Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices

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Kristie Cordell
CHARLESTON - Kristie Irene Cordell, 42, of Charleston died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 13, 2000) at her residence.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Stewart Carroll Funeral Home in Paris. Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery, Paris. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. She was born Oct. 30, 1957, in Paris, the daughter of George W. and Anita Belle Nail. Survivors include her fiance, Alan Ueleke of Charleston; sons Doug and Jonah Cordell, both of Paris; a daughter, Anita Cook of Paris; brothers Eddie Nail of Terre Haute, Ind., Mike Nail of Tokyo, Japan, and Dave Moore of Decatur; sisters Twanna Plummer of Elwood, Ind., Gwen Young of Paxton, and Teresa and Tieronna Moore, both of Decatur; stepmother Viola Nail of Decatur; and two grandchildren.Ms. Cordell was a caregiver at the Human Resource Center in Paris.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.

Leland Snearley
GREENUP - Leland "Jack" Snearley, 97, of Greenup formerly of Casey, died at 7:55 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 13, 2000) at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at the Walnut Cemetery with the Rev. Lowell Kibler officiating. The Markwell and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.He was born May 22, 1903, in Casey, the son of Walter and Margaret Alice Adamson Snearley. Survivors include nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.Mr. Snearley was a retired farmer.Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Nursing Center Activity Fund.

Lillian Welsh
Lillian R. Welsh, age 94, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:18 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2000, at her residence.The mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish Center with Father Herman J. Niebrugge officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home. A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Daughters of Isabella Rites.Lillian was born in Shumway on November 12, 1905, a daughter of Ed and Martha Naab Richter. She married Robert J. Welsh on December 10, 1925. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1970.Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Phyllis Rita) Roytek Jr., Mrs. Don (Dorothy) Dole, and Mrs. Jack (Joan) Record, all of Mattoon; two sisters, Clara Richter of Lerna, and Mrs. Vincent (Hazel) Welsh of Gays; eleven grandchildren, Jim Roytek, Bill Dole, Mike Dole, Marty Dole, Chris Dole, Jeff Dole, all of Mattoon, Sally Eck of New Palestine, Ind., Susan Record of Champaign, Sheila Record, Shady Raboin, both Mattoon and Rush Record of Champaign and eight great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother.Mrs. Welsh was retired farmer and homemaker. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church and a charter member of the Daughters of Isabella.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Parents Guild or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Wilma Gibbs
MATTOON - Wilma Lois Gibbs, 82, of Mattoon, died at 9:10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 12, 2000) at the Mattoon Health Care Center.The graveside funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Campground Cemetery with the Rev. Derold R. Doughty officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Schilling Funeral Home.She was born July 4, 1918, in Mattoon, the daughter of Marion and Myrtle McNeal Gibbs.Surviving are one niece, Pat Anglin of White Heath; special friend, Mary Shields of Mattoon; and several great-nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.Miss Gibbs worked for Brown Shoe Company and was a member of the First Apostolic Church.Memorials may be made to the First Apostolic Church Building Fund.

Muriel Harmon
ARTHUR - Murial Dorothea Harmon, 86, of Arthur, died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday (August 12, 2000) at the Arthur Home.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Arthur United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Elder officiating. Burial will be at the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur.She was born Aug. 26, 1913, in Lovington, the daughter of Charles W. and Lydia J. Schuetz Casteel. She married Glen L. "Punk" Harmon in 1946. He died in 1980.Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Harmon of Streator and Joyce Jurgens of Arthur; three brothers, Charles Casteel, Richard Casteel and John Casteel, all of Lovington; one sister, Rosemary Wood of Sullivan; and three grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two sisters.Mrs. Harmon was a member of the Arthur United Methodist Church, Moultrie County Historical Society and Douglas County Republican Women.Memorials may be made to the Arthur United Methodist Church.

Claudia A. Overbay
Claudia A. Overbay, 93, of Mattoon, died 3:52 P.M. Saturday, August 12, 2000 at Imboden Creek Living Center, Decatur, Illinois.Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 15, 2000, 11:00 A.M., at First United Methodist Church, Mattoon, Il. Visitation will be Monday, August 14, 2000 from 4 to 7 P.M. at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, and one hour prior to service on Tuesday at the church. Eastern Star Services will be at 7:00 P.M. Monday. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, IL. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Mattoon, Illinois.Claudia was born December 4, 1906 in Cold Spring Township south of Pana, Illinois, the daughter of John and Sara (Guthrie) Gatons. She married Roscoe H. Overbay in 1942, who preceded her in death in April, 1968.Claudia graduated from Pana High School in 1927, and Huber Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Pana, 1930. She then went on to complete post-graduate study in obstetrical nursing at Chicago Lying-In, Chicago, Il. She was active as a registered nurse for over 50 years. She worked in Vandalia Hospital, Mattoon Memorial Hospital and the IOOF Home in Mattoon.She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mattoon, Service Sunday School Class, and the Mary Circle of the First United Methodist Women's Society. She was Past Worthy Matron of Elect Lady No. 40 Eastern Star, and held numerous offices over the years. She was also Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jeruselem. She belonged to the Rebekah's of Mattoon, Royal Neighbors of America (60 year member), Ladie's Auxillary to the Veteran's of Foreign War No 4325, Amarenth Fidelity Court No 20 of Shelbyville, Il., Coles Country Home Extension Association, and Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Guild.She is survived by her daughter Dr. Mary Jane Linton and husband Robert of Decatur, Illinois. Grandchildren Sara and Mark Linton of Decatur, nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roscoe, three brothers and two sisters.Claudia was a beautiful person who cared for and touched many lives. Her wisdom and sense of humor will never be forgotten. She will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Blanche Potsch
MATTOON - Blanche Potsch, age 88, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2000 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with Reverend Dale Beck officiating. Interment will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.Blanche Potsch was born June 4, 1912 at Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of Emil J. and Rose Raz Kalus. She married John P. Potsch, Sr. January 22, 1942 at Louisiana, Missouri, he preceded her in death January 29, 1994. Surviving are two sons, John P. Potsch, Jr. of Mattoon and Ronald A. Potsch of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Joseph (Mildred) Van Cura of Riverside, Illinois and five grandchildren, Johnna Howson, John P. Potsch III, Christopher, Elisabeth and Anna Corinne Potsch.Mrs. Potsch was a retired legal secretary. She was a life member of the Parent Teacher Association and was an active worker with the American Cancer Society to which memorial contributions may be made.

