WEST FRANKFORT -- Betty Jean Leslie Duff, 73, of Woodlawn, formerly of West Frankfort, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Varis-StoneFuneral Home in West Frankfort.
Verbal Marie Wiseman
JOHNSTON CITY -- Verbal Marie Wiseman, 82, of Johnston City, died at 9:15 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at the Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Services will be at 2 p. m. today in Lakeview Cemetery
in Johnston City, with Pastor Lee Petty officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Visitation will be after noon today in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City. Verbal was born Oct. 11, 1921, in Johnston City, the daughter of William G. and Ada (Summers) Slater. She married William Henry Wiseman on June 30, 1943, in Charleston, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1996. Verbal was a homemaker and had worked at Jones' Rexall drug store in Johnston City for many years. She is survived by five nieces, Rose Stallings and husband, Homer of Johnston City, Regina Ake and husband, Richard of Austin,Texas, Rosalie Eberhardt of Tacoma, Wash., Dorothy Gibbens of Pittsburg and Barbara Rehm of Punta Gorda, Fla.; two nephews, William Slater and wife, Sue of Stiritz and Charles Eberhardt of Chicago; and several great-nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Louise Haynes and Irene Briscoe, both of Johnston City; and two brothers-in-law, Orval Wiseman and Edward Wiseman, both of Johnston City. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Minnie Richey, Opal Eberhardt and Mary Elko, and four brothers, Lee, Harvey, Johnnie and Earl Slater.
MURPHYSBORO -- Franklin E. Plater, 92, of Murphysboro, better known as Peanuts to all his friends, passed away at 1:20 a. m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. His body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 220 N. Tower Rd., Carbondale, IL 62901. Pettett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Frank was born on April 24, 1912, in Murphysboro, to Frank Plater and Ina (Wayman) Plater. He attended the old Longfellow grade school until it was demolished by the tornado in March 1925, and he excelled in basketball, football and track in high school. He attended the old Teachers College in Carbondale, which is now SIU. He married June Connely on Aug. 29, 1937, in Murphysboro, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 1999. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Murphysboro, and a member of the Jackson Country Club. Mr. Plater has been an avid golfer, shooting his age and usually carried his clubs up to the age of 80. He was in his 70s, however, before he got a hole-in-one. Frank worked for Brown Newspapers, Inc., which had newspapers in California area. He retired in 1975 as promotion manager and assistant circulation manager, and moved back to Murphysboro. He is survived by three children, Jann Calandro and her husband Mick Calandro of Murphysboro, Jill Corba of Playa Del Ray, Calif., and Jon Mark Plater and his wife Valorie Goodman-Plater of Los Osos, Calif.; two grandchildren Ashley Calandro of Murphysboro and Bryson Plater of Los Osos, Calif.; two sisters Elizabeth Burke of Mayfield, Ky., and Alice Moskalic of Minneapolis, Minn. He was preceded in death by one infant son, one son in law Mike Corba, two brothers John Plater and Roy Plater, and his parents.
Llewellyn A. 'Butch' Barton
ENERGY -- Llewellyn A. 'Butch' Barton, 81, of Energy passed away at 1:10 p. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion. Services will be held at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in the Blue Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Alan Milligan and the Rev. Carl Cottingham officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in South Easton Cemetery
in Easton, Pa. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes are available at the funeral home, or memorials may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, P. O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959. Mr. Barton was born on June 7, 1923, in Cressonna, Pa., to the Rev. Paul and Ruth F. (Hoffman) Barton. He married Frances Tanner on June 16, 1946, in Alameda, Calif., and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Beverly Roland of Carterville; grandchildren, Jeanie and Monte Blue of Marion, Jack and Dana Roland of Carterville, Mike and Julie Roland of Las Vegas, and Brian and Michele Roland of Cambria; great-grandchildren, Chris Blue, Kelli Blue, Nikki Roland and Levi Lacy, Brandon Roland, Jessica Roland, Cody Roland, Shane Roland, Ty Roland, Brian Roland Jr. and Sean Roland; great-great granddaughter, Lexis Lacy; one brother, Mark Barton of Bellport, N. Y.; and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, C. L. 'Bud' Roland; two brothers, Paul Barton and Lawrence Barton; sister, Evangeline Kinder, and an infant sister. Mr. Barton was a member of the Energy United Methodist Church. He was involved with the Eagle House Ministries in Goreville, was a Methodist lay minister, and was a member of the United Methodist Men's Association. He worked as a tool and dye maker at Norge in Herrin. He served in the U. S. Navy. He enjoyed helping others and was skilled in woodworking. He loved to travel and meet people.
HURST -- Josephine Lovelace, 84, died at 6 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in Herrin. Services will be at 11 a. m. today, Aug. 17, 2004, in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery
in Blairsville. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Lovelace was a homemaker. She was a member of Hurst United Methodist Church. She was born March 15, 1920, in Colp to Henry and Rose Gualdoni Zoia. She married William Lovelace Jan. 12, 1941, in Jackson, Mo. He preceded her in death Jan. 12, 1998. Survivors include her grandson, George Wyatt of Hurst; Jerry and Linda Wyatt of Hurst; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Royce and Gladys Lovelace of DeSoto and Wayne and Sue Lovelace of Milan, Ill.; and Bill and George Gualdoni of Murphysboro. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Margaret Rose Wyatt; and her infant brother.
