Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Fitzpatrick – Benton, IL

Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Fitzpatrick, 57, of Benton passed away on Sunday morning August 14, 2022 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born in Monticello, IL on September 17, 1964 the son of Jack & Sonia Ruth (Hammers) Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was a motorcycle & old car enthusiast. He enjoyed collecting knives & pocket watches. He was a jack-of-all trades.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is survived by:

1 Daughter: Ashley Toms & partner Amy Stevenson of Mayfield, KY
4 Grandchildren: Shana, Ashstin, Cash & Will
Siblings:
Mike Fitzpatrick & wife Peggy of Benton
Jackson FItzpatrick & wife Bridgett of Benton
Norman Fitzpatrick of Ewing
Elvis Fitzpatrick of Benton
Yolonda Patton & husband Scott of Royalton
Several Nieces & Nephews
He was preceded in death by his Parents and by 1 Brother-Jerry Fitzpatrick.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Paul Keller officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Margot Juliana McAfoos – Benton, IL

Margot Juliana McAfoos was born January 12, 1924 in Berlin, Germany to Katarina (Vinogradoff) and Heinrich Weil. She was raised in Worms, Germany by her mother and grandparents. Margot was educated in language studies, primarily English and French. During World War II, she served her country by working as an interpreter at “listening posts.” After the war she worked for the US 7th Army Occupational Forces in Heidelberg, Germany as an interpreter.

In Heidelberg she met and fell in love with Captain John McAfoos. He returned home in 1947 to join his father FB McAfoos in business and later that year he asked Margot to marry him. Margot followed her heart and they were married in the First United Methodist Church of Benton in 1948. She has been an active member ever since.

Margot was a volunteer girl scout leader and chaired a fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society in Franklin County. She shared her culture and heritage by teaching Community Education classes for SIU. Margot organized and led Presley Tours of Europe for high school students for a number of years. Later she was recruited by The Shagbark Girl Scout Council to become a professional trainer. This led to a three year opportunity to work as a trainer for the North Atlantic Girl Scout Council in Nuremberg, Germany.

Throughout her life Margot enjoyed traveling the world. She loved learning and experiencing new cultures and ideas.

Family was always important to Margot. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine and Thomas Tosa of Muskegon MI. and her sons, John Frederick (Fred) and Ronda McAfoos of Thornton, CN. and Thomas and Robin McAfoos of Thompsonville, Il. Her grandchildren include Christopher and Kristine Tosa, of Ludington MI, Julianne and Christoph Hennefeld, of Walldorf, Germany, Michael Tosa of Busselton, Australia, Douglas and Rebecca Tosa of Marquette, MI, Allison McAfoos of Harrison, Ar. and Jessie and Alec Fedyniak of Sierra Madre, CA Margot also has three great-grandchildren, Katharina and Christina Hennefeld of Walldorf, Germany and John Riley Tosa of Bussleton, Australia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John M McAfoos.

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

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Pate Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 1:15 p.m., at the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery, with Rev. Jesse Hinds officiating services.

A celebration of life for Margot will to follow in the fall of 2022.
In lieu of flowers consider a gift to the Girl Scouts of Southern Il or First United Methodist Church in Benton Il.

Girl Scouts of Southern Il, Attn: Fund Development, 4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
First United Methodist Church 203 W. Church St Benton Il 62812

Condolences may be expressed online at www.patefh.com

Rebecca Lee Wilcox – Sesser, IL

Rebecca Lee Wilcox, 67, of Sesser, passed away on Friday August 12, 2022 at St Louis University Hospital.

She was born on June 29, 1955 in Alamogordo, NM to Robert and Mary (Middleton) Weir. She married Harry Wilcox on September 16, 1978.

She is survived by her husband Harry Wilcox of Sesser; her daughters Chandra McCubbins of Sesser and Lakeatha (Keith) Brown of Valier; Lucas McCubbins, Rowen McCubbins, Henry Brown and Thomas Brown; one brother Robert Weir of Benton and one sister Madeline Bailey of Centralia. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday August 21, 2022 at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Pastor Ralph Brandon officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday from 12:00 Pm until the time of the service at 2:00 PM.

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

James R. Price – Marion, IL

James R. Price, 72, of Marion and a former Logan resident passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.

He was born in Logan, IL on March 25, 1950 the son of John Douglas & Shelly (Anthony) Price.
Mr. Price was a retired Insurance Agent. He worked for Sears, drove a Dolly Madison truck, worked for a convenience store in Chattanooga, TN. He also worked for his brother at JD Bits in Tennessee.

