MARION - Bernice Rayburn, 97, died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.
MARION - Agatha Barger Eckols, 92, died at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday 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 at the funeral home.
MARION -Bessie R. Childers, 101, died at 6:38 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Parkway Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be at noon Saturday 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.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
HERRIN -Virginia M. Vinson, 82, of Herrin, formerly of Vienna, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Herrin Hospital.
She was born Nov. 5, 1926, in Vienna.
Virginia was united in marriage with George 'Jack' Vinson on Sept. 15, 1945, in Dyersburg, Tenn. He preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1997.
Mrs. Vinson was a retired bookkeeper from Shawnee Correctional Center in Vienna. Before her retirement, she worked as office clerk in the Vienna Grade School office and as an assistant county clerk for Johnson County Clerk's Office, but first and foremost, she was a mother to her children and grandchildren.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Herrin and formerly attended Taylor Methodist Church at Vienna. She was also a member of United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two daughters and two sons and their spouses, Robert A. 'Bob' Vinson of Jonesboro, Barbara E. and Bob Cummins of Lake Placid, Fla., Janice and Larry Miles of Herrin and Dennis and Suzanne Vinson of Naples, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a half brother, Daniel Fisher of Creal Springs.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and her mother and stepfather, Carrie and Logan Fisher.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, in First United Methodist Church in Herrin, with the Rev. Ed Hoke officiating. Committal services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Vienna Fraternal Cemetery in Vienna. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin.
The preferred form of remembrance is memorial donations made to First United Methodist Church of Herrin or Hospice of Southern Illinois; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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) Grippe of Long Island, N.Y., and Sabrina Lynn (Mark) Ray of Charleston, S.C.; four stepchildren, Kevin Lee Buck of Franklin, Ariz., Michele Lynn (Ron) Herron of Franklin, Ariz., Laurence Victor Buck of Marble Fall, Texas, and Jonathan Scott (Barbara) Buck of Newtown, Conn.; one sister, Geraldine Anne (Douglas) McGovern of Niceville, Fla.; and ten grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Services will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, 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. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.
TAMAROA - Helen Mae Morris, 81, died at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Arrangements are incomplete at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
SHAWNEETOWN - Bobby R. Rash, 63, of Sturgis, Ky., formerly of Shawneetown, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.
He was born Nov. 6, 1945, in Cave-In-Rock to the late Hazel and Arizona (Winters) Rash.
Bobby married Dianna (Walker) Rash on June 9, 1973.
He owned and operated a very successful industrial painting business for many years in Arizona before retiring and moving back to the Shawneetown area.
Bobby was always happy to be around his friends and family; he loved to visit and cut up with everyone. He loved to fish, hunt, garden and was a big NASCAR fan. He greatly loved his church and to help those in need.
He served on Mammoth Town Council in Arizona for 10 years. He was a faithful member of Junction First Baptist Church.
Bobby was a good husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by our community. He enriched the lives of everyone he touched with a zest for life, helping others and a love for Christ.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Diana (Walker) Rash of Sturgis, Ky.; son, Joe (Angela) Rash of Oran, Mo.; daughter, Jennifer Rash of Phoenix; daughter, Angela (Ramon) Sanchez of San Manuel, Ariz.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Benny (Margaret) Rash of Shawneetown, Jerry (Phyllis) Rash of Indianapolis, and Billy (Kim) Rash of Sturgis, Ky.; and two sisters, Myrna (Lee) Smith of Las Vegas and Darlene (Jim) Warner of Las Vegas.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Junction First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Roy Dale Orr officiating. A memorial visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Junction First Baptist Church.
Cox and Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown is in charge of the arrangements.
A note of comfort or message to the family may be made at www.coxandson.com.
GOREVILLE - John Shirley Plumley, 80, died at 1:24 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at his home.
Services will at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lone Oak Baptist Church in Energy, with the Rev. Jerry Schell officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Lone Oak Baptist Church.
Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is in charge of the arrangements.
ZEIGLER - Betty A. (Miscovich) Hunter, 89, passed away at 9:12 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2009, at her home.
She was born Aug. 6, 1919, in West Moreland County, Pa., to George J. and Theresa A. (Gullish) Miscovich.
Betty married John S. Hunter on Feb. 1, 1940, in Zeigler. He preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2008.
