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Mary Francis Miller

 

 

Mary Francis Miller, age 47, of Effingham passed away after a courageous fight with Huntington’s Chorea Disease at 11:20 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Palm Terrace in Mattoon, IL.

Funeral Services honoring her life will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Howard Levine officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to time of service on Saturday.

Mary was born on June 5, 1968 in Clinton, IN the daughter of Jim and Mary Lou (Hartman) Jenks.

Survivors include her loving daughter and son, Allison Marie (Derek Arthur) Thoele of Teutopolis, IL and Zachary Dain Miller of Effingham, IL; grandchildren, Carter Russell Thoele and Ian Robert Thoele of Teutopolis, IL and Kendall Louis Miller of Effingham, IL; sisters, Penny Kay Pierce of Brownstown, IL and Angela Pearson of Mattoon, IL; former foster mother, Darlene (Steve) McGary of Mattoon, IL. Mary was preceded in death by her biological parents, Jim and Mary Lou Hartman and foster parents Oliver and Alice Abbott.

Mary was a loving person and was helpful to anyone in need. Her greatest love in life was her children and grandchildren.

Mary’s family would like to thank the staff at palm Terrace for their devotion to her care. Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.


Oliver Reid Lester


Oliver Reid Lester, 4 months (113 days), of Lerna passed away at 8:47 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Memorial Services honoring his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. prior to service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Oliver was born on May 7, 2015 in Urbana, IL the son of Mark Lester and Paige Krutsinger. In Oliver’s short life, he learned to love music. He enjoyed hearing classical and jazz music (from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong). Oliver loved to listen to his mother sing and his father play guitar. His favorite part of his daily routine was getting his mouth swabbed. A toy giraffe that made crinkle noises was his favorite toy and his favorite books were about the Berenstein Bears. Oliver enjoyed hours and hours being read to by his mommy. Oliver’s family finds comfort in knowing that as a donor he was able to give the gift of sight to another.

Survivors include his loving mother and father, Paige Krutsinger and Mark Lester of Mattoon, IL; sister, Riley Lester of Mattoon, IL; maternal grandparents, Jason (Amy) Krutsinger and Penny Day and fiancé Jamie Johnson all of Mattoon, IL; paternal grandparents, Richard (Vickie) Lester and Andrea Woodard Lester all of Mattoon, IL; maternal great grandparents, Mildred Craig of Mattoon, IL and Jack Day of Bloomington, IL and Brenda (Paul) Robison of Flora, IL; paternal great grandparents, Curtis Lester of Charleston, IL and Avice Mendenhall-Woodard of Hidalgo, IL; uncle, Andrew Lester of Mattoon, IL; aunt Jessica (James) Kent of Illiopolis, IL; numerous loving family members.

Memorial donations in Oliver’s honor are suggested to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Neonatal Unit, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


Charles Edward Scott

 

 

Charles Edward “Scottie” Scott, age 83, of Mattoon entered his heavenly home at 11:24 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Funeral Services honoring Charlie’s life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Church with Father John Titus officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in rural Mattoon. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home.

Charlie was born on August 14, 1932 in Mattoon, IL the son of Clarence and Lillian (Metz) Scott.  He married Luana Miller on May 14, 1955.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Lu Scott of Mattoon, IL; four children, Cheri Scott of St. Joseph, IL, Charles Douglas “Doug” (Connie) Scott of Mattoon, IL, Teri South of Rock Falls, IL, Sandy (Greg) Christensen of Villisca, IA; grandchildren, Brandon (Kaytlin) Drummond of Lerna, IL, Aurora Scott of Mattoon, IL, Heather South, Joey South and Tony (Rachael) South all of Rock Falls, IL; great grandchildren, Brennan, Marlee, Sienna, Connor, Cooper, Kierra, Colson, and Rylen; sister, Rosemary Smiley of Mattoon, IL; sister-in-law, Fran Whitley of Mattoon, IL; brother-in-law, Bob (Ann) Miller of rural Mattoon, IL; many nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, as well as many close family friends. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother and 3 sisters; 2 brothers-in-law; 1 sister-in-law.

Charlie started out his mechanic career in 1948 working at Mattoon Motor Car Company (Buick Garage) with his Dad, CA Scott. In 1961, he and his Dad opened Scott’s Garage where they worked together until CA’s retirement in 1974.  Charlie continued working side-by-side with his son, Doug, until his retirement in 1994. He served in the US Army from 1952 – 1954 in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Mattoon. Charlie was an all-around craftsman and a brilliant mechanic. He built the home he shared with Lu, his wife, as well as surrounding buildings, barns and fencing on their property. Most of all, Charlie was a family man and a man of great integrity. He loved his family and friends dearly and treasured the time spent with them. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

Memorial donations in Charlie’s name are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children or the donor’s choice.

 


Amanda Holt

 

Amanda Louise Holt, age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 10:57 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at her residence.

Graveside services honoring her life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Potomac Cemetery in Potomac, IL. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Amanda was born on September 30, 1932 in Hazard, KY the daughter of Matt and Pricilla (Burns) McQueen.  She married Richard William Holt on May 19, 1949. He preceded her in death on December 31, 2000.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Linda) Holt of Las Vegas, NV, Roy (Phyllis) Holt of Georgetown, IL, Richadene (Gary) Good of Mattoon, IL, Rhonda (Chris) Harwell of Winder, GA, Cindy (Ed) Larose of Snow Flake, AZ, Rita (Greg) Bryant of Danville, IL and Rebbecca (Ken) Nixon of Danville, IL; 20 grandchildren and 84 great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sisters, Rose Caudill of Tilton, IL, Cindy (Neal) Fatigati of Danville, IL, Doris (James) Potter of Henning, IL and Wilma (Jerry) Duncan of Cherokee Village, AR; sister-in-law, Micheline McQueen of Danville, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. Amanda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Holt; son, Rex Holt; brothers, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jesse (Betty) McQueen, Zenus McQueen, Dewey (Madeline)McQueen and William McQueen; sister, Litha (C.B.) Olinger.

Amanda loved the Lord and read her Bible every day. She was a member of the New Mercy Worship Church led by Pastor Ed and Mary Nell Stephens and Latter Rain Fellowship Church led by Paster Don and Chris Prouty. She enjoyed all the arts, especially writing poetry. Most of all, Amanda loved her family and cherished her time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 


Richard Basham

 

 

Richard Basham, age 73, of Mattoon passed away at 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Mattoon Healthcare.

Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Maranatha Baptist Church, 3400 Dewitt Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Pastor Dan Basham and Dr. Daniel Haifley officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Maranatha Baptist Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Richard was born on June 2, 1942 in Cooks Mills, IL the son of Gilbert Owen and Edith (Davis) Basham. He married Ninetta Jean Hendren on June 9, 1963.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Ninetta Basham of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Monica Lynn Basham of Simpsonville, SC; son, Daniel Joe (Jennifer) Basham of McAdam New Brunswick, Canada; granddaughter Karyss Basham and grandson Riley Basham; sisters, Mary (Sid) Guill and Linda (Sam) Zuber; brother, Bill (Nancy) Basham. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; son, Douglas Wayne Basham; brothers, Gilbert Basham and James Basham.

Richard retired from Kal-Kan after 23 years of dedicated service. For over 30 years, he owned and operated Basham’s Electric. Richard was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church. For many years he was a private pilot and enjoyed flying the skies. Most of all, Richard loved and treasured his time spent with his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Maranatha Baptist Church Building Fund.

 


Larry Gordon


Larry Joseph Gordon, age 73, of Mattoon passed away at 9:13 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his residence.

No services are planned. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Larry was born on May 29, 1942 in Mattoon, IL the son of Robert and Ida (Simpson) Gordon.

Survivors include his children, Dannie (Amy) Gordon of Mattoon, IL, Darci (Sonny) Gordon of Plainfield, IN, Darrin (Carissa) Gordon of Mattoon, IL, Scott (Kelly) Gordon of Mattoon, IL and Dawn Burton of Mattoon, IL.

For over 30 years, Larry was owner and operator of Gordon’s Heating Air Conditioning and Electric.


Sarah Risley


Sarah Risley, age 75, of Mattoon passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Memorial services honoring her life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at First Southern Baptist Church on Dewitt Avenue with Reverend John Calio officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Sarah was born on April 2, 1940 in Coles County, IL the daughter of Marion and Dorothy (Rardin) Smith.  She married Louis I. Risley on June 13, 1958. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2010.

