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Belt, Marion

In Memory of Uncle Marion Belt, son of Capt. Jonathan Belt. An old veteran of the Cross gone to his reward is the person of John Marion Belt. He was born March 1, 1848, died October 2, 1916; aged 68 years, 7 months, and 1 day.
The funeral was conducted by Eld. J.R. Palmer in the presence of a large congregation of sympathizing friends and relatives. The body was laid to rest in Peters Creek Cemetery October 3, to await the resurrection of the just.
He was married to Lucy Palmer October 22, 1869 by Asa Foster, Justice of the Peace. To this union was given 5 sons and 1 daughter and 2 sons passed away many years ago, leaving one half the family to battle with life a little while longer.
Uncle Marion professed a hope in Christ and was baptized in the Baptist Church at Peters Creek 4th Sunday in August 1889. He never feared or faltered in his religious warfare.............I would say to his children and relatives look on the bright side and model yourselves by his example; his life should be an example to all who knew him.
A sypathizing friend,
Jodie Palmer

Fritts, Ollie

Ollie James Fritts, son of Ezra and Sadie Fritts, was born Nov. 18th, 1913; departed this life May 3rd, 1916, of bronchial pneumonia.
Little Ollie was a bright and lovable child and was loved by all who knew him. Although small he bore his sickness without a murmur or fret. Apparently knowing that his time on earth was spent, he called his parents to the bed and kissed them a last sad good-bye. He was a child of more than ordinary intelligence. On the day following his death he was brought to the cemetery at Central and there in the presence of a congregation of sympathizing friends the last sad rites were administered by the write and Rev. R.J. Reed. He was buried by the side of his little sister who had preceded him to the grave about six months ago.
Rev. Jonas Spivey

Lackey, Manerva

Manerva Lackey, daughter of the late Thomas and Martha Hughes, was born at Peters Creek in Hardin County, November 28, 1860. She died at her home near Cave-in-Rock at the age of 82 years 11 months and 21 days, living her whole life in the county of her birth.
On Feb. 4, 1877, she was united in marriage to William Lackey. To this union were born 4 children. One son died in infancy, a 2nd son, Charley, died February 2, 1903. Her husband also preceded her in death.
There are left to mourn her death: a daughter, Mrs. Neal Northern, of Cave-in-Rock; one son, Robert Franklin Lackey, of Oklahoma; one grandson, Robert Dean Northern, of Cave in Rock; several other relatives and many friends.
In early life Mrs. Lackey professed faith in Our Lord at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Cave-in-Rock.
Independent, 02 Dec 1943

Patton, Danny Ewell

Born: Sun., Sep. 6, 1959 - Died: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Danny Ewell Patton, 59, of Cave in Rock, Ill. went to be with his Savior while surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. after a devastating accident. Danny was born on September 6th, 1959 to Rev. Cecil and Van Marie (Hall) in Rosiclare, Ill. From the beginning, he was full of joy and mischief. He and his younger bother Dennis, often disguised as Captain America and Spiderman, were infamous in their ability to turn an adventure into trouble; like painting their freshly cleaned house top to bottom in mud while being chased by Mom with a broom. Early in life, Danny had a strong desire to serve the Lord and fell in love with Southern Gospel music. He was a powerful preacher and could ring out a strong harmony with any song he heard. He sang and traveled with several Southern Gospel groups, including The Levee Pond Ambassadors, Freedom Crusade Singers and the Honk Brothers, for many years. While traveling locally with such a singing group, he met Linda Morton, who he pursued relentlessly for weeks until she agreed to just one date. The pair was married in June 1981 and remained steadfast example of love and devotion for the rest of his life. They had two daughters, Mandy and Stephanie, who carry forward his legacy of music and love of Jesus. He was a heavy equipment operator for Rigsby and Barnard Rick Quarry in Cave-In-Rock. In October 1986, Danny endured a terrible traumatic brain injury that would forever change his life and the lives of his family. But he overcame and continued to overcome, never losing his zeal for the Lord or his ability his ability to praise the Lord in all circumstance, large or small, wonderful or devastating. He lived the first words he wrote when coming out of a coma, "I will gladly wait on the Lord." Danny loved to play his guitars and read his Bible for hours every day. He was a treasured member of the Leamington Community Church for over thirty years. He took great joy in his family and would often pull out his wallet to proudly display pictures of his grandchildren, Sophie, Elaina, Henry and Lucy, and tell anyone who would listen, "Hey, this Papaw has some fine grandkids." At any potluck, you could find Danny in the dessert line, always up for second or third helpings. When asked to choose between foods, he'd always pick both, Above everything else, Danny loved the Lord. He served faithfully, never wavering. When his memory failed, Danny knew Jesus. And when his body failed, Jesus knew Danny and caught him up to his heavenly home. Danny is survived by his wife, Linda Patton of Cave in Rock; mother, Van Marie Patton, of Cave in Rock; two daughters, Mandy Patton of Harrisburg, Stephanie and Ryan Patton of Newburgh, Ind.; one brother, Dennis Patton of Franklin, Tenn, and four grandchildren, Sophie, Elaina, Henry and Lucy. He is joining his father, Cecil Patton and son-in-law, Cody Armstrong, along with many other beloved family members in a joyous reunion, taking his spot in heaven's eternal choir. Visitation for Danny will be Saturday, February 23rd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Potters Church in Cave in Rock. Funeral services will be at the church on Sunday, February 24th at 1 p.m. with Rev. Lee Fricker officiating. Burial will be at the Cave Hill Cemetery near Cave in Rock. Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality in charge of arrangements. Internet condolences may be made at the website, www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com

