Mary Jane Graham

Mary Jane Graham, 73, of Benton, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 8:00 pm April 30, 2021 at her residence and surrounded by her children. She was born November 16, 1947 in Centralia, Illinois to the late William A. and Virginia (Godbey) Rappolee. Mary Jane married Eugene Tolka (1965). She later married Gary Graham (1993). They both preceded…Read more…

Emmett “Sonny” L. Ellis Jr.

Emmett “Sonny” L. Ellis Jr., 82,  passed away at 4:35 am April 28, 2021 in his home town of Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born February 13, 1939 to the late Emmett L. and Marjorie (Claybourn) Ellis Sr. Sonny is survived by his daughters, Melanie Karcher of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Shanna Bearden and husband, Stephen of Dublin,…Read more…

Narissa R. Bullard

Narissa R. Bullard, 29, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away May 9, 2021 at her residence. She was born August 1, 1991 in Centralia, Illinois. Narissa is survived by her mother, Lisa Moore and husband, Christopher Wade of Rinard, Illinois; son, As’Siran McKinney and his father, Michael McKinney, both of Mount Vernon; sisters, Nicole Bullard…Read more…

Cheryl Ann Fenton

Cheryl Ann Fenton, 60, a resident of McLeansboro, IL and formerly of Sims, IL passed away at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, IN on May 7, 2021. She was born December 27, 1960 in Fairfield, IL to her parents Kenneth and Elaine (Wells) Grote. Cheryl was employed at Continental General Tire in Mt. Vernon, IL…Read more…

Danny Alson Wright, Sr.

Danny Alson Wright, Sr., 65, of Ina, Illinois, passed away at 7:05 pm May 6, 2021 at Saint Louis University Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was born May 10, 1955 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Mount Vernon by Dr. A.W. Modert, whom Danny was named after, to the late James Frank and Freda Kathryn…Read more…

Esther May (Eyre) Patrick

Esther May (Eyre) Patrick, 83, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, went home to be with her Savior at 5:20 pm May 4, 2021 at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon. She was born August 8, 1937 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Homer L. and Virgie A. (Wilson) Eyre. Esther is survived by her…Read more…

Eugene Raymond “Gene” Miller

Eugene Raymond “Gene” Miller, 73, of Milam, TX, formerly of Mt. Vernon, Illinois passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Lufkin, Texas due to complications from Covid-19. Gene was born on April 28, 1947 to Raymond D. Miller and Ruby (Moore) Miller in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Gene earned his Master’s Degree at Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. …Read more…

William Charles “Bill” Williams

William Charles “Bill” Williams, 64, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 12:25 pm April 29, 2021 at Nature Trail Health Care in Mount Vernon. He was born October 23, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Robert Abel and Mary Williams. Bill is survived by his two children, Laura Farquhar and husband, Keith of Henderson, Texas…Read more…

Rosetta Nancylea Biggerstaff

Rosetta Nancylea Biggerstaff, age 80, of McLeansboro, IL passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at her home. She was born February 19, 1941 in Pontiac, IL to her parents Walter & Beulah (Bunning) Davis.  On August 18, 1956 she married Ralph Biggerstaff, who preceded her in death. Rosetta worked as an educator for the WADI Head Start Program,…Read more…

Obit: Paul Slater

Paul Gilbert Slater, 85, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 6:22 pm April 28, 2021 at his residence. He was born September 23, 1935 in Piedmont, Missouri to the late Sam Gilbert and Lela E. (Fowler) Slater. Paul married Audrey Fay (Wolf) Slater on May 13, 1956 in Flora, Illinois. They were blessed with…Read more…

Jerome Busler Gholson

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Jerome Busler Gholson, age 85, longtime owner and operator of Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro & Dahlgren, IL.  He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL with his beloved daughters by his side.…Read more…

Gary Eugene Hunt

Gary Eugene Hunt, 72, a resident of Percy, IL and formerly of Wayne City, IL passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021. He was born on February 23, 1949 in McLeansboro, IL to his parents Samuel Levi Hunt and Ruby Mae (Laird) Hunt. Gary was a truck driver for Gilster-Mary Lee for over 40 years. …Read more…

Harry James Campbell

Harry James Campbell, 81, of Ashley, Illinois, passed away at 8:18 am April 26, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born June 21, 1939 to the late Leland Barney and Nellie Lucille (Richardson) Campbell. Harry married Ruth Ann (Cunningham) Campbell on October 31, 1981 in Bethalto, Illinois and she survives in Ashley.…Read more…

Caleb A. Holtz

Caleb A. Holtz, 35, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away on April 23, 2021 at his residence. He was born June 26, 1985 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Joseph Holtz and Beth (Hampton) Lovin. Caleb is survived by his mom and dad, John and Beth Lovin of Belle Rive, Illinois, Joe and Megan Holtz of DuQuoin, Illinois;…Read more…

Geraldine “Betty” Burwell

Geraldine “Betty” Burwell, 92, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 8:21 pm April 23, 2021 at her residence. She was born March 25, 1929 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Harry and Anna (Uselton) Coberly. Betty married Ancel Burwell and he preceded her in death. Betty is survived by her children, Harold “Butch”…Read more…