McDonough County, Illinois

Obituaries, Deaths & Funerals 


[Obits submitted by Sara Hemp unless noted otherwise]

Jacob Dwayne Garzee
Jacob Dwayne Garzee, infant son of Jason and Melissa Garzee, Bushnell, was stillborn at 6:44 p.m. Dec. 31, 2002, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.
He is survived by his parents; one sister, Mariah, and a twin brother, Nicholas; grandparents, Patty Smith, Bushnell, Don Smith and Vicky Rogers, Avon and Claude and Lila Garzee, Canton; great-grandparents, Dorothy Farrar and Viola Smith, both of Bushnell, and Joann Whiteman, Canton; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, at Bushnell Cemetery with the Rev. Martha Scaff officiating.
Jacob was laid to rest with his great-grandfather, Rex Farrar.
Eagle Publications, January 7, 2003
Zelma F. Faler Gillette

Zelma F. Gillette, 95, Swan Creek, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, in Wesley Village Health Care Center, Macomb.

She was born Jan. 6, 1910, in Augusta, the daughter of George and May (Young) Faler. She married James Arthur Gillette May 28, 1927, in Macomb. He preceded her in death Jan. 27, 1981.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Gillette, Gasconade, Mo., and Robert Gillette, Morrison, Mo.; three daughters, Martha Ambrosius and Beverly Tatham, both of Macomb, and Patricia Grime, Industry; one brother, Elmer Faler, Bushnell; one sister, Bertha Burgess, Abingdon; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and four grandchildren.
She grew up in Bushnell, lived in McDonough, Fulton and Warren counties, and resided in Industry for 11 years before moving to Macomb two years ago.
She was a member of the Swan Creek United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 at Corman Memorial Home, Roseville. Burial was in Berwick Cemetery.

Eagle Publications, October 20, 2005

James J. Goddard
Bushnell - James J. Goddard, 72, of 728 N. Sperry St. died at 2:08 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 1998, at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Born March 9, 1926, in Clara, Mo., to Nathan J. and Ressie Lybyer Goddard, he married E. Geneva Warren on Dec. 25, 1949, in Bushnell. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Clifford of Greybull, Wyo.; one brother, John of Bushnell; two sisters, Nellie Walls of Bushnell and Margie Hollenback of Adair; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Two daughters, Brenda Goddard and Shirley Lofton, and two brothers preceded him in death.

He was a truck driver in the Bushnell area. He later worked for the City of Casper, Wyo, for 12 years. He returned to Bushnell in 1988, where he operated Star Mail Route, retiring in 1996. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bushnell Cemetery. The Rev. Stephen Storms will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.
Peoria Journal Star, May 11, 1998, Page: B4
Margaret E. Hanan Graham

Margaret E. Graham, 101, of Macomb, died at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Heartland Health Care Center.

She was born June 7, 1899, in Bushnell, to Charles and Winifred Hanes Hanan. She married James L. Graham Dec. 5, 1919. He died Aug. 12, 1977.
She is survived by one daughter, Peggy (Lyle) McNeil, Rancho Viego, Texas; three grandchildren, Sandra Perry, Knoxville, Tenn., Michael McNeil, Davenport, Iowa, and David McNeil, Macomb; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Winifred Grigsby, Cary, N.C. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Edgar Hanan. Graveside services and burial were Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. William Brown officiating. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen was in charge of arrangements.
Eagle Publications, March 8, 2001


Cecil Floyd Graves

Cecil Floyd Graves, age 82, formerly of 1147 East Carroll Street, Macomb, passed away at 5 a.m. Monday, January 4, 1999, at the Care Center of Abingdon.
Born May 8, 1916, in McDonough County to John Albert and VaVina Mae Mitchell Graves, he married Garnet Lee Reed on September 21, 1933, in Keokuk, Iowa. She died March 27, 1988.

One son, Allen, one grandson, five brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, Eugene of Gilson and Larry of Macomb; one daughter, Dianne Elliott of Morton; one foster son, Frankie Simpson of LaHarpe; one brother, Marvin of Navarre, Florida; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He and his brother, Harley, owned and operated Graves Garage and Wrecker Service in Macomb for 40 years. He also built stock cars.
He attended Macomb Baptist Church. He was a member of Argyle Gas Engine Club and Macomb Masonic Lodge 17, AF&AM.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home, Macomb with Rev. Gerald Seabaugh officiating.
Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb.
Eagle Publications, January 14, 1999

Dorothy M. Grafton Bartlett Gray

Dorothy M. Gray, 85, of Macomb, formerly of Colchester, died at 12:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at the Elms Nursing Center.
She was born April 11, 1916, in Macomb, the daughter of Marlow B. and Carrie Kline Grafton. She married Glen W. Bartlett March 15, 1936; she then married Willard Gray May 15, 1965. Both are deceased.
She is survived by one son, Glen E. (Sheryl) Bartlett, Macomb; two daughters, Mary (Robert) Bice, Colchester, and Joan (Marvin) White, Table Grove; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husbands, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Marlow Grafton, and one sister, Marguerite Bunnage. She worked for Saga Foods at Western Illinois University for 20 years. She was a member of the Blandinsville Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Past Matrons Club.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Jones Mortuary, Colchester, with the Rev. Ernest Louderman officiating. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Colchester.
Eagle Publications, December 20, 2001 
Betty Eilene Walton Green

Betty "Bets" Eilene Walton Green, 78, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., formerly of Augusta, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, at the home of her daughter.
She was born Aug. 27, 1927, in Augusta, the daughter of James F. and Irene (Fosdyck) Walton. She married Mark C. Green, Jr., Feb. 28, 1948, in Bowen. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Ann Ching Hing, and one son, Mark (Pam) Green III, both of Desert Hot Springs; one sister, Wilma (Don) Markley, Oceanside, Calif.; one brother, James "Wes" (Doris) Walton, Carthage; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Walton, Desert Hot Springs, and Matilda Walton, Colchester; one brother-in-law, Sam Cassel, Colchester; four grandchildren, Kathyrn Victoria Ching Hing, Paul Anthony Ching Hing, Mark C. Green IV and Nicholas C. Green, all of Desert Hot Springs; one step-grandchild, Heather Burke; one step great-grandchild, Ryan Burke; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ellen Walton Cassel, and three brothers, Robert F. Walton, Thomas O. Walton, and Charles F. Walton.
She had lived in California for 50 years. She and her husband were partners with his parents, Mark and Mable Green, of the Desert Sentinel Newspaper, Desert Hot Springs for 20 years. She then retired from Bank of America after working 20 years.
Private services will be held at a later date at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Augusta.
Eagle Publications, March 1, 2006
Sherry A. Volk Grisham

Sherry A. Grisham, 35, Vermont, died at 6:44 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2002, in the emergency room at McDonough District Hospital.
She was born Oct. 18, 1966, in St. Louis Mo., the daughter of Harry "Butch" and Cherry A. (McClain) Volk. She was raised by her grandparents, Mary and Edward McClain. She married Robert Lee Grisham, in Macomb, Feb. 18, 1995. He survives.
She is also survived by one son, Justin Jockisch, at home; her mother, Cherry Loveland, Smithfield; her father, Harry "Butch" (Pam) Volk, Peoria; her mother-in-law, Sandra Grisham, Colchester; three brothers, Terry (Dawn) Volk, Smithfield, J.W. Volk, Ipava, and Brian Volk, Peoria; one sister, Dee (Richard) Justice, Pekin; one half brother, Brian, Peoria; one half sister, Chrystal (Mark) Volk, Bartonville; and grandmothers, Mary McClain, Ipava, and Beverly Nebergall, Canton.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Edward McClain.
A housewife, she also worked at Zeta Corporation in Macomb for two years.

Services were held Friday, April 19, 2002, at Shawgo Memorial Home, Ipava, with the Rev. Jim Comstock officiating. Burial was in Stites Cemetery, Bernadotte.
Eagle Publications, April 25, 2002

Irene Landrith Semonis Grupy

Irene Grupy, 84, Macomb, died at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at The Elms Nursing Home, Macomb.
She was born April 5, 1918, in Schuyler County, the daughter of David and Mary (Surrett) Landrith. She married Don Grupy in 1972 in Rock Island. He preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, James Semonis, Orion, and Robert Semonis, Macomb; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Albert Landrith; and two sisters, Eva Danley and Alma McDorman.
She worked at Haeger Pottery in Macomb for several years and was a beauty operator in Rock Island.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, with the Rev. Les Warren officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Eagle Publications, March 14, 2003

Alta Hageman Goss
died: November 25, 1953
Galesburg Register Mail, Galesburg, Illinois, Friday, November 27, 1953

Funeral services for Mrs. Alta Goss, 90, of Good Hope will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Lady-Sargent Funeral Home, Macomb, with burial to follow at Good Hope. The Rev. Ray Kearney will officiate.

Mrs. Goss died at a nursing home in Prairie City at noon Wednesday, after suffering a stroke earlier in the day.
She was born June 6, 1864, near Walnut Grove, McDonough County, to J. D. and Sitha Jane Thurman Hageman . She was a member of the Methodist Church for 54 years. She was married Dec 24, 1885 to Charles W. Goss, who died in 1925.
She is survived by the following children: Harry Newton Goss, Monmouth; Jesse Elias Goss, at home; Charles Henry Goss, Macomb; Chester Earl Goss, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Mrs. Florence Ann (Dymer?), Apple Valley, Calif. There are four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Goss is the last of a pioneer family that settled in McDonough Co. in early 1850'.s Her parents took her to see the first railroad engine that ever passed through Walnut Grove, IL in 1864 when she was only an infant. Ox team wagon trails ran across her parents' homestead.

Mildred O. Jackson Swisegood Goodrich
Mildred O. Goodrich, 62, St. Joseph, Mo., formerly of Macomb, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 1999, at Saxon-Tiffany Wood Retirement Center in St. Joseph.
Born Oct. 16, 1916, in Macomb to William A. and Minnie McKee Jackson, she married Joseph Swisegood in 1934. He died in 1957. She later married Howard C. Goodrich. He died in 1986. She was also preceded in death by one grandson, four sisters and five brothers. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Russell Bufford (Beverly) of Sun City, Az., and Mrs. Edward Hoyt (Phyllis) of Savanah, Mo.; one brother Marion Jackson of Colchester, Il., six grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was employed in food service at Macomb High School for several years. She moved to Carthage, Il. where she owned and operated Millie's Beauty Shop. After she retired, she returned to Macomb, then moved to St. Joseph in 1998. She attended Quincy Beauty Academy. She was a member of the Macomb American Legion Auxiliary and McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of Maple Avenue Christian Church.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery. The Reverend Chris Williams will officiate. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today until time of services at Dodsworth Piper Wallen Funeral Home.


Clyde R. George
LAHARPE - Clyde R. George, 96 of LaHarpe, died at 2:25 P.M. Saturday, Sept. 4, 1993 at the LaHarpe-Davier Health Care Center.

He was born April 9, 1897, in Colchester to William and Anna (Green) George. He married Neva Hancock Dec. 25, 1920 in Burlington, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, William of Bellevue, Iowa, Loyd of Eagle Bend, Minn. and Robert of Douglas, Ariz., three daughters, Betty Johnson of LaHarpe, Anna of Montgomery of East Peoria and Mary McKinney of Duncan, Ariz., 24 grandchildren; 45 great -grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, and three great grandchildren.
He farmed most of his life near LaHarpe and Blandinsville. He worked at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Middletown, during WWII . He moved to Arizona in 1948 with his wife and they returned in 1980. He was a member of the LaHarpe American Legion Post 301.

Services are 11 A.M. Wednesday at the Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with the Rev. Jon Sims officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in rural Colchester.

Neva A. Hancock George
LAHARPE - Neva A. George, 98 of LaHarpe died Thursday April 26, 2001 at 2: 15 a.m. at the Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.
She was born Feb. 22, 1903, in Burlington, Iowa to James and Anna (Baltzli) Hancock. She married Clyde George on Dec. 25, 1920 in Burlington, Iowa. He died Sept 4, 1993.
She is survived by three sons, William George of Bellevue, Iowa, Lloyd George of Eagle Bend, Minn., and Robert George of Douglas, Ariz.; three daughters, Betty Johnson of LaHarpe, Anna Montgomery of East Peoria, and Mary McKinney of Duncan, Ariz.; 24 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; one sister Lavenia Tenhaf of Burlington, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. George and her husband farmed near LaHarpe and Blandinsville until moving to Arizona in 1948. In 1979 they returned to LaHarpe.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. today at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe with Pastor Bob Tillman officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery near Fountain Green.

Mary Isabel Hainline Griffith 

probably Macomb Daily Journal
Note: The following tribute is written of the late Mary Isabel Griffith, nee Hainline, who was the daughter of one of the early pioneers of the Spring Creek settlement.
She was one of a family of eleven, the fifth in the line of the descent. Born Dec. 10, 1845, dying at 6245 Delong Pre Ave., Hollywood, Calif., May 1st, 1936, at the advanced age of 90 years and 5 months. Her early life was spent in the log cabin of her birth, where she endured the hardships that built up a physical constitution which enabled her to live to the advanced age of over 90 years. Her primary education was in the log school house near the spring that bubbled near the spreading beech. The more advanced education consisted of a year at the Blandinsville Seminary, then instruction under Daniel Branch and wife at Macomb's first Normal school. For a number of years she was one of McDonough county's school misses.
In September, 1867, she was married to Captain B. A. Griffith, a soldier of Civil war; moved to Blandinsville for two years, then to a farm near Sciota, where three daughters were born; Edna, Effie and Ethel; from there to Sciota where her husband died suddenly of a apoplectic stroke. From there with her daughter to Austin, a suburb of Chicago, where she became a parishioner as well as an acquaintance of the celebrated Divine Frank Gunsaulace. A few years there, then to a homestead in the Snake River valley near Boise, Idaho, and from there with the two daughters, Edna and Ethel, to Hollywood, Calif., the home of the moving picture kingdom, as well as the tabernacle of California's monumental fraud and mountebank, Sister Aimee Semple McPherson. She has made twelve journeys across the western continent, visiting all the show places along the way. A few, to-wit: Glacier and Yellowstone parks, the Grand Canyon, the Monte Carlo of Mexico, and the Golden Gate, and many other places of note. Quite a globe-trotter with a mind full of experiences and a gift of words which made her a splendid entertainer.
She leaves only two of the original brothers and sisters: Mrs. W. J. Sticklin and Quincy Hainline, both of Macomb.
So, Sister Belle, your last visit has been made, the last kindness has been rendered, work all done and the tired hands folded and the mortality is laid close beside the loved one 'neath the trees, where the wild flowers bloom, where the last songs of earth will be chanted by your side in the tomb. So., Sister Belle, goodbye and farewell. Bro. Quince.

LaVesta Belle Bartlett Garrison

Eagle Publications, March 29, 2001
LaVesta Belle Garrison, 88, of Macomb, died at 6:50 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, at Heartland Health Care Center.
She was born Aug. 13, 1912, in Appleton, Ark., to Wesley Dealon and Allie Rachel Almond Bartlett. She married Theodore Garrison July 13, 1935, at Dover, Ark. He survives.
She is also survived by one son, Jack Bartlett (Kerri) Garrison, of Kearney, Neb.; two danghters, Cynthia Stiffler, Macomb, and Mary Ellen (David) Dannels, Lake Villa; one brother, Theron Bartlett, Russellville, Ark.; one sister, Doyle Estelle Parnell, Searcy, Ark.; six grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and an infant daughter.
Mrs. Garrison was educated in the Russellville, Ark., public schools, Arkansas Polytechnic College, and Ouachita Baptist College. Although she taught in several Arkansas public schools in her early life, she preferred, after she had children, to devote her attention to her home, her family and her church.
She moved to Macomb with her family in l 960 when her husband joined the faculty of Western Illinois University. Despite graduate studies in library science, she never sought employment or a career of her own but continued to devote herself to service to her family and her church. She was a 40-year member of the First Baptist Church of Macomb, where she held different offices and continued active in American Baptist Women's work until the time of her death. Funeral services were held at Monday, March 26, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Macomb. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, Ark. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Wilma Gossage Gorsuch

Eagle Publications, February 14, 2002
Wilma Gossage, 42, Colchester, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
She was born Aug. 12, 1959, in Macomb, the daughter of Otto and Margaret Louise Clemens Gossage, Sr. She married Neil Gorsuch. She is survived by her father, of Huntsville; one son, Mark Gorsuch, Colchester; one daughter, Ronda Miller, Macomb; a special friend, Eddie Miller, Colchester, with whom she made her home; three brothers, Otto (Patti) Gossage Jr., Marietta, Randy (Judy) Gossage, Huntsville, and Danny (Brenda) Gossage, Astoria; and five sisters, Norma (Bob) Teel, Shirley Spender, Mary Teel and Helen Spencer, all of Macomb, and Hazel Gossage, Camden. She was preceded in death by her mother; one infant son, Edward Miller; two brothers; and one sister.
Wilma lived most of her life in the Colchester and Tennessee areas.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, with the Rev. Jason Thacker officiating. Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery, near Brooklyn.


Minnie E. Hightower Gallaher

Eagle Publications, Ocotber 17, 2002
Minnie E. Gallaher, 89, Colchester, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.
She was born March 9, 1913, in Huntsville, the daughter of Rolla and Minnie E. (Ryan) Hightower. She married Joseph Dale Gallaher April 2, 1932, in Colchester. He preceded her in death Sept. 10, 1992. She is survived by four brothers, Joseph Hightower, Colchester, Bernard Hightower, Macomb, Rolla Hightower Jr., Macomb, and Robert Hightower, Kirksville, Mo.; and one sister, Lorena Davis, Rushville. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Kenneth, Harold and two infants; and four sisters, Lilly Resch, Clarice Vencent, Geraldine Downs and Betty Hightower.
She and her husband operated the Mindale Store in Schuyler County for many years; she later was a cook at the Colchester Cafe.
She was a member of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith, Macomb.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at Jones' Mortuary, Colchester, with the Rev. David Cheatwood officiating. Burial was in Hutchinson Cemetery, Tennessee.


