The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 18, 2012

William B. “Midnight” Beavers


DANVILLE — William B. “Midnight” Beavers, born July 11, 1948, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012. He was the son of the late Rosemary Shoaf Beavers Kirby and the late Edward C. Beavers.

Midnight was born in Attica, Ind., and lived in the Covington area for many years before moving to Illinois.

He was previously married to Dorene (Everson) Barnhart in Covington. From this union came Mary Lou (Richard) Weber, of Covington, and Edward J. (Brandilyn) Beavers, of Crawfordsville.

In 1977, Bill married Kathleen Odeneal; their son, Eric (Shelly) Beavers, of Danville, was born of this union.

Bill is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Mary J. (Richard) Adams, of Covington, Ind., and Jennifer Davis, of Danville; and one brother, Ralphard “Skip” W. (Lisa) Kirby, of Hohenwald, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Gregory Beavers, and one great-grandson, baby Jordan Thomas.

Midnight was a 37-year member of The Sons of Silence MC 1%-er. He held several positions including national secretary, treasurer, vice president, president and enforcer. He also has an associate’s degree in applied science.

He worked at General Motors for 20 years, bartended at Julee’s Shooting Star for seven years and worked at Vermilion Liquors store for six years.

A service to celebrate the life of William “Midnight” Beavers will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Vineyard Church in Danville. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 18, also at the Vineyard in Danville. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville is in charge of arrangements.

Please join Midnight’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at

Guest Book