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James E. Bowers

James E. Bowers, age 71, a resident of Route 4 McLeansboro passed away at 2:16 pm on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at the Christian Northeast Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

He worked as a maintenance employee for Hamilton Memorial Hospital and Fairview Estates in McLeansboro.

Survivors include one son Jason Lee Bowers of McLeansboro, two daughters:  Mary Gail and husband James Woodcock of Caineyville, KY and Twyla Wheeler of Springerton, IL; 3 brothers:  Danny Bowers of Missouri; John Wayne Bowers of Collinsville, IL; Mike Bowers of Alton, IL; 3 sisters:  Jenice Haas of Lively Grove, IL; Jane Ann "Cookie" Winters of Collinsville, IL; and Judy Cook of Alton, IL; and a very special friend Velma Pennington of Crossville, IL.

He is also survived by 7 grandchildren:  Justin Robie James Bowers, Satrenna Ann Forbes, Crystal Gail Carter, Marsha Dee Bratcher, Ashley Lynn Nicole Bowers, Brittany Ann Wheeler, and Cheyanna Shane Wheeler; 7 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild on the way.

Funeral services for James E. Bowers will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 17th 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Rev. Robert Sefried officiating.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am Friday until the time of service at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Mt. Oval Cemetery near Norris City, IL.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Robert J. Nelson

Robert Joel Nelson, 72, of Carmi, passed away on April 14, 2015. He was born August 21, 1942, the son of David R. and Tessie E. (Thomas) Nelson.  Robert married the love of his life, Leah Rae Ziegler on July 15th, 1961 and celebrated nearly 52 years of marriage before she passed away in 2013.  Robert and Leah had two children, Tony Nelson and Debbie Nelson. 

Robert was an avid traveler and enjoyed many trips, which included visiting several National Parks with his children and grandchildren.  He last attended Emmanuel United Methodist of Carmi.  Robert attended Carmi schools and then worked for his family’s business, Nelson Midwest Contractors, before founding Nelson Pipe & Supply Inc. and serving as its President.

 

Robert is survived by a daughter, Debbie Nelson and a son, Tony and his wife, Sarah (Pereboom) Nelson of Carmi; also grandchildren, Tessie Nelson of Evansville, IN , Todd and his wife, Catherine (Ong) Nelson of Las Vegas, NV, Andrew Nelson and his fiancé, Molly Lott of Louisville, KY; and companion, Kathy Brooks of Carmi. He is also survived by sisters Joe Ann Beeson and her husband, Jack of Edmond, OK (nephew David), June Walker and her husband, Richard of Antlers, OK (niece Barbara and nephew Bobby); a brother, Elwood Nelson and his wife, Ruth of Antlers, OK (nieces Peggy, Jimmie, and Suzie and nephew Butch); a niece, Jody Witzel of Oklahoma City, OK and a niece, Lea Ann Richmond and nephews, Jeff Nelson and Steve Nelson.  Surviving sisters-in-law, include Donna Abshier of Findlay, OH (niece Liz and a nephew Mike) and Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom of Upper Tract, WV (nephews Scott and Jace) and Betty Nelson of Carmi.


Those preceding him in death are his parents David R. and Tessie E. Nelson; brothers Pat Nelson of Carmi and David Nelson and  nephew, Tom Nelson, both of Antlers, OK  a nephew, Bill Bingman of Rock Springs, WY;  sisters-in-law, Benny Nelson of Antlers, OK and Grace Nelson of Oklahoma City, OK; and a brother-in-law, Joe Abshier of Findlay, OH.

Graveside funeral and burial services for Robert J. Nelson, 72, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi with Rev. Steve Nelson officiating.  Friends may call on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be given in Robert's name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Carmi and will be accepted at the funeral home.


Jessie Ann James

  Jessie Ann James, 63 of Eldorado and formerly of Carmi, passed away Monday morning February 16, 2015 at Magnolia Shelter Care in Eldorado. She was born June 18, 1951 in Mt. Vernon IN, the daughter of Jessie Andrew and Evelyn (Bootsie Sturgal) James.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carmi IL.
Jessie Ann was preceded in death by her mother, stepfather Darrell Lumb, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
She is survived by father Jessie James and stepmother, Geneva James, one sister Robbie Lumb Kramer (Bill), a nephew Cole, stepbrother Tony, aunts Marilyn Staley of Mascoutah, Sally Riley of Carmi, and Louisa Hart of Evansville, uncles Bill Sturgal of Arizona, Don Sturgal of Florida and Floyd James of Arkansas and many cousins.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 1p.m. at Stendeback Family Funeral Home, Carmi IL. Reverend Bud Peyton will be officiating. 
Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Jerry L. Wiseman

   Jerry  L. Wiseman, 72, of Carmi, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1:40 a.m. at his residence.  He was born May 9, 1942 in Grayville, IL, the son of  Kenneth Franklin and Vera Ruth (Spencer) Wiseman.  Jerry married JoAnn Williams on  March 2, 1963.  
     Jerry was the vice president at Citizens National Bank of Albion for 13 years and was a Prudential Insurance agent  for 40 years.  Jerry was longtime treasurer of the Carmi Kiwanis Club where he presided as president from October, 2000 - September, 2001.  He was a member and elder of First Christian Church in Carmi where he attended Phi Chi Sunday School class.  Jerry was very much a community minded person, but most of all he loved his wife, children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
     He is survived by his wife of 52 years, JoAnn of Carmi; children, Julie (Rex) Johnson of Cloverdale, IN, Mike (Janice) Wiseman of Mannford, OK, Jayne (Brad) Jordan of Maysville, NC, and Jennifer Agger of Carmi; six grandchildren,  Mandy and Jay Wiseman, Bethany Jordan, and Joseph, Michael and Emily Agger; two great-grandchildren, Kameron and Jocelynn Quick; and a sister, Norma Grimes of Grayville.  Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Elliott; and a son-in-law, John Agger.
     Funeral services for Jerry L. Wiseman, 72, of Carmi, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at  First Christian Church in Carmi with Greg Grant officiating.  Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Albion.  Friends may call on Friday, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church and on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Jerry's name to the First Christian Church  or Carmi Kiwanis Club and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Neal E. Coclasure

NEAL E. COLCLASURE, SR., AGE 67, FORMERLY OF MCLEANSBORO ILLINOIS   PASSED AWAY AT 10:32 P.M. SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015 AT HIS  HOME IN MT VERNON ILLINOIS.  HE WAS A RETIRED PAINTER AND DECORATOR AND A U. S. ARMY VETERAN.  

