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Marshall Marion Cross, Jr. - 7/28/2014

Marshall Marion Cross, Jr.

Marshall Marion Cross, Jr, age 74, of Belle Rive, Illinois went to be with Jesus Thursday, July 24, 2014.  Marshall served our country in the National Guard and worked as a farmer.  He was a member of Sugar Camp Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher.  He acted as a loving “grandpa” to many others and will be missed dearly. 

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Sugar Camp Missionary Baptist Church in Belle Rive, Illinois with Dr. David Shepherd and Pastor Tim Baker presiding.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Sugar Camp Missionary Baptist Church in Belle Rive, Illinois.  Interment at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Dahlgren, Illinois.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Friends of India and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 
(618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Mr. Cross is survived by his wife Marilyn Kay Cross of Belle Rive, Illinois;  his son - Bryan Lee Cross and wife Melanie of Belle Rive, Illinois;  3 daughters - Terri Lynn Mays and husband Darrell of Belle Rive, Illinois,  Tanya Beal and husband Mark of Mount Vernon, Illinois,  Tricia Reeves and husband John of Mount Vernon, Illinois;  23 grandchildren - Andrea Adams and husband Leon, Austin Cross, Avery Marshall Cross, Kecia Brenner and husband Michael, Heston Mays and wife Katarina, Darcie Suermann and husband Jeremy, Leah Mays, Nathanael Mays, Amelia Mays, Wyatt Mays, Thea Mays, Quenton Mays, Felicia Mays, Jadie Morales, Jeremy Pitchford, Heather Kramm, Tyler Beal, Jacob Beal and wife Andrea, Matthew Beal, Kayla Webster and husband Jesse, Alaina Reeves, John Clayton Reeves and fiancée Libbey Harrah, and John Dylan Reeves;  13 great grandchildren -  Madalynn, Maylee, Myla, Colt, Wesson, Jaden, Jacob Marshall, Joel, Layne, Ryker, Zoie, Archer, and Caroline;  an aunt - Molly Olson and husband Jerry of Arizona;  several cousins also survive.  

Marshall Marion Cross, Jr. was born Friday, September 15, 1939 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to Marshall Marion Cross Sr and Lena A Cross.  He married Marilyn Kay Levall on September 30, 1961 at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois  His parents preceded him in death.


Pauline G. Bohlen - 7/28/2014

Pauline G. Bohlen

Pauline G. Bohlen, 93, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:30 A.M. in Mt. Vernon.

Pauline was born May 20, 1921 in Burlington, Iowa. After graduating from Burlington High School, Pauline was a waitress and a telephone operator. During the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she remembers the switchboard “lit up like a Christmas tree” with incoming and outgoing calls. In 1941, she married Dale Lynford Bohlen at the Oak Street Baptist Church in Burlington. Pauline and Dale started their family while living on a farm in Iowa. In 1949 the family moved to Hazelton, Idaho to homestead land that was given to WWII Veterans. During this time, Pauline was a homemaker, helping with the duties of the farm and very active in her church. In 1956, they relocated to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where Pauline continued to raise her family, and participated in many church related activities. She was a childcare worker in the Logan Street Baptist Church Day Care Center. In her later years, she felt it was her calling to volunteer as the church greeter each and every Sunday. She was faithful to The Lord and Family and Friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Logan Street Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, with Reverend Wendell Garrison officiating.  Interment will follow at Union Chapel Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.   For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Logan Street Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences

Pauline Bohlen is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Dale Bohlen of Mt. Vernon, children including twins Sherry Pauline Edwards and husband Steve of Chinook, Montana and Gary Dale Bohlen and wife Nancy of Bartonville, Illinois, and Karen Russell and husband Russ of Lubbock, Texas, Linda Mc Neil and husband John of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and Lela and husband Dale Pettit of Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren: Sonya Edwards Bonar and husband Brian, Stuart Edwards and wife Cindy, Sherry Bohlen Zehr and husband Steven, Greg Bohlen, Clay Russell and wife Anita, Kimberly Russell Dutton, Cody Russell and wife Deirdre, Sarah McNeil Usery and husband Bryan, Rachel McNeil Rainer and husband Jess.  The couple also have 22 grandchildren.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers. 


