Noel Burtis Bascom, 67, returned to his heavenly home on November 20, 2015, after a 25 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Noel was born to the late Ulys and Haseltine Bascom in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, on September 24, 1948. He was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He graduated from Cave In Rock High School, Class of 1966. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1970 with a degree in History. He retired from the Bureau of Prisons after a 25-year career there. Noel met the love of his life, Cheryl, at SIU and just a few months later, on July 10, 1970 they married. Soon thereafter, he was selected for the draft into the army for the Vietnam War. Noel was blessed with a loving family and helped raise his children with patience, discipline and humility. He taught them to read, write and appreciate a job well done. He was kind and soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator and commander. Noel is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his daughters, Lisa Michelle Scherrer and Nicki Donnelson; his grandchildren, Garrett and Elizabeth Scherrer, and Isaac and Eli Donnelson; his brothers, Billy, Weldon, and Barry; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. Noel’s visitation was scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Monday, November 23 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. His service began there at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24 with a burial which followed at 11 a.m. at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery with the Reverend Hosea Bilyeu who officiated.
Micky Allen Brown, 67, of Marion, KY died Friday, November 6, 2015 at his home in Marion, KY. He was a member of Bigham Masonic Lodge Number 256 in Marion, KY, Union Local 561 and the Crittenden County Bass Club. Survivors include his wife, Susan (Threlkeld) Brown of Marion, KY, formerly of Rosiclare, IL, ; sons, Justin Brown of Hebron, KY and Jared and Jason Brown, both of Marion, KY and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick “Buster” and Agnes Brown; 1 sister, two infant sisters and two infant brothers. Memorial services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, KY. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Crittenden County Quarterback Club, 175 Nunn Jent Road, Marion, KY. 42064.
Robert T. Patton Robert T. “Bob” Patton, age 93, of Elizabethtown, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 at Rosiclare Rehabilitation and Health Care in Rosiclare, Illinois. Bob was born September 29, 1922 in Hardin County, Illinois to James and Ethel (Watson) Patton. He married Clara Louzetta Wiggins on February 17, 1946; she preceded him on October 5, 2010. Bob was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served in the 121 Naval Construction Battery Asiactic Pacific during WWII.
He worked for Family Mining contractors 1946 – 1954; Metlife Insurance Company 1957 – 1979; and a family farm owner-operator 1980 to 2014. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown where he served as a past deacon. He served the community in many capacities, Masonic Lodge, Lion’s Club, Rosiclare high school board member and president, village trustee of Elizabethtown for 22 years, and village Mayor in Elizabethtown for 12 years.
Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and his family.
Bob is survived by three sons, Robert W. Patton of South Riding, VA; Paul Ross Patton of St. Louis, MO; James “Jim” Patton of Lebanon, TN, two daughters, Marcia “Molly” Berry of Charlotte, NC; Melissa “Missy” Ward of Panama City, FL; fifteen grandchildren and twenty four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by son, Stephen Russell Patton; daughter, Sarah Jean “Sally” Daymon; three brothers, and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, IL. Rev. Ed Lafferty will conduct the service. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Paul C Rowan Post 517 and conclude the service at the church. Private inurnment will be at Empire Cemetery in Elizabethtown, IL. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church on Thursday. Visit alyfh.com to leave an online condolence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 179, Elizabethtown, IL 62931 or March of Dimes ATTN: DRFR 1275 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, New York 10605.
By Julie Farley, Editor
State Representative Brandon Phelps held a brief news conference at the entrance to the Hardin County Work Camp on Tuesday morning on its behalf. Phelps announced that he had introduced legislation that would protect the Work Camp from being closed by Governor Bruce Rauner – House Bill 4326. Phelps was joined by elected officials, business owners, community leaders, Work Camp employees, and AFSCME representatives – American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Most people in attendance seemed in agreement that the Work Camp provides vital services to the local communities in addition to employing 60-plus staff members, many of whom reside in or near Hardin County. The closure of the Work Camp would have a negative impact on all individuals, businesses, and municipalities concerned, and it would not provide great relief to the State budget crisis as the Governor proposes. Phelps heard comments from those in attendance concerning the unique situation at the Work Camp which has a close working relationship with area municipalities and facilities. “There should be more such facilities instead of closing this one,” Phelps stated. A budget savings of $1 million is anticipated by the Governor with the closing of the Work Camp; however, Colby Potts, a Work Camp employee and local resident, stated that the amount is a drop in the bucket compared to what the Work Camp provides in services. Potts said the inmates are being taught responsibility and life skills. “What we’re doing up there [Work Camp] is special,” Potts said. Potts has been at the Work Camp for 17 years and fears what the future brings for himself and other Corrections officers and staff. “We don’t know what is ahead at this point,” he said. Phelps touched on safety issues concerning the employees stating that they likely will be transferred to overpopulated facilities as the Governor orders the closure of the Work Camp. “I’m trying to use every tool in the tool box so to speak to keep this Work Camp open,” Phelps stated. “The good people of this area deserve it.” Governor Rauner announced in June that the Work Camp which holds 200 inmates would be closed. It is a satellite facility of the Shawnee Correctional Center. As outlined in a news release from Phelps’ office, House Bill 4326 would create a special status for the Work Camp to ensure that it cannot be closed. Advocates for the bill say that the efforts to close the facility are politically motivated, and the workers and their families deserve the protection of the law. The Work Camp is slated to close in December.
See below for clip and mail letter of support for House Bill 4326. Citizens are encouraged to sign this form and mail it to the Honorable Brandon Phelps, State Representative, P.O. Box 401, Harrisburg, IL 62946. Forms need to be submitted as soon as possible to help save the Hardin County Work Camp.
Ada Laverne Crabb Soward, 91, died Friday, October 30, 2015 in Shawnee Rose Care Center. She was born October 7, 1924, the tenth of eleven born to Oscar Ernest Crabb and Laura Ann Osman Crabb. She was the final surviving sibling. Ada married Neil Soward in 1945. After his death Ada returned to live in Harrisburg where she remained until the time of her death. Ada was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Laura Crabb; husband, Neil Soward, and siblings: Helen Miles, Fred Crabb, Nora Cook, Howard Crabb, J.W. Crabb, Ann Williams, Lottie Crider, Gypsie Hamp, Dempsie Crabb and Betty Lane. She leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and their offspring. A small service was held Monday, November 2, 2015 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg with Rev. Chris Winkleman officiating. Burial was in Flourine Cemetery in Rosiclare. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at http://www.reedfuneralchapel.com.