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Franklin County, Illinois
Obituaries "P"

PAGE, Andrew J., 83, of 309 South Rains Street, West Frankfort, died Aug. 1, 1980. Mr. PAGE, a native of Hamilton County, was the owner and operator of Page's Garage for many years. He was a member of the Antioch Church and the Threshermen's Association. He is survived by his wife, Lena MATHIS PAGE, and four children: Maline DORRIS and Lewis PAGE, both of West Frankfort, Estel BEATY, Ewing and Joe PAGE, West Chicago. He also leaves 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Sarah SMITH, West Frankfort, and a brother Gus PAGE, FL. His parents, Nye and Mary DRAKE PAGE, two sisters, a brother and a grandchild preceded him in death. Funeral services at Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, Rev. Carroll PHILLIPS officiating. Interment in Antioch Cemetery, east of Macedonia.

Mrs Wallace Page Dies in Galesburg
Mrs. Wallace B Page, formerly of this county, died in Galesburg, Ill, hospital last Friday and was brought home to Frisco, near her old home for funeral services and interment. She was the sister of Robert C Tucker, of near Frisco, and was a daughter of John Tucker, one of the more prominent farmers of the northern part of the county. Following is an obituary that was prepared and read at the funeral services: Carrie Vivian Tucker was born near Belle Rive, Ill, December 8, 1894. She was the daughter of John and Susan Tucker, and the youngest of seven children. All her early life was spent near Frisco and since the age of sixteen she was a member of the Baptist church there. She was married to Wallace B Page on March 23, 1913, and in 1920 they with their family moved to northern Illinois, near Aledo and have lived there since that time. She was the mother of four children, Neva Lucille, 19, and Gladys Marie, 17, who have just finished high school. Harold Gilbert, who preceded his mother in death nine years ago, and an infant daughter who passed away with her mother. Carrie was a loving wife and mother, a dear sister, a true friend and neighbor. To know her was to love her, and those who knew her best loved her most, life was made richer and sweeter by having known her. For several years Carrie had been in ill health, but was always a patient sufferer. Her last illness was of several weeks duration, but she took suddenly worse Thursday night and was taken to St Mary's hospital in Galesburg and passed away at 1 PM Friday, June 2, 1933, at the age of 38 years, 5 months, and 25 days. She leaves to mourn her passing a very devoted husband and two loving daughters, four brothers, William, Charley, Bob and Jim Tucker, two sisters, Ella and Julia, and a host of other relatives and friends. "A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled, A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled." submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

Elza Page, 70, of 103 South 10th St, Benton, died on Saturday March 9, 1991 at 4:50 p.m. at Franklin Hospital. Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. inthe Morton and JohnstonFuneral Home i Benton. with Rev. Partick Murphey, officiating. Firiends may call after 6 p.m. htis evening at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be held at 7 p.m. tonight. Burial will follow in the M.and O. F.Cemetery in Benton. Military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion. Mr. Page was born in Ewing on July 19, 1920,the son of Elza Monroe and Birdie (Barnfiled) Page. He was married to Imogene Story on March 14, 1948 inBenton and she survives. He was an Army vet of WW2. Mr. Page has been a very active member of the BentonCommunity. He served on the Benton City Counsil; member and past Master of Masconic Lodge # 64 in Benton; 32 degree Scottish Rites Mason; member of American Legion Post # 280 and the VFW. He was in the grocery businessss with his father for over 45 years and later worked for Mass Mutual Life Ins. Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church inBenton. In addition to his wife, Imogene, he is survived by a sister; Roberta Perkins of South Hadley, Mass. and several neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

PAGE, Jay W., 64, of Macedonia, a mechanic, died suddenly at his home at 3:15 a.m. July 22, 1965. A lifelong Hamilton County resident, he was a member of Antioch Baptist Church near Macedonia. He was a son of the late Ewing N. and Mary DRAKE PAGE. He is survived by his wife, the former Emma SHAFFER; a son, Wayne PAGE of St. Louis; a daughter, Mrs. Eugenia CAMPBELL of McLeansboro; two grandchildren, two brothers, Andrew PAGE of West Frankfort and Gus PAGE of Del Ray Beach, FL., and two sisters, Mrs. Olive STOVER of Macedonia and Mrs. Sarah SMITH of Lake Forest. Funeral services at Antioch Baptist Church, Rev. Carroll PHILLIPS officiating. Interment in Antioch Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Donelson Funeral Home, McLeansboro.

Sidney Bennett Page Sr. 84, died at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, in the Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong. Services were held at noon Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton. Gary Hall officiated and burial was in Westlawn Cemetery, Newton. Sidney was born Oct. 12, 1914, in Benton, the son of Marion Cephas and Nell (LeMaster) Page. He graduated from the Harrisburg High School in 1932 and married Louise Vaughn on Aug. 26, 1934 in Vandalia. Mr. Page owned and operated Page's Printing and Office Suppies in Newton for years. He also owned the Mentor Democrat which was later bought out by the Newton Press-Mentor. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Newton and had served on the Board of Education for the Newton Grade School and also as the president of the board. He was a member of the Jasper County Country Club, Newton Masonic Lodge #216, a life member of the Olney Elks Club. He also served as the president and secretary of the Board of Education for the Newton Community High School. He served on the Board of Supervisors for the Jasper County Board and the Jasper County Fair Board. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Louise, of Newton; a son, Sidney B. Page Jr. and wife Jane of Ewing; two grandsons Sidney B, Page III and wife Cindy of Benton, Doug and wife Tammy Page of Newton; four great-grandchildren. Mr. Page was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Memorials may be made to the Newton High School Academic Foundation.

