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Neil Barnett, Meredosia, Ill, accidently electrocuted. [Source: The Day Book July 14, 1914]

Mrs. Leah M. Bridgeman, in her 43d year, d. in Concord, Morgan Co., Ill. b. in Va., migrated with parents, James and Elizabeth Deaton, to Ill. in 1819. Embraced religion 1824. Married in 1849 to Hezekiah Bridgeman. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol 1, 6 May 1853, p. 71, submitted by K. Torp)

Marilyn M. (Baxa) Chaney
JACKSONVILLE - Marilyn Marie Chaney, 48, of Jacksonville died Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at Passavant Area Hospital. She was born July 27, 1950, in Belleville, Kan., the daughter of Ernest and Bessie Baxa. She married James Chaney in 1993 in Jacksonville. Mrs. Chaney had worked in the housekeeping department of Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville for 8 years. She was a member of Jacksonville Church of Christ. Survivors: husband, James; two sons, David (wife, Tracey) and Christopher Rodenbaugh, both of Jacksonville; two grandchildren; mother, Bessie Baxa of Aurora, Neb.; a brother, Loren (wife, Margaret) Baxa; and two sisters, Lorene and Evelyn, both of Kansas. Services: noon Saturday, Williamson Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Burial: Jacksonville East Cemetery. [The State Journal-Register, May 6, 1999; Sub. by Maurene Miller]

Hardin Harvey Clark
Dies at Home North of Jacksonville
The death of Hardin Harvey Clark, a lifetime citizen of Morgan county, occurred at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon as the result of a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Clark passed away at his home three miles north of Jacksonville. He was 79 years, 2 months and 4 days old. Mr. Clark was well known and highly respected throughout the entire community. He was born north of the city November 8, 1847, son of William and Elizabeth Clark. On January 1, 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Emerick of Jacksonville. They were the parents of two children, R.E. Clark of Chapin and Mrs. Ellis Petefish of Jacksonville. Both children, his wife, and a brother, J.J. Clark, of Arcadia, survive. Mr. and Mrs. Clark were married at the home of her sister, Mrs. E. Hamm eight miles north of Jacksonville, and located on a nearby farm where they were actively engaged in farming until 1900, when they moved to the home three miles north of here. Mr. Clark was active member of the Arcadia Methodist church. The remains were removed to the Billham Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. The remains will be placed in the Diamond Grove mausoleum.
(Jacksonville Journal, Jan. 1927, submitted by Rlferricks2 at

Jason J. Clark
Arcadia Man is Called by Death, Rites Saturday
Jason J. Clark, highly respected resident of Arcadia, passed away Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at his home, after a lingering illness. 3 weeks ago Mr. Clark suffered a fractured hip and since that time his condition has gradually gotten worse. An inquest will be conducted this morning at 10 o'clock at the Williamson Funeral Home by Coroner C.S. Young. Mr. Clark was the son of William H., and Eliza Clark, and was born May 13, 1851 near Arcadia. He was united in marriage with Miss Eliza J. Petefish on December 18, 1872. To the union three children were born, two of them preceded their father in death. One son, Charles E. Clark of Arcadia and granddaughter Floy Bernice Clark of Jacksonville, survive. Mrs. Clark passed away 16 years ago and 4 brothers and 1 sister preceded Mr. Clark in death, he being the last of his family. The decedent became a member of I.O.O.F., No. 92. Arcadia on April 7, 1873 and later became affiliated with Temple Encampment, No. 49. Mr. Clark spent practically all of his life farming, retiring only a few years ago. He was a man of sterling character and a substantive citizen in the community in which he resided for 81 years. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Arcadia in charge of Rev. D.C. Byrus. Burial will be in Arcadia Cemetery. The body will be removed to the church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon where it may be viewed by friends. The remains will be removed to the Clark home from the Williamson Funeral Home at three o'clock this afternoon. (Jacksonville Journal, Oct. 1932, submitted by Rlferricks2 at

Vera Dickman
MEREDOSIA - Vera Dickman, 76, of Meredosia died Wednesday [April 23, 1986] at Memorial Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Schaefer-Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia.
Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, Harry; five sons, Royce "Butch," Ray, Bob and Ted, all of Meredosia, and Wayne of Jacksonville; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Joyce Sue) Toland of Rushville; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Violet Little of Springfield and Gloria Armstrong of Bloomington; and six brothers, Eugene and Dale McDannold, both of Meredosia, Marvin "Bill" and Vernard McDannold, both of Stanford, Kenneth McDannold of Clinton, Ark., Bernard McDannold of Minier.
[State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 24, 1986, Page: 20; Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Shelly B. Fishel
JACKSONVILLE - Shelly B. Fishel, 75, of Jacksonville died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born Nov. 28, 1930, in Little Indian, the son of Lewis F. and Mary K. Barbee Fishel. He married Mary Lou Fortado in 1969 in Jacksonville. A son, Steve Fishel, and a daughter, Linda Brown, preceded him in death.
Mr. Fishel graduated from Jacksonville High School. He worked at Virginia Packing Co. and retired as a supervisor from the security division of the secretary of state's office in 1995. He attended Northminster Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville.
Survivors: wife, Mary Lou; two daughters, Sharon Sweeney of Carlinville and Shelley Jo (husband, Earl) Towle of Peoria; son, Tom (wife, Irma) Holmes of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Cody & Son Memorial Home, Jacksonville. Burial: Jacksonville East Cemetery.
[State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, October 30, 2006 - submitted by Sara Hemp]

Francis A. Floyd
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 14, 1992, Page: 14
MEREDOSIA - Francis A. Floyd, 76, of Meredosia died Saturday at St. Luke's Long Term Care Facility in Beardstown. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Schaefer-Cody Funeral Home, Meredosia, with burial in Oakland Cemetery, Meredosia. Surviving are his wife, Martha Mae Shinall Floyd; a daughter, Mrs. James (Sandra) Lockhart of Meredosia; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gilbert of Meredosia and Jessie of Jacksonville; and a sister, Mrs. C.J. (Josephine) Logsdon of Mount Sterling.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Genevieve Floyd
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 11, 1988, Page: 13
BEARDSTOWN - Genevieve Floyd, 56, of Beardstown, formerly of Meredosia, died at 9 a.m. Thursday at Meyers Nursing Home. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia. Schaefer-Cody Funeral Home, Meredosia, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are a son, Terry Floyd of Beardstown; two sisters, Evaline Reining of Meredosia and Josephine Logsdon of Mount Sterling; and three brothers, Francis and Gilbert, both of Meredosia, and Jesse of Jacksonville.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Carroll Kenneth Gray
Born: 8 October 1927, Waverly, Sangamon County, Illinois
Died: 26 September 1919, Waverly, Sangamon County, Illinois

