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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.

Nada Juliet Upchurch

Nada Upchurch90-year-old Dahlgren resident, Nada Juliet Upchurch died at 8:32 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

Survivors include a son, Marrill and wife Linda Upchurch of Dahlgren; three daughters, Judith Cermak of Mt. Vernon, Linda Snider and husband Jerry of Cincinnati, OH and Karen Tucker and husband Gary of Benton; a sister, Florine Savage and husband Dean of Belle Rive; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Nada Juliet Upchurch will be 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren with burial in the IOOF Cemetery at Dahlgren.

Visitation will be 5 – 8 Saturday evening, July 12 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

Memorials may be made to the Dahlgren Community Chapel Building Fund and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

Lily Bernice Turner Phelps

Lily Bernice Turner Phelps, 80, died on Monday July 7, 2014 at her home.   She was a registered nurse.

Survivors include 3 sons, Keith L Phelps (Denise) of Ohio,  Martin W Phelps (Becky) of Belleville, IL,  and Brian K Phelps (Kim) of Maunie, IL and daughter Dana G Phelps Baxley, grandchildren, Colinda R Baxley Alstat(Chandra), Jessica L Baxley, Marissa, IL, Brittany N Phelps, Evansville, IN, Makayla D and Nathaniel M Phelps of Belleville, IL, Bree Ann, Chalon D, Lilly R and Libby D Phelps of Maunie, IL and great grandchildren, Michael R. Asher,  Rhaelie and Mya  Alstat, Hayden Lynlee Ruester  of Marissa,IL, Taven J Phelps of Evansville, IN, many nieces & nephews.

Funeral services for Lily Bernice Turner Phelps will be held at Noon on Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Marshall Ferry Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi.

Bill E. Legg

Bill LeggBill E. Legg, 78 of Jeffersonville, IN, passed away Thursday, July 3rd at 11:55 AM at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Bill was born in Wayne Co., IL in Berry Township on March,13,1936 to Clarice (Arney) Legg and Cecil Legg. He was a 1954 graduate of FCHS and worked for Gualdoni’s Pharmacy in Fairfield from 1954 to 1959. He married Majorie Ann Downen, also from Fairfield, in 1955.

Bill worked for McKesson Drug Co from 1959 until his retirement in 1989. He lived in Madison, IN, where he raised his family, from 1966 to 1991. Bill and Marjorie moved back to Fairfield in 1996 and lived there until 2010. He was a member of the Elks and American Legion for over 50 years.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil & Clarice, and his wife, Marjorie.  He is survived by his son Keith (Nancy) of Floyds Knobs, IN and his daughter Cheryl (Jerry) of Kenosha, WI as well as 4 grandchildren.

A graveside service for Bill will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Maple Hill Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association.  Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.


Margie V. Wiggins

Margie Wiggins-190-year-old former Sims resident, Margie V. Wiggins of Fairfield died at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 8 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had been a seamstress.

Survivors include sons, Lindy Wiggins of Kelso, MO, Larry and wife Sharon Wiggins of New Hope, IL and Lonnie Wiggins of Siims; daughters, Beverly Thomason Clements of Sims and Sandy and Bill Naney of Fairfield; 22 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren

Services for Margie V. Wiggins will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with burial in Thomason Cemetery at Wayne City.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Friday evening, July 11 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.

Audrey Freeze


Mr. Audrey Freeze, age 88, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM at the Hamilton Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center in McLeansboro.  Mr. Freeze worked as a test pasteurizer retiring after 37 years with Fieldtest Dairies in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was a Staff Sergeant during WII and served in Company F, 2nd BN. 188th Regiment, 11th Airborne Division in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Freeze, of McLeansboro; one daughter: Pamela Kay Reynolds of McLeansboro; and two grandchildren: Garth K. Reynolds of Springfield and Glenna Kay (Husband Ian) Hagan of Peoria.

Funeral services for Audrey Freeze will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Ten Mile Cemetery near McLeansboro with military rites performed by the American Legion Post 106 McLeansboro and a Military Honors Team from Marion.

Visitation will be at 10:00 AM until the time of service Saturday at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  A Masonic Service will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday by the Polk Lodge #137 at Gholson Funeral Home.

Larren Dean Stanley

Larren StanleyLarren Dean Stanley, 72 of Fairfield died at 7:10 PM, Monday, July 7, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.   He worked as a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife Pat, one son Duane (Theresa) Stanley of Flora, IL, daughter in law Tina Stanley of Louisville, IL, a grandson Matthew (Lindsey) Stanley of Mt. Vernon, 2 granddaughters Cynthia (Bryan) Travis and Rachael (Tim) Stanley of Ina, 2 great grandsons Devan Travis and Conner Marsh, brothers Garrell (Jane) Stanley of Newton, KS, Gary (Brenda) Stanley of Fishers, IN, Dennis Stanley of Hoffman, IL, sister in law Doris Stanley of Fairfield, sisters Sandra (Jim) Schnebly of Lafayette, IN, Linda Stanley of Olney, IL, Ruth (Richard) Herdes of Clay City, IL, Ellen Stanley of Newman, IL and Kathleen Stanley of Olney, IL, several nieces and nephews, step grandsons Billy Waggoner of Flora, IL, Rodney (Jamie) Keck of Flora, Ryan (Amy) Keck of Olney, and special friends the Jamerson’s and Robertson’s.

Funeral services for Larren Stanley will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 AM at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with visitation on Thursday from 5-8 PM.

Burial will be in Dillman Cemetery near Sailor Springs, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Dr. Dennis Scranton Memorial Cancer Fund.

Delbert H. Dale

79-year-old McLeansboro resident, Delbert H. Dale died at 12:46 a.m. Tuesday, July 8 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He had been a tool pusher and worked as an oil producer.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Juanita Dale of McLeansboro; two sons, Delbert Gene Dale and wife Crystal of Sugarloaf, PA and Oscar Dale of Mt. Vernon, IL; a daughter, Deborah Dale McLeansboro; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Delbert H. Dale will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 11 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro wih burial in the Old Springer Cemetery at Blairsville.

Visitation will be 6 – 8 Thursday evening, July 10 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Alice Elizabeth Lemke Thomson

Obituary pictureAlice Elizabeth Lemke Thomson, 94, of rural Claremont, IL died on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Burgin Manor, Olney, IL. She had been a farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty (Clayton) Wilson of Claremont, IL, three sons: Robert “Bob” (Jenny) Lemke of Fort Worth, TX, Larry (Stephanie “Stevie”) Lemke of Peoria, IL and Jerry (Dana) Lemke of Fort Worth, TX; two sisters: Verna “Babe” Pastick of Chicago Heights, IL, and  Lois (Bob) Paulson of Lake Placid, FL; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of a Life Service for Alice Elizabeth Lemke Thomson will be at 10 AM, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Berryville Christian Church, Berryville, with burial at Crest Haven Cemetery on Highway 50, Claremont, IL.

Visitation will be held from 5PM to 7PM on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Berryville Christian Church and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home of West Salem.

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