Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Macayla Moomaw

RANTOUL -Macayla Ann Moomaw, infant daughter of John and
Melinda Moomaw, was still born at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday (April 11,
2001) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. today at the Arcola Cemetery with
Father Joseph Allen officiating. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola is in
charge of the arrangements.

Surviving are her parents of Rantoul; grandparents, Larry and Cheryl
Switzer, and Sherron Moomaw, all of Arcola; and great-grandparents,
Telva Williams of Arcola, Elsie Switzer of Newman, and Lyle and Betty
Nichols of Mahomet.

Kathleen Pasley

BETHANY -Kathleen Lillian Pasley, 77, of Bethany, died at 2:00 p.m.
April 11, 2001, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

Funeral services will be Saturday April 14, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. in
McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Bethany, visitation will be Friday from
6:00-8:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Marrowbone
Township Cemetery, Bethany. Memorials: Donor's Choice.

Kathleen was born on April 28, 1923, in Shelby County, the daughter of
Lyman C. and Wilma M. Woolen Manship. She was a member of the
First Christian Church, Bethany, and attended the First United
Methodist Church, Dalton City. She married Joseph J. Pasley on
December 27, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo., and he survives.

Also surviving are 2 sons, Jon H. Pasley of Findlay, Timothy J. Pasley
of Phoenix, AZ; daughters, Sharon K. Ward of Bryan, TX, Marcia E.
Anzelc of Decatur; sisters, Carlin Jo Booker of Newport, FL, Jennie
Lee Mounce of Richey, FL; 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.
Harold Stites

CHARLESTON -Harold Franklin Stites, age 83, of Mattoon and
formerly of Charleston, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services celebrating his life will be
held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, with Chaplain Robert Holmes
officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning
at 2:30 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral
Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the service,
interment with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Veterans
of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston will be held in
Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.

Harold was born June 3, 1917 in Coles County, Illinois the son of
Arthur and Cleda (Boyd) Stites. He married Norma Mae Tefft, who
passed away in 1965. He later married Elizabeth "Betty" McCarty, who
survives.

He is also survived by one son, Frank Stites and his wife Jo Ann of
Effingham, Illinois; two daughters, Linda Peterson of Poway, California
and Patty Russell and her husband Wayne of Toledo, Illinois; two step
daughters, Mary Lee Bartlow of Imperial Beach, California and Kay
Walters and her husband Al of Mattoon; one sister, Lois Armstrong of
Harrison, Arkansas; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; six
step grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Harold served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S.
Navy. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey
Post 1592 of Charleston and the Carpenters Union Local #347. Area
micro midget race drivers and fans will remember him as their race day
flagman for many years at the Charleston track. He loved boat racing,
enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and refinishing furniture.

Harold's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to
Elizabeth "Betty" Stites, 1305 Lafayette Apt. 1, Mattoon, IL 61938

Margaret VanBellehem

CHARLESTON, IL -Margaret Frances Kistler VanBellehem, age 94, of
Charleston, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at Hilltop
Convalescent Center of Charleston. Services celebrating her life will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 with Father Joseph Ring
presiding. Visitation will be held prior to the services, from 9:00-10:30
a.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330
Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the service, interment will be
held in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.

Margaret was born December 16, 1906 in Cisco, Illinois the daughter of
Edwin "Bud" and Molly Kistler. She married James Bryce VanBellehem
Sr. on August 20, 1927 in Cisco.

She is survived by two sons, James Bryce VanBellehem, Jr. and his
special friend Betty Hicks of Ash Flats, Arkansas and Jerry T.
VanBellehem and his wife Mary of Charleston; three grandchildren,
James Casey VanBellehem and Kathleen Davis and her husband Terry,
all of Charleston, Heidi Hustmyer and her husband John of Mattoon,
Illinois; three step grandchildren, Rita Wright of Syracuse, New York,
Monte Nugent and his wife Linda and Carla Hornbeck and her husband
Dave, all of Charleston; and three great grandchildren, Erika Coffey and
Brooke Hustmyer, both of Mattoon and Elena Davis of Charleston. She
was preceded by her parents, her husband Jim, three brothers and two
sisters.

