Larry S. Billingsley, Joseph Wesley Farris, Dorothy M. Hollander, Nancy E. Janes, James Robert Mefford
Larry S. Billingsley
Larry S. Billingsley, 73, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 27, 1947 in Olney, Illinois, the son of C. E. and Virginia (Pearce) Billingsley. He married Gayle Spidel on June 15, 1968 and she survives. Larry was a tank truck driver for Refiners Transport and Franklin Well Service. Larry and his brother, Chuck, worked for their father, Eldon at C. E. Billingsley Drilling. After his retirement, he worked at the Ultimate Auto Wash. His memberships included the Wabash Valley Bass Club and the St. Francisville Christian Church, but he attended the Central Christian Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as visiting with his breakfast group and his afternoon coffee group. The family will cherish the many gatherings and holidays they spent together.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle; two sons, Jason Billingsley and his wife, Dala, of Terre Haute, and Peyton Billingsley and his wife, Shelly, of Godfrey, Illinois; one brother, Chuck Billingsley of Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, Emily Wright and her husband, David, Kami Billingsley, Jaedyn Billingsley, and Garrett Billingsley; three great-grandchildren, Caroline Wright, Brian “Bub” Wright, and Dacota Wright; one nephew, Eli Billingsley; a sister-in-law, Jane Benson and her husband, John; and a brother-in-law, Craig Spidel
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Due to the recent illness outbreak, the service will be private, but available to watch on the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home Burial & Cremation Services Facebook page at 1 p.m. CDT. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash Valley Bass Club.
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Joseph Wesley Farris
Joseph Wesley Farris, 89, of Vincennes, went very peacefully to be with The Good Lord and reunited with his forever sweetheart on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at his home with his family at his bedside.
Joe was born May 30, 1930, the youngest son of James D. and Fairy (Kahre) Farris. He was a proud graduate of the largest class at Decker High School, of which Joe was class president and valedictorian. Joe graduated from the Indiana University school of business summa cum laude in three years plus a summer session — completing 53 credit hours his last 12 months of college while working 30 hours per week in the dormitory cafeteria. He then hitchhiked home from IU, his mother picked him up from the bus station and informed him that he had been drafted. Joe enrolled in Army Officer Cadet School and proudly served his country in the infantry in the Korean War. At the age of 21, he headed for Korea and was promised a 44-man platoon. When he arrived, he had 27 men that spoke three different languages. Joe received the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart for his time served, and those that served with him spoke highly of his courage and leadership in battle. His company commander tried to encourage him to consider a career in the military, but the farm was his love, and he returned home to the family farm. After a very brief career serving as office manager of the REMC, he began farming full time with his father. Joe loved his life on the farm and relished the challenges of farming grain, produce and livestock over the years. Some of his greatest memories and fondest stories were of raising and trucking his produce crops. Joe also believed that a dog is man’s best friend, leaving behind his latest companion Ginny. Joe was an active member of Trinity and then Community United Methodist Church, where he served many years as a Sunday School teacher. Joe was a life member and past president of the Knox County Farm Bureau. He also served 25 years on the board of the Knox County Co-op with several years as president. Joe has also served on the Knox County Parks Board, and was chairman of the first Knox County Ag Day.
Joe married his forever sweetheart, Edith M. Dellinger, on Feb. 6, 1960. They spent 52 beautiful and wonderful years together farming and raising children and grandchildren. She preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 2011.
Joe is survived by his five children, Jim and his wife, Karen, of Vincennes, Julia Isom of Covington, Rebecca Jo McDowell and her husband, Shawn, of Vincennes, Edward of Huntington, and Jennifer Sue Harker and her husband, Troy, of Mooresville. Joe is also survived by his grandchildren, Kyle Farris and his fiancée, Kelsie Plesac, Jacob Farris, Holly Bruner and her husband, David, Haley and Caroline Isom, Delaney, Alison and Graydon McDowell, Morgan and her husband, Liam, Sam and Solomon Harker, and Courtney MacDonald and her husband Brady. Joe is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Kelsey, of Vincennes.
