Taylorville Obits Archives for 2024-02

Mario De Jesus Garcia Juarez

Mario De Jesus Garcia Juarez, 69 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on February 24, 2024, at his residence. He was born on December 26, 1954, in Santa Ana, El Salvador, to Jose Domingo Garcia and Altagracia (Juarez) De Garcia. On May 19, 2018, he married Ana De Garcia in El Salvador, and she survives.

Mario worked as a police officer in El Salvador and later worked in a factory. He loved soccer and enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Mario also enjoyed working on and selling cars, as well as spending time with his family, whom he loved more than anything. He was a good, kindhearted person and was a great husband and father. He will forever be remembered for the love and kindness he showed to everyone and is missed dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Ana De Garcia of Brook, IN; children, Claudia (David) Altagracia Garcia Blake of Taylorville, IL; Cristina Maria Garcia of Taylorville, IL; Tiffany Michelle Garcia of Taylorville, IL; Estefany Altagarcia Garcia-Pente and Alecia Michelle Garcia-Pente of Indiana; grandchildren, Tanesha Garcia; Makia Watkins; Willow Harlow; Connor Blake; Leland Blake; Kestin Garcia; Jazmin Castillo; Selena Garcia; Liliana Calan; Jae’ana Calan; Teresa Lara-Garcia; siblings, Ana Reina Garcia-Juarez; Aura Leonor Garcia-Juarez; Lidia Del Carmen Garcia-Juarez; and Theresa De Jesus Garcia-Juarez all of El Salvador; nephews, Jose, Oscar, and Carlos Garcia all of Chicago, IL; several other nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; mother-in-law, Ana Marian Penate; and Mario’s ex-wife of twenty years and mother of three of his children, Teresa Vaughn of Taylorville, IL.

Mario was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Blanca Doris Garcia-Juarez, brothers, Jose Ernesto Garcia-Juarez, Oscar Alberto Garcia-Juarez, and Juan Adolfo Garcia-Juarez.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held at this time. Inurnment will take place at a later date in El Salvador.

Memorials may be made to Sutton Memorial Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Theodore Semerau Jr.

Theodore “Teddy” Semerau Jr., 82, of Taylorville, IL, formerly of Chicago, IL and Schiller Park, IL, passed away February 19, 2024.

Teddy is survived by his daughter, Carole (Greg) Jindrich of Kirkland, IL; a son, Michael (Wendy) Semerau of Taylorville, IL; and four grandsons, Alex, Jacob, Aaron, and Mason.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Delores Castle. 

Teddy was a Navy Veteran serving US Navy BT2, USS Saratoga, USS Hazelwood, and USS John Willis.  He served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a recipient of a ceremony known as a Shellback.  His name can be found on the Veterans Wall in Schiller Park. Later in life, he worked for Chicago Tribune many years retiring as Chief Boiler Room Engineer.

The family will receive family and friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024.  The funeral service will immediately follow.  Military rites will be accorded at Linwood Cemetery in Pana, IL. 

Donations in memory of Teddy may be made to the American Legion Post 73, 110 West Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL.  62568

Jeannette Fay Newberry

Jeannette Fay Newberry, 71, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away on February 23, 2024, at Sarah Bush Hospital in Mattoon, IL. Jeannette was born on July 10, 1952, in Washington, IN, the daughter of Jerry and Barbara (Hart) Myers. She married Paul Newberry in 1971 and he survives.

Also surviving are their two daughters, Kelly (Pete) Rinehart of Pana, IL, and Erica (Kris) Detmers of Chatham, IL; four grandchildren, Kole Rinehart, Reid, Drew, and Parker Detmers; her siblings, Janice Punches of Clifton, VA; Ron (Pam) Myers of Nokomis, IL; and Debbie Myers of Pana, IL; brothers-in-law, Brad Koons of Tower Hill, IL, Bill (Julitta) Newberry of Taylorville, and Tommy (Julie) Newberry of St. Joseph, MO; sisters-in-law, Judy (Donnie) Durbin of Springfield, IL; and Linda Hart of Taylorville, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Wanda Koons; a sister-in-law, Brenda Rever; two brothers-in-law, Jack punches and Mike Hart; a great-nephew, Brandon Mann; her mother-in-law, Wanda Newberry; and father-in-law, Charles Newberry.

Jeannette was known as Nana to everyone but was the best Nana to her grandsons. She enjoyed sports, especially watching her grandsons play baseball. She also loved going to rummage sales and spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed.

