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Leland Warren “Fuzz” Thomason, 83 of Fairfield passed away at 6:15 AM, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Way-Fair Rehab. He worked in timber and ran a mower and chainsaw shop. Leland was born on July 21, 1931 in Hamilton County to Edmund and Gladys (Trotter) Thomason. Leland was married to Lela Mae who preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Bertha, a son Carl (Jennie) Thomason of Fairfield, a daughter Betty Jo (David) Grimes, a grandson Leland Thomason, 2 step-daughters Cynthia Eckleberry and Diana (Gordy) Toombs of Fairfield, 3 step-grandsons, 2 step granddaughters, 6 step great grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 sisters, Leona Thomason of Fairfield and Lorene McNew of Sims, 2 brothers, Wilford (Pat) Thomason of Farmington, New Mexico and Glennard Thomason of Huntingdon, Tennessee, several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Leland “Fuzz” Thomason will be held at 11 AM, Friday, October 31, 2014 at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield with George Musgrave officiating.
There will be no visitation and everyone is asked to go directly to the cemetery. The Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Troy J. Graham, 46, of Carmi died Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, Illinois. Troy was a farm worker and member of the Assembly of God Church in Carmi.
Survivors include his mother, Geneva Graham of Monticello, Kentucky; wife Janet Graham; sons Jason and Dillion; daughters Ashley Graham and Tammy (Joe) Overlander; brothers Lawrence, Virgil, Willard (Candy), all of Carmi, and Sonny (Janet) of Benton, Illinois; sisters Arminda Graham of Monticello and Ella Mae Streans of Somerset, Kentucky; grandchildren Sean Trey, Jordan, Allie, Madeline, Devin and Jake; aunts Freda Mercer, Arvia (Julius) James, Paula (Monty) Madonna all of Carmi and Regina (David) Holloman of Burkesville, Kentucky; uncles T.J. (Deb) Sheckles of Crossville, Illinois, and James Sheckles of Carmi.
Funeral services for Troy J. Graham will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi with burial in Kuykendall Cemetery near Carmi.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.
84-year-old Fairfield resident, Margie L. Brand died at 10:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at Way Fair in Fairfield. She had worked for Sears, in a dress factory, Wabash Production Credit Association, J.E. Fleming and the Wayne County Clerk’s office. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Pennington of Geff; sons, Ron Brand of Mt. Carmel and Brad Brand of Albion; sisters, Lyndall Meeks of Fairfield and Mary L. Shine of Monticello, IN; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Margie L. Brand will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Those attending the service should go directly to the cemetery as there will be no visitation.
The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements.
73-year-old Springerton resident, Merle W. (Bill) Thomas died at 7:08 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at Way Fair Nursing Home in Fairfield. He was a retired construction worker.
Survivors include a sister, Kathy Auxier of Carmi, along with several nieces and nephews.
Per Mr. Thomas’ request, there will be no public funeral service. The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.
23-year-old McLeansboro resident, Derrek Ross Welch died Sunday, Oct. 26 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville. He was a welder.
Survivors include his parents, David and Connie Welch of McLeansboro; three brothers, Keith Welch and wife Savannah, Devan Welch and wife Misty and Jake Welch and wife Sarah, all of McLeansboro; three nephews, Kalden Ross Welch, Jalen Welch and Jace Welch; two nieces, Tessa Welch and Kinsley Welch; a God Son, Boe Lee; maternal grandparents, David and Doris Jennings of Effingham; paternal grandfather, Charles Welch of McLeansboro and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services for Derrek Ross Welch will be 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Visitation will be from 5 – 8 Wednesday evening, Oct. 29 at the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and will be accepted at the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro or the Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
Emily Joyce Artin, 89, of Carmi died Sunday night (10-26-14) at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was retired from General Telephone after 35 years working as an operator. She had also worked on the LSTs at the Evansville Shipyard and was a member of the Methodist Church.
She is survived by a sister Ruth Ann (Jim) Hames Grebe of Arnold, MO; a brother Samuel Edwards Grimes of Zepher Hills, FL; niece and nephew Jody and Jeff Crocker and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29th at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery at New Harmony, IN. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to the Southern Illinois Hospice or Pets At Risk.
95-year-old McLeansboro resident, Anne Mary Swartz died at 8:02 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at McLeansboro Health Care and Rehab Center. She was a homemaker and also worked as a secretary employed by Parke Davis Drug Company. She was a member of St. Clement’s Catholic Church in McLeansboro.
Survivors include four daughters, Teresa J. Mitchell and husband Tony of McLeansboro, Patricia Griffin and husband Dan of Leesburg, GA, Susan Horton and husband Dan of Carmi and Jo Anne Dauby and husband Gary of Powder Springs, GA; a son, Joseph Swartz and wife Susan of Jacksonsville, FL; 7 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Anne Mary Swartz will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at St. Clement’s Catholic Church in McLeansboro with burial in St. Clement’s Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 Wednesday evening, Oct. 29 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with a rosary service at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Clement’s Catholic Church Annex and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all arrangements.
