JUNCTION -- Lois Lee Jones Rice, 62, died at 10:55 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2003, in Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Vickery Funeral Chapel in Ridgeway, with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Crawford Campground Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday.
James E. Tanner
CREAL SPRINGS -- James E. Tanner, 76, of Creal Springs, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the Edward Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mitchell-Hughes funeral home in Marion. The Rev. Paul Lee will officiate. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemetery south of Crab Orchard. Military services will be performed at graveside by VFW Post 1301 of Marion. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home. James was born July 10, 1927, in Johnson County to Hollie and Elsie (Davis) Tanner. He married Betty June (Evetts) Tanner in Clay County, Ark. on November 1, 1952. She passed away July 28, 1995. Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-laws, James D and Pamela Tanner of South Elgin, and William G. and Susan Tanner of Elgin; three grandchildren, Courtney and David Tanner of South Elgin, and Kristina Koga of Paletine; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lindell and Linda Tanner, and Hollie and Sharon Tanner all of Creal Springs; a sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Ray Horn of Creal Springs; a sister-in-law, Vicki Eyestone of Marion; a sister-in-law and husband, Rosemary and James Norman of Glenarm; a brother-in-law and wife, Louis and Cheryl Lorenze of Arnold, Mo. ; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his beloved dog Kenna. His parents, wife, and one infant daughter preceded him in death. James was retired from Saint Charles Kitchen where he worked for 35 years. He served in the U. S. Marine Corp. during the Korean War.
BENTON -- Edna Louise Wilkerson Duncan, 80, answered the call at 4:10 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2003, in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Pamela Duncan. She was born on Feb. 18, 1923, in Benton, the daughter of Lerenzo Dow and Mary (Lehr) Wilkerson. On July 6, 1938, in Mayfield, Ky., she married Adrian Duncan, he preceded her in death on March 14, 1988. Mrs. Duncan was a member of the First Baptist Church of West City. She is survived by one daughter, Francine Pheasant of Benton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Adrian and Carolee Duncan of Raleigh, N. C., and Terry E. and Pamela Duncan of Benton; nine grandchildren, Tamara Duncan of Wake Forest, N. C., Debby Duncan and Larry M. "Duke" Duncan both of Raleigh, N. C., Sandy Duncan Emmi of Baldwinsville, N. Y., LaRonda Duncan Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Miechelle Duncan Cook of Spokane, Wash., Tera Duncan Hall of Colvis, Calif., Robert Pheasant of St. Louis, and Brian Pheasant of Christopher; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Treva Counts of Altamont; and one brother, Don Wilkerson of Florida. Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, Terry Wayne Duncan, and by several brothers and sisters. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2003, at the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton.
Shirley Hardcastle Bailey
HERRIN -- Shirley Hardcastle Bailey, 65, died at 10:44 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Herrin Hospital. She was born July 2, 1937, in Crainville to Ralph Wesley and Stella (Rye) Alexander. She married Charles Hardcastle August 20, 1950, in Corinth, Miss. He died June 16, 1977. She then married Clyde E. Bailey October 5, 1978, in Herrin. He survives. She was a registered nurse at the Southern Illinois Unveristy Carbondale Health Services. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. Survivors include her husband, Clyde E. Bailey of Herrin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Donna Hardcastle of Herrin and Matthew and Amy Hardcastle of Hurst; three step-children and a husband, Barbara and Eldon, Clyde E. Bailey, Jr., and Jeffry Bailey, all of Tuscon, Ariz. ; three grandchildren and a husband, Nichole and Aaron Patterson of Herrin, Chad Hardcastle of Herrin and Arilyn Hardcastle of Hurst; three step-grandsons, Jason Bailey, Jeremy Bailey and Evan Jackson, all of Tucson, Ariz. ; a step-granddaughter and her husband, Lisa and George Rudd of Tucson, Ariz. ; a sister and brother-in-law, of Gloria and Delmar Diel, of Hillsboro, Mo. ; a sister, Joyce Grafeman of Florissant, Mo. ; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Mona Alexander of Ackworth, Ga. ; several nieces and nephews; and an aunt, Ruth Arnold of Florissant, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at Johnson Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Monsignor Ken Schaefer will officiate. Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The Prayer Service will be said at 6 p.m. on today. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Energy. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia or the American Cancer Society.
METROPOLIS -- Mr. James G. Mann, 76, died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Good Samaritan Care Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home, with Mike Tanaro officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003.
DWIGHT -- Lawrence Pote, 49, died Monday, April 14, 2003, in Morris Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home Pleasant Grove Chapel.
ST JOHNS -- George T. Purcell, 70, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, at home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Neal-McClure Funeral Chapel in Du Quoin with the Rev. Jackie Davison officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Fund or American Cancer Society.
