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Hazel M. Hillyer

Hazel-HillyerHazel M. Hillyer, 85, of Xenia, Illinois died on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Odin Health Care Center in Odin, Illinois.

Hazel is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Hillyer of Centralia and her son, Dale E. Hillyer of Xenia.

Funeral services for Hazel Hillyer will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Xenia.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Robert Thompson

Robert ThompsonRobert Lee “Bob” Thompson, 82, well known former Golden Gate resident, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:05 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Indiana.

Before Bob volunteered in the United States Air Force he worked at several jobs including the Purington Brick Company in East Galesburg, Illinois and the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria and Midwest Mfg. Corp. in Galesburg. Bob served two tours of duty with the Air Force, working in the aircraft radar field during the Korean and cold wars. During that eight years he was stationed in Texas, Illinois, Mississippi, Washington, Indiana and Goose Bay, Labrador. Bob and June lived in the Fairfield area from 1960-1964, he working at Airtex. He worked part time from 1962-1964 for Charles Onstott at Peerless Laundry learning to repair and install laundry and dry cleaning equipment. Mr. Onstott was instrumental in connecting Bob with owners of cleaning establishments in the Peoria area when Bob moved his family to Peoria. He worked in that field in Peoria and also in Chicago. In 1964-1965 he worked with T & N Specialities (Thompson & Nolan) in his spare time and on weekends. He worked in maintenance at the Joliet Arsenal during the Vietnam War. From 1969-1972 he worked in maintenance for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet. In 1972 Bob accepted a position at West Salem at Champion Filters. At that time they moved to Golden Gate to be closer to June’s family. Soon afterward they started “Thompson’s Bluegrass Auction” in Golden Gate. By 1978 he closed the auction and started BB&T (Banks, Bailey & Thompson – Better Buys and Trades), spending weekends setting up at flea markets in Illinois Indiana and Missouri. Bob often said he would , “trade for anything that doesn’t eat”.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; daughters, Jane Benskin, Fairfield; Roberta (Dwaine) Hubbell, Golden Gate Illinois; Walter (Paula) Thompson, Sr., Ellery; Son-in-law, Greg Benskin, Sr., Fairfield. Grandchildren: Melany (Michael) Sauls, Olney; Amber (Travis) Dietrick, Silver Lake, Kansas; Greg (Shelby) Benskin, Jr., Fairfield; Rebekah Hubbell and Thomas Hubbell, Fairfield; Walter Thompson, Jr., Albion and Robert E. Thompson, New Berlin, Illinois. Great Grandchildren: Devin Sauls, Olney; Zane and Ella Dietrick, Silver Lake, Kansas and Bella Benskin, Fairfield. Step – daughter, Frana (Donald) Legg and step-son, Alan (Carolyn) Bland all of Fairfield. Step grandchildren: Donnie (Tiffany) Lyons, Fairfield; and Rebekah Lyons, Albion; Kenneth (Kim) Scott, Fairfield; and Betty (Robert) Harrelson, Fairfield. Step great grandchildren: Tyler, Cory and Nathan Scott; Jennifer Wood, all of Fairfield; Ember Harrelson, Mt. Vernon; and Ryan (Jamie) Wood, Carbondale. Step great-great grandchildren: CaSandra Lyons, Trenton, Trey and Tice Greenwood, Sunnie Desch all of Fairfield; Nicole Severs and Gage Lee both of Mt. Vernon; Monacah, Zackery and Jasmine Wood, all of Carbondale.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. at Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by Anthony Wayne Post 176, American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post 4535 VFW.

Visitation will be Friday, July 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. with Johnson and Vaughn in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers his children request that contributions may be given to help pay funeral expenses.





Tim Lewis, Sr.

Tim Lewis, SrTim Lewis Sr., 59 of Burnt Prairie died at 5:45 PM, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.  He was part owner of Lewis Scrap Metal in Burnt Prairie.

He is survived by his wife Vickie Lewis, sons Timmy (Aleshia) Lewis and Billy (Jamie) Lewis all of Burnt Prairie, grandchildren Abby Lewis, Ryan Lewis, Will Lewis, Halle Lewis, Cade Young and Blake Young, a brother Tommy Lewis of Portageville, MO, and three sisters, Kathleen (Lonnie) Stallings of Burnt Prairie, Nancy (Dave) Wallis of Kingsburg, CA, and Linda (Dennis) Smith of Houston, TX.

