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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. 


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Wilma Bradshaw

     Wilma Bradshaw, 82 of Carmi passed away at 9:22 a.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015.  She was born May 20, 1932 in Sheldon, IL the daughter of Elmus and Lena (Wooten) Harrolle.  Wilma married Harrison Bradshaw and he preceded her in death.  She had worked at Carmi Township Hospital as a CNA and later as an in home caregiver.  Wilma had attended the Carmi Church of the Nazarene.
     She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Connie Burris, Karen and Garrett Gwaltney and Sheryl A. and Bill Brown all of Carmi; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Debbie Batty of Carmi; 14 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren with one more due in December, four great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harrison, the father of her children, William Batty, a son, David Lee Batty, a son-in-law, Ricky Burris, five sisters, Beulah Reeder, Carolyn Sue Earnest, Marjorie Hickcock and infant twins sisters and two brothers, Carl and Bert Harrolle.
     Funeral Services for Wilma Bradshaw, 82, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in Wilma's memory to Phoenix Rehab and Nursing or Wabash Christian Retirement Center and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Andrew S. Snyder

Andrew S. Snyder, 18 of Carmi, passed away Thursday evening in Edwards County. He was born August 23, 1996 in Fairfield, the son of Jason Snyder and Carie Strean.
            Andrew worked at Champion Fram Laboratories. He loved his X-Box and was an avid reader. He donated blood with every opportunity he had. He had been a member of the wyse team at Carmi White County High School.
            He is survived by his parents, Jason (Beth) Snyder and Carie Strean of Carmi; sisters, Brittany (James Grant) Strean and Kaylee Snyder of Carmi; brothers, Jacob Snyder and Steven McPeek of Carmi; grandparents, Larry and Linda Snyder of Princeton, IN, Nancy Snyder of Carmi and David and Earla Strean of Carmi; and an aunt, Kandi Strean and several nieces and nephews.
            Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday May19, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Newman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

L. Joyce Mingus

     L. Joyce Mingus, 67, of Carmi, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. at her residence.  She was born on August 22, 1947 in Fairfield, IL, the daughter of John and Ida Mae (Cole) Hunsinger.  
     Joyce married Marvin Russell Mingus, Jr. on May 18, 1980 and he preceded her in death on September 26, 2014.  She was an Army (W.A.C.) veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of First Christian Church and the American Legion in Carmi.
     Joyce is survived by her mother, Ida Mae Hunsinger of Fairfield; a daughter, Terrilee Michelle Fick of Metropolis; a son, Randall D. Williams of Carmi; and three brothers, John, Delmar and Ronnie Hunsinger.  She was preceded in death by her father; her husband; a daughter, Dorothra Williams; and a brother, Michael Hunsinger.
     Graveside funeral and burial services for L. Joyce Mingus, 67, of Carmi, will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi with Mike Fields officiating.  There will be no visitation and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements. 
     Memorial gifts may be given in Joyce's name to Campbell Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Reba May Lindsey

Reba May Lindsey, 74, of Carmi, Illinois, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Phoenix Rehabilitation and Nursing in Carmi. She was born March 13, 1941, in Ridgway, Illinois, the daughter of Charles H. and Norma E. (Mason) Collard. She married Barry E. Lindsey on April 3, 1960, and he survives.

Reba was a homemaker and an active member of the Faith Tabernacle Church in Carmi. She was always willing to help others. Antique collecting and cooking were among her favorite pastimes. She and her husband, Barry, were owners of Lindsey RV Sales and Lindsey Sporting Goods (established in 1967) in Carmi.

Survivors include her husband, Barry of Carmi; son Eugene of Carmi; brothers Jim (Mickie) Collard of Grayville, Illinois, and Mike (Judy) Collard of Danville, Illinois; sister Linda (Eldon) Mann of Grayville; grandchildren Justin Lindsey and Holly (Josh Cox) Lindsey; great grandchildren Avary Cox and Konner Lindsey; several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Tommy and Larry Collard.

Visitation is 3-5 pm, Saturday, May 16, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. In keeping with Reba’s wishes, following her visitation, her remains will be cremated and a private burial will take place at a later date.


Joann Stocke Corcoran

Joann Stocke Corcoran, 82, Carmi, IL, passed away May 12, 2015 at West River Health Campus in Evansville, IN.

Joann was born October 18, 1932 at her parent’s home in rural Springerton, IL the daughter of Oscar P. and Edna (Stallings) Stocke.

She and her family moved to Evansville, IN during WWII. Joann graduated from Central High School in Evansville in 1948 at 16. She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Evansville College (U of E) in 1952 and she was the charter President and life-long member of the Phi Mu Sorority. She also received her Master’s in Counseling for the University of Evansville in the mid 70’s.

She married Harry W. Corcoran on August 8, 1954 and they made their home in Springerton, IL, until their divorce in 1974. She then made her home in Carmi, IL for the last forty-one years of her life.

Mrs. Corcoran was a life-long educator, a high school principal and guidance counselor in the Crossville, Enfield, and Carmi school systems. Her teaching career spanned 1954-1990 and she retired after having taught sometimes three generations within local families.

After her retirement, she traveled extensively and served as the regional Illinois Retired Teachers’ Association Lobbyist.

Survivors include: one son, Patrick K. Corcoran and his wife Patty (Stolz), Olney, IL and one daughter Lisa Corcoran and her husband John Nelli, Evansville, IN; six grandchildren, Thomas Corcoran, Kathleen Corcoran, Jennifer (Bartley) Cummins-Zuber, Amy (Rylan) Rusk, Leslie (Rhett) Funk, Samantha (Christopher) Foust; and five great-grandchildren.

Her parents, Edna and Oscar Stocke and her two brothers Clarence William (Bill) Stocke of Carmi and Charles Stocke of House Springs, Missouri, preceded her in death.

Visitation and memorial service is June 6, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 10 am and memorial service is at noon. Burial will be at a later date in Little Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carmi Public Library.


Jesse J. Houser

Jesse J. Houser, 83, of Grayville, Illinois, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  He was born may 19, 1931, in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Jesse worked for many years as caretaker of Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville, and later for the city of Grayville, where in recent years, he served as a City Councilman.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War.  Gardening was his favorite pastime.

Survivors include sons, Robert Houser of Grayville, and Tim (Debbie) Houser of Melbourne, Michigan; daughter Pauline (Dennis) Cox of Lebanon, Indiana; brother Paul Houser of Taylorville, Illinois; daughter-in-law Tammy Downs of Grayville; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Phyllis Houser; and son Steve Houser.

Visitation and funeral are Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  Visitation is at 9 am and funeral is at 11 am. Burial with military rites will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery south of Albion, Illinois.



Emma Frances Cason

            Emma Frances Cason, 91 of Maunie, passed away Wednesday May 6, 2015 at the Mt. Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, IN. She was born November 21, 1923 in Maunie, the daughter of Leroy and Josephine (Lewis) Washington. She married Parker Cason and he preceded her in death in June of 1980.
            Emma had worked in housekeeping at the Carmi Hospital and Carmi Nursing Home.
            She is survived by her sons, Casey (Kimberly) Cason of Belleville and Tim Cason of Maunie, her grandchildren, Haley Cason, Denishan Cason, Donnell C. (Haylee) Cason and Dashawn Ray Cason; brother, Charles Washington of Chicago, sisters, Pearline Hardiman of Princeton, IN and Charlestine Bennett of Milwaukee, WI. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Jerry, Joe, George and Leroy Washington and two sisters, Virginia White and Mary Washington.
            Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday May14, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Sand Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesay at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Charles E. Toothman

Charles E. Toothman, age 77, a resident of Eldorado, IL passed away at 8:20 am Sunday, May 10th, 2015 at the Eldorado Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

He was a retired saw mill logger.

Survivors include two sons:  Eddie Toothman of McLeansboro, IL and Heath Toothman of Broughton, IL; four step daughters:  Becky (and husband Mike) Green of Thompsonville, IL; Twilla Sivok of Broughton, IL; Goldie Gustafsen of Keensburg, IL; and Kathy Karnes of McLeansboro, IL; three sisters Opal Richardson of Doniphan, MO; Judy Wright of Harrisburg, IL; and Sharon Campbell of Doniphan, MO.   10 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Charles E. Toothman will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 am Thursday until the time of service at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton, IL.


Mia A. Davis

           Mia A. Davis, 40 of Park Forest, IL passed away Monday May 4, 2015 at her parents home in Carmi. She was born May 28, 1974 in Chicago, the daughter of James and Jacqueline (Armas) Davis.

            Mia had worked as a caregiver in home health care.

            She is survived by her son, Andrew Davis of Sauk Village, IL; her parents, James and Jacqueline Davis of Carmi; her sister, Amanda Davis and her brother, Jeremy Davis both of Evansville, IN. Grandmother, Hazel Armas of Chicago.

