Lester Carroll Adkins
Lester Carroll Adkins, age 88, of Mattoon, formerly of rural Lerna,
passed away at 5:50 a.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2000, at the Mattoon Health
Care Center.Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:30 a.m.
on Tuesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Sharon Monroe
officiating. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation
will be held from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday morning at the
funeral home.Carroll was born April 24, 1912 in Pleasant Grove Township,
Coles County, a son of George B. and Gertrude Millage Adkins. He married
Frances H. Adams on May 3, 1939. She survives.Other survivors include one
son, Carroll Adkins and wife Sandra of rural Mattoon; two brothers, Dale
Adkins and wife Jean of Shelbyville and Clarence Ithiel Adkins and wife
Fern of Mattoon; sister-in-law, Margaret Adkins of Lerna; three grandchildren,
Carroll Lee Adkins II and Karen Adkins, both of Mattoon, Cathy Thompson
and husband Mark of Oregon, Illinois; two great-grandchildren, Emily and
Matthew Thompson of Oregon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.He
was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Floyd Adkins.Mr.
Adkins was a lifelong farmer.Memorial gifts are suggested to the Otterbein
United Methodist Church in Charleston or to the Salvation Army.
Richard Lee "Rick" Askren
Richard Lee "Rick" Askren, 68, of rural West Union, Illinois and formerly
of Danville, Illinois died Thursday, December 7, 2000 at 2:00 A.M. at his
residence. He was born January 5, 1932 in Danville, Illinois to Richard
Lawrence Askren and Lorraine Blakely Askren.Survivors include: his wife,
Patricia Fulwider Askren, whom he married on August 23, 1981 in California;
one son, Richard Askren and his wife Leatha of Charleston, Illinois; two
daughters, Kathy Applegate of Charleston, Illinois; Barbara Lawson and
her husband Larry of Mattoon, Illinois; two stepsons, Richard Butler and
his wife Patti of Redway, California, and Steve Butler and his wife Debbi
of Eureka, California; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother
and sister-in-law, Jim and Kay Silvestro of Catlin, Illinois; three sisters
and brothers-in-law, Marguerite and Dick Blakely of Westville, Illinois,
Sally and Marlin Rossiter of Paris, Illinois and Mary and Tom Seilhymer
of Georgetown, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Liz Askren of Covington, Indiana,
and Susan Askren of Attica, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by: his grandparents who raised him, W.O. and Viola
Askren; his parents; two brothers, Willard "Bud" Askren and Bill Askren,
and one daughter, Darlene Brewster.He was a retired meat cutter having
been employed for a number of years with Safeway Grocery Corporation. He
served in the Illinois National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps during the
Korean Conflict from 1949 to 1956.His body was donated to medical science
at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine at Carbondale, Illinois,
with cremation to follow at a later date. There are no services or visitation
planned. The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Lincolnland, 75 Professional Plaza, Mattoon, IL 61938. Prust-Hosch
Funeral Chapel in West Union, Illinois was in charge of arrangements.
CHARLESTON - Richard H. Calhoun, age 92, of Charleston, passed away
at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2000, at Hill Top Convalescent Center.The
funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at the Caudill-King
Funeral Home in Charleston with the Reverend Ted Hartley officiating. Burial
will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. Visitation will begin one hour prior to
the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.Richard was born August 22,
1908 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Lee and Mada Parrish Calhoun. He
married Beulah Cooper in 1927. She preceded him in death on April 23, 2000.Surviving
are one daughter, Peggy Cuppy and husband Roy of Charleston; one half-brother,
Willie Easton of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three grandchildren, Steven Calhoun
of Marshall, Mrs. Patrick (Mindy) Bell of Oakland and Mrs. Terry (Margie)
Schmitt of Charleston; and seven great-grandchildren, Chris, Craig and
Corey Bell, Carly Schmitt, and Richie, Mike and Angie Calhoun.He was also
preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters, one son, Richard, and
one grandson, David.Mr. Calhoun was a retired Lerna area farmer. He was
over a 50 year member and Past Worshipful Master of the Lerna Masonic Lodge,
over 50 year member and Past Worthy Patron of the Leah Chapter of Eastern
Star in Lerna, and member of the Sopha C. Chapter of Eastern Star.