Carrol Gray Answers Final Summons
Carroll Kenneth Gray, son of John W and Ethel Gray, was born in Sangamon County, Illinois, near Waverly, October 8, 1896. His entire life was spent within a few miles of his birthplace and as a growing boy he knew the joys which a characteristic of boyhood, but for one so young in hears he knew much of the suffering of this life, which he left Thursday September 26, 1918.
He was in his Junior year in the Waverly Township High School, when on account of his sickness he was compelled to quit School. He would have graduated with the class of 1918. He was always a great favorite whit his school companions, and manifested a generous and kindly spirit toward all.
He is survived by his parents; three brothers, Rolland, John and Allyn; and Three sisters, Marie, Wilma and Nigel. About nine years ago a tent meeting was held in Loami, during which meeting he was converted and later united with the Baptist church at Lowder, of which church he remained a consistent member until he joined the church triumphant His last testimony concerning his faith and hope for the future was "It is perfectly bright." "Go wing your flight from star to star, From world to shining world a-far, As the universe spreads its shining wall, Count all the pleasures of all the spheres, And multiply each by thousands of years; One moment in heaven is worth them all."
Funeral services were held at the First M.E. Church in Waverly at 2:30 O'clock Sunday afternoon; in the presence of a large company of friends, the faculty and the pupils of the high school attending in a body. Rev. F. E. Smith pastor of the church officiated. A quartet composed of Mesdames Barrow and Shutt and Messrs C. A. Carter and W. L. Carter sang "Lead Kindly Light," "A Perfect Day" and "Somewhere the Sun is Shining." The Pallbearers were Robert Burns, Lester Mitchell, Eugene Ressor, John Jones, Zelah Crowell and Ray Burnett. The many beautiful flowers were cared for by Misses Helen Crain, Lucile Wright, Marie Taylor and Madellyn Ashbaugh.
Internment was in East Cemetery
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

Flora Ethel Smith Gray
Born: 16 March 1875, Loami, Sangamon County, Illinois
Died: 22 June 1927, Waverly, Sangamon County, Illinois
Flora Ethel Smith was born in Loami, March 16, 1875, and passed away at her home in Waverly, Friday, March 5, 1926, at the age of 50 years, 11 Months and 17 days, after a lingering illness of several months. Her early life was spent in or near Loami, where at the age of 16 she was united with the Christian church, of which she remained a member until after her marriage.
On October 18, 1894, she was united in marriage to John W. Gray. To this union seven children were born; Rolland, who is teaching in Rushville; Carroll, who preceded her in death seven years ago; Marie, who has been teaching in Cantrall; Mrs. Lester Dodd, of near Loami; Nigel, John,, Allyn all residing at home. She also leaves her aged parents, Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Smith of Loami; Four brothers, Fred and Frank of Springfield; Austin, of St. Louis; and Percy at home; also one grandson, Dale Francis Dodd.
Sixteen years ago, she, with her husband and two oldest sons, United with the Baptist church at Lowder. She was a member of Waverly Chapter No. 320, Order of the Eastern Star, and Malta Shrine No. 51, Jacksonville, Illinois
During her terrible suffering also was patient, and remarked that all was well, and she was ready to go.
Her one wish, that her loved ones might be with her at the end, was granted, and the end came peacefully.
"The shine that in her life the fellowship was him, "A mother's love how sweet the name! What is a Mothers's Love? A noble, pure and tender flame, enkindelled from above, To bless a heart of earthly mould; The warmest love that can grow cold, This is a mother's love." Her favorite poem "Mispah" is a consolation to the family at this time. "Go then my way as I go mine, Apart yet not afar; Only a thin veil hangs between The pathways where we are. And god keep watch 'tween thee and me, This is my prayer. He Looks thy way he looketh mine, and keeps us near. Sometimes I'll long to see Thy face, But since this cannot be, I'll leave Thee to the care of Him Who cares for thee and me."

Funeral services were held at the First M. E. church Sunday afternoonat 3 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Francis E. Smith of Gibson City, assisted by Rev. A. R. Wassell, pastor of the church. A Quartet composed of Mrs. W. A. Barrow, Mrs. J. H. Shutt, W. L. Carter and W. R. Turnbull sang, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden". Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Shutt sang "When They Ring Those Golden Bells For You and Me". It having been a request of Mrs. Gray's.
The Pall Bearers were: Melvin Dodd of Loami, Rome Workman, Cliff Harris, Robert Etter, C. F. Wimple, and C. W. Lowe. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. James Lythell, Mrs. Frank Mitchell, Mrs. Charles Mader, Mrs. F. O. Curtiss, Misses Stella and Lucile Rodgers, Edith Graves and Maude Workman. The members of the local Eastern Star Chapter attended the funeral in body. Interment was in East Cemetery.
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

John William Gray
Born: 28 August 1867, Manchester, Scott County, Illinois
Died: 22 July 1926, Waverly, Sangamon County, Illinois
John William Gray, son of William and Rebecca Gray, was born near Manchester, 28 August, 1867, and passed away at his home in Waverly Thursday, July 22, 1926, aged 58 years, 10 months and 24 days. He had been in poor health for some time, but his condition became serious last June.
His early life was spent near Waverly and surrounding community. On October 18, 1894, he was united in marriage to Ethel Smith, of Loami, who preceded him in death on the fifth of March, this year. To this union seven children were born: Rolland, of Rushville; Carroll, who preceded his father in death almost eight years ago; Mrs. Lester Dodd of Loami; and Marie, Nigel, John and Allyn, at home. He also leaves on grandson, Dale Francis Dodd; One brother, Charles Gray, of Franklin, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Sanam of Girard. His parents preceded him in death several years ago.
Sixteen years ago, he, with his wife and two oldest sones, united with the Baptist Church at Lowder.
He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Waverly, also a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Ansar Shrine of Springfield. His mind was clear to the end, and he said that his pain was not unbearable. He often expressed his willingness to go.
Go Thou Thy Way as I go mine, Apart yet not afar; Only a thin veil hangs between The pathways where we are. And God keep watch 'tween thee and me, This is my prayer, He looks Thy Way, he looketh mine, And keeps us near, Sometimes I'll long to see Thy face But since this cannot be I'll leave Thee to the care of Him Who cares for Thee and Me.
Funeral services were held at the First M. E. Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, in charge of, Rev. Francis E. Smith of Gibson City, assisted by Rev. A. R. Wassell, Pastor of the church. A Quartet composed of Mrs. W. A. Barrow, Mrs. J. H. Shutt, W. L. Carter and C. A. Carter of East St. Louis sang, "The Old Rugged Cross", "In The Garden" and "When They Ring Those Golden Bells For You and Me". The Pall Bearers were. Cliff Harris, Fred Miller, Bert Mitchell, W. W. Lowe, C. F. Wimple and J. C. Deatherage. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. James Lythell, Mrs. Frank Mitchell, Mrs. Charles Mader, Mrs. F. O. Curtiss, Misses Stella and Lucile Rodgers, Edith Graves and Maude Workman. The local Masonic lodge attended the funeral in body, and had charge of the services at East Cemetery.
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

