Alma I. Ashford

Alma Irene Ashford, 88, of Rosiclare, IL died on Saturday, November 25, 2017. She was born on March 2, 1929 in the Peters Creek community, to James Marion and Mary Marie (Swaggirt) Lowry. She was a member of the Rosiclare General Baptist Church and a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World.
Mrs. Ashford is survived by five daughters, Mary Ann (Jeff) Bishop, Rosalie (Steve) Tolbert, Sherry (Larry) Paskon, Joyce (Jimmy) Spivey, LaDonna (Russell) Hall; two sons: Dewayne (Betty) Ashford and David Ashford; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James Marion and Mary Marie (Swaggirt) Lowry; husband, Charles Wayne Ashford; son, Weldon Deneen Ashford; and sister, Edna Marie Lowry Price.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday November 29, 2017. Rev. Butch Gowins will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Peter’s Creek Cemetery.

Obituary of Richard Ray Holloman

11-23-17 DEATH OBIT PIC Richard Holloman-1

Richard Ray Holloman, age 83 of Maryville, IL, born July 18, 1934 in
Golconda, IL, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at his residence.
Richard graduated from Rosiclare High School in 1952. He earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from SIUE. He taught school for Collinsville High School for over 30 years, and coached tennis for several years. Richard served two years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard L. and Della E. nee Goble Holloman.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia nee Mankin Holloman, whom he married March 28, 1959; three sons: Richard T. Holloman of Kirkwood, MO, Ronald W. (Trish) Holloman of Weldon Spring, MO, and David P. Holloman of
Weldon Spring, MO; nine grandchildren, Tracy Lynn, Melissa, Andrew, Spencer, Ashley, Sterling, Vince, Rachael and Jinel; and a brother, Curtis (Connie) Holloman of Clinton, IA.
A memorial visitation was held at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, IL. A Memorial service was held at 3 p.m. following the visitation. Rev. Scott Carnes officiated.
Memorials may be made to the Collinsville United Methodist Church, and were received at the funeral home.
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Obituary of Henry Don Wertz


Henry Don Wertz, 71, of Blue River, died Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home. He was born on March 20, 1946 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of Henry ‘Dutch’ and Nora ‘Zona’ (Millikan) Wertz. Don joined the U.S. Navy in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1967.
He worked as a truck driver for most of his life, most recently Richardson Trucking. Don enjoyed an array of woodworking, fishing, and driving truck.
Don is survived by his sister Rebecca (William) Kagel of Cave-in-Rock, IL; nieces, Melissa (Joe Muench) Boyd of Boscobel, Stacie (Chriss) Roen of Blue River; nephew, William (Angie) Kagel of Blue River, children, Billy Don, Jamie, Anthony all of Illinois, great-niece, seven great-nephews, great-great-niece and two grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Blue River Community Building in Blue River. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.
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Robert D. Cox


Robert D. Cox, 87, died November 10, 2017 at Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, Kentucky. He was born to Bert and Ida Cox on December 17, 1929 in Elizabethtown, IL. He was a member of Arcadia United Methodist Church.
Robert was an analytical chemist at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL for 25 years before taking early retirement.
Robert is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Lou (McMaster) Cox; one daughter, Teresa Ann (Roland) Topcik of Carbondale, IL; brother-in-law, Bill (Sue) McMaster, Elizabethtown, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two sisters-in-law.
As per his request, there was no visitation or funeral. Entombment was at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Arcadia United Methodist Church, 261 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001.
Lindsey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Wootton


Geneva Wootton, 101, of Elizabethtown, IL died on Monday, November 20, 2017 at Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center. She was born on October 2, 1916 in Elizabethtown, IL. She was a member of the Elizabethtown United Methodist Church.
Geneva is survived by a son, Charles “Bill” Wootton of Elizabethtown; bother-in-law, Norbert Knopinski; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Amy Frailey; husband, Ryman Wootton; brothers, Oscar (Margaret) Frailey, Woodrow (Betty) Frailey, Reginald (Nellie)Frailey; and sister, Wanda Knopinski.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A service will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Family will receive visitors from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Empire Cemetery.

