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James Neal
James L. Neal, 60, of Sullivan died at 11:43 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan with the Rev. Glen Stewart officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight (Wednesday). Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
Mr. Neal was born Oct. 23, 1939 in Shelbyville, the son of Delbert E. and Virginia Nell Underwood Neal. Mr. Neal was a department manager with the Brach Candy Factory in Sullivan. He was affiliated with the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan. He married Judith A. Buckley June 23, 1981 in Sullivan, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son Scott Neal and wife Djuana of Sullivan; stepson, Tom Buckley and wife Jennifer of Paris; daughter Marcia Hamilton and husband Rick of Sullivan; grandchildren, Hannah Neal of Sullivan and Skylar, Taylor, Austin, Hayden and Coltin Buckley, all of Paris.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family suggests memorials in care of the Local 7 - County Kidney Fund in c/o of Martin J. Rappe, 12 Country Garden, Mattoon, IL 61938, the American Diabetes Assn. or the donor’s choice.

Richard Via
Richard Via, 62, of Swansea died Sunday, May 28, 2000 in the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville.
A private family service for the former Sullivan resident will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with visitation from 5 to 7 tonight (Wednesday) in the Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights.
Born Dec. 11, 1937 in Portland, Ind., he was a son of Robert and Ella Mae Ross Via. He was employed as an accountant for Royster-Clark. He married Carolyn Gegenheimer, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, David and wife Sandy of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada and Darin and wife Terri Via of Beltsville, Md.; and six grandchildren. 

D.J. Donaldson
Services for Donald Joseph Donaldson, 70, of Shelbyville were held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Burial was in the Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville.
He died at 8:20 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2000 in his home.
Born July 22, 1929 in Shelbyville, he was a son of Amos and Bertha Donaldson Smith. He was employed for 16 years by the city of Shelbyville working at Forest Park. He married Pearl Helen Whitehead Oct. 29, 1950, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Joe, Elvin and David Donaldson, all of Shelbyville; daughters, June Donaldson and Mary Faye Goodrich, both of Shelbyville, and Ann Conlin of Sullivan; sister, Marie Davis of Snohomish, Wash.; and five granddaughters.
One son and one brother preceded him in death.

Clyde Good
Services for Clyde Glenn Good, 78, of Arcola were held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola. Burial was in the Arcola Cemetery.
He died at 10:37 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2000 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Born Sept. 18, 1921 in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., he was a son of John W. and Ellar Brandon Good. He was a member of the Kemp Church of Christ. He married Omie Alene Gammons Dec. 12, 1941 in Arcola, and she died March 10, 1994.
Survivors include sons, Roger Good of Mahomet and Gene Good of Sullivan; daughter, Mrs. Bill (Barbara) Taylor of Laguna Niguel, Cal.; brothers, Dan Good of Arcola and Earl Good of Mattoon; sister, Mrs. Leon (Edith) Gale of Mattoon, Gearldean Harris of Champaign and Marie Armour of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; five step grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Kemp Church of Christ.

Joseph Hochstetler
Services for Joseph Eli Hochstetler, 12, of Sullivan were held at 9 a.m. Sunday in the family residence in rural Sullivan. Burial was in the Yoder Cemetery in rural Arthur with the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola in charge of arrangements.
He died at 12:52 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Born Aug. 21, 1987 in Decatur, he was a son of Kenneth Eugene and Marian Kay Hochstetler Hochstetler. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Faith.
Survivors include his parents of Sullivan; brother, John Earl Hochstetler of Sullivan; sister, Carol Ann Hochstetler of Sullivan; grandparents, Monroe J. and Ruby Hochstetler of Sullivan and Earl and Erma Hochstetler of Nappanee, Ind.; and great-grandmother, Sarah Kauffman of Goshen, Ind.
One sister preceded him in death.