            Memorial services for Mia will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday May 11, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Lillie Hendrix

Lillie Hendrix 93 of Carmi, passed away Saturday evening May 9, 2015 at the Phoenix Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Carmi. She was born on August 5, 1921 in Marion, the daughter of John & Stella (Kelton) Ford.  She married Edward Laverne Hendrix on February 5, 1946 in Shawneetown and preceded her in death on March 16, 2006.
            Mrs. Hendrix worked in the laundry at White County Nursing Home before her retirement.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
            She is survived by two daughters, Charlotte Browning and Donna Denson, of Carmi; grandchildren, David, Jim and Crystal Denson, John Newberry, Greg Burnett, Donna Unfried, Cheryl Burnett, Becky McCormick; great-grandchildren, Haley Bell, Edward Newberry, Branson Burnett, Levi Williams, Hunter Williams, Chad Burnett, and Courtney Newberry.  She was preceded in death by brother, Charles Ford.
            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the funeral home.  Burial will be in North Maple Ridge Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.  Memorials are suggested to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Fannie Spence

     Fannie Spence, 100, of Carmi passed away at 1:35 a.m., Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was born in Enfield, IL on February 27, 1915 the daughter of Elza and Turza Alvira (Downen) Wilson.  Fannie married Dalton Eddie Spence on January 7, 1939 and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1998.  She was a homemaker and member of Plainview General Baptist Church.
     Fannie is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Helen Doris and Creighton Hampton of Carmi and Barbara and Dewane Krammer of Fairfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Gail Spence of Carmi and Carl and Jane Spence of Salem; a brother and sister-in-law, Billy Wayne and Nancy Wilson of Carmi; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dalton, two sisters, Alta Pottorff and Edna Fern Wilson, a brother, Clarence Wilson and two grandchildren, Donna Jean Hampton and David Creighton Hampton.
     Funeral Services for Fannie Spence, 100, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Plainview General Baptist Church near Norris City with Tim Gholson officiating.  Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Plainview General Baptist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made in Fannie's memory to Plainview Cemetery and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. 

Madonna L. "Doddie" Lankford

MADONNA L. "DODDIE" LANKFORD, AGE 66, A RESIDENT OF MCLEANSBORO, ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY AT 9:45 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015 AT HER RESIDENCE.  SHE WAS A RETIRED PHARMACY TECHNICIAN HAVING WORKED AT THE FORMER REYNOLD'S PHARMACY AND AT FRED'S PHARMACY IN MCLEANSBORO.  

SURVIVORS INCLUDE HER HUSBAND, KENNETH LANKFORD OF MCLEANSBORO; A SON: TERRY LEE (COMPANION HEATHER BOHN) PRINCE, JR. OF DUQUOIN, ILLINOIS; A DAUGHTER DEDE (COMPANION DARREN PHILLIPS) BIGGERSTAFF OF MCLEANSBORO; A STEP DAUGHTER: MICHELE LANKFORD (HUSBAND DAN) ALLEN OF DAHLGREN, ILLINOIS.  ALSO NINE GRANDCHILDREN: DEVANE PRINCE, KEISHA MCLINTOCK, TAYLOR PRINCE, CHRISTIAN BRADDY, MCKENZIE CLOE, HANNA KIRBY, TARA (HUSBAND ADAM) LITTLE, BROOKE BIGGERSTAFF, AND BRANDON BIGGERSTAFF.  ALSO SEVERAL GREAT GRANDCHILDREN SURVIVE.  A BROTHER: MIKE (WIFE DARLENE) CRADDOCK OF MT VERNON, ILLINOIS; A FATHER IN LAW: DONALD LANKFORD OF MCLEANSBORO; AN AUNT: PAT (HUSBAND JIM) GHOLSON OF CARMI, ILLINOIS, A NEPHEW: MICHAEL CRADDOCK AND A NEICE: KRISTEN CRADDOCK ALSO SURVIVE.

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MADONNA L. "DODDIE" LANKFORD WILL BE TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015 AT 1:00 P.M. AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO.  VISITATION WILL BE FROM 11:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY AND UNTIL SERVICE TIME AT 1:00 TUESDAY AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE BRADEN VALLEY CEMETERY NEAR DALE, ILLINOIS.  MEMORIALS TO THE GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPICE AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME, WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Carl Guinn

Carl Gene Guinn, 87 of Crossville, went home to be with the Lord, early Thursday morning May 7, 2015 at St. Marys Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born October 1, 1927 at Crossville, the son of Thomas J. and Rhoda (Garner) Guinn. He married Ava Stover, the mother of his children and she preceded him in death in 2003.
Carl had worked in the oil field and farmed his entire life. He enjoyed coon hunting, gardening and Wheel of Fortune. He attended Hopewell Baptist Church. He loved his special dog, Maggie
He is survived by his son, Ron (Diane) Guinn of McLeansboro; his daughter, Velma Pennington of Crossville; seven grandchildren, Connie Trotter, Carolyn Beam, Everett Gwaltney, Shannon Gwaltney, Rhyannon Bowles, Ashley Burton and Brad Bincsik; 12 great-grandchildren, his brother, Henry Guinn of Carmi and his sister, Ferral Jacobs of Crossville. He was preceded in death by one brother, Sam Guinn and one sister, Amanda Guinn.
            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m on Sunday May 10, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Stokes Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m on Saturday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Emma Cason

Emma Cason, 82 of Maunie, passed away Wednesday May 6, 2015 at the Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, IN.

Arrangements are pending at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi.

Vera Pyle

    Vera Pyle, 92, of Carmi, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:55 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born September 11, 1922 in Rising Sun, IL, the daughter of John and Julie (Huff) James.  Vera married Leonard Jasper Pyle on February 10, 1940 and he preceded her in death on February 11, 1951.  She had worked at Ainsbrook Sewing Factory for 20 years and was a cook at Carmi Township Hospital Skilled Care Unit and the Baptist Children's Home.  Vera was a member of Crossville Missionary Baptist Church and participated in many White County Senior Citizen's activities, where she especially enjoyed the dances.
     Vera is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sue Beam of Carmi and Lynn and William Kirk of Naples, FL; a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Lee and Dottie Pyle of Burlington, KY; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sally Riley of Carmi and Louisa Hart of Evansville, IN; and two brothers, Andrew Jesse James of Mt. Vernon, IN and Floyd James of Lonoke, Arkansas.  Vera was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Catherine Bush; a brother, John Lee James; and a son-in-law, James Beam.
    Funeral Services for Vera Pyle, 92, of Carmi will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in Vera's memory to Wabash Christian Retirement Center and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Roger Cummins

    Roger Cummins, 66, of Carmi, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 12:21 p.m. at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO from heart failure related to agent orange exposure during Vietnam.  He was born February 26, 1949 in  Carmi, IL, the son of Wilburn Leroy and Ella Fern (Puntney) Cummins, Jr.  Roger worked in the oil fields as a rough neck and was a U.S, Army veteran of the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Carmi Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Carmi VFW.  Roger loved to hunt and fish, his grandchildren who were his world.  He was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all.
    Roger is survived by companion and soul mate, Vicki Lynn Cummins of Carmi; two step sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Kadarh Highwood of Evansville, IN and Josh and Ashley Highwood of Carmi; seven grandchildren, Kaneon, Zane, River, Taylor, Conner, Collin and Annalise; a brother, Richard Cummins of Carmi; two nieces and two nephews, Kenny, Blythe, Tyson and Mandy; and best friends, Rick and Johnnetta Gaffron.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Kelli Cummins, December 28, 1995.
      Services for Roger Cummins, 66, of Carmi will be private.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Johanna Mayberry

Johanna Mayberry, age 79, a resident of Route 4 McLeansboro, IL passed away at 1:01 pm on Friday, March 6th, 2015 at the Breese Nursing Home in Breese, IL.

She devoted her life to being a home maker to provide a happy and loving home for her family.

She is survived by two sons:  Pete (and wife Eileen) Mayberry of McLeansboro, IL and Mark Mayberry of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters:  Margaret Rose (and husband Steve) Nieuwsma of Bismarck, ND and Sonya (and husband Gerard) Zurliene of Breese, IL; two brothers:  Ewald Schmitz and Adolph Schmitz, both of Germany; 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Funeral services for Johanna Mayberry will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL with Rev. Alan Monroe officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Rick Cruse

Rick Cruse, 63, of Norris City went to be with the his Lord and Savior at 6:48 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015.  He was born in Fairfield, IL on November 28, 1951 the son of Lawrence Arnold and Wilma Joyce (Blazier) Cruse.  Rick married Lynne Jo Buttry on November 23, 1979.  He was a 1970 graduate of Carmi Township High School and had worked for General Oil Field Supply. Rick loved the outdoors and espeically hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynne of Norris City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Vanessa and Jamie Sauls of Omaha and Gretchen Stock of Norris City; five grandchildren, Griffen, Madelyn, Wade, Sydnee and Greysen; a brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Kim Cruse of Carmi; his mother-in-law, Wilma Grace Buttry of Norris City; two nieces, Ronja (April Bolin) Cruse and Robin (Joey) Weyerbacher; a great-nephew, Zeke Cruse; a sister-in-law, Paula Lissak; a brother-in-law, Robby Buttry; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, David R. "Crockett" Buttry.

