Moultrie Obituaries
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GAETA, Cynthia Floherty
b: 20 Mar 1999
d: 18 Aug 1915 in Port Washington, NY
bur: Port Washington, NY par: John J. & Lillian Hunt Floherty
mar: Joseph Gaeta in 1938
children: John, Grace Nunn

GILBERT, Clarvel A.

Clarvel A. Gilbert, 61, of Windsor died Feb 13, 1965 at Shelby County Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for three months. Mr. Gilbert was born in Moultrie County on Nov. 29, 1903, a son of Edward and Laura Gilbert. He married Vera Walker on Dec. 5, 1937. Mr. Gilbert was an electrician and lineman, a member of the Methodist Church of Windsor and Masonic Lodge. He leaves his widow, two brothers, Charles of Green Bay, WI, Sherman of Rising Sun, MD, two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Younger of Akron OH, and Mrs. Joseph Schafer of Gurnee, IL.

Funeral services were held Feb. 16 at Windsor Methodist Church, with Rev. Ralph Glose officiating. Mrs. Harry Doehring and Jim Ward Hampton sang "Ivory Palaces" and "He is so Precious to Me". Mrs. Kenneth Monson was the organist. Pall bearers were Harold Cole, Ralph Neill, Jack Smith, Howard Troutnam, William Green Grove, and Robert Storm. Burial was in Windsor Cemetery.


b: 5 Dec 1889 Moultrie Co., IL
d: 14 Oct 1955
bur: East Lawn Mem. Gardens Cem., Bloomington, IL
par: John R. & Maggie Stewart Martin
mar: 25 Feb 1907 to Melvin Ernest Glover in Peoria
children: Martin

GOLUSHA, Gennie Elzy

Mrs. Gennie Elzy Golusha, 91, Route 2, Doniphan, died at the local hospital Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. She was born November 27, 1874, at Sullivan, Ill., and had spent most of her adult life in Ripley County. Many of those years were in the Oak Grove community. The past several months she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Louie Engelken on Route 2. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. Elzy, and is survived by seven children. Five sons, Charlie, Joe, Delmar, Eddie, and Don Elzy, all of Sullivan, Ill. Two daughters, Mrs. Daisy Runion, Moro, Ill., and Violet Engelken of Route 2, and 35 grandchildren. Services were held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Oak Grove Church where she attended church for many years. The Rev. Eugene Ramsey officiated and burial was in the church cemetery under direction of McNabb-Cravens Funeral Home.


Ira A. Goodwin, 80, of Sullivan died. Funeral services were held at the McMullin Funeral Home, and burial was in Greenhill Cemetery. Pall bearers were Wayne Wilson, Carl Martin, Ira Lee, Nelson Swinford, Ansel Howard and Elmer Graven. Mr Goodwin was born in Crawford Co. IL on July 7, 1879, a son of John T. and Isabell Goodwin. He was a farmer, a member of the First Christian Church of Sullivan. He leaves one brother, E.A. Goodwin of Lincoln, and a sister, Mrs. Gertie Bowin of Rock Falls.

GOODWIN, John Lawson

John Lawson Goodwin, 64, of rural Sullivan died Sunday at the St. Louis football game at Busch Stadium. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Van Luse of the first Christian Church at 10:30 am Wednesday at McMullin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.

He was born March 12, 1902 in Moultrie Co. the son of Eldridge and Minnie Garrett Goodwin. He was a retired farmer. He leaves his wife, Helen, 1 daughter, Mrs. Bill (Elaine) Wampler of Sullivan, 2 brothers, Clifford of Sullivan and Boyd of Decatur and a sister, Mrs. Lloyd (Orpha) Hillard of Sullivan.

GRAVEN, Charles L.

Charles L. Graven, 68, of Danville, formerly of Moultrie Co., died at Georgetown. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park near Danville. He was born Dec. 21, 1906, the son of Sallace and Susan Selock Graven. He married Louise Trautman on Dec. 31, 1935.

Survivors are his wife, two brothers, Elmer of Sullivan, and Wallace of Mattoon, three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Martz of Windsor, Mrs. Ella Blair and Mrs. Rose Combs of Sullivan, and 11 nieces and nephews. One sister preceded him in death.

GREER, Henry J.


The Decatur Review Monday, May 19, 1919, Page 11

HAGERMAN, Jeanette Ringer

Jeanette "Nettie" Ringer was born 20 October 1867 in Jasper Co., Illinois, the daughter of Joseph Edgar Ringer and Diana Bridges. She married William Lewis Hagerman of Moultrie Co., Illinois 14 March 1886 in Moultrie Co., Illinois. Her obituary reads:

HAGERMAN--Mrs. Jeanette Hagerman, 75, of Route 9, died at her home at 3:40 p.m. Monday. She is survived by two sons, R.E. Hagerman of Galveston, and Ralph Hagerman of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Ben Beckendorf of Katy, Mrs. R.A. Cobb of Houston, Mrs. Adolph Matzke of Cypress, Mrs. Homer Waits of Fairbanks, and Miss Willie Hagerman of Austin; 24 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Katy. Rev. Emmett Dubberly officiating. Burial in Magnolia Cemetery at Katy. Active pallbearers: J.W. Hagerman, Glen Bundick, Franklin Beckendorf, Sammie Beckendorf, Ernest Matzke and Edgar Matzke. Heights funeral home directing.

The Houston Chronicle Tuesday, March 4, 1941 Page 9 (Texas)

Submitted by: Dorothy Hinkey

HAGERMAN, William Lewis

William Lewis Hagerman was born 13 January 1865 in Moultrie County, Illinois, the son of Peter Hagerman and Elizabeth Rebecca Bonham. His obituary reads:

HAGERMAN--William Lewis Hagerman, 74, died at his residence, 1522 North Cohn. Mr. Hagerman had lived in Houston 38 years. He was a member of the Christian Church and the Modern Woodmen of the World. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nettie Hagerman; two sons, Robert E. Hagerman of Alta Lorna, and Ralph E. Hagerman of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Ben Beckendorf of Katy, Mrs. Robert A. Cobb of Westfield, Mrs. Adolph Matzke of Cypress, Mrs. Homer Waits and Miss Willie Hagerman of Houston. Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Memorial funeral home chapel by Rev. Wilbur H. White. Burial will be in the Katy cemetery. Memorial funeral home directing.