SURVIVORS INCLUDE TWO SONS: TROY COLCLASURE OF LAPUENTE, CALIFORNIA, NEAL E. COLCLASURE, JR. OF MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS; FIVE DAUGHTERS: MELISSA KETTERING OF MCLEANSBORO, ILLINOIS, JEANETTE DODD OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, DAWN WILSON OF EUGENE, OREGON, MILLIE COLCLASURE OF PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA, AND ELIZABETH HOWARD OF SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA.  ALSO TWO BROTHERS: GARY COLCLASURE OF NEVADA AND BILL COLCLASURE OF MISSOURI, AND TWO SISTERS: PATRICIA COLCLASURE OF NEVADA AND MILDRED CASH OF WASHINGTON.  

GRAVESIDE SERVICES WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 AT 3:00 P.M. AT SMITH CEMETERY NEAR DALE, ILLINOIS. VISITATION WILL BE FROM 1:00 P.M. TUESDAY AND UNTIL SERVICE TIME AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME IN MCLEANSBORO. MEMORIALS TO THE FAMILY AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AT GHOLSON FUNERAL HOME WHICH IS IN CHARE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.  THE AMERICAN LEGION POST  #106 WILL PROVIDE MILITARY HONORS AT THE GRAVE.


Marion E. "Red" Bass

     Marion E. "Red" Bass, 77 of Carmi, passed away Friday, Aapril 10, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. at his residence in Carmi.  He was born January 13, 1938 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the son of Marion James and Grace (Poteet) Bass.  He married Marilyn Jean Klinghagen May 28, 1993. He was a Fireman in Waco, TX; did communication for the Katy Railroad in Texas.  He was a Communications Engineer for Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in Prudue Bay, Alaska and retired from ARCO in Texas.  He was Baptist by faith.  He was a Korean war veteran serving in the Marines and Airforce.  
     
     Surviving are his wife of 21 years Marilyn Bass of Carmi; three daughters Alecia Berthelot of Lewisville, TX, Loree Mehrhoff of Carmi, and Dawn and Keith Holland of Carmi; three sons Kelly Bass of Huntsville, TX, James Bass of Forrest City, N.C., and William Mehrhoff of Ft. Stockton, TX; five brothers Roger Collins of League City, TX, David Collins of Nacogdoces, TX, Dale Bass, Johnny Bass of Mesquite, TX, and Ronnie Bass of Sanford, Maine; a sister Sherry Ortega; seven grandchildren Amanda Goff, Amber Rankin, Brandon Cuka, Samantha Braun, Sarah Hahn, Heather Dicky, and Casey Berthelot; nine great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services for Marion E. "Red" Bass, 77, of Carmi will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  Burial will be in Marshall Ferry Cemetery in Rising Sun with full military rites by the Carmi American Legion and VFW.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Shirley J. Becker

Shirley J. Becker, 80, of McLeansboro, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her home.  She was a retired school bus driver.  She is survived by her son: Bradley (wife Crystal) Becker of McLeansboro, and her sister: June Brinkley of Montgomery, Alabama; and two grandchildren: Elizabeth and Caleb Isaacs.  Funeral services for Shirley J. Becker will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Pastor Allen Spangler officiating.  Burial will be in Old Springer Cemetery near McLeansboro.  Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and until service time at 1:00 p.m. at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice and will be accepted at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro


Ronald "Easy" Knight

Ronald “Easy” Knight 90 of Crossville, passed away Tuesday morning April 7, 2015 at the home of his daughter. He was born January 15, 1925, the son of Royal T. and Mary (Landingham) Knight. He married Arledia Trout on June 7, 1959 and she preceded him in death on April 9, 1996.

            “Easy” had worked at several area filling stations. He had also worked in the oilfield and as a Rural Mail Carrier. He enjoyed riding horses and had riden in the Trail of Tears.

            He is survived by his daughter, Darlynn (Jerry) Barbre of Bellmont; sons, Ronald Jr. (Sheryl) Knight of Overland Park, KS, Carl (Rose Ann) Knight of Reidsville, GA, Garrel (Christine) Knight of Grayville and Paul (Teresa) Knight of Browns; twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandaughter, Bryleigh; brothers, Loyal (Gay) Knight, Bertis (Sandra) Knight all of Carmi and Garrel (Judy) Knight of Albion; sisters, Betty Michels of Grayville and Vaneta Jones of Mt. Carmel. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Royal, Vertis, Edward and Wayne; and three sisters, Viola Hawkins, Wilma Woodrow and Ladonna Crackel.

            Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday April 11, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with graveside services immediately following at Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Cloyd Walker

On the evening of April 5, 2015 Cloyd W. Walker passed away at his Enfield home. His parents William Anderson and Muriel (Gunter) Walker brought this remarkable person into this world on January 21, 1933 in Enfield. Cloyd spent 82 years touching the lives of numerous people. He was a blessing to everyone.
Cloyd was legendary for helping friends and neighbors. From working at Inland Steel's coal mines to welding, his talents were many. He was a member of the Kane County Mounted Patrol, an Army veteran and a member of the Cumberland Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Cloyd was a past president and active member of the Enfield Lions Club and a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Cloyd and Nancy Schusler married December 8, 1952 at the Methodist parsonage in Carmi. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Cheri Walker; sons, Cloyd and Paul Walker; three grandsons, Justin (Briana) and Cody (Ashley) Dodd and Jake Walker; two great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Gunner Cloyd Dodd; two brothers, Randall and Phillip Walker; six sisters, Rose Ragen, Sharon Sellers, Fern Johns, Carol Becker, Dena Hunt, and Becky Johnson; sister-in-law, Jeanine (Glen) Smith; also numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cynthia; brother, Thornton Walker, sisters, Beulah Roberts and Bernadine Thrun; a set of twins and an infant.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 12, 2015 at the Enfield United Methodist Church. The family asks that flowers and donations be omitted as they would like for you to share your memories of CloydMilitary rites will be conducted by the Carmi American Legion and V.F.W. at the beginning of the service at church. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

David Kissner

David Kissner, age 60, resident of Wayne City, Illinois passed away at 7:25 P.M. on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  He had been a farmer and a correction officer at Wayne County Jail.  He is survived by his wife Diana; two sons Michael Anthony Rister (special friend Crystal Willis) of Fairfield, and Bryan Kissner of Wayne City; his mother, Melba Kissner of Wayne City; sister Janet Kissner and brother Marshall (wife Karen) Kissner of Wayne City; and three grandchildren Kelsea, Kerrigan, and Tiffany Rister.  He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Kissner.  Funeral services for David Kissner will be held Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at the Olive Branch Baptist Church near Wayne City.  The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Leland Ganieany.  Burial will be in the Baltimore Cemetery near Wayne City.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.  Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City is in charge of the arrangements.


Charlene R. (Davis) Burns

     Charlene R. (Davis) Burns, 80, of Carmi, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was born December 31, 1934 in Clinton, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Andrew "Charlie" and Rose (Patterson) Davis.  
     Charlene married Robert John "Boo" Burns on December 19, 1953 and he preceded her in death on June 7, 2011.  She was a housewife and mother of four.  Charlene loved reading, watching TV and the Chicago Cubs.
     Charlene is survived by three sons, Mark (Beth) Burns of Grayville, Joe Burns of Carmi and Phil (Anne) Burns of Brownsburg, IN; three grandchildren, Josh Burns of Evansville, IN,  Mitch and Ross Burns both  of Brownsburg, IN; and a sister, Clara Douthit of Lincoln, IL.  She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Danny Burns; and a sister, Alice Soran.
     A Celebration of Life for Charlene Burns, 80, of Carmi, will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.  A private burial will be held at St. Polycarp Catholic Cemetery in Carmi.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Charlene's name to Brownsville School and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Cletus Carl Karcher


Charles Norman Harrington

Charles Norman Harrington, 75, of Crossville, Illinois, died Wednesday, April 01, 2015, at his home.  He was born may 9, 1939, in Russellville, Illinois, the son of George Levi and Lela Dale (Martin) Harrington.  On March 29, 1963, he was married to Mary Wease.

Charles was retired from Babcock and Wilcox where he worked as a boilermaker and later he worked for the Crossville Telephone Company.  He was an Army veteran and a member of the McHenry Good News Chapel in Crossville where he served as a trustee.  Among his interests were antique cars, old coins, old watches, and stringed musical instruments.  He sang in the musical group the McHenry Good News Singers, and he was a flea market enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife Mary Harrington; sons Norman (Tammy) Harrington, all of Crossville, Darrin (Katrena) Harrington of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; grandchildren Caleb, Kelsey, Noah, Kera, John, Ava, and Kate; brother Lyman (Sandy) Harrington of Lawrenceville, Illinois; sisters Kristine (Jug) Banks and Sue Gosnell, all of Crossville; in-laws Pat Harrington, Helen Harrington, Debbie Harrington, Eddie (Debbie) Schmittler, David (Diane) Wease, Debbie (Gayle) Gunzel; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son John Michael Harrington; brothers Randy, Roger, Merle, Ralph and Dickie Harrington; sisters Melba Harrington, Kay Schmittler, and Colleen Duvall.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Friday, April 3rd at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.  Funeral is at 11 am, Saturday, April 4th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville with burial in Stokes Chapel Cemetery near Crossville.  Following the graveside committal service, a dinner for family and friends will be provided at the McHenry Good News Chapel in Crossville.

Memorials may be made to the McHenry Good News Chapel and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.


Ora Phyllis McGhee

           Ora Phyllis McGhee 80 of Carmi, passed away Wednesday April 1, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. She was born February 19, 1935 in Carmi, the daughter of Joseph and Thelma (Corwin) Ward.    

Phyllis loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

            She is survived by three sons, Bradley (Laurie) 

McGhee and Terry McGhee of Carmi and Ronnie (Elaine) McGhee of Evansville; four daughters, Teresa (David) Kemp, Tammy (Brad) Renshaw of Carmi, Becky (Perry) Ziegler of Evansville and Melinda (John) Rankin of Springerton; thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Rebstock and Donna James of Carmi. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Betty Blazier and Sandy Zenner; brothers, Bill and Joe “Jr” Ward.

