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Ferna Mae Prosser Chapman
Shelbyville
Ferna Mae Prosser Chapman, 98, of Shelbyville passed away at 1:50 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001 in the Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Chapman was born January 6, 1903 in Shelbyville, the daughter of W. Scott and Nellie E. Dildine Prosser.
She was a member of First Christian Church of Shelbyville and formerly worked at Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou Corporation in Shelbyville.
She married Morris Chapman in Shelbyville July 28, 1923 and he passed away March 6, 1986.
Surviving are sons Melvin Chapman and wife Betty of Victorville, CA and Merle Chapman and wife Beverly of Findlay; thirteen grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and ten great, great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Morris, daughter Pauline Clawson, son Loren Chapman, her parents, two grandchildren, brothers Lawrence Prosser and Carroll Scott Prosser and sister Reatha Cordray.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Dr. Paul Pryor will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time on Tuesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Shelbyville.
Our family would like to thank her extended family at the Shelbyville Manor for their compassionate care and friendship.

Louise Perry
Sullivan
Louise Perry, 75 of Sullivan died at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2001 in the Moweaqua Retirement Center.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with the Pastor Mark Sanders officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Private family graveside services will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice.
Louise was born October 30, 1926 in Owensboro, Kentucky the daughter of Moses R. and Rebecca Cook Stewart. She was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith. She married Esther Elsworth 'Dusty' Perry on May 2, 1953 in Litchfield, Kentucky and he preceded her in death on September 30, 1976.
Surviving are her sons, George Randall Sapp of Owensboro, Ky, Steve Edward Perry and his wife Betty of Taylorville, Scott Elsworth Perry and his wife Terry of Shelbyville, Sonny Eugene Perry and his wife Brenda of Flora, Spencer Earl Perry and his wife Carrie of Sullivan; daughters, Sandra Evon Barnes and her husband Rick of Sullivan, Susan Elaine Moon of Sullivan; brothers, James Earl Stewart and his wife Carol of Hammond, Indiana, Guy Richard Stewart of Owensboro, Ky; sister, Joan Campbell and her husband Robert of Owensboro, Kentucky; seventeen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five sisters and two brothers. 

Virginia Hartman
Findlay
Virginia R. Hartman, 89, of Findlay passed away at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 14, 2001 in the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Hartman was born on April 5, 1912 in Arthur, the daughter of Orville and Laura Hunsaker Makepeace.
She was a member of the Shelby County Home Extension and the American Business Women's Association and was a volunteer for the Shelby County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She formerly was employed by Sta-Rite Ginnie Corporation of Shelbyville and the United States Civil Service. She also had been a legal secretary for the law firm of Dove and Dove in Shelbyville.
She married Paul P. Hartman in June of 1930 in Crown Point, IN. and he passed away September 29, 1968.
Surviving are a son, Mike Hartman and wife Janet of Findlay; granddaughter, Susan Arthur and husband Larry of Findlay; great grandson, Brandon Arthur of Boulder, Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay.

Ernest McBride
Findlay
Ernest McBride, 88, of Findlay died at 12:35 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2001 at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. 

Ethel Laverne Halleman
Pana
Ethel Laverne Halleman, 91, of Pana, died on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 in the Heritage Manor in Pana. 
She was born on May 16, 1910 in Pana, the daughter of Otto and Effie Driskel Wieneke.
She lived in Pana until her marriage to Armine Halleman on September 30, 1933 in the Methodist Church in Nokomis.
She and her husband moved to Ohlman, Illinois while he was associated with the funeral home in Nokomis. They moved to Alhambra in 1956 and then to Marine in 1960 where she and her late husband were owners of Halleman Funeral Home, Marine, now Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home.
She was a member of the Marine United Church of Christ, Women's Guild and former member of the church choir; past member and past Matron of Unitey Chapter 403 Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by her son, Norman Halleman and wife Gay of Hilton Head Island, SC; three grandchildren Tracy Tarry of Bronxville, N.Y.; Kirby Carr of New York City, NY; Edward Halleman of Dallas Texas; three great grandchildren and her sister Evelyn Cloninger of Pana.
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 10, 1976; three sisters, Mildred Miles, Marian Nantkes and LaVonne Wieneke.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be on Friday, December 28, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. David Kniker officiating. 
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, in rural Nokomis.

