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Rosalie Richardson 
Born May 5, 1920 - Died May 22, 1997
Rosalie Richardson, 77, of McLeansboro, died at 10:53 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 1997, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. She was a housewife.
She was born on May 5, 1920, in Hamilton County, a daughter of David Harry and Mary (Ingram) Vaughn. She was married to James Paul Richardson, who died in 1981.
The funeral was at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Wayne City.
She was survived by one daughter, Michelle Vaughn Harrison of Peoria; five brothers, Walter Vaughn of Belleville, Thomas Vaughn of McLeansboro, Robert Vaughn of Peoria, Clyde Vaughn of Bartonville, Illinois, Joe Vaughn of Glassford, Illinois; two sisters, Hazel Blinn of East Peoria and June Berry of Pekin, Illinois; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one infant son, four brothers and three sisters.

William M. Pemberton 
Born December 17, 1916 - Died May 30, 1997
William M. Pemberton, 80, Carmi, died at 10:15 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 1997, at his home in Carmi. He was a retired carpenter.
He was born on December 17, 1916, in Hamilton County, a son of Homer and Minnie (Roberts) Pemberton. He was married to Jewell Dobson on February 9, 1956, and she survives.
The funeral was 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Phil Mitchell officiated. Burial was in Hickory Hill Cemetery in Broughton.
Mr. Pemberton is survived by three stepsons, Donald Gray and wife Jean of Mt. Carmel, Craig Gray and wife Sally of Blue Rapids, Kansas, and Lonnie Gray and wife Cathy of Newport News, Virginia; one daughter, Connie Johnson and husband Bob of Carmi; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

William Dale "Bill" Elliott 
Born October 30, 1927 - Died June 1, 1997
William Dale "Bill" Elliott, 69, of Santa Ana, California, formerly a resident of McLeansboro, died on June 1, 1997, after a long illiness.
He was born on October 30, 1927 in Murphysboro. He lived in Christopher until 1949 and in McLeansboro from 1949 to 1963. He owned and operated Elliott's Shoe Repair in McLeansboro from 1949 to 1963 and owned and operated Ponderosa Shoe Repair in Santa Ana from 1963 to 1992. Mr. Elliott served in the U. S. Navy at the end of World War II. He was a Mason, a charter member of the McLeansboro Elks Lodge and was a member of the American Legion and the Faternal Order of Eagles. He married Pauline Fred of Sesser in 1945, and she survives.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, William Elliott of Tustin, California, and James Elliott of Santa Ana; two daughters, Brenda Elliott of Redding, California, and Polly Elliott Stamp of Prescott Valley, Arizona; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Nora Rachel Heil 
Born March 16, 1914 - Died June 4, 1997
Nora Rachel Heil, 83, of Cobden, Illinois and formerly of McLeansboro, died on Wednesday, June 4, 1997, at the City Care Nursing Home in Cobden, Illinois. She was a homemaker.
She was born on March 16, 1914, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Andrew Jackson Bond and Ada Mearl (Neal) Bond. On August 31, 1931, she married Noel Heil, who died on March 6, 1979. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro, was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Rebekah Lodge #687 of McLeansboro and was a volunteer at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Jerry Parmley officiated. Burial was in Springer Cemetery near McLeansboro.
Mrs. Heil is survived by two daughters, Libbye M. Hanks of Overland, Missouri, and Nada M. Lipe and husband James of Richardson, Texas; two sons, N. Clifford Heil and wife Margret of Cobden and Frank J. Heil and wife Kay of Jeffersonville, Indiana; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pearl Haynes of Fairfield.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, grand-daughter, two brothers and one sister.

