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Carl Dennis Griffith
Carl Dennis Griffith, 47, of rural Herod, died 2:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg.
He was born Jan. 30, 1953, in Harrisburg, to Dwight E. "Cicero Kid" Griffith and Edwarda (Phillips) Griffith. He married Tina Iwasko on Feb. 14, 1975. She survives.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, with the Rev. Joe Poirot officiating.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home. Burial is in Sunset Garden Cemetey in Harrisburg.
Mr. Griffith was a pro bass fisherman and the owner and operator of D&G Outfitters River to River Trail Lodge. He was a Baptist by faith.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Griffith of Herod; one daughter, Angelique Griffith of Herod; one brother, Eugene Griffith of Harrisburg; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
 

Clarice Joy Ewell
Clarice Joy Ewell, 68, of 927 S. Main St., Harrisburg, died at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg.
She was born May 12, 1932, in Hardin County, to Lloyd and Katie (Hufford) Boulden. She married Harrel G. Ewell on May 20, 1954. He survives.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, with the Rev. Mike Davis and the Rev. David Swain officiating. Visitation is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the funeral home. Burial is in Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg.
Mrs. Ewell was a retired grocer from Ewell's Market. She was a member of Harrisburg First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Harrel G. Ewell of Harrisburg; two sons, Glen Ewell and Van Ewell, both of Harrisburg; one grandson, Austin Ewell of Harrisburg; three brothers, Albert Boulden and wife, Mary of Cleburne, Texas, Harold Boulden and wife, Jean of Las Vegas, and Calvin Boulden and wife, Sharon of Oracle, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Zella and husband, David Jordan of Metropolis; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church or the Shriners Childrens Hospital.
 

Arthur J. Hinant
Arthur J. Hinant, 66, of 316 W. Church St., Harrisburg, died 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Harrisburg Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1934, in Harrisburg, to Arthur J. Hinant Sr. and Mary (White) Hinant. He married Carlene Tuttle in 1953. Further information and funeral arrangements are pending Gaskins Funeral Home in Harrisburg.
 

Payne Michael Williams
Payne Michael Williams was stillborn Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at Harrisburg Medical Center.
He was the son of Ricky and Julie Williams of Rosiclare.
Further information and funeral arrangements are pending at Hosick Funeral Home of Rosiclare.
 

James Clarkson Jr.
James Clarkson Jr., 80, of McLeansboro, died 10:25 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
Visitation is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at Valahalla Cemetery in Belleville.
Mr. Clarkson is survived by his wife, Adeline Clarkson; one son; one daughter; one sister; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Rhonda Hicks
Rhonda Hicks, 60, of 4126 Brandy Lane, Salem, Ill. 62881, died Friday morning, Feb. 2, 2001, at her home after a long illness. She was the wife of Melvin Hicks who was born and raised in Harrisburg and the daughter-in-law of the late Granville (Jeff) and Gladys Abney Hicks of Harrisburg.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two children, Debbie Stokes of Springfield, Curt Hicks of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Judy (PeeWee) Horning of Harrisburg; Venita Tanner of Harrisburg; Phyllis (Charles) Gray of Sanford, N.C.; and several brothers and sisters of Canada, where Rhonda was born.
Arrangements are pending at the Rankin Funeral Home of 310 N. Broadway, Salem.
 

William 'Bill' Clardy
William "Bill" Clardy, 69, of Eddyville, died 9:13 a.m. Feb. 1, 2001, at Deaconess Hospital of Evansville, Ind.
He was born August 18, 1931, in Jonesboro to William Franklin and Cora Jane (Ralls) Clardy. He married Elvira Naccaroto Clardy. She preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 1989.
Visitation is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at the funeral home. The Rev. John Bailey will officiate. Burial is in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Eddyville. The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Cedar Grove Church.
Mr. Clardy was employed a maintenance laborer for Millstone Water District in Eddyville. He served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by three sons, Steve (Wendy) Clardy of Delavan, Wis.; William "Bill" (Shelly) Clardy of Pontiac, Larry Clardy of Pontiac; a sister, Emma Boetcher of Edwardsburg, Mich.; and one grandchild.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Herman Lee Clardy.
 