The family will receive family and friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL, from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. The funeral service will immediately follow. Per Jeannette’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded following services.

Donations in memory of Jeannette may be made to The American Cancer Society or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Raymond McKinnie

Raymond Harold McKinnie, 89, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, IL, on February 22, 2024. Ray was born on December 10, 1934, in Morrisonville, IL, the son of John and Ethel (Jarrett) McKinnie. He married Judy Lee Gant on March 17, 1956, in the Presbyterian Church, in Morrisonville, IL. They were married for just shy of 68 blessed years.

Ray was born and bred in the Morrisonville community and spent his entire life as a farmer. He started farming at a very young age with his father and continued to do so with his son until his passing; It was his passion and in his blood. He loved to raise cattle and had many beef customers over the years.

Ray was a member of the Taylorville Presbyterian Church, a community leader and a member of several organizations. He belonged to Ansar Shrine, Legion of Honor and Past Masters in Springfield, IL. He belonged to the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge #681 where he was the treasurer for over 40 years and also a member of the Pawnee Easter Star #436. He served on the Christian County Fair Board for many years and was an honorably discharged Army veteran.

Raymond’s greatest achievement and greatest gift was his family. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren gave him much joy and he liked watching them achieve, grow, and turn into the great people they have become.

Surviving Ray are his wife, Judy McKinnie of Morrisonville; children, Janet Lee (Paul) Smith of Silvis, IL, James Raymond McKinnie of Morrisonville, Thomas Michael (Philana) McKinnie of St. Charles, MO; grandchildren, Jacob (Karen) Smith, Darla (Justin) Kerwin, Michael McKinnie, Abbi McKinnie; and great grandchildren, Evelyn, Theodore, Peter, Connor, Jack, and many extended family members.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Pearl Lewis, Marjorie Blount, Jean Montgomery, Cecil McKinnie, Glenn ‘Spud’ McKinnie, Harry ‘Red” McKinnie; and grandson, Joshua Smith.

Visitation: 3:00 – 7:00 pm., Monday, February 26, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church, 116 E. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.

Masonic Service: 7:00 pm., along with Ansar Shrine walk through.

Funeral: 11:00 am., Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the church, with speaker William Harmon, officiating.

Burial: will be at a later date in Morrisonville City Cemetery.

The family suggest memorials to be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in St. Louis in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts.

Memorials may be given at the visitation, funeral, or mailed to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis Ave, MO 63110.

To leave a message or offer condolences to the family, please go to assalleyfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Bonita Deck

Mrs. Bonita Deck, 65, of Pana formerly of Tennessee and the Midland area, passed from this life at 1:17 P.M. Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.

She was born August 13, 1958, in Springfield, IL the daughter of Bob and Bonnie (Ray) Huston.

Bonita married John Deck in Kincaid on July 13, 1987.

Mrs. Deck had formerly worked at: CoLinx and Lowes in Crossville, TN., and also for the State of Illinois.  She enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandchildren and along with lunching and shopping with friends. She was an avid collector.

Surviving are her husband John of Pana, IL., 3 children Mandy Sexson and her husband John Griffiths of Bulpitt, IL., Brandy (husband Brian) Goatley and Jeremy Deck all of Pana, IL., 7 grandchildren Adrian Tollett, Brandon Griffiths, Brianna Griffiths, Skye Halleman, Tyler Halleman, Emma Deck and Lyric Deck, 4 great grandchildren Rayne, Addilyn, Isabella, and Isaiah, a sister Cheryl Moore of Buffalo, IL., 2 brothers Robert (wife Crystal) Huston of Jeisyville, IL., Shawn (wife Debbie) Huston of Morrisonville, IL., along with several nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation for Mrs. Bonita Deck will be held from 11:00 A.M. until 12 noon on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.  Funeral services will follow starting at noon.  Burial will take place at a later date. 

Memorial contributions in memory of Bonita are suggested to: her family, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or plant a tree in her memory at: www.alivingtribute.org

Condolences for those unable to attend may be left at mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to her family.  Flowers are encouraged to be ordered from any local florist. 