Helen Mose
Shelbyville
Helen L. Mose, 77, of Shelbyville, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2001 in Shelbyville Manor.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. There will be no visitation. Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mose was born on February 12, 1924 in Shelby County, the daughter of Lloyd and Mae Dilley Walborn. Her employment's included the Lidster Hotel, Westervelt Schools and Shelbyville Restorium. She attended the Henton Church of God. She married Earl C. Mose on January 8, 1942 and he died on December 17, 1950.
Survivors include son, Gaylord Mose of Clermont, Florida; daughters, Marjorie Milby, Delores Blackwell and husband Glenn both of Shelbyville and Janet Randolph and husband Bob of Murphysboro; brother, Lloyd William Walborn and wife Marilyn of Harrisburg; 13 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 9 step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one son, David Mose. 

Virginia Adams
Moweaqua
Virginia Irene Adams, 89, of Moweaqua, died on Tuesday in the Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield at 10:47 p.m..
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Seitz Funeral Home in Moweaqua with Rev. David Good officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Moweaqua.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or Shelby County American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Adams was born on October 20, 1912 in Cowden.
She was the daughter of Jacob and Corda Christy Lockart.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Moweaqua and formerly worked as a waitress.
She married Orville Lee Adams on May 28, 1932 in Decatur. He preceded her in death on September 8, 1989.
She is survived by her son, Robert and wife Ruth of Pittsfield, Illinois; daughter, Wanda Lee and husband Bob Daddo of Kissimmee, Florida; brother-in-law, Gilbert Baird of Moweaqua, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother George Lockart and sister Wanda Baird.

Eleanor Sprinkle
Pana
Eleanor J. Sprinkle, 94, of Pana died on Monday December 24, 2001 in the Heritage Manor in Pana.
She was born April 7, 1907, the daughter of William Franklin and Ella Curry Mohr.
She was a homemaker and also farmed with her late husband. They later owned and operated Pana Liquor for 16 years.
She came to Pana as a child and lived there her entire life.
She graduated from Pana High School in 1925 and married W.H. "Henry" Sprinkle on December 245, 1934 in Poplar Bluff, MO.
She is survived by her sons Larry W. Sprinkle and wife Sharon of Washington, IL; Gary L. Sprinkle and wife Penny of Pana, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband on July 2, 1997; 1 daughter Mary Kae in infancy; twin brothers Lowell & Noel.
Visitation is Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 29, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Lawrence Gibson officiating.
Burial will be in Rosamond Grove Cemetery, Rosamond, Illinois.

Leona Brandt
Effingham
Leona S. Brandt, 81, of Effingham, died at 8:02 a.m. on December 22, 2001 in New Port Richie, Florida.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on December 28 in Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 27 in the Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson.
Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery.
She was born on March 12, 1920, the daughter of William F. Quast and Dora Velpoe Elliott Quast.
She married Gerald G. Brandt in 1936, he preceded her in death in 1991. She was a homemaker most of her life.
She is survived by her daughters, Yvonne Allsop and husband Ralph of Cheyenne Wyoming. Anna M. Ervin and husband Markes of Sebastian, Florida.
She is also survived by her brother George Quast and wife Betty of Plainfield, Illinois and sisters, Louise Rohlf of Mattoon and Dorothy Camic and husband William of Windsor.
Her grandchildren, Monte Allsop and wife Pam of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Eric Allsop and wife Yavetta of Cypress, Texas and Markes Ervin III of Fort Pierce, Florida as well as 23 nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and 2 nieces.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund of Shelby County and the American Diabetes Association.

Rex McKittrick
Fort Wayne, IN
(Formerly of Shelbyville)
Rex R. McKittrick, 75, died on Monday at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. 
Born in Shelbyville, he was an accountant with GTE for 13 years and retired in 1987. He also worked for International Business College for 13 years and was a member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Donna Lee Ann; three sons, Ladean of Bozeman, MI; Brent of Lynchburg, VA and Lynn of Indiana; two sisters Rosalie Borton of West Frankfort, Illinois and Louise Sisk of Tower Hill and one step grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald. 
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday with calling one hour prior at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave.
Visitation from 2 until 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd. 
Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. 

