Rhoda Mae Cline
MARION -- Rhoda Mae Cline, 81, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord at 5:45 p. m. Monday, June 21, 2004, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Rhoda was the daughter of Henry A. and Zella M. (Bedwell) Spence, and was born Sept. 25, 1922, in the Wolf Creek Community in Williamson County. Her parents preceded her in death as did her stepmother, Flossie Spence. She was united in marriage to Robert Frank Cline on Aug. 19, 1944, in Marion, and together sharing over 59 years of marriage. For many years Rhoda was a switchboard relief operator at the Illinois State Office Building in Marion, making many good friends down through the years. She was a member of Parish Park Baptist Church of Marion and a former longtime member and children's Sunday school teacher at Center Baptist Church of Crab Orchard. Rhoda's commitment to her family was exceeded only by her commitment to her Lord. She was a constant source of encouragement to her family and took great pride in their achievements. Rhoda will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Rhoda is survived by her husband, Robert F. 'Pete' Cline of Marion; two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis Ann and Harold Dean Hill of Marion and Brenda Mae and Larry Wall of Marion; four grandchildren and their spouses, Brad and Stacey Hill of Huntsville, Ala., Don and Terra Hill of Crab Orchard, Christina and Louie Johnson of Crab Orchard, and Doug and Jennifer Furlow of Williamsville; 10 great-grandchildren; two half brothers, Michael Spence and wife, Brenda of Benton, and Pat Spence and wife, Linda of West Frankfort; half sister, Henrietta Murphy and husband, Leonard of West Frankfort; nieces and nephews, other family members and many good friends. Services for Rhoda Mae Cline will be held at 7 p. m. today at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Tony Foeller officiating. Private burial will be Friday afternoon in Hillcrest Cemetery
in Carterville. Visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the funeral from 5 to 7 p. m. today at the funeral home.
CARBONDALE -- Steven Lee 'Steve' Howell, 50, died at 5:40 p. m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at home. Services will be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father Robert Flannery officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Friday at Meredith Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Bank of Carbondale for an Educational Fund for Kain or Alcoholics Anonymous.
GOLCONDA -- Helen E. Peak, 85, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, in Herrin. Services will be at 1 p. m. Friday at Aly Funeral Home in Golconda, with the Rev. Toby Williams officiating. Burial will be in I. O. O. F. Cemetery
in Golconda. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p. m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
HARRISBURG -- Anita Durant Dixon, 42, died at 10:45 p. m. Monday, June 21, 2004, in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Services will be at 1 p. m. Friday at Reed Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Darrell Ford officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home.
Roland U. Rogers
CAMBRIA -- Roland U. Rogers, 76, of Blairsville, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday, June 25, 2004, at Riggin- Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville. Burial will be in the Blairsville Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p. m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene in Murphysboro. Roland was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Chicago, to Floyd and Frieda (Scheonamann) Rogers. He married Dorothy Byrley on Feb. 21, 1946, in Chicago. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Cambria; son and daughter-in-law, Roland F. and Peggy Rogers of Carterville; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Donald Kerley of Cambria; five grandchildren, Jane Acevedo of Chicago, Sherri Smith of Joliet, Roland John Rogers of Chicago, Michelle Krcmar of Cambria, and Michael Krcmar of Cambria; three great-grandchildren, Justin Smith and Jessica Smith both of Joliet, and Natasha Acevedo of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother. Roland retired after 39 years from Hayes Distributing in Chicago, a distributor for Miller Brewing Company, where he worked as a truck driver. After his retirement he served as crossing guard at the Hurst-Bush school and presently was the school bus coordinator at the Herrin elementary, where he made sure that the kids got on the right bus. He was a member of the teamster local in Chicago. He honorably served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Murphysboro. Roland enjoyed going fishing, drawing and woodworking.
Eric and Rebecca Olson
MARION -- Eric William Olson, 39, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, and Rebecca Sue DeNeal Olson, 45, and died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at their home in Marion. A graveside memorial service will be at 2 p. m. Saturday at Blockhouse Cemetery, nine miles southeast of Harrisburg off of Illinois 34 near Rudement. Reed Funeral Chapel Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
HARRISBURG -- Bob Talkington, 67, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia. Burial will be in the Rhine Cemetery
in Raleigh. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p. m. today in the funeral home.
