Jimmie Lee Hughes, 81, of Pembroke Township, passed away Oct. 9, 2014, at his home.
He was born June 9, 1933, in Reform, Ala., the son of C.D. and Lillie Brown Jones. Jimmie married Lorrene Davis on Sept. 5, 1953, in Muskegon, Mich.
Mr. Hughes served in the U.S. Army in Korea.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator, a resident of the Pembroke Township area for 54 years, a deacon at St. Anne Woods Community Chapel in St. Anne, a member of NABVET and enjoyed riding motorcycles.
Surviving are his wife, of Pembroke Township; one daughter, Linda (Alexander) Sherman, of Kankakee; three sons, James (Modestine) Hughes, of Arvene, N.Y., Jerry Hughes, and Glenn Hughes, both of Pembroke Township; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph (Elaine) Glass, of Matteson; special friends, Michael Watkins, Teddy Jenkins and Leroy Ellis.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at St. Anne Woods Community Chapel in St. Anne, with the Rev. Louis Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Momence Cemetery. Leggett Funeral Home in Hopkins Park is handling the funeral arrangements.
Bertha Deborah Bradley, 69, of Pembroke Township, passed away Friday (Oct. 3, 2014) after a long illness.She was born Nov. 11, 1944, in Chicago Heights, the daughter of the Rev. Major and Amie Simon McDonald.
Ms. Bradley was an infirmary transporter for Good Shepherd Manor in Momence. She had retired from Pembroke Township after 20
years of service, served as a trustee of the Pembroke Fire Protection District and was a St. Anne High School Board Member.
She was a community leader for various events and groups. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, dancing, gardening,
playing cards, caring for pets and she enjoyed family gatherings and vacations.
Surviving are three sons, Jamal (Ida) Simington, of Bloomington, Leon Mondy, of Pembroke Township, Alexander (Tiara) Mondy, of Kankakee; two stepdaughters, Teresa Mondy, of Kankakee, Alyce Mondy, of Greenwood, Ind.; one brother, Major McDonald Jr., of Kankakee; and eight grandchildren, Sharona, Tonita, Corey, Miles, Makayla, Elon, Kaden and Jai.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Friday until the noon funeral services at Morning Star Baptist Church in Kankakee, with the Rev. Howard L. Wills Jr. officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Elvia Lee Steward, 97, of Pembroke Township, passed away Friday (Aug. 1, 2014) at Presence Our Lady of Victory Nursing Home in Bourbonnais.
She was born Aug. 26, 1916, in La Crosse, Va., the daughter of James Harris and Lelia Spencer.
Elvia was a resident of the Pembroke Township area for 50 years; a retired mental health technician at the Manteno State Hospital; former Pembroke Township Clerk; co-county chairman of the Democratic party; and a member of Pembroke Fellowship Church in St. Anne. She served the community in many ways as a member of the board of directors for CRAFT and PAFHC; a charter member of the Sheriff Merit Commission; charter member and secretary of AFSCME Council 31; executive board, secretary, treasurer and president of AFSCME 57 retirees; president of the Pembroke Community Choir; a member of Habitat for Humanity; member of the area agency on aging's advisory board; chairperson for Kankakee Triad, Kankakee County Sheriff's Department; president of the Kankakee Mental Health Council; and recipient of the Bell Morgan Mental Health Award.
Surviving are her two nieces, Ardell Thompson, of Washington DC, and Erica (Kieran) Carden, of Maryland; three nephews, Kevin Simmons, of Washington DC, Paul Virgo, of Maryland, and Larry Walker, of California; and great nieces, Chelsea, Patricia, Natalie, Carden, and Sophia Virgo.
Preceding her in death were two husbands; two brothers; and four sisters.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. funeral services at Pembroke Fellowship Church, 13279 E. 5000S Road, St. Anne, with the Rev. Rodney Lake officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.
Dorothy Croom, 69, of Pembroke Township, passed away Friday (Aug. 1, 2014) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
She was born July 6, 1945, in Shaw, Miss., the daughter of Horace Misters and Essie Mae Smith.
Dorothy was a resident of the Pembroke Township area for 15 years, a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, gardening and shopping. She was a member of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, Hopkins Park.
Surviving are a daughter, Jacqueline Croom, of Kankakee; two sons, Jerome Misters, and Dennis (Marie) Misters, all of Pembroke Township; five sisters, Margaret Love, and Lillie (Willie) Pittman, all of Chicago, Katherine Copeland, of Madison, Ala., Marine Wright, of Kankakee, and Pearl Gholston, of Pembroke Township; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and one brother.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10 a.m. funeral services at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, 4347 South Walnut in Hopkins Park, with the Rev. Llewroy King officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.
Gloria Douglas, 77, of Kankakee, passed away Sunday (Sept. 28, 2014) at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee.
She was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Chicago.
Gloria was a retired mental health technician at Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee. A resident of the area for 55 years, she was a member of Greater Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Momence and on the mother's board at the church, enjoyed playing bingo and was an avid Chicago Bulls fan.
Surviving are two daughters, Camille Douglas, of Kankakee, and Tanya Douglas, of Kankakee; three sons, Carlos (Shirley) Douglas, of Park Forest, Tommy (Shelia) Douglas, of Atlanta, Ga., and Kevin (Tammi) Douglas, of Kankakee; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband; and two sons.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at Shiloh Full Gospel Church, 963 S. Dearborn Ave., Kankakee, with Bishop James E. Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Momence Cemetery.
Irene Seals, 77, of Pembroke Township, passed away Thursday (Nov. 28, 2013) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be at 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services on Saturday at Victorious Life Ministries (Church of the Cross) in Momence. The Rev. Louis Barnes will officiate. Cremation rights will be accorded.
She was born July 29, 1936, in Chicago, the daughter of William and Willa Anderson Ramsey.
She was owner of Boots and Saddle Ranch in Pembroke Township, a resident of the area for 35 years, a home health nurse, a social worker for Catholic Charities and enjoyed horseback riding, bowling and farming.
Surviving are one daughter, Diane McDonald, and one son, Davis McDonald, both of Pembroke Township; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her husband, one granddaughter, one brother, one sister and her parents.
Derrick Baines, 32, of Sun River Terrace, passed away Feb. 5, 2014. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at St. Anne Woods Chapel. The Rev. Louis Barnes will officiate. Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee. Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park, is in charge of arrangements.
Albert “Big Al” McCoy was born January 21, 1940 to William McCoy Sr. and Laura Tolliver in Chicago, IL.
He was affectionately given the name “Big Al” because of his size and humorous personality. His joy was talking trash and dancing.
Al accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of Rev. Barney Ray while he attended Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. He later joined Gethsemane Gardens in Kankakee where he served as a deacon.
In 1979 he married the love of his life, Ms. Vella Ilion. They were united for 23 years until her death. He was stepfather to 10 children; Ricky, Carylon, Barbara, Genel, Elinora, Patricia, Marion, James, Rodney and Roxanne.
Albert had a variety of jobs; he worked as a custodian at Pembroke School, a funeral attendant at Leggett Funeral Home, a housekeeper and union steward at Manteno State Hospital and later worked at Tinley Park where he retired. Prior to his illness Al ran his own lawn care business.
He was a member at Austin Timms Lodge IBPOE. He volunteered on the local fire departments as the assistant fire chief and also served as a Democratic Party Precinct Captain.
He leaves to cherish his memory; 2 sisters, Eleanora “Dolly” Oleghe and Patricia McCoy. 2 brothers; Thomas E. McCoy and Donald R. McCoy, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Al departed this life on Saturday, May 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, 4 brothers and 2 stepchildren.
Sarah Jones, 62, of Pembroke Township, passed away Monday (May 19, 2014) at her home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, until the 11 a.m. funeral services at Victorious Life Christian Center (Church of the Cross) in Pembroke Township. Pastor Lisa Dyson will officiate. Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park, is in charge of arrangements
Lashawn M. Eubanks, 36, of Pembroke Township, passed away May 19, 2014, at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday, May 31, until the 10 a.m. funeral service at St. Anne Woods Community Chapel, St. Anne. The Rev. Louis Barnes will officiate. Burial will be in Burr Oaks Cemetery, Alsip. Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park, is in charge of arrangements.
