June 17, 2021
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Indianola looks at adding on to current garage
Salt Fork bus vandalized
Sidell Twp. approves budget
Catlin Village Board remembers past commissioner
Prospect sponsors activity page
Salt Fork girls third in State
Records fall with Storm’s Sectional 2nd
Wrestling 2nd in Regional, boasts trio of champs
Boys competing at state today
Kimbro earns second All-American honor
Salt Fork FFA honored during State Convention
First Graders interviews "All About My Dad"
PATSY ROSE CORK PUZEY went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2021. She was born on Feb. 24, 1928, to Charles and Genevieve Cork. She had one brother Manley (Hannabelle) Cork.
Patsy’s life was characterized by a love for Jesus Christ, her husband, her children and her community. After graduating from Catlin High School, she married her sweetheart, Dean H. Puzey on Sept. 26, 1948, at Catlin Methodist Church. They were not just husband and wife but also farming partners, church-planters and missionary-supporters. They were totally in love and devoted to one another so much so that they went to be with Jesus nine days apart.
Patsy and her husband raised six children on the farm in Jamaica. While doing so, she tirelessly supported Dean in a wide range of endeavors. She literally kept the home fires burning by stoking the old coal furnace in their old farm home’s basement (until the kids were old enough to do so!)
Each summer, she would climb up on the roof in order to fix leaks by spreading tar (why spend money on new shingles!?). She exhibited great patience as her home was the residence of not only six active children and one busy inventor/farmer, but also of honeybees, mice, ant farms, sickly piglets and kittens, just to name a few. She saw to it that her children enjoyed birthday parties complete with cakes, chemistry sets, bicycles, cousins and more.
Patsy cooked three meals a day nonstop for 50+ years as she tirelessly made hearty farm meals for her family, farmhands, church friends, as well as hosting traveling missionaries. Her selflessness was evidenced by her elaborate (NOT) cosmetic application activities. She essentially swooshed on lipstick in the station wagon as we were on our way… she would jokingly ask dad, “One round or two?” and he would always say “two!”
Together Patsy and her husband helped found Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown. She served in Bethel’s nursery, Sunday School (ladling out gallons of Kool-Aid and passing out countless cookies) and Ladies’ Ministries.
Shortly after five Wycliffe missionaries were martyred in Ecuador, South America, they stood on the beach where their friend had buried the martyrs and considered whether to follow in similar fulltime missionary footsteps. Instead, the Lord led them to provide significant logistical, financial and prayer support to numerous missionaries and mission agencies. They personally served on many mission fields and spent lots of time sharing Jesus Christ throughout the world.
In all the above activities she never lost sight of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She enjoyed Jesus and described her prayer life as “going hard after Jesus.” One of her sayings that she repeated countless times (not only with her mouth but also with her heart) was “I just can’t wait to see Jesus.” She was a prayer warrior and a student of scripture. She filled her Bible and various study books with notes, scribbles, names and dates.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, husband and great-grandson Alexander Dean Puzey. She is survived by her five sons and one daughter, Lyle and Tina Puzey of Sumner, daughters Sarah (Ian Northcott) and Elizabeth (Jonathan Wang); Timothy and Beth Puzey of Oakwood; Jay and Judie Puzey of Fairmount, daughter Joni (Rob Gunning); Nathan and Janet Puzey of Lynchburg, Va., sons Caleb (Sherri) and Joshua (Heather) and daughter Emily (David Marone); Glenn and Cindi Puzey of Ashland, Ky., daughters Rachel (Josh Cameron) and Hannah, and son Isaac; Lee and Lynn Efird of Kannapolis, N.C., son Brian (Hannah) and daughters Tracy (Adam Caskey) and Kristen (Joshua Dellinger). She had 23 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 19, 2021 at Bethel Baptist Church in Georgetown with Rev. Aaron Rohde and Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Private family burial followed. The Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled arrangements. Memorials to the Bethel Baptist church. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
JOAN M. PEARMAN, 81, of Indianola, passed away at 11:05 a.m. on Tues., June 8, 2021 at her home.
Joan was born April 22, 1940 in Indianola to George and Mattie Setser Baird. She married Louis V. Pearman April 13, 1957 in Georgetown. He died March 4, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Louis Anthony “Tony” (Arde) Pearman and Randy Scott (Pamela) Pearman; two brothers, Eldon (Betty) Baird and Lee (Jackie) Baird; five grandchildren, three of whom she raised after their own mother passed away and helped them become the special ladies they are today. She became “Mom” to Crystal (Steve) Black, Amy (Jason) Dawson, and Wendy (Anthony) Horner. Her other two grandchildren are Carissa (Roger) Kraft and Brandon Pearman; 11 great-grandchildren: Jillian Hooker, T.K. Black, Rylie Cheesman, Emma Dawson, Alic Horner, Evan Horner, Lynix Horner, Austin Weiler, Nathanael Kraft, Serena Kraft, and Ryne Kraft. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Keith (Theresa) Hooker.
Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Connie Jo Hooker.
Joan had resided in Indianola most of her life and was an active member of the Indianola United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working with the youth as well as teaching and starting a clown ministry. She organized the white elephant auction fundraiser for the Danville Rescue Mission. A talented crafter and seamstress she made several wedding and bridesmaid dresses as well as bridal keepsakes.
She enjoyed collecting dolls, as well as restoring old dolls, and giving them new life, donating many of them to the Danville Fair Hope Ministry.
Funeral services were June 11 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. David Almy officiated. Burial was alongside Louis in the Michael Cemetery in rural Indianola. Memorials to the Indianola United Methodist Church. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
MARK A. “THE BEARD” WEBER, 62, a well-respected businessman of Danville, formerly of Catlin, passed away at 7:06 a.m. Sat., June 12, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.
Mark was born Sept. 19, 1958 in Danville to Patricia Pierce. His mother Patricia Linck (Pierce) survives of Danville. Also surviving are his longtime partner, Lisa Baird of Danville; three daughters, Jessica Weber of Evergreen, Colo., Kasey (Keith) Murphy of St. Louis, Mo., and Mallory Weber of Bolingbrook; two sisters, Donna Scherer of Springfield and Susan Weber Sheldon of Danville; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joe Linck.
Mark was a 1976 graduate of Catlin High School. He was a successful business man for over 35 years, owning and operating Guttermaker and The Depot. He was recently a sales rep for Travis Industries. He was an excellent father and craftsman who coached his girls in softball and built the family’s home.
He developed Woodland Terrace Subdivision in Catlin and helped build the sports complex at Catlin High School. He enjoyed golfing, boating, black jack and traveling. He was friendly, loyal, humorous, a master grillman, and an ultimate storyteller. He served on the Catlin Township Board.
Services were June 18 at Robison Chapel with Pat O’Shaughnessy officiating. Inurnment was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Summer Youth League (checks made payable to CSYL) given to the Catlin Bank or family. Condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
HEIDI ELIZABETH BURRIS YOUNG, 44, of Danville passed away on June 14, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
If you were ever blessed enough to know Heidi, then you will understand that there are no words to sum her up in a traditional obituary, so through the many that loved her, we will attempt to describe a selfless woman. For those who didn’t know her, consider yourself short-changed.
Heidi was born on May 6, 1977, daughter to Bud and Janet (Hill) Burris of Sidell, who survive. Also, surviving are her brother, Tommy Burris (Hanna); and her sister, Crystal Sullivan.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, along with her father-in-law, Dennis W. Young, Sr.
She graduated from Jamaica High School, Class of 1995.
She excelled at many things in her life, but nothing compared to her proudest accomplishments which were marrying the love of her life and best friend, Dennis Young on Oct. 20, 2001, who survives; and being a loving mother to her handsome boys, Tyler (24) and Payton (16), also surviving; and last but not least, her pets, Riggs, Boo-Boo, and Poo-Poo Head; as well as many special aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She studied radiologic technology at DACC and graduated in 2008. She continued her education in radiology and earned her Bachelors of Radiology Science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, graduating May 2013. She used her degree working as a radiology tech for Christie Clinic for 8 years. In her current position, she found her passion in teaching through working at DACC as the Radiology Program Clinical Coordinator and was tenured in Oct. 2019. She was meticulously groomed by her esteemed colleague, Tammy Howard of Westville, whom she treasured as a mentor, respected as a boss, trusted as a confidant, and cherished and loved as a friend.
Heidi was currently working on her Masters Degree in Education from American College of Education, with a straight A average and would have successfully completed this by Spring of 2022.
Heidi had an infectious smile and big heart. She viewed life differently than most and always reminded us to live in the moment, because once it passed, you could never get it back. She loved camping, shopping, being a baseball mom, watching the Cubs and Da Bears, reading, movies, music, and the beach.
Although she knew a lot of people, she had some very close special friends that she loved as family and spending time with; her life-long best friend, April Hollingsworth, who shared the ups and downs of childhood, teenage years, boy crushes, proms, and the big hair and bad styles of the 80s, whom she loved and supported unconditionally; her other “bestie” for 21 years, Dana Marble, whom was the Ethel to Heidi’s Lucy like no other; and lastly, her “Tribe Sisters,” with whom she shared the hormonal tears, love, laughter, and loss in the middle-aged woman and always told them she would take care of them as they aged.
Heidi taught her students to strive for excellence, to guide those she loved in the right direction, and she knew how to perfectly console in their greatest times of need. She left us today sadly but in the “Heidi-way” leaving us speechless and with surprise. Just knowing her, made us better and she certainly left this world a better place than how she found it. She will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. Rest in peace beautiful soul and fly high, you will never be forgotten.
A Celebration of Life was to be held June 17 at Sunset Funeral Home with Robbie Ketcherside officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made in Heidi’s memory to DACC RadTech Club.Tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
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