ANNA -- Mary Ellen Coffman, 83, died at 7:50 a. m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.
ENERGY -- Lucille Thornton, 88, of Energy, died at 11:35 p. m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, in Parkway Manor in Marion. Lucille was born May 26, 1916, in Marion to Eldon P. and Lydia Candis (Norman) Odum. She married John Thornton on April 18, 1951, in Arkansas. He survives of Energy. Mrs. Thornton, along with her husband, formerly owned and operated Thornton's Market in Herrin prior to their retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Energy. Survivors include her husband, John Thornton of Energy; son and daughter-in-law, Johnie L. and Marty Thornton of Herrin; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bob Stricklin of Marion; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Joyce Watson of Herrin; eight grandchildren; Russell and Jennifer Watson Jr. of Herrin, Steve and Kathy Watson of Herrin, Sheree Watson of Indiana, Debra and Steve Dingrando of Marion, John Allen and Denise Murry Jr. of Energy, Bryan and Amy Thornton of Columbus, Ohio, Chris Thornton of Herrin and Angela Thornton of Herrin; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Leana Odum of Marion; and nephew, Raymond McCormick of Marion. Her parents; first husband; Russell Watson, infant daughter; Delores Mae, four sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. Services were Wednesday in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Rev. Don Colson officiating. Entombment was in Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday in the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.
DU QUOIN -- Clara G. Ferguson, 80, died at 9:20 p. m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at the Jackson County Rehab and Care Center in Murphysboro. Arrangements are incomplete at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
JOPPA -- Larry Joe Meyers, 54, died at 8:10 p. m. Tuesday at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson's Funeral Home in Karnak.
CARTERVILLE -- Delores 'Dee' Fozzard, died Friday, February 28, 2003, at home. Services will be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday in Hillcrest Cemetery
in Carterville, with Dr. Dwayne Sheumaker officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.
Juanita A. Sloan
BENTON -- Juanita A. (Holmes) Fuson Sloan, 86, of Benton, died at 12:10 p. m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, in Severin Nursing Home in Benton. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday, June 26, 2004, at Immanuel Baptist Church, Benton, with Pastor Roger Ellsworth officiating. Burial will be in the Big Ridge Cemetery
in Harrisburg. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p. m. Saturday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Baptist Children's Home in Carmi and will be accepted at the church. Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Sloan was born Sept. 14, 1917, in Crawford, the daughter of Paul A. and Blenda (Newlin) Holmes. She was married to Robert C. Fuson Jr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1975, and later married Bluford Sloan, who preceded her in death in 1982. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton. She worked at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale library in the serial/cataloging department. She is survived by two sons, Robert and wife, Jody Fuson of Benton and William D. and wife, June Fuson of Carbondale; a daughter, Blenda Cleath of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren, Chad Fuson of Carbondale, Carrie Cox of Benton, Ben Fuson of Carbondale, Casey Fuson of Carbondale, Lars Cleath of Pittsburgh, and Nels Cleath, of Pittsburgh; and foster grandchild, Jack Knapper of Pittsburgh; three great-grandchildren, Kiley, Korben and Korinn Cox. Mrs. Sloan was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brothers, Russell Holmes, Lawrence Holmes, and sister, Ruby Fuson.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Ester Isabell Warren, 78, died at 12:05 p. m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Franklin Hospital in Benton. Services are incomplete at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort.
