Obituary – Robert V. Rogers – Christopher

Robert V. Rogers, better known as “Foulball” or “Valjean”, passed away suddenly January 22, 2015.  He was found unresponsive in his vehicle slumped over the steering wheel by a passer-by.

rogers obit picHe was born March 18, 1930 at home to Oliver Evan and Mary L. (Campbell) Rogers who preceded him in death in 1995.  He was also preceded in death by a sister Betty K. Moschino, nieces Lorraine Johnson, Megan Culver, and Ashley Biggs and an infant sister Alpha Nadine Rogers.  He is survived by one brother Richard (Sue) Rogers of Texas, three sisters Maxine (Earl) Giacomo of Mulkeytown, Wanda (Richard) McReaken of Zeigler, and Connie (Fred) Sample of Benton.

He was a retired 48 years from the United States Navy after serving 23 years active duty.  He served on numerous cruises.  Upon his retirement he returned to enjoy fishing, hunting, and gardening.  In his later years he enjoyed playing Bingo at Marion KC’s and getting his lottery tickets and his daily visits to Cooksey’s Bait Shop to visit with the owners and longtime friends Ron and Carol Reed.

His extended family included nieces and nephews Ella (Charles) Culver and their children Jordan Culver and Ashton Culver, Bob (Mary) Giacomo and their children Josh (Beth) Giacomo, Sarah (Keith) Shasteen and son Logan, Laura Giacomo, and Joe Giacomo, Theresa (Jeff) Thompson and their children Christopher Thompson and Michael Thompson, Elena (Andy) Bilger and sons Christian Bilger, Esequel Bilger and Andres Bilger, Rosa (Steve) Nerio and girls, Tim McReaken, Rhett (Brenda) McReaken and children Jessica (Brandon) Melvin and Brett McReaken, Jason (Heather) Sample and son Derek Sample, Dana (Maria) Bonifacio-Sample, Kathy Esposito and children Chasity (Brandon) Shaffer and their children Savannah Smith, Amber Smith, Grant Smith, and Ashley Smith, Nicole (Reuben) Washington and  their children Wardell Williams, Jayla Williams, and Brittany Washington, Richard Johnston and their children Rachael Johnston and Keenan Johnston, Angela (Brent) Gossett and their children Lorrie (Adam) Horton and sons Jude Crawford and Gabriel Horton, Emily Gossett, Madeline Gossett, and Grace Gossett.

In honoring Valjean’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services.  It was also his wish to be cremated and that was handled by the Gilbert Funeral Home of Christopher, IL.

Randy Followell – Mulkeytown

Randy Followell, 55, of Mulkeytown, IL passed away January 23, 2015 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Randy was borh May 13, 1959 in Herrin, IL, the son of Franklin Followell and Irene (Daily) Rogers.

He was a forklift operator at Gilster-Mary Lee in Steelville.

 Randy is survived by a daughter, Lindsey Followell, of Marion, IL; one brother, Charles Followell, of Mulkeytown, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother and by one brother, Tony Followell.

Randy’s wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL, was in charge of arrangements.

For more information to to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Harry Mike Tate – Benton

Harry Mike Tate, 50, of Benton, passed away January 21, 2015 at Benton Rehab and Health Care, in Benton.

 He was born October 14, 1964 in Benton, the son of Harry Martin Tate and Charlotte (Kramer) Petrazio, both of Benton.

He was a roofer.

He is survived by one son, Shane Michael Tate of Pinckneyville, IL, one brother, Martin and Judy Tate, of Macedonia, IL; two sisters, Theresa and David Chwarczinski, of Mulkeytown, IL and Melissa Tate, of  Jacksonville, FL; nieces and nephews Mark Take, Angie Tate, Marty Veteto, Brad Veteto, Travis Underwood, Melanie Underwood and Steven Underwood; special friends Frank Kinsey, Bob Marvin and David Tate. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 26 at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner.

For more information to to gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Obituary – Martha “Flo” Hargis – Benton

Martha “Flo”Hargis, 76, of Benton, passed away January 18, 2015 at Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano, TX.

