Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Ruth Amerman

ST. BERNICE - Ruth Imogene Hopkins Amerman, 83, of St. Bernice, died
at noon Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Bernice First Church of
the Nazarene with the Rev. Randy Perry officiating. Burial will be in Sugar
Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Frist Funeral
Home and one hour before the service at the church.

She was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Danville, the daughter of Harry W.
Hopkins and Sadie E. Murphy Hopkins. She married David Amerman in
1936; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, David Amerman of Indianapolis; two daughters,
Connie Frazier of St. Bernice and Linda Lewis of Charleston; two brothers,
Max Hopkins of Minnesota and Ralph Hopkins of St. Bernice; three sisters,
Mary Kyle of St. Bernice, Barbara Krabbe of Florida and Pat Alabaugh of
Clinton; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one
great-great-grandchild.

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

Mrs. Amerman was a homemaker and member of the St. Bernice First
Church of the Nazarene.

Claire Davis

NEOGA, IL - Claire Lucille Davis, 8 month old infant daughter of Kirby D.
and Angela N. (Newland) Davis of Neoga, died at 1:54 p.m. Thursday
(Sept. 27, 2001) at St. Louis Children's Hosptial, St. Louis, MO.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the First Christian Church,
in Neoga, with the Rev. Mike Johnson and the Rev. Ron Lake officiating.
Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour
before the service at the church. The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, in
Neoga, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born January 15, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, in
Coles County, the daughter of Kirby D. and Angela N. (Newland) Davis.

Survivors include her parents of Neoga; grandparents, Carl Davis of Arthur,
IL and David and Sharon Newland of Morris, IL.

She was preceded in death by a grandmother and great-grandparents.

Memorials may be made to the Families of SMA - Box #196, Libertyville,
IL, 60048-0196.

Russell Henderson

GREENUP - Russell D. Henderson, 80, of Greenup, died at 12:30 a.m.
Friday (Sept. 28, 2001) at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Bishop Funeral Home in
Greenup with Rev. Ron Lake and Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will
be in the Aten Cemetery in Hildago. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at
the funeral home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1921, in rural Greenup, the son of Loren and Hylah
Warfel Henderson. He married Beulah Isley in 1940; she died in 1978. He
married Betty Romack-Whalen in 1979; she survives.

Other survivors include one son, Larry Henderson of Hidalgo; two
daughters, Carol Volkman and Janet Henderson, both of Newton; one
stepson, Rex Whalen of Keenesville, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Sandra
Steidinger of Charleston; two brothers, Wilbur Henderson of Evansville,
Ind., and Wayne Henderson of Toledo; two sisters, Evelyn Starwalt of
Toledo and June Easton of Greenup; two grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and nine
stepgreat-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by one stepson and two brothers.

Mr. Henderson was a retired farmer and member of the Rose Hill
Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice.

James R. Hendricks

MATTOON - James R. Hendricks, age 84, of Mattoon, passed away at
1:47 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral
Home with the Reverend Wesley Cornell officiating. Interment will be in
Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sunday at the funeral home.

James R. Hendricks, son of Walter and Nellie (Wagner) Hendricks, was
born March 18, 1917 at Mattoon, Illinois. He married Elva M. Hall of
Gays, she survives. Also surviving are his son, Michael and his wife Brenda
of Farmer City and three grandchildren, Brant, Amber and Jamie. He was
preceded in death by an infant son, James; two sisters, Clara Armstrong
and Mary Brothers and one brother, C.E. "Keek" Hendricks.

Mr. Hendricks was a long time employee in the office and management of
the Hotel U.S. Grant and the U.S. Grant Motel. He also had a professional
sign lettering business.

A combat veteran of World War II, James served with the U.S. Army 77th
Infantry Division in the Pacific during the fighting on the Islands of Guam,
Leyte in the Phillipines, Ie Shima and Okinawa where he was wounded.
James was nearby when Ernie Pyle, the famous war correspondent was
killed on Ie Shima by a sniper. He was also in Okinawa when he atomic
bombs were dropped, bringing World War II to a sudden end. His hero was
President Harry S. Truman for using the atomic bomb to end the war.