Margaret was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of
Charleston. Prior to opening Van Bell Electric with her husband in
downtown Charleston in 1946, she taught English and also served as
Assistant Principal at Dalton City High School. She graduated from the
University of Illinois in 1927 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, and
while at the U of I, she became a member of the Kappa Delta. Shortly
after the death of her husband in 1980, she retired from her business
and sold it to her sons Jerry and Bryce, Jr. Spoiling her grandchildren
and great grandchildren was her favorite pastime. She also enjoyed
reading.

Margaret's family requests that memorials in her honor be made to the
Hilltop Convalescent Center Residents Activity Fund. Memorials may
be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel,
2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

April 12, 2001

Pete Armstrong

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Pete Armstrong, 80, of Port Charlotte,
Fla., formerly of Mattoon, died Wednesday (April 11, 2001) at
Charlotte Harbor Nursing Home.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton,
Ind.

He was born April 16, 2001, at DeKoven, Ky., the son of Gus Taylor
Armstrong and Lillie Butts Armstrong. He married Donna Hatfield in
1944; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Darry Armstrong of Apple Valley, Minn.;
one daughter, Sherye Young of Hammond, Ind.; one sister, Norma
Copeland of Boonville, Ind.; five grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild.

Mr. Armstrong retired as a sales representative for Bowman Distribution
of Cleveland and he was co-owner with his wife of Wanda's Ladies
Wear in Princeton, Ind. He was a member of the Faith United
Methodist Church in Mattoon, the Lions Club of Mattoon and the
Jubilaires Gospel Quartet, who were regulars on WLBH Radio Station
in Mattoon.

G. Byron Austin

CHARLESTON - G. Byron Austin, 87, of Charleston, died at 3:45 a.m.
Monday, April 9, 2001 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001 at
the Caudill-King Funeral Home with Reverend David Birch officiating.
Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. today at Caudill-King Funeral Home.

Byron was born April 25, 1913, in Charleston, son of George and Leila
Birch Austin. He married Maxine Gibbs in 1935, she survives. Also
surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Don (Sandra) Stelzer and Judith
Brooks, both of Springfield; four grandchildren: Sue Powell, Jeffrey
Brooks, Kristine Smith, all of Springfield, and Kathryn Brooks of
Clayton, Missouri. Seven great-grandchildren: Coulton, Austin and
Keely Brooks of Clayton, MO; Travis and Joshua Powell of Springfield;
and Megan and R. J Smith of Springfield.

Byron retired as Supervisor of Mail at the Charleston Post Office in
1971. He served two years in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific
during World War II.

Byron was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church, "Young At
Heart" Club, V.F.W., Genealogy Society, and the "Austins' America."
His hobbies included traveling, genealogy, refinishing and caning old
chairs, as well as fly fishing.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Charleston.

Helen M. Cooper

CHARLESTON - Helen Martha Cooper, age 83, of rural Charleston,
passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at her home. Services
celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13, with
the Reverend Dr. E. E. Elliott officiating. Visitation will be held prior to
the services, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. 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.

Helen was born September 12, 1917 in Coles County, Illinois the
daughter of Frank and Alice (Walker) Shrader. She married William
Carl Cooper on February 26, 1949 in Cornith, Mississippi.

She is survived by her husband Carl of Charleston; four sons, Gary
Johns, Larry Cooper and his wife Cheri, Rex Cooper and his wife
Becky and Mark Cooper and his wife Connie, all of Charleston; one
daughter, Carla Robison and her husband Doug of Lerna; eight
grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great great grandchild, and
one brother, Clarence Shrader and his wife Kathryn of Charleston. She
was preceded by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Johns; two
great grandchildren, Peyton Hite and April Johns; two sisters, Katherine
Noble and Zella Shrader and one brother, Paul Shrader.

