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Thelma Alice Sheppard 
Born July 24, 1921 - Died July 15, 1997
Thelma Alice Sheppard, 75, of Denver, Colorado, and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 1997, at Arkansas Manor in Denver. She was a retired waitress and housewife.
She was born on July 24, 1921, in East St. Louis, Illinois, a daughter of George and Alice M. (Riggs) Garrison. She was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Sheppard is survived by several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ernest Garrison.

Ethel Catherine Renn 
Born June 18, 1905 - Died July 16, 1997
Ethel Catherine Renn, 92, of McLeansboro Health Care Center and formerly of Norris City, died at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
She was born on June 18, 1905, near Norris City in the Powell community, a daughter of William Charles and Estella (Bradley) Hill. She married Lawrence A. Renn, and he preceded her in death on June 22, 1975.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 1997 at Campbell Funeral Home in Norris City. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Powell Cemetery.
Mrs. Renn is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Alfred and Mildred Renn of McLeansboro; one brother, Allen Hill of Evansville, Indiana; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Edith Kilgore, Grace Jenkins and Helen Cochrane; and three brothers, Edward, Kenneth and Byron Hill.

Myra (Hargis) Miller 
Born October 17, 1902 - Died July 22, 1997
Myra (Hargis) Miller, 94, of Bakersfield, California, and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 1997, at her home. She was a housewife.
She was born on October 17, 1902 in Drummond, Oklahoma, a daughter of Rodman F. and Ida Belle (Bowman) Bennett. She married Harry Hargis, who died in 1957, and later married Gideon Miller, who is also now deceased.
Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 1997. The Rev. Tim Pate officiated. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery at Dahlgren. Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Miller is survived by one sister, Lola Ream of Bakersfield, California.
She was preceded in death by both husbands and her parents.

Hazel Cluck Robinson 
Born June 29, 1909 - Died July 22, 1997
Hazel Cluck Robinson, 88, died at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 1997, at Cumberland Nursing Home in Greenup, Illinois. She was owner/operator of Harry Lee's and Hazel's Bar-B-Q in McLeansboro.
She was born on June 29, 1909, in Hamilton County, a daughter of John Wesley and Julia Ann (Hopper) Cluck. She married Harry Lee Robinson on May 14, 1928, and he died on April 1, 1976. She was a member of First Baptist Church of McLeansboro.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Harl Cockrum officiated. Burial was in Knights Prairie Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Robinson is survived by one son, Charles Lee Robinson and wife Sue of DuQuoin; two daughters, Betty Ann Hamilton and husband William E. of McLeansboro and Doris Jane Millenbine of Greenup; nine grandchildren, Scott Anthony and Steven Aric Millenbine of Greenup, Major Charles Michael Hamilton of Germany, Richard Eugene Hamilton of Rising Fawn, Georgia, Douglas Lee Robinson of Perryville, Missouri, Jeffery Robinson of DuQuoin, Sergeant Brent Allen Robinson of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Lee Ann Marron of Neoga, Illinois, Trena Lynn McMechan of Greenup; four great-grandchildren, Constance Elizabeth Robinson and Cameron Robinson, both of Perryville, Missouri, Brock Steven McMechan of Greenup and Brandon Dean Maroon of Neoga; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Nursing Home in Greenup and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

Noland J. Harrelson 
Born September 22, 1913 - Died July 27, 1997
Noland J. Harrelson, 83, of McLeansboro, died at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, 1997 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired truck driver for Webb Oil Company, Inc. in McLeansboro.
He was born on September 22, 1913, in Hamilton County, a son of Enos and Ivy (Denny) Harrelson. On October 22, 1935, he married Evelyn Huffstutler, who survives. He was a member and trustee of the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army in WWII and received the Purple Heart during combat.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Gary Davenport officiated. Burial was in Blooming Grove Cemetery near McLeansboro. Graveside military rites were by the American Legion Post #106.
Besides his wife, Mr. Harrelson is survived by one daughter, Alice Wooten and husband John of Bloomington, Illinois; four brothers, Enos Harrelson Jr. of Bull Shoals, Illinois, Ernest Harrelson of Romeoville, Illinois, Kenneth Harrelson of Robinson, Illinois, and Robert Harrelson of McLeansboro; two sisters, Lucille Parker of Fairfield and Alice Page of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, three grandchildren, Kathy Stoller of Eureka, Illinois, Christina Tribbett of San Jose, Illinois, and Jeff Wooten of Rantoul, Illinois; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Linda Sue Johnson 
Born April 12, 1943 - Died July 21, 1997
Linda Sue Johnson, 54, of McLeansboro, died at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 1997, at her home. She was a housewife.
She was born on April 12, 1943, in Olney, a daughter of William Alfred and Doris E. (Williams) Venters. She was married to Freeman Johnson, who survives.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Randall Ragan officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Johnson is survived by her parents, Rev. Alfred and Doris Venters of McLeansboro; two sons, Harvey Brent Johnson and wife Carol and Brian Johnson, both of McLeansboro; and three grandchildren, Brandi Nicole Johnson, Matthew Brent Johnson and Brett A. Johnson, all of McLeansboro.

