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Earl Bryan Adams
Earl Bryan Adams, 75, of 517 S. 18th St. died today at 9:15 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Adams was born in Jefferson County on May 16, 1896, the son of Ed and Nancy (Bumpus) Adams. He was married in Belleville on Dec. 23, 1922 to V. Blanche Garrison, who survives.
An Army veteran, he was past District Commander of the Veterans of World War I, a member of the American Legion, a past Master of the Mt. Vernon Lodge 31, A.F & A.M., and a member of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Vernon. He was a retired employee for many years of International Shoe Co.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel, with Dr. Clyde Funkhouser officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Masonic services will be held at Myers Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Military services will be in the charge of the Veterans of World War I.
Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Blanche; a son, Kenneth Earl Adams, Oak Creek, Wis.; a brother, Curtis Adams, Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Mrs. Evalo Canning, St. Louis and Mrs. Bertie McGonigal, Mt. Vernon;; and three grandchildren.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News, 18 Oct 1971
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family @ aol.com
Relationship : husband of the 2nd cousin, 3 times removed



Jane Adams
Jane Adams, 84, of Bonnie died 10:48 p.m. Feb. 20, 2005, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born July 28, 1920, a daughter of Curtis and Effie (Book) Bliss. She married James H. Adams July 2, 1939; he survives. Mrs. Adams is also survived by her children, Curtis L. Adams and wife Leatha of Virginia Beach, Va., Gary L. Adams and wife Chris of Kell, Richard L. Adams and wife Mildred of Mt. Vernon, Wilma Book and husband Lindell of Ina, Eddie W. Adams and wife Lana of Bonnie, Lloyd Adams and wife Sharon of Bonnie, Kenneth D. Adams and wife Anna of Bonnie, Juanita Winder and husband Richard of Carriere, Miss, and Paul D. Adams and wife Ruth Ann of Mt. Vernon; 25 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, 2 stepgrandchildren, a sister and two brothers. Mrs. Adams was a lifelong member of Bonnie Church of God. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Bonnie Church of God, with Jack Gatson officiating. Burial will be in Kirk Cemetery in Ina. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina and after noon Thursday at Bonnie Church of God. For more information, you may contact Johnston Funeral Home in Ina at 437-5335.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date:
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Joseph Vincent Adams
Joseph Vincent Adams, 70, of Mt. Vernon died 3:55 p.m. Nov. 8, 2004, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was first employed with Spector Motor Freight System. He then worked as an insurance agent for Knights of Columbus Insurance and later for Metropolitan Insurance. He retired from Modern Woodmen of America Insurance.
Mr. Adams was born June 16, 1934, in Marion to Raymond and Ann (Lato) Adams. He married Sue Carol (Graves) Adams April 28, 1956, in Cicero; she survives.
Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church. The Rev. Daniel Jurek will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. There will be a Biblical wake service held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Sue Adams of Mt. Vernon; a son, Joseph L. Adams of Nashville, Tenn.; daughters Ralyn Woodrome of Mt. Vernon and Ramona AmRhein and husband Jim of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren Adam Woodrome of Evansville, Ind., Erica Woodrome of Mt. Vernon, Lora Woodrome of Mt. Vernon, Rachel AmRhein of Indianapolis, Ind., Melissa AmRhein of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joshua AmRhein of Indianapolis, Ind.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Loren and Lorena Graves of Mt. Vernon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Ann Rader; and a niece, Janice Rader Olson.
Mr. Adams was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a fourth degree knight with Monsignor James P. Burke Council 2964 Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Elks Club. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to St. Mary School, the St. Mary's Church Building Fund, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date:
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Mrs. Sarah Adams
Dies at age 78 Funeral Friday
Mrs. Sarah Ellen Adams, widow of George Benjamin Adams, died at her home, 1012 S. 12th street at 4:45 pm yesterday. Her age was 78 years and 29 days.
She had been in ill health for six years and was seriously ill for the past two weeks.
Funeral services will be held at the Second Baptist Church Friday at 2 pm conducted by the Rev. Sam McCoy and the Rev. H.T. Starkey and burial will be in the Bethel Memorial Cemetery.
The body will be removed from Hawkins and Pulley Funeral Home at 4:30 pm today to the family home, where it will lie in state. Friends may call at any time up to the funeral hour.
Mrs. Adams was born in Jefferson County, April 20, 1865, the daughter of Marion and Louisa (Page) Bumpus. On December 16, 1880, she was united in marriage with George Benjamin Adams, who preceded her in death April 24, 1942.
Mrs. Adams was a lifetime citizen of Jefferson County. She had resided in Mt. Vernon for the past 21 years, coming here from Dodds township. A lifetime Christian, she had been a member of the Second Baptist church for the past 20 years. Mrs. Adams was a lover of children and of her home.
She is survived by two children, Fern Adams and Will Adams, both of Mt. Vernon; four sisters, Mrs. Laura Estes, Mrs. Della Smith and Mrs. Ollie Milton of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Murtie Hales of Wichita, Kansas; two brothers, H.A. Bumpus and Alonzo Bumpus, both of Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Two daughters, Mrs. Louisa Hails and Mrs. Carline Wilson, three sons and one brother, Alec preceded her in death.