Obituary of Jerold Kessler McDowell


Born: 17 July 1928, in Cave-in-Rock, IL
Died: 18 September 2017, in New Port Richey, FL

Jerold McDowell died peacefully at his home in New Port Richey, Florida, after a brief illness. He was attended by his wife Pat and nephew John McDowell.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Patricia (Oxford) McDowell; brother, James (Jewell) McDowell of Howell, Michigan; sister, Nina Elodee (Dee) McDowell of New Port Richey, Florida; son, Jay (Janet) McDowell of Ashburn, Virginia; step son, Jay Paul (Tammy) White of Grove City, Ohio; two grandchildren, one step grandchild, and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Myrtle (Connelly) McDowell; brother, Frederick L. C. McDowell; brother, Vernon McDowell; and his first wife.
Jerold led an extraordinary life. After serving briefly in the Navy he went to Southern Illinois University on the GI Bill and earned a two year teaching degree. He taught school for a short time in the Cave-in-Rock area but was called to serve in the military once again. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and was quickly accepted into Officers Training School. Jerold retired from the Air Force with 23 years service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His career as radar navigator began with the B-25 bomber and concluded with 10 years in the B-52 as part of the Strategic Air Command. After retiring from the Air Force, he took a position with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. from which he retired in 1983.
He relocated in New Port Richey, FL, where he enjoyed playing tennis six to seven days a week. He was a skilled tennis player and enjoyed years of doubles tournaments. His most memorable tournament was with the U.S. Tennis Association Senior Doubles League 50 and over. He and his teammates competed against teams from across the U.S. and took third place overall. Jerold continued to play doubles tennis into his early 80’s.
He was raised a Master Mason November 2, 1950 in Cave-in-Rock Lodge #444 and was very proud to be a 66-year member.
With his wife Pat, he loved traveling through the western states, proudly driving every mile himself. Over the years he attended many family reunions where he was lovingly known as “Uncle Slick” by his many nephews and nieces.
He was fortunate to spend the remaining days of his life at home where he was able to enjoy his loving wife Pat, who cared for him day and night with the love, dignity and respect he deserved.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
–From a cemetery in Ireland.

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Obituary of Patricia Chloe Barnes

11-9-17 DEATH Pat Barnes (2)

Patricia Chloe Barnes, 69, of Cave-In-Rock, Il. passed away on October 25, 2017. Pat was born Patricia Chloe Price in Shawneetown, IL on February 13th, 1948 to Robert Price and Elizabeth Chloetine Fisher Price. She graduated from Harrisburg Township High School in 1966 and married Donnie Ray Barnes on January 19, 1969.
Pat was married to the love of her life, Donnie Ray Barnes, for 48 years. During that time Pat and Donnie were inseparable. They could often be found working together on the farm, at church or visiting with family and friends. They had three children Jeff, Floyd and Donetta and four grandchildren, Wyatt, Zayne, Alexa and Morgan.
As a young wife, Pat focused on raising her three children. She enjoyed raising her family on the farm and always made sure her children worked hard and played even harder. You could always find a rowdy group of boys hanging around Barnes house!
Once the children were old enough to go to school, Pat became a bus driver at Hardin County Schools. She enjoyed seeing the kids each day and telling stories about life on the farm. Later, Pat started working at Wal-Mart where she eventually retired.
Pat enjoyed attending Mt. Zion Baptist Church with her husband, Donnie. She was an active member of the church since 2003.
Grandchildren were one of the greatest joys of Pat’s life. She loved all of her grandchildren deeply and would often tell stories about their adventures on the farm together. Her granddaughter, Alexa, held a very special place in her heart. She and Alexa were always getting into something together!
Pat’s will be deeply missed by her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, friends and all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Donnie; sons, Jeffery Barnes of Elizabethtown and Floyd (Lisa) Barnes of Elizabethtown; daughter, Donetta (Jamie) Hayes of Harrisburg; brother, Robert Price, and four grandchildren, Wyatt, Zayne, Alexa and Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Donna (Harold) Barnes, and brother, Danny Price.

