Anita Sue Morehead, age 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her children on March 29, 2021 due to various health conditions. She was born on June 27, 1942 in Norris City, Illinois to Leland and Pearl (Allen) Austin. She married her hometown sweetheart, Charles Denzil Morehead (“Charlie”), on February 4, 1961. The couple moved to Chicago where Charlie attended University of Illinois Medical School, while Sue attended University of Illinois at its Chicago campus. The couple resided in St. Louis MO, Eldorado IL, Augusta GA and Louisville KY before settling in Paducah. After 52 years of marriage, Charlie preceded her in death in 2013. [Read more...]
Larry Anderson, 78, of Norris City passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was born on January 4, 1943 in Olney, IL the son of George Ellsworth and Hazel (Pyle) Anderson. Larry married Patsy J. Allen on August 14, 1967. He was part of the first graduating class from Southeastern Illinois College and went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University with his Bachelor and Master’s degrees. [Read more...]
Debra G. “Debbie” Sauls, 69, of Norris City passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Wabash Christian Village in Carmi. She was born in McLeansboro, IL on January 24, 1951 the daughter of Laurel and Helen (Lowery) Huggins. Debbie married Rick Sauls on July 20, 2013. She retired from Wabash Christian Village where she had worked as an LPN. Debbie was a member of First Baptist Church in Norris City. [Read more...]
Allyn Lee Van Vechten passed away on October 1, 2020 at her home in Easton. She was 59 years old. She was born on October 28, 1960 in Grant, Arizona, the daughter of Vincent and Barbara Keowan Hanagan. [Read more...]
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Ronald L. Austin, formerly of Norris City, Illinois will be held on Saturday August 8th, at 11 a.m. at the Community Family Life Center, 184 Clinton St, Equality, Illinois.
Janice Lane will play Amazing Grace on the piano. The officiating pastor will be Peggy Winters from the Equality Church Of God. Immediately following the service, attendees may drive to the Elmwood Cemetery just outside of Equality for a graveside service with full Military Rites. Masks are required.
Ray James, 75, of Norris City passed away at 2:28 a.m., on Monday, July 13, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Norris City, Illinois on April 1, 1945, the son of Warren and Thelma (Kennedy) McKenzie. Ray graduated from Norris City High School in 1963. [Read more...]
Ardella V. Martin, 88, resident of Norris City passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. Ardella was born January 26, 1932 in Omaha, IL to the late Hershel L. and Bernice L. (Hamilton) Farris. Ardella was a farm girl who grew up in rural Omaha. She was swept off her feet by a World War II Navy boy, Bob Martin, and they married. [Read more...]
Lester Paul McIntosh was born April 6, 1957 to Lester and Mary McIntosh of Enfield, Illinois, the youngest of four children. Paul attended William Gray Memorial School in Springerton, Illinois and graduated from Enfield Community High School.
He moved to southern Louisiana as a young man and married Darnelle Mouton in 1991. In 1996, they discovered the beauty of the Arkansas Ozarks and moved to Bruno.
In 2002, Paul began working for the US Forest Service. He found his place as a respected tour guide and teacher at Blanchard Springs Caverns. His favorite tours were always with school groups. It wasn’t uncommon for Paul to lead a group of visitors, answering questions about the cave, with a little child holding his hand as they moved along the underground trail. Paul also found joy in the wild cave tours he led, and many visitors remarked on the patience with which he helped them through tight spots and across ledges, while teaching them respect for the delicate beauty of the world underground. He retired from the Forest Service December 28, 2019.
Paul was an EMT and an active and respected member of the Bruno Volunteer Fire Department. His kindness made him a beloved member of the community.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Darnelle; two step sons, Chad (Kristie) Buford and Justin (Briggett) Buford; three favorite sisters, Mary Ellen (Marvin) Schiavone, Rebecca (Richard) Hargrave, and Leah McIntosh; two nephews Jason (Tia) Schiavone, Jon Hargrave; two nieces, Jill Schiavone and Melissa (Brian) Daugherty and several great nieces and nephew and numerous other family members who loved him dearly.
Paul also leaves behind many unfinished plans, projects and things he still wanted to learn. There are many caves he still wanted to explore, and many friends who will miss his stories, his jokes, and his smile.
A Visitation was held in Mountain Home, Arkansas on February 22, 2020. A Service and Remembrance will be held in Illinois at a future date.