A celebration of Rick's life will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Margaret L. Carey

   Margaret L. Carey, 78, of Enfield passed away at 11:17 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Enfield Healthcare.  She was born January 17, 1937 in Norris City, IL the daughter of William Otis and Lois Ann (Stovall) Ratliff.  Margaret married James Carey in 1957 and he preceded her in death in 1983.  She was a homemaker.
     Margaret is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Joe and Heather Carey of Newton, and Richard and James Carey both of San Bernardino, CA; a daughter, Sandra Carey of Missouri; three sisters, Doris Shipp of Norris City, Judy Kolkmeier of Raytown, MO and Billie Ratliff of Colorado Springs, CO; five grandchildren including Nathan and Megan Carey of Newton; and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sons, Walter W. and Samuel L. Carey.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Margaret L. Carey, 78,of Enfield will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro.  Memorial contributions may be made in Margaret's memory to Enfield Healthcare and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City who is in charge of arrangements.

George E. Porter

George E. Porter, 87, of Norris City passed away at 11:20 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Marion, IL.  He was born August 14, 1927  in Fairfield, IL the son of John and Daisy (Bryant) Porter.  George married Nadine Blake on September 21, 1962 and she preceded him in death on July 13, 1992.  He was a World War II Army veteran.  George was a jack of all trades but had worked as a welder, in the oil fields and in autobody shops.  He was a member of the Norris City American Legion.
George is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Laverta Bishop and Kay Bridwell both of Norris City and Sue and Ray Sampier of Hanna City, IL; a special friend, Freda Mercer of Norris City; seven grandchildren, Tammy Bishop, Brandon Bishop, Carrie Ann Guthrie, Kevin Sampier, Scott Sampier, Amber Sampier and Larissa Hays; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sons, John and Tommy Porter.
A celebration of George's life will take place at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City with full military rites by the Carmi American Legion and VFW.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Saturday after 1:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in George's memory to the Disabled American Vets and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. 

Glenn V. Meschnark

Glenn V. Meschnark, age 63, a resident of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 7:55 pm on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Marion, IL.

He was a US Army Veteran, who served in the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the American Legion Post and attended the Christian Chapel Church in McLeansboro.  He worked as a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife Gloria (Wellen) Meschnark, several children, two brothers:  Roger Kidd of North Carolina, and Alan Buford of Las Vegas, NV; one sister Christina Schofield of Las Vegas, NV;  a niece Ashley Meschnark, a great-nephew Tristan Glenn Meschnark, and also several grandchildren.

Funeral services for Glenn V. Meschnark will be held at 12:00 noon Monday, March 16th, 2015 at the Christian Chapel Church in McLeansboro, IL with Pastor Allen Spangler officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service on Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Georgia Lynn Young

Georgia Lynn Young, 59, of Grayville, Illinois, died Saturday, March 14th at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. She was born April 17, 1955, in Carmi, IL, the daughter of George and Peggy (Churchwell) Aborn. She was married to Michael L. Young, and he survives.

Lynn was a nurse and member of the First Baptist Church in Albion, IL. Her passion was nursing and she enjoyed flower gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Young of Bone Gap, IL; her parents, George and Peggy Aborn of Cowling, IL; son Mike (Amber) Young of Albion; daughter Jessica (Mark) Rogers of Grayville; brother Shannon (Tammy) Aborn of Mt. Vernon, IN; sisters Carol (Loren) Evans of Mt. Vernon, IN, Patti (Bill) Ratcliffe of Bone Gap, Kelly (Mike) Murphy of Grayville; grandchildren Harlan, Jace Pierce and Seamus Young, Dylan, Kaden and Blake Rogers.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Thursday, March 19th at First Baptist Church in Albion. Cremation will immediately follow the visitation. A memorial service will be at 10 am, Friday, at First Baptist Church in Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Albion.

Arrangements by Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, Illinois.


David Bruce DeMarcus

David Bruce DeMarcus, 63, of Norris City passed away at 12:47 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, IL.  He was born June 2, 1951 in Kannapolis, NC the son of Eugene Franklin and Thelma (Scarborough) DeMarcus.  David married Diane M. Gilliam on May 12, 1984.  He was a Police office and retired as a document security specialist  at IBM and later Lockheed-Martin in Manassas, VA.  David served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam as part of the Army Intelligence and received two Purple Hearts.

     He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diane of Norris City; two daughters, Christine Michelle Neal of Denver, CO and Ashley Nicole Knight and husband Chris of Lottsburg, VA; three sisters, Lynn Pagano of St. Augustine, FL and Judy Petrea and Amy Paterson of Kannapolis, NC; two brothers, Eugene DeMarcus of Brentwood, TN and David's twin, Brian DeMarcus of Anchorage, AK; three grandchildren, Erica Neal and Nickolai and Adriana Knight; a sister-in-law, Kate Land and husband Skip of Norris City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     A Celebration of Life of David B. DeMarcus, 63, of Norris City will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Pastor Chris Marsh officiating.  Full military rites will be performed by the Carmi American Legion and VFW.  Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  Memorial Contributions may be made in David's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Shirley A. Harvey

     Shirley A. Harvey, 79, of Springfield, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:17 a.m. at Heritage Manor Health in Springfield.  She was born February 3, 1936 in Thompsonville, IL, the daughter of Eligah and Angie (Eason) Bozarth.  Shirley married Gene Harvey on December 25, 1954.  She was a beautician and had worked in Mt. Vernon, Salem and Effingham.
     Shirley is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gene of Springfield; two daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Dan Nance and Karla and Chris Roberts all of Springfield; four grandchildren, Ryan and Zachary Thoroman and Jimmy and Stephanie Kirgan; and several great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Ramona Pauline and Charles Thomas; and a brother, Ralph Bozarth.
     Funeral services for Shirley A. Harvey, 79, of Springfield, IL, will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Thompsonville, IL.  Friends may call on Wednesday, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Naomi Cushman

          Naomi Cushman 78 of Springerton, passed away Thursday morning March 19, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. She was born September 26, 1936 in Paragould, AR, the daughter of William and Kate (Jameson) Johnson. She married Larry Lee Cushman on June 16, 1957 in Fairfield and he preceded her in death on June 20, 2013.
            Naomi was an avid writer, she wrote the Springerton News for several local newspapers. She loved sewing, reading and facebooking.
            She is survived by her son, Bill (Kim) Cushman of Springerton, daughters, Teria (Ken) Griesemer of Olney and Rhonda (Carey) Rose of McLeansboro; eight grandchildren, Zachary, Megan and Dusty Cushman, Josh (Megan) Griesemer, and Logan, Dustin, Nicholas and Tanner Rose; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Griesemer, Paizley Rose and Eastyn Phelps. She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Johnson and one sister, Pauline Johnson and her son-in-law, Curtis Rose.
            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield with burial in Springerton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Judith DiSandro

Judith DiSandro, age 75 of Marion and formerly of Carmi, passed away Thursday evening, March 19, 2015 at Heartland Hospital in Marion. She was born November 8, 1939 in Norris City, the daughter of Bernard Lee and Ethel Mae (Hall) Johnson.

Judy had been a factory worker and worked in home health care. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Ethel (Hall) Johnson; a daughter, Tarah Koeberlein; an infant son, brothers Bob and Bill Johnson; and her nephews Robert and Jeff Cathey.
She is survived by her son, Jody Sadler and wife of Omaha; daughters Connie Sauls of Olney and Lisa Lemasters and husband, of Marion; the father of her children, Willard Midkiff of Enfield; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Clara and Goldie Rister of Huntley, IL, Carolyn Bayer of East Dundee, IL, Kathy and Rich Crisp of Calera, AL, Betty and Jim Gwaltney of Norris City, IL. Three nieces, three nephews, five great-nieces, and ten great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday March 23, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home with burial in Kingdom Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn J. Herreld

Evelyn J. Herreld, age 75, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away at 11:10 pm on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was a home maker, and a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter Yvonne Herreld of Wayne City, IL; three brothers:  Robert W. (and wife JoAnne) Seidel of Belle Rive, IL; Richard (and wife Connie) Seidel of Altamont, IL; and Paul (and wife Phyllis) Seidel of Wayne City, IL; two sisters:  Kathryn (and husband Gary) Webb of Wayne City, IL and June Irvin of Belle Rive, IL.

Funeral services for Evelyn J. Herreld will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at the Archie L. Sanders Memorial Chapel in Wayne City, IL with Brother Dennis Seidel officiating.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 am Thursday until the time of service.

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

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL is in charge of all the arrangements.


Betty L. Clark

           Betty L. Clark 83 of Carrier Mills and formerly of Carmi, passed away Monday March 23, 2015 at Harrisburg Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1931 in Springerton, the daughter of Grover and Pearl (Seifried) York. She married Charles Cecil Clark on December 28, 1948 in Carmi and he preceded her in death on November 13, 2000.

            Betty had worked as a greeter at Walmart for over 25 years.

