Rev. James H. Hassell Sr.
Rev. James H. Hassell Sr., 96, of Tamaroa, passed away at 5:30 A.M., Monday, March 22, 2004 at his residence.
James was a retired minister with the United Pentecostal Ministry. He began his ministry in 1928 and retired in 1975. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Du Quoin and United Pentecostal Church International.
He was born May 17, 1907 at Granden, MO, the son of James Robert and Sarah (McCarn) Hassell.
He married Fern Louise Lewis on May 21, 1926 at St. Louis, Missouri and she survives.
He is survived by his wife of Tamaroa, six daughters - Betty Jo Farrar of Tamaroa, Doris Marie Fetzer of Montgomery City, MO, Edith Pearl Farrar of Poseyville, IN, Evelyn Jeanette Conklin of Owensville, IN, Brenda Lou Guinn of Hazelwood, MO, and Carolyn Sue Rice of Pinckneyville, one son - Richard Hassell of Mt. Vernon, IN, one brother - Harold Hassell of Maryland Heights, MO, twenty-four grandchildren, sixty-one great grandchildren and fifty-two great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers - Clarence and Charles Hassell, one sister - Mildred Lampkin and one grandson.
Funeral services were at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 27, 2004 at the First United Pentecostal Church at Du Quoin with Rev. C.L. McKinnies officiating with other United Pentecostal Clergy assisting.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Friday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin and from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M., Saturday at the church.
Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin.
Friends may make memorials to Scott and Linda Guinn - Missionaries to Mexico.
Charles Louis Hartsock
Charles Louis Hartsock, 82, of Du Quoin, passed away at 8:08 A.M., Thursday, March 4, 2004 at his residence.
Charles was a retired seed salesman and farmer. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Du Quoin. He was a founding member of Du Quoin React and member of Ducks Unlimited.
He was born March 27, 1921 at Du Quoin, IL, the son of Edwin P. and Mabel (Pittman) Hartsock.
He is survived by his brother-in-law - Harold Rice and wife Delores of Du Quoin, three nieces - Judy Cernkovich and husband Stephen of Bowling Green, OH, Leanna Depue and husband Tom of Warrensburg, MO, and Jane Bailey and husband Don of Waterloo, IL, two nephews - Rudy Rice and wife Mara of Du Quoin and Beaver Rice and wife Judy of Du Quoin, several great nieces and nephews and cousins - Jim Booker of Du Quoin and Bill Pittman of Anaheim, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister - Ara Jean Rice.
Funeral services were at 1:30 P.M., Sunday, March 7, 2004 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Rev. Bob Dickerson officiating.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Saturday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
Interment was in the Old Du Quoin Cemetery at Du Quoin.
Friends may make memorials to the First Baptist Church in Du Quoin.
Beulah R. Hamm
Beulah R. Hamm, 78, of Rockford, passed away at 10:53 a.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004 in OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. She was born November 28, 1925 in Pinckneyville, the daughter of William and Ernestine (Heisner) Bigham. She married Kenneth D. Hamm on January 18, 1947 in Pinckneyville.
Mrs. Hamm was formerly employed as a bank teller and as a home healthcare provider for many years. She was a graduate of Pinckneyville Community High School, member of Court Street United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star Cherry Valley Chapter 478. Her hobbies included her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are her children, Peggy (Larry) Diegel of Cary and Randy Hamm of Rockford; grandchildren, Kelli Harkin, Andrew Harkin Jr., Katie Hamm, Todd Burton, Jackie (Ben) Link, Ericka (Jason) Grothman and Brian Weiffenbach; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Harkin, Julianna Harkin, Hannah, Joseph and Catherine Link and Ella Grothman; brothers, Orel (Shirley) Bigham, Wayne (Charlene) Bigham and Eldon (Gloria) Bigham; sister-in-law, Marilyn Bigham; brothers-in-law, Bob Kohlsdorf and Mick Rheinecker and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Winton Bigham; sisters, Blanche West, Nila Kohlsdorf and Bessie Rheinecker and daughter-in-law, Jeanne Hamm.
Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, March 15 in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, with Rev. Dr. William Richard Kerr Sr. of Riverside Community Church officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at the funeral home.
Thomas E. Davison, Sr.
Thomas E. Davison, Sr., age 93, of Du Quoin, IL, passed away on Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 12:04 a.m. in the Marshall Browning Hospital in DuQuoin, IL.
