Barbara A. “Barb” Rich – Benton, IL

Barbara “Barb” A. Rich, 74, of Benton, passed away at 3:11 p.m., on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the Herrin Hospital.

She was born on November 18, 1944, to Lewis and Verna (Clouse) Miles in Vandalia, IL. On May 26, 1967, she married Charles “Frank” Rich.

Barb was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She was a member of the Benton Elks Lodge 1234, where she was also employed as a cook. She received the honor of being named the 2015-2016 Elks Lady of the Year. Barb was a Cub Scout leader for many years. She was a dear friend to so many and had a heart of gold. Barb was an avid Benton Rangers fan and would quite frequently be seen at many sporting events.

She is survived by her loving sons, Steve (Cindy) Rich and Scott (Jackie) Rich; four grandchildren, Bryn Rich, Brock (Jenna) Rich, Carson (Morgan) Montgomery and Jake Rich; two great-grandchildren, Remington and Oliver; three brothers, Irvin (Linda) Miles, Dean Miles, Allen (Betty) Miles; five sisters, Carol (Bob) Patterson, Betty Phillips, Beverly (Jim) Eldridge, Nancy (Tom) Sieveking and Eva Rexroad; three brother-in-laws, Donald (Karen) Rich, Ronnie (Terralee) Rich, Loren (Sheila) Rich; and one sister-in-law, Verlia Dobsch.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Verna Miles; her loving husband, Charles F. “Frank” Rich; a sister-in-law, Beverly Miles; and two brother-in-laws, Jay Phillips and Bill Dobsch.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 South Main Street, Benton, IL.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Burial will take place in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Elks Lodge 1234, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Shirley J. Phillips — Benton, IL

Shirley Jean Phillips, age 82, of Benton, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Phillips Cemetery of Ewing, with Rev. Don Bullard officiating. Visitation will be held privately for the family only. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Shirley was born on January 22, 1937 in Bessemer, MI, the daughter of Leo Connor and Edna Mabel (Miller) Connor. She married Robert C. Phillips on September 7, 1957, and he preceded her in death on March 29, 1996.

Mrs. Phillips was a homemaker and formerly attended the Jackson Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Benton.

Shirley enjoyed reading her Bible, listening to Roadhouse Country Music, watching Fox News, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by her children: Edna Marie Jackson of Eldorado, IL, Gail Poole and husband Larry of Benton, IL, Jeffrey Phillips and wife Alicia of West Frankfort, IL, Bryan Phillips and wife Jessica of Akin, IL, Michael Phillips and wife Jennifer of Sesser, IL, David Phillips and significant other Debbie of Sparta, IL; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings: Mary Silkwood and Judy Willis, both of St. Louis, MO, John Connor of Benton, KY, Gary Connor of Moline, IL, Dennis Connor of Alton, IL, Joyce Galioto of Buffalo, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son Robert D. “Sonny” Phillips, 2 sisters, and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Shirley Jean Phillips, to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

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

Dorothy Jean Lipe – Sesser, IL

Dorothy Jean Lipe, 81, of Sesser, passed away on August 20, 2019.
She was born on May 11, 1938 in Sesser to William and Alma (LeVault) Reiger. She married Kenneth Lipe and he survives of Sesser.

She is also survived by her children Mark Lipe of Texas, Steve (Joni) Lipe of Arizona, Suzanne Lipe of DuQuoin, Carl (Julie) Lipe of Denver, CO and Marvin Lipe of Marion; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 11 brothers and sisters Charley Reiger, Lawrence Reiger, Glenn Reiger, Kitty Santay, Bonnie Reiger, Alma Reiger, Irene Newell, Emma Smith, Luther Reiger, Lonnie Reiger and Bill Reiger.

Funeral services will be on Monday August 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Monday August 26, 2019 from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, IL.
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Donald Lee Reed — Sesser, IL

Donald Lee Reed, 83, of Sesser passed away on August 19, 2019.

He was born on February 11, 1936 to Elmer and Hessie (Bowlin) Reed. He married Karin (Klonz) Reed on April 9, 1968 and she survives of Sesser.

He is also survived by three sisters Margie Reed Heifner of Benton, Beth Ann (Ron) Hilliard of Camorilla, CA and Edith (Lindell) Smothers of Murfreesboro, TN; also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers Maurice Reed, Harold Reed, Tom Reed and one infant brother Kenneth Reed.

