Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Ralph Umstot
WEST UNION - Ralph L. Umstot, 87, of rural West Union, died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 18, 2001) at the Paris Healthcare Center in Paris.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union with the Rev. Alvin Titus, the Rev. Mike Pringle and the Rev. Lewellyn Umstot officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, southwest of West Union. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and before the service on Thursday at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 7, 1914, in Annapolis, the son of Otto and Sylvia McDaniel Umstot. He married Edith Bayless Umstot in 1937; she died in 1997.Surviving are one son, the Rev. Lewellyn "Bud" Umstot of Ray, Mich.; one brother, Edison Umstot of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by one infant brother.Mr. Umstot was retired from the Marshall IGA Foodliner, where he had worked many years as the bakery manager. He was also operations manager at the Farm Service Co. in Marshall.

Thomas Jocelyn
SULLIVAN ­ Thomas W. "Tommy The Painter" Jocelyn, 94, of Sullivan, formerly of Arthur, died at 5:10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16, 2001) at Eastview Terrace Nursing Home in Sullivan.The private family funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur with the Rev. Leonard Moore officiating. Burial will be in Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.He was born Aug. 16, 1906, in Arthur, a son of George B. and Mary E. Pugh Jocelyn.Surviving are two daughters, Linda Jocelyn of Aurora, Colo., and Charlene Elzy of Sullivan; one sister, Elizabeth Blaase of Arthur; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one son, one daughter and several brothers and sisters.Mr. Jocelyn was a retired painter.

Frieda L. Lanman
CHARLESTON ­ Frieda L. Lanman, age 77 of Charleston and a former twelve year resident of Mesa, Arizona, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at her residence. Services celebrating her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2800 University Drive with Reverend Pat Murphy officiating. Frieda's children will receive friends and family in the Church Fellowship Hall following the service. The Committal Service will be held at a later date in Mesa.Frieda was born August 15, 1923 in Coles County, Illinois, the daughter of Raymond and Ella (Rutan) Snider. She married Jack Lanman in Charleston on November 26, 1947. He preceded her in death May 15, 1997.Survivors include two children, Sue Smyser and her husband Dick of Charleston and Lynn Ryle and her husband Alan of Champaign, Illinois; six grandchildren, Lisa Winnett and her husband Kent, Tisha Snyder, Shannon Armstrong and her husband Jason, Melissa Smyser and her special friend Shane Lewis, all of Charleston and Scott Ryle and Nathan Ryle, both of Champaign; six great grandchildren, Kassie Winnett, Keisha Winnett, Shelby Gilbert, Mahala Smyser-Lewis, Sequoia Smyser-Lewis and Dawson Armstrong, all of Charleston, and one brother Rufus Snider and his wife Marge of Charleston. She was preceded by her husband, parents, four brothers and five sisters.Frieda's church and family were very important to her; she was actively involved in many of her church's activities and was a fifty year plus member of the First Baptist Church in Charleston. She will lovingly be remembered by her children and their families as "what a mother and grandmother should be". She was involved in several organizations including the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston, American Business Women's Association and the Illinois Hairdresser's Association. Many will also remember her as a woman who genuinely enjoyed people and also as the Owner and Operator of Frieda's Beauty Salon, her profession of forty-two years. Frieda enjoyed crocheting, playing the organ for her own enjoyment and during her retirement swimming and line dancing. The special love she held for her grandchildren and her passion for crocheting resulted in her making and giving to each of them an afghan.Frieda's family requests that memorials in honor of her be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Memorials may be made at the service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Edna Kearney
Edna Opal Kearney, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2001 at the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Jack Woods officiating, assisted by Reverend Robert C. Clark. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.Edna was born February 4, 1921, in Idabel, Oklahoma, a daughter of Charleston B. and Ellen Opal Overby Farley. She married Dale B. Kearney on November 13, 1941.Survivors include her husband, Dale B. Kearney of Mattoon; two daughters, Jeanne Richards of Champaign and Donna Kay Dodson and husband Brent of Charleston; two brothers, the Rev. James Roger Farley and wife Millie of Liverpool, New York and Jerry D. Farley and wife Mary of Alexandria, Virginia; one sister, Betty Williams and husband J.R. of Montgomery, Ill.; five grandchildren, Chris Richards of Urbana, Kelly Ankenbrand and husband Carl of Hoopeston, Jamie Wright and husband Rich of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Kyle B. Richards of Champaign, and Tonya Lawyer of Thomasboro; six great-grandchildren, Nathan Phillips, Samantha Phillips and Taylor Ankenbrand, all of Hoopeston, Tyler Wright and Jordan Wright, both of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, and Zoe Lawyer of Thomasboro; two sisters-in-law, Norma Farley of Mt. Vernon and Lenora Farley of Venice, Florida; and seventeen special nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one nephew.Mrs. Kearney was a homemaker and member of the Faith United Methodist Church. She was very active in the Faith United Methodist Women and held several different offices at various times.Memorial gifts in her honor may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Elnora Keller
MATTOON ­ Elnora E. Keller, 84, of Mattoon, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2001 at Convalescent Care Center.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Gray officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.Elnora was born March 23, 1916 at Casey, daughter of Raymond L. and Grace L. Cole Brothers. She married Charles E. Keller May 29, 1953; he died October 25, 1989. Survivors include a son: Dwaine Throneburg and wife Jenette of Bethany; two sisters: Margie White of Mattoon and Evelyn Mills of Orange, CA; and one brother: Richard Bidwell of Insurness, FL. Three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one granddaughter.Elnora was a member of First General Baptist Church of Mattoon, where she had served many years as organist. She was also a member of the Mattoon Rebekah Lodge and the Mattoon Ladies' of the Moose. She retired from the U.S. Grant Hotel, where she had worked in housekeeping. She had formerly worked at the Casey Shoe Factory.Memorials may be made to First General Baptist Church.

