Irene Camfield, 86, of Shelbyville, died at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday (May
9, 2001) in Shelbyville Manor.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Howe & Yockey Funeral
Home, Shelbyville with the Rev. Robert Litteral officiating. Visitation
is from 1:30 p.m. Saturday until time of service. Burial will be in Glenwood
Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Lincolnland Hospice.
Mrs. Camfield was born on Sept. 18, 1914 in rural Shelbyville, the
daughter of John and Elsie Gilmore Rexroad. She married Birney H. Camfield
on July 4, 1936,
Surviving are her husband, Birney; son, Rex Loneil Camfield and wife
Judy of Mt. Zion; sister, Imogene Kull and husband Jim of Jeffersontown,
KY; grandson, Mike Camfield and wife Diana of Decatur; granddaughter, Nikki
Walker and husband Brit of Arlington, TX; and two great granddaughters,
Sydney Kay Camfield and Elena Marie Walker.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a homemaker, enjoying her garden and her flowers.
Arlett L. Knight, 81, Pana, died 12:19 p.m. Wednesday (May 9, 2001)
in Pana Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be Monday, May 14, in Bible Baptist Church at
2 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Steffes officiating. Burial will be in Linwood
Cemetery, Pana. Visitations are one hour prior to service in Bible Baptist
Church. Arrangements are by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
He was born May 4, 1920 in Harvel, IL., the son of Harry and Carrie
Mathias Knight, deceased. He married Margaret Winter on July 17, 1939 in
St. Charles, MO. She preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 1974.
Surviving are daughter, Rose Karalunas and husband Bob, Pana; nine
grandchildren; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son, Jim Knight; daughter, Helen McGlauchlen;
brother, Harold Knight; and sister, Irene Stoner.
Mr. Knight lived in Pana and Stonington areas most of his life. He
was an U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was also a member of Bible
Baptist Church, Senior Citizens of Pana, Teamster Union, and V.F.W., Morrisonville.
Ralph C. Hardy, 87, Tower Hill, died at 10:40 a.m. Sunday (May 13,
2001) in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday May 16 in Lockart and
Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville with the Rev. Derrick Ritchie officiating.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Tower Hill
Cemetery. Memorial can be made to the Donor's choice.
Mr. Hardy was born June 3, 1913 in Shelby County, the son of Abraham
Lincoln and Ida Estella Lockart Hardy. He married Wanda Pauline Wilcoxon
on Dec. 22, 1941 in St. Charles, MO. She survives.
Also surviving are son, Charles Hardy and wife Carlene of Tower Hill;
daughters, Linda Pritts and husband Bill of Dalton City and Barbara Hubner
and husband Harold of Assumption; grandchildren, Clay Hardy and wife Kim,
Luke Hardy and wife Penny, Chad Hardy and wife Carrie, Matt Hardy and wife
Dena, Mark Pritts and wife Jennifer, Gina Pritts, Trudy Filchak, and Deborah
Davis and husband Doug; great grandchildren, Josh Hardy, Seth Hardy, Niki
Hardy, Coulter Hardy, McQuade Hardy, MacKenzie Hardy, Brittany Pritts,
John Filchak, Samantha Filchak, Matthew Davis and Tiffany Davis; step great
grandchildren, Nathan, Kristen and Nick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nellie Hardy; brother,
Ray Hardy and Leverette Hardy and great grandson Michael Davis.
He was a member of the Tower Hill Christian Church and the Shelby County
Historical Society. He farmed until he was 87 years old. He was a loving
husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Mary Ellen Williams, 65, Pana, died Sunday (May 13, 2001) in St. Vincent's
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in McCracken-Dean
Funeral Home with the Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. Burial will be
in Twin Pines Cemetery, Pana.
Mrs. Williams was born June 6, 1935, in Herrick, the daughter of John
and Geneva Allen Williams.