Mr. Price is survived by his:
5 Siblings:
Shirley Everding of Peru, IL
Martha Kranicki of Marion
Phyllis Travelstead of Marion
Pat Ellis & husband Bob of Pomona, IL
John D. Price & wife Leslie of Crossville, TN
Several Nieces & Nephews

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sister-Lavone June and Bothers-Herman, George & Billy Ed.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Mary Ann Dier-Zimmermann officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Jimmie Lee “Pup” Cockrum – formerly of Sesser, IL

Jimmie Lee “Pup” Cockrum, 70, formerly of Sesser, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at his home in Dieterich.

Jimmie Lee was born May 28, 1952 in Benton, Franklin County, Illinois, Route 183 by the “Big Muddy River”, to Lemuel Franklin and Christina (McCann) Cockrum. He spent most of his adult life at the race tracks, grooming, exercising, and riding race horses.

He is survived by his daughter, Jodie Cockrum of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son, Troy Wayne Cockrum of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Khadence and Skillar Cockrum; sister, Shirley (John) Ketteman of Pleasant Valley, Missouri; Aunt Maze Hamilton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Frankie Gail Cockrum; his sister-in-law, Sherry Lynn (Dilliner) Cockrum and great-nephew, Trenton Gail Cockrum.

Per Jimmie’s wishes, he was cremated and no public services will be held. Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bauerfh.com.

Vera Cavinder-Christopher

Vera Cavinder was born on November 17, 1924 to the parents of Lester Derrington and Belle (Cooper) Derrington. She was married to Stanley Cavinder on March 28, 1942 for 57 blessed years, and they shared 4 children – Connie, Larry, Mark, and Scott.

She lived in Christopher most all her life, leaving a close family and many friends. She was a loving, wonderful, magnificent mother who placed all her energy into the benefit, growth, and safety of her family of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters – Betty Lewis, Pat Withrow, and Jenny Janello; and brothers – Loras and Bill Derrington. Vera is survived by her children: daughter Connie (Cleduth) Fisher of Christopher, IL, son Larry (Karen) Cavinder of Valier, IL, son Mark (Kitty) Cavinder of Mulkeytown, IL, and son Scott (Debbie) Cavinder.

Her 11 grandchildren include: Kindra (Tim) Eickleman of Benton, IL, Keri Becker of Marion, IL, Buffy (Tim) Robinson of Valier, IL, Casey Cavinder of Carbondale, IL, Tracy (Adam) Burks of St. Louis, MO, Kimberly (James) Nesler of Herrin, IL, Amanda Sneed of Christopher, IL, Corey Cavinder of Mulkeytown, IL, Alex Cavinder of Valier, IL, Emily Cavinder of Valier, IL, Nikki (Dale) Myers of Johnston City, IL. Her 14 great grandchildren include: Josh and Jordan Eickleman of Benton, IL; Caleb Becker of Marion; IL, Kyle (Melissa) Robinson of Valier, IL, Katie Robinson of Valier, IL; Charlie and Abby Burks of St. Louis, MO, Hannah, Jake, and Kinsey Nesler of Herrin, IL, Riley Tochtrop of Christopher, IL; Ronan Cavinder of Zeigler, IL, Danielle Myers and Ashley Turner of Johnston City, IL. Her great great grandson is Elliott Robinson of Valier, IL.

Vera was a member of Christ View Christian Church in Christopher, IL, and a past worthy matron of the Local Eastern Star Chapter. Funeral services will be on Sunday August 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Ron Henwood officiating.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 12:30 PM until the time of the service at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Knight Cemetery, in Buckner, IL.

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

Marie DuBravec-Christopher, IL

Marie DuBravec, 91 of Christopher, passed away on Monday August 8, 2022 at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor.

She was born on June 2, 1931 in New Orleans, LA to Paul and Annette Darcey. She married Donald DuBravec and he preceded her in death on April 7, 2005.

She is survived by her children Donald (Brenda) DuBravec of Christopher, David (Yoncha) DuBravec of Maryland, Jean Chrostoski of Wyoming, Daniel DuBravec of Pennsylvania abd Derek (Carri) DuBravec of Mississippi; Grandchildren Doug (Addie) DuBravec of Texas, Michelle (Jason) Watsonof Carterville, Jennifer (Chris) Arrington of Japan, David (Emilie) DuBravec of Maryland, Eric (Emily) Christoski of Missouri, Phil (Olivia) Chrostoski of California, Courtney DuBravec of Mississippi, Laci (Hannah) Klaubo of Arkansas, Bailey Smith of Mississippi and Kara Smith of Mississippi; Great Grandchildren Xavier, Dominic and Callie DuBravec, Jacie and Shelby Watson, Ethan and Brandon Arrington, David, John and Harper DuBravec and Olivia Klaubo and one niece Judy (Chris) Brocato.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Douglas James DuBravec, one brother and sister-in-law Paul and Margie Darcey and one nephew Dennis Darcey.

