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WALKER, Hudie Rayburn
BRIGHTON Hudie R. Walker, 85, died at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was born June 2, 1920, in Murray, Ky., to Clarence and Mary Lee (Coulson) Walker. He married the former Wanda Lee Mitchell Dec. 21, 1950, in Alton. She survives. A U.S. Army World War II veteran, he was a retired tube mill laborer for Laclede Steel and a farmer. He was a member of Alton VFW Post 1308 and the First General Baptist Church of Rosewood Heights. In addition to his wife of 55 years, surviving are four daughters and four sons-in-law, Sharon and Ray Wallace of Coffeen, Ill., Vicki Norris and Pam and Robert Beirman, all of Brighton, Erin and Chris Witt of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Jill and Shawn Fowler of Wood River; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Steve Walker of Alton, Gary and Tammy Walker of Cottage Hills and Don Walker of Golden, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four brothers and a sister-in-law, Clarence and June Walker of Godfrey, Frank and Joe Walker of Murray, Ky., and Earnest Walker of Rosewood Heights. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Zelda Cunningham and Dorothy Hanz; and two brothers, Bobby and Tommy Walker. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Targhetta and Wooldridge Funeral Home in Brighton, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Asbury Cemetery in rural Brighton.
  [The Telegraph, Alton, Illinois, October 17, 2005; Sub. by Pam Bierman, daughter]

Jacksonville, Ill., March 22. - PC Waters, of Waverly, died today at the Catholic hospital, where he had been ill a number of weeks. Deceased is the father of William, Sam and George W, of this city. Mr. Waters was for many years a resident of Bird township, but removed from here to a farm a few miles south of Waverly a number of years ago. He was a brother of James C. Waters of this city. The funeral services will be held at Charity church Monday. Rev. Hart, of Franklin, will preach the funeral service at Charity church Monday at 11 a.m. Remains were laid to rest in Charity church. (Carlinville Democrat March 27, 1901) note: Peyton C. Waters.
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Death of Mrs. Susan Waters. Saturday morning at 11 o'clock Mrs. Susan Waters, widow of the late Peyton Waters, died in a hospital in Jacksonville, after a three years' illness of nervous prostration. The deceased was a former resident of Bird township and a well known citizen, having removed to Jacksonville some ten years ago. She was the mother of Samuel, George and William Waters and Mrs. (Lula) Kenney Baines, of Davenport, Iowa. She was about 65 years of age, and had been in a private hospital in Jacksonville for some time. The funeral occurred Monday morning at 11 o'clock from Charity church, Rev. Hart, of Franklin, officiating. Interment in Charity cemetery. (October 13, 1902 Carlinville Democrat). - Donated by src #8

WELLS, Mary Francis Botkin

Litchfield News Herald, Sat 25 Apr 1925 Page 1 Col 6
Mrs Wells Died This Afternoon
Mrs. Mary Francis Wells, age 80 yrs, 8 mos, 2 days, widow of Daniel W Wells, resident of Litchfield for over 20 years died at St Francis Hospital (25 Apr 1925). She was the daughter of James and Mary Botkin and born 25 Aug 1844 near Carlinville. She is survived by Mrs. Mary Martin, Neodosha Kan; Mrs Myra Bruce, Litchfield; Mrs Drusa Seymour, Bloomington; Daniel Wells, Calloway, Neb; and 14 grand children. She was preceded in death by a son, Jesse A Wells who died in Bisbee, Arz , in 1907 and a dau who died in infancy. Mrs Wells, a member of the Free Methodist Church of Litchfield, lived with her granddaughter, Mrs. Jessie Best.

Obituary - Mrs. Wells, widow of Daniel Wells and d/o James and Mary Botkin b. 23 Aug "184" in Jersey Co IL d. 25 Apr 1925 in St Francis Hospital. She m. Daniel Wells 6 Apr 1859 and they had 6 children. Mrs. Wells was the last of 8 children. She was buried at Harts Cemetery.
Litchfield News Herald, Tues 28 Apr 1925 Page 4 Cols 5 & 6 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener


Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, June 25, 2008
DECATUR - Harold L. Westerfield, 88 of Sun City, Arizona, formally of Decatur Ill, passed away on June 20th 2008.
He is survived by JoAnn, his loving wife of 45 yrs, His Stepson, Van Reincke and Daughter-In-Law, Marsha Reincke. A Grandson & Great Grandson and Niece, Charlotte Lindstrom. He was preceded in death by son, Leigh Westerfield and Stepson, Kevin Reincke.
Harold was a WW II Vereran-and served on LST 325 during the Normandy invasion.  He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1979. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.

