Debbie Davis — Yulee, FL

Debbie Davis, age 65, of Yulee, FL and formerly of Benton, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.

Debbie was born on May 19, 1955 in Benton, IL, the daughter of James Edward Mayer and Betty Joann (Leffler) Mayer. She married Tommy E. Davis on July 2, 1977 and he survives.

She formerly managed the Meals on Wheels Program for 18 years in Fernandina Beach, FL. She loved cultivating flowers, and often told her husband that doing so was her therapy.

Surviving is her loving husband Tommy Davis of Yulee, FL; cousins Steve Mayer and Cindy Neighbor, both of Shawnee, KS, and Susan Neville of St. Petersburg, FL; and her many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter Shelley Davis.

Local arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

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

Virginia Lee Wininger – Benton, IL

Virginia Lee Wininger, age 87, of Benton, passed away at 2:10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at her home.

A small gathering of family and close friends to celebrate the life of Virginia, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Virginia was born on January 19, 1932 in West Frankfort, IL, the daughter of Henry Williams and Georgia (Hamby) Williams. She was married to Russell Wininger in 1976, and he preceded her in death in 2002.

She was a former lead nurse at the Elgin State Hospital. She enjoyed her home visits by Pastor Alan Janneke from the St. Paul Lutheran Church of West Frankfort.

Virginia enjoyed gardening, shopping, dining out, telling stories, and especially loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children: Ruth Barry and husband Joe of Capon, IL, Morris Bonebrake of Abilene, TX, Betty Mathieu of Benton, Sheila Smith of Benton, Charlene Schwartz of Genoa, IL; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ralph Williams and wife Loratta, Russell Williams and wife Gisela, James Williams, Geneva Herrell and husband John, Dolly Owsley, Lillie Wece and husband Albert; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her ex-husband Charles Bonebrake; and her husband Russell Wininger; an infant daughter Gracie Bonebrake, stillborn son Charles Bonebrake, 13-year-old daughter Patty Bonebrake; a brother Howard Williams; two sons-in-law: Bruce Smith and Michael Schwartz.

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

Everett Junior Eubanks-Sesser, IL

Everett Junior Eubanks, 93, of Sesser, passed away on June 17, 2019.

He was born on October 11, 1925 in Sesser to Everett and Blanche (Thompson) Eubanks. He married Geraldine (Webb) Eubanks and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2015.

He is survived by his children Larry Dale (Francine) Eubanks of Benton, Janet (John) Fauth of New Athens, IL, Randy (Jane) Eubanks of Sesser, Jean (Bob) Armes of Sesser and Tommy (Lori) Eubanks of Ewing; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters, four brothers and three infant siblings.

He was a coal miner and a member of the UMWA and a United States Navy Veteran.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday June 19, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home and on Thursday June 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church.

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

Joy Gay Reed — Benton, IL

Joy Gay Reed of Benton, passed away at 9:52 a.m., on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019.

Joy lived in the Wheeling/Elm Grove, WV, area most of her life and with her “green thumb” was an avid gardener. Joy was very athletic as she enjoyed dancing, particularly line dancing, aerobics, water aerobics, walking and babysitting her grandchildren. Also she was very active as a member of Stone Presbyterian Church of Elm Grove where she served as a Deacon, Elder, member of the kitchen crew, Hunger Cupboard volunteer and much more. Joy was an exceptional cook and particularly enjoyed working with the church group that participated in the Wheeling soup kitchen. Joy participated in a close knit bible study group that met for 40+ years.

When Joy was 75 she moved to Benton, IL, to be closer to her son Larry Wilson and his family. Joy joined Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton where she participated in several activities and groups. Joy loved to travel and meet new people. She took numerous bus trips visiting various states but especially enjoyed foreign travels.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Donald Wilson in 1950 and Willis Reed in 1997; her parents Paul (Petie) Porter on November 11, 1966, and Naomi Nice Porter on October 14, 1949; and her first son Gregory Wilson June 23, 2013.

