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.
82-year-old Dahlgren resident, Evan L. Hart, died at 6:53 a.m. Tuesday, November 12 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was a railroad switchman, and worked for Rock Island Railroad. He also drove a school bus for Hamilton County schools, worked for Precision National in Mt. Vernon, IL, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife Norma of Dahlgren; four sons, Jack and Barry both of Dahlgren, and Terry and Jeff both of Mt. Vernon, IL; six grandsons and four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; one brother, Kenny of McLeansboro; one sister, Verla Anderson of Normal, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Evan L. Hart will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 15 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren. Burial will be in Crisel Cemetery near Dahlgren, with military rites provided by the American Legion Post #106 and Military Honors Team of Marion, IL.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center, and will be accepted at the Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren.
80-year-old Fairfield resident, Dorothy F. Keen died at 10:25 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had worked at the Grill.
Survivors include her husband, Newton Keen of Fairfield; adopted daughters, Maylene Farris of Carmi, Debbie McNeil of Fairfield and Wilma Whitlow of Olney; an adopted son, Gilbert McNeil of Fairfield; a sister, Helen Talbert and husband Charles of Fairfield; brothers, Jimmy and Sonny Thomason, both of Fairfield and Herschel Morlan of Rockford, IL.
Funeral services for Dorothy F. Keen will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Arrington Prairie (Dickeyville) Cemetery
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 Thursday evening, Nov. 14 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
91-year-old Elgin, IL resident, Louise E. Mitchell died at 6:28 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Tower Hill Healthcare Center in Elgin, IL. She had been a secretary and telephone operator, growing up in Chicago. She lived in the suburbs of Chicago most of her life.
Survivors include daughters, Constance Louise Grossman and husband James of Huntley, IL and Susan K. Smith of Naples, FL; a brother, James A. Clark of Lemont, IL and two grandchildren.
Services for Louise E. Mitchell will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Faiorfield.
63-year-old Fairfield resident, Arleta June Tullis died at 3:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Cisne Healthcare. She had worked at Kroger’s in the Meat Department.
Survivors include a daughter, Jamie and husband Steve Sams of Fairfield; a sister, Ramona Dawn Berry and husband Frank of California; a brother, David and wife Cathy Musgrave of Colorado; one granddaughter, Lacey Sams and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Arleta June Tullis will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield. The body is to be cremated with interment of ashes at a later date.
There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a college scholarship fund for Lacey Sams and will be accepted at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.
The Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home of Fairfield is in charge of all the arrangements.
95-year-old Crossville resident, Nellie Leona Ridens, died Monday, November 11 at her home. She was a nurse’s aid and worked at Meadowood Nursing Home in Grayville and Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She later worked at the Windsor Oaks Motel in Grayville.
Surviving are five sons, Larry Alldredge, Tom Alldredge, Alan Alldredge, Mike Alldredge and Derris Alldredge; three daughters, Rose Pritchard, Phyllis McKibben and Cindy Rhodes; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Nellie Leona Ridens will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 13 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville. There will be no visitation.
Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville is in charge of the arrangements.
81-year-old Fairfield resident, Joyce Dalton, died at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, November 10 at her home. She worked at the Fairfield Garment Factory, and was a member of the Fairfield Northside Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Steve of Geff and Bob of Fairfield; three daughters, Lisa Smith of Mt. Erie, and Denise McGuire and Kristi Thomason both of Fairfield; one brother, Vern Bond of Mt. Vernon, IL; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Joyce Dalton will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 13 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.
81-year-old Fairfield resident, Dan McNew, died at 1:20 p.m. Friday, November 8 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. He owned and operated McNew’s Shoe Repair for several years before retiring. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korea Conflict, and was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Fairfield.
Surviving is a sister, Phyllis Mikeworth of Foundain Inn, SC; and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Dan McNew will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 12 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Anthony Wayne Post #176 American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post #4535 VFW.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, November 11 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.
79-year-old West Salem resident, Harold “Hap” Dean Feldman, died Friday, November 8. He was a Veteran, and was inducted into the Air Force as an Airman 1st Class at the end of WW II. He taught for two years at Edwards County High School and later taught 32 years at West Salem Grade School. He was a member of the West Salem Masonic Lodge #866, and was inducted into the Edwards County Sports Hall of Fame.
Surviving are his wife Carolyn; two sons, Michael and Todd both of West Salem; two grandsons, Dalton Feldman of Jacksonville, IL and Austin Feldman of West Salem; and one aunt, Frances Bowen of Parkersburg.