Luke Samuel Oakley
Nathan Michael Oakley
CHARLESTON ­ Luke Samuel Oakley and Nathan Michael Oakley, infant twins of Brian and Sheri Oakley, of Charleston were born on Thursday, February 15, 2001 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Luke passed away on Thursday and his brother Nathan passed away on Friday. Private family graveside services will be conducted by Adams Funeral Chapel today with Pastor Scott Sims officiating.Luke and Nathan are survived by their parents, Brian and Sheri; a brother, Jakob Daniel Oakley; grandparents, Don and Phyllis Madlem and Don and Florence Oakley; great grandparents, W.T. "Bill" Madlem, Mildred Lang and Emilie Stanford; aunts and uncles, Kevin and Stacy Madlem, Brian and Andrea Madlem, Kevin and Lori Oakley and four cousins. The twins were preceded by a great grandmother, Ruby Madlem, and two great grandfathers, Ernest Stanford and Walter Lang.

Willis Bennett
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Willis "Pooch" Bennett, 76, of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2001) at his residence.The Baggett and Summers Funeral Home, Daytona Beach, Fla., was in charge of the arrangements.Surviving are his wife, Tillie Jane "T.J." Bennett; one son, Mark Allen Bennett of Gaithersburgh, Md.; two daughters, Linda Sue Adams of Frederick, Md., and Michelle Rafferty of Centerville, Va.; one brother, James M. Bennett of Charleston; one sister, Mary E. Reid of Alpine, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.Mr. Bennett was retired as a Special Agent FBI after 25 years of service. He was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, Retired FBI Agents Association and the Memorial Hospital auxiliary of Ormond Beach. He was a Marine veteran of World War II.Memorials may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Counties.

Erma Conrad
CASEY - Erma Dot Conrad, 85, of Casey, died at 12:47 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16, 2001) at Heartland Manor Nursing Center, Casey.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. Dan Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.She was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Cherry Valley, Ohio, the daughter of Roy and Zella Barr Dabney. She married Thomas Earl Conrad in 1946; he died in 1968.Surviving are one brother, Frank Dabney of Yuba City, Calif.; three sisters, Diane Harris of Tulsa, Okla., Carolyn Riddle of Casey and Marilyn Bell of Decatur; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one sister.Mrs. Conrad was a homemaker. She was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Casey.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Midge Farris
SULLIVAN - Midge Farris, 72, of Sullivan, died at 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) at her home. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, with Pastor Dave Starr officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Goreville, the daughter of Robert A. and Cora E. Foster Hudgens. She married Don Farris in 1947; he died in 1990.Surviving are three sons, Dave Farris of Arthur, and Doug and Rob Farris, both of Sullivan; one daughter, Nancy Giovanini of Pontiac; one sister, Augusta Voss of Melbourne, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one infant son.Mrs. Farris was a former classified and circulation manager for the Moultrie County News (now News-Progress) and bookkeeper for Al's Toyville, both of Sullivan. She was a former Girl Scout Troop No. 37 leader and former Water Safety chairwoman for Moultrie County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She participated in organizing celebrations for Moultrie County's 125th anniversary and the county's Illinois Sesquicentennial in 1968.Memorials may be made to Sullivan Fire and Ambulance Service or Faith Fellowship Church, Melbourne, Fla.

Rodney Gandy
PANA - Rodney M. Gandy, 61, of Pana, formerly of Effingham, died at 3:35 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville. The funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Epperson Funeral Chapel in Mattoon with the Rev. Dan Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Jewett Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.He was born Nov. 20, 1939, in Clinton, the son of Fred and Golda Kingery Gandy.Surviving are his mother, Golda Gandy of Pana, and two brothers, Jack and Bill Gandy, both of Pana.He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.Memorials may be made to donor's choice in care of Epperson Funeral Chapel.

Meriam Merimee
CHARLESTON, IL - Meriam A. Merimee, age 86 of Charleston, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2001 at Hammond-Lane Homes of Charleston. Services celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, with Father Chris Brey presiding. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, February 18. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the services, interment will be held in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.Meriam was born July 4, 1914, in Mattoon, Illinois, the daughter of Jerome and Mabel (Fuller) Gass. She married Owen Roger Merimee in February, 1933. He preceded her in death December 25, 1981.Survivors include two children, James P. Merimee and his wife Nell of West Lafayette, Indiana and Shirley A. Bell and her husband Vic of Chenoa, Illinois; five grandchildren, Trisha Merimee of Carlsbad, California, Cheryl Bryant of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Jay Bell and his wife Marci and Doug Bell, all of Chenoa and Dee Mallory and her husband Tim of Fairbury, Illinois; nine great-grandchildren; Nicole Behrens and Kayla Bryant of Bonner Springs, Stephanie Bell, Joshua Bell, Joey Bell, Kelli Bell and Sammy Bell, all of Chenoa and Morgan Mallory and Clay Mallory, both of Fairbury; one brother, Woodrow S. Gass and his wife Sara Lou of Mattoon, and three sisters, Nina Popham of Ft. Myers, Florida, Martha Stegemeier of Wilmington, Delaware and Patricia Norris and her husband Robert of Sarasota, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; three brothers, Paul Gass, Roy Gass and Donald Gass and one grandson, Gregory Bell.Meriam was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston, Women's Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston and Ladies of the Elks - Charleston Lodge No. 623. She retired as an Inspector from the Charleston Brown Shoe Company in 1979. Meriam was a lady of many interests including antiquing, collecting, gardening, bowling and wintering in Florida. Her friends always found her to be faithful and a friend who possessed a great sense of humor. Her family will fondly remember her as an inspirational and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.Meriam's family requests that memorials in honor of this special and unique person be made to Hospice of Lincolnland or Hammond-Lane Homes Activities Fund. Memorials may be made during the visitation or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920. 

