Kathleen “Katy” Lewis – Sesser, IL

Kathleen “Katy” Ann Lewis, 61, of Sesser, IL, passed away on August 26, 2016 at Marshall Browning Hospital, in Du Quoin, IL.

katyKaty was born on July 25, 1955 in Pinckneyville, IL, the daughter of Charles Flanary and Dorthea (Koontz) Flanary.

She married William “Bill” Lewis on October 24, 1972 and he survives of Sesser.

Katy served as a board member for the Horse Prairie Cemetery and the Sesser Fire Protection District.  She was a volunteer at the Sesser Library and the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament.  She was also a member of the Sesser Homecoming Association and Clerk for Barren Township. She was a homemaker.

Katy is survived by her children, Melody Lewis, of Sesser, Joshua (Rachel) Lewis, of Scheller, IL and Andrew Lewis, of Sesser; grandchildren Blaine Leslie, Jared Leslie, Sophia Lewis, Nealia Lewis, Isaac Lewis and Levi Lewis; brothers Randol (Mildred) Sumner of Pinckneyville and Bryan Flanary of Pinckneyville. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church, in Sesser, with the Rev. Ernie Lewis and the Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Visitation will be on Monday August 29, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral home in Sesser and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery, in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser Public Library and will be accepted at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff at Marshall Browning Hospital for their care and hospitality during their time of need.

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

For more information visit www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Ellen Fann — West Frankfort, IL

Mary Ellen Fann, 77, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 25 at 2:15 a.m. Mary was born June 27, 1939 to Stanley and Della (Phillips) Brown.

fannOn September 6, 1959 she married the love of her life, Billy Earl Fann and together they proudly and lovingly raised two sons, Billy Jr. and Bryan and one daughter, Tricia. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be dearly missed by her family.

Mary was a great cook and enjoyed cooking dinners for her family. She loved playing bingo with friends and poker games with her family. Mary and her husband, along with their friends and family created many special memories at their lake home on the West Frankfort City Lake. She also had two great-grandsons that brought joy to her heart and a smile to her face.

Mary worked at Container Stapling in Herrin for many years to help provide for her family.

She is survived by her two sons, Billy Fann Jr. and his companion Helen, Bryan Fann and his wife Jana, and one daughter, Tricia Salmo and her husband Marc, one daughter-in-law, Denise Fann, six  grandchildren Amanda Fann Farrell  and husband Liam, Kira Fann Bandy and husband JT ,Chase Fann, Faith Fann Vandekerkhove and husband Treg , Cory Salmo and Adam Salmo, two great grandsons, Lane and Brennan and a third great-grandchild on the way.  She is also survived by two brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Proceeding Mary in death were her husband, Billy, parents, Stanley and Della Brown, brothers , Floyd (Dorothy) Brown, Ralph Brown, Nathan (Hazel) Brown, Charles Brown and one sister Virginia (Joe) Struckle.

A Memorial Service for Mary will be held on Saturday August 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Kirby Ownby officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday August 27, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Mulkeytown cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Helia Healthcare Activity Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Ruby “Monzelle” (Harkey) Woodfin – Bolivar, MO (formerly of Benton,IL)

BENTON — Ruby “Monzelle” (Harkey) Woodfin of Bolivar, Missouri, formerly of Benton, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Aug. 21, 2016, holding her loving husband’s hand while surrounded by her children.

woodfinShe took great pride in being a pastor’s wife, mother and homemaker. She was an excellent seamstress and could seemingly make something out of nothing for whatever her kids needed. She held secretarial positions in Benton and Advance. Her faith and love for God was evident in the life she led. But one of her greatest joys was being a grandmother!

Monzelle was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Leacheville, Arkansas, to Elmer and Ruby (Nall) Harkey.

On Nov. 1, 1947, she married Clinton R. Woodfin in Piggott, Arkansas. They spent almost 69 wonderful years together.

