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Cora Phillips

May 04, 1929 - Oct 21, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

Cora Jeannene (Pollard) Phillips, 94, of Warrenburg, Mo. . , died Saturday, October 21, 2023 with family at her side. Born on May 4, 1929 in White County, IL. to the late Floyd and Irene (Johnson) Pollard. Jeannene was a 1947 graduate of Mills Prairie High School. Raised on "the hill" her parents prioritized music lesson for Jeannene and her siblings. She played guitar in The Liberty Belles, a musical group that performed locally and on the radio. Jeannene married Martin T. Phillips of Burnt Pra...Read More

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Walter D. "Pat" Bailey

Jul 14, 1931 - Feb 20, 2024

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Fairfield, IL

92 year old Fairfield resident, Walter D.“Pat” Bailey passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Pat was born on July 14, 1931 to Ralley and Tess (Thomason) Bailey in Sims, Illinois. He married the love of his life, Jennie Hollinger on November 8, 1951 in Fairfield, IL. They shared 72 years together. Pat was known as a professional timberman. He started cutting trees at an early age. He was self- employed all his working career. Survivors include his wife, Jennie of Fairfield, IL. 2 sons; Phillip (Dana) Bailey of Fairfield and Dale Bailey of Carbondale, Illinois. 2 daughters; Janice (Ed) Dees of Fairfield and Pat (Ed) Hoke of Carbondale, Illinois. 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, 1 daughter, Carol and 1 granddaughter, Ora Funeral services for Pat Bailey will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2024 at Nale’s Funeral Home with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to service time at Nale’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com Nale’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. To to the family or in memory of Walter "Pat" Bailey, please

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Patricia Rae Johnson

Nov 05, 1926 - Feb 15, 2024

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Fairfield, IL

97 year old Fairfield, Illinois resident, Patricia “Patty” Rae Johnson passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024 at her residence. Patty was born on November 5, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas to Raymond and Cleo (McKibbon) Green. Patty was married to her high school sweetheart, Bill Johnson for 71 years. They lived overseas for many years due to Bill’s work in the oil field. They eventually retired in Fairfield. Patty is survived by her children; Diane (Larry) Taylor of Fairfield, Teena (Ron) Wolfe of Rolling Prairie, Indiana and Andrew (Ingrid) Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri. Grandchildren; Lee, Lincoln, Jarod, Dillon Johnson & Laura Chaumont of Texas. Robin Taylor Mayes of Fairfield, Maegan Gallaher of Indiana and Daniel & Oliver Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri. 14 great- grandchildren and 4 great- great grandchildren as well as 3 nieces and one nephew. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Bill, son Tommy and grandson Jamie. Funeral services to celebrate Patty’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2024 at the Mt. Erie Christian Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Cisne Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www. nalesfuneralhome.com Nale’s Funeral Home of Fairfield is assisting the family. To to the family or in memory of Patricia "Patty" Johnson, please

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Larry D. Hobbs

Jun 22, 1939 - Jan 30, 2024

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Fairfield, IL

84 year old Fairfield resident, Larry Hobbs passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Larry was born on June 22, 1939 to Lee and Ella (Sprouce) Hobbs in Beggs, Oklahoma. He married the love of his life, Esther Collins on September 26, 1959 in Fairfield, IL. They shared 65 years together. Larry owned and operated Hobbs Music and Company for over 50 years. He was a veteran and a member of the Hall of Fame Fiddler. Larry regularly attended the North Side Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Esther Hobbs of Fairfield, IL. 2 Nieces; Sherri (Richard) Gray of Fairfield, IL, and Kris (Ron) Stahlman of Ulysses, Kansas. 1 Nephew; Mark (Valerie) Hardy of Sherman, Texas. Preceding him in death were his parents, 1 Brother, Bob Hobbs and 5 sisters; Elizabeth Wideem, Pauline Brady, Virginia Birdsong, Kathleen Hardy and Dortha Hagerman. Funeral services for Larry Hobbs will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Nale’s Funeral Home with visitation from 9:00 a.m. to service time at Nale’s Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Northside Baptist Church and will be accepted at Nale’s Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com Nale’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. To to the family or in memory of Larry D. Hobbs, please

