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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.