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Donald "Donnie" E. Underwood 

 

Carterville - Donald "Donnie" E. Underwood, 68, of Carterville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating.  Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville.  Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions can be made to Let Them All Play Ground,  c/o Jennifer Taylor, P.O. Box 10, Carterville, IL 62918. Donnie was born December 18, 1945, in Herrin, to Carl Wesley and Thelma Mae (Hicks) Underwood.  He married Genevieve "Genny" McNeil on July 26, 1966, in Herrin.  He is survived by his wife, Genny of Carterville; daughter and son-in-law, Dana Jo and Thomas Davis of Ware Shoals, S.C.;  son, William "Billy" Underwood of Carterville; sister and brother -in-law, Marsha Kay and Coleman Taylor of Dearborn, Mich.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Janice Underwood of Herrin  and Robert "Bobby" and Pam Underwood  of Herrin; grandchildren, Michaelyn Lacey Underwood and Reva Mae Underwood, both of Ware Shoals, S.C. and Ariah Star Underwood of Carterville; great grandchildren, Natalee Adyson Murray, Sophia LaShae Anderson, and Marlee Eliza Anderson, all of Ware Shoals, S.C.;  step grandchildren and their spouses, Rodney and Jennifer Davis of Creal Springs and Troy and Jamie Davis of Vienna; and several step great- grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Shirley June Farmer and Dorothy Lee Underwood; and three brothers, Carl Wayne Underwood, Ferrald Dean Underwood, and Larry Ray Underwood.  Donnie retired after 39 years as produce manager at Kroger in several southern Illinois communities.  After retiring, he worked as store manager at Casey's for 4 years and worked as a school bus driver in Carterville. He also owned and operated Main Street Books in Harrisburg.  He was a volunteer Fireman at Carterville for many years and also belonged to the Herrin Elks. Donnie bowled in several bowling leagues,  was an avid bass fisherman, loved to throw darts, play softball and coached little league in Carterville.  He was a member of the Shawnee Bass Club and was the founding member of the Southern Illinois Dart Association.  He was a member of the Goldwing Motorcycle Club and the Brotherhood of Old Bikers.  Donnie was always very active and was a loving and devoted husband and father.  He will be dearly missed. 


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Doris Jean McMillan 

 

Carterville - Doris Jean McMillan, 81, of Carterville, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Donnie Colson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Doris was born on April 23, 1932, in Cambria, to Adrian and Ruie (Vaughn) Thomas. She married James Otis McMillan on July 31, 1946, and he preceded her in death on February 14, 1992. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and John Davis of Marion; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmie and Joyce McMillan of Carterville, Otis Ray McMillan of Carterville and his wife, Candi McMillan of Blairsville; grandchildren and their spouses, Kendra and Jimmy Marrs of Marion, Robert Ray and Eva McMillan of Pittsburg, William "Willy" Otis McMillan of Cambria, James Thor McMillan of Pittsburg, John Aaron McMillan of Carterville, and Adam Cody McMillan of Carterville; great-grandchildren, Odin McMillan, James McMillan and Vanessa McMillan; and sisters and brother-in-law, Donna Sue and Alfred Teal of Cambria and Pasty Hardcastle-Schleuter of Salem. Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant brother, Jerry Wayne Thomas; sisters, DeMova Hale and Bonita Frankie Volner; and infant grandson, James Otis McMillan. She worked as a telephone operator at GTE Telephone for more than 22 years. She had previously worked at ACHS in West Frankfort for 13 years, Golden Glove Factory for 1 year, Olin Industries for 3 years, and American Magnetics for 2 years. Doris was a hard worker and devoted to her family.  She enjoyed reading all types of books, doing cross stitch, listening to country music, and traveling around southern Illinois. Doris was a member of the Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin.

 

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Lawanda "Lou" L. Jacquot 

 

Murphysboro - Lawanda "Lou" L. Jacquot, 67, of Murphysboro, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April  9, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Makanda. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home. Lou was born on November 15, 1946, in Charleston, Missouri, to Clarence Allen and Billie Imogene (Cagle) Morehead. She married Gene Arnold Jacquot on June 15, 1963, in Carbondale. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Gene Jacquot of Murphsyboro; daughter, Anita Ramsey of Murphysboro; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Susan Jacquot of Orlando, Fla. and Gene and Sherry Jacquot Jr. of Lebanon, Mo.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Melba and Bob Hinkleman of Windsor, Mo., Judy Musgrave of Cobden and Beverly and Jack Cover of Carterville; brother, Richard Wayne Morehead of Hurst; and grandchildren, Kaylee Ramsey, Nicholas Jacquot, Danielle Jacquot, Camper Van Dyke, Cooper Van Dyke, Griffin Jacquot, and Grace Jacquot. Lou was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, James Allen, Larry Gene and Clarence "C.M." Morehead. She was the Assistant Manager at K-Mart in Carbondale for more than 30 years. The past 7 years, Lou had worked for Menard's in Marion in the accounts receivable department. Lou enjoyed reading, especially Danielle Steele novels; sewing; boating; bowling with her league in Carbondale; and going to her grandkids' sporting events.

 

 

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Fred Ray Falmier 

 

Carterville - Fred Ray Falmier, 86, of Carterville, passed away at 7:20 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Arch Rehab in Energy, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 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 be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department at Arch Rehab of Energy, 210 E. College Street, Energy, IL 62933. Fred was born August 14, 1927, in Blairsville, to Fred and Zelpha May (Hester) Falmier. He married Mary Lou Calhoun on May 29, 1948, in Carbondale. Together they shared almost 66 wonderful years and raised 4 sons. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Falmier of Carterville; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Falmier of Carterville, Ron and Sue Falmier of Carterville, David and Lisa Falmier of Carterville, and Steve and Diana Falmier of West Frankfort; special adopted son, Marty Russell of Carterville; grandchildren and their spouses, Max and Anissa, Matt, Evie, Freddie and Linzy, Joey, Dallas, and Heather; great-grandchildren, Brooks, Rawley, Brahm, Delilah, Abraham, Marty, and Hope. Fred was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Ryan Falmier; sister, Verna Mae Taitt; and in-laws, Herman and Louvica Calhoun. He was a mine manager at Ziegler Coal Company for many years. Fred also built and ran Fred's Dance Barn for 15 years. Fred loved to work on and collect antique cars, and he especially loved 1929 Ford Model A cars. He spent every Wednesday going out to eat with his family and friends, Bob Foster, Robert Followell, Harmon and Anita Granes. Fred was loved by everyone, and he will be terribly missed. His wife was the love of his life. He was a wonderful husband and father. His family would like to express their thanks to the nurses and staff at Herrin Hospital and Arch Rehab for all of their wonderful care.

 

 

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Crainville - Emma Colp Davis, 87, of Crainville, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. Per Emma's wishes, graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with the Rev. Charles Epperly officiating. Please express your condolences by contributing to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959. Emma was born on April 21, 1926, in Carterville, to Albert and Alice (Jordan) Walker. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Sutman of Marion; grandson, Robert and Tracy Ross Jr. of Pittsburg; granddaughter, Rachelle and Pete Kassen of Carterville; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Joann Walker of Oswego; sister, Pat Warren of Herrin; great-grandchildren,  Tara Davis, Amanda Ross, Dalton Anderson, Rachel Poettker, Tiffany Preston, Clarissa Ribbing, David Ribbing, Ashley Ribbing, Dillon Kassen; great-great grandchildren, Braxton Davis, Cash Davis, Jason Ross, Rylee Byassee, Makenzie Ross, Brysen Poettker, Anthony Preston, and one on the way; and her beloved dog, Bitsy. Emma was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Belle Westbrook, Velma Lyell and Peg Owens; and brothers, Clyde Westbrook, Jack Walker, Everett Walker, George Walker, and LeRoy Walker. She retired from Allen Industries after more than 20 years of service. Emma had also worked as a caregiver for 13 years. Emma was a member of the Red Hats Society. She took great pride and loved the roses in her flower garden.  Emma was also an animal lover. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements.

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Teddy "Ted" L. Hatley Sr. 

 

Carterville - Teddy "Ted" L. Hatley Sr., 64, of Carterville, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Roger Glasco officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Ted was born May 8, 1949, in Grand Tower, to John W. and Ruth Ada (Parks) Hatley. He married Victoria J. Nellis on July 19, 1989, in Paducah. Their loved never wavered even through the good times and bad over the 28 years they had been together. He is survived by his loving wife, Vicky Hatley; son and daughter-in-law, Teddy L. Jr. and Jennifer Hatley.; daughters, Ashley A. Hatley and Ruth E. H. Hatley; step sons, Billy T. Boone II and Micah and Sandy Boone; brothers, Darrell Hatley and Richard Dixson; sisters, Betty Ellis, Sandy McMichael, Judy Keasler, and Mary Del Hightower; grandchildren, Garrett L. McGhee and one on the way; special adopted son, Shawn McConnaughy; special adopted daughters, Karin Earhart and Tara Kay Agers; honorary daughter, Jo Jo Stout; best friend, Joe Nellis; many nieces and nephews; and his pets, dog, Katie and cat, Smokey. Ted was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bud, Kenneth Ray, Johnny, and David Lee Hatley. He was an electrician and First Mate on a River Boat. Ted enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, gardening, and doing yard work. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was seen as a knight and shining armor to his wife and Ted wouldn't want you to grieve for him,  because he will see you soon.

 

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Eileen W. Bleyer

           

Fortified by the Blessed Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church and with a firm belief in the resurrection, Eileen W. Bleyer died Monday, March 17, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

            Eileen was born March 2, 1923,  to Adolph and Mary (Cashin) Wiss who proceeded her in death.   She married James B. (Jim ) Bleyer on April 27, 1957.  He survives.

            Also surviving are children, Mary Margaret (Bleyer) Foradora and husband, Honorable John H. Foradora, Brockway, Pennsylvania; John Cavanaugh Bleyer and wife, Susan, Elmhurst, Illinois; Joseph Albert Bleyer and wife, Stacey, Marion, Illinois; Anna Marie (Bleyer) Vogel and husband, Eric S. Vogel, Prairie Village, Kansas; and James Robert Bleyer and wife, Heidi, Maumee, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Eileen Bleyer.

            She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Jennifer Marie (Vogel) Schroeder and husband, Dan; Eric S. Vogel, Jr., and wife, Kaitlin; Margaret Erin Vogel, Kathleen Teresa Vogel, Joseph James Bleyer, Michael D. Bleyer, Margaret Teresa Bleyer, Mason James Bleyer, Elena Kate Bleyer, James Henry Foradora, and Abigail Margaret Bleyer.         

            She was preceded in death by siblings Katherine Jacobs, Helen Hood, Mary Daniels, A. J. Wiss, Frank Wiss, and Joan Hunt; she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Eileen also enjoyed and appreciated the close relationship with her in-laws and their families: William C. and Dorothy Bleyer, of Carterville;  Frank F. and Lita (deceased) Bleyer, of Carbondale; Thomas A. and O’Mira Bleyer, of Marion; and Diane Bleyer, of Herrin.

            Eileen attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Grade School and High School in Pana, Illinois, and graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.   She completed an internship in Dietetics at the Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.   She was employed as a Dietician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and then at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Waco, Texas.  In 1953, she relocated to Marion and became Chief Dietician at the Veterans Administration Hospital until her retirement in 1961, when she chose to continue her most fervent vocation - that of mother. 

            For those who knew Eileen, it is not necessary to describe with words the person she was; for those who did not know her, it is impossible to do so.  She was a devout and proud member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and received an Award of Appreciation from the Belleville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in 2008.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Women’s Guild, Beta Sigma Phi, and Clio Club.

            Because of the solemnity of the Lenten season, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to:  St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Building Fund; Albert W. and Margaret Bleyer Scholarship Fund at John A. Logan College; Teresa Eileen Bleyer Memorial Fund, c/o The Bank of Carbondale; Tony Bleyer Scholarship Fund, c/o SIU Foundation; or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Mass intentions may be made through St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; the Holy Cross Association, Notre Dame, Indiana; or to a Catholic church of the donor’s choice.

            The family wishes to acknowledge the kindness and care of Dr. Frank L. Bleyer, M.D.; caregivers Kenna Garrison, Beverly Daniels, Keith Kern, and Anna Marie Lawson; and Donna Hinant, Candace Reeder, and the staff of Hospice of Southern Illinois.                  

            Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of the arrangements.  A time with family and friends to reflect and share how Eileen touched all our lives will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marion, Illinois.  The Holy Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. in the Church.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Msgr. Thomas D. Flach and Rev. Richard G. Mohr officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville.

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Shirley A. Burroughs 

 

Blairsville - Shirley Ann Burroughs, 76, of Blairsville, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Charles Allen officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 320 East Walnut Street, Ste. A, Carbondale, IL 62901. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Shirley was born on December 15, 1937, in Blairsville, to Steve and Oneatta (Elliott) Olkoski. She married Gary Wayne Burroughs on July 27, 1971, in St. Louis. She is survived by her husband, Gary W. Burroughs of Blairsville; daughters and son-in-law, Candi McMillan of Blairsville and America Lynn K. and Robert Dale Hardy of Murphysboro; son, Bruce A. Robison of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren, John McMillan of Carterville, Adam Cody McMillan of Carterville and Stephanie Robison of Storm Lake, Iowa; and five great-grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by  her parents. She enjoyed decorating and designing new plans for her home, reading, working in her flower gardens, and dancing and teaching all styles of dance. Shirley was an animal lover. Shirley had never met a stranger and was quite the people person, who not only found great interest in everyone she encountered, but also gave everyone the benefit of the doubt.


 

 

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Shirley Ann Robinson 

 

 

Carterville - Shirley Ann Robinson, 66, of Carterville, passed away, Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Greg Parker officiating. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Shirley was born on November 22, 1947, in Chicago, to George and Eleanor (Johnson) Biley. She married Lloyd Ray Robinson on September 7, 1995, in Carterville. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2002. She is survived by her son, Craig Piper of Herrin; daughter, Shelly Ross of Belleville; mother, Eleanor Biley of Hurst; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Don Powers of Madison, N.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Sandy Biley of Stonefort, George Biley of Hurst and Joe and Susie of Moody, Ala.; grandchildren, Brockton Lane Ross, Ashton McKenna Ross, Brianna Lynn Ross, and Adelyn Montgomery Ross, all of Belleville, and Madison Leigh Piper and Cooper Aaron Piper, both of Herrin; her special friend and loved one, David Greathouse; and many special nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her father and husband. Prior to working for Oliver and Associates for several years, Shirley had worked for MetLife in Carbondale. She was an avid movie buff who loved going to the beach. Shirley's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.



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Geraldine "Gerry" Loftis 

 

 

Carterville - Geraldine "Gerry" Marie Loftis, 76, of Carterville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Charles Epperly officiating. Burial will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the funeral home. Gerry was born on March 3, 1938, in Jackson County, Tennessee, to Benton M. and Ethel R. (Brown) Smith. She married Charles Ralph Loftis on December 22, 1953, in Gainesboro, Tennessee. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Charles R. Loftis of Carterville; sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Irma Loftis of Walworth, N.Y. and Greg and Peg Loftis of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Craig Donna of Marion; brothers and sister-in-law, Sam and Ina Smith of Cookeville, Tenn. and Clyde Smith of Cicero, Ill.; sisters and brother-in-law, Bernie Stephens of Dayton, Oh. and Wilma and Shirley Rector of Cookeville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Brandon Kent Loftis of Pinckneyville, Jason Loftis of Port Orange, Fla., Tyler Loftis of Wilmington, N.C., Amanda Loftis of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Nicole Loftis of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Brian and Andrea Stearns of San Antonio, and Scott and Bethany Stearns of Misawa, Japan, Bradley Donna of Marion; great-grandchildren, Thomas Miller, Curtis Loftis, Paige Stearns, Kaitlin Stearns, and Jocelyn Stearns. Gerry was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Ryan Loftis; two brothers; and eight sisters. She was a homemaker. Gerry was an avid Cardinal fan who also enjoyed bowling and doing crossword puzzles. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959 or to the American Cancer Society, Southern Region, 4503 West DeYoung Street, Suite 200 C, Marion, Illinois 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

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Sandy K. Emery 

 

 

Carterville - Sandy K. Emery, 67, of Carterville, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Vision Fund, P.O. Box 135, Carterville, Illinois 62918. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Sandy was born on October 25, 1946, in Herrin, to James W. and Jewell Maxine (James) George. She married Gary "Pappy" Emery on July 8, 1977, in Carterville. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2011. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Kendra and Wayne Taylor of Carterville and Kristal Emery of Herrin; sons and daughters-in-law,  Kendall and Khrissy Hollister of Carterville, Gary Allen and Lydia Emery of Mt. Vernon and Greg Emery of DeSoto; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Jim Liddell of Carterville; grandchildren, Travis Taylor, Tyler Knox, Tyler Emery, Reagan Emery, Jade Knox, Macey Hollister, Brittan Hollister, Toby Hollister, Michael Emery, Victoria Jane, Jaylyn Bursey, and Chase Ticer; and her special friend and cousin, Linda Hampton of Carterville.Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She attended the First Christian Church in Carterville and was a member of the Rebekahs. Sandy was always on the go. Sandy could be found going to yard sales and holding court at the round table with her friends at McDonald's.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Ann Wood 

 

