Larry Beaty – Dahlgren, IL

DAHLGREN — Larry Beaty, 65, passed away Saturday morning, March 19, 2016, in Hamilton Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

beatyMr. Beaty was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Christopher, the son of Howard and Ione (Mundell) Beaty.

He married Cheri (Piper) on June 19, 1977, in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Benton by the Rev. Sandy Bain, and she survives.

Mr. Beaty retired from Continental General Tire. He liked to fish, and nothing made him happier than having all of his family around the pond fishing with him.

He lived for his family, he loved his children and grandchildren, and he was an avid Cardinals fan.

Survivors include his wife, Cheri Beaty of Dahlgren; daughter, Tracy Norris and husband, Brian, of Benton; two sons, Wes Beaty and wife, Jessica, of Christopher and Nathan Beaty and wife, Katrina, of Ewing; grandchildren, Isaac, Olivia, Caleb, Logan, Aiden, Trevor and Trace; mother, Ione Beaty of Ewing; mother-in-law, Margey Piper of McLeansboro; three sisters, Linda Howard and husband, Larry, of Mount Vernon, Delenise Sneed and husband, Dennis, of Benton and Debbie Burzynski and husband, Russel, of Paducah; and his dog, Hurley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Beaty; father-in-law, Theodore “Ted” Piper; son, Adam Beaty; and grandparents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with the Rev. Sandy Bain officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a college fund established for his grandchildren.

Dustin Lee Galloway – Du Quoin, IL

DU QUOIN — Dustin Lee Galloway, 32, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

Dustin was born Aug. 24, 1983, in Pinckneyville, to Clint and Patricia (Swayne) Galloway. Both Survive and live in West Frankfort.

Survivors also include sisters, Kristy Galloway and Dustin Scronce of Du Quoin, brother, Garrett Galloway and Brandy of West Frankfort; nieces and nephews, Erin, Danika, and Korbin Sconce, and Annabella, and Dominic Galloway.

Dustin was an avid race car, football and wrestling fan, and enjoyed watching the food network channel. He loved his nieces and nephews very much and never met a stranger.

Private funeral services were at noon Friday, March 18, in Hammond Cemetery in Sesser. Burial followed.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser was in charge of arrangements.

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Lucille M. Harvey — Benton, IL

BENTON — Lucille M. Harvey, 95, of Benton, passed away at 6:55 a.m., on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at the Stonebridge Senior Living Center, Benton, IL.

harveyMrs. Harvey was born on March 14, 1921, to George and Elizabeth (Samson) Palmer in Los Angeles, CA.  She married James “Jim” R. Harvey.  Lucille was a retired dance instructor.   She was a loving mother and grandmother.  Lucille was a positive person and enjoyed dancing, gardening, sewing and watching sports.  Lucille was musically talented and enjoyed playing the piano. 

Lucille is survived by her five children, Kathy Winemiller and husband Ferrell of Benton, IL, Harry Decker of Big Water, UT, Stan Harvey of Dallas, TX, Becky Harben of Marion, IL and Debby Beger and husband Larry of Monticello, FL; twelve grandchildren, Greg Martin and wife Julie, Leslie Donovan and husband Mike, Lindsay Johnson, Niki Jones and husband Jeremy, Jamie Lampley and husband Michael, Marci Tarlton and husband Jeff, Lily Harvey, Bruno Harvey, Jake Harvey, Kirk Beger, Kari Beger and Olivia Beger; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Palmer of Paonia, CA and one sister, Sarah Jean Jones of Richmond, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elizabeth Palmer, husband, James “Jim” R. Harvey and son-in-law, Mark Harben.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton IL.

Cremation will be held per Lucille’s wishes, services will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Marietta “Rita” Williams – Benton, IL

BENTON — Marietta “Rita” Williams 77, of Benton passed away at 8:05 P.M. Thursday March 17, 2016 in Fairview Nursing Center in DuQuion.

gilbert obit 3-18She was born January 17, 1939 in Sesser, IL the daughter of Brooks and Marie (Kirkpatrick) Parkinson.

