Obituary – Patsy Canada – West City

WEST CITY – Patsy Canada, 74, passed away at 12:06 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 31, 1938, in Parrish, the daughter of Mildred Crawford. She married Jack Canada on June 24, 1954, in Marion, and he survives.

Mrs. Canada was a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She also was an excellent cook, and according to her son-in-law, Scott, she fixed the world’s greatest baked beans. She was “Mimi” to several children.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Canada of West City; four children, Debbie Canada, Keith Canada and David Canada, all of West City, and Sue McClearin and husband, Scott, of Benton; two grandchildren, Jamie Gray and husband, T.J., of West City and Russell Gulley of Benton; great-grandson, Chase, who was her pride and joy; and sister, Doris Stewart and husband, Arnold, of Beecher.

She was preceded in death by her mother; and granddaughter, Amanda Gulley.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor John Neace officiating. Burial will be in Masonic-Odd Fellow Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made in Mrs. Canada’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice .

Obituary – Belva Madelyn (Stoffel) Vercellino

Belva Madelyn (Stoffel) Vercellino passed away at her home in O’Fallon, Illinois on Wednesday July 24, 2013.  Madelyn was born on August 4, 1927 to Rothel and Belva (Uhls) Stoffel, the youngest of six children.  The Stoffel home was located in the Rend City Area.

vercShe attended Mt. Pleasant Grade School and Graduated from Valier High School with the class of 1945.  After graduation, she enrolled in Missouri Baptist School of nursing where she became a Registered Nurse.

She married Joseph Vercellino in Shreveport, LA, on November 25, 1948.  A son was born to this union, but died at birth.

Surviving are two brothers, Rothel Eugene Stoffel of O’Fallon, IL and James Calvin Stoffel of Benton, IL, and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death in addition to her husband, son, and parents, were a brother William Howard Stoffel of Nashville, IL and two sisters Evadine Stoffel of Colorado Springs, Co and E. Lorene Stoffel of O’Fallon, IL.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday July 27, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with the Brother Mark Miller officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday July 26, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois 305 South Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220-2159.

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Obituary – George Brazitis – Christopher

CHRISTOPHER – George Brazitis, 58, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Franklin Hospital in Benton.

George was retired from the city of Christopher Street Department.

He was born Jan. 9, 1955, in Chicago, to George Brazitis Sr. and Sophie (Zalesky) Christenson of Christopher.

George is survived by his children, Christopher Brazitis of Marana, Ariz., and Carrie Jakusz-Amhenst of Junction Wis.; grandchildren, Elicia Benowski and McKenna Benowski; and brothers, Carey Brazitis of Lake Charles, La.

He was preceded in death by his father.

George wishes were to be cremated with no public services.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary – Tina Louise Cockrum – Christopher

Tina Louise Cockrum, 48, of Christopher, passed away July 11, 2013 at her home.

She worked as a CNA and sold Avon and was a member of the Sesser Church of God.

Tina was born March 31, 1965 to Noble Lee Cockrum and Ellen (Graves) Cockrum.  She was preceded in death by her father and her mother survives.

Also surviving is a sister, Connie and John Halliday, Carterville, IL, and two nieces Kelli and Makenzie Halliday and several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Tina is also survived by her dog Mickey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.  Visitation will be on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser, IL.

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

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Obituary – Roy D. Barnhart – Buckner

BUCKNER – Roy D. Barnhart, 62, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in St. Louis University Hospital.

Roy was a truck driver by occupation and served in the U.S. Marines.

He was born Aug. 18, 1950 to James Joseph Barnhart and Marion (Coan) Coleman. His parents preceded him in death.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Otis Coleman.

He was married to Sue (Butterfield) Barnhart and she survives of Buckner.

Other survivors include children, Justin Barnhart of Buckner, Tammy Miller of Buckner, Eric Barnhart of Oglesby, Jody Barnhart of Ina, and Roy Dale Barnhart Jr. of Buckner; 11 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, James Barnhart of Valier, Tony Barnhart of Pittsburg, Tina Claahan of LaSalle, Kelly Coleman of Valier, Shawn Coleman of LaSalle, Holly McLaughlin of LaSalle, and Sherry Hill Pheonix, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daniel Barnhart.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Valier First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Frank Senter officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

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Obituary – James “Gib” Phillips – Benton

James “Gib” Phillips, 81, of Benton passed away Wednesday morning July 10, 2013 in Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the First Christian Church in Benton with the Rev. Bill A. Carter officiating.  Burial with military rites will be conducted by Benton American Legion and VFW posts and National Guard Honor Team at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Saturday at the First Christian Church in Benton.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Phillips’ memory may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fun or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary – Paul L. Barnfield – Whittington

WHITTINGTON – Paul L. Barnfield, 70, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Benton, the son of Elzie and Marie (Hamilton) Barnfield. He married the former Barbara G. Winemiller on Aug. 24, 1968, in Benton, and she survives.