Joe was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Paul and Earl; his sister, Dorothy; and his son-in-law, Wilbur Isom.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery; it will be broadcast on Facebook Live through the Community United Methodist Church Facebook page with Ray Tromley officiating. Friends may call without exiting their cars at a drive-thru visitation at the Community United Methodist Church Memorial Garden Side parking lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorial contributions can be made to Community United Methodist Church, The Food Pantry, or The American Red Cross. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Joseph Wesley Farris.
Dorothy M. Hollander
Dorothy M. Hollander, 93, of Huntingburg, passed away at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at The Waters of Huntingburg.
She was born March 13, 1927, in St. Henry to Leo and Clara (Hohl) Jochem. She married Joseph Hollander on Aug. 25, 1951, at the St. Henry Catholic Church. Dorothy worked at Styline; was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the V.F.W. Post 2366 Auxiliary; and enjoyed embroidery, gardening and playing bingo.
She is survived by four children, Deborah “Debbie” Vonderheide and her husband, Randy, of Vincennes, Carolyn Hoppenjans and her husband, Richard, of Huntingburg, David Hollander and his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Hollander of Evanston, and Katheryn “Kathy” Hollander of Huntingburg; one sister, Roselyn “Rosie” Stetter of Huntingburg; her sister-in-law, Mary Alice Jochem, of Ferdinand; and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Hollander, who died in 1994; one sister, Coletta Caine; and two brothers, Jerome Jochem and Leray Jochem.
Private funeral services were held at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Kindred Hospice.
Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.
Nancy E. Janes
Nancy Earlene Janes, 85, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at BridgePointe Health Campus in Vincennes.
She was born on April 23, 1934 in Mattoon, Illinois, to Wilford “Doc” Ellis and his wife Frances (Ikerd) Ellis. On June 7, 1953, Nancy married Elva Janes in the First Christian Church of Mattoon. Elva preceded Nancy in death in 1999.
Nancy had been a long-time member of the First Christian Church of Lawrenceville where she also served as a deaconess. She had also been a member of the St. Francisville Women’s Club, the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Dennison Township Fireman’s Auxiliary.
Nancy took pride in being a loving homemaker to her family, working as a certified nurses assistant, and working at and retiring from the United Methodist Village accounting department in 1994. She was a hard worker and loved her job.
Surviving family includes her three daughters, Sandra Bertucci and her husband, Tom, of Nauvoo, Illinois, Julie Ivers and her husband, Dennis, of rural Bridgeport, Illinois, and Ellarie Haisten and her husband Trey of Oakridge, Tennessee; her two sons, Scott Janes and his wife, Sherri, of Buchanan, Michigan, and Ross Janes and his wife, Christina, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: eight grandchildren, Andria Bertucci, Joseph Bertucci, Natalie Jamieson, Garrett Ivers, Reese Ivers, Emily Haisten, Elissa Haisten, and Trevor Haisten: and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilford “Doc” Ellis and Frances Ellis; her husband, Elva Janes; and her brother, Thomas Ellis.
In light of the State of Illinois “Shelter in Place” order, services will be private. Graveside services will take place in Cochran’s Grove Cemetery near Windsor, Illinois. Memorial contributions can be sent to the First Christian Church of Lawrenceville directly at 1407 State St., Lawrenceville, IL 62439 or through the funeral home. We also encourage condolence cards to be sent to the family in care of Cunningham-Young Funeral Home at P.O. Box 522 of Lawrenceville, IL 62439. Cunningham-Young Funeral Home in Lawrenceville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.cunninghamfuneralhomes.com.
James Robert Mefford
James Robert Mefford, 93, of Lawrenceville, Illinois died on Friday, March 20, 2020.
He had served as the Lawrenceville postmaster, was a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of the First Christian Church in Lawrenceville.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy (Jones) Mefford; a daughter, Cynthia Schrey; a son, Randy Mefford; a half-sister, Patricia Chansler; and a half-brother, David Mefford.
Private family services will be conducted on Wednesday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home. Burial will be at the Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church in Lawrenceville.
Online condolences may be made at www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com.
Baum, Donna Lee, died March 19. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service for her will be announced at a later date. Memorials: Knox County Community Foundation’s “Cantwell Family Fund,” 20 N. Third St., Vincennes, IN 47591.
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