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil; daughter, Wilma Jean Kircher; two sons, James and Robert Newcomb; granddaughter, Dona Pitegoff; two grandsons, Jeff and Steven Mobley; one great-granddaughter, Kirstan Nicole Chamness; one great-grandson, Richard Lee Travelstead, Jr.; and five brothers, Harry, Oscar, Clyde, Claude and Roscoe Yates.
            Funeral services with be on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 2:00 P.M. at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Chaplain Mike Fields officiating.  Visitation will be from Noon until service time.  Burial will be at North Maple Ridge Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Betty JoAnn Butler

Betty JoAnn Butler, 81, of Mt. Carmel, IL, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. She was born in Mt. Carmel, May 16, 1934, the daughter of Albert R. and Dolus (Conrad) Thompson.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Grayville, and very active in the Grayville Senior Citizens and was a member of the Red Hat Society. JoAnn enjoyed cooking and over the years owned and operated several retail establishment including a grocery store in Griffin, IN, The Blue Gables Restaurant (among others), and The Silver Dollar Saloon in Grayville. She also worked several years for Snap-On Tools in Mt. Carmel.

Survivors include son Lewis (Connie) Butler of Mt. Carmel; brother Gary Mode of Georgia; sisters Nancy Barrett and Judy Hart of Evansville; grandchildren Leslie (John) Novak of St. Louis, MO, and Aaron (Jennifer) Butler of Ashley, IL; great grandchildren Dylan Speir, Jacob Speir, MaKayla Speir, all of Albion, IL, Addison Butler and Graham Butler of St. Louis.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son Frank Butler; and brothers Robert Haseman and David Coglan.

Visitation and funeral are Tuesday, May 26th, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is at 10 am and funeral is at noon. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

Memorials may be made to the Grayville Senior Citizens or the Grayville First Baptist Church.


Fred T. Ziegler

    Fred T. Ziegler, 95, Crossville, died at 9:40 a.m., May 22, 2015, at Stafford, Virginia.
He was born August 4, 1919, at Piggott, Arkansas, the son of Earl and Rachel (Horn) Ziegler. He was married November 1, 1945, at Ottumwa, Iowa, to Vera L. Schmittler (deceased June 1994).
    Mr. Ziegler was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II at Normandy (Omaha Beach), Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. Staff Sargent Ziegler received an honorable discharge on September 12, 1945.
    Mr. Ziegler established Modern Gas in May, 1957, with offices in Grayville, Illinois, and, in 1966, opened offices in Fairfield, Illinois.
    In 1961, Mr. Ziegler received a “Citation for Bravery” from the City of Carmi for his lifesaving action in subduing a man with a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun who, after being stopped, attacked the Carmi Chief of Police.
    Mr. Ziegler was the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post Commander in 1965 for VFW Post No. 3851 in Carmi. He was also a longtime member of The American Legion, Post 224, also of Carmi.
    He is survived by five children: Beverly L. & Chauncey Spencer, Alapaha, Georgia; Paula A. & George Verdon, Villa Rica, Georgia; Fredrick T. and Cindy Ziegler, Stafford, Virginia; Bonnie L. Cronin, Sparks, Georgia; Vanessa K. and Lee Rister, Carmi; and three sisters, Evelyn Pethel and Earline Isles, Michigan; Lana Faye Edwards, Arkansas; and 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and one grandson.
    Additionally, it should be noted he was the unofficial head honcho of an unruly group of scoundrels known to gather mornings at the Carmi McDonalds. Furthermore, he was also President of the White County Chapter of the Mile-a-More Bird Association, increasing membership during his tenure from not too many to a whole lot.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. On Friday May 29, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi, Illinois. Viewing will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, 28 May 2015. Interment will be at Stokes Chapel Cemetery, Crossville, Illinois with military rites by the Carmi American Legion and V.F.W. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com Request contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Program (woundedwarrior.org) in Mr. Ziegler’s name.

