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Stoke Babbs
Stoke Babbs, son of Joseph and Lucinda Babbs, was born in Ingram, Ill., Oct. 15, 1850, departed this life at Alfries, Florida, Feb. 23, 1930.
His father and mother died when he was an infant, and he was raised in Indiana by his uncle George Barnett. He later came to Illinois where he met and married Anna Chaney and they moved to Clay City. To this union three children were born. His faithful wife and companion preceded him in death January 4, 1908.
He joined the United Brethren Church at Flora, Ill. in 1905, at that time he was a resident of Flora and working for the B. & O. R. R., as he worked for the company for forty years and retired from active service in 1915. Since that time he has made his home mostly with his daughter in St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Maggie Boatman. But recently he went to Florida to visit relatives and friends, and where he passed aways, as he had been in ill health for some time. He bore his affliction with great patience and passed away very peacefully to his final reward.
He leaves to mourn his departure two sons, Dave and Edward Babbs of Elfries, Florida; one daughter, Mrs. Maggie Boatman of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Mrs. Opal Johnson of Palm Harbor, Fla.; Ernest Huff of Lexington, Mo., Clare Huff of Jacksonville, Ill., Donald and Muriel Babbs of Springfield, Ill.; one great-grand-dapghter, June Johnson of Palm Harbor, Fla., and a host of other relatives and many friends.
“Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding,
O’er the spoil of death,
We would at this solom meeting
Calmly say, Thy will be done.
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

E. N. Babcock
E. N. Babcock, son of E. J. and Rhoda M. Babcock, was born Dec. 24, 1859 and died Sept.1st, 1921, aged 61 years, 8 months and 8 days. He was united in marriage to Eliza Henderson on Dec. 3, 1882. To this union was born three children. Eliakim J. Babcock and two other sons who died in infancy.
Deceased is survived by his wife and son, two half brothers L. T. Babcock, of Washington and G. F. Babcock of Clay City. and one half sister, Mrs. Ollie Bay. of Flora, and one nephew, Edward Henderson, who was taken into the home and loved and cared for as his own.
Funeral services were conducted at the home by J. F. Shehorn, of Rinard. Ill. Interment at Neff cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Sept. 8, 1921]

Barbara Jane Baity
Barbara Jane Smith was born in Indiana August 21, 1840. She was united in marriage with Daniel Aker (Akes), who died. To this union was born one son, John Eldon, who lives at Xenia, Illinois.
The second marriage was to James Baity on March 6, 1861. He passed away April 30, 1895. To this union was born twelve children, five of them preceded the mother to the other world. They are Noah D., Adam, Effie J., James D., and Anna B.
A number of years ago she confessed her Master and united with the Christian church. She lived faithful to Christ and the church until the Master called her.
Most of her life was spent in and near Xenia, where her friends are numbered by the score. Her last illness was of several month’s duration, and since the first of December her suffering was intense, but she bore it with a Christian fortitude. All there could be done to relieve her suffering was done by her loved ones who not submit to this dispensation of providence.
She peacefully fell asleep at 8:30p.m., January 26, 1915 at the home of her son, Simon Baity. She had reached the age of 74 years, 5 months and 5 days.
To mourn her passing away are four sons and three daughters, namely Joseph F. of Danville; Viola Upton of Mill Shoals; Albert A. and Lilly Linn of Simon; Amanda Wright of Ridgefarm, Ill., and Perley of Danville, Ill. A number of grandchildren and a great host of friends also mourn her departure.
[Southern Illinois Record Thursday, Feb. 4, 1915]

Ida Elnora Baity
Funeral services for Mrs. F. M. Baity, who died Sunday night from paralysis, were held at the Methodist Episcopal church on Tuesday afternoon. Assisting in the services were Rev. J. Chas. Gilbreath, pastor of the church, Rev. B. D. Jones, of Aurora, and Rev. W. T. Farley, of Siloam Springs, Ark. Mr. Jones and Mr. Farley were former pastors of the church here and are family friends The services were impressive, the wishes of the deceased being carried out, in songs sung and in other particulars.
After the song, “In the Garden,” Rev. W. T. Farley preached the sermon, taking his text, John 14. The closing song at the church was “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.”
At the cemetery Rev. Gilbreath read the Methodist burial service, the choir sang, “Nearer My God to Thee”, after which Rev. Farley pronounced the benediction. The floral pieces were many and very beautiful.

