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Charlotte F. Wills
Beecher City
Charlotte F. Wills, 84, of Beecher City, died at 12:16 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2002 of injuries received in an automobile accident near Beecher City.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 4 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Beecher City. The Rev. Ty Stoneburner officiated assisted by the Rev. Roger Marshall. Visitation was from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Monday. Burial was in Bob Doane Cemetery, Beecher City. Memorials can be made to the Tri-County Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Miss Wills was born March 3, 1917 in Fayette County the daughter of Joe J. and Lillian Buzzard Wills. She attended the First Baptist Church in Effingham. She formerly was a hairdresser and later was employed for many years at the First State Bank of Beecher City as a bookkeeper.
Surviving: brother, Kirt Wills and wife Darleen of Beecher City; sisters, Marie Lacy of Wilmington, OH and Jane Wills of Carthage; sisters-in-law, Donna Wills of Beecher City and Martha Wills of Carbondale; seven nieces and nephews; ten great nieces and nephews; two great great nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Billy D. Wills and Walter Wills, niece Tana McKinnon.

Zelma Davis
Findlay
Zelma Davis, 91, of Findlay passed away at 8:38 a.m. Sunday, February 3, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay.

Omer G. Houser
Phoenix, Arizona
Formerly of Shelbyville

Omer G. Houser, 80, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away on January 22, 2002.
He was a decorated Army Veteran who served with the 7th Division, doing amphibious assault landings throughout the Pacific Theatre.
He was the son of Mae and Dick Houser and a brother to the late Vera Calvert Wolf and Helen Harmon.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lorene; his sons, Steven and Randy of Phoenix, daughter, Diane of Cordova, Tenn.; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren; four nieces and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Services were held January 27th at North Phoenix Baptist Church where he served as deacon and usher.

Michael J. Byford
Mattoon

Michael J. Byford, 47, of rural Mattoon, died at 7:44 a.m. on Thursday January 31, 2002 in his residence.
Services were held on Sunday February 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. in the Swengel -O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with Rev. Richard Coen officiating.
Visitation was held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Burial was in Concord Cemetery near Neoga. 
Mr. Byford was born on May 12, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Roy Garland and Annabelle (Foster) Byford.
He is survived by his mother, Annabelle Miles of Lake Mattoon, daughter, Michelle Byford of Lake Mattoon; brothers, Chris Byford and wife Sharon of Mattoon; Roy Byford and wife Sue of rural Neoga.
His step children, Rita Beatty, Rob Jean and Karl Jean, sister; Mrs. Thomas (Joni) Hitz of Chicago; special friend Lillian Kulze of Mattoon and several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father and step father, Henry Miles.
He was a former employee of RR Donnelly and Son of Mattoon and a United States Army Air Ranger of the 82nd and 101 Air Borne Division.
Memorials may be made to Michelle Byford Rt. 2 Box 154 in Mattoon, Illinois, 61938.

Daniel Lee Shelato
Moweaqua

Daniel Lee Shelato, 64, of Moweaqua died at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday in St. Mary's Hospital.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2002 in the First Baptist Church in Moweaqua with Rev. David Good officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Seitz Funeral Home in Moweaqua and one hour before service time at the church on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or Moweaqua E.M.T.'s.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Moweaqua.
Daniel was born in Danville on December 21, 1937, a son of Ishmael and Charlotte Bonnett.
He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad on September 30, 1993 after thirty years of service.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and an active member of the First Baptist Church where he was a Lay Minister and served as pastor of Little Flock Baptist Church in Moweaqua from August 1990 until August 1997. 
He held many positions in First Baptist Church, with the most recent being Minister of Visitation.
Dan devoted his life to serving his Lord, loving wife and family and caring for others.
He left many wonderful memories for those whose lives he touched. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.
He married Wilma Hancock on December 22, 1956 in Danville.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, daughters; Kathy Graven and husband Robert, Tina Thompson both of Moweaqua, Danielle Owens and husband Greg of Bethany; mother of Copperscove, TX.
His grandchildren, Clayton and Garret Graven, Cody and Tristan Thompson all of Moweaqua and Erin Owens of Bethany also survive. Special family member, Ramon Delmendo of Jackson, TN. and several family and friends who loved him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation and gratitude for the compassion and dedication of the E.M.T.'s and the St. Mary's ER staff. You are an asset to your profession.

