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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

Nov. 8, 1930 – Feb. 2, 2012

My mother was born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, and came to the United States in her early teens. She immediately fell in love with America, and was determined to make a better life for herself here. She m...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:54 am

Celebrating 22 loved ones lost in 2012

Each year when we put together our end-of-year obituary issue, I find myself wishing I had known these people, or known them better. I’d see Dr. Gordon Smith at community meetings, but never kne...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 04:40 pm

Jan. 19, 2005 – Feb. 22, 2011

In February, the St. John’s Hospital family lost one of our heroes.

I met Travis when he was about 3 years old. He came with his mother for physical therapy for delayed development. Over the next several years, I had the privilege of working with Travis when he was in the hospital and for the short periods when he was out of the hospital. The best part was I got to see Travis on h...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 03:56 pm

Aug. 6, 1964 – Dec. 10, 2010

Daniel Bruce Brinkley of Springfield was the father of two beautiful daughters, Shawnda Brinkley, 20, and Shyanne Brinkley, 5. He was a loving husband to wife Roxanne (Dunham) Brinkley. Daniel married my Aunt Roxie.

 He met his wife thought his best friend and sister-in-law, Rhonda Bixler (Dunham). Growing up, he was always known to be around his friends, family and neighbors. ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:32 am

DR. THOMAS G. SHANAHAN March 3, 1957 – Nov. 9, 2011

Dr. Thomas Shanahan of Springfield wasn’t the type to let success go to his head.

A world-renowned doctor at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Shanahan created a specialized prostate cancer treatment that has become the de facto standard. He traveled the world to teach his method to other doctors. He developed a custom platform now widely used for scanning a patient’s...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:05 am

Dec. 21, 1964 – Sept. 25, 2011

He came to town with a dream of owning his own restaurant – a Cajun/Creole restaurant as authentic as it could be, since many of the recipes were from his own family. This man’s family had spent many years in the restaurant business during his childhood in the belly of Louisiana. He was no stranger to hard work and dedication to task. He was a Navy veteran and fiercely loved his count...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 05:58 am
Charlie Brittin was a true renaissance man. He was interested in so many different things that even now I’m learning new facts about him.

Many knew Charlie as a fine musician, which he was. He was a member of several different bands here in Springfield, playing bass. Tom Irvin in his column last June gave a fine tribute to Charlie’s musical legacy. Many people will also rem...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

HELYNDA THOMPSON Feb. 18, 1988 – July 21, 2011

When Rosetta Bowen first laid eyes on her daughter, Helynda Thompson, 23 years ago, two words came to mind – angel face. From that moment on, Bowen looked forward to waking up each day to her beautiful daughter and her “trillion-dollar smile.” But on July 21, fate took that smile away.

The day began like any other day, with Bowen up early watching the news, while Helyn...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

DENNIS D. CAMP, PH.D. Dec. 14, 1937 – Oct. 3, 2011

What qualities make a superior university professor: intelligence, the ability to work hard, a caring attitude for students of all ages and backgrounds, research skills, enthusiasm and aptitude for teaching, an endless curiosity about one’s field of study, as well as a curiosity about all things intellectual – the life of the mind?

Prof. Dennis Camp had these qualities in...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

DON HICKMAN Sept. 1, 1937 – Nov. 19, 2011

For decades, Don Hickman spent his evenings in thousands of homes around Springfield, beamed over the airwaves as the face of Channel 20 news. Many people knew him as the second most recognizable face in Springfield after Abraham Lincoln.

But Hickman was more than “Old Stoneface,” the nickname he earned for his serious on-air persona. His friends and family say he was a cari...

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