William Burse, 62, of Pembroke Township, passed away Saturday (June 14, 2014) at his home.
Mr. Burse was born July 12, 1951, in Chicago, the son of J.D. Sr. and Mary Ella Jones Burse. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, was an elder of the Church of God in Christ, a resident of the Pembroke Township area for 62 years, and his hobbies included fishing and playing guitar.
Surviving are two sons, Jason (Nakita) Burse, of St. Anne, and Gabriel (Ashanda) Burse, of Bellwood; one daughter, Willary Burse, of Chicago; his mother, Mary Burse-Wright, of Pembroke Township; five brothers, Murion Burse, of Peoria; J.D. (Marion) Burse Jr., of Omaha, Neb., Stephan (Viola) Burse, of Kankakee, Terrance Burse, of Rantoul, and Earnest Burse, of Kankakee; five sisters, Debria Leach, of Huntsville, Ala., Michelle Burse, of Indianapolis, Lawana Burse, of Pembroke Township, Arnita (Elder Olatunde) Ogunyemi, of Ruston, La., and Shenery Burse, of Rantoul; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at New Jackson Tabernacle Church in Kankakee and again from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral services on Tuesday, also at New Jackson Tabernacle Church with the Rev. Tommie Wright officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.
Leona Childress, 87, of Pembroke Township, passed away Sunday (July 13, 2014) at her home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. funeral services at St. Anne Woods Chapel in St. Anne, with the Rev. Louis Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood.
Sheila Franklin, 64, of Kankakee, passed away on Oct. 18, 2014, in St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation for Sheila will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Free Christian Center, 111 East Oak St. in Kankakee. An additional time for visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. funeral services, also at the church, with the Rev. Christopher Clark officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Leggett Funeral Home.
Ms. Franklin was born on Oct. 16, 1950, in New Albany, Miss., the daughter of Harvey Ezell Franklin Sr. and Louise Franklin. She was a 1971 graduate of Eastridge High School in Kankakee and attended Olivet Nazarene University for a brief time. She was employed by Kankakee State Hospital. Ms. Franklin enjoyed traveling, shopping, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Leaving to cherish her memories are three daughters, Aleshia (Cherie) Franklin, Kizzy (Terry) Bright and Yamanikia (Jamayal) Franklin, all of Kankakee; two sons, Darrick (Tammy) Franklin, of Jackson, Miss., and Emmanual (Sharron) Franklin, of Kankakee; 12 grandchildren, Demecia Franklin, Derrionna Franklin, Shania Williams, James Grant, Darrick Franklin Jr., Shanika Travis, Dana Adams, Quanta Grant, Shavonta Williams, Trejuare Grant, Briyyante Grant and Kimniya Franklin.
Also surviving are three sisters, Lois Franklin, of Memphis, Tenn., Heleon Phillips, of Joliet, and Helen (Christopher) Smith, of Denver; five brothers, Charles (Ruth) Franklin, of Joliet, Hayes (Francine) Franklin, of Ripley, Miss., Harvey (Pamela) Franklin, of Memphis, Tenn., Robert (Kimberly) Franklin, of Bay Minette, Ala., and Steve Franklin, of Chicago; two uncles, Seal (Agnes) Brown and Sam (Pauline) Vincent; special cousin, Vanessa Brown; special sisters, Claudine Thompson and Katerine Brooks; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two sisters, Yvonne DeCarla Franklin and Mary Louis Franklin; and best friend, Dorothy Edwards.
Jesse L. Caston Jr., 61, of Kankakee, passed away Tuesday (Nov. 12, 2013) at his home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at the Church of the Cross in Momence. The Rev. Judge Mills will officiate. Burial will be in Mound Grove Gardens of Memory, Kankakee. Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park, is in charge of arrangements