William M. Gray
Born: January 1844, Illinois
Died: 23 February 1913, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois
Old Veteran Passed Away
William M. Gray a former resident of Waverly died at his home in Franklin, Monday morning at 10:30 A.M., at the age of 69 years.
Mr. Gray was a veteran of the Civil War seeing more than four years service in that conflict. He enlisted while yet in his teens and was mustered out of the service at the close of the war a First Lieutenant of Infantry.
Mr. Gray is survived by his wife and three of the five children to him and Mrs. Gray. For over thirty-five years the family lived in the Waverly and Franklin communities, having resided the pasts four months in Franklin. Mr. Gray was a staunch Christian man and strong in the counsel and work of the church.
The funeral was held Wednesday at 11:30 A.M. in the Baptist church at Franklin. Rev. Asa Stanper of Girard officiating, assisted by Rev. Asher of Jacksonville. Interment was in Franklin Cemetery.
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

Rebecca Ann Foster Gray
Born: 20 December 1845, Arkansas
Died: 19 March 1920, Franklin Morgan County, Illinois
Rebecca Ann Foster, Daughter of Richard and Sarah Foster was born December 20, 1843, near Buryville, and departed this life March 19, 1920 at her home in Franklin at the age of seventy-five years. To this union eight children were born, five of whom preceded the parents in death.
The remaining children are John W. Gray of Waverly; Mary Sansam of Girard; Charles A Gray of Chapin, An Adopted daughter, Arley F. Hart of Franklin, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren., also a son-in-law, S. M. Kittinger.
At an early age she professed her faith in Christ and united with the Baptist church, of which she has always been a faithful member. She never tired of telling of her faith in her Creator, and always tried to lead her children in the way they should go. She was ever thoughtful for the comforts of her family and friends, and made many sacrifices in their behalf.
What a magic word in "Mother"! A mother's love had all the stars of the universe shining at night on it. Mother was first to love us. Before we were born she thought of and planned for our comfort. Since our birth she had boured out the wealth of her heart's truest affection. She anticipated our needs, provided for them, did it all out of genuine love - no thought of a reward entering her mind. When we were sick she watched over us like a guardian angle, day and night. When we were away she longed constantly for our return. We owe her a debt we can never pay. How natural in trying to convey an adequate notion of God's love for his universe, it is to look upon the mother and the child, and when we can compare God to a loving mother, we can do no more. But even dying she is the best proof of immortality, for her love is too Devine to become dust! "if I were hanged on the highest hill - Mother O' Mine, I know whose love would follow me still Mother O' Mine I know who's tears would come down to me Mother O' Mine O Mother O' Mine If I were damned of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, Mother O' Mine - Dear Mother O' Mine!"
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

Walter Otis Gray
Born: 28 October 1880, Morgan County, Illinois
Died: 27 August 1907, Morgan County, Illinois
Walter Otis Gray, youngest Son of William and Rebecca Gray, was born October 28, 1880, in Morgan County, Illinois, near this city, and died August 24, 1907, at his home in Franklin. He was married August 21, 1900, to Miss Addie Slack, and to this union three children were born to them. Two children preceded him to the better land, leaving his wife and one daughter to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father. He is also survived by his father and mother, of this city; Two brothers, John of Maxwell and Charles of Girard, and one sister, Mrs. Leonard Crawford, residing in this vicinity who in mourning the loss of a dutiful son and kind brother, with hope of a blessed reunion in the eternal home above. In the last hours preceding his death, to these loved ones he expressed his readiness to meet time in the better world.
Walter professed religion at the age of14 at the Little York church, under the ministry of the Rev. R. A. Hartrick, then the pastor of the Waverly M. E. church. He afterward united with the New Hope Baptist church under the ministry of Elder Stamper, and served that church one year as clerk.
Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church at Franklin on Monday, August 26, conducted by Elder Stamper of the Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Flagg, pastor of the M. E. church, followed by interment in the Franklin Cemetery where the body was laid beside those of his little 17 - month' - old daughter, who had died only a few weeks before. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends attended both services at the church and at the cemetery. The Pall-bearers where Clarence Herman and George Foster, cousins of the deceased, and Lee Carson, Fred Harris and Cliff Harris of Maxwell.
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

Mrs. W. I. Green (nee Runkle) - died: November 27, 1897
Mr. Joseph Runkle of this city, received a telegram Saturday evening announcing the death of his sister, Mrs. W. I. Green, who passed away the same day at Jacksonville. Mrs. Green and family, consisting of her husband and one son, have resided in Colorado the past four years, having arrived in Jacksonville but a few days before her death. Mrs. Green was 49 years of age. She was a daughter of John Runkle, who was a lawyer of Rushville many years ago. Joseph Runkle went to Jacksonville Monday morning to attend the funeral.
[The Schuyler Citizen, Schuyler Co., IL, December 1, 1897 - Transcribed by Carol Wolf Britton]

James C. Grove
In Jacksonville, on the 9th, Mr. James C. Grove, aged 40, late of New Jersey. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, March 26, 1841]

Kevin J. Hendricks
died: July 4, 1986
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 6, 1986, Page: 40

JACKSONVILLE - Kevin J. Hendricks, 20, of Jacksonville, formerly of rural Rushville, was found dead Friday on the campus of the Illinois School for the Deaf.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Good Hope Cemetery, northeast of Rushville.
Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are his parents, Melvin and Marilyn Sorrells Hendricks of rural Rushville; grandparents, Everett and Evelyn Sorrells of Ipava; one brother, Mark of rural Rushville; and two sisters, Cathy Phillips of rural Rushville and Candy Anderson of Jacksonville.

