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Raabe, Mary J. - Mary J. Raabe, 82, of Hillview, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2011, at the St. Mary's Hospital in Clayton, Mo. She was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Roodhouse, the daughter of John H. and Alma J. Smock Heil. She married in 1950. Also surviving are three sons, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, She was preceded in death by two brothers; and one sister. Mary worked at Capitol Records in Jacksonville for several years before retiring. She was a member of the Hillview Baptist Church and the WMU at the church. She enjoyed crafting and scrap booking. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a devoted child of God. Interment at Fernwood Cemetery in Roodhouse.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Rathberger, John - John Rathberger, a wealthy German farmer who lived near Carrollton, Ills., killed his wife and committed suicide. Mrs. Rathberger had begun suit for divorce.
[Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 23 Feb. 1899]

Retherford, Joy Ellen - Joy Ellen Retherford, 58, of Carrollton, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born July 27, 1952, in Carrollton, the daughter of Francis (Bill) and Louise Baumgartner Retherford. She is survived by a son, and three brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents. Joy was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Carrollton. She worked as a clerk for Motto Mart in Carrollton for many years. She enjoyed life spending time with her family and friends. Burial at Carrollton City Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Reynolds, Robert F. - Robert F. Reynolds, 81, of Carrollton, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Born near Eldred March 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Frank and Esther Darr Reybolds. He married the on Oct. 16, 1951, she survives. Also surviving are two sons, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was a Korean conflict veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He later was a farm products salesman working for many years for Columbiana Seed Co. He was a member of the Eldred Baptist Church and was a deacon of the church. Bob was a member of the Eldred American Legion Post 1135 for 57 years and had served as Post Commander. Burial will follow at Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Ridings, Darlene - Darlene Marie Ridings, 78, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at 2:50 p.m. at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, with her four children by her side. She was born July 12, 1933, in Springfield, the daughter of John and Agnes (Miller) Krofchick. She married James L. Ridings on April 23, 1955, in Springfield. He preceded her in death Dec. 19, 1987. Darlene's loving and compassionate spirit was felt by all who came to know and love her. Her career as a registered nurse began in 1954 when she graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. Her true love was in pediatric nursing and that led to her receiving a degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner from Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. She then went on to receive her BS degree from St. Francis University in Joliet. Early in her career she worked as a pediatric nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Alton, Blank Children's Hospital Emergency Room and the Polk County Health Dept. in Des Moines, Iowa. After moving back to Carrollton in 1974, she joined the staff of the Greene County Health Dept., where from 1988 to 1998, she served as the department's administrator. Shortly before her retirement in 1998, she achieved her goal of the passage of a first-ever tax referendum to fund the health department. Over 30 years ago, she was also instrumental in initiating the start-up of the Women, Children and Infants (WIC) Supplemental Food Program for the State of Illinois. She will be greatly missed by her three daughters, and son, 12 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, and a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; an infant daughter, Mary Agnes Ridings; and a brother, John E. Krofchick, Jr. Per her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Rowe, William and Wife - Murder and Suicide, Carrollton, Ills., 34 - William Rowe attempted to obtain a reconciliation with his wife near Woodville, but his advances were repelled. He then shot her and himself.
[The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah), 25 Aug. 1883]

Rutledge, Vivion L. - White Hall - Vivion L. Rutledge, 91, of White Hall died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Scott County, the son of Llewellyn O. and Rose Day Rutledge. He married Velma Ruth Crum in 1934 in Troy, Mo.; she died in 1991. Mr. Rutledge was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He worked for the Illinois Highway Department for many years. He also farmed and raised livestock on the family farm west of Barrow until his retirement. He was a member of the White Hall American Legion Post 70 and New Life Church in White Hall. He was a former member of the White Hall Masonic Lodge 80. Survivors: a son, three grandchildren; a brother, and five sisters. Burial: Belltown Cemetery, south of White Hall.
[State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 30, 2003, Page: 7, submitted by Sara Hemp]

Sanson, Keith E. - Keith E. Sanson, 86, of Greenfield, passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 at White Hall Nursing and Rehab. He was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Greenfield, to Charles H. and Mina (Pembrook) Sanson. He married on Sept. 10, 1944, in Wilton, Iowa, and she survives. Also surviving is a daughter, four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Patricia Sanson; two sons, Thomas Sanson and Jerry Sanson; and four brothers, Gerald, Lloyd, LeRoy and Robert Sanson. Mr. Sanson was a Seaman 1st Class serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was a member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church where he had served on the parsonage committee and had served as a a Trustee, a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and served as Worshipful Master, a member of the Greenfield Lions Club for 45 years where he was past president and received the high honor of Foundation Fellowship on June 18, 1998, a member of the American Legion Fitzsimmons Post 225, a member of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in the State of Illinois, a past member of the Greenfield City Council. He had faithfully donated to the Red Cross Blood Drives in Greenfield and had received his seven gallon pin. He was a member of the Greenfield High School Class of 1942. Burial at the Oak Wood Cemetery, north of Greenfield with full military rites provided by Legion Fitzsimmons Post 225.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Scott, Richard - Richard Scott, 86, of Rockbridge, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville. He was born June 3, 1925, in Rockbridge, to Harold and Amy Scott. He married on Nov. 14, 1946, in Rockbridge, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a brother. Mr. Scott was a member of the Rockbridge United Methodist Church, served on the Greenfield School Board and the ASC board and farmed his entire life. Burial will follow at the Oak Wood Cemetery, north of Greenfield.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Selman, Sherry Camden - Sherry Camden Selman, 60, of Newport, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Greenville, N.C. She was born on April 22, 1951, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Edgar and Effie (Sessions) Camden. She married on Nov. 20, 1976, at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, and he survives. Also surviving is one daughter, a grandson; currently serving in the U.S. Navy on the USS John C. Stennis; two sisters, and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her father; and one brother, Ken Camden. Burial at Carrollton City Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Settles, Evelyn I. - Evelyn I. Settles, 81, of Carrollton, died Monday evening, Nov. 14, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Born in Roodhouse Aug. 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Ina (Carlton) May. She married on June 15, 1956, in Roodhouse, and he survives. Also surviving are a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Hazel Cockrill and Sarah Sheppard; and three brothers, Floyd, Roy and Carl May. Mrs. Settles was a member of the Roodhouse Christian Church and had worked for many years at the Oasis Restaurant in Carrollton prior to retirement. She loved to shop. Above all, she loved her family. Her devotion to them and their devotion to her will long be remembered. There is no visitation. Private family services will be held at a later date.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Sexton, Clarence Perry - Clarence Perry Sexton, 88, of Carrollton, went to be with his loving wife in the Lord's house after a lengthy illness Thursday, July 14, 2011, at 9:05 p.m. at Passavant Area Hospital with his family by his side. He was born July 11, 1923, in Staunton, the son of Ethal M. (Eyer) and Harold Sexton. He married Rosemary Baumgartner on Nov. 17, 1943. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2005. Clarence was a plasterer for Local 90 for 58 years. He retired in 1990. He enjoyed family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching them play sports. He was an avid bow hunter and fisherman, enjoyed coon hunting and liked to spend the day playing cards with family. He was also an avid Cubs fan. Go Cubs! He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7678 in Cottage Hills. He served in World War II as medic and received a Purple Heart. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, a sister, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Ethal M. Sexton; and a grandchild, Dawn Ranee.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Sheets, Joyce Ann Martin - Joyce Ann went to be with Jesus Saturday, June 11, 2011, in McAllen, Texas. She was born in Roodhouse May 23, 1931, proof of love of her parents, Claude and Ollie Walker Martin. Both parents preceded her in death. She married on Aug. 28, 1964. He survives. A sister, and a brother, also survive. Joyce lived a challenging life by working in many state and national parks across the nation. They retired Dec. 7, 1980, and settled in Pharr, Texas, to enjoy their "Golden Years" together. Burial at the Fernwood Cemetery in Roodhouse
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Shipley, Francis H. - Francis H. Shipley, 72, formerly of Greene County, died at 5:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000. Born April 2, 1917, in Pike County, he was the son of the late William Henry and Maude Ann (David) Shipley. He married Learta Juanita Clark Sept. 15, 1937, in Bowling Green, Mo. She died May 2, 1988. He married again on March 18, 1989, in Jerseyville. She survives. A lover of trapping and fishing he was a former sexton at several area cemeteries, and he attended Healing Waters Temple in Jerseyville. Also surviving are two daughters, two sons, four stepsons, one stepdaughter, 19 grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, and three sisters. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Austin and Gay Shipley, and an infant sibling. Burial was in Pike Tree Cemetery near Patterson.
[Unknown newspaper, c. Jan 2000; Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.]

Shipley, Leorta J. Clark - Leorta J. Clark Shipley, 76, of rural Roodhouse died Monday, May 2, 1988, at her home. Born Feb. 28, 1912 in Louisiana, Mo., she was a daughter of John and Rose Doris Clark. She married Sept. 15, 1937 in Bowling Green, Mo. and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, two sons, 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters of Pleasant Hill; and three brothers. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Shipley was a member of New Life Church in White Hall. Burial at Pine Tree Cemetery in Patterson.
[Unknown newspaper, c. May 1988; Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.]

Snyder, Charles L. "C. L." - Charles L. "C. L." Snyder, cherished husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. By his side was his devoted and loving wife of 57 years. Married on April 9, 1954, in Carrollton. From that joyful union, eight children were born. He was the loving and proud great-grandfather of 22 great-grandchildren. Following his marriage to mom, dad worked more than 40 years at Orton's Rock Quarry in Hillview, while doing carpentry work on the side in an effort to feed his hungry brood free of any government handouts, for which he was very proud! He sang in several country bands during the '80s, making many cherished friends along the way. Dad was born May 12, 1938, to Claude and Beatrice Bushnell Snyder, in Farber, Mo. He had two sisters and nine brothers. His parents and the following siblings preceded him in death, Opal Rinker of Mexico, Mo., Lois Gullion of Hermann, Mo., (twin brothers) Melvin and Marvin Snyder, and Tommy Snyder of Laddonia, Mo., and Kenny Snyder of Rush Hill, Mo. Surviving brothers are David Snyder (wife, Brenda) and Johnnie Snyder (wife, Debbie), both of Laddonia, Mo., Jack Snyder (wife, Debbie) and Curtis Snyder (wife, Cheryl), both of Martinsburg, Mo., and Gary Snyder (companion, Ina) of Rush Hill, Mo. Dad had numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much, and a part time caregiver he was very fond of as well, John Bull Jr. Dad was a member of the Hillview Baptist Church, Hillview American Legion and White Hall VFW. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict, where he was wounded in the service of his country. Dad has been an inspiration to all of us who love him so very much, and for the rest of our days, we will miss the sight of his warm smile when he sees one of his many babies. We will always cherish the wonderful memories of our beloved dad. Burial at Pine Tree Cemetery at Patterson.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Staples, Deborah Lynn - Deborah Lynn Staples, 56, of Carrollton, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. She was born Dec. 9, 1954, in Jerseyville, the daughter of Kenyon and Jean Springman Walker. She married on July 8, 1972, in Carrollton, and he survives. She is also survived by her mother, two sons, four grandchildren, and three sisters. She was preceded in death by a brother, Doug Walker; and father, Kenyon Walker. Deborah was a member of the Berdan Baptist Church. She worked as an assistant director for the Greene County Housing Authority. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching them play sports. She enjoyed going to church, riding her motorcycle and spending time with her family and friends. Burial at Eldred Memorial Garden Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Steele, Linda Jean - Linda Jean Steele, 60, of White Hall, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at the Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. She was born Oct. 25, 1951, in Nebraska, the daughter of Elza D. and Lenora L. Gates Hagen. She married on April 24, 1981, in White Hall. Also surviving are a daughter, two step-daughters, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sharon Marie Johnson; a brother, Irvin Hagen; two sisters, Marie Prater and Sharon Campbell. Linda was of the Baptist faith. She attended Fayette Baptist Church in Greenfield before its closing. Linda worked as a CNA at the Greene Meadows Nursing Home in White Hall for several years. Interment at the White Hall Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Stinnett, Orville Dean - youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stinnett was born June 6, 1924 and died at the home of his parents June 17, 1927, age 3 years, 11 days. He was a victim of Whooping Cough and pneumonia. The family formerly resided here. Orville is survived by his parents, 1 brother Francis and both grandparents. Funeral at the grave, burial in Hickory Grove Cemetery.
[Contributed by Anne Stinnett]

Stinnett, William Thomas - died at his home a mile and a half west of Short on March 25, 1916, at 6;15 p.m., following a 2 week illness of pneumonia, complicated by an attack of jaundice and enlargement of the liver. The deceased was the son of James and Mary J. Stinnett, and was born April 15, 1868. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Scott September 17, 1891 to which union was born 7 children, I dying in infancy. The 6 surviving children are Nellie, Walter, Ben, Starcy, Rowena and Dovey. He is also survived by his wife, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of other relatives. He was a kind and loving husband, father and neighbor and stood high in the esteem of all who knew him, and he was a just and upright man in all of his dealings. He was a firm believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ, but never united with any church. Funeral services were conducted at Union church on Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m., Rev. M. S. Metzler of Whitehall, presiding
[Contributed by Anne Stinnett]

Stone, Richard Lee - Richard Lee Stone, 52, of Roodhouse, was pronounced dead at his residence on Tuesday evening, Aug. 16, 2011. Born in White Hall on Jan. 31, 1959. Surviving besides his parents are a son, four sisters, a brother, and nieces and nephews. He was a member of the White Hall First Baptist Church and the Grape Growers. He enjoyed working in his vineyard and landscaping his yard. He had managed Super 8 Hotels and RV Parks in Colorado. Private burial services will be conducted.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Strang, Elizabeth Eleanor "Betty" - Elizabeth Eleanor "Betty" Strang, 82, of Jacksonville and formerly of rural White Hall, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Nursing Home in Jacksonville. She was born Nov. 1, 1928, in Chicago, the daughter of Clinton D. and Ruth H. Chapman Bouker. She married Charles Kent Strang on July 15, 1951, in White Hall, and he preceded her in death May 20, 1978. Surviving are three sons. There are nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister. Betty graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Chicago. She received degrees in art and interior decorating from MacMurray College and Washington University. She raised three sons on the family farm east of White Hall with her husband. She worked as an interior decorator for Marshall Fields in Chicago, taught in several school districts and retired from the State of Illinois having worked in the Archives Department. She was a 50 year member and past president of PEO, having been a member in White Hall and later in Springfield. Along with her family, Betty attended the White Hall Presbyterian Church. In her past time, she enjoyed painting, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family. Burial at Jones Cemetery, east of White Hall.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Strickland, Hugh A. - Hugh A. Strickland, 80, of Carrollton, died during the early morning hours of Oct. 26, 2011, at the Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness. Born in Rockford May 3, 1931, he was the son of the late Marie Elmer Johnson and Hugh A. Strickland. He married the on Aug. 11, 1956, in Carrollton, and she survives him. He leaves behind his two daughters and sons-in-law, one granddaughter, and three grandsons. Mr. Strickland graduated from Senn High School in Chicago and received a bachelor's degree from Knox College in Galesburg. While at Knox, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He graduated in 1953. He received his JD from the Chicago Kent College of Law in 1959. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean conflict and served from 1953-1955. Mr. Strickland was a partner in the law firm McDonald, Strickland & Clough in Carrollton until his recent retirement. He was certified by the Illinois Bar Association in 1960. He was a charter member of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Greene County Bar Association, the Southwestern Bar Association, the Illinois Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He was very civic-minded, serving on the Greene County Welfare Services Committee and the Illinois Heart Association Board. He was also a Trustee and past president of the Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Hospital, and past president and member of the Long Lake Association in Vilas County, Wisconsin. He was a member of the Elks, the Westlake Country Club in Jerseyville and the Big Sand Lake Club in Phelps, Wis. He was an avid hunter, gardener and golfer. He loved to travel with his wife, Donna, and his many friends, and he especially loved spending time with family and friends at his summer home in Phelps, Wis., otherwise known as "the Lake". He was passionate in his adoration of his many animals, especially his dog, Gussie, who was his friend and soulmate. He was a devoted husband, a caring and generous father and a loving grandfather to his four grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Private graveside rites will be held at a later date.
Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Strowmatt, C. Ralph - C. Ralph Strowmatt, 78, of Manito, and formerly of Greene County, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin. He was born Nov. 2, 1933, in Roodhouse, the son of Clyde James and Hazel Henrietta Hart Strowmatt. Surviving are two brothers. A brother, Darrell Strowmatt, preceded him in death. Ralph worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He loved being on his Massey Ferguson tractor and watching tractor pulls. He was a wonderful uncle and will be greatly missed by his family. Interment will be at Richwood Cemetery near Roodhouse.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Strowmatt, F. Dale - F. Dale Strowmatt, 83, of Morton, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Roodhouse, the son of Clyde James and Hazel Henrietta Hart Strowmatt. Surviving are his children, six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and one brother, Two brothers, Darrell and C. Ralph Strowmatt, preceded him in death. Dale worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, retiring in August 1982 from building KK. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, earning the rank of Sergeant 1st class. He served 11 months on the front line. He received several medals, including a distinguished service medal cross, Good Conduct, National Defense and the President of Korea valor medal. He was also awarded medals for service and defense of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and Korea Service. He was a wonderful father who selflessly raised his daughter and son by himself. He placed the needs of his children before his own. The light of his life was his grandchildren. His warmth and soft-spoken ways will continue to enrich his family's lives beyond his time on earth. He will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren. Interment will be at Richwood Cemetery near Roodhouse.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Sumpter, Mitchell - Mitchell Levi Sumpter, 67, of Roodhouse, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at his residence. He was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Bixby, Mo., the son of Emmitt G. and Retha Clements Sumpter. He is survived by a daughter, four grandchildren, three brothers, three sisters. Mitchell was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Vernon Cleminson and Jerry Sumpter. Mitchell served in the Army during the Vietnam conflict. McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis employed him for several years before his retirement. A committal service will be held at a later date in Missouri.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Thaxton, Betty Virginia Burton - Betty Virginia Burton Thaxton, 87, of Greenfield, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Treasure Coast Hospice in her winter home of Stuart, Fla. She was born May 6, 1924, to the late Minor and Anna Macomb Burton. Betty grew up in Greene County with her sisters, Helen Burton Dawdy, Louise Burton Anderson, Barbara Burton Appleby, and brother, William Burton, all preceding her in death. Betty married Charles Edward Thaxton on Aug. 22, 1942, and they farmed together for more than 50 years until he passed away in January 1994. She is survived by her son, 2 daughters, She has three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Betty was an active member of Charity Southern Baptist Church for 46 years. She was a Sunday school teacher and served for many years as WMU president and program director. She wrote the church news for the lcoal paper each week since 1979 and compiled the church history for Charity and for the "Sandy Creek Roots". When her husband Charlie passed away, she used the memorial donations to establish the church library and continued to serve as librarian. She was tireless in her help with the Relay for Life team, the Relay Cafe fundraiser, the annual 5K run and their annual Christmas bazaar. Betty had a special dedication to children. She continued to make the rounds in Wrights every year, inviting kids to Vacation Bible School. Burial at Hickory Grove Cemetery, west of Wrights.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Tillery, Kenneth Marvin - Kenneth Marvin Tillery, 83, of White Hall, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence. He was born March 20, 1929, in Carrollton, the son of Marvin E. and Edith Helen Hyde Tillery. He married on Nov. 24, 1949, in White Hall, and she survives. He is also survived by a daughter, three grandchildren. There are six great-grandchildren,A sister and three brothers surviving. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mariam Hutton. Kenneth drove a truck for the Litchfield Creamery in the Greene County area for several years. He then farmed and raised livestock on their ground east of White Hall. He also did custom hay bailing in the area, and completely retired in 2006. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and loved attending their sporting events. He had been a member of the former Friendship Baptist Church, east of White Hall. Burial at White Hall Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Truetzschler, Alberta - Alberta L. Truetzschler, 80, of Carrollton, died Monday, August 1, 2016 at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville. She was born September 29, 1935, in Belleview, the daughter of Orland "Lub" and Bertha Ottwell Clendenny. She married John Truetzschler April 2, 1975, in Carrollton, and he preceded her in death October 11, 2012. She is survived by one sister, five nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death her parents, husband and one sister, Vernita Gilbert. She worked as a secretary for Mobile Chemical in Jacksonville for many years. She enjoyed, cards, going to the casino, sewing, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Eldred Baptist Church. Burial in Eldred Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
[Submitted by Bill Browning]

Valstad, Agnes Ann - Agnes A. Valstad, 93, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville. Born in Monona, Iowa, Dec. 18, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Theresa (Giesler) Arnold Sr. As a child she helped with the family farm near Stoughton, Wis. Later she met Martin Valstad who was working on a farm nearby and they were married on Nov. 19, 1940. He preceded her in death Aug. 5, 1988. Her husband worked on a farm in Wisconsin five years and for a rock quarry before moving to the Greene County area in Illinois. They lived in Spanky, north of Eldred, and in Berdan before settling in Carrollton in the late 1950s and lived there for the remainder of their lives. She helped her husband with his quarry business for a short while and then devoted the rest of her life as a housewife, raising their children. For awhile in the mid 1960s she raised small dogs for sale. She loved growing flowers and tending to her flower beds and yard. She was very outgoing and liked to visit with her friends and anyone willing to talk. Surviving are two daughters, and two sons and daughters-in-law. There are eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, One brother survives. Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; two brothers, Carl Arnold Jr., and Edwin Arnold; and two grandsons, Timothy M. Valstad and Ryan Valstad. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and an over 50 year member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Burial to follow at Carrollton City Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Varble, Paul D. - Paul D. Varble, 66, of Carrollton, died suddenly Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Boyd Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. Born in Carrollton May 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Ornan and Dorothy Johnson Varble. Surviving are seven sisters, a brother, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ornan Eugene Varble; and two sisters, Katherine Vice and Mary Goodall. He worked for many years at Imperial Gas (later Motomart) in Carrollton, later at Walmart and for the Carrollton High School. He loved to write poetry and read. He always enjoyed psending time with his friend Brenda and watching John Wayne movies or listening to soft rock music.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Walton, Rebecca Ann - Rebecca Ann Walton was born in Calhoun County, near Mosier, Ill., Dec. 28, 1846; departed this life Oct 26, 1921, aged 74 years, 9 months and 29 days. She was married to Thomas B. Crosby Oct 15, 1865. To this union were born 9 children; 2 boys and 7 girls, all of whom but two survive her. Alma, who died at the age of one year and six months and Elizabeth, wife of A. G. Emert who died April 12 1910. Her husband preceeded her to the beyond May 20, 1910. Her children who survive her are Elmer of Nebo, Mrs. Emma Lambert of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Levety Coates of Hillview, Mrs. Minnie Harpole, Mrs. Bertha Moyesr, Mrs. Allie Battershell, and Ray all of Nebo. Besides these she leaves one sister, Mrs. Hulda Burns of Idaho. 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She became a Christian early in life and led an upright, exemplary lite to the end. She was a kind and loving (unreadable due to crease in paper) by all who knew her. Her suffering ended with the day, Yet lived she at its close, And breathed the long, long night away, In slumber like repose. But when the sun in all his state, Illumed the Eastern skies, She passed thru Glory's morning gate And walked in paradise. Tho in tears we mourn thee mother, And our hearts with grief are sore, Yet we know that thou art happy, Thy days of suffering her are o'er. Thou art with those blest immortals Singing anthems with the angels On the bright and Heavenly shore. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Friday at 1:30 o'clock conducted by Brother Jesse Bunn. Interment was in Hunter cemetery. The pall bearers were: Cecil Crosby, Russel Harpole, Floyd Emert, Dewey Borrowman, J. Harpole and John Moyers. Those who cared for the flowers were: Vera Moyers Borrowman, Opal Moyers, Virginia Crosby, [end of page and all that is available]
[From the Nebo Banner, Date unknown - Submittted by Virginia Dyson]

Weaver, Virginia Mae Geers - Virginia Mae Geers Weaver, 82, of Carrollton, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton. Born in White Hall Sept. 5, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Keith Borlin and Ruth Carwile Borlin Carter. She first married Mike Geers on May 5, 1949, and he preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1979. She later married Warren "Sam" Weaver on Sept. 3, 1983, and he preceded her in death Dec. 6, 2005. Surviving are three sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and a son, David Michael Geers. Virginia worked at Jeffrey's Gift Shop in Carrollton before going to work at the Greene County Clerk's Office in 1977, until her retirement. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Carrollton. Her warm and caring manner made her a joy to be around. She had the gift of making people, even strangers, feel comfortable around her. She will be sadly missed. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Whited, Robert "Glenn" - Robert "Glenn" Whited, 77, of Carrollton, passed away at Willow Rose Nursing Home in Jerseyville Sunday morning, Sept. 4, 2011. Born in Glasgow on May 1, 1934, he was the son of the late Roy R. and Freda (Gourley ) Whited. He married on Aug. 2, 1953, at Mount Gilead Baptist Church near Carrollton, and she survives. Also surviving are four sons, two daughters, 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters. Glenn was a 1952 graduate of Medora High School, and worked at Laclede Steel in Alton as an electrician. He was a lifetime farmer east of Carrollton and Medora and eventually retired from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation at the Kampsville Ferry. He served on the Greene County Board for many years and also as Republican Vice Chairman. Glenn was a Mason, recently receiving his 50 year pin. He was a member of the Kane Baptist Church. He enjoyed racoon hunting and square dancing. He loved going to the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa, and to many Farm Progress Shows. He will be sadly missed. Burial at Mount Gilead Cemetery southwest of Carrollton
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Williams, Deanna Leone - Deanne Leone Williams, 67, of Carrollton, died at her residence early Thursday morning, Oct. 6, 2011. Born in Carrollton on Dec. 29, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Walter Russell and Elsie (McAdams) Wiles. She married on May 31, 1968, and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, and five grandchildren. Deanna was a 1961 graduate of Carrollton High School. She received her bachelor's in educatiion from Blackburn College in 1965 and her masters' from SIUE in 1971. She taught for one year in Elgin and 39 years at Greenfield Elementary, retiring in 2004. She continued substitute teaching in retirement. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Illinois Retired Teachers' Association. Deanna was a very active member of Carrollton First Baptist Church, playing piano for the children's choir, working for Operation Xmas, and serving as Sunday School Superintendent. She will be sadly missed. Burial at Carrollton City Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Wood, Robert - Robert Wood, a well known and highly respected citizen died at the age of 78 years at his home in Elmwood, Thursday morning, May 17, 1900. Mr. Wood was born in Greene County, Illinois, April 25, 1822, and on October 17, 1846, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Hice, who survives him. Five children are also left, viz., William, Phinas, Elijah, Mrs. Nancy and Elizabeth Davis. Mr. Wood moved to Saline county in 1880, where he has been a successful farmer and has won for himself the love and respect of all who knew him, being a man of wealth, he retired from active work years ago. Funeral was held, Friday morning at 10 o'clock, services conducted by Rev. L. W. Arnold. Burial at Pisgah Cemetery.
[The Marshall Republican., May 25, 1900, Pg 6- Sub. by KP]

Wright, Jo Ann Evelyn - Jo Ann Evelyn Wright, 74, of White Hall, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Vernon and Mazie Lynch Todd. She married Roy Otis Wright on April 2, 1955, and he preceded her in death July 12, 1995. She is survived by her companion, three daughters, two sons, five sisters, and a brother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Rosalee Hoots; and two brothers, Edward and Gene Todd. Jo Ann worked at the dress factory in White Hall until it closed and later worked at J & P garment shop in Roodhouse until her retirement. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in White Hall. She enjoyed country music shows and spending time with her family and friends. Burial to follow at White Hall Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]