Carolyn Voorhees

Taylorville – Carolyn Voorhees, 91, of Taylorville, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Carolyn was born on May 16, 1932, in Clinton, IL, a daughter of Merville M. and Velma Pearl (Smith) Curvey. She worked as a supervisor at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. for 35 years, retiring in 1992. Carolyn married Dean E. Voorhees on March 29, 1953, at the Palmer Advent Christian Church. An avid St. Louis Cardinal and Big 10 basketball fan, she bowled in a league for many years, and loved to go camping and fishing with her husband.
Surviving is her son, Ed (Linda) Voorhees of Morrisonville; daughter, Patricia (Tony) Lush of AR; grandchildren: Travis (Melissa) Lush, Jarrod Lush, Joshua (Kristi) Lush, Lela (Mark) Ferrill, Jeffrey (Michael Stutes) Voorhees, Andy (Jenna) Voorhees and Abby (Shannon) Murphy; 15 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lois Ann Marburger of Palmer, IL; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dean on May 23, 2017.
Visitation will be Monday, February 19, 2024, from 12pm until the service time of 2pm at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 West Franklin St, Taylorville, IL 62568. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Morrisonville.
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.moranandgoebel.com.

Jessie Marie Williams

Jessie Marie Williams, 74 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on February 18, 2024, at Springfield Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 2, 1949, to Loren Robison and Marie (Allmon) Anderson. She married Larry Wilson in 1967 and he has since preceded her in death. She later married Donald Williams on October 3, 1981, and he has also preceded her in death. Jessie worked for the State of Illinois in the Willard Ice Building for many years until her retirement.

Jessie is survived by her children: Christina (Tim) Westenhaver of Taylorville, IL; Scott (Pam) Wilson of Taylorville, IL; Michelle (George) Lumb of Tovey, IL; Becky Mink of Taylorville, IL; George (Tammy) Wilson of Kincaid, IL; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; her mother: Marie Anderson of Taylorville, IL; and her brother: Gene Anderson of Rolla, MO.

She was preceded in death by her father: Loren Robison; her two husbands; Larry Wilson and Donald Williams; and her son: Dwight Williams.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Jessie’s honor may be made to the Christian County Animal Control.

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

Ronald D. Tucker

Ronald D. Tucker, 82 of Taylorville, passed away at 8:15a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in his home.  He was born on September 5, 1941, in Springfield, the son of Albert and Edith (Mannion) Tucker.  He married Dawn Joanna Booker on June 16, 1962, in Mt. Auburn, and she preceded him in death on February 15, 2024.  Ron worked for many years for the Kwik-Wall Company in Springfield.  He was a very mechanically inclined person.  Ron could fix anything and enjoyed spending long hours in his garage working on all types of projects.  He and Joanna loved camping together for many years. 

He is survived by his sons: Dwight Tucker of Taylorville and Roger Tucker of Mechanicsburg; grandchildren: Bailee Tucker, Ben Tucker, and Jake Tucker; great granddaughter: Bella Tucker; siblings: Norma Wells and Shirley Henry of Virden, Beverly Bromm of Olney, and Lester (Sherry) Tucker of Springfield; sister-in-law: Donna Tucker of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Alberta Bradford, Mary Harter, Alice Sinkhorn, Gene Tucker, Keith Tucker, and Donna Ruth Brachear.

Ronald will be cremated, and a memorial visitation for him and his wife, Joanna, will take place from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Judith Kay Boaden

Judith Kay Boaden, 79 of Taylorville, passed away at 3:45p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on September 26, 1944, in Taylorville, the daughter of Loyd and Ida Pearl (Stringer) Tarter.  July was a licensed beautician and worked for 43 years as a CNA at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital. 

She is survived by her daughter: Donna Boaden of Taylorville; brother: Jim (Valerie) Tarter of Edinburg; and nephew: Lucas (Suzie) Tarter of Springfield.  She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Judy will be cremated, and inurnment will take place at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Mary Ellen Tulipana

Mary Ellen Tulipana, age 77, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on February 9, 2024 after a long and full life. She was very loved and will be missed terribly. 

Mary was born on April 9, 1946, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of James Carnes and Mary (Pfieffer) Carnes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Tulipana; parents; brother, Jerry Carnes; and granddaughter, Breanna Sklenka.

Mary is surived by her son, Brian (Michelle) Sklenka Sr. of Taylorville, IL; daughter, Kimberly Tulipana of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Cathy (Mike Sr.) Hostick of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law, Pat Carnes of Morehead City, North Carolina; grandchildren, Bryan, Alex, Cassi, Bretty, Robert, Kalin, Tyler, Alaina, and Maryn; 5 great-grandchildren; 7 nieces; and 1 nephew.

As per Mary's request, no funeral or memorial service will be held.

