Jackie Dale Potts

7-12-18 DEATH Jackie Potts

Jackie Dale Potts, 60 of Harrisburg, died at 7:17 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center. Jackie was born on January 10, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Alfred Earl and Mary Magdeline (Millikan) Potts. He married Patricia “Patti” Sanders on September 21, 1977. Jackie worked for Harrisburg Medical Center for 35 years. He was a member of the Mizpah General Baptist Church.
Jackie is survived by his wife, Patti Potts of Harrisburg; sons, Chad Aaron Potts of Harrisburg, Adam Dale (Lori) Potts of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Hailey and Paige Potts of Harrisburg; sisters, Brenda (David) Humm, Helen Duncan of Elizabethtown, and Carolyn (Kevin) Heaton of Harrisburg; brother, Ronnie (Evelyn) Potts of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Charlene Bebout of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Jackie was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers and sisters, Clifton Potts, Harold Bebout, Linda Day, Larry Potts, and Patsy Madiona.
Funeral services for Jackie Dale Potts were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Jeff Owens officiated and burial followed in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel.

Obituary of Gwynn David Holbrook

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Gwynn David Holbrook, 68, of Cary, North Carolina died on January 10, 2018 at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Joyce, at his bedside. Gwynn grew up in Elizabethtown, IL.
Gwynn was born on April 13, 1949 in Harrisburg, Illinois to Gwynn “Dommer” Holbrook and Vada Brittain Holbrook.
Gwynn was a graduate of Rosiclare High, Rosiclare, Illinois. He later attended SIC, Harrisburg, IL and SIU, Carbondale, Illinois. After college, Gwynn served three years in the US Army and was proud to be a US Army veteran.
Gwynn, a part-time inventor, held a U.S. patent with his good friend, Bruce Hauck for a magnetic field generator and detector position indicator. Gwynn, also, held a second patent with another friend, Roger Warner for a small-parts counting machine.
Gwynn was an expert computer programmer and wrote several computer programs. He loved reading Isaac Asimov’s science fiction books. Gwynn enjoyed “Star Trek” Episodes and “Star Wars” movies. In fact, four beloved pet dogs were named after Star Wars characters: Chewy, Han Solo, Obi Wan, and R2D2.
Gwynn was successful in his chosen careers in the telephone and communications industries. He started out his career with Huffman Telephone, Memphis, TN. He, later, worked as District contractor supervisor for Contel Telephone Company, Hoffman, IL. His computer expertise led him to his next job as a Senior Software Engineer with Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, NC. After Nortel Networks sold off their IT division, Gwynn accepted a position at Gilmore Global Logisticsin Morrisville, NC. His final career was as a Systems Administrator of a nationwide database for the US Coast Guard in Elizabeth City, NC.
Gwynn was predeceased by his parents, Gwynn and Vada Holbrook of Elizabethtown, IL.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Joyce and beloved dog, R2D2, of Cary, NC. Additionally, he is survived by his brother, Ronnie Austin, Rosiclare, IL; sister-in-law, Angie Wallace, Rosiclare, IL; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Jim) Clemens, Gibson City, IL; and brother-in-law, Clark (Sharon) Wallace, Mt. Vernon, IA. Gwynn leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews: Kelly (Orbie) Ratliff, Rosiclare, IL; Shirley Jean (Wallace) Kash, Rosiclare, IL; and Micah Hill, Rosiclare, IL; Jeremy (Tara) Wallace, Rosiclare, IL; Marty (Jill) Austin, Harrisburg, IL; Scott Wallace, Northern, IL; and Timothy (Shelia) Wallace of Mt. Vernon, IA. Gwynn has one beloved Godson, Scott (Whitney) Telford, Troy, IL. In addition, Gwynn leaves behind, long-time and special friends: Roland and Sandy Telford, Hoffman, IL; Rick McWhorter of Cary, NC; Kim and Kris Lee, Cary, NC; and Bruce and Beth Hauck of Belleville, IL.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Empire Cemetery in Elizabethtown, IL. Arrangements are being coordinated by Hardin County Funeral Service, Rosiclare, IL.

Jimmie Dale McDonald


Jimmie Dale McDonald, 60 of Carrier Mills, IL died on June 26, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, IL. He was born in Gary, IN on February 3, 1958 to James Leroy and Shirley (Dalton) McDonald. He worked at Commercial Janitorial Services in Marion, IL.
Jimmie is survived by his daughter, Tiffanie Rae McDonald; son, Brandon McDonald; three granddaughters, Haylee, Kalliyah, Amiyah; grandson, Jayce; mother, Shirley McDonald; brother, Larry McDonald; sister, Helen (Richard) Thomas; niece, Arika (Chris) Smith; and great-niece, Brooklyn Smith.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Leroy McDonald; sister, Dianna Lee Blood; and brother, David Leon McDonald.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the Eddyville Cemetery in Eddyville, IL. The service was conducted by Bro. Johnny Burnett.
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Michael D. Kimes


Michael Dewey Kimes died on Sunday, June 24, 2018. He was born October 20, 1954 in Marks, Mississippi to parents Lois Bernice Thompson Kimes and Dewey Kimes.
Mike is survived by his son, Christopher; his brother, Wayne (Sheila); nephew, Frankie Graves (LeCretia); his nieces, Christy Conkle (Mitchell) and Adrienne Tripp (Dustin); brother-in-law, Frank Graves; four great-nephews; four great-nieces, and many friends.
Services will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Hardin County Funeral Service – Cox Chapel in Rosiclare, Illinois at 3:00 p.m. Family will receive visitors from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Pastor Fred Birch will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Shain Cemetery in Omaha, Illinois.


Ida Marie Spear


Ida Marie Spear of Harrisburg, IL was born December 17,1953 to William (Bill) and Virginia Louise (Belt) Crider in Rosiclare, IL. Ida died on June 21, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, IL.
Survivors include daughter, Misti Louise Spear (Josh Taylor); grandson, Drake Lysander Taylor; brother, Thomas (Connie) Crider; sister, Maureena (Ray) McDonald; dear friend, Chris Gillespie; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Virginia Crider; step-mother, Lillie Crider; and niece, Virginia Ruth.
A celebration of life will be held for Ida on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church in Rosiclare, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Doris Ann Nelson

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Doris Ann Nelson, 69, of McLeansboro, IL died Friday, June 22, 2018 .
Survivors include her husband, Ron Nelson; daughter, Lisa Bicanich (Ty) of Bonnie, IL; son, Ryan Nelson; brothers, Claris Cottingham (Sue) of St. Louis, MO; Carl Cottingham (Nannette) of Carterville, IL; sister, Dana Tabor of Carbondale, IL; and four grandchildren, Kaylie, Evan, Jadyn and Briley Bicanich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother-in-law, Paul Tabor.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, McLeansboro.
Memorials can be made to the Hamilton County Historical Society and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home.

Obituary of Rosemary Martin (Dunstan)

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Rosemary Martin (Dunstan), age 62 of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. She was born to the late Elroy Dunstan and the late Carlene Dunstan (Wallace) in Rosiclare, IL, on January 3, 1956.
Rosemary was a loving mother whose greatest joy was her grandchildren. Her last days on this earth were spent surrounded by those grandchildren being read to, sang to, climbed over, hugged and kissed. The love was palpable.
Rosemary will be lovingly remembered by her children, Jennifer Holt (David) and Travis Martin (Dana). Rosemary will also be fondly remembered by her four grandchildren, Lauren, Liam, Hadley, and Benjamin, her sisters, Ima Rex (Henry), Linda Burton, Nigel Vinyard, by her brothers, David Dunstan, Johnny Dunstan and Paul Dunstan and countless other family and friends.
Rosemary wishes to spend eternity among the trees, so her ashes will be spread at a later date. Per her request, there will be no services.


Harold Gilland

Harold Gilland, 87, died June 22, 2018, at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky. He was born on September 1, 1930, in Lola, Kentucky, to parents Coy Bryant Gilland and Mary Perlina (Davidson) Gilland.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bonita Belford; two brothers, James and Billy Gilland; and a sister, Rebecca Stallion; two step-sons, Ricky and Kent Carman; and a step-great grandson, Braden Sigler.
Survivors include his wife Christine; three sisters, Pat Wiggins, Dorris Dameron, Lois Millikan; two sons, Harold Gene (Judy) Gilland, and Coy (Arlene) Gilland); a daughter, Mary Lou (Daniel) Locke; three step-daughters, Diane (Robert) Stone, Carol Carman, and Kelly (Bernie) Cowgill), two step-sons, Micky (Bobby Burke) Carman, and Kevin (Cyndi) Carman; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; eleven step-grandchildren; seventeen step-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
Arrangements are being conducted by Hardin County Funeral Service at Cox Chapel with public visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 The Funeral, beginning at 1:00 p.m. will be officiated by Rev. Charles Bernie Cowgill. Graveside service and interment is to be at the Fluorine Cemetery in Rosiclare, Illinois.

Hardin Co. Cougars are Illinois S3DA State Archery Champions!

