Marilyn Lux- Benton

thumbnail_Marilyn LuxMarilyn L. Lux, 75, of Benton IL, passed away at 4:15 a.m., on Friday, January 20, 2017, in Benton, IL.

She was born on July 6, 1941, to Carlos and Madge Baldwin in Benton, IL.  Marilyn worked in the banking industry and in the jewelry department at Walmart.

Marilyn was a member of  the Grace Awakening Community Church. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Marilyn is survived by her son, Shannon Lux; two brothers, Jack  Baldwin and Jerry Baldwin; twin sister, Carolyn (Jim) Steckenrider; eight nieces and nephews; Michael Baldwin, Penny Hofstetter, Felicia Belgard, Jeff Wiggs, Amie Keck, Jill Lampley, Jami Dial, and Sarah Sullivan; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Madge Baldwin, one brother, Curtis “Curt” Baldwin, an infant sister, Patsy Ruth Baldwin, sister-in-law, Peggy  Baldwin, nephew, Patrick Baldwin

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

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017, from  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street, Benton, IL

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Pastor Ken Petty and twin sister Carolyn Steckenrider officiating.

Burial will take place following services in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Cindy Mattison – Benton

Cynthia “Cindy”  Dawn Morgan-Mattison, 48, of Benton, passed away at 8:15 a.m., Sunday,  January 22, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her family.
thumbnail_Mattison_Cindy_2017Cindy was born on February 5, 1968, to James Morgan and Virgie (Levette) Stellmon in Festus, MO. She married Richard Lee Mattison on  April 11, 1987.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Benton. Cindy enjoyed working with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She also enjoyed crafts, crocheting and being outdoors.
Cindy  is survived by her loving spouse Richard, her mother and step-father, Virgie Nadine and Doug Stellmon, step-mother, Carol Morgan; one son, Daniel Sean Mattison; two daughters, Sherry Lynette Mattison and Bethany Joy Mattison; one grandson, Joseph Lee; three granddaughters, Keaira Marie, Mary Darlene, Norah Grace; two sisters, Kimberly Nadine Gallamore and Beverly Elaine Morgan; two brothers, James Anthony Morgan and  Kenneth Vance Morgan and her special pet dog, Joe Joe.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Vance Morgan.
Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home in Benton, IL.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main Street, Benton, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017, 12:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with the Reverend Carl Cottingham, officiating.
Burial will follow services at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Benton.
Online condolences can be given at

Shirley McCann – Benton

Shirley Ann (Ryan) McCann, 87, 1201 South Main, Benton, IL, passed away at 9:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, at Kirkwood Corners in Lee, New Hampshire.

Mrs. McCann was born January 13, 1930 in Benton, IL the only child of Robert Percy and Leota (Doty) Ryan. She married Charles E. McCann on October 2, 1948. Both of Mrs. McCann’s parents and her thumbnail_Shirley McCannhusband preceded her in death.

Mrs. McCann graduated from Benton High School in 1947 and attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She and Charles, a pharmacist, owned and operated McCann Drug on the public square in Benton for many years.

Mrs. McCann was the first woman elected to Benton City Council. As a member of the city council, she acted as the liaison between the city and Benton Neighborhood Program for the Elderly and in 1979 became Director of Franklin County Senior Services (Wit and Wisdom) in West Frankfort, IL. She served the senior citizens of the county in that capacity for 20 years, retiring in 1999.

She was a board member of the South Central Regional Transit Board (SCT) centered in Centralia, IL but serving southern Illinois. After her retirement, she continued to serve on the Volunteer Services for seniors and the transit boards. She was also a member of the Rotary Club and the Benton Elks where she served as a board member.

Surviving Mrs. McCann are three children: Lorrie McCann, Winchester, VA; Holly McCann, Kensington, NH; and Christopher McCann, Coulterville, IL. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.. Two sons, Charles Ryan McCann and Jon David McCann preceded her in death.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL. A private graveside service will be held at Masonic and Odd Fellow Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. McCann’s honor to the Franklin County Senior Services or Meals on Wheels program and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Jennifer Miller – Benton

Jennifer Lynn (Ellis) Miller, age 54, of Benton, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at her home.

