Harvey R. Heard — Benton, Illinois

Harvey R. Heard, age 76 of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Franklin Hospital in Benton.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Pastor Zack Waldis officiating. There will be no public visitation. Family and friends should go directly to the cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Harvey Raymond Heard was born on December 29, 1939 in Macedonia, IL, the son of Leamon and Margurite (Barnfield) Heard.  He married the former Karen Lee Fitzpatrick on August 25, 1959, and she preceded him in death on July 26, 1996.

Harvey worked for 35 plus years with Arch Mineral Coal Company of Percy, IL.  He was a member of the U.M.W.A.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and horses.

Mr. Heard is survived by two sons: Michael Heard and wife Becky of Shiloh, IL, Mark Heard and wife Nancy of Valier, IL; four grandchildren: Cheri Thompson and husband Mike of O’Fallon, IL, Ryan Heard of Arlington Heights, VA, Billy Heard and Emily Heard both of Valier, IL; two brothers: Bryce Heard and wife Sue of Ina, IL, Terry Heard of Macedonia, IL; a sister Linda Lineberry and husband Chuck of Sparta, IL; several nieces and nephews.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; wife Karen Heard; and a granddaughter Jennifer Heard.

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

Betty Jane Hutchins – Sidney, IL

Betty Jane Hutchins, 87, of Sidney, IL passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in Champaign County, IL.

She was born in Sesser, IL on Sept. 2, 1929, the daughter of Carrol and Jessie (Cypher) Bays.

She married Edgar E. Hutchins on March 27, 1953 and he preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1999.

Mrs. Hutchins was a member of the First Christian Church in Lexington, Texas.

She is survived by three daughters, Jan Platte, of Westminster, CO, Pam Schoonover and husband Monty, of Sidney, IL and Martha Briggs and husband Joe, of Westfield, IL; six grandchildren; two grandchildren and nine grandchildren; a sister Donna Parkinson and husband Ray, of Mahomet, IL.

Mrs. Hutchins was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law Steve Platte and by two brothers Albert Bays and Denzil Bays.

Graveside services will be at 12 noon Monday October 24, 2016 at the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. There will be no visitation and those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Harriett Nadine Hefner – Dix, IL

Harriett Nadine Hefner, 88, of Dix, IL formerly of Bonnie, died on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

She was born in Whittington, IL on June 14, 1928, the daughter  of Phillip Newton Wilkerson, Sr. and Mary Frances (Sadler) Wilkerson.

She married James Hefner on January 11, 1946 and he preceded her in death on September 6, 1995.

Even though Nadine had very little formal education she managed to go back and obtain her GED and then to nursing school and graduate with honors. She worked as an LPN for many years at Good Samaritan Hospital. For many years she was a member of Palestine Baptist Church in “The Diggins’ near Benton, IL and later a member of Dahlgren Community Chapel.

Mrs. Hefner is survived by her son Jerome Hefner and wife Carolyn, of Texico; daughter Shirley Hawkins and husband Ronnie, of Mt. Vernon, IL; daughter-in-law Gayle Hefner, of Dahlgren; son Thomas Hefner and wife Cindy, of Bonnie; grandchildren Devon Simmons and husbnd Dave, of Woodlawn, James Ryan Hefner and wife Jenifer, of Kell, Charity Hawkins and fiance Kevin Baumann, of Mt. Vernon, Alexander Hawkins, of Mt. Venron, Gwendolyn Upton and husband Steve, of Mt. Vernon, Robin Hefner, of Texico, John Hefner, of Dahlgren, Paul Hefner and wife Dawn, of Wyoming, Triston Hawkins, of Mt. Vernon; great-grandchildren Kent Almaroad, of Salem and Brooklyn Upton, of Mt. Vernon; great-great grandchildren Wayden Hawkins and Malachi; one sister Carrie Mae Roberts, of Du Quoin.

