Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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SHIRLEY BALLARD

Shirley Ann Ballard, age 66, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Friday, April 27,
2001, at her home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon
at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes, Indiana with the Reverend Bob Hackler
officiating.

Shirley was born January 30, 1935, in Bicknell, Indiana, a daughter for Bertram and
Francis Meeks Beaman. She married Lee E. Ballard on May 30, 1953. He survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Michael Lee Ballard and wife Lorraine of Carlsbad,
Calif., Robert Lyman Ballard and wife LeAnn of Rantoul and Jerry Edwin Ballard and wife
Stacy of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; one daughter, Kay Ann Callison and husband Jamie of
rural Charleston; one brother, Bertram Beaman and wife Margie of Vincennes, Ind.,; two
sisters, Beverly Tiesing and husband Jim and Fran Biehl and husband Herschel, all of
Vincennes, Ind.; and three grandchildren, Joseph Myers Ballard of Rantoul, Kendra Lee
Callison and Corey James Callison, both of rural Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Bob Beaman, and one
granddaughter, Emily Christine Ballard.

Mrs. Ballard was a homemaker and former co-owner and operator of Lee's Restaurant.
She loved making crocheted handiwork, especially afghans and doilies, which she liked to
share with family and friends. She also was a popular face among the bingo crowd.

Memorial gifts may be made to Lincolnland Hospice.

Kathleen Bennett

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -Kathleen M. Prust Bennett, 91, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly
of Marshall, died 10 a.m. Friday (April 27, 2001) at Westpark Healthcare Center in
Indianapolis, Ind.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Home in West Union with
Pastor John Davis officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be from
noon until service time on Monday.

She was born March 4, 1910 in West Union, the daughter of Harry and Louisa Files
Prust. She married Tarquin C. Bennett in 1929. He died in 1996.

Surviving are one daughter, Norma Lee Elsey of Lebanon, Ind.; one son, Burton D.
Bennett of Franklin, Ind.; and three granddaughters and five great-grandsons.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter and five brothers.

Mrs. Bennett was a homemaker and member of the First United Methodist Church,
Marshall Pythian Sisters and Marshall Eastern Star Chapter 739.

CARL BRIGHT

Carl E. Bright, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, at
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating. Burial with military
rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will
be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Carl was born December 31, 1920, in Cumberland County, the son of Johnson M. and
Florence Carlen Bright. He married Jetta S. Jones on June 2, 1961. She survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Vickie Dowell of Mattoon, Kimberly Finn and
husband Matt of St. Louis, Missouri, and Karla Grzeskowiak and husband Mark of
Chicago; and two grandchildren, Aidan N. Finn and Ashlyn A. Finn, both of St. Louis,
Missouri.

He was preceded in death by a half-brother, stepbrother and stepsister.

Mr. Bright served as a security guard with Burn's Security which serviced R.R. Donnelley
and Sons in Mattoon. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the
American Legion and the First Christian Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Christian Church.

ROBERT "BOB" DRAKE

CHARLESTON, IL­Robert "Bob" Drake, age 61 and long time Charleston businessman,
passed away on Friday, April 27, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services
celebrating Bob's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2 with Reverend
Jack Turner and Mr. Bob Larson officiating. Visitation will be held this evening (Monday)
from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with Masonic Services conducted by Charleston Masonic Lodge
#35 AF & AM at 8:00 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel,
2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the services on Wednesday, interment will be
held at Roselawn Cemetery, also in Charleston.

Bob was born July 15, 1939 in Charleston, Illinois the son of Donald and Dorothy (Smith)
Drake. He married Anita Ervin on December 31, 1960 in Dieterich, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife of forty years, Anita of Charleston; one daughter, Cindy Keefer
and her husband Kenny of Charleston; two sons, Doug Drake and his wife Teresa and
Brad Drake and his wife Wendy, all of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Derek Drake of
Knoxville, Tennessee, Dustin Sloat, Kyle Keefer, Kenzie Keefer, Adam Drake, Ryan
Drake and Shawn Drake, all of Charleston; four brothers, Larry Drake and his wife
Martha, Steve Drake and his wife Mary, all of Charleston, Jeff Drake and his wife Sheila
of Mattoon, Illinois and Mike Drake and his wife Sandra of LaGrange, Illinois and several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents.