The Houston Post Monday, May 23, 1938 Page 11 (Texas) Deaths

Submitted by: Dorothy Hinkey

b: 28 Jan 1899 in KY
d: 17 May 1999 in Arthur
bur: Kellar Cem.
par: Charles & Fronnie Blythe Kerr
mar: Ed D. Hale on 1 Jan 1918 in KY
children: Cliff, Beatrice Hudson, Neva Patterson, Zelpha Smith, Lorene Willoughly

HALE, Burnettie
b: 22 Oct 1904 in TN
d: 19 Mar 1999 in Sullivan, IL
bur: Keller Cem.
par: Joe Cyrus & Della Bessie Smith Hale

b: 13 Jul 1936 in Mt. Zion
d: 26 May 1999 in Moultrie Co.
bur: Marrowbone Cem., Moultrie Co., IL
par: Wirt C. & Phyllis E. Tucker Jenkins
mar: 4 Apr 1953 in Shelbyville, IL
children: Gary, Linda Moschenrose & Lori Harlin

b: 30 May 1936 in TN
d: 26 May 1999 in Moultrie Co.
bur: Marrowbone Cem., Moultrie Co., IL
par: Harvey Odell & Mavis Maybelle Patterson Harlin
mar: 4 Apr 1953 in Shelbyville, IL
children: Gary, Linda Moschenrose & Lori Harlin


Mrs. Zora Frances Harmon, 71-year-old long time resident of the Arthur community, died in her home at 228 S. Elm Street at 11 am last Friday (November 16) after an illness of ten years. Death was caused by a heart attack.

Funeral services were conducted at the Arthur Pentecostal Church at 2 pm last Sunday (Nov 18) with Mrs. Earl Sparks officiating and the Fleming Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the Arthur Cemetery with Edwin Reynolds, Marvin Pankey, Lonnie Watkins, Clarence Watkins serving as pallbearers.

Mrs Harmon was born in Monroe County, Ky on October 12, 1891, the daughter of Leroy and Mary Potter Ford. She was married to John Harmon on Dec 2, 1911. She was a member of the Local Pentecostal Church.

She had resided at her last adress for the past eight years and before that had lived on a farm south of arthur. She moved to the local area from Manitoba, Canada in 1926.

Mrs Harmon was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister and a brother. Her only immediate survivor is a half-brother, Jack Ford, of Cuba, IL. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins residing in the Arthur area.

Submitted by: Joyce (Reynolds) May

HARRIS, George W.

The community was greatly shocked shortly after the noon hour Monday (September 10, 1945) when it learned of the sudden and unexpected death of George W. Harris. He had been working in the morning and had made a few stops, as was his custom, on his way home to dinner. He had not complained of feeling ill to his friends but on arriving at home said he had heart-burn. He felt nauseated and did not care for the dinner and quietly passed away a few minutes later.

The deceased was born near here on September 13, 1873, the son of Joseph T. and Sarah (Jones) Harris, and had lived in this community all his life. He graduated from Lovington high school with the class of 1895. He was married to Miss Lela Foster in September 1901. To this union were born two sons, Joseph Foster Harris of Dearborn, Mich. and Sgt. Harold Dean Harris of Springfield, Mo. The latter is with the Armed Forces and is stationed at Camp Maxey, Texas. He is also survived by two sisters, Miss Lida Harris of Sullivan and Mrs. E.C. Kellar of Covina, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the McMullin Funeral Home in Lovington, Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock. Rev. James White, pastor of the Methodist church, of which he had been a faithful member for many years, had charge. Rev. H.R. Halfyard of Chatsworth gave the prayer and Rev. H.C. Munch of Macon, a lifelong friend of the deceased, gave a few remarks. The pallbearers were: N.W. Boggs, J.S. Strohm, R.E. Bowers, T.L. Conn, H.L. Stillens and C.C. Dickson. Interment was in the Hewitt Cemetery.

Mr. Harris will be greatly missed at church as he was regular in attendance and always sang in the choir. He had taught school earlier in life and then had farmed for a number of years but for several years, after moving into town, had been a painter. He was a splendid cook and enjoyed sharing his culinary efforts with his neighbors. He was very friendly to all and will be greatly missed in this community.

Transcribed from The Lovington Reporter, Sept. 14, 1945, by Joe Harris

HARRIS, Karen S. (Harshman)
b: 17 May 1958 in Decatur
d: 24 Jul 1999 in Sullivan
bur: Greenhill Cem, Sullivan
par: Conrad and Audrey Moore Harshman
mar: Joseph C. Harris on 29 Apr 1978 in Sullivan
children: Grant J. Harris

HARRIS, Lela (Foster)

Mrs. Lela Harris died last Thursday afternoon (January 30, 1958) at the age of 83 in the Singiser Nursing Home in Sullivan. Mrs. Harris had been in poor health and was hospitalized in Decatur before Christmas. She had made her home in the Clevenger Nursing Home in Sullivan for about three years, moving to the Singiser Home last fall.

Lela L. Harris was born October 26, 1874 in Lovington, the daughter of Joseph and Emma Foster, and had resided most of her life here. She married George W. Harris in September 1901. Mr. Harris died September 10, 1945. Both were loyal members of the Lovington Methodist Church.

She leaves two sons, Joseph of Dearborn, Mich. and Harold D. of Springfield, Mo. and one grandson, Joe, the son of Harold. Her sister, Mrs. Nora Anderson, passed away a few months ago.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the McMullin Funeral Home in Lovington with burial in the Hewitt Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Conant officiated at the services. Pallbearers were Fred Kearney, Harry Stillens, Chester Dickson, Pete Foster, Denzel Dunscomb and Joe Foster.

Transcribed from The Lovington Reporter, February 7, 1958, by Joe Harris

b: 9 Nov 1904 in Sullivan
d: 17 Jul 1999 in Clinton
bur: Memorial Park Cem., Clinton, IL
par: Jerry W. & Ina Shuck Hidden

HILLIGOSS, John Howard

Funeral services for John Howard Hilligoss, 70 of Riverview FL., formerly of Windsor, were leld Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was near Windsor on the Hilligoss Farm. He died in Tampa, FL in a rest home.

He was born in Windsor, the son of Warren and Clara Hilligoss. He married McClosive Abrams in 1933 and she preceded him in death. He leaves one daughter, Dorothy Warren of Windsor, one brother, Clark Hilligoss of Windsor and 2 grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death.

b: 11 Aug 1887 in Lincoln, Neb.
d: 23 Aug 1962 in Decatur, IL
bur: Hewitt Cem.
mar: 25 Sep 1904 to Henry Hodge in Sullivan Il

HODGE, Carlyle
b: 1 Jan 1915 in LaPlace
d: 17 Mar 1999 in Decatur
bur: Hewitt Cem.
par: Henry & Anna Hodge
mar: Ruthellen Bolin, Ethel Wilson on 1 Feb 1986
children: Mike, Sondra Swietzer

HODGE, Daryle Lawrence
b: 9 Jan 1927 in Dalton City
d: Nov 1947 in Decatur, IL
bur: Macon Co. Memorial Park
par: Henry and Anna Hodge
mar: 23 Jul 1946 to Roberta Ankrom in Pekin
children: Candida

E. H. HODGE, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Victor Cochran in Bethany on Sunday May 1st, aged 55 years and 7 months. Mr. Hodge was born in Hart County, Ky., October 1, 1854 and was united in marriage with Sarah H. Long in 1881, to them were born 10 children, eight of whom are living. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Eld. Huff. The burial was at the Hewitt Cemetery.


