Betty J. Wiseley Betty J. Wiseley, 82, of Mattoon, formerly of Sullivan, passed away 9:02 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Mattoon Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Betty was born February 20, 1935, in Bruce, the daughter of Francis and Mildred (DeHart) Chapman. She worked as a house keeper at Eastview Terrace for twenty-three years. She married Joe Phillips on June 13, 1953; she later married O. J. Wiseley on December 29, 1979, in Sullivan; he preceded her in death on February 18, 2000. Betty enjoyed fishing and crocheting. She also was an avid collector of light houses. She is survived by her son, Terry Joe (Terry Joanne) Phillips of Mattoon; niece, Theresa (Brad) Miller of Dix, and Kathy Smith of Charleston; nephew, John Chapman of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kenneth Dale Chapman and nephew Dale Chapman. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com
Roger W. Punches, Sr.
Roger W. Punches, Sr., 87, of Sullivan passed away at 6:10 p.m. Thursday June 15, 2017 in his residence surrounded by his family.
Celebration of Life services will be 5:00 p.m. Monday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with Bob Vail officiating. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan with military honors by the Sullivan American Legion Post # 68. Memorials are suggested to the Sullivan American Legion or to the Sullivan VFW. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.
Roger was born August 19, 1929 in Lovington the son of Floyd and Marie Kinney Punches. He graduated from Sullivan High School. Roger retired from the B & O, CSX Railroad and was the owner of the Shamrock Pub in Dalton City. Roger was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Sullivan American Legion Post # 68 , the Sullivan VFW Post # 6410, the Land Owners Association and was an avid Cardinal fan. He married Mary Lou Bevil on March 30, 1955 and she preceded him in death on January 16, 1991.
Surviving are his daughters Terrie Punches, Christina (Tia) Punches and Bevila Punches (Kevin Coon) all of Sullivan; son Roger Punches, Jr. (Butch) of Sullivan; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter, two grandsons, brother Jack Punches, Sr. and nephew Jack Punches, Jr.
•June 14, 2017•
George A, Sentel Masonic Lodge #764 is celebrating the 300th anniversary of free masonary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
Mike Rollins, Worshipful Master of the Lodge, explained that local Lodge members had pitched in to update the Jefferson Street Lodge. With the help from the city of Sullivan facade program Masons have replaced windows and the entryway of the building as well as updating the interior.
He explained Masonic Lodges all over the world will celebrate the 300th anniversary on the same date. The Sullivan lodge will be open to the public where they may view the history of Masons in Sullivan.
The Sullivan Lodge was chartered in 1883 on October 3 and moved from 6 1/2 E. Harrison to the old National Guard Armory in April 1956.
By February 1956 the Sullivan Lodge became George A. Sentel Lodge #764.
Sentel, a judge in Sullivan, was past Master of the Lodge serving in 1907 and was a member of the Sullivan Chapter #128 Royal Arch Mason and charter member of the Gil W. Barnard Commandry #74 Knights Templar.
In 1918 Judge Sentel and Winifred Titus, of the Titus Opera House family, married at 45 and lived in the Titus mansion. Landscaping was featured on the grounds with horticulturists from U of I studying the 105 different trees and 118 shrubs tended by Mrs. Sentel while they occupied the home. Read More
•June 14, 2017•
An open house for Coles-Moultrie 9-1-1 is from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at the Mattoon headquarters.
The public is invited to tour the facility and learn about the recently completed Coles-Moultrie enhanced 9-1-1 system.
This is a chance to meet and speak with the dispatchers who will provide demonstrations on how emergency calls are handled.
Coles-Moultrie 9-1-1 dispatch is located at 10500 State Hwy 16 in Mattoon.
•June 14, 2017•
Okaw Valley High School softball players were honored at the end of the season with an awards ceremony.
Players recognized with end of season awards include Most Improved Player - Paige Coleman; Hustle Award - Kailyn Boyer; Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive Player - Natalie Jeffers; MVP - Maddie Perrine and Grace Harlin.
•June 14, 2017•
Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced that Justice Thomas M. Harris has been assigned as an Appellate Court Judge in the Fourth District.
Justice Harris was reassigned to fill the vacancy created following the retirement of Justice M. Carol Pope on August 1, 2017.
The assignment of Justice Harris takes effect on August 1, 2017 and will conclude on December 3, 2018 when the vacancy will be filled by the winner of the November 2018 general election.
“I am pleased to announce the assignment of Justice Thomas M. Harris to the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Carol Pope,” Justice Garman said. “In his over four years on the appellate court he has shown himself to be a thoughtful and deliberate jurist, who writes thorough and well-reasoned opinions. He is widely regarded by members of the bench and bar as an outstanding judge, with a judicial temperament that shows respect for all who come before the court. I am certain that he will serve the people as faithfully and as well as the impressive justice he is replacing.” Read More