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Harold Shirley ~ Herrin


Harold Shirley, 80, passed away peacefully Sunday May 3, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and dear friends.


Harold was born November 26, 1939 in De Soto, Illinois the son of the late Denzil and Pearl (Fann) Shirley.


He is survived by his children; Ryan and Emily Shirley and Cindy Halleran; sister Edith and husband Jerry Rosenberger; numerous grandchildren; and very dear friends Phyllis Gulley, Sheila Baseden and Dana Landtrip.


Harold was preceded in death by his parents Denzil and Pearl Shirley; wife Ruth Judd Shirley; brother Johnny Shirley.


Harold was a loving father, brother and friend and will be greatly missed.


A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Southern Illinois entrusted with arrangements.



Jose Acosta ~ Carbondale


José Acosta passed away Monday May 5, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.


José was born July 13, 1957 in San Salvador, El Salvador the son of the late Pedro Hernandez and Nicolasa Acosta.


José married Carla Sanchez on June 19, 1996. They have shared over 23 years of marriage.


He is survived by his wife Carla Acosta; daughter Sherry Acosta; granddaughter Sidney Dey; one brother; one sister and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends.


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.



Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.




Russell Fay Trimble ~ Carbondale


Russell Fay Trimble, Jr. died at home on April 28, 2020 of lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, a non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Born to Russell F. Trimble and Ormond Estelle


Peters in February 1927, in Montclair, New Jersey, he attended grade school in New Jersey and Staten Island, New York; high school in Brooklyn and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of


WWII and then earned his BS and PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was proud to trace his chemical genealogy to Antione Lavoisier.


His wife of 63 years, Natalie Jean Benda, preceded him in death in 2013. He is survived by his daughters:


Kirsten,Carol and Margaret; and his cats, Estelle and Apollo.


A Professor in the SIUC Chemistry Department from 1954 to 1993, he taught the introductory chemistry sequence, upper level inorganic chemistry courses, and chemical literature. He served on numerous departmental, college and university committees, including the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee. He was the faculty advisor to the Beta Psi chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the chemistry fraternity, and a 72-year member of the American Chemistry Society with a particular love for the History of Chemistry division. He also belonged to the Society of the Sigma Xi, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of University Professors, the Illinois Academy of Science, the American Translators Association, the National Science Teachers Association, and was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists. He enjoyed judging science fairs at the local and state level. He translated scientific articles from Russian and German to English. The sound of his typing in the evenings sent us to sleep many nights.


Russell helped found the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship when he and Natalie joined in 1954. He served as an officer for many of the early years of the Fellowship. He helped install the organ in the old building and helped paint at various times. He was a staunch member as the Fellowship grew to have a full-time minister.


After his retirement he volunteered at the Carbondale Public Library, only stopping when he could no longer get up from the floor easily at 92. He acted in both community theater and play readings at the behest of Chris Moe. He read at SIRRS for a brief time.


He was a man of wide-ranging interests including woodworking, music, military history, translating poetry, and Esperanto. A family friend remembers him as” gentle, caring, and thoughtful.”


A celebration of life will be held at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving memorials to the Humane Society of Southern Illinois C/O Pennies for Pets Fund 95 Humane Road Murphysboro, Illinois 62966: the History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society Office of Philanthropy 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036; or the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship 105 North Parrish Lane Carbondale, Illinois 62901. Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.




George Allen Edwards ~ Carbondale

George Allen Edwards, 86, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Carbondale.


George was born July 9, 1933, in Niagara Falls, Canada, the son of the late Jackson David and Georgina Irene (Keyes) Edwards.


He married the love of his life, Patty Pitman, on July 02,1960. They shared over 59 years of marriage.


George served in the National Guard, graduated from Valparaiso University, earned a Master’s in Education from Ball State University and his PhD in Education at Southern Illinois University. George was a wonderful, kind man who loved teaching and coaching. He believed in education and helping students achieve their best. He spent his years in the Illinois Department of Education as a superintendent at both Carbondale and Pinckneyville School Districts.


George enjoyed attending SIU basketball and football games and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan. He was a lover of nature and enjoyed fishing with family and friends, and spending time in Wisconsin and Michigan on vacation with family was always a highlight to every summer. He was a wonderful husband and father and we will cherish all the wonderful times we spent together.


George is survived by his wife Patty Edwards of Carbondale, sons Glenn Edwards and wife Traci of Carterville and Gary Edwards and husband Wade Rouse of Michigan, grandchildren Bryn Edwards and wife Blayn of Carterville and Connor Edwards of Carbondale, great grandchild Quynn Edwards of Carterville and his sister Joan McGinnis of Michigan City, IN.


He is preceded in death by his parents Jackson and Georgina Irene Edwards, Brothers Jake Edwards, Bob Edwards and Sister Barbara Kasprzk.


A Celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Memorial donations may be made to: https://www.booktrust.org




Ray Calvert Spees ~ Carbondale


Ray Calvert Spees,42, passed away Friday April 24, 2020 at his residence in Durham, North Carolina.

Ray was born May 10, 1977 in Carbondale, Illinois the son of Dr. Emil Ray and Dr. Edith (Calvert) Spees.


Ray was a 1995 graduate of CCHS. He attended Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, SIU, the University at Albany and North Carolina State. Ray was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity, an accomplished student of martial arts, a rowing coach and crew team member. Ray enjoyed international travel and studying both languages and cultures.


He is survived by his Parents Dr. Emil and Dr. Edith Spees, sister Elizabeth Spees Robinson, and nephews Logan and Trey Robinson, all of Murphysboro. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, many cousins, scores of dear friends, his international brothers/sisters, and the entire extended Hunter-Ellert family.


He will be interred in Bethel Cemetery, Salem, Kentucky with many generations of family.


Memorial donations may be made to:

The Science Center Fund 

held by the Southern Illinois Community Foundation 

at  www.sicf.org  


Delta Chi Alumni Scholarship Fund 

C/O SIU Foundation 

Colyer Hall 1235 Douglas Drive Carbondale, Illinois 62901


Bethel Cemetery Fund

Spees Family Contributions

c/o Bethel United Methodist Church

1416 Lola Rd, Salem, Ky 42078


Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.



Robert Allen Parker ~ Steelville


Robert Allen Parker,57, passed away peacefully Wednesday April 29, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and friends.


Robert was born in Sparta, Illinois the son of his late parents Louis Gentry and Theresa E. (Sheahan) Parker.


He married Anissa Hoelscher on July 14, 2001 in Ellis Grove, Illinois they have shared over 19 years of marriage.


Robert is survived by his wife Anissa Parker; children; Bradley Parker, Wesley Parker, Brandi Throop, Erica Absher, Lindsey Jungewaelter; grandchildren; Morgan Throop, Taylor Throop, Elizabeth Absher, Parker Murdock; brothers; Rick and Jessica Parker, John and Brenda Parker, Denny and Michelle Parker, Frank and Judy Parker; sisters; Mary and Gary Condor, Jan and Larry Guethle, Rose and Gen Bowen; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and dear friends.


He is preceded in death by parents Louis and Theresa Parker, brother Louis Parker Jr. grandchildren, Arin Absher, Landon Murdock, Madison Murdock, Natalyn Murdock, Scotty Murdock, Max Murdock, Zoey Morgan, Billy Thomas Morgan and four nephews.


There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.


Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.





Joan J. Urban

Joan J. Urban,79, passed away peacefully April 26, 2020 in Jonesboro Rehab and Health Center. She was born January 24, 1941 in Lemont, Illinois the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Frellahuski) Christopherson.


Joan is survived by her children; Debbie and Mike Jacobsen; Steve Urban; sisters; Nancy Thomas; Linda Murdaugh; Shirley Morgan; Ann Chambers; brother; Bob Chirstopherson; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.


She is preceded in death by her Parents Edward and Mary Christopherson. Per her wishes she will be cremated. A memorial service will be held in the future. Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.




James Charles Crouse ~ Carbondale


James Charles Crouse, aged 60, of Carbondale Illinois passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 21. Jim, “James Dean” was born in Chicago but grew up in Southern Illinois. He attended Carbondale Community High School and graduated in 1978. He pursued his passion for science and fitness at SIU, graduated with a degree in Exercise Science, and for the past fifteen years worked at the SIU Recreation Center in instructional programming teaching Boxing and Thai Boxing.


Jim was a passionate sports fan, had an encyclopedic knowledge of 70’s rock music, and was a dedicated lifelong student of the medical sciences.  If he thought you had an interest in something that he knew anything about (and even if you didn’t have an interest like with bigfoot sightings or ancient aliens) …the sharing would begin and the emails, texts and phone calls would flow. 


He didn’t care about a life of newspaper worthy accomplishments, epic life adventures or material possessions for himself but preferred to be, to use a boxing analogy, the “corner man”, encouraging others to keep up the good fight. If you were his family or friend, he celebrated you.


A fiercely loyal, faith filled person with the most tender and kind heart whose capacity for love was unmatched by most.  To him love and familial bonds were everything. He was the most devoted son to his parents, Jim and Maureen, and Uncle to his nephews Max Crouse, Spencer Pingleton, Michael Ryan Crouse, and Luke Pingleton. 


He leaves to cherish his memory and keep up the good fight, his brother Mike Crouse and wife Dana, his sister Kate and husband Daryn Pingleton, and brother Matt Crouse and wife Monica.


He is preceded in death by his parents Dr. James L. and Maureen T. Crouse.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Misericordia Home MFA #6185A


Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.





Frances Henrietta “Tootie” ~ Carbondale


The Story of Tootie


The life of Frances Henrietta Wesselmann is a story of love, laughter, and light. And it’s not over yet. 


Her story began in Monroe City, Missouri, in 1930, when she was brought into this world by her parents Marguerite “Grama Poose” Hilbert and Henry Hilbert. Her father dubbed her “Tootie” at an early age because she followed him around like a little train caboose. “Where’s my little Toot?” he was often heard to say. Tootie grew up on a turkey farm surrounded by animals, including her favorite horse Cricket. Her high school activities provide a window into the breadth and depth of Tootie’s love of life. While attending Monroe City High School, she played basketball, was in the glee and speech club, sang in the chorus, served on the yearbook staff, played trombone in the band, was a cheerleader, served as sports editor of the school paper, treasurer of her freshman and sophomore class, secretary of her junior class, and president of the graduating class of 1948.


Tootie graduated from Nurses Training at St. Mary’s Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, in 1951, received a B.S. degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in 1974, and a Master’s degree in Health Education from SIU in 1978. She thrived everywhere she lived from the smallest of towns to the largest of cities, including Belleville, Carbondale, Chicago, and Quincy, Illinois, and Kansas City and Monroe City, Missouri. She enjoyed two marriages with Dr. Bill Burton and Mr. Robert Wesselmann. In addition to her life-long career as a nurse, she also served as a probation officer in Jackson County, Illinois, the Chief Nursing Officer for Marion Penitentiary, and a realtor. The last years of her life were spent living with her daughters in Greensboro, NC and Elizabethtown, KY. Most recently, she was in the care of the wonderful staff at Atria Senior Living and Helmwood Healthcare in Elizabethtown, KY.


She attended many reunions with her favorite classmates through the years, was a natural-born storyteller, and was always up for a challenging debate. She was an avid reader, consumer of knowledge, loved swimming, boating on Crab Orchard Lake, playing cards, and Scrabble. Every year she found a way to purchase season tickets for herself and her children to attend the performances at SIU’s McLeod Theater. Performances were often followed by loud, laughter-filled dinners at Denny’s or ice-cream at the DQ “wall”. When streaking was hip in the early 1970’s she wrapped up her children in warm blankets and found them a spot alongside the downtown Carbondale strip to watch.


She served a short stint with the Peace Corps in Fiji and spoke fondly of her support of the Guatemala Mission Corps. Tootie was a lover of informal and formal education and was a passionate supporter of diversity, inclusion, and liberating the marginalized. After her kids were grown, Tootie befriended, supported, and loved many international students through the Center of International Education program at SIU. Her love of Carbondale, SIU, Giant City, and Paul Simon was fierce. 


She jokingly referred to herself as a “recovering Catholic” and her love for a spiritual power larger than life was always present. She introduced her children to all forms of religion and encouraged them to discover their own truths. Her religion aligned well with the Catholic spirituality centered on limitless love and expansive world views practiced today by Sisters Miriam Wesselmann and Florence Wesselmann, both School Sisters of Notre Dame.


Long before Nike and Yoda, Tootie raised her children in the spirit of “just do it” and “try is a four-letter word.” She loved to travel, had the greenest thumb around, was always up for anything, and inspired all those she met with her joy-embracing approach to life. Even after a double nursing shift at Carbondale Memorial Hospital, she would take a five-minute nap and then be ready to shoot out the door for a matinee movie. In 1990 her youngest daughter, who was researching marine mammal internships, told her that a scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA invited her to stop by if she was “ever in the area”. Tootie’s immediate response was, “well, you better get in the area.” Within an hour, her daughter was packed up in her Mom’s car, driving towards Provincetown, MA. To Dr. Clapham’s surprise, she arrived on the Center’s doorstep 23 hours later with coffee and scones in hand.


Tootie was beautiful, wise, witty, and challenged those she loved to embrace life to the fullest. When chatting with restaurant servers, she was often overheard saying, “I’m a vegetarian, but tonight I think I’m in the mood for the steak!” When told in 2018 that she was about to be a Great-Grandmother, her immediate reaction, said with a smile, was, “I already am a great Grandmother!” 


Tootie’s story continues through her children Fabio Burton, Kaye and Tim Giles, Paul Wesselmann and Jamie Markle, and Mia Su and John Cary; her grandchildren Jessica Burton, Jamie and Fred Rodgers, Andrew and Hannah Giles, Casey Giles, Jesse Giles, Dakota Cary, Carson Cary, and Grant Cary; her great-grandson Charles Rodgers and soon to arrive great-grandson, Hudson Giles.


She passed away peacefully and is currently in heaven playing gin rummy by day and bridge by night.


Following her wishes, her body was donated to the SIU School of Medicine. A celebration of her life will be held later this year. Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. Expressions of love can be made in the form of donations to either The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute or Richard Buckminster Fuller Dome Home.












Thornton Douglass ~ Carbondale 

Thornton was born June 2, 1924 to Dr. Frank and Hattie Mae Douglass in Chicago.  He spent his early years on the south side of Chicago and then attending Calumet High School.  After graduating, he took courses at Morgan Park Jr. College and then enrolled at The University of Illinois, before enlisting in the army in 1943.  He was a medic in France after landing at Normandy.


He married Mariann Clark in 1945 while on leave.  Thornton and Mariann celebrated their 74 th anniversary on December 21.


After his discharge from the service, Thornton and Mariann moved to Champaign to attend the University of Illinois.  After graduating in 1949 with a degree in bacteriology, Thornton got a job in Chicago at Armour Pharmaceutical Co. where he first worked to develop a polio vaccine.


Their daughter, Linda, was born in 1949.  They bought 80 acres in Indiana and began building their own home on the property and planting hundreds of trees.  Daughter, Donna, was born in 1952.  Shortly afterwards, Armour built a plant in Kankakee, forcing them to sell the property and move to Park Forest, IL.  They raised their daughters there.


After 30 years with Armour, Thornton retired and took a job in Puerto Rico with Johnson & Johnson.  They spent 10 wonderful years there before retiring to their farm in Carbondale, IL.


Thornton is survived by his wife Mariann,  daughter, Donna Brandt (David), Granddaughters Katie Fischer (Jeremy) and Kari Firak(John) and great-grandchildren, Owen, Etta, Max and Lola.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Vogenthaler.


Thornton loved Dixieland music, often playing his trumpet in various bands.


His parents built a cottage on the shores of Lake Huron in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.  Many happy vacations have been spent there over the years.  Thornton will be buried in the Southampton Cemetery with a family celebration at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Southern Illinois would be appreciated




Joe Lee Ellis - Carbondale

Joe Lee Ellis, 60, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday April 18, 2020 at 6:56 am in Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale.


Joe was born November 3, 1959 in Carbondale to the late Harold Lee and Dorothy Mae (Cook) Ellis.


He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles.


Joe is survived by his two brothers; Keith and Noralee Ellis of Carbondale; Kenny and Clara Ellis of Carbondale; sister Debbie and Mark Dousman of Carbondale; daughter Heather Ellis of DeSoto; five nieces Mallory and Mike Hartman; Ashotn and Jared Clutts: Amber and Kyle Reed; Kristen and Jerod Bathon; Katie and Kyle Stearns of Buffolo, NY;  great nephews; Bryson Reed; Alex  and Avery Hartman; great nieces Brynlee Reed and Kennedy Clutts and many more dear family and friends.


Joe was a member of Murdale Baptist Church of Carbondale. He was an Avid Cardinal Fan and loved his family dearly.


There will be a private graveside ceremony with Reverend Paul Hicks officiating.


Memorials may be made to Murdale Baptist Church P.O. Box 1000 Carbondale, Illinois 62903 or Hospice of Southern Illinois 204 Halfway Road Marion, Illinois 62959.


Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements


“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”             




Philippians 4:7



Charles “Chalkie” Hall ~ Carbondale


Chalkie” Hall 77, died Friday April 17, 2020 in his home.


He was born March 28, 1943, to Charles and Alma (Dodds) Hall.


Charles is survived by one sister Janice (Jim) Judd of DeSoto, and those who he was affectionally known as Uncle Bobo, Nephews Charlie (Amber) Judd of Desoto, Scott (Jen) Judd of Pittsburg, Nieces Vonda (Marc) Strandquist of Kissimmee Fl, Sondra (Roy) Harris of Carbondale, Jamie (Curtis) Turner of DeSoto. He is also survived by 10 great nieces and nephews and 6 great- great nieces and nephews.  One aunt, Sharon Lambert of Washington Mo. Friend Kathy Hall of Carbondale and all his buddies at Crab Orchard Golf Course.

Charles retired from the US Postal Service after many years of delivering mail. Charles also served his country in the US Army.


He enjoyed golfing, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and playing cards at the Golf Course with his many friends.  He also enjoyed going on motorcycle trips especially to the Smokey Mountains.


Cremation rites will be accorded, and no public service will be conducted. Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.

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Eugenia Thomasina Poulos


CarccarOn March 27, 2020, Eugenia T. Poulos passed away at the age of 83.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John Poulos; her sister, Helen Blanchard; her daughters, Margaret and Katherine Poulos; sons-in-law, Adam Gerber and Steve Gough; and granddaughters, Erica Deichen and Anna Gerber.

Genie was born on Dec. 4, 1936 in Amsterdam, New York, to Thomas and Margaret Kansas. She got her undergraduate degree at Rochester University, then went to Northwestern University Medical School where she was one of four women in a class of 120 students. She met John who was a pediatric resident. They were married on the day she graduated from medical school.

They moved to Carbondale, Illinois, in 1962 and started a family. Genie initially practiced general medicine at SIU health center until 1972. For three years she did a residency in Dermatology at Washington University in St. Louis. She and John served the people of Southern Illinois at the Carbondale Clinic with devotion for many years. She treated thousands of patients in our community, trying to reverse all the sun damage she so passionately disliked.

She will be remembered for her love of gardening, in particular roses; for being a good neighbor and friend; for her love of animals, especially her black cats. She enjoyed spending time at Gulf Shores, Alabama and at her cabin in Midland Hills, which reminded her of upstate New York. She was a wonderful teacher to her staff of amazing nurses. She was a devout Christian and a member of St. John of Damascus Orthodox Mission Church.

Genie was a strong, hardworking, loving wife, mother, grandmother and doctor. She appreciated her caregivers who so lovingly took care of her during her last days.