            She is survived by her son, Charles Scott (Karen Sue) Clark of Carrier Mills, daughter, Jacquelyn Leuellen of Carmi; two grandchildren, Matthew Scott Clark and Heather Juenger; three great-grandchildren, Jacob Dillon and Jared Wayne Page and Liam Noble Batty; her brother, Melvin and Betty Jo York of Carmi; sister, Violet Smith of Carmi. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Ray York and Clayton York and sisters, Bernadine Phillips, Maxine Oliver, Beulah Gentry and Louise Melvin.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday March 27, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in Hammack Cemetery at Springerton. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Lois Funkhouser

     Lois Funkhouser, 91, of Enfield, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:40 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born on September 6, 1923 in Enfield, IL, the daughter of  James Ellis and Lula May (Miller) Bolerjack.  Lois married Charles Oscar Funkhouser in 1941 and he preceded her in death on December 28, 2012.  Lois was the secretary at Booth School in Enfield for 50 years and worked with her husband, Oscar, at their business,The Food Shoppe in Enfield for many years.  She was a lifelong member of Enfield United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, served as Lay Leader and was the church organist and pianist for many years.
     Lois is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Carl and Kathy Funkhouser of Carmi; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Virgil and Margaret Bolerjack and J. Raymond  and Helen Bolerjack.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Lois Funkhouser, 91, of Enfield, will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Enfield Cemetery with Rev. Mike Buckman and Mike Fields officiating.  Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. 
     Memorial gifts may be given in Lois's name to Enfield United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Norma Healy

    Norma Healy, 80, of Norris City, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:58 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born in Grayville, Illinois on January 30, 1935, the daughter of Melvin Scott and Allene Mary (Bond) Broster.  Norma married Ivan Kent Healy on May 7, 1955 and he preceded her in death on December 1, 1991.  She was a member of Albion Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Farm Bureau.
     Norma is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Diane Healy of Carmi, Doug and Melissa Healy of Norris City and Jeff and Susan Healy of St. Charles, MO; eight grandchildren Mark and Jennifer Healy, Adam, Ethan, Kristen, Jacob, Emily, Nathan and Lauren Healy; three great-grandchildren Adalyn, Aiden, and Myles Healy;  two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Jean Siegert of Grayville and Marge and Edward Steele of Naples, FL.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Robert Broster.
     
     Funeral services for Norma Healy, 80, of Norris City, will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Saturday, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial gifts may be given to Wabash Christian Retirement Center Chapel fund and may be given at Campbell Funeral Home.

Lois Mayberry

Lois M. Mayberry, 77, of Golden Valley, Ariz. passed away at 2:02 p.m. on March 13, 2015 at home surrounded by family.

Lois was born Jan. 15, 1938 in Depoy, Ky. to Chester and Hallie (Elkins) Fulkerson.

On April 16, 1959 she married Chelcie L. Mayberry. They lived most of their life in the Middle Creek area near Dahlgren, IL before moving to Golden Valley, AZ.

They were married for 55 years. Lois was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, painting and music.

Lois chose to donate her body to science with the remains to be cremated and returned to the family. Her final resting place will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Dahlgren, IL.

Lois is survived by her husband, Chelcie L. Mayberry, daughter, Lela White, sons, Michael and Isaac Mayberry, grandson, Jason Pepple and great grandson, Drake Pepple.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Obituary Information was provided by the Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL.


Carl L. "Gabby" Smith

Carl L. "Gabby" Smith, 72, of Carmi passed away at his residence on Friday, March 27, 2015.  He was born October 1, 1942 in Norris City, IL the son of Leonard and Opal (Leathers) Smith.  Carl was a truck driver for over 52 years and most recently drove for J.W. Hodgson Trucking.
     Carl is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Jesse) Raymer of Harrisburg and Sherry (Doug Barnett) Honaker of Hurst; a son, Preston (Heather) Smith of Enfield; a brother, Roger (Paula) Smith of Omaha; a sister, Hazel Wood of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Justin, Nathan, Jennifer, Dustin, Baileigh, Zier and Emorie; and four great-grandchildren, Brian, Jacob, Gabby and Nolan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Smith and Opal Leach, a sister, Betty Pearce, two brothers, Ralph and Charles Smith and a step-brother, Wesley Leach.
     Funeral Services for Carl L. "Gabby" Smith, 72, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in Powell Cemetery in Norris City.  Friends may call on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. 

Audra E. Jordan

     Audra E. Jordan, 90, of Grants Pass, OR, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her residence.  She was born March 27, 1925, in Dawson Springs, Kentucky where she grew up.  Audra attended Charleston High School in Charleston, Kentucky.  At age 16, she moved to Evansville, IN and worked in a restaurant where she met Jack.  They were married November 6, 1942 in Kentucky.  They moved all over the Midwest and in 1962 settled in Cincinnati, OH.  After her husband retired in 1981 they eventually moved to Norris City, IL.  In 2005 Audra moved from Norris City to Grants Pass following her husband's death.  She was a member of Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City.  Audra enjoyed oil painting and was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast.
 
     Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Jordan of Grants Pass; three sons, Jack Jordan of Laurel, MT, Rodger Jordan of Grants Pass, and Frank Jordan of Cincinnati, OH; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack.
     Graveside funeral and burial services for Audra E. Jordan, 90, of Grants Pass, OR, will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at  I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro,  Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of local arrangements.

Charles Olin Garrett

     Charles Olin Garrett, 80, of Enfield, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at his residence.  He was born March 12, 1935 in Mill Shoals Township, Illinois, the son of Edwin and Goldie Isabel (Bradford) Garrett.  Olin married Beatrice Williams on November 5, 1953.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  Olin had worked for Caterpillar for 18 years before moving back to Enfield, where he farmed.  He was a member of Ashland Christian Church in Mill Shoals, Enfield Masonic Lodge #677, the Carmi Country Club and was a former trustee for the Enfield Fire District.  Olin was a dedicated and faithful family man whose  love and  concern went beyond his immediate family.

     He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bea of Enfield; a daughter and two sons-in-law, Audrey and David Elwood of Enfield and Cliff Hardin of Danville, IL; five grandchildren, Bill Engel, Paulette Hosick, Leslie Fow, Mike Hardin and Jessi Metheney; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke Hosick Phelps, Tyler Hosick, Coby  and Jalen Allen, Olin, Ava and Lilla Fow and Collin Hardin; a sister, Alice Carter of Carmi; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Olin was preceded in death by his parents;  a daughter, Cynthia Lou Hardin  a son, Charles Olin Garrett, Jr.;a granddaughter, Ashley Metheney; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Fow;  two sisters, Fern and Sarah Garrett; and four brothers, John, Henry, Noel and Allen Garrett.
     Funeral services for Charles Olin Garrett, 80, of Enfield, will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Braden Willis officiating.  Burial will be in Little Zion Cemetery near Enfield with military rites by Carmi VFW and American Legion.  Friends may call on Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Masonic services will be at 7:30 p.m.

Barbara Long

     Barbara Long, 75, of Norris City, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. at her residence.  She was born on September 7, 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of George Wilson and Agnes Marie (Taylor) Morris.  Barbara married William Vonnell Long on May 7, 1954.  She was a homemaker and a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Norris City.
     Barbara is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill of Norris City; five daughters, Desira F. (Greg) Purcell, Bonnell Long, Barbara Jo (Earl) McKenzie and Cheryle Leigh (Rand) Walters all of Norris City and Kathy Ann (Keith) Millspaugh of Newton; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kathryn (Eddie) Thomas of Owensboro, KY.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William Farin Long on November 11, 1979;  two great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeannie Duncan; and a brother, Bradley Morris.
     Funeral and burial services for Barbara Long, 75, of Norris City, were held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Old Prairie Cemetery near Norris City, with Rev. Dennis Reed officiating.  Lance Long, Matthew Long, Sr., Matthew Long, Jr., Jordan Johnson, Jeremy Millspaugh and Seth Walters served as casket bearers.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City, was in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Erkman

    Pauline Erkman, 88, of Enfield, passed away at 2:10 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, IN.  She was born August 15, 1926 in Springerton, IL, the daughter of Guy and Norma Lorene (Stone) Smith.  Pauline married Chelsea Erkman on December 24, 1944 and he preceded her in death on November 10, 2012.  
     She was a farm wife, a member of Enfield Christian Church and the Wabash Christian Retirement Center Auxiliary.  Pauline was the pianist at the church from the age of 17 until her husband's death two years ago.  They were members their entire married life of 68 years.  The piano, her yard and home were her passions, along with her four granddaughters, whom she adored.
     Pauline is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Frank Musgrave of Carmi; a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Vicki Erkman of Carmi; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Mae and Louis Youngs of Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, Deon and Terry Hall, Kathleen and Joey Fulkerson, Devin and Joey Lane and Lauren and Nathan Whetstone; two step-grandchildren, David and Danyelle Mitchell and Pam and Matt Haywood; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyson Musgrave, Austin Ritcheson, Carly Fulkerson, Jase and Nate Kiefer, Ty, Ashton and Tucker Lane, Isabella Hall and Makayla Blazier; and four step-great grandchildren, Macen and Max Haywood and Seth and Lexi Mitchell.
     Funeral services for Pauline Erkman, 88, of Enfield, will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at  Enfield Christian Church in Enfield, with Fred Leeds and Matt Sutman officiating.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.  Friends may call on Thursday,  from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at  Enfield Christian Church.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Pauline's name to Enfield Christian Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Bruce

    Carolyn Bruce, 82, of Norris City passed away at 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born in Norris City on September 24, 1932, the daughter of William Norris and Mary Grace (Phillips) Bruce.  Carolyn retired as President of Banterra Bank of Norris City.  She was a member of the Norris City United Methodist Church.
     Carolyn is survived by a sister, Betty McKenzie of Norris City; three nieces, Gae Stoops of Greenwood, IN and Barbara McKenzie and Donna McKenzie both of Norris City; and two great-nieces, Caitlin Stoops and Meredith Stoops both of Greenwood, IN.  She was preceded in death by a brother, William Edward Bruce.
    Funeral Services for Carolyn Bruce, 82, of Norris City will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Rev, Gene Turner and Mike Fields officiating.  Private Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in Carolyn's memory to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Ora Phyllis McGhee

           Ora Phyllis McGhee 80 of Carmi, passed away Wednesday April 1, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. She was born February 19, 1935 in Carmi, the daughter of Joseph and Thelma (Corwin) Ward.    

