GALATIA -- Betty L. Duffee, 76, died at 6:25 a. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia, with the Rev. Ernie Donoho officiating. Burial will be in Brushy Cemetery
in Harco. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Monday at the funeral home.
MAKANDA -- Roy Gibson, 84, of Makanda, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in the home of his daughter, Margaret Stoncius. Roy was born Sept. 27, 1919, in Wayland, Ky. He enlisted in the Army on Jan. 10, 1942, and served primarily with the 20th Medical Corps, 3rd Army in World War II. He was in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Air Offensive Europe, receiving the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, three Overseas Service Bars, one Service Stripe and Good Conduct Medal. He received an honorable discharge at Fort Sheridan on Nov. 1, 1945. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He married Clarissa Pina Opal Mullins on Feb. 18, 1946. Prior to attending college he owned a Firestone Store and a restaurant and worked in the coal mines. In 1950, at age 31, Roy took the GED, got his high school diploma and later enrolled at the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Ind. During his senior year Roy taught two classes in civil engineering. He graduated in October 1954 with a B. S. in Civil Engineering. Roy went to work for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation in Carbondale in October 1954 as a civil engineer. After a career of 32 years, he retired from IDOT on Sept. 30, 1986. He served his community of Makanda on the town Planning Board and as a commissioner. Roy was a skilled golfer, an avid Kentucky basketball fan, and a gentleman farmer on his 14-acre farm. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph and Margaret (Turner) Gibson; his twin brother, Ray Gibson; and his sisters, Minnie Gibson, Verna Taylor, June Webb, Carrie Banks and Nell Hagewood. Surviving are his wife, Opal, of Makanda; his son, Greg Gibson of Carbondale; his daughters, Nancy Kalm of Sneads Ferry, N. C. , Margaret Stoncius of Carbondale, and Pamela Leighton of Cape Girardeau; three sons-in-law, Bill Kalm, Richard Stoncius, and Andrew Leighton; six grandchildren, Clarissa and husband Jerry Bahr of Chester, Jessica Stoncius, Darren Gibson and Justin Stoncius, all of Carbondale, and Roy and Bill Leighton of Cape Girardeau; two great-grandchildren, Gregory and Abygail Bahr of Chester; three brothers, Joseph, James and William Gibson; and three sisters, Mattie Gibson, Ethel Krueger and Audrey Marshal. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p. m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, at the Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in the Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. John Annable officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery
Ellen Colleen Dallas Wiggins
CARRIER MILLS -- Ellen was born in Carrier Mills on Sept. 26, 1933, to Loren Paul and Velma Jane Dunn Dallas. She graduated as valedictorian from grade school and salutatorian from high school. While in school she participated in many musical presentations, solo and ensemble. She received numerous awards in musical contests for vocal and piano solos, including superior ratings on a state basis, and was a pupil of P. W. Sherman. She graduated from Indiana University in 1955 with a B. S. in Music with a voice major. She was an original member of The Belles of Indiana, an all-female vocal group that received wide recognition as Musical Ambassadors for the University. The Belles were featured on the cover of LIFE magazine. Ellen toured The Far East with The Belles in 1955 on a joint University-USO-sponsored trip which included Wake Island, Midway, Iwo Jima, Hawaii, Japan and Korea. She soloed as well as appeared in a trio and full ensemble. This group was honored by the Far East Command for their services and recognized in the Congressional Record with a tribute presented by Senator Lugar. Upon returning, she taught music in the Shawneetown school system for one year prior to moving to Jacksonville, Fla. , where she went to work for Southern Bell in Jan. 7, 1957, and retired Nov. 4, 1987. She married Dr. Joe W. Wiggins Jr. in February 1965. She was a soloist and member of the choir at The Central Christian Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church for a number of years. Survivors include one sister, Lorna Jane Dallas-Brown, wife of Mr. Garry Brown, 27 Downs Side, Cheam, Surrey, SM2 7EH, England and 101 West 79th Street, Apt. 21-B, New York, NY 10024; one stepson, Judge David and wife Brenda Wiggins; and one stepdaughter, Pamela and husband Art Zipperer. She will be forever known and loved as 'Sissy' to one and all. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, in Oaklawn Cemetery
in Jacksonville, Fla. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, located 729 South Edgewood Avenue. The family requests no flowers. Contributions may be made to the Loren and Velma Dallas Teacher's Award Fund, Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL 62946.
