Coles County Obituaries
Contribute your family member's obituary by emailing Kim. I prefer to post old obituaries rather than new ones to protect the names of the living. If it's a newer obituary, I will remove the names of the living.
If you do not see a contributor's name, assume it was an obituary I found during my research (however, don't assume I'm related to that person named in the obit - very few of my folks who died in Coles actually had obituaries :-(
I've posted email addresses as a courtesy - unfortunately, people are changing email addys left and right these days and there is no way I can keep up with them. So if an email addy doesn't work, you'll have to look elsewhere to try and find a current one. Sorry.....
The Mattoon Gazette.......Fri Jan 25, 1884
Contributed by source #13
"Esquire Benjamin Hunt died after a short illness last evening at his residence on the west side."
Contributor's Note: "They moved to Jasper Co about 1849 with sons William T (from different mother, daughter of Wm P Andrews), Marshal and daughter Dorcas, and in-laws William P Andrews and his wife Dorcas and a mixture of children. Wm P. Andrews died in 1853 and is buried in Andrews cemetery. Benjamin, Elizabeth, Dorcas and Marshal moved to Mattoon between 1860 and 1870. Wm T Hunt stayed in Jasper and is buried in Swick Cemetery."
Mrs. B.H. Hunt
Mattoon Gazette.....Fri Aug 29, 1890
Contributed by source #13
"Mrs B. H. Hunt died last Monday from diseases incident to old age, and was buried Tuesday."
OPAL LUBY SPAULDING
Valley Morning Star Newspaper
29 Mar 2001
Contributed by source #14
[Names of the survivors have been omitted. Contact Mary Beth Ross at [email protected] for this info]
HARLINGEN � Opal Luby Spaulding was born April 10, 1905 in Mattoon, IL. She was the thirteenth child of Joseph and Rose Luby. She married Herbert A. Spaulding and they had two children, [name omitted] and Edward Spaulding (deceased).
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law [name omitted], daughter-in-law, [name omitted], grandson and his wife, [names omitted] their daughters, [2 names omitted], also by granddaughters, [3 names omitted] all living out of state.
As a child she belonged to the "Little Blue" Union Congregational Church of Mattoon, IL. In later years she joined the First Methodist in Waco, and then in Harlingen. Opal was part of the Luby�s Cafeteria Family. She helped manage and worked at stores in Dallas, Waco, and Harlingen. She loved to cook and was a wonderful pastry cook. During World War II she and her sisters ran the stores while the men were in the service. Early in her retirement she enjoyed traveling to Estes Park, Colorado with her sisters and family members. Her trip to Europe by ship was a story she loved to tell. Genealogy was also an interest in later years.
Perhaps the original "survivor", Opal was the last of her generation, out living even many of her nieces and nephews. She will be missed by those of us who are left. Her zeal for life and enjoyment of good food is something we will never forget. She was truly loved. Funeral services will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31, 2001 with the Rev. Wayne Peck officiating. Committal services will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, 2 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2001.
ERNEST M. TOWLES
Contributed by source #15
Ernest M., son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Towles, was born in Morgan township, Coles county, December 19, 1879, and passed away at his late home in Hutton township, April 11, 1927, at the age of 47 years, 3 months and 23 days.
Save for a few years spent in Oklahoma City, Okla, Mr. Towles has spent his entire life in Coles county. On January 28, 1905, he was united in marriage to Miss Maude Rennels of Hutton township. Three children, Henry Clifford, James Carlos, and Laura Kathryn have come to bless and brighten their union. An integrity of life, and a neighborly disposition, have acquired for them a home, and a circle of friends and loyal neighbors whose sincerity has been evidenced in ways far too beautiful for mere words to express.
Fraternally, Mr. Towles was for several years affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and later with Westfield Lodge No. 1046, A.F. & A.M. Besides his faithful wife and children, he is survived by his father and step-mother of Kemp, Ill., 2 brothers, Frank, of Kansas, Ill., and Charles Ray, of Bridgton, N. ?., one sister, Mrs. Nellie Reed, of Griggsdale, Colo, and friends almost without number. (Contributed by [email protected])
Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992
Mattoon....Pearl A. Greim, 96, of Mattoon died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday (March 4, 1992) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Schilling's Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in South Hill Cemetery in Vandalia.
She was born June 2, 1895, in Ramsey, the daughter of Henry and Nanie Austin Nall. She married George Scherer; he preceded her in death. She later married Anthony Wagner; he also preceded her in death. Surviving her is a son [name omitted] of Milwaukee, Wis., two daughters, [name omitted] of Springfield and Mrs. [name omitted] of Sierra Madre, Calif; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992
Mattoon....Marie Kugler, 92, of Mattoon died at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday (March 3, 1992) at the home of her daughter. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Maurice Price officiating. Schilling's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She was born Nov. 23, 1899, in Gila, the daughter of Owen and Laura Strole Hicks. She married Albert Kugler in 1920; he died in 1955. Surviving is a son, Dean Kugler of Decatur; a daughter, Mrs. James (Bernice) Swinford of Lake Paradise; a brother, Roscoe Hicks of Newton; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Mrs. Kugler was a member of the Kearnes United Brethern Church in Gila.
[Marie Kugler was my grandfather's cousin. If you are related, please email Kim.....]
Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992
Mattoon....The funeral for Catherine Garrett was held Wednesday morning at Schilling's Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove Cemetery.... Mrs. Garrett, 65, of Neoga died March 1, 1992 at the Carle Foundation Hospital.
Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992
The funeral for Dorothy Goad was held Wednesday afternoon at Schilling's Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Dona officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Gardens....Mrs. Goad, 80, of Mattoon died March 1, 1992, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Mattoon Journal-Gazette March 5, 1992
A graveside service for Thelma Harper was held Wednesday afternoon at the Zion Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Foster Brock officiating. Schilling's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Harper, 58, of Mattoon died March 1, 1992 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
CORA LEVITT MEEK
Cora Levitt Meek, age 111, of Mattoon, Coles Co, IL passed away Sunday, July 1, 2001 at Hilltop Convalescent Center in Charleston. Graveside services will be held 11:00 Wednesday, July 4, at Kickapoo Cemetery (south of Charleston) with Rev. Bill Boaz officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:00 Wednesday at the cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Jerden FH of Mattoon.
Cora was born Sept 15, 1889, the same year that the Eiffel Tower was built in France, in a farm house south of Charleston, IL, a daughter of William Franklin and Eliza Jane (McKenzie) Levitt. She married Ward Henry Meek in 1905 in St. Joseph, MI. He preceeded her in death on June 9, 1920 of Typhoid Fever, leaving her with three small children. Cora is survived by two daughters, [names omitted] along with several great- grandchildren, three nieces, a nephew, and a great nephew.
Cora was a local folk artist and enjoyed quilting. Some of her quilts may be found in the Smithsonian Institute, the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, as well as museums and institutions in all fifty states.
Lizzie J. Glassco
In Greencastle, Indiana, May 16, '64, Lizzie J. Glassco, daughter of Kembal and Margret Glassco, aged 9 years, 1 month and 1 day. ["The Plain Dealer" May 26, 1864]
Died-- W.S. Record, an aged and respected citizen, died at his residence at nine o'clock on Sunday morning. He was an honored and worthy member of the ancient Masonic fraternity and during his long life of usefulness, he endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact, and especially do those who have often met him in the Lodge room, mourn his departure as they speak the last [poem omitted]
Sallie Elizabeth Lincoln
DEATH OF "GRAND-MOTHER LINCOLN" - We are palled (?) to learn that Grand-Mother Lincoln, step-mother of the martyr President, a noble, kind-hearted lady, died at her residence, in the southern part of this county, on Monday of last week, and was buried (sic) by the side of her husband who has long slept "the sleep that knows no waking" in this vail of tears. [The Plaindealer... April 22, 1869]
Death of Mr. Lincoln's Step-Mother
On the 19th instant, Mrs. Sallie Elizabeth Lincoln, widow of the late Thomas Lincoln and step-mother of the late President Lincoln, and by whom he was principally reared (his own mother having died while he was very young), died in Coles county, Illinois, at an advanced age. "Mrs. Lincoln" says the Decatur Magnet, "Had for may years resided with her grandson, John Hall, a well-to-do farmer, who lives about nine miles southeast of Charleston, Coles county, near the line between that and Cumberland, and also near the little country village of Farmington. She was much devoted to her illustrious step-son, and took as deep a pride and interest in his rise to fame and fortune as his own mother could have done. It is said that she never spoke of him since his tragic death without tears, and the nation or the world had no more sincere mourner over his fall than she." [The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer.(Wheeling, W. Va.), May 04, 1869]
Mrs. Catharine Winford Rogers
DIED -- Of Consumption, near Farmington Coles County, Illinois, Mrs. Catharine Winford Rogers, daughter of Alexander Ritchey. She was born in Warsaw, Ky., October 30, 1847. Was married October 30, 1866 to Carson P. R. Rogers. Died April 14, 1869. Mrs. Rogers had many friends and acquaintances among the young people of this city, all of whom will learn of her disease and death with feelings of deep sorrow, as she was dearly beloved for her kind and amiable disposition. [The Plaindealer... April 22, 1869]
JOSEPH GAISER, son of Christopher Gaiser of Hickory township, died in Valparisso, Ind. (webmaster's note: correct spelling is Valparaiso) April 20th, 1880, aged 20 years. His remains were brought to this city and interred in Mound Cemetery, today, Thursday, April 22d, 1880. [The Plaindealer....April 22, 1880]
Mrs. Mary Brown
Mrs. Mary Brown, formerly Mary True, daughter of S.W. and I. True, died at her home near Seward, Nebraska April 10th 1881. She leaves a husband and one child, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss. [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1881]
Jerome W. Glassco
Jerome W. Glassco was born May 17th 1858 and died March 26th 1881 after a brief illness of inflamatory rheumatism. He was born and always lived near this city and was recognized as one of our exemplary young men. He made a profession of Christianity at the Camp meeting held at the Fair ground in 1878, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in which he continued a faithful member until called to join the church triumphant which is before the Throne. His funeral services were conducted at the family residence by Rev. J.B. Wolfe whom he expressed a desire to do so, and was attended by a large number of friends and neighbors. His memory will be cherished by his many friends and may his example be as faithfully imitated. [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1881]
Mrs. Eliza Burlingame
Mrs. Eliza Burlingame, wife of Leander Burlingame, died at her late residence in Farmington, in the 54th (or 64th?) year of her age. She had been an invalid for the past forty years. She was a consistent member of the M.E. Church, and was esteemed by all who knew her. She was a sister of Mr. G.L. Catlin of this city. [Charleston Plaindealer...April 20, 1882]
Mrs. John Hughes
.....died at her home in Charleston on Monday last. [Charleston Plaindealer...May 11, 1882]
Lizzie Dutro, widow of Geo. Dutro, died at her home, two miles south of Westfield, April 16th  She was buried at the M.E. church, Westfield, on Monday the 18th inst. Mrs. Dutro was a sister of Mr. Isaac Flennor, of Kansas. [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]
Mrs. Fred Hunzicker
.... died at her home in Charleston, Sunday evening, April 17, 1887 [Charleston Plaindealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]
CARD OF THANKS...I wish to express through your Journal my sincere thanks to all who so kindly helped me during the sickness of my deceased wife. FRED HUNZICKER. [The Plain Dealer...Thursday, April 21, 1887]
By a Friend
(Webmaster's note: this obit was super long with lots of flowery poetic stuff. Because of space considerations, I've had to edit at least some of the flowery stuff out (where the ....'s are), but have kept the facts intact)
Richard Stoddert is no more. On the lovely evening of the 13th day of April 1887, when the husbandman had turned up his plow after a weary day of toil, and the feathered tribe had hushed and gone to rest; when the sun had set amid a glorious halo, to re-appear upon the morrow in all the splendor of his ceaseless mission.....the long, industrious, and exemplary life of "Uncle Dick" came to a close, as peacefully as it had been serene and cheerful throughout life. A venerable Patriarch, wearing a precious crown of silvery locks, who had faithfully obeyed divine and human law in the relation to his race, as a true husband and a loving father, was permitted by his Maker to breath his last and re-unite with the departed partners of his earlier joys and sorrows in the etherial beyond........Having lived a half a century in this community as a business man and trader, he knew nearly everybody, and was so known in return....
Richard Stoddert was born at Litchfield, Grayson county, Kentucky, March 28th, 1811. His grandfather, Benjamin Stoddert, a citizen of Massachusetts, was a major in the revolutionary war, and afterward the second Secretary of the United States Navy. His father Benjamin, a farmer, died in Kentucky in 1833, but his mother, Mary, came to Charleston with her children, where she died in her 82nd year. Richard arrived here in 1838 and became a partner in a tannery with his brother Thomas, who had preceeded him two years, and continued with him in tanning, farming, dealing in stock, and merchandizing for about 30 years, during which time they erected the three story brick building occupied by Wright & Co., as a grocery. Since then he has operated with his sons, principally in farming and the hardware business, to the hour of his death. He has held the offices of county Treasurer, Sheriff, county Clerk, and minor positions, always with efficiency and honor to himself.
He was married twice; first to Miss Catharine Rizor on Christmas eve 1844, who died February 23d, 1872. Second, to Mrs. Georgia H. Robertson on April 27th, 1875, who died childless on December 6th, 1879. The issue of the first marriage was as follows, viz:
Benjamen, born February 4th, 1846; Charles R. born December 8th, 1847; who is better known as Harry. Thomas born February 12th, 1850; Frank born February 28th, 1853; Fremont born December 18th, 1855; better known as Mont. George born October 13th, 1858. All except the youngest, who died July 25th, 1863, were present at the dissolution of their father, and mourn his loss..... [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, April 21, 1887]
Mattoon, Ill., April 14 - Richard Stoddert, one of Coles County's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at his home in Charleston last night, after an illness lasting for a month or more. [Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Friday, April 15, 1887]
Mrs. Jessie Griffith
Mrs. Jessie Griffith died at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Mitchell, of Chester, Friday night June 17th, 1887, aged 20 years. The deceased had gone on a visit to her parents only a short time before, and the sad news of her death, which reached here early Saturday morning, carried sorrow to many hearts as it passed rapidly from one to another.
