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Please note: obituaries will be posted when arrangements are complete and they will remain online for 30 days. For obituaries older than 30 days, please contact us at rigginfh@hotmail.com. Please include in the subject line, Obituary or Geneaology Request.


Bill H. Palmer


Bill H. Palmer, 45, of Carbondale, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at SLU Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Bill was born on January 25, 1969, in Chicago, to Marshall and Pamela (Metzger) Palmer. He is survived by his best friend and the mother of his children, Heather Palmer; daughters, Kayla Palmer, Kaitlyn Palmer, Jeannie Gomez, and Carissa Palmer, all of Murphysboro; mother, Pamela Miller of Sunrise, Fla.; sister, Melissa Palmer of Oregon; brothers and sister-in-law, Marshall and Angela Palmer of Carbondale, and Ray and Chris Palmer, both of Chicago; step-mother, Lori Cooney of Chicago; and several friends including his dear friend, Jason, of Carbondale. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Marshall Palmer, and grandmother, Dorothy Palmer, who raised him. Bill was a member of New Beginnings Church in Carbondale. He was a computer whiz and loved gaming, but his true passion lay with the force of Star Wars. Bill enjoyed lending a helping hand to others in need. He was a devoted, caring and loving father and will be dearly missed.


Michael Drake


Michael Lee Drake, 30, of Cambria, surrounded by his family and loved ones, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 4:25 in the afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 1, 2014, at Love and Truth Church, 1201 Marion Street, Crainville, with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. A Celebration of Life ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Love and Truth Church, with visitation to immediately follow. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 or via www.cff.org, so that one day CF will stand for Cure Found. Envelopes will also be available at the church. Michael was born on March 30, 1984, in Herrin, to Robbie Drake and Mary (Jearlds) Evans. He is survived by his wife, Susanne Drake; parents, Mary and Jerry Evans Sr.; sisters, Bobbi Evans and Michelle Drake; brother, Jerry Evans Jr.; grandparents, Bob and Norma Drake; grandfather, Don Evans; grandmother, Ruth Dunning; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Michael was born with Cystic Fibrosis; a genetic disease that affects many systems in the body, including the respiratory and digestive systems. Despite his illness, Michael never let it hold him back. He was an active child and participated in the band through the Carterville School System. In High School, he was on the wrestling team all four years. He was a 2002 graduate of Carterville High School. He earned an Associate’s Degree from John A Logan College and moved on to Southern Illinois University where he studied music business, played percussion in the Marching Salukis and participated in several orchestras and musicals throughout his education. Michael married the love of his life, Susanne Cowan, on August 1, 2004. Together, they served on the Love and Truth Worship Team for nearly 10 years, where he was a faithful member. A talented musician, Michael was a lover of music and played several instruments including drums and guitar. Michael loved his wife, family and friends dearly. It's often been said that people that met Michael couldn't help but love him. He always had a smile or joke to brighten someone's day. During the course of their marriage, Michael had many hospitalizations due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. On September 21, 2013, Michael underwent a life-saving double lung transplant. After recovering from the surgery, Michael was given a new lease on life and was able to do things that he'd been unable to do in years. In July of this year, Michael started experiencing organ rejection and passed away under the expert care of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff. Although dealt a difficult hand in life, Michael never gave up. He always endeavored to inspire and uplift people through living a Christian life and playing music alongside his wife. Michael once said, "It's crazy how some people give up and some people fight to the very end." Michael was the type of person that fought until the very end. He never once gave up. He remained brave until the very end. He will be sorely missed by those that loved him. The world is a little darker without the light that Michael brought. Michael, we love you and even in our grief find some comfort in that you are looking over us from Heaven. We know that you are leading a heavenly band and doing what you loved in praising and worshipping Jesus. Breathe easy our Dark Knight. The family wishes to say a heartfelt thank you to the Wynn family, the Rindfuss family, the Smith family, the Puckett family, the Finney family and many, many others too numerous to name. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the amazing physicians, nurses and staff in the Barnes-Jewish Lung Transplant Center as well as the Cystic Fibrosis floor of 13100. Thank you for always taking such great care of Michael during his lifetime.




