Where’s God when you need a good copy editor?

April 16th, 2012 · 36 comments

Nick spotted this advertisement in his hometown newspaper, The County Journal, adding, “I have no idea what the residents of Cutler did to the Henson family.”

My Mom helped all Cutler families when they needed help but when we needed help Cutler families were no there, but God will take care of it. Nina Henson

related: My parents, the loan sharks

FILED UNDER: God · Illinois · newspaper · runaway run-on sentences · small town living

36 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Hapax Legomenon

    Cutler: where the men are too busy smiling awkwardly to help your mom.

    Apr 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   shwo! bang

    This might just be the ultimate passive aggressive response: “No, no, that’s OK. God will take care of it.”

    Apr 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   JK

    …Nina’s mom replied, “My Citizens of Cutler, My precious children, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried your ungrateful asses.”

    Apr 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   SeeYouInTea

    “We’re Deal Makers That Will Take Your Entire Tax Refund As a Down Payment On Something You Can’t Afford!”

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Rita

    Also according to that page, only 2 people signed the guest book. I wonder if the daughter is upset with a low turn out etc? I guess it would be pretty upsetting if no one came to the funural etc.

    Apr 17, 2012 at 1:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   M L

      Where can you see that? I’m missing something.

      Apr 17, 2012 at 9:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Rita

      It’s an eGuest Book, you can see the signatures.

      EDIT: just noticed my previous post ABOVE this one had been removed. I can see why that post how makes no sence lol.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 2:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Rita


    Vivian Brawley


    Vivian Brawley, 78, of Percy died Monday, March 5, 2012. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial at Cutler Cemetery, Cutler. Wilson Funeral Home, Steeleville.
    Published in Belleville News-Democrat on March 9, 2012

    So the funeral was on March 10th

    Her daughters newspaper article was on March 15th

    Apr 17, 2012 at 1:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   germangirl

      So Vivian Brawley is the mother of Nina Henson. How do you know? And what didn’t the Cutlerer do?

      Apr 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Rita

      I Googled Nina Henson and Cutler and found a website about it – I had posted the URL in a post, but it appears the admins rejected that post. Contents of that website:

      PERCY, Vivian Brawley, 78, of Percy, passed away at 11:50 PM Monday, March 5, 2012, at Three Springs Lodge in Chester, Illinois.

      She was born April 19, 1933 in Cutler, Illinois the daughter of Luther W. and Mary Edith Adams Turner. Vivian married Truman Brawley on Thursday, November 02, 1950 in Cutler, IL. Truman preceded her in death on February 9, 2009. Vivian was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal Faith.

      Vivian is survived by her: daughter: Nina Henson, Percy, IL; daughter in law: Kathy Brawley, Cutler, IL; 2 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; one sister, Ruth Patterson of DuQuoin, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

      Vivian is also preceded in death by her Parents; two sons; two sisters; and one brother.

      Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Wilson’s Funeral Home Steeleville, Illinois with Rev. David Illig officiating. Burial will follow at Cutler Cemetery, Cutler, IL. Visitation will be at Wilson’s Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Saturday from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the Family.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 2:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Anna

      That’s a LOT of visitation hours; 3 hours on Friday, 6 1/2 hours on Saturday. They must have been expecting a huge turnout. Normally families wrap that up in no more than a couple of hours in a single visitation.
      Thanks for researching it, I enjoyed it.

      Apr 22, 2012 at 12:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Rita

    Obituary also published in:
    The Southern Illinoisan
    probably: The Country Journal (can’t find anything online re this paper so I can’t do any further research into this article).

    I still want to know what caused that reaction o.0

    Apr 17, 2012 at 1:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Lorine

    Well the name of the paper is “The County Journal” not “The Country Journal”

    Apr 17, 2012 at 8:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Rita

      My bad, a typo. :)

      Anyway, I hope the random bit of research helped a little with peoples curiosity.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 2:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Dane Zeller

    Hey, Nina! I don’t think God plays the “Tit-For-Tat” game. Use your income tax refund to hire someone to visit revenge on the Cutler families.

