Ryan Sheedy


Haleigh Shaw and the Denton family invite you to join them at Peters Creek Cemetery Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. for a graveside memorial in memory of Ryan Sheedy, age 27, the father of the late Willow Rose Dutton Sheedy. Ryan passed away on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 near St. Louis, MO. Rev. Joey Dutton will officiate the service.

Southern Illinois Seekers spirit of volunteerism makes a difference for Hardin County School

Pictured: Southern Illinois Seeker chapter president Brody Oxford presenting $150 donations to to Taylor Jenkins to benefit the Book Club; Mr. Jones who sponsors the Chess Club; and to co-sponsor Mrs. Jolene Fowler who accepted on behalf of both the Drama Club and the Fine Arts hour. Reima Shetler also sponsors.

By Jennifer Lane, Editor

Brody Oxford, President of the Southern Illinois Seekers held an informative meeting at Hardin County School last Thursday (August 30, 2018)  to explain the goal of the chapter in the community and to recruit new members. On behalf of the chapter, Oxford presented four donations of $150 to the Book Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, and the soon to be Fine Arts hour.
Southern Illinois Seekers is a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance where literacy and community volunteerism is promoted among its members. Within the last year, members of the Southern Illinois Seekers have:
• Donated nearly 1,000 books for charity
• Empowered over two dozens members to volunteer
• Volunteered providing many man hours to help reorganize the school libraries
• Hosted community based events such as karaoke, trivia nights, movie nights, board game contests, bake sales and reading races.
• Hosted two house cup championships
• Helped form the Fine Arts hour at Hardin County School for kids who want to creatively express themselves during Flex class two days per week. Students will have access to different art media such as paint, mosaics, weaving, etc.
Currently the Seekers are holding a Poetry Contest for both Jr. High students and High School students. Two winners (one from each group) will receive $50 and their winning poems will be published in the Hardin County Independent.
President Oxford and members of the Southern Illinois Seekers hope that the donations given last Thursday will provide school clubs with more opportunities and resources for the students. The donations can be used for whatever the club is needing. Oxford gave examples such as: gas money for Chess Team to compete at State or to purchase chess timers for practice; supplies for Drama Club to put on a production or to add to travel funds when they go see a performance; books can be purchased for those who can’t afford a book in Book Club; or to purchase of supplies needed for the Fine Arts hour.
In an effort to recruit, President Oxford assured potential members that it is not a requirement that they like Harry Potter, but that they might have a desire to help in the community and have fun while doing it.
The Southern Illinois Seekers holds meetings every Wednesday, 4 p.m., at the Rosiclare Memorial Public Library. To learn more or stay up to date, join the Southern Illinois Seekers Facebook page or contact Brody Oxford at (618) 294-3824.


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George R. Turner

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George R. Turner, 77, of Rosiclare, IL died Monday, September 3, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. at Baptist Health in Paducah, KY. He was born in Hardin County, IL to James Everett and Loretta (Yarber) Turner on February 14, 1941. George married Radonna Phillips on December 2, 1960.
George is survived by his wife of 57 years, Radonna Turner; daughter, Carole Hubbs; two granddaughters, Kara (Jim) Rajamaki and Paige Hubbs; five great -grandchildren, Kyle Thilmony, Zane Rajamaki, Nevaeh Flemmings, Emmalyn Flemmings, Nya Flemmings all of Rosiclare, IL; three step-great-grandchildren, Nathan, Logan, and Caitlyn; two sisters, Helen Cubley and Thelma (Charlie) Cruson; several nieces and nephews; and his constant companion, dog Katie.
Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Community Chapel Church in rural Golconda, IL. The Service will be conducted by Pastor Robert Turner. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will be held at a later date at Empire Cemetery in Elizabethtown, IL.
Visit alyfh.com to leave an online condolence or sign the guest book.
Memorials may be made to: Hardin County Hospital Auxiliary, PO Box 2467, Rosiclare, IL 62982 .

Dorothy Jean Lowry


Dorothy Jean Lowry, 78, of Harrisburg, IL, and formerly of Elizabethtown, IL, died August 22, 2018 at her home in Harrisburg, IL. She was a member of the Pentecostal Faith.
Survivors include her children, Darrell Pierce, Jerry Leinenbach, and Bonnie Gott all of Harrisburg, IL, and Connie Riley of Eldorado, IL; brother, Sherman Pierce of Georgia;
half-brothers, Joel White of Owensboro, KY and Larry White of Harrisburg, IL; half-sisters, Donna Mugge and Shirley Miller both of Harrisburg, IL; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Lowry; grandchild, Matthew Pierce, and three brothers.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel, in Rosiclare, IL with interment in Empire Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Ruby Mazie Rose


Ruby Mazie Rose, 92, Elizabethtown, IL died August 10, 2018 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.
Surviving are her children, Seba Joe Rose and Myrna Mathews; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph H. “Jack” Rose; brothers, Hubard and Seba Blair; and parents, Harrison and Elva Blair.
Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday August 18, 2018 at Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel, in Rosiclare, IL.