Bob was a member of the First Christian Church of Charleston. He founded Drake
Roofing & Siding, Inc. and remained actively involved in the business with Anita, Doug and
Brad. Spending time with Bob, if for only a moment, would brighten one's day. And no
one reaped the benefits of this special attribute more than his family and seven
grandchildren, all with whom he shared a warm and loving relationship. His hobbies
included traveling and vegetable gardening­especially raising tomatoes and sharing his
produce with any and all. He was a member of Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 AF &
AM, Valley of Danville, Ansar Temple, Cornbelt Shrine Club, Charleston Moose Lodge
#1388, Charleston Elks Club B.P.O.E. #623, Eagles Ambraw Aerie #3100 of Charleston
and the Charleston Country Club.

Bob's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to Charleston Masonic Lodge
#35 AF & AM. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

GEORGE R. EVANS

CHARLESTON, IL­George R. Evans, age 61, passed away after a long battle with
cancer on Saturday, April 28, 2001 at his rural Charleston home. Graveside services, with
Military Rites, celebrating George's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at
Tuscola Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Randal S. Langley officiating. Tuscola Cemetery is
located in Tuscola on the North side of U.S. Route 36. There will be no visitation.

George was born March 31, 1940 in Leatha, Kentucky, the son of Clay and Estia
(LeMasters) Evans.

He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-five years, Mary Elizabeth (Carroll) Evans of
Charelston; one son, Ronald L. Evans and his wife Julie of Wildwood, Missouri; two
grandchildren, Ryan Evans and Alexandria Evans, both of Wildwood; one sister, Peg
Savage and her husband Don of Bellefontaine, Ohio; one nephew, Richard Savage and his
wife Beth of Caledonia, Ohio; one niece, Shannon Schmitz and her husband John of Troy,
Ohio, and one great niece, Taylor Marie Schmitz, also of Troy. He was preceded by his
parents.

George was a Veteran having served for four years with the United States Air Force,
beginning in January, 1957. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he
pursued a profession he truly enjoyed­that of driving. Since 1991, he was a driver for
Ne-Co Asphalt of Charleston. He was a member of Eagles Ambraw Aerie #2166 of
Bellefontaine, Ohio, Charleston Elks B.P.O.E. #623, Charleston Masonic Lodge #35,
Valley of Danville Consistory, Shriners­Ansar Temple and a thirty-four year member of
Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 26. His hobby was fishing; his passion was riding his
Harley-Davidson. George will be remembered as a loving husband, a genuine friend and
will be missed by those near and dear to him including his "best friends"­his three Chows,
Louie, PeeWee and Lucky.

In lieu of flowers, George's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the
American Cancer Society or to the Family. Memorials may be made at the service or
mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Guy Fogleman

Guy Fogleman, age 85, of Toledo, died at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001 at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at
Barkley's Funeral Home in Greenup. The funeral will be Wednesday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m.
at the funeral home with burial in the Greenup Cemetery. Rev. Tim Pearce will officiate.

Guy was born January 2, 1916 in Greenup, the son of Guy and Lida Conley Fogleman. He
served in the Pacific Theater in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his
marriage to Eileen Wood on March 9, 1946 the couple returned to the Toledo area and
began farming. They were blessed with three daughters: Jeannie, Judi, and Joyce. Guy and
Eileen owned and operated their family farm until his retirement at age 80.

Guy was well known in Cumberland County for his quick wit, strong opinions, and slightly
tilted cap. He was proud of his country, community and church. He loved the land,
appreciated nature, and cherished his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Eileen; daughters: Jeannie (Jim) Walters of Charleston, Judi
(Howard) Markwell of Toledo, and Joyce Fogleman of Benton; grandchildren: Karen
Walters of Chicago, Kurt Walters of Evanston, Courtney (Jason) Waggoner of Mattoon,
Craig (Jessica) Beaumont of Toledo, Ohio, and one step-granddaughter Jordan Markwell
of Toledo. Also surviving are three sisters: Flora Rikard, Ellen Wisner, Edna (Albert)
Clark; sisters-in-law: Marjorie Shafer, Lois Fogleman, Susanne Fogleman; and many dear
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Ernestine Cox, and three
brothers Joe, John, and George.

Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church where Guy was an active
participant throughout his life.

Gerald J. Huston

MATTOON­Gerald J. Huston age 91, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Saturday,
April 28, 2001 at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral
Home with Reverend Jim Dona officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service
time at the funeral home. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Hubbard
Cemetery, Beecher City, Illinois.

Gerald J. Huston was born March 9, 1910 at Cowden, Illinois, a son of James and Laura
Jones Huston. He is survived by a sister, Mary Jessie Clavey of Plainsboro, New Jersey;
nieces, Eileen Berry of Indiantown, Forida, Leona Kowalewitz of Indianapolis, Indiana,
Zola Walls of Effingham, Illinois, Norma Manroe of Bensonville, Illinois, Marcia Ward and
Cheryl Anderson both of Texas. Also surviving are nephews, Harold Scott, Broadview,
Illinois, Sam Roller of Naperville, Illinois, Coy Clavey of New York, New York and
Robert Scott of Mattoon, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother,
two sisters and two nephews.

Mr. Huston assisted Robert Fuqua in farming for thirty years, retiring in 1975.

Timothy Norfleet

Timothy Wayne Joseph Norfleet, infant son of Tim Norfleet and Alisha Harrelson of
Shelbyville, IL passed away at 9:25 AM Friday April 27, 2001 in St. John's Hospital in
Springfield.

Timmy was born April 11, 2001 at 9:16 AM April 11, 2001 in St. John's Hospital.

Surviving are his parents Tim and Alisha of Shelbyville; grandparents: Joe and Paula
Norfleet of Shelbyville, Joyce Norfleet of Monticello, IL, Toni Rinehart of Windsor, IL and
Dave and Carol Harrelson of Windsor; great grandparents: Bill and Barb Harrelson of
Cooks Mill, IL, Lee and Nancy Metcalf of Port Orange, FL, Dennis and Debbie Lovins of
Springfield, IL; aunts Kelli Paxton of Mattoon, and April Harrelson of Windsor; uncles
Dakota Rinehart of Windsor and Troy Norfleet of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by great grandparents Hubert and Myrtle Norfleet and uncle
Jason Paxton.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday April 30, 2001 in Windsor
Cemetery, Windsor. There will be no visitation. Robert Norfleet will officiate.
Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.

Nora Snider

OBLONG - Nora M. Pinkston Snider, 52, of Oblong, died 5:50 a.m. Sunday (April 29,
2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the West Union Christian Church with
Brother Tom Cooperider officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union and one hour
prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

She was born July 17, 1948 in York, the daughter of Wilford G. and Mildred Jean
Pinkston.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Jean Childress of Robinson; one son, Chris Snider of
Oblong; five sisters, Carole Cutright of Casey, Mindy Bubeck of West Union, Debbie
Bloomer of Annapolis, Donna Parker of West York, and Donna Christine of Robinson;
two brothers, Phillip Pinkston of Martinsville and Charlie Pinkston of Oblong; and three
grandchildren.

Ms. Snider was a homemaker and employee of Victor Dana Corporation of Robinson.
She was a member of the West Union Christian Church and Marshall Veterans of Foreign
Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to the West Union Christian Church of Hospice of Lincolnland.

LARRY WELCH

Larry Welch, age 61, of rural Mattoon, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, April 28,
2001, at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Schilling
Funeral Home with Pastor Lana Robyne officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial
Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. this (Monday) evening at the funeral home.

Larry was born January 12, 1940 in Mattoon, the son of George and Mary (Cindy)
Welch. Survivors include his mother, Mary Welch of rural Mattoon; one brother, George
Welch and wife Ruth of North Hollywood, Calif.; three sisters, Sandy Brandon of
Shelbina, Mo., Judy Welch and husband Mick of Mattoon, Sharon Woodyard and
husband Marion of Cypress, Texas; two nephews and eight nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Larry graduated from Mattoon High School in 1957. He lived in California for 30 years,
working for Anderson-Winn Paper Co., retiring as Vice-President and Sales
Representative in 1992, when he returned home to Mattoon to make his home with his
mother. He received a gunshot wound while in California, trying to assist a friend and
neighbor. As a result of blood transfusions, he acquired Hepatitis C, and consequently,
liver cancer and diabetes. He was on the liver transplant list, but as a result of the limited
organ availability and the progression of cancer was unable to proceed. The family
encourages everyone to become organ donors.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes
Foundation.

