Robin Robert “Cobb” Griffith

Robin Robert “Cobb” Griffith, 65, of Golconda, IL died on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at his home. Cobb was born on December 17, 1952 to Thomas and Ruth (Rainey) Griffith in Rosiclare, Il. Cobb was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the UMWA. He married Cindy Harris on September 22, 1972.
He is survived by his sons, Greg Griffith, Dustin Griffith, and David (Sandi) Griffith; mother, Ruth McGhee; sisters, Patty (Richard) Frakes, Connie (Tom) Crider, Pixie Simmons, Marlena McGhee, and Kathy Griffith Blazosky; grandchildren, Dalton Griffith, Dawson Griffith, Taylor Holmes, Clayton Griffith, Reid Griffith, Audrina Griffith, and Lacey Griffith; and great-grandchild, Hayden Kace.
He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Griffith; son, Dylan Griffith; brother, Michael Griffith; and step-father, Paul Wayne McGhee.
Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. with prayer and scripture by Rev. Lowell (Butch) Gowins. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at same location. Per Mr. Griffith’s wishes, he will be cremated. Memorials may be made to the family.

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Obituary of Steven Ray Rutherford

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Steven Ray Rutherford, 66, of Elizabethtown, IL, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2018 at Lourdes Hospice Center in Paducah, KY.
Steve was born October 1, 1951 to Harry Don Rutherford and Betty Jean (Williams) Rutherford. He worked as an independent Insurance Agent for many years in Elizabethtown and Vienna. He was also the owner of the Family Package Store in Elizabethtown.
He married Kim (Oetjen) Rutherford on September 20, 1980. They have one child, Roman Ray Rutherford, age 13. His son was the greatest joy in Steve’s life.
Other survivors include his devoted brother-in-law, Gary Gross; nephews, Garrison and Rani Gross, and Gannon Gross; and great-nieces, Victoria Gross and Arri Gross.
Also surviving are his caring in-laws, Gilbert and Norma Oetjen, Kurt and Michelle Oetjen, and Kelly and Lisa Oetjen, together with nieces and nephews, Vance, Victor, Ava and Addison Oetjen, and Kyle and Kaci Oetjen.
He was greeted into heaven, surrounded by the loving arms of his mother, Betty Rutherford; his grandmother, Vena Denton; and his sister, Sherry Dawn (Rutherford) Gross.
A celebration of his life was held Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon at Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel. The service was officiated by Rev. Stan Pennell and Rev. David Otten. Visitation began at 1:00 p.m. A reception for family and friends followed the memorial service at the Catholic Church Hall.
Per his request, Steve will be cremated. His ashes will be spread at a later date on the Rutherford Farm and Cave Hill Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to his son’s 4-H Club, The Corn Fed Clovers, or to the Hardin County Senior Center for home delivery of meals.

Obituary of Lela Frances “Frannie” Roberts

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Lela Frances “Frannie” Roberts, age 71, of Harrisburg, passed away at 8:32 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center.
“Frannie” was born on November 14, 1946, in Hardin County, Illinois to the late James Jefferson Mason and Roberta S. (Fritts) Mason. “Frannie” married Wendell Roberts on October 26, 1974 and he survives.
“Frannie” was a beautician and owner of Frannie’s. “Frannie” was a member of First Baptist Church in Harrisburg and she was a Kentucky Colonel. She directed the Old Friends Community Gospel Choir, and she was a member of the Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir; she taught continuing education for Cosmetology, and she was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the Daughter’s of the American Revolution.
“Frannie” is survived by her husband, Wendell Roberts of Harrisburg; a sister, Carol Foster of Harrisburg; a brother, John Mason of Elizabethtown, Illinois; nephew, Larry Wayne Miller and wife Natalie of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nieces and nephews, Daniel Miller, Anthony Miller, Janie “(Bobby) Fields, Danny Hutchinson, Rachel Hutchinson, James Hutchinson, Brian Mason and Deborah K. Wallace.
“Frannie” was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Thelma Crane, and a brother, Bill Mason.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Gary Clark and Rev. Mike Weaver will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Hardin County Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Times were wrong in this week’s Independent.

