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Flora Belle Crisel

WEST FRANKFORT - Flora Belle Crisel, 83, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, in Frankfort Care Center in West Frankfort.

She was born May 29, 1924, in Winfield, Ala., to Robert and Alice Garrrett.

She married William Crisel on March 21, 1983, and he preceded her in death May 22, 1992.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Sikora and husband, Richard, of West Frankfort, Bennie Winninger of Carterville and Bob Finn of Carterville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Cate Moon of Florida, James and Kim Moon of Dothan, Ala., Wayne and Sallie Moon of Highland, Ind., and Kenneth and Barbara Crisel of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with the Rev. Robert Simpkins Ph.D. officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

For more information or to sign the guest register, visit http://www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com">www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.

Jeannie Davis

PERCY - Jeannie Ingram Davis, 58, of Hays, Kan., died Friday, April 11, 2008, in Hays Medical Center.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Monday in Wilson's Funeral Home in Percy, with the Rev. Matthew A. Jaiah officiating. Her body will be cremated. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church in Percy.

Claude White

STEELEVILLE - Claude D. White, 73, died at 12:53 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2008, in Memorial Hospital in Chester.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alma Lodge 497 A.F. and A.M. in Steeleville, with the Rev. Edwin A. Reuter officiating. His body will be cremated. Visitation will be after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the lodge.

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

Memorials may be made to a love fund for the family.

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Janet Rae Dietz

DE SOTO - Janet Rae Dietz, 70, passed away at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008, in Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County in Murphysboro.

Janet was born May 20, 1937, in De Soto, to Howard W. and Golda Belle (Duckworth) Bridges.

She married Lawrence F. Dietz on Dec. 17, 1955, in Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in De Soto.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence F. Dietz of De Soto; two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon (Dietz) Katt of Belleville and Karen Rae (Dietz) and Steve Palmer of The Woodlands, Texas; one brother, James Paul "Buckskin" "Bucky" Bridges of De Soto; one sister, Linda Kay (Bridges) Daniels of De Soto; three grandchildren, Jared and Bryan Katt and Alicia Rae Palmer; and one aunt, Ruth Kingston of Calvert City, Ky.

Janet was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. She was an active member of the church, having served on the church council. She was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the church fellowship committee. She was also a leader in 4-H and a member of the De Soto Park Committee, Lions Club and Farm Bureau. She was a real asset to the community of De Soto.

Janet and Lawrence were named De Soto Senior Citizens of the Year in 2007. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister and was considered the world's greatest cook.

Janet was employed in the food service industry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Rend Lake College. She retired in 1992, after 32 years of service. In addition to her job at the university, she was active with the Student Center Development Committee.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Timothy A. Bean officiating. Interment will be in Indian Hill Cemetery in De Soto. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church elevator fund, 114 S. Oak St., De Soto, IL 62924 or Indian Hill Cemetery.

Maggie Fisher

OLIVE BRANCH - Maggie Fisher, 72, died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Jonesboro Health Care Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.

Alice I. Reiman

MURPHYSBORO - Alice I. Reiman, 91, went to be with the Lord at 6:10 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jeffrey Gee officiating. Burial will be in Murdale Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Pate Chapel Church building fund in Murphysboro.

Alice was born April 2, 1917, in Murphysboro, to Ralph Derickson and Edna (Heiple) Derickson.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Reiman was a member of Pate Chapel Church in Murphysboro. She was also a member and past matron of the Order of Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.

Alice married Harry Reiman on Nov. 28, 1935, in Bloomington, and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by three daughters, Delphine Kinder and husband, Lamoine, of Murphysboro, Joyce Wright and husband, Donald, of Vergennes and Doris Johnson and husband, Lester, of Murphysboro; seven grandchildren, Iris Fowler and husband, Tom, of Cottage Hills, Jeffery Kinder and wife, Marsha, of Murphysboro, Zebada Brown and husband, Tim, of Granite City, Dee Dee Garver and husband, Roger, of Murphysboro, Kurt Winters and friend, Terry, of Ava, Marc Johnson and wife, Jennifer, of Murphysboro and Erica Shannon and husband, Scott, of Ava; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters and her parents.