Jewell Cook Ferguson
CARBONDALE -- Jewell Juanita Cook Ferguson, 76, died at 9:30 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin. Services will be at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery
in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
ANNA -- Helen K. Bird, 94, of Anna, died at 11:45 a. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Vienna. She was born Nov. 12, 1909, in Mound City, a daughter of the late William H. and Anna (Brashere) Reed. She married James Virgil Edwards in June 1928 and he preceded her in death in 1967. She later married John Sullivan and Lloyd Bird, both of whom also preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, where she taught Sunday school for many years; was retired from Choate Mental Health; and was a member of the Anna Star Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She was proud of the fact that she passed her driver's test at the age of 90. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy and husband Manuel Guerrero of Pueblo West, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Ruth Karraker of Anna and Betty and husband Kent Bishop of Carbondale; two stepsons, Earl Bird of Goreville and Donald and wife Alice Bird of Elgin; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 18 stepgrandchildren; 35 stepgreat-grandchildren; 11 stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a special friend, Lillian Henderson of Anna; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three sons, infant James Edwards, Herb Edwards and Gordon Reed; four sisters; and one brother. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday, Sept. 20, in the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, with Pastor Joe Aldridge and the Rev. Albert Moore officiating. Interment will be in the Spencer Heights Cemetery
at Mounds. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the Crain Funeral Home in Anna and from 9 to 11 a. m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro or TIP Hospice, with envelopes available at the funeral home.
MARION -- Louis D. Hanks, 91, died at 12:20 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Benton Healthcare Center. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Mitchell- Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with the Revs. Gordon Lantrip and Bill Kopas officating. Burial will be in Hanks Cemetery
in rural Marion. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hanks Cemetery
and will be accepted at the funeral home.
ULLIN -- Zelma L. Ozment, 94, of Ullin, formerly of Mounds, died at 9 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Mrs. Ozment was born in Pulaski County on July 5, 1910, the daughter of the late Sylvester Lance and Mary Alice (Williams) Lance. Mrs. Ozment lived her entire life in Villa Ridge and Mounds. She was a retired employee of the R. I. Lowenbaum Manufacturing Company in Mounds. She attended the Shiloh Baptist Church in Villa Ridge. Mrs. Ozment was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy M. Ozment, on Dec. 17, 1997; three children; and two sisters. She was married on July 8, 1926. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Kay Ozment of Chebanse; one daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Charles Osborne of Blue Springs, Mo.; one brother, Alvin Lance of Pulaski; one sister, Jewell Graves of Cairo; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services for Zelma L. Ozment will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, in the Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with the Rev. Larry Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p. m. today at the Jones Funeral Home.
MURPHYSBORO -- Gene E. King, 77, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. , formerly of Murphysboro, died on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in the VA Hospital. Services will be in the Fitch- Hillis Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p. m. today at the funeral home. Mr. King installed siding and worked in home improvement. He served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Poplar Bluff Elks Club and the American Legion. He was born Nov. 12, 1926, in Murphysboro. Survivors include three sons, Gene King of Poplar Bluff, Mark King of New Madrid, and David King of Fisher, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Melissa Fouts of Hunter Mo. , and Libby Brannon of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Charles and Hursel King, both of Vergennes; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one very special friend, Bessie 'King' Sronce of Poplar Bluff. He was preceded in death by one son, Vincent King.
BENTON -- Helen M. Burnett, 73, of Mount Vernon, a former Benton resident, went to be with the Lord at 11:49 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in St. Mary's Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Burnett was born March 5, 1931, in Benton, the daughter of Magdeline (Smothers) Cherkosky. She married Bill G. Burnett on Sept. 12, 1949, and he survives. She was a housewife, a Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and a member of the White Shrine, and she also served as a Republican election judge for several years in Browning Township. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Bill G. Burnett of Mount Vernon; three daughters, Deborah Summers of Benton, Shelah Biggs-Korris and her special friend, Kendall Long, of Mount Vernon, and Julie and husband James Vessel of Valier; three sons, Bill G. II and wife Leona Burnett of Troutdale, Ore. , Jeff Burnett of Johnston City, and Scott Burnett of Mount Vernon; nine grandchildren, Deidra and husband Aron Sanchez of Benton, Brett Burnett of West Frankfort, Kacie Biggs of Mount Vernon, Cheyenne and Shannon Burnett, both of Troutdale, Ore. , Brooke Burnett of Johnston City, Taylor and Cassie Vessel, both of Valier, and Mackenzie Korris of Mount Vernon; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Lee Burnett of Johnston City and Macy Sanchez and Dayton Sanchez, both of Benton. Mrs. Burnett was preceded in death by her parents and by one brother, Jerry D.
