Miscellaneous Coles County, Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices 2002

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Alberta Zellers

MATTOON - Alberta Zellers, age 90, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:47
p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2002 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Reverend Diwan Tiwade officiating.
Interment will follow in Dodge Grove Cemetery. There will be no
visitation.

Alberta Zellers was born October 23, 1911 at Mattoon, Illinois, a daughter
of Harvey and Rebecca Patrick Batman. She married William Zellers
August 23, 1931 at Charleston, Illinois, he preceded her in death June 25,
1977. Alberta is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Hoots and husband Dale
of Mattoon, a sister, Juanita Holmes of Mattoon, a nephew, several great
and great-great nieces and nephews, several cousins and two sisters in law.
She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one nephew.

Mrs. Zellers was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and was
active in the Ruth Circle of the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church
or a charity of the donor's choice in lieu of flowers.

Feb. 9, 2002

Allan Coy

DECATUR ­ Allan Kent Coy, 70, of Decatur, formerly of the Tuscola and
Arcola area, died at 2:40 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 7, 2002) at Decatur
Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Shrader Funeral Home in
Arcola. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Dawson & Wikoff West
Wood Street Funeral Home and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Shrader Funeral
Home in Arcola. Burial will be in the Arcola Township Cemetery.

He was born March 28, 1931, in Tuscola, the son of Samuel Starrett and
Lydia Elton Pond Coy. He married Myra Joy Strader in 1951; she survives.

Other survivors include sons David Coy of Decatur and Kevin Coy of
Barton, Vt.; daughters Diana Snyder of Decatur, Karen Stock of rural
Moweaqua, Ellen Baker of Bismarck and Erika Dial of Decatur; 14
grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister.

Mr. Coy was a teacher and coach in Marseilles and superintendent of
Muddy Consolidated Grade School District near Wheeler. He also worked
for Federal Kemper Insurance. He was an Army veteran of the Korean
conflict, a member of the USA Signal Corps Officers Candidate School
Association, Korean War Veterans National Museum and Library and the
Douglas County Historical Museum.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Bernice N. Dewar

MATTOON ­ Bernice N. Dewar, age 82, of Mattoon, formerly of Gays,
Illinois, passed away at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, February
11, 2002 at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with
Reverend Herman Niebrugge officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the
Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Bernice N. Dewar was born November 12, 1919 at Mattoon, Illinois, a
daughter of Claude and Lorene Niemeyer Fleshner. She married Wayne
Dewar March 23, 1944 at Mattoon, he preceded her in death August 20,
1998. She was survived by a daughter, Shirleen King and husband Virgil of
Mattoon; grand daughters, Christine Latch and Melissa Showalter and
husband Andy all of Mattoon. Also surviving are her great grandchildren,
Bailie Golladay, Macy Golladay, Drew Showalter and Marissa Showalter.

Mrs. Dewar was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic
Church. She and her husband owned and operated Dewar's Strawberry and
Blueberry Farm near Gays for many years.

Ethel Hutson

CHARLESTON ­ Ethel Hutson, 91, of Charleston died at 3:28 p.m. Friday
(Feb. 8, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.

Sarah Jones

WINDSOR ­ Sarah Jones, 16, of Windsor died at 1:04 p.m. Friday (Feb. 8,
2002) at Carle Hospital in Urbana from injuries received in a vehicular
accident.

Arrangements are incomplete at the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in
Windsor.

Rev. Earl D. Liggett

HUMBOLDT, IL ­ Rev. Earl D. Liggett, 76, of Humboldt died at 2:02
A.M. Thursday at the St. John's Hospital Springfield. Funeral service
celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Epperson
Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Billy Hall and Rev. Marion Hampton
officiating. Graveside service with military rites will be held at 2:00 P.M.
Tuesday at the Brown Cemetery rural Edgewood, IL. Visitation will be 6 to
8 P.M. Monday evening at the funeral chapel.

Earl was born March 14, 1925 in Edgewood, IL. He was the son of George
and Jessie Leggitt. He married Virginia Jones in 1948. He is survived by his
loving wife of 53 years, Virginia of Humboldt; three daughters, Mickey
Liggett, Deborah Daugherty and husband Richard, and Leona Kay Liggett
all of Humboldt; two brothers, George Liggett and wife Mary of Farina, IL
and Evan Liggett and wife Jan of Oregon. Earl is also survived by his 2
dogs, Tyler and Hershey and his cat, Callie.

His parents, 1 brother, Edward and 1 sister, Frankie preceded him in death.

Earl was a member of the Gospel Association in Mo. and a member of the
East Side Community Church, where he was an assistant pastor. Earl also
did sermons at the Full Gospel Tabernacle church as well. He was a
W.W.II Veteran for the U.S. Navy. Besides preaching the gospel, Earl
made his living driving a truck for over 40 years. He drove for several
different companies; his last was for Christopher M. Walker. Earl really
enjoyed working for Christopher M. Walker, the highlight of that job was
getting to see and pet Chris's dogs, Mommy Dog, Red Dog, and Betsey. He
also enjoyed seeing Chris's cats as well.

Earl was a fun loving person; he had a great sense of humor. He always
loved to wear his hats and he always wore a smile. He loved to talk to
people and he didn't know a stranger. He had a great personality. He had a
great love for gospel music, and a great love for animals. Earl's greatest
love was his loving wife and his 3 daughters. Memorial may be made in
memory of Earl's life to the Donor's choice.

LILLIAN A. LOVE

CHARLESTON ­ Lillian A. Love, age 83, of Charleston passed away on
Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services
celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11
(2002) with Pastor Tom Skinner officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday
from 5-7 p.m. Services and Visitation will be held at Adams Funeral
Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive in Charleston. Following the services,
Interment will be held in Mound Cemetery.

Lillian was born March 26, 1918 in West Liberty, Kentucky the daughter
of Bill and Bertha (Byrd) Adams. On May 6, 1939 she married Frank
(Pete) Love in Charleston, Illinois.

She is survived by two sons, Frank (Pete) Love and his wife Anne of
Charleston and Larry Love and his wife Brenda of Rochester, Illinois; four
grandchildren, Amy Nowocin and her husband Jim of Plainfield, Illinois,
Lisa Love of Charleston, Rob Love and Tom Love both of Rochester; two
great grandchildren, Austin Nowocin and Emily Nowocin of Plainfield; and
two brothers, Cork Adams and his wife Wanda of Springfield, Illinois and
Dick Adams and his wife Rose of Ypsilanti, Michigan. She was preceded
by her husband, Frank (Pete) Love who passed away in 1985; her parents;
two brothers, Marvin Adams and Orville Adams; and three sisters, Ruth
Shepherd, Marie Ridey and an infant.

Lillian was a member of the First Christian Church in Charleston and
Odd-Fellow Rebekah Lodge in Mattoon. She retired from the General
Electric lamp plant in Mattoon after earlier being employed with the
Charleston Brown Shoe facility. Lillian will be remembered as a kind,
gentle and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend
whose goodness toward others will serve as an inspiration to many. When
not spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she
enjoyed gardening.

