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Joann E. Bailey

Joann E. Bailey, 78 of Carmi, passed away Sunday afternoon, September 21st, 2014 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born on September 21st, 1936 in McLeansboro, the daughter of William and Eunice (Davis) Suttle.  Joann was a homemaker.  She is survived by her sons, William “Bill” Edmonds of Carmi and Mike Edmonds of Marion; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one sister Nancy Merry of Arizona City, AZ.  Funeral services for Joann E. Bailey will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at the Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery at McLeansboro.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Suzanne (Arnold) McCormick

Suzanne  (Arnold) McCormick, 71 of rural Carmi, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:55 p.m. at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She was a member of the Carmi First Christian Church, retired school teacher, housewife, mother, and business administrator.

Surviving are her husband of 49 years John McCormick of Carmi; two daughters and sons-in-law Aliza Anne and Daniel Nagelhout and their children Anna and Garrett Nagelhout of Plymouth, MI, and Shannon Kathleen and Ed Dzyngel and their children McKayla and Connor Dzyngel of Livonia, MI.

Funeral services for Suzanne Arnold McCormick will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Carmi. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be on Wednesday at 12:00 noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Pets At Risk and will be accepted at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi which is in charge of arrangements.


Irene Partain

Partain99-year-old former Broughton resident, Irene Partain died at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in McLeansboro. She was a retired floor manager at the former Elder Manufacturing Company in McLeansboro.

Survivors include a son, Carroll Dean (Patricia) Partain of McLeansboro; a daughter, Pauline (Bill) Gholson of Vienna; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A brother, John Wilburn Owen of Finlay, OH also survives.

Services for Irene Partain will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial at Hickory Hill Cemetery near Broughton.

Visitation will be 5 – 8 Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Memorials may be made to the Broughton Baptist Church and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro.


Rhonda M. Choate

Rhonda M. Choate of Belle Rive, Illinois, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM in the Good Samaritan Regional Healthcare Center in Mt. Vernon.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband: Guy Choate, Jr. of Belle Rive; one daughter: Jennifer Canfield of Mt. Vernon; her parents: Michael and Charlene Maurer of Dahlgren, and one grandchild.

A private graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Richardson Hill Cemetery near Dahlgren with the Rev. Jeremy Hamson officiating.

The Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of the arrangements.


Rhonda M. Choate

Rhonda M. Choate of Belle Rive died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:09 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, IL.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Guy O. Choate Jr.; her parents Michael and Charlene Mauer of Dahlgren; a daughter Jennifer Canfield of Mt. Vernon, IL, and 1 grandchild.

Private graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at the Richardson Hill Cemetery near Dahlgren with Rev. Jeremy Hamson officiating.  Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of the arrangements.


Irene Partain

99-year-old Irene Partain of Mcleansboro and formerly of Broughton, died at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in the Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mcleansboro.  Funeral arrangements for Irene Partain are pending at Gholson Funeral Home in Mcleansboro.


Nancy J. Erwin

Nancy Erwin Photo58-year-old McLeansboro resident, Nancy J. Erwin, died at 4:22 p.m. Saturday, September 20 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.  She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband Paul of McLeansboro; two daughters, Paula Jean (Bobby) Wright of Sesser, IL and Laura Lynn (Brian) Davis of McLeansboro; three grandchildren, Lauren Mae Johnson (Mike) of Orange Beach, AL, Layton Kade Wright of Sesser, IL and Trinity Gracelynn Angel Davis of McLeansboro.

Graveside services for Nancy J. Erwin will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 22 at the Richardson Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren.

Memorials may be made to Webb’s Chapel Church in McLeansboro or Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro is in charge of the arrangements.


Nile Stinson Wright

stinson95-year-old Fairfield native, Nile Stinson Wright died on Monday, Sept. 15 at his home in Torrance, CA. He served in the Navy and was in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.  He worked at Hughes Aircraft Company in L.A. from 1952 until his retirement in 1982.

In 1939, he married Quma Chalcraft of Fairfield, IL and had three children: Clinton Ray, Patricia Lou (Hankins), and Elizabeth Carol (McCleary).  His daughter Pat gave him two granddaughters, Paula and Dina.  His daughter Betty gave him five grandchildren, Michelle, Kimberly, Cheryl, Richard, and Angela, and also great-great grandchildren.  His son Ray has given him a loving daughter-in-law, Michel.

In 1946, he married Stella Sroka of Chicago and had three children: Philip Nile, Leslie Allen, and Sheila Rae (Shaffer).  His son Phil gave him a granddaughter, Anna; his son Les gave him a granddaughter, Stacia, and also great-great grandchildren. In 1992, he married Leatrice (Murphy) Lemons who was also born in Fairfield, IL.

Nile will be laid to rest alongside his wife, Stella, at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, CA.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Queen of Angels Hospice, 38 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006.


Billie L. Franklin

Billy FranklinBillie L. Franklin, 77 of Carmi and formerly of Woodlawn, TN, passed away Wednesday September 17, 2014 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL. He was born January 10, 1937 in Stoutland, MO the son of Lewis and Elizabeth (Evans) Franklin. He married Rosella Hubbard on April 10, 1973 at Nuremburg, Germany.