Frances M. Foley, 83, of Scottsdale, AZ, died 12/8/00. She was born
9/11/17 in Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to AZ 23 years ago. She is survived
by sons, Frank C. Foley of Mesa, AZ, William R. Foley of Glendale, AZ,
Ralph W. Foley of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Catherine J. Lutz of York, PA;
brother, Paul Sever of Palm Coast, FL; sisters, Anna Sismour of VA; Genevieve
(Jenny) Panchack of Pittsburgh; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Visitation
will be Sunday, 12/10/00, 3-8 PM, with Rosary at 7 PM, at Messinger Indian
School Chapel, 7601 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Mass will be
Monday 12/11/00, 1:30 PM., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church,
3801 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Contributions may be made to Hospice
of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
ARTHUR - Alice Viola Jones, 96, of Arthur, died at 1 a.m. Sunday (Dec.
10, 2000) at the Arthur Home.Services are pending at the Shrader Funeral
Home in Arthur.
GREENUP - Lora O. Judson, 84, of Greenup, died at 4:25 a.m. Sunday
(Dec. 10, 2000) at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.The funeral
will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Independent Bible Believers Church in Greenup
with the Rev. Tom Meachum officiating. Burial will be in Tippett Cemetery
in rural Toldeo. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Barkley
Funeral Home in Greenup.She was born June 12, 1916 in Diona, the daughter
of George and Sarah Rutan Pearcy. She married Halsey Judson in 1926. He
died in 1995.Surviving are one son, David Judson of Greenup, three grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by five brothers
and five sisters.Mrs. Judson was a homemaker and member of the Independent
Bible Believers Church in Greenup.
ARCOLA - Victor Alex Sanders, 84, of Arcola, died at 12:05 p.m. Sunday
(Dec. 10, 2000) at the Arthur Home.Arrangements are incomplete at the Edwards
Funeral Home in Arcola.
PARIS - Pearl Thompson, 71, of Paris, died at 6:25 a.m. Saturday (Dec.
9, 2000) at the Paris Community Hospital.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday at the Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall with the Brother Glenn Arbuckle
officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be from
4-8 p.m. Monday and at 7 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral
home.She was born Dec. 18, 1928 in Martinsville, the daughter of Russell
Shelby and Aileen Bowen Craig. She married Frank E. Thompson in 1946. He
died in 1999.Surviving are five daughters, Jane A. Dennison, Wanda J. Overaker,
Lisa A. Norman, and Brenda L. Thompson, all of Paris and Susan A. Martin
of Mattoon; two sons, Jerry E. Thompson and Robert E. Thompson, both of
Paris; three brothers, Delbert Craig of West Springfield, Pa., Ferrell
Craig and Kenny Craig, both of Casey; one sister, Rose King of Naples,
Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.She was preceded in
death by her parents, one son, one sister, two brothers and one grandchild.Mrs.
Thompson was retired from TRW in Marshall.
CHARLESTON - Richard H. Calhoun, 92, of Charleston, died at 5:30 p.m.
Friday (Dec. 8, 2000) at Hill Top Convalescent Center.Arrangements are
incomplete at Caudill-King Funeral Home.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Frances M. Foley, 83, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died
Friday (Dec. 8, 2000).Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday with Rosary
at 7 p.m. in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mass will be 1:30 p.m. Monday in Scottsdale.
