Marjorie Whaley-Christopher, IL

 

Marjorie Whaley, 95, of Christopher passed away on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

She was born on April 9, 1922 in Casey, IL to Harry and Julia (Tomaw) Lacey.  She married Woodrow Whaley on May 15, 1942 and he preceded her in death on August 10, 2004.

She is survived by her daughters Carol (Ray) Raparelli of Columbus, OH and Susan (Jim) Kramer of Lake of Egypt; grandchildren Kathleen (Tom) Gulla, Raymond (Anne) Raparelli, Steve Raparelli, Kari (Matt) DeConnick, and Jimmy (Mandy) Kramer; and 8 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Marion Barnett, and two brothers Dick Lacey and Bill Lacey.

She had worked as a secretary at Bloomtrain High School in Chicago for 18 years, and she was a member of the Lake of Egypt Christian Church.

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

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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

Kim Pearson – Benton, Illinois

 

Mr. Kim Pearson, age 65, of Benton; passed away at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Benton Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Mr. Pearson’s wishes were to be cremated.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Kim was born on March 7, 1953 in Oxford, England, the son of Donald Ross Pearson and Joan Martha (Johnston) Pearson.

Mr. Pearson was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Valier.

He formerly worked with NAPA Auto Parts.

Kim enjoyed sports and attending sporting events, especially racing.

He is survived by a son Justin Pearson of Valier; two sisters: Mickie Dollins and Donna Montgomery, both of Benton; an uncle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Pearson was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Robert DeWitt — Zeigler, IL

Robert  DeWitt, 47, of Zeigler, IL., passed away at 12:50 a.m., on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Franklin Hospital ER. 

He was born on May 30, 1970, to James William DeWitt and Linda Rae (Wiles) DeWitt.
Robert is survived by his loving fiancée, Dianna Bloom, two sons, Bobby A. DeWitt and Christian DeWitt; and one daughter, Jamie M. DeWitt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. DeWitt and Linda R. DeWitt, one brother, James M. DeWitt, and one sister, Tammy DeWitt.
Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street, Benton, IL.
As per Robert’s wishes, cremation will take place.
Services will be held privately by the family at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pate Funeral Home to help assist with funeral expenses.

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

Robert Martin Garrison — Benton, IL

Robert Martin Garrison, 95, of Benton, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on June 22, 1922, to Herman Clark and Elizabeth (Hartman) Garrison in Benton, IL. Robert and his mother Elizabeth were the first caesarean section birth performed in Franklin County were mother and baby survived.

He attended Benton High School and graduated with the Class of 1940, but three day’s prior to the graduation ceremony, Robert left to play professional baseball with The House of David in Benton Harbor, MI., where he played from 1940 to 1942.  In late 1942, he joined the Army Air Corp and received pilot training and was assigned to the 8th Air Force.  During WWII Robert was stationed in Belgium and England flying P-51’s.

Prior to returning stateside, Robert along with many other professional ball players stationed in England participated in an Exhibition Baseball Game in London before a crowed of 10,000.  Following WWII he returned to civilian life and married the former Eva June Myers on December 16, 1945, in Benton, IL.  From 1946 to 1948, Robert returned to professional baseball with the St. Cloud Northern League and the Florida International League.  In 1949, he and his wife Eva returned to Benton where Robert would work for Old Ben 11 and Orient #3 Coal mines until 1950.

In 1951, Robert was recalled to the USAF as a First Lt.  In 1955, Robert graduated from the Air Force Top Gun Training School at Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas, NV.  In 1956 – 1957, during the Korean Conflict, Robert proudly served his country flying F-86’s.  Later during the Vietnam War, Robert flew the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog as a Air Force Liaison Officer with the United States Army as a Forward Air Controller (FAC).  During the Vietnam War Robert flew 128 missions.  During his career Robert along with family were stationed at Air Force Bases in Selma, AL, Las Vegas, NV, Youngstown, OH, Bunker Hill, IN, Bitburg and Wurzburg, Germany, and Richards-Gebaur, MO.

In 1969, Robert retired from the USAF as a Major.  He and his wife returned to their home town of Benton, residing on a 40 acre farm with a beautiful lake.  The community will remember the U-Cut Christmas Trees and Public Fishing at Garrison Lake.

