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2009-07-23T00:00:00Z Obits The Southern
July 23, 2009 12:00 am

Joseph Sawicki

MAKANDA - Joseph S. "Joe" Sawicki, 56, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz., at home.

Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in George Renner and Sons Funeral Home at 120 North Illinois St. in Belleville, with Father Patrick Okwumuo officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Makanda. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial scholarship at SWIC.

Mary Walston

WEST FRANKFORT - Mary Walston, 98, died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, at the home of her daughter in Brentwood, Mo.

Arrangements are incomplete at Varis-Stone Funeral Home in West Frankfort.

Homer Bigham

CUTLER - Homer O. "HOB" Bigham, 97, died at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Pinckneyville Health Care Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Wilsons's Funeral Home in Steeleville, with the Rev. Wesley C. Henson officiating. Burial will be in Cutler Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital.

Erma Dixon

MOUNT VERNON - Erma M. Dixon, 87, died at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Crossroads Community Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in West Salem Cemetery in Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Larry Comer officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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Mistie Mitchell

CARBONDALE - Mistie (Misty) Renee Mitchell, 42, departed this life at 9:34 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Anaheim, Calif.

She was born at 1:59 a.m. Monday, March 27, 1967, in Carbondale, the first child of Sylvia Green Mitchell (Robinson) of Los Angeles and Earl Dallas Mitchell of Carbondale.

Misty attended Chermoya Elementary School in Los Angeles and was among the first graduating class at the University of Southern California Performing and Visual Arts Magnet where she excelled in drama, and a solo performance brought her a standing ovation. Misty is also featured in the award winning children's musical, "The Music Machine." After attending North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, Misty returned to Carbondale Community High School in 1985.

Upon return to Los Angeles, Misty studied at Los Angeles Valley College, where she worked as a photographer's assistant. She also studied forestry in the California Conservation Corps and earned a firefighting certificate at Oxnard College.

Misty accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and attended services at Holy Rock Christian Church in Los Angeles and New Christ Memorial Church; Andre Crouch, pastor.

During her last weeks, Misty would ask to hear "the Lord's Prayer" and to have it recited with her. On the day of her ascension, "The Lord's Prayer" was sung into her ear. At the conclusion, she ascended. On one of her last days in the hospital, Misty was comforted by hearing the CD of Tommy Bell singing "All We Need is Christ on Our Side."

Misty is survived by her mother and father; daughter, Zabrina, 20; and sons, Zeldon, 17, and Ezekiel, 14; grandson, Zion (born March 26, one day before Misty's birthday); an unborn grandchild; sisters, Harmony Robinson-Bell of Los Angeles and Amy Mitchell of Nashville; maternal grandmother, Christine Green; paternal grandmother, Bertha Mitchell; aunts, Doris Green Walker of Baltimore and Vivian Green Harris; uncles, Walter Green of Miami, Dana Mitchell of Carbondale, Anthony Mitchell of Carbondale, Aaron Mitchell of Denver, Tyrone Mitchell of Carbondale and Leonard Mitchell of Chicago; godmother, Patricia Chappell Hubbard of Chicago; cousins, Derek Walker of University of Maryland, Natasha Walker of Greenbelt, Md., Rashon Harris of Washington, D.C., Dr. Tya Harris of Louisville, Ky., and Stephanie Mitchell of Las Vegas; nephew, Xzavier Robinson; nieces, Jasmine and Jodi Bell; and a large, extended family including aunts and cousins from several generations.

Misty is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Cazola Green and Charles (Blue) Mitchell, both of Carbondale; and uncle, Charles (Peachum) Mitchell.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Olivet Freewill Baptist Church in Carbondale, with Bishop Albert Ingram Jr., pastor, and the Rev. Lenworth Miner, eulogist.

Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale is assisting with local arrangements.

Ronald Thomas

WEST FRANKFORT - Ronald Thomas, 73, of West Frankfort, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Arrangements are incomplete at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort.

Ernestine Wall

WEST FRANKFORT - Ernestine Wright Wall, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her residence.

Ernestine was born Oct. 24, 1921, in West Frankfort, to Robert M. Wright and Carrie (Lee) Wright.

She attended Logan and West Frankfort High Schools.

