Obituary – Anita Vern Lampley – Benton

Anita Vern Lampley, 85, of Benton, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in Elmo, Missouri on Feb. 8, 1928, the daughter of Zolas Olen and Thekla (Mushbach) Smith.

Mrs. Lampley was retired after for years at Severin Nursing Home in Benton.

She attended North Benton Baptist Church and Fires of Revival Church.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Lampley and wife Judy, of Benton, and Larry Lampley and wife Shelly, of Whittington.

Also surviving is one grandson, Clint Lampley, High Point, North Carolina and one brother, William W. “Walter” Smith and wife Maxine of Cahokia.  Mr.s Lampley was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 20 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Dean Severin officiating.  Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Obituary – Thomas Lee Williams – Valier

Thomas Lee Williams, 82, of Valier, IL passed away August 12, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, IL.

He was born on Dec. 20, 1930 in Griffin, IN, the son of  Clifford B. Williams and Emerene (Rainey) Remter.  Thomas attended high school at Rights High School in Evanville, IN.

On Nov. 21, 1953 Thomas married Geneva Pearl (Isom) Williams and she survives.

Thomas was an accomplished bricklayer and stone mason since 1949, and he helped build SIU, Rend Lake College, Carbondale Post Office, Times Square Mall, and many area schools.

He was a member of Valier First Baptist Church and served on the Valier Village Board for many years.  He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge, American Legion and Scottish Rights.

He is survived by his children, Debbi and Gary Reed, Rockvale, CO; Michael and Ginny Williams, Sesser, IL; Lori and Denny Baggett, O’Fallon, IL and John and Crystal Williams of Valier.  Also surviving are grandchildren Michelle and Curtis Rogers, Chad and Tonika Schuster, Manda and Bill Palmer, Mikala Williams, Hannah Williams, Logan Baggett, Gabe Saul, Gracie Saul, Thomas Williams and Matt Williams; great-grandchildren Cole Rogers, Kennedy Rogers, Camden Rogers, Kassedy Rogers, Madalyn Pearl Schuster, Lyndsie Palmer, Garrett Palmer, Tanner Palmer

He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters, Billy Dean Williams, Lincoln, NE; Janet (Hart) James, Evansville, IN; Bonnie Provaznik, Valier, IL; Charlene Hampton, Christopher, IL; Steve Williams, Du Quoin, IL; Connie Cutler, Christopher, IL; Theresa Evans, Mt. Vernon, IL and Ricky Jo Williams, Herrin, IL.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Jerry Ray Cavins and two sisters, Anna Rose George and Snooki Bowers.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. at Valier First Baptist Church.  Visitation will be at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Valier First Baptist Church.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary – Aileen Spann – Sesser

Aileen Spann, 90, passed away at 9:12 p.m. on Sunday August 11, 2013 in Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Aileen Spann Picture0001She was born July 27, 1923 to Walter and Nina (Curry) Gilliam in Franklin County, IL.

She married Carl Spann on November 15, 1945 and he preceded her in death on September 18, 2005.

Aileen was a secretary for the Sesser Water Department for many years.

Survivors include her children Jerry and Judy Jones of Sesser, Il and Carleen and Jim Roberts of Sesser, Il, six grandchildren, Jerry Deon Jones of Sesser, IL, Jana and George Thompson of Sesser, IL, Jon and Shari Jones of Sesser, IL, Jamie Jones of Sesser, IL, Julie and Joe Wilson of Flat Rock, MI, Craig and Tara Roberts of Smyrna, TN, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers Arthur Gilliam and Roy Eugene Gilliam.

Aileen was a member of the Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser, IL.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser, IL with Brother Larry Cook and Brother Joe Wilson officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday August 13, 2013 at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser, Il and will be accepted at the funeral home.

 

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Obituary – Wanda Lee Crowder – Mt. Vernon

Wanda Lee Crowder, 85, of Mt. Vernon, died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Stone Bridge Senior Living Center in Benton.

She was born in Whittington on March, 14, 1928, the daughter of William C. and Iva (McCann) Baxter.

She married Victor James “Vic” Crowder on June 24, 1950, and he preceded her in death on March 24, 2012.