Dr. F.A. Kayser, , in his 43rd year, d. at Jacksonville, Ill. b. Germany. A homeopathic physician. Survived by widow, infant child. (Central Christian Advocate, Vol 1, 22 Dec 1853, p. 203, submitted by K. Torp)

Jacqueline Kay Laswell
Born: 13 March 1934, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Jacqueline Kay Laswell, infant daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Laswell, died Tuesday, March 13, at 7 P.M., at Springfield hospital. Burial was in East Cemetery, this City, Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Laswell was formerly Miss Marie Gray of this City.
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

John Laswell
Born: 17 March 1891, Richland, Camden County, Illinois
Died: 7 March 1971, Springfield, Sangamon Co., Illinois

John Laswell, 79, of 822 Thomas Ave., a retired employee of the state of Illinois and carpenter contractor, died at 6:50 P.M. Sunday at his home.
He was born at Richland, Mo., the son of Fountain T. and Nancy Jane Traw Laswell. His Parents, six brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Laswell was a member of West side Christian Church, Central Lodge No. 71 AF & AM, A.A.R.P. and was a Veteran of World War I. Surviving are his wife, Marie G.: two sons, Jack A. Sr, of Huntsville, Ala. And harlod W. of Mason, Mich.; Two sisters, Mrs. Anna Holland and Mrs. Elsie Perks, both of Springfield; one brother, George R. of Springfield and six grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 P.M. Wednesday at Bisch memorial Home, Rev. James Haenig and Rev. Charles Lee will officiate and burial will be in East Cemetery, Waverly.
[Submitted by Jack A. Laswell, Sr.]

Wm. Long
Wm. Long, residing in Mud Prairie, IL., a few miles from Waverly, was thrown from his horse a day or two since, and instantly killed.
[Source: Dated 16 Oct 1873, Pioneer Times, Oct. 1987, Vol 11, No 4. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan

Sidney S. Logsdon
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 25, 2005, Page: 28
MEREDOSIA - Sidney S. Logsdon, 91, of Meredosia, formerly of Versailles, died Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born Aug. 22, 1913, in Rushville, the son of Sidney Scott and Mary Batty Logsdon. He married Mary Louise Bradbury in 1941 in Rushville; she died in 1991. He married Helena Klopfer in 1992 in Chambersburg. Mr. Logsdon owned and operated Logsdon Orchard in Versailles for 25 years and had worked as a buyer for Pierson-Hollowell Walnut Log Co. in Indianapolis for several years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Chambersburg Christian Church, Mount Sterling American Legion Post 374 and Illinois Orchard Growers Association. He served as a Republican precinct committeeman in Brown County for several years.
Survivors: wife, Helena; son, Gayle Roger "Woody" (wife, Anne) Logsdon of Versailles; daughter, Brenda Lea (husband, Michael) Horton of Versailles; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; three stepsons, Robert (wife, Florecia) Klopfer of Jacksonville and Ernest and Francis (wife, Martha) Klopfer, both of Meredosia; two stepdaughters, Lois (husband, Darold) Van Hyning and Bonnie Turley, both of Meredosia; several stepgrandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling, the Rev. Jim Dain officiating. Burial: Hersman Cemetery south of Mount Sterling.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Debra K.Minor
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 12, 2002, Page: 36
VIRGINIA - Debra K. Minor, 46, of Virginia died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, at St. John's Hospital.
She was born Nov. 4, 1955, in White Hall, the daughter of David F. and Myrtle Mercer Horney. She married Jerry Minor in 1976 in White Hall.
Mrs. Minor was employed at Pactiv in Jacksonville for 23 years. She also worked part time at Huck's Convenience Store and was a former waitress at Sambo's, both in Jacksonville.
She was a member of the Virginia Jaycees and attended Harvest Temple United Pentecostal Church in Jacksonville.
Survivors: husband, Jerry; two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel Minor, both of Virginia; a son, J.T. Minor Jr. of Virginia; a stepson, James T. Minor of Glasgow, Ky.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; parents, David and Myrtle Horney of Jacksonville; three sisters, Carol (husband, Steve) McNealy and Janet (husband, Warren) Smith, both of Jacksonville, and Becky Jones of San Jose, Calif.; three brothers, David F. "Fred" (wife, Susie) Horney III of Hollywood, Fla., Dan Horney of Springfield and Mike (wife, Lisa) Horney of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Mary Rottger Pierson
Rushville Times, August 2, 1923
Mrs. J. K. C. Pierson Died in Jacksonville
Mrs. Mary Rottger Pierson, wife of J. K. C. Pierson, and sister of Mrs. Thos. W. Sweeney of this city, died in Jacksonville Wednesday morning of last week. Several weeks ago she entered a hospital and was operated on and seemed to be making good recovery when there cam a relapse that caused her death. Mr. And Mrs. Sweeney went to Jacksonville two days before she died.
Mrs. Pierson had frequently visited in Rushville and was known to many of our people. Her husband is the architect of the community house at Scripps park, and also planned and superintended the construction of the city library building, Culbertson hospital and residences here, which has brought him into close touch with Rushville people.
Funeral services were held in Jacksonville Friday afternoon and the interment was in Diamond Grove cemetery.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

The following obituary appeared in the Jacksonville Journal:
Mrs. Mary E. Rottger Pierson, wife of J. K. C. Pierson, 867 East Stain street, was a resident of this city practically all her life. She was born in Jacksonville on February 17, 1865, and was a daughter of John R. and ???? {unreadable} ?utrikia Rottger.
Surviving besides her husband and brother, C. H. Rottger of Jacksonville, are Mrs. Anna M. Rottger of Santa Paula, Calif.; Fred Rottger of Modesto, Calif.; Mrs. J. C. Patterson of Santa Paula. Calif.; Mrs. R. Roy Bruning of Havana and Mrs. Harry D. Lewis of Monmouth, Ill.
Mrs. Pierson spent practically all of her life in this city and had been prominently identified with various civic interests. She was a graduate of Jacksonville high school and of Brown's business college and had more than the usual grasp of business affairs. The deceased was a member of the West Side Tuesday club and for a period of years has been actively associated with the work of the Jacksonville Women's club and had served capably as a president of that organization.
For a number of years Mrs. Pierson was a efficient member of the board of education and for a time was clerk of the board. The decease was a member of the State Street Presbyterian church and was identified with various branches of the church work. She was a woman of forceful character, a faithful and kindly friend, and news of her death filled many hearts with sorrow. Intimate friends of the family knew of Mrs. Pierson's illness, but it was put until a very recent time that hope of her recovery were surrendered.

Emma Rausch
Died, last Friday morning 11 o'clock, Miss Emma M., daughter of Mr. And Mrs. George Rausch, aged 19 years, 6 months and 9 days. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church on Sunday afternoon. Rev. Mr. Wolfe was the officiating minister. Friends and acquaintances all join in sincerest sympathy for the afflicted family in their sad bereavement. Meredosia, ILL, Jan. 30, 1890.