PALL, John "Peggy"
John "Peggy" PALL, 42, 701 N. Madison St., West Frankfort, died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday in Missouri Baptist Hospital, St. Louis, where he had been a patient one week. He was a miner at Orient 3. He belonged to the United Mine Workers of America Local 9111 and the Herrin Eagles Lodge. He had lived in West Frankfort 21 years. Mr. PALL was born June 2, 1917 in Orient. He married the former Rose AUBELL of Stiritz. He leaves his wife; children Sandra, a Southern Illinois University student, Johnny Jr., at home; parents Mrs. and Mrs. Johakim PALL of Orient, sisters Mrs. Helen DOUTHIT of St. Louis, Mrs. Rose HAGER of Norwalk, Calif., Mrs. Elizabeth WELK of Los Angeles, Calif., brothers Frank PALL of La Mirada, Calif., Albert of Norwalk, Calif., brothers Frank PALL of La Mirada, Calif., Albert of Norwalk, Calif. [sic] Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael KLIMAS, officiating. Burial, with graveside Eagles rites, will be in Denning Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reedy Funeral Home, where friends may call after 7 p.m. today. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Monday,Jan 18, 1960

PARK, C. R., 83, Macedonia, died at 2:36 p.m., March 21, 1987, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was a retired trucker and Pioneer Seed dealer. He was born Apr. 11, 1903, at Sand Ridge, the son of William Edgar and Eliza Jane FISHER PARK. On July 24, 1926, at Pinckneyville, he married the former Golde CLICK, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clark (Betty) R. FOWLER of Griffith, IN., and Wanda Mae MULKEY of Baldwin Park, CA., eight grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, five brothers, three sisters, and one great grandchild. He was a member of the Protestant faith and a past member of the board of directors of the Hamilton County Bank. Funeral services at Gholson Funeral Home, McLeansboro, Rev. Carrol PHILLIPS. Interment in Antioch Cemetery.

PARK, Golda, 92, Macedonia, died at 2:45 a.m. March 14, 1990, at Medical Inn Hospital in Munstar, IN. Golda PARK was born Jan. 26, 1898 in Macedonia, a daughter of Joseph and Sarah BROOKS CLICK. On July 24, 1926, she married C. R. PARK in Pinckneyville, who preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clark (Betty) FOWLER, Griffith, IN., and Mrs. Wanda Mae MULKEY, eight granchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was a Protestant. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. Funeral services at Gholson Funeral Home, Rev. Carroll PHILIPS and David BRANTLEY officiating. Burial in Antioch Cemetery.

West Frankfort
Mrs. Benedetta PASQUINO, 76, 505 S. Maple St., West Frankfort, died at 9:20 p.m. Saturday at her home. She had lived in West Frankfort 45 years. She was born Oct. 4, 1883, in Italy and lived in Carterville before coming to West Frankfort. Mrs. PASQUINO'S husband, Frank, died in January of 1959. She belonged to St. John's Catholic Church. Mrs. PASQUINO leaves sons John of Lansing, Mich., Pete of Johnston City, Anthony of Jacksonville, Fla., Joseph of Detroit, Mich., Frank of Zeigler, Martin, at home, Pio of St. Louis; daughters Mrs. A. T. HAMMOND of Ennis, Tex., Miss Dorothy PASQUINO, of Rock Island, Mrs. Alby STANES of West Frankfort; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, with the Very Rev. Michael KLIMAS, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Friends may call at Union Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Monday, Aug 1, 1960

Rudolph "Rudy" Palada, 84, of 904 S. Locust, Sesser, died at the Vasey Care Center, Mt. Vernon, 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at the Vasey Care Center in Mt. Vernon. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Cook officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation is after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Palada was born on Jan. 10, 1915, in Sesser, the son of Anthony and Andreanna Palada. He was married to Ribella (Pratili) Palada. She surives. He was secretary & treasurer of Local Union 682 in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to his wife, Andrenna, he is survived by one sister, Mary Polansky of Florence, Mo. Mr. Palada was preceded in death by his parents, one son and one daughter, two brothers and one sister.

Hiram Levi PARK, 75, 603 S. Bybee St., Christopher, died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Miners Hospital, Christopher. Mr. PARK was born Feb. 18, 1884, in Christopher and was a lifetime Christopher resident. He was the son of James and Eliza Ann STROUD PARK. A retired miner, he last worked at Old Ben 14. He belonged to the United Mine Workers of America Local 1421, the IOOF and Rebekah Lodge. He was a Christopher police magistrate two years. He leaves his wife, the former Nina HARRIS; children James H. of Murphysboro, Leodis of Rockford, Harold L. of North Highland, Calif., Paul David of Christopher, Mrs. Vera May RAY of East Peoria, Mrs. Josephine KUPEZAK, Mrs. Loren PETERS, Mrs. Norma SHELTON, all of Christopher; brother W.O. ENNIS, and Waldo, all of Christopher; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christopher First Christian Church of which Mr. PARK was a member. The Rev. M. E. FRANK, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery. Friends may call at Russell Funeral Home, after 7 p.m. today. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Thur,Jan 14, 1960

Christopher, Dies Saturday
Waldo Park, 73, of 707 Sylvester Street, Christopher, died Saturday at Doctors Hospital in Carbondale, after a lengthy illness. A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Mr. Park was a retired Coal Miner, formerly employed at Old Ben # 14. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Christopher and of the United Mine Workers of America, Local Union 1421. He was a veteran of World War I. He is survived by his widow, Ossie Gulley Park; six children; Mrs. Geneva Wozniak, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; Mrs. Netta Osborn, Madison Heights, Mich.; Mrs. Beulah Clapper, Lavonia, Mich.; Eugene Browning, Harper Woods, Mich.; Wilford Browning, Milford, Mich., and Russell Browning, Roosevelt, Michigan. He also leaves 20 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a brother, Ennis Park of Paducah, Ky. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Nellie Park of Christopher. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Russell Funeral Home in Christopher, with the Reverend Eugene Fox officiating. Internment will be in Harrison Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Benton Evening News, Monday, July 27, 1970