Surviving are mother, Geneva Williams of Pana; children, Gary Williams
of Key West, Fla., Lynn Williams and wife Carol of Shelbyville, Brenda
Elder and husband Gerry of Shelbyville, Julie Willenborg and Jim Phillips
of Neoga; 10 grandchildren, Staci, Christopher, Bradley, Adam, Ashley,
Chris, Renee, Matthew, Erika, and Neil; and seven great grandchildren,
Avery, Taylor, Colton, Jake, Brody, and Emilee
She was preceded in death by father; son, David in infancy; and sister,
She was raised in Herrick, then lived in Pana, moved to Shelbyville
for 17 years and back to Pana. She worked in a factory.
Mildred Edith (Shewmake) Perry Whitley Gordon, 78, of Fremont, Cal.,
formerly of Shelbyville, died Sunday (Nov. 12, 2000).
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2001
in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating.
Howe & Yockey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Following the service, there will be a gathering of family and friends
at the 4-H Club Building in Shelbyville for a celebration of her life.
Mildred was born on Oct. 13, 1922 in Windsor, the daughter of Walter
and Evelyn Henderson Shewmake.
She was an Illinois resident for 65 years before moving to California.
Surviving are her two sons, John Samuel Perry of Neoga and David Lee
Perry of Lancaster, Cal.; one daughter, Jacki Lynne Hammond of Yuma, AZ.;
nine grandchildren; and twenty great grandchildren.
Two children, Jenny Darlene Perry and Robert Dwight Perry and two great-grandchildren
preceded her journey to our Lord..
Beulah Anderson, 99, of Windsor, formerly of Mount Vernon and Bluford,
died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday (May 17, 2001) at Shelby Memorial Hospital Skilled
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home, Mount
Vernon, with the Rev. Byford Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Mateer-Davis
Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
She was born Sept. 19, 1901, in Wayne County, the daughter of C.L.
and Lena Webber Esmon. She married Ray Ashby. He died in 1920. She married
W.L. Anderson in 1979. He died in 1986.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Gladys Marshall of Bald Head Island,
N.C.; eight grandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two stepdaughters, a stepson, two sisters
and three brothers.
Memorials may be made to Salem Free Will Baptist Church or Cemetery.
Ben A. Jordon, 88, of Effingham, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday (May 17,
2001) at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Beecher
formerly of Gays
Rosella M. "Roby" Kirk, age 80, of Republic, MO., formerly of Summerfield,
Fla. and Gays, died Tuesday (May 22, 2001) in St. John's Regional Health
Center in Springfield, MO.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 25 from 4-8 p.m. at the Mitchell-Jerdan
Funeral Home in Mattoon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
May 26 at the First Church of Nazarene in Mattoon. Burial will be in Windsor
Cemetery, Memorials may be made to the First Church of Nazarene.
Mrs. Kirk was born Feb. 19, 1921 in Gays, the daughter of Orval and
Edith (Langston) Roby. She married Orion Kirk in 1937. He preceded her
in death in 1980.
Surviving are sons, William Kirk and wife Pauline of Republic, MO,
Gene Kirk and wife Judy of Hayesville, N.C.; John Kirk and wife Donna of
Tuba City, AZ.; the Rev. Jim Kirk and wife Ruth of St. Louis, MO.; and
Garret Kirk and wife Paula of Gulfport, Miss. She leaves one daughter,
Rosalie Waskow and husband Richard of Vian, OK. She is survived by a sister,
Lois Daily of Neoga, as well as 21 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and one daughter, Vivian Marie preceded her in death.
She was formerly a Nursing Assistant at Mattoon Memorial Hospital.
She was also a former member of the Mattoon First Church of Nazarene.
Shawn William Conlin, infant son of Mark and Ann Conlin of Sullivan
died 1:34 a.m. Wednesday in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home with
Pastor Wayne Mollohan officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services.
Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials are suggested
to St. John's Hospital Neo Natal Unit.