Memorial contributions in Mary's memory are suggested to: Alzheimer's Association, 2309 W. White Oaks Dr. #E, Springfield, IL 62704.

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

Please visit assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Mary, or to offer condolences to her family.

Grace E. Greffe

On Saturday, January 27, 2024, Grace E. Greffe, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away at the age of 96. She joined her husband, Donald Greffe, who predeceased her in 2016. They had been married for 69 years. Grace is survived by one daughter, Annette (Ron) Spears; one grandson, Daniel (Nicole) Spears; great granddaughters, Meredith and Chloe; sister, Anna Lou Yoho; brother, Leroy Heberling; and sister-in-law, Rachel Wheeler. Grace was one of six children born to Henry Curtis and Alberta Heberling. Siblings that predeceased her: Nell Eastley, and Jordan & Edward Heberling.

Grace was proud to have graduated from THS in 1944, the year that the men's Taylorville Tornado basketball team won every game on their way to the State Basketball Championship. Grace learned the value of hard work at an early age and was a dedicated employee at the Consolidated Telephone Company. Farmer's Co-op in Willey Station, and the Christian County YMCA. She was a bookkeeper and would not rest until every book was perfectly balanced.

Grace's life revolved around her faith, family, and farming. Soon after marrying Don in 1947, she asked to be baptized and joined the Bethel Baptist Church where she was an active member for 76 years. Don was a member there for 96 years. Grace served in several positions including Sunday School Teacher and church treasurer. She was always thinking about her family and how she could sacrificially help them in any way. Reunions with extended families were important events every summer. Working full time, Grace still kept an amazing home, was always there for her daughter and family, and supported Don in their farming operation and his career in the Army National Guard (even though the cows always go out when he left for training camps!)

Grace was a fabulous cook. If you ever stopped by the house, a tray of goodies and a pot of coffee would soon appear. She was well known for her divinity, but no one could bake cookies, pie, and breads like her. Holiday dinners were a sight to behold. Grace loved to prepare and take full meals to family and friends unexpectedly. Imagine finding a home cooked meal waiting for you after a hard day's work. Along with Don, Grace always had a huge garden, and they would provide fresh vegetables to family and friends. They canned large quantities of veggies and fruits to enjoy throughout the year. Grace loved to walk for miles even before walking became popular. She enjoyed attending theatre in Sullivan, working challenging jigsaw puzzles, and just being at her family's many activities. It was a simple and long life, well-lived. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21.

Grace will be laid to rest on Tuesday, January 30th in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. Her life will be celebrated during the worship service at Bethel Baptist Church on February 25th. The service will begin at 10:30 A.M., and the doors will open at 9:30. All family and friends are invited to attend, and a meal for all will be served after the service. Memorials may be given to the Bethel Baptist Church in the memory of Grace. The address of the church is 1919 N 1000 East Road in Taylorville.

Dawn "Joanna" Tucker

Dawn “Joanna” Tucker, 80 of Taylorville, passed away at 10:24 a.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024, in her home.  She was born on March 3, 1943, in Springfield, the daughter of George and Joanavard (Thorp) Booker.  She married Ronald D. Tucker on June 16, 1962, in Mt. Auburn.  Joanna retired from Franklin Life Insurance Company where she worked for many years.  Joanna was a talented seamstress and could sew projects of any type from clothes for her kids to wedding dresses. She also made many quilts for Project Linus.  Joanna loved to go camping and was an all-around good friend to anyone she met. 

She is survived by her husband: Ronald Tucker of Taylorville; sons: Dwight Tucker of Taylorville and Roger Tucker of Mechanicsburg; grandchildren: Bailee Tucker, Ben Tucker, and Jake Tucker; great granddaughter: Bella Tucker; brother: Danny Booker of Spokane, Washington; and sister: Alicia Miller of Idaho.

Joanna will be cremated, and a memorial visitation will take place from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Judy Driver

Judy Driver, 85, of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born on December 19, 1938, in Taylorville, IL, to Frederick and Eileen (Mansfield) Wareham, Judy's life was a tapestry of dedication and love. She married James Driver on October 11, 1968. Unfortunately, their time together was cut short by Jim’s passing on February 18, 1977.

