Noel Burtis Bascom
Noel Burtis Bascom, 67, returned to his heavenly home on November 20, 2015, after a 25 year battle with Parkinson's diseases. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Noel was born to the late Ulys and Haseltine Bascom in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, on September 24, 1948. He was immersed in the Christian community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1970 with a degree in history. He retired from the Bureau of Prisons after a 25 year career there. Noel met the love of his life, Cheryl, at SIU and just a few months later, on July, 10, 1970, they married. Soon thereafter, he was selected for the draft into the army for the Vietnam war. Noel was blessed with a loving family and helped raise his children with patience, discipline and humility. He taught them to read, write and appreciate a job well done. He was kind and soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator and commander. Noel is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his daughters Lisa Michelle Scherrer and Nicki Donnelson; his grandchildren Garrett and Elizabeth Scherrer, and Isaac and Eli Donnelson; his brothers, Billy, Weldon and Barry; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Barney Robertson Garrett
Mr. Barney Robertson Garrett, 93, of Conyers, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Buela O’Lea Garrett; daughter, Joan Deal; brothers, Logan Garrett and Pat Garrett. He is survived by his daughter, Rochelle Padgett; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Garrett Tucker; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Garrett was a veteran of the United States Army. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Scot Ward’s Green Meadow Chapel with Pastor Rusty Ruark officiating; entombment will follow at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the charity of your choice.
Richard Lee Smith
Richard Lee Smith, 73, of Somerset, Kentucky, formerly of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at his son's home. He was born March 23, 1942 in Cache, Illinois, the son of Louis Melvin and Estella Gertrude (Wallace) Smith.
He is survived by his son, Tom (Tracey) Smith of Somerset, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Torie (Ryan) Carter, Tommie Smith and Alyson Smith; one great grandchild, Liam Brazil; one sister, Mary Alice Rheam of Brainerd, Minnesota ; three brothers, Wendell Smith of Texas, Kenny (Lois) Smith of Anna, and Bill (Janice) Smith of Goreville; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregory Smith; and sister and brother in law, Eula and Don Sheffer.
He was retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a life member of the Elks in Pell City Alabama.
Funeral services will be at noon on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with Dee Armes officiating. Interment will be in the Kelley Cemetery in Cobden. Friends may call after 11 a.m. and until the service hour at noon on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
Henry L. Hileman
Henry L. Hileman, 86, of Anna, died at 8:57 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 at his home in Anna. He was born on Sept. 7, 1929 in Union County, the son of Henry Doyle and Eva (Hinkle) Hileman. Henry married Lotrell Tweedy on July 4, 1955 in Tennessee.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He enlisted in September of 1946 and retired from the military service Jan. 31, 1969 after 22 years of service. He was a life member of the V.F.W. and served as Quartermaster for several years. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge, Shriners and was a lifetime NRA member. Henry Retired from the Marion Federal Prison after several years of service.
He is survived by his wife Lotrell of Anna; four children, Tammy (David) Stewart of Jonesboro, Carey (Sue Mardirosian) Hileman of Crab Orchard, Bruce (Helen) Hileman of Lake of Egypt and Todd (Sue) Hileman of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Joshua Hileman, Tyler (Zarah) Hileman, Chad (Rachel) Stewart, Ian (Cherokee) Stewart, Brittney (Adam Hoffner) Hileman and Marrina Hileman; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way; two brothers, Robert (Doris) Hileman of Anna and Terry (Mary Beth) Hileman of Anna; one sister, Anita Davis of Anna; brother-in-law, Jim (Blackie) Mueller of Anna, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Brandon Jackson and Henry Martin Hileman; sister, Shirley Mueller and brother-in-law, Charles Davis.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna with the Rev. LaRue Parr officiating. Interment was at the McGinnis Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Carroll P. Foster Post #3455 of the V.F.W. of Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to the McGinnis Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
Maureen Margaret Burke Atwood
Retired Warden Maureen Margaret Burke Atwood passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in Frederick, Maryland. Mrs. Atwood was 82 at the time of her death.
