Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2001

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Mary Carso

MATTOON - Mary Kay Carso, 74, of Mattoon, died at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday
(Oct. 2, 2001) at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Schillings Funeral Home.

Lawrence 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 National Cemetery. The Noble
Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Onarga, the son of Lawrence Stephen Sr.
and Gladys Cole Harshbarger. He married Ruby Eaton; she survives.

Other survivors include five sons, Rod and Paul Cook, and Mitch
Harshbarger, all of Hendersonville, Tenn., Mark Harshbarger of
Goodlettsville, Tenn., and Mike Harshbarger of Mt. Vernon, Ind.; 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.

Edith Hollingsworth

PARIS - Edith Maxine Griffin-Hollingsworth, 78, of Paris, died at 11:30
a.m. Sunday (Sept. 30, 2001) at her residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at the Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home
in Paris. Burial will be in the Edgar County Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Sandford, Ind., the daughter of Emory and
Vivian Grismer McConkey. She married Donald Hollingsworth; he died in
1990.

Survivors include one son, Robert "Bill" Griffin of Mattoon; three
daughters, Ruth Wilson-Labaume of Linton, Ind., Barbara Griffin-Shepard
of Paris and Judy Griffin-Jenkins of Tulsa, Okla.; two stepsons, James
Griffin of Houston and Kenneth Griffin of Paris; four stepdaughters,
Jeanette Tinsman of Paris, Donna Winklepleck of Colorado, Linda
Griffin-Keefer of Texas and Jean Griffin-Phillips of Washington; four
brothers, Russell McConkey of Broughton, Harold McConkey of Rapid
City, S.D., Junior McConkey of Cohassett, Minn., and Kenneth
McConkey of Redmon; two sisters, Wanda Goodwin and Kathleen Wilson,
both of Paris; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Hollingsworth was a Cook at Ogden's Cafe.

Jennie Lawrence

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Jennie Lawrence, 82, of Terre Haute, Ind.,
formerly of Marshall, died Monday (Oct. 1, 2001) at her residence.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Friday in the Callahan and Hughes
Funeral Home, Terre Haute, Ind., with the Rev. Robert Swenson
officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral
home.

She was born July 31, 1919, in Marshall, the daughter of Charles and
Frances Maddy Lawrence.

Survivors include one sister, Lorene Staubus of Columbus, Ohio.

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

Miss Lawrence worked at Elder Beerman department stores for over 20
years.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in Terre Haute,
Ind., or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Harold Lindsey

CHRISMAN - Harold Arthur Lindsey, 82, of rural Chrisman, died at 12:50
a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 2, 2001) at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sutton and Son Funeral Home, Paris.
Burial will be in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at
the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 5, 1919, in Buck Township, the son of Arthur and
Minnie Young Lindsey. He married Joan Huls in 1941; she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Max Lindsey of Carrollton and Michael
Lindsey of Paris; two daughters, Carole Anne Cheathan of Paris and
Jeannette Annis of Charleston; one brother, Lloyd Lindsey of Paris; one
sister, Patricia Krumpeck of Valencia, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and six
great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters.

Mr. Lindsey was a retired Edgar County farmer, former security guard of
Zenith Corp. and worked at Illinois Cereal Mills in Paris for many years.
He was a member and former trustee of Horace Baptist Church, and a
former board member of Edgar County Farm Bureau.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International c/o Sutton and Son
Funeral Home.
 

Oct. 2, 2001

Kathleen Atwood

DECATUR - Kathleen Marilyn "Kathy" Atwood, 47, of Decatur, died
Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) in Stanford, Conn.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. today at St. John's Lutheran Church in
Decatur. Burial will be in the Harristown Cemetery. Visitation will be one
hour before the service at the church. The Brintlinger and Earl Funeral
Home, Decatur, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 28, 1954, the daughter of David and Marilyn
Wollenberg McCollum. She married Kent Atwood in 1976; he survives.

Other survivors include her parents of Homewood; one son, Mike Atwood
of Decatur; one daughter, Amy Atwood of Decatur; and one brother,
Timothy McCollum of Charleston.

Mrs. Atwood was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and was
involved in United Way, Red Cross and the March of Dimes. She was
director of human resources at Amdocs, Champaign. She formerly worked
at Kemper Insurance.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.

