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Jack Elton Link


Jack Elton Link, 89, a resident of Route 2 McLeansboro, IL died at 7:22 A.M. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in the Veterans Administration Facility in Marion, IL. He was a retired farmer and a US Army veteran, who served in World War 2.

Survivors include:  his wife, Peggy Link; 2 sons; David (wife Deborrah) Link of Macedonia, IL, and Mark (wife Lisa) Link of McLeansboro, IL; one daughter-in-law, Sharon (Gibbs) Link of McLeansboro, IL; 2 sisters, Bonnie Sue Harrison of Marion, IL and Anita Miller of Benton, IL; 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Jack Elton Link will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Jackie Carlton Campbell

campbell76-year-old McLeansboro resident, Jackie Carlton Campbell died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. A member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in McLeansboro, he graduated from McLeansboro Township High School, Rend Lake Junior College and also attended Southern Illinois University and was a big fan of the McLeansboro Foxes basketball.

Survivors include a daughter, Jacqueline Hughes of Springfield, IL; a sister, Paula Mason and husband Jim of McLeansboro; a granddaughter, Lillian Barnes of Springfield, IL; nephews, Trent Mason of McLeansboro, Trey Mason and wife Jessica of Carmi, Marty Beck of McLeansboro, Marilee Beck of St. Louis and Mark Beck and wife Carmen of McLeansboro; nieces, Celeste Hill of Chicago and Jean Spruell and husband Joe of McLeansboro; a grand nephew, Paul Spruell of Cedar City, UT; great-nieces, Ellen Gibbs and husband Larry of McLeansboro and Saylor Mason of Carmi; a great-great-nephew, Cory Skelton and wife Emily of McLeansboro and a sister-in-law, Delores Campbell of Mt. Vernon.

Funeral Services for Jackie Carlton Campbell will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at McLeansboro.

Visitation will be 6 – 8 Saturday evening, Oct. 25 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to the Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Leonard Vernon Scrivner

Leonard Scrivner95-year-old Belle Rive resident, Leonard Vernon Scrivner, died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 at his home.  He was a lifelong farmer, a Pioneer Seed salesman for many years, and a member of the Long Prairie Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife Nellie; two daughters, Linda (Larry) Sandy of Opdyke, IL and Teresa Karcher of McLeansboro; two sons, Gary (Sue) Scrivner and Donald (Janet) Scrivner all of Belle Rive; one sister, Freda Musgrave of Mt. Vernon, IL; ten grandchildren, Cheryl (Don) McKay, Greg Scrivner, Jeff (Yvette) Sandy, Megan (Daniel) Cammack, Jessica (Treavor) Wilson, Daniel (Angi) Scrivner, Rebecca (James) Richards, Bryan Karcher, Courtney Karcher and Nathan (Tracy) Karcher; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Leonard Vernon Scrivner will be at 10 a.m. Friday, October 24 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.  Burial will be in Opdyke Cemetery in rural Opdyke, IL.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 23 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

Memorials may be made to Long Prairie Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry, and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren, which is in charge of the arrangements.

Nieta V. Hunley

88-year-old Barnhill resident, Nieta V. Hunley died Saturday, Oct. 18 at her home. A member of the Apostolic Faith Church in Fairfield, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Gayla) Hunley of Barnhill and Danny Hunley of Barnhill; two daughters, Rita (Duaine) Toombs of Fairfield and Sherry (John) King of Fairfield; two sisters, Ferris Crackel of Albion and Imogene Kight of Allendale; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Services for Nieta V. Hunley will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Koontz Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6 – 8 Tuesday evening, Oct. 21 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Frank Mount Bayley

BayleyFrankLongtime Carmi businessman and active philanthropist, co-founder of Martin and Bayley, Inc., Frank Mount Bayley, 86, died Saturday, October 18, 2014.   He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. After the war, he focused on the grocery business, co-developing Big John Superstores.  Big Johns later evolved into Huck’s Convenience Stores, currently operating throughout the Midwest.  As a businessman, Frank was also involved in several other endeavors including LB Ford in both Carmi and Flora, IL.  He was an avid car collector, and loved boats and airplanes also.  He was a member of  First Presbyterian Church, American Legion, VFW, Rotary Club and Elks Lodge in Carmi.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mary Bayley of Carmi; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and David Young of Carmi; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Linda Bayley of Carmi; two sisters, Wilma Bayley of Carmi and Ruth South of Sacramento, CA; a brother and sister-in-law, L. H. and Dianne Bayley of Indianapolis, IN; three grandchildren and their spouses, Landon and Andie Bayley, Brittany Bayley Murray and Dustin Murray, and Sarah Young Niemeier and Matthew Niemeier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Frank Mount Bayley will be 10 a.m. Thursday, October 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Carmi with entombment in Union Ridge Cemetery in Norris City.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Frank’s name to Huck’s nonprofit organization, Karing for Kids, or a charity of their choice.  Karing for Kids donations may be mailed to Martin & Bayley, 1311A West Main Street, Carmi, IL 62821.

