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Eli Hook

Eil Hook Photo103-year-old McLeansboro resident, Eli Hook died at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro. He had been a Sexton Foreman with the Anheuser Busch Railway in St. Louis. He taught Sunday School for 15 years at Blooming Grove Church; was a member of the Blooming Grove Church since 1970 and was a trustee for 27 years. He was a Past Life member of Polk Lodge 137 A.F. & A.M. for 44 years and Past Master and member of Scottish Rite Bodies of Belleville,  Ainad Shriners of Ainad Temple of E. St. Louis.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Hook of McLeansboro; two sons, Eli Hook, Jr. and wife Joyce of McLeansboro; and Ralph and wife Verna of Granite City, IL; a daughter, Janet Lientz and husband Monte of Terre Houte, IN; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Eli Hook will be 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Blooming Grove Baptist Church with burial in Blooming Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19 until the time of service at the church.

The Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.

Rita Lane

Rita Lane84-year-old Rinard resident, Rita Lane died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at Cisne Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Linda (Charles) Kincaid of Fairfield, Brenda (Brian) Farrey of Flora and Sally (Ed) Baker of Rinard; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services for Rita Lane will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Juyly 19 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Bunker Cemetery at Rinard.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Friday evening, July 18 at the Johnson & Vaughan Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to Cisne Rehabilitation Health Care Center and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Donna C. Sluder

Donna C. Sluder, 73 of Carmi, died Wednesday afternoon July 16, 2014 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She had worked at the Carmi Coffee Shop for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; one brother, Donnie and Virginia Jordan of Carmi; three sisters, Wava Burnett and Mary (James) Buckner all of Carmi and Shirley May Hamilton of Jenkins, Ky;  and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Donna C. Sluder will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday July 18, 2014 at N. Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.

Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Dale Hunt

56-year-old Cave-In-Rock resident, Kenneth Dale Hunt died at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at Rosiclare, IL. He was a timber worker.

Survivors include brothers, Chuck Hunt of Carlyle, IL and Russ Hunt of Manchester, KY; sisters, Mary Ellen Griffin and Jill Krough of Henderson, KY and Jerry Hunt of Princeton, KY.

Funeral services for Kenneth Dale Hunt will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Olive Branch Church.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of all the arrangements.

Raymond G. Spencer

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Raymond George Spencer, 75, of Crossville, IL, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, IL.  Raymond attended the Crossville Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of Rotary International and the Ruritan Club. After working for 19 years for Halliburton Services, he and Alice started out grain and cattle farming a 40-acre tract in 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Spencer; sons Clint (Jill) Spencer and Jeff (Vangie) Spencer, all of Crossville; brother Gene (Diane) Spencer of Lewellen, NE; sisters Ruth Ann Williams of Crossville, and Virginia Barnett of Marion, OH; granddaughter Keelie Spencer of Austin, TX.

Funeral services for Raymond George Spencer will be10 am, Friday, July 18th, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in Union Cemetery located North of Crossville.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Thursday, July 17th, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.

Memorials may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice or Wabash Christian Retirement Center.

Richard McKinney

Richard McKinney67-year-old Mount Vernon, IL resident, Richard McKinney died at 7:34 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.  A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, he was a machinist.

Survivors include his wife, Alice McKinney of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Aleta (Allen) Bumbar of Sandwich, IL; 7 brothers, Russell (Marie) of Sandwich, IL, Robert of Wayne City, Lyndell of Blairsville; Ronnie (Linda) of Wayne City, Dean (Rosemary) of Marion, Jerry (Jeannie) of Morris, IL and Jimmy (Fran) of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Sharon Gillis of Odin, IL and Jean Hahn of Largo, FL; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Richard McKinney will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Crouch Cemetery at Belle Prairie with military rites performed by the American Legion Post 106 of McLeansboro and a Military Honors Team from Marion, IL.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Thursday evening, July 17 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Ruth York

Ruth YorkRuth York, 89 of Fairfield, formerly of Enfield died at 11:45 PM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Way-Fair Nursing Home in Fairfield.  She was a homemaker; a Sunday School Teacher at Asbury Methodist Church in Enfield, and a member of the Fairfield C.P. Church.

