Obituaries

Nova Ellen (Williams) Stewart

published 1/13/2015
Nova Ellen (Williams) Stewart, 94, of Pontiac, IL formerly of Owensville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. She was born May 5, 1920 in Owensville daughter of Lewis and Lula Williams. She was a graduate of Owensville High School class of 1938 and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Jack O. Stewart; children, Judith A. Imes and Jonathan K. Stewart; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Ankenbrandt and Delores (Vernon) Deutsch. Memorial services will be held on ...

Wayne E. Armbrust

published 1/12/2015
Rev. Wayne E. Armbrust, 81, died on January 12, 2015 at 5:23 a.m. at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Wayne was born in Evansville, Indiana to Clarence E. and Mildred Mardell Day Armbrust on September 2, 1933. He married Barbara J. Wolhfarth in August of 1956. He married Kathy K. McDonald on August 4, 1984 in Lacon. He is preceded in death by his parents. Wayne is survived by his four wonderful children, Nancy (John) Klebe of Louisiana, Mo; Stephen (Janet)of Mackinaw, IL; Susan (Stan) Niemann of ...

Marie B. Connett

published 1/10/2015
Marie Connett, age 99 years, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015 in Flora.  She was born Marie Lucille Block on May 29, 1915 in East St Louis, IL to Frederick and Frances (Craft) Block. The Crafts’ were longtime residents of Flora.   Marie met her future husband, James Aaron Connett while attending McKendree College in Lebanon, IL.  During college, she was the secretary to the college dean.   James and Marie were married in 1939 in Effingham, IL by his father, Rev. O. E. ...

Charles W. Mann

published 1/2/2015
The Rev. Charles W. Mann (84), a retired pastor, passed away on January 2, 2015 in Rockford, IL.  He served local churches in Missouri and in the former Central Illinois Conference, retiring from Galesburg First UMC in 1992.  His wife, Ruth, passed away last year.  Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Aldersgate UMC in Rockford, IL.  Visitation with the family will also be on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Aldersgate UMC in Rockford, IL, at 10:00...

Eather Mae Howard

published 1/2/2015
Eather Mae Howard, 95, of Olney, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Burgin Manor. Mae was born April 4, 1919 in Baldwin, KY, the daughter of Burton and Iva (Whitaker) Long. She lost her mother at the age of nine and assumed the responsibilities of helping raise her four siblings. She married Luther Burgin Howard on Christmas Eve of 1935 in Richmond, KY at the age of 16 and then they raised seven children together. Mae was a pastor's wife for over 50 years after moving from Kentucky to ...

Louise B. Croft

published 12/29/2014
 Louise B. Croft, 96 of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Ellsworth, IL, passed away at 5:30 AM Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Martin Health Center, Bloomington, IL.      Her graveside funeral service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Dawson Cemetery, Ellsworth, IL. The Rev. Vaughn Hoffman will be officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 AM -10:00 AM Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will start at 10:00am at the memorial ...

Minerva Hancock

published 12/23/2014
Minerva M. Hancock, 95, a resident of the Knox County Nursing Home, formerly of Galva, died at 5:05 AM, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, December 29 at the first United Methodist Church in Galva. Rev. Ann Champion will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 PM, Sunday, December 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Preachers Aid Society through the First United ...

Rosemary Hague

published 12/18/2014
Rosemary Dehus Hague, age 101 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Lawrenceville. She was born in Wheeling, WV on April 20, 1913 to Clarence Conrad Dehus and his wife Katharine (Rost) Dehus. Rosemary married Virgil Hague in June of 1936, and he preceded her in death in August of 1996. Rosemary was very active in mission work alongside her husband, Virgil. He was pastor for many churches, including, Robinson Otterbein United Methodist and Pleasant Hill United Methodist, ...

