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Allene Campbell

     Allene Campbell, 95, of Carmi, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born on October 27, 1919 in Maunie, IL,the daughter of Alford Cornelius "A.C." and Eppsa Jane (Wade) Allison.  Allene married Cort Huff on October 16, 1937 and he preceded her in death November 21, 1965.  She then married Bert Garrison Campbell on January 17, 1976 and he preceded her in death August 7, 1997.  Allene worked at the Carmi Township Hospital for 10 years and was a member of Marshall Ferry General Baptist Church in Maunie.  She was an avid quilter and had an amazing memory.   She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
     Allene is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Jim Tolley of Newburgh, IN; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Brenda Huff and Don and Audrey Huff all of Carmi and Phillip R. and Kay Huff of Stonefort, IL; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilma Ragsdale of Carmi.  Allene was preceded in death by two husbands; a daughter, Betty Boggs; a sister, Inez Blazier; and three brothers, Muriel Allison, Carl Allison and Manford Perry.
     Funeral services for Allene Campbell, 95, of Carmi, will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Marshall Ferry Cemetery in Maunie.  Friends may call on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Campbell Funeral Home.  Memorial gifts may be given in Allene's name to Marshall Ferry General Baptist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Karen F. Duke

Karen F. Duke, 67, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, January 25, 2015, at her home.  She was born May 20, 1947, in Mattoon, Illinois, the daughter of Wilfred and Ruth (Farris) McKelvey.  She married Robert E. Duke on August 14, 1964, and he preceded her in death on January 11, 2015.

Karen was a homemaker and member of the Northside Baptist Church in Grayville.

Survivors include her mother Ruth Fender; son Robert (Tonya) Duke; daughters Beverly Duke, Julie (Doug) Cowling; grandchildren Madison Duke, Christopher Duke, Benjamin Duke, Zoey Duke, Elijah Duke, Jada Duke, Emma Duke, Camille Cowling, Kaden Cowling.

She is preceded in death by her father Wilfred McKelvey; husband Robert E. Duke; and brother Nola McKelvey.

Visitation and funeral are Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  Visitation is at 9 am and funeral is at 11 am, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.


Martha Drogemuller

Martha Drogemuller, age 96, formerly of Franklin Park, IL, passed away Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at the home of her son in Milwaukee, WI.

Mrs. Drogemuller was a home maker.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband:  Walter Drogemuller, her loving parents:  Joe and Lillie (Benbrook) Russ, and one brother:  Joe Emmerson Russ.

Martha was the beloved wife of the late Walter Drogemuller; loving mother of William (wife Barb) Drogemuller of Milwaukee, WI; cherished grandmother of Matthew (wife Ruby); proud great grandmother of Dahlia Germain Drogemuller; dear sister of Hazel Clark of McLeansboro, IL; Velma (husband Richard) Reichenbach of Chicago, IL; Arlene Schael of Corinth, TX; and the late Joe Russ. She was also a loving aunt, cousin, and friend of many.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 from 4:00 pm until the time of service at 7:00 pm at the Sax-Tiedemann Funeral Home & Crematorium, located at:  9568 Belmont Ave. in Franklin Park, IL.Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in Franklin Park, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, and will be accepted locally at the Gholson Funeral Home of McLeanboro, IL, which is responsible for providing local obituary information.


Larry Edward Baumgart

  Larry Edward Baumgart, 47, of rural Carmi passed away at his home on Saturday, January 24, 2015.  He was born December 6, 1967 in Evansville, IN the son of Robert and Janet (Hillenbrand) Baumgart.  A life-long resident of White County, IL, he graduated from Carmi Community High School in 1987.  Larry owned Baumgart Trucking and was a partner in Baumgart Farms.  His passion was driving his Peterbilt, which he shared with his son Terry.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying 4-wheeler and ranger rides and jet skiing in the summer.  Larry always wore a smile and was a stranger to none.  His kind, gentle heart, wit and jolly spirit will be missed by all that had the privilege of encountering him.
    Larry is survived by his parents, Bob and Janet Baumgart of New Haven; the love of his life, Viola Peterson of Carmi; his pride and joy, son, Terry Edward Baumgart of Carmi; three sisters, Jane Moon and husband, Perry, Kathy Moon and husband, Chet all of Tuscumbia, AL and Cindy Baumgart and boyfriend, Mike Hite of Norris City; two brothers, Jeff Baumgart and wife, Debbie of Cape Girardeau, MO and Bob Baumgart and wife, Kristy of Acworth, GA; and 15 nieces and nephews.  
     Funeral Mass will be held for Larry E. Baumgart at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi with Father Jack Durchholz and Father Vincent Obi officiating.  Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Thursday where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Friday at St. Polycarp.  Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for Terry Baumgart and will be accepted at Banterra Bank or Campbell Funeral Home.

James Edward Finch

James Edward Finch, 85, of Grayville, Illinois, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Illinois.  He was born August 9, 1929, in Hazel Park, Michigan, the son of Sam and Edith (Williamson) Finch.  He was married to Joann (Farris) Finch, and she preceded him in death.  Jim was a painter and worked in construction.
 
Survivors include son Jim (Robin) Finch of Grayville; daughter Jackie Finch of Amity, Louisiana; grandchildren Christopher, Austin and Cameron; and several nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and several siblings.
 
In keeping with Jim’s wishes, his remains were cremated with no services.
 
Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy Sue Baker

Peggy Sue Baker, age 53, a resident of Bluford, IL passed away at 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was a retired employee of the Airtex company in Fairfield, IL.

She is survived by her husband, John Baker of Bluford, IL; her mother, Dorothy Hedden of Wayne City, IL; two sons:  Ryan Hedden of Fairfield, IL; and Jonnie Baker of Wayne City, IL; a daughter:  Tracy Parker of Kinmundy, IL, two brothers:  Roger (wife Amy) Hedden of Wayne City, IL; and Rocky (wife Angie) Hedden of Wayne City, IL; and a sister Gloria (husband Tim) Wiggins of Wayne City, IL.

Funeral services for Peggy Sue Baker will be held at 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, IL.

Burial will be at the Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City, IL.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26th, 2015 until the time of service at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.

Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the Richardson Funeral Home, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Robert (Bob) Mezo

Robert (Bob) Mezo, age 81, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away at 6:32 P.M. Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

He was a retired businessman.

He is survived by his wife Mary Mezo of Wayne City, IL; two sons, 1 daughter, 1 brother, and 2 sisters also survive.

Funeral services for Robert (Bob) Mezo will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 24th at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, IL.

Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 24th until the time of service at Richardson Funeral Home.

Burial will be at the Liberty Cemetery near Macedonia, IL.

Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses, and will be accepted at the Richardson Funeral Home, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Shirley Duvall

    Shirley Duvall, 76, of Carmi, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 1:38 p.m. at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, IN.  She was born March 13, 1938 in Carmi, the daughter of Albert Arnold  and Frances (Renshaw) Grant.  Shirley married Latney Earl Duvall, Sr. on November 27, 1954 and he preceded her in death on June 12, 2008.  She had worked as a C.N.A. and was a loving mother and grandmother.
     Shirley is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Creamer of Carmi; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard Dale Duvall, Alfred Eugene Duvall and Lonnie Joe and Lisa Duvall all of Carmi and Latney Earl and Deborah Duvall, Jr. of Carlock, IL; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ernie Grant of Kansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband;  a son, James Steven Duvall; a granddaughter, Sally Duvall;  a sister and four brothers.
     Funeral services for Shirley Duvall, 76, of Carmi, will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Melrose Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call on Tuesday, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

Larry V. Gerdes

     Larry V. Gerdes, 60, of Harrisburg and formerly of Norris City, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 3:25 p.m. at his residence.  He was born September 9, 1954 in Waukegan, Illinois, the son of Norman Wayne and Margaret Alice (Austin) Gerdes.
     Larry is survived by his mother, Alice Gerdes of Henderson, KY; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherry and Roy Clark of Broughton and Mary and John Dunham of Henderson, KY; and four half brothers, Bob Edmonds of Los Angeles, CA, Bill Edmonds of Sanger, CA, Milton Johnson of Clam Falls, MN and Dale Johnson of Two Harbors, MI.  He was preceded in death by his father.
     A celebration of life for Larry V. Gerdes, 60, of Harrisburg and formerly of Norris City, will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Ditney Ridge Baptist Church near Norris City.  Private burial will be in Ditney Ridge Cemetery.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of arrangements.