Joshua Kirkley
Graveside services for Joshua Ray Kirkley, 19, of Findlay were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery in Neoga with the Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home in Neoga in charge of arrangements.
He died at 10:40 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2000 as the result of injuries in an auto accident.
Born Aug. 5, 1980 in Coles County, he was a son of Rick L. and Rhonda R. Brown Kirkley. He was employed by Agri-Fab in Sullivan.
Survivors include a son, Jacob J. Kirkley of Mattoon; his parents of Findlay; brother, Ryan J. Kirkley and Jeremy E. Kirkley, both of Findlay; sister, Rachel R. Betts of Sullivan; grandparents, Jim and Wanda Brown of Neoga and Leland and Joan Kirkley of Mattoon; and great-grandparents, Cora L. Brown of Chrisman and Ray Dube of Hedgesville, W.Va.

Rebecca Otto
Graveside services for Rebecca Jo Otto, infant daughter of Norman J. and Carolyn E. Miller Otto of Arcola, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Miller Cemetery in rural Arthur.
She died at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2000 in the Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
Survivors include her parents; brothers, Duane Allen Otto, Gary Dale Otto and Lynford Ray Otto, all at home; sisters, Kristina Marie Otto and Loretta Ann Otto, both at home; grandparents, Jerry and Anna Marie Otto Jr. of Arcola and Eli A. and Mattie J. Miller of Arthur; and great-grandfather, Menno J. Chupp of Arthur.

Landus Sims
Graveside services for Landus River Sims, infant son of Bradley and Julie Smith Sims of Lexington, Ky. were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, in the Lexington Cemetery.
He died May 14, 2000 in the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Survivors include his parents; brothers, Cyrus Schoonover of Lexington, Ky. and Tyler Sims of Shelbyville; sisters, Michele Sims of Shelbyville and Bonnie and Emily Schoonover, both of Lexington, Ky.; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Smith and Marty Sims, all of Sullivan.
The family suggests memorials to Brad and Julie Skims, 3352 Hartston, Lexington, KY 40515.

Louis Fishel
Services for Louis Aaron Fishel, 82, of Sullivan were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sullivan First Baptist Church. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan with arrangements by the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan.
He died at 1:16 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Born July 7, 1917 in Argenta, he was a son of Louis F. and Hattie Williams Fishel. He had been a clerk for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Sullivan First Baptist Church, Bethany Odd Fellows Lodge #749 and Rhoda Rebekah Lodge #167. He married Wilma Webb Jan. 1, 1942 in Sullivan, and she survives
He is also survived by his brother, Larkin Fishel of Mt. Zion.
Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Memorials are suggested to the Sullivan First Baptist Church Elevator Fund.

Mabel Harlin
Services for Mrs. “Ted” (Mabel Marie Adrian) Harlin, 85, of Sullivan were held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the Arthur Cemetery in Arthur.
She died at 4:20 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2000 in the Sullivan Health Care Center
Born Nov. 28, 1914 in Shelby County, she was a daughter of Oliver and Iva Little Adrian. She was retired from the Brown Shoe Co. and was a member of the Moultrie County Senior Citizens Center. She married Joe E. “Ted” Harlin June 17, 1946, and he died July 3, 1974.
Survivors include a son, Bill Harlin of Sullivan; daughters, Marie Yarnell of Bethany and Roberta “Bert” Lewis of Mode; brothers, Wayne Adrian of Findlay and Carl Adrian of Moweaqua; sisters, Elizabeth Adrian, Joy Adrian and Hazel Adrian, all of Decatur, and Rozena Adrian of Peoria.
Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Moultrie County Senior Citizens or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Harold Hedrick
Harold H. Hedrick, 82, of Decatur died at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2000 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur with visitation from 5 to 7 tonight (Wednesday). Burial will be in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Moweaqua.
Born April 10, 1918 in Decatur, he was a son of Elisha and Effie Ann Reynolds Hedrick. He was a retired truck driver and a World War II Army veteran. He married Lillian Jean Jackson, and she died Aug. 18, 1987.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Glen (Wilma) Stanley of Greenville, Ky. Mrs. Ray (Merickia) Singer-Frank of New Berlin; sons, Ronald William Henderson of Beardstown and Richard Hurcomb of Kansas; sister, Betty Burke of Bethany; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Three brothers, one sister and one great-grandchild preceded him in death. 