Mr. Hendricks was a member of the American Legion and Disabled
American Veterans. Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society.

Richard L. Hortenstine

NEOGA - Richard L. Hortenstine, 86, of Neoga, formerly of Gays, died
9:15 a.m. Thursday (September 27, 2001) in Heartland Christian Village,
Neoga.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Reed Funeral Home,
Sullivan with Pastor Jim Dona officiating. Visitation will be one hour before
the services. Burial will be in Branchside Cemetery, Gays. Memorials are
suggested to the Smyser Cemetery Fund or to the Gays Cemetery Fund.

Richard was born August 3, 1915, in Gays, the son of Jake and Emily
Marie Townley Hortenstine. He was a farmer, a member of the Smyser
Christian Church and the Moultrie County Farm Bureau. He married
Emma D. Armentrout on December 24, 1936 in Mattoon and she preceded
him in death on November 10, 1999.

Surviving are his son: Theodore L. "Ted" Hortenstine of Gays; daughters,
Mrs. James O. (Sona) Beavers of Taylorville, Mrs. Dennis J. (Dixie) Fickes
of Las Vegas, Nevada, Mrs. James C. (Cecelia) McKinnon of Mason;
brothers, Edward D. Hortenstine of Mattoon, Paul A. Hortenstine and John
T. Hortenstine both of Gays; nine grandchildren and twenty-three
great-grandchildren.

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

Raymond Manning

CHARLESTON - Raymond H. Manning, 75, of Charleston, died at 10:35
a.m. Friday (Sept. 28, 2001) at Hilltop Convalescent Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Caudill-King Funeral Home.

Evelyn Lawrence

MATTOON - Evelyn Ann Lawrence, 50, of Mattoon, died at 1:39 a.m.
Friday (Sept. 28, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church with Father Herman Niebrugge officiating. Burial will be in
Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
The Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 8, 1951, in Mattoon, the daughter of Gene and Pauline
Hartke Lawrence.

Survivors include four sons, Bradley Lawrence of Hillsboro, Howard
Lawrence of Chicago, Travis Lawrence of Peoria and Eddie Lawrence of
Shelbyville; five brothers, Daniel and Larry Lawrence of Mattoon, Bob and
Tom Lawrence of Charleston, and Jim Lawrence of Waterloo; and three
sisters, Nancy Thornton of Garland, Texas, Mary Miller of Arcola and Ann
Catey of Greenup.

She was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and her father.

Miss Lawrence was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church and Eagles Lodge.

Memorials may be made to the Evelyn Lawrence Memorial Fund in care of
the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Etta Stremming

STRASBURG - Etta M. Stremming, 86, of Strasburg, died at 4:26 p.m.
Friday (Sept. 28, 2001) in Shelby Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
Strasburg. Visitation will be one hour before services Sunday in the church.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Strasburg. Howe & Yockey Funeral
Home, Strasburg, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 13, 1914, in Strasburg, the daughter of Clyde and Nita
Rincker Reel. She married Carl A. Stremming in 1933; he died in 1999.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Stremming and Jerome Stremming,
both of Strasburg, and Clyde Stremming of Maryville; one daughter,
Christine Brandt of Stewardson; one brother, Ralph Reel of Windsor; one
sister, Juanita Rankin of Strasburg; six grandchildren; two
stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two
stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. Stremming was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Strasburg, and St. Paul's Ladies Aid.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Sheryl's Place in
Shelbyville.

Sept. 28, 2001

F. Carl Butler

CHARLESTON - F. Carl Butler, 81 of Charleston, passed away at 10:56
a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2001 at
the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Reverend Robert Holmes
officiating. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery with military rites by Paul
McVey V.F.W. Post #1592. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
evening at the funeral home.

Carl was born January 17, 1920, son of Orlando "Jack" and Opal Lake
Butler. He married Vera Jo Dollar. He later married Eldene Webber; she
died in 1997.

Survivors include one son: Michael Butler of Arcola; one stepdaughter:
Brenda Ross of Edwardsville; one step-son: Larry Webber of Casper, WY;
one sister: Katherine Davis of Charleston. Seven grandchildren and eight
great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by two
step-brothers, and one step-sister.

