Obituaries

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.
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.
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.
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.
Hartman, Michael W.
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. Obituary from Cook Funeral Home website.
Hartsock, Alena Faye
January 22, 1928 - January 21, 2019
Alena Faye Hartsock, 90, of Grayville, Illinois, died Monday, January 21, 2019, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois. She was born January 22, 1928, in Grayville, the daughter of Herbie Lloyd Williams and Bessie Leona (Eck) Williams. She married Kenneth Charles Hartsock on November 4, 1954, and he preceded her in death on October 28, 1964. Alena was a homemaker, but she worked outside the home as a telephone operator, meat cutter, and retail clerk. She was well known for her love of baking cookies and her cookie jar that she kept well-stocked on her kitchen table. Survivors include sons Stephen L. (Beth) Hartsock, Kenneth (Lori) Hartsock, all of Grayville, Jay (Stephanie) Marshall of Eagle, Idaho; daughter Linda Gail (Mike) Murphy of Herrin, Illinois; grandchildren Holly (Christopher) Lewis, Andy (Jessica) Williams, Stephen I. Hartsock, Jackie Hartsock (Chris Daggett), Rosie (Danny) Kuykendall, Dannah Hartsock, Elliott Hartsock, Mitchell Kleinschmidt (Katie), Amanda Kleinschmidt, Owen Marshall, Aidan Marshall; and numerous great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister Helen Marie "Rosie" Bump. In keeping with Alena's wishes, her remains were cremated. A visitation will be 2-4 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Memorials may be made to the Grayville Senior Citizens and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Knight, Joyce A.
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. Obituary from Cook Funeral Home website.
Larch, Hazel Joyce
September 24, 1931 - July 19, 2018
Hazel Joyce Larch, 86, of Clinton, Arkansas, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. She was born September 24, 1931, in Conway, Arkansas, the daughter of Walter Ruel Jones and Vera (Phillips) Jones. She was married to Jake Larch for 53 years, and he preceded her in death in December, 2015. For 31 years, Hazel and her husband, Jake, owned and operated Larch's Clothing and Shoe Store in Albion, Illinois. Survivors include daughter Belinda (Ken) Johnson of Clinton; sister Edith Everett of Mt. Carmel; grandson Chance (Melanie) Johnson of Russellville, Arkansas; great grandchildren Cort and Reese Johnson; several nieces and nephews; and many friends and neighbors. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother; and two sisters. In keeping with Hazel's wishes, her remains were cremated. A visitation and memorial service will be at the Northside Baptist Church in Grayville, Illinois, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Visitation is at 10 am and memorial service is at 11 am. A second visitation and memorial service will be Monday, July 30, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Clinton. Visitation is at 10 am, and memorial service is at 11 am. Arrangements in Grayville are by Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Leigh, Iva Lou (Masterson)
April 18, 1932 - July 13, 2019
87-year-old Albion resident, Iva Lou Leigh passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Iva Lou was born April 18, 1932 in Dexter, Missouri to Lemuel and Alma (Ashworth) Masterson. On March 7, 1951, Iva Lou married Richard Leigh in West Salem, Illinois. Richard preceded her in death on December 23, 2017. Iva Lou retired from Champion Laboratories after 30 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Albion and their senior adult Sunday School Class. Iva Lou is survived by one son, Daniel Leigh of Owensboro, Kentucky, one daughter, Janice Doan and husband Marty of Albion. Two grandchildren, Mason Doan and wife Rachel and Tyler Doan all of Evansville, Indiana and three great grandchildren, Emme, Tyson, and Chloe. Preceding Iva Lou in death were her parents, husband, Richard, one brother, Bill Masterson and one sister, Doris Berg. Funeral services for Iva Lou will be held Thursday, July 18th at 10:00am at the First Baptist Church in Albion with Interment to follow in Graceland Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday evening, July 17, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm at the church. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church for their community-wide Thanksgiving Dinners or to the Albion First United Methodist Church for their backpack program and will be accepted at the visitation and funeral. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com. Nale's Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of arrangements. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Longbons, Marjorie Jane (Speir)
