Obituary – Theresia Elizabeth Seagraves – Benton

Theresia Elizabeth Seagraves, 108, of West City, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. at Helia HealthCare in Benton.

She was born in Benton, IL on November 11, 1905, the daughter of Isaac Newton and Sallie (Schrade) Simpson.

Mrs. Seagraves was a longtime member of Flatts Baptist Church.  She graduated from Benton High School in 1924.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  She received several blue ribbons in Town & Country Art Show.  She was a talented and gifted artist.  She was a loyal St. Louis Cardinals fan and will be greatly missed by her family.

Mrs. Seagraves is survived by three children, William H. Seagraves and wife Pat of Prospect Heights, Mary Lou Lewis, Benton and Molly Frasher, Metropolis.  She is also survived by grandchildren Vernon “Rick” Lewis and wife Tricia, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Cyndy Ellis and husband Larry of Waltonville, Terry Lewis, of Benton, Claudia Toler and husband Gary of Thompsonville, William Seagraves II and wife Lisa, of Prospect Heights, Rene Frasher, of Metropolis, Lisa Oldham, of Metropolis, Dan Frasher, of Metropolis, Brenda Schmidt and husband Tim, of Metropolis.  Also surviving is 12 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Seagraves was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, four sisters, son-in-law Vernon Lewis and grandson Frank Lewis.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 15 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating.  Burial will follow in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

For more information or to sign the memorial register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

Obituary – Betty Rhine – Benton

BENTON — On Saturday, August 9, 2014, the spirit and soul of Betty La Vonne Rhine said goodbye to this material world and went to be with her savior and loved ones. At the time of her passing she had reached the age of 80 years.

In the gallery of those who have kindled in our hearts the great flames of love and adoration are the ones who have, without thought for themselves and untiringly, given themselves in sacrifice and service for others. So it was in the life our loved one and friend.

She was born on a farm in Indiana on July 22, 1934. She was the daughter of the Rev. Deneen Taylor and Maxine Marshall. Her religious environment was of a marvelous background. The Taylor family performed at many revivals, singing conventions and radio shows.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Benton.

She was married to Donald L. Rhine Sr. They had three children including daughter, DeNece and husband, Scott Griffin of Orlando, Florida; son, Donald L. Rhine Jr., and wife, Laura Johnston of Benton; and daughter, Karen Kay and husband, Randy Seeker of San Martin, California. She leaves three grandchildren, Misha Dawn and husband, Renny Sibiglia of Long Beach, California, Taylor Itomura Seeker of San Martin, California, and Cheyenna Rose Rhine of Benton; and great-granddaughter, Dylin Sibiglia.

Betty later chose for her companion, Robert Marvin of Benton.

She leaves her heartbroken sister, Sue Peck of Paducah, Kentucky. Sue stayed beside Betty throughout all of her life and held her hand to comfort her during her illness. Betty leaves other loved ones, including Sue’s children, Kenneth V. Anderson and wife, Gina, Keith Anderson and wife, Kathy, and Kevin Anderson and wife, Kim; six nieces and nephews of Paducah; cousins Sarah Revis, Nancy Cockrum and Mary Ann Page, all of Benton; and other relatives in Indiana.

Betty’s father and mother preceded her in death.

In addition to the loved ones listed above, Betty leaves many relatives and friends who will miss her smile, her laughter, and the love in her eyes.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Shiloh Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating.  Those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery.  There will be no visitation.

Obituary – Andy W. Tasky – Benton

Andy W. “Paw” Tasky, 65, of Benton, passed away August 8, 2014 after a long and courageous battle.

He was born on March 25, 1949 in Benton, the son of Edmond and Betty (Mitchell) Tasky.

Andy is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Jeannette and by his children Shane (Tara) Tasky, Kathy (Bill) Simmons and Tammy Marino.  He is also survived by a sister, Brenda Schwartz; stepmother, Ramona Tasky; grandchildren Jeremy (Liz) Bandy, Anthony (Sarah) Marino, Danielle Bandy, Lacey Smothers, Hunter Tasky, Sayler Tasky and Bayley Tasky; great-grandchildren Hailey, Sierra, Preston, Taylor, Myah, Mason, Brendon and Dreyson; nieces Nicole Schwartz, Lindsay Schwartz and Tina Lampley.