Clara J. "Jeanie" Young

A Celebration of Life for Clara J. “Jeanie” Young will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Freedom Chapel on North Staley Street in Carmi.  Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

Clara passed away on December 30, 2014.  Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.


Mary Holt

     Mary Holt, 96, of Carmi passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL.  She was born November 1, 1918 in Crossville, IL, the daughter of Clyde and Jennie Rawlinson.  Mary married Manley Blue Holt on February 19, 1939 and he preceded her in death on June 12, 2000.  She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Carmi.  Mary was an avid bridge player and active in the Home Culture Circle, White County Senior Citizens.
      She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Mike Voss of Portland, OR; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Deborah Holt of Tallahassee, FL; four grandchildren, Michael Minnotte, Daniel Holt, Andrew Holt and Abigail Allen; and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers,  Royal and Robert Rawlinson.
      Funeral services for Mary Holt, 96, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Carmi with Revs. Nate Mochizuki and Elizabeth Moses officiating.  Burial will be in Stokes Chapel Cemetery in Crossville.  Friends may call on Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Jackie Junior Maness

Jackie Junior Maness, age 75, a resident of Opdyke, IL, passed away at 7:00 A.M. Monday, January 19th, 2015 at his home in Opdyke, IL.

He was a retired slaughter house meat cutter.

He is survived by:  three sons; James Joe Maness of MO, Ralph Eugene Maness of KY, and Jessie Thomas Maness of NC; two sisters, Mary Sue Robinson of Sycamore, IL; and Judy Beasley of Maple Park, IL; a special friend, Judy Clark of Opdyke, IL; and his extended family; Jim, Tim, John, and Deedee Clark, and many other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at Anderson Funeral home in Dekalb, IL.

Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren, IL is assisting with the local arrangements.


Marie Melton

Marie L. Melton, 84 Winchester, IN, and formerly of Carmi, died on January 18, 2015 at Pine Knoll Nursing Home in Winchester.  She was born on February 19, 1930 in Missouri, the daughter of William Wesley and Mary (Bartley) Dodd.  She married Kenneth Gerald Melton and he preceded her in death In August 1977.

Marie retired from AT & T.  She enjoyed and devoted her life to raising her children.

She is survived by three sons, Kenneth (Pat) Melton of Lynn, IN, Danny K, (Susan) Melton of Winchester, IN and Dennis Ray Melton of Union City, IN; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, three brothers, Robert “Bob” (Gertie Browning) Dodd of Carmi, Jason (Janet) Dodd of Enfield and Harley (Carolyn) Dodd of Haytie, MO; four sisters, Shirley Ann Perez of Carmi, Lynn Stewart of Carmi, Ruby Frances Aldridge of Norris City, and Ruth (George) Chaffin of Carmi. She was preceded in death by one brother, William Wesley Dodd, Jr. and two sisters, Minnie Klaffer and Roberta Lucille Hays.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday January 22, 2015 at Union Ridge Cemetery near Norris City. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Alfred A. Hutchcraft

     Alfred A. Hutchcraft, 92, of Carmi and formerly of Omaha, Il passed away at 2:35 p.m., Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Fountainview Nursing Home in Eldorado.  He was born June 7, 1922 in Burnt Prairie, IL the son of James Albert and Elizabeth (Flanagan) Hutchcraft.  Alfred married Allena Pearl Stokes on June 30, 1946 and she preceded him in death on October 28, 2008.  He was a union carpenter for 17 years with the Chicago District Council and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.  He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W.
     Alfred is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Jacqueline L. and Jerry Hill of Round Lake, IL and Diana G. Dyer of Goshen, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul N. and Karen Hutchcraft of Lampe, MO; a brother  James Edward Hutchcraft; 11 grandchildren;  15 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two sister, Lucille Deason and Berneice Wilson; son-in-law Ron Dyer; a sister-in-law Kathy Hutchcraft.
  Funeral Services for Alfred A. Hutchcraft, 92, of Carmi formerly of Omaha will be at 1:00 p.m.Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Union Ridge Cemetery near Norris City with military rites by the Carmi American Legion and VFW. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Tuesday, from noon till service time.

Merle Rogers

            Merle J. Rogers, 60 of Woodlawn, IL died on January 16, 2015 at Specialty Select Hospital in
 
 Evansville, IN.  He was born on February 22, 1954 in Chappell, Nebraska, the son of Charles J. and Betty J. (McCluskey) Rogers.  He married Linda L. Scott on December 9, 1975 at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Carmi, and she preceded him in death on May 5, 2014.
 
            Merle was a U.S. Navy Veteran and Army Reservist.  He worked as a Jailer at the White County Jail for several years, then moved to Sandoval and worked and retired from the Illinois Dept. of Corrections in Centralia after 27 years as a Corrections Officer.
 
            He is survived by brother, Richard E. (Peggy A.) Rogers of Carmi; sister, Karla (David) Wilborn of Carmi; several nieces & nephews and great-nieces & nephews; and Aunt, Juanita McKee of Carmi.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Wayne Rogers.
 
            There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.  Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.  On-line condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Don F. Gibson, Sr.

     Don F. Gibson, Sr., 81, of Enfield passed away at 9:22 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Phoenix Rehab and Nursing in Carmi.  He was born November 21, 1933 in Henderson, KY the son of Floyd and Corine (West) Gibson.  Don married Joann B. Cusic on June 30, 1966.  He was a roustabout in the oil field and worked for Indian Creek Township mowing and maintaining the cemeteries.  Don was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War and a member of Ditney Ridge Baptist Church in Norris City.
     He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joann of Enfield; two sons, Don F. Gibson, Jr. and wife Virginia of Murfreesboro, TN and Steve Gibson and wife Kelly of Jacksonville, FL; three grandchildren, Brian, Jerod and Chris Gibson; and two uncles, Sonny West of Henderson, KY and Gene West of Evansville, IN.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Gibson and Corine Huffman.
     Funeral Services for Don F. Gibson, Sr., 81, of Enfield will be at noon, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Pastor Chris Marsh officiating.  Burial will be in Old Sharon Cemetery near Norris City.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Charles "Vic" Jones

Charles Victor (Vic) Jones, 90 of Carmi, died Thursday evening January 15, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  He was born on July 18, 1924 in Centerville (White County), the son of John and Lillie (Hansman) Jones.  He married Violet Wallace on December 31 1943 in Crossville and she survives.

Vic had worked for the City of Carmi and Wabash Valley. He was the Sanitary Inspector at Egyptian Health and retired in 1985.  He was an active member of Senior Citizens and attended the Primitive Baptist Church in Crossville.