Lillian's family requests that memorial gifts in her honor be made to a
Charity of the Donor's choice. Memorial gifts may be made at the Visitation
or Services, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive,
Charleston, IL 61920.

Jair Marcos

ARCOLA ­ Jair Alejandro Marcos, infant son of Marco and Jovana
Gonzalez Marcos of Arcola, was stillborn at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday (Feb.
6, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today at the Arcola Cemetery with the
Rev. Joseph Allen officiating. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. today at the
Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola.

Patricia Morris

MARSHALL ­ Patricia A. Morris, 70, of Marshall, IL, passed away at 5:30
p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, IN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshall, IL. Father Jeff Grant will officiate.
Burial will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 2002 at the Edwards Funeral Homem 221 E. Main
St. Arcola, IL and also 4-8 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2002 with a Wake
service at 7:45 p.m. at the Pearce Funeral Home 314 S. 6th St., Marshall,
IL. There will also be a visitation from 7-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 12,
2002 at the Pearce Funeral Home.

Patricia was born January 20, 1932, in Arcola, IL. She was the daughter of
Mary C. McClane. She married Robert F. Morris on April 29, 1955 in Ft.
Lee, VA.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Morris of Marshall, IL; 1 son, David
E. Morris and his wife Denita of Marshall, IL; one daughter, Kathy Morris
of Lincoln, IL; two grandsons, Dennis Robert Morris and his wife Chatlin
and D.J. Morris, all of Marshall, IL; one great grandson, Drew of Marshall,
IL.

Her mother preceded her in death.

Patricia was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the C.C.W. in
Marshall. She was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Tau Sorority of
Marshall. Patricia graduated from Arcola High School in 1950.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund.

Brenda Parrett

SHELBYVILLE ­ Brenda K. Parrett, 39, of Shelbyville died at 1:14 a.m.
Friday (Feb. 8, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lockart and Sons Funeral
Home in Shelbyville with Gary Crowder officiating. Burial will be in
Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, at a later date. Visitation will be from
noon Sunday until service time at the funeral home.

She was born Feb. 27, 1962, in Taylorville, a daughter of Carl and Betty
Boarman Fulford. She married Donald Parrett in 1990; he died in 1999.

Survivors include daughters Sara James and Jessica James, both of
Shelbyville; parents Carl and Betty Fulford of Shelbyville; and brothers
Chuck Fulford of Shelbyville and Steve Fulford of Decatur.

She was also preceded in death by a sister.

Mrs. Parrett was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to the Sara and Jessica James Education Fund.
Feb. 8, 2002

Mrs. Wilda Matilda Buckner

MATTOON, Ill. - Mrs. Wilda Matilda Buckner, 92, resident of the Odd
Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, formerly of Bement, Carmi,
Champaign, Ill. and Indianapolis, Ind., died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday (Feb.
6, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral
Home in Neoga, Ill., with the Rev. Henry Wilson, of Milmine, Ill.,
officiating. Burial will be in Gaskill Cemetery, near Neoga. Visitation will be
two hours before the service at the funeral home.

She was born June 3, 1909, in Phillipsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Albert
Edward and Nettie Miller Patterson. She married Oscar Sherman Buckner
on Dec. 1, 1928 in Shelby County, Ill., he died on Dec. 6, 1978.

Survivors include one daughter, Margery Cook and husband Quadie of
Indianapolis, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Buckner was a housewife and member of the Rebekah Lodge in
Bement, Ill.

Bernice Dewar

MATTOON - Bernice Dewar, 82, of Gays died at 7:05 p.m. Thursday
(Feb. 7, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, Mattoon.

DOROTHY FRAZIER

Dorothy Elizabeth Frazier, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 9:14 p.m.
on Wednesday, February 6, 2002, at the Mattoon Health Care Center.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday at
the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Joe Hanley officiating. Burial
will follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from Noon
until service time on Monday afternoon at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born March 23, 1921 in Terre Haute, Indiana, a daughter of
Oscar W. and Rose Alta Crabtree Sexson. She married Frank Frazier in
1937. He passed away in 1939. She married Orval Frazier on July 25,
1939, in Greenup. He passed away November 22, 1986. She was also
preceded in death by two brothers, ten sisters and one grandchild and one
great-grandchild.

Survivors include one son, Phillip Eugene Frazier and wife Shirley of
Stewardson; three daughters, Phyllis June Worley Nuxoll and husband Ken,
Sharon Justice and Shelia Campbell and husband Jerry, all of Mattoon; one
sister, Mary Struck of Mattoon; ten grandchildren, thirteen
great-grandchildren, one step grandson, one great-great-grandchild, one
step-great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Frazier was a homemaker who was active in P.T.A and served as an
Election Judge for many years.

LARRY R. HARMON

CHARLESTON, IL - Larry R. Harmon, of Charleston, passed away on his
sixty-fourth birthday Thursday, February 7 (2002) at Odd Fellow-Rebekah
Home in Mattoon.

Graveside Services celebrating his life will be held at 11:15 a.m. on
Tuesday, February 12 (2002) at Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.
Reverend Bill Boaz will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of
Adams Funeral Chapel.

Larry was born February 7, 1938 in Tuscola, Illinois the son of son of
Gerald R. and Hester M. (Lowery) Harmon.

He is survived by a very special and loving sister and brother-in-law, Kay
and Bill Helton of Charleston; one nephew, Michael D. Helton of
Charleston; three nieces, Lori Rankin and her husband Kevin of
Charleston, Kari Younger and her husband Bill of Bethany, Illinois and
Stacy Griffin and her husband Ron of Harlingen, Texas; two great
nephews, Cole Younger of Bethany and Joseph Griffin of Harlingen; two
great nieces, Kacie Rankin of Charleston and Maci Younger of Bethany;
three aunts, Doris Cutler of Mahomet, Illinois, Rachel Hoover of LaGuna
Woods, California and Phyllis Duckworth and her husband George of
Conyers, Georgia; and two uncles, William Lowery of Seneca, South
Carolina and Quinton Harmon and his wife Rose of Harwich,
Massachusetts. He was preceded by his parents and one brother, Earl E.
Harmon.

A life-long Charleston resident, Larry graduated from Charleston High
School in 1957, worked at Moore Business Forms for thirty-one years prior
to the closing of their Charleston facility and most recently was employed
with CarQuest of Charleston. His appreciation for the area extended to
watching wildlife and walking trails at Fox Ridge State Park. He also
enjoyed fishing, sight-seeing via automobile and cheering for his beloved St.
Louis Cardinals and Rams. Larry will be warmly remembered as a loving
brother, brother-in-law, uncle and nephew ­ all whom he treasured.

In lieu of flowers, Larry's family requests that memorial gifts in his honor
be made to Lincolnland Hospice or to a Charity of the Donor's choice.
Memorial gifts may be made at the Services, or mailed to Adams Funeral
Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Earl Liggett

HUMBOLDT - Earl D. Liggett, 76, of Humboldt, died at 2:02 a.m.
Thursday (Feb. 7, 2002) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield.