Earl Horsman
Services for Earl Horsman, 85, of Herrick were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the First Christian Church in Herrick. Burial was in the Myers Cemetery in Herrick with the Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Cowden in charge of arrangements.
The former Sullivan resident died at 8:49 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2000 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Born Dec. 21, 1914 in Herrick, he was the son of Vaughn and Mattie Robertson Horsman. He was a retired farmer and a member of the First Christian Church in Herrick. He married Silver Bumgardner May 23, 1938 in Rockville, Ind., and she died June 1, 1994.
Survivors include sons, Ken Horsman of Charleston and David Horsman of Sullivan; daughter, Mrs. Russ (Nelda) Baker of Magdalena, N.M.; brothers, Oral Horsman of Shelbyville and Ivan Horsman of Sullivan; sister, Doris Lichtenwalter of Show Low, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
One infant daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the First Christian Church in Herrick.

Mary Kroenlein
Services for Mrs. Malcolm (Mary) Kroenlein, 81, of Nokomis were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. Burial was in the Nokomis Cemetery.
She died Saturday, June 3, 2000.
She was a retired cook and a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Nokomis and the Helping Hand Club. She married Malcolm Kroenlein, and he survives.
Other survivors include sons, Keith of Nokomis and Kevin of Pana; daughters, Sharon Smith of Sherman and Linda Kroenlein of Springfield; brother, Kenneth Reynolds of Carlyle; sisters, Pauline Williams of Shelbyville and Ruth Johnson of Bethany; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one step grandchild; and one step great-grandchild.
One daughter, one sister and one half sister preceded her in death.

‘Mindi’ Roberts
Services for Melinda “Mindi” Roberts, 33, of Humboldt were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home in Mattoon. Burial was in the Humboldt Township Cemetery.
She died at 5:58 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2000 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Born Nov. 11, 1966 in Mattoon, she was a daughter of Weldon E. and Laura B. Key Kingery. She worked in production at Lender’s Bagel Factory in Mattoon and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Survivors include twins, Olivia and Lindsey Roberts, both at home; father and stepmother, Weldon and Donna Kingery of rural Sullivan; her mother and stepfather, Dave and Laura Nottingham of Mattoon; brother, Thomas Kingery of Mattoon; and grandmothers, Loretta Key of Montrose and Virginia Kingery of Greenup.
One brother preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the donor’s choice.

Mary Behen
Services for Mrs. Clayton (Mary Edna Landgrebe) Behen, 99, of Sullivan were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the First Christian Church in Sullivan with the Rev. Dr. Dave Leslie officiating. Burial was in Keller Cemetery in Lovington with the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan in charge of arrangements.
She died at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
She was born Dec. 13, 1900 in Moultrie County, the daughter of Jacob and Susanna Genner Landgrebe. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Sullivan and a member of the Lovington First Christian Church. She was past matron of Eastern Star Crystal Chapter #39 in Sullivan. She married Clayton C. Behen Feb. 3, 1919 in Lovington, and he preceded her in death in 1975.
Survivors include sons, Harold L. Behen and wife Ruth of Covington, Ind. and Clayton Behen of Addison; daughters, Hilda Maxine Kral and husband Charles of Rhinelander, Wis. and Roseanna Martin of Bella Vista, Ark.; ten grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Memorials to the First Christian Church in Sullivan, the Titus Presbyterian Home in Sullivan or the Moultrie County Cancer Society are suggested.

Helen Cochran
Services for Mrs. Clarence (Helen O. DeHart) Cochran, 85, of Sullivan were held at 11 a.m. Friday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
She died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Mrs. Cochran was born Oct. 7, 1914 in St. Lawrence, S.D., the daughter of Elmer "Dick" and Laura Tripmaker DeHart. She was retired from the Illinois Masonic Home in Sullivan where she had worked for 27 years, and she was a member of the New Life Tabernacle, the Rebekah Lodge and Sunshine Club, all of Sullivan. She married Clarence E. Cochran in 1933 in Shelby County, and he died in 1972.
Surviving is a son, Clarence "Bill" Cochran and wife Shirley A. of Gays; a daughter, Rosemary Cochran Cole and husband James of Decatur; a sister, Ruth DeHart of New Mexico; six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her husband and her brothers and sisters.
Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