Surviving include one son Larry Wilson and wife Resi, of Benton IL; a daughter-in-law Pamela Wilson of Walsenburg, CO; grandchildren, LaRe (CA), Wendi (IL), Erik (IL), Steve (CO), Russ (CO), and Gabe (CO) and 18 great-grandchildren.

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

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Immanuel Baptist Church, Benton, IL.

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019, following visitation at the church with the Rev. Sammy Simmons officiating.

Online condolences may be given at www.patefh.com

Greyson Eli Key – Benton, IL

Greyson Eli Key was stillborn at 2:11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 at the SIH Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

Per the parent’s request; there will be no public services.
Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Greyson Eli Key is survived by his parents Jessica Marie Davis and Frankie Issac Key, both of Benton; grandparents: Susan Davis of Benton, John Sutton of Christopher, Connie Sutton of Missouri, and Kendra Key of Christopher; great-grandparents: Maureena Davis of Benton,and Evelyn Sutton of Benton; a brother Aiden Ezel Issac Key of Benton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Baby Greyson now joins grandpa Frank Key, and great-grandpas Brad Sutton and Robert Davis in Heaven.

To leave online condolences to the family, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Melody Ann Kristofferson – Benton, IL

Melody Ann Kristofferson, age 66, of Benton and formerly of Berwyn, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 at her home in Benton.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held at a future date in Berwyn.

Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton, has been entrusted with the cremation services.

Melody was born on September 3, 1952 in Neodesha. KS, the daughter of Donald Swan and Ellen Emogene (Weldy).

Ms. Kristofferson was a homemaker and formerly worked as a bartender at the New Town Tap in Berwyn, IL.

On occasion she attended the First United Methodist Church in Benton.

She enjoyed reading, painting, photography and loved her four-legged companion “Hugger”.

Surviving is her two children, a son Thadeus James “T.J.” Bornheimer and wife Amy of Wheaton, and a daughter Allegra Kanehl of Lyons, IL; four grandchildren: Tyler Martin, Cole Kanehl, Amber Rose Bornheimer, and Matthew James Bornheimer; two brothers: John Hermosillo and wife Donna of Benton, and Marty Swan and wife Martha of Franklin, WI, and their families.

She was preceded in death by her mother; and a brother Eddie Hermosillo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Rescue of Franklin County, and, may be sent to Leffler Funeral Home 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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

Fay King-Mulkeytown, IL

Fay King, 88, of Mulkeytown, passed away on June 11, 2019 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on November 2, 1930 in Mulkeytown to Lee and Wavia (Culley) Price. She was married to Noah King and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter Karen (Jim) Noto of Mulkeytown; seven grandchildren Jolynn (Frank) Vigiano, Shane (Lori) King, Jenny King, Wilton (Keri) King, Holly King, Travis (Leslie) Noto and Ashley (April) Noto; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; one sister Chloe Cook of Dowell; and one brother Carl Price of Mulkeytown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sons Gary King, Randy King and Bruce King, two brothers, Leon Price and Neal Price and one sister Irene Price.

Funeral services will be on Friday June 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Guy Webster officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will at Zeigler Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For more information go to our website www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com

Doris Carr – Highland, IL (formerly of Benton, IL)

Doris Jean Carr, age 91, of Highland and formerly of Benton, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Faith Countryside Homes of Highland.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton with Rev. Phillip Kennedy officiating. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mrs. Carr was born on May 18, 1928 in Benton, the daughter of Orville Davis and Victoria Ladeen (Hester) Davis. She married Arlie Carr, Jr. on October 10, 1947, and he preceded her in death on January 9, 1987.

Doris was a homemaker, and formerly worked as a telephone operator and a Certified Nurses Aide at the Franklin Skilled Care Nursing Unit of Benton (now known as Helia Healthcare and Rehab).

She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Benton, and later attended the First Free Will Baptist Church of Benton until she moved to be near her two children.

Doris enjoyed playing golf; and accomplished making a hole in one. She loved any and all outdoor activities, especially mowing her yard and planting flowers.