Jerry Cletus Hafford
Jerry Cletus Hafford, 61, of 406 Boyd St., Eldorado, died 9:45 a.m. Feb. 1, 2001, in Indianapolis, Ind.
He was born June 15, 1939, in Eldorado to the late Glen and Bertha (Partin) Hafford. He married the former Lovella June Hutchison. She preceded him in death.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. at Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado. The Rev. Russell Helton will officiate. There will be no visitation.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles.
He is survived by two daughters, Judi McKinnon of Decatur, Texas, Jerri Vinyard of Marion; two brothers, Frankie Hafford of Louisiana, Charles Rose of Missouri; three sisters, Velma Bradley of Eldorado, Aileen Doerr of Eldorado, Ruth Ann Williams of Texas; three grandchildren, Jermey Hafford of Texas, Jennifer Mason of Marion, Misty Mason of Marion; two great-grandchildren, Madison Elise Betts of Marion and Austin Ray Hafford of Texas.

Helen Travelstead Moss
Helen Travelstead Moss, 88, of Harrisburg, died 5 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001, at her home.
She was born Nov. 2, 1912, in Carrier Mills, the first child of Will F. and Anna Puckett Davis. She married Loren Travelstead in 1933. She married William P. Moss in 1958. He preceded her in death.
Helen was a homemaker and worked for many years as a nurse's aid at Country Club Manor.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the funeral chapel. The Rev. Pete Reed will officiate. Burial is in Lindale Cemetery in Eldorado. The family requests memorials to be made to VNA Hospice.
She is survived by a son, Will (Judy) Travelstead of Cobden; two daughters, Betty Morris of Harrisburg, Donna (Frank) Wilson of Mayville, Mich.; a brother, Bob (Gaynelle) Davis of Harrisburg; two sisters, Maxine Davis of Harrisburg, Clara Ruth (Arthur) Ammon of Carrier Mills; 12 grandchildren, Babette (Bob) Cook of Galatia, David (Shannon) Morris of Harrisburg, Jim Wilson, Steve (Ruth) Wilson, Gary Wilson, Helen (David) Rojas, all of Michigan, Bob Wilson of Iowa, Bob (Song) Moss of Ft. Campbell, Ky., Jeanette (John) Talamo of Westerville, Ohio, Kevin Travelstead of Kansas City, Brian Travelstead and Lucinda Broeker, both of St. Louis, Mo.; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a stepson, Bill Moss, and an infant sister, Laverne Davis.
 

Norma Jean Logan
Norma Jean Logan, 72, of Broughton, died 8:45 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.
She was born Feb. 9, 1929, in Harrisburg, the daughter of the late Eugene and Ruth (Small) Reynolds. She married George Logan July 5, 1947, in Galatia. He survives.
Norma was employed as a seamstress for Elders Shirt Factory in McLeansboro from 1956 to 1977. She attended New Salem Church.
Visitation is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia. Service is 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001, at the funeral home. The Rev. Randall Ragan will officiate. Burial is in Hebron Cemetery in Broughton.
In addition to her husband, George Logan of Broughton, she is survived by two sons, George Jr. and Darrell, both of Broughton; a brother, Hal Reynolds of Harco; a sister, Lois Dahl of Harco; and a granddaughter, Alisha Logan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, George Alan Logan.
 

Billie Derringer
Billie Derringer, of Chester, formerly of Cave-In-Rock, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion.
Visitation is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at Rose-Gilbert Funeral Home in Cave-In-Rock. Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the funeral home. Burial is in Ozee Cemetery.

Mary L. Stricklin
Mary L. Stricklin, 93, Mich., died 2 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 2001, Mother's Day, at Riverbend Nursing Home, Grand Blanc, Mich. She was born June 8, 1907. Mary was the widow of I.B. Stricklin.
Graveside services were held at Novi Memorial Gardens, Mich.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Carolyn "Candy" Hansen; three grandchildren, Brent, Stacy, and Jason McDole; and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband; and son, Charles Gaskins.
 

