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Larry R. James - 64

9/22/1953 - 6/25/2018
Blandinsville formerly of Colchester

Larry R. James age 64 of Blandinsville, formerly of Colchester, passed away at his home in Blandinsville on Monday, June 25, 2018.  He was born September 22, 1953 in Macomb, to Benjamin and Elgin McCullough James.  Larry was united in marriage on June 23, 1984, in Colchester, to Paula Graham.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his father: Benny James of Colchester, 2 Sons: Steve (Ashley) James, Macomb, Roger James, Macomb, 2 Brothers: Sidney (Jennifer) James, Bardolph, Michael ( Marjorie) James, Prairie City, 2 Sister’s: Bonnie (Tom) Wilson, Colchester, Becky (Mike) Campbell, Estero, Florida, Larry’s ex-wife: Paula Matthew, Morrow Georgia, along with many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
Larry was preceded in death by his mother: Elgin James, 1 Sister: Sarah Jane Burke and both sets of his Grandparents.
Larry had worked for 31 1/2 years at Cooper Industries in Macomb, while he was at Cooper, he held offices in the Local ABG Union 86, and then 12 years at Western Illinois University in Building Services, where he retired.  He served his country in the United States Army.  He was a member and very active in the Blandinsville First Christian Church.  He enjoyed going uptown in the mornings to have coffee at Tinks and visiting with his friends.   He also enjoyed playing pool, going to the Y.M.C.A. and watching the Cincinnati Reds play ball.  The thing that brought the most pride was the time he spent with his family, friends and his boys.
Celebration of Life service will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester, with Rev. Gordon Blankenship.  Military Rites will be held at the funeral home by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion. The family will meet with friends 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Saturday.  Private burial of the Cremains will be held at a later date, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9;00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Friday, then from 8:00 A.M. till time of services Saturday.  Memorial is to the Blandinsville First Christian Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Gordon Jeremiah Hocker - 87

7/29/1930 - 6/25/2018
Pekin, Illinois formerly of Colchester

Gordon Jeremiah Hocker 87 of Pekin, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Pekin.  He was born July 29, 1930, in Colchester, to Thomas Clayton and Flora Irene (Harpe) Hocker.  He married Violet M. Tyler on June 6, 1965, in DeKalb, Illinois.
Surviving are his daughter, Denise Hocker of Pekin, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Loretta Jones Degitz, Hannah Lucille Turner and Lolita Hocker.
A United States Air Force veteran on the Korean War, he served from January 12, 1951 to January 11, 1955.  He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1958 and a Master of Science degree in Education in 1966, both from Western Illinois University in Macomb.  From 1958 to 1968 Gordon served as a teacher, coach, superintendent and principal in Mapleton and Laura, Illinois.  In 1968 he began with Pekin Public Schools District 108 as Principal of C.B. Smith.  He spent the last tree years of his career back in the classroom teaching physical education at Jefferson school.  He retired in June of 1988.  Following his retirement, Gordon worked for Mike Fahnders Auction in Pekin for several years and assisted with the Pekin AMBUC Charity Auction for several years.  He had a lifelong of sports, especially the Chicago Cubs.  In his youth, he was an exceptional athlete earning the nickname as “The Little Giant” in high school.  Gordon was an outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and mushrooming as particular favorites. 
Graveside services will be approximately 12:30 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Pastor Mark Hanson, following the committal service of his cousin Norma Lee Jones.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Norma Lee Jones - 96

