Recent Obituaries

Recent Obituaries: Virginia R. Smith

Virginia R. Smith

Virginia R. Smith, 89, of Sullivan, formerly of Arcola, passed away at 4:05 a.m. Friday (May 20, 2016) in Mason Point, Sullivan.

Celebration of Life services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday in the Mason Point Chapel, Sullivan with John Plummer officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time in the chapel. Burial will be in Moultrie County Memorial Park, Bethany. Memorial are suggested to the Mason Point Activity Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net. Arrangements by the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan.

Virginia was born April 1, 1927 in Robinson, the daughter of Vaughn Olin and Gladys Coulter McCord. She had been a cook for the Arcola Schools and then worked as a seamstress for Collegiate Cap and Gown in Arcola. She was a member of the Arcola First Baptist Church and Sullivan American Legion Auxiliary. Virginia attended Mason Point Chapel and also assisted with their services. She married William ‘Bill’ Smith on December 31, 1945 in Oblong and he preceded her in death on November 4, 2004.

Surviving is her daughter Donna Lee (Charles) McLaughlin of Champaign and son Jim (Sheila) Smith of Sullivan; grandchildren, Barton (Olivia) McLaughlin of Troy, Michigan, Allison (Abe) Sit of Bartlett, Illinois, Brooklyn (Daniel) Webner of Bethany, Melanie (Cody) Brands of Bethany and great grandchildren, Addison, Seth, Autumn, Lydia, Hannah, Laila, Joseph and Emerson.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, brother Bob and sisters Betty and Dorothy and a granddaughter.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mason Point for their excellent care for their mother.

Recent Obituaries: Charles Hutchcraft, Sr.

Charles Hutchcraft, Sr.

Charles Evan ‘Chuck’ Hutchcraft, Sr., 86, of Sullivan, died 12:10 p.m. Wednesday (May 18, 2016) in Mason Point, Sullivan.

Celebration of Life services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Eddie Miller officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Allenville Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.

Chuck was born February 7, 1930 in rural Macedonia, (Franklin County) IL, the son of Harry and Mildred Carleton Hutchcraft. Chuck married Glyndola Scott in 1950 and on January 25, 1992 he married June Taylor.

Survivors include his wife June; sons Charles E. Hutchcraft, Jr. (Audrey) of Mundelien, IL, Terry L. Hutchcraft (Tina) of Shelbyville, Steven G. Hutchcraft (Mary) of Bethany, Jeffrey D. Hutchcraft (Rebekah) of Sullivan; grandchildren Sarah, Joshua, Lexie, Laine and Ashlyn Hutchcraft, Mindy Yoder and Amanda Weaver; great grandsons Darius, Ford, Carter and Owen Hutchcraft; brothers Jim Hutchcraft of Bethany, Frank Hutchcraft of Sullivan and Ernie Hutchcraft of Mattoon; numerous nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his step-children Christine Weaver, Kathy Medved, Mark Kircher, Brenda Taylor and Carol Ann Ballard; ten step grandchildren; twelve step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson Jeremy Hutchcraft, sister Christine Myers and brothers Paul and Larry Hutchcraft.

Chuck moved to the Sullivan area when he was 15 and started working at the Illinois Masonic Home at that time. He then went to work for Stubblefield Pontiac, Buick in Sullivan, then worked and retired from Caterpillar in Decatur in 1991. During all this time, Chuck worked numerous part-time jobs, after he retired, he helped various farmers and also worked for Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan for many years. In 1993, he was awarded ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ for the Sullivan Senior Center.

 

Chuck was no stranger to work, that was his passion, along with walking, as in 2012 he was noted as to walking1259 miles around town.

Recent Obituaries: Beverly Booker

Beverly Booker

Beverly Grace Booker, 85, of Sullivan, passed away peacefully at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday (May 10, 2016) in her residence.

Celebration of Life services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Reed Funeral Home with Pastor Don Lusk officiating. Burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials are suggested to the Sullivan Senior Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net.

Mrs. Booker was born April 29, 1931 in Sullivan, IL, the daughter of John and Louise Mercer Gramblin. Bev had worked at Brown Shoe Co. and had been a sales clerk for several area businesses. She volunteered at nursing homes, was a pencil pal and crocheted afghans and sent them to service members overseas, was a member of the Sullivan Women’s Civic Club and the Sullivan Southern Baptist Church. She married Richard Booker and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter Jeannie (Bob) Ashley of Bethany; son Steven (Sue) Booker of Sullivan; grandchildren Jennifer (Stuart) Landreth of Toledo, Jonathon (Jennifer) Ashley of Bethany, Melissa Ashley (Nina Page) of Bethany, Corey (Sarah) Booker of Findlay, Logan Booker of Sullivan; great grandchildren Austin Landreth, Evelyn Ashley, Alexander Ashley, Maddy Atteberry, Ashley Page, Payton Booker; brother Donald (Loretta) Gramblin of Michigan; sister Carolyn Rozanski of Michigan; daughter-in-law Vicky (Darrell) Williams and her beloved dog Scruffy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and step-father.

Recent Obituaries: Audie Edward Ryherd

Audie Edward Ryherd

Audie Edward Ryherd, 87, of Sullivan, passed away 3:53 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Mattoon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be held an hour before the service Saturday, at the funeral home in Sullivan. Burial will be in French Cemetery, Allenville, with Military Rites by the Sullivan American Legion #68. Memorials may be made to First Apostolic Church of Sullivan.