Her survivors include a daughter Margaret (Jess) Allison of Fairfield, 2 granddaughters Cheryl Allison of Geff and Sandra (Mike) Stence of Fairfield, 2 great granddaughters Madeline and Avery Stence, brother in laws Bill (Connie) York of Fairfield and Bob York of Enfield, sister in laws Nina York of Carmi, Francis York of Carmi and Mary Jo York of Shawneetown and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ruth York will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, July 16 at Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in the Enfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fairfield C.P. Church for Church Camp Scholarships or the Missions Fund.

James D. Elder

James D ElderJames D. Elder, 89, of Carmi, IL, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he was a member of the VFW and American Legion. Other memberships include Kiwanis International, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ainad Shriners and the Masonic Lodge. For many years, he was active in local politics where he served as the County Chairman for the Democratic Party and Precinct Committeeman.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Audrey Elder of Carmi; sons James D. (Kathy) Elder of Conroe, TX, Terry (Sherri) Harper of Kingwood, TX; daughter Trudy (Don) Duvall of Carmi; step-daughter Connie Elder of Carmi; sister Dottie Jo Gandee of Mineral Wells, TX; grandchildren Jacob Elder, Jeremy Elder, Allie Harper and Whitney Duvall (Tony) Paprocki; great granddaughter Brianne Paprocki.

Services for James D. Elder will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi with burial and military rites at Big Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Friday, July 18th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.

Connie Lou Kittinger

Connie Kittinger 2Connie Lou Kittinger, 75, of Carmi, IL, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN. Connie began her career as a reservation agent for United Airlines, and later Ozark Airlines.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carmi where she served for many years as church secretary and church custodian.

Survivors include her husband, Don Kittinger of Carmi; sons Scott (Melissa) Kittinger of Carmi, Brad (Monya) Kittinger of Brunswick, ME; sister Pamela (John) Lorincz of Colorado; grandchildren Gibson Kittinger, Jonah Kittinger, Hunter Welch, Trenton Kittinger, Fallon Piper Kittinger.

In keeping with Connie’s wishes, her remains were cremated.  A  Memorial service for Connie Lou Kittinger will be 10 am, Thursday, July 17  at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Wednesday, July 16th at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Carmi.

Ruby Ruth Allbright

albrightRuby Ruth (Mick) Allbright, 80, of Carmi, died Saturday July 12, 2014 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  Ruby worked as a CNA at Canterbury Manor in Waterloo, IL and as a home health care assistant through WADI, DOORs, and Community Service for many years.

She is survived by one daughter Wanda Sue (Allbright) Steingruby of Carmi; two sons Henry Wayne Allbright and his wife Wendy of Madison, WI and Jeffrey Allen Allbright and his wife Joyce of Carmi; a daughter-in-law Marsha Allbrigh of Tucson, AZ; a sister Patricia Ann (Decker) Bush of Carmi; grandchildren Robert Francis Steingruby II, Robert Lee Allbright, Stacy Lynn (Allbright) Zielke, Jessica Amber (Allbright) Haney, Steven Douglas Allbright II, Joshua Adam Allbright, Jenna Ashley (Allbright) Crough; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.

Graveside service for Ruby Ruth Allbright will be held at 1:00pm Sunday, July 13, 2014 at North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Wabash Christian Retirement Center who cared faithfully for Ruby during the past 3 1/2 years and especially during her last few days of life.  The family is grateful to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Blue Team East, for their kind and compassionate care.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be sent to this Hospice chapter in honor of Ruby.  Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is entrusted with the arrangements.

Donald E. Blackwell

Donald BlackwellDonald E. Blackwell, 81, of Cisne, IL died at  2:35AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at his home. Donald is a thirty year retiree from Caterpillar Tractor at Aurora, IL where he was an inspector and graphic artist.  He enjoyed art, boxing, and cars.  He served two years in the US Army in Field Artillery.  Donald was a 1953 Flora High School graduate.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Southern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree at Northern Illinois University.  Donald was a member of the Moose Lodge, and the Elks Lodge at Flora, IL.

