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George N. Mitchell

George N. Mitchell, 84, of Carmi, Illinois, died Thursday, March 5th at his home.
 
Visitation is 2-6 pm, Sunday, March 8th, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.
 
Funeral is 11 am, Monday, March 9th, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in White County Memorial Gardens.

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.

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson, 60 of Carmi, passed away Thursday morning March 5, 2015 at Deaconess Hospice in Evansville.
Arrangements are pending at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi.

Donna Jean Townsend

    Donna Jean Townsend, 76, of Englewood, Florida, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:19 a.m. at Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Florida.  She was born on January 1, 1939 in Norris City, IL, the daughter of Rev. Marion E. and Louise J. (Wooten) Henson.  Donna married Thurman Ray Fleck  December 25, 1958 and he preceded her in death on October 30, 1970.  She then married Roger Townsend and he also preceded her in death.  Donna retired from the state of Florida after 30 years as a drivers license examiner.
     Donna is survived by a daughter, Angie Peterson of Englewood, FL; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Stanley Fleck of Englewood, FL and Terry and Susan Fleck of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Martha West of Englewood, FL and Sandy and Bert Knight of Carmi; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Karen Henson of Norris City; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and three brothers, Bill and Ray Henson and Arthur Bradshaw.
    Funeral services for Donna Jean Townsend, 76, of Englewood, Florida will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Fred Leeds officiating.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery in Enfield.  Friends may call on Saturday, after 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

M. David Lane

M. David Lane, 70, of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 12:52 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born July 1, 1944 in Enfield, IL the son of Clinton Huston and Kathryn Ann (Cox) Lane.  David married Velma L. Periman on October 25, 1961.  He was a heavy equipment operator for River Cement in Festus, MO for 23 years and also drove a truck for Ste. Genevieve Industries.  David enjoyed horses.
    He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Velma of McLeansboro; three daughters and a son-in-law, Stacy Roberts of Arnold, MO, Denita Jo and Dan Schilli of Bloomsdale, MO and Gena Rae Lane of McLeansboro; a son, Scott Lane of Huntsville, AL; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and David Vickers of Omaha and Dianna and Ed Howell of Point, TX; a brother, Mark Lane of Plano, TX; seven grandchildren, Josh Lane, Christen Ries, Marshall Lane, Devin Schilli, Darissa Schilli, Justin Carron and Karley Henderson; and five and half great-grandchildren.  David was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Lane.
Funeral services for M. David Lane, 70, of McLeansboro will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City, IL with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating.  Burial will be in West Union Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Lewis E. Barbre

    Lewis E. Barbre, 93, of West Paducah, KY passed away at 5:25 a.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his daughter's residence in Paducah.  He was born November 22, 1921 in Burnt Prairie, IL the son of Elias Edmond and Ada (Stanley) Barbre.  Lewis married Betty Jo Gaines on May 3, 1947 and she preceded him in death on July 13, 2007.  He was a graduate of Carmi Township High School and received his Bachelors of Science and Master's degrees from Murray St. University.  Lewis served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned the rank of Ensign 1st Class.  He worked as a chemist and in quality control at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant as well as teaching Chemistry at Paducah Community College.  Lewis was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Society, American Legion, Burnt Prairie Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Christ Community Church.  Some of Lewis' favorite past times were Ford Thunderbirds, Oliver Tractors, farming and his family.
     Lewis is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Janis and Michael Earle of Peoria, IL and Jo Ann and Tony Cooksey of Paducah, KY; five grandchildren, Joseph and Stacy Cooksey of St. Louis, MO, Jennifer and Merritt Bagwell of Berea, KY, Julie Wigginton of Paducah, KY and Michele Earle and Kevin and Kim Earle all of Washington, IL; eight great grandchildren, Rachel and Alex Look, Abigail Sample, Dalton and Josie Cooksey, Evelyn and Austin Bagwell and Lilian Wigginton; a brother-in-law, Elza Winter of Carmi and two nephews, Jerry and Mary Winter of Carmi and Jamie Winter of Princeton, IN.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Jo, a sister, Dorris Winter and a brother, William Arthur Barbre.
     Funeral services for Lewis E. Barbre, 93, of West Paducah, KY will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery near Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m.

Richard "Dick" Endicott

William Richard (Dick) Endicott, 90, lifelong resident of Carmi, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, in Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN.  He was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Carmi, to J. Max and Eileen (Parvin) Endicott.   He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sue Bates Endicott, whom he married on Feb. 2, 1985.

     Dick graduated from Carmi High School in 1943 and immediately entered service in the U.S. Army Air Force where he served as a radio operator in the Pacific Theater of Operations for the remainder of WWII.  Upon returning to the United States at the conclusion of the war, Dick studied at Murray State University and then took his law degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN.  He was married on Dec. 16, 1948, to Ruth Kershaw Martin who preceded him in death on April 10, 1983.

     Returning to Carmi in 1951, Dick worked for two years as a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance before joining his father and uncle, Cyril Endicott, as an attorney in their law firm, Endicott and Endicott.  In later years this became Endicott and Finch when Gary Finch joined the firm. Dick loved people and entered into the life of his community wholeheartedly.  He was an active member of First United Methodist Church that he joined in April, 1939 and served there in many leadership roles over his lifetime.  Among the other organizations to which he belonged are the V.F. W., the American Legion, the B.P.O.E., the White County Historical Society, the Kentucky Colonels and the Carmi Country Club.  He spent many happy hours there on the golf course with his good friends and was a member of the prestigious “Hole in One” club.  Upon retirement, Dick and Sue loved to spend their winters in Florida away from all the snow and ice.  This also gave him an opportunity to watch the spring training for his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

     In addition to Dick’s wife, Sue, he is survived by two sons and their wives, John and Elaine Endicott, Carmi, and Tom and Shelia Endicott, Chandler, AZ.   He is also survived by his sister, Martha, and her husband, Sam Endicott, Carmi, and his five grandchildren, Brianne Endicott, Carmi, Neil (Anna) Endicott and Evan Endicott, all of St. Louis, MO, Ben (Katie)  Endicott, Philadelphia, PA, and Daniel Endicott, Chandler, AZ.  Other survivors are his stepson Alan (Patty) Blazier, Carmi, and step-daughter Anita Brown, Newburgh, IN, and step-grandchildren, Morgan and Brice Brown, Newburgh, Crystal (Jason) Stallings, Calan and Cole Blazier, Carmi, Jamie (Steve) Glover, Equality and Danny (Jana) Delong, Carmi. Survivors also include three great-grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren.  