The Campbell Funeral Home of Carmi is in charge of all the arrangements.

Jeanine Main

Jeanine Main, 81, of Fairfield, Illinois, died Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She started teaching 6th grade at North School in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, from there she taught in Lawrenceville and Crossville, Illinois. Jeanine started the Speech Program in Henderson County Kentucky school systems in 1968, retiring from there in 1976. After her retirement Jeanine and Leo moved to Fairfield, Illinois.

Jeanine is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leo Main; a son Mike Main of Evansville, Indiana. Also surviving Jeanine are her sisters; Sharon (Jerry) Tenbarge of Evansville, Indiana, and Sandra Hollenbeck of Lincoln, Illinois, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services for Jeanine will be held, Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

The Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is in charge of all the arrangements.

Rev. David E. Armstrong

David Armstrong70-year-old McLeansboro resident, Rev. David E. Armstrong died at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at his home.  A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a minister and member of the Grace Baptist Church in Raleigh, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Armstrong of McLeansboro; three daughters, Ann-Marie Harland and husband Louis of McLeansboro, Stephanie Ricard and husband Richard of Warrensburg, MO and Elizabeth Simbro and husband Aaron of Belton, TX; two sons, David Armstrong and wife Karen of Higganum, CT and Nathan Armstrong and wife Jill of West Hartford, CT; a sister-in-law, Lisa Armstrong-Wils and husband Barry of Port Orchard, WA; a sister, Mary Lee Roese and husband Rick of Elizabeth City, NC; a brother, Clyde Robert Armstrong, Jr. and wife Jan of Port Charlotte, FL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Rev. David E. Armstrong will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Grace Baptist Church in Raleigh. Following the service, Rev. Armstrong’s body will be cremated and his ashes will be interred in Maple Grove Cemetery by his parents in West Port, MA with full military rites.

Visitation will be 2 p.m. until the time service Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Grace Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Grace Baptist Church in Raleigh.  The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.

Irene Maurer

Irene Maurer, 95, of Carmi, died Saturday, October 18th at Wabash Christian Retirement Center.  She had worked at Ainsbrooke Sewing Factory in Carmi until it closed.  She loved to quilt and crochet, had been a volunteer at Jefferson school helping with the reading program, was a longtime member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class and had been a Sunday School teacher in almost every class.

She is survived by one son Allen Keith (Cuma) Maurer of Mt. Vernon, IN; one daughter Margaret Ann (Ray) Garner of Crossville; six grandchildren Michael (Gloria) Garner, Kay (Bill) Grunwald,  Janie (Tim) Jones, Susan (Jeff) Colson, Jill (John) Gerton, and Mark (Holly) Maurer; 13 great-grandchildren Daniel (Cathleen) Garner, Christine (Derek) Wissel, Jacqueline (Cody) Kunce, Austin Colson, Aaron Jones, Brandon Jones, Patrick Gerton, William Gerton, Olivia Gerton, Ashley Maurer, Ethan Maurer, Aiden Maurer, and Evan Maurer; 3 great-great-grandchildren Andi, Nolan, and Wyatt Garner.

Funeral services for Irene Maurer will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 23rd at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home with Chaplain Mike Fields officiating.  Burial will be in Rieb Cemetery near Carmi.  Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service time.  Memorials may be made to the Jefferson School Library.

Lawrence "Tom" Brown

Brown, Lawrence Thomas000180-year-old Cisne resident, Lawrence “Tom” Brown died at 12:35 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at his home.  He was a former diesel mechanic at Robertson Repair Shop and a retiree from Dowell Services.

Surviving are his wife Stella; sons, Rex (Barbara) Brown of Olney, Dan (Pam) Thomason, Jr. of Sims, Jeff and Beth Thomason of Mt. Erie; daughters, Tina (Russell) Young of Fairfield, Georgia Brown of Olney, Juanita (Joey) Carter of Fairfield, Lora (Kevin) Strouse of Hermitage, MO and Kim Kennedy of Cisne; one sister, Lyda Greenwood of Effingham, IL; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Lawrence “Tom” Brown will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 20 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.  Burial will be in Johnsonville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, October 19 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.

