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Adra Bellomy Vancil

Birdie Billingsley

Randy Carey

James L. Bruiser Knous

Maurice Eugene Taylor

 

 




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Adra
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Adra Bellomy Vancil, 102, of Rushville, IL, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 at Snyder’s Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home.  She was born October 14, 1912 in Brooklyn Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.  She was the daughter of the late James Arthur and Lizzie Hillyer Bellomy.  She married Leo W. Vancil December 4, 1931 in Lewistown, IL. and they were married for 551/2 years.  He passed away July 25, 1987.  Surviving are three granddaughters, Nancy Vancil of Hillsboro, AL, Carol & Ernie Tipton of Huntsville, AL, Leslie Vancil of Nashville, TN; four great grandchildren, James McFerrin, Meaghan McFerrin, Keenan Tipton, Brennan Tipton, many cousins & friends.  She was preceded in death by her son; James L. Vancil, (2) great grandsons; Justin Tipton & Cameron Tipton.  Adra graduated from Bowen High School where she was active in public speaking and library work.  She and her husband farmed in Brown Co. for many years.  In 1959 they moved to Springfield, IL and she worked as an accountant for the State of IL, retiring in 1978.  She & Leo moved to Rushville in 1976 where she did volunteer work where needed.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta, IL with Rev. Greg Fish officiating.  Interment will follow.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Wednesday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, IL.  Memorials may be given to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

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Birdie
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 Birdie Billingsley, 94, of R.R. #1, Huntsville, IL, passed away at 12:02 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria, IL.  She was born on May 20, 1920 in Ripley, IL.  She was a daughter of the late Ira & Bessie Logsdon Cameron.  She married James “Rude” Billingsley on May 20, 1942 in Palmyra, MO.  He preceded her in death on April 25, 2003.  She is survived by one daughter; Rosemary Hamm & husband Ronald of Peoria, IL, one daughter-in-law; Linda Billingsley of  Huntsville, IL,  seven grandchildren; Ronald Hamm, Jr., Thomas Hamm & wife Jenny, Heather Brussow & husband Paul, Terri Tobias & husband Jeff, Jenny Billingsley, Greg Billingsley, Brian Billingsley & wife Jenny, fourteen great grandchildren; Jena, Jered, Alyssa, Tara, Thomas, Andrew & Ellie Hamm, Jesse & Kaden Brussow, Sarah & Dexter Redenius, Clarence & Danni Billingsley.  She was preceded in death by one son; Clarence Ira “CI” Billingsley, five brothers; Leslie, Harold, Maurice, William & Jimmy Cameron.  Birdie graduated from Rushville High School and taught school during WWII.  She was an excellent farm wife, who loved her children, grand and great- grandchildren.  Birdie had a special talent for quilting and making clothes for her grandchildren.  She will be missed by her family.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Dixie Croxton officiating.  Interment will follow at the Huntsville Cemetery, Huntsville, IL.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services on Friday.  Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.  A meal will be served at the Camden United Methodist Church following the committal service.

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Randy
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Randy Carey, 61, of Rushville, IL passed away at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his residence.  He was born on October 17, 1953 a son of John R. & Thelma Ann Cox Carey.  He married Karen Lung Phillips on July 1, 2000 in Rushville, IL. She  survives along with his father, mother-in-law; Nancy Lung of Mt. Sterling, IL, (2) daughters; Joni Wagner & Eric of Mt. Sterling, IL, Jaris Buehler & Benjamin of Navarre, FL, (1) son-in-law; Josh Koch of Rushville, IL, (3) step-sons; Joseph Phillips & Cathy of Rushville, IL, Shaun Phillips & Kayla of Mt. Sterling, IL, Adam Phillips & Toni of Mason City, IL,( 9) grandchildren; Drew Peacock, Trenton Buehler, Dylan Koch, Samantha Koch, Gerry Koch, Andrew Phillips, Katelyn Phillips, Blake Phillips, Aubrey Phillips,  (2) brothers; Lynn Carey & Sue of Rushville, IL, Mike Carey & Nita of Rushville, IL, (2) sisters; Kathy Eckroy & Bill of Rushville, IL, Debbie Fuqua & Steve of Rushville, IL.  He was preceded in death by his mother, daughter; Mindy Koch, father-in-law; Roy Lung.  Randy was a musician, carpenter, farmer, truck driver & logger during his working career.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, collecting knives & guns and playing his guitar. Randy was a loving husband, father & grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Larry DeSha officiating.  Interment will follow in Palm Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to his grandchildren’s education fund.

