Obituaries A-G

This collection of obituaries are courtesy of Jerry Williams, who continues to contribute additions regularly.

Allen, Josie M. "Granny Jo"
March 19, 1929 - June 27, 2018
Josie M. "Granny Jo" Allen, 89, of Grayville, Illinois, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. She was born March 19, 1929, in Cypress, Illinois, the daughter of Cletus and Maudie (Rushing) Corzine. She was married to Bill Allen and he preceded her in death in June of 1987. Josie was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. She attended the Free Methodist Church in Albion, Illinois. Survivors include sons Danny Allen of Carmi, Illinois, and David (Vickie) Allen of Browns, Illinois; daughter Tammy (Jerry) Davis of Grayville; grandchildren Danielle Lynn, Adam Allen, Amanda (Trey) Dunn, Andrea (Jake) Bolda; and eight great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; children Baby Boy Allen and Eugene Allen; brothers Roy Corzine, Esco Corzine, Doyle Clifton Corzine; sisters Adelyn Wacker and Vena Osman. Visitation is 6-8 pm, Monday, July 2, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is 10 am, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Albion. Memorials may be made to either Royal Neighbors or the Grayville Senior Citizens and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Baxter, Maylee Renee
2017 – August 3, 2019
Maylee Renee' Baxter, 2, of Albion, IL, gained her wings on August 3, 2019.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the
Church of Christ in Grayville, IL with the funeral service to be held at 7
p.m. at the church. Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home in Albion is honored to be
entrusted with the arrangements. Obituary from Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home website.
Brands, Hatthew R.
August 1, 1981 - April 15, 2019
Matthew R. Brands, 37, of rural Albion, Illinois, died Monday, April 15, 2019, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born August 1, 1981, in Joplin, Missouri, the son of Michael and Glenda (Helm) Brands. He was married to Stacey (Yahl) Brands and she survives. Matthew graduated from Ozark Christian College in 2004, and he was the minister of the West Village Christian Church in rural Albion. He was an avid fan of Star Wars movies, D.C. Comics superheroes, and movies in general. He was a history buff focusing on World War II. Among his other pastimes were playing drums, watching basketball games, cooking and being a jokester. Survivors include his parents Michael and Glenda Brands of Bethel, Missouri; wife Stacey Brands; son Titus Brands; daughter Grace Brands all of Albion; brothers Daniel (Sarah) Brands of Macon, Missouri, Nathan (Kelsey) Brands of Brownstown, Illinois; grandmother Joyce Helm of Jenks, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews Allysha, Ethan, Isaiah, Avalyn, and Jameson. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Robert Helm; and Gerald and Elsie Brands. Visitation is 4-8 pm, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at West Village Christian Church in rural Albion. Funeral is 11 am, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at West Village Christian Church with burial in West Village Cemetery next to the church. Memorials may be made to the Grace and Titus Brands Scholarship Fund and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel who is entrusted with all arrangements. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Brown, Mary Jane (Robertson)
March 10, 1939 - May 13, 2019
Eighty-year old, Geff resident, Mary Jane Robertson Brown passed away May 13, 2019 at Aperion Care in Fairfield, Illinois. Mary Jane was born March 10, 1939 in East Lynn, IL to Laland and Vivian (Morger) Robertson. She married Thomas H. Paul on December 20, 1962 and he preceded her in death on June 2, 1992. On December 4, 2009 Mary Jane married Thomas A. Brown in Kentucky and he preceded her in death on March 18, 2019. Mary Jane had worked for 29 years as a nurse's aide in various local nursing homes. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Geff. Mary Jane is survived by one son, Fred (Cyndi) Paul of Corpus Christi, TX, one daughter, Tina (Dennis) Bailey of Cisne; two brothers, Billy (Doris) Robertson of Fairfield and Harold (Alene) Robertson of Geff; two sisters, Pat (Gerald) Legg and Lelah Garrison and one sister-in-law, Beverly Robertson all of Sims; and three grandchildren, Ronnie Bailey of Cisne, Brandon and Laura Elizabeth Yzaguirre of Corpus Christi, TX. And two great grandchildren, Owen and Taylor Bailey. Mary Jane was preceded in death by her two husbands, parents, twin sister, Marlene; three brothers, Robert, Jim, and Donnie; one son, Jimmy Joe Paul. Funeral service for Mary Jane Brown will be held at 10:00am, Friday, May 17, 2019 with Pastor George Musgrave officiating, at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday evening, May 16, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield who are in charge of the arrangements. Obituary from Nale's Funeral home website.