Robert enjoyed fishing, quail hunting and playing golf.  He raised several excellent bird dogs.  Robert was a long time member of the Benton Country Club, where he participated in many Grandfather Tournaments.  He was on the Benton County Club Board of Directors for 3 years and also served on the Hill City Water District Board of Directors for 6 years.  He’s a life time member of the Benton American Legion Post 280 and the VFW Post 2671.

Robert is survived by his loving spouse of 72 years, Eva June Garrison; three children, Rosemari Jo Davis and husband Bill of McMinnville, OR., Roberta “Bobbi” Garrison Smith and husband Richard of Seattle, WA., and Robert Michael Garrison of St. Louis, MO; four grandchildren, Kris Simmons, Kim Kayfes, Ashley and Reilly Smith; and seven grandchildren; and beloved dog, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

A memorial service and celebration of life to honor Robert Martin Garrison will be scheduled at a later date.  Information will be published closer to the date of the service.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Benton American Legion Post 280 and the VFW Post 2671, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Rethorst and staff (Margaret), Hospice of Southern Illinois and dear friends, Tom Saxe, Keith & Jeannie Bragg, David Linn and John Rone.

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

Franklin “Tater” Drysdale-Sesser, IL

 

Franklin “Tater” Drysdale. 85, of Sesser passed away on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

He was born on January 24, 1933 in Christopher to Isaac and Callie (Newberry) Drysdale.  He married Ruth (Scott) Drysdale and she preceded in death.

He is survived by his children Geno Drysdale, Danny Drysdale, Debbie King, Marvin Drysdale, Kevin Drysdale, Melissa Galloway and Melinda Bruns; four sisters Fay Key, Vera Hall, Myrna Hamilton, and Nita Wright; one brother Marion Drysdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Pamela Drysdale, one son Rodney Drysdale, and seven brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Visitation will be on Tuesday March 27, from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

PFC Dylon Andrew Kelly-Sesser, IL

 

PFC Dylon Andrew Kelly, 21, of Fort Stewart, GA formerly of Sesser, IL passed away on March 15, 2018.

He was born on September 27, 1996 in Carbondale, IL.

He is survived by his father Andrew (Kelly) Kelly of Sesser; two sisters Kelsey Bate and LaRaya Kelly; and one brother Landon Kelly; grandparents Carroll and Nancy Kelly of Sesser and Terry and Peggy Swift of Benton; and great grandmother Ellinor Williams of Sesser

He was a 2015 graduate of Sesser-Valier High School. While he was in high school he was a member of the Outdoorsmen Club, Youth and Government, a member of the basketball, football and track teams. He loved hanging out with his friends and recently exploring the southeast area of the country with his army buddies.

He attended Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin.

Dylon enlisted in the US Army in December of 2016 and was an armor vehicle crewman assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA.

Funeral service will be on Sunday March 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 108 East Matthew, Sesser, IL 62884 with Brother Eric Drake and Brother Allen Miller officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday March 24, 2018 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 noon until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church.  Burial with military rites will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

The family of Dylon Kelly strongly suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Sesser-Valier Athletic Department.  Envelopes will be available at the church.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is handling arrangements.

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

Richard “Dick” McReaken – Zeigler, IL

Richard “Dick” McReaken, 79, of Zeigler passed away on March 20, 2018 at 1:23 PM at the Herrin Hospital.

Richard was born to Paul and Hazel (Boetcher) McReaken in West Frankfort, IL. On January 28, 1977, he married Wanda (Rogers) McReaken, whom he often referred to as “My bride” or “Queenie”.   She survives of Zeigler.

Other survivors include his sons Rhett P. (Brenda) McReaken of West Frankfort and Timothy McReaken of Mulkeytown; two grandchildren Brett P. McReaken and Jessica (Brandon) Melvin; first cousin Don (Sharon) Krump; and many close family members and friends.

He was a gas foreman for 40 years at Ameren.  He was a member of Zeigler American Legion, Eagles, and the First Christian Church of Christopher.

