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Died Bloomington, IL, Thursday, October 12, 1899, 6:00 p.m., M. J. GARTLAND, 36 years & 13 days. Funeral: Sacred Heart Church, October 15. Visitation: home of John DORRIAN. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

GARWOOD, Mrs. Mary E.

(wife of Col. J. Garwood.) d. Clinton, Ill. Aug. 12, 1871, aged 23 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

GASTON, Calvin Jake


The Funeral Of Calvin Jake Gaston WAYNESVILLE - The Funeral Of Calvin Jake Gaston, 60, of Beardstown, a native of Waynesville, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Michael Peitzmeier will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, with full military rites accorded.Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Gaston died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 4, 1989) at Culbertson Hospital, Rushville. He was born June 17, 1928, in Waynesville, a son of Robert V. Toots and Dolly M. Cisco Gaston. He married Jeanie Lisenbee Nov. 12, 1968, in Waynesville. She survives.Also surviving are his father, Lincoln; six sons, Calvin W., 908 S. East St.; William V., 905 W. Front St.; David L., 1713 W. Illinois St.; and Issac J., 507 W. Grove St., all of Bloomington; Halsey C., Heyworth; and CharlesE., Springfield; two daughter St., Bloomington; four stepsons, Larry W. Surratt, Monmouth; Joe D. Surratt, Astoria; Richard D. Surratt, Beardstown; and George H. Surratt, Monroe, La.; two stepdaughters, Shirley Wittler, Camp Point, and Judy Young, Beardstown; one brother, Mannie, Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Wanda Morris, Freeport, and Lorine Letterle, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; and 17 stepgrandchildren. His mother, two daughters, one sister and one brother preceded him in death. Mr. Gaston was employed as welder for Bectol Mowers, Sibley.He was a member of Church of Christ, Beardstown, and was an Army veteran. [The Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL, January 6, 1989 - submitted by Sara Hemp]


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Friday, February 8, 1884 - Wapella - Mrs E. Gates, one of the old residents of this place, died last Friday evening, and was buried in Sugar Grove cemetery. Her funeral was preached by Rev. Reed and the services were assisted in by Seward Nelson Post, her husband dying in the service of the United States near Knoxville, Tenn. Her funeral was one of the largest ever held in Wapella. All her children were present except two daughters who live in Minnesota. She was highly respected by those who knew her. [Unknown newspaper;Submitted by Peggy McElfish]

GELSTHORPE, Leland L. "Bud"

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WAYNESVILLE - Leland L. "Bud" Gelsthorpe, 66, of Waynesville, a truck mechanic, died at 11:50 a.m. yesterday (July 12, 1991) at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Quiram Funeral Home, Atlanta, the Rev. Ron C. Melzer officiating. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery, rural Waynesville, where military rites will be accorded by the Waynesville American Legion Post 1189. He was born May 26, 1925, in rural Waynesville, a son of Jesse and Martha McAllister Gelsthorp. Surviving are two sons, Steve, Kenney, and David, Clinton; one daughter, Sherrie Brown, Kenney; five sisters, Dorothy Rich, Atlanta; Betty Cisco, Waynesville; Mary Gelsthorpe, Lincoln; Ruth Organ, Waynesville; and Virigina French, Lincoln; and one brother, James, Waynesville. He was preceded in death by one sister. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Gelsthorpe was the recipient of a Bronze Star for service in the European Theater. He was a member of the Waynesville American Legion Post 1189. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Source: The Pantagraph, Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

GRABLE, Joseph

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Died at home in Farmer City on Sunday, October 4, 1896, 3:10 p.m., Joseph GRABLE, in 89th year of his age. Funeral: at home on W. Water Street, October 6. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

GRAHAM, Samuel

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Judge Samuel GRAHAM died recently at Waynesville, De Witt County. He was a prominent citizen, and had resided at Waynesville for more than fifty years. [February 7, 1890, submitted by K. Torp]

GRIFFIN, Brenda Kay (Alverson)

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CLINTON — Brenda Kay Griffin, 72, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 5:40 a.m. on January 5, 2014 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Calvert's, J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Memorials may be made to Cancer Care Specialists, Decatur, Ill. Brenda was born on July 10, 1941 in Moweaqua, Ill. daughter of Cayle Alverson and Bettie Bland. She married Abner J. Griffin on March 9, 1963 in Clinton. He survives. Also surviving is a son Brian (Tisha) Griffin, Clinton; two grandchildren Zachary and Kayley; brother Dan (Georgia) Alverson, Oklahoma City, Okla. and a sister Cindy (Wayne) DeBoard, Mt. Olive, Ill. Her parents preceded her in death. Brenda was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, and a member of the DeWitt County Home Extension.[Source: Clinton Journal]

GRIMES, Ressie (Reinhardt)

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Farmer City – the funeral of Ressie F Grimes, 86, who died Tuesday, will be at 1:30 PM Friday at Stensel's Funeral Home, Farmer City. The Rev. Lyle Leverton will officiate with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight.

She was born April 18, 1892, at Farmer City, a daughter of Charles T and Melissa Michaels Reinhardt. She married Jesse L Grimes December 9, 1913 at Farmer City. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Charles E, Farmer City; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of Weedman United Methodist Church, the church's Women's Society of Christian Service, Home Extension and Women's Christian Temperance Union. (Source: The Pantagraph, 19 April 1979, pg 6)