Arrangements are incomplete at Epperson Funeral Chapel, Mattoon.

Sherry Robinson

SULLIVAN - Sherry K. Robinson, 52, of Sullivan, died at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6, 2002 in her home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the McMullin-Young
Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev Dr. David Leslie officiating.
Visitation will be Friday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in
Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: First Christian Church, Sullivan
or the American Cancer Society.

She was born on August 27, 1949, in Mattoon, the daughter of Merwyn
Aurice "Short" and Betty June Corn Young. She was a member of the First
Christian Church, Sullivan, and a graduate of Western University and
Sparks Business College. She married Ronald G. Robinson on Aug. 16,
1975 in Smyser Church, Gays.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald of Sullivan; son, Clint W.
Robinson of Sullivan; daughter, Lynnae B. Robinson of Sullivan; twin
brother, Terry Young of Gays.

She was raised on a farm all of her life in the Smyser Community. The
most important thing to her was her family.

Her interests were yard and garden work. Flowers and music, sewing,
volunteering with the 4-H, Bible School and Moultrie Homemakers
Extension Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Dale Thompson

NORTH VERNON, Ind. - Dale E. Thompson, 68, of North Vernon, Ind.,
formerly of the Mattoon area, died at 4:55 a.m. Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at
his home.

The funeral was conducted Thursday at the Dove-Sharp-Rudicel Funeral
Home.

He was born July 11, 1933, in Trilla, a son of Cleo and Myrtle Morgan
Thompson. He married Helen M. Hamilton in 1953; she survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Martin E. and Brian Thompson and
Paul Fenter; three daughters, Cindy Thompson, Barbara Edman and Paula
Benton; three brothers, Gerald, Lowell and Michael Thompson; two sisters,
Phyllis Norris and Sandra Campbell; 16 grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Thompson was a retired salesman from Elasco in Mattoon. He was a
Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the VFW Matt
Hester Post 2021 and past commander of the former American Legion Post
199 of North Vernon.

Feb. 7, 2002

Ricky Glasscock

Ricky Lynn Glasscock, 40, of Windsor died at 6:52 am. Tuesday Feb. 5,
2002 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Lovins-Lockart
Funeral Home, Windsor with Rev Richard Eident officiating. Visitation will
be from 12:00 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Ash Grove
Cemetery near Windsor.

He was born February 10, 1961 in Decatur the son of David G. and Mary
M. Bence Glasscock. He graduated from Lakeview High School and
attended Millikin University and the University of Missouri in Rolla, MO.
He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the
Experimental Aircraft Association in Osh Kosh, WI.

He was employed by Archer Daniels Midland in the Byproducts
Laboratory. He married Elaine J. Ehrich June 11, 1985 in Decatur.

Surviving are his wife, Elaine; mother, Mary Glasscock of Decatur; father
and step-mother, David and Barbara Glasscock of Flagler Beach, FL;
brothers David Glasscock and wife Paula of Lakewood, CO and George
Glasscock and wife Teresa of Wausua, WI; sister, Vicki Ehrmann and
husband Ed of Brighton, CO; nephews David Michael Glasscock and wife
Chris, Thomas Ehrmann and Michael Ehrmann; nieces Allison Oja, Rachel
Oja and Emily Erhmann; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry (Bud)
and June Ehrich of Birchwood, WI and sister-in-law, Ellen Ehrich Martinez
of Chicago.

Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the American
Cancer Society

Estella Reed

GREENUP - Estella M. Reed, 86, of Greenup, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday
(Feb. 5, 2002).

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Barkley Funeral Home, in
Greenup, with the Rev. Dawn Linder officiating. Burial will be in Harmony
Cemetery, rural Greenup. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the
funeral home.

She was born June 26, 1915, in Greenup, the daughter of John C. and
Della Ragon Underwood. She married Lowell Reed on July 11, 1936; he
died Oct. 21, 1999.

Survivors include a son, John Reed of Casey; two daughters, Sharon
Ramsay of Casey and Shirley Lacey of Lakeland, Fla.; six grandchildren:
Greg Ramsay, Steve Lacey, John J. Reed of Casey, Ken and Lynn Ramsay
of Indianapolis, Ind., Stacey Burkert of Durham, N.C.; two
great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Meagan Ramsay.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Reed was a homemaker.

Memorials may be made to the Greenup Presbyterian Church.

Evalee Reed

SULLIVAN - Evalee Reed, 88, of Sullivan, died at 8:15 p.m. on Monday,
February 4, 2002, in the Sullivan Health Care Center, Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in the McMullin-Young
Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev. Francis Farney officiating. Visitation
will be Thursday (today) from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be
in the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: Donor's Choice.

She was born on November 14, 1913, the daughter of Ira F. and Bessie
Myrtle Anderson Reed. She was retired from the Illinois Masonic Home,
Sullivan, a member of the First Apostolic Church, Sullivan.

She is survived by a sister, Opal Fultz of Sullivan. She was an Aunt to
many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Everyone needs
an Aunt Bea and she was ours. She was a great lady and will be truly
missed.

She was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Claude and Noah Reed and 1
sister, Mary Peadro.

Mary Catherine Rickelman

MATTOON - Mary Catherine Rickelman, age 79, passed away 8:05 p.m.,
Tuesday, February 5, 2002, at the Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2002, at the
Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. Niebrugge officiating. Interment
will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday (this)
evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

Mary was born July 31, 1922, in Pleasant Grove Township, a daughter of
Hubert and Catherine Verdeyen Pike. She married Earl "Bud" Rickelman
on May 23, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Mary is survived by her children, H. Anthony "Tony" Rickelman and his
wife, Alice, of Mattoon; Marilyn Shull and husband, Denny, also of
Mattoon; and David Rickelman and wife, Wendy, of Cape Coral, Florida.
She also leaves a brother, Joe Pike of rural Mattoon, 7 grandchildren, and
10 great-grandchildren. Her son, Earl, daughter, Judy and sister, Loretta
Houser, preceded her in death.

For 25 years, Mary owned and operated Creative Ceramics. She was also a
cook for the Mattoon Eagles Lodge. She attended the Immaculate
Conception Church, was a member of the Mattoon Eagles Lodge, and the
Mattoon Moose Lodge.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling. She was an avid
card player and liked to play Yahtzee.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Georgeanna Siliznoff

MARTINSVILLE - Georgeanna Siliznoff, 85, of Martinsville, died at 1
p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2002).

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Pearce Funeral Home, Marshall.
Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be 5 to 8
p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 25, 1917, in Ashmore, the daughter of George and Anna
Ellis Bidle. She married George Siliznoff in 1946; he survives.

Other survivors include one sister, Dorothy Courtney of Lawrenceville,
Ga., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Siliznoff was a member of the Martinsville Bible Church, Martinsville.

Ruth Smith

CASEY - Ruth Mae Smith, 78, of Casey, died at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday (Feb.
5, 2002) at Heartland Manor, Casey.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home
with the Rev. Billy Ray Ulrey officiating. Burial will be in Washington
Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the
funeral home.