Mrs. Crowder was a member of Rescue Freewill Baptist Church in Whittington.

She was a receptionist for several years at a local lumber company.

Mrs. Crowder is survived by two sisters, Venita Kern, Whittington and Barbara Lemons and husband Harold, of Mt. Vernon.  Other survivors include a niece, Loma Baxter, of Whittington; a great niece, Traci Kelley and husband Marty, of Whittington; great-great nephews Daylon, Jace and Lane Kelley and several cousins.

Mrs. Crowder was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Charles W. Baxter and a nephew, Charles M. Baxter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 14 at Rescue Free Will Baptist Church in Whittington with Brother Bryant Harriss officiating.  Burial will be in Williams Chapel Cemetery in Ewing.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, and after 10 a.m. until the funeral hour on Wednesday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Crowder’s name may be made to Rescue Free Will Baptist Church.

Obituary – Karen Sue Gesell – Mt. Vernon

Karen Sue Gesell, 72, of Mt. Vernon, IL, passed away at 9:30 a. m. Saturday, August 10, 2013 at her home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe was born April 16, 1941 to Ray Hill and Wilma (Rethorn) Hill. She married Kenneth G. Gesell in 1959 and he preceded her in death on September 15, 1996.  They had two sons and a daughter.

Karen is survived by her three children, Brad Gesell and wife Susan, Mark Gesell and wife Janet, and Brenda Gesell, all of Benton.  She was blessed with four grandchildren, Ginnie Sloan Gesell, Samantha Gesell, Justin Gesell and Harrison Taylor and two great-grandsons, Sylas Greyson Foster and Kace Oren Mefford.  Additionally, she is survived by two sisters, Francie Smith and husband Paul, Louisville, IL, Connie Pegues, Peoria, IL, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father Ray, and mother Wilma.

Karen graduated from Rend Lake College in 1984 with her Registered Nursing degree.  She spent her nursing career at and retired from Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.  She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  Karen loved music and sang in the Homecoming Gospel Choir and the Harmony Roses Chorus in Mt. Vernon, which is the local chapter of the Sweet Adelines International.  She loved attending church and spending time with her family and friends.  She also had a special love for animals, especially dogs, with her most recent babies being two feisty Rat Terriers, Sofie and Sadie.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p. m. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Benton with Eastern Star rites at 7:00 p. m.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter, 107 East Perkins, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, in memory of Karen Gesell.

Visit www.hobbsjohnson.com to sign the memorial guestbook.

Obituary – Ruth E. Allen – Benton

Ruth E. Allen, 80, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at her home.

She was born in Benton, IL on May 29, 1933, the daughter of Cecil and Evah (Summers) Allen.

She was retired from human relations with the State of Illinois.

Ms. Allen is survived by a brother, Howard Allen, of Benton and a niece, Karen Sarver and nephew, Evan Allen.  She is also survived by friends and caregivers Lisa and Joelle Keener, both of Benton.  Also surviving is her best friend since childhood, Francis Dahm, of Tennessee.  She was preceded in death by her parents, by a sister, Dorothy and by three brothers, Lorron, Lloyd and Richard.

At Ruth’s request graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Jackson Grove Cemetery, east of Benton, with Brother Jim Saunders officiating.  There will be no visitation and those attending the service are requested to meet at the cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s name may be made to the Benton Food Pantry.

Obituary – Mauris D. Kern – Thompsonville

THOMPSONVILLE — Mauris D. Kern, 94, passed away Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Franklin Hospital in Benton.

He was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Ewing in Hamilton County to Alvie Earl and Grace (Fullerton) Kern. He married Pearline (Crawford) Kern on June 28, 1941, in Herrin, and she preceded him in death.