            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 4, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Melrose Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com

Carolyn Bruce

    Carolyn Bruce, 82, of Norris City passed away at 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born in Norris City on September 24, 1932, the daughter of William Norris and Mary Grace (Phillips) Bruce.  Carolyn retired as President of Banterra Bank of Norris City.  She was a member of the Norris City United Methodist Church.
     Carolyn is survived by a sister, Betty McKenzie of Norris City; three nieces, Gae Stoops of Greenwood, IN and Barbara McKenzie and Donna McKenzie both of Norris City; and two great-nieces, Caitlin Stoops and Meredith Stoops both of Greenwood, IN.  She was preceded in death by a brother, William Edward Bruce.
    Funeral Services for Carolyn Bruce, 82, of Norris City will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Rev, Gene Turner and Mike Fields officiating.  Private Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City. Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in Carolyn's memory to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Pauline Erkman

    Pauline Erkman, 88, of Enfield, passed away at 2:10 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, IN.  She was born August 15, 1926 in Springerton, IL, the daughter of Guy and Norma Lorene (Stone) Smith.  Pauline married Chelsea Erkman on December 24, 1944 and he preceded her in death on November 10, 2012.  
     She was a farm wife, a member of Enfield Christian Church and the Wabash Christian Retirement Center Auxiliary.  Pauline was the pianist at the church from the age of 17 until her husband's death two years ago.  They were members their entire married life of 68 years.  The piano, her yard and home were her passions, along with her four granddaughters, whom she adored.
     Pauline is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Frank Musgrave of Carmi; a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Vicki Erkman of Carmi; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Mae and Louis Youngs of Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, Deon and Terry Hall, Kathleen and Joey Fulkerson, Devin and Joey Lane and Lauren and Nathan Whetstone; two step-grandchildren, David and Danyelle Mitchell and Pam and Matt Haywood; 10 great-grandchildren, Tyson Musgrave, Austin Ritcheson, Carly Fulkerson, Jase and Nate Kiefer, Ty, Ashton and Tucker Lane, Isabella Hall and Makayla Blazier; and four step-great grandchildren, Macen and Max Haywood and Seth and Lexi Mitchell.
     Funeral services for Pauline Erkman, 88, of Enfield, will be held on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at  Enfield Christian Church in Enfield, with Fred Leeds and Matt Sutman officiating.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.  Friends may call on Thursday,  from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at  Enfield Christian Church.
     Memorial gifts may be given in Pauline's name to Enfield Christian Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Long

     Barbara Long, 75, of Norris City, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. at her residence.  She was born on September 7, 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of George Wilson and Agnes Marie (Taylor) Morris.  Barbara married William Vonnell Long on May 7, 1954.  She was a homemaker and a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Norris City.
     Barbara is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill of Norris City; five daughters, Desira F. (Greg) Purcell, Bonnell Long, Barbara Jo (Earl) McKenzie and Cheryle Leigh (Rand) Walters all of Norris City and Kathy Ann (Keith) Millspaugh of Newton; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kathryn (Eddie) Thomas of Owensboro, KY.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William Farin Long on November 11, 1979;  two great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeannie Duncan; and a brother, Bradley Morris.
     Funeral and burial services for Barbara Long, 75, of Norris City, were held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Old Prairie Cemetery near Norris City, with Rev. Dennis Reed officiating.  Lance Long, Matthew Long, Sr., Matthew Long, Jr., Jordan Johnson, Jeremy Millspaugh and Seth Walters served as casket bearers.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Olin Garrett

     Charles Olin Garrett, 80, of Enfield, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at his residence.  He was born March 12, 1935 in Mill Shoals Township, Illinois, the son of Edwin and Goldie Isabel (Bradford) Garrett.  Olin married Beatrice Williams on November 5, 1953.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  Olin had worked for Caterpillar for 18 years before moving back to Enfield, where he farmed.  He was a member of Ashland Christian Church in Mill Shoals, Enfield Masonic Lodge #677, the Carmi Country Club and was a former trustee for the Enfield Fire District.  Olin was a dedicated and faithful family man whose  love and  concern went beyond his immediate family.

     He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bea of Enfield; a daughter and two sons-in-law, Audrey and David Elwood of Enfield and Cliff Hardin of Danville, IL; five grandchildren, Bill Engel, Paulette Hosick, Leslie Fow, Mike Hardin and Jessi Metheney; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke Hosick Phelps, Tyler Hosick, Coby  and Jalen Allen, Olin, Ava and Lilla Fow and Collin Hardin; a sister, Alice Carter of Carmi; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Olin was preceded in death by his parents;  a daughter, Cynthia Lou Hardin  a son, Charles Olin Garrett, Jr.;a granddaughter, Ashley Metheney; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Fow;  two sisters, Fern and Sarah Garrett; and four brothers, John, Henry, Noel and Allen Garrett.
     Funeral services for Charles Olin Garrett, 80, of Enfield, will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Braden Willis officiating.  Burial will be in Little Zion Cemetery near Enfield with military rites by Carmi VFW and American Legion.  Friends may call on Friday, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Masonic services will be at 7:30 p.m.

Audra E. Jordan

     Audra E. Jordan, 90, of Grants Pass, OR, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 at her residence.  She was born March 27, 1925, in Dawson Springs, Kentucky where she grew up.  Audra attended Charleston High School in Charleston, Kentucky.  At age 16, she moved to Evansville, IN and worked in a restaurant where she met Jack.  They were married November 6, 1942 in Kentucky.  They moved all over the Midwest and in 1962 settled in Cincinnati, OH.  After her husband retired in 1981 they eventually moved to Norris City, IL.  In 2005 Audra moved from Norris City to Grants Pass following her husband's death.  She was a member of Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City.  Audra enjoyed oil painting and was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast.
 
     Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Jordan of Grants Pass; three sons, Jack Jordan of Laurel, MT, Rodger Jordan of Grants Pass, and Frank Jordan of Cincinnati, OH; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack.
     Graveside funeral and burial services for Audra E. Jordan, 90, of Grants Pass, OR, will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at  I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro,  Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City is in charge of local arrangements.

