This community experienced a shock last Thursday night when word was received of the death of Allen Mott which occurred at St. John's hospital about 11:20. While it was known that he was a very sick man, yet reports from the bedside were optimistic and all held hope for his recovery, but pneumonia developed and it soon proved fatal.
Allen Mott, son of James Wellington and Mary Mott, was born at Athens, March 12, 1860, and died at St. John's hospital in Springfield, October 31, 1929, after an illness of three days, at the age of 69 years, 7 months and 8 days.
He was one of a family of eight children. When he was nineteen years of age his father died and he took up the work of his father and carried it on until his death, a little more than fifty years. He spent his entire life in Athens.
In the summer of 1885, at the age of 25 years he was converted and had been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church until he was called to the higher realm. During these many years he held official position in the church of his choice and was ever active in all things that were for the betterment of the church, the community and each member of community.
He was married to Miss Delia Cresse, December 21, 1885. She preceded him in death, August 23, 1927. To this union eight children were born, three of whom, Earl, Lena and Hulda, died in early childhood.
He is survived by five children, Mrs. G. S. Van Wormer of Athens, Mrs. Edward Culver of Sweetwater; Olive, Harold and Ila, at home; two sisters, Mrs. H. A. Shively of Champaign, and Mrs. N. O. Primm of Athens; three brothers, Charles Mott of Adrian, Michigan, Milam Mott, of Los Angeles, California, and Eugene Mott of Villa Grove; three grandchildren, Edward and Allen Culven, and Marjorie Van Wormer, also a number of nephews and nieces and more distant relatives and host a personal friends.
Mr. Mott was a man who will be greatly missed, not only by those who were nearest and dearest to him, but also by an unusually large number of friends. Because of his chosen work he was in close contact with those in bereavement and his never failing kindness and courtesy on those occasions have been a source of much comfort to many people.
At the time of his death he was the senior member of the firm of Mott & Son, president of the Athens State Bank and a member of the official board of the Methodist church. In all these positions it will be hard to replace his afficient services and he will be sadly missed by all his business associates.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in this city, Sunday afternoon, November 3, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Paul J. Dubois, pastor officiating, assisted by Rev. J. C. Ewing of Pleasant Plains and Rev. Lester R. Gerber of Athens.
One of the largest crowds ever gathered for a funeral in Athens was in attendance. Some idea of the esteem in which the deceased was held can be gained from the fact that seven cars were required to handle the floral offerings. They were the tributes of those from every walk of life.
Interment was made in the family lot at Hall cemetery.
Contributed by Matthew Ferricks
Newspaper Unknown - August 24, 1927
Woman, 70, Dies Result of Fall
Mrs. Mott had stepped out the front door of her home when she slipped and fell to the floor. Members of the family rushed to her aid and she was brought to the hospital. She at first showed improvement but later, because of her age, complications set in and death followed.
Born in Menard county, June 13, 1857, the daughter of George and Maria Cresse, Mrs. Mott was brought to Sangamon county by her parents, who settled near Sherman. In 1881 she became the wife of Allen Mott, and the couple located at Athens and have remained there since.
Mrs. Mott was a worker in the Methodist church at Athens and is well known in Sangamon county.
She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Van Wormer, Athens, Mrs. Helen Culver, Sweetwater, and Olive and Ila, at home; one son, Harold, also at home and one brother, M. W. Cresse, Elwood.
Remains were removed to the residence and funeral arrangements will be completed later. An inquest into Mrs. Mott's death will be held this week by Deputy Coroner R. L. Stubbs.
Contributed by: Bertha Emmett