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Nov. 3, 2001
Violet Davis
CASEY - Violet K. Davis, 80, of Casey, died at 12:10 p.m. at Heartland Manor Nursing Center.
The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Casey, with the Rev. Tom Marsh officiating. Burial will be in Washington Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Markwell and Son Funeral Home, Casey, is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Dec. 28, 1920, in Slocomb, Ala., the daughter of George and Georgia Underwood Skipper. She married Elwood Davis in 1944; he survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Gordon Davis and Brooke Davis, both of Casey, and Blake Davis of Rockford; one daughter, Janet Parmenter of Lindenhurst; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.
Mrs. Davis was a school teacher in Casey for 27 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Casey and Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and was past state president of the Business and Professional Women's Club.

Vivian Demoss
GREENUP - Vivian R. Demoss, 81, of Greenup, died at 10:12 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 1, 2001) at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah's Harmony Center, Mattoon.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with the Rev. Brooke Davis officiating.
She was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Johnson City, the daughter of Roy Rivers and Fultie M. Nunn Thurmond. She married Dale Coslet in 1946; he died in 1973. She married Gordon Demoss in 1975; he died in 1979.
Survivors include three sisters, Pauline Crabb and Marchetta Lambert, both of Harrisburg, and Madine Ledbetter of Greenup; one stepgrandchild; one stepgreat-grandchild; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Demoss was a real estate agent, tax preparer for AARP and assistant manager at the Press Well Shop for 19 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greenup, the Greenup Historical Society and a lifetime member of the Toledo Life Center.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Greenup.

Mary Leonard
MATTOON - Mary Elizabeth Leonard, 91, a devoted and beloved mother and homemaker, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Harmony Center of the Odd Fellows-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, Ill.
Services for Mrs. Leonard will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Pape Mortuary, 10 E. Williams St., Danville, Ill., with grandsons Brent and Chris Richardson of Phoenix presiding. Visitation will precede the services from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Danville.
Mrs. Leonard was born on Aug. 13, 1910, to Harry and Ella Pruitt Carnes in French Lick, Ind., the youngest of four daughters.
She married Claude R. (Cotton) Leonard of French Lick in Crown Point, Ind., on Sept. 3, 1929. He died July 27, 1991.
Other survivors include four sons, Ray and David Leonard of Danville, Ill., Floyd Leonard of Phoenix and Lloyd Leonard of Mattoon; two daughters, Claudia Richardson and her husband Gail of Phoenix, and Sara Jane Reed and her husband John David of Charleston, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Ethel Lennon of Monument, Colo., Ruth Denny of French Lick and Esther Carter of Long Beach, Calif.
An avid bowler in her younger days and a devotee of opera and other classical music, Mrs. Leonard was a homemaker who was dedicated to raising and caring for her family and greatly enjoyed opportunities to employ her considerable cooking skills. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Escanaba, Mich.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, East Central Illinois Chapter, Champaign.

BERNARD M. McALISTER
Bernard M. "Bernie" McAlister, age 66, of rural Lerna, went to be with Jesus at 10:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday morning at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. E. E. Elliott officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Thomas Lincoln Cemetery, south of Charleston. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home,
Bernie was born February 5, 1935, in Petrolia, Texas, a son of Reverend Bernard H. and Vada Ham McAlister. He married Janet Weaver Hines.
Survivors include his wife, Janet McAlister of rural Lerna; two stepdaughters, Julie Haugh and husband Mark, Jill Callahan and husband Jason, all of Charleston; father Reverend Bernard H. McAlister of Mattoon; one sister, Montez "Tezie" and husband Dr. Bill "Doc" Hurd of Charleston; two brothers, Gaylon McAlister and wife Roberta of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, Gary McAlister and wife Anita of Spanish Fort, Texas; three grandchildren, Emilie Ann Weaver, Faith Haugh and Jacob Callahan.
Bernie was a U. S. Navy veteran serving on the U.S.S. Bennington. He received his Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and he completed his Master's and Doctorate degrees at Penn State University. Bernie taught Industrial Arts in the Prison System schools in California. He taught at Penn State University and worked in the Research Department. He served as associate professor at Henderson State University in Arkadeiphia, Arkansas and Indiana State University. Bernie was a teacher at Mattoon High School for eleven years. After retiring, he returned to teach at Charleston High School for an additional six years. After several "retirements" he established Edgewood Industries, a lumber processing system to produce kiln-dried, furniture-grade lumber from his own timber. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mattoon where he was a past Sunday School Superintendent, choir member and co-teacher of young adults class. He was a Promise Keeper. He also enjoyed the hobbies of honey bee production, saddle-making and blacksmithing. Bernie touched the lives of many friends and former students.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Bernard M. McAlister Memorial Fund c/o Schilling Funeral Home.

