05-01 Obits

2009-04-30T00:00:00Z 05-01 Obits The Southern
April 30, 2009 12:00 am

Barbara Allen

MARION - Barbara A. Allen, 75, died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

Services are incomplete Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale.

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Lilly M. Rice

MARION - Lilly M. Rice, 96, passed away at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Shawnee Christian Care Center.

Lilly was born Sept. 8, 1912, in Poordo, the daughter of Sam and Frances (Dunaway) Thompson. She married William "Robert" Rice and he preceded her in death on June 4, 1998.

Lilly was a member of Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. She worked as a cook for Dairy Queen in Marion for more than 30 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Norma Jean Stilley Bagwell of Freeman Spur; daughter, Wendy Washer of Marion; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and longtime companion, Barney Barnwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Ray Dean Rice; and two sisters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Kevin McNeely officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Poordo. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

For additional information or to sign the guest memorial register, visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.

Juan Villanueva

TAMAROA - Juan Villanueva, 60, died at 3:48 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa, with the Rev. Tony Crisp officiating. Burial will be in Tamaroa Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Friends may make memorials to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Bobby Tapley

KARNAK - Bobby Tapley, 74, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with the Rev. David Gilley officiating. Burial will be in Cypress Masonic Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

To leave an online message of condolence, visit www.baileyfh.com.

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Eulon Roach

LOGAN - Eulon Roach, 87, passed from this life on Thursday, April 30, 2009.

Eulon looked forward to the Lord coming to take her home.

She was born in Logan on Dec. 17, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Lula (Carpenter) Tate.

She married Kenneth H. Roach; he preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 1994.

Mrs. Roach was a member of the Logan Church of God.

She worked as a cook at Clifton Grade School and Clifton Central Hospital from 1965 to 1969. She then worked as a cook at Logan Consolidated Grade School from 1970 to 1989.

Mrs. Roach was a skilled seamstress, making all of her daughter's clothes when they were little. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Many family members and friends enjoyed her pies and cakes.

Mrs. Roach is survived by her three daughters, Judy Summers and husband, Ken, of Thompsonville, Bonnie Raines of Bourbonnais, Connie Ruffino and husband, Ed, of Benton; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Roach of Thompsonville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Lillian Furlong of Logan.

Mrs. Roach was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth H. Roach; son, Frankie Lee Roach; son-in-law, Mike Raines; and two sisters, Lillian Glenn and Mildred Mathis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Logan Church of God, with Pastor Roy Boothe officiating. Burial will be in Logan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton and after 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stonebridge Senior Living Center for the compassion care of their mother. Eulon loved them and they loved her right back.

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Ruben Jenkins

CAIRO - Ruben E. Jenkins, 85, died at 6:20 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009, at his residence.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2009, in Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, with the Rev. Albert Ingram and the Rev. Melvin Williams officiating. Burial will be in Mounds City National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Military honor will be accorded.

James Posey

CAIRO - James Lewis Posey, 27, of Omaha, Neb., died at 8:50 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, at his mother's residence in Cairo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Cairo High School. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the high school.

Massie Funeral Home in Mounds is in charge of arrangements.

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Gary R. 'Guido' Hof

CARBONDALE - Gary R. "Guido" Hof, 67, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his residence after a courageous fight against multiple myeloma.

Gary was born Monday, February 2, 1942, in Sheldon, Iowa, to Wilbur and Hazel Elaine (Potter) Hof.

On September 20, 1976, he married Melody Ann Rice "his bride" in Boulder, Colo. She survives and is of Carbondale.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1961 until his retirement as a Master Chief Torpedoman in 1983.

He was a member of the Retired Submarine Service and Stone Creek Golf Course.