Milton J. Beachey
ARTHUR - Milton J. Beachey, 81, of Arthur, IL, passed away at 3:00 a.m. Thursday, August 10,2000 at his residence rural Arthur, IL.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2000 at the Arthur Mennonite Church 710 E. Park St., Arthur, IL. Rev. Phil Schrock and Rev. Paul Sieber will officiate. Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, August 13, 2000 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Arthur Mennonite Church. Edwards Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Mr. Beachey was born July 23, 1919, in Arthur, IL, a son of Jacob D. and Lydia (Yoder) Beachey. He married Barbara Briskey in Hicksville, OH on October 26, 1944.  He is survived by his wife: Barbara Beachey of Arthur, IL; 6 children: Larry and his wife Paula Beachey of Elkhart, IN, Wilmer and his wife Ruth Beachey of Bismarck, N.D., Bob and his wife Linda Beachey of LaMarque, TX, Rosa and her husband Kent Jantz of Walton, KS, Ernest and his wife Barbara Beachey of Clearwater, KS, Dorothy Beachey of Brookfield, IL; 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Phillip and his wife Carrie Beachey, Kendric and his wife Michelle, Brigitte, Joel and Matthew Beachey, Nathan and Wendel Beachey, Jason and Troy Jantz, Lindsey and Kelsey Kirkpatrick. He was preceded in death by 1 granddaughter, Karisa; 3 brothers, Daniel, Emory and Henry; 4 sisters, Ada Miller, Katie Ann Miller, Ella Otto and Minnie Mast.Milton was a man of strong conviction. He was a member of the Arthur Mennonite Church where he served as Elder, Sunday School Teacher and Church Chorister and sang in special musical groups with the church. He was an avid reader and acquired his GED in 1991.Milton was a prominent farmer in the Arthur area from 1944 until his retirement in 1983. he was also a rural mail carrier from which he also retired in 1983. he was a conscientious objector to the war having served in the Civilian Public Service from 1939 - 1944 in Iowa, California, Pennsylvania and Indiana.Memorials may be made to the Arthur Mennonite Church.

Lucy Beem
SHELBYVILLE - Lucy E. Beem, 90, of Shelbyville, died at 8 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) in her residence.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.She was born on May 7, 1910, in rural Carrollton, the daughter of Perry Otis and Eunice Wood Short. She married Julian C. "Duke" Beem in 1933; he died in 1988.Surviving are one son, Perry Beem of Doylestown, Pa.; one daughter, Juliann Breeding of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Mary Liles of Rockford; several grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by a son, five brothers and one grandchild.Mr. Beem taught physical education at Shelbyville schools and in Westervelt. She was active in Scouting for many years. She served a short term as Shelby County sheriff in 1943 and was bookkeeper for the family business Beem's Buick Sales. Mrs. Beem was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 69 of Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

Zora Clements
SAN DIEGO - Zora Small "Clem" Clements, 86, of San Diego, formerly of Arthur, died at 11 a.m. July 26, 2000, at Casa Dea Campanas Health Center in San Diego.A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bourbon Cemetery with Pastor Greg Busboom officiating. No visitation is scheduled. The Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Oct. 19, 1913, in Wheeling, a son of Frederick Visic and Ina Small Clements. He married Mabel Blaase in 1952; she survives.Also surviving are relatives in the Arthur area.He was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.Mr. Clements was a retired engineer for the Space Lab of Rockwell International of California. He was an Army captain in World War II.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Elizabeth Hospice.

William Pigg
PARIS - William Elisha "Eli" Pigg, 23, of Paris, died at 3:13 a.m. Friday (Aug. 11, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. The funeral will be 5 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Paris. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church. The Sutton and Son Funeral Home of Paris is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Jan. 26, 1977, in Paris, the son of William Earl and Pennie Callaway Pigg. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Pennie and Dennis Duzan of Paris; his father and stepmother, William and Janice Pigg of Hagerstown, Md.; one brother, Lane Pigg of Paris; one sister, Emily Pigg of Paris; and grandparents, Hazel Callaway of Oakland, and Daniel and Evelyn Pigg of Paris. He was preceded in death by his grandfather.Mr. Pigg was a machinist at Doemelt Corp in Arcola. He was a member of the ABATE of Illinois.Memorials may be made to ABATE of Illinois c/o Sutton and Son Funeral Home.

Joseph Schumacher
SAVOY - Joseph M. Schumacher, 88, of Savoy, died at 4:10 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 10, 2000) at Carle Arbours in Savoy. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. George Remm officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield. The Owens Funeral Home, Champaign, is in charge of the arrangements.He was born in April 21, 1912, in Effingham, the son of F.H. and Clara Feldhake Schumacher. He married Roslyn Hirsh in 1972; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, David Schumacher of Springfield and Paul Schumacher of Mattoon; one daughter, Clarissa Ann Heiss of Charleston; two stepchildren, Stuart Hirsh of Anchorage, Alaska, and Elissa Hirsch Yeend of Palo Alto, Calif.; one sister, Veronica Ream of Arlington Heights; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers.Mr. Schumacher owned and operated the Ben Franklin Store in Mattoon and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Kenneth Upton
MATTOON - Kenneth Howard "Yogi" Upton, 66, of Mattoon, died at 12:35 a.m. on Friday (Aug. 11, 2000) at his residence.The graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday with military rites by the VFW Post 4325 at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Schilling Funeral Home.He was born in Mattoon Nov. 12, 1933, a son of Howard Allen and Nelda Frances Sanders Upton. He married Charlotte Bown in 1960; she survives.Also surviving are one brother, Clarence W. Upton of Mattoon, and two sisters, Marjorie Hays of Arizona and Vivian Cohea of Mattoon.Mr. Upton was an Air Force veteran. He retired from General Electric in 1991 after 34 years with the company. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 88, Odd Fellows Lodge No. 260 and the Eagles Club No. 3438.Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Lincolnland c/o the Schilling Funeral Home.

