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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.

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Josephine Niven 

 

 

Josephine Niven, 97, of Hurst, died Friday, November 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Jim Frye officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Beverly Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics Lightning Bolts/Bugs, 11409 Cunningham Lane, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Josephine was born on March 8, 1917, in Bush, to Joe and Nellie (Miner) Bryley. She married Robert Niven in 1937, in Chicago, and he preceded her in death in May 1978. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Rich Henley of Marion; grandchildren and their spouses, Clay and Dalen Henley of Naperville, Eric and Tiffany Liedtke of Austin, Tex., John Henley of Marion, April and Gene Eldridge of Houston, Tex., Crystal Liedtke of Carterville, Steven and Carolyn Liedtke of Shorewood, and Jeffrey and Carol Liedtke of Tinley Park; sisters and brother-in-law, Betty and Charles Howell of DeSoto, Dorothy Rodgers of DeSoto, and Geniva Lloyd of Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Eleanor Biley of Hurst; 13 great-grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Josephine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John Niven; brothers, Charlie, George, Earl, and Johnny Bryley; and sisters, Grace Odum and Jennie Snyder. She worked for 20 years as a drill press operator in Chicago. Josephine adored her home and took such pride in it. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Murphysboro. She loved joining in worship with her church family and always considered them her second family. Josephine treasured her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She was well-known for her passion of shopping and enjoyed dining out frequently.

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Carolyn S. Crider 

 

 

 

Carolyn S. Crider, 76, of Herrin, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her family. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014, in Little Flock Cemetery in Carterville, with the Rev. T.J. Gentry 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 or to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung Street, Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959. Carolyn was born on August 26, 1938, in Murphysboro, to Taylor and Thelma (Youngman) Russell. She married Jesse A. Crider on August 7, 1956, in Energy. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Jesse A. Crider of Herrin; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Donna Crider of Marion; grandchildren, Megan Crider and her fiance, Austin Hammonds, and Kyle Crider, all of Marion; and several nieces and nephews. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Stephen Crider; and brother, Glen Russell. She was a homemaker who took great pride in her home. Carolyn was a member of First Christian Church in Carterville for many years. She also tuned in every Sunday to WJPF for the worship service at First Baptist Church in Herrin. She loved flowers and animals. Most of all, Carolyn enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, whom she treasured dearly.


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Clarence "Duddle" Long

Clarence "Duddle" Long, 84, of Cambria, died Friday, November 14, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Roger Moore officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon - 2:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carbondale Church of God, 1461 N. County Line Road, Carbondale, IL 62901. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Clarence was born on October 29, 1930, in Elbridge, Tennessee, to Ben and Katie (DeWitte) Long. He married Amy Lucille Beasley on November 17, 1950, in Corinth, Mississippi. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Amy Long of Cambria; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Ann and Mike Graeff and Barbara Ann and Keith Boze, all of Carterville; sons, Jerry Lee Long of Cambria and Pete Long of Royalton; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Revs. Lee Ella and James Gilbert Click of Troy, Tenn.; and brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Joan Long of Troy, Tenn. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Virginia Gill, Betty Jo Lewis, Shelly Pauline Long, and an infant sister. He was a lifelong mechanic, working for various shops in Tennessee before working the last 18 years at Vogler Ford in Carbondale. Clarence was a member of the Church of God in Carbondale. He enjoyed being outdoors-spending time gardening or fishing and working on cars. Most of all, Clarence loved spending time with his family.

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David James Garross 

 

David James Garross, 46, of Flower Mound, Texas, and formerly of Carterville, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Denton, Texas. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Graveside services will immediately follow in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with local arrangements. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950. Envelopes will also be available at the church. David was born on January 14, 1968, in Murphysboro, to Raymond James and Joanne (Cerza) Garross. He married Jennifer Jenson on May 30, 1992. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Garross; daughter, Jessica Garross; parents, Raymond and Joanne Garross; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Scott Sanderson.

