• Reverend Gary Lee Awalt, 74, of Rock Island, IL, formerly of Sandoval, IL, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA. Mr. Awalt was raised Sandoval, IL. He and his wife, Linda were partners in their Assembly of God ministry while serving in southern Illinois, southwest Missouri and northern Illinois. They moved to Aledo in February 1992 where they pastored at New Life Assembly of God. Gary also worked hard as a truck driver where he enjoyed the beauty of the countryside he traveled through. He had an interest in cars. Mr. Awalt was a true man of faith, honoring his Savior by attending church, revivals, and adoring Southern Gospel music. In more recent years Gary could be found going to the park, walking by the river, and searching for eagles. He will be fondly remembered as being a loving family man who was extremely proud of being a grandpa to his cherished grandchildren.
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  • John Wayne Tanner, age 88, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 2, 2018, at Flora Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. John worked as an insurance agent for 20 years, but genealogy was his passion and he published a book titled “Cemetery Inscriptions of Clay County, Illinois”. He was Carrier Mills High School Valedictorian and attended Southern Illinois University before serving his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. John was a member of the Flora First United Methodist Church where he served as head usher for a number of years and attended the Golden Links Sunday School Class. John served one term as Flora City Commissioner. His other memberships included the following: Past President and longtime member of Flora Rotary Club, Clay County Red Cross, Illinois State Genealogy Society, Southern Illinois Genealogy Society, Clay County Historical Society, Flora Masonic Lodge #204, and was past Junior Vice Commander and member of Flora American Legion Post #14. One of John’s legacies that he leaves behind is the countless photos he took and shared of people and events over the years. He would have at least two cameras with him to make sure he captured the photo(s) that he wanted.
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  • Travis "Billy Bob" Collier, 25, of Shobonier, IL passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Patoka, IL. Travis known to most as Billy Bob, worked at All Steel in Vandalia going on 7 years. His friends were more like brothers and they knew he would do anything for anyone. Billy Bob was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting especially duck; and loved fishing in his johnboat for bass and crappie. If he wasn't enjoying time with his family and fiance Britney you could find him working on his demo car.
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  • Randy R. McCoy, 71, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 6:50 P.M. April 30, 2018 at his residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Randy graduated from the University of Illinois. He worked as a mechanical engineer and was the owner and co-founder of the McCoy and Howard Consulting and Engineering Inc. He enjoyed fishing, snow skiing, and golfing. Mr. McCoy was a member of the Mount Vernon Elks (B.P.O.E.) Lodge 819 as the past ruler and later trustee. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
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  • Norma Jean Huge, 82 of Centralia, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at her home.
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  • A private family graveside service for Mrs. Dana Lynn Deaton Bowers will be held at a later date in Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia, Illinois. Inurnment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. There will be no public visitation nor services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Bowers’ honor to Lynch Syndrome International and will be received at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois. Please view the online obituary, send condolences or share memories with Mrs. Bowers’ family at www.moranfuneralhome.net or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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  • Betty Boatright, age 87, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 8:45 A.M. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Salem, Illinois. Ms. Boatright was of the Christian faith. She loved to read books. She enjoyed visiting with her friends. Ms. Boatright was a homemaker. Earlier in life, she was a housekeeper. She lived most of her life in Centralia, Illinois.
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  • Shirley Vest, 90, made her transition to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Often described as a “sweet lady”, Shirley was known for her unwavering faith in God and her deep, abiding love for her family. Shirley also had a very “sweet tooth”, with a special affinity for chocolate. She delighted in spending time and visiting with family, especially celebrating holidays and creating special Christmas and Easter family traditions for her daughters as they grew up, and later, for her grandchildren. She maintained interest in her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives, and she kept a long card list of birthdays and anniversaries. Through the years, Shirley enjoyed many wonderful times at Lake Bloomington, with her niece Shari Morkin (Don) and their family.
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  • Wanda Bright, 85, of Centralia, passed away on Saturday evening, April 28th at the Centralia Manor Nursing Home after a long battle with cancer. Wanda, a true coal miner’s daughter, grew up in Valier, IL. She often spoke of a childhood growing up with first-generation immigrant children from many nations whose parents were all drawn to the mining jobs. She was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class of nine and her sons never tired of kidding her about it. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren spending many hours arranging and displaying their photos. In 1966 she became school secretary, nurse, bookkeeper and administrative assistant at Willow Grove Grade School where she served countless children until her retirement in 1996. After retiring, Wanda learned to ride horses, taught her grandchildren to fish, inadvertently taught them to swear, and earned certification as a Master Gardener. She enjoyed writing articles on gardening and the outdoors for the local newspaper. She attended the Calumet Street Christian Church in Centralia and was a strong person of faith and prayer.
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  • James Steve Patterson, 63, of Bluford, Illinois passed away on April 29, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. James worked at Walgreens Distribution Center in Mount Vernon. He had a strong work ethic and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a wonderful loving husband, dad, and grandfather. His wife Elizabeth was the light of his life. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. James will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
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