CHRISTOPHER -- Edmund 'Tootie' Douglas, 77, died at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at home. There will be no services. Mr. Douglas wished to be cremated. Burial will be at a later date. Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher is directing. Mr. Douglas was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Christopher, the son of Lee Arthur and Hallie (Booth) Douglas. He married Shirley Jenkins. She survives. He was a veteran of the Navy during World War II. He was the owner and operator of Douglas Jewelry.
Clarence E. Ward
ENERGY -- Clarence E. Ward,70, died at 4 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, at home. Clarence was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Herrin, to James Clarence and Edith Odessa (Sellars) Ward. He married Sarah Loretta (Kinley) on March 29, 1952, in Pochahontas, Ark. He was a retired Illinois State Police trooper, where he was employed from 1965 to 1989. He also was director of security at Illinois Centre mall in Marion from 1991 to 2000. He worked at South Side Lumber Yard in the early 1950s. He was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Marion and F. O. P. Troopers Lodge 41. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Lorretta Ward of Energy; daughter and son-in- law, Deborah and Roy Jack of Energy; granddaughter and husband, Charity and Rob Finley of Lombard; grandson, Caleb Hodges of Centralia; mother, Edith Odessa Ward of Energy; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Linda Ward of Thompsonville; and sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bob Ellery of Energy.
Evelyn May Levey
GOREVILLE -- Evelyn May Levey, 91, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in the home of her daughter, Roberta and Paul Forester at Lake of Egypt, Eagle Point Bay, in Goreville. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mitchell- Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, with Pastor Arthur Donley officiating. Visitation was Friday at the funeral home. It was Evelyn's wish to be cremated. For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Evelyn was born May 5, 1913, in Chicago, to Frederick and Elizabeth Krach. She married William H. 'Harry' Levey on Sept. 4, 1928, in West Chicago, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1986. Evelyn and Harry lived in West Chicago. When Evelyn retired from working as the head of the cafeteria at the junior high school in West Chicago in 1967, they moved to Florida. Evelyn enjoyed her family and many friends, traveling throughout her active life until illness brought her to live with her daughter, Roberta, in Goreville. She went with them to Arizona for the winters until she decided to stay there. Illness again moved her in with her daughter, Dolly, in Sun City, Ariz., and then back to Goreville. Survivors include daughter, Dolly McKamey and husband, Don of Sun City; twins, Robert Levey and wife, Barbara of Russellville, Ark., and Roberta Forester and husband, Paul of Goreville; six grandchildren, Steve McKamey of Peoria, Ariz., David McKamey of Phoenix, Vicky Davis of Redfield, Kan., Robin Turnipseed and husband, Brian of Grandbury, Texas, Robert Levey and wife, Sheri of Springtown, Texas, and Paul Forester II and wife, Mary Sue of Sandwich; 21 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, loving granddaughter, Paula Renee' Forester Wilde, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence and Harold Hansler and Hazel and Ed Gross, two nieces, Lila Deiz and Lois Williams, dear friend, Lynn Tripp, and in-laws, Alfred Levey, Ken and Noreen Levey, Frances Levey and Pete Armbrust. 'Evelyn was a kind and loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed greatly and will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts with precious memories. We thank God for her wonderful life and for having us share that with her and for taking her so peacefully into her everlasting life with Jesus Christ our Lord. 'For additional information or to sign the guest memorial register, visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.