Ruth Bernice Patton
Ruth Bernice Patton, 77, Hwy146, Elizabethtown, died 6:15 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2001, at Hardin County General Hospital. She was born July 14, 1923, in Harrisburg. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse and Grace Harris. Her husband was Thomas Patton, who survives.
Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2001, at J.M. Weirauch Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001. The Rev. Mike Davis and the Rev. Butch Cowsert will officiate. Burial is in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Harrisburg.
Ruth worked as a home economist. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cave-In-Rock, and of Pride of Arrow Rebekah 234. Ruth was the Saline County co-ordinator for Red Cross and was the Chairperson over the Blood Drive for several years. She was also the former director of Harrisburg National Bank and First State Bank of Elizabethtown.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Patton, Elizabethtown; stepdaughter, Elouise Patton, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Rosemary Patton, Elizabethtown; granddaughter, Ida Patton, Elizabethtown; grandson, Tom Patton, Elizabethtown; and great-grandchildren, Leah and Lauryn Patton, Elizabethtown.
She is preceded in death by two husbands, Marion Whitley and John Howell Pruett; her parents, Jesse and Grace Harris; and stepson, Bill Patton.
 

Georgia Charlene Headrick
Georgia Charlene Headrick, 70, 1001 South Feazel Street, Harrisburg, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Harrisburg Medical Center.
She was born March 14, 1931, in Saline County. She was the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Durfee) Pankey, who preceded her in death. She was married to Wayne Headrick, who survives.
Funeral service is 11 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2001, at Palestine Social Bretheren Church. Visitation is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2001 at Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home in Carrier Mills, and after 9 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2001 at the church. Burial is in Palestine Cemetery.
Georgia was a retired nurse.
In addition to her husband, Wayne, she is survived by one son, Gary (Valerie) Grathler, Harrisburg; one daughter, Janet (David) Stefko, Harrisburg; three grandchildren, Mycra Cook, Joshua Stefko, and Nathan Stefko; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Alexis Bebout; two brothers, Don Pankey, Harrisburg, and Earl T. Pankey, Fayettville, N.C.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Dean.
 

Barbara Gail Suits
Barbara Gail Suits, 54, Elizabethtown, died Thursday, May 31, 2001 at Hardin County General Hospital.
Graveside service is 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2001, at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Elizabethtown. Visitation is 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare. The Rev. Chuck DePriest will officiate.
She is survived by her mother, one daughter, and two brothers.

Mildred Fromm
Mildred Fromm, 91, 13460 New Market Rd., Ridgway, died 7:15 a.m Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Fountain View Nursing Home, Eldorado.
She was born May 15, 1910, in Shawneetown, the daughter of the late Marion and Susie (Litney) Kent. She married Michael A. Fromm on Jan. 16, 1945, who preceded her in death March 26, 2001.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Vickery Funeral Chapel, Shawneetown. The Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at the funeral home. Burial is in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ridgway. Mildred was a homemaker.
She is survived by nieces, Joann (Gerald) Mahan, Harrisburg and Mary (Ron) Abell, Ridgway; nephews, James L. "Jim" (Shelley) Patton, Sidell, Guy (Cindy) Smith, Evansville, and Leroy (Patricia) Reinhart, Evansville, Ind.; brothers or sisters, Orval (Nancy) Kent, S.D., Reba Melemore, Calif., Virginia (Glen) Black, Tucson, Ariz., Ruby (Durad) Oxford, Rolling Meadows, Bill Johnson, Evansville, Ind., and Robert Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Michael A. Fromm; four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Smyth, Grace Johnson, Anna Marie Drone and twin sister, Maggie Patton; two brothers, Edgar and Luther Kent.
 

Charles W. 'Bob' Cletcher
Charles W. "Bob" Cletcher, 76, Marion, died 1:35 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at Harrisburg Medical Center.
He was born March 18, 1925, the son of the late Raleigh O. and Lois Ann (Robbs) Cletcher. He married Jean Colbert, Dec. 13, 1952, who survives.
Graveside service will precede burial 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at Levell Hill Cemetery, Junction. The Rev. Bill Jones will officiate.
Charles was a contractor and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist by faith.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Cletcher, Marion; sisters, Helen Peak, Brownfield, and Frances Elder, Brownfield; nephews, Dwayne (Kathy) Peak, Brownfield, and Bobby Peak, Galatia; niece, Pamela (Lewis) Murphy, Fla.
He was preceded by his parents and one brother, J.W. (Wilburn) Cletcher.
 