Shirley Shelby


Shirley Ann Shelby, 84, of Rosiclare, IL died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Rosiclare Health Care and Rehab.
Survivors include her children, Lucinda Spivey of Rosiclare, IL, Belinda Harner of Harrisburg, IL, and Doug Colson of Herod, IL; sister, Jeanie Farkas of Sedalia, MO; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Winnie Butler; son, Bozo Colson; and brothers, Jack and Lowell Butler.
Hardin County Funeral Service in Rosiclare, IL. is in charge of arrangements. Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Sunset Garden Cemetery in Harrisburg, IL with interment to follow.
Memorials may be made to Hardin County Golden Circle.

Obituary of Larry D. McDonald

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Larry D. McDonald, 76, of Herod, IL died 8:58 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Hardin County General Hospital in Rosiclare, IL. Larry was born December 5, 1941 in Rosiclare, IL to Olan and Millie McDonald.
Through the years Larry worked for the ambulance service, Rosiclare Fire Department, and Shawnee Telephone Company. He retired from Pope County Care Center.
Larry was an active member of Honey Comb Church of God where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. Larry loved attending church and loved to laugh and enjoy life.
He was a wonderful father and grandfather.
Survivors are his wife of 30 years, Thelma McDonald of Herod, IL; brother, Terry (Carolyn) McDonald of Clermont, FL; sisters, Teresa (Earl Ralph) Partain of Boonville, IN and LaDonna (Roger) Ralph of Greenwood, IN; children, Gary (Janet) McDonald of Brookport, IL, Debbie McDonald Barr of Metropolis, IL, Kevin (Connie) McDonald of Metropolis, IL, Jason (Kristin) McDonald of Paducah, KY, Robert (Frances) Carter of Shawneetown, IL, Randy (Paula) Carter of Herod, IL, Glen Carter of Herod, IL, Kim (Danny) Miles of Herod, IL, Pam (David) Holbrook of Herod, IL; 25 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Darius McDonald.
Larry will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Our memory and love for him will live in our hearts forever.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2018 at Hardin County Funeral Service (Cox Chapel) in Rosiclare, IL. with interment in Lavender Cemetery. The family received visitors from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Honey Comb Church.

Obituary of Jay T. Douglas

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September 27, 1925 to July 26, 2018

Jay T. Douglas, 92, resident of Eldorado passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Carrier Mills Nursing Home. Jay was born on September 27, 1925 to the late Hansel (Whitey) Douglas and Thelma (Lowry) Douglas. He married Easter L. (Millikan) who is currently a resident at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.
He grew up in Cave-In-Rock, IL and married his high school sweetheart Easter prior to going into WW II. Jay was in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and was in the European arena. He was an expert sharpshooter for the Army and was in the Battle of the Bulge.
Jay returned from WW II, worked and went to school in Detroit, Michigan. Jay received an associate degree in Interior Design that launched him into working in a furniture business. Jay became an owner of Eldorado Furniture store with the help of his beloved wife, Easter, for twenty-plus years.
Jay T. was a proud businessman. He was on the Eldorado School Board; and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Eldorado Lions Club. He attended the First Baptist Church of Eldorado and was an avid golfer.
Jay T. (Papaw) was a great storyteller. He enjoyed and was activity involved with his grandchildren.
Jay is survived by his wife, Easter; two sons, Gary A. Douglas and David J. Douglas; two daughters-in-law, Janie Douglas and Billie Marie Salfen Douglas; beloved niece, Brenda Justice; and brother Jerry Douglas. There are six grandchildren: Jamie Nicole (Douglas) Gerald and her beloved husband Brandon Gerald; Jason Douglas and his beloved wife April; and Leah (Leyah) S. Douglas; Jennifer Genet Ruble; Leah Genet; and Alicia Jackson. There are five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his brothers and sister: Jim Douglas, Bob Douglas, Velma (Douglas) Skelton and Charles Douglas.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Rose Gilbert Funeral Home, Cox Chapel, in Rosiclare, IL from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

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Patricia Ann Hubbard


Patricia Ann Hubbard, 70, of Rosiclare, IL died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Hardin County Hospital.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa D. Hubbard of Cave-In-Rock, IL; mother, Arvetta Rose of Cave-In-Rock, IL; sisters, Barbara English of Elizabethtown, IL and Jeannie Marie Lobaugh of Texas; brother, Earline Hubbard of Rosiclare, IL; three nephews; and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Hubbard, Jr.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Obituary of Linda Sue Lozier Hampson

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Linda Sue Lozier Hampson, 60, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston , Texas.
Linda was preceded by her mother and father, Robert O. Lozier and Amanda R. Lozier, and sister Donna Lozier Dhooghe.
Linda is survived by her husband of 12 years, Bill Hampson; her son, Ron Koenig Jr. and wife Eleni Koenig; her daughter, Stephanie Koenig; a brother, Robert Lozier and wife Linda Lozier; sister, Deborah Lozier McCullough; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
Linda was born in Kankakee, IL and raised in Manteno, IL, the daughter of Robert O. and Amanda Ruth Lozier on September 4, 1957. Linda had two children in Kankakee, Stephanie and Ron Jr. before relocating to Southwest Florida. Linda since lived in several places including Brookport, IL, Destin, FL, and most recently Pearland, TX.
Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who had a passion for taking care of and spoiling her grandchildren. Her grandchildren brought a lot of joy to her life in her later years. Linda had a personality that everyone loved and would light up a room.
A visitation will be held at Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel, on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.