Marietta married Kenneth Williams on June 3, 1957 and they shared 58 years of marriage together.

She retired from Kroger in West Frankfort and had also worked at the Kroger stores in Benton and DuQuoin.  She was a member of the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser and was a born-again Christian and professed her faith in Jesus Christ.

Marietta enjoyed her many years of work at Kroger and the many friends she made there.  She also enjoyed being at home and camping and gardening.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Williams of Benton, two sons Kenneth Williams of Victoria, TX, and Terry Williams of Benton, IL.  4 Granddaughters Leah Wright of Murphysboro, Rachel (Tyson) Hawks of Florida, Kristen (Bruce) Meskil of Sandoval, and Sarah (Josh) Anderson of Odin, One Grandson Drew Williams of Benton. Three Great Granddaughters Ava Hawks, Gracie Meskil and Mara Williams, Two Brothers Ray (Donna) Parkinson and Daniel (Cynthia) Parkinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Warren Parkinson and Noel Parkinson, and one sister Ailene Bays.

Funeral services will be on Monday March 21, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser, with Brother Larry Cook officiating.  Visitation will be on Monday March 21, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 1:00 P.M. at the church.  Entombment will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser, envelopes will be available at the church.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is in charge of the arrangements.

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

Roger F. Summers – Marion, KY

Roger F. Summers, 77, of Marion, KY passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Meeteetse, WY on September 7, 1938, the son of Freeman and Ruth (Sadler) Summers.

He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton. Mr. summers loved to trade all kinds of things. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and antique tractors. He was a accomplished wood carver.

Mr. Summers is survived by his wife Cyndi, of Marion, KY, children Debbie Overturf and husband Harold, of Marion, IL, Mark Summers, Herrin, IL, Alan Summers and wife Sara, Carterville, IL and Donald “Buddy” Seibert, Moutain View, MO; one sister Frances Avery, Valier, IL, one brother R.K. “Ron” Summers and wife Kay of Thompsonville, IL; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Summers was preceded in death by his parents and by a daughter-in-law Judy Summers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home, in Benton with the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Mr. Summers memory can be made to the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services, in Carmi, IL.

Ida Clementine Razer – Benton, IL

Ida Clementine Razer, 88, of Benton, IL passed away at 5:22 p.m., on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Stonebridge Senior Living Center, Benton, IL.

rizer obitShe was born on December 29, 1927 to Joseph and Antonina (Sczibovich) Nowodworski in Benton, IL. Ida was a 1945 graduate from Benton Consolidated High School. She married Chester Razer and he proceeded her in death.

 Ida was a homemaker, a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Benton, IL., and a proud lifetime resident of Benton.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  Ida enjoyed cooking polish food and had a special passion for animals.

 Ida is survived by her two children, Antoinette White and husband Mark of Charleston, WV, and Chester Razer and wife Barbara of Sparta, IL; three grandchildren, Rachel White-Derr and husband Andy of Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Andrew White of Denver, CO, and Abby Benson Razer of Carbondale, IL.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Antonina Nowodworski; husband, Chester Razer; a grandchild, Hedy Benson Razer; a sister and five brothers.

 A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Monday, March 21, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benton, IL., with Father Urban Osuji Officiating.  Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Benton, IL., and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Dorothy Roberts – Benton, IL

Benton, IL — Dorothy Roberts, age 78, formerly of Benton, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Barnhart, Missouri, with her family by her side.

roberts obitFuneral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Dorothy was born on February 26, 1938 in Logan, IL, the daughter of Freeman Burns and Vienna (Childs) Burns. She married Floyd Wilson Roberts on April 9, 1954, and he preceded her in death on September 11, 2008.

Dorothy was a former housekeeper and Certified Nurse Assistant.