She is survived by a son Mark Alan Carr and wife Linda of Greenville, IL; a daughter Janice Lynn Carr of Greenville, IL; one granddaughter Lesley Edge of Wentzeville, MO; a brother Fred Davis of Olathe, KS; a brother-in-law Dale Adams of Benton; and the following nieces and nephews including: Gary and Delores Simpson, Eddie Simpson, Roger and Brenda Treece, Phyllis Piazza, and Bob Adams all of Benton, David Adams of West Frankfort, Jacque Suhr from St. Charles, and Keith McAdoo from Denver, CO.

Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister Lois Adams.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; and will be accepted at the cemetery on Tuesday or at the Leffler Funeral Home.

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

Frank Cockrum – Sesser, IL

Frank Cockrum, 82, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO following a battle with lung cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Viva Cockrum, and two brothers, Jerry and Dale. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sharon, their four children; John, Don, Jeff, and Lisa, and six siblings; Donald, Phyllis, Rosa Lee, Leon, Burl, and Judy. He was blessed with 11 grandkids and 4 great grandkids. In addition, Frank leaves behind his foster daughters and their families.

Frank met Sharon through a mutual friend, and they were wed a year and a half later on August 16th, 1958 at First Baptist Church of Sesser, IL. He worked as a coal miner for 17 years and owned an auto upholstery business specializing in classic cars. More than anything, he was passionate about his family, watching his St. Louis Cardinals, and loving his Lord. He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a beloved brother, a silly papa, and a loyal friend.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Sesser with Brother Chris Hottenson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cardinals Care or to the First Baptist Church of Sesser. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Kay Szczeblewski – Mulkeytown, IL

Patricia “Pat” Kay Szczeblewski, 75, of Mulkeytown, IL., passed away at 1:32 p.m., June 9, 2019, at her residence.

Pat was born on December 19, 1943, to Bill and Winnie (Scott) Bailey. She married Richard Szczeblewski on August 5, 1960, and became in her words, a “Kept Woman.”

She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years; parents; and one brother, David Bailey.

Pat is survived by her children, Tracey (Michael) Vandekerkhove of Mulkeytown, Jamie Donovan of Mulkeytown, and Steven (Deb) Szczeblewski of West Frankfort. Her grandchildren, Stormi (Brandon) Dilliner, Ty (Abbey) Vandekerkhove, Treg (Faith) Vandekerkhove, Shad Donovan, Remy Vandekerkhove and special friend Caleb Miner, and Nathan (Jodi) Robasse; her great-grandchildren, Shayne Dilliner, Bentley Donovan, Sloane Vandekerkhove, MaKaiden Robasse, and Taylor (Tayler) Ellison; and great-great grandchildren, Dylan and Rhett Ellison.

She took great joy in life. Pat was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She was a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, Room Mother/ Parent Volunteer, the first woman to hold a seat on the Sesser-Valier School Board, attended the Greenwood United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and led a kids Saturday program when her grand-children were young. Pat loved life and brought laughter wherever she went. She was always up for a good time.

She will be remembered for her witty sayings and her dedication of sending cards for any and all occasions. Pat loved to play games (especially Pinnochle) and spent many hours playing with family and friends.

After a battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer and COPD she entered peacefully into God’s Kingdom at home surrounded by her family. Her big heart and generous spirit will be greatly missed. Mom, Grams, Weezer you are forever in our hearts. We love you!

Pat and her family want to thank all the friends and church family who visited and brought food for her to enjoy while she was alive (per her request), the cards, flowers and many prayers sent her way. Thank you to the SIH Cancer Institute of Southern Illinois for their kindness and care, the friendly staff of Medicine Shop that always took care to deliver her medical supplies, and Hospice of Southern Illinois for their wonderful care.

Words Pat lived by: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, “Wow, What a Ride!”

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

There will be a celebration of life for Pat on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, 2638 Park Street Road, Mulkeytown, IL., Starting at 1:00 p.m. with a brief service at 3:30 p.m., with the Rev. Bill Wiggs officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Pat requested donations be made to the Greenwood United Methodist Church, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or the charity of your choice.

Praise God for his goodness. Pat loved the Lord with all her heart!

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

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