Zelma F. Davis
Findlay

Zelma F. Davis, 91, of Findlay passed away at 8:38 a.m. Sunday, February 3, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2002 in the Findlay Christian Church. Rev. Greg Robbins will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay. Burial will be in Wright Cemetery near Findlay.
Mrs. Davis was born August 13, 1910 in Shelby County the daughter of Elzie H. and Ida May Cazier Taylor. She was a homemaker and avid gardener and was a member of the Findlay Christian Church since 1945. She worked at Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou Corporation during WWII. Mrs. Davis married Edwin Harry Davis on September 24, 1932 in Lovington and he passed away November 1, 1974.
Surviving: son, Charles Davis and wife Virginia of Pasadena, TX; daughter, Elizabeth Paulette Livingston and husband Larry of Effingham; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, one son Mervin Davis, her parents, twin sister Zenith Reider and brother Lloyd Taylor.

Barbara Lois Conrad
Bradenton, Florida
Formerly of Moweaqua

Barbara Lois Conrad, 64 of Bradenton, Florida, died at 2 a.m. on January 14, 2002 in her home.
Services were held in Bradenton on January 17th at Brown and Sons Funeral Home.
Burial was at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto, Florida. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Barbara was born on December 1, 1937, the daughter of Owen and Pearl Moore.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Moweaqua.
Surviving are sons, Bradley Schwartz, wife Leslie and granddaughter, Kylie of Tampa, Florida; Douglas Schwartz and Gregory Schwartz of Bradenton; sister, Bonnie (Carl) Seifert of Moweaqua.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son Jeffrey.

Ellen E. Hinton
Pana

Ellen E. Hinton, 87, of Pana, died on Wednesday February 6, 2002 in the Heritage Manor in Pana.
She was born on May 22, 1914 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Ezra S. and Charity Robertson Blythe.
She was a homemaker who lived her entire life in the Pana, Shelby and Fayette County areas.
She was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Pana.
She married Nathan A. Hinton of Pana and he survives.
Also surviving are her daughters, Diane Jophlin and husband Larry of Pana; Donna Whittaker of Simpsonville, S. Carolina; son, Paul Hinton of Tuba City, Arizona; five grandchildren; Rosemarie Davis, Catherine Carrell, Jason Whittaker, Heather Whittaker and Ricky Whittaker. 
Seven great grandchildren also survive.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Clarence Blythe, George Alvin Blythe, Francis Blythe and Marvin Blythe; one sister Hattie Rhodes.
Funeral services will be on Saturday February 9, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Lawrence Gibson officiating. 
Burial will be in Oconee Mound Cemetery in Oconee.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana.
Memorials may be made to the Pana Community Hospital Foundation.

Brenda K. Parrett
Shelbyville

Brenda K. Parrett, 39, of Shelbyville, passed away at 1:14 a.m. Friday February 8, 2002 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart & Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

Wilda Matilda Buckner
Mattoon

Mrs. Wilda Matilda Buckner, 92, of Mattoon and the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 12:10 p.m. in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 9, 2002 in the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with Rev. Henry Wilson of Milmine, Illinois officiating.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.
She was born on June 3, 1909 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Albert Edward and Nettie (Miller) Patterson.
She married Oscar Sherman Buckner on December 1, 1928 in Shelby County, he died on December 6, 1978.
She was a housewife, and a member of the Rebekah Lodge who formerly lived in Bement, Carmi, Champaign and Indianapolis, Indiana.
She is survived by her daughter, Margery Cook and husband Quadie of Indianapolis, Indiana; twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two son's.

Ricky Glasscock
Windsor

Ricky Lynn Glasscock, 40, of Windsor, died at 6:52 a.m. on Tuesday February 5, 2002 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Rev. Richard Eident officiating. 
Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time.
Burial will be in Ash Grove Cemetery near Windsor.
He was born February 10, 1961 in Decatur, the son of David G. and Mary M. Bence Glasscock.
He graduated from Lakeview High School and attended Millikin University and the University of Missouri in Rolla, MO. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Experimental Aircraft Association in Osh Kosh, WI.
He was employed by Archer Daniels Midland in the Byproducts Laboratory. He was formerly employed in Misquito Abatement in Cook County, McDonald's in south Chicago and was manager for Track Auto Store in Chicago.
He married Elaine J. Ehrich on June 11, 1985 in Decatur.
Surviving are his wife, Elaine; mother, Mary Glasscock of Decatur; father and step-mother David and Barbara Glasscock of Flagler Beach, FL; brothers David Glasscock and wife Paula of Lakewood, CO and George Glasscock and wife Teresa of Wausua, WI; sister Vicki Ehrmann and husband Ed of Brighton, CO; nephews David Michael Glasscock and wife Chris, Thomas Ehrmann and Michael Ehrmann; nieces Allison Oja, Rachel Oja and Emily Erhmann; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry (Bud) and June Ehrich of Birchwood, WI and sister -in-law Ellen Ehrich Martinez of Chicago.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the American Cancer Society.

