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William "Brutus" Swain
William “Brutus” Swain, 45, of Carterville,
passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro. Funeral services
will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor
Denny Bush officiating. Burial will be in Miner’s Cemetery in Royalton. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday,
October 7, 2015, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a Scholarship Fund for his children,
Madi, Hannah, and Zackary Swain, and will be accepted at the funeral home. William was born on June 29, 1970,
in DuQuoin, to William “Bill” Elmer and Donna June (Lawrence) Swain. He married Carrie Hagler on July 17, 1992,
in Royalton. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Carrie Swain of Carterville; the lights of his
life, his children, Madi Lee Swain, Hannah Mae Swain and Zackary William Swain, all of Carterville; father, Bill Swain of
Royalton; brothers and sister-in-law, Steve and Hazel Swain of Carterville and Gary Swain of Royalton; sister and brother-in-law,
Shonna and Carl Gooden of Herrin; In-laws, Gary and Joy Hagler of Zeigler; brother-in-law, Colin Hagler of Atlanta, Ga.; nieces
and nephews, Kim Messamore, Curtis and Cynthia Messamore, Brittany Swain, Kaitlyn Swain, and Emily Swain; and a host of friends.
William was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Swain; grandparents; and brothers-in-law, Matthew and
Marty Hagler. He worked as a belt man for 8 years at the White Oak/Hamilton County Coal Mine in McLeansboro.
William was devoted to his family. Together they enjoyed going to yard sales, camping, fishing and hiking.
He had also spent time as a coach to his kids’ sports teams. William always had a smile on his face
and his presence will be dearly missed in our everyday lives. In keeping with William's loving and generous spirit, his final
act was to give the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.
Margaret Eugenia "Genie" Jackson, 93, of Marion,
passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke
Funeral Home in Carterville. Graveside services will follow at Hogan Cemetery in Shawneetown with Brother Ivan Ryan officiating.
The preferred form of remembrance is memorial contributions
made to a Scholarship Fund of the donor's choice. "Genie"
was born on July 17, 1922, in St. Louis, to Ralph T. and Carrie Mae (Ozee) Grey. She married Haskell "Hack" Jackson
on September 19, 1936, in Dorrisville, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 27, 1994.
She is survived by her loving daughters and son-in-law, Sondra
and Jerry Loyd of Marion and Rosemary Ticer of Herrin; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Shelba Jackson of Pittsburg, Harlond
and Annette Jackson of Wagener, S.C. and Glenn and Sharon Jackson of Knoxville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren;
numerous great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. "Genie" was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother.
She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed doing embroidery
and crocheting. "Genie" also was a veracious reader. "Genie" was of the Baptist faith. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation
to "Genie's" caregiver, Kathy Dismang; Hospice nurse, Sage Banks; and friend of more than 60 years, Maxine Aaron.
Thomas M. Groutage, 77, of Carterville, passed away on September
26, 2015, at home after a long illness. He was born in Canton, Illinois, on April 23, 1938, to Jim and Hazel (Salisbury) Groutage. Tom married Phyllis Bucy
on June 10, 1960 in Corvallis, Oregon. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Phyllis Groutage of Carterville; children, David (Tina
Whetstine) of Canton, Chuck (Gina Belcher) of Hurst, Mark (Jim Patrick) of Tampa, Florida, and Heather of Carbondale; as well
as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sister, Wanita Misico of Tampa, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carolyn Freeman;
and brother, Jim Groutage Jr. Tom
was a fish biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for many decades. He was devoted to the preservation of our precious
wetlands, while also being an avid hunter and fisherman. A memorial service hosted by Tom's family will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at the
First United Methodist Church, 301 Pine Street, Carterville, with Pastor Bob Morwell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist
Church of Carterville, 301 Pine Street, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the church. Riggin-Pillatsch
& Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with cremation services.