Audie was born January 18, 1929, in Gamaliel, KY; the son of Edd Lewis and Iva (Proffitt) Ryherd. He married Dolores Faye England on April 13, 1951, in Arthur; she preceded him in death on December 30, 2014. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict; he was a welder for Progress Industries in Arthur for many years and a member of the First Apostolic Church in Sullivan. Audie was an incredible man and loved spending time with his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Audie is survived by his sons, Doug (Lori) Ryherd and Wayne (Agnes) Ryherd, both of Sullivan; daughter, Cheryl (David) Keown of Sullivan; daughter-in-law, Sue Ryherd of Sullivan; brothers, Dwaine Ryherd of Vandalia, OH, and James Ryherd of Gamaliel, KY; sister, Faye Oye of Arthur. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Lonny, Brent, Aaron, William, Greg, Travis, Tyler and Stephen Ryherd, Michele Gribbins, Erica Stollard, Rebekah Ryherd and Tiara Ryherd; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, Jerry and Vance Ryherd, three brothers, Clyde, Carl and Paul Ryherd and four sisters, Essie Harlin, Wilma O’Banion, Eva Whitis and Dean Davis.

 Condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Recent Obituaries: Brian P. Hart

Brian P. Hart

Brian P. Hart, 56, of Sullivan, passed away 1:55 p.m. Tuesday (April 19, 2016) in Decatur Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Celebration of Life services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan with the Pastor Marge Overlot officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Moultrie County Food Pantry, the Decatur Cancer Care Specialist Scholarship.

Brian was born May 28, 1959 in Shelbyville, the son of James and Nancy Wakefield Hart. He married Kathleen Ann Freese on October 23, 1991. Brian retired from the phone company (GTE, Verizon, Frontier) with thirty five years of service on November 1, 2015. He had been a member of the Sullivan Sports Boosters, George A. Sentel Masonic Lodge # 764 and the Sullivan Country Club. His favorite pastimes were playing golf and poker, but his greatest joy was watching his kids play sports. Brian knew no stranger. He loved people and always had kind words to say about everyone.

Surviving are his wife Kathy, daughter Brittany Hart of Sullivan; son Dylan Hart of Sullivan; sister Brenda (David) Winskill of Sullivan; niece, Hillary Winskill; nephew Clay Winskill; mother-in-law Pat Larkin of Sullivan; sister-in-law Nikki (Dan) Hodge of Arthur; niece Andalyn Hodge; nephew Dustin Hodge and grandmother-in-law Helen Gustin.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents Jim and Nancy.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Wade, III, LeAnn Rhinehart, NP and Lynette his primary nurse at the Cancer Care Specialists of Decatur, along with his nurse Sami at Decatur Memorial Hospital. They are incredible people and should be admired for their dedication to their professions.

Recent Obituaries: Sheila M. Harshman

Sheila M. Harshman

Sheila M. Harshman, 82, of Sullivan went home to be with her Savior at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 in her residence after a courageous and graceful battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ with Felix Hagerman and Vanessa Patient officiating. Burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ. Memorials are suggested to the Mayo Clinic Foundation or the Elim Springs Church of Jesus Christ. Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net Read More

Recent Obituaries: Roy C. Barker

Roy C. Barker

Roy C. Barker, 56, of Mattoon, formerly of Sullivan passed away 9:54 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in his home, Mattoon.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. before the services Saturday. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Sarah Bush Lincoln Cancer Center.

Roy was born November 7, 1958 in Decatur, the son of Cecil and Lillian (England) Barker. He married Barbara S. Fugate on August 3, 1997 in Allenville. Roy worked for Kull Lumber in Mattoon for 32 years. Roy’s family meant the world to him. He enjoyed cookouts, sitting around the yard, his grandchildren and playing golf.

Roy is survived by his wife, Barbara of Mattoon; father, Cecil Barker of Decatur; mother, Lillian Bathe of Sullivan; step-son, David J “DJ” (DJ) Arthur of Mattoon; step-daughter, Beth (Justin) Click of Bethany; sisters, Marsha (Roy) Brumleve of Teutopolis; Debbie Bathe of Sullivan; Lisa (Rodger) Mortez of Mattoon; Terri Bectel of Peoria; grandchildren, Sierra Arthur, Shania Arthur, Shayla Arthur, David Arthur, Peyton Purcell, Dakota Arthur, Destyne Arthur, Dominque Voegel, Delaney Click, and Devon Click. He is also survived by several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Burrell and Margret Barker and Harold and Edith England and his step-Father David Bathe.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mcmullinyoung.com

Recent Obituaries 8-12-2015: Gloria Armer

Gloria Armer

Gloria Armer, 54, of Sullivan died at 5:35 a.m. Wednesday April 12 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in Reed Funeral Home in Sullivan with visitation 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials may be made to Moultrie County Relay for Life.

Recent Obituaries 7-2-2015: James Dodd

James Dodd 

Funeral services for James William Dodd, 68, formerly of Cerro Gordo, will be held at 11 a.m. July 2 in Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery.

He died June 27, 2015 and was born July 31, 1946, the son of Raymond and Helen Ofield Dodd.

He was retired from PPG Industries in Mt. Zion.

Surviving are his wife Sherry; daughter Carly Ferguson; stepchildren Lisa Barnes, Will Davis and Ben Davis, all of Decatur; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the athletic program of the donor’s choice.