Lola Parrott, 79, of 2416 VanZant St., died at 6:08 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, in St. Louis University Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Gilbert Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dean Guymon officiating. Burial will be in the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 this evening to the funeral home. Mrs. Parrott was born on May 5, 1920 in Mulkeytown, the daughter of John W. and Della G. (Wolfe) Ramsey. She was married on June 30, 1937, to Lee Virgil Parrott, who died June 12, 1993. She was a member of the Mulkeytown Christian Church. Survivors include two daughters, Sherri Phillips of Tamaroa and Carolyn VanZandt of Belle Rive; three grandchildren, Michael VanZandt, Zachary Phillips, Carli Phillips and one brother, Loren Ramsey of Mulkeytown. Her parents, three brothers, Ray, Stanley, Lyle, one sister, Zenith Barrett, two infant sisters, one infant brother preceded her in death. WANDA MAXINE BROWN Calvert City, Kentucky

Alta J. PAYNE, 99, Sesser, died 6:25 p.m. Nov. 15, 1996, at Franklin Hospital in Benton. She was a housewife. She was born Sept. 29, 1897, in Franklin County, a daughter of Bradley S. and Mary Agnes (MAGILL) JOLLEY. July 3, 1923, in Shawneetown, she married William Lawson PAYNE, who died Oct. 5, 1992. Services were held 11 a.m. today at Brayfield Funeral Home in Sesser with the Rev. Woody WILSON officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery. She is survived by five nieces, Ilah WINN and Mable PAGE of Sesser, Mitzie WARD and Jean KRETZ of Christopher, and Patricia LEGGETT of Miami; three nephews, Charles and Ron HUIE of Christopher and Robert JOLLEY of Orland Beach, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Janette JOLLEY of Spokane, Wash. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and a 50-year member of the Sesser Women's Club. She was also a member of the Sesser American Legion ladies auxiliary. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. [The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, IL, Mon 18 Nov 1996 issue]

died:26 Oct. 1938
"Ernest LeRoy PAYNE, 56, died at his home in Valier Wednesday. He was born in the McGlasson school district in Franklin County, Illinois, the son of L. G. and Emma TEFFERTILLAR PAYNE, a prominent farmer of the Mt. Pleasant community. He was one of a family of ten children. Ernest was preceded in death by his mother who died 20 November 1892, and a sister, Bessie, wife of L. G. MARTIN, who died 29 July 1931. Of these full brothers and sisters, Valley, Pola and Mary survive. His father later married Miss Lizzie UHLS, who was a real mother to these orphaned children. Five children were born to this second union. Besides his father, he also leaves his step-mother, Mrs. Lizzie PAYNE, two sisters, Mrs. Hattie LAMBERT of near Valier, Illinois, and Mrs. Mary VANHORN of near Mt. Pleasant; and six brothers: Vallie E., Pola, Lawson, Paul, Lester and Howard PAYNE. While a young man, Ernest became attached to one of the splendid young women of the same vicinity. She was also a member of one of the early prominent families. As a result of a lovers quarrel, he went to Oregon, where he remained for about one year. But the attachment was too sincere. The romance was not to be denied, he returned and married Miss Mabel SAMPLE on August 12, 1906. The state of Oregon attracted him and the young couple went there to make their home, where they remained for five years.They then returned to Illinois and bought a farm near the Mt. Pleasant Church. In 1926 they moved to Chicago where they remained ten years. In 1936 they returned to the farm, where they have since made their home. Three sons were born to them, Harold, Louis and Glen PAYNE. Excepting his family and friends, he loved his violin more than anything else. Burial services will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Obits & Tidbits 1937-1938 (Carla Pulliam) pg. 83

Jack PAYNE, 52, of Route 1 Ewing, was dead on arrival at Franklin Hospital in Benton Friday evening. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Ewing Baptist church. The Rev. Clyde RAY will officiate. Burial will be in the Ewing cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Johnston Funeral Home at Whittington where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Mr. PAYNE, a farmer, was born July 9, 1919 in Illinois, the son of Willis and Jennie (MOORE) PAYNE. He was married May 19, 1945 to the former Margaret ALLOWAY who survives. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr. PAYNE was a member of the Ewing Baptist church. Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, of Ewing; one son, Willis James PAYNE, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Jeanne Alice CREMEENS of Rolla, Mo., and Carolyn Sue PAYNE, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Mary HAYS of Marion and Mrs. Alice TEFFERTILLER of McLeansboro. [The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL, Sat 6 May 1972 issue]

V. Ruth Whetstone Payne, 76, of 516 East Taylor St., on Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999 in Franklin Hospital, Benton. Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. in the Poulson Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Ellsworth officiating. Burial will be in Phillips Cemetery, Ewing. Friends may call from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home. Mrs. Payne was born in Akin on July 16, 1923, the daughter of Oscar and Monnie (Summers) Whetstone. She was married to Francis Lewis Payne, who died Sept. 21, 1981. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, David L. Payne and wife Paula of Benton; a daughter, Roberta L. and husband Robert Eldridge of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Cory Payne of Benton and Brian and Terry Steinmetz, both of West Frankfort; three brothers, James Whetstone of Peoria, Ronald Whetstone of Peoria, Kenneth Whetstone of Washington; five sisters, Audrey Hart of Decatur, Sybil Brandhorst of Pontiac, Helen Burtrum of California, Wilma Schaffer of Minneapolis, Minn., and Imogene Secreton of Peoria. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Virgil and Luther Whetstone and one sister, Mildred Knight.

Died Sunday Uncle Billy Payne is dead. The 93 year old man, who's real name was William Monroe Payne, died yesterday at the home of his granddaughters in Benton, where he had made his home since the death of his wife in 1931. He was believed to be Benton's oldest resident. He was the oldest of eight generations of Payne's that have lived and prospered in Franklin County more than 100 years. Uncle Billy was born on a farm in the northeastern part of the county on March 10, 1856. A prominent farmer before his retirement several years ago, the aged man was noted for his quiet, reserved manner. He believed in industry, honesty and frugality. He was, an old friend of the family recalled on his passing, a "hard-working, quiet Christian gentleman." Payne's father, Jesse G. Payne, one of the county's pioneer settlers was killed in the Battle of Stone River near Murphysboro, Tenn., in the Civil War, Dec 31, 1862. Payne's father was a lieutenant in the 110th Illinois regiment, which was composed largely of Franklin countians. Uncle Billy was married Feb 1, 1882 to the former Elizabeth Whittington, daughter of one of the county's oldest families. They had six children, five of who survive and make their homes in this county. They are: Jesse and Willis Payne, Ewing farmers; Mrs. Bertha Britton and Mrs. Clyde Plumlee, Benton. The two granddaughters with whom Mr. Payne made his home are Misses Minnie and Leota Payne, 420 East Webster Street, Benton. The aged man is survived also by 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Freeman funeral home in Benton at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Earl Barclay, pastor of the First Christian church of Benton, of which Payne was a member, will be in charge. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows cemetery at Benton. The body is lying in state at the Freeman funeral home.[Oct 9, 1949]

