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Novella Van

Novella Van
2/17/1921 - 7/4/2014

Novella  Van

Novella Van, age 93 longtime resident of Shawneetown, died peacefully on July 4, 2014 in the Ridgway Nursing and Rehab Center surrounded by her family.  Novella was born in Island Station, KY on February 17, 1921 to the late John and Ludie (Moore) Hafley.

She was married on December 23, 1938 to Virgil Van who preceded  her in death in 1973.  Novella was a very hard worker and enjoyed being around her family and friends.  She loved to go out and eat and enjoy life.   She was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend and will be so missed by the community.

Novella is survived by 2 sons, Arval and Anita Van and Tilden and Mary Van all of Shawneetown, 3 daughters, Marlene and Roy Lynch of Ridgway, Virgie and Brian Patton of Shawneetown, and Joyce and Stanley Weddell of Geneva, KY.  19 Grandchildren, 33 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren.  She was pre deceased by 4 daughters, Wanda Osborne, Wilma Gobtop, Lois Taylor and Opal Matthews, also a great grand child, Jaclyn.

Visitation for Novella will be on Monday, July 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown.  Her funeral will be on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the funeral home starting at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Michael Rushing will officiate and interment will follow in the Hogan Cemetery in Shawneetown.

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

Larry Long

Larry Long
12/28/1942 - 6/21/2014

Larry  Long

Larry G. Long, age 71 of Eldorado, IL died on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Larry was a longtime resident of the Magnolia Manor in Eldorado where he was loved by all.  Larry was born in Springfield, IL on December 28, 1942.  He served his country during Vietnam in the Army.  He had worked in general labor jobs.

Larry is survived by his Magnolia family whom he loved.  Larry was cremated and a graveside service will be at a later date in the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Cave In Rock.

Cox & Son Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements and you can send a note of comfort at www.coxandson.com

Bertha Shofner

Bertha A Shofner, age 78 died peacefully on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at home in Sturgis, Ky.  Bertha was born in Clay, KY on September 26, 1935 to the late Mike and Emma Lee (Simpson) Hartman.  She was married to Frank Johns who preceded her in death.  Bertha worked and lived in Shawneetown, IL for many years.  She worked for many years at the Loretta Nursing Home as a CNA.  She loved animals and had a pet donkey and dog that she was really close to.  She loved to be outdoors, gardening, and enjoying nature.  Bertha loved to read, go to church and visit with family and friends.  She was always a very kind soul.   She will be missed.

Bertha is survived by 1 son, Gary Johns of Sturgis, KY, 1 brother, Ernest Hartman of Freehold, NJ, and a sister Donna Leslie of Henderson, Ky.  She was preceded also in death by, a daughter, Lisa Johns, a brother, Bobby Hartman and a step brother,  Virgil Simpson.

Visitation for Bertha will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in Shawneetown, IL.  Her funeral service will be on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Rev. Jack Hall will officiate and interment will follow at the Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis, KY.

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

Rosemary Blake

Rosemary Blake
1/19/1948 - 6/21/2014

Rosemary  Blake

Rosemary Blake, age 66 of New Haven died on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Rosemary was born in Eldorado, IL on January 19, 1948 to the late Arie and Edith (O’Neil) Ackley.  She was a retired cook from the Ingram Company Barge Lines.  Rosemary love to Cook, watch Westerns and Cooking shows, be on Facebook, but mostly loved to be around her family.  She was a good mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.

Rosemary is survived by a son, Bill (Brenda) Blake of Carmi, a daughter, Vickie (Billy) Hansbrough of Eldorado, 8 Grandchildren, Charity, Hannah, Zach, Hunter, Bayli, Kelsea, Brittny, and Rachel, one great Grandchild, Avani.  A brother, Robert Ackley and a sister Donna Jean Bruington both of Jacksonville, IL  She was preceded also in death by a brother Don Ackley.

Visitation for Rosemary will be on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home in New Haven from 10:00 Am until 1:00 PM.  Her funeral will immediately follow at the funeral home at 1:00 PM with Rev. Ken Ragers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven.

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

William L. Curry

William L. Curry
8/28/1926 - 6/17/2014

William L.   Curry

William L. “Bill” Curry, age 87 lifelong resident of Gallatin County died peacefully on Monday, June 17, 2014 in the Carrier Mills Nursing Home.  Bill was born in Saline Mines area south of Shawneetown on August 28, 1926 to the late Clarence and Etta (Richeson) Curry.  On Feb. 8, 1952 he married the love of his life, Mary Joann (Brazier) who preceded him in death in 2012.  They had been married for 60 years.  Bill was a retired Coal Miner and member of the UMWA.  Bill and his wife spent many hours fishing together in their retirement years.  Wherever you seen Bill you usually seen Joann rather in town or sitting on their porch with a wave as you went by. .  Bill also love to hunt but he really enjoyed being around his family and friends and always had a kind word for you.  Bill was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be greatly missed.

Visitation for Bill will be on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Shawneetown.  His funeral service will be on Friday, June 20 at 1:00 PM,  at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Luckett officiating and interment will follow in the Reid Cemetery South of Shawneetown in the Saline Mines Area.

Bill is survived by his 5 sons,  Bill (Paula) Curry of Junction, Jim Curry (Judy Turner) of Golconda, IL, Charles (Mary Ann) Curry of Eldorado, IL, Mick (Sheila) Curry of Thomasboro, IL and Joe (Sandy) Curry of West Virginia.  15 Grandchildren, Jeff, Mike, Shane, Dan, Brad, Otis, Leslie, Logan, Sam, Joey and Joseph Curry, Deanna Henshaw, David Vanderboom,  Amy Herrell and Tera Ledbetter , 32 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren.  A brother in law, Bob Brazier of Shawneetown and a sister in law, Millie Dortch of Shawneetown.  He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 2 sons, Paul and Rodney, a brother Millard and 2 sisters, Lucy and Pauline.

In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the Reid Cemetery or to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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