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Dawn Harris

Renee Harris51-year-old Fairfield resident, Dawn Harris died at 10:30 Monday morning, Oct. 6 at her home. She was a CNA.

Survivors include a daughter, Donnelle Chambers of Tennessee; sons William and Colt Levi Carlock of Fairfield and Donald Carlock of Champaign, IL; a sister, Rochelle Bixler of Lincoln, IL; brothers, Eric and Mitchell Harris of Lincoln, IL and Scott Harris of Springfield, IL and 7 grandchildren.

Funeral services for Dawn Harris will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery at Lincoln.

Visitation will be noon until the time of service on Friday, Oct. 10, at the Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln, IL.

The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the local arrangements.


Phyllis J. Cullison

Phyllis J. Cullison, 77 of Albion, IL passed died Friday, October 03, 2014 at her residence.   She had been a secretary for Albion Equipment Company for several years.  She was a wild life rehabilitator of wild animals; especially raising lions, cougars, bears, leopards and monkeys.

She is survived by her husband; Don of rural Albion, 2 sons; Philip (Colleen) Cullison and Gary Cullison both of Albion, IL, and 1 granddaughter; Jacqueline Cullison of Albion, IL.

There was a private service Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Samsville.

The Ingram Funeral Home of Albion was in charge of all the arrangements.


Elmer D. Chalcraft

Elmer D. Chalcraft, age 89 of Ellery, IL died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital, Fairfield, IL. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe with the 63rd Infantry 7th Army.  He had been a farmer in the Ellery area and also worked in highway construction for many years until retiring in 1985.   He was a Life Member of the V.F.W. and spent many hours working with hospitalized veterans at Marion V.A. Hospital in Marion, IL. He held many positions in V.F.W. locally, District and State as well as being District Commander three times.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jean of Ellery, children: David, of Ellery, Anita (Lewis) Blackford of rural Albion, Gary (Cathy) of Mt. Carmel, Lyndell of Phenix City, AL and Janet Blankenship of Dawson, IL, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Elmer D. Chalcraft will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 8 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial at Graceland Cemetery, Albion, with full military rites.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Tuesday, October 7 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.


Jim Leuellen

luellen78-year-old McLeansboro resident, Jim Leuellen died at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at his home. He was a farmer. He had also been the store manager of Illinois Brokerage and later P.N. Hirsch for several years. He was also the owner of Jim Leuellen Trucking, Inc. from 1995-2007. He was a member of the A.F. & A.M. Polk Lodge 137, McLeansboro; Scottish Rite Bodies of Belleville, IL and Ainad Temple Shriners, East St. Louis.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; five daughters, Jill Cain and husband David of Enfield, Teresa Wellen and husband Marvin of Dahlgren; Jessica, Ashley and Heidi Leuellen, all of McLeansboro; two sons, Jeff Leuellen and wife Cindy and Fred Leuellen and wife Sandi, both of McLeansboro; 8 grandchildren; Jeremy Owen and wife Amy of McLeansboro, Josh Owen and wife Tara of Elberfield, IN, Jennifer Brown and husband Jason of Lexington, KY, Rachel Gorman and husband Jeremy of Evansville, IN, Mary Williams and husband Brandon of Crossville, Jenna and Moriah Wellen of Dahlgren, Sydney Leuellen of Harrisburg and Johnathon Leuellen of St. Louis, MO; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother.

A memorial service for Jim Leuellen will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with a Masonic Service at 2 p.m. conducted by the A.F. & A.M. Polk Lodge 137.

As per Jim’s request, he will be cremated and his cremains will be scattered during a private family service at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


David A. Dye

David A. Dye, 77, of Mt. Erie, IL died at 11:27AM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.  He was a retired oil field worker and currently road commissioner for Massilon Township. He was a member of the VFW at Fairfield.

