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Pat Sebright
Marshall
Formerly of Shelbyville

Pat Sebright, 63, of Marshall died July 22, 2002 at her home.
A private memorial service will be held in Marshall at a later date.
Mrs. Sebright was born December 26, 1938 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Sam and Ferol Anderson. She attended Shelbyville schools and Sparks College. She married David Sebright of Shelbyville on December 25, 1958. 
She was a member of the Marshall American Legion Golf League and the First Christian Church of Shelbyville.
She is survived by her husband David of Marshall Mother Ferol Anderson of Shelbyville, daughters, Debbie Sebright of Marshall; Connie Kubajak of Batavia; Ann Sutton of Paris and Janet Gher of Paris Also, three grandchildren and sisters Iris Denters of Shelbyville and Linda Anderson of Charleston. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Virgil Eugene (Gene) Reed
Beecher City

Virgil Eugene (Gene) Reed, 84, of Beecher City died at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2002 in St. Anthony's Hospital, Effingham.
Mr. Reed was born August 21, 1917 in Loudon Township, Fayette County, Illinois, the son of Cleveland and Katie Durbin Reed.
He married Evelyn McCullough on December 27, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri.
He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II serving in Panama and the European Theater. He was a retired oil field driller and farmer.
Surviving are his wife Evelyn; sons Dale Reed and wife Shirley and Don Reed and wife Kim, all of St. Elmo; daughters Ruth Reed of Clinton and Carol Nichols and husband Andy of Mode. Brothers Alfred Reed of Shumway and Steve Reed and Ray Reed both of Beecher City; eight grandsons, two granddaughters, one great-grandson and three great-granddaughters. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Springhill Cemetery in Fayette County, IL with military rites. Rev. Don Miller will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home, Beecher City. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Lula A. Figgins
La Cresenta, CA

Lula A. Figgins, 98, of La Crescenta, California, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2002, in her residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Lower Ash Grove Cemetery, near Strasburg with Pastor Tom Ferguson officiating. Visitation from 1 p.m. until time of service Monday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg.
Mrs. Figgins was born on Aug. 27, 1903 in Iola, Kansas, the daughter of Franklin Eli and Rosetta McReynolds Gullage. She married Dorris Everett Figgins in 1930. He died on February 20, 1982.
Surviving are her nephew, Harold Woodruff of Canoga Park, California; and two sisters-in-law, Nada (Figgins) Fillbach of Chico, California and Osa Marie (Figgins) Olson of Yorkville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one sister, Mildred Woodruff.

Virginia Mary Knox Christner
Huntsville,MO

Virginia Mary Knox Christner, 40, of rural Huntsville, formerly or rural Sedalia, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at her home, the victim of an accidental drowning.
She was born Feb. 1, 1962, in Princeton, Ill. a daughter of Harold and Florence Hostetler Knox. On May 3, 1987, in Sedalia, she was married to Arnold L. Christner, who survives of the home.
Mrs. Christner lived in the Sedalia area until moving to Huntsville in the spring of 2000. She was a member of Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church in Sedalia and the Mount Salem Amish Mennonite Church in Huntsville.
Survivors also include a daughter, Grace Christner of the home; her father, Harold Knox of Sedalia; six sisters, Bessie Eigsti, Madie Headings, Luella Kropf, Lydia Kropf, Viola Hostetler and Laura Christner; and five brothers, John Knox, Henry Knox, Orvie Knox, Levi Knox and Luke Knox.
Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church in rural Sedalia, with Bishop Christy Christner, Bishop Bennie Hostetler and Bishop Paul Hostetler officiating. Burial was in the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Cemetery in rural Sedalia. Pallbearers were Caleb Knox, Jake Eigsti, Andy Kropf, Daniel Christner, Stanton Knox and Josh Hostetler.
The family suggests memorial contributions to their church.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Ewing Funeral Home.