R.E. Misenheimer
Robert E. Misenheimer, 74, of Ft. Myers, Fla. died at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2000 in Humana Health Care in Ft. Myers.
A memorial service was held Tuesday in the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Ft. Myers. Graveside burial services will be held at a later date in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
Born May 7, 1926 in Moultrie County, he was a son of Ralph and Flossie Aldredge Misenheimer. He retired in 1989 following a 30 year career as an advertising/marketing executive with Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Chicago, and he attended the University of Illinois. Following his retirement from Sears, he served as a gentleman host on cruise ships from 1992 to 1995, circling the world three times during 95 cruises. He was a member and music librarian of the Chorus of the Symphony Of Southwest Florida and made his solo singing debut April 9 in the Gulf Coast Opera Co.’s production of The True Story of Cinderella. He served in the U.S. Navy in both World War II and the Korean War.
Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Noble (Mildred) Smith of Bethany, Mary Cox of Pana, Mrs. Leon (Jean) Aylward of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Carl (Deana) Kutz of Sullivan, Louise Hanners of Arcola and Doris Misenheimer of Mattoon, and a brother, Don Misenheimer of Dale, Ind.
Two brothers, Carl and Clyde, preceded him in death.

‘Dick’ Dinger
Richard E. "Dick" Dinger, 59, of Niantic died at 12:53 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2000 in St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Dawson & Wikoff Colonial Chapel North with visitation two hours before the services.
Born Aug. 19, 1941 in Dalton City, he was a son of Bernard and Floris Jenkins Dinger. He was formerly a millwright with Price Construction and an Army veteran. He married Dorothy Embrey Oct. 24, 1981, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Richard Dinger II of Bethany; stepdaughter, Mrs. Joseph (Tina) Turner of Niantic; stepson, Michael Hall of Hillsboro; brothers, David Dinger and Steve Dinger, both of Mt. Pulaski, Tony Dinger and Pat Dinger, both of Lincoln; sisters, Phyllis Lowe of Atwood, Mrs. George (Lois) Fishburn of Beason and Mrs. Fred (Vickie) Knapp of Lincoln; two grandchildren; and two step grandchildren.
One brother preceded him in death.
Memorials to the family are suggested. 

Mrs. John Fugate
Services for Mrs. John (Michelle Jolene Cobb) Fugate, 29, of Mattoon were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home in Mattoon. Burial was in the Janesville Cemetery.
She died at 9:34 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Born June 14, 1971 in Mattoon, she was the daughter of Donald E. and Terree L. White Cobb. She was a licensed beautician and attended the First Christian Church. She married John E. Fugate in 1990, and he survives.
Other survivors include her mother of Champaign; father and stepmother, Donald and Melanie Cobb of Lovington; son, Dalton Fugate at home; daughter, Meagan and Macey Fugate, both at home; grandparents, James A. White of Mattoon and Bruce and Mary Cobb of Mattoon; and great-grandmother, Hazel Cougill of Charleston.
Two infant sisters preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to Catholic Charities.

Lawrence Abraham
Funeral services for Lawrence E. Abraham, 90, of Moweaqua were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany. Burial was in the Pleasantview Cemetery in Assumption.
He died at 5:35 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 in the Moweaqua Nursing Home in Moweaqua.
Mr. Abraham was born April 7, 1910 in Shelby County, the son of Ross and Nema Primmer Abraham. He was a retired farmer, former Shelby County supervisor for 12 years and a former chief of police in Assumption. He married Dorothy D. Myers Feb. 19, 1930 in Shelby County, and she preceded him in death Aug. 19, 1981.
Surviving is a daughter, Marilyn Vilmure and husband Bob of Shelbyville; son-in-law, Ed Snow of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Blaine Abraham of Findlay; grandsons, Robert Vilmure and wife Brenda of Bethany, Dan Vilmure and wife Barbara of Argenta, Tom Snow of Champaign and Terry Snow of Scottsdale, Ariz.; granddaughters, Jo Beth Marshall and husband Brett of Bethany, Susan Enz and husband Todd of Argenta and Jill Smelzer of Algonguin; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister Opal B. Atkinson and one daughter, Eleanor L. Snow.
The family suggests memorials to the Bethany Fire & Ambulance Service or the Bethany Peace Meal.