September 16, 1940 - April 11, 2019
 Marjorie Jane Longbons, 78 of Albion, passed away April 11, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. She was born September 16, 1940 in Clay City, Illinois to Claudie Earl and Sara Mae (Tetrick) Speir. She married Cabot Longbons on November 23, 1968 in Albion, IL and he preceded her in death on September 19, 2007. Marge was a teller at the Citizens National Bank of Albion where she worked for 26 years and continued part time after retirement. She enjoyed gardening, traveling with friends, watching traffic from her garage, and following her granddaughter to her many horse-related events. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and Women of the Moose. Marjorie was proceeded in death by her husband Cabot Longbons, step-son, Bruce Longbons, her parents Claudie Earl and Sara Mae Speir, a twin sister Martha Johnson, two brothers Lawrence and Fred Speir and a grandson Richard Longbons. She is survived by her daughter Sara (Rodney) Hazel, of Albion; Step-daughter Carolyn (Dave) Frisch, of Carbondale; granddaughter Brooklyn Hazel, of Albion; grandsons Greg Longbons, of Olney, Scott (Paula) Frisch, of Carbondale and Brad (Patti) Frisch, of Rockford and three great grandchildren; Five sisters, Mary West, of Albion; Anita (John) Downer, of Princeton, IN; Marilyn Longbons, of Albion; Nancy (Greg) Nelson of Albion, and Norma (Dave) Buckles of Albion; and three brothers, Leroy (Martha) Speir of Albion, Neal Speir of Albion, and Howard (Janette) Speir of Pegram, TN; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday April 15th at 11AM at Nales Funeral Home in Albion with David Shain officiating burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 pm Sunday April 14th at Nales Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the VFW Auxiliary in Albion and will be accepted at the funeral home. Obituary From Nale's Funeral Home website.
Lowery, Wendell W.
October 30, 1940 - October 18, 2018
Wendell W. Lowery, 77, of Grayville, Illinois, died Thursday, October 18, 2018, at his home. He was born October 30, 1940, in Orchardville, Illinois, the son of Edgar and Lureana (King) Lowery. On January 1, 1959, he was married to Mary (Garrett) Lowery, and she survives. Wendell was a retired carpenter. Among his many interests were playing pool, motorcycles, traveling, collecting Indian artifacts, watching western movies, and enjoying time with his family, especially the grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Mary Lowery; daughters Sherrie Ward and Kathy (Kenny) Thompson, all Grayville; grandchildren Jake (Praveena) Ward, Travis (Ashley) Thompson, Jessica (Kyle) Roosevelt, and Sky Thompson; great grandchildren Brooklyn Thompson and Ethan Thompson; step great grandchildren Tyler Roosevelt, Kylee Roosevelt and Zeke Roosevelt; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Juanita Cook, Eleanor Headley, Helen Collins, Mary Cooley; and brother Donald Lowery. Visitation is 5-7 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Funeral is 10 am, Monday, October 22, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Mann, Lorna Leone (Dalton)
February 25, 1940 - July 15, 2019
79 year old Ellery resident, Lorna Leone Mann passed away early Monday morning, July 15, 2019 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion, Illinois. Lorna Leone was born February 25, 1940 in Wayne County, Illinois to Loren E. and Wanda Mae (Carter) Dalton. She married Roger Mann on April 12, 1972 in Eldorado, IL and he survives. Lorna Leone was a homemaker and owned and operated TLC Kennels from 1980 until this year as well as operated green houses and sold antiques for a number of years. She attended House of Prayer in Albion and had taught Sunday School at Little Prairie Christian Church in Albion. Lorna Leone is survived her husband Roger of Ellery, two sons, Randall (Julie) Kimbrell and Roy Kimbrell all of Albion, one daughter, Tonya (Jeff) Hardy of Ellery and two step daughters Kim (Tim) Lorenzo of Cincinnati, Ohio and Jill Loudermilk of Albion, two brothers, Charles (Connie) Dalton of Benton, Illinois and Steven C. (Tina) Dalton of Lakewood, California, one sister, Danna (Harry) Sutton of Fairfield, Illinois and one sister-in-law, Donna Dalton of Albion; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive. Preceding Lorna Leone in death were her parents and one brother, Leon Dalton. Funeral services for Lorna Leone will be held Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 3:00pm at Nale's Funeral Home in Albion with interment to follow in Graceland Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, July 21 from 1pm until service time. Memorials may be made to Rest Haven Manor or the Wayne County Humane Society in Fairfield and will be accepted at the funeral home. Nale's Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com
McGuire, Linda K. (Lanier)
January 12, 1960 - May 22, 2019