Andy was a coal miner, retiring from Old Ben Mine No. 26.  He was an Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, by a brother, Edmund Gene Tasky and by many dear aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Daniel Ison and Donnie Smith officiating.  Burial with military rites conducted by the Benton American Legion Honor Guard will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be after 1 p.m. on Saturday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

UPDATED – Obituary- Patrick “Pat” Styve – Sesser

Patrick “Pat” Todd Styve, 51, of Sesser, IL, passed away July 29, 2014 in Sesser, IL.

He was born July 8, 1963 in Melrose Park, IL.

PatrickStyvePat was a 1981 graduate of Sesser-Valier High School, Sesser, IL and a 1985 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education.

Pat started his teaching career in Belleville, IL, where he taught elementary and middle school mathematics. After 15-years of teaching he changed careers, joining an insurance agency which took him to Palm Springs, CA, then back to Sesser, IL.

Pat was a loving father whose life centered on his son Jake and daughter Grace. He loved spending time with his brothers and was a loyal friend to many. He enjoyed spending time on the lake, traveling, music and golf.

Pat is survived by his children, Jake and Grace Styve of Sesser, IL; mother, Kay Styve (nee Witcher) of Sesser, IL; brothers, Robert Styve II, Sesser, IL; Michael Styve (Beth, Michael Jr, Kyle & Kaitlyn) of Overland Park, KS; Scott Styve (Kimberly & Dalton) of Cathedral City, CA; Brad Styve (Julie & Ava) of Thornton, CO; and numerous cousins, friends and acquaintances.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Robert Styve of Sesser, IL; brother, Donald Styve of Austin, TX; maternal grandparents, Woodroe and Ida Witcher (nee Warner) of Sesser, IL; paternal grandmother Bernice Styve (nee Butler) of Forest Park, IL;  uncles, Charles “Spike” Witcher of Sesser, IL; Dugan Styve of Franksville, WI;

Visitation will be on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, 102 W Callie, Sesser, IL, 62884. The funeral will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert with the Rev. Kirk Packer officiating..  Burial immediately following funeral services at Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jake and Grace Styve Education Fund online (http://www.gofundme.com/cbzinw) or at the funeral home.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Patrick T. Styve – Sesser

Patrick T. Styve, 51, of Sesser, died July 29, 2014 from injuries sustained in a car accident on State Highway 148 South.

Patrick Styve

Patrick Styve

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Kirk Packer officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to an education fund for Patrick’s children, Jake and Grace Styve, and will be accepted at the funeral home or by going to www.gofundme.com/cbzinw.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A complete obituary will be posted later.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

Obituary – Ted Denham – Ewing

EWING — Ted Denham, 79, passed away Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon.

ted denhamTed was born Feb. 21, 1935, in Frisco, the son of Orville and Vada (Cunningham) Denham.

He married Maxine (Fagan) on Feb. 5, 1956, in Corinth, Mississippi.

Mr. Denham was owner and operator of Denham Masonary from 1971 to 2012.

He was an avid gun enthusiast, and loved the outdoors. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. First and foremost he was a family man.

Mr. Denham is survived by his wife, Maxine Denham of Ewing; three daughters, Toni Metheney and husband, Kirbie of McLeansboro, Terri Ladage and husband, Duane, of Loami, and Tracy Fletcher of Gulf Shores, Alabama; five grandchildren, Laura Halstead and husband, Travis of Dwight, Lisa Offermann and husband, Ryan, of Bourbonnais, Cortne Fletcher of Benton, Sadie Fletcher of Benton, and Hunter Fletcher of Benton; four great-grandsons, Landon, Rylan, Blayze and Breckin; and brothers and sisters, Shirlene Capps and husband, Burton of Whittington, Diana Neal and husband, DeWayne of Ina, Jack Denham of Whittington, and John Denham of Whittington.

Mr. Denham was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, in Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Frisco. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Denham’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Verlean (McDonnough) Henson – Christopher

Verlean (McDonnough) Henson, 84, of Christopher, passed away July 19, 2014 at Pinckneyville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Pinckneyville, IL.

Verlean was born April 18. 1930 in Pinckneyville to Bob McDonnough and Effie (Davis) McDonnough.

She was a retired garment worker and a member of First Baptist Church in Christopher.

Verlean married Donald Henson on Jan. 13, 1968 and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2006.

She is survived by one brother Pete (Wilma) McDonnough, Pinckneyville, IL; one sister Deloris (Jim) Getzie, Pinckneyville; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Koenigstein, Florida and Phillis McDonnough, Tennessee.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL, with the Rev. Richard Lance officiating.  Visitation will be Monday, July 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Mueller Hill Cemetery, in Pinckneyville.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimers Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.  For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Alma “Betty” Elizabeth Riley – Christopher

Alma “Betty” Elizabeth Riley, 76, of Mascoutah and formerly of Christopher, passed away July 8, 2014 at Terrace on the Park in Mascoutah.