She was born Sept. 11, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pa.Surviving are three sons,
Frank C. Foley of Mesa, Ariz., William R. Foley of Glendale, Ariz., and
Ralph W. Foley of Mattoon; one daughter, Catherine J. Lutz of York, Pa.;
one brother, Paul Sever of Palm Coast, Fla.; two sisters, Anna Sismour
of Virginia and Genevieve Panchack of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; and
one great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510
E. Flower St., Phoeniz, AZ 85014.
Mr. Hugh Lunger
CHRISMAN, IL - Mr. Hugh Lunger, age 88, of 325 N. Alabama St., Chrisman,
Illinois died at 11:36 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2000 in the United Samaritans
Medical Center Logan Campus Danville, Illinois.Funeral Services will be
held on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 2:00 p.m. in the Smith Funeral Home
Paris, Illinois. Visitation will be on Monday from noon to the time of
service. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery Chrisman, Illinois. Officiating
will be Pastor Kevin Coe. Memorials may be made to the Chrisman Fire Dept.
or Pleasant Meadows Christian Village.Mr. Lunger was born August 15, 1912,
in Chrismas, Illinois the son of Vern Lunger and Josie Wallace Lunger.
He married Cleo Stultz and she preceded him in death.Surviving relatives
include: Sons, Jerry Lunger of Chrisman, Illinois and Jim Lunger of LasVegas,
Nevada; Daughter, Shirley Lorenzen of Chrisman, Illinois; Sister: Emmallee
Biggs of Crawfordsville, Indiana; 6 Grandchildren; 12 Great-Grandchildren.He
was preceded in death by 1 brother and 1 infant sister.Mr. Lunger was a
member of the First Baptist Church of Chrisman, a member of the Chrisman
Fire Dept., a retired board member of the City of Chrisman and retired
as a heavy Equipment Operator. He also was a life long resident of Chrisman.
ARTHUR - Caleb Lynn Mast, infant son of Troy Lynn and Lisa Lagene Kauffman
Mast, was stillborn at 10:36 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7, 2000) at Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center.The funeral was Friday at the Sunnyside Mennonite
Church, rural Arcola, with the Rev. Lloyd Gingerich officiating. Burial
was in the church cemetery. The Edwards Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Caleb
is survived by his parents of Arthur; one brother, Brady Reese Mast, at
home; grandparents, Glen and Sue Mast of Arthur, and Dale and Louis Kauffman
of Arthur; and great-grandparents, Dan and Gerti Mast of Arthur, Levi and
Mary Kauffman of Arthur, and Jonas and Gertie Plank of Arthur.
ARTHUR - Kenneth Roger Shockley, 56, of Arthur, died at 5:44 p.m. Thursday
(Dec. 7, 2000) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.The funeral will be 11 a.m.
Monday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Arthur. Burial will be in the
Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the
funeral home.He was born May 4, 1944, in Decatur, the son of Hardy and
Pauline Jent Shockley.Surviving are one son, Chad Eric Shockley O'Kelley
of Decatur; two daughters, Teri Jo Alexander of Arthur and Jenny Shockley
Mendenhall of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Brenda Likens of Arthur; one half
sister, Cindy Brinkley of Atwood; and two grandchildren.He was preceded
in death by his parents.Mr. Shockley was a woodworker.
EFFINGHAM - Leon Bailey, 82, of Effingham, died at 9:37 a.m. Wednesday
(Dec. 6, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham. The funeral
will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, with the
Rev. Don Russell officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Olive
Branch Cemetery, south of Martinsville. Graveside military rites will be
performed by the Casey VFW Post 5762 and the Hazel Dell American Legion
Post 1230. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He
was born July 22, 1918, in Martinsville, the son of Roscoe Olen Bailey
and Trixie Leohr Bailey. He married Evelyn Nash in 1939; she survives.Also
surviving are one son, Randall Bailey of Effingham; one sister, Delores
Fisher of Shelbyville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.Mr.