Carl L. "Gabby" Smith

Carl L. "Gabby" Smith, 72, of Carmi passed away at his residence on Friday, March 27, 2015.  He was born October 1, 1942 in Norris City, IL the son of Leonard and Opal (Leathers) Smith.  Carl was a truck driver for over 52 years and most recently drove for J.W. Hodgson Trucking.
     Carl is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Jesse) Raymer of Harrisburg and Sherry (Doug Barnett) Honaker of Hurst; a son, Preston (Heather) Smith of Enfield; a brother, Roger (Paula) Smith of Omaha; a sister, Hazel Wood of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Justin, Nathan, Jennifer, Dustin, Baileigh, Zier and Emorie; and four great-grandchildren, Brian, Jacob, Gabby and Nolan.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Smith and Opal Leach, a sister, Betty Pearce, two brothers, Ralph and Charles Smith and a step-brother, Wesley Leach.
     Funeral Services for Carl L. "Gabby" Smith, 72, of Carmi will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will be in Powell Cemetery in Norris City.  Friends may call on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. 

Norma Healy

    Norma Healy, 80, of Norris City, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:58 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born in Grayville, Illinois on January 30, 1935, the daughter of Melvin Scott and Allene Mary (Bond) Broster.  Norma married Ivan Kent Healy on May 7, 1955 and he preceded her in death on December 1, 1991.  She was a member of Albion Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Farm Bureau.
     Norma is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Diane Healy of Carmi, Doug and Melissa Healy of Norris City and Jeff and Susan Healy of St. Charles, MO; eight grandchildren Mark and Jennifer Healy, Adam, Ethan, Kristen, Jacob, Emily, Nathan and Lauren Healy; three great-grandchildren Adalyn, Aiden, and Myles Healy;  two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Jean Siegert of Grayville and Marge and Edward Steele of Naples, FL.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother, Robert Broster.
     
     Funeral services for Norma Healy, 80, of Norris City, will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Saturday, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.  Memorial gifts may be given to Wabash Christian Retirement Center Chapel fund and may be given at Campbell Funeral Home.

Lois Mayberry

Lois M. Mayberry, 77, of Golden Valley, Ariz. passed away at 2:02 p.m. on March 13, 2015 at home surrounded by family.

Lois was born Jan. 15, 1938 in Depoy, Ky. to Chester and Hallie (Elkins) Fulkerson.

On April 16, 1959 she married Chelcie L. Mayberry. They lived most of their life in the Middle Creek area near Dahlgren, IL before moving to Golden Valley, AZ.

They were married for 55 years. Lois was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, painting and music.

Lois chose to donate her body to science with the remains to be cremated and returned to the family. Her final resting place will be in Middle Creek Cemetery, Dahlgren, IL.

Lois is survived by her husband, Chelcie L. Mayberry, daughter, Lela White, sons, Michael and Isaac Mayberry, grandson, Jason Pepple and great grandson, Drake Pepple.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Obituary Information was provided by the Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL.


Lois Funkhouser

     Lois Funkhouser, 91, of Enfield, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:40 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born on September 6, 1923 in Enfield, IL, the daughter of  James Ellis and Lula May (Miller) Bolerjack.  Lois married Charles Oscar Funkhouser in 1941 and he preceded her in death on December 28, 2012.  Lois was the secretary at Booth School in Enfield for 50 years and worked with her husband, Oscar, at their business,The Food Shoppe in Enfield for many years.  She was a lifelong member of Enfield United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, served as Lay Leader and was the church organist and pianist for many years.
     Lois is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Carl and Kathy Funkhouser of Carmi; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Virgil and Margaret Bolerjack and J. Raymond  and Helen Bolerjack.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Lois Funkhouser, 91, of Enfield, will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Enfield Cemetery with Rev. Mike Buckman and Mike Fields officiating.  Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. 
     Memorial gifts may be given in Lois's name to Enfield United Methodist Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi who is in charge of arrangements.

Vera Pyle

    Vera Pyle, 92, of Carmi, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:55 a.m. at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born September 11, 1922 in Rising Sun, IL, the daughter of John and Julie (Huff) James.  Vera married Leonard Jasper Pyle on February 10, 1940 and he preceded her in death on February 11, 1951.  She had worked at Ainsbrook Sewing Factory for 20 years and was a cook at Carmi Township Hospital Skilled Care Unit and the Baptist Children's Home.  Vera was a member of Crossville Missionary Baptist Church and participated in many White County Senior Citizen's activities, where she especially enjoyed the dances.
     Vera is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sue Beam of Carmi and Lynn and William Kirk of Naples, FL; a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Lee and Dottie Pyle of Burlington, KY; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sally Riley of Carmi and Louisa Hart of Evansville, IN; and two brothers, Andrew Jesse James of Mt. Vernon, IN and Floyd James of Lonoke, Arkansas.  Vera was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Catherine Bush; a brother, John Lee James; and a son-in-law, James Beam.
    Funeral Services for Vera Pyle, 92, of Carmi will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in Vera's memory to Wabash Christian Retirement Center and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Roger Cummins

    Roger Cummins, 66, of Carmi, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 12:21 p.m. at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO from heart failure related to agent orange exposure during Vietnam.  He was born February 26, 1949 in  Carmi, IL, the son of Wilburn Leroy and Ella Fern (Puntney) Cummins, Jr.  Roger worked in the oil fields as a rough neck and was a U.S, Army veteran of the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Carmi Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Carmi VFW.  Roger loved to hunt and fish, his grandchildren who were his world.  He was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all.
    Roger is survived by companion and soul mate, Vicki Lynn Cummins of Carmi; two step sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Kadarh Highwood of Evansville, IN and Josh and Ashley Highwood of Carmi; seven grandchildren, Kaneon, Zane, River, Taylor, Conner, Collin and Annalise; a brother, Richard Cummins of Carmi; two nieces and two nephews, Kenny, Blythe, Tyson and Mandy; and best friends, Rick and Johnnetta Gaffron.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Kelli Cummins, December 28, 1995.
      Services for Roger Cummins, 66, of Carmi will be private.  Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Johanna Mayberry

Johanna Mayberry, age 79, a resident of Route 4 McLeansboro, IL passed away at 1:01 pm on Friday, March 6th, 2015 at the Breese Nursing Home in Breese, IL.