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Dennis K. Vail

Aug 30, 1945 - Jan 19, 2024

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Fairfield, IL

78 year old Fairfield Illinois resident, Dennis K. Vail passed away Friday, January 19, 2024 at his residence. Dennis was born on August 30, 1945 to Pat Leroy and Orpha (Sloan) Vail in Olney, Illinois. He married Tamara Puckett on September 23, 2002 in Fairfield, Illinois. Dennis started his working career with Union Oil Company out of Noble, Illinois working in construction and repair. He was later transferred to Unocal Oil Company in Coalinga, California. working as an inspector for Black Hawk Engineering. During his career, he worked in several states around the country. Dennis was a member of the Elm Street Christian Church in Olney, Illinois. Dennis and Tamara attended the 1st. Christian Church in Fairfield. Dennis was a 32nd degree mason and member of the Shrine. Dennis was a member of the National Cutting Horse Association. Horses were a big part of his life from a young age. He competed for several years in cutting horse competition. He was also a avid coon hunter. Survivors include his wife, Tamara, of Fairfield, Illinois, a son Christopher (Christy) of Mattoon, Illinois, 1 daughter, Chandra Vail of Las Vegas, Nevada, 2 step sons, Scott (Gena) Ruhl of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Kevin (Lucy) Ruhl of Fairfield, Illinois, 1 step daughter, Jennifer (Randy) Smith of Augusta, Missouri, 1 brother, Michael Vail of Batavia, Ohio. 2 grandchildren, Christa Vail, Arvada, Colorado and Danielle (Laine) Slover, Olney, Illinois 2 great grandchildren, Ever Vail and Isla Mae Slover. 4 step grandchildren; Abigail (Joshua) Meadows of Ishinomaki, Japan. Jacob Smith of Augusta, Missouri, Ruthie (Israel) Siltman of Ocala, Florida, David Ruhl of San Diego California, Tegan Ruhl of Fairfield, Illinois and Sarah Ruhl of Fairfield, Illinois Preceding in death were his parents Memorial Services for Dennis K. Vail will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Fairfield 1st Christian Church. Burial will following at the Shrewsbury Cemetery at Mill Shoals, Illinois. Visitation will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials may be given to his granddaughter’s mission; TeamExpansion.org/themeadows or the Fairfield 1st Christian Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com Nale’s Funeral Home of Fairfield is assisting the family. To to the family or in memory of Dennis K. Vail, please

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Doris Sheets

Jul 11, 1941 - Oct 30, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

82 year old former Fairfield, Illinois resident Doris (Files) Sheets passed away Monday, October 30, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri Doris was born on July 11, 1941 to Willard and Helen (Trousdale) Files in Fairfield, Illinois. She married Ralph W. Sheets on May 20, 1989. Doris valued higher education, earning a PHD in economics. Doris retired from SMS University where she was a professor. She is survived by her husband Ralph Sheets of Springfield, Missouri, 1 brother; Dennis (Ruth) Files of Wentzville, MO. a niece; Joni Amen of O'Fallon, MO, a nephew; Bryan Files of Wentzville, MO. 6 great nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her parents. Graveside services for Doris F. Sheets will be held at 11:00 a. m. Monday, November 6, 2023 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Fairfield, IL. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Nale's Funeral Home of Fairfield, is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be left for the family at www. nalesfuneralhome. com To to the family or in memory of Doris F. (Files) Sheets, please