Jennifer EllisJennifer was born on September 24, 1962 in San Diego, CA, the daughter of James Stearns and Janet (Adams) Stearns. She married Jack A. Miller on December 10, 1981, and he survives.

She graduated, from Benton Consolidated High School, with the Class of 1980.

Jennifer worked as a janitor with both the St. Joseph Catholic Church and First Baptist Church of Benton. She also did house cleaning for many Benton residents.

She was a member of the Steel City Missionary Baptist Church of Benton.

Jennifer loved to garden, but most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed dressing her granddaughters as little princesses.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Jack A. Miller, Sr. of Benton; her three children: Jessica Miller of Marion, Jack A. Miller, Jr. and wife Heather of West Frankfort, Jasmin Teel and husband Shawn of Benton; four grandchildren that she loved dearly: Jacynda and Jordan Gibbs, Jeremiah and Jaxson Miller; a sister Jamie Ellis of Benton; a brother Jim Stearns and wife Terri of Ocala, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service and Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Benton Elks Lodge located at 167 Industrial Park Road in Benton.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to a college fund for her two granddaughters Jacynda and Jordan Gibbs, through Mid Country Bank in Benton.

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Elsie Holley – Mulkeytown

Elsie Lee Marie Holley, 72, of Mulkeytown passed away on Friday January 20, 2017 in Herrin Hospital.

praying hands image 3Marie was born on August 16, 1944 in Tischimingo, MS to William Anderson and Willie Lavern (Deathrow) Neeley.  She was married to Kenneth Holley and he preceded her in death.

Marie was a homemaker.

Survivors include her children Sherry Kinsel of Christopher, Jennifer Herrek of Scott City, MO, Sheila Young of Mulkeytown, Leisa Myers of Rockport, TX, Donna Miller of Sunfield, Lee Holley of Buckner and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Johnny Holley, two grandchildren Christopher Orr and Heather Basenberg, one brother William Lynn Neeley, and one sister Linda Eubanks.

Funeral services will be on Monday January 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Mark Miller officiating.  Visitation will be on Monday Janaury 23, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Mulkeytown cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Gilbert Funeral Home for help with funeral expenses.

Terry Flood – Christopher

Terry Lee Flood, 60, passed away Thursday January 19, 2017 at the Herrin Hospital. Terry was born July 14, 1956 in Chicago, IL to praying hands image 3William and Diane (Jabczynski) Flood. He was married to Mary (Galloway) Flood and she survives of Christopher.

Terry was a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Terry will be greatly missed.  He believed in God, and was the rock of his family. Quoting his favorite western cowboy John Wayne “I am old fashioned, honest to goodness, flag waving patriot.

Survivors include his wife, Children Joy and Tommy Beloes of Christopher, Terry Lee Flood Jr. of Christopher, and Anthony Lee Flood of Christopher; four granddaughter and two grandsons; brothers and sisters William and Dorothy Flood of Thebes, Kimberly and Kenneth Walls of Zeigler, Virginia Eubanks of Valier, Robert and Tammy Flood of Mulkeytown, Lori and William Yelm of Willisville, IL, Vickie Brown of Zeigler, James and Amy Flood of Zeigler.

His wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Gilbert Funeral Home of Christopher has been entrusted with the arrangements.  For more information please visit out website at

Maxine Kling – Warfodsburg PA -former Franklin County Resident

Maxine Kling, 92, of Warfordsburg, PA., passed away Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, at Fulton County Medical Center, McConnellsburg, PA.

Maxine was born in Franklin County, Illinois on December 28, 1924, the daughter of the late Hallie E. (Rhine) and Charles A. Dorris.  She was the wife of David H. Kling whom she married on September 23, 1972.

Mrs. Kling was a great homemaker and cook. She also enjoyed dancing and country music.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter Susan R. and husband John Pare of Charleston, WV., sons Steve M. and wife Patricia Kling of Falls Church, VA., David H. and wife Joan Kling of Warfordsburg, PA., brothers Jack and wife Rena Dorris of Benton, IL., Charles and wife Tomoko Dorris of Pekin, IL., thirteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren an and thirteen great great grandchildren. Maxine is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was receded in death by daughters Sharon Y. Shaffer, Doris June Gammon, sons Jerry L. Gammon, Larry James Gammon and brother Bob Dorris.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg, PA.

