SULLIVAN - Bobby Bridges, 71, of Sullivan died at 11:45 a.m. Thursday
(March 30, 2000) at Mattoon Care and Rehabilitation Center.Arrangements
are incomplete at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan.
MATTOON - Vernon Lloyd Davis, 88, of Mattoon died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday
(March 28, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.The funeral will be
at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with the Rev. William
E. Stark officiating. Burial will be in Branchside Cemetery, Gays. Visitation
will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.He was born Jan. 23, 1912,
in Clark County, the son of Frank and Isie Lahman Davis. He married Margaret
Opal Arbogast in 1935. She died in 1984.Surviving are one daughter, Mrs.
Jerry (Esther) White of Winter Garden, Fla.; one sister, Edna Perisho of
Westfield; and six grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by one son.Mr.
Davis retired as a shipper/tester from Young Radiator and had formerly
worked at Hayes Freightlines. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church
and Moultrie County RSVP.
TUSCOLA - Carol Lough, 62, of Tuscola died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday (March
30, 2000) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
C. Dean Stephen
CHARLESTON, IL - C. Dean Stephen, age 75, of Charleston, passed away
on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at Prairie View Care Center of Charleston.
SULLIVAN - Margaret E. Barker, age 78, of Sullivan, died at 5:35 a.m.
on Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon.
NEOGA - Julia E. Cole, 100, of Neoga, formerly of Charleston and Mattoon,
died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday (March 28, 2000) at Heartland Christian Village.
VILLA GROVE - Steven L. Keefer, 44, of Villa Grove, died at 3:15 p.m.
Monday (March 27, 2000) at his home.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Mary C. Kimball-Stickford, 87, of Fort Worth, Texas,
formerly of Ashmore, died Saturday (March 18, 2000) at Vencor Hospital,
CHARLESTON - Alberta McKee, 75, of Charleston died at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday
(March 28, 2000) at the Convalescent Care Center of Mattoon.
PARIS Dessie M. McCallan, 94, of Paris died at 1 p.m. Sunday
(March 26, 2000) at her residence.
LANSING Roland B. "Pup" McDonald, 75, of Lansing, formerly of
Casey, died at 10:50 p.m. Saturday (March 25, 2000) at St. Anthony Medical
Center, Crown Point, Ind.
Robert Wayne Pierce
Robert Wayne Pierce, age 38, of Athens, formerly of Springfield, died
at 6:00 PM Saturday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.Rev. Ralph Zetzl OFM
officiating.Burial in Calvary Cemetery in Springfield.Memorials: In lieu
of flowers, memorial may be made to the Robert Pierce Girls College Fund
in care of the Athens State Bank.
HAMMOND, IND. Helen Zebell, 70, of Hammond, Ind., formerly of
Sullivan, died Friday (March 24, 2000) at St. Catherine Hospital, East
Lee Jean Antle, 66, of Arcola, IL, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
March 25, 2000 at her residence in Arcola, IL.
MATTOON - Zion Anthony Ford, 4 months, of Mattoon, died at 12:57 p.m.
Friday (March 24, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
MATTOON - Lila Faye Gonzalez, 56, of Mattoon, died at 10:45 a.m. Friday
(March 24, 2000) at her residence.
STEWARDSON - Ione Margaret Lawrence, 85, of Stewardson, died at 3:26
a.m. Saturday (March 25, 2000) at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
ARCOLA - Mrs. Nettie Marie Vermeland, 91, of Arcola, formerly of Corpus
Christi, Texas, died at 7:40 AM Saturday, March 25, 2000 at Douglas Manor
Zion A. Ford
MATTOON -- Zion A. Ford, 4 months old, of Mattoon died at 12:57 p.m.
Friday (March 24, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
MATTOON -- Lila Faye Gonzalez, 56, of Mattoon died at 10:45 a.m. Friday
(March 24, 2000).
