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Paul "Sundog" Jones

Paul H. Jones, age 85 of Shawneetown passed on this life on November 12, 2016 in the Carbondale Memorial Hospital.  Paul was born in Galatia, IL on September 28, 1931 to the late Jesse James and Alice (Gregory) Jones.  Paul served his country in the Army during Korea.  He was married to Frances Jane (Phillips) Jones on Nov. 3, 1951.  He worked most all of his life in the Coal mines where he got the nickname that most around here knew him by, “Sun Dog”.  He was a member of the UMWA from which he retired.  He loved his grandkids and family very much, enjoyed being around his friends and always had that big grin and would probably kid you a little bit.  He was a strong Christian man and a faithful member of the Shawneetown First Baptist Church.  He was a wonderful husband of 65 years a great father and grandfather.

Paul is survived by his wife Jane of Shawneetown, a son, Jeff (Judy) Jones of Shawneetown, a daughter, Reba (Gary) Dahmer of Jonesboro, IL a niece/foster daughter, Brenda Barnes of Shawneetown, 4 grandchildren, Melissa (Mat) Heath, Robin (Will) Richardson, Becky Jones, Zachary (Chelsee) Jones, Great Grandchildren, Corbin, Hunter, Noah and Reagan.  He was preceded in death by a son, Phillip and 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Paul requested no public services.  Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown is entrusted with the arrangements.  You may leave a note of comfort to the family at www.coxandson.com

Marjorie Fals

10/28/1925 - 04/10/2016

Marjorie Fals, age 90 of Ridgway died on April 10, 2016 in the Wabash Christian Center in Carmi.  Marjorie was born in Ridgway on October 28, 1925 to the late Joseph W. & Julia (Wallace) McCormick.  On April 24, 1947 she married John S. Fals who preceded her in death in 2005.  Marjorie was a faithful member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eldorado for years along with the Altar Society.  She was a 4H leader for many years and loved to be outside gardening.  In her later years she loved to travel.  Marjorie’s family was instrumental in building the St. Joseph Church in Ridgway where they also donated the church bells and clock.  The bells are now erected in the new St. Kateri Church which she attends.  Marjorie was a good mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed.

Marjorie is survived by, a daughter, Julia Wargel of Ridgway, a son, Bill (Connie) Fals of Ridgway, a daughter in law, Rita Fals of Equality.  8 grandchildren, Kelly (Steve) Ramsey, Lisa (Craig) Conner, Tracy (Rob) Nelson, Michelle Rehbein, Kristi Hollingsworth, Alicia (Wade) Gibbons, Ashley (Greg) Webster, and J.W. (Jennifer) Fals.  12 Great Grand, Kylie Nelson, Shane Hall, Tyler Hall, Ned Conner, Ally Nelson, Dan Conner, Ty Hollingsworth, Jack Ramsey, Jacob Gibbons, Will Gibbons, Emily Hollingsworth, and John Luke Fals. 1 great great, Kason Hall.  She is preceded in death by, her parents, husband, 2 sons, Robert Michael Fals and Gary Fals, 1 Brother, J.W. Mccormick, 3 sisters, Mary Catherine Oldham, Eva Rider and Regina Reidford.

Visitation for Marjorie will be on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Cox & Son Funeral home in Ridgway from 5:00PM to 8:00 PM with prayer service at 5:00 PM.  Marjorie’s funeral mass will be on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the St. Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway starting at 10:00 AM.  Fr. Phil Devous will celebrate and she will be buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Ridgway.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the St. Kateri Catholic Church Building fund and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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

Gary Fals

4/12/1953 - 04/09/2016

Gary S. Fals, age 62, of Equality, IL passed this life on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family, after a 10 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

During his illness, he stated “I am the lucky one, because I can prepare for Our Lord and enjoy every single day.”  He would awake early in the morning to watch the sun rise enjoying the creation God has given all of us.

Gary was born on April 12, 1953 in Eldorado, IL to John S. Fals and Marjorie (McCormick) Fals.  Gary attended and graduated grade school at St. Mary’ Catholic school in Eldorado, High School in Eldorado and received a Bachelors Degree in Ag from SIU.  He was married to Rita (McGrew) Fals the love of his life on Feb. 11, 1977.  Gary was a farmer most of his life.  He loved the water, boating, camping and the outdoors.  He spent past years at the river, the landing and the Kentucky campsite.  He enjoyed hunting, but most being around his friends and family.  Gary always had a positive attitude and a smile for you. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Ridgway where he was a Past Grand Knight.  Gary was a member of the St.Kateri Catholic Church in Ridgway. He was a good husband, father, grandfather, brother and son and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (McGrew) Fals of Equality, 1 daughter, Ashley (Greg) Webster of Colorado, 1 son, J.W. (Jennifer) Fals of Equality.  1 grandson, his greatest joy, John Luke Fals, his mother Marjorie (McCormick) Fals who died 13 hours after Gary.  1 sister, Julia Wargel of Ridgway, 1 brother, Bill (Connie) Fals of Ridgway.  He is also preceded in death by his father, John S. Fals and a brother Robert Michael Fals.

Visitation for Gary will be on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  A prayer service will be said at 4:00 PM that day.  Gary’s funeral mass will be on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the St. Kateri  Catholic Church in Ridgway starting at 10:00 AM.  Fr. Phillip Devous will celebrate and his burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Ridgway.

Along with his family Gary was blessed with many friends and laughter along his journey.  His strength, courage and faith have been an example to us all. 

Donations in Gary’s memory can be made to the Alzheimers Association or the St. Kateri Catholic Church Building Fund.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

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

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!