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HICKEY, Nancy - The Cass County Historian, March 2000, taken from Sangamon Valley Times, October 20, 1882
   One more old mother of Israil is gone. Our old sister, Nancy Hickey, the estemiable wife of Ashley Hickey departed this life on the 13th. She was a worthy member of the Christian Church in Chandlerville. She leaves three sons, one daughter, many relatives and friends.

HICKMAN - wife and son of John - The Cass County Historian, December 1999, taken from Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Illinois, March 1858
   On Monday last week, John Hickman, living near Chandlerville, killed his wife and little boy. He was taken to Beardstown and pronounced insane and sent to the Insane Asylum in Jacksonville.

HIGGINS, Sarah (Hamilton) - The Virginia Gazette 3/20/1936 - Submitted by Edna McPherson
Receive Word Of Death Of Sarah Hamilton Higgins
   Relatives and friends here have received word of the death of Mrs. Sarah Hamilton Higgins which occurred Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Kaniech of Chicago with whom she was spending the winter.
   The deceased is well known in this city where she has been a resident for many years. For a number of years whe was a faithful employee of the Mann Hotel. Two sisters residing in this city survive namely Mrs. John Houston and Mrs. James Sherrill, also several neices and nephews.
   Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

HILL, Alberta Orr - The Rushville Times, March 29, 2000, page 15, column 6 - Submitted by Carol Orwig
   Alberta Hill, 82, of Mt. Sterling, died March 25, 2000 at her residence.
   She was born Jan. 17, 1918, in Pike County, the daughter of Ralph and Marie Gebhardt Orr.
   She married John Myron "Jack" Hill on July 3, 1949, in Perry. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1989.
   She is survived by one son, Mark (wife, Mary) Hill of Mt. Sterling; one stepson, John (wife, Sonia) Hill of Camp Point; one daughter-in-law, Becky Hill of Mt. Sterling; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother in law, Elmer Bradbury of Perry; and two sisters in law, Eloise Baer of Pekin and Mary Ellen Orr of Perry.
She also was preceded in death by one son, David Orr Hill, one brother, Ralph J. Orr, and one sister, Freida Bradbury.
   She was a graduate of Western Illinois State Teachers College and later earned a masters degree. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
   She began her teaching career at Dexter School in Pike County. She then taught school at Roodhouse. She was a speech teacher at Chapin High School and was later principal at F.U. White School in Galva four years. She taught at Dixon for a year before marrying and moving to Mt. Sterling where she taught for a year and then worked as bookkeeper at her husband's business, Mt. Sterling Implement Company. She later returned to teaching for five years before being promoted to principal of North and South Grade Schools in Mt. Sterling, retiring in 1985.
   She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church of Christ Women's Guild and the Explorers Bible Study in Rushville, and was a former member of the American Cancer Society.
   She enjoyed reading, bridge, traveling and Bible studies.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hill were Tuesday, March 28, at the Presbyterian Church of Christ in Mt. Sterling with Rev. Richard Young officiating. Burial was at McCord Cemetery in Perry. Memorials may be made to Blessing Foundation for Hospice, Presbyterian Church of Christ or the Brown County Chapter of American Cancer Society.
   Hufnagel-Graham Funeral Home of Mt. Sterling was in charge of services.