Lester Wolfe

LOVINGTON - Lester Robert Wolfe, 54, of Lovington, died at 7:34 p.m. Saturday
(April 28 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington.
Burial will be in Turner Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to
service time on Tuesday.

He was born March 18, 1947 in Tuscola, the son of Lester W. and Irene Chessman
Wolfe. He married Nancy L. Wolfe in 1990. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Irene Wolfe of Hammond; two sons, William Albert Wolfe
of Lovington and David Alan Wolfe of Atwood; one daughter, Tina Irene Wolfe of San
Juan Pueblo, N.M.; one sister, Sandra Irene Barcus of Atwood; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Wolfe was a farmer and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Baptist
Church in Hammond and Lovington American Legion Post #429.

Memorials may be made to the Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

April 28, 2001

Goldie Bahney

TOLEDO - Goldie J. Bahney, 68, of Mattoon, died at 8:21 p.m. Thursday (April 26,
2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. The Barkley Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.

She was born May 3, 1932, in Dudley, Mo., the daughter of William and Christina May
Hill. She married Homer Bahney in 1980; he died in 1995.

Surviving are three sons, Randy, Dean and Jerry Lock, all of Toledo; one daughter, Donna
Sinde of Lerna; two stepsons, Homer Bahney Jr. of Jewett and Jack Bahney of
Shelbyville; six grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 13
stepgreat-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Bahney was a clothing seamstress.

Donna Conner

EFFINGHAM - Donna Conner, 59, of Effingham, died at 10:43 p.m. Thursday (April 26,
2001) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pagel Funeral Home in Watson. Burial will be in
the Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham. No visitation is planned.

She was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Effingham, the daughter of Donald F. and Myrtle Martin
Kissinger. She married Melvin W. Conner in 1979; he survives.

Also surviving are her father; three sons, Doug Pocrnich of Dieterich, and Nolan and
Monte Pocrnich, both of Effingham; four daughters, Teresa Garnee of Anderson, Ind.,
Brenda Dagen of Beecher City, Michelle Black of Windsor and Jesse Conner of
Effingham; three sisters, Erma Eaton of Effingham, Vickie Cox of Tennessee and Rita Loy
of Watson; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Mrs. Conner retired as a cashier from Speedway. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Effingham.

Ivan Dallas

MATTOON - Ivan Dallas, age 94, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, April
26, 2001 at his residence with his daughters by his side.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2001 at the First Baptist Church,
2800 University Drive, Charleston, with the Reverend Pat Murphy officiating. Interment
will be in Huckaba Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.

Ivan Dallas was born September 10, 1906 in Lafayette Township, Coles County, Illinois, a
son of Samuel and Christianna Goodman Dallas. He married Dorothy Allnutt March 8,
1941 in Kentucky, she preceded in death October 22, 1980. He is survived by two
daughters, Julia Dallas and Jeanne Dallas Ahasay of Mattoon, a sister, Myra Fryman of
Mattoon and grandchildren, Gary Ahasay, Jr. and wife Nicole and Lori Ahasay all of
Mattoon. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by four brothers.

Mr. Dallas was a member of First Baptist Church, Charleston for over fifty years. He was
a retired farmer and member of the Coles County Farm Bureau for over fifty years and
was a member of the Okaw Valley Motorcycle Club. Memorial contributions may be
made to the American Cancer Society.

Cynda Gilbert

ARLINGTON, Texas - Cynda Gilbert, 60, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Mattoon, died
Sunday (April 22, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral was conducted at the Holder Funeral Home in Owensville, Ind. Burial was in
Stewartsville, Ind.

She was born July 25, 1940, in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of Arlin W. and Rosalie Cox.