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Cora Phillips

May 04, 1929 - Oct 21, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

Cora Jeannene (Pollard) Phillips, 94, of Warrenburg, Mo. . , died Saturday, October 21, 2023 with family at her side. Born on May 4, 1929 in White County, IL. to the late Floyd and Irene (Johnson) Pollard. Jeannene was a 1947 graduate of Mills Prairie High School. Raised on "the hill" her parents prioritized music lesson for Jeannene and her siblings. She played guitar in The Liberty Belles, a musical group that performed locally and on the radio. Jeannene married Martin T. Phillips of Burnt Prairie, IL. on June 28, 1947 The union lasted 71 years until Lt. Col. Phillips' death in 2018. Col. Phillips' 33 year career with the U. S. Air Force took the couple and their three children to bases in the Philippines, Illinois, Texas, Washington and finally Missouri where they retired. A veteran of three wars, Col. Phillips was often away and it was Jeannene who stocially raised their children and kept their home life steady. Despite the family's many moves, Jeannene's heart never left Southern Illinois. Jeannene and her home were the center of her family. She cared deeply for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, happily hosting every birthday and holiday. . She loved beautiful things and filled her home with collections that brought her joy. There was always a half-worked jigsaw puzzle awaiting completion and a crossword being worked in her perfect penmanship. A former league bowler, golfer and sportswoman in her younger years. Jeannene continued to play catch with her great-grandchildren and follow her Kansas City sports teams until days before her death. Jeannene is survived by three children,Michael Phillips (Lynette) of Alma, Kansas, Melinda McMahan of Knob Noster,Missouri and Melissa Morehead (Thomas) of Blue Springs,Missouri. two granddaughters, Ashley Erickson (Nicholas) of Austin, Texas and Lindsey Warren (John-Kelly) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and four great-grandchildren, Finnegan, and Rhys Erickson and Whitaker and Sloane Warren. In addition to her husband, Jeannene was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd "Deon" Pollard (1994), sisters Kathleen (Kay) Carter (2017) and Lillie Belle Perry (2020) and son-in-law Michael McMahan (2015). Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p. m. on Friday, November 3, 2023 at Liberty Cemetery in Burnt Prairie, IL. under the direction of Nale's Funeral Home of Fairfield,IL Jeannen's family would like to acknowledge the kindness of her caregiver Bonnie Cannon of Warrensburg, Missouri who helped Jeannene live independently at home until only three months ago, as well as the staff of Harmony Gardens, specifically Remona Trotter. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www. nalesfuneralhome. com Nale's Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements To to the family or in memory of Cora Jeannene (Pollard) Phillips, please

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Robert Gibson

Feb 21, 1989 - Oct 09, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

34 Year old Mt. Carmel, Illinois resident Robert Gibson passed away on Monday October 9, 2023 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Robert was born on February 21, 1989 in West Virginia to Margaret Gibson. He worked at the Gibson County Coal Mine for 18 years as a coal miner. Survivors include his son Tatum Gibson and sister Korenea Cullison of Olney, Illinois Robert is preceded in death by his mother Margaret and step-father Hershel Cullison. Services for Robert Gibson will held 12:00 p. m. Friday, October 20, 2023 at Nale's Funeral Home In Albion, Illinois. Visitation will be 10:00 a. m. to service time Friday at Nale's. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www. nalesfuneralhome. com Nale's Funeral Home is assisting the family. To to the family or in memory of Robert Gibson, please

