Brenda M. LeVault – Sesser, IL

Brenda M. LeVault, 72, of Sesser, IL, passed away at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, October 18, 2019, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, IL.

She was born on January 27, 1947, to Ellis and Velma (Thomason) Bradley. She married Tom LeVault on July 27, 1963, together they shared 56 years of marriage.

Brenda was a member of Grace Awakening Church in Benton, IL.

The world became a little quieter with her passing. Her sassy, fierce, no-holds barred approach meant she left this world in true Brenda Fashion, her way and on her terms. You never had to question where you stood with her. She loved deeply and openly. She was everyone’s biggest cheerleader. She never turned those in need away. Her door was always opened and you were always welcomed. She was the only women we knew who could take a meal for a few, and turn it into a meal for plenty. Her children’s friends became her kids. Brenda played many roles, but her favorite was just being Nanny to her grandchildren.

Brenda is survived by her loving spouse, Tom LeVault, one son, Larry LeVault of Sesser, IL; three daughters, Tawana Pitchford and husband Bill, of Valier, IL, Lisa Rapp and husband Paul, of Belle Rive, IL and Jackie Halley and husband Erin, of McLeansboro, IL; 12 grandchildren, Erica (Dawn) Bird of Sesser, IL, Holden (LeyCosta Clark) LeVault of Desoto, IL, Ashlee Ann LeVault of Pensecola, FL, TyAnn LeVault of Sesser, IL, Cody (Kacey Rasnic) Pitchford of Valier, IL, Cheyenne Pitchford of Valier, IL, Clay Rapp of Belle Rive, IL, Noah Rapp of Belle Rive, IL, Raegan Halley of McLeansboro, IL, Dylan Halley of McLeansboro, IL, Kenadee Halley of McLeansboro, IL and Larry Ellis LeVault of Benton, IL; two great-grandchildren, Deana and Mason; two brothers, Gale Bradley of Sterling, IL and Farell Bradley of Sesser, IL and two brother-in-laws, Richard (Iris) LeVault of Sesser, IL and Jim (Peg) LeVault of Sesser, IL.

She was preceded in death by parents, Ellis and Velma Bradley; brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Ruth Bradley; brother, Carlos Bradley; brother, James Bradley; sister-in-law, Elsie Bradley; father and mother-in-law, H.G. and Lucille LeVault; a granddaughter, Nikole Ann LeVault; and great-grandchildren, Pitchford Infant Twins.

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

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Grace Awakening Community Church, 313 North McLeansboro St., Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Grace Awakening Community Church, Benton, IL, with Brother Ken Petty, officiating. Following the funeral service, burial will take place in Hammond Cemetery, Sesser, IL.

Memorials may be made to the American Breast Cancer Society or to Hammond Cemetery.

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Billy David “Bub” Hammond – Benton, IL

Billy David “Bub” Hammond, II, 52, of Benton, passed away on at 3:06 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Herrin Hospital.

He was born on January 4, 1967, to Billy David Hammond, Sr., and Betty J. (Lingo) Hammond in Benton, IL. He was a 1985 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School. Billy was Co-Owner of the family paving business. He worked as a paving operator.

Billy was a member of Benton Church of God, Benton Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shiner and member of the Knights Templar.

He was a loving son, father and brother. Billy enjoyed walks with his son, riding ATV’s with his brother, raising goats and wild game birds. He loved working in the yard, spending time and watching movies with his fiancée, grilling out for family and friends, was a prankster and loved making people laugh, and was a dear friend to many.

Billy is survived by his father, Billy David Hammond, Sr; mother, Betty Hammond; one son, Billy David Hammond, III, of Benton, IL; one daughter, Olivia Rutland of Benton, IL; a brother, Tommy Joe Hammond of Benton, IL; a grandson, Bentley; his loving Fiancée, Clara Poe; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Timmy Hammond; one aunt, Gloria Hanner; and three beloved pets, Petey, Dugan and Babydoll.

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

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m., at Pate Funeral Home, Benton, IL, with Chaplain Ron Davis, officiating.

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

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Roy Lynn Miller-Sesser – Sesser, IL

Barren Township Road Commissioner, Roy Lynn Miller, 69, passed away at 4:30 A.M. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, surrounded by the loving care of his family.

Roy was born May 17, 1950, to Harold Glenn and Wanda Miller, in Christopher. He grew up in Rend City with his brothers Jim and Evan Miller. The son of a coal miner and farmer, his childhood was that of a typical, working-class American youth. The work ethic and values he learned in his childhood remained with him throughout his life, and he worked hard to provide for his family and instill those lessons to the future generations of his family.