HODGE, Henry
b: 28 Jan 1882 in Bonnieville, KY
d: 14 Jun 1943
bur: Hewitt Cem.
par: E.H. and Sallie M. Hodge
mar: 25 Sep 1904 to Anna Rhodes

HODGE, Hiram
b: 13 Sep 1900 in Louisville, Ky.
d: 15 Aug 1952 in Decatur, IL
par: Ephraim & Sally Hodge
mar: 1 Mar 1923 to Bertha Woolen in Bethany
children: Imogene

HODGE(S), Sallie M.
Mrs. Hodge(s) was born in Hart County, Kentucky, August 26, 1857. She was united in Marriage to E.(H.)P. Hodge(s) in 1878. To them have been born nine children, all of whom are living The family moved from Kentucky to this vicinity in October, 1900. Funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday morning by Rev. Edgar. Interment at the Hewitt Cemetery.


b: 5 Jul 1913 in Moultrie Co.
d: 5 Jun 1999 Hannibal, MO
bur: Point Pleasant Cem., Macon Co., IL
par: George & Effie Halstead Hopkins
mar. #1: Lola Dickins on 27 Sep 1934
mar. #2: Bertha Reynolds in 1970
mar. #3: Catherine Rollin on 19 Jun 1981
children: Robert Wolf, Richard, Shirley Wulf, Nancy Queen, Carolyn Fordyce, Phullis Reynolds, Jerry Cain

HORN, Earl
b: 9 Jun 1918
d: 5 Jun 1999
bur: Greenhill Cem.
par: Earl A. & Ethel Woodruff Horn

HORN, Robert L.

Robert L. Horn, 72, of Sullivan died at 6:45 am Thursday November 23 at St. Marys Hospital in Decatur. He was born in Windsor and married Pearl Abbott on August 26, 1926 at Windsor. He was an employee of the Sullivan Electric Service.

Survivors are his wife, son Leon of Sullivan, 2 daughters, Mrs. Dean (Ethel May) Dudley of Hammond and Mrs. Carrol (Helen) Chaney of Sullivan, 2 sisters, Mrs. Lena Cammack of Santa Paula, CA and Mrs. Gladys Shaffer of Ventura, CA, and 5 grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of God, Sullivan. Services will be held at McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan.

HOSLER, Flossie
d: 15 May 1999
bur: Monticello Cem.
mar: Edward Hosler
children: John, Laverne White, Betty Nelson, Shirley Stoerger <

d: 27 Jun 1999
bur: Berea Cemetery in Hampton, GA
children: Anne Harshbarger, Tamara Bennett, LaVonne Beachy, Jacqueline Lanum, Dr. Vernon Jenkins, Donald Colclasure, P. Wm. (Billy) Lanum

b: 7 Sep 1932 in Sullivan
d: 1 May 1999 in St. Louis, MO
bur: Dodge Cem., Mattoon
par: Shelby "Bud" & Freda Marie VanDeveer Johnson
mar: Diana Lynne Hawkins on 5 Oct 1991 in Las Vegas
children: Michael L., Ross L., Chris L., Jodi L. Lee

JONES, Wesley Pearl
b: 4 Jul 1919 in Decatur
d: 25 May 1999 in Decatur
bur: Wheeler Cem.
par: M/M Earl Jones
children: Scott, Madge Pugsley, Wanda Abbott


KENNEY, Henry S.

Henry S. Kenney, 62, of rural Dalton City died. He was born January 22, 1905, a son of Charles and Minnie Jeune Kenney. He married Eula Redman on October 1, 1928. Mr. Kenney spent most of his life as a farmer.

He leaves his wife, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Ray of Sullivan, a son, Robert of Decatur, a daughter, Mrs. William Sharp of Joliet, a brother Lloyd of Sullivan and 6 grandchildren.

KING, Anna Mae

Mrs. Anna Mae King, 54, of Sullivan, died Monday morning in Decatur Memorial Hospital. She was born December 16, 1924 in Moultrie County, a daughter of Willis and Rausline Fultz Allen. She was a member of the Church of God, Sullivan. She was also a retired employee of the Brown Shoe Company.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 22 at McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan, conducted by Rev. James Fox. Interment was in Greenhill Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, W.J. King, her mother, Mrs Rausline Allen of Sullivan, four sons, Phillip of Sullivan, Tim of Mt. Zion, Tom of Monrovia, CA, and Jeff at home; six daughters, Mrs. John R. (Bea) Ray of Sullivan, Mrs. Cheryl Collins of Christopher, Mrs. Pat Powell of Providence, RI, Mrs. Linda Johnson of Decatur, Mrs. Judy Hendricks of Sullivan, and Peggy King at home. She also leaves one brother, Eugene Allen of Sullivan, four sisters, Mrs. James Harl of Mattoon, Mrs. William E. Meadows of Sullivan, Mrs. Gerald Nolen of Sullivan, Mrs. Edward King of Windsor, 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One brother preceded her in death.

KING, Benjamin
b: 23 Mar 1918 in Mode
d: 26 May 1999 in Decatur
bur: Graceland Cem.
par: Thomas & Pearl King
mar: 10 Jun 1938 to Edith W. Wright in IN
children: Robert & Julia Larimore

KIRK, Evelyn

Mrs. Evelyn Kirk, wife of Shirley C. Kirk died in Decatur Macon County Hospital from injuries received in an auto accident. The accident occurred on Route 36 near Niantic while her son Shirley was driving to Springfield to visit Mr. Kirk, who is a patient in a Springfield Hospital. Mrs. Kirk was born Dec. 9. 1905 near Iola, the daughter of Alvin F. and Nellie Keen. She married Shirley C. Kirk in July 1929. She made her home in Sullivan for 30 years, teaching in the lower grades of Power School for a number of years.

She leaves her husband, children Leon Quentin, Francis, Mary Esther, Lenora, Julian and Ralph, all at home, Her father, Alvin F. Keen of Sullivan, three brothers, James O. Keen of Birmingham MI, Ray Keen of Chicago and Glenn Keen of Rockford, three sisters, Mrs. Harry Johnson of Iola, Mrs. Harry Winter of Venice FL, and Miss Jessie Keen of Evanston. Services were at the Hamilton St. chapel officiated by Leah Harshman, and interment was in Windsor Cemetery. Pall bearers were Carlton Harris, Ham Hagerman, Don Moore, Romaine Harshman, Burnell Moore and Dave Moore.

d: Jun 1879
mar: 29 Oct 1871 to Moranda Monroe
Irwin, Edwin, Effie, James

KUTZ, Deborah Jayne
b: 17 Jun 1952
d: 29 Apr 1999 in Springfield, IL
bur: Macon Co. Memorial Park, Macon Co.
par: Donald Gandy & Paulva Hale Horenkamp
mar: John Kutz on 5 Oct 1991 in Arcola
children: William

LANG, Ferne H.
d: 26 Jun 1999
bur: Rest Haven Memorial Gardens
par: Harry S. and Nettie McMorris Etnire
mar: Luther Lawrence Lang 13 May 1922
children: Joanne Bolin, Patty McIlwain


W.H. Ledbetter died recently in Phoenix AZ, where he has resided since 1935. Mr. Ledbetter was born in Bruce, a son of Harrison and Ada Carter Ledbetter. He was married to Cora Dehart in Bruce on April 13, 1902.