Her remains were brought to this city for interment, Saturday night, and the funeral services, which was held at the family residence, took place Sunday morning at nine o'clock. The very large number of friends who were in attendance was a fitting testimony of the esteem in which she was held in the community. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, April 21, 1887]
Mrs. R. Childress
Mrs. R. Childress, died at her home in this township (Ashmore) Thursday evening, June 16, 1887, after a lingering illness with consumption, aged 33 years, 10 months and 14 days. [Ashmore Republican quoted by the Charleston Plaindealer on Thursday, June 23, 1887]
Miss Iva Kinzell
Miss Iva Kinzell, daughter of the late Erasmus Kinzell, died at the residence of her grand-parents in Hammond Illinois, Monday July 17, of consumption, aged eleven years. Her remains were brought to this city and interred in Mound Cemetery. (Webmaster's note: I suspect that they mean Hammond, Indiana rather than Illinois.) [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]
Mrs. Lidia Forsythe
Mrs. Lidia Forsythe, mother of R(?) G. Forsythe, of Oakland, died Friday July 15, 1887, aged 73 years. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]
Roy, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kneer, died Friday morning of brain disease. Funeral at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]
Miss Essie Tate, one of our bright little school misses, died Friday afternoon of measles. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Thursday, July 28, 1887]
Elijah Rutan, a young man aged about nineteen, living in the west part of town, died Tuesday morning from a relapse of measles. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday April 14, 1888]
John Neff, one of the oldest settlers of Coles county, residing on his farm six miles northwest of this city, died Friday morning at three o'clock of dropsy. He was highly respected and well like by all who knew him. [Mattoon Gazette quoted by the Charleston Plaindealer Saturday April 14, 1888]
Cook's Mills: Uncle Johnny Neff, one of the oldest settlers of Coles county, died last Thursday. [The Plain Dealer - April 14, 1888]
A boy by the name of Hood died at David Walters' [in Ashmore] Tuesday night, of measles. [The Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday April 14, 1888]
Miss Lizzie Lutz, daughter of Mrs. Fred Lutz, died Thursday of last week. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]
James Bruce, formerly a well-known resident of this city, died at his home near Sedalia, Mo. last week. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]
Orla Ficklin, the bright ten-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ficklin, died Tuesday afternoon of typhoid fever. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence Thursday at 2:30 p.m. He was a great favorite with everybody, and will be sadly missed. We tender the bereaved parents our warmest sympathies. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]
Lieut. D.W. Fulton, whose parents reside near Gays, died last week in New Mexico with pneumonia. His remains were interred in this city Friday. The deceased was well known to many people in Mattoon and his death will be greatly regretted. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy. [Mattoon Gazette, quoted by The Charleston Plaindealer, April 12, 1889]
J.R. Paxton, a farmer, was killed Sunday afternoon, just east of the village, by the west bound limited passenger train. He was walking on the track and, being deaf, did not hear the warning whistle. The train stopped and run back to where he lay, but he was dead, so his body was brought into the village. Mr. Paxton was a native of Virginia about 40 years old and had been here about a year. A coroner's inquest was held and the jury agreed that it was an accident for which the railroad company was not responsible. the deceased was buried here Monday evening, though he had many well-to-do relatives in his native State. [The Charleston Plaindealer, April 11, 1890]
Died - At his residence near this place, on Monday evening the 17th inst., Joseph Fowler, Esq., after an illness of some 10 or 12 days. Mr. Fowler was one of our best citizens, a member o the Baptist Church, and a man of exemplary moral character. He was a native of Tennessee, and emigrated to this country some ten years ago; since that time he has been entrusted with the most honorable offices within the gift of the people and discharged the trusts "with honor and fidelity. He was one of the noblest works of God. - An honest man." The community deeply deplore his loss. He was a kind Father and an affectionate husband. To the afflicted family the loss is irrepayable. But they will be consoled that he died as he had lived, a Christian and that his freed spirit reposes in the paradise of God. [poem omitted] [The Republican, Friday, February 21, 1845]
Mrs. Mary Moody Gilbert Ramsey
Contributed by source #16
Unknown Newspaper, unknown date
Mrs. Mary Ramsey Passes away Sunday
Mary Rebecca Moody,daughter of Isaac and Harriet Moody was born in Coles County near Ashmore. Ill., September 13, 1859, and departed this life May 14, 1933, age 73 years, 8 months, and 1 day. She was united in marriage to William Gilbert, September 18, 1884. To this union was born three children, one son and 2 daughters. The son, Clarence, having departed this life some 18 years ago. The daughters survive, Mrs. Maude Carnahan, of Terra Haute, Ind., and Mrs. Nina Swinford, with whom she had made her home for the past 18 years. The following named brothers yet survive, Clem Moody, of the State of Kansas, Benjamin Moody of Mattoon, Ill., Arnold Moody of Kansas, Ill. Two sisters preceded her in death, Mrs. Nettie Vansickle, of Oklahoma City having departed this life a few years hence and Mrs. Belle Bell, of Hindsboro, having preceeded her in death some three months ago. Six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren also survive.
On October 18, 1889, the subject of this sketch was left a widow, the death angel having entered the home and taken away the husband and father. She and the children lived with her parents for a number of years. Later she was united in marriage to William Ramsey, of Oakland, Ill, who preceded her in death several years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss, the previousley named children, grandchildren, and brothers. Also one daughter-in-law, 6 step- children, a number of other relatives,neighbors and friends.
"Grandma" as she was commonly called, had many friends. She was just Grandma to all the children in the community and will be sadly missed by those who knew her.
A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled
Grandma is gone, but we all have some loved one to whom we should remember to speak kind words and for whom we should do kind deeds while they are yet with us, as they may soon be called.
Funeral services were conducted from the St. Omar Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 P. M. Rev. J. L. Coleman, officiating, Miss Loma Gilbert, Mrs. Loren Hallock and Mrs. Vernon Hallock sang "Going Down the Valley" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere", accompained at the piano by Mrs. Lorene Boyer. The pallbearers were the following grandchildren: Miss Olive Carnahan, Mr. and Mrs. Turley Cummins, Aleen Gilbert, Ival Gilbert, Layton Swinford. A little granddaughter Catherine Carnahan, and great granddaughter, Rosalie Swinford were honorary pallbearers. Burial was in the Ashmore Cementery.
Elizabeth (HOPPER) DIXON
Mattoon Journal-Gazette, May 7, 1907
Contributed by source #17
HUMBOLT LOSES AN OLD RESIDENT
Grandma Dixon Dies at Avanced Age of 75 Years
Special to Journal-Gazette
Humbolt, Ill., May 7 .
Grandma Dixon, relict of Archibald Dixon, one of the oldest residents of this section until his death about 13 years ago, died this morning at 2 o'clock at the home of her son, Jacob Dixon, a short distance west of this village. Death was the result of heart trouble, superinduced by an attack of grip, which laid hold of its aged victim several days ago. The funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home, conducted by Rev. E.M. Wamsley, the burial to follow in the Smith cemetery, about six miles from this place.
The deceased was born about seventy-five years ago. She came to this section years ago with her husband, and since the death of the latter had made her home with her son, Jacob Dixon. There survive two sons - Jacob and Willis Dixon, the latter a resident of Mattoon, and one brother, whose home is in Sigel.
WILLIAM RILEY HOPPER
Riley Hopper, one of Coles County's oldest citizens, died at his home 2 1/2 miles SW of Cook's Mills Monday evening at the ripe age of 78. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning. [Mattoon Gazette, Friday, Dec. 20, 1901 - Contributed by source #17]
Wealthy Farmer Falls Dead
Mattoon, Ills., Dec. 18 � Riley Hopper, 78 years old, a wealthy farmer of Cook�s Mills, did his chores as usual Tuesday morning. �I will enjoy a good smoke,� he said upon returning to the house. As he filled his pipe and was about to light it he fell over dead. Heart disease was the cause. [�The Daily Review,� Decatur, Illinois Wednesday Evening, December 19, 1901, front page]
DUDLEY D. HOPPER
From a September, 1899 Mattoon newspaper of unknown title & date.
Contributed by source #17
DIED OF APOPLEXY
Dudley D. Hopper Succumbs to Death Suddenly
Dudley D. Hopper died sitting in his chair at his home last Friday morning [September 15, 1899]. Mr. Hopper, who has been in poor health for some months, was able to sit up and had been conversing with members of his household in the most cheerful manner. His wife heard him breathing heavily and ran to his assistance but he never spoke and died within a few moments.
D.D. Hopper was born in Knox County, KY August 18, 1826. He came to Illinois in 1837 and served in the Mexican War. He was first married to Miss Jane Dixon and to them were born nine children, three of whom are living: Mrs. Tilitha Young, George and H.H. Hopper, all of whom reside near Cook's Mill. His wife died and he was married a second time to Miss Margaret Easter of near Humbolt who died in the fall of 1897. In August 1898 he was again married to Mrs. Mary Coleman of Neoga who survives him. Mr. Hopper was one of the pioneers of Coles County and an extensive land owner, most of which was in north Okaw Township, although he was possessed of some property in Mattoon. Some time previous to his death he deeded most of his farm land to his three children, reserving only a small tract near this city. His residence, on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Sixteenth Street valued at $5,000 will be property of First M.E. Church of Mattoon at the death of his wife. And anothother residence, near the city park, valued at $1,200 will pass into the possession of Mt. Zion M.E. Church at the death of Mrs. Hopper, she having full control of both properties as long as she lives. Mr. Hopper had long been a member of the M.E. Church. The Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, which he helped organize, is located in Cooks Mills.
The funeral services were held at the family residence, 1600 Wabash Avenue and were conducted by Rev. Champion, of Paradise, and were attended by a large concourse of friends.
Mattoon Journal-Gazette, Monday, April 22, 1957
Contributed by source #17
Perry Hopper, 90, Dies Saturday.....
Perry Hopper, 90, of 608 Shelby Avenue died Saturday at 8:30 PM in Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Friday. He had been in ill health for 3 weeks. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 PM in Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Rev. A. Mont Massey officiating. Burial will be in Humbolt IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 PM today. Mr. Hopper, a retired farmer, was born in Coles County on February 7, 1867, son of Jack and Nancy (Todd) Hopper. He married Ada Florence Sanders in Arcola on November 16, 1891 and she died on January 1, 1941. He lived in Mattoon for 25 years and prior to that lived in Toledo. He is survived by a son, Irvin C. Hopper, of Mattoon, 4 grand-children and 4 great grand-children.
Ada Florence HAWK
[(1) Sanders (2) Hopper]
Mattoon Daily Journal-Gazette, January 2, 1941
Contributed by source #17
Mrs. Hawk Dies; Ill Three Weeks....
Mrs. James Hawk died at 2:30 O'clock Wednesday afternoon at her home, 609 Richmond Avenue after an illness of 3 weeks. Death was due to a kidney ailment. Mrs. Hawk was 68 years old. The funeral will be held at 2:00 Friday afternoon at the Mitchell funeral home with Rev. S.A. Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Hawk, as Ada Sanders, was born January 20, 1872 near Humbolt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Sanders. When 17 years old she was married to Perry Hopper of Humbolt. About 20 years ago she was married to James Hawk of this city and has since resided here. Surviving besides her husband are a son, Irvin Hopper, of Humboldt; a step-daughter, Mrs. Maudie Kimball of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; a brother, Allen Sanders, of Mattoon; 3 half-brothers: George Sanders of Pontiac, Michigan; William of St. Louis, and John Henry, address unknown; a half-sister, Mrs. Arthur Watkins of Marion and 4 grandchildren.
MINNIE BAYLES SEXSON
Death Calls Mrs. Minnie Sexson
Mrs. Minnie Bayles Sexson, 59, lifelong Charleston resident, died in the Charleston hospital at 5:10 o'clock on Sunday morning after a long illness of complications. She had been a patient in the hospital for several weeks.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon in the Pilgram Holiness church, 4th and Monroe streets by the pastor, the Rev. Charles C. Breen. Burial will be in Mound cemetery.
Mrs. Sexson leaves 6 children: Mrs. Nora Ayers; Charleston; Roy Easton, Mattoon; Summer Easton, Charleston; Mrs. Nolan Walls, Indianapolis; Mrs. Merlie Hudson, Kokomo, Ind; and Mrs. Howard Ayers, charleston; 3 brothers, Louis Wright, John (Jerry) Wright and William Wright, all of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Isaac Sampson, Charleston; 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Minnie Wright, a daughter of James and Alice (Davis) Wright, was born in Charleston on August 30, 1871. Her father died 2 months ago and her mother died a few years ago. She was first married to Riley Easton, who died a number of years ago. Her second husband, B.E. Bayles, died a few years ago from injuries sustained when he was struck by an auto. E.J. Sexson, husband by a third marriage, survives. Mrs. Sexson was a well known Charleston citizen, highly respected, a good neighbor and an active church worker. Charleston Courier, May 19, 1930
Mattoon Jockey burned to Death. Troy, Ill, May 19 -- an inquest was ordered today into the death of three men from the Fairmount Jockey club, instantly killed early yesterday when the automobile in which they were returning from a dance crashed into a concrete culvert on the highway near here.
