Arvel Cleatus Riley

Arvel Cleatus Riley, 88, of Karnak, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 10:35 p.m. at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.
Cleatus was born December 16, 1925 in Karnak.  He was the son of Arvel Chester and Dollie Gertrude (Harner) Riley.
Cleatus was united in marriage to Glenna Mae Brown on June 14, 1947 in Karnak.  Together they shared forty-six wonderful years of marriage until her death on February 1, 1994.  Cleatus attended Karnak Public Schools until he joined the Marine Corps on March 17, 1944.  He was a World War II Veteran having participated in the Okinawa Campaign and Occupation of Yokosuka, Japan as a member of VMF 224 during WWII.  He was honorably discharged on March 29, 1946.
Cleatus retired from Allied-Signal in Metropolis in 1988, he had also worked over twenty years at the Main Brothers Box and Lumber Company in Karnak.  Cleatus was an avid gardener and he was of the Protestant faith.
Cleatus is survived by one son and his family, Sam (Debbie) Riley, Whitney and Ryleigh of Vienna.  Also, a dear friend for sixteen years, Joyce Vinson of Vienna, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Mae Brown Riley; his parents, Arvel Chester and Dollie Gertrude (Harner) Riley; and a very very special sister, Eunice Corzine.
Funeral services for Mr. Cleatus Riley will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 4 at Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak with Rev. Lonnie Adams officiating.  Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Cypress.  Full Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Marine Corp Funeral Detail Team and by the Beggs Gurley American Legion Post #5222. Visitation will be Thursday morning from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour at the funeral home.
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Paul Brent Henderson

Paul Brent Henderson, 59, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Olive Branch, died at 9:40 a.m., Friday, August 29, 2014 at his home.
He was born in Cairo on February 17, 1955 to Vernon Henderson Sr. and Helen Juanita Garrett Henderson.
He worked construction for the Laborer’s Union Local #773 for more than 30 years until retiring in 2005. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, Michael Henderson (Jeniffer) of Killeen, Texas; four grandchildren, Meagan, Matthew, Angel and Madison; his brothers, Larry Henderson (Judy Zeschke) and Gary Henderson (Angie), both of Olive Branch; two sisters; Rosie Lawrence (Melvin) of Jackson, Missouri and Brenda Calvert (George) of Murphysboro; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Michael Dean Henderson and Vernon “Butch” Henderson Jr., a daughter, Angie Marie Henderson and a grandson, Jonathon Paul Henderson.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, September 4, at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Funeral services for Paul Henderson will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 4 at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Buckles officiating.
Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes.
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Alex Johnson, Jr.

Alex Johnson, Jr. affectionately known as “June Bug” 83, of Cairo, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014 at his home.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1931 in Cairo, Illinois to Alex and Mary (Farah) Johnson.

He loved the color red, flashlights, radios, dogs, ball caps, riding his bicycle, and most of all, being with his family.

He is survived by his sisters, Rose Nasser and Dorothy Johnson of Cairo. Two brothers, Johnny (Rachel) Johnson Sr. of Tarpon Springs, Florida and George (Kay) Johnson Sr. of Cairo. Nieces, Mary Kay Krouskos of Largo, Florida, Carla Bell of Sikeston, Missouri, Pam Hoppe and Julie Mason of Cairo; Nephews, John Wayne Guetterman, Jack Guetterman Jr, George John Nasser, George Johnson Jr. all of Cairo; Dr. Johnny Johnson Jr. and Dr. Alex Johnson of Tarpon Springs. Several great-nieces, great- nephews and many friends.

Alex was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Alice Johnson and Sara

Visitation for Alex Johnson will be Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 3 at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo with Dr. Larry Potts officiating. Interment will be at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mighty Rivers Upward Basketball Program 1000 Poplar Street in Cairo or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Master Sergeant Mark K. Garner

Master Sergeant MARK K GARNER # 3286 Illinois State Police D-22 retired.

