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.
Mary Anne Frankland, 70, of Albion died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at her residence. She was a homemaker and active member of the First Baptist Church in Albion. She held many church positions, one being Financial Secretary. She tutored English as a second language through Frontier Community College.
Survivors include her husband; Owen of Albion, son; Michael (Lee Anne) Frankland of St. Peters, MO, daughter; Sarah (Graham) Werstler of Hendersonville, NC, sister; Sherry (Gene) Statler of Sebring, FL, sister-in-law; Janet Peach and brother-in-law and sister-in-law; David (Gloria) Frankland all of Albion, grandchildren; Parker and Ava Frankland and Alex Werstler. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Mary Anne Frankland will be held Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10AM at the First Baptist Church in Albion with burial will be in Mt. Zion cemetery southwest of Albion.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 5 – 7PM at the First Baptist Church in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church building fund and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home of Albion which is in charge of all of the arrangements.
Sarah Pauline Eaton, 84, of Grayville, Illinois, died Tuesday, July 01, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. She was a cook.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence Eaton of Grayville; son James Eaton of Owensville, Indiana; brother Jim (Beverly) Downs of Burnt Prairie, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Sarah Pauline Eaton will be 12 noon on Thursday, July 3 at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery at Grayville.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Cook Chapel in Grayville.
73-year-old McLeansboro resident, Thelma J. Terry died at 8:05 p.m on Monday, June 30 at her home. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Terry of McLeansboro; a daughter, Theresa Barker (Larry) of Dardene Prairie, MO; a son, Toby Terry of McLeansboro; grandchildren, Derek and Amanda Barker, Ashley Jones and husband Shawn and Brian Terry; a great-grandchild, Finley Lawrence Jones; a sister, Carol Zelenik of West Mont, IL and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Thelma J. Terry will be 3 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the Christian Chapel Church in McLeansboro with a private family burial of ashes at a later date.
Visitation will be from 1 – 3 Thursday, July 3 at the church.
The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.
Jeffrey Jack Tate, 58 of Grayville, died Tuesday morning July 1, 2014 in Grayville. He was a Coal Miner.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Seth & Melinda Tate of Crossville, Clayton & Alexandria Tate of Owensville, IN, and Jack Tate of Evansville; three grandchildren, Lillian and Addison Tate and Sydney Burnett; and one brother and sister-in-law, Andrew & Stacey Tate of Grayville.
Visitation for Jeffrey Jack Tate will be from 4-7pm on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Grayville.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.
Elaine Osmon, age 60 of West Salem, IL died on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at her home. Elaine worked almost 40 years at Champion Laboratories, most of that time was spent at the West Salem plant, before recently going to the Albion facility.
Survivors include her sons: Jerimy Osmon and Jerry Osmon, three sisters: Linda, (Jack), Charla and Marilyn, one brother Roger (Elaine) Hawkins, and three grandchildren: Devin Osmon, Alys Jo Osmon and Colten Osmon. Elaine is also survived by Alys Jo’s mom, and “adopted daughter”; Niki Knowles. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Graveside service for Elaine Osmon will be 10AM on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Allendale Cemetery, Allendale, IL.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014 from 5 to 7PM at Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem, IL.
Memorials may be made to the family, with envelopes available at the visitation and graveside service.
Helen Yarbor Houchins, 97, of Griffin, IN, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. Helen was one of the original employees in 1949 of the old Griffin School lunch program until the school closed in the 1960’s. She retired from North Elementary School in Poseyville, IN, in 1982.
She was always an active member of her community; a lifelong member of the Christian Church, first in Mt. Carmel, IL, then the Griffin Christian Church. She was a member for many years of the Bethel Belles Home-Economics Club, and the Friendship Club. She helped organize and assist with the Senior Citizens Center in Griffin, until it was moved to Poseyville. She was an avid gardener well into her nineties.
She is survived by daughter, Barbara Houchins (Norman) Conrey, son David (Glenda) Houchins, all of New Harmony, IN; grandchildren Michael (Gail) Conrey of Olney, IL, Laura Conrey (Nick) Bohler of Poseyville, Patrick (Tammy) Conrey of New Harmony, Amy Conrey (Jason) Andreas of East Glacier Park, MT, Missy Houchins (Bill) Hopf of Poseyville, Jon David (Missy) Houchins of Evansville, Julie Houchins Underwood Ferby of Lake Charles, LA; step grandchildren Kim Gambrel and Amy Rutledge; nine great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; brothers John Yarbor and Max Yarbor of Mt. Carmel.
Visitation is noon to 2 pm, Wednesday, July 2nd at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville. Private graveside service will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Griffin following the visitation.
Martha A. Smysor, 89 of Fairfield died on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM at Fairfield Memorial Hospital Skilled Care Unit. She was a graduate of Fairfield High School and received her teaching degree from Southern Illinois University. She taught elementary grade school in Illinois, Indiana, California, and Europe for a total of 46 Years. She was also a member of the Martin Creek Church of the Brethren.
Her survivors include 6 sisters: Corabelle (Jack) Divine of Ft. Collins, CO, Sally (Ron) McMillan of Ft. Collins, CO, Sue Bryant of Carbondale, IL, Bernice Chin Woo of Loveland, CO, Ruby (Larry D.) Simpson of Loveland, CO and Jane (Tim) Sullivan of Fairfield, IL; 2 brothers: Jacob Smysor of St. Charles, MO and Larry Smysor of Fairfield, IL; 10 nieces and nephews, 28 grand nieces and nephews, 2 great grand-nieces and a special friend Logan Brown.