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Imogene H. Baker

PHOTO - Imogene H. Baker, 88, of Marion passed away at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Parkway Manor of Marion.

She was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Rosiclare, the daughter of James B. and Effie (Hubbard) Hardin.

Imogene was a graduate of Harrisburg High School.

She was united in marriage to Cecil L. Baker on May 9, 1946, in Golconda. Together they shared nearly 39 years of marriage, until his death Feb. 27, 1985.

Imogene and Cecil lived in Denver, Colo., for several years and while living in Denver, she attended the University of Denver. Upon returning to Marion, Imogene continued her education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1972 and Master of Science in education in 1974. During her time attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she was a President's Scholar and elected to the National Honor Society. She also was an honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Lambda Pi.

Her working career was for 22 years with the federal government. The majority of her career was with the U.S. Air Force Agencies of Denver. After returning to the Marion area, she worked at the Crab Orchard Fish and Wildlife Refuge of Marion for several years, the last two years with the U.S. Forest Service in Shawnee National Forest in Harrisburg, until her retirement Feb. 28, 1982.

She was a member of Third Baptist Church of Marion and the Marion Business and Professional Women's Club. She also was a former member of the Marion Garden Club, Marion Newcomers Club and the Retired Federal Employees Association. In her spare time, she enjoyed doing volunteer work with the Literacy Mission, the Marion Christian Women's Club and the Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference.

She is survived by two sisters, Helen H. Atkinson of Golconda and Ruby Lewis of Coronado, Calif.; three nephews, Gary Atkinson and wife, Vera, of Pekin, Mark Atkinson and wife, Kathy, of Raleigh and Craig Lewis of Coronado; niece, Cathy Schmidt and husband, Dennis, of West Jordan, Utah; other extended family; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother, Glenn M. Hardin.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion.

Graveside committal services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in IOOF Cemetery in Golconda, with the Rev. Roy Lee Baker presiding. Those wishing to attend the graveside service should gather at the cemetery.

To send an online condolence or for additional information, visit http://www.wilsonmcreynolds.com">www.wilsonmcreynolds.com.

Mary Alice Biggs

MURPHYSBORO - Mary Alice Biggs, 93, died at 4:14 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Murphysboro.

Mary Alice was born in Murphysboro on Nov. 18, 1914, a daughter to the late Columbus and Mary (Comte) Pieron.

She married Walter Eugene Biggs on March 22, 1931, in Carterville. Walter preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1981.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, with the Rev. Shaker Samuel of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, near Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Mary Alice was a member of First Baptist Church in Murphysboro, American Legion Paul Stout Post 127 Auxiliary, the Somerset Unit of the Jackson County Home Extension and Murphysboro Senior Citizens.

She was a homemaker and had been a sales clerk at the former Grand Pa Johns store in Murphysboro.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara K. Morber of Murphysboro; three sons and two daughters-in-law, L.R. and Ann Biggs of Herrin, Robert Allen and Terry Biggs and Gordon Wayne Biggs, all of Murphysboro; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Beulah Pieron of Murphysboro; three nephews, J.J. Pieron, Jack Wesley Pieron, both of Murphysboro, and William Kelly of Jackson, Miss.; and one niece, Rose Kathryn Stevens of Murphysboro. She was preceded in death by one daughter, one son, three sisters, three brothers, one granddaughter and two sons-in-law.

To send a condolence or for additional information, visit http://www.crawshawfuneralhome.com">www.crawshawfuneralhome.com

Geraldine Gillespie

VIENNA - Geraldine Gillespie, 73, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Geraldine was born Aug. 6, 1934, in Johnson County. She was the daughter of James Stonum and Esta (Jackson) Stonum.

Geraldine was united in marriage to John T. Gillespie on Oct. 10, 1951, in Vienna First Baptist Church. He survives.