Orville "Dutch" Ruff
Monroe
(formerly of Shelbyville)
Orville "Dutch" Ruff, 72, of Monroe died on December 23, 2001. He was born on June 15, 1929 in Shelby County to the late Nellie Sarilda Davis Ruff and the late Edward Frederick Ruff.
Surviving are wife: Virginia Duffey Ruff of Monroe; daughters and son in law: Sarilda and David White of Monroe and Janet DeAnn Ruff of Ridgeville, SC; sons and daughters in law: Kim and Kathy Ruff of Jackson, Edward Ruff of Tucker and David and Carla Ann Ruff of Dallas; sisters in law: Mae Ruff of Decatur and Goldie Ruff of Des Plaines, IL; brother: Willie Ruff of Shelbyville; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and special friends: Susan D. Wilson and Valerie Ruff.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at Walker Baptist Church with Reverend Tommy Pulliam and the Reverend John King officiating. Graveside service followed at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson, GA. Pallbearers were: Tom Knox, Tommy Eidson, Matt Wooddell, Fred Bennett, Les Whisenhunt, Kerry Knox, Norman Wilkins and Dan Ruff. Honorary pallbearers were Walker Baptist Church Sunday School Class. Contributions can be made on behalf of Orville Ruff at Walker Baptist Church, P.O. Box 885/Hwy 11 Church Street, Monroe, GA 30655.
Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Earl Scrivner
Fort Myers, Florida
(Formerly of Decatur)
Robert Earl Scrivner, 71, died December 26, 2001 in Fort Myers, Florida. Mr. Scrivner was born in Decatur, he moved to Long Creek at age 11. He attended Mt. Zion High School. Mr. Scrivner retired as Co-Owner of Carll Grabb Motors after 38 years. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary L. Heddins Scrivner; sons, Robert L. Scrivner of Scottsdale, AZ., David W. (Nan) Scrivner of Chillicothe, Illinois and grandson, Jonathen. 

Sister Mary Matthias Clarke
Springfield
Sister Mary Matthias Clarke, OP, 71, of Sacred Heart Convent, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at the Motherhouse in Springfield.
Sister Mary was born in Farmersville, Illinois on January 28, 1930 to Matthew and Lula Rowland Clarke. She entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters in 1949 and pronounced her religious vows in 1950.
In the years 1950-83, Sister M. Matthias taught in elementary schools in Chicago, New Berlin, Hampshire, Granite City, Peoria, Hardin and Rantoul. 
From 1983-91, she resided in Arcola and taught religious education classes in the Shelbyville area. 
During the last 10 years she served at the Springfield Diocesan Pastoral Center first as founder and director of the Catholic Pastoral Media Center and most recently as the diocesan archivist.
Sister Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bridget Sue Clarke; and nephew Dennis Clarke.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Eileen Clarke Weitekamp of Morrisonville; a stepbrother, Bernard Benson of Joplin, Mo.; a brother, Patrick Clarke of Farmersville; 4 nieces and 5 nephews; and her Dominican Sisters with whom she lived and ministered.
The mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21, at Sacred Heart Convent, and the burial will be on Tuesday.
Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation at the Motherhouse on Sunday, January 20, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Wake service at 7:00 p.m.

Rosalie Grafton Long
Shelbyville
A memorial service for Rosalie Grafton Long will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2002 in the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville. A time for fellowship and food will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church.
Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be at a later date in Adams Cemetery in Kelly, Louisiana. 
Memorials may be given to Habitat for Humanity in Shelby County or Lincolnland Hospice.
Mrs. Long, 95, of Shelbyville, formerly of Kelly, Louisiana, died in her home, Thursday, January 10, 2002. 

Harold Lloyd Pope
Herrick
Harold Lloyd Pope, 79, of Herrick, died at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2002 in St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday January 15, 2002 in Christ Tabernacle, Herrick with Rev. Thomas W. Suey and Rev. Derold R. Doughty officiating.
Visitation from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Burial will be in Myers Cemetery, Herrick. Memorials may be given to the donor's choice.
Mr. Pope was born on May 3, 1922 in Fayette County, the son of George W. and Rosa Lawrence Pope. He was a retired welding instructor for Lakeland College, Mattoon and a member of Christ Tabernacle, Herrick, where he served as a church board member for 17 years. He married Mattie Clark on November 16, 1940 in St. Charles, MO.
Surviving are his wife Mattie; sons, Duane Pope and wife Lorena of Mattoon and Bruce Pope and wife Debbie of Herrick; daughter Coral Dolan and husband Dan of Herrick; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and four sisters.

