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Venita Joyce Brinkley 
Died March 31, 1997
Venita Joyce Brinkley of McLeansboro died at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 1997, at her home.
Having earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in business education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, she was a teacher at McLeansboro High School for 34 years, retiring in 1990. She was an active member of P.E.O., the Rend Lake College Foundation, the Hamilton County Historical Society and the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
At her request there was no visitation; interment services were conducted at the family mausoleum in the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 1997.
Services were under the direction of Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
She is survived by her husband William J. Brinkley; her mother, Neva Stroud Schwarm of Marion, Illinois; one brother, Lewis "Sonny" Schwarm of Marion, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Murrel Schwarm; and one sister, Patsy Clark.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Vernon.

Mary (Heller) Carey 
Born August 20, 1897 - Died March 20, 1997
Mary (Heller) Carey, 99, of Almena, Wisconsin, formerly of McLeansboro, died March 20, 1997, at Golden Age Manor in Amery, Wisconsin.
Born August 20, 1897, in Almena, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of Matthias and Anna (Shone) Heller. She married James Carey in Almena and he preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on March 24, 1997, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Almena, Wisconsin, with Father John Spanjers officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Almena.
Mrs. Carey was survived by several nieces and nephews.

Florence "Tina" Anselment 
Born March 22, 1917 - Died April 1, 1997
Florence "Tina" Anselment, 80, of Bethalto and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 2:25 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 1997, at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville, Illinois.
She was born on March 22, 1917, in Hamilton County, a daughter of George and Katherine (Rubenacker) Roesch. On September 7, 1937, in Piopolis, she married Martin J. Anselment, who died in 1967. She was a housewife and a member of St. John's Church in Piopolis.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 1997, at St. John's. Rev. Joseph Lawler officiated. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Schild of Greenfield, Illinois, and Joyce Schilly of Collinsville; two sisters, Lucina Coy of Dahlgren and Betty Lueke of McLeansboro; four grandchildren, Kristie Schmidt, Lisa Kreher, Tim Kreher, and Alice Emberton, and one stepgreat-grandson.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, three sisters and one grandchild.

Rose Ann Degenhart 
Born August 3, 1914 - Died April 2, 1997
Rose Ann Degenhart, 82, of Dahlgren, died at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 1997, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
She was born on August 3, 1914, in Vanderburg County, Indiana, a daughter of John W. and Philamena "Minnie" (Mueller) Ewald. She was a housewife. On January 30, 1935, in Dahlgren, she married Albert G. Degenhart, who survives. She was a member at St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren.
The funeral was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 1997, at St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren. Rev. Alan Ruppert officiated. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery.
Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, James P. Degenhart and wife Norma of Vandalia, Paul Degenhart and wife Mary Kay of Compoc, California, and John R. Degenhart and wife Theresa of Dahlgren; a daughter, Sister Mary Louise Degenhart of Fairview Heights; a brother, Alexander "Bud" Ewald of Belle Rive; three sisters, Appolonia Rawls of Dahlgren, Geraldine Hutchcraft of Belle Rive and Erma Ewald of Dahlgren; several nieces and nephews; five grandchildren, Judy Cameron, Kristina Garrison, Philip Degenhart, Jeremy Degenhart, and Darin Degenhart; and three great-grandchildren, Samantha Masi, Steven Masi, and Adam Cameron.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and seven sisters.

Flora Jane Mayberry 
Born September 8, 1919 - Died April 3, 1997
Flora Jane Mayberry, 77, of Broughton, died at 1:04 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville. She was a retired seamstress, having worked at Elder Manufacturing Co. and Decatur Garment Co. in McLeansboro.
She was born on September 8, 1919, near Dale, a daughter of Thomas and Sallie (Hamilton) Buttry. On February 12, 1938, she married Wilson Mayberry, who died on April 5, 1981. She was a member of the Hamilton County Home Extension Unit, the Dale Ruritan Club and New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 1997, at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church near McLeansboro. Rev. C. E. Essary officiated. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Doyle Mayberry and wife Gloria of Decatur, Alabama, and Donald Mayberry and wife Karen of Carmi; a daughter, Helen Cantrell of Broughton; a sister, Veda Sutton of McLeansboro; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to the New Prospect Church or the Kidney Foundation and will be accepted at Gholson Funeral Home.

Edna L. Seng 
Born March 16, 1913 - Died April 3, 1997
Edna L. Seng, 84, of McLeansboro, died at 5:55 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 1997 at Hamilton Memorial Hosptial. She retired after 20 years at Decatur Garment Co. in McLeansboro working as an inspector.
She was born on March 16, 1913, in Kentucky, a daughter of Henry and Edna (Bowling) Hylton. She married Henry G. Seng, on March 13, 1943, in St. Louis. She was a member of Middle Creek Missionary Baptist Church. 
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mrs. Seng is survived by one daughter, Lena Daily of Carmi; four grandchildren, Bruce Dale of McLeansboro, Rebecca Purcell of Bridgeton, Missouri, Kim Hutchcraft of Ewing and Dan Dale of McLeansboro; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers and two sisters.