Hardin County High School Archery Team defends State Title

Armstrong, Ketten, Cullum, Hicks, and Conkle individually place at State level

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Hardin County Cougar Archery State Champions, left to right: Justin Hicks, Michael Phillips, Sean Lane, Wyatt Dutton, Isaiah Conkle, Kassi Ketten, Alex Wallace, Bailey Sneed, Adriana Armstrong, Malcom Dare, Colton Goines, Kylie Mosby, Hunter Cullum.

By J. D. Ketten
Assistant Archery Coach

Photography by Tara Wallace and Susan Armstrong

The Hardin County Cougars traveled three hours to Brownstown, IL (Buck Stop Archery) to compete in the Illinois S3DA Second Annual State Archery Tournament Saturday, June 16, 2018 where they successfully defended their State Champion title. Competitors endured five hours of triple-digit heat as they shot the most challenging course experienced all season. The kids were grouped by state rank (total of their five best regional scores) so they shot elbow to elbow with their closest competitor.

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Back row, left to right: Sean Lane, Malcom Dare. Middle row: Isaiah Conkle, Wyatt Dutton, Michael Phillips, Colton Goines, Bailey Sneed, J.D. Ketten, Hunter Cullum, Justin Hicks. Front row: Kylie Mosby, Kassi Ketten, Adriana Armstrong, Alex Wallace, Susan Armstrong. Lying in front: Darrick Armstrong.

Approximately 130 students were there from all over Illinois. The Cougars had several members make the podium, and several more that were close.
“Many team members recorded their personal best scores Saturday,” said Head Coach Susan Armstrong. “That’s what pushed the team to the top for their second straight state title. The whole team is shooting well and scores are peaking at the right time with S3DA Nationals being held next weekend at Metropolis.”

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S3DA IL State Coordinator Ricky Sauls presenting awards. Kassi Ketten 3rd Place in State Female Pins. Adriana Armstrong 1st Place in State Female Pins and female pins top archer of the year (Both awards 2 years in a row).

Adriana Armstrong lead the team to the S3DA State title. She also defended her 1st place title and won Top Archer of the Year (five regionals plus state total score) in the High School Female Pins Division for the second straight year.

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Hunter Cullum (left)  2nd place in State Traditional and Traditional Top Archer of the year. Justin Hicks (right) 3rd place in State Traditional.

Isaiah Conkle 3rd Place in State Male fixed Pins.   Malcom Dare shooting on the course.


Hunter Cullum received 2nd in the High School Male Traditional Class and also won Top Archer of the Year in his division.

Isaiah Conkle (High School Male Pins), Jay Hicks (High School Male Traditional Recurve), and Kassi Ketten (High School Female Fixed Pins) brought home 3rd place awards.

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Top Archers of the Year: Hunter Cullum and Adriana Armstrong

The team brought home a huge trophy for their championship win. The individual winners took home belt buckles, plaques, and college scholarships. Team members who competed that day were: Adriana Armstrong, Alex Wallace, Bailey Sneed, Colton Goines, Hunter Cullum, Isaiah Conkle, Jay Hicks, Kassi Ketten, Kylie Mosby, Malcom Dare, Michael Phillips, Sean Lane, and Wyatt Dutton.
The team will compete at S3DA’s National Tournament at Mermet Park in Metropolis, IL on June 23rd and 24th.

Dezerae Blair, also of Hardin County and shooting for the Southern Illinois S3DA Team, celebrated with her team by bringing home the Middle School State Championship trophy.

The team is coached by Susan and Darrick Armstrong and J.D. Ketten.

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Practicing before the shoot.

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Dorothy “Joyce” Clanton

Dorothy “Joyce” Clanton, 75, of Rosiclare, IL. died Friday June 15, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center. She attended Rosiclare First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children, Marla D. (Charles) Winters of Elizabethtown, IL, Murray Dewayne (Jennie) Fulkerson of Nashville, TN, and Diane (David E.) Cornelius of Fayette, Alabama; sisters, Margaret L. Shelby of Eichorn, IL and Patricia Shelby of Florida; step-children, Chris (Teresa) Clanton and Carol Willingham, both of West Virginia; sister-in-law, Martha Williams of Rosiclare, IL; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Lloyd “Loy” and Ada (Cowgill) Shelby; first husband, Murray “Doc” Fulkerson, second husband, Thomas B. Clanton; two brothers, James “Jimmy” Shelby and Donald “Sonny” Shelby; and two sisters, Mary Louise “Dolly” Hamp Shaw and Shirley Ann Gaskins.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare, IL. with interment in Gossage Cemetery. The family received visitors from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.