Hardin County Funeral Service, Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services were held on Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home located in Cave-In-Rock, IL. Family received visitors from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery.


Obituary of Kenneth Dale Pairsh

Kenneth Dale Pairsh, 81, of Elizabethtown, IL passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. He was born on June 24, 1936 in Harrisburg, IL
Mr. Pairsh is survived by his son, Keith and Carol Pairsh of Marion, IL; daughters, Cindy and Dave Nagel of Evansville, IN; Cherie De ‘Angelo of TN; Sarah Anderson of Marion, IL, Rebekah Pairsh of TX, Rachel Pairsh of Port Angeles, WA, Kaydee and Jason Miller of Kevil, KY.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nephew, Bill Hill; and many cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William “Pood” and Sarah Mae (Lallieu) Pairsh; grandson, USMC Captain Josh Pairsh; sister, Francis Mason; and uncle, Jim “Pete” Froman.
Our cherished father went to be with the Lord on October 31, 2017. He was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses throughout his life in the U.S. including; a gas station, restaurant, bar, an insulation company, a home improvement company, and a disaster preparedness company. He was a top earning salesman for Prudential Insurance company, earning the National Presidential Award for his work. Ken attended ministry school in Bradentan, FL and ministered informally for forty years. He had a deep and abiding faith in the Lord and enjoyed sharing his love of the Gospel with others. Ken graduated from Central High School in Evansville, IN its Centennial celebration in the year of 1950. Ken enjoyed dancing, fishing, hunting, and was an avid horseman. Most of all Ken loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Ken’s favorite chapter of the scripture was Psalm 91 and one of his favorite Bible verses was John 11:25, 26: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die”. Ken will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren, family, and friends.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Cox Chapel in Rosiclare, IL. Service was officiated by Pastor Fred Birch.
Memorial donation may be made in Ken’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mary L. Malone


Mary L. Malone, 91, of Harrisburg, IL died on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center. Mary was a member of the Dorrisville Baptist Church.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Mike (Tena) Burton of Herod, IL, Kelly (Doyle) Winters of Cave-In-Rock, IL, Matt Stout of Harrisburg, IL, Tammy Stout of Harrisburg, IL; son-in-law, Carlos Burton; several great and great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Bertha (Melton) Fulkerson; brothers; sister; and her children, Carla Burton and Phyllis Stout Gholson.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 6, 2017 at Hardin County Funeral Service-Cox Chapel in Rosiclare, IL with interment held at Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Family received visitors from 9 a.m. until time of service.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

James Thomas Sparks

James Thomas Sparks, 94, died on Friday, October 27, 2017 at his home. James was born on April 15, 1923 to Everett and Sally Sparks in Logan, IL. He married Betty Jane Smith on January 24, 1942. James served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Betty; daughters, Sally Sparks Reed and Sara Sparks Barnard; grandson, Cody Ray Casey; granddaughter, Jennifer Reed White; great-grandson, Tyler White; sons-in-law, Jeff Reed and Wally Swingle; great-great-grandson, Beckett Sparks and daughter-in-law, Kim Sparks; and two sisters and one brother, Louise Sparks Fleming, Robert E. Sparks and Nevella Sparks Donley.
James is survived by five sons and five daughters: James Robert Sparks Sandra Sue Fulton (Richard) Stephen Allen Sparks Stephanie Ann Salva (Joe) Susan Kay Swingle Samuel Stewart Sparks (Marsha) Stanford Marshall Sparks Sonya Rene Reed (Wesley) Cynthia Janet Winters (Wayman) Christopher Michael Sparks Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Brother Richard Peck officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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