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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.
Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com

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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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Wayne E. Pettit 1935-2013

Posted on 16 April 2013 by david.burgess

Wayne PetitWayne E. Pettit, 77, of Mt. Vernon, died 7:10 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Friday, Sept. 13, 1935, in Mt. Vernon, the son of George and Gladys Alice (Gordon) Pettit. He married Shirley King on April 10, 1955, at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.
Wayne owned and operated Pettit Magnavox, television sales and repair in Mt. Vernon. He was a member and deacon of First Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, was a Sunday School teacher since 1960, and coached church league basketball. He was a member of the YMCA, Toastmasters Club of Mt. Vernon, was currently a foster grandparent at J.L. Buford School for five years, was an avid racquetball player, fan of Mt. Vernon Rams basketball and was a Ham radio operator.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Pettit of Mt. Vernon; two daughers, Carylle Sue Rankin and husband Gerald of Mt. Vernon and Christy Stoltman and husband Bob of Houston; four grandchildren, Anna Stoltman, R.J. Stoltman and Kirstin Stoltman of Houston and Jennifer Rankin of Mt. Vernon; great-grandchild, Jadon Rankin of Mt. Vernon; nephews, Billy Tom King, Rodney King and George Robert Lancaster; nieces, Miriam Brooks, Ronda McDowell, Melody Wilson and Kathy Smith; and brother-in-law, Bill King and wife Nadine of Mt. Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Alice Elliott; and one nephew, Paul David Smith.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. David Shores, the Rev. Jesse Allen and the Rev. Phillip Kennedy officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at First Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the First Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.

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Evelyn Droll September 27, 1922-January 9, 2013

Posted on 11 January 2013 by david.burgess

Evelyn Droll, 90, of Ina, passed away at 4:29 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

She was born in Jefferson County, on Sept. 27, 1922, the daughter of Clyde & Florence (Knowles) Adams. She married Clyde Droll on Oct. 14, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark., and he preceded her in death on June 26, 2006.

Mrs. Droll was an accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed hand quilting, embroidery and crocheting. She enjoyed gardening, reading, water aerobics and truly loved playing games with her grandkids.

Mrs. Droll was a member of the Ina Free Will Baptist Church, and enjoyed her Sunday School class. For over 20 years she and her family cared for the children in the nursery at the church.

Mrs. Droll is survived by her five children, Gloria Owens and husband Lloyd of Ina, Joan Williams and husband David of Herrin, Randy Droll, Mary Droll, and Andy Droll and wife Dana, all of Ina; 11 grandchildren, Maryann Waters and husband Danny of Mt. Vernon, Mark Owens and wife Shannon of Mt. Vernon, Ashley Owens of Frisco, Colo., David Plemons and wife Kristen of Champaign; Sarah Dyrud and husband Lars of Thief River Falls, Minn., Hannah Greever and husband Tom of Mt. Vernon, Caleb Plemons and wife Jessica of Mt. Vernon, Rachel Denty and husband Jason of Ashley, and Joseph Droll and Devon Droll, and Morgan Droll, all of Ina; 17 great-grandchildren, Madison and Marissa Waters, Sophia and Avery Owens, Noah and Ellie Plemons, Josiah, Samuel, Norah, Caliah and Tarje Dyrud, Millie, Silas, Isaac and Naomi Greever, Isla Plemons, and Aidan Dent.

Mrs. Droll was preceded in death by her parents, husband, by a brother, Albert Adams, and by a sister, Irene Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Brad Ryan and Bro. David Shores officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of plants or flowers, memorials in Mrs. Droll’s name may be made to the Building Fund at the Ina Free Will Baptist Church.

Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.

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Rev. Daniel McEvers 1942-2012

Posted on 12 November 2012 by david.burgess

PEORIA HEIGHTS – The Rev. Dan McEvers, 69, of Peoria Heights passed away at 11:26 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1942, in Peoria, Ill., to Wilbur Earl and Martha Marie (Hendrick) McEvers. He married Irene Roberts in Peoria on Oct. 15, 1966.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Surviving are his wife; his two children, Tim McEvers and Deanna (James) Potendyk; and twin grandsons, Keith and Ryan Potendyk.

Dan graduated from Richwoods Community High School and began his career in printing at Muirson Label Co. and then worked at Edward Hine Printing Co. until his retirement in 2001. He was ordained as a minister in 1976 and served as the Pastor of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Peoria Heights from 1977 until his death.

Dan was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin on his pontoon boat. All those closest to his heart will dearly miss him and cherish his sense of humor and love, but know he is home with his Lord and Savior.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed the service in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for his twin grandsons established at Commerce Bank in Peoria.

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Roberta Bain

Posted on 25 September 2012 by david.burgess

EWING — Roberta Maxine Bain, 92, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Stone Bridge Senior Living Center, surrounded by her loved ones.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Leffler-Poulson Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Harlen Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Liberty-Ridlin Cemetery in Macedonia. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 1208 E. Bond St., Benton, IL 62812, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Roberta was born Oct. 19, 1919, the daughter of Walter and Mary Florence (Biggs) Moss. She married Napoleon Alva Bain on Feb. 5, 1938. He preceded her in death July 2, 1968.

She worked as a nurse’s aide at Franklin Hospital and Skilled Care. She also worked as a cook at Ewing-Northern Grade School, from which she retired. After retirement, she was a caregiver for the elderly.

Roberta enjoyed reading, taking care of her grandkids and doing laundry. She knew how to get a stain out of anything.

She loved to feed people. Many preachers, evangelists and missionaries and their families left her home full of love and food.

Roberta was a charter member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Benton.

Surviving relatives include a son, Bill Bain and wife Anita of Benton, Ky.; daughter, Mary Bain Bauer and husband George of Benton; seven grandchildren, Danya Bain Maas and husband Larry, Lisa Bauer Price and husband Alan, Jon Bain and wife Lynn, Carol Bain and friend Chris Gates, Kip Bauer and wife Katrina, Kim Bauer Wyant, and Greg Bain and wife Mary; 14 great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Erin and Rachel Maas, Victoria and Nicholas Price, Jaime, Justin and Emily Bain, Ilsa Bauer, Kylie, Brooke, Katlyn and Faith Wyant, and Aurora Bain; two great-great-grandchildren, Kingston Fletcher and Harlow Bain; and two sisters, Jacqueline Glover and Myrna Beckman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Bill Moss, James Moss and Charles Moss; two sisters, Pat Rowihab and Eileen Dewar; and a special cousin, Juanita Neal.

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