ANNA -- Clairus Mullins, 88, of Anna, died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born on Dec. 27, 1915, in Simpson, the daughter of Charlie and Grace (Menees) Williams. She married Sidney Mullins on Nov. 20, 1941, and he died on July 8, 1984. Clairus had worked as a secretary in the Union County area and retired as a secretary for the Anna Mental Health Center. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Anna for more than 70 years and was in the Be Square Sunday school class. She volunteered for the Red Cross blood drives and Sunshine Inn Meals on Wheels. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Mullins of Anna; three stepdaughters, Sue Tomme, Jane Guilbeau and Pat Martin; nine step-grandchildren; her nieces, Betty Casey, Janet Treece, Anne Etta Seliger, Eleanor Clardy, Donna Miller, Cynthia Hall, Mary Davis, Patty Williams and Sherry Parr; her nephews, Carol, Gerald and Larry Miller and Bruce, Harold, Michael and Billy Williams; numerous great-nieces and -nephews; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Rufus Williams; two sisters, Mildred Bostain and Cynthia Miller; and one niece, Joyce Miller. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, in the United Methodist Church of Anna, with the Rev. Allen Campbell officiating. Interment will be in the Anna Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna and after 12 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Anna. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
JOHNSTON CITY -- Genice Beers, 76, of Johnston City died at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in her daughter's home east of Johnston City. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, in Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City, with the Rev. Paul Tepovich officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City is in charge of arrangements. Genice was born on Oct. 19, 1928, in Johnston City, the daughter of Sim and Grace (Swift) Porter. She married Howard Beers on March 25, 1949, in Piggott, Ark., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 12, 1984. Genice was a homemaker and a member of the Eagles in Marion. She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Sanday Beers of Johnston City; three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Noel Grant of Corinth, Barbara and Jim Harris of Johnston City, and Kim and Tony Goodman of Louisville; 13 grandchildren, Donnie Beers, Danny Beers, Tina Lindsey, Michael Grant, Matthew Grant, Travis Lannom, Shannon Worak, Heather Hatfield, Billy Hatfield, Laynae Goodman, Miranda Goodman, Kiersten Goodman and Aaron Harris; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Malone of Johnston City; and one brother, Kenneth Porter of Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents, nine sisters and six brothers.
ENERGY -- Kathleen Smith, 49, died at 4:03 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at home surrounded by her loving family. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services or visitation. Burial will be at a later date in Herrin City Cemetery. Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gabriella Rose Harmon
CARTERVILLE -- Gabriella Rose Harmon, 1 month, 26 days, died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at home in Carterville. Services will be at 1 p.m. today in South Hickory Hill Cemetery in rural Jefferson County, with the Rev. R. H. Chitwood officiating. There will be no public visitation. Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home. Gabriella was born on Oct. 6, 2004, in Carbondale, to Shawn Michael and Ambre Dawn (Noble) Harmon. Survivors include her parents, Shawn Michael and Ambre Dawn (Noble) Harmon of Carterville; one brother, Gage Travis of Carterville; her grandmother, Vicky McLaughlin of Mount Vernon; three uncles, Chad Harmon and his wife, Megan, and Jeriod Cobb, all of Carterville, and Zohn McLaughlin of Mount Vernon; and three cousins, Colby Sue Harmon and Mason James Cobb, both of Carterville, and Alec McLaughlin of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, James and Pamela (Baxter) Harmon, and by her great-uncle, Danny. Memorials may be made to the family of Gabriella Rose Harmon and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P. O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, IL 62864.
KARNAK -- Lindell Anderson, 64, died at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak, with the Rev. Gary McClellan officiating. Burial will be in the Anderson Cemetery in Boaz. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak.
Norman Eugene 'Gene' Hagler
PINCKNEYVILLE -- Norman Eugene 'Gene' Hagler, 83, died at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, in Pinckneyville Community Hospital Skilled Care Unit. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, with Brother Rob Mathis and the Rev. Jim Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
MOUNT VERNON -- Kevin G. Gresham, 46, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, with the Revs. Jack Lucas and Bob Burton officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix and from noonto 1 p.m. at the church Saturday. Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Comprehensive Services and will be recieved at the funeral home.