90-year-old former Fairfield resident, Fred Harrison Puckett of Olney died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. A veteran of WW II, he was a retired teacher and antique dealer.
Survivors include sons, Tom (Karla) Puckett of Olney, Clint (Christine) Puckett and Fred (Marcia) Puckett, both of Fairfield and Clay (Jessica) Puckett of Ocala, FL; a sister, Lucy Keeney of California and 7 grandchildren.
Services for Fred Harrison Puckett will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery with military honors at the gravesite.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Charles A. Schilling, a resident of Dahlgren, IL died at 12:45 A.M. Saturday, October 25th at the Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon, IL. He was a retired farmer, a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church. Charles loved dancing.
Survivors include: 1 sister, Dorothy Glatz of Belleville, IL; a brother-in-law, Jack Karcher of Peoria, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Charles A. Schilling will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dahlgren with burial in St. John’s Cemetery with military rites performed by the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141.
Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. Tuesday until the service time at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Dahlgren, IL.
Memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery Fund, and will be accepted at the church.
Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of the arrangements.
Surviving are his wife, Mary K. Chambliss; one son, Charles Allen Chambliss of Wayne City; and one brother, Leuty Chambliss of Bluford.
Funeral services for Charles Chambliss Jr. will be at 1 p.m. Monday, October 27 at the Archie L. Sanders Chapel in Wayne City. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 26 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.
Patricia (Winter) Draper, 67, of Carmi, died Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:05 a.m. at her home. She retired from the US Department of Agriculture with 30 years of service at the White County Farm Service Agency in 2007. Pat was a member of the Emmanuel Methodist Church in Carmi, the Carmi Lions Club and White County HCE.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher (Cyndi) Draper of Raleigh, IL and Jason (Lee Ann) Draper of Carmi; and the joys of her life, grandchildren Lincoln, Abigail and Emmaline Draper. Also surviving is Pat’s mother, Mary E. Winter of Carmi; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Richard D. (Janice) Winter of Burnt Prairie, Douglas (Nancy J.) Winter of Mill Shoals and Linda Draper of Enfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Patricia (Winter) Draper, 67, of Carmi, will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in White County Memorial Garden near Carmi.
Visitation will be from 5 -8 p.m. Monday evening Oct. 27 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.
Memorial gifts in Pat’s name may be given to the Carmi Lions Club or
Emmanuel United Methodist Church New Building Fund and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.
Geneva Louise (Bynum) Greenwood, 89, of Flora, Illinois, died at 2:07 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Clay County Hospital in Flora, Illinois. She was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church.
Survivors include a son, James Greenwood of Flora, Illinois, and one sister JoAnn Romine and husband Arthur of Beeville, Texas.
Funeral services for Geneva Louise Greenwood will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 27 at Kohn Funeral Home in Flora with burial in Elmwood Cemetery at Flora.
Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 Sunday, October 26 at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.
Memorials may be made to the Oil Belt Christian Service Camp and will be accepted at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.
Martha K. Aydt, age 66, a resident of Dahlgren, IL passed away at 9:30 A.M. Thursday, October 23rd at her home. She was a homemaker, and a member of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Dahlgren, IL.
Survivors include: her husband, Larry P. Aydt; two sons: Kenneth (and Lori) Aydt of Mt. Vernon, IL and Dennis Aydt of Dahlgren, IL and one grandson, Levi Aydt, stationed at San Antonio, TX.
Funeral services for Martha K. Aydt will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Oct. 25 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dahlgren, IL.
Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, October 24th at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren, IL. There will be a Rosary Service at 7 p.m.
The Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren is in charge of arrangements.
Minnie O. Mosbarger, 88, of Grayville, Illinois, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois. Minnie was a member of the First Christian Church in Grayville. She was owner of Super M Discount Store in Grayville for eight and one half years, and she was co-owner of Grayville Plumbing and Heating with her husband, Bob.
Survivors include her son Michael G. Mosbarger of Grayville; daughter-in-law Bonnie Mosbarger of Colorado; sisters-in-law Opal Boling of Henderson, Kentucky and Helen Mosbarger Baker of Grayville; brother-in-law Jim Judge of Grayville; grandchildren Tonya Price and Greg Mosbarger; several great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including her special nephews Tom (Melas) Millar, Jerry Mosbarger and Merrill Mosbarger.
Funeral services for Minnie O. Mosbarger will be 11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 25 at the Cook Chapel in Grayville with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery at Grayville.
Visitation is 5-7 pm, Friday, October 24th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.
Memorials may be made to Grayville First Christian Church.
77-year-old Grayville resident, Aubrey Howard died at 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at his home. A veteran, he was a retired coal miner.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda of Grayville; a daughter, Amy L. Howard and husband Dereck of Evansville; a son, Justin Howard of Grayville; brothers, David Howard of Riverside, CA and Don Howard of Evansville; one grandchild, a niece and one nephew.
Visitation only for Aubrey Howard will be noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with private burial at a later date.
The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements.