Services for Jesse Ray Taylor, 71, of Pana were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the McCracken-Dean Funeral Home in Pana. Burial was in the Linwood Cemetery in Pana.
He died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003.
He was a Navy veteran and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Pana. He married Shirley J. Stoneburner, and she preceded him in death.
Survivors include sons, Danny Taylor of Springfield and Kevin Taylor of Sullivan; daughters, Stephanie Saldino and Catherine Branch, both of Springfield; brother, Virgil of Ramsey; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services for William G. “Bill” Conlin, 74, of Sullivan were held at 10 a.m. Monday in the St. Columcille Catholic Church in Sullivan.
He died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. Services were held Monday in the church with burial in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. Arrangements were by the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan.
Mr. Conlin was born Nov. 21, 1925 in Moultrie County, the son of Thomas and Kathryn Lang Conlin. He was retired from the Water Dept. of the City of Sullivan and was a member of St. Columcille Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #68, all in Sullivan. He married Frances B. Hostetler June 26, 1953 in Shelbyville. She died Jan. 31, 1998.
Surviving are sons, Kim Conlin and wife Rose Mary of Yankton, S.D. and Mark S. Conlin of Sullivan; daughter, Kathy Denton of Sullivan; brother, Dick Conlin of Sullivan; and grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick and Rebecca Glidden of Yankton, S.D., Matthew and Cole Denton of Sullivan and Stephanie and Sierra Conlin, also of Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; two brothers, Joseph and Edward; and a sister, Mary English.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Columcille Catholic Church Building Fund.
Services for G. Lawrence Cox, 92, of Lovington were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Arthur. Burial was in the Arthur Cemetery.
He died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000 in his home.
Mr. Cox was born in Arthur on Dec. 18, 1907, the son of Edward and Nellie York Cox. He was a retired farmer, having farmed south of Lovington since 1938 and had a lifelong passion for his land. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lovington. He married Mildred M. VonLankin Jan. 1, 1938 in Arthur, and she survives.
Other survivors include a son, Max Cox and wife Karen of Lovington; grandchildren, Heather, Kelley and Ashley Cox of Minneapolis, Minn.; great-grandson, Dillon Cox of Minnesota; sisters, Dorothy Roberts of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Gladys McCallister of Tulane, Cal.; brother-in-law, Ervin VonLankin and wife Mabel of Charleston; sisters-in-law, Minnie Taylor of Arthur, Grace Randall and husband Bob of Arthur and Lorene Martin and husband Howard of Las Vegas, Nev.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Memorials are suggested to the Lovington Ambulance Service.
Mrs. Paul Harshman
Funeral services for Mrs. Paul (Mary E. Corder) Harshman, 88, of Sullivan were held at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ with Felix Hagerman officiating. Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery with the Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan in charge of arrangements.
She died at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Mrs. Harshman was born Dec. 21, 1911 in Nacogdoches County, Texas, the daughter of Harrison and Achsah Morris Corder. She was a member of the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ. Mary married Paul Harshman Sept. 30, 1989 in Sullivan, and he survives.
Other survivors include a daughter Patricia Hagerman and her husband Felix of Sullivan; stepsons, Milton Harshman and his wife Marsha and Burnett Harshman and his wife Vesta, all of Sullivan; sisters, Eloise Hutchinson and her husband Joe of Gretna, La. and Temple Ewing of Austin, Texas; 13 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, two sons, one grandson, five brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services for Mrs. Raymond (Florence Merold Rutledge) Jones, 85, of Dalton City were held at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan. Burial was in the Macon Cemetery in Macon.
She died at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000 in the Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur.
Mrs. Jones was born Aug. 25, 1914 in Dalton City, the daughter of John and Lena Rahn Merold. She was a former postal employee in Dalton City and a member of the Dalton City United Methodist Church. She married Walter Rutledge in July 1929, and he died Dec. 31, 1984. She then married Raymond Jones in June 1991, and he died in July 1996.
Surviving is a daughter-in-law, Ruth Rutledge of Dalton City; grandchildren, Roger Rutledge and wife Linda of Argenta, Kimberly King and husband Mike of Decatur; great-grandchildren, Richard Rutledge of Sullivan, Rhonda Rutledge of Peoria; and their mother Johanna Rutledge of Sullivan. Also included are Carlyn and Erin Rutledge of Argenta, and Adam, Jerod and Hillary King of Decatur. A sister, Lucile Bobbit of Dalton City also survives.
She was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Lee Rutledge, five brothers, two sisters, her husbands, one grandson and one great-grandson.
Memorials are suggested to the Dalton City United Methodist Church.
Services for Donald Joseph Smith, 69, of Lovington were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mt. Zion. Burial will be in Keller Cemetery in Lovington with the McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Lovington in charge of arrangements.
He died at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Mr. Smith was born Aug. 25, 1930 in Decatur, the son of John “Jack” Thomas and Margaret Vollmer Smith. He was a retired farmer, served on the Lovington School Board for 25 years, was a trustee on the Lovington Township Board, a member of Lovington Kiwanis, served on the Drainage Committee for Lovington Township, was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mt. Zion, was a Democrat Precinct Committeeman, a past member of the Knights of Columbus, and had belonged to the National Guard.
He married Zelpha “Sammie” Hale March 11, 1950, and they would have celebrated their much anticipated 50th wedding anniversary in three weeks. She survives along with a son, Douglas Joseph Smith and wife Kristie of Lovington; daughters, Cheryl Marie Murphy and husband Danny and Karen Anne Smith-Cox and husband Max both of Lovington, and Amy Renee’ Graven and husband Doug of Sullivan.
Grandchildren include Wyatt, Meghan and Mallory Murphy of Lovington; Tyler and Alexis Graven of Sullivan; and Zach, Austin and Sean Smith of Lovington. A twin brother, Daniel Francis Smith and his wife Nan of Tulsa, Okla., also survive.
He was preceded in death by four brothers.
Memorials are suggested to the Lovington Ambulance Service.
Don’s first love was God and his family; he was very proud to be able to say that. He enjoyed his friends and was thankful for them. He farmed west of Lovington for 35 years, and his heart was always in it. He was a hero to his family.
Joseph Paul Solorio, infant son of Ruben Solorio and Andrea Jo Davis of O’Fallon, Mo., was stillborn Feb. 13, 2000 in St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Mo.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 in Greenhill Cemetery in Sullivan. There will be no visitation. The McMullin-Young Funeral Home in Sullivan is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are his parents of O’Fallon, Mo.; grandparents, Jack and Judy Davis of St. Charles, Mo. and Jose Solorio of San Felipe, Chilaprillo, Mexico; great-grandparents, Kenneth and Betty Davis and Mrs. Del Nettleship, all of Decatur; great-great grandmother, Mary Wilson of Sullivan; special aunt, Erica of O’Fallon, Mo., other aunts, Angelica, Carmen and Erica; and uncles, David, Francisco, Ignacio, Jose Luiz, Rafel, Manuel and Feliciano.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother Maria Solorio and an uncle, Robbie Davis.
Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marie T. Bailey, 85, of Mattoon was held at 10 a.m. Friday in the St. Columcille Catholic Church in Sullivan. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Mattoon with the Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon in charge of arrangements.
She died at 1:37 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 in the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga.
Born Sept. 18, 1914 in St. Louis, Mo., she was a daughter of Joseph and Josephine Tomaszkiewica Tuzzo. She was a member of St. Columcille Catholic Church in Sullivan and was a charter member of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital Guild. She married Russell A. “Russ” Bailey Aug. 1, 1936, and he died Jan. 2, 1989.
One sister preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made to the St. Michael’s School in Sigel.