David Hutson-Sesser, IL

David Hutson, 67, of Sesser, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

He was born on April 7, 1955, to Logan Hutson and Ramona Grammar Hutson (subsequently Tasky), in Troy, Michigan. David graduated from Sesser-Valier High School and served his country in the Navy and the Army before returning to Sesser. He was predeceased by his father and mother; by his stepmother, Betty Jo Hutson; by his former wife Betty Mae Leigh Hutson; and by his son, Michael Thomas Hutson.

He is survived by six children – David Logan Hutson, Jessica Elizabeth Marie Bowers, Kimberly Leigh Hutson, Selena Mae Meyer, Heather Dawn Crossland, and Jenny Lynn Hops, all residing in South Carolina – and by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Lee “Chuck” Hutson; sister, Cheryl Jan Hartsell (Bruce); stepsister, Pam Kreyer; stepbrother Michael Ahfeld; and by many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 16, in Hammond Cemetery, assisted by Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home and VFW Cox Post 4753.

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Britney T. Giacone – Sesser, IL

Britney T. Giacone, 32, of Sesser, IL passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

She was born in Centralia, IL on August 18, 1989.

Britney married John Giacone on September 26, 2014.
Britney was an Office Nurse working at Heartland Women’s Health Care and was an OB Surgical Tech at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
Britney is survived by her:
Husband: John Giacone of Sesser
4 Children:
Hunter Giacone
Archer Williams
Piper Giacone
Fisher Giacone
Mother: Angi Scrivner & husband Daniel
Grandmother: Terry Guess
Steven Rollinson & wife Brandy
Alexis Hurst & husband Adam
Bethanie Scrivner & special friend Hunter
Madison Scrivner
Gabriel Scrivner
Kyle Rollinson
Nieces & Nephews:
Father-in-law: Larry Giacone & wife Jacque
Mother-in-law: Cynthia Giacone
Several Aunts, Uncles & Cousins
Britney loved being a Military wife, she supported and adored her husband John. Britney had the greatest love for her children and her family. Being a wife and a mother was her number one priority. Britney lived for working with mother’s and babies, she was passionate about her job in OB and helping pregnant women. Britney loved being pregnant and carrying her own babies enough that she wanted to help other women who couldn’t have babies and be a surrogate mother. Britney was greatly loved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. She was the best wife, mother, daughter and sister that anyone could ask for.
Flowers may be delivered to the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home on Wednesday May 11th.
Donations may be made to the Giacone Family and will be accepted at the funeral home any time.
Funeral services will be Private.
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Carl Woodrow Mitchell – Clinton, IL

Carl Woodrow Mitchell, loving son, husband, father, Pap, brother and friend to a multitude passed peacefully April 30, 2022 in his home. Survived by his daughters Marilyn (Doug) Mitchell-Heusner, Carol Ney, grandchildren Heather (Justin), Rachel, Kristen, Hunter, Aaron and his trio of great-grandsons Hudson, Hollis and Hayden.

Born October 25, 1938, the only child of Dorothy and Woodrow Mitchell of Christopher, Illinois. He learned early the value of family, education and the benefits of a strong work ethic. Carl would recall delivering papers as a child, delivering coal to neighbors, attending church, helping at the 5&10 where his mother worked while his dad was serving overseas during WWII. He later obtained the honor of a full-ride scholarship to the University of Illinois (degree of his choice). Instead – he chose to attend Southern Illinois University which was the first best decision for his future! While there he rekindled his relationship with his greatest love, Brenda (Hughes) and married her 10 months later. The two immediately took off to the University of Florida as their “honeymoon” where Carl pursued a PhD in Quantum Mechanics. Carl and Brenda enjoyed traveling, volunteering, and loving their children and grandchildren for 53 years until Brenda rose to Heaven in 2013.

A worldwide renowned tribologist (his words: “I was a chemist by degree but tribologist by necessity”) traveled the world solving problems for 50 years – working in steel and aluminum mills in five continents, with favorite countries being Japan, Taiwan, Venezuela, Australia, and Brazil. Carl was sought out as an industry leader and respected name in the trade even after retirement, having been recruited by a start-up company just 3 months before his passing to consult. Carl will always be remembered as a man of countless experiences, stories, and for loving his family and friends fiercely. He will be incredibly missed by many.

Visitation to be held 10-11 a.m. May 5, 2022 at Clinton United Methodist Church followed by funeral service and lunch. Visitation 1-2 p.m. on May 6th at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, IL followed by graveside service at Mt. Etna Cemetery in Thompsonville, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is handling local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, if so inclined, Carl requested donations to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (4623 Wesley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212), Mount Etna Cemetery Association (20421 Akin Blacktop, Thompsonville, IL 62890) or charity of choice.

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Jerry (Gerald S.) Greenwood-Ironwood, OH

Jerry (Gerald S.) Greenwood, of Ironton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2022.

