Roxanne Smith – Benton

Roxanne SmithRoxanne M. “Missy” Smith, 51, of Benton IL, passed away at 8:02 a.m., on Friday, April 21, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on June 18, 1965 to Ray and Margaret (Ross) Smith in Moline, IL. Roxanne was a graduate of Rend Lake College. She was an LPN and previously worked for Helia Healthcare of Energy for 15 years. Roxanne finally received her dream job in 2010, working for the VA Medical Center in Marion as an LPN.

On August 6, 2015, she retired from the VA Medical Center.  Roxanne was a loving daughter and mother.  She enjoyed spending time at Rend Lake watching the beautiful sunsets and fishing.  Roxanne was a dear friend to many and offered strong social support for them.

Roxanne is survived by her parents, Ray and Margaret (Ross) Smith of Benton, IL; a daughter, Ashley Smith and companion Mark Crider of Benton, IL; two sisters, Vickey Simpson and husband Greg of Ash Grove, MO., Kimberly Cunningham and Jeff of Willard, MO; five brothers, Ray E. Smith of Springfield, MO., Kevin J. Smith of Abingdon, IL., Steve Smith and wife Kathy of Eldridge, IA., Rodney D. Smith of WI., and Bill Vandewoestyne of Rochester, MN; her four loving pets, Sadie, Missy, Rosie and Hector; her two loving grand pets, Zoey and Bentley; a lifelong friend, Donna King; two dear friends, Roxanne Perkins and Cheryll Mack; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marie and Aurther Ross, Beatrice (Corn) Atchison, Hollis Smith, and Juanita McSparin; a sister, Peggy Sue (Smith) Aplin; a special uncle, Les Ross; and a niece, Charity Sunday Graves.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marie and Aurther Ross, Beatrice (Corn) Atchison, Hollis Smith, and Juanita McSparin; a sister, Peggy Sue (Smith) Aplin; a special uncle, Les Ross; and a niece, Charity Sunday Graves.

The Smith family would like to extend a special thank you to Donna from Celtic Hospice for her kind hearted compassion and care.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:30 p.m., at the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Kay Sammons – Valier

Kay SammonsKay Sammons, 100 years old, passed away peacefully and entered the gates of heaven on March 8, 2017 at Parkway Manor in Marion, IL. under the care of hospice.  She was born on December 8, 1916 in Duquoin, IL. to the late Oliver and Pearl(Ramsey) Slade.

She attended eight years of school in DuQuoin, one year at Christopher High School and three years at Valier High School, where she graduated in 1936.

On March 13, 1937 she married the love of her life, Howard Sammons and together they had two daughters; Kay(Dave) Simpson of Marion, IL. and Sue(Bob) Vercellino of Valier, IL.  Together they shared 60 wonderful years.  She had five grandchildren: Kim(Richard) Byars of Marion, Mark Simpson of Marion, Rob(Kristy) Vercellino of Mulkeytown, Ryan(Ann) Vercellino of Marion, and Eileen Patchett of Valier, nine great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

Kay always had time to spend with her family and always willing to help people in any way she could.   Being this loving, caring, and giving person, she donated her body to S.I.U. School of Medicine, hoping that even in death she might be able to help someone.   Kay loved to entertain and always made people feel welcome in her home.

Kay had a passion for music and loved to sing.  She and her two brothers would sing as kids and she accompanied with the ukulele. She sang in a girls’ quartet in high school.  In 1952, she, Mollie Veach, Joy Winn, and Jonell Graham started the Harmonett Quartet.  The quartet became quite a hit.  They had a regular radio program, made many public appearances, sang with other popular quartets, had taken part in benefit shows, and midnight singings all over the southern part of the state.  After the moving away of Joy Winn, it was such a blessing to Kay for her daughter Sue Vercellino, Molly Veach’s daughter, Dixie Miller, and Anita Leak and her daughter Earline Burzynski to join the group.  She also sang with a group from the Christopher women’s club called the Jolly Jills.  At her 100th birthday party, she was overjoyed to sing one last time with some of the girls from church.

She owned and operated Kay’s Beauty Shop in Sessor for many years where friendships were started and great memories made.  Kay was a member of the Christopher Women’s Club, Sorority, Red Hats and Christopher Chamber, which she was awarded member of the year in 1998.  For years, she was an active member of the Valier Women’s Club and Sewing Club.  She loved to watch game shows, sew, write poems, listen to Christian music, and play games, especially Mexican train.  Some called her the Mexican train queen. 

Kay was a born again believer and loved Jesus very much.  She was a member of the Valier First Baptist Church, where she attended regularly and worked in many capacities, which included teaching, singing in the choir and church secretary.   In 1964, she survived a very serious car accident where doctors told her she would never be able to walk again.  With her strong faith in God and determination, she proved them wrong.

Kay spent her last five years in the Helia Nursing Home in Benton. She initiated a Wednesday morning bible study, which was the highlight of her week. She had many friends and special people in her life that meant the world to her.  A special thanks to Danny, an employee at Helia, who always showed Kay love by praying for her and encouraging her each day.  He was an angel sent from God and Kay thought of him like a grandson.