7/9/1921 - 6/23/2018

Norma L. Jones age 96 of Colchester passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois.  She was born July 9, 1921, in Colchester to Leland S. and I. Mildred Fentem Hocker.  Norma was united in marriage to Howard “Vic” Jones, September 24, 1947, in Pawnee, Illinois, he preceded her in death on February 12, 1995.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and 1 Brother: Robert Hocker.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Sister In Law: Virginia Hocker Gerhardt, 1 Niece: Bonny (Kenny) Brown, 1 Nephew: Scott ( Sharon) Hocker along with several Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and many good friends.
Norma had worked for 25 years as an Accountant Tech, for the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.  In her earlier years she had also worked at the Colchester Maid Rite.  She was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Macomb V.F.W. Post 1921 Ladies Auxiliary.  Norma was an avid Chicago Cub fan, she got a special treat in 2009 when she got to go to Wrigley Field and watch the Cubs play.  She enjoyed making baby blankets, and afghans as gifts for her family and friends.  Norma always stayed busy doing jigsaw puzzles going to the local nursing homes on Sundays to visit or taking flowers to graves of family and friends.  Her love for her family and friends always showed by her never forgetting to send a birthday, holiday or special occasion greeting card.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Pastor Mark Hanson, burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester.  The family will meet with friends 1 hour prior to the services Wednesday at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 12 Noon to 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, then after 8:00 A.M. Wednesday till the time of services.  Memorials are to PAW Animal Shelter, Macomb V.F.W. Post 1921 or Colchester United Methodist Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Herschel Mourning - 99

6/19/1918 - 6/5/2018

Herschel Mourning passed away at home on June 5, 2018 in Colchester. He was born to William Henry and Nola Mourning on June 19, 1918 in Colchester. He married Isabel Rundle on September 18, 1939 in Keokuk, Iowa. Later in life he married Alice Flynn.
Herschel is survived by 1 son: William (Sauni) Mourning, 3 grandchildren: Samuel Mourning, Cassandra Butterworth, and Andrew Mourning, 4 great grandchildren: Devin Mourning, Kinley Mourning, Emily Mourning, and Olivia Mourning, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister: Vivian Beck, one brother in law: Keith Beck, his first wife Isabel and later in life, Alice.
Herschel spent majority of his working career drilling wells at area farms in west central Illinois. After retiring, Herschel and Isabel loved traveling all over the country with their grandchildren Cassi and Sam. He also was a private pilot for several years. While flying with Harry Clugston, they were involved in a plane crash but that didn't deter him from flying. He wound up owning 4 planes.
He enjoyed tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. Herschel loved going to yard sales and buying broken things just to fix them. He found a life size Appaloosa fiberglass horse that he had to have. He bought it for a whopping $20. Herschel continued to ride his bike into his mid nineties and work on roofs well into his eighties. He never stopped going. Herschel was a great man that knew no strangers. He was loved by all who met him and would talk your ear off for hours if he could. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Colchester United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Burial will follow at services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral after 9:00 A.M. Sunday.  Memorials are to Colchester United Methodist Church or Colchester Rescue.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Joseph Henry Myers - 85

10/9/1932 - 5/27/2018
Fandon, Illinois

Joseph Henry Myers, age 85, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Wesley Village Healthcare in Macomb. He was born October 9, 1932 to Louis and Goldie (Bowes) Myers of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Jonathan Joseph Labbé, his brother Roger Myers; and his son Dennis Logan. On December 22, 1956 he married Helen (Mort) Logan. He is survived by his wife of 61 years; his brother Lee (Polly) Myers; his sister Myrna (Marion) Morrell; his daughter Kathleen (Steve) Clauson; sons John (Susan) Logan and Jeffrey (Suzanne) Myers; granddaughter Anya Myers; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion and the United Methodist Church. He met his wife Helen when he operated the Sinclair Station in Tennessee. Joe later worked at Carson’s Hardware/Western Auto; at Western Illinois University, and he retired from McDonough Telephone Cooperative. After retiring, he worked part-time at Carson’s Plumbing and Heating. During the holidays, Joe helped his parents sell Christmas trees at Myers Tree Farm.
Joe Myers was known for his colorful stories and descriptions, his witty sense of humor, and his practical jokes and pranks. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. He had an uncanny ability for finding out all kinds of information and we often joked he should have worked for the FBI.
His family and pets were his greatest treasures. He believed that spending time with those you love is more valuable than a mountain of gold. One of the happiest days of his life was when he became a grandfather and held his grandson Jonathan in his arms. He loved camping in Colorado, mushroom-hunting, polka music, and potlucks with neighbors at the Old Lawyer Schoolhouse. He had a sweet tooth and loved freshly-baked pie, pinwheels, and cake with lots of icing.
Friends may pay their respects at Jones Mortuary on Friday, June 8 from 8am-6pm. Memorials may be made for “Joe’s Living Tree Memorial.” Trees will be planted in his honor in Colchester and Tennessee, symbolic of the importance of Joe’s life in our community. A reception to celebrate Joe’s life will be held at a later date.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at
His daughter Kathy and her husband Steve would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of Wesley Village for providing outstanding care, and for making him feel at home, away from home.

