Brian Howard Lewis – Sesser, IL

SESSER – Brian Howard Lewis, 45, of Sesser, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Surviving is his loving wife of 21 years, Alyssa Lewis of Sesser, IL; one daughter: Sydney Lewis of Sesser, IL; one brother Terry Lewis of Ina, IL; parents Tim and Phyllis (Blackwell) Lewis of Ina, IL; father-in-law and mother-in-law David and Karen Harrison of Sesser, IL.

Brian was a devoted husband, father, and friend and was a faithful member of Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser, where he served as a Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent.

He was preceded in death by his infant sister Kelly Michelle Lewis and his grandparents Howard and Betty Lewis and Marlin and Pearl Blackwell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, June 23 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 24 Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Bro. Curtis Smith officiating. Burial will be at Paradise Cemetery in Tamaroa, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church for International and North American Missions and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Fayretta L. McPheron – Valier, IL

Fayretta L. McPheron, 81, of Valier, passed away on Friday June 18, 2021 at Hartland regional Medical Center in Marion.

She was born on October 26, 1939 in Indiana to Rev. Ralph and Cleo (Holt) Underwood. She married Bobby McPheron and he survives of Valier.

She is also survived by two sons Aaron R. McPheron of Christopher and Jason L. (Keri) McPheron of Cleveland, TN; five grandchildren Billie Fox, Kristi Hampton, Jayln McPheron, Lily McPheron and Daisy McPheron; one great granddaughter Isabella and one brother Ralphie (Carolyn) Underwood of Coldwater, MI and numerous cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Robyn Fay Fox and two brothers Fred Underwood and Bill Underwood.

She retired in 1995 after 35 years of marketing service for South Central Bell Telephone Company. Fay was a wonderful apostolic woman, she assisted her husband pastor for twelve years in Kentucky and Michigan. She was an outstanding piano player and was an anointed singer with a voice that would pull you into the very presence of God. Her home church was God’s House Pentecostal Church in Tilden, IL, where Rev. Phillip Easton pastors.

Funeral services for Fay will be on Wednesday June 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Rev Phillip Easton officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday June 22, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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Nancy Tasky – Benton, Illinois

Nancy Elaine “Shorty” Tasky, age 78, of Benton; passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the Benton Healthcare and Rehab Center of Benton.

Her wishes were to be cremated.

Public services will be held at a future date.

Cremation services are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Nancy was born on February 25, 1943, in Franklin County, Illinois; the daughter of Virgil Moore and Fern (Cashen) Moore. She married Bill E. Tasky on September 6, 1958; and he survives.
Mrs. Tasky was a former waitress having worked at Engert’s Café, Circle Drive and the Holiday Inn. She also formerly worked as a beautician. Later she became an LPN and worked for almost 30 years as a nurse. She retired from the Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Shorty loved shopping, especially for shoes, watches, and purses. She collected Tiffany lamps; and loved to supervise Bill in their garden.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Benton.

Surviving is her ex-husband Bill Tasky of Benton; two daughters: Kim Mandrell and husband Mike of Benton, Christine Richardson of Benton; a son William David Tasky of Virginia; grandchildren: Heather Young and husband Keith of Benton, John Tasky and wife Heather of West Frankfort, Lacey Cooksey and husband Andrew of Thompsonville, Michael David Tasky of Virginia, Sabrina Tasky of Virginia, Damian Parker and wife Amanda of Murfreesboro, TN; great-grandchildren: Alex, Jace, Grayson, Dexter and Adylynne; a brother David Cummings of Benton; a half-sister Rebecca Robinson of Zeigler..

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter Terry Lynn Tasky; a son Bruce Allen Tasky; and a son-in-law D.T. Richardson.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Nancy Tasky, to the Franklin County Animal Shelter 13163 Oddfellow Lane, Benton, Illinois 62812.

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

Deborah “Debbie” Kay Pribble – Thompsonville, IL

Deborah “Debbie” Kay Pribble, 68, of Thompsonville, passed away at 6:41 p.m., on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at her home in Thompsonville.

She was born on September 6, 1952, to Marvin and Freda (Foster) Hobbs at Peoria, IL. She married Tim Pribble and he survives.

Debbie was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed taking pictures, making crafts and watching animals while spending time on her porch. She was very positive and inspiring and one word to describe Debbie would be faithful. She was always looking on the good side of any situation.