She was born Nov. 2, 1938, the daughter of William Noble Overturf and Nannie Jane (Smith) Overturf.

She was married to Carl “Chick” Hargis and he preceded her in death on January 7, 1980

Mrs. Hargis was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ, in Benton.

She is survived her her children, Kelly and Marion Lappin, Sesser, IL and Gina and Kelly Kaufman, Wylie, TX; grandchildren Carly Lappin, Rae and Ross Worthey, Keith Kaufman, Leah Kaufman and Vaughn Kaufman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Mark Hargis, one sister Burnes Warman, three brothers Evan, Leo and Walter Overturf.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL.  Visitation will from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service.  Burial will be at Smith Cemetery in Buckner, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Ruth I. Green – formerly of Benton

Ruth I. Green, 90, of Mt. Vernon and a former Benton resident, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at her second home, the Mt. Vernon Residential Living Center.

She was born in Benton, IL, on September 14, 1924, the daughter of Ed and Hattie (Johnson) Sanders.

She married Ralph E. Green on Nov. 14, 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 25, 2011.

Mrs. Green loved to go to rummage sales and she loved to go out to eat with her sisters. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She game them her unconditional love and did everything for them she possibly could.

Mrs. Green is survived by three daughters, Brenda Hayes and husband Rick, of Mt. Vernon, IL, Tammy Noel and husband Jim, of Benton, IL and Sharon McKissen and husband Dan, of Michigan; grandchildren Tommy Hayes and wife Amy of Mt. Vernon, Todd Hayes and wife Stacy, of Mt. Vernon, Tim and Kevin Spears of Benton, Melanie Harvey and husband Brian, of Carbondale, Brecca and Bryli Wyant, of Benton, Sandy Fauble and husband Gale, of Michigan, Vickie Hoffman, of Georgia and Gerald Losinski and wife Pam, of Michigan; great-grandchildren Alexys, Paetyn, Kennady, Darick, Jacob and Emily Hayes, all of Mt. Vernon, Hannah Harvey, of Carbondale, Alicia Shelton, Whittington and Chelsea, Brittany and Kaylee Spears, of Benton; sister Delores Neal, of Norris City, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Green was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daugher-in-law Donna Green Kuriger, brother Chike Sanders, sisters Mildred Crowder and Doris Downey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton.  Visitation will be after 12 noon on Thursday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

Obituary – Dixie Louise Morrison McGinty – West Frankfort

Dixie Louise Morrison McGinty, 79, of West Frankfort, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 21 at 11 a.m. at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Mike Cash officiating. Burial will be in Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort . Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Dixie’s Benevolence Fund.

Obituary – Kevin Lynn Biddle – Logan

Kevin Lynn Biddle, 49, of Logan, passed away January 16, 2015 at his home.

He was born in Lawrenceville, IL on July 11, 1965, the son of Lester Biddle, Jr and Lena (Sanders).

Mr. Biddle was an over-the-road truck driver and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed working on his car and backhoe and camping.  Mr. Biddle was a member of the Benton American Legion, the Benton Eagles and the McLeansboro Eagles.

Mr. Biddle is survived his four children, Heather Myers and husband Ryan of Whittington, IL, Lindsay Thomas and husband Jake, of Hopkinsville, KY, Kaitlyn Biddle, Logan, IL and Michael Sullivan and wife Regina, of Benton; two grandchildren, Lucas and Layla Myers; mother Lena Sanders, of Logan; brother L.W. Biddle and wife Michele, of Thompsonville, IL; sister Sarah Williams, of Logan, IL.  Mr. Biddle is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his truck-driving companion, his dog “Sofe.”

Mr. Biddle was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Brad Ryan and the Rev. Derrick Cairel officiating.  Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton.

Obituary – Margaret L. Piercy – Benton

BENTON — Margaret L. Piercy, 85, of Benton, died Thursday afternoon Jan. 8, 2015, in Franklin County Hospital.

She was born May 18, 1929, in Thompsonville.