MURPHYSBORO -- Raymond Leslie Herd, 71, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003, at home. Mr. Herd was born on Monday, Feb. 1, 1932, in Ava, the son of Orval J. and Emma (Pulcher) Herd. He married Wanda L. Steele on Jan. 17, 1959, in Murphysboro. He is survived by his wife, Wanda L. Herd; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Dallas Mayer of Carbondale, Leah and Mark Ralph of Vergennes and Karen and Mike Ellis of Murphysboro; one stepson, Ronald Hawk of Murphysboro; eight grandchildren, Jennifer and Joey Young and Levi Mayer of Carbondale, Kaileigh and Joseph Ralph of Vergennes, and William, Michael, Kelli and Phillip Ellis of Murphysboro; one great-grandchild, Dusty Joe Young of Carbondale; one sister, Marilyn Frick of Murphysboro; and several nieces and nephews and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Helen Eaton. He served in Korean War with U. S. Army's 728 Military Police. He was honorably discharged from Active Service in 1954 and honorably discharged from Army Reserves in 1960. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Murphysboro. He belonged to Paul Stout American Legion Post 127 and VFW Post 7190 in Murphysboro. He was a retired foreman from Lustour Corp. in Murphysboro. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava with the Rev. Mark Wingo officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Murphysboro. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. until the time of service in Wilson's Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to ACHS Homemakers Service in West Frankfort and VNA-TIP Hospice in Anna.
EVANSVILLE -- Blake Eric Dunn, 32, passed away 6:35 am, Sunday, April 13, 2003, from injuries sustained from an automobile accident on North Route 3, Waterloo. He was born to Joyce Dunn on September 27, 1970, in Murphysboro. He was a Laborer for Hanks Excavating & Landscaping in Belleville. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville and Laborers Local #459 of Belleville. He was an assistant manager for Junior Muskets Football, and he was an avid race fan and sports fan. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Reserve. Survivors include his mother, Joyce Dunn of Red Bud; a son, Colton Dunn of Chester; a daughter, Brooke Dunn of Chester; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Todd and Wendy Dunn of Chester, Steve Leinicke of Red Bud, and Gregg Leinicke of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ; a grandmother, Dorothy Leinicke of Rockwood; a grandfather, Tobias Berger of Murphysboro; his fianc, Susan Dietz of Red Bud; two nieces, Autumn Dunn and Jerina Leinicke; one nephew, Jarred Leinicke; a step-nephew, Lance Dakin; and a step-niece, Brittany Dakin. He was preceded in death by one Brother, Scott Dunn; his father, Toby Berger; a grandfather, Raymond Leinicke; and a grandmother, Kathryn Berger. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville, with the Rev. John J. Joyce officiating. Interment will be in Ava Evergreen Cemetery in Ava. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today and 8 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at Welge-Pechacek Funeral Home in Red Bud. There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. today. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to Educational Fund for Colton and Brooke Dunn, care of Joyce Dunn, their grandmother.
BENTON -- Robert Forsythe, 93, died at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, in Franklin Hospital. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home in Benton, with the Rev. Clinton Woodfin officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic and Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Forsythe was born Nov. 10, 1909, in Muddy, the son of Frank and Minnie (Pritchett) Forsythe. He married the former Nellie Mae Hickey on Aug. 27, 1934, and she died on July 11, 1975. He later married Evelyn Foster and she survives. He was a retired coal miner from the Freeman United Coal Company and was a member of the U. M. W. A. since 1942. He was a lifetime member of the North Benton Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and collecting arrowheads. He is survived by four sons, Bobby and wife Barbara Forsythe of Sandwich, Terry and wife Helen Forsythe of Ewing, Paul and wife Darla Forsythe of Benton and Sandy and wife Barbara Forsythe of Benton; nine grandchildren, Chris and husband Ed Vondras of Romeoville, Terry Forsythe Jr. of Romeoville, Scott and wife Joyce Forsythe of Whittington, Mike and wife Shannon Forsythe of Pleasant Plains, Gina and husband J. R. Walsh of Indianapolis, Daryl and wife Nancy Forsythe of Brookfield, Jennifer and husband Mike Simmons of Burr Ridge, Curtis Forsythe of Washington, D. C., and Keith and wife Tereza Forsythe of Chicago; eight great-grandchildren; and a half brother and a half sister, both of California. Mr. Forsythe was predeceased by his parents, wife, a son, Jerome Forsythe and half brother, Herman. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Benton Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Florence T. Romans, 89, of Johnston City, died at 5:57 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, at her family home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the St. Paul's Catholic Church in Johnston City, with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today, April 14, 2003, at the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City. The Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the St. Paul's Parish Center Building Fund, envelopes available at the funeral home. Florence was born on Feb. 28, 1914, in Chicago, the daughter of Joseph and Stella (Klawitter) Dykowski. She married William Romans in 1931, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1967. Florence was a homemaker. She was a member of the VFW Woman's Auxiliary in Chicago, St. Paul's Catholic Church and of the St. Ann's Altar Sodality. She is survived by eight children, William E. Romans and wife Joan of Seal Beach, Calif., Mary Anna Winter of Johnston City, Henry Romans of Thornton, Dorothy Shoaff and husband Sven of Johnston City, Dennis Romans and wife Mary Ann of Pinckneyville, Timothy Romans and wife April of Hammond, IN, Florence Dascotte and husband Dennis of Johnston City, and Joseph Romans of Ft. Meade, Fla. ; twenty-two grandchildren; and nineteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Virginia Bowlin; one son, John Romans; one granddaughter, Lisa Sanders; two sisters, Mildred and Dorothy.
MURPHYSBORO -- Raymond Herd, 71, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Wilson's Funeral Home in Ava.