Stephen E. King

published 11/24/2014
Stephen E. King, age 59, of Paxton, IL, passed from this life to the next on November 24, 2014 at Covenant Hospital in Urbana, IL. Stephen was born on April 22, 1955 in Olney, IL to Charles and Clara (Wiseman) King. On August 31, 1974, he married the love of his life, Janet Lemke, at The Zion United Methodist Church in West Salem, IL. Janet and Stephen have a son, David (and his wife, Jessica) King of Altamont, IL, a daughter, Diane (and husband Adam) Chisholm of Nicholasville, KY, who survive ...

Bettie Story

published 11/1/2014
Bettie Wilson Story, 81 of Bloomington passed away on Saturday, November 1 after a short illness at Heritage Health of Bloomington. Bettie’s celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:30am at Wesley United Methodist Church of Bloomington with Pastor Camilla Hempstead officiating. Following the services a luncheon will be held at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Geoffrey L. Story, Jr. Endowed Scholarship at Illinois Wesleyan ...

David C Davis

published 10/13/2014
David C. Davis died October 13, 2014, Palm Harbor, FL. Born September 9, 1932 in Portsmouth, OH, he is survived by his wife Barbara; three daughters, Kathi Newell of Sebring, Kimberle (Nelson) Newby of Seminole, and Dawn (David) Grapes of Windsor, CO; four grandchildren, Amy Rogers, Erin Parsons, Natalie Grapes, and David Grapes III; four great-grandchildren, Cameron and Isaac Bellotte, Braelyn Reese, and Kassidi Sugg; and four siblings, Virginia (Richard) Martin, Keith Davis, Judy Ross, and ...

Helen Cole

published 9/30/2014
MARION -- Helen L. Cole, 94, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Angel Acres in Marion surrounded by her loving son and daughter-in-law. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Herrin. Helen was born July 2, 1920 in Glendale, Ill., to Clyde E. and Lola M. (Maynor) Klink. Helen was united in marriage with Roy J. Cole on Jan. 4, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. In 1947, Roy was called into the ministry and she assisted him during those years. After retirement, she ...

Joan M. Porter

published 9/27/2014
Joan M. Porter, 82, of Carmi passed away at 4:15 p.m., Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.  She was born in Carmi, IL on December 30, 1931 the daughter of David Paul and Frances Louise (Setser) Hall.  Joan married Ray B. Porter on June 22, 1951 and he preceded her in death on June 28, 2012.  She was speech therapist working in Nashville, Pinckneyville and Ramsey School Districts along with being a preachers wife.  Joan was actively involved in several ...

Alice True

published 9/23/2014
Alice True, 59 of West Salem, IL passed from this life to the next Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at her home. Alice was born March 18, 1955 in Belleville, IL to Rodney and Elizabeth (Bryan) Montgomery. She married Rick True November 16, 1979 in Richview, IL and he survives. Alice loved each member of her family. Her grandchildren were a special joy. She was a devout Christian, currently serving as the pastor of Zion United Methodist Church in West Salem, IL. She was a minister in the United ...

Pearl L. Bishop

published 9/23/2014
Pearl Bishop, age 91 of Tabor, IA, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA.  Pearl was born August 15, 1923 in Randolph, IA to Sylvester Rubenking and Ola May (Rutt) Rubenking.  On November 9, 1940, she was married to Ivan G. Taylor, Sr. and to this union was born four children.  Pearl worked all around Southwest Iowa as a Dance Instructor for her business Taylor Dance Studio for over 30 years.  Pearl served as President for National Association of ...

Rosemary Harris

published 9/14/2014
Rev. Rosemary A. Harris, 87, of Mt. Vernon, died 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born Thursday, June 23, 1927, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Claude N. and Lula E. (Phillips) Piercy. Rosemary attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky.; she completed Seminary Equivalent by correspondence. She was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, served as pastor of Dix-Union Chapel United Methodist Church and was associate pastor ...

William B. Howell

published 8/4/2014
Reverend Dr. William B. Howell, affectionately known as "Bill," of 4000 Merrywood Drive passed Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Gentiva Hospice. Reverend Dr. Howell was born in High Point, NC the son of William Smith and Mary Strickland Kerr. He was a 1951 graduate of William Penn High School in High Point, NC and also graduated from Clark College, Winston-Salem State University and The Interdenominational & Gammon Theological Seminary. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Rainbow PUSH ...