     Funeral services for Richard "Dick" Endicott, 90, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Carmi with Rev. David Eadie and Rev. Dr. Harrison Peyton officiating.  Burial will be in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville.  Friends may call at First United Methodist Church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.  

     Memorial contributions may be made in Dick's memory to the First United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Wayne Downs

Kenneth Wayne Downs, 51, of Grayville, Illinois, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana. He was born March 28, 1963, in Carmi, Illinois, the son of Harold E. and Betty I. (Byrd) Downs.

Kenneth was an oilfield worker and enjoyed fishing, boating, working on cars, and was an avid music lover.

Survived by daughter Ashley Downs of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; brothers David (Becky) Downs, Danny (Tammy) Downs; sisters Marilyn Downs, Teresa (Richard) Johnson, all of Grayville.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation and funeral are Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is at 10 a.m. and funeral is at 12:00 noon with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to Cook Funeral Chapel to assist with funeral expenses.


Sandra Munsey

Sandra Jeanne Munsey, 74, of Grayville, IL, passed away Wednesday February 25, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Lisa Root, in Kingsport, TN, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sandy was born March 23, 1940 in Danville, IL. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1960, with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She married Frank Munsey on April 9, 1978, who preceded her in death on August 13, 2012. She was a wonderful and dedicated wife and mother, who loved gardening, was an incredible cook, enjoyed studying the Bible, and always selflessly helped others. She was an active member of the Crossville Church of Christ, and was close to her church family.

Sandy is survived by her five children: Debbie (Jim) Collard of Bellevue, WA, Lisa (Jim) Root of Kingsport, TN, Cindy (Jeff) Freeman of Beaumont, TX, Randy Bedinger (Dawn Kauffman) of Decatur IL, and Jim Bedinger of Chicago, IL; four stepchildren: Phyllis (Troy) Truitt of Tuscola, IL, Lynn (Dan) Schaefer of Tolono IL, B. Craig Munsey of Carmi, IL, and Julie (Matt) Beyer of Eden, UT; seven grandchildren: Brandi Bedinger, Stefani and Jenni Johnson, Callie and James Root, and Grace and Reagan Freeman; her sister Connie Pew of Watseka, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Her parents, Harry and Wilda Joslin, and her brother, Major Joseph William Joslin, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., on Friday March 6, 2015 at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, IL, with funeral services to follow at 7 p.m. The burial will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Gundy Cemetery near Bismarck, IL.

Memorials may be made to Crossville Church of Christ, 302 South State Street, Crossville, IL 62827.


Ronnie L. "Fat Boy" Yates

Ronnie L. “Fat Boy” Yates, 68 of Carmi, passed away Thursday morning February 26, 2015 at his home. He was born March 5, 1946 in Carmi, the son of Claude and Ferrell (Guinn) Yates. He married Ruth Chilton on August 9, 1974 and she survives.
            Ronnie had worked for Mitchell Drilling and as a farmhand for John Hansman.
            He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his mother, Ferrell Jacobs of McLeansboro; two brothers, Glenn (Carla) Jacobs and Charles (Kim) Jacobs of Crossville; one sister, Patsy (Tom) D’Amico of Booneville, IN; several cousins and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by is father, Claude and his step-father, Roll Jacobs.
            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday February 28, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in N. Maple Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to the family. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Ronald D. Ewald

Ronald D. Ewald, age 66, a resident of Route 1 Dahlgren, IL passed away at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL.

He worked as a dispatcher for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office from 1981 through 1991.  He also worked for the Hamilton County Telephone Co-Op from 1995 through 2004.  In 1992, he was elected to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, and served as Chairman of the Board for two years.  On November 5th, 1996 he was elected to the Office of Hamilton County Coroner, and was re-elected for four terms.  He retired from the position of Coroner on January 31st, 2015 due to health issues.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, who achieved the status of 3rd degree.

Survivors include his wife Rita Ewald, a twin brother Donald (and wife Regina) Ewald of Dahlgren, IL; a brother-in-law Robert Johnson of Edwardsville, IL; a sister-in-law Patricia (and husband Rick) Buhse of O'Fallon, MO; four nieces:  Sherry Ewald, Shalonda Snider, Shanice Ewald, and Stephanie Buhse; four nephews:  Shawn Ewald, Shane Ewald, Brett Ewald, and Michael Buhse; several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins also survive.

Funeral Services for Ronald D. Ewald will be held at 10:00 am Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Dahlgren, IL with Father Slawomir Ptak conducting the Funeral Mass.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at the church, with a Rosary Service at 7:00 pm.

Entombment will be at the Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren.

Memorials may be made to the Church Building Fund or to the Disabled American Veterans.

The Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of all the arrangements.


Charles W. Jordan

Charles W. Jordan, 92, of Grayville, Illinois, died Monday, February 23, 2015, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, Illinois. He was born June 30, 1922, in Grayville, the son of William and Iva (McGuire) Jordan. His first wife, Dorothy (Tate) Jordan, preceded him in death and he later married Mary (Mason) Jordan and she survives.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grayville, was retired from the United States Postal Service where he was a mail carrier. He was a World War II Army veteran and served in the South Pacific. Charles was an accomplished woodworker and he also enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jordan of Grayville; son Don (Miriam) Jordan of Eureka, Illinois; brother Jerry (Dottie) Jordan of Tell City, Indiana; sister Wilma Graddy of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; grandchildren Rachel (Isaac) Wofford, Lucas (Shannon) Jordan, and Derek Jordan; great grandchildren Sam, Caleb, Grace, and Anna Wofford.

He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife; son Steve Jordan; and brothers Frank, Bobby, and Claudie Jordan.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Friday, February 27, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is at 10 am, Saturday, February 28, at the First Baptist Church in Grayville. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Memorials may be made in Charles’ honor to Grayville First Baptist Church and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel.


Benford Fay "Benny" Bryant

Benford Fay “Benny” Bryant, 68, of Carmi, Illinois, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. He was born September 15, 1946, in Greenville, Kentucky, the son of Oscar and Mannie (Creek) Bryant. He was married to Joann (James) Bryant and she survives.

