Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2000

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Henry Adamson
VALIER - Henry M. Adamson, 77, of Valier, formerly of Greenup, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with Pastor Brooke Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery with military rites by the Cumberland County Veterans. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Greenup, the son of Charles Roy and Lola (Shepherd) Adamson. He married Maria Sophia Stock in 1952; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Michael Adamson of Valier; two daughters, Emily Mickelwait of Fairfax, Va., and Dorothee Merkle of Walnut, Iowa; two brothers, Forrest Adamson of Brazil, Ind., and Lee Adamson of Greenup; two sisters, Marie Walters and Aileen Cordes, both of Toledo; and nine grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one son and two brothers.Mr. Adamson was a Master Sergeant in the army for 22 years, retiring in 1966. He was a lifetime member of the Greenup VFW Post 4598 and the Greenup American Legion Post 566.

John Braden
STRASBURG - John A. Braden, 51, of Strasburg, died at 1:49 a.m. Friday (Sept. 29, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg, with the Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. A family graveside service will be conducted in Union Cemetery, near Mode. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. The Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg, is in charge of the arrangements.He was born April 24, 1949, in Shelby County, the son of Arthur Edwin and Eva Irene Reel Braden. He married Marla M. Hutton in 1999; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, Buddy and Patrick, both at home; his mother of Strasburg; two brothers, Dwight and Larry Braden, both of Strasburg; and two sisters, Margaret Opfer of Shobonier and Janet Louthan of Phoenix.He was preceded in death by his father.Mr. Braden was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was an electrician for Imperial Bondware in Shelbyville and farmed near Strasburg. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 289, both of Strasburg.

Woodrow Niccum
TOLEDO - Woodrow Wilson Niccum, 87, of Toledo, died at 9:20 a.m. Friday (Sept. 29, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Barkley Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Pearce officiating. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery.He was born May 24, 1913, in rural Toledo, the son of James and Ella (Cain) Niccum. He married Josephine Baker in 1946; she died in 1989.Surviving are one son, Earl Niccum of Toledo; one daughter, Carol Jo Fritts of Greenup; two sisters, Della Baker of Mattoon and Irene Wassom of Lerna; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.He was also preceded in death by three brothers.Mr. Niccum was a farmer.Memorials may be made to the Cumberland County Life Center.

Junior Prows
ARCOLA #* Junior Prows, 57, of Arcola died at 7:35 p.m. Friday (Sept. 29, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Woodstock Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. Burial will be in Woodstock Cemetery, Eubank, Ky. Local visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Edwards Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Jess Adams.He was born July 2, 1943, in Somerset, Ky., the son of Cliff and Bonnie Diamond. He married Linda Beal; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Scott Prows of Arcola; one daughter, Shelly Swearingen of Toledo; five brothers, Homer Prows of Loveland, Ohio, and Eddie Diamond, Leonard Diamond, Wayne Diamond and David Diamond, all of Goshen, Ind.; and four sisters, Barbara Zehr of Vicksburg, Mich., Janie Mullins of Goshen, Ind., and Lois Mathews and Nancy Petrey, both of Somerset, Ky.He owned and operated Prows Construction in Arcola for several years. He was a member of Arcola Masonic Lodge 366 AF&AM, a past Arcola volunteer firefighter, an Army veteran and a member of Woodstock Baptist Church.Memorials may be made to the Junior Prows Memorial Fund c/o First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.

Maggie Bevers
CHARLESTON - Maggie E. Bevers, 94, of Charleston, died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with the Rev. William Linville officiating. Burial will be in Kickapoo Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born Sept. 9, 1906, in Charleston, the daughter of James Ervin and Dessie Pearl Wright Finch. She married George A. Bevers in 1923; he died in 1955.Surviving are one daughter, Marjorie Kissell of Charleston; two nieces that were raised by the Bevers, Lula Pearl Adams of San Diego and Karen Jane Hurst of Effingham; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.She was also preceded in death by one daughter, three brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Bevers retired as an LPN at Charleston Hospital after many years of service. She was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Charleston.

Betty L. Degadillo
MATTOON - Betty L. Delgadillo, age 57, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:10 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2000 at her residence.Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2000 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Reverend Jim Dona, Reverend Marvin Flowers and Sandy Dona officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Betty L. Delgadillo was born August 9, 1943 in Cumberland County, Illinois, a daughter of Frank and Catherine Sullender Price. She married Isaac "Ike" Delgadillo August 20, 1966 at Inglewood, California, he survives. Also surviving are her parents, Frank and Catherine Price of Mattoon; children, Carl I. Delgadillo of Tampa, Florida, Frank I. Delgadillo and family of Mattoon, and Mrs. Mark (Catherine) Phillips and family also of Mattoon. A sister, Shirley Ann Price of Mattoon and three grandchildren also survive.Mrs. Delgadillo was a member of Broadway Christian Church. She served as a dental office receptionist for fifteen years and was also a receptionist for Weight Watchers in Mattoon. Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway Christian Church or Lincolnland Hospice.

Roberta "Bert" Eaton
COOKS MILLS - Roberta May "Bert" Eaton, 73, of Cooks Mills, IL passed away at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2000 at her daughters residence in Arcola, IL.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September, 30, 2000, at the Arcola Free Methodist Church. Rev. Tim Massengill and Rev. Doug Lambert will officiate. Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church. The Edwards Funeral Home 221 E. Main St., Arcola, IL is in charge of the arrangements.Bert was born February 24, 1927 in Newton, IL the daughter of Oscar N. and Gertie Mae Parrent Clark. She married Richard Eaton in 1964 he passed away in 1994.She is survived by: Daughter: Loretta Morgan and her husband Rick of Arcola, IL; 3 Stepchildren: Tom Eaton and his wife Paula, Richie Eaton and his wife Jeannie and Vickie Crist and her husband Mike, all of Cooks Mills; 3 brothers: Homer Clark and his wife Mildred, Bob Clark and his wife Barb and Wayne Clark and his wife Debbie, all of Arcola, IL; a Sister-in-Law: Thelma Clark of Arcola, IL; 2 grandchildren: 11 Step Grandchildren: 1 Great Grandson: 4 Step Great Grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her: parents, her husband, one brother, Dale Clark, a grandson, Roger Walker, a step grandson, Scott Eaton, and a Great Granddaughter, Page Nees.Bert had worked for the Warren Broom Company in Arcola for several years, she also had worked as a cook for the Douglas Health Care Center in Mattoon. She was a past member of the Moose Lodge in Mattoon. Bert was a great cook, she enjoyed baking pies, cobblers and cookies. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.Memorials may be made to the Arcola Free Methodist Church or Lincolnland Hospice.

