2006-05-10T00:00:00Z obituaries The Southern
May 10, 2006 12:00 am

James William 'Jim' Lunnemann

PINCKNEVYILLE - James William "Jim" Lunnemann, 54, of rural Pinckneyville, passed away on Monday evening, May 8, 2006, as the result of a farming accident.

Jim was born July 8, 1951, in Du Quoin, the son of Jacob H. "Jake" and Helen B. (Yung) Lunnemann. He married Julia A. Davison on Sept. 15, 1972, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin, and she survives.

He was an active member of St. Bruno Catholic Church in Pinckneyville, a member of the Knights of Columbus 2921, Pinckneyville, a past member of the Future Farmers of America, a former member of the St. Bruno School Board, past president of the St. Bruno Athletic Association, a member and former officer of the Illinois Beef Association and a member of the Perry County Farm Bureau. Jim was a grain and livestock farmer and an avid basketball fan.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Lunnemann of Pinckneyville; mother, Helen Lunnemann of Pinckneyville; five children, Jennifer Robb, and her husband, Rich, of Pinckneyville, Jamie Schrader, and her husband, Chad, of Du Quoin, Jillian Lunnemann of St. Louis, Jenea Lunnemann and Jason Lunnemann of Pinckneyville; a grandson, James W. Robb of Pinckneyville; sisters, Donna Fedderke, and her husband, Stanley, of Pinckneyville, and Judy Backhus, and her husband, George, of Belleville; one niece and four nephews; and one great-nephew; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2006, in St. Bruno Catholic Church, with Father Brian Barker officiating. Interment will be in St. Bruno Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2006, at the funeral home. A rosary will be recited at the funeral home on Friday at 9 a.m.

The family would prefer that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the St. Bruno School Endowment Fund or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Kimberly E. Brown

VALIER - Kimberly E. Brown, 46, of Valier passed away Sunday, May 7, 2006, in Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Kimberly was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Aurora, to the late Floyd Brown and Dorothy (Wallace) Brown. Kimberly was a dedicated nurse for over 15 years with most of her career spent at the Franklin Hospital in Benton. She greatly enjoyed her time working the emergency room and helping the many people that came through the hospital doors.

Kimberly is survived by two sons, Keith Brown of Valier and Kevin Brown and wife, Whitney, of Mount Vernon; one grandchild, Wyatt Brown of Mount Vernon; one sister, Sandra Coleman and husband, Kelly, of Valier; two brothers, Tim Brown and wife, Linda, of Sandwich and Kevin Brown of Sandwich.

Kimberly was preceded in death by both her parents and by two brothers, Floyd and Bill Brown.

A Memorial service for Kimberly will be held at the Davis Funeral Chapel (Illinois 148 and Park Street Road between Christopher and Sesser) at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2006, with visitation from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

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Effie Keller

GRAND TOWER - Effie Keller, 91 of Grand Tower died Sunday, May 7, 2006, in Grand Tower.

Effie was born in Salina, Kan., on Feb. 11, 1915, a daughter of the late William and Mabel Kittle.

She married Dennis Irvin Keller in Grand Tower on Nov. 23, 1951, and he survives of Murphysboro.

Effie was a member of First Baptist Church in Grand Tower. She earned a bachelor's degree in art education from Southern Illinois Normal University in Carbondale and taught two years at Dupo Grade School early in her life.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2006, in First Baptist Church in Grand Tower. The Rev. Don Grammer will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, near Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006, at Crawshaw Funeral Home in Grand Tower and from 9 a.m. to the hour of services Friday at the church.

Survivors include one son, Bryan Keller of Anna; two daughters, Darcy Murphy of Carbondale and Rosanna Herr of Buncombe; one brother, Jasper Kittle of Wichita, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Tyler Keller, Brent Keller, Heather Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Daniel Herr, Amarrah Herr, Joshua Herr and Sarah Herr.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters.

Memorials are encouraged and may be made to the American Cancer Society or Baptist Children's home in Carmi. Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home or church.

Florence Faye (Gayer) Enot

WILMINGTON - Florence Faye (Gayer) Enot, 85, of Wilmington, passed away Monday, May 8, 2006, at Embassy Care Center in Wilmington.

Florence was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Conant, Ark., the daughter of John Andrew and Della (Holland) Gayer. She was raised in Plumfield and lived in Zeigler from 1989 until 2001.

She married Paul Enot Oct. 31, 1937, in St. Charles, Mo. They had 64 years together until his death Nov. 11, 2001.