Cook, Kenneth Allen
January 26, 1949 - August 18, 2019
Kenneth Allen Cook, 70, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, peacefully passed away on August 18, 2019, at his residence with his wife by his side. He was born January 26, 1949, in Lawrence County, Illinois, the son of Roy Zelbert and Mildred Lucille (Earnest) Cook. Kenneth honorably served two tours of duty in the United States Army in Vietnam, receiving two purple hearts. On February 28, 1987, he married Donna Elaine Cash in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.
Kenneth was a mechanic, owning and operating a garage in Bridgeport, Illinois. He was an electrician and heavy equipment mover. Kenneth was a ham radio operator, enjoyed using his CB Radio and loved motorcycles.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Donna, of 32 years; daughters, Jennifer Lynn Gideon and husband Kevin, Dana Marie Delong and husband Dallas and Megan Nicole Cook; siblings, Betty Joe Poland, Roy Daniel Cook, Sheila Catherine (John) Hoh, Robert Keith (Sharon Annette) Cook, Roger Dale Cook and Claude William (Becky) Cook; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Johnny Poland; and sister-in-law Audrey Cook.
Earl, Barbara M.
June 28, 1938 - August 27, 2018
Barbara M. Earl, 80, of Grayville, Illinois, died Monday, August 27, 2018, at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville. She was born June 28, 1938, in Pasaic, New Jersey, the daughter of John Oliver "John" Coe and Lillian (Walker) Coe. She was married to Walter Eugene Earl and he precedes her in death. Barbara was a retired health care giver. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Grayville, and she enjoyed word searches, reading, camping and fishing. Survivors include sons David (Donna) Burrows of Albion, Illinois, Steve Earl of Grayville; daughters Eugenia (Derris) Alldredge, Renee (Keith) Howell, all of Grayville; brother Sid (Connie) Coe of Fowler, Illinois; grandchildren Derek Burrows, D.J. Alldredge, April Alldredge, Brittany Howder, Steven Earl, Michael Earl, Kalisha Earl, Kenzi Earl, Dustin Bunting, Tyler Howell; great-grandchildren Jaida, Braxton, Alyssa, Uriah, Wyatt, Brantley, Jailyn, Savannah, Peyton; great-great-grandchild Annistyn. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons Scott Allen Earl and John Norman Earl; grandson Michael Burrows; brothers John Coe and Fred Coe; sisters Betty Coe and Joyce Knight. Visitation and funeral are Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is 11 am and funeral is 1 pm. Burial is in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Eikenhorst, Joseph W.
May 1, 1934 ~ July 30, 2019
85-year-old Fairfield resident, Joseph Eikenhorst passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 30, 2019 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Joseph was born May 1, 1934 to William and Verna (Hromas) Eikenhorst in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. He was first married to Verna Neajahr on June 27, 1954 and she passed away on February 11, 2011. He married Connie Williams on November 26, 2014 in Fairfield, and she passed away on November 30, 2018. Joseph retired as a supervisor from Roadmaster in Olney. He was a member of Victory Outreach Christian Center Church in Fairfield. He loved to dance and could be found at many area country dances on weekends. He is survived by one son, Jeffrey (Melissa) Eikenhorst of Fairfield and one step-son, Marlin (Elaine) Short of Browns, two daughters, Connie (Terry) Smith of Fairfield and Lori Eikenhorst of Oregon, one step-daughter, Janet (Tom) Heeg of Evansville, Indiana. One brother, Dean Eikenhorst of Kilgore, Texas and one sister, Margaret Ann Oswald of Lincoln, Nebraska; 21 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild also survive. Preceding Joseph in death were his parents, his wives, a daughter Vickie Kufeldt, one son Michael Eikenhorst, a brother, Robert Eikenhorst and one great grandchild. Funeral services for Joseph Eikenhorst will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2019 at Victory Outreach Christian Center Church in Fairfield. Brother George Musgrave will be officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday evening 5 - 7 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made out to Victory Outreach Christian Center and will be accepted at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com who are in charge of the arrangements. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Elliott, Linda R. (Reid)