In addition to his wife, Violet, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles Richard & Angela Jones of Boonville; grandsons, Kyle R. (Maretta) Jones of Delaware and Aaron C. (Kristi) Jones of Alaska; two great-grandchildren, Jaylon J. Jones and Cambrae G. Jones of Alaska; sister-in-law, Wilma Jones of Crossville.  He was preceded in death by brothers, Paul Jones, John Jones, Jr., Earl Jones and sister, Valetta Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Little Wabash Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Robert D. (Bob) Szalla

ROBERT  D. (BOB )  SZALLA , age 68,  a resident of Genoa, illinois passed away at  10:53 P M  TUESDAY JAN 13 2014 IN THE BETHANY  HEALTHCARE AND REHAB CENTER IN  DEKALB ILLINOIS.  HE WAS  A RETIRED DRAFTSMAN  AND PART TIME POLICE OFICER.  HE IS SURVIVED BY  A SON BART SZALLA OF CALIFORNIA, A DAUGHTER LESLIE SZALLA  OF WISCONSIN ,  A BROTHER  EDWARD SZALLA OF CHICAGO ILLINOIS . COUSINS :JOHN BARTKOWSKI OF GEORGIA, MARYANN BARTKOWSKI OF HAMSHIRE ILLINOIS  BARBARA HART OF STREAMWOOD ILLINOIS, BONNIE TEXLEY OF NECEDAH, WISCONSIN, AND ALICE AND CHARLES MAYBERRY OF GENOA ILLINOIS. GRAVESIDE SERVICES WILL BE HELD SATURDAY JAN 17 2015 AT  10: 30  A M  AT NEW PROSPECT CEMETERY NEAR MCLEANSBORO. VISITATION  WILL BE 9:30 A M SATURDAY AND UNTIL SERVICE TIME AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  IN  MCLEANSBORO.  MEMORIALS TO THE DONORS CHOICE AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  IN MCLEANSBORO.     


Thelma Rosalie Wynn

Thelma Rosalie Wynn, 97, of Crossville, Illinois, died Monday, January 12, 2015, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois.  She was born January 8, 1918, in Willow Hill, Illinois, the daughter of John W. and Cora A. (Fear) Catt.  She was married to Robert Wynn on June 3, 1981, and he preceded her in death on May 26, 2007.  Rosalie was a retired registered nurse.

Survivors include son Joseph H. Williams; step sons William Wynn, Thomas Wynn; step daughters Virginia Musgrave, Mavis Maiden, Ruth Ann Woodward; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; stepson James Wynn; brothers Robert and Clinton Catt; and sister Lora Kibler.

Visitation and funeral are Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.  Visitation is at 9 am with funeral at 10 am.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, Illinois.


Cleatus Ora Morris

Cleatus Ora Morris, 93, affectionately known to many as “Sid”, went home to be with the Lord on January 12, 2015 at the VA Community Living Center in Marion, IL.  He was born on Sept. 30, 1921 in McLeansboro, IL to John Albert and Grace Beulah York Morris.  One of eight siblings, Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents and four of his siblings; Bernard Morris, Jess Morris, Ruth Morris Jamieson and Val Morris. 

He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Norma Morris of McLeansboro, sons Brad and Barry and a daughter, Kay Campbell.  He is also survived by a brother, Todd Morris and wife Beulah of St.Francisville, IL, a sister, Ruby Mayo of MN, a sister, Betty Jo Davis of Fort Mohave, AZ and sisters-in-law Thelma Morris and Janet Morris both of McLeansboro.  As well, many nieces and nephews, five grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Mr. Morris was a long-time resident of Hamilton County and member of Hopewell Baptist Church in McLeansboro.  He was a patriot and proud WWII Veteran, volunteering for service at the early age of 19.  He served as a Military Policeman in the European Theatre, spending time in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and the Isle of Capri from 1943 to 1945.  After being discharged from the service, he spent over 40 years working in the oil fields of southern Illinois.  Upon retirement he spent many enjoyable years wood crafting, gardening, doing yard work, fishing and performing handyman tasks for many friends and neighbors.

Mr. Morris will be cremated with a graveside memorial service to be scheduled sometime in the spring of 2015.  He will be sorely missed by many. Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.


Robert Eugene Duke

Robert Eugene (Bob) Duke, 69, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  He was born February 25, 1945, in Flora, Illinois, the son of Robert E. and Nellie (Nash) Duke.  He married Karen McKelvey on August 14, 1964, and she survives.

Bob was retired from Zachary Construction where he worked construction in the coal mines.  He attended Northside Baptist Church in Grayville, and he enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Duke of Grayville; son, Robert (Tonya) Duke of Alton, IL; daughters Beverly Duke of Grayville, and Julie (Doug) Cowling of Browns, IL; brother, Billy Farris of Cisne, IL; sisters Shirley Fry of Effingham, IL, Linda (Mike) Anderson of Pennsylvania, Ellen Allbee of California, and Connie Bastion of Flora; grandchildren Maddie Duke, Christopher Duke, Benjamin Duke, Zoey Duke, Elijah Duke, Jada Duke, Emma Duke, Camille Cowling, and Kaden Cowling.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation and funeral are Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  Visitation is at 9 am and the funeral is at 11 am.  Burial will be in Oak
Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Cookfuneralchapel.com.


Joan E. Terrell

     Joan E. Terrell, 90, of Carmi, passed away at 4:52 a.m., Monday, January 12, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center.  She was born December 28, 1924 in Ontario, Canada the daughter of Herbert and Louise (Loriman)Bills.  Joan married Russell F. Terrell on May 5, 1945 in Northhampton, England and he preceded her in death on January 1, 2011.  She was a homemaker and a member of Concord United Methodist Church.
     Joan is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Bill Hall of Concord, Debbie and Roy Dill of Newburgh, IN and Laurie and Randy Frashier of Maunie; a son and daughter-in-law, Mervyn and Gail Terrell of New Haven; a sister, Verna Hasler of Northhampton, England; a brother, Glen Bills of Northhampton, England; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Shelly and Mitch Wilson, Jason Hall, Heather Wheeler, Hollie and Kirby Damery, Hilary and Jeremy Nelson, Chad Dill, Katie and Jason Chapman, Erin Haley and Eli Frashier; and nine great-grandchildren, Madison and Lexi Wheeler, Annabelle and Ethan Morgan, Emslee Damery, Kyle and Kaylee Hall, Jake Smull and Oliver Wilson.
     She was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Marsh and a brother, Ron Bills.
     Funeral services for Joan E. Terrell, 90, of Carmi, will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call on Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Charlene C. Shields

     Charlene C. Shields, 91, of Crossville passed away at 5:54 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2015 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born June 12, 1923 in Crossville, IL the daughter of Roy and Blanche (Marlett) Cleveland.  Charlene was a retired teacher having taught at Arcola, Crossville and Carmi along with being the Assistant School Superintendent.  
     She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Linda Shields of Collinsville, IL; three grandchildren, Teri Garrett and her husband Keith, Scott Shields and his wife Phyllis and Jack Shields all of Troy, IL; a step-great granddaughter, Nichole Dotson and a step-great-great granddaughter, Aaralyn Merkel.
    Per Charlene's request, she will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, age 57, a former resident of McLeansboro,  passed away on Wednesday December 10th, 2014 at his home in Spotsville, KY.

Keith enjoyed flying model airplanes, and was a member of the Henderson Flying Club and the Bluegrass flying club.  He also loved to go fishing.

Survivors include:  Both parents:  Naomi Ruth Carr & Everett Deon Carr, one son:  Kyle (wife Danielle) Rankin of Carmi, IL; one brother:  Bryce D. Carr of McLeansboro, IL; one sister:  Kimberly (husband Larry) Pretz of Harrisburg, IL; two grandchildren:  Kadence Rankin and Jolene Rankin; and close friend Penny Russelburg.

Funeral services for Keith Rankin will be held Sunday, December 14th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

Burial will be at the Springer Cemetery near Blairsville, IL.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. Sunday, December 14th until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.


Donna Kay Newman

Donna Kay Newman, age 72, resident of Wayne City, Illinois passed away at 3:30 AM Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Healthcare Center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  She was a home maker.  Survivors include one son: Bill Joe (wife Karen) Newman of Wayne City; one daughter: Vonda Kay (husband Steve) Colclasure of Olney; one brother: Leroy Simpson of Wayne City; one brother-in-law: Morris Newman of Wayne City; 3 grandchildren: Aaron Newman, Shane Newman, and Sophia Colclasure; and two great-grandchildren also survive.  Funeral services for Donna Kay Newman will be Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Wayne City Baptist Church.  Burial will be at Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City. Visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.


