CARTERVILLE -- Kathleen Roe Powell died at 8:05 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home in Carrier Mills, with Sister Carol Karnitsky and the Rev. Dorothy Cook officiating. Burial will be in Blackman Cemetery in Stonefort. Visitation will be form 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Blackman Cemetery or Hospice of Southern Illinois.
ENERGY -- Cheryl Lynn LaBelle, 54, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004. Arrangements are incomplete at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
Lena (Bosworth) Whipple
DAHLGREN -- Lena (Bosworth) Whipple, 98, died at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, in Mount Vernon Care Center. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in Dahlgren First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mary Erwin officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Dahlgren. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren. Memorials may be made to Dahlgren Methodist Church or the Dahlgren IOOF Cemetery Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home.
LAKE OF EGYPT -- Robert E. Carlson, 74, died at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13, in Rose Hill Cemetery, conducted by the VFW Post 1301 and American Legion Post 147. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Memorials may be made to the Marion VFW and the American Legion Ritual Team on which Mr. Carlson served.
BONNIE -- Pearl D. Beckham, 79, died at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, in her daughter's home in Waltonville. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Russell Wolfe officiating. Burial will be in South Hickory Hill Cemetery in rural Jefferson County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Marjorie H. King, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, in St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. Mrs. King's wishes were to be cremated. There will be no services. Schroeder-McClure Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CHESTER -- Robert L. Jeffreys, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, in Memorial Hospital in Chester. Arrangements are pending at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Chester.
Gloria Dean Purdiman
MOUNDS -- Mother Gloria Dean Purdiman, 70, affectionately known as Ms. Glory Dean, was born to Clinton and Tryphosia Pope on Nov. 24, 1933, in Cherry Valley, Ark. On Aug. 5, 2004, God selected a beautiful rose from His earthly garden for His heavenly bouquet. For the rose was so beautiful He could not resist leaving it in the garden any longer. Oh, what beauty this rose added to His bouquet. Mother Purdiman accepted Christ as her personal Savior in 1979. She was a member of the True Church of God in Christ and served as kitchen supervisor, on the Mother's Board, Pastor's Aide Leader and 'Church Comedian. ' She kept us all laughing. Family and friends enjoyed her company; she put a smile on the faces of most everyone she encountered. Everyone loved her excellent cooking. She believed in feeding all who walked through her door. Mother Purdiman was a visitor of the sick and shut in and had a heart to do mission work. As Proverbs 31:27, 28 and 31 says, 'She looketh well to the ways of her household; her children arise up and call her blessed. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. 'She was preceded in death by her parents; her only son, Erie Lee Henderson; a sister, Nadine Cramer; and a brother, Anthony Pope. She leaves to cherish her memory six daughters and four sons-in-law, Caroline and Franklyn Simmonds of Marion, Rowena Lanier and George Amerson of Riverdale, Tonya and Rodney Woods of Mounds, Tryphosia and Larry Lee Sr. of Marion, Glenda Davis of Ullin and Zella Henderson of Paducah; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two brothers and one sister-in-law, James Leon Pope of Mounds and Eddie and Jean Todd of Cherry Valley, Ark. ; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Delois Powell of St. Louis, Gerldine and Bobby Gibson of Mounds, Cletes and Charles Lowery and Pearl Wade, all of Chicago Heights, and Kathy and George Alford of Atlanta, Ga. ; four aunts, Mayonia Greer of St. Louis and Lula Perry, Clara Pope and Bernice Harris, all of Loraine, Ohio; special friends, Anna Bell Wade, Willie Mae Jackson, Luella Williamson and Brenda Hughes; and a host of relatives and friends. Services will be at noon Friday in Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ in Mounds. Interment will follow in the Spencer Heights Memorial Park with the Pastor Carl Whitaker, Elder Larry Lee Sr. And Elder Rodney Woods officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ. Massie Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of the arrangements.
COULTERVILLE -- Wilmer G. Woodside, 66, of Coulterville, died at 11:16 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, in Sparta Community Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grandcote Reformed Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jim Stark officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Swanwick. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church.
MURPHYSBORO -- Marguerite Crain, age 95, of Murphysboro, formerly of Anna and Pulaski County, died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, in Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale. She was born May 30, 1909, in Vienna, the daughter of Arthur Throgmorton and May Murrie Throgmorton. On June 18, 1931, she was united in marriage to George C. Crain. He died July 14, 1987. She was a graduate of Mound City High School, Brown's Business College in Cairo and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. She was a licensed funeral director and embalmer and with her late husband founded the Crain Funeral Homes in 1932 in Pulaski and Alexander counties. She remained active in the family business until her mid-80s. Earlier she was an equal partner in the business, managing the office and the paperwork for both the funeral homes and the Fruitville Telephone Company and the Pulaski Telephone Company, which were also family owned. Mrs. Crain was a member of the United Methodist Church of Anna and a former member of the Methodist churches of Mounds and of Mound City. She also attended the Villa Ridge Union Church for many years. She was a Past Worthy Matron of Caledonia Eastern Star, where she was a 70-year member, and Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her two brothers, Robert and Arthur (Junior) Throgmorton. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Elaine Crain of Anna and Bill and Sharon Crain of Murphysboro. She was Me-Maw to her grandchildren and their spouses, Bryan and Suzanne Crain of Anna; Amy Crain and Shawn Miller of New York City; Joe and Ann Crain of Springfield; and Allison and Joey Turner of Pulaski, Tenn., and to seven great-grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew Crain, Megan and Thomas Crain, Will and Rob Turner, and Gary Crain Miller. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, in Crain Funeral Home in Anna, with the Revs. Allen Campbell and F. M. Speakman officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
CARTERVILLE -- Syble Samuel Walsh, age 91, of Belmont, Calif., died Aug. 9, 2004. Syble was the daughter of D. C. and Thersia James Samuel of Carterville. She and her husband, Frank Walsh, resided in California for many years. She is survived by one daughter of San Carlos, Calif. ; one son of Seattle; four grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and one brother, Kenneth Samuel of Carterville. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two sisters. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, in White Oaks Chapel in San Carlos, Calif.
VIENNA -- Madeline J. Sullins, 59, of Grayslake passed away at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday at home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Ruth Lee Brown
MURPHYSBORO -- Ruth Lee Brown, 84, of Murphysboro, formerly of Union County, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004 at home. She was born July 10, 1920, the daughter of Harry L. and Cornelia (Balden) Brown. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Murphysboro. She was very active in Senior Citizens in Murphysboro and loved playing bridge with her friends. She was employed at Wal-mart in Murphysboro for more than 18 years. She is survived by her two sons, Ken Whittaker of Murphysboro and Bill Whittaker of Reno, Nev. ; eight grandchildren; one brother, James Oakley Brown of Des Moines, Iowa; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. Services for Ruth Lee Brown will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, in the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna, with the Rev. Richard Pearce officiating. Interment will be in the Jonesboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. tonight at the Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna.