Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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VERNON BROWNING

Vernon Jefferson Browning, age 75, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Virgil Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Beals Cemetery, east of Trilla. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. this (Tuesday) evening at the funeral home.

Vernon was born January 28, 1926, in Thebes, a son of John H. and Liza Allen Browning. He married Doris Louise Dobbs on November 29, 1947, in Charleston.

Survivors include his wife, Doris L. Browning of Mattoon; two sons, Billy J. Browning and wife Shirley and Bobby D. Browning and wife Brenda, all of Mattoon; five grandchildren, Angie J. Browning of Windsor, Michelle L. Gill and husband Kyle of rural Mattoon, Matthew P. Browning and Kimberly L. Browning, both of Mattoon and Adam L. Browning and wife Sandra of Camargo; and one great-grandson, Daimon M. Browning of Mattoon.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Browning and several brothers and sisters.

Mr. Browning was first employed as a manager of the Star Service Station in Mattoon and later retired as a carpenter and co-owner and operator of Browning Construction. He was a member of the Maranatha Baptist Church.

Ida Dawson

KANKAKEE - Ida L. Dunbar Dawson, 95, of Kankakee, formerly of Lovington and Lake City, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday (July 29, 2001) at her daughter's home in Kankakee.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery, Lovington. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Nov. 12, 1905, in Fayette County, the daughter of Harvey and Ruth Threewit Markley. She married C.W. Dunbar in 1927; he died in 1951. She married H.O. Dawson in 1960; he died in 1967.

Surviving are one daughter, Vivian Brumitt of Kankakee; one brother, Ivan Markley of Sullivan; and special friend, Debby Sherwood of Sullivan.

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

Mrs. Dawson had worked at Munchs Drugstore in Lovington, was post mistress at Lake City from 1967 to 1979, and operated a sewing and alterations business from her home. She was a member of the Lovington United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Lovington Ambulance Service.

Heather Harmon

LOUISVILLE - Heather E. Harmon, 23, of Louisville, died at 4 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Neal Funeral Home in Louisville. Burial will be in Shouse Chapel Cemetery in Bible Grove.

She was born Dec. 31, 1977, in Effingham, the daughter of Michael and Susan L. Brown Harmon.

Surviving are her father of Louisville; her grandmother, Ellen Harmon of Louisville; two daughters, McKenzie and Taylor Paton of Louisville; one brother, Eric Harmon of Louisville; one sister, Holly Anderson of Casey; and special friend, Marsha McDowell of Mattoon.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Ms. Harmon worked at Stevens Cabinet.

Memorials may be made to the Heather Harmon Children's Fund.

Vena Harris

ROBINSON - Vena Harris, 76, of Robinson, formerly of Casey, died Saturday (July 28, 2001) at her residence.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Bellair Cemetery. The Markwell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Monticello, Ky., the daughter of John Ballinger Parmley and Ferbie Gross Parmley. She married Russell Harris in 1943; he died in 1985.

Surviving are one son, Larry "Butch" Harris of Annapolis; four brothers, Roscoe Parmley of Indianapolis, Kenneth Parmley of Ridge Farm, Lawrence Parmley of Decatur, Ala., and James Parmley of Carmel, Ind.; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

Mrs. Harris had retired from L.S. Heath and Son in Robinson.

Harlingen-Sigrid Lawyer

OAKLAND - Harlingen-Sigrid R. Lawyer, 72, died Saturday (July 28, 2001) at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Arrangements are being handled by Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Dir.

She was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Oakland, the daughter of Layton and Clarice Swinford.

Surviving is her husband, Jack Lawyer.

Leota Schoffstall

BRIDGEPORT - Leota Madeline Schoffstall, 85, of Bridgeport, died at 3:05 p.m. Saturday (July 28, 2001) at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. today at the Sivert-Macey and Steffey Funeral Home in Sumner. Burial will be in Waggoner Cemetery, north of Chauncey.

She was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Lawrence County, the daughter of Alva and Emma Rodrick Shank. She married Luther Cleon Schoffstall in 1935; he survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Fred Schoffstall of Lawrenceville, Dan Schoffstall of Haubstadt, Ind., and Larry Schoffstall of Arthur; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Schoffstall was a switchboard operator for Chauncey Telephone Company and a member of the Landes United Methodist Church.

