8-4 obits

2007-08-04T00:00:00Z 8-4 obits The Southern
August 04, 2007 12:00 am

Dora Ellen Dunn

MARION - Dora Ellen Dunn, 92, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in Heartland Regional Medical Center.

Dora was born Nov. 16, 1914, in Williamson County to J.N. and Dora Ellen (Meneese) Lannom.

She married Walter Dunn on Dec. 24, 1936, in Williamson County, and together they shared over 50 years of marriage until his death March 26, 1987.

Dora was a homemaker and a member of McKinney Chapel Church.

Dora is survived by her daughter, Carol Chamness and husband, Leon, of Fairfield; grandchildren, Lavern Chamness, Kathy Carman, Vicki Zurliene and Diane Lyell; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Dunn; son, Phillip Thomas Dunn; brother, John Lannom; and sister, Clara Hogg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Kenny Blumenstock and the Rev. Kevin McNeely officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.

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

Taryn S. McGraw

CARBONDALE - Taryn S. McGraw, 50, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born March 30, 1957, in Las Vegas to John F. McGraw and Darlene M. Pinter.

She was a student at John A. Logan College.

Survivors include her mother; sisters, Sharmyn McGraw of Mesa, Calif., Kristn McGraw of Spartanburg, S.C., and Stacey Ogea of Michigan; and a brother, Sean McGraw of Lafayette, La.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

There will not be a visitation or funeral service.

Walker Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer Ramsey

HARRISBURG - Jennifer Rae (Barter) Ramsey, 40, of Crystal Lake, formerly of Harrisburg, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, while on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, with Dr. Blaine Walker officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Leroy Morgan

PERCY - Leroy Morgan, 58, died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Sparta Community Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Cutler City Cemetery, with the Rev. Steve Duncan officiating.

Wilson's Funeral Home in Percy is in charge of arrangements.

June Hileman

JONESBORO - June Hileman, 85, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at her home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Hileman Funeral Homein Jonesboro.

Velma M. Sivia

DONGOLA - Velma M. Sivia, 78, died at 9:48 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

She was born June 20, 1929, daughter of John and Edna (Speck) Dillow.

She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, Bobby Sivia of Dongola.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Mission Chapel Cemetery, with the Rev. Jack Richardson officiating. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Hileman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jeremy McDaniel

DU QUOIN - Jeremy McDaniel died at 1:38 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Du Quoin.

Ralph Lingle

DONGOLA - Ralph Lingle, 84, died at 1:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola.

Trevor Dawson Benefield

ANNA - Trevor Dawson Benefield, 4, died at 12:03 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Union County Hospital in Anna from injuries received in an automobile accident east of Cobden.

Arrangements are incomplete at Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.

Patrick 'Pat' Leon Fletcher

THOMPSONVILLE - Pat Fletcher, 47, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born April 10, 1960, in Gary, Ind. to Donald and Margaret (Samples) Fletcher.

On Dec. 22, 1979, he married Shirley Dunning in Harco Baptist Church, and she survives in Thompsonville.

Pat was a stationary fireman engineer at the power plant at SIU. He was a member of Ebenezer Community Church, where he was a deacon. He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers 399.

Surviving family members include his wife, Shirley Fletcher of Thompsonville; son, Jeremy Fletcher and wife, Brandi, of Harrisburg; daughter, Jessica Fletcher of Johnston City; two grandchildren, Macey and Mariah Fletcher of Harrisburg; parents, Donald and Margaret Fletcher; two brothers, Mike Fletcher and wife, Barb, of Thompsonville and Brian Fletcher of Lemoore, Calif.; sister, Beth Doughty and husband, Brad, of Eldorado; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, with the Rev. Steve Dunning officiating assisted by Jeff Rush. Burial will in Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Carmi Children's Home. Envelopes will be available at the funeral.

Frances Irene Kerley

ELDORADO - Frances Irene Kerley, 84, of Eldorado, formerly of Simpson, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 11:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at her home in Eldorado. At the time of her passing, Frances was surrounded by her daughters and other family members.

Frances was born Jan. 13, 1923, in the Simpson community. She was the daughter of Orlan and Lassie (Schrum) Kerley.

Frances was united in marriage to Bass H. Kerley. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Bea and Ronald Ford of New Burnside, Rose Harper of Eldorado and Joyce and Freeman Schell of New Burnside; nine grandchildren, Anita and Ray Edmonds, Cathy and Curt Conley, Stacey and Alisa Schell, Amy and D.R. Agin, Melanie and Matt Wright, Joe Schell, Hillary Thornton, Marcus Ford and Tracelynn Ford; 16 great-grandchildren, Courtney Dalton, Shawna Conley, Kyle Conley, Layton Edmonds, Hailey Edmonds, Kristen Edmonds, Jacob Edmonds, Parker Agin, Emilie Agin, Zachary Schell, Anyssia Schell, Tyler Wright, Chloe Wright, Conner Wright, Dylan Thornton and Micah Thornton; two great-great-grandchildren, Easton Dalton and Braxton Dalton; three stepchildren, Andrew and Jenny Kerley of Metropolis, Bass Ray and Bonnie Kerley of Metropolis and Laura Alice and Richard Clayton of Vienna; 13 stepgrandchildren; 20 stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Otis Kerley of Vienna, Donald and Carol Kerley of Vienna, Rillis and Lillian Kerley of Vienna and Roy Lee and Ann Kerley of Simpson; three sisters, Faye Kerley of Metropolis, Wilma Murphy of Vienna and Letha and Wayne Breeden of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Frances was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Jean Kerley; two infant sisters; and a stepdaughter, Helen Robinson.