James A. "Jim" Beam

      James A. "Jim" Beam, 72, of Carmi passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 3:05 p.m. at  Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He was born July 21, 1942 in Omaha, IL, the son of John Robert and Flora Isabelle (Minor) Beam.  Jim married Lyndall Sue Pyle on November 28, 1963.  He was an electrical lineman for Henkels and McCoy and a member of  IEBW Local #702.  Jim was a mason and a member of  May Lodge #718 in Norris City and the Carmi Elks.
     He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue of Carmi; three daughters, Suzette Beam-Byram of Evansville, IN, Carla Nelson of St. Louis, MO and Felicia Green of Carmi; a son, Jamie Shawn Beam of Carmi; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Emma Lou and Paul Williams of Shelbyville, KY and Dona Hoskins of Norris City; a brother and sister-in-law, John T. and Rosemary Beam of Omaha, IL; and eight grandchildren, David and Elizabeth Beam, Caleb Beam, Erika Byram, Tanner and Tobey Nelson, Hunter and Alyvia Green.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara Schneckloth; and a brother, Bobby Joe Beam.
     Funeral services for James A. "Jim" Beam, 72, of Carmi, will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at  2:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Dr. Harrison Peyton officiating.  Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden near Carmi.  Friends may call on Thursday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home where masonic rites will be performed at 8:00 p.m. by the May Lodge #718..
     Memorial gifts may be given in Jim's name to the American Kidney Foundation or the Norris City Masonic Lodge Building Fund and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Dewayne Laughard

DEWAYNE LAUGHARD, AGE 58, A RESIDENT OF DALE, ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY AT 8:45 A.M. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 AT HIS HOME.  HE WAS RETIRED FROM GENERAL TIRE COMPANY IN MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS.  SURVIVORS INCLUDE TWO SONS: HEATH DEWAYNE (WIFE TRACY) LAUGHARD OF ELDORADO, AND MICHAEL KEITH (FIANCE JACLYN BRADDOCK) LAUGHARD OF SPRINGERTON; ONE DAUGHTER: LACI (HUSBAND BRANDON) WEBB OF MCLEANSBORO; ONE BROTHER: BOBBY LAUGHARD OF MCLEANSBORO, TWO SISTERS: NORMA LAUGHARD OF MCLEANSBORO, AND KATHY RITCHEY OF MCLEANSBORO; GRANDCHILDREN: ERYN LAUGHARD, KAIDEN LAUGHARD AND ONE ON THE WAY; AND SEVERAL NEICES AND NEPHEWS ALSO SURVIVE.  FUNERAL SERVICES FOR DEWAYNE LAUGHARD WILL BE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014 AT 1:00 P.M. AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO.  BURIAL WILL BE AT BRUSH HARBOR CEMETERY NEAR MCLEANSBORO.  VISITATION WILL BE SATURDAY AT 11:00 A.M. UNTIL SERVICE TIME AT 1:00 P.M. AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO.


Jan Fishback

     Jan Fishback, 49, of Carmi, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:20 a.m. near Carmi.  She was born September 20, 1965 in Carmi, Illinois, the daughter of John Wayne and Virginia Lynn (French) Hansman.  Jan married James Robert Fishback on August 18, 1984.  She worked at the White County Treasurer's office and was an active member of Crossville Missionary Baptist Church.   Jan was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to all she met and will be greatly missed.
     Jan is survived by her husband of 30 years, James R. Fishback of Carmi; her mother, Virginia DeDoming of Carmi; two sons, Jesse Fishback and Joseph Fishback both of Carmi; a sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Chris Schneider of Carmi; her mother-in-law, Burnette Fishback of Carmi; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, John Wayne Hansman, Jr.
     Funeral services for Jan Fishback, 49, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014   at  10:30 a.m. at Crossville Missionary Baptist Church  with Revs. Steve Griswold and Mark Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.                                                                   
     Memorial gifts may be given in Jan's name to Crossville Missionary Baptist Church Sister Sunday School Class and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Maxine Maier

     Maxine Maier, 81, of Carmi, passed away at 8:35 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN.  She was born on January 26, 1933 in Holdenville, OK, the daughter of Elmer and Lorene (Lucas) Sexton.  Maxine married Robert Eugene "Sug" Maier on August 17, 1950 and he preceded her in death on March 25, 2004.  She had worked as a Registered Dental Assistant for Dr. Charles Myrna, DDS and was a member of Stewart St. Baptist Church.
     Maxine is survived by two sons, Michael E. Maier and his companion, Mardi Small of Bloomington, IL and Monte D. Maier and his fiancé, Joyce Knies of Jasper, IN; five grandchildren, Sydney, Jordan, Jacob, Olivia and Sara Kate Maier; a brother, Darrell Sexton of Carmi; a sister, Sue Gilbert and husband, Dean of Decatur, IL; and three sisters-in-law, Jan Sexton of Carmi, Sandy Sexton of San Diego, CA and Marge Maier of Crossville.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Brandenstein and three brothers, Leland, Kenny and Gerald Sexton.
  Services and burial will be private in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Ray Pritchett

Charles Ray Pritchett, 88, of Grayville, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 2:45 am. This was the end of a courageous journey, battling heart problems for 28 years, a health burden he carried with dignity and grace.

He was born in Grayville on July 12, 1926, to Lace and Leona (Knight) Pritchett. On June 9, 1951, he married Clara Gentry in the Christian Church at Sailor Springs, Illinois.  Sixty three years of happiness were spent with each other.

He attended Grayville schools and upon his graduation in 1944, enlisted in the U.S. Army.  After completing his basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, he, along with 3000 other soldiers, boarded a ship in San Francisco, California, for the South Pacific Ocean.  His unit, (The Golden Cross), was stationed in the Philippine Islands, and then sent to Yokohama, Japan, soon after the atomic bomb was dropped.  Arriving in Japan, they were dropped off by LST’s and waded ashore at midnight.

Several weeks later, he was put in charge of a Special Investigative Unit and immediately transferred to Tokyo, Japan.  While there, his office was located across the street from General Douglas McArthur.  Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Master Sergeant at the age of 19. Upon receiving his discharge from the military, he enrolled in Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, from which he graduated with a degree in education just two days after his wedding. 

His students were his delight.  Charles was a “behind the scenes” man, providing clothes and spending money for needy students.  The Griggsville, Illinois class of 1961, dedicated their yearbook to Charles and Clara.  He was a member of the Grayville First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the White County Retired Teachers Association.

In the mid 1960’s, Charles and a coach in a neighboring town in Iroquois County, Illinois, formed the “Twin County Conference”.  It stressed academics and sportsmanship and became a role model for other conferences in Illinois.  To Charles’ delight, the conference is still in existence.

After 15 years as a Junior High School Principal, he became a High School Principal in Gilman, Illinois.  In 1981, Charles and Clara, also a High School teacher, retired and moved to Grayville.  They are proud that they had 33 years of retirement together.

Charles is survived by his wife, Clara, of Grayville; son Brady of Tobinsport, Indiana; and daughter Penny Pritchett of Greenfield, Indiana.  He is preceded in death by his parents Lace and Leona Pritchett, and stepfather Ben Millar.

Funeral service will be at noon on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Grayville.  Visitation is also Saturday, beginning at 10:30 am.  Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to the Grayville First United Methodist Church.  

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of all arrangements.

Cookfuneralchapel.com.