Leona Marie Tirey
Shelbyville

Leona Marie Tirey, 86, of Shelbyville died at 9:32 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2002 in her residence.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg with Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. Visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Shumway. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association or Donor's Choice.
Mrs. Tirey was born on November 24, 1915 in Mode, the daughter of Charles H. and Ida Caroline Laue Appelt. She farmed with her husband and raised produce and eggs to sell to area stores. She loved to garden, cook, play pinochle with her neighbors and travel. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Strasburg and a former member of the Stewardson Day Unit of Shelby County Home Extension. She married Merle R. Tirey on December 16, 1935 in Decatur. He died on April 11, 1985.
Surviving are her daughter, Susan K. McWhorter of Shelbyville; sister-in-law, Zelma Appelt of Shumway; three grandsons, Kelly McWhorter of Neoga, Kenneth McWhorter of Effingham and Kevin McWhorter of Mode; one granddaughter, Kori Sparling of Neoga; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merle; son-in-law, Clinton "Curly" McWhorter; and brother, Kenneth Appelt.

Joseph A. Raetz
Ft. Worth, TX
(Formerly of Shelbyville)

Joseph A. Raetz, 71, of Ft. Worth, Texas passed away at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2002 in Ft. Worth.
Funeral mass was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 11 in St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. Visitation was from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday in Thompson's Harveson and Cole Funeral Home, 702 Eighth St., Ft. Worth, TX 76104 with vigil service and rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Ft. Worth. Memorials may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX 76016; Tarrant County Parkinson Support Group, 802 Arthur Dr., Ft. Worth, TX 76013 or Vitas Hospice, 2501 Parkview Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76102.
Mr. Raetz was born on February 20, 1930 the son of William C. and Marguerite Dilley Raetz in Shelbyville. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School and was an Air Force veteran, stationed in Texas. Mr. Raetz was a contract specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was ordained a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 1978 by Bishop Joseph P. Delaney and he served at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Ft. Worth, at the Federal Correctional Institute in prison ministry and at St. Patrick Cathedral as director of social ministry services, fulfilling his calling to champion the less fortunate and to defend the homeless. He married Adelaide Uribe.
Surviving are his wife, Adelaide; son, Timothy Raetz and wife Mandy of Ft. Worth, TX; sister, Betty Ann Hamlin and husband Bob of Belleville; sisters-in-law, Mary Raetz and Bess Raetz both of Shelbyville; many nieces and nephews, including David Raetz of Shelbyville; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Vincent Raetz and William Raetz and one sister, Mary Allen.

Brenda K. Parrett
Shelbyville

Brenda K. Parrett, 39, of Shelbyville passed away at 1:14 a.m. on Friday February 8, 2002 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Mrs. Parrett was born February 27, 1962 in Taylorville, the daughter of Carl and Betty Boarman Fulford.
She was a homemaker and loved her dogs.
She married Donald Ross Parrett on July 22, 1990 in Shelbyville and he passed away on December 12, 1999.
Surviving are her daughters; Sara James and Jessica James, both of Shelbyville; parents Carl and Betty Fulford of Shelbyville; brothers, Chuck Fulford and wife Angela of Shelbyville and Steve Fulford of Decatur; nieces Jordan and Shyania.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ross and a sister, Kathy Ann.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2002 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Gary Crowder officiated. 
Visitation was from 12:00 noon until the time of service on Sunday.
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Sara and Jessica James Education Fund.