Ernestine was joined in marriage to Jewell Dean Wall at the home of her parents on her 18th birthday. They were happily married for 48 years until Jewell died suddenly Nov. 18, 1984.

She and her husband were converted and became members of Calvary Baptist Church in West Frankfort on Feb. 9, 1947. In addition to being blessed as a wife, mother and homemaker, she was honored by teaching the Willing Workers Class for many years. She and her husband taught a group of intermediate boys and girls for an hour each week. They also enjoyed parties and hay rides at different seasons. In addition, she and longtime friend Neva Jent visited home bound church members monthly for 22 years.

She is survived by her two sons, Mark and wife, Susan Wall, of West Frankfort, and Phillip and Joyce Wall of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Letitia Wall, and Megan and husband, Jeff Hannel, and their daughter, Rebecca Lynn, all of West Frankfort; and sister-in-law, Gladys Wright of West Frankfort, who was her dear friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Opal Waller, and Mrs. Waller's son, Wayne and Glorine Miller; three brothers, Bennett, Lanzel and Leon Wright; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Alan Summers and the Rev. Lloyd Whittaker officiating. Burial will be in Brady Cemetery in Akin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To sign the guest book, visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.

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John Plumley

GOREVILLE - John Shirley Plumley, 80, of Goreville, formerly of East Chicago Heights, passed away at 1:24 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at his home.

John was born on April 2, 1929, in Waldo, Ark., to John Lee and Truddie (Hovarter) Plumley.

He married Elizabeth Frances Young on Sept. 12, 1952, in Summitt. She preceded him in death March 21, 1996.

John was a truck driver and retired from Roadway Express.

He was a member of Teamsters Local 705 and an active member of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy.

He enjoyed time spent with his friends and family and playing musical instruments, usually guitar, at various places on Saturday evenings. He liked to fish at Lake of Egypt and Ferne Clyffe State Park.

Survivors include his son, John Plumley and wife, Vickey, of Marion; daughter, Liz Walenta of Goreville; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, James and Otha Plumley; and two daughters, Bonnie Murphy and Claudia Hargrove.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy, with the Rev. Jerry Schell officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Cemetery in Dixon Springs. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy.

Memorial donations may be made to Lone Oak Baptist Church and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 S. 13th St., Herrin, IL 62948.

Loraine Bosch

NASHVILLE - Loraine Gertrude (Mumbower) Bosch, of Florissant, formerly of Nashville, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, July 19, 2009, in Manor Care Nursing Home in Florissant.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville, with Father Tudor officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul United Church of Christ cemetery in Nashville. Visitation will be from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Alvis Harrell

MOUNT VERNON - Alvis Franklin Harrell, 88, of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Mount Vernon, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Johnston Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with Chaplain Ernie Collins officiating. Burial will be in Neoga Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 141 in Mount Vernon or to American Heart Association.

Robert Zana

MURPHYSBORO - Robert J. Zana, 64, died at 10:23 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

Robert was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Chicago, to Joseph and Mary (Vallo) Zana.

He was a retired attorney.

Survivors include two daughters, Kieran Lillig of Murphysboro and Kelly Kujwinski and son-in-law, Nick, of Pittsburg, Pa.; son, Joseph Zana of Wheeling; and six grandchildren, Robin, Mathew, Joshua, Bethany, Thomas and David.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Services will be at a later date in Chicago.

Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of the arrangements.

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Joyce Mills

MURPHYSBORO -Joyce Ann Mills, 80, passed away peacefully, at her home, Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

Joyce was born Oct. 3, 1928, a daughter to the late Roscoe and Audrey (Hiller) Dobbs.

She attended Murphysboro schools and Murphysboro Township High School, always speaking fondly of her happy days in high school with her many friends.

Joyce married her high school classmate, Robert B. Mills, on Aug. 1, 1948. As a young married couple, while Robert was in chiropractic college, as well as early in his career, they resided in St. Louis before returning to Murphysboro to start Mills Chiropractic and be near their family. Dr. Robert preceded her in death June 6, 2003.

Joyce lived an active life, involved with her family, playing golf and bridge clubs. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Murphysboro and was active in her Sunday school class; she was also a member of the Jackson County Country Club and the Murphysboro Elks Lodge 572.

She enjoyed a good joke, a hearty laugh, good food, Fox News, the St. Louis Cardinals and her card club girlfriends. Above all, her most cherished activities were time spent with her sons and their families.