 

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Jaxon Skylar Ren 


 

 

Jaxon Skylar Ren, 13, of Cambria, died Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 10, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to his sister’s, Georgie Ren, college fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Jaxon was born on December 21, 2000, in Carbondale, to George “Mike” Ren and Lydia Ann Walthes. He is survived by his father, George “Mike” Ren of Cambria, and his girlfriend, Angie Mohring of West Frankfort and her children, Delta, Shaydie and Elijah; sister, Georgie Ren of Cambria; paternal grandparents, William T. and Jane Ren of Carterville; maternal grandparents, V.E. and Diann Walthes of Marion; maternal great-grandmother, Betty Walthes of Marion; uncles and aunts, Bill and Carla Ren of Carterville, Gerald and Barb Ren of Las Vegas, Sheila Ren of Carteville, Heather and Larry Snodgrass of Cape Girardeau; and cousins; Caleb Deponai of Carterville, Jennifer Marks of Carterville, Bobby Cohn of Scott City, Mo., Kristina Carraway of St. Louis, and Elise Ren of Las Vegas. Jaxon was preceded in death by his mother, Lydia Walthes; paternal grandmother, Mildred “Millie” Ren; and cousin, William “Billy” T. Ren. He was currently in 8th grade at Carterville Junior High School. Jaxon loved playing football and Xbox, going hunting and fishing, and singing in the Lab choir at school.  He was skilled at building things with his hands. Jaxon was a true animal lover, if he found an animal he was bound to keep it as a pet.

 

 

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Bonita Morse 

 

Bonita June Morse, 90, of Carbondale and formerly of Cambria, died Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Carbondale Rehab and Nursing Center. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 3, 2014, in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with the Revs. Don Pearson and R.H. Chitwood officiating. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice, 707 Walnut Street, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Bonita was born on September 25, 1924, in Cambria, to Jettie F. and Dovie Lois (Elkins) Vaughn. She married William Lawrence Morse on August 15, 1948, in Cambria, and he preceded her in death on August 29, 1999. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Kenneth Bailey of Cambria; grandsons and their wives, Wayne and Vicki Bailey of Kewanee, Ill. and Keith and Cindy Bailey of Marion; great-grandchildren, Trent Rich of Marion; best friend, Nada Palmer of Carbondale; and several cousins. Bonita was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She was the executive secretary at Caterpillar in East Peoria for over 20 years. Bonita was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carbondale where she served as a Deaconess and on the music committee. She also attended the View Church in Carbondale. She was very active with her husband, William, in various car clubs such as the Egyptian Antique Automobile Club and the Antique Automobile Club of America. Bonita was a talented china painter and shared those talents with others in the World Organization of China Painters. Besides painting, she also enjoyed reading, was an avid Cardinal fan, and was known for her love of the color red. Always wanting to learn, Bonita took every chance to experience a new opportunity even in her retirement.

 


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Ivan Ray Smith 

 

 

Ivan Ray Smith, 80, of Carterville, died Monday, October 20, 2014, at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Marion. Graveside services will be held at noon, Thursday, October 23, 2014, in Casper Church Cemetery in Anna, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Carroll P. Foster Post 3455 and the Navy Honors Ritual Team. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Memorial contributions may be made to the VA Nursing Home Activities Department, 2401 West Main Street, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Ivan was born on April 3, 1934, in Carterville, to Charles Ivan and Rhoda (Anglin) Smith, and were raised by his grandparents, Harry R. and Maggie Mae Smith. He is survived by his cousin, Sondra Hayes of Carterville; half-sister, Janet Rae of Bluffton, S.C.; half-brother, Joseph Smith of Indiana; special friends, Corky McNeil, James ‘Skin’ Halstead, Ron Richardson, Deanna Edwards, and countless other friends; and several cousins. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He honorably served our country in the United States Navy during Korea. Ivan was a security guard at Olin Corporation, and he had previously worked at Allen Industries.

 


 

 

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Joanna Hampton

 