Deborah is survived by her mother, Freda Hobbs of Benton, IL; her loving spouse, Tim Pribble; children, Jeremiah (Dana) Pribble of Goreville, IL, Amanda (Kris) Mayberry of Norris City, IL, Josh (Stacy) Pribble of Thompsonville, IL and Jacob Pribble; eight grandchildren, Loren Pribble, Shelby Pribble, Blaire Mayberry, Marissa Mayberry, Brayden Mayberry, Alan Pribble, Casey Pribble, Courtney Pribble and her brother, Charles Hobbs.

he was preceded in death by father, Marvin Hobbs.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL.

Memorials may be made to Friends of Franklin County Animal Control and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Travis Wade Todd – Murphysboro, IL

Travis Wade Todd, 43, of Murphysboro, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, IL.

He was born on February 17, 1978, to Ralph and Donna (Essary) Todd in Benton, IL. Travis worked as a Relief Operator for Continental General Tire.

Travis was a member of Rescue Freewill Baptist Church, Whittington, IL. He loved spending time with family, hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. Travis enjoyed sharing his passion of the outdoors with his family and friends.

Travis is survived by his one daughter, Alysha Walker of Sesser; two sons, Hunter Wade Todd of Sesser and Ryker Vance Todd of Murphysboro; one brother, Brandon Wayne Todd of Benton; two grandchildren, Arbor Walker and Paxton Walker both of Sesser; former wife, Angel Marie Todd; and girlfriend, Brandie Jean Phillips-Perez.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Dwayne Todd.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home with Brother Bryant Harris, officiating.
Memorials may be made to Brandie Jean Phillips-Perez for Ryker Vance Todd, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Lois Jean Shepherd – Thompsonville, IL

Lois Jean Shepherd, 83, of Thompsonville, passed away at 8:36 a.m., on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at her home in Thompsonville, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on June 9, 1938, to Clarence and Elma (Gibbs) Williams in Benton, IL. On December 31, 1955, she married Charles Shepherd and he preceded her in death on March 6, 2003.

She was a proud member of New Life Church of God Church in Benton. She had a passion for serving at the church and being involved as much as possible.

Lois was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed crafting, cooking and playing with her grandchildren.

Lois is survived by her two sons, Charles E. Shepherd, Jr. and Rex (Tammy) Allen Shepherd; one daughter, Jean (Keith) Harbour: a special daughter, Fawn Lorenz; 12 grandchildren, Chad (Lana) Shepherd, Nick Shepherd, Chaise (Reese) Woolsey, Caylee Woolsey, Ashley (Matt) Coe, Misty Ruiz, Kristen (Michael) Rubio, Ryan (Katie) Harris, Jeremy (Brandy) Harbour, Carrie (Josh) Dix, Dylan Lorenz andDalton Thompson; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Elma Williams; her husband, Charles Shepherd; son, Billy Gene Shepherd; sister, Lorine Bird; and a granddaughter, Cami Jo Shepherd.

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

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at the New Life Church of God, 707 N. DuQuoin St., Benton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to New Life Church of God.
Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

Marietta Ann Claar – Christopher

Marietta Ann Claar, 90, of Christopher, passed away on June 14, 2021.

She was born on July 31, 1930 in Gardiner, MT to Heber and Blanche (MacMahon) Rice. She is survived by her children Jerry Claar of Bozeman, MT, Mary Claar of Christopher, Annette Stancil of Bozeman, MT, Leonard Claar of Christopher and Kristen Hardesty of Emigrant, MT. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Katrina Sosa, two brothers and one sister.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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William S. Richardson – Ewing, Illinois

William S. Richardson, 90, passed away on June 12, 2021, at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL, surrounded by his family.

William was born to Frank and Ethel (Bolen) Bain Richardson on October 19, 1930, on Terrapin Hill in rural Franklin County, Illinois. He was a second-generation lifelong farmer and resident of Northern Township in rural Franklin County, and often marveled at the fact when the leaves were off the trees, he could look out his back window and see the home place where he was born. After he retired from farming and even later after he and his wife moved into Benton, his favorite pastime was driving around to look at the crops and other happenings in all, of Northern Township.

William was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton and was a member of Frisco Missionary Baptist Church for several years before it dissolved.