Funeral services for Tim Lewis Sr., will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Burnt Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorial may be made to Autism Speaks.

Katherine S. South

80-year-old Mt. Vernon, IN resident, Katherine S. South, died Saturday, July 19 at Westpark Rehabilitation Center in Evansville, IN.  She was a retired Health Care Nurse and member of the Savah Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Ellen J. Foster and Katherine Rachell Cole both of Mt. Vernon, IN and Sherry Lynn Mueller of Norris City; two sons, George Thomas Stephens and Michael Robb; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Rosetta A. Steward of Florida.

Private family services will be held for Katherine S. South.  The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, IN, is in charge of the arrangements.

James L. Atteberry

James Atteberry51-year-old Fairfield resident, James L. Atteberry, died at 5 a.m. Friday, July 18 at Good Samartian Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. He had worked at Murphy Brown Hog Farm at Mount Erie.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaycee Atteberry of Fairfield.

Services for James L. Atteberry will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with cremation to follow the service. There will be no burial at this time.

Visitation will be from 6 – 7 Tuesday evening, July 22 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.


Dana Belle Aydt

Dana Aydt Pic 00186-year-old McLeansboro resident, Dana Belle Aydt, died at 8:45 a.m. Friday, July 18 at Enfield Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Enfield.  She was a Kitchen Technician for the State of Illinois, and a past member of the Manteno, IL Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are two sons, Penny Van Winkle and wife Linda of McLeansboro, and Dale Van Winkle of Aledo, IL; six grandchildren, Travis, Justin, Jason, Deidra, Scott and Jill; 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Dana Belle Aydt will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 21 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.  Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery at McLeansboro.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday, July 21 until the time of service at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Eli Hook

Eil Hook Photo103-year-old McLeansboro resident, Eli Hook died at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, July 17 at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center in McLeansboro. He had been a Sexton Foreman with the Anheuser Busch Railway in St. Louis. He taught Sunday School for 15 years at Blooming Grove Church; was a member of the Blooming Grove Church since 1970 and was a trustee for 27 years. He was a Past Life member of Polk Lodge 137 A.F. & A.M. for 44 years and Past Master and member of Scottish Rite Bodies of Belleville,  Ainad Shriners of Ainad Temple of E. St. Louis.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Hook of McLeansboro; two sons, Eli Hook, Jr. and wife Joyce of McLeansboro; and Ralph and wife Verna of Granite City, IL; a daughter, Janet Lientz and husband Monte of Terre Houte, IN; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Eli Hook will be 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Blooming Grove Baptist Church with burial in Blooming Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19 until the time of service at the church.

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

Rita Lane

Rita Lane84-year-old Rinard resident, Rita Lane died at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at Cisne Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Linda (Charles) Kincaid of Fairfield, Brenda (Brian) Farrey of Flora and Sally (Ed) Baker of Rinard; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services for Rita Lane will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Juyly 19 at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Bunker Cemetery at Rinard.

Visitation will be 5 – 7 Friday evening, July 18 at the Johnson & Vaughan Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Memorials may be made to Cisne Rehabilitation Health Care Center and will be accepted at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Donna C. Sluder

Donna C. Sluder, 73 of Carmi, died Wednesday afternoon July 16, 2014 at the Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She had worked at the Carmi Coffee Shop for 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; one brother, Donnie and Virginia Jordan of Carmi; three sisters, Wava Burnett and Mary (James) Buckner all of Carmi and Shirley May Hamilton of Jenkins, Ky;  and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Donna C. Sluder will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday July 18, 2014 at N. Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.

Friends and family are asked to go directly to the cemetery. The Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Dale Hunt

56-year-old Cave-In-Rock resident, Kenneth Dale Hunt died at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at Rosiclare, IL. He was a timber worker.

Survivors include brothers, Chuck Hunt of Carlyle, IL and Russ Hunt of Manchester, KY; sisters, Mary Ellen Griffin and Jill Krough of Henderson, KY and Jerry Hunt of Princeton, KY.

Funeral services for Kenneth Dale Hunt will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Olive Branch Church.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  The Richardson Funeral Home of Wayne City is in charge of all the arrangements.