Betty was born August 31, 1937 in Royalton, IL, the daughter of George Alexander Hargraves and Della Elizabeth (Thomason) Hargraves.

Betty was married to William Ronny Riley, who was killed in a mining accident on May 1, 1979.

She worked as a seamstress and had worked at Bridal Originals and also sewed boat seats at Crownline.  She also did in home care for the elderly.Church.  Betty was a member of First Christian Church in Christopher.  Betty was an avid reader, enjoying biographies and true crime stories, and “The Scandal” sheets. She was a seamstress and enjoyed making her children’s clothing and also making wedding dresses. She was a talented doll maker, she enjoyed making crafts and created many pieces of art and costumes throughout the years. She also loved taking care of her cats.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Tayna Riley and Chuck Berry, of Freeburg, IL and Toni and Randy Rataczyk, of Coulterville, IL.  Also surviving are grandchildren Derek and Trin Davison, of St. Charles, MO, Thad Riley and Cyndi Hankler, of Pinckneyville, Ryan and Grace Fico, Mehlville, MO; great-grandchildren, Blaine, Jade and Lua Riley, Olivia Davison, Grayson Fico and yet to be born, Riley Fico.

Betty is also survived by one brother, James Hargraves and wife Marla, of Fairfield, IL and Judy Hargraves, of Royalton.

Surviving Sisters & Brothers; James Hargraves and wife Marla of Fairfield

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son William Ronnie who was stillborn in 1963, three sisters Linda Sue Hargraves, Ella Francis “Sodie” Jones, and Georgia Ann Moore and one brother Charles Hargraves.

Memorial Service will be on Saturday July 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher with Brother Dennis Jones, officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 12 noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser at a later date

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Perry County Humane Society

Gilbert Funeral Home Christopher IL is in charge of arrangements.

For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

Obituary – Nancy Ellen Bushong – Sesser

Nancy Ellen Bushong, 63, of Sesser, passed away on July 14, 2014 at Helia Healthcare in Carbondale, IL.

Nancy was born September 8, 1950, in Du Quoin, to Pete Mikulonis and Ella Mae (Robinson) Mikulonis.

Nancy was a registered nurse at Franklin Hospital.  She was a member of Hazel Dell Freewill Baptist Church, in Sesser.

Nancy married Jerry Bushong on May 12, 1974 and he preceded her in death on April 23, 1999.

She is survived by her children, Charles Gale and Wendi Bushong, of Buckner, IL and one granddaughter, Emily Crews.  Also surviving is one brother Joe Robinson, of Sesser and sisters Denise Lewis, of Thompsonville, IL and Jamie Mikulonis, of Sesser.  Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, with Pastor Eric Drake officiating.  Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made tot he American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Don Akin – Benton

BENTON — Don Akin, 100, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 13, 2014.

Don was born Nov. 19, 1913, near Akin, the son of Wallie and Lulu (Gaither) Akin. He and his family moved to Benton five years later when their home burned.

He married Viva Mae McAfoos on June 27, 1936. She preceded him in death in 2005, 20 days before their 69th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include his daughter, Ava Jackson of Indianapolis; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and James Page of Benton; grandsons, Aaron Jackson of Norfolk, Virginia, and Jared Jackson of Summerville, South Carolina; granddaughters, Chelsea (Page) and Dusty Crisp, and Courtney (Page) and Josh Chady, both of Benton; and six great-grandchildren.

Don graduated from Benton Township High School (later renamed Benton Consolidated High School) in 1932. He graduated from Bradley Polytechnic Institute in Peoria with specialities in watch and jewelry repair.

He opened Akin Jewelry Store in 1934 and retired in 1988 after 54 years of business in the same location. Drake’s Jewelry is in that location today.

A World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, Don was stationed in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged Dec. 14, 1945.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton and American Legion Post 280 since 1946. He was a past member of the Rotary Club, Benton Chamber of Commerce, Elks, VFW, Benton Country Club and Lake Wales Country Club.

Don enjoyed playing golf (achieving three holes-in-one), working in his yard, Sudoku puzzles and remaking old clocks.

On his return to Benton in 2012, he relished being with his friends and family and enoyed going out to eat and reuniting with people he knew. He always surprised people when they learned his age, since he looked, thought and acted like someone much younger.

According to his wishes, private services will be at a later date.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959-5058.

Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.