Survivors include his father and his wife, Wilbur and Shirley Hof of Sioux City, Iowa; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Reed and Linda Keegan of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Michael Hof of Carbondale; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kelli Ann and Rick Thiele and Keri Lynn Hof, all of Jupiter, Fla.; five grandchildren; one brother, Galen Travis Hof of Sioux City, Iowa.; and two sisters, Jane Elaine Hof and Mildred Jo McCullough, both of Boulder, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale, with the Rev. Danny Boyd officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to the Carbondale Community High School Athletic Department, the Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to the donor's preferred recipient and will be accepted by the funeral home.

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Rita Sue Tally

MOUNDS - Rita Sue Tally, 73, died at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Foutainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau.

Mrs. Tally was born May 24, 1933, in Cairo, daughter of the late Robert Parker and Jeno (Etheridge) Parker.

Mrs. Tally was a 23-year professional investor with the Illinois Department of Regulations, retiring in 1991.

Rita was very active in the Republican Party, serving several past offices, electoral judge, precinct chair woman in Pulaski county for several years, served as a Den Mother and a Sunday School Teacher at First United Methodist Church in Mounds. Rita Sue was valedictorian of the Cairo High School class of 1951.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Jerry D. Tally on May 31, 1985.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, David Tally of St. Louis, Dicky and Rhonda Tally of Jonesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Mona and Craig Wells of Cape Girardeau; a brother, John Richard Parker of Kerrville, Texas; four grandchildren, Nicki (Justin) Graham, Ryan Tally, Kurt Wells and Kyle Wells; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Parker Graham and Logan Patrick Graham; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services will be at noon Saturday in Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, with the Rev. Kelly Cox officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, Attn., Honor and Memorial Gifts, PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976.

Clementine Heuman

PRESTON - Clementine Heuman, 85, died at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Randolph County Care Center in Sparta.

Arrangements are incomplete at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville.

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Earl Kirk

WEST FRANKFORT - Earl Bryan Kirk, 83, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at his home in the presence of his family.

He was born Jan. 30, 1926, in West Frankfort to William and Anna (Wilson) Kirk. He married Eva Miskowsky on Sept. 11, 1948.

A retired coal miner, he worked 38 years in the mines including Old Ben 15, Freeman 3, 4 and 5 and Carlsbad Potash Mine.

Earl attended school at Ezra Grade School, Frankfort Community High School, SIU and the Lockyear Business College in Evansville, Ind.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living (Blind), Lions Club of West Frankfort, Franklin-Williamson Human Services Board, Salvation Army Board, WF Pool Community, American Legion Post 1961 of Orient, Illinois Council of the Blind, Springfield and the UMWA. He was crowned Old King Coal in 2008.

Survivors include his wife Eva Kirk of West Frankfort; daughter, Debbie and husband Kevin Kinley of Carterville; son, George Kirk of West Frankfort; sisters, Alma Prusaczyk of O'Fallon, Margaret Jackson of Creve Coeur; sister and husband, Karen Johnson and Lyndell Johnson of Bluford; brother, Bill and wife Josie Kirk of Carterville; grandsons Tyson and wife Melissa Moore and Kyle Kinley; great-granddaughter, Isabel Faith Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Daisy Gass; and brother, Glenn Kirk.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Tommy Dryden officiating. Interment will be in Denning Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, 2009, at the funeral home.

Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 1961 of Orient, American Legion Post 177 of Zeigler and VFW Post 5764 of West Frankfort.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Blue East or Wit and Wisdom of West Frankfort and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Other condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh.com.

James Robison Sr.

JONESBORO - Dr. James Troy Robison Sr., 95, of Lake Ridge, Va., formerly of Jonesboro, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Westminster at Lake Ridge.

He was born Aug. 8, 1913, in Bollinger County, Mo., to Willie Mack and Mary Ann (Shelton) Robison. He married Edith Vick on June 3, 1939. They enjoyed 50 years together until her death on Feb. 11, 1990.

He received an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He was a political science expert and specialist in economic history and geography of Europe. He taught in one-room grammar schools all the way to University level in Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Maryland. He worked as an Economic Intelligence Specialist with the Department of Defense and the State Department in Washington, DC. He was Head of Secondary Education Programs for the US Air Force under the Department of HEW. He coached community and public schools in basketball, track and baseball and was very active in community and civic organizations.