Lyle Nash
GREENUP - Lyle Nash, 68, of Greenup, died at 4:50 a.m. Friday (Nov. 2, 2001) at St. Anthony's Hospital, Effingham.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, with the Rev. Rick Emrich officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Hazel Dell Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
He was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Crawford County, the son of Stanley and Gladys May McCrory Nash. He married Donna Orand in 1955; she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Terry Nash of Greenup; one daughter, Dianna Berry of New Berlin, Wis.; two sisters, Reah Davis of Casey and Janice Carr of Park Forest; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Nash was a retired farmer. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict; was a member of the Hazel Dell American Legion Post 1230, Cumberland County Farm Bureau, Cumberland County Fair Board, Effingham Clay Farm Service Board and the Hazel Dell Church of God; and was a Cumberland County 4-H Leader.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 1230 or American Cancer Society.

Leith Nelson
CHARLESTON - Leith F. Nelson, 84, of Charleston, died Wednesday (Oct. 31, 2001) at Prairie View Health Care Center.
He was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Princeton, the son of Roy and Anna Goethe Nelson. He married Mary Murphy in 1942; she preceded him in death.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas of Charleston and John of Tempe, Ariz.; one daughter, Mary of Allenton, Wis.; two sisters, Joyce Nelson of Princeton and Phyllis Abbott of Pontiac; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers.
Mr. Nelson had worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Princeton. He was a member of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Charleston.
Memorials may be made to Covenant Children's' Home in Princeton or the Master Gardener's Memorial Garden at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Patsy Paulson
WINDSOR - Patsy Ann Paulson, 71, of Windsor went to be with her Lord at 5:35 a.m. Friday (November 2, 2001) in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
She was born June 18, 1930, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Carl and Daisy Fleming Broyles. She was a member of the Christian Church in Effingham and attended the Broadway Christian Church in Mattoon. She married Virgil Paulson September 23, 1948 in Shelby Co. and he survives.
Also surviving is son, David Michael Paulson and wife, Dawn of Gays; daughter, Brenda Kay Risley of Arthur; sister, Linda Johnson of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Douglas Paulson and Daniel Paulson both of Mattoon, Mark Risley and wife, Sherry of Bethany, Mike Risley of Mattoon and Mindy Risley of Arthur and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Kay of Arthur, Cassie, Molly, Paige and Ben all of Bethany.
Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Rev. Marvin Flowers officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Burial is Ash Grove Cemetery near Windsor. Memorials: Windsor Piece Meal or the Sarah Bush Lincoln Lifeline. Patsy will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends.

Lula Shipman
BETHANY - Lula May Shipman, 88, of Bethany, died at 3:32 a.m. Friday (November 2, 2001) in the Sullivan Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, with the Rev. Rodney Harris officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in the Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany. Memorials are suggested to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church or the donor's choice.
Lula May was born March 23, 1913, in Bethany, the daughter of Nelson and Pearl Bentz Pesch. She was a member of the Bethany Cumberland Presbyterian Church for over seventy years, was a Bethany School District bus driver for thirty-three years and was a 4-H Leader for Marrowbone Merry Makers. She married W. T. "Jack" Shipman on May 16, 1932 in Bethany and he preceded her in death on December 6, 1981.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Walter (Joyce) Jenkins of Bethany; grandchildren, Ron Jenkins and his wife Jane, Duane Jenkins and his wife Tami, and Stan Jenkins all of Sullivan, Diane Doyle and her husband Jim of Oakville, Missouri; great-grandchildren, Sean Jenkins of Tuscola, Dustin Jenkins, Danielle Jenkins, Corey Jenkins, Alex Jenkins and Jenna Jenkins all of Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and one grandson.

