Obituary – James J. Mandrell – Sesser

SESSER – James J. Mandrell, 75, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at home.

James was born Dec. 24, 1937, to Millard and Dorothy (Connor) Mandrell.

He married Lida (Shaw) Mandrell on Dec. 24, 1955, in Sterling.  James was a steelworker.

He is survived by children, James Nelson Mandrell of Mount Vernon, Steven Lee Mandrell of North Carolina, Alma Louise Mandrell of West Frankfort and Angel Marie Todd of Sesser.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Alysha, Hunter, Zachary, Ryan, Jennifer and Stacey; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Homer Mandrell of Deer Grove and Bob Mandrell of Atlanta; and three sisters also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Jo Ellen and two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 3, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Bryant Harris officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

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

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – James Leon Wilson – Sesser

James Leon Wilson, 74, died Friday, May 31, 2013, in Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Mr. Wilson was born April 8, 1939, in Jefferson County, to James Herbert and Clara Ileta (Harrison) Wilson.

He married Mary Fay (Kiselewski) Wilson on June 10, 1961.  He was a coal miner.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his children, Veronica and Ed Sample of St. Charles, Mo., Joe and Lori Wilson of Kirksey, Ky., Sheila Maher of Sesser, Aleta Combs of Sesser and Robert Wilson of Scheller; grandchildren, Katie (Jarred) Griffin, Patrick Sample, Abby Haskins, Jessica Jenkins, Ashley Ambeau, David Jenkins, Dara Wilson, Kris Cole, Vincent Ambeau, Greg Jenkins, Emily Haskins, Tristin Cole, Macy Wilson, Zane Wilson, Thomas Combs, Rebecca Combs, Catherine Combs and Kolton Wilson; and great-grandchild, Axton Lowery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday June 4, at 10:30 a.mm. in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Father Peter Balili officiating. Interment will be in Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltoville. Visitation will be on Monday, June 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Research or to the American Lung Association and will be accepted at the funeral home

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Harl Gene “Heavy Dog” Harmon

EWING – Harl Gene “Heavy Dog” Harmon, 71, formerly of Sesser, died May 23, 2013, in Select Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

Gene was a retired coal miner. He worked at Old Benn 21 for 33 years. He also was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was born March 24, 1942, in Christopher to Aaron and Ruth (Mezo) Harmon. He was married to Geneva (Alexander) Harmon.

Survivors include children, Marty Harmon of Sesser, Alisa and Scott Square of Naples, Fla., Dana and Allen Byrns of Sesser and Jeffery Harmon, also of Sesser; grandchildren, Todd Harmon, Nathan and Natasha Harmon, Cassidy Harmon, Tanner Square, Hunter Square, Danae and Jarrett Kelly, Addison Harmon and Sumer Harmon; great-grandchildren, Haden Harmon and Mayson Harmon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Muriel Owens and Dorothy Mae Harbison.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Gene will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

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

For more information, go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Michele Renee’ Grubaugh

Michele Renee’ Grubaugh, 38, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Memphis University Hospital in Tennessee.

She was born Sept. 9, 1974, in Joliet, to Thomas and Bea (Easley) Freeman of Sesser.

Surviving are her sisters and brothers November Freeman of Sesser, Thomas John Freeman of Sesser, Gary Willis of Tonica, IL, Robin Martin of Dowell and Toshya Willis of Sesser.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to family to help with funeral expenses.

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Alva Edward Odle – Benton

Alva Edward Odle, 77, of Benton, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

He was born in Benton, IL on July 18, 1935.

Mr. Odle worked for years as a body man and also worked in mine construction and appliance resale.

He was a member and former officer in the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Mr. Odle is survived by five children, Denny Odle, of Benton, Mike Odle and wife Wendy, of Macedonia, Robert Odle and wife Deborah, of Benton, Bryan Odle, of Illinois and Wendy Odle Garrett, of Olney.

He is also survived by a stepdaughter, Peggy Lynn Tucker Martin, of Olney; his companion Kathy Shelton; of Benton; his best friend Fred West, of Benton; one brother James “Crow” Odle, of Benton.  Also surviving are grandchildren Miki Lampley, Amanda Odle, Amy Odle, Jamy Odle, Debbra Odle, Shane Fitzpatrick, Sierra Odle, Dylan Odle, Rhonda Odle, Crystal Odle, Dominique Dontez Odle, Nikeisha Rachell Odle and Jim Dale Rathbun, Jr., 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Odle was preceded in death by his father, Charles “Chick” Odle and by his mother Mary Rusher and by a sister, Louise Conner Wallace.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton.  Visitation will be after 12 noon on Saturday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family.

