Graveside services for Mrs. William (Betty G. Day) Griffith, 75, of Sullivan were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Graceland Cemetery in Decatur with the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The former Decatur resident died at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2003 in the Sullivan Health Care Center.
Born June 14, 1928 in Princeton, W.Va., she was a daughter of Edward Joshua and Minnie Victoria Day. She owned Bill’s Restaurant in Lovington for 14 years. She married William Griffith Oct. 15, 1952 in South Carolina, and he died June 23, 1992.
Survivors include a son, David Griffith of Mattoon; daughter Mrs. Mike (Barbara) Forbes of Sullivan; stepdaughter, Mrs. Lee (Norma) Cole of Pilot, Va.; half-brother, Jack; five grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
One sister and three grandchildren preceded her in death.
Memorials to Easter Seals are suggested.
Services for Noward G. Malone, 78, of Decatur were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Brintlinger and Sons Funeral Homes. Burial was in the Maroa Cemetery.
He died at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2003 in his home.
Born July 24, 1924, he was the son of Sterling and Edna Griffith Malone. He served in the Army in the 675th Engineers Light Equipment Co. during World War II from 1942 to 1944. He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, past master of Great Light Lodge 1064 and was very active in Masonic work. He worked at the A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. for 41 years as a hydrogenist pump operator. He married Dorothy Lovering Sept. 15, 1946 in Assumption, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Robert Alan Malone of Decatur and James Patrick Malone of Chesterfield, Mo.; sister, Edna Powell of Lovington; and two granddaughters.
Memorials to the First Congregational United Church of Christ are suggested.
Services for Mrs. Harvey (Marietta Vowan Fisher) Melton, 90, of Mt. Zion were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the Myers Cemetery in Herrick.
She died at 12:28 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2003 in the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Zion.
Born July 14, 1913 in Herrick, she was a daughter of Newt and Lota Landers Vowan. She had worked for Western Electric and attended the Highway Church of Christ in Sullivan. She married Clifford Fisher Nov. 24, 1934 in Newport, Ark., and he died in May 1986. She then married Harvey L. Melton Oct. 13, 1993 in Cabot, Ark., and he died Oct. 13, 1995.
Survivors include her children, Arwood “Woody” Fisher of Little Rock, Ark., Lota Fisher of Sullivan, Flo Harper of Decatur and Troy Fisher of Aurora; brother, Lawrence Vowan of Cabot, Ark.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
One son, one sister and one brother preceded her in death.
Memorials to the Highway Church of Christ are suggested.
Services for Mrs. Barton (Gladys V. Meadows) McClard, 92, of Moweaqua were held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes. Burial was in Keller Cemetery in Lovington.
The former Decatur resident died at 4:45 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2003 in the Moweaqua Nursing Home.
Born Aug. 15, 1910 in Allen County, Ky., she was a daughter of William T. and Nancy J. Stinson Meadows. She was a longtime member of the Southern Baptist Church and was currently a member of the Summit Avenue Baptist Church and its Silver Strand Group. She married Barton McCard May 9, 1925 in Lovington, and he died Nov. 30, 1999.
Survivors include daughters, Joyce Haws of Decatur and June Novak of Lincoln; sons, Bill McClard of Frankfort and Jim McClard of Gibson City; sisters, Ruby Moore of Decatur and Audry Franklin of Sullivan; brothers, James Meadows of Scottsville, Ky. and Ottis Meadows of Lyndon; ten grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
One son, two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services for Mary "Florence" Long, 83, of Lovington were held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), Aug. 14, 2002 in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington. Burial was in the Hewitt Cemetery in Lovington.
She died at 11:35 Monday, Aug. 12, 2002 in the Sullivan Health Care Center in Sullivan.
She was born April 7, 1919 in Moultrie County, the daughter of George E. and Malinda Alice Webb Schram. She was a retired artisit, member of the Lovington United Methodist Church in Lovington and the United Artist Club. She married James Edmunds Long Jan. 21, 1945 in Lake City, and he preceded her in death April 7, 1999.
She is survived by her son, George Lynden Long of Annapolis, Md.; daughter, Marian Kay Long of Hansboro, N.D.; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Freda M. Stroud, 88, of Lovington died at 4:35 a.m. today (Wednesday), Aug. 14, 2002 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Arrangements are incomplete in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington.
Funeral services for Diane Vandeveer Black, 60, of Sullivan were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with Pastor Leonard Moore officiating. Burial was in the Arthur Cemetery.
She died at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, July 28, 2002 in the Sullivan Health Care Center.
Diane was born Feb. 7, 1942 in Mattoon, the daughter of Charles W. and Doris Bratton Vandeveer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jonathan Creek Christian Church.
Surviving are her mother, Doris Vandeveer of Sullivan; sons, Charles Black of Sullivan and Michael Black of Maryland; daughter, Shari Carr of Sullivan; sister, Elizabeth Stutler of Pennsylvania; special friend, Darrell England of Sullivan; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother.
Memorials to the family are suggested.
Mrs. Ward (Mary Elizabeth Davison) Thomas, 86, of Bethany died at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002 in the Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Christian Church in Bethany with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Bethany.
She was born June 24, 1916 in Bethany, the daughter of Walter and Lois Crowder Davison. She was a member of the First Christian Church and American Legion Auxiliary Post 507, both in Bethany, and the Sullivan Country Club. She married Ward Thomas March 19, 1938 in St. Charles, Mo., and he preceded her in death Aug. 6, 1990.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Bullock and husband Robert of Decatur; grandchildren, Robert A. Bullock and wife Shelia of Chicago, Elizabeth Bullock of Kansas City, Mo., Tia Werdell of Venice, Fla. and James Zachary Thomas and wife Crystal of Sarasota, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Ward Thomas, and one brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the James W. Thomas Scholarship Fund in care of the Decatur School District or to the First Christian Church in Bethany.