Gwendolyn Ruth Boggs
Shelbyville
Gwendolyn Ruth Boggs, 77, of Shelbyville, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, FL. died at 3:40 a.m. Saturday January 12, 2002 in the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville. She was born April 8, 1924 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Orlia and Bertha Bixler Hill. 
She returned to Shelbyville in 1985 after working 30 years as Secretary of the Building and Zone Department for the City of Fort Lauderdale. She was formerly a switchboard operator for the Decatur Memorial Hospital and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Shelbyville. She married George Boggs and he preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Steele and husband, Mark of Shelbyville; granddaughter, Lori Price and husband Jeff of Shelbyville, precious great-granddaughter, Rachel Dianne and dear friends Charles, Betty and Bess.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Pastor Tom Suey officiating. 
Visitation will be one hour before servicetime on Wednesday. 
Burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Memorials for Gwen can be made in the form of love and prayers for her.

Eva F. Bennett
Topeka, Kansas
Formerly of Shelbyville
Eva F. Bennett, 91, of Topeka, Kansas, died on Thursday, January 10, 2002 in her residence.
She was born February 12, 1910 in Shelbyville, the daughter of David Oscar and Stella Ruff Yost.
Mrs. Bennett was raised in Emporia. She attended Empora State Teachers College, majoring in art. She worked for Creative Educational Society and traveled the midwest. She owned and operated a beauty salon in Topeka for several years. She was active in Fairlawn Plaza Merchants Association; Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce; YWCA; Pi Delta Theta Sorority; Golden City Forum; Everywoman's Resource Center; Topeka Community Foundation; Peppertree Homeowners Association Board; Capper Foundation; Topeka Zoo and was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist.
She married R. J. McOwen on September 26, 1938. He died on April 10, 1960. She married Charles R. Bennett on March 10, 1962. He died on August 27, 1985.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Roberta McOwen, died August 30, 1958.
She is survived by her sister Myrel Carr of Anthony, KS; sister; Gladys Roberts of Lawrence, KS; sister Nita Hinkle, Vista, CA; Edna Louise McOwen-Witz, Hilton Head, SC; LaVera Bennett-Ratcliff, Eureka Springs, AR and several nieces and nephews.
A cremation is planned. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday February 17 at the Bradbury-Thompson Center, Washburn University, Topeka.
Memorials may be made to the Capper Foundation, 3500 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66604.
Funeral Home in charge of services, Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, Kansas, 66604. Director Fred Holroyd.

Rosalie Grafton Long
Shelbyville
Rosalie Grafton Long, 95, of Shelbyville, formerly of Kelly, Louisiana, died peacefully at home, at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2002.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2002 in the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville. A time for fellowship and food will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville is in charge of the arrangements.
Interment will be at a later date in Adams Cemetery in Kelly, Louisiana, beside her husband, Edgar and grandson Scott. Memorials may be given to Habitat for Humanity in Shelby County, PO Box 148, Shelbyville, IL 62565 or Lincolnland Hospice, 700 W. Lincoln Ave., Suite 800, Charleston, IL 61920.
Mrs. Long was born on September 15, 1906 in Bernice, Louisiana, the daughter of Benjamin Whitney and Martha Rebecca Gray Grafton. She was the third of their ten children and she outlived all except one sister. She married Edgar Thompson Long on December 19, 1936. He preceded her in death in 1978.
She was a founding member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Shelbyville, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #69 of Shelbyville and Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter in Olla, Louisiana.
She was an avid crossword puzzle worker, an accomplished quilt maker and an excellent cook, especially pies and cakes. During her 95th year, she made a quilt and donated it to be used for fundraising for Habitat for Humanity in Shelby County, where her son-in-law, Winston Campbell is president.
Surviving are her children, David Grafton Long of Navasota, Texas and Ann Long Campbell and her husband Winston of Shelbyville; four grandchildren, Jan Campbell Jesse and her husband Wyatt, and their children, Waylon, Clayton and Luke of Shelbyville; Teresa Campbell Holland and their children, Nikki and Christian of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Charlotte Long Hughes and her husband Douglas and their daughter, Paige of Dallas, Texas; and Priscilla Long Hooper and her husband Robert, and their children, Robby, Henry and Madison of Medfield, Massachusetts; and one sister, Dorothy Grafton Jarmon of Dubach, Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar; her only grandson, Scott Michael Campbell; six brothers and two sisters.