Roy married his wife of 51 years, Signa (Page), on July 6, 1968. They put down roots in Sesser near their respective families, where they remained for the remainder of their life together. They had three children, Russell, Carrie, and Lane. Much like his father, Roy began a life of a coal miner and farmer. Although he retired from mining after 35 years, he continued to operate his family farm with his son Lane for the remainder of his life. Roy truly loved farming and raising cattle. Roy was also passionate about drag racing with his sons Russell and Lane. While he thoroughly enjoyed working on the car and prepping it for the drag strip, he enjoyed watching his boys win even more.

Anyone who knew Roy will recall the twinkle in his eyes after a great weekend at the track. If you asked him how they did at the track over the weekend, he would reply “we put ‘em all on the trailer and sent ‘em home.”

Anyone who knew Roy also knew that he could repair or restore absolutely anything. Roy’s mechanical skills and abilities were second-to-none. Friends and neighbors knew where to go if they needed help with a repair that may have been a bit more than they could handle on their own. Roy’s workshop in his barn was probably his favorite place to be. It is easy for many of us to picture him working in his shop wearing his well-worn and well-loved Carhartt coveralls. Throughout his life, some of Roy’s various achievements include 33 years as a Barren township Road Commissioner, member of Goode Lodge 744 and a lifelong member of Rend City Baptist Church.

Roy is survived by his wife, Signa; his daughter Carrie Miller, his son Lane Miller and wife Joanna, granddaughter Jordan Miller Evrard and husband Brandon, two very dear grandsons Keaton and Brantley Miller; one beloved great-granddaughter Madalyn Evrard, his brother Jim Miller and wife Carolyn, sister-in-law Dixie Miller, and father-in-law Olen Page. He also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. Roy was preceded in death by his son Russell Miller, his father, Harold Glenn Miller; his mother, Wanda Veach Miller Coffman; his brother Evan Miller; his nephew, Jimmy Miller, mother-in-law Alberta Page, his stepfather Floyd Coffman, and brother by heart Dan Page.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday October 19, 2019 at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

Roy will be laid to rest in Masonic-Odd Fellow Cemetery in Benton, Illinois. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Wilma A. Gulley

Wilma A. Gulley passed away at Parkway Manor in Marion, Illinois at 5:45 am October 16, following a brief battle with cancer.

Wilma was born at home in Jefferson County the daughter of William H. Grahlherr and Juastina Rhynes Grahlherr on March 21, 1934. Her mother Juastina, passed away when Wilma was only 5 months old and her Grandparents Walter and Nellie Rhynes raised her at the adjoining farms of her father William(Bill) Grahlherr and her favorite Uncle Ernie Rhynes, who all preceded her death. She was married for almost 60 years to Louis Alan Gulley who also preceded her death.

She worked in the abstracting business her entire adult life in Jefferson and Franklin Counties and was brilliant at the job.

Wilma is survived by her two brothers Fred Grahlherr of Texico, IL and Bill Grahlherr of St. Louis, Mo, and one sister Judy Grahlherr Grisley of Marion, Illinois, three first cousins Janice Rhynes Pigge of Mt. Vernon, IL, Cheryl

Rhynes Conner of Ina, IL and Nancy Rhynes Webb of Sesser, IL. and many more second cousins. She had been a resident at Heritage Woods Assisted Living in Benton for the past 4 years, where she leaves her best friends, Ina May, Francis, Ruth and Elsa.

Wilmas wish for graveside funeral services will be held at the Masonic Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 am with the Rev. Victor Long officiating, Eulogy by Wendell Presley and arrangements provided by Morton & Johnston Funeral Home of Benton, IL.

There will be no visitation, those attending the service are asked to meet under the cemetery tent shortly before 10:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Robert P. “Bob” Gant – Benton, IL

Robert P. “Bob” Gant, 95, of Benton, IL passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Helia Health Care Center in Benton.

He was born in Benton, IL on February 9, 1924, the son of Robert Rollie & Gertie Belle (Scrutchfield) Gant.

He married Pauline Flanagan in 1947 in Benton and she preceded him in death on July 4, 2001.
He was a retired Millwright.

Mr. Gant is survived by three granddaughters, Tammy Collins, and husband James, of Salyersville, KY, Tabatha Collinsworth, and husband Brian, of Salyersville, KY and Misty Howard, and husband Clint, of Salyersville, KY; grandchildren Kaitlyn Shepherd, and husband Ryan, Kara Francis, and husband Cody, Caleb Blair, Jacob Howard, Brianna Collinsworth and Dylan Collinsworth; great-grandchildren Cason Francis and Hudson Shepherd; daughter-in-law Diana Gant, of Salyersville, KY; sister Arletta Shadowen, of Benton, IL

Mr. Gant was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sons Michael Gant and Frank Gant, by four sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 16th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Simmons – Delavan, WI (formerly of Franklin County)

Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Simmons, 86, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Greenville Nursing & Rehab Center in Greenville, IL.