Sherry Neathery
PANA - Sherry Lynn Neathery, 43, of Pana, formerly of Bethany, died at 4:09 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) at Pana Community Hospital. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the McCraken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. No service is planned.She was born Aug. 15, 1957, in Pana, the daughter of Gerald Lee and Sandra Lee McCain Cohan Sr. Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Sandra and Roy Linn of Pana; one son, Steven Neathery of Pana; six brothers, Gerald Cohan Jr. and Mike Cohan, both of Sullivan, Joe and Jack Cohan, both of Bethany, Jeff Cohan of Arlington, Texas, and Rick Cohan of Arthur; and one sister, Debra Johnson of Pana.She was preceded in death by her father and one son.Memorials may be made to the Steven Neathery Education Fund c/o Scott State Bank, Bethany.

Doris Phillips
SULLIVAN - Doris B. Phillips, 75, of Sullivan, died at 11:43 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) in the Sullivan Health Care Center.The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Phillips Catholic Church, Lake City, S.C. There will be no local service. Burial will be in Edgecombe Memorial Park Cemetery, Tarboro, N.C. The Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, is in charge of local arrangements.She was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Red Springs, N.C., the daughter of Miles and Mary Ruth Blount Jordan. She married Benjamin Franklin Phillips in 1964; he died in 1984.Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Bassett of Sullivan and Edith Walters of Laurel Hill, N.C.; three sisters, Catherine Applewhite of Coward, S.C., Helen McDaniels of Bennetsville, S.C., and Maude Holoman of Hope Mills, N.C; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.Memorials may be made to Catholic charities or the American Heart Association.

Esther Trout
CASEY - Esther Grace Trout, 91, of Casey, died at 6:20 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16, 2001) at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Casey with the Rev. Tom Marsh officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the church. The Markwell and Son Funeral Home, Casey, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born March 31, 1909, in Martinsville, the daughter of Elmer and Nancy Ann Collier Rupp. She married Kenneth Trout; he preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Jean Brussell and Marty Crouch, both of Casey; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.Mrs. Trout was a retired store clerk at the Main Street Pharmacy in Casey, where she had worked for 24 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Casey.Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Casey.

Anna Aschermann
ARTHUR - Anna M. Aschermann, 82, of Arthur, formerly of Lovington, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 14, 2001) in the Arthur Home, Arthur.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington. Burial will be in the Keller Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born on Oct. 21, 1918, in Danville, the daughter of Douglas and Esther Stroud Kinkade. She married Rondo Newberry in 1959; he died in 1987. She then married Donald Aschermann in 1991; he died in 1999.Surviving are one son, William R. Mercer of Arthur; two daughters, Barbara Wallace of Arthur and Penny Abbott of Tolono; one stepdaughter, Rowena Newberry of The Colony, Texas; two brothers, Robert and Charles Kinkade, both of Lovington; one sister, Virginia Campenalla of Sylmar, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.Mrs. Aschermann was a member of the Lovington Christian Church and the Lovington American Legion Auxiliary.Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Marilyn Diepholz
Marilyn Joan Diepholz, age 66, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday morning at the funeral home.Marilyn was born November 26, 1934, in Coles County, the daughter of Art and Irene Graham Swank. Survivors include one son, Rodney Lee Diepholz of Mattoon; two daughters, Tammy Lyn Bennett and husband Mike of Bethany and Becky Ann Diepholz of Mattoon; a half-brother, J. Art Swank and wife Jana of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Lana Orsborn of Mattoon, Nicole Diepholz and Kevin Diepholz, both of Charleston, and Leah Carter and Hannah Carter, both of Mattoon; one great-granddaughter, Liberty Morgan Shupe of Mattoon; her aunt, Nellie Collinsworth of Mattoon; and two cousins, Jack Collinsworth and wife Madonna of Mattoon and Cindy Wrenn and husband George of Flat Rock, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Gary Lee Diepholz, and one sister, Judith Swank.Mrs. Diepholz worked for Brown Shoe Company, General Electric, Anaconda Metal Hose as a welder, and retired as a teller in 1995 from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. She was a member of the Marshall Avenue Christian Church, Women of the Moose, and was a former member of the Eagles Club.Memorial gifts in her honor may be made to the American Lung Association.

Josephine Bull
VALPARAISO, Ind. - Josephine P. Bull, 63, of Valparaiso, Ind., formerly of Etna, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001). The Bartholomew Funeral Home, Valparaiso, Ind., was in charge of the arrangements.She was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Etna, the daughter of Olaf G. and Florence Turner Cole. She married Harold Bull in 1971; he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Donald and Ronald Bull of Valparaiso, Ind.; one daughter, Susan, also of Valparaiso, Ind.; and two brothers, Glenn "Bud" Cole of Mattoon and John Cole of Neoga.She was preceded in death by two sisters.Mrs. Bull was a member of the Washington Evangelical Free Church in Valparaiso.Memorials may be made to the family.

Mary Dees
Mary Ruth Dees, of Springfield, formerly of Trilla, passed away at 8:50 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2001, at the Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon with the Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the Beals Cemetery, east of Trilla. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.Mary Ruth was born August 3, 1903, in Coles County, a daughter of William Franklin and Flora Elinor Laymon Beals. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.Survivors include one daughter, Elinor Ruth Morgan and husband Gary of Springfield; three grandchildren, Cherianne Cameron and husband Allen of Urbana, Jeremy Morgan and wife Tricia of Portland, Oregon, and Christopher Morgan of Jacksonville; and one great-granddaughter, Sarah Grace Cameron of Urbana.Mary Ruth was formerly active in breeding and raising Hereford cattle. She was a member of the Neoga Christian Church and later attended the Toledo Methodist Church while residing in Toledo. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine.