*Note* Sarah Adams died May 19, 1943
Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: May 1943
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Vivian Blanche Garrison Adams
Mrs. Vivian Blanche Adams, 81, of Anderson, Ind., died at 10:00 a.m. Friday, in that city. She was a former Mt. Vernon resident. Grave side services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Clyde Funkhouser officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Myers Funeral Service. A White Shrine Service will be conducted at the grave site. Mrs. Adams was born Feb. 18, 1894, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Wiley and Lydia (Hughes) Garrison. She was married to Earl B. Adams, who preceded her in death in 1971. Survivors include one son, Kenneth Adams of Anderson Ind.; one sister Mrs. Harry Combs of Edwardsville; and three grandchildren. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Eastern Star and White Shrine

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News, 20 Dec 1975
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family @ aol.com
Relationship : 2nd cousin 3 times removed

Clara Alexander
Dies at age 83; Rites Monday
Mrs. Clara Alexander, 83, of 613 South 23rd Street, died at 11:55 pm Friday at the Setzekorn Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm. Monday at the Hughey-Pully Funeral Home. The Rev. J. J. Boggs will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the Hughey-Pully Funeral Home where friends may call from 5:00 to 9:00pm Sunday.
Mrs. Alexander was born Dec. 23, 1887, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Hiram and Alwida (Fults) Hayes. She was married to Clyde Alexander, who preceded her in death in 1942.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Coriell, of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Nellie Wilson, of Jacksonville, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Alexander was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Obit Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson
Date 2-14-1970

Leona M. Allaben
Leona M. Allaben, 37, of Danville died 11:25pm July 13, 1996, at Danville Care Center South in Danville, Illinois. She was a homemaker. She was born January 24, 1959, in Pontiac, a daughter of Wesley F. and Virginia (Haley) Lemay.
Graveside services will be 1 pm Tuesday at Hopewell Cemetery with Rev. Everett Lemay officiating. No public visitation will be held, and those attending the graveside services are asked to go directly to the cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. The Hughey Funeral Home is in charge of the services.
She is survived by a son Jason Allaben of Pekin, Indiana; daughter, Sarah Allaben, Pekin, Indiana; sisters, Glenda Winn of Danville and Linda Dunthorn and husband David of Knoxville, Tennessee, and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Nazarene faith. She was preceded in death by her parents

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: 7-13-1996
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Darrold Roger Allen
Darrold Roger Allen, age 51, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, died Thursday, February 16, 2006, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
He was born September 23, 1954, in Mt. Vernon, Illinois son of Leroy Allen and Marjorie (Turner) Allen. He married Susan Shepard on March 11, 2003 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
Darrold is survived by his Mother and Stepfather; Marjorie Myers and husband David of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; stepmother, Mary Allen of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Wife, Susan Allen of MT. Vernon, Illinois; two sons, David Allen of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Eric Allen of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; two daughters, Abigail Little of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Denice Mohn of Springfield, Illinois; five grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Shanna Huston of Mt. Vernon, Illinois an Stephanie Nguyen and husband Bob of Canoga Park, California; two brothers; Bill Nafziger and wife Lora of Bonnie, Illinois and Roger "Rod" Allen and wife Kathy of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; one sister, Theresa Allen of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
His father preceded him in death. Darrold was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and loved his family and friends. In honor of Darrold's wishes Private Services were held.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/2006
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Don C. Allen
Funeral services for Don Clarence Allen, 81, will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday at the East Side Baptist Church in this city, with the Rev. Ross Partridge and the Rev. Bird Green officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery, northeast of Mt. Vernon.
The body will lie in state at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix where friends my call at any time. At noon, Wednesday, the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour.
Mr. Allen, a former resident of Mt. Vernon, died December 20, at 7:30 pm at his home in Bell Gardens, California

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: 12-20-1961
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

