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BENTON — Earl E. Parkhill, “Gene,” 93, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Gene was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Benton, the son of Earl and Grace Smith Parkhill.

He grew up in Southern Illinois before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. Gene served in the Philippines at Subic Bay Naval Base during World War II.

After the war, he married Geneva Barnfield and moved to Carbondale, to attend school.

At SIU, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a Master of Arts in journalism.

Children, Janet Lynn and Dennis Eugene, were born in Carbondale.

Gene accepted Jesus as his Savior at a young age. He was a devoted member of several Baptist churches across the country including University Baptist in Carbondale and, most recently, Immanuel Baptist in Benton.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Grace Parkhill; deceased wives, Geneva Barnfield Parkhill and Bonnie Johnson Parkhill; and son, Dennis Eugene Parkhill.

He is survived by is daughter, Janet Parkhill Miller; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Parkhill; stepson, Kevin Johnson; grandchildren, Alex and Zac Parkhill, David and Jon Miller and Max Johnson; great-grandchildren, Aurora Parkhill, Danielle, Cate, Becka and Hayden Miller, Alissa and Callie Moses; brother, Harry D. Parkhill; and sister, Ruth Parkhill Penrod.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 516 N. Main St., Benton. Services will be at 2 p.m. following visitation at the church, with the Rev. Eddie Paul Davis officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton.

Condolences may be given online at www.patefh.com.

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