Bessie Mabel Bryan Graves

Eagle Publications, November 14, 2002
Bessie Mabel Graves, 98, Sciota, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at Avon Nursing Home.
She was born Sept. 23, 1904, in Sciota, the daughter of Carey Ahas and Annie (Bycroft) Bryan. She married Roscoe Lemuel Graves Dec. 31, 1925, in Monmouth. He preceded her in death Aug. 20, 1984. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Anne Huff, Sciota; two grandchildren, David Huff, Sharpsburg, Ga., and Jane Chapin, Cuba; two great-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; and one brother, Kenneth Bryan, Greeley, Colo. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Ruth Anne Huff and Gary James Huff. She was a homemaker and a member of Sciota United Methodist Church. Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at Glade City Cemetery, Blandinsville, with the Rev. Sondra Newman officiating.


Sloane Garrison

died: September 11, 1924
Rushville Times, Sept. 18, 1924
Sloane Garrison Died In Macomb Friday
Sloane Garrison, son of John Garrison, a former resident of Schuyler, died in Macomb last Friday. The following is taken from the Macomb Journal of Sept. 12th:
Sloane A. Garrison, of 327 South Johnson street, died at the Holmes hospital late yesterday, aged 29 years, 9 months and 7 days. The funeral, under Masonic auspices, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, Rev. W. T. Rodgers officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Auburn cemetery. Deceased had been in for the past week with peritonitis.
Mr. Garrison was born Dec. 2, 1894, and had been a resident of this city practically all of his life. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and was highly respected by his many acquaintances.
Surviving, Mr. Garrison leaves his wife, who was Miss Mildred Stone of this city; his father, John Garrison of Fruita, Colo; one sister, Mrs. Fred {May} Wiley of Macomb; one half-brother, Donald, and two half-sisters, Dorothy and Lucile, both of Fruita.


Nancy Jane Grigsby Gordon

died: October 7, 1935
Blandinsville Star-Gazette, October 10, 1935, page 1
Note: more not transcribed
Mrs. Nancy Gordon Dies; 90 Years of Age
Blandinsville this week is mourning the loss of one of its oldest and finest citizens, Mrs. Nancy Jane Gordon who at the age of 90 years, 5 months and 9 days, passed away on Monday morning at her beautiful home in the south part of town. Death came at 2:30 am following a short illness.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Grigsby who lived at the north east edge of town where she was born and she spent all her life in the vicinity.
On August 4, 1861, when she was just 16 years old, she became the bride of Newton Jasper Gordon. For 58 years they lived together until Mr. Gordon passed away in 1919.
During those years, 11 children were born to them and they built a home that is still one of the finest in all the vicinity. Of the 11 children, 4 preceded her in death, they were George William Gordon, Joel Floyd Gordon, Elizabeth Gordon and Mrs. Olive Lemara Pendarvis. The 7 children who survive are Nancy A. Gordon, John Henry Gordon, Crete Gordon, James Gordon and Mrs. Dona Armstrong, all of Blandinsville; Mrs. Pearl C. Kempher of Quincy, and Mrs. Ruby Kerr of LaHarpe. Mrs. Gordon also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Lou Grigsby of Los Angeles, California.
Funeral services are to be held this Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Glade City Cemetery.


Joel Floyd Gordon

Blandinsville Star-Gazette, September 6, 1923
Joel Floyd Gordon, son of Newton Jasper and Nancy Grigsby Gordon was born in Blandinsville township February 24, 1864 and spent his entire life in the same locality and departed this life September 2, 1923, age 59 years, 7 months and 9 days.
On February 1894 he was united in marriage to Grace Wilson of this city, who preceded him in death July 2, 1900. To this union 2 daughters were born: now Mrs. Leone Banks and Mrs. Eileen Hall both of Blandinsville. He was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth, who died in infancy, a brother William who died September 9, 1905 and his father who passed away August 27, 1919. Besides his aged mother and 2 daughters he is survived by the following brothers and sisters - John Henry and James Owens Gordon of Blandinsville; Mrs. Ruby Kerr of LaHarpe; Mrs. Olive Prendarvis and Pearl Kempher both of Blandinsville; Misses Nancy J., Deliliah C., and Donna M. still at home.