Sharon Baker

CLINTON - Sharon I. Baker, 75, of Clinton, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday
(Sept. 30, 2001) at her residence.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Park
Cemetery in Clinton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Calvert
Funeral Home, Clinton.

She was born April 15, 1926, in Weldon, the daughter of Henry Pearl and
Crystal Baker. She married Jesse "Pete" Baker in 1947; he died in 1991.

Survivors include one daughter, Terry Dunn of Mattoon; one sister, Ada
Katherine Martinez of W. Port, Conn.; three grandchildren; and five
great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son.

Mrs. Baker was a member of Golden Eagle of the Fraternal Order of
Eagles Aerie 593.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

LORENE CASPERSON

Lorene Myrtle Casperson, age 81, of Mattoon, passed away at 6:01 p.m.
on Sunday, September 30, 2001, at her residence.

Graveside funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on
Wednesday morning at the Marissa Cemetery near Belleville. The Schilling
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lorene was born September 19, 1920, in Conran, Missouri, a daughter of
Arthur and Amy Wolfe Cooper.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Milam and husband Kent of
Mattoon and their children Dr. Kevin C. Milam and fiancee, Kelly Davis of
Herrin and Brian D. Milam of Charleston; Cheryl Hood and husband Ron
of Millstadt and their children, J. Kyle Hood and wife Meghan of Chicago,
G. Drue Hood and wife Kelly of Collinsville and Kendra J. Hood of
Millstadt; twin sister, Pauline Schmidt and husband William of Cahokia;
and one brother, Raymond Cooper and wife "Bert" of Sparta.

Lorene was a homemaker and was a member of the Arthur Methodist
Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Mattoon Senior Center.

Irma Dickason

ARTHUR - Irma Lucille Dickason, 89, of Arthur, formerly of Argenta,
died at 9:16 a.m. Monday (Oct. 1, 2001) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Shrader Funeral Home,
Arthur, with the Rev. James Elder officiating. Burial will be in the Bourbon
Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral
home.

She was born July 29, 1912, in Clay County, the daughter of Asa and Della
Hale Stipp. She married Lester Dickason in 1936; he died in 1987.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathie Chandler of Arthur and Judy
Rodmaker of Decatur; one brother, Myron Stipp of Urbana; one sister,
Wreatha Peters of Charleston; five grandchildren; and seven
great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Dickason helped farm for 23 years and was a cook for the Villa Grove
schools. She was a member of the Garver Brick United Methodist Church
of Decatur.

Memorials are suggested to the Decatur Grace United Methodist Church
Television Ministry.

George "Jack"

Hollensbe

HAZEL DELL - George "Jack" Hollensbe, 91, of Hazel Dell died at 11:45
a.m. Saturday (September 29, 2001) at Hazel Dell, IL.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday (today) at Barkley Funeral Home in
Greenup, IL. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the
funeral home. Burial will be in the Hazel Dell Cemetery.

He was born March 18, 1910, at Hazel Dell, IL, the son of Ira and
Josephine Kelly Hollensbe. He married Helen Luke on March 10, 1930;
she died in 1972.

Survivors include two sons, Larry and wife Shirley Hollensbe of Hazel
Dell, and Tom and wife Becky Hollensbe of Tuscola, IL; two grandsons,
Scott and wife Monica of Hazel Dell, Randy and friend Chrissy of Hazel
Dell; two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Cody Hollensbe of Hazel Dell;
one step granddaughter, Mindy Ray; and one step great-granddaughter,
Paige Fullerton of Decatur, IL.

He was preceded in death by an infant son; one grandson, Tony Hollensbe;
one sister, and two brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Grass Church of God, or donors
choice.

Neva Lacey

CASEY - Neva Lacey, 80, of Casey, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 30,
2001) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Markwell Funeral Home in
Casey with the Rev. Rick Emrich officiating. Burial will be in the Hazel
Dell Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral
home.

She was born Nov. 26, 1920, in Cumberland County, the daughter of
Claude and Martha Opal Laymon Huddlestun. She married Richard D.
Lacey in 1962; he died in 1994.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Marjorie Whaley of Christopher.

Mrs. Lacey was a retired co-owner of Lacey's Grocery Store of Casey. She
was a member of the Hazel Dell Church of God and former member of the
Casey B.P.W.

Memorials may be made to the Hazel Dell Church of God.