Burl L. Rich

published 8/2/2014
Burl L. Rich, 87, of Robinson, formerly of Flat Rock, IL died at 2:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN. He was born September 6, 1926 in Honeycreek Township, the son of Lewis Samuel Rich & Mary Augusta Wallace. Burl served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Back home, he worked for Marathon Oil for 39 years before retiring in May of 1985. He was a longtime United Methodist lay pastor and had attended South Union Church. Burl married...

Everett E. Gott

published 7/23/2014
Reverend Everett E. Gott, 89, of Enfield, IL, passed away July 23, 2014, at his daughter's home in Gordon, Georgia. Everett Earl Gott was born Wallace Everett, to Mildred (Baldwin) Smith and Robert Earl Gott. His father died when Everett was 10 months old, then his grandparents Minnie (McClain) Gott and Lawrence E. Gott adopted him at the age of one year. He lived with them until their death. His mother Mildred remarried and had five other children: Joe, Frances, Delbert, Patty and Connie. ...

James A. Thompson

published 7/22/2014
Rev. James A. Thompson, Sr., 75, of Punta Gorda, FL passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was the son of Vera (nee Powell) and John Thompson, Sr., born on September 5, 1938 in Ottumwa, IA. He served in the United States Air Force for 2 years and was a United Methodist Pastor for 32 years serving various communities throughout central Illinois and retiring in 2001. He and his wife moved to Florida in December 2001. James was a avid golfer and fisherman and will be missed by the Waffle House ...

Edna Jane Sheldon

published 7/21/2014
Edna Jane Sheldon, 96, of Springfield, passed away Monday July 21, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. Edna was born Dec. 11, 1917 in Foosland, IL. the daughter of Ollin R. and Mae M. Entwistle Allen. She married Rev. Harold S. Sheldon June 24, 1957 and he preceded her in death in 2003. She was a 1935 graduate of Springfield High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 1943 and served in Washington D.C. as a typist-stenographer for ...

Mervin R. Burroughs

published 6/17/2014
 Reverend Mervin R. Burroughs, 81, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care surrounded by family. He was born on Sunday, December 11, 1932, in Mill Shoals, Illinois, the son of Arthur and Cumae (Tate) Burroughs. Mervin served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. On September 30, 1950, Mervin married Margaret Ann Knight in Wayne County, Illinois. He farmed in White County until 1966. He then went to Oakland ...

Norma Jean Reimer

published 6/16/2014
Norma Jean Reimer, 81, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home in Warrensburg.She was born April 19, 1933, in Warrensburg, Mo., the daughter of Ercell Ellis and Lena Pearl (Welborn) Tyler. On Feb. 18, 1967, she was united in marriage to Elmer E. Reimer in Alabama. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1991. Norma Jean worked as an insurance secretary for State of Illinois Insurance Division and was a member of the Loami Methodist Church in Springfield, Ill. Norma Jean is survived by ...

Ora Mae Goodrich

published 6/16/2014
Ora Mae Leah Goodrich, 87, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 at St. John's Hospice. She was born on Jan. 2, 1927 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Orville William and Genevieve (Runkels) McCafferty. She married Robert Wesley Goodrich in Springfield on May 16, 1948 and he preceded her in death on March 29, 1971. Mrs. Goodrich worked as a secretary at St. John's Hospital for 43 years and was a lifelong member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She is survived by her ...

Della Marie Yates

published 6/14/2014
Della Marie Yates, age 99 of Lawrenceville, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Lawrenceville at the United Methodist Village-North Campus. She was born August 24, 1914 in Pope County, Illinois, the daughter of William A. Sistler and Fay Hazel Sistler. She married Rev. Earl U. Yates, District-Carbondale District, Noveber 24, 1937. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother, her only brother, Laurel Wayne Sistler, and a step-daughter. Della attended a one room school for...