HILL, Bonnie J. - Cass County Gazette, January 26, 2006 - Submitted by Marcia Cox
Bonnie J. Hill - November 23, 1934-January 21, 2006
   Bonnie J. Hill, 71, of Beardstown died Saturday, January 21, 2006 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
   She was born November 23, 1934 at home near Browning, the daughter of Glen and Elva Newell Belville. She married Edward E. Hill on October 6, 1972, in Rushville and he preceded her in death on August 24, 2003.
   Surviving are two sons Leon (wife, Terri) Clark and Mike (wife, Katrina) Logsdon both of Beardstown; her daughter Debbie (husband, Rich) France of Beardstown; her foster daughter Kelly Bramer of Texas; her step-son Larry (wife, Judy) Hill of Jacksonville; five step-daughters Judy (husband, Earl) Weaver of Quincy, Kathy (husband, Dennis) Houston of Mt. Sterling, Sharon (husband, Donald) Taylor of Mendon, Linda (husband, Earl) Cooley of Versailles, and Mary Ann (husband, Joseph) Rayborn of Mt. Sterling; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers Robert (wife, Mary Lou) Belville of Astoria and George (wife, Lynn) Belville of Beardstown; three sisters Donna (husband Jack) Thurman and Iola (husband, Carl) Stoneking both of Beardstown and Betty Briney of Browning; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers Roy and Jerry Belville, and one sister Edith Dowler.
   Mrs. Hill attended Mt. Zion and Browning Schools. She previously owned and operated the Silver Moon, Bonnie & Ed's, The Hamburger Shack, and Mile 88 Restaurants in Beardstown. She was formerly a member of Beardstown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and AMVETS Auxiliary of Mississippi. Mrs. Hill loved to fish, play bingo, crochet, and work word puzzles.
   Funeral services for Bonnie J. Hill were held 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Roger Barnes of the First Southern Baptist Church in Beardstown officiating.
   Special music played was "Go Rest High On That Mountain" and "The Great Speckled Bird."
Honorary pallbearers were: Jason Brown, Chad Clark, and Jeremy Hollis.
   Pallbearers were: Tim Hollis, Shawn Clark, Josh Clark, Jason Hill, Joe Rayborn, and Jon Rayborn. Burial was in the Browning Cemetery.
Note: Bonnie was previously married to Ray Logsdon on September 23, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

HILL, Charlene E. - Buchanan Funeral Home Internet Website
Charlene E. Hill, June 9, 1933-September 23, 2011
   Charlene E. Hill, 78, of Ashland, IL and formerly of Baylis, IL died Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
   She was born June 9, 1933 in Meredosia, IL; the daughter of Charles and Nina Surratt Ferguson. She married Charles L. Hill Sr. on May 28, 1950 in Bowling Green, MO and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2003.
   She is survived by two sons, Charles Hill Jr. (wife, Rita) of Ashland and Franklin Hill (wife, Cara) of Arenzville; three daughters, Barbara Nowack (husband, Richard) of Ashland, Teresa Caruso (husband, Richard) of Lewes, DE, and Cindy Klingele of Quincy; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Jones of Mediapolis, IA; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved companion and fiance' Bill Booker of Baylis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Ferguson.
   Mrs. Hill attended Meredosia, Baylis and Barry Schools and graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. She was employed for many years as a staff nurse for Dr. Henry Rohs at the Springfield Clinic and later served as a nurse for Walker Nursing Home in Virginia. She was a member of New Beginnings Church in Ashland. She enjoyed antiquing and was an accomplished Victorian Era decorator.
   Graveside funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Yatesville Cemetery, west of Prentice. The family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland. Memorial gifts are suggested to the New Beginnings Church or American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com

HILL, Clarence E. - Buchanan Funeral Home Internet Website
Clarence E. Hill, June 9, 1933-September 23, 2011
   Charlene E. Hill, 78, of Ashland, IL and formerly of Baylis, IL died Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL.
   She was born June 9, 1933 in Meredosia, IL; the daughter of Charles and Nina Surratt Ferguson. She married Charles L. Hill Sr. on May 28, 1950 in Bowling Green, MO and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2003.
   She is survived by two sons, Charles Hill Jr. (wife, Rita) of Ashland and Franklin Hill (wife, Cara) of Arenzville; three daughters, Barbara Nowack (husband, Richard) of Ashland, Teresa Caruso (husband, Richard) of Lewes, DE, and Cindy Klingele of Quincy; 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Jones of Mediapolis, IA; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved companion and fiance', Bill Booker of Baylis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles Ferguson.
   Mrs. Hill attended Meredosia, Baylis and Barry Schools and graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield. She was employed for many years as a staff nurse for Dr. Henry Rohs at the Springfield Clinic and later served as a nurse for Walker Nursing Home in Virginia. She was a member of New Beginnings Church in Ashland. She enjoyed antiquing and was an accomplished Victorian Era decorator.
   Graveside funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Yatesville Cemetery, west of Prentice. The family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland. Memorial gifts are suggested to the New Beginnings Church or American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com