James W. Zimmerle
MATTOON - James W. Zimmerle, age 75, of Mattoon, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2000, at the residence of his daughter.Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August, 14, 2000 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center, with Father Herman Niebrugge officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with Moose rites at 7:00 p.m. and Biblical Wake service at 7:15 p.m.James W. Zimmerle was born October 29, 1924, at Olney, Illinois, a son of William Reuben and Alta Elizabeth Campbell Zimmerle. He married Dorothy Mae Grieshammer December 22, 1951 at California, Missouri, she preceded in death May 3, 1997. Also surviving are his children, Mrs. John (Leann) Polston and Mrs. Van (Celeste) Webb of Mattoon and Mike Zimmerle and his wife Linda of Charleston; grandchildren, John Polston, Jr. and his wife Anita of Mattoon, Troy Polston and his wife Renee of Mattoon Theresa, Vanessa, Meredith, and Mitchell Webb of Mattoon, Jarred and Jessica Zimmerle of Charleston. Great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Micaela, Nicholas, and Andrew Polston of Mattoon also survive. He was preceded in death by one son, Jim Zimmerle, Jr. and two sisters.Mr. Zimmerle was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. A 1944 graduate of Mattoon High School, he was co-designer of the school crest and helped establish and served as president of the first Letterman's Club. Jim retired in 1989 as a chemical operator at USI Tuscola. He served as governor of Mattoon Moose Lodge 803 in 1976-77, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1985-86 and 1996-97. He has held all the offices in the order - many several times during his 25 years of service on the Board of Officers. Jim earned his Moose Legion Degree on August 20, 1967, Moose Fellowship on October 3, 1975 and the highest degree of the Order was awarded Jim in May of 1983, Mattoon Lodge Moose of the Year and Illinois Moose Association Moose of the Year in 1984. He was a member of the American Legion and Eagle's Lodge. Mr. Zimmerle was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Sandy Carter
SULLIVAN - Mrs. Sandra "Sandy" Risley Carter, 50, of Sullivan, died at 9:45 a.m., Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) in her home.Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev. Mark Taylor officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour before service time in the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: St. Jude's Children's Hospital.Mrs. Carter was born in Macon County on July 17, 1950, the daughter of George and Virginia E. Mitchell Risley. She married Mike Carter on September 26, 1969, in Sullivan.Surviving are her husband, daughter, Nanette Lilly and husband Allen and granddaughter Alyssa Lilly all of Bethany; parents, George and Virginia Risley of Sullivan; brother, George Risley and wife Vicki of Glen Ellyn; sisters, Linda Bolsen and husband Dan of Pawnee, Cindy Tarr and husband Gregg of Sullivan; 5 nephews and 1 niece.Sandy was a homemaker and her greatest pleasure in life was being a wife, mother and gammy to her little sunshine Alyssa.

Robert England
SULLIVAN - Robert L. England, 56, of Sullivan, died at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) in Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur.Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Dr. David Leslie officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be with military rites in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: Moultrie County Chapter of American Heart Association.Mr. England, was born on July 15, 1944, in Mattoon, the son of Grantie and Lucy Mae Gillenwater England. He was in the service during the Vietnam Conflict, and retired from A.E. Staley's as an operator in the Starch Department. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Sullivan, and associated with the Methodist Church. V.F.W. Post # 6410, Sullivan, Lovington American Legion Post #429, Past Commander of American Legion Post #68 in Sullivan. Former Sullivan Volunteer Fireman. He married Janet A. Wood on September 5, 1964, in Sullivan and she survives.Also surviving are daughters, Bobbi L. Campbell and husband Brad of Mattoon, Chrissie C. Hackert and husband Chuck of Decatur; brothers, Charles England, Wayne Gillenwater, Sonny England all of Sullivan; sisters, Holly Shell and Wilma Graham of Sullivan, Eva Schrodt of St. Louis, Wanda James of LaPalma, CA.; 2 sister-in-law, Edith England of Sullivan, Myrna England of Sarasota, FL. And his loving companion his dog Katie.He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, one sister, 1 niece and 1 nephew.

Fern Hocking
LOVINGTON - Fern Emaline King Hocking, 73, of Lovington, died at 6 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 6, 2000) at her daughter's home in Sullivan.A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan, with Pastor Dave Starr officiating. Visitation will be private. The Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, is in charge of the arrangements. She was born April 21, 1927, in Reading, Penn., a daughter of John Carlisle and Catherine Susan Shapell Lutz. She married Ralph F. King Jr. in 1952; he died in 1972. She married Kenneth Burleigh Hocking in 1978; he survives.Also surviving are two sons, Frank S. King of Washington and Rodney W. King of Lovington; one daughter, Catherine S. England of Sullivan; one stepson; four stepdaughters; four brothers, William Lutz of Reading, Penn., Carl Lutz of Angels Camp, Calif., John Lutz Jr. of Bloomsburg, Penn., and Norman Lutz of Sinking Spring, Penn.; three sisters, Betty Reichardt, Harriet Hague and Susan Blessing, all of Reading, Penn.; five grandchildren; and 13 stepgrandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one sister, one stepdaughter and two stepgranddchildren.Mrs. Hocking had worked at Brown Shoe, Sullivan, and was a waitress and restaurant manager for many years. She was a member of the Lovington First Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the Sullivan Dance Studio.

Parcel Laws
PEORIA, Ariz. - Wesley Parcel Laws, 89, of Peoria, Ariz., formerly of Hindsboro and Charleston, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Ariz.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bushton Christian Church with the Rev. Charles Dye officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.He was born June 10, 1911, in Westfield, the son of John Henry Laws and Elizabeth Parcel Laws. He married Dorothy Julia Stanfield in 1936; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, John Laws of Texas and Roy Laws of Illinois; two daughters, Esther Macklin of Arizona and Betty Bouffard of Ohio; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one brother and one grandchild.Mr. Laws retired in 1979 after 11 years as a stationary engineer at Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the Bushton Christian Church.

Lucille Niccum
GREENUP - Lucille Niccum, 84, of Greenup, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at her residence.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with the Rev. Tim Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Jewett Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup.She was born May 3, 1916, in Woodbury, the daughter of Alfred Cox and Lola M. Kingery Cox. She married Richard Niccum in 1935; he died in 1996. Surviving are three sons, Max Niccum of Greenup, and William and Rodger Niccum, both of Toledo; two daughters, Madonna Ervin of Greenup and Norma Griffith of Hidalgo; three brothers, Johnny and Frank Cox of Creve Coeur, and Wayne Cox of Millersville, Tenn.; three sisters, Opal Myers and Barbara Bauguss of Jewett and Ruby Kelly of Creve Coeur; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.Mrs. Niccum was employed for 20 years at Ettlebrick Shoe Factory and retired in 1981. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincolnland. 