Guy P. Allardin 
Born March 25, 1917 - Died April 4, 1997
Guy P. Allardin, 80, of McLeansboro, died at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer and used tractor parts dealer.
He was born on March 25, 1917 in Hamilton County, a son of Charles H. and Mary Frances (Dugan) Allardin. On December 9, 1937, he married Ava Knight, who survives. He was a member and deacon of Mt. Olivet General Baptist Church.
The funeral was at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Revs. Harold Hughes and Jim Hutchcraft officiated. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Jewell Endicott and Bertha Hill, both of Carmi; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hayden Allardin; and two sisters, Bethel Peters and Ruth Absher Hiebert.

Verla M. Bowling 
Born June 4, 1935 - Died April 7, 1997
Verla M. Bowling, 61, of McLeansboro, died at 4:45 a.m., April 7, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Bowling was a retired office manger for Petrolane.
She was born on June 4, 1935, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Leslie Monroe and Verna Mae (Pierce) Prince. She was a member of St. Clements Catholic Church in McLeansboro and was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Carmi.
She married Joseph M. Bowling on July 20, 1953, at St. Clements Catholic Church in McLeansboro, and he survives.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 9, 1997, in St. Clements Catholic Church in McLeansboro with Father Alan Rupert officiating. Burial was in St. Clements Catholic Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Harre Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Bowling is survived by her husband; two daughters, V. Renee' and husband James R. Renshaw of Harrisburg and Mary Anne and husband John Dale Hopfinger of Dahlgren; three sons, William J. "B. J." and wife Jeannie Lynn Bowling of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Vincent E. and wife Cynthia Bowling of Herrin; and Frank M. Bowling of McLeansboro; eight grandchildren; Joshua Joseph Bowling, Laura Beth Bowling, Jamie Henshaw Gaffner, Jimmy E. Henshaw, Christopher Dale Hopfinger, Daniel Joseph Hofinger, and Matthew Vincent Bowling; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Blair Henshaw; four sisters, Helen Juanita and husband Frank Heninger of McLeansboro, Maxine and husband Coy Waggoner of Marshall; Betty "Pat" and husband John Swartz of McLeansboro; Peggy June and husband Wayne Vaupel of McLeansboro; two brothers, Everett Lee and wife Doris Prince of McLeansboro and Bill E. and wife Roxie Prince of McLeansboro.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Lucille Bowling and two brothers, Robert Milton Prince and Charles Leslie Prince.
Memorials may be made to The American Lung Association and are being accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

Columbus Dawain Smith 
Born December 22, 1915 - Died April 8, 1997
Columbus Dawain Smith, 81, of Route 4, McLeansboro, died at 8:58 p.m. on April 8, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer.
He was born December 22, 1915, in Hamilton County, a son of John L. and Florida (McGhee) Smith. He married Mary F. Cutright on May 11, 1946, who survives.
Services were April 11, 1997, at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. George Tuggle officiating. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro with the American Legion Post 106 performing military rites.
Mr. Smith is survived by one son Morris and wife Tonna Smith of Troy; one daughter Marilyn and husband William Morris of Spring, Texas; one brother Virgil Smith of Lavonia, Michigan; five grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan Morris, Ashley, Matthew and Adam Smith.
He attended Little Springs Primative Baptist and also New Hope Primative Baptist Church.
He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Cleveland and the USS Hutchins and served in both the European and Pacific Theatre.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant daughter Marlene Sue, one brother Oscar, and two sisters Lucille and Dorothy.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

William T. "Bill" Reeves 
Born July 19, 1907 - Died April 8, 1997
William T. "Bill" Reeves, 89, of Dale, died April 8, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
Mr. Reeves was a retired U. S. Postmaster at Dale.
Born June 19, 1907, in Iowa City, Iowa, he was a son of Otho and Ella Myrtle (Heath) Reeves. On July 19, 1932, he married Mary Ann Cook and she is deceased.
Services were April 13, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Raymond Clark officiated the service. Burial was in Digby Hill Cemetery.
He was a member of the Dale Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Charles Reeves and wife Sylvia of Scottsdale, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Frank Wooldridge 
Born July 22, 1908 - Died April 11, 1997
Frank Wooldridge, 88, of McLeansboro, died at 3:12 a.m. April 11, 1997, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.
He was a retired state employee. He was also a partner and operator of the old Wooldridge General Store in Walpole. After retirement, he drove a school bus for McLeansboro Township High School.
He was born July 22, 1908, in Hamilton County, a son of Samuel Erastus and Flora (Huffstutler) Wooldridge. March 27, 1928, in Mount Vernon, Indiana, he married Hazel Burnett Wooldridge, who died July 6, 1993.
Services were April 13, 1997, at Hebron Cumberland Presbyterian Church near Walpole with the Rev. Kevin Peyton officiating. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery.
Military flag service at graveside was presented by McLeansboro Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1671.
Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a son, John Wooldridge and wife Donna of Broughton; granddaughter Paula Irvin and husband Brad of McLeansboro; and a great-granddaughter Sara Parrish of McLeansboro.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II, member of World War II, member of the McLeansboro VFW Post 1671, a 50-year plus member of Tuscan Masonic Lodge 630 of Walpole, and the Hebron Cumberland Presbyterian Church near Walpole.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son Omer E. Wooldridge; two brothers Omer and Roscoe; and two sisters Grace Nohava and Louella Brockett.
Memorials may be made to the Hebron Cemetery.