Phyllis loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

            She is survived by three sons, Bradley (Laurie) 

McGhee and Terry McGhee of Carmi and Ronnie (Elaine) McGhee of Evansville; four daughters, Teresa (David) Kemp, Tammy (Brad) Renshaw of Carmi, Becky (Perry) Ziegler of Evansville and Melinda (John) Rankin of Springerton; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Rebstock and Donna James of Carmi. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Betty Blazier and Sandy Zenner; brothers, Bill and Joe “Jr” Ward.

            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 4, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Melrose Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com

Charles Norman Harrington

Charles Norman Harrington, 75, of Crossville, Illinois, died Wednesday, April 01, 2015, at his home.  He was born may 9, 1939, in Russellville, Illinois, the son of George Levi and Lela Dale (Martin) Harrington.  On March 29, 1963, he was married to Mary Wease.

Charles was retired from Babcock and Wilcox where he worked as a boilermaker and later he worked for the Crossville Telephone Company.  He was an Army veteran and a member of the McHenry Good News Chapel in Crossville where he served as a trustee.  Among his interests were antique cars, old coins, old watches, and stringed musical instruments.  He sang in the musical group the McHenry Good News Singers, and he was a flea market enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife Mary Harrington; sons Norman (Tammy) Harrington, all of Crossville, Darrin (Katrena) Harrington of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; grandchildren Caleb, Kelsey, Noah, Kera, John, Ava, and Kate; brother Lyman (Sandy) Harrington of Lawrenceville, Illinois; sisters Kristine (Jug) Banks and Sue Gosnell, all of Crossville; in-laws Pat Harrington, Helen Harrington, Debbie Harrington, Eddie (Debbie) Schmittler, David (Diane) Wease, Debbie (Gayle) Gunzel; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son John Michael Harrington; brothers Randy, Roger, Merle, Ralph and Dickie Harrington; sisters Melba Harrington, Kay Schmittler, and Colleen Duvall.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Friday, April 3rd at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.  Funeral is at 11 am, Saturday, April 4th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville with burial in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville.  Following the graveside committal service, a dinner for family and friends will be provided at the McHenry Good News Chapel in Crossville.

Memorials may be made to the McHenry Good News Chapel and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.


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Charlene R. (Davis) Burns

     Charlene R. (Davis) Burns, 80, of Carmi, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born December 31, 1934 in Clinton, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Andrew "Charlie" and Rose (Patterson) Davis.  
     Charlene married Robert John "Boo" Burns on December 19, 1953 and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2011.  She was a housewife and mother of four.  Charlene loved reading, watching TV and the Chicago Cubs.
     Charlene is survived by three sons, Mark (Beth) Burns of Grayville, Joe Burns of Carmi and Phil (Anne) Burns of Brownsburg, IN; three grandchildren, Josh Burns of Evansville, IN,  Mitch and Ross Burns both  of Brownsburg, IN; and a sister, Clara Douthit of Lincoln, IL.  She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Danny Burns; and a sister, Alice Soran.
     A Celebration of Life for Charlene Burns, 80, of Carmi, will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  A private burial will be held at St. Polycarp Catholic Cemetery in Carmi.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Charlene's name to Brownsville School and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

David Kissner

David Kissner, age 60, resident of Wayne City, Illinois passed away at 7:25 P.M. on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  He had been a farmer and a correction officer at Wayne County Jail.  He is survived by his wife Diana; two sons Michael Anthony Rister (special friend Crystal Willis) of Fairfield, and Bryan Kissner of Wayne City; his mother, Melba Kissner of Wayne City; sister Janet Kissner and brother Marshall (wife Karen) Kissner of Wayne City; and three grandchildren Kelsea, Kerrigan, and Tiffany Rister.  He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Kissner.  Funeral services for David Kissner will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at the Olive Branch Baptist Church near Wayne City.  The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Leland Ganieany.  Burial will be in the Baltimore Cemetery near Wayne City.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.  Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City is in charge of the arrangements.


Cloyd Walker

On the evening of April 5, 2015 Cloyd W. Walker passed away at his Enfield home. His parents William Anderson and Muriel (Gunter) Walker brought this remarkable person into this world on January 21, 1933 in Enfield. Cloyd spent 82 years touching the lives of numerous people. He was a blessing to everyone.
Cloyd was legendary for helping friends and neighbors. From working at Inland Steel's coal mines to welding, his talents were many. He was a member of the Kane County Mounted Patrol, an Army veteran and a member of the Cumberland Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Cloyd was a past president and active member of the Enfield Lions Club and a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Cloyd and Nancy Schusler married December 8, 1952 at the Methodist parsonage in Carmi. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Cheri Walker; sons, Cloyd and Paul Walker; three grandsons, Justin (Briana) and Cody (Ashley) Dodd and Jake Walker; two great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Gunner Cloyd Dodd; two brothers, Randall and Phillip Walker; six sisters, Rose Ragen, Sharon Sellers, Fern Johns, Carol Becker, Dena Hunt, and Becky Johnson; sister-in-law, Jeanine (Glen) Smith; also numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cynthia; brother, Thornton Walker, sisters, Beulah Roberts and Bernadine Thrun; a set of twins and an infant.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 12, 2015 at the Enfield United Methodist Church. The family asks that flowers and donations be omitted as they would like for you to share your memories of CloydMilitary rites will be conducted by the Carmi American Legion and V.F.W. at the beginning of the service at church. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Ronald "Easy" Knight

Ronald “Easy” Knight 90 of Crossville, passed away Tuesday morning April 7, 2015 at the home of his daughter. He was born January 15, 1925, the son of Royal T. and Mary (Landingham) Knight. He married Arledia Trout on June 7, 1959 and she preceded him in death on April 9, 1996.

            “Easy” had worked at several area filling stations. He had also worked in the oilfield and as a Rural Mail Carrier. He enjoyed riding horses and had riden in the Trail of Tears.

            He is survived by his daughter, Darlynn (Jerry) Barbre of Bellmont; sons, Ronald Jr. (Sheryl) Knight of Overland Park, KS, Carl (Rose Ann) Knight of Reidsville, GA, Garrel (Christine) Knight of Grayville and Paul (Teresa) Knight of Browns; twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandaughter, Bryleigh; brothers, Loyal (Gay) Knight, Bertis (Sandra) Knight all of Carmi and Garrel (Judy) Knight of Albion; sisters, Betty Michels of Grayville and Vaneta Jones of Mt. Carmel. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Royal, Vertis, Edward and Wayne; and three sisters, Viola Hawkins, Wilma Woodrow and Ladonna Crackel.

            Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with graveside services immediately following at Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Shirley J. Becker

Shirley J. Becker, 80, of McLeansboro, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her home.  She was a retired school bus driver.  She is survived by her son: Bradley (wife Crystal) Becker of McLeansboro, and her sister: June Brinkley of Montgomery, Alabama; and two grandchildren: Elizabeth and Caleb Isaacs.  Funeral services for Shirley J. Becker will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Pastor Allen Spangler officiating.  Burial will be in Old Springer Cemetery near McLeansboro.  Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and until service time at 1:00 p.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice and will be accepted at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro


Marion E. "Red" Bass

     Marion E. "Red" Bass, 77 of Carmi, passed away Friday, Aapril 10, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. at his residence in Carmi.  He was born January 13, 1938 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the son of Marion James and Grace (Poteet) Bass.  He married Marilyn Jean Klinghagen May 28, 1993. He was a Fireman in Waco, TX; did communication for the Katy Railroad in Texas.  He was a Communications Engineer for Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in Prudue Bay, Alaska and retired from ARCO in Texas.  He was Baptist by faith.  He was a Korean war veteran serving in the Marines and Airforce.  
     