Carl retired in 1982 from the Nickel Plate/Norfolk & Western Railroad
where he had worked as a brakeman and conductor. Carl was a U.S. Navy
veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Charleston V.F.W. Post #1592, the American Legion,
Charleston Eagles' Lodge, and a life member of the Charleston Moose.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Viola Juanita Cutright

Viola Juanita Cutright, age 88, of Kankakee, Illinois passed away at 5:04
A.M. - Wednesday, September, 26, 2001 at the Riverside Community
Health Center in Kankakee, Illinois.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 A.M. - Saturday, September 29, 2001
at the Friends Grove Quaker Church in Rural Greenup with Rev. Pat
Powers officiating. Burial will be in the Friends Grove Cemetery in Rural
Greenup, IL. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 P.M. - Friday at the Bishop
Funeral home in Greenup. In memory of Viola memorials may be made to
the Alzheimers Association or the Friends Grove Quaker Church in Rural
Greenup.

Viola was born in Greenup, Illinois on April 30, 1913, the daughter of John
and Rubie (Remer) Carey. She married Victor L. Cutright in 1931, he
passed away in 1981.

Viola was a retired pianist for the Chicago Park District and for many years
she had managed a small dry cleaners in Chicago.

Viola is survived by two loving sons, Jack of Gainesville, Florida and Bruce
of Grant Park, Illinois and three grandchildren, Matt, Shasha and Andy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

June Daugherty

PALESTINE - June Murphy Daugherty, 76, of Palestine, formerly of
York, died at 8:44 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2001) at Good Samaritan
Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West
Union with the Rev. Paul Gray officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery,
southeast of West Union. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7
a.m. until service time at the chapel.

She was born July 15, 1925, in York Township, Clark County, the
daughter of Charles C. Murphy and Edna Pearl Witherel Murphy. She
married Frederick B. Daugherty; he died in 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Vicky Tedford of Palestine, Ernestine
"Skeet" Ramsey of Palestine and Sandy Certain of York; one brother,
George R. "Doc" Murphy of rural West Union; nine grandchildren; and 20
great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Daugherty had retired after 15 years of service from Crawford
Electronics in Robinson.

Claire Davis

NEOGA - Claire Davis, 8 months, daughter of Kirby and Angela Davis of
Neoga, died at 1:54 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) at St. Louis Children's
Hospital in St. Louis.

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

NEHEMIAH EATON

Nehemiah Eaton, age 84, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:45 p.m. on
Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at the Heartland Christian Village in
Neoga, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Burial
will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, southeast of Mattoon, with military rites
by the V.F.W. Post 4325. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Nehemiah was born November 6, 1916, in Borton, the son of John and
Sarah Combs Eaton. He married Virginia L. Pettit on August 1, 1959, in
Mattoon.

Survivors include his beloved wife of forty-two years, Virginia L. Eaton of
Mattoon; seven daughters, Julia A. Eaton of Mattoon, Carol Edwards of
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Cheryl Poorman and husband Greg of Bartlesville,
Oklahoma, Marsha Beals of Mattoon, Teresa Turner and husband Richard
of Bartlesville Oklahoma, Jeannine Phillips and husband Kenneth of
Mattoon and Brenda Stierwalt and husband Keith of Mattoon; one son,
Roger Baugher and wife Joyce of Neoga; seventeen grandchildren and
fifteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, John Eaton, two brothers, one infant
brother and two sisters.

Mr. Eaton retired from the Corps of Engineers for Lake Shelbyville in
1978. He was a member of the Marshall Avenue Christian Church. He was
a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a Sergeant in the Pacific
Theatre. Nehemiah was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 4325.

Memorial gifts may be made to the World War II Memorial in Washington
D.C., c/o Schilling Funeral Home or to the Marshall Avenue Christian
Church.

F. M. "BUD" HIGGINS

F. M. "Bud" Higgins, age 85, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:10 p.m. on
Monday, September 24, 2001, at his residence.

Private graveside services celebrating his life began at 10:30 a.m. on
Thursday morning at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with military rites by the
Mattoon High School R.O.T.C. Those members participating were LTC
Ron Yelk, C/MAJ Miranda Reed, Detail Commander; Color Guard, C/SGT
Courtney Moran, C/SGT Kimberly Mathias, C/SGT Hollie Campbell;
Firing Detail, C/CPT Suzanne Black, C/CPT Robbie Atchley, C/SFC Brad
Davis, C/SSG, Chris Carter, C/SGM Dustin Cole, C/SGT Chuck Neeley,
C/SSG Clay Byford and C/ILT Heather Moran, Bugler on Taps. Serving as
pallbearers were David Baker, Loyce Jewel, David Kindelberger, Dan
Morgan, Steve Pollum and Dennis Willenborg. Frank Tucker served as an
honorary pallbearer. The Schilling Funeral Home was in charge of the
arrangements.

Bud was born November 29, 1915, in Jasper County, a son of Lee Allen
Higgins and Junia Ethel McCall Higgins. He married Barbara J. Smith on
February 10, 1962 in Mattoon. She survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Higgins was a retired teamster and a member of the Teamsters Union
#26. Bud was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II.
While in service he received the European African Middle Eastern Theatre
Ribbon with one Silver and one Bronze Battle Star, a Bronze Service
Arrowhead, five Overseas Services Bars, one Service Stripe, the Good
Conduct Medal and a Bronze Star Medal.

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

Richard Hortenstine

NEOGA - Richard L. Hortenstine, 86, of Neoga, formerly of Gays, died at
9:15 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) at Heartland Christian Village.

Arrangements are incomplete at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan.

Linda Jocelyn

Linda L. Jocelyn, 56, of Sullivan died at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 26,
2001) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Public visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday before the private family
funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at the Reed Funeral Home with the Rev.
Leonard Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Jonathan Creek Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Jonathan Creek Christian Church.

Linda was born on August 26, 1945, in Arthur, IL, the daughter of Thomas
W. and Erma E Kerchevel Jocelyn. She attended the Jonathan Creek
Christian Church and had been a member of the First United Methodist
Church in Arthur.

Survivors include: a sister, Charlene Elzy and her husband Gale of Sullivan;
nephews, Mark Elzy of St. Louis, MO, Lyle Elzy and Jeff Elzy both of
Sullivan; niece, Jennifer Lambdin of Lovington; great nephews, Aaron and
Brandon Elzy both of Mattoon, Hayden and Tyler Elzy both of Sullivan;
great-nieces, Hilari Elzy, Kendra Elzy and Hannah Elzy all of Sullivan,
Cassandra and Elizabeth Lambdin both of Lovington.

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

Daniel Miller

FINDLAY - Daniel C. Miller, 37, of Findlay, died at 5:19 p.m. Tuesday
(Sept. 25, 2001) in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. today at the Findlay Cemetery with the
Rev. Randy Miller officiating. There will be no visitation. The Howe and
Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 5, 1964, in Dade County, Fla., the son of George E. and
Viola J. Collins Miller. He married Sue Rincker Welton in 1992; she
survives.

Other survivors include one son, Arthur of California; one daughter,
Brittany of Tennessee; two stepchildren, Nicole and Justin Welton of
Decatur; one brother, Tim Miller of Michigan; and one sister in California.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Mr. Miller was a Marine Corps Veteran.

RICHARD MOFFETT

CHARLESTON, IL - Richard Moffett, age 77 of Charleston, passed away
on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at Prairie View Care Center of
Charleston. In fulfillment of Mr. Moffett's wishes, there will be no services
or visitation.

Dick was born August 15,1924 in Charleston, Illinois the son of Mitchell
and Gaynel (Rankin) Moffett. He married Theresa "Brownie" Kapulka in
1945 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She survives. He later married Jeanne
Kull of Mattoon in 1969. She preceded him in death in 1996.