Lorene Angel
L. Lorene Angel, 79, of Sarasota, Fla. died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001.
Services for the former Decatur resident were held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Brintlinger’s Funeral Home in Decatur with visitation one hour before the funeral and 1 p.m. Order of Eastern Star services. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park in Harristown.
Born June 17, 1921, she was the daughter of William W. Cowger and Olie S. Richardson of Dalton City. She was formerly employed by Montgomery Ward & Co. and retired from J.C. Penney Co., having worked in the office in both stores. She was a past matron of Guiding Light Chapter 1016 Order of the Eastern Star in Decatur. She married Jesse W. Angel Aug. 30, 1941, and he died April 12, 1987.
Survivors include sons, Jesse W. Angel Jr. of Warrensburg, and Larry L. Angel Sr. of Sarasota; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Five sisters and one brother preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Illini Chapter Order of Eastern Star or to the Warrensburg Rescue Squad.

Betty Coventry
Services for Betty Jane Coventry, 84, of Findlay were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. Burial will be at a later date.
She died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2001 in her home.
Born Oct. 1, 1916 in Findlay, she was a daughter of Glen L. and Mary James Coventry. She was a graduate of Findlay High School and Easter Illinois University and received a master’s in elementary education degree from the University of Illinois. She taught in rural schools in Shelby County, the Blue Mound Grade School and Lowell School in Mattoon. She was a member of the Coles County Retired Teachers Assn., the Illinois Education Assn. and the Shelby County Historical Society.
Memorials to the Shelby County Historical Society are suggested.

Sammy Dragoo
Services for Sammy H. Dragoo, 58, of Milmine were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Roux-Hinds Funeral Home in Bement. Burial, with military rites, was in the Bement Cemetery.
He died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001. He was a truck driver and a member of the Champaign County Men’s Bowling Assn. and the American Legion Post in Bement. He was an Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; sons, Todd A. of Milmine and Scott B. of Springfield; daughter, Rachel A. Betzler of Sullivan; brother, F. Bill of Springfield; and sister, Mary Fernandez of Vera Cruz, Mexico.
One sister preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the National Bowlers Assn. Hall of Fame.

Jean Goetz
Jean Goetz, 78, of Bethany died at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001 in thhe Sullivan Health Care Center.
Arrangements are incomplete in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany.

Charles Macklin
Services for Charles Robert Macklin, 69, of Apopka, Fla. were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mt. Zion. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
The former Decatur resident died at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 in the Florida Hospital in Altamonte Springs.
Born Aug. 14, 1931 in Moweaqua, he was the son of Charles Joseph and Ruth E. Weakly Macklin. He retired as a machinist after 38 years for the Mueller Co. He married Mary June Macklin in 1961, and she died May 12, 1990.
Survivors include sons, Thomas Gordon of Altamonte Springs, Fla. and Ronald Gordon of Pasley, Fla.; daughter, Mrs. Mike (Twyla) Gordon-Timmons of Ramsey; sisters, Eileen Cotner of Bethany, Mrs. Ralph (Clara) Smith of Decatur and Mrs. Don (Sharon) Holeman of Mt. Zion; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
One daughter and one sister preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Earl Meece
Earl F. Meece, 91, of Lovington, died at 10:49 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Born-Wikoff Funeral Home in Atwood with visitation at 1 p.m. 
Born Oct. 18, 1908 in Moultrie County, he was a son of Frank and Ellen Landgrebe Meece. He retired after farming east of Hammond with his brother for many years and had worked in Chicago. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Pierson Station and Elks 401 in Decatur, was a Piatt County tax assessor and a member of the Hammond Park Board. He married Marie L. Smith Aug. 20, 1965, and she died Feb. 7, 1999.
He is survived by a brother, Elmer Meece of Friendship Hill Retirement Center in Lovington. 
Four sisters preceded him in death.
Memorials may be made to the Friendship Hill Retirement Center in Lovington or to the donor’s choice.