Misty Lee (James) Wadsworth

    Misty Lee (James) Wadsworth, 37, of Hayden, AL and Norris City passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 in Clarksville, TN.  She was born March 5, 1977 in Fairfield, IL the daughter of Charles Randall and Vicki Sue (Smith) James.  Misty married Dewayne F. Wadsworth on September 23, 2005.  She was a 1995 graduate of Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School and was working as a RN at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  
    Misty is survived by her husband of 9 years Dewayne of Hayden, AL; a daughter, Isabella Grace Wadsworth; a son Sebastian Alexander Wadsworth; her mother, Vicki James of Norris City; a brother, Cody James of  Norris City; maternal grandparents, Donald and Shirley Smith of Enfield; paternal grandmother, Linda Trout of Carmi; paternal step-grandmother, Kay Phillips of Anna, IL; a nephew Raylon Jaxon James; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Randall James, Jr., maternal grandmother, Thelma Jane Smith, paternal grandfather, Charles James, Sr. and an uncle Robert "Bubba" Smith. She was preceded in death by her paternal step-grandfather, Oscar Trout.
     Funeral Services for Misty Lee (James) Wadsworth, 37, of Hayden, AL and Norris City will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Eric Trout officiating.  Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Norris City.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Robert William Warden, Jr

Robert William Warden, Jr., 80, of Crossville, Illinois, died on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his home. He was born December 24, 1933 in Salem, Illinois, the son of Robert William Warden and Sylvia (Boyles) Warden. His wife of 53 years, Jenny (Skaggs) Warden, survives.

Robert was a heavy equipment mechanic and Crossville business owner for more than forty years. A United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War, he was devoted to his country and was a passionate advocate for military members. A man of great faith, he went to his eternal reward surrounded by his family, who he loved above all else. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, following current events, watching John Wayne movies, listening to music, and most of all studying the Bible.

 

Survivors include his wife Jenny Warden of Crossville; daughters Becky (Chuck) Conner of Crossville; Rachel (David) Anderson of Connersville, Indiana, Robin (Iann) Mick of Crossville, and Rena (James) Leisure, of Nashville, Tennessee; sister Anna Mae Rose of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law Cherie (Doug) Garrette; grandchildren Whitney (Mark) Pearce, Cassie Mick, Tabby Mick, David Conner, and Jena Leisure; great grandchildren Maggie Pearce, Liam Pearce, and Conner Pearce; nieces Jennifer (Adam) Lisy, Kimbrell (Ryan) Rakestraw, Kathi Robinson, Vicki Cantrell, Debbie Ryan, Patti Shaffer, Shirley Fenton, and Tammy Spencer; nephews Wesley Rose, Steve Rose, and Mike Ryan; five great nieces and eight great nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Jean Ryan.

Visitation and funeral are on Saturday, December 20 at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville. Visitation is at 10 a.m. with the funeral following at 11 a.m. Burial with military rites will be in Stokes Cemetery near Crossville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addus Health Care.

Condolences can be left at Cookfuneralchapel.com.


Charles "Chod" Welch

Age:               76

Residence:      McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away:   3:05 A.M. Sunday,  December 14, 2014 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro                                                 

Visitation:       10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon,  Wednesday,  December 17, 2014 at Harre Funeral Home,  McLeansboro         

Funeral:          The Family will proceed to  Garden of Memories Cemetery, Carmi, IL  where the Graveside Service will be conducted Wednesday, December 17.                            

Clergy:            Reverend Larry Woodrow

Burial:             Garden of Memories Cemetery,   Carmi, IL

                   

Date of Birth:  July 20, 1938           Place of Birth:  Carmi,  IL

Father:     Don  Welch                     Mother:  Mary Shepard

Marriage To:   Carolyn Sue (Upton)  Oct. 12, 1957 and she preceded him in death on January 26,  2013                                                                                           

Church Affiliation:    First United Methodist Church,    Carmi, IL

Activities:    Loved visiting with grandkids, playing golf and boating  

Occupation:    Farmer                                   

Survivors:

2 – Sons:   David and Connie Welch  -  McLeansboro, IL

                 Greg  Welch  -   McLeansboro           

3  -  Grandsons:   Keith Welch & wife Savannah   -  McLeansboro, IL

                          Devan Welch & wife Misty  -  McLeansboro, IL

                          Jake  Welch & wife Sarah  -  McLeansboro, IL

5- Great Grandchildren

2 -  Brothers:   Don Welch  -   McLeansboro, IL

                   Artie Welch  -  Enfield, IL

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY:   Parents, Wife Sue Welch, Brother “Bud”, Sister Rita Pfister,  Grandson Ross Welch     

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


Ronnie "Doc" Todd

Ronnie "Doc" Todd, age 62, of McLeansboro, Illinois, passed away at 5:30 P.M. Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at the home of his niece in Carmi, IL.

He was a truck mechanic, a member of the Blooming Grove Baptist Church, and also attended Hopewell Baptist Church.

Survivors include:  one son: Bradie Rubenacker of McLeansboro, IL; two daughters: Bethanie Rubenacker of McLeansboro, and Samantha (husband Blake) Lueke of McLeansboro, IL, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, including Nedra (husband Brian) Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Sam & Nigal (Sights) Todd, one brother: John Todd, and one sister: Shirley French.

Graveside services for Ronnie "Doc" Todd will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 6th at the Blooming Grove Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating.

Visitation will be held at 11:00 A.M. until the time of service on Tuesday, January 6th at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL, which is in charge of all the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, or may be mailed to: PO Box 11454  Alexandria, VA  22312


Charles David Gibbs

Charles David Gibbs, 58, of Evansville, Ind., died  Sunday December 14, 2014. Charles born October 31, 1956 in Evansville to James and Mabel (Randolph) Gibbs. He married the love of his life, Katrina Sue (Jones) on May 5, 2001 and she survives. Also surviving are his brothers, Robert Gibbs (Bonnie) and James Gibbs; mother-in-law, Anna Jones of Carmi; other in laws, Arrinda Smith (Mark), Jan Sisson (Bob), Angela Bohleber (Michael), James Inman (Martha) and Tammy Jones and  numerous nieces and nephews, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him to heaven were his parents; a sister, Ruth Elizabeth Gibbs; father-in-law, Elmo Jones; brother-in-law, Hughie Jones; sister-in-law, Connie Kaye Gibbs. Memorial contributions may be made to the River City Clowns, 9951 S. 250 W., Fort Branch, Indiana 47648. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 617 Bellemeade Ave., Evansville, Indiana. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 18, 2014, with a Rosary service at 7 p.m., at Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel, 100 E. Columbia St., Evansville, Indiana. Additional visitation will be 10 a.m. to Mass time Friday at the church. Sympathy wishes may be made at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com.


John Schneider

     John Schneider, 86, of Carmi passed away at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  He was born on November 7, 1928 in Big Prairie, IL the son of Anton and Sophia (Rebstock) Schneider.  John married Christine Walker on June 3, 1948.  He was a farmer, truck driver for Mapco, and a school bus driver.  John was a member of St. Polycarp Catholic Church and St. Polycarp Knights of Columbus.
     He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Christine; three daughters and sons-in-law, Liz and Bill Jones of Mill Shoals, Carolyn and Phil Hoskins of Norris City and Terri and Rick Absher of Carmi; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Charla Schneider of Norris City; five grandchildren, Cully Jones, Sarah and Timmy Hunsinger, Jeremy and Marcie Hoskins, Amy and J.P. Wiggins and Jonathan and Beth Absher; ten great-grandchildren, Devin and Drew Phipps, Katie and Andrew Hunsinger, Tyler and Emma Hoskins, Kale and Kai Wiggins, and Corban and Micah Absher; a sister-in-law, Anita Schneider of Carmi; numerous nieces and nephews and a special caregiver, Pat Stewart. 
     John was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Zimmerman and four brothers, James, Tony, Charles and Ralph.
     Funeral Services for John Schneider, 86, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 at St. Polycarp Catholic Church with Rev. Father Vincent Obi officiating.  Burial will be in St. Polycarp Catholic Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. where a prayer service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center Memory Care Unit and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Patsy Coke

Patsy Coke, 60, of Carmi passed away at 2:43 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born April 8, 1954 in Fairfield, IL the daughter of Luther and Annie Lucille (Brown) Vines.  Patsy married Thomas Lee "Tommy" Coke, Jr. on February 27, 1976. She was a bus driver for the Carmi White County School District and a member of New Beginning Church of God.

