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Lynden "Lyn" Couch 

 

Lynden “Lyn” Elaine Couch, 91, of Cambria, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at ARCH of Helia Healthcare in Energy. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cambria Food Pantry, P.O. Box 88, Cambria, IL 62915. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Lyn was born on October 5, 1923, in Plainville, to Frank and Frances (Anderson) Young. She married Lyndle Clark Couch on March 4, 1946, in Quincy. He preceded her in death on March 31, 1998. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and James Hannick of Valley Park, Mo.; grandchildren and their spouses, Gary Couch Jr. of Arlington, Tex. and Michelle and Richard Sames of Ballwin, Mo.; great grandchildren and their spouses, Stephen Dunnavant and Rachel (Dunnavant) and Matt Bauer, all of Ballwin, Mo.; great great-grandson, Braxton Alexander Bauer; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Davis of The Groves, Tex. Lyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Gary Couch; and brother, Melvin Young. She was a RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Murphysboro for many years. Lyn had a love of animals and shared that love in her 13 years of service at Central Animal Hospital in Energy. Lyn was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cambria where she sang and played the piano and organ. She was also a member of the Women’s Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. Lyn was always one to help others whether it was through her many years as a nurse or helping animals at the clinic. She took that passion and started the Cambria Food Pantry over 30 years ago. Her legacy will live on as the Pantry continues to offer assistance to those in need.

 

 

 

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Cecil “Bump” Emery

 

Marion---Cecil Don “Bump” Emery, 73, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:20 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2015, on his farm due to injuries sustained from a tragic accident involving a tractor. “Bump” was born on August 25, 1941, in Herrin, to Robert and Rosetta (Williams) Emery. He married Connie Rae Reichert on November 7, 1959, in Cambria. They spent over 55 wonderful years together that were filled with love and laughter. "Bump" was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and dog-owner. He was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Marion. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge on March 31st, 1964. He joined the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of East St. Louis in 1972 and later transferred to Marion where he became a 32nd Degree mason at Marion Lodge #89. He was also a lifelong member of the Marion Elks. He attended Sunnyside School in Herrin in his early years and would later become a graduate of Rend Lake and John A. Logan Colleges. He was a former patrolman for the Carterville Police Department and became the Chief of Police in Cambria. He then worked as a coal-miner at Old Ben 26 and joined the UMWA. After retiring from the mines, he became the founder of Emery’s 2-Way Communications and would continue to service multiple agencies throughout southern Illinois for three decades. He also became an avid farmer and enjoyed spending time on his land taking care of his animals. He had an unparalleled work ethic and exemplified diligence no matter what external or internal factors may be. With that said, he was also stubborn, and it was that quality that made so many people admire him. Nothing could keep him from working or loving his wife and family. He had a fantastic sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. Connie was the love of his life yet often the scapegoat for any missing items around the house. He had nicknames for all the children and grandchildren and at various times he would receive perplexed looks from people standing nearby that knew the family members by their real names. But, just as unique as the nicknames were for each family member, the exclusive bond shared with each person was extremely special and that is why he will be so deeply missed. "Bump" is survived by his loving wife, Connie Emery of Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Cecilia Arlene and Rusty Dunbar of Marion; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert “Bo” and Carol Emery of Marion, Anthony and Stacy Emery of Anderson, Ind. and Cecil “Todd” Emery of Herrin; grandchildren and their spouses, Zeppelyn and Clay Brewer, Cody Dunbar, Katelyn and Nicholas Emery, Hailey and Drew Easton, Remington and Eve Emery, and Hunter and Hayden Emery; a great-grandchild due in December of 2015; special family members including, Jeweldean Karsten and family, Robert “Butch” and Shirley Beltz, Roger Beltz, Bud and Tammy Vickery, Charmin Luton, Lori Emery; several other nieces and nephews; and last but certainly not least, his best friend, Buddy, his beloved dog. He was preceded in death by his son, Cecil Don Emery Jr.; parents, Robert and Rosetta Emery; in-laws, Raymond and Jewel Reichert; 9 siblings; granddaughter, Cecilia Raeann Emery; and great-grandson, Maxwell Emery. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastors Robert Beltz and Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery with military rites performed by the Herrin V.F.W. and American Legion Post and the Army National Guard Ritual Team. Masonic services will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the funeral home, with visitation to immediately follow until 9:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter (No Kill Shelter), 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

 

 

 

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Ella Mae Garner

 