He was born June 17, 1939, to Clyde and Lena Marie (Clayton) Greenwood, in Wayne, Michigan, the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by siblings James Greenwood and Patricia Dobbs and is survived by Donald (Karen) Greenwood.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1960 with a B.S. in Forestry and from Ohio University with a Masters of Public Administration in 1990. He worked for the US Forest Service for 33 years and then became a timber consultant for another 10 years. His plans at an early age included becoming a hermit in the wild north, but these were blown to pieces when he saw a young girl walk across the campus. He married that girl, Phyllis Ann (Beaty) Greenwood, his partner in all things – from fishing to raising four children – for 62 years. He was active in his church, an ordained deacon and a Gideon. He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Bill) Ferguson of Cincinnati, OH; Daniel (Lisa) Greenwood of St. Louis, MO; Kyle (Karen) Greenwood of Denver, CO; and Sarah (Bill) Thompson of Cincinnati, OH. In addition, he is survived by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all of whom gave him great joy.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Tracey Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home, 518 S. 6th Street, Ironton, OH 45638. Funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Eric Barnes officiating. Graveside services will be Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:00 A.M., in Benton, Illinois, at Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 1, Ironton, OH 45638, or First Baptist Church, Ironton, 304 S. 5th Street, Ironton, OH 45638.

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Odin Hensley-Zeigler, IL

Odin Hensley, passed away on April 28, 2022.

He was born on September 17, 2020 in Mt Vernon, IL to Dakota Hensley and Serena (Abbott) Hensley.

He is survived by his mother Serena (Anthony) Corey of Zeigler; father Dakota (Porscha Brown) Hensley of Bluford; one brother Jiraiya Hensley and one brother on the way Easton Corey; grandparents Bonnie Clark McNeal of Christopher, James Abbott of Logan, Chris Davis of Bluford and Jill Davis of Bluford; great grandparents Robert and Bonnie Mace of Sesser, James Abbott Sr. of Logan, Laura and Victor Merfeld of Leiland, IL and Kelly Coleman of Valier; aunts RyAnn Clark, Railan Clark, Vivian Carlton, Adalyn Heiman and Mara Hensley and great aunts and uncles and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents Donald McNeal, Kathy Hayes and Sandy Coleman, one great aunt Diana Gunn and one great uncle Donald McNeal Jr.

Odin was a happy baby and loved Spiderman, he also loved music and liked to dance, he loved to swing and to throw basketballs and he liked to eat snacks.

Funeral services for Odin will be on Saturday May 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Kirk Packer officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery in Sesser.

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Stanley W. Brown – West Frankfort, Illinois

Stanley Wilbur Brown, age 67, of West Frankfort, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Graveside services will follow at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Stan was born April 5, 1955, in Aurora, Illinois; the son of Nathan Brown and Ruth (Rezetka) Brown. He married the former Tina Shipp on June 12, 1982; and she preceded him in death on June 1, 2016.

He was a retired City of West Frankfort Street Department Employee.

Stan was a member of Crab Orchard Lake.

He enjoyed fishing, duck and deer hunting, WWE Wresting, and most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving is his son Ryan M. Brown and wife Sandy of West Frankfort, IL; two grandchildren: Garrett Matthew Brown and Addysyn Marie Brown; two step-grandchildren: Kristen Rittierodt and husband Richard of Evansville, IN, Michelle Scarlett and fiancee Joey Griest of Providence, KY; a step-greatgrandchild Ayden Scarlett; several brothers and sisters including: Clara Avery and husband Rick, Andy Bowling, Fred Bowling and wife Jessica, Mike Bowling and wife Debbie, James Edwards and wife Sabarine, Jesse Edwards and wife Carrie, Debra Fourez and husband Randy, Linda Sue Haywood and husband Tom, Jackie Miller and husband Billy, Mike Moyer and wife Denise; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a sibling Lindell Moyer.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in memory of Stan, may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, to assist the family with funeral expenses.
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Claude Neal Mocaby – Logan, Illinois

Claude Neal Mocaby, age 57, of Logan, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022, at his home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. A Celebration of Life

Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Neal’s wishes are to be cremated with future burial to be in the Plaster’s Cemetery North of Thompsonville.
Claude Neal Mocaby was born October 14, 1964, in Benton, Illinois; the son of Claude LaDale Mocaby and Norma Jean (Perryman) Mocaby. He formerly was married to Monty Jean Wininger, and she preceded him in death in 1997.
He worked at TNT Carbide of Logan.

Neal enjoyed hanging out with friends, acting silly and being goofy, and shooting pool. Most of all he enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandkids.