Died, In Carlinville, Sept. 24th, Ella M., daughter of Charles E. and Esher A. Whilla, aged 7 years and [?] months. After several weeks of pain the little sufferer has been relieved by that hand which unites [?]. [Carlinville Free Democrat (Carlinville, IL) – September 27, 1856; Sub by JD]

Another of the familiar figures upon our streets has dropped out. William H. White has gone over to the majority. He went away at 11:30 Sunday as the incense of pulpits was ascending. Mr. White was born at Potsdam, N.Y., in 1834 but had lived in Carlinville ,most of his life. In early life he married Miss Alice Morgan, daughter of a prominent Carlinville family in those days, but no olive branches came to deck the domestic portals. The sorrowing wife is the only resident relative, but many friends were among the sincere mourners at the burial Tuesday. Mr. White was a painter and decorator and many homes were made brighter by his handiwork. Many kind thoughts of him will linger, not voiced in speech. - Donated by src#2

We regret to learn of the death this week of our former townsman, Geo. W. Woods in a hospital at St. Louis. His health failed some time since and we understand his mind was impaired. For many years he was a prominent merchant of Carlinville--a man of mercurial temperament, who could take very sudden jumps at conclusions and retire from them with equal velocity. His ideals were among the clouds and his balloons sometimes started out not well ballasted. But he was a good man--exemplary to a fault in all the relations of life. Disappointments were grievous to him. When somewhat past the meridian of life good fortune seemed, as he looked out upon many sunny years to come, with no financial clouds in sight, to have given him an indelible stamp. But there are no compensations for impaired health and a broken mind. At one notable period in his life Mr. Woods thought he was a man to be envied--but the fairest of days are sometimes storm breeders. [The Macoupin County Argus, February 20, 1902 - Donated by

Thomas R. "Tom" Woolfolk, 78, of Scottville, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, 2011, at his daughter's residence in Scottville. He was born Oct. 4, 1933, near Waverly, son of the late Charles E. and Gladys McCann Woolfolk. He married Darlene Miller on Oct. 26, 1958, in Scottville, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Debbie Hull and husband, Jeff of Scottville and Sherry Larey and husband, Terry of Texarkana, Ark.; five grandchildren, Ashley Hull and Brett Hull, both of Virden, Lindsey Jones and fiance, Shane Lomelino of Palmyra and Tommy Jones and Tiffany Larey, both of Texarkana Ark.; two great-grandchildren, Abbey and Trinity Lomelino, both of Palmyra; four sisters, Ramona Wood and Melody Camerer and her husband Charles, all of Scottville, Wilma Mansfield of Murrayville and Judy Dugger of Auburn; three brothers, Harold Woolfolk and wife, Rosalie of Waverly, Ronald Woolfolk and wife, Donna of Palmyra and Michael Woolfolk and wife, Judy of Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Eddie Thomas Woolfolk; an infant sister, Sharon Woolfolk; and two brothers, David Woolfolk in infancy and Charles M. Woolfolk. Mr. Woolfolk worked many years at MacMurray College in Jacksonville in the maintenance department and more recently at Lundia MII in Jacksonville, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Scottville Christian Church where he served as deacon and church secretary for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany in the late 1950s. He was also a member of Palmyra Masonic Lodge 118 A.F.& A.M. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Scottville Christian Church in Scottville. Burial will be at Panther Creek Cemetery near Scottville. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Scottville Christian Church in Scottville. Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra is in charge of arrangements.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Mrs. Mary Wooldridge, a lifelong resident of the vicinity of Staunton passed her 83rd birthday celebration. She has been ill for the past 3 weeks and the event was not celebrated. Mrs. Wooldridge was born in West Prairie, 4 miles west of Staunton, March 1, 1848 and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sawyer. Valentine Sawyer who donated the Tine-Sawyer Cemetery, one of the oldest landmarks in this part of the country, was her Grandfather. With the execption of 3 years spent in Harvel, after her marriage to Harrison Wooldridge of West Prairie in 1868, she has always resided in this vicinity. After the death of her husband in 1924 she spends Winters in Staunton and the Summers at one of her houses located on a part of 200 acres which she still owns. At present time she has rooms with Mrs. Minnie Blase, who cares for her during her illness. Mrs. Wooldridge recalls the changes in the City of Staunton since her girlhood. The family traded at the store of the late Charles Fischer, father of the Fischer brothers of Staunton, and at the Hosea Snell store in early days. "We used to have to help the men folk shell corn around the fireplace of an evening, which they brough to Staunton to be made into meal at the mill, but we did not think our task hard at that time". She has 3 sons: Alonzo Wooldridge of near Staunton, Hampton Wooldridge of Staunton, and John Wooldridge of Gillespie, ILL. Mrs. William Best of Worden, Ill is a sister and Mrs. Sabra Sawyer, who celebrated her 83rd birthday on Feb 14th, was reared by Mrs. Wooldridge's parents and the two have always been like sisters, so nearly are they of the same age.

