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.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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, 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.
90-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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
98-year-old McLeansboro resident, Pauline Glenn died at9:45 p.m. Monday, July 7 at McLeansboro Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in McLeansboro.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet (Walter) Thorson of McLeansboro; a brother, Maxie Reed and a sister, Fay Sandusky, both of McLeansboro; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services for Pauline Glenn will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in the IOOF Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. Friday until the time of service at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to Webb’s Chapel Methodist Church and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
86-year-old McLeansboro resident, Audrey M. Epperson died on Monday, July 7 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include a son, John Stephen (Nancy) Epperson of McLeansboro; two grandchildren, Mark (Christina) Epperson and Justin (Melissa) Epperson, both of McLeansboro; three great-grandchildren; Brendon, Derrick and Cade Epperson and a step-sister, Shirley Moss of McLeansboro.
Funeral services for Audrey M. Epperson will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at the First General Baptist Church in McLeansboro with burial in the IOOF Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of service Tuesday, July 8 at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Hamilton Memorial Hospital and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
Charles O. (Bill) Williams, 94 died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, Illinois.
After high school, Bill enrolled in McKendree College in Lebanon, IL. He graduated in 1940, and went on to the University of Illinois to receive a Masters Degree. Bill was studying for his PhD in medical zoology planning to attend medical school upon graduation, but World War II came along and his educational plans were placed on hold. About to be drafted into the army, Bill took a job with the US Navy as a technician in the unit which was engaged in protecting our ships from magnetic and acoustic mines. As a result of a detonation incident while serving in the line of duty, he lost the sight of an eye and was eventually given a physical disability retirement from the Navy.
After the war, Bill worked for the State of Illinois, where he served as Chief of Rehabilitation Services for the entire state. During this time, he met and married Faye Campbell of Goliad, TX. This marriage lasted 45 years, terminating in the death of Faye while they were traveling in Yemen in 1989.
In 1947, Bill became an employee of Western Cartridge Company. He remained an employee for 35 years during which time the company changed to the Olin Corp. Bill entered employment as an hourly employee and eventually became the General Manager of Winchester Ammunition. During his employment, he served as Director of Engineering, Director of Research, Manager of Quality Control, and Director of Product Engineering. Bill accumulated a total of 26 patents during his career.
In 1990, Bill met Linda Hayes. After a courtship of two years, they were married. Linda’s three children (Patrick Hayes, Robert (Rae Lynn) Hayes, and Linda (Scott) Pugsley) became Bill’s children.
Bill wrote hundreds of technical papers and reports during his career. Upon his retirement, at the request of his wife and daughter, he began to record incidents in his life which they believed would be lost. Eventually, these writings were assembled into book form. They were then published in two volumes: I Never Learned to March and Been There – Done That.
Several years after the marriage of John J. and Edith Williams, they were blessed with a son, Rick J. and later with a daughter, Adela.
A visitation for Charles O. “Bill” Williams will be 5-7 pm, Wednesday, July 9th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. His cremated remains will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville, Illinois, at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Wabash Christian Retirement Center and will be accepted at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.
Wilma J. Rodgers, 82, of Olney, died at 11:54 AM, Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, Illinois. She worked as a waitress for many years and also worked at the Joliet Arsenal. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Olney, Olney Eagles Club and American Legion.
Wilma is survived by her 3 sisters, Shirley Farrand, of Florida, Goldie McCreary, and her husband Will of Albion, and Pat Barnett, of Olney; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Wilma J. Rodgers will be 12 noon on Wednesday, July 9 at the Stasi-Grove Funeral Home in Olney with burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Albion.
Visitation will be from 10AM until noon on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at the Stasi-Grove Funeral Home in Olney.
Memorials can be made to COPD or American Heart Association.
81-year-old Fairfield native, Charles R. Blackburn of Olney died on Friday, July 4 at his home. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Susan Mitchell of Olney and her fiance, Johnnie Stout of Oblong; a brother, Harold Dean Blackburn and wife Nancy of Alton; a sister, Norma Tucker of Fairfield; a sister-in-law, Barbara Young and husband Earl of Fairfield; grandchildren, Travis Paddock of Olney and Laura Mitchell of Olney and great-grandsons, Jace and Jaxe Paddock.
Services for Charles R. Blackburn will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 at the Summers-Kistler Funeral Home in Olney with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield with full military honors performed by Olney Veterans organizations.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 Tuesday evening, July 8 at the Summers-Kistler Funeral Home in Olney.
Memorials may be made to the Richland County Honor Guard.
Henry Ray Woodrow, 81 of Springerton, died Saturday morning July 5, 2014 at the Enfield Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He worked as a mechanic his entire life. He was a U.S. Army veteran; a member of the Springerton American Legion Post #1126. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Springerton.
He is survived by 3 sons, James (Shannon) Woodrow of Springerton, Alan (Crissy) Woodrow of Fairfield and Chuck (Becky) Venable of Springerton; a special daughter, Patty Clark of Marion; 2 daughters, Cathy (Ronnie) Wiethop and Crystal (Gary) Armstrong Mitchell of Carmi; 11 grandchildren many great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Verna Lee Etienne of Carmi, Peggy Stahl of Denver, CO and Doris Prince of Enfield.
Funeral services for Henry Ray Woodrow will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday July 10, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Enfield with burial in Springerton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Springerton American Legion and the Carmi American Legion and VFW.
Gregory Erle Smith, 66 of Albion died on July 2, 2014 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam. He was a member of the VFW post 8222 and a member of the Honor Guard. He was retired from Wabash Valley Service Company after 32 years.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Albion, his mother Anna Mae Smith-Wyatt of Albion, two sons Gavin and wife Rachel of Killeen, Texas, Collin and wife Toni of Hood River, Oregon; 5 grandchildren; Alexandria (Lexi) and Corbin of Texas also Ethan, Adalyn and Avery Smith of Oregon.
Funeral services for Gregory Erle Smith will be 3:30 Wednesday, July 9 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Graceland Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 12:30PM to 3:30PM at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion. Family and Friends are encouraged to dress casually.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Flag Fund in lieu of flowers.
83-year-old Fairfield resident, Marieta Stallings died at 10:45 Thursday morning, July 3 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, IN. She had worked at the Farmer’s Store.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Stallings of Fairfield; daughters, Janie Lake of Fairfield and Jill Xanders of Fairfield; a son, Jody Stallings of Blairsville, GA; a sister, Lawanda Hutcheson of Glen Carbon, IL; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services for Marieta Stallings will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5 at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Saturday, July 5 at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to the Graham Samaritan’s Purse or Smile Train an will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield which is in charge of all the arrangements.