Marion Lee Daily 
Born October 15, 1919 - Died June 5, 1997
Marion Lee Daily, 77, of McLeansboro, died at 6:12 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was a retired engineer with Granite City Steel Company of Granite City, Illinois.
He was born on October 15, 1919, in Hamilton County, the son of William F. and Lura Claire (Standerfer) Daily. He was a member of the Delafield Baptist Church, American Legion Post #106 and VFW Post #1671. He was a U. S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 1997 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried and Rev. Gary Davenport officiated. Burial was in Blooming Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Daily is survived by one sister, Lillian McGill of McLeansboro.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Elizabeth "Bette" Staker Laskey 
Born June 14, 1921 - Died June 12, 1997
Elizabeth "Bette" Staker Laskey, 81, of Seminole, Florida, and formerly of McLeansboro, died on April 13, 1997, in Largo, Florida.
She was a daughter of Marshall and Zelia Davis of McLeansboro. Marshall Davis was a prominent businessman in McLeansboro for many years. Zelia Davis was of the well known twins, Zelia and Zella (nee Edington). Her brother William Davis and sisters Miriam Davis are all still living.
She moved to Chicago following graduation from McLeansboro High School. She became a model for Montgomery Ward clothing and subsequently was one of the pioneers in the earliest days of "key punching" (data processing). While living in Chicago, she married William Staker of New York and moved to New York shortly after. In 1942 they had a daughter, Barbara Kay, now of Semiole, Florida. Their son Kenneth Marshall, also of Seminole, Florida, was born in 1945. Kenneth and his wife Marjorie had a daughter, Jennifer (now Mrs. John Russell) and Barabara had a son, Edward Jacquemin III (married to Cindy). There are now two great-granddaughters, Jessica and Jackie.
After moving to Florida, Mrs. Laskey worked as an exective in the data processing department of the Maas Brothers stores until her retirement.
She maintained a close friendship with "Skip" and Lester Hargrave, both formerly of McLeansboro and now of St. Petersburg, Florida. She renewed old acquaintances in McLeansboro during her trips to visit her mother and aunt Zella in Hamilton Memorial Nursing Home before their deaths.

Melvina Jane McKay 
Born December 2, 1904 - Died June 11, 1997
Melvina Jane McKay, 92, of Kuttawa, Kentucky, and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 1997, at the Lake Clough Nursing Home in Kuttawa. She was a homemaker.
She was born on December 2, 1904, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Thomas amd Madesta Ann (Endicott) McKay.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Robert Sefried officiated. Burial was in Rector Cemetery in Broughton, Illinois.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and three brothers.

Dorcas June Little 
Born June 14, 1921 - Died June 12, 1997
Dorcas June Little, 75, of McLeansboro, died at 12:50 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. She was a retired beautician.
She was born on June 14, 1921, in Dale, the daughter of Cecil and Blanche (Griffin) Irvin. She married William A. Little on July 16, 1959, at Macedonia Baptist Church. She was a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Blairsville.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Rev. Art Foster and Rev. Eric Ragan officiated.
Mrs. Little is survived by her husband William; three sons, Randy Kim Harrawood and wife Dorys of McLeansboro, John Michael Little of Terre Haute, Indiana; two daughters, Paula Yvonne Webb and husband Paul Dean of McLeansboro, Sandra Kay Ragan and huband Bill of McLeansboro; one sister, Mary Alma York and husband Leroy of Springfield, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Hazel Irvin of McLeansboro; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kimmy Roscoe Harrawood and brothers John Griffin and Cecil Graynson Irvin.
Memorials may be made at the funeral home for Smith Chapel Church.

Albert Kelly 
Born February 15, 1905 - Died June 17, 1997
Albert Kelly, 92, of Dahlgren, died at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was a railroad repairman.
He was born on February 15, 1905, a son of William Franklin and Irene Rose (Miller) Kelly.
Arrangements are pending at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.

Ruby Wheeler Richeson 
Born November 27, 1924 - Died July 1, 1997
Ruby Wheeler Richeson, 72, of McLeansboro, died at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 1997, at her home. She was a housewife.
She was born on November 27, 1924, a daughter of Lee Wilkerson and Rosie Lillian (Travelstead) Kennedy. She married William Eugene Wheeler, who is now deceased. She later married Raymond Ritcheson Sr., who survives. She was a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church.
The funeral was on Friday, July 4, 1997, at 11:00 a.m. at Gholson Funeral Home. The Rev. John Ritcheson officiated. Burial was in Kuykendall Cemetery in Carmi.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Ritcheson is survived by one son, Ervin Lee Price and wife Linda of El Paso, Illinois; one daughter, Edith Faye South and husband Warren South and husband Warren South of Mesa, Arizonia; four stepsons, Ray Ritcheson Jr. of Milnooka, Illinois, Dan Ritcheson of Janesville, Wisconsin, Thomas Ritcheson of Jacksonville, Florida, Rev. John Ritcheson of McLeansboro; three stepdaughters, Mary Lou Gabriel of Lockport, Illinois, Sharon Burr of Wheaton, Illinois, Carol Bolton of Russellville, Alabama; three sisters, Deliah Patton of Merrillville, Indiana, Beulah Hunt of Springfield, Illinois, Emma Nyc of Joliet, Illinois; eight grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy, two sisters and her parents.

