James L. Poland, 88, of Vandalia, died at 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. John McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia. Visitation was to be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials: Alzheimers Association, Fayette County Health Department Hospice or Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Activity Department.
Mr. Poland was the son of Clarence and Minnie Davis Poland. He married Norma Hunter on Dec. 16, 1937, in Vandalia; she died on Oct. 23, 2005.
He was born and reared in Ramsey, and he owned and operated Polands Ford Tractor Sales in Vandalia for 50 years. He was affiliated with First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, and was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 16 A.F.&A.M. in Vandalia, Old National Trail Shrine Club in Vandalia and the Melrose Chapter Order of Eastern Star of Effingham and formerly of Vandalia.
Mr. Poland is survived by daughters, Deloris Murphy of Centralia, Kay and her husband Morris Holaday of Shobonier, and Marcia Eckhardt of Vandalia; brother, Dennis Poland of Marion; grandchildren, Jim Murphy, Susan Durbin, Brian Holaday, Diane Isringhausen, Becky Arndt and Mandy Woolsey; and great-grandchildren, Kaitie Murphy, John Murphy, Emily Murphy, Mackenzie Holaday, Matthew Holaday, Eric Holaday, Amber Durbin, Abby Durbin, Austin Durbin, Isaac Isringhausen, Avery Isringhausen, Jaicob Arndt, Bailey Arndt, Zayne Nash and Kendrick Woolsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sisters, Virginia Thoman and Ruth Staff.