Traveling at an estimated speed of 60 miles an hour, the machine burst into flames and the bodies of the three men were burned almost beyond recognition. The dead are James Shelton, 22 of Mattoon, Ill, widely known jockey; Randall Smallwood, 39, Washington, D.C. former jockey and agent for the G.R. Bryson stable, and James Eaton, 24 of Louisville, Ky, former jockey. Listed as one of the leading jockeys for 1929, Shelton rode J.L. Pontius' Michigan Boy to victory in the Louisiana Derby at New Orleans, March 29.
Mattoon, Ill. May 19 (Special) James Shelton was a son of Mrs. O.W. Kepley, 2308 Moultrie avenue, this city. He was born in Jasper county but never lived in Mattoon. The body will be taken to Louisville, Ill., for burial. [The Charleston Courier, May 19, 1930]
Feburary 21, 1923
Contributed by source #18 (g-grand-dau of Alice)
ALICE DAWSON SUFFERS FROM NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Mrs. Alice Dawson, age 50 years, residing in 103 West Walnut street, suffering from a severe nervous breakdown since January 1, which has affected her mind to a considerable extent, has been removed to the Charleston hospital for treatment. It is greatly hoped that her ailment will respond to treatment in order it will not be necessary to remove her to the state hospital at Kankakee. Mrs. Hill, a daughter, of Oklahoma, and a brother, Edward Smith of near springfield, have arrived in the city to assist in caring for Mrs. Dawson.
Mrs. Alice Dawson, who has been receiving treatment at the Charleston hospital for five weeks, and who has been in an extremely serious condition for the past several days, is reported to be no better. However, she will be removed to her home Tuesday. She is suffering from a serious nervous disorder and lies in a state of coma all the time.
ALICE DAWSON IS CALLED BY DEATH
Mrs. Alice Dawson, age 50 years, died at the family residence 103 West Walnut street, a 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, following an illness of several weeks of a nervous breakdown. The funeral services will be held at the First United Brethren church at 11 o' clock Friday morning, with the Rev. W.O. Stonebraker, paster of the church, officiating. The interment will be made in Mound cemetery. Mrs. Dawson, widow of the late James Dawson, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Hill of Oklahoma, Miss Lucille Dawson of Charleston, and a son, Leonard, of Charleston.CARD OF THANKS.... We wish to express our deep appreciation for the many acts of kindness and sympathy that were shown by the friends and neighbors during theillness and later death of our mother, Mrs. ALice Dawson; also for the beautiful floral offerings which were received. Josephine, Lucile and Leonard. Feb. 21, 1923
Contributor's note: Alice Dawson's "nervous condition" may very well have been a brain tumor since she often wrote about "the headaches" she was having.
Contributed by source #18
James Dawson, 60, former resident of Charleston, and a former member of the police force, died in San Diego, Calif., this morning after a three months illness. The body will be returned to Charleston for burial. He moved to Califonia last fall. A few weeks ago his wife and children, Josephine, Lucille and Leonard returned to Charleston and Mr. Dawson was to follow as soon as he had settled some business matters. He suddenly was taken ill and never recovered. c. 1913 (from the "Thirty years ago" column printed in 1943)
WILLIAM E. STODDERT
Contributed by source #18 (no family connection)
William E. Stoddert, aged 71 years, a long time Charleston dry goods merchant and Charleston township farmer, died today at Mott, North Dakota, where he has resided for the past 14 or 15 years. The body is to be returned ot Charleston for the funeral and burial rites. The body is to be taken to the home of a sister, Mrs. I. J. Miles, 865 Seventh Street. c. 1923 (from the "Twenty years ago" column printed in 1943)
BERTHA A. MOORE
Contributed by source #19
Death Calls Mrs. Bertha A. Moore.... Mrs. Bertha Alice Moore of 1221 Olive St., died in the Charleston Hospital shortly after 2 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon. The body removed from Clark Funeral Home for preparation, will be taken to the family residence about 2 o'clock this afternoon where friends may call after that hour. Mrs. Moore born at Janesville June 30, 1881 leaves the following daughters: Mrs. Florence Isley, Mrs. Margaret Pitkins, Mrs. Lulu Wheeler, Miss Inez Moore all of Charleston, Mrs. Ethel Craig of Famington and the following sons: Russell Moore of Charleston, Ross Moore of Bushton + Herman More of Charleston, Mrs. Darla Justice of Bushton, Mrs. Ida Bennett of Humboldt + Ed Jenkins of Charleston are surviving sisters and brother. The Charleston Daily Courier, Saturday, March 30,1946
Moore Funeral Held With Church Service: Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Alice Moore were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Pilgrim Holiness Church with Rev. H. L. Hayes of Arcola officiating. During the services Mr. + Mrs. Russell Finney sang "Going Down the Valley" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Mary Clark. The pall bearers were Charles Bolin, Wayne Craig, Harlan Bennett, Hugh Bennett, Robert Bacon, and Thomas Whitacre. Interment was in Janesville cemetery under the direction of Clark Funeral Home Tuesday April 2, 1946 p.8
Contributed by source #19
Orvis Jenkins 71, of 902 Jackson Street died Tuesday about 4:25 p.m. in the Charleston Hospital. He suffered a heart attack a short time prior in the offices of his physician, Dr. J. R. Alexander. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. at the Lewis Funeral Home 815 Jackson Street where friends may call after 1 P.M. Thursday. Reverend Daniel L. Eckert of the Danville Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be made in Stringtown Cemetery in Hutton Township . Mr. Jenkins was born March 1,1883 near Salisbury, a son of Emery and Arberry (Rennels) Jenkins.
He had lived in this vicinity all of his life. He married the former Miss Emma Cox in 1904. Besides the widow Mr. Jenkins survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Lucille Neill; a granddaughter Mrs. Don (Verdean) Abernathie and a grandson, Robert Neill, all of Champaign, and a sister, Mrs. Joe Goff, Charleston. Besides having farming interests Mr. Jenkins was a retired feed salesman and at one time operated the Charleston Creamery. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Charleston Daily Courier March 24, 1954
WILLIAM EMERY JENKINS
Contributed by source #19
William Emery Jenkins, 79 year old resident of Lerna, died Thursday about ...p.m. in the Charleston hospital where he had been a patient since Wednesday. He had been in failing health the past three years. Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Harper-Swickard Funeral Home at 720 Monroe Street, Rev. ... officiating. The interment will follow in Rest Haven cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. Mr. Jenkins was born January 2, 1878 in Cumberland County near Toledo. His parents were Ervin and Sarah (Rawlins) Jenkins. On July 17, 1898 in Cumberland county he married the former Josie Cather who died in November of 1956. Mr. Jenkins followed farming in his early years, and latter worked for the Nickel Plate Railroad, retiring about 12 years ago. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. A.O. (Dessie) Hall and Mrs. Raymond (Sara) Towles, Charleston, Mrs. John (Grace) Poe, Chicago, Mrs. Austin (Dorothy) Nichols, Neoga and Mrs. Howard (Virginia) Shirley, Loxa; three sons Thomas and John Jenkins of Charleston and Charles Jenkins of Lerna; Three brothers Frank Jenkins of Decatur, Lewis Jenkins of Terre Haute, and Charles of Effingham, 23 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren survive. Besides Mrs. Jenkins a daughter Mrs. Doris Randolph and a son James, preceded him in death, Mr. Jenkins was a member of the Disciples of Christ. Years ago he became affiliated with the Methodist church. Charleston Courier, Friday, April 19, 1957
EDWARD M. JENKINS
Contributed by source #19
Edward M. Jenkins, 77 of 720 W. Filmore Av., Charleston, died at 7 p.m., Sunday in the Charleston Community Hospital. He was born 1,...,1893 in Cumberland County, the son of Perry and Dica Stewart Jenkins. He marr. Pearl M. Legg on June 25, 1913. Survivors include his widow, two sons, [names omitted], both of Charleston, one daughter, [name omitted] of Charleston, two sisters Mrs Ida Bennett of Humboldt, and Mrs. Darla Justice of Bushton, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. William Boaz officiating Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Times-Courier Tuesday September 8, 1970
DARLA MAY JUSTICE
Contributed by Source #19
Mrs. Darla May Justice 85, 602 N. 4th St. formerly of Bushton, died about 5:45 a.m. Sunday at her home after an illness of about 6 mo. Mrs. Justice was born January 1, 1887 in Cumberland Co., the daughter of Perry + Dicy
Stewart Jenkins. She was married to John Justice Jan 10, 1906. He preceded her in death, She had lived in this area all her life. She is survived by 2 daughters [name omitted], Charleston; [name omitted], Rardin; 2 sons [name omitted] Charleston; [name omitted], Bushton; one sister Ida Bennett, Humboldt; 18 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Harper - Swickard Chapel. Burial will be in Shiloh cemetery south of Charleston. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Times-Courier, Monday June 5, 1972
INJURIES PROVED FATAL.
Fall from a Wheel Caused Death of Jacob Lawyer of Diona.
Jacob Lawyer, of Diona, died last night at six o'clock of injuries received by falling from a wheel ten days ago. The funeral was held this afternoon, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, of which he was a prominent member. Interment was at McKenzie cemetery. The deceased leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss. Mr. Lawyer was well known in this city and is spoken of highly by all who knew him. The Charleston Daily Courier
Tuesday, August 22, 1899
John W. Lawyer
Contributed by source #13
JOHN W. LAWYER CALLED BY DEATH..........
John W. Lawyer, age 85 years, a resident of Hutton township for seventy-four years, died at his home in that township at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening. Death is attributed to paralysis, the stroke visiting him two years ago. He had been seriously ill since Tuesday morning. The funeral services will be held at the Hurricane church at 11 o'clock Friday morning and interment will follow in Hurricane cemetery.
John W. Lawyer was well and favorably known to many of the citizens of Hutton, Ashmore and Charleston townships. He was a member of the Oak Ridge United Bretheren church and was prominent in his township. His wife died nine years ago and he is survived by ten children, namely: Mrs. A. J. Handley of Vandalia, Ill.; James Lawyer of Terre Haute; Atwell Lawyer of Hutton; Mrs. Lottie Levitt of Newton, Ill.; Mrs. Hiram Rogers of Hutton; Edward Lawyer, south of Charleston; Mrs. Thomas Bennett and David Lawyer of Charleston; Henry Lawyer of Mattoon, and Oscar Lawyer at home. The Charleston Daily Courier Thursday, September 5, 1918 (Contributor's note: John is buried in Hurricane cemetery near the Fulkerson family.)
Contributed by source #1
JOHN LEVITT IS CALLED BY DEATH
John Levitt, aged 74 years, native of Hutton township, and well-known, died at his home four miles south of Charleston at two o'clock on Sunday following a long illness of a general complication. He had been confined to his home since June and was bedfast a week. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the residence. The Reverend Murray Stone of this city will officiate. Burial will be made at Mt. Zion cemetery south of Charleston. Surviving are four children: Melvin Levitt of Mattoon, Claude Levitt of Toledo, O., Walter Levitt of Bloomington, Ill, and Mrs. William Davidson of Casey, three brothers, William Levitt, and Thomas Levitt of near Charleston, and Charles Levitt of Effingham, and two sisters, Mrs. Anthony Frisbie of Argo, and Mrs. Mary Jane
White of Mattoon. Mrs. Nancy Levitt, a second wife, survives, his first wife, Jane Bensley Levitt, passing away when the children were very small.
Mr. Levitt, who was born in Hutton township on March 16, 1854, spent much of his time in Hutton township. He resided in Mattoon for thirty years, and the past six years on a farm, south of Charleston. Mr. Levitt was a well-known and popular citizen of Coles county. Charleston Daily Courier, Monday, November 12, 1928; Page 1, Column 1
MRS. NANCY LEVITT
Contributed by source #1
CHARLESTON, Ill., Jan. 23---The funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Levitt, aged 83 years, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Conley, North Seventh street, were held at the Harper funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Harry B. Lewis, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was made in Mt. Zion cemetery. Mrs. Levitt is survived by the following children: Charles Nees, Mrs. William Conley, Charleston; Thomas Nees, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. E. M. Smith, Osawantomia, Kan.; Mrs. Thomas Endsley of Lerna, and Mrs. Minnie Hawk of Frankfort, Ind. Terre Haute (Indiana) Tribune, Wednesday, 23 January 1929
Mrs. O.B. Fulkerson
The Charleston Daily Courier
Charleston, Illinois, Monday, March 25, 1901
Page 1, Col. 4
Contributed by source #13
DIED IN DIONA.........Mrs. O. B. Fulkerson Passes Away after a Long and Useful Life.
Mrs. O. B. Fulkerson died on Tuesday March 19, at her home in Diona in her 85th year. The funeral was held Wednesday conducted by Rev. Jas. Cougill of Casey who took for his text, Rev. 14:18.
"Grandma" Fulkerson was born in Rockingham county, Va, Oct. 13, 1816. She professed faith in Christ, at the age of 15, at a camp meeting and united with and remained a consistent member of the U. B. church.
In 1837, she was married to G. S. Fulkerson. The result of the union was nine children, four of whom survive; five, with the father, having gone before.
Mr. and Mrs. Fulkerson came to Illinois and settled in Diona Jan. 1, 1858. Their old home place is still to be seen by the passerby. In her latter years, this good woman found great comfort in her Bible and her church paper, "The Religious Telescope." She often spoke of when she gave her heart to God and expressed a desire to go to the mansions above; she was ready when He called.
One son, a resident of North Dakota, and three daughters, all present at the last, are left to mourn the loss of a good mother. Mrs. Fulkerson had twenty-seven grand children, seventy-nine great-grand children and five great-great-grand children. The Charleston Daily Courier, Monday, March 25, 1901, Page 1, Col. 4
Contributed by source #7
MATTOON--Sarah Ann Louthan, 91, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday (Jan. 28, 1983) in Mattoon Manor Nursing Home.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeal Home. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mrs. Louthan was born Nov. 19, 1891, in Hoppkinston, Iowa, a daughter of William and Martha Sloan. She was married to William Randolph Louthan on July 1, 1918, in Toledo, Iowa. He died Oct. 21, 1960, in Mattoon. Mrs. Louthan was a 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Veterans of World War I Mattoon Barracks 522, Royal Neighbors of America and the United Methodist Church of Marshalltown, Iowa. She had resided in Mattoon since 1927.
