Janet Viola Leek – McLeansboro

Janet Viola Leek, 78, of McLeansboro, IL passed away March 4, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Janet Leek PictureJanet was born September 18, 1936, in Christopher, IL, the daughter of Noble L. Williams and Pearle (Lohmann) Williams.

She was married to Carl Leek and he survives.

Janet worked for  Peoples National Bank in McLeansboro and was the secretary for the Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro, where she was a member. She was also a member of the Christopher Eastern Star.

Janet is survived by her children, Sherylin Bundy, of West Frankfort, Geri Rene’ Owen, of McLeansboro and Jeffrey and Robin Leek, of Harvel, IL; grandchildren Rhonda and Chris Gore, Stacey Young, Robbie Edwards, Lauren Edwards, Jordan Leek, Austin Leek and Madison Leek; great-grandchildren Allison and Mark Jett, Aleah Gore, Vali Gore and Staley Alvis. She is also survived y a sister-in-law, Betty Williams, of Benton, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Oliver Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Ten Mile Baptist Church, in McLeansboro with Brother Jacob Gray officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday, March 7, 2015 after 5 p.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. at Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro.

Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Ruth Lodean Harben Lemons – Benton

Ruth Lodean Harben Lemons, 81, of Benton, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

She was born to the late Boman and Eva Rhine on March 27, 1933. Lodean married Donald Jack Harben in December 1949. He preceded her in death on September 7, 1973.

Lodean is survived by one daughter, Jackie Willis (John), and a daughter-in-law, Becky Harben. Lodean is survived by sisters, Marilyn Neal, Benton, Glenda Drew (Paul), Benton and a brother, Ronald Rhine, of Benton.

Other survivors include five grandchildren, Dr. J. Ryan Willis (Tara) of Mt. Vernon, Mitzie Bowlby (Matt), Desoto, Niki Jones (Jeremy), Benton, Jamie Lampley (Michael), Ashburn, VA, Marci Tarlton (Jeff), Marion. She is also survived by 12 great grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by several nephews and nieces.

A son, Mark A. Harben, preceded her in death on June 19, 2010. A brother, D.L. Rhine also preceded her in death in 2013, sister-in-law Betty Rhine in 2-14 and a brother-in-law, Jim Neal, in 2012.

Lodean married Richard Lemons in November of 2000, and he survives. A step-daughter, Vicky Lemons, (Steve) also preceded her in death on March 4, 2015. Lodean is survived by a step-daughter, Mary Jo Kirkpatrick (Mark), of Santa Claus, Indiana.

Lodean was a very industrious person and she worked hard her entire life. She used to love to have many plants in her backyard and worked very hard to make it attractive.

Lodean had a special love for her family. She was a sweet lady and loved by many.

Lodean was saved at an early age and was an active member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She joined the church and was baptized there in April 1998. She loved the Lord and was thankful to him for much.

Lodean’s earthly life has come to an end now, but her heavenly life is just beginning. Her soul is with God now and she will spend all of eternity as co-heir with Jesus Christ. We, who are his children, can expectantly anticipate the time that we will be with our Lord forever, basking in his glory with our loved ones.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton, with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church.

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

Gary Gulley, Sr. – Sesser

Gary E. Gulley Sr., 66, of Sesser, IL, passed away March 1, 2015 at his home.

Gary was born July 11, 1948, in Benton, IL, the son of Ralph Newton Gulley and Agnes Verneal (Wingate) Gulley.

Gary was a truck driver. He also served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam veteran.

He is survived by his children, Sherry White, of Valier and Gary Eugene Gully, Jr. of Valier; grandchildren Stephanie White, Chelsea White, Leslie White and Ryan Gulley; two brothers, David Gulley, Benton, IL and Douglas Gulley, Sesser, Il and one sister, Gloria Bryant, of Christopher, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Helen Ames – Christopher

Helen Ames, 92, of Christopher, IL passed away March 1, 2015 at Herrin Hospital

Helen was born March 28, 1922 in Christopher, the daughter of Leon Kaminski and Bernice (Sufalko) Kaminski and they both preceded her in death.

