Obituaries

Steve Edward Gunn
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.

Contributed 28 Sep 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

Michael W. Hartman
August 15, 1956 - June 01, 2018
Michael W. Hartman, 61, of Grayville, Illinois, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at his home. He was born August 15, 1956, in East St. Louis, Illinois, the son of Gerald and Patricia (Gabriel) McKinney. He was married to Julie McComas on December 24, 2017, and she survives.

Mike attended Cornerstone Church in Grayville, and was a United States Army Veteran. He was a mechanic and had a passion for working on anything mechanical. He enjoyed spending time at the river with his dogs, working on cars, and especially being with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Hartman of Grayville; mother Patricia "Pat" McKinney of Fairfield, Illinois; sons Brandon Raymond and Brian (Natasha) Raymond, all of Grayville; daughter Kelly Hartman of Herrin, Illinois; brothers Kenneth (Jennifer) McKinney of Olney, Illinois, Ed (Elaine) McKinney, John (Michelle) McKinney, Richie McKinney, Brian (Christie) McKinney, all of Fairfield; sister Shelia Bailey of Albion, Illinois; grandchild Bree Hartman; step-grandchildren Annastasia, Kali, Josie, Brandon, Jr., Madilynn, Myla and Aiden.

He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald McKinney; sisters Patty Mitchell and twin Mickey Hartman; brothers Jimmy McKinney, Jerry Hartman and Frank Hartman, Jr.

In keeping with Mike's wishes, his remains were cremated. Visitation and memorial service will be Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is at 10 am, and memorial service is at 11 am. Following the memorial service, military rites will be conducted on the Cook Funeral Chapel parking lot.

No services will be conducted at the cemetery, and it is requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Cook Funeral Chapel to assist with final expenses.

Contributed 28 Sep 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

Joyce A. Knight
August 15, 1930 - January 11, 2018
Joyce A. Knight, 87, formerly of Grayville, Illinois, died Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Premier Healthcare of New Harmony in New Harmony, Indiana. She was born August 15, 1930, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of John and Lillian (Walker) Coe. She was married to Louis Mitchell Knight, and he preceded her in death.

Joyce had an outgoing personality and never knew a stranger. She enjoyed going to yard sales, collecting teapots and watching HSN TV. While living in Georgia, she attended the First Street Church of Christ in Cordele, Georgia.

Survivors include son Jimmy (Dorothy) Knight of Whitesburg, Georgia, daughter Nancy Davis of Leesburg, Georgia, son Dale (Susan) Knight of Cordele; brother Sid (Connie) Coe of Flower, Illinois; sister Barbara Earl of Grayville; sister in law Rowene Coe of Crossville, Illinois; eight grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister Betty Coe; brothers Fred Coe and John Coe; and one granddaughter, Whitney Strickland.

Visitation and funeral are Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is 11 am with funeral at noon. Burial is in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Contributed 28 Sep 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

Ray Pritchett
15 Apr 1942 - 08 Jun 2018
Leonard Ray Pritchett, 76, of Grayville, Illinois, died Friday, at Deaconess
Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. He was born April 15, 1942, in
Grayville, the son of William B. and Mary E. (Hutchinson) Pritchett.

Ray was retired from a career in agricultural sales. He was a member of the
Grayville United Methodist Church. Other memberships include the Moose Lodge
and Eagles. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed playing golf with the
"Over the Hill Gang" at the Carmi Country Club.

Survivors include his dear friend Marianne Salpietra of Newburgh, Indiana;
son Jeff Pritchett and son-in-law George Schmadel of Evansville;
grandchildren Lindsey Nicole Nape and Chelsea Elizabeth Hanks.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister Melody Morris; and brother
Kenneth Pritchett.

In keeping with Ray's wishes, a graveside service will be at 10 am,
Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed 13 Apr 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

George Michael Schroeder
November 21, 1948 - May 23, 2018
George Michael Schroeder, 69, of Grayville, Illinois, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at his home. He was born November 21, 1948, in Princeton, Indiana, the son of John George Schroeder and Anna Louise (Padgett) Schroeder. He was married to Jennifer Lynn (Smith) Schroeder, and she survives.

George was a retired coal miner. He was a member of the Antioch Christian Church in Cowling, Illinois, and for many years, he was caretaker of the Antioch Cemetery. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors and cruising the county roads with his grandchildren in search of spotting wildlife

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer of Grayville; daughters Mary Ann (Greg) Rudolph of West Salem, Illinois, Jennilee Schroeder of Grayville; Melody Schroeder of Olney, Illinois; grandsons Dacin Rudolph, Jacob Rudolph and Evan Moore.

In keeping with George's wishes, his remains were cremated. There are no services planned at this time. Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed 28 Sep 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

Charles William Seifried
June 07, 1934 - May 23, 2018
Charles William Seifried, 83, of rural Grayville, Illinois, died Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi, Illinois. He was born June 7, 1934, in Gray Township, White County, Illinois, the son of Clarence and Martha (Green) Seifried. He was married to Pat (Balding) Seifried, and she survives.

Charles was a member of the First Christian Church in Grayville, and was a United States Army Veteran. He enjoyed working and collecting and restoring farm tractors. He was a member of the Keck-Gonnerman Tractor Club in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and enjoyed travelling to various tractor shows - especially the Half Century of Progress Show in Rantoul, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Seifried of Grayville; son Kevin (Tammy) Seifried of Grayville; daughter Kathy (Stan) Rawlinson of Carmi; grandchildren April (Kevin) Ward, Mark Rawlinson, Clint Rawlinson; great grandchildren Jaxon Ward and Austyn Ward; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother Don Seifried.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Monday, May 28, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is 10 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Burial with military rites is in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Grayville and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.

Contributed 28 Sep 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

Jessie P. Williams
October 23, 1931 - April 30, 2018
Jessie P. Williams, 86, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehabilitation in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. She was born October 23, 1931, in Grayville, the daughter of Gilbert and Hope (Goldman) Aborn. She was a homemaker and was married to Richard F. "Fudd" Williams on October 23, 1951, and he preceded her in death on April 21, 2015.

Jessie was a member of the First Christian Church in Grayville. She enjoyed playing cards, arts and crafts, quilting, embroidering, working in her yard and gardening. Her biggest joy was her family.

Survivors include sons Richard (Peggy) Williams of Robinson, Illinois, Jay (Cherry) Williams of Albion, Illinois; sisters Toni Andry of Paoli, Indiana, Amanta Williams of Jasper, Indiana, Roberta Mayes of Albion; grandchildren Stacie Williams, Lori Goble, Sarah Arnone, Ashlie Gaddis, Jason Williams, Elysia Williams; great grandchildren Kelcie Yager, Amanda May Yager, Dave Goble, Jeffrey Goble, Jackson Goble, Mason Arnone, Peighton Arnone, Morgan Gaddis, Jacob Collard Williams, Kairi Williams.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers Harlan and George Aborn; and sister Barbara "Toots" Campbell.

In keeping with her wishes, Jessie's remains were cremated. Visitation and memorial service are Thursday, May 3, 2018, at First Christian Church in Grayville. Visitation is at 1 pm and service is at 3 pm.

Memorials may be made to Grayville First Christian Church and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Arrangements are by Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville.

Contributed 28 Sep 2018 by Jerry Williams [email protected] from Cook Funeral Home website

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