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Gladys Mae Parks
Mrs. Gladys Mae Parks, 90, of Thompsonville, died at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday 27, 1999 at the home of her daughter in West Frankfort.
She married Marion Parks on Oct. 19, 1927. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1962.
She was born on Jan. 8, 1909, in Franklin County to the late Ameal and Ardine (Troops) Doering.
Mrs. Parks was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert E. and Marie Parks of Thompsonville, Jess and Goldie Parks of Fairfield and Bill and Phyllis Park of Thompsonville; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Dor McCormick of Lockport, Frances and Vic Pearce of West Frankfort, Doris and Fred Ellis of Murphysboro and Sheila Wece of West Frankfort; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters, and a grandchild.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia, where friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. John West will officiate and burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, south of Thompsonville.
 

Grace M. Cummins
Mrs. Grace M. Cummins, 88, of 809 Park St., Eldorado, died at 9:48 a.m. Monday, April 26, 1999 in Ferrell Hospital at Eldorado.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cummins in 1967.
Mrs. Cummins was born on Sept. 11, 1910, in Equality to the late George and Ellen (Ward) Sullivan.
She was a member of the Rocky Branch Social Brethren Church.
Surviving are a son, Carl Cobb of Tacoma, Wash.; two daughters, Irene Tedford of Bourbonnais and Brenda Cummins of Eldorado; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Helen Rice and Ellen Ingersoll; and a nephew, Bill Ewell.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Hubert Bradley will officiate and burial will be in Cottage Grove Cemetery.
 

Anna Margaret Morgan
Mrs. Anna Margaret Morgan, 87, widow of Gordon Morgan, formerly of Rosiclare, died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 1999 in the Pope County Care Center at Golconda.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelene and Dale Stone of Rosiclare, Ruby and Bob Buchanan of Rural, Golconda; a sister, Beatrice Cox of Harrisburg; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Gordon, two brothers, Rodney Hurford and Barnard Hurford, a sister, Earlene Lee, and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will precede burial at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Fluorine Cemetery in Rosiclare. The Rev. Roy Lee Baker will officiate and burial will be in the Fluorine Cemetery at Rosiclare.
There will be no visitation at Hosick Funeral Home in Rosiclare.
 

Silas H. Gordon
Silas H. Gordon, 76, of Springfield, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999 at St. John's Hospice.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1922, the son of George W. and Mary (Kirk) Gordon.
He married Elvine Torian, she preceded him in death. He later married Virginia Portee and she preceded him in death. In 1980, he married Arline Auker. She died on June 9, 1993.
Mr. Gordon was owner and operator of Captain Worm Bait Shop in Harrisburg. He was a World War II Army Veteran CPL, 8th Air Force Headquarters, 461st Aviation Squadron and a member of the American Legion in Harrisburg.
Survivors include a son, Silas E. and wife, Genoveva Gordon of Springfield; four stepsons, William and wife, Dorothy Fossie, Wesley and wife, Mary Fossie, all of Murphysboro, Lowell Moss of Chicago, and Harold Newsom of Harrisburg; four daughters, Lana and husband, Ron Hayes of Houston, Texas, Connie and Sian Gordon, of Springfield, and Rose Mary Givens of Lansing, Mich.; seven step-daughters, Detra Tucker of Springfield, Marquetta Newsom of Carrier Mills, Wilma Fossie, Julie Fossie, Brenda Alexander and Barbara and husband, Orlin of Campbell, all of Elgin, and Mary Fossie of Peoria.
Also surviving are six grandchildren, Keela Gordon of Lancaster, Texas, Kandice Gordon of Springfield, Monique Hayes and Justin Hayes, both of Houston, Texas, Faith Givens and Jamison Givens, both of Lansing; 19 step-grandchildren; and 17 step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer Gibson and Edward Gibson, and two sisters, Elizabeth Russ and Oletha Gordon.
Burial was in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield on Monday, April 26, 1999.
 

Rosalee Fark
Mrs. Rosalee Fark, 67, wife of James Fark, of 890 Jenny Ridge Rd., Carrier Mills, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 26, 1999 at St. Mary Medical Center, Evansville, Ind.
She was born on July 17, 1931, in Evansville, Ind. to the late Earl and Ada (Van Bibber) Beard.
Mrs. Fark was a member of the Land Street Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Kimberly Bruce, Brenda Lisa Patterson, and Sheila Bruce, all of Harrisburg and Pam Bruce of Metropolis; a brother, Terry Beard of Rushville, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four sons, Thomas Brown, James O. Fark Jr., Heath Fark and Keith Fark.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home in Harrisburg, where friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Kendall Jones will officiate and burial will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery at Harrisburg.