Joyce is survived by two sons, Dr. Robert L. Mills of Marion and Dr. Stephen C. Mills and wife, Tracey, of Carterville; four grandchildren, Linc Mills of Marion and Grant, Shea Leigh and Brockton Mills of Carterville; one sister, Ruth Robinson of St. Louis; two brothers, Roscoe "R.A." Dobbs Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Highland and Carroll "Buddy" Dobbs and wife, Betty, of Murphysboro; two brothers-in-law, Landess Mills and wife, Judy, of Murphysboro and Mike Mills of Murphysboro; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Mills Hudgins and husband, John, of Murphysboro and Mary Pat Mills of Kauai, Hawaii; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two sisters, Opal Kharibian, and Patsy Harley.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in United Methodist Church in Murphysboro, with the Rev. Larry Gilbert and the Rev. Earl Renshaw officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials are encouraged and preferred and may be made to United Methodist Church.

Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro is in charge of the arrangements.

To send a condolence or for additional information, visit www.crawshawfuneralhome.com.

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Agatha Barger Eckols

MARION - Agatha Barger Eckols, 92, of Marion, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

Agatha was born June 27, 1917, in Goreville, the daughter of Owen and Mary (Rowe) Russell.

She married Roy S. Barger on June 16, 1937, in Mount Vernon; together they shared more than 46 years of marriage until his death Dec. 2, 1983.

Agatha enjoyed cooking for her family and tending her rose garden. For many years she was a member of Marion's First Baptist Church and more recently a member of First Baptist Church in Bushnell, Fla. She enjoyed volunteering for senior citizens in Marion.

She is survived by her daughter, Pat Wiemken and husband, Michael, of Marion; daughter-in-law, Jo Barger of Crab Orchard; four grandchildren, Scott Barger and wife, Kimberly, of Crab Orchard, Patrick Barger and wife, Tina, of Crab Orchard, Jim Wiemken and wife, Holly, of Oak Park and Jennifer Wiemken of Marion; six great-grandchildren, Cody, Jared, Donovan and Bethany Barger and Abby and Evan Wiemken; brother, Vernell Russell of Lick Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roy; daughter, Carolyn Sue Barger; son, John W. Barger; brother, Orville Russell; and two sisters, Opal Quillman and Bonnie Royster.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with Dr. Bob Dickerson officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery in Eddyville. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the funeral home.

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

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Bessie Childers

MARION - Bessie R. Childers, 101, passed away at 6:38 a.m. July 22, 2009, in Parkway Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Childers was born Sept. 5, 1907 in Williamson County, the daughter of John and Mary (Zoeller) Fisher.

She married the Rev. Claude Childers on May 14, 1929, in Marion, and together they shared more than 52 years of marriage until his death June 7, 1981.

Mrs. Childers was a member of Second Baptist Church in Marion. For more than 47 years she taught school in the Marion rural schools and Washington Grade School. Following her retirement, she continued to substitute teach for three years.

Throughout her life, Bessie enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting and making crafts. She generously donated her time in church activities as a pastor's wife and church member. Bessie loved spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Childers is survived by her son, Jesse W. Childers and wife, Mary Sue, of Marion; daughter, Mary B. Krone and husband, Gerald, of Belleville; three grandchildren, Dr. Kevin J. Childers and wife, Pam, of Vandalia, Dr. Kyle R. Childers and wife, Deidre, of Benton and Steven W. Krone and wife, Kellie, of Nixa, Mo.; 10 great-grandchildren, Holly and Maggie Childers, Bonnie Misselhorn and husband, Clint, Mason, Katie, Alec, and Tessa Childers and Brandon, Garen and Riley Lynn Krone; brother, Frank Fisher of Marion; and sisters, Pearl Miller of Marion and Barbara Travelstead and husband, Ronald, of Marion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, the Rev. Claude Childers; seven brothers, Henry, Bennie, Bob, Herman, Ernest, Don and Clarence Fisher; and three sisters, Marjorie Richmond, Florence Smoot and Kathryn Smith.

Services will be at noon Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with Dr. Bob Wagner, the Rev. Larry Richmond and the Rev. Bennie Don Fisher officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market St.; Marion, IL 62959.