Richard L. Stolp

published 6/7/2014
Dr. Richard L. Stolp passed away at Fremont Assited Living in Springfield on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was born in Springfield, Missouri on Memorial Day, May 30, 1923. His parents were Elmer L. and Fay Leona Stolp. An older brother, Oran R., preceded him in death. He attended public schools in Springfield and Drury College from 1941 to 1945, from which he received a B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy. He was wed to Susan M. Carr on February 7, 1942, in Ozark, MO. A license to preach was ...

Larry Lawler

published 6/6/2014
The Rev. Larry L. Lawler, 81, of Bloomington, passed away at 2 a.m. Friday (June 6, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Bloomington.Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. July 2 at First United Methodist Church, Normal, with the Rev. Dr. Don Jackson officiating. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Baby Fold in Normal or Habitat For Humanity of McLean ...

Esther Plummer

published 5/28/2014
Esther Lou Oesch Plummer, 87, of Arthur, died at 12:43 AM Monday, May 26, 2014 at Mason Point, rural Sullivan. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Arthur United Methodist Church, Arthur, with Rev. David Phillips and Rev. Leroy Allison officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine Street, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements. Esther was...

Lloyd Bumpus

published 5/22/2014
The Rev. Lloyd Bumpus, 92, died at his home in Mt. Vernon on Thursday, May 22, 2014. He was born on Feb. 6, 1922, in rural Jefferson County, east of Bonnie, the son of Ernest and Mattie (Ezell) Bumpus. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Presley) Bumpus; three sons, Lyle of Mt. Vernon, John of Benton and Stan (Mary) of Naperville; six grandsons, Ryan, Shawn, Jacob, David, Daniel and Steven; one brother, Elmer of St. Charles, Mo.; and one sister, Norma Lou Coil (Don) of Mt. Vernon. He was ...

David Dees

published 5/21/2014
The Rev. David P. Dees, 88, of Normal, was born on Jan. 4, 1926, to Jesse W. and Frances Dees. He died on Wednesday (May 21, 2014) in Normal.He married Elizabeth Wiedrich on May 26, 1956, in Champaign. They had three children, Mary Beth Dees Anderson, deceased; the Rev. Dr. Rebekah (Bruce) Dees-McMahon, Sheffield; and Paul Dees (Suzy), Normal. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Meg Anderson, Loda, and Kira and Haley Dees, Normal; and a sister, Frances Foster, Champaign. He had three ...

Etta York

published 5/18/2014
Mrs. Etta N. York age 97 of Keystone Heights passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Willey Manor ALF. She was born in Darien Center, New York on June 5, 1916 to the late William C. and Grace (Marsh) Nichols and had moved to Keystone Heights four years ago from Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. York was a homemaker and a Chaplain for various nursing homes along with being a Pastor’s wife between 1960 -1983; as a beautician, she would assist her husband in the funeral home. She was an honorary member of ...

Judith L. Fry Endsley

published 5/13/2014
Judith L. Fry Endsley, 72, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 14, 2014, at her home.She was born May 20, 1941, in Benton, the daughter of Thomas E. and Lena (Lawson) Fry. She married the Rev. Edward E. Endsley on Nov. 16, 1990, in West Frankfort and he survives. Judy was a 1959 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and received her Bachelor of Science in education from SIU in 1964, then received her Master of Science in education from SIU in 1974. Judy was a teacher at Horace Mann School in...

Margaret M. Peters Sayre

published 5/13/2014
Margaret M. Peters Sayre, 95, of Peoria died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Peoria, IL at Hillside Lutheran Nursing Home. She was born in Aledo, IL, on March 31, 1919, daughter of Wilmer J. and Mary Bradford Peter, grew up in Westmont IL., graduated from Downers Grove High School, and received her Bachelor of Music in piano and organ from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1941. She married Robert Lee Sayre in 1941. Following his service in World War II, the couple moved to Peoria in 1946. ...