Dr. William Hale Whiting
ANNA -- Dr. William Hale Whiting, 83, of Anna, died at 8:17 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Antigo, Wis., the son of Ami Nelson and Beatrice Hale Whiting. He was married on Sept. 2, 1943, to Olive Marie Callaway in Milwaukee. A country doctor in Union County for 50 years, he completed undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison 1942, then graduated from the School of Medicine there in 1945. He was in Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. He served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps from 1943 to 1948. In May 1948, Dr. Whiting began his practice in Dongola, then moved to Anna in 1959. During his 50 years of dedication to patient care, he made house calls, delivered babies, including his first grandchild, and was a constant scholar of medicine his entire life. The medicine he practiced was always patient centered. He was committed to science and translated that commitment into healing heart, mind and body. Professionally he served as medical director of several area nursing homes, was state medical reviewer for Illinois Department of Public Health, a founding member of Tri-County Health Department, was on staff at Union County Hospital, and had served as chairman and secretary of the county medical society. He was also a past vice-president of the Illinois Medical Society. He was a member and elder of United Presbyterian Church in Anna then First Presbyterian Church in Cobden. He was a past moderator of the Illinois Synod for United Presbyterian Church. Dr. Whiting was enthusiastic about all he did, taking his family into the wondrous life of boating on Kentucky Lake, a family activity that lasted four decades. He loved the outdoors and nature, taking his family on many vacations to state andnational parks. In later years he developed his culinary skills and became quite a baker. He also had lifelong a passion for photography. He earned his pilot's license at age 65, and was involved in the Flying Physicians Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association, Carbondale Chapter. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Medal, the highest award for volunteers for Boy Scouts of America, was a member and past president of Anna Kiwanis Club, and a charter member of the Old Men Hunting, Fishing and Camping Association of Union County. Survivors include his wife, Olive of Anna; his five children, Janet (Edgar) Winans of Seattle, William 'Ted' (Vicki) Whiting of Bailey, Colo., James Whiting of Pine Junction, Colo., Kathryn (Michael) Stegle of Anna and Eleanor 'Ellie' (James) Osborn of Brighton, Mich. ; 10 grandchildren, Rachel (Kent) Button, Jessica LeVee, Carol (Michael) Wagner, Adam Whiting, Teresa (Ryan) Waxler, Brian Whiting, Melanie (Matthew) Lasley, Jeremy Stegle, Sarah and Katherine Osborn; seven great-grandchildren, Kaley and Matthew Wagner, Connor Whiting, Alexandra and Megan Waxler, Julia and Lucas Lasley; one brother, James (Lizetta) Whiting; and other relatives and many friends. Besides his parents he was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Whiting. Services for Dr. William H. Whiting will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at First Presbyterian Church in Cobden, with the Rev. Anette Westermark, pastor officiating. Interment will follow in Anna Cemetery. Visitation for Dr. Whiting will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Cobden or the church of the donor's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. In summarizing his life, Dr. Whiting's children say most of all he was committed to being an honest person in everything he did, leaving a tremendous legacy to his family. Crain Funeral Home of Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Larry W. Hawse
CARBONDALE -- Larry W. Hawse, 72, of Carbondale, passed away at 2:04 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, at home. Larry was born April 17, 1932, in Barberton, Ohio, to Carl Joseph and Alberta (Rummell) Hawse. He married Mara Lou McGregor on Oct. 24, 1959, in Akron, Ohio. She preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2003. He is also preceded in death by his father. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Celeste DaVault of Seattle; one daughter, Alberta Fulford of Cambria; four grandchildren, Gary E. Fulford, Andy F. Stearns, and Aslan and Alliyah DaVault; his mother, Alberta Hawse of Ohio; and one sister and brother-in-law, Meredith and Nick Tavernaris of Ohio. Larry was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church, Carbondale. Mr. Hawse served on the planning commission for the City of Carbondale. He was employed by SIUC as an assistant director of the Office of Research and Development Administration. He retired in 1995. Larry served his country with the U. S. Army. A celebration of his life will be this spring. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, in Mound City National Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Stewart officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Science Center, 1237 E. Main St., Carbondale, IL 62901. Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale is in charge of arrangements.
MARION -- Autie Hightower, 94, of Marion, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Gordon Lambert officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Vienna Fraternal Cemetery. Mr. Hightower was born May 11, 1910, in Johnson County, to Jefferson Rich and Eva (O'Neal) Hightower. He married Lucille Holmes on Dec. 23, 1933, in Saline County, she preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 2003. Survivors include daughter, Nancy Green of Anna; granddaughters, Cindy Green of Carbondale, and Kathy and Richard McFadden of Marion; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Brandy Hunt and Kelly Deaton; and great-great-grandchild, Hailey Patricia Hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; son, Bill Hightower; sisters, Verna Hightower and Zeldah Simpson; and twin brothers, Raymond and Claymon Hightower. Mr. Hightower worked in refrigeration service for many years. He was a past deacon of Second Baptist Church in Marion. He was a former active member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of the Little Egypt Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, past state president of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society where he was elected 'Man of the Year' in 1977.