Ruth Monroe
Ruth L. Monroe, 90, of Moweaqua died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001 in Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville.
Services for the former Sullivan resident are incomplete at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany.

Evelyn Sharp
Evelyn Sharp, 70, of Sullivan died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001.
Arrangements for the former Clay City resident are incomplete in the Summer-Kistler Funeral Home in Clay City.

‘Jim’ Wilkinson
James S. "Jim" Wilkinson, 87, of Yavapai County, Ariz. died Jan. 6, 2001 in Prescott, Ariz.
Services will be held at noon Friday in the Humboldt Bible Church in Humboldt, Ariz. with visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Memory Chapel in Prescott.
He was born Aug. 17, 1913 in Bethany.
He attended the University of Illinois and began his business career working in the family lumber yards and several other central Illinois towns. He moved permanently to Arizona in 1946 where he worked his own ranch in Granite Dells and opened the Rifle Ranch, a store specializing in custom rifles, hand loading equipment and shooting and hunting supplies. An avid big game hunter, he was particularly interested in mountain sheep and collected the Grand Slam (all four varieties of North American sheep) and the Super Slam, a collection of 16 different types of sheep found on four separate continents.
Survivors include his wife, Clarice; son, Bill; stepchildren, Eric Carmichel, Scott Carmichel, Donna Voorhest, Kathy Smith and Jennifer Cota; and five grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Assn. or to the Awana Fund or Mission Fund of the Humboldt Bible Church.

Dr. Mack Hollowell
Services for Dr. Mack W. Hollowell, 81, of Charleston were held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston with the Rev. Dale Bock officiating. Interment followed in the Roselawn Cemetery with the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home in Charleston in charge of arrangements.
He passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001 in his winter vacation home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mack was born Dec. 20, 1919 in Charleston, the son of Mack and Elsie Swickard Hollowell of Newman. He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Alice Burgett. He later married Margaret Campbell Barlow of Sullivan July 26, 1975, and she survives.
He is also survived by his children, Dr. Susan Shirley and husband Dr. Michael Shirley of St. Charles and their son Jason of Champaign, Dr. Jeff Hollowell and his children Jacob and Alyssa of Waukesha, Wis., Melissa Katsimpalis and husband Tom and their son Kory of Ft. Collins, Col., and Megan Summers and her husband Stuart and their children Alana, Evan and Iris of Valparaiso, Ind.; stepchildren, John C. Barlow and his children Ellen and Lincoln of Valparaiso, Ind., Todd L. Barlow and wife Sandra and their children David, Grace and Sam of Bloomington, and Mary Anne Barlow Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz.
He earned his bachelor of medicine degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He served in the Army Medical Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he practiced family medicine in Charleston for 46 years. He was instrumental in raising funds for the Charleston Memorial and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Hospital building programs. He was the medical director for the Hour House Drug and Rehabilitation Center for 28 years, retiring in December 2000.
He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Illinois Medical Society, serving on several committees. He was a member and president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, a member and president of the SBLHC Systems Board and Foundation boards in previous years. He was an active member of the Coles/Cumberland Medical Society. He was a member and first president of the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees, and had previously served on the Illinois Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities.
Memorials may be made to the Mack Hollowell Fund for children at SBLHC Foundation, East Central Illinois Hospice, The Hour House or the EIU Foundation.

Dorothy Lear
Dorothy Jean Lear, 80, of Sullivan died at 5:45 p.m. Sunday in her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
She was born June 7, 1920 in Moultrie County, the daughter of Charles W. and Susie A. Montgomery Webb. She was retired from the Brown Shoe Co., was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan, R.S.V.P. in Sullivan and Moultrie County Senior Citizens.
Surviving are sons, Robert K. Elkin and wife Sandra of Yuma, Ariz., John P. Elkin and wife Cathy of Sullivan and William D. Elkin and wife Mickey of Sutter, IL; daughters, Patsy E. Shull and husband Dwane of Lakeside, Cal., Linda S. Ryan of Orlando, Fla. and Pamela A. Farber and husband Ron of Orlando, Fla.; sisters, Mable Standerfer of Sullivan, Jane Colclasure of Iola and Ruth Godwin of Ramsey; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.
Memorials are suggested to the Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 