Flora “Sally” Robinson, 80, of Morris, Illinois and formerly
of Cambria, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at Park Pointe Nursing Home in Morris, surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held at
11:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams
officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.
Flora was born on April 28, 1935,
in Cambria, to Richard and Pearl (Jones) Akins. While married to William “Bill” Robinson, together they had three
beautiful daughters, Janice, Marsha and Renae. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Rick Wawczak of Hayward, Wisconsin and Renae and Steve
Burkhead of Seneca, Illinois; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, June and Leo Severs of Cambria;
brother, Billy Akins of Cambria; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Flora was preceded in death by her parents; daughter,
Marsha Robinson; and brother, Leslie Akins. She was a graduate of Herrin High School. Flora, or “Sally”
as she was fondly known by her family and close friends, was quite an Elvis aficionado. She was always one to serve or wait on others, having been a waitress
most of her life at various restaurants.
Ellet, 57, of Herrin, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11:00
a.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at Zion United Church of Christ, 930 W. Cherry Street, Marion, with Rev. Sonja Ingebritsen
officiating. Burial will be at Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 14, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch
& Burke Funeral Home in Carterville and then from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the church. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Church of Good Shepherd, 515 S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901 or to the Humane Society
of Southern Illinois, 95 Humane Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Larry
was born on December 15, 1957, in Carbondale, to Grant and Ruby Deloris (Kingery) Ellet. He married John McNeall II and together
they have shared almost 25 years. He is survived by his loving husband, John McNeal II of Herrin; sons, Dustin
and Ben of Carterville; mother, Ruby Ellet of Carbondale; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Judy Ellet of Carterville
and Jim and Gail Ellet of Carlsbad, New Mexico; sisters and brother-in-law, Jacqueline Ronnebeck of Metropolis, Nancy and
Michael Ford of Swansea, Ill. and Janice Ellet of Cambria; aunt, Eileen Edwards of Fayetteville, North Carolina; father-in-law,
John McNeal of Benton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Terrah and Bill Peterson, Beth Todd and her significant other,
Doug Grover, and Becky McNeal and her significant other, Wayne; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Diane McNeal; numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins; a host of friends; and beloved dogs, Coco Chanel, Ariel, Marley, and Sophie. Larry
was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Rodney Wayne Ellet and Charlie Ellet; sister, Monna Pack; and mother-in-law,
Barbara McNeal. He was the Assistant Emergency Department Manager at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Larry,
or as many folks knew him, Grant, enjoyed traveling especially to the beach. He was a devout Christian who
put God first and everything after that was simply a bonus. Larry had attended Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis where
his relationship with God only grew richer and deeper. Larry loved his walks with his dog, Coco Chanel and
going to find new restaurants to dine at. Most of all, Larry loved his family. His everyday presence in our
lives will be dearly missed. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.
Henry Edward Wooten
Henry Edward Wooten, 93, of Colp, died Wednesday,
September 2, 2015, at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Marion. Private
family services will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family
with arrangements. He
was born on July 5, 1922, in Williamson County, the son of the late George W. and Fannie (Reynolds) Wooten. Henry is survived by his wife, Violet
Wooten; son, Paul “Skip” Wooten; granddaughters, Kimberli Haney, Rebecca (Sean) Cheek, Rachel Galloway, and Joan
Olsen; great-grandchildren, Andria Haney, Beth Ann and Mary Katherine Cheek, and Sophie Grace Wooten; great great-grandson,
Thomas Haney Forby; step-son, Danny Lyell; granddaughter, Valerie (Steve) Steel; step-great granddaughters, Teresa, Melissa
and Veronica Stout, and Page and Steve Steele. He was preceded
in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Melinda Wooten. Henry was a WWII Naval veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Good Conduct
Medals. He retired from Norge and was also an active member
of the Crab Orchard Boat and Yacht Club. Henry’s favorite past time was fishing and he enjoyed exercising by cutting
Jeanettia Dean Gulley, 86, of Carterville, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at
Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Graveside
services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville, with Pastor Mike
Williams officiating. Friends are asked to gather directly at the cemetery. 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, Illinois 62959. Jeanettia was born on April 5, 1929, in Carterville, to Herman and Laura (Wright) James. She married James
Edward Gulley on January 23, 1948, in Williamsburg, Virginia. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2012. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jan Gulley of Allen, Texas; daughters,
Debbie Gulley and her partner, Sherry Dillon, of Cincinnati and Danette and Gregory Cahill of Atlanta; grandchildren and their
spouses, Bryan and Leslie Gulley of Chicago, Eric Gulley of Olathe, Kan., Steve and Ana Cahill of Atlanta, and Chris Cahill
of Nashville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Brody Gulley of Chicago and Sayler Cahill of Atlanta; sister, Wanda M. Priddy of
Carterville; sisters-in-law, Maxine Smith of Herrin and Dorothy Wade of Lake Wales, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Jeanettia was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband,
and sister, Maxine George. She worked as a secretary in a law office in Marion for many years. Jeanettia was a member of the First Christian Church in Carterville. She was very involved with the social activities at
Parkway Estates in Marion. Her favorite activity was BINGO! Jeanettia
loved spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed.
Evelyn Bernice Marlow, 88, of Herrin, passed away at 9:50 a.m., Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Shawnee Christian Nursing
Center in Herrin. Evelyn was born on October 4, 1926, in Weaver, the daughter of Freeman and Mary (Beasley) Pate. She
married Albert F. Marlow in Union City, Tennessee. He preceded her in death on February 9, 1999. Evelyn
was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. After her retirement, she made many friends at both Herrin and S.I.
is survived by her son, Douglas Marlow and his wife, Dana, of Marion; step-grandsons, Dustin Whitehead of Marion and David
Whitehead and his wife, Rachael of Killeen, Texas; step-great grandchildren, Landen, London, Laila, and Olivia Whitehead;
sister, Patricia Spence and her husband, David, of Ferges; and a special Goddaughter, Michelle Brymer of Johnston City. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents;
husband, Albert; son, Donald Gene; daughter, Marla Kay; brother, Earl Pate; sisters, Genevieve Marlow, Juanita Fisher and
Emma Lou Betts; and one infant brother. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3,
2015, at San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Family and Friends are
asked to gather at the cemetery.
Richard “L.R.” Biggs, 81, of Herrin and formerly of Murphysboro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29,
2015, at Herrin Hospital, with his loving family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke
Funeral Home in Carterville, with his brother-in-law, Steve Collins officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Memorial
Park in Murphysboro with military rites performed by the Murphysboro American Legion Post 127. Visitation will begin at 6:00
p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the funeral home. For those who prefer, memorial contributions may be made to Crainville Baptist Church Benevolence
Fund, 806 Marion Street, Carterville, IL 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Leon, or L.R. as he was more fondly called, was born on September 27, 1933, in Carterville,
to Walter E. and Mary Alice (Pieron) Biggs. He married Anna Faye Barnes on February 3, 1962, at Crainville Baptist Church
and together they shared 53 wonderful years. He is survived by his loving wife, Anna Faye Biggs of Herrin; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy (Biggs) and
Jason Deshotels of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brothers, Robert and Gordon Biggs of Murphysboro; brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Charles and Sharon Barnes of Carterville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Paula and Steve Collins of Perry, Ga.; and many
nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. L.R. was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Melvin
Morber and Mary Jean and Fred Rathjen; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Everett and Pauline Barnes; sister-in-law and brother-in-law,
Edna and Laverne Bailey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Everett Ray and JoAnn Barnes; and nephew, Ricky Durden. He proudly and honorably served our
country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. L.R. was a member of Crainville Baptist Church, the Murphysboro V.F.W. and American Legion, United Transportation
Union, and a lifetime member of the Murphysboro Elks. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (Canadian National) for 41 years, retiring in
1995. L.R. enjoyed
watching Little League, High School and College sports. In his younger years he loved to fish and hunt but later in his life
he had an admiration for all kinds of animals.
