Betty Lou Eubanks – Benton

Betty Lou Eubanks, 74, of Benton IL, passed away at 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at her residence.

She was born on August 6, 1943, to Denzil and Eileen (Warren) Summers in Kalamazoo, MI. On December 31, 1983, she married Richard Eubanks and he preceded her in death on August 21, 1997.

Betty enjoyed shopping, bowling, fishing and camping. She was very faithful to her Lord and Savior.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her children, Danny Mandrell of Benton, IL and Tonya (Curtis Lee) Gaskin of West Frankfort, IL; one granddaughter, Sheyenne Gaskin of Benton, IL; one brother, Daniel (Carol) Summers of St Louis, MO; two sisters, Barbara (Warren) Walton of Benton, IL and Marion Caswell of Moody, TX and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Denzil R. and Eileen M. Summers,her husband, Richard Eubanks, one sister, Linda Brayfield, and three brothers, James Summers, Larry Summers, and Vernon Summers.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Brother Bryant Harris, officiating.

Burial will take place following the service in the Knob Prairie Cemetery in Akin, IL.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Linda Marie McCarty-Christopher

Linda Marie McCarty, 72, of Christopher passed away peacefully at her home on Friday September 8, 2017 at 9:15 AM.

She was born on January 24, 1945 in Sesser, IL to Wilbur and Rose (Roberson) Robbins.
Survivors include her daughter Nicole and Ross Burkitt of Christopher; grandchildren Morgan Burkitt of Valier and Jake Burkitt of Christopher; one great granddaughter Karcin Hagerman.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son Jeff Webb.

She enjoyed working at her mother’s restaurant the Robbins Nest Café in Sesser as a teenager. She also enjoyed the friendships that she made during her many years of tending bar.

Memorial service for Linda McCarty will be on Thursday September 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Thursday September 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM until the time of the service at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Celtic Hospice for their wonderful care.

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George Alan Weed – Benton

George Alan Weed, age 81, of Benton, passed away at 8:07 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital of Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Fires of Revival Chapel of Benton, with Rev. Dean Severin officiating. Burial will be in the Lindale Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Eldorado. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Fires of Revival Chapel of Benton.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mr. Weed was born on February 23, 1936 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of George Weed and Challis (Johnson) Weed. He married the former Alice Riegel on March 24, 1981, and she survives.

Alan and Alice attended the Fires of Revival Chapel in Benton.

He left a teaching position at Purdue University to become the Human Resources Director for Freeman United Coal Company. He continued his interests in coal exploration and development up to the present time.

Alan enjoyed fishing, music, gardening, humor, and family.

Mr. Weed is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Alice R. Weed of Benton; his children: Elizabeth Cano and husband Angel of Avon, IN, George Alan Weed, Jr. and wife Jodi of Hernando, MS, Debra Weed of Avon, IN, Lowell Riegel and wife Debbie of Benton, Gary Riegel and wife Irma of Oakland, IL; grandchildren: Rachel Edwards and husband Daniel of Olive Branch, MS, Adam Weed and wife Lauren of Richmond, VA, Jacob Weed of Hernando, MS, Matthew Mugumya of Avon, IN, Sarah Mugumya of Avon, IN, David Riegel of Los Angeles, CA, Daniel Riegel and wife Lailah of Galatia, Dr, Brant Riegel and wife Dr. Daniela – Champaign, IL; two great-grandchildren: Isabela and Trent; a brother-in-law Everett Stanley of Plainfield, IN; two nephews and a niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Marilyn Stanley; and a nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fires of Revival Chapel and will be accepted at the visitation and funeral.

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

Charles Eugene “Blue” West – Macedonia

Charles Eugene “Blue” West, age 62, of Macedonia, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017 at his sister’s home in West Frankfort.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Rev. Steven Flach officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mr. West was born on November 18, 1955 in Benton, the son of Charles West and Imogene (Summers) West.

Blue worked as a welder and a tree trimmer. His family said he enjoyed Harley motorcycles, hunting, antiquing, attending Cherokee Indian retreats, going to auctions and treasure picking with his brothers, landscaping and planting flowers, and most of all spending time with his family.

