Roderick "R.J." Arrington, Jr.
Roderick "R.J." Arrington, Jr., 7, formerly of Bloomington, departed this life on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at the University Medical Center Children' s Hospital in Las Vegas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington with Rev. Frank L. McSwain, Sr. officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the family in R.J.'s name. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington. The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.
R.J. was born on June 13, 2005 in Bloomington to Dina (Beverly) Palmer and Roderick Arrington, Sr. RJ was a very jovial child, full of excitement and energy. He loved sports and singing in his church choir, he loved school, loved to just enjoy life. He was a delight to everyone he met.
R.J. accepted Christ at an early age at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church where he was baptized, and a faithful member of the Sunbeam Children Choir, where he sang so beautifully. He attended Parkside Elementary School, until he was relocated to Las Vegas to live with his mother where he then attended the Roundy Elementary School. His teacher Mr.Todd had so many wonderful things to say about him..
R.J. was a polite, friendly outgoing little fellow. He was full of kindness, humility and optimism. Although he was only 7 years old, his love and integrity for others was influential. He was a true example of a child who received stability and morals as well as religious instructions. You could tell it in his conversations and see it in his life.
R.J. exhibited positive character traits at an early age, a true sign of a child in a stable, caring and nurturing environment. By this you could tell that he spent much time with his grandparents as well as his great-grandmother. He loved hanging out with his uncles, playing basketball, playing on the Wii, DS, and all of the games.
He leaves to mourn his passing his mother and dad, his maternal grandmother, Latanza Harris, grandfather, David Harris; maternal great-grandmother, Rose Beverly of Bloomington; paternal grandparents, George and Lorraine Roach; paternal great-grandmother, five uncles, Rosney Beverly, Adrian Arrington, Detaven Beverly, David Harris, Jr., Sergio Harris, all of Bloomington; one sister, Honesty Arrington, two brothers, Kenderck and Auderek Arrington, all of Bloomington; four maternal great-aunts; Angie Harris of Detroit, Mich., Dawn Emerson of Hawthorne, Calif., Patricia Beverly of Bloomington, Zanada Beverly of Chicago; two maternal great-uncles; Damon Beverly of San Francisco, Calif., Jeffery Beverly of Chicago; one paternal uncle; Adrian Arrington and one paternal aunt, Leona Roach both of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great aunts, Deborah Blake and Bettye. Wilbert; maternal great-great-grandparents; Daddy Willie and Ma Dear Ethel Beverly; great-great-grandfather June Moore; paternal great grandfather, Lawyer Jackson.
R.J. was a member of Bloomington Boys and Girls Club, Links Center Basketball and Mt. Pisgah Sunbeam Choir.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kiblerbradyruestman.com.
Noah William Johnson
Noah William Johnson, the infant son of Neil and Ashley Fillmore Johnson of Bloomington, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012 at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington with Rev. Josh Erickson officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria or to Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington. Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington is in charge of arrangements.
Noah was born at 2:23 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2012 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.
He is survived by his parents, Neil William and Ashley Marie Johnson, of Bloomington; one sister, Sophia Marie Johnson, at home; grandparents, John and Marcia Johnson of Clifton, IL, Greg and Stacey Fillmore of Plainfield, IL and Kay Watkins of Bloomington, IL; great grandparents, Joan Tiarks, Sherry (Gib) Smith, Robert (Joyce) Freitag and Florence Rollings; four aunts, Corrie (Andy) Singleton, Brooke Johnson, Brynley Nasseri and Camilla Watkins; six uncles, Bart Johnson, Christopher Fillmore, Jacob Fillmore, Thomas (Danielle) Bolton, Garrett Bolton and Michael Watkins; and six cousins, Henry Singleton, McKenna Nasseri, Brecken Nasseri, Samantha Fillmore, Kaleo Bolton and Xander Eson.
Noah was preceded in death by an infant sister, Ella Grace Johnson, an uncle, Ross Johnson, great grandparents, Ross and Florence Johnson, Herbert Tiarks and Norman Fillmore and a cousin, Willow Lynn Fillmore.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the lovely staff in the NICU at Children’s Hospital of Illinois for their tender care of our precious Noah and service to our entire family. Thank you to our caring church family at Second Presbyterian for all your loving support.
To our sweetest Noah, we are so blessed for our precious time with you, but you were meant for greater things. We miss you dearly and look forward to seeing you and your sister, Ella, smiling in Heaven.
David H. Miller
David H. Miller, 75, of Bloomington died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at the Bickford House in Bloomington.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home in Bloomington with Rev. Dr. Randall K. Perry officiating. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington or the Humane Society of Central Illinois, Normal.
David was born on Feb. 2, 1937 in Bloomington, the son of Earl M. and M. Virginia Balmer Miller. He married Annetta O’Rourke on Oct. 10, 1970 in Las Vegas. She survives.
He is also survived by three brothers, Fred H. Miller, Normal, Dr. Tim
T. (Judy) Miller, Indianhead Park, Ill. and Chris B. (Terri) Miller, Normal; several nieces and nephews and his six cats.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack and Jerome Miller.
David graduated from University High School, attended Lincoln College and Illinois Wesleyan University. After college, he joined the family business, Miller True Value Hardware. He founded Miller Properties in 1967 and has continued to operate the business for the past forty-five years. He was a member of the Young Men’s Club and served on the Mennonite Hospital Advisory Board. David was a longtime member and past president of the Bloomington Country Club.