Geraldine Woolridge
BETHANY - Geraldine Woolridge, 76, of Bethany, died at 8:56 a.m. Friday (Nov. 2, 2001) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Moultrie County Memorial Park, Bethany.
She was born April 7, 1925, in Shelby County, the daughter of Roy and Lauful Gerard Denier. She married Cecil Woolridge Sr. in 1950; he died in 1998.
Survivors include one son, Cecil Woolridge Jr. of Harvard; two daughters, Mary Katherine Hall of Wittman, Ariz., and Linda Book of Bethany; one brother, Victor Denier of Kirksville; one sister, Laurice Burcham of Decatur; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, one brother and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Woolridge attended the New Life Tabernacle Church, Sullivan.
Memorials may be made to donor's choice.

Nov. 2, 2001
Josephine Coffey
ARCOLA - Josephine Gladys Coffey, 99, of Arcola formerly of Hindsboro, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, (October 31, 2001) at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mattoon, IL.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2001 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main, Arcola, IL, with the Rev. Donald Winch officiating. Burial will be in the Van Voorhis Cemetery in rural Hindsboro. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time on Saturday.
Mrs. Coffey was born September 4, 1902 three miles North of Hindsboro, IL, a daughter of Eugene Walter and Carrie America (Waters) Green. She married George Davis Coffey on June 7, 1924 in Tuscola, IL. He passed away on November 9, 1969.
Survivors include two sons, George Wesley Coffey and his wife Olga of Arcola, IL, Carlysle "Spud" Coffey and his wife Barbara of Nip-N-Tuck, IL; five grandchildren, John Coffey and his wife Cindy of Phoenix, AZ, Ralph Coffey of Charleston, IL, Marilyn Holmes and her husband Ted of Mattoon, IL, Shelly Benson and her husband Doug of Monticello, IL, Sheila Jo Coffey of Bradenton, FL; seven great-grandchildren, Neil and Lisa Coffey of Phoenix, AZ, Ryan, Amy and Andrew Coffey of Charleston, IL, Ted "TJ" Holmes of Mattoon, IL, Emily Benson of Monticello, IL.
Mrs. Coffey had been a member of the Hindsboro Methodist Church most of her life. She was a member of the Douglas County Historical Society and a Charter Member of the Douglas County Genealogical Society.

Vivian Demoss
GREENUP - Vivian R. Demoss, 80, of Greenup, died at 10:12 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 1, 2001) at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Home, Mattoon.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup.

Irene Lear
FON DU LAC, Wis. - Irene M. Lear, 80, of Fon Du Lac, Wis., formerly of Mattoon, died Friday (Oct. 26, 2001) at her residence.
Burial was in Fon Du Lac, Wis.
She was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Sadoris, the daughter of Earl and Gertie Jackson Beals. She married Frank Lear; he survives.
Other survivors include one son, Leo Ray of Fon Du Lac, Wis.; five daughters, Wanda Elder of Missouri, Barbara Cherry of Florida, and Phyllis England, Patti Sterr and Kay Lear, all of Fon Du Lac, Wis.; one sister, Letha Hidlebaugh of Mattoon; one grandchild whom she raised, James, at home; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Lear was preceded in death by three brothers and one great-grandson.

Bernard McAlister
LERNA - Bernard M. McAlister, 66, of rural Lerna, died at 10:10 a.m. Thursday at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.

LOIS OZEE
Lois M. Ozee, age 98, of Clinton, Mississippi, formerly of Humboldt, passed away at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at the Care Center in Clinton, Mississippi.
Graveside services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Reverend Lana Robyne officiating. No visitation is planned. The Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lois was born September 25, 1903, in Coles County, a daughter of John and Maude Prather Fox. She married Charles Lloyd Ozee on June 6, 1928. He passed away on April 21, 1943. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, her parents, one sister, Edith M. Clark, and one brother, Ernest Q. Fox.
Survivors include one daughter, June O. Bragg of Brandon, Mississippi.; three grandchildren, Jon F. Bragg and wife Nancy of Columbus, Mississippi, Deborah J. Vaughn and husband David of Richland, Mississippi and Amy J. Busfield of Florence, Mississippi; nine great-grandchildren, Jon and Joey Bragg, Taylor Pritchett, Ben, Jacob and Katelyn Busfield, and Tiffany, Bailey and Jordan Vaughn; three sisters, Mrs. Irma Abell of Mattoon, Mrs. Grace Guthrie of Decatur and Mrs. Pauline Ozee of Dorans; and sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Ozee of Inverness, Fla.
Mrs. Ozee was a former member of the United Methodist Church of Humboldt and enjoyed quilting.