Linda K. (Lanier) McGuire, age 59 of Ridgway passed on this life, May 22, 2019. Linda was born in Carmi, IL on January 12, 1960 to the late Walter and Anna (White) Lanier. She grew up in the Cottonwood community. She graduated from Ridgway High School and furthered her education becoming a Registered Nurse. She was married to the love of her life, Dan McGuire who preceded her in death. She worked many years in the medical field before retiring from health reasons. She loved to read, visit with friends and family and be outdoors. Linda was an avid Red Wings hockey fan and really enjoyed being with her dog Sam. Linda had a kind soul and will be missed She is survived by her son, Corey Lanier of Canada, a sister, Bobbi Catiller of Ridgway, niece. Charity (Josh) Goebel of Ridgway, and nephew, Derek Catiller of Ridgway. Great nephew and niece, Wyatt and Hope Goebel. Per her request she will be cremated and be placed to rest next to her husband Dan in the Oak Grove cemetery in Cottonwood. Cox & Son Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements and you may make a note of comfort or memorial at www.coxandson.com Obituary from Cox & Son Funeral Home website.
McKay, Deborah Lee (Inskeep)
May 11, 1950 - May 21, 2019
Her residence in Olney on May 21, 2019. Debbie was born May 11, 1950 in Olney and raised in Albion. Debbie was one of three children born to the late Joseph Howard and Dorothy Rae Inskeep. Her nickname in school was "Lee" and she graduated from Edwards County High School in 1968. Debbie retired as a special education teacher for the East Richland School District after 32 years of teaching. It was during her time at Central School that she wanted to adopt a child. Debbie and her mother, Rae, bravely traveled overseas to Colombia to adopt a little three year old girl named Luz Dary. Debbie named her Rachel after her mother's name, Rae. Debbie provided a life of love and adventure; she enjoyed traveling with her family to Daytona Beach and California, supporting Rachel's creativity and attending her sporting events. She was also known as "Aunt Deb" and would host some of the family holiday dinners and reunions. In October of 2001, Debbie married Dennis McKay. The couple greatly enjoyed sitting out by the pool drinking wine and Jack Daniels, respectively. They also listened to Oldies but Goodies music, planting their vegetable garden, owning miniature schnauzers/furbabies and going out to the local restaurant for the same meal of salmon and steak. Debbie was in the middle of a big home renovation project in Bloomington, Illinois so she could spend even more time with her grandson, Oscar. She was known as his "Grammy" and he always looked forward to seeing her at his house to play race cars and build with Lincoln Logs. Debbie is survived by her daughter and grandson, Rachel (Joey) Kuenstler and Oscar of Bloomington; spouse, Dennis McKay of Olney; and one brother, Phillip Inskeep of Olney; five nieces and nephews; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph & Dorothy Rae Inskeep, and her brother Rodney Inskeep. A celebration of Debbie's life will be held Friday, May 31, 2019, at Nale's Funeral Home in Albion, Illinois with visitation at 1:00 p.m. and the service at 2:00 p.m. Immediately following, interment will be at Zion Hill, a family cemetery, located west of Albion. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Albion and will be accepted at the funeral home. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Nash, Sr., Larry Michael
February 16, 1942 - October 07, 2018
Larry Michael Nash, Sr., 76, of Crossville, Illinois, died Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Deaconess Main Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born February 16, 1942, in Bone Gap, Illinois, the son of Gilbert Harold Nash and Ruth (Edge) Nash Graham. Larry was a Marine Corps Veteran and worked in the Illinois Basin oilfields and was retired from Eastern Services in 2009. He enjoyed collecting military artifacts, rabbit hunting, flying, murder mysteries and watching college football and boxing. Survivors include sons Larry Michael Nash, Jr., of Crossville, Joshua Daniel Nash of Grayville, Illinois; daughters Lesa Nash Starnes of Belden, Mississippi, Karen Nash Brown of Norris City, Illinois, Linda Nash Youngman and her fiancé Larry Pedrotti, and Nancy Nash, all of Mt. Vernon, Indiana; sisters Shirley Crandall of Texas, Janette Fay Bellamey of St. Charles, Missouri, Wanda Parson of St. Louis, Missouri; special cousin Steve Edge of Evansville, Indiana; 16 grandchildren; four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Lori Michelle Nash; and brothers in law, Doyle Crandall, Don Bellamey and Jim Parson. Visitation and funeral are Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville, Illinois. Visitation is 11 am to 1 pm, and funeral is at 1 pm. Burial with military rites is in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Albion, Illinois. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Naylor, Peggy Sue