Ella Mae Garner, 85, of Cambria, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2015, in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville, with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Ella was born on August 17, 1929, in Murphysboro, to John and Mary (Limbert) Moore. She married Herbert Garner on December 26, 1947, in Carbondale. He preceded her in death on January 24, 2008. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cathy Garner of Carterville; grandsons, John and Kyle Garner, both of Carterville; sister, Grace Krelaty of Tequesta, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ella was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Helen. She was an inspector for Smoler Brothers for many years then worked for a time a Good Luck Glove Factory in Carbondale. Ella was of the Baptist Faith and devoutly read the Bible. She enjoyed gardening, feeding and watching birds in her yard, and reading. Ella loved spending time with her family especially her grandsons.

  

 

 

 

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Ramona Holland

 

Ramona Holland, 69, of Carterville passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Roger Loss officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Ramona was born on August 8, 1945, in Harlan County, Kentucky, to Burt and Nola (Goins) Drinnon. She married Ronnie Holland on August 3, 1986, in Kentucky. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Ronnie Holland of Carterville; children and their spouses, Danny Breedwell of Marion, Debbie (William) Hatfield of Johnston City, Shirley (Jim) Rushing of Crainville, Delbert (Christie) Breedwell of Carterville, Roy Holland of Herrin, Nola Breedwell Parker of Johnston City, and Dusty (Rae Ann) Holland of Johnston City; step-children, Scott Holland and Kelly Restivo; sisters, Irene Hendricks and Fay Capps Spence, her very special sister; grandchildren and their spouses, Diana (Justin) Williams of Johnston City, Billy Breedwell (Cheyenne Miller) of West Frankfort, Jessica Breedwell (Scott Moore) of Johnston City, Ashley Waldron of Hurst, Angela Breedwell (Cheyo Pena) of Johnston City, James (Dakota) Rushing of Mt. Vernon, Courtney (Marcus) Garner of Johnston City, Tim Holland of Herrin, Jesse Orr of Herrin, Lee Sizemore of Herrin, A.J. Perkins of California, Ashley (Greg) Overturf of Johnston City, and Chloe, Dusty and Ronnie Holland, all of Johnston City; many great grandchildren; and her beloved dog Chewy. Ramona was preceded in death by her parents; step-son, Terrill Holland, brothers, Delbert, R.C. and Albert Drinnon; sisters, Alene Drinnon and Jean Gross; and grandson, Terrill Holland Jr. In her earlier years, she had worked at Allen Industries. Ramona had worked at the Country Cupboard in Carterville for several years. Ramona’s favorite role was that of mom and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. She enjoyed gardening and doing puzzles.

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Rosemary “Dee” Childress

 

CARTERVILLE--Rosemary “Dee” Samuel Childress, 90, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015, at Parkway Manor in Marion, where she resided with her devoted husband of 71 years, James B. Childress. “Dee” was born in Carterville on April 21, 1925, to Zella (Russell) and Frank Council Samuel, who preceded her in death. She graduated from Carterville High School in 1943 and that September 16, 1943, she married her high school sweetheart James Childress. They traveled and lived across the country together, built homes in Benton, Carterville, and Sarasota, Florida, and toured extensively throughout Europe during their middle years. “Dee” was an avid golfer, achieving the elusive Hole in One, and enjoying many happy days on the course at the Benton Country Club. She entertained her wide group of friends with her sparkling personality and clever wit. “Dee” loved Hollywood and the movies, and as a teenager, she traveled to California to wait outside studio gates for a glimpse her favorite stars. “Dee” was the life of her party, and she enjoyed the ride. “Dee” was extremely close to her brother, Frank R. Samuel, Jr., and sister-in-law Louise Samuel, who preceded her in death in 1987 and 2005. “Dee” and Jim have been second parents to their niece, Mary Beth Samuel Theodore of Lake Forest, Illinois. She survives, along with her husband Conrad Theodore. “Aunt Dee” will be missed by her great-niece Maria Theodore, and great-nephews Frank Samuel Theodore and Leo Theodore. “Dee” was also preceded in death by her life-long friends Jean Ellen and Ernie Reynolds and is survived by her dear friends and neighbors, Dorothy and Bill Bleyer. She is also survived by her great friends Robert and Linda Howerton, Sheri and Richard Hunter and Don and Marilyn Gentry of Carterville, cousins Bruce Allan Hokanson, Marilyn Sue Hokanson and Margaret Ann Hokanson, and nephew Mike Hutton, along with many other nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch Funeral Home in Carterville with Pastor Mel Bower Jr. officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 822 W. Grand Avenue, Carterville, IL 62918 or to the Carterville Heritage and Preservation Foundation, 139 S. Division Street, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  

 

 

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David Alvin Payne

 

David Alvin Payne, 76, of Carterville, died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at his home in Carterville. 