Garland Lee
MARTINSVILLE - Garland "Frog" Lee, 87, of Martinsville, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) at the Heartland Manor Nursing Home, Casey.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Westfield, with the Rev. Joe Grozik officiating. Burial will be in Richwoods Cemetery, Westfield. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Markwell Chapel in Westfield.He was born in July 1, 1913, in Westfield, the son of Clayburn Lee and Ollie Bell Marrs Lee. He married Ruby Marie Conley in 1935; she died in 1999.Surviving are one son, Billie Lee of Martinsville; one daughter, Olive Evans of Westfield; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.Mr. Lee was a farmer.Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Central Illinois Chapter.

Terri Mancell
GREENUP - Terri L. Mancell, 47, of Greenup, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 28, 2000) at her sister's residence in Casey.Arrangements are incomplete at Barkely Funeral Chapel in Greenup. 

Maggie Bevers
CHARLESTON - Maggie Bevers, 94, of Charleston, died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.

Helen Cochran
Sullivan - Helen O. Cochran, 85, of Sullivan, died 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, with visitation one hour before services. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials suggested to the donor's choice.Mrs. Cochran was born October 7, 1914, in St. Lawrence, SD, the daughter of Elmer "Dick" and Laura Tripmaker DeHart. She was retired from the Illinois Masonic Home, Sullivan where she had worked for 27 years, and was a member of the New Life Tabernacle, the Rebekah Lodge and Sunshine Club all of Sullivan. She married Clarence E. Cochran in 1933 in Shelby Co. and he died in 1972. Surviving is a son, Clarence "Bill" Cochran and wife Shirley A. of Gays; a daughter, Rosemary Cochran Cole and husband James of Decatur; and a sister, Ruth DeHart of New Mexico. 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband and her brothers and sisters.

David Jenkins
David Eugene Jenkins, age 64, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2000, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Liberty Christian Church, formerly First Assembly of God, at 1101 Praire with the Reverend Randal S. Langley officiating. Burial with military rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.David was born in Decatur on April 21, 1936, a son of Francis and Margaret King Jenkins. He married Elna J. "Ellie" Jackson on December 27, 1958, in Effingham.Survivors include his wife, Ellie J. Jenkins of Mattoon; two sons, D. Stephen Jenkins and wife Gwen and Jason E. "Jay" Jenkins, all of Mattoon; two daughters, Lisa Schaub and husband Howard of Decatur and Danae Fultz and husband James of Mattoon; his mother, Margaret Jenkins; one brother, Edward D. Jenkins; one sister, Frances "Fran" Jenkins, all of Mattoon; and ten grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his father.Mr. Jenkins was a U.S. Navy veteran. He founded and operated the House of David Bible Book Store for eighteen years. David also owned and operated the Terminix franchise since 1967. He was affiliated with the Faith Builders Church. David was a loving dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed and one day we will all be together forever in Heaven.Memorials may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation.

Ethel L. Jones
MATTOON - Ethel Lee Jones, 74, of Mattoon, went to be with her Lord at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2000, at the Hilltop Nursing Home in Charleston.A graveside funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 29, 2000, at Dodge Grove Cemetery. There will be no visitation.Ethel was born March 5, 1926, at Minter City, Mississippi, daughter of Sam and Mary Alexander Binford. Survivors include her mother: Mary Binford; son: Robert Jones of Mattoon; daughter: Roxie Dixon of Mattoon; step-daughter: April Dixon of Charleston; step-sons: Arthur Dixon and Murray Dixon both of Mattoon. Grandchildren: Derek, Courtney, Brianna, Lindsay, Lakeisha and Keefer. A cousin: Mary Alice Ross of Mattoon, friend: Elmer Smith of Neoga, good neighbor: Betty Trimble of Mattoon, and her protector: Damien, as well as many special friends, whom she cared for and they cared for her as well, also survive. She was preceded in death by one sister: Millie Jane Page.Ethel was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Mattoon. She retired in 1989 from Convalescent Care Center as a laundry worker and had been a housekeeper all her life.Arrangements: Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Charles Montgomery
SPOKANE, Wash. - Charles M. "Chuck" Montgomery, 64, of Spokane, Wash., formerly of Charleston, died Aug. 26, 2000, at his residence.A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oakland Cemetery in Carbondale with Father Frank Westhoff presiding. The Adams Funeral Chapel is in charge or the arrangements.

Paul Richards
MARBLE FALLS, Texas - Paul Leland Richards, 87, of Marble Falls, Texas, formerly of Charleston, died at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 2000, at his residence.The Clement and Wilcox Crematory, Marble Falls, Texas, was in charge of the arrangements.He was born June 13, 1913, in Charleston.Surviving are three sons, Don Richards of Grove, Okla., Michael Richards of Tennessee and Tom Richards of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Sue Downes of St. Joseph; three sisters, Ann Hanner of Paris, Evelyn Brown of Urbana and Beth Richards of Rantoul; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Mr. Richards retired from the University of Illinois maintenance staff in 1978.

Fyrne Sansone
CHARLESTON - Fyrne Sansone, 99, of Charleston, formerly of Champaign, died at 7 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26, 2000) at the Hilltop Convalescent Center.A graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Friday at a Champaign Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Friday at the Owens Funeral Home, Champaign.She was born Oct. 26, 1900, in Mason, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barham. She married Mike Sansone; he preceded her in death.Surviving are two great-nephews, Jerry and Terry Foreman, both of Charleston.She was also preceded in death by two sisters.Mrs. Sansone and her husband were taffy vendors at many local and U.S. fairs for many years. She was a member of the Catholic faith, attending church in Champaign.

Deborah Smith
ARCOLA - Deborah Marie Smith, 46, of Arcola, died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.A private family memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the family residence. The Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Sept. 7, 1954, in Chicago, the daughter of Charles and Marjorie Hardwick Gleason. Surviving are one son, Clinton Smith of Arcola; one daughter, Nichole Brinkley of Arcola; one brother, Bob Gleason of Sidney; and three grandchildren.

Lydia Stahler
TUSCOLA - Lydia E. Stahler, 75, of Tuscola, died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Tuscola, with the Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating. Burial will be in the Tuscola Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Saunemn, the daughter of Scott and Daisy Brittain Combs.Surviving are five sons, Scott Stahler of New Lenox, Alvin Stahler Jr. of Charleston, and Gerald "Peanuts" Stahler, Mark Stahler and Michael L. Stahler, all of Tuscola; three daughters, Connie Lewis of Tuscola, Trish Miller of Eldridge, Iowa, and Margie Stahler of Hampton; one brother, Lloyd Combs of Bloomington; three sisters, Ruth Erny of Jasper, Ind., Dora Thomas of Tuscola and Catherine Hoke of Champaign; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and two sisters.Mrs. Stahler was a homemaker. She was a member of the Forty Martys Catholic Church, Tuscola, and a member of the Tuscola Moose Lodge.Memorials may be made to the Special Oympics Program.

