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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.  He 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 November 1st, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia with Dr. Ed Evans officiating. Visitation will be held November 1st, 2014 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.

Hal Dennis Harrison - 10/28/2014

Hal Dennis Harrison, age 62, of Salem, IL died October 24, 2014 at the Odin Care Center. An entrepreneur, he was the owner of Denny's Restaurants in Salem and Tuscola.  He was active in both the Salem Community Theatre and Salem Community Activity Center, formerly serving on both governing boards.  He was very active in the Rotary International Jamaica Mission School emphasis.  He was a member of the Decatur Jaycee's.

The family will meet friends from 6-8:00 P.M., Tuesday, October 28th at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem. There will be no formal service.  Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) and will be accepted by the funeral home.

Surviving is Justin Harrison, his son and wife Leia of Salem, IL; Bo Harrison, his son of Belleville, IL; Joel Harrison, his son and wife Holly of Belleville, IL; Jean Hockaday Brouillette, his former wife of Salem, IL; Grandchildren Isaac, Madilyn and Rhett Harrison.

Born August 12, 1952 in Decatur, he was the son of Marion Myers and Helen Louis (Cummins) Harrison.  They precede him death.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 sister, Jane Clope and Paula Klisares. 

Dr. George A. "Al" Lever - 10/27/2014

Dr. George A. "Al" Lever, OD, age 74, of Salem, IL died October 24, 2014 at his home. He was a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Optometry.  He entered private in the office of Dr. George Lever in Salem.  He later became associated with Salem Eye Clinic.  He was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Salem.  On a personal note, he was an avid fisherman.

Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M., Monday, October 27th at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem with Fr. David Bauman officiating.  Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be from 11:00 A. M. until the service hour. Memorials may be made to the Salem Township Hospital Foundation and will be accepted by the funeral home.

He married Marcia J.  Harris, August 19, 1967 at St. Andrews Church in Valparaiso, Indiana.  She survives in Salem. Also surviving is David Ross Lever, his son and wife Amy of Salem, IL; Julie Lever, his daughter of Blue Springs, MO; Sarah Lever, his daughter of Nashville, TN; Granddaughters, Reagan and Addison Lever.

Born June 5, 1940 in Newark, NJ, he was the son of George and Elsa Margaret (Ross) Lever who preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Lever.

Jonathan Stein - 10/26/2014

Jonathan Stein, 35, of Centralia, IL passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia where friends may inquire for additional information. 

James E. 'Scooby' Scerba - 10/26/2014

James E. 'Scooby' Scerba

James E. “Scooby” Scerba, age 67, of Centralia, passed away at 6:16a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois.   He worked previously at Young & Young Construction in Florida as a laborer. He lived in Centralia for past 10 years. He lived in West Palm Beach, Florida from 1980-2005.

Per Mr. Scerba wishes he will be cremated with no public services.  Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements. Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mr. Scerba  is survived by his wife; Son- Brandon James Scerba of Tennessee; 3 Daughters- Krystal Scerba of Centralia, Il; Brittani Scerba; Melanie Scerba of Centralia, Il; 4 Grandchildren and 2 Grandchildren on the way.

He was born on May 6, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Emro and Matilda Mary (Combos) Scerba. James married Lisa (Schroeter) Screba and she still survives.

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