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Helen Gore Williams
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, 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.
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.
Helen Marie Waldron-Rowatt, 88, of Herrin, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Hurricane Creek Assisted
Living Center in Herrin, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday,
July 30, 2014, Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood and Pastor Marty
Beers officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday,
at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road,
Marion, IL 62959 or to the Activities Department at Hurricane Creek, 400 Lou Ann Drive, Herrin, IL 62948. Envelopes will also
be available at the funeral home. Helen was born on December 18, 1925, in Overton, Alabama, to Eugene and
Lillian (Guy) Russell. She married Wyvan Keith Williams, and he was killed in action during WWII overseas in Germany. She
later married Victor G. Waldron, and he preceded her in death on March 2, 1989. She is survived by her daughter
and son-in-law, Suzzette and Tom Coffey of Cambria; sons, Troy Waldron and his partner, Matthew Smith, of Dunedin, Fla. and
Victor and Paula Waldron; grandchildren and their spouses, Guy and Dora Whitecotton, Jerry and Jennifer Lauderdale, Tracy
Hardcastle, Crystal and Steve Mitchell, Holly and Eric Wheetley, Anjel and Mark Ausherman, Mark Hall, and Dawn Sweeney; great-grandchildren,
Hally Kissar, Ian Hardcastle, Brooklyn Bowlin, Cody Ausherman, Jessica Lingle, Courtney Ausherman, Blake Morgan, Alexander
Wheetley, Chaz English, Darren Lauderdale, Lauren Wheetley, Daniel Pujols, Kaitlyn Wheetley, Catherine Mitchell, and Alton
Colby; great great-grandchildren, Caleb Vogel, Abby Mocaby, Mason Rohach, Johnathan Hall, and Brantley Lowery; sister and
brother-in-law, Imogene and Carl Spinks of Herrin; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Virgil and Virginia Russell of West Frankfort,
David and Camilla Russell of West Frankfort and Brian Russell of Marion. Helen was preceded in death by her
parents; husbands, Wyvan Keith Williams and Victor G. Waldron; daughters, Myra Whitecotton and Brenda Williams; grandsons,
Brian Keith Whitecotton, William Joe Whitecotton, Eddie Lee Lauderdale, and Johnathan Drake Sanders; brothers, Horace Buddy
Russell, David E. Russell, James Robert Russell, and Ceberan Russell; and step-sister, Dorothy Taylor. She
was a self-employed seamstress. In her earlier years, she had worked on the assembly line at Allen Industries and Sangamon
then also at Smoler Brother as a seamstress. For some time, Helen did alterations at Ellis Bridal and Zwicks Concept in Herrin
then at Meis Department Store in Carbondale. She was a member the Rebekah Lodge in Carterville. Helen
loved sewing, collecting antiques, visiting with friends, playing BINGO at Hurricane Creek, and gardening, especially in her
flower garden. Her family would like to give thanks and special recognition to the staff at Parkway Manor,
the staff and residents at Hurricane Creek, the nurses at Hospice of Southern Illinois, and her therapist, Sarah Wiley, for
all of their wonderful care and support.
Carterville - Darl A. Keehler, 83, of Carterville,
died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral
Home in Carterville, with Pastor Marvin Kleinau officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation
will begin at 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Community of Christ, P.O. Box 306, Carbondale, IL 62901. Envelopes
will also be available at the funeral home. Darl
was born on March 25, 1931, in Cheboygan, Michigan, to Alfred E. and Dorothy M. (Lalone) Keehler. He married Jean Edna Evans
on January 14, 1954, in Media, Pennsylvania. He is
survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jean Keehler of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and David Hampton
of Carterville and Sandra Keehler of Carterville; son and daughter-in-law, William and Christy Keehler of Pontoon Beach, Ill.;
grandchildren, Shawn and Marcee Hampton of Kennewick, Wash., Rob Martin of Pontoon Beach, Ill. and Christopher Keehler of
Pontoon Beach, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Kaylin Hampton, Jaeden Hampton, Grayson Hampton, and Marilyn Martin; his mother,
Dorothy Keehler of Blue Springs, Mo.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwaine and Lorraine Keehler of Lee Summit, Mo. and Jerry
and Kay Keehler of Berryville, Ark.; sister, Karen Johnston of Blue Springs, Mo., as well as nieces and nephews. Darl was preceded in death by his father; his brother-in-law, Richard Johnston;
and his granddaughter, Kathryn Hampton. He honorably
served our country in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1951 to 1955, during the Korean Conflict. Darl was a Civil Engineer for IDOT beginning in August of 1962 up until his retirement
in 1991. He was a member of the
Masons. Darl was a lifelong member of the Community
of Christ in Carbondale, where he served as a Deacon until his superannuation in 2009. Darl was known by family, friends and neighbors as a storyteller and a person who
enjoyed helping others solve problems. Darl was well-known among his son’s friends as a teacher because
he taught them how to fish and hunt. During his employment at IDOT, he was a permit engineer, but he was
most excited when it snowed and he had a chance to drive a snow plow. In his later years, Darl would spend hours in his workshop crafting pieces as large as a four-poster
bed and as small as a wooden box shaped like a pig. After retirement, Darl initiated the Thursday Give-Away
at the Marion branch of his church. During the Marion branch renovation, Darl designed the trim in the
sanctuary and throughout the rest of building.