Pearce, Eliza the Oldest Lady in Southern Illinois

Ronald H. Pearson, 57, of 5877 E. Yung St., died at 6:15 a.m. in his home on Sunday Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, in the Gilbert Funeral Home, Christopher. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, Du Quoin. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to the funeral home. Mr. Pearson was born in Galesburg on Dec. 5, 1941, the son of Herman and Elsie (Sloan) Pearson. He was a retired coal miner, having last worked at Old Ben 26 mine. Survivors include his mother of Christopher; two sons, Eric and wife Shanna Pearson of Sesser, Cleave Pearson, Sesser; their mother, Phyllis Jean Pearson of Sesser; two special friends, Susan and Ashley Cockel; grandchildren, Rachel, Alex, Max; a brother, Donald Pearson of Fort Charlotte, Fla. He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Edgar "Eddie" Pearson. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Sarah Taylor Pearson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lovin, was born in Hopkinsville, KY, on March 16, 1856, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Hill, at Whittington, on October 16, 1933, at the age of 77 years, seven months and one day. She moved from her native state with her parents to Jefferson county, Illinois, to what is known as Moore's Prairie, where she lived some 50 years. About 45 years ago Mrs. Pearson professed the Christian belief at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist church, where she remained a true and loyal member. On March 16, 1873, she was married to William N Pearson and to this union were born seven children. One infant and her husband preceded her in death. The children surviving are: Delia Koons and Charley Pearson of Mt Vernon; Ella Mae Hill and Howard Pearson of Whittington; Frank Pearson of Ohio, and Hebern Pearson of Rochelle, Ill. Seventeen grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive. submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

06 July 1925
Lycurgus "Curg" Pemberton Born 10 March 1847 in Saline County; died 05 Jul 1925 at 78 years old. He was the youngest son of William and Phoebe Elizabeth Pemberton. He married Sarah Norman of Mt Vernon, IL, in 1871. Sarah Norman was the daughter of Mr and Mrs John Norman. Known as "Curg Hall", he was a former stage coach driver between Eldorado and Pickneyville. He was one year old when his father died and his mother remarried a man named Hall. So "Curg" was known as Curg Hall. He was three years old when mother moved to Franklin County, near Aiken on what is known as the "Judge Finney Farm" When he was eight, he went to work on the Judge Finney's Farm and the greater portion of his young manhood was spent with the Finneys. He and his wife moved to Benton shortly after their marriage. Born to them were 12 children: 1 daughter, Nellie Dell, died in infancy. Surviving are: Mrs Charles Walker, Mrs Olive Walker, Mrs James Miller, Mrs Omar Harris and Mrs Andy Goodwin of Benton, IL; Mrs W D Evans of Shenadoah, IA; Mrs J C Duncan of DuQuoin, IL; Mrs E W Strear, of Newark, OH; and sons: William, Ellsworth and Cecil, all of Benton, IL; 37 grandchildren, of whom Clyde Pemberton of DuQuoin, lived with his grandparents and was reared by them as a son. Also survived by his wife; a half-brother, James Hall of Mt Vernon; and a sister, Mrs Mary Britton, of Logan, Illinois. [Per obit in Grandma Deem's Obituaries, Hamilton Co IL 1917-1925 pg 282 16 July 1925]

Benton lost one of her old and most widely known men Sunday morning, when L. C. PEMBERTON died at his home on Hudelson street. Mr. PEMBERTON was in his 78th year and had led a very active life until about a year ago when his health gave (nwy? way?). Since then he failed rapidly, and for several days the end was not unexpected. For more than fifty years Mr. PEMBERTON was a resident of Benton, the greater part of which period he was engaged in the teaming business. Before the advent of the motor age, Mr. PEMBERTON did an extensive business having a large number of horses and wagons doing a general cartage business. Mr. PEMBERTON was the father of twelve children, eleven of whom survive. They are William, Elsworth and Cecil, and Mesdames Chas. WALKER, Oliver WALKER, James MILLER, Omar HARRIS, Andy GOODWIN, all of Benton, and Mesdames W. D. EVANS of Shenandoah, Iowa; J. C. DUNCAN of Du Duoin, and E. W. STREAT of Newark, Ohio. Mrs. PEMBERTON, a half brother, James HALL of Mt. Vernon, and a sister, Mrs. Mary BRITTON of Logan, together with a large number of friends also survive. Funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday afternoon Rev. J. L. MEADS officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Masonic and Odd Fellows cemetery.

Royalton Earnie Henry Perruquet, Sr., 89, of 204 Sims St., died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999 at the V.A. Medical Center in Marion. Mr. Perruquet was born Oct. 5, 1909 in Centralia, the son of Joe and Estelle (Carrell) Perruquet. He married Hazel L. Donelson on Dec. 14, 1945, in Murphysboro. She survives in Royalton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton, with Brother Tim Sadler and Brother Jim Ebbbs officiating. Burial will be at Miners Cemetery, east of Royalton with military rites by the Zeigler American Legion. Visiting hours are after 9 a.m. Friday until time of service at the funeral home. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Royalton. He served in the Army from 1928 to 1931 and was a member of the Zeigler Eagles Lode. A one time coal miner, he had also worked at the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, and was the owner of Perky's Grocery Stores in Herrin and Dowell. In addition to his wife Hazel, he is survived by six sons and four daughters-in-law, Danny and Katrina Francis of Watertown, Ny, Earnie and Sherian Perruquet Jr. of Royalton, Joe and James Perruquet of Joliet, Donnie and Kathy Perruquet of Franklin, Ky., Larry Perruquet of Anna and Sally Myers of Christopher; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Estella and Jon Dawson of Zeigler, Fern and Dan Kalis of Custer, Mich. and Ila Couch of Franklin, Ky.; two sisters, Evon Waldon of Marsielles and Josephine Patton of Royalton; 30 grandchildren; and 38 great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who loved him very much. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Frankie Myers; three grandchildren and two sisters. Romans 8:10-And if Christ be in you the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness.