Charles E. Miller 
Born August 11, 1927 - Died August 5, 1997
Charles E. Miller, 69, of McLeansboro, died at 2:19 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 1997, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was in farm equipment sales with Hamilton-White County Equipment Company.
He was born on August 11, 1927, in Franklin County, a son of John G. and Dora L. (Smith) Miller. On December 30, 1950, he married Ava Laverne Ingram, who survives. He was a past master and member of Polk Masonic Lodge #137, member of the cemetery board of trustees of Knights Prarie Township, trustee and member of Ten Mile Baptist Church, a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and was formerly on the Hamilton County Unit #10 School Board.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 8, 1997, at Ten Mile Baptist Church. The Revs. Mark Lee, Ron Trotter, and Randy Carney officiated. Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in Ten Mile Cemetery, with graveside military rites by American Legion Post 106.
Besides his wife, Mr. Miller is survived by one son, Rick Miller and wife Teresa of McLeansboro; two daughters, Rhonda Carney and husband Randy of Thompsonville and Rene Trotter and husband Ron of Dahlgren; two brothers, Darrel Miller of Eldorado and Eugene Miller of Thompsonville; two sisters, Georgia Robertson of Macedonia and Dorothy Craine of Benton; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Neva Hess.
Memorials may be made to the Ten Mile Church Building and Landscaping Fund.

Harold Dean Tedford 
Born October 31, 1924 - Died August 6, 1997
Harold Dean Tedford, 72, of Skowhegan, Maine, and formerly of Dale, died at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 1997, at the Cedar Ridge Care Center in Skowhegan. He was a retired shipping clerk, having worked at the Distribution Center for Snap On Tools in Ottawa, Illinois.
He was born on October 31, 1924, in Dale, a son of Elmer and Ethal (Read) Tedford. On September 21, 1946, he married Mildred Jane Dorris, who survives. He was a U. S. Army combat vertan of WWII in the Pacific Theatre and was a member of the American Legion Post #106 in McLeansboro.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, 1997 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Blooming Grove Cemetery in McLeansboro with full military graveside rites.
Mr. Tedford is survived by two daughters, Sharon Cox and husband Gary of Raymond, Maine, Connie Jean Hayes and husband Klayton of Pittston, Maine; two brothers, Donald R. Tedford of Marseilles, Illinois, and Billie Tedford of Seneca; two sisters, Juanita Wilson and Wilma Jean Tedford, both of McLeansboro; three grandchildren, Kimberly Swiecicki of New Market, New Hampsire, Melanie Anne Goldstein of Pittsford, Vermont, Alexander Tedford Hayes of Pittston, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Wanda Redmon.

Bonnie L. Flannigan 
Born June 20, 1917 - Died December 27, 1997
Bonnie L. Flannigan, 80, of McLeansboro, died at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker.
She was born on June 20, 1917, in Hamilton County, a daughter of William and Pearl (Tousley) Duncan. On Dec. 10, 1937, in Morganfield, Ky., she married Eual Flannigan, who died on Feb. 17, 1984. She was a member of the First General Baptist Church of McLeansboro and the Missionary Society at the church.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Harre Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Sefried and Rev. Bill Duncan officiated. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Smith and husband Larry of Wayne City; two sons, Ronnie Flannigan and wife Charlotte of Rosville, Ga., Donald G. Flannigan and friend Ronda of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marjorie Hannel of Franklin, N.C., Martha Reed, Mona Gaines and Janice Burnett of McLeansboro; and two brothers, the Rev. Bill Duncan of Carmi and Bob Duncan of Michigan.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother George Duncan and one infant son.

Ernest E. Hamilton 
Born May 14, 1914 - Died December 26, 1997
Ernest E. Hamilton, 83, of McLeansboro, died at 10:50 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired mail carrier for the McLeansboro Post Office.
He was born on May 14, 1914, in Mt. Vernon, a son of Henry Woodford Hamilton and Lillian Mae (Hestwood) Johnson. On July 21, 1947, in Dixon, Ky., he married Mary Marie Johnson, who survives. He attended McLeansboro Church of Christ and was a member of VFW Post #1671 and the Hamilton County Chapter of AARP.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Besides his wife, Mr. Hamilton is survived by two daughters, Wanda Shay and husband Edward of McLeansboro, Judy Spitzer and husband Allan of Champaign; five grandchildren, Jocelyn Sptizer and Corey Spitzer of Champaign, Brendy Shay and Carolyn Shay of McLeansboro, Betsy Holder and husband Mark of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one great-grandchild, Stephanie Holder of Kalamazoo; two sisters-in-law, Edith Hamilton of Forest Park, Ill., and helen Hamilton of covington, La.; and two brothers-in-law, Arthur Cottingham of McLeansboro and Alvin Johnson of Topeka, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ivan and Robert Hamilton; and three sisters, Ruby Cottingham, Mildred Warren and husband Inman, Velma Mariner and husband Charles.