Shawn was born Friday (May 18, 2001) in Springfield Memorial Medical
Surviving are his parents of Sullivan; brother, Steven at home; twin
sisters, Stephanie and Sierra at home; maternal grandmother, Pearl Donelson
of Shelbyville and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal
Carl E. Furry, 85, of Shelbyville, died at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday (May
30, 2001) in Shelbyville Manor.
Private graveside services will be held Saturday morning in Glenwood
Cemetery, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Robert Litteral officiating and military
rites by Shelby County Honor Guard. Arrangements by Howe & Yockey Funeral
Home, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to W.W. II Veterans Memorial
in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Furry was born on March 17, 1916 in Loxa, IL., the son of Joel
Fletcher, Sr. and Ona Niccum Furry. He married Henrietta A. Roland on March
20, 1940. She died on June 14, 1990.
Surviving are daughters, Cynthia Stretch of Shelbyville and Kathy Endsley
of Blue Mound, sister-in-law, Betty Furry of Shelbyville; six grandchildren;
and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife; parents; two brother, Joel Fletcher
"Joe" Furry, Jr. and Standley Furry; and one sister, Ila Hickenbottom.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of W.W. II where he received the Purple
Heart Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster and was a P.O.W. He was a retired
lineman from the Shelby Electric Co-operative and a member of the First
Christian Church of Shelbyville.
Mrs. Wilma M. Martin , 89, of Mode, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday (May
31, 2001) in the Olivewood Health Care Center in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday June 3, in the Lockart
and Sons Funeral Home in Cowden. The Rev. David McHenry will officiate.
Visitation will be one hour before the service on Sunday. Burial will be
in Gallagher Chapel Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Olivewood Health
Mrs. Martin was born Mar. 22, 1912 in Arkansas, the daughter of John
William and Nettie Dilcum Smith. She married Cecil V. Martin in 1935. He
died in 1942. She then married Paul E. Martin on May 10, 1946 in Shelby
Co. He died Mar. 18, 1999.
Surviving are a son, Frank Douglas Martin of Mode; daughter, Linda
Kay Cook of Shelbyville; eleven grandchildren and several great and great
great grandchildren; and one niece, Ola Holley of Shelbyville.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; son, Jack Grant
Martin; daughter, Lois Valjean Dilley; two grandchildren; two brothers;
and one sister.
Helen Ann Martz (Gould) Reynolds, 66, of Shelbyville, died at 11:20
p.m. Friday (June 1, 2001) at her residence.
Private graveside services at Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville will
be conducted by the Rev. Greg Breeden. Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in
Shelbyville is in charge of arrangements. A time of fellowship and food
will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall of the First Church of
the Nazarene, Shelbyville for family and friends to come and participate.
Mrs. Reynolds was born on Oct. 25,1934 in Shelbyville, the daughter
of Franklin Charles and Goldie Mae Giberson Martz. She married Stan Reynolds
on Aug. 8, 1992.
Survivors include husband; sons, James M. Gould Jr. of Pana and Joseph
M. Gould of Assumption; daughters, Janet M. Patrick of Longmont, Co. and
Julie M. Tucker of Findlay; step-son, Barry W. Reynolds of Fairfield, Ohio;
step-daughters, Tracy J. Gentry of Charleston and Melanie S. Watson of
Shelbyville; brothers, Ray Martz of Shelbyville, Howard Martz of Palermo,
Cal. and Herb Lloyd of Greenville; sister, Bertha M. Shields of Mattoon;
10 grandchildren, Kelly Gould and Carrie Welburn both of Pana, Emily Gould
of Decatur, Amanda Bradshaw and Joshua Gould both of Assumption, Joseph
Gould Jr. of Knob Noster, MO., Jill Akita of Thornton, CO., Lindy Patrick
of Longmont, CO., James Ryan Jr. of Nokomis and Jennifer, Ryan of Mattoon;
8 step grandchildren, Jason Tucker of Mattoon, Jessica Tucker, Jeffrey
Watson, Marissa Watson all of Shelbyville, Brittni and Heather Gentry of
Charleston, Danielle and Alexis Reynolds both of Fairfield; Ohio; and 6
great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.
Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by parents, two infant children,
one sister and several half brothers.
Her employment was in Pana and Shelbyville, and most recently as a
waitress and bartender. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge
Chapter #1325 and VFW #4829 Ladies Auxiliary, both of Shelbyville.
George F Shalbot, 70, of Decatur, died Tuesday (June 5, 2001) in the
Richard C. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Lockart &
Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville with the Rev. Mark Sanders officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Glenwood
Cemetery, Shelbyville with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund.
He was born Feb. 5, 1931 in Nokomis the son of George and Mary Bujok
Surviving are brother-in-law, Walter Orin of Shelbyville; and nine
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances Orin, Lucille Burke,
Ann Katorac, and Amelia West.
He was formerly employed as an electrical engineer for Motorola in
Chicago. He served in the US Coast Guard.
Isabelle J. Thacker
Mattoon IL- Isabelle J (Clucas) Thacker, age 66 of Mattoon, died 10:30
AM Tuesday, June 5, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 2:00 PM
at the Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. David Hewitt officiating.
There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran
Church. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home in Mattoon is in charge of arrangements.
Isabelle was born September 11, 1934 in Ramsey to Richard and Geneva
(McDaniel) Clucas. She married Fred P. Thacker on March 25, 1950 He preceded
her in death in 1996.
Mrs. Thacker is survived by one son, Fred Thacker, Jr. of Mattoon,
and 3 daughters Vicki Williams and husband Merle of Joliet, Lana Cline
and husband Merl of Mattoon, and Debbie Louthan and husband Mark of Mattoon.
One brother, John Clucas of Pana, also survives her.
Three sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Thacker leaves her grandchildren Renee Dimmick, Paul Cline, Jenny
Williams, John Cline, Carrie Schelling,Trisha Focht, Freddy Thacker,
Angie Cline, and Danielle Thacker. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren;
Ryan Cline, Dominic Nall, Marky Cole, Samuel Dimmick, Debbie Focht, Whitley
Cline, Tyler Cole, Alexander Dimmick, and Tyler Ashcraft.
Isabelle J. Thacker was retired from Federal Kemper Insurance Company
in Decatur where she was formerly employed as an Underwriter. She was a
member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Women of the Moose, and Eagles Lodge
formerly of Findlay
Lola E. Massey, 95 of Decatur, formerly of Findlay, died at 3:50 PM
Thursday (June 7, 2001) in St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday June 9, 2001 in the
Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. The Rev. Sonya Long will officiate.
Visitation will be from 10 AM Saturday until service time. Burial will
be in Wright Cemetery at Findlay. Memorials can be made to Fairhaven Christian
Mrs. Massey was born May 16,1903, in Campbell, AK., the daughter of
James F. (Tint) and Eller Bradshaw Fendley. She married Troy 0. Massey
July 4, 1924 in Campbell AK. He passed away in 1983.
Surviving are daughters, Willodean Everman and husband Neal and Marlene
Coffman and husband Bobb, both of Decatur; one sister, Una Massey of Leslie,
AK; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and two great-great
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy; her son, Troy Jr.;
her parents; four sister's; and four brothers.
She was a member of the Findlay Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Jack T. Canavan, 81, of Shelbyville, died at 6:05 a.m. Friday (June
8, 2001) in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home,
Francis Endris, 80, Pana, died 10:52 PM Wednesday (June 6, 2001) at
Pana Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be, Monday, June 11 at 10 AM at St. Patrick's
Catholic Church, Pana with the Rev. Don J. Roberts officiating. Visitation
will be 2-5 PM, Sunday, June 10 at Kennedy & Sons with a 5 PM Rosary.
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School or Carnegie-Schuyler Library.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana
Mr. Francis Endris was born Thursday, June 24 1920, in Pana the child
of George and Ethel (Dee Fox) Endris. He married Friday, July 14, 1944,
to Dorcas Ann Hayes in St. Patrick's Catholic Church Pana, by Monsignor
Thomas J. O'Neil. Mrs. Endris died Thursday, January 28, 1999.