Wilma Victoria Grissom, 99, of Chicago and formerly of Carterville, went home to be with her Lord
on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday,
August 29, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial
will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Garfield Ridge Baptist Church, 5520 S. Narragansett Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60638. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Wilma was born on March 2, 1916, to Bert and Stella (Colp) Jeralds. She married Paul Grissom and he preceded her in
death on April 1, 1989. She is survived by her daughter, Paula Grissom;
sisters and brother-in-law, Alberta Hicks, Betty Walker and Retia and John Watson; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Jeralds. Wilma
was a fond aunt and friend to many, with a special place in her heart for Judy Clark. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Paul; sisters, Lucille Leeper and Hazel Harris; and brothers,
Eugene, Bill and Tom Jeralds.
Patricia E. Kowalewski
Patricia Elaine Kowalewski, 67, of Carterville,
passed away August 19, 2015, in Marion. A Funeral Mass will
be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 24, 2015, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin, with Msgr. Kenneth Schaefer
officiating. Burial will be in San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday, at the
church. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady
of Mt. Carmel Schola Choir and will be accepted at the church. Pat was born on April 25, 1948, in Versailles, Ohio, to Donald Lee and Clara Estella (Magoto)
Rismiller. She married Michael Joseph Kowalewski on August 18, 1979, in Carbondale. She is survived by her husband, Michael Kowalewski, of Carterville;
siblings and their spouses, Susan and Terry Mars of Sidney, Oh., Donald and Leslie Rismiller of Russia,
Oh., Regina and David Owen of Piqua, Oh., Teresa and Thomas Bey of Sidney, Oh., Barbara and Douglas Mangen of Vandaila, Oh.,
Christopher and Lisa Rismiller of Vandaila, Oh., and Vivian and Robert DeWall of Xenia, Oh.; fifteen nieces and nephews; and
a host of friends. Pat
was preceded in death by her parents. She retired from Carbondale High School, after many years as both the French and Spanish teacher. In addition to singing in the
choir for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pat also shared her talents with the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church choir.
Pat’s generous and kind presence will be
Catherine Rose McCoy, 49, of Makanda, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, at her home
from complications due to pancreatic cancer, surrounded by her family. She was a wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, teacher,
counselor, coach, and all around wonderfully caring and courageous person. A gathering celebrating her life will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, August
22, 2015, at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship Church located at 105 N. Parrish Lane. Catherine was born on November 29, 1965, in St. Louis, to Elizabeth Louise
(Reed) and Richard John Henry Sr. She married Lewis Ratcliff on August 29, 2008, in Marion. She is survived by her husband,
Lew Ratcliff; son, Lucas Ratcliff; mother, Elizabeth Henry; aunt, Virginia Reed; siblings, Rick Henry, Tom Henry, Jim Henry,
Sue (Henry) Lauderdale, and Carol Henry; nieces, Beth Henry and Victoria Lauderdale; nephews, Steven Lauderdale, Patrick Lauderdale
and Brendon Lauderdale. Her gentle presence in our lives will be missed. She has meant so much to so many, professionally
and personally. Memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for her son, Lucas. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville
assisted the family with cremation services.
Dr. Erich J. Snyder
Dr. Erich John Snyder, 36, of Carterville, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2015, along with
his father, Tommy Snyder, also of Carterville. Dr. Snyder was
born on September 20, 1978, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Texas Chiropractic College where he received the
Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He married Michelle Simmons on April 27, 2014. He had one son, Christian Erich Snyder, age 12. Dr. Snyder owned the local businesses
of Carterville Chiropractic and Advanced Pain Management. He has worked there as a chiropractor for the last 11 years. He
was actively involved in several community organizations and well known for his flower garden in front of the businesses.