Audria Mae Seward
WEST FRANKFORT -- Audria Mae Seward, 84, died at 1 p. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Services will be at 2 p. m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Union Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ken Petty officiating. Burial will be in Boner Cemetery
in West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Seward retired from the DuPage County Convalescent Center in 1978. She was a member of Rebecca Lodge. She was a Baptist. She was born May 20, 1920, in West Frankfort, to Alford and Elva (Roberts) Ginger. Survivors include one daughter, Elva Lynn Seward of Carol Stream; one son, Donald Richerson of West Frankfort; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Wayne Richerson.
CARBONDALE -- Walter F. Seth, 88, of Carbondale, died at 1:25 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in the Jackson County Rehab and Care Center in Murphysboro. He was born May 21, 1916, in Urbana, a son of Ernest and Cora Mae Beard Seth. He was first married to Zenith Lowdermilk in 1939, and they divorced in 1963. He married Louise Arthur in 1967. Mr. Seth was a well-known businessman in Urbana. For over 20 years, he managed Bean Electric and Hardware. From 1967 until 1978, he owned and operated Seth Electric Contracting in the Champaign-Urbana area. As a teenager, he served in the CCCs and fought forest fires in California and Idaho. He retired to Southern Illinois in 1978 and then to Florida. In 2000, he returned to Illinois to live in Carbondale. He was a Methodist. Survivors include his wife, Louise Seth of Carbondale; one daughter, Judith Sawyer of Champaign; one son, Dennis Seth of Grand Junction, Colo.; one stepson, Steven Arthur of Makanda; one stepdaughter, Barbara LeRoy of Deer, Ark.; two sisters, Ruth Logan of Urbana and Grace Logan of Savoy; two brothers, Ralph Seth of Deland and Edward Seth of Bonita Spring, Fla.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Seth. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Crain Funeral Home Pleasant Grove Chapel, located on old Illinois 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro, with the Rev. Sally Hamon officiating. Interment of the cremains will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.
James Paul Fox
MARION -- James Paul Fox, 59, of Marion, died at 8:06 p. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in St. Louis University Hospital. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family. Mr. Fox was born April 3, 1945, in Portageville, Mo. , to James Henry and Mildred Fox. He married Lois Jenkins on July 2, 1963, in Marion, and she survives. Other survivors include his parents, James Henry Fox of Portageville and Mildred Bowman of Orville, Calif.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, James and Kathryn Fox of Herrin and Jonathan Fox of Marion; three grandchildren, Alan, Amanda and Jacob Fox; and one great-granddaughter, Keana Fox. Mr. Fox was a truck driver and was formerly employed at Freedom Transport in West Frankfort. Mr. Fox was a veteran of the United States Army.
Harry 'Gene' Casey
JONESBORO -- Harry E. 'Gene' Casey, 74, of Jonesboro, died at 2:48 p. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Tamms, the son of Tom and Eula Van Zandt Casey. He married Mary Ruth Choate on March 6, 1954, in Jonesboro. He was a retired maintenance supervisor at the Jonesboro School District, in which he worked for 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid bowler. He loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Casey of Jonesboro; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Rodney Cross of Jonesboro; two grandsons, Micah and wife Angie Cross and Bradley Cross of Jonesboro; one great-grandson, Jacob Cross; one brother, Bill Casey of Holland, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Ruth Choate of Anna; other relatives; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services for Mr. Harry E. 'Gene' Casey will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, in the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, with Brother Joe Aldridge officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p. m. Monday at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials may be made to the Union County Young American Bowling Alliance. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
DONGOLA -- Esco B. Corzine, 71, of Dongola, died at 2:10 p. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at home near Dongola. He was born May 12, 1933, in Cypress, the son of Cletus 'Coon' and Iona Rushing Corzine. He married Barbara Ann Acuff on Sept. 2, 1956, in Dongola. He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church near Dongola. He was retired from the Verson All-Steel and Press Co. in Chicago and later from the Florsheim Shoe Company in Anna, in which he worked for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Corzine of Dongola; one son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Jane Corzine of Dongola; one sister, Josie Allen of Grayville; one half-sister; one half-brother; one stepbrother; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Services for Mr. Esco B. Corzine will be held at 11 a. m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, in the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. LaRue Parr officiating. Interment will be in the Friendship Cemetery
in Dongola. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p. m. today at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
CARBONDALE -- Nina Hoffman, 93, died at 9:30 a. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at home. Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. John Annable officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Visitation will be after 6 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Carbondale or to VNA TIP Hospice.
