Darline McNeil – Sesser

Darline F. McNeil 87, of Sesser IL, went to be with the Lord on March 25, 2017.

She was born May 3, 1929 in Sesser, IL to Eddie and Marie (Clapp) Bunton and they precede her in death.

thumbnail_Dar1After attending the one room Bear Point School and graduating Sesser high school, Darline attended Alton Memorial Nursing School, graduating in 1950.  This began a lifelong career as a Registered Nurse.  Darline worked at Miner’s Hospital in Christopher, IL and dedicated nearly 40 years of care giving at Franklin Hospital in Benton, IL.

In 1958, she married Harry J. McNeil of Herrin, devoting 19 years of love and compassion, caring for him until his death in 1977.

Darline was a lifelong member of Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser.  She was the pianist / organist for over 30 years at Bear Point and played for an untold number of weddings and funerals throughout the Sesser area.  In years gone by, she was the leader of the Bear Point Youth Group where she was affectionately referred to as “The Warden.”

Darline lead a full and very self-sufficient life caring for her family and those in the community and always tried to answer those “Nurse” questions that people came to her with.

Her brother and sister-in- law survive, W. A. “Sonny” and Marjorie Bunton of Sesser, and a special Aunt, Ms. Marie Clapp of Christopher.  “Her Kids,” nephew Ralph Bunton (Cathy), nieces Virginia McCann and Mona Lappin (Mark) all of Sesser also survive.

Aunt Dar / Ami, is also survived by her great nephews and nieces, Rachel Bunton-West, Ross Bunton (Liz), Matthew Lappin (Brittany), Jared Blaylock, Josh Bunton (Jenny), Marcus Lappin (Reed), JB McCann (Sara), Meagan Bunton and Jake McCann,  as well as many great-great, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services will be Wednesday March 29, 2017at 1:00 P.M., at Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser, with Rev. Larry Cook officiating.  Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brayfield-Gilbert funeral home in Sesser.  For more information, or to share a memory, please visit their website at gilbertfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Bear Point Church Youth Group or a worthy charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank, Hospice of Southern Illinois, the physicians and especially the nursing staff at Herrin Hospital for their care and thoughtfulness.



Glenford “Bud” Berrong – Benton

Glenford Leon “Bud” Berrong, age 79, of Benton, passed away at 6:48 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Marion, IL.

Glenford Berrong (1)Glenford Leon Berrong was born on November 22, 1937 in Hamilton County, IL, the son of Jake V. Berrong and Cecil Marie (Halliday) Berrong. He married the former Sharon J. Hill on August 30, 1957 in Palacios, TX, and she survives.

Bud worked as a carpenter for over 20 years. He previously worked as a coal miner, where he worked for eleven years at Freeman #4, and he was a member of the UMWA.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Berrong is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Sharon Berrong of Benton; a son Bradley Berrong and wife Nickey of Benton; grandsons: Shawn Blades and wife Penny of Benton, Billy Blades and wife Alisha of Harrisburg; five great-grandchildren; two sisters: Glendeen Chaney, Jeanie Smoot and husband John, all of Benton; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother.american flag

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, where Military Rites will be honored by the Benton American Legion Post #280, the V.F.W. Post #2671 and the U.S. Air Force. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0036, and will be accepted at the visitation and graveside services.

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

Timothy O’Brien – Hunnington Beach, CA

Timothy Shawn O’Brien passed away on March 16, 2017 in Huntington Beach, CA. Shawn was born on June 18, 1965 in Benton, Illinois.  He resided in Huntington Beach, CA with his family.

Timothy-O-Brien-1490202501Shawn was raised in Davis.  He attended the Davis Schools and was a 1983 graduate of Davis Senior High.  He was involved with the Davis Blue Devils football and he was on the Davis High Ski Team for four years.  Shawn was an excellent skier and  brought the DHS Ski Team to many victories on the mountains of Lake Tahoe.