Ethelyn Eugenia White
Shumway
Ethelyn Eugenia White, 89, of Shumway died at 10:06 a.m. Saturday January 12, 2002 in Sunbridge of Effingham.
She was born on August 20, 1912 in Gary, IN the daughter of Lawrence and Esther Berquist Malo. 
She married Arthur Charles White on June 17, 1931 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on August 31, 1998.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in New Port Richey, FL and the Order of the Eastern Star in Downers Grove. She was a homemaker after working as head cashier for Giesche Shoe Store in Downers Grove.
Surviving are one daughter Judyth Hedge and husband James of Shumway; grandchildren Lee Hedge and wife Rita of North Ogden, UT, Stacy Robinson and husband Chris of Virginia Beach, VA and Jeff Hedge and wife Shonda of Indianapolis, IN ; great-grandchildren Megan and Samuel Hedge and Taeghen and Colton Robinson; sister Eleanor Hawkins of Carmel, IN.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City with Rev. Mario Mayer officiating. 
Visitation will be one hour before servicetime.
Burial will be in North Meadowlawn Cemetery in New Port Richey, FL on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Beecher City or the Lake Bluff Children's Home in Lake Geneva.

William E. (Bill) Nichols
Mode 
William E. (Bill) Nichols, 82, of Mode, IL passed away at 7:41 Monday, January 7, 2002 in St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, in Effingham.
Mr. Nichols was born March 8, 1919 at Mode, IL the son of Walter Jefferson and Martha Naomi Walls Nichols.
He was a member of the Roy Vanderpool VFW Post #4829 of Shelbyville, the American Legion Post #611 of Stewardson, IL, the Disabled American Veterans, the Shelby County Farm Bureau and the Labor Local #59 of Decatur for 35 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Beecher City and attended the First Christian Church of Cowden. He worked construction and was a life long hog farmer.
He married Lillian Walters, April 24, 1954 and she survives. Also surviving are sons Andy Nichols and wife Carol and Mike Nichols and wife Madonna both of Mode and Danny Nichols and wife Ruthann of Stewardson; daughter Frances Nichols of Mode; sisters Vesta Buckley, Florence Smith, Violet Sullivan, Lois Means, Charlotte Masters and Jenny Snyder all of Decatur and Myrtle Hoese of Niles, MI; ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Max Nichols and John Nichols, one sister, Nellie Knapp and two brothers in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2002 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Darrell Hinkle will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Union Cemetery near Mode with military rites performed by the American Legion Post #611 of Stewardson. Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Cowden.

James Everett Bailey
Shelbyville
The Lord called James Everett Bailey, 82, of Shelbyville, formerly of Dalton City and De Soto, MO, home at 1:35 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Greg Breeden officiating. Visitation from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Graveside services with military rites will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday in Woodlawn Cemetery, De Soto, Mo. Memorials may be given to the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville or Lincolnland Hospice.
Mr. Bailey was born on August 26, 1919 in Potosi, MO, the youngest of 17 children of Edward and Amanda Venable Bailey. He was a retired glassmaker for the Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Mt. Zion, and Army veteran of WWII and was affiliated with the First Church of the Nazarene in Shelbyville. He married Eula Henry and she preceded him in death. He later married Luda Gadberry Hardy on June 1, 1973.
Surviving are his wife, Luda; son, James H. Bailey and wife Linda of Sullivan; step-sons, David Hardy and wife Cheryl of Decatur and Jerry Ritchie and wife Marcella of De Soto, MO; daughter, Evalene Shackelford and husband Ron of Sugar Land, TX; step-daughters, Sheila Lane and husband Clifton of De Soto, MO and Sharon Trudeau of Owasso, OK; sister, Nellie Perryman of Pilot Knob, MO; 22 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; and fifteen brothers and sisters.
He will be missed by his loved ones and friends.