Benny was a farm worker and an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed thoroughbred horses and spent many hours at the White County Fair Grounds horse barns.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Bryant of Carmi; sons Jeremy (Jennifer) Bryant of Carmi, and Jamie (Robbi) Bryant of Mt. Carmel; grandchildren Ben Bryant, Jayden Bryant, MaKayla McKenzie, Ashton Bryant, Jesse Bryant, Danielle Shepard, Quinton Chrockrem, and Aidan Chrockrem; great grandchild Remington Chrockrem.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers James and Russell; and sister Vernalle

Visitation and funeral are Thursday, February 26th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 10 am and funeral is at noon. Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery.


William J. "Bill" Anselment

William J. "Bill" Anselment, age 67, a resident of Route 1 Dahlgren, IL passed away at 9:05 am on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at his home.

He was a retired farmer, and worked for 5 years at the Pillsbury Grain Elevator in McLeansboro, IL.  He was a also a member of the St. Isodore Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Albert & Aurelia (Roesch) Anselment, three brothers:  Anton Anselment, Paul Anselment, and David Anselment (and his wife Betty Ann), 1 sister Bernadine Spencer.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Anselment of Dahlgren, IL; two sons:  Gregory (and wife Samantha) Anselment of Wayne City, IL and Douglas Anselment (and fiance Amy) of Dahlgren, IL; a daughter Christina (and husband Gary) Zmudzinski of Scheller, IL; two brothers:  Albert (and wife Pat) Anselment of Dahlgren, IL and Edward (and wife Cathy) Anselment of Dahlgren, IL; six sisters:  Delores Anselment of Missouri; Marcella Heath of Elgin, IL; Cleo (and husband Edward) Rapp of Dahlgren, IL; Rita (and husband Kenneth) Grubb of Dahlgren, IL; Mary Rawls of Dahlgren, IL; and Sharon (and husband Steven) Rapp of Belle Rive, IL; and eight grandchildren:  Kenna Marie Anselment, Kade Matthew Anselment, Brandee Elizabeth Anselment, Cora, Daniel, Zeppelin, Leah, and Nash.

Also surviving are two sister-in-laws:  Mary (and husband James) Frey of McLeansboro, IL and Margaret (and husband Greg) Shew of Thompsonville, IL; one brother-in-law Robert (and wife Barbara) Heck of Dahlgren, IL; 36 nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews, several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and lifelong friends including Melvin Heil, John Wuebbels, and many others.

Funeral services for William J. "Bill" Anselment will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 25th at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis, IL.  Father Slawomir Ptak will conduct the funeral mass.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at the church with a rosary service at 7:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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


Geneva Faye Sturm

Geneva Faye Sturm, 91, of Crossville, Illinois, died Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Phoenix Nursing and Rehabilitation in Carmi, Illinois. She was born January 4, 1924, in Crossville, the daughter of George and Edith (Hampton) McIntire. She was married to B. Harold Sturm on April 10, 1943, and he preceded her in death on October 29, 2003.

Geneva grew up on the ridge west of Crossville with her six siblings. After marrying Harold in 1943, they moved north of Crossville. She was a member of the Crossville United Methodist Church. She was a farm wife and enjoyed reading and sewing (especially quilt blocks).

Survivors include son Mike Sturm of Willits, California; daughters Karen Kay Sturm, Jeanna Yates, both of Crossville, Linda (Victor) Hill of Fairfield, Illinois; grandchildren Kevin Sturm, Tynna Yates, Jodie Locke, Victoria Moore, Heather Southerland, J.D. Hill, Melanie Knight, Kristina Richards, Kim Wooten, Amy Sturm, Carolyne Tidwell, Zanada Farmer and Mike Yates; numerous great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; and one great great great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son in law Barney Yates; and her siblings.

Visitation and funeral are Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville. Visitation is at 10 am and funeral is at 1 pm. Burial will be in Phillipstown Cemetery in Phillipstown, Illinois.

Memorials may be made to Phoenix Nursing and Rehabilitation.


Earl Ray Murphy

Earl Ray Murphy, 61 of Dyer, IN and formerly of Carmi, passed away Friday February 20, 2015 at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, IN. He was born May 31, 1953 in Carmi, the son of Earl Max and Martha Faye (Pollard) Murphy.
            Ray was an over the road truck driver, having worked for several companies including WSI in Mt. Vernon, IN. He enjoyed wood working and riding horses.
            He is survived by four sons, Christopher (Melissa) Murphy of Trenton, ND, Steven (Lynn) Murphy of Rinard, Andrew and Taylor Murphy of New Haven; one daughter, Megan (Tim) Clifford of New Haven; 11 grandchildren, two brothers, Kevin (Lela) Murphy of Dyer, IN and Joey (Jean) Murphy of Mill Shoals; two sisters, Jean (Steven) Wood and Jane Deom all of Cabot, AR.
            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday February 26, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Burnt Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Velma Ackerman

Velma L. Ackerman, 83 of Carmi, passed away Saturday morning, February 21, 2015 at Enfield
Healthcare. 
She was born on July 6, 1931 in St. Louis, OK, the daughter of Riley Earl and Ada Lea (Williams) Davidson.  She married Donald Wayne Ackerman on April 14, 1950 in Grayville, and he preceded her in death on January 7, 1971.
                Velma had been a bookkeeper at O’Daniel Trucking.  She was a member and past president of the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries and Home Extension.  She loved her family. She was a long time member of the Carmi Church of Christ.
                She is survived by two daughters, Janice & David Cross of Carmi and Karen L. & Chad Shelton of LaCentre, KY; three grandchildren, Shawn (Melissa) Cross, Jessica (Jonathon) West and Jason Cross; five great-grandchildren, Codi, Jesse and Anya Cross, Alex and Carolyn West; a sister, Vivian J. Craig of Mt. Vernon, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, Earl Ray Davidson and an infant sister, Mabel Louise Davidson.
                Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Kuykendall Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the White County Senior Citizens Center. On-line condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Barbara June Chambliss

Barbara June Chambliss of Wayne City went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:42 AM.  Heaven gained a beautiful pianist.  Barbara was born December 9, 1934 in Wayne County to Jake and Lorine (Richardson) Payne.  She married Elder Melvin C. Chambliss on November 26, 1952.  He preceded her in death in January 1994.

Barbara is survived by a daughter Judy (Arnold) Shawback of Tolono, IL, sons Stephen Chambliss of Atlanta, GA, Timothy Chambliss (Tammy) of Wayne City, and Rex Braddock (Phyllis) of Wayne City, grandchildren Bobby Braddock (Summer) of Wayne City, Keith Braddock (Holly) of Maryville, Clinton Chambliss (Faith) of Wayne City and Jake Chambliss (Stephanie) of Wayne City.  Eight great grandchildren, daughter-in-law Phylis Smith (Steve) of Mt. Vernon, and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons Bobby and Donnie, three infant sisters, sister Genevieve Carlton, four brothers Maynard, Leonard, Lee, and Maxie Payne.