David R. Butler
MURPHYSBORO -- David R. Butler, 89, died at 3:35 p. m. in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born on Aug. 12, 1914, in Jackson County, the son of Francis Butler and Julia Boucher Butler. On Dec 24, 1941, he was married to Velma Crowell. Mr. Butler retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad (Now the Union Pacific) as supervisor of heavy equipment. He was a member of Lodge 498 AF & AM of Murphysboro and the United Methodist Church. He loved to fish and work in his garden, and he was especially fond of entertaining his great-grandchildren. Survivors include his daughter, Marcia Butler of Murphysboro; two grandchildren, Kellie S. Ellis of Gorham and Willard F. Ellis IV of Ava; two great-grandsons, Austin and Andrew Harris of Du Quoin; four brothers, Daniel Butler of Mascoutah, William of Red Bud, Walter of Mascoutah, and Urban Butler of Gorham; and one sister, Frances Hubbard of Niles, Mich. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma, in 2001, and by a brother Boyd Butler in 1989. Services will be at 11 a. m. today in the Crain Funeral Home Pleasant Grove Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested for the Masonic Children's Home in Murphysboro. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Josephine 'Bobbie' Andrews
EBENEZER -- Josephine 'Bobbie' Andrews, 83, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2004, at home. Josephine was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Jackson County Home Extension, Chester Hospital Auxiliary, Reid's Pinochle Card Club and was a Western Egyptian volunteer and a poll judge. She was born on Dec. 4, 1920, in Ebenezer, the daughter of Joseph and Corenne (Vogelsang) Vickers. The Rev. Taylor once said, 'Surely, Josephine Vickers was the most beloved child ever reared in Ebenezer. 'Because of serious illness at the age of 15, she was unable to complete her high school education. Proudly, at age 76, Josephine earned her GED with high honors. She married Chesteen Andrews on Nov. 18, 1939, in St. Charles, Mo. He preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1980. She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia and husband Walter Dierks of Atlanta, Nancy and husband Roy Dierks of Percy, and Sally Polosky of Ebenezer; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Ann Andrews also of Ebenezer; seven grandchildren, Michael and wife Tina Dierks, David Dierks, Dean and wife Denise Andrews, Carol Andrews, Glenn and wife Tammy Andrews, Matthew Polosky, and Carrie and husband David Holder, and Sheba (R. D. ); great-grandchildren, Nichole Andrews, Ashley Andrews and Chett Andrews; one sister, Mary Alice Lawder and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Joseph Glen Andrews; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and James Coffey, Florence and husband Ollie Stegelmeyer; brother and sister-in-law, John and Jessie Guthman; and brother-in-law, Shelby Lawder. Services will be held at 11 a. m. today at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Ebenezer, with the Rev. Cecil Dunning officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery
. Visitation will be from 9:30 a. m. to the time of service today at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Ebenezer. Memorial donations may be made to the family.
James M. Larry, Sr.
OLMSTED -- James M. Larry, Sr., age 82 of Olmsted, died at 3:15 p. m. Monday, June 21, 2004, at home. He was born on Aug. 16, 1921, in Cairo, the son of Jerry and Jennie (Grace) Larry. He married Gladys Rainwater on Oct. 28, 1945, and she survives. James had worked as an assistant director at Shawnee Development Council and later retired from Burkhart as a dispatcher. He was a master sergeant in the United States Army and served in Europe in World War II. He was a member and trustee of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Pulaski. He was also a member of the Louis Phares American Legion Post 178 of Villa Ridge, and the Caledonia Lodge 47 AF & AM. He served on the Mound City National Cemetery
Preservation Committee, the SIDEZ Committee and the Shawnee Empowerment Zone. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Larry of Olmsted; two sons, Jim and wife Brenda Larry of Olmsted, and Darrell and wife Fern Larry of Olmsted; one daughter, Sharon and husband Randy Neely of Olmsted; eight grandchildren, Shawn and wife Stacy Larry, Cedric Larry, Allen and wife Tina Jordan, Brad and wife Sharrol Jordan, Gail and husband Joe Dluky, Randel and wife Karen Neely, Sheena Neely, and Brian Neely; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles and Norman Larry. Services will be on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 11 a. m. at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, with the Rev. R. L. Robinson and the Rev. Terry Kern officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens with full military honors by the Louis Phares American Legion Post 178. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-9 p. m. at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. Masonic Rites by the Caledonia Lodge 47 AF & AM at 7:30 p. m. Memorials may be made to the Mound City National Cemetery
TILDEN -- Robert D. King, 55, died Monday, June 21, 2004, in Fairway Nursing and Rehab Center in Evansville, Ind. Services will be at 1 p. m. Thursday at Wilson's Funeral Home in Tilden, with the Rev. Wilbur M. Franklin Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Tilden City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. today and from 7:30 a. m. to 1 p. m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes. Association. Mr. King was a tech aid at Chester Mental Health. He was a member of Coulterville VFW 6865. He was a U. S. Army veteran of Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. He was born July 25, 2004, in Red Bud, the son of Clifford A. King and Ella Mae Snodgrass King. He married Thelma R. Rothwell on Dec. 1, 1967, in Chester. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2002. Survivors include one son David M. King of Evansville; one daughter, Christy J. King of Rockwood; two grandchildren, Sydney King and Colton King; one sister, Beverly Krueger of Salem and one brother, Carl G. King of Sparta. His parents and one brother, Lowell A. King, preceded him in death.
MARION -- Thelma W. Fowler, 101, of Marion, passed away at 3:05 p. m. Saturday, June 19th, 2004, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. She was born on March 2, 1903, in Champaign, the daughter of Nathan and Lola Grace (Smith) Wiles. Thelma met her husband in Champaign and was united in marriage to August L. 'Gus' Fowler on Aug. 10, 1924, in Champaign. Together they shared over 73 years until his death came on Nov. 29, 1997. Her working career was as a bookkeeper in her husband's law office for more than 50 years until her retirement. Thelma was a longtime and present oldest member of the First United Methodist Church of Marion. Some of the other organizations Thelma was actively involved with during her lifetime were the Fortnightly Club, Clio Club, P. E. O. Club and Marion Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by two nieces, Jeanne Hauck and her husband, Roland, of Florence, Ala., and Louise Bucher of Champaign; two nephews, Charles William Wiles of Lambertville, Mich., and Donald Arthur Wiles of Clearwater, Fla., also several other nieces and nephews, other family members; longtime friends and business associate, William J. and Clara Ruth Novick of Marion, and many life long friends. Those who preceded Thelma in death were her parents; husband, Gus Fowler; sister, Edna Gordon; brother, Harold Archie Wiles; niece, Catherine Gordon and nephew, John Gordon. Arrangements for Thelma W. Fowler have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St. in Marion, IL. The visitation will be held between 9 and 11 a. m. Friday, June 25, 2004, at the funeral home. Services will be at 11 a. m. Friday, at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home of Marion, with Pastor Victor Long presiding. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery
in Marion. For those who prefer memorial contribution may be made to the First United Methodist Church or organization of donor's choice and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P. O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. Contribution envelopes are available at the funeral home. For additional information please contact the funeral home by calling, (618) 993-2131.
NASHVILLE -- Opal M. Smith, 81, died at 3:25 a. m. Monday, June 21, 2004, in Washington County Hospital in Nashville. Services will be at 2 p. m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Bruce Graff officiating. Burial will be in Beaucoup Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church and will be received at Styninger-Krupp Funeral Home in Nashville. Styninger-Krupp Funeral Home in Nashville is in charge of arrangements.
WEST FRANKFORT -- Ester Isabell Warren, 78, of West Frankfort, died at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, in Franklin Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Union Funeral Home.
Virginia O. Yow
MURPHYSBORO -- Virginia O. Yow, 87, of Murphysboro, passed away at 7:08 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. Danny Boyd officiating. Interment will be held at McKinney Hill Cemetery
in Carbondale. Friends may call from noon until time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. Virginia was born Sept. 8, 1916, in Jonesboro, to Edward Jefferson and Lucinda Caroline (Ferris) Tompkins. She married James Edward Yow on Oct. 11, 1931, in Murphysboro. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1991. She is also preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Bill Eberhardt of Sun City, Ariz., Doris and Jim Presley of Murphysboro and Patsy 'Pat' and Stanley Dean of Carbondale; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Virginia was a Protestant. She was employed by the ammunition industry of the Odell area in Crab Orchard Refuge while her husband served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Virginia was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
Florence E. Burlison
SPARTA -- Florence E. Burlison, 82, died at 12:18 p. m. Monday, June 21, 2004, at St. Ann's Healthcare Center in Chester. Services will be at 10 a. m. Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Wilson's Funeral Home in Sparta, with Keith Anderson officiating. Services will be at 2 p. m. at the Maple Wood Cemetery
in Marion. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday and 7:30 to 10 a. m. Thursday at the funeral home.