Croa May Bigham
Cora May Bigham, age 93, formerly of Cutler, passed away Friday, March 19, 2004 in Fair Acres Nursing Home, Du Quoin.
Cora was born in Cutler on February 11,1911, the daughter of Luther and Myrtle (Brown) McClure. She married Lawrence Leslie Bigham on May 9, 1931 in Cutler and he preceded her in death on July 16, 2001. She was a member of the Galum Presbyterian Church, Pinckneyville, and had attended Denmark Baptist Church, Denmark, and Cutler Presbyterian Church. Her life revolved around helping other people. She worked at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital for 20 years as a C.N.A. and loved gardening.
Cora is survived by four sons, John Bigham of Murphysboro, Leslie Bigham of Richland Heights, Tex., Robert Bigham of Florissant, Mo. and Tom Bigham of Du Quoin; seven daughters, Bonita Wampler of Du Quoin, Barbara Tempero of Longmont, Calif., Ann Salto of Altamont, Frances Nevins and Mary Kent of Bridgeton, Ind., Martha Mansker of Willisville and Erna Moon of Black, Mo.; 38 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Elza 'Tommy' McClure of Grand Tower and numerous other relatives and friends.
Cora was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Richard; sister, Velma Rury; two brothers, Calvin and James McClure; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in the First United Presbyterian Church, Pinckneyville. Interment was in the Galum Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Pinckneyville.
Friends called at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home, Pinckneyville, on Sunday from 5 until 9 p.m. and again on Monday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., then at the church from 1 p.m. until services.
Memorials may be made to the Pinckneyville Community Hospital.
Lester Eugene Bailey
Lester Eugene "Gene" Bailey, 65 of Du Quoin, passed away at 12:20 A.M., Saturday, March 13, 2004 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Gene was a retired Air Force veteran having served twenty one years of service. He was an insurance agent for Western-Southern Life Insurance Co. having worked ten years and retiring in 1992, he then worked for Gilster-MaryLee Co. for six years retiring in 1998.
He was a member of the Paradise Baptist Church at Tamaroa. He served in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War retiring as a TSGT. His twenty one years of service include duty in, Germany, North Africa, Turkey, France, Vietnam, Korea, Arizona, Washington State, Colorado, California, Nebraska, Illinois and Arizona. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, RVN Medal, Strategic Air Command (SA) Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Seven Air Force Good Conduct Medals, and National Defense Service Medal.
He was born August 30, 1938 at Sunfield, IL, the son of Lester L. and Viola (Haycraft) Bailey.
He married Beverly Jean Buttry on November 24, 1979 at Du Quoin, IL and she survives.
He is survived by his wife of Du Quoin, two daughters - Samantha Boomer and Jean Bailey, both of Du Quoin, one sister - Beverly Small of Massachusetts and two grandchildren - Viola Bailey and Kristopher Boomer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister - Barbara Roach.
Funeral services were at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Monday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.
Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin.
Military graveside rites were be conducted.
Earl C. Wilbanks
Earl C. Wilbanks, 82, of Du Quoin, passed away at 7:00 A.M., Monday, February 16, 2004 at his residence.
Earl was a retired conductor from Illinois Central Railroad after forty-seven years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Du Quoin and Lifemember of VFW. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He was a S.Sgt. serving in the U.S. Army during W.W. II.
He was born March 7, 1921 at Bemis, TN, the son of Earl C. and Lola (Akin) Wilbanks Sr.
He married Roberta Maclin on September 6, 1946 at the First Baptist Church in Du Quoin and she survives.
He is survived by his wife of Du Quoin, two daughters - Cindy Miller and husband Jay of Centralia, IL, and Susan Fulk of Du Quoin, two sons - Earl Kent Wilbanks of Belleville, IL and Stephen Wilbanks of Du Quoin, grandchildren - Jona and Mandy Overton, Meagan Wilbanks, Amy Rose, Holly Sanders, Hailey and Hank Fulk and Eve Wilbanks and special friend - Mary Owens of Du Quoin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, February 21, 2004 at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin with Rev. Bob Dickerson and Rev. Jackie Davison officiating.
Friends called from 11 A.M. until the time of the service, Saturday at the funeral home.
Friends may make memorials to Luke Memorial Hospice.
Mary "Louise" Harris, 93, of Du Quoin, went to be with the Lord at 7:00 A.M., Monday, February 16, 2004 at her residence.
