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Timothy "Tim" Choatie

choatieTimothy “Tim” Choatie, 52, of Mount Carmel, IL, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at Saint Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Tim attended Gospel Kingdom Church and enjoyed helping many patients during his career as a nurse. He previously worked at Rosignol Marathon Gas Station in Mount Carmel.

Survivors include his wife Renee and three sisters; Cardyn Sue (Verl) Smith of Fairfield IL, Maxine (Mitchell) Wood of Mount Carmel, IL, Martha (Chuck) Letson of Mount Carmel, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Tim Choatie will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Family Tradition Funeral Home in Mount Carmel with burial will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Family Tradition Funeral Home in Mt. Carmel.


Robert L. "Bob" Decker

deckerRobert L (Bob) Decker, age 86, of McLeansboro died Monday March 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  He was a US Army veteran of WWII.

Survivors include daughters, Mary Ann Hilliard (fiancé George May) of Springfield, Melissa Dawn (Leroy) Browning of McLeansboro, Sharry (Donald) Hill of McLeansboro, Mindy (William) Hanks of McLeansboro, Angela  (Mark) Stoller of Sudbury, Massachusetts and Marla (Darrell) Ferguson of Missouri; two sisters, Anita Hayes of Mt Vernon Illinois and Jean Flannigan of Florida; 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Robert L. (Bob) Decker will be Thursday April 3, 2014  at 11: 00 am at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro Illinois with burial in Brady Cemetery in Akin Illinois with graveside military rites performed by McLeansboro American Legion Post#106.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.


Cathy Lane

Cathy Lane, 81, of Carmi, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. at her home. A native of Orchardville, she graduated from Wayne City High School in 1952 and had worked as an operator for GTE.  She was a member of the Red Hatters and First Christian Church of Carmi.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Bob Lane of Carmi; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Linda Lane of St. Louis, MO and Todd and Penny Lane of Evansville, IN; six sisters and two brothers-in-law, Ruth Jones of Plymoth, CA, Betty Ann and Jack Cameron of Fairfield, Maxine and David Allison of Zenia, Imogene Caudle of West Summitt, MO, Florence Talbert of Fairfield and Ruby Cook of Savoy, IL;  five grandchildren, Sarah, Scott, Kaylee, Matthew and Krista Lane; a sister-in-law, Eva Lane of Fairfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Cathy Lane, 81, of Carmi, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in White County Memorial Garden.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at the funeral home.


George Edward Book

90-year-old Kingsland, Texas resident, George Edward Book died Friday, March 28.  A veteran of WW II, he served as an Illinois State Police Trooper from 1947 until 1950 when the oil company that his wife Grace and his brother, John Book worked for expanded to west Texas.  He worked as the network relay foreman for West Texas Utilities until 1967.

Survivors include sons, Kent Book and Kent Yates; daughters, Brenda Spyridon, Janelle and Diana Yates; sisters, Shirley Bell, Katie Black and Martha Phillips; all of Fairfield; a brother, Jim Book of Batavia, IL; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for George Edward Book will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Putman Funeral Home in Kingsland, TX

Visitation for George Edward Book will be1:00 p.m. until the time of service Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Putnam Funeral Home in Kingsland, Texas.

A local visitation at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield will be Friday evening, April 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m.

Graveside services with military honors will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at Maple Hill Cemetery.


Phyllis Ruth Aydt

Aydt75-year-old former McLeansboro and O’Fallon, IL  resident, Phyllis Ruth Aydt of Shiloh, IL died Monday, March 31 at Cedarhurst Care Center in Shiloh, IL.  She was an elementary school teacher in the Cahokia public schools from 1961 until her retirement. she was a long-time volunteer at Christian Activity Center in E. St. Louis and the Granite City soup kitchen.  Her mission work throughout the U.S. inspired many friends and showed her passion for serving the poor. She was a Sunday School teacher in the Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Alice Harris of Bluford, four nephews, three nieces and a host of extended family members and friends.