Contributed by Jerry Williams

Price, Larry Eugene
Born: Sat., May 31, 1952 Died: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Larry Eugene Price, 67, of Equality, Illinois, passed away with his loving family by his bedside, on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:34 p.m. at the St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. Larry was born on May 31, 1952 in Cave In Rock, the son of the late Eugene and Velna Ruth (Derringer) Price. He married the former Deborah Cremeens on the 16th of September, 1978. Larry worked as a machinist at BWXT in Mt. Vernon, Indiana for many years. He was a member of the Philadelphia Church of Christ near Elizabethtown. Larry is survived by his wife, Debbie Price of Equality; two daughters, Stacey L. Price of Eldorado, Lisa and Scott Probst of Montrose; one son, Michael Price of Equality; three sisters, Wanda Price, Tina Poole, and Tammie Gibson; two brothers, Roy and Randall Price; four grandchildren, Justin and Kristen Probst, Jessica and Zac Fleshner, Braxton Probst, and Riley Probst; two great grandchildren, Madeline Fleshner and Mary Probst. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Wayne Price; and his mother in law, Mildred Cremeens who thought Larry belonged to her. Visitation for Larry will be held on Saturday, November 23rd from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality. Funeral service will be at the funeral home on Sunday, November 24th at 2 p.m. with Brother Ron McDowell and Brother Chris McDowell officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Cave In Rock. Donations in Larry's memory may be made to Philadelphia Church of Christ.

Contributed by Jerry Williams; Obituary from Vickery Funeral Chapel website.

Riley, Chester
Born: Wed., Dec. 25, 1929 Died: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

Chester Riley, 89, of Shawneetown, Ill., passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at the Eldorado Rehab and Healthcare in Eldorado. He was born on December 25, 1929 in Cave In Rock, the son of the late Arthur and Ida (Hooven) Riley. Chester married Zelma Vivian McIntire on August 24, 1950. Vivian preceded Chester in death on June 19, 2008. He was a faithful member of Equality United Methodist Church and volunteered at the Equality Food Bank. In 1961 he joined the Shawneetown Fire Department and was Assistant Fire Chief from 1987 to present. He leaves behind his five children, June and Dean Stout of Uniontown, Ky., Jerry and Patty Riley of Shawneetown, Brenda and Larry Wood of Shawneetown, Terry and Vickie Riley of Carbondale, and Larry Riley of Henderson, Ky.; one sister, Marcella and Don Elder; two brothers, Herschel Hooven, Billy Don and Shirley Riley; special niece, Kay and John Johnson of Shawneetown; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; thirteen great great grandchildren. Chester was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one sister, Wanda Cullum; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Visitation for Chester will be held on Tuesday, October 29th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Shawneetown. Funeral service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 30th at 11 a.m. Bro. John Johnson and Rev. Ron Johnson will officiating the service with burial at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Cave In Rock. Donations in Chester's memory may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery or the Equality Food Bank.