Survivors include a daughter Sheila Ann (Roger) Sommers of Chenoa, IL; two sons, Rick of Mt. Erie, and William of Jacksonville, IL; three sisters, Edith (Joe) Rankin of Danville, IN, Sarah Gould of Pontiac, IL, and Judy Sykes; a brother-in-law, John Allison III (Glenda) of Mt. Erie; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services for David A. Dye will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at McKendree Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Lee Roy Brown

Lee Brown000179-year-old Fairfield resident, Lee Roy Brown, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, October 3 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.  He was a retired salesman, loved to cook, had several restaurants, and was manager in the bakery deli at Food Park, Big John’s and Buehler’s.  He was also a member of the Oddfellows Lodge in Fairfield.

Surviving are his wife Margaret of Fairfield; four sons, Jerry (Pam) Brown of LaHarpe, IL, Terry (Carolyn) Brown of Fairfield, Stanley (Janice) Brown of Cisne and Roger (Lisa) Brown of Albion; one sister, Linda (Grant) Hoskins of Geff; one sister-in-law, Marlyn (Joe) Harrison of Fairfield; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Lee Roy Brown will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 7 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.  Burial will be in Bestow Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 6 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.


Billie J. (Bill) Trotter

Bill Trotter83-year-old Belle Rive resident, Billie J. (Bill) Trotter, died at 1:45 p.m. Friday, October 3 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in McLeansboro.  He was a retired technician with the Hamilton County Telephone Co-op in Dahlgren, and was a member of the Dahlgren Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Betty J. Trotter; one son, David (Carolyn) Trotter of Belle Rive; two daughters, Diane Haile of Bethany, IL and Nancy Davis of Mt. Vernon, IL; one brother, Ralph of Dahlgren; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Billie J. (Bill) Trotter will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 6 at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.  Burial will be in Lowry Cemetery near Belle Rive.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, October 5 at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

Memorials may be made to the Lowry Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.


Peggy J. Venable

venablePeggy J. Venable, age 84, a resident of McLeansboro, Illinois died at 4:25 A.M. Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 in the Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  She was a home maker and she also worked as a caregiver.

Survivors include 5 sons:  Stephan (wife Dorothy) Reed of Carson City, Nevada; Rick (wife Diane) Reed of McLeansboro, Illinois; Gary (wife Lisa) Reed of Springfield, Illinois; Kevin (wife Wendy) Reed of McLeansboro, Illinois; Alan (wife Debbie) Venable of Irvington, Illinois; and a sister:  Thelma Lou Johnson of McLeansboro, Illinois.

Funeral services for Peggy J. Venable will be at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, October 5th at the Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro, IL. Burial will follow at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro, IL.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Saturday, October 4th at Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro.

Memorials may be given to the Illinois Lung Association or the Disabled American Veterans, and will be accepted at Gholson Funeral Home.


Dan Frazee

Dan Frazee58-year-old Fairfield resident, Dan Frazee died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at his home.  He had worked at Cubs and recently retired as manager of the Wal-Mart in Effingham.

Survivors include his wife, B.J. Frazee of Fairfield; his mother and step-father, Helen and Donald Payne of Decatur; children, James (Joy) Gifford of Albion, Jennifer (Greg) Clark of Mt. Zion, John Cannon of Decatur; two grandchildren, Madison Miller of Decatur and Hadleigh Gifford of Albion; brothers, David (Tracie) Frazee of Decatur, Kim (Cheryl) Frazee of Denver, CO and John (Cathy) Frazee of Bement; step-brothers, Dennis (Debbie) Payne, Kevin (Tina) Payne and Mark Payne, all of Decatur and close friends, Glen and Alice Garrett, Robert and Barbara Bolton of Fairfield, Staci Miller of Chester and Steve and Karen of Decatur.

Funeral services for Dan Frazee will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Ellen Moore United Methodist Church in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, Oct. 4 at the church.

The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements.


Warren D. Tait

Warren TaitWarren D. Tait, 92 of rural Albion, IL died Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville, IL.  He was a life time farmer and also retired from Champion Lab in 1983.  Warren was a member of Browns Chapel United Methodist Church.  He was very active in church and various mission groups and Bible studies.  Warren served in WWII as an army airplane mechanic.