To this union was born four children. They include one son, Steven and wife, Sue, of Benton; and three daughters, Lynne Edwards of Benton, Karen Reinhold and husband, Don, of Tampa, Florida, and Kris McClard and husband, Steve, of Bolivar, Missouri.

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

Her five precious great-grandchildren are Keegan and Kinley Glover of Benton, Evan and Madelyn Roundcount of Bethalto, and Kane Edwards of Benton. In her family’s words, “Oh, how her face would light up when they came into the room!”

In addition to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, she is survived by two brothers, Walter Harkey and wife, Peggy of Meadowbrook, and Howard Harkey and wife, Dorothy, of Shipman; sister, June Becraft and husband, Barney of Keyesport, and sister-in-law, Donna Harkey of Moro; brother-in-law, Ivan Woodfin and wife, Gavada of Advance, Missouri; and sister-in-law, Helen Woodfin of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. She was also a loving aunt to many special nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Gerald Retherford; brother, Jack Harkey; her special father and mother-in-law, John and Nellie Woodfin; brother-in-law, Leonard Woodfin; and special nieces and nephew, JoAnn Rice, Joyce Jarman and David Harkey.

Celebration of Life services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, with the Rev. James Kerley, Pastor Sammy Simmons and Music Minister John Odle officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to CMH Hospice in Bolivar, Missouri.

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

Jerry Chastain – Sesser, IL

Jerry Chastain, 66, of Sesser, IL, passed away on August 21, 2016 at St. Louis University Hospital, in St. Louis.

chastainJerry was born in Christopher, IL on February 12, 1950, the son of Donald Chastain and Dolores Muriel (Harmon) Owens.

He was a coal miner at the Consol Rend Lake Mine in Sesser and a member of the UMWA. He was a lifetime member of the Sesser VFW and the Band of Brothers Motorcycle Club.

He was also a Vietnam veteran serving in the United States Marine Corp and was retired from the Illinois National Guard.

He married Glenda (Lenington) Chastain on November 20, 1971 and she survives of Sesser.

He is survived by his children James (Vikki) Chastain, of Mt Vernon, IL, and Jeff (Andrea) Chastain, of Alton, IL; grandchildren, Lauryn Chastain, Anthony Chastain, Zoey Chastain, Dominic Spann, Jasmine Trimm, Patience Castro; on brother Terry (Deborah) Chastain, of Du Quoin, IL; nieces and nephews Melena Chastain, Terry Chastain Jr., Michael Chastain, Amanda Chastain, Scott Lenington

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather James Owens, and one sister Donna Chastain.

A memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Sesser VFW with Jason Ashmore speaking.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser VFW. Envelopes will be available at the memorial service or at the funeral home.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.




Charles “Frank” Rich – Benton, IL

Ellen L. Morton – Benton, IL

Ellen L. Morton, 75, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday morning, August 18, 2016 at her home.

She was born in Benton on June 5, 1941, the daughter of Clarence Gilliam and Dora (Pinkham) Gilliam.

She married Richard Morton on July 8, 1961, and he survives.

Mrs. Morton was of the Baptist Faith.

She enjoyed bowling. She had worked at the Rosalie Shop, in West Frankfort for several year and had retired from Town & Country True-Value Hardware as head cashier after 15 plus years. Her granddaughter Darian was her world.

Mrs. Morton is survived by her husband Richard E. Morton, of Benton; one son Darin Morton and wife Gay, of Benton; granddaughter Darian Alexandrea Morton, of Benton; two step-grandsons Kert Williams and fiancee Shannon Browning, of West Frankfort and Colton Williams, of Benton; one sister, Glenda Downs, of Benton; two brothers Kenneth Gilliam and wife Rita, of Christopher and Richard Gilliam, of Benton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Daisy Morton and by a brother-in-law, Loyd Downs.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church, in Benton, with Dr. Sammy Simmons, the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis and the Rev. Derek Downs officiating. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church.

