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Roe Olin Gaddis
Roe Olin Gaddis, Of Woodlawn, Dies At Age 43 Roe Olin Gaddis, 43, of Woodlawn, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Fry Funeral Home, in Waltonville with the Rev. Merrett Strickland officiating. Burial will be in Minson cemetery near Ashley. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville, where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today. Mr. Gaddis was born January 3, 1925, in Ashley, the son of Fred and Vesta (Lemmon) Gaddis. Survivors include two uncles, Harry L. Gaddis and Homer Clyde Gaddis, both of Tulsa, Okla.; three aunts, Mrs. Joy Johnson and Mrs. Glada Johnson, both of Waltonville and Mrs. Velda Boswell of Opdyke, and several cousins. He was a veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9153 of Waltonville, Amvets Post No. 4 of Mt. Vernon and America Legion Post of Nashville

Submitted By: Cindy Ford



Robert Thomas Gaines
Robert Thomas "Bobby" Gaines, 48, of Bluford died 12:31 a.m. Sept. 8, 2004, in Webber Township as a result of a motorcycle accident. Mr. Gaines was born Feb. 21, 1956, in Paducah, Ky., a son of Alben Barkley Gaines and Billie J. Redfern. Mr. Gaines is survived by his mother, Billie J. Gregory and husband Charles W. of Paducah, Ky..; a son, Brannon Lee Gaines of Marion, Ky.; a daughter, Alice Jane Gaines of Mt. Vernon; and Vicky Gaines, the mother of his daughter, Alice. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Lela Mae Redfern of Paducah, Ky.; a sister, Cheri Crawford; and a brother, Alben Barkley "Tutor" Gaines Jr. He was preceded in death by his father, Alben Barkley Gaines; a daughter, Stephanie Gaines; a brother, Vince Gaines; his maternal grandfather, Robert H. Redfern; and his paternal grandparents, Guy and Lula Gaines. Mr. Gaines attended church at First Baptist Church in Bluford and he was a member of the Mt. Vernon Gun and Sportsman’s Club in Mt. Vernon. He was also an avid dart and pool player and was involved in leagues in both of those sports. He was employed by Purcell Tire in Mt. Vernon, where he worked as a mechanic. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. The Rev. John Blaylock will officiate. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Interment will follow services at Black Oak Ridge Cemetery in rural Jefferson County. Memorials may be made to the Robert Gains Memorial Fund and will be used for his daughter’s education. Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon is in charge of arrangements. You may call 246-0100 for further information.

9-12-2005
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson


Estelee C. Gaither
Estelee C. Gaither, 92, of Bonnie, died at 3:18 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at the Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor.She was born in Jefferson County on Feb. 9, 1916, the daughter of Don and Retha (Kirk) Carroll. She worked for many years at the garment factory in Mt. Vernon.She married Oral Gaither, and they lived in Franklin County in the Benton and Akin area for several years. Mr. Gaither died on March 26, 1987. Mrs. Gaither was a member of the Bonnie Church of God.Mrs. Gaither is survived by one brother, J. Dwight Carroll of Anderson, Ind., and by several nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; by one brother, Duane Carroll; and by one sister, Virdine Moger.Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Kirk Cemetery in Ina with Rev. Eddie Hale officiating. There will be no visitation. Those attending the service are requested to meet at the cemetery.The Johnston Funeral Home in Ina is in charge of arrangements.

Source: The Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: February 13, 2008
Submitted by Stacey Jones

Drucilla M. Pace Garrison
Mrs. Druscilla Pace Garrison died at 9:45 o'clock this morning at her home on RFD 4A. Dodds Township. Her age was 63 years, two months and 18 days. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Myers Chapel, conducted by the Rev. R. B. Guthrie and burial will follow in Bethel Memorial Cemetery. The body will remain at the Chapel where friends may call at any time up until the funeral hour. Mrs. Garrison was born August 21, 1880 in Jefferson County, the daughter of Fames D. and Mary Ann (Casey) Pace. On August 13,1898 she was united in marriage with Cyrus I Garrison who survives. With the exception of 18 years in which she lived in St. Louis Mrs. Garrison spend her lifetime as a resident of Jefferson County. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Church. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Sgt. James W. Garrison of Jefferson Barracks, Mo and William Garrison of St. Louis, Mo; four daughters, Mrs. R. A. Coon of Antioch, Ca, Mrs. Edith Crews, Mrs. Robert Lakes and Mrs. Edwin George, all of St. Louis, Mo; one brother Homer Pace of Mt. Vernon; four sister Mrs. Guy Benjamin of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Dora Stonemetz of Opdyke, Mrs. Pearl Stivers of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Mary Piper of St. Louis, Mo; and seven grandchildren.

09 Nov 1943
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family@aol.com
Relationship : wife of the 2nd cousin 3 times removed

James Wiley Garrison
The Death of Mr. Wiley Garrison, an old and well known citizen and farmer of the county, occurred at his city residence, corner 6th and Harrison, at 4:30 o'clock this morning. Mr. Garrison had been a sufferer from stomach trouble for a number of years. He was married to Miss Nancy Vaugh in March 1868, she dying a year later. On September 5, 1875, he was married to Miss Lydia Hughes of Franklin County, who survives him. He leaves on sister, Mrs. Ed Jones of Opdyke and eight children. Mrs. Lou Stonemetz of Lynchburg, Ill., Mrs. Ben Roeder, Joe C, Ruis and Clarence, Misses Jenie and Blanche of the city and county. Mr. Garrison was born in 1839 in Saline County, near Eldorado. He was seventy-three years old June 21 last. He came to this county when seven years old and lived in Dodds township until about 4 years ago, when he moved to this city. Mr. Garrison was a civil war veteran having served four years with the "Tenth Illinois and was with Sherman in his celebrated march to the sea. He was converted to Christianity while in the army but never united with any denomination though a Baptist in belief. The funeral will take place Thursday at 1 o'clock from the residence; interment at West Salem

29 Oct 1912
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family@aol.com
Relationship : husband of the 1st cousin 4 times removed

