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Otis Morris

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LINCOLN -- Otis E. Morris, 90, of Lincoln died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at 2:50 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home, with Tony Shuff officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Richmond Grove Cemetery, New Holland.

Mr. Morris and his wife began farming in New Holland in 1936. Later he pursued a career in aeronautics: piloting and acting as a mechanic. Upon retirement in 1967, he had achieved the status of federal aviation inspector. After retirement he was a self-employed mechanic at his home in Lincoln.

He was born May 24, 1915, at New Holland to Edward and Cynthia Halstead Morris. He married Norma Shull on Oct. 6, 1935, in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two sons, Ken (and Carole) Morris of Marquette, Mich., and Wayne (and Nancy) Morris of Lincoln; two daughters, Shirley (and Jim) Barry of Lincoln and Kay (and Bob) Bauer of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A sister, Mary Catherine Premo, preceded him in death.

Memorial donations may be made to Home Care of Central Illinois in care of the Logan County Health Department, 109 Third St., Lincoln, IL 62656 and will also be accepted at the funeral home.

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Martha Hargett

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LINCOLN -- Martha Louise "Marty" Hargett, 78, of Lincoln died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at 1:46 p.m. at the Christian Village, with her family by her side.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Dr. Hargett had a long history in art education.

She was born April 14, 1927, in Sheffield, Ala., to A. Paul Freeman and Mildred Sherrod Freeman. She married Dr. Earl Forest Hargett on Nov. 22, 1947, in Florence, Ala. He died July 1, 1971.

She is survived by one son, Forest (and wife Joy Sudderth) Hargett of Warne, N.C.; two daughters, Kendra Hargett-Weiss of Randolph, N.J., and Paula S. (and husband Joe H.) Weeks of Ellensburg, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Dylan, Callie, and Cory Hargett of North Carolina, Lyn and Julie Weiss of New Jersey, Paul J. Weeks of Washington, and Patrick and Michael Kassin of Georgia; and two great-grandchildren, Valen and Sireen Hargett of North Carolina.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter Suzanne Kassin; and one grandson, William F. Weeks.

She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, National Art Education Association, Illinois Art Education Association, International Society for the Study of Art in Education, National Society for the Study of Education, Book Club, American Quilter's Society and Questers. She was a volunteer for the ALMH Auxiliary and a member of the board of The Oasis senior center.

She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in 1969. In 1970 she graduated from Valdosta State University with a master's degree in education, and she received her doctorate in education from Illinois State in 1981. While still attending school she received the honor of being named in the World's Who's Who of Women in Education Publication in 1978 and the International Who's Who in Education in 1980.

Marty had a colorful spirit and exhibited that in the beautiful treasures that she created, wore, displayed and taught.

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Marvyn Smalley          Send a link to a friend

ATLANTA -- Marvyn B. Smalley, 88, of Atlanta died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at 12:30 a.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Quiram Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Atlanta Cemetery.

Mr. Smalley was a retired farmer. He had farmed in the Atlanta area all his life.

He was born Dec. 30, 1917, in Eminence Township, rural Atlanta, to Harvey J. and Grace Irene Baker Smalley.

He is survived by one brother, Robert Dale Smalley of Lincoln, and several cousins.

He was a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Atlanta Public Library or a charity of the donor's choice.

Herbert Rogers

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EMDEN -- Herbert J. "Herb" Rogers, 88, of Emden went home to be with the Lord at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, from the Christian Village in Lincoln.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bennett Funeral Home, 620 Pulaski St. in Lincoln. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Casey Tygrett officiating.

Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.

Mr. Rogers was a full-time farmer on the family farm at Emden and also found time for many other activities.

He was born July 3, 1917, at Delavan to Jonathan Oscar and Pansy Pearl Smallwood Rogers. He married Nelda May Harms on Sept. 14, 1945, in Emden.

He is survived by his wife, of Emden; two sons, Mark Rogers of Emden and Matthew (and wife Kimberly) Rogers of Woodridge; one sister, Mary Glen Schilling of Mount Pulaski; a brother-in-law, Roy O. Schilling of Decatur; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Rogers; one sister, Rachel Schilling; and one daughter, Melody Hufnagel.

He was an active member of Emden Christian Church, where he served on the church board and as an elder and trustee. He was a trustee for Lincoln Christian College for many years, served on the board of Christian Homes and on the steering committee for the Christian Village, and was on the Camp Griesheim board and the board for the Central Illinois Evangelistic Association. He served as president of the Hartsburg-Emden school board. He was a member of the Illinois Guernsey Cattle Club and the Logan County Farm Bureau.

Even in his busiest times, he always made time for his family. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication and Christian beliefs that is evident in the lives of his family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Lincoln Christian College, the Christian Village, Wayne J. Schall Hospice or Emden Christian Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Glena Tomlinson

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RUSHVILLE -- Glena L. Tomlinson, 76, of Rushville, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at 1:39 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, with her four children and other loved ones at her side. She was being treated for complications of pneumonia at the time of her death.

Her funeral was at noon Tuesday at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, with the Rev. Ray Greenfield officiating. Visitation preceded the service.

Burial is in Rushville City Cemetery.

Wood Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mrs. Tomlinson began working as a customer assistant and dispatcher for General Telephone in Lincoln in 1973, then was transferred to Bloomington, where she retired in December 1991.

She was born in rural Schuyler County to Virgil and Pearl Rittenhouse Spillers. She married Glen E. Thomlinson in 1948 in Rushville.

Coming to be with her during recent weeks were her children, Connie Sue Nunn (and husband Tom) of Camarillo, Calif., Ginger Ellard (and husband John) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Lyn Joy Mounce (and husband David) of Downs and Rodney Glen Tomlinson (and wife Janee) of Burbank, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Eugene Spillers and Clyde Russell Spillers, and a sister, Velma June Spillers Ashcraft.

Her children loved to visit her in Rushville and see how much she enjoyed living there in her retirement, her active membership in the First Christian Church, and her large group of friends and activities.

She enjoyed her childhood on the family farm near Mindale. In the tradition of the day in Schuyler County, she "came to town" to attend high school and resided with her grandmother Leona Rittenhouse. She graduated from Rushville High School in 1946. While she also graduated from cosmetology school after high school, her true joy came from her "career" as a gentle and loving mom.

Her immediate and extended families join in mourning the loss but rejoice that her desire to be "at home in heaven" was granted when medical measures were no longer able to keep her here.

Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.

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Estell Coyle          Send a link to a friend

McLEAN -- Estell Coyle, 92, of McLean died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at 6:45 a.m. at ManorCare Health Services, Normal.

His funeral was Thursday morning at McLean Christian Church, with Kenneth Smith officiating. Visitation was on Wednesday at the church.

Burial is in Funks Grove Cemetery, rural McLean.

Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta, handled arrangements.

Mr. Coyle was a retired farmer.

He was born Jan. 13, 1914, at Gravel Switch, Ky., to James T. and Grace Coyle. He married Hazel Southerlan in 1934. She died Dec. 18, 1995.

He is survived by one son, Gerald "Butch" (and Mabel) Coyle of McLean; two daughters, Connie (and Ron) Bryant of McLean and Bonnie Coyle of Bloomington; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Hazel Southerland of Kentucky.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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