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            Helen Rosalie Ashworth, age 85, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 3:00 a.m.  on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare.

            Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ken Hutchens officiating. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Schilling Funeral Home.

          Helen was born on March 4, 1929 in Louisville, IL the daughter of Leslie and Dorine (Jones) McConnell.  She married James Ashworth on February 22, 1948.

          Survivors include her son, Ronald (Tami) Ashworth of Lerna, IL; grandson, Travis (Mandy) Ashworth of Mattoon, IL; granddaughter, Staci Gillis of Lerna, IL; great grandchildren, Hannah, Dakota, Dylan and Devon; sister-in-law, Christine McConnell; special friends, Joan Whitley and Mae Morris. Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, James Ashworth; parents, Leslie and Dorine McConnell; brother, Lloyd “Bud” McConnell.

          Helen was Mattoon Illinois’ first meter maid. After 25 years of dedicated service, she retired from the Mattoon Police Department. Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a friend of Family Worship. She also was a member of many organizations, Lady Ansar Shrine Eastern Star life member and the Mattoon Campers Club. Most of all Helen loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed.         

          Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Mattoon Food Center or First United Methodist Church.


Russell D. Melton

            Russell D. Melton, age 71, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:50 a.m.  on Monday, April 14, 2014 at his residence.

           A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Russell was born on July 21, 1942 in Westfield, IL the son of James and Virginia (Haddix) Melton.  He married Donna Kay on May 21, 1982.

          Survivors include his loving wife Donna K. Melton of Mattoon, IL; sons, Mark (Lila) Long of Grover, NC, Donald Larrew  and Leon Larrew both of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Charlene (Richard) Edwards of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Gage, Kelby, and Sasha Edwards all of Charleston, IL; brother, Jimmy Melton of Ashmore, IL.  

          In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor may be given to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, IL or Lincolnland Hospice.


Mardell Wines

            Mardell Frances Wines, age 87, of Mattoon passed away at 6:15 a.m.  on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

            Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

          Mardell was born on September 18, 1926 in Effingham, IL the daughter of Harley Monroe and Georgia Frances (Cornwell) Bushue.  She was married to Donald D. Wines from 1946 until he passed away on April 2, 1992. She later married Harold E. Frazier in 1993. He passed away on June 12, 2004.  

          Survivors include her son, Gary Wines of St. Marks, FL; grandson, David Evermon and girlfriend Jen Sledge of Mattoon, IL; grandson, Mark Evermon of Mattoon, IL; granddaughter, Kristin Evermon of Mattoon, IL; great grandchild Kolette Evermon; several nieces and nephews. Mardell was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Wines and Harold Frazier; daughter, Beverly Shelley; parents, Harley and Georgia Bushue; sister, Shirley Grubb.         

          Mardell graduated from Effingham High School in 1944. She did window design in Effingham for the former Kresge’s and also here in Mattoon for the former Dawn’s Bridal Shop. She created custom cakes in the Mattoon area for over seventeen years. She was actively involved in roller skating, ballroom and line dancing, with her favorites being the ChaCha and the Waltz. Mardell was a social butterfly who loved spending time with her family and friends, especially the Table 8 girls.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Broadway Christian Church.

 


Vernon Morris

            Vernon Dale Morris, age 60, of Mattoon passed away at 1:34 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Sarah bush Lincoln Health Center.

            Services will be held at a later date.

          Vernon was born on March 14, 1954 in Charleston, IL the son of Alvin and Joyce (Stephens) Morris.  

          Survivors include his three sons, John Morris, Jody Morris and Michael Morris all of Liberal, MO; three brothers, Phillip (Pat) Morris of Kansas, IL, Jerry Morris and Darrell Morris both of Charleston, IL; sister, Alvina (Dickie) Wright of Charleston, IL; five grandchildren, Gavyn, Jordan, Nevaeh and Lyllie, Jeremy all of Liberal, MO; special friend, Paula Dyer; former wife, Anna Rea Morris. Vernon was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy Morris; his parents; sister, Ginger Cravens; and first wife, Kathy Morris.