Joy Dexter
MATTOON - Joy Gay Dexter, 68, of Mattoon, died at 12:10 p.m. Monday (Sept. 25, 2000) at her residence.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Schilling Funeral Home. There will be no funeral service.She was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Sullivan, the daughter of Robert Cecil and Geneva Ann Hatfield Marlow. She married Walter Russell Dexter in 1969; he died in 1982. Surviving are two sons, Larry Howard Marlow and James Christopher Arthur, both of Apopka, Fla.; two daughters, Lori Bowman and Billie McCall, both of Mattoon; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by seven brothers.Mrs. Dexter was a cook and waitress in Mattoon restaurants, for the Mattoon Garment Factory and at Pat's Lounge in Mattoon.

Deborah Jasso
ARCOLA - Deborah M. Jasso, 46, of Arcola, died at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 26, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at the Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola.

T.W. (Wes) Smith
CHARLESTON - T.W. (Wes) Smith, age 77, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, September 25, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Graveside services celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2000 at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston with Reverend Clayton Smith and Reverend Dale Beck officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 28 at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.Wes was born June 13, 1923 in Osceola, Iowa, the son of John Allen and Motta Lena (Miller) Smith. He married Elizabeth L. (Betty) Gracey on August 24, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas. She survives.Other survivors include three sons, Craig Smith and Kevin Smith and his wife Judy, all of Lincoln, Illinois and Todd Smith and his wife Staci of Long Island, New York; six grandchildren, Shanon Flores and her husband John, Jeff Smith and his wife Stacie and Natalie Smith all of San Antonio, Texas, Jori Smith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jamie Smith of Lincoln, Illinois and Jill Smith of Spokane, Washington; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Lavere Smith and his wife Mary of Warrensburg, Missouri and Dick Smith and his wife Orpha of Davenport, Iowa, and two sisters, Linda Reed and her husband Ron of Osceola, Iowa, and Mildred of Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded by his parents and one brother, Bob Smith.Wes was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, the E.I.U. Panther Club, Charleston Moose Lodge #1388, Charleston Elks B.P.O.E. #623 and the Charleston Country Club. Many will remember him as District Sales Manager for Massey Ferguson. He served in World War II as Chief Purser with the Merchant Marines Maritime Service, and was discharged with the rank of Lt. JG. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the times when his three sons and their families came home to visit. In addition to being an avid gardener, he was a sports supporter, not only of Eastern Illinois University and Charleston High School teams, but also the Chicago White Sox, Green Bay Packers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.Memorials in honor of Wes may be made to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Cancer Research Center in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.

Lee Faught
Lee Faught, age 98, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2000, at the Mattoon Health Care Center.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish Center in Mattoon with Father Herman J. Niebrugge officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Altamont at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday morning at the Schilling Funeral Home.Lee was born in Altamont on October 15, 1901, a daughter of Charles and Orr Davidson Faught.Survivors include one great-nephew, Richard H. Price and wife Kelly of Collierville, Tennessee and his three children; Kristen Caughlin and husband John of Cave Creek, Arizona, Jennifer Warner and husband Joseph of Southhaven, Mississippi, and Alexander H. Price of Knoxville, Tennessee; one great-niece, Judith P. (Julie) Rimovsky and her children, Anthony S. (Tony) Rimovsky and wife Jamie and their children, Rachel and Gabriel, all of Mahomet, and Ann E. Atkins and husband David of Claremont.She was preceded in death by two sisters, Donald Faught Westervelt in 1963, Gail Faught Starkweather in 1990 and two nieces, Mary Louise Westervelt in 1933 and Virginia Westervelt Price Cox in 1995.Lee retired in 1972 from the State of Illinois where she had worked for thirty-eight years, first as a traveling auditor and then as supervisor of auditing in Chicago. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church Building Fund.

Forest Holder
MATTOON - Forest "Ralph" Holder, 34, of Mattoon, formerly of Sullivan, died at 6:32 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 24, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev. Dave Dolan officiating. Burial will be in the Funkhouser Cemetery, Funkhouser. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 6, 1966, in Murray, Utah, the son of James and Forrest Joy Holder. He was a member of the New Life Tabernacle Church, Sullivan and had been the owner and operator of Polish Pros of Sullivan. He married Stephany Ann Fields in 1999; she survives.Also surviving are his adoptive father, Ralph Mixon of Mesa, Ariz.; three sons, Dillon Holder of Lincoln, Neb., and Jeffrey and Jessy Ledbetter, both at home; two daughters, Molly and Mallory Ledbetter, both at home; five sisters, Toni Riley of Apache Junction, Ariz., Teri Mundy of Sullivan, Carla Smith of Dickson, Tenn., and Gayla "Gemme" Thornton and Traci Lee Ritchie, both of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents.

Paul Mummel
WINDSOR - Paul Eugene Mummel, 64, of Windsor died at 7:00 a.m. Sunday (September 24, 2000), in St. John's Hospital Springfield.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor, with Rev Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery.He was born June 21, 1936, in Moultrie Co., IL, the son of Harley and Dorothy Fulk Mummel.He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Windsor, and employed by Schrock Cabinet Co. in Arthur.He married Berniece Woods Nov. 25, 1961, in Charleston.Surviving are his wife Berniece, sons, Paul Mummel, Jr. and wife Kristin of Windsor, Scoff Mummel of Windsor, and Troy Mummel of Effingham; grandchildren, Seth Mummel and Sarah Mummel; sister, Evelyn Rochat of Mattoon; half-brothers, Bill Mummel of Mattoon and Kevin Mummel of Neoga; half-sisters, Linda Elson of Windsor and Mary Fifer of Urbana; step-brother, Bob Stretch of Neoga.He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ramona Ramsey.Memorials may be made to the Windsor Christian Church.

Lula Peterson
CATLIN - Lula Peterson, 85, of Catlin, formerly of Mattoon, died at 8:35 p.m. Friday (Sept. 22, 2000) at the United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville.A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Clark officiating. Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home.She was born Dec. 23, 1914, in Mattoon, the daughter of Nathaniel B. and T. Jessie Stewart Simpson. She married Morris F. Peterson in 1934; he died in 1992.Surviving are one son, Michael F. Peterson of Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Shirley Long of Decatur, Nancy Bates of Alton, Mo., and Judith Pearce of North Richland Hills, Texas; one sister, Jean Simpson of Canton, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one brother, five sisters and one granddaughter.Mrs. Peterson was a homemaker.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice.Sept. 25, 2000

Paul Mummel
WINDSOR­Paul Mummel, 64, of Windsor died at 7 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 24, 2000) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.Arrangements are incomplete at the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.

George Pearce
MACOMB­George I. Pearce, 86, of Macomb died at 3:23 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 23, 2000) at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb with the Rev. Ron Green officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.He was born Nov. 8, 1913, in McDonough County, the son of Frank and Roxy McKee Pearce. He married Betty E. Belshaw in 1935. She survives.Also surviving are one son, Richard L. Pearce of Monmouth; three daughters, Sally S. Cottle of Kansas, Georgia A. Beltz of Charleston and Roxilee Woods of Macomb; one brother, Don Pearce of Macomb; one sister, Norma Melvin of Blandinsville; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one sister and one granddaughter.Mr. Pearce retired from the Illinois State Police in 1980 where he was in charge of maintenance.Memorials may be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program.

Brandon Tucker
OAKLAND­Brandon P. Tucker, 14, of Oakland died at 8 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 24, 2000) at his residence.The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Taber Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert E. Lee officiating. Burial will be in Embarras Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born May 21, 1986, in Paris, the son of Robert and Marsha Thompson Tucker. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Bill Hudson of Oakland; two brothers, Robert I. Tucker and Shannon M. Tucker, both of Paris; one sister, Natasha R. Tucker of Oakland; maternal grandfather, Vernon Thompson of Paris; fraternal stepgrandparents, Leo and Pauline Beals of Effingham.He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother and fraternal stepgrandfather.Brandon attended the Developmental Foundation Center (DDC) at Mattoon.Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospital, Pediatrics-Neology Dept., 611 West Park Street, Urbana, Ill., 61801-2595.

Gertrude Bailey
LA MESA, Calif. - Gertrude Cole Bailey, of La Mesa, Calif., formerly of Charleston, died Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) at her residence.Local arrangements will be conducted at a later date.She was born April 24, 1928, in Charleston, the daughter of Robert and Olive Courtney Cole.Surviving are two sons, Michael Bailey of Berkeley, Calif., and Steven Bailey of Brookville, Maine; seven brothers, Dick Cole of Decatur, William Cole of Manteno, James Cole of Alma, Harold and Kenneth Cole of Charleston, Fred Cole of Vandalia and Larry Cole of Mattoon; four sisters, Marjorie Cole, Virginia Buchanan and Gladys Nichols, all of Charleston, and Judith Cole of Naperville; and five grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.Ms. Bailey had worked at the Brown Shoe Company. She retired after working several years as a bookkeeper in LaMesa, Calif.

Clarence Klein
FINDLAY - Clarence A. "Buck" Klein, 91, of Findlay, died at 6:40 a.m. Friday (Sept. 22, 2000) at Sullivan Healthcare Center.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in the Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.He was born July 6, 1909, in Effingham County, the son of George F. and Lillian F. Helpingspine Klein. He married Mildred Leota Snuffin in 1935; she died in 1996.Surviving are one son, George E. Klein of Oxford, Ala.; two daughters, Margaret Taylor of Modesta, Calif., and Jean Jordan of Monticello; one stepson, Escoe Denton of White Heath; one brother, Joe Klein of Allenville; three sisters, Lena Sparks, Dorothy Chappel and Rosetta Naab, all of Sullivan; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by eight brothers and five sisters.Mr. Klein was retired from the C. and E.I. Railroad.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Bill Morecraft
Billy J. Morecraft, 72, of Gays, died Wednesday September 20, 2000 at 7:00 a.m.in the Provena Covenant Hospital in Urbana, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery with military rites.He was born May 2, 1928 in Clarksville, IL the son of Roy Jasper and Mary Jane Fitzgerald Morecraft.He was retired from Howell Asphalt in Mattoon. He was a member of Teamsters Local # 26 in Danville, the Mattoon Moose Lodge the Mattoon American Legion and served in the US Army during WW II and the Korean Conflict.He married Mary Evelyn Black June 5, 1949 in Kentucky.Surviving are his wife; children, Roy and Diane Morecraft of Kansas, IL, Janice and Rosco Gaddis of Robinson, IL, Rick and Carol Morecraft of Lerna and Billie and Rick Cook of Gays; brother Robert Morecraft of Marshall; sister Betty Beard of Colorado Springs, CO; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles, Eugene and Claude Jasper Morecraft and sisters Lucille Kirchner, Mary Morecraft and Lillian Lawyer.

Shirley Plumb
FINDLAY - Shirley Mae Plumb, 58, of Findlay, died at 6:35 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 21, 2000) at her residence.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. Burial will be in the Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today.She was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth Gilbert Byrley. She married Robert Plummer; he died in 1970. She married Willie Ray Plumb in 1971; he survives. Also surviving are five sons, Donald and Jerry Plumb, both of California, David and Jeff Plummer, both of Findlay, and Eddie Plumb of Windsor; two daughters, Joy Wells of Shelbyville and Susan Grandfield of Decatur; one brother, Jim Byrley of Ohio; two sisters, Pearl Jean Winnings of Findlay and Dottie Byrley of Ohio; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by her father, stepfather, one son, two brothers and two grandchildren.Mrs. Plumb was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Shelbyville and had been employed at the Findlay Marina for 20 years and at the QIK-N-EZ in Shelbyville for one year. Memorials may be made to the Medical Fund for Shirley Plumb, c/o the Shelby County State Bank of Findlay.

Lawrence Schwerdt
SIGEL, IL - Lawrence "Larry" R. Schwerdt, 64, of Sigel, IL, died at 6:47 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 20, 2000) at St. John's Medical Center, Springfield, IL.The funeral will be 10 A.M. Saturday (Sept. 23, 2000) at St. Michael, The Archangel Church, Sigel, IL, with Fr. Robert DeGrand, of Sigel, IL, officiating assisted by Sr. Pat Thies, of Neoga, IL. Burial with military rites by Sigel American Legion Post #1134, will be in the St. Michael Cemetery, Sigel, IL. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday (Sept. 22, 2000) with a wake service at 6:30 P.M. at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, IL.He was born February 1, 1936, in Sigel, IL, the son of Harry and Dorothy (Ludwig) Schwerdt. He married Rosemary (Whitley) Shick on June 24, 1967 in Mattoon, IL; she died on February 21, 1996. Survivors include a son, Larry A. Schwerdt and wife Alicia of Effingham, IL; step sons, Roger Shick and wife Christina of Lake Sarah, IL, Steve Bapp and wife Janice of Metcalf, IL; step daughter, Mrs. Don (Judy) Jansen of Effingham, IL; sisters, Mrs. John (Laverne "Bonnie") Kortte of Sigel, IL, Mrs. Rex (Emma) Harmon of Sigel, IL, Mrs. Clark (Marilyn) Bolin of Rio Dell, Calif., Miss. Rita Schwerdt of Sigel, IL, Mrs. Harold (Margaret "Peggy") Ballinger of Trowbridge, IL; and six grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Mr. Schwerdt was a construction worker, Curtis-Jensen Harvestore. He was a United States Army veteran and a member of the St. Michael, The Archangel Church of Sigel, IL.

