Donald Burnett-Johnston City, IL

Donald Burnett, 62, of Johnston City, IL, passed away on Tuesday September 6, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

He was born on February 13, 1960 in Christopher to Donald and Janet (Hargis) Burnett. He married Crystal (Duncan) Burnett.

He is survived by his wife Crystal Burnett of Johnston City; mother Janet Burnett of Christopher; one son Justin Burnett of West Frankfort; three brothers Darren (Lori) Burnett, of Ina, Rodney Burnett, of West Frankfort, and Rex (Christine) Burnett, of Buckner.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He loved to go to auctions and to watch Nascar racing.

Funeral service will be on Saturday September 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Pastor Mario Ramos and Brother Denny Bush officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM.

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JoAnn Brammeier – Benton, IL

JoAnn Brammeier, 75, of Benton, passed away at 5:30 a.m., on Monday, September 5, 2022, at the Linda-White Hospice House in Evansville, IN.

She was born on March 25, 1947, to William and Wanetta (Griffith) Belinski in Nashville, IL. On December 30, 1967, she married LeRoy Brammeier, and he survives.

JoAnn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed playing Bingo. She loved nature and liked driving around the lake looking at the deer. She also loved bird watching, especially the humming birds and cardinals. She enjoyed bowling, dancing and Sonics blueberry slushies. She was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues and liked watching the games.

JoAnn is survived by her loving spouse of 54 years, LeRoy, her daughter, Sherry Brammeier of Woodlawn; two grandchildren, Misty Knight of Benton and Zach Campbell of Woodlawn; two great-grandchildren, Rylan and Kynslee; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Wanetta Belinski and three brothers, Lelend Belinski, Dwight Belinski and Billy Belinski.

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

Per JoAnn’s wishes, cremation will take place.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Brad Tucker – Benton, IL

Bradley Lowell Tucker, age 65, of Benton, Illinois, passed away Friday, September 2, 2022, at his home.

His wishes are to be cremated.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Bradley Lowell Tucker was born on June 14, 1957, in Dekalb, Illinois, the son of Gene Lowell Tucker and Eulah Nadine (Clark) Tucker. He married Bonnie B. (Pritchett) Hopkins. They were married for 13 years until her death on December 9, 2018.

He was a former self-employed contractor.

Brad was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of West Frankfort, Illinois.

Brad enjoyed spending time with his two dogs.

Surviving is his loving mother Nadine Tucker of Benton, Illinois; a son Austin Tucker and wife Tammy of Stone Lake, Wisconsin; two grandchildren: Andrew and Natalie; a sister Brenda Crawford and husband Tony of Portage, Wisconsin; two step-children: Leslie Hopkins (Sandy White) of Benton, Illinois; Mark Hopkins and fiancée Heather Murphy of West Frankfort, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his father Gene Tucker; his wife Bonnie Hopkins.
To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Brad, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Ronald Thompson – West Frankfort, IL

Ronald Melvin Thompson, age 75, of West Frankfort, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the SSM Good Samaritan Hospital of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

His wishes are to be cremated.

Burial will be held at a future date in the Maple Dale Cemetery of Olney, Illinois.

Leffler Funeral Home of Benton; is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

Ronald was born on October 3, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Melvin Thompson and Dorothy (Kropp) Thompson.
He was a retired truck driver last working for Crown Lift Trucking Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Ronald enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, visiting with his neighbors, traveling to visit and spend time with his siblings, relaxing with a glass of rum and coke. He also loved his two dogs J-Wow and Riley.

Surviving is a son Jason Thompson and girlfriend Marcy Morefield of West Frankfort, Illinois; a daughter-in-law Audra Thompson of Effingham, Illinois; grandchildren: Makala Bishop and husband Caleb, Tyler Thompson, Josh Fisher and wife Tracie, Ryan Epperheimer and wife Megan, Brady Epperheimer, Kara Davis and husband Matt, Dakota Thompson, Preston Thompson, and Addisyn Thompson; great-grandchildren: Dylan, Kaeden, Jacob, Konner, Josiah, Karlei, Maddox, Journey, Kambrei, Wren, Briggston, Heaven, and Maverick; a brother Richard Thompson and wife Alexis of Show Low, Arizona; a sister Pat Novak of Huntley, Illinois; two nephews and nieces: Todd and Tim and Megan; Shawna and Terry, Jamie and Sarah.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sons: John Thompson and Jared Thompson.

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

Denton Perryman – Carbondale, IL

Denton Warren Perryman, age 68, of Carbondale, passed away at 8:39 a.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale, Illinois.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at the Plaster’s Cemetery North of Thompsonville. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Hoe of Benton, Illinois.
Denton and his twin brother Daryl were born on December 21, 1953, in Taylorville, Illinois; the twin sons of James Riley “Vernie” Perryman and Flodine (Abbott) Perryman.

He was a former professional model, waiter, and bartender.

Surviving is a daughter Daury McGuire Perryman of California; his aunts: Linda Ray of Thompsonville, Illinois, and Joyce Fryman of Benton, Illinois; several cousins, and many friends and acquaintances.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his twin brother Darrell Perryman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Plasters Cemetery; and will be accepted at the graveside service, or may be mailed to Plasters Cemetery, in care of Mr. Juel Mandrell, 12495 Sterling Street, Benton, Illinois 62812.
To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Denton, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Patricia Brown-Mulkeytown, IL

Patricia Brown, 88, of Mulkeytown, passed away on August 28, 2022 at her home.

