Elizabeth “Betty” Young

obit_Young_webElizabeth “Betty” Young, age 81, of Vienna, died on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Union County Hospital in Anna.

She was born on May 11, 1932 in Huntington, NY, the daughter of Charles and Beatrice (Tryon) Messmer. They preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of McKendree College in Lebanon, IL, and was devoted to service for the Salvation Army. She was an avid painter and writer.

She is survived by her children, Nancy James of Anna, William (Jean) James of Vienna, VA, Suzanne James (Horst Lemley) of Seoul, S. Korea and Thomas Wesley James of Las Vegas, NV; 1 brother, Bert (Hilde) Messmer of Sunrise, FL; 5 grandchildren, Jason James, Andrew James, John Bennett, Jessica Bennett and Justin Bennett; and 3 great grandchildren.

As per her wishes, she was cremated.

Crain Funeral Home of Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

Reverend Dr. Garland W. White

obit_white_web“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whether I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (Jon 14:1-4)

Reverend Dr. Garland W. White exchanged his earthly existence for eternal rest with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri. At the time of his transition to his heavenly home, Reverend White had sojourned here on earth for 55 years, 6 months and 14 days. He was born a son of the late Wade Louis Evans and Flo Ella White on December 29, 1957, in Sharon, Tennessee where he spent most of his life before moving to Martin, Tennessee. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Etta Mae White whom he truly adored; his sister Rita Gadlen; his brother, Reverend Tonnie White; Eddie “Paw Paw” Ray Jones, and Minnie “Granny” Lee who lovingly embraced him after the death of his parents.

Seeing the need of a personal Savior in his life, Garland accepted Christ at a very early age. He was baptized into the Pleasant View Baptist Church family under the pastorate of the late Reverend Sam Gighem. After having accepted the call into the Ministry on June 9, 1975, Reverend White later became an ordained minister who went on to pastor several churches in the surrounding area, his first being his home church, Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church in Sharon. Preaching became his greatest passion in life. As a pastor, many souls were led to Christ under his spiritual guidance at the following churches of which he was the Shepherd: St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Obion, TN; Second Christian Church, Mayfield, KY; St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Wingo, KY; Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Martin and St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Mounds, IL where he was presently serving as the proud pastor. During Reverend White’s ministry, he served as president of the Mayfield Ministerial Fellowship, the Southern Illinois Ministries Alliance, and the Zion District Congress of Christian Education. He was presently serving as Vice-Moderator of the Zion District Association. His love and desire to spread God’s message of salvation also led to his serving in the ministries of Alcohol and Drug Intervention, Care of Cancer Patients and Families, and Chaplain Training for the Baptist Hospital systems. Reverend was also a member of the Zion District Association of Southern Illinois, Baptist General State Conventions of Illinois and the National Baptist Convention USA Incorporated. He loved ministering to others in times of need, officiated many funerals, performed services of Holy Matrimony, and made countless hospital visits, just to mention a little of what he did in the name of the Lord.

Reverend White met and married a beautiful woman he chose to be his bride, the former Jewell Marberry. To this union a loving family was raised. This relationship, as in all, had its trials and tribulations, but through it all, God blessed us each and every one. The love shared between husband and wife stood the test of time, making the good outweigh the bad. The thirty-six years shared as husband, wife and family will be cherished and remembered as life continues on.

Reverend White was lovingly and affectionately known to many and all as “G” or “GW” or “Rev” of which he answered to each one. “G” was a unique individual who touched the lives of many people. Having a big heart, he would do without himself to help others. The love he received from his grandmother led him to understand and believe that if you could help somebody as you pass along, cheer somebody with a word or song, then your living would not be in vain. He was a dedicated pastor as well as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, neighbor, friend, and counselor. As a brother, he was awesome, there could have been no one better. “GW” loved his family, took care of them and believed that family was of utmost importance. That love spread far and wide, especially to his nieces and nephews. He never stopped serving in his ministerial capacity during his illness, making his way to church, which he dearly loved, even on his sickest days. Reverend was a man of much love and great faith who believed strongly that “with faith all things are possible.” He not only preached love and faith, but also lived a life that demonstrated compassion and conviction to his mission of serving God’s people. He was looked upon as a man who found good in anyone and would help anyone as best he could. He was not judgmental and would give everyone the benefit of doubt. One could quite often hear him sharing his favorite quotes of wisdom: “Hold your holt!”, “Got two knots in a row and holding on”, and “Just because people are nice, they don’t have to be nice to you.” Much thought and reason could be gotten from thinking about what had been said on many occasions. “GW” was also an avid golfer and fisherman when he could spend time at leisure.