Carterville - Mary Ann Wood, 70, of Carterville, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Bruce Fox officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Makanda. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Southern Region, 4503 West DeYoung Street, Suite 200 C, Marion, Illinois 62959. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Mary was born March 25, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Robert F. and Rachel Margaret (Rosenbaum) Easter. She married Charles "Larry" Wood on May 2, 1981, in Lake Station, Indiana. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Wood of Carterville; children and their spouses, Glinda and Phillip Schiller of Portage, Ind., Luffman Jestes of Merrillville, Ind., Chris and Shirley Hollifield of Valparaiso, Ind., David and Melissa Hollifield of Cartersville, Ga., and Wayne Hollifield of Knoxville, Tenn.; stepchildren and their spouses, Angela and Gary Spurlock of Morehead, Ky., Charles "Larry Jr" Wood and Melissa Potts of Kouts, Ind., and John Wood of Portage, Ind.; twenty-four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Nick Simic of Arlington, Tex., Joyce Jestes of Cookville, Tenn. and Susie and Jimmy Childers of Phoenix, Az.; and brother, Robert J. Easter of Portage, Ind. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lisa and Carolyn; brothers, Roy and Buddy; and grandchildren, Joshua and April Lynn. She was a factory worker at Rockwell International and Shipper American Bridge, both in Northern Indiana, where she assembled brake pads. Mary retired from Electro-Seal in Indiana.


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Vera Ruth Tottleben 

 

Carterville - Vera Ruth Tottleben, 87, of Carterville, went to join her husband, John, on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014, at Parkway Manor in Marion. Vera Ruth was born on Dec. 5, 1926, in Carterville, to Cleve and Minnie (Nolan) Hampton.  She married John L. Tottleben on June 25, 1947, in Carterville.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2001.  She is survived by two nieces, Patty Kraniewski of Marion and Marian Zorich of Worden, Ill.; great nieces and nephews, Robyn Hammonds, Sarah Routh and her husband, Jamie, Emma Routh, Jacob Hammonds, Tyler Jones, Bo Routh, all of Crocker, Mo., Michael Zorich and his wife, Kimberly, Kyle Zorich and Katelyn Zorich, all of St. Louis.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Kathleen Harris; and brother, Leon Hampton.  Vera Ruth owned and operated her own beauty shop for forty-six years.  She was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church.  It was Vera Ruth's wish to be cremated and her ashes were buried next to her beloved husband, John, in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville. 

 

 

 

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Leroy Robinson

 

Carterville - Leroy Robinson, 79, of Carterville, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Gene Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery with military rites performed by the Illinois Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Leroy was born on August 23, 1934, in Bush, to Franklin and Lena (Carter) Robinson. He married Cho Murphy on March 3, 1976, in Carterville. He is survived by his wife, Cho Robinson of Carterville; daughters and son-in-law, Patricia Russell of Herrin and Kim and Tom Haag of Thompsonville; sons and daughter-in-law, Tom and Beth Robinson of Lawrenceville and David Robinson of Carterville; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Don Knapp of West Frankfort; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Robinson; and sister, Hestella Robinson. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army serving overseas in Germany. After Leroy retired as a coal miner, he then worked as a coal mine inspector for the state of Illinois. He loved being a farmer and talking politics. He was a member of Faith Chapel in Blairsville, the American Legion in Marion and the UMWA.

 

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Lawrence "Larry" Daly

 

Carterville -  Lawrence "Larry" Edward Daly, 64, of Jupiter, Florida, and formerly of Carterville, Ill., went to join his mother, brother, and sister in God's Kingdom, on February 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, Ill., with the Reverend Randy Uselton 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 Illinois Army National Guard. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Please express your condolences by contributing to the Larry Daly Memorial fund accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank. The family will donate those funds to a charity in Larry's name. Larry was born on September 16, 1949, in Dayton, Ohio, to Joseph Anthony and Lois Jean (Little) Daly. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth A. Daly; son, Joseph A. Daly; grandson, Shawn S. Lokahandwala; and brother, James Ransom Daly Sr. of Houston, Texas. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Anthony Daly Jr.; and sister, Jacquelynne Daly. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. Larry was an ordained minister who loved the Lord and his fellow man. He was always looking for ways to bring joy, happiness and salvation to everyone he established a relationship with.  He was happiest when fulfilling his Godly calling and serving his Heavenly Father. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, collecting baseball memorabilia, and Corvettes. Larry took great joy in helping people and participating in activities that would bring joy, comfort, redemption and salvation to those around him. In more recent years, he became very involved in his very special grandson's life. Larry's smiling face and kind words will be sorely missed in a world needing men like him.

 

 

 

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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

 
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

 
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 

 

October

 
May
 

November

 
June
 

December