Gerald “Gabe” McCarty — West Frankfort, IL

Gerald “Gabe”  McCarty, 83, of West Frankfort, IL , died at 4:45 pm on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Carbondale Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, IL.

mccartyMr. McCarty was born May 1, 1933, in Benton, IL, the son of  William and Cleo (Reynolds) McCarty.

Gabe was a  veteran of the United States Air Force,  serving in the Korean War. He was a retired sheet metal worker from SIU and a member of the First Baptist Church in West Frankfort.

He is survived by a son, Richard McMahan and wife of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Roxie Loyd of Kansas City, Mo;  a granddaughter, Maggie Taylor of Arlington, TX; the love of his life, Avanell Fulton of Carterville, IL; special friend, Patty Garcia of Centralia, IL; several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Gabe was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Melissa Postnikoff of Fort Worth, TX and a sister, Ione Cardiff.

In 1958, Gabe started a band called the Four Vest Band. The band consisted for Gabe, Ron Head, George Warren and Vernon Mandrell and they played at local venues and teen towns. He continued to play bass in several bands. He had a beautiful voice and could play the bass, but couldn’t do both at the same time but he did both well. In the beginning they called him “One String” because he only played one string but it was consistent and good. He eventually learned all five and was in demand as a bass player. Earl Sandusky, a great drummer, aptly renamed him “Little Caesar”. Area musicians will be able to relate to these stories about Gabe. He continued to play music up until six months ago.

In 1963, before the Beatles were famous, George Harrison arrived in Benton, IL, to visit his sister, Louise Caldwell, who was presently living in America. George and Gabe became friends and Gabe took George to play country music in Muddy, IL. Gabe escorted George around the area to buy a new guitar here and to play in area too. Harrison remained friends with Gabe throughout the years and books have been written about both of them. George Harrison became famous with the Beatles on his return to England and Gabe was invited to go meet all the Beatles and followed them through the years.

Visitation will be from  1 pm to 4 pm, on Friday, July 8, 2016, at Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main St., Benton, IL. A funeral service will follow the visitation at  4 pm at Pate Funeral Home.

Burial will immediately follow services at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL., with military rites by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Air Force Honors Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Alicia Rae Anglese – Christopher, IL

Alicia Rae Anglese, 24, of Christopher, IL, passed away June 30, 2016.

aliShe was born February 25, 1992 in Carbondale, IL.

Alicia worked at the Franklin-Jefferson Special Education District.

Alicia is survived by her father and stepmother, Daniel Lee and Brenda Anglese, of Mulkeytown, IL and her mother and stepfather Marcia and Randy Venegoni, of Christopher; one sister Missy and Bryan Furlow, of Christopher; a stepbrother Garrett Venegoni, of Herrin, IL; stepsisters Victoria Bryley, of Herrin, Valerie Binkley, of Evansville, IN and Lauren Venegoni, of Herrin; grandparents Carolyn Summers, Judy Furlow and James Anglese.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Gilbert Funeral Home, in Christopher with Brother Hagle Summers officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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Mary Ellen Buntin – Macedonia, IL

Mary Ellen Buntin, 92, of Macedonia, passed away at 4:42 a.m., on Thursday, June 24, 2016, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born on September 20, 1923, to Osias and Blanche (Garner) Craddock in Hamilton County, IL.  Mary worked at various jobs but had worked 25 years at Immediate Cleaners in Benton. In 1965, she married James “Bub” Buntin and he has preceded her in death.

She was a member of the East Benton Baptist Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Mary enjoyed quilting and sewing.

 Mary is survived by her niece, Linda Emery and her husband Gary, of Carterville, IL; two nephews, Robert Buntin  and his wife Marge, of Akin, IL and Mike Buntin and his wife Brenda, of Akin, IL;  and many other nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Osias and  Blanche Craddock, her husband, James “Bub” M. Buntin,  one brother, Joe Craddock,  one sister, Ruby Kaspar, one nephew, Mark Craddock and one niece, Jean Channess.

 Visitation will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main St.,  Benton, IL.  Following visitation the funeral procession will leave the funeral home for a Graveside service at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL, with Eddie Paul Davis, officiating.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Ministerial Alliance in Benton, IL and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Cecil L. Good-Sims – Benton, IL

Cecil L. Good-Sims, 76, of Benton, passed away at 9:56 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

cicil simsShe was born on February 9, 1940, in Christopher, IL. Cecil was a retired CNA.  She married Guy “Pappy” Leon Sims on December 9, 1978, and he preceded her in death on August 7, 2014.

 Cecil was a member of the Steel City Baptist Church, the Benton Eagles and the American Legion Auxiliary in Benton. She enjoyed playing Bingo and loved her animals. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother..

She is survived by three daughters, Marsha Grady, Theresa Twogood and husband Rusty, and Peggy Wakefield and husband Mike; one sister, Betty Shippert and husband Tony; ten grandchildren, April, Brandon, Stacy, Preston, Ashley, Jesse, Christopher, Nicholas, Michele and Hope and 12 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Sissy and Jules Demaret, one daughter, Lisa King-Seals, two sisters, Flora Mae Furlow-Neralich and Penny Marvel; a son-in-law, Bill Grady.

 Cremation was held per her wishes. Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Mulkeytown Cemetery, Mulkeytown, IL.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Terry Lee Small – Benton, IL

BENTON — Terry Lee Small, 55, passed away Wednesday morning June 22, 2016, in Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Mr. Small was born June 9, 1961, in Vincennes, Indiana, the son of Jack and Karen (Pond) Small.

He was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association. He was a member of the Christopher Church of God.