Burrell Eugene “Gene” Davis - 7/27/2014

Burrell Eugene “Gene” Davis

Burrell Eugene “Gene” Davis, 86, of Mount Vernon, Illinois died at 6:00 A.M. Friday, July 25, 2014 at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Mr. Davis was a retired Illinois Bell Telephone employee for forty years, ending his career as the State Safety Director.  He was a member of the Illinois Bell Pioneers.  Gene served our country in the United States Navy during the World War II era.  He was very active in clubs and youth organizations throughout his life belonging to the AMVETS, Masons, Toastmasters, Elks, and Shriners.  He especially enjoyed children and dressed up as a clown in Shrine parades making balloon animals and passing out candy from his dog drawn wagon.  Gene made 350 appearances as a Shrine Clown in Springfield, Illinois.  Mr. Davis also coached many teams in the Mount Vernon area, including the First United Methodist Church basketball team for eighteen years and Khoury League baseball for eleven years.  Gene was also a basketball referee, baseball umpire, and football official, serving high schools in the Mount Vernon and Springfield areas.  He was an avid quail hunter and trained many dogs in his hunting years.  He also loved to play golf and tennis.  Mr. Davis was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon for over fifty years, and also attended Methodist churches in Florida where he and Mary spent winters.  

Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Reverend Victor Long officiating.  Interment will follow services at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois.  Members of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct a Flag Presentation at the cemetery.  Visitation will be from 1:30 to Service Time 2:30 P.M. at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Masonic Rites will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the church.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the church or the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Mr. Davis married Mary K. Davis on January 3, 1998 and she survives in Mount Vernon.  He is also survived by his son: Kevin Davis and wife Jane of Mount Vernon, two grandchildren: Nathaniel Eugene Davis of Washington D.C. and Amanda Jane Davis, two great granddaughters:  Maya and Aleeyah Davis Montgomery of Charlottesville, Virginia, stepchildren: John Germann and wife Connie; Jeff Germann; Genell Sloan and husband Mike; Jim Germann and wife Deb; and Jennifer Nielson and husband Ron, nine step grandchildren and seventeen great step grandchildren, two sisters: Vena Fisher and Marie Cates, and a brother: Wayne Davis and wife Carolyn.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Davis was born Wednesday, July 27, 1927 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, a son of Burrell and Beulah (DeMent) Davis.  On May 10, 1947 he married Mary Alice Gilbert who preceded him in death on April 13, 1997.  He is also preceded in death by a son: Eric Neal Davis.


George Mays - 7/27/2014

George Mays

George Earl Mays, age 73, of Centralia, passed away at 10:15 am on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home in Centralia, Illinois.  He worked as truck driver for Parrish Trucking where he retired. He also worked as police officer in the area. He was lifelong area resident. He was member of Eternity Baptist Church. He was member of V.F.W. Post #2055. He was volunteer with ESDA for 18 years. He was avid Cardinal Fan & loved John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed fishing & reading.  He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces as Captain during Vietnam.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia with Evangelist Molia Strickland. Interment will follow in the Vernon Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post #446 & V.F.W. Post #2055.  Friends may call on Sunday evening from 5-7 pm at the funeral home.  For those who wish, memorials may be made to Centralia Library, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements.  Please visit www.irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mr. Mays is survived by his wife; Son- Howard Wesley Mays of Centralia, Il ; Daughters-Bette Williams & husband Jayson of Kokomo, In; Betty Jean Mays & Special Friend Doug Miller of Centralia, Il; Shannon Kay Haines & husband Jacob Cody of Carbondale, Il; 6 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren.

He was born on April 26, 1941 in Centralia, IL, the son of George Wesley & Hazel Pauline (Pugh) Mays. George married Debra Kay (Adams) Mays on January 10, 1989 in Salem, IL. She still survives in Centralia.  He was preceded in death by his Parents, Sister- Helen Ruby Cole.




John Wienken - 7/26/2014

John David Wienken, age 70, of Centralia, passed away at 2:10 pm on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home in Centralia, Illinois.   He worked as adjustor for State Farm Insurance. He was lifelong area resident.  He served in Army Reserve.

Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia is in charge of arrangements. Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mr. Wienken is survived by his Brother- Gary Wienken of Mechanicsburg, Pa; Aunt- Madeline Taffett of St. Louis,Mo; 3 Cousins- Bruce Taffett , Donald Jones, Pamela Taffett all of St. Louis, Mo.

He was born on December 24, 1943 in Centralia, IL, the son of John Gary & Faye (Reeves) Wienken.  He was preceded in death by his Parents.





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