Charles E. Peters, 84, of Christopher, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 1999 at Fair Acres Nursing Home in DuQuoin. Mr. Peters was a retired office clerk for Hoe Supply in Christopher. He was born March 24, 1914 in Tilden, the son of Fred and Stella (Monteith) Peters. He married Lorain E. Park on April 15, 1933 in Vienna and she survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Sharon R. Dollus of DuQuoin and two sisters, Maxine Norris of Sun City, CA and Wilma Ryan of Marietta, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Charles Richard Peters and one daughter, Karen Sue Toigo. Funeral services were Saturday, February 13, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher with Rev. Jerry Aken officiating. Interment was in Harrison Cemetery in Buckner.

Irena PHILLIPS, daughter of Milton and Lucinda Taylor, was born September 15, 1853 and died October 6, 1922, age 69 years and 21 days. She was married to James Phillips December 11, 1870. To this union was born six children. Three died in infancy and three are living Elsie Payne, Addi and Fred Phillips. She also leaves three grandchildren, two brothers, Carroll Taylor of Texas and Leroy Taylor of Benton; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Treece and Ella Simpson of Benton; also a host of relatives and friends among whom she will be greatly missed. She has been a faithful member of the Primitive Baptist Church for thirty-nine years and was very highly esteemed among her brethren and sisters. Such a life as Aunt Irena was should have its influence upon the community in which she lived. (Benton newspaper : no date)submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

James Phillips, son of Jacob and Nancy Aiken Phillips, was born in the neighborhood of his present home in Long Prairie, Franklin County, Illinois on December 30, 1838 and departed this life at his residence on March 2, 1932. The father of the deceased, Jacob Phillips, was one of the early pioneers of Franklin County and came of a sturdy old English stock, the name Phillips being an old and honored one among the English people for many centuries. On his mother's side, he was a descendant of the old Scotch family of Aiken whose ancestors were among the earliest settlers in Franklin County. The deceased grew to manhood in Long Prairie and received his early education and training amid the pioneer schools and surroundings of his boyhood days. In August 1862, during the great Civil War, he enlisted as a soldier in Company F of the 110th Regiment of Illinois Infantry which company was later consolidated with Company C in the same regiment. During his service in the Union army, he was in many of the hardest fought battles of the Civil War and accompanied General Sherman on his noted march to the sea. In the year 1865, at the close of that great struggle, he received an Honorable Discharge from the Union army and returned to his native community where he has since spent his life. On the eleventh day of December 1870, he was united in marriage to Irene Taylor and to this union were born six children, three of whom, Alice, Guy and Charlie, died in infancy, the other three growing to mature manhood and womanhood where Elsie Payne, wife of Eli Payne, who departed this life some years ago, and his daughter, Addie and his son Fred, who survive him. He is also survived by three grandchildren, named Hazel Carl, Ruth Payne and Helen Phillips Anderson. Some years after his marriage, he united with the Middle Fork Primitive Baptist Church located at Webb's Prairie; and during all the years since that time, he has remained a faithful, consistent and conscientious member of that church and for many years served his church as deacon. During the lifetime of his wife, who preceded him in death in the year 1922, his home was a place of great hospitality, where many communicants of his church, neighbors, and friends of his family were entertained. Since the death of his wife, he has made his home with his daughter, Addie Phillips; and during his declining years she has been a devoted, kind and affectionate daughter, rendering to her aged father all the service that could be rendered by a loving and devoted daughter. The deceased, who was a descendant of those rugged English and Scotch families whose descendants have been such potent factors in the development of our great country, was a man honored by his acquaintances of rugged honesty and of unimpeachable integrity. His example is worthy of emulation. NOTE: I corrected the year of birth in the obit article since it was typed 1938;not 1838 as it should be. submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

John W. PHILLIPS was born in Northern Township on April 23, 1837 and died April 24, 1919 at the age of 82 years and 1 day. He was the eldest son of Peter and Ellen Akin Phillips and he married Nancy Clark on august 30, 1859. They had eight children; Willa A.; Emma, Wm T.; Hettie; Isaac; Alice and Luna and Charlie H. All are living except Charlie and Isaac. 21 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

Kenneth "KO" Phillips, 81, died at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, on Sunday, June 20, 1999. Services will be held Tuesday, June 22, at 1 p.m. in the Gilbert Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Aken officiating. Burial will be in the Mulkeytown Cemetery. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at the funeral home. Mr. Phillips was born on Feb. 16, 1918, in Christopher, the son of Charles and Minerva Lang (Phillips). He was an antique dealer and a retired World War II veteran of the Air Force. He is survived by a brother, Bill Phillips and wife Shirley of Burns, Oregon, Pat "Bud" Phillips of Christopher; a sister, Ethel Lee and husband Charles Baul of Houston, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Helen Phillips of Markham, Jean Ann Phillips of Du Quoin; several nieces and nephews. Six brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

PHILLIPS, Leonard E., 72, McLeansboro, died at 4:54 a.m. March 17, 1980 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon. A former yard clerk for the railroad, Mr. PHILLIPS was born in Macedonia on Feb. 29, 1908, the son of the late Louis N. and Devonia SHAFFTER PHILLIPS. He was married to the former Eva BARTOLINI, who preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons, Robert PHILLIPS, Glenview, Len PHILLIPS, North Lake; one daughter, Mrs. Lois Ann SHAW, Milwaukee, WI., one sister, Mrs. Pearl SIMMONS, McLeansboro and five grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers. Funeral services at Johnson Funeral Home, McLeansboro, Rev. Carrol PHILLIPS officiating. Interment in Antioch Cemetery.