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Nikki

    I work at a small rural newspaper. People will often call us asking us to write news stories about personal slights or quarrels that they’ve had with another person (or in this case a whole community) and will become angry when we tell them that it is not a news story. When they’re really persistent, we usually tell them that if they want to buy an ad, we can print most anything they want if its not libelous. I like to imagine that this is the result of a similar situation.

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Aradialady

      Good lord people do that? What happened to being grown up and taking on the chin or talking to people, dealing with it. You’ve blown me away Nikki!

      Apr 18, 2012 at 10:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Lil'

    This may just be the newspaper equivalent of the drunken dial.

    Apr 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Kate

    My friend who lives in the Belleville area said she heard that the daughter’s mother died with no money put away for a funeral and the daughter was trying to get people to donate money for a big to-do. Apparently, the daughter had to bury her mother quite cheaply and is P.O.ed about it.

    Apr 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Hane

      What–is this the funerary equivalent of asking for cash gifts to fund the wedding you can’t afford? Classeigh!

      Apr 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Rita

      That’s pretty sad :(

      But also rather crazy o.o

      Apr 18, 2012 at 2:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   The Elf

      The funeral industry is as out of whack as the wedding industry. The difference is that few people have the ability to plan out and save for an affordable funeral the same way they can plan out and save for an affordable wedding. It’s complicated by the very real aversion most people have towards death, so they don’t research what is and isn’t necessary to have a funeral and burial. Many funeral costs can be avoided.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 11:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   medicalvampire

      Wow. That makes me really, really glad both of my parents have specifically told me and my sister they wanted to be cremated.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   jugstopper

      In some states, you still have to buy a casket and burn it with the body. Unbelievable.

      Apr 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   Lil'

      You don’t have to buy a burial casket, but a cremation casket. They are cheaper. Families can rent the fancier versions for the viewing and burn the body in the less expensive version. It’s still expensive, but it could mean the difference between paying a few hundred dollars and a few thousand. The price of urns, though… wow!

      Apr 19, 2012 at 9:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.7   litchic

      Even a little “to-do” is incredibly expensive in the funeral business. And I bet it’s a majority of people in the US who don’t have money put aside for funeral expenses. It makes me kind of sad that communities don’t help each other out the way they used to in the “good old days.” (These are only days I’ve read about, and I’m not sure when they occurred, or whether any helping out actually happened. Just guessing.)

      Apr 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.8   We shall speak Anon

      She should have used her income tax refund as a down payment for the funeral costs!

      But that’s ok — God will take care of it (with a 12.75% loan compounded daily).

      Apr 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.9   gmg

      So her mother’s failure to have a life insurance policy is all the fault of the good people of Cutler?

      Apr 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   jugstopper

    PEOPLE OF CUTLER: GAWUD will strike you DEAD! Fvck you very much.

    Apr 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Dave

    Can’t you just use a really cheap cardboard one there. To be honest, I don’t care, because once I’m dead it’s not going to bother me either way…

    Apr 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Vulpis

      Heh. In other words, you have no respect for yourself, and expect that whatever family will be dealing with the arrangements will have no respect for you either?

      My brother and I had to deal with just this issue when our mother died a few years back. She had insurance to cover the expenses, but we were still apalled that the ‘cardboard box’ option was even offered us in the first place.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   The Elf

      Respect =/= money. Sign me up for a cardboard box. It’s in my will, actually, as I’ve requested a “green” funeral.

      May 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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    Apr 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   We shall speak Anon

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      Apr 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Harmy G

    It’s ok, His Noodly Appendage will whip your ass.

    Apr 23, 2012 at 10:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Vulpis

    Enh…I can see both sides of this. On the one hand, expecting someone else to provide for you is never a good idea. On the other…from the tone I’m guessing that the deceased was supposedly active in the community, doing charities, and the like–and noone decided to do the same in return.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up