Joseph Sullivan
Joseph William Sullivan, age 71, of Decatur, died Wednesday, September 20, in his home, after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 23, 10:00 A.M., at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with graveside services immediately following at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, September 22, from 6 to 8 P.M., at Brintlinger's Funeral Home, Decatur, IL.Mr. Sullivan was a deacon and active member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Although retired, he worked part-time for Excel Telecommunications. Previously, he had been co-owner of J & S Drywall, was an International Harvester dealer and a private pilot. Flying was one of his greatest joys. During the last few years he was enrolled at Richland Community College where he was studying computer programming.He served in the Army during the Korean War and married Violet Nichols on New Year's Eve in 1952. Together, they have five children.Surviving are his wife Violet; son Joe Sullivan and wife Debbie of Decatur; daughter Vesta Sullivan Gray and husband Dan of Baltimore, MD; daughter Cathy Glosser of Decatur; son John Sullivan of South Bend, IN; son Jerry Sullivan and wife Debbie of Decatur; he leaves nine grandchildren who were the light of his life; sister Mary Kastl and husband Francis of Mattoon, IL; brothers Tom Sullivan and wife Rose of Champaign, IL and Raymond Sullivan of Pueblo, CO.; along with many nieces and nephews. We were all blessed and thankful to have had him in our lives. He leaves us not to mourn but to cherish very fond memories made together.He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Alice Sullivan; four brothers and two sisters.While undergoing treatment at John Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore, Joe had the opportunity to meet the world-renowned, Dr. Benjamin Carson, one of his favorite and most inspiring authors. It would please Joe if memorials sent would be directed to the Tabernacle Baptist Church or to the Carson Scholarship Fund, dedicated to advancing academic excellence in youth: Carson Scholarship Fund - 305 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite L-020, Towson, MD 21204.

Elizabeth Cook
MARTINSVILLE - Elizabeth Cook, 93, of Martinsville, died at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2000) at Birchwood Nursing Home, Casey.The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born March 1, 1907, in Casey, the daughter of James and Clara Dill Davidson. She married Russell Cook in 1926; he died in 1989.Surviving are two sons, James Cook of DeLeon Springs, Fla., and William Cook of West Union; one daughter, Beverly Williams of West Union; one brother, Chuck Davidson of Martinsville; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one daughter, two brothers, one sister and three grandchildren.

Harry Dean "Bud" Diepholz
Harry Dean "Bud" Diepholz, age 69, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2000, at his residence.The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the St. John's Lutheran Church with the Reverend Bruce D. Osborne officiating assisted by the Reverend Delton Nack. Burial with military rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. this evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.Bud was born in Gays on March 25, 1931, a son of Arthur William Harman and Drucilla Louise Kull Diepholz. He married W. ImoJean "Jean" Rinehart on January 28, 1955. Survivors include his wife W. ImoJean "Jean" Diepholz of Mattoon; three sons, Brad D. Diepholz and wife Karen of Phoenix, Arizona, Kris M. Diepholz of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kurt S. Diepholz of Mattoon; one daughter, Jean M. Reid and husband Robert of Mattoon; four brothers, Delbert Diepholz and wife Freda, Howard Diepholz and wife Brenda, Arthur "Junior" Diepholz and Kenneth Diepholz and wife Ann, all of Mattoon; and four grandchildren, Scott Reid and Jennifer Reid, both of Mattoon and Clark Diepholz and Harry Dean Diepholz II, both of Phoenix, Arizona.He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur Diepholz and Maurice Diepholz and one sister, Lawanda "Sis" Franks.Mr. Diepholz was a U.S. Army veteran. Bud was a former owner/operator of the D-Z Sports store. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, the Eagles, the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce and a life time member of the V.F.W.Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church or to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center. 

Billy Morecraft
GAYS - Billy Morecraft, 72, of Gays, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 20, 2000) at Provena Covenant Hospital in Urbana. Arrangements are incomplete at the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.

Ruby Pierce
CHARLESTON, IL - Ruby R. Pierce, age 84, of Charleston, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services celebrating her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2000 with Reverend Bill Boaz and Pastor Mike Stallons officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. this (Thursday) evening. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Interment will follow the services at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.Ruby was born February 5, 1916, in Ashmore Township, Coles County, Illinois, the daughter of Ernest R. and Ethel (Williams) Wright. She married Charles K. Pierce on March 18, 1936 in Marshall, Illinois. He survives.Other survivors include a son, Bob Pierce and his wife Wanda; one daughter, Willetta Jones and her husband Phil, all of Charleston; three grandchildren, Jeff Jones and his wife Amy and Teresa Uphoff, all of Charleston and Kim Ritchhart and her husband Scott of Lincoln, Illinois; five great grandchildren, Jamie Uphoff, Heidi Uphoff, Dakota Jones and Spencer Jones, all of Charleston and Casey Ritchhart of Lincoln; one brother, Rex Wright and his wife Linda of Tuscola, Illinois; one step sister, Esther Messmore of South Bend, Indiana; one step brother, Minor Campbell of California, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents; one sister, Georgia McVickers; two brothers, Charles Wright and Wayne Wright; her step mother, Gladys Campbell Wright and one step sister, Dorothy Holmes.Ruby was a member of the East Harrison Street Church of God. She was a retiree from Brown Shoe Company after having reached twenty-five years of service. Her family was very special to her; she loved her children and grandchildren and also was mother to her three younger brothers. She enjoyed painting, gardening, flowers and music. Memorials in honor of Ruby may be made to the East Harrison Street Church of God Building Fund, in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.

Dr. James Ammons
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Dr. James Paul Ammons, 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., formerly of Humboldt, died Sept. 1, 2000, at his residence.A memorial service was conducted at the Martin Funeral Home in Clanton Ala., with the Rev. Torbell officiating. Burial was in the family plot.He was born June 20, 1920, in Humboldt, a son of Frank and Lutie Ammons. He and his wife Kathryn Virginia were married in 1941; she died in 1976.Surviving are two sons, Ronnie Ammons of Pelham, Ala., and Michael Ammons of Carterville, Ga.; one daughter, Diane Green of Navarre, Fla.; two sisters, Vineta Stuart of Hot Springs, Ark. and Leota Partlow of Arcola; three grandchildren.Dr. Ammons had worked several years for Illinois Central Railroad, he retired as a chiropractor in Clanton, Ala. He was an Army veteran of WW II and member of the Chiropractic Association.

Harry Diepholz
MATTOON - Harry Dean "Bud" Diepholz, 69, of Mattoon, died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2000) at his residence.Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Fred Gaffney
ARTHUR - Fred Thomas Gaffney, 93, of Arthur, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) at the Arthur Home.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Arthur with Rev. Patrick Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church. The Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Oct. 20, 1906, in Villa Grove, the son of Givens and Mary Elizabeth (Kennard) Gaffney. He married Gladys Burmeister in 1935 in Effingham; she died in 1985.Surviving are one son, James F. Gaffney of McAllen, Texas; one daughter, Peggy Jo Clark of Arcola; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.He was also preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.Mr. Gaffney retired from Progress Industries in Arthur; he was a member of Progress Industry's 25 year club. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Arthur and the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Arthur Masonic Lodge.Memorial may be made to the Arthur Home.

