Nathan A. Valleroy – Christopher, IL

Nathan A. Valleroy, 86, of Christopher, IL passed away March 28, 2015 at his home.

He was born October 16, 1928 in Modoc, IL, the son of Henry Valleroy and Catherine (DeFousse) Valleroy.

Nathan was a retired engineer for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He served in the National Guard.

He married Adelaine (Casley) Valleroy on Nov.1, 1947 and she survives.

He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus in Christopher and a former member of Christopher Lions Club and Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

He is survived by his children, Elmer and Cheryl Valleroy, of Benton, IL; grandchildren Timothy Learned, Casondra Chwarczinski, Jacob Learned, David Valleroy, Christina Bivins, Daniel Valleroy, Wesley Dunn, Sarah Valleroy, Katherine Valleroy and several great grandchildren; one sister Eugeneia Kemp, of Columbia, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Diana Lynn Learned, two brothers, Charles and Graden Valleroy and one infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher, IL with Father Joseph Trapp officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher, IL. Burial will be at St. Andrews Cemetery.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Sue Meehan – Benton, IL

BENTON — Sharon Sue Meehan, 74, of Benton, died on Sunday, March 29th at 4:00 a.m. in Marion, Illinois of complications from a stroke.

sharon meehanFuneral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton, with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

She was born on March 21, 1941 in Christopher, the daughter of Carl T. and Geraldine “Jerry” Mitchell, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Andy and Esther Mitchell and Ezra and Ida Bowlin and by her husband, Bill Meehan, whom she married in 1999.

She is survived by a daughter, Shay (Denny) Richey and two grandchildren, Amelia and Jordan Richey of Benton, IL, three step-children, Charles (Kitty), Christopher (Mary Ann) and Elizabeth Meehan and three step-grandchildren, Nicholas, Blair and Anna. A brother, Ted (Linda) Mitchell of Edwardsville, IL, two sisters, Clark-Ann (Dave) Haas of Millstadt, IL, and Kelly (James) Talley of Benton, IL, one nephew, Ethan Talley, and three nieces, Emily (Jeremiah) Furr, Hilary (Allen) Duncan and Kaitlyn Talley, and many loving cousins and lifelong friends.

Sharon graduated from Benton High School and attended SIU where she was a theater major. Having a beautiful voice, Sharon helped pay for college by singing in many area weddings and church services. She had an appreciation for the performing arts and loved attending productions throughout her life.

She worked in Benefits at the UMWA and Freeman Coal and later worked part-time at Dillard’s.

An avid reader, she instilled her love of reading in her grandchildren as she spent many hours with them at the library. She also was a natural story teller and amused people with her witty take on events in the family. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed entertaining the entire family for birthdays and holidays.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, or the Brown Bag Lunch Program at the First Baptist Church of Benton.

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

Christina Conner Dame – Benton, IL

BENTON — Christina Conner Dame, 92, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday morning March 26, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton.

Christina was born in Tracy City, TN on September 12, 1922, the daughter of Chris and Thelma (Gibbs) Mincheff.

She was married to Elza Conner and Dwight Dame and both preceded her in death.

Christina was a member of Whittington Church and worked as a secretary for Strout Realty for more than 25 years.

Christina is survived by her son, Jerry Conner and wife Marilyn, of Benton; grandchildren Natalee Poindexter and husband David, of Collierville, TN, Jared Conner and wife Lisa, of St. Peters, MO, Chris Conner, Melissa Paul and Jennifer Wilson; great-grandchildren Thatcher Poindexter, Hayley Conner, Chelsea and Paige Sullivan, Abby and Emily Haskins and Zane Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by two sons, Richard Conner and John Conner and by two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday March 30, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery in Whittington, IL.

Morton and Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign the guest book go to mortonandjohnstonfuneralhome.com.