Helen was a member of the Providence Church. Prior to her retirement
from the Co-op Restaurant in Charleston, she served as Administrator
for the Hillcrest and Hilltop Nursing Homes. She enjoyed animals,
playing the piano, singing, vegetable gardening and most importantly
mothering. Helen was not only a special mother and grandmother to her
family, but mothered virtually everyone she met. She held a genuine
love for her family and friends, and a very special place in her heart for
her grandchildren.

Helen's family requests that memorials in her honor be made to the
American Kidney Foundation. Memorials may be made at the service or
visitation, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive,
Charleston, IL 61920.

Judy Denton

MATTOON - Judy Denton, age 64, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:05
a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 13, 2001 at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. Interment will be in Rest Haven
Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday,
April 12, 2001 at the funeral home.

Judy Denton was born October 20, 1936 at West Frankfort, Illinois a
daughter of Arthur and Iva Thomas Covert. She married Paul A.
Denton November 1, 1952, he survives. Also surviving are her children,
John Denton of Knoxville, Tennessee, Marilyn Denton, Arlene Ellison,
Pauline Brown and Susie Patrick all of Mattoon; two sisters, Mary Sue
Hood of Ferguson, Missouri and Elsie Mitchell of Villa Grove, Illinois.
Her grandchildren, Chuck Ellison, Joy Waldrop, Bradley Brown and
Emily Brown as well great-grandchildren Jake Waldrop, Ty Ellison and
Kaitlyn Ellison also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents,
three brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Denton was a member of the Church of God.

Phyllis Kingery

Phyllis Ann Kingery, age 52, of rural Gays, passed away at 3:20 a.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Coen officiating.
Burial will be in the Smyser Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m.
this evening (Thursday) at the funeral home.

Phyllis was born April 13, 1948, in Mattoon, the daughter of Russell L.
and Mary Jones Hopper. She married Terry L. Kingery on July 31,
1966. He survives. Other survivors include, two sons, Michael D.
Kingery and fiance Joanna Russell, both of Urbana, Kenneth R.
Kingery and fiance Kristen L. Rachow, both of Gays; mother, Mary
Hopper Edwards of Mattoon; one brother, Russell "Corky" Hopper of
Gays; and one grandson, Darren M. Kingery of Windsor.

Mrs. Kingery formerly was employed at the Mattoon Senior Center and
was currently employed at the D & W Restaurant. She attended the
Smyser Christian Church. In keeping with her love and concern for
others Phyllis was an organ donor.

Memorials may be made to the Seven County Kidney Fund c/o
Schilling Funeral Home.

Freda Pryor

SULLIVAN - Freda M. Pryor, 83, of Sullivan, died on Tuesday April
10, 2001, at 3:55 a.m. in the Menard Convalescent Center in
Petersburg.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the
McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Dr. David Leslie
officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour before service time. Burial will be in
the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: Sullivan Senior Center.

Freda was born on August 26, 1917 in Moultrie County the daughter of
Art and Lizzie Nichols Alumbaugh. She retired as a school teacher and
from the Sears Store in Decatur. She was a member of the First
Christian Church, Sullivan. She married Leo S. Pryor and he preceded
her in death in 1985.

Surviving her are a brother, Willis Alumbaugh of Lovington; and a
sister, Pauline Batman of Blue Mound.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Vice and Rosemary
Light.

April 11, 2001

Bertha Hayes

CHARLESTON - Bertha Chrysler Hayes, 90, of Charleston, died at
11:45 a.m. Tuesday (April 10, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Harper-Swickard
Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Burial will be in Mt.
Tabor Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service on
Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 1, 1911, in Casey, the daughter of William and Flora
Chrysler Matheney. She married Allen Hayes; he died in 1978.