She devoted her life to being a home maker to provide a happy and loving home for her family.

She is survived by two sons:  Pete (and wife Eileen) Mayberry of McLeansboro, IL and Mark Mayberry of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters:  Margaret Rose (and husband Steve) Nieuwsma of Bismarck, ND and Sonya (and husband Gerard) Zurliene of Breese, IL; two brothers:  Ewald Schmitz and Adolph Schmitz, both of Germany; 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Funeral services for Johanna Mayberry will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, IL with Rev. Alan Monroe officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Rick Cruse

Rick Cruse, 63, of Norris City went to be with the his Lord and Savior at 6:48 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015.  He was born in Fairfield, IL on November 28, 1951 the son of Lawrence Arnold and Wilma Joyce (Blazier) Cruse.  Rick married Lynne Jo Buttry on November 23, 1979.  He was a 1970 graduate of Carmi Township High School and had worked for General Oil Field Supply. Rick loved the outdoors and espeically hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynne of Norris City; two daughters and a son-in-law, Vanessa and Jamie Sauls of Omaha and Gretchen Stock of Norris City; five grandchildren, Griffen, Madelyn, Wade, Sydnee and Greysen; a brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Kim Cruse of Carmi; his mother-in-law, Wilma Grace Buttry of Norris City; two nieces, Ronja (April Bolin) Cruse and Robin (Joey) Weyerbacher; a great-nephew, Zeke Cruse; a sister-in-law, Paula Lissak; a brother-in-law, Robby Buttry; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, David R. "Crockett" Buttry.

A celebration of Rick's life will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Margaret L. Carey

   Margaret L. Carey, 78, of Enfield passed away at 11:17 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Enfield Healthcare.  She was born January 17, 1937 in Norris City, IL the daughter of William Otis and Lois Ann (Stovall) Ratliff.  Margaret married James Carey in 1957 and he preceded her in death in 1983.  She was a homemaker.
     Margaret is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Joe and Heather Carey of Newton, and Richard and James Carey both of San Bernardino, CA; a daughter, Sandra Carey of Missouri; three sisters, Doris Shipp of Norris City, Judy Kolkmeier of Raytown, MO and Billie Ratliff of Colorado Springs, CO; five grandchildren including Nathan and Megan Carey of Newton; and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sons, Walter W. and Samuel L. Carey.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Margaret L. Carey, 78,of Enfield will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in McLeansboro.  Memorial contributions may be made in Margaret's memory to Enfield Healthcare and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City who is in charge of arrangements.

George E. Porter

George E. Porter, 87, of Norris City passed away at 11:20 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Marion, IL.  He was born August 14, 1927  in Fairfield, IL the son of John and Daisy (Bryant) Porter.  George married Nadine Blake on September 21, 1962 and she preceded him in death on July 13, 1992.  He was a World War II Army veteran.  George was a jack of all trades but had worked as a welder, in the oil fields and in autobody shops.  He was a member of the Norris City American Legion.
George is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Laverta Bishop and Kay Bridwell both of Norris City and Sue and Ray Sampier of Hanna City, IL; a special friend, Freda Mercer of Norris City; seven grandchildren, Tammy Bishop, Brandon Bishop, Carrie Ann Guthrie, Kevin Sampier, Scott Sampier, Amber Sampier and Larissa Hays; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sons, John and Tommy Porter.
A celebration of George's life will take place at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norris City with full military rites by the Carmi American Legion and VFW.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City on Saturday after 1:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in George's memory to the Disabled American Vets and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. 

Glenn V. Meschnark

Glenn V. Meschnark, age 63, a resident of McLeansboro, IL passed away at 7:55 pm on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Marion, IL.

He was a US Army Veteran, who served in the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the American Legion Post and attended the Christian Chapel Church in McLeansboro.  He worked as a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife Gloria (Wellen) Meschnark, several children, two brothers:  Roger Kidd of North Carolina, and Alan Buford of Las Vegas, NV; one sister Christina Schofield of Las Vegas, NV;  a niece Ashley Meschnark, a great-nephew Tristan Glenn Meschnark, and also several grandchildren.

Funeral services for Glenn V. Meschnark will be held at 12:00 noon Monday, March 16th, 2015 at the Christian Chapel Church in McLeansboro, IL with Pastor Allen Spangler officiating.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of service on Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Georgia Lynn Young

Georgia Lynn Young, 59, of Grayville, Illinois, died Saturday, March 14th at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. She was born April 17, 1955, in Carmi, IL, the daughter of George and Peggy (Churchwell) Aborn. She was married to Michael L. Young, and he survives.