David Simon
CHATHAM - David "Dave" Mark Simon, 40, of Chatham, formerly of Charleston, died at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 9, 2000) at Memorial Medical Center.A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chatham United Methodist Church with the Rev. Keith Anderson officiating. The Staab Polk Memorial Home in Chatham is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Feb. 19, 1960, in Flint, Mich., the son of Delbert Simon and Betty Atkins Simon. He married Cheryl R. Meyer in 1984; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, Ian and Derek Simon, both at home; one daughter, Kristen Simon at home; mother, Betty Simon of Charleston; father and stepmother, Delbert and Lavita Simon of Rockford; one brother, Richard Simon of Pekin; two half brothers, Brand and Scott Simon, both of Rockford; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.Mr. Simon worked in an after school program for School District 186, had a gourmet mushroom business and was a student of SIU/LLCC Respiratory Therapy. He was a member of the Chatham United Methodist Church and Amnesty International.Memorials may be made to the David Simon Children Educational Fund.

Betty L. Whitkanack
CHARLESTON, IL - Betty Whitkanack, age 69, of Charleston, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. A memorial service celebrating Betty's life will be held on Saturday, August 12, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 320 West Elm Street, Westfield, Illinois with Reverend Joe Grozik officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Adams Funeral Chapel.Betty was born February 18, 1931, in Metcalf, Illinois a daughter of Jesse and Delphia (Warmouth) Scott. She married James Whitkanack on November 28, 1947 in Paris, Illinois.Survivors include her husband, James of Charleston; three sons, Terry D. Whitkanack and his wife Darlene of Winfield, Illinois, Del L. Whitkanack and his wife Kathy of Wheaton, Illinois and J. Mark Whitkanack and his wife Cindy of Sullivan, Illinois; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six sisters, Beulah Fuller and her husband Frank, and Lena Jewell all of Paris, Illinois, Evelyn Horsley and her husband Ted, Mary Sanders and her husband Roy, and Jean Pruiett all of Marshall, Illinois and Beverly Whitkanack and her husband Ken of Lawrenceville, Illinois; and one brother, Ron Scott and his wife Marcella of Denver, Colorado. She was preceded by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.Betty was a graduate of Marshall High School and was employed by the Westfield School System for sixteen years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Westfield and her love for her church and her church family was apparent as she volunteered her time in many different areas of church work. She also had a tremendous love for her family and she will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Betty enjoyed reading, flower gardening and was a collector of knick-knacks.In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to the Vergil Gregg Scholarship Fund in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 84, Charleston, Illinois 61920.

Edward Colbert Jr.
CHAMPAIGN - Edward P. Colbert Jr., 75, of Mattoon, died at 5:45 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 5, 2000) at ManorCare Health Services, Urbana.The funeral mass will be 4 p.m. Thursday at the St. Patrick Church in Urbana. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be private. He was born May 15, 1925, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of Edward P. Colbert Sr. and Edith McBride Colbert. He married Elaine Messore in 1956; she survives.Also surviving are three sons, Julian Colbert of Boston, David Colbert of Baltimore and Edward McBride Colbert of Columbia, Md.; eight daughters, Maura Colbert of Seattle, Anique Colbert of Boston, Nina Colbert of New York, Mimi Colbert of Evanston, Angela Colbert Merchant of Chicago, Elizabeth Colbert of Indianapolis, Teresa Colbert of Dallas and Caritas Colbert of Boston; one brother, Robert S. Colbert, Sikeston, Mo.; and one sister, Carol Colbert Noonan of Minnesota.He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.Mr. Colbert was a retired professor of Medieval History at Eastern Illinois University; Phi Beta Kappa; associate editor of Church History New Catholic Encyclopedia; the diplomatic courier of the U.S. State Department for Europe and Asia; and a U.S. army veteran of World War II.Memorials may be made to Illinois Right to Life Organization or Catholic Charities of Mattoon, Attn.: Carrie Carlen.

Robert England
SULLIVAN - Robert L. England, 56, of Sullivan, died at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.Arrangements are incomplete at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan.

Charles Juhnke
WINDSOR - Charles William Juhnke, 65, of Windsor, died at 3:58 p.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor, with the Rev. Richard Eident officiating. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until service time on Sunday. He was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Shelby County, the son of Charles William Juhnke and Elizabeth Lovins Juhnke.Surviving are two sons, Charles William Juhnke of Bozeman, Mont., and Scott Juhnke of Windsor; two sisters, Helen Klepzig of Shelbyville and Dorothy Shafer of Windsor; and one grandchild.He was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, one grandchild and a foster brother.Mr. Juhnke was a retired farmer and retired from Blaw-Knox in Mattoon. He was a member of the Windsor Masonic Lodge, the Ansar Shrine and the Windsor Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital.

Frances Kasinac
GREENUP - Frances B. Kasinac, 88, of Greenup, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at the Heartland Manor Nursing Center in Casey.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with the Rev. Rick Emrich officiating. Burial will in the Montrose Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.She was born Oct. 8, 1911, in Jewett, the daughter of Horrace E. Stephens and Ruby Hopper Stephens. She married Stanley Kasinac in 1947; he survives.Also surviving are one sister, Rhea Hogan of San Bernadino, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.Mrs. Kasinac was a pianist and piano teacher. She was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church and the U.S. Civil Service Commission. 

Peggy Kemper
OBLONG - Peggy Ann Kemper, 42, of Oblong, died at 5:55 a.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) in Crawford County.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with the Rev. Marvin Oakley officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born April 17, 1958, in Greenup, the daughter of Joyce Smith and Betty Nees Smith. She married Randall Eugene Kemper, in 1985; he survives.Also surviving are one sister, Kathy Sidwell of Charleston, and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Parcel Laws
SUN CITY, Ariz. - Wesley Parcel Laws, 89, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Charleston and Hindsboro, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at Sun City, Ariz., Hospital.Arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.