Mrs. Nancy E. Phillips, 78, died at 4 o'clock this morning in the home of her son, Ed Odle, of Macedonia, succumbing to a lengthy illness. Mrs. Phillips is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lena Hicks of Mt. Vernon, and three sons, Don Odle and Ed Odle, both of Macedonia, and Commie Odle of Warrensburg, Mo. Her husband preceded her in death two years ago. Funeral services will be held at Liberty Church at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning with Rev. J.R. McDuffy of Ewing officiating. Interment will follow with the Vise Brothers of Macedonia directing. (NOTE: DON Odle is error...should be John Arthur Odle)

PHILLIPS 11-1-1923
Mrs. Pricilla PHILLIPS wife of L. H. Phillips died at her home in Benton this morning. She was born in Franklin Co on Dec. 29, 1851 seven miles east of Benton the daughter of Roland and Pricilla Daniels. She was married three times. 56 yrs ago she married G. Clay German and one child survives; Ed German, then she married Benjamin Brown and one son survives Elmer Brown and then 49 years ago she married L. H. Phillips and four children survive; Mrs. Eva Stebbins, Dolph and Horace Phillips and Mrs. Ernis Rodgers She was age 71 yrs, 10 mos and 10 days old. 11-8-1923 Our deceased sister was the daughter of Roland and Pricilla Daniels and was born one of fifteen children. 12 half brothers and sisters; one full brother and one full sister. All are deceased except one half brother, Joseph Dollins of Benton and one half sister, Maude Hartely of Oregon City, Oregon. She was a member of the First Christian Church. submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

Lego "Beanie" Picantine, 76, died at 11:55 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 1999, in the Franklin Hospital, Benton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home with the Rev. Loyd Lasley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to the funeral home. Mr. Picantine was born in Keota, Mo. on March 18, 1921, the son of George and Delcisa (Ricci) Picantine. He married the former Mable Frost on Feb. 8, 1955 in Benton. She survives. He was a retired coal miner and veteran of World War II. He was a member of the UMWA, of American Legion Post 280 in Benton and a life member of the Benton VFW and DAV. He was an Army veteran of World War II. In addition to his wife Mable, he is survived by one son, Ronald Willis and wife Sue of Benton; two daughters, Vivian Hammers and husband Leon of Benton, Dee Mercer and husband Mike of Herrin; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Clausen of Chicago; four brothers, Allen Picantine and wife Opal of Melbourne, Fla. John Picantine and wife Lauretta of Benton, Walter Piacentini and wife Mary of Sesser, Leo Picantine and wife Mary of Lyons. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, John; one sister Ida; and by two brothers, Nello and Claude.

John A. Picantine, 82, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 1999 in the Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, in the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Dale Carson officiating. Burial, with military rites by the Benton VFW and American Legion Posts will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday to the funeral home. For those who wish, Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time. Mr. Picantine was born in Keota, Mo. on Dec. 17, 1916 to George & Delcisa (Ricci) Picantine. He married Lauretta Bends on Feb. 1, 1947, at the Warren Park Presbyterian Church in Cicero. She survives. Retired from International Harvester in Broadview after 30 years of service, he was a past president of Local #688 of the UAW-CIO for 10 years. John was a life member and past Commander of the Benton VFW Post #2671. He was a member of the Benton Boccie Club. Mr. Picantine served four years in the Army Engineers as a Staff Sgt.; 37 months of that time was spent overseas in the South Pacific Theatre. He was awarded the Bronze Star for the campaign on Luzon Island, and participated in the liberation of the Phillipines. Survivors include his wife, Lauretta Picantine of Benton; two daughters, Suzanne Juriss and husband Joseph of Indianapolis, Ind, Claudia Ryba and husband Gene of Downers Grove; two grandchildren; Jason Juriss and Joanne Juriss, both of Indianapolis, Ind. four stepgrandchildren: Michael, Michelle, Christopher and Jeanne Ryba, all of the Chicago area; three brothers, Floyd Alan Picantine and wife Opal of Melbourne, Fla, Joseph Leo Pacentini and wife Mary of Lyons, Raymond Walter Piacentini and wife Mary of Sesser; one sister, Mary Clausen of Chicago; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Picantine was preceded in death by his parents, by a grandson, Charles Juriss; by three brothers, Nello, Claude, Lego, and by one sister, Ida.

Thompsonville -- Dorothy Brily Pickard, 72, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001, at her daughter's home in Gallatia. Graveside services will be at 11: a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001 at the Knob Prairie Cemetery, with Rev. David Schlag officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hobbs- Johnson Funeral Home, Benton. Mrs. Pickard was born Jun 11, 1928 in Franklin County, the daughter of Wesley and Daisy (Edwards) Briley. She married Evan Akin Pickard and he survives. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church, Thompsonville. She was also a member of the Macedonia Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, West Frankfort Area Genealogical Society , and the Southen Illinois Genealogical Society. In addition to her husband, Evan, she is survived by two daughters, Wesla and husband Terry Tennant, Benton, Karen ad husband Jerry Vinyard, Galatia; five granddaughters, Janae, Keri, Rebekah and Leigh Ann Tennant and Jessica Vinyard; a sister, Mildred and husband H D Hicks, Lovington; several neices and nephews. Mrs. Pickard was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Vera Nell Pickard. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice or the Knob Prairie Cemetery Fund. submitted by: Sheila Cadwalader

Ollie "Dinger" PICKETT, 60, of Route 3, Orient Road, West Frankfort, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 1976, in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion. Mr. PICKETT was a retired barber, last working in 1967. He was born Oct. 15, 1915, in Spring Garden to David and Dollie COCKRUM PICKETT. He was a veteran of World War II, and was a past commander of the American Legion in West Frankfort. Survivors are his wife, the former Anna Mae AVERY; three sons, John David of Kankakee, and Jimmie and Claude Dale, both of West Frankfort; a daughter, Patricia Ann QUATTLEBAUM of Saluda, S.C.; three brothers, W.D. "Boots" and O.F. "Jay" PICKETT, both of Whittington, and Avon "Pete" PICKETT of Illiopolis; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery in West Frankfort. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill, Wed,Mar 3, 1976