Due to the epidemic, a very small private funeral service will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind or CurePSP.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


Rachel Sanders~ Royalton

Rachel Sanders, 32, passed away Thursday February 27, 2020 in a tragic accident.

Rachel was born January 20, 1988 in Carbondale the daughter of Mark Eugene Sanders and Karen Elizabeth (Keeney) McBride.

She loved taking care of people which lead to her career path as a Home Health Worker. She was a loving mother who had an old soul.

Rachel is survived by her; mother Karen McBride; children; Brody Darter; Olivia Overturf; Luke Chance; fiancé Alex Chance; sister Devon Walker; brother; Joseph Holland; Kenneth” Bub” Brandon and many other loving relatives and dear friends.

She is preceded in death by; father Mark Sanders; grandparents; Delores Brandon; Joseph Sanders; Freida and William Keeney; brother William Michael Keeney.

A Celebration of Rachel’s life will be held Friday March 6, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Hurst Illinois.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Hurst entrusted with arrangements. 


Homer Parker ~ Hurst

Homer Parker, 84, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Wednesday February 5, 2020 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

Homer was born April 12, 1935 in Cottontown, Tennessee the son of the late James Parker and Rachel (Creekmore) Fann.

He married Betty (Martin) Howard on December 30, 1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They shared over 54 years of marriage.

Homer is survived by his wife Betty Parker of Hurst; children David (Barbara) Parker, Mary (Joe) Gordon, Anna (Nort) Epley, Betty (Tom) Robison, Nancy (Dennis) Juvers. Siblings; Bessie Mann, John (Jean) Fann, Jimmy (Phyllis) Fann, Beverly (JD) McClure, Jackie (Jeff) Harvey, Victor (Kathy) Fann, Priscilla Jones, Connie Macke and ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren and many family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents James Parker and Rachel Fann, stepfather Archie Fann, siblings Lois “Lovie” Gholson, Bill Parker, James Parker and Vernon Fann.

Services will be Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home of Hurst with Pastor Greg Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  prior to the service.



Jason Tanner ~ Carbondale

Jason Tanner, 46, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends on Tuesday February 4, 2020 in Murphysboro, Illinois.

Jason was born September 6, 1973 in Herrin, Illinois the son of Richard F. Tanner and Barbara (Livergood) Skelton.

He is survived by his mother Barbara Skelton; father Richard Tanner; sisters April Tellor, Becky Kimmel and Michelle Smith. Also, many niece’s and nephew’s and so many friends across the United States.

Services will be Monday February 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale with Interment at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service.



Carl J. Johnson

Carl J. "CJ" Johnson, 89, of Murphysboro, IL, passed peacefully into eternal rest on the 27th of January 2020, in the comfort of his own home. Carl breathed his last breath with family at his side, knowing that his Eternal Soul would be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and savior.

Carl was born in Carbondale, IL on January 9th, 1931 to Chester Sydney Johnson and Mary Margaret (Underhill) Johnson. Carl was an adventurous, hardworking, and patriotic young man. Growing up during the Depression, Carl learned the value of hard work and perseverance as he began working at a young age delivering papers and working at other odd jobs. He learned early on the responsibility of service and love of country as Carl watched many of his brothers go off to serve in World War II. Being too young to enlist for service in the war, Carl collected metal and materials for the war effort with his neighborhood buddies.


Carl graduated from Carbondale Community High School in 1949 and then immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force. After basic training, Carl shipped out to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Carl was a clerk and an IBM technician at the base; whose function was a major supply depot for the war in Korea. Clark AFB at that time was used as a base of operations by US and Filipino troops to defeat the Communist Huck Rebellion. Carl and his fellow Airmen

repelled Communist invaders who tried to break through the base perimeter and steal ordinance from the ammo bunkers.


After the war and his time in the military, Carl took a job working and traveling with Automatic Electric. He traveled the country working as a construction Foreman building some of the first GTE switching facilities for local and long-distance telephone service. He retired from GTE with 40 years of service.


Carl had two children, Tierney M (Johnson) Montgomery and Timothy Carl Johnson, by his first wife who was tragically killed in an automobile accident that claimed his wife's mother as well.


Carl married Mary Ann (Harbauer) Roberts on December 26th, 1964. Mary Ann had two children from her first marriage, Richard L. and Stephen E. Mary Ann's first husband died of cancer at a young age.


Carl and Mary Ann then had three more boys, Jeffrey Scott, Gregory Alan, and Brian Jay. Gregory Alan was tragically lost to this world on June 17th, 1992.


Carl enjoyed telling jokes and making those around him laugh. He grew daylilies by the hundreds, cross-pollinating and germinating them lovingly all by hand... Just for fun! Carl had a magnetic personality and radiated warmth wherever he went even if it was just to his cardiac rehab class and he was truly loved by all.


Carl is survived by his wife Mary Ann of 55 years, sons Brian Jay (Emily) Johnson of Murphysboro IL, Jeffrey Scott Johnson of Milton, FL, Richard L(Jill) Johnson of North Richland Hills, TX, Stephen E (Hilan) Johnson of Warrington, PA, Timothy Carl (Cindy) Johnson of Valrico, FL, and one daughter Tierney Margaret (Johnson) [Ed] Montgomery Tampa, FL. Carl was a loving grandfather to Lucas, Olivia, Grant, Alex, Hannah, Julie, Ryan, Stephen, Lauren, Audrey, Annabelle, Natalie, Catherine, Iian, Cassie, Kristina, Jena, Josh, Nicole, and many great-grandchildren.


Carl was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brothers Chester, James, Harold(infant), Charles, Jack, Billy Lee, Richard, Jimmy(infant), and his beloved son Gregory Alan.


In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be given to Honor Flight of Southern Illinois. https://


The Johnson family would like to extend our sincerest thank you to the staff and medical personnel of Residential Hospice, Carbondale Memorial Hospital, St Joseph Hospital of Murphysboro and a special thank you to Carl's personal physician Dr. Anad Salem, his endoscopist Dr. Shiva Marulendra and all the cardiac rehab staff who visited Carl in the hospital and helped celebrate his 89th birthday.


No public services are planned. Carl's family will observe a celebration of his life later in the year.






Max E. Johnsey ~

Max E. Johnsey,34. passed away January 18, 2020 at his residence in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Max was born April 28, 1985 the son of Michael J. Johnsey and Lisa Faye Gregory.

Max loved playing softball at Murphysboro Riverside Park and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the New England Patriots.

He is survived by his Father and Stepmother Michael and Heather Johnsey of Murphysboro; Mother Lisa Bryant  of Herrin, Illinois; wife Brook Vogelsang of Carmel, Indiana; Children; Jayden and Clayton Johnsey of Carmel, Indiana; brothers; Harley and Olivia Hand of Murphysboro; Anthony and Christina McKimmy of Wichita, Kansas ; Robert and Micah Jennings of Murphysboro, Illinois; Deben Jennings of Murphysboro, Illinois; mother in law Leann Vogelsang of Carmel, Indiana; nephews Braiden McKimmy of Wichita, Kansas  and Karsyn Ellis of Murphysboro, Illinois and many aunts, uncles, cousins  so many dear friends and extended  family.

A Celebration of Max’s life will be held Saturday February 1, 2020 at Mt. Carbon Church of God 335 Wells Street Murphysboro, Illinois from 11-1. Service will be at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Frank Cano Officiating.


Max had a huge heart and loved all his family and friends, those of us lucky enough to have crossed paths with him were blessed in so many ways.



Ray Page Soliday ~ Carbondale


Ray Page Soliday, 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Monday January 13, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Ray was born April 21, 1962, in Litchfield, Illinois the son of the late Page and Ruth (Starwalt) Soliday.

He married Carol Barker for 25 years. Ray worked at the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Ray is survived by his wife Carol Soliday of Carbondale; son Travis and daughter Cassandra and husband Matt McCart of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents Page and Ruth Soliday and his wife Michelle Beard.

Ray was a true “renaissance man” and a philosophical space cowboy. He loved God, family and friends, and searching for answers to the mysteries of the universe. His motto was to acknowledge anyone you meet and to help them in dire circumstances since somewhere down the road you may need help, as well.

Through life, Ray, a humble man, marched to his own beat of a different drummer. He loved the outdoors, farming, intellectual pursuits, movies, music, family activities, and pets.

Activities through his life included assistant softball coach, 4-H leader, Hardin County Ambulance EMTA Volunteer, Hardin County ESDA and Sheriff’s Auxiliary, and Lifetime Member of Cave-in Rock Masonic Lodge, a legacy from his father, Page W. Soliday

A dreamer in search of a sailboat, we know he's sailing somewhere right now with his doggie pals, Hambone and Kilo, and his horsed looking on from the shore.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements




Bryan Babb ~ Carbondale

Bryan Babb, 71, passed away Thursday December 26, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale

Bryan was born September 9, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Amos and Willa Babb.

Bryan was a very talented artist which lead him to open and operate Babb Signs in Carbondale for over 39 years. He also played for the very well-known Roy Hawk Band for many years. He loved art and music. He was an iconic figure in the Carbondale area that will be missed by so many.

Per his wishes he was cremated, and no services will be held.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 




James Crider ~ Anna

James Crider, 49, passed away January 3, 2019 in Carbondale.

James was born January 13, 1971 in San Juan, Texas the son of the late Harold and Mary Lee (Bracken) Crider.

He is survived by his daughter; Shalee Rose Rain; brothers; Gary Day and Clifford Self; Sisters; Carol Anne, Marilynn Simmons Crider, Tina Shahand and many nieces’ nephews and other relatives and friends.

James loved carpentry and woodworking but was very passionate with being outdoors with his family enjoying hunting and fishing. James one true love was his motorcycle.  

A Celebration of life will be held Saturday January 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Rose’s Bourbon Rail in Gorham, Illinois. The family would like everyone one to come and celebrate James Life. 



Jamanaben Naginbhai Patel ~ Carbondale

It is with a heavy heart to inform you that Jamanaben Naginbhai Patel of Samthan (Carbondale, IL) Daughter of Chotubhai Nathubhai & Vajyaben Patel (Ruva)

Passed away today January 1st, 2020. She was Born On October 27th 1938 In Ruva,India.

Jamanaben was very loving, caring, giving, and hardworking person. She will always be remembered and cherished for her unconditional love for everyone.

She was survived by Her Daughter-in-law Minaben Bipinbhai Patel (Samthan)(Carbondale, IL)

Daughters: Bhartiben H. Patel (Lubbock,TX) and Induben K. Patel (Houston,TX)

Grandsons: Nirav & Hetal Patel (Samthan) (Carbondale, IL)

Navil & Priya Patel (Samthan) (Carbondale, IL)

Great grandkids: Meera, Sydney, Milan, & Kayla

Bhatrija: Hasmukhbhai B. Patel

Brother: Kantubhai C. Patel (United Kingdom, London)

Sister: Santaben M. Patel (Dallas, TX) 



Friday, January 3rd 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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112 S. Poplar Street 

Carbondale, IL 62901


Saturday January 4th  

10:00 am

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Victoria Jane (Allsup) Moore ~ Hurst

Victoria Jane (Allsup) Moore, 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday November 22, 2019

Victoria was born August 14, 1948 in Berkley, California the daughter of the late Gene Dixon and Margaret Jane (Hester) Allsup.

She is survived by her children; Jennifer J. Mason; Barbara A. (Tony) Martine; Terry Maxwell (Katie) Moore ; grandchildren; Kelcie (Nick) Wolosyzn; Paige Victoria Wallace; Anna Victoria Fey; Cameron Jay Martine; great grandson; Leo Pulliam; siblings; David Gene Allsup; Ron Sean Allsup; many nieces, nephews other relatives and many dear friends. Terry Moore and Victoria were married for many years and continued to be dear friends after their divorce.

Victoria is preceded in death by her parents Gene and Jane Allsup; her brother Michael Allsup and sister Elizabeth Allsup.

A Celebration of life will be Tuesday November 26, 2019 at Walker Funeral Home of Hurst from 4 -7 p.m.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Hurst entrusted with arrangements.




Antonette “Toni” MacDonald ~ Carterville

Antonette "Toni" T. MacDonald, 69, passed away at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Toni received a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics/clothing and textiles in 1972 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master of science in clothing and textiles in 1973 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

She went on to provide academic services to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in various forms including academic instruction, academic advisement, and administration for Clothing and Textiles as well as Vocational Education. She went on to pursue her doctoral degree in Vocational Education Studies and received her doctorate May 1995. In 1999, she began working for Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana. In 2004, she went to Lewis University in Romeoville. She left Lewis University for the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in 2009. She retired in 2014.

She was born Sept. 20, 1950, in Herrin, to Daniel A. and Theresa (Ruffino) Miriani.

Toni was united in marriage with Robert F. MacDonald on Sept. 16, 1972, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. He survives.

Keep reading for FREE!Enjoy more articles by signing up or logging in. No credit card required.Log in Sign upSurviving are husband, Robert "Bob" MacDonald of Carterville; sons, Daniel (Sarah) MacDonald of Carterville and James MacDonald of Fishers, Indiana; daughters, Terri (Brett) Murphy of Birmingham, Alabama, and Christy MacDonald of Champion's Gate, Florida; two grandchildren; and numerous grandpets; and sister, Patricia M. Serati of Taylor, Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to The Lions Club - Sight First Program, P.O. Box 174, Carbondale, IL 62903.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale are entrusted with arrangements.



L.  Ray Crawshaw ~ Rural Elkville

Ray Crawshaw, 87, passed away peacefully Sunday November 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at his home.

Ray was born April 9, 1932, in Somerset Township, Illinois the son of the late Glenn and Lola (Bullar) Crawshaw.

He married his high school sweetheart Jennie (Cecil) Crawshaw on November 23, 1951 in Ocala, Arkansas. They shared over 68 years of marriage.  Ray worked at SIU for over 29 years as a Refrigeration Engineer before retiring in 1993. He was an avid fisherman and loved crappie fishing.

He is survived by his wife Jennie Crawshaw of rural Elkville; children; Lonnie Crawshaw of Anna ; Kathy and Jim Tuthill of Kingman, Arizona; Teresa and Greg Hughes of Murphysboro; grandchildren; Marsha (Dusty) Doan; Trisha Crashaw; Jamie (Preston)Hicks; Ryan (Desiree) Tuthill; Jeremy Hubbs; Jenna Hubbs; great grandchildren; Evan Hicks; Derrik Hicks; Dylan Hicks; Eli Hicks; Kaylin Calhoun and Jayden Hubbs; sister Sharlynn Albon; aunt Ruby Nausley; brother in law; Louie (Judy) Cecil; sister in law Rachel Moore; and many nieces and nephew, cousins too numerous to mention. He loved them all.

Visitation will be Wednesday November 13th, 2019 from 11-12 at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Services will be at 12:00 at the funeral home with Reverend Danny Boyd officiating. Interment will be at DeSoto Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois 204 Halfway Road Marion, Illinois 62959


 Georgia Aileen DeFrank ~ Florida

Georgia Aileen DeFrank, 95, was called home on Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 1:50 p.m. surrounded by her loving family at Suncoast Hospice in Largo, Florida.

Georgia was born September 10, 1924, Carbondale, Illinois the daughter of the late George and Hattie (Biggs) Fore.

She married Victor DeFrank on February 14th, 1946 in Woodriver, Illinois. They shared over 50 years of marriage till his passing on November 16, 1996.

Georgia is survived by her children; Victor “Danny” and wife Linda DeFrank of Waxahachie, Texas; Vicki DeFrank of St. Petersburg, Florida; Pam DeFrank – Blayney of Peoria, Illinois;

grandchildren; Michael and wife Brittany DeFrank of Waxahachie, Texas; Brandon and wife Kristen Blayney of  Peoria, Illinois ; Kristopher (two tours in the Marines) and wife Whitney Blayney of Peoria, Illinois; great grandchildren; Baylen, Bowen, Bevan Mae all of Waxahachie, Texas; Noah and Miles Blayney of Peoria, Illinois; Weston, Georgia Lu and Harper Susan Blayney  all of Peoria, Illinois;

son in law; Brad Wingate Tempe, Arizona.  In addition to an extended family Georgia left a legacy of friends that fell in love with her smile, charm, dignity, Godly faith and her wonderfully kind way and witty humor.

She is preceded in death by her Parents George and Hattie Fore; husband Victor DeFrank; youngest daughter Susan DeFrank who lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer January 31, 2005.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Carbondale from 1961-2011 when she moved to Peoria and eventually St. Petersburg, Florida.

Memorial Donation may be made to Drury Church 781 Drury Road Carbondale, Illinois 62902

A Celebration of Georgia’s life will Sunday November 10, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Drury Church with Pastor Stephen Combs officiating. Interment will be following at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 






Elisabeth Jean Leighty ~ Carbondale

Elisabeth Jean Leighty, 74, passed away peacefully Saturday October 21, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at Stonebridge Nursing Home in Benton, Illinois.

Elisabeth was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of the late Gerald and Elisabeth (Pinkerton) Leighty.

She graduated from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.    Elisabeth was a lifelong member of St. Andrews Episcopal Anglican Church in Carbondale. She also was a Chapter Regent for six years for the Daughters of American Revolution, and a member of the Daughters of American Colonists, Descendants of Washington Army at Valley Forge and Volunteered at the Marion VA medical Center, and the American Red Cross Blood drives.

She is survived by her half siblings; Eldon Leighty of Oklahoma; Elaine Weyers of Iowa and Janet Leighty ~Nelson of Minnesota.

Services will be Thursday October 24, 2019 at St. Andrew Episcopal Anglican Church, 402 West Mill Street, Carbondale at 1:00 p.m. with Father Dale Coleman officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.


Huffman Harker Walker Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 


Michael Albert Kondzella

CARBONDALE — Michael Albert Kondzella, 92, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

Mike was born June 9, 1927, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to Michael Nicholas and Gertrude (Landowski) Kondzella. Upon graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he received his bachelor's degree and immediately enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War II.

Upon completing his military obligation, he returned to school, earning a law degree from Rutgers and later a master's in chemistry from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.

Michael had a long career practicing patent law for a number of law firms in New York City; Elkhart, Indiana; Chicago; Shaker Heights, Ohio; and the Los Angeles area, as well as a private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Circumstances necessitated that Mike move closer to family in 2016, and he chose Carbondale, where he could retain a degree of independence at Prairie Living at Chautauqua. There he happily spent his last few years. Living in the same community as his daughter and son-in-law, Mike was able to continue activities he enjoyed most: maintaining Rotary membership, playing his viola in the Logan community orchestra and being an active member of Epiphany Lutheran Church. He made friends wherever he went, and his friends played an important role in helping him maintain an active lifestyle and a new sense of community.

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Mike is survived by his children, Valerie (Dan) Theisen of Lake Orion, Michigan; Kate (Jim) Renshaw of Carbondale; Toby (Lisa) Kondzella of Chesapeake, Virginia and Patrick Kondzella of Los Angeles, California, as well as grandchildren, Seth and Dana Milam and Elizabeth, Michael and Thomas Kondzella.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frederick Kondzella; sons, Dana Frederick and Michael Joseph and his wife and mother of their children, Barbara (Dalrymple) Kondzella; and wife, Maureen Bisanz.

Mike's faith in the Lord was unwavering. He expressed that faith through his loving acceptance of others and volunteering much of his time to humanitarian causes.

It was his wish to be cremated. Pastor Paul Waterman will be officiating a 2 p.m. memorial service this Saturday, Oct. 19, at Epiphany Lutheran Church. Following the memorial service there will be a time of fellowship and light refreshments. There will also be a celebration of Mike's life at Prairie Living at Chautauqua, time is pending. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.




Terry Anne Locke ~ Carbondale

Terry Anne (Jefferson) Locke, 67, passed away early on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, from complications of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Terry was born in West Lafayette, IN, to Thomas Bradley and Carolyn Jefferson, on September 30, 1952. Her two older brothers, Tom and Rick, aged 4 and 2 respectively, got to chime in on the name of their younger sister, which is how she came to have the name “Terry” spelled with a “y.” In 1958, when Terry was 6 years old, the family moved to Fayetteville, AR. Terry struggled at first with her teachers’ strong accents, but quickly came into her own and by high school was performing in musicals like “The Music Man” (as Marian the Librarian) and in the singing troupe “The Choralettes.” In 1969, when her parents moved to Carbondale, IL, Terry was allowed to stay in Fayetteville with the family of a friend to finish her senior year of high school.

Terry was independent and adventurous. In 1978, after finishing her Bachelors in Science at the University of Northern Colorado and student teaching for a year in Milwaukee, WI, she moved across the ocean to Germany to help her oldest brother care for her niece and nephew. She went on to manage a child care center and then teach at the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DODDS) for American military families stationed in Germany. She ended up spending nearly ten years abroad, during which time she traveled across Europe and the world and made friendships and memories that lasted her a lifetime.

She came back to the United States in 1987 to marry W. A. Locke III, with whom she had their son William Alexander Locke IV in 1988. They lived for a time in Alexandria, VA, where she taught at the Islamic Saudi Academy, teaching science to bright young students from all over the Middle East. After a divorce, she and Alex moved to Carbondale, IL where they stayed with her parents while she earned a Masters of Arts in Microbiology at Southern Illinois University. Shortly afterwards she and Alex moved to St. Charles, MO, where she taught Biology and AP Biology at St. Charles West High School until her retirement in 2010. In 2017, Terry moved back to Carbondale, IL, to Century Assisted Living, near her brother Rick and sister-in-law Dori Jefferson, and where she could also enjoy regular visits from her nephew Thomas Jefferson.

The common thread in talking to family and friends is that Terry was always down for anything, always ready for an adventure. Her courage emboldened others; her belief in people brought out the best in those around her. She was independent, strong, considerate, fun-loving, and kind. She loved her life, and loved the people she shared it with.

Terry is survived by her two older brothers, Tom Jefferson and Rick Jefferson; sisters-in-law Valerie (Reese) Jefferson and Dori (Keck) Jefferson; and nieces and nephews: Dale, Mary and Tij of Tom’s family and Ethen, Delaney, and Thomas of Rick’s. She is also survived by former husband W. A. Locke III, their son William Locke, and W. A.’s daughter Laura Locke-Strauser and her three children Olivia, Charlotte, and Mavis, all of whom knew and loved their “Grandma Terry.”

The family is holding a memorial service on Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale,
310 S. University Avenue in Carbondale, IL, with a reception afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, any who wish may donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, either through the following web address, http://act.alz.org/goto/TerryLocke, or by mailing a donation to:


Alzheimer’s Association
9370 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132
Memo: On behalf of Terry Locke


Ty Allan Klotz ~ Carbondale

Ty Allan Klotz, 57, passed away Wednesday September 25, 2019 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale surrounded by his loving family.

Ty was born October 26, 1961, Oelwein, Iowa the son of Lloyd and Nadine (Taylor) Klotz.

He is survived by his mother Nadine, sister Shera, brother Christopher and wife Sylvia Klotz, nephew Michael Klotz; his children Jordan, Jenee and Hunter.

Ty leaves behind his loving partner Robin and her children; Aaron, Hannah, Ryan & Katie to celebrate his memory and cherish the time they had together.

He is preceded in death by his father Lloyd Klotz.

The family wishes to thank his care team at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for their expert and compassionate support in his final days.

In memory of Ty, memorial donations may be made to The Friends of Carbondale Public Library 405 West Main Street Carbondale, Illinois 62901.

Ty died as he lived; on his own terms. At his request no services are planned.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold

Her hardest hue to hold,

Her early Leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. 



Dr. Robert “Todd” Baysinger

CARBONDALE — Dr. Robert “Todd” Baysinger, 95, died peacefully, in the early morning of Sept. 29, 2019, in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, while his family kept vigil.

Todd was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Centralia, to Ralph Waldo and Mary Marguerite George Baysinger. The family relocated to Carbondale, and Todd graduated from Carbondale Community High School in 1941.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, Todd entered Southern Illinois University and graduated in 1948. He graduated from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago, in 1952. After an internship in Indianapolis, he returned to Carbondale and went into general practice at the Carbondale Clinic and Doctor's Hospital.

Todd was a respected member of the old guard of physicians who built the foundation for the medical community in Carbondale. He spent most of his practice as an obstetrician and delivered thousands of babies. He finished his practice at the VA Hospital in Marion, as the Director of Outpatient Services. He retired in 1989.

Todd loved playing golf and was an avid sports (any sports) fan; a legacy to his four daughters. He loved music and playing cards, and was a long time member of the Jackson Country Club and the Elks.

He married Patricia Lewis Rose on June 26, 1949. They just observed their 70th anniversary. She survives him, as do his four daughters and their families: Robin (Dan Siegfried), Sam (Jessica) and Hannah; Sarah (Francis Schmit), Sydney (Hunter), Ian, and Evan; Jane (Patrick McGarry), Gage (Alicia), and Matthew (Brittney); and Mary, Emily (Nick), Caitlin (Daryl), and Colin; and his great-grandsons Kai, Miles, Ethan, and Asher.

In deference to Todd's wishes, there will be no visitation or services.

Memorial donations may be made to: SIH Foundation, 1239 E. Main St., P.O. Box 3988, Carbondale, IL 62902-3988 or www. SIH.net/foundation, in memory of Robert P. Baysinger.

In the words of the family, "We will miss his terrific sense of humor, and his uncanny ability to catch a glass of milk, mid-tip, while never missing a bite of his meal. He did, indeed, have a wonderful life."





Ty Allan Klotz ~ Carbondale

 Ty Allan Klotz, 57, passed away Wednesday September 25, 2019 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, surrounded by his loving family.

Ty was born October 26, 1961, Oelwein, Iowa the son of Lloyd and Nadine (Taylor) Klotz.

He is survived by his mother Nadine, sister Shera, brother Christopher Klotz, sister-in-law Sylvia Klotz, and  nephew Michael Klotz; his children Jordan, Jenee, and Hunter; and Autumn, and Zach. 

Ty leaves behind his loving partner Robin and her children: Aaron, Hannah, Ryan & Katie to celebrate his memory and cherish the time they had together. 

He is preceded in death by his father Lloyd Klotz.

The family wishes to thank his care team, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, for their expert and compassionate support in his final days. 

In memory of Ty, memorial donations may be made to The Carbondale Public Library 405 West Main Street Carbondale, Illinois 62901.

Ty died as he lived ~ "On his own terms." At his request, no services are planned.


Michael Patrick Maude

Michael Patrick Maude, 65, passed away September 12, 2019 at his residence in Ava, Illinois.

Michael was born August 21, 1954, in Chicago, Illinois the son of Patrick Timothy and Patricia Ann (Mertes) Maude.

Michael was a pipefitter and worked out of local 597.

He is survived by his parents Patrick and Patricia Maude, along with his brothers Daniel, Patrick, Scott Maude and his sister Brenda Dwyer Maude.

A prayer service will be held at St. Alexander’s Church on September 26th, at 10:00 at 7025 West 26th Street Palos Heights, Illinois 60463.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 



Paula Phemister ~ Carbondale

Paula Phemister, 69, passed away Friday September 6, 2019 peacefully at Manor Court of Carbondale.

Paula was born July 10, 1950, in Herrin, Illinois the daughter of the late Frank Williams and Dora Lee (Fann) Fanning.

She married Morris Phemister January 18, 1995. They shared over 24 years of marriage

Paula loved helping people and found a career in working for Hospice. She took a lot of pride in helping families in their time of need.

She is survived by her husband Morris Phemister of Carbondale, and all of her friends from Hospice: Her “Club Sisters” Ann Levin, Kay Tyson and Nona Kay Davis. Paula’s “Forever Valentine” Jane Crew from Florida, Paula Tyner from Carterville, Joe and Ana Whitecotton, Paulette Dupuis and family. Wonderful Neighbors: Chuck Haberman, Mark, Rachel and Marlee Robinson, Quinton Harris, James Jackson, Amanda Tennyson, Ray Larry, Judy Townsend, Jerry and Charlotte Potts, and many more!!!!

Arrangements are pending at Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale. 


Beverly Carvell ~ Carbondale

Beverly Carvell, 57, passed away September 2, 2019 in Carbondale.

Beverly was born March 21, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of the late Joe Poore and Neva Jane Wallace.

She attended Calvary Campus Church with her loving son. Beverly cleaned at a local hotel.

She married John David Carvell September 18, 1991 in Murphysboro. John preceded her in death August 10, 2016. They shared over 24 years of marriage.

She is survived by her son Shawn and husband Robert Burcz of North Charleston, SC; step son; Ted Carvell of Hamburg, NJ; James Carvell of Providence, RI; sister Valarie Cobb Kirby and husband Don of Benton, Il; brothers; Jackie Cobb of West Frankfort, IL; Mark and wife Mitzi Poore of Carterville, IL; Jimmy Cobb of Springfield, IL; step sister; Barbara and husband Gary Segretario of Oviedo, FL; and many nieces nephews and dear friends.

Beverly is preceded in death by her father; Joe Poore; stepfather; Jack Cobb; mother Neva Cobb – Wallace ; husband John David Carvell.

Celebration of Beverly’s life will be held Thursday September 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements


Robert Eugene “Bob” Chapman ~ Crainville

Robert Eugene Chapman, 87, passed away peacefully Thursday August 15, 2019, in Carbondale.

Bob was born May 2, 1932 in Carbondale the son of the late Hugh and Ola(Vaughn) Chapman.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Wynn June 25, 1954 in Crainville. They have shared over 65 years of marriage.

Bob worked for The Carbondale Fire Department and retired from there with over 20 years of service to the community. He was the founding member of the Christian Covenant Fellowship Church of Carterville.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie Chapman of Carbondale; sons; Steve and wife Jaci Chapman; Rick  and wife Vicki Chapman both of Crainville; grandchildren; Luke (Hannah) Chapman; Lance (Jessica) Chapman; Nicole Sheer; Chad (Lauren) Chapman; great grandchildren; Lacy, Hayden, Stella, Sadie, Jameson, Kaylen  and Camden Chapman.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Hugh and Ola Chapman; siblings; Leon Chapman, Rendall Chapman,  Hubert Chapman, Christina Bigler, Maxine Barr, Imogene Chapman.

Services will be held Monday August 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale with Pastor Ralph Brandon Officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery with full Military Rites. Visitation will be from 11 to 1 Monday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers Memorial can be made to The Christian Covenant Fellowship Church  11025 South Division Street Carterville, Illinois 62918.





Colton James Young ~ Makanda

Colton James Young came into this world sleeping on August 13th, 2019 to his proud and loving parents, Joe and Beth Young. He is the baby brother of Brian, Emily and David Williams, Emma Young and Aiden Adams. He was welcomed into this world by his loving Grandparents, Dave and Marty Francis along with his Aunt Kim Davidson and Auntie Erin Puffer. 

The short time we had with him will never be enough, but it will last us a life time. We know he went to Heaven knowing nothing but love from his whole family. He was greeted at Heavens gates  by his Grandpa Marvin Young. We greatly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers we have received. 

 Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M., August 17th at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Colton's memorial service will immediately follow at 12:00 P.M. with Joseph Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Busby Cemetery in Goreville. 

"God speed little man, sweet dreams little man. My love will fly to you each night on angel's wings." We all love you Colton James and will never forget you. You will be in our 

hearts every moment of every day. Until we see you again little man. 


Lora “Ya Ya” Jean Stagner ~ Grand Tower

Lora Jean Stagner, 60, passed away peacefully August 10, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Lora was born March 1, 1959, in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Robert Milton Stagner and mother Dolores Ann (Renaud) Stagner.

Lora is survived by her children; daughter Savannah Robertson; son Brian (Jo Jo Fritschle) Stagner; mother; Dolores Stagner; sister; Carol Cook; grandchild Baylee Jo Fritschle; niece Denise Cook; great niece and nephew: Amanda Zilliken; Brandon & Sierra Cook; Alyssa Cook; great great nieces and nephews Areanna Foster; Juleanna Foster; Millianna, Jacobie and Idamae Zilliken; and two grand dog’s Bennie and Boss that never left her side.

She is preceded in death by her father Robert Stagner; brother’s David and Robert Stagner; and Donald “Ducky” Robertson


Per her wish she was cremated and a private service will be held. 



Ethel June Watson ~ Carbondale

Ethel June Watson, 94, passed away peacefully August 8, 2019, in Carbondale.

Ethel was born March 19, 1925, in Carbondale the daughter of the late Chester Arthur and Mary Elizabeth (Brandon) Tomlinson.

She was united in marriage to Gordon L. Watson August 10, 1941 in Carbondale. They shared over 48 years of marriage.

Ethel is survived by her daughters; Marlene (Tom) Palmer; Charlotte Holliday; grandchildren Randy (Stacy) Holliday; Theodore (Nicole) Mueller; Andy (Alyssa)Mueller; Amy Nolan; Laura (Jeremy) Lake; great grandchildren; Jake (Harmony) Holliday; Shelby (Nicole) Holliday; Isabell Mueller; Elise Mueller; Saylor Mueller; Mara Nolan; Kira Nolan; Rece Nolan; Aubrey Lake; Will Lake; great great grandchildren; Trystyn Holliday; Ada Holliday and many nieces nephews and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents Chester and Mary Tomlinson; husband Gordon L. Watson; son in law Bruce Holliday; grandson Keith Holliday; cousins; Beulah Guard; Vaudra Rushing; Jerry Travelstead; sisters; Ruby and Thelma and Velma.

Services will be at noon Saturday August 10, 2019, at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale with Reverend Annabell officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be prior from 10-12 noon at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois 204 Halfway Road Marion, Illinois 62959 or to The American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, Illinois 60674.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


Dennis P. Calufetti ~ Murphysboro

Dennis Peter Calufetti, 77, passed away Sunday July 21, 2019, passed away peacefully at his residence.

Denny was born April 12, 1942, in Hillsboro, Illinois the son of the late Dominic and Lucy (Bonetto) Calufetti of Panama, Illinois.  He married Judy Yount of Hillsboro on August 14, 1965.

Denny bought Midland Inn September 1, 1967. It has been family owned and operated for over 52 years.

Denny is survived by his son Dominic and wife Crystal Calufetti of Murphysboro; daughter Carmen and husband Danny Jones of DeSoto; grandchildren; Baden Dorsey; Carleigh Calufetti; Taylor Jones; Jake Jones; and Judy Yount – Calufetti; and many counsins; extended family and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday July 27, 2019 from 12-3 at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to Bank of Carbondale  Bleyer Fishing Day 216 E. Main Street Carbondale, Illinois 62901 / Kelly Steinmetz Scholarship Fund 7570 Old Highway 13 Murphysboro, Illinois 62966.


Dwight B. Westphal ~ Murphysboro

Dwight B. Westphal, 72, passed away peacefully Friday, July 5, 2019.

Dwight was born June 20, 1947, in DeKalb, Illinois, son of the late Oliver B. and Ruth L. (Plapp) Westphal.

Dwight graduated from Hinckley-Big Rock High School. He retired as an Assistant Professor in the Dental Technology Department, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was a private pilot and loved nature.

He is survived by his sister Sandy (Dale) Cutsinger of Montgomery, Illinois; dear and faithful friends Kayleonne & Michael Ijams-Vendl of  Murphysboro, Illinois; nephew Scott (Nancy) Blackwood of Antioch, Tennessee; niece Jodi (Kevin) Simmons of Porter, Indiana; great nephews Kayne and Cole Knippen.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents; sister Joanne K. Blackwood.

Dwight will be interred in East Pierce Cemetery, Maple Park, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Abundant Life Fellowship, 12040 Hickory Ridge Road, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966.

Arrangements are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale.





Muriel Dorothy Isis ~ Murphysboro 

Muriel Dorothy Isis (nee Yates; formerly Gloss) died May 1, 2019 at her Murphysboro, IL home following a short illness. She was born August 14, 1932 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Vera (Thorson) Yates. On October 6, 1951, she married Paul Gloss; six children were born to the marriage. Following their 1975 divorce, Muriel relocated to the San Diego, CA area where she lived until 2015. She legally changed her surname to Isis. Muriel pursued a career as a paralegal. She was active in the NOW organization and Polaris Sailing Club. Additionally, she was an avid reader, watercolor artist, and a devoted student of metaphysics and the Seth Material.

Muriel is survived by five children: Pam (Gene) Green, Murphysboro, IL; Terry (Colleen) Gloss, West Chicago, IL; Penni Gloss, Rolla MO; Paul (Tammy) Gloss, Winfield, IL; and Patti (Gary) Marks, Elgin, IL; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Bonnie Ervin and Karen Witter, and brother Robert Yates., as well as nieces, nephews and friends.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Peggy Gloss.

It was Muriel’s request that she be cremated, with no formal services. She asked that those wishing to memorialize her do so in accordance with their individual beliefs.



Helen V. Smith ~ DuQuoin

Helen V. Smith, 74, passed away peacefully May 28, 2019 at Heartland Regional Hospital in Marion.

Helen was born October 2, 1944, in Pinckneyville, Illinois the son of the late John and Beaulah McKinstry.

She is survived by her sons Randal E and wife Anna Jones; Timothy L. Jones; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents John and Beaulah McKinstry; One brother Carl McKinstry.

Per her wishes she was cremated, and a Celebration of life will be held later date.  


Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


William Troy Felts III ~ Carterville

CARTERVILLE.  William Troy Felts III, 80, passed away in the town of his birth, Carbondale, on May 25th.  Bill was a U.S. Navy officer from 1962-1969 and lived the remainder of his life in the Carbondale area.

He was born on September 22, 1938, to William Troy Felts II, M.D., and Ethel Kathryn (Croessmann) Felts.  He was educated at SIU from kindergarten at University School through Ph.D.

Bill’s service in the U.S. Navy included chief gunnery officer on the U.S.S. Cowell, DD-547, in the Gulf of Tonkin at the beginning of the Vietnam war.  After his tour of duty, he was a Navy recruiter, then returned to Carbondale to complete his education at SIU.  He worked for many years as a university administrator, then in the private sector in job retraining and development.

On July 28, 1979, Bill married Vera Ruth (Dean) Webel in Carbondale.  His children are William Troy Felts IV (Jennifer) of Charlotte, N.C., and Julie Felts Lutz (Will) of Mount Pleasant, S.C.  Stepchildren are Nicole Pelly, M.D. (Caleb) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Baird Webel (Alissa) of Chevy Chase, Md.  His loving grandchildren are Grayson and Logan Lutz, Max and Alexandra Webel, and Hudson Pelly.  Bill’s sister, Amelia Jane Case (William, M.D.) of Overland Park, Kansas, also survives.

Bill had many friends and participated in several community and service activities.  He was one of the originators of the Spirit of Christmas project carried out by Carbondale churches.  Bill served the First Presbyterian and First Christian Churches, as board chair, deacon and choir member.  He enjoyed the Walk to Emmaus community and barbershop harmony singing.  Special supportive friends include Ray and Bess Shannon and Paul and Charlotte McRoy.

A memorial service will be held at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carbondale on Fri., June 14.  Visitation at the church from 9:30-11; service to begin at 11.  Interment of cremains to follow in Oakland Cemetery.  Bill’s family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations go to First Christian Church Solar Fund, 306 W Monroe, Carbondale, IL


Gary F. Moon ~ Energy

Gary F. Moon, 77, of Energy, Illinois, passed away at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:52 am. He was born on February 26, 1942 in Cobden, Illinois to Harvey and Norma (Penland) Moon.