Don was an avid fisherman and golfer. He was known for his “fish fry’s”, and also known as the best fish fryer in Southern Illinois. Furnishing and cooking fish for up to 60 people many times.

A memorial service will be on Saturday August 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday August 31, 2019 from 5:00 PM until the time of the memorial service at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sesser-Valier Food Pantry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Reva Lynnette Shockley Warren-Christopher, IL

Reva Lynnette Shockley Warren, 54, of Christopher, passed away on August 19, 2019.

She was born on April 2, 1965 to Virgil “Red” Shockley and Connie (Kelley) Odum. She is survived by her mother Connie (Tim) Odum of Christopher; her children Jason James Warren of Thompsonville and Chelsea Anne Trusty of West Frankfort; three grandchildren Connor James Warren, Cain Gabriel Trusty and Kalvin Xavier Trusty; brothers and sisters Dennis Johnston, Latausha Bullington, Victor Shockley and Kara Hobbs.

She was preceded in death by her father. Visitation will be on Wednesday August 21, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher. Her wishes were to be cremated after the visitation with burial at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser at a later date.

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Phyllis Ann Kopin

Phyllis Ann Kopin. was born in Nashville, Illinois on July, 16, 1934, to parents Edward A. and Frieda G. Evilsizer. One of five children.

Phyllis grew up during the depression, times were hard, but due to the large garden and hunting done by her father and mother, the family always had enough to eat and a proper home. Phyllis learned the value of hard work from her parents. At a young age Phyllis went to work cleaning a doctor’s office. Later on, while she was attending high school, she worked at the Miner’s Hospital in Christopher, Illinois. There she worked and saved money to pay her way through Nurse’s College. Phyllis graduated Nurse’s College as a Registered Nurse. She later worked as a surgical nurse, the hospital pharmacy director, and eventually became the administrator of the Miner’s Hospital in Christopher.

Phyllis married John Kopin in 1959, and on June 6, 1962 gave birth to her only child, Andrew J. Kopin. Shortly after the birth of Andrew, John and Phyllis purchased some empty farmland and began construction of their home, where she and John raised Andrew, and both lived, until the present day.

Phyllis enjoyed her work as a nurse and was a super homemaker. She enjoyed decorating her home for every holiday and hosting formal dinners. Phyllis was a skilled baker, making picture perfect pies and cakes. She was also a highly skilled in her ability to crochet. When she entered her crochet quilts at the DuQuoin State Fair, and she won First and Second place that year.

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

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August, 21, 2019, at Pate Funeral Home. Burial will follow services at the Saint Andrew’s Cemetery, Christopher, IL.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com

Rick L. Thomas, Logan, IL

Rick L. Thomas, 67, of Logan, passed away on August 13, 2019.

He was born on August 9, 1952, to Chester and Viola (Kirk) Thomas in Herrin, IL. Rick was the owner of T & T Carbide, Inc. On July 11, 1971, he married Nancy Pope. To this union they had two children. Rick and Nancy lived in Logan, IL.

Rick was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many in which he will be dearly missed by many. He loved to work outside, playing with his grandkids and grand babies.

He is survived by his loving spouse of 48 years Nancy Thomas; one daughter, Audra Thomas; one son, Adam Thomas and wife Jane; ten grandchildren, Kailey McCain and husband Dave, Mikah Nance and husband Asa, Shay Vick, Addyson Morgan, Remington Thomas, Lincoln Thomas, Sawyer Thomas, Ellie Price, Matilda Thomas, Witten Thomas; seven great-grandchildren, Lil Dave, Keegan, Zaedyn, Roxzyn, Lynlee, Titus and Kipling; three brothers, Garry Thomas and wife Sharon, Tim Thomas and wife Annette, Alan Thomas and wife Beth; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Kearney and husband Gary; one brother-in-law, Ferrell Winemiller and wife Kathy; his special puppies, Rocky and Shiloh; and also survived by many more family and friends.

He was preceded in death his parents, Chester L. and Viola Marie Thomas; a nephew, Travis Thomas.