She was born in Benton, IL on January 4, 1933, the daughter of Frank & Winnie Maude (Pinkham) Rice.

She married Charles Robert “Bob” Simmons on Oct. 14, 1950 in Piggott, Arkansas, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 2011.

Mr. & Mrs. Simmons had lived in the Delavan, WI area for almost 50 years. She had worked at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn, WI.

Mrs. Simmons is survived by her sons, Grant Simmons, and Justin, of Mundelein, IL and Gregg Simmons, and wife Jane, of Lacrosse, WI; grandchildren Sarah Heep, and husband Steve, of Wildwood, MO, Shannon Simmons, of Menasha, WI, Lauren Schultz, of Wildwood, MO and Ryan Schultz, of Wildwood, MO; two great-grandchildren Madison and Brooklyn.
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Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by her parents,pusband, by a sister, Evelyn and by a brother, Charles Rice.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 10 A.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
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Mary Ann Przybyl-Shelbyville, IL formerly of Sesser

Mary Ann Przybyl, 89, of Shelbyville, IL passed away on October 12, 2019. She was born on December 25, 1929 in Sesser, IL to William and Bertha (Jones) Veach.

She married Florian Phillip Przybyl on January 12, 1956 and he survives of Shelbyville. She is also survived by her children Diane (William) Kyle of Litchfield and Elaine Przybyl of Shelbyville; one granddaughter Heather (Rick) Knop of Litchfield and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and four sisters. She was a proud Navy wife.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Jane Lampley – Logan, IL

Jane Lampley, 65, of Logan passed away on Friday Morning October 11, 2019 surrounded by her husband and children.

She was born in Christopher, IL on September 1, 1954, the daughter of Raleigh “Poogie” Meacham and Barbara (Bradley) Meacham.

She married Phil Lampley on September 8, 1973 and he survives.

Mrs. Lampley was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. Her heart was with her family and her church family.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Lampley, of Logan; three children, Michael Lampley, Jr., and wife Jamie, of Manhattan Beach, CA, Chad Lampley, and wife Kristen, of Benton, IL and Somer Slone, and husband John, of Marion, IL; nine grandchildren, Brant, Carly, Dago, Lacey, Luke, Lane, Kinley and Nolan; two brothers, Brad Meacham, and wife Shelley, of Marion and David Meacham, and wife Jennifer, of Logan and one sister, Chris Browning, and husband Steve, of Benton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 14th at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Sammy Simmons officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Immanuel Baptist Church and after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church.
In lieu of Flowers, Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Sharon Kay Heinrich — Benton, IL

Sharon Kay Heinrich, age 71, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at her home.

A Private Family Visitation and Funeral Service will be held at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Private Graveside Services at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Donnie Coulson will officiate. Leffler Funeral Home, of Benton, is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Kay Heinrich was born on February 19, 1947 in Benton, the daughter of Bill G. Smith and Birdie Lee (Roberts) Smith. She married Earnest Eugene Heinrich on March 17, 1968, and he survives.
Sharon formerly worked as an assembly line technician with Turco Manufacturing of Du Quoin.

She loved going to the horse races, playing BINGO, spending time with her family, and especially loved helping raise her grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband of 51 years Earnest E. Heinrich of Benton; her three children: Darren Heinrich and wife Jessi of Chester, West Virginia, Nathan Heinrich and wife April of Riverview, FL, and Haley Heinrich of Miami, FL; six grandchildren: Anthony Heinrich and wife Cailah of Benton, J’Dah Koger and husband Cyrus of Nikomis, IL, Dylan Heinrich and Mallory Heinrich, both of Chester, West Virginia, Kaitlyn Flores and Johnathan Payan, both of Benton; a great-granddaughter Halle Kate Heinrich; siblings: Dorothy Cockrum of Benton, Jim Smith and wife Virginia of Benton, Ernest Smith of Benton, Gene Smith of Benton, Gary Smith of Benton, Jody Fotheringhame of Benton, Geneva Smith of Benton, Lenita Adams of Benton, Jeannette Tasky of Benton, Judy Ward of Du Quoin; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister Linda Sue Smith; sisters: Mary Hobbie, Eunice Connor; and brothers: Dale Smith, Bob Smith, and John Charles Smith.

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Gordon L. Stewart – Logan, IL

Gordon L. Stewart, 73, of Logan passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.

He was born in West Frankfort, IL on Nov. 23, 1945, the son of Clorice & Florence Evelyn (Sullivan) Stewart.

Mr. Stewart was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Stewart had two sisters, Marie Mapps and Juanita Provenzano, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Burial with military rites conducted by the Benton American Legion & VFW Posts, and the National Guard Honor Squad will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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