          Vernon enjoyed fishing and tinkering on small engines.

          Memorial donations in his honor may be given to Paula Dyer.


Eleanor McConaha

            Eleanor B. McConaha, age 93, of Mattoon, formerly of Champaign and Dewey, IL passed away at 9:18 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

            Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Kevin Wolfe officiating. Burial will follow at Janesville Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Schilling Funeral Home.

          Eleanor was born on March 19, 1921 in Mattoon the daughter of Claude and Zella (Evans) Hatfill.  She married Lloyd McConaha on December 15, 1940 in St. Charles, MO. He preceded her in death on August 27, 1987.

          Survivors include her son, Dennis McConaha of Champaign, IL; granddaughters, Lisa (Michael) Vieth of Madison, WI and Shelley Stewart of Chatham, IL; great grandchildren, Megan, Trenton, Ethan and Clayton; sister, Juanita Bickel of Mattoon, IL; brothers, Norman Hatfill and Larry (Sherry) Hatfill both of Mattoon, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd A. McConaha; brother Vernon Hatfill; three sister-in-laws, Fern, Shirley and Mary.

          Eleanor was a member of the Broadway Christian Church, Happy Timers and THEOS. She enjoyed gardening. Eleanor dedicated over 500 hours of her time volunteering at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. She received a pin in recognition of this accomplishment. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed.    

          Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Lincolnland Hospice.


Lois Witters


            Lois Birdene Witters, 99, of Mattoon passed away at 1:55 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Douglas Rehabilitation Center.

            Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 with visitation starting at 12:00 p.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, In Lawrenceville, IL with Reverend Ken Hutchens officiating. Burial will follow at Lawrenceville Cemetery. A Local visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schilling Funeral Home.

          Lois was born on April 21, 1914 in Lawrence County a daughter of Rolla N. and Tillie (Weaver) Fye.  She married Paul H. Witters on September 10, 1933. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1988.

          Survivors include her daughter, Patty Campbell of Mattoon, IL; son, Gregory D. (Mary) Witters of Old Hickory, TN; grandchildren, Tamara (Danny) Young of Mattoon, IL, Bradley Campbell of Mattoon, IL, Ashley (Geoff) Tomes of Indianapolis, IN, Allyson Witters of Nashville, TN; great grandchildren, Luke Young, Alexandra Young, Garrett Campbell, Elysse Tomes; sister, Nora Ethlyn “Sally” Hardin of Lawrenceville, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Evan Campbell, daughter, Dorothy K. Witters, and a grandson, Mark Douglas Campbell.

          Lois was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church.  She attended the First United Methodist Church in Mattoon where she was a part of the Mary Circle and Champion Sunday School Class.      Lois had a great love for family, life, and the Lord.  She cared so much for others and always had a smile on her face.  Lois will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

          Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the First United Methodist Church in Mattoon, IL.


Albert Leroy Thomas

 

            Albert Thomas, age 81, of Deltona, FL passed away at 7:09 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at his residence. 

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

          Albert was born on September 13, 1932 in Mattoon, IL the son of Mort and Mildred (Jordon) Thomas.  He married Virginia Lawhorn on October 10, 1954.

          Survivors include his four children, Helen Thomas Acevedo of Apopka, FL, Alberta “Birdie” Brandenburg, Albert Thomas Jr. and Jeffrey Thomas all of Deltona, FL; grandchildren, Larry Ebeling and Joshua Thomas both of Deltona, FL, Darci Thomas of Raleigh, NC. Albert was preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia Thomas; son, Terry Thomas; grandson, Carl Mort Thomas.    

          Albert served honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After twenty years of active duty, he retired in 1973 and continued to serve in the Army Reserves. Albert was a member of the V.F.W in Debary, FL. After his military service he went on to work as a custodian at the United States Post Office. Albert was a member of the Starlight Baptist Church. He enjoyed talking on his CB Radio during road trips, boating, fishing and camping. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.         