Harold Snodgrass
LERNA - Harold E. "Gene" Snodgrass, 73, of Lerna, died at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2001) at his residence.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Toledo. Burial will be in Janesville Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Barkley Funeral Home, Toledo, is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born March 20, 1928, in Janesville, the son of Matt and Bertha Brewer Snodgrass.
Survivors include one brother, William Snodgrass of Waukegan.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Mr. Snodgrass retired from Associated Springs, Mattoon, and Cottonwood Township supervisor. He was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Toledo; American Legion Post 764, Toledo; Danville Consistory; a life member of the Greenup VFW Post 4598; and was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

M. Lucile Zimmerman
BROCTON - Martha Lucile Zimmerman, 87, of Brocton, died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 31, 2001) at Boxwood Healthcare Center, Newman.
A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ashmore Cemetery with Virgil Haynes officiating. No visitation. The Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Sept. 7, 1914, in Ashmore. She married Hussie G. Zimmerman in 1950; he died in 1992.
Survivors include one stepson, Jerry Zimmerman of Tilton, and two stepgrandchildren.

Nov. 1, 2001
.J. Gladys Coffey
ARCOLA - Josephine Gladys Coffey, 99, of Arcola, formerly of Hindsboro, died at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 31, 2001) at the Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center, Mattoon.
Arrangements are incomplete at Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola.

Raymond Huxley "Cookie" Cook
GAYS - Raymond Huxley "Cookie" Cook, age 72, of Gays, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Interment will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Raymond Huxley Cook was born October 24, 1929 at Kemp, Illinois, a son of Theodore and Mary Ann Denny (Rogers) Cook. He married Nan Louise Sewell December 1, 1951 at Mattoon, Illinois, she preceded him in death December 19, 1980. He is survived by his children Steven Lee Cook of Mattoon, JoEllen Young and her husband Keith of Gays and their children Keri Ann and Brian Scott Young; Kenny Cook of Mattoon and his daughter Blair Nicole Cook and Kay Lynn Lanter of Bloomington, Illinois and her children Hayley Lynn and Connor Ray Lanter. Raymond is also survived by a brother, LeRoy Cook and his wife Alma of St. Cloud, Florida and a sister Betty Hunt of Intercession City, Florida. One brother, Alva Cook preceded him in death.
Mr. Cook was a member or the Marshall Avenue Christian Church and was a charter member or the Eagles Lodge. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard and was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. "Cookie" was employed for twelve years with the Mattoon School System and for eighteen years as park superintendent for the City of Mattoon. He was an avid golfer and sports fan and refereed many high school and junior high school football games. Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Marshall Avenue Christian Church or the Mattoon Junior Football League.

GEORGE O'DELL
George Raymond O'Dell, age 75, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:21 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend John Connett officiating. Burial with military rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.
George was born November 22, 1925, in Cooks Mills, a son of Ray Syrus and Alma Carpenter O'Dell. He married Norma Woodard. He later married Leona M. Stout on July 13, 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Leona M. O'Dell of Mattoon; four sons, David R. O'Dell and wife Cheryl S. of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Johnny R. O'Dell and wife Lynn of Humboldt, George W. O'Dell and wife Chasta of Mattoon; Marc R. Stout and wife Irene of Mt. Prospect; two daughters, Billie J. Thomas and husband Gayland of Warrensburg, Karen L. Grandon and husband William of Atlanta; three brothers, Joe O'Dell, Howard O'Dell and Charles "Chuck" O'Dell, all of Mattoon; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three infant brothers and one infant sister.
Mr. O'Dell was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 26. George loved to play guitar and played with many area bands.

Harold Snodgrass
TOLEDO - Harold E. "Gene" Snodgrass, 73, of Toledo, died at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2001) at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Barkley Funeral Home, Toledo.



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