Shawn is a graduate of the University of California at Davis.  He was employed by Yusen Logistics, being General Manager in the Sales Division of Global Business Development.  His employment and business travels took him extensively to Hong Kong, China, and Europe. Shawn was transferred to Hong Kong with his family for a two year period.  He was then transferred back to the United States where he and his family resided in Huntington Beach, CA.

Shawn is survived by his wife, Yumiko, daughters Christina and Kelly.  He is the son of Dr. Timothy and Janet O’Brien, Davis. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Michael O’Brien and His wife Melissa of Denver Colorado, his nephew and niece William and Sophia

Shawn also is survived by his aunts, and uncle, and cousins

Shawn had a larger than life personality, always a big grin on his face.  He loved to travel, explore and was quite the “Grill Master” on his grill.  He took over the major grilling, menu planning, on the many family gatherings.  When first employed by his company, the family lived in Gillette, New Jersey.  There he became a great New York Yankee fans, this continued to be his team.  He always said he was probably the only resident in Southern California with a NY Yankee plate around his car license!

Shawn will be greatly missed. Our family has lost a major link in the family circle of love.  This can never be replaced and he will be in our hearts forever.  We will always miss comments like “hey what’s for dinner and what do you want me to cook.”

Memorial services will be on March 25 at 11:00 am at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, Illinois.  Visitation will be on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Interment will be at the family burial site, Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: THE 0’BRIEN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP TRUST.  Please mail any donation to:  Timothy and Janet O’Brien, 2614 Anza Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.


Richard McFadden – Benton

Richard E. “Mac” McFadden, 69, of Benton IL, passed away at 1:26 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis, MO

thumbnail_Richard McFaddenHe was born on September 3, 1947, to Lester and Ruby (Lyday) McFadden in Herrin, IL. He was a 1965 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School and  then graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Richard served in the United States Army National Guard.

Richard worked as a Plumber and Pipefitter.  He was the owner of McFadden Plumbing.   Richard retired from the State of Illinois as a Plumbing Inspector.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, the Elks, Plumber & Pipefitters Union, the Democratic Party, and served on the School Board for the Marion and Benton High School.

Richard is survived by his two daughters, Amber Tieffel and husband Jason of Benton, IL, Jennifer Brooke Holderfield and Husband Lonnie of Marion, IL; a sister, Sue Dirks and husband Ken of Benton, IL; two nieces, Robin Frailey and husband Hugh of Benton, IL and Kelly Bain and husband Greg of Benton, IL; a granddaughter, Peyton Tieffel of Benton, IL; a grandson, Mason Tieffel of Benton, IL; his loving pet dog, Sadie; and two family friends, Mary Jane Kimmel and Lyn Higgins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Ruby McFadden; wife, Kathy McFadden; maternal grandfather, Harley Britton; maternal grandmother, Blanche Britton; paternal grandfather, Vincent McFadden; paternal grandmother, Molly McFadden; and a brother-in-law, Clyde Hefner.

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

Funeral services will be held on Friday March 24, at 11:00 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home, with Pastor Sammy Simmons and Eddie Paul Davis officiating, with the eulogy given by Jim Muir.

Burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL., with military rites by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the National Guard Honors Team.

Memorials may be made in Richard’s honor to the American Cancer Society.

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




Mary Helen Holman – Ewing, IL

Mary Helen Holman, 73, of Ewing, IL, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was born in Anna, IL, on July 31, 1943, the daughter of Van and Lodema (Eddleman) McCommons.

Mary married Stanley K. Holman on December 22, 1962, and he preceded her in death on October 28, 2003.

Mary was a school bus driver for Ewing-Northern Grade School for more than 37 years.

She attended Potter’s Way Church, in Frisco.

Mary is survived by three children, David Holman and wife Rhonda, of Ewing, Sally McClenahan and husband Chris, of Rosiclare, IL and Michael Holman and wife Jacqueline, of Ewing; five grandchildren, Curtis Lane, Desiree Moulton, Olivia Holman, Lucas Holman and Carly Holman; five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Jessie, Brylee, Galus and Zarla; one sister Judy Dixon and husband Bill, of Benton; two brothers George McCommons, of Dongola, IL and Wesley McCommons and wife Lois, of Olathe, KS; sister-in-law Salinda McCommons, of Benton and brother-in-law Louie Neve, of Macomb, IL.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Steve McCommons, a sister Vanita Neve and a sister-in-law Marcella McCommons.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Potter’s Way Church, 17162 Frisco Road, Ewing, IL. A memorial service will be held at the church at 7 p.m. with Pastor Roger Webb officiating.