BENTON -- Nellie Leota Hughes, 85, of Benton, died at 4:55 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2004, at home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Phillips Cemetery in Ewing, with the Rev. Dale Carson officiating. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Arrangements are by the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Food Pantry. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register visit www.hobbsjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
Harry E. Williams
COBDEN -- Harry E. Williams, 82, of Cobden, died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Cobden Cemetery, with the Rev. Cliff Waller officiating. Burial will be in the cemtery. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
MURPHYSBORO -- Michael A. Williams, a beloved husband and father, will be remembered by the light and the love of Christ that shown through him. His extraordinari ly strong faith in God served as the foundation for his great strength and character. Mike, 33, who will always be remembered for the positive impact that he left on the lives of others through his loving and caring personality, passed away Monday, June 14, 2004. A native of Murphysboro and a graduate of Illinois State University, he was a self-proclaimed sports enthusiast and basketball fanatic who always wore an awarding smile. As a Youth Ministry Leader for The Church of the Harvest in Evansville, Ind., Mike's faith was evident in the way that he lived, the words that he spoke, and the profound impression he left on everyone he had contact with. Mike is survived by his wife Joyce; daughter, Mya; his mother, Corrine; and brothers, Kenny Williams, Mark Williams, Stan Rogers and Patrick Byrd, and a host of extended family and friends. Though he will be missed, we can rest assured that Mike is in heaven with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and is watching over us all. His light continues to shine. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, at the Calvary Temple, 5050 N. First Avenue in Evansville. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Gravesite services will be held at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro, at 1 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004, and friends may call at Pettett Funeral Home in Murphysboro, and from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
William Edward 'Bill' Hall
BENTON -- William Edward 'Bill' Hall, 48, of Benton, formerly of Logan, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, in Crossroads Hospital in Mount Vernon. Services will be at 1 p.m. today in Poulson Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Dwight Jones officiating. Burial will be in Creal Springs Cemetery. Visitation was Friday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made in his memory to the State Bank of Whittington for his children and will be accepted at the bank or funeral home. Bill was born Dec. 9, 1955, in Benton, to John and Margaret (Butler) HalL. He was married to Melissa (Trammel) Hall for 13 years, and she survives of Benton. He was a clerk for Citgo Southerd Oil in West Frankfort. He adored his wife and children and was a lover of horses and racing. He was a member of Bethel Community Church in West Frankfort. Survivors include his mother of Steel City; sons, Keith Robinson of West Frankfort and Lucas and John Hall of Benton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Chuck and Pam Hall of West Frankfort and John and Anita Ruth Hall of Benton; brother-in-law, Jack Groves and wife, Traci of Herrin; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Janice and Mike Fletcher of Thompsonville, Joyce and Scott Forsythe of Whittington, Dixie and Greg Counts of St. Louis, Dora and Jon Duncan of Benton and Karen Hall of Benton; mother-in-law, Delores Groves of West Frankfort; grandfather-in-law, William Furlow of Marion; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, grandmother, Anna Goda Butler, brother, Karl Lee Hall, sisters, Lora Sue and Kimberly Dawn Hall, father-in-law, Floyd Groves, and one niece, Ashley Duncan.
DONGOLA -- Helen Kimber, 96, died Friday, June 18, 2004, in Union County Nursing Home in Anna. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola.
Jane Tally Phelps
MAKANDA -- Jane Tally Phelps, 58, of Makanda, passed away at 3:46 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2004, at home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2004, at First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main in Carbondale, with the Rev. John Annable officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. Memorial donations are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to First United Methodist Church, 214 W. Main, Carbondale; CCHS Education Foundation, 330 South Giant City Road, Carbondale; or SIU Foundation, Colyer Hall, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, IL for a golf scholarship in memory of Jane and will be accepted by the funeral home. Jane was born Sept. 30, 1945, to Earl Tally and Emma (Hogendobler) Tally. She married John S. Phelps on July 21, 1968, in Carbondale. Survivors include her husband Dr. John S. Phelps of Makanda; one son, John Spencer 'Jay' Phelps II of Atlanta; one daughter, Mary Jane Phelps of Atlanta; her parents, Earl and Emma Tally of Carbondale; two brothers, James Earl Tally of Atlanta, and William Joseph Tally of Carbondale; one sister, Emma Jean Durr of Carbondale, Jane was preceded in death by one sister, Jerrie Ruth Tally Gerdes. Mrs. Phelps was a member of First United Methodist Church, Carbondale where she was a Stephen Minister. She was also a member of P. E. O. ; Beta Sigma Phi; Alpha Gamma Delta; and the Carbondale Community High School Foundation where she served as secretary. Jane graduated from SIUC with a bachelor's degree. She taught kindergarten for six years before joining her husband in his orthodontic practice. Jane worked side by side with her husband, Dr. John Phelps as an orthodontic assistant. A job she had for 30 years. Janie was a committed community volunteer with a love for teaching others. She was an avid sports fan enthusiastically cheering on the SIU Salukis, St. Louis Cardinals and Rams. Janie had an interest in all the arts, especially quilting. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Throughout her illness her faith never wavered.
M. Ruth Kobler
MARION -- M. Ruth Miller Kobler, 82, died at 5 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, at home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion, with Dr. Joey Brent presiding. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P. O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.