Obituaries 2020

January 2020


    ARNOLD M. “ARNIE” PEARMAN, a faithful and beloved child of God; fell asleep and woke in the arms of Jesus on December 23, 2019. He had been a resident at Bowman Estates in Danville for the past few years.
    Arnie was the son of the late, Venwry Edward “Ben” and Ethel Jane (Erwin) Pearman of Indianola. He was born Jan. 17, 1931 and never married, but chose to live a life of service to God, his family and others.
    Arnie worked as a field farmer in the employ of Rufus Smith and other farmers in the area for many years. After his father’s death, he took care of his mother and his maternal grandmother, Bertha, until they passed.
    He became a caregiver to many of his neighbors and helping wherever he was needed. Once, when asked why he chose to walk through hip deep snow at 3 a.m. to help a neighbor, he simply replied, “We are just Jesus’ hands and feet.”
    Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Vernon Raymond “Dude” Pearman, Paul Everett Pearman, Harold Pearman, Morris “Dale” Pearman, Robert Pearman, Raymond “Mac” Pearman, and Edward “Eddie Jay” Pearman; and four sisters, Verlie “Ellen” Pierce, Bonnie Mae Pearman, Edna Pearman and Hazel Pearman. He is survived by many loving nephews, nieces, and friends.
    Arnie was a member of Vermilion Grove Friends Church. He was a man who was deeply loved by his family, friends, church and community. Most will attest that they have never seen a kinder or gentler man than Arnie Pearman who loved all people unconditionally. He will be greatly missed, but we will not sorrow as those who have no hope.
    Memorial service was held at Bowman Estates with Pastor James Blue officiating. He was buried next to his family in Michael Cemetery, Indianola. Condolences can be made at

    JACK EUGENE BARRETT, 73 of Tilton, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at the VA Illiana Healthcare System in Danville.
    Jack was born Aug. 20, 1946 in Danville to Jack and Elizabeth (Jean) Barrett. They both are deceased. Jack was a graduate of Danville High School Class of 1964. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1968.
    Jack worked several years for the United States Post Office in Danville where he started out as a mail carrier and ended his career there as a window clerk. He then went to work at Steel Grip, Inc. until his retirement in 2008.
    Jack is survived by his sister, Rita (Noel) Hamilton of Ohio; his four children: Michelle (Jim) Hawk of Villa Grove, Amanda Ziemnisky of Homer, Matthew (Kyle’) Barrett of Hume and Mark Barrett of Indianola; and four grandchildren: Brittany (Jarrod) Stanley of Gibson City, Christian Ziemnisky of Homer, Isaac Montgomery and Nathan Porter of Villa Grove.
    Jack never met a stranger in his life. He enjoyed collecting coins and going to all his children’s sporting events. Jack had two lifelong friends that he always spoke so highly of, Jerry Cunningham and David Constance.
    Graveside services Dec. 27 at Danville National Cemetery with Chaplain Brian Manigold officiating. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 210.

    GORDON BLYNN ENGLISH, 83, of Shelbyville formerly of Sidell, went to be with the Lord at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 15, 2019, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.
    He was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Homer to Walter Baird English and Clara Elizabeth (Louck) English.
    He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Shelbyville, and formerly of Faith Baptist in Danville.
    He is survived by his daughter, Ronimarie English Acord, of Alexandria, Va.; two granddaughters, one grandson, four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Janet Louise (Weidenburner) English, whom he had married on May 27, 1955.. Also preceding him in death was his daughter, Laura, his son-in-law, his brothers, Donald, Walter and Byron; and his parents.
    A graduate of Danville High School, Blynn was in the printing business 46 years in Danville. He was the co-founder of Blax Printing and was proprietor of Voorhees Printing when he retired in 2006.
    Blynn’s love for God grew throughout his life. In his final years, he began every morning with prayer and Bible study, and his greatest desire was to serve his Savior and to spread the gospel. He committed large portions of scripture to memory. Even as cancer encroached upon his brain, Blynn’s first concern was the salvation of everyone he met. He also sought the forgiveness of family, friends and God for the transgressions of his imperfect life.
    In happier times, he enjoyed fishing, boating, and photography. An avid outdoor chef, he never let rain or snow stop him from firing up the gas grill.
    A graveside service was held Dec. 20 at Springhill Cemetery, Danville, with Pastor Allan Rudie of Faith Baptist Church of Danville presiding.
    Memorials may be made in Blynn’s name as contributions to Faith Baptist Church, Danville.