Emmett Harte
CHARLESTON, IL - Emmett Robert Harte, age 92, of Charleston and formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2001 at Hilltop Convalescent Center of Charleston.Emmett was born May 11, 1908 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of William A. and Bertha (Schultz) Harte. He married Gladys Kraemer on May 11, 1929 in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death in June, 1981.Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Henderson and her husband Walter of Des Plaines, Illinois, Sharon Stretch of Charleston and Janice Harness and her husband James of Rockford, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, one brother and three sisters.While living in Charleston, Emmett attended the Bible Center Church. He was employed by International Harvester as an Assistant Auditor and the Treasury Department of DuPage County, Illinois. He was a fifty year member of the B.P.O.E. Elks having been a member in Milwaukee and Elmhurst, Illinois. He was a loving, gentle family man who was deeply respected by his family and friends.Emmett's family requests that memorials in honor of him be made to the Bible Center Church of Charleston, Illinois or the Donor's favorite charity. Memorials may be made during the visitation or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Paula Oye
ARCOLA - Paula Oye, 78, of Arcola, formerly of Tuscola, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 17, 2001) at the Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center, Mattoon. Burial was in Tuscola Centery.She was born May 7, 1922, in Charlestown, Ind., the daughter of Jesse and Helena (Groskurd) Badger. She married Edwin Oye in 1951; he died in 1986.Surviving are one brother, Louis "Bud" Badger of Atwood; two sisters, Winnie Ingram of Arcola and Eva Evans of Otisco, Ind.; and one foster brother, George Parks of Decatur.She was also preceded in death by four sisters.Mrs. Oye owned and operated a craft shop in Tuscola and worked for 15 years at the Tuscola IGA. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Arcola and a member of the VFW auxiliary of Villa Grove. 

Vernon Thompson
PARIS - Vernon Woodrow Thompson, 83, of Paris, died at 2:43 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2001) at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.The funeral will be 7 p.m. today at the Sutton and Son Funeral Home in Paris. A graveside service with military rites will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Embarras Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.He was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Vermilion County, the son of Carter Thompson and Elizabeth Marshall McDaniel. He married Mary Eloise Mullins in 1943; she preceded him in death.Surviving are two sons, Gary Thompson of Oakland and Mike Thompson of Kansas; five daughters, Donna Luttrell of Lebanon, Marsha Hudson and Patty Agan, both of Oakland, Mary Jo Thompson of Paris and Joan Winthrop of Belk, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by one grandchild.Mr. Thompson retired from American Purolator Co. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Mary Fleming
Mary Ellen Fleming, age 82, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2001 at a Bee Hive Home in Mattoon.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Jan Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time on Thursday afternoon at the funeral home.Mary was born June 10, 1918, in Pitcher, Oklahoma, a daughter of Fern and Dollie Casebolt Trimble. She married William F. Fleming on November 20, 1942. He passed away August 24, 1985. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Waggoner, two brothers and two sisters.Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Waggoner; one son, Michael Fleming and wife Joanne; three grandsons, Jason Waggoner and wife Courtney, Zachary Fleming and Adam Fleming, all of Mattoon.Mrs. Fleming graduated from Pitcher High School as Valedictorian of her class. She was musically inclined and played the French horn. Mary was active in many businesses. In her early years, she raised pheasants south of Mattoon and sold them nationwide. She was owner/operator of the former Okaw Plating Plant in Mattoon. In later years, she owned The Loom, an antique and upholstery shop located in Mattoon. Mary had many hobbies. She was a beautiful seamstress and enjoyed attending local auctions. She had a great love for her pets. She was not only a wonderful mother and grandmother, but a "best friend" to them. Her love and devotion for her family will never be forgotten. Her family will sadly miss her, but she can rest knowing their love for her will continue to grow forever.Memorial gifts may be made to Lincolnland Hospice or Bee Hive Homes, c/o Schilling Funeral Home.

Hellen Freeman
PARIS - Hellen R. Freeman, 78, of Paris, died at 2:35 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.A private graveside service will be conducted at a later date. The Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, Paris, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Paris, the daughter of Lester B. and Oda M. Sigler Milburn. She married Stuart Hale Freeman; he died in 1986.Surviving are one brother, Albert Milburn of Mattoon, and one sister, Goldie Lannon of Charleston.She was also preceded also in death by one brother and three sisters.Mrs. Freeman was an assembler at Midwest Body Inc. in Paris. Jan HallJanice Kay "Jan" Hall, age 50, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2001, at her residence, surrounded by her family.A memorial service celebrating her life will begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until service time on Thursday evening at the funeral home.Jan was born September 13, 1950, in Decatur, a daughter of Wendell E. and Kathryn Sur Howell. She married William L. Hall on November 16, 1979.Survivors include her husband, Bill Hall of Mattoon; three stepdaughters, Debbie Hall of Moberly, Mo., Christie Schwab and husband Mike of Tillamook, Oregon, and Billie "B. J." Hall of Moberly, Mo.; two sisters, Connie Thomas and husband Vernon "Bud" of Treasure Island, Fla. and Nancy Fleming of Santa Ana, Calif.; six nephews and two nieces; numerous cousins; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather, Floyd Bickel.Mrs. Hall attended St. Joseph Catholic grade school and graduated Mattoon High School in 1968. Jan was a current member of the First Christian Church in Mattoon. She worked as a secretary for Industrial Roofing for fifteen years. Jan enjoyed life, including motorcycle riding, horse-back riding, for which she received several awards. Jan loved animals, especially her dog, Beau.In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to American Cancer Society or Coles County Animal Shelter.