She will be sadly missed, but there is joy in knowing she is now dancing with the stars in heaven.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Sammons; parents Oliver and Pearl Slade, two brothers, Woody(Connie) Slade, Bill(Theresa) Slade, and sister, Wanda (Buster) Brown.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 11:00am at Valier First Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Valier First Baptist Church Building Fund.  Envelopes will be available at the church.  Please join us after the service as we continue the celebration of Kay’s life with lunch being served by the ladies of the church.

Marie Burnam – Christopher

Marie Burnam Picture 001Marie Burnam 90, of Christopher passed away on Monday April 17, 2017 at the Herrin Hospital.

She was born on August 26, 1926 in Christopher to William and Bonnie (Britton) Kirkpatrick.  She married Charles Burnam on December 31, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2003.

She was born on August 26, 1926 in Christopher to William and Bonnie (Britton) Kirkpatrick.  She married Charles Burnam on December 31, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2003.

Survivors include her son Patrick and Fran Burnam of Herrin; grandchildren Christy Groskreutz, David Burnam, and Amy Meiners; great grandchildren Amy, Nick, Samantha, Brooke, and Reagan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Vernell Davis and one brother Robert E. Kirkpatrick.

Graveside services will be on Thursday April 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Valier with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating.  Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

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Margaret “Dee” DeWitt _ Benton

Margaret Dee DeWitt PictureMargaret “Dee” DeWitt 83, of Benton passed away on Friday April 14, 2017 at 2:00 AM at her residence.

Margaret was born May 29, 1933 in Mt Vernon, IL to Curtis and Eliza Mae (Orrick) Austin. She married Jerry DeWitt on June 10, 1956 and he survives of Benton.

Survivors include her husband, children Chris and Kelly DeWitt of Robinson, IL, Tom and Naomi DeWitt of Sesser, Pam and Jay Watson of Wiesbaden, Germany; grandchildren Jared Watson, Beth DeWitt, Jenny (Chris) Lindsay, Caitlyn DeWitt, and Adrianna Watson; brothers and sisters Martin Duane Austin of Clinton, IL, Evelyn Heath of Granite City, IL, Glenn Austin of Abingdon, IL, Lloyd Austin of Jonesville, FL, Thelma Norris of Benton, and Velma Perryman of Thompsonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Charles Austin.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Sesser.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:00 Am until 1:00 PM at the church.  Burial will be in Masonic and IOOF cemetery in Benton. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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Luetta Wingo – Benton

Luetta WingoLuetta Maxine Wingo, 94, of Benton IL, passed away on  April 6, 2017, at her home.

She was born on August 13, 1922, to William and Sadie (Biggs) Wingo.

Luetta was kind hearted woman whom loved her family dearly, especially her many nieces and nephews. She also had a great love for cats.

She was preceded in death by her life long friend, Brenda Keifer, her parents; William Sr. and Sadie Wingo, sisters; Norma Shockley, Numa Lampley, and Evelyn Gamble; and brothers, Vernon Wingo and William Wingo, Jr.

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

Visitation will be held Friday, April 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County.

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

Bob Veach – Sesser

american flagBob S Veach, 86, of Sesser IL, passed away on Friday April 7, 2017 at St Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.

Bob was born on September 22, 1930 in Sesser. He married Sandra (Murry) Veach on December 8, 1950.  She preceded him in death on June 20, 2016.

He was a retired coal miner from the Zeigler # 11 mine, was a member of the UMWA.  He was a veteran of the US Army.

He is survived by his children Mike, Debbie, and David; grandchildren Angela, Michael, Patty, Ricky, Chelle, Matthew, and Joe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter Patty Veach and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be on Monday April 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home.Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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Galen Hamburger – Tamaroa

Galen L. Hamburger, 72, of Tamaroa IL, passed away on  Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

He was born on January 26, 1945 to Dedrich and Thelma (Morrisey) Hamburger in DuQuoin, IL.  On September 27, 1969 he married Mary Bourland and she survives.  Galen retired from General Cable Company in DuQuoin.

Galen HamburgerGalen was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 47 years Mary Hamburger; three sons, Jeffrey Dale Hamburger of Sesser, IL, James Dedrich Hamburger and wife Beth of O’Fallon, MO, and Galen David Hamburger of Troy, MO; four grandchildren, Kelvan Faro, Sierra Moore, Ethan Hamburger and Kamden Hamburger; a brother, Bill Hamburger of DuQuoin, IL; and a sister-in-law, Amanda Hamburger of Herrin, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Hamburger; and a sister, Esther King.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 11, 2017,  from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.american flag

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.  Military rites will be performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Navy Honors Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration or Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Willis “Bill” Roberson – Sesser

american flagWillis “Bill” Roberson, 85, of Sesser, passed away Thursday afternoon, April 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Jefferson County, IL on September 19, 1931, the son of Everett & Eva Mae (Taylor) Roberson.

He married Virginia (Gulliksen) on June 18, 1955, in Chicago, IL.

