Obituary of Minnie Campbell


Minnie Bell Campbell, 86, of Eldorado, Illinois, formerly of Cave In Rock, Illinois, passed away on December 1, 2017.
Minnie was born on March 14, 1931 in Hardin County, Illlinois to Edward and Ethel Marie (Hazel) Spivey. She was the sixth child out of 16 children – 9 boys and 7 girls.
She was married to Noah Campbell. They had three children — Patrick, Judy, and Debbie; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, all of Texas.
She was an active member of Mt. Zion General Baptist Church until she moved away. She enjoyed attending church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed
ward and Marie Spivey; husband, Noah Campbell; brothers – Charles (Buddy), William Lee (Sonny), George Allen, James Wilburn, Bobby Gene, Billy Joe, Robert, and Kenneth (Kenny); sisters, Irene Spivey, Ann Burklow, Ella Mae Spivey, and Virginia Foster. Survivors include son, Patrick (Karen) Campbell; daughters, Judy (Chris) Kellner and Debbie Campbell, all of Texas; brother, Harry (Linda) Spivey of Cave In Rock; sisters, Barbara (Ken) Kink of Kentucky and Wanda Dixon of Eldorado, Illinois; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity, church, or the Golden Circle.
Graveside services were held at Hall Cemetery on December 2, 2017, 11 a.m., with Rev. Jeff Stone and Rev. Harry Spivey.
Colonial Terrace of Eldorado, Illinois was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary of Loyde Sayge

Loyde Sayge, 65, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born on Friday, November 14, 1052 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, the son of Loyde Junior and Elsie Louise (Moutray) Sayge. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne division. He started welding in 1990 and was a pipe welder/fitter for 27 years.
Loyde loved kayaking and fishing but spending time with his grandchildren was his greatest enjoyment.
Left to cherish his memories are his children; four sons and two daughters, Georgia Rae Sayge, Jordan Loyde Sayge, Justin Lewis (Tasha) Sayge, Jared Lee (Andrea) Sayge, Ginger Laine Sayge and Garrett Lee Sayge; five grandchildren, Christian and Alyssa Sayge, Dathan Kelch, Shain and Hannah Weir. Also surviving are two sisters, Sonja (Phil) Hall and Carmen (the late Butch) Littrell and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
A memorial visitation was held for Loyde on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the chapel of Short Funeral Home at 527 N. Mulberry Street.
Condolences may be made online at (
Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Loyde’s family.

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Lafawn Foster

Lafawn Foster, 78, of Elizabethtown, IL died on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Hardin County General Hospital. Lafawn was born on January 21, 1939 to Lee and Radie (Burkalow) Foster in Rosiclare, IL.
Lafawn is survived by son, David (Donna) Gulley; daughters, Chrissie Leonberger, Regina (Randy)Johnson; sons, Bobby Foster, and Russell (Keri) Foster; daughter, Anna Cowsert; companion Agnes McBee; 23 grandchildren; 13 great -grandchildren; nephew, Aronold (Edna) Foster.
Lafawn is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Radie Foster; brother, Densel Foster; sister, Lorene Landrith; and sister, Lavena Bebout.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until funeral time. Burial will follow at Adams Cemetery. Rev. Stan Pennell will officiate the services.

Christopher Lee Belt

Christopher Lee Belt, 48 of Golconda, IL died on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Evansville, IN. Chris was born on August 16, 1969 to Stella and Douglas Belt in Mattoon, IL. He was an Honorary Assistant Deputy Chief of the Elizabethtown Fire Department and a member of Cub Scout Pack 2982.
Chris is survived by his father, Douglas J. (Joyce) Belt; sister, Daphne Burton; niece, Jessica Burton; nephews, Patrick McDonald, and J.R. Burton; five great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Stella Belt; maternal grandparents, James and Helen Cubley; and paternal grandparents, Freeman and Charline Belt.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A visitation was held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. A service will be held on Monday December 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cubley Cemetery.

