Arthur M. Capps, 93, a resident of Mt. Vernon Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon, went home to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at 5 a.m. He was retired from the United States Postal Service. Arthur was born April 22, 1921, in Herrin, the son of George and Amelia (Abramson) Capps. He married Anna Faye (Clark) Capps on Aug. 25, 1945, in McLeansboro; she survives in Mt. Vernon. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four nieces, Lee Hintz and husband Scott, of Allen, Texas, Linda Gail Clark of Kalkaska, Mich., Cathy Ann Clark of Mesa, Ariz., and Jill Ann Walker of Sedan, Kan.; one nephew, Donald Dean Clark Jr. of Okmulgee, Okla.; and one brother-in-law, Donald Dean Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a deacon of Northside Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend, Ark,. and a member of the First General Baptist Church, McLeansboro. Mr. Capps served in World War II. He received medals earned during his service in World War II and during the presentation, Rep. John Shimkus thanked him for his service and it was an honor to help get the medals. We are losing a generation that remembers World War II and served and have seen and experienced things no other has or will again. Now is the time to make sure a different time and way of life are not lost. Putting memories on paper or tape is a way to preserve that knowledge so future generations shall never forget. He was a Master Mason, Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M., Lodge 824 (65 years) in November 2012, Downers Grove, member of the VFW Post 9233, Opdyke. Arthur has written a book called “A River of Memories.” Services were held at noon on Monday, Dec. 15, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. Robert Sefried officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Dec. 15. Memorials may be made to In Touch Ministries (mission work) with the Rev. Charles Stanley as contact person and will be accepted at Harre Funeral Home. Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all the arrangements.
Published on  December 15, 2014