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Mildred Dortch

Mildred M Dortch
2/28/1920 - 6/23/2015

Mildred M Dortch

Mildred M. Dortch, age 95 of Galatia, IL but formerly of Shawneetown, died peacefully at the home of her son on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  Mildred was born on Feb. 28, 1920 in the Saline Mines Community near Shawneetown to the late Nathaniel and Ethel (Young) Brazier.  She was a homemaker her entire life raising her family.  She served her country in the Army during World War II as a Medical Technician.  She was married to David Dortch  in 1955 who preceded her in death in 1979.  Mildred was known for her baking of  pies and cakes, her beautiful quilts and especially her love for the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team.  Mildred was a good wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend and will be missed.

 Mildred is survived by, a son, Phillip (Ann) Brazier of Shawneetown, a son, John (Jacquelyn) Dortch of Galatia, IL and a daughter, Marilyn (Don) Hopson of Equality.  6 Grandchildren, Kyle, Candace, Christina, Mindy, Carla and Deb, 6 great grandchildren, a brother Bob Brazier of Shawneetown, IL.  She was preceded in death by a son, Carrol Dortch, and 6 brothers, Adam, Loren, Raymond, John Allen, Harry and Tom Brazier and 3 sisters, Mae, Claire, and Joann. 

Visitation for Mildred will be on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Her funeral service will at the funeral home on Saturday, June 27, 2015 starting at 11:00 AM with Rev. Scott Luckett officiating.  Mildred will be buried next to husband in Westwood Cemetery.

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

Shawneetown First Baptist

   A father and son were driving down the highway one day when the child began screaming.  The dad spotted a honeybee flying inside the car and began slowing down.  His child was allergic to bee stings and doctors had warned that the next one could be fatal.  As the father pulled the car onto the side of the road he reached out and grabbed the bee out of the air.

   Killing the motor, he rolled down the windows, turned to his son, and opened his palm.  As soon as he saw the bee, the little boy began crying again.  But the father said, “Look in my hand, son.  There is his stinger.  That bee cannot ever hurt anyone again.”

   In 1 Corinthians 15:55, the apostle Paul says this about death.  “O death, where is your sting?  O grave, where is your victory?”

   Like the honeybee without his stinger, death is still flying around frightening people, but for all who are in Christ, death has lost its sting.  We are alive forever because Jesus has been resurrected, the Victor over death!

   Do you fear death?  Most of us have some apprehensions about death.  We don’t relish the thought of dying and leaving our loved ones behind.  However, there may be some who despair over the thought of death.  If you fall into that category, perhaps it is because you haven’t gotten beyond the cross.  The disciples had that problem at one time in Jesus’ ministry. Like the disciples, perhaps you still see Christ hanging on that cross!

   Every year, people climb a mountain in the Italian Alps and stand at an outdoor crucifix.  There they remember that the Lord Jesus died.  A tourist noticed that a little trail led off from the shrine of the cross.  He made his way down the trail, and to his surprise, he found another shrine overgrown with brush.  This shrine symbolized the empty tomb.  Unfortunately, it had been neglected.  Reflecting on the experience, the tourist said it reminded him of many Christians who stop at the cross, never proceed to the empty tomb.

   If we make our final stop at the cross, we miss the very heart of Christianity—that which is our central, most distinct, most important doctrine—the Resurrection of Jesus from death!  Without the resurrection, our faith is dead.  Because Christ rose from the dead, our past is forgiven and our future is secure.  The empty tomb represents victory for every Christian.  The apostle Paul said, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9).

   Join us each Lord’s Day as we celebrate our Risen Lord in Worship at 10:40 a.m.!  And, we would love to have you in Bible Study each Lord’s Day in our Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.  We have a small group Bible Study and fellowship for each age group.

   On Sunday evening at 6:00 we continue in our “Journey from Beginning to End – a look at the entire Bible.”

   And, on Wednesdays, we have been having a large group of children and youth at 6:00 p.m. for Bible study and recreation. At the same time, our Adults are meeting for our study in the book of Deuteronomy:  “Challenge to a New Generation.”

