• Ms. Nelda J. Bailey of Centralia, IL, departed this life at her residence on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:40 A.M. She had attained the age of 67 years, 5 months and 9 days. Nelda worked as a manager for a retail sales business.
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  • Wilma Beatrice Vandeveer, 96 formerly of Kinmundy, IL died June 21, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Effingham. She was a farm wife, loved to garden, cook, and care for her family. She had attended Elder country school, and both Kinmundy and Salem High Schools, 1936-1939. She was a member of the Kinmundy Methodist Church, and the Twilight Circle of the church. More recently, she attended the Effingham First Presbyterian Faith Circle. Her memberships included Kinmundy Shanghai Social Circle, played in the Kinmundy Kitchen Band, was a Charter member of the Home Extension Council, both the Marion and Effingham Farm Bureaus, a 4-H Club member, and the Kinmundy Women's Club, She was a Tri Chem consultant, and an avid collector of Longaberger Baskets.
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  • Richard Allen Zink, age 75, of Urbana, passed away at 2:00 am, Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL. Arrangements for Richard Allen Zink are pending at J.W. Neal Funeral Home at Louisville, IL.
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  • Lela L. See, 97, of Centralia, IL, formerly of Salem died Wednesday at the home of her daughter-in-law, cared for by her family. Lela had worked 12 years in housekeeping at Salem Township Hospital. For many years, she worked in retail sales at Johnson's Hallmark Gift Shop, and at Lloyd's Gold Crown Hallmark Store, both formerly located in Salem. She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church.
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  • James H. "Jim" Blair, 70, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away at 9:17 p.m. on June 21, 2017, at his residence. Jim taught English at Mount Vernon Township High School for 35 years. He enjoyed reading and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Jim was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Genevieve "Genny" Owens, age 91 of Centralia, passed away late Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in the arms of the love of her life, George A. Owens. Genny joyfully enjoyed serving the local community through Real Estate for the past 40 years. Genny was more than a Realtor, she had a servant’s heart for all who she assisted. She was a member of First Baptist Church, serving on committees. She cherished spending time with her family, friends and a bridge club.
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  • Sharon Rockett, age 72, of Salem, died Thursday, June 22nd, at Salem Township Hospital. She was a bookkeeper for Laco Electronics and later at Effingham Equity.
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  • PFC Devon James Tucker, United States Army, 21, of Wayne City, Illinois passed away in Fort Hood, Texas. Mr. Tucker served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Hood, Texas. He recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Devon has always had a passion to serve and protect, even as a young boy he wanted to serve in the military. He liked helping others in any way he could. Devon enjoyed hunting, fishing, anything outdoors and hanging out with his friends. His had an incredible smile, and that infectious smile will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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  • Peggy Jean Medley, 93, of Kinmundy, IL died May 21, 2017 at Doctor's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem. A homemaker, she loved caring for children, cooking for others, and baking, especially bread, She was a member Brown's Christian Church. She loved to make afghan's for the military, and cooking for the Iuka Masonic Lodge dinners.
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  • Ferrin B. Pomeroy, 56 of Iuka, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Saint Louis University Hospital. Ferrin worked at SSM St. Mary Hospital in Centralia as an X-Ray Tech for 35 years. He was a member of the Iuka United Methodist Church in Iuka. He enjoyed video games, basketball, and baseball. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, grandkids, friends and his four legged companion, Zeppo.
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