July 30, 2001

Glenn C. Veach

CHARLESTON­Glenn C. Veach, age 85, of Charleston, passed away at 7:25 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Skinner officiating. Interment will follow in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2001 at the funeral home with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m.

Glenn C. Veach was born May 30, 1916 at Charleston, Illinois, a son of Albert Franklin "Bert" and Ivy Myrtle Richards Veach. He married Maxine Scott December 5, 1937 at Charleston, she survives. Also surviving are his children, Larry G. Veach of Lerna and Jack W. Veach and his wife Sue of Charleston; grandchildren, Joe and Rick Veach of Charleston, Alex Veach of Mattoon and Mike Veach of Effingham; five great-grandchildren and special friend Catherine J. Veach. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Veach retired in 1979 as a plumber with Local 419 in Champaign. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Charleston Masonic Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

KENNETH B. HASH

CHARLESTON, IL­Kenneth B. Hash, age 83 and former Charleston businessman, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be held this evening (Monday) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Services celebrating his life will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Clark officiating. Visitation and services will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive. Interment will follow the services at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.

Kenny, as he was known by his many friends, was born June 4, 1918 in Lerna, Illinois the son of Frank L. and Carrie (Hammond) Hash. He married Betty D. Hughes in Mattoon, Illinois on March 6, 1937. She preceded him on October 10, 1997.

Survivors include three daughters, Janice Furlong and her husband Joseph of Charleston, Diane Kidwell and her husband Tom of Mattoon and Nancy Mathews and her husband Jim of Effingham, Illinois; one son, Greg Hash and his wife Robyn of Charleston; thirteen grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Shutts of Mattoon. He was preceded by his wife, his parents, one grandchild, two brothers and three sisters.

Kenny was a member of the First Baptist Church in Charleston. Many will remember his as the Manager of Furste's Auto Supply, Owner and Operator of Ken's Sunoco, a service station that originated as Ken's DX, and Ken's Five Point Garage, all auto related businesses in Charleston. Earlier he had been employed at the Brown Shoe Company, Charleston facility. Kenny worked hard at everything he did, from being a loving and caring family man to making certain that his life and the lives of his family and friends were filled with fun and laughter. Known as a prankster, and a very good one he was, Kenny also enjoyed vegetable gardening, woodworking, playing the organ and harmonica.

Kenny's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to Alzheimer's Research. Memorials may be made at the Visitation or Services or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.Annabelle Addams

DANVILLE - Annabelle Boyle Addams, 80, of Danville died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2001), at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island.

The Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Ted Pracz officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

She was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Danville, the daughter of James W. and Della Stephens Boyle. She married John C. "Jack" Addams in 1943. He died in 1997.

Surviving are one son, James Addams of Cody, Wyo.; two daughters, Nancy Arnold of Coal Valley and Susan Vance of Charleston; and five grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters.

Mrs. Addams was employed as a purchasing agent with Prairie States Oil and as a bookkeeper for Red Top Cab Co.

Alice Bales

OAKLAND #- Alice L. Bales, 81, of Pleasant Meadows Christian Village, Chrisman, formerly of Oakland, died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (July 29, 2001), at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Taber Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Shane officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 8, 1919, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Thomas H. and Agnes Blandon Moore. She married Harry l. Bales Sept. 28, 1940, in Detroit, Mich. He died in 1976.

She is survived by three sons, Robert of Mattoon, Mike of Charleston and Chuck of Greenup; one daughter, Sharon Houchin of Oakland; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

She was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church where she served as parish visitor for 12 years. She also belonged to the Oakland VFW 3637 Ladies Auxiliary and the Oakland Senior Citizens.

She assisted Taber Funeral Home providing answering service for 10 years, was a cook at the Oakland cafe for 10 years and was a certified nurse assistant at Prairie View Nursing Home, Charleston, retiring in 1984.

Memorials may be made to Oakland Senior Citizens Center, Oakland United Methodist Church and Oakland Christian Church.

Winifred Cowart

CHARLESTON #* Winifred "Winnie" Pauline Cowart, 80, of Charleston died at 9 p.m. Saturday (July 28, 2001) at Sara Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Edwards Funeral home in Arcola.