Funeral services for Harold “Hap” Dean Feldman will be conducted by the West Salem Masonic Lodge at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 13 at the Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem. Burial will be in Moravian Cemetery with military rites.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 at the Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem.
Memorials may be made to the West Salem Masonic Lodge #866 Building Fund.
81-year-old Fairfield resident, Janet A. Bashore died at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Emergency Room at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had been a waitress and had been a bus driver at Jasper School for many years.
Services for Janet A. Bashore will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be noon Monday, Nov. 11 until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
100-year-old Fairfield resident, Estaleda Griffith died Wednesday, Nov. 6 at her home. She had been a first grade teacher and school superintendent at New Hope School, retiring in the late 1970′s.
Survivors include sons, Gary Griffith of Fairfield and Ray Griffith of Naperville, IL; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services for Estaleda Griffith will be 12 noon Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
25-year-old Grayville resident, Joshua R.Gray died Thursday, Nov. 7 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. He graduated in 2006 from Grayville High School as class Valedictorian.
Survivors include his parents, John and Debbie Gray; a brother, Daniel Gray; grandparents, Bob and Dorothy Ward of Grayville, Betty Gray of Carmi; aunts and uncles, Jean (Dan) Ward, Dick and Gary Ward, Jane (Keith) Davis, Ann (Kit) Hixenbaugh; cousins, Jake Ward, Jessica Ward, Jacob Dicus, Cody Hixenbaugh, Matthew Hixenbaugh and Hope Davis.
Services for Joshua R. Gray will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Grayville High School Gymnasium.
Visitation will be from 4 – 7 Saturday evening, Nov.l 9 at the Cook Chapel in Grayville.
Memorials may be made to Riley’s Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the Cook Chapel in Grayville.
90-year-old McLeansboro resident, Anna Crystal Dale died Thursday, Nov. 7. She served in the mission field in California for 2 1/2 years. She later worked for Mohawk Petroleum, managed a department store in Aurora, MO and worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, IL for 25 years as a caregiver.
Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Beverly and Herman Hopper, Flora and Joe Walker and Chris and Frank Voliva; 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; two step-sons, Bruce and Danny Dale; two step-daughters, Becky Purcell and Kim Hutchcraft; 6 step-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild; three sisters-in-law, Mae Todd, Bonnie Voliva and Donna and Chet Brake; a brother-in-law, Hoarse Earl Stephens and two special friends, Rodney and Darlene Grewe and several nieces and nephews.
Services for Anna Crystal Dale will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Middle Creek Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 until the time of service at the Middle Creek Church.
Memorials may be made to the Middle Creek Cemetery in care of Davy Brake in Dahlgren, IL.
The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.
Edra M. Wilfong, age 94, of Flora, Illinois and formerly of Cisne died Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at the Clay County Hospital in Flora.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Blue Point Free Will Baptist Church Cisne.
Edra is survived by daughters Barbara (George) Saylor of Bloomington, Illinois and Glenda (Steve) Wiley of Clay City, Illinois; son Gary (Sue) Wilfong of Mahomet, Illinois; sister Iris Mulvaney of Salem, Illinois and 11 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.
Services for Edra M. Wilfong will be conducted 11:30 AM Saturday November 9th, 2013 at the Blue Point Free Will Baptist Church at Cisne, Illinois. Burial will follow in the Cisne Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10AM until the time of service at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
Memorials to: Blue Point Free Will Baptist Church which will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
61-year-old McLeansboro resident, Lex Anderson II died at 10:14 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 as the result of an oilfield accident. He was a self-employed oil producer.
Survivors include his mother, Doris Anderson of McLeansboro; an uncle, J.D. Tyler of McLeansboro; cousins, Marti Martin of Midlothian, TX, “CB” Martin of Bluford, Janet Mitchell of Valmeier,IL, Kimberly Tyler Tremmel of Trenton, IL, Pat Lee of Lake St. Louis, MO, Terry Kikendall of Palm Bay, FL and Andy Bethel of O’Fallon, IL.
Services for Lex Anderson II will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in the IOOF Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Visitation will be from noon Sunday, Nov. 10 until the time of service at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
72-year-old former Wayne City resident, Sharon Lee (Richards) Riley of Decatur, IL died Wednesday, Oct. 30 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham. She was a retired hairdresser.
Survivors include two daughters, Yvette Pigman of Eureka, IL and Yvonne McColley of Decatur, IL; brothers and sisters, Vanetta Joliff of Decatur, Pat Michelle of Alaska, Bill Richards of West Frankfort, Linda Newman of Ina, Marsha Richardson and Joy Barragliotati of Carterville, IL and 3 grandchildren.
Services for Sharon Lee Riley will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with burial in Thomason Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.