Pasty is survived by her husband of 38 years, Tommy; her mother, Annie Vines of Carmi; a daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Tom Kemp of Aurora, IL; two grandchildren, Toby and Ollie Kemp; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Phillip and Sue Vines of Carmi, George and Linda Vines of Norris City and Donald Vines of Mt. Vernon, IN; a special niece, Alexis Schneider and numerous other nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Virginia "Ginger" Sanders.

Graveside funeral services and burial for Patsy Coke, 60, of Carmi will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City.  Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.


Valerie Anne (Heil) Carter

     Valerie Anne (Heil) Carter, 60, of Carmi went home to celebrate Christmas with Jesus on December 18, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.  She was born on August 21, 1954 to George "Gene" and Barbara (Moore) Heil.  Valerie worked at Booth School in Enfield for 29 years and also worked at Wal-Mart for 16 years.  She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church.  Valerie was a loving daughter, mother and grandma (Mama).  Her grandchildren were the center of her world.
     Valerie is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Justin) Carter-James and a son, Jason (Amber) Carter and three grandchildren, Jace, Kaden and Kinley Carter all of Carmi; her father, Gene Heil of Carmi; two brothers, Jim (Nancy) Heil of Melbourne, FL and Jeff Heil of Carmi; a special niece, Pam (Kevin) Hammell and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral Services for Valerie Anne (Heil) Carter, 60, of Carmi will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Van Scott officiating.  Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Monday from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.

Evelyn Louise Wilson Collins

Evelyn Louise Wilson Collins, age 88, of Princeton, Indiana, (formerly of McLeansboro, Illinois), passed away at 8:45 P.M. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois.  She was a retired office secretary. She is survived by two nephews: Edward Lewis of Eldorado, Illinois, and Chandra Lewis of McLeansboro, Illinois.  Several great nephews and nieces also survive.  Funeral services for Evelyn Louise Wilson Collins will be Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. Tuesday until the time of service at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.


Erma Lee Robbins

Erma Lee Robbins, 90, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville.  She was born June 14, 1924, in Edwards County, Illinois, the daughter of Ervin and E. Mable (Cox) Robbins.

She was a retired beautician and member of the First Baptist Church in Grayville. She enjoyed her pet dogs and quilting.

Erma is survived by several nieces and nephews and their children.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Jesse Robbins; sisters Mary Butler and Reba Goldsmith.

In keeping with Erma’s wishes, her remains were cremated with no services.  Erma’s family thanks the staff at Meadowood Nursing Home for her care since 2008.

Arrangements were provided by Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. 


Delores Rae Benner

Delores Rae Benner, 78 of Mount Vernon, passed away Saturday morning December 20, 2104 at Deaconess Hospice in Evansville. She was born September 2, 1936 in Point Township, the daughter of Harry Lee and Marie (Yeida) Robinson. She married Lee Roy Benner and he preceded her in death on February 26, 2001.
            Delores had worked at Exelon Company in Mt. Vernon. She was a 50 plus year member of Owen Dunn Post Auxiliary and the Mt. Vernon Moose. She enjoyed writing. She was a longtime member of the Point Township Church of the Nazarene.
            She is survived by 2 sons, Terry L. (Julie) Benner and Brett L. (Amber) Benner; 3 grandchildren, Zachary, Colton Lee and Brittany; 3 brothers, Dallas (Barb) Robinson of Mt. Vernon, Dennis (Kate) Robinson of Batvia, IA, and Harry Lee Jr. (Bonnie) Robinson of Pace, FL; 2 sisters, Rose Marie (Larry) Moore of Knoxville, TN and Helen (Bill) Cowan of Mt. Vernon. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, George Robinson and 2 sisters, Charlotte Robinson and Rita Sherretz.
            Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday December 23, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home at 1330 E. 4th St. Mt. Vernon, IN with Rev. Dallas Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services on Tuesday. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

William H. "Bill" Abbott

William H. “Bill” Abbott

Age:                     87

Residence:        McLeansboro, IL

Passed Away: 12:52 P.M., Sunday,  December 21, 2014 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital,   McLeansboro, IL        

Visitation:              6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2014, Harre Funeral Home

Funeral:                 11:00 a.m.,  Saturday, December 27, 2014, Harre Funeral Home                                          

Clergy:        Reverend Robert Sefried         

Burial: Brush Harbor Cemetery,    McLeansboro, IL

Graveside Military Services provided by American Legion Post 106, McLeansboro, IL

Date of Birth:               June 6, 1927   Place of Birth:  McLeansboro, IL 

Father:    William Alpha Abbott         Mother:  Ollie Ethel (Miller) Abbott

Marriage to:          Barbara Jean (Heimer)       DOD:   Feb. 2,  2012             

Date of Marriage:    June 20, 1951        Place of Marriage: Arkansas  

Occupation:              Tank Truck Driver in the Oil Field                                                                         

Church Affiliation:   Member of the 2nd Missionary Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL.

Military Service:               U. S. Army

Activities:                    Loved rabbit hunting and yard work.  Worked at Brownsville “Pride House”                                                                                            

Survivors:

3 Daughters:   Pamela Flannigan and husband Barry,    McLeansboro, IL

                             Martha Immel and husband Ron,    Carmi, IL.

                             Barbara Lynn,    Oscala, FL

1 Son:       John Abbott and wife Sharon,    McLeansboro, IL.

6 Grandchildren:         Jessica (Abbott) Ellis and husband Jody; Milissa  (Flannigan) Thrane; Emily Williams and husband Ryan; Laramie Immel, Patrick and Colton Flannigan

4 Great Grandchildren:              Bret Allen McCarty, Jr.,  Brady Thrane , Raynie Johnson and Hadley Williams                                                          

Preceded in Death by:  Parents, Wife, Barbara;  2 Brothers, John Robert and Franklin D. Abbott, 5 Sisters, Catherine Cremeens, Pauline Jones, Lula Mae Bowers and Annabell Draper and  Emma Jane Smith Flick

MEMORIALS  TO:    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home,   McLeansboro

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


Lula May Vinson

     Lula May Vinson, 78, of Carmi, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:26 p.m. at Saline Care Center in Harrisburg.  She was born  on August 26, 1936 in Carmi, the daughter of Willard Frederick and Lula (Ridenour) Ackerman.  Lula married John V. Vinson on February 28, 1975 and he preceded her in death on November 22, 2009.  She was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother.
     She is survived by a daughter, Debra (Fred) Woodard of Carmi; a step-daughter, Teena (Richard) Williams of Montgomery, TX; two sons, Carl (Debbie) Gentry of O'Fallon, MO and James (Laura) Gentry of Chandler, AZ; a step-son, Jon Troy Vinson of Carmi; a sister, Lola Smith of Albion; three brothers, Wayne (Frances) Ackerman, William (Patsy) Ackerman and Kenneth (Pat) Ackerman all of Carmi; eleven grandchildren, Adam, Natalie, Kayla, Jennifer, Matthew, Katherine, Andrew, Johnathan, Nicholas, Rebecca and Thomas; and four great-grandchildren, Keira, Cooper, Primrose and Leah.   Lula Mae was preceded in death by her husband; five brothers, James, Fred, Herbert, Joseph and Howard Ackerman; and the father of her children, James L. Gentry.
     Funeral services for Lula May Vinson, 78, of Carmi, will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Lowes Browning officiating.  Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden near Carmi.  Friends may call on Sunday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Lula's name to the Alzheimer's Association and will be accepted at Campbell  Funeral Home in Carmi.

