Mt. Vernon Register-News


December 18, 2013

Rolland Devor, Jr.

Rolland Harley Devor, Jr., 78, of Creal Springs, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.

He was born Jan. 4, 1935, in Centralia, son of Rolland Devor, Sr. and Mildred D. (Crocker) Devor. He married Rephella Mae Wotherspoon on Aug. 10, 1957, and she proceeded him in death on Sept. 3, 1990. He married Janice Draper on Jan. 25, 1991, and she survives in Creal Springs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Rolland H. Devor III and wife Lori of Cedartown, Ga.; three daughters, Rachel Bryan and husband William of Bluford, Rebecca Butts and husband Greg of Iuka and Renee Eddleman of Christopher; a stepson, Timothy Cook and wife Emily of Cheswick, Pa.; three stepdaughters, Terry Toon of Flora, Marjorie Workman of McCleansboro and Julia Hutnagel and husband Mark of Murphysboro; eight grandchildren and 18 stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Duane Devor and wife Rose of Centralia and Robert Devor and wife Vikki of Brazil, Ind.; two sisters, Dolores Devor and Esther Devor both from Centralia; and several nieces and nephews and others that called him “Dad” and “Grandpa” through his ministry.

Mr. Devor graduated from Salem High School in 1952, he then attended McKendree College in 1954. Rolland served in the United States Army. In 1980, he moved to Xenia and he received his exhorter’s license at Garrett Evangelical Seminar in 1984. He was a preacher for several churches and he retired in 1997. Until he became ill, he was still preaching at Macedonia and Dahlgren. He helped with the Epworth Youth Camp in Louisville. Rolland took many mission trips to Mexico and two trips to Haiti. He enjoyed staining glass and wood working. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services for Rolland H. Devor, Jr. will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Demaree United Methodist Church in Centralia with Pastor Mark Doane and Dr. Roger Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery with military rites accorded at the grave site by American Legion Post 446 and VFW Post 2055.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Epworth Youth Camp for a scholarship in memory of Rolland and will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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