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West Central Illinois Obituary and Death Notice Collection
(From Various Funeral Homes in the west central counties of Illinois, including Morgan, Macoupin, Greene, Schuyler, Cass, Fulton, Sangamon, and Menard counties.)

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West Central Illinois Obituary and Death Notices Collection

West Central Illinois Obituary Collection - 165

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2011, at 3:51 p.m.

Gladys Estalene Parker (Pruitt)
G. Estalene Parker, 83, formerly of Carrollton died on Tuesday Nov. 26, 2002 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Born November 20, 1919 in White Hall, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Emma Stumbo Pruitt. She married William Parker in 1942 in Alton and he preceded her in death on April 8, 1951. She is survived by three children: Karen Carmody of Springfield, Keith (wife Cindy) Parker of Spruce Pine, N.C., and Kathy (husband Dale) Greco of Beach Park, IL.; eight grandchildren: Todd Carmody, Craig Carmody, Tina Gilbert, Keith Parker, Emily Parker, Deena Smith, Chad Moore and Mike Greco; 11 great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by a brother Harold Pruitt, a stepsister-Helen Hillis, 2 step brothers-George and Curtis Ray and a great grandson. Mrs. Parker was employed by Carrollton City Water Dept. She then worked for General Telephone Co. in Jacksonville, Il. retiring in 1984 after 15 years of service. She was a member of the Carrollton First Baptist Church, the American Business Women’s Assoc. in Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Moose Lodge. Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Friday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton with funeral services to immediately follow the visitation. Graveside rites will be on Saturday at 10 A.M. at the Carrollton City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Mrs. Clara Passlacqua (Bellegante)
CLARA PASSALACQUA PALMYRA 1926 - 2002 Clara Passalacqua, 76, of Palmyra, IL. died Monday, July 29, 2002 in Litchfield Healthcare Center in Litchfield, IL. She was born January 13, 1926 in Girard, IL a daughter of Victor and Giovanna Bilesimo Bellegante. She married Freddie Anthony Passalacqua on January 15, 1947 in Virden, IL. He preceded her in death on August 9, 1973. Surviving are one daughter, Janice (husband Jim) Powell of Palmyra, IL, one son, Ross (wife Linda) Passalacqua of Palmyra, IL, two sisters; Kathryn (husband George) Brown of Chatham, IL, Helen Burke of Girard, IL, one sister in law Ruth Bellegante of Mulberry Grove, IL, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Mary Surratt, and one brother Tony Bellegante. Shw was bookkeeper for Passalacqua Trucking Company and Passalacqua and Powell Trucking Company for many years, and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Palmyra, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, August 1, 2002 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Palmyra, IL. The family will receive friends at the Stults-Neece Funeral Home in Palmyra, from 5 to 8 pm on Wednesday, Jul;y 31, with The Rosary at 8 pm. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Palmyra. Memorials are suggested to Palmyra Fire Department.

Mrs. Marie Caroline Peck (Hammer)
Marie Caroline Hammer Peck, 101, of Arenzville died Thursday afternoon, January 31, 2002 at Heritage Manor in Beardstown. She was born October 20, 1900 in Arenzville the daughter of Frank D. and Bertha Traeger Hammer. She married Joseph Edwin “Joe” Peck on April 8, 1921 in Arenzville and he preceded her in death on August 1, 1959.
She is survived by two daughters, Mable Jean Norris of Talent, Oregon and Sherill Rawlings of Arenzville; one son, J. Wendell (wife, Joanne) Peck of Arenzville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Lena Dennison and Wilhelmina Haffner, both of St. Louis; two brothers, Frank Hammer of Attleboro, Massachusetts and Robert Hammer of Oregon, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Peck was preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Kaitschuk and Lydia Kleinschmidt; and two brothers, Fritz Hammer and Rev. Herman Hammer.
Mrs. Peck was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Arenzville and has served as Sunday School organist and superintendent of the primary department; and was a member of Ladies‘ Aid and WELCA Circle at the church. She is a charter member of the Arenzville Women’s Club and American Legion Auxiliary, and a current member of the Cass County Historical Society. She served several years on the Cass County Welfare Board, Village Library Board, and Prairie Council on Aging.
Mrs. Peck was known as the “Apron Lady” and gave twenty-seven programs from 1984 to 1988 on “Grandma’s Apron and How You Know When You’re Getting Old.” Her last program was May 15, 1988 in St. Louis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2002 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Arenzville with burial at Arenzville North Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Williamson Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Leslie A. Peebles (Anderson)
Mrs. Leslie A. Peebles, age 72, of Red Bud, Ill. and formerly of Pittsfield, Ill. died Tuesday morning (Feb. 5, 2002) at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill..
She was born October 9, 1929 in Summer Hill, Ill. daughter of the late Leslie W. and Ruth Dustin Anderson.
Surviving are two sons, Bruce Peebles and wife Diane of Marissa, Ill. and Randy Peebles and wife Sharon of Herculaneum, Mo.; three grandchildren, Melody Ann Middendorf and husband Travis and Lisa Marie Peebles both of Marissa, Ill., Amy Danielle Murray and husband Joseph of Arnold, Mo.; two step-grandchildren, Linda Rathke of Atlanta, Ga. And Tim Rathke of Belleville, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, Heather, Zachary, and Hannah Murray all of Arnold, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Gene Cooper of Pittsfield, Ill.; a niece, Ruth Ann Uphoff of El Paso, Ill.; and a nephew, Robert Cooper of Marshall, Mo..
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Ann Cooper.
Mrs. Peebles was a graduate of Pittsfield High School and attended Belleville Area College in Belleville, Ill.. She was employed by Farm Credit Bank of Texas in Austin, Texas retiring in 1992. She enjoyed traveling but her hobby in life was her grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday (February 9, 2002) at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. with Rev. Paul White officiating. Private interment for family only will be held in the Adams-Dustin Cemetery in Atlas, Ill.. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association.

Mr. Maurice Eugene Peecher
Maurice Eugene Peecher, age 79, of Rockport, Ill. died Tuesday afternoon (October 15, 2002) at Pittsfield HealthCare Center in Pittsfield, Ill.. He was born August 7, 1923 near Rockport, Ill. son of the late James and Rena Howland Peecher. Surviving is one sister, Lola Peecher of Rockport, Ill.; five brothers, Walter Peecher of Pittsfield, Ill., Lawrence Peecher of Seattle, Washington, Fred Peecher of Orange, California, Edwin Peecher and Donald Peecher both of Tuscola, Ill.; three nephews, John Peecher, Bruce Peecher, and Jerry Peecher all of Orange, California; three nieces, Julia Peecher of Orange, California, Adella Sephrens of Rockford, Ill. and Cynthia Baer of Tuscola, Ill.; two step-nieces, Linda Terril of Atwood, Ill. and Valerie Nance of Barlow, Kentuckey; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, two in infancy and Elizabeth Peecher at age 12; and one niece, Pamela Faye Peecher. Mr. Peecher graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1941 and attended Mechanical School in St. Louis, Mo. He was owner/operator of M.P. Machine in Louisiana, Mo. for 40 years. He was a veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Air Force and was a flight engineer on a B-24 bomber that flew 37 missions over Germany. Mr. Peecher was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. Maurice liked to read and work in the yard and garden. In his earlier years he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday (Oct. 18, 2002) at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. with Rev. Frank Claybourne officiating. Burial will be in Summer Hill Cemetery in Summer Hill, Ill.. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs Lillian Peecher (Gillings)
Lillian Peecher, age 86, of Liberty Village in Pittsfield, Ill. died early Monday morning (March 4, 2002) at Liberty Village.
She was born August 2, 1915 in New Canton, Ill. daughter of the late Harry and Eva L. Davis Gillings.
She married Raymond E. Peecher on February 22, 1935 in Summer Hill, Ill. and he preceded her in death on November 2, 1993.
Surviving are two sons, Robert R. Peecher and wife Daunt of Athens, Georgia, and Ronald K. Peecher of Lawrenceville, Georgia; three grandchildren, Daniel Roy Peecher and wife Kitty of Woodstock, Georgia, Robert R. Peecher, Jr. and wife Jean of Eatonton, Georgia, and Jennifer S. Peecher of Louisville, Kentucky; five great-grandchildren, Allison and Emily Peecher of Woodstock, Georgia, and Harrison, Nathan and Robert Peecher all of Eatonton, Georgia ; one sister, Veta Coe of Jacksonville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, William Peecher and a son in infancy; and one grandson Alfred Wesley Peecher.
Mrs. Peecher was a 1934 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School in Pleasant Hill, Ill..
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pittsfield West Cemetery in Pittsfield, Ill. with Rev. Dale Wellfong officiating. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. where family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m.. Memorials may be made to the Pittsfield United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ila Rose Pence (Mitchell)
Ila Rose Pence, 74, of Palmyra, Illinois, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002 in St.John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born March 12, 1928, in Palmyra, Illinois,the daughter of Marvel Jesse and Eunice Edith Joiner Mitchell . She married Elmer Ray Pence on July 5,1945 in Alton , Illinois, he survives.
Mrs. Pence valued her family above all things. She was a homemaker, who loved camping, going to garage sales, and reading. An avid seamstress, she loved quilting.
She was a member of the Palmyra First Baptist, and served as an election judge in the Palmyra area for many years.
She is survived by her husband, one son; Terry Pence of Palmyra, Illinois, two daughters; Connie Kay (Mark) Harbaugh of Mattoon, Illinois; Kimberly Ann (Jim)
Szerletich of Auburn, Illinois, two brothers; Dwain (Ruthie) Mitchell of Taylorville, Reese (Dorothy) Mitchell of Decatur, Illinois, three grandchildren; Holly (Matt)
Downs of Champaign, Illinois, Ryan Harbaugh of Ferguson, Missouri, and Lyndsay Szerletich of Auburn, Illinois.
Funeral services will be at 10am, Saturday, May 11, 2002, at the Stults-Neece Funeral Home in Palmyra, Illinois. Family will receive friends from 5pm to 8pm,
Friday, May 10, 2002 at the funeral home. Burial will be Oak Hill Cemetery in Palmyra, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or
Northwestern Rescue Squad.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Thelma Tongate.

Mrs. Mary Louise "Peg" Pennell (Kindred)
Mary Louise “Peg” Pennell, 68, of Jacksonville, died Tuesday afternoon, July 9, 2002 at her residence. She was born on February 8, 1934, in Alexander, the daughter of Byron and Lucille “Toots” Rogers Kindred, Jr. She married Larry Pennell on August 18, 1956 at the Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and he survives.
She is also survived by two sons, Jim Pennell of Jacksonville and Brad Pennell of Winchester; two daughters, Laurie (husband, Mark) Lawson of Jacksonville and Lisa Pennell (fiancé, Tim Smith) of Evansville, Indiana; eight grandchildren; her mother of Jacksonville; six brothers, Donald (wife, Betty) Kindred, Bill (wife, Liz) Kindred, John (wife, Mary) Kindred, Tom Kindred, and Danny (wife, Carol Ann) Kindred, all of Jacksonville, and Jim (wife, Sue) Kindred of Beardstown; two sisters, Catherine Ann (husband, Howard) Timmons of Jacksonville and Connie (husband, John) Satlar of Springfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, one brother, Joe Kindred; and one sister, Betty Lea Kindred.
Mrs. Pennell was a 1952 graduate of Routt High School. She was a homemaker whose greatest passion was making her family happy and making her home welcome to all. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She was a longtime member of the Church of Our Saviour.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2002 at the Church of Our Saviour with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Friday at the Williamson Funeral Home where the family will meet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. A prayer service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Memorials are suggested to Routt Catholic High School.

Mr. Maynard G. Pennell
Maynard G. Pennell, 79, of Manchester, died Tuesday evening, July 16, 2002 at his residence. He was born on September 24, 1922 in Jacksonville, the son of Howard and Ada Matthews Pennell. He married Ruth Vinson on June 9, 1947 in Jacksonville, and she survives.
He is also survived by one daughter, Janet (husband, Rick) Roberts of Winchester; one son, Jay (friend, Betsy Miller) Pennell of Manchester; three granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and one sister, Maxine Murphy of Saugus, California. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Pennell, and one in infancy.
Mr. Pennell farmed in the Manchester/Murrayville area for many years. He was also a crop hail adjuster for State Farm Insurance. He served in Patton’s Army during World War II, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Manchester United Methodist Church, Manchester American Legion, and was a member of the Elks Lodge in Jacksonville for 57 years and the Elks Bowling Team. Mr. Pennell loved his family very much and cherished their time spent together.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2002 at the Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville with burial at Memorial Lawn Cemetery, south of Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from noon Friday until the time of services. Memorials are suggested to Greene County Health Department, Blessing Hospice, or the Manchester United Methodist Church.

Ms. Mary Lou Penza
Mary Lou Penza, 52, of Jacksonville, died Monday morning, October 28, 2002 at Skyview Terrace, Ltd. in Jacksonville. She was born on March 25, 1950, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Vincent DePaul and Mary Lou Clark Penza. She is survived by her mother, Mary Lou Penza of Jacksonville; three sisters, Kathryn (husband, Mark) Thompson of Jacksonville, Elizabeth (husband, James) Monk of Ponchatoula, Louisianna, and Terese Louise Penza of Vernon Hills; one brother, Mark (wife, Carol) Penza of San Luis Obispo, California; and several nieces and nephews. She was prededed in death by her father. Ms. Penza was a member of the Church of Our Saviour. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2002 at the Church of Our Saviour with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Williamson Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.

Dame Barbara Yvonne Petersen (Lockhart)
Dame Barbara Yvonne Petersen, a resident of Oslo, Norway, but frequent visitor to Jacksonville, died on Thursday, August 29, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis of complications following a brain aneurysm. She was 75. As she had done each summer for the past 25 years, Ms. Petersen was visiting her sister, Trudy Roegge, of Jacksonville, when she became ill on July 1. Ms. Petersen was the retired Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Norway, where she directed the esteemed scholarship exchange program for more than 30 years. During that time the Fulbright Foundation in Norway flourished under her management and became a model program worldwide within the organization that was founded in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright. In further recognition of her achievements in strengthening programs in post-graduate education in Norway, His Majesty, King Harald of Norway, knighted Ms. Petersen in a ceremony held at the Nobel Institute in Oslo on September 23, 1997. She was awarded the Royal Order of Merit, Knight 1st Class for her strong personal commitment and tireless efforts in promoting the values and spirit of the Fulbright program. Prior to her work at the Fulbright Foundation, Ms. Petersen worked for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Petersen, and her sister Trudy, were born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and grew up there and in South Africa, later living also in Singapore and Thailand due to their father’s British military career. The sisters also resided in Denmark before moving apart, Barbara to Norway, and Trudy to the United States. Ms. Petersen is survived by her children John-Steen (wife, Marielene) and Jennifer (husband, Morton); her grandchildren, Thomas, Christine, Michelle and Jeanette, all of Norway; sister, Trudy (husband, George) of Jacksonville; nieces Theresa Herlevsen (husband, Marc Kahan) of Chicago and Michelle Moeller (husband, Mark) of Jacksonville; nephews Niels Herlevsen of the Philippines and Bruce Roegge (wife, Sara) of Jacksonville. Visitation with family members will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at Williamson Funeral Home, Jacksonville, with a memorial service following at 5:00 p.m. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Jacksonville Country Club.

Mr. William I. Phillips
William I. Phillips, 72, of rural Roodhouse died Tuesday evening May 7, 2002 at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. He was born on June 2, 1929 in Winterset, Iowa the son of George and Minerva-Jane Wilson Phillips. He married Bobbie Dungan on July 11, 1952 in Yuma, Arizona and she survives.
He is also survived by three sons, William Dean (wife, Kelly) Phillips of Springfield, David (wife, Rachel) Phillips of Warboys, England, and James (wife, Tracey) Phillips of Kane; two daughters, Andrea Mott of Springfield and Georgeann (husband, Robert) Schultz of Richmond, Virginia; fifteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, Everett Neal (wife, Mary) Phillips of Las Vegas, Nevada; and one sister, Elizabeth Phillips (husband, Gary) Gerberding of Grand Island, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kirby L. Phillips.
Mr. Phillips was manager of the Eagle Grocery Store in Jacksonville prior to his retirement. As store manager, he was actively involved in supporting the Jacksonville Police Department and many other local agencies. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of American Legion Post 279 and VFW Post 1379, both in Jacksonville. He had served as a tax assessor in Greene County.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2002 at the Williamson Funeral Home with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after noon on Friday at the funeral home where the family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the William I. Phillips Memorial Fund.

Mr. Sam Pinson
Sam Pinson, 91, of Jacksonville, died Sunday, August 11, 2002, in Ishpeming, Michigan. He was born on October 6, 1910, in Johnston City, Illinois, the son of Samuel F. and Minnie Pack Pinson. He married Mildred O. Mitchell, and she preceded him in death on March 10, 1999. He is survived by one son, Michael F. Pinson of Jacksonville; one daughter, Sharon Kimball of Saginaw, Michigan; two grandchildren; one sister, Marie Hays of West Frankfurt, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters. Mr. Pinson was a salesman with National Manufacturing Company of Sterling, Illinois for forty years, and received many top sales honors. He retired in 1980. He also worked as a supervisor at the munitions plant in Illiopolis during World War II. A 1934 graduate of Illinois College and multi-sport letterman, Mr. Pinson was proud to have been on the Illinois College football team that beat Ronald Reagan’s team 7-0. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Elks, Jacksonville Kiwanis, and Harmony Lodge #3, A.F. & A.M. Private services will be held with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the Sam Pinson Scholarship Fund at Illinois College. The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judy L. Piper (Peters)
Judy L. Piper, age 59, of Springfield, formerly of Roodhouse, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield. She was born April 13, 1943 in Jacksonville, the daughter of Richard and Thelma Seevers Peters. She is survived by lifemate, James Alred of Springfield; three daughters, Michelle (husband, Donnie) Randall-Wood of Jacksonville; Kimberly (husband, Jeff) Fansler of White Hall and Toni (husband, Justus) Randall-Esarey of Lawrenceville, GA; two grandchildren; and one sister, Dixie (husband, Marlin) Dawdy of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, George. Ms. Piper was employed by Jewel-Osco on South Sixth St. for 13 years. Her hobbies included crafts and gardening. She was an avid fisherman. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Roodhouse. Private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. James A. "Rusty" Poor
James A. “Rusty” Poor, age 84, of the Pittsfield Health Care Center in Pittsfield, Ill. and formerly of Rockport, Ill. Died 12:50 p.m. Thursday (January 24, 2002) at
Illini Hospital in Pittsfield, Ill.
He was born March 8, 1917 in Mozier, Ill. son of the late Fred and Bessie Davis Poor.
He married Dixie L. Cloninger on January 26, 1947 in Henderson, Kentucky and she preceded him in death on September 1, 1992.
Surviving are two daughters, Tamara K. “Tammy” Ator and husband Lee of Rockport, Ill. and Gayla M. Poor of Clarksville, Mo.; one son, Dusty Allen Poor and wife Bev of Rockport, Ill.; five grandchildren, Michelle Lee Jarvis and husband Kurt of Rockport, Ill., Jeffery K. Ator of El Dara, Ill., Justin M.A. Poor of New Hartford, Ill., Jesse Allen and Ethan Dakota Poor of Rockport, Ill.; one great-daughter, Isabella Maleah Jarvis of Rockport, Ill.; a special friend and companion Viola Benson of Pittsfield, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three sisters, Marguerite Osterman, Golda Meyers and one sister Vernita who died in infancy.
Mr. Poor was a veteran serving in World War II attaining the rank of sergeant serving in the European Theater. He was a farmer, farming near Rockport for many years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152 and Pike County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and loved time spent with his family.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday (January 27, 2002) at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. with Bro. Robert Hammitt officiating. Burial will be in Samuel-Taylor Cemetery near Rockport, Ill. with graveside military rites conducted by Pittsfield American Legion Post #152. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with family meeting friends from 6-8 p.m.. Memorials may be made to the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152.

Mr. Kenneth Potter
Kenneth Potter, age 87, of Jacksonville, Ill. and formerly of Bluffs, Ill. and Baylis, Ill. died 3:14 a.m. Saturday (April 20, 2002) at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Ill.
He was born September 20, 1914 in Pike County, Ill. son of the late Charles and Cena Elizabeth Hastings Potter.
He married Geraldine Hough on October 12, 1948 in Dallas City, Ill. and later married Freda Parker on August 13, 1964 and she preceded him in death on January 24, 1985. He then remarried Geraldine Potter on August 17, 1985 and she preceded him in death on July 22, 1997.
Surviving is one daughter, Carolyn Sue Smith and husband Virgil of Jacksonville, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Nadine Covert of New York and Bonnie Covert of Peoria, Ill.; two stepsons, Kevin O’Malley of Peoria, Ill. and Ted Parker of Meredosia, Ill.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; a stepson Neil Parker; and a step grandson, Kenneth Parker.
He was a graduate of New Salem High School in 1933 and was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a telegrapher for the Wabash and Norfolk and Western Railway for many years retiring in 1976. He enjoyed hunting and photography.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 23, 2002) at the Baylis Cemetery in Baylis, Ill. with Rev. Bruce Pilcher officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30 until the time of service at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Barton Stone Nursing Home c/o the funeral home. Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville, Ill. is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lillie Mae Powell (Suttles)
Lillie Mae Powell, age 90, of White Hall, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 17, 2002 at the White Hall Multicare Center in White Hall. She was born Oct. 2, 1912 in Greene County, the daughter of Thomas and Auzina Holmes Suttles. She married Buck Edward Powell on Nov. 10, 1930 in Carrollton and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2001. She is survived by one son, James R. (wife, Mary) Powell of White Hall; two daughters, Betty (husband, Robert) Blane of White Hall and Shirley (husband, Gene) Johns of Atlas; twenty-two grandchildren; sixty-three great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathryn Plackett; two great grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence and Clement Suttles and one sister, Florence Newton. Mrs. Powell had worked for several years at Columbiana Seed Company and also at Coates Locker in White Hall. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall with burial at the White Hall Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mrs. Mary L. Powell (Ridings)
Mary L. Powell, age 88, of White Hall, died early Thursday morning, June 13, 2002 at the White Hall Multicare Center. She was born Aug. 24, 1913 in White Hall, the daughter of Tom C. and Sarah Catherine Tatman Ridings. She married Earl E. Powell on Aug. 28, 1945 and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1974. She is survived by two brothers, John Ridings of White Hall and Jack Ridings of Meredosia; and one sister, Elsie Geers of Carrollton. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Charles, Jesse, Edgar, Claude, Robert, Howard and Ward Ridings and four sisters, Lendra Shade, Nell Nash, Maude Bateman and Lucy Ridings. Mrs. Powell and her husband Earl were cottage parents at the Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home in Normal for many years. She worked at the White Hall Golf Club for many years. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2002 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall with burial at the White Hall Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Saturday.

Mr. Richard L. Pratt
Richard L. Pratt, 77, of Jacksonville died on Sunday, February 10, 2002 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born on May 10, 1924 in White hall, the son of Paul Larkin and Florence Alene Biggs Pratt. He married Joyce Brannan on June 12, 1954 in White Hall and she survives.
He is also survived by daughter, Susan Pratt of St. Paul, Minnesota; daughter, Sarah Pratt, her husband, John Farmer, and three grandsons, all of Springfield; brother, John B. Pratt, Sr. of White Hall; nieces and nephews; colleagues; former students; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Paul whose wife, Stephanie survives in Moro; and his sister-in-law, Kathleen Pratt.
Mr. Pratt was a graduate of White Hall High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.
He taught at White Hall High School and Morrison High School in Morrison. He was a reference librarian at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico and at Mac Murray College in Jacksonville.
In 1969, he became head librarian at Illinois College, where he served until his retirement in 1987.
Mr. Pratt served as secretary of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and on the Legislative Committee. He was also vice-president and then president of the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. Mr. Pratt was a member of Phi Alpha Literary Society at Illinois College and had served as a society trustee.
Mr. Pratt was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Jacksonville and was a founding member of the Illinois College McGraw Fine Arts Organization.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2002 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Jacksonville. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at White Hall Cemetery in White Hall. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursady at Trinity Episcopal Church. Memorials are suggested to Illinois College or to the Accessibility Campaign at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Judy Kay Prewitt (Sturgeon)
Judy Kay (Sturgeon) Prewitt, age 51, of Jacksonville, Ill. and formerly of Alsey, Ill. died Saturday afternoon (October 19, 2002) at St. John’s North in Springfield, Ill. She was born August 13, 1951 in White Hall, Ill. daughter of the late Cecil T. and Opal Dorks Sturgeon. She married Greg Prewitt on October 18, 1974 in Jacksonville, Ill. and he survives. Also surviving is one son, Derek Prewitt and wife Wendy of Jacksonville, Ill.; one daughter, Nancy Lee Lewis and husband Derek of Quincy, Ill.; four grandchildren, Derek Lewis, Jr., Kerstyn Lewis and Nateesa Lewis of Quincy, Ill. and Mackenzie Prewitt of Jacksonville, Ill.; two great-grandchildren, Lelen and Donnie Lewis both of Quincy, Ill.; one sister, Joyce Jones and husband Don of Alsey, Ill.; two brothers, Dale Sturgeon and wife Pat of Waterloo, Iowa and Kenny Sturgeon and wife Linda of White Hall, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Charles J. Sturgeon. Mrs. Prewitt was a 1969 graduate of Winchester High School. She was a past employee of Hertzberg Book Bindery in Jacksonville and later became a general manager of Burger King in Jacksonville, Ill. retiring in 2000 due to health reasons. She loved to do cross-stitch and crochet and enjoyed traveling. She collected teddy bears and angels. But her greatest love was for her family. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 23, 2002) at Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester, Ill. Burial will be in Bowers Cemetery near Alsey, Ill. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. John’s Hospice.

Mr. Harlan L. ( Boss) Probst
Harlan L. “Boss” Probst, 78, of Palmyra, passed away at his home in Palmyra, Friday, November 15, 2002. He was born, November 29, 1923 in Greenfield, Illinois, the son of Albert G. and Iva A. Bennett Probst. He married Mary I. Hutton on March 9, 1947 in Ceres in Greene County, Illinois, she survives. He served in the United States Army in World War 2, where he was awarded 3 Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired as a truck driver from, Morris Stults Trucking in Palmyra. He was a member of the Palmyra American Legion Post # 1034 and the Palmyra Christian Church. He is survived by his wife; 1 son, Gorden L. (Debra) Probst of Palmyra, Illinois; 3 daughters, Peggy (Tim) Burton of Palmyra, Illinois; Iva (Mike) Arent of Harlingen, Texas; Lucinda (Dennis) Banducci of Hummelstown, PA; 1 brother, Loren Probst of Greenfield, Illinois; 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 sister, Susan Probst. Funeral services will be 10 am, Monday, November 18, 2002 at the Stults-Neece Funeral Home in Palmyra, Illinois. Family will meet friends from 5pm to 8pm, Sunday, November November 17, 2002 at the funeral home. Burial will be Oak Hill Cemetery in Palmyra. Memorials are suggested to the family or Macoupin County Hospice.

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