We are privileged to serve you before, during, and after the loss of a loved one.

Life's Final Moments

When a death is imminent, our pastor is honored to come and pray with you. If there is such a time, please call the church at 217-428-3327 and ask for pastoral care. We will make every effort to have someone come to you.

If this is after office hours, please call the emergency number: 217-413-7904. The pastor will return your call as soon as possible.

Grieving and Remembering

When the death has occurred, our pastor and staff would also be honored to provide the service for your loved one here at the church, at the funeral home or graveside depending on the family’s decision. Christ is our hope for eternal life and we offer this hope to the surviving family and friends that their beloved is now in God’s eternal charge.

Many of your questions may be answered in our Funeral Planning Guide, but if you have any additional questions regarding funeral or memorial planning, please email us or call 217-428-3327


Below are documents to help you begin thinking through some of the specific details of your own service (it's never too early to plan well for the end of your life) or the service for a loved one who is nearing death. Completed forms can be mailed to the church (please address it with "ATTN: Funeral Ministry"), scanned or emailed to us and we will keep them on file.


Some funerals are streamed online for those who are unable to attend in person. Those are available at

Recent and Upcoming Funerals at Prairie Avenue

Mildred Evans

Mildred Ruth Evans, nee Long, passed away in the comfort of her home on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the age of 100. Born July 16, 1919 in Macon County, she was a lifelong resident of Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, with visitation from noon until 1:00 p.m.  Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. 

Memorials may be given to Prairie Avenue Christian Church.

She and Raymond Ralph Evans eloped and were married on October 22, 1936 in Rockville, IN. They enjoyed 77 years together before his death on January 27, 2014.

Surviving are her daughter Jean Ann Duckworth of Decatur; grandchildren, Jacqueline McQuality of Forsyth, James (Rhonda) Duckworth of Union, KY,  Jeffrey (Rita) Duckworth of Fairview Heights, great-grandchildren Mitchell (Amanda) Duckworth, Sean (Krystal) Duckworth, Brittany (Trevor) Wilson, Jacoby (Macklin) Andrick, Katie Russell (Kody Downes), Hunter Russell, great-great-grandchildren Jack, Luke, Haven, Kennedy, Parker, Brooks, and Avett.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond; her parents, W.R. Long Sr. and Ruth (Fombelle) Long; a son, James Raymond Evans; son-in-law, Russell Larry Duckworth; brother and sister-in-law, W.R. (Russell) Long, Jr. and Annabelle Long, and sister and brother-in-law, Helen Lucille and Louis Corman.

July 16, 1919 - March 1, 2020



Doris J. Greene 88, of Decatur, IL passed away at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in St. Mary’s Hospital.

A service to celebrate Doris’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020, in Prairie Avenue Christian Church. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. until service time Saturday morning at the church. Burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek. Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion is assisting the family with services. Memorials may be made to the Prairie Avenue Christian Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Doris was born March 29, 1931, in Shelby County, IL the daughter of Fred and Ruth (Denier) Gordon Sr. and was one of eleven children to that union. Doris married Keith Greene on June 30, 1947. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2009. Doris retired as a beautician. She also had formerly worked for Decatur Public School District #61 at Eisenhower High School. She was an avid Cardinal and Illini fan. She was a member of the Prairie Avenue Christian Church and was active in the Deaconess Social Committee. Doris was known for her pie baking ability and they were often requested by her family and church friends. In retirement her last years were spent at Tanglewood Village which she loved.

Surviving are her son: Rod Greene (Patricia) of Naples, FL; brothers: Jack Gordon (Mary) of Decatur and John Gordon (Norma) of North Carolina; grandchildren: Angela Gerber (Lenny), Matt Greene (Stephanie), Zach Greene, Luke Greene, Benjamin Bullock (Zhanna) and Justin Greene; and six great-grandchildren.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son: Gordon; daughter: Melinda Shookman and eight siblings.

March 29, 1931 - February 18, 2020





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