Charles Kite
OAKLAND - Charles O. "Chuck" Kite, 81, of Oakland, died at 11:54 p.m. Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Oakland Cemetery with Pastor Don Funk officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Oakland VFW Post 3637. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Taber Funeral Home in Oakland.He was born March 11, 1919, in Oakland, the son of Charles E. and Nasho E. Wheeler Kite. He married Anna L. Waller in 1947; she died in 1994.Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Bill (Sandra) Hunt of Indianapolis, Ind., and one grandson.He was preceded in death by three brothers.Mr. Kite was a 30-year veteran of the Illinois State Police retiring in 1975 as a corporal, he was actively involved in farming. He was an army veteran of WW II and a member of the Oakland VFW Post No. 3637, the National Harley Owner Group and the Fraternal Order of Police and Troopers Lodge No. 41.

Merle Miller
HINDSBORO - Ivy Merle Miller, 80, of Hindsboro, died at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola, with the Rev. Todd Leathermon officiating. Burial will be in the Bourbon Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.She was born Nov. 10, 1919, in Brownstown, a daughter of Ross and Gladys Townsend Dial. She married Elwood Miller in 1937; he died in 1996.Survivors include two sons, Edwin Miller of Dalton City, Terry Miller of Bloomington; one daughter, Mrs. Byron (Jean) Bradford of Hindsboro; one sister, Mrs. Goldia Boyd of Arcola; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and member of the Hindsboro Christian Church.Memorials are suggested to the Hindsboro Christian Church.

Loraine Robinson
MATTOON - Violet Loraine Robinson, 71, of Mattoon, died at 4:14 p.m. Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 1 p.m. today at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. E. E. Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Beals Cemetery, rural Trilla. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home.She was born April 16, 1929, in Flint, Mich., a daughter of Leonard and Viola McClure Boothe. She married Robert D. Robinson in 1949; he survives.Other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. John (Janet) Butcher of Jefferson City, Mo., Mrs. James (Delores) Brown of Lisbon, Ohio and Mrs. Brad (Bobbie) Coy of Mattoon; three sisters, Mrs. Art (Lillie) Ballard of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. John (Jean) Jelemensky of Flint, Mich., and Mrs. Louis (Dorothy) Hardenburg of Flint, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one brother.Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker and a former member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Oakland.

Fred Gaffney
ARTHUR - Fred T. Gaffney, 93, of Arthur, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) at the Arthur Home.Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola.

Carl Ghere
ARCOLA - Carl E. Ghere, 80, of Arcola, died at 11:23 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 16, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Arcola Cemetery with the Rev. Patricia Jones officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Arcola VFW Post 7862. Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, is in charge of the arrangments.He was born Jan. 9, 1920, in Arcola, the son of Perry Ward and Florence (Garber) Ghere. He married Nelda "Jean" Huff in 1952. She died in 1999.Surviving are two brothers, Harold Ghere and Bob Ghere, both of Arcola; and three sisters, Joyce Miller of Arcola, Margaret VanCleave of Tuscola and Evelyn Swisher of Martinsville.He was also preceded in death by one sister.Mr. Ghere was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He retired in 1983 from Smith Bros Trucking, after which he worked at the Best Western Prairie Inn, and Paul and Judy's Cards and Coin Shop.

Merlan Myers
ATWOOD - Merlan J. Myers, 72, of Atwood, died at 5:05 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) at the St. John's Hospital North in Springfield.The funeral will be noon Wednesday at the United Church of Atwood with the Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Cartwright Cemetery, rural Tuscola, with military graveside rites. Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Atwood, is in charge of the arrangements.He was born Feb. 27, 1928, in Casey, the son of Clarence and Bernice Wildman Myers. He married Wanda Mae Oye Randolph in 1953. She survives.Also surviving are one stepson, Robert Randolph of Springfield; one stepdaughter, Gloria Eaton of Minooka; one brother, Sherm Myers of Princeton, Ind.; one sister, Verleigh Redding of Decatur; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by four brothers.Mr. Myers was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Caterpillar in Decatur, where he was a welder and supervisor for more than 30 years. He was a member of the James Reeder American Legion Post 770, Atwood; the Atwood Masonic Lodge 651 AF & AM; and the United Church of Atwood.Memorials may be made the United Church of Atwood, 210 North Main St., Atwood, IL 61913, or the American Cancer Society.

Shirley Plumb
FINDLAY - Shirley Mae Plumb, 58, of Findlay, died at 6:35 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 21, 2000) at her residence.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. Burial will be in the Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today.She was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth Gilbert Byrley. She married Robert Plummer; he died in 1970. She married Willie Ray Plumb in 1971; he survives. Also surviving are five sons, Donald and Jerry Plumb, both of California, David and Jeff Plummer, both of Findlay, and Eddie Plumb of Windsor; two daughters, Joy Wells of Shelbyville and Susan Grandfield of Decatur; her mother, Elizabeth McLain of Findlay; one brother, Jim Byrley of Ohio; two sisters, Pearl Jean Winings of Findlay and Dottie Byrley of Ohio; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by her father, stepfather, one son, two brothers and two grandchildren.Mrs. Plumb was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Shelbyville and had been employed at the Findlay Marina for 20 years and at the QIK-N-EZ in Shelbyville for one year. Memorials may be made to the Medical Fund for Shirley Plumb, c/o the Shelby County State Bank of Findlay.

Violet Robinson
MATTOON - Violet Loraine Robinson, 71, of Mattoon, died at 4:14 p.m. Monday (Sept. 18, 2000) at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

George Sims
YUKON, Okla. - George H. Sims, 93, of Yukon, Okla., formerly of Charleston, died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14, 2000) at Ranchwood Nursing Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hurricane Cemetery near Charleston. Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.He was born March 12, 1907, in Charleston, the son of Hamilton Sims and Sylvia Reed. He married Dorothy L. Handley in 1926; she died in 1996.Surviving are one son, Donald Sims of Mossrock, Wash.; two daughters, Juanita Burns of Yukon, Okla., and Marjorie Frieders of Aurora; two brothers, John Sims of Decatur and Russell Sims of Cerro Gordo; one sister, Kathryn Ryder of Charleston; three grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.He was also preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters and one grandchild.Mr. Sims was a retired construction worker.

David Turner
NASHVILLE - David A. Turner, 58, of Nashville, died at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 16, 2000) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.The funeral will be 11 a.m. today at the Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville, with the Rev. Tom Wilber officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Nashville. The Styninger-Krupp Funeral Home, Nashville, is in charge of the arrangements.He was born June 3, 1942, in Troy, the son of the Rev. Dale and Hazel Hosmer Turner. He married Sandra Collins in 1962; she survives.Also surviving are his parents of Louisville; two daughters, Julie Schnitker of Hoyleton and Jennifer Szopinksi of Nashville; one brother, Leon Turner of Rockford; four sisters, Dorothy Brooks of Danville, Ind., Margaret Fielder of Oblong, Maxine Turner of Louisville and Marilyn Turner of Oakland; and four grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one son and one brother.Mr. Turner had worked 30 years with the Illinois State Police, retiring in 1998, from the DuQuoin District Headquarters. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville and Fraternal Order of Police.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or donors choice.

