Obituaries

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, ...

Barbara Zwetz

published 12/26/2013
Reverend Barbara E. Zwetz, 67, of Washington, passed away at12:06 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at her temporary residence in East Peoria.  Barbara was born May 5, 1946 in Granite City, Illinois to Kurt and Ruth (Dieffenbach) Zwetz.  Among those surviving are one sister, Janet (Mark) Henning of Arlington, Texas; sister-in-law, Bobbie Zwetz of Washington and four nieces and nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, David Zwetz.  Barbara was a graduate of Washington ...

Oliver Taube

published 12/25/2013
Reverend Oliver F. Taube, 90, of Quincy passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in Sunset Home in Quincy. Reverend Taube was born on July 29, 1923 in Whitewater, Wisconsin to the late Henry E. and Esther A. (Jansen) Taube. He married Carol Marie Ord on November 10, 1951 in the Mascoutah Methodist Church in Mascoutah. Carol passed away on September 30, 2011. He proudly served his Country in the United States Marine Corp. He served with the 8th Marine division during World War Two in Guadal ...

John Lazell

published 12/14/2013
Reverend John Lazell, 67, of Sherman, died at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center. As Proverbs 27:17 says, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." John Lazell was such a man. He was given many abilities that helped sharpen others and, in turn, became more sharpened and focused himself. What a life he lived! He and Elaine Miller were married in 1972 in Lincoln Christian Church, Lincoln; she survives. Also surviving are one son, Kyle (wife, Sarah) Lazell...

Rolland Devor

published 12/14/2013
Rolland Harley Devor, Jr. 78 of Creal Springs, passed away on Saturday December 14, 2013 at St. Mary's Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon. He was born January 4, 1935, in Centralia, son of Rolland Devor, Sr. and Mildred D. (Crocker) Devor. He married Rephella Mae Wotherspoon on August 10, 1957 and she proceeded him in death on September 3, 1990. He married Janice Draper on January 25, 1991, and she survives in Creal Springs. In addition to his wife he is survived by son Rolland H. Devor III and wife ...

Oren Banks

published 12/10/2013
Oren S. Banks. Age 85, formerly of Wilmington, and Gardner, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Winnsboro, Texas. Born April 2, 1928, in Pittsburg, IL to the late Artie and Ethel (Crossen) Banks. He served during World War II with the United States Army and then in the Korean War with the United States Air Force. Formerly owned "Opportunity Homes", a construction company that built many homes in the Ropp and Lakewood Shores Subdivisions, both located in Wilmington. Past President of the ...

Meribah Jean Laughlin

published 12/1/2013
Meribah Jean Laughlin, 86, of Litchfield died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 5:45 a.m. in Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care Center in Litchfield. Funeral services for Mrs. Laughlin will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in the St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Litchfield. The Rev. James Tinzmann will officiate, and burial will be in Greenwood-Fairview Cemetery in rural Nokomis. Visitation begins Tuesday, the day of the funeral, at noon. The Plummer Funeral Home of Litchfield is in charge of arran...

Joanne Bultemeier

published 11/30/2013
Joanne Sharon Bowker Bultemeier, 75, of East Peoria, died Saturday, November 30, 2013. Joanne was born February 10, 1938, was a woman of great faith and grace. She was deeply devoted to prayer and service. She was more than a pastor's wife, to her husband, David Bultemeier. For more than 50 years, she was a partner in ministry in the many United Methodist Churches they served. Joanne was an inspired leader, while she maintained a humble servant's heart. She was instrumental in forming Walk to ...

George Harjes

published 11/22/2013
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Rev. George P. Harjes, 86, formerly of Central Illinois, made his celestial journey in the first hour of the morning on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Rev. Harjes is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, the Rev. Mabel Anne Harjes; his son, Peter, and daughter-in-law, Laurie; his grandchildren: Joshua, Kaleigh and Breanna, all from Springfield, Ill.; and his two daughters, Susanne Harjes and Shirley Harjes, of Lawrenceville, Ga. A memorial service is planned to be held in the ...

Marilyn Ann Best

published 10/22/2013
Marilyn Ann (Ragsdale) Best, 76 years of age, passed away on October 22, 2013. An only daughter of Merle and Gertrude Ragsdale of Eldorado, Ann faithfully fulfilled her position as pastor's wife at several United Methodist churches. The crowning achievement of her life was the founding of the Nokomis Community Closet. It is thriving and supplying clothes to the needy. This outlives her life. She is survived by her husband, Dale; son, Keith; daughter Nancy, three granddaughters, and one great ...

Beulah Pruett

published 10/13/2013
Beulah Jones Pruett, 94, joined the saints in Heaven on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at home in Kyle, Texas.Services will be held at 2 p.m. on April 4, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating. Prior to the services, an inurnment of her ashes will be held next to her beloved husband in Illinois Evergreen Cemtery in Kinmundy. Memorials: Television Ministry or Church History Committee of First United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, or ...