She was born July 8, 1923, in Casey, the daughter of Lebert and Clara
Faunce Johnson. She married Duane J. Smith in 1942; he survives.

Other survivors include one son, Leroy Smith of West York; one daughter,
Sharon Throckmartin of Riverton, Wyo.; one brother, Paul Johnson of
Huntsville, Ala.; two sisters, Geneva Hudson of Casey and Marie Shanks
of Martinsville; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and seamstress. She was a member of the
White Oak Church of God in Casey.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Manor Nursing Center, Casey.

Mrs. James C. Velva Steele

SULLIVAN - Mrs. James C. Velva Steele, 94, of Sullivan, died at 1:30
a.m. Tuesday February 5, 2002, in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the McMullin-Young
Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Dr. Rev. David Leslie officiating,
visitation will be 1 hour before service time. Burial will be in Greenhill
Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials: Titus Memorial Presbyterian Home, or the
First Christian Church, Sullivan.

She was born on October 9, 1907, in Sullivan, the daughter of William
Henry and Eva Maletha Drew. She was a Registered Nurse with Dr.
Kendall's office in Sullivan and Head Nurse at Memorial Hospital in
Mattoon, on the Med-Surg floor. She was a charter member of the
Mattoon Nurses Assoc., charter member of the Mo. Co. Nurses Assoc.,
member of the First Christian Church Sullivan, CWF, Sullivan Art Club,
Evening Women's Club charter member, Home extension, Ada Circle of
Christian Church. She married James C. Steele on November 21, 1930 in
Vandalia and he preceded her in death on May 2, 1983.

She is survived by a foster daughter, Rebecca Ann Doran of Seattle, WA;
grandson, Raymond J. Hunter of Seattle, WA.

She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, 1 half-brother, 1 grandson, a
half-sister, and 3 baby boys.

Feb. 6, 2002

Patricia Jordan

MESA, Ariz. - Patricia Ann Jordan, 64, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of
Mattoon, died Feb. 1, 2002, at her residence.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sunland Lakeside
Chapel, Sun City, Ariz.

She was born in Mattoon.

Survivors include two sons, Glenn Eckles Jr. of Maryland and Will
Berkhoff of Vermont; one daughter, Paula Annette Eckles of Idaho;
mother, Mary Jordan of Sun City, Ariz.; one brother, James Jordan of
California; one sister, Martha Jordan of Youngtown, Ariz.; and 12
grandchildren.

Ms. Jordan worked as a secretary for the Department of Corrections. She
was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge, Jobes Daughters and Daughters
of the American Revolution.

Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation in Phoenix.

Ann Shapland

CULLOM - Ann K. Shapland, 66, of Cullom, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday (Feb.
5, 2002) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Cullom United Methodist Church
with the Rev. Herb Thompson officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn
Cemetery, Cullom. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the St. John's
Lutheran Church Hall, Cullom. The Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home,
Cullom, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Emington, the daughter of Richard F. and
Edith Alean Hamilton Shapland.

Survivors include five brothers, Richard Shapland of Ashkum, Raymond
Shapland of Commerce, Ga., Vernon Shapland of Melvin, and Ronald and
Bill Shapland, both of Cullom; and two sisters, Edith Swager of Flanagan
and Marjori Shuemaker of Neoga.

Miss Shapland worked at the Kempton State Bank, Vermilion Valley Bank
at Kempton and later for Alliance Grain Company in Cullom. She was a
member of the Cullom United Methodist Church and the Skinner-Trost
American Legion Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to the Cullom Fire Department EMS.

Feb. 5, 2002

Ruth Beck

CHARLESTON - Ruth Marie Beck, 92, of Charleston, formerly of
Belleville, Ind., died Monday (Feb. 4, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

A memorial service will be in Poplar Bluff, Mo., City Cemetery. Adams
Funeral Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

She was born Sept. 18, 1909, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the daughter of Lydle
and Annie Bearden. She married Abner Frank Beck; he died in 1981.

Survivors include one son, Roger Beck of Charleston, and one sister, Lita
Loch of Braymer, Mo.

She was also preceded in death by one sister.

Mrs. Beck worked for the federal government in Indianapolis. She was
active in the Belleville Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Methodist Church or the Wesley
United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Leona Collins

ROCKFORD - Leona Collins, 80, of Rockford, formerly of Mattoon, died
at 8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) at her residence.

A service will be held at a later date. The Anderson-Long Klonpe Funeral
Home, Rockford, is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Mattoon, the daughter of Henry and Nellie
Kilburn Niehaus. She married Robert Collins in 1952; he died in 1989.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Wilson of Dallas; one sister, Louise
Jensen of Mattoon; and one great-grandchild.

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

Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and former member of the First Baptist
Church in Mattoon.

Erma Connour

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Erma J. Connour, 75, of Columbus, Kan., formerly
of Waynesville, Mo., and the Charleston and Oakland areas, died at 9:22
p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) at the Maude Norton Hospital, Columbus.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. today at the Briarwood Baptist Church, Dixon,
Mo., with Elder Neil Lewis officiating. Visitation will be noon until service
time at the church. A graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at
Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the cemetery. The
Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Columbus, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 25, 1926, in Sikeston, Mo., the daughter of George
and Tina Golladay Maples. She married Delmar Connour in 1946; he died
in 1978.

Survivors include one son, Robert Connour of Mesa, Ariz.; two daughters,
Brenda Norris of Columbus, Kan., and Betty Connour of Effingham; 14
grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and
great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, one daughter, four brothers,
one sister, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Connour worked at the Charleston Brown Shoe Co. and H.D. Lee
Co. in Richland, Mo. She was a member of the Briarwood Baptist Church
in Dixon, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of the Bath-Naylor Funeral
Home, Columbus, Kan.

Zelma Davis

FINDLAY - Zelma F. Davis, 91, of Findlay, died at 8:38 a.m. Sunday
(Feb. 3, 2002) in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Findlay Christian Church with
the Rev. Greg Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery, near
Findlay. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Lockart and Sons
Funeral Home, Findlay.

She was born Aug. 13, 1910, in Shelby County, the daughter of Elzie H.
and Ida May Cazier Taylor. She married Edwin Harry Davis in 1932; he
died in 1974.

Survivors include one son, Charles Davis of Pasadena, Texas; one
daughter, Elizabeth Livingston of Effingham; four grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Davis worked at Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou Corporation during World War
II. She was a member of the Findlay Christian Church.

GEORGE FARRAR

Lt. Col. George B. Farrar (Ret.), age 82, of Mattoon, passed away at 8:33
a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2002, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health
Center.

Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Tom Pullen officiating. Burial
with military rites by the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard will follow.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral
home.

