SMSgt J.T. Grogan, III 

Sr. Master Sgt. J.T. Grogan, III, U.S. Air Force, Ret., 51, husband of Beverly Elaine Sullivan Grogan, of 147 Loftis Drive, died Monday, October 22, 2007, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Topeka, Kan., he was the son of the late John Thomas, Jr. and Marjorie Grogan. He was a retired Senior Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, was employed by Medals of America in Fountain Inn, and attended Beech Springs Tabernacle. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the American Legion, and the Williamston VFW.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by daughter, Amanda Grogan of Marion, Ill.; sons, John "Jack" Thomas Grogan, IV of Indianapolis, Ind., and Patrick Patterson of Williamston; sister, Deloris "Dee" Vogt of Huntington, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mallorie Patterson and Brett Patterson; special sister-in-law, Lynn Ray of Easley; special brother-in-law, Lee Dorn of Waterloo; and special friends, Lynn Sears of Easley, and Kerry Daughtery of Goose Creek.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jeanne Grogan Gower.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Beech Springs Tabernacle with the Rev. Eric Boggs officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home and will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Published in The Greenville News: 10-25-2007

Jay DeLashmit
May 4 1960 - February 3 2009


Jay was born in Greenfield, Indiana, and graduated from Greenfield Central High School in 1979. He joined the United States Air Force and proudly served as a security policeman for 13 years. He was stationed at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas, Suwon Air Base in Korea, Chanute AFB in Rantoul, Illinois, and High Wycombe Air Station in High Wycombe, England, and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. He also traveled to many other locations during his Air Force career, including Turkey, Iraq, Germany, Cuba, and countless locations throughout the United States. Jay was medically retired from the Air Force in 1996, and began his career as an Internet Technology Manager, thanks to the Veterans Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He started his career with Clear Channel Communications, installing hardware and software at radio stations across the United States. He also was employed by Shore To Shore in Dayton, which allowed him to continue his traveling experiences, working in Sri Lanka, China, India, England, and Guatemala.

Due to health problems, Jay moved to his wife's hometown of Evansville, Indiana, and began a new chapter in his life, closer to a large network of family support. Jay was working to regain his health and establish a new life of helping and supporting his family members in any way he could. Jay enjoyed visiting and assisting his mother-in-law and father-in-law. Jay especially enjoyed watching the Memorial High School football games, and supported the Memorial Wrestling Team.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Kara Ernspiger DeLashmit of Evansville, IN, daughter, Kalah Walker and husband, Brett, of Dayton, OH, brother, Doug (Beverly) DeLashmit of Tucson, AZ, niece, Sara DeLashmit of Tucson, AZ, nephews, Ben Titus of Tucson, AZ, and Ryan DeLashmit of Greenfield, IN, who was recently deployed to Afghanistan, sisters-in-law, Kathie Ernspiger, Sue Ernspiger, Kris Brown, and Kim (Lawrence "Beaver") Mattingly, all of Evansville, IN, niece, Shelley (Patrick) Thompson of Belleville, IL, great-nephew, Tyler Thompson of Belleville, IL, nephews, Frank, Sam and Daniel Mattingly and Nathan Brown, all of Evansville, IN, niece, Emma Mattingly of Evansville, IN, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Daniel and Nell Ernspiger of Evansville, IN. 
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Robert Canady
Sept 21 1938 - July 16 2010

 THOMASBORO – Robert Isaiah Canady, 71, of Thomasboro died Friday (July 16, 2010) at his residence.
A funeral service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 East Grove, Rantoul. Rev. Michael Curtis will officiate. Burial will follow at Danville National Cemetery, Danville.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at Lux Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Canady was born on Sept. 21, 1938, in Callahan, Fla., a son of Robert Eldon and Mattie Estelle (Connor) Canady. He married Boontham Junsomsri of Udornthani, Thailand, on Oct. 17, 1974.
He is survived by his wife, Boontham Canady of Thomasboro; two daughters, Laurie Ann Canady Garrison of Gainesville, Texas, and Pamela Jane Canady of Rantoul; a sister, Juanita Estelle Canady Firth of Palm City, Fla.; a brother, William L. Canady of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandsons, Samuel Jr., Andrew and Timothy Garrison of Gainesville, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Hunter and William of Gainesville, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Dared Hamilton of Rantoul; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Rupert Eldon Canady and Ralph Woodard Canady; and a sister, Elna Canady Pate.