He was a grain dealer for many years, moving to Sullivan in 1918. Surviving him are his wife and the following children: Don, of Yuma AZ, Percy of Phoenix AZ, and Claudia Worsham of Monticello. There were 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves three brothers, Elmer E. of Dearborn MI, Fred F. of Chicago and T.D. (Dean) of LaGrange. Funeral services were held in Phoenix, with interment in the Phoenix Cemetery.

LEE, John A.

Services for John A. Lee, 88, of Peoria will be at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow at Davison Funeral Home in Peoria. He died at 2:55 p.m. Friday in Methodist Medical Center, where he was admitted on Tuesday. The Rev. Robert Teynolds of the St. Patrick's Church will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 this afternoon at the funeral home.

Mr. Lee had been a sheet metal patternmaker for Caterpillar Tractor Co. before retiring 22 years ago. He was born in Sullivan on Dec. 3, 1887, the son of James and Elizabeth Verge Lee. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Surviving are three sons, John E. and Eli Q., both of Peoria, Fred of Bellevue, one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Wagler of Peoria, 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. One son and one daughter preceded him in death.


Ora Leffler of Allenville died. He was born on Nov. 10, 1888 in Broken Bow Nebraska, a son of Frank and Rhoda McCovie Leffler. He was a retired employee of a grain elevator. he married Hattie Knott, who died several years ago. In 1952 he married Pearl Jordan who survives. He leaves a son, Albert of Paris KY, a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Maxine) McDonald of Decatur, a brother Cecil of Decatur, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Galey of Detroit MI, Mrs. Ralph (Minnie) Brunson of Mattoon, one grandchild, two great-grandchildren. Services were held at the McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan, officiated by Henry Graham. Interment was in the Graham Chapel Cemetery.

LEWIS, Clark Alanzo "Dude"
b: 20 May 1923 in Decatur
d: 8 Aug 1999 in Decatur
bur: Graceland Cem.
par: Alanzo and Georgia Clark Lewis
mar: Shirley Gray 25 Jun 1960
children: Lonnie R. Lewis, Michael C. Lewis, Linda M. Wilmoth and Margaret A. Sanderlin


Services for Roy A. Light will be held at the McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan, with burial in Greenhill Cemetery. Mr. Light died at St. Marys Hospital in Decatur. He was born on February 18, 1896 in Sullivan, the son of Walter and Dora George Light. He married Elizabeth Punches on Nov. 4, 1923 in Sullivan. He was retired from the City of Sullivan Water Plant. Mr. Light was a member of the George Sentel Lodge #784. A F & A M and was a veteran of World War I.

He leaves his wife, two sons, George R. and William H., both of Sullivan, a daughter, Mrs. Betty Sanner of Bethany, one brother, Edgar Light of Sperry OK, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

LILLY, Hubert Wallace

LILLY, Loris Herman

LILLY, Mortie J.

LILLY, Nettie C.:

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LILLY, Orris

LOWDER, Kenneth Larry
b: 25 Jul 1937 in Lovington
d: 27 Jul 1999 in Urbana
bur: Arthur Cem.
par: Dallas Edgar and Thelma Gladys Brown Lowder
mar: Imogene Goad in Nov. 1974 in Arthur
children: Marnita Hatton, Mike and Vince

MATTOX, Anna Austin Graven

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, Benjamin Harley

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, Harley

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, John Leroy, Sr.

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, John Nelson

Died October 26, 1926

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, Miles A.

June 24, 1932

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, Oma (Shafer)

Mrs. Omer C. (Oma Shafer) Mattox, 90, of Sullivan died 11 a.m. Friday (Oct 5, 1979) in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. Graveside services were 1 p.m. Saturday in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. McMullin Funeral Home, Sullivan was in charge. Memorials: Kemmerer Village, Assumption.

Mrs. Mattox was born in Cooks Mills, daughter of Asron T. and Susan Shafer. She married Omer Mattox in 1907. He died in 1955. Surviving are sons, Dean of Arthur; Don F. of Sullivan; daughter, Irene DeFour of Sullivan; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild. Three brothers and four sisters preceded her in death

Submitted by: grandson, Jack D. Mattox

MATTOX, Omer Clifford

Omer Clifford "Pete" Mattox, well known East Nelson Township Supervisor, was found dead in the barn at his home about 6 o'clock, Monday morning. He had apparently taken his own life by hanging.

He was born in Moultrie county October 24, 1887, a son of Benjamin and Annie Mattox, and had spent all his life in this county. He has served as Supervisor for the past 12 years, but was defeated at the recent election. He had been in ill health for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Oma, a daughter, Mrs. Irene DeFour of Chicago; two sons, Dean Mattox of Arthur and Don Mattox of Sullivan; three grandchildren, and a brother, Harley Mattox of Selmer, Tennessee.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the McMullin Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. James L. Van Lear. Interment was in the Greenhill Cemetery.

Submitted by: Jack D. Mattox, Grandson

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MATTOX, Rebecca Ann Beck

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

MATTOX, Benjamin (Zinc)

Published in the Sullivan Progress, November 3, 1922

Submitted by: Debbie Lloyd

McDANIEL, Andrew Mike

Funeral services for Andrew Mike McDaniel, 76, of Bruce, were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the French Cemetery near Bruce.

Mr. McDaniel died at 4:30 a.m. Monday March 6 at his home. He was born in Bruce, Moultrie Co. Sept. 9, 1897, a son of George Riley and Mary Ellen Simmons McDaniel. He married Gertie May Miller Jan. 30, 1919 in Charleston. He was a retired carpenter.

Survivors are his wife, two sons, Eugene of Bruce and Gerald of Mattoon, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

McDERMOTT, Kathryn L.

b: in Lovington, IL
d: 21 Mar 1999
bur: St. Isadore Cem., Dalton City, IL
par: John & Lucy Fitzgerald Tueth
mar: Robert J. McDermott in Decatur
children: John, Mary Jane Doubet


McDONALD, Patricia


McDONALD, Theodore

McGEE, Emma

BETHANY ECHO - February 4, 1960


Mrs. Emma McGee passed away at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in her home at Bethany. She had been in failing health for several years.

Surving are her husband J.W. McGee, Bethany; a son Henry, Hopewell, Va.; daughters Mrs. Margaret Queen, Decatur, Mrs. Gladys Queen, Bethany, Mrs. Mary Millsap, Ramsey and a sister Mrs. Nettie Monroe, Dalton City.