George was born February 20, 1919 in Humboldt, a son of Roscoe and
Evaline Balch Farrar. He married Marjorie C. Beeney on December 11,
1943.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie C. Farrar of Mattoon; two sons, John
C. Farrar and wife Marianne of Humboldt and Jay E. Farrar of Newark,
New Jersey; one sister, Mary Ward of Tempe, Arizona; five grandchildren,
Robbie G. Farrar and wife Monica of Reno, Nevada, Nicole M. McQueen
of Neoga, Natalie E. Parkerson of Mattoon, John D. Farrar and Joshua A.
Farrar, both of Humboldt; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Joe B. Farrar and two sisters.

Lt. Col. Farrar retired from the U. S. Air Force after thirty-three years of
service. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, V.F.W. and
American Legion in Shreve Port, La., and Gideon's International.

Memorials gifts may be made to Gideon's International.

Rose Matson

NEWTON - Rose A. Matson, 98, of Newton, died at 6:20 p.m. Sunday
(Feb. 3, 2002) at the Newton Rest Haven Nursing Home.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Barkley Funeral Home,
Greenup, with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn
Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral
home.

She was born Jan. 26, 1904, in Newton, the daughter of Clayborne Ross
and Rosa Byrd Cummins. She married Delbert Matson in 1934; he died in
1970.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Matson had taught school for 43 years at schools in Bryd, Reisner,
Plainfield, Sandridge, Wilson, Oakland and Newton. She was a member of
the Falmouth United Methodist Church and the Newton American Legion
Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to Newton Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Roy Smith

THORSBY, Ala. - Roy M. Smith, 71, of Thorsby, Ala., formerly of
Casey, died Jan. 28, 2002, at his home.

The Martins Funeral Home Chapel, Clanton, Ala., was in charge of the
arrangements. Burial was in Cedar Grove Methodist Church Cemetery,
Thorsby, Ala.

He was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Casey, the son of Everett and Zona Smith.
He married Emily Patterson in 1957; she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Alan Smith of Dayton, Ohio, and Randy
Smith of Thorsby, Ala.; one daughter, Donna Dozier of Wilsonville, Ala.;
four brothers, Howard Smith of Springfield, Robert Smith of Urbana,
Clifford Smith of Casey and George Smith of Lima, Ohio; two sisters, Inez
Slater of Casey and Loretta Goble of Martinsville; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Smith served in the Navy from 1947 to 1967.

Paul Stillions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Lt. Col. Paul Daniel Stillions, USAFR, 80, of
Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Charleston, died Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2002)
at Humboldt Hospital, Humboldt, Tenn.

The Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel was in charge of the
arrangements. Burial with full military honors was in Memphis Memorial
Park.

He was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Charleston, the son of Clarence A. and
Minnie Bradley Stillions. He married Betty Jo Owen in 1942; she survives.

Other survivors include one son, Paul Stillions Jr. of Memphis, and five
grandchildren.

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

Retired Lt. Col. Stillions was a retired Holiday Inn executive. He was a
member of the Memphis Belle Association and the Military Order of World
Wars Association. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and the
Korean conflict. He was a German prisoner of war, and past commander of
the Mid South Chapter of American Ex-POW's.

Memorials may be made to the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church or the
Alzheimer's Association.

Feb. 4, 2002

Mary Buttram

PEORIA HEIGHTS - Mary C. Buttram, 83, Peoria Heights, died at 6:57
p.m. Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at the Methodist Medical Center.

The funeral will be noon Wednesday at the Wilton Mortuary, Peoria, with
the Rev. Dr. Randall Saxon officiating. Burial will be in Springdale
Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the
mortuary.

She was born Nov. 28, 1918, in Mattoon, the daughter of John F. and
Flossie V. Glasscock Keller. She married Victor B. Buttram in 1943; he
died in 1972.

Surviving are one daughter, Phyllis Barnes of Peoria; one brother, John
Keller of Mattoon; one sister, Jean Bassett of Champaign; two
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Buttram was retired from Methodist Medical Center. She was a
member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria, the Peoria Heights
Suburban Lioness Club and the Peoria District Association of the Blind.

Jay Davis

WESTVILLE - Jay Marion Davis, 84, of Westville, formerly of Lerna,
died at 6:45 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002).

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Trinity United Church of Christ,
Westville, with the Rev. Bob Marsh and the Rev. Phil Jackson officiating.
Burial will be in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday
at the church. Wolfe Funeral Home, Westville, is in charge of the
arrangements.

He was born Oct. 27, 191,7 in Seymour, Tenn., the son of William H. and
Nettie Caroline Latham Davis. He married Oro Martin in 1943; she
survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Robert and Randall Davis, both of Westville,
John Davis of New Lennox and Jerry Davis of Danville; one daughter,
Rose Osborn of Decatur; one brother, Ted Davis of Riverton; one sister,
Becky Tingley of Mattoon; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and
five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, one brother, one sister and two
grandchildren.

Mr. Davis was retired from Conrail Railroad and was a member of the
Trinity United Church of Christ in Westville, the Illiana Organaires and was
a board member for the March of Dimes.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ or Carle
Hospice.

Robert Duzan

TUSCOLA - Robert W. "Bob" Duzan, 51, of Tuscola, formerly of
Oakland, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) in Douglas County.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland,
with Pastor Don Funk officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery with
military rites by the Brocton American Legion and the Oakland VFW.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

He was born March 17, 1950, in Oakland, the son of Cleo A. and Muriel
Miller Duzan. He married Barb Van Dorn Montez in 2000; she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeremy Duzan of Urbana and Jared Duzan of
Tuscola; one stepson, Kenneth Bragg of Tolono; two stepdaughters,
Melaine Dunbar of Kingsland, Ga., and Cynthia Brewer of Ivsdale; one
brother, William Duzan of Oakland; and two sisters, Sandra Kaiser of
Centralia, Mo., and Susan Shonk of Paris.

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

Mr. Duzan worked at J.L. Allen Construction Co. and served in the Illinois
National Guard. He was a member of the Mattoon Labor Union #171, the
Brocton American Legion and the Tuscola Moose Lodge.

Memorials may be made to the Brocton American Legion.

Kimmery Gilbert

MATTOON - Kimmery D. Gilbert, 93, of Mattoon, died at 7:30 a.m.
Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at his residence.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home
with the Rev. Harold Bray officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born June 6, 1908, in Kirksville, the son of Robert D. and Anna
Mae Taylor Gilbert. He married Iva Opal Shriver in 1933; she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jean Louise Abbott of Bethany; eight
grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and five sisters.

Mr. Gilbert was a farmer and tool and die maker at Blaw-Knox. He was a
member and elder of the Mattoon Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Mattoon Christian Church or Lincolnland
Hopsice.

Harold Grovier

RANTOUL - Harold Asher Grovier, 73, of Rantoul, died at 4:15 a.m.
Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at Illiana Health Care Systems, Danville.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation
Center with Pastor Mak officiating. Burial will be in Danville National
Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 210. Visitation will
be one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Indianola, the son of Levi Westley and
Evelyn Reffett Grovier.

Surviving are two sons, David Grovier of Charleston and Jack Grovier; two
daughters, Marsha Calderone of Rantoul and Kianne Perkins of
Champaign; one brother, Robert Grovier of Covington, Ind.; one sister,
Jospehine Boyer of Indianola; nine grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren.

