Charlotte F. Wills
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
Memorials may be made to Michelle Byford Rt.
2 Box 154 in Mattoon, Illinois, 61938.
Daniel Lee Shelato
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
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
He married Wilma Hancock on December 22, 1956
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
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
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
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
She was preceded in death by her husband, one
son Mervin Davis, her parents, twin sister Zenith Reider and brother Lloyd
Barbara Lois Conrad
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
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
Ellen E. Hinton
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
Funeral services will be on Saturday February
9, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Lawrence
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
Brenda K. Parrett
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
Wilda Matilda Buckner
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,
She is survived by her daughter, Margery Cook
and husband Quadie of Indianapolis, Indiana; twelve grandchildren and twenty-three
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband
and two son's.
Ricky Lynn Glasscock, 40, of Windsor, died at
6:52 a.m. on Tuesday February 5, 2002 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday
in the Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Rev. Richard Eident
Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service
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
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
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
He was preceded in death by his two brothers,
Vincent Raetz and William Raetz and one sister, Mary Allen.
Brenda K. Parrett
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
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
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
Memorials may be made to the First Church of
the Nazarene youth group or the Windsor High School.
Marion F. Greeson
Marion F. Greeson, 85, of Neoga, died Tuesday,
February 12, 2002 at 11:34 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in
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
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
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
Errol taught us how to live and he taught us
how to die.