PULASKI -- Leone Crown, 79, died at 3:23 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Saint Frances Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Services will be at 3:30 p. m. Monday, Sept. 20, in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, with the Rev. Terry Kern officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery
in Pulaski. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin and after 1:30 p. m. Monday at the church.
Hazel Edna Farley
WEST FRANKFORT -- Hazel Edna Farley, 85, died at 3:30 a. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in the Parkview Care Center in West Frankfort. Arrangements are incomplete at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort.
CAIRO -- Morris E. Morehead, 80, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Services will be at 11 a. m. Tuesday in the Barkett Funeral Home, with the Revs. Verlee Eaker and Kelly Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Mound City National Cemetery, with military honors by the Pulaski County Memorial VFW Post 8891 of Mounds and the U. S. Navy. Visitation will be after 5 p. m. Monday at the funeral home, with Masonic rites conducted at 7:30 p. m. in the Barkett Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Cairo Masonic Lodge, 9th and Poplar Street, Cairo, IL 62914, or to KIM Shrine Club, 2101 Commercial Avenue, Cairo, IL 62914.
NASHVILLE, Ill. -- Pauline M. Luczaj, of Morton, formerly of the Nashville, Ill. , area, died at 4:22 a. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in the Morton Terrace Nursing Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Todds Mill, with Father James Van Oss officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a. m. Wednesday at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.
CAMPBELL HILL -- Grace Rubach, 89, died at 4 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, in Three Springs Lodge Nursing Home in Chester. Arrangements are pending at Wilson Funeral Home in Campbell Hill.
Lance Cpl. Drew Michael Uhles
DU QUOIN -- Lance Cpl. Drew Michael Uhles, 20, of Du Quoin, passed away at 1 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, in Iraq. Drew was a member of the First Battalion Seventh Marine Weapons Company serving in Iraq. He began active duty on Oct. 29, 2002. He completed boot camp at MCRD, San Diego, Calif. , on Jan. 22, 2003. Drew then went to SOI at Camp Pendelton, Calif. , for advanced infantry training, which he completed on April 8, 2003. He was promoted to private first class on April 1, 2003. He was then stationed at 29 Palms Marine Base in California with the First Battalion, Seventh Marines, Weapons Company. Drew arrived in Kuwait on June 28, 2003. He received his Grey Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program at An Najaf, Iraq, on Aug. 2, 2003. After completing a tour with his unit in the areas of An Najaf and Babylon, he returned to the states in October of 2003. He attained the rank of lance corporal on Dec. 1, 2003. On Aug. 25, 2004, Drew departed for his second tour of Iraq. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Du Quoin and the Dowell Volunteer Fire Department. He was a graduate of Du Quoin High School. Drew played summer baseball and had also played roller hockey on a Carbondale league. Drew also played basketball and football at the Du Quoin Youth Club. He played football his freshman and sophomore years of high school. He ran track and played basketball in junior high school. Drew was a proficient drummer in the Du Quoin Junior High and High School bands. He was the co-winner of the Band Director's Award in the eighth grade. He was born September 19, 1983, at Du Quoin, the son of Daniel and Marla (Galloway) Uhles. He is survived by his parents of Du Quoin; one sister, Melissa Uhles and Kelly Waldrup of Shiloh; two brothers, Sean and wife Heather Uhles of Aurora and Neil Uhles of Du Quoin; his paternal grandmother, Norma Uhles of Du Quoin; his maternal grandparents, Olin and Louise Galloway of Du Quoin; one aunt, Robyn Roach of Du Quoin; two uncles, Chris Uhles of Du Quoin and Gary Galloway of Du Quoin; two great-aunts, Frieda Emling of Du Quoin, who was like another grandmother to him, and Ellabel Holmes of Wagoner, Okla.; two great-uncles, Jim Marshall of Katy, Texas, and Bill Marshall of Bartlesville, Okla.; and his godparents, Jennie and Leroy Knapp of Du Quoin. Also surviving are Drew's double cousins, Amy and husband Adam Hill and Nicki and husband Aaron Asbury, and Erin Galloway. He leaves behind many friends, both in Du Quoin and among his Marine family. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Thelma Galloway, and his paternal grandfather, Robert Uhles. Services will be at 10:30 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, in the St. John's United Church of Christ in Du Quoin, with Layman Bud Wirth officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p. m. Tuesday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin. military rites will be conducted by the U. S. Marine Corps. Friends may make memorials to the Du Quoin Junior High and High School bands or the Dowell Fire Department. Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home.