Vincent S. "Vince" Schilling

 VINCENT S. "VINCE" SCHILLING, AGE 90, FORMERLY OF DAHLGREN, ILLINOIS, PASSED AWAY AT 12:01 A.M. MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014 AT HIS HOME IN MARISSA, ILLINOIS.  HE WAS A RETIRED SHOE SALESMAN.  SURVIVORS INCLUDE 2 DAUGHTERS: CAROLYN SCHILLING OF RUMA, ILLINOIS AND JANET SCHILLING OF MARISSA, ILLINOIS.  ALSO 2 GRANDCHILDREN: NICHOLAS SCHILLING AND STEPHANIE SCHILLING; 4 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN: JEREMY SCHILLING, CHEYENNE SCHILLING, ORION SCHILLING, AND EMMA SCHILLING.  GRAVESIDE SERVICES FOR VINCENT S. "VINCE" SCHILLING WILL BE HELD AT 10:00 A.M. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2014 AT THE ST. JOHNS CEMETERY IN DAHLGREN, ILLINOIS.  VISITATION WILL BE FROM 9:00 A.M. SATURDAY AND UNTIL SERVICE TIME AT THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN DAHLGREN.  MEMORIALS TO THE DONOR'S CHOICE AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN DAHLGREN WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. 


Adamae Roosevelt

Adamae Roosevelt of Carmi, Illinois died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois after a brief illness.

            Roosevelt was a graduate of McKendree University.  She was a retired teacher from service in the Carmi School District.  Roosevelt was a leader in the District teachers association and held leadership roles in her the IEA and State IEA.  She was active in fundraising for the American Cancer Society.  Roosevelt was an ardent supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and had participated in rallies in support of that Amendment and numerous rallies in support of fair funding for local schools. 

            She was preceded in death by her husband, George Roosevelt, parents Lyman Weber and Emma Christy Weber, as well as her brother, Merrill, and a grandson, Nick.

            Surviving are a son, Greg and his wife, Brenda of Glen Carbon, two grandchildren, Alex of Glen Carbon and Catherine of Colorado Springs, a son, Dan of Carbondale, a sister, Margaret Jean Shupe of Carrollton, sisters in law, Wanda Ackerman of Carmi, Mary Fenton of Carlinville and a brother in law, Wilbur Roosevelt of Decatur.

            Services for Adamae Roosevelt will be held at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014 with a visitation preceding the service from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

            Memorials may be made to the Wabash Christian Retirement Center or the American Cancer Society. 


Donald Eugene Hall

Donald E Hall, 74 of Carmi, passed away early Wednesday morning December 24th, 2014 at the Marion VA Hospital. He was born April 20th, 1940 in Junction, the son of Elmer and Evelyn Pauline (Richardson) Hall. He was married to Linda Patterson on April 15, 1964 in Manteno.
Donald retired as an operator for almost 30 years from The Carmi Light Plant. He was a United States Navy veteran having served during the Cuban Military Crisis and was a signalmen aboard the USS Neosho AO- 143. He was a member of the Carmi American Legion and VFW. And a member of the SASS (Single Action Shooting Society). Also he was a member of the Carmi New Beginnings Church of God.
He is survived by his wife, Linda. Two sons; Ronald (Brenda) Hall of Parkersberg, and Eric (Amanda) Hall of Carmi. Three daughters; Donna (Owen) Wilson of Griffin, Indiana, Sherry (Ivan) Hall of Shawneetown, Paula (Jim Patton) of Carmi. Eleven grandchildren;  Brandie (Jason) Cooper,  Whitney (Orlando) Matthews, Ryan (Kelsey) Hall, Jeremy (Andrea) Hall,  Trisha (Lee) White, Josha Hall, Taylor Wilson,  Arial Wilson,  Hailey Ball, Havyn Hall,  Coltlyn and Kaitlyn Hall. Four step - grandchildren;  Tommy Hall, Paul Hall, Adam (Theresa) Hundley, and Zach Patton. Four great-grandchildren; Rowdy Hall, Noah Hall, Drake Cooper, and Mia Cooper. One step great-grandchild; Amanda Jackson. Two step great great
-grandchildren;  Avalyn and Hadley. One brother; Charles Garrison of Corbin, KY.  One sister; Theresa Tharp of Carmi. Also several nieces and nephews. 
He is preceded in death by his parents. One brother; Robert Garrison, two sisters; Phyllis Melton and Wanda Money and one brother-in-law; John Money.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday December 28, 2014 at the Carmi New Beginnings Church of God. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday December 29, 2014 at the Carmi New Beginnings Church of God. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carmi American Legion and V.F.W. Online condolences may be left at Stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.  The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.


Kermit A. McCormick

Kermit A. McCormick, age 79, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away on December 25th, 2014 at Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Kermit was a retired horse trainer.

Survivors include:  His mother, Wanda McCormick of Wayne City, IL; two sons:  Kimit McCormick of Wayne City, IL and Kermit McCormick Jr. of Wayne City, IL; a daughter:  Kerma McCormick of Wayne City, IL; six grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Kermit A. McCormick will be held on Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, IL.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 28th from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, which is in charge of all arrangements.


Wilma A. James

     Wilma A. James, 97, of McLeansboro formerly of Enfield passed away at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2014 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro.  She was born in Evansville, IN on October 20, 1917 the daughter of William A. and Laura D. (Ashby) Shaw.  Wilma married Fred Edward James on September 24, 1935 and he preceded her in death on August 20, 1979.  She was a member of Enfield Christian Church and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
     Wilma is survived by four daughters, Carole Pollard of Deerfield Beach, FL, Cindy Phelps and husband Glenn of Marion, IL, Dixie DeWitt and husband Bill of Carmi and D'Annette Miller and husband Mark of Williston, ND; two sons, Fred W. James of Marion, IL and Thomas James and wife Karen of Loveland, CO; a daughter-in-law, Donna James of Carmi; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Donald R. James, a son-in-law, Dean Pollard, two brothers and a sister.
     Funeral Services for Wilma A. James, 97, of McLeansboro formerly of Enfield are 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Braden Willis officiating.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Sunday from 1:00 p.m., until service time.

Dale Duvall

Dale Duvall, 57, of Crossville passed away at 9:38 p.m., Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born January 21, 1957 in Carmi the son of Frank and Alice Rachel (Peyton) Duvall. Dale married Diana June Graham on January 27, 1994. He was a farmer for Mike Barbre Farms and had been a truck driver for Johnson Farms and a member the Sons of the American Legion in New Harmony, IN.

Dale is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diana of Crossville; his mother, Alice Duvall of Crossville; two step-daughters, Mellissa Thompson and Tracy Miller both of Evansville, IN; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Pam Miller of New Albany, IN; a sister, Kathy Hurt of New Harmony, IN; and six grandchildren, Taylor Miller, Nick DeHavan, Ethan Miller, Logan Thompson, Owen Miller and Leah Miller. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Duvall on February 13, 2009.

Funeral Services for Dale Duvall, 57, of Crossville will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


Shirley (Adams) Burns

Shirley (Adams) Burns of Carmi, Illinois, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Livermore, Kentucky.  Shirley Maxine Adams was born April 23, 1924 in Eldorado, Illinois to the late Dannie and Ruth Carnahan Adams and was married to Aaron Frank Burns on October 2, 1942.  She was a homemaker, retired from the advertising department of the Carmi Times, was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Carmi.  Shirley was a member of Beta Sigmi Phi Sorority in Eldorado, joining in 1950, and a member of the Laureate Gamma Zeta chapter after moving to Carmi in 1957.  She was an advisor to the Beta Nu Chapter in Carmi and narrated several area style shows.  Shirley was a member of Carmi Women’s Club, was Woman of the Year in 1964 and was the Beta Nu Woman of the Year in 1973.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge.  In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Aaron Burns, who died August 14, 2013; by two brothers, Raymond Harold Adams and Carol Dean Adams; and by two sisters, Helen Mae Blue and Alice Jean Adams.    