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

Mr. Grovier was a meat cutter and was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Wilfred Harrison

HORSHOEBEND, Ark. - Wilfred C."Bill" Harrison, 90, of HorshoeBend,
Ark., formerly of Mattoon, died Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at the Schilling Funeral Home.

Thomas Toner

MARTINSVILLE - Thomas Wayne Toner Sr., 58, of Martinsville, died at
3 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 3, 2002) at his residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home,
Martinsville, with the Rev. Terry Blanchard officiating. Burial will be in
Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral
home.

He was born Oct. 7, 1943, in Martinsville, the son of Wayne U. and Pearl
Lunoris Wells Toner. He married Sharon Elaine Shawver in 1960; she
survives.

Also surviving are his mother and stepfather, Lunoris and Woody
Woodworth; three sons, Thomas Toner Jr. and William Toner, both of
Martinsville, and James Toner, at home; two daughters, Lori Davis of
Casey and Kari Jost of Indianapolis; one brother, William Toner of
Martinsville; one sister, Patricia Wells of Martinsville; and six
grandchildren.

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

Mr. Toner served as the mayor of Martinsville for six years and was a
member of the Word of Life Church in Casey.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of the
American Cancer Society.

Franklin Yelton

LAGRANGE, Ind. - Franklin Robert Yelton, 88, of LaGrange, Ind.,
formerly of Casey, died at 8:47 a.m. at LaGrange Community Hospital.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Markwell Funeral Home,
Casey, with the Rev. Steve Greene officiating. Burial will be in Hazel Dell
Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

He was born May 8, 1913, in Hazel Dell, the son of Samuel and Elsie Love
Welker Yelton. He married Gertrude M. Miller in 1934; she died in 2000.

Surviving are two sons, Mike Yelton of Ligonier, Ind., and Jeff Yelton of
Chesterton, Ind.; four daughters, Kathryn Lehman of Topeka, Ind., Lenora
Johson of N. Ft. Myers, Fla., Shirley Fleming of Churubusco, Ind., and
Sonia Yelton of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; one sister, Latreva McCord of
LaPlace; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren;
and one stepgreat-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Yelton was a retired factory welder and was a member of the
LaGrange Church of the Nazarene.

Eileen E. Croy

CHARLESTON - Eileen Evelyn Croy, 82, of Charleston passed away at
7:29 a.m. Sunday, February 2, 2002 at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home,
Mattoon.

Funeral services honoring her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday,
February 5, 2002 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Reverend
Ray Finney officiating. Interment will follow in Janesville Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at
Harper-Swickard.

Eileen was born September 11, 1919 at Trilla, daughter of Clarence and
Hazel Beals Starwalt. She married Harold Croy, December 23, 1937, he
survives. Also surviving are her daughter: Linda Armstrong and husband
Jim of Mattoon; two grandchildren: Brenda Banks and husband Dave of
Imperial, MO and Kim Spink and husband Brian of Vienna, IL. Seven
great-grandchildren and two brothers: Eugene Starwalt of Mattoon and
Harold Dean Starwalt of Neoga also survive. She was preceded in death by
one grandson and her parents.

Eileen was a proud wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and
was married to the love of her life for more than sixty-four years.

Eileen was a member of the Charleston Order of the Eastern Star.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lincolnland in care of
Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.

Maxine Sitz

Maxine Sitz, 84, of Tuscola, died at 2:30 AM Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 at her
home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 4, 2002 at
Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street, Arcola, with Stanton Bane as
officiant followed by a private family graveside service at the Arcola
Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Mrs. Sitz was born Oct. 28, 1917 in Terre Haute, Indiana, a daughter of
Arlie Fogleman. She married Frank Sitz on Sept. 11, 1934; he preceded her
in death on Aug. 3, 1952.

Survivors include one son, Robert Sitz and his wife Pat of Arcola; 3
daughters, Arlene Bell of Rockford, Dorothy Ashley and her husband Ed of
Arcola, Katherine (Sue) Henry and her husband Aaron of Indianola; 15
grandchildren, Todd and Bobby Sitz, Tina VanDeveer, Lisa Karmazinas,
Lori Anderson, all of Arcola, Teri Scaggs of Champaign, Amanda Henry of
Savoy, Justin Henry of Tuscola, Anita Stokes of Westville, Connie Pearson
of Cortland, Patricia Hallman, Ronnie and Carl Bell of Rockford, Dale Bell
of Ormond Beach, Florida, Calvin Bell of Charlotte, N.C., 21 great
grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by her mother, Arlie, in 1929 and a son, James, on July 25, 1958.

Mrs. Sitz lived in Chicago during her early childhood years with her
mother. She moved to this area in the 1930's and lived with the Duttons in
Arcola. She enjoyed sewing, flowers, dolls, domestic activities, and writing
poetry.

She was a member of the Tuscola Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for
over 50 years and dedicated 29 of those years to the full-time ministry of
helping others learn about Bible truths.

MARY HUNT WIGTON

Mary Hunt Wigton, age 77, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:08 a.m.
Saturday, February 2, 2002, at her residence.

Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. this (Monday)
afternoon at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. E.E. Elliott
officiating. Burial will follow in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will
be held from 1:00 p.m. until time of service today at the Church. The
Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born September 3, 1924, in Windsor, Missouri, a daughter of
Rochelle and Gladys Vance Hunt. She married Melvin L. Wigton on June
8, 1946 in Windsor, Missouri.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin L. Wigton of Mattoon; two sons,
Gregory L. Wigton and wife Cyndy of Bethalto, Illinois and Bradford H.
Wigton and wife Penelope of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Carla Hawley
and husband Danny of Mattoon; two brothers, Harold R. Hunt and wife
Helen of Lees Summit, Missouri and Robert V. Hunt of Lincoln, Missouri;
one sister, Betty Gray of Windsor, Missouri; and five grandchildren, Rachel
Irwin and husband Brian of Syracuse, New York, Beth Hawley of
Mattoon, Eric Wigton and Courtney Wigton, both of Bethalto, and
Alexandra Wigton of Austin, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Wigton was a retired secretary with Illinois Consolidated Telephone
Company. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was a
member of the Debbie Coates Circle and the Young At Heart Sunday
School class. She was also a member of the Illinois Herb Association. Mary
volunteered along with her husband countless hours of service at Lincoln
Log Cabin where she and her husband had recently received the 2001 Site
Manager's Award for outstanding service to Lincoln Log Cabin. Her love of
flowers, gardening and nature was only surpassed by her Christian faith and
love of family, friends and in doing for others,

Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church or Lincoln Log
Cabin c/o Schilling Funeral Home.
 

Feb. 2, 2002

Martha Belles

TUSCOLA - Martha Aileen Belles, 94, of Tuscola, died at 8 a.m. Friday
(Feb. 1, 2002) at the Tuscola Nightingale Manor Nursing Home, Tuscola.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home,
Tuscola, with the Rev. Michael Ruhlig officiating. Burial will be in Tuscola
Cemetery. No visitation is planned.