Sadoris Selock
Services for Mrs. Thomas (Sadoris Mae Hendrickson) Selock, 77, of Madison, Ind. were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial was in the Keller Cemetery in Lovington.
The former Lovington resident died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 in The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison, Ind.
She was born July 28, 1923 in Arthur, the daughter of George L. and Hallie Powell Hendrickson. She worked for several years as a bookkeeper for the Lovington School System. She had lived in Madison for 24 years, working as a social and activities director for ten years at the Clifty Falls Convalescent Center. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969, the Women of the Moose and the First Christian Church in Lovington. She married Thomas L. Selock Nov. 3, 1947, and they shared 52 happy years together. He preceded her in death March 1, 2000.
Surviving are one son, David Selock and wife Donna of Madison, Ind.; one granddaughter, Amy Jarvis of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Alicia and Amber Jarvis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Florence Bankson
Mrs. William (Florence P. McCord) Bankson, 97, of Decatur died at 5:43 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 in Manor Care Health Services in Decatur.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Brintlinger’s Funeral Home in Decatur with visitation one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery in Bethany.
Born June 30, 1903 in Bethany, she was the daughter of James Arthur and Cora Jackson McCord. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, an active member in the Fellowship Forum Sunday school class and UMW Circle 4. She taught school in Moultrie County prior to her marriage. She was a 4-H leader for 19 years and a member of Hickory Point Extension for 55 years. She married William Bankson Dec. 1, 1923 in Springfield, and he died Oct. 21, 1993.
Survivors include sons, Hubert Bankson of Warrensburg and Jack Bankson of Decatur; sister, Ethel Schad of Bloomington; brother, Robert P. McCord of Decatur; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church.

Dawn Bell
Dawn Jonette Bell, 45, of Decatur died at 7:43 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
A funeral Mass for the former Cerro Gordo resident will be held at noon Thursday in St. James Catholic Church with visitation from 6 to 8 tonight (Wednesday) in Brintlinger’s Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will be in the Cerro Gordo Cemetery.
Born Nov. 22, 1955 in Decatur, she was a daughter of Richard Wayne and Jacqueline Boline Bell. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and a 45-year member of Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary #117. She worked at Kemper Insurance for 22 years and became a fashion consultant for Bachrach, Inc.
Survivors include her mother of Decatur; brothers, William A. Bell of Cerro Gordo, Rodney D. Boline of Maroa, Jonathan W. Bell of Sullivan and Dale A. Bell of Biloxi, Miss.
Memorials are suggested to St. James Catholic Church or to the donor’s choice.

Charles Furr
Services for Charles F. Furr, 87, of Shelbyville were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville.
He died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Born Sept. 9, 1913 in Rose Township in Shelby County, he was the son of Oscar and Mattie Hayward Furr. He was a retired farmer and a 1932 graduate of Shelbyville High School. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Shelbyville. He married Faye Dell Edwards Nov. 17, 1935, and she died March 29, 1998.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Furr of Shelbyville; daughter, Mrs. Glenn (Joyce) Largent of Bethany; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Two sisters and one great-grandson preceded him in death.

George Hower
Services for George William Hower, 82, of Salem were held at 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem. Burial was in the Paradise Cemetery in Salem.
The former Bethany resident died at 2:20 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 in the Twin Willows Nursing Home in Salem.
Born Aug. 18, 1918 in Enterprise, he was a son of George and Effie Grinestaff Hower. He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Decatur after 25 years of service. He attended the Grace Church of the Nazarene and was a member of the Salem Hospital Auxiliary. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II, entering the military April 17, 1941 and was discharged Nov. 22, 1945. He married Geraldine Dugan Dec. 5, 1953 in Centralia, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Thomas Hower of Bluford; brothers, John Hower of Salem and Nolan Hower of Sullivan; sister, Dorothy Decker of Salem; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Grace Church of the Nazarene.

