Brother Eddie Russell Diveley (1948 - 2017)

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Brother Eddie Russell Diveley, 68, of Litchfield, formerly of Vandalia, passed away at 5:25 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Southside Church, 500 S. Illinois Ave., Litchfield, with Pastor Nathan Diveley, son of Brother Ed, and the Rev. Jeff Hemken of Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: Southside Church or Coats for Kids. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Brother Ed was born on Oct. 9, 1948, in Vandalia, the son of Dale M. and Valeria (Shipley) Diveley. He married Brenda Lee Randle on April 12, 1975, at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro.
He graduated from Vandalia High School with the class of 1968, then graduated from Brooks Bible Institute in St. Louis, Mo. Brother Ed was the pastor of Southside Church in Litchfield for 38 years. He started his ministry there in 1978 and retired in 2016. His ministry touched several lives over the years. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to serve and minister to people regardless of their church affiliation. He especially loved ministering to and working with children and Vacation Bible School.
Brother Ed was a loyal volunteer in the Litchfield community. He was honored with the title of Citizen of the Year in 1984 for his efforts. Some of the groups he volunteered for or was instrumental in forming are Gospelfest, Education Station, Coats for Kids, Feeding the Multitudes and Hearts United. He operated the scoreboard at Field A at Schalk Field for several years. He served as the lunchroom monitor at Madison Park Elementary School and also as a bus monitor for Litchfield Community Unit School District No. 12. He also worked at Walmart for a few years.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Charles Diveley and his wife Shannon of Litchfield, Roger Diveley and his wife Bobbie of Staunton, and Nathan Diveley and his wife Jessica of Litchfield; brother, Danny Diveley of Litchfield; sister, Thelma Tate of Decatur; grandchildren, Emma, Malachi and Olive Diveley; father- and mother-in-law, Charles and Frances (White) Randle of Litchfield; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 7 to Aug. 16, 2017