Mrs. McGee was born in Bethany Nov. 24, 1974 a daughter of Jacob and Martha Herendeen Sickafus.

She was a former Moultrie Co. school teacher. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the WCTU.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Tohill Memorial Home, with Rev. Robert Springer officiating. Organ music was furnished by Elma Mulholland.

Pall bearers were Merle McReynolds, Ester Scroggins, Lloyd McLaughlin, Scott Dalton, Glen Austin and Boyd Queen.

Interment was in the Bethany cemetery.

McGEE, Marcella May

BETHANY ECHO - June 26, 1936


The body of Marcella May McGee of Fairmont City was brought here Saturday night to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Sickafus. She had been ill a few days before her death. The body was accompanied here by her father and two sons, Edward Sickafus and family of St. Louis, Missouri, and Arthur McGee of Marissa. Her mother, who is ill, was not able to attend the funeral services.

Marcella May, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McGee of Fairmont City was born January 8, 1936 and departed from this life June 19, 1936.

Besides her parents, she leaves to mourn her departure two brothers, Kenneth Merwin Jr., and Robert Henry; four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Sickafus of Bethany and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur McGee of Marissa; two great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Travis of Bethany and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Oak Grove church near Dunn Station by Rev. L.E. Mathews, assisted by Rev. E.E. Blankenship of Decatur.

A quartette, composed of Mrs. M.C. Guner, Mrs. Bruce Standerfer, Lester Baker and Roy Wren, sang "Jewels", "Jesus Loves Me" and "In the Garden" accompanied on the piano by Geraldine Baker.

The floral offering was in charge of Doris Milsap, Barbara Jean Queen, Opal Monroe, Mary Milsap, Gladys Queen and Ruth Meyer.

The casket bearers were Don McGee, Robert Evans, Ray McGee and Richard Sharp.

Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery.

McGEE, Waldo

BETHANY ECHO - December 31, 1959

Waldo McGee, 57, was fatally injured December 23, when he stepped in front of an auto at Sebring, Florida. The accident happened near a new motel which Mr. McGee was helping to construct. He was employed as a carpenter.

He was a member of the Bethany Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McGee of Bethany; five sons, Don and Ray McGee of Sebring, Sam McGee of Miami, Dan McGee of Houma, Louisiana and Johnnie McGee of Warwick, George; a daughter, Mrs. Allen Collier of Sebring; a brother, Henry McGee of Hopewell, Virginia; three sisters, Mrs. Boyd Queen of Decatur, Illinois, Mrs. Gladys Queen and Mrs. Mary Milsap of Bethany; also fifteen grandchildren.

Services were held at Sebring, with burial there.

McGEE, Waldo

Decatur Review, Tuesday, April 15, 1919, Page 4, Column 3


Woman, Loved By Many, Dies in Home

Mrs. Elizabeth McGowan, wife of Thomas McGowan, died at 4:30 o’clock Monday afternoon died in the family residence, 525 North Franklin Street. She was 50 years old last December. Her death was caused by cancer of the stomach. She had been in failing health for some time, and during the last nine weeks had been confined to her bed. Mrs. McGowan knew that the end was near and she knew that the fact was known to her family, but she tried to keep them from knowing how she suffered and she was cheerful and patient through it all. She possessed a cheerful disposition and was never happier than when doing something for others and she was loved by all that knew her.

Mrs. McGowan’s maiden name was Elizabeth A. Dunn. She was born near Warrensburg December 8, 1868. The family moved to near Dalton City when she was a little girl and she lived there until she was grown. For a number of years she was a school teacher and the friendships she made among her pupils endured all through life. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and one of the most popular women among the congregation. She and Thomas McGowan were married October 10, 1892 and they have made their home in Decatur.


Mrs. McGowan leaves her husband and the following children: Mrs. Irvin Vollmer of Dalton City, Miss Mary McGowan, Miss Nellie McGowan, Edwin McGowan, Emmett McGowan, Virgil McGowan and Miss Elizabeth McGowan all of Decatur. She also leaves a brother John Dunn of Dalton City, and the following sisters: Mrs. Anna Heneberry of Dalton City, Mrs. Minnie Nolan of Las Vegas, N.M., and Mrs. Nellie McCarty of Haskell, Okla.

The funeral will be held at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The services will be conducted by Rev. Father J. Murphy. Burial will be in Calvary.


Mrs. Thomas McGowan

The funeral of Mrs. Thomas McGowan was held at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. There was a large attendance, the church being filled with friends. More than fifty automobiles were in the cortege. Solemn high mass was celebrated by Rev. Father J. Murphy as celebrant, Rev. Father Curran of Dalton City as deacon, and Rev. Father Cowden as sub-deacon.

Music was furnished by the regular choir of the church and there was also a solo by Miss Margaret Delaney. There were many beautiful floral tributes in charge of Miss Loretta Malefant, Miss Ellen O’Heran, Miss Geneva Mooney, Miss Helen Henneberry, Miss Bessie Henneberry, Miss Louise Vollmer, Miss Erma Dunn and Miss Imelda Dunn.

The bearers were Joseph Connaghan, P. W. Finn, Dan Higgins, P. J. McGuire, John Fitzgerald and George Goodman. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.



Mrs. Eliza Jane McKown, widow of Samuel McKown, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Flora Jeffers in this city Saturday morning. She had observed her 85th birthday anniversary last May 11.

Her maiden name was Eliza Jane PASCO and she was born May 11, 1844. She was twice married. Her first husband was Annias (sic) Reedy to whom she was united September 1865. He died December 23, 1897. To this union nine children were born, all of whom survive. They are Sam Reedy, Jesse A. Reedy, Bert Reedy, Ed Reedy and Mrs. Flora Jeffers, of Sullivan; Mrs. Hulda Earp of Albany Oregon; Mrs Emma Pritz of Sibley, Ill., Amos Reedy of Findlay and W.H. Reedy of Villa Grove. She also leaves her sister Mrs. Alice Lape of Laredo, MO, and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Her second marriage was on Jan 15 1902 to Samuel McKown of Kirksville. He preceded her in death on March 18th of the present year.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Kirksville church in charge of Rev. C.E. Barnett of the local Christian Church. Interment was in Camfield Cemetery.

(Dec ? 1929)

MEADOWS, Lester Ray (Red)
d: 29 Jun 1999 in Decatur

H. C. Meisenheimer

b: 16 Mar 1934 in Peru, IN
d: 9 Mar 1999
bur: Forest Hill Cem., Madison, WI
par: Edwin & Verna Reifinger
mar: Rev. George Clinch Melcher on 4 Aug 1959
children: Kimberly, Susan

MEREDITH, George "Danny"
b: 6 Feb 1937 in Decatur
d: 20 Mar 1999 in Springfield
bur: French Cem.
Par: Paul E. Robert & Oliver Fern Cox Meredith
mar: Jo Ann Salzman on 26 Jul 1986
children: Danny, Dawn, Tonya, & Kathy Lewis

MILLER, Ivan B: Obituary

Funeral card

MILLER, Myrtle

MILLER, Richard O. "Dick"
b: 26 Feb 1927
d: 20 Mar 1999 in Springfield
bur: Arcola Twp. Cem.
par: Firth & Edna Bickel Miller
mar: Mary Catherine Craven on 26 Dec 1856
children: Scott, Donna Dyer, Sandi Sparks, Sandra Fair, Nancy Leming


MILLSAP, Charles S.