Mary L Miller Sears
Eagle Publications, December 2, 1999
Mary L. Sears
Mary L. Sears, 67, of Bluffs, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999, in Springfield Memorial Hospital at Springfield.
She was born Jan. 4, 1932, at Beardstown to Oscar David and Louise Williams Miller.
She married Carroll D. Sears on Dec. 11, 1952, at Jacksonville. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1995.
Survivors include son Kelly (Gwen) Sears of Macomb; daughter Rita (Michael) Williams of Bluffs; mother, Louise Miller Landes of Jacksonville; grandchildren Sam and Megan Williams of Bluffs and Callie and Austin Sears of Macomb; sisters Ruth Shelton and Joann Landes, both of Jacksonville.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother and sister, brother Albert Miller and sister Alma Bergschneider.
She was a member of Oxville United Methodist Church, but attended the Bluffs United Methodist Church since her husband's death. She was a supporter of the Bluffs Athletic Boosters.
Mrs. Sears and her husband owned and operated Sears Lumber Company in Bluffs for 43 years.
Services were Nov. 28 in Mackey Daws Funeral Home at Bluffs with the Rev. John Eisfelder officiating.
Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery near Bluffs.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Alexander Smith
Hon. Alexander Smith, (U.S. Dist. Judge, Washington & Idaho Territories.) b. Jacksonville, Ill. married Miss Henry, daughter of Dr. A. G. Henry, d. Kalama, Wash. 5/9/1875. Brother of Dr. Geo. R. Smith, B.
[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

Jesse R. Smith
Jesse R. "Bob" Smith, 61, chairman of the modern languages department at Illinois College, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 4, 1994, at Passavant Area Hospital. Dr. Smith came to Illinois College in 1969. He had taught previously at Barstow, California, Junior College and was an exchange teacher in Joensuii, Finland. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. Richard A. Pfau, president of Illinois College, described Dr. Smith as a valued member of the academic community. "I had come to admire Dr. Smith as a teacher, a leader of ceremonies as marshal of the faculty, a committed churchman whose activities gave witness to his beliefs and an excellent singer who led us many times during the Christmas season", he said. Dr. Smith, of 1512 Mound Ave., was a music major as an undergraduate and led caroling at the college Christmas dinner a few weeks ago. He frequently performed with the college chorale groups, was a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and played saxophone with the Jacksonville Jazz Ensemble in the early 1980s. He was named Outstanding Educator of America in 1971. He had served as faculty marshal at the college for the past five years and held professional memberships in the American Association of Teachers of German and the Illinois Foreign Language Teachers Association. He was a Dartmouth Intensive Language Method senior consultant, a member of the executive council and former president of the Southern Illinois chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. He was a delegate and speaker at the International German Teachers Association Conference in Nurnber, Germany, in 1980. Dr. Smith led several student tours to Europe and Asia. He was awarded the Malcom F. Stewart faculty prize for Intercultural Education in 1984, was named the first winner of the Alice Engelbach Memorial Endowment for Asian Studies in 1985 and was honored by college alumni in 1982, receiving the Ambassador Award recognizing his community activities. Dr. Smith coached the Illinois College women's tennis team for several years and also coached the swim team. He was a graduate of Fisher High School. He was a member of the Church of the New Covenant and served in the Navy. Dr. Smith was born May 30, 1932, in Vandalia, the son of Jesse E. and Eva Martin Smith. He married Carol A. Jackson June 7, 1952, in Hernando, Miss. She survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mark (Julie) Large of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Mark (Betsy) Tittsworth of New Berlin and Jennifer Smith of Conway, S,C.; one son, Jerry (wife Blair) Smith of South Bend, Ind.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Church of the New Covenant with burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at Cody and Son Memorial Home, with family meeting friends 5-7 p.m.

Mr. Waters' Funeral. The remains of the late P.C. Waters have been taken to the home of his son, S.C. Waters, 826 South East street, where friends who wish to see him for the last time may call Sunday afternoon between 3 and 5 o'clock. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 11 o'clock at Comer. (Jacksonville Journal March 24, 1901) note: Peyton C. Waters and wife Susan C. Waters had been longtime residents of Macoupin Co. and later moved to the Waverly area.
[submitted by Rlferricks2 at]

Mrs. P.C. Waters died Saturday at Our Savior's hospital after an extended illness. Susan C. Waters, daughter of William and Anna Roach, was born in Carroll county, Tenn., July 24, 1837. When quite a small child she came with the family to Illinois by boat, landing at Naples, and finally locating on a farm a few miles east of Jacksonville. Soon after coming to the state she was called upon to sustain the loss of her mother, and in the year 1860 her father was called home. She was united in marriage with P.C. Waters by Elder S.C. Culp October 15, 1854. She was always of a religious turn of mind, and in 1852 professed faith in Christ and united with the Presbyterian church at Scottville, Ill., Rev. William Runnells, pastor. In 1855 she was baptized by Rev. Z. Waters and united with Charity Baptist church, of which she was still a member. As a child she was affectionate and obedient, as a sister mild and gently, as a wife faithful and devoted, as a mother kind and loving, and as a Christian meek and quiet in her disposition, giving ample evidence to all who knew her that she was a true disciple of Jesus by evincing in her life the life of her dear Savior. Truly it may be said of her "To live was Christ and to die was gain". After ten years of patient suffering she passed away at Our Savior's hospital in Jacksonville at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 1902, just one year and six months after the death of her companion. She leaves to mourn their loss four children, Samuel, George and Will, of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. C.E. Banes, of Davenport, Iowa.

Sister, thout wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of evening
When it floats among the tree.

Peaceful be thy silent slumber,
Peaceful in the grave so low,
Thou no more wilt join our number,
Thou no more our songs shall know.

Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed
-A Brother

The funeral services will be held from the residence of her son, George Waters, 842 West North street. The remains will be taken to Macoupin county Monday morning for interment in Christ cemetery.
(Jacksonville Journal October 12, 1902 - Transcriber's note: Susan and husband Peyton are buried at Charity Church Cemetery, Bird Twp., Macoupin Co., Illinois, submitted by Rlferricks2 at]

