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Vera Calvert-Wolf
Shelbyville
Vera Marie Calvert-Wolf, 91, of Shelbyville, died at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2001 in her residence.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with Rev. Robert Litteral officiating. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the Shelbyville Senior Center or to the family.
Vera was born on September 16, 1909 in Champaign County near Sidney, IL, the daughter of John Albert "Dick" and Ida Mae Cox Houser. She was a retired seamstress and avid crafter. She owned and operated Calvert's Ceramic Shop in Shelbyville for 15 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville and an associate member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Shelbyville. She was a 39 year member of Shelbyville Women of the Moose #1325 and their Academy of Friendship, 27 year member of the National AARP, 13 year member of AARP #4084 in Shelbyville, three year member of the Lake Shelbyville Eagles and served as a volunteer for Shelbyville RSVP for several years. She married Howard "Skimmer" Calvert on November 28, 1929 and he preceded in death on December 7, 1983. Vera married Warner Wolf on July 13, 1986 and he died on July 2, 1990. 
Surviving are her daughters, Shirley Fesperman and husband George of Shelbyville; Helen Kay Pfeiffer and friend Don Winsor of Neoga and Lennie Wells of Comanche, TX; brother, Omer Houser and wife Lorene of Phoenix, AZ; 11 grandchildren, Don Fesperman, Cheri Pfeiffer, and Robert Pfeiffer all of Shelbyville, Brenda Pfeiffer of Chicago, Terry Pfeiffer of Decatur, Christine Perry of Springfield, Phillip Storm of Mitchell, IN, Ronnie Storm of Ashville, NC, Gary Storm of Gibson City, and Glen Wells and Kathy Howard both of Comanche, TX; 25 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, daughter, Joanne Storm; brothers, Donald and Knowles Houser, sister Helen Harmon; and one grandson, Lewis Wells, Jr. 
She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by all. 

Patricia A. "Pat" Brown
Pana
Patricia A. "Pat" Brown, 63, of Pana died Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 7:15 p.m. in Heritage Manor, Pana.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 27, 2001 in McCracken -Dean Funeral Home at 12 noon with Rev. Randy Miller, Pastor of Knobs Baptist Church, Tower Hill, officiating. Burial will be in Price Cemetery, Oconee. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Mrs. Brown was born June 15, 1938 in Elgin, IL the daughter of Henry and Ruth Ebert Radloff, both deceased. She married James J. Brown on August 31, 1962 in Elgin, IL. She was a housewife and formerly resided in Pana but had lived in the Chicago are for 20 years before moving back to Pana several months ago. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Marengo, IL. 
Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, James J. Brown, Pana and daughter Debi Stevens and husband Corey, Hampshire, IL ; two grandchildren Brian and Naylor and brother Edward Radloff, Hampshire, IL. She was preceded in death by a son, Wallace Medina. 
Memorials may be made to Pana Community Hospital Foundation for Hospice or Vitas Hospice of Northern Illinois. 

Beverly A. Dilley
Shelbyville
Beverly A. Dilley, 66, of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2001 in Olivewood Health Care Center in Shelbyville.
She was born December 14, 1934 in Cowden, the daughter of George Fred and Estella Deal Mattmiller. 
She married Charles E. Dilley August 2, 1952 in Shelbyville and he died May 26, 1988. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Shelbyville.
Surviving are sons Charles Dilley of Jacksonville, NC; Michael Dilley of Shelbyville and Brian Dilley of Mattoon.; Daughters, Cheryl Randolph of Jacksonville, FL and Kimberly West of Shelbyville; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; sister Marge Seely of Cowden. One brother and one grandchild have preceded her in death. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Cowden with Rev. Darrell Hinkle officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Wednesday. Burial in Mound Cemetery in Cowden. Memorials, Olivewood Health Care Activity Fund. 

