Dianne Lynn Holloway — Benton, IL

Dianne Lynn Holloway, age 62, of Benton, passed away at 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Benton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Dianne’s wishes were to be cremated.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Benton Housing Community Center, East Main Street, Benton, Illinois; with Lori Fitzpatrick officiating.

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

Due to Health Concerns related to COVID-19: services are limited to 50 people at one time; facial coverings are required; and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Dianne was born July 5, 1958 in Benton, the daughter of Tex Holloway and Mildred (Elam) Holloway.

She was a homemaker.

Dianne enjoyed shopping, playing board games and card games, and making jewelry.

Surviving are her two sons: Christopher Chaney of Carbondale, and Dennis Chaney of Johnston City; a granddaughter Ella Dianne Chaney; a brother Rolland Holloway and wife Judy of Benton; a sister Donna Bonham and husband Mark of Greensboro, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Stewart B. Hungate – Thompsonville, IL

Stewart B. Hungate, age 81, of Thompsonville, passed away at 2:40 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Helia Healthcare of Benton.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of the services.

Due to Health Concerns related to the Coronavirus COVID-19, Graveside services are limited to 50 people at one time; facial coverings are recommended; and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Stewart was born on July 28, 1939 in Benton, the son of Paul R. Hungate and Gaye (Daniels) Hungate. He married the former Delories “June” Talley on March 20, 1963. Together they shared 40 years of marriage until her death on July 8, 2003.

He was a retired laborer with the Alton Steel Mill.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Stewart enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trading. He raised and trained Beagle Hounds with AKC Beagle Kennel.

Surviving are two sons: David B. Hungate of Thompsonville, Stewart V. Hungate and wife Melissa of Benton; five grandchildren: Cassy Shamp and husband Matthew, Latasha Hungate, Erica Hensley and husband Ben, Tayler Hungate and wife Ashlee, Grante Hungate and fiancée Madison McGuire; eight great-grandchildren; a sister Lina Zimmerman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son Paul Dean Hungate; and a sister Pauline Bono.

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

Merna S. Wilkerson – Benton, IL

Merna S. Wilkerson, 84, of Benton, passed away at 5:12 p.m., on Friday, September 25, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on August 5, 1936, to Roy and Pearl (Odum) Wade in West Frankfort. She was a member of the Thompsonville Eastern Star and Benton Eagles Auxiliary.

Merna is survived by her son, Lonnie D. Atwood; daughter, Connie Grimes; four step-daughters, Kathy Priddy, Peggy Clem, Carla Owen, and Dana Wilkerson, a brother, Eldon Wade, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Rual and Pearl Wade, former husband, Alva Dean Atwood, second husband, Richard Summers, former husband, Curtis Wilkerson, son, Leroy E Atwood, step-son, Mitchell Wilkerson, brother, Leroy Wade, sister, Shelby Roberts and aunt, Florence King, and special friend, Jack Williams.

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

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Following the service, burial will take place in the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL.

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

Victor M. Romani – Sesser, IL

Victor M. Romani, 64, of Sesser, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on January 25, 1956, to Humbert and Vera (Olson) Romani in Chicago Heights, IL. On November 29, 1991, he married Patricia “Trish” A. Romani in Seminole, FL, and she preceded him in death. Victor and his wife moved to Southern Illinois in 1997, and loved the changing of the seasons and especially looked forward to winter. He loved the rural setting of the area and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benton, IL. Victor loved his faith. In 2007, Trish and Victor renewed their vows and were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Victor is survived by his six children, Christopher Romani, Tina Romani, Jonathan Romani, Jennifer Lloyd, Victor Romani, II and Stephanie Romani; one brother, Darren Romani; and two sisters, Annette Easter and Teresa Hammond.

He was preceded in death by Father, Humbert Romani, Mother, Vera Romani, Wife, Patricia “Trish” Romani.

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

A memorial mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benton, IL.

Memorials contributions 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.

Wanda Lee Smothers Adkins – TX

Wanda Lee Smothers, age 84 of Adkins, TX and formerly of Benton; passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at home with her family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Due to Health Concerns related to COVID-19: Visitation and Funeral services are limited to 50 people at one time; facial coverings are required; and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

Wanda Lee Smothers was born on February 12, 1936, in Benton, the daughter of Charles and Mary Minor.

