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Naomi Edna Hayes 1930-2015

Posted on 17 January 2015 by david.burgess

Naomi E. Hayes, 84, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at her son’s home in Kell, Illinois, after a long illness.

She was born August 26, 1930, at Rend City, Illinois. She was the daughter of Robert B. and Berenice E. (Johnson) Head. She married Billy R. Hayes June 2, 1948, at Ina, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 15, 2007.

She was a retired registered nurse having worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, Crossroads Hospital and White Oak Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon and VNA in Salem, IL. She was also an employee of Bryan-Bennett Library at Salem and a decorator of wedding cakes. For many years she took opinion polls for Prairie Farmer Magazine. She was past regent of the Isaac Hull Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and a 4-H Club leader for 30 years.

She is survived by 2 sons Timothy E. Hayes and wife Kathy of Iuka and Shannon D. Hayes and wife Paula of Kell. She is survived by 2 daughters, Susan K. Burgess and husband David of Salem and Amy C. Mathena and husband William J. of Kell. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Wendolyn Penn and husband Rev. Travis of Noblesville, IN; Crystal Grove and husband Brian of Greenville, IL; Jill Tilley and husband Dr. Robert of Pevely, MO; Eric Hayes and wife Kari of Defiance, MO; Kirk Hayes, Holly Hayes, Brad Hayes and Blake Hayes of Kell, IL; Christina Carlson and husband Jacob of Bethalto, IL; Caitlin Burroughs and husband Todd of Iuka, IL; and Branton Mathena and Callah Mathena of Kell, IL. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Isaiah Penn of Noblesville, IN; Ryker, Cainan and Kinley Grove of Greenville, IL; Claire, Anna Grace, Kate Naomi and Benjamin Hayes Tilley of Pevely, MO; and Kira, Timothy Elias, Ella and Kenna Hayes of Defiance, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother James Robert Head; three sisters, Christina Head, Mary Etta Lawson, and Carol Martin Henley; and one daughter Sally Kay Hayes.

She was a member of Ina Free Will Baptist Church, Ina, IL and attended Pleasant View Free Will Baptist Church, Walnut Hill, IL for many years.

Visitation will be at Johnston Funeral Home, Ina on Sunday, January 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina on Monday, January 19, with visitation from 10 a.m. to funeral time at 11 a.m.

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Everett L. “Bud” Pierce 1946-2014

Posted on 11 November 2014 by david.burgess

Everett L. “Bud” Pierce, 90, of Ina, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 9, 2014, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

He was born in Jefferson County on July 6, 1924, the son of John and Drusie (Kelley) Pierce and was raised by his stepfather, Albert Hawkins.
Mr. Pierce married Mary E. Settle on Dec. 21, 1946, in Mayfield, Ky., and she survives.

He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Pierce was a retired coal miner, retiring from Inland 1. He was a member of the Ina Free Will Baptist Church. Mr. Pierce was a hard worker and loved and cared for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Pierce of Ina; four children, Dennis Pierce and wife Gladys of Gilbertsville, Ky., Patsy Morgan and husband Rob of Ina, Nina Clinton and husband Jerry of Woodlawn and Kent Pierce of Ina; six grandchildren, Rachel Morgan, Melinda Henn and husband Larry, Holly Payne and husband Keith, Jeremy Clinton and wife Jessica, Ryan Clinton and wife Morgan and Kyle Clinton and fiancee` Amanda Davenport; four great-grandchildren, Kenzi Henn, Jordan Henn, Kaden Payne and Morgan Payne; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joyce Harpole and husband Jerry, Janet Bennett, Lynn Settle and wife Lana, Ed Settle and wife Linda and Bob Oslager.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; granddaughter, Monica Pierce; sister, Aline Owens; two brothers, James Hawkins and Fred Hawkins; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Albert Owens, June Hawkins, Millie Oslager, Martha Hawkins Oslager, Marvin and Barbara Settle and Farrel Bennett.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Brad Ryan and Bro. David Shores officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 141 of Mt. Vernon will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

The Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.

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Rev. Byford and Wastina Campbell

Posted on 21 October 2014 by david.burgess

On the evening of Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Byford Lee Campbell and Wastina Faye Campbell passed away at their home in Ina. The couple were extraordinary individuals that had just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on April 21 of this year. Both Byford and Wastina had a great love for God, their family and will be greatly missed.

Byford Lee Campbell was born on June 3, 1927, to former Trellie and Lillian Allen Campbell in Spring Garden. He was an ordained minister and pastored several southern Illinois churches over the years. He was also a transformer designer at Dowzer Electric for 20 years plus. In his latter years, he served the village of Ina in numerous capacities. He loved the community of Ina in which he lived his entire life.