MAXVILLE, FLA. -- Olive Letha Ingram, 91, of Maxville, Fla., died at
4:30 p.m. Thursday (March 23, 2000) at Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville,
Mary Byers King, 76, of Windsor died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday (March
23, 2000) in Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana from injuries sustained
in an auto accident.
EFFINGHAM -- Arthur R. Lawrence, 60, of Effingham died at 8 a.m. Friday
(March 24, 2000) at St. Anthony Hospital, Effingham.
SULLIVAN -- Ruth A. Suddarth, 65, of Sullivan died at 7 p.m. Thursday
(March 23, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
TOLEDO -- Shirley M. Warfel, 60, of Toledo died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday
(March 23, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.
SULLIVAN - Lena Belle Bozell, 92, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Findlay,
died at 12:01 p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2000) at the Palm Gardens Nursing
Home, Tampa, Fla.
Katherine Dewhirst, age 76, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:50 p.m. on
Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
CANTON, MO. - Howard F. Miller, 82, of Canton, Mo., formerly of Mattoon,
died at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 22, 2000) at the Lewis County Nursing
Home, Canton, Mo.
ASHMORE - Carrie L. Sandrisser, 73, of Ashmore died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday
(March 21, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Max WheelerMATTOON
- Max Wheeler, 80, of Mattoon died at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday (March 22, 2000)
at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Lawrence E. (Larry) Closson
CHARLESTON - Lawrence E. "Larry" Closson, age 74, of Charleston, passed
away on Monday, March 20, 2000 at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
in Indianapolis, Indiana. Funeral services celebrating Larry's life will
be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24 at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330
Shawnee Drive, Charleston with Reverend Bill Boaz officiating. Visitation
will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel. Interment,
with military rites performed by the Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston, will be held in Shiloh Cemetery
near Lerna.Larry was born June 18, 1925 in Diona, Illinois the son of John
Riley and Nora (Stewart) Closson. He married Alma Walden in Lincoln, Illinois
on April 14, 1973. She survives.Other survivors include two sons, James
Closson and his wife Linda of Montgomery, Texas and Larry Dale Closson
and his wife Peggy of Springfield, Illinois; three daughters, Linda Brazzell
of Charleston, Lana Smith and her husband Hank of New Holstein, Wisconsin
and Sherri Tetmeyer and her husband Jim of Mattoon; three stepsons, John
Calhoun and his wife Fern and Steve Calhoun and his wife Nita, all of Charleston
and Gregory Calhoun and his wife Marla of Mattoon; one brother, Harley
Closson of Charleston; three sisters, Norma Mineo and her husband Bill
of Charleston, Lois Pettyjohn and her husband Paul of Staunton, Illinois
and Mary Linder of Henderson, Texas, and; twelve grandchildren, eleven
great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and six step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lester Closson, and;
a great grandchild, Alexander Mason.Larry was a family man; his children,
step children and their families were the "light of his life". He was an
industrious and hardworking entrepreneur, having started several businesses
in the Charleston Area. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II,
was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592
of Charleston and formerly a member of the Teamsters Union. His family
and friends will find that remembering Larry will be easyhe leaves
behind an abundance of pleasant memories including many of his stories
that will be retold time and time again as he became an accomplished storyteller.Memorials
in honor of Larry may be made to the family, in care of Adams Funeral Chapel,
P.O. Box 84, Charleston, IL.
MATTOON - Virginia K. Dewhirst, 76, of Mattoon died at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday
(March 21, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete
at Schilling Funeral Home.
CHARLESTON - Mary Z. Drake, 85, of Charleston, formerly of Paris, died
at 2:55 p.m. Monday (March 20, 2000) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home.Burial
will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Paris. Burial
will be in Edgar Cemetery, Paris. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today
at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, Paris.She was born May 14, 1914, in
Parke County, Ind., the daughter of Fortunato and Franchesca Avenatti Zanotti.