Barry S. Anderson - 75

4/4/1943 - 5/27/2018
Rural Colchester

Barry S. Anderson age 75 of rural Colchester, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  He was born April 4, 1943, in Macomb, to Edwin B. and Margie Lefler Anderson, of which both have preceded him in death.  Barry was united in marriage on January 7, 1967, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Roberta Henry.
Surviving to mourn his passing is his wife of 50 years, Roberta Anderson, 1 Son; Mahlon (Matthanawee) Anderson, South Korea, 1 Daughter: Rachel (Todd) Anderson-Sprinkle, Blandinsville, 6 Grandchildren: Wesley Dodds, Morgan Dodds, Azrael Anderson, Malinee Hokkhunthod, Nattawut Hokkhunthod, Reed Sprinkle, and 1 Sister: Marsha Anderson, Colchester.
Barry retired from the Macomb Water Treatment Plant after 35 years.  He was a member of the M.M.L.R.A.  He had been very active in the Macomb Community Theater.  Portrayed Buffalo Bill in several functions around the area including many parades.  He was active in area Civil War Reenactments, avid gun collector, past president of the McDonough County Historical Society.  Barry never went anywhere that he didn’t meet some one he knew.  The greatest love of his was his family.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester with Rev. Jim Clayton.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Friday.  Memorial is to the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Dev - 75

11/29/1942 - 5/26/2018

Dev of Colchester, Illinois passed away at her home on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Cremation rights have been accorded. Jones Mortuary is handleing arrangements.  Information regarding a memorial event will be forthcoming. Donations may be made in Dev's memory to Colchester Area Relief Effort (C.A.R.E.) at 108 E Market St, Colchester, IL 62326.

Janie Irish - 96

1/13/1922 - 5/26/2018

Janie Irish age 96 of Colchester, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the La Harpe Davier Health Care Center in LaHarpe, Illinois.  She was born January 13, 1922, in Macomb, to Ralph R. and Hazelle Hoyt Welch.  Janie was united in marriage on July 13, 1947 in Macomb to Eben Irish.  He preceded her in death on March 1, 1993, she was also preceded in death by her parents, 1 Daughter: Martha Irish, 1 Son: Ralph Irish, and 1 Sister: Virginia Welch.
Surviving to mourn her passing are 1 Son: John Irish, 3 Daughters: Laura Irish, Karen (Don) Bierman, Julie Irish, 6 Grandchildren that were the joy in her life, Jane, Ashley, Andrew, Jacob, Sarah, Ethan, 7 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Daughter In Law: Kathy Irish.
Janie spent her life in Macomb, Blandinsville and Colchester.  She served her country in the United States Navy during World War II, and left the Navy with many lifelong friends.  She was an enthusiast of antique cars, rocks, jewelry making, birds, going to auctions, gardening, horses, photography, raising baby deer and being in parades.  He home was always open for visits with friends, cousins, and animals.  Her generous spirit was an inspiration to all.  The family wishes to thank the staff of the LaHarpe Davier Care Center for the compassionate care that Janie received.
Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester.  Military rites will be preformed at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral prior to visitation by the Macomb V.F.W. and Macomb American Legion.  Burial will take place at Friendship cemetery at a later date.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Wednesday.  The family request memorial contributions to any Veteran charity especially Navy women.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Martha D. (Logan) Gray - 88

