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John W. GrayJohn Willard Gray, 78, died at 2:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Alton with his loving family by his side. He was born in Williamson County, IL on February 20, 1934, to the late William C. and Afton Berniece (Bloodworth) Gray. He married Beverly (Barkley) Gray on Oct. 14, 1956, in Herrin, Ill. She died March 3, 1983. Later he married Sue (Taul) Gray on June 22, 1985, in Brighton. She survives.

Early in life John was employed at General Motors. He worked the assembly lines. He then became the owner/operator of Gray’s Amoco in Brighton. After John sold the gas station he then started to work at Werts’s Auto Car Wash. As everyone knows, the car wash was more than a job; it was John’s social outlet.

John was active within the community. He was generous with others, always lending a helping hand to anyone in need. John was a member of, Hibbard Masonic Lodge No. 246

He is survived by three daughters, Lynn Cropper of Barn Hill, IL, Denise Hausman, and Penny Ellen Gray both of Alton; one step-daughter, Cynthia Hays of Brighton, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Delores Rauch of Dupo, IL, and Berneice and Raymond McCormick of Marion, IL, one brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Phyllis Gray of St. Louis County, Mo.

His parents, first wife, Beverly Gray, his son Keith Gray, his brother, Jack Gray, and two sons-in-law: Willard Hausman and Steve Cropper preceded him in death

The visitation will be Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Home-Brighton from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:00am at Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Home- Brighton. Burial will be at Brighton Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Crossroads Community Church.

Targhetta & Wooldridge Funeral Homes, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Nancy Ilene Weller

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Nancy Ilene Weller, 74, of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:52 pm. She was born June 4, 1949, in Litchfield, to Charles Giller and Margaret Whitman Giller. She married Kenneth Raymond Weller, Sr., on August 17, 1968, in Litchfield. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2011.

She was a caregiver. Nancy loved horses, reading, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Chester (Katina) Weller of Gillespie, Luke Weller of Gillespie, Spring Weller (spouse, Phillip Benner) of Fowler, IN, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 5 brothers, and sisters.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 4 brothers, and sisters.

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Beverly Kay Brown

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Beverly Kay Brown, 82, of Gillespie, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 8:45 am. She was born October 4, 1941, in Litchfield, to Mario Meldi and Opal Olston Meldi. She married Bob Brown on October 30, 1976.

She worked for the State of Illinois in title transferring and data processing. Beverly enjoyed reading and was an avid reader of People’s magazine.

She is survived by her spouse, Bob Brown of Gillespie, children, Joell (Sid) Flyte of Edwardsville, Jackie (Larry) Fear of The Villages, FL, Kathy Giesler of Mattoon, Kim (Joe) Brittin of Springfield, Jane (Greg) Hallum of Ishpeming, MI, Lori Brown of Temecula, CA, grandchildren, Breanna Leake, Dominique Flyte, Addie Flyte, Bradley Fear, David Fear, Brad Brittin, Melissa Casad, Amanda Kozak, Jaime Galloway, Jaimee Dobson, Jenny Knight, Emily Nault, Elyssa Gregurash, Erin Baldini, many great-grandchildren, brothers, Ron (Corky) Meldi of Nitro, WV, and sisters-in-law, June Swan and Loni Cloyd. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Jedd Hallum, and brother-in-law, Preston Brown.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Darrell Leon Hoffstot

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Darrell Leon Hoffstot, 69, of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. He was born October 2, 1954, in Granite City, to Willard Lee Hoffstot and Hazel Mae Holloway Hoffstot.

He was retired after having been an assembler for Echlin. Darrell enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and water skiing.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Hoffstot of Mt. Olive, and Zane Hoffstot of Gillespie, and sisters, Sandra Elledge of Litchfield, and Peggy (Joseph) Fischer. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Victor Hoffstot.

No public services will be held. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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