She married Walter Vern Drake in 1936. He died in 1970.Surviving are one
brother, Fortunato Zanotti of Terre Haute, Ind.; one sister, Mafalda Baylis
of Sterling; one daughter-in-law, Judy Drake of Charleston; three grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one son
and one brother.Mrs. Drake worked at Zenith Corporation, Paris; J.C. Penney
Co. Inc.; and U.O. Colson Co. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of
the Americas, St. Mary's Alter Society, and of the St. Mary's Catholic
Church, Paris. Memorials may be made to the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Harmony
Center, or St. Charles Catholic Church, Charleston.
ARTHUR - Orville Dean "Deano" High Jr., 34, of Arthur died at 8:18
a.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at the family residence.Arrangements are
incomplete at Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur.
CASEY - Anna Louise Savage, 87, of West Plaines, Mo., formerly of Casey,
died at 1:15 a.m. at National Health Care Facility in West Plaines, Mo.The
graveside funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Casey-Cumberland Cemetery
with Michael Biggs officiating. No visitation is planned. Markwell and
Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born August 10,
1912, in Herrin, the daughter of Christian Magnus and Alice Olive Collard
Nielsen. She married Charles E. Savage in 1932. He died in 1997.Surviving
are one son, Bill Savage of Naples, Fla.; one daughter, Joyce Biggs of
West Plaines, Mo.; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
six stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandson.She was
also preceded in death by her parents, twin brother and one infant grandson.Mrs.
Savage was a homemaker.Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
ASHMORE - Carrie L. Sandrisser, 73, of Ashmore died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday
(March 21, 2000) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.Arrangements are incomplete
at Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston.
LIMA, OHIO - Phyllis M. Wilcoxin, 68, of Lima, Ohio, formerly of Casey,
died at 8:11 a.m. Tuesday (March 21, 2000) at St. Rita's Medical Center
in Lima, Ohio.The graveside funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Washington
Cemetery in Casey with the Rev. Steve Greene officiating. No visitation
is planned. Markwell and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She
was born July 25, 1931, in Casey, the daughter of Ernest and Susan "Susie"
Hock Ruffner.Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Guiltner of Wood River;
three brothers, Jimmie Ruffner of Lima, Ohio, Ernest Ruffner of Calif.,
and Donnie Ruffner of Florida; one half-brother, Paul Hook of Arcadia,
Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents,
two brothers and one sister.Ms. Wilcoxin was retired from Ettlebrick Shoe
Factory and attended the First Church of Nazarene in Casey.
CASEY - Eva I. Briscoe, 70, of Casey, died at 8:48 a.m. Monday (March
20, 2000) at her home.A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday
in the Arthur Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Markwell Funeral Home,
Casey, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born March 7, 1930, in
Laclede, the daughter of Theodore and Mae Cook Jean. She married Darrell
Briscoe in 1960. He died in 1999.Surviving are three sons, Daniel Briscoe
of Casey, Melvin Hart of Dix, and Dennis Edwards of Toledo; one daughter,
Billie Fustin of Arthur; one stepson, Darrell Arthur Briscoe of Topeka,
Kan.; one brother, Teddy Jean of Olympia, Wash.; one sister, Vera Miller
of Arthur; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.She was also
preceded in death by one son and one brother.Mrs. Briscoe was a homemaker.
Norris D. 'Bud' Green, 64, of Sullivan, died 12:05 a.m. Monday (March
20, 2000) in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.Funeral services will
be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with the Rev. Dr.
David Leslie officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will
be in Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey. Memorials are suggested to the
American Lung Association or the Sullivan First Christian Church Youth
Program.Mr. Green was born May 24, 1935 at Tuscola the son of Albert F.