Robert Lisenbee
CHARLESTON - Robert "Bo" Lawrence Lisenbee Jr., 40, formerly of Charleston, drowned July 16, 2000, while fishing in Mobile, Ala.A memorial service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Janesville Wesleyan Church with the Rev. John Mills officiating.He is survived by his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Robert Lisenbee Sr. of Charleston; one brother, Daniel Lisenbee, stationed with the U.S. Army in Japan; one sister, Kathy Barnard of Tulsa, Okla.; a grandmother of Springfield, Mo.; and former wife of Charleston.

Lucille Niccum
GREENUP - Lucille Niccum, 84, of Greenup, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2000) at her residence.The funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup.

Guy Spear
ARCOLA - Guy Spear, 75, of Arcola, IL passed away at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2000, at his residence in Arcola, IL.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August, 11, 2000 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola, IL. Rev. Paul Newton will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2000 at the funeral home.Guy was born July 29, 1925 in Tompkinsville, KY. A son of Carmen and Donnie (Meadows) Spear. He married Lena Elizabeth Parker on February 10, 1951 in Barren County, KY. She passed away on December 8, 1994.He is survived by: 2 Sons: Dean Spear of Hindsboro, IL and Bobby Spear and his wife Marcia of Arcola, IL; 2 Daughters, Glenda Abercrombie and her husband James of Tuscola, IL and Dianne Furlong of Arcola, IL; 8 Grandchildren: Nicole Hite and her husband Darren of Newton, IL, David Spear and his wife Beth of Hindsboro, IL, Kristie Abercrombie of Tuscola, IL, Danny Abercrombie of Tuscola, IL, Candy Furlong of Arcola, IL, Ryan Furlong of Arcola, IL, Andy Spear of Arcola, IL and Crystal Spear of Arcola, IL; five Great-Grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his wife Lena; three brothers, Herbert, Carl and George; and a sister, Vera Counts.Guy was an Army veteran of World War II. He farmed when he came to this area in 1955. He later worked as a carpenter for Ed Cunningham for two and a half years. He worked for Progress Industries in Arthur, IL until his retirement in 1988. Guy also owned and operated Spear's Insulating for several years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and he attended Kemp Church of Christ.Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Harlan Cottingham
CHARLES-TON - Harlan E. Cottingham, 83, of Charleston, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday (Aug. 6, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Montgomery St. Church of God. Burial will be in Bell Cemetery near Diona. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home.He was born Aug. 20, 1916, in Greenup, the son of Charles and Ulah May Hutton Cottingham. He married Virginia Lowry in 1947; she survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Martha Carter of Casper, Wyo., and Mary Wright of Greenup; one sister, Ruth Waltrip of Springfield; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.Mr. Cottingham had retired from Mid-State Foundry in Charleston and was an army veteran of World War II. He was a member of an anti-aircraft unit that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Mr. Cottingham was a member of the Montgomery St. Church of God.Memorials may be made to the Montgomery St. Church of God.

Helen M. Gilbert
CHARLESTON - Helen M. Gilbert, 89, of Charleston, died at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Nursing Home in Mattoon. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in Indian Cemetery near Lerna. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born Jan. 10, 1911, in Coles County, the daughter of George and Bertha Helen Grimes Graves. She married Edmund Gilbert on Dec. 17, 1933; he died on May 14, 1982.Survivors include one son, George Gilbert of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. James (Bertha) Anderson of Sullivan and Mrs. William (Rose) Snider of Charleston; one brother, Charles R. Grimes of Charleston; one sister, Leona Phipps of Chrisman; one sister-in-law, Esther Gilbert of Greenwood, Ind.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.She was also preceded in death by one brother and one granddaughter. Mrs. Gilbert graduated from Mattoon Methodist Memorial School of Nursing in 1933. She was a retired register nurse and did volunteer work for over 40 years. She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Charleston and former member of the Lerna Eastern Star Chapter.Memorials may be made to the Otterbein Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

Debra McQueen
Debra (Debbie) Ann McQueen 43 of Mattoon died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday (August 6, 2000) in the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana due to a malignant brain tumor.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor by Rev Richard Eident. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Sand Creek Cemetery near Windsor.She was born February 23, 1957 in Effingham the daughter of Jerald and Goldie Davis McQueen.She was a home care provider for several years and attended Windsor schools.Surviving are daughter Brandie Jo McQueen of Mattoon, grandchildren Miles Callow and Tyler Barr of Mattoon, mother Goldie P. McQueen of Mattoon, brothers Ronald McQueen and wife Brenda of Mattoon, and James McQueen and wife Cristy of Neoga; sisters, Sherry Pieper and husband Frank of Champaign and Janet Stull and husband John of Mattoon; nine nieces and nephews and fifteen great- nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her father and brother Terry McQueen.Memorials may be made to the grandchildren.

Harold E. Perkins
MATTOON - Harold E. Perkins, age 84, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2000 at Mattoon Health Care Center.Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday (today), August 8, 2000 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Reverend L. K. Hucker officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with military rites by the United States Marine Corps. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.Harold E. Perkins was born March 16, 1916 at Mattoon, a son of Charles E. and Mary Alice Mapes Perkins. He married Betty Lou Williams on November 28, 1946 at Mattoon, she survives. Also surviving are his children, Ronnie Perkins and his wife Patty of Dallas City, Illinois, Diana Zollman and her husband Richard of Mattoon, Eugenia Perkins of Lockheart, Texas and Tammy Hudson and her husband Larry of Mattoon; and two sister, Naomi Smith and Lenora Shores of Mattoon. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Bob Zollman and his wife Pennie of Sullivan, Illinois Michael Perkins of Dallas City, Illinois, Amy Garrett of Florissant, Missouri, Amanda Garrett, Tyler Hudson and Josh Hudson all of Mattoon, four great-grandchildren and his dog, Annie. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.Mr. Perkins was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II. He was a former employee of Brown Shoe Company and Eastern Illinois University. Memorial contributions may be made to the Coles County Humane Society, P.O. Box 101, Mattoon, Illinois 61938.