The following obituary was written by B. D. Jones:
Mrs. F. M. Baity
Mrs. Ida Elnora Baity, wife of Francis Marion Baity, was born July 21, 1862 at Rose, Iowa. Her maiden name was Garrison. She was the daughter of S. F. C. Garrison and Mrs. Mary Elnora Nixon Garrison. When she was but a child the family moved to Eldorado, Kansas. There she grew to womanhood. On October 28, 1883 she was married to Charles Hoff of Wichita, Kans. To them four children were born—Fred K. Hoff, now of Plainville, Kansas; Mrs. Mary Nowell, of Enid, Okla; Mrs. Thresa Katherine McGuire, of Fort Smith, Ark., and Mrs. Grace E Runkie, of Monett, Mo. On October 30, 1897 she was married to her now bereaved husband, Mr. Baity, of Monett. To them was born one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Lucile Helm, of Detroit, Mich.
Mrs. Baity was born a chritian as all babies are. At the age of 12 she sought a Christian experience and united with the church and became a beautiful christian character. In early life she learned the real beauty of the christian life is a life of service and so she became an active worker and live wire, both in church and Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. For many years she served on the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church of this city and was county president of the W. C. T. U. Her public spirit and efficiency made her a splendid leader, both in church and in social life. The influence of her public life extended through the years and lingered to beautify the golden sunset.
In her departure, which occurred at their home 900 Fourth Street Monett Sunday evening, September 30, 1923, she leaves to mourn their loss her devoted husband and the entire family of children and Claud Baity her stepson, whom she reared as her own son; two sisters—Mrs. Mary Weaver, of Chicago and Mrs. Myrtle Lusk, of Omak, Wash., and three brothers—Edward Garrison, of Seattle, Wash., Chas. Garrison, of San Francisco, Calif., and Bishop Garrison of Phoenix, Ariz., and a whole world of friendship that bows in the grief of bereavement.
Mrs. Baity has gone to her crowning, while the mourners go about the streets. The cheer of eternity and the music of heaven is, “Well done good and faithful servant.”—
[Monett, MO Times, Oct. 5, 1923. Source: Flora Journal Record Oct. 18, 1923. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Mrs. Fred Barger
Mrs. Fred Barger passed away Monday at the St. John’s hospital, Springfield. Through the efforts of the members of the Flora Woman’s Club she was taken there for medical care, but her condition was so serious nothing could be done for her except to supply comfort and nurse attention. The remains were brought here Tuesday night and taken to the Gaddis’ Mortuary where funeral services were held Wendesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Garriott of the M. E. Church, South, Interment in Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (6 March 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Elsie Evadna Murray
Elsie Evadna Murray, daughter of H. W. and Manie Murray was born near Altamont, Illinois, January 20, 1895, and met her untimely death, in Madison county, Illinois, May 21, 1926; aged 31 years, 4 month and 1 day.
She was married to C. W. Hood, Dec. 10, 1913, and to this union, one daughter, Alma Irene Hood, was born. She was again, married to T. A. Barnhouse Jan. 10, 1920. She has one sister, Mrs. Margaret Mann, of Flora, Illinois; her father, mother, and one sister having preceeded her in death. She leaves her husband, sister, daughter and many friends to mourn her departure.
Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Mann, on Tuesday afternoon, May 25, 1926, by the Rev. J. C. Fowler, pastor United Brethren church. Burial was in the Flora cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (10 June 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Esther Barton
Supt. and Mrs. C. G. Stevens and family, attended the funeral of Mrs. Stevens’ aunt, Miss Esther Barton, at Washington, Ind., Saturday. Miss Barton on Sunday, Jan. 25, slipped and fell on the icy pavement, striking the back of her head resulting in serious injuries, which caused her death on the following Wednesday.
Miss Barton frequently visited at the Stevens home and had acquired a number of friends here, who regret to learn of her death, and extend sympathy to the bereaved ones.
[Source: The Flora Record Feb. 5, 1920. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Edgar Ralston Beck
Edgar Ralston Beck, son of Ermine and Francis Beck, was born Oct. 29, 1913, in Flora, Ill. He was a member of Mrs. Kinnaman’s class in the Christian Sunday school. He was always in his place in the class unless prevented by sickness or very bad weather, and was very much interested in the good things taught him there and talked about them and asked many questions about Heaven and the life beautiful to his parents and grandparents. He was fond of music and flowers. During his illness he said, Grandma rock me and sing, “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” Such a beautiful life cut short.
He was stricken with diphtheria Dec. 18, 1920. During his illness he was patient and obedient to his parents and physicians hoping to recover and be in his place in Sunday school and the public school. He was so fond of his teacher, Miss Edith Lamp.
All that loving care and medical skill could do were rendered him.
As of old our Heavenly Father said: “Suffer the little ones to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” His life went out to Him who gave it Jan. 17, 1921 at 6:30 a.m.
He leaves besides his parents 3 brothers, 1 sister, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ralston, of this city, and Mrs. Anna Hunley, of Carlyle, Ill., and many other relatives and friends to mourn for him.
I think when I read the sweet story of old when Jesus was here among men.
How he called little children as lambs to his fold
I should liked to have been with Him then.
I wish that His hands had been placed on my head and His arms had been thrown around me and could have seen His kind look when He said, “Let the little ones come unto Me.”