Anna L. Somers
Ms. Anna L. Somers, 83, of Canton, died at 12:10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 1999 in Graham Hospital Extension Care.
She was born on Feb. 5, 1916, in Harrisburg, to the late Jess and Netta (Abney) Moore.
She married Fred Somers on Sept. 14, 1935 in Harrisburg. He preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1981.
Surviving are three daughters, Shirley Strode of Canton, Peggy Frank of Irvine, Calif., and Judy Cully of Athens; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nina Thompson of Canton and Marilouise Ulrey of Redfield, Ark.
She was a legal secretary for Lawrence McMunn in Canton for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton, Order of The Eastern Star in Canton and the local Daughters of the American Revolution.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Murphy Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, where visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Larry Campbell officiated and burial was in the White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Canton.
 

Leonard L. Lindsey
Memorial services for Leonard L. Lindsey will be held Saturday, May 1, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Ingram Hill Baptist Church.
He died Dec. 27, 1998 at the Shand's Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.
Surviving are his wife, Corinne (Smith) Lindsey, formerly of Harrisburg; two daughters, Mrs. Mark (Leslie) Winfrey of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Lisa Lindsey of Charlotte, N.C., five sisters, and two brothers from the Herrin area.
The Rev. David Gilley will conduct the service. The ashes will be interred in Ingram Hill Cemetery.

Hazel Potter
Mrs. Hazel Potter, 84, of 10 E. National St., Harrisburg, died at 3:45 a.m. Friday, April 30, 1999 at her home.
She was the widow of Samuel R. Potter.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Nancy Potter of Kansas City, Mo.; and a sister, Muriel Partain of Harrisburg.
Further family details and funeral arrangements will be announced later from Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.
 

Leo Clarida
Leo Clarida, 91, of Carrier Mills, died at 8:32 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 1999 in the Carrier Mills Nursing Home.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1907, in Brushy Township to the late Jess and Emma (Allen) Clarida. Mr. Clarida retired from Peabody Coal Mine and was a Protestant by faith.
On April 16, 1933, he married the former Mildred Hickman. She survives. Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Karen Clarida of Harrisburg; a daughter, Judy Pemberton of Marion; a brother, William J. Clarida Sr. of Eldorado; a sister, Virginia White of Galatia; six grandchildren, Brynn and Lindsey Clarida, Audrey Poole, Amy Schuhadt, Kelly Martin and John Clarida; and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Katrina and Johnathan Martin.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jackie Dale Clarida and a sister, Loretta Sanders.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia, where friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Vola Sittig will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery at Harrisburg.
 

Charles "Red" Kingston
Charles "Red" Kingston, 82, of 400 Park St., Shawneetown, died Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife, former Pauline Greer. They were married on July 3, 1943. Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Marilyn Rogers of Shawneetown and Mike and Dawn Kingston of Homer; three sisters, Emma Jane Wallace of Equality, Dolly Wheeler of Rantoul, and Eva Hanes of Sydney; four grandchildren, Sam Rogers, Sandra Riley, Ashley and Lance Kingston; and five great-grandchildren, Lara Riley, Samuel, Dean, Mandy and Lauren Rogers.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Frank, Virgil, Joe, Sim, Ed and Orval Kingston, two half-brothers, Marion and Walter Kingston, three sisters, Minnie Engelton, Maggie George and Ella Kingston, and a half-sister, Sally Payne.
He was born on March 17, 1917, in Junction to the late Sim and Dona (Roberts) Kingston. Mr. Kingston retired as a laborer from the Cabinet Factory and was an Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate and burial will be in the McGhee Cemetery at Junction. Military rites will be performed by the Ridgway American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War.
 

Leroy Williams
Graveside services for Leroy Williams, 59, of Harrisburg, will precede burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 1999 at Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Harrisburg. The Rev. Roger Lyons will officiate.
There will be no visitation at Gaskins Funeral Home in Harrisburg. Those attending should go directly to the cemetery.
 

James Thomas Russell
Private services for James Thomas Russell, 77, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ledford Cemetery. His wife, Evangelist Margaret Ann Russell will officiate. Military rites will be by the Carrier Mills American Legion.
Gaskins Funeral Home of Harrisburg is in charge of the arrangements.
 

Robert S. Hayes
Services for Robert S. Hayes, 70, of Eldorado, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 1999 at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado,. where friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown.
 

Hubert Harrelson
Services for Hubert Harrelson, 62, of Equality, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 1999 at Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality, where friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Larry Powers will officiate and burial will be in Cottage Grove Cemetery at Equality.
 