Bailey was retired from Getty Oil Company where he worked as a production
foreman. He was Navy World War II veteran and a 50-year member of the Edgewood
Masonic Lodge No. 484, a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the Danville
Consistory and the Effingham American Legion Post No. 0120.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. - Donald R. Hanken, 71, of Hot Springs Village,
Ark., died Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2000) in an Arkansas Hospital.The funeral will
be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Faith Lutheran Church, in Hot Springs Village,
Ark., with Pastor Leslie Weerts officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Family House, 223 McKee Place, Pittsburg, PA 15213 or Faith
Lutheran Church in Hot Springs Village, Ark. The Caruth Village Funeral
Home, Hot Springs Village, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.He was
born March 10, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Henry and Lillian (Vanderlinden)
Hanken. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Hanken of Hot Springs Village,
Ark.; two sons, Robert and his wife Margaret Hanken of Scottsdale, Ariz.
and James Hanken of Humboldt, IL; two daughters, Janet and her husband
Robert Nelson of Cape Elizabeth, ME and Mabel and her husband Marcelo Giralda
of Santiago, Chili; three sisters, Ruth Hagen of Oak Forest, IL, Helen
and her husband Fred Schnoor of Hemet, CA and Francis Ravetto of Hinsdale,
IL; six grandchildren.He was preceded in death by two brothers, George
and Ralph Hanken and one sister, Henrietta McNicholas.Mr. Hanken was affiliated
with the Faith Lutheran Church and a member of Gideons International.
HAMMOND - Leonard C. Lust, 75, of Hammond, died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
(Dec. 6, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.The funeral will be 10
a.m. Saturday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington. Burial will
be in the Hammond Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.He was born Jan. 9, 1925, in Hammond, the son of Henry C.
Lust and Audrey V. Emery Lust. He married Dorothy J. McCulley in 1944;
she died in 1983.Surviving are one son, Henry C. Lust, of Hammond; two
daughters, Linda J. and Anna C. Cain, both of Hammond; two brothers, Herbert
F. Lust of Bement and Leland T. Lust of Hammond; one sister, Joanne A.
Canfield of Arthur; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.He
was also preceded in death by one son and two sisters.Mr. Lust was a drainage
contractor and retired truck driver. He was a lifetime member of the Hammond
United Methodist Church. He was a Republican Precinct Committeeman and
former constable of the Village of Hammond.Memorials may be made to the
Hammond United Methodist Church or donor's choice.
WATSEKA - Lois Mae Fore Taylor, 30, of Watseka, formerly of Humboldt,
died at 6 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 2, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital in
Urbana.The funeral was Wednesday at the Watseka Methodist Church. The Segur-Knapp
Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.She was born Feb. 26, 1970,
the daughter of Fred and Barbara Russell Fore. She married Keith Taylor
in 1995; he survives.Also surviving are her mother of Humboldt; one son,
Zack; two brothers, Bill Fore of Mattoon and Mike Fore of Humboldt; four
sisters, Harriett Clark and Pam Clark of Arcola, Marsha McLain of Humboldt
and Cheryl Heath of Mattoon; and her grandmother, Elfried Russell of Arthur.She
was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.Mrs. Taylor worked
in the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office.Memorials may be made
to the Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association. An account has been
opened at the Humboldt Bank.
EFFINGHAM - A. Rose Weiffenbach, 90, of Effingham, formerly of rural
Neoga, died at 6:55 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 7, 2000) at the Sunbridge Care
and Rehabilitation Center, Effingham.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday
at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Neoga, with Father Robert DeGrand
and Sister Pat Thies officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery,
Trowbridge. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Swengel-O'Dell
Funeral Home, Neoga.She was born Sept. 7, 1910, in Shelby County, the daughter
of Thomas and Mary Schinzler Dooley. She married Charles A. Weiffenbach
in 1947; he died in 1980.Surviving are several cousins, including Ruth
Rhodus of Sigel, and one nephew.She was also preceded in death by one brother.Mrs.
