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Pam Smith

April 5, 1954 — August 7, 2019

Benton-Pamela “Pam” Sue Smith, 65, formerly of West Frankfort, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:13am at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, IN.

Pam was born on April 5, 1954 in DuQuoin to Kenneth “Kenny” and Nora (Shelton) Brandon.

Pam was a RN for 35 years at several local hospitals, but worked most recently as a nurse supervisor at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  She was a Christian and member of Lighthouse Church in Royalton.  She was a great sister, super daughter and dedicated mother.  She enjoyed peace, love and all things family.  She was a “cool” mom who was a quick learner and the “family doctor”.  She was always helpful and caring, had a big heart and as the matriarch of the family she kept everyone together.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include:

Father-Kenny Brandon of DuQuoin

Daughter- Melody Smith and husband Charles of West Frankfort

Daughter- Elizabeth Baihaghy and fiancé Ron Burmester of West Frankfort


Auron, Royal and Lucas Burmester of West Frankfort

Gage, Colton and Khloe Smith of West Frankfort


Randall J. Brandon and wife Rosa of California City, CA

David A. Brandon of Elkville


Joshua Brandon of Nashville

Jacob Brandon of Pinckneyville

Niece-Christine Schaefer of Elkville

She was preceded in death by her mother; step mother, Delores Brandon and sister in law, Linda Brandon.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2pm at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.  Rev. David Betts will officiate.  Inurnment will be held at a later date at Cundiff Cemetery in Blairsville.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 12pm until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Lighthouse Church in Royalton and will be accepted at the funeral home.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Starts at 2:00 pm

Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

201 S 13th St, Herrin, IL 62948

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