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Obituaries and Death Notices


Patsy A. O'Bryant
Patsy A. O'Bryant, 67, of Broadlands and formerly Mt. Vernon died 10:55 a.m. July 3, 2004, at the home of her daughter. She had worked as a beautician and homemaker. Mrs. O'Bryant was born in Mt. Vernon to Cleatus and Eula "Tiny" (Myrick) Rector on Feb. 3, 1937. Graveside services were held July 7 at Oakwood Cemetery. Joe Bob Pierce officiated. Mrs. O'Bryant is survived by three daughters, Tammie Bolinger and husband John of Broadlands, Angela O'Bryant of Mt. Vernon and Michelle Seaman of Mt. Vernon; four sons, Larry O'Bryant, Jr. of Broadlands, Randy O'Bryant and wife Connie of Belle Rive, Gary O'Bryant of Hillsboro and Robbie O'Bryant and wife Jane of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Harold "Red" Damron and wife Phyllis of Mt. Vernon and Billy Rector and friend Mary Alice Vogel of Robinson; a sister Linda Hutchens and husband Bob of O'Fallon, MO.; and seven grandchildren. Her parents; one son, Ricky O'Bryant; and twin sisters preceded her in death. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for obituary information any time.

The Register News Thursday July 8, 2004
Submitted by: Mary Ellen Capps

Dorothy A. Odle
Dorothy Odle Of Mt. Vernon Died At Age 78
Dorothy A. Odle, 78, 1115 S. 21st St., died at 7:30 a.m. Sept 2, 1986, at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Nashville. She was born March 9, 1908, in Jefferson County son of Frank and Nebraska (Hutchison) Wells. On April 4, 1925,, at Nashville, she married Virgil Paul Odle, who died May 21 1976. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Fore officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens. Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Survivors include one son, Paul E. Odle and wife Imogene of Mt. Vernon, five grandchildren, Gary Odle, Lonnie Odle, Randy Odle, Debra Atkinson and Tom Odle; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother Oval Wells of Gallup, N.M.; one sister, Mrs. Louisa Brown of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three grandchildren, three sisters, four brothers and one son, Robert E. Odle. She was employed at Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory and was associated with her husband in the operation of a service station in Mt. Vernon for several years. She was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church.

Source: Probably the Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Submitted by: Cindy Ford Transcribed By: Ann Evans

Fern Grahlherr Odle
Fern Grahlherr Odle, 87, of Ina died at 4:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor. She was a homemaker. She was born March 16, 1918 in Jefferson County to Jim C. and Flossie (Owens) Sweetin. She married William H. Grahlherr on July 3, 1937. He preceded her in death. She later married Walter Odle, who also preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina. The Rev. Jesse Allen will officiate. Burial will be at Kirk Cemetery, Ina. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina. Survivors include two sons, Fred Grahlherr of Texico and Bill Grahlherr and wife Delores of St. Louis; one daughter, Judy Grisley and husband John of Marion; one stepdaughter, Wilma Gulley and husband Allen of Benton; five grandchildren, Mary Susan Harris, Julie Ann Garrison, Don Grahlherr, Lynn Jackman and Dawn Grisley; nine great-grandchildren; and one brother, Tom Sweetin of Mt. Vernon. Fern was a devoted mother and grandmother. She very much enjoyed working in her flowers and yard. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing with her family and friends and has always enjoyed music. She loved for people to come and visit her, and there was always something to eat. Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News, 2/4/2006
Submitted by Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

Charles W. Ord
Charles W. Ord, A Former Resident, Dies In Christopher
Charles W. Ord, a former resident of Mt. Vernon and a brother of Mort Ord of this city, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Christopher at 5 p.m. yesterday. Mr. Ord was employed at the old Mt. Vernon coal mine years ago as an examiner and check weighman. He left this city 39 years ago. He was formerly chief of police at Christopher. He is survived by his widow, Nannie Wells Ord; three sons, Tom, Gus and Bill, all at home; two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Tolliver of Christopher and Mrs. Helen Booten of Peoria; a brother, Mort Ord of Mt. Vernon; a sister, Mrs. Linnie Hodge of Desoto, Mo; and five grandchildren.

March 7, 1940 Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Michelle Wisniewski
Relationship = Granddaughter

George C. Ord
George C. Ord Died Late Friday; Funeral Sunday
George C. Ord died yesterday afternoon at 6:30 o'clock at the home of Willie Davis, in McClellan township. Mr. Ord had been in very poor health for the last year, and death was due to Bright's disease. Mr. Ord was a son of the late Gus Ord and wife, and was born in Jefferson county. He was 65 years old , the 17th of last August. Mr. Ord was a farmer, and made his home with Willie Davis and family. He was never married. He was a member of the M. E. church, and was a good citizen and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. Mr. Ord is survived by two brothers, Morton Ord, Mt. Vernon, and one sister, Mrs. Lennie Hodge, St. Louis. Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at Wolf Prairie church, and burial will follow at Wolf Prairie cemetery.