Edythe Luzona Carter
MATTOON - Edythe Luzona Carter, age 86, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Shepherd officiating. Interment will be in Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Women of the Moose Rites at 7:30 p.m.Edythe Luzona Carter was born August 7, 1914 at Danville, Illinois, a daughter of Charles P. and Emma Lou Mendenhall Beason. She married R. Kenneth Carter May 27, 1933 at Clinton, Indiana, he preceded in death June 3, 1992. Surviving are her children, Ann Clark and husband Don of Mattoon, Edythe Hoglen and husband Paul of Snowflake, Arizona, Phillip Carter and wife Judith of Mattoon, Judy Montague and husband Dick of Windsor, Mike Carter and wife Carol of Mattoon and John Carter and wife Karen of Mattoon. She is also survived by a brother, Curtis Beason of Mattoon, a sister, Helen Mathias of Scottsdale, Arizona, eighteen grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter and three brothers, John, Louie and George Beason.Mrs. Carter was a member of Women of the Moose. Memorial contributions may be made to Lincolnland Visiting Nurses or a charity of the donor's choice.

Madge Crackel
MATTOON - Madge Crackel, 88, of Mattoon, formerly of Clay City, died at 6:36 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Summers-Kistler Funeral Home in Clay City with the Rev. Carson Root officiating. Burial will be in the Clay City Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.She was born March 26, 1912 in Louisville, the daughter of Harry and Kizzie James Stanford. She married John Crackel in 1933. He died in 1983.Surviving are one daughter, Linda Fleming of Mattoon; two sisters, Cornelia Skelton of Ocala, Fla. and Faye Zook of Salina, Kan; and several nieces and nephews.She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.Mrs. Crackel was a retired teacher and 50-year member and Past Matron of the Magnolia Chapter 140 Order of Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary 840 of Clay City.

Ellanoia Bower
CASEY - Ellanoia Marie Bower, 71, of Casey, died at 3:20 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 16, 2000) in Heartland Manor Nursing Center.The graveside funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery with the Rev. Sonny Haumesser officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the Markwell & Son Funeral Home.She was born April 29, 1929 in Casey, the daughter of Samuel and Nevonia Tipsword Kimberlin. Surviving are one son, Victor L. Bower and two grandchildren.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Donald Brewer
CASEY - Donald J. "D.J." Brewer, 71, of Casey, died at 7:52 a.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Markwell & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin Oakley officiating. Burial will be in the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.He was born Feb. 27, 1929 in Decatur, the son of Jonas Guy and Hildreth Lee Orr Brewer. He married Maxine Delp in 1952. She survives.Also surviving are one son, Donald J. Brewer, Jr. of Casey; two daughters, Mescal Winans of Thibodaux, La. and Sarah Paul of Casey; one brother, Floyd Brewer of Catlin; four sisters, Alice Middleton and Dorothy Ring, both of Casey, Joella Miedel and Jean Briener, both of Springfield; and seven grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.Mr. Brewer was an employee of the City of Casey and a Army veteran. He was a member of the Round Grove Sportsmen Club and Ducks Unlimited.Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 54, Marshall, IL 62441.

Carl Ghere
ARCOLA - Carl Ghere, 80, of Arcola died at 11:23 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 16, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon. Arrangements are incomplete at Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola.

Imogene McNamer
MATTOON - Imogene Hilda McNamer, 74, of Mattoon, passed away at 12:10 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2000 at the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. John P. Besore III and Reverend Jan Kennedy officiating. Interment will be in Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.Imogene was born September 19, 1925 in Mattoon, daughter of Henry and Ella Partlow Goodson. She married Carlos McNamer, December 29, 1942 at St. Louis, Missouri; he survives. Also surviving are one daughter: Vickie Baker of Lerna; two grandsons: Jeff Thompson of Mattoon and Mark Thompson and wife Cathy of Oregon, Illinois; two great-grandchildren: Emily Thompson and Matthew Thompson both of Oregon, Illinois; and one sister: Pauline McGee of Venice, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Albert, Clarence, and Eugene Goodson, one sister: Maxine Ayers, and her son-in-law: Robert Baker.Imogene was a member of 1st Presbyterian Church of Mattoon, Mattoon Order of the Eastern Star Elect Chapter 40, and a former member of the Mattoon and Charleston Country Clubs. She retired from General Electric in 1978 and had formerly worked at Brown Shoe Company.Memorials may be made to 1st Presbyterian Church of Mattoon or Alzheimer's Association of East Central Illinois, 307 W. University, Champaign, IL 61820.

Margaret Morgan
CASEY - Margaret Orel Morgan, 71, of Casey died at 10 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000) at the Birchwood Nursing Home in Casey.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Markwell & Son Funeral Home, Casey, with the Rev. Dick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Dell Cemetery south of Hazel Dell. Visitation will be two hours before services at the funeral home.She was born Feb. 18, 1929, in Hazel Dell, the daughter of George Wesley and Bonnie Bertha Barlow Morgan.Survivors include a brother, Jim Morgan of Casey, a sister, Lucille Graham of Hazel Dell and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Morgan.Miss Morgan was a retired housekeeper and in-home care provider in the Casey area.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Melvin Watson
ARTHUR - Melvin A. Watson, 90, of rural Arthur, died at 1:15 am., Saturday, September 16, 2000, in the Sullivan Health Care, Sullivan.Visitation will be held Monday, September 18, 2000, from 10:00 am.-11:00 am. In the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Private Family Graveside services. Memorials: Jonathan Creek Christian Church, Sullivan.Mr. Watson was born on October 2, 1909, in Coles County, the son of John and Mayme Houghlan Watson. He was a retired farmer. He married Vernetta L. Warner on March 14, 1936 in Bethany, she preceded him in death on June 1, 1967.He is survived by his son; Dick Watson and wife Linda of Arthur; daughter; Marclyn Park and husband Bill of Sullivan.He was preceded in death by 2 brothers.Sept. 16, 2000

Donald Brewer
CASEY - Donald J. Brewer, 71, of Casey, died at 7:52 a.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign.Arrangements are incomplete at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey.