Surviving are his three children; Kyle Grant and wife Kendra of Thompsonville, Rebecca Winemiller and husband Jason of Thompsonville, Shelley Martin of Benton; ten grandchildren: Sean Winemiller of the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea, Samantha Yates and husband Adam of Benton, Harley Eugene West of Benton, Andrew Blake Winemiller of Thompsonville, Matthew Martin of Benton; a great granddaughter Aubrey Sky Yates; ex-wife Vickie Galloway of Buckner; two sisters: Susanne Erickson and husband Joe of Michigan, Charlene Adams of West Frankfort; three brothers: Gary Wayne West of Benton, Fred West and wife Carolyn of Benton, Danny West and wife Ruthanne of Benton; two sisters-in-law: Dana West of Benton, Polly West of Orient; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. West was preceded in death by his parents; paternal and maternal grandparents; two brothers: William Lee West, Dennis Ray West; a sister-in-law Bobbi West; a niece: Jennie Kato and her husband Roy and their son Joshua.

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

Eugene Pulke-Pinckneyville

Eugene Pulke, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 1, 1923 in Perry County to Charles and Irene (Lynch) Pulke. He married Billie Mae (Hawkins) Pulke on July 1, 1945 and she preceded him in death on November 9, 1996.

Survivors include his children Cheryl McDonnough and Joel Pulke both of Pinckneyville; grandchildren Brandy McWhorter, Brooke May, Ashley Keebler and Amos Pulke; great grandchildren Alyssa Hagene, Gentry May, Logan McDonnough, Joel McDonnough, Logan McWhorter, and Ethan McWhorter.

He was a retired farmer, Coal Miner and a member of the UMWA. He was an Army Veteran serving during WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son Leslie Pulke, one grandson James McDonnough (Dana), one brother Paul Dean Pulke; and one sister Phyllis Glass.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 1:00 Pm at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Dwayne Bolinger and Brother Mark Harris. Visitation will be on Tuesday September 12, 2017 from 11:00 Am until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Pentecostal Church of Pinckneyville and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Beverly “Bev” Dale Edwards-McLeansboro

Beverly “Bev” Dale Edwards, 80, of McLeansboro IL, passed away on September 7, 2017.

He was born on May 6, 1937 in Sesser to Loren and Florence (Forrest) Edwards. He married Bernice (Ponder) Edwards and she preceded him in death on April 20, 1997. He then married Nancy (Middleton) Edwards on June 17, 1998 and she survives of McLeansboro, IL.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Edwards of McLeansboro; three sons Kevin Dale Edwards of Australia, Blake Allen Edwards of McLeansboro, and Craig Edwards of Wilmington, NC; three step-children Verna Bonner of Walnut Hill, IL, Jackie Dobbyn of Odin, IL, and Julia McCarty of Patoka, IL; one sister Donna Pitts of Sesser.

He was a retired coal miner and coal company executive, a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, one brother Bob “Red” Edwards.

Funeral services will be on Sunday September 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Ten Mile Baptist Church in McLeansboro with Brother Jake Gray officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday September 9, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For a full obituary go to our website  www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Wilbur “Will” Tennyson- Sesser

Wilbur “Will” Gene Tennyson, 70, of Sesser IL,  passed away on Thursday September 7, 2017 at 3:35 AM at the Franklin Hospital in Benton.

He was born on September 22, 1946 in Sesser, IL to Cecil Gene and Virginia (Gibbs) Tennison.
He is survived by his mother Virginia (Gibbs) Harris of West City; three children Pat (Mike) Sample of Sesser, Jamey Tennyson of Carlton, TX, and Junior (Amber) Dial of Macedonia, IL; grandchildren Jonathan Tennyson, Kayla (Gowdy) Cannon, Hunter Sample, Allie Dial, and Evan Dial.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother Roger Tennyson.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA.

Funeral services will be on Monday September 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Mike Sample officiating. Visitation will be on Monday September 11, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the funeral home.