He is also survived by two sons, Paul Moffett and his wife Jennifer of
Florissant, Missouri and Ronald Moffett of Nantucket, Massachusetts; one
stepson, William Kull and his wife Linda of Charleston; eight grandchildren,
Sarah Moffett and Neal Moffett of Florissant, Jamie Moffett, Brian
Moffett, Jeremy Moffett and Tina Reid, all of Charleston, David Moffett of
Indiana; and Jennifer Crowe of Madison, Wisconsin; one step grandchild,
Michael Kull of Mattoon; and two brothers, Kenny Moffett of Ashmore,
Illinois and Robert Moffett of Florida. He was preceded by his parents and
an infant sister.

Dick was a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post
1592 of Charleston and Charleston B.P.O.E. Elks #623. He was a World
War II Veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corp. Prior to
his affiliation with Arizona based Senco Products as a Sales Representative,
he farmed in Morgan Township, northeast of Charleston. His farming
background was responsible for his love of animals and the out-of-doors.
Those closest to Dick will warmly remember him as a quiet and sincere
man who truly enjoyed his grandchildren.

Dick's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the American
Cancer Society. Memorials may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330
Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Jason Volkman

MATTOON - Jason David Volkman, 24, of Mattoon, died at 5:48 p.m.
Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Church,
Stewardson. Burial will be in the Stewardson Cemetery. Visitation will be 5
to 8 p.m. today at the Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson.

He was born June 23, 1977, the son of David and Sandra Beitz Volkman.

Survivors include his mother of Mattoon; one sister, Tammy Volkman of
Mattoon; and one grandmother, Ruth Volkman of Stewardson.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mr. Volkman was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in
Stewardson, the Coles County 4-H Alumni and a member of the Charleston
FFA.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Sept. 27, 2001

Mrs. Dorothy B. Beals

SHELBYVILLE, IL - Mrs. Dorothy B. Beals, 72, of Shelbyville, Illinois,
died at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001 at Memorial Medical Center,
Springfield, IL.

The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at the Swengel-O'Dell
Funeral Home, in Neoga, with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. Burial will be
in Beals Cemetery, Neoga, IL. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the
funeral home.

She was born July 9, 1929, in Coles County, a daughter of Clarence and
Edith (White) White. She married Levi Franklin Beals on March 3, 1947, in
Charleston, IL; he died on Oct. 8, 1971.

Survivors include two sons, David L. Beals and wife Georgia of Bethany,
IL, and Walter G. Beals and wife Mary of Henton, IL; four daughters,
Mrs. Jerry (Frances) Bolin of Bethany, IL, Rosemary Beals of Henton, IL,
Mrs. Leon (Rosemarie) Rochat of Sullivan, IL and Mrs. Scott (Shirley)
Hopkins of Lake Wood, IL; five brothers, Stanley White of Neoga, IL,
Jerry White of Texas, George White of Montrose, IL, Larry White of
Shumway, IL, Terry White of Trilla, IL; six sisters, Mrs. Norma Clinton of
Mattoon, IL, Mrs. Barbara Sanderson of Neoga, IL, Mrs. Phyllis Hennon
of Windsor, IL, Mrs. Ruby Pearl Phillips of DeQuoin, IL, Mrs. Kay
Bueker of Toledo, IL and Mrs. Joyce Collins of Montrose, IL; 11
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one
grandson.

Mrs. Beals was a former employee of the Brown Shoe Company in
Sullivan, IL and of Continental Bond Co. of Shelbyville, IL.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Wilbur Eugene Brant

NEOGA, IL - Wilbur Eugene Brant, 70, of Neoga, Illinois, died at 5:45
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, at his residence in Neoga.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at the Swengel-O'Dell
Funeral Home, in Neoga, with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. Burial will be
in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery, Neoga. Visitation will be two hours
before the service at the funeral home.

He was born Nov. 5, 1930, in Arkansas City, Kansas, a son of Harold and
Virgie (Titus) Brant. He married L. Fern Phillips on Nov. 13, 1951, in
Charleston, IL; she died on Aug. 4, 1993.

Survivors include two sons, William E. Brant of Neoga, IL, and James E.
Brant and wife Denise of Neoga, IL; one daughter, Kathie J. West of Paris,
IL; two brothers, Edgar Brant of Clarksville, MO and Rex Brant of Ft.
Scott, Kansas; four sisters, Mrs. Sharon Martin of Sarasota, FL, Mrs.
Jenny Matteson of Charleston, IL, Mrs. Betty Wilson of Homer, IL and
Mrs. Nancy Johnson of Tipton, IL; two grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren.