Mrs. Hefner was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by a son Rev. James Hefner, two brothers Phillip Wilkerson, Jr and Ezra Wilkerson, four sisters Lois McLearin, Easter Laughland, Loretta Whitecotton and Patsy Robertson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Dean Severin and the Rev. Tony Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ray Richardson – Marietta, GA

Ray Richardson, 88, of Marietta, GA passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Kennestone Hospital, in Marietta, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2016 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with Pastor Larry Richardson and Pastor Rod Joplin officiating. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 pm.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bette Ronchetto Thomas – Christopher, IL

Bette Ronchetto Thomas, 93, of Christopher, IL passed away October 18, 2016 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born February 20, 1923 in Christopher, the daughter of Charles “Doc” Flatt and Nora (Braden) Flatt.

Bette married Michael Ronchetto and he preceded her in death, she later married David Thomas and he also preceded her in death.

Bette worked as a personal legal secretary. She was a member of Eastern Star and Christ’s View Christian Church, in Christopher.

She is survived by her children, Harry and Christine Thomas, of Buckner, IL and Valerie and Andy Wilson, of Christopher’ daughter-in-law Joan Thomas, of San Bernardino, CA. She is also survived by six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son David “DL” Thomas, three sisters Emma Hastings, Lucille McCarty, Nora Mae Furlow, and three brothers Charles Flatt, Alfred “Alfy” Flatt, and Robert “Bob” Flatt

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Ron Henwood officiating. Visitation will on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser, IL.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements. For more information visit

www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Eula K. Spain – Benton, IL

Eula K. Spain, 99, of Benton, passed away at 9:36 p.m., on October 17, 2016 at Helia Healthcare of Benton, IL.

spainShe was born on March 10, 1917 to William and Nellie (White) Kerley in Parrish, IL. Eula retired as a District Manager for Schnuck’s Bakery. On April 20, 1935 she married Ellis Spain and he preceded her in death on January 3, 1994.

She was a member of Order of The Eastern Star and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Eula is survived by her two granddaughters, Kelly Darnell and husband Scott of Thompsonville, IL, Vicki Minor and husband Jesse Sr., of Benton, IL; four great-grandsons, Lance Darnell and wife Emily of Thompsonville, IL, Ryan Darnell of Thompsonville, IL, Jeremy Minor of Benton, IL, Jesse Minor, Jr. of Carbondale, IL; brother-in-law, Joe Zid of Hot Springs Village, AR; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents, husband, Ellis Spain, a daughter, Nancy Kays, four brothers, Jewell Kerley, Ray Kerley, Eldon Kerley, Billy Kerley, five sister, Reathel Locklar, Rosalie Sadler, Jessie Pruess, Wanda Kerley, Ethel Mae Zid.

Arrangements under the direction of Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1 pm at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL, with Rev. Michael Kramer, officiating.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

Opal J. Burkett — Benton, Illinois

Opal J. Burkett, age 88 of Benton, passed away at 8:22 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Westside Rehabilitation and Care Center in West Frankfort.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Jonesboro Cemetery, Jonesboro, Illinois, with Opal’s son David Daisy officiating.  There will be no visitation, family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mrs. Burkett was born on June 18, 1928 in Jonesboro, IL, the daughter of Tom Lynn and Mary (Theiss) Lynn.

Opal formerly worked as a housekeeper at the Franklin Hospital, and previous to that she was a seamstress at the Joan Claire Dress Factory in Benton.

She is survived by her son David J. Daisy and wife Tonya of Jerome, IL; a grandson David Andrew Daisy of Jerome, IL;  a sister Dorothy Penrod of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Burkett was preceded in death by her parents; first husband David F. Daisy; second husband Kenneth Burkett; four brothers: Robert Lynn, Glenn Lynn, Ray Lynn and Paul Lynn; and a sister Viola Rendleman.

Memorial contributions may be made to her family to donate to the organization of their choice.

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

Sharon Rose (Holman) Burton — Benton, Illinois

Sharon Rose (Holman) Burton, age 70 of Benton, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at her home.

sharon-roseA Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Potter’s Way Church in Frisco, with David Holman officiating.  Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Sharon Rose Holman was born on December 19, 1945 in Pumpkin Hill, the daughter of Edgar and Fern (Fields) Holman.

