Brother Eddie Russell Diveley, 68 of Litchfield, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 5:25 a.m. at his home. He was born on October 9, 1948, in Vandalia, the son of Dale M. and Valeria (Shipley) Diveley. Brother Ed graduated from Vandalia High School with the Class of 1968 and later graduated from Brooks Bible Institute in St. Louis, MO.
He married the former Brenda Lee Randle on April 12, 1975, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro and she survives. Bro. Ed was pastor of Southside Church in Litchfield for 38 years. He started his ministry there in 1978 and retired in 2016. His ministry touched several lives over the years. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to serve and minister to people regardless of their church affiliation. He especially loved ministering to and working with children and Vacation Bible School.
Brother Ed was a loyal volunteer in the Litchfield community. He was honored with the title of Citizen of the Year in 1994 for his efforts. Some of the groups he volunteered for or was instrumental in forming are Gospelfest, Education Station, Coats for Kids, Feeding the Multitudes, and Hearts United. Bro. Ed operated the scoreboard at field “A” at Schalk Field for several years. He served as the lunchroom monitor at Madison Park Elementary School and also as a bus monitor for Litchfield Community Unit School District #12. He also worked at Wal-Mart for a few years.
In addition to his wife, Brenda, Brother Ed is survived by three sons, Charles (Shannon) Diveley of Litchfield, Roger (Bobbie) Diveley of Staunton and Nathan (Jessica) Diveley of Litchfield; brother, Danny Diveley of Litchfield; sister, Thelma Tate of Decatur; three grandchildren, Emma, Malachi and Olive Diveley; father and mother-in law, Charles and Frances (White) Randle of Litchfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Bro. Ed is preceded in death his parents.
Funeral Services for Bro. Ed will be held Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Southside Church, 500 S. Illinois Ave., in Litchfield. Pastor Nathan Diveley, son of Bro. Ed, and Rev. Jeff Hemken of Calvary Baptist Church of Hillsboro will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon and evening from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Southside Church.
The family asks for memorials to Southside Church or to Coats for Kids.
The Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield has the honor of serving the Diveley family.