Funeral services for Phyllis Ruth Aydt will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon, IL

Visitation will be 4 – 8 Wednesday evening, April 2 at the Wolfersberger Funeral Home in O’Fallon, IL. Memorials may be made to the Christian Activity Center or Alan P. Lyss, MD, Endowed Share Fund of Cancer Research C/O the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation.

A graveside service for Phyllis Ruth Aydt will be 1 p.m Thursday, April 3 at the Blooming Grove Cemetery near McLeansboro.  The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro provided the obituary information for Phyllys Ruth Aydt.


Helen Wood

wood85-year-old Flora resident, Helen Wood died at 10:13 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at Select Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She was a longtime member of the McCabe General Baptist Church and was a member of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are two children, Colleen Kiger of Flora and Diana Heinzman (Dennis) of Noblesville, IN; eight grandchildren, Heath Jenkins (Shavonna) of Flora, Chad Jenkins (Shaun) of Flora, Jason Jenkins of Flora, Dena Murray (Christopher) of Indianapolis, IN, Dedra Puckett (Patrick) of Noblesville, IN, Sara Burkett of Flora, Erin Workman (Cody) of Olney, and Joshua Jeremy Kiger of Flora; one brother, Allen Logsdon of California; two sisters, Alleen Walker (Tom) of Phoenix, AZ, and Dorothy Springer (Alfred) of Phoenix, AZ; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Helen Wood will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Flora.

Visitation will be from noon Saturday, April 5 until the time of service at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.

Memorials may be made to the McCabe General Baptist Church in Flora, and will be accepted at the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora.


Harry W. Morlan

Harry Morlan77-year-old Fairfield resident, Harry W. Morlan died Saturday morning, March 29 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville. He had been a salesman for the Dairy Brand Milk Company of Harrisburg for many years. In 1973, he and his son, Connor went into business on their own, establishing the Harry W. Morlan and Son Distributing Company, operating the business until 1995. He and his wife Louise have operated Cy’s Ice Cream Shoppe from 1978 until the present.

Very active in City of Fairfield affairs, he was elected alderman of the third ward for the first time in 1969 and held that position at the time of his death. He has served as alderman since 1969 except for two terms he served as mayor from 1989 – 1993 and 1997 – 2001.

Survivors include his wife Louise; a daughter, Cynthia (Chris) Barbre; four grandsons, Christopher (Jennifer) Barbre, Michael Morlan, Chad (Jessica) Barbre and Bryan Morlan, all of Fairfield; two granddaughters, Ashley L. Morlan of Sussex, NJ and Breah Morlan of Fairfield; 5 great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Eugene “Tubby” McGill; two sisters, Mildred (Joy) Walker of Fairfield and Brenda (Leonard) Wood of Bluford; and two brothers, Ray Harris of Mill Shoals and Leland (Lois) Harris of Fairfield and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Harry W. Morlan will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at the Holiness Rescue Mission in Fairfield with burial in Koontz Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 – 8 Tuesday evening, April 1 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield and 11 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church.

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


Mildred "Millie" Willison

Mildred Willison76-year-old Clay City resident, Mildred “Millie” Willison died Friday, March 28 at Flora Rehab and Health Care Center. She was retired from Hella Electronics Corporation in Flora.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Willison of Clay City, Barbara (Ronnie) McGrew of Xenia and Dena (Tony) Ferguson of Carterville; four brothers, Carrol Rodgers, Russell (Betty) Rodgers and Delbert (Becky) Rodgers, all of Cisne and Gene (Sue) Rodgers of White Heath, IL; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mildred “Millie” Willison will be 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.

Visitation will be 6 – 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.