He was an active member of Cheverly United Methodist Church of Cheverly, Md., for over 45 years. He was also a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City, Va. He was a proud life member of the Target Intelligence Association with the U.S. Government. He was a Boys Club Assistant and Coach in Cheverly, Md. He was a lifetime member of the Woodmen of the World Fraternal Organization and a 50-plus-year member of Masonic Lodge of Hyattsville, Md., and a 70-year member of the Makanda Masonic Lodge 434 and a Master Mason. He was a member of the American Legion and an elected Town Councilman of Cheverly, Md. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Alumni Association of Southern Illinois University and the Alumni Association of University of Colorado at Boulder.

He is survived by two sons, James T. (Donna) Robison of Granite Bay, Calif., and Edwin L. (Karen) Robison of Silver Spring, Md.; one daughter, E. Kay Hinegardner of Woodbridge, Va.; eight grandchildren, Kenneth (Shannon) Hinegardner of S.C., Kathryn (Robert) Robison of Va., SherylLynn (Jeff) Frazier of Ga., Amy (Tim) Nance and Ashley Robison of Calif., and Chris, Nicholas and Greg Robison of Md.; 12 great-grandchildren, Blake and Elise Hinegardner of S.C., Nichole, Michael, Michelle and Matthew Robison of Va., Alex, Hannah Grace and James Frazier of Ga., and Alexis Robison and Matthew and Addison Nance of Calif.; and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Vick Robison; his parents; five brothers, Roy, John, Clyde, Floyd and Ralph; his daughter-in-law, Sally Ann Franklin Robison; and son-in-law, Ray Hinegardner..

Services were Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Virginia. Local visitation will be from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, immediately followed by graveside services in Jonesboro Cemetery, with his granddaughter, SherylLynn Frazier officiating.

Crain Funeral Home of Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of local arrangements.

To leave an online condolence visit www.crainsonline.com.

William Dooley

WEST FRANKFORT - William Dee Dooley, 69, of Cullman, Ala., formerly of West Frankfort, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Woodland Medical Center in Cullman.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Boner Cemetery in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Ed Krantz officiating. There will be no visitation.

Union Funeral Home of West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements.

Bob McRoberts

HARRISBURG - Bob R. McRoberts, 83, died at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, with the Rev. Chris Winkleman officiating. Burial will follow in Union Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Harrisburg.

Robert McGowan

CARBONDALE - Robert Eric McGowan, 57, of New Orleans, formerly of Carbondale, died April 27, 2009, at his home in his beloved New Orleans.

Eric was born Sept. 29, 1951, in Louisville, Ky., the eldest son of Dr. John Robert McGowan and Mary Lou Boyd McGowan. The family moved to Carbondale where Eric became an expert horseman and enjoyed fox hunting with his father. Eric attended St. Louis University. He relocated to New Orleans, La., in 1980 and became a captain in the merchant marines. He traveled the world and finally settled in New Orleans, the city he could never forget.

He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. John R. McGowan and mother, Mary Lou McGowan.

He is survived by his siblings and their spouses, Cynthia Bradford and daughter Courtney Bradford; brother Matthew and wife Carey McGowan and daughters Audrey and Lucy, Jennifer and Chris Gaffney and their son Christian, and Timothy and wife Melanie McGowan and sons Matthew, Joshua and his wife Kari, and Philip.

Eric had a fascinating way of looking at life and could always make you laugh. Eric's favorite NOLA saying was "Laissez les bons temps rouler." He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale. Eric will be interred in the Millwood Kentucky family cemetery next to his father and mother. A celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.

Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Meyer

IRVINGTON - Evelyn L. Meyer, 82, died at 8:13 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, in St. Mary Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home in Centralia where friends may call for further information.

Marvin Ervin

DONGOLA - Marvin Ervin, 74, died at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Nelle Fisher

CARTERVILLE - Nelle M. Gentry Fisher, 90, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, surrounded by her family.