Funeral services for Marie will be held on Saturday August 20, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:30 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at St Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Christopher.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SSM Health at Home Hospice in Mt Vernon and St. Francis Community Animal Rescue of Murphysboro, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Richard Leroy Snelgrove – Benton, IL

Richard Leroy Snelgrove, 70, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 5, 2022. His given name was Richard, but to his world-his grandkids-he was Paco.

Richard was the Patriarch of a small but very loving family. He and his wife Mary Lawson Snelgrove, were married for 41 years. They met in Ohio at a Guide Dog School. (It was love not at first sight as they were both blind). Richard was from Rittman, Ohio but moved to Illinois in 1981 to start a family with Mary. In 1983 they had a son Dustin.

Richard, who was proud to be an Eagle Scout, was a man of few words, but many loves in life.College Football (Go Buckeyes!), Rock ‘n’ Roll, Audio books, collecting vinyl records, beer steins and later in life enjoyed making turquoise jewelry.

Richard leaves behind his wife, Mary, his son, Dustin Snelgrove, and wife Alicia, of Sesser; his two favorite kids in the world, his grandkids, Jasper and Olivia Snelgrove. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Snelgrove of Ohio and nieces, nephews and his beloved dog Rusty.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister, all of Ohio.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church 201 S. Main St., Benton, IL. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at the Benton First Baptist Church, with dinner following at 3:00 p.m.

We will forever miss you Paco!!
Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

Ruth Hale – Benton, IL (formerly of Benton, IL

Ruth Hale, 103, of Benton and a former Bonnie resident “Went Home to be with her Lord” from Heritage Woods in Benton, on Friday morning, August 5, 2022.

She was born in Covert, Michigan on July 16, 1919, the daughter of Eldon Bryan Phillips and Lena (Howell) Bryan.

She married Pastor Bertram Hale in Bonnie on November 15, 1948.

Mrs. Hale was a longtime member of the Bonnie Church of God. She was a faithful, loving wife and mother, and served her Lord faithfully.

Mrs. Hale is survived by her children:
Teresa Bolen of Benton, IL, Leland Hale and wife Maryann of Galatia and Sondra Hosmon and husband Stacy of Benton.
Daughter-in-law: Patti Hale of Bonnie
Grandchildren: Thomas “David” Bolen and wife Karen, Tonya Shurtz and husband Rod, Amanda Bolen, Bobby Hale and wife Amy, Crystal Frei and husband Robert, Paul Michael Hale, Cassie Brooks, Ian Cocke, Dustin Cocke and wife Cassie, Lindsey Yordy and husband Jake, Tony Hale and Kaycee Hale.
Great-Grandchildren: Chris Orta and wife Lexi, Jennifer Orta, Seiger Shurtz and wife Leah, Sayler Shurtz, Macy Shurtz Riley and husband Zack, Mason Bolen, Landon Bolen, Eliza Bolen, Bobby Hale, Steven Hale, Kimberlynn Hale, Mercedez Hale, Madilyn Hale, Gabriel Brooks, Jacelyn Brooks, Dailin, Cayson, Ava, Miles and Jack.
Great-Great-Grandchildren: Brittyn, Elam, Emilia and Carly.
Mrs. Hale was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son-Eddie Hale, great-granddaughter- Makenna, and by two sisters- Pauline Hopper and Claudia Thomas Wayman.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday August 9th at the Bonnie Church of God with Pastor Micah Arcuri officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the Bonnie Church of God.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.johnstonfuneralhome.com

Wanda Jean Laxton-Christopher, IL

Wanda Jean Laxton, 62, of Christopher, passed away on Wednesday August 3, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on August 12, 1959 in St Louis City, MO to Willard E. and Evelyn Marie (Stocker) Laxton.

She is survived by her children Cody Andrews of Christopher, Wendell Andrews of Christopher, Genevieve Andrews and Wesley Laxton; one sister Georgia (Clinton) Smith of Cutler, IL and two brothers Willard (Mel) Laxton of Missouri and Charles Laxton of Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers John Laxton and Robert Laxton.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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

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