Mrs. Roberts enjoyed reading, quilting, antiquing, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her five children: Laura Karch and husband Carl of Barnhart, MO, Michael Roberts and fiancee Jody Lilly and Jody’s daughter Rachel Nichole Lilly of La Porte, IN, Rhonda Dickson and husband John of Marion, IL, Sandy King and husband Mark of West Frankfort, IL, Kenneth Roberts and fiancee Julie Hayes of Carmi, IL; fifteen grandchildren: Michelle Lynn Karch, Timothy Shawn Karch, Charles Jason Roberts, Joshua Michael Roberts, Tyler Wilson Roberts, Kaleb James Roberts, Brock Arthur Roberts, Kaitlin Reyna Roberts, Brittany Adair Dickson, John Austin Dickson, Bailey Renee Dickson, Bradley David Schram, Kristen Faye Englebright, Brent Michael Schram, Kayla Roberts, eighteen great-grandchildren; a sister Nancy Lampley of Benton; two brothers: Jeff Cohoon of Sparta, IL, Charles Burns of Joliet; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her father Freeman Burns; mother Vienna Cohoon; husband Floyd Wilson Roberts; a sister Margaret Shadwell; and a brother Joseph Cohoon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Kenneth Dale “Red” Hill – Benton

Benton, IL– Kenneth Dale “Red” Hill, age 81 of Benton, passed away at 10:09 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Per Mr. Hill’s wishes, private family services will be held, and there will be no visitation.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mr. Hill was born on September 10, 1934 in Benton, the son of Kenneth H. Hill and Effie M. (Loucks) Hill. He married the former Priscilla “Pat” Ponsetti on July 21, 1967 in Benton, and she survives.

He served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, during the Korean War.

Red worked 30-plus years and retired as a lineman with CIPS. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 702.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Benton Elks Club and Boneyard Boccie Ball Club.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Priscilla “Pat” Hill of Benton; a step-daughter Jamie and husband Jimmy Neal of Benton; two grandchildren: Adam Neal and Abby Neal both of Benton; a niece Kimberly and husband Chuck Valdez of Anaheim, CA; a nephew John Wilkerson and wife Susan of College Park, MD.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister M. Gail Wilkerson and her husband Joseph W. Wilkerson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mary Slaton – Ewing, IL

Mary Slaton, age 64, of Ewing, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at her home.

Mary’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be no public services at this time.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mary was born on October 16, 1951 in Arcadia, MO, the daughter of Ollie Chasten and Dorothy (Tripp) Chasten.

She married James Arthur Slaton on January 7, 1996 and he survives.

She was of the Lutheran faith.

Before her health failed her, Mary was a clerk at Lake Zone Shell in Whittington.

Mary enjoyed fishing. She loved garage sales, playing cards, board games, and family cookouts. Her family said she was the best at barbecuing chicken. When her kids would come to visit, she always enjoyed a car ride around Rend Lake, and a trip to Lake Benton with her grandchildren to feed the ducks.

Mary is survived by her husband Jim Slaton of Ewing; a son Richard Freeston of Galesburg, IL; a daughter Jennifer and spouse Tamra Pagel of Pontiac, IL; four step-sons: Ryan Slaton, Jason Slaton, Joshua Slaton and Nathen Slaton all of Pontiac, IL; four grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Nathan, Keegan, and Sarah; three brothers: Norman, James, and Ray all of Texas; two sisters: Norma and husband Frank of Des Moines, IA, Deanna and husband Dave of Chenoa, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Darlene and Debbie; and a brother Stanley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with Mary’s cremation expenses.

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

Sara Ann Burgess – Valier, IL

Sara Ann Burgess, 73, of Valier, IL passed away at 8:03 p.m. on March 10, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

burgessSara was born December 7, 1942 in Christopher, IL the daughter of John Gamrat and Fern (Slinger) Gamrat.

She married Bob Burgess on September 24, 1962 and he preceded her in death on June 26, 2005.

Sara is survived by her children, Joe and Diana Burgess, Valier, Elizabeth and Jeff Shew, of Benton, IL and John and Tamara Gamrat, of Golconda, IL; grandchildren Dalton and Kryslyn Shew, Katherine Shew, Madeline Burgess and Jacob Burgess. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She was a member of the Sesser-Valier Distinguished Alumni Committee, Valier Alumni Association, Valier Woman’s Club, and Valier Village Trustee. She was a member of the Valier Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, IL with Pastor Harold Quick officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Valier Alumni Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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