Raymond Herald and Advertiser, Raymond, Pacific Co, Washington State - July 26, 1951, Page 7

Services for South Bend Man Friday

Service will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the chapel of the South Bend Mortuary, for Charles S. Millsap, 74, who died at the hospital here Tuesday following a brief illness.

The Rev. Harry E. Gardner, Raymond, will officiate and burial will follow in Fern Hill cemetery.

Born in Tuscolla (Tuscola), Ill., on September 17, 1876, Millsap was married to Lilly A. Williams in Findley, Ill., in 1897 and the couple moved to South Dakota where they farmed until they retired and came to South Bend about 11 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Harley G., Raymond; Oral R., Monroe, and Charles L. of Pana, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Flossie Gerdes, Miller, S.Dak., and Mrs. Gertrude Thompson, Hoquiam; 11 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.


Raymond Herald and Advertiser, Raymond, Pacific Co, Washington State -- September 30, 1965 (Thursday)

Lillie Millsap, 84, Succumbs

Mrs. Lillie Ann Millsap, 84, a South Bend resident of many years, died Saturday at Hillcrest Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Millsap was born 22 May 1881 in Indiana. She was the widow of Charles Millsap, who died in 1951. Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Flossie Gerdes of Miller, S.D. and Mrs. Gertrude Thompson of Hoquiam; three sons: Harley Millsap of Renton, Leo Millsap of Ramsey, Ill, and Oral Millsap of Raymond; eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 11a.m. Tuesday at the Murphy Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend John A. Larsson, Methodist minister, officiating.

Burial followed beside her husband at Fern Hill Cemetery.




MORELAND, Elizabeth "Lizzie" WEBB

Spokesman Review Sunday May 23, 1948 pg 7

Mrs. Elizabeth Moreland, aged 59 years, died yesterday at her home, near Dean.  Death was sudden and due to heart failure.  The funeral will be held there under direction of the New England Undertaking company.

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Moreland, aged 59 years, who died Sunday, will be held from the late residence this morning at 12 o'clock.  The burial will take place near the home at Colbert. (Peone Cemetery)

Words on Elizabeth's tombstone:

                          Remember friend as you pass by
                           As you are now, so once was I
                             As I am now, so you will be
                          Prepare for death and follow me

                                      Aug. 3, 1852
                                       Dec. 3, 1911


born:  2 Dec 1852 in Moultrie Co, IL
parents:  Frank & Matilda Moreland
brother to Jerome Edward Moreland, Polly Ann Moreland Clark Davis, Amanda L. Moreland Hyland,
Rachel Rosetta Moreland Stradley, Elizabeth Moreland, and Sarah Moreland Eldridge
wife:  Laura A. Baugher Moreland
children:  Jerome, Jessie, Clate, Clan, Iva, Elizabeth, Vernie, Amos & Eb
died: 10 Sep 1914
buried: Pine City Cemetery, Whitman Co, WA

A newspaper article giving details of Wilson Moreland's death:

Colfax Commoner:
RECKLESS DRIVER FINED $150--Accident Cost the Life of Malden Resident.  Colfax, Wash. Sept 25--

Joe Weir pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerously driving an automobile in the superior court today and was sentenced to pay a fine of $150 and costs.  Weir was driving an automobile near Malden September 10, when an accident happened which cost the life of Wilson Moreland of Malden.  The information set forth that the accident was caused by reckless driving.  Weir stated in court that he was intoxicated when it happened.

This above incident was also recorded in the Wilbur Register on Oct 9, 1914.  Wilbur is a small farming town located about 60 miles west of Spokane, WA.


Bunn H. Murphy, 74 died in St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. Burial was in Kellar Cemetery. He was born on January 17, 1891. He was a resident of Sullivan for 32 years. He leaves two sons, Gerald W. of Decatur, Bunny M. Chestnut, a daughter, Mrs. Hervert Watts of Victoria KS, his mother, Mrs. Anna Murphy of Lovington, two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Shroyer of Lovington, Mrs. Will Johnston of Cerro Gordo, ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

MYERS, Albert

MYERS, Anna Belle

NAAB, Henry J.

Henry J. Naab, 84, died in the Shelby County Memorial Hospital. He was born October 11, 1871 in Shunway IL, a son of Jacob and Sophia Schenck Naab. He was a farmer and spent most of his life in this community (Sullivan). He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He was married on Dec. 16, 1897 to Etha Osborne in Fountain Co. IN. Born to this union were four children. His wife preceded him in death on April 4, 1949. He leaves one son, Floyd, three grandchildren, Roger, Susie and Carolyn, three brothers, Adam of Markle IN, Peter of Lerna IL and Albert of Charleston, and one sister Mrs. Martha Richter of Lerna IL.

Services were held at Lovins Funeral Home in Windsor. Joe Veach and Leo Bennett sang, with Mrs. Leo Bennett at the piano. Burial was in Graham Chapel Cemetery near Allenville. Pall bearers were Irwin Richter, Edward Richter, William Richter, Harold Naab, and Charles Jordan. (May 26, 1955)

NEALE, Lida Ann

Mrs. Lida Ann Neale, 96 of Ault, Colorado died at Eventide in Greely Colorado on Thursday, January 26, 1977. She had been a resident there since she was 93 years of age. She was born in Offerle Kansas on May 10, 1881.

She moved to Illinois when she was 9 years of age, in March 1904. She married to Thomas Y. Neal of Windsor, and he died May 1947. In 1920 they moved from Illinois to Ault, where he opened and operated a shoe repair shop.

She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Sullivan and a member of the Christian Church in Windsor.

She leaves 2 daughters, Mrs. Helen Fletcher, of Pierce, Colorado, Mrs. Alma Martinusssen of Ault, Colorado, a son Tom Neal of Cheyenne, Wyoming, 4 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. A son Lawerence Neal died August 28, 1936. Services for Mrs. Neal were held Monday, January 30 in the Macy Alnutt Drawing Room, with interrment in Linn Grove Cemetery, Greely, Colorado.

b: 19 Aug 1942 in MD
d: 30 May 1999
bur: Calvary Cem. in Rushville
par: John Calvin, Jr. & Mary Margaret Price Neuhauser

NEWLAN, Charley
b: 18 Aug 1926 in Lovington
d: 15 May 1999 in Lovington
bur: Kellar Cem.
par: Clyde & Mary Dugaw Newlan
mar: Louise Beck on 18 Mar 1949 in Sullivan
children: Roger

b: 15 May 1901 in Fayette Co.
d: 26 Mar 1999 in Sullivan
bur: Kellar Cem.
par: Sylvester Clarence & Letha King Newlan
mar: Alvin L. Newlan on 14 Sep 1921 in Sullivan
children: Melvin, Mervil, Ruth Beals

NISLEY, Edward
b: 17 Apr 1907 in Moultrie Co
d: 23 Jun 1999
bur: Otto Cem.
par: Eli D. and Lydia D. Kauffman Nisley
mar: Katie Beachy 2 Oct 1928
mar #2: Miriam Mast on 9 Nov 1961
mar #3: Nancy Beachy on 10 Jan 1991
children: two infant children preceded him in death.

