Ellen L. Morton – Benton, IL

Ellen L. Morton, 75, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday morning, August 18, 2016 at her home.

She was born in Benton on June 5, 1941, the daughter of Clarence Gilliam and Dora (Pinkham) Gilliam.

She married Richard Morton on July 8, 1961, and he survives.

Mrs. Morton was of the Baptist Faith.

She enjoyed bowling. She had worked at the Rosalie Shop, in West Frankfort for several year and had retired from Town & Country True-Value Hardware as head cashier after 15 plus years. Her granddaughter Darian was her world.

Mrs. Morton is survived by her husband Richard E. Morton, of Benton; one son Darin Morton and wife Gay, of Benton; granddaughter Darian Alexandrea Morton, of Benton; two step-grandsons Kert Williams and fiancee Shannon Browning, of West Frankfort and Colton Williams, of Benton; one sister, Glenda Downs, of Benton; two brothers Kenneth Gilliam and wife Rita, of Christopher and Richard Gilliam, of Benton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Daisy Morton and by a brother-in-law, Loyd Downs.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton, with Dr. Sammy Simmons, the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis and the Rev. Derek Downs officiating. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church.

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

Nancy Ann Butler – Benton, IL

Willa Jean Dorsey — Sesser, IL

Willa Jean Dorsey, 68, of Sesser, IL, passed away August 17, 2016 at Herrin Hospital.

willaShe was born December 21, 1947, the daughter of William “Bill” Murry and Martha “Jean” (Minor) Murry.

Willa married Larry Dorsey and he survives of Sesser.

She was a bus driver and was the manager at Sesser Foodland for many years until her retirement.

She is survived by her children Becky (Thomas) Bryant, of Sesser and Debby Edwards, of Sesser; grandchildren Tishann Dorsey, Amy Dorsey, Katy Dorsey, Zach Bryant, Allyson Bryant, Mathew Bryant, Jordan Edwards, Curtis Edwards and Madyson Edwards; brothers and sisters Terry (Mary) Murry, of Waltonville, IL, Larry (Vida) Murry, of Tuscola, IL, Janet (Mitch) LaCombe, of Parker, CO and Teresa (Michael) Bolten, of Buda, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry Dorsey, of Du Quoin, IL, Margie Mae (Ronnie) Lively, of Du Quoin and Bobby (Susan) Dorsey, of Palmyra, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Kenneth Dorsey.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church, in Sesser, with Brother Bryant Harris officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 5:30 until the time of the service at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmen Club. Envelopes will be available at the church and also at the funeral home.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Lewis Earl Hackleman – Benton, IL

Lewis Earl Hackleman, age 58 of Benton, passed away at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Franklin Hospital of Benton.

hackFuneral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Bro. Joe Zbinden officiating.  Burial with military rites by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Benton American Legion Post #280 and V.F.W. Post #2671 will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Lewis was born on October 10, 1957 in Berwyn, IL, the son of Lewis Eugene Hackleman and Peggy Lou (Grammer) Hackleman.  He married the former Alice Rose Ingram on September 22, 1985, and she survives.

Lewis was a retired Corrections Officer from the Marion Federal Penitentiary, where he had worked for 21 years.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Mr. Hackleman attended the Steel City Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grand babies. He enjoyed woodworking and his cars.

Lewis is survived by his wife Alice Rose Hackleman of Benton; a son Jeremy Scott Biggs of Carbondale; a daughter Emily Renee Salatas and husband Nick of Festus, MO; two grandchildren: Cayla Nicole Biggs of Cape Coral, FL, and Lainey Dawn Salatas of Festus, MO; two sisters: Cindy Lampley and husband Tike of Benton, and Mindy Szoke and husband Dr. David of Murphysboro, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his father and mother-in-law Odria and Patricia Ingram.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Steel City Baptist Church, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Ronald Kevin Atchison – Benton, IL

Ronald Kevin Atchison, 57, of Benton, IL, passed away August 13, 2016 at his home.

atchisonRonnie was born November 12, 1958 in Decatur, IL, the son of Kent Atchison and Judy (Williams) Atchison.

He married Cheryl (King) Atchison on March 11, 1995 and she survives of Benton.