Wastina Faye Campbell was born on April 13, 1927, to former Homer and Alma Johnson McCann in Spring Garden. She was the oldest of six children and worked as a grocery clerk for over 15 years at Deason’s Grocery store in Ina.

They are survived by their only daughter, Sherry Leah Lee and husband Ken of Mt. Vernon; grandson, Michael Scott Lee and wife Lorie of Denver; granddaughter, Michelle Renee’ Blok and husband Brian of Mt. Vernon; great-grandson, Maddox Lee of Denver; sister, Freda Webb of Ewing; brother, Carl McCann and wife Mary Kay of Christopher; sister, Ruth Montgomery of Benton; brother, Jerry McCann and wife Mary Ann of Benton; sister-in-law, Peggy McCann of Ewing; and several nieces and nephews.

They were preceded in death by their parents; an infant sister, Thelma Campbell; brother, Junior McCann; and brothers-in-law, Charles Webb and Robert Montgomery.

Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with funeral following at 10:30 a.m. at Ina Free Will Baptist Church.

Family has requested in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ina Free Will Baptist Church. Donations will be accepted by the Johnston Funeral Home.

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Melvin W. Clinton 1922-2014

Posted on 08 August 2014 by david.burgess

ClintonMelvin W. Clinton 1922-2014

The endless stories of 92 year old Melvin W. Clinton were forever stilled with his death on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Following a valiant battle by the heart team and all available medical staff at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon, at 6:45 p.m. the old soldier answered the final roll call.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ina Free Will Baptist Church, 3rd and Elm Street, Ina, with Bro. Brad Ryan and Bro. David Shores officiating. Following will be a full military burial service at Kirk Cemetery, north of Ina, conducted by American Legion Honor Guard, Mt. Vernon Post 141.

Friends and family may call at the church between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. Friday and again from noon to the funeral hour on Saturday. Parking and access will be from the south parking lot of the new building.

Melvin was born on May 5, 1922, the second son of Carl W. and Maude M. (Taylor) Clinton in Ina, where he continued to make his residence for most of his 92 plus years. Following the death of his mother at the age of four, he was raised in the home of his father and Rosie (Moss) Clinton. On Jan. 15, 1941, he married Ruby L. Cook and to that marriage was born a daughter and two sons.

He served with the U. S. Army Rangers’ famed Merrill’s Marauders in the China Burma India Theatre, 1942 to 1944. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Presidential Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with three Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, U. S. army Ranger Tab and the Chinese War Memorial Medal.

He has spent a lifetime working as a farmer and in the construction industry, including his beginning as a welder at Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing Company and ending with construction superintendent for the building of massive shovels used in the coal mining industry in Southern Illinois and Indiana. During that time he had been involved in civic endeavors, serving as Jefferson County Service Officer, Mayor of the Village of Ina where he was instrumental in securing modern utility services and the Village of Ina Memorial displays and monuments dedicated to those who served in the military and he was among the first group selected to the Jefferson County Senior Saints.

He is survived by daughter, Loretta (Clinton) and son-in-law, Keith Fowler and son, Eugene (Gene) and daughter-in-law, Barbara (Vaughan) Clinton, all of Ina; four grandchildren and their spouses, Susan (Fowler) and Bruce Slamans of Sugar Grove, David and Sheila (Settle) Fowler of Chicago, Pam (Clinton) and Owen Allen and Wayne and Melinda (Sneed) Clinton, all of Ina; great-grandchildren, Kyle Slamans and fiancé Danielle Anderson, Ashlyn Slamans and fiancé Jake Ochoa and Tyler Slamans, all of Sugar Grove, Samantha Allen of Houston, Spencer and Leah (Sutton) Allen of Atlanta and Page and Shaylee Clinton of Ina; a brother Tom and wife, Ann Clinton of Woodlawn; a sister, Roberta Clinton England of Lewistown; sister-in-law, Ruth Clinton of Noble; brother-in-law, Byford Baltzell of Ewing; sisters-in-law, Roberta McKinney of Benton and Barbara Cook of Woodlawn; and a host of extended family, neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby L. Clinton on Oct. 31, 2012; a son, David Lee Clinton, who died in a farm accident in 1967 at the age of 16; his parents; a brother, James T. Clinton; sisters, Betty Baltzell, Thelma Dycus and Geneva Clinton; and brothers-in-law, Byford, Russell, Donald Cook and Charles England.

He loved people, our country and its history. From his many years came a vast knowledge of information and the stories, which he loved to share with anyone who cared to listen, will be sorely missed.

Memorials may be made to the Kirk Cemetery Association with whom Mr. Clinton has been involved for many years, serving on both the board and as president.

Family friends, Bruce and Brad Johnston and staff of Johnston Funeral Home in Ina are in charge of funeral and burial arrangements.

