LOGAN -- James L. Rice, 67, died at 6:25 p. m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 3 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Poulson Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastors Melton Nelms and Brian Mixon officiating. Burial will be in Logan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
ANNA -- Larry Chamness, 58, of Anna, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in the Union County Hospital, as a result of an accident. He was born Oct. 1, 1946, in Anna, the son of Frank and Eva (Kinder) Chamness. Larry was a retired iron worker. He was a life member of the Anna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3455 and a member of the First Baptist Church in Anna. He enjoyed fishing,
hunting, gardening and watching his nephews play football. He served in the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam era. He is survived by three brothers and one sister-in-law, Fred and Norma Chamness of Davenport, Fla. , and Robert 'Bob' Chamness and Frank 'Doc' Chamness, both of Anna; his special friends, Linda Williams and son Donnie Hileman and Gwen Kelley and son Braxton; four nephews and their spouses, Mike and Theresa Chamness of St. Cloud, Fla. , Tony and Emily Chamness of Memphis, Tenn. , and Tommy and Cindy Chamness and Matt and Traci Chamness, all of Anna; four nieces and their spouses, Beverly and Rick Tweedy and Debbie and Robin Dillon, all of Anna, Alice and David Ury of Jonesboro, and Cathy and Steve Stearns of Anna; many great-nieces and -nephews; one great-great-niece; and many other friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Mark Chamness; one great-niece, Nikki; and one sister-in-law, Pat Chamness. Services will be conducted at 1 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the chapel of Hileman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Sadler officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Casper Cemetery, with military rites by the Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 Anna VFW. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
ELKVILLE -- Hazel Marie Huddleston, 88, formerly of Elkville, died at 1:45 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Kansas. Services will be at 2 p. m. Friday in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be after 1 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.
CARBONDALE -- Juanita E. Kelley, 92, died at 2:45 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Parkway Manor in Marion. Arrangements are incomplete at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.
MARION -- Donald Richey, 75, died at 11:15 p. m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.
HERRIN -- Angelo T. Abba, 76, of Herrin, passed away at 11:35 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, in Herrin Hospital. Angelo was born May 8, 1928, to Louis and Giovanna (Gastaldi) Abba. They preceded him in death. He married Lena Barni on Sept. 2, 1957, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Herrin, and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Camy and Mike Clark of Paducah; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Louis Abba of Stiritz and Mike and Kristie Abba of Herrin; two grandsons, Bryan and Dylan Clark of Paducah; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Joe and Adrianna Abba of Johnston City and John Charlie Abba of Stiritz; one sister, Theresa Endrizzi of Arizona; one nephew, Steve Abba of Springfield; one niece, Tina and husband Jim Kosco of Johnston City; one great-niece, Rebekah Kosco of Johnston City; one great-nephew, Zachary Kosco of Johnston City; and several nieces, nephews and cousins in Italy. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Sam Abbott, John Abba and Louis Abba; and one sister, Margaret DiMercurio. Angelo was a valued member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the Knights of Columbus in Herrin. He volunteered many hours at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and St. Mary's School. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today, Oct. 3, 2004, at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin, with a prayer service at 6 p. m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a. m. Monday, Oct. 4, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, OLMC Renovation Fund or OLMC Education Foundation. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www. hughesfuneralhomes. com.
Wilbert E. Yates
CARBONDALE -- Wilbert E. Yates, 91, of Carbondale, formerly of Jonesboro, died at 9:40 p. m. Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born Dec. 7, 1912, in Terre Haute, Ind. , the son of William D. and Margaret Louise Neuman Yates. He married Margaret M. Isgrig Nov. 24, 1938, in Terre Haute, Ind. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, at home with her daughter Kay and husband Richard Bittle in Marion; one granddaughter, Lisa Bittle Cavaness and her husband Jon Cavaness of Marion; one grandson, R. Jason Bittle and his fiancee Robyn Sterrett of St. Louis; two great-grandchildren Nicholas and Zachary Cavaness of Marion; and three nieces. Wilbert was a member of the Carbondale Church of Christ and had been very active as a Mason and a Shriner. He was a registered nurse. He graduated from the Newman Hospital School of Nursing in Emporia, Kan. , and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hanover College in Indiana. At the time of his retirement, in 1973, he was the Director of Nurses at the former Anna State Hospital. Services for Mr. Wilbert E. Yates will be held at 2 p. m. today at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, with Gerald Cowan officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends called from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials may be made to the Carbondale Church of Christ or the Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living in Carbondale.