Barbara was a houe wife and worked alongside her husband in the ministry and on the family farm.  Barbara became church pianist at Keenes Missionary Baptist Church when she was 12 years old.  Barbara was a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church south of Wayne City.  She has been the pianist at Olive Branch Baptist Church for over 20 years. Barbara played at many churches and revivals throughout her lifetime.

Funeral services for Barbara will be held at the Olive Branch Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM with her grandson, Bro. Keith Braddock, officiating.  Burial will be at the Panther Fork Baptist Church of Texico.  Friends may call between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Olive Branch Baptist Church, RR1, Wayne City, IL.  Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of the arrangements.


Sandy Zenner

Sandy Zenner, 67, of Carmi, Illinois, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was born June 2, 1947, in Carmi the daughter of Joseph and Thelma (Corwin) Ward. She was married to Mike Zenner and he preceded her in death on December 7, 2007.

She was a member of the Church of God. Sandy’s family was the center of her life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include son Michael (Kathy) Zenner of Wisconsin; daughters Michelle (Stacey) Brown and Amber (Randy) Graves; sisters Phyllis McGhee, Donna James and Margaret Rebstock, all of Carmi; grandchildren Alivia Zenner, Nikolas Brown, Hannah Brown, Maxxson Brown, Kade Zenner, Noah Zenner, Whitney Zenner, Courtney Zenner and Ashley Zenner; niece Tammy (Nick) Leithliter and their son Alex; and several loving nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Betty Blazier; brothers Junior and Bill Ward.

Visitation and funeral are Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 1 pm and funeral is at 3 pm. Burial will be in Melrose Cemetery in Carmi.

Memorials to go toward expenses may be made to Sandy’s family and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel.


Clifford Frashier

Clifford Frashier, 89 of Carmi, passed away Wednesday February 18, 2015 at Phoenix Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born July 8, 1925 in White County, the son of Earl and Ethel (James) Frashier. He married Virginia Raney on February 9, 1945 and she preceded him in death on March 13, 2005.
            Clifford had worked as a mechanic. He loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Maunie Methodist Church.
            He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie (“Duke”) Cunningham of Walkersville, W. Virginia; one grandson, Todd (Julie) Cunningham; two great grandchildren, Ashley and Austin Cunningham; two brothers, Kenneth (Joyce) Frashier and Dale Frashier; two sisters, Shirley Dartt and Cleda (John) King. He was preceded in death by his wife, his grandson, Travis Wade Cunningham and two brothers, Earl and Glen Frashier.
            Funeral services will be held at Noon on Saturday February 21, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Chaplain Mike Fields officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Ellen Hogan

    Ellen Hogan, 72, of Carmi, passed away at 6:57 p.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her family.  She was born August 27, 1942 in Neenah, Wisconsin,  the daughter of Harvey and Hilda (Schucknecht) Peotter.  Ellen married Roger Hogan on November 20, 2012.  She had worked for Plexus in Neenah, WI on the electronics assembly line.      
Ellen is survived by her husband, Roger of Carmi; two daughters and a son-in-law, Connie and Fred Sindorf of Carmi and Tiffani Pflieger of Phoenix, AZ; a son, Marc Pflieger of Appleton, WI; a sister, Elaine Boe of Berlin, WI; and  three brothers, Duane Peotter of Appleton, WI, Milton Peotter of Barnum, WI and Richard Peotter of Glidden, WI.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey Peotter and Hilda Berndt; and four brothers, Melvin,  Ronald, Norman and Gene Peotter.
     A memorial visitation for Ellen Hogan, 72, of Carmi, will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Private burial will be in Bruce Chapel Cemetery in Carmi.
     Memorial contributions may be given in Ellen's name to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Jesse 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 Jesse Andrew and Evelyn (Sturgal) James.
            Jessie Ann is survived by her father,  sister, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
            Services for Jessie Ann James will be held at a later date. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Matthew A. "Matt" Wellen

Matthew A. "Matt" Wellen, age 69, a resident of Dahlgren, IL passed away at 4:15 pm February 14th, 2015 near Piopolis, IL.

Mr. Wellen was a farmer, and a member of the Eagles Lodge in McLeansboro, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Henry & Mary (Wilhelm) Wellen, a brother:  Donald Wellen, three sisters: Dorothy Horn, Mary Rapp, and Eileen Wellen.

He is survived by four brothers:  John (and wife Minnie) Wellen of Dahlgren, IL; Joseph Wellen of Dahlgren, IL; Earl Wellen of Dahlgren, IL; and Frank (and wife Sharon) Wellen of Broughton, IL; 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 with a Rosary Service at 4:30 pm at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

Funeral Services for Matthew A. "Matt" Wellen will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis, IL with Father Slawomir Ptak officiating.

Burial will follow at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Piopolis, IL.

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


Ronnie "Doc" Todd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Karen F. Duke

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

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

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

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

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


Allene Campbell

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

Naomi Ruth Carr

Naomi Ruth Carr, age 75, a resident of Carmi, IL passed away at 6:30 am on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at the Barnes-Jewish Extended Care facility in Clayton, MO.

She worked for many years as a Secretary for the Taylor Saw Mill in Enfield, IL.  She served as the President of the VFW Ladies Auxillary of Carmi, IL for a number of years, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary of Olney, IL. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxillary or Carmi, IL.

She was preceded in death by both parents:  Delbert and Eliza "Alice" (York) Rankin, one son:  Keith Rankin, a sister: Jean O'Neal, and one grandchild:  Michael Cole.

She is survived by her husband:  Everett Deon Carr, one son:  Bryce D. Carr of McLeansboro, IL; one daughter:  Kimberly (husband Larry) Pretz of Harrisburg, IL; 4 grandchildren:  John Cole, Christina Cole, Kyle Rankin, and Alex Carr; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Naomi Ruth Carr will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home.

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


Evelyn Isbell-Stone

Evelyn Isbell-Stone, 97, of Griffin, Indiana, died Saturday, January 31, 2015, at New Harmonie Health Care Facility in New Harmony, Indiana. She was born July 12, 1917, in Gibson County, Indiana, the daughter of Louis D. and Emma Pearl (Lumm) Haggard. She was married to Charles Isbell and later to Ira Stone, and both preceded her in death.