Judy's warmth and kindness extended beyond her immediate circle. Known for her infectious humor, she brought smiles to everyone she encountered, and she never knew a stranger. Her generosity knew no bounds. Family, friends, neighbors, including her Schwan’s delivery drivers and mail carriers, were often greeted with her homemade meals and treats, a testament to her nurturing spirit. Judy's compassion wasn't limited to humans; her heart was just as big for animals. Her love for animals began at a young age. She participated in 4-H throughout her school years and raised many champion pigs. During her life, she provided food, warmth, and shelter to countless strays, giving them a haven and love when they needed it most. Animals seemed to always be able to sense this in Judy, as if they knew they would always be safe and loved with her. The same could be said about people that came across her as well.

Judy's work ethic was unparalleled. She started her first job at the young age of 12, assisting in her parents' dairy. She traveled from county to county on weekends, offering samples in stores, laying the groundwork for her remarkable work discipline. Judy's professional life was diverse and robust, always juggling multiple jobs. One of her favorite jobs was running the kitchen at Rene's Drug Store, where she took great pride in her cooking, often remarking with joy, “Everyone loved my cooking, and that really made me proud.” She spent most of her career as an “Avon Lady” for an impressive 42 years. All of this, she accomplished while raising her children, often single-handedly, a testament to her strength and determination.

Her life was a beacon of hard work, love, and laughter. Judy's legacy is not just in the jobs she held or the challenges she overcame, but in the lives she touched, the laughter she shared, and the love she spread. She leaves behind a community that is richer for her presence and a family that will carry her spirit forward.

She is survived by her children: Lori (Chuck) Day of Ft. Myers, FL, Jeff (Angie) Jackson of Taylorville, IL; Sandy (Tom) Davidson of Springfield, IL; Shannon (Doyle) Slifer of Champaign, IL; Tanya (Chad) Michel of Edinburg, IL; grandchildren: Megan (Keith) Pasquale, Jordan (Abby) Jackson, Jaydon Jackson, Brittany Bradford, Courtney Davidson, Alex (Kelsey) Slifer, Erin Slifer, Ryan Slifer, Lulu Slifer, Taylor Michel, Jack Michel; four great-grandchildren; sister: Jan (Bill) Reller of Loudon, TN; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved dog Gracie. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister: Joyce Wareham, husband: Jim and her longtime partner Mike Sellers.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 19th at 12:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor Dennis Metsker officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Judy’s name to Taylorville’s local animal shelter: CCAC, 300 S. Baughman Rd. Taylorville, IL 62568.

McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sylvia Marie Kemner

Sylvia Marie Kemner, 82 of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in her home.  She was born on May 25, 1941, in DuQuoin, the daughter of Sylvester O. and Rose Marie (Berger) Dirler.  She married Lawrence Kemner on December 15, 1962, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.  Sylvia retired from the Christian County Medical Clinic where she worked as a patient account manager.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband: Larry Kemner of Taylorville; daughter: Tracey (Charles) Maras of Dawson; brother: Howard (Sharon) Dirler of DuQuoin; nephews: Chad (Meghan) Dirler of DuQuoin and Keith (Rachel) Lanning of Everton, Arkansas; niece: Veronica Lanning of Woodridge; great niece: Londyn Jo Dirler of DuQuoin and Saylor Rose Dirler of DuQuoin; aunts: Eleanor Wilson of Murphysboro; cousins: Jill Wilson of Murphysboro, Jan Eubanks of DuQuoin, Ron Bottomley of Morris, Deb (David) Martin of DuQuoin, and Brad (Margaret) Berger of Noblesville, Indiana; and special friend: Daisy Sims of DuQuoin.

Sylvia will be cremated, and a private burial will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery and a memorial mass will take place at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Coats for Kids or Loving Arms Pregnancy Center. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Cynthia Diane "Sis" Dunaway

Cynthia Diane “Sis” Dunaway, 70, of Taylorville, IL,  passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL, after a brave, short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Sis was born June 24, 1953, in Danville, Virginia, the daughter of Robert A. Bingham and Erma Cathleen (Williams) Bingham. She was a life-long resident of Taylorville and a graduate of Taylorville High School, class of 1971. During her career, she was employed by Commonwealth Edison; owner of a commercial cleaning company and retired from working for the State of Illinois.

Sis was an avid traveler, and for many summers she enjoyed weekends spent in her camper at her lake lot on Lake Taylorville. She loved reading, dancing, decorating her home, and especially being with her grandchildren. Sis is remembered by the friends and family she impacted, and she leaves behind cherished memories.

