Sherry Ann Slayton – Addieville

Sherry Ann Slayton, 74, of Addieville, passed away on  November 16, 2017, at her residence.

She was born on October 2, 1943, to Robert A. and Mary (Scruchfield) Hutchens in Benton, IL.  On July 30, 1962, she married John Henry Slayton.

Sherry was a  loving wife, mother and especially enjoyed being a grandmother.

She is survived by her loving spouse of 55 years, John Henry Slayton: three children, Lori A. Baum of Murphysboro, IL, Robert Scott Slayton and wife Pam of Beckemeyer, IL and Mary E. Johnson and husband Adrian of Belleville, IL; six grandchildren, Joshua Baum, Heather Baum, Kaitlyn O’Quinn and husband John, Cole Johnson and wife Veronica, Jack Johnson and Emma Johnson;  four great grandchildren, MyKayla Baum, Macie Baum, Tenley Baum and Michelena O’Quinn.

She was preceded in death by Mother, Mary R Hutchens.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St, Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017, 10:30 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton.  Burial will follow services at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Memorials contributions can be made to Second Chance Rescue, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Perry Lee Conner -West Frankfort

Perry Lee Conner, 59, of West Frankfort, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Westside Rehab Care in West Frankfort, IL.

He was born on May 17, 1958, to Lonnie D. and Geraldine (Bandy) Conner in Shreveport, LA.  Perry previously worked as a Coal Miner.

Perry enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles.

He is survived by his loving parents, Lonnie D. and Geraldine Conner; two brothers, Terry Conner and Lonnie H. Conner; one sister, Susie Mayberry; and a daughter, Nicky Conner.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.
Services will be private.

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Valerie Ann Wilson-Christopher

Valerie Ann Wilson, 67, of Christopher passed away on Thursday November 16, 2017 at her home.

She was born on November 9, 1950 in Streator, IL to Michael and Betty (Flatt) Ronchetto. She married Andrew “Andy” Wilson on September 1, 1973 and he survives of Christopher.

Other survivors include her son Brandt (Amy) Wilson of Christopher; grandchildren Lindsey Wilson and Bryce Wilson; one brother Harry Thomas of Buckner; sister-in-law Mary Beth Dalby of Benton; brother-in-law Randy Wilson of Buckner.

She was a Home Economics teacher at Benton High School. She was also a member of the Christ’s View Christian Church in Christopher.

She was preceded in death by her father Michael Ronchetto, mother Betty Ronchetto Thomas, step-father David Thomas, and one brother David “DL” Thomas.

Funeral services will be on Monday November 20, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Ron Henwood officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday November 19, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Christ’s View Christian Church in Christopher and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Larry Bullock-Royalton

Larry Bullock, 74, of Royalton passed away on Monday November 13, 2017 at 5:55 PM at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born November 27, 1942 in Zeigler to Orlan and Violet (Morgan) Bullock.  He married Dorothy (McCoy) on August 5, 1961 and she survives of Royalton.

Other survivors include his children Larry D. (Karin) Bullock of Florida, Deborah Bullock of Coello, Richard “Rick” (Maria) Bullock of Royalton, and Michael Bullock of Christopher; 10 grandchildren Rachel, Zachary, Nathan, Jeffery, Richard, Matthew, John, Brittni, Emily, and Kaley; several great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was a carpenter and was a member of the Liberty Church in DuQuoin.

He was also an Air Force Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Richard Bullock.

Funeral services will be on Saturday November 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Liberty Church in DuQuoin, IL.  Visitation will be on Saturday November 18, 2017 from 9:0 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the Church.  Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.  Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to our website

Georgia Olson – Sesser

Georgia Olson, 88, of Sesser, IL, passed away on Friday November 10, 2017 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born March 7, 1929 in Cairo, IL to James Orville Sowders and Helen (Berry) Stewart.  She married Junior Olson and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children Edgar (Shirley) Bledsoe of Sesser, Helen Seigart of Sesser, James (Jo) Bledsoe of Thebes, and Claudia (Patrick) Grubbs of Christopher; one sister Barbara (Donald) Atchison of Sesser; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Florence Haynes, and three brothers Zollie Stewart, Bill Stewart, and Kenneth Stewart.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday November 14, 2017 at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating.  Visitation will be on Tuesday November 14, 2017 from 11:00 AM until the service time at 1:00 PM.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. 

