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Sam Harrawood

60-year-old Fairfield resident, Sam Harrawood died March 20 at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Harrawood of Fairfield; daughters, Samantha Harrawood of Decatur and Cecilia and husband Brian Kushave of Madison, WI; one grandchild; a sister, JoLynne Atkins of Fairfield a brother, Eugene Harrawood of Denton, TX and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Sam Harrawood will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 21 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of service Monday, April 21 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


James Eugene Osborne

osbornJames Eugene Osborne, 69, of Grayville, Illinois, died April 15, 2014, at his home.   He was a truck driver and attended the Cowling Free Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Osborne; son Jeff (Shelly) Osborne, all of Grayville; daughter Jammie (Jeff) Knight; sisters Kay (Bill) Wheatcroft, Nancy (Buddy) Johnson, Mickie (Duane) Smith, all of Mt. Carmel; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Rachel) Stoneberger, Kinzie Knight, Colby Knight, Alisha Osborne, J.C. Osborne, Sidney Osborne, Cameron Osborne; two great-grandchildren, Isabella Stevenson and Annabelle Stoneberger.

Funeral Services for James Eugene Osborne will be 1 p.m. Friday, April 18 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville with burial in Antioch Cemetery near Cowling, Illinois.

Visitation is at 11 am until the time of service at the Cook Chapel in Grayville

Memorials may be made to Riley’s Children’s Hospital.


Donald Lee Graham

84-year-old former Grayville resident, Donald Lee Graham of Adamsville, TN died Monday, April 14 in Jackson, TN.  He had been the owner and operator of Graham Insurance and Real Estate  of Grayville and the president of Petro-Halogen Corporation, an oil and gas exploratory company. He was also one of the seven original investors of the Windsor Oaks Hotel development in Grayville. He was previously president of the Grayville Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in helping Spartan Manufacturing and Kasha Industries relocate in Grayville. He was also a member of the Grayville Community Arts Association that secured the downtown theater and had served on the Tri-County Planning Commission.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Graham; two daughters, Jan Melton and husband Rob of Evansville, IL and Sherri Cupples and husband Eddie of Jackson, TN; a son, Scott Graham and wife Michelle of Florissant, MO; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers, Densil Graham and wife Gail of Grayville, Retired Col. Bobby Graham and wife Shirley of Centerville, GA and Larry Graham and wife Jean of Gold Canyon, AZ.

Funeral services for Donald Lee Graham will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Shackelford Funeral Home in Adamsville, TN with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Thursday evening, April 17 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to the Love and Truth Church in Savannah, TN or the Tupelo Children’s Mansion in Tupelo, MS and will be accepted at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.


Deloris A. Knight

Deloris A Knight76-year-old former McLeansboro resident, Deloris A. Knight of Ina, IL died at 5:05 p.m. Monday, April 14 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon.  She retired from Hevi-Duty Electric in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Harvey of Ina and Marsha Knight of McLeansboro; one granddaughter, Eric (Joshua) Williams of McLeansboro; four grandsons, Marshall Shane Tennyson of Salem, IL, Marshall Dean Knight Harvey of Ina, Noah Tennyson of St. Louis, MO and Tristin Cain of McLeansboro; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd (Betty) Thomas of Springerton; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Victor and Janet Knight, David and Sharon Knight, John and Geraldine Knight, Dalton and Margaret Knight, Faye and Ron Lee, Francis Branch, Patsy Harrawood, LaDonna Young and Lois Smith; and a special uncle and aunt, Oscar and Darlene Cook.

Funeral services for Deloris A. Knight will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Christian Chapel Church near Bungay, IL.  Burial will be in Old Springer Cemetery near McLeansboro.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to the Old Christian Chapel Church and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of the arrangements.


Duane "Keith" Reid

Keith Reid photo78-year-old Albion resident, Duane “Keith” Reid died at 8:06 a.m. Sunday, April 13 in Evansville. He had been an auctioneer and worked in real estate for 47 years.  He was a member of the Hermitage Lodge #356, the Ainad Shrine, Moose Lodge and National and Illinois State Auctioneer’s Assn.

Survivors include two sons, Kent (Lori) Reid of Albion and Kevin (Patricia) Reid of Dallas, TX; sisters, Yvonne Reid of Albion and Phyllis White of Kennesaw, GA and four grandchildren.

Funeral services for Keith Reid will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion with burial in West Village Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6 – 8 Wednesday evening, April 16 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.


Pauline Catherine Claro

claro32-year-old Harrisburg resident, Pauline Catherine Claro died at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at her home. She had been a CNA.

Survivors include her mother, Dianna Schell of Summerfield, FL and father, Richard Claro of Alabama; a sister, Kimberly Davis of Fairfield; two nieces and one nephew.

The body is to be cremated with a memorial service set for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.  Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of service at the Johnson &
Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield to help with funeral expenses.


Jack H. Arnwine

Jack ArnwineJack H. Arnwine, 69, of Cisne, IL passed away at 8:00PM Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his home.  He was a Sales Territory Manager for Becker Underwood/BASF and previously taught at Cisne High School.  He was a member of the Anthony Doherty Lodge 1111 in Cisne, IL and was a lifetime member of the Cisne FFA Alumni.

Jack is survived by one son, Robert, of Cisne, IL; one daughter, Crystal of Evansville, IN; one sister, Betty Hickman, of Knoxville, TN; one nephew and two nieces.