Weiffenbach was a housewife and member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church
in Neoga, the Ladies Council of the church and a former member of the American
Legion Auxiliary, Neoga.Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Assumption
Dorothy Evelyn Williams, age 69, of Mattoon, formerly of Lerna, passed
away at 9:55 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2000, at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah
Home.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:30 a.m. on
Saturday at the Schilling Funeral Home with R. D. Shoot officiating. Burial
will be in the Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m.
until service time on Saturday morning at the funeral home.Dorothy was
born February 26, 1931, in Terre Haute, Indiana, a daughter of Clarence
and Mary May Owens Holmes. She married John D. Williams in 1959. He survives.Other
survivors include three sons, John D. Williams Jr. and wife Gloria, George
R. Williams and wife Heather, and Richard E. Williams, all of Lerna; one
daughter, Jeannie R. Vial and husband Garry of Mattoon; two sisters, Clara
"Sally" Poulter and Ella Mae "Mickey" Patchett, both of Terre Haute, Ind.;
seventeen grandchildren, including special granddaughter, Dottie Ratliff
of Lerna; and eleven great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her
parents; three brothers, Clarence E. Holmes, Henry Allen Holmes and James
Holmes; one sister, Fanny McCarty; and one grandson.Mrs. Williams worked
for Mattoon Memorial Hospital, the former Villa Nova restaurant and Brown
Shoe Company in Charleston. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother
and great-grandmother to her family.Memorial gifts are suggested to the
Richard E. Williams Fund, c/o First National Bank of Lerna, P.O. Box 99,
Lerna, IL 62440.
CHARLESTON - Neal S. Cole, age 78, of Charleston, died at 7:49 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Services will
be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in
Charleston. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Caudill-King
Funeral Home. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Pleasant Grove Township.Neal
was born July 16, 1922 in Neoga, a son of Ben and Margaret Price Cole.
He married Nettie Kutzuk on Jan. 24, 1948; she survives.Also surviving
is one son, Gary and wife Diane Cole of Charleston; one daughter, Toni
Cole of Carrboro, N.C.; grandson, Brent Cole of Charleston; granddaughter,
Elizabeth Cole of Vancouver, Wash.; one sister, Neva Keith of Springfield,
IL. One sister, Letha preceded him in death.Neal was raised North of Charleston
in Seven Hickory Township. He farmed for several years. From 1954 until
1966 he worked in road construction. Neal founded Ne-Co Asphalt Co., in
Charleston on June 14, 1966 in which he was active until his death. He
was a Veteran of WW II, serving in the Merchant Marines.He was a member
of the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, the Charleston Masonic
Lodge AF&AM #35, Charleston Elks Lodge #623, and Charleston Moose Lodge
#1388.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
MATTOON - Mary Jane Hays, 75, of Mattoon Health Care Center, died at
9:42 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 6, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The
funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with
the Rev. Mark Prevo officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the
service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.
She was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Oblong, the daughter of Bernard R. and Mildred
M. Caudill Duncan. She married Calvin A. Hays in 1943; he died in 1990.Surviving
are three sons, Jack L. Hays of Lake Mattoon, Ronald E. Hays of Ashmore
and Lester A. Hays of Evansville, Ind.; one daughter, Judy Shumaker of
Altamont; one sister, Marilyn McCollum of Paris; one half brother, Larry
Duncan of Robinson; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.Mrs.
Hays was a former member of the Godfrey VFW 1308.
SHERMAN - Helen Elizabeth (Meyer) Tueth, 93, of Sherman, died at 1:15
p.m. Monday (Nov. 20, 2000) at the Sherman Villa East, in Sherman.A memorial
mass will be offered 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Columcille Catholic Church
with Father John Sohm officiating. The McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan,
is in charge of the arrangements.She was born March 3, 1907, the daughter
of Charles David and Sophie Fleckenstein Meyer. She married James E. Tueth
in 1954; he died in 1974. Surviving are one brother, Arthur Meyer of Lecanto,
Fla.Mrs. Tueth was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.Memorials
are suggested to the St. Columcille Catholic Church.