Louis James "Jim" Herzing 
Born November 25, 1925 - Died July 5, 1997
Louis James "Jim" Herzing, 71, of Dahlgren, died on Saturday, July 5, 1997 at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon. He was a radio technician for the Illinois State Police.
He was born on November 25, 1925, a son of Louis Jacob and Clara (Rubenacker) Herzing. On July 24, 1948, he married Jean Dickerson, who survives. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He attended D'Vrye University.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 1997, at St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren. Father Alan Ruppert officiated. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery. Altar servers were provided by the Knights of Columbus. Newell Funeral Home of Mt. Vernon was in charge of the arrangements.
Besides his wife, Mr. Herzing is survived by two sons, James Herzing and wife Nancy of Mt. Vernon and Bob Herzing and wife Louis of Scheller; four daughters, Cathy Williams and husband Alan of Waltonville, Susan Allen and husband Steve of Houston, Texas, Stephanie Fitzjerrells of Mt. Vernon and Janet Estes and husband Alan of Mt. Vernon; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Floyd Herzing of Mt. Vernon, Dick Herzing of Mt. Vernon and Bill Herzing of Dahlgren; three sisters, Betty Tanner of Hurst, Texas, Clara Lou Mitchell of McLeansboro and Mary Winemiller of Dahlgren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Good Samaritan.

John Griffin Irvin 
Born September 7, 1912 - Died May 25, 1997
John Griffin Irvin, 84, of McLeansboro, died at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, 1997, at his residence. He was a retired farmer.
He was born on September 7, 1912 near Broughton, a son of Cecil and Blanch (Griffin) Irvin. He was married to Hazel Virginia Lynch, who survives. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of McLeansboro, Polk Lodge 137 of McLeansboro, a Shriner of Ainad Temple-East St. Louis, past Kiwanis member, past member of the board of directors of Wayne-White Electric, board member Hamilton County Telephone Co-op.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Jerry Parmily officiated. Burial was in Blooming Grove Cemetery in McLeansboro. Masonic rites were performed by Polk Lodge 137 A.F. & A.M. Monday at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Grayson Irvin.

Josephine Miller 
Born April 6, 1909 - Died July 10, 1997
Josephine Miller, 88, of Carmi, formerly of McLeansboro, died at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, 1997, at the Walbash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi. She was a homemaker.
She was born on April 6, 1909, in Hamilton County, a daughter of Edward Martin Jones and Doricus (Biggerstaff) Jones. She married Dwight P. Miller in McLeansboro on September 19, 1929, and he survives. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro since 1938, a member of the Order of Eastern Star in McLeansboro (Past Worthy Matron) and an inactive member of P.E.O. Sisterhood.
The graveside service was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in Oddfellows Cemetery in McLeansboro. The Rev. Alan Edick officiated. Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro was in charge of the arrangements.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Miller is survived by one daughter, Paula Miller Edick and husband Fred of Little Rock, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Ellen Tosie and husband Dr. Richard J. of St. Louis, Missouri, Mark F. Edick and wife Stephanie of Ocala, Florida; seven great-grandchildren, Richard Tosie, Jr., Kyle Tosie, Ellen Edick, Kari Edick, Lucy Edick, Ruth Edick, and Nathan Edick.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Virginia Jones.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in McLeansboro.

Nellie Corn 
Born March 31, 1896 - Died June 26, 1997
Nellie Corn, 101, of Macedonia, died at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 1997, at McLeansboro Health Care. She was a homemaker.
She was born on March 31, 1896, in Franklin County, a daughter of Harve and Elizabeth (Boyd) Smith. On March 6, 1916, she married Linzie Corn, husband of 67 years, who died in 1983. She was a member of Bethel Baptist near Akin at an early age and a member of the Better Homes Club for over 50 years.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Ken Cook officiated. Burial was in Brady Cemetery near Akin.
Mrs. Corn is survived by one son, Glen Corn and wife Jethrie of Macedonia; one daughter, Helen Miller of Centreville, Michigan; one grandson, Billy Ray Adams; three granddaughters, Sally Reed, Denise Wiersma, and Glenda Corn; seven great-grandsons, all living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Oscar, Leonard, Omer, and Sherman; and one sister, Lola Cohn.

