14 obits

2008-01-03T00:00:00Z 14 obits The Southern
January 03, 2008 12:00 am

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Jane Ann Conaway

HERRIN - Jane Ann Conaway, 46, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Jane Ann was born Jan. 21, 1961, in St. Louis, the daughter of Bill and Jacqueline (Rogers) Horton.

She married Jesse Lynn Conaway on July 25, 1999, in Dallas. He survives in Herrin.

Mrs. Conaway attended the Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Herrin Hospital and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse Lynn Conaway of Herrin; two sisters, Nina Martin of Carrollton, Texas and Vicky and Walter Green of Dallas; three brothers, Vincent Horton of Dallas, John Horton of St. Louis and Billy Horton of Dallas; aunts and uncles, Paul and Jane Russell of Herrin, Marie and Clinton Rendleman of Carterville and Vesta and Raymond Ahls of Denver; three nephews, Michael, Gregory and Jason Horton; four nieces, Jennifer and Sarah Martin, Toni Middleton, and Jessica Horton; two great-nephews, Paul Duff and Donnavan Martin; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Rev. Don Colson and the Rev. Jerry Schell officiating. Burial will be in Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at funeral home in Herrin.

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

Gerald J. O'Dell

AVA - Gerald J. O'Dell, 63, of Fairfax, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007.

Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, in Everly Funeral Home. Burial was in Fairfax City Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Capital Hospice.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn Edgar; his children, Ryan and his wife, Leigh, Matthew and his wife, Jodi, and Shannon; sisters, Patricia Brown of Alton and Vicky Perry of Golden Valley, Ariz.; granddaughters, Lauren Elizabeth and Sarah Eve; mother-in-law, Eleanor Edgar of Ava; and brothers-in-law, John C. Edgar, Gilbert Edgar and Randall Edgar, all of Ava.

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Paul Sharp

ANNA - Paul Sharp, 82, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at his home.

He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Elco, the son of Rando J. and Della N. (Brimm) Sharp.

He married Norma A. Jordan on July 19, 1945, in Pocahontas, Mo. She preceded him in death September 19, 1999.

Paul served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended New Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Poole of Anna; one daughter-in-law, Debra Sharp of Buncombe; five grandchildren, Teresa Mowery, Janette Linton, Sara Sharp, Julie Sharp and Ryan Sharp; seven great-grandchildren, Patrick, Joshua and Jacob Linton, Caleb and Callie Mowery, Avery Sharp and Van Overbeke; one brother, Joe Sharp of Cobden; and one sister, Emma Whitson of Tulsa, Okla.

He was preceded by his wife, Norma; one son, Rick Sharp; two brothers; and two sisters.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. Andy Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Dongola, with military rites conducted by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 of Anna. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Ruth Harris

WOLF LAKE - Ruth Harris, 87, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at her home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Grand Tower, the daughter of Lloyd and Anna Elizabeth (Knupp) Derossett. She married Albert L. Harris on March 3, 1947, in Murphysboro. He preceded her in death May 20, 1991.

Ruth owned and operated Lake Restaurant for 16 years from 1968 to 1984. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family very much.

She is survived by two daughters, Inis T. Houseman of Memphis, Tenn., and Mary Lou Ristow of Wolf Lake; three sons, Gary Harris of Rockwood, Donald Harris of Wolf Lake and Arthur Harris of Wolf Lake; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sister, Shirley Stoner of Prairie Du Rocher and Melba Mueller of Belleville; and three brothers, Edward Lee Derossett of Splendora, Texas, Lewis Monroe Derossett of Dupo and Francis Leon Derossett of East Carondelet.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; an infant son; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; one great-great-grandson; four brothers; and two sisters.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with the Rev. John Cripps officiating. Burial will be in Walker Hill Cemetery in Grand Tower. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Fred Kolisek

BENTON - Fred Kolisek, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Kolisek was cremated. Graveside services will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Benton Ministerial Alliance, Benton Library or First Baptist Church in Benton.

Poulson Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Fred was a hoisting engineer for Freeman Coal Company. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion and the Benton Bocce Ball Club.

He was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Zeigler to Frank Sr. and Julia B. (Fizel) Kolisek.

He was united in marriage to Marietta (Wall) Kolisek. She survives in Benton.

Also surviving are his daughter, Melinda Melvin and husband, Jan, of Benton; brother, John Kolisek and wife, Janet, of Benton; sisters, Wilma Nangle of Logan, Beverly Kolisek of Benton, Roseanne Kosor and husband, Mike, of Albuquerque, N.M., Kay Ellis and husband, Dick, of Fort Worth, Texas and Margaret Rice of Portland, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Frank Kolisek Jr. and Jim Kolisek; and one sister, Irma Canning.