Christine Piercefield, 72, of St. Louis, and formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. She was born in Benton on Sept. 1, 1935, a daughter of John Arvel and Susie Ann (Fletcher) Scrutchfield. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kutis Funeral Home in St. Louis with Mr. Richard Dutcher and the Rev. Galen Holden officiating. Graveside memorial services will also be held 10 a.m. Sunday at Sursa Cemetery in Jefferson County. Family will greet friends from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63123 Christine is survived by two sons, William Michael Piercefield and wife Jennifer of Fenton, Mo., and John Weldon Piercefield and wife Lynnette of Dittmer, Mo.; two grandchildren, Joshua and Melody Piercefield of Dittmer, Mo.; sister, Mae Dusharme of Mt. Vernon; sister-in-law, Thresia Rouse of St. Louis; brother-in-law, Fred Piercefield of St. Louis; and niece, Evelyn Boswell and husband Pete of Mt. Vernon. Her parents; two brothers, Harry and Clifford Scrutchfield; one sister, Liza Scrutchfield; two nieces, Marsha Schrutchfield and Frieda Loper; and one nephew, Richard Scrutchfield preceded her in death. Christine was a bookkeeper for both the St. Louis Railroad and the Pevely Dairy and was a patent clerk at Monsanto for 25 years. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the de Greeff Hospice House or American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 [Published: July 11, 2008, MT Vernon Register-News]

Richard Piercy, 59, formerly of Benton, died Saturday, June 5, 1999 in the Emergency Room of the Herrin Hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 1999, in the Poulson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial, with Military rites, will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mr. Piercy was born on May 18, 1940, in Benton, the son of Jay Jackson and Mary Aileen (Kerley) Piercy. He had managed a Dollar Store in Oklahoma before retirment. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one son, Richard Piercy Jr. of Canada; two daughters, Marcia Wheeler of Georgia and Linda Piercy of chicago; four grandchildren; two sisters, Kindra and husband Jim Phillips of Macedonia, sue and husband amon Newberry of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Frank Piercy. BENJAMIN G. KASH Bonnie E-4 Specialist Benjamin G. Kash, 19, died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at 5:30 p.m. in Ft. Campbell, Ky. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

Emily Fay Pilson, 100, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 19, 1999 at the Severin Intermediate Care Home in Benton. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, with John O'Dell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to the funeral home. Mrs. Dawson was born on March 24, 1899 in Benton, the daughter of Edmond and Myrtle (Stewart) Doty. She married Clyde Eugene Pilson in 1920. She was an outstanding Christian and was an active member of the Benton Primitive Baptist Church, for many years. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Lou Dawson and husband Gale of Benton; two grandchildren, Sharon L. Pioveson. Steven G. Dawson; three great-grandchildren, Damian Dawson, Derek Dawson, Michelle Nurnberger; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Hampton of Benton, Beulah Tiberend of Benton; one brother, Wyatt G. Doty of Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and five sisters.

Dolores M. Piper 55, of Springfield died at 12:25 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. Born Jan. 21, 1930, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Reino and Irene Silkwood Chastain. She married William Piper in 1948. Surviving are her husband, William; one son, Larry Piper of St. Joseph, Mo.; one daughter, Lanette Leiner of Corpus Christi, Tex.; her mother, Irene Chastain, and six grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser, with the Rev. Dwight Dame officiating. Brayfield Funeral Home, Sesser, was in charge of arrangements The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL July 6, 1985

William Darrel Piper, 74, of Sesser, and formerly of Raleigh Road, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998 in St. Johns Hospital in Springfield. He was born on April 11, 1924, in Sesser to the late Orval and Wanda (Gulley) Piper. He was formerly married to Mary (Phillips) Piper Loerch. Mr. Piper was an electrical engineer and a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Sesser American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts and was affiliated with the Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons, Jon Piper of Litchfield, Daniel Piper of Granite City, and David Piper of Nashville; two daughters, Dianne (Piper) Rybak of Dixon, and Donna (Piper) Wallace of Belleville; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren; a sister, Iris LeVault of Sesser; a dear friend, Ikey; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a sister. Services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sesser. The Rev. Jack Wolfe and the Rev. Floyd Blackard will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser. The body will be take to the church to lie in state from noon until service time. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

Thompsonville:  Eva Poole, 91, died at 8:21 p.m. Friday, July 16, 1999 in Herrin Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Union Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gene Fox officiating. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Poole was born Nov. 16, 1907, in Morehouse, Mo., to Andrew and Della Young Arnold. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Christian Church in West Frankfort. Survivors include five sons and three daughters-in-law, Richard and Linda Poole and James Poole, all of West Frankfort, Robert Poole of Widefield, Colo., Sterling and Frances Poole of Holden, La., and Ronnie and Rita Poole of San Antonio, Tex.; four daughters and one son- in-law, LaDonna Wertz and Sharon Upchurch of West Frankfort, Janet Hubbard of Thompsoville and Faye and Bill Buitenhis of Seely Lake, Mont.; one brother, Ervin Arnold of Ozark, Mo.; 38 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Sterling, on Feb. 20, 1976; two grandsons, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter and three sisters.

