Pam Smith

Apr 5th, 1954 - Aug 7th, 2019


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Aug. 10th, 2019 12pm-2pm


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Aug. 10th, 2019 2pm

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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7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: David Brandon

    From: Elkville, Illinois

    Date: August 7, 2019

    I Love you Sis I couldn’t have had a better Sister. I will cherish all of our memories till I die. You where the best !!

  • Guest: Jimmie Brandon

    From: Waukegan, Illinois

    Date: August 7, 2019

    So very sorry for your loss … many happy memmories growing up in Waukegan with Pam, Randy, David with Aunt Nora and Uncle Bub … Pam and I used to share a stroller when our Moms walked to the store and always the memmories of summer vacations.

  • Guest: Sherry Tudor

    From: DU QUOIN, Illinois

    Date: August 8, 2019

    I am so sorry for everyone’s loss. She was loved by many and will be missed by many.
    I will be praying for each one of her family and friends that in these following days that the Peace of God comforts all of you.

  • Guest: Karen Girling

    From: Three Forks, Montana

    Date: August 8, 2019

    A beautiful lady that loved her family, had a big heart. One of the best cooks could make the best pies. Lots of good memories that will be cherished prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  • Guest: Shelley Miller

    From: west frankfort, Illinois

    Date: August 8, 2019

    when I adopted bethy I knew there was gonna come a time that I’d meet MOM lol Pam$ and there was no hard feelings we became quick friends and I was thanked for being there for her when she couldn’t and I then did other things for Pam later but we always had great conversation u will b missed …

  • Guest: Joshua Brandon

    From: Nashville , Illinois

    Date: August 8, 2019

    Aunt Pam you always had such a calm and peace about you that I always appreciated. I knew I could always come to you if I needed to talk. You were like my second mom and I will miss you so much. Love you, your eldest nephew

  • Guest: Justine Smith

    From: Royalton , Illinois

    Date: August 10, 2019

    Pam, you were the sweetest woman! Such an amazing mother, sister , friend etc. you were always there for my mama when she needed someone.. You’re such a wonderful passionate person that deserved the most out of life! You will be missed entirely Mama Pam! RIP with the angels.