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Shirley Ann Florian

WEST FRANKFORT - Shirley Ann Florian, 73, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, in St. Louis University Medical Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Richard Swan and the Rev. Jon Griffin officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

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

Mrs. Florian worked for 24 years and retired from Franklin County Treasurer's Office. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where she served as organist for 40 years and was a member of the Altar Guild.

She was the first female to be elected to the District 168 School Board and serve as president. She was a longtime donor to the American Diabetes Association. She was a member of Xi Alpha Pi sorority.

She was born Sept. 28, 1934, in West Frankfort, the daughter of Patrick and Rachel (Coulson) Connolly.

Shirley was united in marriage to Andy Florian on Dec. 26, 1953. Together they shared 54 years of marriage. He survives in West Frankfort.

Also surviving are her daughters, Rachel Stewart of West Frankfort and Elaine Warren of St. Louis; sons, Steve Florian and wife, Elaine, of West Frankfort, Matt Florian and wife, Wendy, of Marion and Ed Florian and wife, Jill, of West Frankfort; nine grandchildren, Chris, Erin, Naythan, Amber, Andrea, Kyle, Kaci, Madison and Connor; three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Talon and Landen; a sister, Rosena Hogg of Benton; a brother, Joe Herron and wife, Patti, of Racine, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Edward Connolly; Joe and Rachel Herron; her sister, Margaret Petkas; and her great-granddaughter, Emma Stewart.

She was a wonderful wife and mother who loved spending time with all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is known to her grandchildren as MeMaw. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

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Josephine Cole

MURPHYSBORO - Josephine Cole, 81, departed this life at 4:37 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Servant for Christ Outreach Ministries, 416 N. 16th St. in Murphysboro, with the Rev. Vydell Nolan, Pastor and Pastor Pamela Blossom of World Outreach Conference Center in Chicago delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Mound City National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.

Jackson Funeral Home of Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Janice Hofer

WALTONVILLE - Janice E. Hofer, 54, died at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with Gene Fox officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

William O. 'Bill' Michel

HERRIN - William O. "Bill" Michel, 54, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at his home.

Bill was born May 13, 1953, in Chicago to Walter C. and Elizabeth (Furbish) Michel.

He married Donna Kuhnke on May 26, 1984 in Lansing. She survives in Herrin.

He worked as retail manager at Woolworths and Blue Star.

Mr. Michel was of Methodist faith and formerly played the piano at Hafer Baptist Church. He enjoyed reading Patricia Cromwell novels, listening to classical music and watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Michel of Herrin; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Nancy McClure of St. Louis; two grandchildren; Ryan and Tony Davis of Johnston City; great-grandchildren, Brandon Davis of Davenport, Iowa and Jacob and Samara Davis of Johnston City; brothers, Ken Michel and wife, Ruth, of Orland Park, and Jeff Michel of Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two great-grandchildren, Jade and Shealynn Davis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin, with the Rev. Don Colson officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 S. 13th St., Herrin, IL 62948.

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

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John Edward Wilcox

SESSER - John Edward Wilcox, 54, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

He was born Feb. 5, 1953, in Pana, the son of Charles and Mary Knollenburg Wilcox.

He married Marie Ellinger on June 19, 1976, in Taylorville, and she survives.

John is also survived by one son, Brian Wilcox of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one daughter, Megan Wilcox and companion, Adam Fritz, of Columbia, Mo.; one grandson, Jackson Samuel Fritz; his parents of Pana; two sisters, Lori Gibson and husband, Brian, of Sesser and Kathy Lebon of Pana; and two brothers, Rick Wilcox and wife, Carol, of Pana, and Mark Wilcox of N.C.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Charlene Wilcox and one brother, James Wilcox.

Mr. Wilcox was the financial business administrator for the State of Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He was previously business administrator at Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville. He had earlier been employed at Elliott State Bank and Marine Bank. He was a graduate of Pana High School and University of Illinois. Mr. Wilcox was a member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where he had served as a deacon. He was an avid Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinals fan and an avid runner. He recently completed marathons in Memphis and Chicago among others.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Private burial services will be at a later date. Family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Memorials are suggested to the John Edward Wilcox Memorial Fund, which will be established to benefit his grandson, Jackson.

Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.

Mary Lou Smith

WEST FRANKFORT - Mary Lou Smith, 78, passed away at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born Nov. 18, 1929, in Benton to W. W. Wheatley and Gladys (Gass) Wheatley.

She married Edward R. Smith on June 24, 1950, and he preceded her in death Oct. 27, 1989.

