Vera Flowers – Mulkeytown

Vera L. (Hiller) Flowers, 86, of Mulkeytown IL passed away in the Sunshine Gardens Memory Care Unit on Sunday May 28, 2017.

Vera was born on March 24, 1931 to Everett and Bonnie (Sanders) Hiller in Christopher.

She graduated from Christopher High School in 1948, where she was a proud Bearcat cheerleader, and married Larry D. Flowers on November 23, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Christopher.  They shared over 66 years of marriage together.

Vera owned and operated many businesses with her family including Vera’s Flower’s and Gifts, Flowers Fashions, Larry’s Trailer Sales and Flowers Farms.

Throughout her life, Vera was very active, social and involved with the Zeigler Saddle Club, Christopher Saddle Club, Boy Scouts, Zeigler Eastern Star, Homemaker’s Extension as well as holding several positions at area churches.  She was active in horse shows for her sons and attended most events for her grandchildren.  Vera always looked forward to her annual high school class reunions, often hosting the celebrations at her home.

Vera is survived by her husband Larry D. Flowers, son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Gayle Flowers, grandchildren Lacey Holt, Larry A. Flowers, Courtney Flowers, Chad Flowers, and Chase Flowers, great grandson A.J. Holt, daughter-in-law Pricilla Flowers, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Carolyn Flowers as well as several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, one son Larry Allen Flowers, brother and sister-in-law Archie and Doris Hiller, and a sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Nelson Harris.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with brother Denny Bush officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher from 11:00 AM until 12:45 PM.

Vera’s family would like to thank all the caregivers and staff at Sunshine Gardens Memory Care for their love, respect and dignity provided to Vera and the family as well as the caregivers at Reflections Memory Care and Hospice of Southern Illinois.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sunshine Gardens Memory Care Unit or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.  For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuenralhomes.com

Olga Roush – Christopher

Olga B. Roush, 88 of Chirstopher IL, passed away on Saturday May 27, 2017 at 5:30 AM at Parkway Manor in Marion.

She was born on January 19, 1929 in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Tolstoy Leo and Margarita (Castellanos) Binswanger.

 She is survived by her children Kitty and Mark Cavinder of Mulkeytown, Mark Roush of Midland, TX, Paul Roush of Lubbock, TX, Viki and Joe Jensen of Midland, TX; grandchildren Kimberly and James Nesler of Herrin, Mandy Sneed of Christopher, Casey Cavinder of Mulkeytown, Tracy Cavinder of St. Louis, MO, Lucas Roush of Arlington, OR, Sarah Roush of Lubbock, TX, Marta Jensen of St Paul, MN, Emma Jensen, Midland, TX, Matthew Roush of Lubbock, TX; great grandchildren Hannah Nesler and Jake Nesler both of Herrin; brother Lewis Binswanger of El Paso, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Enedina Ellzey, one sister-in-law Corine Binswanger, one brother-in-law Paul Ellzey, grandson Vincent Paul Sneed, three great grandchildren Eliana Kathryn Nesler, Karissa Hazel Nesler, and Alexa Renee Nesler.

Olga lived the majority of her life in Carlsbad, NM, where she raised her four children.  She retired from the banking business while living in Carlsbad.  She relocated to Christopher in 2005.  She enjoyed being with family, reading, crocheting, needlepoint, and crossword puzzles.  She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Christopher.

She was an amazing lady, whose loving presence brilliantly shined upon all those with which she came into contact.  She will be sadly missed by her entire family, including her beloved Abigail, a three year old red short-haired miniature dachshund.

Graveside service will be on Thursday June 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM with Father Urban Osuji officiating at the St Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher.  Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery. Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St Andrews Catholic Cemetery, envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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

Gordon Higginson – Benton

Gordon Lewis Higginson, age 82, of Benton IL, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Helia Healthcare of Benton.

Mr. Higginson was born on November 4, 1934 in Wabash County, Illinois, the son of Leo Higginson and Caradena (Stadler) Higginson. He married the former Janet Bruce on April 24, 1953, and she survives.

He formerly worked for Ashland Valvoline Oil Company for 36 years until his retirement. He was a 52 year member of Pond River Masonic Lodge #244 in Greenville, KY. And he was a member of First Baptist Church of Thompsonville.

Gordon enjoyed quarter horses and trucks. He was known for his ability to fix anything and help anyone that asked.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Janet Higginson of Benton; three children: Stephanie Hobbs and husband Russell of Christopher, Bruce Higginson and wife Theresa of Benton, Beth Moore and husband John of Benton; four grandchildren: Jason Hobbs and wife Tiffanie, Kyle Hobbs, Shelby Biggs and husband Aaron, Taylor Moore; two great-grandchildren: Carson Hobbs and Tinley Hobbs; three sisters: Letha Michels, Lois Helm both of Mt. Carmel, IL, Dolores Elliot of Olney, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Donald Higginson and Bernard Higginson, and a sister Phyllis Hayes.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Rod Joplin officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Masonic Rites will be observed at 2:00 p.m. with funeral service to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Christopher Coniglio – Mulkeytown

Christopher Louis Coniglio, age 29, of Mulkeytown IL, passed away at 9:36 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at his home.

