Corwin Kingston

Corwin Kingston

MONTICELLO – Corwin Carl Kingston, 93, of Monticello, formerly of Weldon, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 7, 2016) at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Weldon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Memorials may be directed to the Weldon United Methodist Church.

Corwin was born on June 14, 1922, in Weldon, the son of Harvey Carl and Ruby Estella (Armstrong) Kingston. He married Cherry Ellen Jackson on Aug. 3, 1947.

Survivors include his wife, Cherry Kingston of Monticello; children, Cherene (Gary) White of DeLand and Kevin (Jennifer) Kingston of Bloomington; four grandchildren, Charity (Joshua) Shofner of Weldon, Garin White of DeLand, Chelsea Kingston (Steve Erickson) of Hamilton, Mass., and Taylor Kingston of New Haven, Conn.; one great-granddaughter, Cydney Shofner of Weldon; brothers, Franklin Kingston of Farmer City and Robert (Hester) Kingston of Monticello; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bennie and Deloris Jackson of Hobart, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Parents.

Corwin remembered the hard Depression days when corn sold for 13 cents a bushel. Carl Kingston, his dad, burnt corn in the space heater because it was cheaper than coal. He went to Enterprise Grade School - a one-room country school - and graduated from Nixon Township High School in 1940.

He entered the University of Illinois College of Commerce in the fall of 1940 and was in Reserve Officer Training Corps Field Artillery. He joined the National Reserves in November 1942 but was called into active service in June 1943 at the end of his junior year. He served 38 months as a first lieutenant in the infantry during World War II before being discharged in August 1946. He graduated from the UI in 1947.

Corwin started working at the Weldon State Bank, Weldon, in June 1947. On Sept. 10, 1950, Corwin was re-called to active duty in field artillery with the 947th Field Artillery Battalion and was sent to Camp McCoy, Wis. He was then sent to Korea in 1952 for six months where he was assigned to the 15th First Artillery Battalion, 2nd Division, and was sent home in August 1952.

Corwin was a Weldon State Bank employee from 1947 to 1964. He was the director of Weldon State Bank from 1964 to 1982. In 1982, Corwin sold Kingston Insurance Agency and retired. Corwin was president of the DeWitt-Macon Counties Banking Federation.

He was a member of the Weldon United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee chair and Administrative Council chairman, Sunday School teacher and member of the church choir.

He was also a member of the Lions Club and treasurer for 20 years. Corwin also sang with the Men of WGNN and Mark Burns for four years. Barrington Coleman was the director who was the director of the UI Men's Chorus and professor of music.

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