Robert Loderback
Robert Loderback, 58, 687 Fifth St., Omaha, died 9:56 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado.
He was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Eldorado, the son of the late Offa and Kathryn (Vaughn) Loderback, who survives. He was married to Beverly Gidcumb on Aug. 5, 1967, who survives.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Vickery Funeral Chapel, Omaha. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001. The Rev. Earl Vaughn will officiate. Burial is in Hazel Ridge Cemetery, Omaha.
Robert was a truck driver for BiPetro, Inc. He was a deacon and member of Eldorado Social Brethren Church.
Robert is survived by wife, Beverly Loderback, Omaha; mother, Kathryn Loderback, Omaha; daughter, Glenda (Jeff) Fleck, Norris City; son, Gerald Loderback, Omaha; sisters, Mary Swears, Omaha, and Janet (Deon) Woods, Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, James Loderback.
 

The Rev. Harry R. Ferrell
The Rev. Harry R. Ferrell, 94, Rosiclare, passed away 4:38 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, in Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Ky.
The Rev. Ferrell was a retired minister and was a resident of the Rosiclare Health Care Center, Rosiclare.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at Hosick Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Ronald Ledbetter will officiate. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001. Burial is in Fluorine Cemetery, Rosiclare.
He is survived by his son, Ed Ferrell, Juno, Alaska; sister, Hazel Gonger, Rosiclare; several nieces and nephews and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Val and Laura (Stacey) Ferrell; sisters, Mabel Partain, Molly Jackson and Hattie McDaniel; brothers, Otis, Randall, Norman and Russell Ferrell; and his wife, Stella Ferrell.
 

David M. Moore
David Martin Moore, 60, St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Harrisburg, died 4 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at St. Luke's - Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born April 13, 1941, in Harrisburg, to Rollie A. and Ethel (Martin) Moore, who survive. He was the beloved husband of Audrey (Ridge) Moore, who also survives.
The body has been cremated. A celebration of David's life will be held at Church on the Rock, St. Augustine, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. Kotrady-Hudgins-Croyle Funeral Home, St. Augustine, Fla. is in charge of arrangements. Local arrangements are in the charge of Gaskins Funeral Home.
David was a long term employee of Northrup Grumman Corporation and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Church on the Rock, St. Augustine, Fla.
David was an avid sports fan and enjoyed all sports.
David graduated from Harrisburg Township High School, Class of 1959, and was active in many school activities. He served as manager of the basketball and baseball teams; manager and treasurer of the HI-Y club; Keystone staff; and Prom Committee. In addition to his wife and parents, David is survived by three sons, Daryl, Alan, and Bradley, all of St. Augustine, Fla.; two step-sons, Eric and Alain; and three step-daughters Carole, Cathy and Carmen. He is also survived by two brothers, Chuck Moore, Dallas, Texas, and Tom Moore, Westville, N.J., one sister, Kathy Farmer, Dallas, Texas; and 11 grandchildren.
 

Ronnie Lee Hart
Ronnie Lee Hart, 44, Delafield, died 6:44 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001 at Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney.
Funeral service was 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001 at Harre Funeral Home in Dahlgren. Visitation was 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at the funeral home. Burial is in Crisel Cemetery, Dahlgren.
 

Marshall Sylvester Fricker
Marshall Sylvester Fricker, 91, Rosiclare, died 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at Hardin County General Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending from Hosick Funeral Home in Rosiclare.
 

Calvin Gene Thompson
Calvin Gene Thompson, 70, Rosiclare, died 7:21 p.m. Aug. 13, 2001 at his residence.
He married the former Juanita Asbell, who survives.
Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001 at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare. The Rev. Roy Baker will officiate.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 at the funeral home. Burial is in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Golconda.

