Morgan County, Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices
2011

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Aberle, Ralph
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Ralph Aberle, 90, formerly of Washington, Ill., and most recently a resident of Knollwood Retirement Village in Jacksonville, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at his residence. He was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Washington, Ill., to John and Rachel (Opper) Aberle. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Evelyn Rose Meister, whom he married on July 4, 1941. Also surviving are three children, Rachel (Dwan) Gullett of O'Fallon, Carolyn (Bud) Beck of Jacksonville and Michael (Cindy) Aberle of Pekin; 10 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Vernon "Boots" Aberle. Preceding him in death were brothers, Harold, Alvin and Glen; and sister, Evelyn "Sis" Wagner. He farmed for 27 years near Deer Creek. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a Golden Glove boxer and a horseman. After retiring, he commercial fished in New Boston. He attended Grace Bible Church. He was also a lifetime member of Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club and was a Mason. His hobbies included rug weaving, pinochle and baseball. He was well loved by family and friends, and all who knew him enjoyed him and his rugs. A funeral srvice for Ralph will be at 11 a.m. today at Grace Bible Church in Washington, Ill., with Pastor Terry Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memory Gardens, south of Washington. Visitation was Monday Aug. 8, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Mason-White funeral Home and will be one hour prior to services today at the church.

Anderson, Orieda Horn
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Orieda Horn Anderson, 89, of Moline, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 at her residence. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3205-60th Street in Moline. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue in Moline. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Orieda Anderson Fund to continuue her life's work. Orieda was born Nov. 20, 1921, in Muldrow, Okla., to Orien and Eda Garner Horn. She married Edgar Howard Anderson on Aug. 16, 1943, in Pryor, Okla. He preceded her in death April 30, 2005. Orieda graduated from Arkansas State University in 1942, with a B.S. in Chemistry. She was employed as a chemist, a medical technologist and many years as a Sexuality Consultant for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Orieda was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Moline. Orieda will be remembered for her vivacious and spirited personality and great sense of humor. She was a person who loved to make people laugh with her endless jokes yet she was serious about living a purposeful and filled life. She had a great love o life but loved her family most of all. Orieda was the light of our family and a light-house to others. She meant so much, not only to us, but to so many that she embraced as her family. She was a loving mother, grandma and great-grandmother; we will miss her. Orieda was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to change the lives of thousands of people in the area of sexuality, with a focus on the developmentally disabled. She authored four books dealing with these sexuality issues. Survivors include, son, John (Mary Ann) of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter, Judith (Richard) Faning of Moline; son, Ed (Elizabeth) Anderson of Concord; special daughter, Dorothy Surratt and family of Concord; grandchildren, Joe (Julie), Chris, Jolene (Trevor), Sara (Hormazd), David, Rebecca (Jason), Jane (Jeremy), Martha (Daniel), Benjamin (Amanda), Samuel and Lily; eight great-grandchildren; brother John of Oklahoma; two nieces; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Thomas; grandson, Michael; and two sisters.

Anderson, Theresa P.
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Theresa P. Anderson, 80, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Virginia, passed away early Sunday morning, July 24, 2011, at her residence. She was born May 30, 1931, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Carl and Bessie Johnson Peterson. She married Frank Anderson on Sept. 27, 1952, at Central Christian Church in Washington, D.C., and he survives. She is also survived by three sons and six grandchildren, Frank (wife, Nancy) Anderson of Virginia and children, Eric Anderson and Laura Willis; John (wife, Paula) Anderson of Oakford and children, Johnny Anderson, Richie Anderson and Lacy Anderson; and Robert D. (companion, Sharon Schmitz) Anderson of Jacksonville; and grandson, Chris Anderson who was raised in their home; one great-grandson, Eric Anderson Jr.; two brothers, Paul (wife, Betty) Peterson and John (wife, Margie) Peterson, both of Jacksonville; and two sisters, Ruth (husband, Leland) McGinnis of Jacksvonville and Eleanor Eiserling of Las Cruces, N.M. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Theresa Fay; two grandchildren, Earl Wilson and Kepin Wilson; and one sister, Ethel Shaver (surviving husband, Roy of Plattville, Wis.). Mrs. Anderson had been employed at J. Capps & Sons in Jacksonville and retired from Illinois School for the Visually Impaired as a Dorm Parent after 25 years. She was a member of Central Christian Church. She enjoyed quilting, crafts, her flowers and gospel and bluegrass music. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Atchison, Dollie
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Dollie Atchison, 93, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Chapin, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Jacksonville Convalescent Center in Jacksonville. She was born Nov. 10, 1917, in Chapin, the daughter of Nehemiah Francis and Sarah Elizabeth Reeves McDaniel. She married Everett Albert Weeks Jr. on March 23, 1940, and he preceded her in death Dec. 22, 1944, in Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. She married Kenneth Harlie Atchison on Nov. 17, 1946, in Ottawa, and he preceded her in death April 20, 1991. Mrs. Atchison is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann (husband, Charles) Gaudio of Port St. Lucie, Fla; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Kelley; two sons, Tom Weeks (surviving wife, Susan of Jacksonville) and John K. Atchison (surviving wife, Kathy of Jacksonville); five sisters, Ella Frances McDaniel, Clarissa Calvin Vaniter, Lula Mae Nichelson, Bertha Ann Smith and Esther Viola Sipe; and four brothers, George Omer McDaniel, William Austin McDaniel, Eurce McDaniel and Aaron Doyle McDaniel. Mrs. Atchison was a cook in the area for many years, at Modern Care Convalescent Facility, Chapin Grade School and Chapin High School. She was a longtime member of Chapin Christian Church in Chapin. She enjoyed playing bunco and pinochle. Her family loved going to her home for meals, as Dollie was a scratch cook, especially known for her pies. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Chapin Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Atwood, Marcella T.
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Marcella T. Atwood, 69, of Murrayville, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born Sept. 1, 1941, in Murrayville, the daughter of Russell H. and Eva Mae Turner Preston. She married Virgil Atwood on Nov. 1, 1958, in Jacksonville. He survives in Murrayville. Also surviving are her children, Cyndee (Aaron) "Baby Duck" Tucker of Brighton, Christopher (Misty Ann) Preston of Lynnville, Jason Lee Atwood of Murrayville and Amanda Sue (David) Ralston of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Edward Preston of Murrayville, Russell Preston of Kentucky and Wiley (Cherie) Preston of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Timmy Ray Atwood; and two half brothers, David and Lawrence Decker. Marcella worked as an LPN in nursing homes. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, painting and her three horses and dogs. She was of the Nazarene faith. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Murrayville. The family will meet friends Wednesday from 2 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

Austiff, R. Norman
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R. Norman Austiff, 85, of Springfield, and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. He was born March 14, 1926, in Morgan County, the son of Rallph and Nellie Stillwell Austiff. He married Rita Marie Moran on Feb. 6, 1945, in Morgan County, and she preceded him in death June 8, 2002. He is survived by three sons, Ronald (wife, Karon) Austiff of Pekin, Jerry (wife, Sarah) Austiff of Boubonnais and Roger (wife, Alice) Austiff of King George, Va.; two daughters, Jane (husband, Alvin) Chesney of Beaufort, S.C., and Donna (husband, Steve) Belcher of Chatham; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Randall (wife, Kay) Austiff of Chatham; and one sister, Dorothy (husband, Harold) Chute of Mount Julie, Tenn. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Rex Austiff. Mr. Austiff had worked at Kordite in Jacksonville for many years and retired from Anderson Clayton in Jacksonville in 1989. he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He loved to play pinochle and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Bull Cemetery near Franklin. The family will meet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Baldwin, Bill
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Bill Baldwin, 73, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at his home in Jacksonville. He was born June 9, 1938, in Canton, the son of Willis and Melba Hartle Baldwin. He married his wonderful and beloved wife, Linda Marie Tribble, on June 18, 1966, at the Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death Feb. 10, 2004. Bill is survived by is eldest son, Brad Baldwin and grandson, Sterling Baldwin, both of Springfield; one sister, Bonnie (husband, Don) Smith of Princeton; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Chad Baldwin; and a special friend of five years, Debbie Bridges. Before Bill graduated from Limestone Community High School in Peoria in 1957, he soloed in his first airplane flight at age 17 under the instruction of his father. He later continued his education at an aircraft engineering school. While serving in the military, Bill became a 3rd Degree Mason, but later withdrew from the organization in order to marry his wife, Linda. Bill owned and operated B & B Cleaners in Roodhouse and was a power operator at the Roodhouse Power Plant until it closed. Bill earned his First Class Radio/Telephone License in Chicago and utilized those skills working for WEEK-TV as an audio engineer. He moved to Jacksonville to work for Central Telephone as an equipment installer and switchman. In 1976, Bill took a job with Lundia in Jacksonville. He served as a supervisor of Quality Control and Testing until 1992, when he became a field operations specialist for the Installation Department. He remained there until his retirement in May 1998. Bill enjoyed many different activities. He was president of the 169th TFS Parachute Club, president of the Roodhouse Museum, and received an engraved aluminum invitation to open the 2076 time capsule in Springfield. He was an active member of the Church of Our Saviour, and a member of the RClA, Minutemen and Calvary Cemetery Board of Directors. His hobbies included woodworking, wood carving and genealogy. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. Friends may call after 12 noon Friday at the Williamson Funeral Home, where the family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. A prayer service will be conducted at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Baptist, Mariam E.
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Mariam Edith "Grandma" Baptist, 86, of Charleston, and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at her son's home. All services will be private. Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. Mariam was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Jacksonville, daughter of Roy and Minnie (Wild) Sperry. She married James Virgil Baptist on Nov. 21, 1942, at Jacksonville, and he preceded her into Heaven May 27, 1971. She is survived by four children, Annette Durbin of Hopkinsville, Ky., Susie (Don) Novak of Bloomington, Joe (Jane) Baptist of Charleston and Nancy (Jon) Pashman of Guilford, Conn. Thirteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many foster children also survive. She was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Sperry; one sister, Mildred Pruett; and one great-grandson, Jacob Ryan Shambo. Mariam was an active member of Salisbury Church --- Charleston Campus. She also was a member of ABWA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mariam was a homemaker, and in earlier years, had operated a greenhouse in Jacksonville with her husband. After retirement, she had lived in Florida for nearly 25 years. While there, she had volunteered at a coastal bird rescue facility and worked on an excursion boat, teaching about shells, water and the natural habitat. Mariam was an avid reader and had a gift for crafts. Sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery were hobbies she enjoyed. Another gift that she loved to share were her amazing cooking skills. Mariam was a DIE HARD St. Louis Cardinals fan, always rooting for the little guys who sometimes went unnoticed. Spending time with family and dear friends was the time she treasured most.

Barrow, Jeffery A.
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Jeffery A. Barrow, 55, of Jacksonville, passed away early Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2011, at his residence. He was born Aug. 12, 1956, in Jacksonville, the son of John and Mary Dugger Barrow. He is survived by six children and six grandchildren, Jeffery Adam Barrow (companion, Nancy Harris) and (granddaughter, Shalynn of Franklin) and Tiffany Louise Barrow and (granddaughters, Destiny and Demy and grandson, Dylan), Jessica Violet Barrow and (grandson, Wesley and granddaughter, Whitney), James Edward Lahey-Barrow, Jordan Lahey-Barrow and Paigelyn Abigail Barrow, all of Jacksonville; his mother, Mary Beddingfield of Jacksonville; three brothers, Don Beddingfield of Jacksonville, Danny Barrow of Versailes and Ricky Barrow of Ashland; one sister, Nancy McGee of Riggston and his ex-wife Tammy Brown of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his father; his stepfather, Donald Beddingfield; and his ex-wife, Kathy Crouse. Mr. Barrow served in the United States Army from 1979 - 1981. He worked as a self-employed contractor and was a member of Youngblood Baptist Church in Nortonville. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Franklin Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Berdzinski, Marion L.
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Marion L. "Pete" Berdzinski, 87, formerly of Jacksonville, went to join her heavenly Father Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Lutheran Care Nursing Center in Altamont. Marion was born June 23, 1924, in Hammond, Ind., to Lonnie and Katherine (Hardin) Rhoades. She married Carl A. Berdzinski on Dec. 7, 1940, and he preceded her in death Sept. 16, 1944, in France. She was a retired LPN, and, while residing in Jacksonville, had worked several years at Jacksonville State Hospital, and later at Our Saviour's Hospital. After relocating to Washington state, Marion met her longtime companion and love of her life, Delvin Swearngin, in Yakima, Wash., in 1979. They were together for 24 years, and he preceded her in death in 2003. Marion was a resident of Lutheran Care for several years, and member of the Lighthouse Independent Church, Altamont. She very much enjoyed her fellow residents at Lutheran Care, and spoke very highly of the staff. Marion is survived by her son, Carl (Barb) Berdzinski of New York; daughter, Violet Moergen of Altamont; sister, Edith (Russell) Davis of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Ricky, Darrell, Darlene and Adam; and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; five sisters; several aunts and uncles; a daughter, Betty; her much loved son-in-law, Darrell Moergen; and several nieces and nephews. A private graveside service will be held. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements.