He is survived by daughter, Mrs. Richard (Francine) Nielsen of Clyde,
N.C., Mrs. Robert (Gaynelle) Stanberry of Decatur; son, Mr. Fredric Endris
of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Robert Endris of Alvin, TX,; grandchildren,
Tara Hancock, Ruth Ann Nielsen, Jason Stanberry, Jordan Stanberry; great-grandson,
Shawn Paul Hancock
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 7 Brothers, Cecil, Raymond,
Vincent Marcellus "Puddy", George, William, and Melvin Endris.
He served in the United States Marine Corps during WW II he was a technical
sergeant and received several combat ribbons including combat action ribbon,
presidential unit citation for service. After his discharge in 1945 he
worked at Hayes Hatchery and Feed in Pana. He was later employed over 20
years as an apprentice Pharmacist with Metzger Drug Store Pana, retiring
in 1995. Fran was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, honorary life
member of Knights of Columbus Council 996-Pana, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4431 Pana, American Legion Oconee Post 0317, Amvets. Pana Post 44.
formerly of Shelbyville
Jerry Wayne Voyles, 61, Springfield, died 3 p.m. Wednesday (June 6,
2001) in Memorial Medical Center.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday June 11 at Staab Funeral Home with
the Rick Bilyeu officiating. Visitation will be 12-1 p.m. Monday, June
11 at Staab funeral Home. Burial will be at Camp Butler national Cemetery
where Interveterans will conduct military services.
He was born Oct. 9, 1939 in Decatur, the son of Auvine Wilber and Edna
Helen Kush Voyles.
Surviving are daughters, Janice Kay (Michael) Vansacik of Springfield
and Sherri (John) Criner of Effingham; stepdaughter, Connie (Jerry) Reedy
of Springfield; sons, Rick Voyles of Fancher and Steve Voyles of Pana;
stepsons, Don, Mike and Chad Miller all of Springfield; four grandchildren;
three step grandsons; sisters Doris Olsen of Amarillo, TX; friend Florence
Voyles of Springfield; one aunt; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and
step-father, Paul Anderson of Decatur.
He was preceded in death parents and one brother, Larry Voyles.
He was a resident of Springfield for the past 16 years, formerly of
Decatur and Shelbyville. He was a heating and air-conditioning repairman
and worked at Norfolk and Western Railroad in Decatur for 15 years.
Dino S. Auburn, 51, of Shelbyville, died at 1 a.m. Sunday (June 10,
2001) in his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 1 a.m. Thursday in Glenwood Cemetery,
Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockart
& Sons Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the Shelbyville
He was born April 6, 1950 in Decatur, the son of Ansel F. and Mary
Surviving are daughter, Wendi Brush of Jacob, IL; mother, Mary Auburn
Stevenson and her husband Jim of Shelbyville; brothers, Richard Auburn
and wife Brenda of Chattanooga, TN. and Gary Auburn and wife Penny of Shelbyville;
two grandchildren; three nieces; four nephews and seven cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He was a member of the Shelbyville Moose Lodge and the Sons of the
American Legion, Shelbyville. He graduated from Shelbyville High School.
He was retired from Diamond Star in Bloomington. He was formerly employed
at Shelby Tool & Die and Just Rite in Mattoon.