Newton Jasper Gordon

died: August 27, 1919
Blandinsville Star Gazette
A Pioneer Gone
Death took from Blandinsville one of her oldest, best and most beloved citizens when Newton J. Gordon passed away at his home on south Main street on last Wednesday, August 27, 1919.
Mr. Gordon was born in Kentucky March 3, 1835 and made his home there till he reached manhood. When about 25 years old he came to Blandinsville. This was nearly 60 years agoand the town was a scattered village. Here he began farming and his industry and intelligence brought him success and his kindness and courtesy and sterling character brought him friends.
He was married to Miss Nancy Grigsby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Grigsby, one of the oldest of the pioneers here and whose family was among the most prominent in the community. To them were born 11 children. One died in childhood and the oldest one, William died some years ago. There remains, Joseph, Mrs. Ollie Pendarvis, Miss Nina, Mrs. Pearl Kempher, John, Mrs. Ruby Kerr, Miss Crete, James and Miss Donna. With the exception of Mrs. John Kerr at LaHarpe, the children all live and Blandinsville and Misses Nina, Crete and Donna are at home with their widowed and heartbroken mother. Mr. Gordon was for many long years a faithful and active member of the Baptist church and to the day of his death, made its welfare one of the chief of his interests.
He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and insight and died possessed of a considerable estate. He was honest and upright and his clean life and clean character gave him a high standing in the community. Besides the sorrowing wife and children his death brings sorrow to a wide circle of relatives and to every citizen of this community.
Funeral services were held at the home at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 29, and a great concourse of friends and neighbors congregated to join in this last sad ceremony. The body was laid to rest in Glade City Cemetery.

Susan Murphy Rogers Graves

died: Sept. 25, 1904
Macomb Daily Journal, Sept. 27, 1904, pg.4
Death Record - Mrs. Thomas Graves
Mrs. Thomas Graves died at her home, 338 West Jefferson street, at 8 p.m. Sunday last, aged 56 years, 1 month and 17 days. The funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. J. S. Gash officiating, interment in Oakwood. Susan Murphy was born near Gosport, Ia, Aug. 10, 1848. She resided there until 1883, when she moved to this state and settled in Macomb, where she has since lived. In February 1876, she was married to Thomas Graves, who survives her. She was a devoted member of the Christian church for years and in every way has done her duty to her family and neighbors. She leaves children as follows: Mrs. Maggie Webster of Scotland township, John Rogers of this city, children by a former marriage; and Mrs. S. A. Hoffman, Essie, Frank, Roy and Jesse, by her second husband.


Gladys K Tomlinson Gaddis

Peoria Journal Star, March 23, 1992, Page: C5
Industry - Gladys K. Gaddis, 77, of Industry died at 8:14 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 1992, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Born May 3, 1914, in Schuyler County to Albert C. and Grace Haber Tomlinson, she married Samuel Lloyd Gaddis on Oct. 11, 1933, in Rushville. He died Nov. 11, 1986. She also was preceded in death by one son, William; four brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by one son, Gene of Macomb, and seven grandchildren. She was an Industry resident most of her life.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb, the Rev. Richard Alcumbrack officiating. Calling hours will begin at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb.


Garrett Thomas Grover

Peoria Journal Star, May 18, 1998, Page: B4
Rushville - Garrett Thomas Grover, infant son of Thomas and Beth Hulvey Grover of Rushville, died at 10:52 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 1998, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, where he was born Friday, May 15, 1998.
Surviving are his parents; one sister, Kasey Grover at home; his grandparents Maynard and Connie Hulvey of Rushville and Marilyn Grover of Mount Sterling; and his great-grandmothers Josephine Constable and Marie Roudebush, both of Rushville. His grandfather John Grover preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Rushville City Cemetery. The Revs. Robert Belew and Scott Henley will officiate. There will be no visitation. Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Otto E. Gossage I

Eagle Publications, March 1, 2006
Otto E. Gossage, 96, Huntsville, died at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at his home.
He was born Sunday, Feb. 20, 1910, in Schuyler Co., the son of Fred and Mattie (Sorrels) Gossage. He married Margaret Louise Clemens April 8, 1933, in Bardolph. She preceded him in death May 23, 1991.
He is survived by three sons, Otto E. (Patti) Gossage, Jr., Marietta, Randy L. (Judy) Gossage, Macomb, Danny E. Gossage, Basco; five daughters, Norma J. (Bob ) Teel, Macomb, Shirley T. Spencer, Macomb, Mary M. Teel, Colchester, Helen M. Spencer, Macomb, and Hazel M. Gossage, Brooklyn; 33 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and 15 great-great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by four children, Richard, Betty, Larry, and Wilma Gossage; seven grandchildren; two brothers, and four sisters.
He farmed in his early years, operated a Sawmill in Littleton and worked at Robertson Block Co., Beardstown, retiring in 1976.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at the Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, with Mr. Joyce Farwell officiating. Burial was at the Ridgeville Cemetery near Browning.