     Surviving are his wife of 21 years Marilyn Bass of Carmi; three daughters Alecia Berthelot of Lewisville, TX, Loree Mehrhoff of Carmi, and Dawn and Keith Holland of Carmi; three sons Kelly Bass of Huntsville, TX, James Bass of Forrest City, N.C., and William Mehrhoff of Ft. Stockton, TX; five brothers Roger Collins of League City, TX, David Collins of Nacogdoces, TX, Dale Bass, Johnny Bass of Mesquite, TX, and Ronnie Bass of Sanford, Maine; a sister Sherry Ortega; seven grandchildren Amanda Goff, Amber Rankin, Brandon Cuka, Samantha Braun, Sarah Hahn, Heather Dicky, and Casey Berthelot; nine great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services for Marion E. "Red" Bass, 77, of Carmi will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Marshall Ferry Cemetery in Rising Sun with full military rites by the Carmi American Legion and VFW.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Neal E. Coclasure

NEAL E. COLCLASURE, SR., AGE 67, FORMERLY OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS   PASSED AWAY AT 10:32 P.M. SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015 AT HIS  HOME IN MT VERNON ILLINOIS.  HE WAS A RETIRED PAINTER AND DECORATOR AND A U. S. ARMY VETERAN.  

SURVIVORS INCLUDE TWO SONS: TROY COLCLASURE OF LAPUENTE, CALIFORNIA, NEAL E. COLCLASURE, JR. OF MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS; FIVE DAUGHTERS: MELISSA KETTERING OF MCLEANSBORO, ILLINOIS, JEANETTE DODD OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, DAWN WILSON OF EUGENE, OREGON, MILLIE COLCLASURE OF PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA, AND ELIZABETH HOWARD OF SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA.  ALSO TWO BROTHERS: GARY COLCLASURE OF NEVADA AND BILL COLCLASURE OF MISSOURI, AND TWO SISTERS: PATRICIA COLCLASURE OF NEVADA AND MILDRED CASH OF WASHINGTON.  

GRAVESIDE SERVICES WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 AT 3:00 P.M. AT SMITH CEMETERY NEAR DALE, ILLINOIS. VISITATION WILL BE FROM 1:00 P.M. TUESDAY AND UNTIL SERVICE TIME AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO. MEMORIALS TO THE FAMILY AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME WHICH IS IN CHARE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.  THE AMERICAN LEGION POST  #106 WILL PROVIDE MILITARY HONORS AT THE GRAVE.


Jerry L. Wiseman

   Jerry  L. Wiseman, 72, of Carmi, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1:40 a.m. at his residence.  He was born May 9, 1942 in Grayville, IL, the son of  Kenneth Franklin and Vera Ruth (Spencer) Wiseman.  Jerry married JoAnn Williams on  March 2, 1963.  
     Jerry was the vice president at Citizens National Bank of Albion for 13 years and was a Prudential Insurance agent  for 40 years.  Jerry was longtime treasurer of the Carmi Kiwanis Club where he presided as president from October, 2000 - September, 2001.  He was a member and elder of First Christian Church in Carmi where he attended Phi Chi Sunday School class.  Jerry was very much a community minded person, but most of all he loved his wife, children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
     He is survived by his wife of 52 years, JoAnn of Carmi; children, Julie (Rex) Johnson of Cloverdale, IN, Mike (Janice) Wiseman of Mannford, OK, Jayne (Brad) Jordan of Maysville, NC, and Jennifer Agger of Carmi; six grandchildren,  Mandy and Jay Wiseman, Bethany Jordan, and Joseph, Michael and Emily Agger; two great-grandchildren, Kameron and Jocelynn Quick; and a sister, Norma Grimes of Grayville.  Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Elliott; and a son-in-law, John Agger.
     Funeral services for Jerry L. Wiseman, 72, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at  First Christian Church in Carmi with Greg Grant officiating.  Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Albion.  Friends may call on Friday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church and on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Jerry's name to the First Christian Church  or Carmi Kiwanis Club and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Jessie Ann James

  Jessie Ann James, 63 of Eldorado and formerly of Carmi, passed away Monday morning February 16, 2015 at Magnolia Shelter Care in Eldorado. She was born June 18, 1951 in Mt. Vernon IN, the daughter of Jessie Andrew and Evelyn (Bootsie Sturgal) James.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmi IL.
Jessie Ann was preceded in death by her mother, stepfather Darrell Lumb, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
She is survived by father Jessie James and stepmother, Geneva James, one sister Robbie Lumb Kramer (Bill), a nephew Cole, stepbrother Tony, aunts Marilyn Staley of Mascoutah, Sally Riley of Carmi, and Louisa Hart of Evansville, uncles Bill Sturgal of Arizona, Don Sturgal of Florida and Floyd James of Arkansas and many cousins.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 1p.m. at Stendeback Family Funeral Home, Carmi IL. Reverend Bud Peyton will be officiating. 
Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Robert J. Nelson

Robert Joel Nelson, 72, of Carmi, passed away on April 14, 2015. He was born August 21, 1942, the son of David R. and Tessie E. (Thomas) Nelson.  Robert married the love of his life, Leah Rae Ziegler on July 15th, 1961 and celebrated nearly 52 years of marriage before she passed away in 2013.  Robert and Leah had two children, Tony Nelson and Debbie Nelson. 

Robert was an avid traveler and enjoyed many trips, which included visiting several National Parks with his children and grandchildren.  He last attended Emmanuel United Methodist of Carmi.  Robert attended Carmi schools and then worked for his family’s business, Nelson Midwest Contractors, before founding Nelson Pipe & Supply Inc. and serving as its President.

 

Robert is survived by a daughter, Debbie Nelson and a son, Tony and his wife, Sarah (Pereboom) Nelson of Carmi; also grandchildren, Tessie Nelson of Evansville, IN , Todd and his wife, Catherine (Ong) Nelson of Las Vegas, NV, Andrew Nelson and his fiancé, Molly Lott of Louisville, KY; and companion, Kathy Brooks of Carmi. He is also survived by sisters Joe Ann Beeson and her husband, Jack of Edmond, OK (nephew David), June Walker and her husband, Richard of Antlers, OK (niece Barbara and nephew Bobby); a brother, Elwood Nelson and his wife, Ruth of Antlers, OK (nieces Peggy, Jimmie, and Suzie and nephew Butch); a niece, Jody Witzel of Oklahoma City, OK and a niece, Lea Ann Richmond and nephews, Jeff Nelson and Steve Nelson.  Surviving sisters-in-law, include Donna Abshier of Findlay, OH (niece Liz and a nephew Mike) and Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom of Upper Tract, WV (nephews Scott and Jace) and Betty Nelson of Carmi.


Those preceding him in death are his parents David R. and Tessie E. Nelson; brothers Pat Nelson of Carmi and David Nelson and  nephew, Tom Nelson, both of Antlers, OK  a nephew, Bill Bingman of Rock Springs, WY;  sisters-in-law, Benny Nelson of Antlers, OK and Grace Nelson of Oklahoma City, OK; and a brother-in-law, Joe Abshier of Findlay, OH.

Graveside funeral and burial services for Robert J. Nelson, 72, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi with Rev. Steve Nelson officiating.  Friends may call on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be given in Robert's name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Carmi and will be accepted at the funeral home.


James E. Bowers

James E. Bowers, age 71, a resident of Route 4 McLeansboro passed away at 2:16 pm on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at the Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He worked as a maintenance employee for Hamilton Memorial Hospital and Fairview Estates in McLeansboro.

Survivors include one son Jason Lee Bowers of McLeansboro, two daughters:  Mary Gail and husband James Woodcock of Caineyville, KY and Twyla Wheeler of Springerton, IL; 3 brothers:  Danny Bowers of Missouri; John Wayne Bowers of Collinsville, IL; Mike Bowers of Alton, IL; 3 sisters:  Jenice Haas of Lively Grove, IL; Jane Ann "Cookie" Winters of Collinsville, IL; and Judy Cook of Alton, IL; and a very special friend Velma Pennington of Crossville, IL.

He is also survived by 7 grandchildren:  Justin Robie James Bowers, Satrenna Ann Forbes, Crystal Gail Carter, Marsha Dee Bratcher, Ashley Lynn Nicole Bowers, Brittany Ann Wheeler, and Cheyanna Shane Wheeler; 7 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild on the way.

Funeral services for James E. Bowers will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 17th 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am Friday until the time of service at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Mt. Oval Cemetery near Norris City, IL.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Ruby Winter

     Ruby Winter, 87, of Carmi passed away at 1:35 a.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was born in Carmi on February 26, 1928 the daughter of Carl and Mary E. (Brown) Thompson.  Ruby was a caregiver for her son, David for 60 years along with having a baking business.  She was a 1948 graduate of Carmi Township High School and a member of the Carmi Church of the Nazarene.
     Ruby is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and David Carter of Carmi; a grandson, Patrick Carter of Carmi; and a sister, Lena Wallace of Carmi.  She was preceded in death by her son, David Winter on March 9, 2011, two sisters, Lucy Zoph and Zelma Logan and two brothers, Bill and Curtis Thompson.
     Funeral Services for Ruby Winter, 87, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Dallas Robinson and Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Brown Cemetery near Crossville,  Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Norman Edward Gold

Norman Edward Gold, 62 born September 17, 1952 of Evansville, IN passed away at his home in Grayville, IL Sunday April 19, 2015 following a long illness. Norman was a baptized Catholic. He was a retired Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army. He belonged to the local VFW and American Legion. He spent much of his leisure time fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife/ best friend Kathleen (Broeker) Gold married on May 13, 2000; Sons: Brandon Gold of Cary, NC, Michael Snyder of Grayville, IL, and Jeremy Holstead of Greenbay, WI; Daughters: Jessica Gold of Ukiah, CA and Nikki Nield of Grayville, IL; Brother: Shon Ritchey of Indianapolis, IN; Sister: Sandy Perdieu of Clinton, IN; Brother-in-laws: Louis and David Broeker; Grandchildren: Jaxx and Zak Gold, Kaylen Nield, Karissa Marsh, Nicholas Snyder, Jase Pfaff, Keirann Nield, Crysten Starrett, and Joseph Starrett.

