May C. DeLyser – Benton, IL

May C. DeLyser, 93, of Benton, IL, passed away March 10, 2016 at StoneBridge Senior Living Center, in Benton, IL.

She was born in Rochester, New York on August 8, 1922, the daughter of Jesse and Lily (Mead) Comstock.

She married Robert M. DeLyser on November 21, 1942 and he preceded her in death on June 20, 2000.

Mrs. DeLyser dearly loved her grandchildren. She had a great love for toy poodles, orchids and birds and shopping. She loved life to the end.

Mrs. DeLyser is survived by her children, Sharon A. Potts and Kayo Pitts, of Faubush, KY, Ronald DeLyser and wife Linda, Thornton, CO, Thomas R. DeLyser and wife Meri, of Rowlett, TX and Ellen S. Dorchincez and husband BJ of Benton, IL; grandchildren Nina May Dorchincez, Blaze Dorchincez, Robert (Bobby) Edwards, Craig Potts, Ronnie Potts, Tami Erna, Shelly Smith, Marc DeLyser and Aaron DeLyser; one cousin Earl Comstock, Coshen, IN. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren.

Mrs. DeLyser was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by a grandchild, Devon Lee DeLyser, a sister Lillian McIntyre and by an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Preston House officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, in Benton.

For those who wish memorial contributions can be made to Celtic Hospice.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Celtic Hospice and the administration and staff of StoneBridge Senior Living Center for the excellent care that was given.

 

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Donna Darlene Morgan – Sesser, IL

Donna Darlene Morgan, 70, of Sesser, IL passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at her home.

Donna was born June 24, 1945 in Union County, MI, the daughter of Herbert Kizer and Frieda (Easter) Kizer.

She married Louis Morgan on July 22, 1965 and he survives of Sesser.

Donna was a homemaker.

She is survived by her children, Paula Morgan, of Sesser, Danny Morgan, of St. Charles, MO, Lisa Morgan, of Sesser, James Morgan, of Alton, IL and Pammy Morgan, of Bethalto, IL; brothers Terry Kizer, of East Alton, IL, James Kizer, of East Alton and Gerald Kizer, of East Alton; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Rickie Kizer, Larry Kizer and Tommy Kizer.

Donna’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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

 

 

 

Kevin Lee Chamness – Benton, IL

Kevin Lee Chamness, age 47, of Benton, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016 at his parent’s home.

chamnessFuneral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home in Benton, with Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in the Tower Heights Cemetery, West Frankfort, IL. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Kevin was born on October 17, 1968 in Benton, IL, the son of Lyndell Vernell Chamness and Shirley Ann (Parks) Chamness.

Kevin was employed as a Lieutenant with the Illinois Department of Corrections, Big Muddy Correctional Center in Ina.

He enjoyed coaching and watching his daughter’s softball team, watching her play volleyball, and he enjoyed playing golf.

Kevin is survived by his daughter Sydney Chamness of West Frankfort; his parents Lyndell and Shirley Chamness of Benton; a sister Tina and husband Kevin Harpool of West Frankfort; a brother Keith Chamness and wife Misty of Benton; a step-brother Michael Chamness and wife Anne of Utah; an aunt and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and a step-brother Craig Chamness.

Memorials contributions may be made to assist with Sydney’s future college education; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Wilma Jean Crocker – Sesser, IL

SESSER — Wilma Jean Crocker, 88, died at 9:02 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Sesser.

crockerShe was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Dongola to Elbert Henry and Iva Eve (Ury) Dillow. She married Burton Raymond Crocker on May 29, 1949, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 2014.

Survivors include her children, Dianna Williams (Curt) of Sesser, Janet Jones (Larry) of Harrisburg, Randall Crocker (Cindy) of Sesser and Brenda Kramer (Keith) of Sesser.

She had 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Jennifer Lemons (Arthur), Gillian and Cordelia, Laura Marberry, Frances Marberry (deceased), Brett Crocker (Danielle) and Collin, Alex Kramer, all living in Sesser, Tara Grosner (John) and Ingrid of New York City, Loren Jones (Karee), Millie and Otis of Austin, Texas, Braden Jones (Courtney), Thomas and Beckett of Gainsville, Florida, Erin Janello (Tony), Jaylyn and Aiden of Mulkeytown, Dennis Kramer (Lindsey) of Annapolis, Maryland, and Kyle Crocker of St Louis.

Othe survivors include her sister, Opal Treece of Breese; four sisters-in-law, Clara Brown of Sesser, Ruth Ann Crocker of Sesser, Elizabeth Crocker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Clara Mae Dillow Moore of Scott City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Lucille Kirkpatrick of Mount Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Michael Marberry; granddaughter, Frances Marberry; three sisters, Blanche Allen, Ruth Angel and Hazel Davis; and brother, Walter Dean Dillow.

After graduating from Dongola High School in 1943, Jean was a civil service worker in Chicago. Later, she went to the Carbondale School of Cosmetology and then worked as a beautician. In later years, she worked with her husband, Burton R. Crocker, as the office manager of Crocker Insurance and Real Estate Agency.

Jean always was very civic minded. When her children were in school, she was extremely active in the PTA. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Sesser, American Legion Auxiliary and Chamber of Commerce. She was instrumental in raising the money for Christmas lights and always made sure there were funds available for their upkeep.

She also was a very talented seamstress and homemaker.

Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, March 3, in First Baptist Church in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser and 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burton R. Crocker SIU Memorial Scholarship Fund, SIU Foundation, 1235 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901.