Earnest Sparks
CHARLESTON - Earnest L. Sparks, 85, of Charleston, died at 2:53 a.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2000) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Nursing Home, Mattoon.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.He was born Dec. 19, 1914, in Newton, the son of Claude and Millie Reed Sparks. He married Juanita L. Gorrell in 1937; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Keith Sparks of Charleston; one daughter, Berdina Cox of Fulton, Mo.; one sister, Olive Wilson of E. Moline; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by three brothers and two grandchildren.Mr. Sparks retired as an auto mechanic at Lindley Chevrolet, Charleston. He was a member of the University Baptist Church.

Danny Adkins
TUSCOLA - Danny Edwards Adkins Sr., 58, of Tuscola died at 2:20 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 5, 2000) at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home in Tuscola with the Rev. Dick Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 25, 1942, in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., the son of Samuel and Delcia Mae Cross Adkins. He married Betty Smiley in 1962. She survives.Also surviving are his mother, Delcia Mae Adkins of Tuscola; two sons, Danny Adkins Jr. and Steve Adkins, both of Tuscola; one daughter, Tammie Messer of Tuscola; three brothers, Robert Adkins of Newman, Tim Adkins of Tuscola and Henry Adkins of Villa Grove; three sisters, Sue Ingram and Joan Mattingly, both of Oakland and Linda Seaton of Parkville; and six grandsons.He was preceded in death by his father, two sons and one daughter.Mr. Adkins was a handyman and a member of the Kemp United Church of Christ in rural Arcola.

Ed Benton
MATTOON - Ed Benton, age 53, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2000, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2000, at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Shepherd officiating. Interment will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery with military rites by the United States Navy. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.Wayne Edward Benton was born November 26, 1946 at Mattoon, Illinois, a son of Wayne M. and Helen L. Lash Benton. He married Brenda Pedigo April 19, 1969 at Mattoon, she survives. Also surviving are his father, Wayne M. Benton of Mattoon, his children, Melissa Benton and Rachel Benton of Mattoon and Brandon Benton, at home; sisters, Judy Weemer of Decatur, Carol Arnold of Mattoon and Lynda Luthy of Decatur. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Taylor and Mackenzie Benton of Mattoon, special aunt, Jean Gammill of Humboldt and several nieces and nephews, all of which he dearly loved. Ed was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Bill Benton.Mr. Benton was a maintenance supervisor for World Color Press and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Viet Nam conflict. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Eagles Lodge.

Virgil Blakeman
CASEY - Virgil V. Blakeman, 85, of Ashmore, formerly of Casey, died at 10:15 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 5, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Markwell & Son Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. Ray Finney officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Cemetery, South of Martinsville. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.He was born July 21,1915, in Johnson Township, the son of John and Lottie Steward Blakeman. He married Nellie Maxine Newberry in 1937. She died in 1984.Surviving are one son, Maurice Blakeman of Plant City, Fla.; one daughter, Denise Shumaker of Ashmore; and five grandchildren.Mr. Blakeman was a retired oil field worker and farmer.

Louise Brewer
GREENUP - Louise Brewer, 90, of Greenup died at 2:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 4, 2000) at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.The funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barkley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Burial was in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.She was born Oct. 14, 1909, in Hidalgo, the daughter of Charley and Aura Edwards Paul. She married Russell Brewer in 1929. He died in 1980.Surviving are two daughters, Nina Sugiura and Helen Ryan, both of Greenup; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by three brothers, five sisters and one grandchild.Mrs. Brewer was a retired school teacher and a member of the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church in rural Greenup.

Harlan Cottingham
CHARLESTON - Harlan E. Cottingham, 83, of Charleston died Sunday (Aug. 6, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at Caudill-King Funeral Home.

Beatrice Curtright
MARTINSVILLE - Beatrice Curtright, 79, of Martinsville died at 9:55 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 5, 2000) at the Birchwood Nursing Home in Casey.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville with the Rev. George Nika, Billie Ray Ulrey and David Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Richwoods Cemetery in Westfield. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.She was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Hazel Dell, the daughter of Milbourne and Addie Lansbery Chapman. She married Wilbur Curtright in 1943. He died in 1984.Surviving are one daughter, Karen Rardin of Martinsville, three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one sister.Mrs. Curtright was a homemaker and member of the Martinsville Bible Church.

Doris Easley
CHARLESTON - Doris H. Easley, 88, of Charleston, formerly of Clay City, died at 11:55 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 6, 2000) at her residence.Private family services will be at a later date.She was born Aug. 5, 1912, in Clay City, the daughter of John D. and Hattie M. Brissenden Bones I. She married Gale H. Easley in 1933. He died in 1971.Surviving are one son, Gerald Easley of Gold Hill, Ore.; one daughter, Carolyn Gail McKee of Charleston; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.Mrs. Easley was a homemaker and member of the Clay City Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star.

Willis Harl
SULLIVAN - Willis Franklin Harl, 64, of Sullivan died at 5:03 p.m. Friday (Aug. 4, 2000) at his residence.The graveside funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the French Cemetery in Allenville with the Rev. Henry Graham officiating. There will be no visitation. McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Feb. 15, 1936, in Allenville, the son of Willis T. and Mable Moran Harl.Surviving are two brothers, Jerry Harl of Lincoln and David Harl of Mattoon; two sisters, Barbara Minor of Sullivan and Bonnie Sue Phillips of Polk City, Fla.He was preceded in death by two brothers.Memorials may be made to the Moultrie County Beacon.

Berdina Harper
MATTOON - Berdina M. Harper, 86, of Mattoon died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 5, 2000) at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. E.E. Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.She was born April 12, 1914, in Cumberland County, the daughter of Claude A. and Grace May Greenwood Walker. She married Ralph D. Harper in 1933. He died in 1990.Surviving are one son, Jack G. Harper of Mattoon; two daughters, Chearie M. Myers of Charleston and Vera J. Adams, both of Mattoon; two brothers, Lloyd Walker of Tampa, Fla., and Wilb Walker of Mattoon; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one son.Mrs. Harper was a homemaker and owner/operator of the Berdina's Beauty Shop for many years. She was a 74-year member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Seven County Kidney Fund or the Gambro Dialysis in Mattoon.

Fern Hocking
LOVINGTON - Fern Emaline (King) Hocking, 73, of Lovington died at 6 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 6, 2000) at her daughter's home in Sullivan.Arrangements are incomplete at the Shrader Funeral Home.