Other survivors include, her mother, Esta Stonum of Marion; a son, John David Gillespie and wife, Bonnie Sue, of Marietta, Ga.; two daughters, Debbie Sikorski and husband, Paul, of Vienna and Donna Lovett and husband, Rodney, of New Caney, Texas; six grandchildren, Mike Bird, Brian Bird, Valorie Gillespie, Erica Lovett, Evin "Peanut" Betts and Jason Buchanan; and three great-grandchildren, Johnathan Bird, Logan Bird and Wyatt Bird.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her father, James Stonum.

She was employed as a correctional officer at the Vienna Correctional Center for 17 1/2 years, retiring Dec. 31, 1991.

Geraldine was a member of Vienna First Baptist Church. She was also a member of Egyptian Chapter 30 Order of the Eastern Star. Geraldine enjoyed completing word search puzzles and creating ceramic figurines.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna, with the Rev. Bill Gholson officiating. Burial will be in Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62707.

To leave an online message of condolence, visit http://www.baileyfh.com">www.baileyfh.com.

Helen Hellberg

MARION ? Helen Hellberg, 83, of Marion passed away at 4 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in Marion.

Mrs. Hellberg was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Williamson County, to Beckford and Ruth (Shadowens) Garris.

She married Harold Hellberg in 1940. Together they shared 36 years of marriage, until he preceded her in death on July 26, 1976.

Survivors include her son, Larry Hellberg of Marion; daughters, Wilma Fofar of Marion and Barbara O'Connor and husband, Bernard, of Marion; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Janet Hellberg of Corinth; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Judy Hellberg of Marion; daughter, Cleta R. Carter of Marion; sisters, Anna Mae Thompson, Pauline Thompson, both of Creal Springs, and Nadine Mulkins of Pittsburg; brother, Carl Garris and wife, Alice, of Marion; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Rossita Stapleton; grandchildren LaDonna Fofar and Scotty O'Connor; sisters, Rocille Creekpaum, Velda Smith, Thelma Garris and Juanita Garris; and brother, Virgil Lee Garris.

Mrs. Hellberg was a homemaker and a member of the Scottsboro Church of God. She will be missed by her family and friends.

To view this obituary and sign the register book visit http://www.bluefuneralhome.com">www.bluefuneralhome.com.

Emilee Montgomery

Herrin - Emilee Montgomery, three months, passed away at 6:58 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at her home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

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Ronald D. Eaton Sr.

DE SOTO - Ronald D. Eaton Sr., 60, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born July 31, 1947, in Herrin to Exie and Dorothy (Barnett) Eaton.

He married Pamela Jo (Smith) on April 20, 1985, in Dowell.

He was preceded in death by both parents.

Survivors include his loving wife of 23 years and best friend for 32 years, Pam Eaton; one son, Ronald D. Eaton Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Alisa Diahan Eaton (Gordon Yearian) of Mena, Ariz., and Christine (Haddad) Chance (Chip) of De Soto; five grandchildren, Bryar Eaton, Raechel and Stephanie Yearian of Mena and Ethan and Emma Chance of De Soto; one brother, James Eaton (Shirley) of Du Quoin; three sisters, Dorris Turner, Deloris Heeg (Howard) and Dianna K. Eaton of Las Vegas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2008, in De Soto United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

Ron was a proud sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1972. He served as an MP, a courier for the United Nations and as a member of the Color Guard, who stood post at President Richard Nixon's inauguration.

He was a maintenance laborer at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a member of ALUNA. He retired after 22 years of service. There was no job too large for him, and he loved any challenge he faced. Many 3 a.m. mornings were spent with his longtime co-worker, Bob Church, making sure the equipment for the groundskeepers was in order.

In spare moments, he loved spending time outdoors, whether it was mowing the lawn, riding a four-wheeler with his grandchildren or taking a walk in the woods and perhaps hunting a mushroom or two for dinner with Pam and their dogs.

Ron was a wonderful husband and father. The world is a far lesser place without him, but heaven has been joined by one tough and terrific man. How lucky we were to have him for 60 years.