November 12, 1937 - May 25, 2019
Linda R. Elliott, 81, of Carmi passed away at 1:05 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi. She was born in Olney, IL on November 12, 1937 the daughter of Amel and Mary Roberta (Jaques) Reid. Linda married David B. Elliott on April 12, 1957 and he preceded her in death on May 9, 1995. She had worked at the Baptist Childrens Home. She later worked at KMart and then as a cashier and greeter at Walmart. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Grayville. Linda is survived by her two daughters, Brenda (Don) Ridenour and Vicky (Keith) Botsch all of Carmi; two sons, David (Denise) Elliott of Fairfield and Jeff (Gail) Elliott of Carmi; a sister, Mary Kay Wood of Grayville; four grandchildren, Gail Elliott, Landis Elliott, Katelyn Botsch and Madison Botsch; five step-grandchildren, Lindsay Botsch (Skip, Devin and Mya), Ryan Botsch (Allison and Lola), Jimmy Tyner, Megan Austin and Wesley Tyner; one great-grandchild, MiLynn Miles Elliott; two step-great-grandchildren, Kasen and Gracie; and friend Mike Spaetti. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Fred Reid. Funeral services for Linda R. Elliott, 81, of Carmi will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Campbell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made in Linda's name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home. Obituary from Campbell Funeral Home website.
Fryman, Tina L.
April 05, 1977 - July 31, 2018
Tina L. Fryman, 41, of Grayville, Illinois, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at her home. She was born April 5, 1977, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Leonard Earl Briley and Vickie Lynn (Richmond) Moody. She was married to Andrew Fryman and he survives. Tina attended the New Life Apostolic Church in Carmi, Illinois. She enjoyed her friends and family and flower gardening. Survivors include her husband, Andrew Fryman of Grayville; sons Nathan VanMatre, Thomas VanMatre, Gabriel Fryman, Samuel Fryman; daughter Hannah VanMatre, all of Grayville; brother Tom (Carri) Briley of Robinson, Illinois; ½ brothers Robert Briley, Jason Briley, Jeremy Briley, all of Grayville; ½ sisters Patricia (Jay) Evans of Grayville, Carol Jones, Sharion Farris and Debbie Conner, all of Paris, Tennessee; and niece Cadi. She is preceded in death by her parents; mother; grandmother Louise Richmond; and ½ brother David Briley. Visitation and funeral are Monday, August 27, 2018 at New Life Apostolic Church in Carmi. Visitation is 10 am, and funeral is at 12 noon with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of arrangements. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Gard, Betty Jo
September 9, 1928 - August 17, 2019
Betty Jo Gard, 90, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2019, at Oakview Heights Nursing and Rehab Center.She was born September 9, 1928, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the daughter of Jess and Rachel (Seitz) Wheeler. On August 11, 1945, Betty married Ray Gard. He preceded her in death. They were married 70 years.
Betty worked at Thordarson Meissner’s for many years. She was a faithful member of Community Church of God in Mt. Carmel until her health no longer allowed her to attend.
She will be remembered by her daughter, Diana (Harold) Fiscus of Sumner, Illinois, and son, Scott (Susan) Gard of Allendale, Illinois.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Gard; sisters, Mary Hicks, Kathryn Hebert, Addebell Wheeler, Hazel Strohm and Pansy May Wheeler; brothers, George Wheeler, T.R. Wheeler, Leroy Wheeler and William Wheeler.
Graveside services for Betty will be Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 12:00 noon at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Prior to the graveside service, visitation will take place in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m.
Gillette, Meta Ilse
? - Aug 2018
Graveside services for Meta Ilse Gillette will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday,
August 18, 2019, at Bone Gap Cemetery, Bone Gap, Illinois. Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Meta's family. Obituary from Short-Cunningham Funeral Home website.
Goodson, Allen E, Jr.