She was a former member of the Benton Garden Club and the Eastern Star.

Wanda re-located to Adkins, TX in 2006 to be closer to her daughter and family. She enjoyed attending exercise class, drawing and painting classes, and especially evenings watching movies with her family.

Surviving is her loving daughter Sheryl Daley and husband Barry of Adkins, TX; three grandchildren: Rachel Daley, Adam Daley, Jacob Daley and wife Elizabeth; four great-grandchildren: Isabella Nehf and husband Isaac Torees, Simon Daley, Troy Hudek, Meredith Daley; a great-great-granddaughter Penelope Torres; three siblings: Betty Cunningham, Charles Minor and wife Darlene, Lindell Minor and wife Norma; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved Rollin “Tom” Turner; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Edith Minor; and a brother-in-law Harry Cunningham .

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Mrs. Wanda Smothers; visit www.lpfuneralhome.com

Sharon Ann Crotty — Thompsonville, IL

Sharon Ann Crotty, age 80, of Thompsonville, passed away at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana.

Mrs. Crotty’s wishes are to be cremated with no public services at this time.

Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Sharon was born on March 12, 1940 in Chicago, IL; the daughter of Joseph and Sophie McGiven. She was married to Maurice Crotty and he preceded her in death in June of 2009.

She was a member of St. Cajetan Roman Catholic Church of Chicago.

Mrs. Crotty formerly worked as a CAN with St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, IL.

She enjoyed reading and watching sports, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her three living children: Maurice Crotty of Thompsonville, Lisa Law of Thompsonville, and Michael Crotty of Herrin; Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sons Rick and Brian.

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

John E. Roberts — McLeansboro, IL

John Eugene Roberts, age 71, of McLeansboro, passed away at 8:36 a.m. Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the Leffler Funeral Home with Bro. Willie Huffine officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Leffler Funeral Home.

Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280 and the V.F.W. Post #2671 and the Army National Guard of Marion; will be at the conclusion of the Celebration of Life Service, outside of the funeral home.

Due to Health Concerns related to COVID-19: Visitation and Funeral services are limited to 50 people at one time; facial coverings are required; and social distancing should be observed. If you are sick, please stay at home.

John was born on October 4, 1948 in Benton, IL; the son of Roy Roberts and Edith (Carpenter) Roberts. He would marry the former Marie Darlene Heifner on October 15, 1977; and she survives.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. His flag was proudly displayed in his front yard day and night.

John worked for BRP Boat manufacturing until its closure. He formerly worked at Old Ben Coal as a weigh man, and with Coca-Cola, and was a handyman with carpenter work.

He was a member of the Plasters Grove Free Will Baptist Church of Thompsonville.

John enjoyed hunting with his oldest daughter, playing old country gospel music on his guitar, and small engine repair in his community. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving is his loving wife, of one month shy of 43 years, Darlene Roberts of McLeansboro; two daughters: Leigh Ann Blackburn of West Frankfort, IL, Amanda and husband James Cranmore of Harrisburg, IL; seven grandchildren: Kearsten, Kendall, Kyleigh, Kade, Macy, Braylin and Kambree.; a sister-in-law Malinda Roberts of Benton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Patty Heifner of Thompsonville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Randall, Floyd, Marion and Darrell; a sister Opal; four infant siblings; and a grandson Isaiah Snowden.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Carl E. Price – Mulkeytown, IL

Carl E. Price, 94, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Saturday September 19, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on February 8, 1926 in Mulkeytown to Lee and Wavia (Culley) Price. He married Mary Mae (Essex) Price on March 6, 1947 and she preceded him in death on December 3, 1966, he later married Dorothy (McCollum) Price on November 26, 1975 and she preceded him in death on January 13, 2018.

He is survived by his children Susan Vaughn of Mulkeytown, Brenda (Vic) Maze of Herrin, David (Candy) Price of Christopher, Paul (Paula) Price of Mulkeytown, Patty (Barney) Mack of West Frankfort and Alan (Becky) Price of Mulkeytown; 11 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great Great Grandchildren and one sister Chloe Cook of Dowell.