Phebe Estella Christner
Huntsville,MO

Phebe Estella Christner, 10, of rural Huntsville, formerly of rural Sedalia, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at her home, a victim of an accidental drowning.
She was born Feb. 18, 1992, in Sedalia, a daughter of Arnold L. and Virginia Knox Christner.
Survivors include her father, Arnold L. Christner, of the home; a sister, Grace Christner of the home; her maternal grandfather, Harold Knox; and paternal grandparents Frank and Sarah Christner.
Funeral services were at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church in rural Sedalia, with Bishop Christy Christner, Bishop Bennie Hostetler and Bishop Paul Hostetler officiating. Burial was in the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Cemetery in rural Sedalia. Pallbearers were Clinton Knox, Herman Hostetler, Abe Knox, Jesse Eigsti, Terry Hostetler and Jim Kropf.
The family suggests memorial contributions to their church.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Ewing Funeral Home.

Thaddeus Lane Christner
Huntsville,MO

Thaddeus Lane Christner, 8, of rural Huntsville, formerly of rural Sedalia, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at his home, a victim of an accidental drowning.
She was born Feb. 4, 1994, in Sedalia, a son of Arnold L. and Virginia Knox Christner.
Survivors include his father, Arnold L. Christner, of the home; a sister, Grace Christner of the home; his maternal grandfather, Harold Knox; and paternal grandparents Frank and Sarah Christner.
Funeral services were at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church in rural Sedalia, with Bishop Christy Christner, Bishop Bennie Hostetler and Bishop Paul Hostetler officiating. 
Burial was in the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Cemetery in rural Sedalia. 
Pallbearers were Jason Hostetler, Joel Kropf, Gene Kropf, Noah Knox, Randy Knox and Jonathan Christner.
The family suggests memorial contributions to their church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ewing Funeral Home.

Mary Norman
Pana

Mary Norman, 92, of Pana died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at 3 a.m. at her home.
She was born Jan. 8, 1910, in Herrin, Ill., a daughter of Louis and Louisa Gualdoni, both deceased.
Mary came to Pana in 1949 from Marion, Ill. She was a homemaker; in her later years she worked at the Shirley Shop and Mart's Tot & Teen. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Pana; Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary; Catholic Ladies' Auxiliary and several card clubs throughout the years.
She married Clarence C. Norman in 1937. He died Feb. 15, 1966.
She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Posteher, of Pana; two granddaughters: Kathy Beyers and husband Bill of Pana, Connie Allen and husband John of Oconee, Ill.; three great grandchildren: Will and Seth Beyers and Allison Allen; and five nephews: Emil, Louie, Jim, Tom, and Albert Gualdoni.
She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
Visitation is Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana with Rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be Monday, Aug 5, 2002, in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Pana at 10 a.m. with Rev. Don J. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana.
The family asks that memorial contributions be put to Sacred Heart School, Pana.

Blanche Hood
Shelbyville

Blanche Early Hood, 94, of Shelbyville, died at 8:50 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2002, in her residence.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2002, in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Dr. Paul Pryor officiating. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church of Shelbyville or Lincolnland Hospice.
Mrs. Hood was born on December 15, 1907 near Clarksburg, the daughter of Charles and Bertha Helton Early. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville. She also was a volunteer at Shelby Memorial Hospital as a Pink Lady and a past Cub Scout leader. She married Arthur B. Hood on December 21, 1925. He preceded her in death on October 3, 1970.
Surviving are her son, Jim Hood and wife Penny of Shelbyville; daughters, Lois June Wiley of Mt. Zion and Joan Gallagher and husband Fred of Mode; brother Leverett Early of Shelbyville; 12 grandchildren, Mike Frederick and wife Linda, John Frederick and Kristi, Mindy Mars and husband Wayne, Jim Wiley and wife Debbie, Randy Wiley, Julianne Steele and husband Doug, David Wiley and wife Lori, Steve Gallagher and wife Kendra, Jeff Gallagher and wife Pam, Jennifer Hood, Jerrica Hood and Jimmy Hood and fiancé Amber Price; 26 great grandchildren; and 9 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Norma Jean Frederick; son-in-law, Gene Wiley and two sisters, Agnes Washburn and one in infancy.
Mrs. Hood was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be sadly missed.

