JOHNSTON CITY -- Alice Lorene Copher, 72, passed away at 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at her residence.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2002, at the Meredith-Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Reverend Shorty Alsip officiating. Burial will be at McKinney Chapel Cemetery in Lake of Egypt. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2002 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Mrs. Copher was born on March 13, 1930, in Williamson County to Sam and Jewell Gladys (Newton) McCormick. She married Raymond Copher on August 18, 1950 in Marion and he survives.
Other survivors include sons, Michael Copher of Johnston City, Jerry Copher of Royalton, and Ronald Copher of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Scott, Kirsten, Ramonica, Naomi, Sylvia, Candi and Trish; great grandchildren, Taryn, Zoie, Evan, Taya, Taci, Brianna, Kyle, Katie and Autumn; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy E. and James Booker of Evans, Georgia, Mary and Paul Henderson of Rochelle and Freda Parkins of Augusta, Ga.; and aunts, Vada West and Grace Wallace.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Copher formerly worked at Sangamo Electric and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist Faith.
CHRISTOPHER -- Jerry O. Copher, 47, of Christopher formerly of Johnston City passed away at 9:21 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at Franklin Hospital in Benton.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 23, 2003, at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with the Rev. Edward "Shorty" Alsip officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today, Dec. 23, 2003, at the funeral home. Military rites will be held at the funeral home by Marion VFW Post 1301 Ritual Team. Burial will be held at McKinney Chapel Cemetery, south of Marion.
Memorials may be made to the Marion VFW Post 1301 Ritual Team; envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent in care of Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.
Mr. Copher was born on Oct. 4, 1961, in St. Charles, to Raymond and Alice Lorene (McCormick) Copher.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Ranmonica and Johnny Webb of Marion, Naomi and Tyson Wright of Marion, Sylvia Vancauwelaert of West Frankfort, Candy Copher of West Frankfort, and Andrea and Joseph Gordon of West Frankfort; grandchildren, Taryn Grimm, Zoie Webb, Evan Webb, Taya Copher, Taci Wright, Tabatha Wright, Brianna Vancauwelaert, Kyle Vancauwelaert, Holly Stevenson and Jacob Stevenson; brothers, Michael Copher of Thompsonville, and Ronald Copher of West Frankfort; two nieces; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his mother and one niece.
Mr. Copher worked as a roofer and a carpenter. He served in the United States Navy.