STEELEVILLE -- Raymond 'Dick' McSmith, 63, died at 12:22 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. Arrangements are pending at Wilson Funeral Home in Steeleville.
ELDORADO -- Larry Porter, 46, died at 9:38 p. m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday in Watson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Douglass Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Monday at the funeral home.
BENTON -- Elsie Stellamae Broughton, 71, died at 4:19 p. m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Franklin Skilled Care in Benton. Services will be at 1 p. m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton, with Pastor Robert Wininger officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p. m. Monday at the funeral home.
William 'Bill' Muir
SESSER -- Surrounded by his family, Willliam A. 'Bill' Muir, 87, of Sesser, entered into eternal rest at 2:15 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Mr. Muir was born in Sesser on Aug. 1, 1917, the son of Harrison and Nettie (Walls) Muir. He married Geraldine Shepard on Oct. 21, 1939, in Morganfield, Ky. , and she preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2000. Survivors include four children, Mary Ann Baker and husband Howard of Morris, Ala.; Linda Howell and husband Gary of Sesser; Billy Muir and wife Roberta of Benton; and Jim Muir and wife Lisa Kay of Sesser. Mr. Muir is also survived by eight grandchildren, Col. Howard B. Baker, stationed in Okinawa; Mary Brazier of Mount Olive, Ala.; Bruce Baker of Gardendale, Ala.; Jamey VanZandt of Mount Vernon; Lyndsay Muir of Carbondale; Mackenzie Muir of Highridge, Mo.; and Caleb and Bailey Muir, both of Benton, and seven step-grandchildren, Becky Przygoda of Pinckneyville; Frank Leffner of Ashley; Josh Conner of Carbondale; Ginger Conner of Sesser; Chuck Brewer and Goldie O'Connor, both of Meza, Ariz.; and Michelle Brewer of Brentwood, Tenn. He is also survived by one brother, Lester Muir and wife Helen of Racine, Wis. , and by 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyde Muir; and two sisters, Helen and Hazel Muir. Mr. Muir worked for more than 40 years as an underground coal miner, last working at Old Ben Mine 21 near Sesser, where he worked for 25 years before retiring in 1983. He also worked at Old Ben mines in Valier, Buckner and Coello. He was a 40-year member of the United Mine Workers and served as an official for UMW Local Union 1124, where he was a member of the mine committee and a pit committeeman. Mr. Muir also served on the school board at Sesser Unit School District and was a 50-year member of the Sesser Church of God, where he was a Sunday school superintendent and teacher. Mr. Muir loved to work in his yard, was an avid walker; and, most importantly, was a pillar to his family. His work ethic was unmatched in his children's eyes and his strength, character and belief in God was evident until the very last moment of his life. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with the Rev. Tim Melvin officiating. His son, Jim Muir, and his grandson, Jamey VanZandt, will offer eulogies during the memorial service. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p. m. today and from 7 a. m. to 2 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery
in Sesser. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Muir asked prior to his death that memorial contributions be made to the Maple Hill Cemetery
Fund or the Sesser Church of God. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Huddleston
HERRIN -- Elizabeth J. 'Betty' Huddleston, 56, of Herrin, passed away at 2 a. m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at home, surrounded by her loving husband and family after a 13-month battle with cancer. Mrs. Huddleston was retired from the J. C. Penney department store in Carbondale. Betty was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. She loved working in her yard and garden and especially loved to decorate their home for the holidays. She was born on July 22, 1948, in Herrin, to Arthur J. and Alberta F. (Petry) Mueth. Betty was united in marriage with Donald R. Huddleston on Feb. 20, 1988, in Energy. He survives of Herrin. Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie and Nicole Huddleston of Paducah and William E. 'Pete' and Kelly Huddleston of Crab Orchard; two grandchildren, Tanner Chase Huddleston and Brehnn Madison Huddleston; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jolene M. and John Yancey of Energy and Linda A. and Terry Cain of Herrin; one sister-in-law, Debra Conley of Du Quoin; her nieces and nephews, Kristin and Eric Smith of Herrin, John Michael and Jamie Yancey of Marion, Jennifer Yancey and her close friend, Donny Wade, of Marion, Mark A. and Wendy Cain of Herrin, Donovan Yancey of Energy, Julie Ann and Danny Driemeyer of Herrin, Jaime and Richard Holt of Du Quoin, and Tawmi Conley of Du Quoin; several great-nieces and -nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including a special aunt, Aurelia Everysmeyer of Millstadt; her special friends, Bonnie Leeper of Herrin and Judi Laughlin of Herrin; and her loving and close companion, her dog, Jingles. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Randy East; her grandparents, Elmer and Martha Schlesinger and Joseph and Anna Mueth; one nephew, Scott Arthur Yancey; and one niece, Amy Michelle Yancey. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Interment will be in San Carlo Cemetery