He leaves to remember, cherish and hold dear to heart fond and loving memories:

His Darling Wife, Jewel M. White, of Martin; two children, Mario Marberry of Fargo, ND and Camita Marberry of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Imani Marberry, St Louis, MO; Malcolm Marberry, Independence, MO; three brothers, Marvin Evans of Sharon; Greg (Pam)Evans, of Sharon; Tracy White, Nashville; one sister, Twylia White, Sharon; a sister-in-law, Jessica Leigh Pitts White, Sharon; two uncles, J.D. (Orteria) Evans, Jr., of Sharon, Larry (Marilyn) Evans, of Martin; great-Uncle Cornelius Bradford, St. Louis, MO; and two aunts, Sue Williamson of Milan and Maggie Edmonston of Sharon.

Services were Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Martin, Tennessee.  Visitation from 10:00am to 2:00pm also at the church.  Burial in Highland Cemetery in Sharon, Tennessee.  Mason’s Memorial Chapel, 420 E. Water Street, Mayfield, Kentucky in charge of arrangements.

Joseph A. Morin

Joseph A. Morin, 96, a resident of Spring Hill, FL and Cairo, IL, died Monday morning, July 15, 2013 at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau, MO.  Joe was born June 7, 1917 in Waynesville, IL.  He was the son of L.H. Morin, DVM and Ada R. (Fulton) Morin.

He grew up in Clinton, IL and graduated from Clinton High School.  Joe graduated from north Central College in Naperville, IL in 1939 and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1943.  Joe coached at Farmers City, IL and West Frankfort, IL, and coached and taught at Bloomington High School, Bloomington, IL until his retirement.  He served four years in the U.S. Navy as Lt JG and was skipper of his LST boat in the South Pacific during World War II.

Joe was a 69 year member of Bloomington Masonic Lodge # 43 AF&AM, a member of the Cairo Elks Lodge 651, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, IL and an extra class amateur radio operator, AA9HC.  He was married to Dorothy Hankins of Vienna, IL in 1945.  She preceded him in death in 1985.

Joe is survived by his wife, Libby (Carter) Morin of Cairo, IL; a son, James Morin of Denver, CO, a sister, Leontine Cook of Springfield, IL; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.

A graveside committal service will be conducted at 11 AM Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery.  Masonic rites will be accorded.

Military rites will be conducted by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post 5222 and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM – 11 AM Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions to: Magnolia Manor, PO Box 286, Cairo, IL 62914.

To share a memory of Joe or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.baileyfh.

Laura Hazelwood

Hazelwood_obit_webfeatureLaura Hazelwood, age 88, of Tamms, died at 10:30AM on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at her home.

She was born on March 4, 1925 in Diswood, IL, the daughter of Vance A. and Ruth (Harvell) Honey.

She married Herman David Hazelwood on May 1, 1946. He preceded her in death on April 3, 2010.

Laura was a devoted housewife, mother and owner-operator of Laura’s Ceramics for many years. She was a member of Home Extension and a 4-H Leader. She was also a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church for 74 years and considered her fellow members as her extended family.

Laura is survived by her son, Vance (Debby) Hazelwood of Tamms; her daughter Jani Robinson (Kevin Mendenhall); 4 grandchildren, Laurinda (Scott) Marshall of Granite City, Regina (Mike) Vonhasseln and Tom (Nikki) Hazelwood, both of Jackson, MO and Sam Hazelwood (Courtney Bishop) of Bardwell, KY; 9 great-grandchildren, Kayla, Sarah, Elizabeth, Diandera, Catie, Bryenden, Brittney, Jaxon, Jaycee, Samantha and Dalton; 2 great great-grandchildren, Sean and Alaina; and special cousin, La Vonne Bridges.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman, son-in-law Terry Robinson and grandson, James Dean Neff.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 1-3PM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3PM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Mark Kirk and Rev. Ronnie Brown officiating. Interment will follow at McCrite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to McCrite Cemetery, Lions Club of Illinois or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

Verla Alene Newton

Verla Alene Newton, age 99, of Lick Creek, IL died at 6:30PM Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Union County Hospital Long Term Care in Anna, IL.

She was born December 26, 1913 to Omer and Minnie (Hood) Billingsley in Buncombe, IL.

She married Byford Newton on December 3, 1933, and he preceded her in death on October 26, 1988.

Verla attended Mt. Hebron Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  She was a 60 year member of the Goreville Eastern Star.

She is survived by: 2 sons, Ronald G. (Emily) Newton of Morris, IL, Bill Newton of Cobden, IL; 2 daughters, Rita Belcher of Jonesboro, IL, and Dena Johnson of Malta, IL; 11 grandchildren, Michele (Jim) Coleman, Melanie (John) Schaefer, Michael Newton, Mark (Shelley) Johnson, Amy Jo (Barry) Sanford, Alex Belcher, Kara (Travis) Miller, Kandi Starkweather, Brandi (Jason) Karnes, Dusty (Donald) Palmer, Ashley (Levi) Lanpher; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson, and 1 sister, Cornelia Morris of Hinkley, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Melvin Johnson, an infant son, Roger Joe Newton, brother, Harold (Joe) Billingsley, and sister, Lucy Winton.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM at the Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Danny Miller officiating.  Internment will follow at Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hebron Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Crain Funeral Home of Anna-Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

Yashoda Vaidya

Yashoda Vaidya, 81, of Cairo, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Mrs. Vaidya, a native of India, was the daughter of the late Ambbalal and Narmada Pandya.  She was married to Chandrakant Vaidya, who predeceased her in 2011. She was a homemaker and of the Hindu religion.

Mrs. Vaidya is survived by one son, Bhargavbhai “Bill” Pandya of Cairo, one other son, five daughters, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and other relatives.

A private service for Mrs. Vaidya will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at the Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo.

Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo in charge of arrangements.

Joyce E. (Schemel) Hale

obit_Hale_webJoyce E. (Schemel) Hale age 62 of Ava, formerly of Thebes, Illinois passed away at 2:45 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Illinois.

Joyce was born August 15, 1950 at Muskogee, Oklahoma, daughter of the late Lloyd Edward Schemel and Anna Mary (Hafley) Schemel.

Joyce was a homemaker.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Patricia Ann Hale-Osorio on May 28, 2013; and by 2 brothers, Daniel and Gary Schemel.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Ellen (Roger) Dodson of Thebes, Mary (Russell) Renshaw of Gale, and Rita (Mike) Imparato of Thebes; 1 son, Larry (Robin) Hale, Jr. of McClure; 1 brother, Randy Schemel of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; 2 sisters, Barbara Blackler of Hannibal, Missouri and Donna Bailey of Willisville, Illinois; 22 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Joyce E. Hale will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Jones Funeral Home Tamms with Rev. Raymond McAfee and Rev. Jimmie Monahan officiating. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes, Illinois.

Friends may call between 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Jones Funeral Home Tamms, Illinois.

Jones Funeral Home Tamms is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Herman C. “H.C.” Lawrence

obit_Lawrence_webRev. Herman C. “H.C.” Lawrence, age 84, of Anna, died at 9:58PM on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

He was born on May 14, 1929 in Pocahontas, AR, the son of Jack and Marie (Rogers) Lawrence.

He married Elizabeth Abernathy on July 23, 1954.

