Claribel Cully(1914 - 2013)

Claribel Cully, 99, of Jacksonville, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville.
She was born Aug. 13, 1914, in Morgan County, the daughter of Edgar O. and Effie O. Cox Cully.
She is survived by a cousin, Teryl Piggott (husband, Bill) of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Isabel Norfleet; and three brothers, Lloyd, Byron and Albert Cully.
Miss Cully was a 1936 graduate of Illinois College and later attended graduate school at the University of Illinois. She taught business for high school children in Walnut for 20 years and later in Virginia for 16 years. Her career in education was interrupted during her two years of service at the Green River Ordinance Plant in Dixon during World War II. In retirement, she served as a volunteer for many years at Passavant Area Hospital.
Claribel was a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Delta Kappa Gamma International Teachers Organization and Chapter I.O. of the PEO Sisterhood. In 1990, she was named a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at Illinois College.
Funeral services for Caribel Cully were held Thursday morning, Sept. 5, 2013, at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with the Rev. James Harper officiating. The pianist was Diane Headen and special selections included ""Ave Maria"" and ""Abide With Me."" Pallbearers were Mike Hubbs, Arthur Schumacher, Gerald Halligan, Mike Anderson, John Heyer, Bob Nicolet, Joe Goben and Tom Glossop. Members of Chapter IO of PEO attended the services as a group. Burial was at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Memorial gifts are suggested to First Baptist Church, Jacksonville City Cemetery Fund or Passavant Hospital Foundation. Condolences may be sent online at

Funeral Home

Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel
1100 Lincoln Ave.  Jacksonville, IL 62650
(217) 243-4000

Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Sept. 1, 2013