Rudell "Short" (Smith) Newcomb

January 30, 1929 ~ April 18, 2021 (age 92)


Rudell (Short) Newcomb, 92, of Benton passed away at 12:59 P.M. on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Herrin Hospital.
She was born in Ewing, IL on January 30, 1929, the daughter of Harry Lee & Juanita (Burklow) Smith.
She married Walter Lee (Jerk) Newcomb in Arkansas on October 25, 1950 and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2011.
She enjoyed playing cards, crosswords & word searches and especially being with her family.
Mrs. Newcomb is survived by her:
Son: Mike & Kathy (Williams) Newcomb of West Frankfort
Shawn & Shauna (Hawkins) Yadloski of Vienna
Trisha Robertson of Benton
Janet (Gilbreath) Fletcher & husband Bill of Sesser
Gracelyn & Griffin Yadloski of Vienna
Carly, Kayla, Kamryn & Colton Robertson of Benton
Bree Anna Fletcher of Sesser
Brother-in-law: Ronald Lee Newcomb of Ewing
Son-in-law: Bill Gilbreath of Benton
Nephew: Greg Goodman of Evansville, IN
Special Cousins:
Jerry & wife Jody Page of Marion
Suzy & husband Terry Drake of Marion
Mrs. Newcomb was preceded in death by her Parents, Sister-Mary Evelyn (Smith) Goodman, Husband-Walter, Daughter-Patricia Lynn Gilbreath and Nephew-Gary Goodman.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 21st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
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April 21, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
April 21, 2021

1:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

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