Mr. Roberson attended the First Christian Church in Benton.  He was an Army Veteran, serving in Germany from 1952 to 1954.  He worked in Chicago Heights for 22 years, at Flintkote as an industrial electrician.  He then worked as a Coal Miner at Inland Steel-Consol for 16 years, retiring in 1994.  Mr. Roberson was a member of the American Legion Post in Benton.

Mr. Roberson is survived by his wife Virginia Roberson of Sesser, three sons, David Roberson and wife Susan of Seguin, TX, Daniel Roberson and wife Jody of Sesser, Darryll Roberson of Christopher and a daughter in law Sue Roberson of West City.

He is also survived by eleven grandchildren;  Kenneth Roberson, Jeremy Roberson, Jamiey Rizor, Jessyca Rye, Drew Roberson, Christina Lewis Brisson, Christopher Roberson, Samantha Roberson, Bobby Fasig, Brandon Fasig and Clayton Webb, with twenty great grandchildren; Two sisters;  Estelleta Phelps of Orland Park, IL and Vanitta Hammonds of Christopher; one brother; Charles Roberson & wife Ethel Lynn of Ashley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, by a son, Dwyght Lee Roberson, brother-Jewel R. Roberson  and his wife Hazel, brothers-in-law Lloyd Phelps and Francis Hammonds.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M, Tuesday, April 11th at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 12th at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating.

Burial with Military Rites by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts and the National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Roberson’s Memory to the First Christian Church Fellowship Center.

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Richard “Dick” Lemons – Benton

Richard A. “Dick” Lemons, 83, of Benton IL,  passed away Thursday morning, April 6, 2017 at Helia HealthCare Center in Benton.

He was born in Benton on January 9, 1934, the son of Carroll & Berylene (Smith) Lemons.

Mr. Lemons was a retired Farmer.  He was a Mason and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.  He was an avid hunter.

He married Lodean Lemons, and she preceded him in death on March 4, 2015.

Mr. Lemons is survived by his daughter Mary Jo Kirkpatrick & husband Mark of Santa Claus, IN and aunt Sue Hawkins of Mobile, Alabama, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, by a daughter, Vicky Sue Lemons and by his wife.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, April 10th at the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. There will be no Visitation, those attending the services are requested to meet at the cemetery

In lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church.

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Clinton Woodfin – Benton

Bro woodfinClinton Ray Woodfin passed away peacefully at his home Thursday morning, April 6, 2017, surrounded by his children.

Clinton was born on October 29, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri to John and Nellie (Shell) Woodfin.

On November 1, 1947, he was married to Monzelle Harkey in Piggott, Arkansas. They spent almost 69 wonderful years together until her death in August of 2016.

To this union was born 4 children. One son, Steven and wife Sue of Benton, Illinois, three daughters, Lynne Edwards of Benton, Illinois, Karen Reinhold and husband Don of Tampa, Florida, and Kris McClard and husband Steve of Bolivar, Missouri.

He was so very proud of his grandchildren, Marci Woodfin Glover and husband, Daniel of Benton, Illinois, Mica Woodfin Roundcount and husband Matt of Bethalto, Illinois, Brent Edwards of Largo, Florida, Ben Edwards of St. Louis, Missouri, Jonathan Edwards and wife Natalie of Benton, Illinois, Joshua Reinhold and wife Kristina of Austin, Texas, Daniel Reinhold of Los Angeles, California, Andrew and Parker McClard of Bolivar, Missouri.

His 5 great grandchildren, that he lovingly referred to as his little scoundrels are Keegan and Kinley Glover of Benton, Illinois, Evan and Madelyn Roundcount of Bethalto, Illinois, and Kane Edwards of Benton, Illinois.

Before going into the ministry, Clinton supported his young family by working at Wagner Electric in St. Louis,Missouri. During his 30+ years in the ministry, he served churches in Meadowbrook and Benton, Illinois and Advance, Missouri.

Upon retirement, he accepted a position as Associate Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Illinois. He then went on to do interim pastoral work in churches at Royalton and Zeigler, Illinois. His genuine love of people and quick wit endeared him to many.

Clinton is survived by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by sister-in-law, Helen Woodfin of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. two brothers-in-law, Walter Harkey and wife Peggy of Meadowbrook, Illinois and Howard Harkey and wife Dorothy of Shipman, Illinois, sister-in-law June Becraft and husband Barney of Keyesport, Illinois and sister-in-law Donna Harkey of Moro, Illinois; He was also an uncle to many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Gavada Woodfin, brother Leonard Woodfin, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and Gerald Retherford, brother-in-law Jack Harkey, his special father and mother-in-law Elmer and Ruby Harkey and special nieces and nephew, JoAnn Rice, Joyce Jarman and David Harkey.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, April 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, Illinois.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Monday, April 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Illinois, with visitation at 10:00. The service will be officiated by Rev. Gene Ellis, Pastor Sammy Simmons and Music Minister John Odle.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or CMH Hospice in Bolivar, Missouri.

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