Daryl R. Russell, 86, of Rosiclare, IL died Monday at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. He was a butcher for Bob’s Food Mart in Rosiclare, IL. Surviving is his son, James (Virgelia) Russell of Eldorado, IL and granddaughter, Isabella Lee Russell of Eldorado, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Russell; one brother and two sisters. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday October 16, 2015 at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare, IL. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Carolyn Ann Birch Easley, 78, of Eddyville, KY died Monday, October 5, at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Surviving are her husband, Harry Easley of Eddyville, KY; daughters, LaNell (David) Bell of Cadiz, KY, and Kaye (Rod) Burgess of Higganum, CT; one son, Gregory (Gloria) Easley Roberts; one brother, Earl Gene (Alma) Hayes of Karbers Ridge, IL; one sister, Bonnie Sue (James) Hefley of Davis, OK; seven grandchildren: Laura Ansert, Greg Roberts Jr., Brittany Roberts, A’Neial Lockhart, Jerett Bell, Beau Burgess, Seth Burgess; and nine great-grandchildren: Audrey Clark, Brice Lockhart, Anna Burgess, William Burgess, Lauren Harding, Alexis Harding, Savannah Ansert, Brooklyn Ansert and Dakota Roberts. Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Earl John Hayes, and mother, Lemah Watson Hayes and one brother, William Roe Birch. Carolyn was a member of the Methodist faith and the Eastern Star. She was a cosmetologist in both Illinois and Kentucky for over fifty five years. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, October 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Crittenden County Kentucky. Anyone wishing to attend, the family will be leaving Morgan’s Funeral Home in Princeton, Kentucky at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any memorials be made payable to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Carolyn Easley and mailed to Bluegrass Military Affairs Coalition (Wounded Warriors Foundation) 128 E. Reynolds Rd., Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40517.
Lawanda Jean Hale, 78, of Elizabethtown, IL died on October 3, 2015 at the Rosiclare Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Hardin County on November 4, 1936 to Grover Conn and Erva (Carter) Conn. She was a member of Peters Creek Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Patton of Eldorado, IL; son, Danny (Kathy) Barnard of Elizabethtown, IL; granddaughters, Stephanie (Bob) Knoesel, Lucinda Patton, Clarissa (Michael) Michener; grandsons, J.R. Patton, Broc Barnard, and Jimmy Barnard; nine great grandchildren; niece, Jan (Troy) Swinford; good friend, Rosemary Thornton; and special friend, Hopper. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Erva Conn; husband, Gene Hale; sisters, Juanita Holbrook, Cleo Bozarth, Lena Mae Pettinato, and Charlene Ezell. Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. As per her wishes, a private family graveside service will be held. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Peters Creek Cemetery Fund.
Dr. Roger Herrin, Graphic Designer Denise Hastings and Superintendent Dave Reavis.
By Jennifer Lane
The Hardin County High School Oxford Gymnasium is looking very sharp right now due to a new gym floor made possible by special graphic design inspired by Denise Hastings and a $25,000.00 donation given by Dr. Roger Herrin. The floor has not been replaced since its initial construction in 1979-1980 when all Hardin County schools were consolidated to the Elizabethtown location. Dr. Herrin, formerly of Hardin County, Cave In Rock in particular, but now residing in Harrisburg is retired from being a surgical podiatrist. A few months ago, athletic director Sharon Austin, came to him looking to raise funds to completely renovate the dynamism floor. She knew that it would be a huge fund raising effort and would take months, if not years to collect enough needed. Dr. Herrin felt compelled to donate the funds that would entirely complete the project. He, along with his family, grew up and went to school in Hardin County. He played on the Cave In Rock Basketball team and shared how they rivaled with the Rosiclare team. Even after receiving his doctorate degree, he stayed active in local sports. For example, when Coach Glen Oxford was the coach he traveled along and helped out when needed. He looked to him as a great friend and mentor. He loves Hardin County and continues to have connections. He makes regular visits to see Jim Gross to get his hair cut. He is happy to see the interest, enthusiasm and appreciation that is given to him for donating the funds for the project, but most importantly he was happy to be able to help out. When the funds were secured for the floor renovation, the next step was creating the design. Denise Hastings of Cave In Rock has painted many large and beautiful murals in the school mostly as volunteer work. Athletic director Austin asked if Hastings could help in creating the graphic design for the new floor. Hastings, who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, was happy to take on the task and from the start knew exactly how she wanted it to look. Plans are also being made for Hastings to create the design and repaint the entire Oxford Gymnasium. Things are coming along just in time for basketball season to begin.