The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


July 6, 2014

Artie Mae (Knox) DeBoe

On June 28, 2014, God sent His angel to bring Mrs. Artie Mae (Knox) DeBoe, 94 years young, to her heavenly home.

Born July 30, 1919, in Columbus, Ky., she was the first born to the late Sherman Sr. and Nellie (Tuck) Knox. Artie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to Malton DeBoe in Cairo, Ill., on April 4, 1947. He preceded her in death May 24, 1991.

Mrs. DeBoe was a former member of the Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Columbus, Ky. After moving to Danville, she joined Shiloh Baptist Church and then in 1977 she joined Second Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board. Mrs. DeBoe attended church faithfully until her illness. She was very grateful to those who saw to her getting to church and returning home. Mrs. DeBoe loved her church and church family.

Mrs. DeBoe formerly worked at the Wolford Hotel, VA Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lakeview Hospital and the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Program. Mrs. DeBoe was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 736.

Mrs. DeBoe loved all animals and loved watching television, people, attending family gatherings and being the family historian.

Mrs. DeBoe will be greatly missed by her only daughter, Fayetta L. Young; four grandchildren, Bryant K. Young, Angela Blalock, Jaquita (Alonzo) Borden and Steven (Ronzla) Young; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three goddaughters, Artie Lorean (Robert) Simmons of South Holland, Candy Summers and Shanita (Theodore) Brown of Danville; special cousin, Berniece DeBoe of Columbus, Ky.; special nieces, Maretta Hurt of Erie, Pa., and Alma Cunningham, Virginia K. McKinney, Sandra McKinney Houston and Lois T. Knox, all of Danville, and Patricia McKinney Lewis of Savoy; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. DeBoe was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen (Knox) Mason; and brothers, Edwin Knox and Sherman Knox Jr.

A homegoing celebration will commence at 11 a.m. Wednesday July 9, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, 904 N. Franklin St. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Officiating: Pastor Ricky Hoskins. Interment will be at Danville National Cemetery. Leek & Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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