Surviving are two sons, [names omitted], both of Mattoon; a half-sister, Mrs. Martha Marshall of Des Moines, Iowa; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one half-brother.
Contributed by source #7
Marilyn Joan Diepholz, age 66, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Barbara Short officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday morning at the funeral home. Marilyn was born November 26, 1934, in Coles County, the daughter of Art and Irene Graham Swank. Survivors include one son, [name omitted] of Mattoon; two daughters, [name omitted]of Bethany and [name omitted]of Mattoon; a half-brother, [name omitted] and wife [name omitted] of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, [names omitted]; one great-granddaughter, [name omitted] of Mattoon; her aunt, N[name omitted] of Mattoon; and two cousins, [name omitted] of Mattoon and [names omitted] Flat Rock, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Gary Lee Diepholz, and one sister, Judith Swank. Mrs. Diepholz worked for Brown Shoe Company, General Electric, Anaconda Metal Hose as a welder, and retired as a teller in 1995 from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. She was a member of the Marshall Avenue Christian Church, Women of the Moose, and was a former member of the Eagles Club. Memorial gifts in her honor may be made to the American Lung Association.
RALPH A. HALL
April 19, 1920-February 15, 2002
Contributed by source #20
Ralph A. Hall Jr., 81, of San Diego died Friday 15 February . He was born in Oakland, Illinois. He was retired from Rohr Aircraft as a Material Control Supervisor. Ralph joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940 and served with the 3rd Marine Division in the South Pacific from January 1943 through May 1945, and continued to serve with the Marines until November 1946. Ralph met his wife of 56 years Margaret Ann "Margo" Hall, also an U. S. Marine, at the Marine Base San Diego and they were married in the base Chapel. Ralph and family returned to Charleston Illinois in 1946 where he worked at Thudium Motors DeSoto, Plymouth as a manager. He returned to San Diego in 1951 and began his career at Rohr Aircraft where he worked for 25 years. He coached baseball at the North Park Little League in the 50�s, and was always proud in latter years to have had Craig Nettles, Dennis Maley and others on teams he coached. Ralph was an avid sports fan throughout his life. He played football and basketball for Oakland High School, Oakland Illinois. In San Diego he became a booster of the San Diego State �Aztecs� football team, and often traveled to away games with other boosters to support the �Aztecs�.
Ralph was a member of the Southern California 3rd Marine Division Association, the Telephone Pioneers of America, San Diego Chapter, and VFW Post 6874. He continued to support his hometown of Oakland Illinois with donations to �Oakland Landmarks� to support the preservation of historical buildings and landmarks in Oakland.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years [name omitted] and son [name omitted]. Services 1 p.m. Wednesday 27 February, at Goodbody Mortuary Chapel, 5027 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115, 619-582-1700. Internment at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Point Loma.
JOHN LEON HARDWICK
Contributed by source #21
Mattoon- John Leon Hardwick, 84, of 3020 Prairie Avenue died at 8:35 P.M. Saturday (November 12, 1977) in his home. Funeral will be in Mitchell Jerdan Funeral Home, with burial in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon with the Rev. Roger Compton officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 P.M. today. The veterans of World War 1 will hold memorial rites at 7:30 P.M. today in the funeral home. The flag will be presented at graveside by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Hardwick was born September 26, 1893, in Cumberland County, Illinois, the son of Barclay Allen and Sarah Catherine Coble Hardwick. (Note- He was delivered by his grandmother Dr. Harriet Caroline Linthicum Hardwick) He married Hazel Henderson in Mattoon, Illinois (Presbyterian Parsonage) May 4, 1921. She died February 4, 1955.
Survivors include one daughter Mrs. Clifford (Catherine Marie) Cox of Mattoon, two brothers, Thomas O. of rural Toledo, Illinois,and Barclay Raymond of Mattoon, two sisters Flora May Icenogle of Dayton, Ohio and Mrs. William (Minnie Bell) Cather of Greenup, Illinois, two granchildren and one great grandchild.
He was a machinest for the Illinois Central Railroad for 40 years before his retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and past commander of the Veterans of World War 1. He was a member of the Coles County Odd Fellows Lodge and Geneva Rebekah Lodge and a member of the International Association of Machinests.
Hazel Henderson Hardwick
Contributed by source #21
Mrs. John Leon Hardwick, 56, died at 7 P.M. Thursday February 3, 1955 at her home at 3020 Prairie Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois. Death was due to a coronary condition she had been suffering for several years. Funeral Services will be at 3:30 P.M. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Horace Batchelor officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery. The body will remain at the Shillings Funeral Home until time for the services.
Mrs. Hardwick, as Hazel Henderson, was born August 29, 1898 in Mattoon, a daughter of the late George Stephen and his wife Stella Ray Johns Henderson. She attended Mattoon High School and graduated from Eastern Illinois College at Charleston, Illinois. Mrs. Hardwick taught school at the Columbian School in Mattoon prior to her marriage to Mr. John Hardwick on May 4, 1921. After her marriage she sometimes served as substitute teacher at various schools in Mattoon.
Surviving Mrs. Hardwick in addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Clifford (Catherine Marie) of Mattoon, Illinois, one brother George Warren Henderson of Chicago, Illinois; three sisters, Miss Mildred Jean and Miss Catherine Adeline of Chicago, Illinois and Mrs. John (Pearl) Gano of Mattoon, Illinois and one grandchild, Clifford Clark Cox Jr. One stillborn son preceded her in death in December 1924.
JOHN NEWTON HARDWICK
Contributed by source #21
John Newton was the son of Sarah Catherine Nees Johns Hardwick and William Thomas Hardwick. William (Wid) was born March 17, 1858 in Moorsville, Indiana and married Sarah Catherine Nees on March 17, 1884 in Coles County, IL. Her first husband was Leander Johns who was killed in the Phillipine Islands in battle and the second husband William Thomas Hardwick. Sarah Catherine Nees was born March 2, 1856 in Charleston, IL daughter of Francis (Frank) Nees and Anna May Bell. She died November 12, 1936 at 2612 Prairie Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Sarah and Wid had one son together named John Newton Hardwick. Sarah Catherine and Leander Johns were the parents of three children, Annabell Johns who died as a small child, Stella Ray Johns who mrried George Stephan Henderson and Charles Seaton Johns who married Maude LeNora Needham.
Hardwick Funeral at M.E. Church --
The funeral of John Newton Hardwick, who died suddenly of a heart attack Tuesday afternoon at his home, 620 South Seventeenth Street, Mattoon, IL will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church, Rev. Horace Batchelor officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Mr. Hardwick had been in failing health about three weeks, but had been able to attend to his business affairs up to the day of his death.
Mr. Hardwick was born in Mattoon, IL, a son of Mr and Mrs William Hardwick and had lived his entire life in this city. As a young man he took employment as an accountant in the store Department of the Illinois Central Railroad and worked there for a number of years. About 20 years ago he went into the grocery business. He married Miss Marie Berry of Charleston in 1912. She died in 1922. He married Miss Ruby Creagler of Mt. Pulaski March 24, 1922.
Mr. Hardwick served one term as alderman just prior to the installation of the new commission form of government. When J. B. Schooley resigned as township supervisor about a year ago, his place was taken by Mr. Hardwick, who filled out the unexpired term. He was assistant township assesor for seven yearsand had finished his work for this year on June 23rd.
Survivors besides his wife include two sons by the first wife, Willaim Hardwick of Mattoon and Robert Hardwick at home, and a daughter Miss Gladys, born to the second union, at home. Mr. Hardwick was a menber of the Knight's of Pythias Lodge.
Contributed by source #21
Albuquerque, N.M.- William N. (Bill) Hardwick, 77 of Albuquerque, N.M. and formally of Mattoon, died Tuesday (August 16, 1994) in Albuquerque. A service will be at 11 A.M. today at the Sunset Funeral Chapel in San Antonio, Texas. The Crestview Funeral Home in Albuquerque is in charge of arraingements.
He was born September 28, 1916 in Mattoon. Surviving besides his wife, Alene, of Albuquerque; a son Jack Hardwick of Albuquerque; a sister-in-law Betty Hardwick of Mattoon; his step-mother Ruby Dumond of Mattoon and two granchildren.
Mr. Hardwick was in the printing business. He was a member of the Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonary, Davy Crockett Lodge 1225, Shrine of Alzafar Temple of San Antonio, Texas, and the Shrine Gulf Unit.
Contributed by source #21
Albuquerque, N.M.- Alene Hardwick, 80. of Albuquerque, N.M. formerly of Mattoon, died Monday November 24, 1997 in Albuquerque. The funeral will be in San Antonio, Texas.
She was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Mattoon, the daughter of Al and Grace Sears. She married William (Bill) Hardwick; he preceeded her in death. Survivors include two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceeded in death by one son.
Contributed by source #21
Mattoon- Robert E. Hardwick, 73, of Mattoon died at 9:43 P.M. Friday. (May 15, 1992) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The funeral will be at 1:30 P.M. at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Homewith the Rev. E. E. Elliott officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 P.M. today. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Mattoon.
He was born Feb. 21, 1919 in Osawatomie, Ks, the son of John Newton and Marie Berry Hardwick. He married Betty Shores in 1938; she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Robert Curtis Hardwick of Silver Springs, MD; a daughter Mrs. Robert L. (Janice) Morgan of Mattoon; a brother William Hardwick of Albuquerque, N.M., a sister Gladys White of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by one sister Betty who died as a small child.
Mr Hardwick was a distributor for Dolly Madison cakes for 17 years and formerly was a truck driver for Railway Express. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mattoon. (Note: His wife, Betty Shores Hardwick, has since passed.)
Charles Seaton Johns
February 11, 1927
Contributed by source #21
Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen take charge of funeral rites.....
Charles Seaton Johns was a half brother to John Newton Hardwick and son of Sarah Catherine Nees Johns Hardwick and Leander Johns of Charleston, IL. Funeral Services for Charles Seaton Johns, 50 years old, 723 North Fourth Street, were held at the home at 2 O'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. Mr. White pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Forest Prk Cemetery in Ft. Smith, AK. Mr. Johns died Monday night.
He has been a resident of Ft. Smith since 1913 when he moved from Chelsea, OK. He had been in the employee of Fort Smith and Western Railwy since 1915, and in the grocery business since 1917. The Brotherhood of Railwy Trainmen were in charge of the funeral. A number of out of town relatives and friends attended the funeral, Mr and Mrs W. H. Tyson son and daughter of Kansas City, and Jack Engebretson of Muskegee were among the friends. His mother Mrs. Sarah Hardwick and sister Miss Stella Johns of Mattoon, IL and his father-in-law M. R. Needham, and brother-in-law C.A. Needham of East Alton were among the relatives.
Besides his wife Mrs Maude Johns, he is survived by a son Charles LeRoy Johns, three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Dennis, Miss Daisy Johns, Mrs. Juanita Johns and a son-in-law Truman Dennis, and a daughter-in-law Mrs. Leah Johns. He is survived by a step-brother John Newton Hardwick, Mattoon, three brother-in-laws, Louis Needham of Colton, CA, Harry Needham of Mattoon, Charles Needham of Terra Haute, IN and two sister-in-laws, Eva Jenkins, Yuma, AZ, and Mrs C. A. Needham of East Alton
Catherine Adeline Henderson Fowler
Contributed by source #21
Catherine Adeline Fowler, 82, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:45 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 1996, at the Convalesant Care Center in Mattoon, IL. The graveside funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Dodge Grove Cemetery with the Rev. John Besore officiating. There will be no visitation. The Schillings Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.
She was born Oct. 22, 1913 in Mattoon, IL , the daughter of George Stephan and Stella Ray Johns Henderson. She married Charles Willard Fowler on May 13, 1960. He preceeded her in death on December 25, 1968. (Note he is buried in Rock Island Arsenal)
Thoes surviving include three nieces, Mrs. Clifford (Catherine) Cox of Lakeland, FL, Mrs Marjorie McKee (Mrs. William) of Mattoon and Mrs Ruth Narborne of San Francisco, CA. She was preceeded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Fowler received a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. She graduated cum laude from De Paul University in Chicago, IL with a law degree. She retired as an attorney for social security in Chicago. She was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Chicago and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Matton and a member of the American Bar Association.
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Lois Carol Bohlen, age 79, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2001 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. E. E. Elliott officiating, assisted by the Reverend James Dona. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.Lois was born December 20, 1921, at Wabash County, Illinois, a daughter of Frank E. and Essie McJilton Crum. She married Albert Dale Bohlen on April 30, 1945. He passed away on October 13, 1973. She was also preceded in death by four brothers.Survivors include four daughters, Mary Kathleen Dauterive and husband Lee of New Orleans, Louisiana, Georgia Anne Ryan and husband Harold of Casey, Elaine Mathias and husband Gary of Mattoon; Mindy Lisa Bohlen-Admire and husband Parry of Apex, North Carolina; one sister, Mary Esther Bolza of Tucson, Arizona; and eight grandchildren, Cameron Clesi of Metarie, Louisiana, Jeremy Ryan, Christopher Ryan and Patrick Ryan, all of Charleston, Carol Ryan of Casey, Mindy Mathias and Matt Mathias, both of Mattoon and Mariah Admire of Apex, North Carolina.Mrs. Bohlen was a homemaker. She attended the University of Illinois. Lois was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Gleaner's Sunday School Class and was a Past Deaconess. She was the co-founder of Mattoon Chapter of T.H.E.O.S. (They Heal Each Other Spiritually). Lois was a member of the Mattoon Women's Reading Club, the American Association of University Women, Mattoon Homemakers Extension Association and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mattoon - Lois Bohlen Hymnal Fund.