Ellie Mae Manago 
Born September 20, 1919 - Died December 20, 1997
Ellie Mae Manago, 78, of Phoenix, Ariz., and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoneix. She was a retired nurse from Chicago State Hospital in Chicago.
She was born on Sept. 20, 1919, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Clyde and Lora (Miller) Cross. She was a member of New Salem Baptist Church near Dale.
The funeral was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. John Lee Jr. officiated. Burial was in Smith Cemetery near Dale.
She is survived by a brother, Clyde Cross of Claremore, Ariz.; a sister, LaVerne Webb of Phoenix; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands, Melvin hatchell and Joseph J. Manago.

Earl Owen 
Born September 30, 1913 - Died December 24, 1997
Earl Owen, of Broughton, died at 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at his home. He was a retired farmer.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1913, in Pope County, a son of A.W. and Minnie (Morris) Owen. On March 14, 1942, he married Ruby Greer, who died in 1984. He was a 55-year old member of broughton Masonic Lodge #963, a member of McLeansboro White Shrine and a member of Broughton Baptist Church, where he was a deacon.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 28, at the Broughton Baptist Church. The Rev. Delmar Feasel, the Rev. David Angelly and Rev. Bill Gholson officiated. Burial was in Hickory Hill Cemetery in Broughton. Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Owen is survived by one son, Joh Owen and wife Mary Lou Shanahan of Springfield; four brothers, Harvey Owen of Flint, Mich., Glen Owen and Claude Owen of Broughton, Wilburn Owen of Findley, Ohio; four sisters, Essie Graham, Myrtle McDonald and Irene Partain, all of Broughton, Genevieve Jones of Dixon.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Virgil Owen and A.W. Owen Jr.

Robert L. "Bob" Gholson 
Born March 13, 1916 - Died December 21, 1997
Robert L. Gholson, of McLeansboro and formerly of Broughton, died at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired truck driver.
He was born on March 13, 1916, in Hamilton County, a son of Frank and Mabel (Donelson) Gholson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
The funeral was at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at Gholson Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Gholon officiated. Burial was in Gholson Cemetery near Broughton. Graveside military rites were performed by American Legion Post 106.
He is survived by two sons, Jeffery Gholson and wife Julie of Long Beach Calif.; and Geremy Gholson of Davidson, Mich.; a stepson, David Williams of Fenton, Mich.; a daughter, Jillian Gunn and Thomas of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Loretta Thornton and husband Doyce of Panama City, Fla.; a brother, Roland Gholson of Vale, Ore.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchlildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-brother and two wives, Helen Forro and Etta M. Trinkhaus.

Lewis "Shorty" Jones 
Born August 5, 1908 - Died December 23, 1997
Lewis "Shorty" Jones, 89, of McLeansboro died at 12:48 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired welder and mechanic.
He was born on Aug. 5, 1908 in Peoria, son of Lewis and Mary (Bearl) Jones. On Dec. 24, 1946, in Morganfield, Ky., he married Virginia A. Hall, who survives.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, at Gholson Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Besides his wife, Mr. Jones is survived by two sons, Wayne Jones and wife Mary of Rock Falls, Ill., and Charles Jones and wife Chris of Dixon, Ill.; a daughter, Nellie Caldwell of Old Shawneetown; two sisters, Irene Lane of Peoria and Mary Foster of Chillicothe; nine grandchildren; and nine great great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, four brothers and three sisters.

Chloeteal Creswell 
Born June 23, 1906 - Died December 26, 1997
Chloeteal Creswell, 91, of McLeansboro and formerly of Crawford County and Artesia, N.M., died at 5 a.m. on Dec. 26, 1997, at McLeansboro Healthcare Nursing Home. She was a retail clerk and homemaker.
She was born on June 23, 1906 in Greenup, a daughter of Lew and Susie (Horton) Matthews. On Aug. 1, 1924, she married James S. Creswell, who preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 1936. She was a member of the Artesia (N.M.) Christian Church.
The funeral was on Monday, Dec. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Goodwine Funeral Home in Robinson. The Rev. Larry Moreau officiated. burial was in Palestine Cemetery. Local arrangements were by Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro.
Mrs. Creswell is survived by two daughters, Normal Miller of Robinson and Carol Russell of Artesia, N.M.; a son, George "Bud" Creswell and wife Gretta Creswell of Robinson; a son-in-law, Robert McClearey of Killeen, Texas; a sister, Maxine Snyder of Palestine; 12 grandchildren, including Karin Miller, Craig Miller and Debbie Campbell of McLeansboro; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchldren.
She was preceded in death fy her parents; two daughters, Rosemary Creswell and Phyllis McClearey; a brother, William Matthews; a sister, Faye Kintner; and two grandchildren, Doug Miller and Shawn Russell.

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