March 15, 1939 - October 16, 2018
Peggy Sue Naylor, 79, of Carmi, Illinois, died Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. She was born March 15, 1939, in Carmi, the daughter of Oren "Pete" Pearce and Madge (Curtis) Pearce. She was married to Ronald M. "Ron" Naylor on November 10, 1989, and he survives. Peggy was an office manager for Basin Well Survey, and later for G & R Auto Parts. She enjoyed boating and spending time on the river. Survivors include her husband, Ron Naylor of Carmi; son Brad Hurt and Therisa Jacoby of Crossville, Illinois; step-sons Van (Carol) Naylor of Hillsboro, Illinois, David (Karla) Naylor of Carmi; step-daughter Stephanie (Andy) Higgins of Evansville, Indiana; brother David Pearce of Carmi. She is preceded in death by her parents. Visitation and funeral are Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Visitation is at 11 am and funeral is at 1 pm. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Albion, Illinois. Obituary from Cook Funeral Home website.
New, Kenneth O'Neil
September 8, 1926 - June 26, 2019
92-year-old Fairfield resident, Kenneth O'Neil New passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Aperion Care in Fairfield, Illinois. Kenneth was born September 8, 1926 in Oilton, Oklahoma. He was the son George Harrison New and Olive Maxine (Carney) New. He married Ann Riley on August 28, 1981 and she survives. As a young man, Kenneth was baptized in to the Baptist faith in Bowlegs, Oklahoma. Kenneth was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a self-employed welder in the oil and gas industry for many years. After retiring from the oil industry, he and his wife, Ann, owned and operated the New Complex consisting of several rental properties in the Fairfield area. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Ann; his beloved children, son Nash (Betty) New of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, daughter, Bonnie (Rob) Dismang of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and son, Neil (Carrie) New of Springfield, Illinois; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne of Oklahoma and one sister, Fern Senters of Fairfield, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three infant children, grandson Jeremy New, two brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services for Kenneth New will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by Anthony Wayne Post 176 American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post 4535 VFW. Memorial contributions can be made to the Clay County Hospice or a charity of donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences can be given to the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com. Nale's Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Newport, Sue Ann (Knackmus)
June 20, 1942 - June 26, 2019
Sue Ann (Knackmus) Newport, 77, of Albion, quietly passed away at her home on Wednesday June 26, 2019, after several months of failing health. She had just turned 77 years old, six days earlier. Sue was a lifelong resident of Edwards County. She was born June 20, 1942 to Dale Rudolph & Lorene Mae (Mason) Knackmus at home east of West Salem. Sue was a graduate of Albion High School. Sue received Queen runner-up for one of the West Salem Chowders. Sue Ann was united in marriage on June 29, 1962 in West Salem to Paul Edward Newport, of the West Village community, of Albion. To this union one child was born, Paula (Newport) Thompson. Sue owned several businesses throughout her lifetime. She owned and operated Sue's Sewing Center and Baby World in Albion for 16 years. Later she had a second hand store in Albion and later one in West Salem. Surviving are her husband, Paul and daughter, Paula & Walter Thompson of Ellery; Two grandsons, Walter & Amanda Thompson Jr of Albion, Bob & Brynn Thompson of Toledo, Illinois, One great grandchild Paisley Quinn Thompson of Toledo and two step great grandchildren Laureli and Eli Seibert of Albion. Three sisters, Roberta Matthews of Fairfield, Judy & Earl Loudermilk of West Salem, Darla & Jim York of Mt. Carmel; and four brothers, Donny & Ella Knackmus of West Salem, Arthur Knackmus of West Salem, Dale Knackmus Jr. of Albion, and Jack & Cheryl Knackmus Sr. of West Salem; Preceding her in death were her parents and one grandson, Zachary Ryan Arnold, who passed in 1986. Graveside services will be held at the West Village Cemetery, northwest of Albion, at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials can be made to the West Village Church for their cemetery upkeep or to Samaria Missionary Baptist Church and will be accepted at the graveside or at Nale's Funeral Home of Albion who is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.nalesfuneralhome.com Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Payne, James Allen