Emmett Harte
CHARLESTON, IL - Emmett Robert Harte, age 92, of Charleston and formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2001 at Hilltop Convalescent Center of Charleston, Illinois. Services celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16 with Reverend James Harness officiating. Visitation will be prior to service from noon until 1 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 66615 W. Oklahoma, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following the services, interment will be held in Arlington Park Cemetery in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Adams Funeral Chapel of Charleston is in charge of arrangements. Emmett was born May 11, 1908 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of William A. and Bertha (Schultz) Harte. He married Gladys Kraemer on May 11, 1929 in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death in June, 1981.Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Henderson and her husband Walter of Des Plaines, Illinois, Sharon Stretch of Charleston and Janice Harness and her husband James of Rockford, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, one brother and three sisters.While living in Charleston, George attended the Bible Center Church. He was employed by International Harvester as an Assistant Auditor and the Treasury Department of DuPage County, Illinois. He was a fifty year member of the B.P.O.E. Elks having been a member in Milwaukee and Elmhurst, Illinois. He was a loving, gentle family man who was deeply respected by his family and friends.Emmett's family requests that memorials in honor of him be made to the Bible Center Church of Charleston, Illinois or the Donor's favorite charity. Memorials may be made during the visitation or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Deloris Heselton
MATTOON - Deloris M. Heselton, 69, of Mattoon, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael D. Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in the Drummond Cemetery, Neoga. Visitation will be from noon to service time at the funeral home.She was born Dec. 7, 1931, in Mattoon, the daughter of Charles and Thelma Hill Goodwin. He married William Heselton in 1957; he survives.Also surviving are two sons, Steve Baker and Jerry Heselton, both of Newman; one daughter, Cheryl Heselton of Mattoon; one stepdaughter, Edna "Eddie" Antonovich of Collinsville; two brothers, Harold Goodwin of Mattoon and William Goodwin of Clinton, Ind.; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.Mrs. Heselton was a member of the East Side Church of the Nazarene and the Eagles.

Rickey Kemper
GREENUP - Rickey A. Kemper, 47, of Greenup, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Greenup with the Rev. Marvin Oakley officiating. Burial will be in the Jewett Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.He was born Nov. 9, 1953, in Terre Haute, Ind., the son of Robert and Wanda Simpson Kemper. He married Anita Kingery in 1973; she survives.Also surviving are two sons, Bill Price of Greenup and Johnny Price of Mattoon; three daughters, Anita Kemper of Mattoon, Melissa Neal of Oklahoma and Mary Sparling of Yale; two foster sons, Carlos Glenn and Doug Porter, both of Charleston; one foster daughter, Daisy Edwards of Humboldt; three sisters, Jo Ann Kemper of Casey, and Rebecca Carver and Tami Carll, both of Greenup; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one daughter.Mr. Kemper worked at Husinga Grain in Casey.

Dorothy Lear
SULLIVAN - Dorothy Jean Lear, 80, of Sullivan, died Sunday at 5:45 p.m. in her home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials may be made to the Moultrie County Chapter American Cancer Society.She was born on June 7, 1920 in Moultrie County, the daughter of Charles W. and Susie A. Montgomery Webb. She was retired from the Brown Shoe Co., member of the First United Methodist Church, Sullivan, R.S.V.P., in Sullivan, Moultrie County Senior Citizens.Surviving are sons; Robert K. Elkin and wife Sandra of Yuma, AZ, John P. Elkin and wife Cathy of Sullivan; William D. Elkin and wife Mickey of Sutter, IL; daughters, Patsy E. Shull and husband Dwane of Lakeside, CA, Linda S. Ryan of Orlando, FL, Pamela A. Farber and husband Ron of Orlando, FL; sisters, Mable Standerfer of Sullivan, Jane Colclasure of Iola, Ruth Goodwin of Ramsey; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.

Jane Potter
CHARLESTON - Jane M. Potter, 63, of Charleston, died at 12:43 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ashmore Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Ashmore, the daughter of Dale and Thelma Toops Keigley. She married Randall Potter in 1959; he survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Anita Gallion of Sorento and Sara McGinness of Charleston; his mother, Thelma Keigley of Charleston; one brother, Fred Keigley of Hampton, Va.; four sisters, Naomi Butler and Caroline Wright, both of Charleston, Sharon Kellner of Mattoon and Kathleen Kerns of Kansas; and two grandchildren.Mrs. Potter was preceded in death by her father.Memorials may be made to the Myocitis Association of America in care of the funeral home.

Albert Reuther
EFFINGHAM - Albert G. Reuther, 88, of Effingham, died at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2001) at the Newton Rest Haven, in Newton.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham. Burial will be in the Oakridge Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.He was born March 21, 1912, in Effingham, the son of Jacob M. and Maria (Idler) Reuther.Surviving are two brothers, Otto J. Reuther of Effingham and Jacob B. Reuther of Altamont, and two sisters, Anna Struck of Waupaca, Wis., and Clara Moore of Mattoon.He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.Memorials may be made to Newton Rest Haven or the donor's choice.

James Dean
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - James D. Dean, 79, of Kalamazoo, Mich., formerly of Fair Grange, died Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001). The Langeland Family Funeral Home, Kalamazoo, Mich., was in charge of the arrangements.He was born June 7, 1921, in Fair Grange, the son of Willis and Laura DeWitt Dean. He married Wanda Stoner in 1949; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Gary McKee of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one brother, Edgar Dean of Millington, Tenn.; one sister, Deloris Stanford of Charleston; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by one brother.Mr. Dean was an Army veteran of World War II. He had worked for Allied Paper Co. and in 1986 retired from the Plainwell Paper Co. He was a member of the Otsego Elks Club.

Deloris Heselton
MATTOON - Deloris M. Heselton 69, of Mattoon, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.Arrangements are incomplete at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Rick Kemper
GREENUP - Rick A. Kemper, 47, of Greenup, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete at Barkley's Funeral Home, Greenup.