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Annalea Odum Gilbreath – Benton

Our dear Momma Annalea Odum Gilbreath passed on to heaven Friday, November 10, 2017.

She was born July 8, 1924, to Ray and Maudie (Hill) Odum.  She was married to Dwight Gilbreath on May 4, 1940, and he proceeded her in death on November 29, 1999.

Surviving she leaves behind her brother, Carroll Odum; two children, Dwight E. Gilbreath and wife Rhonda, and Marilyn Mitchell and dear friend Paul; six grandchildren, Shawn Gilbreath, Darlina C. Milda, Christine Milda, Brian Lambert and wife Judy, Robert Lambert, Sarah Willingham and husband Travis; five great-grandchildren, Seth Russell, Michelle Annalea Mercado, Jennifer Hester and husband Austin, Joshua Lambert, Hunter Willingham; a great-great grandchild, Serenity; a special sister-in-law, Doris Gilbreath; a son-in-law, Jim Lambert; and also several nephews and nieces which she cherished.

Annalea is proceeded in death by her parents, Ray and Maudie Odum; husband, Dwight Gilbreath; a daughter, Carolyn Lambert; a son-in-law, Bill Mitchell; a grandchild, Deanna Heal; two brothers, Claude L. Odum, Sr.and Edward Odum; two nephew, Walter Odum and Claud L.”Hoss” Odum, Jr.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to her friend Shirley Katz, her lady friends at Stonebridge Care Center, the staff at Stonebridge Care Center and many extended family members.

Annalea will be missed by one and all!

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:30 a.m, at Pate Funeral Home with burial to follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Benton Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and the Activity Fund at the StoneBridge Care Center, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefhcom.

Frank Hammonds – Christopher

Frank Hammonds, 80, of Christopher passed away on Thursday November 9, 2017 at his home.

He was born on December 2, 1936 in Franklin County to Lloyd and Norine (Klingel) Hammonds.  He married Rosalie (Tate) Hammonds on October 22, 1960 and she survives of Christopher.

Survivors include his wife, one daughter Cathy Hammonds; one grandson Jason Hammonds of Christopher; one sister Barbara Blackston of Georgia; and one brother Paul Hammonds of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters Ethel Zicker and Doris Livesay.

Graveside services will be on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Hammonds Cemetery in Buckner with Brother Frank Caruso officiating.

Mildred Lawrence – Mulkeytown

Mildred L. (Brown) Lawrence, 98, of Mulkeytown passed away on Wednesday November 8, 2017 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

She was born April 5, 1919 in Mulkeytown to Ernest and Permelia (Short) Brown. She married Sam A. Lawrence on April 28, 1937 and he preceded her in death on October 7, 1999.

She is survived by her son Larry (Dottie) Lawrence of Marion; five grandchildren Sharon (Phil) Brown, Jeff (Patrice) Lawrence, Scott (Sandy) Lawrence, Troy (Cari) Lawrence, and Kent (Joanna) Lawrence; and 12 great grandchildren.

She was a Homemaker and a member of the Christ of Christ at Minor.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sam, her parents, two sons infant Roger Leon Lawrence, Bill Lawrence and daughter-in-law Pat Lawrence, four sisters Pearl Brown, Blanche Goff, Betty Little Hale, Virginia White, two brothers Everett Brown and Louie Brown.

Family will gather for graveside services and burial at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Minister Don Wright officiating.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrrangements.

Allexander James (AJ) Wohlgemuth

Allexander James (AJ) Wohlgemuth, 11 months, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Cardinal Glennon Hospital of St. Louis.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.  A balloon release will be held immediately following the service.  Burial will be at a future date in the Horse Prairie Cemetery of Sesser.

Allexander James (AJ) was born October 7, 2016 in Marion, IL, to Rochelle Wohlgemuth.

