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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

Feb. 13, 1926 – Sept. 23, 2011

A crowd of sleepy-eyed family members, friends and well-wishers waited anxiously at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield. They were not waiting for a rock star or even the President of the United States, but instead were waiting for the return of the Honor Flight to touch down. My father, Joseph F. Henderson, Jr., was a proud member of that flight. Our family could not have been more...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

Jan. 29, 1933 – May 22, 2011

Jerry Gladu was a national-caliber talent in the world of philanthropic development. He spearheaded the founding – and funding – of the St. Francis Foundation, the endowment for the 13 hospitals of Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). During Jerry’s tenure at HSHS from 1985 to 1996, charitable giving grew from about $2 million to almost $50 million, and donors...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

ROBERT WALTER GOZA Oct. 23, 1930 – Nov. 12, 2011

It’s almost impossible to talk about the Springfield National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) without mentioning Robert Goza. He was a life member of the national organization and an active member of the local chapter for more than 50 years.

Perhaps his work and dedication to the NAACP is the result of Goza’s experience of being born and raised in ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

AUBREY CAITLIN BARKER Jan. 17, 1985-Sept. 12, 2011

“Would you like a box?”

Aubrey Caitlin Barker would have appreciated how many folks said yes to doggie bags at a sold-out dinner at Lincoln Land Community College on Dec. 6 to raise money for a scholarship in her name.

Big portions were a hallmark of Caitie Girl’s, the restaurant founded by Barker that succeeded against all odds. Forget fancy sauces artfully...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

May 27, 1929 – April 19, 2011

We lost our mom, Florence Boner, unexpectedly April 19. She was 81, but still very active, volunteering all over town as usual. I had the job of emptying the house and going through all the papers that she and my dad collected for the last 50-some years.

Among the thousands of recipes, greeting cards, newspaper clippings and other papers that I discovered, I found much evidence of all ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:54 am

Celebrating 19 loved ones lost in 2011

About the issue In this last edition of the year, Illinois Times celebrates the lives of just a few of the Springfield-area people who have died during the past year. By reading their stories, you c...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 06:23 am

CARL ROBERT TAYLOR, JR. July 30, 1945-Nov. 25, 2011

Call him Bob – that’s what everyone called him, when they weren’t calling him Uncle Bob. Or Chief Burning Feathers. Or The Kid.

“He hated ‘Carl,’” says his former wife, Jeri Taylor, who was at his side when he died of multiple sclerosis at his Springfield home.

A master of marketing and promotions, Bob Taylor wasn’t afraid to dr...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 03:03 am

April 28, 1924 – Oct. 24, 2011

Twinkling eyes, slow smile lighting up a handsome face. That’s Celia, a “Tinker Bell” spirit in a statuesque body. Those who knew Celia delighted in her presence, a persona filled with light, love and laughter.

I met Celia 30 years ago while working at the Illinois State Board of Education. Her enthusiastic, independent nature drew me in. There was much to admire&hell...
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 05:17 pm

DAMARIS LEE JACKSON Jan. 15,1954 - Sept. 19, 2010

For six years I’ve written poems for this publication. Many have included my daughter, Damaris Lee Jackson, born Jan. 15, 1954, in Oxford, England. She lived with me these past two years, while ...
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 05:06 pm

Sept. 6, 1948 – Nov. 6, 2010

On Nov. 6, I lost my husband of 42 years, Richard A. Luttrell. He lived in Springfield his entire life. He was a proud member of the 101st Airborne Association, A Co 2/327 Brigade (Separate) and serve...


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