Warden Maureen Atwood began her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1974. Serving in various capacities at several federal correctional facilities until her retirement as Warden at the
Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury Connecticut in 1994. Mrs. Atwood served in the following positions : 1974-1978 – Unit Counselor at the Federal Medical Center, Lexington; Lexington, KY, 1978-1985 - Unit Manager at Federal Correctional institution Ft. Worth; Ft. Worth, TX, 1985-1987 - Sr. Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; Glynco, GA, 1987-1990 – Associate Warden at Federal Prison Camp Alderson; Alderson, WV 1990-1992 – Associate Warden at Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown; Morgantown, WV 1992-1993 – Warden at Federal Prison Camp Alderson; Alderson, WV 1993-1994 – Warden at Federal Correctional institution Danbury; Danbury CT 1994 Retired
Victor H. Pung
Pung, Victor H. Age 77, of Roseville, died on July 13, 2015. Victor was born August 24, 1937 in St. Martin, MN. Preceded in death by beloved wife, Janet; parents, George and Julia Pung; brother, Arnold; sister, Carol Ann; and brother-in-law, Joel Peterson. Survived by brothers; Jim (Jan), Ken (Mary), Joe (Vicki), Ed (Cherie); sisters, Rosemary Peterson, Kathleen (Kenny) Hennen, Eunice (Bruce) Swanson as well as many nieces and nephews. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons having worked in Sandstone, Portage, WI., Pennsylvania, Tallahassee, FL. and Rochester, MN. He will be dearly missed by friends and family. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM Monday, July 20 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church (2048 Hamline Ave. N. Roseville, MN.) Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society. Roseville Memorial Chapel 651-631-2727
Doris L. Brownson
Doris L. Brownson, 98 of Owensboro, KY and formerly of Leavenworth, KS passed away June 28 at Hermitage Care and Rehabilitation in Owensboro. Born near Norton, KS to Ray and Ethel Bull Swartz on Oct. 24, 1916, she was adopted by her uncle and aunt, Rollin and Floy Gifford Buell following the deaths of her parents when she was a young child. Brownson was an elementary and high school teacher and community volunteer. She was a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a degree in vocational home economics. Following college she worked for the Agriculture Extension Service teaching families to preserve products from their WW II victory gardens. She then taught high school home economics before pursuing graduate work in early childhood education at the University of Texas El Paso and Marshall University. She also taught first through third grades in Texas and eastern Kentucky. She was a long term member of First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth, KS. An avid letter writer, Brownson was known for her card ministry, remembering family and friends on all of their special occasions. Until she moved to Kentucky in 2011 to be nearer her sons’ families, she was an active member of United Methodist Women in Leavenworth, The Daughters of the American Revolution, the PEO Sisterhood, the Retired Teachers Association, the Federal Prison Retirees Association and she served on the board of the Special Needs Advocacy Program. In addition to being a loving and devoted mother and wife, she enjoyed volunteering, reading, cooking, walking, recycling, couponing and travelling to many places around the world with her husband of over 60 years, Robert E. Brownson, who preceded her in death in 2002.
Brownson was also preceded in death by her daughter, Rebecca Brownson, as well as by her natural and adoptive parents, a brother Rollin Swartz and sister, Waneta Moors, as well as adoptive siblings Richard Buell, Mildred Harding and Roberta Roeder. She is survived by two sons, Rollin Brownson (Mary Ann) of Morristown ,TN and Terry Brownson (Patti) of Owensboro, KY, as well as by four grandchildren, Todd Brownson of Catlettsburg, KY, Melissa Brownson of Frankfort, KY, Carey Ann Ratcliff of Gallatin, TN and Cassie Grieb of Nashville, TN, three great grandchildren, Noah Jarnigan and Jack Ratcliff of Gallatin, TN and Charlotte Grieb of Nashville, as well as other nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at Prairie Union Cemetery in Shubert, NE at 11:15 AM on July 3, 2015, officiated by the Reverend Carolynn Winters-Hazelton.
