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Please note: obituaries will be posted when arrangements are complete and they will remain online for 30 days. For obituaries older than 30 days, please contact us at rigginfh@hotmail.com. Please include in the subject line, Obituary or Geneaology Request.

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Alice C. Black

 

Alice C. Black, 86, of Carterville, died Friday, July 28, 2017, at Herrin Hospital.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. Brad Harlow officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville.  Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to GUM Drops or the Carterville Heritage & Preservation Foundation.  Alice was born on May 22, 1931, in Weaver, Illinois, to William and Mary (Hiscox) Fogle.  She married Donald Black on April 28, 1951, in Piggott, Arkansas.  Together they shared 66 wonderful years. She is survived by her husband, Don of Carterville; daughters, Kim (Dennis) Spencer and Marianne (Steve) Cowan; son, Les (Nancy) Black; sister, Billie Louthan; grandchildren, Austin (Steven Phillip) Black, Jill (Bobby) Minor, Lindsay (Joe Chotner) Rawls, Jennifer (Tanner) Bonner, Crystal (Collin Judd) Lampley, Denise (Nathan) Ridgeway, Lisa (Justin) Vannoy, Laura (Dustin Haltom) Spencer, Chris (Erica) Cowan, Tierney (Kelly) Cole; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Katie, Larry, Nile, Noah, Niah, Hunter, Alec, Timothy, Colbie, Macie, Eli, Logan, Preslie, and Harlyn.  Alice was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Fogle; sister, Dorothy Lewis; aunts, Ethel (Joe) Carimati and Edith (Raymond) Gothard.  She retired from Maytag after many years of service on the dryer line. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.  Alice was an avid reader who also enjoyed attending craft shows.

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Robert "Bert" Williams

 

Robert "Bert" Williams, 59, of Carterville, died Friday, July 28, 2017, at his home. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Brother Larry Addison officiating. Inurnment will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday. Robert was born on August 3, 1957, in Istanbul, Turkey, to Donald and Encarna "Jonie" Williams.  He is survived by his daughters, Samantha Williams-Long and Maria Williams; mother, Encarna "Jonie" Williams; brothers, Mark Williams, Larry Williams, David Williams, Darin Williams, and John Williams; significant other, Terry Sandefur; step-children, Dystany Sandefur and Justin Gladwell; grandchildren, Angel Williams-Toms, Bella Williams-Toms, KayeLynn Williams-Long, Nicholas Williams-Long, Zachary Shadowens, Peyton Shadowens, Courtney Gladwell, Layla Gladwell, Katie Markle, Christina Markle, Brennen Hess, Shauna Hastings, Draden Gladwell, and Dalton Gladwell; best friend, Millard Brown; and the mother of his children, Vickie Williams-Taylor. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Williams; sister, Holly Williams; step-son, Joshua Gladwell; and grandchild, Brandon Williams.  Robert worked as a welder for Special Mine Services in West Frankfort.   

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Charles "Chuck" Barwick

 

Charles "Chuck" A. Barwick, 77, of Cambria, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. A celebration of life will be hosted by his family held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the First Apostolic Church of Cambria, with the Revs. Chris Hammonds and R.H. Chitwood officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for end of life expenses. Chuck was born on April 28, 1940, in Marion, to Lesley and Zona (Rushing) Barwick. He married Laventhia Sue Tripp on July 5, 1988, in Paducah. Together they shared 29 wonderful years. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue Barwick of Cambria; children, Jason Barwick, Jo (Buddy) DeVal, Tina Barwick, Clifta Stearns, Wilma (Kenny) Holder, Leslie (Jim) Aaron, Randy (Donna) Hammonds, Chris (Vicki) Hammonds, Kelly Hammonds, and Michael (Kiffy) Hammonds; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents. He retired after 25 years of service in the maintenance department at Olin Industries. Chuck was a member of the First Apostolic Church of Cambria. He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and camping, always with a cup of coffee in hand. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

 

 

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Sherry Vinson

 

Cheryl "Sherry" Elaine Vinson, 62, of Herrin and formerly of Carterville, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at her daughter's home in Carterville. A Celebration of Sherry's life will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-C Athletics or Perry County Humane Society. Sherry was born on October 4, 1954, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Melvin and Mary (Hatfield) Park. She married Don Vinson in Herrin.  She is survived by her loving children, Hayley (Jason) Orendoff and Jason (Michelle) Hensgen, all of Carterville; sister, Debbie (G. Darold) Jones of Herrin; brothers, Melvin (Vicki) Park Jr. and Wayne Park, all of Chillicothe, Ohio; step-brother, Sam Ahlgren of Herrin; grandchildren, Merrick, Everleigh "Gigi" and Harper Orendoff, and Hayden and Layla Hensgen; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Sherry was preceded in death by her parents; son, Eric James Hensgen; step-father, Chet Ahlgren; brothers, Tim and Jeff Park; and step-sister, Jackie Leach. She retired after 32 years of service at Maytag- working on the washer/dryer lines. Sherry had also worked at Rend Lake Community College as a groundskeeper. Sherry had quite the green thumb as an avid gardener who enjoyed landscaping and simply being outdoors. She was a devoted mother and "grammy" and will be remembered for her kind heart, contagious smile and determined personality.  She loved reading and welcomed each book as a new adventure! Her everyday presence will be dearly missed by all who knew her.


 

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Brent A. Humphreys

 

Brent A. Humphreys, 66, of Carterville, died Friday, July 14, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 17, 2017, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating.  Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Carterville Fire Department.  Brent was born on March 18, 1951, in Carbondale, to William H. and Florence Mae (Venable) Humphreys.  He is survived by his sisters, Brenda Humphreys and Barbara Conyers; niece, Jessica Conyers; nephew, Samuel Conyers; sister-in-law, Lorrie Snider; and many special cousins and friends; and his dog, Roscoe.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bruce; nephew, Jacob Conyers. Brent retired from U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Carterville Fire Department, where he served as EMT and Fire Chief. 

 

 

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Bruce Welch

 

Bruce A. Welch, 58, of Carterville, passed away on July 9, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 12, 1959, in Carbondale, to Gene and Peggy (O'Neal) Welch. Bruce married Elaine Dixon on July 15, 1978, in Cambria. Together they have shared 39 wonderful years. Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Welch, of Carterville; daughters, Megan and Sunni Welch; mother, Peggy Welch; brother, Mark (Pat) Welch; mother-in-law, Cecil Dixon; sister-in-law, Janice Ellet; brother-in-law, David Dixon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Kelley. For 11 years, Bruce was an Assistant Manager for Wal-Mart. He was a member of the Herrin Elks. Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed going hunting, fishing and golfing. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and "grand-dogs".  He was a fighter until the end. Per Bruce's wishes, there will be no services. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later time.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, Illinois 62959 or to St. Francis Animal CARE, 6228 Country Club Road, Murphysboro, Illinois 62966. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is assisting the family with cremation services.


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LaWanda Mae Crawford

 

LaWanda Mae Crawford, 88, of Marion, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her daughter's home in Carterville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Rev. Brad Harlow officiating. Entombment will be in Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Carterville or to the Baptist Children's Home and Family Services in Carmi. LaWanda was born on February 3, 1929, in Monette, Arkansas, to John H. and Sarah Jane (Fullen) Baldridge. She married William "Ed" Crawford on June 10, 1960, in St. Louis. Together they have shared 57 wonderful years. She is survived by her loving husband, William "Ed" Crawford of Marion; daughter, Becky (Cody) Ashton of Carterville; son, David (Sue) Crawford of Bellevue, Nebraska; step-son, Steven (Karen) Crawford of St. Louis; grandchildren, Brittany and Kelsea Ashton, both of Carterville, and Nathan and Philip Crawford, both of Bellevue, Nebraska; sister, Nancy LaDell Harris of Poplar Bluff; and several nieces and nephews. LaWanda was preceded in death by her parents; sister, LaNeta Jane Baldridge and LaBelva Berryhill; brothers, John Wayne and James Wayman Baldridge; half-sister, Mildred Hall; and step-son, Doug Crawford. She graduated from Childress High School in Monette, Arkansas in 1946. LaWanda went on to graduate from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She had a passion for teaching and influencing the lives of children. LaWanda was a teacher for many years. She also enjoyed coaching girl's basketball and softball in her early teaching years.  LaWanda was most recently attending the First Baptist Church in Carterville. She had previously been a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Marion many years.

 

 

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Ralph Boyd Harris

 

Ralph Boyd Harris, 80, of Carterville, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home.  He was born on December 14, 1936, in Smithville, Tennessee, to Walter and Odell (Parsley) Harris. Ralph is survived by his loving daughter, Barb (James) Bigogno of Carterville; sons, Michael (Lisa) Harris of Bonita Springs, Florida and Jeremy (Meighan) Harris of Ft. Myers, Florida; grandchildren, Blake Harris, Thomas (Allison) McCorkle, Cameron Harris, Parker McCorkle, Dani Bigogno, Chase Harris, and Sophie Harris; great-grandchild, Sequoia Fox; sisters, Nancy Samuels and Judy Frame; brothers, Ted Shriver, Steve Harris and Grant Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Frankie Seahase, Jerry Zouble and Freida Couch; and brothers, Bruce, Rex and Harold Harris. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy. Ralph retired after 41 years as an electrician for GM. He enjoyed going fishing and boating.

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Gerald  "Jerry" Ray Lauderdale

 

Gerald "Jerry" Ray Lauderdale, 48, of Cambria, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 26, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with the Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the family. Jerry was born on September 23, 1968, in Carbondale, to Bill and Myra (Williams) Lauderdale. He married Jennifer Lynn Bearden on October 24, 2008, in Marion. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Lauderdale of Cambria; daughter, Jessica (Curtis) Hall of Cambria; sons, Darren (Kimberly) Lauderdale of Cambria and Alton Covey; the lights of his life, his grandchildren, Johnathan Hall and Kayli Lauderdale; sister, Crystal (Steve) Mitchell of DeSoto; step-brother, Guy Whitecotton; half-brother, Billy Lauderdale; half-sisters, Karen Freyenberger and Debbie Lauderdale; aunt and uncles, Suzzette (Tom) Coffey and Troy (Matthew) Waldron; in-laws, R.D. and Pam Starrick; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eddie Lee Lauderdale; step father, who raised him, Albert Whitecotton; grandparents, Helen and Victor Waldron and Wyvan Williams and Flossie Masters; step-brothers, Brian, William Joe and Eddie Lee Whitecotton; half-sister, Sandy Valco; and aunt, Brenda Williams. He worked in the Maintenance Department at the Unit 2 School in Marion for 5 years. Jerry has also worked as the Sous Chef for the Court Street Inn for 3 years.


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Pat (VanHooser) Lantrip

 

Patricia "Pat" F. (VanHooser) Lantrip, 64, of Hurst, passed away on June 22, 2017, at her home in DeSoto, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Chris Hottensen officiating. Burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Pat was born on December 27, 1952, in Princeton, Kentucky, to Clifford and Elsie (Tanner) VanHooser. She is survived by her loving daughters, Pam (Brian) Kerley of Cambria, Amy (Brian) Holland of DeSoto and Melisa (Mark) Kerley of Logan; sister, Janice VanHooser; brothers, Clifford Ray VanHooser, Robert VanHooser, Clarence (Barb) VanHooser, James (Lena) Blanton, and Charlie (Vicki) Lamb; the lights of her life, her grandchildren, Hunter Kerley, Devin (Deborah) Birckhead, Tessa Lashbrook, Shayne Kerley, Gina Lashbrook, Austin Lashbrook, Courtney Helton, Matthew Helton, Meghan Holland, and Emma Holland; great-grandchildren, Mykle Studey, Chase Birckhead, Tatum Birckhead, Alivia Birckhead, Paxton Lashbrook; several nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. Pat was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She was a homemaker who took great pride in taking care of her family and home. Pat was an avid reader who also enjoyed going camping and playing computer games. She loved watching her soap operas every afternoon.


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Ronnie Russell 

Ronald "Ronnie" Dean Russell, 74, of Herrin, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Evangelist Diane Pulse officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Ronnie was born on August 23, 1942, in Carbondale, to William Henry and Gold Mae (Bean) Russell. He married Joan Dolan Leslie on July 31, 1962, in Carbondale. Together they have shared 55 wonderful years. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Russell of Herrin; daughter, Katherine (Tad Hancock) Russell-Churchill of Marion; son, Richard (Alecia) Russell of Herrin; mother, Golda Mae Russell of Herrin; sister, Rosemary Culp of Herrin; grandchildren, Tim Pitchers, Vanessa (Albert) Boswell, Andrew Henson, Alexander Hearn, Harli (Ryan) Gilbert, Ryan Russell, and Margaret Russell; great-grandchildren, Bailey Hearn, William "Doc" Clark, Ryker Boswell, Brant Gilbert, and one on the way, Ronald Dean Russell; and a host of friends. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, "Doc" Russell; daughter, Nancy Joan Russell; and granddaughter, Isabella Hitzelburger. He worked as a machinist for Caterpillar in Aurora for 11 years. Ronnie retired in 2004, after 28 years of service at Diagraph. Ronnie enjoyed attending auctions, going antiquing and yard sales. He was a talented carpenter who built bird houses. He loved to travel with his family. Ronnie was an avid Cardinals fan who also loved John Wayne. His everyday presence will be dearly missed.



 

 

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2017 ARCHIVES
January
01/02 - Jim Rushing
01/05 - David L. Smith 
01/06 - Jimmy Don Ellet 
01/18 - Dorothy L. DePew 
01/18 - Joetta Dean Howerton 
01/24 - Christopher Kelley
01/28 - Nema Culbertson 
01/30 - Loudene Mayer 

July

07/09 - Bruce Welch
07/14 - Brent Humphreys 
07/16 - Sherry Vinson 
07/23 - Charles 'Chuck' Barwick 
07/28 - Robert "Bert" Williams
07/28 - Alice Black 
 

February

02/04 - Grace Hogg

02/11 - Donnie Davis

02/11 - Tammy Ann Charles

02/13 - William Arnold 

02/15 - George Smith 

02/16 - Wayne Taylor 

02/18 - Joe Andoslek 

02/27 - William "Bill" McKenzie 

August

 
 
 

March

03/04 - Chuck Groutage

03/06 - Paul B. Davis 

03/09 - JaVon Tarik Trott

03/10 - Ladena Schoolcraft 

03/11 - Betty Jane Stivers

03/14 - Ruth Arnold 

03/16 - Carolyn Wynn

03/16 - Jeannie Jeralds 

03/23 - Robert Cowan 

 

 

September



April

04/05 - Jonathan Keim

04/05 - Shirley A. Hubbard 

04/22 - Cindy Lynn Weihl

04/22 - Ronnie Weihl II

 

 

 

October

 

May

05/02 - Carl Jarvis
05/04 - Stephanie Sue Wall
05/06 - Pauline Spiller
05/06 - Virginia Rowan
05/07 - Dorothy Lane
05/07 - Bruce R. Amble, Ph.D. 
05/10 - John H. Watson 
05/16 - Frank E. Wright 
 
 
 

November



June

06/01 - Sharon Samples

06/02 - Claudean Beavers

06/03 - Angela "Angie" Hess 

06/05 - Vicky Drew Gentry 

06/06 - Norma J. Halstead 

06/11 - Pete Young Jr.  

06/12 - Mama C Cluck

06/15 - Ronnie D. Holland 

06/21 - Ronnie Russell

06/22 - Pat (VanHooser) Lantrip 

06/22 - Ralph Harris 

06/22 - Gerald "Jerry" Lauderdale 

06/24 - LaWanda Crawford 

 


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