 

          Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Starlight Baptist Church, 350 Hayes Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708.


Avanelle Fiscus


          Ethel Avanelle Fiscus, 94, of Mattoon, passed away at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

          Graveside Services for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Schilling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

          Avanelle was born on May 8, 1919 in Effingham County, IL the daughter of Erbon and Esther (Robertson) Doak. She married Wayman “Bill” Fiscus on March 7, 1941. He preceded her in death in 1985.

          Survivors include her daughter, Kathy R. Ballinger of Atwood, IL, Chris D. (Rex) Roberts of Mattoon, IL; brother, Erbon Doak Jr. of Mattoon, IL; sister, Oneita Mae Morris of Mattoon, IL; grandsons, Dane Lawhorn of Oakley, IL, Matthew (Chelsea) Roberts of Mattoon, IL; five great grandchildren, Chase Lawhorn and Rider Lawhorn of Palestine, Haylee Roberts, Mason Smith and Braxton Roberts all of Mattoon, IL; a very special sister-in-law Dorothy Doak of Mattoon, IL; and several nieces and nephews; special friend Aileen Gates. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Noble Doak; sister-in-law Maxine Doak; brother-in-law Art Morris.

          In her earlier years, Avanelle was employed by Mattoon Garment Factory and later was the bookkeeper for the family owned trucking business. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking and entertaining in her home. She was a devoted and loving mother, sister, grandmother and great grammy. The focus of her life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

          The family would like to thank the loving staff at Gowin Parc and Odd Fellow Rebekah Home for compassionate care. Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or Lincolnland Hospice.


Scottie Harper

            Scottie Clinton Harper, age 85, of Mattoon passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Willowbrook Assisted Living in Effingham, IL.

            Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with Masonic Rites beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Schilling Funeral Home.

          Scottie was born on October 30, 1928 in Mattoon the son of Emmett and Nancy (Elliot) Harper.  He married Thelma Rose Fuller on August 30, 1952. After 39 years of marriage, his loving wife preceded him in death on March 1, 1992.

          Survivors include his son, Greg Harper and significant other Madonna Morell of Effingham, IL; daughter, Sherri Harper of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Jennifer and Laura; great grandchildren, Ryleigh, Trenton and Olivia; three brothers.  Scottie was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Harper; parents, Emmett and Nancy Harper; sister, Evelyn; brother, Jim.        

          Scottie served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. After returning from the war, Scottie worked for several years at International Harvester in Mattoon.  Eventually, he started his own business and was the owner and operator of Scottie’s Farm Tractor Repair. Most days you could find Scottie talking with the local farmers. He was a member of many local organizations. Scottie was talented at building guns, collecting coins and working on farm machinery. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed John Wayne movies. Most of all, Scottie loved spending time with his family.   

          Memorial donations in his honor may be given to American Cancer Society.


Rita Sullivan

 

            Rita Sullivan, age 81, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

            Memorial Services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at New Mercy Worship Center, Mattoon, IL with Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Franklin Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

          Rita was born on April 13, 1932 in Paris, IL the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Delashment) Twigg.  She married Billie Sullivan on January 17, 1951. He preceded her in death on March 6, 1988.

          Survivors include her daughter, Patti Sullivan of Mattoon; son, Larry (Diana) Sullivan of Toledo, IL; ten grandchildren, Charles (Leanne) Shain of Cooks Mills, IL, Roger (Stacey) Maulding of Mattoon, IL; Bill Maulding of Mattoon, IL, Amanda Sullivan of Mattoon, IL, Christopher (Krishna) Sullivan of St. Louis, MO, Shawn (Lucinda) Sullivan of Mattoon, IL, Theresa Hale of Mattoon, IL, Debra (Clyde) Ritchey of Salem, MO, Scott Brown of FL and J.D. Brown (Eric Moore) of Los Angeles, CA; twenty-three great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Billie Sullivan; grandson, Dale Carr Shain; parents, Charles and Nellie Twig.         

          Memorial donations in her honor may be given to Barnes Children’s Hospital or donor’s choice.