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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 12:01 am

JAMES C. CRAVEN Aug. 7, 1925-Jan. 12, 2015

Even as he tilted at windmills, James C. Craven, who died on Monday at 89, made a difference.As a state appellate court judge and proud liberal, he wrote a lot of dissents during his years on the benc...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Preston Levon McCrary Sr. Oct. 28, 1919 - June 26, 2014

 I knew Mr. Preston at the earliest of ages; he was my dad’s (James Thomas Woodson) best friend and neighbor, and in childhood, his daughter, Cheryl, was my best friend as well. Needless to say...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

MARGE ROTH Aug. 25, 1941-Feb. 17, 2014

 The local theater community lost one of its finest treasures this past February when our beloved friend, Marge Roth, passed away suddenly. Marge was a talented costumer for local theater groups,...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

DAVID TEMPLETON KENNEY June 12, 1922-June 27, 2014

 A first impression of David Kenney revealed a fraction of the man. He was mild-mannered, openly friendly, never cursed, and his manners were almost Victorian. To those who discovered his career...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Tayla Marie Skaggs-Cook Sept. 28, 1974 – Sept. 30, 2014

 All who knew this young lady would tell you she was an angel.  Tayla suffered a horrific accident at home on the night before her 40th birthday when she fell down her basement stairs, strik...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

J.D. WASHINGTON Jan. 12, 1929 – Sept. 24, 2014

 J.D. Washington was the first African-American principal in Springfield Public Schools. He was the first African-American recruiter for the U.S. Peace Corps. He was a 33rd degree Mason and an ed...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

JOHN G. BEECHLER Dec. 14, 1929 – March 8, 2014

 My stepfather’s name was John “Jack” G. Beechler. He was born to a life of little promise, the deck clearly stacked against him.    John was my mother’s love for 25 y...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

ALAN JOHN DIXON July 7, 1927-July 6, 2014

 To the Illinois political world he was “Al the Pal.” During his 42 years as an elected public official he had the broadest grin around. He signed his letters “Your friend,” whether they...

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