For more information, go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Marilyn Rae Moss – Logan, IL

LOGAN — Marilyn Rae Moss, 76, of Logan, IL passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Logan on Nov. 11, 1939, the daughter of Arthur L and Laura Sue (Rieder)  Roach.

She married her high school sweetheart, James Roy Moss on October 5, 1957.

Mrs. Moss enjoyed crocheting and camping with friends.

She is survived he her husband, James R. Moss, of Logan; son Jimmie Moss Jr. of Logan; daughter Jamie Lampley and husband Donald, of Benton, IL; two grandsons Jacob Tylor and Andrew Roy; granddaughter Madilyn Rae; seven siblings, Kenneth Roach and wife June, of Sumiton, AL, Phyllis Carlisle and husband C.L., of Thompsonville, IL, Sharon Pedigo, of Benton, Beverly Rosoho and husband Nick, of Zeigler, IL, Bette Lambert and husband Bill, of Herrin, IL, Arthur Roach and wife Katie, of Logan and Marla Patten and husband Keith, of Logan. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Moss was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-in-law, Jim Pedigo and Paul Ray Moss.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with the Rev. Mike Mayberry officiating. Burial will be at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Morton & Johnston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Andy Williams — Benton, Illinois

BENTON — Andy Lee Williams, age 66, of Benton, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at his home.

andyA Memorial BBQ and Celebration of Andy’s Life, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Kiwanis Hall located at 414 West Hudelson Street, Benton, Illinois; with Pastor Alan Newman officiating.

Andy’s wishes were to be cremated. Cremation services are under the direction of the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Andy was born on December 8, 1949 in Mt. Vernon, IL, the son of Ora Stanford Williams and Mary Catherine “Woody” (Woodring) Williams. He married the former Kathryn Ann Kinkade on February 27, 2004.

He was a master brick layer and a member of the Brick Layers Union.

Andy served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

He was a former member of the Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church.

Andy enjoyed Harley Davidson Motorcycles, his dogs, horseback riding, fishing, gardening, spending time with his family, and barbecuing.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Williams of Benton; his mother Mary Catherine “Woody” Williams of Benton; five children: Shane Gostowski of Benton, Amy Williams of Rhode Island, Kim Williams of Rhode Island, Mason Williams and wife Jenna of New Orleans, Andrea Williams of Carbondale; four grandchildren: Ryan, Mason, Aaron and Amber; seven siblings: Guy Williams of Benton, Jimmy Fones and wife Edith of Pensacola, FL, David Williams and wife Debbie of Benton, Stanley Williams and wife Jean Ann of Benton, Jeanita Spillman and husband Merv of Benton, Terry Williams and wife Mary of Benton, Rita Arcieri and husband Kevin of Conroe, TX; his four legged family: Bailey, Spike, Buddy-Guy, Walter; and several nieces and nephews.

Andy was preceded in death by his father, father-in-law Nolen Kinkade, brother-in-law Russell Kinkade, and sister-in-law Jan Williams.

Memorials contributions may be made in memory of Andy, to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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

Patricia Shaffer Gooden – Christopher, IL

Patricia Shaffer Gooden, 85, of Christopher, IL passed away at 7:18 p.m. on February 21, 2016 at Franklin Hospital Emergency Room, in Benton, IL.

She was born November 12, 1930 in West City, IL the daughter of Harvey Warren and Margaret (Waskom) Warren. Camille Dugauguez was her step-father.

Patricia was a member of the St Andrews Catholic Church, of Christopher.

She was married to Charles Shaffer and he preceded her in death, then she married Bob Gooden and he survives of Christopher.

She is survived by her daughters, Debra Shaffer, of Benton and Donna and Roy Manasco, of Marion, IL; grandchildren James Theile, Joseph Bell, David Shepard and Michael Shepard; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, her first husband, one grandson, Jerry Litton and one sister Havena Rice.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home. Visitation will on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Mulkeytown Cemetery.

Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher, IL is in charge of arrangements.

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Mayabell Hedges – Sesser, IL

Mayabell Hedges, 86, of Sesser, IL passed away at 2:30 p.m. on February 22, 2016 at Herrin Hospital.

Mayabell was born on December 11, 1929 in Sesser, IL, the daughter of John Wilmore and Mary Wilma (Arnold) Todd.

She was a homemaker.

She was married to Mathew Hedges and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Lucille Lane, Christopher, IL, Jackie Sheppard, Harvard, IL, Delores Hedges, Harvard, IL and Mary Reinert, Woodstock, IL. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister Billie Lou Lucttrell, Cadiz, KY.

Mayabell was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter Mayabell Harrell; two brothers James Wilmore and George Wilmore.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, Sesser, IL with Brother Rocky Nolan officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser, IL.

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

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

For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

Michael K. Spruell – Zeigler, IL

ZEIGLER — Michael K. Spruell, 57, formerly of Herrin and Christopher, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at home.

He was born in Mount Vernon, the son of Charles Spruell, Nina (Farley) Spruell and Betty (Leming) Spruell. Betty survives in Christopher.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Burial will be in St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Spruell was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Royalton.

Other survivors include his children, Ronnie and Adriane Spruell of Eureka, Missouri, and Charlie and fiancée, Cortnie Crosley, of Herrin; grandchildren, Emery, Zachary and Adriana Spruell; and siblings, David and MaryAnne Spruell of Columbia, Denise Bovyn of St. Louis and Becky and Randy Gilbert of Christopher.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jeffery Spruell; and sister, Susan Lewis.

For more information, go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.