Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2000

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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.

Richard Calhoun
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 Foley
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.

Alice Jones
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.

Lora Judson
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.

Victor Sanders
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.

Pearl Thompson
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. 

Richard Calhoun
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.

Frances Foley
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.

Caleb Mast
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.

Kenneth Shockley
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. 

Leon Bailey
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.

Donald Hanken
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.

Leonard Lust
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.

Lois Taylor
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.

Rose Weiffenbach
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 Hall, Neoga.

Dorothy Williams
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.

Neal Cole
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.

Mary Hays
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.

Helen Tueth
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.

Zachary Turner
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. 

Bernard Tyrrell
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.

Jane Ashenbramer
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.

Michael Blagg
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 Church.

Ralph Green
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. 

Geneva Meador
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.

Alvena Piatt
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.

Colleen Robinson
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 choice.

Lois Taylor
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.

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