Surviving are her mother; three sons, Michael Gilbert of Arlington, Texas, David Gilbert of
Wasilla, Alaska, and Pat Gilbert of Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Carol Wildt of
Princeton, Ind.; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, one brother and one grandchild.

Mrs. Gilbert had taught Special Education at Armstrong Center, was a substitute teacher
and had worked at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center while in Mattoon. She also taught at
Kooken and Blanton Elementary Schools in Texas.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Connie Starwalt

GREENUP, IL - Connie Sue Starwalt, 50, of Greenup, IL, died at 2:43 a.m. Friday (April
27, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday (April 30, 2001) at the Barkley Funeral Home in
Greenup, IL, with the Rev. Rodney Houser and the Rev. Brooke Davis officiating. Burial
will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday (April 29, 2001) at
the funeral home.

She was born June 9, 1950, in Hidalgo, IL, a daughter of Bernie and Marjorie Bell
Houser.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Brown of Casey, IL; one daughter, Tami Brown of
Greenup; four grandchildren, Kayla, Cody and Derick Brown and Dylan Simms; four
brothers, Charles, Victor and Bernie Houser, all of Greenup, IL, and Terry Houser of
Toledo, IL; seven sisters, Shirley Stanley of Olney, IL, Wanda Hawes, Ethel Warner and
Rose Eggers, all of Greenup, IL, Dixie Seiler of Toledo and Marjorie Trostle and Carolyn
Byrnes, both of Jewett, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, one brother and one sister.

Mrs. Starwalt worked for Fedders Corporation in Effingham, IL.

MARY WATKINS

Mary Louise Watkins, age 75, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April
26, 2001, at her residence, where she was cared for by her one son and six daughters.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Schilling
Funeral Home with Bishop T. Ned Lunt officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove
Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Monday at the funeral home.

Mary was born July 2, 1925 Fornfelt, Missouri, a daughter of Charles David and Nancy
Elizabeth Brant Montgomery. She married Crowell Webb Watkins March 2, 1945. He
preceded her in death on October 4, 1985. She was also preceded in death by one son,
Crowell Webb Jr., one granddaughter, Jordan Ann Bolles, two brothers, two sisters and
life long friend, Don H. Foote.

Survivors include one son, Stephen Watkins of Mattoon; six daughters, Nancy Gerdes and
husband Darrell, Karen L. Hall, Kathleen Kirkham, Rebecca Cohoon and husband John,
all of Mattoon, Charlotte Ann Bolles of Jacksonville, Florida, Jan Marie Crews of Palm
Harbor, Florida; one step-daughter, Gail Glass and husband David of Ruskin, Florida; one
sister, Lillie "Penny" Sanderson of St. Ann, Missouri, one special niece, Clarice "Smiley"
Reeves of Hannabal, Missouri; eighteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Watkins was a homemaker. She also had worked at the Mattoon Garment Factory.
Mary's favorite hobby was doll collecting.

Memorial gifts may be made to Rebecca Cohoon at 404 DeWitt Avenue, Mattoon.

April 27, 2001

Bill Janney

MARTINSVILLE - Bill K. Janney, 71, of Martinsville, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday (April
26, 2001) at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville with
the Rev. David Wilson officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m.
Monday at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Visitation will be from 4 to
8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Martinsville.

He was born Nov. 16, 1929, in Clark County, the son of Dean K. Janney and Esther Orr
Janney. He married Marlene Sullens in 1953; she survives.

Also surviving are his mother of Martinsville; two sons, Douglas Janney of Wilmington and
Gary Janney of Manhattan; two daughters, Kemm Blogg and Terri Rathert, both of
Peotone; one brother, Ron Janney of Martinsville; one sister, Melissa Miller of Clay City,
Ind.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Mr. Janney retired as a maintenance foreman of Desoto Inc. of Joliet and was an Air
Force veteran. He was a member of the Martinsville Bible Church, Martinsville American
Legion Post 515 and the Casey VFW.

Memorials may be made to the Martinsville Bible Church Building Fund.

Eleanor Matlock

TOWER HILL - Eleanor M. Matlock, 82, of Tower Hill, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday
(April 25, 2001) at her daughter's residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville,
with the Rev. Cynthia Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery near
Assumption. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

She was born March 9, 1919, in Stonington, the daughter of Leslie and Ida Shelton Tirey.
She married Earl "Bill" Matlock in 1938; he died in 1987.

