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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...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

ADOLPH GEORGE COLIN Oct. 12, 1929-Sept. 1, 2014

 Adolph George Colin was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Hollywood, California, to parents of French ancestry. The family made its way to Springfield when he was seven years old, and he graduated from Lan...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Evelyn Lee White Alexander Aug. 1, 1936 - Oct. 21, 2014

 Evelyn Lee Alexander, 78, of Neoga, Illinois, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. She was born Aug. 1, 1936, in Ash Grove...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Zander Kai Etling-Slightom April 4, 2005 – Dec. 28, 2013

 Eight years is never long enough to know your child. However, this boy gave joy to all who were fortunate enough to meet him. From the moment he came to us, Zander gave all of himself daily and...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Harold Dean Allen April 26, 1934 - July 4, 2014

 My father-in-law Harold Allen’s sudden death in July left a huge hole in our family. Our grief was made easier knowing that the community of Ashland was mourning with us.Harold was behind the...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

Coleen Marie Ishmael  May 20, 1966 - June 1, 2014

 In most families, after the patriarch and the matriarch have passed on, there is one shining beacon to bring everyone home again, especially around the holidays. The one family member determined...
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:01 am

JUHLANN DAVIS GIBBS Feb. 4, 1927 – Oct. 21, 2014

 Juhlann Davis Gibbs was a woman steeped in family history: her family had been residents of central Illinois for nearly 200 years. Yet as much as she appreciated where she came from, ultimately...


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