Note: Mary was married to Harrison Wooldridge, son of Larkin and Catherine Ellen Truitt Wooldridge. Harrison died 17 July 1924.

WRIGHT, Mrs. Basil
Died on Tuesday afternoon, in this city. Mrs. Basil Wright, aged sixty four years. She was born in Tennessee, but has lived for many years in this section, and was beloved by all who knew her. Her remains were taken to Carlinville this morning for burial. The bereaved husband and children have the sympathy of this entire community in this hour of sorrow. (Girard Gazette June 1, 1882). - Donated by src #8

WRIGHT, Basil L.
Died at the Age of Ninety-Three. Basil L. Wright, of Girard, Passed Away Friday Afternoon. Funeral Services Sunday. On Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, at his home in Girard, an old citizen and pioneer of Macoupin county was called to the great beyond, in the person of Basil L. Wright, 93 years, 1 month and 6 days. His health had been gradually failing for the past year and the vital powers had slowly weakened until he was claimed by death. Mr. Wright was one of the early settlers of this county and was a well known figure both in Carlinville and Girard, for many years. Deceased formerly resided in the vicinity, but for the past twenty eight years had lived in Girard. Basil Wright was born in Kentucky on Nov. 3, 1817. He was one of a family of eight children, consisting of four brothers and five sisters. When a very young man he came to Illinois and had ever since been a resident of the state. Mr. Wright was married three times. He is survived by his widow and the following children namely: Mrs. James Sells, of Smith Center, Kansas; Mrs. Wm. Beasley, of Virden; Rev. Wm. Wright of Ocean Park, Cal., Mrs. E.H. Stebbin, of Jacksonville; and Mrs. Wm. Retherford, of Pawnee. Also surviving him are a number of grandchildren. He had always been an active, energetic citizen and was that type of man who by upright and conscious conduct had made a name as an honored and respected neighbor and friend. Coming to Illinois as he had at an early day he took part in and experienced the trials and also the joys incident to the growth of this country from a wilderness to what it is today. Mr. Wright was a man who believed in and practiced in his daily life those sterling qualities which make for better manhood and womanhood. He lived a long active and useful life and left as a heritage, an honored and respected name, more to be prized than great wealth. The funeral services were held in Girard at the Baptist church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. A.H. Rhodes, of Carlinville, officiating assisted by the local pastor. The funeral was very largely attended. Interment was made in the Girard cemetery. Those from this city who were in attendance at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth Chiles; Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Denby; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boring; Judge J.B. Vaughn; P.C. Davenport and daughter; Miss Marguerite, and Rev. and Mrs. A.H. Rhodes. (Carlinville Democrat Dec. 14, 1910). - Donated by src #8

WRIGHT, Thomas

Died. of scarlet fever, on Bear Creek, Feb. 10th, 1858, Thomas Wright, son of Basil Wright, aged 19 years and 4 months. He was a young man highly esteemed, a member of the Baptist church and died in full prospect of a happy immortality. He leaves a large family of relatives and numberous friends to mourn his loss. Hes is not lost, but gone before, For he has found the heavenly shore. (Carlinville Free Democrat, Feb. 11, 1858).
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Died. At Mound City, Illinois, on the 7th last, Noah Wright, aged 20 years, 1 month and 8 days. The subject of the above enlisted in Capt. Rowett's Company July 19th, 1861, for three years' service. When urged by some of his friends to remain at home, his reply was "I would rather go than see my father go," thus showing not only a love of country, but a final regard for his parent scarecely equaled by one so young. He was born in Morgan co., Ill., and removed with his father to this co. eight years since. At an early age he wisely sought his God, and set for his young companions an example of piety by uniting with the church at this place, and ever after sustaining a character in unison with his profession. During his last illness, which lasted but a few days, he expressed to his companions a hope in Christ and a willingness to die, requesting that his brother might be permitted to return his body to his friends at home for interment. And although his brother was not informed of the death until 3 days after the burial, he sought and obtained permission, through the kindness of his Captain, Geo. Hunter, to disinter the body and bring it home, where it was a second time committed to the earth, followed by his numerous friends and acquaintances. P. C. W. Charity Church, Nov. 25, 1861 (Carlinville Free Democrat, Nov. 28, 1861) note: Noah was the son of Basil and Rachel Wright and served in the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Co. K.
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