He is survived by his wife Amy Marie (Hoover) Shaw Tait, one step child Marilyn and husband Tom Taylor of Jacksonville, IL, one sister Mona (Tait) Over, a brother Carroll “Bud” and wife Parlee Tait, sister-in-law Jean Tait of Albion, step-daughter-in-law Karen Shaw Vallette of West Salem, six step-grandchildren; Randy and wife Donna Roosevelt of Clay City, IL, Melanie (Shaw) and husband Brian Wiseman of West Salem, Jeff and wife Robin Shaw of West Salem, Tonya (Shaw) Orel of West Salem, Todd Shaw of West Salem, and Sarah (Taylor) and husband Chris Cook of Jacksonville, IL.   Also eight step-great-grandchildren and three step-great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews survive.

Funeral services for Warren D. Tate will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 4 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion, IL.  Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery in Grayville with military rites.

Visitation will be from noon until time of service Saturday at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.


James Bradley "Brad" Simpson

49-year-old Fairfield resident, James Bradley “Brad” Simpson died at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 near his home.  He had worked in construction with his father, had worked at Jasper School for 11 years and most recently worked at Continental Tire.

Survivors include his father, Herman D. Simpson of Fairfield; his wife, Jeanne Simpson of Fairfield; a daughter, Alisha Kay (James) Schoultz of Fairfield;  a son, Joshua Bradley (Jackie) Simpson of Fairfield; three step-sons, Thad (Crystal) Beadles, Joshua Beadles and Joe (Kari) Beadles, all of Ellery; a sister, Michelle Simpson Campbell of Sandwich, IL; 9 grandchildren; four nieces and one nephew.

Graveside services for James Bradley “Brad” Simpson will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at Buckey Cemetery.  There will be no visitation. Those attending the service should go directly to the cemetery. Those attending are also asked to dress casually.

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


Ray Dodson, Sr.

86-year-old Fairfield resident, Ray Dodson, Sr. died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at his home. He was a retired oilfield worker.

Survivors include a daughter, Tina Laney of Spring Hill FL; a son, Ray (Theresa) Dodson, Jr. of Sacramento, CA; brothers, Teddy Wayne Housden, Harry John Housden, Roy Franklin Housden and Gene Turner, all of California; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Dodson’s remains will be cremated and there will be no services.

The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements.


Robert "Glenn" Jones

jones90-year-old Fairfield resident, Robert “Glenn” Jones died Monday, September 29, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield.

He is survived by his daughters: Jane Johnson of Albany, Glenna  McKee of Rock Falls, and Paula Edwards of Holland, Michigan; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Glenn Jones will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Gunion Christian Church with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service on Thursday at the church.

The Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Gunion Christian Church.


Anna Mae Wiyatt

Anna Mae WiyattAnna Mae Wiyatt, 86 of Albion, IL died on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Fairfield, IL. She attended the Browns United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church in Albion. She had been employed as a secretary in the Albion school system in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Karen L. Smith of Albion; grandsons, Gavin (Rachel) Smith of Killeen, TX, Collin (Toni) Smith of Hood River, OR and great-grandchildren, Lexi, Corbin, Ethan, Adalyn and Avery Smith and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Anna Mae Wiyatt will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Graceland Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:30 until the time of service Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.

Memorials may be made to the Browns United Methodist Church or the First Presbyterian Church in Albion and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.


Rebecca "Becky" Dean Carter Meece

meece63-year-old Attica, MI resident, Rebecca “Becky” Dean Carter Meece died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at her home.  She worked in tool and die design, retiring from General Motors.

Survivors include her husband, Allan Meece of Attica, MI; a son, Chad Meece; a daughter, Angie Williams; two granddaughters, Courtney Smith and Peyton Williams; a grandson, Hunter Smith; a brother, Rex Carter and Wife Kim of Walpole; two sisters, Shirley Bau and husband David of Enfield and Alta Pearl Charron; sisters-in-law, Jeanine Hunter, Cindy Jones and Cherri Overlin; a special aunt and uncle, Teoria and Curtis Varney of McLeansboro; and several other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services for Rebecca “Becky” Dean Carter Meece will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Hopewell Cemetery at McLeansboro.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday, Oct. 3 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.


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