She was born on March 29, 1934 in Vincennes, IN to George Frank and Ruth Ann (Matheson) Duckworth. She married Arthur Brown on September 27, 1952 and he preceded her in death on August 19, 2020.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Nancy Brown on Poplar Grove, IL and one granddaughter Nicolette Musial of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons Raymon Anthony Brown and Warren Douglas Brown and 14 brothers and sisters.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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Benjamin “Ben” Lee Williams – Benton, IL

Benjamin “Ben” Lee Williams, 39, of Benton, IL, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at his residence in Benton.

Ben was born on January 23, 1983, to Teddy and Sarah (Biddle) Williams in Herrin, IL. He was proud to work as a driller in the oil field. Ben married Kerry Kluzek on August 24, 2013.

Ben was an outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, traveling, and riding anything with a motor. There wasn’t an adventure Ben wasn’t willing to take. He hoped to retire on a sailboat. Fishing was more than a passion; it was a constant in his life. Ben was valued as a father before anything else by his four children. His carefree, upbeat attitude was apparent to everyone he met; Ben had no enemies. He made everyone into a “good” buddy. His favorite place to be was bellied up to a beach bar in the Florida Keys; shirtless with a beer in his yeti koozie. Ben“jammin” loved to have a good time.

Ben is survived by his Mother, Sarah Williams; Wife, Kerry Williams, mother to Sons, Gavin Williams, Fischer Williams; Mary Sloan, mother to Son, Brandon Williams and Daughter, Abigail Williams; Brother, Jesse (Kelli) Williams; Nephew, Jesse Williams; Nieces, Maggie “Mag Pie” Williams, Lucy Williams; Brother, Adam (Rebecca) Williams; Cousin, Kadie (Brady) Helmkamp; Uncles, L.W. (Michelle) Biddle, Tim (Sheila) Huffine, Willie (Mary) Huffine; Maternal Grandmother, Lena Sanders; Father and Mother-in-law, Paul & Dorothy “Dot” Kluzek; Many Cousins and Friends.

He was preceded in death by Father, Teddy Eugene Williams; Uncle, Kevin Biddle; Maternal Grandfather, Lester Biddle; Paternal Grandfather, Ronald Huffine; Paternal Grandmother, Florence Huffine; Best Friend, Brandon Tindall.

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

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Williams Family to help support his children’s future and education.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com

Donna June Pitts – Sesser, IL

Donna June Pitts, 82, of Sesser, passed away on Saturday August 27, 2022 at her home.

She was born on December 16, 1939 in Sesser, IL to Loren and Florence (Norris) Edwards. She married Homer Pitts and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children Vickie (Martin) Lewis of Brookwood, AL and James (Denise) Wells of Waldorf, MD; grandchildren Jamie Winemiller, Crystal Edmondson, Derrick Lewis, Shannon Kelley, Shelby Wells and Skylar Wells.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Matthew Pitts and two brothers Bob Edwards and Beverly Edwards.

She was a beautician and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sesser.

Funeral services will be on Saturday September 3, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Chris Hottensen officiating. Visitation will be on Friday September 2, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

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

Brian Keith Taylor Whittington, IL

Brian Keith Taylor, age 60, of Whittington, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2022, at his home.

Brian was born on April 20, 1962, in Aurora, Illinois, the son of Kenneth Dale Taylor and Joyce Elaine (Kuykendall) Taylor.

He worked as a construction supervisor for Beck-Pollitzer, out of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Brian enjoyed working, the outdoors, riding his side-by-side and being on the water.
Surviving is his soulmate and companion of 15 years, Kathy Allen of Whittington, Illinois; two sons: Keith Taylor and girlfriend Crystal Dawson of Herrin, Illinois, Brian Adem Taylor of Kenai, Alaska; two grandchildren: Tay-Lyn Taylor and Keiara Taylor; a sister Beth Leber of Carbondale, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Brian, may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (https://mymsaa.org)
Mr. Taylor’s wishes are to be cremated.
Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Brian, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Dr. Arthur Lee Basso-Mulkeytown, IL

Dr. Arthur Lee Basso, 92, of Mulkeytown, IL, passed away on Friday August 26, 2022 at Memorial Hospital in Shiloh, IL. He was born on October 14, 1929 to Minnie and Attilio Basso of Christopher. He attended Christopher High School and graduated from the St Louis University School of Dentistry. He married Janice Louella Griffin on February 20, 1954.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice and two sons, Ricardo Lee Basso and Anthony “Tony” Randall Basso.

He is survived by his daughter Cathy Ann (Mike) Guthrie of Caseyville, IL; grandchildren Amy (Dan) Prychitko of College Grove, TN, Katie (Rodney) Fourez of Swansea, IL, Megan (Travis) Eastwood of Zeigler, IL and Michael Basso of Mulkeytown, IL; great grandchildren Steele, Rush, Cruz, and Aria Prychitko, Jase and Owen Fourez, and Ryder, Rhett and Riggs Eastwood; step-brother Jay Elliott and step-sister Cherrye Ryan both of California.

After completing his duty in the United States Air Force he opened his private Dentist Office in Christopher, where he continued the practice until the age of 80, when he suffered a severe stroke. This is a true reflection of his love for his profession.

Earlier in life Arthur enjoyed bowling, trap shooting, hunting and fishing. Being a lifelong resident of the Christopher area he made many great friends who he also loved spending time with. He was known by friends and family for his kind and generous personality, quick witted humor and extreme dedication. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral services will be on Thursday September 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

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