The family will receive friends from 9-11:00 AM at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home prior to leaving in procession for the cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Doris Brownson’s memory to First United Methodist Church, Leavenworth, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Gowan, William R.
GOWAN, William (Bill) R., of Tullahoma, made his final climb up the mountain and crossed over to his heavenly home on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mr. Gowan was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Oct. 9, 1924. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the commissioning crew of the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La during WWII. After leaving the Navy, he married the love of his life Audrea Sheets. Following a brief career with the West Virginia Wildlife Management Department, he started his long-term career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the federal reformatory located in Chillicothe, Ohio. When the reformatory closed, he transferred to the minimum security prison camp located on Eglin AFB, Fla. From there he moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he worked for the U.S. Penitentiary and subsequently retired after a successful 21-year career. They moved to Tullahoma in 1982. Mr. Gowan served as a Bill Gowancommissioner for the Center Grove Water District for eight years; he also served 25 years on the North Franklin County Volunteer Fire Department and was named their Fireman of the Year. Mr. Gowan was a member of the Federal Prison Retirement Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, NRA, AARP, and American Legion Post 43. He was also a member of the Winchester First United Methodist Church. Mr. Gowan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William H. and Victoria Taylor, who raised him; special aunt Nancy Cassell; infant daughter Vivian Lea Gowan, and brother-in-law Ray Sheets. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of nearly 68 years Audrea Gowan, daughter Loretta (Jim) Smith, granddaughter Jamie (Matt) McClellan, grandson Mike (Andrea) Smith, great-grandsons Sebastian, Isaac, and Lucas McClellan, special cousin Linda Hawkins, sisters-in-law Daisy Chapman and Wanda Griffin, brothers-in-law Jerry and Jim Ridgley, as well as many other cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Gowan was a loving and much loved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, cousin and friend. He had a long, personal relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and, although we miss him dearly, we are confident in the knowledge that we will see him again in heaven. A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Gowan’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the sanctuary of the Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Jefferson St., Winchester. Visitation with the family will be at 1 p.m. prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Gowan’s memory to either Partners for Healing, 109 W. Blackwell St., Tullahoma, TN 37388, or the North Franklin County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1362, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
Nadien Beverly Potter wife of George Potter passed away on March 7th, 2015.
She was born August 16, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Homer and Hazel Bunce (Boutilier). She married George R. Potter, June 11th, 1955, in Prairie Village, Kansas. They moved all over with George being in the Army, Heidelberg, Germany and two tours in Italy. During some of their time with the Army, Nadine worked at several PX's where they were stationed, also for JCPenny's in Alaska. Nadine was also a home-maker and took great care of both mothers before their deaths. They made their final home in Leavenworth in 1974. Nadine is survived by her husband George and her faithful companion Baby dog and several cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Henry and Katherine Guinn. Nadine loved to travel having taken tow trips to Hawaii, several trips to Branson, her home away from home. She always wore her beautiful smile and loved to shop and was always dressed to nines. And lastly her love of animals, especially yorkies. Celebration of Life service was held on Friday, March 13, 2015 ad Davis Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Fort Leavenworth Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Condolences can be sent to George Potter at: 16481 Gilman Road, Leavenworth, KS 66048
Sherman Davis Jr.
Sherman Davis, Jr., 87, a resident of McHenry, MD, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at his home. Sherm was born on July 29, 1927 in Waurika, Oklahoma and the son of Edith Jewel (Clay) Davis and Sherm Henry Davis. He was married to Carolyn F. (Savage) Davis for 43 years. Sherm served in the US Navy during WWII before working for the Rock Island Railroad in 1946. He retired in 1977 from the South Central Regional Office in Dallas, Texas from the Federal Bureau of Prisons after a 26-year career. In retirement, he worked for Etheridge Auto in Colleyville, Texas for another 14 years. Sherm loved fishing with his grandsons, hunting, trading and selling at flea markets and garage sales. He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Micek. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; step-children, Tracy Griffith and husband, Mike of Colleyville, TX; Patrick Kelley and wife, Lisa of Sugar Land, TX, and Jonathan Kelley of Richmond, TX. He had 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held May 2, 2015 at 11:00 am at Oak Grove Church of the Brethren. Sherman remains will be interred at Duncan, Oklahoma Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request a donation be made to Hospice of Garrett County "P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com
Lompoc native and longtime resident Gene Friis 97 was born May 27th, 1928. Gene attended local schools and was a graduate of Lompoc High School class of 1946. Shortly after graduation, Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served until his honorable discharge in 1949. At that time, he was placed on Naval Reserve status until 1956. In that same year, Gene joined the U.S. Army Reserves and after 21 years of service he retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. He went on to work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and retired as a purchasing agent after 30 years. He had also worked in food services for the Unified School District from 1978 to 1988. Gene was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and belonged to the Lompoc Grange, Lompoc High School Alumni Association, Lompoc Valley Historical and Pioneer Association, Military order of World Wars, Reserve Officer Association and Retired Federal Prison Employees Association. Gene died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Meridian of Lompoc. Survivors include daughter Sarah Wagoner of Lompoc; sisters Haraldine Domingos and Joansine Patton both of Walla Walla, Wahsington; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine Friis, Daughter Kathy Bland; and brothers Karl Friis and Christian Friis. Graveside services will be 11 am on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Lompoc Evergeen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 925 North F Street, Lompoc, CA 93436 or a charity of choice. Cremation arrangements are in the care of Starbuck-Lind Mortuary.
Julie Ann Benson
Julie Ann (Mittelstedt) Benson, age 58 of Westfield, was born on November 15, 1956, the daughter of Edward and Bernice (Borzick) Mittelstedt. She has completed her journey on this earth and passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from Breast Cancer and Metastatic Bone Cancer. She was a lifelong resident of the Westfield/Harrisville area. She worked at the Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford Wisconsin from 1980 to 2008. She started as a Unit Secretary and was promoted to positions of increasing authority in her career was a Contracting Officer when she retired. She enjoyed her garden, flowers and birds and was an avid Packers, Brewers and Badgers fan. She was an avid fan of all sports and Coached Softball for the Harrisville Honey Bees and Assisted in Coaching Girls Youth Basketball for several seasons. She loved to Deer Hunt and Fish and had her bragging rights several times. Julie is survived by her husband, Dave; her daughter, Kari, Westfield; mother, Bernice Mittelstedt, Harrisville, three brothers, Dan (Susan) Mittelstedt, Beaver Dam, Mike (fiancée, Paula Becker) Mittelstedt, Harrisville and Tom (Linda) Mittelstedt, Harrisville; her special uncle, Edward Borzick, Harrisville; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Erika, Nicholas, Atalie and Brett; father in law, Sam Edwards, Brookfield; other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ed Mittelstedt and mother in law, Rose Nelson Edwards. You walked this journey courageously, you tried, you worked you persevered. Walk to God and walk proudly for the lives you touched and those who loved you! Walk Peacefully Ju Ju, you are no longer in pain, you are still loved and will be missed by all whose lives you touched. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Julie will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Westfield with Father Tim Renz and Father John Silva officiating. Inurnment will be in Harrisville Cemetery, Town of Harris. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Budda Box Against Cancer of Marquette County.
