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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn  of  the  death of John Wesley Fribley of Pana, who
 4    passed away March 20, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Fribley  was  born  August  3,  1906,   in
 6    Assumption,  the  son  of  Wesley  D.  and Clara Belle Storey
 7    Fribley; he went to  Dunkel  Rural  School,  Assumption  High
 8    School,  Illinois Wesleyan University, and the College of Law
 9    at the University of Illinois; Mr. Fribley graduated and  was
10    admitted to practice law in 1930; and

11        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Fribley was a lawyer for 50 years, serving
12    in state and federal courts from his offices in  Pana,  until
13    he  retired  in  1987;  a  number  of lawyers worked for him,
14    including  his  son,  Joseph  L.  Fribley,  and   George   J.
15    LaCharite, David Duez, James L. Profitt, John P. Coady (now a
16    circuit judge), Thomas W. Lacy, and George P. Consoer; and

17        WHEREAS,  A  Democrat,  Mr. Fribley was an Illinois State
18    Senator  from  1934-1952,  representing   the   40th   Senate
19    District,  originally composed of Christian, Shelby, Fayette,
20    and Cumberland counties; he helped investigate the  Centralia
21    mine  disaster and was co-sponsor of the Illinois Mine Safety
22    Law; Mr. Fribley sponsored the Fame-to-Market Road Law, which
23    aided rural townships in the construction of township  roads;
24    and

25        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Fribley  was  a Downstate floor leader for
26    then-Governor Adlai E. Stevenson and was responsible for many
27    major acts of legislation during his long career  there;  one
28    of  Mr.  Fribley's finest memories was evidenced by a picture
29    of Governor Stevenson, autographed with  the  personal  note,
30    "To  John  Fribley,  a dear friend and good man in a storm!";
31    and
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 1        WHEREAS, Mr. Fribley was a  major  organizer  of  Peoples
 2    Bank  of Pana and was city attorney for Pana; he was a member
 3    of United Presbyterian Church, Pana Masonic Lodge 226,  AF  &
 4    AM, Ansar Shrine and Pana Rotary Club; and

 5        WHEREAS,  John  Fribley married Marian E. Little on April
 6    21, 1931, in Rosamond; she preceded him  in  death  July  30,
 7    1997; and

 8        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Fribley will be deeply missed by all those
 9    who knew him and loved him, especially  his  son,  Joseph  L.
10    (Carolyn);  his  daughter Judith A.; his grandchildren, Scott
11    W., Susan K. Fribley Rae, and Valerie A. Fribley Barnes;  his
12    great-grandsons,  John  G., Cameron M., and Gavin J. Rae; and
13    his great-granddaughter, Morgan M. Barnes; therefore, be it

15    ASSEMBLY  OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
16    his family and friends, the death of John Wesley  Fribley  of
17    Pana; and be it further

18        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
19    presented to the family  of  John  Wesley  Fribley  with  our
20    sincere condolences.

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