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Mrs Fishers Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev Askew officiated and interment took place in Elmwood cemetery.
The services were largely attended and the floral offerings numerous and beautiful.
Out of town people who attended the services were William Nail of Springfield; W F Norris and niece, Mrs Jones of Greenfield; Paul Kranish of St Louis.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Thursday, July 5, 1928 Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs William H Fite, Died Sunday
[d. 16 MY 1926]
Mrs Fite was 54 years old and had lived in the Litchfield vicinity her entire life. Died Sunday at 3:45 of Bright's disease with complications. Ada Fite was born near Hillsboro and grew up in Honey Point Twp., near Carlinville. She was the daughter of James and Sarah (Jennings) Harkey. She married William Fite in 1891 and they had the following children: Helen Francis who died in infancy, Joseph, Ralph, Lynn, and Victor, all of Litchfield, Mrs. Eva Boehler of Raymond, and Mrs. Marthellen Wuench of Litchfield.
She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, 2 sisters: Mrs. Nina Fite of Carlinville and Mrs. Daisy Zimmerly of Independence Iowa, and 1 brother: Charles Harkey of Raymond IL. Burial will be at Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery near Carlinville.
[Litchfield News Herald, Monday, 17 May 1926, Pg 1 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Sister of Charles Harkey Dies [d. 16 MY 1926]
Mrs Ada Mae Fite, aged 54 years, wife of William H Fite, of Litchfield died at the St Francis Hospital there Sunday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock following a short illness of Bright's disease and complications. Ada Harkey, daughter of James Harkey and Sarah Jennings Harkey, was born near Hillsboro. The family later moved to Honey Point Twp near Carlinville where she grew to womanhood. In 1891, she was united in marriage to W H Fite and to this union seven children were born, one daughter, Helen Frances, having died in infancy.
Surviving besides the husband are six children: Joseph, Ralph, Lynn, and Victor, of Litchfield; Mrs Eva Boehler of Raymond, and Mrs Marthellen Wuench of Litchfield. Five grandchildren also survive her, together with two sister and one brother, Mrs Nina Fite of Carlinville; Mrs Daisy Zimmerly of Independency IA; and Charles Harkey of Raymond. The funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Christian Church in Litchfield with Rev Shreve officiating.
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Services for former Litchfield resident, Victor Eugene Fite of Carthage TX will be conducted Thursday, July 3, at 2 pm in the Jimmerson funeral Chapel there by Rev Don Cocklin with burial in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Panola Co TX. Mr Fite, 85 last January 11, died Tuesday morning [d. 1 JL 1986] in Panola General Hospital. Born in Macoupin Co, a son of the late William H and Adah Harkey Fite, he was employed by the Bishop and Schoen grocery stores here before going to Panola Co 48 years ago. While in Litchfield, the family resided at 812 N Illinois Ave. Mr Fite and his wife operated Vic's Malt Shop in Carthage until his retirement. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Besides his wife, the former Irene Kirkland of Sorento, he is survived by a son, Dr Lloyd Fite of Houston TX; one brother, Ralph Fite of Litchfield; a sister, Mrs. Marthellen Williams of Tulsa OK; several nieces and nephews.
[Litchfield News Herald, 7 July 1986 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Funeral services for William Ralph Fite of Litchfield will be conducted at 1 pm Thursday in Ross-Plummer Funeral Home by Rev Joseph Justin, with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 pm Wednesday.
Mr Fite, 94, died at 12:18 pm Tuesday [d. 23 JL 1991] at St Francis Hospital. Born Sept 2, 1896 in Honey Point Twp, Macoupin Co, he was the son of the late William Henry and Ada May Harkey Fite. He married Alta Irene Edwards, Feb 26, 1919 in Decatur. She passed away Aug 18, 1989. Mr Fite was employed by Brown Shoe Co as a machine operator mechanic for 37 years, Litchfield Machine and Foundry Works eight years and Roller Derby Skate Corp eight years. He was a member of Union Avenue Christian Church.
He is survived by a son William Gerald Fite, Litchfield and two granddaughters, Mrs (Eldon) Susan Ray, Raymond, and Mrs (Steve) Margaret Redfern of New Hampshire, six great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were brothers Gerald, Joseph, and Victor Fite and sisters Eva May Boehler and Marthellen Williams.
[News Herald, Litchfield, IL, Wed, 24 Jul 1991 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

County Pioneer Died Sunday - Henry J. Fleming, of Grisham Twp, Died at his home near Donnellson
Mr. Henry J. Fleming, an old respected citizen of Grisham Township, died at his home near Donnellson on Sunday morning at the age of 65 years. Mr. Fleming had been a resident of this county almost all of his life and had many acquaintances in that portion of the county in which he resided.
He was united in marriage in 1866 to Miss Frances Kessinger and to this union five children were born, two which died in infancy, those who survived him besides the widow are: Chas. V. of Donnellson; Lewis of Jacksonville; and Mrs. Wm. Critchfield of Hillsboro.
The funeral services were conducted on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Cedar (should be Clear) Springs Baptist Church, Rev. Dunn of the M.E. Church of Donnellson, of which the deceased was a member, conducted the service. Interment was made at the Cedar (should be Clear) Springs Cemetery.
[Litchfield Daily News, Tuesday Morning, 20 Jun 1911, Page 1 Col 1 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs. John Forsyth Succumbs to Long Sickness
Mrs. Mattie Forsyth 76, wife of John W. Forsyth, died Sunday morning at 10:40 o'clock at the residence 902 E. Union Avenue following an illness of several years.