JOHNSTON CITY - Charles W. Burnett, 83, of Johnston City, died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at his residence.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor Danny Gray officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens of Energy. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.He was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Benton, the son of Otto and Maude Echoles Burnett. He married Ruby Webb. He later married Nina Ferguson Kesler in 1986; she survives.Also surviving are one son, Wendell Burnett of Herrin; four daughters, Olinda Hancock of Noblesville, Ind., Edith Null of Herrin, and DiAnne Burnett and Nancy Deason, both of Johnston City; two stepsons, John Kesler of Mattoon and Joseph Kesler of Johnston City; one stepdaughter, Kathryn Cloemay Kesler of Paducah, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.He was preceded in death by two stepsons, three brothers and five sisters.Mr. Burnett was a coal miner at Zeigler No. 4 Mine for 25 years and Freeman No. 6 Mine until his retirement. He then worked at Jefferson School in Johnston City. He was a member of the Pittsburg Freewill Baptist Church, the United Mine Workers and Fellowship Lodge No. 89 AF and AM of Marion.Memorials may be made to the Pittsburg Freewill Baptist Church or Hospice of Southern Illinois c/o the funeral home.
Rev. Charles Dye
CHARLESTON - Reverend Charles Paul "Charlie" Dye, 44, of Charleston was embraced in the arms of his Heavenly Father at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 at his home.Services celebrating his graduation into Glory will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with Elder Bruce Swango officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Charlie was born October 3, 1956 in Savannah, Georgia, son of Gerald Dye and Gladys Myers-Dye. He married Brenda Sladek May 23, 1981 in Springfield, Illinois, she survives. Also surviving are two sons: Matthew Paul Dye and Joshua James Dye, both at home. His parents: Jerald Dye and Gladys Myers-Dye of Mt. Pleasant, PA; three brothers: Jerry K. Dye and Timothy P. Dye, both of Mt. Pleasant, PA, and Steven J. Dye of Knoxville, TN; and one sister: Susan A. Horner of Plum Borough, PA.Charlie was currently serving God as minister at the Bushton Christian Church. He was active in the community, serving with the Lincoln Log Cabin Volunteer Pioneer and was a scoutmaster for Charleston Boy Scout Troop #141.Memorials may be made to Lincoln Log Cabin Volunteer Pioneers or Charleston Boy Scout Troop #141 in care of Harper-Swickard.
SHELBYVILLE - Charles F. Furr, 87, of Shelbyville, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in Shelby Memorial Hospital.The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Kenneth E. Barlow officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born Sept. 9, 1913, in Shelby County, the son of Oscar and Mattie Hayward Furr. He married Faye Dell Edwards in 1935; she died in 1998.Surviving are one son, Wayne Furr of Shelbyville; one daughter, Joyce Largent of Bethany; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.He was also preceded in death by two sisters and one great-grandchild.Mr. Furr was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Shelbyville.Memorials may be made to Gideons International.
SULLIVAN - Robert E. "Bob" Hughes, 74, of Sullivan, died at 12:48 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 8, 2001) at St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with the Rev. Mike Brandenburger officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.He was born March 2, 1926, in Moultrie County, the son of Leland and Mary Etta Kidwell Hughes. He married Joan Matheson in 1947; she survives.Also surviving are three sons Bill and Jim Hughes, both of Sullivan, and Arthur Hughes of San Antonio; two daughters, Luella Hughes of Sullivan and Barbara Hughes of Mattoon; two sisters, Maxine Eaton of Sullivan and Mildred Isley of Elizabethtown, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.Mr. Hughes retired in 1989 from Quantum in Tuscola. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 of Urbana and was a Navy veteran of World War II.Memorials may be made to donor's choice.
MARTINSVILLE - Chance Walter Lee Sites, stillborn infant son of Christopher Wane Sites and Karrie Anne Wilson of Martinsville, died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001). The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwell Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Restitution Cemetery, rural Casey. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.Chance is survived by grandparents Karla Wilson of Martinsville, Glen Wilson of Paris, and Bill and Ann Stites of Ashville, N.C.; and great-grandfather Fred Davis of Elm City, N.C. Feb. 8, 2001
HIDALGO - Gilbert Wayne Cisney began this life April 20, 1913, in Cumberland Co., the son of Cleveland & Cozy (Lyons) Cisney. He entered eternal life February 6, 2001 at his home in Hidalgo, IL. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Barkley Funeral Home, Greenup. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 at the Faith Fellowship Church of Hidalgo, IL.Gilbert married Minerva Henderson in 1939, she passed away in 1966. He married Ruby (Kibler) Reisner in 1967, she survives.Also surviving are two sisters, Vicie Blade of Greenup and Goldie Mayerhofer of Brighton; seven sons and two daughters, Duane (Karen), Vernon (Kathy), Charles (Debbie) all of Hidalgo, IL, John (Anita), Jerry (Mary), Virgil (Cindy) all of Greenup, IL, Jim (Paulette), Janice (Jack) Watkins all of Newton, IL, Mary Jane (Bill) Lewis of Stewardson, IL; one stepdaughter, Dorothy (Harry) Corbette of Casey, IL; 27 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nine step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren and a multitude of friends and church family.Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one granddaughter and one stepson.Gilbert's early life on the farm using horses and mules to work the soil changed through the years to tractors and mechanical harvesters as a means of supporting the family. He was also an independent trucker, known to most people as "Bo-Jack." Gilbert was a diligent worker, loving father and faithful friend throughout his earthly life, he received God's gift of salvation in 1973 and faithfully served his Lord and His church since that time.He was a member of the Faith Fellowship Church of Hidalgo.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Faith Fellowship Church of Hidalgo, IL.
Dr. Mack W. Hollowell
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Dr. Mack W. Hollowell, age 81, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at his winter vacation home.Mack was born December 20, 1919, in Charleston, son of Mack and Elsie Swickard Hollowell of Newman, IL. He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Alice Burgett. Mack later married Margaret Campbell Barlow of Sullivan July 26, 1975, she survives. He is also survived by his children: Dr. Susan K. Shirley and husband Dr. Michael Shirley of St. Charles, IL and their son; Jason of Champaign; Dr. Jeff Hollowell and his children Jacob and Alyssa of Waukesha, WI; Melissa Katsimpalis and husband Tom and their son Kory of Ft. Collins, CO: and Megan Summers and her husband Stuart and their children: Alanz, Evan and Iris of Valparaiso, IN. Also surviving are his step-children: John C. Barlow and his children Ellen and Lincoln of Valparaiso, IN; Todd L. Barlow and wife Sandra and their children David, Grace and Sam of Bloomington, IL; and Mary Anne Barlow Allen of Scottsdale, AZ.He earned his Bachelor of Medicine degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. He served in the Army Medical Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. After honorable discharge, he practiced family medicine in Charleston for 46 years. He was instrumental in raising money for the Charleston Memorial and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Hospitals. He was the medical director for the Hour House Drug and Rehabilitation Center for 28 years, retiring only in December 2000.He was a member of 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 College and Universities.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2001 at Wesley United Methodist Church under the direction of Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Reverend Dale Beck will officiate. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, February 9, 2001 at Wesley United Methodist Church from 4 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.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.
Mrs. Florence Cornell
GREENUP, Illinois - Mrs. Florence Cornell, 84, of Greenup, Ill., formerly of Toledo, Ill., died at 12:20 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at the Cumberland Nursing Center, Greenup.The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, with the Rev. Jack Jenkins of Toledo, officiating. Burial will be in Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.She was born May 5, 1916, in Macon County, Ill., a daughter of Issac and Alletha (Bales) Keller. She married Delbert W. Cornell on Oct. 19, 1935 in Cumberland County, Ill.; he died Jan. 6, 1999.Survivors include a son, Wendell Cornell and wife Janet of Toledo, Ill.; a brother, Paul Keller of Neoga, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Kathryn Bridges of Mattoon, Ill.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Scott (Heather) Rippey of Arcola, Ill., and Melissa Slaton of St. George, So. Carolina; five great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.Mrs. Cornell retired from Kern Manufacturing Company of Neoga, Ill., after 45 years with the company. She was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Toledo, Ill.Memorials may be made to the Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Toledo.
WESTFIELD - Paralee Daughhetee, 84, of rural Westfield, died at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 6, 2001) at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo.A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Richwoods Cemetery, Westfield, with Mark Kaley officiating. The Markwell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.She was born July 5, 1916, in Westfield, the daughter of Earl C. and Nancy E. Welsh Hammond. She married Sidney W. Daughhtee in 1932; he died in 1996.Surviving are two daughters, Nancy Edwards of Plainfield, Ind., and Jeanette Dominix Westfield; two sisters, Reba Laws of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Hazel Woodard of Westfield; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.She was also preceded in death by two brothers.Mrs. Daughhtee was a homemaker.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Dallas M. Grindle, 67, of West Terre Haute, Ind., died at 4:10 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union, with the Rev. Jerry McDaniel officiating. Burial will be in the Bradbury Cemetery, east of West York. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 5975 and American Legion Post 90. Visitation is after 5 p.m. today with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. and then prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral chapel.He was born April 5, 1933, in Vigo County, Ind., the son of A. Marlow Grindle and Ruth Olive Marvin Grindle. He married Marilyn Elliott Grindle in 1961; she died in 2000.Surviving are one daughter, Sybil L. Grindle of West Terre Haute, Ind.; one sister, Olive Hollingsworth of Marshall; one brother, Herman Grindle of Terre Haute, Ind.; and one grandchild.He was also preceded in death by his parents.Mr. Grindle was a truck driver and an Army veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a member of the York Lodge 313, AF and AM, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Terre Haute, the Ainad Shrine, the Clark County Shrine Club, Marshall VFW Post 5975, Clark County American Legion Post 90, AARP and an associate member of Zorah Shrine.Memorials may be made to Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children or the Bradbury Cemetery.
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - Rex Kentner, 84, of Crawfordsville, Ind., formerly of Martinsville, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at Clarian Health of Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Greenwell Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville. Visitation will begin at noon on Friday at the funeral home.He was born July 11, 1916, in Bismark, the son of Lindley O. Kentner and Etta F. DeNeal Kentner. He married Mildred Watson Houpt in 1959; she died in 1995.Surviving are one son, Bruce L. Kentner of Crawfordsville, Ind.; one stepson, Bob Houpt of Casey; one brother, David Kentner of Crawfordsville, Ind.; two grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.He was also preceded in death by one stepson.Mr. Kentner worked for 18 years at the California Pellett Mill in Crawfordsville, Ind., and retired from Brinks Security Company in Tampa, Fla. He attended the First Christian Church of Martinsville.
Jennett Nevin "Janet" Kibler, age 97, of Neoga, formerly of Gays, passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2001, at the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. E. E. Elliott officiating. Burial will follow at the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday morning at the funeral home.Janet was born August 18, 1903, in Ottumwa, Iowa, a daughter of James and Jennett Lewis Nevin. She married Nolan A. Kibler on October 14, 1928. He passed away on November 20, 1975. She was also preceded in death by three children, Mary Jane Kibler Piehl, Stanley Nevin Kibler and Jean Ann Kibler, six brothers and one sister.Mrs. Kibler had graduated from nursing school in New York City. She pursued her nursing career, raised her family and helped Nolan in his farming. They made their home in Gays. At the age of 80 she retired from her nursing profession at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon. She was a member of the Rebekahs and attended the First Christian Church in Gays.Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga or to Titus Memorial Presbyterian Home in Sullivan, c/o Schilling Funeral Home.
NEWTON - Marilyn L. Luckey, 43, of Newton, died at 2:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at her residence.A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, with the Rev. Ron Mulvey officiating. The Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, is in charge of the arrangements.She was born Feb. 21, 1957, in Mattoon, the daughter of James and Josephine Golladay Lefler. She married Michael Luckey in 1973; he survives. Also surviving are her mother of Martinsville; two sons, Mike of Dietrich and Chris of Centralia; two daughters, Jackie Lefler and Becky Luckey, both of Newton; one brother, James Lefler of Newton; four sisters, Patricia Sanders of Decatur, Linda Lewis of Mattoon, Barbara Lefler of Jewett and Mary Jones of Martinsville; one stepbrother, Russell Rickley of Florida; and five grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her father and one sister.Mrs. Luckey had worked at various factories. She was a member of Potter House Church of Newton.Memorials may be made to the Potter House in Newton.
GALLATIN, Tenn. - Betty L. Merrick, 57, of Gallatin, Tenn., formerly of Neoga, died at 3:55 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.The funeral will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alexander Funeral Home, Gallatin, Tenn. Visitation will be noon until service time Thursday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Neoga Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Lake officiating. The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.She was born Oct. 29, 1943, in Neoga, the daughter of Marion L. and D. Evelyn Peters Ballinger. Surviving are one son, Richard A. Merrick of Rico, Colo.; two daughters, Marissa Scruggs of Hartsville, Tenn., and Kyla J. Jordan of Gallatin, Tenn.; two brothers, Johnny Ballinger of Stewardson and Bill Ballinger of Mattoon; three sisters, Joan Sanders and Peggy Storm, both of Mattoon, and Kathy Ballinger of Neoga; and four grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents.Mrs. Merrick was a secretary and administrative assistant of Christian Towers for 22 years. She was a former member of the First Christian Church of Neoga.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lucille Bennion Smith, age 66, of Charleston, passed away at 7:40 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2001, at her home following a valiant eight month battle with cancer.A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Country Club Road in Mattoon, with Bishop T. Ned Lunt officiating. Private family graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Mound Cemetery in Charleston. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.Lucille was born in Delta, Utah on August 10, 1934, a daughter of Sterling Alfred and Beryl Adella Hamilton Bennion. She married Calvin N. Smith on June 8, 1962 in the Manti Temple, Manti, Utah.Survivors include her husband, Calvin N. Smith of Charleston; one son, Samuel Sterling Smith of San Clemente, California; one daughter, Sherilyn Ann Smith of Hamilton, Montana; one brother, Sterling Hamilton Bennion and wife Leora of Fresno, California; and two sisters, Marion Stevens and husband Wayne of El Paso, Texas and Erma Gene Rollins and husband Boyd of Provo, Utah.Lucille received her Master's degree from Purdue University. She worked for fourteen years for Eastern Illinois University in the Business office. Lucille was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where she held many callings throughout her life.Memorials may be made to Lincolnland Hospice.