Funeral services were held from the family home on Vincennes Ave., conducted by Rev. G. W. Zink, pastor of the First Christian church. Interment in Elmwood cemetery, Flora. The floral tributes were many.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (27 January 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

John Boles
John Boles passed away last Thursday from the effects of a second stroke of paralysis which he suffered three or four weeks ago, age 72 years. He is survived by a wife and two sons, Ray Boles, a garage mechanic i nthis (in this) city, and Floyd Boles, residing at Winchester. The funeral was conducted at the Boles home, three and a half miles southwest of Louisville, by the Rev. H. J. Frost of the Pentacostal church, and the interment was at the Speaks graveyard. The deceased was the son of Moses Greenbury Boles, a Civil war soldier of the county and a former chaplain of Stephenson Post, G. A. R. of Louisville.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (11 March 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

O.L. Bonner is Dead
One of Flora’s Mose Highly Respected Young Citizens is Claimed by Death
Oscar L. Bonner, a highly esteemed citizen of Flora, died at his home on Vincennes avenue on Wednesday evening at eight o’clock, after an illness of two weeks’ duration. The deceased was a son of the late Thos. Bonner and spent his entire life in Stanford township and in this city. He was married some years ago to Miss Clara Bayler, since which time he has made his home at the Bayler residence on Vincennes avenue.
He was an exemplary citizen and his loss will be mourned by the entire community. He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Phoebe Bonner, and three sisters.
The funeral services will be held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. W. I. Terhune, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial at Elmwood cemetery, Flora.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (2 February 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Roscoe C. Bonney
The body of Roscoe C. Bonney was received for burial at the old Louisville home Tuesday afternoon of this week. Mr. Bonney died early Sunday morning, June 7, at Maxwell, New Mexico, from complications which resulted in paralysis of the heart. He had not been well during the past winter, and two or three times during the winter he had been forced for short periods to leave his work in the school room and seek rest and treatment in his home. A short time before his school closed he was seized with a violent attack of grip. which brought on his old bladder trouble, ending, as stated in heart failure. Mr. Bonney was about 47 years old.
He is survived by his wife, India Hayes, and one son, Robert, aged eleven years. Mr. and Mrs. Bonney were married over twelve years ago at the Sumner Hayes farm south of this city. Soon after the marriage the couple moved to New Mexico, where Mr. Bonney has since been engaged in school work.
At the time of his death he was superintendent of the Maxwell schools, and during his residence in teh Southwest he was elected and served one term as county school superintendent of Raton county. Previous to the last general election he was tendered the nomination of state superintendent on the Republican ticket, but he declined the honor owing to the state of his health at that time. Mr. Bonney was a graduate of the Washington, D. C., law school, and previous to his marriage contemplated the law as his profession. He was the only son of the late John R. Bonney by his first marriage.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (11 June 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Anna Churchill Bowman
Funeral Services Will be HeldFriday Afternoon at 2:00 o’clock From the Residence
After a prolonged illness of many months, Mrs. Anna Churchill Bowman passed away at her home on Fifth and Sycamore streets Wednesday morning at 9:15 o’clock, aged 68 years.
With the exception of five years she spent with her daughter in California she has been a resident of Flora for more than forty years and was well known and respected by a host of friends. She was for many years a member of Radiant Chapter No. 105 O. E. S. serving the chapter as secretary for several years. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, ever true to her faith.