MATTOON - Zachary Wayne Turner, infant son of Wesley O. Turner and
Jessica R. Stone, of Mattoon, died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2000) at Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center.A graveside service was held Wednesday at the Beals
Cemetery in rural Trilla with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. The Schilling
Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.He is survived by his parents;
one brother, Franklin Michael Stone of Mattoon; two half brothers, Aaron
Lee Turner and Cody Allen Turner, both of Charleston; grandparents, Herman
Michael Stone Jr. and Rose Stone, and Wesley Owen Sr. and Sharon Ann Turner,
all of Mattoon; great-grandmothers, Evelyn L. Stone and Leona Turner, both
of Mattoon; and great-great-grandmother, Rita Pugh of Mattoon.Zachary was
preceded in death by four great-grandfathers.
NEWMAN - Bernard Tyrrell, 68, of Newman, IL passed away at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2000 at Boxwood Health Care Center in Newman, IL.A
Memorial Service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2000
at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola, IL. His ashes will be buried in
the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, IL.Bernard was born in Cook County
on October 22, 1932. A son of Wilbur and Josephine Tyrrell.He is survived
by: 1 Niece: Peggy Masse of Monmouth Beach, NJ.He is preceded in death
by his parents and his brother.Bernard was a resident of the Boxwood Health
Care Center in Newman, IL. His father passed away in 1934 when Bernard
was only 2. Bernard's mother had to work to support her family. Bernard
had been institutionalized since the age of 6 but spent much time with
his mother and brother on holidays and at vacation time. Bernard had a
love for people and a special love for Jesus Christ. He referred to Jesus
as his "Main Man." Bernard loved to go to church and his favorite song
was "Jesus Love Me" and Bernard knew that.I (Jeff Edwards) did not know
Bernard personally but I hope whoever reads this will stop for a moment
at this busy time of the year and consider the Joy that Bernard knew because
of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. May we all remember the
reason for the season! God's gift is free and it is what we need the most.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Jane Ashenbramer, 64, of Chattanooga, Tenn., wife
of Donald Ashenbramer formerly of Mattoon passed away in November.She is
the daughter-in-law of Helen Ashenbramer of Mattoon, IL.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Michael Julian Blagg, 41, of Brownsville, Texas,
formerly of Villa Grove, died at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 28, 2000, at BNC Hospital
in Brownsville, Texas, from injuries sustained when he fell from a truck.A
memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Villa Grove United Methodist
Church with the Rev. John Tennyson officiating. He was born April 5, 1959,
in Waukegan, the son of Julian "Buck" G. and Doris Blagg. Surviving are
his mother, Doris Eversole of Brownsville, Texas; father and stepmother,
Letha Blagg, of Tuscola; one daughter, Kathryn Cherie Blagg of Jerseyville;
two sisters, Charlene Blagg Steadman of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Lisa
Eversole Goodman of Dallas; and three stepbrothers, Bob, Bill and David
Davis, all of Tuscola.He was preceded in death by one sister.Mr. Blagg
was a barber.Memorials may be made to the Villa Grove United Methodist
WESTFIELD - Ralph Howard Green, 92, of Westfield, died at 12:10 a.m.
Tuesday (Dec. 5, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Care Center.The funeral
will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, with the Rev.
Tom Marsh officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Street Cemetery
in Casey. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born April 21, 1908, in Hutton Township, the son of Clyde L. Green
and Nellie M. Riggins Green. He married Melba C. Brewer in 1937; she died
in 1992.He is survived by one daughter, Sue Humphrey of Terre Haute, Ind.;
two sisters, Wilma Green of Westfield and Ruby Golladay of Blue Island;
two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in
death by two brothers.Mr. Green was a retired farmer. He was a member of
the Casey First Baptist Church, a life member of Ashmore Masonic Lodge
390, Danville Consistory AASR, Knights of the York Cross of Honour of Illinois
11, a 32nd degree Mason, Chapter and Commandery of Paris and Knights of
Pythias in Marshall.