Jared Stampfl, age 41 of Westfield, went to his eternal home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage following a courageous fight against cancer. He was born on May 16, 1974 in Portage to Jerry and Holly (Alden) Stampfl. Jared graduated from Westfield High School in 1992. He married the love of his life, Erin Koelbl on September 19, 1998 in Montello. This marriage was blessed with two children who became the pride and joy of Jared’s life. He worked a variety of jobs until he finally found his calling as a Recreational Specialist at FCI of Oxford. Jared was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting, especially his annual hunting trip to Colorado. His favorite trip to Colorado was this last year when his son, Camden was able to go along. His true passion was baseball, whether he was playing, coaching or watching his children play the game. Jared was a friend to many but cherished his closest friends who were like brothers to him. Survivors include his wife, Erin; two children, Camden and Chloe; parents, Jerry and Holly Stampfl; maternal grandmother, June Alden; two sisters, Megan (Chris) Brakebush and Mandy (Roger) Rego; father and mother in law, Ed and Jeri Koelbl; two sisters in law, Jessica (Shannon) Barton and Heidi (Cody) Maass; nephews and nieces, Besu, Beza and Abraham Rego, Gabrielle Brakebush, Cole and Kylie Barton and Noah Maass; aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends. Jared was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Carl and Anita Stampfl and maternal grandfather, Earl Alden. A funeral service for Jared will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Harrisville Sportsmen’s Club Community Center in Harrisville. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. until the hour of service in Harrisville. According to Jared’s wishes he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the Westfield Area Baseball Program or Budda Box Against Cancer of Marquette County.
Lavon Wisehart, age 88, passed away Saturday February 7th in Springfield, Mo. Lavon was born in Everton, Mo. on March 30st, 1926. He was the son of Cornelius Franklin and Bessie (Hood) Wisehart. Lavon met the love of his life, Catherine Louise Finke, in Mt. Vernon, Mo. and married her on August 14, 1943. Together they have 2 children, Debra and David. Louise had just passed away two weeks ago. Being together for 71 years, he was lost without her and rejoined her in heaven 15 days later. Preceding him in death were his parents, Cornelius Franklin and Bessie (Hood) Wisehart; brothers Franklin, Herbert and Oris; sisters Evelyn and Marjorie; and his wife of 71 years, Catherine Louise (Finke) Wisehart. He leaves behind their son, David Wisehart and wife Terry, Phoenix, Ariz; their daughter, Debra Amtower and husband Phil, Clever, Mo.; six grandchildren, Robert and Jennifer Wisehart, Mesa, Ariz; Michael and Amy Wisehart, Chandler, Ariz; Darin Wisehart and fiancé Danielle, Portland, Ore.; Erin Amtower, Springfield, Mo; Mark and Chris Amtower, Clever and seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Lois Hunter, of Miller; and many nieces and nephews. Lavon served America in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was retired from the United States Bureau of Prisons and also worked for Springfield City Utilities for 15 years. We will miss them both, but know that they are in God's care, happy, healthy, and together again. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?pid=174088562#sthash.ZgdFxehQ.dpuf
Robert R. Hayhurst
Robert R."Bob" Hayhurst, 66, of Marianna died Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Jackson Hospital. A native of Morgantown, WV, Bob had resided in Jackson County for the past 27 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during the Viet Nam Conflict. Bob retired as a computer specalist with FCI Marianna and he was a dedicated Law Enforcement Officer for 42 years, before retiring as a Deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Bob attended Christian Center Church. He was a loving husband, father, and dedicated grandfather; who will be truly missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his mother, Roxie Bumgardner Hayhurst; his paternal grandparents, Roy and Roxie Hayhurst; maternal grandparents, Ray and Edith Bumgardner. Survivors include his wife, Debbie; one son, Keith Church; one daughter, Victoria Pfister and husband Stephen; four grandchildren, Forrest Church, Tiffany Church, Tyler Church and Keira Lee Pfister, all of Marianna; one great-grandson, Gaidyn