Obituary – Byford and Wastina Campbell – Ina

Byford and Wastina Campbell, of Ina, passed away Friday, Oct. 17 at their home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at the Ina Freewill Baptist Church with Brother Bad Ryan officiating.  Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church and also after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Mr. & Mrs. Campbell’s memory to the Ina Freewill Baptist Church.

The Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Mathel M. Delaval-Christopher

Mathel M. Delaval 87 of Christopher, passed away at 1:10 A.M. at her daughter Jan’s home in Benton, IL on Friday October 17, 2014.  She was surrounded by her children and their families, who were expressing their love for her through words from their hearts, hugs, and kisses.

ida momMrs. Delaval was born on October 24, 1926 in Royalton, IL to Ralph and Gertrude Gordon.  She is survived by her husband Leon Delaval Jr. of Christopher, IL.

She is also survived by nine children Beverly Smith (Carl), Gary “Buzz” Reed (Marilyn),                        Brenda Armstrong (William), James “Deedi” Reed (Ashley), Trudie Boldery all of Benton, IL, Ralph Reed (Michelle) of Buckner, IL, Cherylle Reed of Miami, FL, Janet “Jan” Buckmaster (Richard) of Pottsboro, TX, Ida Murry (Roger) of Sesser, IL.

She is survived by 20 grandchildren, 34 Great Grandchildren and a great grandchild due on March 13, 2015 and she will be named after her great grandmother, and 3 great great grandchildren.  Mathel has two surviving brothers Rex Gordon (Lucille) of Chicago, IL, and Norman Gordon (Shirley) of Sun City, AZ and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brother-in-laws Coleen Brady (Chester), Darlene Julian (David), a late husband William “Bevis” Reed, one infant grandson Howard Wayne Wilson Jr., and a great grandson Jeren William Crain.

Funeral Services will be held at the Gilbert Funeral Home of Christopher on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., officiatedby her son-in-law the Rev. William J. Armstrong.  Burial will be in the Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, IL.  Visitation will be on Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thankfulness to all those who had a part, for their prayers, deeds of kindness, health care, and compassion shown to them and their mother during her illness and after her passing.  The family would like to thanks the employees at the Herrin Hospital of Herrin, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis, Helia Healthcare in Benton, the 4th floor nursing staff at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Mt Vernon, Gilbert Funeral Home, Coello Fire Department, St Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospice who ministered health care and compassion to Mathel and her family.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Obituary – Helen L. Gulley – Benton

Helen L. Gulley, 90, of Benton, IL, passed away October 14, 2014 at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, in Benton.

Helen was born May 31, 1924 in Christopher, IL, to Benjamin Pharis and Agnes (Swain) Pharis.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Benton-West City Church of Christ.

She was married to Albert Gulley and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2014.

Helen is survived by a sister, Ruby Gage, of Wright City, MO.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one son, Alan Gulley and one brother, Raymond Pharis.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Steve Reeves officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 12 noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Hammond Cemetery, in Buckner, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Benton-West City Church of Christ and will be accepted at the funeral home

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – David L. “Monty” Rea – Whittington

David L. “Monty” Rea, 57, of Whittington, departed this earth to go to his Heavenly Home on Wednesday morning, October 15, 2014 at his home.

monty reaHe was born in Benton, IL on April 5, 1957, the son of David R. & Carole (Taylor) Rea.

He married Marsha (Whittington) on August 4, 1979 in Benton and she survives.

Monty was on the original group that organized the Ewing-Northern Fire Protection District and served as the only chief from 1992 until present.  He started coal mining in 1979, most recently working at Nighthawk Coal Co.  Monty was an 18-year member of the Ewing-Northern Grade School board and also served on the Ewing Township board from 1992 to the present.

He attended Whittington Church.

Monty loved to hunt, fish and farm but above all was his family, especially his three grandbabies, Bentley, Blakely and Sawyer, then his dedication to the fire department.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha, of Whittington, , two daughters, Whitney Winstead and husband Johnny, of Benton, and Haley Smith and husband Cory, of Benton and three grandchildren, Bentley Rea Smith, Blakely Pavin Smith and Sawyer Michael Winstead.

Also surviving are his parents, David and Carole Rea, of West City, a sister, Diana Ing, and husband Keith, of Benton, mother-in-law J. Irene Whittington, formerly of Whittington, grandmother, Edith Taylor, of Benton, brother-in-law Mike Whittington and wife Donna, of Marion and nieces and nephews Marci, Eric, Lindsay and Nathaniel.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Noel Whittington and by his grandparents, Verbal and Anna Belle Rea and Kenneth and Viola Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October, 18 at the Whittington Church with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. A fireman’s walk-through will be Friday at the church.  Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Rea’s memory to the Ewing-Northern Fire Protection District and will be accepted at Whittington Church or at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, Benton.

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

Obituary – Michelle Ward – Sesser

Michelle Ward, 47, of Sesser, passed away October 8, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

michelle wardMichelle was born June 2, 1967 in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Mickey Earl Riley, of Mt. Vernon and Carol (Brown) Beppler, of Sesser, who both survive.

She was married to Scott Ward, of Sesser.

Michelle worked as a dialysis nurse at DaVita Dialysis, in Brunswick, GA.

She is survived by her husband, Scott Ward, of Sesser; children Jered Benson, of Brunswick, GA and Abbie Leigh Ward, of Sesser, IL.  Other survivors include one brother, Brian Roehm, of Valier, and two sisters, Kimberly Grob, of Sesser, IL and Nanette Riley, of Benton, IL.  She was preceded in death by one sister and by her ‘Granny’ and ‘Pops.’

