Nancy Cockrum – Benton

Nancy Lynn Cockrum, 66, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 6:15 A.M. at her home surrounded by family and a special friend.

Nancy was born February 13, 1951 in Christopher, IL to George and Elouise Wilson.

Nancy attended Whittington Grade School and Benton Community High School where she graduated with the class of 1969.

In 1970, Nancy met the love of her life, Cliff Cockrum and began their racing life together traveling the United States. In 1974, upon the completion of Rend Lake, Nancy and Cliff would begin maintenance and care of the lake that would continue for the next 25 years.

Nancy was also a bookkeeper for the many businesses they owned and operated including Lewis Cards and Gifts, Cliff’s City Trash Service, Cockrum Bus Service, and Heritage Trailer Manufacturing. Later in life, Nancy served as a special election judge and Franklin County Public Administrator. Nancy’s life passion was following the racing lives of Cliff, Brian and Shane.

Nancy leaves behind to celebrate her life one son, City of Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum and wife Billie Jo, granddaughters, Macie and Kylie Cockrum, along with soon to be new arrival Kamie Cockrum. Two step-daughters, Diana Mullins and Jolene (Chris) Dixon. One step-son Dennis Cockrum. Grandchildren Kimberly (Nathan) DeSett, Hannah Cockrum, Travis Mullins, and Kristin Cockrum. Also eight great-grandchildren. Sister Sally Revis, two sister-in-laws, Cathy Wilson and Donna Cockrum, and several special nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a special friend, Glenda Pool.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Step-son Brian Cockrum, Brother Sheriff Bill Wilson, borther-in-laws-Robert and Jesse Cockrum, and one nephew Mike Wilson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cockrum will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 28th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Jewell Norman – Benton

Jewell Irene Norman, 98, of Benton IL, passed away at 11:41 p.m., on June 21, 2017, at Stonebridge Senior Living Center.

She was born on May 29, 1919, to Walter and Elizabeth (Maniger) Caraker in Union County, IL. On September 20, 1936, she married Vernie Norman.  Jewell and Vernie lived in Benton, IL.  Jewell was a loving mother and grandmother.  She was loved by many and was frequently referred to as Maw Maw Jewell from the children she previously cared for at her day care.  
 
Jewell is survived by two daughters, Susan (Randy) Haithcoat of Benton, IL. and Patty (David) Cunningham of Greenville, IL.; four sons, Tim (Melanie) Norman of Benton, IL., Jim Norman of Benton, IL., Mike (Nancy) Norman of Danville, IL., and Steve (Barbara) Norman of Gulf Shores, AL.; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. 
 
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Vernie Norman; her parents, Walter and Elizabeth Caraker; a granddaughter, Sara Cunningham; and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Norman. 
 
Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.
    
Funeral services will follow visitation at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Lloyd Whittaker officiating.
 
Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Stonebridge Senior Living Center or Celtic Hospice, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

 

Julia Williams-Sesser

Julia Williams, 69, of Sesser IL,  passed away on Thursday June 22, 2017 at her home.

She was born on September 25, 1947 in Greenville, KY, to Lee Roy and Stella (Evans) Kirtley.  She married Dan Williams and he preceded her in death on April 22, 2007.

She is survived by two daughters Amy Lynn and Andy Julian of Olney and Jody Williams of Sesser; two grandchildren Gracie Julian and Brooks Julian; three sisters Nancy and Bob Geppert of Highland, Sara and Bob Martin of St Louis, MO, and Martha and Joe Minniti of Lisle, IL; one brother David and Melissa Kirtley of St Louis, MO, also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister Mary Kirtley.

Funeral service will be on Sunday June 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Jesus Center in Sesser (First Christian Church) with Rev. Kirk Packer officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday June 24, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Southern Illinois Christian Service Camp in West Frankfort, IL or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website at www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Karol Jackson – Marion, formerly of Mukeytown

Karol Jackson, 73, of Marion formerly of Mulkeytown, passed away on Sunday June 18, 2017 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

She was born on April 19, 1944 in Long Island, NY to Walter and Francis (Skowronski) Gapsiewicz. She married Norman Jackson and he survives of Marion.

