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.
67-year-old Mt. Erie resident, Joseph A. Renshaw died at 8:35 a.m. Thursday, March 27 at his home in Mt. Erie. He was a farm laborer and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are three brothers, Carl of Geff, and Bob and Kenny both of Mt. Erie; and a special niece, Kristi Renshaw of Sumner, IL.
Graveside services for Joseph A. Renshaw will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31 at Locust Grove Cemetery at Mt. Erie.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday, March 31 until the time of service at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield.
59-year-old Bone Gap resident, Janet Chitwood died at 3:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Chitwood of Bone Gap two daughters, Heather (Danny) Mason of Carmi and Katie (Cory) Rigg of Bone Gap and five grandchildren, Cameron Mason, Wesley Mason, Chelsey, Leah and Gage Rigg.
Funeral services for Janet Chitwood will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Nale’s funeral Home in Albion with burial at a later date.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until the time of service Saturday, March 29 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.
81-year-old Grayville resident, Jonice Gammon, Jr. died at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville. He had been a laborer.
Survivors include children, Randy Gammon of Keenes, Sherry Green of Bluford, Nick Gammon and wife Linda of Ashley, IL, Judy Warren of Wayne City, Jay and wife Dixie Gammon of Johnsonville, Louellen Gammon of Bradley, NM and John Gammon of NM; a brother, Leroy and wife Shirley Gammon of Keenes; sisters, Imogene Galbrath of Cisne, Elsie Ray of Cisne, Lena Fern and husband Herman Shaw of Rock Falls, IL and Mary Shaw of Bensonville, Arkansas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Jonice Gammon, Jr. will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 28 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery at Wayne City.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Friday until the time of service at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City.
93-year-old McLeansboro resident, Betty Burton Burns died Monday, March 24 at Manor Care of Wilmette in Wilmette, IL. A native of McLeansboro, she was a graduate of McLeansboro High School and the Gem City Business School in Quincy, IL, she worked in McLeansboro as an abstracter at Deister, Ward and Witcher. In 1967, she moved to Chicago and began working for Chicago Title and Trust until her retirement at age 65.
Survivors include a son, Jim, his wife Martha and three grandchildren, Heather, Camille and James.
Funeral services for Betty Burton Burns will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 31 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in the IOOF Cemetery at McLeansboro.
Visitation will be from 5 – 7 Sunday evening, March 30 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Memorials may be made to the John Burns Scholarship Fund c/o the Administration Office at the Hamilton County School District No. 10; P.O. Box 369, McLeansboro, IL 62859.
72-year-old Elizabeth Kaye Storey of Carmi, died Wednesday, March 26 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. She attended DeVries Beauty Academy in Evansville, operated Kaye’s Kurl Shop in Springerton for ten years and retired from Martin & Bayley, Inc. after 20 years of employment. She was a lifelong member of Springerton Christian Church where over the years she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and served in many other capacities.
She is survived by a daughter, Beth (Eric) Beckman and granddaughters, Ruby and Louise of St. Paul, MN; a brother, George Carter of Omaha; a sister, Amy (Mark) Cozart of Norris City; in-laws, Linda and Dwain Allyn of Enfield and Gerri Storey of Carmi; nieces and nephews, Melody (Kirk) Jones, Leslie and Gil Carter, Riley and Madison Cozart; stepmother, Shirley Carter; numerous aunts, uncle and cousins.
Funeral services for Elizabeth Kaye Storey, 72, of Carmi, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi with burial in Springerton Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, March 28 at the Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi.
Memorial gifts may be given in Kaye’s name to the Springerton Christian Church and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home.
80-year-old Keenes native, William A. Patterson of Carlyle, IL died at 11:50 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was a mechanic.
Survivors include daughters, Diana Patterson of Fairbanks, Alaska and Tammy Stevens of Carlyle, IL; a sister, Irene Clark of Nokomis, IL, and nieces Lisa and Terri Patterson of Centralia; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchileren.
Graveside funeral services for William A. Patterson will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Thomason Cemetery.
Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at Thomason Cemetery at Wayne City.
Memorials may be made to the Fairfield American Legion or VFW and will be accepted at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
80-year-old McLeansboro resident, Woodrow “Bud” Biggerstaff died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was a horse trainer.
Survivors include two sisters, Betty Wolz and husband Steven of High Ridge, MO and Susie Pennington and husband Gary of McLeansboro; two brothers, “Randy” Leonard Biggerstaff and wife Evelyn of Desoto, MO and David Biggerstaff and wife Pat of Dale, IL; a half-brother, John Warthan of Springerton and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside burial of ashes will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
The Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.
Frances Glendale “Glennie” Corwin, 91 of Mt. Carmel died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Oakview Heights Nursing Home in Mt. Carmel, IL. Through the years she worked at different businesses as a secretary, telephone operator, and as a babysitter. Glennie was very artistic and loved to draw and paint pictures.
