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Betty Melrose

Betty Melrose88-year-old Fairfield resident, Betty Melrose died at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had been a secretary at Center Street School.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Melrose of Fairfield; daughters, Debbie (David) Love of Fairfield and Caren (Brad) Sheraden of Fairfield; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services for Betty Melrose will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be noon until the time of service Thursday, July 31 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Verla J. Richardson

verlaVerla J. Richardson, age 64, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois died on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.  She was a retired cashier from Huck’s Convenience Store in Carmi.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Richardson, of McLeansboro; one son: Merle Edward (wife Cathy) Langley, III, and one step-son: Lewis Richardson, both of McLeansboro; two daughters: Jane (husband Brian) Guthrie, and Tina Langley, both of McLeansboro; three brothers: Larry Thompson of Dale, Robert Thompson and Rex Thompson, both of McLeansboro; one sister: Teresa Brown of Dale, and one twin sister: Vera (husband Tom) Smith of Dale.  Seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 3 step-great-grandchildren survive.

Funeral Services for Verla J. Richardson will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Hopewell Cemetery near McLeansboro.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Gholson Funeral Home.

Della M. Morris

70-year-old Fairfield resident, Della M. Morris, died at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at Way Fair Nursing Home.  She had worked at Continental Tire.

Surviving are a son, Tom Alexander of Fairfield; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one sister, Nancy Stallings of Fairfield; and three brothers, Bill Starks and Randy Starks both of Fairfield and Bob Hall of Iowa.

A Memorial Service for Della M. Morris will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield.  The body is to be cremated.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 until the time of service at the church.

Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.

Leon Bennett

Leon Bennett

Leon Bennett, 66, of Xenia, IL died at 2:14 a.m. Friday, July 25, 1914, at his home. He was an Auto-Diesel Mechanic, maintenance man for Continental General Tire for over thirty years, and an US Army Infantry Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Community of Christ Church at Zenith, IL and Cisne American Legion.

Survivors include his wife Sue of Xenia, IL; daughter Ginger (Troy) Workman of Xenia, IL; two brothers Roger Bennett of Versailles, KY and Garry Bennett of Gibson City, IL. Also surviving are two grandchildren Jacob Bennett of DeSoto, IL and Kirsten Workman of Xenia, IL

Graveside services will be 10AM Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Harrell Cemetery in Zenith with full military rights at the graveside. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Following the graveside service a Celebration of Life service will be held at the home of Ginger Workman.

Memorials may be given to Brush Creek Community of Christ Church and will be accepted at Hosselton Funeral Home.

Timothy R. Brake

brake47-year-old Albion resident, Timothy R. Brake died at 2:15 Thursday morning at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He had been a process tech at Fram Filtration and was a member of the House of Prayer in Albion.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Brake of Albion; a daughter, McKinzie Brake of Albion; his parents, Dave and Pat Rigg of Albion and two brothers, Tony Brake of Evansville and Jeremy Rigg of Albion.

Funeral services for Timothy R. Brake will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion with burial in West Village Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Saturday evening, July 26 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the Pan-Mass Challenge to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and will be accepted at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.

Lonnie Lee (Bimbo) Stennett

lonnie stennet60-year-old Geff resident, Lonnie Lee (Bimbo) Stennett died at 6:20 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at his home. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a retired truck driver and carpenter.

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Stennett of Fairfield; his wife, Marsha of Geff; a daughter, Trisha Stennett- Mason (Steve) of Fairfield;  sisters, Brenda (Jerry) Beeson of Fairfield, Star (Dale) Beeson of Wilmington, IL, Pat Vinson of Fairfield and Rebecca (Rodney) Kunce of Fairfield and 3 grandchildren.

Graveside services for Lonnie Lee (Bimbo) Stennett will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Brown Cemetery at Mt. Erie with full military rites.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family to assist with expenses and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, which is in charge of all the arrangements.

Everett E. Gott

gottReverend Everett E. Gott, 89, of Enfield died Wednesday July 23, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Gordon, Georgia.  During WWII, Everett worked installing hydraulic systems in P-47s at Republic Aviation in Evansville, IN.  He then attended Linotype school in English, Indiana. He worked for several years for the Carmi Times.  He pastored United Methodist churches around McLeansboro, IL (Oliver and Webb’s Chapel) and also Christopher and Greenwood UMCs, Farina, LaClede, Iola, Karnak, Olmsted, Ohio Chapel, Enfield and Wesley Chapel UMCs.

Survivors include his wife Ruth Dolores, children Larry (Ruth) Gott, Macon, GA, Anita (Terry) Logue of Gordon, GA, Mark Gott, Macon, GA and Holly (Jeff) Johnson, Mt. Vernon, IN,  Grandchildren: Kayla Blades, Joshua Gott, Sara Gott, Jessica Roberts, Genni Kirk, Jonathan Kirk, Jacob, Nicholas, Emily, Julia, Josiah, Samuel, Benjamin, Mariam, and Gabriel Johnson, Great-Grandchildren: Phoenix Crowe, Ransom Roberts, Jackson and Nathan Blades, and Ava Lynn Kirk, Sisters: Frances McQueen (Battle Creek, MI,) Patty Bowman (Chrisney, IN,) Delbert (Lola) James (Troy, IN.)

Funeral services for Everett E. Gott will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at Wesley Chapel, UMC, Enfield, IL with burial in the Enfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9-11 at the church.

The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield is in charge of arrangements.

Frances L. Rutan

Frances Rutan91-year-old Fairfield resident, Frances L. Rutan died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at her home in Fairfield. She had been a Nurse’s Aide.

Survivors include daughters, Beverly Rister and Pat Frankland of Fairfield and Sally Fry of Dallas, TX; a son, Mike Ford of Nashville, IN; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Services for Frances L. Rutan will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Jewell-Rittman Funeral Home in Columbus, IN with burial in Daugherty Cemetery in Bartholemew County, IN

Visitation will be noon until the time of service Saturday, July 26 at the Jewell-Rittman Funeral Home in Columbus, IN.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield which is in charge of the local arrangements.

Jeremy Alan Vahling

Vahling, Jeremy33-year-old Bone Gap resident, Jeremy Alan Vahling died at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 22 at his home.  He had worked at Wal-Mart for over 12 years in Flora where he served as Support Manager. He had been involved in fundraisers for Riley Children’s Hospital and had worked as an EMT.

Survivors include his wife, Jamie Vahling;; two sons, Tyler Lee and Caleb Vahliing of Bone Gap; his parents, David and Janet Vahling of Newton; two brothers, Chris (Kristen) Vahling and Jeff (Diana) Vahling of Newton; his grandparents, Jerry and Yvonne Hargis of Newton and Clarence and Marilyn Vahling of Gila, IL; his father and mother-in-laws, James and Belinda Lee of Bone Gap; two brothers-in-law, Travis Lee and Brad Lee of Bone Gap; three nieces, Darien, Nora and Olivia; and four nephews, Tristan, Wyatt, Mitchell and Ryan.

Graveside services for Jeremy Alan Vahling will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 25 at Bone Gap Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Thursday evening, July 24 at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton.

Mary Ruth (Keiser) Ewing

Mary Ewing68-year-old Fairfield resident, Mary Ruth Ewing died at 5:26 a.m. Monday, July 21 at Westpark Rehabilitation Center in Evansville, IN.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include step-daughters, Jennifer Ewing of Shawneetown and Sarah Bailey of Fairfield; a son, Rawleigh (Becky Key) Bailey of Fairfield; a step-son, Kenny Myers of Oklahoma; 2 grandchildren and several step-grandchildren.

Services for Mary Ruth Ewing will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday, July 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Hazel M. Hillyer

Hazel-HillyerHazel M. Hillyer, 85, of Xenia, Illinois died on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Odin Health Care Center in Odin, Illinois.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Hillyer of Centralia and her son, Dale E. Hillyer of Xenia.

Funeral services for Hazel Hillyer will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Robert Thompson

Robert ThompsonRobert Lee “Bob” Thompson, 82, well known former Golden Gate resident, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Indiana.

