GOREVILLE -- Johnny Thornton, 90, of Goreville, formerly of Buncombe, died at 11:38 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2003, at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
BUNCOMBE -- Charles E. Williams, 54, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Herrin Hospital. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is in charge of local arrangements.
Thomas E. Henderson
MARION -- Thomas E. Henderson, 71, of Marion passed away at 3:40 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, with Father Richard Mohr officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, April 13, 2003, at the Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Energy. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home, or may be sent in care of Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959. Mr. Henderson was born on May 18, 1931, in Marion to Claude and Aline (Harris) Henderson. He married Mary Hallinan on March 17, 1962, in Evergreen Park, and she survives. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Timothy J. and Vicky Henderson of Oswego; son, Todd Henderson of Burnham; granddaughters, Miranda Henderson and Melissa Henderson; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Dolores Henderson of Hartsburg, Mo. ; sister and brother-in-law, Claudette and Bill Harris of Marion; and brother, Terry Binkley of Marion. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Yvonne Henderson. Mr. Henderson was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. He worked as a crew dispatcher for the Belt Railway. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict, and was a member of the Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1301.
James E. Tanner
CREAL SPRINGS -- James E. Tanner, 76, of Maywood, formerly of Creal Springs, passed away at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the Edward Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003, 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1301 of Marion. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. James was born July 10, 1927, in Johnson County to Hollie and Elsie (Davis) Tanner. He married Betty June Evetts in Clay County, Ark., on Nov. 1, 1952. She passed away July 28, 1995. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, 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 Palatine; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lindell and Linda Tanner and Hollie and Sharon Tanner, all of Creal Springs; sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Ray Horn of Creal Springs; sister-in-law, Vicki Eyestone of Marion; sister-in-law, Rosemary and James Norman of Glenarm; brother-in-law, 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. James was retired from Saint Charles Kitchen, where he worked for 35 years. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a Baptist.
Halean M. Logan
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Halean M. Logan, 88, of Pinckneyville passed away Friday, April 11, 2003, in her home. Halean was born Sept. 14, 1914, in Tamaroa, the daughter of Harland and Emma (Huth) Hutchings. She was united in marriage to Wilbur A. Logan on March 26, 1932, in Tamaroa. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1989. Halean was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Du Quoin, the Senior Citizens quilting club of Pinckneyville and the Stitch and Chatter Quilting Club. She was a homemaker. Halean is survived by six children, Shirley Millikin and husband, Carl, of Granite City, Jack Logan and wife, Elva, of Granite City, Ema Jean Poling and husband, Marvin, of Tamaroa, Nancy Rigdon and husband, Gene, of Pekin, Peggy Homan and husband, Jack, of Tamaroa, and Linda Nelson of Pinckneyville; 19 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 20 great-stepgrandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Thomas Logan; one grandson, Randy Millikin; two sisters, Wilma Poninski and Bessie Head; two brothers, Virgil and Ed Hutchings; and one son-in-law, Jon Nelson. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2003, in Philadelphia Baptist Church in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Thad Woodside officiating. Interment will be in Holt's Prairie Cemetery in Pinckneyville. Friends may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Perry County.