Contributed by Jerry Williams; Obituary from Vickery Funeral Chapel website.

Shetler, Sebastian

Sebastian Shetler, 47 years old, an employee of the I.C. railroad shope, died at his home, 829 South Sixth Street, at 2:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon of pneumonia after a short illness. he formery resided in Ill. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Effie Shetler; two sons, Walter and Gordon Shetler; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Coleman, of Shawneetown, Ill. He was a member of the Catholic Church. The funeral will be held from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning, the Rev. H.A. Connolly officiating, and burial will take place in Mt. Carmel Cemetery - The Paducah Evening Sun. Mr. Sheltler formerly lived in Rosiclare and has many relatives and friends in this County; he was a cousin of Mrs. C.B. Humm of Idle Hour Farm. The Independent extends sympathy to the bereaved. 25 Apr 1918

Smith, Gaylon Earl Howell
August 2, 1942 ~ July 14, 2019

Gaylon Earl Howell Smith, age 76, of Harrisburg, passed away at 9:45 PM, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at his residence in Harrisburg, Illinois surrounded by his family.

Gaylon was born on August 2, 1942, in Hardin County, to the late, Charles Edward Smith and Margaret Cordelia Henson. He worked for Coleman Tri-County. Gaylon enjoyed his family and always looked forward to family reunions and holidays. He had a lot of faith and he sure could pray. Gaylon lived in the Robinson house for twenty-two years and enjoyed going to the fire station to "shine the fire trucks". He also enjoyed going to Jim Hayes to look at the new cars and going to shop at Walmart.

Gaylon is survived his sister, Lynda Upchurch of Harrisburg, Illinois; brother, Gary Smith and his wife Beatrice of Harrisburg, Illinois; two nieces, Darla Little of Carrier Mills, Illinois and Libby Diefenbach of Carrier Mills, Illinois; nephew, Brian Upchurch of Harrisburg, Illinois; special friends, Amanda, Keyona and Jerret; several great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gaylon was preceded in death by nephews, Brandon Lee and Shannon Upchurch; nieces, Ashley Dawn Little and Tiffany Foster-King; and brother-in-law, Glen Upchurch.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Bro. Brent Holloway will officiate and burial will follow in Dixon-Volkert Cemetery in Hardin County. Visitation will be held from 10 AM to 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Strikers Southeastern Residential Association.

Contributed by Jerry Williams

Templeton, Shirley G.
November 3, 1936 ~ September 23, 2019

Shirley G. Templeton, 82, resident of Harrisburg passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at her residence. Shirley was born November 3, 1936 in Herod, Il to the late Gordon David and Nina Bernice (Schutt) Shipp. Shirley worked in Real Estate and owned and operated Shirley’s Lounge in Harrisburg for many years. She is survived by a daughter: Shirley Renee’ Kaiser of Harrisburg, a sister: Melba Louise Booten of Mt. Zion, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter: Michele D. Ralph, a son: Michael D. Ralph and a brother: Lowell T. Shipp. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Colonial Terrace Funeral Home in Eldorado with Rev. George Teegarden officiating. Visitation will be 10:00am to service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Peters Creek Cemetery in Hardin County. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via the website www.colonialterracefuneralhome.com

Contributed by Jerry Williams

Thornton, Minnie A.

She was the daughter of Wiley and Loucretia Daymon; was born March 25th, 1875 and departed this life at 10:00 o'clock, PM, Thursday, May 11th, 1916. Her illness of pneumonia fever was of a week duration. She was married to John A. Thornton of Cave-In-Rock, IL. She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, ___ children, Electa, age 13; Willis, ___ ___; Theopolis [Dick] aged 8; a ____ two brothers and a sister, Mrs. ____ Frayser, besides other kindred and a host of friends. The funeral was held in their home by Rev. J.S. Rowe, of Sturgis, KY. Prayer by Rev. Ottis Dimick. She was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows Cemetery north of Cave-In-Rock. Her cousin, Evangeline


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