Michael Paul Kristian
Pana
Michael Paul Kristian, 89, of Pana died Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 3:15 p.m. in St. Vincent's Hospital, Taylorville.
Visitation will be Monday from 2:30 until service time at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. Funeral Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2001 in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Douglas Chamness, Minister of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial will be Mound Cemetery. 
Mr. Kristian was born May 16, 1912 in Pana, the son of Michael and Susan Christian Kristian. He lived in the Pana area his entire life and worked at Penwell Coal Mine and Webb's Greenhouse of Pana. He was a veteran and member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, Tower Hill.
He is survived by his brother George Kristian, Berwyn, IL and sisters Mary Hauptman, Taylorville, IL; Theresa Rende, Blue Island, IL; Catherine McWhorten, Jacksonville, Fl; and Helen Ann Pickren, Augusta, GA; caregivers Douglas, Angie and Derek Chamness, Pana; and Bob Frances and Mollie Koonce, Pana. He was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Kristian and one sister Susan Cherone. 

Richard Sturgill
Shelbyville 
Richard Preston Sturgill, 79, of Shelbyville, formerly of Vandalia and Greenville, died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, August 26, 2001 in his residence.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Rev. John Schmeling officiating. Visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and one half hour before service time on Tuesday. Graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Montrose Cemetery, Greenville with military rites by VFW Post #1377 and American Legion Post #282, both of Greenville. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Sturgill was born on September 13, 1921 in Jenkins, KY, the son of William Preston and Grace Gilliam Sturgill. He was a retired independent trucking operator, member of the First Christian Church of Vandalia and a U. S. Army veteran of W.W.II, serving in the Philippines as a medic. He married Doris Frank in 1943 and she preceded him in death in February 1977. He married Zola Roberts Koehler on May 4, 1979. 
Surviving are his wife, Zola; sons Bill Sturgill and wife Karen of Stockton, CA and Dale Sturgill of Lancaster CA; daughter Mary Schreiber of Chillicothe; step-son, Ron Koehler and wife Shelley of Shelbyville; brother Claude Sturgill of Kingsport, TN; sister Evelyn Bodey, of Holly, CO; four grandchildren, Annie Sturgill of Arizona, Wendy Yockey and husband Jerry, Brett Koehler and wife Amy and Kris Koehler and wife Lia all of Shelbyville and three great grandchildren, Vincent Sturgill and Molly and Maggy Yockey. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Marilyn Agnes Moreland
Pana
Marilyn Agnes Moreland, 66, of Pana, died Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 6:45 p.m. in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. 
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11a.m. with Rev. Don J. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Oconee. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Mrs. Moreland was born July 15, 1935 in Oconee, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Reiss Rakers, both deceased. She married Harold Moreland, Sr., in April 1959 and they were later divorced. She lived in the Oconee and Pana area her entire life and was a homemaker.
She is survived by children Elaine Leigh, Assumption, IL; Kenneth Moreland, Eldridge, IA; and June Jophlin, Milwaukee,WI; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and brother Raymond Rakers, Ramsey, IL.
She was preceded in death by one grandchild and one sister in infancy. 
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. 

Francis "Frank" Wekhuizen
Pana
Mr. Francis "Frank" Wekhuizen, 92, of Pana died Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 1:30 a.m. in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, August 28, 2001 in Calvary Cemetery, Pana at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Don J. Roberts officiating. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Mr. Wekhuizen was born July 4, 1909 in Belgium. He came to the Dollville area from Belgium as a young boy, and worked as a machine operator at Oliver Machine Shop in Shelbyville. He married Frances Dudzik and she died in 1991. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Pana.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Eleanora Dudzik, of Pana and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters. 

Omar Lynn Barry
Pana
Omar Lynn Barry, 72, of Pana died Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 1:27 p.m. in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. 
A Service of Remembrance will be held Friday, August 31, 2001 in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor John Hippard officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Pana Community Hospital Foundation or Carnegie-Schuyler Library. 
Mr. Barry was born November 2, 1928 in Pana, the son of W. Merle and Bertha Kimball Barry. He was a graduate of Rosamond High School, a U. S. Army Sergeant during the Korean War, and was a member of the United Mine Workers Union. He was a coal miner his entire working life in Pana, Farmersville, Coffeen and Arizona. He married Carolyn D. Lebon on July 21, 1951 in Pana.
Surviving are his wife, children Mike Berry and wife Barb of Greely, CO; Delores Barry and husband Matt Aleksiewicz of Cottonwood, AZ and James Barry of Prescott, AZ; four grandchildren, Amy Barry; Lora Daiber and husband Mike, Andrea Barry, and Ian Aleksiewicz; brothers and sisters Louise Husman of Phoenix, AZ; Norma Bradley of Champaign, IL; and Lee Barry of Gibson City, IL. 

Tina Kay (King) Eccles
Windsor
Tina Kay (King) Eccles, 33, of Windsor, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001 in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor, with Rev. Joe Eaton officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery.
She was born, July 10, 1968 in Olney, IL. She married Mark Eccles, September 20, 1986 in Windsor. She was a graduate of Windsor High School and a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband Mark, son Ascen and daughter Alyssa, both at home; mother and father, Pauletta and George Wilkerson of Windsor; twin sisters Martha Elliot and Debra Hardin, both of Windsor; half brother David King of Shumway; seven nieces; four nephews; two great nieces and one great nephew.
She was preceded in death by her biological father, Delbert King, her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the Heart Transplant Association, PO Box 6115, Chesterfield, MO 63306 or the American Heart Association. 

JoAnn Foster
Shelbyville
JoAnn Foster, 66, of Shelbyville, IL, formerly of Bethany, IL passed away at 11 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at her home.
She was born Jan. 5, 1935 in Pana, IL, the daughter of Marvin and Neva Rankin King.
Mrs. Foster held a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, a Masters Degree in Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Administration all from Eastern Illinois University. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and the First Christian Church of Cowden. She taught Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Bethany Schools and 7th and 8th grades in Shelbyville Schools. She especially loved softball, and was a pioneer in women's sports programs in Bethany and Central Illinois. She was an accomplished fast pitch softball pitcher and later coached softball, basketball and track. In Bethany, she initiated the Girl's Athletic Association, the Girl's Physical Education program, the Flying Fillies Mascot for girls at Bethany, developed and managed recreation programs in the summer for the youth and senior citizens and taught gymnastics many schools in Central Illinois. Her teams were always highly competitive and well respected. She was a legend to those whose lives she touched.
Surviving are a son Mike Foster and wife Janet of Cowden; daughters Jodi Foster of Lancaster PA and Jana Walls and husband Dr. Jeffrey of San Antonio, TX, grandchildren; Amanda Foster, Chase Foster, Ashley Akers, Austin Walls, and Madison Walls; special friend for many years Bud Munhall; brothers Larry King and wife Wanda of Decatur, IL and John King of LaSalle-Peru, IL. She formerly married Jim Foster, June 12, 1955.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2001 in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Marge Overlot will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery at Cowden, IL. Memorials can be made to the JoAnn Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Omar Lynn Barry
Pana
Omar Lynn Barry, 72, of Pana died Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 1:27 p.m. in St. John's Hospital, Springfield. 
A Service of Remembrance will be held Friday, August 31, 2001 in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor John Hippard officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Pana Community Hospital Foundation or Carnegie-Schuyler Library. 
Mr. Barry was born November 2, 1928 in Rosamond, the son of W. Merle and Bertha Kimball Barry. He was a graduate of Rosamond High School, a U. S. Army Sergeant during the Korean War, and was a member of the United Mine Workers Union. He was a coal miner his entire working life in Pana, Farmersville, Coffeen and Arizona. He married Carolyn D. Lebon on July 21, 1951 in Pana.
Surviving are his wife, children Mike Berry and wife Barb of Greely, CO; Delores Barry and husband Matt Aleksiewicz of Cottonwood, AZ and James Barry of Prescott, AZ; four grandchildren, Amy Barry; Lora Daiber and husband Mike, Andrea Barry, and Ian Aleksiewicz; brothers and sisters Louise Husman of Phoenix, AZ; Norma Bradley of Champaign, IL; and Lee Barry of Gibson City, IL. 

