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    Charles Leroy Fields Jr.

    Charles Leroy Fields, Jr., 61, of Ashley, died at 11:14 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born on April 16, 1957, in Alexandria, Louisiana, the son of Charles Fields, Sr., and Ruth Ann Orrell. Mr. Fields is survived by his fiancée, Barbi Allen of Ashley; his mother, Ruth Ann Orrell of Woodlawn; a brother, Michael Fields of Woodlawn; five children, Daniel Fields and wife Jackie of Acworth, Ga., Bobby Fields and wife Emily of Texico, Il, LeeAnn Fields and partner Justin Garrison of Mt. Vernon, IL, Jessie Heard and husband Travis of Ringgold, GA, Courtney Stevens and husband Lee of Rising Fawn, GA.; two…

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    John Robert Bundy

    John Robert Bundy, 88, of Kell, went home to be with the Lord at 8:38 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his home. He was born August 11, 1929, in Malta, Illinois, the son of Burell Lester and Ruby Evelyn (Shepard) Bundy. In 1950, he married Louise Johnson, and she preceded him in death in 1980. He later married Loretta Weaver Sager in September of 1991, at Arrington Prairie (Bailey) General Baptist Church, in Wayne City, Illinois, and she survives. He graduated from Bluford High School, and served in the United States Navy, from 1947 until 1951. He retired from Community State Bank in Salem. He was a member of…

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    Rev. Clifford D. Burney

    Rev. Clifford D. Burney, 83, of Mt. Vernon and formerly of Wayne City, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his home in Mt. Vernon. Rev. Burney was born on January 19, 1935, in Oklahoma City, to Frederick Elias and Cordia (Keck) Burney. On November 27, 1953 at the Wayne City Baptist Church he married Mary McCord, and she survives in Mt. Vernon. He graduated from Wayne City High School in 1953, and later graduated from Southwestern Seminary School. He served as minister for several area churches. In addition to his wife, Mary Burney of Mt. Vernon; he is also survived by two sons, Derrell Burney and wife Anita of…

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    Donald F. Elliott

    Donald F. Elliott, 77, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at his home. He was born June 1, 1940, the son of Emerald and Mae (Whitehead) Elliott. On October 24, 1987, at home in Mt. Vernon, he married Sandi Talbert, and she survives. He graduated from Rome Grade School and Mt. Vernon Township High School, and later was known for his work with sheet metal, having worked for Eater’s and Swan’s. He loved the outdoors, and fishing with his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Sandi Elliott, of Mt. Vernon; he is survived by four children, Larry Elliott of Ziegler, Bart Echols and wife April of Foley,…

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    Verlene Ward

    Verlene (Jennings) Ward, 82, of Salem and formerly of Iuka, passed away Monday May 14, 2018 at 10:53 p.m. at Twin Willows Nursing Home in Salem. She was born in Iuka on January 27, 1936 to Clarence and Nora (Velden) Jones. on September 1, 1956 she married Lester Jennings and he preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1991. She later married Donald Ward and he preceded her on Aug. 21, 2017. Verlene was a member of the New Liberty General Baptist Church. She worked at Brown Shoe Company until the factory closed and then worked at Cambridge in Centralia. She was a member of the United Auto Workers. Verlene…

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    Wesley Burton Miller

    Wesley Burton Miller, 96, passed on to his eternal home at 1:30 p.m., April 27, 2018, at the Bethany Health Care and Rehab Center, in DeKalb, Illinois. He was born May 14, 1921, in rural Opdyke, Illinois, the son of the late Sam and Lula (Veatch) Miller. Burton attended Opdyke High School, where he played basketball, and graduated May 1938. On December 4, 1940, he and his brother Wayne joined the Army Air Corps and were stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii. He was a World War II Veteran, Survivor of the bombing at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and served in the 106th Infantry Division during…

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    Shirley Vest

    Shirley Vest, 90, made her transition to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Shirley was born in Xenia on February 29, 1928, the daughter of Raymond and Melissa (Weems) Flicker. She did not discover she was a Leap Year baby until adulthood, as her mother didn’t want her little girl to be limited to birthday celebrations every four years. She was a cheerleader at Xenia High School, where she graduated. As a young girl, Shirley gave her life to God and joined the Xenia United Methodist Church. On April 15, 1947, Shirley married Gail Vest, and they lived in the Orchardville area, until the late 1970’s, when they…