Virlea S. Doolin
Pana

Virlea S. Doolin, 83, of Pana, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002 at 3:10 p.m.
She was born Dec. 19, 1918 in Lakewood, Ill., to Charles and Cora Maiden.
She lived her entire life in the Tower Hill-Pana area and she was a graduate of Pana High School. Her hobbies were crocheting and quilting.
She married Reynolds "Jack" Doolin in 1941.
She is survived by her children: Charles Doolin, Pana, Larry Doolin and wife Cheryl, Pana, and Ronald Doolin and wife Rhonda, Pana; three grandchildren: Toni, Richard and Brian; and one great-grandson, Brady.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 8, 1985; Parents; and stepmother, Lulu Maiden.
There will be a private family graveside service on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002 at 10 a.m. in Linwood Cemetery, Pana, with Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. 

Patty Jane Dull
Ramsey

Patty Jane Dull, 71, of Ramsey died Friday, August 2, 2002 at 4:50 a.m. in her residence.
She was born August 15, 1930 in Shelby County, the daughter of Cecil and Edith Slater Manuel. She lived in the Pana and Ramsey areas most of her life. She worked at Pryor Foods in the deli from where she retired. She loved to crochet.
She married Emory Jay Dull on December 20, 1947. 
She is survived by her sons, Ken Dull and wife Paulette of Saskatchewan, Canada; Mike Dull and Helen Naab of Armington, IL; Martin Dull of Pana and daughter Sherry Bumgardner and husband Gerald of Ramsey. Also, seven grandchildren; Angela Brewer, David Bumgardner, William Dull, Fraser Dull, Jason Dull, Brandon Dull and Tyler Dull. Three great-grandchildren; Dustin Brewer, Ashli Brewer and Dylan Bumgardner. Brothers; Donald Manuel of Chattanooga, TN and Garold Manuel of Pana. Sisters: Beverly Gatewood and husband Zandy of Rosamond, Viola Reedy and husband Wayne of Rosamond, Eva Dean Dodd of Oregon and Norma Jean Whittington of Macon.
She was preceded in death by her husband on October 18, 1985, parents, daughter Mary Louise and brother Robert Manuel.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 5, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Floyd W. Kalter, Associate Pastor of Christ Tabernacle Church of Herrick officiating. Burial was in Price Cemetery, Oconee.

Jean Ellen Brunken 
Tower Hill

Jean Ellen Brunken, 68, of rural Tower Hill died Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 8:15 a.m. in her residence.
She was bom October 29, 1933 in Shelby County, the daughter of Clarence W. and Velma M. Mathias She lived her entire life in the Tower Hill area, and was a graduate of Tower Hill High School. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She loved flowers, birds and reading. 
She was a member since third grade of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Dollville, where she has served on the church council many times. She was also a member of St. Paul's Women's Guild where she had held offices including Past President.
She married Garold D. Brunken on December 26, 1952 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Garold; mother Velma Barringer of Dollville, daughters Vicki Goriszewski and husband Joe of Tower Hill, Barb Byers, Decatur, Bonnie Hajny and husband Scott, Edwardsville, son, Barry Brunken, Tower Hill, Ten grandchildren; Damon and Dillon Pankey, Frank and Barrett Byers, Kerry VanVoorhis, Amber and Brianne Brunken, Thomas, Michael and Katie Hajny. Three great-grandchildren. brother Jim Barringer, Tower Hill.
She was preceded in death by her father; grand daughter Brittnee Ann Brunken.
Visitation will be Thursday August 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 9, 2002 in St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Dollville at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jeffrey T. Moore officiating.
Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Dollville.

Martha H. Wright
Rural Toledo formerly Neoga

Martha H. Wright, 75, of rural Toledo, died Monday, August 5, 2002 at 8:35 p.m. at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
She was born January 18, 1927 in Sigel, IL, the daughter of Frank R. and Anna Marie Swingler Niebrugge. 
She was a retired beautician, and owned and operated her own beauty shop in Neoga for several years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Neoga; and St. Mary's Alter Society, Neoga.
She married Walter J.. Wright, September 3, 1949 at Sigel. 
He preceded her in death on June 2,1987.
She is survived by daughter Sandra Dryden and husband Keith of rural Toledo, sister Agnes Goreman, Glen Ellyn; grandchildren Steven Dryden, Emma Dryden, and Ashley Dryden, all at home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, and two sisters. 
Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday August 8, at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation will be one hour before services.
Funeral services will be held Thursday August 8, 2002 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Neoga. Fr. Robert DeGrand will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Sigel.
Memorials may be given to St. mary of the Assumption Church, Neoga.