   I also want to alert you to the upcoming National Day of Prayer which is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th.  It is my hope that a large gathering of us can join together at Noon on that day to pray for our nation and our leaders.  There is a great need for our nation to come together and to turn away from our sin and turn back to God!  I would love to have some pastors in the area to call me (269-3664) to let me know that you are interested in participating in this year’s Day of Prayer.


       BRO JACK!

Larry Bishop

Larry E Bishop
9/2/1937 - 3/3/2015

Larry E Bishop

Larry E. Bishop, age 77 of Shawneetown, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN.  Larry was born on September 2, 1937 in Harco, IL to the late Vollie Bishop Sr., and Mary Ann (Griffiths) Bishop Bennett.  Larry served his country honorably in the United States Navy for 18 Years and 10 Months before retiring as Chief Petty Officer, E7. While in the Navy he was an Air Traffic Controller and was on the USS Forrestal.  After coming out of the Navy he then started working for the United States Postal Service and retired after 20 years of employment. Larry was married to Lela (Allen) Bishop who preceded him in death in January of this year.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shawneetown and the American Legion.  Larry loved to hunt and fish but really loved to be on the Ohio River near Cave In Rock with his family and friends.  He was an avid Cubs fan and loved his 4 dogs.  He loved his family and had a special bond of love with his Mother.  Larry was a good father, husband, brother, grandfather, son and friend and will be missed by many.

Larry is survived by 3 sons,  Aaron Bishop of Florida, Brett Bishop of Carmi, IL and Bryan (Barbie) Dietz of Murfreesboro, TN, 1 daughter, Lari Anne Bishop and Alex Head of Texas and a daughter in law, Rita Bishop of Ohio.  1 Sister, Johnita (Jim) Moore of Equality and a sister in law, Susie Bishop of Olney, IL. 8 Grandchildren, Cori , Aaron , Harper, Giddon, Rachel, Kyle , Brittany and Brooke and 1 great grandchild, Chloe.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Chris Bishop, 2 brothers, Paul “Skipper” Bishop and Vollie Bishop, Jr, a grandson Ryan and his step father John Bennett.

Visitation for Larry will be on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and his funeral will be on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the funeral home starting at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Larry Lewis and Rev. Jack Hall will officiate and interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery in Equality with Military rites.

In lieu of flowers you can make a donation to the Shawneetown First Baptist Church Building fund or the Skipper Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Zoey Adler

Zoey Leigh Adler
2/12/2015 - 3/2/2015

Zoey Leigh Adler

Little Miss Zoey Leigh Adler, 18 day old infant went to be with Jesus on March 2, 2015 in Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, IL.  Zoey was born on February 12, 2015 in Marion, IL to Sara Debaufre and Gary Lee Adler. 

She is survived by her parents along with 2 brothers, John Adler and Jace Debaufre and 2 sisters, Kalee Adler and Alivya Debraufre and grandmother Kay Adler.

Visitation for Little Zoey will be on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 12 noon until funeral time at the Cox & Son Funeral home in Shawneetown   A service will begin at 1 PM Rev. William Vaughn officiating and interment will follow in the Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown.

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

Popeye Durham

Willard Harold Popeye Durham
9/9/1943 - 3/1/2015

Willard Harold Popeye Durham

Willard Harold “Popeye” Durham age 71 lifelong Old Shawneetown resident died on March 1, 2015 in the Deaconess hospital in Evansville, IN.  He was surrounded by his family at his time of death.

Popeye as most called him was born on the Wabash River on a boat near New Haven on September 9, 1943 to the late Clifton Ray and Georgia (Lewis) Durham.  He had worked around Old Shawneetown his entire life as a general laborer.  He worked for many of the taverns throughout the years with his last few years before retiring working for Hogdaddy’s.  His real love was the river, as he was known for his expert skiing ability and loved to work on boats and motors.  Popeye was always willing to help someone and will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Martin) Durham of Odin, IL, a daughter, Melissa (Donald) Cabell of Evansville, IN, a daughter, Taywanna (Monty) Flahardy of Shawneetown, and a son, Felix (Shawna) Martin of Odin, IL. 14 grandchildren, a brother, James (Jane) Durham of Evansville, IN and a sister in law, Charlotte Durham of Ridgway.  He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ray and John and 2 sisters, Sue and Beulah.

Popeye will be cremated and a memorial service by the family will be held at a later date.  Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family atwww.coxandson.com