Francis Henry Golliher

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, August 25, 2003, Page: 24
MOUNT STERLING - Francis Henry "Whistle" Golliher, 72, of Mount Sterling died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003, at St. John's Hospital.
He was born April 11, 1931, in Bushnell, the son of Henry Taylor and Annabel Dietrich Golliher. He married Lila G. Hoosier in 1951 in Versailles; she died in 1996. He married Vivian Rigg Sorrells in 1997 in Mount Sterling.
Mr. Golliher worked for Western Illinois FS Feeds in Rushville for more than 15 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mount Sterling, serving as a deacon, and Versailles Lions Club.
Survivors: wife, Vivian; three daughters, Cindy (husband, Bobby) Bullen of Midwest City, Okla., Liann (husband, Dale) Bauch of Versailles and Sheila (husband, Tim) Roach of Springfield; two sons, Steven (wife, Kathy) Golliher of Mount Sterling and Lyle Golliher of Rushville; two stepsons, Kevin (wife, Ireana) Sorrells of Rushville and Kent (wife, Jeni) Sorrells of Petersburg; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mercedes (husband, Edward) Sathoff of Atterberry; and several nieces and nephews.
Remains will be cremated.
Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Cooperstown Cemetery, the Rev. Dan Edwards officiating.
Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling is in charge of arrangements.


Dale L. Gordon

Peoria Journal Star, October 7, 1993, Page: C8
BLANDINSVILLE - Dale L. Gordon, 81, of Blandinsville died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1993, at his home.
Born July 1, 1912, in Fountain Green to Henry and Cora Louderman Gordon, he married Alzata Leonard on April 17, 1937, in Carthage. She survives.
Also surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Terry (Barbara) Collins of Blandinsville, Mrs. Randy (Diana) Sharpe of LaHarpe, Mrs. Ernest (Susan) Toland of Littleton, Mrs. Richard (Nancy) Shoemate of Saddle River, N.J., and Mrs. Edward (Sharon) Williams of Cape Fair, Mo.; three brothers, Glenn of Astoria, Jim of Benton and Robert of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sisters, Mabel McKee of Macomb and Doris Benedict of LaGrange Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
He farmed near Blandinsville and sold livestock feed for nine years.
He was a member of LaHarpe Board of Education and was a 4-H leader.
He was a member of LaHarpe Christian Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe. The Rev. Richard Sargent will officiate. Calling hours will be after 1 p.m. today and visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.


Josephine S. Gorsuch

Peoria Journal Star, December 12, 1994, Page: D8
INDUSTRY - Josephine S. Bozard Gorsuch, 82, of Scott County Nursing Center in Winchester, formerly of Industry, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 1994, at the center.
Born Oct. 5, 1912, in Canton to Benjamen Clayton and Clara Belle Rumsey Smith, she married John Bozard on Dec. 21, 1929, in Canton. He died June 28, 1957. She later married James Gorsuch on Nov. 15, 1967, in Industry. He died April 2, 1984. One daughter, Betty JoAnn Carlock; one grandson; one great-grandson; two sisters; one brother; and one stepson also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Herb Bozard of Industry; one daughter, Inez Holderman of Winchester; three stepdaughters, Myrtle Terry of Moline, Letha Hickman of Macomb and Myrna Powell of Rushville; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She worked in the dietary department of the Elms Nursing Home in Bushnell. She later worked in the housekeeping department of McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, where family will receive friends one hour before services. The Rev. Jill Johnson-Scott will officiate. Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.


Otis W. Gorsuch

died: June 27, 1990
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 29, 1990, Page: 19
LITTLETON - Otis W. Gorsuch, 92, of Littleton died at 9:52 a.m. Wednesday at Macomb Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, and burial will be in Littleton Cemetery.
Surviving are one son, Harold of Littleton; two daughters, Blanche Butcher of Macomb and Clela Sprinkle of Littleton; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Note: Otis was married to Beulah Dupuy.