Gene Arthur
Findlay
Charles Eugene "Gene" Arthur, 73, of Findlay, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2002 in his residence.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Tom Compton officiating. Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be given to Lincolnland Hospice.
Mr. Arthur was born on February 14, 1929 in Mode, the son of Luther Cass and Merle Alicia Smith Arthur. He was retired from the Shelby County Housing Authority and was a member of the Mode United Methodist Church. He married Joan Cutler on January 26, 1951.
Surviving are his wife, Joan; sons, Gary, Arthur and wife Tina of Findlay, Larry Arthur and wife Susan of Findlay and Jerry Arthur and special friend Penny of Shelbyville; daughter, Gina Arthur of Findlay; brother, Gerald Arthur and wife Dorothy of San Leandro, CA; sisters, Lucille Smith of Shelbyville, Hazel Newberry of Princton, KY and Marie Blythe of Shelbyville; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill and Luther Arthur; sister, Annabelle Mathias; and one grandson, Joshua Arthur.

Alfred W. Wall
Cowden
Alfred W. Wall, 93, of Cowden, IL passed away at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday August 7, 2002 at his residence.
Mr. Wall was born December 26, 1908 in Apache County, OK the son of William Alfred (W.A.) and Minnie Brown Wall.
He married Pauline Carter Feb. 28, 1931 in Fairfield, IL and she passed away Sept. 20, 1997.
He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Free Methodist Church of Cowden.
Surviving are sons Charles Wall and wife Jo Ann, and Harold Gene (Peanut) Wall and wife Carolyn, both of Cowden; daughter-in-law Joyce Wall of Cowden; sisters Viola Crutchfield of Decatur, IL, Minnie Watson, Corda Page and Lois Dunaway, all of Cowden; brothers Roy Wall and Vernie Wall, both of Decatur, IL; sister-in-law Frances Wall of Greenville, IL; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline, parents, son Alfred Wall Jr., daughter Mary Ellen Hayes, one sister and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday Aug. 9, 2002, in the Free Methodist Church in Cowden. Rev. Robert Goldsborough will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until servicetime at the Free Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery in Cowden. Memorials: Free Methodist Church of Cowden. Arrangements are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Cowden.
He was a beloved husband, father, and friend to many. He will be missed.

Floyd Eugene Getz
Statesboro, GA

Floyd Eugene Getz, 74, of Statesboro, GA passed away at 6:45 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2002 in Statesboro.
He was born January 9, 1928 in Shelbyville the son of Floyd I. and Elsie Crook Getz.
He married Cecelia Sheils on January 16, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri.
He was a retired general manager for Coastal Fuels Refinery and member of the Nazarene Church in Bellville, Georgia.
Surviving are his wife Cecelia of 57 years, son David Getz of North Miami, Florida, and mother Elsie Getz of Shelbyville, Illinois.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 12, 2002 in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, Arrangements are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