Oatis B. Hook 
Born October 23, 1904 - Died June 24, 1997
Oatis B. Hook, 92, of Dahlgren, died at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was a retired farmer.
He was born on October, 23, 1904, a son of Jerome and Clara (Underwood) Hook, in Hamilton County. On December 26, 1931, he married Erma Millenbine in Dahlgren, and she survives. He was a member of Dahlgren Community Chapel Church.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 1997, at Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren. The Rev. Jim Hefner officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in Dahlgren.
Besides his wife, Mr. Hook is survived by two sons, William B. Hook, Gary Hook and wife Janet, all of Dahlgren; one daughter, Sandra Murphy of Fairfield; eight grandchildren, William Dean Hook, Shari Adams, Jerry D. Hook, Eric and Marc Murphy, Lynette Hook, Michelle Kauble and Greg Hook; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven sisters, grandchild Terry Murphy and a son-in-law Leon Murphy.

Hilda Elizabeth Cravens 
Born January 14, 1914 - Died July 11, 1997
Hilda Elizabeth Cravens, 83, of Dahlgren, died at 2:35 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 1997, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Mt. Vernon. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Cravens was born on January 14, 1914, in Belle Rive, a daughter of Nicholas and Ottilia (Miller) Ripplinger. On November 8, 1930, in McLeansboro, she married O. P. Cravens, who died on August 20, 1990. Mrs. Cravens was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren.
The funeral was at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 1997, at St. John's Catholic Church in Dahlgren. The Revs. Alan Ruppert and Wilbert Iffert officiated. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in Dahlgren. Arrangements were handled by Highey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Cravens is survived by two daughters, Audrey Plante and husband Leo of Dahlgren and Yvonne Ray and husband Kenneth of Lynn Center, Illinois; three sons, Charles Cravens and wife Jean of Dover, Arkansas, Norman Cravens and wife Maxine of Dahlgren and Mickey Cravens and wife Carol of Russellville, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Tille Christ of Florissant, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Jeffery L. Cravens, two sisters, nine brothers and two half-brothers.

Everett Austin 
Born May 10, 1904 - Died July 18, 1997
Everett Austin, 93, of McLeansboro, died at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 1997, at Hamilton Memorial Nursing Center. He was a retired plasterer.
He was born on May 10, 1904, in Hoodville, a son of Daniel Austin and Lena (Cross) Austin. On May 21, 1923, in McLeansboro, he married Helen (Merrell) Austin, who survives. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in McLeansboro and had a lifetime hobby of collecting and repairing clocks.
The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 1997, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. Bob White officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Mr. Austin is survived by his wife of 74 years, Helen of McLeansboro; one daughter, Euladean Mick of McLeansboro; three grandchildren, James E. Mick and wife, Lynette of Athens, Illinois, Jeanne Chapman and husband John of McLeansboro, David Mick and wife Angie of Chatham, Illinois; nine great-grandchildren, Bob Chapman and wife Jennifer of McLeansboro, Dan, Wesley and Amy Chapman of McLeansboro, Nolan, Jake and Kenton Mick of Chantham, Illinois and Kellan and Dean Mick of Athens, Illinois; one great-great-grandson, James Levi Chapman of McLeansboro; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son Everett Gene, his parents, four brothers, one sister and one son-in-law.

Clarence Orndolph Odell 
Born December 1, 1915 - Died July 19, 1997
Clarence Orndolph Odell, 81, of McLeansboro, died at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 1997, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was a retired chief inspector for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company.
He was born on December 1, 1915 in White County, a son of John Altie and Anna Lucile (Tice) Odell. He married Ruth Bernadine Cocke, who died in 1963. Later he married Alta Marie O'Neal, who survives. He was a member of Pleasant Union Cngregational Christian Church, a U. S. Navy veteran of WWII, a member of VFW Lodge in Emporia, Kansas, and was also a Mason.
The funeral was at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Revs. J. L. McGarety and Brian Mixon officiated. Burial was in Blooming Grove Cemetery near McLeansboro.
Besides his wife, Mr. Odell is survived by two sons, Cloyd Odell and wife Sharon of Calimesa, California, Clarence Eugene Odell and wife Relda of Opdyke; two daughters, Edna Geraldine Boone and husband Gale of Mt. Vernon, Mary Jo Staples of Liberal, Kansas; two brothers, Murrell Odell of Robinson, Illinois, and Hoyt Odell of Florida; a sister, Ruby Stokowski of Minonk, Illinois; eight great-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, parents, five brothers, six sisters, and two grandchildren.

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