COLP -- Donald D. Wallace, 65, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, in Herrin Hospital. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, in Oakwood Cemetery
in Carterville, with the Rev. Dorothy Cook officiating. Visitation will be after 9 a. m. Wednesday at Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville.
MARION -- Violett Evelyn Odum, 87, of Marion, passed away quietly at 4 p. m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at the home of her granddaughter, Lisa Potts, in St. Peters, Mo. She was born at home in the Scottsboro community of Marion on Jan. 27, 1917, the daughter of Pearl Lee and Cora (Emery) Smith. Violett was united in marriage to Oral Thomas Odum on Oct. 31, 1936, in Benton. Together they shared nearly 30 years of marriage until his death came suddenly at an early age on April 16, 1966. Her working career began for the W. T. Grant Store as a clerk and window dresser. She also worked for Marion Memorial Hospital and Fountain Nursing Care Facility, both of Marion. Violett also served as a Noontime Supervisor for Longfellow elementary school of Marion for 18 years. She had a great love in her heart for animals, especially birds, cats and dogs, and raised Dachshunds for many years. In her quiet times, she also found relaxation and enjoyment in reading. Her religious belief was of the Protestant faith. Violett loved her family and always enjoyed and cherished the many times they spent together. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. In her passing she leaves behind two sons, Ken Odum of Marion and Gary Odum of Alabama; one daughter, Coralee Gulledge of Marion; four granddaughters, Lori Fox of Bowling Green, Ky., Lynn and husband Greg Baber of Monmouth, Lisa and husband Brent Potts of St. Peters, Mo., and Teresa Dawkins of Marion; and eight great-grandchildren, Brandon and Andrew Fox, Ashley, Jarret, Jacob and Natalie Baber, Nathaniel Potts, and Austin Dawkins. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; one sister, Vivian Koska; and three brothers, Earl, Kenneth and Louis Smith. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 a. m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at the funeral home. The graveside committal service will be held after the visitation in Odd Fellows Cemetery
of Marion, with the Rev. Dean Heuring presiding.
Fred Johnson Sr.
FUTURE CITY -- Fred Johnson Sr., 78, died at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at home. Services will be at noon Thursday, Aug. 19, in Heavenly Gates Funeral Home in Cairo. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
HERRIN -- Caroline Louise Coloni, 89, died at 8:15 p. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at home. Services will be at 10 a. m. Thursday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Burial will be in San Carlo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a. m. until the time of procession to church Thursday at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to OLMC/St. Mary's Education Foundation or the cemetery. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www. hughesfuneralhomes. com.
COBDEN -- Hazel L. Batson, 81, died 4:25 a. m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday in Crain Funeral Home in Anna, with burial in Oakland Cemetery
in Carbondale. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
LOGAN -- Barbara Meacham, 69, of Logan, died at 11:12 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in the Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, with the Revs. Roger Ellsworth and Melton Nelms officiating. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. Mrs. Meacham was born Nov. 6, 1934, in Logan, the daughter of James Estel and Lola Doe (Melvin) Bradley. She married Raleigh Meacham on Oct. 6, 1951, and he preceded her in death April 8, 1996. She was a housewife and attended Immanuel Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad and Shelley Meacham of Pinckneyville and David and Jennifer Meacham of Logan; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Phil Lampley of Logan and Chris and Steve Browning of Benton; eleven grandchildren, Jarrod and wife Elizabeth Meacham of Marion, Madison Meacham of Pinckneyville, Michael Lampley of Edwards, Calif., Chad and wife Erica Lampley of Johnston City, Somer Lampley of Logan, Lacy, Lindy and Joshua Meacham, all of Logan, and Stetson, Trenton and Aspen Browning, all of Benton; one great-grandchild, Luke Lampley of Johnston City; her mother, Lola Bradley of Logan; four sisters, Carolyn Kirk of Logan, Vesta Smith of Du Quoin, Joyce Anthony of Thompsonville and Betty Reckinger of Du Quoin; two brothers, James Bradley of Logan and Gary Bradley of Carmi; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Meacham was preceded in death by her father and her husband.
Helen Lorene Brown
VIENNA -- Helen Lorene Brown, 93, died 1:30 a. m. Monday Aug. 16, 2004, in Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. Services will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna, with the Rev. Steve Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer-Hall Cemetery
in Lick Creek. Visitation will be after 5 p. m. today at Bailey Funeral Home and from 9 to 10 a. m. Wednesday at the Church. Memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church building fund, P. O. Box 28, Vienna, IL 62995.
Freddia Mae Dziepak
EQUALITY -- Freddia Mae Dziepak, 79, died at 6:15 p. m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at home. Services will be at 10 a. m. today, Aug. 17, in Antioch Cemetery
in Macedonia, with the Rev. Bill Jones officiating. Vickery Funeral Chapel of Equality is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
CENTRALIA -- Mitchell Blake Jourdan, 13, of Russellville, Ala., formally of Centralia, died Sunday morning, Aug. 15, 2004, in Russellville as a result of an automobile accident. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home.