Anna Marie Pease
Pana
Anna Marie Pease, 91, of Pana, died at 12:40 a.m. in Heritage Manor on Saturday January 5, 2002.
She was born on August 28, 1910 in Oconee Township, the daughter of Herman Nicholas and Jesse May Schafer Berns.
She had been an employee of the dress factory and was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis.
She married Frank Walsh in 1926, he preceded her in death.
She married John Fredrick Pease on September 28, 1949. He died on June 28, 1996.
She is survived by her son Frank Raymond Walsh and wife Lila of Sugar Grove, Illinois; her step children, John F. Pease III and wife Janey of Tower Hill; Donald Pease and wife Sally of Tower Hill; Imogene Richardson and husband Howard in Texas and Gary Pease of Rockford, Illinois.
Two grandchildren, Danny Brookman of Oconee; and Linda Thull of Litchfield; five great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren survive also.
Her special friend, Bob Wideman of Pana survives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands; daughter, Betty Ann Brookman on November 5, 1989; two brothers, Herman Berns, Jr. and Harry Berns.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana and Tuesday from 12 noon until time of service at Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis.
Funeral services are Tuesday, January 8, 2002 in Shiloh Baptist Church in Nokomis at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Dallas White officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana.
Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church.

Florence M. Beck
Oconee
Florence M. Beck, 83, of Oconee, died on Friday, January 4, 2002 in Heritage Manor in Pana. She was born on July 15, 1918 in Findlay, daughter of Homer C. and Edith Teter Downs. She was a graduate of Rosamond High School and Huber Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Pana. She served in the U.S. Navy as a registered nurse, stationed in Hawaii. She was employed by Drs. Seigert and Mathewson at Siegert Medical Group, then at the same facility after it became known as Pana Medical Group. Member of Oconee Methodist Church where she was pianist and organist and also had served as church secretary; charter member of Oconee American Legion Auxiliary and was past president; and was very involved in the Oconee community for many years.
She married Cecil L. Beck on November 8, 1947 in the First United Methodist parsonage in Pana. She is survived by her husband Cecil L. Beck of Oconee, children; Lawrence Beck and wife Gail of Urbana; Linda Beck and husband Richard of Ramsey; Debra McFarling and husband Fain of Moweaqua; Christine Cothern and husband Jerry of Ramsey; Cathy Dust and husband John of Simpsonville, SC. Eleven grandchildren, Richard, Lisa, Cherly, Jesse, Phillip, C.J., Wesley, Abby, Sadie, George and Maggie; seven great-grandchildren; Chad, Clint, Tiffany, Andrea, Timmy, Katelyn and Briana. Her brother, Arthur Downs of Moweaqua also survive.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Robert and brother Donald Downs.
The family suggests memorials to Buchanan Cemetery Association or Alzheimer's Association. Visitation is Wednesday from five until eight in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be Thursday January 10, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Dan Wright and Rev. Rolland Devor officiating. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery, Herrick. Graveside military rites by Roy Ireland American Legion Post #317, Oconee.