Sis is survived by her loving son, Colby Dunaway of Eugene, Oregon; sisters, Terri France (Mark Stephens) and Betty Sue Cunningham of Taylorville; brothers, Mike Bingham, Randy Bingham and Bobby Bingham of Taylorville; step-daughter, Angie Rogers; grandchildren, Aiden, Payton, Camron, Miriam, Shyla; nieces, Amy Black, Stephanie LeSeure, Lacey Ruggless, Brittany Bingham, Andrea Wicker, Danielle Bingham, Brystal Miller; nephews, Shawn Upchurch, Rick Bingham, Josh Bingham, Steven Wicker, Ryan Bingham; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; step-son Jimmy Lee Rogers; brother, Jeff Bingham; brother-in-law Randy France, and nephew, Bill Rahar, Jr.

The family will receive family and friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Monday, February 19, 2024.  The funeral service will immediately follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Sis chose to be cremated and a memorial service at Oak Hill Cemetery will follow at a later date. 

Donations in memory of Cynthia Dunaway may be made to the Taylorville Food Pantry, 1429 E. Main Cross, Taylorville, IL, 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may sign the online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Larry E. Skinner

Larry E. Skinner, 81, of Blue Mound, IL, passed away on February 12, 2024, at Springfield Memorial Hospital, Springfield, IL, surrounded by family.

He was born in Morrisonville, IL, on August 12, 1942, the son of Harold and Ruth (Oller) Skinner. He married Daisy Garner in Carrollton, TX, on February 25, 1976, and had 40 blessed years until her passing on March 29, 2016.

If one saw Larry out and about, he likely had on his jeans, cowboy hat and boots. He loved to dance, especially with Daisy, had a great sense of humor, enjoyed playing jokes, spinning a good yarn, and sharing stories. He also enjoyed western movies and tv shows, fishing, and reading books – especially Louis L’Amour.

When he wasn’t working as an over the road truck driver, traveling the United States from side to side, top to bottom, he was spending time enjoying his family and especially, the grand and great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Decatur Memorial and Springfield Memorial for the excellent care and compassion given to Larry.

Larry was preceded by his parents and his wife.

Surviving Larry are his sons, Christopher Skinner of Kincaid, IL and Larry Skinner of Taylorville, IL; daughters, Kelley (Jeremy) Stephenson of Arlington, TX and Debbie (Bart) Tomlin of Fort Smith, AR; 13 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Sheila Skinner of Taylorville, Mary (Claude) Grandfield of Blue Mound, IL, Donald (Brenda) Skinner of Harvel, Clarissa (William) Hirtman of Decatur, IL; many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. He will be greatly missed by those who know him well.

Graveside service: 10:00 am., February 16, 2024, at Harpers Ferry Cemetery, Palmer, IL, with Rev. Chad Foster, officiating.

In lieu of plants, flowers, and other gifts, the family asks that all donations go to Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, in memory of Larry.

Memorials may be mailed to Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, 210 W. McKinley Ave., Suite 1, Decatur, IL 62526.

Arrangements have been entrusted Shafter-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, Illinois.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Larry or to offer condolences to his family.

Norma Jean Durbin

Norma Jean Durbin, age 75, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on February 9, 2024 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Norma was born on August 16, 1948, in Taylorville, Illinois, the daughter of Eugene Graham and Rosalie (Surratt) Graham. 

On June 26, 1971, Norma married the love of her life, Anthony “Tony” Durbin in Taylorville at St. Mary’s Church in Taylorville. Tony and Norma shared a beautiful life together and enjoyed 52 and a half blessed years of marriage. 

Norma graduated from Kincaid High School (Kincaid, IL) in 1968. She worked briefly at the Secretary of State before settling into her role as a homemaker.

Norma was an active member of St. Mary’s Church and the VFW Auxiliary. As a result of her involvement, she earned notable recognitions with the VFW: Honorary Membership of the VFW Riders as well as an Appreciation Award.

Norma was known for her warmth, her smile, her laugh, and her hugs. She took great pride in and care of her family, often happily serving as the designated caretaker of the entire family. Norma loved to cook and bake. Cherry Delight was a special talent. She loved to visit with family and friends. She enjoyed window shopping and took pride in being a homemaker. Her joy was taking care of her grandchildren. She never wanted to be fussed over and always cared more about others than about herself.  She was the true essence of nurture and love.

