Della Marie Bryan, age 99 of Harrisburg, died at 7:55 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Saline Care Center in Harrisburg . She was born on June 10, 1915 in Hardin County to the late James A. and Sadie (Hicks) Shewmaker. On October 16, 1937 she married Charles Bryan and he preceded her in death on December 9, 1984. She was a member of the Social Brethren Church in Harrisburg . Surviving family members include her nephew, David (Mary Jane) McGan of Corydon, KY; nieces, Wanda Raley and Geraldine Ewell of Harrisburg . Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, James Shewmaker; four sisters, Ruby Smith, Robbie Owen, Vera Shewmaker and Beulah McGan; and one niece, Linda McGan. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. G.E. Coultas officiated. Burial followed in Lavender Cemetery in Hardin County. Visitation was held from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorrisville Social Brethren Church Bus Ministry. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at http://www.reedfuneralchapel.com.
Frankie Mae Twitchell was born in Hardin County, IL on April 19, 1931 to James and Sarah (Palmer) Allen. She departed this earth on May 13, 2015 at 84 years of age. Frankie was raised in the Tower Rock Community near Cave-In-Rock, IL. Frankie was the fourth of eight children. Frankie was of the General Baptist Faith and served the Lord in various communities where she lived. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Sarah Allen; two husbands, Loren Matthews and Freeman Twitchell; two sons, Dennis Matthews and Nolan Matthews; four sisters, Mary Edwards, Thelma Reed, Martha Reed and Velda Boyd; and two brothers, James Allen and Charles Allen. She leaves to mourn three children, Brenda Barton (Bruce) of Henderson, TN, Linda Bebout (John) of Lexington, TN, and Larry Matthews (Rita) of Rosiclare, IL; a daughter-in-law Mary Matthews; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She leaves one brother Troy Allen of Black Mountain, NC. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Rosiclare General Baptist Church with Stan Pennell officiating. Buried followed at Peter’s Creek Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors – Johnson Chapel of Henderson, TN was in charge of arrangements.
Marleen M. Bradley, 77, of Rosiclare, IL, died on Monday May 25, 2015 at her residence. She was born on February 25, 1938 in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, to Robert Harvey and Alice (Mongeau) Harvey. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda (Troy) Ohler of Seale, AL; granddaughter, Heather Ohler; sisters, Carol Sullivan, Sandra Smith, Renee Tank, DeAnna Sinks, and Shelley Dillingham; and brother, Lee Harvey. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas Brownell; second husband, Charles Bradley; son, Wallace Brownell; and sister, Shirley Hope. Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 p.m. until funeral time. Rev. Roy Baker officiated the services. Burial followed on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery, located in Flat Rock, Michigan. Howe – Peterson Funeral Home in Taylor Michigan is in charge of burial arrangements.
Gordon Ray McDowell, 87, of Mt. Vernon, IL, formerly of Cave-in-Rock, IL died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Lone Oak Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Joyce McDowell of Mt. Vernon, IL; sons, Mitch (Shelley) McDowell of Mt. Vernon, IL and Mike (Ronda) McDowell of Phoenix, AZ; daughters, Phyllis (Max) Frailey of San Antonio, TX and Cindy (Kerry) Maxam of Benton, KY; brother, Gathel McDowell of Marion, IL; sister, Veldine Riggs of Marion, IL; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Williams of San Antonio, TX, Hannah, Elisha and Grace McDowell – all of Mt. Vernon, IL, Emily Marek and Brandon McDowell of Phoenix, AZ, Alex Maxam of Nashville, TN and Andrew Maxam of San Antonio, TX; and two great-grandchildren, Max and Elizabeth Williams of San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manford and Mildred McDowell, and sister, Frances Warren. Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave-in-Rock with interment in Cave Hill Cemetery. The family received visitors from 11:00 a.m until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimers Association.
Hardin County wins first place at SIC Archery Tournament, left to right: Dalton Conn, Hunter Cullum, Colton Winters, Alli Armstrong, John Rose, and Luke Seiner. –Jennifer Lane photos.
Individual placements at SIC Archery Tournament, left to right: Dalton Conn, 3rd place in men’s division; Alli Armstrong, 1st place in women’s division.
