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James Scott

James E. “Jim” Scott, 72 of Pawnee passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:57 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 11, 1948 in South Bend, IN the son of Ray and Rose (Maltby) Scott. Prior to moving to Pawnee, Jim lived in Carlinville, Springfield, Rochester, and Stonington, Illinois.  Jim graduated from Stonington High School in 1966 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973; he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE.  After Jim’s years of military service, he worked for Bunn Capitol Company in Springfield, IL and retired from Sysco Corporation. 
He is survived by his Daughter: Kirsten (Peter) Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Son: Cory Scott of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Madeline and Jack Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Mother: Rose Scott of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Jackie Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ; Debbie (Rick) Burge of Nokomis, IL; Becky Bell of Bloomington, IL; Brother: Sid (Marie) Scott of Brooklyn, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dogs, Sadie and Trixie. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Scott, and brother-in-law, Roger Mitchell.
Throughout his life, Jim focused on service to his family, his country, his church, and his community.  He was a member of the Pawnee United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 257. Jim was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, enjoyed traveling, and loved being a grandpa.
James will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Pets for Vets (https://www.petsforvets.com/donate).
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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James E. Scott

James E. “Jim” Scott, 72 of Pawnee passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:57 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 11, 1948 in South Bend, IN the son of Ray and Rose (Maltby) Scott. Prior to moving to Pawnee, Jim lived in Carlinville, Springfield, Rochester, and Stonington, Illinois. Jim graduated from Stonington High School in 1966 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973; he was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. After Jim’s years of military service, he worked for Bunn Capitol Company in Springfield, IL and retired from Sysco Corporation.

He is survived by his Daughter: Kirsten (Peter) Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Son: Cory Scott of Springfield, IL; Grandchildren: Madeline and Jack Bilan of Albuquerque, NM; Mother: Rose Scott of Taylorville, IL; Sisters: Jackie Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ; Debbie (Rick) Burge of Nokomis, IL; Becky Bell of Bloomington, IL; Brother: Sid (Marie) Scott of Brooklyn, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dogs, Sadie and Trixie. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Scott, and brother-in-law, Roger Mitchell.

Throughout his life, Jim focused on service to his family, his country, his church, and his community. He was a member of the Pawnee United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 257. Jim was a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, enjoyed traveling, and loved being a grandpa.

James will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Pets for Vets (https://www.petsforvets.com/donate).

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

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Jesse Cameron

Jesse Adam Cameron, 19, of Pana passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 in his home. He was born May 3, 2001 in in Astrakhan, Russia and he joined his forever family on October 2, 2002.

Jesse was a graduate of Pana High School, Class of 2020 and was a member of the Pana FFA. He worked for Cameron Farms, Inc and loved the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Rams & the Perdue Boilermakers. He had many friends in school and was well-liked by everyone.

Jesse is survived by his parents: Danny & Christy Cameron, Pana, IL; grandparents: Donald & Beverly Cresswell, Jr. & Armelda Cameron; siblings: Tyler Cameron & Anna Cameron and many aunts, uncles & cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Merle Cameron.

Funeral services for Jesse will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. Burial will be in Owanceo Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral home.

Memorials in Jesse’s honor may be made to the Pana FFA and will be accepted McCracken-Dean Funeral Home who is assisting the family.

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Carl Brown

Carl E. Brown, 83 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 5:32 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 10, 1937 in Washburn, IL the son of Chester Roy and Blanche (Porter) Brown. He married Janet Fight on October 12, 1984 and she survives. 
Also surviving are his daughters: Carla (Randy) Myers of Springfield, IL; Jodie (David) Simpson of South Pekin, IL Four Grandchildren, seven Great-Grandchildren and sister: Gladys Call of Spring Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Elmer, William “Red” and Chester “Fat”. 
Carl served in the United States Army and retired from the Illinois State Police. He loved baseball, animals, gardening, and spending time with his family. He was an active member of the NFOP Lode #41.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or Christian County Animal Shelter 300 S Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Wayne "Skip" Caldwell Jr.

Wayne F. “Skip” Caldwell Jr. of Springfield, IL passed away suddenly due to an accident in Vero Beach, FL on December 27, 2020. He was born in Marion, IL the son of Wayne F. Caldwell Sr. and Marian A. Wilson, Skip grew up in Taylorville, IL graduating with the class of 1959. His initiation into Decatur IBEW Local 143 was May 8, 1962. He later transferred to Springfield Local 193 working on many projects throughout the state and Springfield one of which was for several years at the IL State Fair. He last worked and retired from St. Johns Hospital in 2003. In earlier years he was an avid Taylorville/Springfield bowler. He enjoyed playing bridge, loved the old 50’s and 60’s songs and loved cars especially Corvettes. He customized 1950 Chevy & restored 2 corvettes. In the 60’s he partnered with David Walters to build a “B-Gas” Drag Race car winning trophies at Springfield drag strip.

He is survived by his sister Kay C. Swiney and husband Leo T. of Owaneco, IL and his nephew Lane W. Caldwell of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in death his parents, grandparents, brother: Mark D. Caldwell and his fur baby, Queenie, whom he loved and missed.
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL with Rev. Diwan Tiwade officiating please feel free to attend. Will have social distancing in place. Inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL 
Memorials may be made to the Christian County Animal Shelter 300 S. Baughman Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568.   

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Norma Boshell

Norma J. Boshell, 77 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2020 at 8:35 a.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL. She was born on March 13, 1943 in Christian County, Illinois the daughter of Kenneth and Hazel (McConnell) Babbs. She Married Charles Roger Boshell on December 18, 1963 in Fairfax, VA. 
She is survived by her husband: Roger Boshell of Taylorville, IL; Daughter: Diana (Kirk) Siegrist of Taylorville, IL; Son: Dennis Boshell of Taylorville and Alan (Judi) Boshell of Vero Beach, FL; Grandchildren: Lauren Boshell, Grace Boshell and Evan Boshell; Sisters: Emma Wilson of Taylorville, IL, Shirley Piercy of Fulton, IL and Ruth Hinton of Taylorville, IL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sister: Mary Sims and Brother: Charlie Babbs.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, IL with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or The American Legion Post #73 110 W. Franklin St. Taylorville, IL 62568. 
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Henry "Jake" Wolf

Henry P. “Jake” Wolf, 81 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:04am on Friday, January 8, 2021 in his home.  He was born on February 16, 1939 in Pana, the son of Henry and Bonnie (Atkins) Wolf.  He graduated from Pana High School where he was an accomplished athlete.  He was proud to be part of the 1955 undefeated football team that Pana has ever had.  Jake served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of VFW post 4495. He retired from the Christian County Highway Department.  He was a talented gardener, loved cooking, and could always find the biggest mushrooms in his secret hunting spots.  Jake loved his faithful canine companions, Max and Annie.  
He is survived by his sons: Henry Eric Wolf (Alissa) of Taylorville and James David Wolf (Rachelle) of Raymond; grandchildren: Brianna Wolf, Sydney Wolf, Kenneth James Wolf, Kyley Wolf, John Wolf, and Bryce Wolf; life-partner: Patricia Ann Hartsfield Martin; and sister: Marian Klein.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Robert Wolf and James “Jimmy” Wolf.
Mr. Wolf will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials in his honor may be made to the American Lung Association, Raymond Boy Scout Troop 77, or Taylorville VFW Post 4495.  Memories of Jake, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Mary Louise Allen Heiman

Mary Louise Allen Heiman, 81, of Shelbyville, IL, formerly of Herrick, IL, passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in the Shelbyville Manor with her loving daughter by her side.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden with George Allen officiating.  Burial will take place in Myers Cemetery in rural Herrick.  Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden.  Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Chloe West Toy Drive at the Community Banks of Shelby County in Cowden or Herrick or mailed to Lockart-Green Funeral Home, %Mary Heiman, 302 W. Main St., Shelbyville, IL 62565.  Arrangements are in the care of Lockart-Green Funeral Home.    

 

Mary was born on December 1, 1939, in Herrick, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Sarver) Allen.  She married Harvey J. Heiman in 1957 and from that union they were blessed with five children:  Ricky, Alan, Veronica, Jeanie and Meronda.  Mary was a homemaker who treasured her time caring for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.   She was a member of the Church of the Living God.  One would often find Mary sitting quietly in the room reading her Bible, listening to gospel music or crocheting. 

 

Surviving are her son, Alan Boyd (Marla) Heiman of Cowden; daughters:  Jeanie (Neal) West of Cowden and Meronda (Robert) Barnes of Beecher City; brothers:  Glenn Allen, George Allen and Alva Allen; sister, Donna Galvin; half-brothers:  Lloyd Allen and Richard Allen; half-sisters:  Connie Allen, Lori Miller and Audrey Enyart and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren whom she dearly loved.    

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Ricky Heiman; daughter, Veronica Beck; granddaughter, Chloe West; grandsons:  Alan Boyd Heiman and John Michael Beck.

 

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story in Mary’s honor at www.lghfuneralhomes.com.

 

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Bobby Ray Bell

Bobby Ray Bell passed away the morning of January 7, 2021 in Bonita Springs, Florida.   He was born in Lumberton, North Carolina the son of James Edward and O'Dessa Oxendine Bell.

 

He graduated from Fair Grove High School in Fairmont, North Carolina in 1962.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.  Bob was a coach of softball and baseball for both of his children through the years.  He worked for Capitol Napa Auto Parts, ABF Freight Systems and CIT Truck Centers in Springfield, Illinois.  He served as a trustee for Buckhart Township.  Bob retired December, 2003 and has been living seasonally in Bonita Springs, FL since that date where he enjoyed golfing and going out to eat with family, especially with his wife and best friend, Carol. He has been employed by Bonita Fairways Golf Course for several years in Bonita Springs.

 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara Carol Bell, son, Michael Bell and wife, Jenny Bell, of Palmer, Illinois, his daughter Alecia Suzanne Lane and son-in-law John Lane of Estero, Florida,  his sister, Valen Bell Seals and brother-in-law Earl Seals, granddaughter, Cassidy Bell Dvorsky of Estero, Florida, grandson Justin Bell (Allison), granddaughter Mikayla Bell (Damon Moore), great-grand daughter Evelynn, brother-in-law Warren Buzzard of Shelbina, Missouri and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Albert Bell and his wife Carolyn Bell, and sister Lola Jacobs and her husband, Woodrow, grandparents, granddaughter Nicole Raye Stade and sister-in-law Beth Ann Buzzard.

 

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Taylorville Christian Church in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones Officiating. Burial will be in Edinburg Cemetery in Edinburg, IL with military graveside honors.

 

Memorials may be made to VFW Post #4495 515 N. West Ave. Taylorville, IL 62568 or Vision Way Christian School 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Terry Lee Dobyns, Jr.

Terry Lee “Red” Dobyns, Jr. 45, of Bunker Hill, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

 

Red was born December 11, 1975 in Hillsboro, the son of Madonna Plopper and Terry Lee Dobyns, Sr.  He was a loyal, giving, caring, supportive husband and father, and an inspiration to many. Red was proud of his current ten years of sobriety, and he helped many individuals on their journeys to sobriety as an NA sponsor.  He was also a standout employee for Hydrochem PSC, where he was currently a field supervisor, and where he was honored with the 2018 Employee of the Year.  Red loved animals, especially his dogs.  He also loved Harleys and Cadillacs, and going fishing. Of all his loves and interests, Red loved nothing more than his family, and being the best father to his children.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Jeffry Dobyns; maternal grandfather, John J. “Buzz” Plopper; sister, Jennifer Ann Dobyns; and many other extended family members.

 

Red is survived by his wife, Candi Lea Stamper of Bunker Hill; children, Carleigh Fisher, Candra Dobyns, Haidyn Dobyns, and Hazel Dobyns; bonus daughter, Jennifer Ann Franklin; his mother, Madonna Plopper of Wentworth, MO; father, Terry Lee (wife, Tracy) Dobyns, Sr. of Purdy, MO; maternal grandmother, Carole Ann Plopper of Morrisonville; siblings, John (wife, Linda) Dobyns of Pontoon Beach, Cody Dobyns of Sarcoxie, MO, and Lacey Rivera of Purdy, MO; nieces and nephews, Kenzleigh, Patience, Madyson, Zyqiera, Nyonna, and Danterius; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Visitation & Graveside Ceremony:  The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville.  Social distancing will be required, as well as the wearing of masks.  A graveside ceremony will follow the visitation at 2:30 p.m. at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Terry Lee Dobyns, Jr. Fund (for his children) c/o United Community Bank, 129 N. Washington Street, Bunker Hill, IL 62014.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Helen R. Burney

Ms. Helen R. Burney, 90, of Bulpitt, IL passed from this life at 9:23 a.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her daughter’s home in Tolar, TX.

She was born in Bonham, TX on Saturday, January 18, 1930 the daughter of Olen & Edith (Miller) Murley. Helen married Charlie Richard Burney, Jr. May 23, 1946 in Wellington, TX. He preceded her in death August 22, 1977.

Helen had worked as a bus driver with South Fork School District years ago and stayed busy helping raise her beloved grandchildren and a few great grandchildren.

Surviving are: a daughter Mary (Harry) Bandy and son Curtis Burney of Bulpitt, IL., daughters’ Linda Waters, LouAnn (Lonnie) Pack, Karen (Paul) Hollaway, and Charlene Burney all of Tolar, TX., a son Bruce Burney of Glen Rose, TX., along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and 3 sons Joseph Burney, James “Red” Burney and Charles Burney.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kincaid, IL.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  Visitation for Mrs. Helen R. Burney will be held for one hour before her service at Masterson’s. Masks are required along with all other standard Covid 19 precautions.

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Allen Lee Slater

Allen “Lee” Slater, 90, of Windsor, IL passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at home.  

 

Lee was born on August 23, 1930, in Pana, the son of John and Mildred Slater.  Lee grew up in Windsor, graduating from Windsor High School in 1948, he was a star basketball player.  After graduation, Lee attended Millikin University before marrying Elizabeth Kays, his high school sweetheart, in 1949. Lee joined the family business, Windsor Supply Co., where he worked building and remodeling homes.  He built many homes in and around the Windsor area, including the Slater Subdivision.  Lee retired as an owner of Windsor Supply Co. after 65 years.  

 

Lee was a volunteer fireman and later served on the Board of Directors for the Windsor Fire Department.  He proudly kept his badge in his billfold the rest of his life.  He also served on the Shelby County State Bank Board of Directors for many years.  Lee was known to be a generous benefactor to many local causes.  He was an adventurous entrepreneur. Lee loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed working in the family garden.  

 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, to whom he was married to for 71 years; daughters:  Pam (Gene) Uptmor, Sandy (Clay) Hopkins and Jill (Stephen) Roy.  He leaves four granddaughters and ten great-grandchildren whom he dearly loved. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one granddaughter.

 

Private family services will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor with Pastor Rena Whitcher officiating.  Burial will take place in Windsor Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in Lee’s name to the Windsor United Methodist Church, the Windsor Fire Department or Sarah Bush Lincolnland Hospice and mailed to Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home, 207 N. Oak, Windsor, IL 61957.  Arrangements are in the care of Lovins-Lockart Funeral Home in Windsor.

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Rita Crowder

Rita K. Crowder, nee Ayers, 60, of Freeburg, IL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, born December 27, 1960, in Springfield, IL, died Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

 

Rita graduated from Taylorville High School, class of 1979. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1992, and Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University in 1998. Rita was the Executive Director at Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care of Collinsville, IL, from 2014 to 2019. Prior to 2014, she worked in the healthcare industry for Pinckneyville Community Hospital, Perry County Health Department, and Sparta Community Hospital. For twelve years, she was a member of the management team and a Vice President for the communications and information technology company, CTS Technology Solutions in Sparta, IL. For two years, Rita worked for School Center, one of the first Content Management Systems for K-12 educational professionals.

 

She was a guest instructor and motivational speaker for business students at universities, colleges, high schools, and corporations, and an early organizer of the Randolph County Youth CEO program through the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship. Rita was active in church and often served as a youth mission leader. She enjoyed music, played the flute, piano, and organ. She liked being outdoors, traveling with her family, and decorating for the holidays with her husband, David.

 

Rita was preceded in death by a son, Hunter Crowder, in infancy; her maternal grandparents, Doyle and Stella, nee Ritter, Mulvaney; and her paternal grandparents, Ernest and Marguerite, nee Brunk, Ayers.

 

Surviving are her husband of 30 years, David Crowder, whom she married on May 26, 1990;

a son, Elliott Alexander Crowder of Pensacola, FL;

a daughter, Jolena Elizabeth Maria Crowder, of Freeburg, IL;

her parents, Everett and Joyce, nee Mulvaney, Ayers of New Minden, IL;

two sisters, Bonita Suzanne, nee Ayers, Davis of Taylorville, IL,

and Anita, nee Ayers, (Ken) Henderlight of Knoxville, TN;

a sister-in-law Gina Marie Williams of Percy, IL;

two nieces, Brooke Davis and Ronna (Mike) Henniger;

three nephews, Brandon (Leah) Davis, Blake (Stevi) Davis,

and DonRay (Lori) Williams;

and great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Taylorville High School Band Program, 815 Springfield Road, Taylorville, IL, 62568, Freeburg Community High School Band Program, 401 S. Monroe St., Freeburg, IL 62243, or to the St. Paul's UCC Youth Mission Program, 7 North Belleville St, Freeburg, IL 62243. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 

Funeral:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Nic Showalter and Rev. Rick Mortimer officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page.

 

A celebration of Rita’s life for friends and the community will be held at a later date.

 

Arrangements by George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL

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Stephen Neal

Stephen L. Neal, 65 of Morrisonville passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home in rural Morrisonville, IL. He was born on May 28, 1955 in Anderson, IN, the son of Richard Neal and Joyce (Southers) McCurdy. He married Charla (Herman) McGuire on February 14, 2001 in Springfield, IL. He was a retired hog farmer, and owned his own cabinet making business. He was a member of the Illinois Pork Producers Association and the SanChris Bass Club. Steve was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He valued time spent with family and friends. He was always quick to lend a hand when needed, and will be sadly missed by family and friends.  
He is survived by his wife: Charla Neal of Morrisonville, IL; Step-Daughters: Angela (Don) Humphrey of Taylorville, IL; Erin (Brett) Hogge of Taylorville, IL; Step-Son: Will McGuire of Taylorville, IL; Grandchildren: Matthew and Mary Tucker of Taylorville, IL; Elliott, Evan, Ethen and Ella Hogge all of Taylorville, IL; Kyle and Tyler McGuire both of Pana, IL; Great-Grandchildren: Sophia and Lydia Tucker of Taylorville, IL; Emersyn Hogge of Taylorville, IL; Sister: Kelly (Dan) Baylis of Howell, MI; Brother: Tim (Denise) McCurdy of Pendleton, IN; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, a sister: Deb Reed and father-in-Law: William Herman. 
Due to Covid-19 there will be no visitation and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Christian County Animal Shelter 300 S Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568 or to the Morrisonville Community Ambulance Service 311 6th St, Morrisonville, IL 62546.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Rodney Ray Beaty

Rodney Ray Beaty, 61, of Girard, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center.

 

Rodney was born December 16, 1959 in Taylorville, the son of Ray Beaty and Sheryl (Hill) Rhoades.  He owned Rodney Beaty Lawn Mower Service for many years, providing maintenance on lawn implements as well as lawncare for the community.  Later in life he worked for various organizations as a security guard.  Rodney loved attending demolition derbies, watching racing, and playing BINGO.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Rodney is survived by his fiancée, Janice L. Smith of Girard; daughters, Elizabeth (husband, Steve) Taylor of Litchfield, and Jeannine (husband, Ray Budde) Beaty of Decatur; grandchildren, Kassandra Taylor, Drake Taylor, Skylar Taylor, Bella Budde, and Bailey Budde; sister, Rhoda Whipple of Taylorville; brothers, Kyle Beatty of Joliet, and Kevin Beatty of Salinas, CA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his faithful dogs, Slick and Cookie.

 

Visitation:  The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville.  Social distancing will be required, as well as the wearing of masks.  A private funeral ceremony will follow the visitation with Pastor Eric Stillwell officiating.

 

Interment will follow the ceremony at Morrisonville Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: The family of Rodney Ray Beaty.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Lloyd Sylvester Washburn

Lloyd Sylvester Washburn, 89 of Taylorville, passed away at 10:50am on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on December 4, 1931 in rural Assumption, the son of Edward Zenith and Marge (Buzzard) Washburn.  He married Hilda Bea Blount on March 7, 1952 in Oxnard, California.  Lloyd graduated from Pana High School in 1949 and attended the University of Illinois.  He served his county during the Korean War as part of the U.S. Navy Seabees.  Lloyd was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pana.  He was a longtime farmer, working hard all his life raising crops and cattle.  He served on the Christian County Board for many years and was a member of the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge #681 A.F. & A.M.  


He is survived by his wife: Bea Washburn of Taylorville; children: Michael Washburn (Nora) of Rosamond, Debra Menn (Roger) of Ames, Nebraska, Ted Washburn of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lloyd Washburn (Brenda) of Pana, and Mark Washburn of Taylorville; daughter-in-law: Rene Corso of Taylorville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren; sisters: Shirley Barber (Fred) of Mascoutah, Penny Osborn of Pana, and Sarah Washburn of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son: Daniel Washburn; and sister Charry Fines.


Mr. Washburn will be cremated and a graveside memorial service with military honors will take place at 11:00am on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Rosemond Grove Cemetery with Rev. Nat Kealen officiating.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pana. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Lloyd, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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Robert (Bob) Payne


Robert Jeffrey (Bob) Payne, 63 of Owaneco, passed away at 3:50pm on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was born on March 16, 1957 in Huber Memorial Hospital Pana, the son of Luzader M. “Mike” and Mary M “Molly” (Ahwan) Payne. Robert graduated from Taylorville High School and worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections as a guard at the Taylorville Prison until his retirement. 
He is survived by his siblings: Judith Plattner, husband Greg, of St. Louis, Missouri and Leslie Payne of Heringen, Germany; nieces: April England of Tower Hill, Amber Payne of Chatham, and Angela Lauterback of Heringen, Germany, nephews: Aaron Payne of Springfield, Jacob Plattner of St. Louis, and Samuel Plattner of Heringen, Germany and several grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Michael Joseph Payne and Ronald James Payne. 
Mr. Payne will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Bob, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 
Robert’s family requests everyone wear a mask and social distance until this pandemic is over.

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Eileen Everlen

Eileen Everlen, 86, of Taylorville, passed away at 10:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at her residence.

Eileen was born July 24, 1934, in rural Macon County, the daughter of Orville and Martha (Pollard) Younker.  She attended Blue Mound Schools, and worked for Johnson Nursing Home, Meadow Manor, and Taylorville Care Center in housekeeping. Eileen was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville.  She enjoyed playing cards, shooting dice, and a good game of BINGO.  Eileen was also an avid Willie Nelson fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, John P. Everlen, Sr.; second husband, Loren Matthews; son, John P. Everlen, Jr.; son-in-law, Gerald Gross; step-grandson, Anthony Turney; and brother, Jr. Younker.

Eileen is survived by her daughters, Cyndi (husband, Scott) Montgomery of IN, and Karen (husband, Terry) Middleton of Taylorville; grandchildren, Sarah, Cheri, and Brandon (wife, Lynn); 6 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Eileen will be cremated, and private inurnment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville at a later date.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with arrangements.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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Sally J. Mayes

Sally J. Mayes, 67 of Taylorville passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on February 5, 1953 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Emmit and Bette (Henneke) Bishop. She married Thomas Mayes Jr. on August 1, 1970 in Taylorville, IL and he preceded her in death on September 24, 2014.