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, IL with Brother Mark Miller officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday October 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m.

Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser, IL.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL is in charge of arrangements.  For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

Obituary – Clarence Zettler – Sesser

Clarence Zettler, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at his home.

Clarence was born Nov. 13, 1930, in Tamaroa, to Louie and Annie (Moore) Zettler.He married Evelyn (Wyant) Zettler on Feb.15, 1951, in Sesser and she survives

Clarence was a retired coal miner and last worked at Old Ben 21 and was a member of UMWA.

He is survived by his children, Glenda Kish of Benton, Bill and Susan Zettler of Sesser, Brinda Wright of Stonefort; grandchildren, Charlie Wright of Dillion, South Carolina, Doug Wright of Marion, Brandi Dial of Harrisburg, Staci Kish of Granite City, Jami Jennings of Dix, Travis Kish of Benton, Lindsay Kish of Benton, Amanda Kinkade of Benton, Hillery Martin of Fort Irwin, California, and Carrie Coffey of Sesser; 18 great-grandchildren; and surviving sister, Sarah Jane Cash of Sesser.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Frank, Sam and Vallie Zettler.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Mark Miller officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Danny Marvel – Benton

Danny E. Marvel, 48, of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Benton, IL on December 2, 1965, the son of Roy and Shirley (Good) Marvel.

He was a butcher by trade.

Mr. Marvel is survived his son, Mike Davis and wife Kim , of Bonnie, IL and a daughter, Rebecca Marvel and fiance Dustin Price, of Royalton, IL.He is also survived by four grandchildren, Aubrie, Kyle, Paris and Shawn; one brother, Steve Marvel and two sisters, Penny and Nancy.  He was preceded in death by his parents, by a son, Daniel Marvel and by a sister, Julie.

Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on October 9, 2014 at the Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort, IL, with Pastor Brett Beasley officiating.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Wilbur Lee Wheatley – Royalton

Wilbur Lee Wheatley, 80, of Royalton, passed away Oct. 6, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

He was born Sept. 6, 1934 in Christopher, the  son of Marion Wheatley and Leorna (Stalcup) Wheatley.

Wilbur worked as a coal miner and was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, in Royalton.

He married Catherine (Parino) Wheatley on Jan. 26, 1953 and she survives in Royalton.

He is survived by his children, Debbie Corso, of Royalton, IL, Frank and Melinda Wheatley, of New Orleans, LA and Domnick Wheatley, of Scheller, IL.

Wilbur is also survived by grandchildren Tammy Corso, Tony Corso, Angela Corso, Jennifer Greene, Salina Hilliard, Brock Wheatley, Tory Wheatley and Monya Keown; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and a brother, Stanley Wheatley, of Du Quoin, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol Wheatley.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 am. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Royalton with Sister Laura Reynolds officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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

Obituary – Michael Smith – Thompsonville

Michael Smith, 66, of Thompsonville, passed away at his home Thursday morning Oct. 2, 2014.

He was born in Mt. Carmel, IL on May 9, 1048, the son of Raymond and Wilma (Allen) Smith.

He married Diane (Hutchcraft) on March 8, 1981 and she survives.

Mr. Smith was an Army veteran, serving in Germany.  He was a member of American Legion Post 1194 in Thompsonville.  He was the owner of Smitty’s Repair in Benton, then worked at home as a diesel mechanic.

He is survived by his wife Diane, of Thompsonville, children Michelle (Jang Yoong Tan), of Raleigh, NC, Jeffery (Carrie) Smith of Thompsonville, James (Linda) Kimball, of Monterey, CA and Steven (Julie) Smith of Clarksville, TN.  He is also survived by grandchildren Nicholas and Lily Tan, Landon, Lane and Lucas Smith, Kellie, Madison, Amanda and Kaytlin Kimball and Chayson, Alex and Wyatt Smith.

Also surviving are brothers and sisters, Robert Smith (Gloria), of Mt. Carmel, Marjory (Steve Thompson) of Mt. Carmel, Donald Smith, Mt. Carmel, Jennifer (Rob Huff), Mt. Carmel, John (Carmen) Smith, Mt. Carmel, Pat Smith, Layfaette, IN and Stuart Smith, Willow Hill, IL.  Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his paretns and by a brother-in-law, Roger Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Antioch United Methodist Church, east of West Frankfort, with the Rev. Susan Cox officiating.  Burial with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 1194 will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton and after 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Boy’s Town and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

 

Obituary – Phyllis June Reece – Christopher

Phyllis June Reece, 70, of Christopher, died Oct. 1, 2014 at her daughter’s home surrounded by friends and family.

phyllis reecePhyllis was born March 15, 1944 in Eldorado, to David Robert and Eathel Juanita (Biggerstaff) Roberts.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Whittington Church.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Julie and Allen Eubanks, Christopher, IL, John and Gisele Reece, Mulkeytown, IL, Jeffrey Reece, Carbondale, IL, Michael Reece, Mulkeytown, IL and Timothy Garrison, Carbondale, IL.

She is also survived by grandchildren Bradley Restivo, Andrew Reece, Amber Reece, Ender Reece, Zyler Reece and Inara Reece.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Randall Roberts.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Harrison Cemetery in Buckner with Brother Greg Shelton officiating.  There will be no visitation, friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Whittington Church.  Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.