By Susan Armstrong
Hardin County High School Teacher
On Friday, May 1st, six Hardin County students traveled to Southeastern Illinois College to compete in SIC’s first High School Invitational Archery Tournament. Those who competed were: Alli Armstrong, Dalton Conn, Hunter Cullum, John Rose Luke Seiner, and Colton Winters. This tournament was a chance for the SIC archery coaches to preview the area high school talent. The college’s 15 target course consisted of large and small 3D game animals at a maximum of 40 yards. The distances were unknown to the students so they had to estimate their yardages before making their shots. Hardin County came away with 1st place as a team out of the five schools that competed. Hardin County also had individual winners with Alli Armstrong taking 1st place in the women’s division and Dalton Conn winning 3rd place in the men’s division. This is quite an accomplishment for a school that does not have an official archery team. SIC’s archery team members have earned eight national championships and 12 All-Americans in the past three years. Alli Armstrong will be attending SIC in the fall and will be a member of SIC’s archery team.
Hardin County Independent May 21, 2015
James Howard Hardin, 85 died May 12, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Originally from Hardin County Illinois, Jim served in both the Army and Air Force followed by a 35 year career with the federal government. Jim worked in Defense Contracts Administration and several of his projects included work on the Apollo space missions as well as the Tomahawk Missile program for Operation Desert Storm. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Peggy Ann; his daughters, Julie Morrall and Alicia Hardin Farrell; and four grandchildren, Jayme, Shannon, Sara and Matthew Morrall. Services will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach on May 22, 2015.
John Gordon Mathews, Sr., 64, of Elizabethtown, IL died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at his home in Elizabethtown, IL. He was a member of Honeycomb Church. Survivors include his wife, Sue Mathews of Elizabethtown, IL; daughters, Lacy Mathews of Elizabethtown and Josie Price of Harrisburg, IL; sons, Robert Mathews of Marion, KY and Nicholas Mathews of Harrisburg; brothers, Roy Mathews of Elizabethtown and George Mathews of Marion, IL; sisters, Charlene Price of Colp, IL, Mae Cunningham of Rosiclare, IL and Lisa Davis of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Beulah Mathews; son, John G. Mathews, Jr.; one brother and three sisters. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare with interment in Adams Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
William Waldo Jenkins, 77, of Elizabethtown, IL died Thursday, May 15, 2015 at Baptist Health in Paducah, KY. He was born on January 12, 1938 in Elizabethtown, IL to William Cecil Jenkins and Golden Gertrude (Barnerd) Jenkins. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Robbie Pennell Jenkins of Elizabethtown; sons, Joe (Tammy) Jenkins of Elizabethtown and Danny Jenkins (and friend Pam) of Rosiclare; grandson T.J. (Candice) Jenkins of Norris City; granddaughter Amber (Ryan) Frailey; granddaughter, Kenzi Rae Jenkins; grandson, William Taylor Jenkins; great- grandchildren, Bryson and Brynden Jenkins; sisters, Linda (Tim) Stanley of Cave In Rock and Elladee Bell of Vacaville, CA; brother, Mitchell (Brenda) Jenkins of Elizabethtown.
He was preceded by his parents: brothers, Tommy Donithan; Jerry Jenkins and Michael Jenkins; sisters, Frieda Gentry and Rose Mary Jenkins.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Rose Gilbert Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Services will be held on Monday, May 18, 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Rev. Stan Pennell and Rev. Tommy Dutton will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Peters Creek Cemetery.