Thomas was born on August 28, 1910 in Du Quoin, IL the son of John Edward and Mary (Wynn) Davison. He married Edna Broyles on March 2, 1941 in Cape Girardeau, MO and she survives. Thomas worked for the Du Quoin Packing Co. as a trimmer and Majestic Coal Co. He also owned and operated the Davison Market in DuQuoin and Davison Ford Tractor and Equipment Co. in Pinckneyville. Before retiring, he worked at the Perry County Courthouse and Perry County Highway Dept. He was also a member of the First Christian Church in Du Quoin, IL.
Survivors include his wife Edna of Du Quoin, IL, a son, Thomas E. Davison, Jr. and wife Janis of Du Quoin, IL, 4 daughters, Carolyn Smith and husband Roy, Sr. of Du Quoin, IL, Shirley Weisel and husband Ray of Tamaroa, IL, Cynthia Pearsall and husband Alan of Du Quoin, IL and Karen Buser and husband Lyle of Du Quoin, IL. 13 Grandchildren, 26 Great-Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Conrad Davidson, 2 brothers, John Perdue and Robert Davison, and a great-grandson.
Funeral services were held at the Pyatt-Harrawood & Epplin Funeral Home, Washington & Perry St., Du Quoin, IL. on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Roy Smith, Sr. and Rev. Dr. John Lewis officiating. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin, IL.
Visitation was held at the Pyatt-Harrawood & Epplin Funeral Home in Du Quoin, IL on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 3, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until services.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heaven Bound Ministry, Du Quoin, IL.
Ronnie Gene Davis
Ronnie Gene Davis, 37, of Du Quoin, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2004 at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Nashville, after eight years at the facility.
Mr. Davis was born April 11, 1966 in Kankakee, the son of Gene and Carol (Travelstead) Davis. He married Jan Hamilton in Benton.
Mr. Davis was a Laborer and of the Baptist faith. He had lived in the Du Quoin area for 15 years.
Surviving are his wife, Jan Davis of Du Quoin; sons, Zachary Davis and Ronnie Gene Davis Jr. of Du Quoin; step-mother, Sharon Davis of Conyers, Georgia; father and step-mother, Gene and Twila Davis of Du Quoin; brothers, Billy Davis of Willisville and Johnny Davis of Powder Springs, Georgia; sisters, Lisa Smith of Dowell, Robin Morgan of Du Quoin, Marla Sullivan of Royalton, Lynn Jennings of Macon, Georgia and Carla Wilkins of Logan and step-brother, Robert Hood of Du Quoin.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 7 at Maxton Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ted Clark officiating. Interment was in Old Du Quoin Cemetery.
Friends called after 10 a.m. Sunday at Maxton Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Clifton Floyd Caldwell
Clif Caldwell, 46 year newspaper veteran and former owner and publisher of the Christopher Progress and Herrin Spokesman newspapers, died Sunday, February 29, 2004. Mr. Caldwell died at the home of Doug and Mary Ann Caldwell in Somerset, Pa. surrounded by his loving family. He was 87 and lived in Christopher, IL.
Mr. Caldwell died of complications after a lengthy battle with cancer. Although weakened by cancer in recent years, Mr. Caldwell continued to live an active life of golf and community involvement.
His distinguished newspaper career covered five states and stops in Oklahoma, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida and Illinois. The veteran publisher was recognized for his contributions in journalism highlighted by his election to the SIU Editors Hall of Fame located at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
In 1946, Mr. Caldwell started his newspaper career in Ada, Oklahoma after graduating from Oklahoma University. Soon after, he accepted the advertising manager's position at a weekly newspaper in Shamrock, TX. Mr. Caldwell joined the Texas City Sun, Texas City, Texas, in 1947 as advertising manager.
While at Texas City, Mr. Caldwell became the publisher of the Sun and the neighboring daily newspaper, the Galveston News.
In 1967, he accepted the publisher's position at the Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It was a role he assumed until 1973 when he was named publisher of the Lake City Reporter in Lake City, Fla.
His distinguished newspaper career expanded into the ownership of the Christopher Progress and Herrin Spokesman, a group of weeklies in Franklin and Williamson County in 1974. There, Mr. Caldwell applied his craft as the consummate newspaper professional. His newspaper community coverage provided local news to communities in Sesser, Zeigler, Royalton, Johnston City, Carterville, as well as Christopher and Herrin.