Evelyn was a retired seamstress and cook. She was an avid quilter and a member of the Griffin Christian Church since 1928.

Survivors include sons Jerry (Lee) Blaylock of Romeoville, Illinois, and Carl (Dottie) Isbell of Grayville, Illinois; daughter Jan (Jeff) Hayes of Terre Haute, Indiana; sister Beulah Greer of Carmi, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; one step grandchild; 22 great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; one great great grandson due in May of 2015; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Louis and Pearl Haggard; husbands Charles Isbell and Ira Stone; son Dick Isbell; baby sister Sophie Haggard; sisters Virgie Racine and Doris Morrow; adopted sister Pearl; and brothers Dink and Gilbert Haggard.

Visitation and funeral are Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at the Griffin Christian Church in Griffin. Visitation is at 11 am and funeral is at 1 pm, with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Griffin.

Memorials may be made to the Griffin Christian Church or to Becky Brown, Activity Director of New Harmonie Health Care Facility.

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


Larry Hart

            Larry L. Hart, 76 of Enfield, passed away Saturday evening January 31, 2015 at his home. He was born October 27, 1938 at Brownsville, the son of Glendel “Poppy” and Frances Elaine (Miller) Hart.

            Larry was a retired Contract Oil Well Pumper for 50 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the American Legion, the Enfield Sportsmans Club, the Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Church.

            He is survived by two sons, Christoper Tapp Hart of Johnson City and Larry “Doodle” (Jenny “Sis”) Hart of Enfield; one daughter, Shannon (Ron) Ellison of Omaha; three grandchildren, Cody and Jasper Hart and Sarah Ellison; two brothers, Stanly Hart of Enfield and Roger Hart of Duncan, OK; three sisters, Dana Smith, Jeanie Palmiter and Ruthie Hart all of Enfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Myra Stevens and companion, Brenda Dunn.

            Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 3, 2015 at Enfield Cemetery with Rev. John Gunter officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Kim Sparks

Kim Anne Sparks (Carveth) 57 of Enfield went to be with Jesus on Sat January 312015 at 11.40 am after a 12 year battle with brain cancer. Her Husband of 13 years James Robert Sparks by her bedside. She was born in Beverly, Mass on June 15th 1957 to Donald and Mary Carveth.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, 1 sister Karen, 1 brother and 1 great grandson Beckett Sparks and her Beloved horse Willow age 34 (pictured above)
She leaves behind 2 sons Ronald and Devin Travers of NH. Step Daughter Cindy (Wayman) Winters, of Harrisburg, Step son Mike Sparks of Thacery, Amy (Sean) Brady Of Nashua NH. .1 Grandson Benjamin. 9 step grandchildren Brett (Amanda) Winters (currently serving in Afghanistan with the US Army), Travis Winters, Ryan Sparks, Chase Soulliere, Scarlett Winters, Caitlin Soulliere, Chaela Sparks, Lillian Brady, Grayson Brady. 1 step great grandson Tyson Winters. Uncle and Aunt Helen and Ernie of Chelmsford, Mass.
Kim was married to James Sparks on Augh 12th, 2001 in Raymond NH. She was a member of Raymond Baptist Church until she moved to Enfield in September 2010. She was a current member of Ten Mile Church of Mcleansboro and Old Sharon Church of Norris City.
Kim had a great love for Gods animals especially horses. In her early 20’s and 30’s she competed in cross country equine events and won many ribbons and trophies.
In place of flowers please donate to Stiltmore Kennels 906 Dillard St, Eldorado Il. 62930 618-273-9278 in Kim’s honor.
A memorial service will be held at Ten Mile Baptist Church of Mcleansboro Sunday Feb 8th at 2.00 p.m. Meal will follow in the kitchen.
The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Murdach

     Ronald D. Murdach, 75, of Carmi passed away at 3:15 a.m., Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center.  He was born October 31, 1939 in White County, IL the son of Kenneth Wayne and Marjorie Marie (Barton) Murdach.  Ronald was a graduate of Enfield High School.  He had worked for George Mitchell Drilling for over 39 years and received the Service Person of the Year award from the Illinois Oil and Gas Association in 2009.  
      Ronald is survived by four daughters and three sons-in-law, Rhonda and Clayton Pepmiller of St. Charles, MO, Barbie and Todd Moore of Harrisburg, IL, Sarah Skaggs of Norris City and Susan and Kevin Knepp of Montgomery, IN; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Terry Murdach of Oklahoma City, OK and Mike and Karen Murdach of Chester, IL; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Larry Murdach of Mesa, AZ, Jerry and Jane Murdach of Enfield and Stephen and Stacey Murdach of McLeansboro; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     Funeral Services for Ronald D. Murdach, 75, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m at Campbell Funeral Home.  Memorials may be given in Ron's name to Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi or White County Relay For Life and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home

Frances L. Cook

Frances L. Cook, 90, of Carmi, Illinois, died peacefully, Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was born August 28, 1924, in Carmi, the daughter of Roy and Hattie (Vaughn) Leathers. She was married to Melfred L. Cook in June 29, 1947, and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2006.

Fran was a member of the First Christian Church in Carmi. She was a homemaker until her sons were older and then had a career as a legal secretary. She enjoyed playing bridge, ballroom dancing, reading, jigsaw puzzles, flower gardening, landscaping, cooking, traveling, bird watching, politics and home improvements.

Survivors include sons Dr. Michael (Karen) Cook of Harrisburg, Illinois, Tom (Beth) Cook of Carmi; brother-in-law Don Uhde of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; grandchildren Melissa Cook, Philip (Racheal) Cook, Brian (Amy) Cook, Rachel (Chris) Mullis, Stacia McGuire and fiancé Eddie Penrod, Chad (Sally) Lakatos, Adam Lakatos (Cindy Dutton); 14 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson Christopher Cook; brother Roy Leathers; sister Eleanor Uhde.

Visitation is 4-7 pm Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral service will be at 10 am, Thursday, February 5, 2015, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in White County Memorial Gardens.


Karen Sue Thompson

Karen Sue Thompson, 44, of Crossville, Illinois, died Sunday, February 01, 2015, at her home. She was born May 20, 1970, in St. Marys, Ohio, the daughter of David and Janice (Whited) Winters. She was married to Tim Thompson, and he survives.

Karen was a professional photographer and a member of First Christian Church in Carmi, Illinois. She loved her church and her family. In addition to her photography work, she enjoyed traveling on cruises with friends and family.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Thompson of Crossville; parents David and Janice Winters of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; sons Trent, Travis and Tanner Thompson all of Crossville; brothers Randy (Lori) Winters of Spiceland, Indiana, and Bill (Michelle) Winters of Carmi; sisters Debra Kiker of Wichita, Kansas, and Traci Clark of St. Louis, Missouri.

Visitation will be 4-7 pm, Tuesday, February 3rd at First Christian Church in Carmi. Funeral will be at 10 am, Wednesday, February 4th at First Christian Church with burial in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville.

Memorials may be made to the Thompson Sons College Fund at the Crossville branch of Citizens National Bank of Albion.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville is in charge of arrangements.


Eileen J. Salmon

Eileen J. Salmon, age 73, a resident of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 6:43 am on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Mrs. Salmon served in the medical field in the US Army and was a retired medical transcriptionist.

She was preceded in death by both parents:  Frank & Louise (Baechle) Traush; her husband:  Paul Edwin Salmon; a son: Telly Salmon; three brothers:  Paul, Bill, & Edward Traush; and three sisters:  Florence Michlik, Rosanna Traush, and Caroline Gunter.

Survivors include a brother:  Harold Traush of Dahlgren, IL;  five sisters:  Eleanor, Marcella, and Barbara Traush of McLeansboro, IL; Marie Hopkins of McLeansboro, IL; and Margaret Ragan of Wayne City, IL; and one grand daughter.

Funeral services for Eileen J. Salmon will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis, IL with father Slawomir Ptak officiating.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL with a Rosary service at 7:00 pm.

Burial will be at the St. John Cemetery in Piopolis, IL.

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


Gaylan Jean (Gail) Karnes

Gaylan Jean (Gail) Karnes, age 60, a resident of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 4:21 pm on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Mrs. Karnes worked as a Cook and a Restaurant Manager for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by both parents:  David Lois & Jenny Lois (Glore) Agent; a son:  Kenneth Jacob Karnes; and a sister Betty.

Survivors include her step-father:  Hurrel McKay of Whiteland, IN; a step-son:  Thomas John (wife Crystal) Karnes of McLeansboro, IL; a daughter:  Tina M. (fiance Tony Handy) Brown of West Frankfort, IL; three brothers:  Rick Agent of Chicago, IL; John (wife Lisa) McKay of McLeansboro, IL; and Tom McKay of McLeansboro, IL; a sister:  Janet (husband Rodney) Smith of Hanson, KY; four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Funeral services for Gaylan Jean (Gail) Karnes will be at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until the time of servcie at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at the funeral home.


Gloria Talley

     Gloria Talley, 68, of Carmi, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 5:54 a.m. at Deaconess Hospice Center in Evansville, IN.  She was born July 14, 1946 in Benton, IL, the daughter of William Virgil and Arzella (Graham) Lampley.  Gloria married Michael Parke Talley May 2, 2001.  She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Carmi.
     Gloria is survived by her husband of 13 years, Michael Talley of Carmi; a daughter, Lisa Graham of Princeton, IN; six sons, James S. (Patty) Wilson of Fordland, IL, Robert W. (Sheila Roach) Wilson of Benld, IL, Adam (Kelly) Talley of Lansing, MI, Anthony (Karlyn) Smith of Mt. Pleasant, MI, John Turner, and Michael Ross Talley of Shepherd, MI; a sister, Linda Boren of Carmi; a brother, Burton (Glenna) Lampley of Pensacola, FL; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel Allen Bain; and a brother-in-law, Alonzo "Junior" Boren.
     Funeral services for Gloria Talley, 68, of Carmi, will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Pastor Lee Hicks officiating.  Burial will be in North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call on Thursday, from 4:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  
     Memorials may be made in Gloria's name to Deaconess Hospice Center and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Addie Lorene Cooper

Lifelong White county resident, Addie Lorene Cooper, 103, died Monday, February 2, 2015, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois. She was born April 13, 1911, in Maunie, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Anna (Williams) Stuky. On June 24, 1932, she married Harry Cooper, who died on June 30, 1989.

Mrs. Cooper worked for many years at retail clothing shops in Carmi, including the Jack and Jill Shop and Fashion Shoppe. Later, she and her husband, Harry, and son, Gary, owned and operated Cooper & Son Hardware in Carmi. For many years, Mrs. Cooper enjoyed quilting with a group from the First Methodist Church in Carmi and also regularly played pinochle with friends.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Cooper of Carmi, and David (Robin) Cooper of New Burnside, Illinois; twin sisters Eathel of Manteno, Illinois, and Ethel of Cypress, California; four grandchildren, Gina (Mike) Miller of Carmi, Stacy Cooper of Albion, Illinois, Claire (James) Tapscott and Anne (Shane) Flammini, all of Springfield, Illinois; five great grandchildren, Michelle and Holly Miller, Kasey Cooper, and Sabina and Jade Tapscott; two great great grandchildren, Bryceton and Brody; and several nieces and nephews. Special mention should be made of the kind, loving, and personal care provided Mrs. Cooper in her last years by her granddaughter, Gina, who also was at her bedside when she died.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cooper was predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Frank, and two sisters Elsie Mullin and Eloise Pombert.

Visitation and funeral are Friday, February 6th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 11 am, and funeral is at noon. Burial will be in Little Wabash Cemetery near Crossville, Illinois.

Memorials in the name of Addie Cooper may be made (in care of Cook Funeral Chapel) to White County Senior Citizens Center, Wabash Christian Retirement Center, and/or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Family postscript: Addie Cooper lived a long time and had a good life. She remained remarkably healthy for most of it. Although she received little formal education, she had uncommonly good common sense. She also had an independent, stubborn streak. She was a working wife and mother. But above all else, she was devoted to her family and we cherished her. These are enviable things; everyone should be so fortunate.