DOROTHY PIERCE

Dorothy D. Pierce, age 91, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:05 p.m. on
Saturday, September, 29, 2001, at the Mattoon Health Care Center.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at
the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. E. E. Elliott officiating.
Burial will follow in the Gaskill Cemetery, west of Neoga. Visitation will be
held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Schilling Funeral
Home.

Dorothy was born April 12, 1910, in Shelby County, the daughter of Ben
and Lulu Carruthers Doll. She married Robert Lee Bell in May of 1930. He
preceded her in death in March of 1942. She married Clarence Pierce in
January of 1953. He preceded her in death on April 23, 1977.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Cook of Bellevue, Washington;
three stepdaughters, Betty Tracy and husband Norman of Norman,
Oklahoma, Martha Prentice and husband Joseph of Villa Grove, Frances
Sanders and husband Paul of Mattoon; three granddaughters, Paula Lapam,
Janis Morris and Carla Vanderpool; eight stepgrandchildren, Steven, David
and Judith Sanders, Jimmy, Gary and Randy Prentice, Susan Contreras and
Janice Van Tine; several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Carl, Clayton "Tobe",
John and Donald Doll, two infant sisters and one stepgrandson, Richard
Tracy.

Mrs. Pierce worked as an executive secretary for Atlas Imperial Diesel
Company, Kuehne Manufacturing and the New York Central Railroad. She
was a member of the First Baptist Church for sixty-one years. Dorothy was
also a former Deaconess and member of the Diaconate.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Gaskill Cemetery or to the First Baptist
Church.

Mary Richards

MATTOON - Mary E. Richards, 88, of Mattoon, formerly of West
Liberty, died at 7:40 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 30, 2001) at the Sullivan Health
Care Center.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Summers-Kistler Funeral
Home, Olney, with the Rev. David A. McNabb officiating. Burial will be in
the Greenhill Cemetery, rural Noble. Visitation will be one hour before the
service at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 8, 1913, in Noble, the daughter of Joseph and Nettie
Brooks VanBlaricum.

Survivors include four sons, Larry Richards of Mattoon, Harry Richards of
Decatur, Willie Richards of Neoga and Ray Richards of Taylorville; one
sister, Helen Neff of Cisne; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Richards had worked for International Shoe Factory in Olney. She
was a member of the Mattoon Moose Lodge.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Oct. 1, 2001

Kathleen Atwood

DECATUR - Kathleen Marilyn "Kathy" Atwood, 47, of Decatur, died
Thursday (Sept. 27, 2001) at Stanford, Conn.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. John's Lutheran
Church in Decatur. Burial will be in Harristown Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home and
also one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

She was born July 28, 1954, in Chicago, a daughter of David and Marilyn
Wollenberg McCollum. She married Kent Atwood in 1976. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mike Atwood of Decatur; one daughter, Amy
Atwood of Decatur; her parents, David and Marilyn McCollum of
Homewood; and one brother, Timothy McCollum of Charleston.

Mrs. Atwood was director of human resources at Amdocs in Champaign
and was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.

Marion Ballinger

Marion W. "Mick" Ballinger Sr., 62, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at
12:35 PM Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001 in the Decatur Memorial Hospital in
Decatur, IL.

Mr. Ballinger was born Feb. 2, 1939 at Etna, IL the son of Henry and Opal
Shadow Ballinger.

Mr. Ballinger was formerly employed by B & J Redi-Mix and Hanfland
Sand and Gravel Co. both of Shelbyville. He was a sports enthusiast and
outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and ride his Harley. More than
anything though, he loved time spent with his family, especially his children
and grandchildren.

He married Verna Jean Martin in 1962 and she survives. Also surviving are
sons Wes and Edward both of Shelbyville; a daughter, Roxann Heaton and
husband Bill of Champaign, IL; grandchildren, Zachary and Alec Ballinger
of Moweaqua, IL, Jessica and Jenna Shedhelm, Josh Payne and Beth
Heaton, all of Champaign, IL; brothers, Dale Ballinger and wife Polly of
Stewardson, IL, Jesse Gene Ballinger and wife Ruby of Neoga, IL,
Raymond Ballinger and wife Joyce of Stewardson, Ervin Ballinger and wife
Linda of Altamont; and one aunt, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Junior
Ballinger and wife Lois and one sister and brother-in-law, Delores Mueller
and husband Calvin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001 in the
Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Wade Helmkamp will
officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Monday. Burial will be in
Swedish Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Habitat for
Humanity or the Shelby County Rescue Squad.

Elmo Bennett

CHARLESTON - Elmo Bennett, 86, of Charleston, died at 12:35 a.m.
Sunday (Sept. 30, 2001) at Hilltop Nursing Home.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral
Home with the Rev. Ray Finney officiating. Burial will be in Hurricane
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He was born May 26, 1915, in Hutton Township, a son of Zollie and
Matilda Rogers Bennett. He married Myrtle Cunningham in 1942. She
survives.

Also surviving are one son, Donald Bennett of Charleston and four
grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and six
step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, six sisters and one daughter.

Mr. Bennett was a member of the Salisbury Church. He previously worked
for Mid-State Foundry.

Memorials may be made to Hilltop Nursing Home.

George 'Jack' Hollensbe

HAZEL DELL - George "Jack" Hollensbe, 91, of Hazel Dell, died at 11:45
a.m. Saturday (Sept. 29, 2001) at Hazel Dell.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bartley Funeral Home, Greenup.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday. Burial will be in
Hazel Dell Cemetery.

He was born March 18, 1910, at Hazel Dell, the son of Ira Josephine
Hollensbe. He married Helen Luke on March 10, 1930. She died in 1972.

Surviving are two sons, Larry of Hazel Dell and Tom of Tuscola; two
grandsons; two great-grandchildren; one step-granddaughter and one
step-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one son, one grandson, one sister and two
brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Grass Church of God or the donor's
choice.

Neva Lacey

CASEY - Neva Lacey, 80, of Casey, died at 2:50 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 30,
2001) at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Arrangements are pending at Markwell & Son Funeral Home in Casey.

Raymond Manning

CHARLESTON - Raymond H. Manning, 75, of Charleston, died at 10:30
a.m. Friday (Sept. 28, 2001) at Hilltop Convalescent Care Center.

A graveside funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Roselawn
Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. There will be no visitation.
Caudill-King Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born June 17, 1926, in Coles County, a son of Claude and Callie
Centers Manning. He married Jeanne Newell.

Surviving are one son, Tony R. Manning of Fort Worth, Texas; one
daughter, Jackie Lynn DeHollander of St. Louis, Mo., and one
granddaughter.

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

Mr. Manning was a retired brickmason and WW II veteran.

Dorothy Pierce

MATTOON - Dorothy D. Pierce, 91, of Mattoon, died at 1:05 p.m.
Saturday (Sept. 29, 2001) at Mattoon Health Care Center.

Arrangements are pending at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Stanley 'Buss' Prevo

WEST UNION - Stanley "Buss" Prevo, 87, of rural West Union, died
Sunday (Sept. 30, 2001) at 8:30 a.m. at his residence.

A private graveside service will be held at Darwin Cemetery. There will be
no visitation. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to
the Darwin Cemetery to assist with its upkeep.

He was born Sept. 22, 1914, in Prairie Creeek, Ind., to Ross Prevo and
Blanche Figg Prevo. He married Eunice Matheney on July 20, 1946; she
survives.

Also surviving are: a stepdaughter, Patsy Emanus of rural West Union, a
stepson, Stanley Kraemer of Marshall; six stepgrandchildren; and six
great-stepgrandchildren.

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

Mr. Prevo was a lifelong farmer. He served as York Township highway
commissioner for 30 years. He was instrumental in the creation and
operation of Darwin Ferry.

Carroll Rickelman

MACHESNEY PARK - Carroll E. "Rick" Rickelman, 71, of Machesney
Park, died at 4:20 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28, 2001) at Rockford Memorial
Hospital.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Delehanty Funeral
Home Ltd. in Loves Park with the Dr. William Richard Kerr officiating.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8
p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Mattoon, the son of Anthony and Nell
DeBoult Rickelman. He married Freda Guntharp in 1961. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ricky Rickelman of Rockford; one daughter,
Carol Kite of Machesney Park; two sisters, Lucille Runner of Mattoon and
Eileen Brockway of Rockford; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, one sister and one
granddaughter.

Mr. Rickelman retired from Amerock Corp. and was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a former member of the Channel Hoppers CB Club of Mattoon.


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