Funeral services will be on Friday March 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the First Christian Church in Christopher with Rev. Daniel Ison officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday March 23, from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Zeigler Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Cuartas and his staff for all their care.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Christian Church of Christopher and envelopes will be available at the Church.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

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

Michael Brandon Frost – Benton, IL

Micheal Brandon Frost, 37, formerly of Benton, IL, went to home to his heavenly father at 2:53 a.m., on Friday, March 16, 2018.

He was born on September 15, 1980, to James Underwood and Carla Frost. As Micheal grew up he attended North Benton Baptist Church in Benton, IL. He attended Benton Grade School and Benton Consolidated High School.  He received his welding degree in April of 2017.

Micheal worked his dream job as a welder/fabricator  for Special Mine Services in West Frankfort, IL. He was very talented; he played guitar and piano. Micheal was very articulate and artistic. He enjoyed four-wheeling and loved to be in the outdoors.  He has been engaged to Sandra Pfortmiller since 2012 and she survives.

Micheal is survived by his parents, James Underwood of Benton and Carla Frost of Benton; his loving Fiance, Sandra J. Pfortmiller of Zeigler, IL; a son, Levi J. Frost of Benton, IL; Sandra’s daughters that he helped raise, Emily and Morgan Pfortmiller; a sister; Sheena Nicole Frost of Denver CO; a uncle; David (Lisa) Frost and children Josh, Jacob, and Aubree Frost of West Frankfort, IL; a aunt, Rita Frost of Johnston City, IL., and daughter Chastity Filkins of West Frankfort, IL; a paternal grandmother, Joyce Atchison; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He cherished his three nephews, Eli Shores, and Conner and Deacon Rowe. He had many friends and considered James South, Amos Beasley and Robbie Williams his brothers.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gage M. E. Frost; maternal grandpa, Carl David Frost; maternal grandma, Dorris Jean Frost; paternal grandfather, James Underwood Sr., and lifelong childhood friend, Mike Barger.

Micheal was especially fond of his mother, Carla, his uncle, David, and his grandma and grandpa, Dorris and Carl. He will be dearly missed and has touched the hearts of many.

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

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral services will follow visitation at the funeral home on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

Burial will take place at Logan Cemetery in Logan, IL.

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

Sharon Joyce Mabry — Valier, IL

Sharon Joyce Mabry, 73, of Valier passed away on Monday March 19, 2018 at her home.

She was born on September 11, 1944 in Belle Rive, IL to Oscar and Edna (Shear) Williams.  She was married to Ron Mabry for 52 years and he survives of Valier.

Other survivors include her children Kim (Brent) Kreid of Franklin, TN and Becky (Mike) Barry of Valier; grandchildren Maren Kreid, Trey Kreid, Kobe Kreid, Zeb Kreid, Luke Barry, Briley Barry, and Shayne Barry; brothers and sisters Charles (Janis) Williams of Valier, Carl (DeeAnn) Williams of Valier, Karen (Jim) Sanson of Marion, Brenda (Jim) Hewlett of Royalton; half-brother Bob Williams of Valier; half-sister Norma Hefner of Tennessee.

She was a member of the Valier First Baptist Church and West Frankfort Bowling League.

Funeral service will be on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Valier First Baptist Church with Rev. Harl Ray Lewis and Pastor Kevin Bradley officiating.  Visitation will be on Friday March 23, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher and on Saturday March 24, from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Valier First Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home and the church.

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

 

Larry Gene Pettit – Benton, IL

 

Larry Gene Pettit, 63, of Benton, IL, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Skokie, IL.

He was born in Benton, IL on November 22, 1954, the son of Dorothy (Glover) Pinson and Robert Pinson.

Mr. Pettit is survived by his wife, Jayne Pettit of Benton; children, Drew Pettit and wife Kayelee, of Desoto, IL, Justin Dickey and wife Ashley, of Highland, IL and Kriten Anastasi, of Johnston City, IL; grandchildren, Lahna Kaye Pettit, Josie Anastasi, Emmalyn Dickey, Nora Dickey; brother Brian Pinson and wife Karen, of Benton; niece Jennifer Jennings and husband Tyler and nephew Brandon Pinson and wife Samantha.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.

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