Funeral Service at Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg, PA will be held at 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 21, 2017  with Pastor John Hodge officiating.

Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January  25, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to  1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral Service at Pate Funeral Home will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January  25, 2017.  Burial will follow services at  Masonic and Odd Fellow Cemetery, Benton, Illinois.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Jacklyn Martineau – Ewing

Jacklyn Ann Martineau, 70, of Ewing, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on October 14, 1946 to Jack and Dorothy (Swierski) Turner in New York, NY.

Jacklyn is survived by her children, Lisa Sehlke of Sesser, IL, James Dunavant of North West, IN and Mike Dunavant of Portage, IN; grandchildren, Kelly, Kevin and Michael; two great-grandchildren, Layla and Blake.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Jacklyn will be cremated and no services per her wishes.

Memorials may be made to the donors choice.

Evelyn Furlow – Mulkeytown

Evelyn M. Furlow, 75, of Mulkeytown, IL, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017, following a long illness.

Evelyn was born to William “Ralph” Berner and Bertha (Cook) Berner in Mulkeytown, IL on July 12, 1941. Evelyn married Clyde thumbnail_Evelyn Furlow Picture 001Nolan Furlow on May 2, 1964 at the Mulkeytown Christian Church.  They were married for 52 years.

She graduated from Christopher High School in 1959 and studied nursing at Deaconess Hospital, St. Louis Missouri. After graduating in 1962, she began a 42-year career as a registered nurse at Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin, Illinois. She retired in 2004, having served as a nursing supervisor for several years.

She enjoyed floral arranging, camping, reading, and spending time with grandkids. She and husband Clyde were 4-H leaders for over 35 years and she was active in the county 4-H Council. She was a member of the Mulkeytown Christian Church.

Evelyn is survived by the above family members: daughter Christy and husband William “Paul” Douglas, granddaughters Andrea and Chelsea Douglas, step-granddaughter Heather (Douglas) Rentfro and husband Curtis, great-granddaughters Emma and Lily Rentfro, all of Mulkeytown; and son Brad Furlow and companion Christian Fidura of Aurora, CO, brother Frederick “Ivan” Berner and wife Gloria, brothers-in law Bob Furlow and Elmer “Pete” Furlow and wife Maxine; and sister-in-law Betty Norris, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, a brother-in-law (Raymond Furlow), three sisters-in-law (Louise Miller, Ruby Koonce, Ruth Watson), three nephews (Brian Berner, Randy Furlow, Kenny Earnhart), and two nieces (Tina Hammonds and Vicky Wilson).   

Visitation will be on Monday January 16, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Mulkeytown Christian Church, Mulkeytown, IL and on Tuesday January 17, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at Mulkeytown, Cemetery, Mulkeytown, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the West Franklin Historical District or the Mulkeytown Cemetery Association.

Arrangements have been to the Gilbert Funeral home in Christopher.  For more information, please go to their website,

James Poynor Johnson – Benton, IL

James Poynor Johnson, 78, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 12, 2017 at his home.

He was born in Benton on March 23, 1938, the son of Clyde and Nellie (Poynor) Johnson.

He was married to Patsy Johnson for 31 years and she survives.

Mr. Johnson was an Army veteran, serving in the 10th Mountain Division from 1955 to 1958.

He was of the Nazarene faith.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife Patsy; two daughters Karen St. John, of Indianapolis, IN and Sandra D. Saunders and husband Mark, of Benton; grandchildren Jake Saunders, Steven Godwin, Jr., Marco Alverez, Cindy Brower, Courtney Flillnger, Ryan Goodwin and Patricia Goodwin; several great grandchildren; step-children Linda Alvarez, of Benton, John Godwin, of Concord, NC and Steve Godwin, of Benton; sister Donna Batts Cooksey, of Benton; brother Albert Johnson, of Benton; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, by sisters Lois Cowgur, Maxine Abbott, Betty Ferando; brothers David Robert Johnson and Paul Johnson.

Funeral services will held at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will at Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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