Ray Stewardson
Medford, MN

Ray Stewardson, age 50, of Medford, MN., formerly of Shelbyville, died suddenly on Thursday, August 8, 2002 at his home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 12, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the First English Lutheran Church in Faribault with the Rev. Craig Breimhorst, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, officiating. Internment will be held in Shelbyville, Illinois.
Visitation will be held on Monday at the First English Lutheran Church from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers that memorials be directed to the MSAB Booster Club or the Shelbyville Booster Club.
Arrangements are being completed by the Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault, MN.
Ray Oakley Stewardson, the son of Vera Stewardson (Oakley) and the late Lane Stewardson, was born on January 18, 1952 in Shelbyville, IL. Ray attended Shelbyville High School and graduated with the class of 1970. After high school Ray served in the Army until 1973. Later Ray attended Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. In 1987 he earned his Master's Degree from Western Michigan University in Orientation and Mobility Instruction. Ray then began working at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital until 1988 when he moved to Faribault and began working for the Faribault Public Schools at the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind until the present time. On July 7, 1993 he was united in marriage to Nancy Sheaks in Deadwood, South Dakota. Ray was a member of the Medford Civic Club, the VFW, Shelbyville Booster Club, AER and Western Michigan and Eastern Illinois Alumni Associations.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Stewardson of Medford, by two step children, Michael Horn of Chicago, IL and Laura (& Jim) Walsh of Wimberly, TX, by his mother, Vera Stewardson of Shelbyville, IL, by two brothers, John Stewardson of Carbondale, IL and Paul (& Marla) Stewardson of Shelbyville, IL, by three sisters, Jenifer (& Jack) Harvey and Wanda Brooks of Shelbyville, IL and Sarah (& Dave) Blackwell of Eugene, OR, by a sister-in- law, Gloria (& Noel Dean) Helton of Windsor, IL, by 11 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Dallas Latch
Delight, Arkansas

Dallas Latch, formerly of Pollock, Louisiana and Neoga, Illinois, passed away 11:15 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2002 in his residence in Delight, Arkansas.
Services are set at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday August 14, 2002 at Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga, Illinois. Graveside services are set for 2:00 p.m. that after noon in Paradise Cemetery, Salem, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 the night prior also at Swengel - O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga, Illinois.
Dallas was born February, 28, 1915 in Neoga, Illinois the son of Orvel and Cora Edith (Mauer) Latch.
He married Lois May Walden in August of 1937 in Shelby County, Illinois. She preceded him in death on October 36, 1971 and he married again to Evelyn Woodul on March 24, 1972 in Pineville, Louisiana.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Latch, of Delight, Arkansas; Son Gary Wayne "Chip" Latch of Delight, Arkansas; Brothers William Latch of Bunker Hill, Illinois and Charles Latch and wife Betty of Rt. Windsor, Illinois; Sisters Elizabeth Stremming and husband Floyd of Dieterich, Illinois and Mary Edith Baker and husband Charles of Neoga, Illinois; Grandchildren, Joseph Latch, Lois Zenon, David Latch, Laura Sean Latch, and Amy Sapp; three Great Grandchildren, and a host of Nieces and Nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Lois, one son Larry Latch, one brother Dale Hatch, and two Sisters Ella Fay Austin and Betty Mefford.
He was a retired welder and Superintendent for Truck Line Gas Company. He was also a member of the Church of Christ in Delight, Arkansas.

Jackson "Jack" Lee Christman
Murphysboro, IL.
Jackson "Jack" Lee Christman, age 50, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2002 in Carbondale Memorial Hospital.
Jackson was born on May 8 of 1952 the son of Dale Christman and Mary (Lane) Christman, both deceased.
Jackson was a member of the A.F. and A.M. Jackson Masonic Lodge #53 in Shelbyville and a member of the American Council for the Blind.
He was a Rehab teacher for the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Jackson was married to Debra Jo Hudson in Illinois on April 4, 1972. She survives in Murphysboro, Illinois.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at Crawshaw Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A funeral is set at Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, Illinois. David Postal, a close friend, will be conducting the Eulogy. Interment will be held at Ava Evergreen Cemetery in Ava, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Surviving are his wife, Debra Joe Christman of Murphysboro; Son Theron Christman and wife April of Carbondale, Illinois; Daughters Heather Ebers and husband Scott of Campbell Hill, Illinois and Jackie Harrison and husband David of Edwardsville, Illinois; Sister Susie Hart and husband Carl of Shelbyville, Grand Daughters Page Ebers of Campbell Hill, Illinois and Caylee Christman of Carbondale, Illinois; Grand Sons Eric Harrison of Edwardsville, Illinois and Austin Ebers of Campbell Hill, Illinois; Father in Law, Gerald Hudson of Shelbyville.
Preceding him in death are his parents and one brother Dale Christman Jr.


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