CHARLESTON -- Elizabeth Anne (Gammill) Lake Pitcher, 83, of Charleston, formerly of the Lerna and Greenup areas, passed away at 11:25 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL.
Services will be Friday, September 20, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Toledo United Methodist Church, 213 E. Madison St., Toledo, IL. Visitation will be from Noon until time of the service at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Barkley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Janesville Cemetery.
Elizabeth was born March 15, 1936 in rural Trilla, IL, the daughter of J. Clint and O. Blanche (Randolph) Gammill. She married Lawrence C. Lake in Center, TX on June 7, 1958. He passed away in 1980. She later married Earnest R. Pitcher on December 27, 2003. He passed away in 2014.
Elizabeth is survived by three daughters, Diana (Stan) Lanman of W. Lafayette, IN, Gail (Tom) Grissom of Greenup, and Carla (Don) Harding of Charleston, a son-in-law, Scott (Michelle) McMurray of Waterford, WI and step-children, Jack (Robin) Pitcher, Melvin (Patti) Pitcher and Marilyn (David) James all of rural Jewett. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and their families, T.C. (Kristy) Grissom, Abigail and Collin of Ashmore, Callie (Austin) Nunamaker, Madeline and Claire of Charleston, Nicole (Drew) Haumesser, Drake, Luke and Adley of Greenup, Candace (Tyler) Overton, Tate, Bryn and Bridget of Mattoon, Katie (Jeff) Gross, Charles and Teagan of Austin, MN, Cptn. Adam (Samantha) McMurray of Ft. Drum, NY, Amber and Alex Lanman of W. Lafayette, IN, and several step-grandchildren and their families, and one cousin, Jane (Fred) Richter and their family of Lerna.
She was preceded by her daughter, Debra (Debbie) McMurray and one sister, Mildred Pennington.
Elizabeth was employed at the First National Bank of Lerna for 21 years before retiring in 2001. She had a life-long love of farming and being outdoors. She was a member of the Cottonwood United Methodist Church, the Cumberland Co. Home Extension and the Cumberland Rehab. Ladies' Auxiliary. Her main joy in life was her family and spending time with them.
MATTOON -- Terry Dean Childress, age 71, of Mattoon passed away at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday.
Terry was born on June 21, 1948 in Shelbyville, IL the son of Kenneth Dean and Mary Marie (Mulvaney) Childress. He married Cheryl Marie Standley on April 14, 1973.
Terry is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Cheryl Childress; sons, Christopher Ryan (Denise) Childress of Mahomet, IL and Rick Brandon Childress of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Claire Childress and Clark Childress; mother, Mary Marie Childress; sisters Mickey Childress and Jeanie (Denny) Thornton; several nieces and nephews.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Dean Childress.
Terry worked at R&R Donnelleys for 30 years. He was talented at making various knives and enjoyed hunting arrowheads.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Davita Dialysis or the American Heart Association.
Jean M. McMichaels, age 88 of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:15 PM, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Life’s Journey Senior Living in Mattoon, IL.
Private family ceremony will be held at a later. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, located at 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938 is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jean was born on February 14, 1931 in Cleveland, OH the daughter of Charles L. and Florence (Shumard) Cluff. She is survived by her four children, Cheryl D. Canon of Lake St. Louis, MO; Gilbert L. McMichaels and wife Kris of Charleston, IL; Chris L. McMichaels and wife Sabrina of Mattoon, IL; Terri R. Jean and husband Jerry of Mattoon, IL; four grandchildren, Austin and Caitlin McMichaels of Mattoon, IL, Luke and Tommy Heiser of Mattoon, IL; and two sisters, Naomi Warner of Mattoon, IL and Helen Boone and husband Harlin of Brazil, IN. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Jean retired from Blaw-Knox and was former employee of General Electric in Mattoon, IL. She was a devout member of Loxa Presbyterian Church in Loxa, IL. Jean enjoyed being outdoors, loved animals and was a conscientious protector of the environment and good steward of the planet. Above all, Jean cherished the moments spent with her family. She will be lovingly remembered.
WINDSOR — Shane M. Kearney, 27, of Windsor, IL passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Windsor Christian Church with Reverend Patrick Fahey officiating. Burial will take place in Ash Grove Cemetery in rural Windsor. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Windsor Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the Averie Kearney College Fund. Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor is assisting the family.
Shane was born August 27, 1992, in Urbana, the son of Danny and Wanda Kearney. He was a 2011 graduate of Windsor High School, received his Associate Degree from Lake Land College and was currently employed by Mattoon Precision Manufacturing. Shane was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, loved helping others, adored children, especially his daughter Averie, niece Gracie and nephews Jase and Liam. He was known to always have a smile, was a proud supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and enjoyed playing pool, cards and many other board games.
Surviving are his fiancé, Bailey Maycroft; daughter, Averie Kearney; father, Danny Kearney; mother, Wanda Kearney; brothers: Jeremy Cobb and Stephen Kearney (special friend, Melissa Albers); sister, Paige Kearney, all of Windsor.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Keith and Opal Kearney and Stephen and Freda Elliott.
MATTOON — Angela Kay Herrington, age 51 of Mattoon, IL passed away at 11:59 AM, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at her residence.
A funeral service in her honor will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, September 16, 2019 at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, located at 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938; Reverend Ron Dickinson will officiate. A committal service will immediately follow in Dodge Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at the funeral home.
Angie was born on June 10, 1968 in Toledo, OH the daughter of David A. and Shirley L. (Livesay) Herrington. She is survived by her mother, Shirley Livesay Herrington of Mattoon, IL; one brother, David A. Herrington II and wife Jeannette M. Shelton of San Jose, CA; and one nephew, William Shelton Herrington of San Jose, CA; stepmother, Marsha Herrington of Monticello, IL; and two kitties, Lucy and Cali. She is preceded in death by her father; maternal grandparents, Ray and Leffel Livesay of Mattoon, IL, and paternal grandparents, Bill and Harriett Herrington of Arcola, IL.
Angie graduated from Mattoon High School in 1986 and was a member of Green Wave varsity cheerleading squad. She then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Economicsusiness) and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
For over twenty-five years, Angie worked in insurance and risk management as a Commercial Casualty Insurance Underwriter for Aetna Casualty and Surety in the Chicago Area. She happily returned to her Mattoon roots as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) for First Mid Insurance Group. She enjoyed traveling and visiting with her friends and family. She treasured the moments spent with “Ma”, her grandmother Livesay, who taught her how to be an excellent cook at an early age. Angie mastered the recipes for Texas Chili and Caesar Salad. She loved to go flying with her grandfather Ray Livesay, who was a licensed pilot and owner of a Beechcraft Bonanza. She even took flying lessons and soloed in an airplane while attending the U of I.
Angie was a loving daughter, sister, and friend and will always be remembered for her elegance and class.
Memorials in Angie's honor may be made to The National Pancreas Foundation, 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700, Bethesda, MD 20814
MATTOON -- Louise Badon (Gardner) Duarte, age 76, of Hurst, Texas passed away at 11:44 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at H.E.B. Hospital in Bedford, Texas surrounded by her loved ones.
Per Louise's wishes, no services will take place.
Louise was born on September 13, 1942 in Meridian, MS the daughter of Allen Rudolph and Jesse Sula King. She married Charles Gardner in 1961 and had four daughters, Patricia Fowler, Vickie Rocamontes, Penny Youngblood and Kim Villarreal.
MATTOON -- Larry D. Cripe, age 76, of Mattoon went to the Lord at 2:08 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019 at home.
Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Ian Stamps officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Larry was born on December 6, 1942 in Danville, Illinois the son of Denzil and Dorothy Cripe. He and Nancy L. Card were married in 1997. She survives. Family members include his son, Cameron Cripe (deceased); daughter, Shelly Cripe of Mattoon, Illinois; granddaughter, Quin of Mattoon, IL. Nancy's children Wendy (Brian) Hastings and Chuck (Amy) Card all of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren Ryan Hastings, Myles (Molly) Hastings, Blake Hastings and Gillian Card, Rachel Kaiser and Matthew Kaiser; and five great-grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, father and son; siblings, Darrel Cripe and Terry Cripe; sister, Wanna Spounias.
Larry worked at Central National Bank. He later worked as an insurance agent at Country Companies and Checkley Insurance. Family and golf were very important parts of Larry's life. Larry cherished spending time with his family. He enjoyed having coffee and visiting with his friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Broadway Christian Church or the Sarah Bush Lincoln Regional Cancer Center.
ASHMORE - Judy Chism, 72, of rural Ashmore, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home at Mattoon.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, with her memorial service beginning at 12:00. Inurnment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery.
Judy was born August 16, 1947 at Monticello, Illinois, daughter of James Orville “Jack” and Modesta (Price) Lanman. She married Wayne Chism, March 29, 1964 at the home of her sister and brother-in-law: Patty and Wayne Edwards in rural Ashmore; he survives. Also surviving are their children: Mindy (David) Holste of Dieterich and Darren (Nikki Carver) Chism of Charleston; four grandchildren: Jeannie (Mark) Schabbing, Kayla Holste, and Jackson Holste, all of Dieterich, and Rosslyn Chism of Charleston; and three great-grandchildren: Miles Schabbing, Henry Schabbing, and Russ Schabbing, all of Dieterich. Two sisters: Helen (Bob) McCarty of McLean and Kay (Mike) Lindsey of Chrisman also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Russell Lanman and James “Fluff” Lanman, and three sisters: Bonnie Hite-Flemming, Patty Edwards, and Vicky Edwards.
Judy worked as an office manager for Drs. Hollowell, Spaniol, Buchanan, and Houseworth, and took great pride in her work. She loved bowling, sewing, and was an excellent cook. Judy was devoted to her family, and cherished every moment she was able to spend with them.
The Rev. Keith W. Brown, 85, of Shiremanstown, PA and formerly of Casey, IL, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Messiah Village.
Born February 1, 1934 in Danville, IL, he was the son of the late Max and Lela L. (Hubbard) Brown. Keith was an Elementary School teacher for Casey Westfield School District and also served as Pastor for the Melrose Church of God and the Jack Oak Church of God. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from the Eastern Illinois State Teacher College. Keith was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Hutton Blue Lodge F&AM. He enjoyed attending church, singing in the choir and spending time with his grandchildren.
Keith was preceded in death by his wife Anita R. (Hopkins) Brown.
He is survived by two children, Angelia R. Carlen (The Rev. Floyd) of Shiremanstown and Amelia R. Brown (Susan) of Tampa, FL; brother, Ronald A. Brown (Janet) of Sidell, IL; two grandchildren, Christopher Carlen (Krista) and Diana Gallucci (Frank) and his four great-grandchildren, Liam and Aria Carlen and Sophia and Dominic Gallucci.
Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Jack Oak Church of God. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will take place at Jack Oak Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jack Oak Church of God, c/o Lisa Cole, 1025 Co. Rd. 750N, Toledo, IL. 62468..
ARTHUR -- William “Bill” Carroll Dillon, 92, of Arthur, died at 9:49 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at his residence.
Masonic Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Arthur United Methodist Church with funeral services following with Rev. Bruce Weiman and Pastor John Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday at the church. Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bill was born September 21, 1926 in Arthur, the son of Charles and Grace Kinney Dillon. He married Carol Howell in Arthur on May 16, 1948; she preceded him in death on Oct. 20, 2003.
He is survived by his son, Brett Dillon of Hesston, Kansas; daughter, Calene Kohn of Arthur; Aunt, Mary Dillon of Arthur; 4 grandchildren, Nicholas (Kylie) Dillon, Luke (Tiffany) Dillon, Adam (Alexis) Kohn, Kellye Kohn; and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Clint Dillon; sister, Charlene Dick; 9 uncles, and 5 aunts.
Bill's employment included Aschermann Ford as an accountant; U.S.I. as a bookkeeper; and Schrock Cabinets as an office manager. He later worked for VOA, a department of HUD, in Kansas City and Witchita, Kansas, where he managed apartments until retiring in 1989. He and Carol then moved back to Arthur where he worked at Oye's Hardware Store for several years.
Bill was a member of the Arthur United Methodist Church and served on the Arthur Library Board, Arthur Park Board, and Arthur Rotary. He was a member of the Arthur AF&AM Lodge#825 for over 75 years, serving as Past Grand Master; and was a member of the Danville Consistory.
Memorials are suggested to the Arthur EMT Association or the Arthur Public Library.