Jack T. Canavan, 81, of Shelbyville, died at 6:05 a.m. Friday (June
8, 2001) in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Glenwood
Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Litteral officiating and military rites by
Shelby County Honor Guard. Memorials may be given to the WW II Veterans
Memorial in Washington, D.C. Arrangements by Howe & Yockey Funeral
Mr. Canavan was born on Feb. 14, 1920 in Tower Hill, the son of Thomas
Edward and Nell Bertha Clark Canavan. He married Marjorie J. Daggett on
June 4, 1942 in Warrensburg, MO.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie; son, Glenn C. Canavan now of Shelbyville;
and sister, Vivian H. Tate of Shelbyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Gilbert
C. Canavan and Glenn E. Canavan.
He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School in 1939, a U.S. Army veteran
of WW II and was affiliated with the Baptist church. He retired in 1979
from J.J. Swartz, Decatur where he was shop foreman of the sheet metal
formerly of Cowden
Dwight Hodson died, 96, formerly of Cowden, departed this life for
his heavenly home at 4:48 p.m. (June 9, 2001) with two of his daughters
holding his hand and telling him of their love for him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday June 14, in the Lockart
and Sons Funeral Home in Cowden. The Rev. Darrell Hinkle will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery
at Cowden. Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church of Cowden.
He was born July 4, 1904 in Lakewood Twp, Shelby County the son of
Zachary and Joanna Wade Hodson. He married Jeannine Moore on Sept. 30,
1932 in Lakewood Twp. Shelby Co., She passed away Sept. 1, 1986.
Surviving are his daughters, Margie Mooney and husband Ansel of Harristown,
IL, Nina Henderson and husband Tom of Titusville, FL and Linda Hudson and
husband David of Malabar, FL; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren;
two great great grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jeannine; his parents; son, Billy
Dwight Hodson; grandson, David Dwight Hudson; two brothers, Granville Hodson
and Max Hodson; and sister Emma Padgett.
Mr. Hodson was a member of the First Christian Church of Cowden and
the Shelby County Farm Bureau. He was an avid sportsman. He loved baseball,
horseshoes , hunting, and later years, fishing. He tilled the soil in Shelby
County until his retirement in the 1960's. He then became caretaker for
many years of the Mueller Lodge in Decatur, IL in the 1970's. He enjoyed
good health until the last year of his life. His daughters and sons-in-law
provided a loving home for him in Florida until his death. He was a loving
Father and Papaw.
Arline P. Sphar, 93, Pana, died Tuesday (June 12, 2001) in St. Mary's
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Visitation
will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart
She was born Nov. 6, 1907 in Pana, the daughter Charles Dickerson and
Sarah Jane Adams Bryson, deceased.
Surviving are sons, Lester E. of Springfield, Charles W. of Peoria,
Richard L. of Franklin, Tenn., Loren of Mount Zion; daughters, Beatrice
Sarver of Morton, Carol Stroyeek of Peoria; brother, Charles Dickerson
Bryson of Rushville; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two
She was preceded in death by husband, Lester, parents, three brothers,
and four sisters.
She graduated Pana High School, Class of 1926. She was very active
in all scouting activities, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and was a Girl Scout
Leader. She lived in Pana her entire life except for 2 or 3 years in rural
Herrick. She was a cook at Pana Junior High School for over 20 years, retired
at age 65.
formerly of Tower Hill
Elmer O. Barringer, 86, of Illiopolis, formerly of Tower Hill, died
at 1:20 p.m. Monday (June 11, 2001) in St. Vincent's Hospital, Taylorville.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at McCracken-Dean Funeral home.
Funeral Services will be Friday, June 15 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home
at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Rodney Bloomquist, pastor of Trinity Lutheran
Church of Taylorville officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery in
He was born Jan. 11, 1915 in Tower Hill, the son of O.J. and Nellie
Ross Barringer. He married Ruby Scoles Dec. 24, 1936. She died May 1956.
He then married Harriet Shartzer Sinnard Oct. 6, 1956.
Surviving are wife, Harriet; son, Ronald Barringer and wife Alleen
of Macon, Donald Barringer and wife Velma of Niantic, O.J. "Butch" Barringer
and wife Becky of Illiopolis, James Barringer and wife Barb of Vass, NC.,
Allen Barringer and wife Nancy of Stonington, Orville Barringer and wife
Kathleen of Dalton City; daughters, Nell Johnson and husband Jim of Kearney,
NE., Lila Sterns and husband Don of Illiopolis, Mary Beach and husband
Larry of Kincaid, Rose Garner and husband Brian of Illiopolis; step-children,
William Sinnard and wife Ginger of Douglas, WY, Sara Blackwell and husband
Charles of Alton, MO, Joe Sinnard of Illiopolis; 22 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren;
16 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sons, three sisters, and two brothers.