She is survived by her Daughters: Angel Nolen of Taylorville, IL and Bette Wickell of Millstadt, IL; Son: Thomas Mayes III of Taylorville, IL; Fur son: Tiny; Grandchildren: Brandon Finn, Bradly Dilley, William Nolen; Sisters: Syndy, Susie and Shelby; Brothers: Steve, Spencer, and Stacy; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. 


Graveside Services will be held on Monday, January 4, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Bill Kerns officiating. A Celebration of life Dinner will be held following the graveside service.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Braxton Xavier Miller

Braxton Xavier Miller, 20 Months of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on April 22, 2019 in Springfield, IL the son of Alexis Rosa and Tilur Miller. 


He is survived by his Parents: Alexis Rosa and Tilur Miller of Taylorville, IL; Grandparents: John and Jane Rosa of Springfield, IL; Steve and Angie Miller of Taylorville, IL; Great-Grandparents: Jo Bunn of Springfield, Barbara Miller of Taylorville, IL; Several Aunts, Uncles, Great-Aunts, Great- Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Aunt: Devun Rohdemann, Uncle Kody Cook, Great-Grandfather: Sholen Miller, Great-Grandmother: Edna Rosa.


Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield, IL with Pastor Mark Estrop officiating.


Memorials may be made to the Braxton Miller Benefit Fund C/O: The Bank of Springfield 2600 Adlai Stevenson Dr. Springfield, IL 62703.  


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Ellen Louise Smith

Ellen Louise Smith, 75 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:08 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. She was born on November 10, 1945 in Palmer, IL the daughter of Roger and Edna (Bangert) Williams. She Married Randell Smith Sr. on August 31, 1962 and he preceded her in death on March 9, 2004. She worked as a homemaker and she was an avid Bingo Player. Ellen was a member of the Taylorville Order of the Eagles, Taylorville Moose Lodge #1516 and the VFW Post #4495 in Taylorville.


She is survived by her Daughter: Holly Ellen Smith of Taylorville, IL; Son: Randell (Jon Dalusong) Smith Jr. of Santa Clarita, CA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her sisters: Leah Spencer, JoAnn Shanks and Nancy Moore.  

 

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.

 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com
 

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Danny Edward Adams

Danny Edward Adams, 72, of Taylorville, Ill., passed from his earthly life into the arms of Jesus at 3:15 PM on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Regency Care in Springfield, Ill.

 

He was born on March 11, 1948 in Decatur, Ill. Danny was the youngest child of George Edward and Hattie G. (Lorenz) Adams.  He graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1966.  Danny married Marianne Ricci on June 23, 1974 in Taylorville.

 

Danny was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville. He was co-owner of Pana Monument Company in Pana, Ill. and Adams and Masterson Memorials in Taylorville. He began his working career as a paper carrier for the Breeze Courier. He continued at the newspaper in circulation, typesetting, and lastly in advertising.

 

Danny was proud to accomplish the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a past member of Taylorville Lions Club. He belonged to the Illinois Monument Association, where he had served as both Vice President and later President. He was also a National Trustee in the Monument Builders of North America.

 

Surviving are his wife Marianne of Taylorville; son Ricci Edward Adams of Sunnyvale, Calif.; his mother Hattie Adams of Taylorville; sister Anita Netherton of Decatur; nieces Susan Masterson Duncan, Dawn Adams Hudson, Alisa Whitchurch; nephews Brad Netherton, Michael Masterson, and Brian Netherton. He is also survived by two great nieces, two great nephews, two great-great nieces, and one great-great nephew.

 

He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Ernie Adams.

 

Private services will be held Tuesday, December 29th at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville. Pastor Steve Switzer will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to: Missions Fund c/o Calvary Baptist Church, 930 Haner Ave., Taylorville, IL 62568; or Activity Fund c/o Regency Care, 2120 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62704.

