Alfredia Gotcher, 82, of Carlinville, IL died Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Heritage Healthcare in Carlinville, IL. She was born November 12, 1935 in Alton, IL to Carl and Marie Claytor. She married Donald Gotcher, November 25, 1954 in Hartford, IL. Alfredia is preceded in death by her parents; sisters; Juanita Copeland, Betty Anderson, Shirley Driver, Rosemary Cates, and Lois Jean Claytor, and daughter, Denise (Gotcher) Meece. She was self-employed, preparing income taxes, and retiring in 1996. She was a member of Carlinville First Assembly of God, she loved to read and enjoyed word search puzzles. Survivors include; husband, Donald Gotcher of Carlinville, IL; daughter, Pam (husband Jim) Bennett of Carlinville, IL; son, Carl (wife Debbie) Gotcher of Carlinville, IL; sister, Janice (Delbert) Gassart of Florida; brothers, David (Patty) Claytor of Florida, Carl (Eva) Claytor of South Roxana, IL; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Friday, August 24, 2018, 10am at Carlinville First Assembly of God with a memorial service to follow at 11:30am led by Pastor Steve Schmidt. A private family burial will take place at Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may go to Heritage Health Activity Dept. or Carlinville First Missions Fund.
Henry “Bud” Hurst, 80, went onto Glory on Saturday August 11, in Carlinville with his family by his side. Bud was born March 3, 1938 in Alton, Illinois to Henry Clay and Doris Helen (Pugh) Hurst. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Doris, his brother, Don, and his sister Joevelyn. On June 22, 1958, Bud married the love of his life, Betty Rector, in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Their great love story includes 60 years of marriage and raising five children together. One of his loves was barbequing for his family. Along with his love for his wife and family, Bud was a truck driver who loved his time on the road. He drove for Curry Ice & Cold for many years. He especially enjoyed his truck drives when his brother, Don, rode along. He liked to keep himself busy with wood-working and painting windows during the holidays. Bud is survived by his love, Betty; his five children, Bob, Ben (Dawn), Brian (Janet), John, and Joevelyn (Randy) Vineyard; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law Claudette Butler Hurst. The family is having a memorial barbeque in celebration of his life at Belk Park in Bethalto, Ill on Thursday (Aug. 16). In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Bud because he believed that “no one should have cancer”.
James E. Hill, 88, of Carlinville, IL passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Carlinville Area Hospital. He was born October 30, 1929 in Chicago, IL, the son of Gerald R. and Effie Mae Hill. James married Blanche M. Harris June 5, 1952 in Springfield, IL and she survives. James retired from the US Marine Corps after a 30 year career, joining in 1948 and retiring in 1978. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he operated Creedmoor Sports shooting apparel clothing business in California. James was an expert marksman, he won Silver in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy for international shooting. He was memorialized in the shooting sports wall of fame in San Diego for his talents. After retirement from the family business, James and Blanche traveled various places throughout the US. They then returned to Carlinville to live. James was a long standing member of the American Legion and enjoyed instructing young adults on marksmanship and shooting safety. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gerald R. Hill, Jr., and son, James (Jimmy) Hill. James is survived by his wife, Blanche Hill of Carlinville, IL, daughters; Marsha (husband Clyde) Mitchell of Oceanside, CA, Sue Hill of Carlinville, IL, son, Matthew (wife Brenda) Hill of Lake Charles, LA, and 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at a later date and time for James at Bethel Ridge Cemetery in Atwater, IL. Memorials may go to the Carlinville American Legion Guy Baird Post 554.
Charles Walter Pierson, 81, of Divernon, IL died Saturday, July 21, 2018 at his home. He was born June 15, 1937 in Virden, IL to Fred and Velda (Dickson) Pierson. Charles married Idalene Rigney, June 18, 1959 in St. Charles, MO. Charles was a veteran of the US Navy and worked for the Virden Elevator and farmed with P.T. Cody. He loved all the children and camping with the family. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Doris, Shirley, Arlene, and Joanne, brothers; Fred and Harold. He is survived by his wife, Idalene, sister, Darlene "D" Edge, nephews; J.R., Jerry and Trevor Casper, Harold Pierson Jr., goddaughters; Denise Hammer and Darcy Weatherly, and several nieces and nephews. A Military Honors Memorial Service will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 2pm. Memorials may go to Memorial Home Hospice.
Gene Bruce, 79, of Carlinville, IL passed away Friday, July 13, 2018 at his home in Carlinville. Gene was born September 17, 1938 in Decatur, IL to Louie and Lora (Livergood) Bruce. He married Margaret “Peggy” Delaney February 19, 1960 in Niantic, IL. Gene was a graduate of Niantic High School and attended Western Illinois University. He was a veteran of the US Army and farmed all his life. He was a member of the Carlinville Elks and the Carlinville Country Club. Gene is preceded in death by his wife and parents. Survivors include his son, Neil (wife Sherry) Bruce of Carlinville, IL, daughter, Lori (husband Eric) Baima of Kalamazoo, MI, 4 grandchildren; Madison, Matthew, Cole, and Larkin. A visitation will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 from 4-7pm at Heinz Funeral Home. A Graveside service will follow Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11am at New Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may go to the Carlinville Public School Foundation or the American Cancer Society.