Harold E. Reeves

Harold ReevesHarold E Reeves, 93, of Fairfield, died Wednesday, October 15.  He retired after 33 years with Oilwell Supply, a division of US Steel. Mr Reeves served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

He is survived by his children; Bruce Reeves (Linda) of Fairfield, Kent Reeves of Fairfield, Sue (Brad) Aman of Edmond OK; one sister, Helen Reeves of Fairfield; 7 grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services for Harold E. Reeves will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the First Christian Church in Fairfield.

Visitation will be 5-7pm Sunday, October 19 at the Fairfield First Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to SSM Home Care Hospice, the First Christian Church of Fairfield or the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, which is in charge of the local arrangements.

Mary Lou Austin

86-year-old Bluford resident, Mary Lou Austin died at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon.

Survivors include her husband, Orville Austin of Bluford; sons, Ronald and wife Phyllis Austin of Bluford and Terry and wife Susan Austin of Fairfield; a daughter, Roxanna Staton of Wayne City; a brother, Jim Tyler of Salt Lake City, UT; four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Private services for Mary Lou Austin will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Archie L. Sanders Chapel in Wayne City with burial in Thomason Cemetery.

Private visitation will be 9 a.m. Friday until the time of service at the Archie Sanders Chapel in Wayne City.

The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of all the arrangements.

Marjory Jean Manion Lucheck

LucheckMarjory Jean Manion Lucheck, 77, of Port Arthur, Texas died at her home on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. A native of Barnhill, she was a hairdresser for 48 years.

Marjory is survived by  two brothers, Leonard Manion and wife Drew of Golden Gate, IL, and George Manion and wife Mardel of Plano, IL; several nieces and nephews and a lot of friends.

A memorial service for Marjory Jean Manion Lucheck will be 11 a.m. on Saturday October 18, 2014 at Johnson and Vaughn funeral home in Fairfield, Il.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Anna Ruth Koons

koonsAnna Ruth Koons, 78 of Grayville, died Tuesday, Oct. 14 at her residence in Grayville. Anna was a cook at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville for over 22 years.

She is survived by children; David E. Miller of Grayville, IL, June (Bob) Pierce of Grayville, IL, Carolyn (Rodney) Higginbotham of Mt. Carmel, IL, Wilma Wheatley of Grayville, IL, David A. (Shelley) Miller of Carmi, IL, sisters; Barbra Garham of Henderson, KY, Mary Reynolds of Morganfield, KY, 27 grandchildren, 30 plus great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Anna Ruth will be 1 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Oak Grove cemetery in Grayville.

Visitation will be 5-7 Thursday, October 16 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

Helen R. Erkmann

Helen ErkmannHelen R. Erkmann, 90, of Carmi, Illinois, died Monday, October 13, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  Helen was a homemaker and a member of the Webb’s Chapel Church in McLeansboro, Illinois.

Survivors include daughter Wanda Fern (Gary) Linder of Enfield, Illinois; grandchildren Holly (Phil) Healy and Chanda (Ryan) Sauls; great grandchildren Breyton Sauls and Annsley Healy; sisters in law Opal Hall and Fay Morris.

Funeral services for Helen R. Erkmann will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi with burial in North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.

Visitation will be 11 am until the time of service at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.

Memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center’s Memory Care Activities Fund and will be accepted at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.

Dale E. McDonald

mcdonald81-year-old McLeansboro resident, Dale E. McDonald died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at his home.   He earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1977 with 22 years of service. He was awarded the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn McDonald of McLeansboro; three sons, Richard Dale McDonald and wife Diane of Tucson, AZ, Robert Eugene McDonald of Phoenix, AZ and Scott Glen McDonald  and fiance’ Josie of Chandler, AZ; two stepsons, Brad Gorkowski and wife Cyndee of Tucson, AZ and Bruce Gorkowski and wife Karen of Cheyenne, WY; two stepdaughters, Karilyn Klipple and husband Wayne of Oak Ridge, TN and Karen Delissio and husband Ed of Middletown, DE; two brothers-in-law, Larry Bistline and wife Pat of Runnells, IA and Forest Gorkowski and wife Sharon of Toledo, OH; three sisters-in-law Phyllis Mayberry of Mt. Vernon, IL, Ardelys Newton of Osage, Iowa and Joyce Lowery and husband John of Gulf Breeze, FL; 7 grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, plus one on the way.

A Memorial Service for Dale E. McDonald will be 12 noon Saturday, October 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 106 of McLeansboro.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Per his personal request, his remains will be cremated and a private family service will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Hospice of the Good Samaritan in Mount Vernon, IL and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

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