HILL, Edward "Ed" Eugene - Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, Illinois, August 25, 2003 - Submitted by Marcia Cox
Edward "Ed" Eugene Hill - 1930-2003 - Beardstown
   Edward "Ed" Eugene Hill, 73, of Beardstown, died Sunday morning, Aug. 24, 2003, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
   He was born June 24, 1930, in Jacksonville, the son of Charles Elmer and Ruth Thies Hill. He married June Landes in April 1949, and she survives in Mount Sterling. He later married Bonnie Belville on Oct. 6, 1972, in Rushville, and she survives in Beardstown.
   He is also survived by one son, Larry (wife, Judy) Hll of Jacksonville; five daughters, Judy (husband, Earl) Weaver of Quincy, Kathy (husband, Dennis) Houston of Mount Sterling, Sharon (husband, Donald) Taylor of Mendon, Linda (husband, Earl) Cooley of Versailles and MaryAnn (husband, Joseph) Rayborn of Mount Sterling; two stepsons, Leon (wife, Terri) Clark and Mike Logsdon, both of Beardstown; one stepdaughter, Debbie (husband, Rich) France of Beardstown; one foster daughter, Kelly Bramer of Texas; 29 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd (wife, Jeannie) Hill of Picayune, Miss.; and three sisters, Donna Viera of Picayune, Miss., Mary McCue of LaMirada, Calif., and Ruth "Aileen" Nunes of Granite City. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Hill; one son-in-law, Tim Hollis; and two grandchildren, Trisha Ann Eilts and Jennifer Hollis.
   Mr. Hill attended school in Jacksonville, and he attended First Southern Baptist Church in Beardstown. He was a member of the Asbestos Workers Heat and Frost Union Local 17 in Chicago from 1947 until 1982 and worked for numerous contractors installing heating and cooling equipment. Mr. Hill farmed in Fulton County and enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, and playing cards.
   Graveside funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown, with the family meeting friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials have been suggested to Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or Gambro Healthcare.

HILL, James - Central Illinoian, March 1858
   James Hill, former stock raiser in this county, died of cholera in Quincy last week. He moved to Decatur several years ago.

HILLYER, Billy Gene "Bill" - Buchanan Funeral Home Internet Website
Billy Gene "Bill" Hillyer, September 17, 1941-December 22, 2013
   Billy Gene Bill Hillyer, 72, of Virginia, IL and formerly of Chandlerville, IL died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at his residence.
   He was born September 17, 1941 in Chandlerville, the son of Letha Hillyer. He married Sarah Crumley on April 6, 1964 in Snicarte, IL and she survives.
   He is also survived by two sons, Billie Hillyer of Florida and Daniel Hillyer of Virginia; three grandsons, Brandon and Michael Hillyer of Virginia and David Hillyer of Spokane, WA; and several brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his mother and several brothers and sisters.
   Bill was a graduate of Chandlerville High School and served with the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a mechanic for several service stations and as an electrician for power companies. He owned and operated Bills Service in Chandlerville for several years and was a former member of the Chandlerville Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.
   Graveside funeral services will be held 10:00 am Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. There will be no visitation. Memorial gifts are suggested to the family. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com.