Mr. Kern is survived by one daughter, Martha Sutherlin of Greencastle, Ind.; two sons, Dennis (Mary) Kern of Whittington and Delbert (Carol) Kern of Thompsonville; grandchildren, Tim (Debbie) Sutherlin and Tom (Tina) Sutherlin, both of Greencastle, Ind., Eric (Misty) Kern of Ewing, Chad (Judy) Kern of Ennis, Texas, and Travis (Ashley) Kern of Thompsonville; 14 great-grandchildren, Erin, Emily, Katie, Kristen, Scott, Sean and Summer Sutherlin, Kalin and Elizabeth Kern, Triston and Payton Estep, Nate Kern and Trevor and Owen Kern; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilma and Eugene Upchurch and Dorothy and Claude Simmons; brother and sister-in-law, Hershel and Jane Kern; grandson, Shane Sutherlin; and son-in-law, Morris Sutherlin.

Mr. Kern graduated from Benton High School. He was a lifelong farmer and lover of John Deere tractors.

He attended Palestine Baptist Church most all of his life. He taught Sunday school classes, was church treasurer and deacon for more than 50 years.

Mr. Kern served on Corinth Water District Board. He loved his Lord and his family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Morton &Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Larry House and the Rev. Jeff Pulliam officiating. Burial will be in Masonic-Odd Fellow Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the funeral home.

Obituary – Mae Cavinder Miller – Valier

Mae Cavinder Miller, 99, died August 5, 2013 at 2:38 am, at her home in Valier surrounded the final week of her life by her family.

Mae was born to Edgar Lilliard and Carrie Ruth (Burkhart) Cavinder February 3, 1914 in Valier, IL. She was married to John Learned Miller May 27, 1933. He preceded her in death on October 8, 1983.

Mae is survived by a daughter Jo Ann (Miller) Girten of Valier, IL., daughter-in-law Vicki (Winchester) Miller of Key Stone, South Dakota.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Donald K. & Lyndy Girten of Benton, IL., Kelly (Girten) & Jerry Bate of Valier, IL., Cord & Lisa Girten of Valier, IL., Drake & Tabitha Miller of Benton, IL., Clay & Janice Miller of Carterville, IL., and Brandi (Miller) & Dan Tackett of Rapid City, South Dakota. A nephew she helped raise, Rennie & Karen Clark of Christopher, IL.

Surviving great-grandchidren are Chase Girten of Sesser,IL., Niki (Girten) Loyd of Scheller, IL., Ryan & Krystal Girten of Valier, IL., Kirsten (Johnson) & Ryan Goodisky of Belle Rive, IL., Codey & Jackie Girten of New York City, NY., Kaci Girten of Valier, IL., Trevor & Cady Girten of Wellington, Fla., Blaine, Makennah, & Madeleine Miller of Benton, IL., Zachary Miller of Carterville, IL., & Nash Tackett of Rapid City, South Dakota. Step great-grand children Jerry & Sandra Bate of Zeigler, IL., & Branon “Buck” Bate of Zeigler.

Surviving great-great-grandchildren are Kelsey Bate of Valier, IL., Addison & Sumer Harmon & Ben Loyd of Scheller, IL., Alyssa Girten of Christopher, IL., Step great-great grandchildren Dylon Kelly of Sesser, IL., Cody, Mikayla, Landen, Bella, Riley, & Brody Bate of Zeigler.

Mae graduated from Valier Community High School 1933, was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church since 1935, Eastern Star in Valier and Sesser, and Mates & Dates Square Dance Club in Mt. Vernon, IL. She was a homemaker and worked in Miller Electric with her husband Johnnie.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceeded in death by her son John Keith “Skip” Miller, sisters Dorothy Jacoby and Blanche Clark, brothers Earl and Harl Eugene Cavinder & special friend Estil Forth.

Services wil be at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser on Wednesday August 7, 2013. Visition will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with services following with Rev. Zach Waldis officiating. Internment will be at Maple Hill Cemetary Sesser.

Memorials may be made to Valier United Methodist Church or SSM Hospice of Illinois 2 Good Samaritan Way, Suite 325, Mt Vernon, IL. 62864.  Any memorials will be accepted at the funeral home.

Obituary – Roscoe Ernest “Ernie” Payne – Thompsonville

Roscoe Ernest “Ernie” Payne, 90, of Thompsonville, passed away Friday, August 2, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Galen Dalton, minister, officiating.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Payne’s name may be made to the Franklin County 4-H.

Obituary – Christena Summers – Benton

Christena Summers, 98, of Benton passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Burton Wills officiating.  Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.