Mrs. Forsyth became in serious condition about two months ago and last week suffered a stroke of paralysis.
She was the former Mattie Forrester and was born in Trenton June 8, 1867. She was reared there and in St. Louis. She united in marriage in St. Louis to J.W. Forsyth and since then her home had been Litchfield.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Luther Lee of Pocatello Idaho, by a former marriage. She also leaves 3 grand children and 4 nieces and 4 nephews who reside in St. Louis.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Carroll and Son funeral home. Rev. C.S. Tritt, Methodist minister, will be in charge and interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery. The body will lie at the funeral home to await services. [
Litchfield News Herald, Monday, 28 Jun 1943, Pg 1 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs. Forsyth Rites Tuesday Afternoon (additional information)
Out of town relatives and friends who attended the services were:
Mrs. Lillian Forsyth and daughter, Marise of Peoria - Mrs. E.J. Forsyth of Danville - Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Shelton of Lawton, OK; Mr. and Mrs. Potts and family - Mrs. Celeste Colligin and daughter, Mrs. Orbra Cheatam of Greenville - Mrs. Hattie Lee; Mrs. Neta Inskeep and daughter, Virginia of St. Louis; Mrs. Minnie Easley and daughter, Mrs. C. Laughlin of Hillsboro
[Litchfield News Herald, Wednesday, 30 Jun 1943, Pg 1 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Walter J. Fortune, 71, departed this life Saturday, June 18, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. He was born Jan. 3, 1940, in Hillsboro, to Carl and Dorothy Fortune. He is survived by his daughters, Vanessa Tyus of Jacksonville, Gay Trevino of Houston, Lachica Fortune, Marcie Fortune (Lamont), Betty Fortune (Matt) Samantha Fortune and Sean Williams, all of Peoria, Aaron Fortune of Murphysboro and Tyrone Fortune of Kinloch, Mo.; brother, Carl James Fortune of Peoria; and sisters, Wiletta Jackson of Jacksonville, Dorothy Covington of Peoria and Vickie Fortune of Royal Lakes. He had 30 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Dorothy Fortune; his brothers, Wayne and William Fortune; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m.-noon at St. James Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Funeral services will be held noon at the church, with burial at Hill Crest Cemetery in Hillsboro. James D. Memorial Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Services for Charlene B Fosnaugh, formerly of Litchfield, will be held at 1 pm Saturday in Plummer funeral Home with the Rev Mark Richison, pastor of Parkview Christian Church at Mt Carmel officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 pm today in the funeral home.
Mrs Fosnaugh died at 10:10 am Thursday, May 24, 2001, in St John's North, Springfield. A resident of Virden, she was 73 years old on September 27. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Benjamin and Belvia Parrott Kruse and graduated from Litchfield High School. She married LaVern Fosnaugh on October 15, 1950, in Litchfield; he died September 15, 1999. Surviving are a son, Robert Fosnaugh and wife Dawn of Springfield; brother, George Kruse and wife Eilene of Virden; sisters, Betty Maynard and husband Henry; and Dolores Kruse, all of Litchfield; and one granddaughter, Kari Fosnaugh. Preceding her in death were brothers, Benjamin Kruse in infancy, John A Kruse and James "Rusty" Kruse.
[News Herald, 25-26 May 2001 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Ex Alderman, Louis Foster, Burial Today
Louis Foster, aged 77, of this city died Wednesday at the State Hospital at Alton. The funeral party drove overland today from Edwardsville to Elmwood Cemetery where the services were conducted by Rev Askew, pastor of the Union Avenue Christian Church. The deceased was born at Greenville, Bond Co in 1850. He was married in 1870 to Mary Nellie Moore of Greenville. Six children were born to this union two of whom survive as follows Mrs Frankie of Woodriver and Mrs Lulu M Rhodes of Pascadena CA. Mrs Foster died 37 years ago…
[Litchfield Daily Union, Friday, July 1, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Friday, Nov 17, at his residence in Cotton Hill
David Funderburk, aged about 89 years.
Mr Funderburk was, at the time of his death, among the oldest survivors of that noble band which rescued Illinois from the hands of the Indians. He served from 1814 to 1819 in the United States army, and at the conclusion of his term of enlistment settled in what is now Cotton Hill Township, where he resided until his death. He was highly respected by all who knew him, and in his death the Old Settlers lose one from their fast-lessening ranks, and his children a kind and a loving parent.
[Illinois State Journal, Nov 19, 1883, pg 8, col 3-4 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Staunton, Feb 16 --- William Funderburk died at his home in Staunton, Saturday morning
[d. 14 FE 1942] at 11:15 o'clock following a heart attack. Mr Funderburk had previously been in good health. He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs John Funderburk and was born in the vicinity of New Douglas 73 years ago. He married Miss Nora Wall and lived on a farm in the vicinity of New Douglas and later moved to St Louis where he was a policeman for thirty years. He retired as a policeman and moved to Staunton ten years ago. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Nora Funderburk, one son Elvin, of Detroit, two granddaughters of St Louis, one brother, Joseph of Caldwell, Kansas, and two sisters, Mrs Henry Reener of Litchfield and Mrs Joseph Nessel of Misoula Montana. One daughter preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday at the Huntman Funeral Home in Staunton. Rev Louis V Veltji of the Christian Church will have charge of the service. Burial will be in the New Douglas Cemetery. [Edwardsville Intelligencer, Monday, February 16, 1942 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]


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