Gary graduated from Carbondale Community High School. He was the owner of Gary’s Auto Body, Inc. for over 30 years. He loved going to the races, watching University of Kentucky games, and showing his 1936 Ford. Even though Gary was a quiet person, he loved his family more than anything.

Gary leaves behind the love of his life, Brenda Hill-Walker. Sons Jeff (Micki) Moon and Joe (Tina) Moon as well at stepson Chuck (Natalie) Walker and stepdaughter Chelsea Walker, grandchildren Cody, Amy and Ella Jo Moon. Gary also leaves behind brothers Larry (Helen) Moon, Curt (Julie) Moon, Denny (Penny) Moon, sisters Glenda McDaniel and Brenda Moon. Extended family Jeff (Gina) Hill, Zach Hill, and Helen M. Hill as well as numerous nieces,  nephews and his beloved furbaby Toby who loved to cruise down Park Street with Gary in his ’36 Ford.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, several aunts and uncles, and Robert W. Hill.

Visitation for Gary will be at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale on Tuesday, May 28 from 5 – 7pm. There will not be a formal service. The family asks that if you have a racing shirt to wear it since Gary was an avid racing fan.


The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for providing Gary with such wonderful care and keeping him comfortable during this difficult time.



Charles L. McCay ~ Marion

Charles L. McCay, 69, passed away May 10, 2019 at Herrin Hospital.

Charles was born February 26, 1950 the son of the late Charles L McCay Sr. and Mary (Trump) McCay.

He is survived by his loving sister; Linda and husband Greg Bradford; daughter Charlene McCay; stepdaughter Tiffany Barnes; many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; Charles L. and Mary McCay; siblings; Norma Gunter; Clarence McCay Sr.; Michael R. McCay Sr.


Per his wishes he will be cremated and interred at Herrin Cemetery, Herrin, Illinois. Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 



Beverly Joyce Povolish ~ Carbondale


Beverly Joyce Povolish (Slater), 60 died Monday May 13, 2019 from a long battle with breast cancer. 

Beverly was born December 9th 1958 in Highland Illinois, the Daughter of Walter James and Eva Mae (Parker) Slater. Beverly graduated from Pinckneyville high school in IL in 1976. She got a job working at Kroger and met her husband Thomas Raymond Povolish along the way. They were married on December 22nd 1979 at a Catholic Church in Ava Illinois.  Together they shared 39 years of marriage. They had three children together. Beverly loved to read. Her favorite author was Stephan King. She also loved arts and crafts and doing puzzles. She had a passion for animals. She loved caring for her dog Chico. In the spring and summer she loved planting a beautiful flower garden with all kinds of flowers. 

She is survived by her husband Thomas Raymond Povolish; her children Elizabeth, Justin, and Zachary; sister Verna Briscoe; two brothers Gilbert and Albert; nieces Janet Slater and Cindy Briscoe and her nephews David Slater and Jason Briscoe.

She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Eva Slater of Creal Springs; baby brother Danny Slater.

Celebration of Beverly's life will be Thursday May 16th, 2019. Visitation is from 11 - 12. Funeral service at noon followed by the interment at Creal Springs cemetery. 

For those who prefer memorial donations may be made to SIU cancer Institute. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale.  



Patty (Pat) Jean Dyck ~ Carbondale

Patty Jean Burgess Dyck was born in LaSalle, Colorado on September 6, 1931.  Her parents were George Burgess born in Kansas and Pauline Edith Nagel Burgess born in Nebraska.  Patty was the 8th child of a family of 13 (one sister passing away in infancy)

Pat's family:  husband Norman Allen, three children, Ronald Allen of Texas, (Deborah, deceased), Vicki Lynne Pense (Seburn) of Carbondale, IL. LaVonne Irene Van Aalsburg (Dennis) of Moneta Virginia.11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Patty lived in Colorado until age 9, when the family moved to Southern California until 2012 when she and Norman moved to Carbondale IL. to be nearer to children and grandchildren, which was a blessing

 In 1953 she met Norman through some mutual friends and they were married in Paramount California April 9, 1954, at the First Baptist Church.  Pat received the Lord as her Personal Savior in 1953 and was baptized in the same church with Pastor Glenn Merrified performing both services.

Church and serving the Lord have always been a way of life for Pat and Norman.  We are very proud of our family and their commitment to serving others, and their love they have for their families.

Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:00 am.  Murdale Baptist Church, Carbondale Il. The family would like to invite everyone to a reception luncheon following the service.  



In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Murdale Baptist Church- Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry.



Barbara Ragsdale ~ DeSoto

Barbara Ragsdale, 79, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 surrounded by her loving family in DeSoto.

Barbara was born July 19, 1939, in DeSoto, Illinois, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Margaret (Craig) Rosenberger.

She was united in marriage to Don Ragsdale. Don preceded her in death December 20, 2001.

Barbara is survived by her children; Kelly (Sis Laforge) Kellett; Kandace Kellett; Brother Jerry (Edith) Rosenberger; sister in law Margie Rosenberger and many grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Margaret Rosenberger; husband Don Ragsdale; brother Kenneth Rosenberger.  

“There will be a casual get-together in celebration of her life on Friday, April 26th at the DeSoto Park Pavilion from 3pm to 6pm. We hope you will stop by and share your memories of Mom.”

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


Lee Parrish Phemister

 Lee Parrish Phemister, 81 passed away early Sunday morning at River to River assisted living in Anna, Illinois.

Lee was born and lived in Carbondale Illinois most of his life. A son of the late Artie and Ruby Phemister; Lee is survived by his sister Arletta Cox of Murphysboro, IL and his brother Don of Sacramento, CA; Two sons Mark and wife Tomi of Jonesboro, IL and Andrew of Mankato, MN; Two step children Troy and Julie; Two grandchildren Brent and fiancé Brittany Martin of Jackson, MO and Amber and husband Mike Grenda of Ottawa, IL; Four great grandchildren Abbigail and Benjamin Phemister; Moira and Atticus Grenda.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Anna Illinois this Saturday April 20 from 1:30 – 3:30. Walker funeral home entrusted with arrangements. 


William Michael Deutsch ~ Carbondale

Carbondale ~ William Michael Deutsch, 25, of Carbondale passed away at 9 pm on March 30th, 2019 in a truck versus pedestrian crash on Dogwood Road not far from his home. He had been walking his dog who also perished in the accidents.

 Michael was born on November 9th, 1993, in Carbondale, Illinois to William Jacob Deutsch and Katherine Louise Deutsch.

Michael was a sweet caring person who was able to help people smile.  He participated in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Michael was a recent graduate in May 2018 of John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. He obtained an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems. While at John A. Logan College he received two awards from the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Michael worked in retail as a cell phone salesman based in Carbondale and Murphysboro Walmart.

Michael was proud of being a “computer geek”. In his spare time, he loved to play computer games. He was also a dedicated reader of books and enjoyed nature and hiking in the woods. But most of all Michael was happiest when spending time with his family and his dog. 


April D. Mitchell ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE April D. Mitchell (nee Feltmeyer), 55, passed away of lung cancer complications on Thursday, March 28th in Carbondale.   April was the daughter of the late Gayle Bytnar, daughter in law of late Ellis & Betty Lou Mitchell. Surviving April are her children, Alexis (Adam) Ruck, Dakota (Jordan Tanner Fiancé) Mitchell, Scout Mitchell; and Tristin Mitchell. Proud Gigi of Lukas and Ava. Also surviving family members include Father, Robert Bytnar, sisters Bobbi (Eric) McCroy, Lynna (Barry) Alderson, niece Bre Bytnar, brother Butch Feltmeyer. A very dear friend  Phillip Williams for always being there for April in her time of need.

April was born in DuQuoin, Illinois on January 14, 1964. April enjoyed music of all genres, art collecting, antiques, treasuring hunting at Goodwill, reading, her pets, and most of all her children and grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale on Saturday, April 6th between 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 




William Michael Deutsch ~ Carbondale

William Michael Deutsch, 25, passed away Saturday March 30, 2019 in Carbondale.

A private memorial service will be held. He will be laid to rest in Dillinger Cemetery in Carbondale.  Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America. The full obituary is available at walkerfuneralhomesandcrematory.com            






Marilyn Colleen McMurphy~ Carbondale 

CARBONDALE — Marilyn Colleen McMurphy, 91, passed away Wednesday March 20, 2019, in Manor Court in Carbondale.

Marilyn was born April 5, 1927, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late William and Elzora (Warfield) Morefield.

She was united in marriage to Gordon G. McMurphy on March 11, 1944, in Cobden. Gordon preceded her in death Aug. 8, 2006. They shared more than 62 wonderful years of marriage.

She was a lifelong member of Boskeydell Baptist Church.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Brenda and husband Jim Koesterer of New Athens; Jeff and wife Kathy McMurphy of Makanda; grandchildren, Amber McMurphy, Justin McMurphy, Courtney McMurphy, David Wittlich, and Jennifer McCarthy; great-grandchildren, Haley Wittlich, Jakob McCarthy, Morgan McCarthy, and Kayden Mulcahy; sister Vivian Johnston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elzora Morefield; husband, Gordon McMurphy; four brothers; and four sisters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. Stephen Combs officiating. Interment will be in Lipe Cemetery in Makanda. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice in Memory of Marilyn.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale is entrusted with arrangements.




Colleen Brown ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Colleen Brown, 84, went to be with our Lord at 11:53 p.m. March 6, 2019, surrounded by her loving family, following a lengthy illness.

Colleen was born Aug. 4, 1934, in rural Williamson County, to Roy Roper and Helen (Chase) Roper.

Her father was a coal miner and her mother a homemaker. She moved with her family to Crab Orchard as a young girl, along with her sister, Imogene (Roper) Graves, where she graduated from high school.

She subsequently married Charlie, her husband of six decades, and raised three children. Colleen loved her family dearly, and spent her life caring and providing for them.

She was a member of The View church in Carbondale, and prior to that, of the First Baptist Church of Carbondale for many years. She will be sorely missed by her family and the many she has touched over the years through her Christian love and service.

Colleen is survived by her husband Charlie B. Brown; her children, Trace (Heidi) B. Brown of Carbondale; Gregg (Stephanie) R. Brown of Austin, Texas; Kelly (John) J. Diehl of St. Louis; grandchildren (Trace and Heidi) Skyler, Adrienne and Chanceler, (Gregg and Stephanie) Patrick (Hannah), Chase, Nicholas (Theresa) and Samuel; and (Kelly and John) Josh and Daniel; sister Imogene Graves; brother-in-law, Charles Lee Ford; nieces, Shirley (William) Butler, Gayla (Keith) Johns, Iris (Don) Miller and Melba (Dwain) Ford; and many other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Samuel Diehl.

Visitation will begin at noon Saturday, March 9, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale; followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park on Old Illinois 13, west of Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The View Church in memory of Colleen.


Steven Edward Blake ~ Carbondale

Steven Edward Blake, 72, passed away peacefully at his residence March 3, 2019 in Carbondale.

Steve was born September 30, 1946, in Mason City, Iowa the son of the late Jerome and Winifred (Porter) Blake.

Steve is survived by his sons; Matthew (Elizabeth) Blake; Jonathan Blake; O’Dellon Blake; sister Mary Westray; brother William (Yasuko) Blake; grandchildren; Sam and Max Blake; nieces Sara (David) Arnold; Tomatha (Miha) Blake; Stephanie Blake; nephews; Eric Westray; Anthony Datzenberg; several grand nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jerome and Winifred Blake; brother Thomas Blake; his favorite Uncle Edward Blake a Veteran of WWI.

Visitation will be Saturday March 9, 2019 from 9-10 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale with Mass at 10:00 a.m. with Father Robert Flannery officiating.

Steven will be laid to rest at Camp Butler Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois with full Military Rites.

Memorial Donations may be made to Arbor Day Foundation 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


John Robert “Bob” Odaniell ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — John Robert “Bob” Odaniell passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Manor Court, in Carbondale.

Bob was born Oct. 19, 1925, in Johnston City, the son of Clyde Webster and Mary Vick Odaniell.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marilyn Brewster Odaniell; daughter, Cora (Dean) Sedlacek; son, Thomas (Diane) Odaniell; daughter-in-law, Gail Odaniell; grandchildren, Grant Sedlacek, Andrew Odaniell, Megan Odaniell, Kyle Odaniell, Sean Odaniell and Joseph Preston; niece, Sharon (John) Bartholomay and their daughters, Jean and Jennifer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Jean Anderson; sons, David Odaniell, Timothy Odaniell, Jeffrey Odaniell and Stephen Odaniell.

Bob's early years were spent in Johnston City. His family moved to Chicago, where he graduated from high school in 1943 and joined the U.S. Army. Serving his country in World War II, Bob was assigned to the Infantry, and then went on to Europe with the 10th Armored Division, 3rd Army, under General George Patton, during the Metz Offensive and the Allied invasion of Western Germany. He was transferred to the 760th Engineer Company and transported by ship to the Philippines, through the Panama Canal. He served with the 6th Army in the Pacific, under General Douglas MacArthur, until his discharge in April 1946.

Back in the States, Bob returned to Southern Illinois and enrolled at SIU. He was very involved in campus life as a student organizer and leader. He joined Nu Epsilon Alpha, now Sigma Pi Fraternity and later served as Grand Sage for Sigma Pi National from 1964-66. While a student at SIU, he also met his future wife, Marilyn, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Graduating from SIU in 1951 with a bachelor's of science degree in education, Bob was employed with the Alumni Office on campus. He married the love of his life, Marilyn, on Sept. 8, 1951. One year later, President Delyte Morris hired him for the new position of SIU Alumni Director. Bob jumped into the job with great optimism and energy. He became active in the American Alumni Council, working closely with fellow alumni professionals across the country. He traveled extensively to meet as many SIU alumni members as he could every year. SIU was growing rapidly and his mission was to provide the best service and leadership for every graduate and former student. His goals included starting active alumni groups in cities around the world, annual membership drives, Lifetime membership benefits, Homecoming weekend, Alumni Family Camp at Little Grassy Lake, and the Great Teacher Award. He promoted and participated in many alumni trips and activities around the world, including the 1964 New York World's Fair and the 1967 trip to the NIT Championship. Bob proudly served SIU and its alumni during the years of enormous growth from a teacher's college with 3500 students to a major research university with 20,000 plus by his retirement in 1986, always with Marilyn at his side.

To celebrate Bob's 90th birthday and to honor both Bob and Marilyn for more than 60 years of service to SIU, their children surprised them with a memorial bench and plaque on the SIU campus. The bench is located between the statue of President Morris, the Paul and Virginia Statue, and the site of Old Main.

Outside of work, Bob enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing golf, mornings with his coffee group, Saturdays with his woodworking buddies, Orlen and Richard, at the Farmer's Market and always sharing a story.

Bob also enjoyed many years of active service through local civic and charitable organizations. He was a loyal member of the Carbondale Lion's Club for 67 years, Elks Club 1243 for 59 years, and never missed the Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Veteran's Day ceremonies with VFW Post 2605.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, with full military rites starting at 9:45 a.m. All are welcome to come to Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale.


Donations may be made to the SIU Alumni Association or SIU Touch of Nature Environmental Center through the SIU Foundation.





Rachelle “Shelli” Jeremiah – Carbondale

Rachelle Jeremiah, 41, passed away February 20 2019 in Carbondale, IL. Rachelle was born September 7, 1977 to Michael & Cheryl (Mattioda) Jeremiah

Survivors are her Father Michael  & Stepmother Dottie Jeremiah; son Gavin Kuba; stepsister Darla Hoffman; aunts and uncles WM & Lori Jeremiah; Dr. Clifford & Pat Jeremiah; Dr. Frank & Susan Collini were special cousins. She had many other cousins, and countless friends, including Jason Senset.

  Rachelle was preceded in death by her Mother Cheryl; sister Michelle; brother Jason.

She was a health care provider and longtime businesswoman. She was a graduate of Cobden High school. She attended SIU until marriage. Her smile and joyful friendliness made her a multitude of friends throughout the U.S. She dearly loved children especially her son Gavin. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

                Shellie will be cremated and interned in Alto Pass cemetery. A Celebration of life will be held Satuday May 18th, 2019 at Noon at the Civic Center in Alto Pass. Please come celebrate Shelli's life with us.  Memorials may be made to Union County Historical Society. 


Curtis “Curt” Ray Hawkins ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Curtis “Curt” Ray Hawkins, 83, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, with the Rev. Sidney Logwood Officiating.

Curt was born Sept. 20, 1935, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, the son of the late Irving and Mildred (Hathaway) Hawkins.

Curt was the manager for Singer Sewing Machine before becoming an agent with Colonial Life and Accident Company where he worked for more than 50 years.

He was married to Norma Jean Hodge on Feb. 6, 1954, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, until her passing Oct. 25, 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Hawkins; two sons, Keith and wife, Tami, Hawkins of Cody, Wyoming, Douglas Hawkins of Chicago; daughter, Lisa Hawkins of Carbondale; grandchildren, Stephanie and Cody Hess of Cody, Wyoming, Justin and Nikki (Meyers) of New Iberia, Louisiana; grandchildren, Raeli Jean, Drake and Kiley Hawkins, all of New Iberia, Louisiana; stepchildren, Tamara Peldo, Chad Newberry, Lee Newberry; and many other step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ralph Glenn of Carbondale; and many more relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Irving and Mildred Hawkins; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Wilfred.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.



E. R. “Zeb” Carman ~ Carbondale

E. R. “Zeb” Carman, 78, passed away peacefully Monday February 18, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Zeb was born September 17, 1940, in Carbondale the son of the late Dr. E. R.  and Elsa L. (Friday) Carman.

Zeb loved the outdoors, animals, fishing, but his greatest love was for wood. Zeb could take a scrap of wood and make something beautiful from it.  He was considered a Master Carpenter for over 50 years. He did everything from renovations to building homes.

He was a lifelong member of the Carbondale Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his greatest love of 25 years Wilma Davis of Carbondale daughter; Debbie (Kevin) Bach of Ava, Il; grandchildren; Jeaniffer (Chris) Tanner of Harveyville, KS; Cole Alan Rieckenberg of Ava, IL; Erin Carman-Sweeney of Bloomington, IN; sisters; Susan Bowers of Fairbury, NE; Carol (Charles) Heidbrink of Odell NE; nieces and nephews; Dave (Connie) Heidbrink of Beatrice, NE; Mark (Lisa) Heidbrink of Lincoln, NE

Zeb was preceded in death by his parents; Dr. E. R.  and Elsa Carman; daughter Julie Carman who passed away in October 2016; grandchild Courtney Dawn Rieckenberg who passed away in 2005.

A Celebration of life will be held this Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1-3 at Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale.

Memorial donations may be made to

 St. Jude’s Cancer Research P.O Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101-9908

 The Nature Conservancy 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, Virginia 22203-1606






Virgil Cripps ~ Pomona

Virgil Cripps, 76, passed away Friday February 15, 2019 at Union County Hospital in Anna.

Virgil was born November 10, 1942 the son of the late Robert and Naomi (Chandler) Cripps.

He married Mary Ellis in 1962 they shared over 54 years of marriage till her passing in 2016.

Virgil is survived by his sons; Terry and wife Trish Cripps; Rick and wife Tina Cripps; Grandchildren; Aaron, Ashley and Clayton Cripps; Brit and Brec Burkhardt; sister; Frieda Spencer of Fairfield, Ohio; Vicki and Terry Riley; brother Rick and Mary Evans.  

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Cripps; Parents Robert and Naomi Cripps; brother Randy Evans; brother in law; Jack Spencer.

Visitation will be held Saturday February 23, 2019 from 12 -1 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home of Alto Pass. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. 



William Dean Curtis ~ Marion


William Dean Curtis, 96, passed away peacefully Saturday February 16, 2019 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Illinois.

William was born September 14, 1922 in Kewanee, Illinois the son of the late Lonnie and Bessie (Dean) Curtis.

He married Bertha C. Martin in 1952 in Chicago.  They shared over 22 years of marriage.

Bill served in the U. S. Army May 1943 ~ February 1946. He reached the rank of staff sergeant in Germany during WWII. He was released with Honorable Discharge and earned Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Bars, and Two Bronze Battle Stars and Victory Medal.  Bill went on to work at Southern Illinois University and retired from there 1979. He loved restoring furniture and opened his own business buying and selling antiques known as The Real Estate Agent.  In 2002 he became a regular volunteer at the V. A. Medical Center in Marion, Illinois logging over 11,0000 hours of services and earning many accolades doing so including a ceremonial renaming of the Medical Arts Centers Laboratory where he spent his most relevant time as a volunteer.

Bill is survived by his children; William Martin Curtis; Mary Grace Curtis; James Dean Curtis.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lonnie and Bessie Curtis and Daughter Donna Marie Curtis. Graveside Services will be Tuesday  February 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery with Full Military Rites. 









Tracy “Lee” Bryant III ~ Murphysboro


MURPHYSBORO — Tracy L. Bryant III, 66, passed away peacefully at his residence Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. surrounded by loving family.

Tracy L. Bryant was born Aug. 29, 1952, in Camp Cooke, California, the son of the late Tracy L. and Louise (Ouroussoff) Bryant.

He married Donna (Abangan) on Aug. 31, 1996, at Bald Knob Cross in Alto Pass. They shared over 22 years of marriage.

Tracy attended Southern Illinois University where he received a BA in Physiology. After school, he joined the Army where he served his time in Vietnam era. Tracy then went on to serve the Army Illinois National Guard for 26 years. Tracy was a member of the faculty and staff of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for over 36 years as a teaching assistant.

Tracy loved being outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting. He was a member of Duck's Unlimited, Carbondale Eagles and Elks.

He is survived by his loving wife Donna Bryant; sons; Alexander; Vincent (Amanda) and Andrew (Tara) Ehrhardt; one grandson; Ryker Ehrhardt; sister Gwen (Mike) Lazowski; brother Richard Bryant; niece; Sara Lazowski; nephews; Ben Lazowski; Ricky and Drake Bryant and many other loving family and friends.

Tracy was preceded in death by his stepmother Marsha Bryant; parents Tracy L. Bryant II and Louise Bryant.

Visitation will be Saturday Feb. 16, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Services will start at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jacob Swain officiating. A Celebration of life will be immediately following at the Carbondale Eagles.

“What a strange trip it's been”



Imogene Marie Huffman ~ Carbondale 

CARBONDALE — Imogene Marie Huffman, 90, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Carbondale.

Imogene was born June 23, 1928, in Carbondale, the daughter of the late George Nyle and Gwendolyn (Hamilton) Huffman.

Imogene graduated from Carbondale Community High School  and Ward Belmont College, and then went on to receive her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her master's from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

She served in the American Red Cross (including Disaster Relief) in Vietnam, Korea, Morocco, France and the U.S.

She was a swimming instructor at the Carbondale Park District, a lifeguard at Crab Orchard Lake, a high school teacher in Peoria, a physical education instructor at Radcliffe/Harvard  and retired in Carbondale.

Imogene was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a volunteer clergy person at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, an honorary member of the Carbondale Woman's Club, a former member of the Garden Club and P.E.O. (Chapter GX) and also delivered Meals on Wheels. She was a member of Tri-Delta Sorority.

She was preceded in death by her brother, William Nyle Huffman, and her cousin, James L. Capel, II. 

She is survived by her nieces, Patricia J. Koprucki (Mark E., deceased) and Elizabeth A. Huffman, her sister-in-law Joan Huffman, cousin in-law Mary Capel, cousins and families, John Riley (Linda) Huffman, Amy L. (John) Richardson, William L. (Ernie Martin) Capel, Jimmy Hamilton, John Budslick III, Greg (Erica) Budslick, Heather (Tony) Wood, and John (Mary Beth) Huffman;  and great-nieces and nephews and families, Bakr A. Abulkhair, Abdullah Bakr (May Al-Khudairy) Abolkhair, Sarah Bakr (Ghassan Aboalsamh) Abulkhair, Ahmed Bakr (Rana Allam) Abulkhair, Abdulrahman Bakr (Lujain Baz) Abulkhair, Mohammed (Lauren LeCompte) Abulkhair, Piper Huffman, Twix Abulkhair, Minnie Pearl Koprucki.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar Street, Carbondale, IL  62901. with the Rev. Karen Knodt officiating. Visitation will be prior at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery of Carbondale.

Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Ministries, 701 S. Marion St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

Walker Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.









Joseph Hill ~ Carbondale

Joseph Hill joined his mother Nola, Aunt Nancy and his grandparents Robert and Violet On January 21, 2019.  Joe left behind two loving sons Connor and Theodore, a loving girlfriend Amanda Vrabel, his father and stepmother Daniel and Tina Priddy who loved him dearly. Joe was loved by many; he was always available at the drop of a hat. Joe will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched. His services will be held Saturday February 9, 2019 at Blairsville Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. followed by a meal at the Fellowship Hall in Hurst at 12:00. Joe will be missed by everyone who loved him. Please always remember him fondly and share memories with others. We love You Joe, Always. 










Barbara Kay “Barb” Burton ~ Carbondale

Barbara Kay “Barb” Burton, 73 of Carbondale, passed at 3:54 PM, Monday, January 21, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Barbara was born on April 18, 1945 in Golconda, IL to the late Charles and Lois (Shelby) Julian.  On June 10, 1962, she was married to Edward “Eddie” Burton.    Barb and Eddie were married for 52 years until his death on April 17, 2015.  Barb was a homemaker, proud mother, and loving grandmother.

Surviving family members include her daughter: Cindy (Eric) Sussman of Mooresville, IN; son Jonathan (Suzanne) Burton of Murphysboro, IL; three grandchildren: Natalie Burton of Pittsburgh, PA, Morgan and Madison Sussman of Mooresville, IN; sister, Shirley (John) Gibbs of Herrin, IL. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and husband. 

Visitation will begin at 10am at the Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale on Saturday, January 26, 2019, with funeral services starting at noon. Burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery in Cave-in-Rock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/BarbaraBurton






Jeffrey Lawrence Bell ~ Olmstead

Jeffrey Lawrence Bell, 60, suddenly went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. 

He was born in Olmsted, IL on November 24, 1958 to Robert L. Bell, Sr. and Seresta-Haggins Bell. Both preceded him in death.

He accepted Christ as Savior at an early age and possessed a keen awareness of right and wrong and justice and injustice. He received his formal education in the Pulaski County Illinois Public School System and is a 1976 graduate of Meridian High School, Mounds, IL. 

After completing high school, Jeff enrolled in a vocational school in St. Louis, MO where he studied auto mechanics.  Upon completion of this program, he relocated to Chicago, IL where he met and married Deborah Dean in 1980.  She survives and resides in Murphysboro.

Jeff lived and worked in Chicago for many years before moving his family to Madison WI and finally to the Carbondale-Murphysboro area where he became greatly involved in the care of his aging father; and later participated in the "Feed My Sheep" ministry at Bethel AME Church in Carbondale.  He understood the "golden rule" and the concept of Matthew 22:39 and tried to govern himself accordingly.  He seldom met a stranger, almost never forgot a face, had a forgiving spirit, was friendly, slow to judge, compassionate, fun-loving, kind-hearted, unpretentious, and empathetic.  He could be found reading and studying his Bible often as he always kept it open on a nightstand, table or dresser.

In the spirit of a true patriarch, he tended to the affairs of siblings: checking, advising, fixing, problem-solving and taking care of whatever needed to be done - all the while being careful and deliberate to put his immediate family first. In the formative years, he and Deborah made it a point to lead their children in regular prayer sessions and Bible study in the home.

In addition to his wife, Deborah, Jeff is survived by one son, Jeffrey James Bell of Murphysboro; two daughters:  Jennifer Bell of Murphysboro and Starr Caldwell (Tivias, Sr,) of Bollingbrook, IL; nine grandchildren:  Joshua, Starr, and Sydnei Scudder, Tivias Jr., Ronald Caldwell and Kaelin Atkins all of Bollingbrook, IL, Jenee’ Bell and Anthony Bell  of Carbondale, IL and Elijah Bell of Murphysboro, IL., one great granddaughter:  Milani, also of Bollingbrook, IL. Other survivors also include one brother: Robert L. (Kathy) Bell, Jr. of Hayti, MO; five sisters: Barbara Bell-Quinn, Toledo, OH, Ruth Bell-Williams, Olmsted IL, Vivian Ladd-Hatcher, Bellevue, NE, Linda Ladd-Mathis, Olmsted, IL  and Leola Ladd-Harley, Indianapolis, IN; one sister-in-law: Vida Hayes, Madison, WI; one uncle, several aunts, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

Elder Robert L Bell, Sr., Pastor of Monument of Deliverance Church, Hayti, MO will deliver the eulogy.

Visitation is Friday, January 25, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, IL.  Funeral services will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.





Tammy Marie Wyatt~ Cambria

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CAMBRIA — Tammy Marie Wyatt, 49, passed away Jan. 16, 2019, in Herrin Hospital.

Tammy was born June 24, 1969, in Murphysboro, the daughter of Duane and Lois Walker Jefferson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Walker Funeral Home in Hurst, with Pastor Frellen Murray officiating. Visitation will be prior from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

She is survived by her children, Brandon Lingle (Payden Adams) and Bridget (Kevin) Foy; parents, Lois Jefferson (Richard McKinney); sisters, Tiffany (Adam) Vaughn and Michelle Austill; grandchildren, Faithlyn and Nathan Foy; nieces, Kaylee and Preston Thompson, and Erika Watkins; aunts and uncles, Karl (Helen) Walker, Albert (Rhonda) Walker, Shirley Fann, Kenny (Vicki) Walker, Pam Schmidt, Kathy Walker, and many loving cousins and dear friends.Tammy was preceded in death by her father, Duane “Leon” Jefferson; grandparents, Thomas Jefferson and Fern Jefferson; Troy and Katie Walker; and cousin, Megan Fann.


Tammy was affectionately known as “Tamcat.”Tammy was a firecracker who always lit up a room and was never afraid to speak her mind. She had a soulful singing voice, a powerful arm for softball, and the ability to bring beauty into any space. Tammy had an enormous heart and shared her love with animals, especially horses, and people alike. Tammy found her greatest joy spending time in fellowship with friends and family, including chili dinners on the hill and Christmas at the boat club. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.





Scott Allan Arnold ~ Carbondale

Scott Allan Arnold, 63, departed this life unexpectedly on December 23, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

Scott was born August 4, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Gene Edwin and Ruth Ethelyn (Matthews) Arnold and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois.

He was united in marriage to Rocio Del Carman Hernandez in 1993. They shared over 25 years of marriage where they raised two sons Gene Daniel and Allan Francisco Arnold.

Scott honorably served his country with the Army in Korea for two years.

Scott and his family made their home in Carbondale. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a master in Environmental Engineering.  He spent his career with the Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Engineer in the Air Department.

Scott is survived by his Wife Rocio; sons Gene and Allan Arnold of Carbondale; his father Gene Arnold of Phoenix; Sisters Lisa and Laura; Brother Ross; and many of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth Arnold.

Scott was a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs as well as all Chicago Sports.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale at 10:00 a.m., Saturday December 29, 2018, with Father Robert Flannery officiating. Visitation will be immediately prior, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Memorial donation may be made to the family to assist with final expenses.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.






Kathleen Ada Shaw (Cathy Shaw, Coach Shaw)

Kathleen Ada Shaw died Thursday, December 20th, of endometrial cancer. She was the daughter of Ada Pye Shaw and Eddie T. Shaw. She was born and lived most of her life in the Chicago area. She is survived by her wife, Martha Keenan Anderson; in-laws and their children and grandchildren; and numerous foster siblings.
She was a graduate of Immaculata High School, Chicago, Clarke College and University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA, and Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, where she obtained an MA in education and curriculum design in 1982. For twenty-five great years of her career she taught physical education at Martin Luther King, Jr., Laboratory School (King Lab), in Evanston, IL, from which she retired in 2012.  
Kathleen and Martha, her partner and wife for more than 20 years, moved to Carbondale, IL, in July 2014, for Martha to pursue a graduate degree in counseling.
Kathleen loved singing, sports, and woodworking. She received classical voice training at The Julliard School, NYC. She loved solo and ensemble work and was a founding member of Chicago's UNISON Lesbian and Gay Chorus and Aria, which are affiliated with Windy City Performing Arts. In sports she was good at any game that featured a ball. She competed in the Pan Am Games in volleyball, (ca.1975), and in the Olympics in basketball (1976). She was a lifelong White Sox fan. Woodworking was a relatively recent love and she started her company, Shawdust, to create small decorative wooden boxes and urns.
In 1977-78 she went to India as a soloist with the Clarke-Loras Singers. She returned and taught for a year at American University, Delhi, and at the same time, she lived with and worked for Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Her primary job for the sisters was to make gruel at 4:00 every morning.
Kathleen will be missed by Martha, her family, and the thousands of friends she made from all walks of life; but in the sure and certain hope of life everlasting, she is

being greeted now by the friends and family members who preceded her. Thanks be to God.

Services will be at 2:00pm Saturday, December 29th at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 North Parrish Lane, Carbondale, IL. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00pm to the start of service. A second service will be held in Evanston, Illinois at a future date. For those who prefer, please consider a memorial to the Strong Survivors Fund/SIU Foundation, Colyer Hall, 1235 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901.  
Walker Funeral Home and Crematory entrusted with arrangements.  




Elizabeth Ann Schmitt ~ Carbondale

Elizabeth Ann Schmitt, 81, passed away peacefully at Manor Court in Carbondale, surrounded by her family at 10:37 p.m. Monday December 10, 2018 in Carbondale.

Elizabeth was born September 25, 1937, in Yonkers, New York the daughter of Frederick and Harriet (Elliott) Lena.

 After receiving her B.A in English from Marymount College and her M.A in English Literature from the University of Detroit, she served as a teacher for over 40 years, working with students at Fox Lane Middle School in Bedford, NY and at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY, to help them achieve their goals.

 She lived in Bedford Village, NY where she raised her family, from 1968 until her retirement in 2005, at which time she moved to Carbondale, IL 

 Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Barbara Eidlin of Carbondale; Kat (Stephen) Roth, and grandchildren, Christopher Roth and Patrick Roth, of Maryland; nieces Nancy Bruns of Massachusetts, and Ruth Cribbs of Florida, great-niece Emma (Matthew) Rifflemacher and great-gran- nieces, Eloise and Elena Rifflemacher, of Holden, MA; ex-husband, Louis J. Schmitt of Shelter Island, NY, and extended family.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Harriet Lena; sister, Mary Hall, brother-in law, Robert Hall, Nephew Jack Cribbs, and mother and father-in-law Cecilia and Louis W. Schmitt.

 A Memorial Donation may be made in her memory to: The 2018-2019 Riverdale Annual Fund - 5250 Fieldston Rd. Bronx, NY 10471 or by visiting https://www.riverdale.edu/page.cfm?p=820

 Per her wishes she will be cremated, and a private memorial service will be held.

 Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.




Daniel King ~ Carbondale

Daniel “Danny” King, 38, passed away on November 28, 2018 at his residence.

Danny was born October 6, 1980 in Nashville, Tennessee the son of Doreen Lewis and the late James Robert King.

He is survived by his mother Doreen Lewis, brother William “Billy” King, Sister Alicia (Bobby) Privett, nieces Annabella King and Ella Privett and nephew Brannan Privett.

Danny was very dedicated to his family and was loved by many friends. Danny had a lifelong love of all animals and nature.

Danny graduated from Unity Point, Carbondale Community High School and studied Horticulture at Southern Illinois University.

Walker Funeral Home will be taking caring of the cremation and a Celebration of Life will be scheduled for spring 2019.


In lieu of flowers please let your heart guide you as to how Danny would like to be remembered



Charlon “Sue” Spurlock ~ Carbondale

Charlon “Sue” Spurlock, 67, of Carbondale, passed peacefully Saturday afternoon, November 24, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Sue was born May 21, 1951, in Harrisburg, daughter of Samuel Hayes Spurlock and Freda Rebecca Hall.

Sue was a loving mother, trusted friend, gifted therapist, healer, spiritual warrior, talented fabric artist and wonderfully compassionate human being! 

She is survived by her two children Alexis Smith and Jesse Smith, sisters Cora Elizabeth “Peanut” Morse and Mary Lynn “Boss” Tatham, brother Samuel Hall Spurlock, other relatives, clients, fellow artists and many friends. 

A private family memorial was held on Monday, November 26.






Marilyn D. Shepard ~ Cambria

Cambria ~ Marilyn D. Shepard, 71, the wife of Lindell Shepard, passed away peacefully at 2:07 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018, at Shawnee Christian Village in Herrin, Illinois. Per Marilyn’s wishes there will be no services. Walker Funeral Home & Crematory entrusted with arrangements.




James Dallas Dotson ~ Marion

James Dallas Dotson, 80 passed away peacefully Saturday, October 27th, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

James was born March 22, 1938, in Buncombe, Illinois the son of the late Hubert and Mary (Gold) Dotson.

He is survived by his loving daughters; Jamie and husband  James McGee of Marion; Polianna and husband   Keith Benedict of Marion; dear friend Michael Laird of Marion; his grandchildren Johnathan Travelstead, Whitney and husband Josh Teal; Thomas Benedict and Jamie Travelstead widow of the late Dallas Travelstead; Michael McGee; Great grandchildren Taylor Travelstead; Ethen Travelstead; Brayden Travelstead, Hayden Travelstead; Cayden Travelstead; Preston Teal; Paxton Teal; sister; Rosie Whitnel; Brother Joe and wife Nedra Dotson.

He is preceded in death by his parents Hubert and Mary Dotson; sister Bonita Schwiesow and Grandson Dallas D Travelstead.

Per his wishes a private memorial service will be held with his family

James favorite joy in life was his family who he loved unconditionally, gardening, and being outdoors.


Sanford “Sandy” Friduss ~ Carbondale

Sanford Friduss, 83, passed away peacefully Monday, October 22, 2018 at his residence in Carbondale.

Sandy was born May 19, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois; the son of the late Dr. Mandel and Ruth (Joffee) Friduss.

Sandy found great joy in his work at Hickory Ridge Golf Course, which in small part came from his love of spending time outside and taking in the sunshine; but in large part from the special relationships he built with his friends and co-workers at Hickory Ridge Golf Course.

The greatest joy in Sandy’s life was his family. He is survived by his daughters; Jodi and husband Ken Warrick; Elyse and husband Mark Weller; and Marla Mallette; as well as his grandchildren; Brooke Hiller; Kasey Mallette; James Warrick; and Alex Hiller.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Anad Salem and his entire staff for the exceptional care, warmth, compassion, and friendship they consistently provided to him throughout the past 15 years. The family also wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to all the staff at Prairie Living; in the short time he lived there, they instantly made him feel at home and treated him with exceptional care. 

Sandy was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Mandel and Ruth Friduss; brother Dr. Arthur and wife Goldie Friduss.

A private memorial service will be held for family per his wishes.

Memorial may be sent to Hook a Kid On Golf at P.O. Box 1326 Carbondale, IL 62901.

Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.




Jeanette "Kay" Hopkins - Marion

Kay Hopkins, 74, passed away October 8th, 2018 while surrounded by family at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville, Indiana.