Surviving are seven sons, Richard Hayes of Fairfield, Russell Hayes of
Rardin, Ronald Hayes of Charleston, Rex Hayes of Greenup, Henry
Hayes of Charleston, Larry Hayes of Mattoon and Jerry Hayes of
Charleston; two daughters, Barbara Fasig of Greenup and Sharon Hayes
of Charleston; one sister, Blanche Taylor of Casey; 37 grandchildren;
51 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, three brothers and one
sister.

Mrs. Hayes was a homemaker.

Colva Mayberry

DECATUR - Colva Ira Mayberry, 89, of Harrison, Ark., formerly of
Decatur, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday (April 8, 2001) in his home in
Harrison, Ark.

The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at the McMullin-Young Funeral
Home, Bethany. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery,
Bethany. Visitation will be one hour before the service Friday at the
funeral home.

He was born May 13, 1911, in Moultrie County, the son of Ira Roger
and Belle Ringo Mayberry. He married Roberta Misenheimer in 1931;
she survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Richard and James Mayberry of Decatur
and George Mayberry of Bethany; four daughters, Mary Jane
Greenwood of Harrison, Ark., Doris Cox of Springfield, Mo., Betty Jo
Mayberry of Harrison, Ark., and Kathie Makings of Kent, Wash.; two
sisters, Wanda Brubeck and Gynith Patterson, both of Sullivan; 12
grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Mayberry was retired from Mueller Company in Decatur.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Harrison, Ark.

April 10, 2001

G. Byron Austin

CHARLESTON - G. Byron Austin, 87, of Charleston, died at 3:45 a.m.
Monday, April 9, 2001 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001 at
the Caudill-King Funeral Home with Reverend David Birch officiating.
Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from
5:00 t0 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at Caudill-King Funeral
Home.

Byron was born April 25, 1913, in Charleston, son of George and Leila
Birch Austin. He married Maxine Gibbs in 1935, she survives. Also
surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Don (Sandra) Stelzer and Judith
Brooks, both of Springfield; four grandchildren: Sue Powell, Jeffrey
Brooks, Kristine Smith, all of Springfield, and Kathryn Brooks of
Clayton, Missouri. Seven great-grandchildren: Coulton, Austin and
Keely Brooks of Clayton, MO; Travis and Joshua Powell of Springfield;
and Megan and R. J Smith of Springfield.

Byron retired as Supervisor of Mail at the Charleston Post Office in
1971. He served two years in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific
during World War II.

Byron was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church, "Young At
Heart" Club, V.F.W., Genealogy Society, and the "Austins' America."
His hobbies included traveling, genealogy, refinishing and caning old
chairs, as well as fly fishing.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Charleston.

Dorothy Carruthers

NEOGA - Dorothy A. Carruthers, 84, of Clearwater Beach, FL,
formerly of Neoga, died at 2:12 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, in her
home. She was born January 19, 1917, in Chicago, IL to Dr. Charles
and Clerza Clark. Dorothy graduated from the University of Illinois. She
was married to Lt. Col. William J. Bowen, who died in 1944. She was
married to John H. Carruthers, who died in 1981, from 1950 to 1977.
She worked at Carruthers Dept. Store in Neoga and J. Byrons Dept.
Store in Clearwater. She is preceded in death by son; James Bowen and
daughter: Jo Allyn Carruthers. Surviving Dorothy are children: Connie
G. Van Cleave, Urbana, OH; Barbara A. Bowen, Clearwater Beach,
FL; Judith Brownback and husband David, Neoga, IL; John R.
Carruthers and wife Michele, Neoga, IL; sister, Elizabeth Mendoza,
Jacksonville, FL; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The
National Cremation Society is in charge of the arrangements and burial
will be in Bay Pines National Cemetery. Donations may be made to
Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E. Bay Dr., Largo, FL. 33770.

