CHARLESTON -- Charles William Furry, age 89 of Charleston, passed away in the comfort of his home on Friday, December 15, 2017. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. today, Monday, December 18, 2017 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. Services honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the funeral chapel with Pastor Gary Stephen officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to the Coles County Animal Shelter or to Carle Hospice. Gifts may be left at the visitation or service or mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Bill was born September 27, 1928 in Charleston, a son of the late Charles E. and Fern (Annis) Furry. He married Wanda Lee Bumpus on February 26, 1950 in Mattoon, Illinois and they were married 58 years prior to her death on August 19, 2009. He later married Julia (Bough) Campbell on December 1, 2010 in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. He is survived by Julia, his loving and devoted wife of 7 years; a daughter, Teresa Easton of Loxa, Illinois; a stepson, Mike Cowan and wife Rose of Charleston; two grandsons, Todd Easton and wife Kelly and Matt Easton, all of Charleston; two step-grandchildren, Nathan Cowan and Nichole Cowan; three great-grandchildren, Maddison and Case Easton and Hayden Cowan; a sister, Elsie M. Carter of Mattoon; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Furry of Charleston; three brothers-in-law, Martin Bumpus of Tuscola, Illinois, Pee Wee Bough of Mattoon and Larry Wooten of Cape Coral, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Bill was also preceded in death by a son, Dale Furry; a brother, Carl Furry; his twin sister, Betty Newby and husband Robert; a grandson, Robby Easton; a brother-in-law, Charles D. Carter; and three sisters-in-law, Darlene Wooten, Georgia Bough and Elaine Bumpus.
Bill was a lifelong member of the Loxa Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder. He gave generously of his time to many organizations such as Charleston Rotary Club and Coles County Fair Board serving as a past president of both; Illinois Corn Growers Association; Coles County Farm Bureau Board; Eastern Illinois Antique Farm Equipment Club; and the Central Illinois Motorcycle Club as a founding member. Bill earned numerous honors and awards as an active and contributing member of these and other organizations.
Bill’s deep love for agriculture and farming created a lifelong farmer and caretaker of the land. He founded Terrydale Farms (named for his children) and was proud to share his love and knowledge of farming with anyone and everyone, especially his grandson and great-grandson.
Bill shared his fascination for motorcycles and cycling with his brother Carl and the two shared many trips together. He was an exceptional pool player and he truly enjoyed spending time during the winter months at Ft. Myers Beach enjoying his love for the sport as a member of the Indian Creek Park Pool League. Bill had a strong work ethic and didn’t go to Florida to just relax – he often volunteered his time in helping to build houses for Habitat. Bill also loved animals and there was usually a dog by his side.
Bill’s sense of adventure prompted him to live each day to its fullest. He often wore a smile and through his humor encouraged others to smile as well. His sincerity and kindness was appreciated by all who knew him and earned him the utmost respect. Bill was a blessing to his family and to his many friends and he will always be fondly and lovingly remembered.
Bill’s memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com.