Saturday, December 15, 2012

Charles T. Irish - Prairie Lodge

Charles T. Irish
November 15, 1920 - December 13, 2012
Charles Terrance Irish, 92, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012,
at Twin Lakes Rehab & Healthcare in Paris. He was a retired Paris area farmer.
He was born November 15, 1920, in Paris, Illinois, the son of the late Lawrence E. and Blanche M.
(Conover) Irish. He married Madeline L. Eastham on February 12, 1949, at First United Methodist
Church in Paris, and she survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Linda Connelly of Paris, Illinois; a sister, Patricia Brazelton of
Paris, Illinois; two grandchildren, Lori (Norman) Wilson and Charles Connelly both of Paris, Illinois;
three great-grandchildren, Shadow Miller and Gracie and Lauren Wilson; and several nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Irish and Bernadine Jordan, and a son-in-
law, Clark Connelly.

Mr. Irish was a 1939 graduate of Paris High School, and served in the U.S. Army in the WWII
Pacific Theatre. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Paris where he had
served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years, was a former usher, and was active in the
Methodist Men's Club. A devoted Mason, he dedicated much of his life to his Lodge and its affiliate
organizations. He was a member, Past Master, and former Secretary of Prairie Lodge #77 Ancient
Free & Accepted Masons for over seventy years, and was awarded honorary memberships in several
other area lodges. He held numerous offices in Edgar Chapter #32 and Palestine Commandery #27
for many years. His fraternal service also included memberships in AASR Valley of Danville, Ansar
Shrine Temple, and Edgar County Shrine Club. In addition, he was a member of American Legion
Post #211, the Edgar County Farm Bureau, and the Anti-Theft Association Hunter Chapter. He
enjoyed volunteering for a number of community organizations, including Meals on Wheels. He will
be remembered for his pride in his family, his outgoing personality, and his great sense of humor. He
especially loved farming and spending time visiting with others.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of
Paris or to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at
Templeton Funeral Home in Paris with the Reverend Gary Fairchild officiating. Burial will follow
in Oak Grove Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #211 & V.F.W. Post #3601.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Templeton Funeral Home in Paris. Masonic Rites will be
conducted at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home by Prairie Lodge #77 A.F. & A.M.
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