Mrs. Hunter was a member of St. Aloysius Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Royalton. She worked as a supervisor for AC Nielson Company in Chicago and was a homemaker. She created numerous heirloom quilts for her family.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Evelyn Hunter of Antioch; a daughter-in-law, Vickie (Hunter) Hoshiyama of Park Ridge; four grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, Rebecca and Alyse Hunter; a great-granddaughter, Isabelle Hunter; and a great-grandson, Caleb Daniel Hunter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Danny Hunter; a sister, Mary Ransom; and a brother, George "Skeeter" Miscovich.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, in Vantrease Funeral Home in Zeigler, with Sister Laura Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery east of Royalton. Visiting hours are from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Aloysius Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 100, Royalton, IL 62983 or the American Cancer Society.
To view this obituary and sign the register book, visit www.vantreasefuneralhome.com.
VIENNA - Wayne O'Keefe, 85, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009, at his home.
He was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Carrier Mills. He was the son of Jimmy and Rita (Harris) O'Keefe.
Wayne was united in marriage to Rosemary Ulrich in 1949 in Grand Chain. She survives.
He was a Vienna High School graduate and a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the South Pacific during World War II.
Wayne was employed from 1958 to 1985 at former Martin-Marietta Plant in Paducah, where he worked in air conditioning maintenance. From 1970 to 1980, Wayne and Rosemary operated Ned's Shed restaurant in Vienna.
He was the president of the board of the former First State Bank in Vienna. He was also affiliated with the former Vienna Lions Club.
Wayne enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, motorcycling and showing and running Beagle dogs.
Wayne leaves his family and many dear friends to cherish his memory.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary; two daughters, Becky Hill and her husband, Edd, of Bristol, Tenn., and Patty Harris and her husband, Tom, of Benton, Ky.; a son, Mike O'Keefe of Murphysboro; three grandchildren, Erin Hill, Corrie Hill and Callie Rose Harris; three caring friends who were very important to Wayne during the last three years of his life, Jackie Martin, Charlotte Orange and Alice Morris.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Pansy O'Keefe.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Also, all friends and family are welcome to attend a celebration of the life of Wayne O'Keefe at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, IL 62995, Vienna First United Methodist Church (Memorial Fund), P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995, or to VNA/TIP Hospice, 125 Leigh Drive, Anna IL 62906.
To leave an online message of condolence, visit www.baileyfh.com.
CARBONDALE - Camilla Patterson, 61, passed away Monday, June 29, 2009, at her home.
She was born July 26, 1947, the daughter of George Sam and Mary Dean (Jackson) Patterson.
Camilla was previously employed by Dr. Fred Nolen, Orthodontist, and by SIUC since 1991. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Women's Elks.
She was a lifelong resident of Carbondale, attending U-School and CCHS, as well as Gladis Turner Floral School in St. Louis. She was a big supporter and fan of Women's Slow-Pitch Softball, SIU Men's and Women's Athletics and had helped with Special Olympics. She had a large collection of antiques and liked yard sales.
Camilla's wide circle of friends was multi-generational. She loved her friend's children and grandchildren and remained close to many of her parents' friends. She was known for her humorous adventures and independent spirit yet was the first to help a friend or neighbor in need. She enjoyed social environments and entertaining friends. Her sense of humor, friendship and generosity will be missed by her numerous friends, neighbors and co-workers.
She is survived by her brother, George R. "Ron" Patterson of Thompsonville; nephew, William S. "Sam" Patterson of Carbondale; great-niece and great-nephew, Alexandria and Jackson Patterson; and beloved pets, Carter, Tanner and Tucker.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew, Zachary Paul Vanasdoll.
The family will honor Camilla's final wishes to be cremated and buried in the Patterson family burial plot of Oakland Cemetery, followed by family and friends celebrating her life at a gathering at the Mississippi Flyway in Carbondale, to share stories of time spent together.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2009.
Huffman-Harker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or "Susan G. Komen for the Cure" (a Breast Cancer Foundation). Envelopes will be available at the services.
WEST FRANKFORT - Margaret McKee, 83, went to be with her Lord at 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.
Margaret had been a resident of Westside Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Frankfort for 11 months.
She was born July 11, 1926, in West Frankfort, to H.C. "Red" Herrin and Minnie (Nickelvich) Herrin.
Margaret married Bill McKee on Feb. 28, 1947, in West Frankfort, and together they celebrated 60 years of marriage. He preceded her in death May 29, 2007.
