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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.


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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. 

 

 

 

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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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Helen Waldron-Rowatt

 

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.

 

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Darl A. Keehler

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.

 

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Mabel J. Rice 

 

Carterville - 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. 

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Virginia Lee Armstrong 

 

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.


 

 

 

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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. 


 

 

 

 

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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
 

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

 
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

 
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

 
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