Joy Edwards

   Joy Edwards, 87, of Norris City passed away at 1:40 a.m., Monday, May 25, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born April 8, 1928 in Omaha, IL the daughter of Thomas and Grace (Wilson) Stovall.  Joy married Densil Edwards on September 1, 1950.  She was a 1946 graduate of Norris City High School, a homemaker and had attend the Norris City Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
     Joy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Densil of Norris City and a son, Mark Edwards of Norris City.  She was preceded in death by a son, Michael R. Edwards on April 15, 2001.
     Funeral Services for Joy Edwards, 87, of Norris City will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Burial will be in Village Cemetery near Norris City.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Leah Marie Koester

Leah Marie Koester, 57 of Teutopolis, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Hall Funeral Chapel in Effingham, IL.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham.  Visitation is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, also at the funeral chapel.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the donor's choice.  Condolences may be left online at www.hallfuneralchapel.com.

Leah was born on December 29, 1957 in Carmi, IL, the daughter of Dale and Joyce (Barr) Masser.  She married Mark Koester on July 29,1976 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham.  Leah worked as a Controller at Griffith Trucking Co. in Effingham for over 20 years.  She enjoyed crafts, quilting and spending time with her grandchildren.  Leah was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be very sadly missed by all of her family.

Her survivors include, her husband; Mark daughters; Amy (Brad) Westendorf of Effingham and Keri Koester of Effingham, grandchildren; Emma and Taryn Westendorf of Effingham, mother; Joyce Masser of Carmi,IL, brother, Bruce (Colleen) Masser of Carmi, IL, sister; Joni (Don) Gulley of Marion, IL.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents. 


Robert Joseph Sperry

There was a great disturbance on the force on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Mary’s Medical Center when Robert Joseph Sperry, Jedi, passed from this life.

Jedi Robert was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 1, 1970 to the late Jedi Master Fredrick Joseph and Debra (Santangelo) Sperry.

The loss of Jedi Robert was like the destruction of Alderaan to his wife of 11 years, Angela (Harper) Sperry of Evansville, IN; sister, Loranna Schwartz of Evansville, IN; sister-in-law, Brandy Sperry of Indianapolis, IN; padawan nieces and nephew; Angelica Sperry, Mace Sperry, Kitana Hughes; aunt, Candace Levine of Chicago, IL; cousin, Katie Mercado of Chicago, IL; special friend and Jedi brother, Christopher Beard of Evansville, IN; mother-in-law, Joyce Harper of Norris City, IL.

Jedi Robert was preceded in death by his mother Debra Santangelo in 2014, his father, Fredrick Joseph Sperry in 2012; brother, David Fredrick Sperry in 2011 and his father-in-law, Gerald Harper in 2007.

This Jedi Robert will be laid to rest at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Browning Funeral Home, 738 Diamond Avenue, Evansville, IN 47711 with Elder Anthony R. Hughes, Sr., Pastor officiating.

Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Sunday May 31, 2015 at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City, Illinois.

Friends can visit from 3:00 pm until service time on Saturday at Browning Funeral Home.

“May the force be with you…always”

Memorial contributions may be made to Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, 3701 Bellemeade Avenue, Evansville, IN  47714

Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com


Finis W. "Mac" McComas

Finis W. “Mac” McComas, 78, of Grayville, IL, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, IL. He was born October 17, 1936, in Colbert, OK, the son of Charles Finis and Lorene (Harvey) McComas.  He married Shirley Funkhouser on December 25, 1955, and she survives.

Mac was a member and Senior Elder of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Grayville, and was a member of the Grayville VFW Post (past Commander), American Legion, and the Fleet Reserve Association.  During his career in the Navy, he completed three tours of duty in Vietnam in 1967, 1971 and 1973, where he logged over nine thousand flight hours in the P-2 and P-3 Orion Antisubmarine aircraft.  After his retirement from the Navy, he owned and operated the Grayville Insurance Agency.  He also played center position for the undefeated Grayville Basketball Team in 1954.

Survivors include his wife Shirley McComas; son Kevin McComas; daughter Julie Rinkenberger and Mike Hartman, all of Grayville; brother David McComas of Oklahoma City, OK; two grandchildren, Brandon Raymondand Samantha Hoy and Brian Raymond and Natasha Pearsonfour great grandchildren Kali, Josie, Madilynn and Brandon, Jr.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Charles McComas.

Visitation and funeral are Monday, June 1, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  Visitation is at 10 am and continues until funeral time at 1 pm.  Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Fellowship Church.