Clyde Layman
Clyde Layman, 93, died at Victory Hospital, Waukegan, of cardiac arrest after sustaining a broken hip on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001. He was born in Mitchellsville, on Jan. 10, 1908, to Florence Emma Duncan Layman and James Matthew Layman.
He was the second youngest of 10 children born to this family and the last sibling to pass into eternal life. The Layman siblings were Nora, Arlie, Walter, Ralph, Anna, Raymond, Margie, Harry, Clyde and James. Family history research has documented that the Womble mountain range in Illinois is named for Simon and Delilah Womble, relatives to Clyde's mother's family. He leaves many loving relatives and friends from the Layman, Dempsey, Furlong, Spurlock, Pankey, Hancock, Henshaw, Duncan, Bryan, Shelton, Smith, Evans, Asbell, Johnson, Adams, Thedos, Ebberhardt, Sachs, Scheman, Lee, Lob and Brachman families. Clyde was nicknamed "HAP" all his life for his happy disposition.
He was baptzed and confirmed in January 1960 and a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Grace Church in Waukegan. He served with distiction in the United States Air Force and United States Army in Europe and the Far East.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor in combat in France and during Omaha Beach. Clyde was involved in the Berlin Air Lift and gave his own rations to refugees. He served at many military posts in the United States, Europe and Asia. He was a strong, compassionate and honorable soldier all his life. He suffered military wounds, but never complained about lifelong pain discomfort from them. Upon military retirement, he worked at Downey Veterans Hospital in North Chicago for over 30 years and earned many recommendations for superior performance on the job. He was a generous contributor to Veteran causes and kept memberships with the Third Armed Division, American Legion, and VFW posts. A favorite military memory of Clyde's was when he graciously assisted the famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, during a visit to Clyde's base in St. Louis.
Clyde was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Gerlinde Lob Layman, whom he married in Munich, Germany in October 1955 while serving at Landsberg, Germany post. His daughter, Arlene Frances, died in July 1978 and he suffered his wife and daughter's death very deeply. He is survived by oldest daughter, Marianne Layman Brachman, and husband (Daniel) of Waukegan and two beloved grandchildren, Jarret Matthew Brachman, wife (Erin) of Delaware and Bryn Jane Brachman of Waukegan.
Clyde requested a graveside prayer service only and this will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001 at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Libertyville. He was buried next to his wife and daughter and is at peace with them. He would have wanted any memorials to be sent to Immanuel Lutheran School, 1310 Frolic Ave., Waukegan, 60085 where his daughters and grandchildren attended. Cards would be appreciated to Marianne Layman Brachman, 438 N. Butrick St., Waukegan, 60085. At the next Layman Family Reunion in May 2002 in Carrier Mills, Clyde' s memory will be honored. He loved Southern Illinois and spoke of it often.

Dr. Quentin C. Wilson
Dr. Quentin C. Wilson, 82, of Eldorado died peacefully at his home 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, after an extended illness.
A native of Eldorado, the son of George F. and Aileen (Goldman) Wilson, he was born Sept. 30, 1919. His life was devoted to service to the people of the Eldorado area, primarily as an optometrist and as a firefighter - and in many facets of daily life ranging from church to school to recreation.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Eldorado First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Cullers officiating with burial to be in Wolf Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Watson Funeral Home, Eldorado.
His wife, Louise (Wallace) Wilson whom he married Jan. 27, 1944, survives him.
He also is survived by a son, George Q. Wilson of Harrisburg; two daughters, Nancy Lou (Gene) Morris and Chloe Ann (Tom) Clore, both of Eldorado; eight grandchildren, Jason Wilson, Chris Wilson, Kent Morris, Betsy Lou Morris, Angela Morris, John Clore, Emily Clore and Andrew Clore; and one great-grandchild, Logan Robert Wilson.
His parents preceded him in death.
A 1936 graduate of Eldorado High School, He attended Southern Illinois Normal University (now Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) for two years before entering Monroe College of Optometry, where he graduated in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II and following the war, opened his optometry practice in Eldorado.
For the next 50 years he practiced optometry and served the community, primarily with the Eldorado Fire Department.
Dr. Wilson served as a firefighter for nine years as a volunteer and for 34 years as volunteer chief.
In addition to serving as fire chief, he was the community's Civil Defense director.
Along with the fire department, Dr. Wilson also served community groups.
He was a past president of the Eldorado Chamber of Commerce, Eldorado Rotary Club and Friends of Eldorado Library. He was a past member of the Eldorado-Raleigh Park Board, Eldorado School Board, Eldorado Town and Country Days committee and Southern Illinois Optometric Association.
He was a life member of the SIU Alumni Association and, in 1996, was the Eldorado Citizen of the Year.
He served the Eldorado First Baptist Church, where he was a member and a past Sunday school teacher and Sunday school director.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Eldorado First Baptist Church or to VNA Hospice. Envelopes for the purpose are available at the funeral home.
 

Gordon N. Pankey
Gordon N. Pankey, 74, of White Lake, Mich., formerly of Harrisburg, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002.
Services will held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, Mich. Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 and 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the funeral home.
He was born June 16, 1927, in Harrisburg.
Mr. Pankey retired from General Motors Pontiac Motor Division and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the National Street Rod Association and the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter, Roger Pankey of White Pigeon, Mich., Glen (Sherri) Pankey of Waterford, Mich., and Gwen (Jim) Jensen of Fenton, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Holly, Tiffany, Ashley, Neil, Emily, Craig, and Erica; and a great-granddaughter, Madilyn.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Pankey.
 

Mary L. Fulton
Mary L. Fulton, 83, of 22400 Healy Rd., Omaha, died 12:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.
Services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Vickery Funeral Chapel in Omaha with the Rev. Chris Rego officiating. Burial will be in Union Ridge Cemetery in New Haven. Visitation was 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at the funeral home.
She was born in Norris City on June 18, 1918, to the late Virgil H. and Anna Maude (Calvin) Moore. On July 19, 1942, she married Layton E. Fulton, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1997.
She was a member of the Omaha Nazarene Church.
She is survived by two sons, Keith Fulton of Omaha, and Dwight Fulton of Norris City.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Homer Morris.
 

Hazel Heath
Hazel Heath, 92, of Ridgway, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Ferrel Hospital in Eldorado.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway. Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery in Ridgway. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the funeral home.
She was born Jan. 28, 1910, near Cottonwood to the late William and Nolas (Dillard) Anderson. She was married to Fred Heath, who preceded her in death in 1951.
She was a member of the Eastern Star in Ridgway and was a Past Worthy Matron. She was a General Baptist by faith.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Baker of Equality and Cheryl (Donnie) Mills of Morganfield, Ky.; two sons, Ray (Glenda) Heath of Eldorado and Carl (Becky) Heath of Marion; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
 

Martha S. Mitchell
Martha S. Mitchell, 95, of Golconda, died 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Hardin County General Hospital in Rosiclare.
Services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Hosick Funeral Home in Golconda with the Rev. Billie Green officiating.
Burial was in Waltersburg Cemetery in Golconda. Visitation was 1 p.m. until funeral home Sunday at the funeral home.
She was survived by a sister, Elizabeth Kirk of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Frances Davis of Golconda; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Nora (Owens) Davis; her husband, Alvis "Doc" Mitchell; two sisters, Ethel Kluge and Annie Chambers, and three brothers, Ralph, Malcolm, and William Davis.
 

Velma Richey
Velma Richey, 85, of Carrier Mills, died 6 p.m. Feb. 3, 2002, at the Harrisburg Care Center.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Felty Funeral Home in Carrier Mills with the Rev. Alan Overstreet and the Rev. J.D. Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills. Visitation is 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
She was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Carrier Mills to the late Harrison and Annie (Lewis) Brandon.
She was a member of the First Church of God in Carrier Mills.
She is survived by a sister, Evelyn Tolbert of Carrier Mills; a close friend, Ruth Asbell of Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews, including Peggy Overstreet and Mike Brandon, both of Carrier Mills, Barbara Rice of Swansea, and Betty Troutman of Mt. Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the V.N.A. Hospice and left at the funeral home.
 

Truman M. Rankin
Truman M. Rankin, 84, of Omaha, formerly of Springerton, died 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Fountain View Nursing Home in Eldorado.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro with Bro. Joe Rockett officiating. Burial will be in Hammock Cemetery near Springerton. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, three grandsons, four great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, a nephew, a great-nephew, a great-niece, a great-great-nephew, and a great-great-niece.


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