Ronald Higgins

CENTRALIA — Ronald Higgins, 78, of Centralia, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021, at his home. He was born September 14, 1942, in Beckemeyer, Illinois, the son of Everett Higgins and Marie (Shulte) Higgins. He married Diana Watts on June 9, 1998, and she survives in Centralia. In addition to his wife, Diana Higgins of…Read more…

Lennox Storm Aziel Billberry

CENTRALIA — Lennox Storm Aziel Billberry, the infant son of LaRay Billberry, Jr. and Stephanie Light, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. In addition to his parents: LaRay and Stephanie, Lennox is survived by a brother: Ja’Ron Waithe; his grandparents: Sara Light, Effie McGee, and LaRay Billberry,…Read more…

Monica Armida Martinez

CENTRALIA — Monica Armida Martinez, 31, of Centralia, passed away at 10:33 p.m. on her birthday, Saturday, April 24, 2021, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. She was born on April 24, 1990, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Marcos R. Martinez and Michele Marie Bogardus. Monica is survived by her loving father,…Read more…

Edna (Carter) Whitt

EFFINGHAM — Edna (Carter) Whitt, of Effingham, formerly of Farina, passed away at 11:08 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham after a lengthy illness, and having reached the age of 94 years, 6 months, and 26 days. Edna was born on September 29, 1926, in Shotton Colliery, Durham,…Read more…

Onis O. Lawson

SALEM — Onis O. Lawson, 90 of Salem, Illinois passed away at his home April 23, 2021, in the care of his loving wife and children. Born May 5, 1930, in Eaton, Arkansas, he was the son of William A. and Lura P. (Helms) Lawson and they preceded him in death. Onis began working as…Read more…

James “Jim” L. Rippy

CENTRALIA — James “Jim” L. Rippy, 71, of Centralia, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021. Jim was born April 29, 1949, in Sterling, IL, the son of Clarence “Bud” Rippy and Imogene (Croger) McNitt. Jim is survived by one daughter: Carolyn Wilson and husband Kenneth of Rockford, IL; one son: James N. Rippy of Rice…Read more…

Clara Ruth Taylor

SALEM — Clara Ruth Taylor, 91, of Salem, died at her home April 22, 2021, in the care of her family. Clara worked several years at the Walmart store in Salem. She was a faithful member of the Marion County Church of Christ, Odin, IL. Her brother Bill Griffin who preceded her in death on…Read more…

Margaret “Maggie” Sue Irwin

CENTRALIA — Margaret “Maggie” Sue Irwin, 80, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born October 14, 1939, in Pawnee, Illinois, the daughter of Charles “Matt” Blakley and Mary (Boarman) Blakley. She married Glenn L Irwin on August 27, 1960, and he preceded her…Read more…

Wesley Bivens

CENTRALIA — Wesley Bivens, 31, of Centralia passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021. He was born December 10, 1989, in Centralia, the son of David Bivens and Tina Bates. Wesley was raised by his grandmother, Rose Bates. In addition to his parents, David Bivens of Odin and Tina Bates of Centralia, he is also survived…Read more…

Dolores (Dee) J Wright

CENTRALIA — Dolores (Dee) J Wright, 84, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021, in her home. She has been surrounded by her family at all times during her recent sickness and all her family was at her bedside at her passing. Dee was born June 11, 1936, in Raymond, IL, daughter of Charles…Read more…

Timothy James Moore

CENTRALIA — Timothy James Moore, 71, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021, at his home in Centralia, Illinois, with his family by his side. He was born February 10, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John Thomas and Anne Louise (Fritsche) Moore. Mr. Moore is survived by his…Read more…

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

CHICAGO (AP) — President Joe Biden’s proposal to get rid of every lead water pipe in the country could have huge ramifications. That’s especially true in communities where a large number of Black, Latino and low-income residents have been left effectively drinking from a lead straw. The problem persists decades after scientists established that lead…Read more…

“Genie” Meadows Cole

SALEM — “Genie” Meadows Cole, 64, of Salem, Illinois passed away April 14, 2021, at her home. Born November 21, 1956, in Salem, she was the daughter of William and Fae (Miller) Meadows. She was a food service provider for BCMW Project Bread Meal in Salem, She loved to attend the Indiana Covered Bridge Festival.…Read more…

Robert E. “Bobby” Pate

CENTRALIA — Robert E. “Bobby” Pate, 64, of Centralia, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bobby was born September 18, 1956, in New Harmony, IN, the son of William M. Pate and Nora B. (Manhart) Pate. He married Linda Hollingsead on February 15, 1975, in Centralia and…Read more…

Charles “Charlie” Maddox

CENTRALIA — Charles “Charlie” Maddox, 86, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Charles was born August 29, 1934, in Centralia, the son of Phillip and Wilmouth (Schmidt) Maddox. Charles is survived by one son: Jeff Maddox and wife Beth of Las Vegas, NV; one daughter:…Read more…