H. R. Allen
Another Old Soldier is called "Uncle Hibe" Allen succumbs Thursday night to pneumonia attack.
Was Well Known Citizen
Served Three Years in Civil War
Born in this County Eighty-Three Years ago Large Family Surviving
H.R. Allen, aged 83 on the 18th of January, died at his home under the new resvoir Thursday night at 10:45 death being due to pneumonia, from which he had been suffering for the past ten years.
Mr. Allen was nearly always referred to as "Uncle Hibe" and was one of the county's oldest and most respected citizens. He was born in this county a few miles from the place where he passed away.
For ten years he had been a sufferer from attacks of asthma and this ailment had caused him much pain and inconvenience.
Mr. Allen was an authority on fruits and he was ever alert in weather conditions and the effects that they would have on the fruit crop, and his predictions as to the proportions of crop very seldom went wrong.
As a citizen and neighbor, Mr. Allen had an individuality about him that was most pleasing. His mind was bright and clear and he was most interesting person to converse with for he never discussed a subject unless he was familiar with it.
Some years ago, "Uncle Hibe" wrote a series of articles for the Register on a number of varieties of berries and their origin, and these articles were widely discussed and were regarded as very able productions.
The Allen family is one of the look-up to families of the county, and the name is one that was ever honored and revered. He was a type of real Christian, and he died in the faith that he would go to a better and brighter home.
For three years Mr. Allen was in the Civil War a member of the 110th Illinois and in his solider life the same consistent and honest service was found that was characteristic of his daily walk of life.
Mr. Allen had been a justice of the peace and Highway commissioner in Mt. Vernon Township and in the duties of these offices constant and careful attention marked his transactions.
Surviving are Mrs. Allen and six children. The children are Don CO. and Carl Allen, Mt. Vernon township, Mrs. Perry Ford, Ellensburg, California, Mrs. Thomas Ford, Kinsley, Kansas, Mrs. John Hole, St. Louis, Missouri, and Mrs. Will Popp, Overland, Missouri
The funeral will be held at Hopewell Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment at Hopewell Cemetery.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: 7 Feb 1917
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Julia Ann Allen
Julia Ann (Bond) Allen of Decatur died June 2, 2005, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis of leukemia.
Mrs. Allen was born Feb. 16, 1946, in St. Louis to Dr. R. Jerry and Beatrice (Rough) Bond. Dr. Bond was a son of Neil and Fannie Bond of the Porter and Bond Drug Store and Beatrice was a daughter of W. Edward and Minnie Rough, also of Mt. Vernon. Beatrice and her daughters moved back to Mt. Vernon from St. Louis after Dr. Bond’s death in 1948. In 1958, they moved to Decatur.
Mrs. Allen graduated from Millikin University and Baylor University School of Medical Technology.
She married Gary Allen in Decatur in 1970. They were blessed with two sons, Douglas and Bradley. Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Gary; sons Douglas Allen and wife Beverly of Charlotte, N.C., and Bradley Allen and wife Jennifer of Decatur; a sister, Mary Jane Bond of Royal Oak, Mich.; and a granddaughter, Raleigh Faith Allen of Decatur

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date:
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Joe Frank Allen
Dies Suddenly By Guy Henry
Joe Frank Allen, dean of Jefferson county's lawyers and a man who became a legend in his own time in his home town, died at 8:00 o'clock this morning at his home, 121 North 13th street. Although he had been in failing health with a heart condition for the past year, his death came as a profound shock to the community. Joe Frank, as he was known by his hundreds of friends throughout Illinois, was 74 years, 11 months and one day of age.
Funeral services for Mr. Allen will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Myers Chapel. Dr. Clyde Funkhouser will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Saturday.
Mr. Allen was born April 5, 1895 in Jefferson county, the son of John F. and Margaret Allen. On June 17, 1925, he was married in St. Louis, to Ruth Patterson, who survives. Mr. Allen was a member of the First Methodist church, a past commander of the local American Legion Post, and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks, Moose, Veterans of World War I, Jefferson County Bar Association and Illinois Bar Association. Joe Frank was a master orator and story-teller. An example of that is well remembered by fellow lawyers. The occasion-on April 28, 1967- was a Jefferson County Bar Association banquet at which he was honored for 47 years of service. Circuit judges joined local lawyers to laud Joe Frank for almost a half century of outstanding service to his profession and the people of his county. At that meeting it was noted that he kept the Bar Association "on an even keel" and that he helped establish firm and long-lasting friendships and harmony among the lawyers of the area. After the Bar Association adopted a citation honoring him, Joe Frank was called on to be the speaker in observance of Law Day USA. He delivered a ringing speech on Americanism that fellow lawyers were talking about for weeks. Mr. Allen was prominent in Republican party circles for many years. Over the years he had become an institution in his home town. He will be missed.
Surviving besides his wife, is a sister, Mrs. Katie Mae Hart of Mt. Vernon.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford


John F. Allen
Dies At Age 94; Rites Thursday
Came from Tennessee at Age 6 After Civil War Split Family.
John F. Allen of Waltonville, one of Jefferson county's best liked citizens, died at 2:00 p.m. yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wesley W. Hart, north of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Allen was 94 years and five months of age.
Mr. Allen, a retired farmer, resided in the Waltonville community for 88 years. The history of Mr. Allen's family is one of the many stories of the sturdy Americans who settled Jefferson county. Mr. Allen was a lad of six years when we came from Tennessee to the Waltonville neighborhood with his family. He was born January 29, 1860 in Meigs county, Tenn., the son of R.J.D.W. and Elzirah (Smith) Allen.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Allen's father and his brother, Pete, discussed their allegiances and fight on the side of the North, his brother for the South. Mr. Allen's father left a family of ten children at home when he went away to war. The brothers father left a family of ten children at home when he went away to war. The brothers fought on opposite sides in the Confederate retreat from Chattanooga after the Battle of Lookout Mountain. Both survived the war and returned to their homes in Tennessee. Not long afterwards, though, when Mr. Allen was a six-year-old boy, the family started the trek to Illinois. The trip took 29 days, with the father driving a team given to him by the U.S. government. The family settled in the Waltonville community and Mr. Allen's father bought a farm, where he raised his family.
On April 3, 1890 Mr. Allen was married, in Jefferson county, to Margaret Kolinsky, who preceded him in death August 9, 1951. Mr. Allen, a member of the Methodist church at Sesser, was one of the founders of the Dryden Methodist church there. He remained a healthy, vigorous man into his 90's. On his 92nd birthday he held "open house" for his friends at Waltonville. At that time he was a rabid Mt. Vernon Ram fan. Unable to attend the games, he listened to each game the local basketball team played and rooted for the home team. In the summerime he followed major league baseball and backed his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. At one time he operated an automobile sales agency in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Allen is survived by one son, Joe Frank Allen of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Katie Mae Hart of Mt. Vernon; one granddaugter; and a sister, Mrs. Susan Smith of Mt. Vernon.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Brayfield Chapel in Sesser and burial will be in Dryden cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel at any time until the funeral hour.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Margaret L. Allen
Mrs. John F. Allen Of Waltonville Dies At Age 84
Mrs. Margaret L. Allen died early today at her home in Waltonville at the age of 84 years. Mrs. Allen, who was effectionately known by her many friends as "Aunt Maggie," had been in ill health since March. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist church in Waltonville and burial will be in Dryden cemetery. The body will remain at the Brayfield Funeral Home in Sesser, where friends may call until the funeral hour. Mrs. Allen was born in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Margaret Kolinsky. She was married 61 years ago to John F. Allen, who survives. Mr. and Mrs. Allen observed their 60th wedding anniversary at their home last year. Mrs. Allen had been a member of the Methodist church since 1893. She is survived by her husband, John F. Allen, a well known retired farmer; one son, Joe Frank Allen, a Mt. Vernon attorney; one daughter, Mrs. Katie Mae Hart of Mt. Vernon; one sister, Mrs Minnie Lemons of near Sesser; one grandchild and two great grandchildren.

The Register-News, Mt Vernon, IL
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Zetta "Hicks" Ames
The subject of this sketch, Mrs. Zetta Hicks Ames was born Oct. 5, 1862.
Departed this life March 11, 1915, aged 52 years, 5 months and 6 days.
She was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hicks and was reared in this neighborhood.
For the past several years, with her husband and daughter; she has resided on a farm near
Tamaroa. She was married Sept. 19, 1894 to Frank Ames of Monroe County, Ill. who with their
daughter Miss Hazel Ames are left to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother.
She also leaves to mourn her departure an aged father and mother, one brother, Elmer Hicks,
of Benton, Ill. and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Horner, of Chester, Ill., and Mrs. Ethel Martin,
of Scheller, Ill., besides a large circle of other relatives and friends.
Of an exceedingly amiable and cheerful disposition, Mrs. Ames possessed the faculity of
making friends of all with whom she came in contract,<sp> and her death is sincerely mourned
by all who knew her. Mrs. Ames had been in poor health for some time, but her passing away came suddenly as she appeared as well as usual the day before she died. Death due to heart failure.
Funeral obsequies were conducted Friday, March 12th at Dryden M.E. Church by Rev. G.A. Phelps, of Omaho<sp>, Ill., and the body laid to rest in Dryden Cemetery.