Naomi R. "Tack" Stepping
Pana

Naomi R. "Tack" Stepping, 62, of Pana, died Friday, February 8, 2002 in her residence.
She was born August 9, 1939 in Maysville, KY, the daughter of General Jackson & Evelyn Vickers Tackett. 
She came to Pana 45 years ago from Kentucky. She was employed as a receptionist at People's Bank & Trust, Pana and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Pana.
She married Joseph W. Stepping on August 17, 1963 in Pana. She is survived by her husband Joseph W. Stepping of Pana along with their sons: Joseph Carl Stepping & wife Carol of Stonington; Jonathan Stepping and wife Laura of San Francisco, CA; daughters: Julie Stepping of Pana; Jill Miller and husband Derek of Heyworth, five grandchildren; Jake Adcock; Adam Stepping; Bailey, Will and Chloe Miller. Brothers: Phillip Tackett, Mansfield, OH; Paul Tackett, Springfield, IL, G.J. Tackett, Jr., Ashland, KY; Sisters: Madge Kiser, Pana; Betty King, Waynesville, OH, Linda King, Julian, PA and Joy Gooding, Flemingsburg, KY. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Glenmore Tackett and sister, Zelma Frodge.
Naomi was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who lived life to its fullest.
Her family was her world and she touched the lives of many people. Through her faith and strength she taught us to be more loving, compassionate, and forgiving. We were all very blessed to have such a wonderful mother and friend. She was a true lady in every way.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We love you Sweet Mother.
Memorials may be made to Pana Community Hospital for Hospice; or First Church of the Nazarene, Pana.
Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Funeral services Tuesday, February 12, 2002 in First Church of the Nazarene, Pana at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Allen Ebbler officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana.

Sarah Joy Jones
Windsor

Sarah Joy Jones, 16, of Windsor went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on February 8, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Storm Auditorium in Windsor with Rev. L.K. Hucker officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the auditorium. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Moultrie County. Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
Sarah was born August 18, 1985 in Coles County the daughter of Kenneth A. and Marilyn Sue Goetz Jones. She is part of the family of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mattoon. She was a member of the Nazarene Youth International. She was an honor student in the Sophomore Class at Windsor High School, member of the high school band, enjoyed the piano and was active in school and church activities.
Surviving are her parents Ken and Marilyn; sister, Christine Hope Jones at home; grandparents Anthony Jones of Harlington, TX, William and Nellie Stevens of Decatur and Lyle Goetz of Bethany; great grandparents, Treva McKinney of Decatur, Zelma Goetz of Arthur and Pansy White of Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother Charlene Jones.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene youth group or the Windsor High School. 

Marion F. Greeson
Neoga
Marion F. Greeson, 85, of Neoga, died Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 11:34 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.
Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2002, at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with the Rev. Ron Lake of Neoga officiating. Private graveside services will be held at a later date in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 5 p.m. until time of services on Friday.
Mr. Greeson was born on July 11, 1916 in Johnstown Illinois, the son of Ray and Martha (Tate) Greeson. He married Sarah M. Stewart on October 22, 1938 in Lerna, Illinois and she preceded him in death on August 18, 1998.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Coy of Neoga and Charlotte Russell of Orlando, FL; brother Vernon Greeson and wife Dortha of Neoga; sisters Lois Buchanan and husband Louis of Neoga and Daisy Fulton and husband Derald of Tuscon, Arizona. He also has 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great grandchildren and 1 great, great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter, two brothers and one sister. 
Mr. Greeson was a retired bus supervisor from the Neoga School District. He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He served with the 1976th Quartermaster Truck Company. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 279 A. F. & A. M. in Neoga.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Errol R. Frahm
Windsor
Errol R. Frahm, 63, of Windsor died at 4 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at his home. 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Richard Coen officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Smyser Cemetery near Gays.
Errol was born August 18, 1938 in Tuscola, the son of Ervin and Elnore Roberts Frahm. He married Juda Brown, August 24, 1960 in Tuscola.
Errol earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master's from University of Illinois. He was a teacher, principal, former owner of Windsor IGA, and most recently employed at Carle Clinic in Mattoon. He was actively involved and served as an elder in his church, Smyser Christian Church in Gays. Errol most enjoyed his grandchildren and family, as well as woodworking, fishing and farming.
Surviving is his wife, Juda, two daughters, Denise Bence and her husband Tim of Strasburg and Karyn Cole and her husband Cary of Windsor, three grandchildren; Hannah Cole, Hayden Cole and Brody Bence; and one brother, Eric, of Tolono. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Memorials may be made to the Smyser Christian Church. 
Errol taught us how to live and he taught us how to die.


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