Eldina Benedict, Herman D. Smith

Eldina Benedict

Eldina (Keasling) Benedict, 89, of Vincennes, died on Tuesday, May  19, 2020.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Carole Albrecht; a son, Buddy Benedict; and a brother, Thomas Keasling.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Bethel Church in Freelandville. Burial will be at Bicknell Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday until the hour of services at the church. Memorial contributions to the Bethel Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes, Bicknell Chapel.

Online condolences may be made at www.fredrickandson.com.

Herman D. Smith

Herman D. Smith, 78, of Vincennes, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville.

Born June 2, 1941, in Vincennes, he was the son of Herman and Beulah (Hawkins) Smith. Herman had worked in route sales for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Herman attended church services with his wife Rita, at the Salvation Army.

Surviving are his wife, Rita Smith, who he married April 27, 1964; his children, Dale Wayne Smith and his wife, Charla, of Decker, Robin Smith-Chaplin and her husband, Gerald, of Olney, Illinois, Kris Smith-Todd and her husband, Curt, of Evansville, Bradley Smith and his companion, Lee Helderman, of Evansville, Keith Smith of Atlanta, and Bobby Smith-Corrie and her husband, Clyde, of Vincennes; a sister, Shirley Ryan of Vincennes; his grandchildren, Adam Chaplin, Josh Smith, Amber Steimel, Jeffrey Johnson, Wesley Corrie, Justin Smith, Destiny Morrison, Matthew Todd, Caleb Smith, Hannah Smith, Gavin Smith, Amber Berkshire, and Ashleigh Rodgers; and 10 great-grandchildren.

His parents; his sisters, June Wheatley, Barb Pyle, and Donna Young; and a brother, Bill Smith, preceded him.

Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home/Gardner-Brockman Chapel, 505 Main St.. Services following the visitation will be private.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.goodwin-sievers.com.


Jones, DeMova Jun, died May 21. Services may be viewed on the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home Burial & Cremation Services Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m. CDT today. Drive-thru visitation will be held from 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Burial: Sumner (Ill.) Cemetery. Memorials: Sumner Senior Citizens Center. Condolences: www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com.


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