Her cheerful, helpful life, and her kindness will long linger as a fragrant memory. Though she has gone, her record has been made and will remain a lasting treasure.
She leaves two children, J. Bowman, of this city, and Mrs. Marguerite Neil, of San Matro, Cal., several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn for her.
Funeral services will be held from the residence Friday afternoon Mar. 24 at 2:00 o’clock. Rev. Frank Miller, pastor of the Presbyterian church will conduct the services. Interment will take place at Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (23 March 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Anna Churchill Bowman
Anna Churchill Ketcham was the daughter of Col. Joseph and Anna Ketcham. She was born Jan 1, 1864 in Alton. She was a member of a family of five children, all having preceded her in death. In 1872 Col. Ketcham moved his family to Flora. Miss Ketcham was united in marriage to Dr. Jerry Bowman at Flora and to this union was born five children, Daisy, Jerry J., Clendenin, Edgar and Mrs. Marguerite Neal of Los Angeles, Calif.
Mrs. Bowman is survived by one son, Jerry J. of Flora; one daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Neal of Los Angeles, Calif., and four grandchildren, Anna Mary, Martha and Marguerite Bowman of this city; Anna Bell Neal of Los Angeles, Calif, and a nephew, G.H. Reed, of Flora, Ill.
Mrs. Bowman was a member of the Shakespear Dept. of the Flora Woman's Club.
[Source: Flora Journal-Record March 30, 1922]

Syntha Ann Rout Bufkin
Syntha Ann, daughter of Dick and Adaline Rout, was born in Spencer county, Indiana, February 2, 1856. departed this life September 25, 1929 at her home near Sailor Springs, Illinois at the age of 73 years, 7 months, and 21 days.
She spent most of her life in Indiana, moving to Illinois in 1911. She was united in marriage to Will Bufkin of Spencer county, Indiana, March 10, 1876. Five children were born unto them, three girls and two boys. All are still living.
She was a faithful wife unto death, living 53 years with his companion whom she preceeds in death. They spent the greater part of their lives together on the farm.
Sister Bufkin was loved by all who knew her for her kind acts and neighborly deeds unto them. She was a devoted companion, a loving mother and a true friend.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her companion, Will Bufkin, two sons, Louie, of Clay City, Illinois, and Ed of Huntingburg, Indiana. Also three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Hawkins, Mrs. Daisy Stillwell, and Mrs. Belvie Skaggs, all of Huntingburg, Indiana, besides many other relatives and friends.
No more death; no more sorrow, and no fears;
No valley of the shadow, no more pain;
No weeping, for God dries away the tears,
And dried by him tears never rise again.
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Jimmie H. Burkett
JIMMIE H. BURKETT, age 58, of 515 Dillon Avenue, Sterling, died Tuesday morning in Community General Hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral services for Mr. Burkett will be on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Frank-Bright Funeral Home in Flora, Ill., with burial in Powers Cemetery in Xenia. The Rev. Jack Hargraves, pastor of Powers Church of Xenia will officiate. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. There will be visitation on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Frank-Bright Funeral Home in Flora, Ill. A memorial has been established in his memory to the American Cancer Fund.
Mr. Burkett was born on March 9, 1927 in Xenia, Ill., the son of Glen and Mildred Richardson Burkett. He was united in marriage to Gladys Richards on March 28, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Sterling. He retired from the 20" mill at Northwestern Steel & Wire Co., Sterling. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys, two daughters, Deborah Burkett of Nelson, Ill., and Kristol Burkett at home, and one son, Steve at home; his mother, Mrs. Mildred Burke tt of Xenia, Ill., one brother, Frank of Xenia, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Francis (Virginia) Valbert of Flora, Ill.; and Mrs. Fred (Pat) Howe of Rock Falls, Ill.; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his father.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 23, 1985 - pg A4 - Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]