NOFFKE, Gerald
b: 11 Oct 1916 in Shelby Co., IL
d: 31 May 1999 in Decatur
bur: Windsor Cem.
par: Martin J. & Sylvia Dell York Noffke
mar #1: Lola P. Chase on 1 Jun 1975 in Sullivan
mar #2: Helen Montgomery on 4 Oct 1997 in Hammond
children: Robert & Gary

NOLAN, Hazel
b: 26 Dec 1914 in Bethany
d: 24 Mar 1999 in Sullivan
bur: Greenhill Cem.
par: Edd & Leona Olive Sharp Corday
mar: Vrgil Eugene Nolan on Jan 14, 1939 in Maplewood, MO
Children: Martha Glascock

ODUM, Lorene Hazel
b: 29 Mar 1999 in Arthur
d: 29 Mar 1999 in Arthur
bur: Arthur Cem.
par: Harve & Ann Huber Thomas
mar: Lawrence Carter Odum on 11 Mar 1933 in Arthur
children: Nancy Boros, Ruth Ann Hausmann

OZIER, Mary L. "Cupie" (Risley)
b: 5 Apr 1925 in Moultrie Co.
d: 7 Sept 1999 in Decatur
bur: Greenhill Cem. in Sullivan
par: Tom and Edna Ione Piper Risley
mar: Robert L. Ozier 16 Aug 1958 in Greenup

PEDIGO, Philip
b: 13 Jun 1957 in Murphysboro
d: 7 Jun 1999 in Decatur, IL
bur: Greenhill Cem.
par: Gentry A. & Agnes Wooley Pedigo
mar: Debra Hall on 12 Oct 1882 in GA

PHELPS, Ruger Zane
d: 27 Apr 1999 in Decatur
bur: Greenhill Cem., Sullivan
par: Travis & Jodi Loy Phelps

PIFER, Eudora Arbelle Winchester


Mrs. Dora Arbelle Pifer, widow of the late John E. Pifer, died at the home of her son Roy near Decatur Sunday afternoon. She had been in failing health for some time and was taken to her son's home a few weeks ago. Her maiden name was Winchester and she was born in Clay county, March 16, 1866. She was united in marriage to John E. Pifer on March 2, 1887. Mr. Pifer preceded her in death August 31, 1931.

Mr. and Mrs. Pifer were the parents of four children all of whom survive. They are Rioy Pifer of Decatur; Ralph Pifer of Perkins, Missouri; Nina Hall of Elkhart, Indiana and Iva Gramblin of Garden Grove, Iowa. Two of her brothers preceded her in death. The following brothers and sister survive: William Winchester of Bruce; Verlie Winchester and Henry Winchester of Allenville; Charles Winchester and Mrs. Maggie Moss of Sullivan. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church with the Rev. Paul M. Curry in charge. Interment was in Greenhill cemetery.


Roy E. Pifer, 71 of Oakley, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Mr. Pifer, an employee of the Wabash Railroad, was a former resident of Sullivan.

He was born April 30, 1889, in Moultrie County, a son of John and Dora Pifer.

He leaves his wife, Mahala, a son, Guy, Bellwood; daughter Mr. Hazel Poff, Decatur; brother, Ralph, Birch Tree, Mo; sisters, Mrs. Nina Hill, Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. Iva Gramblin, Garden Grove, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the McMullin Funeral Home, Sullivan, with burial in Greenhill Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services Held Sunday For Roy E. Pifer.

Roy E Pifer, former Sullivan resident, died March 17 at 2:34 a.m., in a hospital in Jacksonville. He was born April 30, 1889 in Moultrie county, but had lived in Oakley for a number of years.

He leave his wife, Mahala, of Oakley; son Guy Pifer, of Belwood; a daughter Hazel Poff, of Decatur; a brother Ralph Pifer of Birch Tree, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. Nina Hill of Elkhart, Indiana, and Mrs. Iva Gramblin of Garden Grove, Iowa. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the McMullin Funeral Home, with Harold Harsh in charge.

Burial was in Greenhill cemetery. Pall bearers were Cleo Spaugh, Oral Dolan, Jim Pifer, Ralph Harris, Lloyd Winchester, and Norman Burwell.

Funeral Friday For Mrs. Pifer

Mrs. Mahala J. Pifer, 70, of Decatur, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11 at St. Mary's Hopital. Mrs. Pifer was born Jan. 14, 1895 in Moultrie County, the daughter of Charles and Dilsa Bonham Ballinger. She has resided in the Decatur area for a number of year. She was the widow of Roy E. Pifer who preceded her in death March 17, 1961.

Survivors include one son, Guy of Stone Park; one daughter, Mrs. Hazel P. Off of Decatur; two brothers John Ballinger of Cerro Gordo and Bill Ballinger of Illiopolis; two sisters, Mr. Zelma Vandeveer of Sullivan and Mrs. Della Sager of Chicago; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan. The Rev. C. A. Longton will officiate and burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today (Thursday)

QUEEN, Harold L.

Harold L. Queen of Bethany died Oct. 8, 1980 in St. Marys Hospital in Decatur. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church of Bethany. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery. Mr. Queen was born in Bethany, the son of A.Cl and Minnie Queen. A retired farmer, he married Lois Sharp in 1920.

Surviving are his wife, a son William of Washington, IL, two brothers, George of Bethany, and Marvin of Decatur, two sisters, Velma Standerfer of Bartonville, and Eva Baughn of Sullivan, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Four brothers preceded him in death.

b: Macon
d: Mar 1976, Decatur, IL
bur: Hewitt Cem, Moultrie Co
par: Charles and Nancy Herring
mar: William Rankin in 1909
children: John, Eleanor

RAUCH, Herman

Herman Rauch of Strasburg passed away Feb. 12, 1964. Services were held at the Methodist Church at Strasburg and interment was in the Liberty Cemetery near Bruce. He was born January 27, 1889, a son of Herman Sr. and Karoline Wiseman Rauch. On January 20, 1920 he married to Tella Briscoe. They farmed in Moultrie Co. and later moved near Strasburg. He retired in 1953 and they moved to Strasburg. He leaves his wife, a son Paul of Stewardson, a brother Julius of Sullivan, two sisters and 5 grandchildren.