Survivors include her husband, children Dawn and Bruce Breeden of Carterville, Tricia Lopez of Mission, TX, Andrea and Bill Creek of Springfield; grandchildren Aurora Breeden, Cooper Breeden, Alejandro Lopez, Adrian Lopez, Ericka Creek, and Jordan Creek; one brother Wayne and Nancy Gapsiewicz of McAllen, TX.

She was a teacher at Zeigler-Royalton School for many years and was a member of the Mulkeytown Christian Church.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CASA and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Marlene Mary Ort – Sesser

Marlene Mary Ort, 80, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday June 15, 2017 at her home.

She was born on July 6, 1936 in Cincinnati, OH to Ralph and Martha (Yauch) Roether.

Survivors include her children Michael Ort of North Carolina, Pamela and Armondo Camarillo of Sesser, Terri Quillman of Mt Vernon, Rosemary and Terry Willis of Sesser, George and Maria Ort of Sesser, Cheryl Ort of Sesser, and Beverly and Michael Wefels of Benton; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; five brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son David Ort.

Visitation will be on Monday June 19, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Carter Paul Lingle – Benton

Carter Paul Lingle, age 16, of Benton, passed away at 6:37 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Franklin Hospital of Benton.

Carter Paul Lingle was born on October 3, 2000, the son of David Paul Lingle and Kimberly Ann (Kretzer) Lingle.

Carter was a Junior at BCHS. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing X-Box, doing yard work and orchard work with his Grandpa Lingle, helping other people, and also enjoyed taking care of the livestock with his Grandpa Kretzer.

He was a member of Resurrection Church in Benton, and also attended Rescue Free Will Baptist Church near Whittington.

Carter is survived by his loving parents David Paul Lingle and Kimberly Ann Lingle, of Benton; his loving brother Andrew David Lingle, his loving twin brother Casey Robert Lingle, his loving sister Emilee Grace-Marie Lingle, all of Benton; his grandparents: Paul and Catherine Lingle of Whittington, Patricia Johns of Sesser, Charles and Dawna Kretzer, of Long Lane, MO, and Barry Johns of Sesser; an uncle John Lingle and wife Sherry and their family of Sesser; two aunts: Susan Shelton and husband Ralph Edward and their family of Ewing, Jeniffer McDowell and husband Dennis and their family of Long Lane, MO.

He was preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal great-grandparents.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Revs. Bryant Harris and Charles Kretzer officiating. Burial will be in the Elder S.M. Williams Cemetery in Ewing. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with the funeral arrangements.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramona Anderson – Christopher

Ramona Anderson, 77, of Christopher, IL, passed away at 7:30 a.m., on  June 12, 2017, at the Franklin Hospital ER.  

She was born on April 12, 1940, to Valley and Alma (Smith) Davis in Benton, IL.She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Ramona was a loving wife, partner, homemaker, and grandmother. She enjoyed arranging flowers and was active with the youth and senior groups at church. Ramona was proud of her grandchildren, following them in sports, band, and other activities. She found great joy in helping others, and would put others before herself. Ramona had a large heart and lived love. 

Ramona is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Walter Bruce Anderson, two sons, David B. (Jackie Renee) Anderson of Thompsonville, IL, and Scott (Chris) Anderson of Rochester, IL;  three daughters, Sheryl L. (Mark) Hall of Benton, IL, Michele K. (Jeff) Stoffel of Benton, IL, Christina L. (Larry) Scott of Herrin, IL; four grandsons, David I. (Sarah)Anderson of Mulkeytown, IL, Daniel E. (Amanda) Anderson of Benton, IL, Brandon (Tabitha) Hall of Benton, IL, Justin West of Benton, IL; three granddaughters, Audra (Matt) Wolfe of DuQuoin, IL, Autumn Harris of West Frankfort, IL, Kendreona J. Buchanan of Herrin, IL; and seven great-grandchildren. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Valley and Alma Davis, and  brother, Junior Davis.