Dearest one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful graves embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished
Til we see thy heavenly face
Peaceful by thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low,
Thou no more will join our number
Thou no more our songs will know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
And in Heaven, with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell, tears are shed.
Mrs. Hattie Hicks

Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Erna Ansorge
ANSORGE, ERNA (nee Brockmeier), 102, died Thurs., Jan. 13th, 2000, at the Nature Trail Home, Mt. Vernon, IL.
Funeral service at Faith Lutheran Church, Mt. Vernon at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 17, 2000. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the service. Interment Oakwood Cemetry, Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Josepha Lecke will officiate.
Survived by son, Captain Albert Ansorge, USN (retired) and wife, Imogene of Mt. Vernon; son-in-law, Dr. Jack Setzrkorn of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren; preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; husband, Albert C. Ansorge Sr. in 1967 and her daughter, Jeanette Setzekorn in 1997 and one great-granddaughter.
HUGHEY Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, is in charge of the arrangements, where you may call at 618-242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Date: January 15, 2000
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Elinor Maureen Archer
Archer, Elinor Maureen 81, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Survived by husband Robert Archer of Mount Vernon, Illinois; 2 sons; John Thomas Archer and wife Mary K. of St. Louis, Missouri,Robert Richard Archer and wife Cynthia A. of Peoria, Illinois; daughter Debbie Bunting and husband Randy of Carmi, Illinois; 7 grandchildren; Zachary Thomas Archer of Chicago, Illinois,Carolyn Marie Archer of St. Louis, Missouri, Patrick Charles Archer and wife Lindsay of Ames, Iowa,Erin Elizabeth Archer of Chicago, Illinois, Michael Robert Archer of Peoria, Illinois, Emily Ann Bunting of Carmi, Illinois, Courtney Marie Bunting of Carmi, Illinois; sister-in-law Rosemary Mester of Petersburg, Illinois; several nieces and nephews survive; her parents and one brother: Henry Mester preceded her in death. Elinor was a member of the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary in Mount Vernon. Born Thursday, July 31, 1924in Springfield, Illinois to Elmer Henry Mester & Mary (Linges) Mester. She Married Robert Archer on January 26, 1946 in Springfield, Illinois. She Retired from working as a secretary at Mount Vernon Township High School and also worked for several years in the Real Estate business. Services: Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Minister TBAVisitation will be from 12 Noon to 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Interment Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary and will be accepted at the funeral home and the chapel or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Date: August 1, 2006
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Beverly Jane Arment
Beverly Jane Arment, 54, of Woodlawn died 2:40 a.m. Nov. 8, 2003, at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was employed by Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, where she was a pediatric nurse until failing health. Mrs. Arment was born Oct. 12, 1949, in Mt. Vernon to Joseph Ernest "Ernie" and Flora Jane (Creek) Hays. She married Richard Arment July 28, 1967, in Perryville. Mo.; he survives. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Old Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Tom Ozment will officiate. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Arment is survived by her husband, Richard Arment of Woodlawn; a daughter Tammy Light and husband Steve and their son, Zeke, and an expected grandchild of Salem; sons Justin Arment and wife Nikki and their daughter Hannah, of Chesterfield, Mo., and Jon Arment of Woodlawn; brothers Bill Hays and wife Sharon of Benton La., Bob Hays of Hollywood, Fla., and Larry Hays and wife Jeanne of Plant City, Fla.; and sister-in-law Kathy Hays of Kodak, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Ernest "Ernie" Hays; her mother, Flora Jane (Creek) Hays; her daughter, Kimberly Dawn Arment; and her brothers, Jerry Hays and Roy Duane Hays. Mrs. Arment was a participant and actie team member of Relay For Life. She was a very kind and caring woman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life and will be accepted at the funeral home. For more information you may contact Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon at 246-0100.