Lynn was a nurse and member of the First Baptist Church in Albion, IL. Her passion was nursing and she enjoyed flower gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Young of Bone Gap, IL; her parents, George and Peggy Aborn of Cowling, IL; son Mike (Amber) Young of Albion; daughter Jessica (Mark) Rogers of Grayville; brother Shannon (Tammy) Aborn of Mt. Vernon, IN; sisters Carol (Loren) Evans of Mt. Vernon, IN, Patti (Bill) Ratcliffe of Bone Gap, Kelly (Mike) Murphy of Grayville; grandchildren Harlan, Jace Pierce and Seamus Young, Dylan, Kaden and Blake Rogers.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Thursday, March 19th at First Baptist Church in Albion. Cremation will immediately follow the visitation. A memorial service will be at 10 am, Friday, at First Baptist Church in Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Albion.

Arrangements by Cook Funeral Chapel, Grayville, Illinois.


David Bruce DeMarcus

David Bruce DeMarcus, 63, of Norris City passed away at 12:47 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, IL.  He was born June 2, 1951 in Kannapolis, NC the son of Eugene Franklin and Thelma (Scarborough) DeMarcus.  David married Diane M. Gilliam on May 12, 1984.  He was a Police office and retired as a document security specialist  at IBM and later Lockheed-Martin in Manassas, VA.  David served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam as part of the Army Intelligence and received two Purple Hearts.

     He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diane of Norris City; two daughters, Christine Michelle Neal of Denver, CO and Ashley Nicole Knight and husband Chris of Lottsburg, VA; three sisters, Lynn Pagano of St. Augustine, FL and Judy Petrea and Amy Paterson of Kannapolis, NC; two brothers, Eugene DeMarcus of Brentwood, TN and David's twin, Brian DeMarcus of Anchorage, AK; three grandchildren, Erica Neal and Nickolai and Adriana Knight; a sister-in-law, Kate Land and husband Skip of Norris City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     A Celebration of Life of David B. DeMarcus, 63, of Norris City will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City with Pastor Chris Marsh officiating.  Full military rites will be performed by the Carmi American Legion and VFW.  Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  Memorial Contributions may be made in David's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.

Shirley A. Harvey

     Shirley A. Harvey, 79, of Springfield, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:17 a.m. at Heritage Manor Health in Springfield.  She was born February 3, 1936 in Thompsonville, IL, the daughter of Eligah and Angie (Eason) Bozarth.  Shirley married Gene Harvey on December 25, 1954.  She was a beautician and had worked in Mt. Vernon, Salem and Effingham.
     Shirley is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gene of Springfield; two daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Dan Nance and Karla and Chris Roberts all of Springfield; four grandchildren, Ryan and Zachary Thoroman and Jimmy and Stephanie Kirgan; and several great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Ramona Pauline and Charles Thomas; and a brother, Ralph Bozarth.
     Funeral services for Shirley A. Harvey, 79, of Springfield, IL, will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Thompsonville, IL.  Friends may call on Wednesday, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Naomi Cushman

          Naomi Cushman 78 of Springerton, passed away Thursday morning March 19, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. She was born September 26, 1936 in Paragould, AR, the daughter of William and Kate (Jameson) Johnson. She married Larry Lee Cushman on June 16, 1957 in Fairfield and he preceded her in death on June 20, 2013.
            Naomi was an avid writer, she wrote the Springerton News for several local newspapers. She loved sewing, reading and facebooking.
            She is survived by her son, Bill (Kim) Cushman of Springerton, daughters, Teria (Ken) Griesemer of Olney and Rhonda (Carey) Rose of McLeansboro; eight grandchildren, Zachary, Megan and Dusty Cushman, Josh (Megan) Griesemer, and Logan, Dustin, Nicholas and Tanner Rose; three great-grandchildren, Gavin Griesemer, Paizley Rose and Eastyn Phelps. She was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Johnson and one sister, Pauline Johnson and her son-in-law, Curtis Rose.
            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield with burial in Springerton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Judith DiSandro

Judith DiSandro, age 75 of Marion and formerly of Carmi, passed away Thursday evening, March 19, 2015 at Heartland Hospital in Marion. She was born November 8, 1939 in Norris City, the daughter of Bernard Lee and Ethel Mae (Hall) Johnson.

Judy had been a factory worker and worked in home health care. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Ethel (Hall) Johnson; a daughter, Tarah Koeberlein; an infant son, brothers Bob and Bill Johnson; and her nephews Robert and Jeff Cathey.
She is survived by her son, Jody Sadler and wife of Omaha; daughters Connie Sauls of Olney and Lisa Lemasters and husband, of Marion; the father of her children, Willard Midkiff of Enfield; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Clara and Goldie Rister of Huntley, IL, Carolyn Bayer of East Dundee, IL, Kathy and Rich Crisp of Calera, AL, Betty and Jim Gwaltney of Norris City, IL. Three nieces, three nephews, five great-nieces, and ten great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday March 23, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home with burial in Kingdom Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn J. Herreld

Evelyn J. Herreld, age 75, a resident of Wayne City, IL passed away at 11:10 pm on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was a home maker, and a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter Yvonne Herreld of Wayne City, IL; three brothers:  Robert W. (and wife JoAnne) Seidel of Belle Rive, IL; Richard (and wife Connie) Seidel of Altamont, IL; and Paul (and wife Phyllis) Seidel of Wayne City, IL; two sisters:  Kathryn (and husband Gary) Webb of Wayne City, IL and June Irvin of Belle Rive, IL.

Funeral services for Evelyn J. Herreld will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at the Archie L. Sanders Memorial Chapel in Wayne City, IL with Brother Dennis Seidel officiating.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 am Thursday until the time of service.

Burial will be at the Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City, IL.

The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL is in charge of all the arrangements.


Betty L. Clark

           Betty L. Clark 83 of Carrier Mills and formerly of Carmi, passed away Monday March 23, 2015 at Harrisburg Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1931 in Springerton, the daughter of Grover and Pearl (Seifried) York. She married Charles Cecil Clark on December 28, 1948 in Carmi and he preceded her in death on November 13, 2000.