Florence Clatfelter
WEST YORK - Florence E. Clatfelter, 82, of rural West York, died at 9:05 a.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at Cotillion Ridge Nursing Home in Robinson.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, rural West York, with Pastor Jeff Vaught officiating. Burial is in Plymouth Cemetery, west of West York. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union and Sunday one hour prior to the service.She was born Feb. 7, 1918, in Marshall Township, the daughter of George Frederick and Bessie Alice Douglas Davidson. She married Harold E. Clatfelter in 1935; he survives.Also surviving are two sons, Fred Clatfelter and Hal Clatfelter, both of rural West York; two daughters, Jonel Webster of rural West York and Zelpha Clatfelter of Danville; one sister, Nellie Mae Hilbert of rural West Union; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one son, two brothers, three sisters and two grandchildren.Mrs. Clatfelter was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church for 52 years.Memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Madge Crackel
MATTOON - Madge Crackel, 88, of Mattoon, formerly of Clay City, died at 6:36 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Summers-Kistler Funeral Home, Clay City. Burial will be in the Clay City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She was born March 26,1942, in Louisville, the daughter of Harry Stanford and Kizzie James. She married John Crackel; he died in 1983.Surviving are one daughter, Linda Fleming of Mattoon, and two sisters, Cornelia Skelton of Ocala, Fla., and Faye Zook of Salina, Kan.She was also preceded in death by two sisters.Mrs. Crackel retired after 40 years as a school teacher. She was a member of the Clay City Christian Church, Retired Teachers Association, Magnolia Chapter 140 Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary 840 of Clay City.Memorials may be made to the Clay City Christian Church.

Mary Craig
CHARLESTON - Mary Ruth Craig, 75, of Charleston, died at 3:50 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at Hilltop Nursing Home in Charleston.A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Effingham, with David Birch officiating. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Harper-Swickard funeral home. She was born May 6, 1925, in Charleston, the daughter of William B. and Winnie Ashley Driskell.Surviving are one daughter, Ruth Ann Craig of Charleston; one sister, Barbara Peppo of Westfield; and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by four brothers.Ms. Craig retired from General Electric in 1970 after 25 years of service. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Charleston.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Gertrude Herendeen
BETHANY - Emma Gertrude Herendeen died September 15, 2000, at Hilltop Convalescent Home in Charleston, Illinois. She was born February 27, 1917, in Kirksville, Illinois, to Robert and Sylbia (Poland) White. She is survived by 2 sons, Doug (Kathy) Herendeen of DeKalb, Illinois. Robert Lloyd Herendeen of Granite City, Illinois, 3 daughters Drusille Monninger of Prescott, Arizona. Roberta (Clarence) Honahor of North Middletown, Kentucky, Sandra Diane Hinderliter of Danville, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Gloria Herendeen Pugh; 1 brother Lynn (Genevieve) White of Sullivan, Illinois, two nephews, 1 niece, 3 great nieces, 3 great nephews, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert Lloyd Herendeen, 1 son, Bradley Herendeen. Also 1 brother, Jack White and 1 sister, Roberta Foster and one grandson.Funeral services will be held in Bethany, Illinois at the McMullin Funeral home. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 on Sunday, September , 17th from 5 to 8. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 18th at 1:00 p.m. Services will be conducted by Captain Fred Wakefield of the Salvation Army, Mattoon, Illinois. Interment will be at the Bethany Cemetery.A memorial has been established for Emma Gertrude Herendeen in care of McMullin and Young Funeral Home, 503 West Jackson, PO Box 315, Sullivan, Illinois 61951.

Theron McElravy
TOLEDO - Theron D. McElravy, 59, of Toledo, died at 12:27 a.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. He was born July 24, 1941, in Mattoon, the son of Vernon Dale and Maxine Redfern McElravy.Surviving are one son, Aaron McElravy of Toledo; one daughter, Melissa Hardin of Mattoon; one brother, Michael McElravy of Effingham; and one grandchild.He was preceded by his parents and one son.Mr. McElravy was a retired auto mechanic.

Elsie McFetridge
Elsie Janette McFetridge, age 72, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2000, at the Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Parish Center with Father Herman J. Niebrugge officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Ivesdale Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until time of service Monday at the Parish Center. The Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon is in charge of the arrangements.Elsie was born in Ivesdale on January 8, 1928, a daughter of William and Faye Turner Whalen. She married Chuck Wolfe in 1948. He preceded her in death. She married Jack McFetridge in 1969. He survives.Survivors include her husband Jack McFetridge of Mattoon; two daughters, Peggy Mueller and special friend Jim Johnson of Springfield and Terry Lafenhagen and husband John of Urbana; one stepdaughter, Jane McFetridge of the San Francisco Bay area, California; one brother, Bill Whalen and wife Shirley of Champaign; one sister, Betty Hart and husband Hank of Champaign; one granddaughter, Tammy Johnson of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.Mr. McFetridge retired from Goldblatts in Champaign where she worked in sales and management. Elsie also worked with her husband as a memorial consultant. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.Memorials may be made to the Mattoon Y.M.C.A.

Jesse Miller
BROWNSTOWN - Jessie E. Miller, 61, of Brownstown, died at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 13, 2000) at Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brownstown United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, rural Brownstown. Visitation was Friday.He was born June 10, 1939, in Decatur, the son of Theodore and Iva Grandfield Miller. He married Marilyn Perkins in 1963; she died in 1968. He married Betty Brasel in 1969; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Ted Miller of Vandalia; one daughter, Julia Miller of Charleston; one brother, Delbert of Brownstown; and a special friend, Donna Coonce.Mr. Miller worked at Latch Custom in Stewardson and was currently the Brownstown Village president. He also was a former member of the Fayette County Board, a former Fayette County chief deputy sheriff and deputy coroner. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kinmundy, Order of Eastern Star ­ Melrose 243, Masonic Lodge 769 in St. Elmo, Ainad Temple of East St. Louis and Vandalia York Rite Bodies.Memorials may be made to the Brownstown Fire Department First Responders or the Veterans Memorial at Brownstown Park. 

Vera Phillips
GREENUP - Vera Delores Phillips, 80, of Greenup died at 12:39 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham. A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Greenup Cemetery. No visitation is planned. The Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup is in charge of the arrangements.She was born March 26, 1920, in Greenup, the daughter of Scott and Vernie Snearly Sutherland. She married Lee Phillips in 1939; he survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Ellen Raymer of Toledo and Linda Rensing of Fairview Heights; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.Mrs. Phillips was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, rural Greenup.

George Sims
YUKON, Okla. - George H. Sims, 93, of Yukon, Okla., formerly of Charleston, died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14, 2000) at Ranchwood Nursing Center.Arrangements are incomplete at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. 

Dorothy Walker
ARCOLA - Dorothy Irene Walker, 83, of Arcola, died at 12:05 a.m. Friday (Sept. 15, 2000) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon. The funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Arcola United Methodist Church, with Minister Margaret Misal officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the funeral at the church.Mrs. Walker was born Aug. 3, 1917, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Burton and Kathryn E. (Zimmer) Becker. She married Franklin Walker Jr. in 1943; he died in 1994.Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Mike (Cathy) Schackel of Indianapolis, Mrs. Don (Carol) Portugal of Mattoon, Mrs. Dale (Bonnie) Yoder of Arcola and Mrs. Rick (Becky) Reed of Charleston; one brother, Neal Becker of Riverside, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one brother.Mrs. Walker retired in 1982 from the Arcola Record-Herald. She was a memeber of the Arcola United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 701 Devonshire Drive, Box C12, Champaign, IL 61820.

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