Arrangements are pending at Riggin-Pillatsch and Burke Funeral Home in Carterville.

Donna Stouthamer

ALTO PASS - Donna (Bryant) Stouthamer, 62, of Beaverton, Ala., formerly of Alto Pass, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her home in Beaverton.

Donna was born Aug. 1, 1946 in Alto Pass to Clifford Bryant and Lula (Meadows) Bryant.

Survivors include her son, Mark Bryant of St. Louis; a daughter, Tyra Harris of Peoria; a special friend, Irvin Bullard; two sisters, Dorothy (Bernie) Brust of Ullin, and Freda Clutts of Elkville; a sister-in-law, Pat Bryant of Alto Pass; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; one aunt, Audrey Dusch of Carbondale, and numerous cousins; one double cousin, Betty Toler of Murphysboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one infant sister, Darla; a sister, Delores Schafer; one brother, Deion Bryant.

Donna requested her body be donated to science for the study of diabetes.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Bald Knob Cross in Alto Pass.

Memorials may be made to Bald Knob Cross Fund or to SPCA prevention of animal abuse.

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Janet Benbenek

CARBONDALE - Janet Marie Benbenek, 56, of Carbondale, formerly of Du Quoin, died at 2:37 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Janet was a member of the First Christian Church in Pinckneyville and had been the church pianist. She was a 1970 graduate of Pinckneyville High School and she had attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She also had attended Gradwohl Institute at St. Louis. She was an avid reader, did latch hook rugs, and her family was most important to her.

She was born Sept. 17, 1952, in Du Quoin, the daughter of Joseph J. and Leona (Fulk) Benbenek.

She is survived by her mother, Leona Benbenek of Du Quoin; one sister, Joy Whitson Upton of Du Quoin; four brothers, John Whitson and wife Betty of Auburn, Jerry Whitson and wife Marian of Du Quoin, Jeffrey Benbenek and wife Joyce of Edwardsville, and Jim Benbenek of Du Quoin; aunts; uncles; great aunts; numerous cousins; several nieces; nephews; great nieces; and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; and one nephew, Greg Whitson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Tom Harvengt and Brother Raymond Baggott officiating.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Du Quoin.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorials to the American Heart Association, Greg Whitson Memorial Fund, or donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.

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Peggy Mitchell

MARION - Peggy A. Mitchell, 73, of Franklin, Tenn., formerly of Southern Illinois, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009.

Peggy was a beloved mother to Kirk L. Mitchell of Newburgh, Ind., Kathy A. Mitchell of Franklin, Tenn., and Kara J. Coats of Spring Hill, Tenn. Peggy was also a loving grandmother to Krista Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell, Tori Mitchell, Mason Coats, Machael Wade and Makenzi Wade.

Peggy's career spanned her lifetime as she began singing in churches at a very early age. This talent continued and blossomed into 25 years of a children's television show called The Peggy Mitchell Show on WEHT channel 25. Peggy was an avid traveler and enjoyed visiting China, Europe, the Middle East, Alaska, Australia and many other places. Above all Peggy was a Christian and loved and lived for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Nashville, Tenn.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Woodlawn's Dignity Hall, with Pastor Scott Roley officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Goreville.

A Praise and Memorial Celebration will be in her honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Christian Fellowship Church in Evansville. The public is invited to see her puppets and celebrate the purpose in her life.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS association or In Touch Ministries.

Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home in Nashville, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.

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Jon Nelson Sr.

HERRIN - Jon Robert Nelson, Sr., 59, died at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in the V. A. Medical Center in Marion.

Mr. Nelson was a retired Master Sergeant with the MO Air National Guard and the Zeigler Coal Company and formerly worked at Maytag in Herrin.