Florence is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul J. and Ruth Ann Enot of Wilmington; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lynn and Roger Andrews of Monett, Mo.; Gwynn Bayes of South Bloomfield, Ohio; eight grandchildren; Steven (Diane) Enot, Kelly (Richard) Neese, Tracy (Al) Zlomie, Kenneth (Debbie) Bentley, Terri Bentley, Timothy, Daniel and Rebecca Bayes; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents; four brothers, Cecil, Clyde, Clifford, and Carl Gayer and five sisters, her twin, Fern Gayer, Diana Knupp, Ann Ezell, Lois Clay, and Leona Oglesby also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Enot was a charter member of the First Christian Church in Wilmington and attended First Christian Church in Zeigler. She was a homemaker who enjoyed people, known for her love of sewing, crocheting and baking.

Services for Mrs. Enot will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Vantrease Funeral Home in Zeigler with Brother Larry Hallman officiating. Burial will be at Denning Cemetery in Orient. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Enot may be made to the donor's choice of charities.

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Norman D. Beisner Sr.

WILLISVILLE - Norman D. Beisner Sr., 83, died at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2006, in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, with his family at his side.

He was born April 26, 1923, in Willisville, to Robert and Myrtle (Jarrett) Beisner.

He married Helen Jones on July 12, 1942, in Perryville, Mo. She survives in Willisville.

Other surviving relatives include his son, Norman "Wayne" Beisner Jr. and his wife, Diana, of Willisville; two granddaughters, Michelle Carruthers and her husband, Eric, of Campbell Hill, and Lisa Govreau and her husband, Andy, of Festus, Mo.; four great-grandchildren, Chase and Ethan Carruthers of Campbell Hill and Spencer and Tatum Govreau of Festus; sister-in-law, Christine Harmon of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ernie Beisner and Roland Beisner; and stepsister, Malone Cox-Pflasterer.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as staff sergeant.

Mr. Beisner worked for the Department of Corrections for 38 years, beginning his career at Menard Correctional Center and retiring from Vienna Correctional Center, as assistant warden of operations in 1987.

He was a member of the Ainad Shriners of East St. Louis, Department of Corrections, Vienna Retirees Association, BBK American Legion Post 480 of Steeleville, Illinois Police Association, Masons of Illinois, Vienna Lodge 150, Illinois Sheriff's Association and American Corrections Association. He was a board member of the U.S. Deputy Wardens Association, Western Egyptian and president of the board for Gold Plate of Perry County.

Mr. Beisner was the current mayor of Willisville, serving since 2003.

He was a member of United Methodist Church in Vienna, but he attended the Central Baptist Church in Willisville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, May 10, 2006, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville, with the Rev. Willis Durbin officiating. Burial will follow in Looney Springs Cemetery in Campbell Hill. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7:30 a.m. until the hour of service today at Wilson's Funeral Home in Steeleville.

Memorials may be made to Willisville Women's Organization.

Doris Ilene Johnson

WEST FRANKFORT - Doris Ilene Johnson, 84, of West Frankfort, departed this life Monday, May 8, 2006.

It was Mrs. Johnson's wishes to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Varis-Stone Funeral Home has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. For those who wish, memorials may be made in her memory to 3ABN and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Clyde Pautler

RED BUD - Clyde W. Pautler, 94 of Red Bud, formerly of Evansville, died at 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006 in Red Bud Nursing Home.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville with Father John J. Joyce officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and 8 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Evansville.

Sam Potmas

HERRIN- Sam Potmas, 83, died Monday, May 8, 2006, in the Veterans Affairs Skilled Care Unit in Marion.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin. Services were at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Brent Fitzgerald officiating. Services will be at 10 a.m. today in San Carlo Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by American Legion VFW post of Herrin.

Mr. Potmas was a tool and die maker at Norge.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Aux Post 1301, the American Legion and Eagles.

He was a member of OLMC Catholic Church in Herrin.

He was born May 21, 1922, in Herrin, to Tom and Carmela (Camarato) Potmas.

He married Amelia (Cornia) Potmas. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Carmalee and Scott Carr of Benton, and Cindy and John Hicks of Herrin; his son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Theresa Marie Potmas of Herrin; his beloved sweetheart, Naomi Valli of Benton; his sisters, MaryAnn McGinnis of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rosalee and Jake Lipe of Olney; his grandchildren, Machel Reynolds of Johnston City, Nathanel Kevin and Valerie Potmas of Herrin, Amelia Hicks of Herrin and Christy Lynn and Brian Calonne of Springfield; his great-grandchild, Kegan Monroe Reynolds of Johnson City; one expected great-grandchild, Baby Calonne; and his special friend, Dino DeVoto of West City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Angelo Potmas; and one grandson, Warren Dale Wallace Jr.