Frances was a homemaker. She enjoyed embroidery, playing canasta and spending time with her family and many friends. Frances was a member of County Line Baptist Church in the Flatwoods community in Johnson County. She also was a faithful supporter of TCT Ministries. Frances spent time reading her Bible and listening to gospel music.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with the Rev. David Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Rock Springs Cemetery, near Simpson. Friends may call from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Leo Kerley, 803 Mathis Street, Vienna, IL 62995 or County Line Baptist Church, c/o Donnie Morris, RR 1 Box 276, Simpson, IL 62985.

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

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Robert L. 'Bob' Jones

METROPOLIS - Robert L. "Bob" Jones, 77, of Metropolis, formerly of Buncombe, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Southgate Health Care Center in Metropolis.

He was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the son of George and Clema Lucille (Garner) Jones.

Bob was united in marriage to Kathleen (Campbell) on April 18, 1953, in Dongola. She preceded him in death Feb. 9, 1998. Bob was later united in marriage to Virginia L. (Campbell) Breeden on July 25, 1998, in Vienna Church of Christ. She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Debbie and Russell Shreffler of Stonefort and April and Mike Simmons of Gary, Ind.; a son, Greg and Ronda Jones of Goreville; two stepdaughters, Jan and Rod Hirst of Metamora and Gina Haylo of Savannah, Ga.; a stepson, Steve and Rhonda Breeden of East Peoria; seven grandchildren, Lesley and Brian Walker of Carrier Mills; Seth and Tabitha Shreffler of Georgetown, Ky., Katie Grathler of Stonefort, Todd Jones of Herrin, Krishane and Jesse Wyatt of Goreville, Rock Alan Jordan of Peoria and Angel and Jason Newman of Robinson; eight stepgrandchildren, David and Felicia Breeden of Bloomington, Ranae and Stephen Brad of Clinton, Dan Breeden of Peoria, Chad Hirst of Bloomington, Courtney and Ryan Stivers of Searcy, Ark., Jacob Hirst of Metamora, Joshua Neiswinter of Savannah, Ga., Matthew Neiswinter of Savannah, Ga.; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruby Dennison of Kankakee and Anna Mae and Carl Bargesser Jr. of Mount Vernon; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, Kathleen, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Jones.

Bob was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. Bob was last employed by the Cyprus/AMAX Coal Company-Delta Mine. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America.

Bob was a member of Church of Christ. He loved to speak and share his faith and had taught and preached the gospel message for over 20 years. He served as an evangelism group sojourner.

Bob loved to work. He especially enjoyed building and fixing things. Bob also enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with Brother Jim Faughn, Brother Bill Brandstatter and Brother Donald Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, near Buncombe, with Brother Bill Hensley officiating at the committal service. Military graveside rites will be accorded by Beggs-Gurley VFW Post 5222 of Vienna. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to India Missions Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1448, Hamilton, AL 35570 or National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Building 31 Room 8A34, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2540, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540.

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

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Virgle Lee Yewell

CARTERVILLE - Virgle Lee Yewell, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Max Johnson and Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with graveside military rites by the Herrin VFW and Herrin American Legion Post. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to Carterville First Christian Church Building Fund or to Tri-C Foundation.

Virgle was born June 15, 1919, in Carterville to Ira V. and Mae (Phillips) Yewell. He married June Hastie in 1942 in Los Angeles, Calif. He then married Glenna Cornell on March 12, 1991, in Carterville.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna Yewell of Carterville; four children and their spouses, Don and Diana Yewell of Carterville, Glenn and Barbara Smith of Annapolis, Md., Barbara Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robin and Chris Egelston of Carterville; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Maggie Yewell of Carterville, Jeremy and Heidi Ross of St. Louis, Danielle Ross and her fianc©, Jeffrey Rotter, of San Francisco, Calif., Amy Smith of St. Paul, Minn., Jennifer and Jerald Thomas of Phoenix, Jay and Nikki Glenn of Plainfield, Leslie and Tim Jones of Big Rock, Matt and Melissa Bright of Phoenix, Josh Smith of Annapolis, Md., Sean Greenlee of Carterville and Sarah Greenlee of Carterville; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy Yewell of Carterville; special niece, Ann Spencer of Carterville; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wendell, Donalld, and Charles.

Virgle owned and operated Yewell Insurance Company in Carterville from 1950 to 1987 and Lakeside Liquor Store in Carterville since 1970.

He also worked as Deputy for the Williamson County Sheriff Office in the late 1940s.

Virgle honorably served his country in U.S. Army during World War II serving overseas in Germany as a M.P. and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville and attended Carterville First Christian Church.

He was an avid golfer and a charter member of Crab Orchard Golf Course in Carterville.

He was a member of the Herrin VFW, Marion Elks and Carterville Lions Club for several years, Republican Precinct Committeemen and was former president of Carterville High School Alumni Association.

Virgle loved children, people and could always be found telling a joke or a story.

Lowell Phelps

METROPOLIS - Lowell W. Phelps, 72, died at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the home of his sister, Marjorie Bates in Grantsburg.

Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

Velma Vallowe

MCLEANSBORO - Velma Juanita (Throgmorton) Vallowe, 92, of McLeansboro, formerly of Mount Vernon died at 3:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Wendell Garrison officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at the funeral home.

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