Lawrence E. Wilkin
Lawrence Elmer Wilkin of Casey, IL, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 1, 2001, at 2:25 p.m., from lung cancer.Mr. Wilkin was born on June 6, 1912, in Crawford County, IL. He was the son of Otis May and Lena Bell Wilson Wilkin. On April 16, 1938, Mr. Wilkin married Maxine Coleman in East St. Louis, IL. Maxine passed away on January 14, 1986. Mr. Wilkin is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers, Kenneth, Harold and Lyle, and an infant sister, Esther.Mr. Wilkin is survived by three nieces and three nephews. They are Carol Vails of Puxico, MO, Harold Wilkin of Naperville, IL, Larry Wilkin of Leaf River, IL, Kathryn Coleman of Dacono, CO, Rebecca Tucker of Germany, and Timothy Wilkin of Sycamore, IL. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Wilma Wilkin, of Marshall, IL, a sister-in-law, Marble Noblit, of Newton, IL, one brother-in-law, Don Coleman, of Casey, IL.Mr. Wilkin was a member of the Operators/Engineers Union Local #841, Terre Haute, IN, the Casey Moose Lodge, and the Champaign Eagles Club. Mr. Wilkin also enjoyed creating numerous wooden works of art.Mr. Wilkin was a beloved member of his community and is also survived and remembered by many special friends and neighbors.Services were held on Saturday, February 3, 2001, at the Markwell Funeral Home, Casey, IL, with the Rev. Gene Southard officiating. Mr. Wilkin was buried next to his wife, Maxine, in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery.The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 69, Marshall, IL 62441, in his honor.
GREENUP - Florence Cornell, 84, of Greenup, died at 12:20 p.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at the Cumberland Nursing Center, Greenup.Arrangements are incomplete at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga.
TOLEDO - Hollys E. Cutts, 89, of Toledo, died at 1:20 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 4, 2001) at Cumberland Nursing Center, Greenup.The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo, with the Rev. Tim Pearce officiating. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery. Celebration of life and visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.She was born Dec. 15, 1911, in Johnstown, IL, the daughter of Alburn and Anna (Sims) Rhodes; both parents preceded her in death. She married Raymond L. Cutts on July 1, 1934; he died July 8, 1971.Survivors include a son, Harold Cutts and his wife Anita of Toledo; five daughters, Eloise and husband Duane Carrell of Newton, Karen and husband Don Blade of Greenup, Diane and husband Tom Ettelbrick of Greenup, Rita Lustig of Greenup and Belinda and husband Tom Wampler of Franksville, Wis.; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, one brother, two sisters and one grandson.Mrs. Cutts was a retired school teacher for Cumberland and Neoga School Districts and a homemaker. She was a member of the Toledo United Methodist Church, Retired Teachers Association, Toledo Domestic Science and Cumberland County Home Extension.Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Nursing Center Auxiliary. Due to a family members severe allergic reaction to fresh flowers they request florals to be silk arrangements or live plants.
Winona K. "Nonie" Lampe
MATTOON - Winona K. "Nonie" Lampe, age 65, of Mattoon, passed away 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 4, 2001 at her residence. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 8, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with Reverend Richard Coen officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services.Winona K. Lampe was born March 12, 1935 at Mattoon, Illinois. She married Eugene R. "Red" Lampe September 15, 1961 at Alameda, California, he survives. Also surviving are her children, Ivan Lampe of Mattoon, Stephen Lampe and his wife Brenda of Mattoon and Theresia "Teri" Lampe of Phoenix, Arizona. A brother, George Floyd and his wife Rita of Gays and grandchildren, Jacob, Cory, Molly, Brandon, Natasha and Kaylynn also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Esther Floyd and one sister, Iona Hughes.Mrs. Lampe was a member of the Smyser Christian Church. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, the VFW Auxiliary and the ALANO Club. She was a former employee of the Brown Shoe Company and was a loving homemaker.Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice.
Estaline Miller, Age 96, of Greenup, Illinois passed away at 8:45 PM - Saturday, February 3, 2001 at Heartland Manor Nursing Home in Casey, Illinois.Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM - Thursday, February 8, 2001 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup, Illinois with Rev. Tim Schautz officiating. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery in Greenup, Illinois. Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup, Illinois.Estaline was born in Cumberland County, Illinois on September 22, 1904 the daughter of David and Gertrude (Mattoon) Miller. Miss Miller was a third Grade Teacher for 45 years, she taught at the Little Brown School near Hazel Dell for two years and at Montrose. Estaline was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenup, Illinois. She was also a member of the Cumberland County Historic Society, Greenup Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and a charter member of the Civic Club.Estaline is survived by: Sister, Marjorie Tracey of Geneva, Illinois; Nephew, Michael Tracey of Sheridan, Illinois; Great-Nieces, Sara Tracey of Batavia, Illinois and Elizabeth Tracey of Greenup, Illinois.Estaline was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Ralph Tracey.
MATTOON - Robert E. O'Donnell, 63, of Mattoon, formerly of Chicago, died at 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 4, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. A graveside service will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Palestine Cemetery with Father Richard Weltin officiating. The Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine is in charge of the arrangements.He was born June 17, 1937, in Chicago, the son of Henry O'Donnell and Estelle Novak O'Donnell. He married Audrey Biggs in 1978; she survives. Also surviving are one brother, Thomas O'Donnell of Burbank, and two sisters, Carol Krupowicz of Oaklawn and Elaine Zahorsky of Berwyn.Mr. O'Donnell was manager of a motel in Chicago for several years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge.Memorials may be made to the Robert O'Donnell memorial fund c/o the Goodwine Funeral Home, Palestine.
MARTINSVILLE - Robert "Gene" Swisher, 77, of Martinsville, died at 11:43 a.m. Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) at Mattoon Health Care Center.The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Martinsville, with military graveside rites by Martinsville American Legion Post 515. No visitation is planned.He was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Hindsboro, the son of Frank and Sylvia Hale Swisher. He married Evelyn Ghere. She survives.Also surviving are one son, David Swisher of Marshall; three daughters, Brenda Littlejohn of Omaha, Neb., Barb Harris of Springfield and Deb Wineinger of Clinton, Ind.; one brother, Jack Swisher of Lakeland, Fla.; two sisters, Margaret Combs of Hindsboro and Phyllis Rose of Plant City, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.Mr. Swisher was a retired building contractor and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Martinsville American Legion Post 515, the Greenup VFW Post and the Greenup Sportsmen's Club.Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
James B. "Jim" Upchurch
MATTOON - James B. "Jim" Upchurch, age 66, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2001 at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.Services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, with visitation from 1:00 p.m. to service time.James B. Upchurch was born July 17, 1934, at Taylorville, Illinois, a son of Paul and Edna Alexander Upchurch. He married Sue Ryan (Pridemore) April 26, 1974, she survives as well as a step-daughter, Lisa Williamson of Champaign. He also leaves a brother, George Upchurch and his wife Natalie of Taylorville; sisters, Bea Buchanan and her husband Alan and Joyce Ann Miller and her husband Gerald all of Taylorville and three grandsons, Phillip and Vinny Upchurch at home and Derek Williamson of Champaign as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Robert and one sister.Mr. Upchurch founded Upchurch and Associates in 1970 operating offices in Mattoon, Hillside and Decatur and attended St. John's Lutheran Church. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Triangle Engineering Fraternity of architects, scientists and engineers. Jim was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Springfield, Ansar Shrine of Springfield and the Cornbelt Shrine Club. He was a member and served on the boards of numerous engineering, environmental and surveying organizations.Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or Lincolnland Hospice in lieu of flowers.
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Shirley Ann Ballard, age 66, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Friday, April 27,
2001, at her home surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Schilling Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon
at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes, Indiana with the Reverend Bob Hackler
Shirley was born January 30, 1935, in Bicknell, Indiana, a daughter for Bertram and
Francis Meeks Beaman. She married Lee E. Ballard on May 30, 1953. He survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Michael Lee Ballard and wife Lorraine of Carlsbad,
Calif., Robert Lyman Ballard and wife LeAnn of Rantoul and Jerry Edwin Ballard and wife
Stacy of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; one daughter, Kay Ann Callison and husband Jamie of
rural Charleston; one brother, Bertram Beaman and wife Margie of Vincennes, Ind.,; two
sisters, Beverly Tiesing and husband Jim and Fran Biehl and husband Herschel, all of
Vincennes, Ind.; and three grandchildren, Joseph Myers Ballard of Rantoul, Kendra Lee
Callison and Corey James Callison, both of rural Charleston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Bob Beaman, and one
granddaughter, Emily Christine Ballard.
Mrs. Ballard was a homemaker and former co-owner and operator of Lee's Restaurant.
She loved making crocheted handiwork, especially afghans and doilies, which she liked to
share with family and friends. She also was a popular face among the bingo crowd.
Memorial gifts may be made to Lincolnland Hospice.
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -Kathleen M. Prust Bennett, 91, of Indianapolis, Ind., formerly
of Marshall, died 10 a.m. Friday (April 27, 2001) at Westpark Healthcare Center in
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Home in West Union with
Pastor John Davis officiating. Burial will be in Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be from
noon until service time on Monday.
She was born March 4, 1910 in West Union, the daughter of Harry and Louisa Files
Prust. She married Tarquin C. Bennett in 1929. He died in 1996.
Surviving are one daughter, Norma Lee Elsey of Lebanon, Ind.; one son, Burton D.
Bennett of Franklin, Ind.; and three granddaughters and five great-grandsons.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter and five brothers.
Mrs. Bennett was a homemaker and member of the First United Methodist Church,
Marshall Pythian Sisters and Marshall Eastern Star Chapter 739.
Carl E. Bright, age 80, of Mattoon, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, at
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert C. Clark officiating. Burial with military
rites by the V.F.W. Post 4325 will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will
be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Carl was born December 31, 1920, in Cumberland County, the son of Johnson M. and
Florence Carlen Bright. He married Jetta S. Jones on June 2, 1961. She survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Vickie Dowell of Mattoon, Kimberly Finn and
husband Matt of St. Louis, Missouri, and Karla Grzeskowiak and husband Mark of
Chicago; and two grandchildren, Aidan N. Finn and Ashlyn A. Finn, both of St. Louis,
He was preceded in death by a half-brother, stepbrother and stepsister.
Mr. Bright served as a security guard with Burn's Security which serviced R.R. Donnelley
and Sons in Mattoon. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the
American Legion and the First Christian Church.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Christian Church.
ROBERT "BOB" DRAKE
CHARLESTON, ILRobert "Bob" Drake, age 61 and long time Charleston businessman,
passed away on Friday, April 27, 2001 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Services
celebrating Bob's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2 with Reverend
Jack Turner and Mr. Bob Larson officiating. Visitation will be held this evening (Monday)
from 5:00-8:00 p.m., with Masonic Services conducted by Charleston Masonic Lodge
#35 AF & AM at 8:00 p.m. Services and visitation will be held at Adams Funeral Chapel,
2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston. Following the services on Wednesday, interment will be
held at Roselawn Cemetery, also in Charleston.
Bob was born July 15, 1939 in Charleston, Illinois the son of Donald and Dorothy (Smith)
Drake. He married Anita Ervin on December 31, 1960 in Dieterich, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife of forty years, Anita of Charleston; one daughter, Cindy Keefer
and her husband Kenny of Charleston; two sons, Doug Drake and his wife Teresa and
Brad Drake and his wife Wendy, all of Charleston; seven grandchildren, Derek Drake of
Knoxville, Tennessee, Dustin Sloat, Kyle Keefer, Kenzie Keefer, Adam Drake, Ryan
Drake and Shawn Drake, all of Charleston; four brothers, Larry Drake and his wife
Martha, Steve Drake and his wife Mary, all of Charleston, Jeff Drake and his wife Sheila
of Mattoon, Illinois and Mike Drake and his wife Sandra of LaGrange, Illinois and several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents.
Bob was a member of the First Christian Church of Charleston. He founded Drake
Roofing & Siding, Inc. and remained actively involved in the business with Anita, Doug and
Brad. Spending time with Bob, if for only a moment, would brighten one's day. And no
one reaped the benefits of this special attribute more than his family and seven
grandchildren, all with whom he shared a warm and loving relationship. His hobbies
included traveling and vegetable gardeningespecially raising tomatoes and sharing his
produce with any and all. He was a member of Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 AF &
AM, Valley of Danville, Ansar Temple, Cornbelt Shrine Club, Charleston Moose Lodge
#1388, Charleston Elks Club B.P.O.E. #623, Eagles Ambraw Aerie #3100 of Charleston
and the Charleston Country Club.
Bob's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to Charleston Masonic Lodge
#35 AF & AM. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
GEORGE R. EVANS
CHARLESTON, ILGeorge R. Evans, age 61, passed away after a long battle with
cancer on Saturday, April 28, 2001 at his rural Charleston home. Graveside services, with
Military Rites, celebrating George's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 at
Tuscola Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Randal S. Langley officiating. Tuscola Cemetery is
located in Tuscola on the North side of U.S. Route 36. There will be no visitation.