Kay was born December 21, 1943, in Herculaneum, Missouri, the daughter of the late Arleigh Laramore and Edna (Richman) Coy.  She was first united in marriage with Jerry Oshia on July 11, 1964 in Potosi, Missouri.  Kay was later united in marriage with David Hopkins on January 22, 1983 also in Potosi, Missouri.  Both husbands proceed Kay in death. 

Throughout her life Kay held positions in banking, retail, and healthcare.  She was former member of the Zeigler, Illinois Chaper of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Kay is survived by her three daughters; Carla Davie and her partner Thomas Mason of Mt. Vernon, Jeanette and Chad Keel of Herrin, Michelle and Zachary Murphy of Marion, four grandchildren; Megan and Jared Diuguid of Benton, Chad Johnson and Adeena Thornton of Johnston City, Steven Davie and Lindsey Battrell of Marion, and Ayden Murphy of Marion, and two great grandchildren; Cameron and Cooper Diuguid of Benton.  She's survived by her beloved dog Virgil and cat Lucy.

In addition to Kay's two husbands, she was also preededed in death by her parents, her step-father; Arthur Coy, her aunt and two uncles.

In accordance with Kay's wishes, her remains will be cremated and a private family ceremony will be held in early November in Gatlinburg, TN.  In rememberance of Kay and her love for animals, the family request any memorials be made to the Humane Society of Southern Illinois or St. Francis Care.  The family would also like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the staff at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville.  Donations may be made in Kay's name there as well.







Danny “Froggy” Throgmorton ~Makanda



MAKANDA — Danny “Froggy” Throgmorton, 60, passed away unexpectedly at home Saturday evening, Sept. 29, 2018, in Makanda, with his wife by his side.

Danny was born Sept. 12, 1958, in Carbondale, son to the late Noel Jr. and Bonnie (Nance) Throgmorton.

He was united in marriage to Donna S. Smith-Throgmorton on March 14, 1997, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Together, they and their blended family shared more than 21 years of marriage, laughter and friendship.

Danny and Donna continued on operating the family business Larry’s Towing, loved travelling, but above all else, they love their children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; sons, Dustin and his wife Shannon, Daniel and his girlfriend Elizabeth; daughter, Ashley and her husband, Darren; grandchildren, Jacob Noel, Nicolas Robert, Eva Graye, Elias Lee, Oliver Wayne, and a future grandson on the way.

He precedes many aunts, uncles, relatives and great friends. He was and is deeply loved and will be cherished by his family.

Danny was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Murdale Baptist Church in Carbondale.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in Murdale Baptist Church, with Pastor Paul Hicks officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda.

Memorials may be made to American Towman Spirit Ride, 7 West St., Warwick, NY 10990.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is entrusted with arrangements



Frank G. O’Connor ~ Percy

Frank G. O’Connor 74, of Percy, Illinois passed away Sunday September 16th, 2018 at Memorial Hospital of Chester. He was born September 23, 1943, the son of Joseph F. and Frances L. (Kilgrove) O’Connor in Herrin, Illinois.

Frank is survived by his Children; Andrew O’Connor of Carbondale; Frank G. O’Connor (Verna) of Round Lake Park, Illinois; Alan O’Connor of Round Lake Park, Illinois; Tina Williams of Steelville, Illinois; four grandchildren, Bethany Myers of Sparta; John (Kelly) Williams of Steelville; Thomas Williams of Percy; Lian O’Connor of Round Lake Park; four great grandchildren; one brother Joseph O’Connor; one sister Lila Wilkins; several nieces, nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Frances O’Connor.

Graveside services will be held Friday September 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Percy Village Cemetery with Steve Duncan Officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


Nola Mae Hill ~ Hurst


Nola Mae Hill entered heaven on Friday, September 7, 2018. She was born on January 26, 1950 in Herrin, Illinois the daughter of Robert and Violet Rose (Barnett) Hill. She leaves behind her only son Joseph Lee Hill; two grandsons Connor Allen and Theodore Jordan Hill; Brother Glenn Hill and Barbara Johnson. She has joined her mother, father and her sister Nancy Jo Burke in the kingdom of heaven. Graveside services will be held at Blaisville Cemetery at twelve noon on Thursday September 20, 2018. She will be missed by her family and will forever be in our hearts. 



Charlie L. Murden ~ Carbondale 

Charlie was born in a house on a hillside of Kent Keller highway. He and his sister attended coutry schools where they walked or rode a horse to school. He always had an interesting story to tell about growing up in that era. No electricity, no running water or indoor plumbing. They grew their own food and had chickens, cows and pigs. His mother would trade eggs, milk, and butter at the local store for other items they needed. He graduated from Gorham High School and took on various jobs ultimately meeting Mildred Fey in Chester, Illinois where she was born and raised. They eloped in to Perryville, Missouri on April 5, 1944. A daughter Carol was born in October of 1942, dad enlisted in the Air Force Cadet Program being stationed at Camp Hood in Texas and lastly Fairbanks Alaska.  While in the service, a second child Judy was born. In 1946, they moved to Carbondale to pursue a job opportunity in banking. In 1946, a third daughter Pat was born. In 1957 a fourth daughter, Penny was born. Charlie participated in the real estate and insurance industry either as a partner in various businesses in Carbondale and ultimately going solo. In the 1970’s he entered the real estate appraisal business thinking it would be something he could do when he retired. Penny entered the business in 1982 and they served Southern Illinois for over 30 years until he retired at age 93. His passion was commercial appraising with Penny focusing on residential and she continues to do so. He was a workaholic but did enjoy fishing and hunting the what spare time he had as well as flying small planes for several decades in post WWII years. His favorite fishing place location spot was Crystal River, Florida. He and Mildred made many trips yearly over a span of 60 years. This was his home away from home. Charlie’s truest love was for his wife Millie, his children Carol, Judy, Pat and Penny, 9 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. Charlie will be dearly missed by his family and friends. 


 Thomas Daniel “Danny" Butcher III- Murphysboro

Thomas Daniel “Danny” Butcher, 75, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his residence. Danny was born November 29, 1942, in Carbondale, the son of the late Thomas Daniel Butcher Jr. and Barbara Ann (Logue). He was united in holy matrimony to Betty Jean Cheatham on March 25, 1961, in DeSoto, Illinois. They shared over 57 years of marriage where this union blessed them with two children.  Danny graduated from Carbondale High School where he also had passion playing football for the Terriers. Danny worked an accomplished 50 years with his brilliant craft in brick, block and stone. In earlier years he was skilled with juke box, and pinball machine repair.

As a result of his generosity, hard work ethic and colorful spirit, his influence will forever remain in the lives of all those that surrounded Danny. In later years, he enjoyed his garage, wood-burning fireplace, gardening/lawn work, sports, telling stories of the days, but mostly his family. Danny's enormous love for his family was an incredible thing that he nurtured in multi-faceted ways, especially for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

His profound life will forever be cherished by his loving wife Betty Butcher; daughters; Danette (Benny) Miles and Robin Butcher. Danny's grandchildren; Benny Jack, Daniel (Ashley), Ethan (Sarah), Brianna, and Maryah; great grandchildren; Jonathan, Christian, Lyric, Kelanis, Barrett, Abram; brother; Mike Butcher; Louis John Butcher; sister Terry Thorne; dear friend “preacher man" Larry Powell; and a host of dear friends and relatives.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Dillinger Cemetery with Larry Powell officiating. He is preceded in death by his parents; Brother Jim Butcher; sister Ann Reams.

Walker Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements




JOYCE ANN MYERS ~ Carbondale

Joyce Ann Myers, 80, passed away peacefully Monday, August 27, 2018 at Prairie Living at Chautauqua after a battle with cancer. 

Mrs. Myers was born November 8, 1937 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Forrest Aubrey Robinson and Marguerite Reynolds.  She moved to Elkins, West Virginia as a child and was a drummer on her high school marching band.  She attended Davis & Elkins College and was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and the D & E Women's basketball team, graduating in 1959 with a degree in Education. She taught high school English.  On January 24th, 1960, she married Charles C. Myers.  The couple embarked on a lifelong journey around the globe, before settling in 1973, to Carbondale, Illinois.

Mrs. Myers was an athlete, musician, college graduate, English teacher, but most importantly a mom.  She raised three sons and was known for her generosity, devotion, love of pets and people.  She could be seen walking every day with her dogs Bailey and Seymour around Campus Lake, greeting everyone with a big smile.  The immense pain we feel today is overshadowed by the joy knowing she is reunited with her late husband and her precious dogs.  Mrs. Myers is survived by sons Charles F. Myers (Lee) Christopher R. Myers (Annie) and Michael J. Myers (Gyla) and four grandchildren, David Myers, Brooke North, Lauren Myers, and Lola Myers. 

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Myers at Noon, Saturday, September 1st, 2018 at Southern Illinois University Campus Lake Becker Boat house /Pavilion, where a memorial bench will be dedicated to honor Mrs. Myers and her late Husband, Dr. Charles C Myers.  Donations in Mrs. Myers memory can be mailed to:  Campus Lake Beautification Project, Southern Illinois University Foundation, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, Il, 62901.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements, 112 South Poplar Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901.


Laura L. Koran ~ Carbondale

Laura L. Koran, of Carbondale, IL, formerly of Cleveland, OH, passed away on Friday, Aug. 24 at age 75.

Beloved mother of Jennifer Koran and Nicholas Koran.

Funeral Mass Friday 10 AM, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Carbondale. Interment Saturday at St. Andrew's Cemetery, Murphysboro.


Amar Philippe ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Amar Philippe, 5, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Carbondale, due to a traffic accident.

Amar was born Aug. 3, 2013, the son of Theo Gilmore and Apryl S. Philippe.

Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Rockhill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sidney Logwood officiating. Visitation will be prior, from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.

Survivors include his mother, Apryl Philippe; father, Theo Gilmore; brothers, Alden, Jalen and Xaiden Philippe; sisters, Angel Philippe and Natayla Gilmore; grandmothers, Pam Gilmore and Christine Philippe; Aunts, Sharece Johnson, Stephanie Hershey and Brandy Philippe; uncles, Anthony Hershey and Preston Philippe; and so many more loving family and friends.

Amar is preceded in death by his grandfather, Duane Philippe; family friend, Kaileigh Ralph; and his great-grandparents.

In honor of Mar’s Love, everyone who knows him keeps his unconditional love alive by giving love. He loved everyone and everything, including animals, puppies, and even snakes. Amar had a spark that could eliminate any dark day. He was so special in many ways, he prayed every night with his mother, thanking God for each day.


“I’ve Been Good.”

James “Pete” Peterson ~ Murphysboro

James Peterson, 81, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

James was born August 24, 1936, in Carbondale, the son of the late Woodrow and Lois (Gage) Peterson.

He was united in marriage to Julie Allen in 1983, in Carbondale. They shared over 34 years of marriage.

He was a member of the Murphysboro United Methodist Church for over 30 years. He worked for Consolidation Coal Company for over 30 years until he retired in 1998.

James is survived by his wife Julie Peterson: children; Deborah (David) Vancil; James (Julie) Peterson II; Tara Peterson; Step son; Eli Rodemaker; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Woodrow and Lois Peterson; daughter Jaime Nelson; sister; Barbara Thomas.

Memorials may be made to Carbondale Adult Senior Services/ Food Program 409 North Springer Street, Carbondale, Illinois 62901 or  Murphysboro United Methodist Church 1500 Pine Street, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966.

Services will be Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm. at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale. Visitation will be prior from 11-1 at the funeral home.


Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 


Cathy Louis Sanders~ Pomona

Cathy Louis Sanders, 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday July 10, 2018.

Cathy was born on April 22, 1947, in Pomona, the daughter of the late Clifford and Gladys Lucille (Griffin) Ellis.

She is survived by her children; Lonnie Sanders; Connie Sanders-Baum; Rhonda Sanders; three grandchildren; Tyler Sanders; Dustin Klink; Austin Shurtz; siblings; Eugene Ellis; Betty Cauble; Emma Sanders; Bob Ellis; Linda Zimmerman; Debbie Gearhart; Shirley Gee; twenty two nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Cathy is preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Gladys Ellis; one brother; Michael Ellis and four sisters; Sharon Ellis; Diane Levin; Mary Cripps; Carolyn Ellis.

Services will be Monday July 16th at 12:00 at Walker Funeral Home in Alto Pass with Pastor Carroll Toler Officiating. Interment will be at Dutch Ridge Cemetery, Pomona, Illinois.  Visitation will be prior at 11:00 am.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Belleville.  Walker Funeral Home of Alto Pass entrusted with arrangements. 



 Everett Lee Escue ~ Makanda

MAKANDA — Everett Lee Escue, 85, died June 10, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family at his side.Everett was born to Cleo and Elsie (Cox) Escue on April 23, 1933, in Makanda, Illinois. Everett was a member of the 318 Local for over 59 years and the National Rifle Association. He worked construction for his entire career, with the last 25 years with his two sons. He attended Cowboy Church in Goreville, Illinois. Everett loved fishing, and was an avid beachcomber at Grassy Lake, and taking care of his horses.

Everett is survived by Barbara Ann, his beloved wife of 65 years; brother Paul Escue of Makanda, Illinois; and six children. His children: Sharalyn and Joe Slivinski, North Plains Oregon; Ernie and Vicki Escue, of Makanda, Illinois; Kathy Escue and partner Sally Niemeyer, Benton, Illinois; Debbie and Chuck Richardson, Allen, Texas; Tina and Gary Eckert, Vincennes, Indiana; and Lonnie and Jill Escue, of Makanda, Illinois. Everett also had 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Everett was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Genevieve Yancey; and two grandchildren, J. T. Gideon and Ernie Lee Escue Jr.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice.Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Gentry Cemetery with Jason Forby officiating.Huffman Harker Walker Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.


Attie Gwendolyn “Gwen” Bormann Hunt ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Gwen Hunt, 84, passed away peacefully Saturday June 9, 2018. Gwen was born June 1, 1934, in Massac County, the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Kuhlman) Bormann.

Gwen graduated from Massac High School and later got a degree in Criminal Justice from John A. Logan College. She married Tom Hunt in 1954 and had five children. In 1956, she and Tom brought Pizza to Carbondale and opened Pizza King, which became PK’s. In 1972, Gwen became the first woman to hold a liquor license in Carbondale. She has been in business for more than 64 years. Gwen embraced life. She touched hundreds of people with her love, laughter, generosity and strength.

She is survived by her children, Janet Hunt-Baker and husband Bob, Susan and husband Russell Lane, Mary Ellen and husband Jim Twomey; grandchildren, Ely Lane, Adam Lane, Casey Twomey; and three great-grandchildren; sisters; Yvonne Crosier; Carol Martinek; Karen and husband Steve Humm; sister in law Sue Bormann.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Helen Bormann; son Carl Neil; daughter Kendra; former husband Tom Hunt; brother Kenneth Bormann; sister Joann Throgmorton; and best friend Thelma Steed.

A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Judes Children or charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life will be held at PK’s at a later date.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Shawnee Christian Village. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.


Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.





William “Bub’ Joseph Sutcliffe ~ Bush


William “Bub” Joseph Sutcliffe, 55, passed away peacefully at his residence in Bush on Sunday  May 27, 2018 surrounded by his loving family and friends.


Bub was born December 15, 1962, in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of the late Joseph James and Mary Lou (Cox) Sutcliffe.


He loved playing darts, fishing, playing pool and planting a garden. He was loved by all and will be dearly missed.


Bub is survived by; sisters Debbie and husband Donald Inchcliff; Frances “Sis” and husband Kirk Sharp; brother Tom and wife Carrie Sutcliffe; Son Cody Sutcliffe; daughter Ashley and husband Ryan Grabill; granddaughter; Alyssa; Joelle; grandson Nic; three nephews; three nieces; and one great niece; one step daughter and step son.


A Celebration of life for Bub will be held Saturday June 16th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bush Community Building in Bush, Illinois.















Dr. Helmut Liedloff ~ Carbondale

Dr. Helmut Liedloff died peacefully at his home in Carbondale on Tuesday, May 29th 2018.  Born in 1930 in Bremen, Germany, Professor Liedloff received his Doctorate in German and English at Philipps Universität in Marburg before accepting a teaching assistantship at Southern Illinois University in 1957 where he completed a master’s degree in English (with a specialization in American literature) in 1962. After teaching at Milwaukee’s Downer College, he was hired in 1964 as Assistant Professor of German at SIU, where he remained as a very dynamic and much beloved teacher and Department Chair.

In and out of the classroom, Dr. Liedloff was witty, with a sense of humor especially attuned to language and plays on words. To student’s fortunate enough to get to know him well, he was a loyal and life-long friend. This and his great love of music made the early loss of his hearing difficult to bear. Yet he remained active and especially devoted to long walks, swimming, and Ti Chi.

During his years at SIU, Dr. Liedloff published six German textbooks, one of which, Deutsch heute, co-authored with Jack Moeller in 1974, was one of the most innovative and popular textbooks ever written. It was republished in ten editions. Dr. Liedloff’s fields of specialization included second language acquisition, comparative cultures, and translation.  In these fields he published monographs on: Steinbeck in German Translation: A Study in Translational Practices and, most recently, Briefe zwischen Deutschland und Amerika, a memoir about his experiences growing up during the Third Reich and a New World perspective on post-war Germany.

In 1989 Dr. Liedloff received the Illinois Council on Foreign Languages Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Contributions to the Profession. And in 1986, together with his wife Mary Liedloff, he generously established the Liedloff Scholarships, nine full-tuition awards for students pursing degrees in German Studies at SIU.

He is survived by two nieces: Hilde Liedloff of Mannheim, Germany, and Almut (Liedloff) Rimmasch of Radebeul, Germany. A Memorial service will be held at Walker Funeral Home, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, Il 62901. The receiving line will begin at 4:00 and the memorial service at 4:30 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Burial will take place in the Steubenville, Ohio, Cemetery.



Memorials may be made to the “Helmut and Mary Liedloff Endowed Fund in German”  https://cola.siu.edu/languages/give/ or The Southern Illinois University Foundation, Carbondale, IL 62901





Gene Anthony Cramer ~ Cobden


Gene Anthony Cramer, 72, formerly of Sandoval, Illinois, died peacefully Tuesday April 10, 2018. Gene was born June 8, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Andrew and Jennie (Saiz) Cramer.


Gene worked at his Father’s Service Station and the J R Centre in Anna. Gene was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Elvis Fan. He loved music, dancing, singing and playing his guitar. He was a history buff and loved Classic Cars.


Gene is survived by his sister Eileen (Cramer) Troutt-Ervin and husband Bob Perry; nephew Andrew Troutt; niece Marleen (Troutt) Shepherd; great nephew Isaiah Shepherd; step nieces; Kathi (Ervin) Odum; Julie (Ervin) Yates; step nephews; Steve and David Ervin; cousins Frank and Alice Keller; and many other cousins and family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother in laws Marvin Troutt and Osbin Ervin; aunts and uncles.


Visitation will be held Monday April 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. with funeral at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church of Carbondale. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Sparrow Coalition 306 West Monroe Street Carbondale, Illinois 62901 or Chamness Care Memorial Fund P. O. Box I Jonesboro, Illinois 62952.Chamness Care took such wonderful care of Gene for over 22 years. . Gene loved people and was always Kind.



Huffman Harker Walker Funeral of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.







CARBONDALE — Charles Joseph  McCaughan "Charlie Joe," 84, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 2, 2018.


Charlie was born on Oct. 22, 1933, in Carbondale, the son of George and Marie (Pryor) McCaughan.


He married Evalina Umberger on Nov. 22, 1957, in Maywood. They shared more than 60 years of marriage together.