She was married to Polie Ames and he preceded her in death on September 15, 2002.

Helen worked as an LPN at Miner’s Hospital and also as a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, in Christopher.

Helen is survived by her children, Mary and Jim Moyers, Mulkeytown, IL, Loretta and Fred Basolo, Coello, IL, Theresa and Bob Greenwood, Mulkeytown, and Priscilla Flowers, Mulkeytown; grandchildren Misty and Jason Lee, Windy Moyers, Brittany Knoup, Felecia Basolo, Bobbi and Jesse Gordon, Courtney and Lyn Severs, Rachael and Garrett Janello, Khorey and Holley Anderton and Alechia and Gabe Sveda, Lacey Holt, Larry Ames Flowers and also 18 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Mary Kaminski and three special nieces, Jane Gregory, David Lawton and Mary Bernice Nemenski. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter Julie Anderton, two sisters and two brothers.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Christopher, IL with Father Blazine officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery, Christopher, IL.

In lieu of flowers donations can be to the St. Andrews Cemetery Fund and will be available at the church or funeral home.  Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher IL, is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Rose Mary Hewlett — West Frankfort

Rose Mary Hewlett, 74, of West Frankfort passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born in Sesser, IL on Oct. 21, 1940 the daughter of Olyn and Mable (Flach) Robbins.

Rose is survived by her three children, Randy Hewlett, of Herrin, Rex Hewlett and wife Mia of Carterville and Rena Reilly and husband Mike of Tewantin, Australia; six grandchildren Chasity Shupe, Gavin Hewlett, Jade Hewlett, Brooke Hewlett, Katie Rose Tejedor and Michael Reilly; one sister, Ramona Wade and husband Bruce, of Benton and one brother, John Robbins, of Benton, and also three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Bryant Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Frank R. Dunbar – Benton

Frank R. Dunbar, 55, of Benton, passed away at 10:32 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at Parkway Manor, in Marion.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Troy Allen Cockrum – Sesser

SESSER — Troy Allen Cockrum, 94, of Sesser, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion.

Troy was owner and trainer of thoroughbred race horses and was appointed by Governor Stratton as a game warden.

He was of Baptist faith and was a member of Sesser Masonic Lodge

Troy was born Jan. 31, 1921, in Sesser, to James and Amelia (Williams) Cockrum.

He was married to Marion (Fiordo) Cockrum and she preceded in death on March 7, 1998.

Troy is survived by one daughter, Carolyn and Larry Manker of Sesser, grandchildren, Todd and Beth Manker of Sesser, and Eric and Suzy Manker of Sparta; four great-granddaughters, Skylar Manker, Peyton Manker and Rylie Manker all of Sparta, and Shaylee Manker of Sesser.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Pastor Jay Kelly and Brother Mark Miller officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 2.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to Masonic Children’s Home and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Roberta Lynne (Grant) Wells

SESSER — Roberta Lynne (Grant) Wells,54, went to be held in the arms of her savior and heavenly father, after a valiant eight-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family when she passed away at 1:04 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Roberta was born to Allen Dale and Mary Lynette (Hurd) Grant on Sept. 19, 1960, in El Paso, Texas, and they survive of South Roxana.

She was a homemaker, who loved to spoil her children and grandchildren. She loved to work with flowers and to find bargains and then sell them on eBay. She also loved the outdoors and was an excellent fisherwoman.

Roberta is survived by her husband of 27 years, John Wells of Sesser; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie Lynn (Wells) Hosick and her husband, Carl Lee Hosick of Benton; son, Joshua Allan Wells of Sesser; stepdaughter, Nicole Lynn Ogle and her husband, Jeff Ogle of East Alton; four glorious grandchildren, Tre’ Daniel Hosick, Trinity Jael Hosick, Derek Eugene Ogle and Emily Louise Ogle.