Survivors include her sons, Douglas (Barb) Risley of Ewing MO and Phil (Terri) Risley of Palmyra, MO; daughter, Angi (Russ) Risley of Markleville, IN; grandchildren, Richard Lierly, Devon Risley, Brittany Crenshaw, Josh (Ashley) Crenshaw, Jordan Risley, Heather Risley, Eric Risley, Derek (Kirstin) O’Brien, Conner O’Brien and Rachel O’Brien; great grandchildren, Kelci Jo Crenshaw and Nicole Ann Lierly; siblings, Ed (Leota,) Smith of Springfield, MO, Joan (Roger) Gass of Sigel, IL, Terry (Diane) Smith of Villa Rica, GA, Roger Smith of Charleston, IL and Dennis (Cathy) Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; very special four-legged furry human, Scruffy. Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Dorothy Smith; husband Louis Risley; brother-in-law, Wayne Risley; sister-in-law, Lina Smith; nephew Michael Risley and great nephew Jesse Storm.

Sarah was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church. She was active in the P.T.A., AWANA, Meals on Wheels and little league baseball. Sarah had a heart for others and was a 20 plus gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross. She enjoyed crocheting with the ladies at church, playing cards, fishing and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Most of all Sarah treasured her time spent with family and spoiling her grandchildren.

Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to AWANA, American Red Cross and Coles County Humane Society.


James Russell Reagin


James Russell Reagin, age 74, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family and devoted wife.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

James was born on September 8, 1940 in Mattoon, IL the son of William Allen and Isabelle Anna (Malone) Reagin.  He married Josephine Elnora Ealy in the winter of 1972 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Survivors include his wife Josie Reagin of Mattoon, IL; nieces and nephews, Leon Schlabach, Lou Ann Wilson, Larry Schlabach, Allen Bryant, Ida Parsley, Colleen Davis, Denise King, Donna Dixon and Chad Reagin; several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Lucille Schlabach, Rosetta Bryant and Allen Reagin.

James was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Engineer Corps and in Artillary. He was a member of the local Veteran of Foreign Wars. James was a certified arc welder and the owner and operator of Reagin Roofing for over 20 years. James was a life member of the Allied Industrial Workers of America and a proud member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He loved to joke, play cards and was an avid dancer. Most of all, James will be dearly missed by his many friends and family.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the American Cancer Society.


Charles Norman Bailey

 

Charles Norman Bailey, age 71, of Humboldt, IL passed away at 11:02 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

A graveside service honoring his life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Humboldt Cemetery with Father Jeff Kozuszek officiating.

Norman was born on February 22, 1944 in Charleston, IL the son of Charles Richard and Maydean (Cox) Bailey.  He married Susie Hamilton on September 7, 1962.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Marylyn “Susie” Bailey of Humboldt, IL; daughters, Mary Chalice (Ed) Moré of Bellaire, TX, Mary Suzanne (Eddie) Michael of Clarkston, MI and Mary Isabelle (Jim) Long of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Julian Anthony Moré, Nicholas Alexander Wease, Lyla Jane Long, Maria Ellena Long and Lilly Elizabeth Long; sister, Marilyn Jane (Kenneth) Knight of Charleston, SC; two nieces and one nephew; mother-in-law, Mary Hamilton of Humboldt, IL; “lifelong brother”, Robert Sherwood of Charleston, IL. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Kenneth Hamilton and canine companion Brandy.

Norman was a lifelong farmer and member of the Farm Bureau. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, four wheeling and bulldozing. He treasured his time visiting and drinking coffee with his friends in the morning. Most of all, Norman loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor are suggested to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.


Dick Albright

 

Dick L. Albright, age 86, of Mattoon passed away at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Schilling Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Dick was born on June 11, 1929 in Decatur, IL the son of Herbert C. and Maude (Ashenfelter) Albright.  He married Dalys Warkins on November 16, 1957. She preceded him in death on December 26, 2012.

Survivors include his loving children Kyla (John) Poplawski of Champaign, IL and Scott (Sonia) Albright of Robinson, IL; grandchildren, Morgan Poplawski, Dylan Poplawski, Kylynn Albright and Dalton Albright; dear childhood friend, Rosalie of Shelbyville, IL.  Dick was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Dick had a patriotic heart and served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked as a Right Away Agent at C.I.P.S. and retired in 1994 after 35 years of service. Dick was a member of the Antioch Christian Church in Mt. Zion, IL. He also served on the Babe Ruth Board and the Auxiliary Police in Springfield, IL for years.  Dick liked to hunt, fish and enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors. He treasured his time spent drawing and taking photos. Most of all, Dick loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.