ETTA L. ENGLISH

CHARLESTON - Etta L. English, 81, of Charleston, passed away at
6:29 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2001 at Prairie View Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at
the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Reverend Bill Boaz officiating.
Interment will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday
evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Harper-Swickard.

Etta was born February 22, 1920 at Shelbyville, Illinois; daughter of
Oren and May Gilbert Pearcy. She married Richard "Dick" English; he
died in 1972. Surviving are two stepchildren: Richard English, Jr. and
Sue Wooten both of Ohio. One sister: Ila Doty of Charleston, several
nieces and nephews, including Edna Bettinger of Charleston, also
survive.

Etta retired in 1984 from the Eastern Illinois University Housekeeping
Department and was a member of the Charleston Moose Lodge.
Barbara Ann Lang

CHARLESTON - Barbara Ann Lang, 67, of Charleston, passed away
at 8:41 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

A graveside funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 11,
2001 at Roselawn Cemetery with Reverend Dale Beck officiating.
There will be no visitation. The Caudill-King Funeral Home is in charge
of the arrangements.

Barbara was born May 31, 1933, in Charleston, the daughter of Orval
and Catherine Anderson Ward. She married Edman Lang March 4,
1952 in Charleston; he survives. Also surviving are three sons: Edman
L. Lang, Jr. and wife Carol of Charleston, Steven Dale Lang and wife
Gina of Mattoon, and Jeffery James Lang and wife Teresa of
Charleston; and one daughter: Lisa Craig and husband Andy of
Belleville. One brother: Bill Ward of Charleston and eight grandchildren
also survive.

Barbara was a member of Charleston V.F.W. Women's Auxiliary and
the Ladies of the Moose.
Helen M. "Jerri" Lewis

SULLIVAN - Helen M. "Jerri" Lewis, 76, of Sullivan, died 5:40 p.m.
Friday (April 6, 2001) in her residence.

Private family graveside services will be in the Camp Butler Cemetery,
Riverton, Illinois. There will be no visitation. Reed Funeral Home,
Sullivan in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family
requests donations to the Sullivan Senior Citizens Center.

Mrs. Lewis was born on December 27, 1924, in Little Rock, Arkansas
the daughter of Thaddeus and Elsie A. Sachs Jarzembski. Jerri was a
Licensed Practical Nurse, a member of the Sullivan Senior Center,
Sullivan American Legion Post #68 and the Mattoon Bridge Club. Jerri
wrote poetry about the military in the 1960's which caught the attention
of then President Lyndon B. Johnson who responded personally to her
with a letter. In recent years, she wrote articles for the Sullivan Senior
Center newsletter. Jerri never met a stranger and had many friends. She
married Jack L. Lewis and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Surviving are her daughters, Vicki Devereaux of Belton, Texas; Lynn
Hermann and her husband Ron of Sullivan; son, Jeff Lewis of Palomino
Valley, Nevada; nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and special
friends Carolyn Gast of Neoga and Mike Walters of Sullivan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sons, and two
brothers.

April 9, 2001

Mary Ogden

ISABEL ­ Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Ogden, 82, of Isabel died at 11:50
p.m. Saturday (April 7, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Oakland Christian
Church with Tony Crouch officiating. Burial will be in Embarrass
Cemetery, West of Redmon. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. at the Taber
Funeral Home in Oakland.

She was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Redmon, the daughter of Frank and
Mary McQueen Daniels. She married Gene Ogden in 1939. He
survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jim Ogden of Oakland and Bob Ogden of
Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Ogden was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Paris
and a 50-year member of the Oakland OES 420.

Robert Ray

EFFINGHAM ­ Robert G. Ray, 76, of Effingham died at 2:23 a.m.
Saturday (April 7, 2001) at his residence.

The graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jewett
Cemetery with military rites. There will be no visitation.

He was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Jewett, the son of Guy and Opal
Stirewalt Ray. He married Bonnie Baker in 1949. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Steven G. Ray of Chandler, Ariz.; one
daughter, Susan Woodward of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and four
grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Mr. Ray was a retired mechanical engineer from General Electric and a
WW II Army Air Force veteran. He was a life member of the Greenup
VFW.