Before Bob volunteered in the United States Air Force he worked at several jobs including the Purington Brick Company in East Galesburg, Illinois and the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria and Midwest Mfg. Corp. in Galesburg. Bob served two tours of duty with the Air Force, working in the aircraft radar field during the Korean and cold wars. During that eight years he was stationed in Texas, Illinois, Mississippi, Washington, Indiana and Goose Bay, Labrador. Bob and June lived in the Fairfield area from 1960-1964, he working at Airtex. He worked part time from 1962-1964 for Charles Onstott at Peerless Laundry learning to repair and install laundry and dry cleaning equipment. Mr. Onstott was instrumental in connecting Bob with owners of cleaning establishments in the Peoria area when Bob moved his family to Peoria. He worked in that field in Peoria and also in Chicago. In 1964-1965 he worked with T & N Specialities (Thompson & Nolan) in his spare time and on weekends. He worked in maintenance at the Joliet Arsenal during the Vietnam War. From 1969-1972 he worked in maintenance for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet. In 1972 Bob accepted a position at West Salem at Champion Filters. At that time they moved to Golden Gate to be closer to June’s family. Soon afterward they started “Thompson’s Bluegrass Auction” in Golden Gate. By 1978 he closed the auction and started BB&T (Banks, Bailey & Thompson – Better Buys and Trades), spending weekends setting up at flea markets in Illinois Indiana and Missouri. Bob often said he would , “trade for anything that doesn’t eat”.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; daughters, Jane Benskin, Fairfield; Roberta (Dwaine) Hubbell, Golden Gate Illinois; Walter (Paula) Thompson, Sr., Ellery; Son-in-law, Greg Benskin, Sr., Fairfield. Grandchildren: Melany (Michael) Sauls, Olney; Amber (Travis) Dietrick, Silver Lake, Kansas; Greg (Shelby) Benskin, Jr., Fairfield; Rebekah Hubbell and Thomas Hubbell, Fairfield; Walter Thompson, Jr., Albion and Robert E. Thompson, New Berlin, Illinois. Great Grandchildren: Devin Sauls, Olney; Zane and Ella Dietrick, Silver Lake, Kansas and Bella Benskin, Fairfield. Step – daughter, Frana (Donald) Legg and step-son, Alan (Carolyn) Bland all of Fairfield. Step grandchildren: Donnie (Tiffany) Lyons, Fairfield; and Rebekah Lyons, Albion; Kenneth (Kim) Scott, Fairfield; and Betty (Robert) Harrelson, Fairfield. Step great grandchildren: Tyler, Cory and Nathan Scott; Jennifer Wood, all of Fairfield; Ember Harrelson, Mt. Vernon; and Ryan (Jamie) Wood, Carbondale. Step great-great grandchildren: CaSandra Lyons, Trenton, Trey and Tice Greenwood, Sunnie Desch all of Fairfield; Nicole Severs and Gage Lee both of Mt. Vernon; Monacah, Zackery and Jasmine Wood, all of Carbondale.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. at Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by Anthony Wayne Post 176, American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post 4535 VFW.

Visitation will be Friday, July 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. with Johnson and Vaughn in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers his children request that contributions may be given to help pay funeral expenses.





Tim Lewis, Sr.

Tim Lewis, SrTim Lewis Sr., 59 of Burnt Prairie died at 5:45 PM, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.  He was part owner of Lewis Scrap Metal in Burnt Prairie.

He is survived by his wife Vickie Lewis, sons Timmy (Aleshia) Lewis and Billy (Jamie) Lewis all of Burnt Prairie, grandchildren Abby Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Will Lewis, Halle Lewis, Cade Young and Blake Young, a brother Tommy Lewis of Portageville, MO, and three sisters, Kathleen (Lonnie) Stallings of Burnt Prairie, Nancy (Dave) Wallis of Kingsburg, CA, and Linda (Dennis) Smith of Houston, TX.

Funeral services for Tim Lewis Sr., will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Burnt Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorial may be made to Autism Speaks.

Katherine S. South

80-year-old Mt. Vernon, IN resident, Katherine S. South, died Saturday, July 19 at Westpark Rehabilitation Center in Evansville, IN.  She was a retired Health Care Nurse and member of the Savah Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Ellen J. Foster and Katherine Rachell Cole both of Mt. Vernon, IN and Sherry Lynn Mueller of Norris City; two sons, George Thomas Stephens and Michael Robb; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Rosetta A. Steward of Florida.

Private family services will be held for Katherine S. South.  The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, IN, is in charge of the arrangements.

James L. Atteberry

James Atteberry51-year-old Fairfield resident, James L. Atteberry, died at 5 a.m. Friday, July 18 at Good Samartian Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. He had worked at Murphy Brown Hog Farm at Mount Erie.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaycee Atteberry of Fairfield.

Services for James L. Atteberry will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with cremation to follow the service. There will be no burial at this time.

Visitation will be from 6 – 7 Tuesday evening, July 22 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


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