Norma is survived by her loving and devoted husband; her son, Phillip Durbin of Taylorville, IL; daughters, Elizabeth (Allen) Cravens of Paris, IL and Sarah Durbin Chance of Taylorville, IL; 8 grandchildren, Blake Durbin, Michael Durbin (significant other, Ariel Dubay), Laina Durbin, Carter Chance, Lily Chance, Clement Chance, Cale Chance, all of Taylorville, IL and Chandra Cravens of Paris, IL; 3 great grandchildren, Allana Barczy, Zaylee Barczy, & Dominic Cravens all of Paris, IL; siblings, Rosetta (Steven) Wells, Madonna Haynes, and Donald Graham, all of Tovey, IL, Arlene Graham, David (Amy) Graham, Becky (Randy) Prince and sister-in-law, Mary Beth Kent all of Taylorville, IL; her uncle, Ronald Graham of Bulpit, IL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant child, Michael Durbin; sister, Nancy Huddlestun; brothers-in-law, Gene Huddlestun and David Haynes; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL.  Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Piotr Kosk officiating.

Internment will follow the funeral mass at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorial contributions in Norma’s memory are suggested to: VFW Post #4495 Auxiliary or St. Mary’s Church & School.

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

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Norma, or to offer condolences to her family.

David H. Fleigle

David H. Fleigle, 84 of Moweaqua, IL, passed away on February 6, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on February 19, 1939, in Pana, IL, to the late Harold Fleigle and Ruth (Forbes) Fleigle. He married Ellen Floerchinger on August 5, 1957, in Keosauqua, IA, and she preceded him in death on April 26, 1972. Later, he married Phyllis Davis on September 10, 1973, in Decatur, IL, and she preceded him in death on March 19, 2022.

David graduated from Taylorville High School in 1957.  In the following years, he worked for the Oliver Corporation, Specialized Products and GSI.  He retired from GSI in 2011. He enjoyed farming and loved his antique tractors and traveling in his spare time. Above all, he loved spending time with his family.

David is survived by his children: Debbie Ayers of Rochester, IL; Dawn Fleigle of Springfield, IL; Diana (Lester) Corso of Taylorville, IL; Danny Fleigle of Colleyville, TX; Denis (Lisa) Fleigle of Springfield, IL; Douglas (Beth) Fleigle of Poplar Bluff, MO; Kim (Jeff) Marshall of Pana, IL: twelve grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his brother: Donald (Mary) Fleigle of Taylorville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Harold and Ruth Fleigle; wives: Ellen Fleigle and Phyllis Fleigle; his son: Timothy Fleigle; son-in-law: Dennis Ayers; and his great-granddaughter: Atley Corso.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating. Inurnment will be held after the service at Oak Hills Cemetery. David’s family asks that everyone dress in casual attire.

Memorials in David’s honor may be made to Macular Degeneration Research. Donations may be made in person during David’s visitation, or can be mailed to 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD 20871.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert E. Harrell

Robert E. Harrell, 86 of Pekin, IL, passed away on January 16, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL. He was born on December 21, 1937, in Palmer, IL, to the late Eldo and Mary Emily (Steck) Harrell.

Bob graduated from Taylorville High School in 1956.  He served in the Army Reserves for six years from 1957 until 1963. He graduated from the Gradwohl School of Research and Laboratory Techniques in 1961 and later graduated from Radiology school.  He lived and worked in Oklahoma for several years before moving back to Pekin where he resided for the rest of his life.  He worked at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria and at Pekin Hospital in the Radiology departments, before transitioning to the Nuclear Medicine department in Pekin for 28 years before he retired in 2003.  He also was an EMT and worked for an ambulance service for 20 years.   He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pekin and was proudly baptized in 2012.

Bob enjoyed making model ships, reading, antiques and genealogy.  He had a helpful and giving heart and was known for his kindness to everyone.

He is survived by his nieces: Theresa Stade of Divernon, IL; Susie (Steve) Gragert of Rochester, IL; nephews: Butch (Sally Badman) Fulk of Edinburg, IL; Jeff (Jean) Weitekamp of Morrisonville, IL; John (Laurie) Nolan of Carlinville, IL; Joe (Teresa) Nolan of Taylorville, IL; and Mike Nolan of Taylorville, IL; as well as many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Eldo and Emily Harrell; sisters: Mary Nolan; Janet Fulk-Nolan; Bev Weitekamp; partner: Paul Moss; niece: Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Nolan; and two brothers-in-law: Hallie Fulk and Larry Nolan.

As per Bob’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a service will be held Thursday February 15, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. in Springfield, IL, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A visitation will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service.  Burial will be in Taylorville at Oak Hill Cemetery following the service.   

