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Barbegine Smith

Barbegine Smith
8/1/1927 - 1/19/2015

Barbegine  Smith

Barbegine M. Smith, age 87, of Decatur, IL but formerly of Ridgway, IL died on Monday, January 19, 2015 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.  Barb as most knew her was born in Junction, IL on August 1, 1927 to the late Virgil and Katherine (Loewen) Mead.  She was married to Lewis E. Smith, Sr. who preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Ridgway First Baptist Church and the Ridgway Eastern Star.  Before retiring in 1975 she worked for the Herald and Review Newspaper in Decatur, IL.  After retiring she moved back to Ridgway, where she enjoyed fishing, hunting with her sister and friends.  Barb was a beautiful person and soul and always had a smile for you.  She was a good mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.

 Barb is survived by a son, Lewis (Kathleen) Smith, Jr of Philo, IL and 2 daughters, Gloria (Larry) Summer of Girard, IL and Vivian (Gary) Sebens of Mt. Zion, IL.

 7 Grandchildren   9 Great Grandchildren  1 Great Great Grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Mary Oxford.

Visitation for Barb will be on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral home in Ridgway.  Her funeral service will immediately follow starting at 1PM at the funeral home with Rev. Randy Davis officiating.  Interment will take place after the funeral in the Jackson Cemetery in Ridgway. 

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Eastern Star Home, 9890 Star Lane, Macon, IL 62544 in her memory.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

 You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Robert S. O'Neil

Robert Steven O'Neil
12/9/1952 - 1/10/2015

Robert Steven O'Neil

Robert Steven O’Neil, age 62 of Mt. Vernon, IN died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 as a result of a house fire.  Steve as most knew him was born in Eldorado, IL on December 9, 1952 to the Robert C. O’Neil and Martha (Anderson) O’Neil who survives.  Steve worked at Whirlpool and McCarty landfill before retiring.  He loved Tri State Speedway in Haubstadt where he spent much of his spare time.  He liked to ride his 4 wheeler, build things and just enjoy his life.  Steve was a good son and brother and will be missed.

Steve is survived by his mother, Martha O’Neil of Mt. Vernon and 2 brothers, Rod (Tammy) O’Neil and Marty (Helen) O’Neil all of Mt. Vernon, IN.  Many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Robert O’Neil just this past week and a nephew Ryan O’Neil.

There will be a private family graveside service at Old Cottonwood Cemetery near Ridgway.  Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Theresa Austin

Theresa C Austin
9/11/1938 - 1/9/2015

Theresa C Austin

Theresa C. Austin, age 76 of Paducah, KY but formerly of Ridgway and Hardin County, IL died on Jan. 9, 2015 in Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.  Theresa was born in Ridgway, IL on September 11, 1938 to the late Cecil and Zerita (Pfister) Drone.  She was married to Gary D. Austin and was a homemaker during their marriage. 

She then went to work at the ASCS office in Golconda, IL until she retired.  As Theresa loved to help others, she began volunteering after retirement at both Lourdes Hospital and St. Nicholas Clinic in Paducah.  Theresa was a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paducah.  She was strong in her Catholic faith, always turning to it for strength.  She loved to read and garden and enjoyed attending the theatre and symphony.  Theresa enjoyed traveling with her circle of friends both in the United States and abroad.  She was known for her organizational skills, was often referred as a “classy” lady, and many commented on her beautiful silver hair.  .  Theresa was a beautiful soul, a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.

Theresa is survived by a son, Greg Austin (Karen White) of Marion, VA, a daughter, Nancy (Joe) Drone of Eldorado, a brother, Dennis (Delores) Drone of Tallua, IL, a sister, Betty Hale of Raleigh, IL and a sister in law, Dot Drone of Ridgway, IL.  3 grandchildren, Tyler (Breea) Austin and Trevor Austin and Izak Climer, 4 great grandchildren, Eva and Savanna Climer and Mya and Camden Austin.   She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy, and 3 brothers, Bill, Marion, and Samuel Drone.

Visitation for Theresa will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the St. Mary’s Chapel of St. Kateri Catholic Church in Shawneetown.  Her funeral mass will immediately follow starting at 1:00 PM at the church with Fr. Steven Beatty and Fr. Pat Reynolds celebrating.  Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Elizabethtown, IL.

A memorial service will be held at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paducah on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the building fund of St. Kateri Catholic Church, envelopes will be available at the church.

Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Robert C. O'Neil

Robert C O'Neil
6/28/1933 - 1/1/2015

Robert C O'Neil

Robert C. “Bob”  O’Neil, age 81 of Mt. Vernon, IN but formerly of Ridgway died on Jan. 1, 2015 in the VNA Hospice Center in Evansville, IN.  Bob was born in Ohio County, Ky on June 28, 1933 to the late James and Georgia (Kitchens) O’Neil.  On December 29, 1951 he married the love of his life, Martha (Anderson) O’Neil who survives.  Bob was retired from Whirlpool as a Supervisor for 37 years.  Bob was a Mason in the Beulah Lodge # 578 and a former Scottish Rite and Hadi – Shrine.  He loved to camp, fish, hunt, garden and be outdoors.  He always enjoyed talking with his friends and family and was a great family man and loving husband.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years Martha O’Neil of Mt. Vernon, 3 Sons, Robert Steven O’Neil, Roderick (Tammy) O’Neil and Marty (Helen) O’Neil all of Mt. Vernon, IN.  2 sisters, Eilene Smiley and Shirley Massey. 7 Grandchildren, David, Katherine, Amanda, Sara, Ryan, Jennifer, and Joseph and 9 Great Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Edward and Leon O’Neil and a sister, Pauline West.

Visitation for Bob will be on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM at the Glory Road Baptist Church, 2229 W. Indiana St, Evansville, IN, then on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  His funeral service will be on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway starting at 10:00 AM.  Rev. Delbert Bryant will officiate and interment will follow in the Old Cottonwood Cemetery North of Ridgway.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Glory Road Baptist Church.

You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Lela Bishop

Lela Bishop
11/2/1943 - 1/1/2015

Lela   Bishop

Lela Bishop, age 71 died January 1, 2015 at the home of her son Bryan Deitz after an extended illness.  Lela was born in Broughton, IL on November 2, 1943 to the late James and Edith (McKenzie) Allen.  Lela was a hair dresser most of her life.  She had been very active in the Anna Bixby foundation for many years, loved her dogs, roses, birds and wildlife.  She always was happy when her children were little and all the neighborhood kids were at her house.  She was a very loving, fun and happy person.  Her smile would always make your day brighter.  She will be missed.

Lela is survived by her husband Larry Bishop of Shawneetown, a son, Bryan (Barbie) Deitz of Murphreesboro, TN, 2 step sons, Aaron Bishop of Florida, and Brett Bishop of Carmi, IL, a step daughter Lari Anne Head of Texas, 2 brothers, Jim Allen of Norris City, IL and Lonnie Allen of Indiana. 8 grandchildren, Cori Adams, Aaron Bishop, Harper Head, Guideon Head, Rachel Bishop, Kyle Bishop, Brittany (Dan) Schultz, and Brooke Tripp. A great grandchild, Chloe Adams.  She was preceded in death by a step son, Chris Bishop.

Visitation for Lela, will be on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 11:00AM to 1:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown.  Her funeral service will immediately follow starting at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Lewis and Rev. Jack Hall officiating.  Her interment will follow at the Albion Cemetery near Norris City, Il.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Caris Hospice of TN or the First Baptist Church in Shawneetown.   Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com