He is survived by his parents, Jack and Karen Small of Benton; one son, Jeremy Small and wife, Autumn, of Benton; three grandchildren, Aubrie Sky, Gehrig Lee and Arabella Kay Rose; and two sisters, Yvonne Edwards and husband, Bud, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gail Lynne Marco and husband, Greg, of Grand Ronde, Oregon.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Robert Wininger officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Sandra Jane Veach – Sesser, IL

Sandra Jane Veach, 82, of Sesser, IL, passed away at 11:01 a.m. on June 20, 2016 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

veachShe was born on November 21, 1933 in Sesser, the daughter of Dallas Murry and Lela Mae (Sands) Murry.

Sandra married Bob S. Veach on December 8, 1950 and he survives.

She was a homemaker.

Sandra is survived by her children Mike, Debbie and David; grandchildren Angela, Michael, Patty, Ricky, Chelle, Mathew and Joe; sister Annabel (Murry) Parker, of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Patty Veach and one brother Ross Murry.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Sesser.

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Pat Carr – Benton, IL

Pat Carr, age 47 of Benton, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Benton.

pat carrVisitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Patrick Stanley Carr was born on May 1, 1969 in Peoria, IL, the son of William Scott Carr and Judith Ann (Stanley) Carr.

Pat was a residential electrician and a member International Brotherhood of  Electrical Workers  Local 702 of West Frankfort.

Pat enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He was an avid waterfowl and deer hunter, and fisherman.  Pat also had a love for horses, especially race horses; which he formerly owned, trained, and raced.

He is survived by his parents Bill and Judy Carr of Benton; a son Nicholas Lowe of Orlando, FL; a granddaughter Connie Lowe of Orlando, FL; his maternal grandfather Milton Stanley of East Peoria, IL;  a brother Scott Carr and wife Carmalee of Benton; a sister Renee Osborn and husband Richard of Odessa, TX; two aunts Janet Cheatham and husband Gene of East Peoria, IL, Dawn Kirk and husband Don also of East Peoria, IL; several cousins, nieces, nephews, and his many special friends.

Pat was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Edith Stanley; and his paternal grandparents Scott and Mildred Carr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, and will be collected at the funeral home.

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Olive Hill — Christopher, IL

CHRISTOPHER — Olive Pauline Hill, 90, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at her Home in Christopher, IL.

Olive was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Buckner, the daughter of Mancil and Mary (Stacy) McCluskey.

Olive was a member of Church of Christ in Christopher.

Olive married Howard Hill on March 10, 1946, in Mount Vernon and together they shared 70 years of marriage.

She was a homemaker.

Olive is survived by her husband, children, Duane and Juanita Hill of Charleston, Indiana, Marsha Bowers of Benton, Ginger and Jayce Martin of Christopher; grandchildren, Clint and Amy Hill of Franklin, Tennessee, Somer and Ryan Novakovsky of Sellersburg, Indiana, Robert Morrison III of Benton, Tony and Kaci Hodge of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, John and Gretchin Martin of Christopher, Jayson and Marcy Martin of Christopher, Jesse Martin of Christopher, and Jamie Thompson of Christopher; great-grandchildren, Cassie and Gale Novakovsky, Darren, Autum, and Griffin Hill, Allie Hodge, Lauren Kent, Ashlyn and Alex Thompson, Veda Martin, Gracie Martin, and Jaycie, Callie and Addie Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Orlie McCluskey and one infant brother; and two grandchildren, Darren Duane Hill and Andrew Lee Querry.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, in Gilbert funeral Home in Christopher, with Brother George Marshall officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner.

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Ruth E. Lisanby – Christopher, IL

CHRISTOPHER — Ruth E. Lisanby, 72, died Friday, June 17, 2016, in Herrin Hospital.

Ruth was born Jan. 31, 1944, in Chicago, the daughter of Anton and Frances (Bannach) Rejholio.

She married Don Lisanby and he preceded in her in death.

Ruth is survived by her children, Denise and Darrin Marks of Bridgeview, Nancy and James Kamba of Chicago Ridge, Jerry Fiore of Downers Grove, and Darren Fiore of Chicago Ridge; grandchildren, Scott, Ryan, Tyler, Joshua and Nicholas; and brother and sister, Stanley Rejholic of McHenry, and Lily Rejholic-Rozen of Pheonix, Arizona.

She was a clerk at Wal-Mart until her retirement.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Her wishes were for her body to be cremated with no services.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

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Wallace Mick – Benton, IL

BENTON — Wallace Paul Mick, 94, died Friday, June 17, 2016, in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

wallace mickHe was born Jan. 9, 1922, in Benton, to Romie and Mary (Barmenski) Mick.

Wallace married Rose Ann (Legerski) Mick and she preceded in death on May 18, 1993.

He was a carpenter, taxidermist and had taught taxidermy at Rend Lake College.

He was an avid hunter that had hunted in Africa and all over the United States, a bow maker, and wood carver.

Wallace served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a Motor Mack 1st class during the invasion of Normandy. In April he was on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, Flight No. 37.

Wallace was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher.

Survivors include children, Larry and Regina Mick of Nashville, Laura and Scott Ellis of Port St Lucie, Florida, and Judy and Charlie Kirk of Mayfield, Kentucky; grandchildren, Brittany Ellis Lolos and her husband, Chrstos Lolos, Stacey Evilsizer, Daniel Mick, and Chelsea Ellis; great-grandchild, Beth Evilsizer; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two sisters, Sophie “Mickey” Mick and Carolyn Carpenter.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, in St Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher, with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Burial will be in Masonic and IOOF cemetery in Benton. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

Memorials may be made to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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