10/18/1929 - 5/3/2018
Rural Tennessee, Illinois

Martha Darleen (Logan) Gray, 88, or rural Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. She was born on October 18, 1929 to David and Gladys (Bloom) Logan in Tennessee, Illinois. She was one of eight children.
One of the things that Martha will be remembered for most was her love of talking. She could talk to anyone, at any time, about anything. Everyone she met was a friend and she was always telling people, no matter the circumstance, how beautiful they looked, how pretty their hair was, or how good they smelled. She saw the best in everyone and everything. Besides talking, Martha enjoyed taking walks, spending time with friends and family, taking trips, riding the train, telling stories, rock collecting, and taking pictures of sunsets, flowers, and scenery. No one left her house without being offered food or money.
In 1947 she graduated from Colchester High School and in 1949 she met the love of her life, Britten Gray Jr.. The two were united in marriage on June 8, 1956 in Colchester. In August of 1958 Martha began working at the Post Office in Tennessee, IL and in May of 1976 she began working at the Post Office in Colchester, IL. She worked in Colchester for several years before becoming the Postmistress in Plymouth, IL where she worked until she retired in 1993.
On July 8, 1957, Martha began the hardest job of her life; being a mother to three very rambunctious, ornery, and stubborn boys: Freeman, Richard and Robert.
Surviving to mourn her passing are her brother Donnie Logan and wife Betty of Blandinsville; three sons: Freeman A. Gray of rural Tennessee, Richard E. Gray and wife Kathryn (Nell) Gray of rural Plymouth, and Robert A. Gray and Susan Vanwinkle of Colchester; five grandchildren: McKinzie (Gray) Parlier and husband Daniel Parlier of Roseville, Zoey Gray of rural Plymouth, Cori (Dill) Billingsley and husband Cameron of Lewiston, and Dalton and Dyllon Deeter of Colchester; five great grandchildren: Iris and Eleanore Parlier of Roseville, Simon Peterson and Seth Parlier of rural Rio, and Salem Billingsley of Lewiston; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters: Mildred, Irene, Viola, and Shirley, and two brothers: Wayne and Bob.
Funeral service will be 10 A.M. Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Gerald White.  Burial will follow the services at Hutchinson Cemetery, rural Tennessee, Illinois.  Visitation with the family is 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday May 10, 2018, at the funeral home.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to the family of Martha Gray.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Donald "Bud" Creasy - 82

9/7/1935 - 4/30/2018

Donald “Bud” Creasy age 82 of Colchester, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Adams Home in Mendon.  Bud was born September 7, 1935 in Colchester, to Ralph and Irene Marlow Creasy.  He was first united in marriage on December 2, 1956, to Lois Edgerton.  He then was united in marriage September 2, 1978 in Colchester to Iris (Clark) Miller.
Surviving to mourn his passing are his wife: Iris of Colchester, 1 Son: Stanley (Renea) Creasy, Colchester, 2 Daughters: Shawnna Schertz, Macomb, Shelley Beldon, Florida, Step Sons: Dave (Dee) Miller, Plymouth, Rick Miller, Plymouth, Eric Miller Plymouth, Dean (Tammy) Miller, Murreyville, Aaron (Joyce) Miller, Augusta, Justin (Teretha) Miller, Plymouth, 2 Step Daughters: Ann (Phil) Keefauver, Colchester, Nannette Miller, Arkansas, Several Grandchildren, Several Great Grandchildren, 1 Sister: Ada Darling, Greenup, Illinois, 1 Sister In Law: Sandra Lovell, Plymouth, Several Nieces and Nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Son: Stacey Creasy, 1 Brother James Creasy, 3 Sisters: Edna Mae Sheppard, Vera Clark, Donna Clauson, 1 Infant Brother: Asa and 2 Infant Grand Daughters: Emily and Amanda.
Bud was a member of the Colchester First Christian Church, Past member of the Colchester Fire Department and Colchester Lions Club.  He had worked for Thermagas, Dolly Enterprise, Carson's Plumbing and Heating and the City of Colchester where he was head of the Water and Street Department from which he retired.  Bud also farmed his entire life.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Jones Mortuary, with Rev. Dan Ormond.  Cremation will follow the services.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Saturday and after 9:00 A.M. Sunday till time of services.  Memorial is to the North Adams Home in Mendon, Colchester Fire Department or Colmar Christian Church.

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