Chas. H. Burton
The body of Private Chas. H. Burton 113th Infantry, killed in France, October 22, 1918, was brought to Clay City his boyhood home, Sept. 16, 1921, for burial. Private Burton moved from Illinois to Durham, Oklahoma, with his parents in 1907 and was drafted into the United States army Feb. 22, 1918. He sailed for France June 9, 1918, and was killed in action October 22 of the same year. No word was received of his death until January of the following year when a
cablegram reached his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Burton, stating he was slightly wounded. Later the death report came. On arrival here last Friday the remains were removed to the home of a sister, Mrs. Martha Patterson, of near Noble. The body was identified by the parents. private Burton was twenty-three years of age at the time of his death.
Besides his parents, six sisters and two brothers mourn his departure: Mrs. Hellen Foggleman, Mrs. Mary Conley, Mrs.Cora Allison and Joseph Burton all of Chicago; Mrs. Martha Patterson, of Noble; Esther, Paul and Ruth at home. All were present at the burial services only the three ofrm Oklahoma. The funeral was conducted at Lathrop Chapel, near the Burton’s old home on Monday afternoon, with Rev. Kelly, pastor of the Christian church of Sailor Springs,
officiating. Interment was made in the Smith cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (22 September 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Charles Sherman Byrne
Charles Sherman, son of Charles Hanriford and Editha Adaline Byrne, was born in Cedar County, Missouri. December 18, 1869; departed this life October 4, 1929 at his home in Kincaid, Illniois at the age of 59 years, 9 months, and 16 days.
His father and mother moved to Illinois when he was a small boy settling in Richland County but leter moving to Clay County, where Charles grew tto manhood.
In early manhood he was converted and united with the Conley Chapel M. E. church under the ministry of Rev. Manifold. He later moved his membership to Sailor Springs M. E. Church.
He was united in marriage to Adda Kearney of Sailor Springs, Ilinois, June 3, 1904. Unto this union was born six boys all of whom are still living except Vernon Lester who died at the age of sixteen months.
Mr. and Mrs. Byrne spent most of their married life in Kincaid, where Charles worked as carpenter in the lines. He had many warm friends among his fellow workmen and was liked by all who knew him. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and brother, and a true friend.
Two brothers, Edgar and Arthur, and one sister Mrs. Johnson have preceeded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his departure Adda, his loving companion, five boys, Russell Lowell, Robert Clifton, Raymond Donald, Herman Roscoe, and Walter Eugene all of Kincaid, Illinois; also two brothers, Dr. Elmer Byrne of Kansas City, Missouri and George Byrne of Sailor Springs, Illinois, three sisters, Mrs. Ida Erwin of Louisville, Illinois, Mrs. Temperance Paine and Mrs. Bertha Weaver of Sailor Springs, besides many other relatives and friends.
“He has been called from hurt and strife,
From all the ills which fall to flesh and clay,
He has been raised unto an ampler life.
Nor should we mourn too much who still must stay.”
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter ]



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