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Billie L. Franklin

Billy FranklinBillie L. Franklin, 77 of Carmi and formerly of Woodlawn, TN, passed away Wednesday September 17, 2014 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL. He was born January 10, 1937 in Stoutland, MO the son of Lewis and Elizabeth (Evans) Franklin. He married Rosella Hubbard on April 10, 1973 at Nuremburg, Germany.

 He was a member of the Trenton, KY Assembly of God Church and retired after 22 years as a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army. He was formerly with Dabbs Realtors and served as Montgomery Christian Academy’s first principal for 5 years.

 He is survived by his wife, Rosella of Carmi, IL; six children, Lewis (Nancy) Franklin of Palmyra, MO, Susan (Roy) Bean of Norris City, Rebecca (Mike) Slippey of Burbank, CA, Robin (Murl) Hicks of Carmi, IL, Billy (Jessica Givens) Franklin of Woodlawn, TN, and Roseann Franklin of Woodlawn, TN; a son-in-law, William T. Batson of Woodlawn, TN; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Betty Johnson, Larry, John, Elaine and Diane Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Rachel Batson and one sister, Mary Ann Frankli

Graveside Military Honors and funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday September 22, 2014 at the Western Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sykes Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarksville, TN. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of local arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Assembly of God Church in Carmi in care of the Stendeback Family Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at

Briella Sophia Grove

Briella Sophia Grove, stillborn daughter of Cassandra Coley of Geff and Matthew Grove of Fairfield was born at 5:22 AM, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She is survived by her parents, a brother Dayton Grove of Fairfield, maternal grandparents Anna and Corey Coley of Geff, paternal grandparents Connie and Mark Metzger of Fairfield and Frank Grove of Fairfield, maternal great grandparents Thomas Cortez of Puerto Rico and Liane Kooyenga of Fairfield, paternal great grandmother Mildred Grove of Fairfield, paternal aunts Chasidy Smith of Sims and Paula Beehn of Wayne City, and maternal uncles Michael Coley of Geff, Carlos Alvardo of Chicago, and Corey Barreiro of Benton.

Funeral Services for Briella Sophia Grove be 11 AM, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of service.   In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to help the family with funeral expense and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

John Alvin Williams

WILLIAMS, JohnJohn Alvin Williams, 79 of Mt.Vernon, Illinois died on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  He worked 54 years as a salesman for Dairy Brand and Meadow Gold Milk. He was also self-employed with R&W Mobile Homes and R&B Oxygen.

In addition to his wife Barbara of Mount Vernon and his five children, John is survived by two sisters Peggy Barger and Betty Brooks, one aunt Wilma Pearl Hutchinson, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends Carolyn Young and Jim & Sandy Ellis.

Funeral services for John Alvin Williams will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday, September 22, 2014 also at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois, with burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.

David Robert Marvel

David MarvelDavid Robert Marvel, 72 of Brandon, FL, died on September 17, 2014 at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years Sonya Marvel, of Brandon, FL; three sons, David, Robert (Cindy), and Vance (Tina); a daughter Gina, and a brother Larry (Margie). Six grandchildren also survive.

A graveside service for David Robert Marvel will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Brown Cemetery near Mt. Erie.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. The Hosselton Funeral Home of Cisne is in charge of all the arrangements.

Herbert Clella Penner

penner 2Herbert Clella Penner, 76, of Griffin, Indiana, died at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder at his home.  Herbert was retired from Emge Meat Packing Company in Ft. Branch, Indiana.  He enjoyed antiques, and was a blacksmith.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Penner of Griffin; son Herbert “Tony” (Michelle) Penner of Satellite Beach, Florida; daughter Patricia Penner of Lincoln City, Illinois; brother Harold Penner of Tillamook, Oregon; grandchildren Kinberly (Aaron) Koman, Alissa (Cash) Smith and Kyle Penner; great grandchildren Julian, Cody and Ashlyn; step great grandchildren Christian, Lilly and Aiden.

A memorial visitation will be 4-6 pm, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  A private burial will take place at a later date.

George E. (G.E.) Kissner

EPSON MFP imageGeorge E. (G.E.) Kissner, 92, a well-known businessman of Wayne City, died at 5:21 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at his home. He spent most of his years in Wayne City operating various successful businesses and partnerships.  Among them were G.E. Kissner Grain Company and Feed Mill, Kissner and Weaver Farm Equipment, and G.E. Kissner Cattle Company.  He also operated a sawmill, farmed for several years, owned a large ranch in South Dakota, and fed a large number of cattle in his feedlots. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Joan, George is survived by his sons, Bill (and wife Jeanne) of Wayne City, Bob (and wife Sandra) of Wayne City, Tom (and wife Judy) of Grand Chain, his daughter Linda Buchanan (and husband Jim) of Bluford, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for George E. Kissner will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Wayne City Baptist Church. Burial will be at Thomason Cemetery at Wayne City.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 19 at the Wayne City Baptist Church.   The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of all the arrangements.