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Berry Glenn "BG" Christian

KARNAK - Berry Glenn "BG" Christian, 54, of Daleville, Ind., formerly of Karnak and Mounds, went to be with his Savior at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the home of his sister, Janie Ruth Lasley, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

BG was born Nov. 23, 1953, in Anna, to Glenn and Mary Ruth Christian of Karnak. BG moved to Mounds at the age of 12 and then to Daleville as an adult. At the time of his death, he was a truck driver for BestWay Express of Vincennes, Ind. He followed his dad's example and made a career of truck driving. BG was an avid hunter and fisherman, most of which he did in Southern Illinois with his lifelong best friends Mike Crow and Gary Earnhart of Mounds.

BG was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Mary Ruth Hutton Christian and his grandparents, Ruth Hutton of Karnak and Clarence and Opal Christian of Cypress.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Ariel Christian of Anderson, Ind.; one grandson, Quintan and is expecting a second grandson in two months; a sister, Janie Ruth Lasley and husband, Bill, of Daleville; half sister, Kelly Pettigrew and husband, Rob, of Metropolis; three aunts, Mary Jo Butler and husband, Wayne, of Dongola, Rudy Mish and husband, Gene, of PawPaw and Aline Womack of West Land, Mich.; four nieces, Alaina Thompson and husband, Randy, of Yorktown, Ind., Patricia Massey of Daleville, Teena Garrett and husband, Paul, of Lubbock, Texas, Ruby Jo Northcutt and husband, John, of Anderson, Ind.; and one nephew, William Glenn Lasley and wife, Angelica, of Anderson.

The family would like to thank Mike and Darlene for always making BG welcome in their home and for many of the happiest moments in his life. Also, thanks to Gary Earnhart and Cindy Malley for their love and friendship and all of their good times together and to his friend Dave, of Daleville, for always being there to lend a hand. Thanks to Doctors Eddy and Nisi and their staffs for their caring and concern, to Phyllis Miller and the hospice nurses for the love and concern they showed during this difficult time and a special thanks also to Stacey at BestWay.

BG will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wilson's Funeral Home in Karnak. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Buckles officiating. Internment will be in Masonic Cemetery in Grand Chain.

Donald Martin

ANNA - Donald D. Martin, 73, died at 11:51 a.m. Saturday in Union County Hospital in Anna.

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

Harold Langa

MOUNT VERNON - Harold "Bud" Langa, 78, died at 12:58 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, at his residence.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Chapel in Woodlawn, with James McKinzie officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association.

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Hunter Lee Broy

WEST FRANKFORT - Hunter Lee Broy, three months, died at 4 a.m., Friday, April 18, 2008, at home.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Tower Heights Cemetery, with Richard Lance officiating. There will be no visitation.

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

Darling Hunter was born Jan. 2, 2008, and was called home to be with the Lord. He will forever be carried in the family's hearts and will be greatly missed by mommy and daddy.

He was the son of Jonathan and Tabatha (Burns) Broy.

He is survived by his parents; his precious two sisters, Dana and Danielle Broy; grandparents, Jerrett and Dena Broy, Luana Fudge and Jennifer Barnett; great-grandparents, Peggy Dossett and Helen Feagan; aunts and uncles, Angie and Tony Barton, Amanda and Tim Lanee, Josh Crews, Tinaya Fudge and Roxanne Williams; and cousins, Lleyton, Lance and Keylton.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Charles and Irene Broy and great-uncle, Charle Broy.

Betty Zelmer

HERRIN - Betty Zelmer, 83, died at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Parkway Manor in Marion.

Arrangements are incomplete at Van Natta Funeral Home in Herrin.

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Edward A. Hill

BENTON - Edward A. Hill, 91, died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Frankfort Care Center in West Frankfort.

Mr. Hill was born May 17, 1916, in Springfield, the son of John P. Hill and Cora (Townsend) Hill.