George was born March 31, 1940 in Leatha, Kentucky, the son of Clay and Estia
He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-five years, Mary Elizabeth (Carroll) Evans of
Charelston; one son, Ronald L. Evans and his wife Julie of Wildwood, Missouri; two
grandchildren, Ryan Evans and Alexandria Evans, both of Wildwood; one sister, Peg
Savage and her husband Don of Bellefontaine, Ohio; one nephew, Richard Savage and his
wife Beth of Caledonia, Ohio; one niece, Shannon Schmitz and her husband John of Troy,
Ohio, and one great niece, Taylor Marie Schmitz, also of Troy. He was preceded by his
George was a Veteran having served for four years with the United States Air Force,
beginning in January, 1957. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he
pursued a profession he truly enjoyedthat of driving. Since 1991, he was a driver for
Ne-Co Asphalt of Charleston. He was a member of Eagles Ambraw Aerie #2166 of
Bellefontaine, Ohio, Charleston Elks B.P.O.E. #623, Charleston Masonic Lodge #35,
Valley of Danville Consistory, ShrinersAnsar Temple and a thirty-four year member of
Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 26. His hobby was fishing; his passion was riding his
Harley-Davidson. George will be remembered as a loving husband, a genuine friend and
will be missed by those near and dear to him including his "best friends"his three Chows,
Louie, PeeWee and Lucky.
In lieu of flowers, George's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the
American Cancer Society or to the Family. Memorials may be made at the service or
mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Guy Fogleman, age 85, of Toledo, died at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001 at Sarah
Bush Lincoln Health Center. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at
Barkley's Funeral Home in Greenup. The funeral will be Wednesday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m.
at the funeral home with burial in the Greenup Cemetery. Rev. Tim Pearce will officiate.
Guy was born January 2, 1916 in Greenup, the son of Guy and Lida Conley Fogleman. He
served in the Pacific Theater in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his
marriage to Eileen Wood on March 9, 1946 the couple returned to the Toledo area and
began farming. They were blessed with three daughters: Jeannie, Judi, and Joyce. Guy and
Eileen owned and operated their family farm until his retirement at age 80.
Guy was well known in Cumberland County for his quick wit, strong opinions, and slightly
tilted cap. He was proud of his country, community and church. He loved the land,
appreciated nature, and cherished his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Eileen; daughters: Jeannie (Jim) Walters of Charleston, Judi
(Howard) Markwell of Toledo, and Joyce Fogleman of Benton; grandchildren: Karen
Walters of Chicago, Kurt Walters of Evanston, Courtney (Jason) Waggoner of Mattoon,
Craig (Jessica) Beaumont of Toledo, Ohio, and one step-granddaughter Jordan Markwell
of Toledo. Also surviving are three sisters: Flora Rikard, Ellen Wisner, Edna (Albert)
Clark; sisters-in-law: Marjorie Shafer, Lois Fogleman, Susanne Fogleman; and many dear
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Ernestine Cox, and three
brothers Joe, John, and George.
Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church where Guy was an active
participant throughout his life.
Gerald J. Huston
MATTOONGerald J. Huston age 91, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Saturday,
April 28, 2001 at Douglas Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral
Home with Reverend Jim Dona officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service
time at the funeral home. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Hubbard
Cemetery, Beecher City, Illinois.
Gerald J. Huston was born March 9, 1910 at Cowden, Illinois, a son of James and Laura
Jones Huston. He is survived by a sister, Mary Jessie Clavey of Plainsboro, New Jersey;
nieces, Eileen Berry of Indiantown, Forida, Leona Kowalewitz of Indianapolis, Indiana,
Zola Walls of Effingham, Illinois, Norma Manroe of Bensonville, Illinois, Marcia Ward and
Cheryl Anderson both of Texas. Also surviving are nephews, Harold Scott, Broadview,
Illinois, Sam Roller of Naperville, Illinois, Coy Clavey of New York, New York and
Robert Scott of Mattoon, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother,
two sisters and two nephews.
Mr. Huston assisted Robert Fuqua in farming for thirty years, retiring in 1975.
Timothy Wayne Joseph Norfleet, infant son of Tim Norfleet and Alisha Harrelson of
Shelbyville, IL passed away at 9:25 AM Friday April 27, 2001 in St. John's Hospital in
Timmy was born April 11, 2001 at 9:16 AM April 11, 2001 in St. John's Hospital.
Surviving are his parents Tim and Alisha of Shelbyville; grandparents: Joe and Paula
Norfleet of Shelbyville, Joyce Norfleet of Monticello, IL, Toni Rinehart of Windsor, IL and
Dave and Carol Harrelson of Windsor; great grandparents: Bill and Barb Harrelson of
Cooks Mill, IL, Lee and Nancy Metcalf of Port Orange, FL, Dennis and Debbie Lovins of
Springfield, IL; aunts Kelli Paxton of Mattoon, and April Harrelson of Windsor; uncles
Dakota Rinehart of Windsor and Troy Norfleet of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by great grandparents Hubert and Myrtle Norfleet and uncle
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday April 30, 2001 in Windsor
Cemetery, Windsor. There will be no visitation. Robert Norfleet will officiate.
Arrangements are by Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.
OBLONG - Nora M. Pinkston Snider, 52, of Oblong, died 5:50 a.m. Sunday (April 29,
2001) at her residence.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the West Union Christian Church with
Brother Tom Cooperider officiating. Burial will be in York Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Prust-Hosch Funeral Chapel in West Union and one hour
prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
She was born July 17, 1948 in York, the daughter of Wilford G. and Mildred Jean
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Jean Childress of Robinson; one son, Chris Snider of
Oblong; five sisters, Carole Cutright of Casey, Mindy Bubeck of West Union, Debbie
Bloomer of Annapolis, Donna Parker of West York, and Donna Christine of Robinson;
two brothers, Phillip Pinkston of Martinsville and Charlie Pinkston of Oblong; and three
Ms. Snider was a homemaker and employee of Victor Dana Corporation of Robinson.
She was a member of the West Union Christian Church and Marshall Veterans of Foreign
Wars Ladies Auxiliary.
Memorials may be made to the West Union Christian Church of Hospice of Lincolnland.
Larry Welch, age 61, of rural Mattoon, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, April 28,
2001, at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Schilling
Funeral Home with Pastor Lana Robyne officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial
Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. this (Monday) evening at the funeral home.
Larry was born January 12, 1940 in Mattoon, the son of George and Mary (Cindy)
Welch. Survivors include his mother, Mary Welch of rural Mattoon; one brother, George
Welch and wife Ruth of North Hollywood, Calif.; three sisters, Sandy Brandon of
Shelbina, Mo., Judy Welch and husband Mick of Mattoon, Sharon Woodyard and
husband Marion of Cypress, Texas; two nephews and eight nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Larry graduated from Mattoon High School in 1957. He lived in California for 30 years,
working for Anderson-Winn Paper Co., retiring as Vice-President and Sales
Representative in 1992, when he returned home to Mattoon to make his home with his
mother. He received a gunshot wound while in California, trying to assist a friend and
neighbor. As a result of blood transfusions, he acquired Hepatitis C, and consequently,
liver cancer and diabetes. He was on the liver transplant list, but as a result of the limited
organ availability and the progression of cancer was unable to proceed. The family
encourages everyone to become organ donors.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes
LOVINGTON - Lester Robert Wolfe, 54, of Lovington, died at 7:34 p.m. Saturday
(April 28 2001) at his residence.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington.
Burial will be in Turner Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to
service time on Tuesday.
He was born March 18, 1947 in Tuscola, the son of Lester W. and Irene Chessman
Wolfe. He married Nancy L. Wolfe in 1990. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Irene Wolfe of Hammond; two sons, William Albert Wolfe
of Lovington and David Alan Wolfe of Atwood; one daughter, Tina Irene Wolfe of San
Juan Pueblo, N.M.; one sister, Sandra Irene Barcus of Atwood; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Wolfe was a farmer and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Baptist
Church in Hammond and Lovington American Legion Post #429.
Memorials may be made to the Moultrie County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
April 28, 2001
TOLEDO - Goldie J. Bahney, 68, of Mattoon, died at 8:21 p.m. Thursday (April 26,
2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. The Barkley Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.
She was born May 3, 1932, in Dudley, Mo., the daughter of William and Christina May
Hill. She married Homer Bahney in 1980; he died in 1995.
Surviving are three sons, Randy, Dean and Jerry Lock, all of Toledo; one daughter, Donna
Sinde of Lerna; two stepsons, Homer Bahney Jr. of Jewett and Jack Bahney of
Shelbyville; six grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 13
She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Mrs. Bahney was a clothing seamstress.
EFFINGHAM - Donna Conner, 59, of Effingham, died at 10:43 p.m. Thursday (April 26,
2001) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pagel Funeral Home in Watson. Burial will be in
the Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham. No visitation is planned.
She was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Effingham, the daughter of Donald F. and Myrtle Martin
Kissinger. She married Melvin W. Conner in 1979; he survives.
Also surviving are her father; three sons, Doug Pocrnich of Dieterich, and Nolan and
Monte Pocrnich, both of Effingham; four daughters, Teresa Garnee of Anderson, Ind.,
Brenda Dagen of Beecher City, Michelle Black of Windsor and Jesse Conner of
Effingham; three sisters, Erma Eaton of Effingham, Vickie Cox of Tennessee and Rita Loy
of Watson; and 11 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Mrs. Conner retired as a cashier from Speedway. She was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Effingham.
MATTOON - Ivan Dallas, age 94, of Mattoon, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, April
26, 2001 at his residence with his daughters by his side.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2001 at the First Baptist Church,
2800 University Drive, Charleston, with the Reverend Pat Murphy officiating. Interment
will be in Huckaba Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29,
2001 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home.
Ivan Dallas was born September 10, 1906 in Lafayette Township, Coles County, Illinois, a
son of Samuel and Christianna Goodman Dallas. He married Dorothy Allnutt March 8,
1941 in Kentucky, she preceded in death October 22, 1980. He is survived by two
daughters, Julia Dallas and Jeanne Dallas Ahasay of Mattoon, a sister, Myra Fryman of
Mattoon and grandchildren, Gary Ahasay, Jr. and wife Nicole and Lori Ahasay all of
Mattoon. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by four brothers.
Mr. Dallas was a member of First Baptist Church, Charleston for over fifty years. He was
a retired farmer and member of the Coles County Farm Bureau for over fifty years and
was a member of the Okaw Valley Motorcycle Club. Memorial contributions may be
made to the American Cancer Society.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cynda Gilbert, 60, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Mattoon, died
Sunday (April 22, 2001) at her residence.
The funeral was conducted at the Holder Funeral Home in Owensville, Ind. Burial was in
She was born July 25, 1940, in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of Arlin W. and Rosalie Cox.
Surviving are her mother; three sons, Michael Gilbert of Arlington, Texas, David Gilbert of
Wasilla, Alaska, and Pat Gilbert of Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Carol Wildt of
Princeton, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, one brother and one grandchild.
Mrs. Gilbert had taught Special Education at Armstrong Center, was a substitute teacher
and had worked at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center while in Mattoon. She also taught at
Kooken and Blanton Elementary Schools in Texas.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
GREENUP, IL - Connie Sue Starwalt, 50, of Greenup, IL, died at 2:43 a.m. Friday (April
27, 2001) at her residence.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday (April 30, 2001) at the Barkley Funeral Home in
Greenup, IL, with the Rev. Rodney Houser and the Rev. Brooke Davis officiating. Burial
will be in the Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday (April 29, 2001) at
the funeral home.
She was born June 9, 1950, in Hidalgo, IL, a daughter of Bernie and Marjorie Bell
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Brown of Casey, IL; one daughter, Tami Brown of
Greenup; four grandchildren, Kayla, Cody and Derick Brown and Dylan Simms; four
brothers, Charles, Victor and Bernie Houser, all of Greenup, IL, and Terry Houser of
Toledo, IL; seven sisters, Shirley Stanley of Olney, IL, Wanda Hawes, Ethel Warner and
Rose Eggers, all of Greenup, IL, Dixie Seiler of Toledo and Marjorie Trostle and Carolyn
Byrnes, both of Jewett, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, one brother and one sister.
Mrs. Starwalt worked for Fedders Corporation in Effingham, IL.
Mary Louise Watkins, age 75, of Mattoon, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April
26, 2001, at her residence, where she was cared for by her one son and six daughters.
Funeral services celebrating her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Schilling
Funeral Home with Bishop T. Ned Lunt officiating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove
Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Monday at the funeral home.
Mary was born July 2, 1925 Fornfelt, Missouri, a daughter of Charles David and Nancy
Elizabeth Brant Montgomery. She married Crowell Webb Watkins March 2, 1945. He
preceded her in death on October 4, 1985. She was also preceded in death by one son,
Crowell Webb Jr., one granddaughter, Jordan Ann Bolles, two brothers, two sisters and
life long friend, Don H. Foote.
Survivors include one son, Stephen Watkins of Mattoon; six daughters, Nancy Gerdes and
husband Darrell, Karen L. Hall, Kathleen Kirkham, Rebecca Cohoon and husband John,
all of Mattoon, Charlotte Ann Bolles of Jacksonville, Florida, Jan Marie Crews of Palm
Harbor, Florida; one step-daughter, Gail Glass and husband David of Ruskin, Florida; one
sister, Lillie "Penny" Sanderson of St. Ann, Missouri, one special niece, Clarice "Smiley"
Reeves of Hannabal, Missouri; eighteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Watkins was a homemaker. She also had worked at the Mattoon Garment Factory.
Mary's favorite hobby was doll collecting.
