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ARNOLD, Junior Darrell - Chatham  
Junior Darrell Arnold CHATHAM, IL - Junior D. Arnold, 81, passed away at his residence in Chatham, Ill., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Clara; daughters: Belinda Palazzolo and Sharon Arnold, both of Auburn, Karon (Duston) Traylor of Girard, and Teresa (Terry) Bearden of Alexandria, Va.; daughter-in-law, Leta (Bruce) Bilyeu of Loami; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Harper of Carlinville; brothers: Phillip (Beverly) Arnold of Chatham, Jim Arnold of W. Long Branch, N.J., and Larry (Doris) Arnold of Concord, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Rt. 4, Chatham, IL. Funeral service: 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rick Wenneborg officiating. Burial will follow at Sulphur Springs Cemetery in Loami, Ill., with the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County conducting military honors. Please visit www.staabpolkmemorialhome.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2014
BARNETT, Lorna K. - Springfield  
Lorna K. Barnett SPRINGFIELD, IL – Lorna K. Barnett, 69, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at St. John's Hospice. Arrangements are pending at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home; 217-525-1500.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
COX, Paul W. - Springfield  
Paul W. Cox SPRINGFIELD, IL - Paul W. Cox, 70, of Springfield, minister for over 40 years, is now in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. Paul received his college education at Lincoln Christian College. There he met his wife, Sue Rains. The two were married on Aug. 27, 1965, and she survives. Paul and Sue have four children: Scott (Linda) Cox, Kathleen (George) Blessing, Michael (Tami) Cox and Elizabeth (Timothy) Strawkas, all of Springfield; eight grandchildren; and several cousins. Paul had a great sense of humor and loved teaching. Visitation will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Elm Street Christian Church. Funeral service to follow. Private burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Elm Street Christian Church. Share stories, pictures, Facebook and Twitter at: StaabFamily.com
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
DRAKE, Suzanne V. (Eversole) - Springfield  
Suzanne V. (Eversole) Drake SPRINGFIELD, IL - Suzanne V. Drake transitioned to her eternal home on Nov. 21, 2014. She was the daughter of Orville and Ruby Price Eversole of Shelby County, Ill., born Nov. 11, 1933. She is survived by her husband, Thelbert L. Drake of Springfield, Ill.; sisters, Hazel Rueff of Shelbyville, Ill., and Carolyn Aspling (husband, LaVerne) of Bradenton, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Norma Eversole and Ermajean Eversole, both of Shelbyville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, William Paul Eversole and David Eugene Eversole. Suzanne graduated from Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1951, received her Baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. in 1955, earned a master's degree from Michigan State University in 1959, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 1974. She was a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Academic Honor Society. Dr. Drake held teaching positions in Illinois and Michigan and was director of reading programs for districts in Illinois and Connecticut. She held professorial positions at Northern Illinois University and retired Professor Emerita from Ball State University. She also served as a facilitator and author of graduate courses for Indiana Wesleyan University. She was the director/advisor of several doctoral students who now serve as professors throughout the Midwest, Indonesia, Singapore and Florida. Two of her students serve as Deans of Education in Florida and in Arkansas. Dr. Drake authored several articles in professional journals, two chapters in a graduate text book and served on editorial boards for professional publications. She contributed in teaching, music and leadership in several churches. She was a founding member of the Storrs (Connecticut) Community Church. She served as president of the Storrs Chapter of the American Association of University Women. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville, Ill., with the Rev. Dan Seibert officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Shelbyville, Ill. Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com .