Helen Thompson

FINDLAY ­ Helen Jones Thompson, 88, of Findlay died at 3:52 a.m.
Saturday (April 7, 2001) at Shelbyville Manor.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lockart & Sons Funeral
Home in Findlay. Burial will be in Todds Point Cemetery in Shelby Co.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Tuesday at the
funeral home.

She was born March 27, 1913, in Ramsey, the daughter of John and
Flora Arvella Hunt Williams. She married Wirt W. Jones. He preceded
her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Lloyd E. Jones of San Antonio, Texas, and
Carol Wayne Jones of Decatur; three daughters, Norma Park of
Findlay, Alberta Stinson of Decatur and Ella Varvil of Sullivan; eight
grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one son, four brothers and two
sisters.

Memorials may be made to Shelbyville Manor.
 

April 7, 2001

DANNIE GALE BOWERY DURRE, born April 23, 1949, in
Mattoon, Illinois, passed away March 28, 2001 in Houston. He
graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dan, a long
time resident of Houston, was a corporate pilot and aviation department
manager for thirty years. He was preceded in death by his mother,
Florence Isabelle Rentfro Durre. Dan is survived by his loving partner,
Michael Durre Bowery: father, Gale William Durre and his wife
Annalea Durre of Charleston; brother, Richard Wayne Durre of
Mattoon; brother, John David Durre and wife Sara of Atlanta and their
children Jennifer, Christopher and Elizabeth. A memorial service
celebrating Dan's life will be Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. at Bering
Memorial United Methodist Church, 1440 Harold, Houston, Texas. In
lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dan to
H.A.T.C.H. at P.O. Box 667053, Houston, Texas 77266.

Guy E. Ellison

MATTOON - Guy E. Ellison, age 87, of Mattoon, formerly of
Windsor, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001 at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Reverend Jack Woods
officiating. Interment will be in Cochran Grove Cemetery, Windsor.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Guy E. Ellison was born December 12, 1913 at Cooks Mills, Illinois, a
son of Walter and Effie Honn Ellison. He married Mary Elizabeth Jones
in 1935 at Terre Haute, Indiana, she preceded him in death in 1984. He
later married Ruth E. "Betty" Lowry in April of 1985 at Mattoon, she
survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Carol Ann Anderson of
Windsor; step-children, Tom Lowry of Shelbyville, Carol Lowry of
Mattoon, Ken Lowry of Toledo, Illinois and Charles Lowry of
Dyersburg, Tennesee. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Ellison
of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Ruth Aikman of Mattoon and
Betty Belt of Union Town, Pennsylvania. Two grandsons, Brian
Anderson and wife Connie of Windsor and Mike Anderson of Windsor;
six step-grandchildren, two great-grandsons and two
step-great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by four
brothers, one sister and one great-grandson.

Mr. Ellison was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. He was a
retired dairy farmer and former owner of Daily Dairy Company. Mr.
Ellison served on the board of the Shelby County Soil and Water
Conservation District and was a former Ash Grove Township Trustee.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist
Church.

Evelyn Riley

GIBSON CITY - Evelyn A. Riley, age 86, of Gibson City, died at 3:03
p.m. Thursday (April 5, 2001) at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson
City.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2001 at Lamb Funeral
Home ,303 N. Church St., Gibson City, with the Rev. Rebecca
Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery,
Gibson City. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001 with
an Eastern Star Service at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Evelyn was born Jan. 26, 1915, in Coles County, IL, a daughter of
Joseph M and Mayme B. Meek Adkins. She married George Riley in
1932 at Toledo, IL. He survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Karen (Ed) Rhodes of Gibson City; two
grandchildren, Rick (Ruth) Rhodes of Monticello and Judy (Anthony)
Fischetti, Acworth, GA; four great-grandchildren, Mitch and Allison
Rhodes and Sal and Carmela Fischetti.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly; parents; and three
brothers.