CHRISTOPHER -- Lowell Mitchell, 91, died at 6:15 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at home. Services will be at 2 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher, with the Revs. Manuel Jackson and Harold Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery
in Sesser. Visitation will be after 6 p. m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Mitchell worked for 40 years in the coal mines. He also served two terms as sub-district board member. He retired in 1980. He was a member of Church of God in Christopher. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. Mitchell was born on June 13, 1913, in Broughton, to Herman Mitchell and Nella Pulliam. He married Jennie Kramer in 1936 in Benton. They shared 65 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2001. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Mary Mitchell of Valier; two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Kondoudis of Buckner and Brenda and Herbie Chapman of Carterville; eight grandchildren, Mike and wife Tina Kondoudis of Christopher, Kenneth Lowell and wife Lisa Kondoudis of Mulkeytown, Rickey and Kevin Kondoudis, both of Buckner, Josh Chapman of Carterville, Greg Mitchell of Benton, Jenna Hood of West Frankfort, and Sheri Gunter of West Frankfort; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Amos and Rosemary Mitchell of Sesser. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles; and three sisters, Clorine Straub, Neva Furlow and Wilma Utley. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois of Marion and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Mary Elizabeth Taylor
BENTON -- Mary Elizabeth Taylor, 89, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in Severin Nursing Home in Benton. She was born Aug. 1, 1915, in Benton, to James D. and Ollie (Dollins) Smith. She was married to Marshall Taylor, who preceded her in death. Survivors include her loving sister, Leora 'Toby' Deming; her sister-in-law, Evelyn Page; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her dear special friend, Carolyn Dawson, and by her niece, Marian Hughes, and her nephew, George Deming. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as seven brothers and sisters, Ethel Smith, Earl Smith, Clyde Smith, Lavo Smith, Lucille Booten, Myretta Shepherd and William Smith. She was a graduate of Benton High School. She was retired from Southern Illinois University, where she was a housemother at Delta Chi fraternity. She often reminisced about the fraternity members, who she fondly referred to as 'her boys. 'She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Benton. It has been affectionately said of Mary that she never met a stranger. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Bob Askew officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery
in Benton. Visitation will be after 1 p. m. Sunday at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Dr. Meshach Samuel and the staff of Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Franklin Hospital, Severin Nursing Home and Hospice of the Good Samaritan for their care and compassion. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Benton, the Benton Public Library Building Fund or to Hospice of the Good Samaritan.
DONGOLA -- Esco B. Corzine, 71, died at 2:10 p. m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
William 'Bill' McDowell
NASHVILLE, Ill. -- William G. 'Bill' McDowell, 77, of Nashville, Ill. , departed this life at 10:44 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, in the Friendship Manor Health Care Center in Nashville. Mr. McDowell was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Evansville, Ind. , the son of Charlie and Bertha Corine (Jennings) McDowell. He was united in marriage to Helen Belinski on April 21, 1956, in Evansville, and she preceded him in death on March 28, 1995. Bill was a member of the United States Army Air Force, where he served in World War II and the Korean conflict. He worked at Inland Container Corporation in Evansville for 33 years. He then moved to Nashville in 1975, where he worked as a part-time Nashville city policeman and also worked as a custodian at Nashville Community High School for 15 years. He was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of Nashville, and the Illinois Sheriffs Association. Left to mourn his passing are three sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Kenny Smith of Newburgh, Ind. , and Sue and Herman Chapman and Charlene and Bob Corley, all of Henderson, Ky.; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; nieces; nephews; and other relations and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Albert McDowell; and one sister, Faye Hunt. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a. m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, in the St. Ann Catholic Church in Nashville, with Father Paul Wienhoff officiating and intermenty in the church cemetery. military graveside services will be accorded by the Nashville American Legion Post 110. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p. m. Sunday and from 7:30 to 9:30 a. m. Monday at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville. The rosary will be recited at 8 p. m. Sunday at the funeral home. Should friends desire, masses or memorial contributions may be made to the St. Ann School and will be accepted at the Campagna Funeral Home.