Window Painting Tradition Continues; Kids Hopeful to Spread Christmas Cheer


Cazz Barnard and Jennifer Lane

By Jennifer Lane

The Christmas tradition of painting the Hardin County Independent windows began long ago with the late Betty Hurford. She was the former and late editor Noel E. Hurford’s wife, and mother of the editor, Julie (Hurford) Farley and grandmother to the owner, Jennifer Lane.
Betty was a very creative person who loved to paint, sew, craft, and arrange flowers. She had a great personality. She love her community and being involved in those type of activities. Painting the windows was a wonderful way to make their business look perfect for the holidays.

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Betty Curtis Hurford

Betty included her grandkids in many of her activities. She shared this tradition, creating many good memories with them. She has painted a variety of things at Christmas but one year she painted a huge turkey along with a message on the window at Thanksgiving.
My sister Heather and I want to keep the tradition going so we continue to paint and hopefully someday our kids will continue it on their own also.
The kids love to paint the windows and always feel good about how it looks. They get lots of honks and waves from people driving by, probably excited seeing kids doing a great thing in the community, sharing Christmas Spirit.

Painters this year were some of the late Betty and Noel Hurford’s great-grandchildren: Weston Barnard, Cazz Barnard, Aida Barnard, and Luke Lane; and two of their grandchildren: Jennifer Lane and Heather Rash.


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Aida Barnard age 11
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Luke Lane age 11


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Jennifer Lane and Cazz Barnard

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Obituary of Wanda Knopinski

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May 1, 1925 to October 25, 2017

Wanda Knopinski of Boulder, Colorado died on October 25, 2017 at the age of 92. Wanda was born in Elizabethtown, Illinois to Charles and Amy (Wall) Frailey.
Preceding her in death was her daughter, MaryAnn DeSautels of Longmont, Colorado and her sister, Geneva Wootton (101 years old) of Elizabethtown, Illinois who died three weeks after Wanda.
Wanda is survived by her husband of 47 years, Norbert; daughters Charlene DeSautels, of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Julie Rogers of West Palm Beach, Florida and four grandchildren. Also her step-daughter Barbara Bernhard, step-sons Jack, Joe and Eric Knopinski and four step-grandchildren.
Wanda attended St. Mary’s school for girls run by the Sisters of Charity at Leavenworth, KS where she majored in music. She learned to play the pipe organ and was the Organist at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont, CO for 25 years. She also had many recitals throughout the years. Her love for opera and classical music continued with frequent trips to Santa Fe and Central City which she enjoyed. Wanda loved to travel and enjoyed many anniversary trips to Hawaii and several trips to Europe with her husband, Norb. She worked as an administrative assistant at the University of Colorado in the Math department for 34 years.
A memorial service for the family was held at Crist Mortuary in Boulder, CO on October 29, 2017. Interment will be at Green Mountain Cemetery in the near future. Memorials may be made in her name to the World Wildlife Fund or similar organizations of your choice.

Obituary of Alma Irene Ashford

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Alma Irene Ashford, 88, of Rosiclare, Illinois went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 25, 2017. She was born on March 2, 1929, in the Peters Creek community to James Marion and Mary Marie (Swaggirt) Lowry. Alma’s parents died when she was very young and she was raised by her Uncle Henry Lowry and Grandfather Frank Swaggirt. She was married to Charles Wayne Ashford and they had eight children.
Alma was a member of the Rosiclare General Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a long-time baby-sitter. She took care of many children over the years. She was an avid reader and had a fondness for poetry. She enjoyed gardening and puttering around outside. Later in life she especially enjoyed going on little jaunts with her son, David. She was a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World. Alma always felt that she was blessed with a large family and friends.
Survivors include her sons, Dewayne (Betty) Ashford and David Ashford, daughters, Mary Ann (Jeff) Bishop, Rosalie (Steve) Tolbert, Sherry (Larry) Paskon, Joyce (Jimmy) Spivey, and Ladonna (Russell) Hall, 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James Marion and Mary Marie (Swaggirt) Lowry; her husband, Charles Wayne Ashford; her son, Weldon Deneen Ashford; and her sister, Edna Marie Lowry Price.
She will be sadly missed by her children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Hardin County Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Family received visitors from noon until time of service at the funeral home. Rev. Lowell “Butch” Gowins officiated the services. Burial followed at Peters Creek Cemetery.