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    Paul Ray Duncan

    Paul Ray Duncan, 72, of Kell, passed away at 7:25 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born May 6, 1945, in Salem, the son of Herman Admiral and Gladys Irene (Powell) Duncan. On May 30, 1964, at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, he married Stella Finn, and she survives. He graduated from Salem High School, and was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He worked as a truck driver for Egyptian Concrete for 23 years. Mr. Duncan was an avid fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman. In addition to his wife, Stella Duncan of Kell, he is survived by three sons, Tony…

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    William A. Smith

    William A. Smith, 84, of Dix, passed away at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his home. He was born March 12, 1934, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Charles Andrew and Nora Mae (Bullock) Smith. On June 29, 1951, in Mt. Vernon, he married Mary Ann Mathus, and she survives. He was a member of New Hope (Webb) Missionary Baptist Church, and graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School. In addition to his wife, Mary Ann Smith of Dix, he is survived by five sons, Bill Smith and wife Diane of Dix, Rick Smith of Mt. Vernon, Larry Smith of Dix, Terry Smith and special friend Kimberly Lane,…

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    Robert E. Copeland

    Lt. Col. (R) Robert E. Copeland, 91, who enlisted in the Army as an 18-year-old in l944, served as a guard at the Nuremberg trials in Germany in l946, as an Infantry officer in Korea in 1952, and as an historian in Vietnam in 1966, died in his sleep, Oct. 30, 2017, at an assisted living facility in Copperas Cove, TX. Copeland, who retired from the Army in 1968, was a long-time resident of Harker Heights, Texas, and worked as an agent for the Prudential Insurance Company in Killeen until his retirement in 1988. He was active in the Killeen Rotary Club for many years and was a long-time member…

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    Clyde David Upton Jr.

    Clyde David Upton, Jr., 87, of Kell, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Mt. Vernon Health Care center. He was born in Mt. Vernon, on Dec. 22, 1930, to Clyde David and Myrtle (Tate) Upton. on Nov. 3, 1952, in Mt. Vernon, he married Juanita Louise Tennyson, and she preceded him in death on Mar. 13, 2018. Mr. Upton graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1949. He attended the rank of Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Clyde was a heavy machinery operator and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers local #520 from 1956 to 2004. Mr. Upton was also a…

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    George R. Poston

    George R. Poston, 81, of Ashley, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born March 27, 1936, in Ashley, Illinois, the son of Robert L. and Annie (Downs) Poston. On July 5, 1959, in Nashville, Illinois, he married Lois Williams, and she survives. He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1954, and attended St. Louis Christian College. He was the Pastor at Union Christian Church for 16 years, and served as a missionary to Haiti for 18 years. He was a member and Elder at Mt. Catherine Christian Church in Woodlawn. Mr. Poston was also a third generation logger, and collected…

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    Diane Goddard

    Diane Goddard, 70, of Dix, went to be with the good Lord on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in the comfort of her home. She was born July 17, 1947, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Bob and Lucille (Tobin) Andrews. She married Gary Goddard on August 18, 1972, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Mt. Vernon. Gary and Diane have two daughters, Christy Lee Prosise and special friend Keith Simpson, and Gina Jo Down and husband Steve J. Down; and grandchildren, Garrett Dean Prosise, Macey Lee Prosise, Kaylee Jo Down, and Dillon Henry Down. Also surviving are her siblings, Stephanie Wortley of Trout Creek, Montana, Timothy Andrews…

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    Martha Lynn Archer

    Martha Lynn Archer, 70, of Iuka, joined the heavenly choir March 18, 2018, at 1:03 a.m., at home, surrounded by her family. She was born April 9, 1947, daughter of W.K. and Amy (Kern) Green. She married Larry N. Archer on February 18, 1964. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2014. Martha is survived by her children, Kim Pierce and husband David of Texico, Tania Allison and husband Lyndell of Texico, Terry Archer and wife Brenda of Iuka, Marty Archer and wife Coby of Mt. Vernon, Courtney Archer of Salem, Becky Amos and husband Roger of Tennessee, Adam Schwegler of Tennessee, and Dani Wood and husband Mark of…

