J.R. “Bob” Simpson, of Cairo died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at his home. He was a retired chemist and former owner of the Cairo Board of Trade Grain Inspection Agency. He was chief of the Cairo Auxiliary Fire and Rescue Department for 69 years, a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Cairo Knights of Columbus Council 1027, and the Cairo Elks Lodge No. 651, and former director of the Alexander County Civil Defense Agency. He is survived by his wife, Anna Simpson; two daughters, Diane Papasifakis of Cairo and Judy Poole of La Center; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Phil Simpson; one grandson; and two sisters. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2013, at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo with Rev. Jerome Fortenberry officiating. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis or the charity of one’s choice in his memory.
Mrs. Bonnie Kay Burrus, age 70, of Brookport, Ill., passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, at her home with family and friends by her side. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at the Pell Cemetery. Rev. Charles Tate will officiate. Bonnie was a member of the Brookport Church of God. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Donald Burrus of Brookport, Ill.; daughters, Janet Burrus, Shelly Johnson, both of Palm Bay, Fla., and Sharla Lynn of Brookport, Ill.; son, James Burrus and wife Hiesha of Brookport, Ill.; 2 sisters, Betty Slankard and Peggy Reynolds, both of Oxford, Fla.; 6 grandsons, James Jr., Dylan, Devin, Sterleng, Jared, and Johnathan; 1 great-grandson, Johnathan Ross Jr.; several cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends, Ann and Cindy. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nannie Owens; grandson, Kevin Ross Burrus; mother and father-in-law, Ross Burrus Jr. and Lillion Burrus; several brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins. There will not be any visitation. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the services. Memorials may be made to the Brookport Church of God, P.O. Box 101, Brookport, Ill. 62910. Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis is in charge of arrangements
Randall Ray Robertson of Wickliffe died at 10:15 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, at Life Care Center of La Center. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He worked as a logger at Westvaco. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Carol Robertson; two sons, Randy Robertson of Godfrey, Ill., and Rick Robertson of Barlow; one brother, Donald Robertson of Charleston, Mo.; one sister, Daisy Reeves of Charleston; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. His parents were Earl and Mary Beasley Robertson. Services were held Monday, December 23, 2013, at Morrow Funeral Chapel of La Center with the Revs. Lynn Releford and DeWayne Chadwick officiating. Burial followed at Barlow Cemetery.
Mrs. Phyllis Harris, 83, of Metropolis, Ill., went to be with the Lord Friday morning, December 20, 2013, at Baptist Health Paducah. A celebration of her life in her new neighborhood will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at Community Christian Church located at 1150 Country Club Road in Metropolis. Pastor Mike Hardison will officiate. Burial will follow in Metropolis Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Harris was a charter member of Community Christian Church in Metropolis and a member of the Gideon Auxiliary. She loved playing bridge, ballroom dancing and reading. Phyllis was also the first recipient of the Lois Lane Award; an award given to an outstanding, working woman with an active role in volunteerism in the Metropolis community. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 63Â˝ years, Bill Harris; two daughters, Sally West and husband Terry of Massac County and Sandy Garland and husband Ray of Lone Oak; one brother, Walter Reynolds Jr. and wife Doris of Kenosha, Wis.; four grandchildren, Chad West of Dallas, Texas, Matthew Hultman of Lexington, Natalie West of Oahu, Hawaii and Mitch Hultman and wife Sarah of Murray; family friend, Brian Bleeker; two nieces; and one nephew. Friends may call to Community Christian Church from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to: Community Christian Church, 1150 Country Club Road, Metropolis, IL 62960; or Gideons International, P.O. Box 511, Metropolis, IL 62960. Online condolences may be left at www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com.
Clay Keef Brasher, 74, of Metropolis died at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at his home. Memorial services were held Monday, December 23, 2013, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Metropolis. The Rev. Glenn Coram will officiate. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery in Rosebud with military rites. Mr. Brasher was a retired automobile mechanic and welder. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Metropolis and the American Legion Post 306 and had served in the Army National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Linda Brasher; two daughters, Kathy Brasher of Fullerton, Calif., and Karen Delhousaye of Billings, Mont.; one son, Brian Keith Brasher of Garden Grove, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Gina Eckert and Deedy Silva, both of Palm Coast, Fla.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie OOsterhoff of Anaheim, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. His parents were Grady and Dorothy Keef Brasher. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Project Hope Humane Society, P.O. Box 125, Metropolis, IL 62960; or Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 579, Carmi, IL 62821. Miller Funeral Home in Metropolis is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Lou Wheeler, 67, of La Center, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 3:10 p.m. at Life Care Center of La Center. Mary Lou was born January 8, 1946, in Harvey Ill. She worked as a resident assistant in the health care industry and was a long time member of Harmony Baptist Church in Grahamville. She will be remembered as a lady who loved life. She enjoyed playing Bingo and having coffee with friends at the local Waffle Hut. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Wheeler, who lives in California; her sister, Joan Goetz, of Crown Point, Ind.; her brother, Chris Lebaue, of Mantino, Ill.; her grandson, Jimmy Ryan of California; and her best friends and caregivers, Alma McVey and Donna Pickett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Wheeler; her parents, Carl W. Puckett and Hattie Mae Adams Puckett; and her brother, Al Puckett. Funeral services were held December 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Burial will follow at Zoar Cemetery in Cunningham. The Rev Wayne Carter officiatedExpressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: The American Cancer Society, 3140 Parisa Dr., Paducah, KY 42003; or Life Care Center of La Center, 252 W. 5th St., La Center, KY 42056. You may leave a message of condolence and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com.