Walter A. Davidson

published 5/9/2014
Walter A. Davidson, 103, of Hillsboro, IL passed away on Friday, May 09, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center in Taylor Springs, IL.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro, IL.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Rev. Jeff Hemken, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro, IL, will officiate.  Burial will be in Olive Hill Cemetery in Coffeen, IL ...

C. Raydean Davis

published 5/1/2014
 The Rev. C. Raydean Davis, 72, of Bloomington, died Thursday (May 1, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Vaughn Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church and one hour prior to service Monday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, ...

Ruth Evelyn Mann

published 4/28/2014
 Ruth Evelyn Mann, 82, of Machesney Park passed away Monday, April 28th, 2014, in her home, with her family by her side, after a long illness. Born April 4, 1932, in Vienna, Missouri, daughter to Thomas A. and Vera R. Hawkins. With her six sisters and two brothers, her early days were spent living in a large log cabin with a tin roof in rural Missouri. There she met her new pastor and future husband, Charles W. Mann, and on June 10, 1951, they were married. Being the wife of a United Methodist ...

Alora Jean Bowles

published 4/20/2014
Alora Jean Bowles was born January 12, 1930 in Champaign, Illinois where she grew and thrived in the Lord. She was the 5th child born to Theotto and Luvata (Cabell) Bowles. Alora Jean was called home to be with the Lord at 4:45pm Easter Sunday April 20th, 2014 at the Carle Foundational Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. Her loving niece Melissa Betty was at her side at the time of her passing. Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1203 W. Green ...

Robbie Williams Ervin

published 4/19/2014
Robbie V. Williams Ervin, 94, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 4:50 a.m., Saturday April 19, 2014 at Wesley Village in Macomb, IL.  She was born on June 10, 1919 on a farm near Sheridan in Crittendon County, Kentucky; a daughter of the late Robert Lee Williams and Carrie Hurley Williams.  She married Marshall H. Ervin of Cape Girardeau, MO on March 22, 1936.  Robbie is survived by two sons; Marshall L. Ervin of Macomb, IL Dennis G. Ervin & wife Deborah of Pace, FL, a daughter; Patti Boyd & ...

Robert O. Edwards Sr

published 4/10/2014
Rev. Robert O. Edwards Sr., age 89, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was born January 28, 1925 in Tamms, Illinois, the son of Virgil and Aletha (Dillow) Edwards. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On December 24, 1946 he and Shirley Bernice Childers were united in marriage. Rev. Edwards was a United Methodist Minister, serving in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri until his retirement. He and his wife, Shirley were most recently members of Wesley United ...

Marshall Semingson

published 4/4/2014
The Rev. Marshall R. Semingson, age 89, died peacefully on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Nashville, TN. He is survived by four children: Mark (Janis), Mary Ann, Susan Fish (Todd), and John (Keith Cole); six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his dear wife of 60 years, Doris, in 2012. Rev. Semingson was born and raised in Eau Claire, WI, and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.  After returning from the war, he earned the BA degree at ...

Harold Simpkins

published 4/3/2014
The Rev. Harold Simpkins, Jr., 83, of Springfield, passed away April 3, 2014 at 2:53p.m. at Concordia Village in Springfield, Ill.He was born October 28, 1930, in Matewan, W.Va., the son of Harold Sr. and Dollie (Hamilton) Simpkins. He married Helen Habermann on June 19, 1960 in Steeleville, Ill.  He was a United Methodist Minister for 38 years, retiring in 1993. He received a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1954. He continued to study theology at Northwestern Garrett ...

Alice Ann Heitkamp

published 3/15/2014
Alice Ann Heitkamp, age 75, of Centralia, Illinois, passed away at 2:30 A.M. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She was born July 9, 1938 in Centralia, Illinois, the daughter of Enoch and Stella (Johnson) Morris. She married William “Willie” Heitkamp on July 15, 1956 at the First United Methodist Church in Centralia, Illinois and he survives. She lived in Centralia her entire life. In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by her ...

