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James Edward “Bud” Brantley

1936 - 2017

     James Edward “Bud” Brantley, age 81 passed away at 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at his residence in Norris City.
     Bud was born on Thursday, February 20, 1936 in Harrisburg, Illinois to the late James Hall and Bessie Brantley. Bud was a member of Stonefort General Baptist Church.
    There will be no services for James Edward “Bud” Brantley. His body has been cremated.  Reed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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 Evelyn Gayla Clark

1949– 2017

       Evelyn Gayla Clark, age 68, of Harrisburg, passed away at 4:30 AM, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at her residence.

     Gayla was born in Carbondale to the late Buel Wayne and Floy Evelyn (Faulkner) Hardin.  She was a 1967 graduate of Pope County High School.  She was a beautician for many years and later worked as a florist and also caregiver until her retirement in 2009.  She was a wonderful, loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was a friend to everyone she met.  She loved her flowers, her home, and her family.

     Gayla is survived by her loving husband of 31 years: Dennis E. Clark; daughter: Kimberly S. Dunn and husband Scott; son: Gerrett Joiner and wife Becky; son: Andy Clark; son: Travis Clark and wife Allison; grandson: Ryan Dunn; grandson: Cade Joiner; granddaughter: Kayli Joiner, granddaughter: Maci and Abby Clark; grandson: Gavin Clark; granddaughters: Gracie, Genna and Georgie Clark; brother: Larry Hardin and wife Karen; niece: Rhonda Kaylor and husband Lennie; nephew: Mike Hardin and wife Gina; great-niece: Lyndsi Apple and husband Austin; great-nephews: Dustin Gunning and Landon Hoh; great-nephew: Derek Hardin, great-niece: Brittany Hardin; great-great-niece: Emmery Apple; great-great-nephew: Royce Apple; step-mother: Juanita Hardin; step-brother: Jerry Wells and wife Zena; step-sister: Karen Wright and husband Charles; aunt: Joan Faulkner; several cousins and many many friends.

     Gayla was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles.

     Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 PM, Monday, September 18, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Rev. Jerry Wells will officiate.  Burial will follow in Pierson Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Pierson Cemetery.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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James Garland Kerr

1942– 2017

 

      James Garland Kerr, age 75, of Harrisburg, passed away at 4:09 AM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

     James was born on May 22, 1942 in Mineral Wells, Texas to the late James Marshall and Echoe Onita (Mowery) Kerr.  On December 26, 2009 he married Bonnie Turner and she survives.  James was a real estate agent and a member of Stonefort General Baptist Church.

     Surviving family members include his wife: Bonnie Turner of Harrisburg; son: Rocky (Vanessa) Kerr of Iron Mountain, Wisconsin; daughter: Tammy (Larry) Steele of Bald Knob, Arkansas; daughter: Jessica (Curtis) Green of Harrisburg; step-son: Mark (Tina) Turner of Effingham, Illinois; step-daughter: Kimberly Oliver of Harrisburg; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren.

     James was preceded in death by his parents, brother: William Gerrie Kerr.

     Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Stonefort General Baptist Church in Stonefort.  Rev. Jeff Owens will officiate.  Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery north of Galatia.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stonefort General Baptist Church Building Fund.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Nova Lee McDowell

2017 - 2017


     Nova Lee McDowell, eight days old, passed away at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  Nova Lee was born on August 27, 2017 in Clarksville, Tennessee to Whitney Lee Reiner and Colby Paris.

     In addition to her parents, Nova Lee is survived by her sister, Emmerson Rose Westerfield of Owensboro, Kentucky; grandparents, Leonard Reiner of Harrisburg, and Shani Paris of Owensboro, Kentucky; great grandparents, Edward and Roberta Friend of Harrisburg, and Linda Ayer of Owensboro, Kentucky; uncles, Brandon Reiner of Harrisburg, Neill Augustine of Owensboro, Kentucky and Kyle Payne of Radcliff, Kentucky; great aunt and uncle, Cindy and Richard Fulkerson of Harrisburg.

     Funeral services were held at 1 PM, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Gary Clark officiated and burial followed in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 11AM to 1PM, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family and envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Mildred Gene Bebout

1937 - 2017


     Mildred Gene Bebout, 80, of Harrisburg, passed away at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 1, 2017, at her residence.

     Mildred was born on August 28, 1937 in Marion, Illinois to the late Oliver George and Blanche (Clark) Turnage.  On October 1, 1958 she married Ray Edward Bebout and he survives. 

     Surviving family members include her husband: Ray Bebout of Harrisburg; daughter: Debbie Etienne and husband Jim of Harrisburg; three grandchildren: Bridgette Mott and husband T.J. of Harrisburg, Darian Etienne of Houston, Texas and Kirstynn Etienne and fiancée Dylan Roberts of Harrisburg; two great-grandchildren: Addy Mott and Avery Mott; brother: Jim Turnage and wife Debbie of Paulton, Illinois; sister: Dianne McDermott of Carrier Mills.

     Funeral services were held at 1 PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Gary Graves officiated.  Burial followed in Collier Cemetery in Herod.  Visitation was from 11 AM to 1 PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel Harrisburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Collier Cemetery.  

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Samilla Jo (Steinsultz) Dunn

1968 - 2017

     Samilla Jo (Steinsultz) Dunn, 48, of Burlington, Kentucky passed away at 11:30 AM, Sunday, August 27, 2017 at her residence.

     She was born on October 8, 1968 in Carbondale to Sammy and Mary (Buchanan) Steinsultz. On November 17, 1990 she married Tim Dunn and he survives.  Samilla was formerly the Administrative Assistant for the Saline County Probation Department.  She was formally a substitute teacher for Boone County School Districts where she coached boy’s basketball-the Goodrich Cardinals.  She then obtained her real estate license and worked for Sibcy Cline.  The next stop on her career path, she became assistant to the Dean of College of Health Professions at Northern Kentucky University “NKU”.  She had a love of cats, especially her “Kwame” and penguins.  She loved to read.  She was a courageous and loving person that will be sadly missed by all that loved her.

     Surviving family members include her husband: Tim Dunn of Burlington, Kentucky; son: Tyler Dunn and fiancée Icyana Abner of Lexington, Kentucky; parents: Sammy and Mary Steinsultz of Harrisburg; two sisters: Samantha (Todd) Parish of Harrisburg and Samonica Rann of Harrisburg; nieces and nephews: Rachel Parish, Zach Parish, Grayson Rann and Shelby Rann; grandma: Wanda Pearcy of Harrisburg; mother-in-law: Sharon Marlene Dunn.

     She was preceded in death by her father-in-law: Darrell Dunn, brother-in-law: Ryan Rann and grandparents: Ernie Steinsultz and Vernon and Marjorie Buchanan.

     Memorial services were held at 4 PM, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Steve Dunn officiated.  Visitation was held from 2 to 4 PM, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Donor’s Favorite Charity. 

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Patrick Harold “Pat” Shelton

1952 - 2017

     Patrick Harold “Pat” Shelton, 65, of Galatia, IL passed away at 11:25 PM, Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.

     Patrick was born on March 17, 1952 in in Morris, IL to the late Harold and Eleanore (Cramer) Shelton.  On December 12, 1990 he married Carolyn Engleby and she survives.  Patrick was retired from Exxon Mobil Oil Refinery where he was a Process Technician.  He worked in Fire Service for 45 years and retired as Chief in 2007 in Braceville, IL.  He was finance commissioner for the city of Braceville for 4 years and on the village board in Braceville for 4 years.  His passion was fire science and his grandkids.

     Surviving family members include his wife: Carolyn Shelton of Galatia; daughter: Amy (Anthony) Bell of Warrenville, IL; son: Daniel Taylor of Coal City, IL; daughter: Stacey Rudolph of St. Joseph, IL; daughter: Kelley Hammond of Braidwood, IL; nine grandchildren: Dakota, Nathan, Miranda, Zeberiah, Jenna, Caleb, Haley, Drew and Maya; two great-grandchildren: Graceyn and Maverick; sister: Connie Cerutti of Coal City, IL; close friends: Janice and Buck Agin; special nieces and nephews.

     Patrick was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

     Per his wishes, he has been cremated and services will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Downs’ Syndrome Association or the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.  Envelopes are available at the funeral home. 

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Virginia Nelson

1922 - 2017

     Virginia Nelson, 94, of Harrisburg, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017, at the Saline Care Center in Harrisburg.
     Virginia Imogene Wiggins was born in Harrisburg on October 28, 1922, to Beulah Latham Wiggins and John Guthrie Wiggins, Jr.  She was the youngest and last surviving of seven siblings.

     She married Charles H. Nelson on December 18, 1940, and they had five children: Charles David, Roger Lee, Ronald Lynn, Donald Glenn, and Stephen Eugene.  All except Roger survive, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her husband Charles died in 1986.

     Virginia worked for dentist Ronald Darnell and in her son David’s law office.  She was a lifelong member of McKinley Avenue Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.  Rev. Billy Dye, Jr., officiated.  Burial followed in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.    Visitation was from 10 AM to service time, Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel Harrisburg.

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