The conferences will be held

Thursday, March 29, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jr./Sr. High School Parent Teacher Conferences information:

Teachers at the Jr. & Sr. High School are planning the annual Parent/Teacher Conferences. A time of 5 to 10 minutes will be allotted for you to meet privately with your child’s teacher. These conferences will be held in the Jr./Sr. High classrooms on Thursday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If more time is needed, you can make an appointment with the teacher at a later date.
No appointments will be scheduled. It will be first come, first serve basis.

Hardin County Elementary Pre-K – 5
Parent Teacher Conferences information:

Teachers at Hardin County Elementary School are planning the annual Parent/Teacher Conferences. A time of 15 to 20 minutes will be allotted for you to meet privately with your child’s teacher. These conferences will be held in the elementary classrooms on Thursday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since individual conferences will be scheduled, please complete the time availability sheet sent home with your child. They were due by Friday, March 16.
The teachers feel that these conferences are extremely important and are very interested in meeting with you to discuss your child. They will be prepared to talk about your child’s academic and/or social development. They will also address any concerns you might have.
If your child is failing to progress sufficiently, the teachers will inform you at this time and discuss ways you might be able to help your child improve their performance.
We hope that you will make every effort to attend.

Mr. Edmondson, Principal Mr. Stunson, Assistant Principal

Stefan Lou Thomas Goolsby

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Stefan Lou Thomas Goolsby, 25, of Elizabethtown, IL, died on Thursday, December 28, 2017, surrounded by family. Stefan was born on March 25, 2017 to Tommy and Janice (Carson) Gooslby. He is a member of Peters Creek Church, Army National Guard for 6 years, and former member of FFA, Cougars Outreach, and 4H.
Stefan is survived by his parents, Tom and Jan Goolsby; fiance, Willow Brooke; sister, Sheila (Michael) Downing; brother, Aaron Sachan; sister, Leah (Victor) Tayler; brother, Nathan (Tanya) Sachan; nieces, Allisha (Jason) Banks, Ashley Sullivan, Bailey Downing, Haley Johnson, Kurstiana Sachan, Nevaeh Sachan, and Ariella Sachan; nephews, Denver Mitchell, River Downing, Aaron Downing, Brayden Sachan, Issac Sachan, and Alexander Sachan; four great-nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alphonzo “Ponzi” and Gladys Goolsby; maternal grandparents, Jack and Emma Carson; niece, Brianna Nicole Sachan; and uncle, Johnny Goolsby.
As per Stefan’s wishes, his body had been donated to science. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Visiting and remembering will be held from 1-3 p.m. A Celebration Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to share their memories and stories of Stefan.

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Obituary of Victor Maurice “Vic” Newlin

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Victor Maurice “Vic” Newlin, 91, of rural Elizabethtown, Ill., passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg. He was born on November 18, 1926 in Yale, IL, the son of the late, Charles E. and Velva Ine (Lambert) Newlin.
Vic married Retha J. Colvin on October 6, 1946 in Sedan, Kansas. He was a proud World War Two Army veteran and a member of Shawneetown American Legion Post #585.
Vic was an avid Elk, Deer, and Fowl Hunter; ocean and fresh fisherman; and loved to mow grass with his John Deeres.
He spent twenty-two years know as “Gabby” at Peabody Coal, owned and operated Newlin’s Grocery and Gas Station near Sparks Hill and also worked in excavating and farming. Vic was of member of the Social Brethren Church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Retha Newlin of Elizabethtown; five children, Marilyn and James Pum of Burlington, WI, Leonard and Jan Newlin of Spring Valley, IL, Charles R. Newlin of Freeburg, IL, Susan E. Newlin of Elizabethtown, IL, Carol McCarty of Ridgway; three sisters, Tabitha L. Stivers of Casey, IL, Imogene Huddleston of Greenup, IL, and Dorothy Wilson of Westmont, IL; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Vic is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Robert “Nature Boy”and Thomas Newlin; two sisters, Mary Eleanor Cutright and Mildred Sidenbender; two brothers, Glen E. and Ronald Newlin; one granddaughter, Marla Rider.
Visitation for Vic will be held on Wednesday, March 21st from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, March 22nd at 11 a.m. with Rev. James R. Hubbard officiating. Burial will be at the Lane-Winters Cemetery near Cave-in-Rock with military rites.
Internet condolences may be made at the website, .