 

As COVID-19 contributed to his passing, the family requests for strict mask usage and social distancing. A live stream of his service will be available through Calvary Baptist Church.

 

Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with his care. 

 

Condolences may be left at www.mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to his family.

 

In Iieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church Faith Promise Missions, 930 Haner Avenue, Taylorville, IL   62568, or the activity fund at Regency Healthcare, 2120 West Washington, Springfield, IL   62704.

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Kevin Lynn "Boogo" Corso

Kevin Lynn “Boogo” Corso age 65 of Tovey, IL passed away at 8:45 p.m. December 23rd, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.


Kevin was born January 6, 1955 in Taylorville, IL the son of John J. Jr. and Marilyn “Hope” (McQuade) Corso.
On January 18, 1974 Kevin married the former Debra Ann Crowder at Davis Memorial Church, Taylorville, IL.  A union that would last 47 years. “A love that few ever find.”


“Boogo” as he was so widely and affectionately known throughout the midland area, started working at Peabody Mine #10, Pawnee, IL in 1976 and retiring in 94’ when the mine closed.


He worked many jobs at the mine, but perhaps best known for his adeptness at operating a continuous miner “Coal Hog”.
Following the mines closing, he bartended at several locations in the midland area and was a great mentor to his many customers.  Later, he and his wife Debra operated their own bar in Tovey, IL aptly named Boogo’s Bar and Grill.


He enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking, all of which he was a master.  He also liked to share his ‘Harvest’ with the many who came to ‘Shoot the bull’ and share a cold ‘Stag’.


“Boogo”, a legend in his own time.’  He will be greatly missed by his family, whom he loved dearly, and all who knew him.
Leaving to cherish his memories.  Wife Debra.  Children Tim (Melissa) Corso, Shannon (Jeff) Girard, Melanie (Late David) McEntire.  Grandchildren Trista Corso, Kevin Corso, Aaron Corso, Hannah Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Caleb Girard, Emily Girard, Halie McEntire, Siera McEntire and great granddaughter Harper Richards, Brother John J. (Sheila) Corso III, Sisters Madonna (Al) Frazier, Debbie (Joe) Pop, Julitta (Joe) Newingham and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.


A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.  Rev Chad Foster will officiate. 

 

Visitation for Mr. Kevin “Boogo” Corso will be held for 2 hours before his services Sunday at Masterson’s.  Covid 19 precautions will be observed. 

 

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Nancy Elizabeth Cotton

Nancy Elizabeth Cotton, 76, of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 8:32 p.m. in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield IL. She was born on February 2, 1944 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Gerald and Geraldine (Robertson) Nance. Nancy enjoyed driving a bus for Beck Bus Company in Taylorville and greeting all of the children with a smile each morning.


She is survived by her Daughter: Elizabeth Trice of Charleston, SC., Grandchildren: Gerald Pantoja of Yonkers, NY, Kalisa Trice of Charleston, SC, Tatiana Trice of Charleston, SC, and Tyrone Trice of Charleston, SC., Great Granddaughter: Harmony of Charleston, SC, Brother: James Nance of Austin, TN and several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville, IL with inurnment to follow.


Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 


Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

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Lynne Estes

Lynne Lee Estes, 79 of Taylorville, passed away at 8:30pm on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Regency Care in Springfield.  She was born on September 2, 1941 in Taylorville, the daughter of Irwin and Thelma (Ruggles) Kuntzman.  Lynne worked at WalMart, retiring as a receiving manager.  She enjoyed reading books, tending to her flower garden and dearly loved her children and grandchildren.  
She is survived by her children: Yvonne Lyn Szabo of Taylorville, Yvette Marie Schroeder (Rick) of Edinburg, and Jon Estes (Laurie) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Alexis, Jonathon, Larissa, Jeremiah, Aaron, Colin, Tara, and Joli; and 11 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers: John Kuntzman, Lanny Kuntzman, and Cam Kuntzman.
Lynne will be cremated, and no services will be held at this time.  Inurnment will take place at a later date Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Lynne, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

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