Leonard L. Lindsey
Memorial services for Leonard L. Lindsey of Gainesville, Fla. will be held Saturday, May 1, 1999 at 11 a.m. at the Ingram Hill Baptist Church. The Rev. David Gilley will officiate, The ashes will be interred in Ingram Hill Cemetery.
He died Dec. 27, 1998 at the Shand's Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla..

Bonnie W. Burnam
Mrs. Mark (Bonnie) W. Burnam, 71, of 805 S. Ledford St., Harrisburg, died at 1:02 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
She married Mark Burnam on Aug. 25, 1925, in Mount Vernon, Ind. He preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 1992.
Mrs. Burnam was born on May 5, 1907, in Belknap to the late Joseph and Cynthia (Crossland) Crawford.
She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg and the Ladies Auxiliary of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Nyla June and Charles Heffington of Stuart, Fla. a grandson, Mark and wife, Joan Heffington of Derby, Kan.; two great-grandchildren, Grant Heffington and Guy Heffington; two step-grandchildren, Gavin Moore and Garrison Moore, of Derby; and a half-sister, Wilma Huckelberry of Belknap.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John Crawford, a daughter in infancy, and two sisters, Mae Abernathy and Bess Conrad.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gaskins Funeral Home in Harrisburg, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Ben Anderson will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Dennis Doane. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery at Belknap.
 

Wilma Sexton Gilliam
Mrs. Wilma (Sexton) Gilliam, 71, of Golconda, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999 at her home. She was married on March 9, 1946 to James Gilliam. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1987.
She was born on Jan. 1, 1928, in Pope County to the late Lester and Rosa (Shetler) Sexton.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Golconda and a graduate with the Class of 1947 from Golconda High School.
Mrs. Gilliam was a secretary at Pope County Elementary School for 19 years and at the Golconda Job Corps for five years.
Surviving are a special friend, Clarence Moody of Golconda; a sister-in-law, Loudean Hicks, and several cousins. A brother preceded her in death.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 1999 at Aly Funeral Home in Golconda, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Paul Sadler and the Rev. Tim Sadler will officiate. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Golconda.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Golconda.

The Rev. Wilson Rister
The Rev. Wilson Rister, 76, 2017 State St., Eldorado, died at 10:03 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
He was born on Oct. 23, 1922, in Omaha to the late Jess and Ivalee Ora (Brown) Rister.
He was self employed as a farmer and minister and was a World War II veteran.
He was a member of Emmanuel General Baptist Church and had been a minister for more than 40 years. He was one of the founder of Camp Oxford Youth Camp.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Rister Nov. 17, 1990.
On April 14, 1991, he married Mary Davis. She survives. Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Sandy Rister, Richard and Deborah Rister and Ivan and Cheryl Rister, all of Harrisburg; four stepsons, Robert Davis of Eldorado, Mike and wife, Karen Davis of Harrisburg, Paul and Sherry Davis of Omaha, and William and wife, Sheri Davis of Harrisburg; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Charlie (Mary Ann) Curry of Eldorado; two brothers, Adrian and wife, Wilma Rister of Harrisburg and Eugene and Shirley Rister of Broughton; a sister, Mrs. Harry (Reta) Awalt of Batavia.
Also surviving are six grandchildren, Tammy Basham, Sherie McCormick, Zachary, Matthew, Rachel, and Pam Rister; 10 step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, Kean, Kren, Karis and Ashton Whiting, Elijah, Beth Ellen and Eva Marie McCormick; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Little Chapel Church, north of Raleigh, where friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Jeff Rush, Steve Glenn and Charlie Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Lindale Cemetery at Eldorado.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Camp Oxford Trust Fund. Envelopes will be available at the church or at the Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado.
 

Perley Glen Owen
Perley Glen Owen, 82, of Broughton, died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 at his home.
He was born May 1, 1917 in Pope County, to the late A. W. and Minnie (Morse) Owen.
He retired from Wilcox Co. in Mount Vernon, Ind. as a tool repairman and was also employed for the Indiana Farm Bureau for several years. He was a Navy veteran during World War II serving in the U.S. Seabees section of the Navy.
Mr. Owen was a member of the McLeansboro American Legion Post 106, Carmi Veterans of Foreign War and a member of the Broughton Masonic Lodge No. 963 for 57 years.
He was a Protestant by faith.
On July 5, 1938, in Morganfield, Ky., he married the former Opal Delane Tanner. She survives along with a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Vicki Owen of Orchardville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Geraldine and Robert E. Barker of Broughton, Leona and Charles Reed of Crete and Virgie and Paul Ledford of Shorewood; three brothers, Harvey Owen of Clinton, Mich., Claude Owen of Broughton and Wilburn Owen of Finley, Ohio; four sisters, Essie Graham, Myrtle McDonald and Irene Partain, all of Broughton, and Genevieve Jones of Dixon; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Virgil, A.W. Jr. and Earl Owen.
Services are at 11 a.m. Sunday at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro, where friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Bill Gholson will officiate and burial will be in Hickory Hill Cemetery at Broughton with military rites by American Legion Post 106.
 