SULLIVAN - Geneva Meador, 75, of Sullivan, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday
(Dec. 4, 2000) in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.Funeral services will be
1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will
be 6-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour before services on Thursday. Burial
will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany. Memorials are suggested
to Alzheimer's Research.Mrs. Meador was born in Springfield on March 31,
1925, the daughter of Hubert L. and Mettie J. Sloan Bridges. She had worked
at Brown Shoe Company, Sullivan and then retired from Felicity Fashions,
Sullivan. Geneva married Lonnie W. Meadors on October 14, 1939, in Kentucky
and he preceded her in death on June 17, 1984.Surviving are her sons, Lonnie
Meador, Jr. and his wife Phyllis of Findlay, and James "Jim" Meador and
long time friend Barb Russell of Sullivan; daughters, Mrs. Charles (Louise)
Gayer of Arcadia, Florida, Mrs. Earl Roger (Sue) Savage of Effingham and
Mrs. Robert (Sharon) Green of Sullivan; brother, Bill Bridges of Mattoon;
sisters, Gladys Cowell of Crawfordsville, Ind., and Mrs. Benton Robert
(Dorothy) White of Sullivan; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.She
was preceded in death by her parents, husband, for brothers, one grandson,
one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
ATWOOD - Alvena L. Quick Piatt, 91, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Atwood,
died Nov. 25, 2000, in Mesa, Ariz.Graveside services will be at 1 p.m.
Thursday at Lake Fork Cemetery, Atwood, with the Rev. Conrad Heisner officiating.
Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, Atwood, is in charge of the arrangements.She
was born Feb. 28, 1909, in Piatt County, the daughter of Guy and Elizabeth
Kamm Quick. She married Dale McCormack in 1949; he died in 1991. She married
Don Piatt in 1993; he survives.Also surviving are one brother, James Quick
of Atwood; two sisters, Geneva King of Wilmington and Maurine Funk of Atwood;
and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Piatt was also preceded in death by
one brother.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Dr. Patricia Mary Pugh
CHARLESTON - Dr. Patricia Mary Pugh, age 59, of rural Charleston, passed
away on Monday, December 4, 2000 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Private
family memorial services celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 p.m.
on Friday, December 8, 2000 at the First Christian Church in Mattoon, Illinois
with Reverend Robert Clark officiating. There will be no visitation. Adams
Funeral Chapel of Charleston is handling the arrangements.Dr. Pugh was
born June 11, 1941, in North Rode, Cheshire, United Kingdom, the daughter
of Herbert and Mary (Allibone) Brindley. She married John E. Pugh in North
Rode Church in Cheshire on May 2, 1964. He survives.Other survivors include
two daughters, Caroline D.M. Learmonth and her husband Mark of Sandton,
South Africa and Bronwen S.L. Lopez and her husband Cedric of Shaw Air
Force Base in South Carolina; three grandchildren, Fraser Learmonth, Owen
Learmonth and Sophie Learmonth all of Sandton, South Africa, and three
brothers, Ron Brindley and his wife Chris of Congleton, Cheshire, Keith
Brindley of Near Northampton and Bert Brindley of Anglesey, North Wales.
She was preceded by her parents, one sister, Babara Swindells and two brothers,
Jack Brindley and Derek Brindley.Dr. Pugh was a member of the Church of
England, and an excellent lecturer of Physiology and Biology at Cardiff
University, the institution where she earned her Ph.D. She will also be
remembered for her work as a research scientist. "Pat," as she was affectionately
known to her family, was a wonderful wife and mother. She was an avid reader
of mystery novels, loved gardening, British food and customs.Memorials
in honor of Dr. Pugh may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care
of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
SULLIVAN - Colleen Robinson, 89, of Sullivan, died at 8:58 a.m. Tuesday
(Dec. 5, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.The funeral will be 10:30
a.m. Friday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be
in Marrowbone Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday
at the funeral home. She was born Aug. 23, 1911, in Moultrie County, the
daughter of Roy W. and Clara Hale Scott. She married Cecil A. Robinson
in 1937; he died in 1974.Surviving are four sons, Wayne Robinson of Bethany,
Don Robinson of Vernon, Texas, and Richard and Gary Robinson, both of Sullivan;
one daughter, Shirlene Cole of Sullivan; one sister, Grace Hilliard of
Bethany; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.She was preceded
in death by two brothers and one stepsister.Mrs. Robinson was a member
of the First United Methodist Church, Sullivan, and the Moultrie County
Home Extension.Memorials may be made to the Titus Memorial Presbyterian
Home or the First United Methodist Church, Sullivan.
