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Chrisandra Williams


Chrissy was an amazing person who had a heart of gold and a smile that would captivate your heart. She never met a stranger and considered many a friend. At the time of her death she was a resident of Shawneetown, IL ; however, she lived 20 years in Eldorado, IL and was originally from Hardin County, IL. She was a wonderful mother and very proud of her only child, PVT Dustin H. Williams (USMC). He was her life and she couldn't wait to see him become on a Marine, unfortunately she never got to see it. She was a loving Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Niece and Friend. She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather William “Dude” Lampert, of Cave-n-Rock, IL ; maternal grandmother Kathryn “Peggy” Oneal Harrelson of Ridgway, IL ; Maternal Grandfather John Krikie, of Ridgway; Uncle Jimmy Krikie, Sr of Ridgway; Great Uncle “Mugg” Lampert of Hardin County; Great Uncle William Oneal of Ridgway; Great Aunt and Uncle Jim Bob and Margie Oneal of Ridgway; Great Aunt Hazel Krikie Oneal of Ridgway; Great Aunt Geraldine Oneal of Ridgway; Cousin, Chelsea Potts of Eldorado; Great Aunt and Uncle Pos and Beulah Harrelson of Shawneetown; Great Aunt and Uncle Lillian and Harliss Johnson of Ridgway; Great Aunt and Uncle Pearl and Ken Evitt of FL; Great Aunt Beth Nelson of FL; cousin, Daryll Daymon; Great Uncle Glenn Kenreck , Randall Kenreck, and Jim Kenreck of Hardin County; Great Aunt Wanda Grace of AZ; Father-n-law Bill Williams of Eldorado; and Brother-n- Law David Williams of Eldorado. She is survived by her son, PVT Dustin H. Williams, of Eldorado; Father and Step-mother, Dennis and Carmen Lampert of Broughton; Mother, Mary Krikie Stone of Shawneetown; Sister and Brother-n-Law, Tami and Wes Jackson of Norris City; Step-Sister, Chris Ann and Rich Cox, of Ridgway; Loving Ex- Husband, Doug “Shag” Williams of Eldorado; Grandmother, Sally Kenreck Lampert Owen of Dale; Grandfather (101 years old) Carroll “Smokey” Harrelson and wife Joan of Carterville; Great Aunt and Uncle Ivan and Stella Lampert of Harrisburg; Great Aunt and Uncle Thetna and Bob Hughes of Cave-n- Rock; Great Aunt Marie Oneal of Ridgway; Great Uncle Ray Oneal of Ridgway; Mother-n-Law, Mildred Williams, of Eldorado; Sister-n-Law, Terri Williams of Equality; Brother-n-Law Patrick Williams of Eldorado; 4 nephews, Stetson Baker, Hunter Jackson (Harrisburg), Jacob Smith, and Levi Gabbard Williams; 6 nieces, Shelby Baker, Harley Jackson, Kathryn Brailey Jackson, Carrie Mae Smith, Rita Williams and Danielle Williams; Aunt and Uncle Carroll and Debbie Harrelson of Ridgway; Aunt and Uncle Hazel and Jerry Potts of Eldorado; Aunt and Uncle June and Darwyn Daymon of Cave-n-Rock; Cousins include: Amy Harrelson Young and family, Gary and Tonya Potts and family, Jerry Lee Potts and family, Greg Krikie and family, Jimmy Krikie and family, Shane and Darlene Winters and family, Jeff and Denise Jones and family, Desirae Daymon and family, Justin Daymon and family, Mark and Tiffany Golden and family, Jeff Golden and family, Cindy and Gary Roderick and family, Becky Steele Bradley and family, Lori Lampert Prince and family, Michelle Lampert and family, Deneen Lampert and Family, Mike Lampert and family, Marty Lampert and family, Cindy Madden and family, Rick and Barb Hunt and family. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Watson Funeral Home in Eldorado at 11:00 AM with Dennis Robison officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the “Hope for Chrissy” fund and can be left at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent to the family at watsonfuneralhome.net