Leo E. "Mule" Armstrong
Tower Hill
Leo E. "Mule" Armstrong, 66, of Tower Hill, died at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2001, in the Shelby Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 1, 1935 in Fancher, IL, the son of Robert and Faye Lewis Armstrong. He married Edwinna Matheny, September 3, 1960 in Decatur and she died February 7, 2001. 
He was a farmer and belonged to the Local Labor Union in Shelbyville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Cowden and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict. 
Surviving are: one son, Rob Armstrong of Lakewood; daughter Marla Young of Sparta ,TN; two grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Wayne Armstrong of Shelbyville; Pat Bialeschki of Farmer City, Russell Armstrong of Cowden, Bill Armstrong of Decatur, Maude Baldwin of El Paso, TX, Forest Armstrong of Forsythe, Max Armstrong of Shelbyville, Jessie Polley of Decatur, Glenna Taylor of Cowden, Marian Lorton of Riverton and Eileen McElroy of Beecher City. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, son Randy Armstrong, brother Richard Armstrong and sisters Betty Armstrong and Joann Cox. 
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Mound Cemetery in Cowden with Masonic Rites. Rev. Robert Litteral will officiate. Private family visitation from 1 p.m. until service time in the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Cowden. 

LaVerne "Doc" Stalets
Pana
LaVerne "Doc" Stalets, 56, of Pana died September 1, 2001 at 1:25 a.m. in Pana Community Hospital.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 5, 2001 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Elk Rites at 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be Thursday, September 6, 2001 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Don Farris officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Pana. Memorials may be made to the Pana Community Hospital Foundation or American Heart Association.
Mr. Stalets was born June 12, 1945 in Pana., the son of LaVerne Gordon and Rosalia Altersberger Stalets. He was employed in sales at Schaper Company of Illinois where he had worked since he was 16 years old. He lived his entire life in Pana and was a graduate of the Pana High School Class of 1963. He was a member of the Pana Elks Club, the Pana Quarterback Club and Rosamond Baptist Church. He married Sue McCarty on June 18, 1966. They were later divorced.
He is survived by his mother Rosalia "Toots " Crow, Pana; children Shawndra Smith and husband Gary of Pana; Anthony Gordon "Tony" Stalets and wife Deeanna of Pana; Grandchildren Adam, Austin, Aric, Hannah, Hunter, Dana and Lauren; Brothers Robert Stalets of Pana and Richard Stalets and wife Debbie of Pana ; sisters, Shirley Kuhn and husband Everett, Oreana, IL; and Linda Oller and husband Mike of Shelbyville; step sisters Barb Bourke of Witt and Cindy McFadden of Staunton and several Aunts and Uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1970; step-father Clarence Junior Crow; one brother and one sister, both in infancy. 

Dewey E. Little
Mossville
Dewey E. Little, 74, of Mossville, died Aug. 7, at his home.
Little was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Bloomington to Dewey E. and Helen McFarland Little. He married Marion Louise Clybourn on Dec. 31, 1964, in Peoria Heights. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Michael (and Madeline) Little of Alabama, H. James (and Gayle) Schurtz of Texas and Richard (and Myong) Hannigan of Nevada; two daughters, Susan Washburn of South Carolina, and Lynn (and Bill) Beale of Chillicothe; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A World War II veteran, he served from 1943 to 1949 in the 101st Airborne elite paratroopers exhibition jumpers.
He worked for Illinois Valley Glass in Peoria for 23 years, retiring as shop foreman in 1985.
He was a member of Masonic lodges in Alabama and Illinois for 43 years.
A memorial service was held August 11 at the Weber Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The body was cremated.
Memorials may be made to Rescue 33.