Mabel J. Rice
- Mabel J. Rice, 97, of Carterville, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at Jerseyville
Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at noon,
Friday, July 18, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Brad Harlow officiating.
Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Building Fund, 406 South
Division Street, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Mabel was born on September 6, 1916, in New Burnside, to William and Effie (Johns) Griffith, but was raised by
her mother and Hugh Bryan. She married Homer E. Rice on Oct. 26, 1935. He preceded her in death on October 9, 1990. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cyndy Rice of Jerseyville;
grandchildren, Scott and Tiffany Rice of Champaign and Nathan Rice of Decatur; great grandchildren, Madison, Lillian and Evangeline
Rice, all of Champaign; nephew, Mike and Eydee Persson
of North Carolina; nieces and their spouses, Mary Newsom of Carterville, Nancy and Dean Pearson of
Carterville, Donna Gulley of Marion, Sara and J.P. Barrington of Carterville, and Linda and Dennis Drust of Carterville.
Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; step father, husband; and brother, Carl Thomas Bryan. She owned and operated
Red and White Grocery Store in Carterville for several years and also Rice's Green House for many years. She was a member
of First Baptist Church in Carterville and at her death had the distinction of being the oldest and longest member. Mabel
loved flowers and people would drive by just to see her Azaleas. She liked to work puzzle books, but most of all, her
family was her life. She will be dearly missed.
Carterville - Virginia Lee Armstrong, 92, of Carterville, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at the home of Jack and Beverly Cover, whom
she had resided with the last several years. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke
Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in Oakland
Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V.,
Williamson County #71, 905 S 12th Street, Herrin, IL 62948. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Virginia was born on February
3, 1922, in Murphysboro, to John Thomas and Rose (Frey) Simons. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Beverly Cover of Carterville; daughter and
son-in-law, Sharon and Paul Ranmar of Energy; son-in-law, Dale Poiter of Herrin; grandchildren and their spouses, Peggy Dooley,
Pat and Sherry Poiter, Bobby Poiter, Pamela Austin, Ryan Williamson, Candy Cover, and T.J. Hale; and several great grandchildren.
She is also survived by a very special friend, her hospice nurse, Ellen, who went above and beyond her duties as Virginia’s
caregiver. We are eternally grateful to you. Virginia
was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, Lamont Cover, Delbert Lewis and John Armstrong; son, John Thomas Cover;
daughter, Margaret Poiter; brother, Harold Simons; and sister, Katherin Rowe. She was a nurse at Holden Hospital in Carbondale until its closure. She then worked as a nurse for
Dr. Crandal. Virginia enjoyed flowers and traveling.
Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed.
Ruth "Ruthie" Ann Williams-Halley
Carterville - Ruth "Ruthie" Ann Williams-Halley, 70, of Carterville, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at her home, surrounded
by her family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral
Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon and her brother, Rev. Bruce Howell officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest
Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road,
Marion, IL 62959 or to St. Francis Care Animal Shelter, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Envelopes will also
be available at the funeral home. Ruthie was born
on September 13, 1943, in Chicago, to Milton and Helen Virginia (Wyatt) Williams. She leaves the echoes of her laughter to be cherished by her loving daughter, Crystal Caliper-Bollman
of Herrin; sons and daughter-in-law, James Caliper of Belleville and Tommy D. and Teresa Caliper of Colp; grandchildren, Amber
N. Hendrickson, Travis D. Caliper and his fiancée, Ashley Payne, Brandi N. Caliper, Jordan R. Caliper and Madison L.
Caliper; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Cathy Howell of Herrin and Bruce and Diane Howell of
St. Peters, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved “critter” companions. Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tommy Lynn Caliper; daughter,
Ann Marie Halley; and grandfather, Otto Williams. Her
zest for life was rivaled only by her contagious laughter. Known to most as the “Critter Whisperer”,
Ruthie approached each day with great passion and fervor, warranting her nurse from hospice to refer to her as her the “Little
Red Hot Chili Pepper”. Ruthie possessed a generosity of spirit and was very passionate about the love of her family as well as each and every
animal that was a member of “Ruthie’s Zoo”. The family would like to extend a special note of gratitude to Herbert Chapman & his sister, Judy
Wilson for the tireless, selfless acts of love that were extended to Ruthie. Words can never convey
the depth of our gratitude.
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
- 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
- Mabel J. Rice
07/19 - Darl
07/27 - Helen Waldron-Rowatt
- Ernie Reynolds
02/04 - Linda "Susie" Horn
- Verta Mae Bogard
02/06 - Lawrence "Larry" E. Daly
02/09 - Renee Isaacs-Cook
02/14 - Vera Ruth
02/20 - Leroy Robinson
02/28 - Mary Ann Wood
02/28 - Sandy K. Emery
08/02 - Naomi Collier
08/10 - Helen Gore Williams
03/03 - Shirley Ann Robinson
03/05 - Geraldine "Gerry" Loftis
- Shirley A. Burroughs
- Eileen W. Bleyer
- 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.
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
05/24 - Harry Dean
05/28 - Robert "Bobby"
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