APRIL 11, 2024

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Hardens present history of bisons at Historical Society meeting

Catlin Fire Board meets

Salt Fork Drama Club to hit the stage

Food Giveaways to be held across County on April 23

Girls, boys both win County Track Titles

Tough week as boys drop 3

Barnett’s homer not enough to take Jerkers

Vermilion County residents can help seek funds that will improve internet access in rural areas


    TONY RAY KINDRED, 54, of Paris, formerly of Chrisman, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Wed., April 3, 2024, at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was retired from Paris Fire Department after over 30 years.
    He was born Feb. 18, 1970, in Danville, the son of Chuck R. and Ruby N. (Key) Kindred. He married Jodi Lyn Elmore of Sidell Feb. 21, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev., and she survives.
Other survivors include his parents, Chuck and Ruby Kindred of Chrisman; two children, Colby and Samantha Kindred, both of Paris; a sister, Susan Kindred Dye of Kansas, Ill.; his granddaughter, Oakley Kindred of Paris; his parents-in-law, Bill Reagan and Wilma Ingram of Sidell; several aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    Tony earned his diesel mechanic certification from Lincoln College of Technology, graduating first in his class. He will be remembered as hard-working, generous, and helpful. He had a great sense of humor but was not good at sitting still. When not on duty, he enjoyed working part-time for Precision Towing, Goodyear and the Edgar County Animal Shelter. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and rode as many miles as he could on his Harley-Davidson. He was fiercely devoted to his parents and family, and even during his illness rarely missed a chance to support his children in their endeavors.
    Memorials to an education fund for the benefit of his children and grandchildren c/o First Farmers Bank & Trust of Paris.
    Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) April 11 at Templeton Funeral Home with Pastor Nate Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Point Cemetery west of Chrisman. Visitation was Wednesday.
    Share memories at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.

    JACKIE “TOOT” PITLIK, 65, of Indianola, passed away on Mon., April 1, 2024, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
    She was born June 20, 1958, in Danville, daughter of the late Charles and Christina (Nabors) Sills. She married Frank Pitlik Jr. on March 24, 1979, in Danville. He preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2004.
    Survivors include her significant other, Brian Barney; her siblings, Bonnie Crowder, Jeff (Rita) Sills, Michael (Joann) Estes; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Peppers.
    Along with her parents and husband, Jackie was preceded in death by one brother: Kevin Sills; one sister, Karen Sills; a nephew, Jeffrey C. Sills and brother-in-law, Larry Crowder.
Jackie loved watching baseball and football and was an avid Cubs, Illini and Dallas Cowboys fan. When not watching her favorite sports teams, Jackie enjoyed crocheting, bowling, playing Bingo and listening to Elvis tunes. Celebration of Life was April 9 with Pastor Raymie Gordon at Sunset Funeral Homes Oakwood Chapel. Burial was at the Danville National Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Share memories, at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

    CAROL JO HOLAVES, passed away at 7:39 a.m. on April 8, 2024 at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville.
    Carol was born on Aug. 9, 1936 in Danville, and raised in Champaign until her junior year of high school. Her family moved to Catlin where she finished high school and attended one year at the University of Miami after moving to Florida. Her adult life she lived in Florida, where she worked as a dental assistant.
    Carol is preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Kavanaugh; father, Shelly Bragg; husband, Gus Holaves; and son, Michael Bratton.
    She was a member of St James United Methodist Church and belong to two Danville Garden Clubs, Red Hats and Old Town Preservation. .
    Graveside Service will be held Sat., April 13, 11:30 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola with Rev. Dr. Don Jackson. Sunset Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carol’s memory to C.A.R.A. Animal Rescue in Tilton. Share memories at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.


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