Mary Lou was a devoted and loving mother and will be missed by her daughter and her many friends

Survivors include her daughter, Lou Ellen Smith of West Frankfort, and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Edward.

She worked for the V.A. Medical Center in Marion for 35 years as a secretary and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in West Frankfort

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Lloyd Whittaker and the Rev. Alan Summers officiating. Burial will be in the Denning Cemetery in West Frankfort. Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

For more information or to sign the guest register, visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.

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Andy Roberts Hayes

WEST FRANKFORT - Andy Roberts Hayes, 92, of Belen, N.M., formerly of West Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2007, with his loving wife, Mollie, by his side.

Mr. Hayes was born Sept. 5, 1915, in Piper, Ala. He and his family later moved to West Frankfort, where he graduated from West Frankfort High School.

He was a member of Bethlehem Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners Ballyut Abyud, VFW and Optimist International. He retired from the civilian personnel office of the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis in 1973.

He and his wife then moved to New Mexico. Andy was a people person and always had a joke to tell. He loved bowling and was an avid golfer. Andy proudly served his country during World War II in the European Theater and was honorably discharged after five years of dedicated service to his country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Cora Belle Hayes; brother, George; four sisters, Violet, Marietta, Cora Belle and Evelyn; two nieces, Frances and Jane Ann; and one nephew, Roger.

Andy is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mollie "Betty" Hayes of the family home; sister, Estelle Mazzino of St. Louis; niece, Sandra Fiori of West Frankfort; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at a later date in National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.

Mollie would like to thank Ambercare and their staff for their loving care.

William Miles Buck Jr.

BUSH - William Miles Buck Jr., 59, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at his home.

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

Sung Hi Navin

ANNA - Sung Hi Navin, 71, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died at 8:34 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, in Pike's Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs.

She was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Kaesong, South Korea, the daughter of Yung Chul and So Soon Lee Pak.

She was married to Lynn D. Navin on August 3, 1963, in Seoul, South Korea.

Sung Hi is survived by her husband, Lynn of Colorado Springs; one brother, Chun Soo Park of New York City; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Sueann Navin.

She retired as a disc assembly inspector for Digital Equipment Company in Colorado Springs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Bill Minor officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro City Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Karen Lindenberg

STEELEVILLE - Karen S. Lindenberg, 54, of Las Vegas, formerly of Steeleville, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, in Las Vegas.

Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville.

Brittney Rene Byars

CARBONDALE - Brittney Rene Byars, 23, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, at her residence.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Elm Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Allen officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Pettett Funeral Home and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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Charles F. 'Charlie' Seavers

ELIZABETHTOWN - Charles F. "Charlie" Seavers, 74, of Newburgh, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at home after a long battle with cancer.

Charlie was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War era as well as a former member of North Haven General Baptist Church in Evansville, Ind.

Charlie was a retired meat department manager, retiring from Buehler's Vann and Covert location. He worked 29 years for A&P grocery in Boonville, Ind. and Evansville, Ind. He also worked for Great Scott Store for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lora Seavers; two sisters, Mary Belle Ford and Ruth Ellen Seavers; two brothers, Bertram and James; and grandson, Colin Wayne Seavers.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 52 years, Charlotte; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Kent and Alice Chase Seavers and Kerry Wayne and Mary Seavers; grandchildren, Jennifer and Ted Boester, Christina Seavers, Andrea Seavers, Sean Seavers and Connor Seavers; three sisters, Lena and Bob Royal of Tell City, Ind., Phyllis and John Hart of Newburgh, Ind., and Lynette and Jerry Stepro of Newburgh; two brothers, John Seavers of Huntingburg, Ind., and Lewis Seavers of Tell City, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at Koehler's Funeral Home in Boonville, Ind., with the Rev. Bob Doane officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, with military rites by the Warrick County Veterans Memorial Services. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Deaconess Hospice, American Cancer Society or Warrick Pet Adoption Center.

To leave online condolences, visit www.koehlerfuneralhome.com.

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Margaret Evans Haury

MURPHYSBORO - Margaret Evans Haury, 90, of Ellisville, Mo., formerly of Murphysboro, died at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in Ellisville.

Margaret was born Nov. 3, 1917, in Murphysboro, a daughter to the late Emmett and Iola (Kearns) Roberts.

Margaret was first married to Charles M. Allen, and he preceded her in death Sept. 16, 1946.

She later married William Haury. He also preceded her in death December 8, 2003.

She was a member of United Methodist Church in Murphysboro and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, with the Rev. Richard Lewis of United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials are encouraged and may be made to the United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or church.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Gib Snyder of Wildwood, Mo.; three grandsons, Chris Snyder, Kirk Snyder and Glenn Conley, all of St. Louis; and one great-grandson.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was also preceded by one daughter, Mary Carol Allen Conley on Oct. 12, 1981.