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

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Melody Morefield

MURPHYSBORO - Melody Lynn Morefield, 58, passed away at 12:53 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2009, at her residence.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Peggy Camp officiating. Burial will be in Hallidayboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Melody was born Oct. 13, 1950, in Du Quoin, to Billie Don and Wanda (Sigers) Walters.

She married Ernie Morefield on Sept. 17, 1970, in Charleston, S.C.; he survives.

Mrs. Morefield had just retired as kitchen supervisor for Roberts Vending.

Melody loved to fish, quilt, sew, make crafts, and she liked to bird watch and read.

Survivors include her husband, Ernie Morefield; two daughter and sons-in-law, MeLissa and Paul Obermiller of Carbondale and Mandy and Darren King of Murphysboro; two grandchildren, Luther Obermiller and Bailey Obermiller, both of Carbondale; one sister and brother-in-law, Vickie and Jim Morton of Murphysboro; two brothers, Billie Don Walters Jr. and James Clyde Walters, both of Murphysboro; and one half sister, Dixie Fox of Murphysboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Thresa Urban; and two nephews.

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Helen Morris

TAMAROA - Helen Mae Morris, 81, died at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born March 19, 1928, in Pinckneyville, the daughter of James and Gertie (Farthing) Carter.

She married Carl E. Morris on Sept. 6, 1947, in Du Quoin, and he preceded her in death Dec. 22, 2006.

Helen was a homemaker and had worked at the Pinckneyville Garment Factory. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin.

She is survived by one son, John Morris and wife, Paula, of Tamaroa; two daughters, Sheila Reppenhagen of Alpharetta, Ga., and Carla Zemeckis of Sandwich; one sister, Ollie Wafford of Mattoon; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Carl Edward Morris; one brother, Orval "Bud" Carter; one sister, Ruby Loucks; and two half brothers, Clarence Carter and Richard Carter.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2009, in Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin, with Pastor Jamie Carter officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the funeral home.

Friends may make memorials to Second Baptist Church in Du Quoin and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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

Judith Buck

CHESTER - Judith Ellen Buck, 60, of Homosassa, Fla., formerly of Chester, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Memorial Hospital of Chester.

She was born to Richard Wayne and Virginia Anne (Clark) Walker on May 31, 1949, in Bayshure, N.Y.

Judy married Rex L. Buck on May 6, 1982, in Charleston, S.C.; he survives.

She was an administrative assistant at Gilster Mary Lee.

Judy was an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Rex Buck of Homosassa, Fla.; father, Richard Walker of Destin, Fla.; three children, Douglas B. Puritis Jr. of Charleston, S.C., Tara Lee (Mike) Ray of Long Island, N.Y., and Sabrina Lynn (Mark) Ray of Charleston, S.C.; four stepchildren, Kevin Lee Buck of Franklin, Ark., Michele Lynn (Ron) Herron of Franklin, Ark., Laurence Victor Buck of Marble Falls, Texas and Jonathan Scott (Barbara) Buck of Newtown, Conn.; one sister, Geraldine Anne (Douglas) McGovern of Niceville, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Services will be at 5:30 p.m. today in Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, with the Rev. C.F. Campbell officiating. It was Judy's wish to be cremated. Visitation will be from 5 to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Earl Witbracht

PERCY - Earl E. Witbracht, 89, died at 10:08 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Sparta Community Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Peace Lutheran Church in Steeleville, with Pastor Julie Posth officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery in Steeleville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta is in charge of arrangements.

Anna Goldman

MOUNT CARMEL - Anna "Louise" Goldman, 65, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at her residence.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Short Funeral Home in Mount Carmel, with burial at 2 p.m. in Mount Olive Cemetery in Tunnel Hill. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Pauline Whitacre

JONESBORO - Pauline Whitacre, 98, of Asheville, N.C., formerly of Jonesboro, died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009, in the Brooks"Howell Home in Asheville, N.C.

She was born Nov. 19, 1910, in Jackson County, the daughter of Daniel and Lois (Jones) Whitacre.

She was a Deaconess in the Methodist Church and lived and worked in many areas of the country.

Survivors include two nieces, Joyce Kwapien and Susan Collard; a nephew, Michael Collard; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services for Pauline will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2009, in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale, with the Rev. Robert Fear officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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