Mrs. Holman was a CNA  She was a member of the First Assemblies of God Church in Benton, until it’s closure.

She enjoyed reading, playing Scrabble, and loved visits from her children and grandchildren.

Sharon is survived by her children: Beth Smith and husband Scott of Benton, Scott Bailey and wife Leigh Anne of Benton, T.J. Burton of Benton; thirteen grandchildren: Meredith John Osborne and wife Cindy of Ewing, Asia Rose Bailey of Benton, Zachary Paul Ragsdale and wife Kristin of West Frankfort, Dawson Smith of Benton, Samantha Haggerman and husband Robbie of Benton, Gracey Gowler and husband Derek of San Antonio, TX, Shiloh Mocaby and husband J.R. of Benton, Kaitlyn Aiken, Chase Aiken and Carter Aiken, all three of Akin, IL, Gaige Bailey, Matyi Kays and Ryder Bailey;  four great-grandchildren: Ethan Osborne, Lily Osborne, Masan Ragsdale, Silas Gowler; three sisters: Doris Douglas of Benton, Mary Cook and husband Gary of Ewing, Joyce Gilbert and husband Russell of Effingham, IL; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Tommy Hood Burton; a son Jason Paul Bailey (Aug. 5, 2016); two brothers: Russell Holman and Stanley Holman; and a sister Louise Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to the K.J. Rocks Memorial Scholarship Fund and will be accepted at the services.

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

Michael Eaton – Benton, IL

 

Benton, Illinois– Michael Dean Eaton, age 31 of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Herrin Hospital.

eatonFuneral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.  Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, East of Thompsonville.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. Wednesday until the funeral hour at 1 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Michael Dean Eaton was born on August 17, 1985 in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of Steven Eaton and Kathryn Ann (Underwood) Eaton.

Michael worked for the West City McDonalds Restaurant.

Survivors include his father Steven Eaton of Kennett, MO; four children Travis Eaton of Franklin County, IL, Steven, Kevin and Hailey Eaton all three of Kennett, MO; grandmother Joyce Atchison of Benton; step-grandmother Sandy Underwood of Hardin, KY; a brother Adam Mac Eaton and wife Samantha of Kennett, MO; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother Kathryn Ann Eaton (Oct. 30, 2015); a daughter Trinity Eaton, maternal grandfather James Underwood; maternal step-grandfather Bert Atchison; paternal grandparents Thomas and Martha Eaton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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

James Paul Odom – Benton, IL

James Paul Odom, 88, of Benton, passed away at 10 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016, at  Helia Healthcare of Benton, IL, just a few days shy of his 89th birthday.

odomHe was born on October 21, 1927, to Paul and Julia (Beaty) Odom in Benton, IL.  James farmed all his life and taught his children the value of hard work.  On July 24, 1948, he married Loretta Neal. They were happily married for 68 years.

 He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton where he was the head usher for several years.  James was a member of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, and the director of the organization for 25 years and a trustee on the Browning Township board. He loved helping his children and grandchildren. James enjoyed spending time with his family.

James is survived by his loving spouse, Loretta Odom; one daughter, Karen Hodges and husband Bill of Denver, CO; one son, Brad Odom and wife Cyndy of Benton, IL; three granddaughters, Molly Koester and husband Brandon of Benton, IL, Emily Munoz and husband Victor of Ewing, IL, Julia Hodges of Denver, CO; one grandson, Benji Odom and wife Bryann of Ewing, IL; six great-grandchildren and one sister, Irene Odom Whittington of Whittington, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Julia Odom, a grandson, Josh Odom, a granddaughter, Jennifer Hodges, a great-grandson, Deegan Odom and a brother, Everett Odom.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

 Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home with the Reverend Mark Minor officiating. Burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

A special thanks is extended to all the caregivers who helped take care of James.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Benton IL, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.