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1936 – 2016
Betty was born on April 22, 1936 in Harrisburg to Andrew Jackson Butner and Mildred (Sisk). On August 5, 1956 she married Ed Towle and he survives. Betty was a teacher for 35 years, most of which she dedicated to teaching first grade. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Harrisburg and a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority.
Surviving family members include her husband: Ed Towle of Harrisburg; two daughters: Kelly Kirkbride and husband Kevin of Collinsville, IL and Libby Towle-Arredondo of Harrisburg; one granddaughter: Eve Arredondo of Jonesboro, Arkansas; special family friends: Ed and Mary Ann Topper of Harrisburg; caregivers: Kim Saar of Harrisburg and April Fowler of Harrisburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Mildred Butner, and special family friends, Bob and Mary Ozment.
Her body has been cremated and memorial services may be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.
James Edward Hurst, Sr.
1948 - 2016
James Edward Hurst, Sr. 68, of Harrisburg, passed away at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 the Veterans Affair Nursing Home in Marion.
James was born on April 17, 1948 in Harrisburg to the late Glen Hurst and Gertrude (Miles) Hurst. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, the American Legion, VFW and was a Vietnam veteran serving in the ¼ Calvary infantry.
Surviving family members include his three children: Nancy Hurst of Harrisburg, James Hurst Jr. and April of Eichorn and Joshua Hurst of Harrisburg; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law: David F. Gale of Eldorado; special nieces and nephews: Paula (Tim) Bailey of Eldorado, Brenda (Hector) Guerro of Tennessee, Gordon Hull of Harrisburg, Robert Hull of Missouri, Johnny and Terry Bramlet of Iowa.
James was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, William Hurst and Robert Hurst, 3 sisters, Helen Bramlet, Rose Hull and Gloria Gale, and 1 nephew, David Hurst.
Funeral services for James were held at 2 PM, Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Ron Reed officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Garden Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 PM, Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Affairs Nursing Home.
Donald Vernon Ferrell
1944 - 2016
Donald Vernon Ferrell, 71, of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Paducah, KY.
Donald was born on September 5, 1944 in Eldorado to the late Dr. Robert Ferrell and Bonnie Marie (Cortum) Ferrell. On December 29, 2006 he married Sue (Crawford) Valerius and she survives.
Donald Vernon Ferrell was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1969. He attended both the Southern Illinois University and University of Illinois for his Bachelor of Science degree in 1966. He attended the University of Alabama Law School and graduated in 1969. Don was a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations and a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Don was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits, and U.S. District Court, Western District of Indiana.
While attending law school, Don clerked for the Marion law firm of Harris, Holbrook and Lambert. Don began his practice of law with his longtime partner, Charles Richard (Dick) Jelliffe in the early 70’s. From the 1970’s through 1982, the firm was known as Jelliffe & Ferrell. In 1982, it became Jelliffe, Ferrell & Morris, then in 1997, it became Jelliffe, Ferrell, Morris, Doerge & Foster, and more recently, the firm was known as Jelliffe, Ferrell, Doerge & Phelps.
Surviving family members include his wife: Sue Ferrell of Raleigh; three step sons: Dirk Valerius and wife Sharon of Elkville, Derek Valerius of Desoto and John Fricks and wife Juanita of Raleigh; seven step-grandchildren: Alex Valerius, Savanna and Max Valerius, Kia Valerius Howell and husband David of Oxford, MS, Caleb Valerius of Lafayette, IN, Jonathan and Jordan Fricks of Raleigh; two step great-grandchildren: Aden Howell and Ava Valerius; brother: John Ferrell and wife Barbara of Houston, TX; sister: Anne Fahey and husband Robert of Pekin, IL.
Memorial services for Donald were held at 1 PM, Friday, April 15, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Pastor Jerry Aken w officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elkville Christian Church Building Fund.
Kenneth Dale Dunn
1936 - 2016
Kenneth Dale Dunn, age 79 of Harrisburg, died April 8, 2016 in Harrisburg. He was the eldest son of Daniel Kenneth and Ethel Mae Dunn, both deceased.
Known to many people as Ken or Kenny, he was a long-time member of the American Legion, the Elks and the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was an avid sports fan, especially of Major League Baseball in general and the St. Louis Cardinals in particular. For more than a decade he had taken great pleasure in spending time with his “adopted” grandchildren, Nicholas and Destini Beckham.