Memorial gifts may be made to Rebecca Cohoon at 404 DeWitt Avenue, Mattoon.
April 27, 2001
MARTINSVILLE - Bill K. Janney, 71, of Martinsville, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday (April
26, 2001) at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.
The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville with
the Rev. David Wilson officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m.
Monday at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Visitation will be from 4 to
8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Martinsville.
He was born Nov. 16, 1929, in Clark County, the son of Dean K. Janney and Esther Orr
Janney. He married Marlene Sullens in 1953; she survives.
Also surviving are his mother of Martinsville; two sons, Douglas Janney of Wilmington and
Gary Janney of Manhattan; two daughters, Kemm Blogg and Terri Rathert, both of
Peotone; one brother, Ron Janney of Martinsville; one sister, Melissa Miller of Clay City,
Ind.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Mr. Janney retired as a maintenance foreman of Desoto Inc. of Joliet and was an Air
Force veteran. He was a member of the Martinsville Bible Church, Martinsville American
Legion Post 515 and the Casey VFW.
Memorials may be made to the Martinsville Bible Church Building Fund.
TOWER HILL - Eleanor M. Matlock, 82, of Tower Hill, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday
(April 25, 2001) at her daughter's residence.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville,
with the Rev. Cynthia Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery near
Assumption. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
She was born March 9, 1919, in Stonington, the daughter of Leslie and Ida Shelton Tirey.
She married Earl "Bill" Matlock in 1938; he died in 1987.
Surviving are one daughter, Janet Matlock of Shelbyville, and one sister, Reva Mae
Reulecke of Moweaqua.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Matlock worked for the State of Illinois in the Public Aid and Drivers License
Departments; CIPS in Pana, Shelbyville and Taylorville; and most recently as secretary at
the First Baptist Church of Pana. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of
Shelbyville and the Eastern Star of Tower Hill, and attended the Tower Hill United
Memorials may be made to Shelby County Community Services.
James G. "Jim" Starwalt, age 72, of Mattoon, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Thursday, April
26, 2001, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the
Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverend James Dona officiating. Burial will be in the Rest
Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday
afternoon at the funeral home.
James was born August 21, 1928, in Coles County, a son of Lloyd T. and Edith Black
Starwalt. He married Jean Young in 1949. She passed away in 1995. He married Nancy
Van Note Bridges on September 24, 1997. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Terry D. Starwalt and wife Judy of Mattoon and Greg
Starwalt and wife Melissa of Charleston; two stepchildren, Michael V. Bridges of Mattoon
and Marcia L. Orndorff and husband Tony of Mattoon; five grandchildren, Theresa
Starwalt, Michael Starwalt and Christopher Starwalt, all of Mattoon and Zachary Starwalt
and Caymen Starwalt, both of Charleston; four stepgrandchildren, Quincy Watkins of
Greenup, Connie Coatney of Toledo, Jessica Waller and Tony Orndorff, both of Mattoon;
and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Shelby Coatney of Toledo.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Mr. Starwalt retired as a mechanic from Yellow Freight in Effingham and Chicago in 1989.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Eagles Club,
V.F.W. Post 4325 and the Loyal Order of the Moose.
Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
MATTOON - Mary L. Watkins, 75, of Mattoon, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday (April 26,
2001) at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Schilling Funeral Home.
April 26, 2001
An angel left this earth to join God's legion in heaven!
Madonna Ruth Decker, age 69, of Mattoon, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24,
2001, at her residence.
The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning at the
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Father Herman J. Niebrugge
celebrating. Burial will be in the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00
p.m. this evening (Thursday) at the Schilling Funeral Home with a Biblical Wake service at
Madonna was born August 2, 1931, in Arcola, a daughter of Henry A. and Bereneice
Brown Vogel. She married Fred Decker on April 30, 1954.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Decker of Mattoon; four brothers, Leon L. Vogel and
wife Norma of Murrieta, California, Robert Vogel and wife Mary of Mattoon, Francis
Vogel and wife Connie of Glenview, James Vogel and wife Peg of Decatur; and one sister,
Helen Egan of Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Decker attended the Arcola school system and later became a Business major at
Eastern Illinois University. She worked for the Everett Brown and W. M. Briggs Insurance
and Real Estate Agency. She was a working partner in Decker Enterprises, which included
Fire Extinguisher Sales and Service and Fred's Gun Shop, as well as other business
enterprises. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
and Daughters of Isabella and was a former member of the Charleston Country Club.
Madonna loved people and was always looking for ways to serve them in any capacity,
with both her time and monetary resources.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Mattoon Food Pantry.
JAMES E. GOLLADAY
CHARLESTON - James Edward "Jim" Golladay, age 77, of Charleston, went to be with
the Lord on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at his Charleston home. Services celebrating his life
will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the First Baptist Church, 2800 University
Drive, Charleston. Reverend Pat Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be held Friday
evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston.
Following the service interment, with a military flag folding ceremony conducted by the
Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston, will be
held in Roselawn Cemetery in Charleston.
Jim was born November 19, 1923, in Charleston, Illinois the son of Joe and Hannah
(Chesley) Golladay. He married Doris Edwards on October 5, 1950 in the First Baptist
Church in Charleston.
He is survived by his loving wife Doris of Charleston; two daughters, Gail Brown and her
husband Bob and Donna Hargis and her husband Vic, all of Charleston; six grandchildren,
Rebecca Veach, Phillip Brown, Rachel Brown, Stacie Hargis, Jay Hargis and Kyle Hargis,
all of Charleston; one great grandchild, Kyndal Ridgeway of Charleston and one sister,
Edith Smith and her husband Paul of Oakland, Illinois. He was preceded by his parents,
and three sisters, Leona Golladay, Helen Harmon and Mary Ellen Golladay.
Jim's Church family and his family were his life. He was a long time member of the First
Baptist Church of Charleston, where he ushered for almost fifty years and was deeply
involved in many of the church projects. His love and devotion for Doris, his daughters and
their husbands and his grandchildren and great grandchildren was plentiful and
unconditional. He enjoyed camping, word puzzles and playing games with his
grandchildren. Jim will be remembered as a quiet man whose silence spoke volumes when
it came to his love for others and his willingness to lend a helping hand. He was a World
War II Veteran having served with the United States Army. He retired from Furste Auto
Supply in 1986.
Jim's family requests that memorials in his honor be made to the First Baptist Church of
Charleston. Memorials may be made at the service or visitation, or mailed to Adams
Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
ARCOLA - Clara M. Helmuth, 75, or Arthur, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 25,
2001) at her residence.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pleasant View Church in rural Arcola with
Bishop Howard Kuhns officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
at the church. Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Midland, Mich., the daughter of Menno and Catherine J.
Helmuth Miller, and was adopted by Noah and Mattie Miller Helmuth. She married Enos
J. Helmuth in 1945; he survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Floyd Joseph Helmuth of Bloomingdale, Mich., and
Raymond Helmuth and Allen Helmuth, both of Arthur; three daughters, Mary Anna
Petersheim of Humboldt, and Shirley Kay Herschberger and Ellen Schrock, both of
Arthur; one brother, Floyd M. Helmuth of Tyler, Texas; three sisters, Wilma Rogers of
Hope, Mich., Fannie Lengacher of Sarasota, Fla., and Katie Prough of Goshen, Ind.; 26
grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Helmuth was a member of the Pleasant View Church in rural Arcola.
NEOGA - Mabel E. McKerrow, 90, of Neoga, formerly of Chicago, died at 1:29 p.m.
Tuesday (April 24, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
The funeral will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga with
the Rev. Steve Massengill officiating. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday until service time
at the funeral home. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oakridge Cemetery
She was born March 29, 1911, in Chicago, the daughter of William and Sophie Federer
Tjardes. She married Glenn W. McKerrow in 1935; he died in 1960.
Surviving are two sons, Scott McKerrow of Mattoon and Rob McKerrow of Neoga; 11
grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, one grandchild and two
Mrs. McKerrow was a homemaker and attended the First Christian Church in Neoga.
Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.
SHELBYVILLE - The Rev. Leo F. Mahnke, 84, of Shelbyville, died at 3:30 a.m.
Wednesday (April 25, 2001) in Shelbyville Manor.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cowden Free Methodist Church with the Rev.
Robert Smith, the Rev. Barry Long and the Rev. David Hudson officiating. Burial will be in
Mound Cemetery, Cowden. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Howe and Yockey
Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
He was born May 17, 1916, in Stewardson, the son of Fredrick E.R. and Eva Mae
Devore Mahnke. He married Ethel Hudson in 1936; she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard L. Mahnke of Princeton and Dale R. Mahnke of
Shelbyville; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister and one grandchild.
Rev. Mahnke was a minister for 15 years in churches in Tower Hill, Fancher, Salem,
Lincoln and Effingham. He was also a retired farmer. He was a member of the Free
Methodist Church for 62 years.
Memorials may be made to the Cowden Free Methodist Camp.
CLEARWATER, FL. - Dan P. O'Dell, 58, of Clearwater, Fla., died Tuesday (April 24,
2001) at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
He was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Mattoon, IL, a son of William R. and Juanita Baker
O'Dell. He moved to the Orlando area from Mattoon in 1982 and to Clearwater in 1991.
He was a licensed Funeral Director in Illinois and Florida and the Manager of the
Moss-Feaster Funeral Home on Belcher Road in Clearwater. Dan graduated from the
Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1968 after serving three years in the United States
Army. He attended the Light of Christ Catholic Church, was a member of the Clearwater
Country Club, Knights of Columbus Council #3580 Clearwater and was active for many
years in the United Way Campaigns.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Karen S.; a son, Keith T. of Chicago; a daughter,
Denise R. of Chicago; two brothers, Joe E. O'Dell of Neoga, IL and David O'Dell of
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Visitation will be 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Moss-Feaster Funeral Home, 693 South
Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL, with a 7 p.m. Wake Service. A Funeral Mass celebrating
his life will be 10 a.m. on Friday at the Light of Christ Catholic Church in Clearwater, FL.
A second visitation will be 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the Woodlawn Memorial
Funeral Home in Orlando, FL, with a service starting at Noon. Interment will follow in
Roselawn Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American
Heart Association, Catholic Charities or a charity of your choice.
CASEY - Patty Ann Simpson, 60, of Casey, died at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday (April 25,
2001) at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey with
the Rev. Steve Green officiating. Burial will be in Mount Cemetery, southeast of Casey.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
She was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Union Center, the daughter of Cleo and Lida Black
Tipsword. She married Edward Simpson in 1959; he survives.
Also surviving are her mother, Lida Tipsword of Casey; two sons, Toby Simpson of
Greenfield, Ind., and Michael Simpson of Manchester, Mo.; two brothers, Dick and
William Tipsword, both of Casey; four sisters, Clara Walters and Bonnie Tiffin, both of
Casey, Mae Brown of Greenup and Barbara Hanley of Topaz, Ariz.; and five
She was preceded in death by her father, one brother and one sister.
Mrs. Simpson had worked at Ettlebrick Shoe Factory and was a homemaker.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund.
April 25, 2001
FINDLAY - Edna Enoch, 79, of Findlay, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday (April 24, 2001) in
the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lockart and Son Funeral Home in Findlay.
Burial will be in Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be 9 a.m. Saturday until service time at
the funeral home.
She was born June 30, 1921, in Ava, the daughter of Benjamin and Dora Warhousen
Winterberg. She married Paul Enoch in 1943; he died in 2000.
Surviving are one son, Paul Eugene Enoch of Pontoon Beach; one daughter, Judy Bates of
Mattoon; two brothers, Raymond Winterberg of Glen Carbon and George Winterberg of
Granite City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son and one sister.
She was a homemaker and member of the Christian Church of Findlay.
Memorials may be made to Sheryl's House in Shelbyville.
CHARLESTON - James E. Golladay, 77, of Charleston, died Tuesday (April 24, 2001)
at his residence.
Arrangements are pending at Adams Funeral Chapel.
NEOGA - Mabel McKerrow, 90, of Neoga, formerly of Chicago, died at 1:29 p.m.
Tuesday (April 24, 2001) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Arrangements are incomplete at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga.
CHARLESTON - Gene H. Ozier, 82, of Charleston, died Tuesday (April 24, 2001) at his
Arrangements are pending at Adams Funeral Chapel.
TOLEDO - Mildred M. Titus, 89, of Toledo, died at 2:15 p.m. Monday (April 23, 2001)
at the Cumberland Nursing Center in Greenup.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at the Barkley Funeral Home in Toledo, with the Rev.
Bill Boaz officiating. Burial will be in Tippett Cemetery in rural Toledo. Visitation will be 6
to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Toledo, the daughter of Stanley and Minnie Whicker
Barger. She married Berlin Ryan in 1931; he died in 1967. She married Otis Titus in 1969;
he died in 1973.
Surviving are three sons, Jerry Ryan of Palestine, Lee Ryan of Casey and Kent Ryan of
Toledo; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one grandchild and one
Mrs. Titus was a homemaker. She was a member of the Toledo First Baptist Church, the
Cumberland Life Center and the Cumberland County Home Extension.
Memorials may be made to the Cumberland County Life Center or Toledo First Baptist
HINDSBORO - Moline Wooten, 94, of Hindsboro, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 24,
2001) at Paris Healthcare Center.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Taber Funeral Home, Oakland, with Todd
Letherman officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon
Thursday until service time at the funeral home.
She was born Oct. 5, 1906, in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., the daughter of Homer and
Harriet Armour Parkhurst. She married Porter Wooten in 1929; he died in 1958.
Surviving are one son, Larry Wooten of Paris; three grandchildren; and three
She was also preceded in death by one daughter and one sister.
Mrs. Wooten was a member of the Hindsboro Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to the Hindsboro Christian Church in care of the Taber Funeral
Home in Oakland.
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