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Harry 'Sam' Fleming - 11/1/2014

Harry 'Sam' Fleming

Harry John “Sam” Fleming, 71 of Centralia passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at his home.  am was a lifetime member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia, Centralia Masonic Lodge # 201, Scottish Rite, Ainad Shrine Temple and one of the original stock holders at Cernans Gun Shop in Walnut Hill. He was a Fire Fighter for many years for the Centralia Fire Department, where he later retired. Sam enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and he always would put out a helping hand for friends, neighbors and family. He most of all loved spending time with family, friends and his four legged companion, Charlie.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia with Dr. Ed Evans officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by a son, James “Jim” Fleming of Centralia; a daughter, Jana Weh and fiancé Tom Mackey  of Trenton; four grandsons: Andrew Fleming and Brady Fleming of Dix and Dustin Weh and Dylan Weh of Trenton; a step-granddaughter, Vanessa Mulvaney of Dix; an uncle Bill Beeler of Butler; special friend, Andrea Prather.

He was born on July 29, 1943 in Litchfield, son of John William Fleming and Melba Eileen (Weerts) Fleming. He married Jacqueline “Jackie” Sue (Moore) Fleming on August 7, 1964 in Mt. Vernon and she preceded him in death on February 20, 2012.


Elsie Pitts - 10/21/2014

Elsie Pitts, age 90, of Iuka passed away 3:45 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Centralia Manor in Centralia, Illinois.   She was a member of the former Young's Chapel Methodist Church in Iuka.  She had worked as a certified Nurse's Aide. Elsie enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a loving sister and aunt.

Graveside funeral services for Elsie Pitts will be held 1p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Iuka Cemetery, with Pastor Ronnie Linder officiating. Friends are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday.  For those who wish memorials may be made to the Iuka Fire Department and will be accepted at the service. L.R. Osborn and Son Funeral Home in Kell who is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Pitts is survived by one sister, Lula Belle Towler and husband Russell of Iuka; one niece Julie Mueller and husband Kevin of Morris, Illinois; two great-nephews, Jake and Cade Mueller of Morris; and also one cousin, Sue Eddings of Iuka.

Elsie was born May 18, 1924 in Iuka, Illinois, the daughter of George and Carrie (Eddings) Pitts. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Virgil Pitts; and also by one infant brother.


Gregory Smith - 10/21/2014

Gregory Smith, age 79 of Centralia, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Centralia Fireside House.  Gregory was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia.

Funeral Services for Gregory Smith will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Hillcrest Lakeside Chapel in Centralia with Pastor Perry Schefelker officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. Visitation will be held Tuesday Morning from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and will be accepted at Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hillcrest1921.com

He is survived by a son, Wayne Smith of Centralia; a brother: Paul Smith and wife Sandra of Atlanta, GA; three sisters: Rita Vanisko of Austin,TX, Lillien Laughin and husband Bruce of Austin, TX and Elizabeth Beard of Dallas, TX;  two grandchildren: Mark Weihe and Brittany Weihe both of New Minden; a great-grandson: Jermi Weihe of New Minden.

Gregory was born January 22, 1935 in Knoxville, TN, son of George Burney Smith and Julia Frances (Cooper) Smith.He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Paula Weihe and a sister Jane Eichman.


Harold Guy Wooters - 10/21/2014

Harold Guy Wooters

Harold Guy Wooters, 88, of Odin passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.  Guy served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Japan as a cook. He worked for Mothers Bakery, as a truck driver for Ridgeway Soda, Max Davis Printing in Mt. Vernon, the Salem Times Commoner, Centralia Sentinel, Champaign Urbana Courier in Urbana, IL, he and his wife owned and operated the weekly paper in Tolono, IL,  and the Mattoon Journal Gazette 1966-1976. He and his family moved back to Odin before his retirement from Swan Corp. in 1988. He enjoyed playing his steel guitar, played in Country bands when he lived in Mattoon.  He most of all loved spending time with his family and friends.

Per his wishes, Harold Wooters will be cremated and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Murray Center Parents Association or to the Odin Health Care Center Activity Fund and will be accepted at the Hillcrest Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.hillcrest1921.com

Harold Wooters is survived by his wife of 70 years Bobby Wooters; three sons: John Wooters and wife Barb of Marshall, Roy Wooters and wife Patsy of Suffern, NY and Tim Wooters and friend Donna Hudson of Temple, PA; a daughter, Patti "P Wili" Williams and husband Randy of Centralia; five grandchildren: Mary Lynn Kessler, Linda Howard, Leroy Wooters and wife Donna, Wendy Adams and husband Jim and Angela Jo Wooters; five great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Linda Wooters of Denton, TX.

Guy was born September 5, 1926 in Odin Township, son of Harold Olin Wooters and Sarah Frances (Deadmond) Wooters. He married Bobby Jo Fant on April 9, 1944 in Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bessie Mildred Wooters.


Roger Cohlmeyer - 10/21/2014

Roger Cohlmeyer

Roger Dean Cohlmeyer, age 84, of Centralia, formerly of Richview, passed away at 8:20pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2015 at Centralia Fireside House in Centralia, Illinois.  He worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction.  He was a member of the Teamsters Local 520 and the VFW Post #2055.  He served in the U.S. Army as Sergeant during the Korean War.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia.  Interment will follow at the Richview Cemetery with Steve Upchurch officiating.  Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #446 and Post #2055.  Friends may call on Tuesday, from 11am-1pm at the funeral home.  For those who wish, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements.  Please visit www.irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mr. Cohlmeyer is survived by his son, Donald Roger Cohlmeyer of Barney, GA; daughters, Debbie Wood and husband Virgil, of Datil, NM., and Barb Phillips and special friend, Rodney Butts, of Centralia, IL., sister, Dorothy Arnold, of St. Louis, MO., several nephews and nieces, 7 grandchildren; Chris Cohlmeyer, Mandy Cohlmeyer, Micah Wood, Jared Wood, Carly Lashbrook, Jade Phillips, and River Phillips, and several great grandchildren.

He was born on January 19, 1930 in Beacoup, IL., the son of Jessie and Addie (Wright) Cohlmeyer.  Roger married Marilyn (Arnold/Walton), who survives in Centralia, IL., and later married Doramae (Gaither/Black), who preceded him in death on February 2, 2013.  He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and four sisters.





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