Lorraine Wheeler
Eagle Publications, April 5, 2005
Lorraine Wheeler, 74 years, of Jacksonville, IL died Saturday morning, April 2, 2005 at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was born April 15, 1930 in Macomb, IL; the daughter of Joseph and Myrtle Mae Womack Daniels. She married James Clinton Wheeler on October 9, 1949 in Jacksonville, IL and he preceded in death on November 28, 1970.
She is survived by two brothers, Joe Daniels Jr. of Macomb and Franklin D. Daniels (wife, Judy) of Victorville, CA; two sisters, Hazel D. Robinson (husband, Paul) of Jacksonville and Barbara J. Wilson (husband, Tom) of Seands Ferry, NC; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; and an adoptive daughter, Suzzan Neves of Jacksonville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leroy, Leslie, and Donald Daniels; and a sister, Geraldine Daniels.
Mrs. Wheeler was employed at J. Capps and Sons, the Wells Center, and CaterVend for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Amvets Post 100 Auxiliary.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday at the Gillham-Buchanan Funeral Home in Jacksonville with burial in Jacksonville East Cemetery. The family will meet friends at the funeral home from 12:30 PM Thursday until the time of services.
[Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Daniel Davidson - Died, insane, Jacksonville, Ill., December 20, 1868, aged 46. [Listed in the 1843 Chicago City Directory as "clerk, Horace Norton & Co., bds Am. Temp. House".; the directory was reprinted in 1896 with death info; ] [submitted by K. Torp]

William Whitehead Bader
Obit: William Bader, fourth child of Jeremiah and Sarah (Thompson) Bader, was born near Camden, Prebble {Preble} County, Ohio. His father was a native of Germany and the mother of Pennsylvania. He received his education in the public in the public schools of Prebble {Preble} County {Ohio}. At an early age he took up the work of a lachinist {machinist}. He traveled about on foot thru Ohio and Indiana often as many as forty miles in a day, carrying many pounds of tools on his back, setting up stationary engines. It was on one of these trips that he met the young women who afterwards became his wife. He was for many years engaged in the milling business, operating both saw and grist mill in Morning Sun, Ohio. In 1845, he was sent by his mother to Illinois to inspect the section of land that his father had bought in 1834 and give his opinion in regard to its being a suitable home for their family. This trip he made on horseback and upon his return home he made a favorable report and the following year his parents with their children except himself and sister, Elizabeth Murray came to Illinois and settled on what is now known as the old Bader homestead. He was united in marriage November 9, 1856, in Huntsville, Indiana to Marcy Ann Hunt, daughter of Rev. William Hunt of the M. E. Church, a pioneer of Randoph County, Indiana. His father having died the previous October, he and his bride came to Astoria, {Fulton County} Illinois, where they lived that winter, Mr. Bader being appointed administrator of his father's estate. In the spring, they returned to Ohio, where he continued in the milling business until December 1857, when he closed out his business there and came to Illinois, locating on a farm joining what is now known as the town of Bader, names in his honor. Here also he engaged in the lumbering business and when the railroad was built in 1869-70, he furnished many ties and bridge timber for the company. He was also engaged in farming, merchandizing and grain buying. He was not a member of any church, but was a liberal supporter of it and had much to do with the building of the Christian Church of Bader. In politics, he was a Democrat, serving his township {Browning Township} as supervisor for several terms and township school treasurer for many years. Owing to a catarrahal affection he spent several winters in California and concluding that himself and ------- needed a change of climate they moved to a farm near Leroy, Kansas in 1896. After living there a few years they moved to Oklahoma City, where he engaged extensively in the banking and real estate business, where he accumulated considerable wealth. In June, 1912, he was stricken with a form of appap? from which he never recovered. September he was taken to the Applewood Sanitarium in Jacksonville, Illinois that he might be near his old relatives and friends, his wife and daughter Bessie being with him a greater of the time. They had no children of their own but they took a little girl, now Bessie Moore, in her infancy. She is now left as a comfort consolation to the bereaved wife. He passed away August 6, 1913, as the advanced age of 86 years, ----months and 10 days, leaving to mourn his departure besides wife and daughter, two sisters, Mrs. Roseanne Bleecker of Pasadena, California, Mrs. Addie L. Hughes of Council Bluff, Iowa, and two brothers, B. F. Bader of Vermont, Illinois and H. O. Bader of Browning, Illinois besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by the members of the Browning I. O. O. F. at the home of H. O. Bader Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in the Bader Cemetery, with the solemn rites of I. O. O. F. Browning and A. F. & A. M. of toria were performed, the deceased having been a member of each more than half a century.
[Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu]

Fredrick Ashwood
Fred Ashwood, 78, Dies Wednesday, Jacksonville
Fred Ashwood, 78, passed away at a Jacksonville hospital on Wednesday. [14 Jun 1961] Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Worthington funeral home with Rev. Marshall Ervin officiating and interment in the Rushville cemtery. He was born May 31, 1883 in Rushville township to Edwin and Lettie Langner Ashwood. He is survived by one brother, Paul Ashwood of Moline and one sister, Mrs. Grace Sutherland of this city. Note: His father was Joseph "Edwin" Edwin Ashwood and mother, Letitia "Letty" Langner.
[Rushville Times, Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu]

A little son of Mr. William Kinnman, residing a couple of miles west of Jacksonville, Ills., lost his life on the 1st inst., under the following circumstances: He was harnessing a span of horses to a plow, and while so engaged, a hook connected with the harness caught in his clothing. The animal to which it was attached being young and wild, became frightened, and dragged the poor little fellow until he was a corpse. He was about thirteen years old. This is the second child Mr. Kinnman has lost by accident within the last year or two.
[Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) April 17 1856 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


On March 11,1911, Henry L. Riggs, of Morgan county, died at the home of his sister in Kirksville, Missouri, where he had gone to pass the winter. He was born in Kentucky on January 12, 1812, and had reached the age of 99 years, 1 month and 27 days. He came to Illinois in 1830, and when Gov. Reynolds, in 1832, called for volunteers to repel the invasion of Black Hawk and his band, he enlisted as a private in the Morgan county company commanded by Capt. Wm. Gillham, and served through that renowned conflict. It is very probable that he was the last survivor of that memorable historic Indian campaign.

Mr. Riggs was married to Miss Mary Berry on the 17th of November, 1837, with whom he lived until her death in 1890, and was a resident of Lynnville, Morgan county, for the last thirty-five years. Though but twenty years of age in 1832, he cast his first vote for Gen. Jackson for the Presidency, and was a zealous Democrat until his death. He was a robust, active man, spending much of his time in the open air, doing all the work about his premises, and last fall sawed and split eight cords of wood. He is survived by six children. His body was brought from Kirksville, and interred in Diamond Grove cemetery at Jacksonville.
[Source: Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 1922 - submitted by K. Torp]

Mother of Ex-Gov. Yates Dead.
Jacksonville, Ill.—Mrs. Richard Yates, mother of Former Gov. Yates and wife of the Illinois war governor, died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 86 years.
[Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas October 16, 1908 Page 2 - Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Maria Saloome Schiele
Mrs. Maria Saloome Schiele, nee Baschong died at the insane hospital in Jacksonville Saturday, after an illness of only a few months. The body was shipped to Quincy and taken to the undertaking parlors of Herman Stormer, from which place the interment will take place. She was born in Freistadt Baden, Germany, Nov 22, 1835, and was aged 75 years, 3 months and 3 days, she was married in 1857 to John Jacob Schiele, who died May 25 1901. She came to America with her family in 1882 and came directly to Quincy. After living here for several years she removed to Maryland, where she made her home with her son until last September, when she returned to this city, where she resided until she became sick with nervous trouble and was removed to the hospital at Jacksonville.
She is survived by two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren. [Submitted by Debbie Gibson]