‘Bob’ Hughes
Services for Robert E. "Bob" Hughes, 74, of Sullivan were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan.
He died at 12:48 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Born March 2, 1926 in Moultrie County, he was a son of Leland and Mary Etta Kidwell Hughes. He retired from the maintenance department of Quantum in Tuscola in 1989, was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #399 in Urbana and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He married Joan Matheson Dec. 31, 1947 in Morganfield, Ky., and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Bill Hughes and Jim Hughes, both of Sullivan, and Arthur Hughes of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Luella Hughes of Sullivan and Barbara Hughes of Mattoon; sisters, Maxine Eaton of Sullivan and Mildred Isley of Elizabethtown, Col.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the donor’s choice.

Mary Phelps
Services for Mrs. Delmar (Mary Woolridge) Phelps, 82, of Lovington were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the Keller Cemetery in Lovington.
She died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001 in the Moweaqua Nursing Home.
Born March 27, 1918 in Edgewood, she was a daughter of John W. and Lizzie Jones Woolridge. She had worked at Brown Shoe and Switchcraft in Sullivan and was a member of the Lovington First Baptist Church. She married Delmar W. Phelps March 27, 1936 in Sullivan, and he died Feb. 10, 1980.
Survivors include sons, Harold E. Phelps of Lovington and Jerry W. Phelps of Taylorville; brother, Frank Woolridge of Colorado Springs, Col.; sisters, Ruth Coy of Lewiston, Idaho and Ina Plummer of Montrose; ten grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Lovington First Baptist Church.

Pearl Powell
Services for Pearl Marie Jones Powell, 76, of Lovington were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Arthur Southern Baptist Church with the Shrader Funeral Home in Arthur in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Macon Cemetery in Macon.
The former Dayton, Tenn. resident died at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Born Dec. 21, 1924 in Centralia, she was a daughter of David and Edna Ring Daughtery. She retired from ADT in Chicago as a switchboard operator. She attended the Arthur Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dwight (Alta "Nickey") Welton of Lovington; ex-husband, Rollin "Buck" Jones of Lovington; brothers, David of Davenport, Iowa, James of Galva and Ronnie of Florida; sisters, Jean Campbell and Lena Linenberger, both of New London, Mo., Sharon Leasmon of Galva, Susie Halkovic of Florida, Sarah Madson of California and Noretta O’Dell of Salem; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Lloyd Sides
Services for Lloyd E. Sides, 73, of Forsyth were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the Post Oak Cemetery in St. Elmo.
The former Sullivan resident died at 9:42 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 in his home.
Born April 13, 1927 in Macon County, he was a son of John and Elizabeth Burrus Sides. He was in the Army during World War II, retired from the Wagner Casting Co. and was a member of Local Union in Decatur. He married Evelyn J. Aldridge in 1954 in Sullivan, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Charles Sides of Forsyth and John Sides of Decatur; daughters, Patricia Fornwalt of Decatur and Cynthia Chapa of Baytown, Texas; sisters, Mamie Carlyle of Mt. Zion and Elaine Craig of Sullivan; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Four sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Garold Woodard
Garold C. Woodard, 91, of Shelbyville died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville with visitation from 5 to 8 tonight (Wednesday). Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville.
Born Nov. 13, 1909 in Etna, he was the son of Grover and Nora Titus Woodard. He worked for the Ford Motor Co. in Decatur before establishing the Woodard Furniture Store in Shelbyville which he operated from 1944 to 1956. He then managed his farm near Shelbyville until his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelbybville and the United Methodist Men. He married Olive Mahala Short May 25, 1933, and she died July 10, 1980. He married Elnore Krummel Maxedon June 5, 1983, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Phillip Woodard of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughter, Mrs. Richard (Judith) Parker of Villa Grove; stepsons, Tom Maxedon of Oakland, Jim Maxedon of Naples, Fla. and Bill Maxedon of Shelbyville; stepdaughter, Mrs. Gene (Nancy) Goodwin of Gays; seven grandchildren; 15 step grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 20 step great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville or to the Shelby Memorial Hospital Extended Care Unit.


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