Vernon C. "Bud" Sutton, 88, of Taylorville, died at 3:13 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002 in his residence.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Sutton Memorial Home Chapel in Taylorville with visitation 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sept. 19. Burial will be in French Cemetery in Allenville.
Born Feb. 16, 1914 in Coles County, he was the son of Ivan and Minnie Clark Sutton. He was a retired coal miner with Peabody #10 and a member of the Taylorville Christian Church. He married Mabel Pearcy Aug. 5, 1935 in Benton, and she died Feb. 1, 1981.
Survivors include a son Vernon of Delphi, Ind. and daughter Mrs. William (Sonja) Nelson of Taylorville; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Four sisters preceded him in death.
Dr. B.B. Gray
A memorial service for Dr. Burl Bradley Gray, 61, of Pacific Palisades, Cal. was held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the First Methodist Church in Santa Monica, Cal.
Dr. Gray peacefully passed away on Feb. 16, 2000 surrounded by his loving family.
Dr. Gray was born June 1, 1938 in Mattoon to Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Gray.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela; children, Bradley and Kara Gray and Wendy Gleason; and mother, Virginia Gray Cady.
Burl attained his degree, Doctor of Philosophy, in 1963 from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Gray, a former resident of Bethany, was a renowned specialist in the field of Speech Pathology, and published two books. His varied career included Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Director of Research at the Behavioral Sciences Institute, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Wichita State University, President/CEO of McFann-Gray & Associates and Vice President of Aeroterra, Inc.
He developed major training programs, computer software packages, is a US patent holder and authored professional articles and book chapters. He was involved in the development of 13 companies in electronics, management consulting, R&D and education. He has been involved in the aerospace industry since moving to Pacific Paladsades in 1986.
Burl enjoyed the finer things: family, friends, gourmet food, a good laugh and a cigar.
Those who wish to honor his memory may send a contribution (specifically for Hepatitis C research) to: Regents of the University of California, c/o Dr. Paul Martin/Director of Hepatology, UCLA School of Medicine, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Rm. 2114 PVUB, LA, CA 90095.
Funeral services for Ann Best Mattli, 67, of Poplar Bluff, Mo. were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Zion Lutheran Church in Poplar Bluff with the Cottrell Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff in charge of arrangements. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in The Lutheran Cemetery in Farmington, Mo.
She died Saturday Feb. 26, 2000 in the Lucy Lee Hospital in Poplar Bluff.
Born Nov. 14, 1932, she was a daughter of Ellis J. and Nellie C. Murphy Best. She was a 1953 graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis and was employed as an operating room nurse at St. Luke’s from 1953 to 1955. She then moved to Houston, Texas where she served as a heart and vascular operating room nurse in St. Luke’s Texas Children’s Hospital. In 1956 and 1957, she served as an operating room nurse in the Highland Hospital in Shreveport, La. She then moved to Dallas, Texas where she was the head operating room nurse in the Baylor University Medical Center from 1957 to 1960.
In 1960 she moved to Poplar Bluff, Mo. and was employed as the operating room supervisor in the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Following her retirement from the VA Medical Center, she joined the staff at the Northwest Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. During her nursing career, she earned 32 additional credit hours for her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University and Arkansas State University. She also held A.O.R.N. certification for five years from 1983 to 1989.
Survivors include a son, Ron Mattli and his wife Joan of Williamsville, Mo.; grandchildren Ashley and Meagan Mattli of Williamsville; and an uncle, aunts and cousins.
Two brothers, Robert “Bob” Best and Ed Best, preceded her in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church building fund or the United Cancer Assistance Network in Poplar Bluff.
Services for Mrs. Charles (Dorothy Adeline Buskirk) Cutler,95, of Decatur were held at 11 a.m. Tusday in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Decatur. Burial was in the Point Pleasant Cemetery with the Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
She died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 in Lincoln Manor Nursing Home in Decatur.
Born Jan 26, 1905 in Dollville, she was a daughter of the Rev. William F. and Effie Neil Buskirk. She was a homemaker and member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She married Charles F. Cutler April 8, 1923, and he died Aug. 31, 1988.
Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Donald (D. Lorraine) Goveia of Decatur (formerly of Sullivan), Opal Phee of Decatur and Mrs. Harold (Alice M.) Hayes of Decatur; sons, Ernest F. Cutler of Decatur and Charles William Cutler of Mt. Pleasant, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Three brothers, one half sister, one half brother, one grandson and one great-granddaughter preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorials to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to the Lincoln Manor Nursing Home in Decatur.
Services for Francis Lloyd Daily, 82, of Arthur were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Dorans. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cooks Mills with arrangements by the Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola.
He died at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 in his home.
Born March 21, 1917 in rural Arthur, he was a son of Harry and Irma Ellison Daily. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Coles County Farm Bureau and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He married Karen R. Lanphier April 15, 1962 in rural Dorans, and she survives.
Other survivors include daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Kay) Horn of Mattoon, Mrs. David (Lynn) Funck of Lawrenceville, NJ and Jean Daily of Mattoon; brother, Omer Daily of Arthur; and five grandchildren.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Paul’s Church organ fund.
Services for Rachel A. Griffin, 82, of Taylorville were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Connolly-McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
She died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000.
She was an author. She married Wilbert Griffin, and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include sons, Gerold of San Angelo, Texas, William of Taylorville, Albert of Cynthiana, Ind., Michael of Decatur and Glen of Stonington; daughters, Rose Marie Cooper of Granite City, Bonnie Jean Mitchelson of Taylorville and Margie Hurst of Lovington; 20 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
One brother, one sister and two grandchildren preceded her in death.
A graveside service for Leota Jane “Abbie” Abercrombie (Stearns) Rathbun, 78, of Decatur was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan with the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola in charge of arrangements.
The former Sullivan resident died at 4:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 in Lincoln Manor in Decatur.
Born Sept. 25, 1921 in Windsor, she was the daughter of Raymond and Minnie Dale Storm Abercrombie. She was employed at Brown Shoe Co. in Sullivan for several years and later worked at Walgreens in Decatur. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Decatur. She married Truman Stearns, and he died in 1958. She later married Cecil Dale Rathbun, and he died in 1999.
She is survived by seven stepchildren and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Russel (Alma M. Jones) Smith, 89, of Prairie Village, Kan. died at 4:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 in her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan with the Rev. Glen Stewart officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery in Casey.
Mrs. Smith was born July 7, 1910 in Greenup, the daughter of Tecumseh S. and Ophia M. Fisher Jones. Alma received her bachelor of science degree from DePauw University, her master of science degree from Eastern Illinois University and her A.C.M.E. from the University of Illinois, was a vocal, instrumental and classroom teacher in Casey, Elmwood, Gibson City, Westfield and the Sullivan schools. She was also choir director, pianist and organist for the Casey and Sullivan First United Methodist Churches, was on the staff and pianist at the Little Theatre On the Square and had been a Moultrie County Election Judge.
She was a member and officer of numerous organizations including the Order of Eastern Star, Casey Woman’s Club, Sullivan Evening Woman’s Club, Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs, Retired Teachers Assn., Illinois Music Educators Assn., Fortnightly Book Club, Homemakers Extension and the Martha Circle. Alma married Russel E. Smith June 5, 1936 in Casey, and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughter, Sue Ann Dickey of Overland Park, Kan.; sons, Jerry D. Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Terry G. Smith of Chillicothe, Ohio; grandchildren, Lara Dickey Lewis and her husband William, Steven Dickey, David Dickey and Arwen Dickey, all of Overland Park, Kan., Patrick Smith of Oro Valley, Ariz., Christopher Smith of Greenfield, Ind., Angela Bagby Nichols and her husband Larry of Van Wert, Ohio and Jennifer Bagby and Benjamin Bagby, both of Chillicothe, Ohio; and great-grandchildren, Logan Nichols, Hayden Nichols and Benjamin Nichols, all of Van Wert, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Steven R. Dickey, and brother, Raymond L. Jones.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Assn. or the Kansas City Hospice, c/o Reed Funeral Home, 1112 S. Hamilton St., Sullivan, IL 61951.