Harold C. Bean 
Born June 10, 1929 - Died April 15, 1997
Harold C. Bean, 67, of Mascoutah, and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 2:31 p.m., April 15, 1997, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
He was a retired musician.
He was born June 10, 1929, in Equality, the son of William Cletus and Rose Ellem (Parton) Bean.
Graveside services were held April 18, 1997, at Smith Cemetery near Dale, with the Rev. Gerald "Andy" May officiating. Military rites were provided by American Legion Post 106.
The Gholson Funeral Home of McLeansboro was in charge of local arrangements.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Bean is survived by two sons, Harold Bean and Donald Bean and wife Tina, all of Mascoutah; two daughters Brenda Meinders and husband Chris of East Carondelet and Linda Dubin and husband Greg of Fayetteville; and eight grandchildren.
He was a Protestant and a U. S. Navy verteran of the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Venita Smith 
Born August 16, 1918 - Died April 16, 1997
Venita Smith, 78, of Broughton, died at 12:01 p.m. on April 16, 1997, in Titusville, Florida.
She was a housewife.
She and her husband helped raise Harold Dean Wheeler of Oblong and Donna Mae Buchanan of Carmi.
She was born August 16, 1918, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Hiram and Emma (St. Clair) Wheeler. On August 12, 1939, she married Aden Smith, who survives.
Services were April 20, 1997, at the Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. John Lee. Jr. officiating.
Burial was in Digby Hill Cemetery near Dale.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Smith is survived by a daughter, Loretta Duitsmann and husband Ben of Titusville, Florida; and two grandchildren, Karla Hopkins of Florida and Kurt Duitsmann and wife Jana Lee of Kansas.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dale.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and three sisters.

Ruth E. (Allen) White 
Born January 29, 1931 - Died April 17, 1997
Ruth E. (Allen) White, 66, of Dahlgren, died at 6:40 p.m. on April 17, 1997, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
She was a housewife.
She was born on January 29, 1931, in Dahlgren, a daughter of Irene Allen. On November 24, 1949, she married Col. Amos K. White, who survives.
The funeral mass was April 21, 1997, at St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren with Fr. Alan Ruppert officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery in Dahlgren.
Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of arrangements.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. White is survived by three sons, Charles White of Rifle, Colorado, Mark White and wife Trena of McLeansboro, and Stephen White and wife Shirley of Fortville, Indiana; four daughters, Joyce Cross and husband Clyde Lee of Wayne City, Pam Cox and husband Larry of Mt. Vernon, Cathy Wilkerson and husband Zane of Columbus, Indiana, and Paula Terry and husband Toby of McLeansboro; one sister Rietta Spalding of Kimberling City, Missouri; three brothers, Charles Allen and Ray Allen both of Reed Springs, Missouri, and Gene Allen of Alabama; and 17 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and one infant sister Mary Elizabeth.
She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren and a member of Alter Society at St. John's.
Memorials will be accepted at the funeral home in Mrs. White's memory for St. Jude's Hospital.

John L. "Briss" Bowers 
Born September 17, 1921 - Died April 18, 1997
John L. "Briss" Bowers, 75 of McLeansboro, died at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 1997. He was a retired oil field pulling unit equipment operator.
He was born on September 17, 1921, in Hamilton County, a son of William and Minnie (Holland) Bowers. He married Claudia B. Bridwell on May 13, 1944, and she survives. He was a member of Smith Church near Dale.
The funeral was at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Rev. Gerald "Andy" May officiated. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mr. Bowers is also survived by three sons, John R. Bowers and wife Phyllis Sue of McLeansboro, Larry Joe Bowers and wife Judy of Broughton; one daughter, Andrea Rubenacker and fiancee Melvin Tennyson of McLeansboro; three brothers, James Bowers of Evansville, Indiana, Charles "Chick" Bowers of McLeansboro, Joe Franklin Bowers of Macedonia; three sisters, Fay Hook of Halstead, Kansas, Fern Fulks of Turon, Kansas, Anna Cheshier o...(cut off)

Bernice Loretta Edwards 
Born July 14, 1938 - Died April 20, 1997
Bernice Loretta Edwards, 58, of McLeansboro, died at 5:18 a.m. on April 20, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Edwards was founder and president of New You Weight Loss Clinic.
She was born on July 14, 1938, in Mulkeytown, a daughter of Marie Cook. On February 14, 1957, in Sesser, she married Beverly Edwards, who survives.
Services were held at 11:00 on April 23, 1997 at Brayfield Funeral Home in Sesser with the Rev. Joe Wallace officiating. Burial followed in Maple Hill Cemetery, Sesser.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Edwards is survived by three sons, Kevin Edwards of Benton, Blake Edwards of McLeansboro and Craig Edwards of Wilmington, North Carolina; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Harvey and Rick of Christopher.
Mrs. Edwards was a member of the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Cook, and one sister, Ethel Loreen.

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