• Marilyn Goode, age 84, of Salem, died Tuesday, January 17th, at Twin Willows Nursing Center in Salem. She was a housewife of the Christian Faith.
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  • Carl Brown Senior, age 85 of Las Vegas Nevada formerly of Centralia, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas after a brief illness. He was employed by the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad for 24 years 9 months as a carman welder. He was later employed by the Centralia City School System. He retired after 25 years in 1996 and moved to Vegas.
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  • Dortha Leola Waggoner (95), passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Twin Willow Nursing Home in Salem, Illinois. Dortha was a devoted Christian, and for more than 40 years, volunteered her services as a member of the Salem Hospital Auxiliary. She was a long time member of the Salem Farm Bureau. Dortha was instrumental in organizing and conducting dances at the Salem Community Center. She particularly enjoyed painting, sewing, dancing and spending quality time with her family including her three children, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren. She considered achieving a GED later in life a proud accomplishment.
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  • Clarence Mays, Sr., 79 of Patoka, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017.
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  • Wilbert A. "Wib" Pierce, 90, of Mt. Vernon passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017, at his home. Wib graduated from Mt. Vernon Township High School in 1944, and straightway served in the United States Army from 1945-1947, with the 1st F.A. Battalion, stationed in Korea. Wilbert and Darlene (DeSelms) Pierce were married on August 29, 1952. They established their home in rural Jefferson County, Rome Township, where they remained lifelong residents. Wib was employed by Mt. Vernon Furnace Manufacturing Company (Stove Foundry) in general production for 21 years. He was employed by Precision National Cooperation in Locomotive Crankshaft rebuild for 22 years. In addition, he farmed as a sideline.
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  • Mary Louise Daum, age 88, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 11:08 P.M. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, Illinois. Ms. Daum was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia, Illinois. She was an expert cake decorator and made many cakes, including wedding cakes, for family and friends. Earlier in life, she enjoyed doing needle crafts. Her life was spent close to The Lord as she could be seen reading her Bible nearly every day. Her life can be summed up in these three words: “Love The Lord.” Ms. Daum’s life work was mostly in public service as a social worker for the Department of Human Services, where she retired in 1986 after many years of service. She attended the Centralia Township Junior College and was awarded an Associate of Arts degree with a certificate in General Education in June 1960. She lived most of her life in Centralia, Illinois, until the last few years of her life, which were spent at the Twin Willows Nursing Center in Salem, Illinois.
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  • Margaret Nathlich, 97, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Illinois. Margaret was a very active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was a volunteer for Ladies of Faith, Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary, Bargain Box, and Twice Nice. In her spare time, Margaret enjoyed playing golf and hit three holes-in-one in her lifetime. She also loved to bowl and play cards, especially Bridge. Margaret’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
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  • Larry Robbins, age 77 of Metropolis, IL, formerly of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Baptist Health Hospital in Paducah, KY. Larry was a member of the Weaver Creek Baptist Church in Metropolis. He was very active in the church. He was a former member of Eternity Baptist Church in Centralia. He enjoyed collecting Indian relics, hats and knives. He also enjoyed in his younger years lifting weights. He worked for Burlington Railroad for 43 years as a switch and brakemen conductor. He loved spending time with his four-legged companion "Buddy" and his family and friends.
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  • Jerry Crabtree age 58 of Centralia, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.
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  • Jeffrey L. Poston, 52, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 3:38 P.M. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Jeffrey worked as a maintenance supervisor at the Hampton Inn in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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