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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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Viola M. Emery

Viola Mae Emery, 76, of Carterville, died Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with Pastor Steve Adams officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon - 2:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Children's Home, 2023 Richview Road, Mount Vernon, IL 62864. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Viola was born on July 24, 1938, in Carterville, to Guy and Velma (Crowell) Williamson. She married Paul E. Emery on July 26, 1957, in Carterville. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1986. She is survived by her grandson, Blayne Emery and Kendra Murphy of Hannibal, Mo.; granddaughter, Camlyn Jordyn Monfort of Osage Beach, Mo.; great-granddaughter, Kensley Murphy; sister, Ruth Erickson of Springfield; brother, Jimmy Williamson of Herrin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Donnie and Violet Emery of Johnston City, Tony and Edith Emery, Jim and Phyllis Emery, Sue Jones, and Wanda Spiller, all of Carterville; and several nieces and nephews. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and daughter, Paula Ann Emery Dirks. She worked in customer service at Wal-Mart in Carbondale for many years. Viola was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carterville. Besides her love of cooking, Viola enjoyed watching the Hallmark channel and soap operas, especially the Young and the RestlessViola cherished her family particularly her grandkids-they were her life.

 

 

 

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James "Junior" Finney

 

James “Junior” Finney, 88, of Crainville, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at Herrin Hospital, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Revs. Jerry Schell and Tommy Monroe officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville with military rites performed by the Marion V.F.W. Hyde-Pillow Post 1301 and the Navy Honors Ritual Team. Visitation will begin with Masonic rites at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home and go until the time of the service. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. James was born on May 28, 1926, in Williamson County, to James Monroe Finney Sr. and Lydia Trout. He married Aubrey Cavanas Hale on June 17, 1949, in Jackson County. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2006. He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Beasley of Herrin and Beryl Pepin of Westwood, Mich.; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Lyndell, Mamie and Ron. James was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, including an infant, Gene, Jack, Max, and Bill Finney; and sisters, Elsie Antonini, Pauline Jones, and Mary Young. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII serving overseas as a radio operator. He began his career as a sheet metal worker in various construction jobs prior to working at SIU in the physical plant where he labored also as a sheet metal worker for 15 years. In addition, to having several memberships with organizations and clubs such as the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Masonic Lodge #802 and the Ainad Shriners Temple, James was a charter member of the Crab Orchard Golf Course in Carterville. James loved taking in the beauty and tranquility of Crab Orchard Refuge everyday, traveling around southern Illinois, and practice target shooting.

 

 

 

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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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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

12/02 - James "Junior" Finney
12/20 - Viola M. Emery