Beal Surname Obituaries

Minerva Beal

Newspaper Unknown - May 1927

Minerva Jane Dyer, wife of Stephen A. Beal and daughter of Jesse and Susan Dyer, was born at Palmyra, Illinois, June 20, 1883 and died at St. John's hospital in Springfield at 7:20 p.m. Monday, May 16, 1927, at the age of 43 years, 10 months and 26 days.

Her early education was obtained in the Athens schools and practically all her life was spent here. She was a member of the Free Methodist church, having united with that denomination when a girl.

On February 15, 1910, she was united in marriage to Stephen A. Beal at Jacksonville, Illinois. To this union six children were born: three sons, Franklin, Alfred and Glenn, and three daughters, Lula May, Hattie and Helen, who with the husband, survive. She is also survived by four brothers: James H. Dyer of Jacksonville, George and Wesley of Springfield and John of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Mattie B. Seeley of Pekin.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in this city, Wednesday afternoon, May 18, at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Ewing officiating.

Interment was made in the Hall cemetery.

Contributed by:Bertha Emmett

William Beal

Newspaper Unknown - February 1937

William T. Beal, son of the late Geo. K. and Elizabeth Maddox Beal, was born in the State of Tennessee, on August 11, 1852, and died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Nellie Pfeil, at 5:20, Monday morning, February 22, 1937, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 11 days.

At the age of nine months he was brought by his parents to Lawrence County, Illinois, where the family settled.

At the age of 20, deceased was married to Nancy E. Nash at Louisville, Illinois. To this union five children were born; three of whom are living. Mrs. Beal preceded her husband in death in the year 1890.

Deceased united with the Baptist Church near Lancaster, Illinois when 17 years of age. He has made his home in this city since 1917.

The survivors are - one son, Stephen Beal of Athens; two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Pfiel of Athens, and Mrs. Hattie Rictor, Scott City, Kansas; one sister, Mrs. Mary Hopkins, Francesville, Illinois; three brothers, Thomas of St. Francesville; Jacob M. of Vincennes, Indiana; George G., Lancaster, Illinois; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Motts funeral home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. George Harness of Lincoln officiating.

Interment was made in Hall cemetery.

Contributed by:Bertha Emmett