 A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville with Father Richard Mohr officiating. Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday at the church.

 Contributions may be made in memory of David A. Payne to the Prince R. Rivers Scholarship Fund.  Contributions may be mailed to Fisk University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 1000 Seventeenth Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37208-3051.  Online donations may be made at https://connect.fisk.edu/donate.  

 David was born on Nov. 2, 1938 in San Francisco, CA to Alvin Bond and Esther Sylvia (Brodell) Payne.  He married Corliss Greene on July 15, 1962 in Yuba City, CA. 

 He is survived by his wife Corliss Payne of Carterville; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Kent Bradburn of Tracy, CA; four sons and daughters-in-law, David W. Payne of Chicago, Andrew Payne and his wife Anneliese Hoos of Philadelphia, PA, Curtiss and Sandra Payne of Lawrenceville, GA, and Edward and Leah Payne of Niles, IL; six grandchildren, Grace and Ava Bradburn of Tracy, CA, Adrian and Sophia Payne of Lawrenceville, GA, and Samuel and Joel Payne of Niles, IL.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jeffrey Bond Payne. 

 David was a retired chemist for the U.S. Government.  He worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago for thirty-three years.   

 David enjoyed traveling to see his grandchildren, classical music, fishing, and reading about history. He was an avid Civil War enthusiast. 

 He was a member of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and the American Chemical Society.

 David was a very charitable man who gave many anonymous donations to numerous organizations.

 Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. 

 

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Janice "Jan" E. Essick

 

Janice “Jan” Elaine Essick, 76, of West Frankfort, died Friday, July 3, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, with her loved ones around her. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastors Brett Beasley and Robert Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, Illinois 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Janice was born on July 27, 1938, in West Frankfort, to Howard B. and Eva O. (Royster) Reed. She married Noble Robert Essick on September 21, 1956, in Orient. She leaves behind her loving husband of 57 years, Noble R. Essick of West Frankfort; children and their spouses, Brad Essick of Springfield,  Laura (Larry) Ice of West Frankfort and Amy (Ronnie) Shumaker of Hickory, Ky.; the lights of her life, grandchildren, Cassie (Eric) Gunter and Stephen Slimak, all of West Frankfort, Dallas McGrady of Auburn, Ala., Bailey Misener and Lexi Misener, both of Carbondale, and Amanda (Aaron) Lewis and Mary Essick, all of Mansfield, Oh.; and 13 great-grandchildren. Janice was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ronald Reed. She retired after more than 20 years of service in the accounting department from the Daily American. Janice was a member of the Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort. While she enjoyed reading a good book and making crafts, Janice favored any time spent with her grandkids. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

 

 

 

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Mary E. Treece 


 

Mary E. Treece, 90, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey and formerly of Carterville, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015, at M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua, New York. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Val Treece officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunterdon Christian Church, 71 Summer Road, Flemington, N.J. 08822. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Mary was born on November 27, 1924, in Carterville, to Walter and Mary (Tregoning) Scott. She married James H. Treece on August 8, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2007. She is survived by her loving daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Ann and Charles LeClear of Canandaigua, N.Y., Barbara Jo Siress of Neshanic Station, N. J. and Cheryl Jean and Robert Pott of Canandaigua, N.Y.; grandchildren, David Siress, Christy Siress-Kahler, Kelly Bissette, Kristen LeClear, Sarah Pott, Elizabeth Pott and Emily Pott; and great-grandchildren, Jordan Siress, Nathaniel Siress, and Katherine Siress; and several nieces and nephews.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Earl Scott, Gene Scott, Frank Scott, William Scott, George Scott, and Donald Scott; and sisters, Margaret Young, Mildred Scott, and Katherine Rosenberger. She worked for many years as an administrative assistant at the University of Illinois Extension Service and as a secretary for the First Christian Church of Chicago.  Mary was a past member of the First Christian Church in Carterville, First Christian Church of Chicago, Parkway Christian Church in Sarasota and Hunterdon Christian Church in Flemington, N.J.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling, sewing, baking and cooking.  She was a joy to all and will be sadly missed but is now happily reunited with her heavenly family.