Bergschneider, Richard V. "Dick"
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Richard V. "Dick" Bergschneider, 78, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. He was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Franklin, the son of Fred and Ruth Votsmeier Bergschneider. He married Rosemary McCormick on Nov. 15, 1958, and she survives. Mr. Bergschneider is also, survived by one son, Richard C. "Rick" Bergschneider of Franklin; and five daughters, Lori (husband, Brad) Keltner of Franklin, Lesley (husband, Doug) Hembrough of Jacksonville, Kari (husband, Ron) Cloyd of Chatham, Stephanie (husband, Lance) Utter of Metamora and Valerie (husband, Bob) Williamson of Chula Vista, Calif. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Hali, Kaci and Kollin Keltner, Sydney, Jacob and Andrew Hembrough, Carter and Parker Cloyd, Jordan Utter and Alexis and Madysin Williamson; sister, Marcella Smith of Orlando, Fla., and Helen Little of Naperville; brother-in-law, Jon (wife, Ruth) McCormick of Springfield; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Stassi Dyan; one sister, Agnes Bergschneider, and four brothers, Fred (surviving wife, Ruby of Jacksonville, Jerald (surviving wife, Von of Florida), Albert ( surviving wife, Diane of Naperville) and Jim (surviving wife, Diane of Milwaukee). Mr. Bergschneider owned and operated Bergschneider Well and Pump for 42 years. He was known as an expert in the field of well drilling and was frequently featured in industry periodicals. He was well-known in many of the surrounding areas and took pride in his ability to serve people daily. Dick attended school in Ashland and was an outstanding basketball player. He was a former member of Franklin Lions Club and Pathway School Board of Directors. He attended Sacred Heart Church in Franklin. He enjoyed having a home full of kids and grandkids, listening to music, cooking, watching sports and "fixing" things, especially his computers. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery near Franklin. The family will meet friends from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Birdsell, Toni
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Toni Birdsell, 58, of Murrayville, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at her sister Linda's home in rural Jacksonville. She was born July 21, 1953, in Jacksonville, the second daughter of Robert Lee and Dorothy Marie Brickey Kesinger. She married Larry Birdsell on Aug. 17, 1973, in an outdoor wedding at Larry's parent's country home, and he survives. She is also survived by three children, Jason, Jacob (wife, Shanna) and Jeremiah Birdsell, all of Murrayville; four grandchildren, Zoe, Levi, Chloe and Cole Birdsell; her father, Robert Lee Kesinger of Jacksonville; two sisters, Linda (husband, James) Conover and Dixie (husband, Norman) Crays, both of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy this April; one sister, Rebecca Simmons in 2007; and her nephew, Robert Simmons in 2009. Toni spent most of her time in bathing suits, enjoying her pond and outside activities. Rarely did she wear shoes, but she always wore a smile. She spent a good part of her time preparing home-cooked meals, which came from Larry's garden. Larry kept her busy canning vegetables. Toni had a bubbly personality and was full of energy. She was always giving a vase of flowers picked from her yard or along the roadside. At family potlucks, the family could always count on a jar of homemake lemonade and a big batch of homemade noodles. Her joy was to find bargains for her family at garage sales. She was her daddy's birthday present, born on his 25th birthday, weighing in at 3 pounds and 5 ounces, arriving six weeks early. She was always a blessing with her moving recitations with her gospel singing family, the Bobby "K" Singers. Toni had two poems published in two books compiled by the National Library of Poetry. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Asbury Cemetery near Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bratsch, James E.
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James E. Bratsch, 69, of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday morning, May 18, 2011, at Prairie Village Health Care Center in Jacksonville. He was born April 25, 1942, in Winchester, the son of August Eugene and Pearl Bratsch. He married Barbara LaMaster in 1964 and she preceded him in death Aug. 23, 2010. He is survived by one daughter, Christine (husband, Larry) Atwood of Jacksonville; one grandson, Joseph Pohlman of Jacksonville; four brothers, Glenn Bratsch of Kansas City, Kan., and Harold Bratsch, Randy Bratsch and Donnie Wayne Bratsch, all of Jacksonville; and three sisters, Barb Kerr of Michigan and Sandy Bratsch and Debbie Bratsch, both of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Bert Bratsch. Mr. Bratsch had been a truck driver. He was a 1975 Golden Glove Boxing Champion. He enjoyed watching boxing and True Crime Stories. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements.

Bridges, Debbie M.
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Debbie M. Bridges, 74, of Concord, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1937, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Lloyd and Emily Tonn Zimmer. She married Paul D. Bridges on July 2, 1955, and he preceded her in death May 19, 2005. She is survived by one son, Mark D. Bridges of Jacksonville; two daughters, Pam (husband, Chad) Phelps of Arenzville and Kim (husband, Tom) Miller of Concord; a special friend, Bill Baldwin of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, Katie (husband, Patrick) Jockisch, Erin (husband, Randy) Goodman, Cody Winkelman, Tyler (husband, Bo) Dawson, Kaleb Miller, Abby Bridges and Noah Bridges; two stepgrandchildren, Kendall Phelps and Andrea Phillllps; four great-grandchildren, Austin, Alexis and Avery Jockisch and Rileigh Dawson; one brother, Marlin (wife, Judy) Zimmer of Jacksonville; and two sisters, Emily (deceased husband, William) Craddock of Jacksonville and Elaine (husband, Jack) Brickey of Murrayville. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd Zimmer (surviving wife, Sue of Versailles), Albert and Louis Paul Zimmer. Mrs. Bridges was a lifetime member of Westfair Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing in the Westfair Baptist Choir, singing praises to her Lord and Savior. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Westfair Baptist Church, with burial at Concord Cemetery. Family will meet friends from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brogdon, Roy Clayton
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Roy Clayton Brogdon, 92, of Jacksonville, went home to be with the Lord peacefully Nov. 3, 2011. He was born Aug. 26, 1919, in Alexander, the son of William and Minnie Brogdon. Roy is survived by two sons, Roy Jr. (Aleda) Brogdon of Richland, Wash., and Aaron William (Julie) Brogdon of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bob and Virgil; his loving wife, Vena Mae; daughter-in-law, Ruth; and grandson, Casey. Roy was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all that knew him. Friends and family alike knew Roy to be one of the most honest and loving men they knew. Everyone went away from Roy richer because of his unique ability to give love and understanding unconditionally. His amazing ability to be hard-working yet light-hearted was an example for all. Roy loved the outdoors where he fished during the summer and hunted in the winter. He really liked visiting with and helping people. There was always a warm greeting, friendly smile and a story or two to tell. Many people will fondly remember Roy for the different Jacksonville bowling leagues, his work with the Jacksonville CB Club and fixing up old broken bicycles for friends and the Salvation Army. Roy will be greatly missed by his family and multitude of friends. Special thanks to Karen Proctor who became like a daughter to "Pop" and to Judy Vieira, his neighbor for many years. Both of you were very special to him. While his body is no more, his light, love and spirit remain here with us and he will always be remembered with deep and abiding love. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Winchester with interment at the East Cemetery in Jacksonville where Roy will be laid to rest next to his loving wife. Visitation will be Tuesday from noon until time of the service at the funeral home.

Brooks, Isaiah Lee James
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Isaiah Lee James Brooks, 5, of Jacksonville, passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at his residence. He was born Aug. 31, 2005, in Jacksonville, the son of Terry and Eva Hennessey Brooks. He is survived by his mother, Eva of Jacksonville; grandmother, Marguerite Hennessey; sisters, Ashley Woods, Crystal Smith, Adriana Hennessey and Clarissa Hennessey; brothers, Terrance Brooks, Terry Brooks, Anthony Brooks and Terison Brooks; and aunts and uncles, Don Hennessey-Renken of Jacksonville, Willie (Sandi) Hennessey of Taylorville, Linda (MarkI) Fisk of Iowa and Crystal Hennessey of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Brooks; grandfather, Donald Hennessey Sr.; brother, Lamont Harris; uncles, Daryl Hennessey-Renken and Bill Chappell; and his cousin, Georgia Hennessey. Isaiah attended Early Years and Lincoln Elementary School in Jacksonville, he loved playing outside with his dog, Coby, and riding his new bike. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial to follow at Jacksonville East Cemetery. The family will meet friends from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bull, Lela V.
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Lela V. Bull, 92, of Columbia City, Ind., and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. She was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Scottville, the daughter of George and Thena Heiken Dowland. She married John J. Bull on Dec. 31, 1940, in Bowling Green, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1986. She is survived by two sons, John E. Bull of Naperville and Larry R. (wife, Carol) Bull of Columbia City, Ind.; three grandchildren, Angela (husband, Brad) Ferrell, Kimberly (husband, Shaun) Fournier and Jonathon Bull; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Mrs. Bull had been employed as a clerk by the Illinois Department of Revenue. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, the Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Burnett, Dale A.
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Dale A. Burnett, 64, of Jacksonville, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Jan. 19, 1947, in Franklin, the son of John Ellsworth and Verna Lee Stewart Burnett. He married Nancy J. Gaffney on Aug. 9, 1975, at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, and she survives. He is also survived by two children, Ben Burnett of Jacksonville and Hannah (fiance, Derek Haggard) Burnett of Urbana; two brothers, Coy Richard (deceased wife, Edna Leona) Burnett of Jacksonville and Gene (wife, Shirley) Burnett of Naples; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold Burnett and Gary Burnett. Mr. Burnett was a social worker for the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for 34 years. He was a graduate of Franklin High School and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1966-68, stationed in Germany. Following his service, he earned a bachelor's degree from Sangamon State University in Springfield. Mr. Burnet was a loving, caring and involved father, He coached teams for both the YMCA and Elks leagues and enjoyed billiards, golf and football. He began each day with breakfast and coffee with friends and always had a project underway, either remodeling a home or restoring a car. He especially loved Dodge Trucks, Pontiac Firebirds and TransAms. Dale believed that Jesus Christ was his Saviour and was proud to have devoted 20 years to providig care to his brother, Gary. He will be missed by his loving family and his Westie, Roxie Renee. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial and military rites at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burnett, Edna Leona
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Edna Leona Burnett, 67, of Jacksonville, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born July 20, 1944, in Winchester, the daughter of Robert Lee and Etta Jane Kessinger Sanders. She married Coy R. Burnett on Aug. 22, 1970, at the Winchester Assembly of God, and he survives. Mrs. Burnett is also survived by one son, Darrin (wife, Alexis) Burnett of Springfield; one daughter, Dereth (husband, Thomas) Atkins of St. Louis, four grandchildren, Spencer, Samantha and Tyler Atkins, all of St. Louis, and Parker Burnett of Springfield; one sister, Linda Sanders of Winchester; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Richard and Russell Sanders. Mrs. Burnett was a pre-school teacher at Presbyterian Daycare in Jacksonville for 15 years. She enjoyed working with her flowers, attending Jacksonville Theatre Guild productions and playing cards. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and traveling to the beach. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Cambridge, Brian Richard
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Brian Richard Cambridge, 40, of Murrayville, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, along with his wife Julie, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was born April 30, 1971, in Jacksonville, the son of Gary and Kathleen Fink Cambridge. He was married to Julie Anne Sides. He is survived by his children, Sara Anne, Caytlyn Shay and Skylar Grace Cambridge, all at home; his mother and stepfather, Kathleen and John Stout of St. Louis; his father, Gary (Caroline) Cambridge of Eldon, Mo.; sister, Lisa Ann Cambridge (Paul Pender) of Lake Ozark, Mo.; brother, Matthew Robert (Angel) Cambridge of Franklin; stepbrother, Scott Cambridge of Lake Ozark, Mo.; stepsister, Gerilynn Cambridge of Quincy; and niece and nephew, Tiffany and Patrick Pender. Mr. Cambridge was a 1989 graduate of St. Mary's High School in St. Louis. He was an independent operator and had most recently been employed by King Trucking. He was a member of the Catholic faith and a volunteer for the Murrayville/Woodson Fire Department. Brian enjoyed sports, fishing and reading. He loved his family, and especially loved being a father. Funeral services for Brian and Julie will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Buchanana & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Cambridge, Julie Anne
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Julie Anne Cambridge, 39, of Murrayville, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, along with her husband Brian, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was born April 11, 1972, the daughter of Gary and Judy Mayfield Sides. She was married to Brian Richard Cambridge. She is survived by her children, Sarah Anne, Caytlyn Shay and Skylar Grace Cambridge, all at home; her parents, Gary and Judy Sides of Jacksonville; brother, Jeff (Paulette) Sides of Western Springs; sister, Janet (Fred) Bascom of Tallula; and niece and nephew, Morgan and Jake Sides. Mrs. Cambridge was a 1991 graduate of Jacksonville High School. She then attended Patricia Stevens College in St. Louis before receiving her broadcasting training from Lewis & Clark Community College. She then began her career as a radio personality at WJVO/WJIL and then at WLDS. She had also worked at Sparrow Corporation in Jacksonville and WMAY in Springfield, before returning to the airwaves on WJVO, where she was known as Julie Anne. She was baptized and had been a member of Central Christian Church. She loved her family, and especially loved being a mother. Funeral services for Julie and Brian will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Carter, Larry
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Larry Carter, 74, a resident of Aspen Ridge Care Centre in Decatur, and formerly of Jacksonville, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the nursing home. He is survived by one brother, Leroy Carter of Decatur; four daughters, Billie Boyd, Lisa Overton, Nancy Overton and Roxy Skonie; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Carter's body has been donted to science through MedCure. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Coats, Matthew L.
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Matthew L. "Pork Chop" Coats, 32, of Jacksonville, died Saturday morning, Aug. 20, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born Nov. 11, 1978, in Jacksonville, son of Thomas and Roxella Henderson Coats. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Roxella Coats of Jacksonville; a loving companion, Tonya Adams of Jacksonville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a clerk at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Jacksonville for six years and loved to fish, hunt and spend time outdoors. He also loved riding his motorcycle and four wheeler. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Coleman, Charles Leroy Sr.
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Charles Leroy Coleman Sr., 70, of Murrayville, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born May 23, 1940, near Winchester, the son of John Edward Sr. and Margaret Lucille Lakin Coleman. He married Donna May Koehler on Feb. 10, 1962, at Youngblood Baptist Church in Nortonville, and she survives. He is also survived by one son Charles Leroy "Chuck" (wife, Robin) Coleman Jr. of Murrayville; one daughter, Julie Dawn (husband, David) Jones of Murrayville; four grandchildren, Charles Leroy Coleman III of Chicago, Casey Alexandra Coleman of Murrayville, Misty Dawn Jones of St. Louis and Krystal Marie Jones of Murrayville; one great-grandson, Peyton Alexander Scott of Murrayville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Edward Coleman Jr. (surviving wife, Jean of Jacksonville), Gerald Coleman and Donald Coleman (surviving wife, Wanda of Jacksonville); and one sister Rosemary Monkman. Mr. Coleman was a boiler operator at Capitol Records in Jacksonville, retiring after 25 years of employment. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years, and was active during the Cuban Missile Crisis spending time aboard the USS Yancey (AKA 93) and the USS Barry (DD-933). He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He was also a 40 year member of American Legion Post 279 in Jacksonville and a former member of the Jacksonville Moose. He enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball, bowling and participating in pool tournaments. He loved hosting cookouts for his famiy and friends and was known for his sharp sense of humor. He loved being surroumded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Youngblood Baptist Church in Nortonville, with burial at Manchester Cemetery in Manchester. The family will meet friends from 5 -7 p.m. Wednesday at the Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Colwell, Virginia
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Virginia Colwell, 87, of Alexander, passed away early Thursday morning, Nov. 17, 2011, at Prairie Village Health Care in Jacksonville. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Alexander, the son of John and May Wood Colwell. She is survived by one sister, Marjorie Weber of Jacksonville; one niece, Susan Anderson of Bloomington; and one nephew, James Weber of Austin, Texas. Mrs.Colwell attended grade school and two years of high school in Alexander. Then the family moved to Jacksonville. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1940 and from Illinois College in 1944, where she was a member of Gamma Delta Literary Society and received the honor of Phi Beta Kappa membership. After graduation she took a job as an announcer and copywriter at WLDS Radio in Jacksonville. In 1952, she moved to Sheboygan, Wis., for a job as copywriter and announcer at WHBL. After four years there she moved to Rockford, to work for WRRR for two years. She then moved on to Chicago to accept a position as copywriter of the Kroger Store commercials with their advertising agency. While in Chicago she was an active member of the Business Professional Women's Club. She later worked for Greene Communications writing radio and TV commercials. In 2003, she moved back to Alexander to live in the famiy home. The family will meet friends from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery.