Funeral Services for Jack Arnwine will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 11:00AM at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, IL.  Burial will follow in the Cisne Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 AM until time of service.

Memorials may be made to Cisne FFA Alumni, and will be accepted at Hosselton Funeral Home.


Phyllis M. Breiling

83-year-old Wayne City resident, Phyllis M. Breiling died at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at her home. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sons, David Squires of Wisconsin, Paul Squires of Albuquerque, NM and Joe Squires of Oilton, OK; daughters, Barbara Haller of Wayne City and Diane (Charles) Turner of Harrisburg, IL.

Graveside services for Phyllis M. Breiling will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at Crouch Cemetery at Belle City, IL.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service, Tuesday, April 15 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Mine Clark

M. Clark Obit78-year-old Kennett, MO resident, formerly of Flora, Mrs. Mine Clark, died at 3:42 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Survivors include two sons, Mark and wife Terri Clark of Poplar Bluff, MO and Jack Clark of Kennett, MO; three grandchildren, Kristen Duke and husband Cole of Flora, Ryan Clark and wife Savannah of Springfield, MO and Greg Clark and wife Ashley of Springfield, MO; and two great-grandchildren, Eli and Elise Duke of Flora.

Memorial services for Mine A. Clark will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora with inurnment at Elmwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.

Memorials may be made to the Clay County Animal Rescue and Shelter and will be accepted at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.


Verdonna (Bircket) Harl

Verdonna harl80-year-old Wayne and White County resident, Verdonna (Bircket) Harl, died at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.

Surviving are a her husband Bill Harl of Springerton; one daughter, Debbie (Lawrence) Fitch of Flora; one son, Randy (Kathy) Bircket of Barnhill; one step-daughter, Beverly Mead of McLeansboro; one step-son, Billy Harl Jr. of Springerton; three grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; and one brother, John Yow of Carbondale, IL.

Funeral services for Verdonna (Bircket) Harl will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.  Burial will be in Bestow Cemetery at Geff.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 14 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center or the Alzheimers Association.


Patricia L. Bush

77-year-old Grayville resident, Patricia L. Bush, died Wednesday, April 9 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed working crossword puzzles and gardening.

Surviving are a son, Leslie Bush of Grayville; two daughters, Patty Jo Cox of St. Louis, MO and Marie (David) Boyd of Fairfield; one sister, Ramona Rudolph of West Salem; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, Patricia L. Bush’s remains were cremated.  A private family memorial honoring both Patricia and her late husband Jack will be held at a later date.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville is in charge of the arrangements.


Clara "Darlene" Short

76-year-old Bone Gap resident, Clara “Darlene” Short died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, April 11 at Way-Fair in Fairfield.

Survivors include three sons, Roscoe of Albion, Tim of Princeton, IN and Victor of Bone Gap; two daughters, Carol Short of Albion and Cindy Rhodes of Texas; three sisters, Beulah Thompson of Albion, Velma Brown of Allendale and Rosie O’Neil of Ohio;  7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Services for Clara “Darlene” Short will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Bone Gap Cemetery.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of service Sunday, April 13 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.


Rex Davidson

rexRex Davidson, 75 year old resident of Fairfield Illinois, died Thursday, April 10th at 1:10 p.m. at home. He was a retired truck driver.

He is survived by three daughters, Stella Stomper and husband Lucien of Florida, Dana Robinson and husband Jason of Fairfield, Illinois and Melanie Lake and husband Christopher of Florida; three grandchildren, Brittany, Andrea and Colton; one great-grandson, Andre’; two brothers and three sisters.

Per his request he will be cremated and no services held. Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, Illinois is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Fairfield Life Fellowship Church of God, 815 W. Main St. Fairfield, IL 62837.


Elbert "Bert" Teffertiller

teffertiller92-year-old McLeansboro resident, Elbert “Bert” Teffertiller, died at 5:16 a.m. Thursday, April 10 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  He entered the service in 1942, spending 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army, 2 1/2 years of which were in the European Theatre during WW II.  He was a self-employed businessman, owning several businesses throughout his career.

Surviving are a son, Alan (Kathy) Teffertiller of McLeansboro; one daughter, Ruth Trauffer of Powder Springs, GA; four granddaughters, Angela Graves (Don) of Memphis, TN, Sheri Smith (Steve) of Marietta, GA, Kara Harrison (Matthew) of Benton, IL and Katlyn Teffertiller of McLeansboro; one grandson, Eric Johnson (Erin) of Wawatosa, WI; six great-grandchildren, James and Audrey Graves, Stephen, Grant and Harper Smith, Will Johnson and Baby Harrison on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Elbert “Bert” Teffertiller will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery at McLeansboro, with graveside military rites by the American Legion Post #106 and Military Honors Team of Marion, IL.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to Thursday School, Hamilton Memorial Hospital or St. Judes Hospital for Children.


Edward Eugene Solomon

56-year-old Cabot, Arkansas resident, Edward Eugene Solomon died Monday, April 7 at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He served in Desert Storm; was a member of the 61st Airborne Squadron – Green Hornets and the 62nd Airlift Squadron – The Blud Barons.
Survivors include sisters, Cathy Harte of Marion and Angel Seals of West Salem; a brother, Christopher Patrick Nischwitz of Houston, TX; one niece and three nephews.
Graveside services for Edward Eugene Solomon will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 14 at Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City with full military rites at the gravesite.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 Sunday evening, April 13 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to the DAV and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


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