TAMAROA -- Norma Burton, 80, died at 8:35 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in the Fairview Nursing Center in Du Quoin. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in Searby Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fred Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Antioch Cemetery
or to the Fairview Nursing Center and will be accepted at the funeral home.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Thomas Beavers, 81, died at 10:45 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at home. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in Union Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gordon Lantrip officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
DU QUOIN -- Louise Lempke, 81, died 12:12 p. m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in Pinckneyville Skilled Care Unit in Pinckenyville. Arrangements are incomplete at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
DU QUION -- Charles Ray Lunnemann, 59, died 12:29 p. m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Arrangements are incomplete at Pyatt- Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville.
SPARTA -- Homer 'Skeeter' Carter, 62, died 7 p. m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at St. Louis University Hospital. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Walsh, with the Rev. Harold Weber officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a. m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church. McDaniel Funeral Homes, Sparta is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
Dr. N. G. Springer
CHESTER -- Dr. N. G. Springer, 80, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at his home at his home in Chester. Services will be 11 a. m. Thursday in St. John's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Mark Willig officiating. Burial will be in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. Wednesday and 7:30 to 9:30 a. m. Thursday at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Chester and from 9 to 10 a. m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the church.
Bonnie (Britt) Bilderback
DU QUOIN -- Bonnie (Britt) Bilderback, 86, died at 2:05 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin. Services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday in the Ava Evergreen Cemetery
in Ava, with the Rev. Lee Tyler officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 1:45 p. m. Tuesday in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Mrs. Bilderback retired from the research lab at Ralston Purina in St. Louis and retired from self instructions in the research library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mrs. Bilderback was a member of the Christian faith. She was born Sunday, Jan. 13, 1918, in Vinton, Iowa, to Guy Laird and Bessie (Whipple) Britt. She married Clarence A. Bilderback on July 19, 1952, in Richmond Heights, Mo. Clarence died Oct. 20, 1988. Mrs. Bilderback is survived by one sister, Patricia Ann Berger of Vinton, Iowa.; two brothers, Donald L. Britt of Salem, Ark., and Robert C. Britt of Salem, Ore.; and special nieces and caregivers, Lorraine Bilderback and Marsha Zettler of Du Quoin; and many other nieces and nephews. Her husband and parents preceded her in death.
Kendall L. Willis
LAKE OF EGYPT -- Kendall L. Willis, 96, of Lake of Egypt, formerly of Anna, died at 7:10 a. m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born Feb. 29, 1908, in Miller City, the son of Irvin and Stella Kendall Willis. In Southern Illinois during his growing up years, the only place to socialize was church, church revivals, and picnics on the church grounds. This was a golden opportunity to meet each other. So on May 25, 1933, Kendall Willis and Mary Ann Abercrombie were united in marriage in a garden wedding at the Abercrombie Farm. He was a graduate of Olive Branch High School, Brown's Business College, and earned his accounting degree from University of Chicago, extension division. He worked at the Cairo Alexander County Bank until the Great Depression bank closings. Later, under the Works Progress Administration, marshaled in under President Roosevelt, a great work force by an act of Congress helped the multitudes of unemployed. Kendall was fortunate to be employed as an accountant in charge of tools, materials, and records for the 22 Southern Illinois counties with headquarters in Harrisburg. While in Harrisburg, Kendall and Mary Ann's only daughter, Marilyn Kay was born June 6, 1937. In 1940, Kendall began a new position as clerk at the Anna Post Office. Later, he became assistant postmaster, a position he held until his retirement in 1973. For 39 years, Kendall was Sunday school superintendent of First Baptist Church in Anna. He also served one term as moderator of the Clear Creek Baptist Association. He had many hobbies working with wood. He crafted the cabinets in their new Cape Cod Home built in 1942. One of his greatest achievements was the walnut grandfather clock he made for his father-in-law John Abercrombie of Tamms. Kendall continued his hobby when he and Mary Ann ventured to reclaim an old log barn which was moved to their lot on Crestwood Estate, Lake of Egypt. It was then that his hobby became a profession for he became an electrician, furniture restorer, etc. He continued to be active in his church until he had heart surgery at 91. After surgery his physical activity was limited but he continued to be socially active as he 'did not want to be isolated. 'Besides his wife of 71 years, he is survived by one granddaughter, Lee Hilliard Stilwell of Waco, Texas; two great-grandsons, Zeke and William Stilwell; one great-granddaughter, Jamie Kay Thomason; one great-great-grandson, Quintin Thomason; and other relatives. Their daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn Kay and Jim Hilliard, and two grandsons, Trey and John Hilliard, were all killed in an airplane crash in 1975. Services for Kendall L. Willis will be at 10 a. m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna with the Revs. Verlee Eaker and Tim Sadler officiating. Interment will be in Anna Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p. m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
HURST -- Josephine Lovelace, 84, died at 6 a. m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in Herrin. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. today in the funeral home.