For those who wish memorial contributions can be made to Potter’s Way Church Children’s Fund.

The Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Billy Ray Zettler – Mulkeytown

Billy Ray Zettler, 60, of Mulkeytown IL, passed away on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Billy Ray Zettler Picture (2) (1)He is survived by his mother Evelyn Zettler of Benton, wife Susan and their daughters Amanda (Jeremy) Kinkade of Benton, Hillery (Andrew) Martin of Junction City, KS, and Carrie (Doug) Coffey of Sesser; grandchildren Tyson Kinkade, Desi Kinkade, Kayla Kinkade, Gaige Kinkade, Gemma Kinkade, Jack Martin, Ella Martin, Sawyer Coffey, Kayte Coffey, and Colton Coffey; sisters Brenda Wright of Stonefort, Glenda (Clarence) Curry of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his father Clarence Zettler.

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

He loved hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, tractor pulls and fixing up old tractors.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Mark Miller officiating.  Visitation will be on Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

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



James W. “Jim” Day, Benton, IL

BENTON — James W. Day, 72, passed away Monday evening March 13, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

dayJim was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Whittington, the son of Ode and Frances (Conner) Day.

He married Alana Conley on June 12, 1993, and she survives.

Jim worked for many years as a Captain on the River. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran, and a man of the utmost integrity. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by his wife, Alana Conley-Day of Benton; son, Ode Day of Paducah, Kentucky; stepson, Heath and Becky Conley of Benton; stepdaughter, Sallie House of Montana; two grandchildren, Madison Conley and Greyson Conley, and their mother, Candida (Smith) Payne; one sister, Deloris Bazzoni of Christopher; one sister-in-law, Teri Rice and husband, Chunk, of West City.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harvey Lee Conner; and one stepson, Scott House.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating. Burial with Military Rites will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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








Wilma Haas – Formerly of Benton

Wilma Darlene Haas, 91, of Wapakoneta, OH., formerly of Benton, IL., passed away at 1:45 p.m., on January 31, 2017, at Vancrest of St. Marys in St. Marys, OH.

Wilma Haas (3)She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Wilma enjoyed spending time her family, traveling, and skiing the snowy slopes. She also had a love and passion for animals.

Wilma is survived by her daughter, Dorothea (David) Hayman of Saint Marys, OH; two grandsons, David E. (Vanessa) Hayman and Garrett M. Hayman; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Marie Hayman and David Paul Hayman; three nieces, Jan Conci, Carmen (Jeff) Conci and Helen (Beecher) Williams; and two nephews, Frank (Ellen) Conci and Terry (Kim) Conci

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolf and Myrtle Conci; and  brothers, Gene Conci and Frank Conci.

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

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Burial will follow services in Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorials maybe made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or Second Chance Rescue.

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



Dimple Harland – Coello, IL

Dimple Odell Harland, 90 of Coello IL, passed away on March 13, 2017 at 5:04 PM at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Dimple was born on October 21, 1926 in Coello, to John and Effie (Allen) Bean.  She married Fred Harland and he preceded her in death on January 22, 1994.

Survivors include her two sons Dennis Harland of Coello, and John Harland of Murphysboro, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Robin Horton.

She was a homemaker and loved to bowl.

Graveside service will be on Friday March 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Harrison cemetery in Buckner with Brother Mark Miller officiating.

The family requests no flowers.  Donations can be made to the Arthritis Foundation and envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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


Kay Sammons – Valier

Kay Sammons, 100, of Valier IL, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 11:50 PM at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Kay’s wish was to have her body donated to the SIU School of Medicine in Carbondale.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser is handling arrangements.