I. Carl Ekiss

DECATUR - I. Carl Ekiss, 106, of Decatur died at 2:40 p.m. Friday (July 27, 2001), at McKinnly Court Nursing Home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home with the Rev. William Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 8, 1894, in Bethany, the son of William D. and Clara L. Ekiss. He married Maye Austin in 1929. She died in 1982.

Surviving is one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one daughter.

Mr. Ekiss was a retired postal clerk and member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Sullivan American Legion Post 68, and National Association of Retired Federal employees. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW I.

Memorials may be made to the Decatur Memorial Hospital Hospice Care.

Heather Harmon

LOUISVILLE - Heather E. Harmon, 23, of Louisville died at 4 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Neal Funeral Home in Louisville. Burial will be in Shouse Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 31, 1977, in Effingham, the daughter of Michael and Susan L. Brown Harmon.

Surviving are two daughters, McKenzie and Taylor Paton, both of Louisville; one brother, Eric Harmon of Louisville; one sister, Holly Anderson of Casey; and her grandmother, Eilene Harmon of Louisville.

Ms. Harmon was employed at Steven's Cabinet.

Memorials may be made to Heather Harmon Children's Fund.

David Paton

CASEY - David L. Paton Jr., 28, of Casey, formerly of Greenup, died at 4:28 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001, in Bible Grove Township near Louisville.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with the Rev. Brooke Davis officiating. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

He was born Sept. 18, 1972, in Effingham, the son of David L. and Eula "Jo" Hays Paton Sr.

Surviving are two daughters, Taylor and McKenzie Paton, both at home, and one sister, Barbara Redman of Casey.

Mr. Paton was machine operator at Steven's Industries in Teutopolis.

Memorials may be made to the David Paton Jr. estate.

Clellie Wilson

TUSCOLA - Clellie A. "Kelly" Wilson, 75, of Tuscola, formerly of Girard, died at 7:25 p.m. Friday (July 27, 2001) at Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Girard with the Rev. Robert Goolsby officiating. Burial will be in Girard Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be 5-6:30 p.m. Monday at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Girard.

He was born June 1, 1926, in Gary, Ind., the son of Edker and Bertha Jewel Carwile Wilson. He married Ethel E. Schott in 1950. She died in 1998.

Surviving are one son, Kelly R. Wilson of Bloomington; three daughters, Karen Stansberry and Linda Smith, both of Girard and Laurie Towle of Arcola; one brother, Derald Wilson of Girard; two sisters, Hazel Wilson of Altamont and Edna Sargent of Joplin, Mo.; and eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers.

Mr. Wilson was a retired maintenance foreman for the Ziegler Coal Co., and was a member of the Elks Club and Moose Lodge, both of Tuscola. He was U.S. Army veteran of WW II.

Memorials may be made to the Tuscola Senior Citizens Center, Tuscola Peace Meal Program or American Heart Association.

July 28, 2001

Leona Clark

NEOGA - Leona M. Clark, 89, of Neoga, died at 9:10 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wright Funeral Home in Dieterich with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. Burial will be in Arborcrest Cemetery in rural Effingham. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 10, 1912, in Effingham County, the daughter of William and Bessie Hale Evans. She married Clarence Poynter; he preceded her in death. She married Seth Clark in 1970; he died in 1999.

Surviving are two daughters, Marlene Heaton of Toledo and Jeanie Goeckner of Taylorville; one sister, Ruth Scholz of Urbana; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

Mrs. Clark was the owner/operator of Elliottstown Grocery Store for many years and was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Christian Village.

Alice Hagerman

SULLIVAN - Alice M. Hagerman, 84, of Sullivan, died at 2:35 a.m. Friday (July 27, 2001) in Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Zion.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Sunday at the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ with Felix Hagerman and John Hagerman officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Sullivan, the daughter of George and Roby Vandeveer Kenney. She married Philip Hagerman in 1937; he died in 1988.

Surviving are three sons, John, Dennis and Barry Hagerman, all of Sullivan; one brother, Marvin "Toad" Kenney of Sullivan; one sister, Mabel Whitchurch of Rockford; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Hagerman owned The Dress Shop in Sullivan and was a member of the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ.

Kenneth Hash

CHARLESTON - Kenneth B. Hash, 83, of Charleston, died Friday (July 27, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Adams Funeral Chapel.