Charles Lloyd
SHELBYVILLE - Charles Walter "Bally" Lloyd, 85, of Shelbyville, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday (Feb. 12, 2001) at Heartland Christian Village, Neoga.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with Bruce Owens officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery with military rites by the Shelby County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with 7 p.m. Masonic rites.He was born April 9, 1915, in Shelbyville, the son of Charles C. and Grace Auld Lloyd. He married Adeline "Sue" Harding in 1945; she died in 1999.Surviving are one daughter, Suzanne Tate of Shelbyville, and one sister, Virginia Lloyd of Santa Rosa, Calif.He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Mr. Lloyd was an Army air corps veteran of World War II. He retired as a sales manager from Oliver Corporations/White Motors Hay Tool Division Plant of Shelbyville and later became a tax accountant, and had been working for Mose-Lively-Yockey and Ford CPAs in Shelbyville. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Roy Vanderpool American Legion Post 81, Loyal Order of the Moose 1294, Jackson Masonic Lodge 53 AF and AM of Shelbyville, Ansar Temple of the Shrine, Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Scottish Rite of Danville, Shelby County Shrine Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Mattoon and Shelby County. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville, or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Billie Scott
LAS VEGAS - Billie Scott, 72, of Las Vegas, formerly of Mattoon, died Friday (Jan. 9, 2001) at her residence.A memorial tribute will be conducted Feb. 23 at the Derfelt Senior Center in Las Vegas.She was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Oklahoma, the daughter of Russell and Nina Rahe Scott. Miss Scott had written and published a book of prose and poems.

George W. Temple Sr.
CHARLESTON, IL - George William Temple, Sr., age 89, of Charleston, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2001 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, Illinois. Graveside services celebrating his life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 15 at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston. George's children will receive friends and family prior to the service (from 10-11 a.m.) at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.George was born September 18, 1911 in Charleston, the son of Owen and Grace (Elder) Temple. He married Martha M. Reynolds on January 26, 1945 in Charleston. She preceded him in death on February 10, 1998.Survivors include four children, Cheryl Lynn Yount and her husband Greg, George W. (Bill) Temple, Jr. and his wife Cindy, all of Mattoon, Iris Kay Jewell and her husband Arthur of Charleston, and Patti Bishop and her husband Bill of Shelbyville, Illinois; one brother, Kenny Temple and his wife Marylee of Effingham, Illinois; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, a daughter, Norma Jean Gilmore; a grandson, Gregory J. Gilmore; a granddaughter, Jean Ann Bishop, three brothers, Harold Temple, Albert Temple, Frank Temple and two sisters, Freda Blackford and June Kryzonawicz.George was a fifteen year employee of the Charleston Brown Shoe Company plant and later served for many years as a Conductor for the Nickel Plate Railroad. He loved to hunt, fish and talk on his CB radio. He received much pleasure when his beloved Chicago Cubs won - and a somewhat equal pleasure when the Cardinals lost. He was a member of Charleston Elks Lodge #623, Charleston Moose Lodge #1388 and the United Transportation Union. George's family requests that memorials in honor of him be made to Hospice of Lincolnland. Memorials may be made during the reception or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Garold C. Woodard
SHELBYVILLE, Illinois - Garold C. Woodard, 91, of Shelbyville, died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens officiating. Visitation from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville or Shelby Memorial Hospital for the Extended Care Unit.Mr. Woodard was born on November 13, 1909 in Etna, IL, the son of Grover and Nora Titus Woodard. He worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit before establishing the Woodard Furniture Store in Shelbyville, which he operated from 1944 to 1956. He then managed his farm near Shelbyville until his retirement. He was a memeber of the First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville and United Methodist Men of the church. He married Olive Mahala Short on May 25, 1933. She died on July 10, 1980. He married Elnore Krummel Maxedon on June 5, 1983.Surviving are his wife Elnore; son, Phillip Woodard and wife Dorthy Lane of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Judith Parker and husband Richard of Villa Grove; step-sons, Tom Maxedon and wife Maryjane of Oakland, Jim Maxedon and wife Barb of Naples, FL and Bill Maxedon and wife Marsha of Shelbyville; step-daughter, Nancy Goodwin and husband Gene of Gays; seven grandchildren, Pam, Paula, Patty, Cathy, Mike, Sandy and Carol; 15 step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-step-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Olive; two brothers, Charles and Lewis Woodard; and sister, Elsie Costello.

John Bailey
John L. Bailey, 73, of Rushville, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. Born Jan. 28, 1928, in Hunt, Ill., he was the son of James R. and Cora E. (Adams) Bailey, both deceased. He married Alma Bailey on Oct. 25, 1953, in Decatur, Ill.; she survives.Mr. Bailey had resided in Rushville since 1978 and formerly resided in Decatur, Ill., for several years. He was a 1945 graduate of Willow Hill (Ill.) High School and received a bachelor's degree in education with a pre-med major from Eastern Illinois University in 1949. He taught high school science for a year and a half in Albion, after which time he served two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War, assigned to the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colo. After discharge, he was associated with GMAC (1593-1962), First National Bank of Decatur, Ill. (1962-1978), and Co-Owner Coast-to-Coast Hardware of Rushville (1978-1999). He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Rushville, Rush County HSUR Shrine Club, and BPOE #1307 of Rushville. Formerly he was a member and secretary-treasurer of Robinson (Ill.) Kiwanis Club, past president of the Decatur (Ill.) Sertoma Club, a member of Springfield (Ill.) Ansar Shrine, Newton (Ill.) Masonic Lodge, and the Scottish Rite of Danville, Ill. Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Michael and John, both of Rushville; one brother, Frances E. Bailey of Galesburg, Ill.; and two sisters, Mrs. Florence Woodyard of Charleston, Ill. and Sharon (Mrs. Frank) Nickl of Manchester, Mo.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, where military graveside services will be conducted. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, where a memorial Shriners Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or to the HSUR Shrine Club.

