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Obituaries for October 4

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Charlene F. Fox, 83, of Carbondale passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Manor Court in Carbondale.  She was born May 29, 1934 in Carbondale the daughter of Charles T. Williams Sr. and Allene M. (Ellis) Williams.  She married Rayburn Fox on June 2, 1957. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this summer. He survives and is of Carbondale.         

After graduating Class of ’51 from Carbondale Community High School and studying art at Southern Illinois University, she worked in the business office and outpatient surgery center at the Carbondale Clinic for more than 30 years.  She retired in 1997.         

Surviving family includes her husband, Rayburn Fox; son Randall R. (wife Jill) Fox of Dayton, Ohio and daughter Laura F. (husband Brian) Fudacz of Schererville, Indiana; brother Charles Tom (wife Shirley) Williams Jr. of Carterville; sister Jane (husband Jim) Siefert of Murphysboro; and five grandchildren, Garrett, Connor and Riley Fox and Matthew and Maggie Fudacz.       

She is preceded in death by her parents.      

She was a member of Grand Avenue Christian Church.  She was an avid gardener who took great pride in her yard, winning a Bright Spot award from Keep Carbondale Beautiful in 2015.  She was also a talented artist who enjoyed working with watercolors.       

Funeral services for Charlene were Monday at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale. Reverend John Annable officiated.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials donations can be made to Grand Avenue Christian Church, Carbondale.  To share a story or memory visit


Thomas Lavern Underwood, 98, of Zeigler, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, at his home in Zeigler.

 He was born in Herrin on July 15, 1919, the son of Fred and Mabel (Thomas) Underwood.  

Thomas grew up a poor, depression era, farm boy, fatherless at age 4 until his mother remarried widower Neber, adding two lovely step sisters and a step brother to the mix.  However, to talk to him he was always positive and the only one who didn’t think he had a hard life. 

As a teenager, he joined the CCC, much against his beloved Welsh Grandfather’s very strong will, surveying the rough wilderness areas in Idaho. As an 18-year-old and with his mother’s required consent, he was then able to enlist in the Navy prior to WWII, stationed in Pearl Harbor, this time making his grandfather very proud and thus healing their rift. 

He was assigned to the USS Portland, a partnership that would come to define much of his life. The Portland was seldom out of action in the Pacific Theatre and would garner a prestigious sixteen Battle Stars for her service that included pivotal battles at Coral Sea, Midway, Tarawa, Surigao Straits, Okinawa, and the sea battle at Guadalcanal that was the last surface-to-surface battle in Naval History and what Thomas would later describe as simply a bar room brawl. 

Throughout all action Thomas was at the hub of communications and had the best seat in the house atop the bridge’s signal deck. The Portland went on to become one of the most decorated vessels in United States Naval history and was accordingly honored as the ship to accept the Japanese surrender at Truk in 1945.  

Thomas was a man of honor and integrity who epitomized the very best values of the greatest generation. He was also loved by his family and friends for his intellect, quick wit, passion for dancing, and never-ending capacity to charm the ladies, especially the love of his life Carole DuMontelle from Thompsonville who preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son Thomas Lon Underwood of San Diego; Cousin- Mary Faye Parrish of Plumfield; Niece and caregiver Lisa and Dale Martin of Zeigler; Six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Neil Kevin Underwood, two brothers Larue and Fred Underwood, step-brother Bill Neber, and two step-sisters Gladys Cronin and Freda Reimer.

 A memorial graveside service to honor Thomas’ life, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at Cana Cemetery in Goreville.   Military honors will be provided by Herrin’s VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the United States Navy Ritual Team. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements.  Family and friends are asked to gather directly at the cemetery.

 Memorial donations are suggested to the Semper Fi Fund and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 S. 13th St., Herrin, IL  62948, or may be made online at  

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit


Jeffrey Howard Schultz, 49, of Carbondale, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long illness on Sunday, Sept. 24, at his residence.

Jeffrey was born April 27, 1968, in Carbondale, the son of Dr. J. Howard and Joy Windsor (Fidler) Schultz. 

 An event will be hosted by Kim Curlee, one of Jeff’s closest friends, to remember Jeff and to celebrate his love of music.  It will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Plaza-Wuxtry Records, located at 816 E. Main St., Carbondale. 


Gerald “Jerry” Lipe, 78, of Pomona passed away Monday, Oct. 2, at 12:10 a.m. in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born Jan. 22, 1939 to Harry and Hattie (Biggs) Lipe in Carbondale.

On Aug. 29, 1959 he married Betty Howerton. They shared 58 wonderful years together.

Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the American Legion and on the board for Murdale Water Department. He loved to tinker on his land.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Betty of Pomona; two sons, Mike (Lisa) Lipe of Woodlawn, Tennessee, and Kevin (Pam) Lipe of Murphysboro; grandchildren, Kierstin Lipe of Carbondale; Cody (Haley) Brashear of Murphysboro; Casey (Ashley) Brashear of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Jessica Lipe of Conway, Arkansas and Joshua Lipe of Jacksonville, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Mason, Louella, Illiana and two on the way; a sister, Mary Dillon of Carbondale; three brothers, Melvin Lipe of Carbondale; Donald Lipe of Woodriver and Bill Lipe of Effie, Louisana; nieces, nephews, other relatives and any friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

Funeral Services for Gerald “Jerry” Lipe will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Cherry officiating. Military honors will be accorded.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Cremation will be accorded and private inurnment will be at a later date in Murdale Gardens of Memory.

Memorials can be made to the Victory Dream Center and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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