Obituary – Herbert Ray Benedict – Sesser, IL

Herbert Ray Benedict, 82, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home, in Sesser, Illinois, on the morning of August 27, 2015.

herb benedictA funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral in Sesser, Illinois with the Rev. Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Interment at Paradise Cemetery will immediately following the service.

Herb was born to parents Samuel Clyde and Mamie Lemmon Benedict on August 12, 1933.

On November 17, 1950, he married the love of his life, Ceola Goforth, in Osceola, Arkansas. He then began a long career in the coal mines. In his spare time, he raised and enjoyed horses, shared his tremendous love with his children and grandchildren, and always offered a helping hand to anyone in need.

After 42 years in the coal industry, he retired from Amax Coal Company in 1993. After retirement, he and Ceola traveled the United States in their motor home. Then eventually spent every winter in Brownsville, Texas. However, he always came home in the spring to be with his family – for him, six months was long enough without them.

Herb is survived by his loving wife Ceola, two sons and a daughter; Rick Benedict and wife Sharon, Kenny Benedict and wife Rebecca, and Carolyn Davis and husband Wayne. Grandchildren; Ricky Benedict, Tim Benedict, Veronica Tripp, Joanna Miller, Emily Fitzpatrick, Chelsea Zettler, Chloe Benedict, Caleb Davis and their families including 14 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

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Obituary – Brenda Joyce Crnokrak – Coello, IL

COELLO — Brenda Joyce (Hodge) Crnokrak, 72, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at home.

She was a homemaker.

Brenda was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Christopher, the daughter of Fred and Marcella (Whittington) Hodge.

She married Danny Crnokrak on Aug. 1, 1987, and he survives of Coello.

Brenda is also survived by her stepchildren, Rhonda and Bruce Todd of Johnston City, Brent and Jill Crnokrak of Christopher, Kent and Sandy Crnokrak of Collinsville, and Bill and Jeanne Crnokrak of West Frankfort; eight step-grandchildren; five great-stepgrandchildren; and brother and sister, Gary Hodge of Streamwood, and Phyllis Grant of Joppa, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Brother Bert Mitchell officiating; burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home

For more information, visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Sandy Neal – Whittington, IL

Sandy Neal, 74, of Whittington, IL passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

She was born in Steel City, IL on April 14, 1941, the daughter of John A. Logan and Opal (McCarty) Crisp.

She married Melvin Neal on September 26, 1958 and he survives.

Sandy’s top priority in life was spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandson. Sandy worked for Wal-Mart for 18 years and retired from managing the snack bar there. She was a wonderful wife, mom and homemaker.

Sandy is survived by her husband Melvin Neal, of Whittington, two daughters Beth Roberts and husband Jeff, of Whittington and Sherry Richardson and husband Stephen, of Benton; three grandchildren Jason Richardson and wife Katie, of Thompsonville, IL, Brittany Richardson, of Memphis, TN and Ethan Roberts, of Peoria; one great-grandson, Brody Neal Richardson, of Christopher, IL, one brother, Donald Crisp, of Benton, two sisters, Martha Carlton, of Benton and June Gaskey, of Hammond, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by eight brothers and sisters, Clarence, Ray, John Robert, Wanda, Katherine, Roger, Keith and Joan.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Gary West officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery, in Whittington.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Mary Lou Arondelli – Christopher, IL

Mary Lou Arondelli, 83, of Christopher, IL passed away August 17, 2015 at Lavender Ridge, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Mary Lou was born September 25, 1931 in Christopher, the daughter of John Walker Proctor and Jennie (Short) Proctor.

She was a registered nurse and was a member of First Christian Church, in Christopher.

She married Robert “Bob” Arondelli on October 26, 1952 and he preceded her in death on January 8, 2010.

Mary Lou is survived by her children, Susan and Tob Raben, Christopher, Sandy Jones, Christopher and Bob and Christie Arondelli, of Mulkeytown, IL; grandchildren Ricky and Kim Rowland, Tara Sales, Erin and Erik Moss, Bobby and Jamie Arondelli, Amanda Arondelli, McKenzie Arondelli, Heather Vercellino, Brooke Vercellino, Tiff and Jake Morhet, Todd Jones and Eric and Lisa Jones. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher with the Rev. Dan Ison officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SSM Good Samaritan Hospice or to the First Christian Church in Christopher and will be accepted at the funeral home

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

 

Obituary – John S. Minier – Thompsonville, IL

THOMPSONVILLE — John S. Minier, 67, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Minier’s wishes were to be cremated. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

Leffler-Poulson Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Benton Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Obituary – Marty McChesney – West City, IL

Marty McChesney, age 70, of West City, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at the Brady Cemetery, Akin, with Bro. Joe Zbinden officiating. There will be no visitation. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery. Arrangements are through the Leffler-Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

Mrs. McChesney was born on July 15, 1945 in McLeansboro, Illinois, the daughter of Roy Daniel Smith and Emma (Callahan) Smith. She married Lyndell McChesney and he preceded her in death.