Wilmot Cooley
Meredosia - Wilmot Cooley, 76, of Meredosia died Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at St. John's North.
He was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Fishbrook, the son of Charles A. and Edith Gleckler Cooley. He married Betty Dougherty in 1948 in Pittsfield; she died in 1993. Mr. Cooley was a graduate of Perry High School and was a longtime sales representative for Bader Agriculture in Meredosia.
He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and served as a Meredosia village trustee for several years. He was a 50-year member of the Perry American Legion Post and attended Fishbrook United Methodist Church. Survivors: two daughters, Shona (husband, Steven) Gillette of Rancho Murieta, Calif., and Jonna Cooley of Chatham; a son, Todd Cooley of Meredosia; three grandchildren; a sister, Sarah Kathryn Volbracht of Quincy; a brother, Charles O. Cooley of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews. Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville. Burial: Woodland Cemetery near Fishbrook
[State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, October 27, 2001, Page: 43 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Keith Crum
Keith Crum, 52, rural Meredosia, died Friday afternoon, July 8, 2005, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 6, 1952, in Avon, the son of Leroy and Evelyn (Root) Crum. He married Terrie Jones Sept. 23, 1978, in Meredosia. She survives.
He is also survived by one brother, Alan (Linda) Crum, Waynesville; one niece; two grandnieces and one grandnephew.
He graduated from Bushnell-Prairie City High School and Illinois College. He taught in the Meredosia-Chambersburg School system for many years, where he coached varsity boy's basketball and the junior high girl\rquote s basketball teams. He worked for Burrus Seed Farm, during the summer, supervising the youth laborers. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church, Rushville.
He was president of Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club and a member of American Morgan Horse Association and Illinois Horse and Pony Breeder's and Exhibitors Association. He was a past member of Brunk Morgan Museum Board.
He managed several horse shows and was instrumental in the Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club spring sale. He had a particular passion for showing in hand and driving horses in horse shows.
A celebration of Keith's life was held Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at 110 N. East St. in Jacksonville.
[Eagle Publications, July 14, 2005 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Edward Norvell
Edward A. "Whitey" Norvell, 65, of Meredosia, formerly of Mt. Sterling, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
Born April 16, 1934, in Missouri Township. Brown County, to Curtis E. and Edna M. Keith Norvell, he married Mary Proffitt on Feb. 1, 1992, in Pittsfield. She survives.
Also surviving are one stepson, Phillip Koppleman Jr., of Jacksonville; two daughters, Susan (Michael) Clay of Pomona Park, Fla., and Nancy (Mike) Prodoehl of Orange City, Fla.; one step-daughter, Hope Osborne of Jacksonville; one brother, John (Maureen) Norvell of East Peoria; three sisters, Betty (Ernest) Fluckey and Carolyn (David) Moore of Mt. Sterling and Shirley (Gary) Pruden of Versailles; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins in the local area.
Preceding him in death was one son, Edward Norvell Jr.
He worked for L.E. Meyers Construction as a foreman for many years, retiring in 1997. He was a former vice president of John Edwards Construction Co.
He was a member of Hardin Lodge 44, AF&AM, in Mount Sterling. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Quincy Consistory.
He was a member of First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hufnagel-Graham Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling. The Rev. Julie Allison will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Sterling Cemetery.
[The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, page 13, column 5 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Eugene Houk
Eugene Houk, 66, of Jacksonville died Sunday [December 24, 1995] at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born June 16, 1929, in Pawnee, the son of Durward and Bessie Rose Houk. He married Betty Sheumaker.
Mr. Houk, a chef, retired from the Holiday Inn. He was an Army veteran.
Survivors: wife, Betty; three sons, Stephen, Bruce and Brian, all of Rogers, Ark.; a daughters, Toni Aten of Tulsa, Okla.; and nine grandchildren.
Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, the Rev. Kenneth Junk officiating. Burial: Camp Butler National Cemetery.
[State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 25, 1995, Page: 28 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

James Mitchell
Services for James E. Mitchell, 82, of Mt. Sterling, were Monday at First Christian Church in Mt. Sterling. The Rev. Phoebe Blankenship and Dean Davis officiated. Burial was in Hersman Cemetery. Hufnagel Funeral Home was in charge of services.
He died at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999, at Mattoon Health Care in Mattoon from injuries suffered in a May 3 automobile accident in Morgan County.
Born July 26, 1917 in Jacksonville, to Thomas and Estella Nulen Mitchell, he married Virginia E. Dyer on April 30, 1936, in Jacksonville. She died Aug. 1, 1992.
Two grandchildren and 12 brothers and sisters also preceded him in death.
Surviving are four sons, James (wife Beverly) of Quincy, Thomas (wife Barbara) of Effingham, Jerry (wife Janet) of Sterling, and Dennis (wife Cheryl) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., two daughters, Judy (husband Dean) Davis of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jan (husband Ross) Kelly of Mt. Sterling; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He and his wife owned and operated the Mitchell Cafe in Mt. Sterling for 35 years. He also was Brown County Supervisor of Assessments before retiring.
He formerly served as Brown County Treasurer, county probation officer and city treasurer for Mt. Sterling.
He was a member and elder of the First Christian Church.
He was a member of Harden Masonic Lodge 44, AF & AM, and Beardstown Elks Club. He also was a member of Rolling Greens Golf Course.
He was a former member and present honorary member of Brown County Fair Board.
Memorials may be made to his church or to the United Way of Brown County.
- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, page 9A, column 2