and Esther C. Blaase Green. He had worked for Illinois Power Company and
was a member of the Sullivan First Christian Church, Mattoon Eagles Club
and Decatur IBEW Local #146. Bud married Barbara A. Farley on October 29,
1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Surviving are his wife Barbara of Sullivan; sons,
Matthew T. Green and wife Lisa of Decatur, Marc C. Green of Carbondale;
stepson, Mark Moore and his wife Michele of Kansas, Illinois; stepdaughter,
Tami Johnson and her husband Charles of Ashmore; brother Larry Green and
his wife Joyce of Amboy, Illinois; twin sister Delores Honn and her husband
Bill of Mattoon; sister, Betty Melzer and her husband Paul of Decatur;
Grandsons Colin Green, Brent Moore, Jacob Johnson, Dylan Johnson and granddaughter
Mackenzie Moore all at home.He was preceded in death by his parents and
Nelle Jane Johnson
HINDSBORO - Mrs. Nelle Jane Johnson, 91, formerly of Hindsboro, entered
eternal peace and rest at 5:35 AM Monday, March 20, 2000 at Sarah Bush
Lincoln Health Center with her family at her side.Funeral services will
be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at the Walnut Grove Christian
Church, rural Arcola, with Pastor Barney Wells officiating. Burial will
be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00-7:00
PM at Shrader Funeral Home, 204 N. Locust Street in Arcola.Mrs. Johnson
was born June 20, 1908 in Jackson County, Tennessee, a daughter of Robert
R. and Bertie Kemp Stubblefield. She married Wilburn H. Johnson in Macon
County, Tennessee on August 12, 1928. He preceded her in death on April
19, 1968.Survivors include one son, Denny Johnson and wife Mary Jane of
Arcola; 2 daughters, Evelyn Carlen of Oakland, and Jo Ann DeDominick and
husband Bill of Dallas, Oregon; 2 brothers, Reggie Stubblefield of Arcola,
Robert Stubblefield, Jr. of Mississippi; 3 sisters, Daffo Murry of Lafayette,
Tennessee, Delno Moore of Franklin, Kentucky, Dovie Sexton of Red Boiling
Springs, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 10 great
great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Warner,
2 great grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.Mrs. Johnson was a member
of the Walnut Grove Christian Church where she was a member of the Eunice
Club. She was also a member of the Hindsboro Home Extension, Friendship
Club, and the Coles County Ladies Home Bureau.Memorials are suggested to
the Walnut Grove Christian Church.
MARSHALL - Belle H. Lindley, 99, of Marshall, formerly of Charleston,
died at 2:25 a.m. Monday (March 20, 2000) at Burnsides Nursing Home, Marshall.A
graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Hoult Cemetery, south
of Chrisman with pastor Kevin Coe officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Scott-Bolen Funeral Home, Chrisman.She married
Donald J. Lindley. He died in 1985.Surviving are one sister-in-law, Helen
Cook of Chrisman; and several nieces and great-nieces.
WEST YORK - Scott Edward Rains, 36, of rural West York, died at 2:32
p.m. Sunday (March 19, 2000) at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis,
Ind.A memorial service will be at a later date. There will be no visitation.
The Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel, West Union, is in charge of the arrangements.He
was born July 23, 1963, in Robinson, the son of James Edward and Beverly
Jean Evans Rains.Surviving are his parents of West York; his paternal grandmother,
Norma Rains of Hutsonville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.He was
preceded in death by his paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents.Mr.
Rains was very active in politics having served as a Republican precinct
committeeman in Terre Haute for several years and was currently a member
of the Pachyderm Club. He was a member of St. George Orthodox Church, Terre
Haute, Ind., and York Lodge No. 313 A.F. & A.M. in West Union. He was
employed as a video order processor at Columbia House in Terre Haute, Ind.Memorials
may be made to the St. George Orthodox Church, 1900 S. 4th St., Terre Haute,
Mildred Doris Schafer, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:30 a.m.
on Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence.The Schilling Funeral Home
is in charge of the local arrangements.Mildred was born in Pittsburgh,
Penn. on July 4, 1919, a daughter of Paul and Mary Wise Sivey. She married
Lowell Francis Schafer on February 22, 1945. He preceded her in death on
August 21, 1989.Survivors include two sons, Dale Schafer of Houston, Tex.,
Thomas E. Schafer of Mattoon; one daughter, Mrs. Larry (Lana Jo) Thompson
of Roswell, New Mexico; one sister, Ann Kurzenberger of Westlake, Ohio
and four grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two brothers and
one sister.Mrs. Schafer was a homemaker.Your thoughtfulness would be appreciated
in the form of a donation to Hospice of Linconland for the loving, caring
and selfless service that they provide in times of need.