Surviving are three children: Claudia Marie Mocaby of Carterville, IL, Ada Lynn Mocaby of Benton, Bryan Neal Mocaby of Benton; ten grandchildren: Adonis Westerberg, Aurora Bolivar, Luciano Bolivar, Haden Jeter, Kayd Jeter, Adalynn Jeter, Colton Wayne Sullivan, Zaden Mocaby, Creek Neal Mocaby, Zalei Mocaby; three siblings: Denzil Mocaby of Logan, Helen Willett of Logan, and Michelle Mocaby of Carbondale, IL; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; former wife; and a grandchild Claude O’Daniell.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in memory of Neal, may be made to the Leffler Funeral Home, to assist the family with funeral expenses.
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Flora Allis Bellamey- Christopher, IL

Flora Allis Bellamey, 82, of Christopher, passed away on April 29, 2022. She was born on April 2, 1940 in Springerton, IL to Daniel and Thelma Grace (Wilson) Simpson. She was married to James Ray Bellamey on December 18, 1971 and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2020.

She is survived by her children Terri (Dave) Green of Indianapolis, IN , Kevin Bellamey of Indianapolis, IN, Gordon (Carol) Bellamey of Georgetown, IN, Dan Bellamey of Christopher, IL, Dallis Bellamey of Zeigler, IL, two brothers, Daniel Franklin Simpson of Rehoboth Beach, VA Samuel Simpson of Anna, IL and 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two children, Angie Armstrong and Johnnie Ray Phillips, and five brothers and sisters.

Funeral Services will be on Wednesday May 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Samuel Simpson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at Little Zion Cemetery in Enfield, IL.

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Richard Bradford Sr.-Christopher, IL

Richard Bradford Sr., 75, of Christopher, passed away at his home.

He was born on March 3, 1947 in Canton, IL to John and Louise (Blue) Bradford. He married Linda (Brown) Bradford on July 3, 1968 and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2018.

He is survived by one son Richard (Cindy) Bradford Jr. of Christopher; grandchildren Ashley Bradford, Richie Bradford, Cheyenne Bradford and Haylee Bradford and two brothers Michael Bradford and John Bradford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one son Bobby Bradford.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War.

His wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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Marion “Bull” Veach-Valier, IL

Marion Louis Veach, “Bull”, age 93, was called home by his heavenly father on April 29, 2022 at his home in Valier, Illinois where he lived his entire life.

He was born on July 4, 1928 to Marion Louis and Mary Jane (Winn) Veach at their home on Rea Street in Valier. In 1947 Marion met his lifelong love Mollie, who he called his little Queen, at a football game. On September 3, 1949 they married and later had one daughter, Dixie (Veach) Miller, and one son, Jim Veach.

His family was the primary joy of his life. Those who knew Marion know that he spent his life in service of the Lord. Marion was known as a man of powerful, unshaking faith and joyfully lived his life following the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was a proud member of Valier First Baptist Church for 74 years and 60-year member of the Freemasons. During his time at the church he was an active deacon for 50 years, taught Sunday school, performed countless hours of carpentry work for the church, and even served as song leader for a short time. He was also known for his pre-meal blessings that could border on sermon-length at times and would prompt a polite elbow from Mollie as a reminder for him to wrap it up. His distinctive “Amen” that he spoke to affirm the message during services at Valier First Baptist Church will be missed by his church family.

Marion began his 40-plus year career as a coal miner and UMWA member in 1948. In 2019, Marion was named “UMWA Miner of the Year” and served as the Sesser Homecoming parade Grand Marshal. It was one of the proudest accomplishments of his career as a coal miner. The mines are where he would gain the nickname that would stick with him for the rest of his life. Marion was affectionately known to friends and family as “Bull”. His father’s nickname was “Bull” and when Marion began working at the mine with his father, his new co-workers called him “Bull” as well. It was truly a fitting moniker for an opinionated, stead-fast man. Bull was no stranger to difficulty in his life mainly due to his choice in baseball teams. He was a life-long Chicago Cubs fan that lived in the heart of Cardinal country. He attended only one Cubs game at Wrigley Field in his life and in his single afternoon as a bleacher bum at Wrigley field, half of his section were chatting with him, knew him by his nickname, and were taking selfies with him. One gentleman from Pittsburg, PA even texted a few months after the game to ask how he was doing and mentioned how happy he was to meet Bull because it made his own Wrigley experience that much more memorable. Bull was even interviewed by an MLB TV reporter at the game. Those that knew him well know that his cheerfully outgoing and friendly nature ensured that, no matter where he went, he never met a stranger.

Marion is survived by his wife, Mollie Veach; daughter, Dixie (Veach) Miller; son, Jim Veach; as well as his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Marion Louis Veach; his mother, Mary Jane Veach; his sister Imogene (Veach) McBride, and his son-in-law, Evan Miller. Services will be on Monday May 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM at the Valier First Baptist Church with Brother Kevin Bradley and Brother Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service at 1:00 PM at the church. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Valier First Baptist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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