Mr. Barnfield was a member of American Quarter Horse Association, and he showed and trained horses.

He was a sales trainer and entrepreneur.

Mr. Barnfield served in the Army National Guard from June 11, 1960, to April 17, 1964, and then in the Army Reserve, where he was discharged June 19, 1968, and qualified as a sharpshooter.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Barnfield of Whittington; daughter, Amy and husband, Rich Miller, of Glen Carbon; son, Timothy Barnfield of Marion, five grandchildren, Justin, Abigail, Connor, Tyler and Alicia, two sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy and husband, the Rev. Paul Brown, and Francis Melvin, all of West Frankfort, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David; and two sisters, Ruthie and Shirley.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 8, in Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Brother Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial with military rites, conducted by Benton American Legion and VFW posts and an Illinois National Guard Honor Team, will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Monday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Obituary – Dorothy Elvera Jones – Sesser

SESSER – Dorothy Elvera Jones, 90, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Nature Trail Healthcare in Mount Vernon.

She worked as a dress factory inspector in Du Quoin and was a member of First Baptist Church in Sesser.

Dorothy was born Aug. 25, 1922, in Washington County, to Christan and Virginia (Watson) Nehrkorn.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Ronnie Jones of Sesser.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Roger Jones on Oct. 29, 2012; daughter-in-law, Virginia Jones; and sister, Ester Jane Nehrkorn.

Funeral ervices will be Saturday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Mark Miller officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery Sesser. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary – Joyce Spencer – Whittington

Joyce Lynn Spencer, 76, of Whittington, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 at her home.

She was born in Whittington on Sept. 25, 1936 to Raymond and Vaneta (Winemiller) House.

She married James Spencer on Nov. 27, 1952.  They were married for 60 years.

Mrs. Spencer was a former hairdresser and worked at H & R Block before retiring.

She is survived by her husband, James Spencer, of Whittington, three daughters, Brenda (David) Garvin, Carla (Bennie) Allsopp and Penny (Dale) Brookins, all of Whittington and two sisters, JoAnn Johnston, of Mt. Vernon and Jane Spencer, of Whittington.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Adam (Shelly) Allsopp and Mathew Allsopp, both of Whittington, Ryan (Dawn) Garvin, of Benton, Kentucky, Mallory (Alex) Gibbs, of Benton, and Chelsea Brookins, of Whittington.  Additional survivors include four great-grandchildren, Presley, Holden and Keira Allsopp and Kinlee Garvin.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2 at Shiloh Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating.  There will be no visitation, those attending are requested to meet at the cemetery.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Obituary – Eco Christine Edmonds – Mulkeytown

MULKEYTOWN – Eco Christine Edmonds, 26, passed away Friday morning, June 28, 2013, in Franklin Hospital Benton.

Eco was born March 18, 1987, in Carbondale, to Bryan and Mary (Wade) Edmonds.

Eco graduated from Christopher High School in 2005 and studied at Rend Lake College.  She was employed at American Legion Post 280 in Benton. She will be remembered by family and friends for her bubbly personality that would instantly put a smile on your face.

Eco is survived by a daughter, 7-year-old Julienne Christine Laurent; parents, Mary and Wade Chaplin of Benton and Bryan Edmonds of Mulkeytown; grandparents, Peggy and Dennis Caldwell, Bob and Kim Edmonds and Mary Rogers; great-grandparents, Abe Chestnut and Donald Wade; twin sisters, Whitley and Amber Ticer; brother, Kodiak Frye; uncles, Rob Edmonds and Marty Wade and wife, Tabitha; aunt, Missy Wade; and several other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Annis Chestnut, Ruth and Robert Edmonds and Ida and Charles Jelly.

Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with Brother Cody Christianson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an educational fund for Eco’s daughter, Julienne Christine Laurent and will be accepted at the funeral home.