Alene Jones

published 10/9/2013
Edna Alene Jones, 90, of Salem, IL died October 9, 2013 at Salem Township Hospital. Born June 11. 1923 in Effingham, she was the daughter of Irastus and Zora (Kirbey) Burch who preceded her in death. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and a member of Odin United Methodist Church. She married Omer A. Jones and he survives in Salem. Also surviving are three sons, Jim Jones of Nashville, Tenn., Phillips (Lynn) Jones of Salem and Rick Jones of Wrightsville, Calif.; a daughter, Shelbie (Chuck) Sykes of ...

Jack Kaley

published 10/8/2013
Rev. Jack W. Kaley, 87 of Bement, IL., passed away at 7:10 A.M. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at the Bement United Methodist Church, 249 N. Piatt St., Bement, IL. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 A.M. until time of ...

Robert McCarter

published 9/30/2013
Robert McCarter, 72, of Robinson, passed away September 30th, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on April 25th, 1941 in Honey Creek Township, the son of Roy and Ruth (Purcell) McCarter. Robert drove a truck for Mack Mason, ThermoGas, American Dairy, Tempco, Marathon for 28 years, FairRite and Jack Gaddis Oil. He was the president of Hardinville Water Company. In addition to this, Robert was a farmer, and the Pastor of the Pearl Chapel United Methodist Church for 26 ...

Vera Bellamy

published 9/19/2013
Vera Bellamy, 98, of Olmsted, died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Capitol Care Nursing Home in Springfield. She was born Nov. 1, 1914 in Pulaski, IL, the daughter of Cecil and Flora (Easter) Bankson. She and Jesse Bellamy were married Apr. 16, 1940. They were married nearly 65 years when he died Mar. 20, 2005. Vera was a member of the Olmsted United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. During Jesse’s years of ministry in area Methodist Churches, Vera served by his ...

Richard C. "Dick" Mader

published 9/13/2013
Reverend Richard C. "Dick" Mader Pastor Emeritus, 95, of Hoopeston, IL, passed away at 8:42 P.M. Friday, September 13, 2013, at Heritage Manor Rehabilitation and Senior Living in Hoopeston. He was born October 14, 1917, in Harrisburg, PA, the son of Samuel and Mary Ann (Stemler) Mader. He married Madalyn C. Minnich on October 9, 1948 in Boiling Springs, PA. She preceded him in death. He is survived by one daughter, Susan E. (Greg) Anvick of Hoopeston, IL; two grandchildren; two ...

Deborah Cain Fischer

published 9/2/2013
Deborah Cain (Dyson Fischer), 63, of San Antonio, Texas, died September 2, 2013, with her children by her side. She was born in Springfield, Ill., on October 15, 1949, and was preceded in death by her parents Virginia (Judy) Cain and Vernon (Jack) Cain. Deb is survived by her son, Greg (Alison) Fischer; daughter, Laura Fischer; granddaughters, Janade, Kiana, Tuesday, and Gracie; and sister, Polly (Kirk) Braun. Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life 2 p.m. on October 19, 2013, at ...

Gina Marie Sheridan

published 8/25/2013
Challenging a vet’s prognosis, she preserved the life of an abandoned litter of day-old kittens by carefully preparing formula and feeding the fuzzy felines with a mini-eyedropper. She breathed life back into a struggling newborn puppy with mouth to nose resuscitation. Despite her healing abilities, Gina Marie Sheridan could not thwart the debilitating effects of Progressive Supranuclear palsy. Pastor Gina peacefully passed into God’s awaiting arms at home while sleeping Sunday morning, August ...

Wayne Hess

published 8/12/2013
Wayne Clayton Hess 87 completed his earthly journey on August 12, 2013. He was the 10th of 12 children born to Katie and Milton Hess in Northwestern Illinois and grew to adulthood on a large farm where he came to appreciate open spaces, rolling hills, the changing of the seasons and the beauty of the nighttime sky. He learned early in life that much as he prized his upbringing on the farm, life was calling him to some other vocation. His elementary education was in a one room school with the ...

Frona Davis

published 8/11/2013
Frona Belle Davis, 97 of Fairfield died at 5:25 PM, Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She was the youngest of seven daughters born to Jacob and Frances “Fannie” (Tucker) Fleck in White County near Enfield. She married Rev. Wm. Ellis Davis September 12, 1946 at the Carmi First Methodist Church. She and her husband served several United Methodist Churches in the Southern Illinois Conference. In 1976, they retired from the Mt. Erie Charge and moved to Fairfield. Rev. Davis ...

Norm Sloan

published 8/9/2013
Rev. Norman C. Sloan, age 79 of Makanda, died at 4:15 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2013 at his home in rural Makanda. He was born June 17, 1934 in Dexter, IN, the son of Charles J. and Ruth (Park) Sloan. He married Mildred Fox on December 6, 1953. Norm is survived by his loving wife, Mildred “Millie” Sloan of rural Makanda; sons, James (Jamileh) Sloan of Effingham, Paul (Natalie) Sloan of Buncombe; grandchildren, Leah and Shawn Sloan; step grandchildren, Keri, Damian and Jamie; two brothers, ...