Cougar Chaos and Hardin County Cougar Alumni play fund raiser game at Hardin County School, left to right: Coach Jeremy Wallace, Tony Cinkovich, Tyler Cowsert, Travis Cowsert, Gary Don Vinyard, Brian Simmons, James Winters, Jeff Byers, Boo Smith, Paul Conn, Clay Cullum. Middle row: Shawn Wheeler, Ira Cruson, Lee Fricker, Britt Belford, Aaron Carr, Justin Smith, Brian Banks, Jarod Belford, Jason Vaughn, Brian Joyner, Assistant Coach Mike Belford. Front row: Tanner Dutton, Trace Barnard, Tyler Winters, Gage Hawes, Logan Conn, BJ Austin, Darrien Robinson, John Rose, Hunter Cullum, Cameron Shaw, Coach Rodney Lane, Austin Seavers. –Tara Wallace photos
By Tara Wallace
On March 31, 2015, Hardin County Cougar Chaos had an Alumni game where the 2014-2015 Cougar Chaos competed against former Hardin County Cougars. Playing for Cougar Chaos were: BJ Austin, Trace Barnard, Logan Conn, Hunter Cullum, Tanner Dutton, Gage Hawes, Darrien Robinson, John Rose, Austin Seavers, Cameron Shaw and Tyler Winters. Cougar Chaos was coached by Rodney Lane. Playing for the Alumni team were: Brian Banks, Class of 1997; Britt Belford, Class of 2004; Jerod Belford, Class of 1999; Jeff Byers, Class of 1994; Aaron Carr, Class of 1999; Tony Cinkovich, Class of 1981; Paul Conn, Class of 1986; Travis Cowsert, Class of 2009; Tyler Cowsert, Class of 2006; Ira Cruson, Class of 2002; Clay Cullum, Class of 1976; Lee Fricker, Class of 1999; Brian Joyner, Class of 1988; Brian Simmons, Class of 2001; Boo Smith, Class of 1987; Justin Smith, Class of 1999; Jason Vaughn, Class of 1996; Gary Don Vinyard, Class of 2003; Shawn Wheeler, Class of 1989 and James Winters, Class of 2000. The Alumni Team was coached by Jeremy Wallace. Coach Wallace was assisted by Mike Belford. The Alumni participated in a three point shoot out and Brian Simmons sank the most baskets from behind the three point line. Before the game began, Athletic Director Sharon Austin took the liberty in setting up an “Emergency Station” behind the Alumni bench in case one of the “old timers” on the Alumni team couldn’t handle the Cougar Chaos. Chaos actually got more than they bargained for! The Alumni showed the youngsters a thing or two, but after six quarters, Chaos pulled out the win with a score of 97-89. The game length was six quarters instead of four because everyone was having too much fun to end the game. The coaches and players agreed and they continued the game for two more quarters! This year the high school boys basketball team which was dubbed Cougar Chaos at the beginning of the year by Coach Lane has enjoyed great success. At the beginning of the year a Facebook page was created for fans to follow as Chaos caused havoc on the court throughout the season. Chaos began the year as the Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament Champs and ended the year as Regional Champs. Two events were added during the 2014-2015 season, Meet the Athletes, which included a “Miss”ter Cougar pageant and an Alumni game, both of which are hoped to be made annual events. For more information about Cougar Chaos, like “Hardin County Cougar Chaos” on Facebook. This will keep you informed of upcoming events, see more pictures of games and special events, and to see the Cougar Chaos players and cheerleaders.
Hardin County Independent May 14, 2015
There were a lot of laughs and comical moments, not only from the fans, but the players during the game. Boo Smith deciding that a bear hug may be a better way to steal the ball from Tanner Dutton. Left to right, Darrien Robinson, Paul Conn, Tanner Dutton, Boo Smith, Shawn Wheeler, Referee Darren Winters, Brian Joyner, Logan Conn and BJ Austin. –Tara Wallace photos
Cougar alumni Brian Joyner proving to be a challenge for Cougar Chaos Logan Conn. In the background, Tanner Dutton and Boo Smith.
Charles O. (Chuck) McMican, 86, died June 8, 2014 at rural Red Feather Lakes, CO. Charles was born on July 9, 1927 to Clifton W. McMican and Ruth May McMican in Lola, KY. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Willis McMican; two sisters, Mary Lou McMican and Kathryn “Jean” Stumpf. He is survived by nieces, Dawn M Bellows (husband, Charles), children and grandchildren of Panama City, FL and Jennie E Gosche of Kensington, MD; nephew, Donald M. Stumpf of Panama City, FL; brother-in-law, Jim Stumpf of Panama City, FL; He graduated from Rosiclare Community High School and served in WW II and the Korean War in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps as a Physician’s Assistant. He was a registered pharmacist. Chuck maintained membership in the local American Legion Post 4 and AMVETS Post 2298, Panama City, FL. Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. May 16, 2015 at IOOF Cemetery in Golconda, IL.
Hardin County Independent May 14, 2015