Obituary – John Robert Mocaby – Logan

John Robert Mocaby, 81, of Logan, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

He was born in Parrish, IL, on January 11, 1933, the son of Irvin and Mary (Spain) Mocaby.

He married Ida Louetta (Melvin) on September 30, 1951 and she survives.

Mr. Mocaby loved to fish.  He was a great husband, father and grandpa.  Mr. Mocaby was retired from S & W Motors in Mt. Vernon.

He is survived by his wife Ida Louetta Mocaby, of Logan, four children, John Mocaby, Jr. and wife Mary, Janet Brannan, Joy Smith and husband Tom and Robin Mocaby, all of Logan.

Mr. Mocaby is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, by a daughter, Lynette Camden, a granddaughter Jamie Bragg and by three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Dean Severin officiating.  Burial will be in the Logan Church of God Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Obituary – Marjorie Conn Allen – Benton

BENTON — Marjorie Conn Allen, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in First Christian Church in West Frankfort. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in West Frankfort or to the Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry & Clothing.

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

Obituary – Freda Joy – Ina

Freda Joy, 90, of Ina passed away at 1:40 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor.

She was born in Buzzard Roost, Elk Prairie Township, Jefferson County, IL, on June 14, 1923, the daughter of Perry and Lillie (Rigg) Williams.  She married Allen “Short” Joy on Feb. 17, 1940 in St. Charles, MO and he preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 2001.

Mrs. Joy was a member of the Ina Free Will Baptist Church and she loved her church family very much.

Mrs. Joy worked at the Shoe Factory in Mt. Vernon and was a cook at Ina Grade School for several years.  She and her husband Short also ran the restaurant in Ina for many years.

Mrs. Joy is survived by her four children, Brenda Fowler and husband Curtis, of Ina, Ronald Joy and wife JoAnn, of Ina, Rhonda Newell and husband Eddie, of Bonnie and Randy Clyde Joy, of Ina.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, Joy Schroeder and husband Marc, Wayne Fowler, Todd Fowler and wife Laurie, Barry Joy, Beth Ann Joy, Jason Newell and wife Stacy, Jennifer Schrimpf and husband Matt, Randy Alan Joy, Natashia Cruz and husband Rene; 22 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law Betty Isaacs, of Mt. Vernon and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Joy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 7 brothers, Burt, Pearl, Elva, Curtis, Kenneth, Olen and Max and by one sister, Mary Reynolds.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Brother Jason Newell and Brother Brad Ryan officiating.  Burial will be in Kirk Cemetery in Ina.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina.  For those who wish, memorials can be made to the Kirk Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

Obituary – Janice A. (Kirkman) Bigham – Benton

Janice A. (Kirkman) Bigham, 69, of Benton, died February 18, 2014 at her home in Benton.

Janice was born Nov. 28, 1944 in Logan, IL to Charles Earl and Margaret Gene (Kirkman) Moss.

She was a homemaker.

Janice is survived by her children, Gregory S. Kirkman, Valier, IL and Anthony S. Lee, Benton, IL.

Also surviving are grandchildren Dustin Kirkman, Dyllion Kirkman, Jacob Kirkman, Katlyn Ward, McKenna Kirkman; great-grandchildren Kailence Kirkman, Kieran Kirkman and Aiden Kirkman.  She is also survived by a great-aunt, Gertie Eickelman, of Christopher, IL.

Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois and also to her good friend Pat.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be given to Hospices of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Obituary – Joyce Marie Montgomery – Sesser

SESSER — Joyce Marie Montgomery, 68, died at 2:33 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at home.

Joyce was born March 7, 1945, in Du Quoin, to John Nelson and Claris (Downen) Sheriff.

Joyce married Noble Montgomery on March 4, 1964. He survives of Sesser.

She was a homemaker.

Joyce is survived by her children, Mike and Crystal Montgomery of Sesser, and Chuck and Missy Montgomery of Mulkeytown; grandchildren, Emma Montgomery, Chloe Montgomery, Liam Montgomery, Jeana Montgomery, O’Rian Montgomery and SkyLyn Montgomery; and brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Judy Sheriff of Scheller.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Gary Crocker officiating.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Passages Hospice.

Obituary – Theresa Ann (Leber) Hester – Sesser

SESSER — Theresa Ann (Leber) Hester, 55, passed away Feb. 12, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born March 8, 1958, in Stauton, to Caroline (Klinkerfuss) and Edward Leber Sr.  Theresa was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Edward Leber Jr.