Memorial services for Martha Smysor will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1 PM at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home, with visitation from 11 AM until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Forrest Smysor Memorial Children Fund and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Robert E. Porter, 72, of Cisne died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Cisne Rehab and Healthcare Center. Robert worked as a set-up man at AMF in Olney, IL. He was an Army veteran during the Vietnam era and was a member of the Cisne American Legion.
Survivors include a sister, Donna (Paul) Gibson and one brother, Ivan, all of Cisne; Two step-daughters, Janet Greene and Jeanette Harlan, both of Lawrenceville, IL; Three step-sons, James (Georgia) Harlan of Lawrenceville, IL, Dennis (Susanne) Harlan of Brownsburg, IN, and Steven (& companion William Adamson) Harlan of Evansville, IN; one nephew, Kyle Porter, and several grandchildren.
Services for Robert Porter will be Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Hosselton Funeral Home, with burial in the Cisne Cemetery, with full military rites.
Visitation will be from 12:00 until time of service on Thursday 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.
Aaron Ray Jordan, 45 of Carmi died Sunday morning June 29, 2014 at his home. Aaron had worked for 16 years as a lockmaster at the John T. Meyer Lock and Dam at Mt. Vernon, IN.
Survivors include a son, River Levi Jordan and Brooke Ann Jordan and their mother Shelly Marvel Jordan all of Herald; his parents, Donnie and Virginia Jordan of Carmi; his brother, James Douglas Jordan of Carmi, his grandmother, Lula Mae Cox of Carmi; He is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Aaron Ray Jordan will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Marshall Ferry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi.
Ralph D. Lancaster, Jr., 79, of Newton, Illinois, died at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Newton Rest Haven in Newton, Illinois. He worked as a truck driver for Midwest Transport and retired in 2011. Ralph was a member of the Flora Assembly of God. Over the years, he served as a Sunday school teacher, as well as, on the church board.
Survivors include his wife Anne Lancaster of Newton, IL, daughters, Deona Dugger and husband Greg of Sumner, IL, Darla Davis and husband Bob of Olney, IL, and Candy Royce and husband David of Noble, IL, step-children, Debby Wilson and husband Randy of Newton, IL, Tammy Hinkle and husband Jim of Fairfield, IL, and Misty Gray and husband Ken of Ottawa, IL, 5 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, sister, Rose Davis of Claremont, ILHe was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, June, son, Gerald Lancaster, great-grandchild, Deona Elaine Dugger, and sisters, Maxine and Doris.
A memorial service for Ralph D. Lancaster, Jr. will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Flora Assembly of God in Flora.
Memorials may be made to the Flora Assembly of God and may be received at the church or the Kohn Funeral Home in Flora, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
A celebration of the life of Vernon Lee Musgrave of Long Beach, Mississippi will be held on Saturday, July 5, at the Bt. Prairie Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Bt. Prairie.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 with a Memorial Service at 2:30. Friends and family are invited to share in memories.
Donations may be made to the church in lieu of flowers.
78-year-old Norris City resident, formerly of Wayne County, John C. Melton, died Thursday, June 26 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. He was an oilfield and truck driver. He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Surviving are his wife Mary (Venters) Melton of Norris City; five daughters, Schon Lowe of Aurora, IL, Debbie Lawrence of Fairfield, Rhonda Melton of Pontiac, IL, Diane Melton of Missouri and Lori Richer of Parigould, AR; five sons, John of Marion, IL, Kevin of Fairfield, and Jeff, Randy and Bradley all of Ohio; one step-daughter, Cheryl Jenks of Wisconsin; four step-sons, Alfredo Munoz and Charles Curtner both of Norris City, John Munoz of Arkansas and Brian Curtner of Fairfield; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Ellen Hutcheson of Fairfield; one brother, Buel Melton of Lucasville, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for John C. Melton will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, with military rites at the church. There will be no visitation.
Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.
78-year-old Mill Shoals resident, Vera June Chaney, died at 8:42 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at her home.
Surviving is a brother, George Leinard of Mill Shoals.
Per her request her body will be cremated, with no services at this time.
Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.
79-year-old Fairfield resident, Lewis Edward Pilcher, died at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Cisne Rehab in Cisne. He was retired from Trunkline Gas as a gas fitter, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife Shirley (McNeely) Pilcher of Fairfield; two sons, Terry (Staci) Pilcher of Geff, and Randy Pilcher of Chula Vista, CA; one grandchild, Aaron Pilcher, and one great-grandchild, Max Pilcher; and one sister, Kay (Eldon) Paul of Auxvasse, MO.
Funeral services for Lewis Edward Pilcher will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.
Joseph Lane West, 94, of Carmi, Illinois died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. He was born December 2, 1919 in Carmi, the son of James and Clara Belle (Bennett) West. He married Elizabeth Cravens on November 23, 1946 and she survives.
Joe was a member of McHenry Good News Chapel in Crossville, Illinois. He was a World War II Army veteran and enjoyed all sports including golf with the “over the hill gang”. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bulls, the Fighting Illini and he enjoyed telling jokes and dancing.
In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by one son, Terry West, and a granddaughter Christy (Tim) Churchwell all of Crossville.
Mr. West is pre-deceased by his parents; two sisters Ann Dapogny and Pauline Hubele.
Visitation is Friday 5 – 8 pm at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi with the funeral Saturday at 10 am at the funeral chapel. Burial with military rites will be in Kuykendall Cemetery near Carmi.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital.