DECATUR -- Patricia Ailien Beard, 73, Decatur, died Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2003).
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Fairlawn Cemetery.
DECATUR -- Kenneth Robert Crawford, 76, Decatur, died Sunday (Feb. 2, 2003).
Memorial services: 2 p.m. Friday, Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, with military rites. No visitation. Burial: at a later date. Memorials: Decatur Memorial Hospital Heart and Lung Center.
DECATUR -- Leslie Howard Davis Sr., 81, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Decatur, died 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2003) in Highland Regional Medical Center, Sebring.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Johnson Funeral Home, Fairfield, with the Rev. Ron Bogart officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services. Burial will be in Shrewsbury Cemetery, Mill Shoals.
Mr. Davis was born Nov. 25, 1921, in Amboy, the son of Frank Davis and Bessie Davis. Before moving to Sebring six years ago, he lived in Bement. Prior to that he lived in Decatur, where he retired from the Decatur School District. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sebring, having transferred his membership from the Bement United Methodist Church. He was a past member of the Bement Lions Club. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He married Clara Neathery Garderner, formerly of Mill Shoals, on Aug. 3, 1985.
Surviving are his wife; sons, Leslie Howard Davis Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; Thomas Roger Davis of Chicago; Steven Ray and Donald Eugene Davis, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Judy Kindle of Chester, S.C.; Beverly Jean Sanders of Okmulgee, Okla.; brother, Sheldon Davis of Thayer, Mo.; stepdaughters, Doris Bogart of Mill Shoals and Bloomington; Linda Lickteig of Okeechobee, Fla.; several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jimmy Richard Davis; sister, Esther Ward; brother, Dale Davis.
BLUE MOUND -- Levi W. Green, 86, of Blue Mound died 4:39 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5, 2003) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in First Christian Church of Blue Mound. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Ater-Wikoff Funeral Home, Blue Mound. Burial will be in Hall Cemetery, Blue Mound. Memorials: First Christian Church of Blue Mound Building Fund or Blue Mound Fire and Rescue.
Mr. Green was born Aug. 9, 1916, in Kenney, the son of Albert S. and Eva Youkum Green. He was a machinist at Mueller Co., where he retired after 36 years in 1981. He was a member of First Christian Church of Blue Mound, where he was a past deacon and a trustee for many years. He was also a member of Paublo Agricultural Museum of Stonington, Mueller Museum of Decatur, Farm Bureau and did landscaping in Blue Mound and the surrounding area. He was valedictorian of his high school Class of 1934 in Kenney. He married Rosella G. Wellwood on June 30, 1947, in Hannibal, Mo.
Surviving are his wife; son, Warren S. Green of St. Charles, Mo.; daughter, Diana L. Haywood and husband Oland of Brownstown; granddaughters, Jennifer Green of O'Fallon, Mo.; Dana Green of Springfield, Mo.; Tessa Haywood of Brownstown; great-grandchildren, Summer Haywood and Zachary Haywood, both of Brownstown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister and daughter-in-law, Linda R. Green.
DECATUR -- Robert L. "Big Flinn" Flinn, 56, Decatur, died Monday (Feb. 3, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, St. Peter's AME Churc h. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by: J.J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home.
DECATUR -- Margaret Scott Hildebrand, 87, of Decatur died 8:10 p.m. Monday (Feb. 3, 2003) in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Services will be noon Saturday in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, with the Rev. Jean Eyrich Pennell, pastor of Illini Congregational United Church of Christ, Warrensburg, officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in First Congregational Church of Decatur and one hour before services in the funeral home. Burial will be in Rosemond Cemetery, Rosamond. Memorials: First Congregational Church of Decatur or Easter Seals of Central Illinois.
Mrs. Hilderbrand was born on May 29, 1915, in Rosamond, the daughter of George Haft and Jesse Putnam Scott. She was a graduate from Rosamond High School. She later lived in Pana and moved to Decatur in 1965. She received training at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago as an infant nurse. She and her husband owned and operated Fay's Fabrics in Decatur. She was a poet and loved to paint and do crafts. She was very active with the Meals on Wheels program in Decatur and was a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Pana. She married Ernest Frederick Hildebrand on Sept. 5, 1937, in Rosamond.
Surviving are her husband; children, Margie Malone and husband Pat of Maroa; Mary Kay Harris of Decatur; Douglas Hildebrand of Peoria; Stanley Hildebrand and wife Mary of Metamora; daughter-in-law, Shirley Hildebrand of Morton; grandchildren, Mark, Leah, Stacey, Nickey, Mandy, Jennifer, Keith, Leslie, Lindsay and Brad; great-grandchildren, Mady and Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Herb Scott and James Scott.
DECATUR -- Nellie Miller, 89, Decatur, died Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2003).
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Cerro Gordo Cemetery. Arrangements by: Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes. Memorials: Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren.
DECATUR -- Sidney Lee "Sid" Lawton, 69, of Decatur passed away peacefully 9:57 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003) in McAllen Medical Center, Pharr, Texas, with his wife of 50 years, Dorothy, and daughters, Catherine L. Cleary and Carol Ann Lawton, at his bedside.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday with 8 p.m. Masonic rites by the Stephen Decatur Masonic Lodge 979 AM&AF. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, with a gathering for family and friends to follow in Warrensburg Sportsman's Club Inc. Memorials: Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.
Sid was born Feb. 8, 1933, in Kensett, Ark., the son of William P. "Perkins" and Georgia Lawton. He later moved to Decatur for the rest of his life. He went to Centennial School and Decatur High School. He then worked at Decatur Paper Warehouse, General Electric and P&W Construction Co. In 1966, he became owner/operator of Sid Lawton Construction. He built many new homes and did remodeling in the Decatur area. When he was not busy "collecting rent" and taking care of his rental property, you could find him in Warrensburg Sportsman Club, or riding one of his many Cushman scooters or down in Pharr, Texas. He was president of Warrensburg Sportsman's Club, a member of Stephen Decatur Masonic Lodge 979 AF&AM, Beaumanoir Commandery 9 K.T., Decatur Shrine Club, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Danville, Ansar Eagles, BPOE Elks, Ansar Temple of Springfield, Decatur Landlords Association, Order of the Eastern Star and past member of Decatur Home Builders Association. He married Dorothy L. Rager on April 5, 1952, in Marion, Ark.
Surviving are his wife; daughters, Catherine L. Cleary and Carol Ann "Goofy" Lawton, both of Decatur; son-in-law, Michael Gilstrap of Decatur; grandchildren, Elizabeth Cleary and fiance Mark Donnelly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Christine and William Lawton Cleary of Decatur; brothers, Dennis A. Lawton and wife Janet of Decatur; sister, Sheila A. Gardner and husband Al of Decatur; nieces and nephews, Gary Spaugh; Cathy Stalker and husband Jim; Patty Wickline; Randy Spaugh and wife Kathy; Darin Robinson.
Sid was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jessie Marie; nephews, Derek Robinson and Dennis Binkley; very dear and special person, Thom Miller.
The family would like to thank all their friends and family, the Warrensburg Sportman's Club, Nellies Tavern, Jackies, American Legion in Pharr, Cancer Care Specialists in Decatur, Dr. Velasco, McAllen Medical Center in Pharr, sister-in-law, Shirley Rager, and Dwight Buckner.
Sid will be deeply missed by his friends, both here and in Texas, but we all know that he is resting in peace and out of pain, wearing his orange stocking hat. God bless you.
DECATUR -- Betty V. Meyer, 79, of Decatur died 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 4, 2003) in Fair Havens Christian Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes with visitation one hour before services. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown. Memorials: American Cancer Society or American Lung Association.
Mrs. Meyer was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Decatur, the daughter of Earl Hill Sr. and Sarah Fisher Hill. She was employed as a produce clerk at Tolly's until her retirement in the late 1960s. She enjoyed gardening and yard work. She married Henry B. Meyer in April 1951 in Decatur. He preceded her in death in May 1986.
Surviving are her sons, Steve Meyer and wife Joyce of Chandler, Ariz.; Tony Meyer and wife Sandra of Decatur; brother, George Hill and wife Lavena of Decatur; sister, Margie Dush of Norfolk, Va.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, mother, one brother and one sister.
DECATUR -- Keith Robert Shildneck, 68, Des Plains, formerly of Decatur, died Jan. 30, 2003.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. Burial: Graceland Cemetery.
DECATUR -- Atha Louise O'Dell, 87, formerly of Decatur, passed away Monday (Feb. 3, 2003) in Biloxi, Miss.
Services will be noon Saturday in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until services. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials: Trinity Hospice, 15105 Lemoyne Blvd., D'Iberville, MS 39540, or donor's choice.
Mrs. O'Dell was born March 16, 1915, in Louisville, the daughter of Albert and Beulah Tucker Schoonover. She moved to Decatur in 1918. She worked at Wagoner Castings Co. in Decatur in 1943. She was employed there for 36 years. She enjoyed her family, friends, traveling, working in her yard and garden. She was a member of Mound Christian Church.
Surviving are her sons, Billie Quentin "Bill" Culumber and wife Doris Mae of Biloxi; George Albert "Buddy" Wade and wife Denise of Columbus, Ga.; grandchildren, Robert Lee "Bobby" Culumber, Sandy Jo Culumber Wise and husband Dean, of Biloxi; Shawanda Diane Lowe and husband Todd of Macon, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Angela Marie and William Douglas Wise of Biloxi; Alicia Diane Boatner and husband David of Warner Robins, Ga.; great-great-grandson, Gaylen Taylor Boatner of Warner Robins; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carroll O'Dell; brothers, Clyde and Charles Schoonover; sister, Icylene Tetley; grandson, George Scott Wade.
DECATUR -- Hazel Secrest, 94, Decatur, died Monday (Feb. 3, 2003).
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Graceland Star of Hope Chapel. Visitation: one hour before services in the church. Burial: Star of Hope Mausoleum.