Conlee, Marilyn
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Marilyn Conlee, 72, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield. She was born March 25, 1939, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Oral Owen and Carrie Ruth Conlee. Marilyn was a 1957 graduate of Franklin High School and attended Hardin Brown Business College. She worked for the State of Illinois for over 37 years, first with the Department of Public Aid and then with the Department of Corrections, retiring in 2001. She enjoyed spending time with her breakfast friends. Marilyn loved her cats and was an avid fan of George Strait and the St. Louis Cardinals. She will be missed by her friends and her adopted family. Graveside memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Coonen, Jera Marie
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Jera Marie Coonen, infant daughter of John and Misty Earl Coonen, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at St. Louis Childrens Hospital in St. Louis. She was born May 31, 2011, in Springfield. Jera Marie is survived by her parents of Auburn; paternal great-grandparents, Ron (Phyllis) Lacy of Jacksonville and Marie Coonen of Franklin; maternal great-grandparents, Dennis and Kandi Lancaster of Jacksonville and John Earl of West Frankfort; paternal great-great-grandparent, Hazel Reed; paternal; grandparents, Chris Coonen of Jacksonville and Bill (Lori) Coonen of Girard; maternal grandparents, Michelle (Roy) Fluckey; maternal aunts, Kristal Shue and Tiffany Tracey, both of Jacksonville; paternal; great-aunt, Kim (David) Conover of Murrayville; and paternal aunts and uncles, Brittany Hester of Springfield, Megan Coonen of Girard, Jess (Nicole) Tolbert of Thayer and Teresa (Neal) Hovasse of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandfather, Jack Coonen. A graveside service will be held at 1:3 p.m. on Monday at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 12-1 p.m. Monday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Cooper, E.K.
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E.K. "Bud" Cooper, 80, of South Jacksonville passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Prairie Village Health Care in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Suzi Grabill Cooper, and one son, Carlos Cooper, both of South Jacksonville. A private service will be held. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements.

Cosner, Helen Judith
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Helen Judith "Judy" Cosner, 79, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield. She was born Dec. 29, 1931, in Tallula, the daughter of Herschel Greene and Virginia Mary Sowers Wiggins. She married Jack Wankel in 1950 and later Thomas A. Cosner Jr. in 1977 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2008. She is survived by a son, Gerald A. Wankel (wife, Denise) of Chandlerville; two daughters, Virginia Kay DeGroot (husband, Dennis) of Ashland and Patricia S. Hannel (companion, Joe Lowder) of Springfield; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several stepchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Patricia A. Wiggins Nandasher. Mrs. Cosner was a 1939 graduate of Tallula High School. She worked all of her life and retired in 2002 from Newell Insurance Agency in Ashland after 41 years. She was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church, the Jenny James Circle and United Methodist Women (who awarded her the honor pin for outstanding service in 2002). She was devoted to helping her church, her family and her friends. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ashland United Methodist Church, with burial at Ashland Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland.

Craigmiles, Abbie
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Abbie Craigmiles, 85, of Peoria, and formerly of the Jacksonville area, passed away at 4:12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Born June 28, 1926, in Pearl, to Charles A. and Malinda P. (Dalton) Jackson. She first married Fred Hannel on Oct. 7, 1940. She later married William Craigmiles on Jan. 14, 1959, in Morgan County. Both husbands preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one brother; and two sisters, Surviving are two sons, Fred (Peggy) Hannel of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Benny (Barbara) Hannel of Murphy, N.C.; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In earlier times, Abbie was active in CB radio circles, known by her handle "Little Scooter". She also loved to garden and grew a number of unusual and difficult varieties of plants, including peanuts and cotton. She had been known to cultivate a rose plant from a grandchild's corsage. Cremation has been accorded. Memorial visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services in Peoria. Memorial services will follow at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial of ashes will be in Chapin at a later date.

Cremeens, Patricia Ann Brown
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Patricia Ann (Brown) Cremeens, 55, of McAlester, Okla., passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, after an extensive battle with cancer for the last four years. A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the daughter's home. Born Sept. 13, 1956, in Jacksonville, she was the daughter of Charles August "Augie" and Marjorie Charles Crank Brown. She met Rodney Dean Cremeens in 1967, and they were married on Jan. 18, 1973, in Franklin. They had three children. She was a wife and homemaker. She moved to McAlester in April 1987. She began working when her children were older and was currently employed at Spirit Aero Systems. She enjoyed spending time with her family, being outdoors, bird watching, camping, fishing, music, dancing, reading, watching movies, laughing, riding Harleys and traveling. Survivors include her husband, Rodney of McAlester, Okla.; daughter, Taffi Hardwick and husband, Kevin of McAlester, Okla.; son, Josh and wife, Christy of Guthrie, Okla.; son, Jeremy and wife, Lelah of Arpelar, Okla.; grandchildren, Destiny, Shelby and Harley, all of Guthrie, Okla. and, Shelby, Ashley, Jeriah and Jaylah, all of Arpelar, Okla.; great-grandchild, Briley of Arpelar, Okla.; and three sisters and one brother, with spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews in Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

Crisman, Cindy L. Ide
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Cindy L. Ide Crisman, 50, of Clark, Mo., and formerly of Jacksonville, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. She was born July 15, 1961, to Walter and Wanda Ide. She was raised by her mother, Wanda and stepfather, John Simpson after the death of her father. Cindy was united in marriage to Kevin R. Crisman on Nov. 29, 1986. She is survived by husband, Kevin; stepdaughter, Melinda and husband, Jae and son, Sebastian; stepson, Keith and wife Lizzie; brother, Mike and wife, Dee and daughter, Bridget; sister, Sandy and husband Alan and daughters, Sabrina and Tiffany; sister, Joann and husband, Bob and daughter, Dee; and brother, John and wife, Michele and kids, Kaycie and Clay. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Ide and John and Wanda Simpson; grandparents, Leota and Slick Gaines; uncles; and nephew, J.L. Hancock. Cindy was a member of United Methodist Church in Hallsville, Mo. Cindy and Kevin moved several times over the years with Kevin's career. Cindy owned Crisman Cleaning Service for 17 years and later with husband Crisman Custom Canvas; Boat, RV, canvas work and then GSN staffing in Moberly, Mo. Cindy liked to help several charities and help with benefit March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Special Olympics, Arbor Day Foundation, USO and her favorite, local humane shelters. A memorial services will be held on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at Shelbina United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 200 East Spruce St., in Shelbina, Mo 63468.

Crone, Ireta L. Dyslin
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Ireta L. Dyslin Crone, 84, a Naperville resident since 1976, and formerly of Jacksonville and Freeport, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Sac, Wis., after a battle with cancer. She was born July 9, 1927, in Lanark. Beloved wife of Clifford W. Crone; beloved mother of Douglas C. (Krishna) Crone, Constance Gibson and Pamela (Ken) Stofferahn; adored grandmother of Brett and Thomas Bina, Emer (Goran) Simic, Alicia Crone and Hunter Stofferahn; devoted daughter of the late Charles and Kathryn Dyslin; dear sister of the late Janice (Vernon) Harrenstein and the late Charles (the late Kay) Dyslin; and fond aunt of many. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., in Naperville. Funeral services will follow 11 a.m. in the church. Interment will be at Naperville Cemetery. A luncheon reception will be held at church. Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Naperville.

Cummins, Reg
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Reg Cummins, 68, of Jacksonville, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at his residence. He was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Jacksonville, the son of Henry Franklin and Eleanor M. Kinnett Cummins. He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Woods of Jacksonville; longtime companion, Sara Bourn of Jacksonville; daughter, Lisa Cummins of Jacksonville; three grandchildren; and sister, Lucy B. (Jack) Terrill of South Jacksonville. He is also survived by Sara's children, Chris, Brad (Gladys) and Brenda Bourn; and her four grandchildren. Mr. Cummins was a 1960 graduate of Jacksonville High School and then received his associate's degree in Administration of Justice from MacMurray College. He spent 23 years as a police officer with the City of Jacksonville, retiring in 1983. He then went to work for the city inspection department as a Property Maintenance Inspector, retiring from there in 1994. Reg was a member of the Jacksonville Moose Lodge and had helped organize the initial Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in Jacksonville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and also served seven years in the Air National Guard in Springfield. He enjoyed drag racing, camping and especially have a good time! Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Davis, Joan
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Joan Davis, 76, of Springfield, and formerly of Meredosia and Jacksonville, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born Jan. 23, 1935, in Freeport, Maine, the daughter of Emile and Alice Morin Levesque. She is survived by four children, Deborah (Mike) Levett of Durhamville, N.Y., Dennis (Evelyn) Lovely of Virginia Beach, Va., Donald (Lorie) Lovely of Lebanon, Maine, and Jenny Chute of Meredosia; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don Davis; son-in-law, Steve Chute; and her longtime companion, George Dube. Mrs. Davis had worked many years at the Jacksonville Developmental Center. She was raised in the Catholic faith and attended Church of Our Saviour. Joan enjoyed crafts and flower gardening, and was an accomplished seamstress. A prayer service will be held 4 p.m. Friday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends following the service until 6 p.m.