He married the former Rose Corrie, and she preceded him in death. He later married Mary Frances Shoemaker on May 27, 1950, and she preceded him in death Jan. 8, 2003.

He was a retired tool and die maker at Borg-Warner in Decatur and also owned Hill Saw Shop in Decatur. While living in Springfield, he and his wife owned and operated Hill Hardware. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton. He enjoyed wood-working and gardening and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving relatives include eight children, Edward Michael Hill and wife, Lisa, of Wilmington, N.C., Edith Ann Brda and husband, Michael, of St. Louis, Loraine Walker of Greer, S.C., Carol M. Crouch and husband, Michael, of Washington, Ind., Nancy J. Stain and husband, David, of St. Louis, Mary Eileen Satterfield and husband, Stephen, of Benton, Donna J. McGlynn of St. Louis, Janice L. Verbeke and husband, Chris, of Colona; 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, William and Margaret Hill of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents; wives; one son and daughter-in-law, Gerald P. Hill and Janet Hill; seven brothers; and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benton. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the church, with Father Joseph Trapp officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield.

Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 506 W. Main St., Benton, IL, 62812.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit http://www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com">www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

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George Huffman Jr.

VALIER - George Huffman Jr., 77, passed away at 1:43 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon.

George was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Canton, to George and Sylvia (Jenkins) Huffman.

He was of the Protestant faith and served his country as a proud U.S. Marine for 20 years, until he retired from military service after serving in the Korean conflict and Vietnam. George then went on to work for GTE and earned his retirement after 20 years.

He was a lifelong member of the VFW and loved golfing, cooking and all the time he spent outdoors. He was a proud grandpa and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

George is survived by his wife of 55 years, Waneta (Eubanks) Huffman of Valier; sons, Max Huffman of Macomb, Terry Huffman and wife, Nancy, of Carbondale and George Huffman III and wife, Kathy, of Macomb; his daughter, Cynthia Elms and husband, Ron, of Crandall, Texas; one sister, Maxine Eichorn of Washington; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

George was preceded by both parents; one brother, James Huffman; and one sister, Onilee Branch.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2008, in Davis Funeral Chapel, at Illinois 148 and Park Street Road, with the Rev. Harl Ray Lewis officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy, where full military rites will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George's name may be made to the American Heart Association.

To send condolences to the family, visit http://www.davisfuneral-chapel.com">www.davisfuneral-chapel.com.

Kolby Drew

VILLA GROVE - Kolby Russell Drew, infant son of Bradley and Nichelle Drew, died at 9:28 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with burial in Mateer Davis Cemetery in Jefferson County.

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David Cheatham

CARTERVILLE - David Cheatham, 66, died Thursday, April 17, 2008, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2008, in Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson and the Rev. Brent Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2008, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

David was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Herrin, to William Earl and Myrtle (Carter) Cheatham.

He married Norma Morris on Jan. 5, 1960, in Cambria.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Cheatham of Carterville; two sons, Kevin Cheatham and fiancée, Kristal, of Carterville and Ricky Cheatham and fiancée, Robyn, of Carterville; six granddaughters, Chassidy, Kimberly, Lauren, Kayce, JoLee and Kristie Cheatham; three grandsons, Cody, Kenny and Andrew James Cheatham; three great-grandchildren; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Marie Johns, Mary Russell and Dorothy and Junior Burks, all of Herrin; two brothers and three sisters-in-law, Willie and Wanda Cheatham of Plumfield, Leroy and Paulette Cheatham of Spillertown and Mary Cheatham of Herrin; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Leon and Marilyn Morris of Lake of Egypt and Dale and Johna Morris of Carterville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Paul and Kenneth Cheatham.

David retired in 2004 after 42 years of service as a controlman in the porcelain department at Maytag in Herrin. He also was a farmer, who, with his brother Paul, farmed over 1,200 acres of farm land.

He was a member of Bryan Street Baptist Church in Herrin.

David enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and being outdoors, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Joanne Martin

HERRIN - Joanne Martin, 84, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Herrin Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete at Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville.

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