Mark Garner
Mark Garner

Mark K. Garner passed away at his home in Spencer Heights on August 27th 2014 he was 60 years old.

Born to Faye and Marvin Garner on January 19, 1954. Mark grew up in Salem, Illinois until his family moved to Joppa where Marvin Garner worked for the C&EI railroad. Mark married Angel Marie Jones on November 2, 2013, and she survives.

Mark graduated from Joppa High School in May of 1972. On May 30, 1977, Mark joined the Metropolis Police Department beginning his craft in law enforcement. He then Joined the Illinois State Police in Cadet Class 73 on November 5, 1984. After graduating the Illinois State Police Academy, Mark worked the toll way in Chicago and then transferred to District 13A Cairo, which was later formed into District 22 Ullin in August 1990.

Mark was known for his leadership and his unique ability to handle any situation that came his way. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and charming sense of humor. He retired from the Illinois State Police as a Master Sergeant in June 2008.

Mark loved to read books, collect railroad and Star Trek memorabilia and riding his Kubota tractor. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his other furry children.

The family requests for those of you who will be attending the visitation and/ or the funeral, that you share a story or a memory of Mark. By sharing these stories and memories, it can help us all heal and keep his memory alive. You may write your story or memory down and bring it to the church or if you cannot make the services you can mail your responses to Brant Blackburn, POB 103, Salem, IL 62881. Note cards will be available at the church and a collection basket will be in place to collect the responses. The family would like to thank you in advance for your submissions.

In addition to his wife, Angel of Mounds, he is survived by his step-son Brant (Emily) Blackburn, of Salem, his daughter, Rachel Garner of Paducah, KY, his son, Kevin (Kari) Garner, of Ledbetter, Kentucky, step-daughter Kelsey (Bob) Dale, of Carbondale, step-son Derrick Rader of Ullin, three grandchildren, Taylor Ann and Matthew Tyler Blackburn and Ethan James Garner, his mother, Faye Garner, of Metropolis, three brothers, John (Lori) Garner of New Orleans, Greg (Carolyn) Garner of Metropolis, and Robert (Debbie) Garner of Metropolis, two sisters, Kathy (Dwayne) Johnson of Metropolis and Mary (Jim) Roberts of Knoxville, Tennessee, a sister-in-law, Virginia Garner of Vandalia, Illinois a God-daughter, Aurora Schubert of Paducah, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Marvin, a granddaughter, Ella Nicole Garner and a brother, Wiley Garner.

Visitation for Mark K. Garner will be Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Ullin.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3 with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. at the Church with Pastor Clint Nale and Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating.

Interment will follow at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mark can be made to the Upward Basketball Program at Mighty Rivers Church, Cairo, Illinois, Ullin First Baptist Church Ullin, Illinois, your local Pet Rescue and March of Dimes.

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Denver Lang

Denver Mose Lang age 88 of Villa Ridge, Illinois formerly of Cairo, Illinois passed away at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Illinois.

Mr. Lang was born October 22, 1925 at Bardwell, Kentucky, son of the late Mose Lang and Lena May (McCoy) Lang.

Mr. Lang was a World War II Army Veteran; a retired carpenter; and a lifetime member of the Cairo VFW Post #2649.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Barbara Lang of Villa Ridge, Illinois; 2 sisters and brother-in-laws, Emma Jean and Tom Parham of Urbandale, Illinois and Annie and Tom Lane of Niles, Michigan; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Mound City National Cemetery Mound City, Illinois with full military honors given by the Illinois National Guard Burial Team and area veterans.

Interment will follow in the Mound City National Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday after 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge, Illinois.

Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosemary Parmley

Rosemary L.  Parmley, 83, of Calumet City, Illinois, passed away March 4, 2014.  She was born to the late DeVere and Nellie Parmley in Mounds, Illinois on May 18, 1930.

Rosemary graduated from Moody Bidle Institute and Southern Illinois University and became a school teacher.  Upon retirement, Rosemaryhelped in church libraries and did petsitting.  Her compassion also extended to finding many homes for helpless animals.        She is survived by one sister, Frieda Christian, of Metopolis, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death are five brothers and four sisters.  A merorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Lansing, Illinois, 3440 178th Street, on March 22, 2014 at 11:00 am.  Internment Homewood Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorials sent to Last Chance Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 398, Schererville, IN 46375, would be appreciated.

Mattie Hopkins Brazier

Mattie Mildred Hopkins Brazier age 101 years, 11 months, 363 days, passed away to eternal life on Friday March 7, 2014, at the home in Sandusky, Illinois. Mattie was born March 9, 1912, in Miller City, Illinois to Henry and Lula Presley Hopkins. She later moved to Henderson, KY. She relocated back to Miller City, Illinois where she and Archie Brazier were united on December 24, 1927.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four children, Kermit Brazier, James Brazier, Archie Brazier, Jr. and Mearl Herron. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

She confessed her hope in Christ at the early age of 12 and was baptized while living in Henderson, KY. Her faith was Missionary Baptist. After moving back to Illinois she joined Free Will Baptist under the leadership of Rev. O.H. Henderson working in the church. She later moved her membership to Lake Milligan Baptist Baptist Church. When Lake Milligan closed, her membership was moved to Pleasant Grove, Klondike, Illinois. She served on several committees including the Mothers Board, Willing Workers, Mission and Pastors Aid.

Mattie Brazier a long time resident of Southern Illinois worked as a nurse aid at Mary Brown Nursing Home in Cairo, Illinois and Gladys Grissom Nursing Home in Tamms, Illinois before retirement.

Mattie was a testimony of power and strength. She liked visiting the sick and shut-ins at Hodges Park, Illinois and the surrounding area, having prayer before leaving and talking about the goodness of God. Her number one goal was to lead others to Christ. “My favorite reading 57 Psalm is my prayer”, she would say. She wanted everyone to call her “grandma’’. She raised her granson Falvin and granddaughter Ulonda.

Those left to cherish her memories are four sons, Kenneth(Isabella) of San Bernardino, CA, Carl of Oakley, IL, Harland of Paducah, KY, Terry of Sandusky, IL; four daughters, Joyce Carter of Youngstown, OH, Melva Davis of Wichita Falls, TX, Gloria Brazier of Sandusky, IL, and Dorothy(Lonnie) Williford of Cape Girardeau, MO; 31 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss her dearly.

Services for Mattie Mildred Brazier were held on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the St. John Praise and Worship Center in Pulaski, IL with Min Tyrone Coleman officiating, Rev. Marland Brazier Eulogist and Apostle Larry T. Barnett, Sr. Pastor. Interment was in the Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds, IL. Friends called on Saturday March 15, 2014 at the church from 11:00 am until the funeral hour 12:00 noon. Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, IL was in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie Hopkins Brazier
Mattie Hopkins Brazier


Naomi Severs

Naomi Jean Severs passed away on February 25, 2014 while residing at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh, IN.  She was born April 20, 1927 in Ullin IL to Holdie and Emma Brewer Gaskill.

She is survived by a daughter Judy Penny of Australia, sons Terry (Nancy) of Sullivan IN and Gary (Sue) Severs of Crossville TN, brother Von Gaskill of Molalla OR, sisters Ruby Brust of Manteno IL and Patsy Britt of Kokomo IN.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Harvey (whom she married October 16, 1943), sisters Mary Van Riper, Jewell Price and Sylvia Kee, brothers Roy, Amos, Doris, Harland, Morton, James, Denos, Enos and Don Gaskill.

A private service will be held at a later date.   Arrangements being handled by Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan, IN.

Violet Randolph

Violet Randolph age 92 of Marion, Indiana passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She was born July 13, 1921. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 2008. Violet was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church

in Marion, Indiana.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Scott of Mulberry, Indiana and Carolyn Simpson of Cairo, Illinois; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Raven-Coats Funeral Home in Marion, Indiana. This announcement is courtesy of the Jones Funeral Homes.