Linda Prows

ARCOLA - Linda Lou Prows, 62, of Arcola, died at 11:23 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola, with the Rev. Jess Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Beals Cemetery in Trilla. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born July 25, 1939, the daughter of Lawrence and Marie Wallisa Beals. She married Jim Harlan in 1965; he died in 1968. She married Junior Prows in 1973; he died in 2000.

Surviving are her mother of Mattoon; one son, Scott Prows of Fairfield, Ohio; one daughter, Shelly Swearingen of Toledo; one brother, Jerry Beals of Mattoon; one sister, Verna Sue Boyer of Kimberling City, Mo.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her father.

Mrs. Prows worked for Schrock Cabinet Company in Arthur for several years.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

John W. Strader

John W. Strader, age 72, of Greenup, passed away at 12:12 P.M.­Thursday, July 26, 2001 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M.­Sunday, July 29, 2001 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup, Illinois with Pastor Roger James officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery in Rural Greenup, Illinois. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M.­Saturday, July 28, 2001 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup.

Mr. Strader was born at Liberty Hill, Illinois on October 27, 1928 the son of Norman and Clova (Eveland) Strader. John married Neoma Kingery on September 10, 1949, she survives.

John was the pastor at the Central Baptist Church in Casey and a retired maintenance technician with Sun Chemical Co. He was an ordained deacon and minister and a former chaplain of the Atlanta Lodge #116 IOOF,

John is survived by his wife of 51 years; two daughters, Marilyn Lorance of Greenup, Illinois and Margaret (Richard) Cummings of Casey, Illinois; a sister, Catherine Lewis of Greenup, Illinois; three grandchildren, John Modglin, Matthew and Tina Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, James Modglin.

Roland Gene Whitley

MATTOON - Roland Gene Whitley, age 50, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:10 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2001 at his residence.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Reverend EthelMae Champ officiating. Interment will follow in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2001 at the funeral home.

Roland was born March 18, 1951 at Mattoon, Illinois, a son of Joseph F. and Betty L. Grooms Whitley. He married Cathy Wishart April 27, 1984 at Mattoon. Surviving are his wife, Cathy, of Mattoon; step-children, Aaron Lineberry of Mattoon and Elizabeth Gambill and her husband William also of Mattoon. He also leaves a brother, Randall J. Whitley and his wife Karen S. of Cooks Mills; a stepbrother David Grose of Mattoon; grandchildren, Anthony and Erika; one aunt Mary Grooms of Sullivan; as well as several nieces and nephews. His parents and two sisters preceded Roland in death.

A member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Roland was employed as a boiler room operator at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and was a member of the Eagles. He was an active member of the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department up until the time of his death. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department.

July 27, 2001

Walter Conklin Jr.

NEOGA - Walter Hope Conklin Jr., 78, of Neoga, formerly of Chicago, died at 6:11 a.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Brookfield. Burial will be in the Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Hillside. Visitation will be Friday afternoon at the funeral home. Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born March 23, 1923, in Madison, the son of Walter Hope Sr. and Eva Schrend Conklin. He married Rose Andrys in 1945; she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Walter Lee Conklin of Granite City; one sister, Eva Mae Cwik of Kentland, Ind.; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Conklin was a retired Chicago City Police Officer and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7 in Chicago.

Delta Parkes

OAKLAND - Delta W. Parkes, 83, of Oakland, died at 11:35 p.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Joines Funeral Home in Newman with the Rev. Carl Fox officiating. Burial will be in Newman Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born Sept. 24, 1917, in Arcola, the daughter of Clarence and Goldie Groves McClanahan. She married Harold J. Parkes in 1936; he died in 1995.

Surviving are one son, Doug Parkes of Merrillville, Ind.; two brothers, Pail McClanahan of West Lafayette, Ind., and Jerry McClanahan of Lake Station; four sisters, Ruth Stout of Plainfield, Ind., Betty Harrington of Everett, Wash., Marge Ghiglione of Vancouver, Wash., and Mary Lou Cougill of Charleston; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

John Strader

GREENUP - John W. Strader, 72, of Greenup, died at 12:12 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2001) at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Arrangements are incomplete at Bishop Funeral Home.