Also surviving are four brothers and sisters, Thomas Grant of Wood River, Rebecca and Mitch Mossman of Alton, Robert and Sheila Grant of South Roxana, Barbra and Randy Helmkamp of Bunker Hill; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marion and Ruth Wells of Sesser; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mark and Tammy Wells of Scheller, Ross and Lawana Wells of South Roxana, Beth and Mickey Kleiboeker of Nashville, Peggy and Alvin Bernard of Belle Rive; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in First Christian Church in Sesser, with the Rev. Kirk Packer officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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

For more information, visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com,

Obituary – Walter Underwood

Walter Underwood 72, passed away into the hands of our Lord on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 4:30 A.M. from stomach cancer.

underwood picHe was born December 23, 1942 in Derby, OH to the late William B. and Minnie E. (Fast) Underwood.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 23 years Wanda (Behm) Underwood, five children John Harold Underwood, David Allen Underwood, and Teresa Jett all of Ohio, Jacob Walter Underwood of Christopher, and Joshua Lee Underwood of Christopher.

Grandchildren Nicole, Danny, Bradley, and Bethany.

Also one loyal sister Sue “Virginia” Jahn and her husband Lester of Harrisburg, OH, and two sisters-in-law Ella Underwood and Linda Underwood of Ohio. Father-in-law John Behm of Valier, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. And special friends Jerry and Betty of Christopher.

Walter was a Vietnam veteran of the Marine Corp. He was retired from the Grove City Ohio Police Department. He was also a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

Walter will be remembered as a devoted and loving father and husband.

He was preceded in death by five brothers Emery, Carl, Harry, Bill, and Jim, and one sister Betty.

Funeral services will be on Sunday March 1, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with Brother Bert Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday March 1, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service at 1:00 P.M. Burial will be in the Zeigler City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Norma J. Gilbert – Christopher

Norma J. Gilbert, 84, of Christopher, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Feb. 21, 2015 at Countryside Manor, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Norma was born Nov. 11, 1930 in Scheller, the daughter of Archie Hicks and Beulah (Ford) Hicks.

She was a homemaker and a member of Christopher Church of Christ. Norma was a great cook and liked to feed people.

Norma married Kenneth Gilbert and he preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1980.

She is survived by her children, Kathie and Randy Furlow, Christopher, IL, Sharon and Ron Gilbert, of Danville, IN, Roger and Cathy Gilbert, of Dandridge, TN, Kendrea and Mickey Johnson, Mt. Vernon, IL; daughter-in-law Pat Gilbert, of Salem, IL; grandchildren Jason Gilbert, Chad Gilbert, Adam Gilbert, Zack Gilbert, Amelia Clark, Alicia Furlow, Bryan Furlow, Kristin Atchison, Gilbert Johnson, Yvette Johnson, Doug Rhea, Joe Rhea, Jonathan Rhea; great-grandchildren Ashley Gilbert, Natasha Gilbert, Ava Gilbert, Tyler Gilbert, Josh Gilbert, Julia Gilbert, Jaqueline Gilbert, Aubrey Clark, Gregory Clark, Kenny Clark, Sydney Atchison, Sawyer Atchison, Macie Furlow, Cheyanne Rhea, Savanna Rhea, Will Rhea, Madison Rhea and Lily Rhea.

Norma is also survived by two sisters, Janet and Bill Kesler, Christopher, IL and Karen Winget, of Scheller and one brother, Ronnie Hicks, of Scheller, IL; two sisters-in-law Marilyn Hicks, Tamaroa, IL and Betty Hicks, of Steelville, IL. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Rodney Gilbert, three brothers Delmar Hicks, Jesse Frank Hicks and William Hicks.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at Knob Prairie Cemetery, located north of Waltonville. Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher, is in charge of arrangements. For more information visit gilbertfuneralhomes.com