Helen Gore Williams 

Helen Gore Williams, 99, of Springfield and formerly of Carterville, died on August 10, 2014, in Springfield, IL. She was born to Edward Everett Gore and Olive Margaret Snyder Gore in Jonesboro, IL on May 5, 1915.   She married Freeland Williams on May 5, 1936.  He preceded her in death in 1968. She was a graduate of Browns Business College.  During her married life she was active in Carterville First Baptist Church where Freeland served as a deacon.  They co-taught Sunday School classes and she was active in Woman’s Missionary Union.  They were honored to be named Christian Family of the Year. In 1961 she began her employment with Illinois Baptist State Association and moved to Springfield in 1971 when that office relocated.  She served as Associate Woman’s Missionary Union Director 1970-1973 and as support staff in WMU and Church Extension.  She received the 2003 Illinois WMU Legacy Award. After retirement she served as Missions Service Corp volunteer in Honolulu, HA (1983-84) and Reno NV (l985-86).  Upon return to Springfield she served as Mission Service Corp coordinator for IBSA. She was active at Springfield Southern Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School until her mid-nineties.  She was an active member of WMU, never missing her daily prayer calendar for missionaries around the world. She was a 26-year original resident of Oak Terrace Active Retirement Community (now Hickory Glen) where she served multiple terms as president of the resident association.  She was an avid reader, Scrabble player and puzzler.  She is survived by two daughters, Jane (Ron) Stockton of Dearborn, MI and Janet Craynon of Springfield, IL; two grandsons, Greg Stockton (Cathy) and Edward (Brenda) Stockton; four great grandchildren, Carolanne Stockton, Sarah Stockton, Daniel Stockton and Hannah Stockton; brother-in-law Edward Williams and numerous nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by one infant son, Edward Everett Williams and her younger sister, Martha Wiswell Colp. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be at a later time in Springfield.  Memorials may be made to Illinois Touch Tomorrow Today at the WMU Foundation, 100 Missionary Ridge, Birmingham, AL35242.


Naomi Collier 

Naomi Collier, 87, of Carterville, died Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Herrin Hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating.  Burial will be at North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville.  Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Covenant Fellowship, 1025 South Division, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Naomi was born on Nov. 3, 1926, in Cobden, to John Riley and Elsie Mae (Ingram) Stewart.  She married Wade C. Collier, the love of her life, on May 10, 1942, in Jackson, Mo. She is survived by her husband, Wade Collier of Carterville; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Charles Vaughn of Huntsville Ala.; son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Loann Collier of Roscoe, Ill.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Kendra and Randy Green of Roscoe, Ill., Scott and Arlie Collier of Ft. McCoy, Wisc., and Mason and Kaylee Vaughn of Huntsville, Ala.; great grandchildren, Spencer Harris, Payton Harris, Riley Green, Andrew Collier, and Victoria Collier; and close family friend, Lola Stark of Carterville.  She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Helen Dillow and Pauline Howard; and brother, Charles Stewart. Naomi retired from Memorial Hospital in Carbondale after 20 years of service, working in the Food Service Department.  She was a member of the Christian Covenant Fellowship in Carterville.  Naomi enjoyed collecting cat figurines, painting, working puzzles, and playing cards.  The most important thing in her life were her family and friends. 