Church; his parents, Russell and Ileen Hayhurst of Morgantown, WV; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Patty Bennett of Canyon, WV; one sister, Pam and husband, Dr. Pete Pandolfi of Manassas, VA; two sisters-in-law, JoAn Sinclair and husband, John of Fort White, FL and Jackie Stokes of Davenport, FL; three brothers-in-law, Charles Bennett and wife, Judy of Moatsville, WV, Christopher Bennett and wife, Crystal of Morgantown, WV, John Copeland and wife Ashley of Crawfordville, FL; six nieces, Leigh Helms, Joelene Sinclair, McKenzie Bennett, Katelyn Bennett Christy Acree and Robin Delgado; eight nephews, John Sinclair, Jared Sinclair, Jason Bennett, Paul Pandolfi, Phillip Pandolfi, Cole Bennett, Branden Stokes and Bradley Stokes. A service of remembrance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Christian Center Church with Rev. Jack Hollis officiating. Memorization will be by cremation with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. The Family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until service time at Christian Center Church. The family wishes to express a special thanks to the ER and ICU Staff of Jackson Hospital, Dr. Krishna, Dr. Gay, and Dr. Steven Spence. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfun eralhomes.com
Eldon Lee Stotlar
Eldon Lee Stotlar, 84, of Buckner, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm at Stonebridge Skilled Care in Benton.
Eldon was born April 30, 1931 in Alton the son of Claude and Myrtle (Griffin) Stotlar.
He married Wilma Angela Reed on June 30, 1951 in Alton and together they shared over 34 years of marriage until her death on August 14, 1985.
He was a veteran, proudly serving in the Air Force, stationed in Japan. He retired from the Marion Federal Prison and prior to that he worked at the Busy Bee grocery store.
Eldon did watch repair at Bainbridge Jewelry in Marion.
He was member of the Marion VFW Post #1301, American Legion Post #147 and the Marion Elks, previously serving as Exalted Ruler.
Survivors include his; Four daughters; Catherine Marie Barton (Danny) of Mt. Calm, Texas; Susan K. Tuggle (Charles) of West Frankfort; Donna Lea Strohmeier (David) of Cincinnati, Ohio; Vivian Louise Stotlar and Scott Strait of DuQuoin; Eight Grandchildren; Eleven Great Grandchildren; Brother – Russell Stotlar (Phyllis) of Marion; Aunt – Wanda Van of Marion.
Preceded by his Parents, Wife, Brother – Wendell Stotlar, two Sisters – Carol Lorraine and Phyllis Stotlar.
The memorial service will be Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1 pm at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home. Military rites will be presented by members of the Marion VFW Post #1301 and American Legion Post #147 at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow in Cana Cemetery.
Randall Wayne Clark
Randall Wayne Clark, 62, of Easton, Kan., passed away, Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his home. He was born on Sept. 21, 1952, in Camanche, Iowa, the son of Dale and Betty (Sanders) Clark.
Shortly after graduating high school, Randy was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served with the 802nd Engineers, C-Company and was stationed at Camp Humphries, South Korea. Randall was honorably discharged in 1974 after finishing his military service at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. Immediately after discharge, Randy began his successful life long career of 34 years as a Correctional Officer at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. For 11 years he proudly sponsored the Native American groups at the prison. After 34 years of respected service, Randy retired as a Correctional Counselor.
During his brief time at Ft. Leavenworth, he met his wife of 41 years, Peggy Wagner. She survives at the home. In the fall of 1975, Randy and Peggy had their only child, Nicholas. In 1996, Randy welcomed his daughter-in-law, Wendy Thrasher into his family whom he treated and loved like the daughter he never had. Randy became “Papa” in 1996 when his first grandson Ronnie came into his life. In December of 1996, he was blessed with his second grandson, Tristan. From this point on, these 2 boys were the most important part of his life. No obligations or destinations were important unless it involved his grandsons. He is also survived by two brothers, David and Alan (Linda) Clark; two brother in-laws, Kenny (Theresa) Wagner and James (Rhetta) Wagner; a sister-in-law, Susan Griffee; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Patches.