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

Mr. Brant retired from General Electric Co. of Mattoon after 25 years. He
had also worked for Sherman-Williams Co. in Mattoon and also owned and
operated Brant Trash Service in Neoga for several years. Mr. Brant had
served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

F. Carl Butler

CHARLESTON - F. Carl Butler, 81, of Charleston, died at 10:56 a.m.
Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at his home.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home
with the Rev. Robert Holmes officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery
with military rites by VFW Post 1592. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Arcola, the son of Orlando "Jack" and Opal
Lake Butler. He married Vera Jo Dollar; she died in 1989. He married
Eldene Howard; she died in 1997.

Survivors include one son, Michael Butler of Arcola; one stepson, Larry
Webber of Casper, Wyo.; one stepdaughter, Brenda Ross of Edwardsville;
one sister, Katherine Davis of Charleston; seven grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one stepbrother and
one stepsister.

Mr. Butler retired in 1982 from the Nickel Plate/Norfolk and Western
Railroad, where he had been a brakeman and conductor. He was a World
War II Navy veteran and member of the Charleston VFW Post 1592, the
American Legion, Charleston Eagles Lodge and a life member of the
Charleston Moose.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Linda Jocelyn

SULLIVAN - Linda L. Jocelyn, 56, of Sullivan, died at 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2001) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan.

Sept. 26, 2001

Dorothy Beals

SHELBYVILLE - Dorothy Beals, 72, of Shelbyville, died at 5:32 p.m.
Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at Springfield Memorial Medical Center,
Springfield.

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

Wilbur Brant

NEOGA - Wilbur E. Brant, 70, of Neoga, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday (Sept.
25, 2001) at his home.

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

Floyd Butler

CHARLESTON - Floyd C. Butler, 81, of Charleston, died at 10:56 a.m.
Tuesday (Sept. 25, 2001) at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Chapel.

Larry Harshbarger

GALLATIN, Tenn. - Lawrence "Larry" Stephen Harshbarger Jr., 71, of
Gallatin, Tenn., died Sept. 20, 2001.

A memorial service was held at the Hendersonville Chapel. Burial with full
military rites was conducted at the Nashville Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Onarga, the son of Lawrence Stephen Sr.
and Gladys Cole Harshbarger.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Eaton Harshbarger; five sons, Rod, Paul,
Mike and Mitch Cook, all of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Mark Harshbarger
of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; one daughter, Debbie Gerbers of Loveland, Colo.;
one sister, Mardelle Goldsmith of Mattoon; 16 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.

Mr. Harshbarger retired as an Army sergaent E-7 after serving 20 years in
the military and was currently employed by ABC Auction Co. He was a
member of the Hendersonville Chapel.

Sept. 25, 2001

Mildred Higgenbotham

MARTINSVILLE - Mildred Louise Higginbotham, 78, of rural
Martinsville, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22, 2001) at Heartland
Manor Nursing Home in Casey.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Harrison Cemetery,
west of West Union, with the Rev. Richard Chapman officiating. Visitation
will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union.

She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Terre Haute, Ind., the daughter of Earl
Fowler and Elsie Lindley Fowler. She married Eugene Higginbotham in
1941; he survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Jerry D. "Bub" Higginbotham of Brazil,
Ind., and Larry E. Higginbotham of Sarasota, Fla., and one brother, Robert
L. Webster of Brazil, Ind.

Mrs. Higgenbotham was a homemaker. She was a member of the West
Union Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Harrison Cemetery to assist with upkeep.

DR. CHARLES JOSEPH MONTGOMERY

CHARLESTON, IL - Dr. Charles Joseph Montgomery, age 93 and retired
Charleston dentist formerly of Carbondale, Illinois and Big Rapids,
Michigan passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2001 at Hilltop
Convalescent Center. Memorial Services celebrating his life will be held at
10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 (2001) with Father Joseph Ring
presiding. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 8:30 ­ 9:30 a.m.
Services and visitation will be at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee
Drive in Charleston. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Oakland
Cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois.