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Helen P. Smothers

Mrs. Helen P. Smothers, 94, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Logan, IL on June 21, 1929, the daughter of Alonzo and Dolly (Howard) Williams.  Helen married Everett "Dusty" Smothers on June 21, 1945, in Taylorville, IL.  Dusty preceded her in death on November 23, 2011.

Mrs. Smothers was a member of the Kincaid Church of God.  She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Surviving are 4 children: Ronald (wife Karen) Smothers of Kincaid, IL., Betty Fabian (companion Tom Panzino) of Taylorville, IL., Everett LeRoy Smothers and Mike Smothers both of Decatur, IL., 8 grandchildren, several great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dusty, daughter Janice Kay Smothers, son Robert "Bob" Smothers, daughter-in-law Gaylene S. Smothers, granddaughter Heather Hudson, great grandson Chad Melton, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

Visitation for Mrs. Helen P. Smothers will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Kincaid Church of God -120 Market Street - Kincaid, IL.  Funeral services will immediately follow at the church.  Pastor Vance Massengill will officiate. Burial will then take place at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville. Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid is assisting her family with arrangements. Those not able to attend may leave condolences at www.mastersonfh.com

Memorials in loving memory of Mrs. Smothers are suggested to Kincaid Church of God - P.O. Box 589 - Kincaid, IL 62540

Shirley Ardella Simmons

Shirley Ardella Simmons, 86 of Chatham, IL, passed away on February 4, 2024, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield, IL, with her children by her side. She was born on September 4, 1937, in Macomb, IL, to the late Melvin and Irene (Carlon) White.

Shirley and her family moved to Mt. Auburn, IL, and later graduated from Mt. Auburn High School. She married Howard Dwight Simmons on August 6, 1955, at Mt. Auburn Methodist Church and they spent many happy years together before he preceded her in death on March 30, 2020. Before her retirement, Shirley worked as a surgical technician at St. Vincent Hospital for forty-two years in Taylorville.

She is survived by her children: David D. (Brenda) Simmons of Auburn, IL; Daniel (Beth) Simmons of Mt. Auburn, IL; and Janet L. (Jerry) Sheley of Chatham, IL: grandchildren: Leanne Stewart of Spring Lake, MI; Greg (Mandy) Simmons of Waverly, IL; Nathan (Gia) Simmons of Forsyth, IL; Katrina (Gary) Rexroad of Mt. Auburn, IL; Chelsea Allison of Chicago, IL; Megan (Clayton) Rothe of Chatham, IL; Ethan Sheley of Bolivar, MO; great-grandchildren: Madison Stewart of Auburn, IL; Parker Stewart of Auburn, IL; Lily and Hank Simmons of Waverly, IL; Grant and Adelyn Simmons of Forsyth, IL; Kendall, Karlee, and Elliott Rexroad of Mt. Auburn, IL; Jassper and Jerrik Sheley of Rolla, MO; Rutledge Sheley of Bolivar, MO; and Ada and Nora Jane Rothe of Chatham, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Melvin and Irene White; her husband: Howard Simmons; sisters: Charlotte Akins; Sharon Young; brother: Charles White and one great-grandson: Samual David Simmons.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor James Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Grove City Cemetery.

Memorials in her honor may be made to Taylorville Christian Church.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Nancy Darlene Mullins

Nancy Darlene Mullins, 73 of Mt. Auburn, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024, in her home.  She was born on September 26, 1950, in Decatur, the daughter of Claude and Edna Mae (Frantz) Hall.  She married Andrew Mullins on August 28, 1968, in Decatur, and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2004.  Nancy worked as a housekeeper at Fair Havens Christian Home.  She enjoyed cross stitching, going on vacations, her dogs, and especially enjoyed anything to do with bears.  One of her favorite trips involved feeding fruit loops to bear cubs. 

She is survived by her daughter: Kathy Copenbarger (Jim Bishop) of Mt. Auburn; grandchildren: George Copenbarger of Mt. Auburn, Allen Hall (Kari) of Bloomington, and Zach Hall (Nicki) of Bloomington; and brother: Bill Hall of Normal. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 3 brothers; 1 sister; and infant grandson: Joushua Aaron.  The family would like to extend their appreciation for the extra support they have received during Nancy’s illness including Donna and Scott Gutmann, Deb Doedtman, Brenda Kuehl, Allen Hall, Zach Hall, and her nieces.  Thanks for the extra support.

Nancy will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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