Randy was a man of few hobbies, but was very proud of his 1958 Ford Fairlane, and his antique Auburn rubber toy collection. Most of all, Papa’s most important hobby was spoiling his two grandsons. Randy was most known for making anyone around him laugh. His social skills were very honed and he would always have a story to tell. But most of all he was known for his big heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws, Eleanor and Eugene “Bud” Wagner.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church.
Herbert N. Sopuch
Herbert N. “Bud” Sopuch, 69, of Canyon Village, Morgantown, WV, went home to the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2015.
The son of the late Albert J. Sopuch and Jessie B. Wells Reese, he was born July 9, 1945, in Farmington, WV.
He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, and a 1964 graduate of Morgantown High School. He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict. Bud was twice awarded the Purple Heart. Next to Jesus Christ he loved his Country and Flag. His mottos were, “Love It or Leave It!” and “ Our Country was Founded on The Principles of Christianity”. He was a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and Life Member of The Military of the Purple Heart. He always believed West Virginia was the Greatest and most beautiful state in the Land of the Free. He loved fishing and hunting, and just to be in the great outdoors. He was a life member of the North American Fishing Club. He loved to read, research family and West Virginia History. He loved life and lived it to its fullest. He worked at the Federal Correctional Institution (Kennedy Center) as a correctional officer and employee development specialist for 22 and a half years. He worked for Sterling Faucet, Colshire Manufacturing, Progressive Industries, in Morgantown and Bridgeton Dyeing and finishing, NJ. He was a Police Officer in New Jersey, a volunteer EMT for the Upper Deerfield Ambulance Association and Seabrook Fire Department. He instructed wrestling and archery at the Greater Bridgeton Area YMCA. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ with a passion.
He is survived by three daughters: Christine D. Sopuch of Booth, Janet L. Rowan and husband, Chuck, of Booth, and Patricia S. Renner and husband John of Westover; six grandchildren: Jerry Lee Wilkins, Jr. and wife Brianna, Peyton Dawn Hall and fiancé Matt Cost, Travis Donlee Renner, Ashton Albert Sopuch, Matthew Robert Renner and Coby Michael Renner; one great-grandson, Jerry Lee Wilkins III; one sister Rose Ann Moats and husband, Thomas, of Seabrook, NJ; two brothers, Franklin D. Sopuch, of Montgomery, AL and Edward J. Reese and wife, Debbie of Laurel Point; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his mother in law, Bernice Sprouse and his step father, Floyd G. Reese.
Family and friends may call at the Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home Monday, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service with Pastor Jeff Huggins officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at the Veterans National Cemetery, Pruntytown, WV.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fredjenkinsfuneralhome.com
Robert James Cooper
Robert "Coop" James Cooper, January 2, 1946 - May 14, 2015
Robert J. “Coop” Cooper, 69, of Brunswick, Georgia passed away at his home after an extended illness. He served as a U.S. Marine from 1963 to 1975 achieving the rank of Gunnery Sgt. At the time, he was the youngest Gunnery Sgt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Nancy Beck Cooper; son, Robert James Cooper, Jr.; and beloved dachshund, Biscuit.
He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Bonnie S. Cooper of Brunswick, Georgia; sister, Nancy Machusak of Sunbury, Pennsylvania; brother, Ed Cooper of Irish Valley, Pennsylvania; nieces and spouses, Diane and Wesley Schrader, and Donna and Bruce Berry; two dachshunds, Tinkerbell and TaterBug.
Graveside service with full military honors and Rev. David Morton officiating will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, South Carolina.
Visitation will be held 6:00 – 8:00 on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525 or the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, 4627 US Hwy. 17, Brunswick, GA 31525.
The family wishes to say a very heartfelt “Thank you” to the staff at Hospice of the Golden Isles, but most especially to Mary Edge and Shana Hendricks.