After Glow

I would like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I would like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done.

I would like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.
I would like the tears of those who grieve
To dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life on this earth is done.


Card of Thanks

The family of Alma Ashford would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to everyone for the love and concern we received during the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Thank you to everyone for the prayers, cards, food, gifts, flowers and phone calls. A special thank you to Rev. Lowell “Butch” Gowins for officiating the service, Donna Cullum for playing the piano, and the Rosiclare General Baptist Church and the Rosiclare First Baptist Church for the wonderful meal that was prepared for the family. Words cannot express how grateful we are for all the kindnesses shown to our family.

The Family of Alma Ashford

Hardin County Pharmacy continues to serve under new ownership

Hardin County Business Spotlight

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Pharmacist Dr. Amanda (Haney) Etienne has taken ownership of Hardin County Pharmacy.

The Hardin County Discount Pharmacy began in 1979 in a partnership between Rick Wilborn, Dr. Ewell, and Dr. Warren. At that time, the pharmacy was in competition with Stone Drugs which was later bought out in 1997 by Wilborn. The pharmacy grew and was modernized in 2007 when a new building was built alongside its previous location. On June 29, 2017, Tim and Dr. Amanda Etienne bought the Hardin County Discount Pharmacy, now with the new name Hardin County Pharmacy. It continues to be a Health Mart store and is located next to Hardin County General Hospital.
Amanda (Haney) Etienne grew up in Hardin County in the Karbers Ridge Community. Her parents are Rosalee and the late Sidney Dale Haney. She has three older brothers: Scott, Steve, and Thomas “T.J.” Amanda graduated from Hardin County High School with the class of 2001.
When Amanda was a senior in high school, she was accepted and offered a scholarship to St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Amanda rejected the offer, feeling that she lacked experiences to make such a big decision. She felt it was too much of a big step only being 18 years old. She began attending SIC, and continued to work since she was 16 years old at Kemper CPA in Harrisburg. While attending SIC she also was a student worker at the switchboard, but wanted to gain experience in the pharmacy field. She left Kemper and began working at Medicine Shoppe in Harrisburg as a pharmacy tech and found that she really liked it. Looking back, she doesn’t regret dismissing the opportunity in St. Louis, but thinks of it more of a blessing. Her father became ill with cancer and she was able to spend that year with him, while living at home, before he passed away.
As time went on, and after working at Medicine Shoppe and job shadowing Rick Wilborn at Hardin County Discount Pharmacy, Amanda realized that she was ready to become a pharmacist. She finally took that big step and moved six hours away to attend Samford University in Birmingham, AL.
Amanda would come home each summer, and on breaks from school, to work at Medicine Shoppe. She felt this was important to expand her experience and pay off debt. She also looked forward to seeing especially one of her co-workers, Pharmacist Tim Etienne, whom she later married in 2008.
Many in the county know Tim because he also worked at Hardin County General Hospital as the pharmacist for a year or so. They have five children: twins Kaitlyn and Karli, 19; Joey, 16; Sydney, 6; and Luke, 2 1/2.