Glennie is survived by three children: Billie (Ken) Terry of Mt. Carmel, Tom (Sarah) Corwin of Mooresville, IN, and Jerry (Mary Ellen) Corwin of Mt. Carmel; eight grandchildren: Kenny Terry, Chris Corwin, Josh Corwin, Julia Corwin, Mandy Uhlrich, Heather Westlake, Emily Rummel, and Megan Coy; twelve great-grandchildren and a sister, Dixie (Lee) Norman of Oklahoma.
Her wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be held at Jacob’s Well in Mt. Carmel on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm for family and friends.
Graveside services will be at a later date at Allendale Cemetery in Allendale, IL.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in her memory and will be accepted at the Ingram Funeral Home of Allendale, which is in charge of all the arrangements.
82-year-old Albion resident, Norma Grace Fewkes died at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in Mt. Carmel. She had been a secretary and elder care provider.
Survivors include a sister, Amy Leslie of Albion and a number of cousins.
Funeral services for Norma Grace Fewkes will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion with burial in Graceland Cemetery.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday, March 25 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church and will be accepted at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.
Minnie K. Seifert, age 79, of Albion died on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at her home. She was a homemaker, who also worked hard at many different places of employment throughout her life, starting with the Montgomery Ward, then the Quality Cleaners and Painter-Franklin Hardware store, all in Albion. She also worked for many years as a cook for the Edwards County School system before retiring. She was an avid Democrat, she also attended both Bethel United Methodist Church in Ellery and the House of Prayer in Albion.
Survivors include her son, David Seifert of Albion,( April) of Norris City, IL., her grandchildren: Jamie (Bobby) Walker of Fairfield, IL, and Corey (Taylor) Seifert of Browns, IL, five great-grandchildren: Addison, Lillian, Whitney, Gracie and Ashton. She is also survived by a sister, Margie Chitwood and a brother, Kenny (Betty) Smith, and two sisters-in-law: Eva Smith and Velma Smith, all of Albion. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service for Minnie K. Seifert will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Ingram Funeral Home in Albion, IL. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery at Ellery.
Visitation will be held from 6PM to 8PM on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Ingram Funeral Home in Albion.
Memorials may be made to the Edwards County High School Dinner Theatre, which is an annual event that Minnie always enjoyed attending. The Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is in charge of all the arrangements.
88-year-old Cisne resident, Bernita F. Barnfield, died at 12:51 p.m. Friday, March 21 at her home. She was a homemaker and had worked at Otis Wilson General Store at Johnsonville. She was a member of the Cisne Christian Church.
Surviving are a son Larry Barnfield of Cisne; one granddaughter, Teresa Clifton of Cisne; one great-granddaughter, Ashely (Trevor) Hall of Fairfield; and one great-great-granddaughter Braelynn Hall.
A private family service for Bernita F. Barnfield will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Cisne Methodist Church and will be accepted at the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne.
Surviving are a daughter, Trina (Jerry) Paddock of Danville, IL; and one sister, Barbara Chambliss of Wayne City.
Funeral services for Genevieve Carlton will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield. Burial will be in Thomason Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, which is in charge of the arrangements.
60-year-old Fairfield resident, Samuel Harrawood, died at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20 at his home. He was a carpenter.
Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Sandy (Fox) Harrawood; two daughters, Samantha Harrawood of Decatur, IL and Cecilia (Brian) Kushava of Madison, WI; one grandchild; one sister, JoLynne Atkins of Fairfield; one brother, Eugene of Denton, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
The body of Samuel Harrawood will be cremated with a funeral service to be conducted at a later date.
Memorials may be made to help with funeral expenses.
Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.
88-year-old Louisville, KY resident and Cisne native, Joseph H. Samford, died at 12:50 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Louisville, KY. He moved from the area in his early thirties, living in various parts of the U.S. from Ohio to California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida, before moving to Louisville, KY. He was a retired plumbing and electricial contractor. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a Free Mason and member of the Shrine.
Surviving are his wife Betty of Louisville, KY; one son, Joseph III; six daughters, Nancy, Josie, Paula, Joann, Cindy and Rochelle; one sister, Pauline Pelkey of Georgetown, KY; and several grandchildren.
Graveside services for Joseph H. Samford will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24 at Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by the Anthony Wayne Post 176, American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post 4535 VFW. Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery.
Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield is in charge of the arrangements.
Former Fairfield resident, Phyllis Rupp, 76 of O’Fallon, Missouri died Thursday, March 20 at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. She was retired from K-Mart as a Deli Manager.
Survivors include her husband, Tim Rupp of O’Fallon, MO; daughters, Sherial (Jim) Musgrave of Fairfield, Debbie Fetterolf, Robbie Standard and Lisa (Ken) Filbert, all of Wadsworth, OH; a son, Tim (Lori) Rupp of O’Fallon, MO; sisters, Janice Eckelberry of Fairfield, Pattie (Roger) Zimmer of Baltimore, MD and Corrina (Richard) Maurer of Evansville, IN; a brother, Silas Fulkerson of Fairfield; 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Services for Phyllis Rupp will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon Tuesday, March 25 until the time of service at the John son & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Memorials may be made to the Kings Chapel Church of Fairfield or the Morningstar Church in Dardenne Prairie, MO and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.