Surviving are one daughter, Janet Matlock of Shelbyville, and one sister, Reva Mae
Reulecke of Moweaqua.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Matlock worked for the State of Illinois in the Public Aid and Drivers License
Departments; CIPS in Pana, Shelbyville and Taylorville; and most recently as secretary at
the First Baptist Church of Pana. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of
Shelbyville and the Eastern Star of Tower Hill, and attended the Tower Hill United
Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Shelby County Community Services.

James Starwalt

James G. "Jim" Starwalt, age 72, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Thursday, April
26, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend James Dona officiating. Burial will be in the Rest
Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday
afternoon at the funeral home.

James was born August 21, 1928, in Coles County, a son of Lloyd T. and Edith Black
Starwalt. He married Jean Young in 1949. She passed away in 1995. He married Nancy
Van Note Bridges on September 24, 1997. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Terry D. Starwalt and wife Judy of Mattoon and Greg
Starwalt and wife Melissa of Charleston; two stepchildren, Michael V. Bridges of Mattoon
and Marcia L. Orndorff and husband Tony of Mattoon; five grandchildren, Theresa
Starwalt, Michael Starwalt and Christopher Starwalt, all of Mattoon and Zachary Starwalt
and Caymen Starwalt, both of Charleston; four stepgrandchildren, Quincy Watkins of
Greenup, Connie Coatney of Toledo, Jessica Waller and Tony Orndorff, both of Mattoon;
and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Shelby Coatney of Toledo.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Mr. Starwalt retired as a mechanic from Yellow Freight in Effingham and Chicago in 1989.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Eagles Club,
V.F.W. Post 4325 and the Loyal Order of the Moose.

Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mary Watkins

MATTOON - Mary L. Watkins, 75, of Mattoon, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday (April 26,
2001) at her residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

April 26, 2001

MADONNA DECKER

An angel left this earth to join God's legion in heaven!

Madonna Ruth Decker, age 69, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24,
2001, at her residence.

The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning at the
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Father Herman J. Niebrugge
celebrating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00
p.m. this evening (Thursday) at the Schilling Funeral Home with a Biblical Wake service at
7:30 p.m.

Madonna was born August 2, 1931, in Arcola, a daughter of Henry A. and Bereneice
Brown Vogel. She married Fred Decker on April 30, 1954.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Decker of Mattoon; four brothers, Leon L. Vogel and
wife Norma of Murrieta, California, Robert Vogel and wife Mary of Mattoon, Francis
Vogel and wife Connie of Glenview, James Vogel and wife Peg of Decatur; and one sister,
Helen Egan of Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Decker attended the Arcola school system and later became a Business major at
Eastern Illinois University. She worked for the Everett Brown and W. M. Briggs Insurance
and Real Estate Agency. She was a working partner in Decker Enterprises, which included
Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service and Fred's Gun Shop, as well as other business
enterprises. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
and Daughters of Isabella and was a former member of the Charleston Country Club.
Madonna loved people and was always looking for ways to serve them in any capacity,
with both her time and monetary resources.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Mattoon Food Pantry.

JAMES E. GOLLADAY

CHARLESTON - James Edward "Jim" Golladay, age 77, of Charleston, went to be with
the Lord on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at his Charleston home. Services celebrating his life
will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the First Baptist Church, 2800 University
Drive, Charleston. Reverend Pat Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday
evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.
Following the service interment, with a military flag folding ceremony conducted by the
Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston, will be
held in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.

Jim was born November 19, 1923, in Charleston, Illinois the son of Joe and Hannah
(Chesley) Golladay. He married Doris Edwards on October 5, 1950 in the First Baptist
Church in Charleston.

He is survived by his loving wife Doris of Charleston; two daughters, Gail Brown and her
husband Bob and Donna Hargis and her husband Vic, all of Charleston; six grandchildren,
Rebecca Veach, Phillip Brown, Rachel Brown, Stacie Hargis, Jay Hargis and Kyle Hargis,
all of Charleston; one great grandchild, Kyndal Ridgeway of Charleston and one sister,
Edith Smith and her husband Paul of Oakland, Illinois. He was preceded by his parents,
and three sisters, Leona Golladay, Helen Harmon and Mary Ellen Golladay.