Jerry Travelstead

published 7/22/2013
Jerry Travelstead entered life immortal on July 22, 2013, at the Care Center at Concordia Village Retirement Center in Springfield, Ill. Her memorial Service will be at Laurel United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Visitation with the family will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of service. Following the service lunch will be served in the church dining room. She was born Aug. 3, 1928, in Carbondale, Ill., and attended Southern Illinois University where she met and married Jack...

Alice Pearson

published 7/19/2013
Alice Pearson, 82, of St. Joseph passed away at 6:22 a.m. Friday (July 19, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 22, at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Dinges officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, is handling arrangements. Alice was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Peoria County, the daughter of Guy William and Mary E. Stowell ...

Adra M. Reinhardt

published 7/13/2013
BRIGHTON -- Adra M. Reinhardt, 96, of Brighton, died Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Robins Manor Nursing Home.  Born Sept. 24, 1916 in Odin, the daughter of James O. and Millie Hough Moore. She married the Rev. Wilbur O. Reinhardt, and they served churches in the former Southern Illinois Conference, primarily in the Metro East area, retiring in 1978. Rev. Reinhardt died in 1996.  She was a member of Rosewood Heights St. Paul UMC. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, daughter, Arda ...

Mildred Hooper

published 7/10/2013
Mildred (Crews) Hooper, 98, died at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit. A school teacher, she was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Leland Hooper, where they served churches in the former Southern Illinois Conference, retiring in 1970. Rev. Hooper died in 1971. Survivors include two nieces, June Auvil of Fairfield and Wanda Block of Cisne; a nephew, Jerry Vaughan of Fairfield; several great-nieces and nephews and local cousins. Graveside ...

Noreta O'Dell

published 7/7/2013
Noreta Joan O'Dell, age 78, of Salem, passed away Sunday, July 7th, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Clayton, Missouri. She was a housewife, mother, child of God, St. Louis Cardinal and Fighting Illini fan, and member of the Haley Chapel United Methodist Church and Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Funeral services for Noreta O'Dell will be held at 10:30 Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Salem, with Sam Totten, Randy Reese, and Dean Beals presiding. Burial in the Paradise Cemetery...

Gloria Davis

published 7/6/2013
The Reverend Gloria D. Davis, 67, of Varna, Ill., formerly of Lacon, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. She was born Aug. 29, 1945, in Comanche, Texas, to George and Omega McDonald Torres. Her mother, Omega, survives in Fort Worth, Texas. Also surviving are her son, Todd (Terri) Davis of Varna; brother, George (Janice) Torres of Natalia, Texas; sister, Kathy Pogue of Fort Worth, Texas; and grandchild, Breanna Turley of Varna. Gloria was preceded by her ...

Carroll Erwin

published 6/26/2013
Carroll James Erwin, 99, of Marion and formerly of McLeansboro, went to be with the Lord at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at home with his family by his side. He was born May 6, 1914, in Ponca City, Okla., the son of Harry Oscar and Mabel Wooden Erwin. Carroll married Mary Louise Meeks on June 3, 1934, in Kingman, Kan., and they celebrated 79 years of married life together. He was employed in the oil fields by Texaco Oil Co., from which he retired after 36 years of service. Carroll and ...

Lucille Follis Mitchell

published 6/24/2013
Mrs. Lucile M. Follis Mitchell, age 101 of Jonesboro, died at 4:00 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 in the Anna Rehab and Nursing Care Center. Lucile was born February 26, 1912 in Johnston City the daughter of Conrad and Mary Baumgaertner Morneweg. Lucile married Coastel L. Follis in November of 1931 in Johnston City. He preceded her in death in 1955. She later married Rev. Louis Mitchell in 1959. He preceded her in death in 1996. Lucile is survived by two sons, Dale C. (Billie) Follis of Carterville,...

Maxene Raper

published 6/23/2013
Maxene S. Raper, 87, Bloomington, died at 11:35 p.m. Sunday (June 23, 2013) at Westminster Village, Bloomington. Maxene served as a lay person working at the Central Illinois Conference office from the mid-1970’s to the early 1990’s as the Administrative Assistant to the Program Director. Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Normal, with the Revs. Scott Carnes, Don Jones and Howard Daughenbaugh officiating. Burial: East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. ...

E. Michael Jones

published 6/22/2013
Rev. Dr. E. Michael Jones died Saturday, June 22, 2013. He passed away peacefully after a long battle with chronic diseases in St. Louis University Hospital. He was surrounded by his family. Mike was born August 14, 1951 at the Jarman Memorial Hospital in Tuscola, Illinois, son of Harold “Gene” and Dorothy Jean (Henderson) Jones. He was united in marriage to Cynthia Anne Jones on May 17, 1975 in Moline, IL. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Elizabeth Brooks and her husband Malcolm of ...

William Jack Martin

published 6/12/2013
 William Jack Martin (91), a retired pastor, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Hueytown, AL.  Jack served in North Carolina, Alaska and in the former Southern Illinois Conference, retiring from Bluford Otterbein in 1987.  His wife, Rachel Aidella, passed away in 2001.  Visitation will be held at the St. Elmo United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation also at the St. Elmo UMC on Tuesday, June 18, at...

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