March 17, 1963 - July 30, 2018
James Allen Payne, 55, Grayville native, passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, Janet, at his side on July 30, 2018. He was born March 17, 1963, to James and Janette (Cookie) Erwin Payne. Jim worked the oil fields and coal mines around Grayville for most of his life. He was met at Heaven's Gate by his parents, his grandparents Jess and Georgia K Payne and his uncles, Donnie and Sammy Payne. Jim is survived by his sons, James Wesley Payne and Cody Payne, daughters Jamie Cain, Janelle Payne and Haley Payne, fifteen grandchildren, sister Belinda Sherman, niece Jessica Williams, great niece Morgan Paige Amos, nephew Kyle Jones, close friends Terry Sherman, Donnie Gross, Robbie Marlow, Brad Wampler, and Steve Schmittler. A visitation will be 10 am to noon, Saturday, August 18th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Pritchett, Leonard Ray
April 15, 1942 - June 8, 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.
Pritchett, Robert "Keith"
July 14, 1924 - May 25, 2019
94-year-old Albion resident, Robert "Keith" Pritchett passed away from this life Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion, Illinois. Keith was born July 14, 1924 in Dana, Indiana to Orlin and Edna (Dixon) Pritchett. He was a graduate of Scotland, IL high school. Upon graduating at the age of 18, Keith enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served for three years during World War II. Keith married Kay Thread on February 17, 1946 in Kay's family home near Bone Gap. Keith and Kay enjoyed 72 years together on their farm northeast of Albion. Keith enjoyed raising beef cattle and had a cow calf operation that is still ongoing. Keith served Edwards County for many years, first as the county's youth counselor then was elected to three terms as Edwards County Circuit Clerk. It was during Keith's third term as Circuit Clerk that he accepted the position of Edwards County Probation Officer. Keith served in that position for 15 years before retiring in 1989 as the Chief Probation Officer for the 2nd Judicial Circuit. Keith was a faithful member of the West Village Christian Church where he served as Deacon and Elder for many years. He was also a 75-year member of the Bone Gap American Legion and a member of the Albion Moose Lodge. Keith is survived by his daughter Kathy and her husband David Lane of Albion and a daughter-in-law, Iva Jean Pritchett of Albion. Five Grandchildren, Shane Pritchett, Travis (Melany) Pritchett of Albion, Krystina (Aaron) Kelley of Troy, IL, Matt (Kelly) Lane of Hermitage, TN and Phillip (Melaina) Lane of Herrin, IL as well as 11 great-grandchildren, Waylon Keith, Ben, Kyndra, Sidney, Sam, Katelyn, Robbie, Noelle, Sawyer, Jaxyn & Jadyn. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kay and son, Ron. Funeral services for Keith will be 11:00am Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at the West Village Church North of Albion. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Albion. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 am until service time on Thursday, May 30th. Keith had two caregivers that he was especially fond of and he wishes that any memorial contributions be made to assist these two special people in furthering their education in the medical fields. Memorials will be accepted at the church and should be made out to West Village Christian Church. The church will see that the caregivers receive the donations. Nale's Funeral home of Albion is in charge of all of the arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.nalesfuneralhome.com. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Reynolds, Donna Kay
December 01, 1950 - October 07, 2018
Donna Kay Reynolds, 67, of Grayville, Illinois, died Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. She was born December 1, 1950, in Griffin, Indiana, the daughter of Albert and Ruby (Embrey) McIntire. She was married to Glen Reynolds on June 19, 1985, and he survives. Donna was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Grayville, Illinois. She was an avid reader and enjoyed flower gardening and being with her cat, Sissy. Survivors include her husband, Glen Reynolds of Grayville; son Benjamin (Crystal) Roeder of Evansville, Indiana; daughter Amara Burgh of Mishawaka, Indiana; brother Jerold Hall of Stafford, Arizona; sisters Sheila Almon of Ft. Branch, Indiana, Sharon Byes of Griffin, Indiana; grandchildren Ian, Chase and Ashton; great grandchild Freyja. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Darrell McIntire; sister Joyce Goldman. Visitation is 5-7 pm. Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, Illinois. Funeral is 10 am, Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Burial is in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Griffin, Indiana. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Savage, Louis R.