Day, Thomas N.
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Thomas N. Day, 56, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his residence. He was born Dec. 14, 1955, in Nashville, the son of Wilson M. and Norma Totten Day. He is survived by two sisters, Beth (husband, Dan) Glenn of Jacksonville and his twin, Amy Day of Hartford City, Ind.; and two nephews, Christopher Glenn and Kelly Glenn, both of Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Day was a dispatcher for Landes Trucking in Jacksonville. He had previously worked as a paralegal and at EMI Manufacturing in Jacksonville. He was a graduate of Westville High School, attended Danville Junior College and served in the United States Navy for nine years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Private services will be held. The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Delaney, Helen Joan
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Helen Joan Delaney, 84, of Jacksonville, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Arenzville the daughter of Oscar F. and Ruth Wood Niemann. She married Charles "Gene" Delaney on Feb. 18, 1950, in Arenzville, and he survives. She is also survived by a stepdaughter, Roena Henne of Decatur; niece, Joni (Gary) Walmsley of Decatur; nephew, Richard (Christine) Niemann of Alexandria, Va.; one great-niece; and three great-nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordon "Bob" Niemann and Arthur Niemann; and son-in-law, James Henne. Mrs. Delaney was a 1948 graduate of Passavant Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a surgical nurse for several years at Passavant Area Hospital and later as a supervising nurse at Jacksonville Developmental Center, retiring in 1987. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home of Jacksonville, with burial at Arenzville North Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Duewer, Edna M.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Edna M. Duewer, 92, of Pickering, Mo., and formerly of Waverly, peacefully went home to heaven on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. She was born Sept. 3, 1919, the daughter of John and Louise Walther Haefker in Wayside, Kan., where she spent her childhood and school days. She moved to St. Louis after graduation and later met and married Clarence O. Duewer in December of 1940. He preceded her in death in June 1987. She lived in central Illinois until 1995 and then moved to Greeley, Colo., near her daughter, Marie. She moved to Pickering and lived with her daughter and husband until her death. She belonged to Ladies Aid, St. John's Lutheran Church in New Berlin, Home Bureau in Morgan County and was a Cub Scout leader in Waverly. She volunteered at Passavant Area Hospital for eight years in Jacksonville and in various areas at Bonell Good Samaritan home in Greeley, Colo. She is survived by one son, Dan (companion, Jean Hoke) Duewer of Waverly; one daughter, Marie (husband, Ralph) Walsh of Pickering, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Scott (wife, Annie), Matt (wife, Bobbie) and Doug (wife, Rebecca) Duewer, Rich (wife, Trish) Walsh, Mike (wife, Gretchen) Walsh, Teresa (husband, Roger) Frueh, Salena (husband, John) Fritz and Molly Eger; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin. Additional visitation will be Monday at 1 p.m. until the time of the ceremony 2 p.m. on Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 E. Gibson St., New Berlin with Pastor Robert Barth officiating. Burial will follow at Waverly East Cemetery.

Dunn, Randall Eugene
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Randall E. Dunn, 46, born in Jacksonville, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his home in Wichita Falls, Texas. Surviving are his mother, Linda Dunn Summers; significant other, Jack Scott; brother, Stephen Dunn; grandmother, Irene Summers; and aunt, Judy Mueller. Preceding him in death was an infant son, Ricky Dunn; grandfather, James Summers; uncle, Larry Summers and uncle, Eugene Summers. Randall was a musician having sold several records in France. He loved building computers and playing his guitar. Graveside services will be held at a later date.

Duvendack, Aryetta Maxine
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Aryetta Maxine Duvendack, 89, a resident of the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mount Sterling, and formerly of Versailles, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at the nursing home in Mount Sterling. She was born, June 13, 1922, in Henry County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Ary Tucker Vincent. She married Richard Duvendack on Oct. 10, 1943, in Kahoka, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1972. Mrs. Duvendack was a homemaker and later in life worked as a home health care provider and for the Modern Manor Nursing Home in Mount Sterling. She graduated from Mount Pleasant (Iowa) High School with the class of 1941. Mrs. Duvendack was a member of the Versailles Christian Church. She was also a member of the Versailles Idelle Rebekah Lodge and always enjoyed collecting rocks, raising animals and flowers and gardening, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Survivors include four children, Jim Duvendack and his wife Doris of Mount Sterling, Cheryl Hodge and her husband James of Versailles, Randy Duvendack and his wife Naomi of Jacksonville and Rick Duvendack and his wife Christine of Canton; three brothers, James Vincent of Loveland, Colo., Bud Vincent of Ozark, Mo., and John Roger Vincent of Denver; and two sisters, Mary Karns of Drake, Colo., and Jane Sell of Cody, Wyo. Fourteen grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren also survive along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ralph Vincent; and one sister, Edna Mae Thornburg. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Meredosia, with Minister Justin DeVries officiating. Friends may call any time after 4 p.m. Monday at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling, with the family meeting friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday at the funeral home. The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.

Dyer, Joseph E. Sr.
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Joseph E. "Grumpy" Dyer Sr., 60, of Jacksonville, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 23, 2011, in Jacksonville. He was born June 3, 1951, in Jacksonville, the son of Guy E. and Ruth Lumsden Dyer. He is survived by three sons, Joseph E. (wife, Heather) Dyer Jr. of Chandlerville and David (wife, Tassie) Dyer and Aaron (wife, Amanda) Dyer, both of Jacksonville; four daughters, Cathy Mayes of New Jersey and Roxanne Fanshier, Wendy (fiance, Scott) Dyer and Mindy (husband, Bruce) Murphy, all of Jacksonville; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister Judith (husband, Kenneth) Harvey of Girard; and friends, Lynn and Randy Stone of Jacksonville, he was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Dyer had been employed with Robert Nickel Ag Service in Concord for eight years and later at Buster Sanitation Service for 24 years. He was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, fishing and building demolition derby cars with his sons. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home. The family will meet friends from 2-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Embree, Linda E.
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Linda E. Embree, 61, of Jacksonville, died Monday Sept. 26, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born March 4, 1950, in Jacksonville, the daughter of John and Thelma DeGroot Seymour. She married Gary Embree on Sept. 5. 1971, in Quincy, and he survives. She is also survived by a daughter, Bridgette Norton (husband, Chris) of Jacksonville; a grandson, Austin Norton of Jacksonville; her mother, Thelma Seymour of Jacksonville; a brother, James Seymour (wife, Kathy) of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. Linda was a 1969 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1971 graduate of Gem City College in Quincy. She was a devoted wife and homemaker for 40 years and provided bookkeeping services for her husband's construction business, Gary Embree Builder. She was a member of Brooklyn United Methodist Church and VFW Post 1379 Auxiliary. She loved attending auctions, visiting with friends and spending time with her grandson. Linda had a passion for music and particularly enjoyed it at high volume while cruising with her husband in their Cadillac sedan or their Thunderbird convertible. Graveside funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday at Providence Cemetery, southwest of Franklin, with Pastor Marcia Forman officiating. The procession to the cemetery will depart at 1 p.m. Friday from Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Fanning, Jesse Harold Jr.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Jesse Harold Fanning Jr., 77, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born April 21, 1934, in Jacksonville, the son of Jesse Harold "John" Sr. and Edith Marar Fortney Fanning. He married Iva Jean Mae Moore on Jan. 16, 1963, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death July 16, 1994. He is survived by four children, Rosemarie (husband, Robert "Bob") Bentley, Paula Patricia B. Preston (companion, Kenyon Cotter) and Edith Louise Coats (companion, Gerald Newby), all of Jacksonville, and Jesse Harold "Jay" (wife, Glenna) Fanning III of Chapin; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two brothers, Leo (wife, Yvonne) Fanning of Springfield and John Fanning of Chatham. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Eugene Moore; and three sisters, Norma Jean Williams, Mary Margaret Thomas and Virginia Louise Perry. Mr. Fanning served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and returned to Jacksonville, working for Doyle Plumbing and Heating. He was later employed as a laborer for the State of Illinois. He was a member of the Laborers Local 253 for 50 years and a member of AMVETS Post 100. Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at Jacksonville East Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the service Wednesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Farmer, William H.
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William H. Farmer, 71, of Franklin, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield. He was born Dec. 31, 1939, in Ashland, the son of James Howard and Sadie Means Farmer. He is survived by one son, Jimmy Farmer of Waverly; three grandchildren, Mindi (husband, Christopher) Johnson of Jacksonville, Austin Farmer of Chambersburg and Zali Farmer of Waverly; two great-grandchildren, Kennadi Johnson and Kamdyn Johnson; his loving companion, Becky Dill of Franklin; three sisters, Norma Charlesworth of Arenzville, Betty Lair of Ashland and Marjorie Sudbrink of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Christina Mallicoat. Mr. Farmer owned and operated Farmer's Trucking in Jacksonville. He retired from the State of Illinois as a fireman at the Jacksonville Developmental Center power plant. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, traveling to Arizona, camping, fishing and racing go-karts. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Arcadia Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Fergurson, Ebert E.
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Ebert E. Fergurson, 85, of Greenfield, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born July 16, 1926, in Rubicon township, to Charles A. and Anna C. (Shepard) Fergurson. He married Ivarene Harbaugh on Sept. 17, 1950, at Rubicon Methodist Church. Surviving is one son, Boyd E. (Mary) Fergurson of Jacksonville; two daughters, Angela Ford of Greenfield and Celeste (Bill) Morrow of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Mildred Witt of Greenfield; and one brother, Ronald (Ruth) Fergurson of Greenfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ivy; brother, Charles Jr.; two sisters; and one brother in infancy. Mr. Fergurson was a member of Greenfield High School, class of 1944, served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 in the Netherlands, France and Germany, longtime farmer and school bus driver for Greenfield schools, real estate broker and appraiser, served on Greenfield CUSD 10 board of education for nine years including offices of secretary and president, served as 4-H leader with his wife for many years, served on Macoupin County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Macoupin County FS Board, served as chairman of Macoupin County Extension Service Executive Council, 60 year member of Fitzsimmons American Legion Post 225 in Greenfield where he had served as commander and chaplain, he was a member of Greenfield United Methodist Church where he had served as superintendent of Sunday School, Sunday School teacher, worship leader and member of the choir and was a member of Gideons International. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Shields-Bishop Funeral Home in Greenfield. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Shields-Bishop Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Oak Wood Cemetery with military honors under the directiion of American Legion Fitzsimmons Post 225 of Greenfield.

Fernandes, Thelma Hudson
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Thelma (Hudson) Fernandes, 94, of Tulsa, Okla., and formerly of Jacksonville, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Tulsa. She was born Feb. 18, 1917, near Manchester, the daughter of Clayton and Ada (Ballard) Hudson of Manchester. Thelma married Walter H. Fernandes Jr. on March 4, 1937, in Beardstown, and he preceded her in death Aug. 16, 1985. To this union two daughters were born, Sharon Pike (husband, Robert) of Tulsa, Okla., and Linda Elsberry (husband, Jim) of Tulsa, Okla. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Kristen Walton (husband, Jim) of Tulsa, Okla., and Lisa Symsack (husband, Steve) of Jenks, Okla.; and six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Callie, Colt Freeman and Sara Walton and Alysa and Evan Symsack. Mrs. Fernandes was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Raymond, Francis and Dale Hudson; and two sisters, Idella Clayton and Norma Moergen. Thelma was a graduate of Jacksonville High School with the class of 1934. She was employed by Sears in Jacksonville and Tulsa, Okla., as a saleslady for 17 years. She was a member of the Manchester Baptist Church, Morgan County Garden Club of Jacksonville, The Fun Time Seniors and the Home League Club of the Salvation Army. She enjoyed her many hobbies of flowers, birds and cooking. She also had many friends. She was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals for many years. She was voted Valentine's Day Queen by the residents of the assisted living community in Tulsa where she resided for the past 18 months. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at East Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of service.