Submitted By: Ida Reeves
Mt. Vernon Register News

Harry Edward Arnett
Harry Edward Arnett, 81, of Texico, Illinois, died at 9:50 a.m. Oct. 1, 2005, at his home.
He was a farmer who loved to bale hay, grinder at Precision in Mt. Vernon, and laborer through the Union Hall. He loved to go the horse races and watch boxing.
Mr. Arnett was born July 8, 1924 in Jefferson County, Illinois to George Arnett and Trulia "Haley" Arnett. He married Lillie "Beal" Arnett on July 20, 1946; she survives.
Mr. Arnett served in the Army during WWII and received a bronze star for saving an officer. Company K, 106 Infantry Regiment. He was involved in the American Legion and VFW, a member of the Methodist Faith, member of the Mt. Vernon Gun and Sportmen's Club and Appaloosa Breeder's Association and served as a Field Township Precinct Committeeman for 22 years.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix, Ill. The Rev. Bob Southerd will officiate. Visitation will take place from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Ill. Graveside military rites will be accorded by Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Good Samaritan Hospital or the American Cancer Society.
He is survived by, his wife, Lillie Arnett; three sons, Jack Arnett and his wife Donna of Bluford; Jake Arnett and wife Susan of Mt. Vernon; Bobby Arnett and friend Linda Robinson of Mt. Vernon; three daughters, Peggy Arnett of Kirkwood, Mo., Barbara Arnett of Martin, Tenn., Connie Simmons and husband Jerry of Dix, and two adopted daughters Judy VonBurg of Sandoval, and Marsha Morlan of Mt. Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Jean Ann Little of Martin, Tenn., Duane Elliston and wife Teresa of Brookport, Ill., Regina Draper and husband Mike of Geff, Ill., Justin Coffman of Martin, Tenn., Dustin Arnett of Swansea, Ill., Joshua Simmons of Dix, Jared Simmons and wife Michelle of Belleville, Ill., Cory Arnett of Bluford, Jessie Arnett of Mt. Vernon, Jake David Arnett of Mt. Vernon; 9 great grandchildren, Skyler, Hagen and Lilly Katherine Little, Joseph Collins, D.J. Coffman, Klayton and Kloe Draper, Alex and Mia Simmons; brothers-in-law, Mort Beal and wife Wilhelemine of Mt. Vernon, Jim Beal and wife Jean of Mt. Vernon; sisters-in-laws, Peg Arnett of Belvidere, Ill., and Isabelle Champ of Mt. Vernon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister Lucille; brothers, Thel, Junior and Stan; sisters-in-laws Bessie Elliott, Maude Chandler, Edna Arnett; brothers-in-laws, Thel, Buck, George, John, Oscar, Bob and Fred Beal.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Sarah Jane Arnett
Mrs. Geo. Arnett Died Early Today; Be Buried Sunday
Mrs. Sarah Jane Arnett, wife of George E. Arnett of Field township died at the family home this morning at 8:40 o’clock after a lingering illness. Mrs. Arnett was 40 years old.
Mrs. Arnett is survived by her husband and four sons’ as follows: Phil, Sanford, Junior and Harry.
Her parents Mrs. and Mrs. Tom Hayes and three half sisters and two brothers survive. The half sisters are Mrs. Cora Conners, Mrs. Maude Allen, Mt. Vernon; and Mrs. George White, Chicago; and the brothers are Fred and Carrell Hayes, Mt. Vernon.
She was a member of the Hopewell church and a true Christian and had many friends, all of whom held her in the highest respect and esteem. Funeral services will be held Sunday at Hopewell Church at 2 O’clock pm and burial will follow in the cemetery nearby.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 3-19-1993
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Rebecca Arnold
Rebecca "Becky" Arnold, 40, Route 7, Mount Vernon, died 11:30 pm, May 1, 1993 at Good Samaration Regional Health Center. Mrs. Arnold was a data processing techinician for Berland Radiology. She was born Feb. 8, 1953 in Mount Vernon, a daughter of Darrell Robert and Dorothy Lenola (Upton) Rollinson, May 10, 1973 in Mount Vernon she married Jerry L. Arnold. Services will be 11 am, Tuesday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Rev. John Capps of Mount Vernon officiating. Burial will follow at Union Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call after 5pm today at the funeral home. Mrs. Arnold is survived by one son, Justin Lee Arnold at home, one daughter, Sheri Jean Arnold at home and two sisters, Mrs. John (Linda) Capps and Mrs. Richard (Elanie) McLain both of Mount Vernon. Mrs. Arnold attended Field Grade School, Mount Vernon Township High School and Kaskaskia College. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church. She was preceeded in death by her parents and one nephew, Darrell McLain. Memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church or the Hospice Program will be accepted at the funeral home.

Source Mount Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Kiowana Hayes Ferguson
Date May 1993

James Norman Arthur
James Norman "Norm" Arthur, 81, of Mt. Vernon dies 7:15 a.m. Nov. 12, 2005, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.
He was an accountant for W. R. Meadows Inc., in Elgin.
Mr. Arthur was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Elgin to Ray H. and Hannah {Richardson} Arthur. He first married Pam {Ryan} Arthur March 1, 1947; she preceded him in death in November of 1967. He then married Barbara A. {Custer} Arthur, Sept. 21, 1968, in Elgin, she survives.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, The Rev. Don Perschall will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, with military flag presentation service by the chaplain of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mr. Arthur is survived by his wife, Barbara Arthur of Mt. Vernon; a son Jim Arthur of Elgin; a sister, Morma Richert of Elgin; four nieces and five nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife.
Mr. Arthur was a sonar operator in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II, was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Mt. Vernon and loved playing classical piano and making culinary delights.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to Trinity Episcopal Church and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. box 721, Mt. Vernon, Ill. 62864. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further information.