 

 

 

 

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Jack Varner 

 

Henry "Jack" Varner, 81, of Cambria, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Herrin Hospital. Private family services will be held at Hinchcliffe Cemetery in Cambria. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Jack was born on May 18, 1934, in Jackson County, Illinois, to Woodrow and Sadie Viola (Perrigan) Varner. He married Donna Ward on June 1, 1957, in Carterville and together they shared 58 years together. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Varner, of Cambria; daughters and sons-in-law, Teal and Darwin Harvel of Valdosta, Ga. and Tina and Merlin Oetken of Cloverdale, Ind.; grandchildren and their spouses, Eleasha and James Milicevic of Tallahassee, Fla., Mitchell and Ashley Oetken of Ventura, Calif. and Mariah Oetken of Cloverdale, Ind.; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Milicevic of Tallahassee, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Alta Varner of Murphysboro; and sister, Frances Lewis of Murphysboro. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Shivahn Oetken; and sister, Louise Gibbs. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Huntsville, Alabama, where he instructed NATO troops. Jack retired after more than twenty years of service as the electrical maintenance trouble shooter at the Southern Illinoisan. He had attended the Bible Baptist Church in Carterville and was a member of the Fairview Christian Church. Jack enjoyed woodworking, operating his HAM radio and tending to his garden.

 

 

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Kevin Belt 

 


Richard Kevin Belt was pronounced dead at his home in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, June 12, 2015.  Kevin was born at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, Illinois on January 27, 1965. He attended grade school in St. Joseph, IL and Roscoe, IL where be became involved with music and joined the Boy Scouts of America where he later earned the Eagle Scout badge. He attended Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois.  He was an outstanding student gradating as a National Merit Scholar. He was a member of the key club, Swim Team, Golf Team, Jazz band, marching band, and Chess Club. He attended law school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he earned a Jurist Doctorate degree. He was most recently living in Chicago, Illinois.  Kevin enjoyed playing golf and was an avid car enthusiast.  Kevin leaves to mourn his father, Richard Henry Belt, of Bull Shoals, Ark.; his mother Jean Humm Belt, of Champaign, Ill.; a brother, Kent Adrian Belt of Theresa, Wisc.; an aunt, Virginia Scott of Murphysboro, Ill.; an uncle, Thomas Douglas of Rural Route Golconda, Ill.; cousins and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents Adrian & Opal Belt, and maternal grandparents Carl & Cora Humm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, with Fr. Abraham Adejoh officiating. Burial will be at Cave Hill Cemetery in Cave-in -Rock. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Thursday, at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 425 South Woods Mill Road, Suite 110, Town & Country, MO 63017.


 

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Patsy "Pat" Wilson 

Patsy “Pat” Wilson, 80, of Ballwin, Missouri, and formerly of Dowell, Illinois, died Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Delmar Gardens West in Town and Country, Missouri. Private services were held with reflections by the Rev. Ron Keller and her family. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dowell Baptist Church, 24452 US-51, Dowell, IL 62927. Pat was born on August 15, 1934, in Dowell, to Alva and Mattye (Doolin) Emery.  She married Thomas Max Wilson on April 10, 1954, in Spokane, Washington.  Tom preceded her in death on April 26, 2015.  Pat is also preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Jerry Thornton.  She is survived by a sister, Lola Grace Thornton of Elkart, Indiana and brother, Thomas Allen Emery (wife Launa) of Petersburg, Illinois.  Pat also leaves behind her nephews and nieces, Kim Thornton, Chris Thornton, Julie Emery Alderman, Curt Emery and Laura Emery Davis.  Pat graduated with the Elkville High School Class of 1952.  She held several jobs in her youth, but spent the majority of her life as a homemaker.  The care and companionship of her husband was her first priority.  Pat and Tom were devoted to one another throughout their lives.  The two were rarely apart and enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family. The St. Louis Cardinals were dear to Pat.  She called the team members “My Boys” and loved to attend games and watch them on television. Her closest friend was a Cubs fan, but she liked her anyway.  They enjoyed a friendly rivalry over the years and as Pat would say “Go Cards!” During the last few weeks of her life Pat shared many wonderful memories of time spent with her family.  In particular she mentioned that she felt a very close bond with her father who nicknamed her “Handlebar Hank” for her athletic ability.  It was clear that Pat also loved her mother.  She talked about vacations and holidays that they spent together.  She remembered being a childhood protector to both her sister and brother. Pat will be remembered for her laugh and wonderful sense of humor.  She showed inner strength during difficult times and exited this world with the kind of grace and dignity that should serve as an example to the rest of us. Despite their grief at losing both Tom and Pat, the family takes comfort in the fact that they are dancing, playing tennis and cheering the Cards from heaven.  They were very generous, kind and wise people who leave behind a legacy of love to be passed down through the generations.