The family wishes to extend a special thank-you to the nursing staff and doctor at Veterans Affairs Skilled Care Unit in Marion.

Memorials may be made to Veterans Administration Skilled Care Unit in Marion.

Akil Reginald Hamilton

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Akil Reginald Hamilton, 26, of Greensboro N.C., died on Sunday, May 7, 2006.

Arrangements are incomplete with C.E. Willie Funeral and Cremation Services, Pittsboro, N.C.

Kristin Rae Wooten

COULTERVILLE - Kristin Rae Wooten, 26, of Coulterville, passed away at 8:08 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006, in St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, as a result of a car accident.

Kristin was born Nov. 1, 1979, in Sparta, a daughter to Richard and Linda (Frederking) Wooten. She enjoyed fishing, golfing and camping.

Survivors include her parents: Richard and Linda Wooten of Coulterville; one brother, Rich Wooten of University City, Mo., paternal grandfather, James Wooten of Crab Orchard; maternal grandfather, William "Bill" Frederking of Coulterville; aunts and uncles, Frederick and Brenda Frederking, Clyde Frederking, and Bud and Anna Marie Sheeler, all of Coulterville, and Marty and Theresa Patton of Sparta, and Larry and Rita Kelly of Sikeston, Mo., and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Lillian Frederking and Geneva Wooten, and a very special cousin, Jeff Scott Frederking.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Coulterville, with Rev. Clifton Lingle officiating. Burial will be in Coulterville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday again on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coulterville High School Unit District 1 for the Dollars for Scholars program.

For more information or to sign an online guest book, visit www.pyattfuneral

Kristin donated her organs through the Gift of Life Program so that the loss of her life could help others to continue theirs.

Betty 'Joan' Henson

WEST FRANKFORT - Betty "Joan" Henson, 74, of West Frankfort, formerly of Metropolis, died at 8:52 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2006, in Westside Care Center in West Frankfort.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006, in Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with the Rev. David Deem officiating. Burial will follow in Metropolis Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Southern IL Chapter, 402 E. Plaza Dr., Carterville, IL 62918.

Mrs. Henson was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Marion. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Metropolis.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Kenneth Henson of Marion; two daughters, Marsha Smart and husband, Michael, of West Frankfort and Cheryl Reel and husband, Robert, of Cisne; one son, Roger Henson and wife, Sue, of Pasadena, Texas; six grandchildren, Nathan Reel and wife, Christine, of Nashua, N.H., Matthew Reel and wife, Kelly, of Bloomington, Andrew Smart of West Frankfort, David Smart of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jennifer Smart of Chicago, and Stephanie Smart of Lowgap, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, James and Kenneth Reel of Nashua, Emily Reel of Bloomington, and Brittian Smart of Council Bluffs; and her extended member, Catherine Smart of Sacramento, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Marie (Schwegman) Carlyle; and her grandson, Nicholas Reel.

Rufus A. Fults Jr.

(flag) AVA - Rufus A. Fults Jr., 80, of Ava died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Fults was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Ava, to Rufus and Leria (Stone) Fults.

He married Betty (Love) Fults on Oct. 16, 1954, in Hazelhurst.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Fults of Ava; sons, Ronnie Fults and wife, Cheryl, of Creve Couir, Gary Fults and wife, Liz, of Percy and Mike Fults and wife, Tosha, of Ava; daughters, Leann Vogelsang and Lori Green of Indianapolis, Ind., and Leria Guetersloh and husband, Gerald, of Sparta; 14 grandchildren, Jodi "Fults" Bosley, Royce Fults, Brittney Compton, Kendra, Chelsea, Carly, Megan and Cory Fults, Amber, Brooke, Faith, Bobby, Dakota and Aireanna; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Zach and Zoey; and sister, Betty LaBrier of Crystal City, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Maralin Sue; and one brother-in-law, Specks LaBrier.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post 7190 in Murphysboro. He was baptized into the Presbyterian faith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava, with the Rev. Francis Bartley officiating. Burial will be in Ava Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 7:30 until the hour of the service Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the Activity Fund at Veterans.Affairs Hospital in Marion.

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