in Herrin. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin, with a prayer service at 6 p. m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the OLMC Renovation Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.
CHESTER -- John Macke, 87, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in St. Ann's Healthcare Center in Chester. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Ellis Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Bud Bennett officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a. m. Monday at the Schroeder-McClure Funeral Chapel in Chester. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Jerl Dwight Sanders
POMONA -- Jerl Dwight Sanders, 70, passed away at home in Pomona and went to be with his heavenly Father. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Mount Pleasant Jerusalem Cemetery
in Pomona, with the Rev. Joe Daniels officiating. military services will be conducted at the cemetery by the American Legion Post No. 127, VFW Post No. 7190 and 2605, and the Jackson County DAV Chapter No. 69. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant Jerusalem Cemetery. Jerl was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Bridgeman, Mich. , to Don Sanders and Dora (Needham) Sanders. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Mr. Sanders was a retired business manager for the Laborers Local No. 227. He was a member of the VFW Post No. 7190, the Moose Lodge and the Jackson County Farm Bureau. He married Betty Noble and they had seven children, Deb and husband Larry Klump of Murphysboro, Bruce and wife Susie Sanders of Pomona, Cheri and husband Roger Beegle of Cobden, Diane and husband Brad Gearhart of Pomona, Mark and wife Jerri Sanders Sanders of Alto Pass, Bev and husband John Schemonia of Pomona, and Barb and husband Mike Doyle of Catskill, N. Y.; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Eldon and wife Sharon Sanders, Larry Sanders, and Ronnie Sanders, all of Murphysboro; two sisters, Virginia and husband Jack Heern and Donna Bernice Sanders, all of Murphysboro; several nieces and nephews; and his loyal and beloved dog, Country. He was preceded in death by his parents. He will be missed by many friends.
Kenneth Wayne Hutchison
MOUNDS -- Kenneth Wayne Hutchison, 67, died at 11:30 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at the Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge.
Vivian Lucille (Hill) Gross
DU QUOIN -- Vivian Lucille (Hill) Gross, 76, of Du Quoin, passed away Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at home, with her family at her side. Vivian was born the daughter of Clarence and Opal (Halstead) Hill on March 26, 1928, in Du Quoin. She was later united in marriage to William Raymond Gross in Piggott, Ark. , in 1952. He preceded her in death in 1992. Vivian was a homemaker who raised six children and loved spending time with her family. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Du Quoin and was very active in the 6:8 Sunday School Class. She is survived by one daughter, Lynn Gross-Woodside of Du Quoin; five sons, Ray Gross Jr. of Macomb, David Gross of Pinckneyville, Jeff Gross of Maryville, and Clyde Gross and John Gross, both of Du Quoin; one brother, Dwight Hill of Du Quoin; one sister-in-law, Loretta Hill of Du Quoin; 14 grandchildren, Bill Gross, Nancy Deterding, Joshua Gross, Caitlin Gross, Garrett Gross, Jordan Gross, Erin Gross, Elizabeth Gross, Rebekah Woodside, Grant Woodside, Samantha Gross, Eliot Gross, William Gross and Meryn Gross; and two great-grandchildren, Cassandra Day and Caleb Day. She is also survived by her special caregivers, Penny Crumbacher, Diane Mason and Lanetta Brown. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth; three brothers, Paul Halstead, George Hill and Ben Hill; and two sisters, Dorothy Duff and Ruth Bedar. Services for Vivian will be held at 11 a. m. Monday Oct. 18, 2004, in the Pyatt-Harrawood and Epplin Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Dr. John Lewis officiating. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery
in Du Quoin. Friends may call from 8 to 11 a. m. Monday at the Pyatt-Harrawood and Epplin Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Gold Plate Program or to the First Christian Church of Du Quoin.