Mrs. Riley lived many years in Sullivan and Decatur before moving to
Gibson City in 1978. She was a lifelong member of the First Christian
Church, 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star at Sullivan,
IL and charter member of the White Shrine at Sullivan.

Memorials may be made to Seekers Sunday School Class at the First
Christian Church or to Friends of Moyer Library in Gibson City.

Robert Stephen

WESTFIELD - Robert E. Stephen, 72, of Westfield, died at 6:50 a.m.
Friday (April 6, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Markwell Funeral Home
in Casey with the Rev. Dan Smith and the Rev. Joe Grozik officiating.
Burial with military rites will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Westfield.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday with Masonic rites at 7 p.m. at the
funeral home in Casey.

He was born Jan. 24, 1929, in Terre Haute, Ind., the son of Kenneth
and Bertha Alice Perisho Stephen. He married Yoshiko Harada in 1951;
she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mary A. Barnhart of Warrensburg,
Mo., and Ruth A. Flaherty of Westfield; one brother, Warren Stephen
of Casey; one sister, Dorothy Bartley of Charleston; and four
grandchildren.

Mr. Stephen was a Kentucky Colonel and had retired as an Air Force
Master Sgt. He operated a "Tom's" vending route, and he and his wife
owned and operated the Westfield Cafe. He was a veteran of the
Korean conflict, and was a member of the First Christian Church of
Casey, the VFWs of Casey and Charleston, the Westfield American
Legion and Masonic Lodge, the Clark County Shrine, the Danville
Consistory and Ainad Temple.

Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice.

Col. Steven James Thomson

Colonel (Dr.) Steven James Thomson, USAF, DC, (Ret), 47, died on
April 3, 2001, at home after a long battle against esophageal cancer. Col
Thomson was born March 23, 1954, in Belmond, IA, to David and Rita
Thomson of Overland Park, KS. Steve attended Shawnee Mission West
High School and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, graduating in
1976 with Honors in Microbiology. He then attended Creighton
University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE, graduating with his DDS
degree in 1981. A career Air Force dental officer, Steve served his
country from 1981 until his medical retirement in 2001. His numerous
Air Force assignments included Okinawa, Japan; Omaha, NE; Biloxi,
MS; Wichita, KS; and Izmir, Turkey. His final assignment was as
Squadron Commander of the 31st Dental Squadron, Aviano Air Base,
Italy, where his unit played a vital supporting role during Operation
ALLIED FORCE, stopping Serbian Aggression in Kosovo. Col
Thomson completed a 2-year residency in General Dentisty in 1992 at
Keesler AFB, MS, and was board certified by both the Federal Services
and American Boards of General Dentistry. His professional military
education included Squadron Officer's School, Air Command and Staff,
and Air War College. Military awards and decorations include the AF
Achievement Medal, AF Commendation Medal and the AF Meritorious
Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. An Eagle Scout, Steve had a
lifetime love of Scouting, even continuing as a Cub Scout den leader
after his cancer diagnosis until his death. Steve is survived by his
devoted wife, Jamee, and sons Travis James and Trevor Alan
Thomson, of San Antonio; parents, David and Rita Thomson, of
Overland Park, KS; sister, Kimberly Jean Bretches of Overland Park,
KS; brother, Scott David Thomson, of Overland Park, KS;
grandmother, Leota Thomson, of Overland Park, KS; and grandfather,
Hershel Morris of Kanawha, IA.

Memorial Celebration 10 a.m. Monday at the Covenant Presbyterian
Church with the Rev. Dr. John Judson officiating. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions in Steven Thomson's name may be made to
Vitas Hospice, 4715 Fredricksburg Rd., Ste 200, San Antonio, TX
78229. Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full
Military Honors. The Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop
1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232, 210-495-8221.

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