    R.C. HUTCHINSON, 86, of Catlin, passed away at 9:38 p.m. Dec. 16, 2019 at Carle.
R.C. was born June 16, 1933 in Flat Rock to Raymond Charles and Martha Faye Caldwell Hutchinson. He married Marsha Hout Aug. 30, 1957. She survives.
    Also surviving are two sons, Gregory (Lisa) of Kokomo, Ind. and Joseph (Jackie) of Danville; one daughter: Cheryl (Steve) Liggett of Catlin; one brother, one sister, one sister-in-law; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was preceded by two sisters and one brother.
    R.C. served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He was a past member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge. He had been in the trucking profession for 50 years.
    Funeral services were Dec. 20 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Chris Lawler officiating. Burial with military honors were at the National Cemetery, Danville.
    Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Catlin Church of Christ.
    The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service details.

    GENEVA MAE CHEW, 100, of Sidell, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Wed., Jan. 1, 2020
at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
    Geneva was born June 9, 1919, in Greenup, the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Walters) Biggs. She married Frederick Merrel “Izzy” Chew on May 1, 1943. He preceded her in death in September 2004.
    She is survived by her grandchildren, Todd (Diane) Chew of Indianola, Toni (Jeff) Carder of Fairmount, Troy (Sandy) Chew of Catlin and Jennifer (Steve) Lewis of St. Joseph; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ben Biggs of Georgia.
    She was preceded in death by her husband; sons, Andrew Chew, Rex Chew and Douglas Chew; and seven siblings.
    Geneva was a member of Sidell United Methodist Church. She attended Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. She taught for 26 years, 20 of them in Georgetown. She served on the Sidell District Library Board. She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles
    Memorial services were Jan. 4, at Sidell United Methodist Church. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
    Memorials may be made to the Sidell District Library Board.

    DARLENA K. CARTER-HAWKINS, 78, formerly of Fairmount and Decatur, passed away at 8:52 a.m. Wed., Jan. 1, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Ogden.
    Darlena was born Nov. 26, 1941 in Bismarck to Dennis and Fleda Hayworth Allison. She married Randolph “Randy” Carter June 19, 1960. He passed away Nov. 17, 1994. She later married Charles Hawkins on Nov. 22, 1997. Charles survives.
    Also surviving are a son, Scott (Angie) Carter; a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Haskin; two step-daughters, Diane Hight and Debbie Roberts; one brother, Larry (Darlene) Allison of Georgetown; two grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a brother, Gary Allison.
    Darlena was a Red Hat Lady and enjoyed crocheting and plastic canvas work. She attended the Catlin Church of Christ and the Windsor Road Church of Christ in Champaign.
    Funeral services were Jan. 6 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Rev. Mike Roberts and Chris Lawler officiating. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount.
    On-line condolences at

    SHARON L. HOAG, 79, a lifelong Fairmount area resident, passed away at 5:28 a.m. Wed., Jan. 8, 2020 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
She was born May 9, 1940 in Danville, the daughter of Edwin and Mary Jones Darr. Sharon and Clifford “Clint” Hoag were united in marriage Aug. 14, 1965 at the United Methodist Church of Jamaica.
    Clint survives as well as two sons, Drew (Lisa) Hoag of Fairmount and Jason (Lori) Hoag of St. Charles, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Shanon, Britny, Brandon, William, Benjamin, Abby and Elizabeth aka “Bird.”
    Sharon was an active longtime member of the Fairmount Women’s Club, and attended the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. She also enjoyed traveling the world, however, Northern Michigan held a special place in her heart.
    Funeral service was held Jan. 15 at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Memorials to “Baby Fold” or the donor’s choice in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    KEITH BROWN, 84, of Catlin passed away at 10:50 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 9, 2020 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Keith was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Fairmount, the son of Luther Michael and Rella Adams Brown. He married Margaret Ann Wherry on Sept. 14, 1957 at the Catlin Church of Christ. She survives.
    Other survivors include one brother, Marion Kenneth (Bessie) Brown and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ralph, Glenn, Harold, Jim, and Walter “Dean” and and sister, Mary Heidorn.
    Keith worked at Sugar Creek Creamery. He retired after 30 years as a pressman for Recording and Statistical in 1990. Keith farmed all his life retiring from farming in 1998.
    He was a 32nd Degree Life Mason and a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge #285. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Illiana Antique Automobile Club, I & I Tractor, Gao Grotto, Catlin Historical Society, and the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society. He was a past member of the Covington Club and the Frontier Twirlers Square Dance Club. Keith enjoyed family get-togethers, antique car and tractor shows, square dancing, and country music shows.
    Funeral service were held Jan. 14, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the Donor’s Choice. On-line condolences at