VIENNA -- Ralph Webb, 67, passed away at 2:30 p. m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in the Hillview Health Care Center in Vienna. Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
William 'Bill' Barr
WEST CITY -- William W. 'Bill' Barr, 81, West City, died at 2:40 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at home. Services will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, in the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Cecil Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery
in Akin. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Barr was born Oct. 22, 1923, near Akin, the son of James Wesley Barr and Blanche (Hobbs) Barr. He married the former Loretta Bernice Sullivan in 1942, and she survives. He was a retired farmer and coal miner and was a U. S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton, Benton American Legion, and Benton Elks Club. He believed in perseverance and hard work. He was a man of character who loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Loretta Barr of West City; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William Michael and Tami Barr of Clarksdale, Miss.; three grandchildren, William Michael James Barr of Clarksdale, Meri Elizabeth Barr of Gulfport, Miss. , and Tyler Sullivan Barr of Clarksdale; two brothers, Dwight Barr of Carbondale and Bobby Barr of Texarkana, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Barr was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Everett Edgar Barr. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brady Cemetery
Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.
VIENNA -- Joseph M. Dodson, 50, a resident of Vienna for the past nine years and a native of Rochelle, passed away at 1:53 p. m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, in the Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in the Nelson Cemetery, located east of Grantsburg, with the Rev. Bill Gholson officiating. Friends may call from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. Monday at the Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Joe was employed as a construction laborer and was a member of the Laborers International Union. Joe was a skilled automotive mechanic and an avid fisherman. He loved children and especially enjoyed spending time with his son, Travis. He was born Sept. 4, 1954, in Rochelle. He was the son of Charles R. and Evelyn F. (Seymour) Dodson. Joe was united in marriage to Angie K. Ming, and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Travis Dodson of Vienna; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Opal Browing of Rochelle and Joyce and Roy Combs of Titusville, Fla.; his father- and mother-in-law, Donnie and Brenda Ming of Vienna; one brother-in-law, Jeremy Ming of Vienna; one sister-in-law, Nicole Ming of Vienna; several nieces and nephews and other relatives; and many friends. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Dodson Jr. and Bill Dodson. Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York City, NY 10038.
ANNA -- Hildred A. Whitehead, 67, of Anna, died at 10:15 p. m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, in the City Care Center in Anna. She was born Jan. 25, 1937, in Kalamazoo, Mich. , the daughter of Roy Elmer and Opal B. Morford Hulet. She was married to William Thomas Whitehead on June 1, 1957, in East St. Louis. He preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1975. Mrs. Whitehead is survived by two daughters, Opal Peters of Tamms and Sally Casey of Anna; two sons, Jim Whitehead of Jonesboro and Tom Whitehead of Anna; one brother, Jerry Hulet of Kalamazoo; one sister, Margaret Hulet of Anna; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; other relatives; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Services for Mrs. Hildred A. Whitehead will be held at 1 p. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in the Anna Cemetery, with the Rev. Doug Bridgeman officiating. Interment will be in the Anna cemetery. Friends may call at the time of the services. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home of Anna is in charge of the arrangements.