Ray Mercer

    Ray Mercer, 69, of Crossville, passed away at 1:05 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Deaconess Hospice Care Center in Evansville, IN.  He was born August 16, 1945 in Point Township, IN, the son of Hubert John and Annabelle (Jamerson) Mercer.  Ray married Joyce L. Callicotte on May 29, 1991.  He had worked as a roustabout in the oil field and farmed.  Ray was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in the garden.
     He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce of Crossville; four daughters, Michelle Vickers of Carmi, Tara Walden and husband, Scott of Thompsonville, IL, Laura Hazlett of Evansville, IN and Kim Jacobs and husband, Charlie of Crossville; three sons, Randy Knight of Carmi, Jeff Knight and wife, Jammie of Mt. Carmel and Mike Van Horn and wife, Beth of Goldsboro, NC; three sisters, Jolene Nelson of Cadiz, KY, Margaret Ann Pierce of Ava, IL and Carolyn Bond and husband, Rudy of Tyler, TX; a brother, Clarence Mercer of Crossville; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Baker.
     Funeral services for Ray Mercer, 69, of Crossville, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015 at R.I.G. Ministries, 215 Industrial Dr., Carmi with Tim Gholson officiating.   Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi. Friends may call at R.I.G. Ministries on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until service time.  Memorial contributions may be made in Ray's memory to Brownsville School and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi, who is in charge of arrangements. 

Larry G. Baker

Larry G. Baker, age 82, a resident of Cisne, IL passed away at 4:20 pm on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at the Cisne Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Cisne, IL.

Mr. Baker was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include five sons:  George Baker of Providence, KY;  Steve Baker of Mt. Vernon, IL;  Lawrence Baker Jr. of Mt. Vernon, IL;  Richard Baker of Joliet, IL;  and Robert (wife Stephanie) Baker of Bluford, IL;  five daughters:  Pam (husband John) Spko of Joliet, IL;  Robin Baker of Joliet, IL;  Gail Moore of Flora, IL;  Kim (husband Tom) Cobett of Opdyke, IL;  and Melissa Baker of Johnsonville, IL;  a sister:  Velta Desandre of Rockport, IL;  39 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at the Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City, IL with Rev. Leland Ganieany officiating.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the service time at 2:00 pm at the Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City, IL which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Mike Brown

     Mike Brown, 51, of Enfield passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015.  He was born August 14, 1963 in Taylorville, IL the son of Jack L. and Shirley (Shanks) Brown.  Mike married Darla K. Osborne on July 1, 2000. He was an avid Coon hunter and a member of the White County Coon Club.
     Mike is survived by his wife of 14 years, Darla of Enfield; two sons, Austin Brown of Carmi and Bryan Harper of Enfield;  two daughters, Shasta (John) Sullivan and Christina (Mike Renshaw) Harper all of Norris City; three grandchildren, Dallas and Hunter Sullivan and Kayden Barton;  his step-mother, Carol Brown of McLeansboro; three sisters, Jacqulin (Dan) Foil of Taylorville, IL, Jeanne (Gene Wheeler) Stocke of McLeansboro and Marsha (Mike) McGarrah of Arkansas; four brothers, Charles (Joy) Brown of Norris City, Jeff (Clara) Brown of McLeansboro, Billy (Angie) Pierce of Champaign, IL and Chuck Babbs.
      Funeral Services for Mike Brown, 51, of Enfield are 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Rev. Todd Holtzclaw officiating.  Burial will be in Union Ridge Cemetery near Norris City.  Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Memorial Contributions may be made in Mike's memory to Campbell Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

James William Cross

JAMES WILLIAM CROSS AGE 88, A RESIDENT OF ROUTE 1  DAHLGREN ILLINOIS  PASSED AWAY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8 2015  IN MT VERNON ILLINOIS.  HE WAS A RETIRED FARMER  AND A U.S. VETERAN OF WORLD WAR 11.  HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE MARY  MAXINE CROSS OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS

2 SONS:  WILLIAM (BUD) & WIFE ELLEN CROSS  OF RIVERTON ILLINOIS,  J. D. & WIFE JEAN CROSS  OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS,  4 DAUGHTERS;   VIOLA ( HUSBAND  RUSTY) NOLEN  OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS , BETTY( HUSBAND MIKE ) OLIVER OF MT VERNON ILLINOIS,  PAULINE BELLAMY  AND  FRIEND

JANICE FRANKLIN OF MT VERNON ILLINOIS,  & MARY JO ( HUSBAND KEITH)  KLINE  OF SALEM ILLINOIS.   ALSO 3 HALF BROTHERS:  GABE CROSS OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS , JOHN CROSS OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS,  AND STEVE CROSS  OF MT VERNON ILLINOIS,  ALSO 3 HALF SISTERS: 

GAILA TYNE OF STREATOR ILLINOIS , DOROTHY  HORTON OF STREATOR , ILLINOIS , AND MARILYN KARCHER OF DAHLGREN ILLINOIS.  ALSO SURVIVING  ARE 14 GRANDCHILDREN,  17 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN  AND 1 GREATR GREAT  GRANDCHILD ON THE WAY.FUNERAL SERVICES FOR

JAMES WILLIAM CROSS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11 2015  AT 10:00 A  M  AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN DAHLGREN.  BURIAL WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE CREEK CEMETERY NEAR DAHLGREN WITH GRAVESIDE MILITARY RITES  BY THE MCLEANSBORO AMERICAN LEGION  POST  106.  VISITATION WILL BE FROM 5 P M  TO 8 P M  ON TUESDAY  AT THE GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME  IN DAHLGREN WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF  ARRANGEMENTS.  


Lee Wilson

     Lee Wilson, 92, of McLeansboro, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 5:45 a.m. at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro after an extended stay.  He was born November 24, 1922 in Crook Township, Hamilton County, IL, the son of Emery C. and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Doerner) Wilson.  Lee married Dana Eloise Storey on August 14, 1948 and she preceded him in death on May 5, 2006.  They raised five children together on their grain and dairy farm.  Lee loved to read western novels and had read all that was available at the Carmi and Norris City Libraries.  He loved to coon hunt and reminisce about happy times in his life.  Lee also served his country in the Navy during WW II.
     He is survived by a daughter & son-in-law, Cathy M. & David Gidcumb of Salem, MO; four sons & daughters-in-law, Lee R. & Joyce Wilson of Carmi, Carl & Bonnie Wilson of Potosi, MO, Robert J. & Sharon Wilson of McLeansboro & Kenneth R. & Cindy Wilson of Makanda, IL; 18 grandchildren, Mark (Tiffany) Wilson, Amy (Ryan) Youngblood, Jessie (Julie) Wilson,Matthew (Nikki) Wilson, Nathaniel (Mallori) Wilson, Rebecca (James) Gough, Seth (Amanda) Wilson, Michael (Dianna) Wilson,Jeremy (Amy) Wilson, David Wilson, Joshua (Michelle) Gidcumb, Erin (Noah) Rienks, Caleb (MaRisha) Gidcumb, Lucas (Kay) Wilson, Andrea (Josh) McCaharty, Kenneth J. "K.J." Wilson, Sadee J. Wilson & Tiffany Taylor; 29 great-grandchildren, Tony, Nik & Ethan Wilson,  Jonathan & Abigail Youngblood, Eli, Adam & Lydia Wilson, Sydney, Kaiten, Jayla & Tess Wilson, Karli Jo, Elizabeth Kay & Jossie Wilson, Cooper & Hanley Wilson, Granger Wilson, Jackson & Wyatt Gidcumb, Isaiah, Haddie & Jude Rienks, Hayden & Ella Gidcumb, Elijah McCaharty, Benjamin Wilson & Nevaeh & Bre Taylor; one great-great-grandchild, Leah Wilson; &; a sister,  Clara Helm of Iowa.  Lee was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters, Ruby Wilson & Flora Ward; & four brothers, Freeman, Arthur, Chris & Truman Wilson.
     Funeral services for Lee Wilson, 92, of McLeansboro, will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Dr. Kenneth Wilson officiating.  Burial will be in Albion Cemetery in Broughton.  Friends may call on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Robert L. Lane

