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Freeda R. Hodges

Freeda R. Townsend Hodges, 71, died May 26, 2006, at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, Ill.

She was a native of Clarksville, daughter of the late Frank R. and Sarah J. Jones Townsend, widow of Arthur B. Hodges, Baptist, and retired U. S. Postal employee in St. Louis, Mo.

Survivors include four children, Arthur R. Hodges of Auxvasse, Mo., James E. Hodges of Fresno, Calif., Beverly A. Gerlach of Vandalia, Ill., and Linda S. Yates of Eureka, Mo.; one brother, Leon Townsend; one sister, Nina Scott-Bahr; nine grandchildren, Nicole Y. Hodges, Andreya D. Hodges, Bradley E. Hodges, Amanda M. Hodges, Crystal L. Hodges, Kate A. Gerlach, Anna J. Gerlach, Keith E. Yates, and Tricia R. Yates; and one great-grandchild, Katherine Y. Cretel.

Funeral was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the First Baptist Church of Wentzville, Mo., with Rev. Dan Rush officiating.

Burial was at Mount Zion Cemetery in O’Fallon, Mo., under the direction of Baue Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, Route 3 Hwy. 185, Vandalia, Ill., or the American Cancer Society.

Lydia J. Hensling

Lydia J. Hensling, 80, of Sun City, Calif., died Thursday, June 1, 2006, at Menifee Valley Medical Center.

She was a native of Lamar, widow of William Hensling, former resident of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., founding member of Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Menifee, Calif., and former member of Peace Lutheran Church in Pico Rivera, Calif.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Hensling of Whittier, Calif.; two daughters, Carol Henckels of Mohave, Calif., and Joyce Hunt of Lakewood, Calif.; one brother, Arnold Kreipke of Clarksville; three sisters, Dorothy Smith of Los Angeles, Calif., Irene Tanner of Wichita, Kan., and Clara Blackwell of Clarksville; three grandsons, Andy Henckels, Steven Henckels and Robert Rider; and one great-grandson, Christopher Henckels.

Funeral was at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Menifee, Calif., with graveside services burial following at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

Memorials may be made to Good Shephard Lutheran Church School, 26800 Newport Road, Menifee, CA 92584.

Leroy Palmer

Leroy Palmer, 79, of Clarksville died Friday, June 2, 2006, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

A native of Clarksville, he was a son of the late Earl and Elsie Breedlove Palmer, member of the East Mount Zion Baptist Church, Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 9, and the Army National Guard where he spent 19 years prior to retiring. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mae Dennis.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Palmer; one son, Randy Palmer of Clarksville; one grandchild, Timothy Brooks of Clarksville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robbie Jackson officiating. Burial was in Carter Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Roy Shook, Shelby Shook, Burley Shook, Charlie Jones, Dan Hartman, and Jim Walters.

Honorary pallbearers were Virgil Knight and Glen Drum.

Ruby I. Young

Ruby Irene Higgs Young, 88, of Clarksville, formerly of Knoxville, died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.

She was a daughter of the late Charles A. and Jennie Lamb Turner, widow of James W. Higgs and Ellis Young, member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville, retired Johnson Regional Medical Center food service employee after 18 ba 1Ú2 ea years, and was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Andrew Turner, and one sister, Mary Caswell.

She is survived by one brother, Nolen Green Turner of California; four sisters, Etta M. Brown and Floy E. Clubb, both of Knoxville, Inez Selby and husband, Jim, of Fayetteville, and Charlene Meecham of Ely, Nev.; one sister-in-law, Cecelia Turner of California; 13 stepchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at the First Baptist Church in Knoxville with Rev. Richard Snyder officiating.

Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers will be Darrell E. Clubb, Kenneth E. Selby, Allen W. Brown, Gordon E. Higgs, Hartsel Hankins and Jerry Hankins.

Nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Roller-Cox Funeral Home.

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