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

Nancy Ann Butler – Benton, IL

Willa Jean Dorsey — Sesser, IL

Willa Jean Dorsey, 68, of Sesser, IL, passed away August 17, 2016 at Herrin Hospital.

willaShe was born December 21, 1947, the daughter of William “Bill” Murry and Martha “Jean” (Minor) Murry.

Willa married Larry Dorsey and he survives of Sesser.

She was a bus driver and was the manager at Sesser Foodland for many years until her retirement.

She is survived by her children Becky (Thomas) Bryant, of Sesser and Debby Edwards, of Sesser; grandchildren Tishann Dorsey, Amy Dorsey, Katy Dorsey, Zach Bryant, Allyson Bryant, Mathew Bryant, Jordan Edwards, Curtis Edwards and Madyson Edwards; brothers and sisters Terry (Mary) Murry, of Waltonville, IL, Larry (Vida) Murry, of Tuscola, IL, Janet (Mitch) LaCombe, of Parker, CO and Teresa (Michael) Bolten, of Buda, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry Dorsey, of Du Quoin, IL, Margie Mae (Ronnie) Lively, of Du Quoin and Bobby (Susan) Dorsey, of Palmyra, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Kenneth Dorsey.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church, in Sesser, with Brother Bryant Harris officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 5:30 until the time of the service at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmen Club. Envelopes will be available at the church and also at the funeral home.

Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Lewis Earl Hackleman – Benton, IL

Lewis Earl Hackleman, age 58 of Benton, passed away at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Franklin Hospital of Benton.

hackFuneral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton with Bro. Joe Zbinden officiating.  Burial with military rites by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Benton American Legion Post #280 and V.F.W. Post #2671 will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Lewis was born on October 10, 1957 in Berwyn, IL, the son of Lewis Eugene Hackleman and Peggy Lou (Grammer) Hackleman.  He married the former Alice Rose Ingram on September 22, 1985, and she survives.

Lewis was a retired Corrections Officer from the Marion Federal Penitentiary, where he had worked for 21 years.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Mr. Hackleman attended the Steel City Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grand babies. He enjoyed woodworking and his cars.

Lewis is survived by his wife Alice Rose Hackleman of Benton; a son Jeremy Scott Biggs of Carbondale; a daughter Emily Renee Salatas and husband Nick of Festus, MO; two grandchildren: Cayla Nicole Biggs of Cape Coral, FL, and Lainey Dawn Salatas of Festus, MO; two sisters: Cindy Lampley and husband Tike of Benton, and Mindy Szoke and husband Dr. David of Murphysboro, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his father and mother-in-law Odria and Patricia Ingram.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Steel City Baptist Church, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Ronald Kevin Atchison – Benton, IL

Ronald Kevin Atchison, 57, of Benton, IL, passed away August 13, 2016 at his home.

atchisonRonnie was born November 12, 1958 in Decatur, IL, the son of Kent Atchison and Judy (Williams) Atchison.

He married Cheryl (King) Atchison on March 11, 1995 and she survives of Benton.

Ronnie is survived by his children Jamie King, of Benton, Ronald Kevin (Dolores) Atchison, Jr., of Tulsa, OK, Tyler Wayne Atchison, of Benton, Kaysie Sanders, of Benton, Brandon (Melissa) Simmons, of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren Nicole Welch, Joshua King, Braxton King, Xander Atchison, Hope Atchison, Checotah ‘Coda” Atchison, Vance Sanders, Dominic Sanders, Serina Sanders, Marina Simmons, Ashley Thomas: one great grandchild Lillian Thomas; brothers and sisters, Janice Hicks of Benton, Brenda McGlasson of Benton, Robert (Jodi) Atchison of Sesser, IL, Teresa Jones of Tulsa, OK, Gena (Chelsey) Atchison of Mt Vernon, IL, Andrew (Kim) Atchison  of Benton; special friends Rick Redfearn of Tulsa, Ok, Sherry Atchison of Benton, and Max Burton of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ronnie was a corrections officer at Big Muddy Correctional Facility, in Ina.

He loved to fish and loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with the Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 5 p.m.

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