Ernie Reynolds

Carterville - Ernie was born on November 27, 1926, in Carterville, to Ernest R. and Gladys (Armstrong) Reynolds. He grew up there with his two siblings, Charles and Jeanne. He died July 27, 2014. He graduated from Carterville High School in 1944. A stellar high school athlete in basketball, football, and track, he immediately joined the United States Navy after graduation. During military service, he also played for a U.S. Navy basketball team when he was stationed at Memphis, Tennessee. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war. Shortly after he was inducted into service, he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Ellen Cox, on November 18, 1944. He was looking forward to celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. After discharge from the Navy, he worked for his father-in-law, Claude Cox, whom he idolized, at Cox Lumber Yard. He also managed the family farm. He loved the land and often grew sweet corn to give to his friends. He continued to play basketball and baseball well into his adult life for an independent basketball team made up of men from Southern Illinois and baseball for Oscar Horsley’s Crainville All-Stars. During this time he also refereed high school and college basketball and football throughout Illinois until he retired in 1993 after twenty-five years. He was inducted in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993 for outstanding achievement in Illinois basketball. In 1984 the Southern Illinois Football Coaches Association honored him for his achievement as a football official for a “job well done.” In July 1993 he also received an award as “Honorary Referee of the Year” from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. He was proud to have refereed the last Illinois high school state basketball championship game in Huff Gym at Champaign, Illinois and the next year to referee the first Illinois high school state championship game in the newly constructed Assembly Hall, also in Champaign. After retirement from officiating, Ernie was appointed by the Missouri Valley Conference as an observer and evaluator of officials at Southern Illinois University basketball games in an effort to improve college refereeing. He often traveled with the SIU basketball team and volunteered his service and support for its teams. He was devoted to his church, the Carterville Grand Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as deacon. He was a Mason and also served on the Carterville School Board. He never met a stranger and enjoyed many friendships throughout Illinois, especially in the sports world. He will be dearly missed but fondly remembered. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Ellen Reynolds, daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Dr. Richard Hunter and a son, John Reynolds, all of Carterville; granddaughters, Laura Hunter Johnson (John) of Columbia, Ill., Amy Hunter Harmon (Tom) of St. Louis, and Amanda Reynolds McIntyre (Ryan) of Webster Groves, Mo.; great-granddaughters, Ava and June Harmon; great-grandson, Hudson Reynolds McIntyre; and a host of friends. The family suggests that you express your condolences by contributing to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 320 East Walnut Street, Suite A, Carbondale, IL 62901. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Burial will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy with military rites performed by the Marion V.F.W. Hyde-Pillow Post #1301 and the Navy Honors Ritual Team. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.




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The Southern Obituaries

01/03 - Lillian Ruth Corgan
01/06 - Barbara Jane Emery
01/09 - Larry L. Corley
01/12 - Betty Ann Samuel
01/13 - William "Moon" F. Mullins 
01/15 - Catherine Frost 
01/16 - Sally Jo Mann 
01/19 - Justin "Tony" Johnson-Stewart 
01/20 - Jeffery E. Evans 
01/30 - Alan Harris 


07/01 - Cleotis Eveland
07/04 - Jay Douglas Meyer
07/05 - Cotton Samuel 
07/10 - Ruth "Ruthie" Ann Williams-Halley 
07/14 - Virginia Lee Armstrong
07/14 - Mabel J. Rice 
07/19 - Darl A. Keehler
07/27 - Helen Waldron-Rowatt
07/27 - Ernie Reynolds 


02/04 - Linda "Susie" Horn

02/05 - Verta Mae Bogard 

02/06 - Lawrence "Larry" E. Daly 

02/09 - Renee Isaacs-Cook 

02/14 - Vera Ruth Tottleben 

02/20 - Leroy Robinson 

02/28 - Mary Ann Wood

02/28 - Sandy K. Emery 


08/02 - Naomi Collier
08/10 - Helen Gore Williams
08/26 - Michael Drake 
08/26 - Bill H. Palmer 


03/03 - Shirley Ann Robinson

03/05 - Geraldine "Gerry" Loftis

03/13 - Shirley A. Burroughs 

03/17 - Eileen W. Bleyer 

03/21 - Teddy "Ted" L. Hatley Sr. 



04/03 - Emma Colp Davis

04/03 - Fred Ray Falmier 

04/04 - Lawanda "Lou" L. Jacquot 

04/12 - Doris Jean McMillan

04/15 - Donald "Donnie" E. Underwood 

04/21 - Laura Weller

04/22 - Gipsey Jean Hicks 

04/27 - Dewey Lee O'Daniell 




05/03 - Christie A. Meade

05/04 - Charles L. Hogg Sr.

05/18 - Dorothy Mae Henderson

05/21 - Dan Tregoning

05/22 - Leroy Palmer 

05/24 - Harry Dean Collins Jr.

05/28 - Robert "Bobby" Peterson 



06/04 - Pastor Russell Warner

06/04 - Madalea "Dube" Armiger

06/04 - William J. Stubblefield 

06/17 - Betty Jane "Bjay" Wick 

06/28 - Juanita "Peggy" Trout 

06/29 - Frances Tregoning 

06/29 - Amy Marie Norton