            Betty had worked as a greeter at Walmart for over 25 years.

            She is survived by her son, Charles Scott (Karen Sue) Clark of Carrier Mills, daughter, Jacquelyn Leuellen of Carmi; two grandchildren, Matthew Scott Clark and Heather Juenger; three great-grandchildren, Jacob Dillon and Jared Wayne Page and Liam Noble Batty; her brother, Melvin and Betty Jo York of Carmi; sister, Violet Smith of Carmi. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Ray York and Clayton York and sisters, Bernadine Phillips, Maxine Oliver, Beulah Gentry and Louise Melvin.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday March 27, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi. Burial will be in Hammack Cemetery at Springerton. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl L. Nelson, 60 of Carmi, passed away Thursday morning March 5, 2015 at Deaconess VNA Plus Hospice in Evansville. She was born September 18, 1954 in Columbia, SC, the daughter of Hal and Norma (Holtzclaw) Nelson.
            Cheryl was a graduate of Brownsville School. She enjoyed traveling the country with her family. She had worked at Coleman Tri-County Services for a few years after graduation. She later moved to Independent Living in DuQuoin and worked in their workshop. In her last years she moved back home to live with her mother, Norma.
            She is survived by her mother, Norma; her father, Hal of Carmi; a special aunt, Peggy Burton; two brothers, Robert (Tracy) Nelson of Evansville and Jason (Bonnie) Nelson of Vincennes; two sisters, Kim Butler of Vincennes and Lela (David) DeLong of Carmi; nieces, Lindsey (Daniel) Russell, Kendra (Alex) Williams, Cheyenne, Katelynn and Tanna Nelson, Roxanne and Rachel Grimm; nephews, Bobby Nelson, Brandon Butler, Jason (Brandi) Williams, Bryan Grimm and J.D. and Trevor Finn; great nieces, Kalyn Roark, Caroline Butler, Madison Williams, Mackenzie Bolding; great nephews, Jayden Kays, Kaleb Roark, Wyatt and Knox Butler, Keesten Like and Tristin Grimm; numerous cousins, including, Kathy Downen, Rick and Jan Holtzclaw and Lisa and Tom Lema.
            Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with Chaplain Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be from Noon until services. Memorials are suggested to Brownsville School Online condolences may be left at Stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Ernie Bartley

    Ernie Bartley, 61, of Carmi passed away at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He was born in Gallatin County, IL on December 19, 1953 the son of James and Edith Murl (Ellison) Bartley.  Ernie married Carolyn Elaine Cates on May 5, 1974.  He had work for 12 years as a farm hand for John and Karen Williams along with driving a bus for the Carmi White County School District for 15 years.  Ernie was a member of Maunie First Church of God.
    Surviving are his wife of 40 years Elaine of Carmi; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Arron and Angie Bartley and Kevin L. Bartley all of Carmi; three brothers and and two sisters-in-law, James and Alva Jean Bartley of Omaha, Dennis Bartley of Norris City and Gary and Betty Bartley of Carmi; four step-grandchildren, Dakota, Mason, Ivory and Rose.  Ernie was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Durbin and four brothers, Junior, Robert, Merle and Paul Bartley.
     Graveside funeral services and burial for Ernie Bartley, 61, of Carmi are at 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2015 in Centerville Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Crawford officiating.  Friends may call at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until noon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi to help with funeral expenses.

George N. Mitchell

George Noble Mitchell, 84, of Carmi, Illinois, died Thursday, March 05, 2015, at his home. He was born May 30, 1930, in Seminole, Oklahoma, the son of Thomas Alva and Audrey (Bowles) Mitchell. He married Mary Helen (Gass) Mitchell on March 28, 1974, and she survives.

George was well known throughout the Illinois Oil Basin as a businessman and CEO of Geo. N. Mtchell Drlg. Co., Inc., which is a continuation of his family’s business that was established in this area when the family migrated from Oklahoma during the late 1930’ and early 1940’s.

George was a member of First Baptist Church in Carmi, and was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Ainad Shrine, and the Carmi Country Club. Other memberships include International Association of Drilling Contractors, Independent Oil Producers of America, Illinois Oil and Gas Association (Lifetime Achievement recipient). George was an avid golfer and for the past 25 years, spent six months a year in Florida playing the game.

George was the head chief of the Mitchell tribe. His family was always #1. He spent his days with Mary Helen who was the love of his life. They were partners in life, best of friends, and he loved to drag her along his many traveling adventures. He always said she was the greatest prize of his life. Besides enjoying his role as a husband, he was a father who pushed his two kids to be the best at everything; a devoted granddad; a deeply affectionate great-granddad. Some of his favorite activities were the many family gatherings including the annual BBQs, shrimp boils, and prime rib feast at Christmastime.

Beyond his family, he loved his motor home, golfing with friends, doing projects with his backhoe, and going into the office. He appreciated the value of hard work, determination, pushing himself to be the best, and he loved the smell of an oil rig.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Helen Mitchell; son Chris (Barb) Mitchell, all of Carmi; daughter Georgia Lynn (Ray) Meier of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sister Wanda Douglas of Carmi; grandchildren Kelly (Dr. Clint) Taylor, Megan (Bart) King, Ryan (Jara) Mitchell, Sara Meier, Elisabeth Meier, Hannah Meier; great-grandchildren Audrey Taylor, Norah Taylor, Jack Taylor, Isaac King, Ellie King, and Caleb King.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother Alva E. “Doc” Mitchell.

Visitation is 2-6 pm, Sunday, March 8th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Funeral is at 11 am, Monday, March 9th at Cook Funeral Chapel. Burial with military rites will be in White County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital or the CWCHS George N. Mitchell Memorial Fund.