HISH, Dale Richard - October 20, 1922-September 1, 2008 - Submitted by Marcia Cox
   Dale Richard Hish, 85, of rural Beardstown died Monday morning, September 1, 2008, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
   He was born October 20, 1922 in Ord, Nebraska, the son of William J. and Ellen C. Nelson Hish. He married Frances E. Lucas on August 7, 1948 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beardstown and she survives.
   Also surviving is his son James R. (wife, Debbie) Hish of Virginia; his daughter, Yvonne E. (husband, Michael) Ogden of Beardstown; two grandchildren, Carrie (husband, Eric) McCoy and Brandon Ogden; four great-grandchildren Bradley, Samantha, Trenton and Sophya; three brothers, William E. (wife, Hazel) Hish of Chandlerville, Edgar A. (wife, Evelyn) Hish and Milton F. (wife, Rose) Hish both of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, James Dale Hish, one brother, Jack (surviving wife, Elaine of Fork Atkinson, Wisconsin), and one sister, Donna Bird.
   Mr. Hish graduated from Virginia High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. During his 40th mission, his plane "Mizpah" was shot down and Mr. Hish was held as a POW in Stalag Luft 4 in Germany. After his release he returned to Cass County to farm and was also a carpenter and welder. Mr. Hish was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 in Beardstown. He was a Township Assessor for Arenzville, Bluff Springs, and Hagener townships.
   Private family services will be held. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Beardstown.
   Memorials have been suggested to St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Fund or Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239.
   Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.
   Condolences may be emailed to the family at sagerfh@casscomm.com

HISH, Edgar A. December 21, 1923-June 7, 2011 - Buchanan Funeral Home Website - Submitted by Marcia Cox
   Edgar A. Hish, 87, of Virginia, IL died Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL.
   He was born December 21, 1923 in Ord, Nebraska; the son of William J. and Ellen Nelson Hish. He married Evelyn Clement on March 31, 1945 in Beardstown, IL and she survives.
   He is also survived by four children, Shirley Bell (husband, Ronnie), MaLinda Daniel (husband, Robert) , Gary Hish (wife, Diane), and Evelyn “Kathy” Trenter (husband, Robert), all of Virginia; five grandsons; five granddaughters; ten great grandchildren; a brother, Milton Hish (wife, Rose) of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Masten; a sister, Donna Bird; and three brothers, Everett, Dale, and Jack Hish.
   Mr. Hish served with the US Army during WW II stationed in Germany. He was a life-long farmer in Cass County.
   Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. At his request, there will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to Virginia United Methodist Church or V-A-C Emergency Medical Technicians. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com

HISH, William E. July 6, 2009 - Buchanan Funeral Home obituaries Internet site - Submitted by Marcia Cox
   William E. Hish, 87, of Chandlerville, IL died Monday, July 6, 2009 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
   He was born November 16, 1921 in Elmore, Minnesota; the son of William J. and Ellen C. Nelson Hish. He married Hazel I. Cox on November 28, 1942 in Palmyra, MO and she survives.
   He is also survived by a daughter, Rose Lee Brockhouse (husband, Douglas) of Kirkwood, MO; seven grandchildren, Shawn Fox, Michael Fox (wife, Angela), Anthony Pherigo (wife, Amy), Jason Pherigo (wife, Sarah), Wendy Pherigo, Jennifer Brockhouse, and Philip Brockhouse (wife, Cassie); seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Edgar A. Hish (wife, Evelyn) of Virginia and Milton F. Hish (wife, Rose) of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by two daughters, Wilma J. Fox (surviving husband, Martin of Springfield) and Lois A. Pherigo (surviving husband, Rick of Chandlerville); a sister, Donna Bird: and two brothers, Dale R. Hish (surviving wife, Frances of Beardstown) and Jack Hish (surviving wife, Elaine of Cambridge, WI).
   Mr. Hish served with the US Army during WWII and worked in farming, carpentry, and for CIPS. He then served as a self-employed tradesman for several years until his retirement. He was a member of Virginia United Methodist Church, Chandlerville American Legion Post 694, and formerly served of the Chandlerville Town Board.
   Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Friday, July 10, 2009 at the Virginia United Methodist Church in Virginia with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia. Memorial gifts are suggested to Virginia United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com

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