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
GAYNOR, Thomas Edward - Taylorville  
Thomas "Tom" Edward Gaynor TAYLORVILLE, IL - Thomas "Tom" Edward Gaynor, 62, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
GILLESPIE, George E. - Rock Island (Formerly Of Springfield, Il)  
George E. Gillespie ROCK ISLAND, IL - George E. Gillespie, 78, formerly of Springfield, Ill., passed away at 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island, Ill. He was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Springfield, at St. John's Hospital, the son of Charles "Bud" and Helen Winch Gillespie. He married Ella Jo Picco in 1956. Mr. Gillespie was a U.S. government employee working with FEMA until having to take a medical discharge. He was previously employed with the Dept. of Defense DIO Maintenance Division in Fort Meade, Md. He was also employed at the Springfield City Police Garage and worked part-time at Sears. He was a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Blessed Sacrament. He attended Cathedral Grade School and Cathedral Boy's High School, from which he graduated in 1954. In the same year, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and attended boot camp in San Diego, Calif. He was attached to the Motor Transport 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif., until his discharge in 1958. He was a member of Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Council No. 4913 in Valdosta, Ga., and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #437. He also volunteered as a St. John Samaritan. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles and Jack; and two sisters, Nancy and Carolyn. He is survived by his three daughters: Georgiann "Gee" Gillespie of Rock Island, Ill., Lori "Janie" (husband, Richard) Davis of Carterville, Ill., and Susan "Sue" (husband, Curtis) Hanson of Moline; son, Charles "Chuck" (wife, Theresa) Gillespie of Rock Island; 11 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; brothers, Bob (wife, Phyllis) Gillespie of Lincoln and Jim (wife, Mona) Gillespie of Chesterfield, Mo.; sister, Marilyn (husband, Willard) Dallas of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence St., Springfield with the Rev. Seth Brown, celebrant. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association, 2501 Chatham Rd., Ste. 210, Springfield, IL 62704. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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Published in The State Journal-Register from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2014
GRAFTON III, Bartholomew - Crossville (Formerly Of Springfield, Il)  
Bartholomew Grafton III CROSSVILLE, TN - Bartholomew Grafton III, 57, passed away Nov. 13, 2014, at Cumberland House in Crossville, Tenn. He was born Nov. 30, 1956, in Springfield, Ill., the son of Bartholomew Grafton II and Roe Nan Bryant Grafton. He worked as a dialysis technician. He is survived by his wife, Bernice Beaty-Grafton of Crossville; mother, Roe Nan (Bryant) Grafton of Springfield, Ill.; father, Bartholomew Grafton II of Springfield, Ill.; sons, Bartholomew (Terra) Grafton IV of Kincaid, Ill., and Benjamin (Kari) Grafton of Springfield, Ill.; daughter, Kayla (Christopher) Brown of Springfield, Ill., and Jeanette (Larry) Eller of Crossville, Tenn.; brothers, Randy Grafton of Springfield, Ill., and Patrick (Wendy) Grafton of Kincaid, Ill.; grandchildren: Courtnee Ray Grafton, Tanner Lee Brown, Aiden Micheal Brown and Austin David Eller. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 with Patrick Grafton officiating. Interment was in Mayland Cemetery in Tennessee.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
HALCLI, Marie Ellen - Lombard  
Marie Ellen Halcli LOMBARD, IL - Marie Ellen Halcli, 87, of Lombard, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Lexington Health Care Center. Marie was born July 31, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Thaddeus M. and Marie Elizabeth Wall Szkudlarek. She married Albert A. Halcli on Sept. 30, 1961, in Detroit, Mich.; he preceded her in death in 2005. Marie graduated from the University of Toledo and received her Library Science degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She was employed in public libraries in Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Mich., and then retired from Lincoln Library as a reference librarian in 1998 after 25 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Thomas T. Szkudlarek. She is survived by her son, Thad Aaron Halcli of Fairfax, Va.; two daughters, Rebecca Joy Halcli of Palatine and Abigail Lee Halcli (partner, Vincent Connelly) of Oxford, England; granddaughter, Kassia Morgan Halcli of Fairfax, Va.; siblings, Ellsworth E. (wife, Arlene) Szkudlarek of Brooksville, Ohio and Carol Ann Szkudlarek of Toledo, Ohio; sister-in-law, Paulette Szkudlarek of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. Visitation: Family will receive friends from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 N. Amos Ave., Springfield. Funeral Mass: 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at St. Agnes Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Jallas, celebrant. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 N. Amos Ave., Springfield, IL 62702 or Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St., Springfield, IL 62701. The family of Marie Ellen Halcli is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
HUGHES, Mervyn L. - Carlinville  
Mervyn L. "Merv" Hughes CARLINVILLE, IL - Mervyn L. "Merv" aka "Bush" Hughes, 65, passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2014, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
JOHNSON, Audrey - Mason City  
Audrey Johnson MASON CITY, IL - Audrey Johnson, 92, passed away at 8:51 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State Journal-Register on Nov. 23, 2014
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