William Willis

CHARLESTON - William Joe "Bill" Willis, 54, of Charleston, died at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2001) at his residence.

The graveside service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. No visitation is planned. The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born April 19, 1947, in Mattoon, the son of Ray and Lois Blythe Willis.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Ray and Carolyn Willis of Mattoon; his mother, Lois Willis of Charleston; two brothers, Dan Willis of Charleston and Roy Willis of Decatur; and several cousins.

Mr. Willis worked for the C-CAR sheltered workshop. 

July 25, 2001

DAVID E. HELTON

CHARLESTON, IL - David E. Helton, age 32 of Carterville, Illinois and formerly of Charleston, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 23, 2001 at his home. Services will be held in Carterville and Charleston. The Memorial Services in Carterville will be held this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 301 N. Pine with Pastor Steve Palmer officiating. Services and Visitation will be held in Charleston at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, with Visitation tomorrow (Thursday) evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and services on Friday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastor George Besch and Pastor Tom Skinner will officiate the Charleston services. Interment will follow the Charleston services at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon.

David was born February 12, 1969 in Charleston, Illinois the son of Richard E. and Mary Stice (Morgan) Helton. He married Bonnie G. Guetersloh in Charleston on April 26, 1997.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie of Carterville; one son, Jacob E. Helton of Carterville; one stepdaughter Jaclyn Rieckenberg of Carterville; his father, Richard E. Helton and his wife Cheryl of Charleston; his mother, Mary Stice and her husband C.D. of Marion, Arkansas; one sister, Lisa Foster and her husband Doug of Marion, Illinois; one niece, Robynn Foster of Marion, Illinois; one nephew, Dillon Foster of Marion, Illinois; three grandmothers, Evelyn Helton, Florence (Morgan) Bier and Frances Hughes, all of Charleston; a special friend and cousin, Connie Arias and her husband Kevin of Naperville, Illinois; his best friend, Dusty Lingle; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded by three grandfathers, Arthur E. Helton, Austin Morgan and Kenneth Hughes.

David was a member of the United Methodist Church in Carterville. An avid racecar fan, he carried a lifetime membership in the Southern Illinois Raceway, was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching televised races on Sunday afternoons cheering for his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. He was employed by Runge Trucking of Herrin, Illinois as a Diesel Mechanic. David will be remembered by his family as a special person who dearly loved his family and friends, and as one who gave inspiration to many in his courageous battle with Cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in honor of David be made to his children. Memorials may be made at the Services or Visitation or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

BILLIE MORGAN

Billie Lee Morgan, age 74, of Mattoon, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Carl Kingery officiating. Burial with military rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Billie was born January 12, 1927, in Mattoon, a son of John David and Bonnie O. Brummet Morgan. He married Jean Shields on December 25, 1948.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Morgan of Mattoon; one son, John David Morgan II and wife Donna of Mattoon; three daughters, Sandra Howell and husband Conley of Troy, Connie Stewart and husband David of Mattoon and Victoria Rankin and husband Jerry of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister, Patsy Ann Smith of Walnut Creek, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Greggory Rentfrow of Columbia, Mo., Travis Rentfrow of Cerro Gordo, Sara Friend of Jacksonville, Fla., Billie Jean Rankin of Jacksonville, Fla., Robyn Howell of Mattoon, Renee Howell of Troy, John Casey Morgan, Morgan Mars and Chad David Morgan, all of Mattoon; one great-grandson, Cole Friend of Jacksonville, Fla.; and also survived by his companion and best friend, the Dalmatian, "Bonnie".

He was preceded in death by one brother, Gerald David Morgan.

Mr. Morgan was formerly employed as a switchman and yardmaster by Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, retiring in 1986 after thirty nine years of service. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Mattoon V.F.W. Post 4325. Billie has served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1947.

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

JoAnn Rowe

LATHAM - JoAnn A. Rowe, 77, of Latham, died at 8:05 a.m. Monday (July 23, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will be in Illini Cemetery in Warrensburg. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 26, 1923 in Latham, the daughter of Clifford K. and Vera B. Major Games. She married Hugh A. Rowe in 1966. He died in 1997.