Beverly Sue Riley
Pana
Beverly Sue Riley, 55, of Pana died at 4:45 p.m. in her residence on Thursday January 3, 2002.
She was born on October 21, 1946 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, the daughter of George and Ida Frances English Jay.
She was a homemaker and had worked at Big D grocery store; Pana Federal Savings and Loan; and Tele-A-Pair. She came to Pana in 1965 from Decatur, where she was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School.
She was a former member of the Eastern Star, Oconee.
She married Phillip J. Riley on December 30, 1966 in Warrensburg, Illinois.
She is survived by her husband Phillip J. Riley of Pana; children; Teri C. Fulk and husband Brad of Wood River, Illinois; Cristy E. Long and husband Ralph of Springfield; Cinda M. Cloe and husband Reed of Pana; Kim Cole and husband Shane of Decatur; Timia Griefer of Decatur.
Eight grandchildren, Nicholas Fulk; Garret Cloe; Madison Cloe; Kinsee and Tony Ramsey; Wade, Lacey and Molly Gray; one great grandchild, Conor Reynolds also survive.
Her father, George Jay and wife Harriet of Pana; mother, Fran Karlow and husband Ed of Las Vegas, NV; brothers and sisters; George "Bud" Jay, Jr. and wife Karen of Pana, Judith Sinopoli and husband Sam of Las Vegas, NV; Steve Jay of Ogden, Utah; David Ellington and wife Karen of Decatur; J. Douglas Ellington of Las Vegas, NV survive also.
Visitation is Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with a Memorial service on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Don Swiney
Shelbyville
Don Swiney, 88, of Shelbyville, died at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Dr. Paul Pryor officiating. Visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Unit of Shelbyville Manor or Lincolnland Hospice.
Mr. Swiney was born on April 12, 1913 near Findlay, the son of George William and Lola Essie Bennett Swiney. He was a retired farmer, a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville and a graduate of Bethany High School, Class of 1932. He married June Cordray on September 4, 1937. She died on November 28, 1995.
Surviving are his sons, Ron Swiney of St. Louis, MO and Gary Roger Swiney and wife Wanda of Shelbyville; daughters, Pat Bendler and husband Don of Shelbyville and Debra Schouten and husband Fred of Manteno; brothers, Robert Swiney of Decatur and William Jess Swiney and wife Helen of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-laws, Hester Swiney of Columbus, Nebraska and Helen Banks of Sullivan; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife June; brother, George Dean Swiney; two sisters, Ada M. Arras and Geraldine L. Niles and one great grandchild.

James Everett Bailey
Shelbyville
James Everett Bailey, 82, of Shelbyville, formerly of Dalton City and De Soto, Missouri, died at 1:35 a.m. Monday January 7, 2002 in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville.

Rose Doris Allison
Assumption
Rose Doris Allison, 93, of Assumption, died at 9:55 p.m. on Saturday in the Taylorville Care Center. 
Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Seitz Funeral Home Assumption with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. 
Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery in Stonington.
Memorials may be made to Assumption EMTS or Assumption Fire Department.
Mrs. Allison was born in Moweaqua on February 2, 1908, the daughter of Herman and Mildred Thompson Wempen. 
She formerly worked as a nursery attendant in Rose Knoll Gardens in Assumption. She was a member of the Assumption Christian Church.
She married Herman Earl Allison on December 25, 1927 in Taylorville. He preceded her in death on September 12, 1952.
Surviving are her sons Dean and wife Christine of Long Valley, NJ; Leonard of Decatur, LeLand and wife Peggy of Assumption. Daughters: Louise Allison of Decatur, Lois Hart of Eureka; Doris and husband J. Leroy Poiriez of Normal. Grandchildren, Linda Kimber, Ann Selvey, Christine Blackburn, Debbie Zubcic, Allison Keating, Caron Hibbens, Kathy Martin, Julie Morris, Jennifer O'Rear, Andrew Allison, Ryan Allison, Ryan Allison, Rob Allison, Darin Allison, Brian Allison, Kelly Allison, 25 Great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and one sister.

Goldie C. Wills
Beecher City
Goldie C. Wills, 88, of Beecher City, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2002 in Olivewood Health Care Center in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Wills was born on October 18, 1913 at Galto, Illinois, the daughter of Theodore and Ethel Biggs Nohren Sr.
She operated a dairy farm with her husband and sons until 1998. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
She married Harlyn E. Wills December 30, 1933 in Shelbyville and he passed away in 1974.
Surviving are her sons Johnny W. Wills and wife Doris and Larry Donald Wills and wife Grace, both of Beecher City; daughter Bonita Joan Maudlin and husband Paul of Hoffman Estates, IL; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, brothers: Theodore (Tuck) Nohren Jr. and wife Evelyn of Shelbyville, Warren M. (Bush) Nohren and wife Lenora of Tower Hill, Ward Nohren and wife Anita of Lakewood, Robert Nohren and wife Betty of Shelbyville, Montelle J. (Nip) Nohren of Windsor sister Wandalee Forner and husband Bob of Jackson, MI.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlyn, her parents, brothers: Wilbur Nohren, John Edward Nohren and Merrill Nohren; sister Florence Monroe and sister-in-laws Helen Nohren and Elsie Nohren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday January 6, 2002 in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City. Rev. Darrell Hinkle will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Sunday. Burial will be in Beecher City Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society. 


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