Robert Lee Fisher
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Robert Lee Fisher, 77, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at his residence. He was born April 6, 1934, in Jacksonville, the son of Earnest Leroy and Stella Bunch Fisher. He married Shirley Herron on Jan. 6, 1956, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death Dec. 30, 1983. He married Sandra Eoff Stremlau on July 10, 1984, in Jacksonville, and she survives. Mr. Fisher is also survived by two daughters, Bobbi (husband, Kermit) Stumbo of Ashland and Sandra (husband, Gary) Hawks of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jeremy (wife, Michelle) Hawks of Fort Bragg, N.C., Jamie (husband, Matthew) Rooney of Jacksonville, Jason (wife, Tiffany) Hawks of Poplar Bluf, Mo., and Keith (wife, Jessica) Hawks of Baltimore; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ann Anderson of Chapin. He is also survived by three stepchildren, Andrew Stremlau, Julie Stremlau and Jenny (husband, Terry) Geirnaeirt, all of Jacksonville; and five stepgrandchildren, Tara and Conor Stremlau and Grace, Lilly and Owen Geirnaeirt. He was preceded in death by one son, Ted W. Fisher; one sister, Bernice Whewell; and one brother, Tracy Fisher. Mr. Fisher was a pipefitter, specializing in aluminum, for Doyle Plumbing and Heating in Jacksonville for 25 years. Following his retirement, he owned and operated Fisher's Welding. He was well-known for being the best welder of his time in Central Illinois. He was a 50 year member of the Pipefitter's Union, a charter member of the Indian Creek Saddle Club and a member of the Jacksonville Elks Club and VFW. He was a former member of the Jacksonville Moose Club. Mr. Fisher was a member the United States Marine Corps serving in Korea, and a member of the West Central Illinois Leathernecks Association. While in Korea he refused the Purple Heart out of concern for his parents. He had witnessed the fear and concern they had endured when his brother had received the same medal for being wounded in World War II. Bob loved horseback and mule riding, camping and fishing. He was very adventurous and known as a true outdoorsman. He took great pride in his family, home, yard, animals and garden. He was the most generous individual, always willing to help. He loved his famiy and friends. He could always find a reason to celebrate and always knew how to have a good time. He was forever saying, "Take your time leaving, but hurry back". A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Graveside military rites will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. The family will meet friends from 3-6 p.m. Monday at the Williamson Funeral Home.

Foster, George R.
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George R. Foster, 85, formerly of Jacksonville, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Westside Regional Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was born June 16, 1925 in Winchester Ky., son of the late George Ryan and Della May (Bartle) Foster. He served in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy in World War II, and married Eleanore C. (Wingenbach) Foster on Nov. 8, 1947, in St. Louis. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Marilyn (husband, David) Powell of Elon, N.C., Kathy (husband, David) Morton of St. Louis, Nancy (partner, Kristy) Foster of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Mark (wife, Meredith) Foster of Lake Bluff; five grandchildren, Brian Foster Powell, Luke David Morton, Victoria Burnett Foster, Maureen Wingenbach Foster and Colleen Lockhart Foster; his sister Virginia (Harvey) Hammett of Rolla, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Ralph and Fred Foster. George worked as a sales representative for Nabisco in Jacksonville until his retirement in 1987. He was an active member and officer of the Jacksonville Elks Lodge and a longtime member of Our Saviour Parish. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards and socializing with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and kindness to all. A private memorial service will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in June.

Foster, Louis Palmer
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Louis Palmer Foster, 91, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville,. He was born May 13, 1920, in Morgan County, the son of John Albert and Mary Alma Conlee Foster. He married Evelyn Armstrong in Chandlerville, on June 18, 1950, and she survives. He is also survived by two sons, Norman Louis (wife, Carol) of Salt Lake City, and Ralph Edward (wife, Teresa) of Springfield; three grandchildren, Daniel Alexander Foster (wife, Frances) of Michigan, Sarah Elizabeth Foster of Tucson, Ariz., and Ashley Ann McDaniel (husband, Jared) of San Jose; and a great-grandson, Solomon Foster. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Glen Eldon Foster, who died in infancy, and Ralph Conlee Foster, who was killed in WW II. Louis graduated from Jacksonville High School and Brown's Business College. After joining the U.S.Army Air Corps in 1941, Louis served in WW II and completed his duties in 1945. Following his time in the Army Air Corps he worked for the government in Denver. After returning home he worked for Railway Express. In 1949, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier and retired in 1980, as Postmaster of the Literberry Post Office. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he served on the official board for many years. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge where he was a past master of Lodge 570 and a life member of Harmony Lodge 3. He was a 60 year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and a life member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial and military honors conducted at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in rural Pisgah. The family will meet friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where Masonic rites will be conducted a 6 p.m. by Harmony Lodge 3 AF & AM.

Foster, Steven W.
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Steven W. Foster, 61, of Jacksonville, died Monday, July 11, 2011, in Jacksonville. He was born July 12, 1949, in Jacksonville, the son of James R. and Mary F. Daniel Foster. He married Deean Smith on June 14, 1974, in Jacksonville and she survives. He is also survived by a son, Andrew Foster of Chicago; a daughter, Sara Foster of Jacksonville; his mother, Mary Foster of Guntersville, Ala.; and a brother , James R. Foster, Jr. (wife, Susan) of Grant, Ala. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Foster was a 1967 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Eureka College. He served with the U.S. Army as an air traffic controller in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. He returned to Jacksonville to work with his father as a licensed plumber with Foster Plumbing and Heating for 10 years. He was employed in the Passavant Hospital engineering department for 16 years, including three years as director of engineering. More recently, Steve was a truck driver for Fox Midwest, Young Trucking and Farmers Trucking. He was also formerly engaged in transporting recreational vehicles. A racing enthusiast, he maintained and drove many cars including late models, midgets, modifieds and micros. He also formerly owned and managed a USAC Silver Crown race car team. Graveside funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday at Arcadia Cemetery in Arcadia. The family will meet friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Funderburk, Leslie
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Leslie "Les" Funderburk, 81, of Franklin, and formerly of Springfield, passed away Friday evening July 29, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born May 18, 1930, in Taylorville, the son of Leslie and Gladys McConnell Funderburk Sr. He married Sharolynn Conlee in October of 1993, and she survives. Les is survived by several cousins; three brother-in-laws; and one sister-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Funderburk worked in trucking and excavating in Springfield for many years, and he exhibited as a vendor at flea markets throughout the state. Private family services will be held at a later date. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Funk, Dolores
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Dolores Marie Bradney Funk, 83, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Manchester, passed away early Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2011, at Heritage Health-Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville. She was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Russell E. and Hazel Alma Sullivan Bradney. She was married to Harry E. Lewis for 22 years. She later married Maurice Cordell Funk on Dec. 8, 1970, and he preceded her in death Nov. 22, 2008. She is survived by one brother, Gene Bradney of Arizona; two daughters, Gloria (husband, Marty) Reiser of Quincy and Linda (husband, Hugh) McIntire of Jacksonville; one son, Garry (wife, Sandy) Lewis of Waverly; two stepdaughters, Sharon Parsons of Jacksonville and Connie (husband, Tim) Baker of Mahomet; one stepson, Gary Funk of Franklin; numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Michael Lewis; and two sisters, Dorothy Willner and Joyce Dowgur. Mrs. Funk was a 1946 graduate of Jacksonville High School, and a long time member of Manchester United Methodist Church. She enjoyed many years of farming with Maurice, and prior to that had worked at Kirlin's and Capitol Records in Jacksonville. She enjoyed square dancing, antiques and collectibles, travel, country music events, yard work, shopping and spending time with family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Garner, Randy
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Randy Garner, 65, of Jacksonville, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. He was born April 23, 1946, in Carrollton, the son of Arthur and Mary Walton Garner. He married Judy Homer on Aug. 21, 1966, in Literberry, and she survives. He is also survived by one sister, Cathy (Ronnie) Howard of Surprise, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Beverly Brown; and one brother, Donald Garner. Mr. Garner had been a mechanic at E.W. Brown Motors and then Jacksonville Chrysler-Dodge for over 30 years. More recently he had been a mechanic for Western Asphalt in Jacksonville. Randy was a member of the Western Illinois Tractor Club. He enjoyed spending time on his old tractor and traveling the countryside on his 4x4 Cub Cadet Volunteer with his dogs. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home of Jacksonville, with burial at Chapin Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m.

Gaudio, Tony
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Tony Gaudio, 63, of Jacksonville, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born Nov. 15, 1947, in Litchfield, the son of Anton and Leona Darte Gaudio. He married Susan Byers Lockman on June 22, 2007, in the Grand Cayman Islands, and she survives. Tony is also survived by his mother, Leona Gaudio of Jacksonville, one brother, Steve (special friend, Kristy Bonnett) Gaudio of Grand Junction, Colo.; and stepchildren, Mandy (fiance, Billy Leib) Lockman and Andrew Lockman, both of Jacksonville. His father preceded him in death. Tony was a 1965 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1969 graduate of Western Illinois University. Following his college graduation, he worked for GTE in Chicago designing computer software. He returned to Jacksonville in 1972 to join his family's business, A. Gaudio & Sons, and was currently president of the company. Tony was a member of the Elks Club, Moose Club, Knights of Columbus, Jacksonville Kiwanis and Jacksonville Country Club. He was a member and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, and had earned the Silver Beaver Award. He was a member and former board member of the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. Tony enjoyed playing golf and bowling, and was a fan of many sports, especially St. Louis Cardinal baseball and University of Illinois basketball. Most of all, Tony enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Tony was a great supporter of Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. He appreciated the support his family has always received from the community and was always eager to give in return. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Tuesday at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Monday at the Williamson Funeral Home, where family will meet friends following a 2:30 p.m. prayer service until 8 p.m.

Gerard, Dixie Lee
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Dixie Lee Gerard, 77, of Jacksonville, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Scott County Nursing Center in Winchester. She was born on Jan. 28, 1934, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Holland and Goldie Zachary Evans. Dixie married Wayne Gerard on Dec. 28, 1958, and he survives. Mrs. Gerard is also survived by one son, Darrell (wife, Janet) Rose of California; four daughters, Cheryl Rose of Texas, Mary (husband, Richard) Releford of Jacksonville, Janet Gerard of Waverly and Cindy (husband, Troy) Dolen of Winchester; eight grandchildren, Terry Magelitz, Patti Magelitz, Michelle Park, Haleigh Dolen, McKenzi Dolen, Becky Rose, Levi Foster and Amber Releford; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Terry Lee Evans. Dixie was a preschool teacher at Westfair Christian Academy for several years where she was a member of the after five club, and the choir. Dixie and her husband were also members of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home.

Gill, Jean Y.
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Jean Y. Gill, 81, of Jacksonville, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Kevin Six. She was born May 12, 1930, in Alton, the daughter of Thomas and Pearl Watkins Notson. She married Robert H. Gill Sr., on Sept. 9, 1950, in East Alton, and he preceded her in death April 4, 1995. She is survived by five children, Bob (Joyce) Gill Jr. of Jacksonville, Sharon Gill (partner, Larry Posanka) of Golden, Colo., Donna (Mike) Schneider and Pam (Kevin) Six, both of Jacksonville and Beck (Kent) Janssen of Canton; 10 grandchildren, Jason and Cody Gill, Jewell Maul, Stacy English, 1LT Mike Hawks, James, John and Jennifer Welch and Lauren and Alyssa Janssen; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Norma Notson of Alton. Mrs. Gill was a 1948 graduate of Alton High School. She worked many years at the Jacksonville A&P Grocery Store. Following retirement, she worked at Midland Farm & Home Suupply, Newell's and Sparrow Corporation. She was a member of the Emblem Club, Women of the Moose and received the 2010 Grotto Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her organizing the desserts for various activities throughout the years. Through the Emblem Club, she was proud to assist at the Morgan/Scott Volunteer Clinic, and had also been active with the Toys for Tots program. Jean and her husband were members of the Coachman Campers Club. She loved her annual Spoon River trip with Pam, Sharon and Becky. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed spoiling her poodle, Rascal. She was well known for her warm smile. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where an Emblem Club Ritual will be held at 7 p.m.