They moved back to Carbondale in 1961 where Charlie worked for the City of Carbondale Water Department and later the Carbondale Fire Department. He retired in 1986 with 20 years of service to the Fire Department and 14 of those years as the fire chief.


Charlie was a member of Boskydell Baptist Church and later attended Grand Avenue Christian Church. His trust and faith in Jesus Christ was reflected in his life thru the giving and serving of others.


He is survived by his wife, Evalina; his four children, Terri Priddy, Ginger (Randy) Murray, Diana (Ted) Lomax, and Larry (Stephani) McCaughan; his grandchildren, Traci (Jeremy) Wolf, Aaron Priddy, Elle Murray, Casey Murray, Tim (Kiri) Lomax, Jaime Lomax, Zachary Lomax, and Jeremy (Desire) Lomax, and Jacob McCaughan; great-grandchildren, Cati and Noah Wolf, Xander and Adley Lomax, Maia and Zara Lomax, and Jordyn Lomax.


Services will be at noon Friday, April 6 at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with Pastor Larry Shacklee officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Garden of Memory in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at the funeral home.


Memorials may be made to Boskydell Baptist Church or Grand Avenue Christian Church.


Charlie  Joe  lived his life one day at a time. His passion for life and his high sense of justice, for all, ruled his conversations and relationships. For all who knew Charlie, there were certain topics that would always end with a lesson, sermon, or political speech. He never lost an argument. It was this passion that God used in Charlie's life to endear all who met him. His passion for his faith in God and his love for his family were what he lived for. Along with many others, Charlie's grandchildren enjoyed his


unique personality and "sayings". Charlie especially loved attending the grandchildren's sporting events, when he could, and usually ended up being "Grandpa" for the entire team. He loved them all and they loved him.




Charlie was also passionate about being "outdoors". Any day of the week you could drive by their home on South 51 and you would see him out on his front porch loving nature. Even in the winter months Charlie would put on his parka and sit outside with a cup of coffee. He enjoyed hunting and trapping and instilled a sense of nature in his children and grandchildren. He loved the mountains and he and his wife, Evalina, made many trips "Out West". One of their most favorite trips was driving the Alaskan highway in 2000.  But even more than his love for his family and the outdoors was his love for his wife of 60 years, Evalina. The vows Charlie and Evvy made to each other on their wedding day in 1957 were just as important the last days as the first.


Charlie Joe was a passionate man with many talents that he gladly shares with family and  friends. He will be missed but his love remains with all who knew him.





Edward A. Nagin Jr.  ~ Carbondale


Edward A. Nagin Jr., 51, passed away Sunday April 1, 2018 in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.


Edward was born December 22, 1966, in Naples Italy the son of Edward A. and Bertha E. (Allen) Nagin.


He was united in marriage to Anggi F. Ayu on February 10, 2010, in Indonesia. They have shared over 8 years of marriage.


He is survived by his wife Anggi F. Ayu of Carbondale; Mother, Bertha Nagin of Newark, DE;  Brother, Kenneth Nagin of Newark, DE; Sisters, Karen Nagin of Runnemede, NJ; Mary and husband Don Donovan of Kettering, OH; Niece Kaitlyn Nagin; Nephew Patrick Donovan; uncle and godfather Al Nagin and his wife, Maureen Nagin of Wildwood, FL.


He was preceded in death by his father Edward A. Nagin, Grandfather Albert Nagin.


A private memorial service will be held. Per his wishes he will be cremated. Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements.



Frederick J. Sobery ~ Carbondale

Frederick J. Sobery, 77, passed away Monday March 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Fred was born May 3, 1940, in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Frederick A. and Beulah Mae (Janis) Sobery.

Fred is survived by his Daughters; Amelia Smith of Carbondale, Heidi and husband Trace Brown of Carbondale; Heather Chambers of Carbondale; the mother of his children Sue Stanhouse; Sister Molly Sobery of Carbondale; Grandchildren; Colin and Chase Smith; Skyler, Adrianne, Chanceler Brown; Summer Fischer; Great grandchild; Aiden Stein; sister in laws; Jerry Sobery and Julie Sobery both of Florida; many cousins; dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Mae Sobery; his brothers Art and Charlie Sobery.

Services will be Thursday April 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Carbondale. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 10-11 prior to service.  Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Carbondale entrusted with arrangements. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Senior Adult Services 409 North Springer Street, Carbondale Illinois 62901.

Fred’s greatest Joy in life was baking. His grandparents were from Germany and so he was a fourth generation German Baker.  He with the family owned and operated Sobery Bakery on Illinois avenue in downtown Carbondale for over 30 years. He made and delivered bakery goods to local business in Southern Illinois. He continued his passion for baking thru out his life going all over the country teaching and consulting fellow bakers. Fred loved life and tried to live every day to the fullest. He is a Carbondale Icon that will be dearly missed by all.



Frederick J. Sobery ~ Carbondale

Frederick J. Sobery, 77, passed away Monday March 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Arrangements are pending at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale.



Amanda Lilly Sheumaker ~ Carterville

Amanda Lilly Sheumaker, 55, passed away peacefully Wednesday February 21, 2018 surrounded by loving family and friends.

Amanda was born February 11, 1963, in Herrin, the daughter of Billy Bob and Mary Carolyn “Russell” Barnes.

She married Jeffrey D. Sheumaker on July 30, 2011 in Carterville; they shared 7 years of marriage.

She is survived by her husband Jeffrey Sheumaker; Children; Graham and wife Leslie Johnson; Joshua Johnson and partner Emily Kern; Stepchildren; Elias and Eleanor Sheumaker; Grandsons; Silas and Samuel Johnson; Sisters; Gayle and husband Gary Walker; Jayne and husband David Raso; Brother; Steve and wife Edna Barnes; several nieces, nephews, cousins; special friend Martha Clendenin and best friend Storry Taylor.

Amanda was preceded in death by her parents Billy Bob and Carolyn Barnes.

Interment will be held at Blairsville Cemetery.

A Celebration of Amanda’s life will be held at a later date with family and friends. Walker Funeral Home and Crematory entrusted with arrangements. 



Eleuteria Aguayo ~ Murpysboro

Eleuteria Agauyo, 83, passed away peacefully February 3, 2018 at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro.

She was born February 10 1934, in Veracruz, Mexico the daughter of Meliton and Felicitas (Perez) Zavala.

She is survived by her children; Corina and husband Leland Hampton of Murphysboro; Philip R. Briggs; Irene D. Briggs; Joseph J. Briggs; David S. Briggs all of Arizona; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her late husband Phillip Briggs; 7 Siblings.

Eleuteria was much loved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She brought Joy to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

Graveside services will be Tuesday February 13th, 2018 at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale, Arizona. Walker Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 


Paula K. Roosevelt ~ Desoto 

Paula Kent Roosevelt (Prather), age 65, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018. She was born August 30, 1952 in Union City, TN to Martha Jean Prather (McBride) and Robert Wayne Prather. Paula is survived by her loving family - husband, Steve Donnel Roosevelt, daughter Jenifer Jeanann Roosevelt, granddaughter Celia Rose Miller, son-in-law Ian Andrew Miller, and brother Robert Stephen Prather. Paula was a beloved beautician and business owner in Carbondale, IL for over 30 years. She will be remembered for her love of cooking, reading, murder mysteries, and sushi, her compassion for strays (four- and two-legged), her whimsey, and her fierce adoration of her granddaughter. A gathering of friends and family will be held midsummer.

Dr. Martin (Michael) Petith of Carbondale passed away on Friday January 19, 2018 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born February 19, 1944 in Wernigerode, Germany, a picturesque German city nestled in the Harz Mountains. As this area was quickly becoming East Germany, his family fled over the east/west border to escape Stalin’s advance and settled in Seckenheim, West Germany, where his father established a successful family pediatric practice. Dr. Petith married Jean Marie Stratman in 1966 in Freiburg, where they met during his medical school training. The family moved to Madison, WI in 1970 where Dr. Petith completed a residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital. After completing another VA residency in Iowa City, IA, the family moved to Carbondale, IL, where Dr. Petith worked for over 32 years at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion, IL. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for over 20 years and was attached to the 44th General Hospital Unit based in Madison, WI, attaining the rank of Captain. Michael (a.k.a. Dr. Mike) greatly appreciated all the wonderful friends he made at the VA (both coworkers and patients) and in the service.

In addition to his work at the VA, he also worked with the S.I.U. Medical School, instructing medical students on best practices in the field of gastroenterology, and spent some of his last moments on earth helping to diagnose his own condition and providing instructional comments! (Many thanks to the hardworking and talented staff in Carbondale’s Memorial Hospital ICU ward for their hard work, talent and professionalism.) Dr. Petith authored a variety of medical instructional materials and was an early adopter of laparoscopy; a technology that has made many surgeries and procedures much easier and less invasive, ultimately resulting in better patient outcomes. Dr. Petith was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts who enjoyed attending theatre and classical music events at SIU, and also a movie buff, amateur painter and architect. He had a specific and profound interest in building bridges. He was an accomplished pianist, having studied in Germany with his celebrated uncle Rudolf. Dr. Petith could often be heard unwinding on evenings and weekends as he played selections from his extensive repertoire of traditional classical pieces.

Though he loved his upbringing in Seckenheim, which afforded great opportunities to experience nature in Germany’s vast national forest network, he became a naturalized American citizen and stayed permanently in the States. He was thrilled to be able to own acreage in the Shawnee National Forest near Pomona, where he spent many weekends enjoying rock formations and creating an elaborate trail system. He enjoyed traveling overseas to visit his large German family and to participate in Seckenheim school reunions, and greatly enjoyed telling stories of his exploits to his Carbondale Stammtisch group. He also spent time as a volunteer translating Middle High German and High German texts for a variety of clients. Keeping in contact with his German heritage was extremely important to him throughout his life, but he was very proud of the freedoms and rights that he enjoyed as an American citizen. He was always concerned about the potential of democracies being exploited by Fascists as his own upbringing had been severely impacted by these groups.

He is survived by his 2 ex-wives, his 3 children: Ted Markus Petith (Elizabeth Tryon) of Madison, WI, Heike Petith Smith (Greg) of St. Petersburg, FL, and Karl Erik Petith (Signe Bishop) of Portland, OR; 5 grandchildren: Charmaine Tryon-Petith Swan; Clayton and Miles Tryon-Petith; and Benjamin and Spencer Smith; as well as his sister Regine Gattung-Petith of Edingen-Neckarhausen, Germany; his sister-in-law Gretel Petith of Seckenheim, and her children (Heiner, Barbara, Ursula and Hans) and many other German cousins, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces & -nephews; and his lifelong friend Sigrid Deussen of Bad Hamburg, Germany. He was preceded in death by his father Karl Heinrich Petith, his mother Gertrud Petith (nee' Mueller), his brother Peter Petith and his niece Christine Petith Muench. Dr. Petith was cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers/gifts, remembrances may be written at remembr.com/martin.michael.petith.


William Joseph Boyer ~ Murphysboro

MURPHYSBORO — William Joseph Boyer Jr., 69, son of William Joseph Boyer Sr. and Billie Gale (Minor) Pobanz, passed away on Feb. 3, 2018, at his home in Murphysboro, after a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. Bill is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diann (Basler) Boyer; and four children, William (Dianna) Raymond Boyer of Mount Vernon, Laura (Leo) Valdespino of Duluth, Georgia, Jennifer (Jay) Gentiles of Mill Shoals, and Bobbi Boyer of Carbondale. He is also survived by his two brothers, Dennis (Patty) Boyer of Pompano Beach, Florida, and Sam Boyer of Denver, Colorado; and four grandchildren, Olivia Boyer, Callie Gentiles, Isa Valdespino and Vivien Valdespino. Bill is further survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Bill's parents predeceased him. Bill joined the U.S. Navy as a young lad of 17 and proudly served his country. He attended Eastern Illinois University as an undergraduate and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, for graduate school, studying psychology. He loved helping people and worked helping the developmentally disabled in Southern Illinois for many years. Bill was also involved in the coffee business for many years and was fondly known as Mr. B, the coffee man. Bill was an avid golfer and very proud of scoring an ace at Crab Orchard Golf Club on July 14, 1987. He loved golf and became a club maker for a period of time. Bill was also a proud Mason and Shriner. Bill trusted in the Lord early in life and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Services will be at noon Friday, Feb. 9, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. noon Friday at the funeral home. Interment and Military rites will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro. Memorials may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

Clarence “Jake” Flanigan ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Clarence “Jake” Flanigan, 97, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Manor Court in Carbondale.

Jake was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Carbondale, the son of Oak and Effie “Fight” Flanigan.

He married the love of his life, Mary Edna “Williams on Oct. 22, 1943, in Miami, Florida. They shared more than 74 years of marriage.

Jake is survived by brother-in-law, Ralph Lloyd Williams of Carterville; nephews, John Mann and wife, Jessica, of Carterville, Jess Mann and wife, Laura, of Carterville, Michael Williams of Carterville, Jason Mann and wife, Kim, of Mount Vernon; Earl Robert Flanigan and wife, Kathy, of Equality, Mike Flanigan and wife, Dana, of Marion, Keith Flanigan and wife, Bunny, of Tovey, and Arnold Mason and wife, Brenda, of Stonefort; and many great-nieces and nephew; good neighbors, Craig and Virginia Holt, Raymond and Emma Blair, and Doris Vickers; and the church family of Drury Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oak and Effie Flanigan; in-laws, Michael and Sarah Williams; sister-in-law, Catherine and husband, Paul Mann; nephew, Joe Mann; brothers, Earl and wife, Bea, Flanigan, and George and wife, Bea, Flanigan.

Jake loved two women: Mary his wife of 74 years and USS Alabama.

Services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 26, in Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with Trustees Mike and Diane Chylewski officiating. Friends at family may call prior from 10 a.m. to noon. Masonic Rites will be at 11:30 prior to service. Interment with full military rites will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.



Gary D. “Mick” Jones ~ DeSoto

Gary D. “Mick” Jones, nee Gary Allen Horn, 72, passed away Saturday January 20, 2018 at his residence in DeSoto.

Mick was born April 2, 1945, in Chicago Heights, the son Don and Mary Lou (Tripp) Jones and Allen and Margie Horn.  

He married Sheila Dianne “Russell” on August 18, 1967, in Desoto. They shared over 50 years of marriage.

Mick retired after 42 years of Tinner in Local 268. He served proudly in the Army from 1962 – 1966 he served in Germany 18 months of this time.

He is survived by his wife Dianne, his children Micki and husband Jeff Moon; Jim Jones; Tammy and husband Jason Coffer; Chrissy and husband Dereck Bittner all of DeSoto, his grandchildren, Cody Moon, Levi Coffer, Amy Moon, Miranda VanZandt, Bodie Jones, Riley Coffer, Makenzi Vanzandt, Kierstyn Bittner, and step daughter Hannah Clark and one great granddaughter; 5 siblings

He was preceded in death by both sets of parents and  step brother Bob Dubuis.

Services will be Thursday at 1:00 p.m at Walker Funeral Home in Hurst. Burial will follow at DeSoto Cemetery with Military Rites. Visitation will be prior from 11:00 – 1:00 at funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital or V.F. W


Rebecca Kay Clifford ~ Pittsburg

 In 1977 Bec and Steven saw each other at the Hurst Lions Festival and from that moment on, their journey began.  It was always meant to be, even with the challenges they would face in the future together.  Bec loved being a partner to Steven and a mother to Devon more than anything.  She made “home” the place everyone wanted to be and so many great times were spent building their dream together.  She made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. It was her gift, the ability to open her heart and home to all. She offered solace, warmth, safety, happy moments, quiet spaces, peace, and most of all, unconditional love for anyone who entered her life.

 Bec embraced every aspect of motherhood, from the first moment of pregnancy to the end of her life. She and Steven welcomed their bright-eyed baby girl on May 31, 1987. She remains the light of their lives. Bec was a phenomenal mother, always present, always considerate, always supportive - a fierce champion of this child she loved unconditionally and wholly. She was terrific at planning special outings for Devon and her friends. Many of those friends thought of Bec as a second mom. She and Steven gave Devon all the tools she needed to leave the nest and fly with confidence. For Bec, that meant she had done her job well, as a mom first and a friend second. They had an enviable relationship with such a deep connection that allowed for the perfect mother-daughter bond, as well as, the perfect friendship.

 Bec was a happy person, full of life and energy. She was the hula hoop champion at JALC. She took pride in her home and filled it with love and comfort, she enjoyed being outside and creating beautiful spaces in both her landscaping and her interior design, she loved sunflowers and butterflies, great romance novels and feel-good films, she would invigorate the dance floors and always made everyone smile with her kind words and sense of security. In 2003, she became a licensed massage therapist, an accomplishment for which she was very proud and a profession that she felt very deeply connected to and enjoyed sharing with the rest of the world. She had a passion for the beach and going on Harley rides with Steven.

 ALS is a cruel disease, for the patient and for loved ones. Bec endured 9 years with courage, grace and dignity. She refused to allow ALS to take away her fighting spirit, to harden her heart, to make her bitter; instead, she found the strength to see love and goodness all around her and to reach out to others in need. She was not one to ever complain about her situation and chose; rather, to express that many others would have much worse happen in their lifetime.  Because she could articulate so well the effects of this disease and because she remained so strong and positive throughout this entire stage of her life, she was chosen to participate in ALS Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, to increase awareness and to lobby for research funding. She also spearheaded ALS Walks at John A. Logan College.

 Our family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Illinois, especially, nurse Amanda Bennett for her compassionate, gentle care, and Diana Freehill for her assistance. We are also grateful to Lori Dobbs, with the ALS Association, for her tremendous help through the years. Donations to either organization would be the preferred form of remembrance.





Edwina Carter ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Edwina (Parson) Carter, 71, passed away Jan. 15, 2018, in Cape Coral, Florida, with her husband of 52 years, Chuck, by her side.

She was born alongside her identical twin sister, Denice, on Sept. 3, 1946, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Beavin and Dorothy Parson (Josephine Burk). She was a 1964 graduate of Carbondale Community High School.

She married her high school sweetheart, Charles Carter, on Dec. 3, 1965. As a first generation college graduate she earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois Univeristy in elementary education. Her education continued as she earned a master’s degree from SIU with continued study toward her doctorate.

She taught in Carbondale School District 95 for 14 years. Her love for teaching gave her the ability to instill knowledge, inspiration, and values in the lives of hundreds of students and their families during this first chapter of her professional career.

Recognizing her inner entrepreneurial spirit she left the teaching profession to launch a family business that grew to be the largest Pier One Imports franchisee in the country with locations in four Midwestern states. Her business acumen continued to grow with ownership in Carter Property Management and as a founding investor in the establishment of First Southern Bank.

Edwina possessed so many qualities that affected the lives of her family, students, community, and employees. She particularly enjoyed her service on the Inspiring Women’s initiative at SIU. Her Saluki pride stemmed from the fact that her immediate family earned six degrees amongst the four family members.

She is survived by her husband Chuck; daughter, Emily Carter (Bill Wilkison); son, Matthew (Carla); four grandsons; Andrew Wilkison, Michael Wilkison, Ryan Carter, and William Carter; sister Denice Brown; brothers in-law, Jerry Henry, Bob Jarvis; two nieces and five nephews; and 12 great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; beloved sister, Brenda Jarvis; and brother in-law, Barry Brown.

She dearly loved and was loved by all of her family. Her special times with her husband and family included traveling the United States and the World with her favorite destination being Hawaii were she renewed her vows in celebration of her 40th wedding anniversary. She cherished time spent with her grandsons going to movies, playing games and visiting Disney several times. She will be remembered as Aunt Eddie, a very special fun-loving Aunt to all of her nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home, with interment immediately following in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Edwina’s memory to the American Cancer Society.