Obituary – Randall R. Roberts – Benton

Randall R. Roberts, 74, of Benton, passed away Sunday morning, May 19, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born in Benton, IL on Sept. 13, 1938, the son of Roy and Edith (Carpenter) Roberts.

He married Rose Mary (Bettress) on August 3, 1973, and she preceded him in death on September 3, 2010.

Mr. Roberts was an Army veteran and was a member of the South Benton Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Roberts is survived by three sons, Charles W. Roberts and wife Kathy, of Winter Haven, FL, Randy Roberts and fiancee Carrie, of Marion and Joshua Roberts and wife Keshia, of Benton.  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Elijah, Logan, Matt, Mark and John and one granddaughter on the way, Kaitlyn.

Also surviving are two brothers, Darrell Roberts and wife Malinda, of Benton and John Roberts and wife Darlene, of Benton; two special nieces, Jane Stowers, of Benton and Lucille Elko, of Benton.

Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife Rose Mary Roberts and by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at the South Benton Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Robert Ray officiating.  Burial with military rites will be in the Williams Chapel Cemetery in Ewing.  Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

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

Obituary – Barbara J. Lampley – Benton

Barbara J. Lampley, 72, of Benton, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013 at her home.

She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Feb. 5, 1941, the daughter of Chester and Mary Elsie (Trasky) Kanoza.

She married Herbert L. Lampley on Dec. 22, 1961 in Newhall, CA and he survives.

Mrs. Lampley was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton.  She was retired from Benton School District and Wal-Mart.

Mrs. Lampley is survived by her husband Hubert L. Lampley, of Benton; one son, Matthew C. Lampley and wife Rosanna of Decatur; grandsons Matthew T. Lampley, serving in the National Guard, Seve Lampley, of Decatur and Salvador Lampley, of Decatur.

Also surviving is three sisters, Pat, Linda and Jane and two brothers James and Jeffrey.  She was preceded in death by her parents and by a son, Brian Wesley Lampley.

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton with Father Joseph Trapp officiating.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows in Benton.  Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.  There will be a prayer service Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Obituary – Brittany Marie (Wallace) Andrews

Bonnie, IL – Brittany Marie (Wallace) Andrews , 23, of Bonnie; went to Heaven at 11:20 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Franklin Hospital in Benton.

andrewsFuneral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton with Rev. Mike Kniffen officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton. Per Brittany’s wishes, she will be cremated.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the family to offset expenses.

To sign the online memorial guestbook visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Obituary – Jackie N. Williams – Benton

Jackie N. Williams, 79, of Benton, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

He was born in Benton, IL on Dec. 29, 1933, the son of Ezra and Lorene (Hutchcraft) Williams.

He married Bertha Ann (Middleton) in 1952 and she preceded him in death in 1987.

Mr. Williams enjoyed meeting friends at the Plaza Restaurant and taking long car rides.  He enjoyed horses and watching television.

Mr. Williams is survived by his children, Cindy Brant and husband Bill, of Benton,  Brenda Jones and husband Kenneth, of Benton, Gene Williams and wife Patti, of Benton and Kathy Watkins and husband Bruce, of Benton.  He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Also surviving is he partner of 21 years, Merna Wilkerson, of Benton, one brother, the Rev. Billy Williams and wife Betty, of Dunnville, KY, on sister, Mary Lou Betzler and husband Norman, of Indianapolis, IN, and a special cousin, Sid Williams and wife Linda, of Benton.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, Jackie Allen Williams and Michael Williams and by a brother, Ronnie Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Billy Williams officiating.  Burial will be in the Liberty-Ridlin Cemetery in Macedonia.  Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Helia Healthcare for the excellent care they gave to Mr. Williams.

OBITUARY – Gip Piland – Christopher

Gip Piland, 71, of Christopher, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Piland was born on March 30, 1942, in Evansville, Ind., to James Henry Piland and Agnes C. (Gemlich) Piland.

He was a truck driver and member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Christopher and he also served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

He is survived by his children, April Jean Piland of Colorado, Tina and Mike Yeaman of Idaho, Mike Pasak of Montana, John Pasak of Montana; a grandchild, James Avery Piland; brothers, Joseph A. Moore of Missouri, Larry Piland of Tennessee, Wilma and Dale Cambell of Indiana; two very close friends, Brenda Bailey and Sara Guill; and many other friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; and one brother, Henry C. Piland.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Christopher, with Pastor Alan Newman officiating. Interment will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Gilbert Funeral Home of Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.