• Robert D. Wood, 84, of Mount Vernon, Illinois started his new life in Heaven at 8:37 P.M. April 26, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Robert proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Ellis Wood Printing Company in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Robert was a longtime member of Logan Street Baptist Church. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. Robert was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • James Richard “Jim” Welty, age 71, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Jim was proud to be a Marine and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a radio operator. Over the years, Jim worked at Southwire, Valley Steel, and Jenmar. He also did carpenter work throughout his life and was always working on something and enjoyed helping others. Jim was at one time a member of E.S.D.A. He loved to fish and spend time with his grandkids, attending their various activities. He enjoyed living at Heritage Woods, reminiscing and reconnecting with friends from the past.
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  • Gail (Gordon) Mitchell, 49, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2:22 P.M. at Barnes Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri surrounded by her children. Gail worked for A.C.S. for 18 years as a Loan Processor. She later worked for Addus Healthcare in Southern Illinois. She was a longtime member and faithful supporter of Southtown Apostolic Church in Mount Vernon. Gail served on the Usher Board, Past Appreciation Committee, and Women’s Auxiliary of Church. She was also a member of the Jefferson County Parent Action Team. Gail enjoyed reading books and magazines and frequently traveled to Indianapolis to visit and spend time with her mother, children, sisters, grandchildren, and other family and friends. Gail will always and forever be truly missed by all who loved her. A limb has fallen from the family tree. I hear a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.” Remember the last times, the laughter, and the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. “MY MIND IS AT EASE, MY SOUL IS AT REST.” Remember all, how I was truly blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls. I will miss you all dearly, so keep your chin up until the day comes we’re together again.
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  • Leon E. Crippen, 69, of Salem, passed away April 26, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Leon worked on the family farm for most of his life. He also sold Mormon feed & Bear seed corn. Later on life he was an entrepreneur, buying land and rental property.
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  • Shirley Ann Murray, 79, of Patoka, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her home. Shirley's greatest joy was loving the Lord and being an active member of the Sandoval Pentecostal Church. Over the years, she enjoyed crocheting, babysitting grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cooking. She was famous for her chicken and noodles and enjoyed sharing them with her family. She will forever be remembered as a loving grandmother and great-grandmother who treasured the time spent with her family.
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  • Sandra Hotz, 70, of Salem, IL died Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Carbondale, cared for by family in loving care of her family.
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  • Sue Ann Goodman, 84, of Centralia, passed away April 26, 2017, at the Centralia Manor. Sue was a member of the Calumet Street Christian Church and Seneca Club. She enjoyed playing cards with her girlfriends and getting her hair done every Friday. She was a talented baker, but was most famous for her pies, especially strawberry. Sue was known for sending cards out to friends and family to let them know she was thinking of them. Her most treasured time was being "Granny Sue" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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  • Ricky J. Shreves, 61, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 4:21 A.M. April 27, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Ricky was a member of Mount Vernon Elks and was of the Christian faith. He worked at Continental Tire for 42 years. He loved his son and grandson, fishing, and he was a great bowler. He was active in the softball league and was proud to play for Hughey Funeral Home’s softball team.
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  • Lowell Eugene Allen, 75, of Bonnie, Illinois passed away at 2:29 P.M. April 25, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Lowell proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard. He was of the Baptist faith. Lowell enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a farmer and a rural mail carrier for 30 years. Lowell was known as the Mailman of Bonnie, Illinois. He gained many friends on his route and was very well liked. Lowell also enjoyed watching the Saint Louis Cardinals and Nascar. Most of all, Lowell enjoyed being with his family and watching his grandchildren grow. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • George Amos Brown, 98, of Salem, IL, formerly of Alma, died April 27, 2017 at Doctors Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem. He was a transport driver and mechanic, working for many years at Pruden Shell in Salem. He was a member of the General Baptist Church in Patoka. During W. W. II, he served in the 98th Infantry of the US Army. He was a member of the Salem American Legion Post #128.
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