Robert Albers
Robert Lee Albers, 83, of Jacksonville died Monday, Feb. 14, 2000, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1916, near Bluffs, the son of Edward F. and Della Scars Moore Albers. His mother died at childbirth. His father then married Della Sears Moore, and she helped raise him. They also preceded him in death.
He married LaVerne Evans Oct. 30, 1943, in Winchester. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert Jeffrey Albers (wife, Nancy) of Rushville and Mark Evans Albers (Barbara) of Ellington, Mo.; one daughter, Jonna Herring (Sam) of Winchester; three grandsons, three granddaughters and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Robinson, and one brother, Harry E. Albers.
He was a farmer, active in the family farm south of Bluffs.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Scott County Farm Bureau, Bluffs American Legion and was a former commissioner of the Scott County Drainage and Levee District.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater with the 37th Division, 145th Infantry, Company F. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Funeral services for Mr. Albers were Feb. 17, 2000, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery near Bluffs. Pastor Gary Schmidtke officiated. Cody and Son Memorial Home in Jacksonville was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Our Redeemer Mission Society.
[The Rushville Times, Feb. 23, 2000, page 15, column 6 - Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Ralph W. Runkle
Ralph W. Runkle, 79, of South Jacksonville, died early Monday morning, Oct. 11, 1999, in Jacksonville. He was born Sept. 28, 1920, in Littleton, the son of Floyd and Mary Snyder Runkle. He married Doris I. Winters on Feb. 28, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo., and she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, R. Steve, (wife Shelley) Runkle of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ben (wife Patricia) Runkle of Sturgeon, Mo.; two daughters, Donna (husband Robert) Roads of Jacksonville and Judy (husband Jim) Seitz of West Point, Iowa; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne (wife Shirley) Runkle of Rushville and one sister, Betty (husband Vernon) Stratton of Fenton, Mo.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Vern, Harold and Bobby (surviving wite, Rosemary, of Horseshoe Bend, Ark.) and two sisters, Margaret Young and Helen Royer
He managed LaCrosse Lumber Company in Carrollton for 20 years. Prior to that, he worked at the Industry Lumber Company for 11 years. He served in the United States Army during World War II and attained the rank of staff sergeant in the 300th infantry. All of his life he played basketball, softball, baseball, and volleyball, as well as coaching and refereeing sports. He was a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for seven years in Industry and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Industry and the American Legion of Vermont. He enjoyed bowling, raising ponies and goats, playing Bingo and traveling to the Tennessee National Gospel Convention and Meramec Caverns to hear gospel music.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at the Williamson Funeral Home with burial at Littleton Township Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home where the family will meet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Retina Research and Development Foundation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
[- The Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, page 3B, column 7 ]

Mrs. J. Coker
Mrs. J. Cokor died at her home on South Front street last Monday evening of blood poisoning. She had been ill for some days the result of child birth but it was not thought that the end was so near. She left three children and a husband to mourn her death. The body was embalmed by undertaker Emerson and taken to the old home in Jacksonville Illinois for Interment. The remains were accompanied by the sorrowing husband and little ones and a near relative Mrs. Charles Griffith
[Mohave County Miner Kingman Arizona January 24 1903 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

January 21, 2010
Gary Dean Tolbert, 73, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Jacksonville Convalescent Center. He was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Hamburg, the son of Herman William and Zelma Januita Hagen Tolbert. He married Donna Mae Ranft on June 1, 1957, in Detroit and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Michael (Lila) Tolbert of Meredosia; one daughter, Angela (Randy) Desjardins of Peoria, AZ; five grandchildren, Teresa, Jeff, Maury, Nicole and Skylar; and one great-grandson.
Mr. Tolbert worked over 42 years for GTE Phone Company in Jacksonville. He enjoyed camping, boating and riding motorcycles.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. The family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
[Submitted by Bill Browning]

Cora Crum Reed
Mrs. Cora Ella Crum Reed, 81, passed away Friday, May 14 at Modern Care Nursing Home in Jacksonville.
She was born December 21, 1883, daughter of Gordon and Catherine Crum.
She was married to Edgar Mitchell in 1902 . The couple lived in Decatur and later moved to Los Angeles. Mr Mitchel died Nov 1925. She married Lester Reed Nov 8 1926. He preceded her in death Nov 12, 1949.Mrs Reed moved to Jacksonville in 1949
Funeral services were help Sunday afternoon at the Beece Funeral Home .Interment will be made in the Forest Lawn Crypt in Los Angeles.
[Source: "Waverly", May 1965 - Submitted By: J. Rice]

Betty Mae Whited
Meredosia, Ill. -- Mrs. Betty Mae Whited, 53, a resident of Jacksonville, died at 1:10 p.m. Monday (May 19, 1980) in Norris Hospital. She was born July 20, 1926, 1928, in Meredosia, daughter of Sam and Opal Rausch Ruyle. She married Charles R. (Chuck) Whited on July 13, 1946, in Jacksonville. Survivors include her husband; her parents of Meredosia; a daughter, Mrs. Carl (Teresa Ann) Myers of Perry, Ill.; a brother, Hubert Rausch, and a sister, Phyllis Battlefield, both of Meredosia; and two grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia. Schaefer-Cody Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
[Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne]

Elizabeth Van Winkle
Mrs. Elizabeth Van Winkle, 80 years of age, and one of the early settlers of Morgan county, was found dead in her bed at the family residence in Jacksonville on the morning of last. The cause of her death is not known, but it is supposed to be heart disease.
[Henry Republican, September 11, 1879 - Sub. by Nancy Piper]

Waverley, Ill., Aug. 29, ae. 64, widow of Rev. William A. Chapin, of Greensboro, Vt.
[Source Citation: Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]

Charles Dummer Moody
Born, Dec. 13, 1836, Jacksonville, Ill. Son of David J. and Harriet (Dummer) Moody. Before entering college, Mr. Moody practiced civil engineering at Lowell, Mass. After graduation at Dartmouth he moved to Beardstown, Ill., where he studied and practiced law with his uncle, Judge Henry E. Dummer. He then spent a year and a half at Sulphur Springs, Mo., and then went to St. Louis, in 1866. He devoted the rest of his life to patent law, and the soliciting of patents. In 1860 he received from Governor Yates, of Illinois, a commission as captain of volunteers, but greatly to his own regret he was obliged by family circumstances to resign the position.
Died, May 29, 1894, of congestion of the bowels, at Webster Groves, Mo.
Married, Catharine A. Twining, 1863.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. - tr. by K. Mohler]

Alyah Rosses
Died, At the residence of B. R. Elliott, Esq., in Jacksonville, on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10th, of typhoid fever, Alyah Rosses, late of Van Buren county, Iowa, aged about 22 years.  [Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Saturday, November 14, 1857]

Fleming Stevenson
Fleming Stevenson, one of the oldest, most respected and wealthy citizens of Jacksonville, fell dead of apoplexy on Christmas morning. [Stark County News, Toulon IL, January 8, 1875; Sub. by NP]

William C. Swett
Death of Mr. Swett: We regret to learn that William C. Swett Esq., editor of the Morgan Journal died on Sunday, at Jacksonville.  Mr. Swett has been an able champion of the whig party for many yearsand the loss they have sustained in his death is a serious one.  In all his social relations he was highly esteemed and a large circle of friends are left to mourn his untimely decease. – State Register [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, October 26, 1849; Sub. by NP]


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