Gene Goodwin
Gays
Gene Goodwin, 63, of Gays died at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday (September 4, 2001) at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery with the Fireman's Procession to the Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice or for research with the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018-4110.
Mr. Goodwin was born April 23, 1938 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Noel and June Shafer Goodwin. 
He was presently serving as the mayor of Gays, president of the Moultrie County Water Board and was one of the founding fathers of the Gays Fire Department, serving as a volunteer fireman for 38 years. He was a past member of the Windsor School Board for 13 years, a former board member of the Windsor-Gays Ambulance Service and attended Windsor Christian Church.
He was instrumental in bringing water from Moultrie County to Gays. He was employed as an engineer for Blaw-Knox for 44 years. He was a proud promoter of the historical Gays two story outhouse.
Gene was committed to his work, community and family.
He married Nancy R. Maxedon, April 3, 1960 in Windsor.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy; son Pat Goodwin and wife Kelly of Charleston; daughter Gina Harvey and husband Rob of Largo, FL; grandchildren Beau and Madison Goodwin and Clayton and Nathan Harvey; sister Sojona Weaver of Bellbrook, OH and mother-in-law Elnore Woodard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and step-father Howard Greer. 

James Gale Stewart
Moweaqua
James Gale Stewart, 85, of Moweaqua, died at 2:34 p.m. September 3, 2001 in the Moweaqua Nursing and Retirement Home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8 in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua, with visitation 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 7 in Seitz Funeral Home. Masonic Services will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Westside Cemetery with full Military Honors by American Legion Post #370 of Moweaqua. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Moweaqua Elevator Fund.
Mr. Stewart was born in Moweaqua on August 10, 1916, the son of Malcolm Wayne and Gwendolin (Duncan) Stewart. He was a local businessman and retired Rural Postal Worker. He was a member of the American Legion Post #370, Moweaqua Masonic Lodge #180 where he became a Master in 1947. He served in World War II in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Moweaqua.
He married Eloise Gregory in 1941.
Surviving are his wife; son James Gregory Stewart and wife Nancy of Florence, South Carolina; Daughter Janis Gale Mahone and husband James of Moweaqua; sister Gwendolin Adams and husband Kyle of Moweaqua; grandchildren Emily Stewart Pace and husband Dale of Columbia, South Carolina; Jessica Stewart of Charleston, South Carolina; Kate Elizabeth Mahone of Chicago, IL; and Gregory Stewart Mahone of Moweaqua.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. 

Alice Christopher
Assumption
Alice E. Christopher, 81, of Assumption, died at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2001 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Derrick Ritchie officiating. Visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Dollville. Memorials may be given to Tower Hill Christian Church.
Mrs. Christopher was born on August 18, 1920 in Tower Hill, the daughter of Dr. A. J. and Olive Nance Hitt. She was a cook at Root's Cafe in Assumption for many years and a member of the Tower Hill Christian Church. She graduated from Tower Hill High School in the Class of 1932. She married Arthur C. Christopher on December 27, 1939.
Surviving are her husband, Arthur, sons, Ronald L. Christopher and wife Evelyn of New Orleans, LA and David A. Christopher and wife Linda of Cowden; daughter, Carolyn A. Cole and husband Eugene of Tower Hill; brothers James Hitt and wife Dorothea of Tower Hill and William Hitt and wife Ada of Free Union, VA; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one baby boy in infancy and one brother, John Hitt.

Jesse H. "Alabam" Woodruff
Decatur
Jesse H. "Alabam" Woodruff, 73 of Decatur, formerly of Harrison AK, departed us after a long, courageous battle with cancer, Sunday (September 2, 2001) to join his son for eternal life in heaven.
Family memorial services will be at a later date. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials in care of Sonja Carroll, 2232 N. Oakland, Decatur IL 62526.
Mr. Woodruff was born April 21, 1928. He was a member of Teamsters Local 279 for 40 years and served in the military with the CBC's.
His precious memories will forever remain with his surviving daughters, Sonja Carroll; Judy and husband Greg St. Hilaire; sons John Woodruff; Kevin and wife Jill Woodruff, all of Decatur; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of Decatur; sister Lillian Nichols of Mode, "His Inspiration" (the Lady of his Life) Jean Moody of Decatur, and many special friends of Arkansas and Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his son, Frank and mother Frances Walters.
He will be greatly missed by all.
We want to express special thanks to the many special and dedicated people who assisted Jesse; our loving mother Lois Means and his longtime companion Jean Moody, many family members; special nephews Danny, Andy and Mike Nichols of Mode; Donnie Pratt of Decatur; niece Frances Nichols of Mode, Hospice, DMH Fifth Floor Oncology nurses, Dr. Esparaz, Dr. Elliott, Dr. Depaz, the radiology nurses and the Rev. John. Cochrel. 