Lydia Hughes Garrison
Rites Friday for Respected Citizen Who Came To Illinois in Covered Wagon.
Mrs. Lydia H. Garrison, widow of James Wiley Garrison, died at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earl Adams, 517 S. Eighteenth Street. Her age was 91 years, four months and 15 days. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. M. A. Guthrie, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Myers Chapel and burial will follow in West Salem Cemetery . The Body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where her many friends may call. Mrs. Garrison, one of the oldest and best loved women of Jefferson County, was born August 8, 1850 in Athens County, Ohio, the daughter of Cyrus Hughes and Louisa Dye Hughes. When she was a young girl she came to Illinois in a covered wagon with her parents. The family settled about four miles west of Ewing in Franklin County. On September 4, 1875 she was united in marriage with James Wiley Garrison and they moved to Dodds township, where they resided until the family moved to Mt. Vernon in September, 1909. Mr. Garrison died on October 29, 1912. Mrs. Garrison, a member of the First Methodist Church, led an exemplary life and numbered her friends by her acquaintances. She was the mother of 10 children, two of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are four sons, Cyrus, Joe and Ruis of Mt. Vernon and Clarence of Evansville, IN; four daughters; Mrs. Claus Stonemtz of Opdyke, Mrs. Ben Roeder and Mrs. Earl Adams of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Harry Combs of Alton; two sister, Mrs. Joanna Clark of Champaign and Mrs. Julia Irving of Mt. Vernon; 15 grandchildren and eight great - grandchildren.

24 Dec 1941
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Patti Breaux * Srch4Family@aol.com
Relationship : 1st cousin 4 times removed


Alpha Marie Gentles
Alpha Marie Gentles, 70, of Route 2, Mt.Vernon, died 5:15 a.m. July 29, 1994 at her home. She was born March 18, 1924, in Mt. Vernon, a daughter of Ralph and Margaret Julia [Barva] Melton. she married Albert "Red" Gentles on Feb. 11, 1944, in Morganfield, KY.; he survives. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Melvin Vandeloo officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home. Rosary services will be 7p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In addition to her husband, survivors include four sons, Ralph gentles of Mt. Vernon; David Gentles of Mt. Vernon; Charles Gentles of Fairfield and Todd Gentles and wife Lisa of Dix.; two daughters, Mary Spiller and husband Rick of Mt.Vernon and Ann Warren of Port Orange, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; her mother, Margaret Julia Melton of Mt.Vernon and a brother, Lawrence B. "Bennie" Melton and wife Hazel of Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Gentles was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She was an avid golfer. She was preceded in death by her father and one sister, Bernadine Davis.

Mt. Vernon Register News Saturday, July 30, 1994
Submitted by: Margaret Ann Marasco, niece of Mrs. Gentles

Samuel Gibson
Samuel Gibson was born near Zanesville, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1827. In Ohio he learned the trade of a blacksmith. He came to Mt. Vernon in 1849*. Twice he moved to the country and lived on his farm. Mr. Gibson joined the army in 1862 as First Lieutenant in the 110th Illinois Volunteers, company G. The following year he resigned on account of sickness. He married Miss Angeline Newby Nov. 30, 1852. To this union were born ten children, four of whom are deceased. Augustus Gibson, Mrs. Ida Palmer, John E., and Adella Gibson. The six living children are Dr. Oscar N. Gibson, Eldorado, Ill; Wm. E. Gibson, Bozeman, Mont.; Mrs. R. L. Mernagh, St. Louis, Mo.; Thos. O. Gibson, S.A. Gibson and Walter Gibson of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Gibson was one of the oldest citizens of Mt. Vernon. He has seen the town grow from a small country village to a city of 10,000 people. There were no railroads coming into the city. He came from Ohio down the Ohio river, landed at Shawneetown, and from there he came by stage. For twelve years he was justice of the peace. He was a member of I.O.O.F., Marion lodge. Mr. Gibson was a faithful and consistent member of the Presbyterian church. He had been an elder in the church for about sixty years. At the time of his death he was elder emeritus. He was honored with this position on account of his long and efficient service. He was thoroughly devoted to his church and was one of the leading men who made it possible for the Presbyterians to have the splendid building they now have. The local church owes much to the untiring efforts of Mr. Gibson. He was also popular with his brethren in the Presbytery, being honored by them more than once as a delegate to the general assembly, the highest church court. He was a commissioner to the assembly which met in Buffalo, N.Y., and to the Cumberland Presbyterian assembly, which met in Fresno, Cal. For the last few years due to failing health he could not attend the services of the church but expressed what a loss it was to him to be deprived of the privileges of the sanctuary. Mr. Gibson was bereaved of his wife Dec. 7, 1895. Since that time though many trying spells of sickness he has been tenderly and faithfully cared for by his children, who have done all they could to add to his comfort and pleasure in his old age. He was an upright citizen, a true friend and an earnest Christian. He departed this life Thursday night October 22, at 10:35 o’clock. Had he lived until the next day he would have been eighty-seven years of age. The funeral service will be held in the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. W. V. McAdoo. The Odd Fellows will attend in a body and assist in the service. The body will lie in state tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The casket will not be opened at the church.

* 1850 Census shows James & Mary in Union Township, Monroe County, Ohio

Source: Mt. Vernon Daily Register
Date: Sat, October 24, 1914
Submitted by: Lorene Palmer
Relationship: GGGGrand Daughter