Ginder, Alvin
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Alvin Ginder, 96, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. He was born Nov. 3, 1914, in Jacksonville, the son of John C. and Clara Goodpasture Ginder. He married Gladys M. Sorrill on April 9, 1940, in Bowling Greene, Mo., and she preceded him in death June 3, 2006. He is survived by one son, Steven (wife, Pam) Ginder of rural Jacksonville; one daughter, Shirley (husband, David) Hanson of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Chris (wife, Toni) Ginder and Chad Ginder, both of Jacksonville, Elaine Fite of Boston, Mark (wife, Natali) Hanson of Phoenix and Kevin (wife, Jennifer) Hanson of Philadelphia; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Helen Finn of Chandlerville, Mildred Lewis of Murrayville and Marie (husband, Richard) Hembrough of Winchester; one brother, Dale (wife, Linda) Ginder of Literberry; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Blanche Henderson and Ruth Reichert; and five brothers, Ralph Ginder, Paul Ginder, Clyde Ginder, Wayne Ginder and Lloyd Ginder. Mr. Ginder was a grain and livestock farmer north of Jacksonville for many years. He was a longtime member of Liter Baptist Church. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and sharing with friends and family. He had a great ability to visit with anyone and strangers were soon to become friends. He was always there for his family, whom he cherished, especially his grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Arcadia Cemetery. Friends may call after 12 Noon Friday at the funeral home, where family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m.

Glaenzer, Debra Lynn Smith
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Debra Lynn Smith Glaenzer, 60 of Jacksonville, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born Dec. 19, 1950, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Ernest M. and Edith Breakville Smith. She married Gary L. Glaenzer on March 12, 1992, in Jacksonville, and he survives. She is also survived by four stepsons, John A. Glaenzer of Woodridge and Michael D. Glaenzer (wife, Brandi), Andrew G. Glaenzer (wife, Laveta) and Matthew C. Glaenzer (wife, Rosa) , all of Jacksonville; seven stepgrandchildren; a sister, Karen Turner (husband, Olan) of Lincoln; a brother, Michael T. Smith (wife, Patty) of Quincy; and six nieces and nephews, Tamera Turner of Bloomington, Traci Keiffer (husband, Dwayne) of Dillsburg, Pa., Christopher Smith (wife, Julia) and Olan Turner Jr., all of Springfield, and Brayden Carder and Lucas Smith, all of Quincy. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Danny in infancy. Debbie was a 1969 graduate of Jacksonville High School and was employed several years at Capitol Records in Jacksonville. More recently, she enjoyed baking desserts and candy for Bahan's Tavern and several Jacksonville area families. Her favorite pastime was spoiling her nieces, nephews and stepgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. Sunday until the time of services. At her request, cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Glisson, Jackson Dye Sr.
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Jackson Dye Glisson Sr., 91, of Jacksonville, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville. He was born May 17, 1920, in Palmyra, Mo., the son of Silas Neace and Fannie Mae Dye Glisson. He married Mary Ellen Farris on June 28, 1941, and she preceded him in death in 1994. He later married Helen Schumm Henry on April 11, 1996, in Jacksonville, and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Julia (husband, Whitney) Waugh of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Jack (wife, Suzie) Glisson Jr. of Jacksonville; two stepsons, Michael (wife, Jeanne) Henry and Daniel (wife, Jessie) Henry; four stepdaughters, Pat (husband, Bob) Pinkerton, Colleen Cooksey, Nancy (husband, Marty) Rhoades and Maureen (husband, Joe) Agner; five grandchildren, Kimberlie Bloodworth, Hunt Waugh, Jean Ellen Spengler, J.D. Glisson III and Wade Glisson; 21 stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 43 stepgreat-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; brother, Gary Glisson; and two sisters, Martha Blair and Mary Frances Jelliffe. He was preceded in death by three brothers, S.N. Jr., Marvin and Charles E. Glisson. Mr. Glisson graduated from Springfield High School, where he was a standout athlete, earning all-state honors in football and all-conference honors in basketball. He attended Springfield Junior College and the University of Illinois. He served as a Captain in the Field Artillery during WW II, at which time he received a bronze star for heroism. He owned and operated the Ford dealership in Jacksonville for many years. Prior to that, he owned several used car dealerships in Springfield. Mr. Glisson was a member of Rotary, the Elks, past President of Rasna Shrine, and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce and the Contact Club. He was also a member of Church of Our Saviour and a lifelong sports fan and participant, most recently enjoying following Cardinals baseball with his wife, Helen. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and stepgrandchildren participate in sports. He loved all people and never knew a stranger. Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of Our Saviour, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Gore, Virginia Bell Marsh
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Virginia Bell Marsh Gore, formerly of Decatur, died on May 21, 2011, in Peoria. She was born June 23, 1912, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T.H. Marsh. She married Norman J. Gore who preceded her in death. Surviving are her daughters, Joan Krupa and Susan Ahmad; seven grandchildren, Stephen Krupa, Mark Krupa, Matthew Krupa, Omar Ahmad, Sufia Fleming, Adham Ahmad and Kamron Ahmad; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, John Marsh; and several nieces and nephews. After attending Illinois College, Virginia graduated from Millikin University (BS, MA) and was a teacher and principal at Argenta-Oreana. She was an international traveler, an early childhood education expert, a faithful Christian, and an active volunteer in many organizations. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Grant, Harry James
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Harry James "Jim" Grant 88, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born May 8, 1923, in Stonington, the son of Harry J. and Edythe Crowder Grant. He married Wanda L. Whitlow on July 24, 1949, in Taylorville, and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2002. He later married Sharon Edmonson on Oct.22, 2004, in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; several nieces and nephews; and by Sharon's children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Shelby; and three sisters. Mr. Grant was a 1941 graduate of Taylorville High School. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps and attending aviation school. Following his discharge he attended mortuary school and became a licensed funeral director. He then worked 32 years for Burroughs Corporation, retiring in 1983. Following his retirement, he worked for Cody & Son Memorial Home for over 20 years. Jim was an active member of Frist Presbyterian Church, serving on all boards and singing in the choir for many years. He was also a member of Mound Lodge AF & AM, Jacksonville Kiwanis Club and Elks Club, and was a longtime active member of the Jacksonville YMCA. He enjoyed barbershop singing with The Ferris Wheelers, and loved traveling, dancing, music and theatre, Jim truly enjoyed life. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will meet friends 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday at the church prior to the service. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home of Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Greer, Rena L.
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Rena L. Greer, 67, of Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on March 18, 1944, in Springfield, the daughter of Dewey and Georgia Seman Bridges. She married Fred Greer in March 1963, in Springfield, and he survives. She is also survived by three sons, Lee Greer of Champaign, Scott (wife, Charlotte) Greer of Chapin and Justin Greer of Jacksonville; two sisters, Pat (husband, Ron) Brooks of California and Linda (husband, Jim) Brazier of Springfield; five grandchildren, Ashley (husband, Andrew) Sanders of Jacksonville, Jesse ( fiancee, Jennifer) Greer of Petersburg, Tiffanie (companion, Matt) Greer of Jacksonville, Joshua (companion, Kristen) Greer of Chapin and Ty Greer of Champaign; and one great-grandchild, Kyler Greer. She was preceded in death by two sisters; one brother; and one great-granddaughter. Rena loved to cross stitch, do crossword puzzles, play online card games, listen to Elvis, and spend time with her grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home. The family will meet friends from 12 p.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Gregory, Colleen
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Colleen "Cokie" Gregory, 77, of Jacksonville, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born Dec. 23, 1933, in Versailles, the daughter of Melvin and Dorothy VanDeventer Byram. She first married Glenn Fernandes, and he survives in Jacksonville. She later married Richard "Pete" Gregory on June 10, 1983, in Springfield. She is survived by her husband, Pete; children, Rita Iverson and William "Bill" (Leann) Gregory, both of Jacksonville, Leanne (Jeffrey) Dean of Princeton, Karen Gregory of Jacksonville, Beth Gregory of Appleton, Wis., Richard (Connie) Meiers of Bloomington, Ind., and Jennifer Gregory of Jacksonville; 16 grandchildren, Brianna and Kristina Iverson, Kasie, Kaylee and Janet Leigh Gregory, Greg, Rachel and Matthew Dean, Jackson Gregory, Heather and Steve Lupien, Samantha, Christina and Caitlin Meiers and Cody and Ian Schaller; seven great-grandchildren, Griffin, Xavier, Tyler, Izabelle, Ellyse, Carter and Kimberly; half sister, Sally (David) Henry of Jacksonville, Fla.; and her special aunt, Margie Martin of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her father; her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Clifford "Bean" Zimmerman; daughter, Debra Lynn Fernandes; son, David Glenn Fernandes; and brother, Warren "Curry" Byram. Mrs. Gregory was a 1951 graduate of Jacksonville High School. She worked as a secretary for Ward R. Dunseth, M.D., for nearly 50 years and was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. Cokie loved her family, and especially adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following the passing of her beloved Debbie and David, she was thrilled that God provided her with her great-grandson, Griffin. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, where the family will meet friends following the service. The committal service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jacksonville East Cemetery.

Griffin, John Edward
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John Edward "Eddie" Griffin, 72, of Meredosia, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born in Chandlerville Dec. 2, 1938, the son of John W. Griffin and Ethel Mae Barrett Griffin. He married Carol Faith Harden on Dec. 2, 1966, in Jacksonville. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, John (Tina) of Meredosia and James (Ami) of Chicago; three daughters, Rebecca (Douglas) Landa of Washington state, Deborah (Christopher) Cooper of Astoria and Loretta Griffin of Meredosia; three granddaughters, Gillian Griffin of Chicago and Autumn Blackburn and Krisalyn Cooper, both of Astoria; one grandson, James Griffin of Chicago; one step-grandson, Thomas Cooper of Astoria; and two brothers, James (Jean) Griffin of Hawaii and Larry (Kati) Griffin of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Lee; and one granddaughter. Mr. Griffin served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Nestle Beverage. He was an accomplished singer and enjoyed music, reading, amateur bird watching and viewing NASCAR races. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at Meredosia Baptist Church. Illinois Cremation Direct Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

Gronseth, Julia Lenora
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Julie Lenora Gronseth, 97, of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital after a brief illness. She was born July 17, 1914, in Carpio, N.C., the daughter of Paul and Mathilda Heskin Paulson. She married Oscar A. Gronseth on June 9, 1939, in Hartford, Conn., and he preceded her in death March 24, 2000, She is survived by two children, Virginia "Ginny" (husband, Ed) Mullahy of Needham, Mass., and Paul (wife, Mary Marvin ) Gronseth of Claremont, Calif; four grandchildren, Karen Mullahy of Boston, Anne (husband, Henri) Meilleur of Lunenberg, Mass., and Dylan and Adrian Gronseth of Claremont, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Max Meilleur of Lunenburg, Mass. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerald Paulson. Mrs. Gronseth graduated in 1936 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., majoring in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics in North Dakota and Wisconsin before moving to Jacksonville in 1951. From 1958-1963, she was the first supervisor for District 117's school lunch program. She then taught science and home economics at Jonathan Turner Junior High School from 1963 until her retirement in 1975. Mrs. Gronseth then worked at the Emporium Department Store in Jacksonville for five years. She joined Grace United Methodist Church upon her arrival in Jacksonville, where she was a member of the choir for over 30 years and a member of United Methodist Women. She also was a member of the Lioness Club and the Home Extension. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed music and gardening. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial will be held at a later date at Riverside Cemetery in Stoughton, Wis. The family will meet friends 10-11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service.