September 30, 1936 - May 17, 2019
82-year-old Fairfield resident Louis R. Savage passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, Illinois. Louis was born September 30, 1936 at Burnt Prairie, Illinois to Pender and Mary (O'dell) Savage. At a young age, Louis joined the Liberty Baptist Church where he was baptized on September 26, 1948. He attended the Burnt Prairie Grade School and graduated from the Mills Prairie High School in 1954. On August 14, 1976 he married Shirley Walters Meritt. Shirley preceded him in death on January 7, 2014. Louis was a retired teamster of local 710. A lifelong supporter of the working people and a proud supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Louis was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. Louis attended the Gospel Assembly Church in Mill Shoals, Illinois. Louis R. Savage is survived by 3 daughters, Debra and husband Joe Lepe of Palos Hills, Illinois, Diana and husband John Masella of Western Springs, Illinois and Janice Mills of Decatur, Alabama, one son Michael Meritt of Nolanville, TX, one brother Pender "Red" and wife Velda Savage of Fairfield, Illinois and one sister Valeda and husband Ben of Port Orange, Fla. 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley, 1 daughter Donna and one brother Charles (Shack) Savage. Funeral services for Louis R. Savage will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Nale's Funeral Home with Brother John Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, evening, May 20, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. by the Fairfield Masonic Lodge #206. Memorials may be made to the Fairfield Masonic Lodge Supper Club or to Fairfield Memorial Hospital employee of the month club. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Schoenheit, Geneva Lorene
March 16, 1922 - June 27, 2018
Geneva Lorene Schoenheit, 96, of Grayville, Illinois, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville. She was born March 16, 1922, in Petersburg, Indiana, the daughter of Thomas and Jessie Blance (Powers) Nolen. She was married to Lloyd Schoenheit and he preceded her in death on July 9, 1977. She was a homemaker and loved her family. Survivors include sons Larry (Wilma) Schoenheit, Mark (Julie) Schoenheit; sister Winonia Nonia (Ray) Henson, all of Grayville; grandchildren Angela (Bryan) Reed, Kelly Schoenheit, Megan (Asa) Deffendall, Mitchell Schoenheit and his fiancé Lindsay Rouse, Taylor Schoenheit; great grandchildren Nicole Reed, Landon Reed and his fiancé Alicen Wellborn, Delaney Deffendall, Jacob Deffendall; great great grandchildren Rhett McCary and Rylan Reed. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters Garnett Stern, Pauline Norsworthy and Gertrude Funkhouser. Visitation and funeral are Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Visitation is 10:00 am, and funeral is 12:00 noon. Burial is in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Memorials may be made to Meadowood Nursing Home Activity Fund and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Schroeder, George Michael
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. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Seifried, Charles William
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. Obituary from Cook funeral Chapel website.
Smith, Earl G.