Marty worked as a dispatcher and secretary from 1979 – 2008 with the West City Police Department. She was an avid reader, and best known for reading entire books in one day. She enjoyed and was proud to have completed computer classes, having attended secretary school and receiving a degree in bookkeeping.

Mrs. McChesney was a member of the Steel City Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son Mark McIntosh of West City; a daughter Edie McChesney Pennell of Buckner; a granddaughter Tamara McIntosh of West City; a great-granddaughter Hailey McIntosh of West City; caretaker and special friend Beverly Miller of Benton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers: General Callahan and Charles Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance for School Supplies.

The family would like to say ‘Thank You’ to Hospice of Southern Illinois, for all of their care and compassion.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of Marty, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Obituary – Jerry L. Conner – Benton, IL

Jerry L. Conner, 70, of Benton, IL passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, IL.

Jerry was born in Whittington, IL on Oct. 9, 1944, the son of Elza and Christina (Mincheff) Conner.

He married Marilyn Baumgarte on May 17, 1969 at the First Baptist Church in Benton, and she survives.

Jerry was a member of Whittington Church and the Gun Creek Association. He sang for several years with the Psalmaneers. Jerry worked for Freeman Coal and Old Ben Coal companies. He had been a tax assessor for Ewing and Northern Townships in Franklin County. He worked for Stroudt Realty which later became Conner Realty.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilyn Conner, of Benton, daughter Natalee Poindexter and husband David, of Collierville, TN, son Jared Conner and wife Lisa, of St. Peters, MO; two grandchildren Thatcher Poindexter and Hayley Conner; three special nephews Chris Conner, Wade Williams and Brent Williams and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Richard Conner and John Conner.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Tuesdasy, August 18, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 noon at the funeral home. Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Clyde Carrol Treadwell – Mulkeytown, IL

Clyde Carrol Treadwell, 92, of Mulkeytown, IL passed away August 16, 2015 at his home.

He was born March 4, 1923 in Russellville, Arkansas, the son of Ernest Treadwell and Rebekah (Prince) Treadwell.

Clyde married lta (McConnaughay) Treadwell and she preceded in death on February 5, 1994.

He was a farmer and was also an Army veteran serving in World War II.

He is survived by his children, Caron and Terry Hall, of Mulkeytown, Fay and Jim Walborg, Sikeston, MO and Patty Brown, East Prairie, MO; grandchildren Terry and Randy Redding, Mulkeytown, Cindy Hall, Mulkeytown, Larry and Cindy Turley II, Ashland, TN, Samantha and Danny Cooper, Sikeston, MO, Randy, Kevin and Dawn Brown, Mulkeytown, Jason Michael and Nicole Brown, East Prairie, MO, Misty Treadwell, Christopher and Jessica Treadwell, Christopher.

Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Michael Wayne Treadwell, four brothers John Elbert Treadwell, Jess Norman Treadwell, James Delmar Treadwell, Alvie Joe Treadwell, and one sister Reba Thelma Wilburn

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 19. 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher. Visitation will be Tuesdasy, August 18, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be to the Disabled American Veterans Association and will be accepted at the funeral home

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

 

Obituary – Paula Jean Tate – Benton, IL

Paula Jean Tate, 64, of Benton, IL passed away at 1:40 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family and close friends.

At Paula’s request private graveside services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the ALS Foundation or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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

Obituary – Viva L. Hargis – O’Fallon, MO (formerly of Buckner)

BUCKNER — Viva L. Hargis, 101, of O’Fallon, Missouri, formerly of Buckner, passed away Wednesday Aug. 12, 2015.

Viva was born July 21, 1914, in Whittington to James and Delia (Gibbs) Lamastus.She was a member of the Buckner Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting with the ladies from church, and spending time with friends and family.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Karen Hargis of O’Fallon; three grandchildren Kathy Hamilton, Christy Meyer, and Roni Solimando (Jason); seven great-grandchildren Kyle Hamilton, Kristopher Hamilton, Nicholas Meyer, Reese Diesel, Ashton Diesel, Joey Solimando and Alyson Solimando; three great-great grandchildren William Hamilton, Colton Hamilton, and Benjamin Hamilton; and several nieces and nephews.

She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Brother Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.