Former Resident Skipper Bishop Dies

Paul Vernon "Skipper" Bishop, 67

Paul Vernon "Skipper' Bishop, 67

Paul Vernon "Skipper" Bishop, CLU, ChFC, 67, of Olney, passed into Heaven peacefully March 15, 2014, at 12:36 p.m., at his home with his family by his side.
Skipper had endured a long battle with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer, and fought as hard as he could until the end.
Paul "Skipper" Bishop was born to Vollie Bishop and Mary Ann (Griffiths) Bishop on September 6, 1946, after Vollie returned from the Navy during World War II. Skipper was born in Harco, Illinois, and was blessed with brothers, Vollie Bishop Jr. and Larry Bishop, and a sister, Johnita (Bennett) Moore (Jim Moore). He attended Equality schools throughout his childhood and graduated from Equality High School in 1964. Skipper met the love of his life, Susie Crayne, during his freshman year at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. They married in 1965, at the age of 16 and 18, and were happily married for 48 wonderful years. Skipper graduated with a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1968. He was blessed with three wonderful children, who he adored: Christy (Greg Nikitas), Courtney, and Paul II (Brandy Bishop). He was a proud Grandpa to five terrific grandchildren: Emma, John, Lucy, William, and Bailee, with one on the way to be born any day. Skipper was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Bishop Bennett; father, Vollie Bishop; stepfather, John Bennett; brother, Vollie Bishop Jr.; and nephew, Chris Bishop.
Skipper was an avid Fighting Illini, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Bears fan. He enjoyed fishing and hunting at Cave-in-Rock, golfing, playing cards, and family trips. He loved to mushroom hunt and fry fish for family and friends.
Skipper was a dedicated and loyal employee of Country Companies (Country Financial) for thirty-nine years. He worked his way up from Agent to Manager to District Director of Agency and on to Vice President of Agency, achieving a number of awards along the way. He supervised and mentored agents and managers throughout the United States. In his final position within the company as Senior Vice President of Agency, he had the opportunity to promote and recognize others who excelled in the insurance field. He retired August 2011.
A celebration in honor of his wonderful life will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m., at Elm Street Christian Church, 727 East Elm Street, Olney, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Skipper Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Mrs. Paul Bishop, P.O. Box 13, Olney, Illinois 62450. The Fund is established in his memory to be awarded to a Gallatin County High School graduating senior from his hometown, Equality, Illinois.

John Money

John Wayne Money
1/11/1950 - 3/14/2014

John  Wayne  Money

John Wayne Money, age  64, of Norris city died Friday March 14, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. John was born on January 11, 1950 in Salem, IN to the late Bertha and Everett Money. He was preceded in death by his companion, Wanda Holtzclaw, in June 2013. He and Wanda owned and operated J&W logging company until they retired. He enjoyed watching western movies and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by 2 sisters, Joanne (Joe) Alvey of Owensboro, Ky and Edna Anker of Madison, IN. 2 step daughters, Daphney (Dale) Kerns of Norris City and Stephanie (Tracy) Nelson of Carmi. 5 grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Kerns, Lacey Bradshaw, Luke and Alex Nelson. 2 great grandchildren, Davyn Anderson and Jett Bradshaw. A special nephew, John (Sarah) Money of Norris city and several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Bertha and Everett Money, 2 brothers, Clarence and Paul Money and a sister, Lois Jean Money.

Services will be Sunday, March 16th at the Cox and Son funeral home in Ridgway starting at 2:00 PM.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00PM.  After the service he will be cremated and his ashes will be interred privately by the family.

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

Frances Brugger

Frances R Brugger
8/1/1949 - 3/13/2014

Frances R Brugger

   Frances Ruth (Martin) Brugger, 64, of Junction, passed away Thursday, March 13th, 2014 from complications of a brain injury that resulted from a car accident March 4th in Harrisburg.

     Fran was born at home near Cave-in-Rock, IL on August 1st, 1949 to proud parents Herman and Dolly (Long) Martin.  She was married to James J Brugger on February 18th, 1969 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage.  She was a homemaker and loved children so much that she ran a daycare out of her home for several years. 

     Fran is survived by her husband James, 2 sons, Timothy and wife Catherine of Ft Worth, TX, and Daniel and wife Dessarae of Quantico, VA, 5 grandchildren, Jade, Jessi, Jenna, Jonathan, and Amanda.  Also surviving are her brothers Raymond (Joe) and wife Penny Martin and Marion Martin of Cave-in-Rock, IL along with several nieces, nephews, and numerous loving friends and families.     Visitation will be held at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown, IL on Monday March 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm where a prayer service will be said at 4:00 PM

The funeral mass will be Tuesday March 18th at 11:00 am at St Mary’s Catholic Church also in Shawneetown.  Fr. Steven Beatty will celebrate. Burial will be at Westwood Cemetery located in Shawneetown, IL. 

Fran was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a beautiful woman inside and out.  She will be missed dearly.

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

Derek Downs

Derek J Downs
11/16/1983 - 3/6/2014

Derek J Downs

Derek J. Downs, age 30 of Ridgway, died suddenly on March 6, 2014 in Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado, IL.  Derek was born in Evansville, IN on November 16, 1983 to the late Rick Downs and Marilyn (Rister) Baldwin.  He graduated from Gallatin County High School and had worked in the Agriculture field most of his life.   Derek loved the outdoors.  He especially loved to Deer hunt and fish.   He was his happiest when outside.   Derek was given the nickname “Smiley” for a reason, everytime you saw him he always had a smile for you.   He was a good son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend and will be greatly missed.

Derek is survived by his mother and step father, Marilyn (Rister) and Louie Baldwin of Junction, IL, his brother and sister in law, Brian and Dee Dee Downs of  Fairfield, IL, his grandparents, Jim and Fern Rister of Omaha, IL.  a niece, Lindsey and Ryan Owen of  Newburgh, IN.  2 Uncles, Bob & Cathy Rister of Norris City, and Bill and Carla Rister of Evansville, IN along with a host of cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Rick Downs, and grandparents, Tom and Margaret Clark.

Visitation for Derek will be on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 Pm at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway.  His funeral service will be on Sunday, March 9, 2014 starting at 2:00 PM at the funeral home.  Rev. Kenny Blumenstock will officiate and interment will follow in the Old Cottonwood Cemetery.

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