Two of Ken’s brothers are still living, Herb (Sarah) in Tampa, FL and Ron (Helen) in Reston, VA. He is also survived by an aunt, Donna Cissell of Indianapolis, IN, and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends are invited to remember Ken at a visitation at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 5 to 8 PM. Military rites were conducted by the Harrisburg American Legion at 11 AM, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Ingram Hill Cemetery.
Mary Kathleen Walls
1934 - 2016
Mary Kathleen Walls, 81, of Harrisburg, went to be with the Lord at 11:10 AM, Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Shawnee Rose Care Center.
Mary was born on August 28, 1934 in Saline County to the late Wando and Hazel (Dooley) Rann. In 1979 she married Lawrence Walls and he preceded her in death in 1983. She formerly worked as a Dietician at the A.L. Bowen Center.
Surviving family members include two children: Kathy Newton of Harrisburg and Jack Smiley of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren: Jeremy, Ben, Kristina and Nathan; five great-grandchildren; sister: Frances Puckett of Harrisburg; one niece and two nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Charles “Bill” Rann.
Funeral services for Mary were held at 3 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Pastor Robert Murray officiated. Burial followed in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Visitation was held from 2 to 3 PM, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.
Rev. Vola Logan Sittig
1918 - 2016
Vola was born on February 12, 1918 in Stonefort, Illinois to the late Vola Virgil and Kate Miranda (Edwards) Sittig. On July 4, 1942 he married Laverne Roberts and she survives. Vola pastored several churches over the years, including Union Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Galatia, Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Simpson and Galatia Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He preached for over 50 years. He also previously worked at Pankey’s Bakery and Food Land. He enjoyed collecting model trains. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eldorado and a WW II Army Veteran.
Surviving family members include his wife: Laverne Sittig of Eldorado; son: Gene Sittig and wife Buenita of Raleigh; son: Les Sittig and wife La Nell of Mitchellsville; three grandchildren: Drew Sittig and wife Jayme of Lynchburg, VA, LaNette Proctor and husband Jim of Mitchellsville and Lance Sittig and wife Andria of Harrisburg; seven great-grandchildren: Nathan and Noah Sittig of Brentwood, TN, Haley Culkin and husband Brandon of Mitchellsville, Garrett Proctor and Hannah Proctor of Mitchellsville, Brendan and Novelyn Sittig of Harrisburg; two great-great-grandchildren: Ellie May and Eva Leslie Culkin of Mitchellsville; sister: Vivian Mullin of Winedot, MI; granddaughter-in-law: Mandi Sittig of Brentwood, TN.
Vola was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Darryl E. Sittig and a sister, Helen Williams.
Funeral services for Rev. Vola Logan Sittig were held at 11 AM, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Ed Nenonen officiated. Burial followed in Lindale Cemetery in Eldorado. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 PM, Monday, April 11, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel Harrisburg.
Brenda Darlene Hefner
1943 - 2016
Brenda Darlene Hefner, 72, of Harrisburg, passed away at 7:30 AM, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at her residence in Harrisburg.
Brenda was born on May 5, 1943 in Harrisburg to the late Roy and Gladys (Slaton) McClusky. On June 24, 1960 she married Marion Nick Hefner and he survives in Harrisburg. She was a homemaker and member of Pankeyville Baptist Church.
Brenda was a great mother, mother-in-law, wife, grandmother and sister. Caring for each and every person that crossed her path. Her heart was big and full of love. She used to tell everyone that her only fault was loving too much. She lived her life for her husband, her children and each and every one of her grandchildren. We laughed alot, mainly at her expense but she loved the mere fact that she made us laugh. She made the best macaroni and tomato sauce and would make it whenever her grandkids asked. She was Breanna’s homecoming date one year in High School…taking her to Tequila’s for dinner and then dropping her off at the door. She was a classy lady.
Surviving family members include her husband: Marion Nick Hefner of Harrisburg; children: Jeff and Crystal Hefner, Kerry and Cindy Boatright, and Steve Hefner; grandchildren: Breanna Hefner, Roby Boatright, Nikki Boatright, Dylan Hefner, Austin Hefner, Jacob Hefner, Caleb Hefner, and Hannah Hefner; brothers: Robert (Pat) McClusky, Toby (Juanita) McClusky, and Gary McClusky; sisters: Barbara Sisky, Mary Turner and Betty Riley.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, son: Scott Edward Hefner and brother, Charles McClusky.
Funeral services for Brenda were held at 1 PM, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Jimmy Dale Lambert and Rev. Dewayne Taylor officiated. Burial followed in Sunset Garden Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 to 8, Friday, April 8, 2016 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.