She was born May 14, 1907, in Linton, Ind., the daughter of Harvey
Deworth and Zula Elma McLane Marley. She married Gerald Reeds
Andrews in 1931; he preceded her in death. She married Byron Lewis
Belles in 1947; he died in 1978.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha Wingler of Arcola and Linda
Williams of Kearney, Neb.; two stepdaughters, Charline Cravens of Villa
Grove and Ethel Harbaugh of Tuscola; seven grandchildren; nine
stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren
and great-great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Belles was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tuscola.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Kay Harper

NEWTON - Kay Harper, 66, of Newton, formerly of Yale, died at 4:15
a.m. Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at Rest Haven, Newton.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at DeBord Cemetery with the
Rev. Danny Harper officiating. There will be no visitation. The Markwell
and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born June 7, 1935, in Yale, the son of Guy Plenny and Nell Harper
Harper.

Survivors include two brothers, John Harper of Casey and Lee Harper of
Los Angeles; four sisters, Dorothy Mallett and Delcie Harper, both of
Cleveland, Virginia Phillips of Willow Hill and Kathy McCoy of Robinson;
and one half brother, Dean Harper of Chicago.

Mr. Harper was a hair dresser and former employee of Moores Garment
Factory.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Helen Miller

MARSHALL - Helen Hubbard Miller, 78, of Marshall, died at 10:05 a.m.
Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) at Hospice House, Cape Coral, Fla.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral
Chapel, West Union. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Princeton, Ind.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to service time
Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Princeton, Ind., to Haskell O. and Fannie
Rae Sowders Wallace. She married Charles E. "Chick" Hubbard in 1946;
he died in 1988. She married Bill Miller in 1999; he survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Taylor of Bokeelia, Fla.,
and Lucinda Wesley of Florence, Ariz.; one brother, Jerauld Wallace Sr. of
New Castle, Ind.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters.

Mrs. Miller was co-owner and operator of Hubbard's Grocery in Snyder
from 1954-65. She was a member of the American Legion Post 90
Auxiliary and VFW Post 5975, both of Marshall.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla., or to the
American Legion Post 90 Auxiliary, Marshall.

Everett Pankey

VILLA GROVE - Everett Dale Pankey, 73, of Villa Grove, died at 10:30
a.m. Friday (Feb. 1, 2002) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday in the First Christian Church, Villa
Grove, with the Rev. Matt Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Villa Grove
Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Joines
Funeral Home, Villa Grove, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Aug. 5, 1928, in Douglas County, the son of Thomas and
Anna Leah Mattox Pankey. He married Mary L. Clapp in 1949; she
survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Charles Pankey of Carterville, Andrew
Pankey of Monticello and Nelson Pankey of Villa Grove; two daughters,
Maryanna Smith of Hindsboro and Norma Jean Johnson of Columbus,
Ohio; two brothers, Richard Pankey of Zepherhills, Fla., and Billy Joe
Pankey of Charleston; two sisters, Phyllis Draper of McDonnough, Ga.,
and Betty Murphy of Savoy; nine grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Pankey was a farmer; managed the Murdock Elevator; was retired
from Kraft Foods in Champaign; was an usher at the Assembly Hall in
Champaign for 39 years; taught Sunday school for 40 years at First
Christian Church in Villa Grove; volunteered at Pleasant Meadows
Christian Nursing Home, Chrisman; and was the commissioner of the
Okaw Valley girls' softball league. He was the Villa Grove Volunteer of the
Year for 2001.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Villa Grove, Pleasant
Meadows Christian Nursing Home in Chrisman or to the Okaw Valley girls'
softball league.

Michael Byford

MATTOON, Ill. - Michael J. Byford, 47, of rural Mattoon, died at 7:44
a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at his residence in rural Mattoon.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral
Home, Neoga, Ill., with the Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Burial will be in
Concord Cemetery, near Neoga. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

He was born May 12, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo., a son of Roy Garland and
Annabelle (Foster) Byford.

Survivors include a mother, Annabelle Miles of Lake Mattoon, Ill.; a
daughter, Michelle Byford of Lake Mattoon; brothers, Chris Byford and
wife Sharon of Mattoon and Roy Byford and wife Sue of rural Neoga;
sister, Mrs. Thomas (Joni) Hitz of Chicago; step children, Rita Beatty, Rob
Jean and Karl Jean; special friend, Lillian Kulze of Mattoon; nieces and
nephews.

He was preceded is death by his father and stepfather, Henry Miles.

Mr. Byford was a former employee of R. R. Donnelley and Son of
Mattoon. He was a U.S. Army Air Ranger veteran ­ 82nd and 101 Air
Borne Division.

Memorials may be made to Michelle Byford, Rt. 2 Box 154, Mattoon, Ill.
61938.

Verna Gentry

Verna Mabel (Kingery) Gentry, Age 96 of Jewett, Illinois passed away at
7:25 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2002 at the Cumberland Nursing
Center in Greenup.

Funeral services celebrating Verna's life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on
Monday, January 4, 2002 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with
Rev. James Maroon and Pastor Tim Pearce officiating. Visitation will be
Sunday, January 3, 2002 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bishop Funeral
Home in Greenup. Burial will be at the Jewett Cemetery, Rural Jewett. In
loving memory of Verna memorials may be made to the Jewett Community
Church or the Cumberland Nursing Center.

Verna was born in Montrose, Illinois on October 10, 1905 a daughter of
Wesley and Mary (Jackson) Kingery. She married William Glenn Gentry
on February 19, 1921. They were married for 72 years before he passed
away in 1992. Verna was a homemaker until her children were grown then
she was a cook at the Jewett Grade School and the Greenup Coffee Shop
for many years. She was a member of the Jewett Community Church and
the Cumberland County Home Extension. She was a loving wife and
mother to her 12 children, 44 grandchildren, 105 great-grandchildren and
58 great-great grandchildren.

Verna is survived by her four sons, Virgil (Louise, deceased) and Dale
(Francis) both of Greenup, Bobby (Christine, deceased) of New Albany, IN
and Paul (Barbara) of Chicago Heights; five daughters, Dorothy (Mike,
deceased) Hannah, Shirley (Bill) Easton and Linda (Ed) Hornbeck all of
Greenup, Alene (Jim Pals, Deceased/Fred) Gutmann of Springfield and
Mildred (Ted, deceased) Lindsay of Jewett; daughter-in-laws, Virginia
Carter and Patricia Cox; a sister, Bessie (Ted Gray and Hugh Clark, both
deceased) Clark of Greenup; 44 grandchildren, 105 great-grandchildren and
58 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sons, Ralph
(infant), Carl and Donald; two brothers, Albert and John Kingery; five
sisters, Lola Cox, Myrtle McManigel, Stella Harris, Mary McElravy and
Pearl Kingery and one great-great-grandson, Sean Michael Allen.