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

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

Michael Dean Key – Benton

Michael Dean Key, age 48, of Benton IL, passed away at 1:44 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Cremation services are entrusted to the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mr. Key was born on March 18, 1969 in Benton, the son of Gary Key, Sr. and Patsy (Webb) Key.

Michael was construction worker and was a carpenter. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2898 of Benton.

He loved to play the guitar, have fun, and spend time with his family.

Surviving are his children: John Dean Ingersoll of Byron, IL, Melissa Key Shepard of Benton, Wesley Key and Kasandra Key both of Harrisburg, Trevor Key, Trey Key and River Key, all of Benton; nine grandchildren; his mother Patsy Larsen of Benton; five brothers: Gary Key, Wesley Key, Robert Key, James Key, Curtis Key; two sisters: Rose Mary Hollon, Dena Key; two half-brothers: Gary Key, Jeremy Key; a half-sister Celena Key; and his fiancee Carla Foster of Benton.

He is also loved by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Key was preceded in death by his father; a son: Michael Lee Key; and a brother: Taylor Whittington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812, to assist the family with expenses.

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

Robert Key Sr. – Benton

Robert E. Key, Sr., 77, of Benton, passed away at 4:49 p.m., surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, IL.

He was born on June 14, 1940, to Crawford and Pearl (Stringfield) Key in Paris, TN. On February 22, 1961, he married the former Lois Lavern Uselton and she preceded him in death on March 20, 2016. On June 14, 2016, he married the former Sheila Wilson and she survives. Mr. Key was a United States Marines Veteran and a retired truck driver.

Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed driving, traveling, mechanically working on vehicles, boats, going fishing and camping.

Mr. Key is survived by his loving spouse, Sheila Key, children, Debra Kays and husband Marion of Benton, IL, Maria Hill and husband Donnie of Woodlawn, IL, Lisa Casey and husband Mike of Benton, IL, Clarence “Alan” Hammond and wife Glenda of Decatur, IL, Robert Key, Jr. and wife Gina of Benton, IL, Scott Key and wife Laura of Benton, IL, Michael Key and wife Carla of Sesser, IL, Ricky Key and wife Julie of Hudson, FL and Ted Payton and husband Randall of Arnold, MO; a sister and brother, JoAnn Douez and Earl Dean “Butch” Wallace; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Crawford and Pearl Key; his first wife of 55 years, Lois Lavern Key; a daughter, Charlotte Key; and a sister Suzie Wallace.

Funeral Services will be privately held and are under the direction of Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marion VA Medical Facility and will be accepted at the funeral home.

William “Bill” Mitchell – Benton

William (Bill) Mitchell, 92, of Benton passed away Friday morning, September 1, 2017 at StoneBridge Nursing & Rehab Center.

He was born in Benton, IL on June 7, 1925, the son of Joseph & Dorothy (Dillon) Mitchell.
He served in the US Army-Air Corps for 2 years. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Thompsonville. And a member of the ATO Fraternity.

He married Rachel (Burkey) Nickless in January of 1974, and she survives.

Also surviving are three step daughters;   Kristy Jones and husband Jeff of Makanda, Jana Hood and husband Johnny of Newton,  Terri Russell and Jerry Underwood of Benton, five grandchildren; Justin and Shad Robey of Boston, Massachusetts,  Emily Jones of Carbondale,
Dara Selby of Vincennes, IN, Sarah Durham and husband Travis of Beecher City
and Andrew Turner of Sullivan, IN, two  Great-Granddaughters: Jayden, Olivia & Triston

He is also survived by two nephews, David Mitchell wife Daphne of Benton,  and  Steve Mitchell and Itzel of Benton, three nieces;  Linda Maddox of West Frankfort, Carol Smith of Benton and  Kathy Knutsen of Benton.

Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his Parents, by a Brother: John & by a Sister: Sue, and by a Grandson: Scott Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 4th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Jake Davis officiating. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion and VFW Posts and National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic and  Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 9:00 A.M. on Monday at the funeral home.

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