WFIW only accepts obituaries via e-mail. As we continue to upgrade our technology, it has become necessary to receive all obituary notices from area funeral homes via e-mail. The quality of handwritten and typewritten obituaries that are faxed to us has steadily fallen in recent years and makes reading important information difficult. In an effort to reduce errors, it has become necessary to receive the clearest copy possible—and that is by way of e-mail. Obituary information and pictures should be sent to two addresses:
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
80-year-old Fairfield resident, Hazel F. Wilkerson died at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN. She had worked as a CNA at Way-Fair Nursing Home, and attended Jesus Name Pentecostal Church.
Surviving are two sons, Jim Wilkerson of Heartville, TN and Frank Wilkerson of Lincoln, IL; two daughters, Lisa Venters and Cathy Thomason both of Fairfield; ten granchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Hazel F. Wilkerson will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, November 23 until the time of service at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Doris Reynolds, 84, Fairfield died at 4:45 am Wednesday, Nov.19 at Way-Fair in Fairfield.
Survivors include sons, Don and Steve Wheeler of Fairfield and George Wheeler of Colorado Springs, CO; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The body is to be cremated with memorial services to be held at a later date. The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements.
Helen Hutchens, 95 of Fairfield died at 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include daughters, Diane and husband John Wilson of North Port FL and Vickie Getz of Charleston, IL; a son, David and wife Jan Hutchens of Fairfield; brothers, Guy Owen Hoskins and Grant Hoskins, both of Geff; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Helen Hutchens will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield. Friends and family are asked to directly to the cemetery as there will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairfield Public Library or the Heartland Christian Village Nursing Home in Neoga and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
89-year-old Albion resident, Duane Stennett, died at 10:45 p.m. Friday, November 15 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of WW II having served in the United States Air Force in India and China until the war’s end. He provided automotive repair for the community at Stennett’s Garage for 63 years having been trained in aeronautical repair in the Air Force and subsequent training. He was a member of the 1st Baptist Church and American Legion both of Albion.
Surviving are his wife Berniece of Albion; two daughters, Linda Stennett-Brewer of Decatur, IL and Susan Shaberts of Simpsonville, SC; one son, Stanton Kent Stennett of Tampa, FL; one brother, Bernard of Albion; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Duane Stennett will be at 11 a.m. Monday, November 18 at the 1st Baptist Church in Albion. Burial will be in Samaria Cemetery at Albion, with military rites at the graveside.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday, November 18 until the time of service at the church.
Ingram Funeral Home in Albion is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the 1st Baptist Church or Fairfeld Memorial Hospital Comfort Room.
85-year-old Carmi resident, James Leo Whetstone died Friday, Nov. 15 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. A veteran of the Korean war, he was a farmer, fisherman and gardener.
Survivors include a son, Jim (Kathy) Whetstone; a daughter Jan (Marion) Hutchison, all of Carmi; grandchildren, Matt (Katie) Whetstone, Alden (Mary) Hutchison and Amy Degenhardt and five step-great-grandchildren.
Services for James Leo Whetstone will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi with burial and military rites at Centerville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 – 8 Monday evening, Nov. 18 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.
Memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center or the First Christian Church and will be accepted at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.
85-year-old Xenia resident, Robert Lee Henson died at 12:42 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon. He was a farmer and member of the Powers Church.
Survivors include three sons, Gary and wife Sharon Henson of Xenia, Mike and wife Carolyn Henson of Dallas, TX and Richard Henson of Decatur and five grandchildren.
Services for Robert Lee Henson will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at the Byrd & Kohn Funeral Home in Flora with burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Xenia.
Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Sunday evening, Nov. 17 at the Byrd & Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation and will be accepted at the Byrd & Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.
86-year-old Cisne resident, June Maxine Shreve, died at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, November 14 at her home. She retired from International Shoe Company at Flora, and also worked for the Garment Factory in Wayne City and the restaurant in Johnsonville. She was a five-year volunteer at Grandma’s Pantry in Orchardville and was a member of the First Christian Church in Wayne City.
Surviving are a daughter, Debra Shreve of Cisne; one son, Donnie G. Shreve of Johnsonville. Also surviving is Chad Shreve, a grandchild whom she raised and six other grandchldren; several nieces and nephews; 8 great grandchildren; and special friends, Cody Donoho and Terri Hacker both of Johnsonville.