Gross, Dr. William C.
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Dr. William C. Gross, 84, a retired veterinarian with a passion for animals, a talent for delivering jokes and anecdotes to his patients (both human and animal), passed away in his sleep on July 21st, 2011. Dr. Gross grew up in a family of eight children on a ranch homesteaded in Russell, Kan., originating from the time of the Civil War. He graduated from Russell High School and a few years ago he was able to attend his sixty-fifth high school reunion in Russell, Kan. Drafted into the service in 1943, he was stationed in California until his honorable discharge. He continued his education at Kansas State Veterinary School in Manhattan, Kan., where he graduated in 1950. While working towards his doctorate in veterinary medicine, he received a scholastic scholarship from the Borden Milk Company. He met Carolyn M. Powers while attending Kansas State and they were married in August 1951, living 57 years together until the death of Carolyn in July 2008. Three children survive, namely , Evelyn C. Gross Trice of Oak Park and Steven C. Gross and William P. Gross, both of Jacksonville. Two grandchildren, William Forrest Gross of West Lafayette, Ind., (attending Purdue University) and Hunter M. Gross of Oak Park (attending Fenwick Preparatory High School), survive. During his lifetime it was his upmost priority to take care of his family and to support and encourage his children to follow their respective interests. Following his loving example, his son, Steven, resided with him becoming his primary caregiver for the final three years of his life. Dr. Gross was one of the first cattleman in the country to breed and raise Black Angus Beefalo. He was a longtime owner of registered Angus cattle that originated from his family's ranch in Kansas where the herd was established over 100 years ago. His father was one of the founding members of the American Angus Association. Dr. Gross started his own herds of buffalo, beefalo, deer and elk in Morgan County 60 years ago and he enjoyed spending weekends fishing, horseback riding and showing his children the rewards of spending time with animals. All three children have warm memories of accompanying their father on farm calls watching calves, horses and puppies being delivered, as well as watching their father perform surgery in barns while comforting both animal as well as the owner. His lifetime objective was preventive healthcare and medicine for animals. Dr. Gross had great interest in the development of youth and assisted many youngsters who showed interest in farming or veterinary medicine. He was very generous with his time and resources and always encouraged others to participate in his agricultural endeavors. Dr. Gross practiced veterinary medicine in Central Illinois for over 55 years traveling across many counties while maintaining a central office in Winchester and working with his three brothers, Dr. Glen C. Gross, Dr. Dean R. Gross, Dr. Robert U. Gross, and one sister, Dr. Joanne Gross Pfeffer, who also were practicing veterinarians in Jacksonville. Two other sisters, Betty Woodward and Virginia Courier, and one other brother, Joseph Gross, have predeceased him. A nephew, Dr. Joseph "Mac" Gross, was the sixth veterinarian in the Gross family and he later joined the Winchester practice. Mac still continues to provide veterinary services out of the Winchester office. Dr. Gross loved everything about the western United States. He enjoyed traveling to Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma to view herds of wildlife. He enjoyed visiting the Indian pueblos of New Mexico and greatly appreciated the culture and art of Santa Fe. He and his wife traveled to over 60 countries around the world during their 57 years of marriage and he especially enjoyed becoming acquainted with children in orphanages during several trips he made to Russia. He combined the wanderlust of travel and his passion for animals by visiting Australia's unique marsupials in the outback; he experienced East African wild animal safaris; he studied gauchos and their cattle herds in several South American countires; and visited Poland's Bialowicza National Park to study the European Bison bloodlines. Dr. Gross was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Elks Club, American Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association. A private memorial service will be held in the future.

Hadden, John L.
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John L. Hadden, 91, of Jacksonville, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Morgan County, the son of William G. and Lois R. Hayden Hadden. He married Jeanette Braner on Feb. 7, 1942, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in rural Jacksonville, and she survives. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Matthew Hadden (wife, Laura) of Burlington, Iowa, Rebecca Hadden of Chicago, and Phillip Hadden of Jacksonville; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Michael Hadden of Burlington, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, John Ronald Hadden (surviving wife, Judy of Jacksonville); and a sister, Irene Edwards. Mr. Hadden was a 1937 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He was employed as a truck driver for the State of Illinois and later farmed in rural Jacksonville. Along with his partner, George Thayer, he established T & H Farm Supply in Jacksonville. He later acquired his partner's interest and operated the firm for 35 years, retiring in 1990. A member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, John served as a certified lay speaker for many years including 15 years of service as lay pastor for Asbury United Methodist Church in rural Jacksonville. From 1970 to 1990, he served as the Lay Witness Mission Coordinator for the United Methodist Church. He was active in Athenia Toastmasters Club for 10 years, served as treasurer of Ebenezer Cemetery Association for 30 years, and was a volunteer with the Gideon Bible Association for a number of years. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Ebenezer Cemetery, north of Jacksonville. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will meet friends from 6-8 p.m.

Hammond, Rev. Fred G.
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Rev. Fred G. Hammond, 84, of Jacksonville, passed away early Monday morning, June 6, 2011, at Barton W. Stone in Jacksonville. He was born April 4, 1927, in Salem, Mo., the son of John Glenn and Ellen Knight Hammond. He married Helen Marie Heidenreich on Sept. 10, 1955, at the Freeburg Methodist Church in Freeburg, and she survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Diana (husband, Alex) Pratt of Katy, Texas; one son, Eric Hammond of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Fletcher Hammond, Paul Hammond and John Edward Hammond (surviving wife, Bertie of Litchfield); and one sister, Elsie Ambrose (surviving husband, Dale of Modesto). Rev. Hammond served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Japan Theater and also in the Naval Reserve for six years. He graduated from McKendree College and Eden Theological Seminary. He obtained his masters degree from the Missouri School of Religion and later received his Doctorate of Theology. He served as chaplain at the Jacksonville Developmental Center for 23 years and later as a counselor for 20 years at the Wells Center in Jacksonville from which he retired in 2007. He pastored part time at many area United Methodist Churches, including Riggston-Merritt United Methodist Church, Roodhouse United Methodist Church and Manchester United Methodist Church. He had been very active in the Chaplains National Training Program and Prairie Sonshine Via de Cristo. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call after 12 Noon on Friday at the Williamson Funeral Home, where family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m.

Harbert, Joanna
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Joanna Harbert, 85, of Meredosia, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville. She was born July 6, 1926, in Meredosia, the daughter of Charles "Bill" and Esther Ellen Yeakel Harbert. She is survived by one nieceand one nephew, Rita (Jim) Freeman of Bluffs, and Craig Brown of Monroe City, Mo.; six great nieces and nephews, Richard (Mary) Brown of Waverly, Mandy (John) Hutton of Jacksonville, Dustin (Katie) Brown of Bloomington, Jeremy (Kathleen) Freeman of Jacksonville, Joel (Trista) Freeman of Chapin, and Jennifer (Brian) Dyche of Jacksonville; and 15 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary Brown. Ms. Harbert was a 1944 graduate of Meredosia High School and a member of Bluffs United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed watching television and listening to her scanner. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved to bake. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Harris, Patricia Ann
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Patricia Ann "Pat" Harris, 72, of Sun City, Ariz., and formerly of Jacksonville, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Pat was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Bloomington, to George and Margaret Killian. She received her bachelor's degree in education at Illinois State University in 1960. Her life was dedicated to helping those in need, especially children. As a teacher, Pat taught reading in elementary schools. After moving to Jacksonville, Pat became the executive director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters (now of West Central IL). She served as director from 1976 to 1984. In 1984, the family moved to Arizona. Pat worked for the State of Arizona at both DES and AHCCCS for 20 years, where she continued with her passion to help people. In retirement, she worked for Children's Action Alliance. Pat loved to read and loved to play bridge. Pat was a member of the Red Hat Society, which she really enjoyed. She was fortunate to travel to Europe twice. Pat is survived by her husband of 52 years, William; daughter, Kathy; son, James; grandson, Michael; granddaughter, Jordan; sister, Margaret (Brian); and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret; and her brother, Thomas. Visitation was from 5-7:30 p.m. (Rosary at 7 p.m.) Friday, June 3, 2011, at Sunland Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City, Ariz. Catholic Mass was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at St. Clement of Rome, 15800 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, Ariz.

Hawks, Raymond
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Raymond "Ben" Hawks, 86, of Woodson, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Home. He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in rural Morgan County, the son of Jeremiah and Ann Pelem Hawks. He married Mary "Irma" Herrin on April 6, 1946, and she preceded him in death on April 14, 2008. He is survived by three daughters, Judy (husband, Delmar) Rosenberger, Carolyn (husband, David) Woods and Mary Kerske ( companion, Bill Lyon), all of Woodson; two sons, Ronnie (wife, Bonnie) Hawks of Waverly and Gary (wife, Sandy) Hawks of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by one son, David Hawks; three grandchildren; and three brothers, Bill Hawks, Bob Hawks and Jim Hawks. Mr. Hawks served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the 565th Signal Air Warning Battalion in the South Pacific Theater. He had been employed by the U..S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Jacksonville and also as a rural carrier for 35 years. He was a member of the Church of Our Saviour. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed reading and playing cards. He will be remembered for his easy going, loving personality. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Church of Our Saviour, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4-7 on Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home. A prayer service will be conducted at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Hearold, Ken Maynard
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Ken Maynard Hearold, 75, died Tuesday June 14, 2011, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N.C. He was born Sept. 14, 1935, in Naples, the son of the late Bernice Bentley Hearold and Owen Hearold. Mr. Hearold was a veteran of the U.S. Army and he was a heating and plumbing specialist. A memorial service honoring his life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Shirley J. Hearold; daughter, Rebecca Clark of Galesburg; son, Ken W. Hearold of Wake Forest, N.C.; sisters, Reva Jackson of St. Louis and Patricia Riley of Chambersburg; and brother, Dale Hearold of Bluffs. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde and Wilbert Hearold; and a grandson, Damian Lee Clark. A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest, N.C.

Heaton, Alice R.
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Alice R. Heaton, 83, of rural Jacksonville, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Barry Community Care Center in Barry. She was born April 20, 1928, in St. Louis, the daughter of Elmer and Elise Steinhauser Brooks. She married Lynden S. Heaton on July 26, 1952, in St. Louis, and he preceded her in death Sept. 14, 1989. She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Jim) Dowland of Houston; son, Peter (P.J.) Heaton of Pittsfield; four grandchildren, Seth Dowland of Tacoma, Wash., Megan (Mike) Leuzarder of Atlanta, Ga., Mallory Heaton of Manhattan, Kan., and Spencer Heaton of Boulder, Col.; two great-grandchildren, Carolyn and Andrew Leuzarder; and one brother, Roger Brooks of St. Louis. Mrs. Heaton was a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Early in her life, she was a physical education teacher at Jacksonville High School. Alice was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, and was also involved in many civic and church related clubs and organizations throughout the community. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Heberling, Shirley Joann Bourne
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Shirley Joann Bourne Heberling, 72, of Jacksonville, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice in Edgewood, Ky. She was born July 25, 1938, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Leo Claude and Hazel Irene True Bourne. She is survived by her daughter, Sherra Donna Heberling (Kevin) Koshiol of Hebron, Ky.; grandsons, Derek Gade and Jared Henry Koshiol; brothers, Marvin Dean (Jane) Bourne of Jacksonville, Marcus Ray (Marla) Bourne of Divernon, Randall Bruce (Mickey) Bourne of Auburn and Rodney Earl (Kim) Bourne of Pawnee; numerous nieces and nephews; and her stepmother, Lois Bourne of Pawnee. Ms. Heberling was a 1956 graduate of Jacksonville High School and then attended Lewis and Clark Community College. She had worked at the Jacksonville State Hospital for over 41 years. She was a member and deacon at First Presbyterian Church. Shirley had also served as secretary of the County Line Dancers and on the board of directors of the Jacksonville Senior Center. She was a member of Jacksonville Sportsman's Club, Women of the Moose and was a volunteer at Fitness World Health Club. She was an avid bowler and bridge player. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Heitbrink, Aileen V.
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Aileen V. Heitbrink, 96, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab. She was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Bluffs, the daughter of John H. and Anna Kund Schuessler. She married Orville H. Heitbrink on Aug. 25, 1940, in Meredosia, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1990. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edwin, Bill and John Schuessler; and three sisters, Florence Arnold, Verna Arnold and Margaret Frost. Mrs. Heitbrink worked as a sales clerk in Jacksonville, beginning at Kresge's Store, followed by Sears, where she was employed for 31 years, and retired from in 1977. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially time spent traveling with her husband, knitting and crocheting. Aileen was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and most recently a member of Faith Lutheran Church. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, with burial at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, east of Meredosia. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Henne, Choya Michelle Fearson
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Choya Michelle Fearson Henne, 46, of Taylorville, and formerly of Jacksonville, died at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Taylorville Terrace in Taylorville. She was born Oct. 23, 1965, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Barton Albert Portee and Betty Joyce Fearson. On Dec. 12, 1997, she married Bobby Lee Eugene Henne in Taylorville. Mrs. Henne was employed by Sayco Enterprises in Schram City. She enjoyed being around family, listening to music, shopping at Walmart, eating out, drinking Pepsi, Mountain Dew and coffee, smoking and being outdoors. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Dennis Portee and wife Betty of McKinney, Texas, Matt Fearson and wife Rachelle of Barboo, Wis., Cheryl Jackson and husband Terry of Jacksonville, Corvilla Portee of Sringfield and Terry Fearson of Dallas. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Spirit of Faith Church, 105 E. Dunlap, Jacksonville, with Pastor Matt Fearson officiating. Burial will be at East Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Hequet, Michael Henry
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Michael Henry Hequet, 73, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at his residence. He was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Kankakee, the son of Lorraine Nourie Hequet Lewis. he married Diane Sims on March 27, 1978, in Macomb, and she survives. He is also survived by daughter, Dawn (Jare) Kohn of Rochelle; son, Michael J. Smith of LaSalle; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Sandi Walker of Milo, Maine; and several very special nieces and nephews. Mr. Hequet was a retired computer systems analyst. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany during the Vietnam era. Michael enjoyed fishing and playing the guitar. He was very artistic and loved to sketch. Private family services will be held at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery.