Orie Perry

NEOGA, Ill. - Orie W. Perry, 86, of Pana, Ill., formerly of Champaign and
Neoga, Ill., died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at Heritage Manor
in Pana.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at the Swengel-O'Dell
Funeral Home, in Neoga. Burial will be in the Windsor Cemetery, Windsor,
Ill. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1915, in Shelby Co., Ill., the son of John and Jennie
(Fought) Perry. He married Martha F. Shewmake on Dec. 24, 1938, in St.
Charles, Missouri; she died on Nov. 18, 1993.

Survivors include a son, James Perry of Sachse, Texas; daughters, Mrs.
Betty Meeks of Tuscola, Ill. and Mrs. Bob (Reta) Swisher of Pana;
brothers, Floyd Perry of Bloomington, Ill. and David Perry of Yuma, Ariz.;
sisters, Mrs. Zelma Banning of Shelbyville, Ill. and Mrs. Pete (Martha)
Butler of Shelbyville, Ill.; 9 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Mr. Perry was a retired farmer and retired broom maker in Arcola and
Humboldt. He was a member of the American Legion Post #459 of Neoga,
Eagles Club of Mattoon and Moose Lodge of Tuscola.

BETTY STEEN

Betty "B.J." Steen, 74, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, died Thursday,
January 31, 2002 at Pardee Memorial Hospital following a long struggle
with Parkinson's Disease and complications thereof.

She was the daughter of the late James Miller of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
and the late Ethel Adkinson of Charleston, Illinois. She was a Christian and
was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville. She
graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois with a B.S.
degree in Education and taught elementary school in a public school system
for a short time, but preferred being a full-time homemaker. She loved the
Lord, her husband, her daughters, and their families with all her heart, soul
and mind.

Surviving are her husband, Lloyd Steen; six daughters, Kitty Hazler of
Athens, Ohio, Sherry Green of Middleway, West Virginia, Jennifer
Talhelm, and her husband Larry, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Rebecca
Schultz, and her husband Robert, of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Valerie
Parisi, and her husband James, of Vineland, New Jersey, and Gretchen
Ball, and her husband John, of Kane, Pennsylvania; a sister, Ina Ruth
Klette, and her husband Kenneth, of Alhambra, Illinois; two brothers, Dara
Miller, and his wife Lois, and James Miller, and his wife Rose, both of
Charleston, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren, Shannon, Steve, Erin,
Christopher, Heather, Manieka, Justine, Nicholas, Kaitlin, Jennifer, David,
Jack and Charles; one great grandson, Jonathan; a step-mother Rochelle
Miller and a half-sister, Linda Rogers, both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted 3:00 PM Sunday at Shepherd's Church Street
Chapel by Rev. Ladd B. Fields. Burial will follow at Oak Dale Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral
home. A memorial service will be conducted in Charleston later this month
for local family and friends to celebrate B.J.'s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sammy
Williams Senior Center 301 N. Justice Hendersonville, NC 28739 or to
Four Seasons Hospice PO Box 2395 Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Arrangements are by Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors in
Hendersonville, NC.

Feb. 1, 2002

Lee Croger

MATTOON - Lee Roy Croger, 91, of Mattoon, died at 5:12 a.m.
Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The graveside funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Dodge Grove Cemetery
with the Rev. Robert C. Clark officiating. There will be no visitation.

He was born April 20, 1910, in Mounds, Okla., the son of Ruff Albert and
Sarah Margaret Murphy Croger. He married Ruby G. Cromer in 1927; she
survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Lee Croger Jr. of Orland Park and Donald
Croger of Greenville, Ky.; one brother, Henry Croger of Henderson, Ky.;
six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son and two sisters.

Mr. Croger previously worked at Texaco Oil, B.A. Baker Oil and the
Illinois Highway Department.

Karla Dowdell

GREENBRIAR, Tenn. -Karla Marie Dowdell, 46, of Greenbriar, Tenn.,
formerly of Bethany, died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2002) at her
residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan,
with the Rev. Tad Finch officiating. Burial will be in Marrowbone
Township Cemetery, Bethany. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the
funeral home.

She was born Oct. 28, 1955, the daughter of Lester E. and Hester M.
Hudson Gordon. She married Herschell Dowdell in 1973; he survives.

Also surviving are one son, Matthew Dowdell, at home; one daughter,
Megan Pachall of Bowling Green, Ky.; her father of Bethany; stepmother,
Dorothy Tohill of Bethany; and three brothers, Jim Gordon of Decatur, Bill
Gordon of Bloomington and Tom Gordon of Monticello.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Mrs. Dowdell was a bookkeeper for Herschells Land Service.

Memorials may be made to Sarah Cannon Cancer Center or the National
Kidney Foundation.

Sybil Hollonbeck

SULLIVAN - Sybil A. Hollonbeck, 85, of Sullivan, died at 8:10 a.m.
Thursday, January 31, 2002, in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2002, in the
McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be one hour prior
to service time. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery Sullivan. Memorials:
First United Methodist Church, Sullivan.

She was born on April 29, 1916, in Haynesville, LA, the daughter of Joel
Holbert and Mary Elizabeth Greer Odom. She was a retired beautician and
a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sullivan. She married
John Allen Hollonbeck on December 30, 1937, in Homer, LA; he preceded
her in death on May 3, 1995.

Surviving is her daughter, Linda Armstrong and husband Phil of Sullivan;
brothers, Don Odom of Homer, LA, and Dr. William Odom of Carmel,
CA; grandchildren, Stacy McLaughlin of Plainfield, Michael McLaughlin
and wife Amy of Sullivan and Tony Armstrong of Baltimore, MD;
great-grandchild, Paige McLaughlin of Sullivan.

She was preceded in death by 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Lucille Klinebough

BETHANY - Lucille M. Klinebough, 69, of Bethany, died at 1:05 a.m.
Thursday (Jan. 31, 2002) at Sullivan Health Care.

The graveside funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Marrowbone Township
Cemetery, Bethany. There will be no visitation.

She was born Nov. 30, 1932, in Lovington, the daughter of Herman E. and
Marie M. Woods Kirkwood. She married William Klinebough in 1985; he
died in 1987.

Surviving are two brothers, Jr. Kirkwood of Bethany and Loice Kirkwood
of Corpus Christi, Texas; and one sister, Lovina Lane of Lovington.

Mrs. Klinebough was a clerk at the Mt. Zion Kmart Store.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Rosella Rush

EDGEWOOD - Rosella Rush, 78, of Edgewood, died Wednesday (Jan. 30,
2002) in Lexington, Tenn.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pagel Funeral Home,
Edgewood. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to
8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born Nov. 4, 1923, in Clay County, the daughter of Clarence J.
and Mary A. Jordan Prather. She married Darrel E. "Shorty" Rush in 1942;
he died in 1986.

Surviving are two sons, Darrel Rush of Mattoon and Tim Rush of
Edgewood; one daughter, Judy Ballinger of Lexington, Tenn.; three sisters,
Fern Bee and Janice Prather, both of Mt. Vernon, and Helen Hites of
Champaign; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers.

Mrs. Rush was the retired co-owner/operator of the Rushco Shell and was
a member of the Edgewood Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


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