She married Roy Piercy Sr., on Aug. 10, 1948, in Kentucky, and he preceded her in death Sept. 5, 2001.

Mrs. Piercy attended the New Life Church of God in Benton.

Mrs. Piercy is survived by seven children, Roberta Barnfield and husband, Gene of Benton, Russell Piercy and wife, Sharon, of Sikeston, Missouri, Randy Piercy and wife, Margaret, of Soperton, Georgia, Dennis Piercy and wife, Diane, of Marion, Les Piercy and wife, Barb, of Marion, Gary Piercy and wife, Dianna, of Benton, and Pam Barwick and husband, John, of Marion; grandchildren, Michelle Shurtz and fiancé, Scott Peavler, Cindy Schmechel, Kenny and Brandice Barnfield, Robin and David Reid, Wendy Piercy and Mike Boner, Amy and Jim Owens, Elizabeth Lane, Crystal and Robert Crews, Randall Piercy Jr., Sharlie Piercy, Melanie Downs, Nathan and Jessica Piercy, Vihn and Tracy Trann, B.J. and Lindsay Powell, Chris and Gena Blue, Thresa Piercy, Mike and Leslie Fitzpatrick, Randy and Kim Barnes, Garry Piercy Jr., Scott and Kim Piercy, Steve and Angie Piercy, John and Joni Barwick, Amber and Aaron Hoffman; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Absher and wife, Dorie of Murphysboro; and sister, Phyllis Wilson and husband, Bob of West City.

Mrs. Piercy was preceded in death by her mother, Una Absher; her husband; a great-granddaughter, Brittani Shurtz; and by a great-grandson, Jacob. Boner.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, with Pastor Rod Joplin officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Obituary – Linda Flannigan – Mulkeytown

Linda Flannigan, 76, of Mulkeytown, IL passed away January 6, 2015 at Du Quoin Nursing & Rehab Center.

flannigan picLinda was born May 1, 1938 in Mulkeytown, IL, the daughter of Emmett “Dobber” Swisher and Verble (Hill) Swisher.

She married Raymond Flannigan on April, 6, 1957 and he survives in Mulkeytown.

Linda was a loving mother, military wife taking care of her family while her husband was gone to serve his country. She enjoyed her and Raymond’s world travels very much.

She worked as a medical transcriptionist, in Nashville, TN.  She was a member of the Mulkeytown Christian Church.

Linda is survived by her children, David (Paula) Flannigan, McKinney, TX, Mark Flannigan, Mulkeytown and Tracy Flannigan, Mulkeytown; grandchildren, Shana Flannigan; great-grandchildren Avanna Hall and Dixie Hall; brothers and sisters, Charles “Dobber” (Judy) Swisher, Mulkeytown, Bob (Evelyn) Swisher, Coello, IL, Janice (Norm) Tilley, Du Quoin, Debbie (Jerry) Stanley, Mulkeytown.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery, in Mulkeytown.

In lieu of flowers donations can be to Mulkeytown Christian Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

Obituary – Lorena L. Giacone – Christopher

Lorena L. Giacone, 93, of Christopher, IL, passed away Jan. 2, 2015 at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, in Benton, IL.

Lorena was born on July 31, 1921 in Christopher, the daughter of Louis Eure and Josephine (Giacomo) Eure.

Lorena was a homemaker and a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher and a former member of St. Andrews Alter Society.

She was married to Burt Kirchner, who preceded her in death and later married Louie Giacone, who also preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Lewis, Christopher, IL and two step-children, Robert Fabris, Christopher and Barry Giacone, Sesser, IL; grandchildren Trisha Eure, Christopher, Tiffany (Matt) Cripps, Peoria, Tracy (Duane) Thryselins, Christopher, Jeff Fabris, Christopher and Scott Fabris, Christopher; great-grandchildren Ellis and Brooke Akers and Damian and Rylie Cripps.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Kirchner, sister Margaret Mondoni and a brother, John Eure.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher with Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until 11:30 a.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.  Burial will be in Muller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville, IL.

Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.  For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com