Jim's Church family and his family were his life. He was a long time member of the First
Baptist Church of Charleston, where he ushered for almost fifty years and was deeply
involved in many of the church projects. His love and devotion for Doris, his daughters and
their husbands and his grandchildren and great grandchildren was plentiful and
unconditional. He enjoyed camping, word puzzles and playing games with his
grandchildren. Jim will be remembered as a quiet man whose silence spoke volumes when
it came to his love for others and his willingness to lend a helping hand. He was a World
War II Veteran having served with the United States Army. He retired from Furste Auto
Supply in 1986.

Jim's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the First Baptist Church of
Charleston. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Clara Helmuth

ARCOLA - Clara M. Helmuth, 75, or Arthur, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 25,
2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pleasant View Church in rural Arcola with
Bishop Howard Kuhns officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
at the church. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Midland, Mich., the daughter of Menno and Catherine J.
Helmuth Miller, and was adopted by Noah and Mattie Miller Helmuth. She married Enos
J. Helmuth in 1945; he survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Floyd Joseph Helmuth of Bloomingdale, Mich., and
Raymond Helmuth and Allen Helmuth, both of Arthur; three daughters, Mary Anna
Petersheim of Humboldt, and Shirley Kay Herschberger and Ellen Schrock, both of
Arthur; one brother, Floyd M. Helmuth of Tyler, Texas; three sisters, Wilma Rogers of
Hope, Mich., Fannie Lengacher of Sarasota, Fla., and Katie Prough of Goshen, Ind.; 26
grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Helmuth was a member of the Pleasant View Church in rural Arcola.

Mabel McKerrow

NEOGA - Mabel E. McKerrow, 90, of Neoga, formerly of Chicago, died at 1:29 p.m.
Tuesday (April 24, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with
the Rev. Steve Massengill officiating. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday until service time
at the funeral home. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oakridge Cemetery
in Hillside.

She was born March 29, 1911, in Chicago, the daughter of William and Sophie Federer
Tjardes. She married Glenn W. McKerrow in 1935; he died in 1960.

Surviving are two sons, Scott McKerrow of Mattoon and Rob McKerrow of Neoga; 11
grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, one grandchild and two
great-grandchildren.

Mrs. McKerrow was a homemaker and attended the First Christian Church in Neoga.

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.

Leo Mahnke

SHELBYVILLE - The Rev. Leo F. Mahnke, 84, of Shelbyville, died at 3:30 a.m.
Wednesday (April 25, 2001) in Shelbyville Manor.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cowden Free Methodist Church with the Rev.
Robert Smith, the Rev. Barry Long and the Rev. David Hudson officiating. Burial will be in
Mound Cemetery, Cowden. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Howe and Yockey
Funeral Home, Shelbyville.

He was born May 17, 1916, in Stewardson, the son of Fredrick E.R. and Eva Mae
Devore Mahnke. He married Ethel Hudson in 1936; she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Richard L. Mahnke of Princeton and Dale R. Mahnke of
Shelbyville; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one grandchild.

Rev. Mahnke was a minister for 15 years in churches in Tower Hill, Fancher, Salem,
Lincoln and Effingham. He was also a retired farmer. He was a member of the Free
Methodist Church for 62 years.

Memorials may be made to the Cowden Free Methodist Camp.

Dan O'Dell

CLEARWATER, FL. - Dan P. O'Dell, 58, of Clearwater, Fla., died Tuesday (April 24,
2001) at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.

