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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.
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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