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

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Mark Minor, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin County Second Chance Animal Rescue, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Charles D. “Charlie” Goff – Benton, IL

Charles “Charlie” D. Goff, 66, of Benton, passed away at 9:12 a.m., on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon, IL.

He was born on July 25, 1953, to Charles and Martha (Hatchett) Goff in Taylorville, IL. On December 8, 1978, he married Dennecia Burgess. Charles was a United State Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

Charlie was a member of the American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the Benton Eagles. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. Charlie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved playing golf.

Charles is survived by his loving spouse of 40 years, Dennecia Goff; three children, Deena (Bryson) Shepard, Chad (Jessica) Hutchinson and Clinton (Sara) Goff; nine grandchildren, Seth (Kari) Arnett, Amber (Josh) Farris, Kacie (Bryan) Koker, Lexie Hopkins, Hailey Shepard, Lane Hutchinson, Mercedes Goff, Sebastian Goff, Harrison Goff; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Kaye Mullins and Rebecca (Mark) Mueller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Martha Lee Goff: and one brother, Lawrence E. Goff.

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

Visitation will be held Monday, August 19, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm.m, on Monday, August 19, 2019, at the funeral home, Benton, IL, with the Rev. Kent Dunford, officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Benton American Legion Post 280, VFW Post 2671 and the United States Air Force Honor Team.

Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or to the Wounded Warrior Project, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Nick Kniffen – Whittington, IL

Nick Kniffen, 85, of Whittington passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 15, 2019 at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center.

He was born in Spring Garden, IL on Feb. 7, 1934, the son of Ray & Mary Ellen (Friar) Kniffen. He married Mary Lou (Harmon), and she preceded him in death on June 25, 2012.

Mr. Kniffen was a lifetime resident of the area. He loved working in timber and fishing. Mr. Kniffen is survived by his children, Terald Kniffen, and wife Deborah, Bill Kniffen, and wife Susan, Michael Kniffen, and wife Janice and Debbie Walls, and husband Jerry; grandchildren Cody Kniffen, and wife Jessi, Michael Kniffen, and wife Stacy, Michelle Featherstun, and husband Sean, Daniel Kniffen, Jennifer Burnett, JoAnn Atkins, and husband Tommy, Julie Vaupel, and husband Keith, Jackie Kniffen, Colt Walls, Makayla Walls, Billie Walls; great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Josie, Ezra, Seth, Hunter, Seth, Jessica, Andrew, Daniel, Christian, Samuel, Isabella and Hayden; great-great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Vivian and Marcus and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kniffen was preceded in death by his parents, wife, by a son-Jeffery Glenn, by a brother, Harold Kniffen & by a sister, Thelma Maxine.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Aug. 17th at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Bro. Mike Kniffen officiating. Burial will be in the Hams Grove Cemetery, in Belle Rive. Visitation will be after 11 A.M. Saturday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.johnstonfuneralhome.com

Roland Fisher – Christopher, IL

Roland Fisher, 83, of Christopher, IL passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Macedonia, IL on Nov. 18, 1935, the son of Ben & Cora (Wiggins) Fisher.

He married Betty Jean (Lawson) on July 2, 1959, and she preceded him in death on May 27, 2008.

Mr. Fisher served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam from 1955 to 1976, retiring as Master Sgt. Dec 1, 1976. Mr. Fisher was Dietary Foreman for the VA Medical Center in Marion. He loved the Lord, his Church and he was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, Christopher Bearcat fan, and enjoyed horse racing.

Mr. Fisher is survived by his children, Rebecca Curry, and husband, Darren, of Union, MO, Robert Fisher, of Christopher, Curtis Fisher, and wife Carla, of West Frankfort, IL, Alice Freeman, and husband Sgt. Andrew Freeman, of Marion, IL and Kelly Fisher, of Marion; grandchildren Blake and Zachary Curry, McKenzie and Joshua Mohring, Hannah and Chase McGee, Thomas and Matthew Williams and Gabriel Fisher; sisters Phyllis Harris, of Pikeville, KY and Alice Shanks, of Benton.

Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by his parents, wife & by 2 brothers – Richard & Curtis.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 10th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev. Bert Mitchell & Rev. David Mitchell officiating.

Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts will be in the Knob Prairie Cemetery in Akin. Visitation will be after 11 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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