Jane Lampley – Logan, IL

Jane Lampley, 65, of Logan passed away on Friday Morning October 11, 2019 surrounded by her husband and children.

She was born in Christopher, IL on September 1, 1954, the daughter of Raleigh “Poogie” Meacham and Barbara (Bradley) Meacham.

She married Phil Lampley on September 8, 1973 and he survives.

Mrs. Lampley was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. Her heart was with her family and her church family.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Lampley, of Logan; three children, Michael Lampley, Jr., and wife Jamie, of Manhattan Beach, CA, Chad Lampley, and wife Kristen, of Benton, IL and Somer Slone, and husband John, of Marion, IL; nine grandchildren, Brant, Carly, Dago, Lacey, Luke, Lane, Kinley and Nolan; two brothers, Brad Meacham, and wife Shelley, of Marion and David Meacham, and wife Jennifer, of Logan and one sister, Chris Browning, and husband Steve, of Benton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 14th at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Immanuel Baptist Church and after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church.
In lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Sharon Kay Heinrich — Benton, IL

Sharon Kay Heinrich, age 71, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at her home.

A Private Family Visitation and Funeral Service will be held at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Private Graveside Services at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Donnie Coulson will officiate. Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton, is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Kay Heinrich was born on February 19, 1947 in Benton, the daughter of Bill G. Smith and Birdie Lee (Roberts) Smith. She married Earnest Eugene Heinrich on March 17, 1968, and he survives.
Sharon formerly worked as an assembly line technician with Turco Manufacturing of Du Quoin.

She loved going to the horse races, playing BINGO, spending time with her family, and especially loved helping raise her grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband of 51 years Earnest E. Heinrich of Benton; her three children: Darren Heinrich and wife Jessi of Chester, West Virginia, Nathan Heinrich and wife April of Riverview, FL, and Haley Heinrich of Miami, FL; six grandchildren: Anthony Heinrich and wife Cailah of Benton, J’Dah Koger and husband Cyrus of Nikomis, IL, Dylan Heinrich and Mallory Heinrich, both of Chester, West Virginia, Kaitlyn Flores and Johnathan Payan, both of Benton; a great-granddaughter Halle Kate Heinrich; siblings: Dorothy Cockrum of Benton, Jim Smith and wife Virginia of Benton, Ernest Smith of Benton, Gene Smith of Benton, Gary Smith of Benton, Jody Fotheringhame of Benton, Geneva Smith of Benton, Lenita Adams of Benton, Jeannette Tasky of Benton, Judy Ward of Du Quoin; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister Linda Sue Smith; sisters: Mary Hobbie, Eunice Connor; and brothers: Dale Smith, Bob Smith, and John Charles Smith.

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

Gordon L. Stewart – Logan, IL

Gordon L. Stewart, 73, of Logan passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.

He was born in West Frankfort, IL on Nov. 23, 1945, the son of Clorice & Florence Evelyn (Sullivan) Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Stewart had two sisters, Marie Mapps and Juanita Provenzano, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial with military rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts, and the National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Gary Don Jones – Royalton, IL

Gary Don Jones, 51, of Royalton passed away on Saturday October 5, 2019.

He was born on July 21, 1968 in Benton, IL to Larry Ray and Ruth Ann (Aleksick) Jones. He is survived by his mother Ruth Ann Jones of Zeigler; two sons Raymond Lee Jones of Zeigler and Benjamin Luke Jones of Carterville; one brother John Brian (Garret) Jones and their daughter Rian Jones all of Mulkeytown, two sisters Jamy Mendez and her daughter Mia Mendez of Summerville, SC and Dana (Todd) McBride and their children Jude Alvarez and Tatum McBride.

He was Vice President of Jones Hydroblast.

He was preceded in death by his father Larry Ray Jones.

Graveside services will be on Thursday October 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Zeigler Cemetery in Zeigler with Brother Larry Hallman officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be given to CASA or to the First Baptist Church of Christopher. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery.

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

Edith E. Taylor – Whittington, IL

Edith E. Taylor, 99, of Whittington, IL passed away Thursday morning, October 3, 2019 at Helia HealthCare Center in Benton.

She was born in Franklin County, IL on March 21, 1920, the daughter of Albert & Ethel (Kirk) Erwin.
She married Kenneth Taylor on December 4, 1937 in Benton, and he preceded her in death on January 26, 1969.

Mrs. Taylor was saved at Hazel Dell Free WIll Baptist Church in 1955. She was a member of the Benton First Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by her children, Carole Jean Rea, and husband David, of Benton, IL, Sandra Taylor, of Whittington and William “Bill” Taylor, of Whittington; grandchildren Diana Ing, and husband Keith, of Benton, Brian Taylor, and husband Scott, of Benton, Heath Taylor, of Whittington, Chrissy Miller, and husband Bryan, of Sesser, IL and Beth Thompson, of Arizona; granddaughter-in-law Marsha Rea, of Whittington and 12 great grand-children and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by a son, Kenneth Dale Taylor, by a grandson-Monte Rea, by a sister, Gladys Mendenhall and by brothers, Charles Erwin, Harold Erwin and John Clark, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 7th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Kent Dunford officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery in Whittington. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
For those who wish Memorials may be made to the Benton First Free Will Baptist Church.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

Jack A. Miller, Sr. – Benton, Illinois

Jack A. Miller, Sr., age 57, of Benton, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at his home in Benton.

Jack’s wishes were to be cremated.

A private family service will be held at a future date.

The Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Jack Ashley Miller was born on April 12, 1962 in Benton, the son of John Alden Miller and Louetta (Moss) Miller. He married the former Jennifer Lynn Ellis on December 10, 1981 and she preceded him in death on January 19, 2017.

Jack was a former self-employed entrepreneur having owned and operated Miller’s Bit Service, Miller Auto Sales, and Miller & Son Trucking.

He and his late wife were former members of the Steel City Baptist Church.
Jack enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, boating and racing.

He is survived by three children: Jessica Miller of Marion, IL, Jack A. Miller, Jr. and wife Heather of West Frankfort, IL, Jasmin Teel and husband Shawn of Coello; five grandchildren: Jacynda and Jordan Gibbs, Jeremiah and Jaxson Miller, Adrianna Teel; his mother Louetta Tollison and husband Dave of Benton; a sister Jean Ann Williams and husband Stanley of Benton; a brother James “Red” Miller of Benton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; his wife Jennifer Lynn Miller; two brothers: Jerry Allen Miller and John Alden Miller, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made “In Memory of Jack”, payable to the Leffler Funeral Home, to assist the family with final expenses.

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

Dennis Dean King – Mt. Vernon, IL

Dennis Dean King, 52, of Mt Vernon, passed away on October 2, 2019.

He was born on January 6, 1967 in Benton, IL to Dean and Ruth Ann (Quillman) King.
He is survived by his sisters Rhonda (Bill) Umbrianna of Linden, IN and Anita (Denis) Bayless of Benton, IL; four nieces Nicole (John) Aldridge, Megan (Ryan) Boicourt, Linsey Umbrianna, Jordan Marler; Great nephews Noah Aldridge, Caleb Aldridge and Abram Boicourt; two aunts Glenda Bain of Mt Vernon and Sharon Manis of Thompsonville and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be on Saturday October 5, 2019 at Noon at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, IL with Pastor Chris Hottensen officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday October 5, 2019 from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 12 noon at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

John David Prather-Christopher, IL

John David Prather, 90, of Christopher, passed away on September 29, 2019.

He was born on April 21, 1929 in Coello, IL to James and Lillie Irene (Hall) Prather.

He is survived by his children John David (Gayla) Prather of Mulkeytown, Gayla (Chuck) Kain of West Frankfort and Dan (Carol) Prather of Herrin; two sisters Mary Ramsey of West Frankfort and Margaret Potocki of Staunton, IL and one brother Ross Prather of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Charles Prather and James Prather.

Memorial service will be held on Thursday October 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Calvary Apostolic Church in Christopher. Visitation will be on Thursday October 3, 2019 from 6:00 PM until the time of the service at 7:00 PM at the church.

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

David Martin-Royalton, IL

David Martin, 70, of Royalton, passed away on Friday September 27, 2019 at his home.

He was born on January 28, 1949 in Hart, MI to Lewis Paul Martin and Gloris Ruth (Morningstar) Chassay. He married Kathryn L. (Carberry) Martin and she survives of Royalton.

He is also survived by his son Jason (Mikela) Martin of Toledo, IL; grandchildren Dagon Vance Smith and Lyric Maeve Martin; three sisters Kathy (Ron) Panning of Columbus, IN, Nancy (John) Musser of Tinley Park, IL and Diane Schafer of Manhattan, IL; two brothers Steve (Noreen) Martin of Carterville, IL and Bradley Scott (Kalkidan) Chassay; two sister-in-laws Katie Banks of Antioch, IL and Margaret Martin of Waynesville, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers Dan Chassay and Mike Martin.

Graveside services will be on Thursday October 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Blairsville Cemetery with Dan Winston officiating.

Visitation will be on Wednesday October 2, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the SIH Cancer Institute or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Brandon Kyle Pinson – Ashville, NC (formerly of Benton)

Brandon Kyle Pinson, 31, of Ashville, NC, a former Benton native, was killed Tuesday morning on September 3, 2019, in Iraq. He was leading a team of de-miners working to clear improvised explosive devices left behind from battles with the Islamic State. While he was diffusing an explosive device, the accident occurred in the village of Tel al-Shear near Mosul.

Brandon was born on March 25, 1988, in Carbondale, IL, to his parents, Brian and Karen (Easter) Pinson. He was a United States Army Veteran serving ten years and two terms in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, he diffused explosive devices. Brandon married the love of his life Samantha. They have two children, Dawson and River.

He was employed as a civilian employee of FSD of Geneva, Switzerland-based humanitarian a non-governmental organization that aims to clear explosive devices that threaten civilian populations that were affected by war.

Brandon attended Benton Consolidated High School and graduated in 2006. While attending high school he was a co-captain of the Benton Rangers football team and chosen as one of two MVP players his senior year. Also being named all-conference offensive and defensive player that year by the Southern Illinois River-to River (SIRR) Conference. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother. Brandon loved weightlifting and playing with his children which were the light of his eye.

He is survived by his loving parents, Brian and Karen Pinson; wife, Samantha Pinson; two sons, Dawson and River Pinson; a sister, Jennifer Jennings and husband GySgt USMC Tyler Jennings; a niece, Madison Jennings; many cousins and friends.

Proceeding Brandon in death is his maternal grandparents, James and Carolyn (Dutcher) Easter; paternal grandparents, Robert and Dorothy (Glover) Pinson; one aunt, Debbie Easter; two uncles, Larry Easter and Larry Pettit.

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

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Gathering Service on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Benton American Legion Post 280 and VFW Post 2671 in Benton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Benton High School for the amazing tribute to Brandon life on Friday, September 13, 2019, and to the community for the amazing support shown to the family during this difficult time.

Online condolences may be given at www.patefh.com

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