Melissa Marie Jordan
MOUNDS -- Melissa Marie Jordan, 93, of Wyatt, Mo. , formerly of Mounds, died at 11:55 p. m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, in the Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary, La. Mrs. Jordan was born on April 26, 1911, in Bardwell, Ky. , the daughter of the Arthur and Melissa (Watson) Ellis. Mrs. Jordan was a former employee of St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo and a retired Meridian School bus driver. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Jordan, on June 26, 1990, and one daughter, Donna Foster, in July 1977. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Doyle Lee 'Butch' and Faith Jordan of Clinton, La.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Jacquline 'Jackie' Rose of Justice and Judy and Larry Everly of East Prairie, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. Services for Marie Jordan will be at 1:30 p. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in the Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with the Rev. Verlee Eaker officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge. Friends may call between 5 and 8 p. m. today at the Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge.
ELLIS GROVE -- Virgil Louise Hall, 87, of Liberty, Mo. , formerly of Ellis Grove, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, in Liberty Hospital. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the City Cemetery
in Ellis Grove, with the Rev. Roger Reid officiating. There will be no visitation. Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family choice.
WAYNE CITY -- Jane King, 59, died at 5:55 a. m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, in Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 11 a. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Archie Sanders Memorial Chapel in Thomason Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Shell officiating. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at York Funeral Home in Wayne City and after 10 a. m. Monday at the chapel. Mrs. King was a secretary at General Tire in Mount Vernon. She was a Catholic. She was born Dec. 6, 1944, in Jerseyville, to William and Florence (Beiermann) Dougherty. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Jenna and Brad Kidd and Joy King, all of Wayne City; one son and daughter-in-law, Jonas and Twilla King of Wayne City; one stepson, Brett King of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Brent and Dylan Legg, Alyssa and Jaxon King, and Quinn Kidd; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Cecelia and Paul Weiner of Jerseyville, Agnes Sister Marie Andre of Springfield, Paulette and David BumGardner of Spaulding, Barbara and Bernard Johnston of Middleburg, Fla. , and Frances Dougherty of Jerseyville; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Pauline Dougherty of Hannibal, Mo. , William and Rhonda Dougherty of Jerseyville, Michael and Margaret Dougherty of Collinsville, and John and Joan Dougherty of Jerseyville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Halle; and one brother, Patrick. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at York Funeral Home, P. O. Box 90, Wayne City, IL 62895.
ROYALTON -- Ruth Donelson, 80, of Royalton, died at 5:30 a. m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Ruth was on born April 14, 1924, in Baltimore to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moody. She married Layman Eugene 'Bud' Donelson on Jan. 30, 1959, in Dearborn, Mich. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2001. She is survived by one son, John Edward Kirchoff of Royalton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Phillip Roberts of Woodbury, Tenn. , and Sharon and Arthur Wroblewski of South Gate, Mich.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her parents, three brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Donelson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Royalton and a homemaker. Services for Mrs. Donelson will be held at 11 a. m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, in Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton, with Brother Jim Ebbs officiating. Burial will be in Miners Cemetery, located east of Royalton. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Monday at the funeral home in Royalton.
METROPOLIS -- Floyd L. Stevens, 72, died at 3:55 p. m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, in the Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. Services will be at 1 p. m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in the Metropolis Memorial Gardens, with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 306, 321 Market Street, Metropolis, IL 62960.
Patricia Ann 'Patty' Craft
ENERGY -- Patricia Ann 'Patty' Craft, 59, of Energy, passed away at 11:15 a. m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, in Cardinal Nursing Home in Energy. Services will be at 10 a. m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p. m. today in Van Natta Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 310 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home. Patty was born in Princeton, Ind. , to Billy and Roma (Neal) Craft on Dec. 13, 1944. Survivors include her mother, Roma Craft of Herrin; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Jim Blacklock of Mulkeytown and Darla and Steve McKeown of Herrin; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Harvey and Charlotte Craft of Craig, Colo. , Jay and Beverly Craft of Big Bear, Calif. , Allen and Ronda Craft of Carterville, and Don and Wendy Craft of Herrin; 19 nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and -nephews. Patty is preceded in death by her father. Patty spent her whole life battling cerebral palsy, but she didn't let it get her down. She was truly one of God's special children. One of her favorite things was teasing her brothers and sisters and trying to get them in trouble.