Surviving are one brother, Leland Games of Mattoon; one sister, Elizabeth House of Newman; two step grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Rowe was a former school teacher for Latham Country School and a bookkeeper for Meadow Gold Co. She was a member of the Latham United Methodist Church, Lady Land Owners Association and Firestone Retirees Club.

Robert Small

SHELBYVILLE - Robert D. Small, 73, of Shelbyville, died at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

July 24, 2001

Pauline Chapman

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. - Pauline Margaret Chapman, 96, of Cottonwood, Ariz., formerly of Casey, died at 2:05 p.m. Sunday (July 22, 2001) at Scottsdale Healthcare.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell & Son Funeral Home in Casey with Dr. Mark Kaley officiating. Burial will be in Washington Street Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born February 18, 1905, in Janesville, the daughter of William Jasper and Laura Jane Brooks Goben. She married Ralph Chapman in 1931; he died in 1984.

Surviving are one son, Steven Chapman of Hilo, Hawaii; one daughter, Sharon L. Bridges of Cottonwood, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. Chapman was a member of the Casey United Methodist Church and a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Catherina Crepps

MATTOON - Catherina Anna Crepps, 93, of Mattoon, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday (July 22, 2001) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.

The funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Herman Niebrugge officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m., and again from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born January 19, 1908, in Breese, the daughter of Henry and Mary Sloth Klein. She married Walter John Crepps in 1926; he died in 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Sunny Lou Henne of Mattoon; one sister, Anna Crepps of Trenton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Crepps was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Ladies of the Moose and a former member of the Eagle's Lodge. She retired in 1984 from Central Wholesale.

Richard Kruger

FULTON - Richard D. "Dick" Kruger, 61, of Fulton, formerly of Lovington and Martinsville, died Friday (July 20, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Second Reformed Church in Fulton. Burial will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton.

He was born Dec. 7, 1939, in Lincoln, the son of Wilbur and Blanche Brackman Kruger. He married Carole Janes in 1963; she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Kristen Perrino of Seattle; one son, Kurt Kruger of Windsor, Maine; one brother, Robert J. Kruger of Norcross, Ga.; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Kruger owned and operated Dick Kruger Piano Tuning. He was a member of the Second Reformed Church in Fulton, the Fulton Community Fund Board of Directors and the Fulton Community Choir.

JACK E. MURRY

CHARLESTON, IL - Jack E. Murry, age 64 of Charleston, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, July 25, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with Services celebrating his life to follow the visitation, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visitation and Services will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.

Jack was born September 9, 1936 in Gibson City, Illinois the son of Harvey E. and Alice L. (Leenerman) Murry. He married D. Jeanette Dillman at the First Christian Church in Charleston on May 31, 1970.

Survivors include his wife D. Jeanette Murry of Charleston; two sons, Jeffrey A. Baker and his wife Connie of Champaign, Illinois and John E. Baker of Arkansas; three grandchildren, Jeff Baker, Jr. of Glendale Heights, Illinois, Jordan E. Baker of Charleston and Joshua Baker of Greenup, Illinois. He was preceded by his parents.

Jack was a member of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts and Delta Pi Epsilon Fraternity. Prior to accepting the position of Associate Professor in the Lumpkin College of Business, Business Education and Administrative Information Systems Department at Eastern Illinois University, he taught Business Education at the former Octavia High School in Colfax and the former Fairbury-Cropsey High School in Fairbury, both in Illinois. He retired from Eastern in 1991. While teaching at Eastern, he served as Faculty Advisor for Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He is a graduate of Gibson City High School, earned his BS in Education from Illinois State University, his Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois. Jack enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and loved to read. Jack was blessed with a tremendous sense of humor and overwhelming love for his family.

Raymond Pepperdine

NAPERVILLE - Raymond L. "Ray" Pepperdine, 85, of Naperville, formerly of Mattoon, died Sunday (July 22, 2001) at Community Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Naperville.

The visitation will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville. A private burial will follow.

He was born March 17, 1916, in Moultrie County, the son of Walter and Ethel Finley Pepperdine. He married Alice Mae Hottel in 1948; she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Ritchie Pepperdine of Effingham and Tony Pepperdine of Iowa; two daughters, Cheryl Meeker of south Danville and Peggy Wray of Elizabeth; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and one great-grandson.

Mr. Pepperdine was a carpenter.


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