 

Harry Eubanks – Benton, IL

BENTON — Harry Eubanks, 78, of Benton, died March 25, 2015, at Helia HealthCare in Benton.

harry eubanksHarry was born Dec. 20, 1936, the son of Albert and Dorothy (Mills) Eubanks.

He married Mildred (Lampley) June 12, 1959, in Chicago.

Harry was a coal miner and worked at Ziegler Coal Co. 3, Inland Steel Coal, in McLeansboro, IL and Old Ben 24.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

Harry attended the First Baptist Church of West City.

Harry is survived by his wife, Mildred Eubanks of Benton; two daughters, Judy (Mike) Clark of Benton, and Norma (Bill) Uhles of Benton; six grandchildren, Christopher (Brooke) McCann, Jeremiah McCann, Alisha (Bryan) Craddock, Jennifer (Ben) McIntosh, Matthew Uhles and fiancée, Samantha, and Mark Uhles and fiancée, Molly; five great-grandchildren, Raley and Tenley McIntosh, Gavin and Callie McCann and Khloe Uhles; two brothers, Robert (Sue) Eubanks and Richard (Kelly) Eubanks; one sister, Juanita (Lewis) Sweers; brother-in-law, Bill Lampley; and sister-in-law, Shelva Lampley.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jerry Eubanks and Al Eubanks; three sisters, Phyllis Landis, Patricia and Mary Lou; an infant great-grandson, William Michael McIntosh; brothers-in-law, Gene Lampley and John Lampley; brother and sister-in-law, Helen and Glendale Gulley; sister-in-law, Linda Lampley; and mother-in-law; father-in-law, John and Juanita McCann Lampley.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be Sunday from 12 noon until the time of the service at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home.

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

Phyllis B. (Long) Crocket – Christopher

 

Phyllis B. (Long) Crocket, 91, of Christopher, IL passed away March 27, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton, IL.

She was born March 3, 1924, in Du Quoin, IL the daughter of Frank Kelley and Maude (Mifflin) Kelley.

Phyllis worked at the Masonic Home, in Sullivan, IL.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Linda Wright, of New Baden, IL, Sondra Barringer, of Salem, IL, Phillip Long, of Benton, IL and Jenetta Trussell, of Christopher, IL.  She is also survived by several grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Jess Edward Crowe and one brother and three sisters.

A private family funeral service will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015. Burial will be at Masonic & IOOF Cemetery, in Benton, IL.

The family requests no flowers.

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

For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

 

John James “Jim” Barclay – Christopher

John James “Jim” Barclay, 78, of Christopher, IL passed away March 24, 2015 at Franklin Hospital Emergency Room, in Benton, IL.

Jim was born January 18, 1937 in Royalton, IL the son of  William Barclay and Geneva “Jenette” (Ebbs) Barclay.

He was an Army veteran of Combat Engineering Group and a member of the First Christian Church, in Christopher.

Jim worked 16 years as a police officer and chief of police in Christopher.

He married Margene (Overturf) Barclay on June 30, 1962 and she survives.

He is also survived by his children, a daughter Carolyn and Danny Loucks, Waltonville, IL; grandchildren Dani-Lyn and Travis Hill, Woodriver, IL, Jonathan Loucks, Chicago, Adrieanne Loucks, Waltonville, Isaiah Loucks, Waltonville; sisters and brothers, Margaret (Marge) Swaringen, Wright City, MO, Anita Walker, Denham Springs, LA, Susan Pantkey, Commerce Township, MI, Sharon (Kitty) Loeh, Villa Grove, IL, Janet Carrillo, Tuscon, AZ, David Barclay, Richland, Montana and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alex, William, Jr and Dale Barclay.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Osage Cemetery, in Royalton, IL.

Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher is in charge of arrangements. For more information visit our website at gilbertfuneralhomes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold J. Stanton – Christopher

CHRISTOPHER — Harold J. Stanton, 83, of Christopher, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in V.A. Medical Center in Marion.