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    Beverly (Burns) Johnson

    Beverly (Burns) Johnson, 78, passed away at 12:37 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Salem Township Hospital. Beverly was born to Wayne and Lucy Burns on December 7, 1939, in Dix, Illinois. She was married to William Johnson on May 2, 1958. He preceded her in death in June 2010. She was a member of Fouts Christian Church. She is survived by three sons, James Johnson and wife Cindy of Paris, Tennessee, Steve Johnson and wife Jill of Woodlawn, and David Johnson and wife Cheri of Breese; five grandchildren, Jami Day and husband Danny of Mt. Vernon, Jadi McBride and husband Farley of Paris, Tennessee, Michael Johnson of Woodlawn, and…

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    Doris Maxine (Page) DiJulio

    Doris Maxine (Page) DiJulio, 76, of Franklin, Tennessee, and formerly of Chicago and Mt. Vernon, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Grace Healthcare in Franklin Tennessee. She was born October 16, 1941, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Fern (Hall) Page. She was a loving mother, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by one daughter, Stacy (Bullock) Krueger and husband Hal of Columbia, Tennessee; two sons, Michael DiJulio of Chicago, Illinois and Robert Bullock of Chicago, Illinois; one sister, Mary Ann Davis and husband Brad of Trenton, Ohio; two nephews, Brad Davis and wife Shannon, and Matthew Davis; and two…

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    Juanita Louise Upton

    Juanita Louise Upton, 84, of Kell, passed away at 5:26 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Mt. Vernon Healthcare Center. She was born July 31, 1933, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Clyde Tennyson and Wanda (Bullock) Teal. On November 3, 1952, in Mt. Vernon, she married Clyde David Upton, Jr., and he survives. She graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1951, and was of the Methodist Faith. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and also enjoyed music, playing piano, drawing, and painting. Mrs. Upton is survived by her husband, Clyde Upton Jr., of Kell; one son, David Upton and wife Lynn of Mt. Vernon;…

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    Ruby King

    Ruby King, 87, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 2:45 a.m., Friday, March 9, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She was born July 3, 1930, in McLeansboro, the daughter of Robert Wilson and Ellen Nora (Williams) Hefner. On November 8, 1945, in Benton, Illinois, she married Clifton L. King, and he preceded her on March 22, 1998. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and the AMVETS Auxiliary. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. Mrs. King is survived by one son, Terry King of Atlanta, GA; one daughter, Marilyn Allen of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren;…

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    Lana Marie Keele

    Lana Marie Keele, 44, of Texico, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born February 19, 1974, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Ed and Jeany (Bridges) Knaus. On November 11, 1995, at Union Chapel Church, she married Alan Keele, and he survives. She graduated from Field Grade School, Mt. Vernon Township High School, and Rend Lake College. She loved to fish and camp, and enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Mrs. Keele is survived by her parents, Ed and Jeany Knaus of Texico; her husband, Alan Keele of Texico; her grandmother, Ruby Hart of Springfield; one brother, Lee Knaus of Texico;…

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    Velma Marie Ullery

    Velma Marie Ullery, 83, of Texico, passed away at 4:30 a.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018, at her home. She was born January 25, 1935, in West Brooklyn, Illinois, the daughter of Berthyl Bryan and Edna Marie (Minor) Austin. On August 29, 1961, she married Earl Ullery, and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1996. She attended Meyer School, and Bluford High School, and was a member of Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Women’s Missionary Union. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering, gardening, and spending time with her family and her church family. Mrs. Ullery is survived by her children, Earl Ullery III, and…

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    Seymour Frankel

    Seymour Frankel, 90, of Dix, passed away early Monday morning, Feb. 5, 2018, at Nature Trail Health Care Center, in Mt. Vernon. He was born in Chicago, on August 5, 1927, the son of Abe and Millie Frankel. On April 26, 1958, in Cicero he married Sheila (Schuchman) Frankel, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 1993. He graduated from Marshall High School in Chicago, Illinois, and enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the 93rd Airdrome Squadron. He enjoyed collecting coins and vinyl records, and enjoyed shopping, travel, history, cooking, photography, current events, dancing, going out to eat, and his family. He is survived by three…