Eugene F. Black

published 3/12/2014
MATTOON -- Rev. Eugene Franklin Black, 88, of Mattoon, died 5:45 a.m. March 12, 2014, at the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home. The funeral service celebrating his life will be Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. and the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home in Mattoon with the Rev. Kenneth Cox and Rev. Ron Dickinsonofficiating. Burial will be in Peaceful Valley Cemetery in Odin. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14 and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time. Born March 19, 1925, in ...

Harold Bodeen

published 2/11/2014
Reverend Harold Quentin Bodeen, 91, of Mahomet a former Paxton resident, passed away quietly at 6:36 p.m on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was born April 2, 1922, in Lynn Center, Illinois, the last of 8 children of Frank and Lydia Shult Bodeen. He graduated from Alpha High School in 1940. On November 7, 1942, he married Lois Maxine Peterson of North Henderson. They farmed in that area until he was called to the ministry of the United Methodist Church in August, 1953....

Dr. James E. Whitehurst

published 2/2/2014
James E. Whitehurst, 89, of Tampa, formerly of Bloomington, IL, died February 2, 2014. Magician extraordinaire, professor of comparative religions, inter-denomi-national pastor and world traveler. Born Ft. Wayne, IN. Professional magician since college, never without a magic trick. Attended Northwestern U Garrett, and Ph.D. from U of Edinburgh. Professor at Illinois Wesleyan U for 30 yrs, teaching with slide shows, costumes & props from sabbaticals abroad. Retired to be pastor of Crystal Beach ...

Rodgers Velma

published 1/29/2014
Velma Elaine Sharrow Rodgers, 99 (99.97 to be exact), was called home on January 29, 2014. She was preceded by her parents, Roy and Beulah (Curless) Sharrow; sister, Florine Sharrow Nelson; brother, Hubert Sharrow; husband, Rev. Austin A. Rodgers; three stepsons, Franklin, Kenneth and Herbert Rodgers; and one grandson. Velma leaves behind two stepchildren, Lydia (Rodgers) Gallup and Gerald (wife, Clara) Rodgers; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and nieces ...

Edith Widicus

published 1/25/2014
Edith Anna Widicus, 92, of Troy, Ill., born March, 31, 1921, in Summerfield, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Faith County Side in Highland, Ill. Edith went to grade school in Summerfield and Trenton, Ill., graduating from Trenton High School in 1939. She earned a teacher certification from Eastern Illinois University in 1941, bachelor's in education from SIUE in 1965, and master's in Education from SIUE in 1969. Her teaching career started in 1941 at Virgin School south of St. Jacob, ...

Ruth Walls

published 1/14/2014
2014 Ruth Evelyn Walls, a resident of Brighton Gardens of Dunwoody, age 85, died January 14, 2014. Ruth was predeceased by husband, Rev. Leland Walls, who passed away in 1998. She is survived by two sons, Rev. David and Pat Walls of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; and Daniel and Claire Walls of Chamblee, Georgia; grandchildren Bryan and Amber Walls of Dallas, Texas and Angela Walls of Chamblee, Georgia. She was born November 30, 1928 in Jerseyville, Illinois. She was the only child of Walter and ...

Joseph Crain

published 1/4/2014
The Rev. Joseph L. Crain, 70, of Newton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at his home in the Villas of Hollybrook, Newton. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Newton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church, with 7 p.m. Masonic Rites being accorded by Newton Masonic Lodge No. 216. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Willow Hill. Joe was born on July 13, 1943, in Herrin, the son of Homer Madison and Edith Aileen (Spiller) Crain. On ...

Erma Lockart

published 12/27/2013
Erma Lockart, 89, of Parkville, MO, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013 with her loving family at her side. Erma was born March 28, 1924 to Ira and Velva (Thorp) Emerick in Vandalia, Illinois. Erma was united in marriage with Dale L. Lockart on December 20, 1940 in Vandalia, IL. She spent the majority of her working career as a CNA for Cherrywood Nursing Home. Erma was preceded in death by her husband Dale L. Lockart; parents, and a daughter, Donna J. Myers; four brothers: Glen Emerick, ...

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