Louise was a homemaker. She had worked at Illinois Brokerage and Daniels Grocery Store. She was a seventy-three year member of First Baptist Church in Du Quoin. She was a member of WMU, Dakota and Vota Vita Sunday School Classes, taught Sunday School for over fifty years and had sponsored GA's.
She was born September 21, 1910 at Hubbardsville, KY, the daughter of Forrest William and Nora Elizabeth (Hicks) VanBussum.
She married Theodore "Ted" D. Harris on July 2, 1932 at Mt. Vernon, IN and he preceded her in death on November 6, 1979.
She is survived by one son - Larry Harris and wife Sherry of Johnston City, IL, two granddaughters - Laura Varacalli and husband Nick of Herrin and Tami Tomlinson and husband J.D. of Gainesville, FL, four great grandchildren - Joshua Varacalli and wife, Caleb Varacalli, John David Tomlinson and Taylor Tomlinson, two great great grandsons - Nicholas and Luka Varacalli, two sisters - Nellie Coughron of Henderson, KY and Verble Ditto of South Bend, IN, two brothers - F.W. VanBussum and Robert VanBussum and wife Jeanette, all of Henderson, KY, many nieces and nephews and special caregivers - Darlene Alvis, Sara Atkins, and Dolores "Doe" Alvis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother - Clyde VanBussum, one half brother - Matthew VanBussum and one half sister - Maude Clark.
Funeral services were at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, February 19, 2004 at the First Baptist Church in Du Quoin with Rev. Bob Dickerson officiating.
Friends called from 5 to 8 P.M., Wednesday at the Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service at the church.
Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin
Friends may make memorials to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Baptist Children's Home or First Baptist Church.
Gertrude I. Green
Gertrude I. Green, age 94, of Pinckneyville, died Sunday, February 8, 2004 at 2:40 a.m. in the Pinckneyville Health Care Center.
Gertrude was born December 23, 1918 in Moroa, Ill., a daughter of Kelly and Lettie (Henry) DeMent. She was united in marriage to L. Ward Green on May 2, 1947 and he preceded her in death on September 10, 1975. She owned and operated Green's Hatchery in Pinckneyville and was a housewife. Gertrude was a member of the First Christian Church of Pinckneyville, Eastern Star and the White Shrine.
Survivors include four daughters, Donna Krug and husband Gene of Titusville, Fla., Roberta Davis and husband Allen of Pinckneyville, Deloris Conklin of Las Vegas, Nev. and Mary Alice Agatone of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Don DeMent and wife Dorothy of Mt. Vernon; one brother-in-law, Max Green and wife LaDonne of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Gladys Eckstein and husband Bert of Sheldon, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Maxine DeMent of Mt. Vernon; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Carl; one granddaughter; two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 12 in the First Christian Church of Pinckneyville with Pastor Jim Walizer officiating. Interment was in the Mueller Hill Cemetery in Pinckneyville.
Friends called at the Pyatt-Harrawood Funeral Home in Pinckneyville on Wednesday from 6 until 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 until 9:30 a.m. and then at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or Pinckneyville Health Care.
Clark A. English
Clark A. English, USAF Lt. Col. Retired, of Marion, formerly of Anna, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2004 in Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.
Clark was born February 3, 1921 in Diehlstadt, Mo., the son of Joseph and Rose Rollins English. He married Bettye Cash December 20, 1942 in Jackson, Mo.
He retired from the USAF as Lt. Col. in 1965 and as a communications expert from the U.S. Department of Defense in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the former Army Air Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Bettye of Marion; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ellery Drew and Sharon English of Mustang, Oklahoma, Terry Lynn English of San Diego, California and Gary Winston English of Baltimore, Maryland; one sister, Ellen Campbell of Anna; three brothers and sisters-in-law, J.T. and Jenny English of Du Quoin, Rex and Betty English of Christopher and Harold and Mary English of Carterville; six grandchildren, Ellery Drew English, Greg English, Dawn Riden, Brian English, Pamela Johnson and Emily Glasser; three great-grandchildren, Ellery Drew English, Seth Gabriel Riden and Carter Andrew Johnson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Winstead English and a sister, Dixie English Lewis.
Services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 23 in Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna with the Rev. Tim Sadler officiating. Interment with full military honors by Anna VFW Post 3455 was in Anna Cemetery. Friends called from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.