Bernadine M. Karcher

BERNADINE M KARCHER  AGE 90, A RESIDENT OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY  AT 4:48 P M FRIDAY MAY 29 2015  IN THE HAMILTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM IN MCLEANSBORO  ILLINOIS.

SHE WAS A RETIRED SEAMSTRESS  AND RESTAURANT WAITRESS  AND ENJOYED QUILTING.  SURVIVORS INCLUDE A SISTER ; DORIS KARCHER OF WASHINGTON ILLINOIS   brother in law  LEE RUBENACKER OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS, NEPHEWS AND NIECES; ALAN AND ROGER L. RUBENACKER, LARRY AND DONNIE KARCHER, MARY KAY KERRIGAN, DIANE WEBBER, LOIS VANWINKLE , KAREN ENDICOTT  MIKE KARCHER AND ROGER KARCHER.

FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY JUNE 1 2015 AT 10:00 A M   AT ST CLEMENTS  CATHOLIC IN MCLEANSBORO.

VISITATION WILL BE FROM 5 TO 8 P M SUNDAY  AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  IN MCLEANSBORO WITH A ROSARY SERVICE AT 7 P M  

BURIAL WILL BE IN THE ST CLEMENTS  CEMETERY IN MCLEANSBORO,  MEMORIALS TO THE ST CLEMENTS CEMETERY FUND AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.


John D. Aud

     John D. Aud, 33, of Carmi, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:08 p.m. in Carmi.  He was born on November 21, 1981 in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Jack and Rosemary (Pennington) Aud.  John was a welder at Babcock & Wilcox in Mt. Vernon, IN and a member of the Sons Of The American Legion.
     He is survived by his parents, Jack and Rosemary Aud of Carmi; his financ'e, Jaime Judge of Carmi; maternal grandparents, Glen and Danelle Holtclaw and Harold Pennington, Sr. all of Carmi; paternal grandmother, Pauline Aud of Carmi; a sister, Jackie (Michael Flechs) Yon  and niece, Brooklyn Yon all of Carmi; aunts and uncles, Jerry and Vivian Aud of Carmi, Becky and Scott Flowers of Zeeland, MI,  Cork and Brenda Pennington of Carmi and Paula and Tom Lantrip of Floyd's Knob, IN; and numerous cousins.  John was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jewel Aud; uncle, Leroy Aud and cousin, Zachary Flowers.
     Funeral services for John D. Aud, 33, of Carmi, will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in West Union Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call on Wednesday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Memorial gifts may be given in John's name to Special Olympics Area 14 or Brownsville School and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Wayne Vaupel

Age: 79

Residence: McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 8:45 P.M., Sunday, May 31, 2015 at his residence

Visitation: 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Ten Mile

Baptist Church, McLeansboro

Funeral: 1:00 P.M., Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Ten Mile Church

The Church will open 1 hour before the funeral service.

Clergy: Reverend Robert Sefried and Reverend Jacob Gray

Burial: Brush Harbor Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth: July 27, 1935 Place of Birth: Herald, IL

Father: Herman Theodore Vaupel Mother: Stella Mae Funkhouser

Marriage to: Peggy June Prince on December 9, 1955 in Carmi, IL

Church Affiliation: Member of Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Brownsville, IL

Activities: Wayne was a Pastor for 47 years. He pastured Walnut Grove Baptist Church for

23 years and was the current pastor. He pastured many churches in Hamilton

and White Counties. He was a Cable Tool Driller in the oil field and he loved

to run his fox hounds.

Survivors:

Wife: Peggy Vaupel, McLeansboro

2 Sons: Gregory Wayne Vaupel & wife Thelma - Fairview Heights, IL

Jerrod Vaupel & wife Lois - McLeansboro, IL

2 Daughters: Denise Gray & husband Bob - McLeansboro

Janet Scott & husband Jeff - Bloomington, IN

14 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren 1 Great Great Grandchild

1 Sister: Pat Duckworth & husband Bob - Carmi, IL

2 Brothers: Ted Vaupel - Fairfield, IL

Robert Vaupel - Grayville, IL

Several Nieces and Nephews

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Parents; Sister Carolyn Duckworth; Brother, Harrawood

Vaupel; one Great Grandchild, Hattie Jean Gray

MEMORIALS TO: Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the church

or Harre Funeral Home

HARRE FUNERAL HOME, McLeansboro is in charge of all arrangements.