Kati Jenkins

katiKati Jenkins, 62, Rapid City, formerly of Fairfield has died. She was a graduate of SIU-Carbondale.

Survivors include a daughter Callie Geving, grandchildren Hallie Kate, Hayden, and Lyvie Geving; a son Jacob Dreger all of Eau Claire Wisconsin. Also surviving are brothers Christopher Jenkins of Fairfield and Andrew Jenkins of Oswego.

No formal services are planned at this time. Any memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior project, Fairfield Public Library or a charity of your choice.

Frank D. Mayberry

Frank Mayberry Photo80-year-old Mt. Vernon, IL resident, Frank D. Mayberry died Wednesday, Sept. 10 at St. Louis University Hospital. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force in 1956 and became a jet fighter pilot. He later retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. During his military service, he received numerous service commendations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.  A graduate of McLeansboro Township High School in 1952, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of science Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1956.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis Mayberry of Mt. Vernon; two sons, Bradley Mayberry and wife Hilda of Vienna, VA and Brent Mayberry and wife Mary of San Antonio, TX; a daughter, Kathryn Williams and husband James of Lusby, MD; two brothers, Joseph and Edward Mayberry of McLeansboro; and grandchildren, Ashley, Brent, Jr., Jamie, Sarah, Janele, Jonathon, Lanay and Rachel and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Frank D. Mayberry will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon, IL with an internment of ashes at a later date. Military rites will be accorded following the funeral mass.

Visitation will be 6 – 8 Thursday evening, Sept. 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 1550 Main Street in Mount Vernon, IL. The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.



Frank Octave Brunell

Frank Brunell75-year-old Fairfield resident, Frank Octave Brunell died at 6:05 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at Way-Fair in Fairfield.  He graduated from Lawrenceville Boys Prep School in Princeton, NJ and the University of Indiana. Earning a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he had served as a biology instructor for 32 ½ years.  In 1961, he was an All American College Swimmer for Indiana University in butterfly, swimming under Coach Doc Counsilman. He placed between first and 6th in the nation 27 times.

Survivors include his wife Mary Patricia (Hobbs) Brunell of Fairfield and a sister, Georgene Brunell of Gabriola Island, Vancouver, Canada.

The body will be cremated and a Memorial Mass will be held at 6pm Thursday, Sept. 18th at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Fairfield.

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

Priscilla Morris

Priscilla Morris, 69 of Albion, IL died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at her residence. She had been a nurse at Rest Haven Manor in Albion, IL for many years.

Survivors include her husband Butch of Albion, 2 daughters; Pamela Morris of Albion, Patricia Maas of Olney, IL, 2 sons; Daniel and David Morris both of Albion, 2 brothers; Roger and Andrew Kieffer of Mt. Carmel, IL.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Priscilla Morris will be held at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church at Mt. Carmel, IL, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00AM.  There will be no visitation and the body will be cremated.

Memorials may be made to St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church. The Ingram Funeral Home of Albion, IL is in charge of all the arrangements.

Dr. Sigmund W. Konarski

Dr Sigmund W. Konarski, 94, died on September 12, 2014.

His life was dedicated to the practice of medicine and serving his community and patients for over 48 years at the Fairfield Community Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Lottie Konarski; children, Michael Konarski, Roger Konarski, Rhonda Konarski-Propp MD, and Deborah Konarski; a son-in-law, Douglas Propp MD; grandchildren, Alex Konarski, Charles Konarski, Jordan Propp, and Joshua Propp

Services for Dr. Sigmund W. Konarski will be under the direction of the Weinstein Funeral Home in Wilmette Il. Burial will be at Memorial Park in Skokie Il, and a Shivah observance will be held at his daughters home in Glenview, Il

Jeffrey L. Poppenhager

jeffpoppenhagerJeffrey L. Poppenhager, 62, of Albion, Illinois died Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Navy and was a member of the Albion Masonic Lodge.  He was a former IDOT employee and in highway maintenance.   Survivors include his wife Cindy of Albion; a daughter Jessa Poppenhager (Rich Howard) Centreville, VA; grandchildren Penelope “Penny” Jane and Fiona Claire; sisters Linda Easley, Carol Davis, Bobbi Jo Willey, Rosie Leto, Nancy Pressler, Patsy Miller, Julie Jennings, Jill Doiron, Jennifer Lyons and Shelley Saunders; brothers Phil Poppenhager, Steve Poppenhager, Jay Easley, Rich Easley and Kyle Easley and a number of other family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service for Jeffrey L. Poppenhager will be conducted at 1PM Friday September 19th, 2014 at Little Prairie Christian Church of rural Albion, Illinois.  Masonic Services will be conducted at 1PM prior to Celebration of Life Service to be concluded by full Military Rites at the church.

Visitation will be from 11AM till service time at the church.  Private burial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial gifts be made to Angel of Hope and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home of Albion which is in charge of all the arrangements.

Alpha E. Hankins

90-year-old Enfield resident, Alpha E. Hankins, died Thursday, September 11 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She worked at Ainsbrooke for 30 years and later worked in Dietary at the Carmi Hospital for ten years.

Surviving are her children, Lonnie Hankins of Carmi, Iva Dinwiddie (Henry) of Enfield, Linda Sandusky of Carmi and Kathy Fleck of Enfield; seven grandchildren, Lewis and Barbara Hankins, Lisa Quartana, Gordon Fleck, Phillip Sandusky, Jim and Kathy Sue Dinwiddie; great-grandchildren, Will, Isabel and Maggie Quartana, Branden and Trinity Hankins, Nicholas and Christopher Hankins, Abbey Fleck and Angela Dinwiddie; and one sister, Agnes Metcalf of LaPorte, IN.

Funeral services for Alpha E. Hankins will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield.  Burial will be in Enfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, September 13 until the time of service at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield.

Linda Darlene Gifford

Darlene Gifford68-year-old Fairfield resident, Linda Darlene Gifford, died at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday, September 9 at Deaconess Gateway in Evansville, IN.  She worked in Respit Care.

Surviving are  her mother, Linnie (Sutton) Lamb of Fulton, KY; her husband, Jerry Gifford of Fairfield; one step-son, Gary Gifford of Albion; several nieces and nephews; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jimmy (Karen) Brown of South Fulton, TN.

Graveside services for Linda Darlene Gifford will be at 2 p.m. Monday, September 15 at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Palmersville, TN.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Brent E. Burgess

Brent Eugene Burgess was born in Flora, IL, on November 12, 1959.  He was the first child of Gene & Lucy (Hubble) Burgess.  His grandparents were Lloyd & Elsie Burgess of Zenith and Wallace & Catherine Hubble of Cisne.

Brent Brent Burgesswas raised in Flora and graduated from Flora High School with the class of 1977.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern IL University in 1981, majoring in geology.  After graduating from EIU, he attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette where he centered his studies around the geological aspects of oil and gas exploration.

Following graduate school, he began his career in West Virginia before returning to his hometown in 1985 to begin work in the oil industry.  By 1987, he began working as an independent geologist where he became well known in the industry in the southern IL & IN region.  His work brought him much happiness.

He married Rebekah Sue Harrell on May 25, 1990, in Paducah, KY.  They became the parents of Dexter Clark Burgess born on October 30, 1993, followed by Deandra (Dee-Dee) Marissah Burgess on June 23, 1998.

In the mid 1990’s, Brent became involved in community service and was elected to and served on the Flora city council for over 19 years until the time of his death.

In addition to his consulting business, he was an entrepreneur who was involved in owning and operating other commercial ventures including Warrior Well Service & BUCO.

He served as a past Exalted Ruler for the Flora Elks and was a member of their state champion ritual team. He was an active member of the Flora Community of Christ Church.

Brent’s career high was in 2008 when he was honored by Illinois Gas & Oil Association as Illinois Petroleum Professional of the Year.  But if asked, he would say his greatest accomplishment in life was that as the role of dad and husband.

He leaves behind his widow, Becky, of Flora, one son, Dexter, attending Butler University in Indianapolis, his daughter, Deandra, at home, parents, Gene & Lucy Burgess of Flora, one brother, Dr. Mark (Kathy) Burgess of Normal, IL, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.  The Funeral will be Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m. at Kohn Funeral Home with the family receiving visitors at 1 p.m.  Entombment will occur at Elmwood Cemetery in Flora, IL.  Expressions of sympathy should take the form of donations to Clay County Health Department Hospice, Clay County Cancer Support, the Burgess Children College Fund or donor’s choice and may be received at the funeral home.  Online condolences can be made at

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