Kathryn J. Ware, age 86, of Mattoon, Illinois, passed away at 12:25
p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2000, at her residence.The Mass of Christian
Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception
Roman Catholic Church with Father Herman J. Niebrugge officiating. Burial
will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00
p.m. Tuesday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home with Biblical Wake service
at 7:30 p.m.Mrs. Ware was born in Mattoon, on November 27, 1913, a daughter
of Peter and Mary Loretta Welch Morgan. She married Charles B. Ware on
February 20, 1943.Survivors include husband, Charles B. Ware of Mattoon;
two daughters, Paula Winchester and husband David of Mattoon and Ann Easton
and husband Robert of Collierville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jeff Winchester
and wife Tina of Windsor, Greg Winchester and wife Kim of Mattoon, Aaron
Easton of Memphis, Tenn., Shelley Easton of Knoxville, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren,
Dustin Rogers, Kyle Winchester, both of Mattoon, and Jennifer, Jessica,
and Melissa Winchester, all of Windsor.She was preceded in death by three
brothers, one sister, and one great-granddaughter.Mrs. Ware was a member
of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. She was a former member
of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Guild. Kathryn loved to play bridge
and belonged to several bridge clubs.Memorials may be made to the Lincolnland
Hospice or to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
CHARLESTON - Edith Witters, 89, of Charleston, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday,
March 20, 2000, at the I.O.O.F. Home in Mattoon.The funeral will be at
11:00 a.m. Thursday at Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, Charleston. Burial
will be in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service
Thursday at the funeral home.She was born April 29, 1910, in Charleston,
the daughter of Frederick and Agnes White Charlesworth. She married John
Anson Witters in 1928. He died in 1978.Surviving are three sons, John Wesley
Witters of Paris, IL, Robert Edwin Witters of Corvallis, OR, and Charles
Worth Witters of Las Vegas, NV; three daughters, Norma Charlesworth Klaus
of Glen Carbon, IL, Kaye Jean Thomas of Charleston, IL, and Karen Joyce
Bennett of Chesterfield, MO; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.She
was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Gary Maxwell Witters who
is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lloyd Witters of Temple Terrace, FL,
and two grandsons, Larry Kyle Witter and Michael Bond Pearcy.Mrs. Witters
was a reference librarian at Eastern Illinois University from 1960-1984.She
was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.Memorials may be made
to the Alzheimers Disease Research Center, Washington University School
of Medicine, Campus Box 8111-4488 Forest Park Blvd., Suite 130, St. Louis,
SULLIVAN - Ivan J. Abbott, 72, of Sullivan, died at 1:36 p.m. Saturday
(March 18, 2000) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
WINDSOR - Lloyd Boyer, 81, of Windsor, died at 6:40 p.m. Friday (March
17, 2000) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
ARTHUR - Harold I. "Broom" Brown, 75, of Arthur, died at 5 a.m. Sunday
(March 19, 2000) at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.The graveside service
will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Arthur Cemetery with the Rev. Michael
Johnson officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Arthur American
Legion Post and the VFW. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
the Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur.He was born July 8, 1924, in Dalton
City, the son of Charles and Edith Clapp Brown. He married Betty Hutchcraft
in 1946. She survives.Also surviving are one son, Tommy Brown of Decatur;
one daughter, Cindy Luedke of Argenta; and three grandchildren.He was preceded
in death by two sisters.Mr. Brown was a welder at USI Chemical Corp in
Tuscola for 32 years. He was a member of the Vine Street Christian Church,
the American Legion Post, and Operating Engineers Local #515. He was a
navy veteran of World War II.