Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 20, 2013

Charlene Graham



Charlene (Smothers) Graham, age 79, of Mt. Vernon passed away 2:25 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.

Charlene was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Benton, a daughter of Charlie and Jewell (Launius) Smothers. She worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Raymond Coss in Mt. Vernon until retirement. Charlene was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. Graham is survived by her three sons, Rick McMahan and wife Pam, Doug McMahan and wife Linda, and Michael McMahan all of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Cathy Owens and husband David of Champaign; brother, Dean Smothers and wife Ruth Ann of Benton; sister, Jean McCoy of Benton; 10 grandchildren, Maia Nuracke and husband Jeff, Andrea Snyder and husband Jon, Katie McMahan, Amy Cheek and husband Kyle, Casey Henry, Ashley Snow and husband Charlie, Melissa McMahan, Megan McMahan, Mallory McMahan and Braxton McMahan; and also nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Carol Ann; and brother-in-law, Edward Earl McCoy.

Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with Pastor David Shores officiating.

For those wishing, memorials may be made to the First Freewill Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home.

For more information call Newell Funeral Home at 246-0100 or visit online at for on-line obituary and on-line condolences.