Caldwell was noted for his soft spoken approach and in depth local community news coverage in his weekly newspaper operations. Joined by his wife, Verna Mildred 'Millie' Caldwell, Mr. Caldwell instituted zoned editions of his weeklies that provided published local news for the seven different southern Illinois communities. Mr. Caldwell's weekly newspapers typically contained between 32 and 48 pages of comprehensive local news. This dedicated coverage was recognized numerous times by local and state press associations.
Many readers remember his award winning newspaper column 'Clifhanger'. Mr. Caldwell addressed issues affecting his readers and didn't back off from local controversies, including disagreements in principal with local politicians. He contrasted his serious subjects with a mixture of humor in his columns that appealed to the broad spectrum of southern Illinois readers.
In 1987, Mr. Caldwell sold the Christopher Progress and the Herrin Spokesman to American Publishing. He retired after the sale of the newspaper and settled in the town he called home, Christopher.
Mr. Caldwell was a World War II Navy veteran. He fought in the Pacific and Atlantic theatres including stints in the Aleutian Islands and hunting German submarines in the English Channel. He served from 1941 until the conclusion of the war in 1945.
Committed to local communities, he was involved in Lions Clubs throughout his newspaper career. Mr. Caldwell served as president of the Lions Clubs in Texas City, TX. and in Christopher, IL. He also served as a board member of Man-Tra-Con in southern Illinois.
Mr. Caldwell was born in Geneseo, Kansas to C. Clark and Hattie Floyd Caldwell. He graduated as valedictorian of Mountain View High School in Mountain View, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Millie Caldwell and four children, Denis Caldwell of Christopher, Dave Caldwell of Somerset, Pa., Douglas Caldwell of Somerset, Pa and Cindy Caldwell of Christopher, Il. Daughters-in-law include Peggy Caldwell of Christopher and Mary Ann Caldwell of Somerset.
Mr. Caldwell enjoyed the company of three grandchildren, Michael Ryan Caldwell of Ames, IA., Curtis C. Caldwell and Colin B. Caldwell, both of Somerset, Pa. and great grandchild, Eco Edmonds of Christopher.
He was a member and trustee of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Christopher, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Faith Missionary Baptist building fund, P.O. Box 162, Christopher, IL. 62822 or to the Rend Lake College Foundation, 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL. 62846.
Warren Don Brachear
Warren Don Brachear, 66, of Benton, died at 7:07 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2004 at his home.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at the First Christian Church, Benton, with Rev. Dale Carson officiating. Burial was in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery, Benton. Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home.
Mr. Brachear was born July 14, 1937 in Litchfield, IL, the son of Raymond and Ina (Priddle) Brachear. He married the former Vicki Cavatorta on June 24, 1968 and she survives.
He was a retired coal miner and farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being outdoors. He was a pilot, horseman, and mechanic. He was a member of the U.M.W.A., Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and North America Hunting Club. He was of the Methodist faith.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Jackie Taylor and husband Mark, Carlyle, IL, Greg Brachear and wife Tammy, Taylorville, IL, Michael Brachear and wife Darla, Benton, Tracy Brown and husband Steve, DuQuoin, IL, Tammy Green, Morrisonville, IL, Kevin Scott and wife Nordela Scott, Southmayd, TX, sixteen grandchildren, Stacie, Jessica, Matthew Green, Mt. Auburn, IL, Donald Brachear and special friend Lindsay Mondino, Benton, Leslie and husband Robbie Hebbeler, Benton, Elizabeth and Brian Scott, Odessa, TX, Anthony Vandenberg, Southmayd, TX, Raistlin Blumberg, Southmayd, TX, Adam and Randi Brachear, Taylorville, IL, Ryan and Jared Brown, DuQuoin, IL, Benjamin, Ginger, and Cassie Taylor, Carlyle, IL, two great-grandchildren, Jeffery and Jacob Hebbeler, Benton, a brother, Keith Brachear and wife Jeannie, Bakersfield, CA, a sister, Rita Matich and husband William, Flagler Beach, FL, a sis-in-law, Nathalie Brachear, Waggoner, IL, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Brachear was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Richard Brachear.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, CASA of Franklin County, or World Changers and will be accepted at the funeral home.