Survivors include a daughter Marilyn Donna (Brian) Bennett of Aurora, IL and one son Donald A. (Laura) Blackwell of Phoenix, AZ; one granddaughter Devin Rose Blackwell and two great grandchildren Vincent and Bunnie Rose.

Funeral service for Donald E. Blackwell will be noon on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Hosselton Funeral Home.  Entombment will be at Cisne Cemetery.

Visitation will be 10AM to time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

Dallas Eugene White

whiteDallas Eugene White, 68, of Grayville, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at his home.  His career was in the Unites States Armed Forces.  He began his military service in the Army during the Vietnam War.  Later, he served in the Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Persian Gulf War.  He spent time stationed in Spain serving in the weapons department. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal among many others and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann White of Grayville; sons Bradley (Rashell) Walsh of Hopkinsville, KY, Shawn White of Grayville, Curtis (Rebecca) White of Madisonville, KY; daughter Robin Walsh (Jon) Roberts of Grayville; brother Don White of Florida, and Tullis Alfred White of New York; sisters Alberta Lambert of Mt. Carmel, and Helen Koker of Hopkinsville; grandchildren Christian Thomas, Olivia White, Jessica Pearl Walsh, Bradley Robert Walsh.

Funeral services for Dallas Eugene White Will be 10 am, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville with burial with military rites will be in Bethsaida Cemetery in Posey County, Indiana.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Monday evening, July 14 at the Cook Chapel in Grayville.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.


Anthony Tolliver

tolliverAnthony Lee “Tink” Tolliver, age 41, of Clay City, Illinois died Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Franklin County, Illinois.

Surviving is his wife: Jamey Tolliver of Clay City; father: Ronnie Tolliver of Rinard; mother: Jeanetta (Rex) Daubs of Fairfield; 2 step-sons: Sean (Mandy) Sullens and Joshua Sullens both of Clay City; sister: Crystal (Bobby) Koehler of Rinard; 2 brothers: Corey Daubs of Fairfield, Michael (Lisa) Wells of Clay City; paternal grandmother: Vivian Tolliver of Louisville; father-in-law: Roy Landreth of Flora; sister and brother-in-law: Beth (Rolland) Ranes of Louisville; aunt by marriage: Grace Monical of Cisne; 4 grandchildren.

Funeral services for Anthony “Tink” Tolliver will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with visitation from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clay City Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Tink’s memory are suggested to the American Wild Horse Preservation and will be received at the Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.

Robert W. Noel

Noel81-year-old McLeansboro, IL resident, Robert W. Noel died  at 12 noon Wednesday, July 9 at the VA Medical Center in Marion. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, he had been a maintenance engineer.

Survivors include a son, Robert Alan Noel of Oxnard, CA; four daughters, Donna Johnson and husband Timothy of McLeansboro, Leona Whiting-Novack and husband Mark  of South Elgin, IL; Darlene Noel-Hammond and husband Gary of Payton, CO and Lynnetta Fleck and husband David of McLeansboro; ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services for Robert W. Noel will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Mound City National Cemetery at Mound City, IL.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Monday evening, July 14 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Victoria Gene Lynn

63-year-old Fairfield resident, Victoria Gene Lynn died at 8:55 Thursday evening at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Skilled Care Unit. She was a Special Education Teacher and held a Principal’s Certificate.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lynn of Fairfield; her mother, Jo Ann (Hunt) Osborne of Mt. Vernon, IL; daughters, Marilyn (Kenny) Smith of Fairfield and Kellie Howard of Grayville; a son, Caleb (Gina) Davis of Anna, IL; a sister, Diane LeRoy of Auburn, IN; a brother, Hal Mason; a special cousin, Butch Boyer of Abilene, TX; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service for Victoria Gene Lynn will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Orchardville Church – Fairfield Branch with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Orchardville Church – Fairfield Branch.

Memorials may be made to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Comfort Room and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, which is in charge of all the arrangements.

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