         Survivors include a daughter, Linda Edds and husband, Richard of Livermore; a granddaughter, Shirley Rose and husband, Mike of Louisville, Kentucky; a sister, Mildred Adams Kelly and husband, John of St. Louis; several nieces and nephews.

         Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Carmi, Illinois.  Burial will be in the Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado, Illinois.  Friends may visit with Shirley’s family from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church.

         Shirley’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the kind and excellent care that was shown by both of her caregivers, Diana Brown and Brenda McDaniel.

         The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the First United Methodist Church, 100 South Church Street, Carmi, Illinois  62821 and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.


Clara J. Young

Clara J. (Jeannie) Young of Enfield, passed away Tuesday December 30, 2014 at the Poenix Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carmi. She was born March 23, 1957 in Carmi the daughter of Clark “Boone” and Betty S. (Evans) Young.
Jeannie was a veteran of the United States Navy. She had served as a Girl Scout Leader and had been involved in Project Literacy.

She is survived by her mother, Betty S. Young of Carmi; her daughter, Amy (Louis) Graham of Carmi; her son, Victor (Beatrice) Ramirez of Jappa, MD; seven grandchildren, Daniel Mathews, David “Tony” Jackson, Jacob Nuckolls, Samantha Ramirez, Allison and Hayley Ramierz and Caleb Ramirez; two great-grandchildren, Trip Lane and Floyd Lennon Newton; two sisters, Virginia (George) Tidwell of Norris City and Vallerie (Doug) Horner of Teanick, NJ; nieces, Cindy (Greg) Palk, Lizzie and Liam; nephews, James M. Hoover and Kelly Tidwell. She was preceded in death by her father, Boone Young and her life partner, Jerry L. Young.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Cindy Conley of Carmi and Vicki (Joe) Allen of Enfield for all of their support. To anyone we may have missed, please accept our thanks.

Jimmie Lee Parson

Jimmie Lee Parson, 77, formerly of Crossville, Illinois, died Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at his home in St. John, Missouri.  He was born December 28, 1937, in Phillipstown, Illinois, the son of Kenneth Floyd Parson and Marjorie (Hunley) Parson.  He was married to Wanda May (Nash) Parson, and she survives. 

Jimmie was retired from McDonnell Douglas Corporation where he worked as a storekeeper.  He was an Army Veteran and enjoyed watching television.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Parson of St. John, MO; son Kenneth Lee (Kymberly) Parson of Ballwin, MO; sister Patty (Max) Anderson of Kirkwood, MO; and 2 grandchildren Mia Grace Parson and Madyson Mahan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Pamela Kay Cagle.

Visitation and funeral are Friday, January 2, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.  Visitation is at 10 am and funeral is at 11 am.  Burial with military rites will be in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville.


Raymond G. Garner

RAYMOND  G. GARNER AGE  85,  OF COLLINSVILLE ILLINOIS  AND FORMERLY OF WAYNE CITY ILLINOIS  PASSED AWAY  AT 12:30  P M TUESDAY DECEMBER 30 2014  9N THE CEDARHURST  ASSISTED LIVING CENTER IN COLLINSVILLE  ILLINOIS.  HE WAS A RETIRED WATER PLANT

OPERATOR,       FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY JAN 4 2015  AT 1:30 P  M AT THE ARCHIE  L SANDERS MEMORIAL  CHAPEL IN WAYNE CITY ILLINOIS.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE THOMASON CEMETERY.  VISITATION FROM 6 TO 8 P  M  SATURDAY JAN 3 2015 AT THE

RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME  IN WAYNE CITY ILLINOIS.  SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS WIFE CORDELIA GARNER   OF COLLINSVILLE I ILLINOIS, A SON BRENT( LAURA )   GARNER OF G LEN CARBON, ILLINOIS  ; A DAUGHTER  GLENDA ( MARK ) STEVENS OF  SAN ANGELO TEXAS 

 2 BROTHERS  JOE AND HERMAAN GARNER ,BOTH OF WAYNE CITY ILLINOIS  AND 2 SISTERS ; ALICE JANE ( CULLY ) CROOK   OF WAYNE CITY, ILLINOIS AND PHYLLIS  CLARK OF MT VERNON ILLINOIS.  RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOM E OF WAYNE CITY IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Richard L. Maloney

Richard L. Maloney, age 83, lifelong resident and farmer of Ridgway, died peacefully on December 31, 2014 in the Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  Richard was born on the family farm East of Ridgway on December 1, 1931 to the late Daniel J. and Margaret (Luckett) Maloney.  Richard attended Kane and Daily grade schools and then graduated Ridgway High School.  He furthered his education obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois where he also joined the Air Force ROTC.  After college he went to the Air Force during the Korean War and was an airplane pilot.  On January 29, 1955 he married Alice (Naas) Maloney who survives.  

Richard was very kind hearted and was always looking out for others, especially the needy and underprivileged.  He helped in a Prison ministry for many years through his church.  He was always very active in his county serving as a Gallatin County Board member for 20+ years and acting as chairman most of his tenure. He served on the Ridgway school board, Banterra Bank Board, Shawnee FBFM Board, and was a Trustee at St. Patrick’s Church for many years.  He also served in an advisory role for 4H.  His real passion was farming, owning and working the family business for many years before retiring in 1996.  He was a faithful member of  St. Patrick Church in Pond Settlement all of his life.  He was a kind soul always being good to others, a great husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend and will be missed by the area.

Richard is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Alice (Naas) Maloney of Ridgway, 2 sons, Kevin (Kay) Maloney of Norris City, IL, Michael (Tonya) Maloney of Ridgway, 3 daughters, Julie (Sonny) Shearer of Norris City, IL, Maria Spahr of Ridgway, and Angela (Mike) Knight of Pawnee, IL, 19 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.  1 brother, David (Frances) Maloney of Waverly, KY, 3 sisters, Mary Beth (Charles) Wargel of Equality, IL, Corrine (Ted) Miller of Reston, VA, and Francis (Tony) Traweek of Tyler, TX.  Special caregivers, Stella Feazel and Mary Jo Redick.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son, Shaun Maloney, a brother, Patrick (Doreen) Maloney and a sister, Jean (Leonard) Heimann.

Visitation for Richard will be on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway where a prayer service will start at 4 PM.  His funeral mass will be on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at the St. Patrick’s Chapel of St. Kateri Catholic Church in the Pond Settlement community East of Ridgway starting at 10:30 AM.  Fr. Steven Beatty will celebrate and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family would also like to give thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois and Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi for the wonderful care given to Richard.  In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the St. Kateri Building Fund, or the Hospice of Southern Illinois, or the Wabash Christian Retirement Center.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.   You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com


Frank W. Pennington

     Frank W. Pennington, 89, of Norris City, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 4:50 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.  He was born on April 2, 1925 in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, the son of Acie Lee and Essie (Clark) Pennington.  Frank married Sadie Delores "Dobie" Vines on January 31, 1945 and she preceded him in death on January 6, 2013.  He was a WWII Navy veteran and served in the reserves for 20 years.  Frank farmed and worked as a mechanic; retiring from Liberty Auto Salvage in Evansville after 45 years.  He was a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Evansville and a lifetime member of the American Legion and V.F.W.
     Frank is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Bob Moore of Ravenden Springs, AR; two sons and three daughters-in-law, Eddie and Marilyn Pennington and Tracy and Terri Pennington all of Evansville, IN and Velma Pennington of Crossville; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Judy Pennington; and 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Frank W. Pennington, Jr.; two sisters, Emily Romans and Mary Ann Gumbel; and two brothers, George and Acie L. "Toddy" Pennington.
     Funeral services for Frank W. Pennington, 89, of Norris City, will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Mike fields officiating.  Burial in Plainview Cemetery near Norris City.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be given, in Frank's name to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 71, 905 S. 12th Street, Herrin, IL 62948.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of arrangements.