Norman was preceeded in death by his parents Alice Ritchey and Maurice Gold; brother Steven Gold.

In keeping with Norman’s wishes he will be cremated with no services.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or online at www.dav.org.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, IL will be handling all arrangements.


Wayne R. Pollard

Wayne R. Pollard, 82, of Carmi, Illinois, died April 18, 2015, at his home. He was born November 6, 1932, in Carmi, the son of Herman and Anna (Lichtenberger) Pollard.

Wayne was a typesetter for the Carmi Times for many years, and later worked at Fickert Hardware. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ and a Navy veteran. He had a generous spirit and was devoted to the care of his family. He never knew a stranger and was quite a conversationalist.

Survivors include cousins Dale (Barbara) Peters of Carmi, Allen (Jackie) Kallenbach of Estes Park, Colorado; and numerous other cousins and their families.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation and memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25th.  Visitation is at 10 am, memorial service is at 11 am.  Wayne’s remains were cremated as per his request.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.


Sandy Jean Douthitt

Sandy Jean Douthitt, 50, Carmi, passed away to join her Father in Heaven on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was born October 2, 1964, in Eldorado, Illinois, the daughter of Robert E. and Sandra Kay (Vailes) Bartley. She was married to Donald Douthitt Jr.
Sandy had worked as postal clerk and store operator in Emma Township at the Concord Post Office for several years before going to work for the White County States Attorney and attended Concord Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, loved the lake, and being outdoors.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years Donnie Douthitt of Carmi, Mother Sandra Cutchin, her Mother-in-law Pearl Douthitt, one daughter Ryse and fiancé Kalin Brinkley, a son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Brianne Douthitt and future grandson-to-be Ryder, a sister Shannon Lyn and Mike Henson, a brother and sister-in-law Robert E. and Darlene Bartley, brother-in-law David and Michelle Douthitt, sister-in law Teresa Raney; many nieces and nephews who she loved so much.
She was preceded in death by her Father, Robert E. Bartley Sr., and her Father-in-law Donald Douthitt Sr. 
Funeral Services for Sandy Jean Douthitt will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery, in Emma Township.  Memorial Contributions may be made in Sandy's memory to the Carmi-White County High School Golf Team and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Richard F. "Fudd" Williams

Richard F. “Fudd” Williams, 83, of Grayville, Illinois, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. He was born April 28, 1931, in Crossville, Illinois, the son of James and Johanna (Schoenman) Williams. He was married to Jessie P. (Aborn) Williams, and she survives.

Richard worked many years in the oilfields of the Illinois Oil Basin, and later at Champion Laboratories. He was a veteran of the United States Army (serving during the Korean War) and he was a member of the First Christian Church in Grayville. Among his interests and pastimes were playing cards, working jigsaw puzzles, food, trains, and especially his family. When in a one-on-one situation, he was quite the conversationalist.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie P. Williams of Grayville; sons Richard (Peggy) Williams of Mt. Carmel, and Jay (Cherry) Williams of Albion, Illinois; sister Virginia (James) Endicott of Carmi, Illinois; grandchildren Stacie Williams, Lori Goble, Sarah Arnone, Ashlie Gaddis, Jason Williams, Elysia Williams; great-grandchildren Kelcie Yager, Amanda May Yager, Dave Goble, Jeffrey Williams, Jackson Williams, Mason Arnone, Peighton Arnone, Morgan Gaddis, Jacob Collard Williams, and Kairi Williams.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother James Williams; and sister Patricia Epler.

Visitation is 1-3 pm, Friday, April 24th, with funeral to follow at 3 pm at First Christian Church in Grayville. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Grayville.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of arrangements.


Kathy J. Price

Kathy J. Price, 63, of Enfield passed away on Friday morning, April 24, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illiniois. She was born on April 15, 1952, in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Raymond and Thelma (Sanders) Juenger. She married Gary Price on February 22, 1980.
Kathy was a homemaker as well as a farmer and oil well pumper. She enjoyed sewing and love spending time with her grandson.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Gary; one daughter, Crystal (Matthew) Nolan of Norris City, one grandson, Andrew Nolan ; two brothers, Darrell (Cindy) Juenger and Terry (Roxanna) Juenger, both of Carmi; and one sister, Betty Woodrow of Carmi. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Raeann Aud and Donna Sue Metcalf.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday April 27, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Robert Siefried officiating. Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Delores Clara Bowen

Delores Clara Bowen, age 74, a resident of Flora, IL passed away at 5:30 pm Tuesday, April 21st 2015 at the Clay County Hospital in Flora.

Survivors include a son Cameron Bowen of St. Louis, MO; a daughter Carla Bowen of Geff, IL; two sisters: Rosie Reynolds of McLeansboro, IL and Shirley Joiner or Orlando, FL; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services for Delores Clara Bowen will be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 28th at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Piopolis, IL.  Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, IL which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Lindell Hoy

   Lindell Hoy, 74, of Norris City passed away at 8:42 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at his residence.  He was born August 28, 1940 in Herald, IL the son of Walter Wayne and Juanita B. (Catlin) Hoy.  Lindell married Janice L. Pulliam on March 3, 1962.   Lindell was a building contractor, an oil producer and also served as Norris City Mayor for 8 years. He was a member and deacon at Springerton Christian Church.  
     Lindell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jan; two daughter's and sons-in-law, Robin and Mark Becker of Springerton and Kristina and Michael Neale of Evansville, IN; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Heidi Hoy of Carmi; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Jim Redman of Carmi; a brother, Dean Hoy of Carmi; and six grandchildren, Jordan Kyle Scott, Shea Ellison, Logan Ellison, Mathilde Hoy, Branden Hoy and Rachel Neale.
     Funeral Services for Lindell Hoy, 74, of Norris City will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden in Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in Lindell's memory to Wabash Christian Retirement Center Chapel and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.

Jimmie J. Murphy

Jimmie J. Murphy, 79 of Carmi passed away April 28, 2015 at his home with family around his bedside. He was born in New York City, NY, on March 14, 1936 the son of John & Bridie (Clifford) Murphy. He married Mary Dow on May 5, 1956 and she survives.

Mr. Murphy served on the Carmi City Police Dept. for 32 years and retired as a Police Sgt. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force for 6 years and was in Germany. He belonged to St. Polycarp Catholic Church. He was an avid reader and enjoyed working in the yard.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons, Jimmie Murphy of Alexandria, VA, John (Cathy) Murphy of Vernon, AL, Mike (Kelly) Murphy of Grayville; three daughters, Kathy (Tom) Crego of Rogers, AR, Patricia (Billy) Earl and Eileen Pollard, both of Carmi; 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, a half- brother and half -sister.

Per his wishes, there will be no services. Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Larry W. Wheeler

    Larry W. Wheeler, 73, of Mt. Dora, Florida passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Waterman Hospital in Tavares, FL.  He was born on April 27, 1941 in Carmi, Illinois, the son of Rufus Charles and Vera Lorene (Myers) Wheeler.  Larry married Gloria L. (Ritter) Nikides on July 3, 2011 in Zionsville, Indiana.  Although Larry was a veteran of the Vietnam War(Army), a White County Reserve Deputy, FreeMason and a Shriner, Larry's occupation was as a machinist with Allison's Transmission.
     Larry is survived by his wife, Gloria of Mt. Dora, FL; a son, Shawn Wheeler of Indianapolis, IN; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Nathan Kuhn of Westfield, IN; and four grandchildren, Chance and Timothy Wheeler, Colin Beaver and Ryan Kuhn.  He was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Thomas, Mary Leona Williams and Roseann Wheeler; and four brothers, Aubrey, Eugene, John David and Harold Wheeler.
     Funeral Services for Larry W. Wheeler will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Chris Pollard officiaitng.  Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until service time.