Goldie Hutson
CHARLESTON - Goldie Hutson, 95, of Charleston died at 4:50 p.m. Friday (Aug. 4, 2000) at Hilltop Nursing Home.The graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mound Cemetery in Charleston with the Rev. Bill Boaz officiating.She was born June 10, 1905, in Ste. Marie, the daughter of William J. and Margaret House Shryock. She married Walter O. Hutson in 1924. He died in 1963.Surviving are one son, William Hutson Sr. of Charleston; one daughter, Barbara J. Hunt of Terre Haute, Ind.; one brother, Phillip Shryock of Chicago; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.Mrs. Hutson was a retired LPN from the former Charleston Memorial Hospital and previously worked at Brown Shoe Co. She was a former member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Charleston.

Debra McQueen
Debra (Debbie) Ann McQueen 43 of Mattoon died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday (August 6, 2000) in the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana due to a malignant brain tumor.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor by Rev Richard Eident. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until servicetime. Burial will be in Sand Creek Cemetery near Windsor.She was born February 23, 1957 in Effingham the daughter of Jerald and Goldie Davis McQueen.She was a home care provider for several years and attended Windsor schools.Surviving are daughter Brandie Jo McQueen of Mattoon, grandchildren Miles Callow and Tyler Barr of Mattoon, mother Goldie P. McQueen of Mattoon, brothers Ronald McQueen and wife Brenda of Mattoon, and James McQueen and wife Cristy of Neoga; sisters, Sherry Pieper and husband Frank of Champaign and Janet Stull and husband John of Mattoon; nine nieces and nephews and fifteen great-nephews.She was preceded in death by her father and brother Terry McQueen.Memorials may be made to the grandchildren. 

Dennis Paige
PHOENIX, ARZ. - Dennis Franklin Paige, 58, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Charleston, died in his home in Phoenix, Ariz.The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington with the Rev. Kevin Ray officiating. Burial will be in the Keller Cemetery in Lovington with military rites. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.He was born Feb. 21, 1942, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Eva Singhill Pearson Paige. He married Betty Joanne Cochran in 1999. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, Brett Paige of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Douglas Paige of Mattoon; one stepson, William Sanders II of Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Heather Paige of Ashmore; a special friend, Ellen Prehara of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.Mr. Paige was a auditor and a Marine during the Vietnam war.Memorials may be made to the Veteran's Assistance Program 650, East Indian School Road, Phoenix, Ariz. 85012.

Rose Pierce
CHARLESTON, IL. - Rose Pierce, age 67, of Charleston, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2000 at Mattoon Health Care Center. Services celebrating Rose's life will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Dale Beck officiating. Visitation will be held this evening (Monday) from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston.Rose was born April 10, 1933 in Neoga, Illinois the daughter of James and Irma (Ellis) Sampson. She married Gary Lee Jones in 1953 in Mattoon, Illinois. He preceded her in death on November 15, 1973. She later married Jim Pierce on July 16, 1977 in Charleston. He survives.Other survivors include three sons, Michael G. Jones and his wife Laura, Brian Jones and his wife Becky and Randy L. Jones and his wife Michele, all of Charleston; one step daughter Connie Walters and her husband Monty of Ashmore, Illinois; one step son Tim Pierce and his wife Rhonda of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Britni, Tori, Blair, Emily, Kayla, Teigan and Wade Jones, all of Charleston; three step grandchildren, Jason Walters and his wife Betsy and Matt Walters, all of Ashmore and Kelsey Nickell of Charleston; one brother, Robert Sampson and his wife Guylene of Foosland, Illinois, and five sisters, Mrs. Bernard (Joan) Weber and Helen Johnson and her husband Kenneth, all of Mattoon, Illinois, Norma Torano and her husband John of Key West, Florida, Marge Ryan and her husband Rodney of Arthur, Illinois and Eileen Summers and her husband Don of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She was preceded by her parents, a sister, Elflida Fleshner and a brother, James Sampson.First and foremost, Rose was a homemaker who was devoted to her family, grandchildren and step grandchildren, but many will remember her as a Teller at several local financial institutions. She was a Graduate of Mattoon High School. Her hobbies included ceramics and walking.Memorials in honor of Rose may be made to the Donor's choice.

Rosalie M. Benedict
CHARLESTON - Rosalie M. Benedict, age 77, of Charleston, died on Thursday, August 3, 2000, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The Funeral Mass celebrating Rosalie's life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Joseph Ring presiding. The Funeral Mass and visitation will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at Tenth and Jefferson Streets in Charleston. Visitation will be held Friday evening August 4, from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil at 8:00 p.m. Interment will be at St. Stephens Cemetery in Flora, Illinois. Arrangements are being handled by Adams Funeral Chapel of Charleston.Rosalie was born March 2, 1923, in Sedalia, Missouri, the daughter of Peter and Sarah (Wilson) Stuerzenberger. She married James R. Benedict on July 26, 1951, in Chester, Illinois.Survivors include her husband Jim of Charleston; three daughters, Ellen Beurskens and her husband Hank and Anne Pagliai and her husband Paul, all of Charleston and Kay Wheeler of Mt. Zion, Illinois; eleven grandchildren, Tony, Tim, Patrick, and Nicholas Beurskens, Amanda Kralik and her husband Jim, Jeff, Becky, Charlie and Bradley Wheeler and Rosie and John Pagliai, and two brothers, Robert Stuerzenberger of Abilene, Texas and James Stuerzenberger and his wife Donna of Owensboro, Kentucky. She was preceded by her parents and two brothers.Rosalie was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston, St. Charles Women's Council and the Ladies Golf Association of the Charleston Country Club. She was a homemaker, who held a special fondness for her family, especially her grandchildren. She had a special way with children; her grandchildren and their friends were drawn to her and all of them affectionately called her "Nana."In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials in honor of Rosalie be made to the Newman Center or the Ronald McDonald House, in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 84, Charleston, IL 61920.