She was a 1944 graduate of Frankfort Community High School, and after graduation, she worked for Bonifield Brothers Trucking in West Frankfort. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She provided her own personal day care to her four granddaughters for many years. She was their mentor, encourager, friend and a wonderful example of how a Godly woman should live. She was a charter member of grace Baptist Fellowship in West Frankfort, where she faithfully served as captain of the prayer ministry for many years. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Survivors include two daughters, Jayma (Steve) Cook and Gaye Morris, all of West Frankfort; four granddaughters, Stephanie (Dan) Odle and Mindy Morris (Matt Scott) of Louisville, Ky., Shannon (Chris) Epley of Mason, Ohio, and Meridy (John) Cooksey of West Frankfort; nine great-grandchildren, Rebekah, Jacob, Jaron, Micah and Ella Odle, Sydney Adamson, Olivia and Ava Scott and Lilyanne Cooksey. Also surviving is one uncle, Wilburn Nickelvich of West Frankfort; several cousins; a brother-in-law, Eric; and sister-in-law, Imogene McKee of West Frankfort; sister-in-law, Helen Wright of Marion; and two nieces; and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; and infant sister, Gloria Jean.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, in Parker Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with Dan Odle officiating. Burial will be in Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Frankfort or the Davita Dialysis Center in Marion and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For more information or to sign the guest register, visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.
PINCKNEYVILLE - Ginger K. Smith, 55, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in her mother's home in Pinckneyville.
Ginger was born on Jan. 21, 1954, in Du Quoin, a daughter to Harry J. and Marie (Bird) Hutchings.
On Oct. 20, 1973, she married Mike Smith at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pinckneyville; he survives.
She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pinckneyville, and worked for 17 years at TUMS in packaging. She enjoyed embroidery, family genealogy, crocheting, fishing, and had a deep love of animals and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Ginger had battled many cancers throughout her short life but never let it get her down, and she lived every day to the fullest and fought until the end. She was dearly loved for her strength, kindness and unique personality.
Ginger was survived by her husband, Mike Smith of Pinckneyville; mother, Marie Hutchings of Pinckneyville; son, Adrian (Daisy) Smith of Marissa; daughter, Michelle (Bryan) Hook of Marissa; four brothers, Curtis Hutchings, Scott (Patti) Hutchings, Allan Hutchings and Robert Hutchings, all of Pinckneyville; four sisters, Pandora (Chuck) Spangenberg of Oakdale, Sandy Hutchings of Herrin, Deanna (Paul) Vuichard and Theresa (Jeril) Heine, all of Pinckneyville; three grandchildren, Jacob Musielak, Kaydence Hook, and Gabrielle Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; father-in-law; mother-in-law; sister-in-law; son-in-law; grandparents, Herschel and Gladys Bird and Harlen "Harry" and Dolly Hutchings.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, in Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, with Pastor Tim Bauersachs officiating. Interment will be in Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to the family.
For more information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.pyattfuneralhome.com.
MARISSA - Edmond E. "Sonny" Hodges, 81, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at his home with his family at his side.
He was born March 30, 1928 in Du Quoin.
Mr. Hodges was a retired coal miner and a proud UMWA member and a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Sparta, Marissa Masonic Lodge 881, Scottish Rite and Ainad Shriners. He was a former Village Trustee of Old Marissa and Marissa, member of American Legion Robert F. Arnold Post 172, American Threshermen and the Creek Bunch.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Irene (McMillan) Hodges; one daughter, Deborah Hodges; one sister, Leona Hodges Calvert; and one brother, Jack Hodges.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Bilderback) Hodges, whom he married on April 4, 1953 in Clarksdale, Miss.; one son, Stephen E. (Nancy) Hodges of Marissa; two daughters, Connie (Marty) Smith of Mokena, Natalie (Gary) Hand of Steeleville; six grandchildren, Jamilyn (Jeff) Maier, Weston (Tracey) Hand, Whitney Hand, Stephen Hand, Samuel Hodges and Liam Smith; and one great-grandchild, Brody Maier.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, in Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, with the Rev. Tim McIntyre officiating. Burial will be in Marissa Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Shriner's Hospital.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa is in charge of arrangements.
ANNA - Debra Kay Walker, 48, died at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009, in Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.
She was born Feb. 6, 1961, in Rosiclare, the daughter of Frances Ralph Walker.
Debra held an associate's degree from Shawnee Community College in Ullin.
She is survived by one sister, Betty Eagle of Anna; two brothers, William (Shannon) Walker of Vine Groves, Ky., and James Walker of Harrisburg; a special companion, Lorease Clemons of Ullin; one niece, Valerie Murray of Anna; two nephews, Robert (Emily) Gaddis of Carterville, and James (Rose) Walker of Carrier Mills; one great-niece, Erin Gaddis of Carterville; four great-nephews, Ryan and Ethan Gaddis of Carterville, Joshua Murray of Anna, and Travis Middleton of Anna; and one great-great-nephew, Layne Murray.
Debra was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Ralph Walker.
Services for Ms. Debra Kay Walker will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Mark Roath officiating. Interment will be in Cobden Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Diabetes Foundation and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.