Harold F. "Buck" Coartney
CHARLESTON - Harold F. "Buck" Coartney, age 80, of Charleston, passed away at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Reverend Robert Holmes officiating. Interment will be in Miller-Coartney Cemetery, near Ashmore with military rites by the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, 2001 at the funeral home.Harold F. Coartney was born December 22, 1920 in Ashmore, Township, a son of Ernest C. and Marie A. Thatcher Coartney. He is survived by a sister, Ruth M. Cox of Hartland, Michigan; a foster brother, Donald W. Coartney of Prescott Valley, Arizona; nephews James H. and Jerry C. Cox of Michigan and a niece, Sharon S. Mullins also of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James W. Coartney.Mr. Coartney was a retired custodian at Eastern Illinois University. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. "Buck" was a member and active in the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW and was honored for working as a volunteer over 1000 hours at the Danville Veterans Administration Hospital. He was also active in Alcoholics Anonymous in Charleston and the surrounding area for the past 18 years.Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Children's Hospital, Danville Veterans Hospital or any Veterans organization of the donor's choice.

Jim Goble
MARTINSVILLE - Jim Goble, 83, of Martinsville died at 10:25 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at his residence.The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville with the Rev. Mark Doane officiating. Burial will be in the Ridgelawn Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Martinsville American Legion Post 515 and Casey VFW Post 5762. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Masonic Service at 8 p.m. by Clark Lodge 603 A.F. & A.M.He was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Lerna, the son of Albert Clarence and Jesse Belle Eldridge Goble. He married Luella Morgan in 1946. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Leon Goble of Martinsville; one daughter, Joyce Bishop of Martinsville; two brothers, Calvin Goble of Charleston and Charles Goble of Martinsville; two sisters, Emma Jean Davis of Westfield and Elsie Smith of Casey; and four grandchildren.He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.Mr. Goble was a retired farmer and U.S. Army veteran of WW II. He attended Martinsville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Martinsville American Legion Post 515 and Casey VFW Post 5762.Memorial contributions may be made to Martinsville American Legion Post 515 or the Shriners Hospital.

Thomas Graham
TOLEDO - Thomas A. Graham, age 30, of Janesville, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be at a later date. Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo is in charge of the arrangements.Thomas was born Nov. 27, 1970 in Mattoon, a son of Jerry and Norma (Carrell) Graham. He married Rebekah Gast on July 24, 1992. She survives.Also surviving are two daughters, Brittney Gast and Sierra Jo Graham, both of Toledo; his mother, Norma Graham of Janesville; three step-brothers, Lonnie Babb of Lerna, Marion Babb of Janesville and Perry Graham of Toledo; and special friends Tanyia Ellison and Dayton Ellison, both of Lerna.He was preceded in death by his father.Mr. Graham was a laborer.

Mary Phelps
LOVINGTON - Mary Phelps, 82, of Lovington died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 11, 2001) at Moweaqua Nursing Home.The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Kellar Cemetery, Lovington. Visitation will be one hour before services.She was born March 27, 1918, in Edgewood, the daughter of John W. and Lizzie Jones Woolridge. She married Delmar W. Phelps. He died in 1980.Survivors include sons Harold E. Phelps of Lovington and Jerry W. Phelps of Taylorville; a brother, Frank Woolridge of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters Ruth Coy of Lewiston, Idaho, and Ina Plummer of Montrose; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by two sons, eight brothers and two sisters.Mrs. Phelps worked at Brown Shoe and Switchcraft in Sullivan and was a member of the Lovington First Baptist Church.Memorials may be made to Lovington First Baptist Church.

Pearl Powell
LOVINGTON - Pearl Marie Jones Powell, 76, of Lovington, formerly of Dayton, Tenn., and Decatur, died at 4:50 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Care Center.The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Arthur Southern Baptist Church with Pastor Mitch Flesch and the Rev. John O'Dell officiating. Burial will be in Macon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur.She was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Centralia, a daughter of David and Edna Ring Daughtery. Surviving are one daughter, Alta "Nickey" Welton of Lovington; ex-husband and loving companion, Rollin "Buck" Jones of Lovington; three brothers, David of Davenport, Iowa, James of Galva and Ronnie of Florida; six sisters, Jean Campbell of New London, Mo., Sharon Leasmon of Glava, Lena Linenberger of New London, Mo., Susie Halkovic of Florida, Sarah Madson of California and Noretta O'Dell of Salem; and 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.Ms. Powell was retired from ADT in Chicago and attended the Arthur Southern Baptist Church.

Lloyd Sides
FORSYTH - Lloyd E. Sides, 73, of Forsyth, formerly of Sullivan, died at 9:42 a.m. Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at his residence.The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial will be in Post Oak Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.He was born April 13, 1927, in Macon County, the son of John and Elizabeth Burrus Sides. He married Evelyn J. Aldridge in 1954. She survives.Also surviving are two sons, Charles Sides of Forsyth and John Sides of Decatur; two daughters, Patricia Fornwalt of Decatur and Cynthia Chapa of Baytown, Texas; two sisters, Mamie Carlyle of Mount Zion and Elaine Craig of Sullivan; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.Mr. Sides retired from Wagner Casting Co. and was a Army WW II veteran and member of the Local Union in Decatur. Memorials may be made to Moultrie County Chapter American Cancer Society.

Sylvia Spangenberg
MARTINSVILLE - Sylvia Spangenberg, 86, of Martinsville died at 2:35 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) at Heartland Manor Nursing Home in Casey.The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville. Burial will be in Livingston Cemetery in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.She was born July 11, 1914, in rural Marshall, the daughter of Dora Callaway. She married Henry Spangenberg in 1932. He died in 1989.Surviving are one daughter, Mayme Hollingsworth of Marshall; one brother, Lloyd Rogers of Marshall; one granddaughter and one great-grandson.She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two infant twin sisters.