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


William Richard Strockbine

Strockbine66-year-old Mount Carmel native, William Richard Strockbine died Friday, March 28. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was retired from Mount Carmel Public Utility as Gas Supervisor, retiring in 2009.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila Moore Strockbine; children, Justin (Melissa) Strockbine, Jared (Nicki) Strockbine and Jill (Brandon) Kight.; his mother, Mary Andrew; a sister, Elaine Davis; brothers, J. (Jennifer) Andrews and Jerry (LaVonne) Andrews; two brothers-in-law, Ron Moore and Larry Craig; two sisters-in-law, Angela Craig and Phyllis Moore; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life memorial service for William Richard Strockbine will be 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the First General Baptist Church n Mount Carmel.   A private family burial was held last Saturday, March 29 at Allendale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at the First General Baptist Church in Mount Carmel and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home in Allendale, which is in charge of all the arrangements.


Rena Mae Sarks

78-year-old Fairfield resident, Rena Mae Sarks died at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, March 30 in the Skilled Care Unit of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She had been a CNA.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Moore of Fairfield; sons, Art and Wayne Barton of Fairfield; sisters, Rose Marie Barton of Decatur, TX and Betty Sampson of Catlin, IL; brothers, Frank H. Baker, Jr. of Fairfield and Jack Baker of Sullivan, MO; 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Rena Mae Sarks will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Wednesday evening, April 2 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in  Fairfield.


Virginia Ann "Jenny" Rister

jenny rister 264-year-old Carmi resident, Virginia Ann “Jenny” Rister, died Thursday, March 27 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She worked many years as a manager at McDonalds in Carmi.

Surviving are a son, Tony (Kathleen) Rister and their son Andrew all of Carmi; sisters, Betty Barton of Lynnville, IN and Donna (Norman) Carpenter of Wayne City; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Virginia Ann “Jenny” Rister will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.  A private family burial will be held at a later date in Newman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.


Hughie "Elmo" Jones

Elmo Jones  edited88-year-old Hughie “Elmo” Jones died Saturday, March 29.  He worked a variety of jobs in the Evansville, IN area including Chrysler & Hoosier Cardinal.  He also operated a service station and restaurant.  In 1957 he operated Elmo’s Sinclair Station.  In 1961 he sold the station and accepted a position with newly-opened General Electric.  From 1962-1970 he owned the Dog N’ Suds Restauarant in Mt. Vernon.  He later purchased the Western Auto Store in Carmi in 1971.  He retired from GE in 1989 and continued to operate the Western Auto until 2012.  He was also a member of the Carmi Kiwanis Club, Carmi Chamber of Commerce and First Baptist Church and Mt. Vernon Civitan Club.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Anna; children Arrinda (Mark) Smith, Jan (Bob) Sisson, Angela (Michael) Bohleber, Katrina (Charlie) Gibbs, James (Martha) Inman and Tammy Jones; 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Eldon Ray (Betty) Jones; and a brother-in-law, Orville (Lil) Pretzsch.

Funeral services for Hughie “Elmo” Jones will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.  Burial will be in Kingdom Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 – 8 Monday evening and from 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1 until the time of service at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.


Virgil Carroll

virgil carroll    572-year-old Sims resident, Virgil Carroll, died at 4 p.m. Friday, March 28 at his home.  He was retired from Airtex.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Scarbrough Carroll; one son, Larry of Sims; two daughters, Sandra Carroll and Esther (Mike) Farmer all of Sims; one sister, Betty (David) Sexton of Metropolis, IL; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Virgil Carroll will be at  1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.  Burial will be in Pin Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.


Chloe E. Ward

93-year-old former Fairfield resident, Chloe E. Ward of Effingham died at 4:46 a.m. Friday, March 28 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham.  She was a nurses’s aid.

Surviving are a daughter, Thelma Wilson of Toledo, IL; two sons, Charlie Holmes of Saint Johns, FL and Seth Holmes of Fairfield; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Chloe E. Ward will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.  Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Geff.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


LaVergne Ann Tade

89-year-old Fairfield resident, LaVergne Ann Tade died at 7:11 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Cisne Rehab. She had been a nurse’s aide and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include a step-son, Wayne Tade of North Chicago, IL.

Funeral services for LaVergne Ann Tade will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


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