Danny Edward Buchanan

   Danny Edward Buchanan, 60, of Carmi passed away at 10:12 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He was born in McLeansboro on March 18, 1955 the son of Leland and Donna Mae (Wheeler) Buchanan.  Danny married Diamond Luann Powell on April 10, 1976.  He had retired from Pattiki Coal Mine.
     Danny is survived by his wife of 39 years, Luann; a daughter,  Gabrielle Hanger and husband Tony of Evansville, IN; three sons, Danny Buchanan and wife Tammy, Eric Buchanan and companion, Jennifer Townsend and Xander Booker all of Carmi; a sister, Donetta Edwards and husband Jim of Norris City; four brothers, Randy Buchanan and wife Kathy, Jim Buchanan and wife Kathi and Tim Buchanan all of Carmi and Mark Buchanan and wife Karla of McLeansboro; nine grandchildren, Rosey Buchanan, Amber Buchanan and Brooke Buchanan, Jon Townsend, Serafina Buchanan, Leif Buchanan, Adison Hanger, Sylas Hanger-Pullen and Zamirah Hanger; and one great-grandson, Jayden Buchanan.
     Funeral Services for Danny Edward Buchanan, 60, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial Contributions may be made in Danny's memory to Pets At Risk or a favorite charity and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.  

George A. "Sonny" Haas

GEORGE A. "SONNY" HAAS  AGE 88, A RESIDENT  OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY AT 8:55 P M  FRIDAY  MAY 1 2015  IN THE  HAMILTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  IN MCLEANSBORO. HE WORKED  AS MANAGER AND TRUCK DRIVER  AT THE FORMER PETROLANE  PROPANE COMPANY IN MCLEANSBORO.  HE WAS A U.S. ARMY VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II  AND A MEMBER OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND THE  AMERICAN LEGION POST # 106.

SURVIVORS INCLUDE  HIS WIFE  EDITH M. HASS OF MCLEANSBORO; 3 SONS: DON (JUDY) HASS OF POWELL TENNESSEE, DAVID (CARLA ) HAAS OF MARION, ILLINOIS,  DENNIS (TERESA) HAAS OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS. ALSO NINE GRANDCHILDREN: CHRIS HAAS, BRIAN HAAS, LINDSEY TURNER, AARON DUNN, KYLE DUNN, DEREK HAAS, DEANNA KUENY, JACOB HAAS,  AND HEATH HASTINGS.  ALSO SEVERAL GREAT GRANDCHILDREN  ALONG WITH MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS SURVIVE.  HE IS ALSO SURVIVED BY A BROTHER LEROY (PAT)  HAAS  OF DECATUR ILLINOIS AND A SISTER BERNADETTE (BOB) GRUBB OF WAUKESHA  WISCONSIN.

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR GEORGE A. "SONNY"  HAAS WILL BE AT 11:00 A M  MONDAY MAY 4 2015  AT THE ST CLEMENTS CATHOLIC CHURCH  IN MCLEANSBORO. 

VISITATION WILL BE FROM  9:00 A M MONDAY UNTIL THE TIME OF SERVICE AT 11:00 AM  AT THE CHURCH.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE ST CLEMENTS CEMETERY WITH GRAVESIDE MILITARY  RITES BY THE MCLEANSBORO AMERICAN LEGION POST #106  AND THE MILITARY HONORS TEAM FROM MARION ILLINOIS.

MEMORIALS MAY BE GIVEN  TO THE ST CLEMENTS CHURCH BUILDING FUND  AND WILL BE ACCEPTED  AT THE CHURCH OR AT THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.


Betty Lou Thorpe

Betty Lou Thorpe, 70 of Enfield, passed away Friday afternoon May 1, 2015 at her home. She was born December 8, 1944 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Adrian (Clerk) Pryor. She was married to James Thorpe.

Betty had worked in security at the Hollywood Riverboat Casino in Aurora. She was a member of the American Legion, Amvets and V.F.W. Auxiliaries. 

She is survived by her husband Jim; two sons, Darren Andrew Norris of Big Rock, and Charles Daniel Norris of Aurora; one daughter, Adrian Rose Norris of Dale; five grandchildren, Christopher and Lisa Long, Allyssa, Jordan and Charles Norris III.

Private services will be held. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Cleatus O. (Sid) Morris

On Saturday, May 9, at 2:00 pm, there will be a graveside memorial service, with military honors, for Cleatus O. (Sid) Morris who passed away on January 12 of this year. 

The service will be held at Hopewell Cemetery, located on RR #5 in McLeansboro, with Brother Bud Seifried officiating.  The service will be followed by a time of fellowship in the church for those who wish to attend. 


Campbell Funeral Home of Carmi is in charge of arrangements.


Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl L. Nelson, 60 of Carmi, passed away Thursday morning March 5, 2015 at Deaconess VNA Plus Hospice in Evansville. She was born September 18, 1954 in Columbia, SC, the daughter of Hal and Norma (Holtzclaw) Nelson.
            Cheryl was a graduate of Brownsville School. She enjoyed traveling the country with her family. She had worked at Coleman Tri-County Services for a few years after graduation. She later moved to Independent Living in DuQuoin and worked in their workshop. In her last years she moved back home to live with her mother, Norma.
            She is survived by her mother, Norma; her father, Hal of Carmi; a special aunt, Peggy Burton; two brothers, Robert (Tracy) Nelson of Evansville and Jason (Bonnie) Nelson of Vincennes; two sisters, Kim Butler of Vincennes and Lela (David) DeLong of Carmi; nieces, Lindsey (Daniel) Russell, Kendra (Alex) Williams, Cheyenne, Katelynn and Tanna Nelson, Roxanne and Rachel Grimm; nephews, Bobby Nelson, Brandon Butler, Jason (Brandi) Williams, Bryan Grimm and J.D. and Trevor Finn; great nieces, Kalyn Roark, Caroline Butler, Madison Williams, Mackenzie Bolding; great nephews, Jayden Kays, Kaleb Roark, Wyatt and Knox Butler, Keesten Like and Tristin Grimm; numerous cousins, including, Kathy Downen, Rick and Jan Holtzclaw and Lisa and Tom Lema.
            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Chaplain Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until services. Memorials are suggested to Brownsville School Online condolences may be left at Stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Ernie Bartley

    Ernie Bartley, 61, of Carmi passed away at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He was born in Gallatin County, IL on December 19, 1953 the son of James and Edith Murl (Ellison) Bartley.  Ernie married Carolyn Elaine Cates on May 5, 1974.  He had work for 12 years as a farm hand for John and Karen Williams along with driving a bus for the Carmi White County School District for 15 years.  Ernie was a member of Maunie First Church of God.
    Surviving are his wife of 40 years Elaine of Carmi; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Arron and Angie Bartley and Kevin L. Bartley all of Carmi; three brothers and and two sisters-in-law, James and Alva Jean Bartley of Omaha, Dennis Bartley of Norris City and Gary and Betty Bartley of Carmi; four step-grandchildren, Dakota, Mason, Ivory and Rose.  Ernie was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Durbin and four brothers, Junior, Robert, Merle and Paul Bartley.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Ernie Bartley, 61, of Carmi are at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2015 in Centerville Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Crawford officiating.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until noon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi to help with funeral expenses.

George N. Mitchell

George Noble Mitchell, 84, of Carmi, Illinois, died Thursday, March 05, 2015, at his home. He was born May 30, 1930, in Seminole, Oklahoma, the son of Thomas Alva and Audrey (Bowles) Mitchell. He married Mary Helen (Gass) Mitchell on March 28, 1974, and she survives.

George was well known throughout the Illinois Oil Basin as a businessman and CEO of Geo. N. Mtchell Drlg. Co., Inc., which is a continuation of his family’s business that was established in this area when the family migrated from Oklahoma during the late 1930’ and early 1940’s.

George was a member of First Baptist Church in Carmi, and was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Ainad Shrine, and the Carmi Country Club. Other memberships include International Association of Drilling Contractors, Independent Oil Producers of America, Illinois Oil and Gas Association (Lifetime Achievement recipient). George was an avid golfer and for the past 25 years, spent six months a year in Florida playing the game.

George was the head chief of the Mitchell tribe. His family was always #1. He spent his days with Mary Helen who was the love of his life. They were partners in life, best of friends, and he loved to drag her along his many traveling adventures. He always said she was the greatest prize of his life. Besides enjoying his role as a husband, he was a father who pushed his two kids to be the best at everything; a devoted granddad; a deeply affectionate great-granddad. Some of his favorite activities were the many family gatherings including the annual BBQs, shrimp boils, and prime rib feast at Christmastime.

Beyond his family, he loved his motor home, golfing with friends, doing projects with his backhoe, and going into the office. He appreciated the value of hard work, determination, pushing himself to be the best, and he loved the smell of an oil rig.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Helen Mitchell; son Chris (Barb) Mitchell, all of Carmi; daughter Georgia Lynn (Ray) Meier of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sister Wanda Douglas of Carmi; grandchildren Kelly (Dr. Clint) Taylor, Megan (Bart) King, Ryan (Jara) Mitchell, Sara Meier, Elisabeth Meier, Hannah Meier; great-grandchildren Audrey Taylor, Norah Taylor, Jack Taylor, Isaac King, Ellie King, and Caleb King.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother Alva E. “Doc” Mitchell.

Visitation is 2-6 pm, Sunday, March 8th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral is at 11 am, Monday, March 9th at Cook Funeral Chapel. Burial with military rites will be in White County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital or the CWCHS George N. Mitchell Memorial Fund.