Jessie Strohl
MATTOON - Jessie M. Strohl, 71, of Mattoon died at 11:57 a.m. Friday (Feb. 9, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. Burial will be in Long Point Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.She was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Shelby County, the daughter of Willis O. and Oma Young True. She married Gene F. Strohl in 1948. He died in 1982.Surviving are two sons, Larry G. Strohl and Anthony "Tony" Stohl, both of Mattoon; one daughter, Brenda K. O'Dell of Trilla; two brothers, Willis True, Jr. of Mattoon and Cleo True of Vera Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Norma Stewart of Neoga and Lavonna Stroud of Lerna; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one daughter, two brothers and one sister.Mrs. Strohl was a retired cook at the Ramada Inn and member of the Neoga Christian Church.Memorials may be made to the family.

Sadoris Selock
LOVINGTON - Sadoris Mae Hendrickson Selock, 77, of Madison, IN.; formerly of Lovington died at 2:00 am. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in The Waters of Clifty Falls, Madison, IN.Services will be Monday at 2:00 pm. In the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Lovington, visitation will be from Noon until 2:00 pm. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery, Lovington. Memorials: American Cancer Society.She was born July 28, 1923, in Arthur, the daughter of George L. and Hallie Powell Hendrickson. She worked several years as a bookkeeper for the Lovington School System. She had lived in Madison, IN., for 24 years, working as a social and activities director for 10 years at the Clifty Falls Convalescent Center. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969 and the Women of the Moose, and a member of the First Christian Church, Lovington. She married Thomas L. Selock on November 3, 1947, they shared 52 happy years together, he preceded her in death on March 1, 2000. Surviving are 1 son; David Selock and wife Donna of Madison, IN., 1 granddaughter; Amy Jarvis of Fort Meyers, FL., 2 great-grandchildren; Alicia & Amber Jarvis.She was preceded in death by; parents, husband, 2 sisters.

Lois Bohlen
Lois Carol Bohlen, age 79, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2001 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. E. E. Elliott officiating, assisted by the Reverend James Dona. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.Lois was born December 20, 1921, at Wabash County, Illinois, a daughter of Frank E. and Essie McJilton Crum. She married Albert Dale Bohlen on April 30, 1945. He passed away on October 13, 1973. She was also preceded in death by four brothers.Survivors include four daughters, Mary Kathleen Dauterive and husband Lee of New Orleans, Louisiana, Georgia Anne Ryan and husband Harold of Casey, Elaine Mathias and husband Gary of Mattoon; Mindy Lisa Bohlen-Admire and husband Parry of Apex, North Carolina; one sister, Mary Esther Bolza of Tucson, Arizona; and eight grandchildren, Cameron Clesi of Metarie, Louisiana, Jeremy Ryan, Christopher Ryan and Patrick Ryan, all of Charleston, Carol Ryan of Casey, Mindy Mathias and Matt Mathias, both of Mattoon and Mariah Admire of Apex, North Carolina.Mrs. Bohlen was a homemaker. She attended the University of Illinois. Lois was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Gleaner's Sunday School Class and was a Past Deaconess. She was the co-founder of Mattoon Chapter of T.H.E.O.S. (They Heal Each Other Spiritually). Lois was a member of the Mattoon Women's Reading Club, the American Association of University Women, Mattoon Homemakers Extension Association and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mattoon - Lois Bohlen Hymnal Fund.

Charles Burnett
JOHNSTON CITY - Charles W. Burnett, 83, of Johnston City, died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at his residence.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor Danny Gray officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens of Energy. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.He was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Benton, the son of Otto and Maude Echoles Burnett. He married Ruby Webb. He later married Nina Ferguson Kesler in 1986; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Wendell Burnett of Herrin; four daughters, Olinda Hancock of Noblesville, Ind., Edith Null of Herrin, and DiAnne Burnett and Nancy Deason, both of Johnston City; two stepsons, John Kesler of Mattoon and Joseph Kesler of Johnston City; one stepdaughter, Kathryn Cloemay Kesler of Paducah, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by two stepsons, three brothers and five sisters.Mr. Burnett was a coal miner at Zeigler No. 4 Mine for 25 years and Freeman No. 6 Mine until his retirement. He then worked at Jefferson School in Johnston City. He was a member of the Pittsburg Freewill Baptist Church, the United Mine Workers and Fellowship Lodge No. 89 AF and AM of Marion.Memorials may be made to the Pittsburg Freewill Baptist Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois c/o the funeral home. 

Rev. Charles Dye
CHARLESTON - Reverend Charles Paul "Charlie" Dye, 44, of Charleston was embraced in the arms of his Heavenly Father at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 at his home.Services celebrating his graduation into Glory will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Elder Bruce Swango officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Charlie was born October 3, 1956 in Savannah, Georgia, son of Gerald Dye and Gladys Myers-Dye. He married Brenda Sladek May 23, 1981 in Springfield, Illinois, she survives. Also surviving are two sons: Matthew Paul Dye and Joshua James Dye, both at home. His parents: Jerald Dye and Gladys Myers-Dye of Mt. Pleasant, PA; three brothers: Jerry K. Dye and Timothy P. Dye, both of Mt. Pleasant, PA, and Steven J. Dye of Knoxville, TN; and one sister: Susan A. Horner of Plum Borough, PA.Charlie was currently serving God as minister at the Bushton Christian Church. He was active in the community, serving with the Lincoln Log Cabin Volunteer Pioneer and was a scoutmaster for Charleston Boy Scout Troop #141.Memorials may be made to Lincoln Log Cabin Volunteer Pioneers or Charleston Boy Scout Troop #141 in care of Harper-Swickard. 

Charles Furr
SHELBYVILLE - Charles F. Furr, 87, of Shelbyville, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in Shelby Memorial Hospital.The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Kenneth E. Barlow officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born Sept. 9, 1913, in Shelby County, the son of Oscar and Mattie Hayward Furr. He married Faye Dell Edwards in 1935; she died in 1998.Surviving are one son, Wayne Furr of Shelbyville; one daughter, Joyce Largent of Bethany; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by two sisters and one great-grandchild.Mr. Furr was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville.Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

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