He was of the protestant faith, a member of the UMWA and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

He was born Jan. 18, 1950, in Herrin, to Ernest Alfred and Vida Dorothy (Nealson) Nelson. He was united in marriage with Phyllis Ann Crowell on Aug. 3, 1995, in Herrin.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Nelson of Herrin; son, Jon Robert Nelson, Jr. of Makanda; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Mike Overby of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three stepdaughters and step sons-in-law, Monica and John Hawk of New York, Melody and Kenny Knusta of Herrin, Mendy and Damon Collins of Marion; 10 grandchildren, Austin Nelson, Jacob Overby, Nathan Gaddis, Wren Gaddis, Brianna Gaddis, Kelsey Collins, Dylan Collins, Chase Knusta, Rianna Knusta and Trent Knusta; mother, Vida D. Nelson of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Jim Nelson of Phoenix, Ariz., Mike Nelson of Honolulu, Hawaii: one niece, Karen Nelson of Florida; and special friends that were always there for them, Leon and Lori Followell of Herrin.

He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents.

In accordance with Jon's wishes, he will be cremated. Private family services will be at a later date.

Services have been entrusted to Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin. To leave a message of condolence, visit www.meredithwaddell.com.

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LeRoy Chapman

ROYALTON - LeRoy "Cookie" Chapman, 80, died at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Herrin Hospital.

LeRoy was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Bush to Roy and Reba Chapman. He married Betty Carpenter and she preceded him in death Nov. 27, 1981. He married Doris Johnson March 12, 1988, in Royalton. She survives in Royalton.

Other survivors include a son, Michael E. Chapman of Tennessee; a granddaughter, Angie McClure of Smith, Ala.; three great-grandchildren, Diana Gabrielle, Matthew and Caleb Michael, all of Smith, Ala.; a stepdaughter, Mona Marcum of St. Louis; three stepgrandchildren, Heather Price and Daniel and Jennifer Marcum; two sisters, Doris Wells of Royalton and Betty Norville of Herrin; a brother, Leslie Chapman of Herrin; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; and a step-son, Daniel Marcum, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Chapman was a member of Knoff Bend Pentecostal Church in Elkville. He was a retired construction laborer who had worked at Southern Masonry in Royalton and a member of the local brick layer's union. Cookie enjoyed the outdoors and fishing.

Services for Mr. Chapman will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton, with the Rev. Merle Macke officiating. Burial will be in Miners Cemetery east of Royalton. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of the services at the funeral home.

For more information and to sign the register book, visit our website at www.vantreasefuneralhome.com.

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LaVina Wallace

HERRIN - Mrs. Lavina Raye Wallace, 80, died Monday, April 27, 2009, in Herrin Hospital,

Mrs. Wallace was born Thursday, July 5, 1928, in Herrin to Curtis and Allie (Dixon) Yates,

She married Gilbert Wallace of Herrin. They had one daughter, Brenda Kaye. Both preceded her in death. What a joy to know she is with her Gib and Brennie once again.

Mrs. Wallace worked her entire life in the medical field, starting out with Dr. Tidwell and ending up with Marion Eye Center.

She was a member of Herrin First Baptist Church and a Sunday School teacher of the Agape (love) class. She was a member of the Herrin Women's Club and many other organizations.

Survivors include: two nieces, Paula (Bruce) Gosnell of Johnson City and Patty Magnotti; a nephew, Larry (Pat) Magnotti of Herrin; great-nieces, Melissa Crites and Jody Seely of Herrin, Wendy Hatfield of Nebraska and Teri Magnotti of California; many great-nephews; great-great nieces; great-great-nephews; many dear friends that were close to her heart and her pride and joy, granddog, Angus.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Curtis and Allie Yates; husband, Gib; a daughter, Brenda; sisters, Ruby Moses and Gladys Monolo; brothers, Lloyd Yates and Herbert Yates; nephews, Bob Yates, Doug Magnotti and Sonny Yates and a sister-in-law, Lucille Yates.

She was an inspiration to all that knew her. Her love of the Lord was shared with everyone. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her. There will always be a loss in our hearts. Our loss is Heaven's gain.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Van Natta Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Tirey officiating. Interment will be in Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in the funeral home.

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