Raymond G. Spencer

Raymond Spencer pic

Raymond George Spencer, 75, of Crossville, IL, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi, IL.  Raymond attended the Crossville Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of Rotary International and the Ruritan Club. After working for 19 years for Halliburton Services, he and Alice started out grain and cattle farming a 40-acre tract in 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Spencer; sons Clint (Jill) Spencer and Jeff (Vangie) Spencer, all of Crossville; brother Gene (Diane) Spencer of Lewellen, NE; sisters Ruth Ann Williams of Crossville, and Virginia Barnett of Marion, OH; granddaughter Keelie Spencer of Austin, TX.

Funeral services for Raymond George Spencer will be10 am, Friday, July 18th, at Cook Funeral Chapel with burial in Union Cemetery located North of Crossville.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Thursday, July 17th, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Crossville.

Memorials may be made to Southern Illinois Hospice or Wabash Christian Retirement Center.

Richard McKinney

Richard McKinney67-year-old Mount Vernon, IL resident, Richard McKinney died at 7:34 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.  A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, he was a machinist.

Survivors include his wife, Alice McKinney of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Aleta (Allen) Bumbar of Sandwich, IL; 7 brothers, Russell (Marie) of Sandwich, IL, Robert of Wayne City, Lyndell of Blairsville; Ronnie (Linda) of Wayne City, Dean (Rosemary) of Marion, Jerry (Jeannie) of Morris, IL and Jimmy (Fran) of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Sharon Gillis of Odin, IL and Jean Hahn of Largo, FL; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Richard McKinney will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 18 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial in Crouch Cemetery at Belle Prairie with military rites performed by the American Legion Post 106 of McLeansboro and a Military Honors Team from Marion, IL.

Visitation will be from 6 – 8 Thursday evening, July 17 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.

Ruth York

Ruth YorkRuth York, 89 of Fairfield, formerly of Enfield died at 11:45 PM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Way-Fair Nursing Home in Fairfield.  She was a homemaker; a Sunday School Teacher at Asbury Methodist Church in Enfield, and a member of the Fairfield C.P. Church.

Her survivors include a daughter Margaret (Jess) Allison of Fairfield, 2 granddaughters Cheryl Allison of Geff and Sandra (Mike) Stence of Fairfield, 2 great granddaughters Madeline and Avery Stence, brother in laws Bill (Connie) York of Fairfield and Bob York of Enfield, sister in laws Nina York of Carmi, Francis York of Carmi and Mary Jo York of Shawneetown and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ruth York will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, July 16 at Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in the Enfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fairfield C.P. Church for Church Camp Scholarships or the Missions Fund.

James D. Elder

James D ElderJames D. Elder, 89, of Carmi, IL, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he was a member of the VFW and American Legion. Other memberships include Kiwanis International, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ainad Shriners and the Masonic Lodge. For many years, he was active in local politics where he served as the County Chairman for the Democratic Party and Precinct Committeeman.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Audrey Elder of Carmi; sons James D. (Kathy) Elder of Conroe, TX, Terry (Sherri) Harper of Kingwood, TX; daughter Trudy (Don) Duvall of Carmi; step-daughter Connie Elder of Carmi; sister Dottie Jo Gandee of Mineral Wells, TX; grandchildren Jacob Elder, Jeremy Elder, Allie Harper and Whitney Duvall (Tony) Paprocki; great granddaughter Brianne Paprocki.

Services for James D. Elder will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi with burial and military rites at Big Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation is 5-7 pm, Friday, July 18th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.

Connie Lou Kittinger

Connie Kittinger 2Connie Lou Kittinger, 75, of Carmi, IL, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN. Connie began her career as a reservation agent for United Airlines, and later Ozark Airlines.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carmi where she served for many years as church secretary and church custodian.

Survivors include her husband, Don Kittinger of Carmi; sons Scott (Melissa) Kittinger of Carmi, Brad (Monya) Kittinger of Brunswick, ME; sister Pamela (John) Lorincz of Colorado; grandchildren Gibson Kittinger, Jonah Kittinger, Hunter Welch, Trenton Kittinger, Fallon Piper Kittinger.

In keeping with Connie’s wishes, her remains were cremated.  A  Memorial service for Connie Lou Kittinger will be 10 am, Thursday, July 17  at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Wednesday, July 16th at the Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Carmi.

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