He lit up a room with his smile and he loved everyone. His family said he had several nicknames such as, Turnip, then he was known as our little monkey, and monkey man.  The family now calls him their Guardian Angel.  His laughter was infectious.  When AJ laughed, everyone in the room would laugh with him. He was innocent and loving.

Allexander James (AJ) is survived by his mother Rochelle; his grandparents Phyllis and Wes Yates of Benton; a brother Scott Woolard; a sister Maddison Pitchers; father-figure Sean Pitchers; uncle Jack and aunt Shannon Richards; cousins: Cheryl Rabacchi, Mackenzie Parshudie, Jackilynn and Jordan Richards.

He was preceded in death by: uncle Scott Wohlgemuth; aunt Patricia L. (Richards) Parshudie; and a cousin Timothy Marchiorello that lit his way to Heaven by only hours.

Memorial contributions may be made in care of Leffler Funeral Home, until a decision is made to which children’s foundation the monies will be donated.

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Kathleen Lowery – Benton

Mrs. Kathleen (Collins) Lowery passed away peacefully on November 3, 2017 at Helia Healthcare Center in Benton at the age of 86.

Mrs. Lowery was born in Benton on December 12, 1930, the daughter of Clyde and Ethel Collins, who owned and operated several local restaurants in Benton. She attended Benton Township High School, where she was Homecoming Queen and named Miss Benton. She married Warren Mitchell in 1948, and was widowed in 1951 as a result of the Orient No. 2 Mine Disaster.

In 1953, she married Clarence “Red” Lowery and together they shared over 61 years of marriage together. Mrs. Lowery was part of the first graduating class of Rend Lake College in Ina, and she then attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s studies.

For nearly two decades, Mrs. Lowery was an educator at Benton Consolidated High School, where she taught English, reading, and literature. During her time, Mrs. Lowery was known as dedicated, caring and fun teacher who took interest in each student she met. Whether it was teaching one of the literature classics or participating in homecoming skits, she was always enthusiastic and a good sport. She helped many students succeed in school and earn their diploma, despite their background, economic struggles, or situation in life that may have prevented them. She found personal success in her student’s achievements and stayed connected with many throughout her life.

Mrs. Lowery was an active member of the Benton community. She was a member of the Illinois Education Association, and previously served on the executive board of the Franklin County Retired Teachers Association, making yearly trips to the state capitol to meet with legislators and advocate for issues for retired educators. She was also a past president of the American Association of University Women in Benton.

As a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, she served as a deacon and member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Lucy Helm Mission Circle, where she volunteered her time in service of others, whether it was delivering meals to those who were homebound, gathering supplies for families in need, or teaching Sunday school.

Together with her husband, Mrs. Lowery traveled all over the world, including to her favorite places of Spain, Mexico, the Bahamas and making frequent trips to Florida to visit her children and grandchildren. She was a gifted artist, whose paintings and drawings now hang in her family’s homes, and a talented writer, known for writing witty poems for faculty retirements and special occasions.

She also enjoyed boating on Rend Lake, tending to her garden and flowers, and caring for the many pets and animals that resided at her home over the past 40 years, including her most beloved dog, Rusty.

Above all else, Mrs. Lowery took pride in her family and loved spending time with them, along with her many friends. She will be remembered as someone who brought warmth, generosity, and kindness to all those around her.

She is survived by her children; Lynn Alligood and husband Bob, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Cindy Lowery of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Robert Lowery and wife Lisa, of Benton, grandchildren; Kathleen Wubker and husband Brian, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Olivia Lowery of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, Christopher Lowery of Springfield, Clarence Wade Lowery of Jacksonville, Florida, Ryan Lowery of Benton, and Mackenzie Lowery of Neptune Beach, Florida, great-grandchildren; Lillian Kathleen Warpinski, Sophia Wubker, Bennett Wubker, Oliver Reichel, and Christian Reichel, nephew; Bill Lowery of Benton, sister; Kay Cheek of Pinckneyville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; sister; Ramona Hill, and son; Clarence Clyde “C.C.” Lowery.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Benton, with Rev. Alan Newman and Rev. Jim Jenkel officiating. Burial will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery near Akin.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benton/West City Ministerial Alliance or the American Humane Society, and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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