Ralph V. Gray

Peoria Journal Star, August 14, 1992, Page: C10
MACOMB - Ralph V. Gray, 72, of Rock Island, formerly of Macomb, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 1992, at Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
Born Feb. 17, 1920, in Ray to Joseph Arthur and Edith Black Gray, he married Wylla Greene Vercauteren in 1942. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Ralph Virgil of Macomb; three daughters, Caralee Ann Hester of Houston, Pamela Sue Hagspihl of Troy, Mich., and Sherry Lynn Pfaff of Rock Island; two sisters, Helen Seaman of Beardstown and Edna Enders of Milan; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
He served in the Navy in 1945-46 and was a member of Macomb Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1921. He worked at International Harvester in Moline.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Rushville City Cemetery in Rushville. The Rev. William Hesseldenz will officiate. There will be no visitation. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.


Aubrey L. Groves

Peoria Journal Star, August 11, 1996, Page: C14
MACOMB - Aubrey L. Groves, 39, of 602 W. Washington died at 3:18 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 1996, at Bridgeway Home.
She was born Jan. 16, 1957, in Abilene, Texas, to John W. Jr. and Barbara Harwood Groves.
Surviving are her mother, Barbara Morgan of Beardstown; her father of Beardstown; one brother, Johnny Groves of Astoria; and one sister, Barbara Groves of Fort Worth, Texas.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Kevin Sager will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the memorial home. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery in Beardstown.


Mary E. Green

Mrs. Mary E. Green Dies in City Hospital
Mrs. Mary Ethelyn GREEN, 70 years old, died at the city hospital at 11:35 o'clock last night after being seriously ill since June 4.

Mrs. GREEN was born Oct. 13, 1882, in Plymouth, Ill.  She received her schooling at Plymouth, and before her marriage worked for the telephone company there.  She was married to William A. GREEN at McComb, Ill., April 12, 1906.  They moved to Miami, Okla., in 1907 where Mr. GREEN was engaged in farming. In 1916 Mr. and Mrs. GREEN moved to Columbus where they have resided ever since that time.  Mr. GREEN was employed here as a farmer, and miner and worked for the Northeast Oklahoma Railroad Co., retiring several years ago. Mrs. GREEN was a member of the Christian church, the Sunshine Circle, Lamplighters class, Mayflower club and D.A.R.

Surviving are the husband of the home at 609 S. Tenn.; one daughter, Mrs. Helen GRAHAM, Hot Springs, Ark., three sons, James Sanford GREEN, Columbus; Gerald A. GREEN, Kansas City Mo., and Russell W. GREEN, Kansas City, Kans.; one sister, Mrs. Bertha HOYT, Colchester, Ill.; two brothers, Manson SANFORD, Plymouth, Ill. and William SANFORD, St. Paul, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Jorden funeral home.
Additional notes: 
Husband:  William Albert GREEN
Burial was at Park Cemetery, Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas

[Source:  The Columbus Daily Advocate, Columbus, Cherokee County, Kansas; June 10, 1953, page 1 column 2. , Unknown Submitter]


Funeral Services Held From Home Sunday  Afternoon
Mrs. Charlotte GREEN died Thursday afternoon  at the home of her son, William GREEN, on South Delaware at the age of 72 years,  six months and four days. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday  afternoon conducted by Rev. L. A. JOHNSON.  Burial was beside her husband  in Blandonsville, Ill.

Charlotte Euell was born in Washington County,  Kentucky, January 25, 1859. On November 19, 1878, she was married to  William Wallace GREEN in Washington County.  They were the parents of three  children, one of whom died in infancy in 1870 (sic).  The other two  children.  Rodman Ira of Oswego and William Albert of Columbus, survive.  In 1885 Mrs. GREEN moved with her family to McDonald (sic) County, Ill., where she resided until they moved to Miami, Okla., in 1908. Thirteen  years ago she and her husband moved to Columbus where she made her home with her  son until her death at his home Thursday.  Her husband died March 15, 1920,  also at the son's home.
Mrs. GREEN was converted 26 years ago and was a  member of the Methodist church.  She was patient and uncomplaining  through all her suffering and sickness, a part of which lasted a number of  years.  She was cheerful and faithful in health, in sickness, and even  until the hour of death; a good friend and a good mother and neighbor.  In addition to the two sons she is survived by two sisters, Marshall of  Mt. Vernon, Mo., and Mrs. Sallie MARSHALL of Blandonsville (sic), Ill., one niece, two nephews and six grandchildren.

[Source:  The Modern Light, Columbus, Kansas; August 6, 1931; page  1 column 4. -- Unknown Submitter]
Transcriber's  notes:
Article reported the infant death in "1870"; year  probably should be either 1879 or 1880.
"McDonald County, Ill."  should read "McDonough County, Ill." and "Blandinsville" should be spelled  "Blandinsville."
Both Charlotte and William Wallace GREEN were  buried at Blandinsville, Illinois
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