Richard "Dick" Scribner
ASHMORE - Walter Richard "Dick" Scribner, age 90, of Charleston, formerly
of Ashmore, passed away at 8:35 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2000 at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, Illinois.Funeral services will be
held at 2:00 O'clock PM Thursday at the Ashmore Baptist Church with Pastor
Jim Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Ashmore Cemetery. Visitation
will be Wednesday evening from 5-8 PM at Taber Funeral Home, Oakland. Masonic
services will be conducted by the Ashmore Masonic Lodge at 7:30 PM. Visitation
will be at the church from noon until funeral hour.Mr. Scribner was born
in Rennellsville, Illinois on August 29, 1910, the son of Grover and Elizabeth
Tripp Scribner. He was raised by his Grandmother and step-Grandfather;
Horace and Minerva Donathon. He married Virginia Shoot on August 2, 1930,
at Charleston; she passed away in 1976.He is survived by 2 sons: Jerrold
"Dick" Scribner of Peoria and wife Kandi; Jay Scribner of Branson, Mo.,
and wife Kay. Also surviving are 3 daughters: Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Wilson
of Westfield, Ill., Mrs. Henry (Janet) Bough of Charleston, Ill. and Mrs.
Larry (Jackie) Butler of Mattoon, Ill. Also 23 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
Daughters-in-law; Janet of Champaign and Shirley of Gainsville, Florida.He
was preceded in death by 2 Sons: Jerry and James and 1 Brother; Horace
Scribner.Mr. Scribner was a member of the Ashmore Masonic Lodge AF&AM
#390 and the Carpenter's Local #347 of Mattoon, Illinois. He was a retired
carpenter. Memorials may be made to: American Heart Association or donor's
WATSEKA - Lois Mae Fore Taylor, 30, of Watseka, formerly of Humboldt,
died at 6 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 2, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital in
Urbana.The funeral will be 10 a.m. today at the Watseka Methodist Church.She
was born Feb. 26, 1970, the daughter of Fred and Barbara Russell Fore.
She married Keith Taylor in 1995; he survives.Also surviving are her mother
of Humboldt; one son, Zack; two brothers, Kay Fore of Mattoon and Rhonda
Fore of Humboldt; four sisters, Harriett Clark and Pam Clark of Arcola,
Marsha McLain of Humboldt and Cheryl Heath of Mattoon; and her grandmother,
Elfried Russell of Arthur.She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.Mrs.
Taylor worked in the Iroquois County State's Attorney's Office.Memorials
may be made to the Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association. An account
has been opened at the Humboldt Bank
Robert A. Birch
ARTESIA, N.M. - Robert A. "Bob" Birch Jr., 64, of Artesia, N.M., died
Saturday (Dec. 2, 2000) at Artesia General Hospital in Artesia, N.M.The
funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Terpening & Son Chapel with
the Rev. Lewis Mowery officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.He was born
March 6, 1936, in Charleston, the son of Robert A. Birch Sr. and Vera Wheeler
Birch. He married Marie Rigdon in 1957; she survives.Also surviving are
his parents of Charleston; one daughter, Patti Pennington of Artesia, N.M.;
two brothers, Hugh Birch and Jim Birch, both of Illinois; one sister, Sue
Warren of Cloudcroft, N.M.; and three grandsons.He was preceded in death
by one daughter.Mr. Birch was an auto mechanic and member of the Calvary
Baptist Church.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.