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Dorothy V. Hamilton 1920-2014

Posted on 27 February 2014 by david.burgess

Dorothy V HamiltonDorothy V. Hamilton, age 93 of Mt. Vernon and a former resident of Waltonville, passed away 8:40 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.

Dorothy was born July 8, 1920 in Baltimore, Maryland the daughter of J.B. and Vivian (Bishop) Jones. On September 4, 1942 in Miami, Florida, she married Robert F. Hamilton and he survives in Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. Hamilton was member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. Dorothy was a devoted Christian. Dorothy worked for many years as a daycare provider in Waltonville. The kids lovingly referred to her as Hamil. She often visited the nursing homes and those who were shut in. She loved spending time with Robert working in the Garden.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, Robert F. Hamilton Jr. and wife Nancy of Fleming Island, Florida and Mike Hamilton and wife Taffy of The Villages, Florida and a former resident of Marion, Illinois; two grandson, Jeff Hamilton and wife Sheila of Calendonia, Ohio and Quent Hamilton and wife Michelle of Marion; two granddaughter, Rebecca Powell and husband David of Middleburg, Florida and Angela Hamilton Berry of Hamel and a former resident of Centralia; and also ten great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Dorothy was preceded in death by, her brothers, Johnnie and Harold; and also three sisters, Myrtis, Rosie and Gracie.

Funeral services for Dorothy Hamilton will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Rev. David Shores officiating. Burial will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish memorials may be made to the Knob Prairie Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information you may call Newell Funeral Home at 246-0100

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William Robert Bain 1939-2014

Posted on 18 January 2014 by david.burgess

Obit Bain GraduationWilliam Robert Bain, 74, of Benton, Kentucky, died at home Saturday morning, January 18, 2014. He was born April 21, 1939 in Franklin Co. Illinois, son of Napoleon Alva Bain and Roberta Maxine (Moss) Bain. He married Anita Jean (Hiltibidal) Bain on June 17, 1961.

He is survived by his wife and four children. Danya Maas and husband Larry of Kell, IL., Jonathan Bain and wife Lynn of Walnut Hill, IL., Carol Bain and friend Chris Gates of Nashville, TN., Gregory Bain and wife Mary of Collinsville, IL.; grandchildren, Stephanie Maas, Erin Maas, Rachel Maas, Jaimie Fletcher, Justin Bain, Emily Bain, Aurora Bain; great grandchildren Kingston and Harlow. He is survived by one sister Mary Bauer and husband George of Benton, IL. He is preceded into death by his parents.

Mr. Bain served as a deacon at Pleasant View Free Will Baptist Church of rural Walnut Hill where he was a life long member. He was an activity member of the congregation at Benton Church of the Nazarene, Benton Kentucky. Bill was a long time employee of Littlefuse, Inc. of Centralia, IL. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, antique car enthusiast and storyteller.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, with Pastor David Burgress officiating. Visitation and funeral will be held at Leffler-Pouson Funeral Home, 401 E. Main St., Benton, IL. 62812. Burial to follow.

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Phyllis M. (Powell) Fairfield 1942-2014

Posted on 17 January 2014 by david.burgess

Phyllis FairfieldPhyllis M. (Powell) Fairfield, 71, of Stewardson, IL, went to her Heavenly Home at 9:02 a.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church in Effingham, IL with Pastor John Hollis officiating. Visitation was from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday in the church, with the first hour set aside for family. Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday in Otterbien Cemetery in Pope County, IL. Arrangements were by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg, IL. Memorials may be given to the Stewardson Ambulance Service, Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church, Effingham, IL and Unity Free Will Baptist Church, Bradley, IL.
Phyllis was born on October 25, 1942 in Wayland Springs, TN, the daughter of William and Mary Hickman Powell. She married James B. Fairfield on April 16, 1960 in Melrose Park, IL. Phyllis was a homemaker. She was a charter member of Unity Free Will Baptist Church in Bradley, IL and attended Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church in Effingham, IL.
She is survived by her husband, James; son, Zach Fairfield of Bourbonnais, IL; daughters, Tammy (Rich) Long of Bradley, IL, Jessica (Mike) Crabtree of Shelbyville, IL and Katie (Josh) Fairfield-Dandurand of Strasburg, IL; brother, William Powell, Jr. of Hartsell, AL; grandchildren, Russ (Mara) Fairfield of Effingham, IL and Kimber Jackson of Bourbonnais, IL; and the apples of her eye, her great grandchildren, Peyton, Skylar and Kylee Dandurand, Tristan and Kira Fairfield and Leah and Alessa Long.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Ellamae Harrelson Hiltibidal 1921-2013

Posted on 03 December 2013 by david.burgess

Ellamae Harrelson Hiltibidal, 92, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday afternoon Dec. 1, 2013, at White Oak Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Mt. Vernon.