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Phamacists Dr. Amanda Etienne and Tim Etienne with children Luke, Joey, Sydney, and Kaitlyn. Karli was not present for photo.
In 2009, Amanda graduated with top honors as a Doctor of Pharmacy. To begin her pharmacy career, in June 2009, Dr. Etienne worked at CVS in Harrisburg and continued for three years until she was asked by Wilborn to work full time at Hardin County Discount Pharmacy in 2012. She worked there as an employee until she purchased the business in June.
Dr. Etienne is glad to own a business in the community that she cares so dearly for. “Since I started pharmacy school, it was my dream to own my own pharmacy,” said Dr. Etienne. “I’m glad to be able to help the community that I grew up in, and feel blessed to confidently work alongside top notch physicians, PAs, and Nurse Practitioners locally.”
Since buying the Hardin County Pharmacy, Dr. Etienne has begun to make updates and improvements to different aspects of the pharmacy. “I’m open to new ideas or suggestions for the pharmacy,” said Dr. Etienne. “I encourage customers or potential customers to give input on how I can make their experience better. If there is a product they are interested in that we don’t have, we’ll consider ordering it and keeping it in stock for them.”
Dr. Etienne has already added some new products at the pharmacy hoping that Hardin Countians will support her local business. “Offering new products is a way to make buying unique products more convenient for local customers,” says Dr. Etienne. “Having the products available here would save the cost of an out of county trip.”
Some of the newly added products are listed below:
• Lori Ann Flavoring Oils – used for cooking or candy making. (Different from these flavoring oils, the pharmacy also has flavoring that can be added to liquid medications to improve taste.)
• TENS units and supplies – TENS units are used to help people with nerve conditions. The unit sends stimulating pulses across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands.
• Rock Tape and Rock Sauce products – Rock is a brand name for kinesthetic taping that facilitates the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Products of this nature are used with athletes and those with orthopaedic or neurological conditions.
• Tuxedo and Suit Rentals – Now an authorized Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer!
Along with new products offered, the staff has implemented a new computer system called Pioneer Rx. It is a top of the line pharmacy software system. With the new system, bottle labels, invoicing, and signing for medications are different, but more efficient. The system also offers text alerts for customers who sign up, to notify them that their prescriptions are ready for pickup.
Coming soon is a program called IVR (Interactive Voice Response). After hours, customers will be able to call in and refill prescriptions by entering their prescription numbers to an automated system over the phone. Dr. Etienne hopes to expand this service as an internet based program or Mobile App in the near future. These programs will be free and the staff will help customers get set up if needed.
Staff at the pharmacy continues to consult with customers about Medicare D plans and coverage during the enrollment period from October 15 – December 7. For those over age 65 or eligible for Medicare Part D, the staff will enter the customer’s information into a program called iMedicare. The program will find the top three plans that best meet his or her needs. It will also compare monthly premiums for the customer. This service is merely informative and free of charge; the pharmacy does not sell the plans or make a profit for helping customers choose.
Anytime customers have a question about a product or prescription, Dr. Etienne encourages them to ask. She will gladly meet privately in a separate room if requested. She can also make an appointment with customers if desired. Dr. Etienne wants customers to feel comfortable and confident with their medications. She also wants them to know that their privacy is being respected at all times by her staff. Currently employed staff members at the Hardin County Pharmacy are: Sheila Shelby, Cindy Henderson, Julie Warren, Sherry Barnard, Angela Oxford, Chris Williams, Courtney English, Jessica Boulds, and Hunter Shelby.

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Dr. Etienne helping customer Clay Cullum.
Dr. Etienne is excited about this business venture in her home community. She wants the pharmacy to play an active part of the community and be involved in local activities. Most importantly, she hopes to offer a personal and trusting relationship, along with competitive pricing and new products to enhance the local customer’s experience.
The Hardin County Pharmacy is located at #7 Ferrell Road, in Rosiclare, IL. It’s open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s closed on Sundays. Visit and “Like” the pharmacy on Facebook at “ Hardin Co Pharmacy”. Email: For more information, call (618) 285-6618.

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Hardin County kicks off Illinois Bicentennial Celebration with flag raising ceremony at school (video link included)

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The community, school staff and students gave a round of applause as veteran George Mitchell and State & National Archery Champ Adriana Armstrong raised the American Flag and Illinois Bicentennial Flag during the Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration. #ILLINOIS PROUD — Jennifer Lane photo.

Click link to view a video of the entire ceremony, courtesy of Grace, Camo and Lace :

By Jennifer Lane, Publisher

County leaders along with school staff and students from Hardin County school gathered together at the school to commemorate a special birthday on Monday at 12 noon. Illinois turned 199 on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Each county throughout the state of Illinois held a flag raising ceremony to kick off a year long Bicentennial Celebration in preparation for Illinois’ 200th birthday. This ceremony, along with many others throughout the state, was video recorded and will be uploaded to the website for those who would like to view it.
Hardin County Illinois 200 Bicentennial Liaison, Rhonda Belford led the ceremony. She spoke a positive message about the importance of having the ceremony at the school in the presence of the students who are the present and future of the State of Illinois. She emphasized that the children are the ones who will serve to revive Illinois. Many of the younger audience reacted enthusiastically about the news of Illinois turning 200 in 2018.