Submitted By: Ida Reeves
Mt. Vernon Register News

Elisha Askew
Askew, Elisha, in his 50th year, d. 12 Sept. at his residence in Jefferson Co., Ill. b. 1803; joined M.E. Church 1819; licensed 1821; received in N.C. Conference ca. 1823; ordained Elder 1827.

Source: Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1, 1 Dec. 1853, p. 191
Submitted by: Kim Torp

John H. Atchison
John H. Atchison, of Walnut Hill, died at 3:20 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralis. He was 77 years, one month and 23 days of age. Mr. Atchison was a farmer. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1: 00 p.m. at the Boyd Christian Church, with the Rev. James Hempstead of Centralia officiating, and burial will be in Boyd cemetery. The body will remain at Myers chapel, where friends may call at any time until the funeral hour. Mr. Atchison was born June 4, 1875 in Jefferson county, the son of John H. and Martha (Parker) Atchison. He was married to Effie Crane, who preceded him in death March 15, 1949. Mr. Atchison is survived by one son, Lloyd of Walnut Hill; three daughters, Mrs. Eva Stover of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Opel Timmons and Mrs. Louella Crabtree of Centralia; a sister, Mrs. Linda Lafferty of Coulterville, Ill., ten grand-children and two great-grandchildren.

Source: Unknown
Date:
Submitted by: Paul Anderson - Transcribed by K. Torp
*NOTE* The obituaries that I have submitted are from a collection that was clipped by my Grandma and pasted into a scrapbook. Some are family and some were friends of my Grandma. Sources and dates were not available to me other than some that have hand written notes on the obit for those I have included the information available.

Osa Ola Atchison
Mrs Osa Ola Atchison, of Belle Rive, died at 9:00 o'clock last night at the age of 78 years, one month and one day.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Chapel with the Rev. Bird Green officiating. Burial will be in Ham's Grove Cemetery, when weather conditions permit. The body will remain at Myers Chapel, where friends may call.
Mrs. Atchison was born December 25, 1870 in Jefferson County, the daughter of Clisba D. Riggs and Margaret [Sanders] Riggs. She was first married to B.F. Melton who preceded her in death in 1929. On January 31,1940 she was married to G.W. Atchison, who survives.
Mrs. Atchison was a member of the Free Will Baptist church.
Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Ralph Melton of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mrs Lee Whisenhunt of Belle Rive and Mrs. Everett Randolph of Opdyke; one brother, Charles Riggs of Belle Rive; and two sisters, Mrs. Effie Bumpus and Mrs. Rosa Melton of Mt. Vernon.
She was preceded in death by five children.

January 26, 1949
newspaper clipping found in old family bible
Submitted by: Margaret Marasco, cajungal3342 @ aol.com
Relationship: great grandaughter

Pauline Kinison Atkinson
Pauline Kinison Atkinson, 80, of Mt. Vernon died 12:35 p.m. April 2, 2005, at Jeffersonian Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Atkinson was born June 13, 1924, in Mt. Vernon to Josiah Paul and Edna Jennie (Henry) Kinison. She married Edward Percy Atkinson Dec. 31, 1942, in Corpus Christi, Texas; he survives.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Epworth United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. Robert Hollis will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
Mrs. Atkinson is survived by her husband, Edward Percy Atkinson of Mt. Vernon; a son, Michael Atkinson and wife Sherry of Fredericksburg, Va.; a daughter, Pamela Chadbourne and husband Scott of Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren, Laura Michelle Schaefer and husband Andrew of Pittsburgh, Pa., Seth Woodland Atkinson and wife Jill of Cave Creek, Ariz., Terra Kathleen Atkinson of Charlotte, N.C., Erin S. Chadbourne of Mt. Vernon and Katherine S. Chadbourne of Mt. Vernon; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane Schaefer of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Mary Lou Becker of Golden, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Raymond Kinison; and a sister, Margaret Potts.
Mrs. Atkinson first worked as a payroll clerk at Mt.Vernon Car Manufacturing Co. and was later employed for 17 years and retired from the comptroller’s position at F. W. Woolworth Co. of Mt. Vernon. She was a lifetime member of Epworth United Methodist Church, where she was baptized as an infant by her grandfather, the Rev. Josiah Paul Kinison, was also pianist and choir director there for over 40 years, was chairperson of the music committee and a member of the Quilting Ladies of the church, a member of the Women’s Society for Christian Service and was financial secretary at the church for over 25 years. She was involved with her children’s school activities and was also a housewife and an avid, talented quilter. Her church and her family were of utmost importance in her life.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for further information.