November 19, 1953 ~ October 4, 2019
65-year-old Allendale resident, Allen E. Goodson Jr., passed away Friday afternoon, October 4, 2019, at his residence. Allen was born Nov. 19, 1953 in Olney, Illinois. He was the son of Allen "Bud" Goodson Sr. and Lois Jean (Simms) Goodson. He married Audrey Renee Butler on December 13, 1986 in West Frankfort, Illinois and she survives. Allen had been a teacher at Allendale Elementary school. He was a member of Orio Presbyterian Church near Allendale. Allen is survived by his wife, Renee; one son, Scott (Shelby) Goodson of Centralia, Illinois and one daughter, Chelsea Goodson of Lafayette, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Roman. Per Allen's wishes, cremation was afforded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com. Nale's Funeral Home of Albion is assisting the family. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Graham, Densil Eugene
December 18, 1931 - July 07, 2018
Densil Eugene Graham, 86, of Grayville, Illinois, died Saturday, July 7, 2018, at his home. He was born December 18, 1931, in Burnt Prairie, Illinois, the son of Clyde and Edith (Pollard) Graham. He married Gail (Hortin) Graham on September 18, 1954, and she survives after 63 years of marriage. Densil graduated from Edwards County High School in 1949. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he returned to Grayville and worked as a mechanic and parts manager for Oilfield Motor Service. For 28 years, he owned and operated Graham True Value Hardware Store in Grayville. He served as a Trustee for Gray Township, was past president of the Grayville Chamber of Commerce, and was named Grayville Citizen of the Year. Golf and quail hunting were among his favorite pastimes. Densil's church was a large part of his life. He was an active member of the New Life Apostolic Church in Grayville for over 70 years, serving 36 years as church treasurer. Survivors include his wife, Gail Graham of Grayville; sons David (Sharon) Graham of Nashville, Tennessee, Steve (Sharon) Graham of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John (Judy) Graham of Atwater, California; brothers Bobby (Shirley) Graham of Peachtree, Georgia, Larry (Jean) Graham of Sun City, Arizona; grandchildren Angela (Shane) Nasby, Amy (Andrew) King, Thomas Graham, Elisabeth (Daniel) Franzetta, Timothy Graham, Jonathan (Cayla) Graham, Nathanael Graham, Joshua Graham, Benjamin Graham; great grandchildren Nolen Nasby, Harper Nasby, Graham King, Caroline King, Morgan King, Beckett King, Dylan Graham, George Franzetta, and Stephen Franzetta. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald and Dellas Graham; and sister Ava Walker. Visitation is 5-8 pm, Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is 1 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018, at New Life Apostolic Church in Grayville. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Albion, Illinois. Memorials may be made to New Life Apostolic Church, Tupelo Children's Mansion, or St. Jude Children's Hospital and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Gunn, Steve Edward
March 24, 1956 - January 24, 2018
Steve Edward Gunn, 61, of Kingston, North Carolina, formerly of Grayville, Illinois, died at 7:25 pm, January 24, 2018. He was born March 24, 1956, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended the Grayville schools and was a 1974 graduate of Grayville High School. He graduated from Mt. Carmel Community College in 1976, and continued his education at Eastern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, and later, a Masters in Business Administration. Steve taught school in Lawrenceville, Illinois, where he also served as assistant football coach. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps and attained rank of Captain before leaving after 12 years of service. After his military service, Steve was Operations Manager for DHL Express Shipping, until his illness (Alzheimer's disease) forced his retirement. Steve enjoyed all sports and was an avid runner until he was forced to stop. Survivors include son, Josh (Giovanna) Gunn of Winterville, North Carolina; daughter, Sarah Gunn and her boyfriend Frank Perez of Plantation, Florida; brother, Richard (Beth) Gunn of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister, Cherry (Jay) Williams of Albion, Illinois; grandchildren Joel and J.J.; a nephew; and several nieces. He is preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Gunn in 1988; and brother, Carl Gunn in 1981. Graveside service with military rites is 1:00 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. There is no prior visitation and attendees are asked to be at the cemetery no later than 1:00 pm, Sunday, March 11, 2018. Immediately following the graveside service, there will be a celebration of Steve's life at the VFW Building in Grayville. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or donations will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, Illinois, which is in charge of arrangements. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.

This collection of obituaries is courtesy of Jerry Williams, who continues to contribute additions regularly.

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