Herrin, Alford L.
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Alford L. Herrin, 90, of Jacksonville, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Jacksonville, the son of Roy and Ina Howard Herrin. He married M. Juanita Baldwin on July 25, 1943, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2003. Mr. Herrin is survived by one son, Stephen (wife, Bonnie) Herrin of Dubuque, Iowa; six grandchildren, Amy Herrin and Brian (wife, Meagan) Herrin, both of Des Moines, Iowa, Zachary (wife, Allyssa) Herrin of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Brent, Chad and Robbie Herrin, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three great-grandchildren, Mia, Kyla and Andrew Herrin; one sister, Doris (husband, Ray) Honey of Bakersfield, Calif.; and two brothers, Wayne Herrin of Palm Springs, Calif., and Ellis (wife, Sharon) Herrin of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Herrin; and one brother, Charlie Herrin. Mr. Herrin founded Al Herrin Advertising in Jacksonville in 1967. He operated that business for many years, and was a 60 year member of the Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in Europe, Japan and Korea. He was a life member of the Jacksonville Elks, and was a former Exalted Ruler and District Deputy. He served as the head of the Illinois Elks Association Children's Care Corporation and was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Herrin cherished his family, loved the St. Louis Cardinals, and enjoyed spending time with his many friends. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, with burial and military rites at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. Friends may call after 12 noon Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home, where family will meet friends from 6-8 p.m. Elks Rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Hill, Charlene
Charlene E. Hill, 78, of Ashland and formerly of Baylis, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born June 9, 1933, in Meredosia, the daughter of Charles and Nina Surratt Ferguson. She married Charles L. Hill Sr. May 28, 1950, in Bowling Green, Mo., and he preceded her in death Oct. 3, 2003. She is survived by two sons, Charles Hill Jr. (wife, Rita) of Ashland and Franklin Hill (wife, Cara) of Arenzville; three daughters, Barbara Nowack (husband, Richard) of Ashland, Teresa Caruso (husband, Richard) of Lewes, DE, and Cindy Klingele of Quincy; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Jones of Mediapolis, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved companion and fiance, Bill Booker of Baylis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Ferguson. Mrs. Hill attended Meredosia, Baylis and Barry Schools and graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. She was employed for many years as a staff nurse for Dr. Henry Rohs at the Springfield Clinic and later served as a nurse for Walker Nursing Home in Virginia. She was a member of New Beginnings Church in Ashland. She enjoyed antiquing and was an accomplished Victorian era decorator. Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. today, Wednesday at Yatesville Cemetery, west of Prentice. The family met friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland.

Hipkins, Elsie Marie
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Elsie Marie Hipkins, 89, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2011, at Prairie Village Health Care in Jacksonville. She was born March 17, 1922, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Arthur and Bessie Rose Mason Hipkins. She is survived by two sisters, Ada Hipkins of Jacksonville and Shirley (husband, Don) McNabb of Victoria, Texas; two brothers, Arthur (wife, Edith) Hipkins and Donald Hipkins, both of Jacksonville; as well as several nieces and nephews. Miss Hipkins was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Hipkins; and one sister, Dorothy Range. Elsie worked at S.S. Kresge, Jupiter and K-Mart stores in Jacksonville. She loved to sew, work in her garden and work in the family greenhouse. Elsie was a life member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, where she also sang in the choir. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, with The Very Reverend Christopher L. Ashmore and The Reverend Dr. Thomas W. Langford officiating. The family will meet friends from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Williamson Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Jacksonville East Cemetery.

Hoagland, John W.
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John W. Hoagland, 68, of Jacksonville, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in White Hall. He was born June 14, 1943, in Jacksonville, the son of Albert Fredrick and Ruth Viola Cox Hoagland. He married Bernetta L. "Bernie" Hoagland on June 20, 1969, in Jacksonville, and she survives. He is also survived by five nieces and a nephew by marriage; and special friends, Mary L. Longmeyer and Karl Wagner, both of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Hoagland was a 1961 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He returned to farm in rural Jacksonville and later to work as a truck driver. He owned and operated John's Wood Shop and was well-known as a talented woodworker, especially in wood marquetry. As a young man, he attained the Eagle Scout award. John was a devoted Mason for 41 years, serving as a past master of Woodson Lodge 1011 and more recently as a member of Wadley Lodge 616. He was also active in the York Rite bodies including serving as past commander of Hospitaller Commandery 31 Knights Templar. He was a past worthy patron of Wilber Chapter 358 Order of Eastern Star. In addition, John was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Moose Lodge 682, Tri-County Woodworkers Club, and served 10 years as the Republican Precinct Committeeman for Woodson. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, south of Jacksonville. The family will meet friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Masonic services will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday following the visitation.

Hodges, Melvin R.
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Melvin R. "Mel" Hodges, 77, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at his residence. He was born March 17, 1934, in Malden, Mo., the son of Verl and Dora Howe Hodges. He married Ruth Ann Harrington on Aug. 25, 1956, at the Free Methodist Church in Litchfield, and she survives. In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is also survived by two sons, Marty (wife, Patti) Hodges of Urbana and Steve Hodges of Jacksonville; five granddaughters, Micole-Guthrie Gant and April Hodges, both of Pleasant Hill, and Mika, Mahalia, and Maggie Hodges, all of Urbana, one great-granddaughter, Elli Hirst of Pleasant Hill; one sister, Betty Meyers of Litchfield; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Monty Hodges, and four sisters, Berniece Fry, Emma Throne, Louise Fry and Pat Osborn. Mr. Hodges was the youngest of six children and attended school in Litchfield. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-58, spending one year in France. He later worked for Aramark and retired after 23 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked as a courier for Jacksonville Savings Bank for 15 years. Mr. Hodges was a faithful member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a greeter and usher. He especially enjoyed meeting with his coffee buddies before church on Sunday mornings. He enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel and bluegrass music, and watching birds and his backyard pond and waterfall. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams, and Jacksonville High School athletics, and was proud of his extensive collection of owl-related items. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after 12 noon on Saturday at the funeral home, where family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m.

Hodgson-Schramm, Helen R.
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Helen R. Hodgson-Schramm, age 83, of Jacksonville and formerly of Waverly, died early Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born Dec. 15, 1927, in Hannibal, Mo., daughter of the late John and Rose Catherine Schumann Suter. She married Alfred H. Hodgson on Nov. 27, 1948, in Hannibal, Mo., and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1993. She later married Albert Schramm on June 6, 1998, in Waverly and he survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mary Suzanne Wainwright and husband Marshall of Springfield, Coral Jeanne Armour and husband Thomas of Jacksonville, and Kathryn Burnett and husband Ed of Waverly; two sons, Richard Hodgson and wife Julie of Cleburne, Texas, and Fr. William Hodgson of Carthage, Mo.; three step-daughters, Connie Walls and husband Ronnie of Jacksonville, Carrie Lou Schuetz and husband Tim of Fairview Heights, and Crystal Elaine Lawson of Woodriver; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Rita Barnes and husband Paul of Phoeniz, Ariz.; one brother, Carl Suter of Roanoke, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Alfred Hodgson; two grandsons, Patrick Hodgson and Michael Calandrino; one half sister, Mary Louise Zumwalt; and one half brother; John Edward Suter. Helen was a 1946 graduate of Routt High School in Jacksonville and was a 20 year employee of the State of Illinois office of the Comptroller, retiring in 1999. She attended St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Waverly as well as Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville. She was a member of the Morgan County Garden Club and loved to flower garden. She loved to antique and loved traveling and looking for antiques. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville with a prayer service held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home

Holt, J. Harley
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL, - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Pastor James Harley Holt, 71, of South Jacksonville, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at his residence. He was born June 17, 1940, in Jacksonville, the son of James Richard and Ethel Pauline Garner Holt. He married Mary J. Splain on Sept. 7, 1958, in Jacksonville, and she survives. He is also survived by four children, Brian Holt (wife, Becky) of Topeka, Kan., Rhonda Day, (husband, Harold) of Cincinnati, Marcie Kaufman (husband, Gene) of Augusta, Kan., and Jamie Baxter (husband, Randy) of Battle Creek, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Jimmie Richard Holt (wife, Ham) of Springfield; a sister, Linda Beeley (husband, Larry) of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pastor Holt was a 1958 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was employed as a telephone installer, truck driver and later worked for Hertzberg-New Method Book Bindery in Jacksonville. After furthering his education at South-western Baptist Theological Seminary, he graduated in 1976 and began pastoring congregations in Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia, New Mexico, South Dakota and Iowa. He was currently serving as pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He was formerly active with Jaycees in Jacksonville and Michigan and served as a volunteer leader with Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. A public visitation will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. At his request, cremation will be accorded and no services will be held. A private family committal of the ashes will be held at a later date.

Holt, James Richard
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL, - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
James Richard Holt, 92, of Metropolis, and formerly of Jacksonville, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis. He was born March 12, 1919, in Hamletsburg, the son of James Harley and Exa Riffie Lagore Holt. He married Ethel Pauline Garner on June 22, 1939, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death Feb. 26, 1999. He married Nellie Mae Johnston McCormick on Nov. 25, 2000, and she survives. Mr. Holt is also survived by one daughter, Linda Lou (husband, Larry) Beeley of Jacksonville; two sons, Rev. James Harley (wife, Mary) Holt of Jacksonville and Jimmie Richard (wife, Eun) Holt of Springfield; 13 grandchildren, Rev. Brian (wife, Becky) Holt of Topeka, Kan., Rhonda (husband, Harold) Day of Cincinnati, Marcie (husband, Rev. Gene) Kaufman of Augusta, Kan., Jamie (husband, Rev. Randy) Baxter of Battle Creek, Mich., Rick (companion, Linda Cox) Holt of Greenfield, Pam Spears of Anderson, S.C., Randy (wife, Phoebe) Holt of Falling Waters, W. Va., Kim (husband, Dick) Stout of Murrayville, Robert (wife, Rosalee) Kennedy Jr. of Springfield, Patrick Kennedy of Apple Valley, Minn., Lori (husband, Rob) Lyman of Waverly, Jason Holt of Springfield and Hyon Ha of San Antonio; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Carrol (husband, Lyndell) Horstman of Metropolis, Annette (husband, David) Terry of Atoka, Tenn., and Betty (husband, Rick) Diles of Metropolis; one sister, Belle Borum of Metropolis; one brother, Harley Holt of Del City, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Rev. Douglas Holt (surviving wife, Gayla of Wichita, Kan.); one stepdaughter, Regena Hertter (surviving husband, G.H. of Metropolis); one sister, Ruby Brannan; two brothers, Dick Holt and Theodore Holt (surviving wife, Frances of Thomason, Ga.). Mr. Holt came to Jacksonville from Metropolis in 1936 to work with the Civil Conservation Corps, and remained there until World War II broke out. He later worked for the Majestic Theatre in Jacksonville and as an ice cream maker for Spatz's Ice Cream. He later became involved in the local business community as owner and operator of several gasoline stations, including Shell, Sinclair and Skelly stations in Jacksonville. Before retiring, Mr. Holt worked as a receiving clerk at Midland Farm and Home. Mr. Holt was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed working outside gardening, mowing and pushing snow with his tractor. He also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. today at Murrayville Cemetery. The family met friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Williamson Funeral Home.

Hopkins, Carl E.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL, - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]
Carl E. Hopkins, 71, of South Jacksonville, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born April 7, 1940, in Kewanee, the son of Donald W. and Verna Graves Hopkins. He married Nancy Jett on July 19, 1960, in Centralia, and she survives. Mr. Hopkins is also survived by two sons, Edwin (wife, Rosemary) Hopkins of Woodson and James Hopkins of South Jacksonville; one granddaughter, Jonae (husband, Eric) Brammier of Peoria; three stepgrandsons, Michael Key and Steven Key, both of Woodson, and Shawn Roach of Jacksonville; one stepgreat-grandson, Ezekiel Roach of Jacksonville; and two sisters, Marilyn (husband, Roger ) Sullens and Donna (husband, Fred) Pickett, both of Salem. One son, Ronald Eugene Hopkins, preceded him in death. Mr. Hopkins was the code enforcement officer for the Village of South Jacksonville. Prior to joining the Village, Mr. Hopkins had worked in sales for nearly 40 years, most notably with ACCO Seed Corn, Lynks Hybrids and Superior Specialty Company. He had farmed for several years in Salem before moving to South Jacksonville in 1973. Mr. Hopkins was an active member of First Christian Church in Jacksonville where he had served as Elder, Deacon, Trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was interim pastor at Woodson Christian Church in Woodson. He was a member of Jacksonville Kiwanis Club and Harmony Lodge No. 3, A.F. & A.M., and enjoyed woodworking. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.





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