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Jessica Ralee POOLE, 44, of Zeigler passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation of Jessica will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton. Graveside funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Brady Cemetery in Akin with the Rev. Bert MITCHELL officiating. Jessica was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Joliet on July 23, 1963. She loved traveling, fishing, boating and her animals, Goldie, Lucky and Mimi. Jessica was the third loving daughter born to Gene POOLE of Minooka and Totsy HARROP of Benton. She is survived by her parents as well as her five sisters, Kathy (OLSON) of West Frankfort, Sue POOLE of Truckee, Calif., Tammy (POOLE) PALMER of Fishers, Ind., Terri (POOLE) MORGAN of Benton and Kathy (HARROP) ABBOTT of Benton. She is also survived by one nephew, Byron OLSON of Benton, and one niece, Karla OLSON, also of Benton. Additionally, Jessica is the great-aunt to two great-nieces and three great-nephews, Andrea MIRAMONTES, Jessica CRAWFORD, Byron OLSON Jr., Andrue OLSON and Alberto PONCE Jr., all of Benton. In addition, Jessica is survived by the following extended family members, Delphia POOLE (stepmother to Jessica and wife to Gene POOLE). Gordon BEBOUT (fiance to Kathy OLSON), Mary HUNCKLER (life partner to Sue POOLE), Eric PALMER (husband to Tammy PALMER), Diane WARRINER (life partner to Terri MORGAN), Carol PAPE (daughter of Delphia POOLE and stepsister to Jessica) and Carol's husband, Bruce, of Channahon, Ill. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jesse and Velma WHEAT of Benton; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rafue Dodd POOLE of Benton; and her stepfather, John HARROP and stepsister, Loretta. You were taken from us before your time, but we know you are finally at peace. Our love will be with you always, and your memory will be in our hearts forever. There is no need for you to be afraid anymore. Heaven will be waiting for you with open arms. We love you very much and will miss you dearly. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Fri 27 June 2008 issue

Berniece Marie Porro, age 89, of Zeigler, died Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 9:50 a.m. at the Herrin Hospital. She was born April 20, 1910 in Franklin County to Mike and Sarah (Williams) Cockrum. She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Lorene and Bill Ellis of DuQuoin, JoAnn and John Slack of Zeigler, Sarah and Floyd Bean of Mt. Vernon and Kathy and Delbert Hankins of Johnston City; 12 grandchildren, David OíRourke, Mary Furlow, Michael Reddy, JoAnn Howard, Vicki Bell, Jeanne Manis, John Reddy, Lynne Bevis, Tim Hankins, Laurie Bishop, Jon Hankins and Tony Kendrick; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren and nine step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Mike and two sisters, Mary Dethrow and Bea Larreau. Mrs. Porro was a 50 year member of the Royal Neighbors Association, a member of the Illinois Garment Workers Retirement Club, a member of the Zeigler First Baptist Church and retired from Smoller Brothers in Herrin in 1977. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Reverend James Kerley officiating. Burial was in Zeigler Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Margaret Portee Services for Margaret Powell Portee of Springfield will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's AME Church with the Rev. Sammy L. Hooks officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. She died at 6:59 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Hospital. Blair Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Homer Powell, 71, 806 W. St. Louis St., West Frankfort, will be at 2 p. m. Saturday at the First Church of God, Parkhill and Poplar Streets. The Rev. J. E Williamson will officiate. Burial will be in Denning Cemetery. Mr. Powell died Wednesday in Union Hospital. He leaves his wife Minnie; sons Eugene of Cahokia, Ralph of West Frankfort; daughter Mrs. Gladys Niehaus o£ St. Louis; sister Mrs. Teresa Deason of West Frankfort; half-sister Mrs. Florence Bowman of West Frankfort and five grand children Friends may call at Vantrease Funeral Home, West Frankfort after 7 p. m. today Southern Illinoisan Thursday March 10, 1960 Submitted by Pat Hardenstine

Funeral services for Harl Dean PRIOR, 25, of Benton were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Funeral Home, Benton. Mr. PRIOR died Monday in Arkansas after a stockcar he was racing was involved in an accident. The Rev. Stanley JOHNSON officiated. Burial was in Mason and Oddfellow Cemetery, Benton. He was the son on Mr. and Mrs. Harl PRIOR. He leaves a step-mother Mrs. Ruth PRIOR; sisters Mrs. Josephine ARMSTRONG of Chillicothe, and Mrs. Linda CHRISMAN of Weston, W. Va.; brothers Charles of Thompsonville, Lavern of Dupo and John of Centralia. [The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois, Thursday, June 30, 1966, page11]

Died at the residence of Dr. Ronalds, in Benton, Ills., on Sunday, June the 17th, ult. Miss Nellie Prichard, in the 15th year of her age. [Prairie Pioneer, July 5, 1860]

Hudson, Florida Elizabeth "Betty" Powers Pritchett, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her home in Hudson, Florida. She was born in Benton, the daughter of the late George and Nellie Powers. She moved to Hudson in 1980 from St. Louis, Mo. and was a retired realtor for L.K. Wood Realtors in St. Louis. She was a member of Shadow Lakes Home Owners Assoc. and Director for the Lakeside Club & Pool Assoc. Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Ellen and Paul Valenz, Sara "Sally" and Charles Gaddy, both of Bradenton, Fla.; a brother George Powers of California; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Ryan Gaddy and Keith Brenton (Tracy) Gaddy, two great-gandchildren, Rachael Elizabeth Gaddy and Nicole Marie Gaddy. Arrangements were by the Dobies Funeral Home, 9944 Hudson Ave., Hudson, Fla., 34669.

Helen Louise Puckett, 90, of Benton, IL, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2008 at Helia Healthcare, Benton, IL. Mrs. Puckett was born August 6, 1917 in Hamilton Co., IL, the daughter of Albert Lewis Johnson and Nancy Lavina (Campbell) Johnson. She married Virgil Loy Puckett and he died on February 15, 1998. She was a housewife and of the Methodist faith. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. Surviving relatives include two daughters, Cheryl Norman and husband James, Benton, IL, Alicia Flores and husband Bob, Clovis, CA, four grandchildren, Jennifer Norman, Sesser, IL, Bobby, Lisa, and Michael Flores, all of Clovis, CA, two great-grandchildren, Jesse Lee Norman and Alyssa Flores, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Puckett was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, Hazel Biggs, Pauline Dawson, and Lucille Meston, and four brothers, Clyde, Herman, Paul, and Pender Johnson. Visitation will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home, Benton, IL with private viewing by the immediate family following the visitation. Burial will be in the Brady Cemetery, Akin, IL.


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