Dr. Snyder or Erich to his family and friends, enjoyed spending
time with his family, traveling, gardening, and aviation. He is survived by his wife, Michelle Snyder; son, Christian Snyder; mother and step-father,
Karri and Vince Vogt; brothers, Kurtis Snyder and his wife, Shanette and Joel Snyder and his fiancé, Danielle Werne;
grandmother, Joan Snyder; and many extended family members and dear friends. Private family services were held at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with reflections
by Pastor Glen Aulgur of Victory Baptist Church. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery in New Harmony, Indiana. A public memorial service hosted by
family will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Cambria Apostolic Church, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood
officiating. Memorial contributions are the preferred form of
remembrance and may be made for Christian Snyder’s college fund.
The family of Dr. Erich Snyder wishes to express its deepest thanks
and appreciation to all of those in the community for their love and support during this most difficult time.
Tommy Lee Snyder
Tommy Lee Snyder, 59, of Carterville, passed away on August 10, 2015, along with his son, Erich John
Snyder D.C., also of Carterville. Tommy was
born on June 3, 1956, in Altus, Oklahoma. He attended college in Cedar Springs, Michigan. He worked as a
self-employed general contractor locally and nationally. Tommy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, gardening,
fishing, reading, traveling, and building a variety of projects.
Tommy is survived by his sons, Kurtis Snyder and his
wife, Shanette and Joel Snyder and his fiancé, Danielle Werne; daughter, Kahla Burke; daughter-in-law, Michelle Snyder;
grandchildren, Christian Snyder, Angelina Snyder, Madison-Alexis Snyder, and Brooklyn Irizarry; mother, Joan Snyder; adopted
father, Jack Snyder; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Midori Snyder and Rodney and Sally Snyder; sister and brother-in-law,
Jacqueline (Snyder) and Wayne Meek; as well as many extended family members. Private family services were held at
Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with reflections by Pastor Glen Aulgur of Victory Baptist Church.
A public memorial service hosted by family will
be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Cambria Apostolic Church, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating.
The family of Tommy wishes to express its deepest
thanks and appreciation to all of those in the community for their love and support during this most difficult time.
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.
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.
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.
01/10 - Nadean Emery
01/12 - Roy H. Elting
01/22 - Mary Ann Brooks
01/22 - Chuck Broadway
01/28 - J.D. Russell
07/03 - Janice E. Essick
07/04 - David A. Payne
07/06 - Rosemary 'Dee' Childress
07/11 - Ramona Holland
- Ella Mae Garner
Cecil "Bump" Emery
07/25 - Lynden "Lyn" Couch
02/10 - Patty Petty
02/10 - Kenneth Ray
02/16 - Zoe Ann Lightfoot
- Erna J. Lindsey
02/18 - Marianna Intravaia
02/26 - Lance Allan Priddy
02/26 - Wilma Hampton
- Wyona Lou Moore Carter
08/10 - Tommy Lee Snyder
08/10 - Dr. Erich J. Snyder
08/15 - Catherine McCoy
08/19 - Patricia Kowalewski
08/23 - Wilma Grissom
- Leon Richard "L.R." Biggs
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
- Barbara Ann Lewis
09/01 - Evelyn Marlow
09/02 - Henry Wooten
09/05 - Jeanettia Gulley
- Larry Grant Ellet
- Flora "Sally" Robinson
- Thomas M. Groutage
09/30 - Margaret 'Genie'
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
10/01 - William "Brutus" Swain
05/03 - Rachel Ann Rowatt
05/03 - Ruth Drew
05/11 - Eugene Baldwin
05/21 - Marilyn Kay Peters
05/24 - Michael Walters
06/04 - Patsy "Pat"
06/04 - Robert Leon Biggs
06/12 - Kevin Belt
06/16 - Jack Varner
- Mary E. Treece