Harley D. Culberson
Pana
Harley D. Culberson, 85, of Pana died Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at his residence. 
Funeral Services will be Saturday, September 8, 2001 in the First United Methodist Church of Pana at 11 a.m. with The Reverends Walter B. Carlson and M. Thomas Swantner officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. Burial will be in Millersville Cemetery.
Mr. Culberson was born November 20, 1915 in Shelby County, Illinois to Amos and Anna Hamilton Culberson. He was a retired school teacher and basketball and track coach in Tower Hill, Stonington, O'Fallon, Pana and Mt. Prospect. He was a graduate of the Pana High School Class of 1935 and received a Bachelor Degree and Master's Degree from Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pana and the Pana Lions Club. He served four years and three months in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was discharged in September 1945 as a First Lieutenant, being stationed in Australia and New Guinea.
He married Henrietta Crosby on May 24, 1941 in Pana. She died October 19, 1991. 
He is survived by his children Kenneth Culberson and wife Margarete of Cary; Keith Culberson and wife Marianne of Lake Villa; and Jody Culberson-Fehling and husband Jim Fehling, Libertyville. 
Also, six grandchildren: Anthony Lopez; Carollynn Riley; Katie Culberson; Matt Culberson; T. J. Culberson-Fehling; Michael Culberson-Fehling; and four great grand children. 
He was preceded in death by six brothers.

Lois Louise Smith
Rushville 
Lois Louise Smith, 68, of Rushville, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, September 6, 2001 at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
Born on December 10, 1932 in Findlay, Illinois the daughter of the late Clarence Richard and Lois Pearl (Reedy) Spencer. She married Ivan R. Smith on November 10, 1955 in Shelbyville, Illinois and he survives.
Also surviving are one son, Michael Kevin Smith and wife Kimberly of Beaverton, Oregon, 1 step-granddaughter Michelle Dickey. One brother, Robert Spencer and wife Barbara of Palm Springs, Florida. She was preceded in death by one infant brother and one brother Clarence Spencer, Jr. 
She was a homemaker.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Walter Knockenmus and Brad Bloemaker officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery south of Rushville. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Ruby L. Workman
Shelbyville
Ruby L. Workman, 79, of Shelbyville, died at 9:08 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2001 in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville. 
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville. 
Mrs. Workman was born on December 28, 1921 in Ash Grove Twp., the daughter of Clarence and Fawn Storm Veech. She was a homemaker and partner in farming with her husband. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville where she was active in United Methodist Women and taught the Friendly Sunday School Class, Shelby County Home Extension Todds Point Unit, Shelby Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was a former secretary and member of the Shelby Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. She married Wave Workman on September 24, 1939.
Surviving are her husband, Wave, and six nieces, Patricia Williamson of Neoga, Carol Hinton of Gainesville, Florida, Rose Kennedy of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Janet DeVoe of Somonauk, Cathy Workman of St. Peters, Missouri, Vicki Burns of Carlinville, and Judy Nelson of Belleville. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Rex Veech.

Nellie Trout
Pana
Nellie Trout, 82, of Pana, IL., formerly of Shelbville, passed away at 12:50 am. Monday Sept. 10, 2001 in the Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

Daisy F. Armstrong
Mesa, AZ
(formerly of Findlay)
Daisy F. Armstrong 86 of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Findlay, IL and Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 10:10 AM Saturday Sept. 8, 2001 in the Encore Senior Village in Mesa. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay.