     Robert L. Lane, 88, of Carmi, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:43 p.m. in Carmi.  He was born May 21, 1926 in Geff, Illinois, the son of Cecil Clyde and Eunice (Milner) Lane.  Robert  married Martha Catherine  Smith   on July 19, 1956 and she preceded him in death on March 31, 2014.  He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.  Robert was a member of First Christian Church in Carmi.
     He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Linda Lane of St. Louis, MO and Todd and Penny Lane of Evansville, IN; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kailey, Scott, Sarah & Krista Lane; and a sister-in-law, Eva Lane of Fairfield.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters, Icle Durham and Mildred Cross; and two brothers, Alfred and Ralph Lane.
     Funeral services for Robert L. Lane, 88, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in White County Memorial Garden near Carmi.  Friends may call on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until time of service.
     Memorials may be given in Robert's name to the Carmi Summer Recreational League and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Eloise Vaupel

     Eloise Vaupel, 83, of Carmi passed away at 1:06 a.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born in White County, IL on June 22, 1931 the daughter of Martin and Coralee (Funkhouser) Vaupel.  Eloise had work as a waitress at King's, The Coffee Shop and the Carmi Steakhouse.  She attended Ridge Baptist Church in Grayville and was a member of Eastern Star and was very active in BP and W.
     Eloise is survived by three sisters, Anna Louise Dennis of Enfield, Mary Helen Young-Buttry and husband Jim of Norris City and Madeline Lamp of Carmi; two brothers, Lowell Vaupel and wife Carolyn of Carmi and Lloyd Vaupel and wife Linda of Cleveland, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Luther and Floyd Vaupel and two nephews, Kevin Vaupel and Mike Dennis.
     Funeral Services for Eloise Vaupel, 83, of Carmi will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Pastor Don Mobley officiating.  Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery near Carmi. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Sunday after 12:00 p.m.  Memorial Contributions may be made in Eloise's memory to Meadowood Nursing Home Activity Fund and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.

Marie Burns

     Marie Burns, 86, of Evansville, IN passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Holiday Village in Evansville.  She was born March 27, 1928 in Ardmore, OK the daughter of David Nathan and Leta Mae (Logan) Wilson.  Marie was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Evansville and had work as a secretary for Sohio Pipeline and General Oil Field Supply.
     She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Shirley Brown of Evansville, IN; a sister, Leta Jo Baker of Ardmore, OK; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Marie was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Stephen Wayne Brown.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Marie Burns, 86, of Evansville will be at  10:00 a.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi.   Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Gary Edward Shelton

Gary Edward Shelton, age 55, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away at 5:08 pm February 15th, 2015 at his home in Wayne City, IL.

Mr. Shelton was a retired truck driver, and a deacon at the Church of God in Wayne City, IL.

He is survived by his wife:  Denetta (Austin) Shelton, a son:  Isaiah Shelton of Wayne City, IL; 3 daughters:  Toyzann Cline of Wayne City, IL; Vanessa Halfacre of Fairfield, IL; and Promise Shelton of Wayne City, IL; a special family member:  Brycen Bo Zitkelbach of Wayne City, IL; and 3 brothers:  Lowell (Stoney) Williams and wife Donna of Mt. Vernon, IL; Paul Williams and wife Brenda of Pavo, GA; and Terry Shelton of Alabama; and 3 grandchildren.

Funeral services for Gary Edward Shelton will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at the Wayne City Church of God with Rev. Gary Cline officiating.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of service at the church.

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

The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City, IL is in charge of all the arrangements.


Sidney Bergman

Sidney “Sid” Bergman, 61 of Carmi, passed away Sunday February 15, 2015 at Deaconess VNA Plus in Evansville. He was born March 28, 1953 in Kankakee, the son of Howard and Helen (Bilyard) Bergman. He married Tina Guthrie on October 15, 1980 at Bangor, Maine.
            Sid worked as a lab tech at Trelleborg for 20 years. He loved photography, music and singing. He loved his family.
            He is survived by his wife, Tina; two sons, Tracy and Chris Bergman of Carmi; two sisters, Connie Strand of Dallas, TX and Donna Osenga of Bradley. He is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Bonnie Bailey.
            Funeral services will be held at Noon on Friday February 20, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Rev. Mike Buckman officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

James Edward Finch

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

Larry Edward Baumgart

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

Martha Drogemuller

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

Mrs. Drogemuller was a home maker.

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

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

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

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


Peggy Sue Baker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Robert (Bob) Mezo

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

He was a retired businessman.

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

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

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

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

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


Shirley Duvall

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

Larry V. Gerdes

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

Mary Holt

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

Jackie Junior Maness

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

He was a retired slaughter house meat cutter.

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

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

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

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


Marie Melton

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

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

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

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

Alfred A. Hutchcraft

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

Merle Rogers

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

Charles "Vic" Jones

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

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

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

Don F. Gibson, Sr.

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

Joan E. Terrell

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

Robert D. (Bob) Szalla

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


Thelma Rosalie Wynn

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

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

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

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


Cleatus Ora Morris

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

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

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

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


Robert Eugene Duke

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

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

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

He is preceded in death by his parents.

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

Cookfuneralchapel.com.


Charlene C. Shields

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

Frank W. Pennington

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