Theresa is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Gary Bedgood, grandchildren, Keith Taylor, Dalton Thompson and Collin Thompson; her great-granddaughter, Layla Thompson; sister, Libby Kessel and her children and grandchildren; brother, Geno Leber and his wife, Judy, and their children and grandchildren; brother, Karl Leber and his children and grandchildren; sister, Madonna Spann and her children and grandchildren; sister, Stephanie Woodside and her children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in St. Mary Catholic Church in Sesser.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois

 

 

Obituary – Ralph L. Reece – formerly of Bonnie

Ralph L. Reece, 88 formerly of Bonnie, died Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014 at 12:15 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor.

He was born in Franklin County, IL on March 7, 1925 the son of Willie E. and May (McGinnis) Reece.  He married Barbara Jean (Williams) in Ina on September 12, 1948 and she preceded him in death on August 10, 2011.

He was a World War II Army Veteran.  Mr. Reece retired from Army Corps of Engineers and he was also a farmer.

Mr. Reece is survived by two children, Roger Reece and wife Liz of Du Quoin and Rhonda Monroe and husband Alan of Wayne City, IL.  He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reece was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one daughter, Paul Weiss, by two granddaughters, two sisters, Dorothy and Eva and by one brother, Lloyd.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2014 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Gary Whipple officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Obituary – Jack Brown – Buckner

BUCKNER – Jack Brown , 66, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in the Franklin Hospital E.R. in Benton.
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Jack worked for the Water Department in West City and was a member of First Baptist Church of West City.

He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Jack was born June 18, 1947, in Herrin, to James and Gladys (Gamblin) Brown.

He married Phyllis (Winemiller) Brown on Oct. 25, 1996 and she survives in Buckner.

He is survived by his children, Laura and Jason Cochrum of Benton, Parri and Jody Kilburn of Woodlawn, Tenn., and Jared Brown of Buckner.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bria Brown, Jacob Kilburn and Madison Kilburn and brothers and sisters, Shirley and Jack Cobb of Johnston City, Brenda and Charles Ksycki of Dubois and Gloria and Rick Plasters of West Frankfort.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Eddie, Donnie and Billie Brown.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb.12, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Interment will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner, with Brother Bert Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Obituary – Ronald Dean Darr – Ewing

EWING – Ronald Dean Darr Sr., 76, passed away Feb. 7, 2014, at his home.

He was born July 22, 1937, in Ewing, the son of John and Lottie (Harmon) Darr.

Ronald married Judy (Barnfield) on Aug. 23, 1955, and she survives.

He was a supervisor at Old Ben Central Shop in Benton.

Mr. Darr is survived by his wife, Judy Darr of Ewing; two sons, Scott Darr and wife, Susan of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Ron Darr and wife, Dottie of Benton; daughter-in-law, Connie Darr of Whittington; grandchildren, Justin Darr and wife, Aubrey of Smyrna, Tenn., Megan, Logan and Mady Darr of Benton, Dailyn Darr and fiancé, Greg McClintock of Benton and Kristin Childers and husband, Chad of Jacksonvill, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Zoie and Zach Frye of Smyrna, Tenn., Cayden and Kylie Childers of Jacksonville, Fla., and Evelyn McClintock of Benton; sisters, Mona Dawson and Neila Gipson of Benton; brother, Don Darr and wife, Virg of Benton; brothers-in-law, Jerry Barnfield of Benton and Robert Barnfield of Harrisburg Lake; sisters-in-law, Sue Varvel of Macon and Donna Hutchens of Benton; special cousins, Larry and Carolyn Darr of Ewing; special friends, Don and Helen Edmonds of Valier, and Bill and Ellen Dethrow of Benton and friends in Monday Night Dinner Club, Dorothy Harvey of Mount Vernon and Carmen Barnfield of Benton.

Mr. Darr was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Tom Darr; a sister, Lora Darr; brother-in-law, Frank Barnfield; and a sister-in-law, Alice Barnfield.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. William Hottensen officiating. Burial will be in Williams Chapel Cemetery in Ewing. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.

Obituary – Paul Sileven – Benton

Paul Sileven, 78, of Benton, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2014 at his home.

Paul was born in Benton, IL on August 9, 1935, the son of Fred and Flora (Denham) Sileven.

He married Donna (Higgins) on February 6, 1955 in West Frankfort, and she preceded him in death on August 11, 2011.

Paul was a bodyman for Bert Baker Chevrolet and then for Taylor Motors.

He is survived by two daughters, Candy Schelsky, of Benton and Vera and husband Jerry Bruce, of Benton; five grandchildren, Vickie Karrick and husband William, Greg Abbott and wife Angela, Amos E. Abbott and wife Malerie, Stacia Sloan and husband Andy and Amy Kolodziej and husband Johnny.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Alissa, Megan, April, Andrew, Christian, Aleesha, Emma, Caitlyn, Caden, Cameron, Tensley Mae Sloan and Sandler Dash Sloan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Violet Simpson and by an infant brother, Virgil Leon Sileven.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Harol Whitlock officiating.  Burial will be in Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Friday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.