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Kathryn T. Barnaby

MARION - Kathryn T. Barnaby, 90, passed away 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Kathryn was born Dec. 29, 1917, the daughter of Audie and Madge (Chitty) Summers.

She married Alfred Barnaby on Dec. 15, 1934, in Marion and together they shared over 57 years of marriage until his death March 19, 1992.

Kathryn was a lifetime member of First Church of God and for over 25 years was a federal inspector for Olin Defense Supply Agency.

She is survived by two daughters, Natalie Spicer and Diana Boles, both of Marion; four sons, Don Barnaby and wife, Julie, Marion Barnaby and wife, Vicki, Alfred Barnaby Jr. and wife, Patty and Jim Barnaby and wife, Sherry, all of Marion; 12 grandchildren, Gina Nelson and husband, Jimmy, Sheryl Green and husband, Doug, and Jacqueline Boles, all of Florida, Alan Barnett and wife, Nona, of Nevada, Andrea Kurczewski and husband Rob of Dearborn, Mich., Jeramy Barnaby of Chandler, Ariz., and Wendi Tennyson and husband, Doug, Angelina Thompson, Aaron Barnaby, Stacey Barnaby, Sarah Barnaby and Joseph Barnaby, all of Marion; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Summers of Marion; sister-in-law, LaVelle Summers of Marion; niece, Debbie Summers; and nephew, Kelley Summers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Kenny and LaVerne Barnaby; and two grandchildren, Bryan Boles and Melissa Barnaby.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in First Church of God in Marion, with the Rev. Paul Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, with Brother Mike Ebert officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Jan Bowman-Marsh and the Hospice of Southern Illinois staff for the excellent care and attention that their mother received.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the church or at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market St., Marion, IL 62959.

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William L. Ollis

MARION - William L. Ollis, 87, died at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.G. Walls and Rev. Shorty Alsip officiating. Burial will be in Cana Cemetery. Military rites will be presented by Marion VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and National Guard Unit. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

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Floyd Johnson

MURPHYSBORO - Austin Floyd Johnson, 81, passed away at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in Helia Health Care in Carbondale.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Chester Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Murphysboro, with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 127, VFW Post 7190 and 2605, and Jackson County DAV Chapter 69. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and until 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Floyd was born on June 27, 1926, in Murphysboro to Austin Newton Johnson and Nellie Mae (Nance) Johnson.

He was a member of the Laborer's Union Local 773 in Marion.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Ava Assembly of God. He had also served as a Road Commissioner of Levan Township.

He married Juanita Robinson on June 27, 1944, in Murphysboro, and she preceded him in death on July 11, 1988. He later married Bonnie Lou (Carpenter) Mattingly on April 7, 1990, and she survives.

Other survivors include seven sons and six daughters-in-laws, Floyd Eugene "Gene" and Lillian Johnson, Carl Andrew and Carol Ann Johnson and Gary Wayne Johnson, all of Murphysboro, Bobby Dean and Cindy Johnson of DeSoto, Franklin Dale and Sandy Johnson of Pomona, Herbert Leroy and Kathy Johnson of Dowell, and Austin Leon and Lisa Johnson of Murphysboro; three daughters and two son-in-laws, Euba Mae and Walter Crane of Murphysboro, Lana June Johnson of Collinsville and Mona Sue and Fred Froemling of Campbell Hill; three step-children and their spouses: Terry and Cathy Mattingly of DeSoto, Jeanne and Jason Brown of Fishers, Ind., and Charlie and Connie Mattingly of Chester; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Doris Whitecotton of Du Quoin.

He was preceded in death by one brother in infancy, Lawrence Johnson, and his parents.

Opal Coffman

VALIER - Opal Coffman, 97, of Corryton, Tenn., formerly of Valier, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Sunbridge Nursing Home in Corryton.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser, with Brother Dale Burzynski officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Coffman was a homemaker.

She was born Sept. 3, 1910, in Sikeston, Mo., to Charles Love and Nora L. (Hicks) Allen.

She married Jess Purcell, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Yvonne Callahan of Corryton and Dolores (Purcell) Kennerly of Belleville; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Watana McGough; and sister, Pearl Stark.

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Dale Rednour

CHESTER - Dale W. Rednour, 86, formerly of Chester, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in Manorcare in Elgin.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Chester, with the Revs. C. Frederick Campbell and Mark Willig officiating. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. John Church, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

William Skelton

MARION - William Skelton, 74, died at 1:13 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

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