May 28, 1939 - May 18, 2019
79-year-old Fairfield resident, Earl G. Smith passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Aperion Care in Fairfield, Illinois. Earl was born May 28, 1939 in Wayne County, Illinois. He was the son of Samuel Luther and Lucille (Stolz) Smith. Earl married Frieda Savage on July 25, 1964 in Fairfield and she preceded him in death on April 6, 2014. Earl retired from Airtex Products and was a lifelong farmer. Cremation is to take place and no formal services will be held. Inurnment of ashes will take place at a later date in Maple Hill Cemetery. Nale's Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of arrangements. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Smith, Martha Lucille
June 30, 1930 - May 2, 2019
88-year-old former Fairfield resident, Martha Lucille Smith passed away Thursday evening, May 2, 2019 at Sunrise of Naperville North Assisted Living Facility in Naperville, Illinois. Martha Lucille was born June 30, 1930 in Grayville, Illinois to Herman and Bernice (Xanders) McCurdy. She married Virgil Smith on November 7, 1958 in Fairfield and he preceded her in death on July 1, 1992. Martha Lucille was a homemaker and while living in Fairfield she worked at Airtex Products. She moved to the Chicago area in 1958. Survivors include four daughters, Debby (Bob) Cissell of Aurora, IL; Elizabeth Ann (Glenn) Sturgeon of Hanover Park, IL; Brenda (Tom) Ferris of Franklin Park, IL; and Lorri Walker of Anchorage, Alaska; Eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil and her parents. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 10th, at 11:00 am at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield with Father Charles Anyaoku of St. Edwards Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Obituary from Nale's Funeral Home website.
Taylor, Elfreda R.
March 03, 1934 - July 13, 2018
Elfreda R. Taylor, 84, formerly of Grayville, Illinois, died Friday, July 13, 2018, at Community Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born March 3, 1934, in Grayville, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Christman) Taylor. She was a homemaker and member of the First Christian Church in Grayville. Survivors include several nephews and nieces: Paul Collins, Joe Collins, Jim Dunlap, Brian Dunlap, Charlotte Rainwater, Joel Sampson, Sarah, Sherry and Susan. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harry, Frank and Charles Taylor; sisters Helen Sampson, Joanna Collins, Sue Ann Dunlap; and sister-in-law Jeanette Taylor. A graveside service will be at 11:00 am, Monday, July 16, 2018, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. There will be no prior visitation. Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of arrangements. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.
Vaughan, Michael A.
April 4, 1984 - July 28, 2019
Michael A. Vaughan, 35, of Eldorado, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Eldorado. Michael was born in Carmi on April 4, 1984 to Tracy and Brenda (Jones) Vaughan. He loved the outdoors and loved to go fishing, camping and hiking. He was a member of the Eldorado Fire Department Fire/Rescue serving for 7 1/2 years. He worked at RDF in Eldorado from 2004-2014 and was currently working as a machinist at Vibracoustic in Carmi. Michael was a caring individual with a big heart and would help anyone in need. Michael is survived by his parents Tracy and Brenda Vaughan of Eldorado, two brothers, Mitch (Ginger) Vaughan of Eldorado and Matt Vaughan and a nephew Kaden Vaughan and a niece Olivia Vaughan. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Ellery, IL. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Watson Funeral Home from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Memorials in his memory may be made to: Eldorado Fire Fighters Inc., The Angelina Foundation for animal welfare, or Bethel Cemetery, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent to the family at watsonfuneralhome.net Obituary from Watson Funeral Home website.
Warren, Anthony Dale (Tony)
February 2, 1955 - February 4, 2019
Anthony Dale "Tony" Warren, 64, of Carmi passed away at 5:10 a.m., Monday, February 4, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was born in Mt. Carmel, IL on February 2, 1955 the son of Eileen (Tupper) Warren. Tony married Debra Jean Graham on April 29, 1976. He was a molder at Trelleborg for 15 years. He enjoyed working on cars, riding motorcycles, hunting and fishing. Tony is survived by his wife of 42 years, Debbie; four son, Terry (Amanda) Warren, Anthony Dale (Ashley Back) Warren, II, James Adam (Jessica) Warren, Justin Allen Warren, all of Carmi; daughter, Cassey (Jimmy Hoover) Warren, of Carmi; two sisters, Connie Miller, of Maunie and Christine (John R.) Mick, of Crossville; eight grandchildren, Emily Bradfield, Hunter, Riley, Levi, Allie and Zoey Warren and Wyatt and Owen Hoover. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Eileen and Richard Bane and brother-in-law, Bill Harmon. Funeral services for Anthony Dale "Tony" Warren, 64, of Carmi, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Campbell Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi to assist the family with funeral expenses. Obituary from Campbell Funeral Home website.
Williams, Jessie P.
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. Obituary from Cook Funeral Chapel website.

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