Wayne Lanham
Wayne Lanham, 81, of 817 Land St., Harrisburg, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Galatia.
He was born Nov. 22, 1917, in Cottonwood to the late Arthur and Gussie (Strange) Lanham, but was raised in the home of the late D.O. and Elma Lanham.
Mr. Lanham retired from Sahara Coal Co. after 45 years. He was a member and a deacon at the Eldorado First Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge in Raleigh and in Detroit, Mich. He was also a Shriner and a member of the Blue Lodge.
Surviving is his wife, JoAnn Lanham of Harrisburg. They were married on Jan. 1, 1980. Also surviving are two sons, Curtis Tite of O'Fallon, Mo. and Mike Tite of Eldorado; a daughter, Donna K. and her husband, Ron Dawes of Plano, Texas; nine grandchildren, Wesley Tite and Sheena Tite, both of Eldorado, Ryan Dawes of Plano, Rhona Pinkney of Alpharetta, Ga., Kim Sampson of Blue Grass, Iowa, Becky Moreland, of Moline, Josh, Joel, and Justin Tite, all of O'Fallon; and nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Wayne Lanham in March of 1979, three brothers, Russell, Ray and Shelby Lanham and a sister, Catherine Dallas.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado. Howard Scott will officiate. Burial will be in Raleigh Masonic Cemetery.
Visitation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday with Masonic services at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
For those who wish memorials may be made to the First Church of Christ Building Fund and may be left at the funeral home.
 

Gail A. Miller
Gail A. Miller, 74, of Merrillville, Ind., formerly of Harrisburg and Carrier Mills, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 at his home.
He retired from U.S. Steel, Gary Works as main garage mechanic and was also a bus driver for Merrillville School Corp. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Dora Miller; two sons, Gale A. Miller of Crown Point, Ind. and Richard K. and wife, Donna Miller of Hebron, Ind.; a sister, Virginia Owens of Harrisburg; a brother, Jack Miller of Carrier Mills; nieces and nephews.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at Geisen Funeral Home, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, where visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Pastor Dan R. Estes and Richard K. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the cemetery at Schererville, Ind.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.
 

Lora M. Stacey
Mrs. Lora M. Stacey, 89, of 7530 W. Melody Circle, Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of Rosiclare, died at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999 at Park View Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Surviving are a son-in-law, Floyd Joiner of Fort Wayne; a granddaughter, Mrs. Arlie (Lynda) Elam, Fort Wayne; a grandson, Michael and wife, Kathy Joiner of South Elgin; and a brother, Alvin Banks of Herod.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Datis and Mary Banks, a daughter, Molly Frances Joiner, infant twin daughters, four brothers, Alfred, John Robert, Ora and Arvil Banks, three sisters, Alpha Hubbs, Maudie Hill and Verba Gibbs.
Graveside services preceded burial at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 1999 in Good Hope Cemetery at Herod. Bro. Bob Goins officiated.
Hosick Funeral Chapel in Rosiclare was in charge of the arrangements.
 

Mary Estillee Hall
Services for Mrs. Mary Estillee Hall, 78, of 703 N. Friend St., Carrier Mills, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home in Carrier Mills, where friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Dale Martin will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery at Carrier Mills
Mrs. Hall died at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999 at the Carrier Mills Nursing Home.
 

Pete H. Stankunas
Memorial services for Pete H. Stankunas, 83, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. The Rev. Don Abell will officiate.
It was Mr. Stankunas' request that his body be donated to science. The family request expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donation to St. Mary Catholic Church in Harrisburg.
Mr. Stankunas died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 1999 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
 

Margaret Matthews
Services for Mrs. Margaret Matthews, 73, of Murphysboro, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999 at the Equality Social Brethren Church. The Rev. Bill Jones will officiate.
Mrs. Matthews died Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at her residence.
Donations may be made to the Equality Social Brethren Church or the Murphysboro United Methodist Church. Vickery Funeral Chapel of Equality is in charge of the arrangements.


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