Michael David Morris ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — Michael David Morris, 69, passed away Sunday, Jan, 21, 2018, at his residence.

Michael was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Fort Worth Texas, the son of John R. Morris III and Nell Francis Morris (Nee Gurnee).

He married Phyllis Boling on Oct. 1, 1977, in Fort Worth, Texas. They shared more than 40 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Morris of Carbondale; children, Eden Morris of Broomfield, Colorado, Lark and husband, Justin, Craft of Carbondale; four grandchildren; and brother, John R. Morris IV of Atlanta, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. and Nell Morris.


Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Visitation will be prior from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.




James Darrel May Jr. ~ Carbondale

CARBONDALE — James Darrel May Jr. passed away peacefully on Oct. 14, 2017, at his home in Carbondale, at age 70. He shared more than 40 years with his wife, Rosie Gard.

Born in Carbondale, Jim was raised all across the globe by his parents, Jean and Saad Jabr.

He retired as Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army and earned the Meritorious Service Medal for achievement during peacetime and the Humanitarian Service Medal for his relief efforts in the 1993 Mississippi floods.

He held a Master's of Arts in History from Southern Illinois University and was dedicated to understanding the historical roots of our current political climate.

Jim valued finding the deeper meaning in our world. He was fluent in five languages and devout in his religious beliefs. He loved to share his knowledge of technology, carpentry, art and photography. He will be remembered by many organizations and friends in the community.

He is survived and loved by his wife, Rosie Gard, and her siblings; his daughter, Jessica May Elder and her husband, John Elder; and his brothers Saleh, Gus, Tony, and Ali Jabr and their families.

Celebration of life for Jim will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship at 105 N. Parrish Lane. The memorial will be given at 2 p.m. and military rites at 3 p.m. He will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Walker Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Center for Empowerment and Justice, 213 N. Washington Street, Carbondale, IL 62901; The Women's Center, 610 S. Thompson St., Carbondale, IL 62901; and/or Good Samaritan House, 701 S. Marion St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

 “Peace be with him.”



CARBONDALE — April Dawn Strader, 47, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, with loving daughter Olive and dear friends in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

April was born April 28, 1970, in Simi Valley, California, the daughter of Michael Gary and Margaret Anne (Withington) Strader.

She is survived by her daughter, Olive Michele LaRose of Illinois; mother, Margaret Anne Strader of California; sister, Annelise Mignon Strader of California; dear friends, Kimberly, Dawn, Jim, Peter, Anne and so many more friends and colleagues.


Karen Kidd Prichard ~ Carbondale 

CARBONDALE — Karen Kidd Prichard, 73, passed away Oct. 15, 2017, following a brave battle with lung cancer.

She was born Oct. 29, 1943, in New York to Evelyn and Donald Kidd. Karen received her doctorate from Kent State University in 1981 and taught educational psychology at SIU for more than 30 years. She spent her retirement traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Karen is survived by her two daughters, Kim Prichard Flores and Kristin (Prichard) Calzada; her two beloved grandsons, Nick Flores and Josh Calzada; her brothers, Donald Kidd and Douglas Kidd; and her husband, Reid Hansen.


 Jeffrey Howard Schultz ~ Carbondale 

Jeffrey Howard Schultz, 49, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday September 24, 2017, at his residence in Carbondale. He suffered a long illness caused by a rare genetic disorder that destroys the lungs, namely, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

 Jeffrey was born April 27, 1968, in Carbondale, the son of Dr. J. Howard and Joy Windsor (Fidler) Schultz. 

 Jeffrey is survived by his mother Joy Schultz of Carbondale; an aunt, Ruth Abrams, of Holbrook, Mass., two cousins, Roy Abrams and Sally Haskell, and their children and grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his father Dr. J. Howard Schultz and his younger brother Lawrence Mason Schultz. 

 Majoring in English Literature, he received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Chicago, followed by a M.A. also from the University of Chicago.  Thereafter he attended law school and received a J.D. from Tulane University. Jeff was an excellent attorney, for example, persuading a very conservative federal Circuit Court of Appeals to make new, more liberal law en banc.  But the kind of case he enjoyed most was one in which he could provide a better quality of life for a person severely injured by another through no fault of his or her own.  In his free time he thoroughly enjoyed, history, politics, film, music, and literature.  An animal lover, Jeff was kind, gentle, generous, and never mean-spirited.  He was blessed with many, many wonderful friends.

 In accord with Jeffrey's wishes, his body will be cremated.

An event will be hosted by Kim Curlee, one of Jeff's closest friends, to remember Jeff and to celebrate his love of music.  It will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Plaza-Wuxtry Records, located at 816 E. Main St. in Carbondale.

 Memorial contributions may be made to any animal welfare organization of the donor's choice.



Adam Linn Eversden

CARBONDALE – Adam Linn Eversden, 33, passed under doctors’ care at Carbondale Memorial Hospital on September 18, 2017.

Adam was born on September 12, 1984 in Murphysboro, IL to Gregory Knight Eversden and Terre Lee (Howle) Eversden. Adam graduated Carbondale Community High School in 2003. He graduated Southern Illinois University with a business degree in marketing. He was an entrepreneur and business owner, operating the Westown Shell gas station for over 10 years. Adam, known as “Big A” to many, loved helping people and enjoyed cooking. He was known for his kind heartedness and power to “save the day”. He prided himself on his ability to take care of others – especially kids. He always had a smile on his face and a willing hand to anyone in need.

He was a member of the Church of Christ and a member of Carbondale’s the Elks Lodge. Adam is survived by his parents; his siblings, Jeffrey Knight Eversden and wife, Natalie (Grella) Eversden, and Mary Taylor Eversden of Chicago, IL; his nephew, Jacob Knight Eversden of Chicago, IL; his 3 aunts and 3 uncles; his 8 cousins; and his thousands of friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard Roy Eversden and Jacqueline Rose (Wellman) Eversden of Quincy, IL, and John Willie Howle and Mary Lee (Wilson) Howle of Harrisburg, IL; and uncle, Linn Kirk Howle of Pope County, IL.

Visitation will be 4-8pm on Saturday September 23 rd at the Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Services will be at 1pm Sunday September 24 th at the Carbondale Church of Christ with a celebration of Adam’s life held following the service at the Garden Grove Event Center until 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Adam Eversden Memorial Fund, which will have a focus on helping children in need. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


Jeffrey Robert Odaniell

Jeffrey Robert Odaniell, 56, of Carbondale, IL, died Sunday, August 20, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. at Huffman-Harker- Walker Funeral Home, 210 West Oak St. in Carbondale. Visitation will precede the service from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Jeff was born September 22, 1960, in Carbondale, to John Robert and Marilyn (Brewster) Odaniell. He graduated from Carbondale Community High School in 1978. While attending SIU-C, he was employed at Huffman Funeral Home and Westroads Liquor Mart in Carbondale, followed by a career as sales representative for Koerner Distributor, Inc. Jeff was the laughter and light in so many lives and will live forever in the hearts of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Gail (Hammel) Odaniell of Carbondale; daughter, Megan Lucille Odaniell of Carbondale; sister, Cora Sedlacek (Dean) of Carbondale; brothers, Thomas Odaniell of Murrieta, CA; Stephen Odaniell of Carbondale; father and mother-in- law, Charles “Butch” and Lucy Mae Hammel of Carlyle; sisters-in- law Jeanette Reynolds (Gary) of Albers; Sandy Wehking of Centralia; Kim Holtmann (Dale) of Albers; brother-in- law Bob Hammel (Kim) of Carlyle; and 27 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army or SIU-C Touch of Nature Environmental Center.



Aileen Davis

CARBONDALE — Aileen M. Davis, 67, died at 2:11 am. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at home. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Huffman-Harker-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory in Carbondale.



Becky Jean Monahan

DE SOTO — Rebecca "Becky" Jean Monahan, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Becky was born Jan. 7, 1959, in Chicago Heights, to Otis William Monahan and Carol Jean Johnson.

She was a medical inpatient coder for more than 20 years.

Survivors include son, Scott Lockart and wife, Jonya of Marion; brother, David Monahan of Carbondale; grandmother, Ruth Monahan of Bertrand, Missouri; stepmother, Sandra Monahan of Carbondale; aunts, Judy Tucker and Marilyn Harpool of De Soto, Linda and husband, Jorge, Romero of Folsom, Louisiana, Shirley and husband, Bob, Nack of Carbondale; uncles, Cletus Johnson of Essex, Missouri, Richard Johnson of Orlando, Florida, Jimmy and wife, Marvalee Monahan of Thebes; Scott's father, Eric Lockart of Centralia; and significant other, Brian Luebke of De Soto.

She was preceded in death by father, Otis Monahan on Jan. 14, 2012; mother, Carol Ruckman on July 15, 2015; maternal grandparents; and paternal grandfather.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Carbondale, with the Rev. Jim Monahan (uncle) of Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Thebes, officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Feb. 9, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church 220 N. Tower Road, Carbondale, IL 62901.

Becky will be missed for her smile and sense of humor. She loved the outdoors and spending time in her backyard with her goldfish pond. She also enjoyed taking care of her flowers and watching the birds by the feeders. Becky was a big NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the races. She loved taking Roxy (her dog) to the park to run. She will be dearly missed by her son and family. She is now with her father and at peace.


 Virginia J. Stearns


CARBONDALE — Virginia J. Stearns after enjoying and making memories with her earthly family for 92 years joined her eternal family Jan. 23, 2017. She had been in Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Virginia was born Jan. 17, 1925, to Elta and Alma Travelstead Lipe in rural Carbondale.

On Sept. 25, 1942, she was united in marriage to John N. Stearns who passed away Dec. 15, 1988. Virginia is survived by one son, Donnie (Sally) Stearns of Vienna; one daughter, Vonda K. Summers of Carbondale; two grandsons, Darren and John (Amy) Summers of Carbondale; one granddaughter, Bambi Stearns of Anna; two great-grandchildren, James Levi and Savannah Summers of Carbondale; two stepgrandsons, Jerry and Gary (Judy) Murray, and great-stepgranddaughter, Danielle Murray, all of Vienna; two sisters, Juanita Etherton of LeRoy, and Carolyn Cano of Murphysboro; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Richard; one son-in-law, James Summers; and three brothers and three sisters.

Virginia was a member of the Murdale Baptist Church, Rebekah 220, and DAVA Chapter 69.

Virginia worked many years as a bookkeeper for the business John and she owned Stearns Heating Air Conditioning, and served as an election judge for the Jackson County Republican Party until she became ill.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Huffman, Harker, Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. Paul Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitations will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 26 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the DAVA Chapter 69 or Rebekah 220 and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The family wants to say a big thank you to Dr. John Hayes and all the staff at Marshall Browning Hospital and the administrator, Merle Taylor and all of the staff at the Du Quoin Nursing and Rehab for their hospitality, care and love they showed both to the patient and family.

Gloria Stewart

HURST — Gloria Dean Stewart, 78, died at 4:56 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, in Herrin Hospital.

Gloria was born Nov. 26, 1938, in Herrin, to Wayne and Velma (Shirley) Hicks.

Gloria retired after 35 years from Ameritech in Joliet.


She was a member of Ziegler Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary in Marion, and the American Legion Auxiliary in Hurst.

She married George Stewart Jr. They shared more than 30 years. He preceded her in death Jan. 10, 1993.

Survivors include nephews and nieces, Tom and Betty Robison of Lafayette, Indiana, Teresa and Sam DeMarie of Du Quoin, Tina and Stephen Sloan of Galatia, David Robison of Hurst, Donna and Greg Robinson of Bush, Doug and Candy Lohman of Chester, Cathy Burris of Chester, Rochelle and Wes Isabelli of Iowa, Rebecca and Joe DeHart of Iowa; brother-in-law, Ralph Lohman of Steelville; sister-in-law, Barb and Glen Peil of Iowa; numerous great-nephews and -nieces; great-great-nephews and -nieces; plus many cousins and friends. Gloria had a lifelong friend, LaDonna Peradotto of Pinckneyville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Velma Hicks; husband, George Stewart Jr.; sister, Lora Lohman; sister and brother-in-law, Nina Lee and Gordon Robison; mother and father-in-law, George and Ann Stewart; nephews, Wayne Robison and Michael Lohman; and niece, Pam Patterson.

Services will be at noon Friday, Jan. 20, in Walker Funeral Home and Crematory of Hurst, with the Rev. Greg Parker officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home with Order of Eastern Star service at 11:45 a.m.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Hurst, P.O. Box 398, Hurst, IL 62949 or Hurst Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 146, Hurst, IL 62949.


CARBONDALE — Brenda Byrl (Parson) Jarvis, 68, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in Walker's Funeral Home and Crematory, with the Rev. Paul Hicks of Murdale Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the funeral home.

Brenda was born Aug. 2, 1948, on Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Beavin E. and Dorothy Jo (Burke) Parson.


She married Bob Jarvis, son of Frank and Agnes Louise (Maze) Jarvis, on June 22, 1968, in Carbondale. The greatest job she ever had was being a mom to her three boys. However, after she had raised her own children, Brenda worked as an admissions counselor at John A. Logan College, where, until she retired in 2004, she helped ensure countless students met their graduation goals.

Brenda is preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law; and brother in-law, Barry Brown.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Bob; three sons, John Jarvis of Chicago, Jarrod Jarvis of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeffrey Jarvis of Southaven, Mississippi; two sisters, Edwina (Parson) Carter and husband, Chuck, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Denice (Parson) Brown of Kewanee; two sisters-in-law, Linda (Jarvis) Randall and husband, Alan, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Margaret Kay (Jarvis) Cole and husband, Henry, of Ramsey; seven grandchildren, Jacob and Heather Jarvis of O'Fallon, Natalie and Holden Jarvis of San Antonio, Texas, and Jalyn, Reagen, and William Jarvis of Southaven, Mississippi; five nieces and nephews, Emily Carter and husband, Bill Wilkison, Matthew Carter and wife, Carla, Amy Jo (Brown) Hagerty and husband, Todd, and Douglas Brown and fiancee, Autumn Rogers, Michael Cole and wife, Michelle.

Brenda was a proud graduate of Carbondale Community High School's class of 1966. She attended Southern Illinois University until deciding to pursue her true passion, raising a family. It was through her husband, children, and grandchildren that Brenda found her greatest pleasures. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Brenda was a fixture at school sporting events, carnivals, plays, dances, and concerts. Anyone who attended Carbondale schools or participated in extracurricular activities with her children benefited from Brenda's giving nature.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


The family of Brenda wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Kurt Martin and his staff at the Carbondale Clinic, the staff of Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and the nursing staff of Manor Court of Carbondale.



Sidney W. McGowan

CARBONDALE — Sidney W. McGowan, 84, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center.

Sidney was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Carbondale, to Patrick and Pansy (Jocomb) McGowan.

He married Eleanor Louise Barfknecht and they shared 36 years together. She passed away in 2000.

Survivors include her daughter, Gay Eady of Carbondale; brother, Daniel Fowler (Vickie) of Arkansas; niece, Misty McGowan of Carbondale; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Pansy McGowan.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at The Ridge church. Pastor Wes Henson will give a eulogy at 6 p.m. and close in prayer.

Memorials may be made to The Ridge church, 7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901.

Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.


 Helen Maxine Sprague

CARBONDALE — Helen Maxine (Bollinger) Sprague, 90, of Centralia, formerly of Carbondale, died at 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Centralia Manor.

Helen was born April 18, 1925, in Carterville, to Charles and Anna Belle (Smothers) Bollinger.

She was a homemaker and worked at the Carbondale Clinic.

She married Van Sprague on Aug. 22, 1942, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1983.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Lingle of Centralia; two sons, Lewis Sprague and wife, Rhonda, of Jacksonville, Florida, and Robert Sprague of Carbondale; grandchildren, Pam Lawson, Sherry Griffin, Robert Sprague, Shelia LaPradd, Alec Sprague, Nelson Sprague and Rianna Sprague.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Van Sprague; parents, Charles and Anna Belle Bollinger; son-in-law, Gary Lingle; and brothers and sisters, Carl Bollinger, Hobart “Doak” Bollinger, Ray Bollinger, Reba (Bollinger) Gladden, Paul Bollinger, Wayne Bollinger, Dorothy (Bollinger) Spence and James Bollinger.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale, with Minister Wes Henson of The Ridge Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements



Mary L. Cripps

Mary L. Cripps, 71, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Mary was born April, 16, 1945, in Pomona, to Clifford and Gladys (Griffith) Ellis.

Mary worked at Archway School as a teacher’s aide.

She was married to Virgil Cripps. He survives in Pomona.

Survivors include her husband; children, Terry (Trish) Cripps of Marion and Rick (Tina) Cripps of Pomona; grandchildren, Aaron Cripps, Ashley Cripps, Clayton Cripps, and Brit and Brec Burkhardt; brothers, Eugene “Gene” (Nellie) Ellis, and and Bob (Pat) Elli, all of Pomona; sisters, Betty (Robbie) Cauble of Pomona, Emma (Don) Sanders of Pomona, Cathy Sanders of De Soto, Linda Zimmerman of Peotone, Debbie (Edard) Gearhart of Pomona and Shirley (Kevin) Gee of Makanda; many nieces and nephews; and loving friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Mike Ellis; three sisters, Dianne Levin, Sharon Ellis and Baby Carolyn Ellis.

Services  will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Walker Funeral Home in Alto Pass, with Davy Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. Wednesday at the funeral home.   


Services are entrusted to Walker Funeral Home of Alto Pass.


Timothy "Tim" Scott Beaty

Timothy Scott Beaty

CARBONDALE — Timothy "Tim" Scott Beaty's, life was tragically taken at 4:20 a.m. March 27, 2016. He was 41 years old.

Tim was born Nov. 10, 1974, in Waynesville, Missouri to Donald Beaty and Kittie (Ryan) McMillan.

On Sept. 12, 2009, he married Jessica (Gatewood) Beaty in Oak Park.

Survivors include his wife, Jessica Beaty and son, Jacob Beaty of Carbondale; mother, Kittie McMillan of Caruthersville, Missouri; father, Don (Gail) Beaty of Salem; sisters, Jennifer (Scott) Kiper of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Erin (Erin) Beaty-Keith of Edwardsville; nephews, Finnegan Kiper and Simon Keith; many stepsisters and stepbrothers, cousins, aunts and uncles; and his entire Lost Cross family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; stepfather, William McMillan and dear friends, Eric Cruz and Matthew Dierker.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Walker Funeral Home at 112 S. Poplar St., in Carbondale. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the funeral home. Friends and family may arrive early at 10 a.m. for viewing. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his son, Jacob Beaty, and sent to 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

Tim was well known as a mind-blowing drummer in the Carbondale music scene and played in the following bands: Hateful Dead, Cash Gal, 50:50, Dammit Boys, Bourbon Knights, Blast Radius, Conniption Fits, Back Stabbeth, Hippie Repellant, Birth, Lick My Butt and Balls, Venger, It Burns, The Touch, Bellyman, Plastic Jesus and Creepy Smell.

He was employed at EMAC in Carbondale for five years and was recently promoted.

Tim was a graduate of Centralia High School and received his associate degree from Lincoln Tech.

He was known as the life of the party, as a loving and dedicated father, and was always ready to lend an ear or support a friend in need. Tim Beaty was loved by all who knew him and was a Carbondale icon.

In the words of family and friends, "RIP Mr. #1derful."

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   J. Sobery ~ Carbondale

Frederick J. Sobery, 77, passed away Monday March 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Arrangements are pending at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale.

Frederick J. Sobery ~ Carbondale

Frederick J. Sobery, 77, passed away Monday March 26, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Arrangements are pending at Walker Funeral Home of Carbondale.


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