 

 

 

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Marilyn Kay Peters

Marilyn Kay (Herzog) Peters, 60, of Owatonna, Minnesota, and formerly of Herrin, departed this world for Heaven 6:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the St. Mary's Campus of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2015 at Blairsville Cemetery with Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Marilyn was born on Aug. 28, 1954, in Herrin, where she grew up to Robert Ernest and Virginia Lee (Bailey) Herzog. She married Henry Peters and he preceded her in death. She is survived by her mother and step father, Virginia and Frank Mezo of Herrin; three sisters, Rosemary Johnson of Marion, Terry Herzog of Herrin, and Debbie O'Dell of Hurst; brother, Frank Mezo of Harrisburg; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. She was preceded in death by her father and husband. She was a graduate of Herrin High School but lived most of her life in Minnesota with her beloved husband Henry. Marilyn was only ill for a short time and knew she was loved by God. She went without hesitation into his loving arms. Her family celebrates the fact that she is now in Heaven and thankful for all the prayers on her behalf.  Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. 

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Michael Wayne Walters

 

Michael Wayne Walters, 63, of Carterville, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his home in Carterville.  Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville with Pastor Kyle Smith officiating.   Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, Southern Region, 4503 West DeYoung, Marion, IL 62959 or to the American Diabetes Association, St. Louis MO Office, 425 S. Woods Mill Road, Suite 110, Town & Country, MO 63017.  Mike was born on December 17, 1951, in Carbondale, to Ernest Edward “Red” and Carmen Loretta (Snyder) Walters.  He married Gail Lynn Moulton on July 19, 1975, in Carterville.  He is survived by his wife, Gail Walters of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Kelli Walters of Washington, DC and Kimberly and Fritz Coffey of Carterville; son, Ryan Walters of Carterville; grandson, Archer Coffey of Carterville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward.  Mike was an Locomotive Engineer for Illinois Central Railroad and Canadian Railroad for over forty years.  He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Carterville.  Mike enjoyed NASCAR and Drag Racing and raced at the I-57 Drag Strip.  Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. 

 

 

 

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The Southern Obituaries

2015 ARCHIVES
January
01/10 - Nadean Emery
01/12 - Roy H. Elting
01/22 - Mary Ann Brooks
01/22 - Chuck Broadway 
01/28 - J.D. Russell 

July

07/03 -  Janice E. Essick
07/04 - David A. Payne
07/06 - Rosemary 'Dee' Childress 
07/11 - Ramona Holland 
07/14 - Ella Mae Garner 
07/17 - Cecil "Bump" Emery
07/25 - Lynden "Lyn" Couch 

February

02/10 - Patty Petty

02/10 - Kenneth Ray Winget

02/16 - Zoe Ann Lightfoot

02/17 - Erna J. Lindsey 

02/18 - Marianna Intravaia 

02/26 - Lance Allan Priddy

02/26 - Wilma Hampton

02/26 -  Wyona Lou Moore Carter 

August

08/ 
 

March

03/05 - Earl E. Allen

03/10 - Donald "Donut" Morgan 

03/14 - Gerald "George" Snyder 

03/18 - Richard Flom 

03/24 - Doris Stoner

03/28 - Mary Alice Watkins 

03/31 - Barbara Ann Lewis 

September

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April

04/02 - Betty Beckmann

04/03 - Linda Janes Thompson

04/07 - Jean Ellen Reynolds

04/10 - Clifford Ray Kelley 

04/13 - Claudette Harris 

04/26 - Thomas "Tom" Max Wilson

04/30 - Jeanne Corbell 

 

October

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May

05/03 - Rachel Ann Rowatt
05/03 - Ruth Drew 
05/11 - Eugene Baldwin
05/21 - Marilyn Kay Peters
05/24 - Michael Walters 
 

November

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June

06/04 -  Patsy "Pat" Wilson

06/04 - Robert Leon Biggs

06/12 - Kevin Belt 

06/16 - Jack Varner 

06/22 - Mary E. Treece 

 

December

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