Doc, as he was affectionately known, was born January 3, 1908 in DeSoto,
Illinois the son of John and Mamie (McCullough) Montgomery. He married
Elizabeth Mitchell on September 6, 1933 in Carbondale, Illinois. Following
Elizabeth's death, he married Marian Bails in Charleston on July 17, 1993.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Marian of Charleston; two
sons, John E. Montgomery and his wife Pat of Big Rapids, Michigan and
Joe W. Montgomery and his wife Joan of Greenville, Illinois; nine
grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded by his
parents; his wife Elizabeth who passed away in January, 1993; and two
sons, Jimmy Montgomery and Charles "Chuck" Montgomery.

Doc was a Member of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of
Charleston, a Life Member of Knights of Columbus Council #4024,
Charleston Kiwanis Club, Forsyth (Missouri) Lions Club and Charleston
B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #623. A Graduate of St. Louis University School of
Dentistry, he practiced dentistry in Charleston for twenty-six years. To him,
dentistry was much more than a profession; practicing dentistry was an
avocation, a calling, and he served his patients with compassion, expertise
and his vibrant and engaging personality. In 1963, he and Elizabeth moved
to Forsyth in southwest Missouri where he continued to practice dentistry
and satisfy his appetite for fishing.

While living in Forsyth, he enjoyed serving as a Professional Fishing Guide
on near-by Lake Taney Como, Bull Shoals and Table Rock Lakes. Those
close to him will recall his expertise in dentistry was matched only by his
expertise and competence in fishing. He was an artist in both ­ artist, in this
instance, being defined as a person who exhibits exceptional skill. He also
enjoyed hunting, but his avocation and hobbies were second only to his
love for family and country. He was a Veteran of World War II, having
served with the United States Army and was discharged as a Lt. Colonel.

Doc's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to Saint Charles
Borromeo Catholic Church of Charleston. Memorials may be made at the
Services or Visitation, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee
Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Beverly Postelwait

SIDELL, IL - Beverly Jane Postelwait, 43, of Sidell, IL, formerly of
Metcalf, IL, died at 2 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at her home.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at Joines Funeral Home
in Newman, IL, with minister Tim Pearman officiating. Burial will be in the
Young American Cemetery, Hume, IL. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 23, 1957 in Paris, a daughter of Ancil Hires and
Mildred Johnson Hires. He married David Postelwait; he died Sunday,
Sept. 24, 2001.

Survivors include her mother, Mildred Johnson Hires of Metcalf, IL; a son,
Brian McGinness of Norman, Okla.; one daughter, Christina McGinness of
Murdock, IL; three sisters, Virginia Hires of Metcalf, IL, Maxine Hill of
Clinton, Ind., and Daisy Foote of Chrisman, IL; three grandchildren,
Katarina, Faith and Angelica Yeazel; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her father and a granddaughter.

Mrs. Postelwait had worked at the Champaign Post Office for 21 years.
She was a collector of unicorns and loved her dog Bobber.

Janet Rains

HUTSONVILLE - Janet Van Doel Rains, 65, of rural Hutsonville, died at
3:45 a.m. Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at Burnsides Nursing Home in
Marshall.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in
West Union with the Rev. Richard Chapman officiating. Burial will be in
Hutsonville Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and after 7
a.m. Thursday at the chapel.

She was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Tacoma, Wash., the daughter of Richard
and Edna Josephine Peterson Van Doel. She married Gerald B. Rains in
1953; he survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Gerald B. Rains Jr. and Bruce Rains of
Hutsonville; five daughters, Melissa Garrard of New Hebron, Debby Nidey
of Robinson, Georgeanne Pinkston of rural West Union, Terry Adams of
Sturgis, Ky., and Suzan Spurgeon of Columbus, Ind.; one brother, Richard
Van Doel of Palestine; one sister, Dorothy Van Doel of Tacoma, Wash.;
four stepsisters, Barbara Bridgewater, Susie Scott, Gracie Steffens and
Carol Mullins; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Rains was a homemaker and a private duty sitter.

Memorials may be made to the Burnsides Nursing Home.

Robert Robinson

MATTOON - Robert Donald "Bob" Robinson, 72, of Mattoon, died at
2:08 a.m. Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) at his residence.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Schilling Funeral Home with
the Rev. Mark Prevo officiating. Burial will be in Beals Cemetery.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Coles County, the son of Isaac and Clara
Beals Robinson. He married Violet Loraine Boothe in 1949; she died in
2000.

Survivors include three daughters, Janet Butcher of Jefferson City, Mo.,
Dolores Brown of Lisbon, Ohio, and Bobbie Coy of Mattoon; two
brothers, Bill and Floyd Robinson, both of Mattoon; three sisters, Maxine
Rickelman of Hammond, Ind., Bonnie Harris of Mattoon and Nina
Bundrandt of Stockton, Mo.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
and special friend, Brenda Harris of Mattoon.

Mr. Robinson was a maintenance mechanic for USI in Tuscola. He was a
former member of the American Legion Post 88, the Eagles Club and the
Masons. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II.

Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice.

Robert "Bobby" Jason Sowers

GREENUP, IL - Robert "Bobby" Jason Sowers, age 14, of Greenup, IL,
passed away at 4:10 p.m. Monday (Sept. 24, 2001) from injuries received
in an automobile accident.

The funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at the
Cumberland High School Gymnasium, rural Greenup, with Father Jeff
Grant officiating. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be
4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup. In memory
of Bobby memorials may be made to the Cumberland Sports Boosters or
Christ the King Catholic Church in Greenup.

Bobby was born in Mattoon, Illinois, on October 31, 1986, the son of
Robert "Duff" and Lisa (Nadolski) Sowers.

Bobby was a Freshman at Cumberland High School. He was a member of
the Christ the King Catholic Church in Greenup, Cumberland Pirate
Frosh-Soph football team and an Explorer with the Greenup Fire
Department.

Bobby is survived by his loving parents and special friend, Mollie; paternal
grandparent, Kenneth J. Sowers of Greenup; maternal grandparents,
JoAnne Nadolski of Fresno, CA., and James Nadolski of Costa Rica;
great-grandmother, La Verne Nadolski of Northfield, MA; aunts and
uncles, Michael and Nancy Sowers of Greenup, Scott and Rose Sowers of
Trilla, Miki Adams of Madison Heights, VA, Kristy Reynolds of Mattoon,
Cindy Schumacher of Kingston, GA and Michelle and Gerry Toms of
Fresno, CA and 10 cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rose Marie Sowers.

Celia Wallace

MT. CARMEL - Celia Vivian Wallace, 90, of Mt. Carmel, died Sunday
(Sept. 23, 2001) at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Short Funeral Home. Burial
will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 27, 1911, in Wabash County, the daughter of William
Thomas and Rebecca Dickey Brewer. She married Virgil Wallace in 1929;
he preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Rose Mary Hocking of Mt. Carmel and
Barbara Elliott of Mattoon; one sister, Nellie Garrett of Mt. Carmel; six
grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Wallace was a homemaker and member of the Parkview Christian
Church.

Memorials may be made to the Parkview Christian Church.

Sept. 24, 2001

Floyd Bauer

Floyd C. Bauer, 90, of Windsor, died at 8:00 a.m. Saturday (September 22,
2001) in his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Lovins-Lockart
Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. Visitation will
be from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Windsor
Cemetery.

He was born September 19, 1911 in Richland Township, Shelby County,
IL, the son of Godfrey and Clara Altag Bauer.

He was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church,
Strasburg and a charter member of the National Farmers Organization in
Shelby County.

He married Lillie F. Schultz on February 22, 1939 in Stewardson.

Surviving are his wife, Lillie; sons, Dwaine Bauer and wife Susan and Don
Bauer and wife Cindy, all of Windsor; grandchildren, Hank Bauer and wife
Cindy; Karen Boyer and husband Travis and Mary Sims and husband
Hank, all of Windsor; and great-grandchildren, Dallas and Morgan Bauer
and Noah Boyer.

Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church or the Windsor Fire
Department.


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