 Services are entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street, Benton, IL. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., with the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis and the Rev. Samuel Simmons officiating.

Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church  and will be accepted at the funeral home. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Sue (Petro) Mandrell

Linda Sue (Petro) Mandrell, 74, of Sesser passed away on Sunday June 11, 2017 at her home.

She was born on September 13, 1942 in Sesser to Harold and Josephine (Zwosky) Goessman.

She married John Petro Jr. on October 25, 1959 and he preceded her in death on April 18, 2004. She later married Gordon Mandrell on February 14, 2014 and he survives of Sesser.

Survivors include her children John Patrick and Stephanie Petro of Sesser, Kelly Dean and Cathy Petro of Sesser, Mark Allen and Gena Petro of Sesser, Patricia Jo and Bart Swisher of Sesser; grandchildren Amie and Brian Nitz, Joshua Petro, Jessica Petro and fiancée Trevor Joiner, Ryan and Adrea Petro, Paige and Alex Owens, Logan Petro, Danielle and Brett Crocker, Andrew Swisher; 6 great grandchildren  Brooklynn, Zoie, Brody, Collin, Emerysn, Libby; one brother Harold Dean and Margaret Goessman of Sesser; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Margie Petro of Woodbury, TN.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.  Visitation will be on Wednesday June 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  Private burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Celtic Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Marsha Stock – Benton

Marsha A. (Smith) Stock, 67, of Benton passed away Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017 at her home. She was born in Christopher, IL on July 9, 1949, the daughter of Edward & Tressa (Garavaglia) Smith.

Marsha married David M. Stock on November 24, 1973 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton.

She was a caring, loving person who held her family together. She was very active in St. Joseph Church. Marsha was proud of her work as a nurse anesthetist, and loved being with her co-workers. She enjoyed her retirement by spending time with her family. Especially her grandson Henry and her cocker spaniels.

Mrs. Stock is survived by her husband David M. Stock of Benton, her three children;   Erin Elizabeth Stock of Herrin,   Adam Todd Stock of Benton, and  Ryan Timothy Stock and wife Heather of Marion; and grandson, Henry Alexander.

Mrs. Stock was preceded in death by her Parents.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 9th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation begins at 9:00 A.M. Friday at the Church, Mass to follow.

The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign the online guest register please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Carl Andrews- Benton

Carl Andrews, age 83, of Benton, passed away at Herrin Hospital on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 

Carl, a Baptist by faith, was born in Benton on November 8, 1933, the son of the late Leo and Rose Andrews.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Jennifer Andrews of Eldorado; two grandsons and their wives, Aaron and Natalie Andrews of Haubstadt, In. and Jonny and Katie Andrews of Newburgh, In; two great-grandsons, Kayden Cole (Aaron & Natalie), Porter Thomas (Jonny & Katie) and one great-granddaughter Kylee Jo (Aaron & Natalie) and brother-in-law, Herbert Burrell of St. Louis and Sister-in-law, Dixie Andrews of Benton.

Carl spent 43 years managing the F.S. grain elevator in Benton, first for Franklin Grain & Supply and then in the later years for Twin County Service Company.  Besides his work at the elevator he, along with his brother Henry and son Dennis, had a small farming operation south of Benton.  After winding down the farming operation in 2002 he found a new passion in competitive shooting and could be found as often as possible at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex shooting trap, skeet or his favorite sporting clays.

He was preceded in death in addition to his parents by his wife Betty and brother Henry Andrews.

Visitation is from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home on Friday, June 9th with a memorial service conducted by Robert Jilek immediately following.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Southern Illinois Youth Sport Shooting Association (SIYSSA) C/O Larry Chinski, 2006 N Woods Place, Mt. Vernon, IL. 62864.  SIYSSA is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting Trapshooting and other shooting activities for the youth of Southern Illinois.

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