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Death of Betty Jean (Coatney) Rhoads

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Betty Jean (Coatney) Rhoads, 95, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Carlinville Rehab and Health Care in Carlinville. She was born on April 27, 1926, to Earl and Edith (Randell) Coatney in Alton.

She met Rocky at a Training Union Class he was teaching. They married in 1942 while Rocky was in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Baby Larry was born in 1944 but passed away at birth. Betty was a member and practicing Christian at Charity Baptist Church of rural Carlinville. She was blessed with a singing ability which she passed on to two of her daughters.

Betty could not talk over a whisper at the nursing home she lived in but she would sing gospel songs very near her death. Betty would wake up in the night all her life and write down words to songs God gave her. She sang for funerals, revivals, and some Sunday mornings.

Betty worked hard all her life. She and Rocky owned Town and Country Hardware Store and Rocky’s Hardware in Carlinville. She also worked as a cook at the Carlinville High School. Betty also was quite a seamstress and made sure her three daughters wore the latest styles, even making all three prom dresses and wedding gowns. Her children were taught housekeeping and cooking skills from a young age.

Betty is survived by three daughters, Rayma Jean (Jim) Perkins of Arkansas, Terry Lynn (Rodney) Barnard of Chesterfield, and Martha Sue “Marty” (Alex) Fones of Carlinville; a son, Adrian L. (companion, Mary) of Greenville; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Wassman of St. Louis, MO; brother, Leone Leonard of Tennessee; and sister, Mary Elizabeth Davis of Texas.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond F. “Rocky” Rhoads; son, Larry Ray Rhoads at birth; six brothers; five sisters; and one great-grandson, Aaron Carr.

So you can see quite the celebration in Heaven today with family and friends. Just imagine as she sees Jesus Himself and talks with Him and she realizes how much He loves her as He wipes away her tears tenderly. We thank and praise God for her earthly life and that we got to be with her. Someday we will see her again.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Charity Baptist Church. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.

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Death of Nancy Ilene Weller

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Nancy Ilene Weller, 74, of Gillespie, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:52 pm. She was born June 4, 1949, in Litchfield, to Charles Giller and Margaret Whitman Giller. She married Kenneth Raymond Weller, Sr., on August 17, 1968, in Litchfield. He preceded her in death on December 5, 2011.

She was a caregiver. Nancy loved horses, reading, and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Chester (Katina) Weller of Gillespie, Luke Weller of Gillespie, Spring Weller (spouse, Phillip Benner) of Fowler, IN, 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 5 brothers, and sisters.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 4 brothers, and sisters.

No public services are scheduled. Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Beverly Kay Brown

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Beverly Kay Brown, 82, of Gillespie, died at Gillespie Health and Rehab Center, Gillespie, on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 8:45 am. She was born October 4, 1941, in Litchfield, to Mario Meldi and Opal Olston Meldi. She married Bob Brown on October 30, 1976.

She worked for the State of Illinois in title transferring and data processing. Beverly enjoyed reading and was an avid reader of People’s magazine.

She is survived by her spouse, Bob Brown of Gillespie, children, Joell (Sid) Flyte of Edwardsville, Jackie (Larry) Fear of The Villages, FL, Kathy Giesler of Mattoon, Kim (Joe) Brittin of Springfield, Jane (Greg) Hallum of Ishpeming, MI, Lori Brown of Temecula, CA, grandchildren, Breanna Leake, Dominique Flyte, Addie Flyte, Bradley Fear, David Fear, Brad Brittin, Melissa Casad, Amanda Kozak, Jaime Galloway, Jaimee Dobson, Jenny Knight, Emily Nault, Elyssa Gregurash, Erin Baldini, many great-grandchildren, brothers, Ron (Corky) Meldi of Nitro, WV, and sisters-in-law, June Swan and Loni Cloyd. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Jedd Hallum, and brother-in-law, Preston Brown.

Friends may call on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Church. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Death of Darrell Leon Hoffstot

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Darrell Leon Hoffstot, 69, of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. He was born October 2, 1954, in Granite City, to Willard Lee Hoffstot and Hazel Mae Holloway Hoffstot.

He was retired after having been an assembler for Echlin. Darrell enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and water skiing.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Hoffstot of Mt. Olive, and Zane Hoffstot of Gillespie, and sisters, Sandra Elledge of Litchfield, and Peggy (Joseph) Fischer. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Victor Hoffstot.

No public services will be held. Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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