Ronnie is survived by his children Jamie King, of Benton, Ronald Kevin (Dolores) Atchison, Jr., of Tulsa, OK, Tyler Wayne Atchison, of Benton, Kaysie Sanders, of Benton, Brandon (Melissa) Simmons, of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren Nicole Welch, Joshua King, Braxton King, Xander Atchison, Hope Atchison, Checotah ‘Coda” Atchison, Vance Sanders, Dominic Sanders, Serina Sanders, Marina Simmons, Ashley Thomas: one great grandchild Lillian Thomas; brothers and sisters, Janice Hicks of Benton, Brenda McGlasson of Benton, Robert (Jodi) Atchison of Sesser, IL, Teresa Jones of Tulsa, OK, Gena (Chelsey) Atchison of Mt Vernon, IL, Andrew (Kim) Atchison  of Benton; special friends Rick Redfearn of Tulsa, Ok, Sherry Atchison of Benton, and Max Burton of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ronnie was a corrections officer at Big Muddy Correctional Facility, in Ina.

He loved to fish and loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 5 p.m.

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

Walter Lee Tatum – Benton, IL

BENTON — Walter Lee Tatum, 66, passed away Thursday afternoon Aug. 11, 2016, at his home.

He was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Sarasota, Florida, the son of Cecil Henry and Waneza (Perkins) Tatum.

He married Judy LaPorte on Sept. 9, 1977, and she survives.

Mr. Tatum was an U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam. He spent 9 months out of a one year tour in the field and was a track driver. He was stationed in Bin Phouc with the 9th Infantry Division. After his tour in Vietnam was over he was stationed in Hawaii where he completed Ranger Training. He was an expert marksman and was invited to shoot in competition for the Army but instead chose to return to civilian life.

He worked on the original construction of Sea World.

Mr. Tatum was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Benton.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Tatum of Benton; sister, Marcella Brown of Benton; brother, George Flora and wife, Edye, of Cosby, Tennessee; son, Don Overturf and wife, Cheryl of Ninetysix, South Carolina; grandson, Joshua Overturf and wife, Andrea of Orange City, Florida; nephews and nieces, Donald Earl Tatum, Patricia Leona Wiggins, Kimberly Caylor, and Lance Flora and wife, Wendy; and special friend/brother, Vic Fedun.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Cecil Riley Tatum.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in Faith Baptist Church, with Pastor Steven Flach officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartbeat International Mission.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sudeep Nair, the yellow clinic at VA Medical Center and to Oza Cancer Center.

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

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

Brenda L. Szczeblewski – Mulkeytown, IL

Clifford Eugene Blair – Benton, IL

Clifford Eugene Blair, age 73 of Benton, died at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016 in the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. C.J. Easter officiating.  Burial will be in the Jackson Grove Cemetery east of Benton.  Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Mr. Blair was born on July 21, 1943 the son of Jim and Eleanor Blair.  He married the former Carol Ray Mobley on July 21, 1962 and she preceded him in death on May 11, 2014.

Clifford was a Brick Mason and a member of Laborers’ Local 773.

He enjoyed fishing, collecting antiques, and yard sales.

Mr. Blair is survived by his two sons: David Blair of Logan, Randy Blair of Benton; one grandson Kevin Biggs; a great-grandson; a sister Nancy Vandom of Benton; an ex-daughter-in-law Robin Blair of Herrin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters: Elsie and Susie; and five brothers: Mark, Bill, Gary, Jim and Ernie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Clifford Blair and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Margaret E. Carroll – Benton, IL

BENTON — Margaret E. Carroll, 94, passed away Monday morning Aug. 8, 2016, in Helia Health Care in Benton.

She was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Benton, the daughter of Charlie and Annie (Pearce) McGuire.

Margaret married William H. Luster and he died in 1969.

She married Walter Carroll on May 20, 1972, and he survives.

Margaret was of Christian faith.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Carroll of Benton; two sons, William C. Luster and wife, Carman of Plano, Texas, James R. Luster and wife, Carolyn, of Benton; four grandchildren, Richard Luster and wife, Gina of Indianapolis, Indiana, Sabrina Jarman and husband, Greg of Richardson, Texas, James M. Luster and wife, Joy, of Benton, and Scott Luster and wife, Tarah, of Cary; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and two brothers, Charles E. McGuire and James R. McGuire.

Graveside funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton, with Pastor Karl Barnfield officiating. There will be no visitation. Those attending the service are requested to meet at the cemetery.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Julia V. Weathers — Benton, IL

BENTON — Julia V. Weathers, 84, passed away at 7:26 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Stonebridge Senior Living Center in Benton.

Mrs. Weathers was born Feb. 28, 1932, to Roy and Lolita (Morgan) Vinyard in Des Plaines.

She retired after teaching art for 39 years in the Benton grade school system.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.

Julia is survived by her sons, Gene Timothy “Tim” Weathers and wife, Virginia, of Palmersville, Tennessee, and Scott M. “Stormy” Weathers of Fort Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jeanne Hitt.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 in First Baptist Church, at 201 S. Main St., in Benton, with Dave Severin officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.