September 17, 1932 Unknown Newspaper
Submitted by: Michelle Wisniewski
Relationship = Grandniece

Morton C. (Mort) Ord
Ord Services 2 P.M. Monday
Funeral services for Morton C. (Mort) Ord, special Mt. Vernon police officer who dropped dead at the city hall yesterday morning will be held at two o'clock Monday afternoon at Myers Chapel. The services will be in charge of Rev. Walter Farlow and burial will follow in Wolf Prairie cemetery. Following Monday: Ord Services at Two P.M. Today Last rites for Mort Ord, 60, special police officer who died suddenly of a heart attack at the city hall Friday, were held at two o'clock this afternoon at Myers Chapel. The services were conducted by Rev. Walter Farlow and burial followed in Wolf Prairie Cemetery.

April 13, 1940 Unknown Newspaper
Submitted by: Michelle Wisniewski
Relationship = Grandniece

Narrah W. Osborn
DIX Narrah W. Osborn, 77, funeral director and furniture dealer since 1907, died suddenly yesterday morning. He was born in Mt. Vernon and was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He was president of the First State Bank of Dix. Mr. Osborn was the son of Miles A. and Florida Smith Osborn. He married Lola Riley at Dix in 1909 and she survives. He attended Ewing College and taught school in Jefferson County for five years before going into business at Dix. He has been a member of both, the grade and high school boards, served as mayor of Dix and has been a member and active in the affairs of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for 63 years. In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Sterling, and a daughter, Mrs Regna Dobbs, both of Dix; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, L R. Osborn of Kell and a sister, Gretta Osborn of Dix. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ross Partridge. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Saturday

Submitted by Paul Anderson, Transcribed by K.T.

Harold Owens
Harold I. "Hoot" Owens, 66, of Woodlawn died at 10:27 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at St. Mary's/Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia. He was born on June 9, 1937, in Walnut Hill, the son of Cecil and Ferne (Stonecipher) Owens. He married Donna Corners on Sept. 28, 1956, in Woodlawn and she survives in Woodlawn. In addition to his wife, Mr. Owens is survived by two sons, Brad Owens and wife Sheila of Coopersburg, Pa., and Scott Owens and wife Kelly of Woodlawn; two sisters, Wilma Braddy and Dorothy Jean Wegmann and husband Harold Eddie, both of Woodlawn; four grand-children, Erin Owens, Eric Owens, Gabe Owens and Ross Owens; a sister-in-law, Edna Owens of Mt. Vernon; and several nephews and nieces. Mr. Owens retired in 1999 from the Illinois Central Railroad after 44 years of service. He was also a farmer, He served in the U.S. Army National Guard and was a member of Woodlawn Christian Church. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Boyd Cemetery in Jefferson County with the Rev. Harold Engel officiating. Those attending the services are asked to go directly to the cemetery. Interment will follow at the cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, whis is in charge of arrangements.

Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by: Ida Reeves

Buddy Wade Oxford
Buddy Wade Oxford, 52, of Opydke, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. He was born in King County on Aug. 13, 1956, a son of Buddy B.and Dellas (Stratton) Oxford. He married Linda Sampson in Mt. Vernon on Oct. 12, 1973. He was a truck driver owner/operator. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Garlin Burris officiating. A Masonic service will be conducted by Jefferson Lodge 368 of Opdyke. Interment will follow. There will be no public visitation. Buddy is survived by his parents, Buddy B. and Dellas Oxford of Mt. Vernon; wife, Linda Oxford of Opdyke; daughter, Stephanie Po-ninski and husband Rob of Whittington; grandchildren, Jean and Jerica Mace of Mt. Vernon; brother, Michael Conner and wife Tracy of Woodlawn; four sisters, Rhonda Roberts and husband Glen of Opdyke, Kim Bamard and husband Allen of Mt. Vernon, Teresa Drew and husband Robbie of Bluford and Desiree Oxford of Mt. Vernon; several nieces and nephews and close friend, Jason Edwards of DuQuoin. His grandparents preceded him in death. Buddy was a member of the Southside Missionary Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge #31 and Jefferson County Shriners Club. He was also proud that he was an organ donor. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News, August 21, 2008
Submitted by: Cindy Ford


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