Mr. Barringer was a farmer. He lived in Tower Hill, Assumption, Moweaqua,
Dalton City, and Blue Mound. He retired in Illiopolis from Buffalo area
formerly of Shelbyville
Allyn B. "Coach" Allen, 74, of Savoy, IL, formerly of Shelbyville,
died at 7:35 p.m. Sunday (June 10, 2001) in Carle Arbours in Savoy.
Mr. Allen was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Alexandria, VA., the son of Roscoe
Raymond and Barbara Ann Gilbert Allen.
The family will receive friends at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in
Shelbyville on Saturday June 16 from 3-5 p.m.
He married Emily Yates Sept. 1, 1947. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Steven Allen and wife Susan of Harrison
AR; daughters, Carolyn Allen of Urbana, Cathy Simon and husband Jack of
Mahomet, Nancy Beasley and husband Jim of Champaign, and Lisa Davis and
husband Dan of Mahomet; brothers, Roscoe Raymond Allen of Peoria and the
Rev. Hollis Allen of San Diego, Cal.; sisters, Elma Letterman of Bethesda,
Md., Anna Sue Gonzales of San Diego, Calif., Virginia Maquet of Leucadia,
Calif. and Hanna Bower of Hemet, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Gilbert Allen.
He held bachelor and a master degrees from the University of Illinois.
Most of his working career was as a high school teacher and coach of football,
basketball, track and cross-country . He taught and coached in Moweaqua
from 1950-53, Shelbyville from 1953-61, Kankakee, IL., from 1961-63, Arlington,
IL from 1963-68. In 1968 he moved to Champaign where he owned an operated
a teacher placement agency and was involved in the life insurance business.
He returned to Shelbyville in 1976 worked in mental health services, insurance
and job procurement He served in the United States Navy during W.W.II.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville and was
a lifetime member of VFW Post #4829 of Shelbyville. One of his coaching
achievements was starting the Shelby Open Track Meet, which became one
of the largest high school track meets in central Illinois.
John F. Mathis, 70, of Strasburg, died at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday (June 12,
2001) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Strasburg United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Michael L. Kesling officiating. Visitation from 9-11
a.m. Thursday in the church. Burial in Richland Cemetery, Strasburg with
military rites by Strasburg American Legion Liberty Post #289. Arrangements
by Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg. Memorials may be given to
Strasburg United Methodist Church or Strasburg American Legion Liberty
Mr. Mathis was born on April 1, 1931 in West Eden-Cypress, IL., the
son of John Franklin and Leota Mae Stockdale Mathis. He married Rosabelle
Rosine on Nov. 10, 1956 in Oblong. She died on May 25, 1998.
Surviving are his sons, Stanley Mathis and wife Cindy of Shumway, Bradley
Mathis and wife Tami of Strasburg and Kevin Mathis and wife Lori of Strasburg;
daughter, Denise Macklin and husband Rob of Mattoon; brothers, Wiley Mathis
of Shelbyville, Carl Mathis and wife Rita of Henton and James Mathis of
Yates Center, KS; sisters, Mary Cress of Strasburg and Daisy Briscoe and
husband Leon of Sullivan; and three grandchildren, Paige Kemme of Mattoon,
Mark Mathis of Shumway and Wade Mathis of Strasburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Arthur F. Mathis
in 1926; and sister, Beulah M. Roellig in 1981.
He was a farmer and worked for Anaconda/Anamet Metal Hose in Mattoon,
retiring in 1993. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a
member of Strasburg United Methodist Church and a 47 year member of Strasburg
American Legion Liberty Post # 289 where he was a past commander.