Funeral services for June Maxine Shreve will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 19 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne. Burial will be in Salem-Matter Cemetery near Wayne City.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, November 18 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
91-year-old Albion resident, Lucille G. McNair died Thursday, Nov. 14 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Albion. She and her husband Robert raised livestock and chickens and sold eggs. She also baked and decorated cakes for all occasions. She also taught Sunday School classes and served as church secretary/treasurer in her early years. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Albion.
Survivors include her husband, Robert of Albion; two sisters-in-law, Patsy Miller of Albion and Ruth Miller of Fairfield and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Lucille G. McNair will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial in West Village Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 – 4 Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church of Albion and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.
98-year-old former McLeansboro resident, Morris Dale Sanders, died Wednesday, November 13 at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, TX. He served in the 95th Infantry Division, Patton’s Third Army in the European Theater from June 1942 to October 1945 during WW II. He was a 71-year member of the Masonic Lodge, member of the American Legion Post #106 and VFW Post #3851 Carmi. He was a school board member of the McLeansboro ISD for six years, a 4-H leader for several years and member of the First Presbyterian Church in McLeansboro, serving as Deacon and Elder. He retired from Marathon Oil in 1980 after 39 years.
Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Anne James Sanders; one son, James Dale Sanders; one daughter, Jane Anne Sanders Wikoff; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Morris Dale Sanders will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17 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 from Marion, IL.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Sunday, November 17 until the time of service at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in McLeansboro.
Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis Foley and Judy Koehler both of Carmi; one son, Larry Hortin of West Salem; one sister, Mary Lou Riley of Grayville; nine grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Well-Lived Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 15 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, west and south of Albion.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the Browns Chapel Church.
43-year-old Carmi resident, David L. Erwin died Tuesday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa; parents, Eddie and Roetta Erwin of Carmi; a son, Timothy Erwin of Germany; a daughter, Kateland Erwin; a brother, Michael and wife Kelly Erwin of Carmi; a sister, Jennifer and husband Aaron Drone of Clermont, FL.
Services for David L. Erwin will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi with burial and military rites at the Kuykendall Cemetery near Carmi.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks and will be accepted at the Cook Chapel in Carmi.
81-year-old McLeansboro resident, Charles E. Turner died at 10:34 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was a farmer.
Survivors include his wife Patsy Turner of McLeansboro; a daughter, Sandra Drake and husband Roger of McLeansboro; a son, Jeff Turner of McLeansboro; a brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Shuster of Shelbyville, TN; a sister-in-law, Juanita Turner of Mount Vernon, IL; a granddaughter, Tennile Feece and husband Jason of Plymouth, IN; three great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services for Charles E. Turner will be 12 noon Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Surviving are two sons, James and Charles both of Mt. Vernon, IL; a daughter-in-law, Judy Hale of West Linn, OR; a son-in-law, Earl Stinson of Hudson, FL; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Wanda Tullis.
Funeral services for Zelma I Hale will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 16 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, November 15 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
66-year-old McLeansboro resident, Darnell Thomason died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro. He was a construction worker. He was a member of the McLeansboro Eagles Lodge 2699 and the Fairfield Sons of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Lynn Thomason of McLeansboro; a daughter, Sally Thomason of McLeansboro; his mother, Leona Thomason of Fairfield; his mother-in-law, Sally Dickirson of McLeansboro; three brothers, DeWain and wife Cathy, Darrel and Ricky Thomason, all of Fairfield; a sister, LaDonna Hoskins and husband Chris of Geff; a granddaughter, Sierra Baker and a grandson, Slade Walker.
Mr. Thomason will be cremated and his ashes spread at his favorite places by the family.
The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.
82-year-old Carmi resident, Bernita P. Stinson, died Sunday, November 10 at Deaconess Hospice Care in Evansville, IN. She was a nurse and worked 37 years for Dr. J.A. Stricklin in Carmi. She was also an avid quilter.
Surviving are two sons, Ray Stinson of Mt. Vernon, IL and Joe Stinson of Carmi; one brother, Robert Jeff Dartt of Danville, IL; one sister, Joy Hoffman of Carmi; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services for Bernita P. Stinson will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 17 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. Burial will be in St. Polycarp Cemetery in Carmi.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, November 16 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.
Memorials may be made to Deaconess Hospice Care.