Charley Earl Elam, 96, of Taylorville, IL. passed away on November 18, 2011 at the Taylorville Care Center, Taylorville, IL.  She was born in Maroa, IL  on September 6, 1915.  The son of William Madison & Stella Elizabeth (Faulkner) Elam, Step mother: Cecil Terry Elam.  He married Opal Irene Steck on December 24, 1937 at the First Baptist Church Taylorville, IL.  She preceded him in death on July 22, 2008.  He was a proud farmer and he worked at Massey Ferguson.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church Taylorville where he was a deacon, a greeter and served on various committees.  He was also a member of the Christian County Farm Bureau and Willey's Co-op.

He is survived by son-in-law, Everett Hendricks of Taylorville; daughters, Kathy J. Smith of Taylorville and Wanda Askelson (Dennis) Sabin of DeKalb, IL. brother, Chester (Georgia) Elam of Taylorville, IL.; step-sisters Bonnie Whyte of CA, June Peters of CA. Elaine Van Horn of Sullivan, IL.; step-brother, John (Nita) Terry of Mulberry Grove, IL; grandchildren, Sharon (Denny) Taft of Taylorville, IL, Tina (Lee) Pownall of Taylorville, IL., Heather (Steve) Ruments of Purcellville, VA, Kirsten Askelson of Fox Lake, IL. and Amber (Jason) Rossler of Huntley, IL.; great-grandchildren, Scott (Elizabeth) Brockelsby of Taylorville, IL., Sandy (Brandon) Neal of Frankfort, IN, Erin  Taft of Springfield, IL, Regan (Daniella) Taft of Florida, Bob (Amanda) Hancock of Taylorville, IL, Jeff (Bailey) Hancock of Taylorville, IL, Chad Hancock of Taylorville, IL and Hunter Rosser of Huntley, IL.  and several nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by parents, step-mother, daughter; Marilyn Hendricks, sisters, Eunice Neilson and Pearl Cook.  Brother, Lester Elam

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday November 23,2011 at 2:00pm in First Baptist Church of Taylorville, IL. with Rev. Steve Robinson officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville.  Visitation will be Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00pm in the First Baptist Church in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials: First Baptist Church of Taylorville, IL. and Taylorville Food Pantry, both located at 303 E. Market, Taylorville.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Homes, LTD, Taylorville.  Sign on-line guest book at


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