Christopher was born on May 20, 1987 in Pontiac, IL, the son of Gregg Allen Steimle and Christine Louise Coniglio.

Mr. Coniglio was a 2005 graduate of Murphysboro High School, and was employed in the Service and Tire Department at Carbondale Wal-Mart.

His family said, “He was the best father in the entire world. He was so very attentive and loving when it came to his children, and he always put his family first”. He was gifted with musical talents and enjoyed playing the guitar, drums, and saxophone. He was also skilled at carpentry, and enjoyed camping, fishing, gun safety, and video gameplay during his free time. He was a great person to have as a friend, and very compassionate and understanding to people from all walks of life.

Christopher is survived by his loving mother Christine Coniglio of Mulkeytown; his future-wife-to-be and mother of his two beautiful children, Rebeccah Vogt of Mulkeytown; his two children who were his world, Emily and Atticus Coniglio; two brothers: Matthew Kupcikevicius and wife Miranda of Mulkeytown, Nickolas Kupcikevicius of Joliet, IL; grandparents: Greg and Diana Steimle of Pontiac, IL, Kathy Coniglio of Hickory, NC, Frank “Chico” Coniglio and wife Teresa of Carbondale; step-grandparents: Kazys “Kup” Kupcikevicius and wife Jeanne of Bradley, IL; six aunts: Terry and Connie Coniglio, Dawn Wolfe, Rachel Francis, Krystal Coniglio-Sanders, Florence Caraway; uncle Andy Steimle; and nephew Joshua Kupcikevicius.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Pastor Rick Jackson officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Friends and family are welcome to gather after the services at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, outside of Christopher.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Christopher Louis Coniglio, and will be accepted at the funeral home or through the GoFundMe account set up in Christopher’s name: https://www.gofundme.com/hu42pp-funeral-expenses

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

 

 

 

Kenneth Biggs – Christopher

Kenneth Wayne Biggs, 63, of Christopher passed away on Monday May 22, 2017 at his home.

He was born October 5, 1953 in Christopher, IL, to Eugene and Sena (Rice) Biggs.  He married Kris (Overturf) Biggs and she survives of Christopher.

He is survived by his wife Kris Biggs of Christopher, children Amy Hargis of Sesser, Tim Biggs of Johnston City, and Eric Biggs of Christopher; 5 grandchildren; brothers and sisters Gene Biggs, Ray Biggs, Rich “Kirby” and Millie Biggs, Joanne and Chuck Miner, Cathy and Denny Franklin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Phyllis Jean Biggs.

He was a coalminer and had worked at Old Ben Coal Company, Inland Steel, Kerr-Mcgee, and Peabody Gateway Mine in Coulterville.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 27, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Josh Wehrmeier officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday May 27, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Marsha Green – Zeigler

Marsha Dawn Green, 48, passed away on Sunday May 21, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident.

She was born March 9, 1969 in Benton, IL, to Wade Lemons and Malissa (Overton) Keith. She married Thomas D. Green and he survives.

Survivors include her father Wade Lemons of Sesser, mother and step-father Malissa and Robert Keith of Zeigler, children Timothy D. Green, Malissa N. Green, Alicia F. Green all of Paducah, KY, step-children Matthew D. Green, Aaron G. Green, Jordan M. Klingaman all of Paducah, KY, grandchildren Aurianna, Annabella, Abi and Alex, sisters Sara E. Wetherbee, Amanda J. Lemons, Rachael L. Hampton, and Dana Green, step-brothers David Smith, Robin Smith and Tim Southall.

She was a server for 15 years at Tequilas in Marion.

Funeral services will be on Friday May 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Wayne Purdie officiating.  Burial will be in Hammond Cemetery in Sesser.  Visitation will be on Friday May 26, 2017 from 11:00 until 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

 

Glenn Byars – Christopher

Glenn R. Byars, 89, passed away on May 9, 2017, in the Community Living Center at the Veterans Administration in Marion, IL.  He was the son of Luby and Mary (Silkwood) Byars and was born June 10, 1927, in Christopher, IL

He was united in marriage to Josephine (Venegoni) Byars on June 24, 1950, at the First Baptist Church, Christopher, IL, and together, they shared more than 66 years of marriage.

Glenn was a 1945 graduate of Christopher High School.  After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He was an Alumnus of Southern Illinois University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1950.  In 1958, he received a Master’s Degree from SIU in Guidance and Administration.

He began his teaching career at Elkville High School, where he implemented an Industrial Arts program and coached football and basketball.  After two years, he was asked to implement the same program at Christopher High School.  There, he also taught science and physical education and coached track, basketball, baseball, and softball. In 1959, Mr. Byars was named Principal of Christopher Jr. High School and in 1966 was appointed the Superintendent, where he served for 10 years.