4/5/2005, Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Ralph Atkins
Dies At Age 66
Ralph Atkins, 66, of Ridgeway, died suddenly last night in that city. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Atkins of Ridgeway; two sons, Wallace Atkins of Omaha, Ill., and Eddie Atkins of Ridgeway; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Cox of Ridgeway and Miss Carol Sue Atkins of Washington, D.C., one sister, Mrs. Raymond Van Horn of Mt. Vernon; and several grandchildren.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Edna M. Austin
Edna M. "Grandma" Austin, 98, of Texico died 6:15 p.m. Aug. 30, 2005, at her home.
She was a former pie baker at Austin’s Restaurants.
Mrs. Austin was born Feb. 27, 1907, in rural Mt. Vernon to Roston and Lily Mae (King) Minor. She married Berthyl Austin Dec. 23, 1923, in Mt. Vernon; he preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1975.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church. John Ashby and Bryan Austin will officiate. Burial will follow in Panther Fork Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Mrs. Austin is survived by sons Bert Austin Jr. and Alice of San Jose, Calif., R.C. Austin and Effie Mae of Dix and Lavern Austin and Betty of Mt. Vernon; daughters Velma Ullery of Texico and Patricia Connaway of Pinckneyville; daughters-in-law Marjorie B. Austin of Granite City and June Austin of Texico; 22 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters Oleta French of Mt. Vernon, Maxine Donoho of Salem, Merlene Smith of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Lily Wilson and Mary Smith, both of Mt. Vernon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons Waymon and Marvie Austin; a son-in-law, Earl Ullery; grandsons Harold Connaway and Bryan E. Austin; a great-grandson, Michael Saupe; sisters Clara Myers, Greta Lowery and Dolly Simmons; and brothers Raymond Minor and Clifford Minor.
Mrs. Austin attended George College and Zion and Harmony grade schools in Jefferson County. She was the oldest living member of Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Panther Fork Church or to the Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be received at the funeral home at any time.
For more information, you may contact Osborn Funeral Home in Dix at 266-7231.

9/13/2005
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Reba Opal Austin
Dies at age 54; Funeral Tuesday
Mrs. Reba Opal Austin, 54 of 1504 Main st. was dead on arrival at 10:06 am at Good Samaratain hospital.
She was a cook for the L&N cafe. Death was apparantly due to a stroke.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday at Myers funeral home. Burial will be in Mt Pleasant cemetary in Wayne county. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel where friends may call after 5:00 pm today.
Mrs Austin was born January 17, 1915 in Wayne county, the daughter of Thomas and Lissie Coil Burgess.
Survivors inlude, one son Owen Austin of Mt Vernon, three daughters, Reba Puckett of Bradley, and Cheryl Austin and Marla Austin at home., her mother Mrs Lizzie Rector; two sisters Mrs Leta Towns of Mt Vernon and Mrs Myrtle Henson of Xenia; two brothers, Arvel Burgess of Mt Vernon and Harlin Burgess of Salem, and eight grandchildren.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: January 20, 1969
Submitted by Janice Staples

George W. Axley
Died Last Thursday
Seventy Year Old Resident Of Viola Passed Away at His Home
Mr. George W. Axley was born in Richview, Washington County Ill., on Agust 28, 1862, and died at his home in Viola, Minn, March 2, 1933, at the age on 70 years, 6 months and 5 days.
He was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Smith of Chester [Casner] township Jefferson County, Ill. To this union eight children were born, five of whom preceded their father in death. Those suriving are Grover C. Axley, Viola, MN., Fred W. Axley, Chicago Ill., Mrs. Earl Ferguson, Rochester Minn., besides a half brother and sister, John W. Reynolds of Dayton Ill., and Elsie M. Carroll of Chicago Ill.
At the age of 14 years, Mr. Axley confessed his faith in Christ as his personal Savior, was baptized and took fellowship with the M.E. church. Later in life he transferred his membership to the Church of Christ, of which he remained a faithful member until his death.
During the past few months Mr. Axley had apparently been in the best health, and his sudden death came as a severe shock. He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his widow, three children, nine grandchildren, a half brother and sister, and a host of other relatives, and friends.
The funeral was held from the United Brethren church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. Harvey Smith assisted by M.W. Griswold, officiating. Interment was made in the Viola cemetery.
[George's death certificate lists his parents as A.C. Axley and Sarah C. Tate]

Source: Elgin Monitor MN- Minnesota Historical Society, Mar 6 1933
Submitted By: Anna M Severson, annasev @ usfamily.net, great-great granddaughter




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