    LARRY “MELVIN” HUGHES, 49, of Danville, passed away at 2:59 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 13, 2020 at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 17 at Robison Chapel with Penny Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Stearns Cemetery, Fithian. Visitation will be today (Thursday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robison Chapel.
    Melvin was born June 5, 1970 in Danville to John and Maria Hughes. Surviving are his girlfriend, Tina Morgan; his step-dad, Sonny Winkler; one step-sister, Tina (Steve) Ponder; one son, Corey Morgan; two daughters, Amanda Welker and Rachel (Matt) Hubbard; two brothers, Doug Hughes of Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Shawn (Jane) Hughes of Danville; one sister, Tracy (Jon) Foley of Oakwood; five grandchildren, Anthony Dodson, Mariya McCullough, Logan Welker, Jacksyn Hubbard, and Emma Lynch; three nieces and four nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one nephew and one niece.
    Larry graduated from Catlin High School in 1989. He had worked for Hyster in Danville. He enjoyed gardening, riding Harleys, and football. He had so many friends and will be sadly missed by everyone.
    Memorials may be to Larry “Melvin” Hughes Memorial Fund at the Catlin Bank. Online condolences

    JACK WHITE, 77, of Sidell, passed away at 11:50 a.m. (Indiana Time) Thurs., Jan. 16, 2020 at The Waters of Covington, Ind.
He was born on July 23, 1942, in McMillan, Mich., the son of William Henry and Marie Carrick White. He married Deborah Lee Patterson on June 15, 1971 in Danville. She survives.
    Other survivors include two sons, Scott White of Sidell and Cory White of Indianola; two daughters, Sheila (Bruce) Smith of Catlin and Dawn Marie (Bill Wassaman) White of Wasilla, Alaska; one sister, Patsy (James) Willis of Indianola; four grandchildren, Kayleigh White, Tanner Smith, Bailee Smith and Kinsley White; and one great-grandchild, Devan Devore. Jack was a lifelong friend of one brother-in-law, Jack Knoblett who also survives. Jack considered his many in-laws to be his brothers and sisters, as well. He has many nieces and nephews and one special niece whom he lovingly called, “Aunt Ri.”
    He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Sonny Boy, Gerald, David and Arthur; and three sisters, Wanda Hefling, Colleen Knoblett, and baby Elizabeth Ann.
    Jack was a veteran of the US Army. He worked at General Motors for 15 years, as well as Solo Cup and Craig’s Dairy Farm in Indianola for 16 years and retired from Solo Cup factory.
    Jack was quite the outdoorsman and even though the Cubs, fishing, and hunting for mushrooms were his favorite hobbies, his family is what he cherished most.
    Funeral services were Jan. 21 at Robison Chapel. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with military honors by Catlin American Legion. Memorials may be made to the family.

    BEVERLY JEAN HOBBS, 90, of Danville passed away on Mon., Jan. 13, 2020. She was born in Danville on April 18, 1929 the daughter of Dale and Alice Strader.
    She is survived by her children, Connie Miller, Gloria Jean (Chip) Browning, Diana Burress, James Mickey (Pris) Hobbs of Sidell, Robin (Tabatha) Hobbs; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her husband, James Hobbs; her parents; brothers, Dale, Kenneth and Ronald; granddaughter, Heather Burbank; and great-grandson, Ezekiel Larson.
    She loved decorating and her hobby was gardening. Beverly retired from The Fashion, where she was the window dresser as well as head sales lady, requested by many of the customers for her fashion sense. Bev continued to be a fashion plate to the end. Always beautifully dressed.
    Beverly was also an excellent cook and her love language was gifting. She always brought a new love gift upon her arrival to visit. She loved her cats and dogs and her winter pastime was feeding the birds and watching old westerns on TV.
    A celebration of Beverly’s life was held Jan. 18 at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Park.


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