She was born in Hamilton County on May 13, 1921, the daughter of Edgar and Lou (Bennett) Harrelson. She married the Rev. John Hiltibidal on Oct. 26, 1941, and he preceded her in death on March 9, 1999.

She was a licensed Free Will Baptist Minister. She served 10 years as Illinois State President & Field worker for Illinois Free Will Baptist Woman’s Auxiliary (Women Active for Christ).

She graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1941, where she played violin in the symphony. She was a member of Pleasant View Free Will Baptist Church since 1941, and attended Mt. Vernon First Free Will Baptist Church in later years.

She has always been gifted with lots of talents; singing, sewing, crafting, painting, quilting, den mother for Boy Scouts, church work and a good friend to lots of people.

She is survived by four children, Anita Bain and husband Bill of Benton, Ky., Mary Lou Seawell and husband Holt of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Ruby Lynn Smith and husband Adrian Leon of Bluford and John Stephen Hiltibidal and wife Julie of Stockton, Calif.; grandchildren: Danya Maas and husband Larry, Jon Bain and wife Lynn, Carol Bain and friend Chris Gates, Greg Bain and wife Mary, Beth Lantz, Christy Seawell, Greta Mae Laguna and husband Chris, Heather Chalos and husband Stevie, Master Sergeant Adrian Lee Smith U. S. Air Force, Nancy Withrow and husband Ed, Jordan Hallet and husband Josh, Amy Hiltibidal and Audrey Hiltibidal; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and foster sisters, Daisy and Barbara.

Mrs. Hiltibidal was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings, Roscoe Harrelson, Ralph Harrelson, Roy Harrelson, Leda Daily, Melba Hiltibidal and foster sister, Alice.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Vernon First Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon with Bro. David Shores and Bro. David Burgess officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McLeansboro.

Visitation for Mrs. Hiltibidal will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Mt. Vernon First Free Will Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to IL WNAC or to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.

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Gladys Alene Bird Fowler 1923 – 2013

Posted on 07 September 2013 by david.burgess

Gladys Alene Bird Fowler passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 13, 1923, to Everett and Emma Bird of Whittington. She married Daniel Fowler on Dec. 31, 1949. He preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 2008.

Gladys was a member of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church in rural Ina for many years. She was a pianist for the church for over 50 years. Gladys loved visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, sewing, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, crochet and cross-stich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one granddaughter, Leah Stone.

She is survived by her children, Cathy (Randy) Stone of Black Mountain, N.C., Carol (Dennis) Teague of St. Sebastien, France, Roy (Ronetta) Fowler of Bonnie, Darrell (Jeniffer) Fowler of Ewing and Karen (Stephen) Akright of Ina; grandchildren, Bethany (Austin) Brown, Jordan (Kennan) Stone, Lisette (Steven) Stone-Epps, Jered (Nolwenn) Teague, Joel (Lydie) Teague, Justin (fiancée Camille) Teague, Lindsay (Preston) Fowler, Chelsi Mayo, McClain (Robert) Lea, Clayton Fowler, Huston (Jordana) Fowler, Logan Fowler, Whittney (Billy) Hagene, Miki Belcher, Rachel (Jason) Dent, Joseph Droll, Stephanie (Eric) Plumb and Kendra (Steve) Hilmes; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Tinsley Brown, Eva and Alyssia Teague, Kaycen Mayo, Jersey Lea, Aidan and Aubrey Dent, Clara and Jack Plumb; brothers, Wendell (AJ) Bird of Arizona and Leon (Rosalee) Bird of Decatur; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to Free Will Baptist International Missions-Teague French Impact Project.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. on Sunday at the church. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Ina. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.

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Aileen Spann 1923-2013

Posted on 15 August 2013 by david.burgess

Aileen Spann, 90, passed away at 9:12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

She was born July 27, 1923, to Walter and Nina (Curry) Gilliam in Franklin County. She married Carl Spann on Nov. 15, 1945, and he pre-ceded her in death Sept. 18, 2005.

Aileen was a secretary many years for Sesser Water Department and a member of Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser.

Survivors include her children, Jerry and Judy Jones and Carleen and Jim Roberts, all of Sesser; six grandchildren, Jerry Deon Jones, Jana and George Thompson, Jon and Shari Jones and Jamie Jones, all of Sesser, Julie and Joe Wilson of Flat Rock, Mich., and Craig and Tara Roberts of Smyrna, Tenn.; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Arthur Gilliam and Roy Eugene Gilliam.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser with Brothers Larry Cook and Joe Wilson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bear Point Freewill Baptist Church in Sesser and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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