RAY, Mrs. Levada Rowena

Mrs. Levada Rowena Ray, 64 of Dayton, TX, formerly of Decatur, died in Baptist Hospital at Beaumont TX. Burial was in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton. She married Otto Ray, and he died in 1969.

She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Dale of Dayton, TX, a sister, Mrs. Olive Meredith of Decatur, a brother, Harley Cox of Oakley, 5 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers and one sister.

REED, George

George F. Reed, 75 of Bethany died. He was born in Shelby County and married Mamie Foster on Nov. 23, 1936. She died in 1966. He leaves one son, Keith of Findlay, stepsons, Carl Stevens of Kansas City MO, and Melvin Stevens of Kansas City KS, stepdaughter, Madine Burton of Kansas City MO, sisters Mrs. W.T. Smith of Morrisonville, Mrs. Virgil Ferguson of Dalton City, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

REED, Harry R.

Harry R. Reed died Sunday night at his home in Bruce at the age of 78 years, 3 months and 6 days. Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist Church of Bruce and were conducted by Rev. Webb. Interment was in the Windsor Cemetery.

Mr. Reed had been sick for some time and for the last few weeks his daughter, Mrs. Winchester and her husband helped to care for him. He had made his home with his grandson Clyde Reed. Harry Randolph Reed was born Jan. 6, 1859, to Joseph and Sarah Reed, near Sunnit, which is now Gays. All of his life was spent in Shelby and Moultrie Counties. In early life he united with the Baptist Church at Strasburg.

On April 27, 1882 Mr. Reed was united in marriage with Luella Hughes, who died on Oct. 12, 1934. To this union nine children were born, three of whom passed away in infancy, and James in early life. Those surviving are Mrs. Edna Winchester of Bruce, Anna Reed of Decatur, Mrs. Alta Miner of Windsor, John of East Whitley, and Ray of Bruce. There are eleven grandchildren.

Mr. Reed was the oldest of five brothers, one of whom preceded him in death, as did five sisters. Surviving are three brothers, Tom of Bethany, Willie and John of Goodland Kansas and a sister, Clarinda Edwards of Sherman County Kansas.

REED, Thomas

Thomas Reed, a resident of this community for about fifty years passed away in his home in Bethany. (Feb. 17, 1951) He had been ill with the flu, but was getting along nicely, but became suddenly ill about five o'clock in the morning, and died within a very short time.

Mr. Reed, son of Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Munson Reed, was born near Bruce on Apr. 26, 1871. When a young man, he homesteaded in the state of Kansas, near where the city of Goodland is now located. There he was united in marriaage to Miss Minnie Galloup on Sept. 1, 1896. Shortly after their marriage the Reeds returned to Illinois, the trip back was made in a covered wagon and required 47 days. They often referred to the experiences, some humorous, others serious, and many heart breaking, that they encountered on their journey. Back in Illinois they lived in Cowden for three years, then moved to the Bethany community where they lived the rest of their lives. For a number of years they lived in the Prairie Home Community on one of the Sanner farms, then moved to a farm south of Bethany where they lived before retiring from farming. A few years ago they retired and moved to property in Bethany. Mrs. Reed preceded her husband in death, passing away on May 29, 1931.

Mr. Reed united with the Prairie Home Presbyterian Church many years ago and kept his membership there until his death. He was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge for 41 years and a member of the Rebeccahs for several years.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. W.T. Smith (Sarah) of Morrisonville and Mrs. Mildred Ferguson of Bethany, one son George also of Bethany, and one brother, John of Goodland Kansas. Also left are seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in the Tohill Memorial Home with Rev. C.E. Stabler in charge.

Mrs. Russell Keown and Mrs. Francis Hogg sang, accompanied by Miss Virginia Ekiss. The pall bearers were members of the local Odd Fellows Lodge. Interment was in the Bethany Cemetery, under the direction of the Tohill Funeral Service with the Odd Fellows having charge of the grave services.

REED, Viola A.
b: 20 May 1912 in Westervelt
d: 28 June 1999 in Springfield
bur: Findlay Cem
par: Charles and Louetta Downs Crook
mar: Earl T. Reed on 16 Feb 1929 in Bethany
children: Daisy Cook, she was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter

REYNOLDS, Mrs. Berniece

Funeral services for Mrs. Berniece Reynolds, 64, of Sullivan were held at 1:30 Wed. in the McMullin Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds died Monday, Jan. 21 at Sherbyville Restorium.

She was born in McLeansboro on Mar. 3, 1909, the daughter of Warner and Clara Reeder Malone. She married Luther Reynolds on Apr. 27, 1930 in Sullivan. She was a member of the Sullivan Church of Christ.

She leaves her husband, three sons, Carvell of Elkhart, IN, Donald of Shelbyville, and Melvin of Allenville, a daughter, Maxine Henwood of Sullivan, two brothers, Ray Malone of Sullivan, and Williard of New Jersey, and 12 grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death.

RHODES, Luella

Mrs. William (Luella) Rhodes, 68, died at East View Manor in Sullivan on Aug. 8, 1969. She was born Jan. 20, 1885 in Moultrie County, a daughter of William and Mary Gough Cazier. She married James W. Rhodes, who died April 1935. She leaves sons Clive, Lewisville KY, William, Columbus OH, Thoedore, Bloomington IN, Noel, Tuscon AZ, Wison of Oreana, and James of Sullivan, daughters, Mrs. Mary Islakar, Sullivan, Mrs. Mildred Davis and Mrs. Pearl Lee, both of Lovington.

PHELPS, Ruger Zane
d: 27 Apr 1999 in Decatur
bur: Greenhill Cem., Sullivan, IL
par: Travis & Jodi Loy Phelps

RICE, Mary Odell
b: 26 Jun 1913 in Macon Co., IL
bur: Cerro Gordo Cem.
par: Charles & Mary Dillow
mar. #1: Irvin Snoke
mar. #2: R. Carroll Rice on 31 Jul 1969 in Decatur
children: Gerald Snoke


RICHARDSON, Robert William

RILEY, Dorothy J. (Bruce)
b: 8 Aug 1931 in Bethany
d: 4 Aug 1999 in Shelbyville
bur: Glenwood Cem. in Shelbyville
par: Homer Othello and Lorene Seagle Redebaugh Bruce
mar: Fred Blackwell Jr.
mar. #2: William "Cy" Riley
children: Michael A. Blackwell, Robin Sue Webb


ROBINSON, Catherine


ROBINSON, Cyrus (Si)





ROBINSON, Sarah Lilly

d: 21 May 1999 in AZ
mar: Mary
children: Brenda Stanley

ROELLIG, Vera (Walker)
b: 9 Nov 1914 in Ash Grove Twp in Shelby Co.
d: 3 Sept 1999 in Coles Co.
bur: Windsor Cem.
par: Willis L. and Nettie F. Reynolds Walker