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Doris Taylor

Jan 30, 1938 - Oct 11, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

85 year old Mill Shoals resident, Doris Jean Taylor passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Jean was born January 30, 1938 to LeRoyal Ivan "Durb" and Mary Frances (Hiley) Venters in Ridgeway, Illinois. Jean married Bobby Gerald Taylor in Fairfield, IL on September 28, 1956 and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2020. Jean was a member of the Mill Shoals Missionary Baptist Church where she taught an adult Sunday School class for many years and served in a number of other capacities. She and Bobby operated "The Foddle House" in the early days of their marriage. She then went to work at Rex Filter in Barnhill. She worked as a book keeper for Combined Services Insurance Agency in Fairfield and for Tipps Steaming and Treating before retiring. She served as Mill Shoals Township Clerk for a number of years. Jean enjoyed attending as many functions of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as possible, traveling anywhere that was needed to go. She enjoyed seeing her kid's activities. She loved sitting around the kitchen table visiting and drinking coffee with anyone who was available. Jean and Bobby enjoyed square dancing and many hours of hosting lively games of "42" or Liverpool Rummy. If you were lucky enough to take part in some of these games, you know how fun and crazy it could get. Jean is survived by her daughter; Fran (Jeff) Alexander of Carmi, IL. her son; Randy (Lori) Taylor of Crossville, IL. Grandchildren; Brandon (Sonia) Allen of Fairfield, Jeremy Allen of Carmi, Rachel (Kenneth) Allen of Madisonville, KY, Ryan (Stephanie) Taylor of Mill Shoals, Eric (Hope) Taylor of Liberty Hill, TX, Ryan Alexander of Florissant, Miss, and Justin Alexander of Evansville, IN, One brother; Bill (Ruth) Venters of Mill Shoals and one sister; Mary Frances Dagley of Buckhannon, WV. Great grandchildren; Payton, Bryce, Paizley, Kenzley, Ryleigh, Remington, Stetson, Finley, Evie. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother; Leroy and sister in law Joan Venters, sister; Ann and brother in law Jack Sarks and brother in law Boone Dagley. Funeral services for Doris Jean Taylor will be held at 12:00 p. m. (noon) Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield. Burial will take place at Shrewsbury Cemetery in Mill Shoals, IL. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 10:00 a. m. to service time. Memorials may be made to the Wabash General Hospital or Residential Hospice and will be accepted at Nale's Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www. nalesfuneralhome. com Nale's Funeral Home is assisting the family. To to the family or in memory of Doris Jean (Venters) Taylor, please

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Frank Buchanan Sr

May 17, 1939 - Oct 07, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

84 year old Fairfield, Illinois resident Frank Eldon Buchanan, Sr passed away Saturday, October 7, 2023 at his residence in rural Fairfield, Illinois Frank was born on May 17, 1939 to Clarence Deward and Edna Mae (Sork) Buchanan, Sr Frank married Beverly Joyce Spray on April 15, 1965 in Fairfield, Illinois and they enjoyed over 55 years together working on their farm and raising their family Joyce preceded him in death on November 28, 2020 Frank attended the Canaan Bridge Church and was a member of the Farm Bureau and former board member Frank is survived by 1 son; Frank Eldon (Susan) Buchanan, Jr of Fairfield, 4 daughters; Sonya Grigsby of Tyler, Texas, Rhonda Buchanan of Fairfield, Lisa Ewing of Evansville, Indiana and Bobbi Jo Buchanan of Fairfield, Illinois, 8 grandchildren 2 step grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and one brother, Clarence Buchanan, Jr Funeral services for Frank Eldon Buchanan, Sr will be held, 2:00 p m Thursday, October 12, 2023 at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by Anthony Wayne Post 176 American Legion and Wayne Memorial Post, 4535 VFW Visitation will be Thursday, 12;00 (noon) to service time on Thursday Memorials may be made in memory of Frank E Buchanan, Sr to the American Legion Post 176 and will be accepted at the funeral home Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the family may be made at www nalesfuneralhome com Nale's Funeral Home is assisting the family To to the family or in memory of Frank E Buchanan, Sr , please

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Brandie Venters

Mar 14, 1982 - Oct 05, 2023

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Fairfield, IL

41 year old Mill Shoals resident, Brandie J Venters passed away Thursday, October 5, 2023 at her residence Brandie was born on March 14, 1982 in Harrisburg, IL The daughter of John and Tonya Venters She had been a CNA for several facilities over the years Survivors include her parents; John and Tonya Venters, Grandparents; Bill and Ruth Venters of Mill Shoals, IL, son; Corbin Venters of Nashville, TN, Brother; Anthony (Victoria) Venters of Mill Shoals, IL Sister; Jennifer (Cliff) Armstrong of Chattanooga, TN Nieces; Raelyn Venters and Evelyn Armstrong, Nephew; Grayson Venters and several Aunts and Uncles A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p m Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield Burial will be held at a later date Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and will be accepted at Nale's Funeral Home Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www nalesfuneralhome com Nale's Funeral Home is assisting the family To to the family or in memory of Brandie J Venters, please

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