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All of these obituaries were contributed by Pattie Cooper

William R. Copeland

Unknown Newspaper - Florida

Copeland, William R. 86 of St. Petersburg, died Saturday May 11, 1996 at Jacarand Manor. Born in Brookport, Ill., he came here in 1962 from St. Louis, where he retired as a truck driver from Be-Mac Transport after 20 years. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Moose Lodge, Teamsters Union #79 and it's retirees group, all in Illinois. Locally he was a member of Maranantha Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Loretta S.; a daughter, Shirley Ann Woodring; a son Gary R.; four grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Alan R. McLeoad Chapel. St. Petersburg.

Walter F. Sleeter, Sr.
Peoria Journal Star

Pekin-Walter F. Sleeter, Sr., 89, of Pekin, died Monday Oct. 20, 1989 in the Pekin Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Woosley Funeral Home, Lt. David Roehl of the Salvation Army will officiate. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Born March 7, 1902 in Metropolis, he was the son of Ruben and Viola James' Sleeter, he married Margrette A. Pettis Starkweather Sept. 4, 1940. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Walter F. Sleeter, Jr. and Earnest R., three stepsons, Rollen Starkweather, Harold Starkweather, and Cecil Starkweather; one stepdaughter, Mrs. George (Leona) Walker; 21 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and a half brother, Bob Sleeter. One granddaughter, three sisters, and two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Sleeter was a Navy veteran of W.W.I.

Flossie M. Smith
Peoria Journal Star-Mar, 1984

PEKIN - Mrs. Flossie M. Smith, 70, of 444 Parkway Dr., died at 1:37 p.m. Friday in Pekin Memorial Hospital. Born March 14, 1912, in Metropolis, to Ruben and Viola James Sleeter, she married John H. Smith, July 12, 1930 in Pekin. He died Oct. 8, 1973. One son, two sisters and two brothers also preceded her. Surviving her are one son, Frank; two daughters, Darlene Stone and Lorene Vanderwerf; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one brother, Frank Sleeter of Pekin. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Sunshine Class of Union Mission. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Woosley Funeral Home, here where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Charles Polstra will officiate and burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.

William Sleeter Rites Held Wednesday
Metropolis Newspaper - March 1974

William Sleeter, 70, of 706 East Sixth St., died Saturday at Western Baptist Hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerrell Eddington officiating. Burial was in the Seven Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Sleeter is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Flossie Smith of Topeka, and Mrs. Violet Sipes of Pekin; one brother, Frank Sleeter of Pekin; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Howard Shappard, Newton Crow, Bill Logeman, Fred Reynolds, Elvin Robinson and Arnold Kommer.

Violet M. Sipes
August 1983

WASHINGTON - Violet M. Sipes, 71, of Carlson, formely of Pekin died at 12:24 a.m. yesterday in St. Francis Hospital. Born Oct. 18, 1911 in Metropolis, to Rueben and Viola James Sleeter, she married Clarence E. Sipes June 16, 1928 in Pekin. One son, one sister, and two brothers also preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Sandra) Geier; one brother Walter "Frank" Sleeter of Pekin; one sister, Mrs. John (Flossie) Smith of Pekin; and five grandchildren. Private services will be at Woosley Funeral Home, Pekin. Visistation will be there from 6 to 8 tonight. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Pekin. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Geraldine Frazee
Metropolis Newspaper, November 1999

Geraldine Frazee, 76 of Metropolis, died Monday Nov. 8, 1999 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Metropolis. Ms. Frazee was a member of the First Baptist Church of Metropolis. Survivors included one sister, Allene Tanner and husband Jack of Paducah; one sister-in-law, Doris Beckman of Peoria; one niece and several nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Fred Beckman; her mother and step father Bertha Sleeter McFarland and Richard McFarland; one brother, Virgil Beckman. Graveside service was held Thursday at Seven Mile Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jack Russell Officiating. Atkins-Farmer Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of the arrangements.

Hescal Sleeter Dies at Age 59
The Star - Terre Haute, Indiana, Wed. Aug. 14, 1974

Hescal R. Sleeter, 59, 3218 S. 7th St., died at St. Anthony Hospital at 6 a.m. Tuesday. He was a member of Breden Memorial United Methodist Church, Indiana, Watchermakers Association, the American Watchmakers Institute and Elks Lodge No. 86. He was formerly an employee of the State Highway Division, was a veteran of WWII and a registered watchmaker. Surviving are the widow, Arlene; two daughters Marlene and Darline both at home; the mother, Mrs. Ella Sleeter, a brother of Paducah, Ky. Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at DeBaun Funeral Home, with the Rev. Weylan Siders officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Lula G. Latham
Beacon News - Aurora, IL, June 3, 1985

Mrs. Lula G. Latham, 83, of Aurora, died Friday, May 31 at her home. She was born March 17, 1902 in Metropolis, Illinois. Survivors included one son, Gerald W. Latham of Casselberry, Florida; five granchildren, James G. Latham, David E. Latham, Gerald W. (Bill) Latham, and Scott T. Latham; eight great-granchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ross in 1968; 12 brothers and sisters and an infant son and daughter. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Healy Chapel. Burial will be at Lincoln Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel.

Ross E. Latham
Beacon News - Wednesday Nov. 27, 1968

Ross E. Latham, 70 of 607 S. Gladstone Ave., died Monday at Copley Memorial Hospital. He was born July 8, 1898 in Lewisburg, Ky. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lula G. of Aurora; one son Gerald W. of Evansville, Ind; five grandsons; two brothers, Bob of Ocala, Fla., and Novis of Aurora; five sisters, Mrs. Daisy Johnson of Joppa, Ill, Mrs. Dora Henderson of Lewisburg, Ky, Mrs. Hazel Kimpon, Mrs. Ruth Kustas and Mrs. Marie Hopper, all of Aurora. Mr. Latham was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He was employed as a manufacturer's representative of auto supplies for years. Funeral services will be held at Healy Chapel Friday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Richard Adamson officiating. Burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park. Friends may call at the chapel after 6 p.m. today

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