He graduated from Callahan High School on June 1957. He then joined the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served for 21 years. He worked at Chanute Air Force Base in the dining halls as well a correctional officer for the state of Florida. He returned to retire in Thomasboro.
Mr. Canady enjoyed fishing with his wife, traveling, shopping, listening to oldies music, watching White Sox baseball and old western movies.

He also attended two years of college at St. Leo's in Homestead, Fla.
He will be terribly missed and always loved by many.

MSgt Robert M. Swofford
July 22 1954 - July 2003


Robert M Swofford was born July 22, 1954 to Herschel and Mary (Keef) Swofford in Fort Chaffee, AR. He graduated from Mc Arther High School in Lawton, OK in 1972. He Joined the United States Air Force in 1975 and retired as a MSgt in 1995.

Robert married Michele Gates on January 19, 1980 in Warren, Il. He worked at Fort McCoy as an alarm administrator. He was a member of the VFW Post 2122 in Sparta. Bob had a love for fishing and hunting with his family and friends.

Bob passed away at his home surrounded by the love of his family on Sunday, July 2003 at the age of 48. He was preceded in death by his father Herschel and a brother Bill.

He is survived by his wife, Michele of Sparta; Jennifer Swofford and Mathew Swofford both of Sparta; his mother, Mary Swofford of Lawton OK; brothers, John (Gina) Swofford of Shawnee, OK and Terry (Julie) Swofford of Lawton, OK; a sister, Darla (Ron) Brinker of Lawton, OK: nieces, nephews, and 3 great nieces. 

Provided by Michele Swofford

TSgt Lonnie Dean Sivia, Jr.
August 19 1969 - November 7 2003

Lonnie Dean Sivia, Jr. of Bethalto, Illinois passed away at 2:35 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2003 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 34 after his 9 month courageous battle with Leukemia.
He was born August 19, 1969 in Alton, Illinois to Lonnie Dean and Deborah (Keller) Sivia, Sr. of Bethalto.
He married Michaeleen “Micki” (Rodman) Sivia on February 14, 1990 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto and she survives.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is survived by four sons, Andrew, Mark, Joshua, Caleb Sivia, all at home; grandmother, Viona Sivia of Meadowbrook; one sister, Dedra Sivia of Cottage Hills; two nieces, Moriah and Hannah Sivia of Cottage Hills; aunts and uncles, Leveda and Henry Gavin of Bethalto; Aileen and Russell Leggett of Alton, Pat Keller of Bethalto; cousins, Laramie Gavin of Chicago, Rodney Leggett of Wood River, Robert Leggett of Alton; other extended family and many dear friends.

He was a firefighter with Olin Corporation in East Alton for 11 years. A United States veteran, he proudly served his country in active duty with the Air Force for four years as a security policeman until 1991, he then joined the Air Force Reserves at Scott Air Force Base for eight years as a E-6/technical sergeant and was a security policeman and combat arms instructor with the 932nd security force squadron. During the time he gave to his country, he served in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, along with numerous other medals.

A dedicated member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto, he was active in the SonShine Celebration Alumni and the youth group and was also a member and bugler for the Bethalto Boy Scout Troop #101 and den chief for Troop #103, and was a Bethalto Police Scout and was later an Eagle Scout inducted into the Order of the Arrow, the highest honor bestowed upon an Eagle Scout. He also earned his God in Country Award.
He was a past volunteer with the Meadowbrook Fire Department,a member of the Bethalto American Legion Post #214, worked at the Olin Gun Club, and enjoyed target shooting, hunting, fishing, and camping. The love he had for his family, co-workers and friends will be greatly missed and always remembered, even the humorous antics and teasing.

Provided by Micki Sivia

SSgt Theartis Bell
September 16 1947 - September 25 2017

Theartis “Artis” Bell was born Sept 16, 1947 in Americus-Sumter Georgia to the late Mr. Oscar Bell, Jr. and Mrs. Mattie Pearl (Hayes) Bell.  

Theartis received his education in the public schools of Sumter County, Georgia.  After completing high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and actively served his country for 16 years.  While in the Air Force, he completed Leadership and Law Enforcement training.  He served as a Staff Sergeant as a Security Policeman during his years of service.  His years of service allowed him to travel to numerous places including Thailand and Great Britain. 
Upon being honorably discharged from the USAF, Theatris went to work for the state of Georgia.  He worked as a Correctional Officer with Lee State Prison and aa a juvenile counselor with the Sumter County Youth Detention Center until his retirement from the state of Georgia in October 2007. 
He was an active member of the American Legion for over 11 years. 

Provided by Jerhvon T. Pearman