After a long career in the education field, he retired in 1984 with 35 years of service. Mr. Byars initiated the first summer recreation program in Christopher, for children 7 to 18 years old. Various summer activities included soccer, volleyball, ping pong, basketball, baseball, and swimming.  Later, he and his assistant and dear friend, Gene Helfrich, originated the Khoury League baseball program in Christopher.

Glenn Byars will be remembered as an avid sportsman.  His favorite remark was “I’m a participator, not a spectator!”  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, and golfing.  In his younger days, he played on independent basketball and volleyball teams.  He thoroughly enjoyed his times spent with his sons, family, and friends at these sporting events.

Mr. Byars served on the Christopher Elementary School Board for ten years, was the Chairman of the Rea Clinic Board of Directors, and served on the Isaac Walton Board.  He was a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, a fifty year member of the American Legion in Christopher and Marion, IL, Western Franklin County Historical Society and the Christopher Lions Club.

Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine (Venegoni) Byars, his parents, Luby and Mary (Silkwood) Byars, and two sisters, Theola Bouffiou, and Doyce Hutson.

Survivors include his sons, James Randall, and wife, Anita (Herzog) Byars, of Freeburg, IL, and Richard Scott, and wife Kimberly (Simpson) Byars, of Marion, IL.

Also surviving are his grandchildren:  Jessica Lynn (Byars) Stanford and husband Matt, of Belleville, IL., Bradley Scott Byars, of Dallas, TX, Scott Christopher Byars, of Freeburg, IL, and Robert Simpson Byars and wife Erica (Polacheck) Byars, of Minneapolis, MN, and great-granddaughter Colette Amelia Byars, of Minneapolis, MN.  Other members of the family who survive are, Bill and Catherine Browning, Gracie Venegoni, Bruce and Kari Tomei, Lisa and Rob Lowery, Laura and John Schneider, William and Georgina Browning, Randy and Marcia Venegoni, Paul and Julie McGuire, along with other great nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 at the St. Andrews Cemetery with Military Rites.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Doris Hart – Benton

Dorris B. Hart, 89, of Benton IL, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Mt. Vernon.

She was bron in West Frankfort, IL on March 30, 1928, the daughter of Howard Kenneth & Marie (Dorris) Burkett.

She married William W. Hart, Jr. in 1947, and he preceded her in death on January 2, 1996.

Mrs. Hart was a longtime member of the First Christian Church, and a longtime member of the Franklin Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by several Nieces & Nephews.

Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband & by 1 Brother-Kenneth H. Burkett.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 4:00 P.M. Monday, May 15th at the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton with Pastor Kurt Sanders officiating. There will be No Visitation. Those attending the service on Monday are requested to meet at the cemetery.

The Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

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

Alma Brown, Sesser

Alma Brown, 87, of Sesser IL,  passed away on Wednesday May 10, 2017 at Lavender Ridge in Mt Vernon.

She was born on July 13, 1929 in Franklin County, IL to Joe and Myrta (Nowland) Newbury.  She married Delbert Brown on August 11, 1948 and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2014.

Survivors include her children Linda (Terry) Miller of Sesser and Darrell (Charlotte) Brown of Sesser; 3 grandchildren Rich (Selena) Miller, Angela (John) Furlow, and Guy Brown; 3 great grandchildren Grady Furlow, Stella Furlow, and Cole Furlow; one step-great granddaughter Danielle Stroud; one sister Aline Root of Mt Vernon; and one brother Walter (Wanda) Newbury of Sesser. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was a member of the Sesser First Baptist Church. She had a passion for quilting, making porcelain dolls, doll clothing and many other crafts.  She had worked as a cook for Sesser Schools, worked at the sewing factory in DuQuoin, and retired from The Bank of Sesser in 1990.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters Mildred Bauman and Anita Martin, and two brothers Joe Frank Newbury and Tom Newbury.

Funeral services will be on Saturday May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Mark Miller officiating.  Burial will be in Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.  Visitation will be on Saturday May 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Horse Prairie Cemetery fund or the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Beverly Howell – West City

Beverly A. Howell, 72, of West City IL, passed away Monday morning, May 8, 2017 at her home.

She was born in West City, IL on December 4, 1944, the daughter of Clarence Eugene & Audrey (Bigham) Lindsey.

Mrs. Howell is survived by her seven children, Pamela Donelson and husband Robert of Creal Springs, Glenn Carmon and wife Melanie of Pascagoula, MS, JoLisa Carmon of West Frankfort, Terry Flener of West Frankfort, Brian Bearden and wife Lora of West Frankfor, Jeff Bearden and wife Loretta of Benton, Marcella Akin of Benton, and several

 

She is survived by her four siblings, Elva Hungate and husband Kenneth of Benton, Jimmy Lindsey and wife Glenda of West Frankfort, Keith Lindsey and wife Becky of Royalton, and Brad Lindsey and wife Tammy of Royalton

She was preceded in death by her Parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 12th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor John Neace officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 9:00 A.M. on Friday at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

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