He and his loving wife Jane were married for over 71 years, and she survives. He is also survived by one son, William K. Richardson and his wife Amy; one daughter, Sherri Wilson and her husband Dale; three grandsons, Clayton Richardson and fianceé Zina Smith, Joshua (Brianna) Wilson, Colton Richardson and girlfriend Alexandria Cairel; one granddaughter, Sidney Wilson; two beautiful great-granddaughters, Hadley and Arya; three sisters-in-law, Ava (Dale) Denault, Barb Zinke, and Carolyn (Bob) Higgins; a very special niece, Mary Belle Sweetin; several other nieces and nephews; and his Richardson cousins, Kenny and Dale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; half-brothers Oris Bain, Ellis Bain, Lewis Bain, and Royal Bain; infant sister, Norma Richardson; half-sister Lorene Richardson Kern; and brother-in-law, Elmer Zinke.
William was the grandson of a Civil War veteran. He was drafted into the Army in 1952 during the Korean War era, stationed in occupied Germany, and honorably discharged. In the early years of their marriage Jane followed him to basic training and they lived in Alexandria, Virginia before he was deployed to Europe.

William was an active member of the Democrat party, having served as Northern Township Precinct Committeeman over 50 years, Northern Township Trustee for over 16 years, Franklin County Democrat Party Treasurer, and actively worked on the campaigns for several national, state, and local elections, including those of Harry S. Truman, Paul Simon, Glen Poshard, and David Phelps.

William was an active member of the community and accomplished much in his 90 years on earth. He was a 4-H leader before and after military service and coached a 4-H softball team all the way to the state tournament. His contributions to Franklin County, Southern Illinois, and the State of Illinois include serving on the Franklin County Farm Bureau as President and Vice President, Land of Lincoln Soybean Board, Illinois Farm Development Board of Directors, Franklin County Extension Council, Franklin County Soil & Water Board, Franklin County Zoning & Planning Commission, Akin Water District Board as Chairman, Southern Illinois Production Credit Association as President, Illinois Finance Authority Board, and 43 years on the board of Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, being elected Chairman four times.

William was a devoted husband and proud father and grandfather, having rarely missed any events of his grandchildren. He was generous with his time and resources and had the ability to carry on a conversation with anyone at any time or place, thus why politics and community service came so naturally to him. He will be deeply missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Kern and Rev. Richard Lance officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280, Benton V.F.W. Post #2671, and the Army National Guard will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery of Ewing. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church and will be accepted at the church on the day of the services or may be sent to the Leffler Funeral Home.
To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of William S. Richardson, go to www.lpfuneralhome.com

Juanita M. Cook – Sesser, IL

Juanita M. Cook, 85, of Sesser, passed away on June 10, 2021 at Deaconess Midtown in Evansville, IN.

She was born on November 20, 1935 in Johnston City, IL to Rolla and Nina (Martin) Jones. She married Leon Cook on November 7, 1954 and he survives of Sesser.

She is also survived by her son Jeff (Cindy) Cook of Zionsville, IN; one granddaughter Alexandra (Steven) Coleman of Irvington, IL and one great-grandson Easton Coleman; two brothers Kenny (Jenny) Jones of Energy and Larry (Len) Jones of Sesser and two sisters Frieda McQuen, of Joliet, IL and Doris Johnson, of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was part owner of Sesser Concrete for many years.

Graveside services will be on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

Chad Jeremy Robertson – Benton, IL

Chad Jeremy Robertson, 44, of Benton, IL passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 in Benton.

He was born in Crawfordsville, IN on November 16, 1976, the son of Dennis and Deborah (Hoffa) Robertson.

He married Trisha (Yadloski) Robertson on June 10, 2016 in Destin, FL.

Chad, taking after his father, grandfather and great-grandfather was a 5th generation Teamster Car Hauler for most of his life and loved his career. He was a proud father and loved his children with everything he had. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, boating, cooking, traveling, and working around the yard. Chad believed in living life to its fullest.
Mr. Robertson is survived by his wife, Trisha (Yadloski) Robertson, of Benton, IL; children Carly, Kayla, Kamryn and Colton Robertson, of Benton, IL; father, Dennis Robertson, of Crawfordsville, IN; sister, Kerrie (Robertson) French, of New Market, IN.

Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Hunt & Son Funeral Home in Crawfordsville, IN with Rev. Wallie Nichols officiating. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Hunt & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Freedom Cemetery in Montgomery County, IN.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfunerlhome.com

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