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Bill H. Palmer, 45, of Carbondale, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at SLU Hospital
in St. Louis, surrounded by his family. A memorial
service will be held at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.
Bill was born on January 25, 1969, in Chicago, to
Marshall and Pamela (Metzger) Palmer. He is survived
by his best friend and the mother of his children, Heather Palmer; daughters, Kayla Palmer, Kaitlyn Palmer, Jeannie Gomez,
and Carissa Palmer, all of Murphysboro; mother, Pamela Miller of Sunrise, Fla.; sister, Melissa Palmer of Oregon; brothers and sister-in-law, Marshall and Angela
Palmer of Carbondale, and Ray and Chris Palmer, both of Chicago; step-mother, Lori Cooney of Chicago; and several friends
including his dear friend, Jason, of Carbondale. Bill
was preceded in death by his father, Marshall Palmer, and grandmother, Dorothy Palmer, who raised him. Bill was a member of New Beginnings Church in Carbondale. He was a computer whiz and loved gaming, but his true passion lay with the force
of Star Wars. Bill enjoyed lending a helping hand
to others in need. He was a devoted, caring and loving father and will be dearly missed.
Michael Lee Drake, 30, of Cambria, surrounded
by his family and loved ones, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 4:25 in the
services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 1, 2014, at Love and Truth Church, 1201 Marion Street, Crainville,
with Pastor Bob Wynn officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. A Celebration of Life ceremony will begin at 6:00
p.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Love and Truth Church, with visitation to immediately follow. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke
Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 or via www.cff.org, so that one day CF will stand for
Cure Found. Envelopes will also be available at the church. Michael was born on March 30, 1984, in Herrin, to Robbie Drake and Mary (Jearlds)
is survived by his wife, Susanne Drake; parents, Mary and Jerry Evans Sr.; sisters, Bobbi Evans and Michelle Drake; brother,
Jerry Evans Jr.; grandparents, Bob and Norma Drake; grandfather, Don Evans; grandmother, Ruth Dunning; and many aunts, uncles,
and cousins. Michael was born with Cystic Fibrosis; a genetic disease that affects many systems
in the body, including the respiratory and digestive systems. Despite his illness, Michael never let it hold him back. He
was an active child and participated in the band through the Carterville School System. In High School, he was on the wrestling
team all four years. He was a 2002 graduate of Carterville High School. He earned an Associate’s Degree from John A
Logan College and moved on to Southern Illinois University where he studied music business, played percussion in the Marching
Salukis and participated in several orchestras and musicals throughout his education. Michael married the love of his life, Susanne Cowan, on August
1, 2004. Together, they served on the Love and Truth Worship Team for nearly 10 years, where he was a faithful member. A talented musician, Michael was a lover
of music and played several instruments including drums and guitar. Michael loved his wife, family and friends dearly. It's often been
said that people that met Michael couldn't help but love him. He always had a smile or joke to brighten someone's day. During the course of their marriage, Michael
had many hospitalizations due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. On September 21, 2013, Michael underwent a life-saving
double lung transplant. After recovering from the surgery, Michael was given a new lease on life and was able to do things
that he'd been unable to do in years. In July of this year, Michael started experiencing organ rejection and passed away under
the expert care of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff. Although dealt a difficult hand in life, Michael never gave up. He always endeavored
to inspire and uplift people through living a Christian life and playing music alongside his wife. Michael once said, "It's
crazy how some people give up and some people fight to the very end." Michael was the type of person that fought until
the very end. He never once gave up. He remained brave until the very end. He will be sorely missed by those that loved him.
The world is a little darker without the light that Michael brought. Michael, we love you and even in our grief find some comfort in
that you are looking over us from Heaven. We know that you are leading a heavenly band and doing what you loved in praising
and worshipping Jesus. Breathe easy our Dark Knight. The family wishes to say a heartfelt thank you to the Wynn family, the Rindfuss
family, the Smith family, the Puckett family, the Finney family and many, many others too numerous to name. The family would
also like to extend a special thank you to the amazing physicians, nurses and staff in the Barnes-Jewish Lung Transplant Center
as well as the Cystic Fibrosis floor of 13100. Thank you for always taking such great care of Michael during his lifetime.
Helen Gore Williams
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.
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
08/26 - Michael Drake
- Bill H. Palmer
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