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Obituary of Marjorie H. Downey


Marjorie Helen Downey, age 90, of Bridgeton, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Bridgeton, Missouri. She was born in Rosiclare, Illinois on November 6, 1927 to the late Garrett and Ruby Kerr (nee King).
Marjorie was the loving wife of the late John Downey. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing the piano and listening to music.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Lee Ann (Richard) Marshall, Ada Lynn (Sam) Cast, Kerry J. (James Coleman) Downey and Richard C. (Dawn) Downey; grandchildren, Heather Marshall, Lindsey Marshall, Kyle Cast, Kodi Reel, Whitney Freeman, Ashley Freeman, Garrett Downey and Chelsea Bailey and a host of other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Cortney Cast.
Funeral Ceremony was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at West End Church of Christ 3815 Old Hwy 94 St. Charles, MO 63304 with Minister Matt Stewart officiating. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church on Sunday, March 11, 2018 prior to the funeral ceremony. Private burial was held at Kirk Cemetery in Ina, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 9370 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132 or Heartland Hospice in Marjorie’s memory.

Obituary of Douglas Ewell Taber

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Douglas Ewell Taber passed away peacefully on the evening of February 21st, 2018 in Auburn, California. Doug was born in Rosiclare, Illinois on October 13th, 1934 to Alvadis and Iva Mae Taber. He was the tenth of eleven children.
Doug was a gifted musician and would have impromptu jam sessions with friends and family from the time he could start blowing a horn. He joined the Air Force immediately after high school in 1952 where he served in Tripoli, Libya as a weatherman. Back in the States, he earned his degree from Southern Illinois University, and remained a proud Saluki for the rest of his life. He joined the Peace Corps shortly after its formation in 1960 and spent time in Guatemala. He subsequently lived in San Francisco, where he appreciated jazz music and one night actually watched the escape from Alcatraz unfold from his living room window. In October of 1965, he met the love of his life, Donna. They married in February of 1966 and had 52 wonderful years together. Doug’s final words were, “I married late, but I married well.”
Doug is survived by sons Kevin (Becky) and Nick, as well as nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by Donna on February 2, 2018, his step-son David, and all but one of his siblings.
Doug will be remembered for his great sense of humor and enormous and giving heart. When Doug became your friend, you had a friend for life.
He was surrounded by family when he passed and had them laughing and crying at the same time. The family will hold a gathering for friends and family to celebrate Doug’s life and memory at a future date.


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Betty J. Lamar


Betty J. Lamar,78, died on March 4, 2018 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, IL. She was born October 13, 1939 to George and Lennie Volkert. She was married to Raymond Parkinson in 1956 and Fred Lamar in 1990. Betty was a nurse for 30 years and worked most of those years at the Hardin County General Hospital.
She is survived by her children Debbie (Mike) Williams of Elizabethtown, Patti Burklow, of Harrisburg, Raymond (Tammy) Parkinson of Rosiclare, and Radonna Crum, of Danville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister Sue Hayes of Crossville, TN; and her brothers, John Volkert of Rochelle, IL and Jim Volkert of Rosiclare.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, a sister, and a grandchild.
Rortvedt Funeral Services in Danville was trusted with cremation. Private burial will be in Fluorine Cemetery at a later date.

Obituary of Grace Werfelman

Grace Werfelman, 93, of Rosiclare, IL, passed away peacefully, January 13, 2018 at her home (Rosiclare Rehab and Health Care Center).
Gracie was born in Wisconsin in 1924 spending most of her days in the State system. Grace made her way to Hardin County, as one of the first residents of Riverview Terrace (now Whispering Oaks).
Anyone who knew her, loved her. For 30 years she became an active part of our community, its churches, working for Family Counseling, and other various community activities. Her quick whit and laughter will forever light the room.
She leaves a host of friends and Hardin County family to join a Heavenly Host.
Eulogy and Memorial was given on February 22, 2018. Proverbs 17:22