Margaret Jane Pierce
JOHNSTON CITY -- Margaret Jane Pierce, 58, of Johnston City passed away at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, in her home. She was cared for by her loving family with the help of VNA Tip Hospice. Margaret is survived by her father, Lee F. Melvin of West Frankfort; her fiancee, Donald L. Carey of Kewanee; one daughter and son-in-law, Jeana and James Evrard of Johnston City; two grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law, Joseph and Sara Downing of Johnston City and Jason Downing of Carbondale; one great-grandson, Thomas Downing of Johnston City; one brother and sister-in-law, Ellis and Ruth Melvin of West Frankfort; one sister and brother-in-law, Abby and R. William Christie of Decatur; six nephews, James Ellis Melvin of West Frankfort, Sgt. Michael Coble of St. Mary's, Ga., Christopher Coble and Jeffery Foster of Decatur, Timothy Melvin of Indiana and Joel Melvin of Evansville, Ind; and two great-nephews, Jonathon and Zachary Melvin of Benton. She is also survived by her father-in-law Harold E. Pierce of McLeansboro; three stepdaughters; one stepson; 10 stepgrandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lena May Melvin; her husband of 25 years, Ronald Dean Pierce Sr. ; her mother-in-law, Sarah Emma Pierce; five uncles; and two aunts. Margaret was retired from the Social Security Administration, was a homemaker, talented seamstress and avid quilter. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with Sister Ruth Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the East Fork Cemetery in West Frankfort. Friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort. Memorials may be made to VNA Tip Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Robert 'Bob' Mathewson
HERRIN -- Robert "Bob" Mathewson, 78, died at 1:05 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center. Bob was born Feb. 23, 1925, in Knightsville, R. I., to Robert and Dorothy (Jordan) Mathewson. He married Tabitha Wilson in 1965. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2001. Bob was retired, having worked at Western Felt Manufacturing in Chicago. He had also owned a tavern in Cicero. He was a member of the Cicero Veterans of Foreign Wars and Moose. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include two stepsons, Dale McWilliams of Marion and John McWilliams of St. Louis; two stepdaughters, Ruth and husband, Joe DeJarnett, of Tempe, Ariz., and Elaine and husband, Richard Dunn, of Downers Grove; 10 stepgrandchildren; 17 great-stepgrandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Doris Mathewson of Providence, R. I. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don Mathewson. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glenn Sanders officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Herrin American Legion and VFW. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home.
Joyce Ann Morris
MURPHYSBORO -- Joyce Ann Morris, 53, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2003, in Kaiser-Permaente Hospital in Sacramento, CaliF. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Pettett Funeral Home, with burial in Dutch Ridge Cemetery in Pomona. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Morris was a homemaker. She was born March 20, 1950, in Champaign to Ralph and Velma (Allison) Service. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Velma and William Shockley of Grand Tower; four sons, David Cecil Scott Jr. and wife, Donna, of Avondale, La., Christopher Michael Scott and James Edward Wolfe, both of Reno, Nev., and Jamie Aaron Wolfe of Sacramento; one daughter, Marissa Ann Scott of Sacramento; 10 grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ralph Services of Danville, Leslie and Janice Stoops of Murphysboro, Michael and Patty Stoops of De Soto, and William Shockley Jr. of Grand Tower; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Diana and Daniel Holmes of Grand Tower, Peggie and Bobby Pyatt of De Soto, and Louanne and David Tackitt of Gorham; and many nieces and nephews. Her father, five aunts and one uncle preceded her in death.
Thelma Summers Huppert
MURPHYSBORO -- Thelma Summers Huppert, 96, died at 9:47 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, with the Rev. Gary Gummersheimer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Monday at Pettett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church building fund, for Masses or to the donor's choice. Mrs. Huppert was a retired supervisor from Brown Shoe Co. She was born Sept. 8, 1907, in Murphysboro to James and Katherine (Puttmann) Gillooly. She married Paul Huppert in June 1939. He died in 1940. Survivors include one daughter, Catherine Eisenhauer of Murphysboro; four grandchildren and spouses, Larry and Rindy Eisenhauer, Joan and Lyn Cox, Denise and Brad Etherton and Joe Summers, all of Murphysboro; three great-grandchildren, Michael Cox and Tyler and Nicolas Summers, all of Murphysboro; and one sister, Mary King of Murphysboro. One son, Huck Summers, two daughters, Peggy Lou Summers and Thelma Summers, one great-grandson, Jeffery Cox, three sisters seven brothers and her parents also preceded her in death.
MURPHYSBORO -- Cora Baker, 96, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2003, in the Rehab and Care Center of Jackson County. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Tower Grove Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Pettett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Baker was a retired nurse from St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church. She was born May 22, 1906, in Murphysboro to James and Mary Malscena (Underwood) Maynor. She married George M. Baker on Nov, 4, 1922, in Murphysboro. He died March 1, 1976. Survivors include three nieces and husbands, Edna and Drew Estes of Murphysboro, Jeannie and Lacey Smith of Foley, Mo., and Mary Jones of Carterville; three nephews, Leroy and Anita Rains of Troy, Mo., David Rains of Murphysboro and John Rains of St. Charles, Mo.; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Two brothers and fours sisters also preceded her in death.