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Hardin County S3DA Archery Team hosted Illinois Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration at Flag Raising Ceremony at school. Back row: Michael Phillips, Coach Susan Armstrong, Devin Austin, Wyatt Dutton, Brody Oxford, Malcom Dare, Jonathan Foster, Brayden Winters, Bailey Sneed, Isaiah Conkle, Tyler Stanford, Jay Hicks. Front row: Krista Stanford, Kylie Mosby, Calen Banks, Sean Lane, Gage Winters, Preston Atkinson, Alex Wallace, Kassi Ketten, Adriana Armstrong. — Jennifer Lane photo.
The S3DA Hardin County Cougar Archery team was honored to host the event. It is fitting because they are the 2017 State Archery Champions. Pastor Lowell “Butch” Gowins opened the ceremony with prayer. Some members of the Cub Scouts Pack 2982 came forward and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Katie Rose led the participants in the singing of the National Anthem and later Happy Birthday.

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Cub Scouts Pack 2982 lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Flag Raising Ceremony. Scouts left to right: Tommy Williams, Trystan Darnell, Brayden Rose, and Bradly Hershey. — J. Lane photo.

Belford recognized the county leaders in attendance: County Commissioner Chairman Michael Burton, County Commissioner Larry Steward, Rosiclare City Commissioner Roger Brazell, Elizabethtown Village President Dean Winters, Rosiclare Mayor Roy ”Jug” Tolbert, and Cave In Rock Village President Marty Kaylor. Cave In Rock, Elizabethtown, and Rosiclare will all display a Bicentennial flag in upcoming days. The Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571 and each member of the Hardin County Cougar Archery team were recognized.


Veteran George Mitchell, Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571 and State & National Archery Champ Adriana Armstrong raised the American Flag and Illinois Bicentennial Flag during the Bicentennial Kick Off Celebration.
Belford read the signed Illinois Bicentennial proclamation. Archery team member Adriana Armstrong, who placed 1st in State, assisted veteran George Mitchell with attaching and raising the Illinois Bicentennial Flag, along with the American Flag. The Paul C. Rowan American Legion Post #571 participated in the ceremony and saluted the American Flag as it was lowered and then raised again along with the Illinois 200 Bicentennial Flag.

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The Illinois Bicentennial celebration is going to include a variety of activities all over Illinois throughout the year 2018. Additional information is available at .


Hardin County Bicentennial Liason Rhonda Belford and Teacher Assistant Katie Rose lead the audience in the National Anthem.


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Obituary of Delbert Alexander “Bobby” Ford

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Delbert A. “Bobby” Ford, age 48, of Golconda, IL, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
He was born in Harrisburg to the late Delbert and Mary (Young) Ford. He was married to Michelle Carretti on May 3, 2011 and she survives. He was a truck driver for Martin Marietta and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He loved his horses and the Nine Day Trail Ride, hunting and fishing outdoors, and he dearly loved his family.
Delbert is survived by his wife, Michelle of Golconda, IL; son, Austin Anderson of Carrier Mills, IL; daughters, Kassidy Ford of Harrisburg, IL; Abby Horton and husband Matt of Rosiclare, IL; Ella Staggs of Rosiclare, IL; Jamie Allen Staggs-Ford of Golconda, IL; and son, Benjamin Allen-Ford of Golconda, IL; grandchildren: Naeveh Ford of Harrisburg and Noah Horton of Rosiclare, IL; six sisters, Virginia Davidson and husband Allen of Eldorado, IL, Debbie Hunt and husband George of Carrier Mills, IL, Rosemary Clark and husband Clifford of Wayne City, IL, Ruth Widick and husband Tom of Eldorado, IL, and Lisa Driver and husband Keith of Rosiclare, IL. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Susan and Ronald Carretti; and his horses, Snickers, Moon Beam, Bullet, and Angel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Tammie Cummins and Brenda Huett, and her husband Dan.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Reed Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Leroy Hicks officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the family, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at .