Agnes (Rector) Gilbert
Agnes (Rector) Gilbert, 73, of Waltonville died 11:10 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 31, 2006, at her Home in Waltonville. Mrs. Gilbert was born October 16, 1932 Keenes, IL to George Rector and Freda (Keen) Rector. She married Sidney Dale Gilbert on September 18, 1953 in Mt. Vernon, IL. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1999. Friends may call from 11 am to 1 pm Friday at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville with graveside funeral services immediately following at Knob Prairie Cemetery with Rev. Merle Fullerton officiating. Mrs. Gilbert is survived by a son, Dwain Gilbert and wife Carolynn of Waltonville, IL; one daughter, Connie and husband Kevin Simpson of Wickliffe, KY; one brother, Harold Lee Rector of Keenes, IL; one sister, Jean Wilson of Mt. Vernon, IL and a dear friend , Rose Mullins of Mt. Vernon, IL. two grandsons; Charles Daniel Wells of Florida and Kasey Dale Gilbert of Waltonville, IL. one granddaughter Misty & husband Jesse Harlan of Jacksonville, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Knob Prairie Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Newell Funeral Home, 505 East Main Street Waltonville, IL 62894.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 1/2006
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Alva Sylvester Gilbert
Alva Sylvester Gilbert was the only son of Charles Bluford and Amanda Wells Gilbert, one of the early families of Jefferson county. He was born September 17th, 1886, in Blissville Township, Jefferson county, Illinois, and passed peacefully into the "Great Beyond" at 11:50 a.m., September 11th. 1957, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Mount Vernon, Illinois, after an extended illness. He was 70 years, 11 months, and 25 days old. On October 9th, 1904, he was united in marriage with Inez Fairchild, Daughter of Eli and Jeannette Dixon Fairchild. To this union was born three daughters, Mildred, deceased, Neva, the wife of Lt. Colonel Julius Baker, Mount Holly, New Jersey, and Anita, the wife of Mr. Maxey Holloway, Waltonville, Illinois. Besides his wife and two daughters, Mr. Gilbert is survived by a nephew, Gilbert Stoddard, Decatur, Illinois, and a niece, Mrs. Sema McKittrick, Waltonville, Illinois. his parents, an only sister, Mrs. Opal Stoddard, and infant daughter Mildred preceded him in death. Mr. Gilbert was a highly respected and successful farmer having lived his entire life on the farm near Waltonville. He was a member of the Jefferson county Farm Bureau, had formerly served as a director of Knob Prairie Cemetery Association, and was for many years director and treasurer of the Tri County Telephone Company. In addition to farming and many other activities Alva always had time to devote to the well being and comfort of friends and neighbors in time of stress and need. An active participant in community affairs, he was a member of the Waltonville Methodist church and was always interested in its progress. He gave unstintingly of his time and wordly goods to projects designed to improve the standing of the church in the community, including the building of the Methodist Church parsonage. After his family, to which he was intensely devoted, his great interest centered in his membership and activities in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah lodges. He was a member of Waltonville Lodge No. 945, I. O. O. F., for 36 years, and also held membership in Rebekah Lodge No. 173. Waltonville, Encampment No. 14 at Benton, and Canton Illini No. 5, at Herrin. He had been honored with many offices in the lodges, the most recent being past grand chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Illinois I. O. O. F. He was widely known and loved by members throughout the state. The acquaintances and friendships made through these associations over the years were of great comfort to him during his illness as were those of his host of other friends and neighbors. Alva will be greatly missed by them and his family.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Amanda Gilbert
Aged Women Is Found Dead In Well Early Today
Coroner's Jury Finds that Mrs. Amanda Gilbert Jumped into Unused Well.
Grief Over Death of Loved Ones Believed the Cause.
Grief over the death of her husband in October and of her daughter in January of this year, is believed to have been the cause of the suicide of Mrs. Amanda Gilbert, widow of Charles B. Gilbert, who was found dead in an unused well at the home two and a half miles north of Waltonville, at an early hour this morning. Mrs. Irene Morgan, who lived with Mrs. Gilbert, awoke and noted her absence from the home about 5:45 o'clock this morning, and notified her son, Alvin S. Gilbert, who, with Marion Newell instituted search, finding the body floating on the top of the water in an unused well a short time later. Coroner J. D. Dodds was notified and he and Bob Carroll left immediately for the Gilbert home where an inquest was held, the jury returning a verdict that Mrs. Gilbert committed suicide by drowning. The testimony of Mrs. Morgan and Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Newell was taken, after which the verdict was returned. Mrs. Gilbert was bereft of her husband October 4, and a daughter Mrs. Geo. W. Stoddard in January of this year, and grief over, their loss is believed to been the cause of her desire to end her existence. It is stated that on November 9, she sent word to her son that she intended to commit suicide, but it seems she made no attempt to do so at that time. Mrs. Gilbert was 70 years old. Her husband was one of Jefferson county's best known and most prominent citizens. She is survived by her son, Alvin S. Gilbert and four grandchildren. Mrs. Gilbert was highly respected and had many friends in the southwest part of Jefferson county and wherever known. She was a member of the Waltonville M. E. church. Funeral services will be held in the Waltonville M. E. church Friday at 10 o'clock a.m.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News Dec. 7, 1932
Submitted By: Cindy Ford

Bertha Gilbert
Bertha Gilbert Of Waltonville Dies At Home
Mrs. Bertha Gilbert, 77, died at 12:30 p.m. Friday at her home on RFD 2, Waltonville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Antioch Baptist church, of which she was a member, with the Rev. Clarence W. Coats officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. today. At noon Sunday the body will lie in state until the funeral hour. Mrs. Gilbert was born Oct. 3, 1883 in Jefferson county, the daughter of James and Sara (Duffer) Shurtz. On Nov. 1, 1904, she was married to Rolla R. Gilbert, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Kenneth Shurtz of Waltonville and Jimmie Shurtz of Ch?. two daughters, Mrs. Parthena Peirce of Bluford and Mrs. Wilma Mae Phillips of Sterling, Ill.; two brothers, Rufus Shurtz of Mt. Vernon and William Shurtz of Waltonville; a sister, Mrs. Grace Hodge of Mt. Vernon; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, a daughter, three brothers and four sisters.

Submitted By: Doris Earls Lortie (daughter of Parthena Gilbert Earls Pierce)
**NOTE** Obituary should read that her survivors were 2 sons Kenneth Sidney Gilbert and James (Jimmie) Shurtz Gilbert, and 2 daughters Parthena Pierce and Wilma Mae Phillips.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Inez Gilbert
Mrs. Inez Gilbert Dies; Funeral At Waltonville
Mrs. Inez Gilbert, 81, of Waltonville died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday in Good Samaritan Hospital. For 38 years, she served as treasurer of the Waltonville school district. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Waltonville Methodist church, of which she had been a member since 1923, with the Reverend Bobby Logan officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Friday. At noon, Saturday, the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mrs. Gilbert was born Dec. 2, 1885, in Jefferson county, the daughter of Eli and Jeanette (Dixon) Fairchild. On Oct. 9, 1904, she was married to Alva Gilbert, who preceded her in death in 1957. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maxey Holloway of Waltonville, and Mrs. Julius Baker of Rantoul; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Quinn of Tamaroa. Mrs. Gilbert was president of the Waltonville Woman's Society of Christian Service for ten years. She was a past president of the Rebekah Lodge, a charter member of the Jefferson County Home Bureau, a member of the Royal Neighbors of America Lodge, the Encampment Auxiliary of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and the Canton Auxiliary, I.O.O.F.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

James Franklin Gilbert
James Franklin Gilbert was born in Washington County, Ohio August 23, 1833. With his parents, Stephen and Sarah Gilbert, he came to Jefferson County, Ill. at the age of seven years where he has since resided. He was united in marriage with Patience A. Place January 26, 1854. To this union three children were born: Sarah E., Charles and Martha A., only one of whom survives, two having preceded their father to the better land. Besides his sorrowing wife and daughter, Mrs. S. E. Whittaker, he leaves to mourn his demise seven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
He was the last surviving member of a family of seven children. Of his four brothers, three were soldiers and died while in the service of their country, Eli, at Chicago, Ill., Sidney, at Raleigh, Mo., and Rufus at Rienzi, Miss. All were members of the 44th Illinois Infantry. His youngest brother, Raynor, died May 20th, 1901. Of his two sisters, Rhoda died in infancy and the other, Mrs. Sarah Newell, died June 26, 1888.
In religious belief the deceased was a life long adherent to the Universalist faith. He was a man of sterling integrity and character, and was held in universal respect and esteem by all who knew him. He will be missed, not only by his immediate family, but by his neighbors and friends. The influence of a life like his will long live among us.
He had been in failing health for several years, and his spirit left the old, afflicted body Nov. 6, 1911, and wended its flight to the great Beyond. His age was 78 years, 2 months and 13 days.
Funeral service Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Universalist Church at Waltonville, conducted by Rev. J. B. Fosher.

Submitted by: Doris Earls Lortie

Lena (Mabus) Gilbert
Mrs. Lena Gilbert, 84, of 705 Herbert street, died at 4:00 am today at Good Samaritan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday at Myers Chapel, with the Rev. Ace Summers officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers Chapel, where friends may call after 4:00 pm Friday. Mrs. Gilbert was born November 13, 1879, in Perry County, Illinois, the daughter of Michael and Eva (Zachary) Mabus. She was married to William L. Gilbert, who preceded her in death in 1935. Survivors include three sons, Lawrence W. Gilbert of Panama City, Flal, Ira V. Gilbert of Council Bluffs, Iowa and William A Gilbert of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Ed Mabus of Sesser; one sister, Mrs. Eva Sulcer of Sesser; ten grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mt. Vernon Register News, 3/12/1964
Submitted by: Ron Gilbert * ron_gilbert64@hotmail.com
Relationship: paternal great-grandson

Robert Eugene Gilbert
Robert E. "Rocky" Gilbert, 34, of Mt. Vernon, died at 8:17 pm Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was the manager of the Pioneers Quartet, and secretary-treasurer of the Muscular Dystrophy foundation in Mt. Vernon. He was employed as a teller at the Bank of Illinois in Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday at Myers Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Myers Chapel after 6pm Wednesday. He was born in Mt. Vernon on July 7, 1940, the son of William A. and Alice L. (Cluck) Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert was a member of the Church of Bethesda. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Gilbert, of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Bill, of Mt. Vernon; and three sisters, Mrs. Nadine Jenkins and Mrx. Catheline Gibbs, both of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Dueene Shields, of Loves Park.

July 1974
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ron Gilbert * ron_gilbert64@hotmail.com
Relationship: Nephew

Rolla Rufus Gilbert
Rolla Rufus Gilbert, a retired Waltonville farmer, died at 4:10 p.m. Thursday at his home, at the age of 85 years. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Baptist church with the Rev. Gus Smith officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville where friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Saturday. The body will be taken to the church at noon Sunday to lie in state until the funeral hour. Mr. Gilbert was born in Jefferson county on May 25, 1882, the son of Charlie Rufus and Loretta Parthena (Wells) Gilbert. On Nov. 1, 1904, he married Bertha Shurtz who preceded him in death in 1961. Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Gilbert of Waltonville, and James Gilbert of Chester; two daughters, Mrs. Parker Pierce of Bluford, and Mrs. Russel Phillips of Sterling; 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, son, and a daughter. He was a member of Antioch Baptist church and Modern Woodman of America. Mt. Vernon Register News Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Rolla Rufus Gilbert
Rolla Rufus Gilbert, a retired farmer, son of Charles Rufus and Loretta Parthena (Wells) Gilbert, was born May 25, 1882, in Elk Prairie Township and departed this life May 23, 1968, at his home in Waltonville at the age of 85 years, 11 months, 28 days. On November 1, 1904, he was united in marriage to Bertha Shurtz. To this union six children were born, namely; Kenneth of Waltonville, Parthena Pierce of Bluford, Jimmie of Chester, Illinois, and Wilma Phillips of Sterling, Illinois. Two children, Alberta and Ralph, died in infancy. His companion, Bertha, departed this life April 7, 1961. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother Roy Gilbert, step-brother Rufus Green, step-sister Grace Newell. He leaves to mourn his passing 4 children, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Rolla professed faith in Christ at an early age and was a member o the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of Modern Woodman of America.
Funeral service - by Rev. Gus Smith
Songs by: Glenda (Wells) Johnson and her sister Carol
Sue Garner assisted on piano: Gertie Noreen Rutherford

Submitted by: Doris Earls Lortie

Roy H. Gilbert
Dies At Hospital
Robert H. Gilbert of 1304 south 18th street, died at 12:50 a.m. today at Good Samaritan hospital, at the age of 73 years, seven months and nine days. Mr. Gilbert moved from near Spring Garden to Mt. Vernon about four months ago. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in Myers Chapel at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Riley Burton and burial will take place at Knob Prairie cemetery. A retired farmer, Mr. Gilbert was born December 7, 1871 in Waltonville, the son of S.B. and Mary A. (Rightnowar) Gilbert. He was united in marriage to Mary C. Lennington, April 1, 1894 who survives. Six sons, Harvey, Harrisonburg, Va.; Bryan D., Sesser; Harry, Opdyke; Neal, Mt. Vernon; Leonard, Bonnie; Eugene, Ina; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Hart, Waltonville; Mrs. Beulah Pitchford, Nason; Miss Alice, at home, a brother, Hiram of Pharr, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Ida Black, Waltonville; 20 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also survive. Three children preceded him in death. The body will remain at Myers Chapel.

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

Walter Gilbert
Died Early Today; Funeral Sunday
Was for Many Years Prominent as Farmer, Stockman and Business Man.
In Impaired Health Long Time.
Walter Jacob Gilbert died this morning at 5 o'clock at his home near Mt. Vernon. Mr. Gilbert was born near Waltonville Nov. 14, 1860, and was the oldest child of the late Alvin and Anna Watkins Gilbert, in their day highly respected residents of Jeff-erson county. Mr. Gilbert was united in marriage with Miss Linnie Dodds Nov. 23, 1881. Mr. Gilbert is survived by his widow and one son, Paul Gilbert, Mt. Vernon and three sisters, Mrs. Linnie Philp of Waltonville, Mrs. Maggie Norris, Fresno, Calif., and Mrs. Maude Williams, Mt. Vernon and three grandchildren. Two brothers, Orley W. Gilbert and Thomas E. Gilbert, preceded him in death years ago. Funeral services will be held in the M. E. church at Waltonville, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial willl follow in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at Myers chapel, 122 north Tenth street, until 1 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Gilbert had been in impaired health for some years, but in his active life was one of the leading business men of Jefferson county, engaging extensively in farming and stock and baking operations. He was prominent in the National bank of Waltonville during its existence, and was recognized as a man of excellent judgment. He was one of the best known men of the county in the days of his active life as well as one of the most popular and highly respected. He retained the friends of his youth and early life until the end, ? others in the course of time. Honest and upright in all his dealings, he was the soul of honor as a business man and as a citizen, and will be remembered with kindly feelings and affection by all who knew him.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


William Adolph Gilbert
William A. "Toots" Gilbert, 94, Mt. Vernon, died 11:30 pm Thursday, August 18, 2005, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born Nov. 20, 1910, in Mt. Vernon, a son of William Lawrence and Lena (Mabus) Gilbert. He married Alice Lucille Cluck on Nov. 1, 1930, in Mt. Vernon; she preceeded him in death on Aug. 1, 1998. Mr. Gilbert was employed as a plumber for 42 years at E.F. Wielt & Co. of Mt. Vernon. The funeral will be held 3:30 pm Sunday at Calvary United Pentecostal Church in Mt. Vernon. The rev. Steven Edwards will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm today at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Mr. Gilbert is survived by three daughters, Alice Nadine Jenkins of Mt. Vernon, Madlyn Dueene Shields and husband Ivan of Rockford and Patricia Catheline Gibbs and husband Gary of Opdyke; a son, William Paul Gilbert and wife Joyce of Effingham; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a foster son, Frank Duncan of Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Mr. Gilbert was preceeded in death by his parents; a son, Robert E. "Rocky" Gilbert; two grandchildren; one great-grand-daughter; and four brothers, Lawrence, Walter, Ira and Earl Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert was a member of Calvary United Pentecostal Church in Mt. Vernon and the Plumber & Pipefitters Union Local 551 of West Frankfort. For those who wish, memorials may be made to Calvary United Pentecostal 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.

8/20/2005
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ron Gilbert * ron_gilbert64@hotmail.com
Relationship: maternal grandson

Fern Norris Gilliland
The hand of sorrow has again been laid upon us. That unwelcome guest, death has come and laid claim to one of our dear loved ones and the sweet, gentle spitit of Fern Norris Gilliland passed to the Great Beyond, freed from her long illness and suffering. She went to her loved ones who had gone on before and to await the coming of her loved ones. Fern Norris, daughter of the late Judge {?} D. and Druzie Gilbert Norris, was born in Jefferson County Ill., Sept. 21, 1890. and was 45 years and 13 days of age at the time of her demise. Her father passed away 14 years ago and she leaves an aged mother who has been separated from her during her married life.
She was united in marriage to Charles {?} Gilliland of Attalla, Ala., March 16, 1918, at Pinckneyville, Ill. To this union one daughter was born. Freida Louise, who is left to mourn the loss of her good mother and to console, sustain and cheer her father who is passing through a trouble sorrow that of being benefit of a dear, wife and a loving father who died the day before. She leaves two brothers, Dr. Claud Norris of Eureka, California, and D. Clarence Norris, of Arthur, Ill. One brother Waymon Norris, and an infant sister preceded her in death several years ago. Three nephews and one niece are left to mourn her dparture. Early in life she trusted implicity in Jesus and became a faithful member of the Universalist church. Fern was a talented musician and was the church and Sunday school pianist since she was nine years old. She was invariably called on to supervise the music at most all occassions in the town. which she gladly and willingly offered her services. she was always expected to play and sing at the funerals at her church and she also taught a class in Sunday school for several years. Without wavering and with loyalty and zeal she was a valiant soldier of the cross. Everything that loving hands and medical skill could do was done but all to no avail. Her sufferings were intense but no murmur or complaint came from her. she said "If it's the good Lord's will I be ready." The Lord was her Shepherd he led her safely through the dark valley of sickness and suffering and as the sun of life was sinking in the west we believe she heard the Master's call. "It is {?}, come home." and with a song of victory her spirit winged its flight through {?} gates ajar into that haven of rest. {?} was thus with Mr. Gilliland who passes across the invisible boundary Friday morning, Oct. 4, 1935, at Mt. Vernon hospital where she had been for several days there is much grief today in the hearts of her loved ones who called her friend and there sorrows must be soothed by the thoughts of what she has done and the certainty of her reward. Her death comes {?} only as a shock to her own household and to her many friends who knew and {?} her best. It has been remarked that Fern and her mother were more like sisters than mother and daughter. as they {?} each much concerned in the others welfare.
We bow to a great sorrow and bring {?} choicest of affection that our words can express. With great faith in God we simplysay "Farewell Fern until we come to the morning of mornings of that {?} Sabbath day of rest." Tis strange that the curtain descended to soon on her work yet undone: Tis strange that the night with its shadows came down ere the morning was gone. Life's noon day for her ever brightened And sunset lent a bright afterglow For our Father sent the summons Ere half of life's milestone were told. We weep not for her passing but rather for our sad on-going alone for she rests safe from all pain and sorrow With God in His heavenly home. Funeral services conducted at Universalist church of Waltonville, Ill,. Sunday 2 p.m. by Rev. Wm. D. Harrington of Metropolis, Ill., and Rev. D. A. Phelps, with interment at Knob Prairie cemetary.

Submitted By: Cindy Ford


Evelyn Faye Goddard
Evelyn Faye Goddard, 58, Mt. Vernon, died 5 a.m. July 05, 1996, at Crossroads Community Hospital. She was born May 11, 1938, in Jefferson County, a daughter of Charles and Ferne (Steele) Piercy. Graveside services were 11 a.m. toady at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Maurice Paxton officiating. Johnston Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Goddard is survived by one son, Marty Goddard of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Darla Mills and husband Jerry of Mt. Vernon; one brother, Dwight Piercy and wife Wanda of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Jean Yearwood of Texico, Freda Lane and husband Verdon of Opdyke, and Velma England and husband William of Mt. Vernon; two grandchildren, Shaunna Leah and Robert Aaron; and two step grandsons, Jerry and Tommy. Mrs Goddard was a memaber of New Hope Webb Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves
Cousin of the deceased


Betty J. Goforth
Betty J. Goforth, 77, of Tamaroa passed away 11:38 a.m. April 8, 2005, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Goforth was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa. She was born July 15, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, a daughter of Clifford and Pearl Irene (Brown) Zeigler. She married Charles Wayne Goforth Jan. 28, 1955, in Hernando, Miss.; he survives. Mrs. Goforth is survived by her husband, of Tamaroa; a daughter, Judith Samolinski and husband James of Tamaroa; a son, Charles D. Goforth and wife Sandra of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, Ronald Zeigler and wife Ann of Port Richie, Fla.; three grandsons, Chad Goforth of Florida, Matthew Goforth of Florida and Robert Samolinski of Tamaroa; and two great-grandchildren, Mary Samolinski of Tamaroa and Julie Goforth of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tamaroa, with the Rev. Daniel Jurek officiating. Interment will be in Tamaroa Cemetery at Tamaroa. Friends may make memorials to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and they will be accepted at Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa. Searby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, where you may call 496-5411 for more information.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 4-15-2005
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Enos J. Goodale
Mount Vernon - Enos J. Goodale, 81, died here of blood poisoning. A week ago while cutting corn on his farm he scratched
his hand, which became infected.

Ste Marie Tribune, Jasper Co, IL - November 28, 1913
Submitted By: Kim Torp


Pauline Virginia Gossage
Pauline Virginia Gossage, age 85, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, died at 5:20 P.M. on Saturday, February 18, 2006, at her residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born on December 10, 1921 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, a daughter to the late John Mathus and Nora (McBride) Mathus. She married William J. Gossage on July 31, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death on September 27, 1988. Along with her parents and husband, her four brothers: Tommy Mathus, Arthur Mathus, John Mathus, and Evan Mathus, and her one sister: Opal Dillon, preceded her in death. Pauline was a member of Freewill Baptist Church and the Ladies’ Auxiliaries to Mount Vernon VFW Post, Good Samaritan Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Graveside Service will be held at 3 P.M. Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at South Hickory Hill Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois. Reverend Mark Dye will officiate. Burial will follow in South Hickory Hill Cemetery in Jefferson County, Illinois Her surviving family members include a Son: Ted Mathus-Wood of Mount Vernon, Illinois and several Nieces and Nephews that she loved dearly, also survive. For those who wish, memorials may be given to American Lung Association and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: 2/4/06
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Velma Lorene Grant
Velma Lorene "Imogene" Grant, 81, of Mt. Vernon died at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at Crossroads Community Hospital. She was born on May 3, 1921 in Mt. Vernon, daughter of Charles E. and Nellie Mae (Dorris) Roeder. She married Robert Alson Grant in June 1940, and he preceded her in death on Jan 12, 1967. Mrs. Grant is survived by a son, Russell Wayne Grant and wife Marsha of Athens, Texas; a daughter, Patricia Grant of Mt. Vernon; a brother Derrell Roeder of Mt. Vernon; a son-in-law, Gary Flanagan of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren, Jody Cooper and husband Ian of Mt. Vernon, Robert Flanagan and wife Kristy of Olney, Meridith Grant and Natalie Grant, both of Corpus Christi, Texas; and three great-grandchildren, Hailey Flanagan, Kaitlyn Flanagan and Lukas Cooper. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Robert Allen Grant; a daughter, Phyllis Jean Flanagan; five brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Grant was a homemaker. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the New Shiloh Cemetery with the Rev. Merle Fullerton officiating. Those attending the services are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Mt. Vernon Register News November 11, 2002
Submitted by: Mary Ellen Capps

Pfc. Raymond Dale Greear
Rites Wednesday For Pfc. Greear
Funeral services for Pfc. Raymond Dale Greear will be held at 2:00 p.m Wednesday at the Logan Street Baptist church. The Rev. Sam McCoy will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Military services will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The body will arrive Tuesday morning and will remain at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix until the funeral hour. Pfc. Greear was born March 10, 1926 in Mt. Vernon and was reared in this city. He entered the service June 17, 1944 and was sent overseas in the latter part of January 1945. He was killed near Chorau, Germany April 20, 1945 while serving in the 49th Division of the First Army. Pfc. Greear was a member of the Logan Street Baptist church. Surviving are his mother, Lela B. Greear of Indianapolis, Ind., a brother, Ray Blanchard Greear of Indianapolis; and three sisters, Mrs. Charles E. McHatton of Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. William C. Steward and Mrs. Paul Sammons of Mt. Vernon; and two grandparents.

Submitted by Paul Anderson

Alreva Green
Alreva Green Of Mt. Vernon Died At Age 70
Anna Alreva Green, 70, Mt. Vernon, died 7:50 a.m. Oct. 7, 1993, at Casey Care Center. She was a retired restaurant waitress. She was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Waltonville, a daughter of Johnnie and Clara A. (Wilson) Keller. On May 14, 1946, in Carmi, she married Charles E. Taylor. On July 9, 1960, in Nashville, she married William R. Green, who died Aug. 27, 1981. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Mount Olive Cemetery near Bluford with the Rev. Edward Woodcock officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Those attending services are asked to go directly to the cemetery Saturday morning. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann Johnson and her husband Jim, of Marietta, Ga., and Charlotte Kay Lee and her husband, Bob, of Dix; stepdaughter Sharon K. Lowery and her husband, Gary, of Mt. Vernon; stepsons William F. Green and his wife, Teresa, of Lemont, and Larry Green and his wife, Carla, of Mt. Vernon; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren. Mrs. Green was a member of Marcoe Pentecostal Church. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one infant son, Charles E. Taylor.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Oct. 7, 1993
Submitted by: Cindy Ford Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Elvis Green
Elvis Green, 89, of Waltonville, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He was born on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1919, in Waltonville, son of Harry and Lucy (Crawford) Green. He married Frances Marie George on June 25,1941, in Perryville, Mo., and she preceded him in death on Feb. 15, 1992. Mr. Green is survived by a son, Harry Green and special friend Debbie Rubenacker of Waltonville; two daughters, Connie Sue Pritchard and husband Laurence of DeMotte, Ind., and Harriet Rathe and husband Robert of Waltonville; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two grandchildren and 12 siblings. El vis was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He started Traveling Tent Movies until the outbreak of World War II, when he served valiantly in the Navy, the Air Force and the Army during the war and was awarded a Bronze Star. He was a coal miner until retiring in 1970 and was a member of the coal miner's union. He enjoyed horticulture and pursued his many passions and dreams. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Ron Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville. Members of the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Aug. 30, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford

George Wallace Green
George Wallace (Buster) Green, 55, died at 7:00 a.m. Monday at his home in Chicago following an apparent heart attack. He was a former resident of Waltonville. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville with the Rev. Floyd Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Knob Prairie cemetery. The body will lie in state at the funeral home where friends may call after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. Mr. Green was born Mar. 18, 1912, at Waltonville, the son of Harry and Lucy (Crawford) Green. On Dec. 19, 1953, he was married in Chicago to Willie Mae Brasfield, who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Patricia Green, at home; his father Harry Green, Sr., of Waltonville; five brothers, Harry Jr., Elvis, and Bob, all of Waltonville, Marion and Charles, both of Chicago; and four sisters, Mrs. Sona Barker of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Lela Lane of Chicago, Mrs. Nina Aguilar of El Paso, Tex., and Mrs. Opal Seibert of Christopher. His mother, two sisters, and a brother, preceded him in death. Mr. Green served with the U.S. Army during World War Two.

Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Gene Odell Gregory
July 2, 1919 to June 13, 2008 "May the road rise up to meet you ..."
Gene Odell Gregory, 88, died on June 13, 2008, in St. Paul, Minn. He died peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family. Gene was loved by all who knew him for his charm and great sense of humor. He had a warm-hearted smile that could light up any room. He dearly loved his family, rolling hills, a good fishing hole, music and dancing, especially the 'jitterbug.' He was born on July 2, 1919, in Bluford, to Oscar Andrew and Ruby Leota (Sledge) Gregory. His family moved to the St. Louis area where his father worked as postmaster in Afton. During World War II, Gene served his country proudly as a member of the armed forces. He was awarded six Bronze Stars for battles fought in North Africa and Italy. Gene worked for many years as a professional driver. He retired in 1982 from the Roadway Trucking Company where he earned the "Million Mile Driver" designation and had a perfect safety record. He enjoyed his 26 year retirement living in Lebanon, Mo. Gene's final wish was to be buried in Mt. Vernon, the area he lovingly referred to as "the country" and the place where his family's roots run deep. He is descended from Benjamin Gregory, who came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1827, through his son Dr. Lemuel Barker Gregory, a pioneer physician in Jefferson County, and his wife Elisa Cochran, and through their daughter Saphronia Ann Gregory and her husband Joseph Jefferson Sledge, Gene's maternal grandparents. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Diaz deLeon and her husband Jesus of St. Paul, Minn.; his son, Michael Gregory and his wife Francis of Bellingham, Wash.; his dear sister, Irene Paxson of St. Joseph, Mich.; his brother, Oscar and his wife Marge of Cottonwood Ariz.; grandchildren, Mario, Sonia, Matthew and Daniel; and a good number of nieces and nephews and cousins. Services will be held under the direction of the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt.Vernon. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home. Graveside memorial services will be held at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the Rev. Mike Steed officiating. Members of ML Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: June 18, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


Doris Mae Gresham

Doris Mae (True) Gresham, 71, of Mt. Vernon, died at 7:33 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born on May 16, 1937, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Bert and Sylvia (Bland) True. On Oct. 28, 1955, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church by the Rev. Ross Partridge, she married Gene Gresham; he survives in Mt.Vernon. Mrs. Gresham was a homemaker and member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She attended school at Ebenezer and Williams schools. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jerry Gresham and wife Rhonda of Texico; a daughter, Sharon Overbey and husband Henry of Belle Rive; five grandchildren, David, Jonathan and Nathaniel Gresham, all of Texico, Andrew Overbey of Belle Rive, Tammy Timmons and husband Fred of Mt. Vernon; and three greatgrandchildren, Cameron, Trenton, and Cadin Timmons, all of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Darrell True of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Sandy Bishop of Henderson, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Rick and Kevin Gresham; a brother, Russell True; and father and motherin-law, Tom and Carmen Gresham. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Friday at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Submitted by: Cindy Ford

Kevin G. Gresham
Kevin G. Gresham, 46, of Mt. Vernon died Wednesday, December 1, 2004, at his home. He was born on Sept. 10, 1958, in Mt. Vernon, son of Gene and Doris (True) Gresham. Mr. Gresham is survived by his parents, of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Jerry Gresham and wife Rhonda of Texico; and several uncles, aunts, cousins and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Gresham; his grandparents, Tom and Carmen Gresham and Bert and Sylvia True; an uncle, Russell True; and an aunt, Tracey True. Mr. Gresham was an avid bowler and enjoyed music and flea markets. He was a graduate of Rome Grade School in Dix and Mt. Vernon Township High School and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at POleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Jack Lucas and Bob Burton officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix and from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Comprehensive Services and will be received at the funeral home.

12/03/04 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves
Relationship : Family Friend


Ira Sue Grigg
Ira Sue Grigg, 73, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois died at 5:39 P.M. Thursday, February 22, 2007 at her home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She was born on January 1, 1934 in Mounds, Illinois the daughter of Ira Jack Marchbanks and Isabelle Marchbanks. She married William R. "Bill" Grigg on February 20, 1960 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and he preceded her in death on June 22, 2005. She was the Co-Owner and Operator of Grigg's Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon with her husband Bill. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, February 25, 2007 at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Reverend Bob Meyer will officiate. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 24, 2007 from 5 to 7:00 P.M. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Surviving family members include: Daughter: Mary Elizabeth Wallace and special friend Wade of Kell, Illinois and One Nephew. Her parents, husband, Son: Sean Grigg, 2 Sisters: Charlene Chandler and Edna Calvin preceded her in death. She was a member of Victory Christian Center where she helped with secretarial work. She was a tutor at Casey Middle School. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Crime Stoppers, Southern Illinois Senior Council and the Mt. Vernon Chapter of Bereaved Parents. For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Mt. Vernon Crime Stoppers or Victory Christian Center and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: February 2007
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Nellie Mae McMillen Grisham
Mrs. Nellie McMillen Grisham, 67, died Thursday, March 3, 1960 death certificate says March 4, 1960) at 11:00 p.m. at Benton, IL. She was born Oct 19, 1892 at Sandusky, IL, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Grant McMillen. She was a former resident of Charleston and a member of the Nazarene Church. Surviving relatives are: her husband, Joel L. Grisham; two sons, Almos Barnhill of Clinton, IL, Joel Eugene Grisham of Ashton, IL; two daughters, Mrs. Norman Faucett of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Kenneth Boster of Covington, KY; three brothers, Warren McMillen of Wyatt, MO., James McMillen of Mt. Vernon, IL and Alvie McMillen of Dahlgren, IL; one sister, Mrs. Glen Hodge of Wyatt, MO and 13 grandchildren. She was the sister-in-law of Mrs. Cade McElmurry and Salia Grisham of Charleston. The body lay in state at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston until time for funeral services which were held at the Charleston Nazarene Church Sunday afternoon with Rev. Jack Johnson of Benton, IL officiating, assisted by Rev. Harold Lake, local pastor of the Nazarene Church. Interment was in Anniston cemetery. Pallbearers were: Walter Smoot, Ernest Jones, Glennon Johnson, Edgar Barnhill, L.T. Howard, and Bob Nally.

Additional notes: From handwritten obituary written by a close relative. Nellie's first husband was Luke Barnhill who died. Her parents were: Father - Warren Montgomery Grant McMillen, b.2-7-1884 d. 10-8-1943 buried Mt. Vernon, IL Mother - Minnie Morgan, b. abt 1869 d. 10-17-1938 in Dahlgren, IL, buried Mt. Vernon, IL They were married 12-21-1887 in Thebes, IL

Submitted By: Carolyn Sue Grisham Ramsey, jramsey74@comcast.net granddaughter

Robert Lee Groh
MOUNT VERNON - Robert Lee "Bob" Groh, 77, of Mount Vernon died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at his home. He was born Thursday, Aug. 22, 1929, in Pawnee, the son of August and Emma Uhrine Groh. He married Betty Niehaus in 1953 in Raymond. Mr. Groh attended Pawnee High School and Lincoln Land Community College and earned his architectural engineering degree from the University of Illinois. He co-owned and operated Wilson, Hodge and Groh Architects and Engineers in Mount Vernon. He worked for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, supervising the high-rises. He was past president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and was associated and performed with the Rend Lake Community Orchestra. He was a third degree knight with the Monsignor James P. Burke Council of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Institute of Architects and St. Mary Church in Mount Vernon. Survivors: wife, Betty; two sons, Don (wife, Dena) Groh of Lyndhurst, N.J., and David (wife, Miranda) Groh of Marion; three daughters, Kathy (husband, Roger) Greenwalt of Mount Vernon, Marsha (husband, David) Braddy of Four Seasons, Mo., and Lisa Groh of Mount Vernon; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Donna Groh and JoAnn Green, both of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Mary Church, Mount Vernon, the Rev. Daniel Jurek officiating. Interment: St. Mary Cemetery, Mount Vernon. Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.

Source: State Journal-Register {Springfield, IL}
Date: December 27, 2006
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Charles O. Groves
GROVES, CHARLES O., 79, Woodlawn, Illinois, died 11:45 a.m., September 30, 2002, at his home, born September 7, 1923, Cornwall, Canada; he married Dorothy (Hansen) Groves on August 10, 1946, in St. Louis, Missouri; father & mother, William Groves & Olga (Eng) Groves; stepmother, Eva (Crocker) Groves. Electrician. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, at Hughey Funeral Home, Reverend Ron Cremeens. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Survived by wife, Dorothy Groves, Woodlawn, IL; daughters, Kathy White & husband, Gary, New Athens, IL, Christine Miller & husband, Eric, Highland, Il; brothers, William Groves & wife, Muriel, Phoenix, AZ, Tom Groves & wife, Shirley, Minneapolis, MN, Larry Groves & wife, Patti, St. Louis, MO; sisters, Naomi Wade, Ogallala, NE, Virginia Murray, Blue Springs, MO, Nina Briener, Grand Rapids, MI, Phyllis Hantak, St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Lisa Jones, Eric Martin, Melissa Naiborski, Erin Miller, Kelly Miller; 9 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews survive. His parents, stepmother; daughter, Karen Boldwyn; son-in-law, Harold 'Butch' Boldwyn; sister, Elaine Sohum and 1 granddaughter, Noelle Renee Boldwyn, preceded him in death. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Moose Lodge #755. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 618-242-3348 for obituary information at any time.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Date: October 2, 2002
Submitted by Cindy Ford

Dorothy Nadine (Burkitt) Grunder
April 27, 1923 - Oct. 13, 2003
Dorothy Nadine Grunder, 80 yr, of Urbana and formerly of Jefferson County, died at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, 13 Oct. 2003, at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry. She was born on 27 April 1923, in Bluford, Jefferson Co, IL, daughter of Everett and Ora Mae (Shaw) Burkitt. She married Wayne Grunder and he preceded her in death. {They were divorced}. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. John Skelton will officiate. Burial will follow in New Home (Lowery) Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Osborn Funeral Home in Dix. Mrs. Grunder is survived by three sons, David Grunder and wife Minnie of Bolingbrook, Daniel Grunder and wife Kathy of Colorado, and Anthony Grunder and wife Helene of Johnsburg; daughters, Sandra Olson and husband John of California, Rebecca Jordan and husband Paul of DesPlaines, Shari Peck and husband Jerry of Makena; and Valerie Ailes of California; grandchildren Bryan, Zach, Stacey, Chris, Katy, Matt, Ashton, Katrina, Bill, Nick, Alec, Jake, Nathan and Michael; great-grandchildren Jeremy, Justin, Crystal and Joey; a brother,Lowell Burkitt and wife Betty of Batavia; sisters, Vera Lee Wilcox and husband Guy of Shelbyville, Lela Pierce and husband,Glen of Bluford and Alice French of Mt. Vernon and Ruth Witzel and husband, Lyle, of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Burkitt and Dale Burkitt; a grandchild in infancy; and a brother - in-law, Darrell French. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with John Skelton officiating. Interment will follow at the New Home (Lowery) Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Osborn Funeral Home. For more information you may contact Osborn Funeral Home in Dix at 266-7231.

Submitted by: Marlene Olson genealogy800@sbcglobal.net

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