Thomas Dwight Wallace
Moweaqua
Thomas Dwight Wallace, 81, of Moweaqua died at 8:30 am. Tuesday September 11, 2001 at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. Visitation is 9:00 am. Until 11:00 am. On Thursday at Seitz Funeral Home in Moweaqua. Graveside services will follow at 11:00 am. Thursday at the Westside Cemetery in Moweaqua. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association in Mr. Wallace's name. 
Mr. Wallace was born October 27, 1919 in Windsor, Illinois. He was the son of Franklin N. and Sylvia Kagey Wallace. A retired farmer since 1989, he was also a 20 year member of the Shelby County Board and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Moweaqua. He married Daletta Davis on April 19, 1940 in Windsor, Illinois. 
Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife, Daletta, son, Thomas G. and wife Suella Wallace of Maroa, grandchildren Clarissa and husband Mark Trudeau of Forsyth, Bryan and wife Amber Bennett of Maroa, Daletta Wallace, Maroa, and Thomas Andrew Wallace and fiancé Tamara McCarty of Normal.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Robert H. Merrell
Virginia
(formerly of Shelbyville)
Robert Herron Merrell, 76, died July 1, 2001 in the State of Virginia. Interment with full military honors was in Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia. 
Mr. Merrell was born September 13, 1924 in Shelbyville, the son of William R. and Edna (Herron) Merrell. He graduated from Shelbyville High School and was a retired career Marine. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. (Ragan) Merrell of Warsaw, Virginia, and two sons: Lee Merrell and family of Havre De Grace, Maryland; and Keith Merrell and family of Locust Grove, Virginia.

Juanita L. Maycroft
Findlay
Juanita L. Maycroft, 80, of Findlay died 1:20 a.m. Tuesday (September 11, 2001) in her residence. 
Private family services will be held Thursday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with Rev. Ray Roberts officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in the Findlay Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Lincolnland Hospice or to the family.
Mrs. Maycroft was born July 13, 1921 in Mattoon the daughter of Elisha and Grace Wiseley Hutson. She was an inspector for Brown Shoe Company in Sullivan. She married William E. Maycroft on August 10, 1940 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Surviving are her husband: William E. Findlay; daughter: Nancy Jeffries and her husband Donald of Findlay; granddaughters: Heidi Cole and her husband Brad of Sullivan, Gretchen Martin and her husband Virgil of Charleston; great grandchildren: Ashley, Ryan, Andrew Cole, Zach and Rebecca Martin; nephew, Martin E.G. Murrell and his wife Peggy of Montezuma, Indiana. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and two great grandchildren.

Virgil Black
Herrick
95 year old Mr. Virgil Black of Herrick Illinois died Tuesday, September 11 at 1:45 a.m. at Olivewood Health Care Center, Shelbyville. 
Funeral services will be, Thursday, September 13 at 11:00 am at Wallace Carroll Funeral Home in Herrick. Howard Taylor officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday, September 13 at Wallace Carroll. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fayette Co. Illinois.
Mr. Virgil Black was born Sunday, January 7, 1906 in Fayette Co. Illinois the son of Oliver S. and Martha S. (Nee Pope) Black. He attended the Hog Creek Country School in the Beecher City area and the Valley Country School in the Cowden area. He was united in marriage to Lovetta June Beasley by Rev. Walt Black, Thursday, September 18, 1947 in Herrick. Mrs. Black died Wednesday March 9, 1988. Mr. Black was veteran of the US Army during World War II. He was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ Church. A life long resident of the Cowden Herrick area, he farmed the family farm with his father, Oliver Black who died in 1966.
Mr. Black is survived by daughters Martha M. Lorentz of Morrisonville, Oklahoma, Burnis B. Blickem of Lufkin, Texas, Bonnie J. Reese of Cushing, Oklahoma, Freda M. White of Cowden, Glady A. Ray of Nacogdoches, Texas and Hilda J. Dennis of Shelbyville. Also surviving are his sons Carl B. Black of Shumway, Burl P. Black of Charleston, Curtis R. Black of Shelbyville. Brothers; Burl (wife Betty) Black of Tolono, Illinois, Gale (wife Melva) Black of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Glenn (wife Carole) Black of Herrick. His sister Norma Tuckery of Shelbyville is also surviving. His 28 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren are also surviving.
Mr. Black was preceded in death by his parent, wife, 3 brothers, Ivan, Cecil and William Black. Two sisters Lucy Bivenue and Edna Carter, one brother and one sister in infancy.


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