He was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Mattoon, IL, a son of William R. and Juanita Baker
O'Dell. He moved to the Orlando area from Mattoon in 1982 and to Clearwater in 1991.
He was a licensed Funeral Director in Illinois and Florida and the Manager of the
Moss-Feaster Funeral Home on Belcher Road in Clearwater. Dan graduated from the
Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1968 after serving three years in the United States
Army. He attended the Light of Christ Catholic Church, was a member of the Clearwater
Country Club, Knights of Columbus Council #3580 Clearwater and was active for many
years in the United Way Campaigns.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Karen S.; a son, Keith T. of Chicago; a daughter,
Denise R. of Chicago; two brothers, Joe E. O'Dell of Neoga, IL and David O'Dell of
Mattoon, IL.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Visitation will be 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, 693 South
Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL, with a 7 p.m. Wake Service. A Funeral Mass celebrating
his life will be 10 a.m. on Friday at the Light of Christ Catholic Church in Clearwater, FL.
A second visitation will be 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the Woodlawn Memorial
Funeral Home in Orlando, FL, with a service starting at Noon. Interment will follow in
Roselawn Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American
Heart Association, Catholic Charities or a charity of your choice.

Patty Simpson

CASEY - Patty Ann Simpson, 60, of Casey, died at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday (April 25,
2001) at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey with
the Rev. Steve Green officiating. Burial will be in Mount Cemetery, southeast of Casey.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Union Center, the daughter of Cleo and Lida Black
Tipsword. She married Edward Simpson in 1959; he survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Lida Tipsword of Casey; two sons, Toby Simpson of
Greenfield, Ind., and Michael Simpson of Manchester, Mo.; two brothers, Dick and
William Tipsword, both of Casey; four sisters, Clara Walters and Bonnie Tiffin, both of
Casey, Mae Brown of Greenup and Barbara Hanley of Topaz, Ariz.; and five
grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, one brother and one sister.

Mrs. Simpson had worked at Ettlebrick Shoe Factory and was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund.

April 25, 2001

Edna Enoch

FINDLAY - Edna Enoch, 79, of Findlay, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday (April 24, 2001) in
the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lockart and Son Funeral Home in Findlay.
Burial will be in Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. Saturday until service time at
the funeral home.

She was born June 30, 1921, in Ava, the daughter of Benjamin and Dora Warhousen
Winterberg. She married Paul Enoch in 1943; he died in 2000.

Surviving are one son, Paul Eugene Enoch of Pontoon Beach; one daughter, Judy Bates of
Mattoon; two brothers, Raymond Winterberg of Glen Carbon and George Winterberg of
Granite City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son and one sister.

She was a homemaker and member of the Christian Church of Findlay.

Memorials may be made to Sheryl's House in Shelbyville.

James Golladay

CHARLESTON - James E. Golladay, 77, of Charleston, died Tuesday (April 24, 2001)
at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at Adams Funeral Chapel.

Mabel McKerrow

NEOGA - Mabel McKerrow, 90, of Neoga, formerly of Chicago, died at 1:29 p.m.
Tuesday (April 24, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga.

Gene Ozier

CHARLESTON - Gene H. Ozier, 82, of Charleston, died Tuesday (April 24, 2001) at his
residence.

Arrangements are pending at Adams Funeral Chapel.

Mildred Titus

TOLEDO - Mildred M. Titus, 89, of Toledo, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday (April 23, 2001)
at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo, with the Rev.
Bill Boaz officiating. Burial will be in Tippett Cemetery in rural Toledo. Visitation will be 6
to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Toledo, the daughter of Stanley and Minnie Whicker
Barger. She married Berlin Ryan in 1931; he died in 1967. She married Otis Titus in 1969;
he died in 1973.

Surviving are three sons, Jerry Ryan of Palestine, Lee Ryan of Casey and Kent Ryan of
Toledo; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one grandchild and one
great-grandchild.

Mrs. Titus was a homemaker. She was a member of the Toledo First Baptist Church, the
Cumberland Life Center and the Cumberland County Home Extension.

Memorials may be made to the Cumberland County Life Center or Toledo First Baptist
Church.

Moline Wooten

HINDSBORO - Moline Wooten, 94, of Hindsboro, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 24,
2001) at Paris Healthcare Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, with Todd
Letherman officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon
Thursday until service time at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 5, 1906, in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., the daughter of Homer and
Harriet Armour Parkhurst. She married Porter Wooten in 1929; he died in 1958.

Surviving are one son, Larry Wooten of Paris; three grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter and one sister.

Mrs. Wooten was a member of the Hindsboro Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Hindsboro Christian Church in care of the Taber Funeral
Home in Oakland.

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