Harold was born Oct. 17, 1931, in Taylorville, to Harold Clinton Stanton and Fannie Alberta (Martin) Stanton.

Harold married Doris (McGuire) Stanton on March 8, 1952, and she preceded him in death July 14, 2010.

Harold worked as a security officer and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher, and Christopher Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his children, Lori and John Toigo of Christopher, Steve and Kathy Stanton of Dowell, and Lynne Stanton of Christopher; grandchildren, Celeste and Nick Batts of Herrin, Sarah Toigo of Christopher, Johnny Toigo of Christopher, and Matthew Stanton of Pinckneyville; great-grandchildren, Hayes Lucas Batts and Peyton Marie Batts of Herrin; brother Dean Stanton of Rockford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a son, Rick Stanton; three sisters, Alice Cook, Ester Ginger and Mary Bradley; and one brother, John Stanton

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the time of the service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

For more information, visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Johnny Ray Willett – Carterville (formerly of Royalton)

Johnny Ray Willett, 51, of Carterville and formerly of Royalton, passed away March 11, 2015 at his home.

He was born in Benton, IL on Nov. 5, 1963.

He was married to Mary “Buffy” Willett and she survives.

As per Mr. Willett’s request there will be no funeral services.

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

 

 

 

Helen F. Bennett – Benton

Helen F. Bennett, 92, of Benton, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, in Benton.

She was born in Benton, IL on Dec. 27, 1922, the daughter of Peter and Antonio Zelinicki.

Helen was married to Lloyd Lee Bennett, and he preceded her in death. They were married June 27, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2004.

Helen was of the Catholic faith.

Helen is survived by two sons, Rod Bennett, of Benton, and Mark Bennett, of Pensacola, FL; grandchildren Jason Bennett and wife Shannon, of Akin, IL, Amanda Miller and husband Chris of Smithville, MO, Brandon Bennett and wife Kelly of California; great-grandchildren Tanner and Clayton Bennett and Conner, Makenna and Charlotte Miller; a brother John Zelnicki and wife Mary, of Crystal Lake, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, Mary, Stella, Leona and Josephine and by one brother, Joey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, with Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery, in Whittington, IL. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. and until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton, are in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Neal – Benton

BENTON — Marilyn Neal, 77, left this world for a better one in Heaven on Saturday morning, March 14, 2015, from Stonebridge Senior Living Center in Benton.

Marilyn was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Benton, the daughter of Boman and Eva (Jones) Rhine.

She married James (Jim) Deon Neal on Dec. 24, 1953, and he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2012.

Marilyn is survived by her three sons, Steve Neal and wife, Dawn of Benton, Scott Neal of Benton, Stacy Neal and wife, Nikki, of Benton; eight grandchildren, Ashley Kearney of Virginia, Brittany Neal of Benton, Linsey Toms and husband, Joey, of St. Louis, Alicia Pond and husband, Chris, of Benton, Kyle Neal and fiancée, Ashlee Summers of Benton, Micah Neal of Benton, Jarron Bennett of Benton, and Malaynia Bennett of Benton; five great-grandchildren, Preston and Analia Pond of Benton, Julian and Juno Toms of St. Louis, and Treyton Scott Neal of Benton; one sister, Glenda Drew and husband, Paul of Benton; one brother, Ronald Rhine of Benton; brothers-in-law, Dick Lemons, and Ronnie (Paula) Gossman; sisters-in-law, MaryAnn (Jack) Burton, Brenda (Dennis) Thomas, and JoNeta and Charlie Thornbrew; and special friends, Roger and Bernie Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, David in infancy; one brother, Donald Rhine; one sister, Lodean Lemons; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe Neal and Daisy (Cull) Neal; and stepmother-in-law, Juanita Neal.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Dr. Sammy Simmons and the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Masonic and Odfellows Cemetery in Benton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance or to the Elks Crippled Children.

For more information or to sign the online guest register, visit