He was preceded in death his parents, two sisters Fay King and Irene Price and two brothers Leon Price and Neal Price.

He was a coalminer at Freeman Mine #6 and was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He was runner-up for Father of the Year and lived for his children and loved to garden.

Graveside services will be on Thursday September 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery with Brother Donald Maas officiating. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mulkeytown Cemetery or to the West Franklin Historical Society. Envelopes will be available at the Cemetery.

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Donetia Faye (Bozovich) Laur – Benton, IL

Donetia Faye (Bozovich) Laur, 90, of Benton passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, September 21st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Joe Zbinden officiating. Visitation will be after 11:00 A.M. on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of Flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Steel City Baptist Church or to the Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance.

Donetia worked at the telephone company in Benton upon graduation from high school. She later worked in the office for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria and a secretary for Freeman Coal Company in West Frankfort. After retiring from Freeman, she worked 12 more years doing in-home care for the elderly through several senior citizen programs. For a time she served as the pie baker at the Christopher MaidRite.

Donetia was a member of the Steel City Baptist Church.

She enjoyed listening to her music, working in her flowers, and cooking; she also loved watching Cardinal Baseball games.
She was born October 15, 1929 in Benton, Illinois to Nicholas John and Dollie Faye Overturf Bozovich. Survivors include two step-sons, Nick and Sandy Laur of Sesser and Mark and Lori Laur of Scheller: five grandchildren, Brian and Dana Laur of Sesser, Erin and Chip Basso of Sesser, Jared and Erin Laur of Evansville, Indiana, Bethany Deaton of Carterville, and Allyssa Laur and fiancè Jordan Edwards of Sesser: eight great-grandchildren, Reid and Reagan Basso, Delaney, Patrice, and Banx Laur, Cooper and Julia Laur, and Lucas Laramore, Sister, Virginia Benns of Benton, Brothers, Howard Bozovich of West Frankfort, David and Diana Bozovich of Whittington; Sister-in-law-Rosemary Bozovich of Godfrey. Several nieces & nephews and their families: Terri J. Harmon, Tresa M. Reigart, Stephen R. Bozovich, Michael Bozovich, Richard Bozovich, Kathy Bozovich, Nick Braden, William Braden, Roberta Sentel, Clarence Braden, Jeanie Braden, Warren Rice, Donald Rice, Karen Rice, Tammy Young, Ronald Bozovich, John Bozovich, Al Baluk, Christine GrBr and Diane Bozovich.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Neal, who passed away in 1978 and her second husband Dallas Laur, who passed away in 2012 after 32 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by Sisters Mildred Jacobs, Ann Mason, Ruth Baluk, Betty Braden, Mary Bozovich and Brother Kenneth Bozovich.
For more information or to send online condolences please visit www.mortonjohnstonfuneralhome.com

John “Little John” Hampton – Mulkeytown, IL

John “Little John” Hampton, 59, of Mulkeytown, passed away on Friday September 18, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born on March 16, 1961 in Christopher to John “Pappy” and Nina Mae (Clancy) Hampton. He married Georgetta (Anderson) Hampton on June 1, 1991 and she survives of Mulkeytown.

He is also survived by his children Chris (Mary) Hampton of Mulkeytown, Sarah (Jim) Emberton of Zeigler, Tearra (Zach) Carter of Mulkeytown, Andrew Hampton of Christopher and Gabby Hampton of Mulkeytown; six grandchildren Ashly, AJ, Jared, James Jr., Jarren and Jenna; one sister Tina (John) Hughes of Sesser and two brothers Dennis Hampton of Mulkeytown and Harry Hampton of Wentzeville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Kevin Hampton, two grandchildren Carlie Staggs and Christian Hampton and one brother Phillip “PG” Hampton.

John was a Supervisor of Dispatching at the West Frankfort Police Department.

Graveside services will be on Monday September 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Mulkeytown Cemetery in Mulkeytown with Brother George Marshall officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday September 20, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with an Emergency Service Personnel Walk-Thru at 4:45 PM on Sunday. Burial will be at Mulkeytown Cemetery.

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