Wayne Benton
MATTOON - Wayne E. Benton, 53, of Mattoon, died at 9:20 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 3, 2000) at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.The funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Frances Brown
SHELBYVILLE - Frances W. (Banning) Brown, 83, of Shelbyville, died at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 2, 2000) in Shelby Memorial Hospital.She was born Sept. 4, 1916, in Shelby County, the daughter of Cloyd T. and Maude Belle Courtright Banning. She married Clarence W. "Ted" Brown in 1935; he died in 1997.Survivng are three sons, Harry Brown of Indiantown, Fla., Jack Brown of Elk Grove Village and Steven Brown of Lebanon; one daughter, Mary Everett of Strasburg; one brother, Tom Banning of Decatur; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one sister.Mrs. Brown retired from the Mattoon Garment Factory. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union of Mattoon and the Kaskaskia Boat Club of Shelbyville; she attended the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville; and she was a member of the Mode United Methodist Church.Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, Shelbyville, or Mode United Methodist Church.

Clyde Myers
ARCOLA - Clyde Clifford Myers, 86, of Arcola, died at 10:50 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 3, 2000) at the Hilltop Nursing Home in Charleston. Mr. Myers was born May 30, 1914, in Douglas County, a son of Bert and Nellie Little Myers. He married Alyce Ratts in 1938; she survives.Also surviving are one son, David Myers of Camargo; two daughters, Diane Ehrsam of Mahomet and Debbie Myers of Arcola; one brother, Don Myers of Arcola; nine grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son. Mr. Myers worked in the steel mills of Chicago, and was a member of the Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church and a member of the National Farm Organization. Memorials may be made to the Arcola Lions Club or Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church.

Michael Plunkett
CHARLESTON - Michael A. Plunkett, 69, of Charleston, died at 11:55 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 3, 2000) at his residence.He was born March 6, 1931, in Peoria, the son of Roy and Laura Barco Plunkett. He married Virginia Smart in 1955; she survives.Other survivors include one son, Daniel Plunkett of Aston, Pa.; two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Kathleen) Carlin of S. Hamilton, Mass. and Mrs. Steven (Laura) Liszewski of Arlington, Heights; 1 half brother, Thomas Plunkett; 1 half sister, Mrs. Joseph (Kathleen) Brown of LasVegas, Nev.; step mother, Eileen Plunkett of LasVegas, Nev.; four grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents.Attorney Plunkett had his own legal practice Plunkett Law Office in Charleston and graduated from Notre Dame, receiving his law degree from St. Louis University. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War, a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, a fourth degree Knights of Columbus, a member of the Illinois Bar Association and A.B.U.C.S.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Newman Catholic Center, 500 Roosevelt, Charleston.

Joseph VanHyfte
ARCOLA - Joseph Bernard VanHyfte, 71, of Arcola, formerly of Silvis, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 1, 2000) at the Arcola Healthcare Center.He was born Sept. 21, 1928, in Garnett, Kan., a son of Alphonse and Mable Crosier VanHyfte.He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister.Mr. VanHyfte was a mechanic for International Harvester in East Moline. He was a member of the Catholic Church and an army veteran of the Korean War.

Roanna Wise
TOLONO - Roanna Wise, 45, of Tolono, died at 2:19 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 2, 2000) at the Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.She was born Jan. 27, 1955, in Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of Edward Peveler and Lila Lee Cooley. She married Charles Wise in 1987; he survives.Also survivng are her mother, Lila Watts of Tuscola; four daughters, Debrah Crowl of Ivesdale, Malinda Wise of Urbana, Kande Wise at home and Tara Hopper of Marshall, Texas; two brothers, Ricky Todd Peveler of Indiana and Gregg Watts of Westville; two sisters, Crystal Bailey of Homosassa, Fla., and Marsha Reed of LeRoy; and 11 grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her father and one brother.Mrs. Wise was an LPN, and a member of the New Life of Champaign United Pentecostal Church and the Illinois Nurses Association.Memorials may be made to the New Life of Champaign United Pentacostal Church, Champaign. 

Gladys Hansen
MATTOON - Gladys Dorothy Hansen, 91, of Mattoon, died at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 1, 2000) at Mattoon Health Care Center.She was born March 5, 1909, in Chicago, the daughter of Fred and Dorothy Mae Kendall Fowler. She married Harvey Hansen in 1928; he died in 1994. Surviving are one daughter, Dorthe Coleman of Mattoon; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one brother.Mrs. Hansen had worked for Bidwell Candy and Brown Shoe Company. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Order of Eastern Star.Memorials may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

Jesse Maxwell
MARTINSVILLE - Jesse Raymond Maxwell, 87, of Martinsville, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 1, 2000) at his residence.He was born March 3, 1913, in Sullivan, Ind., the son of Charles and Mary Turner Maxwell. He married Bernice Crutchfield Maxwell in 1999; she survives.Also surviving are three daughters, Eleanor Wilson, Carolyn Connelly and Pat Ryan, all of Martinsville; two stepsons, Gordon and Don Crutchfield both of Martinsville; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by three wives, Lena Rae Smith, Trella Sarah Crawford and Muriel Lorraine Hills; one brother; and one sister.Mr. Maxwell was a retired Velsicol engineer, and owned and operated Maxwell Instruments for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Martinsville, and a life member of the Clark Lodge No. 603 Grand Lodge of AF & AM of State of Illinois, Supreme Council of SG Inspectors General No. 33 of the AA Scottish Rite.Memorials may be made to Lincolnland Hospice. 

Ralph Wiseley
SULLIVAN - Ralph Vernon Wiseley, 90, of Sullivan, died at 4:50 p.m. (July 8, 2000) at Eastview Terrace, Sullivan.

Alice Warner
TOLEDO - Alice S. Warner, 86, of Toledo, died at 5:30 p.m. Monday (July 31, 2000) at the Mattoon Health Care Center.

Shirley Beasley
HUDSON - Shirley C. Beasley, 63, of Hudson, formerly of Shelbyville, died at 1:55 a.m. Saturday (July 29, 2000) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Ida Eveland
PARIS - Ida Rosalie Eveland, 100, of Paris died at 9:30 p.m. Friday (July 28, 2000) at Paris Health Care Center.

Losha Guin
SULLIVAN - Losha Guin, 89, of Sullivan, died at 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2000, in the Eastview Terrace, Sullivan.John E. MeeksAge 84 of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Charleston, IL passed away Saturday, July 29, 2000. 

Edwin Wright
SULLIVAN - Edwin H. Wright, 75, of Sullivan, died at 7:10 a.m. Monday (July 31, 2000) in Sullivan Health Care Center.

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