Robbye Joanna Hampton, 87, of Carterville, died Friday, October 10, 2014, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 822 W. Grand Avenue, in Carterville, with Pastors Mel Bower Jr. and Jeff Wiggs officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville and also from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959, Hampton Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1, Carterville, IL 62918, or to the First Presbyterian Church, 822 W. Grand Avenue, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Joanna was born on February 7, 1927, in Carterville, to Dwight H. and Ione (Bauman) Busch. She married Jack Dean Hampton on January 3, 1947, in Hernando, Mississippi, and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2008. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Dana Hampton of Salem and David and Barbara Hampton of Carterville; grandchildren and their spouses, Shawn and Marcee Hampton of Kennewick, Wash., Amanda Hampton of Indianapolis, Ind. and Rebecca and Matthew Martorello of Dorado, Puerto Rico; great-grandchildren, Kaylin, Jaeden and Grayson Hampton, all of Kennewick, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Daryle and Jeri Busch of Lawrence, Kan.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Burke and Mae Hampton of Johnston City, Tenn., Wanda Mae Poole of Ponca City, Fla. and Bill and Shirley Hampton of California; Uncle Bill Busch of Tacoma, Wash., and cherished nieces and nephews. Joanna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and granddaughter, Kathryn Michelle Hampton. She was a lifelong resident of Carterville. Joanna graduated from Carterville High School in 1945. She earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Southern Illinois University in June of 1962, and then a Master of Science with a major in mathematics and minor in Russian in June of 1965. Joanna was passionate about education and teaching others. She began teaching mathematics at SIU in 1967 and retired in 1987 as an Associate Professor. Joanna was a devoted member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was recognized for her work in compiling pictures and biographical information on Carterville WWII Veterans. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Carterville.Throughout her retirement years, Joanna researched genealogy and leaves behind a comprehensive record of family heritage. Joanna will be remembered for her chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, fried chicken, customized sweat-shirts, seamstress skills, successful Muskie hunting and an unshakable love of purple.

 

 

 

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James A. Belt Jr. 


 

James Adrian Belt Jr., 75, of Carterville and formerly of Cave-In-Rock, died Sunday, October 12, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery in Cave-In-Rock. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung Street, Ste. 200 C, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. James was born on November 30, 1938, in Harrisburg, to Virginia Opal (McDowell) and James Adrian Belt Sr. He is survived by his sister, Virginia Scott Maerker of Murphysboro; brother, Richard Henry Belt of Bull Shoals, Ark.; step-daughter, Jill Jones; niece, Cindy Scott Jones; and nephews, Douglas K. Scott, Mark A. Scott, Richard Kevin Belt, and Kent A. Belt. James was preceded in death by his parents. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. James retired in 2001, after more than 30 years of service with SIU. He began his long career at Southern starting in the Bursar’s office. From that position, he became the assistant to the Vice President of Financial Affairs and at the time of his retirement he was the administrator of the computer and telephone systems for the University. He enjoyed fishing. 

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Emilie F. Harmon 

 

Emilie F. Harmon, 80, of Carterville, died Friday, October 10, 2014, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Ben Powers officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Emilie was born on May 29, 1934, in Stobrücken, Germany, to Heinrich and Emilie (Nieder) Wagner.

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Jean Hall

 

Jean Hall, 75, of Carterville, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Mike Williams officiating. A private burial will be held later. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 135, Carterville, IL 62918.  Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Jean was born on September 28, 1939, in Carbondale, to John Hastie Jr. and Elinor (Lowery) Hastie. She married James R. “Birdie” Hall on September 12, 1964, in Chester. She is survived by her loving husband, Jim Hall of Carterville, sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and Molly Hall of St. Charles, Mo. and John Hall and Amanda Rush of Carbondale; grandsons, Owen, Charlie and Eathan Hall; sister, Jane Beltz of Energy; and several cousins. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, John Hastie Jr. and Elinor Hastie, and sister, Judy Hastie. She was a secretary at Olin Matheson for many years. Jean was a graduate of Carterville High School. After high school, she continued her studies at VTI, now known as SIU. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Carterville. Jean enjoyed sewing and just being on the “farm” with her family and grandkids.

 


 

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The Southern Obituaries

2014 ARCHIVES
January
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 

July

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 

February

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 

August

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

March

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. 

September

09/01 - Mary Alice McCoy
09/05 - Rae Clark 
09/07 - Noelle F. Riggs 
09/07 - Delores J. Perkins 
09/08 - Charles "Red" E. Meadows
09/08 - Lorri A. Holtrop 
09/13 - Marian "Maw" Evans
09/26 - Chris Groves 

April

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 

 

October

10/04 - Zudora Hadfield

10/04 - Rex Allen Jeralds

10/08 - Jean Hall 

10/10 - Emilie F. Harmon

10/10 - Joanna Hampton

10/12 - James A Belt Jr.

10/20 - Ivan Ray Smith 

10/30 - Bonita Morse 

May

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 

November

11/04 - Jaxon Skylar Ren
11/04 - David James Garross
11/14 - Clarence "Duddle" Long 
11/19 - Carolyn S. Crider 

June

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 

December