 He was a member of the Trenton, KY Assembly of God Church and retired after 22 years as a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army. He was formerly with Dabbs Realtors and served as Montgomery Christian Academy’s first principal for 5 years.

 He is survived by his wife, Rosella of Carmi, IL; six children, Lewis (Nancy) Franklin of Palmyra, MO, Susan (Roy) Bean of Norris City, Rebecca (Mike) Slippey of Burbank, CA, Robin (Murl) Hicks of Carmi, IL, Billy (Jessica Givens) Franklin of Woodlawn, TN, and Roseann Franklin of Woodlawn, TN; a son-in-law, William T. Batson of Woodlawn, TN; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Betty Johnson, Larry, John, Elaine and Diane Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Rachel Batson and one sister, Mary Ann Frankli

Graveside Military Honors and funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday September 22, 2014 at the Western Kentucky Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sykes Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarksville, TN. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of local arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Assembly of God Church in Carmi in care of the Stendeback Family Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at stendebackfamilyfuneralhome.com


Briella Sophia Grove

Briella Sophia Grove, stillborn daughter of Cassandra Coley of Geff and Matthew Grove of Fairfield was born at 5:22 AM, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL.

She is survived by her parents, a brother Dayton Grove of Fairfield, maternal grandparents Anna and Corey Coley of Geff, paternal grandparents Connie and Mark Metzger of Fairfield and Frank Grove of Fairfield, maternal great grandparents Thomas Cortez of Puerto Rico and Liane Kooyenga of Fairfield, paternal great grandmother Mildred Grove of Fairfield, paternal aunts Chasidy Smith of Sims and Paula Beehn of Wayne City, and maternal uncles Michael Coley of Geff, Carlos Alvardo of Chicago, and Corey Barreiro of Benton.

Funeral Services for Briella Sophia Grove be 11 AM, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of service.   In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to help the family with funeral expense and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


John Alvin Williams

WILLIAMS, JohnJohn Alvin Williams, 79 of Mt.Vernon, Illinois died on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  He worked 54 years as a salesman for Dairy Brand and Meadow Gold Milk. He was also self-employed with R&W Mobile Homes and R&B Oxygen.

In addition to his wife Barbara of Mount Vernon and his five children, John is survived by two sisters Peggy Barger and Betty Brooks, one aunt Wilma Pearl Hutchinson, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends Carolyn Young and Jim & Sandy Ellis.

Funeral services for John Alvin Williams will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday, September 22, 2014 also at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois, with burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.


David Robert Marvel

David MarvelDavid Robert Marvel, 72 of Brandon, FL, died on September 17, 2014 at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years Sonya Marvel, of Brandon, FL; three sons, David, Robert (Cindy), and Vance (Tina); a daughter Gina, and a brother Larry (Margie). Six grandchildren also survive.

A graveside service for David Robert Marvel will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Brown Cemetery near Mt. Erie.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. The Hosselton Funeral Home of Cisne is in charge of all the arrangements.


Herbert Clella Penner

penner 2Herbert Clella Penner, 76, of Griffin, Indiana, died at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from injuries sustained in a fall from a ladder at his home.  Herbert was retired from Emge Meat Packing Company in Ft. Branch, Indiana.  He enjoyed antiques, and was a blacksmith.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Penner of Griffin; son Herbert “Tony” (Michelle) Penner of Satellite Beach, Florida; daughter Patricia Penner of Lincoln City, Illinois; brother Harold Penner of Tillamook, Oregon; grandchildren Kinberly (Aaron) Koman, Alissa (Cash) Smith and Kyle Penner; great grandchildren Julian, Cody and Ashlyn; step great grandchildren Christian, Lilly and Aiden.

A memorial visitation will be 4-6 pm, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  A private burial will take place at a later date.


George E. (G.E.) Kissner

EPSON MFP imageGeorge E. (G.E.) Kissner, 92, a well-known businessman of Wayne City, died at 5:21 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at his home. He spent most of his years in Wayne City operating various successful businesses and partnerships.  Among them were G.E. Kissner Grain Company and Feed Mill, Kissner and Weaver Farm Equipment, and G.E. Kissner Cattle Company.  He also operated a sawmill, farmed for several years, owned a large ranch in South Dakota, and fed a large number of cattle in his feedlots. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Joan, George is survived by his sons, Bill (and wife Jeanne) of Wayne City, Bob (and wife Sandra) of Wayne City, Tom (and wife Judy) of Grand Chain, his daughter Linda Buchanan (and husband Jim) of Bluford, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services for George E. Kissner will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Wayne City Baptist Church. Burial will be at Thomason Cemetery at Wayne City.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 19 at the Wayne City Baptist Church.   The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of all the arrangements.


Kati Jenkins

katiKati Jenkins, 62, Rapid City, formerly of Fairfield has died. She was a graduate of SIU-Carbondale.

Survivors include a daughter Callie Geving, grandchildren Hallie Kate, Hayden, and Lyvie Geving; a son Jacob Dreger all of Eau Claire Wisconsin. Also surviving are brothers Christopher Jenkins of Fairfield and Andrew Jenkins of Oswego.

No formal services are planned at this time. Any memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior project, Fairfield Public Library or a charity of your choice.


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