Joseph Charles Reed

Joseph Charles Reed, 65, of Cave In Rock, IL, died on October 6, 2017. He was born October 11, 1951 in Creal Springs, IL, the son of Joe “Peck” Reed and Ruth Darnell. He was married to the former Linda Alexander. He was a member of Blazing Star Lodge #458 AF&AM and was a United States Army Veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Jeffery A. (Jane) Abell of Fairview, TN, Michael (Michelle) Rapada of San Diego, CA, and Don (Carla) Miller of Eldorado, IL; daughters, Sheila (Tim) Fuller of Rosiclare, IL, Joey M. Reed of Cincinnati, OH, Melissa (Roy) Mauney of Cave In Rock, IL, Crystal (Matthew) Miller of Pensacola, Florida, and Karen (Alan) Fulkerson of Harrisburg, IL; two brothers, Robert D. (Pat) Purnell of Marion, IL and Dale (Pat) Galant of Kankakee, Illinois; and sisters, Linda (James) Murphy of Stonefort, IL and Jessie (Greg) Westfall of Carrier Mills, IL.
He was preceded in death by his son Ross Miller and two sisters, Phyllis Ann Purnell and Donna Feuquay.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home. Rev. Barry Bascom officiated. Burial was in Brushy Cemetery. A visitiation was held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2017 at the J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home in Harrisburg.

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Dorothy Banks Garrison

Dorothy Banks Garrison, 85, of Rosiclare, IL died on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Rosiclare Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Hardin County to Phillip and Ethel (Baker) Joiner on January 23, 1932.
She is survived by a son, Robert Banks of Rosiclare; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Ethel Joiner; and son, Kenneth George Banks.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. A visitation was held on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Internment followed at Rose Cemetery.

Obituary of Betty Louise (Creamer) Suits

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Betty Louise (Creamer) Suits was born in Rosiclare, IL to Johnathan Creamer and Bertha Davidson Creamer on November 30, 1929. She went to her final rest on September 18, 2017 after a prolonged illness.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles Suits Jr.; her daughter, Elaine Suits Rahn, Palos Verdes, CA; her son, Dr. Charles W. Suits, Wichita Falls, TX; plus six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Cochran; and brothers, Willard Creamer, Jose Creamer, Jule Creamer, Henry Thurman and Wallace Thurman.
Betty and Charles moved from Rosiclare to Waukegan, IL in 1964 where they operated several successful insurance agencies. They were active members of the United Methodist Church in Waukegan. She will always be very loved and missed every day.
Betty was known for her great cooking skills with her pies and cakes always being the first to go or sell out at the church bake sales. She was always had a joke for every occasion and loved to laugh. Betty’s hobbies included square dancing, knitting, and of course cooking. She cherished her family and friends.
Any donations or memorials may be sent to Hospice of Wichita Falls at 4909 Johnson Road Wichita Falls, TX 76310.

Obituary of John O. Atkinson

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John O. Atkinson, born July 22, 1942, passed away September 18, 2017 at the Rosiclare Rehab Care Center being 75 years of age. He professed Jesus Christ as his Savior. John, born in Pope County, grew up in Brownfield. His parents were Jesse and Blanche Swinford Atkinson.
John served in the U.S. Army from 1962 – 1964. He married Phyllis J. Goolsby and born to them were Johnny Dewayne, Harold Deneen, Kelly Denise, Spencer Lee, and Diana Lynn who died in infancy. John is survived by his four children; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildred Duncan of Golconda, and Beulah (Jack) Hayden of Rosiclare.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one child, one grandchild, three brothers, and one sister.
A graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m. on September 23, 2017 at Cowsert Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the American Legion Paul C. Rowan Post #571. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL.

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Floya Marie Elam


Floya Marie Elam, 79, of Marion, KY, formerly of Hardin County, IL died on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Crittenden Health Systems. Miss Elam was survived by two sisters, Barbara Jo Gibson and Karen Bates; and three brothers, Gregory Bates, Kenneth Bates, and Danny Bates.
Ms. Elam was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Martha Elam.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Fluorine Cemetery in Rosiclare, IL.

Obituary of Kenneth Glenn Underdown

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Kenneth Glenn Underdown, 74, of Marion, KY passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Crittenden Hospital and Healthcare. He was of the Church of God Faith. He had been a county magistrate for many years and enjoyed visiting and working with the people in his district.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Underdown of Marion, KY; daughter, Tina (Bob) Laurie of Fenton, MO; son, Steve Underdown of Marion, K.; sister, Mildred Delaplane of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren, Shanna Belt of St. Louis, MO, Haley Laurie of Fenton, MO, and Nicholas Underdown of Marion, KY; and great-grandson, Jakobi Flynn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Jewell Underdown; three sisters; and one brother.
A visitation was held from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, KY.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Crayne Cemetery Association, c/o Brenda Underdown, 139 Oak Hill Drive, Marion, KY. 42064.

Roy Gene Spear


Roy Gene Spear died on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Kenton, TN. He was born June 1, 1961 to Lora Mae Kimberlin and Elmer “Grandpappy” Spear.
Roy is survived by five brothers, Freddy Joyner of Milwaukee, WI, John Kimberlin, Willie Albert Spear, Tony Keith Spear, and William Orval Spear, all of Rosiclare; two sisters, Betty Lee Cramer of Fairfield, IL and Mary Ruth Cain of Carmi, IL; and a host of neices and nephews and other family members.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; brothers, Raymond Eugene Spear, Elmer Austin Spear, James Oscar Spear; and sisters, Sylvia Laverne Bebout, Lula Belle Smith, Sue Ann Clanton, Paula Irene Joyner, and Beulah Ann Spear.
Funeral arrangements are pending.



Obituary of Lewis Randolph Selvidge, Jr.

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Lewis Randolph Selvidge, Jr., 82, passed away the 17th of September 2017 in the loving presence of family at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia.
Lew was born the 21st of December, 1934, in Wichita Falls, TX to Lewis R. and Iva (Pickett) Selvidge, Sr. just a few weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. WWII took his dad from his job as school principal in Antelope, Texas to federal civil service as trainer of Air Force servicemen at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Illinois. The Family settled in Champaign, IL seventeen miles south of the air base.
After high school, Lew drove a Coca-Cola truck for a year and then joined the Air Force in 1954. Lew met and married Alma Lee Wootton in Champaign during his first tour. The couple then was sent to McConnell AFB, Wichita Kansas, where Lew served as a hydraulics specialist on B-47 aircraft.
Upon completion of his tour in the Air Force, Lew earned his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL.
He accepted a teaching position at State University of New York, in Oswego in the fall of 1963. After two years of teaching and post-graduate work at University of Illinois, Lew accepted a teaching position at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where he finished his teaching career, retiring in 1997 as a Professor Emeritus of Industrial Technology.
During his career, Lew was acknowledged with a U.S. Office of Education Fellowship in Washington, D.C., 1966-1967, the Sargent Americanism Award, 1983 and the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, 1984. He authored two textbooks and published many articles on the subjects of Free Enterprise, World Class Manufacturing, and Total Quality Management.
Lew was also a master woodworker, building many Colonial Williamsburg reproductions in addition to custom designs of his own. One of Lew’s other passions was writing. He enjoyed developing and writing Christian gospel tracts and bookmarks that he used for evangelism and passed on to many family, friends, acquaintances, and others.
Lew and Alma were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Statesboro where both Lew and Alma taught Sunday school, and Lew served as a Deacon. Lew participated in a mission trip at age 71 to Russia in 2006 and was able to share the Good News of Christ with many in Novosibirsk, Russia. Since moving to Phenix City, Alabama, Lew was a member of Wynnbrook Baptist Church, where he was active in prayer ministry and Sunday School.
Lew Selvidge leaves behind a loving wife Alma of 64 years; sons, Lewis R. (Kimiko Yamaoka) Selvidge III and Mark Selvidge; granddaughter Sarah Selvidge; and grandsons Makoto (Libby Kinser) Selvidge, and Justin Selvidge.
A service was held Friday, 22, September 2017, 1:00 p.m. CT at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare, IL. A public visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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John O. Atkinson


John O. Atkinson, 75, of Rosiclare, Illinois died on Monday, September 18, 2017 in Rosiclare, Illinois.
Aly Funeral Home, Eddyville, is in charge of arrangements. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Cowsert Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Paul C. Rowan Post # 571.
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Frontier Days pageant contestants 2017

Unfortunately, I made a mistake in this week’s Hardin County Independent. I left out the picture of the Frontier Days Princess contestants and put those names under the Frontier Days Little Princess’ contestants. I sincerely apologize and will reprint the corrections in next week’s Independent. Please find all contestants and names below!

–Jennifer Lane, Publisher

Enjoy the Frontier Days Pageant, 7 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Hardin County High School Commons area.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Find more fun on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Frontier Days in Cave In Rock. See the Independent for details.

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Frontier Days Baby Hero contestants, left to right: Breauna Kumorek holding Kayson Kumorek, Amber Frailey holding Rhett Frailey, Brittaney Williams holding Todd Shaffer, Kenadie Reed holding E.J. McClenahan, Josie Frailey holding Tucker Frailey. — Jennifer Lane photos

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Frontier Days Baby Princess contestants, left to right: Raylee Vaughn and Aubrie’Ella Perez.

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Frontier Days Toddler Princess contestants, left to right: Kambrie Perez, Ansley Carter, and Jenna Mackey.

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Below. Frontier Days Little Miss Princess contestants, left to right: Alyza Love, Audry Griffith, Arabella Frailey, Tinzlee Williams, Kyndal Winters, Alyssa Griffith, and Kamryn Vaughn.

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Frontier Days Little Princess contestants: Angela Griffith, Alivia Bishop, Kendall McKinley, Grantlei Lane, Jayla Suits, Krysta Roberts.

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Frontier Days Little Hero contestant: Cole Ashford

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Frontier Days Princess contestants, left to right: Riley Hall, Michanda Kumorek, Micah Burton, Jaycie Evrard, Brooke Mabrey, and Gracyn Smith. Not pictured Kuri Spivey.

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Frontier Days Queen contestants, left to right: Melanie Conkle, Charleigh Evrard, Makaya McClenahan, Desi McBee, and Julie Wheeler.

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Ms. Frontier Days contestants, left to right: Kaitlin Millis, Tonya Mabrey, Erin Lane, Shannon Lane, and Kenadie Reed.