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Bruiser
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James Laverne “Bruiser” Knous, 85, of Rushville, IL passed away at 8:29 a.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his residence.  He was born on January 8, 1929 in Bainbridge Twp., Schuyler Co., IL a son of the late John Henry & Lula Lashbrook Knous.  He first married Anna Mae Boyd on October 25, 1956 in Rushville, IL. She preceded him in death on May 28. 1983.  He later married Mary Frances Shoopman Thompson on March 28, 1992.  She preceded him in death on October 29, 2012.  He is survived by (3) sons; Douglas Knous & wife Jill of Lawrenceville, GA, Scott Thompson & wife Ruth of Ames, IA, Mark Thompson & wife Lori of Augusta, IL, (2) daughters; Candy Ackman & husband Jon of Rushville, IL, Jan Thompson of O’Fallon, IL, (8) grandchildren; Jason, Jeff & Joe Ackman, Shelby, Alex & Abbie Thompson, Hedy Funke, Ashleigh Burgess, (9)  great grandchildren, (1) great-great grandchild, (1) sister; Ethel Davis.  He was preceded in death by (4) brothers; Richard, Homer, Lloyd, Charles Knous, (4) sisters; Hildreth, Carrie Helen, Pauline.  Bruiser graduated from Rushville High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.  After returning home he worked for Mickleberrys in Rushville and Oscar Meyer in Beardstown.  He started a restaurant, Kozy Korner in 1963, and operated it for more than 25 years. It was during this era that he became legendary.  He later cemented that legend by starting Bruiser’s Concession Wagon which he operated at many local fairs & events.  He was famous for his delicious homemade pizza, cinnamon rolls & world renowned onion rings.  He was simultaneously employed by the State of IL for ten years until retiring in 2000.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Rose Catholic Church with Father Anthony N. Bernas officiating.  Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery with Military Honors by a U.S. Navy Funeral Honors detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday with Rosary services to follow at the Worthington Funeral Home.   Memorials may be given to St. Rose Catholic Church or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Maurice
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Maurice Eugene Taylor, 92, of Rushville, IL passed away at 7:21 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.  He was born on February 19, 1922 in Schuyler Co., IL, the son of the late Paul E. & Eva Pearl Grafton Taylor.  He married Margaret L. McCormick on April 7, 1946 in Rushville, IL.  She survives along with, (2) daughters; Kathryn Tredway & Bill of Tolono, IL, Paula Myers of Rushville, IL, (4) grandchildren; Tad Myers, Tina Whitling & Dan, Stephanie Moulton & Jeff, Bart Tredway & Christina, (7) great grandchildren; Christina Myers, Christopher Myers, Madelyn Whitling, Evan Whitling, Liam Moulton, Elizabeth Tredway, Alexander Tredway, (1) sister; Lois Pryor of Lockport, IL, (1) brother; Paul R. Taylor & Sandra of Port Ritchey, FL.  He was preceded in death by his twin sister; Marjorie Danner. Maurice graduated from Rushville High School with the class of 1941.  After graduation he worked for Kroger Grocery Company until he was called to serve his country.  He was a Veteran of W. W. II where he served in England, France, Germany & Luxemburg.  After his return to Rushville, he worked for Kroger’s for 5 years, Bartlow Brothers, as a salesman, for 22 years, and as a rural mail carrier for 11 years until he retired in November 1985.   He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, Schuyler American Legion Post #4, retired rural carrier association & served a term as chairman of the Schuy-Rush Park Board.  Maurice enjoyed traveling, golf, hunting & fishing.  He was also a skilled woodworker. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Rushville First Presbyterian Church with Mr. David Haney officiating. Inurnment will be held at the Rushville City Cemetery at a later date.  There will be no visitation held.  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Hospital Foundation or Rushville First Presbyterian Church.

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