He worked for 27 years at Shawnee Community College as a counselor and as superintendent of building and grounds. Before working there, he taught school. He was a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, TN. H.C. was a retired United Methodist minister pasturing at Ebenezer and Saratoga Methodist Church, and had served as chaplain for area prisons. He had also served his country honorably in the US Air Force for 8 years. He had a passion for serving veterans and specialized in veterans counseling during his tenure at Shawnee College. As part of his advocacy for veterans, he was asked to testify on Capitol Hill on Veterans benefits related to housing and education. H.C. served as President of Illinois Veterans Congress, and on the board of Hospitality House and of Bethany Village.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Anna; 5 children, Jack (Beverly) Lawrence of Winston-Salem, NC, Julie Lawrence of Springfield, James “JC” (Mary) Lawrence of Jackson, MO, Joe Lawrence of Springfield, and Jonathan (Sherrie) Lawrence of Nashville, TN; 8 grandchildren, Nicole, Whitney, Abraham, Jacob, Anthony, Teresa, David & Julia; 7 great grandchildren, Halen, Corbin, Scotty, Titan, Christina, Noah and Waylan; 2 sisters, Lanetta Pettit of Godfrey and Louise Watson of Manhattan, IL; 1 brother, Clifton Lawrence of Madison, IN; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Roberta Eickelman; and 1 brother, J.L. Lawrence.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 5-8PM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10AM at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Rev. Brett Yates officiating. Interment will follow at McCrite Cemetery with military honors by the Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455.

Memorials may be made to McCrite Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

Harold Thompson

obit_Thompson_webHarold Thompson, age 77, of Olive Branch, died at 2:25AM on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Southeast Missouri Hospital.

He was born on August 7, 1935 in Thebes, the son of John Logan and Milbrey (Dyer) Thompson.

He married LaVerne Wilson on May 29, 1954, and she survives.

Harold was employed for 47 years by the Columbia Quarry, and upon retiring in 1999 he moved to Olive Branch. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Cahokia, and had served on the School Board in Dupo. He had also served as the tax assessor for Sugarloaf Township. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, mowing grass for his neighbors and the community, and taking his granddaughter shopping. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a friend to all he met.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerne, of Olive Branch; 3 sons, Allen (Diane) Thompson of Olive Branch, Brian (Jeannie) Thompson of Columbia, IL and Rodney (Beth) Thompson of Okawville; 9 grandchildren, Tiffany, Whitney, Ashley, Josh, Brooke, Mason, Morgan, Brad and Chad; 7 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Christe Thompson; 1 grandson, Dustin Thompson; 5 sisters, Nellie Bishop, Bonnie Farris, Maisie Foster, Genevieve Willis and Pearl Taylor; and 1 brother, Robert Thompson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 5-9PM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.

Funeral services will be on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11AM at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms with Rev. Mark Kirk and Rev. Micah Spencer officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

William Anthony Culkin

William Anthony Culkin, Sr. age 65 of St. Louis, Missouri formerly of Thebes, Illinois passed away at 4:15 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

William was born June 8, 1948 at Thebes, Illinois, son of the late Robert William Culkin and Ora Mae (Bledsoe) Culkin.

William was a River Boat Captain with Southern Towing Company and had served as chief with the United States Navy Reserves.

William was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joseph Patrick Culkin; a brother, Charles Culkin; and step-father, Clifford Carl “Bud” Phillips.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (Berry) Culkin of St. Louis, Missouri; a son, William Anthony Culkin, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri; 2 brothers, Robert “Robbie” Culkin of Olive Branch, Illinois and Clyde Culkin of Texas; 5 sisters, Agnes Ghiglione of Mount Zion, Illinois, Sarah Dunn of Collinsville, Illinois, Claire DeLashmutt of Jonesboro, Illinois, Brenda Calvert of Olive Branch, Illinois, and Susie Ozment of Kansas City, Missouri; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for William A. Culkin, Sr. will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at the Jones Funeral Home Tamms with James Ghiglione officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Lawn Memorial Gardens Villa Ridge, Illinois with full military honors given by the Illinois National Guard and area veterans.

Friends may call between 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Jones Funeral Home Tamms.

Jones Funeral Home Tamms is in charge of the arrangements.